A couple of days ago I wrote an article uncovering George Monbiot’s shadowy past as an agent of Satan, which was published here. Mr Monbiot took great exception to my suggestion that he kept his extremely privileged upbringing from his readers. He demanded a “correction”. However, when asked to prove that he was upfront about his background he pointed to a handful of articles, some 20 years old, including one with this following line from 2009:
“Take one of its finest and most famous holdings: Stowe Landscape Gardens. I know them well, for I enjoyed the astonishing unearned privilege of attending the school that’s housed there.”
Not only was it almost ten years ago, it was also buried in the middle of a long article about how the evil National Trust perpetrated colonial atrocities, or something, and marginalised the poor (people whom George knows about because he has met them on several occasions). The point is this, though. As Mr Moonbat well knows, it is utterly inconceivable that anyone would have got so far into this piece of writing to have chanced upon those 30-odd words. They would have lost the will to live long before then. And so I would put this down as another example of George’s sleight of hand. It is the equivalent of a dodgy oligarch confusing the taxman with the creation of multiple shell companies. Much as I would like to apologise to someone as handsome as Moonbat, I cannot do so in all good conscience.