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Zero Oscars, Two World Wars And One World Cup: An Evening’s TV With Some Angry White Men

by | 4th, March 2014

Two patriotic women protest with sandwich boards outside the Reform Club, where a meeting of the Liberal Party was being held. The women allege that there are "Germans, dupes and traitors" in the Foreign Office and that some one sold secrets regarding the annual budget to the Germans.

Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious

I DIDN’T watch The Oscars. It’s not simply that they’re held at stupid o’clock in the morning and carry the risk of exposure to Ryan Seacrest and, even worse, the Ronseal-tanned visage of Piers Morgan, it’s that there’s no surprises anyway. The Oscars are like almost ever Premier League match featuring one of the ‘Big Four’ and teams like my beloved Norwich City: the result is practically predetermined and by the time the prematch analysis is over hours and hours of the stuff you’re too bored to bother with the big event.

Instead, with Vladimir Putin staging his own reboot of 1914 in the Ukraine, I turned my attention to another big event the 100th anniversary of World War I which is giving every grumpy white man on television extra work. We’ve already had Jeremy Paxman being largely useless bumbling around historical sites with a bazz on. Now it’s the turn of no-one’s favourite history hard man Niall Ferguson and former Daily Telegraph editor and man who-was-really-destined-to-play-Major-Lethbridge-Stewart-in-the- Doctor-Who -reboot Sir Max Hastings to butt massive heads.

In The Necessary War , Sir Max which sounds like a brand of aftershave from the 70s banged the drum for Britain kicking the arses of those uppity Jerries and suggested that not doing so would have been a bally old dereliction of duty. Then Ferguson barrelled up three days later to suggest that the whole thing was a disaster that Britain just made worse and that it might just have been better to let the Germans have continental Europe which is, let’s be honest, just

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