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Daily Mail’s Liz Jones Killed My Baby

July 31, 2011

Liz Jones did not really kill my baby. It just felt appropriate to give this post a ridiculous headline which has absolutely zilch to do with its content, in the finest Daily Mail tradition. I don’t even have a child and Ms Jones has not, as far as I know, ever killed anyone.

Having said that, after reading her latest serving of tripe, I did bang my head on the desk very hard a number of times, so I may well have developed a slow and deadly subdural haematoma, driving me to an early grave even as I type this.

The article in question, The caring professions? They just don’t seem to care at all [no links will be provided on this post to Daily Mail articles – I would rather direct you to donkey porn] concerns Ms Jones’s disappointment at the NHS. The background to the story is that the Daily Mail asked Ms Jones to cover the famine in Somalia and she needed inoculation in order to get her visa.

The first question in your mind may be: WHY? Why would anyone want to send this self-obsessed, asinine twerp to cover the Somalia famine? I gave up trying to understand what motivates the DM a long time ago. It is like trying to explain why a fungal infection spreads on a petri-dish. There is no answer. It just does. Perhaps, since Somalia is experiencing War, Famine and Death, sending them this personification of intellectual Pestilence, adds a terrifying symmetry.

Jones explains: “I don’t scrape and scrabble at the coal face of the NHS very often. I was born, I suppose. My mum has great palliative care, but I’ve contributed £30,000 towards that.” – I am very surprised to find this out, considering the attitude Jones terrifyingly illuminates in a March 2009 article, where she compares her mother (unfavourably) to her cat:

Every morning, she is hoisted out of bed and strip-washed. I know that she is suspended, butt-naked, by her bedroom window, but I have never quite got round to having net curtains put up. I now use her dementia as an excuse not to visit her. She doesn’t know I am there, I tell myself. I don’t have time, what with my super-busy life. When I do see her, she searches my face, trying to work out who I am and I lie and tell her I came just two weeks ago. Her nurse is making sure she has a lovely Mother’s Day today, putting mascara on her tired eyes, handing her tulips. I am 250 miles away. I wouldn’t not be with my cat on his birthday, or risk not being with him when he dies.

Jones goes on to boast that she has a private Sloane Square GP, a private gynaecologist (whatever she is paying him, is not enough), two therapists (presumably to give each other breaks) and a £900-a-root-canal dentist (I would cheerily give her a root canal for free). Her private GP could only give her one of the six shots she needed, which frankly seems rather shite. And so, Jones had to brave the NHS “coal face” the next morning.

She called her local “Health Centre” – which she insists on putting in quotation marks throughout her article; as if the name is not really earned until said “Health Centre” has catered to the urgent whims of their local DM columnist. In a conversation which seems laced with implicit do-you-know-who-I-ams, Jones demanded that she go in that day for her vaccines and was refused. The local “Health Centre” explained that (a) she was not registered with them, (b) they did not have her notes, (c) there were no appointments available and (d) this did not constitute an emergency – all highly unreasonable and “jobsworth” reasons, according to Jones.

Never mind that all the reasons cited were in place for her own protection. She may have been allergic (possible), mentally ill (probable) or even – heaven forbid – an immigrant taking advantage of our healthcare system, of the kind Jones and her colleagues often warn. Jones goes right on, to make an explicit and nauseating link between the treatment she received and the humiliating abuse suffered by patients at Winterbourne View, as exposed in Panorama. She does so, without the slightest hint of irony, having presumably missed the fact that Winterbourne View is a privately-run facility.

It is oddly touching to witness the precise moment when a megalomaniac is informed that the sun, in fact, does not rise out of their arsehole. Undeterred, Jones presents her final argument to the surgery manager, her
pièce de résistance:  “I mean, it’s a global crisis. Millions of people are dying and you won’t put yourself out to allow me to be seen by a nurse, not even a doctor, for five minutes?” Suddenly two therapists don’t seem sufficient… The answer, of course, was “no”. And Somalia breathed a sigh of relief.

Perhaps I am being harsh. After all, it was Liz Jones – this paragon of humanity – who wrote the hard-hitting exposé on the dispossessed in December 2009 entitled I’ve never liked the homeless – they’re smelly and scary that practically eliminated homelessness from the UK.  As soon as Jones had pointed out “But homeless people in the West? Surely these people are mostly drug addicts, drunks and prostitutes. They like doing what they do, they won’t want my help.” In an instant, those lousy loafers all got up, pulled their fingers out and packed their cardboard boxes, remarking “Game’s up lads. We’ve been found out, by that superb Liz Jones”.

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Why am I telling you all this? Actually, because I am really ticked off about the mock indignation at reports that Daily Mail opinions on immigration written by Melanie Phillips were quoted in the manifesto of Breivik, the far-right perpetrator of the mass murders in Norway. Expressing this indignation, while continuing to churn out malevolent nonsense.

I think it is important to report this link between the Daily Mail and far-right extremism. Because people who read the bile of Jones, Moir, Phillips, Littlejohn and co. – and nod their heads in agreement like dashboard doggies – should know that they belong to a very particular readership of which they ought to be ashamed. But also because it seems to me disingenuous to publish misinformation and misguidance and pretend to be surprised that your readers are misinformed and misguided; to publish venom and feign shock that some of your readers got poisoned by it.

There is only one vaccine for such poison, whether you “go” private or NHS. The Truth.

79 Comments leave one →
  1. Soph permalink
    July 31, 2011 9:25 pm

    Excellent. I need to read your blog more, I get linked to it occasionally and find you generally hit the nail on the head.

  2. Emily permalink
    July 31, 2011 9:29 pm

    This article right here is better written and funnier than any thing I’ve ever read by LJ.

    Cheers🙂

  3. July 31, 2011 9:29 pm

    I couldn’t help myself….I clicked on one of the many links on Twitter to her article, and all day I have felt plain dirty and annoyed with myself. I kid myself that her poison doesn’t resonate with anyone but I fear it does. I hate how much I hate her. I need a detox, I know it is wrong to wish harm on people but I hope she gets lost from her people in Somalia and starves.

  4. July 31, 2011 9:35 pm

    Agree broadly with you but please don’t use mental illness as an insult. Jones may well be ignorant, unthinking, uncaring and narcissistic, but that doesn’t make her mentally ill.
    There’s so much to say to discredit Jones, it’s not even necessary to use mental illness to do so.

    • July 31, 2011 9:38 pm

      I did not use it in any derogatory sense – at least not consciously. History of mental illness is one of the absolutely key reasons for a surgery demanding notes from previous doctor and for good reason. I was being quite literal.

      • July 31, 2011 10:04 pm

        Doesn’t her requiring two therapists suggest she is mentally ill?

      • July 31, 2011 10:09 pm

        Not necessarily. Many people go to therapy to work through “stuff”. Her behaviour certainly suggests it though.

  5. Jill Pay permalink
    July 31, 2011 9:37 pm

    Oh for fuck’s sake – why is this woman allowed to publish this drivel – it’s not even well written – how the hell did she get the job? I read the article at DM Online and the comments posted are priceless – they all get it … And as for the way she talks about her mother – SHAME ON HER!!!! What a complete cow … there is NO EXCUSE for that. She looks like a shrew, despite her extensive cosmetic surgery and behaves like one … I did enjoy your description of her various GPs, therapists etc by the way!

    • July 31, 2011 10:28 pm

      She’s had cosmetic surgery? She should sue

    • cjh permalink
      August 1, 2011 4:13 pm

      Quote: “why is this woman allowed to publish this drivel…”

      Because, sadly, people pay to read it.

      Depressing, isn’t it?

  6. July 31, 2011 10:07 pm

    An excellent blog: just as passionate and far more eloquent than my usual “F*ck the Daily Mail”.

  7. Tris permalink
    July 31, 2011 10:12 pm

    I’m happy to say I’d never heard of her until I read your excellent article, but from what you say, and the little research I managed to do on her, she is indeed a complete cow.

    So, it is a case of: “Do you know who I am?” No,

    I suppose she must think herself to be some sort of Z list celebrity, and I imagine that she brags about her relative wealth. What I can understand is, if she is rich enough to have Sloane Sq private doctors (are they better than Harley St?) why can’t she get herself a decent hairdresser. I mean, that hair job looks like it was done at home in 20 minutes, with the lights off.

    And as for the face…well, it’s like a relief map of the Himalayas, so why doesn’t she invest in a face life Ann Robinson style?

    I understand that she is only 53…she looks at least 15 years older.

    I’m wondering if the people of Somalia really need this poisonous old bag. God knows they don’t have their troubles to seek…and her patronising won’t do them any good.

    Brilliant article… Love it.

  8. John Wood permalink
    July 31, 2011 10:44 pm

    Some of the vaccines she is required to have require injections over a period of months. Interesting to see if a Somalia article appears in short term

  9. doreen ogden permalink
    August 1, 2011 12:09 am

    As usual – an inspired article. What a totally obscene hag. How can she be so uncaring towards her mum. Lets hope she ends up like a trussed chicken somewhere. Perhaps even the DMail needs a break.

  10. August 1, 2011 7:42 am

    Brilliant. Says it all, far more eloquently than her. So do the comments. Bravo!

  11. August 1, 2011 7:49 am

    “Perhaps, since Somalia is experiencing War, Famine and Death, sending them this personification of intellectual Pestilence, adds a terrifying symmetry.”

    That is one of the funniest lines I have read in a long time, Charlie Brooker and Caitlin Moran would have been proud of that one! Great article, brilliantly written.

  12. August 1, 2011 7:52 am

    Thank you for saying so eloquently what I thought when I saw the original article (via Twitter, I’ll point out, as it’s not my usual reading). Can’t believe this woman is still employed by anyone.

  13. August 1, 2011 8:03 am

    This is totally brilliant. I was left sputtering after I read the article yesterday (after someone pointed it out to me, I hasten to add: I do NOT commonly read the DM!), lost for where to start with what was wrong with it. You have summed it up beautifully.

    I’d like to add that it is significant that the DM have chosen LJ to cover Somalia – it shows exactly what their opinion is of that country’s situation. She is almost guaranteed to come back with some racist, hate-filled diatribe and the fact they have given her this assignment says everything about the DM’s attitude, and why she continues to be employed there – basically she embodies the values of the paper itself. As well as expressing our justified disdain for Ms Jones, we should also be questioning how such rags as the DM are allowed to continue spewing their vitriol.

  14. August 1, 2011 8:04 am

    Spot on. I would say that I can’t believe her sense of entitlement, but sadly there are far too many like her, demonstrating a lot of what can be wrong with humanity.

  15. Sarah Haughey permalink
    August 1, 2011 8:16 am

    great piece,vile woman. nice work!

  16. Szwagier permalink
    August 1, 2011 8:25 am

    Very nice piece. Top notch.🙂

  17. August 1, 2011 8:37 am

    Liz Jones is a very nasty woman who writes ridiculous articles, I agree – but you lost me with the reference to Breivik. There is one person responsible for the murders committed by Breivik, and that person is not a Daily Mail columnist.

    Journalists of all political colours have written malicious untrue selfcentred tripe for ever : it’s regrettable and unpleasant, and that alone is a good enough argument for them to stop.

    The Daily Mail’s circulation is 2100855. Very few of those people, thankfully, are extremists of any sort : I suspect that a lot of them, being grown ups, are able to read an article like this one and roll their eyes at the columnist, just like me and other commenters on this blog.

    • August 1, 2011 8:56 am

      We will have to agree to disagree on this one. My view is that no other publication other than the DM contains the combination of sheer volume of bile, inaccuracy of drivel together with a dangerous political agenda.

      In law, we have the “eggshell skull rule” – a very sensible doctrine. This rule holds one liable for all consequences resulting from his or her negligent or criminal activities leading to an injury to another person, even if the victim suffers an unusually high level of damage (e.g. due to a pre-existing vulnerability or medical condition). In other words, if I barge you in order to hurt and you have osteoporosis and end up breaking lots of bones, I am still responsible. I take you as I found you.

      And so it is with the DM. Some of their readers are extremists and they know that. A lot of their material is clearly designed to agitate and inflame. Now I defend their right to print it and everyone’s right to read it and will do so to my grave. But I do not exonerate them. They understand the risks.

      • August 1, 2011 9:45 am

        OK, so possible scenario here.

        If someone who reads your blog (and the many other blogs and articles which voice similar opinions) later stalks and attacks Liz Jones to prevent her ‘causing’ further Breivik-style atrocities. Would that be your fault? I mean, presumably there could be extremists reading this. You’ve said the woman is a pestilence: that could be construed as a call to action.

        I think it would not be your fault. I think there is an important difference between holding forth about something (or someone) in print, and actually hurting people.

      • August 1, 2011 10:00 am

        This is an excellent point Victoria. It does contain a fundamental flaw, however. My post uses Jones’ own words to make a point. As far I know all quotations and facts are correct. It is information. How a person reacts to information is indeed not my responsibility.

        Now if I had written a completely mendacious post about how Jones actually killed my baby and someone – however unhinged – had acted on that, then yes, I would be partly responsible. The DM are consistently in the latter category of writing.

        A big difference, I hope you will agree.

    • August 1, 2011 9:52 am

      “There is one person responsible for the murders committed by Breivik…”

      No.

      That person is entirely and completely responsible, of course, but that is not the end of the story. Imagine that someone sold guns to Breivik, knowing how they would be used; is that person innocent?

      Or suppose that a British government were to invade another country for no convincing reason, causing uncounted civilian deaths – some directly, most in the ensuing chaos. And suppose that some people saw this as an act of war to which they were fully entitled to retaliate, and carried out terrorist atrocities on the people of London. Surely the terrorists are fully to blame for what they have done; but can you find no blame for the government that knowingly created this situation?

      • August 1, 2011 10:31 am

        If someone carries out an act knowing that it will have a likely and predictable consequence, that’s one thing. But surely the whole point about the Norway killings is that they are unusual, unprecedented, and totally unpredictable?

        I think the Daily Mail could reasonably predict that some of their articles might contribute to say, friction in communities with large numbers of recent immigrants (though frankly I don’t believe that they cause it. I think people who believe this stuff read the DM for validation, I don’t think that’s where the ideas come from)

        I don’t see how they could possibly have predicted a lone killer would go on a rampage killing Norwegian teenagers, or be said to have deliberately caused that.

      • August 1, 2011 10:53 am

        You don’t seem to be registering the central point. One bears a different responsibility for the consequence of a truth they told and different for the consequence of a lie they told. The rest is merely a discussion of the quantum of responsibility. You may think it is negligible. I do not.

  18. Clear Voice permalink
    August 1, 2011 8:41 am

    Thank you again for your clarity and for taking the time and trouble to speak out. I am angry that the Tories today boast at the amount of money they have “saved”, by making people homeless, redundant, wait forever for healthcare and look forward to an impecunious old age. I live in Berkshire, along with an astonishing number of very rich people who don’t pay their taxes in full, and plenty of moderately rich Daily Mail readers who either don’t care or don’t get it, who are too narrow or stupid to imagine a world without the NHS, state pensions, free education, social housing or trade unions and who haven’t studied enough history to realise that they belong to the exploited classes, if not right now, then very,very soon.

    • Happy Medium permalink
      August 1, 2011 9:30 am

      To be clear, we have this government to blame for the homeless? Maybe you need to go back to those history books, the more recent ones

      • Clear Voice permalink
        August 1, 2011 10:20 am

        The Goverment savings of which they boast include cutting jobs and re-structuring housing benefit both of which will contribute to increased poverty and homelessness. This is today’s news. Or do you also think that the “smelly” classes only have themselves to blame?

      • Happy Medium permalink
        August 1, 2011 1:02 pm

        I happen to think restructuring housing benefit is long overdue and don’t see why this will lead to either increased povithy or homelessness, just maybe cut down on greedy grabbing landlords which would be a good thing. I’m not sure why you feel replacing the current coalition government with a Labour one led by directionless Ed would be an improvement. What an awful phrase you use ‘smelly’ classes, is that how you see people?

        BTW, before you ask, I have never, or intend to in the future, buy the Mail.

      • August 2, 2011 12:37 am

        It is more complex than to blame Tories or Labour. Most commentators perpetuate this us vs. them mentality because it is easier for people to grasp. Almost everyone enters the professions of politics and journalism with good intentions, and also a desire for fame, if possible. If these figures are good at indoctrinating themselves and creating a blue pill backdrop to live in, then they actually believe that one party is closer to good than the other. I think most people who lean toward Labour are trying to benefit Mankind through social participation, and Tories want decentralization so that Mankind can succeed unabated (e.g., just leaving people alone).

        What Clear Voice says here regarding upper, but yet exploited, classes is astoundingly true. The three big parties in the UK, and all parties everywhere that I know of, use different demographics and speaking points to exploit people until all real wealth will be consolidated – no class will be left untouched in an austerity society.

    • nick james permalink
      August 1, 2011 12:29 pm

      “I live in Berkshire, along with an astonishing number of very rich people who don’t pay their taxes in full, and plenty of moderately rich Daily Mail readers who either don’t care or don’t get it, who are too narrow or stupid to imagine a world without the NHS, state pensions, free education, social housing or trade unions and who haven’t studied enough history to realise that they belong to the exploited classes, if not right now, then very,very soon.”

      Absolutely 100% bang on. Wish I could have expressed this view as clearly as you.

    • August 2, 2011 3:34 pm

      What’s this about the rich people not paying their taxes in full? Do you have any evidence that they’re evading tax? If so, you should shop them – it would be very community spirited of you.

      Of course the reality is that they are simply taking advantage of available breaks and well-trodden and entirely legal (indeed deliberately left open) loopholes to reduce their tax liabilities. You could do the same too. Maybe you have an ISA?

      People do not get away with not paying their taxes in full in this country. You will be caught. If you want to pay more than you are due under tax legislation, that’s your choice. I’m sure the Exchequer will thank you for it. Personally, I do all I can to reduce my tax liability. As do all those evil big corporations and banks.

      Apart from that comment, I thought all of this was brilliant.

      • the_dirty_ho permalink
        August 4, 2011 12:37 am

        Sadly, that’s not actually true. Recent estimates of the annual tax gap put it at £40bn, of which around £15bn is said to be fraudulent – made up of a mixture of tax evasion (17.5%), hidden economy (7.5%) and criminal activity (12.5%). Even if we just take tax evasion alone, that equates to £7bn – incidentally a similar figure to the estimated annual tax avoidance bill – see National Fraud Authority report here: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk/nfa/GuidetoInformation/Documents/NFA_fraud_indicator.pdf

  19. August 1, 2011 9:08 am

    I assumed Daily Mail was sending Liz Jones to commemorate sending Evelyn Waugh to Ethiopia for the war there. At least we got Scoop out of that; I’m not hopeful that Liz Jones has anything inside her apart from something you need a poopscoop for.

  20. paulinlancs permalink
    August 1, 2011 9:43 am

    Alex, you say “Her private GP could only give her one of the six shots she needed, which frankly seems rather shite.”

    There’s an assumption there that he only had one of the six in stock, but the article’s wording (that they couldn’t be given till the following day) suggests the private GP was basing her/his actions on a commonly held view that live (e.g. yellow fever) vaccines can’t be given at the same time as others. If so, this may be a private GP clinical malpractice issue, as the DoH ‘green book’ guidelines state clearly that they can, and indeed SHOULD, be given on the same day. See http://thoughcowardsflinch.com/2011/07/31/is-liz-jones-gp-competent-to-vaccinate/ for details.

    Of course, Liz Jones wouldn’t have known that, as that would involve knowing things, or even looking it up on very available websites.

  21. August 1, 2011 9:55 am

    i loved this! What a brilliantly written piece.

  22. August 1, 2011 10:12 am

    Excellent piece with excellent comments – and, perhaps more surprisingly, excellent comments on the Daily Mail article, too.

  23. Carlos permalink
    August 1, 2011 11:18 am

    Is it wrong that I quite fancy Liz Jones?

  24. August 1, 2011 11:40 am

    “a private gynaecologist (whatever she is paying him, is not enough)”

    I’d love to know what you mean by this – I can only think of one interpretation & it’s pretty nasty, regardless of anything Liz Jones may say or do.

  25. August 1, 2011 11:57 am

    You can use http://istyosty.com/ to link to Daily Mail articles without giving them link juice or advertising revenue.

  26. August 1, 2011 12:10 pm

    Tremendous.

  27. Sean Blake permalink
    August 1, 2011 12:20 pm

    I have been moved to leave a short comment about Liz Jones’s folie de grandeur on the Mail website: her narcissism needs more than root-canal treatment and this has lead me to suggest she isn’t mentally fit to confront real pain in the Horn of Africa.
    I also mentioned that several commentators claim this piece to be a spoof.
    Depressingly, several others are more exercised by the cost to the taxpayer of this columnist’s plane tickets and hospitality; the idea that their beloved ” Daily Hate”, (as Lord Rothermere liked to refer to his family milch-cow ) could possibly be funding this nonsense being clearly beyond them.

  28. nick james permalink
    August 1, 2011 12:34 pm

    Alex, how come the passion that led you to a major life change was acting when you have such passion for and clarity in exposing cruelty and injustice?

    I shall have to rebuild my courage to add my voice to the fray because I will never be able to compete with your eloquence. Absolutely stunning piece – as all your posts have been.

    Yes, I am awestruck!

  29. Bee permalink
    August 1, 2011 12:36 pm

    Brilliant article, thanks.

  30. August 1, 2011 2:42 pm

    Hee hee – enjoyed this post – and the comments too.
    But re LJ – isn’t it possible that she is a fantastical construct – a long-running parody – a satirical character rather than an actual person? Would make more sense.
    Anyway – I am now a subscriber.

  31. August 1, 2011 4:07 pm

    Thank you, excellent piece!

    “The Truth” – there’s the rub as is a alien concept to the Daily Fail and its ilk

    @Andy – thanks for the link

  32. Thomas permalink
    August 1, 2011 4:07 pm

    Like some others, I didn’t like the gynecologist barb, but nice article other than that.

  33. August 1, 2011 6:32 pm

    She’s a self-absorbed, self-pitying whiner and your post hit the nail on the head.

  34. August 1, 2011 8:05 pm

    It was fate. Fate, I tell you, that she couldn’t go and bother starving people because she could not get the NHS to bend over backwards to accomodate her. Fate. It has led to the best possible outcome for everyone

  35. August 1, 2011 8:29 pm

    I would never read that rag and therefore live in a world of blissful ignorance that idiots like this actually exist.

    Come join me

  36. August 2, 2011 12:45 am

    This woman sounds quite bad but by repeating her name, we lift her into higher notoriety. Remember that hatefulness lives on disruption. This response article is written so amazingly and had me laughing, but the tragedy is what happens to a malicious person’s soul… if her intentions are malice. However, this is all about branding, on all sides.

    The Daily Mail is certainly not a source that I would cite in an academic piece but sometimes they have a really special take on things. It is my observation that really profoundly truthful stories, particularly ones challenging authority, have to be embedded in ridiculousness and vile reporting in order to be published… so I hesitate to dismiss the entire institution (but I wouldn’t buy it! The Oswald Mosley legacy is a bit much for me).

  37. pete lee permalink
    August 2, 2011 3:24 am

    As I understand it you would nearly always have to pay for the vaccine to go overseas, as I did for my medication a few years ago. This has been in reaction to right wing pressure to stop people receiving treatment while overseas. It is papers like the Mail that wanted to make it difficult and then they employ an idiotic columnist who complains about it. Bet the thick cow believes in Astrology

  38. August 2, 2011 12:14 pm

    She’s not real. In the same way James Bond is a code name passed along from agent to agent, Liz Jones is a cypher. An illusion. Invented to give people something to vent about. And people fall for it everytime ‘she’ prints something.

  39. MooseAllain permalink
    August 3, 2011 11:25 am

    I see dissenting comments are deleted. Typical.

    • August 3, 2011 11:59 am

      Your comments were removed, not because they were dissenting, but because they were made in someone else’s name and I happen to know and be friendly with that person.

      So when you are ready to crawl out from under that bridge and use either your own name, or a name that is unique to you, I will be quite happy to approve such transcendental dialectic gems as: “What a load of deluded left wing rubbish” and “More lies”, you execrable troglodyte.

  40. Alison Denham permalink
    August 3, 2011 2:34 pm

    In answer to ‘why a fungal infection spreads on a petri-dish. There is no answer’, there is. The medium feeds it.

    • August 3, 2011 2:42 pm

      And this, dear Alison, is the dividing chasm between literal and literary.🙂

  41. August 3, 2011 2:57 pm

    Spot-fucking-on. I suppose it’s unacceptably ad-hominem to add that she’s also quite extraordinarily ugly.

    Not in the “that’s my opinion” sense: in the “absolutely scientifically proven” sense.

  42. MooseAllain permalink
    August 3, 2011 3:48 pm

    Abuse of decent people in place of facts. More and more drivel. For your information my Surname is Allain. My works nick name is
    Moose.

  43. Simon Allain permalink
    August 3, 2011 5:52 pm

    Strange how people fear criticism but revel
    in praise and sycophancy. Shameful blogging.

  44. August 3, 2011 8:45 pm

    Fabulously written post. I clicked on a link to her article and was left gobsmacked by her attitude. She’s such a vile, self-centred nasty piece of work.

  45. dave s permalink
    August 4, 2011 5:17 pm

    well old chap you’ve done it again !

    i loved the gynaecologists joke and the piece in general, made me laff it did .

    whats more i could understand this one. some of the economics pieces leave ny brain aching. this one was almost side splitting .

    and as for liz jones the only thing i appreciate about her is that she likes cats , but now thats making me question my own attitude .. oh god the ignomy i have a trait in common with a columnist from that paper

    sorry cat im going to have to let you go

  46. purpletigerfishAilbhe permalink
    August 5, 2011 8:20 am

    I trust that you have seen @lizjonessomalia, the rather excellent parody twitter account?

  47. Sean permalink
    August 5, 2011 7:13 pm

    Another great post well done

  48. Jamie permalink
    August 12, 2011 12:56 am

    On an unrelated matter…..

    Incredible-

    FT article alleging Cameron And Boris Johnson involved in IDENTICAL activities to this weeks rioters whilst members of Bullingdon club at Oxford University-

    http://blogs.ft.com/westminste​r/2010/04/exclusive-david-came​ron-and-the-bullingdon-night-o​f-the-broken-window/#axzz1UlfhS0Ky

    This needs serious investiangation and Cameron needs to step down if it is true and he made the speech he did today. He has no moral authority left, especially after the Couslon incident.

  49. PhilJo Mar permalink
    August 15, 2011 11:02 pm

    I have enjoyed reading your blog for a few months now Alex but can you please write something else to avoid having to see the images of Liz Jones each time I check to see if there’s anything new?
    Read any good books lately?!

  50. September 25, 2011 3:20 pm

    You know the founder of the Daily Mail once said something like “Give the people something to fear or hate everyday and they will be interested”

    This site has as much credibility as when it was mouthing support to the Nazis unbelievable though it is.

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