On the face of it, the list allows for a diverting game. And as the pubs reopen but the football ends, we’ll need something to talk about.
So, would you rather bump into Sean Penn in Greggs or Jeff Bridges in the 24-hour garage? Meryl Streep in B&Q or Marion Cotillard in IKEA? Both looking at shelving. For their awards, obviously.
The Westminster government’s list that allows fast-track residency for people who have won certain awards is really odd. There is an issue on the value placed on some awards.
Oscars are quite the golden ticket. As are the theatre equivalent, the Tonys. But not all of them. The big glamorous Oscars, like actors and directors, are grand. But work in the technical, some would argue more essential realm, and there’s no air-conditioned Winnebago for you. So to speak.
Got a Nobel for Literature, come on in. Got a Booker Prize, well just stay where you are, daddy-o, and keep scribbling.
It is part of the post-Brexit plan for Britain, to show the island nation is still one to punch on a global scale.