Someone who really is going to have to remain nameless (not least because his name, and now his email address, are the only things I know about him) has just copied me the following email to Comment is Free:
Oh well, since you are determined not to register me because I have suggested to you in the past that you should engage David Lindsay as a regular contributor [news to me, but bless you], here is what I would have posted, copied to the email address on his blog. I read it daily, although I have never met him.
That blog is certainly not "all me, me, me". Like his comment above, it marks him out as one of the most original and inspiring political commentators in Britain today. Whoever suggested that he should leave these matters to Polly Toynbee and "Michael" (presumably Michael White) must be content with the thoughts of a woman who insists that all politicians are saints and a man who merely submits politicians' press releases over his own name. Well, I am not. And people who think that policies are "boring" shouldn't be posting comments on Comment Is Free, although it looks as if they could easily be employed to write for it.
As for this being Toynbee's and White's "craft", that doesn't necessarily make them any good at it. Anyway, how does one get into this "craft"? Funny how all its practitioners seem to posh. But then, this is the Guardian, which periodically runs articles by upper-class schoolchildren, presumably not chosen at random. You do realise that this sort of experience goes on Ucas forms, don't you?
A bit less of them and a bit more of David Lindsay would not go amiss. As would a bit more of David Lindsay and bit less of the gossipy, policy-free Polly Toynbee and "Michael". Some of us want to read about politics, you know.
Well, they know where I am, I suppose. Indeed, anyone else who'd like to help me out, do feel free to email any such suggestion to email@example.com, copied to firstname.lastname@example.org, and even (if you happen to feel like it) to email@example.com. But you might like to phrase things a little differently...