Monday, October 01, 2007

Mote and beam alert

Kamm on Benn:

"I recall with particular distaste his invincible belief that those who disagreed with him on, for example, nuclear disarmament, were dishonourable and dishonest men."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds to me like Benn was rather prescient about Nick. And even if Concorde was a bad idea, isn't "a fundamental shift in the balance of wealth" putting it a little strongly?

10/01/2007 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Mote and Beam squared. There's another politician, on the other side of the Atlantic, who liked to see a lot of taxpayer money wasted on a supersonic jet (albeit one that never actually got built), and continually voted down attempts to curb spending on it. He even ridiculed environmental concerns that turned out to be true. His name escapes me, if only he had a society name after him...

10/01/2007 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

When Michael Foot dies, d'you reckon Kamm's going to do his usual, or is he going to use him as a stick to beat the Left with?

Faites vos jeux....

10/01/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

Kamm only evinces an interest in the distribution of wealth when he can use it as a stick with which to beat 'the left'. Curiously he doesn't make the same argument when defending, e.g. the Callaghan/Healy government's massive increases in consumption taxes in order to fund IMF loan repayments.

10/01/2007 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I love Kamm - he's like a one-man historical re-enactment society.

10/02/2007 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Also to be fair to Benn, if not to Scoop who was in it for Boeing, the concept of an SST wasn't that it would only fly the super-rich between London and NY/Bahamas. It's just like the Iraq war it didn't turn out quite like the hopes of its supporters.

10/02/2007 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger Sonic said...

Come on guys, Kamm is perfectly happy to concede that it is possible to disagree with him and still be a honourable person.

The fact that so far everyone who has ever disagreed with him turns out to a rotten Islamafascist/Anti-semitic commie is not his fault.

10/02/2007 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hilarious! I just shat myself a little bit when I read Kamm's quote. Only a little bit, mind.

10/02/2007 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that Nick wrote about internet libel in three successive columns - obs, standard, obs? The man needs to cut back, he just can't sustain this much writing. It's becoming mebarrassing

10/02/2007 07:09:00 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...


If you can be bothered to wade through this thread it's rather amusing.

It turns out that one of HPs new stars has a soft spot for a certain "hot" Neo-nazi

10/03/2007 01:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Did anyone else notice that Nick wrote about internet libel in three successive columns<<
It's because he wants to write about that litigious Saudi prince who Private Eye keep banging on about (again not exactly disproving the Cohen-Eye link that seems clearer all the time) and as a result he is incapable of thinking about anything else, even if it results in deeply boring pieces like the last obs one...

10/03/2007 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed some recent Private Eyes have had quite a lot of "what Cohen didn't manage to have printed in the Observer" stories.

Cohen (and Mad Mel and Hitch) have recently mentioned Saudi Arabia more than they used to. Could this be a trend?

Ann On Ann On

10/03/2007 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



The bishops singled out what they called the "segregation wall"

As the idea that any criticism of Israel is dubiously motivated "singling out" is a Decent cornerstone, can we assume Decents have started writing for BBC News now?

10/04/2007 10:49:00 AM  

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