By not reading Paul Mason

From our ever popular series of Questions We Can Answer In The Guardian:

How do we fight the loudmouth politics of authoritarian populism?
Paul Mason

24 thoughts on “By not reading Paul Mason”

  1. The PG Wodehouse quote about Scotsmen applies in spades to Paul Mason

    It is never difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine

  2. Bloke in North Dorset

    Notwithstanding the exceptions that prove the rule who comment here, are there any Scotsman still living in Scotland without a grievance?

  3. BIND

    Well, if you live in Edinburgh arguably you have the best lifestyle and environment in the whole of the UK, so it would be churlish of us to have grievances. That said, being churlish is in the DNA so our grievances are many and detailed.

    My main grievance at the moment is the SNP.

  4. Paul Mason is developing a new brand of unpopulism. I can’t see it paying his bills for much longer – he’ll have to go into a thinktank or something.

  5. @BraveFart

    I cherish your grace under pressure (and your comments)

    re: PG Woodehouse. “He responded with the geniality of a trapped wolf.”

  6. I wonder if Paul has ever wondered why older people (50 +) and ‘low educational achievement’ can sometimes go together.

    I bet he has never thought it has nothing to do with intelligence.

    I mean a degree in music is such educational achievement!

  7. I’ve been to Scotland once. Drove through Glasgow, tried haggis, and came close to having to deck a drunken Scot who tried to hassle my wife and I after deciding we were English.

    I have only three regrets about going to Scotland: That I drove through Glasgow, tried haggis, and didn’t knock that fucking Scot’s teeth out.

  8. Dennis, two of your regrets I can sympathise with, but IMO haggis can be really quite nice, if you get the decent stuff.

    I took a whole fresh haggis to my in laws in Russia once then discovered that father in law had, without speaking to me about what to do, eaten it cold and not heated it up. He claimed it was v nice, but that must have been politeness

  9. I’m Scots/Irish on my mother’s side, and I can only assume they left Scotland (after leaving Ireland) because (1) they were in Glasgow, (2) they were eating haggis, and (3) they were surrounded by Scottish people.

    I never did get a coherent answer as to why my ancestors thought Scotland would be an improvement over Ireland, but I can only assume that what brains I have came from my father’s side of the family.

  10. BraveFart –

    I actually did have a good plate of haggis at a love hotel near the Scottish border. The owner of the hotel convinced me to try it by claiming (a) it wasn’t proper haggis, and (b) his cook wasn’t Scottish (Paki, in fact).

    So I guess haggis can be OK, as long as it isn’t really haggis and isn’t prepared by a real Scot.

  11. I took a whole fresh haggis to my in laws in Russia once then discovered that father in law had, without speaking to me about what to do, eaten it cold and not heated it up. He claimed it was nice, but that must have been politeness.

    I dunno. Back in the early ’90s the company I helped run employed quite a few Russian Jews who had just arrived in the USA. Like most immigrants I’ve known, they were eager to give us a taste of their cuisine, and would bring dishes in to share with us at lunchtime.

    That your father-in-law would eat a raw haggis and like it really doesn’t come as a complete surprise to me.

  12. I have had Haggis on numerous occasions, it was OK. Sometimes actually quite nice.

    If Haggis was French the Guardian would write weekly articles gushing over it.

  13. Bloke in North Dorset

    We’re Haggis fans and have the full works regularly in winter.

    We invited our German friends round for a Burns supper a couple of years ago. She’s was a dietitian and researched the contents before the arrived and wouldn’t touch it. He was a bit sceptical but tried and enjoyed it.

  14. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Yes, it’s the pluck from a sheep, not a lamb. And it doesn’t have any beef in it , for fuck’s sake. It’s an expedient dish designed to use up bits of an animal that go off fast. If it’s a good quality haggis, it’s delicious.

  15. I prefer Hall’s (pork) Haggis to McSween’s (beef) Haggis.

    Bought a reduced McSweens vegetarian haggis once by mistake – didn’t notice the V word. Disgusting taste and smell – couldn’t eat it.

    The dogs enjoyed it – black labs are walking dustbins.

  16. @BiND
    “She’s was a dietitian …”
    Christ! You let her in the house? Those people make carnival barkers look self effacing..

  17. The dogs enjoyed it – black labs are walking dustbins.

    Yes but their system of quality control leaves something to be desired, however, since it works on the principle of swallow first and consider after-effects later (not that I think there’s much of a cause and effect process in the labramind).

    A tiled kitchen floor is a useful thing…

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