Whither The Daily Telegraph?

The downhill trend in quality of the DT has been commented on many times, but that isn’t going to stop me from having my tuppence-worth.

To start with, why is it that their columnists have gone so far off the boil? Peter Oborne (to take one example) has gone off-message as far as us right-wing fanatics are concerned. He writes “. . . the status of David Cameron has risen sharply, both in Westminster and around the country. He may not be liked, but he is increasingly respected.” Respected by whom, Charles? Not by many of those who voted for him, I suspect.

Saturday’s piece by Charles Moore is so bad I don’t know where to begin. Let’s take this example, “Thirty years ago, (the Tory) party was stuffed with the justly named Wets . . Today, there are no Wets left. All Wets, and some Dries, used to be Europhiles. These, too, have departed. The Tory Right may be suffering an identity crisis, but it is the Tory Left that has disappeared.” So there are no Europhiles in the Tory Party? FFS, iDave is as bad as Ken Clarke!

Then we have to endure the likes of Geoffrey Lean, the warmist’s friend. To think they shuffled Simon Heffer off to the edge of a page so that they could make room for Lean’s eco-garbage.

Last, but not least, we have Robert Webb. Now, I enjoy his radio and TV performances but he really would be more at home writing for the Independent. On Saturday he posted a mock quiz in which every answer was a repeat of the same dig at Clegg for the about-turn on student fees. Once may have been regarded as amusing (if you like that sort of thing) but he repeated the same joke twelve times. It was the behaviour of a 9-year-old who, on reading out a Christmas cracker joke and finding that the grown-ups laughed, kept on saying it over and over. I suspect much of his motivation is simply to annoy the stereotypical DT reader.

Can we have our newspaper back please, Messrs Barclay?


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