Who is Oedipus Snark?

by Stephen Tall on October 10, 2008

Lib Dem Voice-reading habitués of the online Telegraph and fans of novelist Alexander McCall Smith may well have been asking themselves this question already. For the uninitiated, Mr McCall Smith is “writing his first ever online novel Corduroy Mansions exclusively for Telegraph.co.uk”, and one of the characters is named Oedipus Snark. Here’s his CV:

Name: Oedipus Snark
Age: 40
Profession: Possibly the first ever nasty Liberal Democrat MP.
Significant relationships: his ego; his lover Barbara Ragg.
Likes: Himself, wriggling out of prior engagements.
Dislikes: Putting himself out for other people, journalists.

You can catch up with the serial here. Libellous suggestions as to Mr Snark’s true identity will be deleted. In any case, this is purely a work of fiction: how could any Lib Dem MP be nasty?

(Hat-tip: James Graham).

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I thought our opponents on the ground thought all our MPs were nasty?

by Alex Foster on October 10, 2008 at 9:45 pm. Reply #

Opik snared us?

by Paul Griffiths on October 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm. Reply #

Carlile (Öpik’s predecessor) was a very effective attack dog when he was in the Commons.

by Frank H Little on October 11, 2008 at 12:58 am. Reply #

Allow me a brief snarky fact-checking moment (hah!)

> writing his first ever online novel Corduroy Mansions

I think the entire Scotland Street series was actually available through The Scotsman website (it was certainly serialised in the paper) although you needed a paid subscription to read it.

by LJH on October 11, 2008 at 11:19 am. Reply #

One assumes Mr McCall Smith has close friends in the Welsh weather forecasting community.

Say what you like about Mr Snark, but “nasty” he ain’t.

by Oxonian on October 11, 2008 at 3:59 pm. Reply #

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