Update: a couple more. I didn’t include Salman Rushdie’s because it was more personal, but I see it’s also on Twitter where anyone can see it, so -
Goodbye, my beloved friend. A great voice falls silent. A great heart stops. Christopher Hitchens, April 13, 1949-December 15, 2011.
And Richard Dawkins -
Christopher Hitchens, finest orator of our time, fellow horseman, valiant fighter against all tyrants including God.
My thoughts exactly.
Francis Wheen at Facebook -
BBC radio news at 7am reports the death of Christopher Hitchens, “an alcoholic”. How I wish Christopher was still here to challenge imbecile reporter Nick Higham over this lie. His epitaph, he once told me, should be “He never missed a deadline”. Farewell, dear old fruit.
Nick Cohen ditto -
The editor is letting me write about the Hitch. The fact that I had a gun to his head at the time is neither here nor there.
Also, a few minutes earlier -
Anyone who wishes to raise a glass of whisky in memory of an absent comrade can join Padraig Reidy and me at 5.30 at the King’s Head Islington.
That’s two hours from now, you have plenty of time.
Martin Robb ditto -
Now it’s up to the rest of us to stay on the case of Galloway and all the other friends of tyrants.
And on the case of the ultimate tyrant, Colonel God.