Ok, can anyone actually read the Nick Cohen piece in the New Statesman? I’ve tried following links from Harry and Norm, but every time I hit this firewall they have which thinks I’ve read more than my ration of one piece per day.
Look, the Statesman’s restrictions are just about the silliest on the interwebs. tehgrauniad got where it is today by being free. Anyway, the Staggers hasn’t made any money since long before I abandoned it in the early 80s (and in those days, Martin Amis was literary editor, so it had something going for it). It’s just a modern folly, an overt show of a rich man’s largesse. “Big Issue, mate?” “No chance, I have Nick Cohen and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to support.” There’s some old left (dread words!) phrase spinning round my head. Something about “property” and “theft.”