UK Politics

McDonnell betrayal shows Labour is no longer a Unionist party

BY Gerald Warner   /  8 August 2019

Edinburgh Festival veterans and purists have long lamented that the Fringe is a cuckoo which has taken over the nest so that, to mix zoological metaphors, the tail is now wagging the dog. The Fringe was a seminal influence in promoting stand-up comedy – i.e. the alternative to comedy – as humour was replaced by didacticism a generation ago, when comedians simply came on stage, said “Richard Milhous Nixon” and a roomful of proto-snowflakes erupted into forced laughter.


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