Back in October 2013, Tom Stoppard was awarded the PEN / Pinter Prize and delivered a brilliant speech on writing, writing and life, writing and politics, and theatre. You will be well served to either / or / and read the speech here or listen to it here.
Here's a sample:
Honesty is seldom ingratiating and often discomfiting.
...I will spare you my rite of passage into a world that was not polarised but fractal, and my obsequies over the England we have mislaid. I'll just mark the place with a list, incomplete and in no particular order. Here goes.
Surveillance. Miss-selling pensions and insurance. Phone hacking. Celebrity culture. Premiership football. Dodgy dossier. Health and Safety. MPs' expenses. Political correctness. Internet porn. Targets as in the NHS. Managers as in the BBC. Bankers' bonuses.
We are selling the family silver, by which I mean the family honour. I began in newspapers, and I revered them. Perhaps I romanticised them. A journalist photographer in one of my plays says "I've been around a lot of places. People do awful things to each other. But it's worse in places where everybody is kept in the dark. It really is. Information is light." So my other mantra on human rights was: a free press makes all the other freedoms possible.