Saturday, October 01, 2005


The person I was to meet for lunch yesterday called to say that they couldn't make it, so to while away the time I borrowed the barmaid's copy of The Sun.

The paper was ecstatic at having tracked down a convicted rapist who has been released and is in a protection programme for fear of vigilante attacks. The paper waxed indignant about the cost of this programme, especially in the light of the rapist having won the Lottery recently.

But - why is the costly protection programme necessary? Because tabloids (especially The Sun) tacitly encourage vigilante action against 'sex beasts'. By printing the man's address and photograph the paper makes attacks more likely, causing the authorities to spend yet more money on protecting him.

I think that the newspaper should pay a proportion of the cost of protection.

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