A slightly unusual combination but let me explain. Noticed that today is Danny’s 60th and wish him well. One of the phrases I recall him overusing on his radio programme is the line about the media “if you’re not scared we aren’t doing our job”
Tonight, Mrs M and three of my wonderful children are off to see Ed Sheeran at the O2. Usually nothing to cause alarm but of course we live in slightly different times. They were all so excited and a simple stay safe seemed to cover it although we all seemed to make sure we told each other how much loved each other this morningbefore work/school.
Sitting in this evening waiting for them to come home I thought, “I know, the social media will tell me how its all going” so went on twitter and searched for Ed Sheeran O2.
First half a dozen things are headed terrorist threat at 02, a couple refer to police helicopters (over West London where the O2 isn’t!) and then there were the more typical pics of the stage from 400 yards away etc which was more like what i was expecting.
My point is this. Whilst the posts are not necessarily from papers that I would read (Star, Mail -arguably not even newspapers) the raising of fears based on nothing but nonsense is unhelpful. I know its media bashing time and I share the concerns but beyond that I do think that the people involved have a responsibility to at least try and locate some facts to report or shut the f..k up, not just stir up fear and anxiety for the sake of it, especially when the whole point of concerts like this is that young people (and Mrs M!) have life affirming and life changing experiences of a communal event and simply escape from their concerns and trouble for a few hours in the warm embrace of friends and family.
They don’t need to be afraid, or even worried, what happens will happen, they will stay as safe as they can and I’ll hug them a little closer when they get home because I’m in my 50’s now and have therefore lost all control over my previously reliable self restraint and lack of emotion.
Shame on the media for stoking fear without evidence and in particular the Daily Star for one of the worst pieces of “journalism”I have seen for a while – the basic idea of the piece is that there is bound to be an attrocity today because one or two of the others have been on 22nd of the month and oh yes, has anyone noticed its Ramadan. Utterly shameful and yet to my metropolitan liberal elite eye unsurprising. How do we stop this? Can we? It feels wrong to try to stop it through regulation so I think we just need to stay vigilant and call them out on it when we see it.
Doubt there are many Star readers on here, everyone seems too discerning, but if there are maybe think about your buying habits.