Friday, February 18, 2005

From New Directions
Robbie Low on what the counterculture was really about ... and Jerry Springer: The Musical
Libertarian angle: do British viewers want their TV licence fees paying for blasphemy?

An observation worthy of David Lodge (not exactly a Catholic but smarter than most liberals) at his best:

Word went round town that there was to be an occupation (‘sit-in’) of a major university administrative building the following morning in order to paralyse the oppressive machine which offered us free further education to the highest standard in the world. Not being an early riser in those days and, conservative by nature, I arrived about lunchtime driven by curiosity rather than conviction. It transpired that the only other bona fide member of the working class there, the porter, had been beaten up on the way in by the exuberant thugs of the new classless order. You know what they say, ‘if you can’t raise the consciousness of a proletarian then remove it.’
About the musical:

The second half is, of course, what it is all about.
And I had no idea it was that bad.

People have the right to be wrong but ‘I’ll be damned if the government makes me pay for it’, British viewers should be saying — and it seems some of them are.

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