Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Essay: The State We're In (80s remix)

Channel 4 News anchor Samira Ahmed recalls the facets and fancies of the cultural scene of the Oxford undergraduette* of the mid-1980s: The Smiths, the Tories, the clothes, the balls, the "CD"s...

Since David Cameron claimed class war anthem “Eton Rifles” as one his Desert Island Discs, many political journalists seem to have bought the argument that they are “The Jam Generation”; the subject of a recent Radio 4 series. It seemed a good time re-post my piece for The Spectator arts blog writtten after they came to power last year about the cultural deadzone of the mid 80s. I should know. I was there.


* with apols to Evelyn Waugh...

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