Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, March 08, 2004
THE SANITY AND GOOD SENSE of Alistair Cooke's Letter from America has provided some slight counter-balance to many hours of jihadi commentary on the ABC each week.

Now that Cooke has decided to give it away - ignoring Treasurer Costello's advice - Auntie is running a selection of the "best of Letter from America" in the Cooke time-slot.

Perhaps, like the Goon Show, Letter from America will go on repeating itself for another generation. After all, that's what jihadi Adams is doing right now, along with the rest of the Auntiques.

Cooke reminds us of how good commentary can be.

Auntie's commentators remind us just how low standards of political thought went in the 1960s and 1970s.