Monday, 5 October 2015


A Poe, that is


The BBC is reporting that someone called Alex Wild, from the Taxpayers' Alliance has suggested that the Government cut pensionor benefits and that they should do it right away because most of the pensioners affected will be dead by the next election or be too senile to remember which party brought in the cuts.

This sounds like something straight off the pages of the Daily Mash or, given that it might be too sick even from them, Newswatch33.

Actually, it is reported by the Daily Mash as you can read here although they don't seem to be claiming the story is one of theirs.

It must be a Poe*, surely; I mean, no-one could seriously make a suggestion like that. At least, no-one not walking around in a nice white jacket that does up at the back.
I'm sure that, once the story has done the rounds on Facebook, someone will pop up and shout "April Fool" or something similar.

Alex Wild is apparently the Research Director for the "think tank" which is what the BBC laughingly calls the Taxpayers' Alliance. Unfortunately, I cannot find a picture of him anywhere so I have had to use this one taken from the pages of  Australian blogger AJM Crawford who may or may not look like Alex Wild.

*Poe's law is an Internet agage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, parodies of extreme views will, to some readers, be indistinguishable from sincere expressions of the parodied views

1 comment:

  1. I'm 65 you know. What's my name? Anyone seen my trousers?