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Worst Date Ever at the Houses of Parliament: an EARLY DAY MOTION to get the kids home and end the world’s longest-running phony war

Finally, after five years writing inappropriate comedy, filing dozens of articles, ranting on the radio and doing live shows from Sydney to Mombasa: there’s a chance the UK government might help get Kony’s kidnapped kids home and end the world’s longest-running phony war.


On December 14, MPs and peers from all parties (and the Bishop of Wakefield!) skipped seasonal alcohol opportunities to watch The Worst Date Ever in the Grand Committee Room, the first ever XXX-Rated live comedy show performed in the Houses of Parliament.

Grand Committee Room, Palace of Westminster, Dec 14 2010

This show came about at the invitation of Mary Creagh MP, shadow cabinet minister and future prime minister (all is not lost, British public – there’s one politician out there who isn’t a mockney psycho). The show was put on with Amnesty International.

Parliament was completely full of coppers seeing off student protesters and their selfish demands for lessons. Inside, the Grand Committee Room was wood-panelled with sweeping ceilings, full of green leather chairs with gold portcullises on them. See above. All reasonably terrifying but the show, the last one I’ll do in Britain, was fantastic: Sunday Times Foreign Editor Sean Ryan and the Mail on Sunday’s Travel Editor Frank Barrett played themselves sending me to Uganda, to much laughter. An audience of politicians, activists, comedy people and senior clergy (bravely shouldering paedo jokes) had fun and wished they’d thought to smuggle booze in. Then we all went to the Red Lion where we got to listen to Jon Snow giving the inside story on WikiLeaks, which this week finally exposed what I’ve been trying to say about the international community, Uganda and the LRA. Finally, landlord and comedy fan Peter Cliffe got us completely drunk.

Thanks to Mary and Amnesty, the result of the Worst Date Ever is an EARLY DAY MOTION that is currently up and running and ready for your MPs to sign. They are surprisingly likely to sign it if you ask them to. After the Houses of Parliament show, EARLY DAY MOTION 117: UGANDA AND THE LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY got 17 signatures in three days, and MPs emailed people I knew to say they signed after someone drew their attention to what was happening out there.

What is happening out there is a child kidnapping / war profiteering outrage. Joseph Kony has kidnapped somewhere between 20,000 – 66,000 children and young people, and led some of the bloodiest massacres ever seen.  No one has stopped him: instead the ‘war’ has become a nice little earner for all parties, except the kids. Previous attempts to stop Kony were secretive, badly-planned disasters: Early Day Motion 117 calls on the British government to help local parties arrest Kony and key Lord’s Resistance Army members as Step One in ending the scam. It’s time to put the ‘war’ under public scrutiny.

If you get a chance, email your MP and ask them to sign. If you want to send them more info, send them here or download RESOLUTION:POSSIBLE LRA CAMPAIGN

The aim is simple: get the kids home.

Jane

The Worst Date Ever in the New York Times magazine

Here’s John Prendergast on the damn front cover!

And the The Worst Date Ever is inside.

Four Lions is out in the US – go for it, Americans

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Jane

Jane is performing Bussmann’s Holiday at the Houses of Parliament on December 14

Are you a Lord, an MP or quite cool?

Come and see the first ever XXX rated political comedy performed at the Houses of Parliament,6pm Decmeber 14. Grand Committee Room.

See Bussmann’s Holiday free in London on Tuesday 21st Sept

The Africa Centre
Covent Garden, London

September 21st 7.45pm

The show follows the Barefoot Peace Walk 2010 organised by the International Refugee Trust:

The World’s Most Wanted man, Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, has kidnapped somewhere between 20-60,000 children. On Tuesday 21 September, Londoners are demanding he be stopped.

An estimated 3,000 children are still held captive as sex slaves and soldiers. Regional governments are struggling to protect civilians and apprehend rebel leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders. Campaigners are calling for the UK, which  contributes substantial aid to the region (£130m committed to the DRC), to demand value for money and stop Kony.

Barefoot Peace Walk participants will meet at 6pm next to St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, and leave at 6.30pm for a 45-minute walk through London past landmarks including the Houses of Parliament. People are encouraged to dress in white and to walk barefoot, but this is not compulsory. The walk finishes at the Africa Centre, where events start at 7.30pm.