Smearing the Dead with Richard Littlejohn

Today’s Littlejohn column – as pathetic as you might expect – responds to criticism over his smears about the late Michael Foot… with some more smears:

Comrade Foot: An apology

There’s been a huge response to my column on Michael Foot last Friday. Some people think I owe Wurzel an apology.

As you know, this column is always happy to correct any inaccuracies, so here goes.

On Friday, I wrote that at least Footy wasn’t a paid-up agent of the Soviet Union.

Now I learn that, according to former Russian spy Oleg Gordievsky, Foot was on the KGB payroll for 20 years.

He also published pro-Soviet articles in Tribune in exchange for Moscow gold.

Apologies for any embarrassment caused.

I’ll let the two worst rated comments save me the effort of drafting a response:

Classy. How do you follow up an innaccuracy-riddled hatchet job on a recently deceased, well regarded pensioner? By printing a follow-up lie the next week. Oleg Gordievsky’s claims were debunked over 10 years ago – Foot won a substantial libel case against another newspaper in court when they made them. So that’s pathetic research for one thing to only “learn” something over a decade later, and pathetic, cowardly behaviour to use it to further smear the recently deceased now he cannot sue you for libel.

What will you do for your next encore? Dig up Mr Foot and kick him in the face perhaps, while claiming his lack of retaliation proves he is a coward?

You really are the big, brave man, aren’t you. But no wonder you’ve decided it’s safest to only pick on the deceased – evidence suggests every time you face someone living who you disagree with, you come off looking like an ill-informed buffoon.

– Dave Crisps, Leicester, 9/3/2010 7:40 Click to rate Rating 66

Let’s see, Richard…

A misinformed stab at “global warming”, complete with tedious Brummie stereotyping.

A piece of cowardly self-exoneration for a book of rubbish jokes.

A bland piece of uninformed swiping at minorities.

A piece of blatant falsehood about a dead and decent man in an unsuccessful effort to make yourself look edgy and heroic.

A shame. Almost a full house there. Just a Dad’s Army reference and a “you couldn’t make it up”, and you’ve had had the Littlebrain Bingo Prize for sure.

– Ken, Bristol, England, 9/3/2010 0:36 Click to rate Rating 15

As readers point out: dead men cannot sue for libel and I don’t imagine the PCC will step in, do you?

Richard Littlejohn: Character Assassin

Former Labour leader Michael Foot, socialist and conscientious objector, died four days ago. Tributes abound, from figures such as Neil Kinnock and most of the newspapers as well.

Over at the Daily Mail, with the little obstacle of self-defence out of his way, everyone’s favourite criminal Floridian Richard Littlejohn leapt on the offensive in a truly bilious piece from March 5th. There are quite a few elements of Littlejohn’s vomitous article that I’d like to take issue with.

The first is the broad basis of Littlejohn’s vitriol: Michael Foot never fought in the Second World War. For over half the article Littlejohn is talking about military service almost as if he served. He cries that Foot should have joined the RAF, Army and Navy. He whines that Foot should have joined the home guard. He spouts that Foot should have become a medic on a flotilla at Dunkirk.

He even goes so far as to invoke other Left-Wing contemporaries for comparison, including Politician Tony Benn and Russian Spy Jack Jones, who both fought in one way or another. Littlejohn says:

“We still don’t know the real reason Michael Foot managed to avoid military service. Some put it down to his pious Quaker pacifism qualifying him for a free pass.”

The idea that conscientious objection can be compared to a “free pass” is odious in itself. The amazing bravery often required to be a conscientious objector is thankfully receiving more attention recently, though Littlejohn apparently regards military service as the only form courage can take. Brainless machismo is far from dead at the Daily Mail.

But Littlejohn’s all-time greatest line is the following:

“Foot preferred to sneer from the safety of the sidelines, even publishing a book attacking far better men than he”

…After reading this, I had to read it again to make sure Littlejohn had written what I thought he’d written. This can, quite obviously, be applied perfectly to the author himself!! It is at this point that I realised Littlejohn was engaging in some classic psychological projection, transferring his own insecurities onto others. Littlejohn is, after all, an expat who hates expats, a non-Brit who despises anything un-British.

Outside of the section on Michael Foot, Littlejohn talks about Ashcroft and Belize, as well as Ashley Cole. There are one or two more hateful humdingers before the writer hangs up his quick-quotes-quill, such as the following;

“He [Ashley Cole] should lose the beard he’s grown since his troubles with Cheryl began.

It makes him look as if he’s stepped straight out of an Alky Ada martyrdom video.”

That’s right. Littlejohn just went right ahead and admitted that short, stubbly beards, when combined with a dark complexion, make him think immediately of Al Qaida. How forward he is about this is astounding.

All in all, I feel that there’s some interesting psychological insight to be gained from Littlejohn’s most recent pile of bile. Perhaps writing such nonsense is Littlejohn’s own cry for help.

Jan Moir in the Daily Mail: Sickening Homophobia

Hagley Road to Ladywood announced it last week: anti-gay propaganda is back at the top of the Mail agenda.

Since Stephen Gately’s death last week, the Daily Mail has been desperately trying to dig up some dirt.

In spite of official confirmations that the Boyzone star died of natural causes, the Mail has decided that the unfortunate death of an innocent 33-year-old man is fair game (see, for instance, Paul Scott’s unashamed hatchet job the day after Gately’s death).

The lowest point was hit today by Jan Moir with her article “Why there was nothing natural about Stephen Gately’s death”, where this overpaid munter spurts industrial amounts of venom and homophobia. Look at this bit here (our emphasis):

“Another real sadness about Gately’s death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships. Gay activists are always calling for tolerance and understanding about same-sex relationships, arguing that they are just the same as heterosexual marriages. Not everyone, they say, is like George Michael.

Of course, in many cases this may be true. Yet the recent death of Kevin McGee, the former husband of Little Britain star Matt Lucas, and now the dubious events of Gately’s last night raise troubling questions about what happened. It is important that the truth comes out about the exact circumstances of his strange and lonely death.

As a gay rights champion, I am sure he would want to set an example to any impressionable young men who may want to emulate what they might see as his glamorous routine. For once again, under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see”.

How do you call that? This appalling vulture takes two tragic cases: a young man who died in his sleep and another who hanged himself, to give off the most homophobic shit ever written in about a decade. What the hell has their sexuality got to do with their “hedonistic lifestyle”, let alone their death?

How obnoxious would it be if, the day after Jan Moir finally pops her clogs, opinion columnists start pontificating about “the dangerous lifestyle” of eating too much and earning too much money for writing shit articles in tabloids?

Is Jan Moir really that thick not to register that scores of heterosexual celebrities engage in the same “hedonistic lifestyle” she stupidly assumes Stephen Gately and Kevin McGee were leading?

And yet she should know better. Half of what her newspaper is about is that sort of sordid stuff. The Kerry Katonas and the Jordans, the Amy Winehouses and the Russell Brands, the Ashley Coles and the Steve Joneses…Or how about the list of heterosexual celebs who killed themselves? What stuff are you on, Jan Moir, to be capable of writing such a low, vile, judgemental little story in the wake of a personal tragedy?

How can such levels of intolerance be printed on one of Britain’s most popular brands of arse paper a mere two days after the news of yet another homophobic murder in London?

Is there a limit to the shameful, distasteful, hate-soaked drivel the Daily Mail can put into print?

This post originally appeared here on Hagley Road to Ladywood.