Simon Jenkins, You Win

 

640px-Simon_Jenkins_at_Policy_Fight_ClubThe only explanation for this column I can fathom is this one: Simon Jenkins placed a bet, probably a large one, that there is simply nothing — literally nothing — he can write so insane that The Guardian won’t publish it.

Mr. Jenkins, chapeau.

If Charles Manson has found love, surely that’s a good thing?
… “Love behind bars” may need to be treated with scepticism. But its restorative capacity should not be dismissed. Emotional comfort applies to all ages and conditions.

I wonder how much he won?

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There are 7 comments.

  1. Member

    I thought you had sworn off the news? Admittedly you’re unlikely to brush up against reality in the Gruaniad, but…

    Any thoughts on the journalism school plagiarism story unfolding in Paris?

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    • November 18, 2014, at 6:26 AM PDT
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  2. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed. Post author

    Yeah, I swore it off, but as you can see, I’ve had a relapse.

    I hadn’t seen that. I just looked it up. Seems like your standard-issue plagiarism scandal; did something in particular jump out at you?

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    • November 18, 2014, at 6:31 AM PDT
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  3. Member

    Claire Berlinski: Seems like your standard-issue plagiarism scandal; did something in particular jump out at you?

    Mainly surprise that Sciences Po has a ‘journalism’ ‘school’, and has had one for 10 years.

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    • November 18, 2014, at 6:55 AM PDT
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  4. Thatcher

    Claire,

    I think Charlie should be the poster boy for the “Death Penalty Now” organization that may not exist yet but I will try to start. As for Mr. Jenkins:

    1.) place head in toilet.

    2.) pull chain

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 18, 2014, at 7:46 AM PDT
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  5. Inactive

    So I suppose that as Marriage Equality triumphantly marches forward, we shall many more convicted felons finding the satisfactions of wedded life. Will state penitentiaries be required to build wedding chapels?

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    • November 18, 2014, at 10:55 AM PDT
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  6. Member

    I don’t think he is so much making the case for prison weddings, but that marriage should be an exit for hysterical sentences.

    Prison sentences in Britain and America have lengthened in response to public (or media) hysteria. To be incarcerated “for life” is a living hell, society’s proxy for capital punishment. Conditions for parole or early release are related to atonement for the past and likely future violence. The length of sentences is an uncivilised mess.

    Now that capital punishment is largely abolished, “uncivilised proxy” prison sentences should be next. Then we can live in a world like Norway where even a mass murderer only ever has to spend 21 years in prison, and even then must be eligible for parole after 10 years.

    If the monster can love (or mimic it convincingly enough), how can we keep it caged?

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    • November 18, 2014, at 11:44 AM PDT
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  7. Thatcher

    Dean Murphy:I don’t think he is so much making the case for prison weddings, but that marriage should be an exit for hysterical sentences.

    Now that capital punishment is largely abolished, “uncivilised proxy” prison sentences should be next. Then we can live in a world like Norway where even a mass murderer only ever has to spend 21 years in prison, and even then must be eligible for parole after 10 years.

    If the monster can love (or mimic it convincingly enough), how can we keep it caged?

    Dean,

    #DeathPenaltyNOW!

    I’m working on the bumper stickers and tee shirts.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • November 18, 2014, at 11:56 AM PDT
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