It is a hallmark of a civilised society that there should be a good deal of satirical writing and taking the wind out of unnecessarily puffed sails.
— Lord Justice Sir Patrick O’Connor, 1972
Welcome to m’blog, Gabrielquotes.
I’m Gabriel Webber, a student of Politics & International Relations at the University of Sussex. I’m also a Liberal Jew and a freelance journalist. All of these attributes make me the sort of person that has opinions (popular or not) and feels like sharing them (welcome or otherwise).
Written in conjunction with the late Sir George Campbell, this blog is usually updated weekly during term-time, on a Tuesday morning. And I do seasonal specials. Yeah.
When not causing scandals on the Internet, I run the cheder (‘Sunday school’ on a Saturday) at Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue and volunteer as a madrich for LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism.
I also more-or-less-willingly represent the Union of Jewish Students on the Board of Deputies of British Jews (and sit on its international affairs committee) and – in my capacity as citizen of a gentile state – act as electoral Returning Officer for the University of Sussex Students’ Union.
Do be sure to check out my 2011 gap-year blog, gabrielinindia.
Satire is the bringing to ridicule of vice, folly and humbug. All the negatives imply a set of positives. You only go round saying, ‘That’s wrong, that’s corrupt,’ if you have some feeling it should be better than that.
People say, ‘You satirists attack everything.’ Well, we don’t, actually. That’s the whole point.
- A lot of the content on this blog is ironic/satirical and therefore not intended to be taken as the literal truth: I like to think it’s rather like the Bible in this respect. Quite often, no offence is intended. Satire and satirical comment are regarded as legitimate forms of freedom of expression by a substantial body of case law including Macleod v Newsquest, Elton John v Guardian and the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in the Nikowitz case.
- The views expressed on this blog are my own – except those of Sir George Campbell MP – and not necessarily the views of LJY-Netzer, Liberal Judaism, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the University of Sussex (almost certainly not), its Students’ Union, its Jewish Society, the Union of Jewish Students or any other organisation with which I am associated. Comments added by readers of this blog are the responsibility of their respective authors.
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