Opinion: It feels like the 90s all over again

PUBLISHED: 08:30 20 October 2019

Comedian Steve Allen wonders whether we are living in a computer simulation.

Comedian Steve Allen wonders whether we are living in a computer simulation.


Time has gone so quickly. I have finished filming on the final episode of The Mash Report for another series. Over the last six weeks so much news has happened.

For the first few weeks big stories were breaking as we were filming. The details of Yellowhammer and Boris Johnson's response to the Supreme Court ruling on prorogation all came out after we had started recording. I like to think the government did that on purpose. They're afraid of the treatment they'd get from us so they bury in the news where we couldn't reach it.

I know that news happens all the time but it feels like the last six weeks have seen a particularly bountiful crop. We have had stories about the US president's impeachment and scandals in the UK involving politicians and pole dancers. It's been like the 90s all over again.

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For all of the news that's happened it feels like not a lot has actually changed. Six weeks ago people spent 75per cent of their time rowing about Brexit, 20pc of their time arguing about climate change and 5pc playing Candy Crush. Those figures haven't really moved.

I hate to get all philosophical here but how would we know if we'd all actually been wiped out by climate changed and this is what hells is like?

Or maybe Elon Musk is right. He said it's probable we're in a simulation, just existing in a computer program. Maybe it's crashed and the buffering wheel icon is spinning but nothing's happening.

While those two scenarios might not be likely somehow they feel less scary than thinking this is the actual world we are living in

We will be back next year with another series and probably have to do jokes on the same news stories again.

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