Our satirical writer Edwin Phillips overhears an Editorial discussion on what constitutes humour after one cartoon about being Welsh in an airport caused a furore on social media, and a senior politician accused a radio host of being a ‘windbag’ for saying it was just a joke.
EDITOR (E) (looking at cartoon): You can’t say that it might offend people!
CARTOONIST (C): It’s only a cartoon. If people take offence it is a sign of an inferiority complex, and how thin-skinned they are.
E: Yes, but you’ve seen what that Plaid Cymru (PC) woman in the Welsh Parliament Delyth Jewell wrote on Twitter to a celebrity who called it just a joke – that her message ‘typified’ “why Wales’ future needs to be decided by the people of Wales, not professional windbags like you”.
She’s an elected politician too.
C: That’s exactly what I’m poking fun at.
These sorts of comments are not a sign of a reasoned contribution in a considered debate about humour.
They are childish insults and by talking about “the people of Wales” it just shows to the UK there is no sense of humour in Wales, and that politicians like this are nervous about their country’s status.
Everyone can laugh at Wales then!
E: Um… er… yes but she’s a very important person you know.
Just look at her Twitter handle: “Gweinidog Cysgodol Plaid Cymru dros Drawsnewid Gwasanaethau Cyhoeddus a’r Dyfodol /@Plaid_Cymru Shadow Minister (to self and coughing – er, I’m not entirely sure what ‘shadow’ means) for Transforming Public Services and the Future” (to self again still coughing – I’m not entirely sure what that means either).
Anyway, um, she has made very significant pronouncements, like when she said so accurately in July: “Support for Welsh independence is increasing every day…”.
Everyone, er, must see how true that is.
And, um, she also said, moderately, in April last year: “It would be a catastrophe were the plans at Gwern y Domen to be rushed through when we are on the cusp of protecting the land through the new framework”.
C raises eyes to ceiling.
After all (clears throat) she has a lot of supporters who make extremely thoughtful comments.
There was that one on Twitter about burning down English businesses when people may have died, and the other one about a person being proud of the fires he started.
Er, she got the same level of support on Facebook too with one person saying in a very considered way: “Maybe they should just check for evidence of Swan Vestas”.
(to self once more – Maybe this one was just a joke. But, er, they seem to be happy with that kind of humour.)