I’m warning you now. This is a bit of an old farts rant. There are things that happen, more and more often these days, that tell me that I am old. A lot of these things involve gravity and various bits of my body which I will not horrify you with by going into any more detail. There is also the amount of time I send making tutting noises at the telly (which annoys everyone in the room but me apparently) and an inceasing fondness for the company of a Jack Russell, a blanket and a Barbara Pym novel. I was never what Eric Morecambe used to call “a raver” but I know that I am slowly but surely getting older and rattier.
This week, I have seen some journalism that I have filed in my “Really? Are you sure?” cabinet. British journalism is taking a bit of a beating at the moment what with the News of The World hacking trial and the pros and cons of partners of journalists being searched at airports – these are difficult times. Yet, worry not, all is saved – courtesy of the Daily Mail who proudly ran this headline in their Sidebar of Shame
Now I have to confess that I do have a fondness for a bit of sleb news (‘cept I don’t know who this is) I like to see a lady on a red carpet in a posh frock as much as the next person. Also who is stepping out with whom is still as facinating to me as it was at school. I like to imagine that this week in the Daily Mail newsroom there were a gang of hardened hacks placing bets on whether they could get away with this or not.
It’s just that, in a week where Ukranian people have died on the street to get a chance to choose their own destiny and that we hear that the destiny that they would prefer is to grow closer to the West, it all seems a bit depressing. I guess that having freedom also means having the freedom to be slight and trivial and silly. I get that. It’s just that it’s a woman – stepping sideways – in the rain. (Makes old lady sighing noise and retreats to kitchen to make a brew)