The comedy hour

Family Guy is my favourite TV programme.

I love its irreverence, lack of respect and plain craziness. I try as hard as I can to make sure I catch it every weekday at 6. It used to go straight through until 7, at which point I always switch to the news. For the past few weeks, though, Rules of Engagement has been on the air at 6:30 and most times I do something else or watch that until 7.

I was really missing the other half hour of Peter Griffin, Quagmire (giggity) and the others in Family Guy until I recently discovered that it had reappeared within my 7 o’clock programme, the news.

People, that’s the only way I can describe some of the things I have been hearing and seeing in the news. Sometimes I really have to ask myself whether I’m not watching Family Guy or Saturday Night Live. These people can’t be for real.

Last night I saw the Attorney General proclaiming in the House of Assembly how surprised he was to learn that a local dance group was entertaining visitors on a cruise ship docked here. Wuh? Skipper, I thought wunnah job was ensuring that things like this happen, doing wunnah best to open up these avenues for artistes. An’ you surprised? Well there’s a thing, neh! In case yuh din’ know, some musicians does play at de airport sometimes, too. I wouldn’ want yuh to ketch anedduh surprise.

It always grinds my gears (there’s Peter Griffin again) when people seem so shocked by things which they should know, particularly when these people are being paid out of the public purse. I know that Government can’t do everything but what it can do and is supposed to do, in my book, is create opportunities for its people.

That means that if you are negotiating with cruise ship people, one would expect that you would seek to create opportunities for local artistes and crafts people, so that they too can get a slice of the tourism pie and not just the big operators. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that local artistes are working on cruise ships when they are docked here; it should be the norm.

Then again, perhaps I’m being too hard on the AG, a Philippian like me. Perhaps this came up at a meeting with the Minister of Tourism and somebody wrote and told him he shouldn’t attend any meetings with that Minister except with his permission. That seems to be the thing these days, ent it?


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