Conrad Black will not pipe down. Instead of adopting a pose of humbleness after being sentenced to a further thirteen months in jail and a $125,000 fine, he’s launched into a tirade in this week’s Spectator.
Lord Black as the brutal power broker Cardinal Richelieu with Lady Black as France's most hated woman, Marie-Antoinette
“I’ll be back” he states. He follows this with “And I have scores to settle.” Rather like a certain “Chanel-clad” one, he’s in a hole and he won’t quit digging.
In his essay the master of wordplay attacks America and her justice system; the “fatuous charges,” which are, of course, fictitious; the “demiurgically opinionated” appellate panel chairman and the very former associates he believes actually conned him. Lord Black still can’t fathom that being caught on his very own security cameras emptying an office of incriminating documents in the middle of the night is actually one of the major reasons he hasn’t been cleared.
He takes the attitude of a certain beer swigging former ambassador when he also fails to admit that his Lady Macbeth like wife, famed for her extravagance, is part of his problem. In the piece he describes her as “unoffending” and those who attack her as “vile” and “vulgar.” His delusion on this front certainly knows no bounds.
Another powerful man who came across my path some years ago became known for paying the mortgages of his fellow inmates whilst in the clink. Black similarly talks of how he’s done much for those he was incarcerated with. What he should realise is that they suck up to him because they know that, though a convicted fraudster, he’s still extremely rich.
Tom Bower, who produced a book Black especially dislikes, better watch out. Black’s after him next.
Conrad: There are times when silence has the loudest voice.
Read Lord Black’s original article at http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/all/7060428/ill-be-back.thtml