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Defcon 4

Thanks to The Daily Ablution for the update on a minor - hence only DEFCON 4 - Guardinista journo.

If Tim Lott had ever actually read "The Lion and the Unicorn," he may have noticed these lines - written while German bombs were falling on London :

In intention, at any rate, the English intelligentsia are Europeanized ... In the general patriotism of the country they form a sort of island of dissident thought ... In left wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman ...

How apt, in Mr. Lott's case!


I'd bet anything that Lott's 'memory' of Orwell's wonderful essay comes not from actually reading it, but from John Major's famous (and much derided) reference:

"Fifty years from now," he told fellow Conservatives in 1993, "Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and pools fillers and - as George Orwell said 'old maids bicycling to holy communion through the morning mist'."

I'd also be willing to bet that Tim Lott scoffed at that reference when it was made, since he prefers Sex Pistols, Emin, hedonistic hordes and vomiting youth to civilisation ...

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