Confused about price!

I think life is getting harder for old fogies like me.  I enjoy reading my broadsheet via my iPad. I listen to the Today Programme but grizzle about poor grammar and pronunciation.  I tune into TV news when I can but then run through the channels and turn off, shocked by the utter drivel with which we are fed.

The Olympics did not do much for me for reasons I have explained earlier. However, I thought I should give the Paralympics a go if only because of my general lack of interest in sport and a sneaking worry that I found the sight of disability worrying. I know this is politically incorrect but it is how I feel.  I therefore felt I should try out Jon Snow’s programme on Tuesday night on the Paralympics.

Katie Price

He started with a lady called Katie Price who had a suntan and a cockney accent. I thought to myself: ‘the Liberal politician, Chris Huhne, had a wife called “Price”‘ and I wondered if this was the lady. Google soon told me it was not. This Katie Price was apparently previously known as “Jordan” which I thought was a country and Google was soon telling me that this lady – hardly an appropriate word – had taken no contraceptive precautions while sleeping with a long list of men.  That was when I reached for the OFF button.

Vicky Pryce

Google subsequently told me that the Chris Huhne lady was Vicky Pryce with a “y”. She is the ex-wife of the Liberal ex-Minister and they are still disputing which of them was driving a car at the time of a road traffic offence – as are the local police.  I am sure both the Jordan Price and the Huhne Pryce would be mortified that I could not tell them apart but I am afraid I could not

What is my message from this? I think it is my horror at popular culture.  I have little knowledge of current pop or film culture and am unashamed of this. When I read of the escapades of a tart named Jordan or Price or whatever, I wonder why people are addicted to this prurient gossip?  When I stumble across the tacky quiz shows, home makeovers committted to making a fast buck for tacky couples and the soulless garbage that is served up on TV, I wonder what a visiting Martian would make of our cultural descent?  Just occasionally, we are treated to a wonderful example of TV at its best but it is sadly rare among a morass of unadulterated garbage.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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