Monday, February 06, 2006

It waddles like a Duck, and quacks like a Duck, but that ain't no duck...

Simon Jenkins says

"To defend free speech we mustn't be excessive in the use of it."

Like so many of Jenkins' arguments, it's a quiet creeping authoritarianism masked in liberal handwringing. If only Christopher Hitchens had read it before he wrote ... (in 'Slate')

".... let a good Muslim abstain rigorously from all these [pork, alcohol, music, dancing]. But if he claims the right to make me abstain as well, he offers the clearest possible warning and proof of an aggressive intent. This current uneasy coexistence is only an interlude, he seems to say."

Now, we know that Hitch's brother Peter is obviously a right-wing journalist. So is Bruce Anderson or Richard Littlecock, to name but a few.

But because of his ability to sneak up on the less mentally-agile liberals, Simon Jenkins must - objectively speaking - be the most reactionary journalist writing in the MSM today?

Always interested to hear other nominations though...

You may have already seen...
Religious Policeman: Memo #1 and #2

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