Comedians across New Zealand are striking in protest against a hostile takeover of their territory.
“When people say politics is a joke, that’s not supposed to be taken seriously, but seriously what’s happening now is a joke and that’s a threat to our livelihoods,” Funny Business spokesperson Fairly Humourous said.
“It started some years ago. Remember how the bloke who wouldn’t want his daughter dating anyone who isn’t Maori and who’s anti-immigration was bought by a German fraudster with a fetish for racist humour?
“Then an ardent campaigner for feminism and against capitalism, racism and business allowed herself to be bought by the same bloke even though he’d made much of his money from pornography.
“They compounded that by starting a campaign against the very rules which they were rorting to get into parliament.
“So it’s not new but it’s getting worse.
“We’ve got a government that won’t entertain a change in tax thresholds to keep middle income earners out of the top tax bracket but will give tax breaks for good looking horses.
”It tells us it’s going to tackle poverty but leaves poor people homeless while subsidising people on high incomes into flash new houses.
“If that wasn’t a sick enough joke they’ve made it even sicker by not being able to build a fraction of the number of houses they set as a target and now they’re arguing about whether or not it’s still a target.
”It wants New Zealand to be smoke-free and also wants to decriminalise or even legalise pot.
”It’s got an Immigration Minister who gifts a crook residence after spending less than an hour reading a report when anyone else would’ve deported him in seconds.
”It’s spending billions giving fee-free education to tertiary students whether or not what they study has any value and chucking billions at projects in the regions without any cost-benefit analysis. But it won’t put a cent into Taratahi to train farm workers when there’s a crying need for staff throughout the horticultural and agricultural sector.
“And this sort of silliness is not just in New Zealand. Ponder this: Saudi Arabia has been elected to the UN Board for Gender Equality.
“We couldn’t make this sort of nonsense up, we’d be booed off the stage.
”It’s all very well for the Prime Minister to get headlines round the world mouthing pretty phrases about wellbeing. But what’s this governmental funny business doing to our wellbeing?
”Fine words don’t fill seats in theatres and clubs and why would people pay to see us when they can watch the government playing for laughs for free.
“These jokers have blurred the lines between tragedy and comedy for us and now we don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”
Ms Humorous said the incursion into comedians territory by politicians was no laughing matter.
“Adding insult to injury, it’s our tax that’s paying them and they’re earning more than we could dream of.
“We can’t compete with them so we’re striking in the hope we can mobilise support for our campaign to get jokes and jokers out of government.
”They must leave the funny business to real comedians, get it out of the Beehive and back on stage and screen where it belongs.“