Viz is 30 years old, apparently, and the Spectator – which has always rather liked the comic – marks the fact with a fine article by Sinclair McKay (no link – buy it from a newsagents you tight-fisted bastards). I say it’s a fine piece, but I think Sinclair does make the mistake of believing Viz to be well to the right of centre, and even Tory - given its scathing depiction of yob culture, sexual profligacy, idleness, drunkenness and stupidity and its magnificently un-PC approach to homosexuality, feminism, environmentalism and indeed racism. I suppose it’s an easy mistake to make, seeing that the left has come to be defined by its leniency towards those earlier qualities I mention and its humourless credulity towards those latter qualities. But again – and it’s a familiar refrain of mine, I know – that isn’t the left which I signed up to, and nor is it one which has ever had much beyond popularity beyond London, and certainly not in the north east of England, where I grew up and from where Viz emanates. My guess is that the comic’s creators are either apolitical, like most people in the country, or even old fashioned Labour, given the avidity with which they snipe at Conservative politicians and the strong undercurrent of class war which permeates most issues. It is the fault of the Labour Party, though, that such a stance could be misconstrued as being pro-Tory.