Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday forecast

I think everyone's a bit demoralised and enervated after that "Road to Guantanamo" fiasco, so chomp down a couple of bruschetta, take a few swigs of your favourite Oddbins special and restore courage with the Friday Forecast competition!

My guesses:

Nick, Obs: Elizabeth Cheney broadcasting to Iranians and how the Left hate it because they're ani-Semites or something.

Aaro: Dubai Ports World, basically a rewrite of Gerard Baker's piece in the same newspaper, but not so bloody boring.

Nick, Standard: Same as the Observer. Freddie Flintoff's new baby.

10 Comments:

Blogger Matthew said...

Difficult one this week, with no obvious Harry's Place steer.

I think

CohenOb - I think he'll attack Malcom Wicks and David Cameron for installing wind turbines on their houses, use it to denegrate the whole idea of renewable energy, and the liberal left. The government report into cities. George Clooney.

Aaro - Something to do with Hastings.

NickES - I think he'll attack Malcom Wicks and David Cameron for installing wind turbines on their houses, use it to denegrate the whole idea of renewable energy, and the liberal left. The government report into cities. George Clooney.

3/10/2006 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

Nick Obs: I go for International Women's Day in Teheran, demonstrators being beaten up by regime loyalists and how this shows the moral bankruptcty of the liberal left intelligensia. ("The people you would have thought of as their natural comrades were busy toasting President Ahmadinejad at their fashionable dinner parties ...")

Failing that, I go for some other event X and how that shows the moral bankruptcy of the liberal left intelligensia. But I suspect that's cheating.

3/10/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

Nick Obs: I go for International Women's Day in Teheran, demonstrators being beaten up by regime loyalists and how this shows the moral bankruptcty of the liberal left intelligensia. ("The people you would have thought of as their natural comrades were busy toasting President Ahmadinejad at their fashionable dinner parties ...")

Failing that, I go for some other event X and how that shows the moral bankruptcy of the liberal left intelligensia. But I suspect that's cheating.

3/10/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous redpesto said...

Failing that, I go for some other event X and how that shows the moral bankruptcy of the liberal left intelligensia. But I suspect that's cheating.

Not cheating, just a recognition of a boilerplate, cut/paste NC column (think of it as an each-way bet)

DA - Education bill vote or Legislative and Regulartory 'Reform' bill (if a domestic column); Abu Ghraib (if international)

NC (Observer): another kicking for Rowan Pelling as part of a 'Nick does smut' rant; a rant against the Newsnight piece on how Britain helped Israel get the Bomb (and why Iran shouldn't have it)

NC (ES): grammar schools (if the Education Bill vote has happened by them)

3/10/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Simon said...

I think it'll be the Oscars for Nick in the Obs, specifically an Oliver Kamm lift on the failure of Hollywood to advance Black Americans in comparison with the army. Although that was a Times column by Kamm, which makes the lift more difficult.

Maybe also Ming Campbell, and his failure to show solidarity with Iraqi democrats.

3/10/2006 04:03:00 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Ming Campbell is going to be a top target for Cohen or Aaronovitch, but probably not just yet.

3/10/2006 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger Backword Dave said...

Hmm. Nick gets three in the Obs as a rule, so. Last one will be the now traditional Lib Dem thing. Lembit Opik can fly a plane, so how's that compatible with the new Green right wind Lib Dems. This shows the moral bankruptcy of the ...

Grammar schools is too easy. I don't think he's mentioned buses for a bit, so evil Muslims on benefits plot to bomb our bendy buses.

He may even lead with Profumo, typical of the moral turpitude of the chattering classes, that sort of thing.

I'll take Aaro on Linda Smith, or if not her something softer -- not politics, more -- life, eh? who really knows anything? Why are we here? That sort of stuff.

Nick in the ES, some fat bloke on a Murdoch paper writes my columns the day before I do. Is he spying on me? Does tin foil really deflect 99% of all mind control rays? [This may be a bit of a long shot.]

3/10/2006 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Simon said...

Ming Campbell is going to be a top target for Cohen or Aaronovitch, but probably not just yet.

I dunno; if Cohen did Ming this week, it would fit my theory that he's sometimes a little bit topical, but not quite so topical as to cover the last three or four days' news in his column (which might suggest he writes it midweek).

I think he was probably expecting a Huhne win so he could riff on his call for a deadline for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But Ming is still anti-war, albeit more equivocally so, so he'll have to do.

3/10/2006 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Backword Dave said...

Simon, you're dead right. (See the next post; if it doesn't show up, keep hitting "refresh.")

OK-- *when* does Nick write his columns? Slobodan Milosevic dies in jail. That's got to be worth a column. However, I'm with Simon here, and the ink is already dry (so to speak).

3/11/2006 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous rioja kid said...

"Failing that, I go for some other event X and how that shows the moral bankruptcy of the liberal left intelligensia..."

This was really what was so unpleasant about his column this week. I doubt we'll be hearing much from Nick about the Sudan when it doesnt give him this opportunity. I say, Slobo this time, perhaps with the theme that there was a time wyhen the liberals hadnt "sold out", thogh he may try for a smear by retrospectively identifying "the liberal left" as a whole with the Neil Clarke tendency.

3/11/2006 04:35:00 PM  

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