Why ponder life's complexity?
The Today programme, more politically tone deaf with every passing week, wonders why pop musicians are posher than they used to be. 'Conclusions': Are they really? Does it matter? Who knows why? Actually it does matter, and the reason for it is straightforward. One of the commenters on the BBC website gets closest to it when he says: 'It's not about being "posh", it's about there being cash in the family to support a potentially non-earning career.' But nobody there points out that changes to the benefits system mean that it's no longer possible to live on the dole while you're making your first demos and playing your first gigs. If David Cameron's 'tough but fair' welfare state had been in place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, his Desert Island Discs couldn't have included 'This Charming Man' by The Smiths.
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