Friday, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens

I'm not much of a one for idols (Donald Duck and Oscar Matzerath excepted) and nor am I one to follow role models, but Christopher Hitchens would come close. Professional contrarian, he simply argued what he argued, with eloquence and reasoning and knowledge, and refused to bow to convention or the accepted wisdom or the shrill voices of authority. Even when he was wrong, as he often was, at least he was engagingly wrong. In a bland world of Camerons and Milibands (and increasingly, alas, Obamas), we need more Hitchenses, not fewer.

He'll be up there now on a cloud, telling God he's a figment of his own imagination...

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