I recently had an email from a reader wanting to know how I could possibly see any good in George Monbiot. My attitude to this columnist is overall negative – see my post, what’s the point of George Monbiot? – but we Librans are fair-minded and always like to give the other chap a crack of the whip, so to speak. In another post I’d described George as excellent on linking a trashed environment to big money, dire on Syria.
My correspondent replied to the effect that Monbiot was beyond the pale for him. (He didn’t say why but I know this reader’s views well enough to infer at least three ‘red lines’: Russia, Syria and Covid.) He would not demean himself by reading the man’s columns – in my opinion superbly argued and evidenced – on the environment. Or indeed, on any other subject..
Things are moving so fast on Ukraine that I’d already forgotten my post, written exactly three weeks ago, on Professor Richard Sakwa’s response to my old Workers Power comrade, Paul Mason. I was surprised therefore to find, a few days ago, a new comment on it. (Since I have my site set to flag for moderation any first comment from a reader, I noticed it where otherwise I might not have.)
In that post I’d followed a reference to a piece on the Trotskyist site, WSWS, with this caveat:
As with other WSWS pieces I cite, I baulk at full endorsement …
Which prompted my new reader and interlocutor to write this: