Dougald Hine

Dark Mountain: The Guardian Debate

I once heard David Jenkins, who knew a thing or two about media controversies, say that the trouble with journalists was they couldn't cope with a sentence that had more than two ideas in it.

Some years later, when I trained as a journalist, I'm sure we were specifically instructed not to put more than two ideas into a sentence.

If the Dark Mountain manifesto had observed that rule, perhaps the Guardian debate over it would have generated less heat and more light? (If nothing else, it taught me about the power of sub-editors.)