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Paddy packs it in?

May 27th, 2004

This piece in Crikey includes what purports to be PP McGuinness’ resignation letter from the Sydney Morning Herald. I can’t say I regret this. While McGuinness still does good stuff occasionally, the defining characteristic of his columns for the past decade or so has been sprays of vitriol, directed at a large, but predictable, range of targets. Even if you like this kind of stuff, the blogosphere supplies more, and purer, vitriol than any newspaper columnist, rendering the contributions of people like Paddy largely obsolete.

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  1. May 27th, 2004 at 16:25 | #1

    It is typical of the man that he should produce such a graceless, self important and egocentric resignation letter.

    He was a columnist for God’s sake. It makes no difference to him whether Fairfax is or is not a “chaotic and badly managed ..company”.

    “It is not only your fault, but that of the SMH and Fairfax journalistic staff generally.” If that is true, it should be true of him too, shouldn’t it?

    Then again, he wouldn’t think of himself as a journalist. He does not even have the minimal concern for economy, civility and truth which that battered profession accepts.

  2. May 27th, 2004 at 17:58 | #2

    Preceding his resignation was the SMH’s mooted downsizing of Paddy (no mean feat) to once a month. Nod as good as a wink to a blind man on a galloping horse.

    We all look forward to Padraic’s daily blogging. :0):0):0):0)

  3. Jason Soon
    May 27th, 2004 at 21:02 | #3

    He was drawing a terronly long bow in his last column when he in effect blamed Quentin Tarantino for the Abu Ghraib incident.

  4. Don Wigan
    May 28th, 2004 at 08:20 | #4

    As a leftist, I don’t mind the challenge of ploughing through some of the Right’s propaganda, but Paddy’s sneering gets a bit predictable after a while. Henderson and Hywood are just so-so.

    Ditto with the Dancing Bears and the Devines. Maybe it’s time for a different approach. Could the SMH offer David Flint a column? As Richard Ackland noted he’s really like a Restoration Comedy figure and may add a bit of fun to the debate.

  5. Michael Burgess
    May 28th, 2004 at 12:05 | #5

    I agree with John’s comments on Paddy and the follow-up comments on Devine etc. However, I also find it depressing that on issues such as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the extent of extremism within Islam (where the extreme is very much the mainstream) and the war in Iraq, these actors are now talking far more sense that the vast majority of the left. When in the context of the UK, the Daily Mail etc start to sound far more rational than the increasingly political correct Guardian and the Independent, one can see just how far the left has declined (from dogmatic Marxism to cultural relativism and/or utopianism and mindless anti-globalisation). A white male telling a slightly racist joke now appears to be viewed as more of a crime than the appalling oppression of women, trade-unionists, religious minorities etc by Islamic societies. So much for solidarity.

  6. Homer Paxton
    May 28th, 2004 at 15:12 | #6

    It was interesting thaT LOrd Paddy put the AO in the letter.

    Given that he was the best Economics Editor of both the AFand National Times and wasn’t bad at being a film critic.

  7. June 5th, 2004 at 19:59 | #7

    Good riddance paddy.
    What has astonished me is that paddy and others of his ilk have been paid six figure sums per annum to lecture us poor people about the immorality of the left.
    Did it take surgery to remove his snout from the trough?

  8. June 5th, 2004 at 19:59 | #8

    Good riddance paddy.
    What has astonished me is that paddy and others of his ilk have been paid six figure sums per annum to lecture us poor people about the immorality of the left.
    Did it take surgery to remove his snout from the trough?

  9. June 5th, 2004 at 19:59 | #9

    Good riddance paddy.
    What has astonished me is that paddy and others of his ilk have been paid six figure sums per annum to lecture us poor people about the immorality of the left.
    Did it take surgery to remove his snout from the trough?

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