Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A typical BBC response

BBC Breakfast this morning related a story:
Some time after 10pm, a couple were out for a meal. At a nearby table, a baby was crying. The man complained, and in response the baby's father broke a wine bottle over his head.
Now, there are lots of details missing, but that's the story as reported. What do you suppose should be society's response?

I would suggest vigorous enforcement of existing laws against violent behaviour. The father here, if we take the facts as reported, has no place in civilised society. When ordinary decent people are afraid to admonish their fellow citizens, for fear of violent response, society suffers. Such crimes should be taken extremely seriously.

The BBC did not take that line. Instead, they asked whether children should be banned from restaurants and pubs.

The mind boggles.

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