Ever read something that has left you physically unable to speak for some time? Well Mad Mel has a piece on her Spectator blog today denouncing….people who are reacting hysterically to the US election!!!!!

If satire died when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize then Mel has just dug it back up and then given it the mother of all kickings.

Update(01.11.08): The Spectator website seems to be down. That much insanity obviously caused the whole site to implode…

Now THIS should be interesting…

The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War’ by Conor Foley – Launch & discussion

At this Foreign Policy Centre and Verso Books event, humanitarian aid worker Conor Foley will outline the thesis of his new book, ‘The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War’, and Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP and Oliver Kamm of The Times will present their responses to it.

I’m certainly a fan of Conor Foley’s writing – he is a welcome antidote to the more hawkish (il)liberal interventionists (such as Kamm) who speaks from a position of authority, having been on the front line as an aid worker in various countries. It should be especially interesting given that we will know by then who has won the US election.

I’ve put my name down already and will post a brief summary here if I am lucky enough to attend.

That Joke Isn’t Funny Any More

I have to say that Mutantblog is usually second to no-one in its admiration for Melanie Phillips. The fact that despite the sheer bonkersness of her opinions being matched only by the forthrightness with which she delivers them she manages to command such a high profile in the MSM – columns in the Mail and the Spectator, a regular on Moral Maze and Question Time etc. etc. is truly remarkable. And let’s face it, she is always entertaining – she is the right winger us lefties truly love to hate and if she didn’t exist we would have to invent her.

And of course there’s her blog on the Spectator website. For those of you who are fans of “Mad Mel” from her newspaper columns and TV appearances but haven’t yet stumbled on her blog the estimable Matthew Norman puts it perfectly

Imagine the rapture of the art-lover who goes to an imaginary gallery containing the life works of Van Gogh, and while standing in front of his Sunflowers is approached by a curator whispering: “I never told you this, but if you nip up that staircase and turn left, you’ll find the secret room with all the paintings Vincent thought too good for general consumption.”

Imagine this, and you get a sense of the treasure trove that is the website of Melanie Phillips.

Now like many of us Mel is avidly following the Americal presidential contest and I think it’s fair to say that a careful reading between the lines reveals she is not a fan of Obama. Pieces entitled “Fraud we can believe in” and, even better, “Stasi tactics from Camp Obama” give the general impression. Her recent effort “Is America really going to do this?” takes the biscuit though. Continue reading