For the first time in decades, I did not watch the Last Night of the Proms – I remember going to the event on a few occasions in the 70s.
I have been aware for many years how the overall quality of the supposedly “greatest classical music festival in the world” has been declining, largely driven by the BBC in its desperate attempt to increase the size of the audience.
Given what I have read in the media this morning I did not miss much and it seems that the culmination of what is now a ‘Glastonburyesque’ event was politically hijacked by many and encouraged by the once great BBC. Frankly, I am surprised that the ‘chorus’ Oh Jeremy Corbyn has not been transplanted into the ‘traditional running order’ of the second half of the event!
For many years, the creeping ‘inclusivity’ of the event and the series as a whole has meant more and more non-British flags being waived by people who clearly don’t see or understand the significance of the words they are singing (or probably reading) in such as Land of Hope and Glory. According to a number of reports, the Union Jack was being sold outside the Royal Albert Hall, as usual, but this time alongside many people giving our free EU flags. So much for an un-biased BBC?!
Such is the decline of a once great, unique and patriotic event and series of concerts, the history of the dumbing down of which, can be linked closely to the ‘ownership’ and control of the BBC and its now wide and active participation in our social engineering.
This manufactured decline should be a sad day for us all, however we have now reached a point where most people have not even noticed what is happening.
Well, 48 hours after some local councils and seats were up for grabs, there seems to be a surprising status quo, with very little change and all parties crowing about their successes and, in the case of Labour, a much repeated and well briefed “solid performance “. It is quite remarkable that Labour have not done much better given the status of the government and the criticisms of their performance generally and more specifically on Brexit. Usually at this stage of a government, you would expect a massive ‘swing’ away from them, but not so in this case.
Various people are suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn and his type of politics may have reached its ‘sell by date’ or that his ‘bubble’ has burst. I wonder if it is more that the younger voters, who supported Labour at the General Election and who may not have properties or recognise (local) services, did not bother to vote? In terms of Labour’s ability to bounce back when it really counts, only time will tell.
It seems amazing to me that someone who can only pluck a few strings on a guitar and churn out largely the same turgid so called music over many decades, could possibly be made a Companion of Honour. Just looking at many of the truly great and talented people who have been so awarded in the past, merely magnifies his void in talent or qualities one would expect for and from such a distinguished group. It never ceases to amaze me how the myth of the Beatles and its 4 members survived so long. They were, still are and will always be a very shallow expression of ‘music’ even in its broadest sense.
The Windrush issue continues to plague the news and, along with so many other minority issues, seems to occupy a hugely disproportionate amount of time in the media and in Parliament. Parliament, the media and society more generally, are giving far too much ‘airtime’ to these minority issues and in many cases individuals and, as a consequence, losing sight of the many issues that affect the majority of British people. Parliament ins particular should focus on government and not raising and discussing individual grievances. The job of MPs is and should be to gather these up in a coherent form and present them to Parliament as such.
Talking of MPs, it was once suggested to me that a ‘good manager’ should justify their existence away from their team, on their return, by gathering them together and explaining to them how their absence had added value to them and their output. I have often wondered why constituents don’t insist on that from their MPs, whilst they are away from their constituency?