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Bronze-level articleRichard Littlejohn

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—Ben Summerskill, reviewing Littlejohn's Britain[1]

Richard Littlejohn (born 18 January 1954) is a British tabloid columnist, commentator and author best known for his reactionary stances and obsession with homosexuality. He is currently a twice-weekly columnist for the infamous Daily Mail. He was previously a columnist for The Sun and has also written for The Spectator and London's Evening Standard. One of his biggest accolades is the title of "the stupid person's Jeremy Clarkson" in a Guardian review of Littlejohn's Britain.[2]

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[edit] Quotes and views

For some evidence of his quite twisted view of the world, look no further than his comments on the serial killing of five women who worked as prostitutes in 2005:[3]

it might not be fashionable, or even acceptable in some quarters, to say so, but in their chosen field of "work," death by strangulation is an occupational hazard.

More recently he opined that the late Labour Party leader Michael Foot was a hypocrite, because he failed to fight in the Second World War - this attack being written in the full knowledge that Foot had weak lungs[4] causing him to be ruled ineligible for military service despite volunteering.[5]

He has been repeatedly accused of being a racist and homophobe, something that journalist Johann Hari has described as "a demonstrable, provable fact".[6] Hari has been one of Littlejohn's more outspoken critics, challenging Littlejohn on several of his "facts" regarding immigration and asylum seekers, something that Littlejohn has shown himself to be unable to effectively respond to.[7]

Following his obsessive homophobia, Littlejohn may quite possibly be a repressed homosexual. To quote Marina Hyde's charting of his obsession in 2004:

"In the past year's Sun columns, Richard has referred 42 times to gays, 16 times to lesbians, 15 to homosexuals, eight to bisexuals, twice to 'homophobia' and six to being 'homophobic' (note his scornful inverted commas), five times to cottaging, four to 'gay sex in public toilets', three to poofs, twice to lesbianism, and once each to buggery, dykery, and poovery. This amounts to 104 references in 90-odd columns — an impressive increase on his 2003 total of 82 mentions. There is, alas, no space for us to revisit the scientific study which found obsessive homophobes more responsive to gay porn. But Richard, we're begging you: talk to someone." [8]

[edit] Books and novels

Richard Littlejohn's quickly-remaindered novel To Hell in a Handbasket was once described by David Aaronovitch as "a 400-page recruiting pamphlet for the BNP".[9] His latest book, Littlejohn's House of Fun: Thirteen Years of (Labour) Madness, picked up some hilarious spoof reviews on Amazon.co.uk.[10]

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/10/society.politics
  2. The Guardian - Littlejohn's Britain by Richard Littlejohn
  3. some blog
  4. "Others say it was ill-health, a combination of asthma and a skin complaint - though plenty of asthmatic boys with acne were at the front of the queue to sign up for the fight against the Nazis." "His alleged asthma never prevented him delivering lungbursting speeches to CND rallies."[1]
  5. "On the outbreak of World War Two in 1939, Foot immediately volunteered to serve but was turned down because he had weak lungs." [2]
  6. Johann Hari - Richard Littlejohn: Racist and Homophobe
  7. YouTube -Richard Littlejohn and Johann Hari
  8. Marina Hyde - Diary (The Guardian)
  9. BBC News - Self v Littlejohn
  10. Amazon.co.uk - Littlejohn's House of Fun: Thirteen Years of (Labour) Madness (Hardcover)
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