Friday, March 31, 2006

Anyone up for a Friday Forecast?

Does the peerages scandal have another week's worth in it? Will Dave finally plug his blog? Is it not past time for Nick to be gravitationally drawn back to the subject of Ken Livingstone? Can we all agree to forget about the embarrassment that was the "March for Free Expression"? Is the world ready for a long hymn of praise to Tony Blair's foreign policy vision? Or is it the week for "NHS in Crisis"?

These questions and fewer, answered in our Friday Forecast competition!


Blogger Matthew said...

Nick's been doing his bit for the environment recently with a lot of recycling, so I think Wembley Stadium is a definite, and two HP steers, Galloway, and Hitz.

Aaro is building up for a 'Why aren't we more grateful to Tony Blair'.

Nick on Wednesday will talk about today's study into women's sexual beliefs, and he'll accidentally send the copy to the wrong floor of Associated Newspapers to accidentally apply for a Daily Mail job.

3/31/2006 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

Nick on Sunday - 2 from 3 of these on HP Sauce:

* Condi visits Blackburn mosque
* Madeleine Bunting and the Enlightenment
* Galloway and the fake sheikh

3/31/2006 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nick on Wednesday will talk about today's study into women's sexual beliefs"

Ooh, yes. The free market in female sexuality. We haven't had that for a bit. fnarr, fnarr.

he will then ruin his chances at the Mail through feeling a sudden urge to restore his left credentials and calling for a government controlled market in female sexuality

3/31/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the free market in sexuality is certainly due for another appearance; I think it gets four stars on its little McDonalds badge this time.

I don't think that Galloway and the sheikh is a runner because Nick won't have seen what the NoTW has actually come up with.

I now believe that the final Seal of Dacre (does anyone fancy actually judging that competition btw? I don't) is "Many if not most rape allegations are false" and that Nick won't be ready to join the Mail till he says it. So Sunday might be a watershed.

3/31/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the way, the Gerard Baker blog is a real washout. I put up a comment there that I'm really proud of (I was suggesting that with his constant relapses into saying that Iraq was a good idea, Baker is like a junkie who keeps trying to give up but always ends up injecting heroin into his foreskin in a public toilet) but it never appeared for some reason.

3/31/2006 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

* Madeleine Bunting and the Enlightenment

Oooh, I'd have a fiver on that, definitely. If you read the original post, you can see why it would tick all NC's boxes. Personally, I think Bunting's rumbled the fact that the 'hard liberals' are using 'The Enlightenment' as a stick to beat their opponents (especially Muslim ones) rather than viewing the Enlightenment itself being anti-Islam. But that won't stop NC from giving her a kicking.

3/31/2006 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Nick probably won't mention the MFFE because there's no evidence he actually turned up, though I suppose he might make an excuse for his absence then take the "this is the start of something big!" line. Otherwise, I'm backing The Left's Silence On China.

3/31/2006 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Wembley is a total disaster (but then I would). Stephen Pollard thinks so too. The whole thing's been on Tessa Jowell's watch, hasn't it? Nick could be part of an avalanche.

Apart from that, part of the game of being a columnist is finding a new angle. So I agree on Dr Rice. (It's probably hugely hypocritical of me, as I refer to the Defence Secretary as "Buff", but I'm uncomfortable with "Condi": the cod-familiarity which is levelling with most politicians seems condescending when used on a black woman.) The Nick angle could be "when Jack Straw visited Dr Rice" (as he has). Otherwise, Galloway and the fake sheik (aka aren't I even handed? I prefer Galloway to a rival publisher), Ken and whatever, and quite possibly traffic wardens. I think the Madeleine Bunting thing is too obsessive and stalkerish; it only works on the "yeah, Norm says Bunting is crazy" level. (The objections are all about 'yeah but, elsewhere, right, she defended Islam, yeah, so she's like a traitor'.)

I've said this before, and been wrong, but DA is going off on a tangent. Now is a good time to summarise weight loss, the London Marathon, accepting middle age, etc. It's that or find some neglected atrocity and go "Look, when was the last time the MSM or a left-winger blogger outside Harry's Place covered ..." Hmmm. Maybe Indonesia.

3/31/2006 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Shit, Harry Fletcher again!

4/02/2006 01:26:00 AM  

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