Sunday, February 03, 2008

Nick on the significance of shoulder pads.

One imagines the conversation:

Nick: Hello, is that Professor Aileen Ribeiro of the Courtauld Institute?

Ribeiro: Speaking.

Nick: This is Nick Cohen, scourge of Islamism and Evening Standard columnist.

Ribeiro: How can I help you?

Nick: I've been working on a piece that links economic trends and fashion. You know, in good times people dress up and in bad times they dress down.

Ribeiro: Well there isn't actually much evidence for that .....

Nick: Evidence/schmevidence ... would you say that after Thatcher's demise, shoulder pads were out?

Ribero: Well I suppose so ....

Nick: Well there you are then! You're going to feature in my Observer column! Bye!

There's more, of course, but since the rest concerns Nick's grasp of economics rather than his knowledge of fashion, it is best left alone.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new low, even for Nick.

2/03/2008 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the economics is atrocious, by the way. particularly the way that he endorses Bush's tax cuts for "business" while excoriating Brown's tax cuts for "private equity".

2/03/2008 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the US, the unlikely figure of George W Bush is showing them the way by proposing tax cuts for business to revive the economy. The Democrats say that, as always, the Republicans aren't thinking about those at the bottom of the heap and want tax cuts directed at the working poor, but whatever their disagreements, all politicians accept that emergency relief can and must be applied.


Isn't the whole controversy over the contention that an emergency stimulus has to go to people who will spend it in order to be effective, and that that's the poor?

2/03/2008 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Cohen now expresses his left wing credentials by a show of support for Bush's economic policies? Surely at that point even the least self-aware person might be nudged into thinking that they have moved to the right.

2/04/2008 01:03:00 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

It's one of those irregular verbs

I call for lower taxes on those earning £100,000 a year to benefit the less well-off.
Bush cuts taxes to get business growing
Brown cuts taxes to subsidise fat cat private equity

2/04/2008 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger donpaskini said...

o/t, You guys may not like Nick, but he's got at least two fans over in America.

Here's Jonah Goldberg, author of 'Liberal Fascism' (sample chapters "Franklin Roosevelt's Fascist New Deal," "The 1960s: Fascism Takes to the Streets," "Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism,") discussing his admiration for Nick together with one of his readers:

2/04/2008 09:59:00 AM  

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