I will have time to do the latest Aaro justice later today, but for the time being:
1. I think in retrospect our prediction that last week’s column was aimed at preparing the ground for portraying the latest Blairite sedition laws as a middle way between Al-Qaeda and the BNP looks pretty damn fucking good. Score one to the watchers (actually score two as we had Cohen taped this week too).
2. The comment on Galloway’s latest speech (“I imagine that the metaphorical ‘doing as they will’ attached to the helpless but alluring female cities, does not refer to them being plied with scones and Earl Grey tea“) is not just ridiculously coy but actually misleading. There is no need for us to rely on Aaro’s imagination here. The next two sentences of the transcript has Galloway saying “The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters”. Did Aaronovitch not bother to read anything beyond a wire service summary of the first sentence, or could he just not resist that joke about Earl Grey tea? Inquiring minds couldn’t really give a fuck.
More later …