From This Week's Tribune Diary
"Nick 'neotrot' Cohen, lately responsible for a lengthy published rant deriding the left for its opposition to the war in Iraq, has been given a dressing down by his mother, for being politically incorrect. Well, it was more than that actually. She gave him a slapping. Mum Maggie was seriously upset at being called a Stalinist in the opening pages of nasty Nick's book. Not least because, when the Cohen family last gathered together to enjoy a jolly Christmas, cowardly Nick failed to mention the reference, or even the book. Maggie, a lifelong leftie, could not contain her feelings when she next saw her son. Although diminutive to Nick's beanstalk propsitions, she let him have one round the chops. 'In all the years they were growing up I never hit the children,' Maggie recently told friends. 'Now I have to do it when he is grown up.'"