I Confess: Novelist Paul Bailey reads Paul Johnson
Saturday 22 January 1994
The only point at which we meet is his hatred of John Major. But then, he upbraided Margaret Thatcher for not being extreme enough.
I particularly liked his pre-general election article telling us how he had bought a Victorian watercolour. Convinced that Labour would win the election, he felt sure that such pleasures would disappear under Socialism.
His appreciation of Francis Bacon for the Telegraph acknowledged that Bacon had talent, but he deplored the fact that Bacon had used it to such despairing effect. We then had several paragraphs in praise of Paul Johnson the watercolourist whose work radiates optimism.
He referred to me last week as a 'brickie' - a reference to Carl Andre's Tate Gallery bricks - for having signed the notorious Brian Sewell letter. To be dismissed by him was rather a delight.
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