I've not seen the first issue of 2019 yet - well, I've seen the front cover
but the rest of it, the last one that I've currently paid for, is late. And if it and when it does turn up, there's not going to be any Nigel Short in it.
This is a good thing.
I'd stopped reading his column some issues back anyway, partly because it really wasn't very well written (too much convoluted phrasing in preference to plain English) but partly because after a few years the combination of ego, obnoxiousness and permanent points-scoring just isn't that compelling any more.
I mean yes, if what you're looking for is controversy
then it's a good thing to have a motormouth on the scene.
But what if you're looking for is for women to be treated with respect? Is that important at all, Leon, or is the controversy the thing?
What if you would like other nationalities to be treated with respect too? What if you find his propensity to bullying and feuding distasteful?
It's not an optional extra, it's the whole man, the whole style. The "controversy" he produces is misogyny, prejudice and bullying. And I think we ought to be able to do better than that.
I'd like that to be the reason he's gone. Of course it isn't, whatever this may actually mean -
but it's the reason why, if and when my copy does turn up, I'll be renewing my subscription.