December 11, 2004


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been cleared of corruption. I guess this qualifies him as an official James Wolcott Hero for our Time following Wolcott's celebration of George Galloway's legal win. About which lawyer Damian Penny writes: "Wolcott, by the way, says the Telegraph's incriminating documents 'were either forged or doctored' - even though the court made no such ruling, and Galloway did not even challenge their authenticity."

Naturally, Wolcott -- how apt that he writes for Vanity Fair -- is a Chomsky fan.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 11, 2004 03:57 PM

Matt Damon!

Posted by: Matt Damon at December 11, 2004 at 04:32 PM

Apparently truth is not a defence to defamation in British law(just like here). So this vile prick wins a motza just like Naomi Campbell did.

And of course the judge got him up. Nothing a judge likes to do more than get an unpopular punter over the line. Allows the judges to drone on about the fact that justice is blind.

Posted by: Simon at December 11, 2004 at 05:08 PM

Oh, we're all Chomsky fans. For different reasons, of course.

I like him because he proves despite all our 21st Century sophistication, people are still willing to believe someone not far removed from the whacked-out mystics of old.

Posted by: Quentin George at December 11, 2004 at 05:14 PM

But Wolcott's a prose stylist!

Posted by: Jim Treacher at December 11, 2004 at 05:50 PM

Prose stylist? LOL! a la Baghdad Bob.

Posted by: Spiny Norman at December 11, 2004 at 05:59 PM

Hey, I'm just telling you what they say...

Posted by: Jim Treacher at December 11, 2004 at 06:10 PM

The BBC report on Berlusconi crawls and bumps along like a year 10 student who doesn't want to write an essay.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 11, 2004 at 08:46 PM

I'm sorry, I shouldn't say this, but I find George Galloway repellent. There may be good reasons for believing the war was wrong, but defending George Galloway, who has been a cheerleader for several foul regimes around the planet, is wrong. There are many, many, many better anti-war speakers and moral characters than the 'Honourable Member for Baghdad Central.' Some people have tried to defend him by saying he's a "character" - I'm sure he is, but so is Robert Mugabe. Others have claimed he has "a good sense of humour." Just because he can tell a knock-knock joke doesn't make up for his snivelling crawling to Saddam. Revolting.

I'm sorry, I had to get that out of my system.

Posted by: Steve at December 11, 2004 at 10:16 PM