The Plastic Hippo

May 5, 2015

You are getting sleepy

Filed under: Media,Politics,Society — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Via DoubleM2

Via DoubleM2

Ask any reasonably competent comedy stage hypnotist how he or she can seemingly control minds, they will lie and say that it is a mysterious gift. The truth is less arcane and far more plausible. The trick is that anyone willing to part with money to be entertained by such hokum is already in some sort of susceptible trace. All the mesmerist need do is spot the audience members on the edge of their seats, wide-eyed and grinning, wanting to believe and participate and he has his “subjects” for the evening.

Separating the gullible from their money is relatively simple for a smooth operator but extracting votes from anxious people requires even less finesse. As the undisputed champion pub bore of all England, the shy, retiring and modest Farage creature keeps his primary ability carefully hidden to avoid exposure as a charlatan; he is an acknowledged master of stage hypnotism. Spotting fear and ignorance in the audience, he has indeed caused a political earthquake that will change the course of society and the future. He has made overt racism respectable once again.

Farage, however, is not a racist but is instead simply an opportunist looking to make a good living. Racism, xenophobia, bigotry, intolerance and fear of “others” are all as old as England itself and remain woven into the fabric of British society. Farage can recognise the subconscious predisposition to fear and hatred and with dog-whistles and auto-suggestion has invited up onto the stage those that are prone to “the influence” of mild to manic hysteria. A mere 85 years ago, Nigel would be doing lucrative gigs in Bier Kellers.

This might explain why the old, white, working-class bloke down the pub now feels empowered to shout at anyone within earshot the now familiar “I`m not a racist but..” diatribe usually involving extensive use of the “p word” and the “n word” either preceded or followed by the “c word”. It seems odd that as language is evolving at an astonishing pace, there is no derogatory slang term for fellow human beings originating in Eastern Europe so this old hypnotised bloke has to employ the “Eastern European word”. In terms of frequency, “Farage” is now as common as the “f word”.

The collective mesmerism has also affected the media chattering classes keen on even more wealth and notoriety. Under the spell of the swinging Farage pocket watch, the likes of Jeremy Clarkson and that very odd Hopkins person feel free to spout any old racist guff with impunity and without fear of prosecution. When challenged, the defence is always that of “free speech”. Unfortunately, the speech is not free because it is charged by the column inch and it is unlikely that these specimens believe the guff anyway. Under the influence, they believe they need the money and fame and will say anything to attain the rather bizarre ambition of celebrity.

Up on the stage, old blokes from the pub and the minor slebs sit slumped on chairs as if asleep. Touched on the shoulder or whispered the trigger word, they leap up and impersonate a chicken laying an egg, or a road digger with a pneumatic drill, or a baby requiring a breast or perform a morality strip tease. And….sleep.

As a form of entertainment, stage hypnotism has its attractions but if you enjoy witnessing people making fools of themselves without any awareness or memory of their humiliation, vote for UKIP. Alternatively, you could save the admission price by spending an hour or two on Facebook or Twitter.

Five…four…three…two…one…and sleep.



  1. I don’t know if hypnotism would put me to sleep but this biased article came close to it.

    Comment by Jed — May 5, 2015 @ 10:05 am | Reply

  2. Having seen Eds ill-advised reveal of the Stone of Stunning Naivety, I am beginning to beileve in Dr. Mesmer.

    Someone has convinced him that this a vote-winner. At least he has offered his resignation. Like Moses.

    My suggestion is to slap him soundly to wake him from his torpor.

    Then terminate his cringe making use of the phrase ‘working families’ and cure his fear of making a proper fist.

    When he is alert, he should resign.

    The Realist

    Comment by The Realist — May 6, 2015 @ 11:34 am | Reply

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