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    Spectator becomes even more partisan

    by Sunny
    1st October, 2009 at 3:37 pm    

    Sad to hear that the Spectator magazine’s only centrist blogger, Clive Davis, is leaving. Without him the website is going to become home for even more partisan and right-wing commentary, thanks to Melanie Phillips and, more recently, Rod Liddle.

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    1. BenSix — on 1st October, 2009 at 4:07 pm  

      I think you’re being a bit unfair. Alex Massie’s centrist, and worth reading. Martin Bright’s centrist (and not, at the moment). Mel’s writings are unhinged, but hardly partisan: in her mind, Cameron’s just as commie as Che GueObama.

    2. Rumbold — on 1st October, 2009 at 6:51 pm  

      Shame about Clive Davis leaving as he was an excellent writer, but BenSix is right in that there are still centrists holding the fort, and people like Rod Liddle (who are very much Old Labour).

    3. Germaine — on 1st October, 2009 at 7:16 pm  

      Still, we ought to look on the bright side!

      Lee Seacole Barnes isn’t writing for the ‘Speccie,’ is he?

      Not yet anyway.

    4. Sunny — on 1st October, 2009 at 9:16 pm  

      people like Rod Liddle (who are very much Old Labour).


      Alex Massie is sometimes alright. Though he shills for the Tories far too much.

    5. Rumbold — on 1st October, 2009 at 9:32 pm  

      He is left-wing economically and right-wing socially. Thus, Old Labour (in the 1940s-1950s sense).

    6. Pete — on 1st October, 2009 at 9:33 pm  

      Liddle described himself as a ‘lefty’ in a recent post. Quicker than saying ‘dismal sub-Clarkson contrarian prick’ I suppose, and perhaps even accurate on some peculiar level.

      With Davis’s departure The Spectator has lost a humane, urbane and profoundly cosmopolitan voice - one that could never quite provide balance to the toxic histrionics of Phillips and her ilk, but which at least gave the impression that the magazine wasn’t completely beyond the pale. I’ll definitely be checking out his new blog - with some relief that I won’t be aware of Philips leering in my peripheral vision with some new half-chewed missive from the Republican bunker that she’s added the word ‘Monstrous!!’ to a few times in order to convince herself she’s a brave, embattled intellectual.

      I used to read the magazine and would find it amusing, almost always well-written and often thought-provoking but the blog rcomments have revealed how many of its readers wallow happily in a Palinesque/pro-BNP cesspit.

      Clive Davis is well out of it - I can’t imagine what his inbox has been like over his years at The Spectator.

    7. coruja — on 2nd October, 2009 at 4:25 pm  

      I don’t understand this recent obsession with the Spectator. It has, since 1828, always been the intellectual magazine for the Conservatives. Editorship of it almost guarantees high Tory office, should he pursues a political career - and Boris Johnson is well on his way. It avoids all forms of popular culture and receives its entire cultural tone from public school/Oxbridge syllabus and as a result can be rather narrow minded. Also, it occasionally worries about the Jewish problem and has very specific viewsof other cultures, esp. from the colonies. It has links with the Salisbury Review.
      To say it is partisan is stating the obvious. Why are you wasting your time on this publication and the people who write for it?

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