Stick to what you know, Bob

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis -

Bob Geldof and the usual sus­pects have is­sued a vague, un­fo­cused “ral­ly­ing cry” to the prime min­is­ter in or­der to pro­tect their var­i­ous vested in­ter­ests (“‘Voice of Bri­tish mu­sic will be si­lenced in a self-built cul­tural jail’”, News, last week). Had the of­fend­ing open let­ter dealt with mat­ters such as the cri­sis in Bri­tish mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion or the loss of roots mu­sic venues due to gen­tri­fi­ca­tion, I would have been in­clined to take it more se­ri­ously.

The pound goes up, the pound goes down. Gov­ern­ments and hair­styles come and go. None of which en­ti­tles Geldof to speak ei­ther for those of us toil­ing in the fields of Bri­tish mu­sic or the “peo­ple of Europe”. Stephen Par­sons Lewes, East Sus­sex

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