Friday’s Independent asked a ‘representative’ sample of Britain’s chattering classes to select their ‘heroes and villains’ for 2002. Needless to say, George Bush makes it as ‘villain’ for a number of those who replied, including Norman Baker MP, the home affairs spokesman for the UK’s leftist Liberal Democrats.
Baker’s hero for the year is, naturally enough, Rowan Williams, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, a man whose dog collar is symbolic only of an IQ roughly comparable to that of a newly born puppy. Baker sees matters rather differently, praising Williams as follows:
“He has attacked the Disney empire. He has broken into a US base to sing psalms on the runway. He slams the likely war on Iraq as “immoral and illegal”. Whether one agrees or not with him, isn’t it great to have a church leader who is grounded, courageous and honest and who doesn’t simply talk to himself?”
What a joke. In his tired, tiresome but tireless recycling of the conventional pieties of the old left, Williams is a dull, cowardly and repellent figure. Alas, it’s too much to hope that this tawdry parson will end up speaking only to himself.