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A Clue About Anarchy

Long running Radio 4 show, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, revels in the ridiculous but now and then still manages to hit a poignant note. That’s what struck me last night during the ‘One Song to the Tune of Another’ round when Anarchy in the UK was the source for the lyrics.

The comic juxtaposition of words and music often brings across meanings that get lost in the familiarity of the original. Hearing the angry rantings of The Sex Pistols made me reflect on how the song is more relevant than I’m comfortable with in the setting of the contemporary UK; in particular, I’m shocked and disturbed by the spike in hate crimes against immigrants since the Brexit vote.

I don’t think you should listen to the show expecting careful satire as part of the regular diet but I think you should always keep your ear out for different strands that form unexpected chords, on the radio and beyond.

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