Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Brute Anderson: twat

Bruce Anderson has written a thinly-veiled hatchet-job on Boris; I'm sure that Brute knows Boris better than I, for—as Iain Dale points out—Boris did sack Brute as the Political Editor of The Spectator.

Brute's article is titled...
Bruce Anderson: Boris Johnson is a libertarian, but he is not a Tory - and he's unlikely to last the course

... and he asserts that Boris is a libertarian within the main body of the text too.
He is a libertarian and a hedonist; he is in favour of everyone having a good time, especially himself.

However, Anderson also maintains that Boris...
... is a man without core belief: without a political and intellectual compass.

Then, Bruce, Boris is not a libertarian: I assure you, we libertarians have a very strong "core belief" and a highly developed "political and intellectual compass". You twat.

Perhaps you meant to call him a libertine?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read that piece the other day and was struck by the claim that Boris had "never read a closely argued article".

Apart from the obvious (i.e., how the fuck would Bruce Anderson know?), I was amazed by the claim that the editor of a national magazine and a man who got a very creditable degree in classics from Oxford had never read a serious article or come across a serious argument.

The really striking thing about Boris is how many utterly outlandish accusations are being made against him. You can barely open a newspaper without some ignorant lefty spewing venom about his vacuousness, his brainlessness, his racism, his homophobia...

It all sticks in my craw precisely because, in London, the very things that Boris and the Tories are accused of are, in fact, cornerstones of the Labour apparatus.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Anon,

Anderson wrote that "Boris has never written a closely argued article", not "read".

But you're right about the rest.

DK

Mark Wadsworth said...

Boris wants to ban drinking acolhol on the Tube which is a shit idea.

But Boris appears to have initiated a policy of killing barristers, which is much to be welcomed, if he keeps it up, I'll forgive him the 'no booze on Tube' rule.

Anonymous said...

@ DK

Fucking hell.

Time to get my eyes tested.

Anonymous said...

Bruce Anderson is just a fat twat sat in a toyless pram. Ugly too ...

Lil Jimmy said...

Oh how they're savaging Boris - after the event.

Anonymous said...

The Wikipedia entry has this:
"Libertarians...believe all people are created equal."

Created by whom? Does this mean that an atheist cannot be a libertarian? How is our "equality" proved? The fact that there is disagreement about abortion suggests inequality in that the unborn don't have a say in the matter anyway.

When are we "created"? At conception or when Geppetto's fairy helper says we stop being "potential life" and become "actual life"? Does consciousness define our humanity? In that case, do we stop being human when we fall asleep?

Longrider said...

Which just goes to show how good Wikipedia is...

Anonymous said...

Boris is a twat. So is Bruce.

And your point is ... ?