(Apologies to Gene)
Norman Johnson? The ‘new Aaronovitch?
Has the Guardian developed a sense of humour?
As the great man said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Though when George Orwell was writing, of course, there was a war on. You don’t have to be an incontinence-pad wearing Tory to wonder if, in some ways, that helped. There was a seriousness. Respect meant something. Young women could accept an appreciative glance from an older guy. Working-class lads really did walk their whippets to adult education classes. And if you were a senior voice on the left, you were in favour of defeating a fascistic dictatorship, not on the side of the murderous, leering tyrant and his slobbering death squads. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past three years, it’s this: the left hasn’t just lost its way in this country, it’s now so bereft of any sense of direction that it’s gone blundering off after George Galloway, down the corpse-stinking ditch that ends in tyranny.
Ha ha ha
David T writes
Seriously though, Seamus mate, its nice to know that you read all our stuff.
This isn’t the only way of putting a little balance and sanity back in your pages. though. Why not get it straight from the source?
We’ll write you a nice, competitively priced weekly column, starting next week. Deal?
If you want to publish stuff like this, we’re the genuine article
Gene adds: Did I get taken in by a spoof? Ouch. Those wild and crazy Brits. I didn’t know The Guardian did that kind of thing (at least not on April Fool’s Day). I suppose it’s a sign of the times that their spoofs are more sensible than their genuine stuff.