May 2015 Update
I’m sure we’re all thinking back longingly to 22nd September 2013, the day of the German general election.
Voters had the choice between the leader of the opposition, Peer Steinbrueck, who would have made a great Chancellor and Angela Merkel, who had already proven to be a great Chancellor.
Now compare that embarrassment of riches to the bewilderingly poor options on offer to the good people of Blighty.
On one side there’s a phony, “brain-faded” West-Ham-Villa-whoever supporting incumbent with a party chairman who is a proven liar (or as Shapps himself put it so superbly: guilty of “over-denial”) and on the other someone sounding even less genuine.
For the first time I almost understand the argument that having the Queen is a good thing as she provides a degree of emotional stability. To be fair, the memories of 1945 and 1966 do have the same effect. For free.
It all makes you wonder why there is what seems to be a lesser quality of human beings in British politics. Or are the candidates perfectly decent and capable but come across as grotesque caricatures only thanks to newspapers whose prime motivation doesn’t seem to be reporting on the election but shaping the outcome?
Either way, the real trouble is it puts people off joining political parties at grassroots level. Why give up your weekends and evenings so one day you’ll be hounded by the press for not being able to eat a bacon sandwich.
The one thing I’m sure about, not least from painful experience in the Fatherland’s history: there’ll always be politics. But potentially it’ll be done by the wrong people.
So, have a great month and try to vote for someone suitable, difficult as that may be
Please find below a list of my upcoming gigs. It would be great to see you at one of those.
That’s it for now – I have to print out and complete Form AN, the
application for naturalisation as a British citizen. Just to make sure I can
still work in Britain no matter Thursday’s results.
15 - EALING - No. 5 Club - SOLD OUT
16 - GUILDFORD - G Live - SOLD OUT
17 - DISS - Corn Hall - SOLD OUT - Extra Date Added on 19th April
18 - KINGS LYNN - Corn Exchange - SOLD OUT
19 - DISS - Corn Hall (Extra Show) - SOLD OUT
23 - WREXHAM - William Aston Hall
24 - PONTARDAWE - Arts Centre - SOLD OUT
25 - BRECON - Theatre Brycheiniog
8 - ST ALBANS - The Alban Arena - SOLD OUT
9 - MELTON MOWBRAY - Melton Theatre - SOLD OUT
10 - COVENTRY - Warwick Arts Centre - SOLD OUT
14 - REDDITCH - Palace Theatre - SOLD OUT
15 - WOLVERHAMPTON - The Wulfrun - SOLD OUT
16 - STAFFORD - Gatehouse - SOLD OUT
17 - LANCASTER - The Dukes - SOLD OUT
21 - EVESHAM - Arts Centre - SOLD OUT
22 - GREAT TORRINGTON - Plough Arts Centre - SOLD OUT
23 - WESTON SUPER MARE - The Playhouse - TICKETS
24 - YEOVIL - Octagon Theatre - SOLD OUT
28 - SALISBURY - Playhouse - SOLD OUT
29 - HAYWARDS HEATH - Clair Hall - SOLD OUT
30 - HERTFORD - Hertford Theatre - SOLD OUT
31 - SOUTHAMPTON - Nuffield Theatre - SOLD OUT
EDINBURGH FRINGE 2015 - Full 2 hour show (inc interval) 7.30pm
6 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
7 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
8 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
9 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
12 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
13 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
14 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
15 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS
16 - EDINBURGH - The Queen's Hall - TICKETS