A while ago, I perhaps unwisely called another blogger a 'snotty nosed little provincial oik', prompting him to launch into not only an extensive defence of the provinces but also the adoption of what I had taken as an insult as a badge of honour. But this morning, on the Today Programme, I heard trails for research which indicates what every Londoner knows in their hearts: that the provinces are in fact drab and petty wastelands, inhabited only by people not bright enough to either escape to the metropolis or see its obvious advantages. That said, I live in the provinces, which must make me either a masochist of enormous proportions, or so dimwitted as to have overcome inertia and left the only decent place in the country to live.
In other hand-waving attempts at blithe dismissal, Shuggy gets this Gary Younge article all wrong. I was actually going to link to it myself because I thought it was fairly sensible. Younge's main point seems to me to be that there is little admirable about being deliberately offensive to marginalised groups, especially when one is espousing what are widely held, really rather unjustified, and degrading, views, and further, that the fantasy that by doing so, you are an oppressed minority sticking it to The Man, is fairly transparently self-delusion. Shuggy, and his commenters for that matter, seem to read it as a personal attack. Because obviously the power exerted by the anti-war half of the Grauniad's commentariat crushes them daily beneath its jackboot, and Younge is a unashamed agent of islamofascist totalitarianism.
Finally, Jim Bliss has a new site here, and I've pruned the blogroll, removing a couple of defunct blogs, and adding a couple, including Jim's.