World of Decency!
No, I don't know what Nick's pissy little rant about Elizabeth Butler-Shloss is all about either, but it doesn't really seem to have much to do with Decency so I'm gonna let it slide. I would almost be tentatively prepared to advance the theory that Nick's been offered the Mad Mel spot in the Mail, but told that he can't have it until he can prove that his heart has been eaten up from the inside by necrotising fasciitis and replace with a tarry black ball of pure hate.
I think the interesting thing in the Observer is Denis MacShane's column in which he explains that the left-wing position on the French elections is, of course, support for the right-wing candidate. He really doesn't seem to have thought it through - it looks like he's started from the initial point that support for Sarko has to be the right thing to do since the Left are against it, and tried to come up with a grab bag of snarks about Royal to try and make an article out of it. MacShane isn't being hypocritical of course - he's maintaining his loyalty to the one political movement he's ever supported, namely Atlanticism. But it is rather annoying that he pretends that this has anything to do with any sort of left-wing or progressive values; he is simply a patriot of the United States of America.
Luckily good old Bill Keegan is there, completely slicing and dicing both the analytical vacancy and the pretentiousness of Decent Denis' column - it is a real shame Keegan gets so little prominence these days. I get the feeling that the Observer is rather embarrassed by him, which is entirely the opposite way to how it ought to be.
Who has, I see, completely lost it, with her latest article in the Speccie which posits an international conspiracy of basically everyone in the world except her and John Bolton to cover up the Iraqi WMDs.