Laughland's great strength is that he sees what no one else in the west seems to. Where reporters in Kiev, including the Guardian's own Nick Paton-Walsh, encounter a genuine democracy movement, Laughland comes across "neo-Nazis" (Guardian), or "druggy skinheads from Lvov" (Spectator). And where most observers report serious and specific instances of electoral fraud and malpractice on the part of the supporters of the current prime minister, Laughland complains only of a systematic bias against (the presumably innocent) Mr Yanukovich.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
The Guardian has an opinion piece on John Laughland - PR Man to Europe's Nastiest Regimes, by David Aaronovitch. Finally someone other than the readers is saying how pathetic the guy is.