When you listen to certain people nowadays, you have to get past the drone of their voices and listen for the background sound; the squeak of self-interest which powers their voice box.
You can hear it best by watching the Tory leadership election.
The parade of charlatans and grotesques who have come out in support of Liz Truss is not the least bit surprising. On some level they have to know that she’ll be a monumental disaster for the country, as Johnson was. But they support her anyway.
And at least some of them do so because they want jobs in the government when this election is over. Either the jobs they currently have or the ones their beady eyes are on when she appoints her first cabinet.
Some of them – like Rees Mogg and that god awful human being Nadine Dorries – are so appalling in every way that no credible leader would ever let them near to one of those jobs.
Everything they do to debase themselves and this country in the course of this race is about their own career trajectory.
Sunak would not have been a great Prime Minister, but he would have brought some measure of seriousness to the role, and none of these people would have held any office higher than the parliamentary equivalent of a lavvy attendant ever again.
Today the papers are filling up with Kris Boyd, defending the abominable deal Sky is putting on the table for Scottish football. His intervention is being seen as news by some folk, but it’s no more significant than the likes of Dorries backing Truss because she knows that’s the only way in which she avoids banishment and irrelevance.
Idiot Lucky To Have A Job Defends His Bosses. That’s news?
Boyd shouldn’t be anywhere near or telly screens any more than Rees Mogg should be near the government front benches unless he’s wearing one of those cleaning aprons and carrying a bottle of disinfectant.
Boyd’s witless utterings are part of the reason – a big part of the reason – many people don’t want Sky to have the contract in the first place.
The idea that any other firm would give this smirking halfwit a gig in front of a camera is laughable.
Boyd could not give a shit about the clubs or the fans or the betterment of the game itself, any more than the assortment of goons floating around Truss care about the good of the country.
Without Sky’s involvement with Scottish football he would be hosting a podcast for a living and it would be so unintelligent and unengaged not even the Ibrox fans would listen to it.
He made these comments, of course, in The Sun, that gutter rag which no football fan should ever pick up for fear of contact contamination. The rest of the media could have shrugged and comfortably ignored it. But most have chosen to reprint it as if there was some point of view here which brought new clarity to the whole idea.
We’re supposed to look at the coverage of this clown in the media today and pretend not to know that. We’re supposed to take him seriously when he claims to be speaking up for the sport. It is embarrassing that the likes of the Evening Times have given this moron credibility when it’s obvious that he doesn’t have any and that he’s speaking for himself.