Tuesday, 5 August 2014
4th August - Commemoration
All in all, last night's commemorative event, and the BBC's reporting, hit the right note. It was always going to be a difficult one, and I feared we'd get it wrong - with the debacle of the BBC's reporting of the 2012 River pageant repeated in spades. Dan Snow, a young graduate who wants to be an historian, gave us the authorised version with the keen enthusiasm of a student repeating a lecture from a favourite tutor. The best reading came from Prince Harry, who alone amongst the panjandrums collected there has tasted combat. I wondered at the identity of the young cleric in plain black cassock, and found out only this morning that this was the Archbishop of Canterbury. Cameron skated on the brink of cliché but managed not to fall, and much of the music was that modern slightly discordant stuff that is today's church sound. So all in all not bad.