April 11th, 2014

Michael Rosen’s Expert Opinions

The unrivalled commissioning editors at Comment is Free have graced their readers with an open letter from children’s novelist and poet Michael Rosen to Sajid Javid. Rosen’s main point is that because Javid used to be a banker he is unqualified for the role of Culture Secretary. Guido will spare you most of his drivel, but here is the gist:

“It’s very difficult to see from your Wikipedia entry… how you are qualified to do this new job as culture minister… You’re an ex-banker who made millions during the fatal bubble of the early 21st century… So, I’m very curious about how you’re going to explain why my sort of culture will have to take a hit from the Treasury even as you are someone who benefited from the false boom, the very same boom that caused the crash, and to continue the chain, which is what has given your party the excuse to slash public services and cut waged and unwaged people’s standard of living, and further enrich the mega-rich.”

Rosen reckons Javid, who like T.S. Elliot is a former banker, is not qualified to have an opinion on culture. However Rosen, a poet, is apparently qualified to have an opinion on the world of finance. He wrote this pinko first year politics student analysis on his personal blog in 2012:

“Reading around on the net, I think there is some evidence to suggest that we’re moving into a new phase in this drawn-out world economic crisis. No matter how many meetings the politicians from the countries with the largest economies have, they find that both the particular crises of their own countries’ banks and their own countries’ sovereign debt cannot be solved. I take it that capitalism (or capitalists) don’t have a strategy to deal with this because the fundamental motive power of capitalism is competition. “

Perhaps if Rosen thinks bankers should steer clear of talking about culture, he himself should steer clear of talking about banking…

H/T @michaelpdeacon


  1. 1
    Nigel Evan's naughty little winkle says:

    He is sooo up himself!


  2. 2
    Charmed I'm Sure says:

    A y!d having a pop at a p@k!, not sure who to fucking hate most.


  3. 3
    Scottish Chav says:

    leftie is deluded about his level of knowledge in subject he knows nothing about … shockaroonie!


  4. 4
    Well Oiled says:


  5. 6
    tony e says:

    Rosen has clearly disappeared up his own arse.

    He should do what most of the idiots at cif should do, and observe a period of silence simply to spare us all his anal ravings.


  6. 7
    Bluto says:

    So another wealthy capitalist and self-publicist from the Arts world has a public pop at the Tories. You might think free spirits would have reservations about the East Germany model that Labour seem to favour.

    Meanwhile in breaking news bears have been seen actually crapping in the woods.


  7. 9
    Perse O'Nalley says:

    The man’s a total arse. Not worthy of our comments but I know he’ll get an earful or three.


  8. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Rosen is perfectly entitled to his opinion on the financial crisis, particularly as the bankers ruining the global economy affects us all. Whether someone from this area is qualified to make decisions on culture and the arts is debatable. Unless of course you think bankers are so lovely and brilliant that they can do anything.


  9. 12
    Nigel Innocent Evans says:

    Rosen is red
    Violence is blue
    A kick in the head
    Would shut the leftie tw*t up for a while.

    Adapted from the Hitler/Lenin/Mao book of International Relations expressed in Modern Verse.


  10. 16
    Nermal says:

    Got to give Rosen his due, he must be in the running for tosser of the week.


  11. 17
    Mr Woy says:

    He’s a pinko twat so he’s allowed to be opinionated and talk bollocks I thought everyone knew that.


  12. 18
    • 100
      Shitbag Sanders says:

      No one fucking cares you sad mong twintard cock muncher dickwadd. Now fuck off back to your saddo blog and b=never post here again.


  13. 22
    Mark Wouters says:

    Sovietsalami63 here,
    leeds city council still are trying to extort money from me to pay council tax ,as in a human being and I don’t Consent to all parliamentary statutes ,I will not pay council tax on the crounds that leeds city council ere corrupt and use extortion to harass people to pay money that theyre not legally obliged to ,Leeds city council are also colluding to have me made homeless and they use fake court summonses to extort money from humans who are not legally liable to pay monies to the council.
    As the flat I use is council property its also common land and I have a right to be there .
    I am A human being not a Person ,a person is a corporate entity.


    • 30
      Someone says:

      If you don’t like paying council tax, go and live on some real common land in a tent (the land the building you are staying in is NOT common land. Read a law book if you want to know more.

      But please stick properly to your principles and don’t leave litter about for council tax payers to pay to have picked up and don’t try to read using council taxpayer-provided street lights. Or walk on council taxpayer-provided pavements.


      • 46
        Norman Normal says:

        May I add that when going to the toilet, act responsibly and dig a hole and cover it over. Don’t just poop all over the field like travellers do.

        Other people may walk there and stand in it.


  14. 24
    Nigel Evan's naughty little winkle says:

    Is he doing a poo?


  15. 25
    Plato says:

    This needs a philosopher not a poet. Should a job that doesn’t need doing need someone who is qualified to do it? Discuss.


  16. 26
    thisisthenewengland says:

    Sajid Javid. a shia moslem whose father came from Pakistan. so quite possibly a nizari – a sect that is directly descended from the assassins of alamut.
    what a brilliant choice for an English culture secretary.


  17. 27
    Lip Curler's Guild says:

    tell wurzel gummage to do several


  18. 28
    Norman Normal says:

    I’m sure I said the other day here that part of the problem with UK society is the way the press give a voice to idiots from the fringe, looney activists and insane people.

    People like Rosen should be IGNORED because they are not coherent, logical or make any sense. Please act more responsibly in future Guido lol.


  19. 29
    Little men playing at being big men says:

    As I don’t read the newspaper he allegedly writes for I haven’t got a clue who the hell he is, so I’ll sit this one out and pretend to be knowledgeable about what he’s gabbing about, by moving my head up and down.


  20. 31
    nell says:

    Loony Left indeed! declared socialist, banker basher, ex beeb employee. Tiresome people!!


  21. 32
    Nermal says:

    Off course he used to work for that den of hypocrisy and chock full of pervs the BBC.


  22. 33
    Too successful. says:

    Javid is an example of rags to riches success. Unfortunately he was in banking – every one hates bankers!. Still the guy has done well to get where he is. Good Luck to him.


  23. 35
    Gooey Blob says:

    As always with the British left, it’s politics before pragmatism. That’s why, historically, they have always made such a mess of running the country. The only pragmatic leader they ever had won three consecutive general elections and didn’t his party hate him for it!


  24. 37
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    You have only to look at that photo to see he is a raving loony. God knows what his poetry is like. Never read any of it and never shall.


  25. 38
    Nermal says:

    If you look at the photo he appears to have the same sort of scar/mark on his forehead as Nigel Evans. Maybe its a club.


  26. 39
    C O (Ξ7p) says:

    The lefty is in denial about his real objection.


  27. 40
    The market says:


    • 45
      Nermal says:

      Now that is phucking bad.


    • 53
      Lord Stansted says:

      Does the guy only have one jumper? It must stink.


    • 91
      William Blake says:

      Jesus H Christ, how far this once high art has plummeted!

      Along with that urban chancer Zephaniah, how many young minds have been subjected to this childish drivel?

      Who or what gives the yoof of today something to strive for, other than (in)articulating the squalor around them in a N-Dubz stylee?


    • 106
      Sid Cleverbollocks says:

      FLIP ME, even Stevie Wonder could have seen that punchline coming!

      Interesting to note the sheer hatred of the everyday working class in that piece.


      • 111
        comp kid says:

        Grammar school, Oxford and the BBC.
        Rosen has followed that privileged leftie
        path that’s so boringly familiar.


  28. 42
    Anonymous says:

    “In the room the pillocks come and go
    Comment is Free you know”
    (Sorry TS)


  29. 44
    Bosun Higgs says:

    When the author of ‘Fluff the Farting Fish’ offers his insights on culture, one is bound to pay heed.


  30. 47
    Ruth Smeeth says:

    I deny being the source that denied Gordon Brown a snap winning early election prior to 2010.

    I am not a ‘US protected source’


  31. 49
    Ruth Smeeth ppc says:

    I deny being a ‘US protected source’


  32. 51
    Embassy of Israel says:

    Ruth Smeeth is not on our payroll.
    Nobody is on our payroll.
    We don’t exist.


  33. 59
    BB says:

    Even Rosen’s books are a pile of s***e – pity the poor kids who are forced to read them :-( – so why the f**k would I take his ignorant Marxist opinions seriously.

    He does have an inadvertant point, however – Javid shouldn’t be SofS for Culture becaaue no-one should be: the whole nonsensical DCMS should be closed forthwith.


    • 63
      Love Culture, Hate Bureaucrats says:

      True. No government should employ bureaucrats to have anything whatsoever to do with choosing ‘culture’ to subsidize or promote.


      • 71
        Jesus, pal of mo says:

        Had Rosen read some history he might be a tad wary of governments espousing Kultur.


        • 108
          just saying says:

          The best thing about his books are the illustrations by Quentin Blake.
          My kids always used to love those.


  34. 60
    HoC good sort cleaning operative says:

    You men you come in ere, you’ve stuck these curtains together, what is it? Well you don’t think I’m gonna clean that off do you?


    • 62
      HoC knackered PM says:

      Now come along Mary, work hard it’s good for you and the country, I’ve told the boys about this and there is a new code of conduct.


      • 75
        Mary the old maid says:

        Code of conduct? Listen Chumbley, the sort of ‘conduct’ that them’s up to in ‘ere should not be conducted anywhere outside of a public lavvy on Blackheath.


        • 94
          HoC knackered PM says:

          Problem is there are so many of them and so little for them to do. Boys don’t really grow up do,they Mary. Mmmm.

          There’s a lot of it about you know, the country is awash with gaying. I’ve done my best to help it all along.

          See you after my hols.


  35. 69
    Anonymous says:

    You, Guido, and many commentators have lost the plot here.

    Anyone, ‘pinko’, ‘blue-o’ or otherwise, is free to have an opinion about on any matter and to express it. That freedom allows YOU to express yours, however offensive.

    Maria Miller was described by Richard Morrison in yesterday’s The Times as having been a “philistine peg in a cultural hole” who knew little about the arts and seemed to care even less. No wonder, then, that her replacement by someone who might turn out to be similarly inclined will be challenged by the likes of Mr Rosen and anyone who ascribes value to things that are dismissed by a Government focussed on counting beans.

    If Rosen’s commentary gets up your collective noses, it is up to Mr Sajid Javid (not you) to prove him wrong.


    • 81
      The other side of PC says:

      I think R’osen is a filthy rac!st and should be denied a platform such as CIF to peddle his backward views.


    • 82
      Heslop says:


      Look it up.


      • 85
        Ed 'fliperty' Balls says:

        Er…ok….an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

        That doesn’t help me at all!


    • 118
      Right Full Rudder says:

      Oh yeah, like the sort of lefties who support Michael Rosen are interested in permitting freedom of speech for anyone with opinions they find offensive? When did that start? Most of them would ban UKIP for being Neo Nazis if they were able to.


  36. 70
    Michael Rosetainted Glasses. says:

    Sajid is despised because he is too successful.

    Why doesn’t Rosen take his argument up with Labour? They allowed the banks to spiral out of control. Ed Balls has questions to answer.

    Why can’t Rosen just let the guy get on with his job instead of resenting his success?

    Rosen is so left wing he has a chip on his shoulder and resents someone who has risen from humble origins and makes a success of themself and who is a true Tory.

    If Sajid was a Labour MP no doubt Rosen would be crawling up his arse or at least kissing it!


  37. 72
    Paolo Dacre says:

    You are free to go, Kenny!


  38. 73
    nell says:

    The most inspirational children’s writer we ever read was Dr Seuss – The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat comes back to name just two. My children loved him. And YoungNells my grand-daughter who is now a teenager can still quote them back at me. One day I suspect she will teach those beautiful funny rhymes to her children .

    We’ve never heard of this rosen chap and I doubt he’ll be cherished and passed down the generations like Dr Seuss.


  39. 75
    Butcher says:

    Guido, if you’re going to try to be clever and cross-reference examples, you could at least make sure that you’ve spelled the name of one of the most famous poets ever correctly. It’s TS Eliot not “Elliot”


  40. 79
    Corby says:

    Many banks and bankers are patrons of the arts. Has this Rosen chap never been to the great City Festival? Has he naver been round the art collection of a bank?


  41. 88
    Geordieboy says:

    Knows fuck all about bankers but socialises with wankers.


  42. 95
    Jane says:

    The saddest thing is that he isn’t a very good poet.


  43. 96
    Desperate Dan says:

    Michael Rosen was given carte Blanche by the Labour government to visit vulnerable children in Britain’s schools to interupt their education and flog his pisspoor books. This must be stopped.


  44. 102
    Bravery says:

    Walter de la Mere could not have been a poet as he worked for ExxonMobil


  45. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Michael Rosen = a real life Balph Eubank.


  46. 104
    The last BBC non-homosexualist says:

    Help. Please. I’m trapped in a cleaner’s cubboard, fifth floor, Vision. They’re looking for me.


  47. 107
    Dr Evil says:

    What an utter twat that bloke is. I read his piece on the Guardian online. Complete left wing fantasy bollocks. How unsurprising.


  48. 113
    olden1936 says:

    As a poet there’s no rhyme nor reason why he shouldn’t offer his opinion. Most of us aren’t versed about banking or enviroment, but we just have to exist with the outcomes of the dreary machinations of those that supposedly are well versed.


  49. 114
    zoid says:

    rosen….ex respect candidate…and a poet…

    you would have thought that evolution would have put paid to that particular combination of completely fucking useless traits.


  50. 115
    Head of Light Entertainment says:

    I remember that when it first started Channel 4 gave this guy a children’s programme called “Everybody Here!”

    It was the most appalling PC, “inclusive”, anti-white, stereotypical cultural marxism. It used to be on Sunday afternoons, as I recall. I struggle to believe that this tw@t is still peddling his East German-style determinism, I thought that it had died out years ago.

    I liked Pob, though, he was a laugh. I suspect that he was more of a Gramscian.


  51. 116
    Socialist Rapists Party says:

    Rosen = SWP. That’s all you need to know.


  52. 119
    A child who reads lots of books says:

    Who in the name of fuck is Michael Rosen?


    • 120
      Another child says:

      He looks like the grubby bloke who used to hang around our school gates until the police took him away.


  53. 122
    As expected says:

    Typical Leftie. Went to Watford Grammar and now wants to stop anyone else’s kids going there. Can be safely ignored.


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