A Less Stupid New Year To All
I’m an eternal optimist. As in the Thurber cartoon, I have ‘the true Emily Dickinson spirit except I get fed up occasionally’. But each year I hope the Western world will be less stupid than in the previous 12 months. Instead, I see Simon Cowell, Alan Carr and the cast of ‘The Only Way Is Essex’. I plough through books so badly written that even 1,000 monkeys with typewriters would have copy-edited them better. And this is what the human rights movement was for. I suppose we can be thankful it wasn’t a toilet roll called Martin Loo-fer King.