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Albania Does Not Deserve This Insult

The Sunday Times today (30 July) published a number of letters in response to AA Gill's article on Albania published last week. Correspondents include the Albanian ambassador to the UK and Professor Noel Malcolm.


MĂ«rgimtari said…
I liked Malcolm's response best. It's a great parallel, I think.
Bg anon said…
Ohh this is harsh but is typical of somebody like Gill.

His editor must have known Gills 'critique' of Albania and I suspect Gill was ready to do a 'hatchet job' on Albania even before he got to Heathrow.

I must admit I'd be outraged if Gill said similar about Serbia so I'm sympathetic towards Albanians concerning this.
olli said…
Hi bg anon. Welcome. I checked your blogs. We haven't made it to Belgrade yet, but hope to do so at some point during our stay here.
Bg anon said…
Thanks for the welcome. Drop me a line before you come and we can meet up.

Perhaps we ought to exchange blog links as well?

all the best

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