As anyone who has heard 2 minutes of any of his recent broadcasts will know resident Radio 5 Live Alan Partridge-a-like Richard “disgraced Blue Peter presenter” Bacon (sample comment, during a “debate”(1) on global warming – “I’ll be dead in a hundred years, why should I care.” Pause. “Of course I really do care.” Voice drops to new level of Partridge-ness. “It would be irresponsible not to.”) is to have throat surgery to remove a polyp.
The Beeb report,
“I’ll be off work for four weeks and for the first two weeks I won’t be able to speak – not a word”
so every cloud…
(1) I say debate more ill-informed buffoons phone in and rant for a few minutes while Bacon says, “what a good call” on a semi-regular basis – all to enhance interactivity because actually listening to people who know what they’re talking about is a waste of time, as experts don’t appeal to the gut in the way that a man from Dagenham(2) does.
(2) This is not to necessarily say of course that people from Dagenham are stupid and incapable of being experts.
ETA I direct any questions on split infinitives to Fowler.