A happy society needs more than just wealth and
[Daily Telegraph -Wednesday-August 1-2007]
ONE THING DAVID CAMERON HAS GOT RIGHT
- is his diagnosis of what he
" Broken Society"
IT IS BROKEN
And he is almost right when he says we must look for
means other than economics
TO FIX IT.
Had he not set his face like flint against tax cuts,
he might see how returning money to people not only spreads
OUT OF POVERTY
-but also creates a a sense of
-that helps a society cohere.
But the pursuit of
-is not, I would be the first to admit
THE WHOLE ANSWER.
A society needs to encourage not just
-of its members, but needs also to have a care for
It is what Matthew Arnold, writing 140 years
Culture and Anarchy
called a need for
"sweetness and light"
It is a civilising process. We used to be good at it.
We were especially good from about the time Arnold wrote-the Education
Act, with compulsory schooling for children, was introduced three years
later -up until the 1960's.
THEN SOMETHING WENT WRONG
Arnold superscribed his book in Latin tag
Estote ergo vos perfect:
"Be ye therefore perfect"
and the ambition that went with it, have slipped from
the agenda. And they have gone because of a
HATRED and FEAR of ELITISM
Sitting down the other day with the rock star, poet,
[Let the people speak!]
I learnt a striking fact.
The Bard of Barking was en-route to a women's
prison where he was delivering, as rock stars do, six guitars. As part
of the rehabilitative process, these women are being encouraged
TO MAKE MUSIC
IT IS A BRILLIANT IDEA
Some of us may struggle to comprehend popular music, but
there is a qualitative difference between having the wireless on as
wallpaper and imbibing one song after another, and actually seeking to
acquire the skills to
To do it anything like properly requires
NOT JUST SKILL
It is creative, and stimulates further
And creativity is central to the civilising process,. It
is easy to become idealistic about such things, but imagine there might
be fewer of those women of those women in
- IF SOME YEARS AGO, they had their creativity stimulated
in a cultural fashion
THAN IN A CRIMINAL ONE
The problem now is that most people, especially when
younger, have precious little
-in the creative and civilising processes. In schools,
Music is Cinderella
Teachers who might want to encourage an
-outside the curriculum in
-often meet blind resistance from the parents whose role
it would be to assist the enterprise in the long hours and days
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.
Neither the broadcast media -with the occasional
distinguished exception, such as
Melvyn Bragg's brilliant Radio 4 series
'In Our Time'
-nor the popular press find it safe or desirable to
IDEAS and CONCEPTS
Most television programmes on the main networks are
Even so-called intelligent ones are formulaic and lacking
in discursiveness, because of the presumption of a short
We still fail to teach properly the languages that open
Worlds of Culture.
And local authorities, which once made high -quality
now seem to regard their role -if they regard it at
all-as being to provide
MASS rather than HIGH CULTURE
It is no wonder there is a lack of cultural ambition
among our people, because any squeak of
is in effect suffocated at
I took down from my shelves the other day, perhaps 20
years after I first read it, one of the most moving and important books
of social commentary I know:
'The uses of Literacy'
With profound humanity as well as severe intelligence,
Professor Hoggart writes of his upbringing in great poverty in Leeds in
the 1920's and 1930's, and how he liberated from it by
It is a book that unashamedly teems with elitism and
seeks no favours. It was founded on an assumption that the STATE would
educate children from the humblest backgrounds to a point where they
would not merely be schooled but
Professor Hoggart, who wrote as a socialist
(and who, at his now great age, presumably still is one) argued the
importance of making these benefits more widely available,
Culture and Anarchy
for the working classes,
written not by a son of Arnold of Rugby, but by a child of the
It is an ambition that. 50 years later and though
no fault of the professor, has entirely failed.
I do not mean to make this another argument in favour of
though they would help. Instead I
would suggest that all of us -not just the
-with means to do so -needs to become committed to the
CULTURE and CREATIVITY
This is what Billy Bragg does when he takes guitars into
To get away from the current, and entirely
destructive, vogue in
-it must not be vocationable.
Children should be taught
not because they might one day become world-famous pop
idols, or play in an orchestra, but for what even we atheists recognise
"to the glory of God"
There is a higher purpose in
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