On Journalism…

Extract from Scoop by Evelyn Waugh


Many of Corker’s anecdotes dealt with the fabulous Wenlock Jakes. “…syndicated all over America. Gets a thousand dollars a week. When he turns up in a place you can bet your life that as long as he’s there it’ll be the news centre of the world.

…”Why, once Jakes went out to cover a revolution in one of the Balkan capitals. He overslept in his carriage, woke up at the wrong station, didn’t know any different, got out, went straight to a hotel, and cabled off a thousand-word story about barricades in the streets, flaming churches, machine guns answering the rattle of his typewriter as he wrote, a dead child, like a broken doll, spreadeagled in the deserted roadway below his window – you know.””

“Well they were pretty surprised at his office, getting a story like that from the wrong country, but they trusted Jakes and splashed it in six national newspapers. That day every special in Europe got orders to rush to the new revolution. They arrived in shoals. Everything seemed quiet enough, but it was as much as their jobs were worth to say so, with Jakes filing a thousand words of blood and thunder a day. So they chimed in too. Government stocks dropped, financial panic, state of emergency declared, army mobilized, famine, mutiny –and in less than a week there was an honest to God revolution under way, just as Jakes had said. There’s the power of the press  for you.”

“They gave Jakes the Nobel Peace Prize for his harrowing descriptions of carnage – but that was colour stuff.”


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14 responses to “On Journalism…

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  3. dpack

    waugh was a fine observer and skilled reporter on many subjects and by using the umbrella of “fiction” he told truths that he could not have published as fact.

    he and his chums crop up in quite a few contexts as do some of his colleagues ,jugoslavia springs to mind but his country house and london chums are also quite interesting.

    he may well have been of use to spookery in a variety of roles especially in gathering useful information both about the rich and powerful he mixed with in blighty and during his extensive travels.
    imho he was probably a source of hard fact and juicy gossip (and possible lamplighter) rather than asset handler or staff officer.

    he wrote some educational and often very funny stuff which is well worth study .

    he is spot on about a certain sort of journalism in scoop.

  4. Jeremy Stocks

    Dpack – more data for you. His “Theory of Everything” is a mind blowing work. Helps us understand the background to the evil covered in this blog.


  5. dpack

    thanks ,i had a quick look at the dunblain stuff and although a bit messy he might well have some useful info there is definitely a lot of info.
    4 books downloaded ,looks like my reading is sorted for a while , i will check his stuff as best i can.

    • dpack

      his point about the weight of the pistols ,mags and ammo seems valid .

      if the weapon inventory was recorded as 4 guns ,750 rounds and about 20 mags for the brownings that would total up to around 210 lbs (or about 95 kg) which does seem quite a lot for a middle aged bloke to be carrying around in such circumstances .
      for comparison it is about twice the weight a younger superfit infantry soldier would carry as equipment and weaponry into battle in “normal”circumstances and that would be well distributed in protective armour and webbing etc.

      “Hamilton headed towards the north-west side of the school to a door near toilets and the school gymnasium. After gaining entry, he made his way to the gymnasium armed with four legally held handguns;[4] two 9mm Browning HP pistols and two Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum revolvers.[2] He was also carrying 743 cartridges of ammunition.[1] ” wiki


      Click to access 3386.pdf

      i havnt found a reference for the mag inventory yet but even if he only had 2(which seems unlikely)the weight would only be about 10 pounds less.

      perhaps keerns has a forensic mind even if the style is a bit ranty.i will persevere and have a look at some more aspects of his work that are fairly easily checked.

  6. Sandra Uttley thought the boat point more valid herself, the article was written for her. Sorry about ranty style but if proof didn’t motivate the people – All provided in Sandra’s own seminal work on matter – Dunblane Unburied. What else can a man do? Enjoy M. P.S. Here’s link to her facebook group on matter – https://www.facebook.com/groups/880301312006214/965988930104118/?notif_t=like_tagged

    • iantoosmart

      Hi Martin. I’ve just looked at the facebook page and yesterday I looked at the website. I wonder if there is a summary for the uninitiated of the main points of contention? dpack’s thoughts on the weight of gear seem pertinent. What exactly is the point that Sandra Uttley has about a boat? Is there some kind of executive summary that would give us a clear picture of where the problems are? In terms of getting out the message to wider audience, I’d say it was important to have a good concise statement making the main points.

    • dpack

      hello martin,as you say the boat and related matters are another strange set of inconsistencies at odds with other known facts and what would seem “normal” for a chap of his apparent means and activities.

      i haven’t looked beyond the basics previously(there is so much to look at and finite time to look) but the dan and some of the other stuff did make me consider if hamilton had a similar sort of background and position to mcgrath (kincora etc etc ) ie a liability in gladio a but a perfect asset for what could be loosely termed gladio b/clockwork orange or a very british coup as a procurer,blackmail targeter ,local node etc etc .

      thinking of dans and files sealed for 100 yrs etc there are some cases in england where such things have been applied to what would seem a horrid but straightforward breakdown in childcare protection and many examples of investigations being stopped or diverted using a variety of means by people with a lot of power.

      i hope my “ranty style” comment did not cause offence,it wasnt meant to,what matters is valid data and good analysis expressed in any way that is effective.
      i will have a read of your large body of work ,i recon we might have a fair bit of common ground in the study of context .

      ta for the link i will check it out

  7. The boat points are covered in my article linked to by Jeremy above. It was in that that I also brought up the absurdity of ammo situation, especially if wearing 4 holsters, where did he put them? A point that no one seems to have hit upon before, and I used all the available facts to draw attention to the boat. Breadcrumbs for the curious I hoped. Thanks for giving my work your time. There are quite a lot of different issues discussed there – https://martinkeerns.wordpress.com/ If messy to some try spell checking a million words lol. Doing my best. Thanks again. Regards Martin

  8. Aardvark


    Queen Victoria Military School in Dunblane under investigation, with an alleged VIP abuse ring.

  9. dpack

    “Many of those suspects are now deceased, including the former Solicitor General Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, flamboyant QC Robert Henderson and ex-Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton.”

    an interesting sentence from the daily express,the first two seem to crop up in various contexts.

    the duff / armstrong exchange is something of a smoking gun which popped up last year.
    i suspect the file of “dickens papers” that were given to john mann more recently might help clarify which minister it was about and also identify other “vip”csa offenders and some of those responsible for what airey neave described as “corruption in the service” shortly before his death.