Peter Reynolds

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The Bloody Sunday Inquiry

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A dreadful set of conclusions.  An appalling injustice.  A masterful performance by David Cameron.  It goes a long way to restore some faith in British justice after too many examples of it failing miserably.

Where from here?  Justice must be seen to be done which means that the families of those who were murdered are entitled to expect charges to be brought.  They are also entitled to damages from the British government.

Murder

This makes me ashamed of those who lost control on that terrible day 38 years ago.  It also makes me proud of my country that, eventually, justice has been done.

Truth is often best revealed through art.  I have always thought that the film “In the Name Of The Father” illustrates so well some of the evil and injustice that was perpetrated on the people of Northern Ireland.

In the end, Northern Ireland is a wonderful story of the triumph of good over evil and hope over despair.  Bloody Sunday is a terrible episode in this story.  Today those who fought for justice are vindicated and triumphant.  Those who died are heroes and martyrs to the peace that we now enjoy.  God bless them.

School Of Saatchi

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Quality television is difficult to find.  Yes, though there are hundreds of channels available, most of it is rubbish.  Of course, what constitutes “rubbish” is a moving target.  It depends on mood, snobbery, fashion, tribe and all sorts of complicated human emotions.  It’s always perplexed me why it’s so “cool” to work in telly but so “uncool” to watch it!

“School Of Saatchi” is another formulaic “reality” competition but it’s fantastic.  (BBC2, Mondays 9.00pm) It’s hugely entertaining but also very educational.  You can empathise with each of the contestants even though each one is a real weirdy.  You can get excited about whether they’ll meet their deadline and what the public vote will be on their bizarre “art”.

It’s the “X Factor” where “X” equals modern art and the chance to exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery and get a studio free for three years. The characters are eccentric and divine darling, particulary the asian boy with the spiky hair and Eugenie, the gorgeous 19 year old minx who wore her waders from suspenders in the last episode when her sculpture had to be installed in a pond!

There are the experts of course with Tracey Emin playing Arlene from Strictly and Charles’ advisors playing Nick and Margaret from The Apprentice or Sarah and David from The Restaurant.  The USP though is Charles himself or, rather, his absence.  The famously “camera-shy” Charles, dare I suggest it, is bound to make an appearance in the final programme.

Of course, Saatchi & Saatchi is my alma mater so perhaps I’m biased but within its cliched formula this programme is a delight.  In fact, perhaps it’s because it’s structure is such a cliche that it can explain things that are almost beyond explanation and give us mere mortals an insight into the minds of modern artists.