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One line thoughts of the day.

If we sacrifice the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in a Wicker Man on May Day, will the musicians and actors stop dying?

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Award shortlists or end-of-year polls are valuable if they end up highlighting something interesting or quirky that might otherwise have slipped beneath the radar. If all they do is validate a predictable consensus, what exactly is the point?

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How come they trust us to decide on Britain’s future in the EU when they can’t even trust us to name a boat?

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If everyone adopts the tactic of ostracising The Bad People rather than the far more difficult task of discrediting bad ideas, it’s not surprising that the culture wars become so toxic. It will inevitably devolved into witch-hunts and guilt-by-association. Getting somebody from your outgroup banned from a confererence or fired from their job may seem like a satisfying short-term victory, but does that really contribute towards making the world a better place?

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Perhaps Donald Trump is an AI chatbot that’s gone rogue, and they can’t work out how to turn him off?

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Batman vs. Superman is being panned by the critics, who make it sound like it’s the tipping point where big-budget superhero films fall out of critical and public favour. What’s its rock equivalent? Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” (Self-indulgent creative overreach), ELP’s “Love Beach” (Dying gasp of a spent creative force) or Metallica and Lou Reed’s “Lulu” (Ill-conceived collaboration done for largely cynical reasons)?  Over to you…

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Much of what I said in response to the Paris attacks in November here and here are as relevent now as they were four months ago. There is little more I can add.

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Does this year’s Glastonbury main stage headliners of Muse, Coldplay and Adele represent the most corporate and beige lineup imaginable? I know Muse are a great live band, but they’re a very “safe” choice and have played Glastonbury many times. Nothing remotely out of Glastonbury’s comfort zone like Metallica or Kanye West this year.

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Iain Duncan-Smith trying to stick the knife into George Osborne is a bit like Albert Speer at Nuremberg. It won’t wash; Speer still got sent down for 20 years.

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If there had been social media during the “Punk Wars” would people even not born in 1977 still be repeating 30 year old false media narratives?

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