Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Forget 'national treasure' label

NOT long ago Jimmy Savile, Stuart Hall and Rolf Harris might well each have been called "a national treasure". It seems time to stop using that phrase about celebrities.

It implies that such figures are beyond reproach and has a patronising ring. To his credit, Alan Bennett has refused to be so labelled. One can only hope that other prominent figures will too.

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