“Very funny.” The Guardian
Global Village Idiot
Dubya, Dunces, and One Last Word Before You Vote
978-0-8021-4038-8 • $12.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2004
Humor (Current Affairs)
In this collection of hilarious essays, John O’Farrell is England’s “left-wing limey” answer to P. J. O’Rourke.
“In the Bush’s annual Christmas card update on all the things their family have been up to during the previous twelve months, colleagues of ex-President Bush were particularly irked by the round-robin they received from George Sr. and Barbara this Christmas: ‘Young George W is getting on just fine in his job of President of the United States (thanks for the help, Jeb!). He is looking forward to starting World War Three in the new year and Dad has been helping him find Iraq on the old family atlas. Coincidentally, this is also the time that he’ll be beginning his campaign for reelection, and as Dubya says: “I will not be impedemented!”’
Winner of the Best Columnist of the Year at the British Liars’ Awards and Britain’s best-selling satirist, O’Farrell takes dead aim in Global Village Idiot at cell phones, awards ceremonies, genetic sheep splicers, America’s right-wing cabal of dunces, dunderheads, dimwits, and the Big “D” himself.
A jokewriter for British prime minister Tony Blair, and a writer for the groundbreaking television show Spitting Image, O’Farrell meticulously researched his conclusions “by spending five minutes on the internet and then giving up.” And while O’Farrell’s sharpest barbs and stingers have often been written to come out of the mouths of grotesque puppets and politicians, this time around he keeps the best lines for himself: ‘‘With the election of the 43rd President of the United States, the global village is complete. It has its own global village idiot.”