Seriously Telegraph, nul points

A Michael Deacon column, sure, why not? Revive Way of the World, sure why not?

Starting today, Way of the World – Michael Deacon’s new twice-weekly column for the Telegraph – casts a satirical eye over the news …

Just no.

We want the choler, vindictiveness and pure menacing hatred if you’re going to call it Way of the World. Without those is to trample on the blessed memories of Peter Simple and Auberon Waugh.

Do understand the point – it’s not anti-Mr D columns. It’s more where has the Feudal Times and Reactionary Herald gone?

11 thoughts on “Seriously Telegraph, nul points”

  1. One of the problems that a modern WotW has, is that it has nowhere to go.

    We live in a world run by the senile, effete, feckless and downright totalitarian. Their insane policies have led us to ruin and in some places near civil war. The Church has now become a parody of itself and is actively driving away worshippers and Academia is producing a generation of burger flippers and experts on post colonial or gender studies.

    Waugh and Wharton are shouting “told you so!” from up there.

  2. In fairness to the Telegraph, “Way of the World” as a column title predates both Wharton and Waugh, as does the pen-name “Peter Simple”. (I was about to say that it was started by PG Wodehouse, but that was “Beachcomber” in the Express, which, as written by JB Morton, was surely a strong influence on Wharton.) But they made them their own, and it’s hard to imagine anyone living up to the standard they set.

    I remember when Waugh started on it, and it’s still a bit of a surprise (although perfectly fair) that he’s now remembered as fondly as Wharton.

  3. Choler, vindictiveness and pure menacing hatred will get you sacked PDQ unless it is directed towards the left’s bêtes-noirs, i.e. most of us.

  4. Sam D

    DB Wyndham Lewis ( who wrote the St Trinians books that Searle drew) used to write one of those columns (or perhaps both), I have a feeling without checking that it was Beachcomber.

    I was surprised too that Waugh took the gig, I used to enjoy his Private Eye column and wondered how he would do especially when he uninaginatively called himself Peter Simple II. But he was a sharper satirist. Peter Simple I had an Ecksian tenedncy to go off on lamposts and piano wire rants, but the range of characters he created ( someone once described them as Homeric) and their situations/thoughts were timeless and perfect descriptions.

    Also anyone who can invent a columnar spaceship and call it Don Carlos and the Holy Alliance III deserves all the laurels we can give him.

  5. “I was surprised too that Waugh took the gig, I used to enjoy his Private Eye column and wondered how he would do especially when he uninaginatively called himself Peter Simple II.”

    Appropriately for the column, the transition was mor Byzantine than that.

    Peter Simple II was, I think, originally Christopher Booker, who briefly wrote the column some days of the week while Michael Wharton semi-retired and only did certain days, with Peter Simple I and II used to distinguish the two writers. That was a bit odd, as the column was noticeably different depending on who wrote it that day.

    When Auberon Waugh took over from Booker, the two columns were split, with Waugh doing all the WotW and Wharton writing a weekly Peter Simple column (no longer called Way of the World) in the Sunday Telegraph. I assume because Waugh wanted his own style and to avoid being confused with Wharton.

  6. Didn’t Squire Haggard also have his own spin-off column for a while, having originally been a Way of the World character? Or did I imagine that.

  7. “When Auberon Waugh took over from Booker, the two columns were split, with Waugh doing all the WotW and Wharton writing a weekly Peter Simple column (no longer called Way of the World) in the Sunday Telegraph.”

    Yes, that’s right. I’d forgotten that detail.

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