TELEVISION personality Jeremy Clarkson recently said he would like to shoot strikers and declared that suicides who jumped in front of trains were selfish.
These imprudent observations were retracted, as is now mandatory, and abjectly apologised for.
Whether it is ill-judged, crass or merely tongue in cheek, no public figure – especially a politician – may let slip an opinion not previously tailored to suit the lowest common denominator of public opinion.
This might be safe, but it is mawkishly insincere.
Whose side are they on?
WHATEVER Europe does to dig itself and the euro out of the black pit engulfing them, it is always insufficient for the ratings agencies.
Solutions are met with the financial equivalent of a sneer. In fact it is surprising that Standard & Poor’s et al have not yet attempted to join forces with the markets and run the whole show themselves.
Or is that already happening?
Third time unlucky
EUROPE and America’s precarious finances have obliged them to put many problems on the backburner.
But Iran is simmering away and in the US and the UK hawks are making bellicose noises despite Iraq and Afghanistan.
Voters will not be consulted, although most would urge their leaders to plough money into their economies, not an armed conflict doomed to unleash more than was bargained for.