British Right-Wing Pundits

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healthy and house prices


onimo, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 14:31 (twelve years ago) link

what on earth could their problem be with house prices!? they are winning that war. it would be interesting to know the nature of middle england's concern w. health -- taking my parents as barometer of same, their problem isn't exactly lack of service but quality of it: hospital bugs etc. a move by the tories towards increased private provision probably wouldn't phase them too much.

That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 14:48 (twelve years ago) link

their kids getting on the property ladder?

acrobat, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 14:49 (twelve years ago) link

Having to live near poor people?

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

are the right wing pundits repping for "middle england" thou? as dom points out Littlejohn is, or at least was, the voice of white van man. all the big scares of recent years have focused on working class fears as much as middle england haven't they?

acrobat, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:02 (twelve years ago) link

the fact that homeowners who actually rent their houses from the bank think theyre rich overnight and are spending the paper money they dont have?

600, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

Ha ha, who cares about "working class fears"?

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:06 (twelve years ago) link

Difference between white working class fears of immigration and middle England fears of immigration? Straightforward difference of economics vs culture?

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:08 (twelve years ago) link

also theres a sense that rightwing british pundits dont really believe that much in what they right, so it all comes off a bit geezer down the pub, who says one thing one minute and another the next

600, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:08 (twelve years ago) link

a decent education system in this country might mean people writing right instead of righting write

600, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:09 (twelve years ago) link

If nothing else, the French election campaign makes me feel nostalgic for the days when one party stood for something and another party stood for something else, clearcut with no ambiguity and no chasing after the same limited and overrated floating electorate.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:09 (twelve years ago) link

perhaps with a decent university system that keeps the poor out, some of them may even write correctly

600, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:10 (twelve years ago) link

"the fact that homeowners who actually rent their houses from the bank think theyre rich overnight and are spending the paper money they dont have?

-- 600, Tuesday, April 24, 2007 6:05 PM (4 minutes ago)"

lol 8080

That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

There are a lot of rent-a-rightie types on the op ed pages of the Times who you know cynically knock out 500 words of half-hearted spleen on the turn of a dime and really don't give a toss one way or the other - stand up Stephen Pollard, Ross Clark, Mick Hume and Rosemary Righter, which latter name could have come straight out of Kingsley Amis.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:12 (twelve years ago) link

oh i think mick hume cares a lot. he's sinister fucker with a scary team.

That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:18 (twelve years ago) link

Since when was Mick Hume on Sinister?

Still, never trust an ex-Marxist.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:23 (twelve years ago) link

i think saying they don't actually believe what they're saying is a bit dangerous. cf that thread about melanie phillips and the missing WMDs.

acrobat, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:53 (twelve years ago) link

I've said this before elsewhere on ILE, but Peter Cook used to write a fervently right-wing column for the Daily Mail in '76-8. He said he didn't agree with a word of it but he thought that was the kind of writing the editor of the Daily Mail wanted, and it paid good money. Most notoriously, he gave a scathing denouncement of punk rock which he'd written with Malcolm McLaren the night before.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

what thread was that?

i know what you mean acrobat. but melanie p means every word of what she says. she is less of a menace than the others, partly because that imo. which sounds odd but basically i don't think many guardian writers are really very committed to any kind of politics, they, like their right-wing counterparts, churn out perversely 'reassuring' copy each day, confirming their readers' half-thought out prejudices. polly toynbee and jackie ashley exist solely as government mouthpieces, for example.


the cook columns are really funny though!

That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 15:58 (twelve years ago) link

He also mocked the idea that Martin Luther King was a good person because he used to sleep around, some of the columns are in that "I Was Born An Only Twin" collection.


Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

Does this guy count as a rightwing pundit? Or is he a bit too button-down for the raving loon aspect?

He's the kind who's exported to america, at least, since he's over here on a book tour.

kingfish, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:01 (twelve years ago) link

this thread. i flicked through the spectator for the first time ever last week. it was really horrible.


acrobat, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:02 (twelve years ago) link

Upper class twit (xp)

Tom D., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

he's crazy like a right-leaning fox.

good parody of him in last week's private eye.


That one guy that quit, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

"'reassuring' copy"


acrobat, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 08:29 (twelve years ago) link

i'm thinking of toynbee really -- totally reliable worldview, could have been written any time in the last century.

i remember that labour voters used to say, well yeah blair *is* a dick, but wait till brown comes in, then it'll be sweet. so we live in interesting times.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 08:49 (twelve years ago) link

I find Toynbee a lot more dangerous than pretty much any right-wing British pundit, to be honest.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 09:23 (twelve years ago) link

When Blair gets back from saving the Middle East...

Are the right-wingers in Britian opposed to TWAT?

Heave Ho, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

It's complicated. Provisionally, no. In reality, sort of.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 12:09 (twelve years ago) link

Daily Mail have pretty much opposed any war fought by Blair.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 12:09 (twelve years ago) link

well it's all sort of paradoxiacal innit. the old divisions have become bluured. a government that, if the strawmanning can work properly, has to be characterized as left wing fighting an "imperialist" war. with brown coming in i guess the old battles may be revived SOUR SOCIALIST SCOT WANTS YR TAXES!

british culture is weird atm, reactionary seems to be the new subversive. or at least people (mark lawson) can still be claiming the likes of ricky gervais, little britain etc to be something other than the heirs of love thy neighbour. also see the hideousness have i got news for you has become: "john prescott is a fat cunt lol lol, boris johnson is a top wheeze jeremy clarkson lol global warming doesn't exist ha ha ha..."

acrobat, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 12:17 (twelve years ago) link

No mention of Patrick O'Flynn? from The Worlds Greatest Newspaper?

Monday's was a cracker.

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Ned Trifle II, Friday, 4 May 2007 10:56 (twelve years ago) link

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 4 May 2007 10:57 (twelve years ago) link

Which is my opinion of right-wing pundits, and my inability to post links...

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 4 May 2007 10:58 (twelve years ago) link

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Ned Trifle II, Friday, 4 May 2007 10:59 (twelve years ago) link

Oh read it for yrselves...

THE Rowntree report into poverty levels among Britain's ethnic minority communities is, predictably, being used by left-wingers to call for even more public spending and even more "anti-racism" initiatives.

The report reveals that poverty rates are far higher among black and Asian communities than among whites.

Bangladeshi and Pakistani families are particularly likely to live in poverty.

But there is another way to read this report.

What it actually does - though this is not what its liberal leftish authors will have intended - is to give the lie to claims that mass immigration has always been in the national economic interest.

It is common ground now among Left and Right that economic participation is the way to eliminate poverty. So a community with lots of poverty will tend to be a community in which relatively few people are making an economic contribution.

Therefore, not only are Muslim communities in the inner-cities the source of cultural and political tension with mainstream Britain, they are also revealed to be a major economic burden too.

Their economic participation rates are extremely low. If you believe, as I do, that this is primarily due to cultural factors rather than any overwhelming anti-Asian racism in Britain, then it becomes even clearer that the mass immigration of these groups with no simultaneous demand being made of them to integrate, has not so far been in the interests of Britain as a whole.

Given the large family sizes which are typical in these communities, they must also be putting a big strain on public services and social housing.

If we are to build a tolerant, successful, multi-racial Britain then people must be persuaded to stop using their ethnic origin as an excuse for underachievement or anti-social conduct. Left-wingers should be challenging members of these communities to fulfill their human potential, not giving them more excuses to view themselves as victims.

No doubt racism does still exist towards the ethnic minorities, but it is clearly not the main reason for some groups prospering and others ending up in poverty. It cannot explain why the Jews and Chinese have been economically successful and yet people from Pakistan and Bangladesh have, in general, not been. Neither can it explain why black boys and the children of Irish travellers are much more likely than average to be expelled from schools, while Indian and Chinese children are much less likely.

Is there an army of black-hating, traveller-baiting state school teachers out there which at the same time has an irrational adoration for Chinese and Indian children? I hardly think so. Different family structures are resulting in different types of behaviour across the ethnic groups.

The answer to problems of poverty and crime have to come from within the communities themselves. It is time for law-abiding Britons to stop beating themselves up about the failure of large proportions of people from some immigrant groups to succeed.

So you don't want to be poor? So learn the language, work hard at school, get a job and only bring into the world only the number of children that you can support out of your own income. So you don't want to end up in prison? Then stop breaking the law. And that applies whether you are black, white or sky-blue pink.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 4 May 2007 11:02 (twelve years ago) link

oh man daily mail are going down the BAN ABORTION road. well the front page yesterday was. jesus.

acrobat, Friday, 4 May 2007 11:28 (twelve years ago) link

i was pretty shocked by the number of gps who thought it should be illegal.

That one guy that quit, Friday, 4 May 2007 11:29 (twelve years ago) link

I'm guessing the Daily Mail didn't mention that the reason for that is probably because of the disproportionate number of British GPs who are devoutly Hindu, huh?

Dom Passantino, Friday, 4 May 2007 11:47 (twelve years ago) link

They know their audience.

Marcello Carlin, Friday, 4 May 2007 12:46 (twelve years ago) link

acrobat, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

Jeremy Clarkson
'makes you laugh out loud and drives you incandescent with rage at
what the Blair years have done to Britain.'

Richard Littlejohn describes his job as sitting at the back throwing bottles. His twice-weekly columns have become an essential fix for millions of readers of the Daily Mail and the Sun over the past two decades. In "Littlejohn's Britain" he takes aim at the Blair years, lampooning New Labour with polemic, pastiche, parody, satire and savage social commentary. His cast of characters - including Two Jags, the Wicked Witch, Captain Hook and the Mad Mullah of the Traffic Taliban - have become part of the fabric of the nation. "Littlejohn" ridicules the country Britain has become over the past ten years - the barmy bureaucracy, the surveillance state, the petty interference in our lives, the suffocating regulations, policeman and judges who think they're part of the social services, the insanities of the 'elf 'n' safety industry, which have created such idiocies as forcing revellers celebrating Guy Fawkes Night to watch a bonfire on a big screen. Littlejohn has a bloodhound's nose for cant, hypocrisy and lunacy and an unparalleled talent for pouring scorn on the arrogance of the powerful, while making his readers roar with laughter. It's all here, in hilarious detail. Read The "Secret Sex Diaries of David Blunkett", sing along to "Two Jags: The Musical", take a ride on Blair Force One, play The Immigration Game and fight the Battle of Trafalgar under modern 'elf 'n' safety guidelines. 'Littlejohn has been ... a vivid exponent of a great British columnar style that stretches back five centuries or more. He's a distant, bastard cousin of Thomas Nash, Daniel Defoe and Alexander Pope. Cassandra and Bernard Levin might justly buy him a pint in the Chesire Cheese. Like or loathe him, he's the real, talented deal.' - "Observer".

acrobat, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:16 (twelve years ago) link

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It's so brilliant this site has been infested by Leftie activists!, 15 May 2007
Reviewer: Krishnamurti "K" - See all my reviews
As someone who has ACTUALLY read the book I can honestly say it is brilliant, as only the genius Littlejohn can be. That's why he is so sought after, and gets paid so much more than the other poor saps. The fundamentalist Lefties who have "contributed" so far hate him because he has given them such a pasting over the years. They really should stick to reading unpopular papers as the Guardian and The Independent. But normal grown ups will find this book a tonic and a delight.

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acrobat, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:17 (twelve years ago) link

yeah the london eye REALLY PISSES ME OFF too

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:25 (twelve years ago) link

the insanities of the 'elf 'n' safety industry

i must say, though -- yesterday i was sitting in an office in a university and a health and safety person came round with an appointment, tried to do a workplace assessment of SOMEONE WHO WASN'T THERE via her co-worker, and then lectured said co-worker about minimizing mouse use + taking three breaks a day for 20-odd minutes.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

you couldn't make it up

acrobat, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:31 (twelve years ago) link

i know right.

weird blurb. i doubt many littlejohn fans have heard of thomas nashe, daniel defoe, and alexander pope, let alone read them (shit i haven't and i went to posh school); conversely doubt many pope fans dig on littlejohn's steez.

That one guy that quit, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

it's a quote from the observer thou.

acrobat, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 20:48 (twelve years ago) link

"He's a distant, bastard cousin of Thomas Nash, Daniel Defoe and Alexander Pope."


Frogman Henry, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 21:22 (twelve years ago) link

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