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October 10, 2004

Our reaction to Mr Bigley's death is immature, dishonest and decadent

Anthony Daniel's criticises the one-minute silences, the flower laying, the expressions of grief:

The sentimentalisation of public life has been enthusiastically embraced, one might almost say hugged, by New Labour. There could be no more devoted empathiser than Tony Blair, who personally feels the pain of every one of 500 million Africans.

...as he says. But...but...I am uneasy. Not about the general thrust of Daniels's argument - I, too, find this sort of thing deeply distasteful - but more that I don't he has got close to why it is such a bad thing.