Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Lay Off The Politicians ....

Aaronovitch joins Jackie Ashley and Polly Toynbee in a triptych of Guardianistas who all, correctly, feel that unremitting abuse of politicians is bad for democracy.

"... a piece in which a music magazine journalist writes about award-winning musician Dizzee Rascal, and his lyrics. '[His] album,' said the journalist, 'depicts Dizzee's life in Bow, east London. Uncompromising, raging, it is not easy listening - but every MP in Westminster should be forced to hear it.'

When music journalists speak, the world ought to listen. But I wondered whether this one actually knew who the MP for Dizzee's patch was? Or if he did, did he ask himself whether Oona King might not be more familiar with the problems of Bow than even the UK garage correspondent of Mixmag?"

Do you think this means that the Guardian will lay off Archer ? Dream on !

Triptych - what a lovely word ....

So put your hands together for ... Ambrogio Lorenzetti !

Triptych: Madonna and Child with Mary Magdalene and St Dorothea c. 1325. Wood, 90 x 53 cm (central panel), 88 x 39 cm (side panels, each). Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena Source:Web Gallery of Art