Believe it or not

Tom Lehrer abandoned his piano and stifled the urge to write satirical songs in 1973 when Henry Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize. Lehrer reasonably concluded that if a man who had paved the way for Pol Pot by bombing neutral Cambodia ‘back to the Stone Age’ was to be blessed as a peacemaker, ‘political satire had become obsolete’.

(Reported by Nick Cohen in Cruel Britannia)

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