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Lawlsie - 11 Jan 2020 20:37:37 (#1 of 67)

Stopped reading him years ago. No great loss.

BuddhaPest - 11 Jan 2020 20:43:22 (#2 of 67)

Great columnist and sad loss, though I'm sure he'll be a brilliant professor.

That's a very moving final column.

moto748 - 11 Jan 2020 21:28:46 (#3 of 67)

One of the good guys.

BuddhaPest - 12 Jan 2020 10:22:10 (#4 of 67)

When I read the Guardian and he has a column I always start reading it, and invariably read it right to the end. There are many columnists that is not true of. I find him very relatable and think he makes his points well - and I generally agree with them.

barkis - 12 Jan 2020 10:52:18 (#5 of 67)

And a good writer as well.

RosyLovelady - 12 Jan 2020 11:36:06 (#6 of 67)

Top bloke, Gary Younge.

Real journalists evidently think we're all wrong.

FrankieTeardrop - 12 Jan 2020 11:48:56 (#7 of 67)

He’s a good communicator

helenskywalker - 12 Jan 2020 11:51:34 (#8 of 67)

Real journalists don’t need to read. Or write.

RosyLovelady - 12 Jan 2020 11:53:46 (#9 of 67)


Yes he is, in person as well as in writing, as we discovered at the recent launch of the new edition of Staying Power: the history of black people in Britain by Peter Fryer.

Jacob_Richter - 12 Jan 2020 11:56:44 (#10 of 67)

The Guardian's, and our, loss is sociology's gain.

The Left are leaving The Guardian. There has been a debate around this given the paper's hostility to the Left as to whether its Left columnists are merely acting as a fig leaf for a hostile paper. Not that this is necessarily the reason behind GY's departure - but I imagine it made it easier.

Jacob_Richter - 12 Jan 2020 11:58:52 (#11 of 67)

FYI Peter Fryer's other great work 'Hungarian Tragedy' is also very worth reading.

BuddhaPest - 12 Jan 2020 12:31:27 (#12 of 67)

What particular Hungarian Tragedy does it concern? There are a few ...

kvelertak - 12 Jan 2020 12:33:16 (#13 of 67)

If the Graun can't even accommodate a licenced 'fool' like Mark Steel, then that's one less live canary in the coalmine. Two canaries down now and counting.

I wish Gary would drop the 'e' off his surname though, Yunj is a bit distracting.

BuddhaPest - 12 Jan 2020 12:42:42 (#14 of 67)

Typically interesting article about his first name, and his meeting with the man he was named after: Garfield Sobers.

Lawlsie - 12 Jan 2020 13:18:17 (#15 of 67)

I think he’s a boring writer because he’s predictable. As are the posters here love bombing him. Venn diagram offers no surprises.

Shadrack22 - 12 Jan 2020 13:21:20 (#16 of 67)

Daniel enters the lions’ den.

RosyLovelady - 12 Jan 2020 13:22:04 (#17 of 67)

Is that how you see yourself?

ReverendBlueJeans - 12 Jan 2020 13:36:06 (#18 of 67)

Studied in Scotland so, unlike most Graun writers, not talking completely out of his backside on Scotland, though he rarely did.

Do agree he was a bit dull and samey on the page but comes across better in person.

Tadagee - 12 Jan 2020 13:54:00 (#19 of 67)

I think he’s a boring writer because he’s predictable. As are the posters here love bombing him. Venn diagram offers no surprises.

Black journalist fronts up to white supremacist 'predictable'? Credit to him for keeping his cool here.

BuddhaPest - 12 Jan 2020 14:01:47 (#20 of 67)

It must be quite painful for a journalist struggling to be offered work to see a better writer with a less blinkered moral compass moving on to better things.

Still, there's always Twitter.

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