Humour will be forbiden in 2013

I see in today’s Telegraph they are thinking of prosecuting the 2 DJ’s who made the hoax call to the hospital Kate was staying in. Come on it was a prank, they phoned up with Australian accents and got through to the ward, so far no problem.

Yes a nurse topped herself, but we don’t know why, and even if she did so because of the telephone call then she must have been mentally unstable.

If they prosecute them then that opens the door to anyone being prosecuted for a harmelss joke or prank, no more candida camera type shows, commedians no longer allowed to take the rise out of someone, no spitting image or Beadles about (okay for this I would be thankful, I hated that bloke), no more Basil saying “He is from Barcelona” or Baldrick’s cunning plan..

We have already forgotten how to laugh, now it will be forbidden to laugh.

For goodness sake get over it, it was a joke and no harm was meant.

Author: ricksrant

I am perfect, well I think so and I am never wrong so it must be true.

23 thoughts on “Humour will be forbiden in 2013”

  1. I suppose it’s all a question of taste, Rick. Yes, it all went horribly wrong, but where do you draw the line between ‘a prank’ and the actions of, for example, Jonafon Woss and his unfunny mate Russel Brand when they took the pish out of Andrew Sachs on air? Most decent people know where to draw the line – others, sadly, don’t because they consider themselves self-appointed ‘clebs’ and therefore apparently impervious to mainstream mores. That, I think, is the real issue.


  2. Oz I agree with tasteless lampooning as in Ross and co, but once again not a crime for prosecution.
    The DJ’s need to have the back of their legs slapped, maybe even get the sack, but criminal charges, for what?

  3. Not criminal charges, no. They will hopefully suffer enough for being public Grade 1 ar*seholes and never get a job in the ‘Meedja’ again.


  4. I would have thought the so called prank fell within the law of slander, as did the Ross incident.
    Whatever, it surely is not within the broadcasting rules of a country even such as Australia?
    Unpleasant cheap jokes at others expense who cannot retaliate on the same platform are not only scraping the barrel but licking the crevices thereafter! It can hardly be considered a laughing matter.
    I very much doubt decent clever jokes will disappear from the TV menu.
    Meanwhile I would have thought ten years for sheer bad taste would be about fair!

  5. Unlike Wossie and Wussel, unfortunately. Frankly, I’d rather watch Strictly Come Dancing, for which I’d have to be sedated and strapped down. Wake me up for Top Gear!


  6. The saddest aspect is that the nurse is now revealed to have tried to kill herslef twice before, within the last year. The whole episode was misfortune compounded by misjudgement.

  7. Better get this one in before year end.

    It’s a true story. I was talking to my friend Bill yesterday, earlier in the week he had been to see his doctor because a troubling pain in the ball of his foot. The doctor examined him and proclaimed “It’s Gout, cut your alcohol consumption by 50%”

    Later Bill was at home talking with his wife of forty years when he said jokingly “The doctor told me to cut my sexual activity by 50%” without missing a beat she asked him “Which 50% do you want to cut, thinking about it, or talking about it?”

    I’ll get my coat.

  8. I intend no disrespect to my cherished colleagues of The Chariot, but … strewth!

    Australia has shock Jocks, so does the UK and so does the States. Many people never listen to them, but some find them funny. Here, their actions are strictly bounded by our laws and occasionally they are forced to apologise, even to pay damages if they’ve been really naughty. In the worst case, their programs are cut.

    But come on guys – no Aussie laws have been broken by these two (or if we ultimately decide that they have, we’ll slap their wrists ourselves), and as far as British laws are concerned, who the devil do you Poms think you are? You can’t prosecute citizens of another country for doing things in their country that are (probably) legal there. Australia will not extradite them either (mind you, Gillard is capable of anything, but there will be riots here if she tries).

    Get back in your box, Britain, and sort your own problems out first. The hospital management have screwed up royally. The nurse should have been screened out and receiving help. The UK Police have recently proved that they manipulate evidence and tell lies for their own motives. Corrupt as anything from bottom to top.

    You’ve given away whatever sense of humour you once had, and handed your sovereignty to the tossers of Europe. Don’t compound your errors by attempting to bully Australia;’cos we’re big boys now. Think about it, we might refuse to play cricket with you any longer.

    Now, whose shout is it? 😀

  9. Thanks Rick! My sentiments exactly. A utterly tasteless joke that backfired because the person on whom it was played was already in need of help. The two DJs did not know that and, frankly, they and the rest of us, might well expect that someone in that sort of responsible position was sufficiently stable to deal with all eventualities.

    Before Britain decides to revert to the 19th C tradition of sending in the Gun-boats to sort out ‘the colonies’, it might be as well to ask questions about how the hospital, and the British media behaved.

    Suicide is tragic for those left behind. And I can understand that the hospital and the family will be seeking to ways to lessen the feelings of guilt that those who are left behind inevitably feel – especially if they knew that the person was vulnerable.

    To attempt to prosecute the DJs smacks of petty revenge and a determination to pass the blame onto those who were completely unaware of the situation It will indeed stir up a hornet’s nest – the public already know far more about Jacintha than I suspect she would have been happy with – and there will be questions about those who did know she was vulnerable. At the end of the day the responsibility for a suicide lies with the person who takes such drastic action. Let the woman rest in peace.

  10. Good evening.

    My understanding is that extradition between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth of Australia is governed by the provisions of ‘The London Scheme for Extradition within the Commonwealth (as amended by the agreements made in Kingstown in 2002).

    It follows that there will be no possibility of extradition unless the British authorities charge the two DJ’s with an offence which carries a penalty of at least two years and which is also a criminal offence in Australia. That’s not going to happen, in my opinion.

    So no gunboats, no handing over of sovereignty to Europe, no corruption, no getting ourselves out of our box or anything else. Just a following of our procedures, Our system says that in such tragic cases a report should be prepared and sent to the Crown Prosecution Service or, on the right side of Hadrian’s Wall, to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. I am certain that the circumstances of this case are such that no prosecution of any kind of the DJs will follow.

    Moving on. Bearsy, good evening. I see that you are threatening ‘us’ with the sanction of not playing ‘us’ at cricket any longer if we annoy Oz. Lucky escape for the Australian cricket team then?

    The compliments of the season to all of my fellow Charioteers. And several smiley things.

  11. G’day, Mr Mackie.

    I am delighted to find that my antipodean humour survived Caledonian scrutiny, and that my Boganesque assertions on Australian-UK extradition law have been ratified by your esteemed professional analysis of the relevant legal documents.

    Howyagoin’? 🙂

  12. Aye weel. Bearsy.

    Doing away fine myself and delighted to see that you are clearly back to your best.

    Been watching the Big Bash in a desultory manner only due to the Evil Empire failing to date to feature any Heat games. Not that ‘we’ seem to be doing too well anyway although ‘we’ are above the NSW teams (which is satisfactory).

    I’ll probably get hooked for the finals in mid January whoever is there . Not my favourite form of the game but it is still cricket of a sort.

  13. Bearsy as you say no offence has been committed either there or here. Like you I think the hospital was at fault putting the call through and that is where heads should be lopped.

    Recently Ma in Law was in hospital at the other end of the country, the wife had a hell of a job getting info out of them on the phone until her mum said they could tell us what was going on, and that was an NHS hospital not an expensive private one.

    CoB there was no slander as far as I can see, just a silly prank.

  14. rr the hospital was at fault not having a night operator! The suicide answered the main phone of the hospital and put them through to the appropriate ward! What on earth was a nurse doing answering the phone anyway? With their fees they could at least employ a night operator.
    From what they said in various papers I would have thought the impersonation of royalty was the slander.
    As so called entertainment it has to be scraping the barrel as an exercise in bad taste and both should pick alternative careers where they should never be heard of again.
    Shock Jocks in the USA don’t do this, they only abuse people who are silly enough to ring into the stations. law suits are too expensive here for such shenanigans. I only hope the suicide’s relatives sue this station for a serious amount of money, might concentrate their taste!
    The whole lot of them haven’t got the IQ of a frozen pea between them, utterly contemptible.

  15. Sue the station for what, Christina? They had nothing whatsoever to do with the girl topping herself.

    Glad to hear that America is such a wonderful place. You mainly kill children, I understand. 😥

  16. You only have to watch Top Gear USA to realise how good the original really is.


    p.s. I’ve eaten your goat. No need for thanks.

  17. I wonder if no laws have been broken. The presenters misrepresented themselves to gain confidential information which cannot be right. I suspect too that impersonating the Queen, who is head of state in both countries, is also illegal. Though I do not know that for a fact.

    Legalities aside, I do not believe that any further action should be taken criminal or civil against the presenters. They certainly did not intend to cause so much distress. However, the call, like all such pranks was mean spirited and tasteless. The victims in such cases are, by definition, unwitting and usually, in this case particularly so, undeserving. Australian republicans may think the Royal Family are fair game, but it was the hard-working nurse who suffered for the puerile humour, not the Royal Family. I am the least PC person I know, but even I can see the difference between making fun of people in general and doing so specifically. It is one thing to make jokes about the blind, say, but quite another to do so about a particular individual, and in his presence. That is just bullying and is just nasty.

    The police and CPS have a duty to perform, though given their track record of late, I will be surprised if they manage to achieve any creditable outcome. I think they should use their discretion not to pursue the matter.

    The presenters and the station have learned their lesson. The family should not seek to profit from their tragedy. And Keith Vaz should be shot for all sorts of reasons, not least because he has cynically tried to gain political and probably monetary capital from the event.

    In my opinion.

  18. As Janus mentioned the nurse tried to kill herself twice before, so what was she doing looking after a future kings wife who is carrying the next heir to the throne as she had to be a little unstable?

  19. rr She wasn’t! She merely took the phone call at the switchboard. Blimey how many times do I have to say this? She put the call through to the nurse on the ward.

    Bearsy, re your last italics. I think you have spent too long in Australia.

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