Friday, August 26, 2005

Friday forecasts

Not much to work with this week; I'm rolling over my own forecasts from last week, although I suppose that there is some possibility that Aaro will write up his Brunei trip in the column rather than in the Travel section. I actually suspect that the Cohen col won't appear at all as it would be his second week of holiday (assuming he is on holiday; the Observer sez "away" which might mean he's researching something?).

Harry's Place indicator isn't really much help either; there sort of seems to be a general theme of "comparisons with the ANC", but it would be much too blatant a steal ... wouldn't it?

If you want to tweak your predictions or to join in the contest, it's in the comments below ...


Blogger Matthew said...

I think the Harry's Place runner is surely an attack on the MCB? This would be based on the John Ware BBC documentary, and probably allow an attack on the BBC in as well, 'The BBC, for once, stood up for liberal values...'.

8/26/2005 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, "anonymous" has that one as "from MCB to BNP one letter at a time" but your version is sufficiently specific that we'll be able to tell which one of you has won.

8/26/2005 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually thinking about it, Cohen is on hols so there is nothing to bet on for Sunday, so predictions can be made up until Monday 5pm.

8/26/2005 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Bloody hell. We've all been left looking fools. Cohen's back, he's talking about the waste of government money on alternative medicines, and then, quite astoundingly, blaming the EU for not doing enough about Uzbekistan and congratulating Bush on not hiding his holiday destination, which is his own ranch in Texas.

8/28/2005 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Simon said...

Damn. I was going to take a punt on 'why is the EU soft on Uzbekistan', because there had been a very similar piece in Friday's Economist which I thought he might pick up on, but I left it because I assumed he'd still be away.

The difference between his piece and The Economist's, though, is that The Economist criticised the US for its equal inaction towards Karimov. This puts Nick Cohen in the unusual position of being softer on US foreign policy than The Economist.

8/28/2005 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Sonic said...

What is weird is that he attacks the EU for being soft on Uzbekistan, but not a peep about the USA, Geroge Bush or the British Govt doing nothing either.

Did I miss the EU becoming the worlds leading military and economic power over the weekend?

8/28/2005 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

I think this is the effect of the 'Cohen churner'. In the original Economist article, they contextualised their criticism of the EU by saying that it might have the most diplomatic influence over Uzbekistan (something to do with their shared membership of some organisation or other, IIRC), and that the US was therefore waiting to follow their lead.

Cohen, with his uncanny ability to strip his plagiarised opinions to the bone even when they don't make sense any more, has cut out all this and just left the bit where he gets to be rude about EU foreign policy.

'Without prejudice' means about the same thing as 'indiscriminate', y'know.

8/30/2005 09:16:00 PM  

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