It's not that important - it really isn't


This afternoon Michael Martin became the first Speaker of the House of Commons to effectively be forced out of office in Parliament's 300 year history. Martin's resignation follows widespread criticism of his handling of the MPs' expenses scandal.

Last week music journalist and pre-concert speaker Stephen Fry dismissed the revelations over Member's expenses, saying -
'It's not that important, it really isn't.'
I haven't read Stephen Fry's book on classical music. But I hope his views on music are more reliable than his views on politics.

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glebowski said…
Pliable- Mr. Fry is often amusing ..but he does love to support the underdog..vide his defence of Angus Deayton a while ago.Alas his book on music is drivel !!!! He has however written a truly great book on poetry that is worth a few hours of anyone's time. I suppose all artists produce work of varying quality over their careers.
Pliable said…
"Alas his book on music is drivel !!!!" - a conclusion I too reached after flicking through it for 30 seconds in a bookshop just after it was published. Which makes the Britten Sinfonia's involvement with him the more puzzling - which is where this thread started.

Re. Angus Deayton - I guess the meaning of 'underdog' is open to wide interpretation. As is the definition of 'mutual admiration society' -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_Deayton

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