Monday, September 10, 2007
The McLaughlin Group (CNBC) is the only political discussion show I can bear to watch on television. This is, I admit, partly because of the crazy voice and mannerisms of John McLaughlin, but, primarily, it's because there's nothing like it on British television. When it comes to politics, we don't do pungent, articulate intelligence, we do Question Time. That said, I'm worried about John. Last night he said he'd been to England - they never call it Britain - and seen some poll or other that said Amy Winehouse was becoming more popular and the Royals less. These trends, he concluded, were linked; our affection for the tattooed lady was, somehow, a rebuke to the Royals. It's strange what people see when they come over here. A more accurate insight into our way of life is provided by Dave Barry, but I'm not sure he'd be able to take on Pat Buchanan on TMG.
PS And, speaking of wrecked female pop stars with tattoos, here is one of the great, weird performances of our time. She looks like some freak who's just wandered on stage by accident.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:02 am