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Ben Jonson

Whom to blame

Earlier today I posted about a passage in The Independent of Britain about the late William Rees-Mogg: 

Fraser Nelson, the editor of The Spectator, yesterday recalled the advice Lord Rees-Mogg gave him in 2001: "He said he took inspiration from Ben Johnson's essays: the originals, he said, were still the best."

I would like to masticate that a little further. Are we to conclude that the editor of The Spectator has trouble distinguishing between Ben Jonson and Samuel Johnson? That may well be so, but one...