The government has banned an unaccompanied ventriloquist’s dummy from entering the UK under the Terrorism Act. Home Secretary Alan Johnson said that speech was a ‘dangerous thing in the wrong mouth’ and the government had a duty to protect the public.
‘This ventriloquist’s dummy may have said nothing seditious so far,’ said Mr Johnson, ‘but who is to say that behind it there isn’t a dangerous Islamist or American shock-jock? Post-9/11, this government cannot be too careful or realistic.’
Defending his decision from allegations of antiventriloquism, Mr Johnson revealed that as a boy he’d been thrilled by Lord Charles and Spit the Dog, and that he had learnt many of his political skills from Orville the Duck.
Posted: Feb 1st, 2010 by roybland