Telegraph blogger George Pitcher radically misses the point in his criticism of the Eye’s current cover:
The new issue of Private Eye has Lord Sugar of Loaf on the cover in his classic finger-pointing “You’re fired!” pose from The Apprentice, under the banner headline “Brown in Crisis – Sugar Spells It Out”. Sadly, though, the Eye doesn’t spell it out and the bubble from Suralan’s mouth reads “You’re F***ed!”
This is a family blog, so I won’t spell it out here. But since the Eye’s joke rather hinges on it being the F-word and, for goodness sake, this is the risk-taking Private Eye we’re talking about, shouldn’t it have just dropped the asterisks and made a virtue of the gag? It certainly would have made it funnier, by its very bawdiness. The whole thing would have worked with Sugar’s solemn face.
Err, George, you’re a vicar, you must at least have heard of ‘ambiguity’, right…?