Saturday, November 12, 2005

Is Rebus Down To His Last Cigarette, Or Have The Affairs Of Our Funny Wee Country Slipped Beyond Parody? (NB - The Answers Are Not Mutually Exclusive)

The friction between Scotland and England is a source of much merriment, the latest example of which is the campaign by the Scottish National Party to send a Scottish football team to the London Olympics in 2012. The idea is absurd, but the fact that it is treated as a serious proposition by the country's second-most popular party is an indictation of how trivial Scottish politics have become.
But new heights of absurdity were reached by the Times newspaper today, which ran a story by its Scotland correspondent suggesting that Detective Inspector John Rebus, "the overweight, heavy-drinking, chain-smoking loner" created by the writer Mr Ian Rankin might be forced to emigrate South as a result of the imminent ban on smoking in Scottish bars.
The last time I looked, DI Rebus was a fictional character. He is free to live wherever Mr Rankin plants him. But when did the news pages of the Times start to concern themselves with fantasy?

2 comments:

Learson said...

"When did the news pages of The Times start to concern themselves with fantasy?" Probably around the time when Ken Thomson sold the title to Rupert Murdoch, whose stewardship has been characterized by a relentless down-market push. Mr Murdoch's animus towards Britain is well-documented and everything he touches is magically proletarianized with the twin aims of personal aggrandisement and the ruination of the country he hates.
He would of course balk at being called a Socialist but as we know from experience, Socialism means levelling down and in this endeavour no one executes better than RM. Add to this the fact that shareholders in Murdoch-controlled listed companies always get the ordure-wreathed end of the stick and we are able to behold the measure of the man. As the late Terry Thomas used to say, "An absolute shower".

Anonymous said...

Kirk Elder wrote: "But when did the news pages of the Times start to concern themselves with fantasy?"

Answer: 1981