Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Brian Eno and Nick Clegg
The Guardian today reported that Nick Clegg, the new head of the Liberal Democrat party in Britain, has hired Brian Eno to advise him on "youth issues" and to help him repair the country's "broken politics". Eno, still best known for his time in Roxy Music and as the producer of U2 records, was tapped to "reach out beyond Westminster to people who don’t get a say in politics.”
Reaction has been mixed, with many noting that Eno (who turns sixty next year) is old enough to have fathered Clegg, who turns turns 41 in early January. The gaffe would seem to be the PR department's - Eno is one of the brightest cultural thinkers and adding him to the cabinet is an innovative move, but suggesting that he's in touch with the youth of today is a bit of a stretch.
Clegg further embarrassed himself on the same day, quoting his favorite album as "Changes" by David Bowie (it doesn't exist) and admitting to not knowing "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, a duet regularly voted the nation’s favourite Christmas song.