To tie or not to tie

Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr

I am a regular viewer of the Andrew Marr show on Sunday mornings and I had completely missed the arrival of Peston on Sunday so I am relying on the Daily Telegraph to report on this TV event.  Marr had the edge this Sunday with Prince Harry talking about his Invictus Games and his own personal life issues.  However, I have some prejudices about the media which will guide my choice of viewing.

tieless Robert Peston

tieless Robert Peston

  • First,  I detest the sight of a chap on TV with an open neck shirt and no tie. Gentlemen wear ties; it is as simple as that.  They also wear a jacket and they do not wear a hat, cap or balaclava on set.  I know there are black artists who seem to view a hat as de rigeur.  They need to grow out of this and, until they do, I will reach for the off switch.
  • Second, I get very irritated with strong regional accents.  We have regional TV which seems to suggest we ought to be able to listen to presenters who speak in a way we understand and enjoy.  Living and viewing in the South East, I want to hear RP (received pronunciation) and I do not want a strong north country or Scottish accent.  Politically incorrect, I know but I don’t care.
  • Also, I do not want to hear estuary English on the TV or the wireless.  Children need to be steered towards speaking coherent RP English and models on the media that do the reverse are to be deplored.

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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