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Tuesday 30th June 2009
Kirstie Allsopp Did Not Destroy Western Captialism

I've a piece in the current issue about how commentators turned on the facile but essentially harmless presenters of "property porn" programmes after the housing market crashed. The scorn directed at Kirstie Allsopp reveals an abiding human trait to hate what we know. After the Second World War public opinion demanded the execution of Lord Haw-Haw because he was the Nazi propagandist they had heard on the radio, while remaining unconcerned that real criminals were escaping punishment. Similarly, after the economic crisis, mobbish commentators damned Allsopp, while the heads of banks and building societies who had lent recklessly, the ministers who had failed to build new homes and the Labour Prime Minister who had let the bubble inflate remained in office.

Fortunately, Ms Allsopp was not taken to Wandsworth Prison and hung by the neck until she was dead, but allowed to carry on broadcasting by Channel 4. Here's the piece.



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June 30th, 2009
8:06 AM
I agree, Nick. I mean in the last twelve months, I've not seen any journalism attacking Gordon Brown - but Allsopp has been all over the front covers and leader pages in the last 12 months. And i also fully agree that allsopp is the C21st version of Lord Haw-Haw.

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About Nick Cohen

Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer and author of You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom (Fourth Estate) and What's Left? How The Left Lost Its Way (Harper Perennial). Living With Lies, a collection of his writing for Standpoint, is available as an ebook. 

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