A tough week to write a column
Sunday, 17 May 2009
This was a tough week to write a column. Everyone wanted to do the MPs expenses - not allowed, as so comprehensively covered in the news and comment pages. My back-up idea was about Derek Walcott, who dropped out of the running to be Oxford Professor of Poetry after allegations of sexual misconduct, but (it being the Observer) that turned out to be covered as well.
“Write about Jordan and Peter!”, my editor cried.
“Are you kidding?” I huffed. “If I write about Jordan and Peter, they’ll tear me apart on the website…”
“Not at all”, he cooed, knowing full well that he himself was off for a relaxing week’s fishing in the north of Scotland. “I feel sure that your concern about the possible response will convey itself, thus making it a very strong piece… a great topic for you…”
I love this editor, I really do. He’s one of the best I’ve ever had. So, *sigh*, I wrote about Jordan and Peter, conveying my concern about the possible response… and all I can say about the resulting website rippage is, perhaps he can collect a few scraps of my remaining flesh, and use them as bait to catch salmon.