A lot of people can write well, a few can consistently write brilliantly. Amusing is easy, laugh out loud funny is difficult. Combining the two is very rare indeed. R Emmett Tyrrell and Rod Liddle spring to mind, and Mark Steyn, another hero of our times, currently locked in an epic First Amendment battle in the USA, with chippy ‘scientist’ Michael Mann.
This post is here simply to highlight Steyn’s ability to wrap up an argument in the most succint, pointed and righteously indignant way. From about 5 years ago:
He took the words out of Michael Mann’s mouth and served them up to impressionable readers of the New York Times and opportunist politicians around the world champing at the bit to inaugurate a vast global regulatory body to confiscate trillions of dollars of your hard-earned wealth in the cause of “saving the planet” from an imaginary crisis concocted by a few dozen thuggish ideologues.
That about sums it up, the subsequent image of “Al Gore, reclining naked, draped in dead polar-bear fur, on a melting ice floe” is too much for a family blog.