“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Thursday, 2 January 2014

P J Harvey treads on a few corns.

The New Year guest editors on the BBC Radio 4 Today Program are bound to offend some listeners but this morning's choice of P J Harvey seems to have really put the cat among the pigeons. "Left-wing tosh", thundered Middle England and such reaction was gleefully reported by the Mail and Torygraph. I don't have a view about P J Harvey one way or the other and like many people my morning routine takes place against a background of the Today Program and a lot of it is only half listened to. What got me far more animated was having Barclays boss Antony Jenkins as guest editor earlier in the week. Jenkins used the opportunity not only to mount a PR exercise about the ethical provenance and high ideals of the financial services industry but also to run a three hour advertisement for Barclays at licence payers  expense. Now that did piss me off.

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