Adam is disconsolate. Why? Well the BBC has now introduced a cumbersome ‘joke approval’ process. It seems unbelievable, but is apparently true. Indeed, some jokes have to be signed off by the Director-General. Mary Whitehouse would it appears be cock-a-hoop. In reality though this marks the nadir of free speech in many ways, as the current climate of people taking offence at the slightest imagining of a slur has clearly reached epidemic proportions in the UK. However, we see signs of it here as well. Not for nothing has Rowan Atkinson campaigned against proposed ‘hate’ speech laws as providing the framework for limiting freedom of speech and the ability to crack jokes.
The world is becoming a very sad and humourless place indeed.
The beautiful Easter Hymn from Cavelleria Rusticana
This is not a new topic, but Adam is incensed by the way that the media have behaved over Labour’s endorsement of Winston Peters in the Northland by-election. After all the past whining about National doing deals with Peter Dunne and with ACT, nary a word of criticism if any over Andrew Little doing the same thing in Northland.
Furthermore, the over the top exultation by some reporters on the night of 28 March was sickening. This was not reporting, it was an out and out demonstration of how many support the opposition.
Why is it that so many vehicle headlights today, even when supposedly dipped are blinding to oncoming traffic? Are they wrongly adjusted? Do drivers not know to dip their lights, especially in urban environments? Why are the prime offenders drivers in 4WDs?
Is sub-editing a lost skill?
This headline from today’s Dominion Post:
Does nobody actually read copy?
The great Richard Thompson sings
The infectiously exuberant Bellowhead with their rendition of New York Girls