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The joys of hindsight

Some kind soul commenting on a Toynbee article chez Guardian has pointed this out, and it would be selfish not to point readers towards it.

In it, Beatrix Campbell noted the following in March:

"Karen Matthews has acted appropriately throughout: she was waiting for Shannon at home; she contacted the police as soon as she had exhausted all the obvious locations. And yet, our eye is drawn to her poverty, numbers of partners, cans of lager going into her household. Everything about Ms Matthews' life has been up for scrutiny...No one thought Karen Matthews had abducted or killed her daughter - and yet she has been judged. Some commentators think they can say anything they like about this woman and even to her. She has spoken with reticent dignity, yet her class makes her available for blame. The McCanns are official suspects. And yet - unlike Karen Matthews - they are presumed innocent".


There's much more in the same vein, and plenty of venom directed at the commentariat and the beastly bourgeoisie.

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Blogger The Wilted Rose said... 2:55 pm

Contrast this with the venom the tabloid press directed at the entirely innocent McCanns...  



Anonymous Geoff said... 1:01 am

Is that sarcasm or your genuine opinion, Wilted Rose?  



Anonymous Pollyanna Toytown said... 5:44 pm

Bea Campbell's a lovely lady. Apart from being probly our leading Lesbian academic (I mention this out of interest in useless info), she reckons that the British are always unpleasant to outsiders, including other Europeans. Needless to say, when she says this on Any Clichés etc., everyone is too spineless to disagree. This is Britain.  



Anonymous Geoff said... 7:28 pm

Pollyanna,up until three minutes of previous Googling effort ago I had no idea who Beatrix Campbell was. Her Wikipedia entry frankly disgusts me.

And there was me thinking that Sandi Toksvig (dubbed at 'the original hobbit' on Wikipedia) was the self proclaimed leader of the depressingly unfunny lesbian ignore-for-fear-of-shooting yourself-though-boredom brigade.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:39 am

BC does make other members of the Left Commentariat look quite sensible, doesn't she?  



Blogger Jonny Mac said... 11:43 am

Beautiful.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:01 pm

JM - Told you it would be selfish not to share it ...  



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