Friday, March 05, 2010

Fame Through Anonymity

Labour MP Martin Salter writes of Michael Foot:
Prior to his being made editor of the “Evening Standard” at the age of 28, he had already achieved fame from his co-authoring of the pamphlet “Guilty Men”, which attacked Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement.
"Guilty Men" was anonymous so it is hard to see how Foot could have achieved fame through it. I don't know exactly when Foot outed himself as one of the authors then surely it would have been after he stopped working for Lord Beaverbrook, then owner of both the Express and the Standard, as it was his proprietor whose attention he wanted to avoid through anonymity.


banned said...

I'm still trying to work out how someone could be anti-appeasement yet go on to be pro CND.

DJ said...

But wait... he published his work anonymously? Are we sure he wasn't some drooling imbecile writing his stuff from a basement in his pyjamas?

Ross said...

DJ- Pyjamas are the new donkey jeckets.

Banned- They were appeasing a different foe.

Anonymous said...

Quite a famous work.

It's certainly true that the Conservatives had a lot of people suffering from wishful thinking but somehow Mr Foot's little pamphlet found less room for a certain pacifist party led by Mr Lansbury.