UP on the Omnimeter: Right of Reply
Gone are the days when the only reader a reviewer had to fear was an angry author. David Aaronovitch’s thoughts on Alastair Campbell’s diaries – ‘Campbell comes over as clever, loyal, uncultured (he goes once to the ballet and hates it)’ – provoked a furious online comment from Times reader Tom Beck:
Uncultured because he doesn’t like ballet? I have translated Pushkin into English, various English poets into German, have published extensively on all aspects of 20th C music, written for German and Swiss newspapers, broadcast in England and Germany and did a music D.Phil in Oxford, play the lute…. I could go on… And I LOATHE the ballet, not the music, but the stupid hopping about, never on the beat, by a load of creeps who have no idea how damned silly they look.