Guardian-bashing is probably the second favourite pastime of the right-wing American bloggers (Fisking being the undisputed number one) and so I suspect we are in for some fun now that one of the paper’s most left-wing columnists Gary Younge is to become the New York correspondent.

Younge looked set to become a politician at one time when he was among the saner elements on the Trot-infested left of the National Union of Students – instead he has made his name for himself as a journalist by becoming one of just two black broadsheet columnists in Britain.

In his final column he deals with those critics who felt he allowed himself to be ‘pigeon-holed’ by writing so much about race. I suspect it was a no-win situation. If he had ignored race he would have had to deal with accusations from others that he forget his ‘responsibilities’.