Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Nick's column in the Standard

It's a peach. Ooh it's a pudding. It's not that it ... no, I can't bear to spoil the surprise. You'll have to wait till it comes up on the blog. But it really is a stunner. I'm chortling right now. Cyber chutney arse ducks. It really is a quite flabbergasting column. No more clues. Sorry, I'm quite overwrought with columnar intoxication.


Blogger Sonic said...

Thanks for that information free post mate....

2/22/2006 08:07:00 PM  
Blogger Bruschetta Boy said...

well sorry and all that, but it will be up on the cohenblog soon and I really do think that this is one column that you have to read in full rather than in a summary. I'd feel terrible if I spoiled the surprise, I can't explain why for obvious reasons. but I promise you it will be worth the wait.

2/22/2006 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

But what if it doesn't get onto the site?

2/22/2006 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

It's on the cohenblog now, assuming 'Married to the Mob' is the piece in question.

2/22/2006 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Bruschetta Boy said...

It got to me because I come from Tessa Jowell’s Leftish middle class ... we will all vote Lib Dem

hahahahahahahahaha. oh nick, oh really.

2/22/2006 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Friday forecast

I still fight against War
Come on you Decents!
Kate Winslet should have been fined

2/22/2006 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Backword Dave said...

Can someone remind me of the Kate Winslett issue? What did she do? And so what?

I should say that I agree with Nick regarding Berlusconi *and* the (separate) casino issue. And I don't on the other two things, and I've posted to that effect.

BTW, as I've already noted in an email to the other BB, surely Nick could have made money from David Irving if the libel suit had failed? (And isn't that a good thing?) Assuming of course that it was a spurious libel suit.

2/22/2006 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

What a very odd article.

I got the Irving prediction right though, for Sunday I predict he might jump on the Hitchens Demo bandwaggon (see here )

HP has

As has Ollie

2/22/2006 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger Bruschetta Boy said...

surely Nick could have made money from David Irving if the libel suit had failed?

Unfortunately not really; Irving doesn't actually have any money worth speaking of, so all the people who won damages against him and both sets of lawyers ended up more or less wearing the cost and grouching about it.

2/22/2006 11:52:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

It was in 'Why it's right to hate traffic wardens'*, in which he exclaimed:

Even Kate Winslet was clamped fter she left her car for a moment to go into an Islington shop.

* Which appeared in the New Statesman in 2004 and then with a few revisions in the Evening Standard late 2005.

2/23/2006 12:43:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

On Irving, in the famous libel case against Penguin and Deborah Lipstadt, he defended himself, as he had a better grasp of the material, or 'no-one's going to be able to argue this case except me', which isn't quite the same thing. Mein fuhrer.

2/23/2006 12:45:00 AM  
Blogger Backword Dave said...

Thanks Matthew and BB.
Re Kate Winslett: WTF with the "even"? I thought Nick was a Socialist or a Democrat -- and one thing both agree on is that everyone should be treated the same way.

I agree that David Irving is an idiot, but why shouldn't he have his day in court? I'm afraid I must cite Matthew's favourite journalist Andrew Marr here: Rarely have I found a controversy that eats away at me like that over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet. Partly, it's that I happen to be filming a documentary about the Enlightenment and the courage of the philosopher David Hume in taking on what was an almost Taliban-like regime in the Edinburgh of his day. (Hush! Don't tell David Aaronovitch about the "almost Taliban-like regime in the Edinburgh of his day.")
I'm also reading Terry Pratchett et al's "The Science of Discworld". P210.
Around 1850, two people independently began to wonder whether nature might play a similar game, but on a much longer timescale and in a much grander manner ... One of them was Alfred Wallace; the other -- much better known today -- was Charles Darwin. Yada yada yada and the "almost Taliban-like regime" in Oxford agreed to debate them.
Gentlemen, we have nothing to lose in debate but our ignorance.
E pur si muove!

2/23/2006 01:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

Picture the scene - a trade union office in Baghdad, surrounded by secular Iraqis, women in mini-skirts, and children taking a day off from their well-funded and freshly painted schools. It is a happy occassion, but also a sad one, because the Decent Left's work is done here, and now they have a new wrong to right - it is time for them to ride to the defence of plucky Denmark...

2/23/2006 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not quite confirmed yet. I believe they have written to the Danish embassy to ask what would be most welcome, to which the reply is almost certainly going to be 'could you just forget about it please'.

2/24/2006 08:48:00 AM  

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