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Every now and again Damian Thompson puts to one side his somewhat hysterical and narrow agenda and his camp waspish style to produce an insightful analysis.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Saturday, 6 July 2013 at 12:38pm BST

The six least inspiring words in the English language: "Damian Thompson writes for The Spectator..."

Posted by rjb at Saturday, 6 July 2013 at 3:51pm BST

Rjb, have you read it? Or was that a cheap shot? I'm with Martin Reynolds on this one, it was a good article regardless of his past form; on the quiet he's not a bad journalist when he wants to be.

Posted by Primroseleague at Saturday, 6 July 2013 at 7:40pm BST

Today DT is chillingly on the mark, no doubt. His contribution to the Basil Fawlty school of musical criticism in The Spectator is another matter. He hears Nazi echoes in Karajan's 1962 recording of the Ninth Symphony. I have a May 1944 recording of the Eroica with the Preussische Staatskapelle and it is a brilliant deconstruction of Nazi militarism. Karajan was not the goose-stepper of Thompson's fantasies.

Posted by Spirit of Vatican II at Sunday, 7 July 2013 at 11:03am BST
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