This, from The Evening Harold (a satirical social media presence m'lud -
I've just discovered they also have a website http://eveningharold.com/)
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of the great Jeremy Hardy at the tender
age of just 57.
The great-grandson of Hollywood legend Oliver Hardy he was renowned for his
cutting satirical comedy which was strongly influenced by his socialist
This led to him becoming known as the UK's foremost commie-dian.
A regular on radio panel shows such as The News Quiz and I'm Sorry, I
Haven't a Clue, Perrier award winner Jeremy's great humour, wit and
repartee made him a much loved and respected bloke among his audience and
comedical peers alike.
Never afraid to court controversy however, JH once got banned from Burnley
for suggesting that BNP members and supporters should be shot. Sounds quite
reasonable really, but still it upset a few racist nutters and made the
Likewise in his last Guardian column entry he wrote "Frankly, I do not see
my job as keeping our rulers on their toes; Id rather see them hanging by
In these troubled times when satire is nigh on impossible due to the innate
silliness of the people 'in charge' who satirise themselves with every word
and gesture, we now more than ever need the likes of Jeremy Hardy to show
us that fun can still be poked at the seemingly unpokable and that funny
folk can be trusted to tackle the most serious of issues."
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959