Oi! Nick! No!

You know, I always liked Nick Cohen, and even now sometimes hope that he’ll pull his finger out and get back to the sort of journalism he used to do so well. But increasingly, he does just make me bury my head in my hands. Notably with this tired and emotional performace at the Orwell Prize shortlist debate, whereat Nick goes in to bat for his mate Martin Bright whilst wrapping himself in St George’s aura. Suffice to say, giving Peter Hitchens room to scold you is not a desirable outcome, and this could serve as a cautionary tale for anyone tempted to appear at a public debate with a bottle of wine in hand. There but for the grace of God would many of us find ourselves.

5 Comments

  1. johng said,

    March 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I hate to bring it up again but there was a rather amazing post on shiraz socialist about a debate between a certain guru of a small sect and the decent one, in which Jim Denham alludes to his seriousness and rationality. Could it be anything to do with solidarity with the tired and emotional as opposed to ideogical affinity?

  2. voltairespriest said,

    March 28, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Wow, you have one long memory for blog posts: must be a useful skill in real life. Wasn’t that post written in like 2007?

  3. johng said,

    March 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    It was linked to in the post about mr splinty.

  4. voltairespriest said,

    March 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Ah, the wonders of automated WordPress links. And here was me thinking you had detective skillz like Columbo.

  5. Tankie said,

    April 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    You know, I always liked Nick Cohen, and even now sometimes hope that he’ll pull his finger out and get back to the sort of journalism he used to do so well

    When he’s not riding his “Moozlimz aarre baad” hobby horse then he’s… OK. But it’s all tainted by the thought that he’s being just as sloppy there. A journalist without trust is…?

    (working for the Daily Telegraph sometime soon. Aarf).


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