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One night in November 1993, I went to the Oxford Union to hear Toby Young of the Modern Review oppose the motion that ‘High Culture’ was superior to ‘Popular Culture’. Bryan Appleyard, Norman Stone, Mariella Frostrup and Rob Newman were among the luminaries who spoke.
On This England, revealing that this ‘heritage’ quarterly which favours cottages, steam engines, choirboys, and old shephered’s smocks, also has a toxic undercurrent connecting it to the far right.
About New Left Review, and the forceful reformation of its editorial committee. An abbreviated version of this article was published as ‘Beastly Troubles of the Last Politburo’, Guardian, 17 July 1993. The fuller version appeared as ‘Aufruhr im letzten Politbűro’, Freibeuter, 58, 1993, pp. 149-156.
In June 1993, I joined a party of British Organic Farmers on a visit to Highgrove, the estate that Prince Charles was then converting to organic production. This article, which reflects on the transformation of the organic movement since its dalliance with fascism in the 1930s, was first published in the Guardian (G2) 17 June 1993.
The Hackney Empire is now splendidly refurbished, but in the early nineties, when the place was ‘managed’ by the heroically unorthodox Roland Muldoon, you could glimpse the sky through holes in the roof. It was encounters like this that persuaded me to give up on my accidental life as a ‘consultant’ to arts and voluntary organisations. Consultants may know the cost of roofs but they rarely see the sky at all. Thank you, Roland. . . Published in the Guardian, 27 February 1993.
A meeting with the award-winning Sun
columnist, shortly after the murder of Jamie Bulger.
Published as the ‘Monday Profile’ in the Guardian, 27 February 1993.
A profile of the television dramatist Dennis Potter. I met him early one morning in his agent’s office, near Covent Garden. He was still drinking wine from the previous night’s party connected to the launch of ‘Lipstick On Your Collar’ – agonising but lucid. Published in the Guardian, 15 February 1993.