Monday, January 11, 2010

Gissa job

Toby Young gets his arselikhan in first.

"[Rod Liddle] is one of the few journalists capable of sending an electrical pulse zapping through the body politic with a few strokes of the keyboard. He may be a professional controversialist, but he’s also fearless – a rare commodity in Fleet Street these days. And it’s this that makes him an ideal candidate to edit a national newspaper.

"I currently work as a freelance and write for a number of outlets, including the Independent on Sunday, from a shed at the bottom of my garden. It’s a nice life, enabling me to hang out with my wife and children whenever the mood takes me. Few things would tempt me back to a staff job on a newspaper, particularly the Independent, which is woefully under-resourced. But if Rod was appointed troublemaker-in-chief, I’d join him in a heartbeat. HL Mencken said the point of a good newspaper was to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I can’t think of anyone better suited to that task than Rod Liddle."

Go on, go on, go on, gissa job. Pleeeease. I'll be your best frieeeend.


Blogger Anglonoel said...

'a rare commodity in Fleet Street these days.'

Has Our Tobes been down Fleet Street recently- like some point since 2000?

Next Time? 'Toby Young tells us to stop worrying about the Millennium Bug.'

1/11/2010 11:43 AM  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

More seriously, politically speaking, than at least one other doing the rounds, seeks to make the most of the best opportunity for a very long time, which seems most unlikely to come again any time soon:

Rod Liddle's editorship of a national daily newspaper would give a voice to:

- The alliance of the traditional Right and the traditional Left against the neoconservative war agenda and its assaults on liberty at home, including, with Alexander Lebedev as proprietor, against any new Cold War with Russia;

- The socially and culturally conservative, strongly patriotic tendencies within the British Left's traditional electoral base;

- Those who recognise that we cannot deliver the welfare provisions and the other public services that our people have rightly come to expect unless we know how many people there are in this country, unless we control immigration properly, and unless we insist that everyone use spoken and written English to the necessary level;

- Those who refuse to allow climate change to be used as an excuse to destroy or prevent secure employment, to drive down wages or working conditions, to arrest economic development around the world, to forbid the working classes and non-white people from having children, to inflate the fuel prices that always hit the poor hardest, or to restrict either travel opportunities or a full diet to the rich;

And many, many more.

1/13/2010 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Little Bat-faced Girl said...

Seems from the last post Messr Young is not the only one after a job...

1/16/2010 12:44 AM  

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