ABCwatch

Tim Blair

Ombudsgod

New Criterion

 

 

Wednesday, May 05, 2004
 
THIEVING KIDS BECOME THIEVING ADULTS the research tells us.

A good example of how habitual petty offences lead to major crime is provided by Auntie's Philip Gastropod Adams.

Behind the large-scale philching that is his trademark lie years and years of petty predicate-pinching.

Take this recent interview with paleocon Owen Harries, the latest pick-up by the opportunists of the ABC commune. (And here's the start of a gentle put-down).

No sooner does Harries produce the subject of a sentence than our Gastropod flops on top of it and deposits a predicate. Just in case you were going to think the whole sentence was not really his before it was Harries'.

Owen Harries usually manages to insert his own predicate as well. Sometimes his predicates concur with his engorging host's, sometimes politeness may just make it seem they do.

This LNL should be transcribed and sent for criminological analysis. Who knows, future generations of young commentators drifting towards criminal depravity may be saved from a Gastropodian future.