I mentioned the other day that I was experimenting with pretending to be right-wing but not agreeing with anything right-wing, in an attempt to understand those allegedly left-wing commentators who spend their entire careers decrying every single thing on the left ever.
A good (good?) example of this phenomenon is Nick Cohen, who has the ability to argue things cogently and interestingly, whether you agree with him or not; but who when he's bad is absolutely ruddy terrible, offensive, unpleasant, sloppy and downright embarrassing. Sunny Hundal and Sunder Katwala have responded to a truly shambolic article from Cohen, who does his cause no good whatsoever by such dismal journalism, supposition and downright nonsense in direct contradiction to the facts.
Speaking of awfulness, I read a truly awful article the other day, which BenSix looks at here. James Delingpole is so hopelessly wrong and vile but carries the same kind of bombast and bravado that made the likes of Littlejohn famous.
Aaron on the grimness that is the 'First!' attitude by OK magazine over Jade Goody. And speaking of Desmond's empire, here's the petition about the Sunday Express Dunblane story.
A Very Public Sociologist on an anti-EU group within trade unionism. What to think about it...? Is it more palatable than UKIP? Well obviously, but is the EU an issue that will divide the left (again) as much as it's divided the right?
I Am Calm asks what's so great about Britishness anyway? My favourite bit:
Can you imagine if Spanish businesses on the Costa del Sol started demanding people speak Spanish or get the hell out? Or all those lardy ex-pats in Dubai were thrown out of the Four Seasons because they didn't know the Arabic for 'another beer and where's the buffet?'. Good grief, the Brits would be on the first plane home en masse. (Oh, I keep forgetting, that's the idea.)
And Lenin says it's time to get angry.
- Time to end the ‘Taliban’ nonsense
- I’m not an expert, but… I’m disappointed rather than angry
- I know I’m supposed to be angry, but I’m not sure why
- Oh so this is a train, says angry businessman
- It’s worth bothering to get angry at Express scum