Friday, August 12, 2005

Friday Forecasts

OK, time to set out the runners and riders for the next week of watching ...

Aaronovitch, I am convinced, has more for us on his theme of "our precious civil liberties and why we must get rid of them". However, having given us "libertarian slogans won't cut it" this week, it is now time to "reach out to the left". Another week of authoritarianism lite would eat into his credibility too much. So my guess is that he will abandon the theme of the War On Some Kinds Of Terror and do us a column about famine in Niger.

Cohen is a racing certainty to mention the BA workers' strike, but I would guess that it will be in the Standard column rather than the Observer. There's also a funding crisis at the Royal Free Hospital at the moment, so if this is "reach out to the left" week he'll be able to knock out a bit about the PFI.

The "Harry's Place" forecast would be for something about Dr Sa'ad al-Faqih, but this would be too much like shitting where you eat as it the big story is about someone getting a comment published in the Guardian, so I would guess that it will either go unremarked, or they will have to fight a proxy war via someone else. Perhaps we need a column about the deported "preachers of hate"?

Time to put my money down; I think that preachers of hate is the topic and that the decent left spin is "if people are so concerned about deporting people to Syria to be tortured, why aren't they asking why Syria is a torturing regime in the first place". Messieurs, faites vos jeux in the comments below.


Blogger The Couscous Kid said...

Nick Cohen to write critically about Robin Cook on Sunday.

8/12/2005 07:12:00 PM  
Blogger Backword Dave said...

I'll go for decadence. How can Spectator writers and Tory MPs of all people agree with preachers of hate about sexual mores? Hypocrisy! But looking at the so-called left, they're more right than they know.

8/12/2005 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Much like expecting the Australian's to score 400 I think people are basing everything too much on history.

I think Cohen might be priming himself for his first proper right-wing and unashamed of it column, revelling in that thrill of 'intellectual honesty'.

So a toss-up between 'The limits to immigration' or 'ID cards aren't going to kill you'.

8/13/2005 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this might be where Unite Against Terrorism gets its first direct plug - with a strong suggestion that anyone who doesn't is a conscious agent/pathetic dupe of the Islamonazis

- RK

8/13/2005 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

It's down with multi-culturalism and can't we all unite under good decent (white) British values

Oh and anyone who talks about anti-racism is just in it for the money (unlike Nick who writes as a community service)

8/14/2005 09:13:00 PM  
Blogger the management said...

I think Sonic takes the prize for this week.

8/16/2005 09:49:00 PM  

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