Murphy Richards and Poe’s Law

So, Paul Dacre writes in The Guardian about why they’re stinking Trots and he is right.

First major comment is from Murphy Richards:

I think it is fair to say that I am on the Left. And I do not obsess over the Daily Mail.

Sure, I have spent a lot of my time over the past two weeks, and over half a century preceding that, rightly condemning Paul Dacre’s horrible paper whenever possible.
And, yes, I did call Margaret Thatcher’s legacy evil and critcise every single act she performed during her life upon hearing of her death. I felt it was only right and proper to criticise her on the very day she died. But that is not hypocrisy because Margaret Thatcher was a neoliberal and therefore it is right to criticise her whenever practicable.

The fact that the Daily Mail took almost twenty years to criticise Ralph Miliband’s legacy is far, far worse. Poor Ed Miliband has surely been held in a state of morbid anticipation of the day that his father’s dislike of British institutions and British people would be raised. He has been held on tenterhooks for two decades.

However, it gave him the opportunity to prepare a defence which was this: Rather like Stalin, Ralph Miliband fought against the Nazis; ergo he loved Britain, despite expressing dislike for almost every single thing about it.

That defence has been seen to be a completely coherent argument by intelligent people who, quite correctly, only rely on the BBC and the Guardian for their analysis of the news.

The State should be given editorial control over all newspapers except, that is, for the Guardian which should be allowed to continue to supply extremist groups of all persuasion with critical intelligence.

And perhaps the Mirror.

But aside from that, I see no reason to have a free and opinionated press in this country which is, candidly, in the pocket of big business and the Conservative Party. The sooner we are able to stamp out these vendors of lies and mongers of propaganda, the better.

I have recently been working on some legislation, the Mandatory Annexing of the Daily Mail and Associated Newspapers Bill, which would achieve this.

I am currently trying to get Michael Meacher to put this before Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill. Michael is my member of choice, but any other member who will sponsor this Bill should contact me.

If David Cameron is serious about suppressing incorrect opinions in our national press, he will endorse my bill.

This excellent commentary first appeared on the Justice for Taxes Network.

Bravo, bravo there.

Doctor Bob responds:



That was an actual paragraph, written without any form of insincerity or satire, in 2013?


I declare a Poe’s Law moment.

[Murphy Richards] has declined a New Year’s Honour for 8 years running. In order to avoid embarrassing the Queen he writes a letter to her in March to pro-actively decline this unwanted accolade.

He has similarly declined 4 Nobel prizes and the Turner Prize. In 2003 he deliberately threw a game of chess against Gary Kasparov. He rejected a wild-card entry to Wimbledon in 1984.

9 thoughts on “Murphy Richards and Poe’s Law”

  1. MurphyRichards just gets better:

    “I mentioned the Mirror only because they appear to be the only newspaper who phone me up for quotes any more. As such, they are obviously displaying some critical thinking.”

    Brilliant and spot on. Ritchie doesn’t get a mention in the Graun these days.

    And this is just a classic:

  2. Candidly, somebody has noticed that a certain self-proclaimed tax expert uses the word “candidly” rather a lot?

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Can I say that I think this passage has to be perfect of its type? Hard to tell from the real thing really.

  4. As at 22:14, the comment had 539 Recommends (now 540) and 50 comments. One apparently female entity bitingly asks M-R:
    ‘Does nanny know you’re out of bed?’
    M-R responds:
    ‘My children’s nanny’s personal service company does indeed know that I am out of bed.
    What is your point?’

  5. A couple of days ago I suggested that Richard Murphy had moved completely beyond satire, to the point of rendering Murphy Richards redundant. Never have I been so emphatically wrong about anything in my life.
    Not since New Yorkers fell into a blind panic at hearing Orson Wells reading War of the Worlds on radio has so large an audience been completely destroyed. Murphy Richards I salute you and hang my head in shame.
    As the dust settles on this Ritchie is left as a completely busted flush. do I!

  6. 585 recommends so far! I wonder how many of these are appalauding the excellent satire, and how many are unreconstructed Stalinists supporting Ritchie’s Courageous State.

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