Peter Hitchens knows about opinions: he’s held most of them
I have an article about Peter Hitchens in The Independent today, for the tenuous reason that I have just discovered that he follows no one on Twitter. I am childish enough to enjoy this, but also, I hope, grown-up enough to say “it is not the case that Hitchens operates only in broadcast mode”: one of the reasons I like him is that he is always open to debate.
To prove the point, he has honoured me with a long response to what he calls my “remonstrance” on his blog. In it, he manages to pay me a compliment by citing Tony Benn, which is ingenious. And his rebuttal of the suggestion that he is “not very interested in other people’s opinions” is magnificent:
For a start, I’ve held most other people’s opinions in my time, having been a supporter, in the mid-1960s, of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and later of the Vietnam Solidarity Campaign and the Anti-Apartheid movement, then a member, in turn, of the International Socialists (1968-75), Hampstead Constituency Labour Party (1977-1983) and the Conservative and Unionist Party, Oxford East Association (1997-2003).
The list continues for some time before he adds: “I have never joined a club, despite two kind invitations to do so.”
Anyway, jolly interesting stuff. Well, not that jolly. Not many jokes, which is a shame. But interesting. Perhaps I should take up his challenge to my good colleague Owen Jones and explain to him why grammar schools fail to promote social mobility.
Meanwhile, my review of the drug-fuelled orgy that was Prime Minister’s Questions is at Independent Voices.
Picture: Peter Hitchens, confirming his “marginal position in broadcasting” on BBC’s Question TimeTagged in: peter hitchens, pmqs
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