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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A cold day in Hell

In the spirit of even-handed fair-mindedness for which this blog is renowned, I wish to draw attention to that rara avis, a Daily Mail column by Melanie Phillips with which I find myself in almost total agreement.

I think it's unfortunate that when she concludes "It is the pathological reaction of a crude, vulgar, de-educated and debauched nation, which has so badly lost its own self-respect and sense of itself that it viciously lashes out from the anonymous safety of its collective sofa in order to feel better about itself " she clearly fails to recognise the role that she and her fellow-columnists in the gutter press have played in that dumbing-down and debauching, and in encouraging the thoughtless lashing-out at scapegoats.

Still, a stopped clock is right twice a day, and it seems that even Mad Mel occasionally takes a pot at a worthwhile target.


At 17 March, 2009 08:25, Anonymous Phil said...

I'm in almost total agreement with this one - she could almost have been reading Addiction. She loses points for counterposing low alcohol pricing to liberal licensing (it's pretty clear they're part of the same development) and for arguing against an imaginary Liam Donaldson who is secretly allied with the deregulators.

But fundamentally, she's got a point: "the regulation system has effectively been rigged to favour an alcohol industry whose irresponsibility and cynicism this Government has systematically indulged". I wouldn't argue with that.


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