- Listening to:
- Martinu, Cello Sonata #2, H340. This is angular,
modern music, written in New York in 1941. It takes a little
bit of getting used to. With the help of the BBC music
magazine, I am accumulating a list of positive reviews of
cheap Naxos recordings of things I haven't heard before. This
way I get to broaden my horizons but do it pretty cheaply.
The BBC has been annoying me a bit of late. In Britain, there has
been a bit of a brou-haha of late about asylum seekers. The
government now seems to feel that it can't be seen to be "soft" on the
issue, the Conservative opposition party having made popularity gains
by casting itself as the hard-line option.
So, not so long ago, there was a story about a plan the government had
to increase the numbers of rejected asylum seekers who were deported.
Apparently, many who fail to gain asylum still manage to stay in the
country anyway. So, the impact of the policy was described solely in
terms of absolute numbers of people who would be housed in camps and
then deported. Year by year, the plan was for this number to
increase. What annoyed me was that it was not at all clear what these
numbers meant. Was the fact that they were increasing an indication
that they were going to be handling a greater proportion of rejections
in this way, or was it an indication that the number of rejections was
going to go up as a proportion of the number of asylum seekers, or was
it an indication that the number of asylum seekers was going to be
The whole story made me quite irritated. Talk about a classic case of
in public discourse. The Refugee Council didn't
tell me enough to be able to figure it out either.