Dire decision

Today we have one more item to add to the contraband list - no more smoking inside, no more Routemaster buses, and now, no more listening to Money for Nothing in Canada. The Canadians have decreed that because the 80s hit uses the word 'faggot' - even though the song is sung from the viewpoint of a moron - any radio station wishing to play the song must edit out the offending word.

According to The Daily Mail, the Canadian Broadcast Standards council pompously stated, 'The societal values at issue a quarter century later have shifted and the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985.' At the time of writing, Knopfler said that the song was written from the point of view of an 'ignoramus...somebody who sees everything in financial terms. I mean, this guy has a grudging respect for rock stars. He sees it in terms of, well, that's not working and yet the guys rich: that's a good scam.’

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