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Hard Hitting & Typically Witty
on 9 January 2016
Littlejohn’s Lost World
I enjoy his work with the ‘Mail’ as he essentially tells it like it is, or certainly as he views it, he is not afraid to court controversy. Many times this has got him into very hot water. He has several scars of conscience to bear for his outspoken style of journalism. He wrote about a Lucy Meadows, who had gender reassignment, he subsequently committed suicide. The Daily Mail were handed a petition, signed by 240,000 people, demanding that he be sacked! The coroner was quite damning of the article and the effects that it may have had on the deceased. Not a moment for the scribe to be proud of?
Having said that I do like his style and most definitely his wit, he does not hold back.
He seems to have a lot of very Victorian attitudes, as indeed one would, being brought up in the 1950’s - with his grandparents living through that period and influencing his own parents, who then of course influence him! RLJ does seem to be stuck in that era with a very stiff two fingers up to the overly politically correct irritants of today’s world. He comes across very much as a man’s man too doesn't he? I was a little surprised at his disdain for Princess Diana but that is typical of the man, in truth he was only saying what some others feel, but wouldn’t dare say?
The book is an autobiography which takes you up to his first proper job as a ‘journo.’ I was born a year before him, and so can relate to the reminders of what life was like then and how he was brought up. Whilst he can be very sarcastic and abrasive in his writing he is also very self-effacing which is at least some consolation to those he berates or teases. Littlejohn has plenty of dissenters out there but is undeniably brave in his views, he takes risks. Let’s be honest here, we all get sick of those goons who go out of their way to be overly PC, to say the right thing, terrified of saying the wrong thing, or just sit on the fence, or more to the point, tell you absolutely nothing because their spill is so mundane! I actually enjoy his writing and can live with the odd bit of 'perceived' homophobia or racism?
In my view, even though he is seen as a ‘Bernard Manning ‘ type figure in the industry, his input is still essential in a rounded sense to our journalism and reading, though yes, he’s not for everyone for sure, but, he is though very successful and no one can deny him that.