‘PUNCH & JUDY’!

punch and judy

The now defunct Punch & Judy show that was once an integral part of British seaside culture and dated back the 17th century, hasn’t been performed in public since 2004, when local authorities up and down the country refused to grant performance licences. It was believed the violent puppet show promoted domestic violence towards women, and child abuse. The outrageous comedy/anarchic clowning included characters such as, Mr Punch, Judy, his long-suffering wife, a crocodile and a baby. Since Punch & Judy was banned and protection laws strengthened, there is no evidence to suggest domestic violence towards women and child abuse has declined one iota. In fact, there has been an increase in both, and an explosion of online trolling! Frankly, only a fool or a politician would ever have believed a ridiculous puppet show might encourage anyone to hit or abuse anyone else! I remind you all, 98 British children aged 10 to 14 committed suicide in the past decade. Peer pressure and social media may have played a part in some of the deaths. None can be blamed on a Punch & Judy show! I am however surprised critics of the puppet show haven’t blamed the escalation of incidences of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain on Mr Punch. Perhaps he and his ‘cohorts’ are responsible for the missing 10,000 unaccompanied children who are believed to have been trafficked by gangsters across EU borders, for purposes of child labour and prostitution!? British Society continues to be governed my morons with double-firsts from Oxbridge!

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