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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Liddle mind

In last weekend's Sunday Times:
Natanz seems an agreeable little town, perched nearly 5,000ft up in the majestic mountains of central Iran, full of dusty relics of Alexander the Great and black-clad peasants scurrying hither and thither. It is a shame, then, that we may soon be obliged to bomb it to smithereens. An even bigger shame, though, if we don’t.
That's Rod Liddle folks: liberal journalist, popular fiction writer and tousle-haired cheerleader for mass murder. Might these three occupations be connected?

3 comments:

  1. I've always been baffled by the increasing size of Liddle's platform -- he gets sacked from his backroom job at the Beeb for shooting his mouth off about hating foxhunters in The Guardian and then gets all kinds of slots to be a re-branded 'libertarian' rent-a-quote columnist whose basic schtick is to bang on about immigration (hardly the hallmarks of a 'libertarian').

    I myself have no problem with regime change from below there but would never endorse any form of military action to bring about a regime more sympathetic to the US (just in case you're wondering!). I suspect Liddle is less concerned with the plight of teenage homosexuals and women there and more concerned with his next pay cheque.

    And his book's not so great either, a pseudo-Houellebecq if ever there was one (a growing market among media novelists as well).

    Apologies for tirade, you just brought up a salient pet hate.

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  2. You're not wrong. OK, he hired and defended Andrew Gilligan when he let the truth slip, but Liddle would never portray government actions as war crimes.

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  3. There does appear to be some variance between his professional conduct and subsequent media career. The guy has alimony to pay, c'mon! ;-)

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