Saturday, February 03, 2007

A career in confusion

[A] confused epic of simplistic incomprehension, riddled with more factual errors and misconceptions than any other text I have come across in two decades of reviewing books on this subject.
William Dalrymple on Michael Gove's Celsius 7/7.

Last night, on the BBC's pathetic excuse for an arts review, Gove was allowed to continue with his falsehoods as he reviewed Pinter's People; see for yourself, 20 seconds in. One wonders why presenter Martha Kearney didn't stop the show and insist Gove retract the repetition of this disgusting smear. But, as she must know, the truth does not offer such good career prospects. Listen to how Gove's fellow chatterers titter so.

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