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John Rentoul

Blake Adam and Eve 228x300 (Tiny Corner of) Paradise RegainedPeter Hitchens discusses David Cameron’s antimulticulturalism speech on his blog:

The real Fleet Street, in which one met journalists on rival newspapers every day, long ago ceased to exist. But a tiny corner of this lost paradise has been recreated. The Associated Newspapers building now hosts the offices of the ‘Independent’ and the ‘Independent on Sunday’ and I occasionally bump into John Rentoul, one of the few remaining Blair disciples and a distinguished IoS columnist. We generally tease each other, with him trying to annoy me by claiming to agree with things that I have written and me encouraging him to support the Cameroons. On Saturday we were both reading Mr Cameron’s speech when I bumped into him in the atrium. He pointed out to me that Mr Blair had made more or less precisely the same speech three times.

Thank you to Andrew Williams (oscartango) for spotting it.

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  • petersimplex

    Another advantage of a little corner of Fleet Street in W8 is that you might come into contact with people who actually don’t think Dr David Kelly committed suicide. Perhaps they might drop you a few Kelly-related nuggets on which to base a few blog posts and thus raise you profile, which has been languishing lately, so pleasing the Independent’s web advertisers?

  • http://twitter.com/Broxted Ciaran Rehill

    Beste Mijnheer Rentoul, Is this corner of paradise near the Netherlands Antilles? Your geography and current affairs need help, whatever next, “Ottomans declare war on Mercia”? Tot siens, Ronaald van der Broxted.

  • JohnRentoul

    No employee of the Daily Mail or Mail on Sunday is prepared to defend ridiculous conspiracy theories, it seems.

  • porkfright

    They need us more than we need them, pal.

  • http://twitter.com/Broxted Ciaran Rehill

    Nor to acknowledge that the Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist on 10 Oct 2010 (check the BBC website or any Dutch language service). Does the Indy need a correspondent for the West Indies? I suggest myself. Cheaper than Burchill, more accurate than Rentoul.

  • petersimplex

    Perhaps they might be found dead in the woods if they did,John. Anyone who uses the word conspiracy to describe a tissue of lies is not worthy of the word journalist.
    Try this. The name David Kelly hardly figures at the Chilcot Inquiry. Did he have nothing to do with Tony Blair’s war in Iraq? I don’t think Jack Straw would agree.

    Might I remind you of the front page of the Independent on 28 January 2004.
    I’m sure there is an old copy knocking about in the corridors of W8, a handy piece of scrap paper. Was it all a big mistake?

  • Whyshouldihavetoregister

    The thing is, Blair always thought that making a speech was all that was necessary. I live in hope that Cameron will actually do something about it. I see petersimplex has joined Erica blair, who pollutes the Spectator’s comments, in adapting the name of someone off of whose show he is not fit to lick the dog-do.

  • Whyshouldihavetoregister

    Er sorry, ‘off of whose shoe.’

  • petersimplex

    You should let me finish your punch lines. I know you’re not BlairSupporter – he is a Beatles fan, rather than a Stones man.


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