Sat Oct 7th, 2006 at 03:44:05 PM EST
Readers of a certain age will have fond memories of this satirical show - which was a lot like Monty Python, but based on real events.
As it happens, it's also a good lead in for black comedy news stories you won't find being reported by the mainstream media in the UK.
For example, this one, which I'm shamelessly stealing from this Kos diary.
Rocket launcher `found at dentist's house'
A retired Grange dentist is accused of being part of a bomb plot after a record number of explosives were seized in a Lancashire town [...]
Police found rocket launchers, chemicals, British National Party literature and a nuclear or biological suit at his home.
Note the use of the plural there - rocket launchers. Not just one rocket launcher, which would be frightening enough. But many.
Now, it's surely strange that with worries about terrorism this doesn't seem to have made the headlines. Especially considering that this Mr David Jackson also had a bio/chemwar suit and more explosives than anyone has ever found before in the UK, outside of a military weapons depot.
If Mr Jackson happened to be Muslim, I'm sure we'd all be under curfew by now, and spying on our neighbours.
But in fact Mr Jackson is a member of the far-right proto-fascist British Nationalist Party. Apparently not being swarthy disqualifies him from being a terrorist - presumably he'll be labelled a nuisance and given a stern talking to, instead of being sent to Afghanistan for waterboarding and a course of aggressive foot massage with a baseball bat.
I'm not suggesting that the MSM in the UK is engaging in some kind of coverup here, or is complicit with the BNP. What interests me more is how narratives are created and maintained, and how anything outside of them seems to slip off the radar.
If anti-terrorism police action in the UK were reality-based, the obvious lesson to be drawn from Mr Jackson's unfortunate arrest is that there are any number of crazies out there, and some of them will be far more dangerous than swarthy people with home-made bombs.
But my guess is this won't get much in the way of serious media traction. Because it doesn't fit the official anti-Muslim clash-of-civilisations narrative.
If it's one of our own who's going to blow up a load of innocent people - that's not so bad, is it?
(And while we're here - where, exactly, can you pick up rocket launchers in the UK? Or don't we need to worry, because they don't sell them to brown people?)