One hack who has been subject to the full ridicule of Private Eye for some years now is Peter McKay, now of the Daily Mail. The Eye routinely calls him “McHackey” when they’re feeling kind, or “Peter McLie, the World’s Worst Columnist” if they are not.
And they have a point: look at today’s Daily Mail and there, leading the McKay column, is a piece about the response of the EU to the Haitian earthquake, and comparing it unfavourably with that of the authorities in the US.
Except, as I noted yesterday, this was the stance of Christopher Booker in his weekly Sunday Telegraph rant. McKay has simply taken the Booker column and re-hashed it.
“World’s Worst Columnist”: a title well merited.