Jeremy Clarkson has written an interesting column about the over-reaction to the actions of one or two people. He believes that “we seem to have lost sight of the fact that throughout history 90% of people have behaved quite normally 90% of the time” and that “we must start to accept that 5% of the population at any given time is bonkers”. Read the rest on Times Online.
As we know, one man once got on one plane in a pair of exploding hiking boots and as a result everyone else in the entire world is now forced to strip naked at airports and hand over their toiletries to a man in a high-visibility jacket.
In other words, the behaviour of one man has skewed the concept of everyday life for everyone else. And we are seeing this all the time.
Last month a Birmingham couple pleaded guilty to starving their supposedly home-schooled daughter to death. Now, of course, there are calls for parents who choose to educate their children at home to be monitored on an hourly basis by people from the “care” industry, and possibly to have their toiletries confiscated.
Read the rest here.