Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Only The Good and the British, Die Young

Two things struck me (again) this morning:

First, why is it that in a society that increasingly seems to be typified by gangs of rude, violent and feral youths roaming the streets causing damage, chaos and death, do the young people who die always have exemplary school records, wonderful personalities and a great future? The tragic case of Jimmy Mizen is one in a long line of such deaths.

The second is whether it is wholly appropriate to point out that in the midst of tens of thousands of Burmeese dying in the aftermath of a typhoon and thousands being killed by an earthquake in central China 'we have lost contact with 15 British people'. I always find this inevitable news titbit to be so unnecessary, as if nationality makes their possible death or suffering more important.


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