We have long understood that contemplating the unwashed oiks of the Left is ever so dreadfully distasteful to Simon Lincoln Reader, but Friday’s tirade about the planned Trump protests in London was even more monocle-poppingly apopleptic than usual (Leftie anti-Trump procession a carnival of narcissism, May 4). Reader clearly strives for acerbity but habitually settles for dreary, well-trodden cliché ("Doc Martens-wearing millennial snowflakes with green hair and piercings") and tired Tory talking-points (Corbyn and Momentum are all antiSemites). That is when he’s not snootily railing against those ghastly Welsh ("the Johnny-come-lately of victims") and sharing with us his disdain for the Liverpudlian accent. One suspects Reader splutters into his port when anything other than the received pronunciation in well-modulated BBC tones offends his delicate (some might ungenerously suggest snowflakey) home counties ears. Then, of course, there is the evil left-wing press. The Independent ...

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