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 freelance journalist. I graduated in Politics & International Relations from Sussex University in 2014 and spent a year as a youth worker for Liberal Judaism. All of these attributes make me the sort of person that has opinions (popular or not) and feels like sharing them (welcome or otherwise).
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The Just William’s Year website, a unique project to catalogue and review each of the 360 classic Just William stories by Richmal Crompton one day at a time, is one of mine too.
In my so-called spare time I more-or-less-willingly represent Liberal Judaism on the Board of Deputies of British Jews and am an elected member of its Executive and its International Division. Back in the day, when I was a citizen of a gentile state, I was electoral Returning Officer at 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.
I also engage in some journalistic litigation surrounding the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Recent successful Information Tribunal cases include a university claiming requests for information regarding its expenditure were ‘vexatious’, and expense payments to former Prime Ministers of up to £115,000 each per year, under what is variously called the Public Duty Cost Allowance, the Public Duty Costs Allowance, the Public Duties Cost Allowance, the Public Duties Costs Allowance, the Public Duty Cost Allowances, the Public Duty Costs Allowances, the Public Duties Cost Allowances and the Public Duties Costs Allowances. Transparency was clearly needed.
- 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 Leo Baeck College, Finchley Progressive Synagogue, Mitzvah Day, Kingston Liberal Synagogue, LJY-Netzer, Liberal Judaism, Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue, 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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