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Jupitus – Bernard Manning for wokesters


WE were enjoying Saturday night’s episode of QI XL, a BBC television programme that explores interesting facts and provides opportunities for laughs, many of them a bit bawdy but reflecting on the human condition.

And then, apropos b*gger-all, Phill Jupitus had to bring Brexit into it.

The segment was about cane toads in Australia and we got a close-up of one.

At 19:07 in (stupid, gravelly voice): ‘Hullo . . . I definitely think we should leave Europe’ (audience laughter).

So, funny because the supposed speaker is old? Or ill-educated? Or white?

If I were a wokester, I guess I could have him on my checklist of offences: ageist, elitist, racist.

Bear in mind that Brexit wasn’t the topic under discussion and there was no lead-in even from Jupitus. It was just something that his daft metropolitan audience (the programme is recorded at the London Studios on the South Bank) could be guaranteed to agree-laugh at. It’s almost Bernard Manning for right-on bigots.

Jupitus himself is not daft. He’s a grammar school boy, making his money off an easily pleased English fanbase although he lives in Fife. And the BBC will try to persuade us that the country thinks like his woke followers – ‘awake, but with their eyes closed’.

The episode was first aired on 25 October 2019. I don’t suppose the result of the general election a couple of months later will have changed Jupitus’s opinions (or the opinions he affects to hold while in performance), any more than that of the 2016 Referendum.

But ‘woke’ is about falling for the emo-traps set for us by the real elite, who encourage us to focus on personal and sexual issues so we can’t see the power-grabs going on around the world.

And there’s a class of clever, well-rewarded entertainers employed to play to the Remain establishment’s prejudice. Ordinary Brits, downtrodden by globalist forces from which educated professional smartcrackers are relatively immune, are guyed by the comparison with a toad. Despicable; an easy and suitable target for us sophisticates; ‘deplorables’, to coin a phrase.

I wonder how these salon sallies would play in coastal fishing communities; in the broken mining areas; in the housing estates around closed steelworks; in the built-over former car factories; on the struggling farms across the country?

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Rolf Norfolk
Rolf Norfolk
Rolf Norfolk is a former teacher and retired independent financial adviser.

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