FAKE news has been around for a long time, and the adage that a lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on is always true. In this week’s edition of the THE LONG VIEW (RADIO 4, 9AM, 9.30PM), Jonathan Freedland (pictured) goes back to Norwich in 1144. A young apprentice was murdered, and the local Jewish population was blamed for the death. Freedland compares this story with the scapegoating of Muslim immigrants and the current wave of fake news.
‘THINGS fall apart; the centre cannot hold/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.’ W.B. Yeats’s chilling poem The Second Coming supplies the title for CAN THE CENTRE HOLD? (RADIO 4, 11AM), about the state of political parties around the world. Mary Ann
Sieghart takes a look at recent elections in Stoke and the Netherlands. She talks to politicians from the political centre and hears how a new wave of populism and the changing pattern of swing votes appear to have put centrists into retreat.
LAST night, the sun crossed the celestial equator, travelling north, which means — whatever the weather — that spring is here. Verity Sharp marks the event in tonight’s LATE JUNCTION (RADIO 3, 11PM) by playing some British folk music from Donovan, celebrating the coming season.