Culture wars: an American points out the obvious

The unfortunate Kentaro Kobayashi, creative director of the Olympics opening ceremony, was sacked the day before the event because of a comedy sketch 23 years ago that featured a flippant remark about the Holocaust. He is the latest victim of the scary aspect of modern culture, whereby you can be tried and executed for sins you committed when the world was different and you were different. It sums up what Frank Luntz, the genius American pollster, identifies as the real divide now: the cultural divide.