In a dramatic move today, the Satirists' Institute placed an immediate 'Do Not Attempt Resuscitation' order on all humourous articles related to Tony Blair. This legally enforceable ban on 'creating, bumping or commenting on' any such article relating to the alleged 'disingenuous, deceitful or misrepresentative' activity of the former Prime Minister became law at 11:00 today.
Groups of worried writers gathered on the streets of Guildford this morning. 'Can this be applied retrospectively?' said one, 'I've spent the last week doing nothing but this. In my heart, I knew it would be a kindness to let them die, but it felt like a moral imperative just to keep going.'
A spokesman for the Institute issued a statement, saying, 'This ban applies immediately. It's not supposed to be punitive, simply an attempt to get some perspective back into satire and inspire some creativity. I mean to say, there's no shortage of subject matter, let's get Clegg jokes back on the agenda for example. I know he's a piss-easy target, but people probably need to break themselves back in gently to new victims after so long.'