Friday 5 November 2010

Current affairs grind to a halt in support of BBC strike


Current affairs around the world have this morning stopped what they were doing in a show of support for striking BBC journalists.

The 48 hour strike in reaction to changes to the BBC pension plan was set to see the corporation deliver a lack of coverage of major global events, before those events agreed to hold back a bit.

Ageing and seriously-ill celebrities have agreed to hold on a little while longer, Boris Johnson has agreed to keep his mouth shut, and most natural disasters have agreed to down tools until the strike is over – apart from Mount Merapi volcano.

A striking journalist on the BBC picket line explained, “Everyone knows Mount Merapi volcano is a scab.  It deliberately erupted today because it thinks the coverage we could offer is unimportant.  Well in your face Merapi!”

BBC Strike

A spokesperson for the National Union of Journalists told us, “We know for a fact there is some pretty significant stuff just waiting to happen, but they all felt the need to act in solidarity with the BBC.”

“Except for that bloody volcano.  And that Hurricane off the coast of Haiti.  And the worlds biggest flying pressurised tube deciding to become a deathtrap.”

“Oh, and RBS – but then no-one expected them to stop losing money, even just for 48 hours.”

“Yes, apart from that, nothing is happening anywhere.”

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