Our Cultural Leaders – Where’s The Considered Debate?

Clive Davis is disappointed by the behavior of Britain’s cultural leaders over the issue of the war. “At a time when cultural figures should have been leading a considered debate, Britain’s cultural elite (and a fair part of America’s too) responded with a mixture of hysteria, self-righteousness and wilful ignorance. If you think I am exaggerating, consider just some of the evidence. Exhibit 1 is the poetry (for want of a better word) of Harold Pinter, a once-respected figure who has turned into the literary equivalent of a sad old man with a ‘The End Is Nigh’ sandwich board.”