Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Jonathan May-Bowles commits ritual suicide with custard pie
In 1970 the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima ritually disembowelled himself following the failure of his attempt at a nationalist coup. Today at Westminster the soi-disant comedian Jonathan May-Bowles achieved something similar with a custard pie - albeit with the assistance of a tasty left hook from Mrs Murdoch.
You can say that May-Bowles is an idiot who ensured that the Murdoch would receive sympathetic headlines after their interrogation by the select committee. You can call him another Charlie Gilmour. You can suspect that he is about as funny as athlete's foot or Aaron Barschak.
But I prefer to be charitable and assume that his act of ritual immolation with his own custard pie was a selfless protest against what Britain has allowed itself to become by pandering to the Murdochs, carried out with an instrument that harks back to the best comedic traditions of our national life.