Originally posted on Geoffchambers's Blog:
I like Delingpole. He makes me laugh. I like him too for the same reason I like Monbiot: he’s read lots of stuff I haven’t, which saves me the trouble, and he’s good at drawing interesting conclusions and laying them out in an entertaining way.
There the resemblance ends. Monbiot has a fierce belief in social justice. Delingpole has an equally fierce belief in freedom and property rights. If there were just a few dozen more intelligent, well-informed people in Britain with an equally fierce belief in something, we could found a political system based on the ensuing debate. We could call one side “socialist” and the other side “conservative” and the ensuing system “democracy”. But there aren’t, so we can’t, and we’ll just have to make do with Cameron-Clegg versus Miliband.
There’s another difference between Delingpole and Monbiot. Delingpole the humorous writer knows a tragic farce when he sees one. He knows that catastrophic man-made global warming is a dangerous joke. Monbiot the investigative journalist knows that people lie. But Monbiot the green activist knows that activism is like cycling (and recycling); you have to keep pedalling (and peddling) if you don’t want to fall off.