It's a while since I've listened to Radio 4's Saturday Review, as I grew impatient with the self-important blowhards then appearing on it, but I began listening tonight...
...only to be brought up short within seconds of the first guest's contribution.
And what was it that made me move towards the off-switch? Well, by this from long-term Saturday Review regular Amanda Craig about Armando Iannucci's new film The Death of Stalin:
I think this is the best film I've seen this year. It's satire at its most savage, and also its most pertinent because we are, of course, living in another age of dictators - whether it's Trump or Putin or Kim Jung-il - and these things are all too horribly real.
Yes, "of course", Trump is a "dictator" worthy of comparison to Stalin and it's definitely "horribly real" that she's so confident in her views about "Kim Jung-il" (sic). And can you believe that no one, not even Tom Service, picked her up on any of that?
The programme's website, incidentally, framed the film in this way:
How funny can a film about the death of the man whose regime saw the murder of hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens actually be?
"Hundreds of thousands"? That's one heck of an understatement.