Saturday, 5 March 2011

Wally of the month

February's winner is regular contender Rod Liddle, for this nasty little piece in the Spectator (no, I don't normally read the rag but it came up on one of the BBC's stories about Libya as an external link).

Of course the breathtaking bigotry and sheer ignorance Liddle displays here fit in well at the Spectator, as a glimpse at some of the comments below the article confirms. For a quick tour of the darkest parts of the Tory soul, look no further.

If anything nasty should happen here (I don't remotely anticipate it, but...) I want to make it clear that I do NOT wish to be evacuated, by HMG or anyone else; I shall see it through and observe.

Oh and by the way, Liddle, my salary, although quite generous, comes nowhere near the vast sums you rake in. If more proof were needed that there is no correlation whatsoever between remuneration and worth, you have surely provided it.

4 comments:

MeltonM said...

Liddle's a serial offender. His views on the disabled are distinctly uncivilised. I suppose it's 'provocative' or something, but I find it deeply depressing. What he doesn't seem to realise is that his 'shocking' attitudes are actually pretty common among people who don't read The Spectator. It used to be a a good mag years ago: Waugh, Ferdinand Mount and A Chancellor were always worth a look.

Simon M Hunter said...

Yes, I agree with that. When I went to Italy someone bought me a subscription as a link to home (before the Internet, obviously). Waugh was a wonderful writer, as was Jeffrey Bernard:
"It's not name dropping, but not many people can say, like me, that they spent the day with the likes of Francis Bacon or that boring drunk Dylan Thomas. You don't forget things like that."

MeltonM said...

I'd forgotten about Bernard. Do you know A Waugh's autobiog, 'Will This Do?'? Very good, though the account of his father's death is a touch repulsive. Payback, perhaps. His Private Eye diaries are available in a single volume. There's a story from the 80s, when people from that part of the world were complaining about a then-unknown serial killer being called the Yorkshire Ripper. They demanded that he should be called just 'the Ripper'. Waugh suggested that he should be known as 'the Yorkshire'.

Simon M Hunter said...

As opposed to the Yorkshire Pudding, which judging by recent events seems to be W. Hague. I did read reviews of 'Will This Do?' but I never picked up a copy. I'll look out for it on Amazon.