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CERYS Matthews is an ex­cel­lent broad­caster, but she is only half right about this, writes MoS mu­sic critic Tim

de Lisle. Yes, there are too few open­ings in the arts for work­ing-class kids. But no, that does not mean class should dic­tate the mu­sic played on the ra­dio.

By all means ig­nore James Blunt, left, if you find his songs cloy­ing but don’t shun him on the grounds that he went to Har­row, be­cause that wasn’t his de­ci­sion.

And any­way, be­ing at a fa­mous board­ing school is a mixed bless­ing for the bud­ding rock star. It’s hard to get to gigs and you may be pressed into the orches­tra when you long to be in the school band.

Mu­sic is too emo­tional, and too cen­tral to our lives, to be stopped at class bar­ri­ers. Bri­tain is great at pop of all kinds, from the ed­u­cated rock of Pink Floyd and Ra­dio­head to the raw power of the Sex Pis­tols. We should be en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple from ev­ery walk of life to be their suc­ces­sors.

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