Both Orac's Respectful Insolence and Deborah Lipstadt's History on Trial picked up on an album review in the NME which opened with the classic line
Aside from the deaf or those in a level of denial up there with David Irving's idiot pronouncements on the Holocaust, everyone's aware that we live in great times for music.
Not that we're trying to claim prescience or anything, but one of the tag-lines we played around with when scheming up this blog was:
Some countries lock up Holocaust deniers... but we believe in free speech. We prefer just to laugh at them.
Irving's recent mishap might have attracted a certain abstract sympathy from libertarians (among whom be us, let it be reiterated), but in his home country, such feelings have been strongly tempered by a sense that the old fool really has become little more than a figure of fun.
No, he doesn't deserve to be in jail. He should have been laughed out of polite society years ago.