December 01, 2003


Julie Burchill’s excellent and widely-noted piece on her departure from The Guardian to the Murdoch-owned Times -- I like Joanne Jacobs’ line: “Columnists don't write like this in America. It just isn't done. Except on blogs, of course” -- contains but one thing with which I disagree:

[At the Times], I will compose as many love letters to the likes of Mr Murdoch and Pres Bush as my black little heart desires, leaving those who have always objected to my presence on such a fine liberal newspaper as this to read only writers they agree with, with no chance of spoiled digestion as the muesli goes down the wrong way if I so much as murmur about bringing back hanging. (Public.)

Public hanging? No, no, no. That won’t do at all. I prefer the view expressed in this cartoon. And in other illustration news, Lileks is right: you don’t see this in cartoons anymore. Those degenerate Jetsons were even more subversive than South Park.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 1, 2003 02:24 PM

How fair is the Guardian headline over this story?

Posted by: ilibcc at December 1, 2003 at 03:57 PM

If one reads the article accompaning the Cartoon one comes across the following:
"The murder rate in the 1970s and 1980s was about 30 per 100,000, and from then rose to its present levels. (Since the start of the Iraq war in March this year, between 7,000 and 10,000 Iraqi civilians are reckoned to have died. In the same period more than 15,000 South Africans have been murdered.) "

Makes one wonder.

Posted by: Barry at December 2, 2003 at 03:59 AM