you cannot hope

.. to bribe or twist,
thank God, the British journalist.
But, seeing what the man will do
Unbribed, there’s no occasion to.

Or so I have always thought. However, I got rung this morning by the _Daily Express,_ owned by Britain’s most famous pornographer, Richard Desmond. At one stage, there was quite a gang of ex-Indie people there, and I used to write a lot for them. The nice woman on the features desk wanted a piece denouncing human cloning. I can’t do that, I said: I’m under contract with the _Guardian,_ and I can’t even suggest anyone who could, since everyone I know is in favour of therapeutic cloning. Oh, she said. But you wrote a piece denouncing cloning for us once. Well, yes. That was about the crazed Italian doctor. I don’t believe in growing _babies_ that way. Embryos are different.

I don’t think she knew what I was talking about.

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2 Responses to you cannot hope

  1. Hewitt says:

    So why didn’t you simply write it under a pseudonym, and include lots of obviously erroneous data? Then you could have written another piece for The Guardian, attacking both yourself and The Express for having published the thing. Result: Extra spending money.


  2. Charles says:

    Well after all she was making the same conflation as the Daily Mail and the pro-life organisations – all those embryos are just Little People who haven’t been sent to their womb…

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