Apparently, it matters enormously that the New Statesman has dispensed with the services of someone called Dan Hodges (no, me neither) because his Blairite period pieces had finally exhausted the patience of readers, and doubtless also advertisers and shareholders, who vulgarly insisted on living in 2011. Oh, well, the Blairobites will always have the Murdoch papers. Won't they...?
In the meantime, where do we go to read the socially and culturally conservative, strongly patriotic tendencies within the British Left's traditional electoral base? Where do we go to read the alliance of the traditional Right and the traditional Left against the neoconservative war agenda and its assaults on liberty at home, including against any new Cold War with either or both of Russia and China?
Or to read those who recognise that we cannot deliver the welfare provisions and the other public services that our people have rightly come to expect unless we know how many people there are in this country, unless we control immigration properly, and unless we insist that everyone use spoken and written English to the necessary level? Or to read those who refuse to allow climate change to be used as an excuse to destroy or prevent secure employment, to drive down wages or working conditions, to arrest economic development around the world, to forbid the working classes and non-white people from having children, to inflate the fuel prices that always hit the poor hardest, or to restrict either travel opportunities or a full diet to the rich?
For that matter, where do we go to read columnists from as many different corners of this country as possible: County Durham as well as Newcastle, the Marches as well Birmingham, Dorset as well as Bristol, and so on, including the less fashionable parts of London? Or that many columnists from as many different countries as possible other than America, not out of anti-Americanism, but only for the sake of a more balanced view?
Who the hell cares about the tribulations of some upper-middle-class, metropolitan media villager whose Blairism had mercifully gone out of fashion? He will only be replaced by another upper-middle-class, metropolitan media villager. No doubt, he already has been.
Dear God, I wish that Rod Liddle had become Editor of The Independent.