OK, politics fans. It’s late and I have radio and theatre to do tomorrow so I’ll make this one brief.
But it needs saying.
I know it looks as if I rag on our two newspapers rather hard. That’s probably because I do. It’s not like it’s DIFFI
CULT. By and large, both are wretched on a week to week basis. The days of towering figures such as Simon Johnson and Greg Treadwell are far behind us it seems and we are the worse for it. But if I seem to go on a bit it is because I bloody CARE! I grew up with both politics and newspapers as the background to my life. I love both in equal measure.
Actually, that’s not quite true. I love newspapers and love watching politicians get tormented by them would be closer to the mark. So if I set about our local media with cudgels various it’s done with a caring touch.
There. Aren’t I being nice?
So, never let it be said that I don’t give credit where it is very much DUE. And those of you who are still up might like to check into the Gulf News website and see the excellent story posted as a News UPDATE no less, (When did Granny Gulf News ever do THAT before eh?) on the Open-Gate mystery.
A tip of the hat to Martin Moore for managing to do some proper digging and lay out some fresh facts on the matter. And well done The Gulf News for doing the whole online news update thing. Keep it up. It suits you.
Can I also add, while we are here and chatting, that my considerable interest in this story lies not with the golf club or the riding club. I know many of you and you know I have no axe to grind there. But what I do want to focus on is the unusual degree of local political involvement in this seemingly innocuous case and the decidedly iffy media coverage that flowed from it.
So while I’m grateful to all of you who have dropped me fascinating facts about the horse, the putting greens and, one supposes, the odd horse jobby, I’m rather more interested in the growth of the exotic political house plant that has sprung, unexpected, from such humble manure and the horticulturalists that are watering it.