I was interested to learn from the Daily Mail that Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and Digital Economy never listens to Radio 3 yet is happy to endorse the accessibility of its nearest musical rival. OK, let’s admit that you may or may not like chat in the early morning, phone-ins, news bulletins or trails … one man’s meat, etc. But what cannot be denied is the herd of elephants in this particular room, the scores of great works played on a weekly basis (not least on Composer of the Week), live concerts, the rarities, the informed critiques (oboist Sarah Devonald trawling through countless versions of Strauss’s lovely Oboe Concerto last Saturday), the sensitivity to performance values, the dramas and poetry programmes – and damn it, the high level of culture. Yes, I am a Radio 3 presenter and it’s my job to elicit views rather express them (on this particular topic), but fair is fair – it is after all my blog!. There’s nothing else in the world quite like R3 and too many critics ride roughshod over its many virtues … no worse than that, don’t even mention them. Please discuss.