I'll not comment on this tragedy per se but mention my utter contempt for our media. Particularly The BBC and that centre of chatterati non-entities that is The Breakfast programme. Turnbull whisked up to do "to camera" and repeat all that has been raved about in celebration of the latest "news fest". Note how we appear to have a Government busy governing rather than TV appearances? How starved is the BBC of access, this dreadful business in Cumbria is clutched with macabre fervour. Travel expenses, hotel binges and all the excitement of a licence payer funded jamboree. Note the typical questions, "How did you feel when the gun was pointed at you" that never gets a genuine response such as "I wet myself"! Just observe the smugness of the chatterati's splendid isolation from our world of anxiety and day to day efforts for a decent life. "Thank you Bill, (for being up there on the piss), now to show business, sport or something about how bloody marvelous we are". How nice it would be to be given facts and figures in a sombre and relevant tone to how it effects us all rather than the excited, mercenary gibberish we suffer. This attitude was well shown in the film "Oh what a lovely war" where death and destruction was billed as light entertainment. Something The BBC feels is the only thing that stops us switching off. Well, it stops me barely short of smashing my 16" little set. I could never cope with this lot being viewed on some giant screen. That would get smashed and see me losing my nose through the face of mediocrity and despicable standards of weak and ineffectual journalism. Theatre populated by very poor actors, indeed. Ranting here helps, though they never get to read it.
P.S. If PMQs yesterday is a taste of the next five years of real Government I hope this Coalition lasts the next 40 years. A good example of the correct way to handle bad news as well as good.