Grief used to be an intense and private emotion kept to oneself and one’s own family but now any passerby can glimpse flowers, tributes, read messages and shed a tear in public under the camera lights of the media. It doesn’t seem quite right, particularly when the “loved one” is suspected of thieving.
We seem to have reached a new high today when tributes have been laid at the door of a home where the householder stabbed a burglar and the burglar died. Now, I’m not cold-hearted and I’m sure this lowlife will be missed by someone, but to lay floral tributes and messages outside the door of the home that was burgled, to me, just seems… wrong. Any burglar who comes into my home can expect the worst possible treatment and, if he dies, I’ll take full responsibility for my actions and won’t appreciate a shrine for the thieving scum outside my front door.
As an aside, this “let it all hang out” attitude was born in the 60s and reached maturity under Blair with his “People’s Princess” quivering lip. An off-shoot is now around us every day with people taking offence where none is meant, with people feeling hard done by and looking for others to blame. It just has to stop; it makes living a peaceful life like walking on eggshells. The time to take personal responsibility for our own actions is well overdue – we can’t influence other people’s actions but we are in charge of our own reactions. Time to cool it down. The law’s an ass and should not only be repealed but should be elected.
What did happen to Cameron’s promised Grand Repeal Bill where whole swathes of Labour’s micro-controlling laws were to be thrown out? I suppose it’s gone the same way as ‘the bonfire of the quangos’.
UPDATE: The tears and the tributes
UPDATE 2: One from Max Farquar: