FTWC’s most-read satirical pieces of 2016

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Here is a roundup of this blog’s most-read satirical articles from 2016 in chronological order, including links.


1. Nigel Farage Joins the Remain Campaign 

On April 1, FTWC broke the news that Nigel Farage had decided to join the remain campaign.

Farage later confirmed the report…

It seems that by a coincidence, he had had the same idea for April Fool’s day. 


2. Britons awaiting orders from US President

FTWC didn’t think too much of Obama’s imperial-seeming intervention in Britain’s EU referendum campaign in mid April, and felt that it deserved a satirical piece.

Britons awaiting orders from US President


3. IS terrorist “not very bright”

When Salah Abdeslam, one of the men behind the November Paris Attacks, was described as having “the intellect of an ashtray” by his ex-lawyer, FTWC saw an opportunity to look at the different interpretations of the causes of Islamic terrorism in a humorous way.

IS terrorist “not very bright”


4. Summer holding back amid Brexit uncertainty

In early May, “Project Fear” was in full swing and the weather was miserable. FTWC produced this original contribution to the Remain Campaign’s prophecies of doom to lighten the mood…

Summer holding back amid Brexit uncertainty


5. Yes, Minister: The Labour leadership election

In late September, FTWC decided to give the Labour leadership contest the ‘Yes, Minister‘ treatment. Was it a good or bad thing that Corbyn should have won? Readers could once more learn from the wisdom of Sir Humphrey…

Yes, Minister: The Labour leadership election


6. Brexiteer breathes sigh of relief as pound crashes to 31-year low

A humorous observation on the fact that Brexiteers and Remainers might both have their own reasons for welcoming the drop in the value of the pound following the Leave vote…

Brexiteer breathes sigh of relief as pound crashes to 31-year low


7. Referendum was opinion poll, say helpful Remainers

After Britain voted to leave, some people who had hoped that Britain would vote to remain sought to maintain that the referendum had only been an opinion poll. FTWC felt that satire would best honour the absurdity of such a suggestion…

Referendum was opinion poll – Remainers


8. Duterte says opposite of what he means, explain embarrassed diplomats

Following another undiplomatic outburst from Mr Duterte, FTWC sought to shed light on the fact that the President of the Philippines suffers from a rare condition which causes him to say the opposite of what he means…

Duterte says opposite of what he means, explain embarrassed diplomats


9. UK apologises on behalf of Lily Allen over quivering upper lip

In October Lily Allen visited the Calais “Jungle” with a BBC crew. During a televised interview with one of the Calais migrants, she took it upon herself to apologise “on behalf of my country” for its immigration law, sobbing while she did so.

FTWC imagined a highly improbable scenario in which (the highly extrovert) Boris Johnson took umbrage at his public display of emotion. For this reason, he made an impassioned speech in Parliament defending the principle of the stiff upper lip, which he delivered in an unusually archaic prose…

UK apologises on behalf of Lily Allen over quivering upper lip


10. Richmond Park residents demand second by-election

After June 23, the Liberal Democrats called for a rerun of the EU referendum to get the “right” result. When Lib Dem Sarah Olney won the Richmond by-election, FTWC saw an irresistible opportunity for satire.

Richmond Park residents demand second by-election

The article collates the many reasons remainers gave for re-running the EU referendum following the vote to leave, and applies them to the Richmond by-election. These range from warnings against the “tyranny of the majority” (only after the majority had voted) to the suggestion that some people’s vote should have counted for less because they will die soon.

As one reader wrote in a comment in response to the article:


“You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.” – Art Buchwald