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Meet the HousematesBelow you will find some brief notes on this year's Oh Brother housemates. More will be revealed as the experiment commences!
CharlesFlame-haired Charles is the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Recent newspaper allegations have suggested that he has a drink problem but Charles insists he is in good health. His hobbies include appearing on chat shows and hosting topical panel programmes.
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ClareClare is a former International Development Secretary who resigned from her job before she was sacked after making a fool of herself in public. She describes herself as strong-willed and left-wing, but opponents point out that she failed to quit before the war in Iraq and she was part of Tony’s government for years beforehand. Her favourite pastimes are criticising Tony in public and forming conspiracy theories.
IainIain is allegedly the former leader of the alleged Conservative Party. Quiet and reserved, Iain likes to keep himself to himself. His recent attempts at authoring and punditry have proved less than successful.
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MichaelMichael replaced Iain as the leader of the alleged Conservative Party after the public – and eventually the party – realised that Iain wasn’t up to the job. Former Oh Brother housemate Ann Widdecombe famously said that Michael had “something of the night about him” – together with his Transylvanian heritage this has formed a rich vein for humour.
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TonyPrime Minister Tony sees himself as the most senior of the housemates and likes to get his own way. Recently, though, his Labour MPs have rebelled against him, not least because of his decision to adopt a number of deeply unpopular policies. Oh Brother psychiatrists say his love of war and conflict could cause difficulties in the house. Tony also recently developed a fear of flour.
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JohnPortly John is a traditional Labour Deputy Prime Minister who is prone to gaffs. His unusual way with words have sparked much imitation, although most of it by accident. Recent suggestions about Tony’s future as leader could cause problems in their relationship, but John is said to be more concerned about whether there will be any pork pies in the Oh Brother house.
GordonBrooding Chancellor Gordon thinks he should be Prime Minister instead of Tony and will stop at nothing to get his job. Rumours persist about his meeting with John at an oyster bar, the latest in a long line of alleged plots to get rid of Tony. His favourite things are taxes and prudence, and he likes to operate in the shadows by stealth.