As I walked through town today, I saw a police car draw up alongside a busker who was mid-tune (High and Dry by Radiohead). The policeman got out and I overheard him explaining to our song-smith that they has received a complaint from members of the nearby Leeds Library.
I didn't realise that this was a kind of metaphor, albeit a pretty weak one. For the TV screens in Barclays Bank minutes later were confirming news that had been expected for a week or so; the BBC are closing 6Music.
This is my joint-favourite radio station (along-side No-Fun FM), and the decision seems both wrong and against the principles of the BBC. How can it be in the interests of 'Inspiring knowledge, music and culture to be closing down a station almost entirely staffed by knowledgeable music-lovers? As is so often the case in such matters, Andrew Collins analyses the situation well. I think this is a clear case of the BBC pre-empting enforced cuts that it perceives will be forced upon it by the next government, whatever its colour.
So, if you care about saving a really good little radio station (one that could reach a much larger audience if it wasn't restricted to digital broadcasts), tell the BBC your views here.
Heading back towards the office, I noticed the busker was still playing, sans police accompaniment. Another metaphor? I hope so.