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I do not idealise the innocence of youth or view children as society’s one true hope. The way I see it, an absence of corruption only emphasises the tragic inevitability of corruption itself. Our timeless frailties – past and future – know no tense.

And though I am not particularly comfortable with children in a social context (I tend to get more serious rather than less when confronted by one) I really love it when they’re in the audience at one of my gigs…