Grandmother’s steps lead to the Grauniad
I am as appalled as the other artists about the philistine taboo on creative subjects in the new English baccalaureate (Letters, 10 May). As William Blake pointed out, “Nations are destroy’d or flourish, in proportion as their Poetry, Painting, and Music are destroy’d or flourish.”
The arts and propaganda have been neatly conjoined. During the height of American Abstract Expressionism its exhibitions were funded for about 20 years by the CIA as evidence of the US’s freedom of expression compared with the tightly constricted social realism of the USSR. Ironic that many of the artists whose work was supported were ex-communists.
The Grenfell Tower inquiry panel is now to be widened in a response to concerns over Moore-Bick’s ability to relate to the survivors (Opinion, 11 May). Weren’t identical concerns expressed about William Macpherson when he was appointed to lead the Stephen Lawrence inquiry?
If Professor Pääbo and his
Leipzig team (Report, 12 May) want to know what differentiated the brains of Homo sapiens from our extinct Neanderthal cousins they might do worse than read William Golding’s The Inheritors (1955). We, of course, are The Inheritors.
While writing “grandmother” I got to “gra” and autocorrect suggested “Grauniad” (Letters, 11 May).
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