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Identity Crisis

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One character – one you can't help liking – is a money-grubbing, alpha male-chasing young Tory Pakistani woman who works for a dodgy political data mining firm. In Elton’s novel, time and again, chronicles the same process of the shifting tides of opinion, and the variable fortunes of protagonists, some horrible, some of whom are moral, well-intentioned people. This satire of identity politics and media manipulation must be effective because readers on both the left and right think it’s unfair to them.

The absolute collapse of respect for truth, for standards of informed debate, and the clear, unashamed celebration of the style of the playground bully… everybody's vaguely hoping things can go back to normal but I don't think they ever can. Other people who are involved in culture-war issues also keep turning up murdered or having committed suicide, including a TERF, a prominent feminist historian spearheading a terribly silly campaign to retrospectively prosecute Samuel Pepys for sexual abuse, the sexual predator actor she worked with, a couple of Christian hotel owners who turned away a gay couple, a far-right incel, a Black girl on a council estate, and a straight couple on a queer edition of Love Island. Toby was looking into the face of nothing less than an existential threat to the entire marketing industry.However, the two last books and my favourites from Elton were: The Two Brothers and Time and Time Again which were of a different style to earlier novels and with Identity Crisis I feel Ben has shifted back to his earlier self. I wonder what the discussions behind the scenes were like, because this book feels a little compromised. Meanwhile, each day another public figure confesses to having ‘misspoken’ and prostrates themselves before the judgement of Twitter.

Elton accepts the possibility that he could be misrepresented by those who would rather seek outrage than actually read the book. For the record so am I, but I would also probably take cues from the fact that every Brexit novel has been shit. It did give a look at how mad our society has become and how our outrage is manipulated by hashtags and how lots of us struggle to understand the changing way we identify gender. I thought I had a handle on his politics, but it's to his credit that he's managed to satirise our contemporary crazy world so it is not clear whether he is railing against the world-gone-mad political correctness, harking back to a simpler time, or embracing it. In June 2023, Elton presented Ben Elton: The Great Railway Disaster, a Channel 4 documentary about rail privatisation.

No one is safe as Ben Elton sends up everything from fake news culture to extreme gender politics, from political sloganism to the power of the hashtag, and everything in between. The attempts at satire and commentary on political correctness and social media were interesting but I felt as if that took over. He wanted to be a stagehand at the local theatre, but instead did A-Level Theatre Studies and studied drama at Manchester University in 1977. Elton wrote and produced The Thin Blue Line, a studio-based sitcom set in a police station, also starring Rowan Atkinson, which ran for two series in 1995 and 1996. Running through it all though is the outrage so often generated on social media, the impact it can have on people and very on trend how public opinion is manipulated insidiously for all manner of reasons.

Benjamin Charles Elton AM (born 3 May 1959) is a British-Australian comedian, actor, author, playwright, lyricist and director. The book is chiefly concerned with spotlighting the catastrophic collapse of much public debate into a giant rolling fatberg of grievances, real and imagined misunderstandings, and ugly eyes-closed partisanship.Given this, the omniscient, distant third person perspective prevented me from getting as close to the characters and engaging in their internal worlds as much as I would have liked. The book is not devoid of unintentionally hilarious insights, however: I do now know that Ben Elton thinks that a gender- and sexuality-diverse Love Island would not work because the contestants would not be sufficiently interested in fucking/fighting each other.

And yet one person, who'd been a bit of a golden boy – he certainly went out with a girl I was besotted and unrequitedly in love with – he came up and he said, 'Why did you come?I think this is a book where anyone can have a good laugh at how silly things are getting and also have a good worry about how strange things are getting, and generally enjoy a comedy thriller which I think is very firmly in the stuff that's on everybody's mind. A television version of Teenage Kicks for ITV has been made; Elton appeared in the pilot but was replaced by Mark Arden when it went to series production. Kate, who follows police procedure, accepts Sammy’s identity as a transgender woman and see her genitals as of no consequence. Ben Elton’s Identity Crisis is a dreary, unentertaining and uninspired “satire” - confirmation bias in book form for the olds that modern stuff is rubbish.

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