James Delingpole is the notorious author, broadcaster, blogger and polemicist who helped break the Climategate story.
James Delingpole is the notorious author, broadcaster, blogger and polemicist who helped break the Climategate story. His utterly brilliant, relentlessly entertaining books range from quasi-pornographic autobiography thinly disguised as fiction (Fin, Thinly Disguised Autobiography) to World War II potboilers (Coward on the Beach, Coward at the Bridge) to Nostradamus-like political analysis (Welcome To Obamaland: I've Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work) to gratuitous lefty-bashing (365 Ways To Drive A Liberal Crazy, How To Be Right).
A regular broadcaster everywhere from Channel 4 to Sky News to the BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show (and, in the US, Fox News and most conservative/libertarian talk radio shows) James is the man they call up whenever they need a token right-wing bastard to say outrageous things. Usually, though, he means every word: as a libertarian conservative he believes that there is no problem in the world so bad that well-meaning government intervention cannot make it worse. He believes in sound money, limited government and liberty.
1. Republican Party Reptile by PJ O'Rourke - the book that made me realise it was OK to be a conservative.
2. Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg - the book that helped me articulate why being a conservative doesn't mean you're a Nazi.
3. Welcome To Obamaland: I've Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work by James Delingpole - maybe the best primer I've read as to why libertarian conservatism is the only decent and worthwhile political philosophy. Yeah, I know it sounds immodest of me to choose it but it's really not: all the ideas are other people's; the only bit I take credit for is the loose, readable style, which comes from having written it so quickly.