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This is an incredibly brave Thunderer column from today’s Times. It could have gone horribly wrong, but I think that Martin Samuel has managed to pull off a very difficult stunt: Make an extremely controversial point in a good humoured way, and not end up Boris-ing himself.

For what it’s worth, I do tend to agree with him, and my initial reaction to the announcement of a three minutes’ silence was one of surprise at the length. More of a super-silence than anything else. And whilst this has clearly been a super-disaster, does having an extra-long silence really add anything to the sentiment? I think not. The tradition has always been that we have a two-minute silence, unless it’s felt that a one-minute silence is more appropriate. But now we’re having a three-minute one. Why? Is this disaster considered more tragic than the deaths of millions in wars worldwide?

Well done Martin for having the guts to write this brillian column, and well done to The Times for publishing it.

This 158th post was filed under: Tsunami 2004.

More posts worth reading

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What I’ve been reading this month (published 7th May 2017)

Transmission impossible (published 5th March 2005)

This is how you healthcare (published 22nd February 2013)

Sorry ’bout the niggles (published 15th August 2006)

Being a teenage mum (published 17th September 2005)

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