Ages ago, Gordon Smith was a juror at the Kinsale Awards in Ireland.
The chairman was Ian Hutton.
At all awards, the chairman traditionally gives a speech explaining the criteria for judging.
Usually he instructs the jury to be fair and even-handed, to encourage creativity, declare an interest where relevant, to balance craft excellence against commercial success, and so on and so on.
Gordon said Hutton just stood up and, in his deep Irish accent, said “Right, you all know the rules: vote for your mates, and none of that wanky ironic shite.”
Then he sat down.
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