Monday 27 February 2017

Ethic of after-work socialisation? Cheers!

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan

It takes a special human quality to be able to offend so many people in such an apparently effortless manner, yet the cliched sitcom character Jeremy Corbyn, who has somehow found himself the leader of the Labour Party, just seems to have it.

Nigel Farage came out of the same 1970s sitcom, spouting saloon-bar prejudices while Corbyn nurses his pale ale in the corner of the lounge, reading Spare Rib, trying to rise above Farage's jibing and sneering.

While they both seem largely unaware of the risible British stereotypes which they embody, it is Corbyn who is perhaps emerging as a more rounded character. It is Corbyn whose recent remarks about the culture of after-work drinks managed to offend absolutely everyone - men and women, for a start, which is probably as large a sample of the overall population as you're going to get in this game.

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