For the benefit of those who do not yet know that Political Correctness is a
species of stark gibbering lunacy: I learn from Max Hastings’s diary in the
October 25 Spectator that the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden
now includes a signer — “a madwoman waving her arms,” says Hastings — at the
edge of the stage, for the benefit of deaf opera fans. I am going to say
that again: For the benefit of deaf opera fans. Please note that the ROH
already has surtitles spelling out the libretto on a screen above the stage.
I think I have to go and lie down.