Normally over here at ::Acquired Taste we steer clear of contemporary politics (political discourse got pretty dull once poisoning your rivals went out of fashion) but when my bete noir Midsomer Murders hits the headlines, it's time to take stock.
Today the producer of Midsomer Murders, Brian True-May, has been suspended for the observation:
"We just don't have ethnic minorities involved. Because it wouldn't be the English village with them. It just wouldn't work. Suddenly we might be in Slough ... We're the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way."
As a Guardianista I can only find such sentiments distasteful--although the trend for suspending or sacking people for expressing unpopular views is equally unfortunate--but True-May's views encapsulate all the reasons why Midsomer Murders is such piss-poor drama.
In for a penny, in for a pound, and the beleaguered True-May continues to blaze away with both barrels from his Middle England fortress:
If it's incest, blackmail, lesbianism, homosexuality ... terrific, put it in.
Two out of those four are not criminal offences in this country. Can you guess which?
Best, perhaps, to leave True-May to his thoughts, bellowing in a dark and soundproofed room. If you listen very hard, maybe you can hear him. Or maybe not.