Today is an awful day. It’s an awful day because so many people are afraid. An awful day because that fear will lead to the ruin of tens of thousands of families lives. Folks living in North Africa who rely on tourism to feed their children.
Fear is the opposite of common sense. It is the opposite of both bravery and of fearlessness. But those two are not the same at all.
Today is an awful day. It’s an awful day because commentators are prurient, gleeful, intrusive, thoughtless and attention-seeking. They will go home after their shift and look meaningfully at their other half and sigh ‘what a hellish day’. They loved it. They wallowed in it. The ritual phoniness of Cameron’s outrage. The ritual phoniness of interrupting programmes with grave voices.
Today is an awful day. 28 people died in Tunisia. Some of them might be British. Blanket coverage. I went to supper to a neighbour. He told me some idiot blew himself up in a Mosque in Kuwait. 300 wounded and dozens killed. I’d heard nothing about it. Well, they were foreign … much more foreign than French people obviously. Hardly worth mentioning.
Today is an awful day. It’s an awful day because for the umpteenth time the BBC call lunatics, murdering scumbags and wankers ‘Islamists’. Which is apparently OK.