One of the more entertaining features of the Christmas Number One battle has been to watch the facebook group develop into some JG Ballardian fantasy of a lower middle class up-rising. There are some marvellous discussions about how the government are now 'shitting themselves' at the potential of this facebook group. Then I spotted this gem on the group's page:
I need to meet this person immediately, and possibly run a 3-year longitudinal study of them.
People are rightly concerned that Simon Cowell appears to have designs on the British constitution (I can imagine him announcing "if you won't write one down, Mr Brown, I will!", next to a beaming Dannii Minogue who he has just appointed to the Supreme Court). What people forget is that Britain isn't only made up of millions of Daily Mail-reading parodies of right-wing populists who want to reinstate the death penalty. No. It also consists of millions of puerile conspiracy theorists who think that the media is controlled by the government in order to brainwash us. For this reason, I actually think Cowell's idea for political X Factor would make compulsive viewing, with the Prime Minister occasionally having to ring the 'red phone' in the studio, not only to defend the absence of hanging in the UK, but also to clarify that he has not been suppressing crucial information regarding George W Bush's vetting of the BBC's message boards.
I vow to give up snobbery in 2010.