Friday, September 25, 2015

Farwell to Blogger

This blog is defunct, as of 25 September 2015. I have moved all my bobbins over to my new website,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon of Aylan Kurdi Wrong for One Reason: It Lacked Humanity

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘charm offensive’. ‘Offensive offensive’ is never used, but I can think of no phrase better suited to what Charlie Hebdo is doing right now. You know I’m talking about the latest cartoon, depicting the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi lying just short of a billboard offering a two-for-one meal deal.

I’m not going to bother getting into whether the message is mocking the victim or mocking western culture. It’s irrelevant. This cartoon is wrong for one simple reason: it has the power to bring untold upset to the father and family members of the little boy who died.