Daily Archives: October 20, 2008

Gideon Rachman

It’s funny – only this morning I was saying to someone that one of the good things about doing a blog is that it “toughens you up”. I used to worry about personal abuse. But my blog generates so many abusive e-mails and responses that I now barely register it.

However, I must admit that even I have been slightly shaken by the various calls for resignation, lamentations about falling FT standards etc etc, provoked by my Oprah post. Read more >>

Gideon Rachman

As the US presidential election nears, so the game of “pick the next administration” will grow in popularity. I have been indulging in a little speculation of my own, elsewhere.

In London, the local interest centres around the question of who will be the next US ambassador to Britain. If Obama wins, the guessing-game centres around Caroline Kennedy – a prominent Obama supporter, who spoke at the Democratic convention in Denver. This would be an interesting appointment, given that the last Kennedy to serve as US ambassador to Britain – Joe Kennedy – did not exactly cover himself in glory. He was forced to resign in 1940 after injudiciously suggesting that “democracy is finished in England”. Read more >>