Doing a Pollard

A reporter fired from the Washington Post leaves a message in the first letter of each paragraph. (via)

James May did something similar years ago.

But this is called doing a (Stephen) Pollard for this magnificent version here. It was immediately after the Daily Express had been bought by Richard Desmond.

Leader column, Daily Express, Saturday January 6 2001

"Farmers are hardly the most popular group in Britain. Up and down the country areas are blighted by intensive farming practices. Couple this with subsidies the like of which no other industry can dream of and you have a recipe for unpopularity.

Knowledge of organic farming has moved on apace. Years ago, organic farmers were regarded as cranks. On most calculations, their methods were regarded as wasteful and inefficient.

Until now. Destroying the received wisdom, Professor Jules Pretty, head of Essex University\’s Centre for Environment and Society, has worked out that, in fact, organic farming is cheaper, costing £1.8 billion a year less than intensive farming.

Environmentalists are still sometimes caricatured as unworldly. Sainsbury\’s, which we praised yesterday for introducing biodegradable packaging, shows that that need not be so. More retailers will, if the Sainsbury\’s scheme is a success, follow.

Organic farmers, however, receive only £20 million of the £3 billion in farm subsidies. Nothing is more stupid – and, as Prof Pretty shows, self-defeating – than this failure to promote organic farming. Despite this short-termism, the future of farming is now clearly organic."


8 thoughts on “Doing a Pollard”

  1. Don’t you mean at the beginning of each sentence? You’ve just got out of bed I take it. Have a coffee before blogging.

    Tim adds: Umm, the American did it at the beginning of each paragraph. Pollard at the beginning of each sentence. I mention that the American did it at the beginning of each para….

  2. But don’t drink too much coffee – it can make you irritable and prone to highlight niggling little points and petty things.

    Like Jim.

  3. There’s a word used to describe it when the first letter on each line spells something reading downwards.

    In a moment of madness at school, when completing a punishment essay for some stupid cow of a French supply teacher, I actually wrote ‘La vache stupide’ down the left hand side of the page and then somehow managed to make the rest of the words fit.

    I didn’t get expelled, so obviously she really was stupid, which proved my point.

    And she was fat. And it was Rawle who pushed me into her, not the other way round.

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