Monday, November 27, 2006

Lordy Lordy

Nick is all a splutter over loans for lordships. This is a slight return to the Nick of "Pretty Straight Guys", but at this late stage does anyone care? Personally, I think it's probably more harmless for the government to be selling lordships than, say, two year exemptions from EU tobacco advertising bans, letters of recommendation for the purchase of Romanian steelworks, passport applications, large government contracts for anthrax vaccine and what have you, and rather disagree with Nick that the problem here is the structure of the upper house, rather than the fact that we have a bunch of sleazy crooks in charge (again). I suspect that someone from Labour Research managed to bend Nick's ear this week and get the plug; unless I am wrong, it was not the Bow Group which triggered the current investigation so much as a specific complaint made about Chai Patel's inclusion in a draft honours list. Other than that, not much to report; it is not a bad column although it is very thick indeed on the "it's all your fault, you the readers of the Observer, you are the very worst people in the world for allowing this to happen". It is Nick's stock in trade, the self-flagellation of the liberal left and it is getting very tired indeed (look at the desultory nature of the comments on the Observer website - even online loonies can't really be bothered any more). It is surely past time for Nick to eff off to Associated Newspapers and castigate the left from an ex-left "progressive" perspective.

4 Comments:

Anonymous redpesto said...

Nick is all a splutter over loans for lordships. This is a slight return to the Nick of "Pretty Straight Guys", but at this late stage does anyone care?

Not really, it's that rare moment of near-lucidity before the rot and the madness take hold again.

11/27/2006 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a bad column, but there is a big mental avodiance swerve by Nick here. He spends a lot of time saying what a crook, bore and liar old Cornad Black was - but oddly decides not to say that Black mostly bored on about how Bush was on a crusade for freedom, how war on Iraq was a fab idea etc. Especially as Black paid Nick for a column of such boring rubbish

11/27/2006 11:19:00 AM  
Blogger Marc Mulholland said...

I'm not sure how much the general Decent-watching brief of this site extends to the 'Dude', but readers should have fun with the review of C. Hitches' book on Paine in the London Review of Books. It's a public evisceration not to be missed.

11/27/2006 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous redpesto said...

I'm not sure how much the general Decent-watching brief of this site extends to the 'Dude', but readers should have fun with the review of C. Hitches' book on Paine in the London Review of Books. It's a public evisceration not to be missed.

Nah, it's just the warm-up act for when Nick's book gets its turn...

11/27/2006 03:27:00 PM  

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