All louts together. Rolling in the cultural gutter with the BBC

8th September 2015 0

Isn’t it strange, unexpected and tragic, that the BBC, that great institution which got us through the war and once fearlessly introduced its listeners to high culture has been one of the chief agencies for British decline. Of course no one in 1922 when the BBC was born would have guessed that this elegant child of Lord Reith, which he … [Read on]

Le Nozze di Figaro

8th September 2015 0

It’s easy to feel up to one’s ears in politics, so well described by Eliot as “endless palaver.” Better to think about Mozart and particularly the miracle that is Figaro. It nearly didn’t get composed at all, for Beaumarchais’ play on which it is based was banned. Mozart told Lorenzo da Ponte that he had no hope of getting the … [Read on]

All men are guilty of rape but white men are more guilty than others

3rd September 2015 0

BBC Woman’s Hour (Wednesday 2.9.15) excelled itself for soft-pedalling and pusillanimity, with an attempted discussion about the sexual grooming of young girls, although it was insisted of course that this problem also involves boys. Invited onto the programme were Cass Harrison, Barnardo’s Deputy Director of Policy no less, and Sophie Humphreys who is, most worryingly, an ‘independent advisor to the … [Read on]

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