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Boring, dated and pointless
on 20 August 2006
Global Village Idiot is a collection of articles written by John O'Farrell between April 1999 and June 2001, as published in the Guardian and Observer newspapers. O'Farrell himself sits on the left of the Labour party and is quite critical of anything that might be accused of being supportable by any other politicl partyby the Conservative party.
O'Farrell's focus of abuse is broad... world policy, domestic policy, the countryside and of course the Conservative party. He explains in very direct terms why he is right and everyone else is wrong. And herein lies my problem with this book... it's basically a rant of O'Farrell's views of how the world should be - power to the Unions, high taxes etc. Don't get me wrong - everyone is entitled to their views but I would have hoped that a writer whose past works include Spitting Image and Have I Got News For You would actually have the ability to write something of interest to a broader range of readers than just someone with their political views.
Beyond that, the topics are not particularly interesting. The book doesn't give a view of the nation at the turn of the millennium.... It tells the thought process of someone complaining during the course of the millennium, a timeframe which isn't actually of much relevance at all to any of the rantings. Will I be reading O'Farrell again? Well, definitely not reprints of his journalistic output (perhaps this review could be applied to most journalist reprint books), but maybe his full books will be somewhat more enjoyable.