Monday, June 02, 2008

Apparently I too am to be Denied a Voice

And a charming member of the Great British Blogosphere: Pigdogfucker had this to say:

Readers, are you sane people like DG, or are you paranoid lunatics who think crime is a serious issue worth bothering with? When a woman whose 18-year-old daughter killed herself in jail after being sent there for being a bit mean to an old geezer [*], kills herself out of depression and grief and someone writes a tribute article to her, do you say:
“Pauline Campbell was a brave and compassionate woman. She will be sorely missed.”
“Oh, FFS! If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

If you have any views on why the bunch of eejits who believe the second point tend to congregate on liberal blogs rather than whimsical blogs about London scenery, feel free to post them in the comments. Also feel free to prove my point by posting ignorant rants in the comments about how Sarah Campbell was, like, EEEVIL JUNKI3 SKUM and deserved to DIE!
[*] yes, the old geezer had a heart condition that the girls didn’t know about, and when they were a bit mean to him he died of fright [**]. This, in a sane world, would be punished in the same way as being a bit mean to anyone else – i.e. mild disapproval. What matters morally is what could be reasonably expected from your actions (for the avoidance of doubt, “being a bit mean to an old geezer” does not allow you to reasonably infer “old geezer will snuff it”), not their actual consequences; and if you don’t understand that then you have the moral sensibilities of a five-year-old.
[**] fucking hell, this is an 18-year-old girl we’re talking about. if you’re an adult male who’s scared of an 18-year-old girl, you don’t deserve to walk this earth, you ridiculous pansy.

(I responded but it wasn't printed)

Apparently, he was old too so the world won't really miss him. Just a minute - isn't that ageism? Aren't we fortunate to have Guardianistas ready and willing to tell us which 'isms; are permissible? You might be able to tell his widow yourself. Maybe these people will let you have her contact details: . Although I find it outrageous that they've given her a voice at all. She too is old and therefore expendable so who cares about her feelings? Off to weep copiously for the saintly Pauline Campbell.

The F word, to their credit, did permit me a voice:

Louise said:

Is anyone aware of what happened to Ms Woolley? If most women in British prisons have a mental health problem then it is highly likely that she had one too. I wonder what the repeated insinuations that she was partially responsible for Sarah Campbell's death did to her. Still, it's easier to idolise the dead than it is to help the living.

The Guardian piece, by the way, was more than a tribute piece. It was posted in someone's personal blog on 'Comment Is Free' which implies, to me anyway, that 'comment is free' and it was a pretty dire piece. Their 'tribute' was here and did not permit comments:,,2280454,00.html

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apologies - I was away for the weekend and your comment was held for moderation. I hate it when that happens, because it makes me look like the kind of f***tard who deletes comments that disagree with me, but unfortunately the alternative is having the site festooned with unsolicited adverts for various medicinal and surgical solutions to lifestyle issues...

I've responded at mine - but in short: I can't make the link work; I describe everyone using offensive terms because that's my schtick, but I have no particular desire to see old people dead; I don't think being mean to someone who goes on to die should count as manslaughter, irrespective of their age; and I have no idea who Ms Woolley might be.


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