Sunday 20 August 2017

Maurice Hayes: Saints and singers, penitents and sinners: a moral tale for our time

In a dull week in the North, deprived of the comedic potential of the pre-nomination foreplay for a presidential election, light relief is provided by the pictures of a young lady from Barbados, like Ruth in tears (if not entirely in the buff) amid the alien Ulster corn.

Unfortunately, what the farmer and DUP councillor Alan Graham saw was alien porn among his uncut corn, to which he took exception to the extent of ordering her to get dressed and get off his land.

He was entirely within his rights in enforcing his own ethical and moral principles and his own code of conduct on his own property. One has sympathy, too, with his attempt to stem the tide of permissiveness, and, although this might not have been in his mind, his protest at the commercialised sexualisation of the pop-music industry.

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