Believe me - the last thing I expected to see in The Observer today was an article by Nick Cohen that I really wanted to read. I get a certain twinge of the heart when this happens, rather like when Christopher Hitchens betrays something of his old scepticism, fondness for darkly elegant one-liners and penchant for telling political ironies. Cohen has written an elegant homage to Paul Foot, and you can read it here
. I know Foot would not have appreciated being labelled Saint Paul, but greatness is one of those things that he both achieved and had thrust upon him.