Early Xmas/late Eid present! The Spectator and Melanie Phillips have had to pay out substantial damages to Muhammad Sawalha, head of the British Muslim Initiative, for repeatedly libeling him. Apparently a couple of months ago they had to do the same with IslamExpo. Serves them right.
I can remember when the Spectator was entertainingly mad, instead of just a haven for poisonous little bigots like Phillips and Mark fucking Steyn. And there was a good portion of the 1990s when it was the best train read out there, even if there were usually one or two articles it was best to ignore for the sake of one's sanity.
Plus it once had my favorite letter ever, in about 1984 (when I was six; I read it much later in a pile of old issues in my granddad's Budapest apartment, he being of the Eastern Bloc habit of never throwing anything away.) It was at the end of a long, barmy discussion over several weeks about penis size, race, and intelligence.
as a practicing homosexual of many years standing, I can assure you that the largest member of my acquaintance, some 10 and a half inches, belonged to an extremely cultured and intelligence civil servant."