Satirists have gone on strike after Ukip announced its new leader as Dick Braine, citing “impossible working conditions”.
The Spoofers’ Guild said that after a very trying couple of years, the fact that someone called Dick Braine now leads a political party is a “kick in the teeth” for all those trying to milk current affairs for laughs.
In an open letter, the satirists’ federation vowed a complete shutdown of all satirical outlets “until such a time as Dick Braine either changes his name, or we receive an adequate offer of compensation”.
The Dick Braine debacle is the latest in a string of blows to the £1trn industry, the latest being Dom Joly’s successful ascension to Number 10 as the character Boris Johnson.
Dick Braine was elected to succeed Gerard Batten as leader of the once-formidable party after he drove it into electoral oblivion by going Full Racist Nutter.
Dick Braine won 53% of the vote in a ballot of all 12 members, followed by Fanny Breeches on 20%, Mike Ockhurts on 14% and former deputy leader Lew Bricant on 12%.
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