Solicitations for the next Decentiya

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Alan (Not The Minister) Johnson: “Three quarters of British academics are pathological anti-Semites. But you can prove you aren’t by supporting Engage, Democratiya, Unite Against Terror, the Euston Manifesto or any one of my dozens of websites.”

Paul Berman: “The State Department is a nest of Chomskyans and Qutbists. As America’s leading leftist intellectual, I demand the immediate reintroduction of loyalty oaths. Can I have a slot on Fox News please, Mr Murdoch?”

Nick Cohen: “Johann Hari’s demand for Maoist self-criticism in his hic review of my bestselling book just shows his political degeneracy thanks mate I’ll have another if he refuses to understand the lucid prose of the only true successor to Orwell.”

Paul Anderson: “I explain what Nick’s book means. And the geopolitical significance of that time Chris Harman was rude to me in 1978.”

Oliver Kampf: “On carrying out a detailed textual analysis of chapter five of Hegemony or Survival, I have come across incontrovertible evidence that I have a much bigger willy than the charlatan Chomsky. And my dad could beat up his dad any day.”

Norman Geras: “Oh God, do I have to do Iraq? I’d much rather write about Monty Panesar.”

Attila the Hun: “On a recent visit to the state archives in Zagreb, I came across a dusty manuscript marked ‘For the attention of Mr Attila’, the contents of which allow me to exclusively reveal that the recent flooding in Tewkesbury was meticulously planned by the late Slobodan Milošević, who after faking his death escaped to a secret lair underneath a volcano in the Kurile Islands, where he operates his dastardly weather machine with the aid of his assistants Richard Seymour and Seumas Milne.”

Archive of Decency: “Watergate, Schmatergate” by Max Shachtman, with a scholarly introduction by Paul Berman.

9 Comments

  1. ejh said,

    August 3, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    It’s odd that Norman’s interest in cricket is so often cited against him, since to me it seems to be the only thing in his favour.

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    August 3, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    I find Norm very good on cricket, and wish Paul Foot had taken time to write about golf.

  3. ejh said,

    August 3, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    “Paul Foot” golf would be a good search term for your weekly competition.

  4. splinteredsunrise said,

    August 3, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    I seem to remember for Footie’s 60th, the comrades did a t-shirt for him with an old 1960s photo of Fidel and Che playing golf, in a mock-up SW front page headlined Socialist Golfer. Now that I would love to see a picture of.

  5. ejh said,

    August 3, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Is there not a reproduction in the clubhouse at Portmarnock?

  6. splinteredsunrise said,

    August 3, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Could be. I’m not well enough up on my golfing culture to know.

  7. Jim Denham said,

    August 5, 2007 at 1:21 am

    You can’t seriously deny that most of the mainstream “left” in Britain is institutionaly anti-semitic?

  8. splinteredsunrise said,

    August 5, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I suspect, Jim, that you would have a much broader definition of antisemitism than myself. And again, it depends what you mean by the “mainstream left”.

  9. ejh said,

    August 5, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    I think we all know who Jim means and what he means. And almost any statement by Jim invites denial, albeit not a very serious one.


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