Wednesday, July 12, 2006

How low can the Indie go?

Many who read the Indie decry the Tabloids as base publications. I've never read anything in The Sun quite as nasty as the article in The Independent today claiming that Keith Joseph had Aspergers. It also claims the same, after focussing on the high-priest of monetarism, of fellow under-achievers George Orwell and Isaac Newton.

Keith Joseph's beliefs in free choice and the market, compared to the power of the state, suggest to me that he suffered from the opposite of Aspergers - he understood that individuals are far better placed to make decisions about their lives than a politican is. On the occasions I was lucky enough to hear Keith talk he was nothing other than incredibly graceful to those of all political persuasions because he felt they shared a common objective of genuinely wanting to improve the world we live in.

What does the Indie's article really tell us? Simple - its got no real argument to attack the great man who spoke the truth against the then conventional postwar miswisdom. Its no different from a kid on the playground calling another one a spastic - pure spite.


At 7:19 PM, Blogger Matt Dean said...

I'm surprised at The Indy in some ways- although the paper has been tacking towards the left for years, the personal invective they use is a new and unpleasant twist.


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