Magazine
Latest Issue

Martin Amis is wrong, Jeremy Corbyn is a comedy mastermind

The novelist might sneer at the new Labour leader, but he has missed the subtleties of his humour

By Ralph Jones  

Jeremy Corbyn is a master of understated comedy ©Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

You can imagine it all too easily: David Cameron looks at a room full of speechwriters and playfully says, “Right, come on, boys, let’s get some cracking jokes in there—we need people to think I’m funny.” Close your eyes and try it with George Osborne—the image will be equally vivid. But imagining the same scene with Jeremy Corbyn is an impossibility—not simply…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect