Sorry, sir, we only stock books we agree with


Blackleaf
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Bookshops today seem a little reluctant to indulge in breadth of vision. They have become the retail equivalent of virtue-signallers. ‘The only books we will stock are those we agree with’ is the mantra — a terribly stunted disposition, an anti-literary disposition...

Sorry, sir, we only stock books we agree with


Rod Liddle





Rod Liddle
5 October 2019
The Spectator

I was on my way to the pub the other evening, about seven o’clock, rain lashing down on my head, when I saw that there was a dim, yellowish light on in the bookshop. Peering closer through the downpour I could see five women sitting on a circle of chairs around either a table or a cauldron, talking animatedly to one another. Or perhaps chanting, I don’t know.

I crossed the road and stood directly outside the shop window with my arms outstretched, mouthing at those inside: ‘Where’s my book? Where’s my book?’ Six weeks previously I had wandered into the shop to see if they were stocking The Great Betrayal: they weren’t. And when I asked the lady behind the till she became somewhat evasive. This time, after watching me standing there like a loon in the rain, the same woman came forward and opened the door. ‘I’m sorry, Rod,’ she said, ‘but I don’t stock political books.’

‘But…’ I began pointing to the large array of political books in her window. ‘Apart from those dealing with feminism, the environment, climate change and gender issues,’ she replied. I said wasn’t it a pity that a book which was written 150 metres from her shop, which quoted local people and had reached number four in the Sunday Times bestseller list, couldn’t find room among the interesting tracts about why maths is racist and how we’re all going to burn to a crisp very soon, but our conversation was cut short.



Another woman, with long straggly hair and a face like the blade of a freshly sharpened hatchet, got up from her chair and said, ‘This is a private meeting, goodbye’, and slammed the door in my face — and that was that. Community justice in action. A pity. The first woman seemed a rather likeable soul, to be honest, and yet still captured by the totalitarian impulses of the liberal left.

As a kid growing up on Teesside, my two great escapes from what, sullenly, I considered the suffocating boredom and orthodoxy of my surroundings were Fearnley’s record shop on Linthorpe Road and a bookshop in Redcar which sold both secondhand and new volumes. I read everything I could, never pausing to wonder if the book I had just bought — a biography of Mussolini, Updike’s Couples, Turgenev’s First Love, Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus, Left Book Club stuff from the 1930s by Spender or Zilliacus, poems by Yevtushenko — accorded with my own political beliefs. And so I got a rounded view of the world. Wildly left-wing though I was back then, I never quite became conscripted by the left’s utter, implacable, certitude. Always at the back of my mind was the notion that I might well be totally wrong — because so many writers I admired clearly disagreed with me.

But bookshops today seem a little reluctant to indulge in such breadth of vision. They have become the retail equivalent of virtue-signallers. ‘The only books we will stock are those we agree with’ is the mantra — a terribly stunted disposition, an anti-literary disposition.

And it’s not just the little independents, either. It’s places such as Waterstones as well, the big high-street chains which probably will stock your book if they think it comes from the right, because they kind of have to, but will hide it from the public gaze. I found The Great Betrayal in one Waterstones branch in the cookery section, and in another on prominent display, but a note had been affixed suggesting that the book was shit from start to finish.

I wonder if these shops will stock new books coming out about Boris Johnson? The excellent Tom Bower is working on one right now. I suppose they will have to read the books first to see if they are pro or anti, or just look at the cover: ‘Boris Johnson – Bullying, Lying, Sexist, Toff Bastard’ would probably pass muster.

The latest thing we’ve learned about our Prime Minister is that 20 years ago he may or may not have put his hand on the leg of Robert Peston’s future girlfriend, a lady called Charlotte Edwardes, at a Spectator lunch. Looking through the comments below the articles which covered this, uh, story, I was struck by the degree to which almost nobody gave a toss or indeed found the crime of which he was accused wholly uncommendable. Maybe one in five begged to differ and most of those had user names like ‘Brexitisshit’ or ‘killtoryscum’.

A couple of newspapers rehashed the old stories about the ‘Sextator’ — the extraordinarily libidinous atmosphere at our offices back in the early 2000s when one would turn up for editorial meetings to find naked men swinging from the light fittings and fruity well-bred kitten-faced females with their ankles behind their ears. It wasn’t quite like that, to be honest — for a start, Peter Oborne was almost always there and nobody could contemplate an act of sexual intercourse with that fountain of self-righteousness nearby. But still, my colleagues Toby Young and Lloyd Evans wrote a play about these supposed shenanigans which ran for a bit in a small theatre (I was played by Peter Capaldi!). We always said Tobes and Lloyd wrote the thing out of pique because they weren’t getting any.

But the Trumpification of Boris continues. ‘He lies. He has blond hair. He grabs hold of vaginas.’ The BBC lapped up the Charlotte Edwardes stuff, not really questioning whether if Boris had behaved so egregiously, why didn’t she mention it at the time, or punch him in the face? But I still think it will be Boris’s mischievous penis which does for him in the end: the pole dancer Jennifer Arcuri and the money she was supposedly bunged is the one thing I fear will not go away, despite the ludicrous nature of the demands for impeachment.

Spectator.co.uk/Rodliddle

The argument continues online.

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 5th, 2019 at 06:17 AM..
 
Walter
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In Canada it is virtually impossible to get a book written by a conservative American author either in a book store or in the liberry. However, all books are available on-line.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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#3  Top Rated Post
Oh dear, the tighty whitey righties are again complaining about private businesses doing as they choose with their own property.
 
Blackleaf
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#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

In Canada it is virtually impossible to get a book written by a conservative American author either in a book store or in the liberry. However, all books are available on-line.

They'll be banned online, soon. The Lefties who rule us want to abandon all aspects of freedom and free speech. They want to control every aspect of our lives, even down to what books we read. Soon everything we do would have to be sanctioned by the Left-wing Establishment. It'll be like North Korea. Books the Lefty Establishment doesn't like will be burnt on bonfires, like in Germany in 1933.
 
Blackleaf
+1
#5
To no great surprise, a certain somebody has no problem with bookshops in supposedly free societies telling us what books we must and mustn't read.

Some people just don't get it...
 
Tecumsehsbones
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#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

To no great surprise, a certain somebody has no problem with bookshops in supposedly free societies telling us what books we must and mustn't read.
Some people just don't get it...

To no great surprise, our resident Anglo-fascist wants to tell private companies what they may and may not do with their own businesses. Cuz that's a "free society."
 
Blackleaf
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#7
To no great surprise, a certain somebody - we all know who it is - thinks it's okay for bookshops to tell us what we should and shouldn't be reading.

I'll read what I want to read and, in a free society, I fully expect a bookshop to sell it.

He also sees no irony in calling someone a fascist for espousing views that are the opposite of fascism and it's he, in fact, who holds fascistic views.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

To no great surprise, a certain somebody - we all know who it is - think it's okay for bookshops to tell us what we should and shouldn't be reading.
I'll read what I want to read and, in a free society, I fully expect a bookshop to sell it.

Ah, the Great Bookshop Conspiracy!

So go to another bookshop. Or get it on-line. That's called free choice in a free market.

Whimpering pussy.
 
Blackleaf
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#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Ah, the Great Bookshop Conspiracy!
So go to another bookshop. Or get it on-line. That's called free choice in a free market.
Whimpering pussy.

In a free society, I shouldn't be finding it difficult to buy the books I want to read. They should be freely available everywhere in all bookshops. This is supposedly an open and tolerant free society, not a fascist dictatorship.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

In a free society, I shouldn't be finding it difficult to buy the books I want to read. They should be freely available everywhere in all bookshops. This is supposedly an open and tolerant free society, not a fascist dictatorship.

So. . . every bookstore should be required (by the government, no doubt) to carry every book ever printed?

OK, makes sense.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

To no great surprise, our resident Anglo-fascist wants to tell private companies what they may and may not do with their own businesses.

It's funny how the Left only use this argument to suit them - like in this case - whereas in other cases the Left are quite happy to persecute private company owners for refusing to bake cakes for gay couples or refusing to allow gay couples to share a room in a B&B.
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#12
I agree with Blackie. I'm a big blues fan and Walmart doesn't sell blues music. Fackin' commies
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

It's funny how the Left only use this argument to suit them - like in this case - whereas in other cases the Left are quite happy to persecute private company owners for refusing to bake cakes for gay couples or refusing to allow gay couples to share a room in a B&B.

Almost as funny as when the right pretends to adhere to this principle except when they feel like whimpering about somebody using their freedom in a way the right doesn't like.

Which is what you're doing.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

To no great surprise, a certain somebody - we all know who it is - thinks it's okay for bookshops to tell us what we should and shouldn't be reading.

I'll read what I want to read and, in a free society, I fully expect a bookshop to sell it.

He also sees no irony in calling someone a fascist for espousing views that are the opposite of fascism and it's he, in fact, who holds fascistic views.

It's Mr. C's m-o.
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Almost as funny as when the right pretends to adhere to this principle except when they feel like whimpering about somebody using their freedom in a way the right doesn't like.
Which is what you're doing.

The government should do something about these stores that think they can sell what they want
 
Jinentonix
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

To no great surprise, our resident Anglo-fascist wants to tell private companies what they may and may not do with their own businesses. Cuz that's a "free society."

Soooo not unlike the US who keeps shoving it's nose in the business and private affairs of free, sovereign nations. Even when the Democrats are in power.
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#17
No difference between Democrats and Republicans except that Democrats don’t hide the fact that they are socialists
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

Soooo not unlike the US who keeps shoving it's nose in the business and private affairs of free, sovereign nations. Even when the Democrats are in power.

Not at all. The fundamental disconnect is the difference between domestic affairs, which are under the Constitution and the laws of the land, and foreign affairs, which are not.

See, our Constitutional system is set up for how we'll run our country. The Constitution does not apply in Canada, or Britain, or Russia, or China.

Under the Constitution, foreign affairs are the province of the President, with certain things, such as treaties, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. And Congress has the power to declare war.

Hope that helped.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Not at all. The fundamental disconnect is the difference between domestic affairs, which are under the Constitution and the laws of the land, and foreign affairs, which are not.

See, our Constitutional system is set up for how we'll run our country. The Constitution does not apply in Canada, or Britain, or Russia, or China.

Under the Constitution, foreign affairs are the province of the President, with certain things, such as treaties, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. And Congress has the power to declare war.

Hope that helped.

So the president handling foreign affairs it is in his mandate to talk to foreign leaders . Thanks for clearing that up .
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

So the president handling foreign affairs it is in his mandate to talk to foreign leaders . Thanks for clearing that up .

Poor Trumpite thinks Donny is in trouble for talking to foreign leaders
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Poor Trumpite thinks Donny is in trouble for talking to foreign leaders

No I understand Trump is in no trouble at all .
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#22
That's only because you're an idiot
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

That's only because you're an idiot

No you have that spot wrapped up .
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
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Nope. I don't support Trump
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Nope. I don't support Trump

Big woop , he is the American President, I can do nothing about that . We have a Canadian election coming up , that will have more bearing on me then anything Trump can do or say .
 
Cannuck
No Party Affiliation
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

We have a Canadian election coming up , that will have more bearing on me then anything Trump can do or say .

Clearly you have no idea how intrinsically entwined the Canadian economy is tied to the US
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

In Canada it is virtually impossible to get a book written by a conservative American author either in a book store or in the liberry. However, all books are available on-line.

All is not lost.

Mein Kampf is still available.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

Clearly you have no idea how intrinsically entwined the Canadian economy is tied to the US

Clearly you are not worth talking with . So shut the fu-k up ya useless sack of sh-t . Is that the response you are looking for ?
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Clearly you are not worth talking with . So shut the fu-k up ya useless sack of sh-t . Is that the response you are looking for ?

It's certainly the sort that we've come to expect.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It's certainly the sort that we've come to expect.

Ya tough guy you are a useless sack of sh-t as well .
 

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