Publishers, priests and politicians come together when it suits them, sometimes often, in meetings that are rarely, in the long term, legitimate or fruitful.  Their interests are too at odds, too difficult to reconcile one to the other, too irrelevant to the others’ views of time, space, aims and desires.

Policies, programmes, projects, and ambitions all turn into neat ideas in the publisher’s fevered imagination.  When looking doable, desirable, even great, the discussion with colleagues and collaborators can rise to an unreal state of great excitement and enthusiasm.

Looking like it’s not a serious business.  Daft really.