Why ‘Opinion’ is a poor excuse for journalism

All white people are racist. The Covid lockdown has forced us into a veritable jail. All pigeons should be culled and taxidermied as trophies.

Got your attention? Great. Job done. No need for further comment. All you need to know is that I hate everything and everyone and the world is going to collapse shortly due to climate change, so good riddance.

But here, precisely, is the problem with opinion articles. Rustle up a poor argument and wrap it in emotive language and poof, Bob’s your uncle. No need for balance, debate…