Sunday, May 13, 2007

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.'"


Blogger Anglonoel said...

"He's not the messiah; he's a very naughty boy."

5/13/2007 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous rioja kid said...

Ach, beat me to it. Anyway, it's more like: "he's not the hope of the decent left, he's a very naughty boy."

On mother's day too.

5/13/2007 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous rioja kid said...

Owww!...but mum, it's only a polemic!

5/14/2007 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

Are "beanstalk propsitions" like the one Jack received?

5/14/2007 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone like Geras will be along soon to say that Nick's mum just doesn't get it.

5/14/2007 09:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Marc Mulholland said...

Off topic, but I note that in Christopher Hitchens' 'first they came for the smokers' piece (with which I don't really disagree, hyperbole aside), he says that the ban is congruent with,
"the stupidity and bureaucracy of Richard Nixon's "war on drugs" (such a success, like its counterpart wars on poverty and, more recently, "terror")".
Now, putting "Terror" in quotation marks, and eliding the war against it with the smoking ban is just the kind of thing that would normally send Decent Normblog into fits of apoplexy. But from that quarter there's just the usual 'isn't the Dude soooo wonderful' swoonings.

5/15/2007 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

In that piece Hitchens arguments rests on a statement about Patricia Hewitt that was an April Fool's Joke by Christopher Booker

5/15/2007 02:13:00 PM  

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