HECK­LING OVER DIN­NER

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

I am grate­ful to Ge­of­frey Al­der­man, Jonathan Freed­land and Mar­cus Dysch for their elo­quent re­flec­tions in re­cent is­sues of the JC on the “Cul­tural Boy­cott” de­bate in which I par­tic­i­pated at the Pur­cell Room on July 10.

One of the as­pects of the evening that will for­ever be­muse me was the pres­ence af­ter the event of scores of au­di­ence heck­lers, stand­ing-room only, in the pri­vate din­ing room at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hall. I had been in­vited by the South Bank Cen­tre or­gan­is­ers for a pan­el­lists’ post-event, pri­vate din­ner but ob­vi­ously the pub­licly funded South Bank felt it nec­es­sary to en­ter­tain the large clutch of “ac­tivists” as well. How­ever, it was grat­i­fy­ing to be asked to sign my books in the foyer — a restora­tive ac­tiv­ity for one’s bat­tered dig­nity. Carol Gould North­wick Close, Lon­don NW8

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