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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, September 19, 2005
    Hear the narky genius
    "Avoid respectable television and respectable newspapers
    They have neither the talent of art
    Nor the instinctive snout of the media"

    - unsurprisingly, given his narky genius, it's Mark E. Smith who best suggests the reason why, after a week of lovely new Guardians, I'm back to not missing being without one today.

    And unsurprisingly, given his narky genius, it's John Pilger who puts his finger on what the problem still is with that paper, despite it being so good to handle now, despite it still being so much better than all the others:

    A law lord, Lord Hoffmann said that Blair's plans to gut our own basic rights were a greater threat than terrorism. Indefinite imprisonment for those innocent before the law and the intimidation of a minority community and of dissenters: these are the goals of Blair's "necessary measures", borrowed from Bush. Who challenges him? His Downing Street press conference is an august sheep pen, the baaing barely audible. In India the other day, reported the Guardian's political editor, "Mr Blair stood his ground when challenged over the Iraq war" - by Indian reporters, that is. The Guardian described neither these challenges nor Blair's replies.