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    Philip Dunn(Author),Sally Artz(Illustrator)

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Q: What do you get if you put a Conservative minister and a left-wing comedian on Question Time? A: A minister who is at a disadvantage because she/he doesn't know any anti-left jokes of course ! In this and similar BBC settings, the inevitable leftist, anti-Tory jibes and grandstanding seem to have the edge, and colour public feeling - not just about ministers and policies, but the United Kingdom itself. This is no laughing matter! We are entitled to feel better about Britain and its past. For too long the left have monopolised these instruments, and sarcasm and insults continue to be part of their modus operandi. What can we do about this unequal situation? Well, we can turn the tables on the lefty stand-ups for starters - by using jokes, wit, invective, humour, and sarcasm. Information and insights about the left, and the ability to identify leftist language and mores, are also valuable, and the content in this book provides that too. So, if you simply want to annoy a lefty moonbat, or get clued-up on the counter-culture's high priest Herbert Marcuse (in Hades), or could do with a tonic against left-wing propaganda, then this book is for you. This irreverent collection of jokes, one-liners, aphorisms, wisecracks, verse and more is as subversive as it is crucial to British comedy (and politics). This book is irrepressible! With illustrations by the indomitable Sally Artz, creator of such memorable characters as `Libby, the Liberated Wife' and `Our Gran', this uniquely extensive, left-deflating book is sure to make waves and stamp its place in British history as the first, best and only book of jokes about the left!

'For anyone searching for a humorous antidote to the politically anodyne, the necessary antithesis to the liberal thesis, look no further as Philip Dunn's witty and trenchant book has arrived. This delightful volume is a much-needed slap in the faces of the presumptive progressives and social justice warriors that dominate our airwaves and universities. Dunn's work is an honest and effective tool in the Right's ever-growing arsenal of sarcastic and satirical counter-responses to the politically correct shibboleths of our age.' -- Will Franken, libertarian conservative comedian; 'Much needed light relief! If you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at?' Gisela Stuart, Labour MP Birmingham Edgbaston, 2016; 'An amusing and witty guide to British history' Jeremy Black, historian; 'For the last thirty years the left has held sway in the education system and the entertainment industry. Luckily the backlash has begun -- the Brexit vote was a powerful indicator. This coruscating volume is evidence of the turning tide - the left's self-important celebrities are now themselves the butt of satire.' -- Michael Blackburn, writer, poet, and lecturer.;'The Left take themselves very seriously and that is the funniest thing about them. But because the comedy gate-keepers - from the BBC to the Comedy Store - are also true believers too, the Left never gets the rinsing it deserves. Until now. This clever and witty compilation of 'take downs' of Leftism leaves no leftie shibboleth intact. It's a must buy for Christmas if you want to LOL at the Left' -- Kathy Gyngell, Conservative Woman. Phil Dunn was Museum Registrar at the People's History Museum in Manchester for over 20 years. As a curator of the museum's research collections and public displays he acquired an extensive knowledge of early trade unions and their banners, radical British politics, and the visual culture and ideologies of the broad left. Born in Dalkeith, Scotland, his degree in Modern History at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology included a two year specialism in Labour history studies. This, combined with his knowledge of the museum's banner, poster and photograph collections, provided him with valuable insights into UK Communism, the Labour Party 1901-1984, late 20th century political protest, and revolutionary Marxism. Similarly, his observations on the growth of Neo-Marxist Critical Theory in museum culture and in UK museum training courses and publications revealed to him the new liberal left orthodoxy that had become established in Britain's museum and arts sectors. Following retirement in 2014, he put versifying aside -- his main interest -- and set about writing and selecting the diverse material for this book, all the time looking for new angles, invective and humour. He hopes to return to the writing of verse and poetry before too long.

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  • By Thersites on March 2, 2018

    From comedian, Will Franken: "This delightful volume is a much-needed slap in the faces of the presumptive progressives, leftist virtue signallers, and social justice warriors that dominate our airwaves and universities. The geopolitical revolutions of 2016 were only mere pinpricks compared to the essential cultural revolution that is yet to come. Soon may the day arrive when the arts – theatre, music, and, above all, comedy – will finally break free from the stranglehold of leftist orthodoxy. Until then, let us welcome Philip Dunn and this tonic for an ailing West". -- From Will Franken, libertarian conservative comedian; uncited parts of his larger endorsement, pasted here by the author, Philip Dunn.“Lots of thoroughly well-deserved jokes about the Tories, UKIP etc., so let's have a bit of balance. Do Momentum members have a sense of humour? Can they take a joke about his Saintliness, the Blessed JC? ALL politicians should be ready for a bit of pisstaking!”. From Mick Carr, book's Facebook page comment; posted here by Philip Dunn, author.“The theory I subscribe to is if you can't laugh at yourself you should not laugh at others”. From Paul Massey, book's Facebook page comment; posted here by author, Philip Dunn."Yes I agree. Communism in all its guises is a little like buying a suit when you are 16 yrs old and trying to keep on wearing it in to your 60s. You grow and change shape but the suit remains the same, you begin to look somewhat silly and awkward after time". From Barrie Greatorex, book's Facebook page comment; posted here by the author, Philip Dunn.

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