Widespread rejoicing at the magnificent Tory landslide on 12th December 2019 has scarcely abated in Clydesdale during these last few days before Christmas. Epic drinking, feasting and splurges of spending have been bacchanalian. Champagne corks could be heard popping wildly in all the douce villages squatting like frogs around the foot of Tinto. Life can only get bitter. With Slade, Wizard, Mud, Greg Lake, Johnny Mathis, The Pogues and Bing Crosby as the soundtrack to the festivities, we can all now look forward to a blighter future.
Accompany the satirical tone with the humorous political commentary of John Crace ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Crace_(writer)) in ‘Decline and Fail’ (published 07 November 2019). Crace is the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer and the best-selling author of ‘I, Maybot’. Decline and Fail is an unremittingly hilarious skewering of three years of Theresa May fudge, Brexit bungling and hopeless parliamentary paralysis. It appears that when things couldn’t get any worse, they absolutely have… But fear not – Decline and Fail is your personal survival guide to the ongoing political apocalypse. A constitutional crisis in Scotland, 10 further years of Austerity-on-Steroids, public services cut to ribbons, and UK tax-dodger profits flying off to the Cayman Islands. This entertaining collection of Crace’s political sketches will get you through the darkest of days. The medicine is a dose of wry mirth. Take it with the Rennie and your own preferred hangover cure. Merry Christmas. Avoid the drunk tank whether celebrating or despairing. The benches are hard by all accounts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8
320 pages in Guardian Faber Publishing
First published November 2019