“Best just to shake your head”
I bring you good news from behind the Times pay wall. This, from Matthew Parris:
On Monday I withdrew from the Blair commentary industry. Asked if I would offer a report from that morning’s session of the Leveson Inquiry, I had to choose between doing so and attending an old friend’s funeral in Derby. I took the less depressing option.
Asked that evening if I would join a Blair discussion on Newsnight I weighed this against joining a pianist friend for some show tunes and a few glasses of rosé at a club in Mayfair — and again heard myself declining the Blair option. This was getting easier!
Lazy? No, I’m just getting bored repeating myself. In the end you’ve either spotted that Tony Blair’s a wrong ’un, or you haven’t. Once you’ve discounted someone’s good character you look at them in an entirely different way. You stop trying to respond, rebut, understand.
But you can no more prove to a believer that you’re right than they can prove to you that you’re wrong. Best, really, just to shake your head and cultivate your garden.
Long may the garden of Parris, who long ago disqualified himself from this branch of commentary by questioning Blair’s sanity in all apparent seriousness,* need cultivating.
Thanks to Tess.
*It is not available on the internet any more, but he asked an early QTWTAIN in The Times on 29 March 2003: “Are we witnessing the madness of Tony Blair?”Tagged in: blair rage, Matthew Parris, tony blair
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