What makes James Delingpole tick ? Why does he take up such an unsupportable position ? Why is he prepared to risk appearing completely absurd ?
I have been rubbing my chin and hmmming quietly to myself, as I to try to understand it, and I think I might have a thread of an idea : money, or rather, the use of money…
Here is a short, very polite enquiry note I have written to him using his online contact form :-
I am researching a short article on the possible relationships between financial investments and politics in the Media.
It occurs to me that not only do journalists follow the whims and wiles of their editors, who follow the foibles and fetishes of those who own their media vehicle, and those who advertise in their media; but that journalists may have personal investments, in say, pension funds, estates or businesses that may affect their public pronouncements.
Would you, James Delingpole, be prepared to go on the record about where you keep your money ?
Would you be willing to say publicly whose pension fund(s) you are relying on, and which kind of investments you are prepared to accept in making returns on that capital ?
Is your money ethically invested ? Do you take into account the risks and opportunities of fluctuating conditions when you decide your investments ? Do you follow future projections when making your financial decisions ?
Would you be willing to declare your interests in business and your professional associations ?
Would you be ready to admit which investments you have made, in order that I may ascertain whether this might influence your attitudes and opinions ?
You have the privilege of a very wide readership, and thus an influential platform from which to lead opinion, and so I feel it is important to discover whether your professed political positioning may relate to how you use your money.
Can you, hand on honest heart, declare that your writing is independent of your money, and that your politics is free from the influence of your investments ?