READER DAVID BARRY sends some cogent criticism, plus a September 11 revelation:
Tim, Tim, young Timmy... what can I say?
Well, apparently you can say "Tim". And "Timmy"! Well done.
Did some nasty communist take away your toys when you were a little kid (say some time in the past twelve months)? Is that what made you such a quivering little wretch that you just had to turn nasty? Pity you're so piss weak it doesn't work...
Honestly Blair, I've never read such puerile, naive twaddle in my life. You are a disgrace to the proud heritage of journalism. Of course, being a retro-conservative you don't believe in any of that sort of thing do you?
Us retro-conservatives are notorious for our loathing of heritage.
Why am I asking you?
More to the point, what are you asking?
Your columns show this perfectly. How about firstly checking facts (you do remember facts, don't you? They're those inconvenient truths that keep getting in the way of you writing anything worthwhile)
And how about, just for once (you little right wing intellectual you) how about doing something very Australian for a change, and that's to play the ball and not the man?
I'll follow your lead, David.
Do you have any idea how weak your writing is when you attack people rather than their ideas? You come over as a spoilt little brat - one of the original "I'll take my ball and go home" crowd.
If I'd taken my ball and gone home, I wouldn't be writing anything.
You seem to be nothing more than a nasty little piece of work who somehow bullied his way into a national newspaper? I doubt you did it by your writing ability. I doubt that very much.
You are correct. I did it by bullying Rupert Murdoch.
What I really resent is that your employer would waste such valuable column inches on what is essentially vapour - nasty smell yet ultimately empty and meaningless - when he could be publishing something and someone far more worthwhile.
And now for the kicker …
PS One more thing, Mr Naive. September 11 was organised by a consortium of 14 US and European companies under the aegis of the Carlyle Group. Funding for the operation was provided via the US DEA in a series of payments made to the Taliban through to the final payment of $US 35 million on 15 May 2001. They even gathered in Washington especially to watch it happen... If you don't know that then you don't know anything. Now of course we're just waiting for your hero, the mass murderer and coward George Shrub, to manufacture yet another Gulf of Tonkin incident. You do know about the Gulf of Tonkin incident don't you? Oh no, that's right, you can't. You came down in the last shower of rain...
What can I say ...
UPDATE. It must be Stupid Dave Day!