The National Union of Terrible Satirists, or NUTS, released a statement today complaining that it’s almost impossible to make jokes about Universal Tax Credit because it’s too bloody complicated.

“It’s a nightmare,” Staff writer for The Herald Felpersham Dogbolter told us, “Reductive jokes about Theresa May cutting bereavement benefits for orphans are really easy but trying to find some balance by explaining that there might be an offset somewhere in Universal Tax Credits is super dull.”

“Nobody knew benefits could be this complicated. Nobody.”

The news comes after Herald editor Quentin Fortesqueue created an online broohaha about cuts to bereavement allowances without bothering to wade through 6,000 pages of information on Universal Tax Credit to work out if widowed parents are better or worse off under the new system.

“Fuck me.” Quentin told us at the staff meeting this morning. “I was just trying to make people think about how they stack up their priorities.”

“I’m almost 25% confident that provision will have been made under the Universal Tax Credits system for bereaved parents. Okay?”

“It would be super cynical to think that there aren’t enough bereaved parents with school age children to make up a significantly large enough voter demographic for their benefits to be protected by the sitting government.”

Super-cynical indeed…

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.