I ADMIRATE bravery. I admire adventurers. And I grew up in a Britain that admired those things too.
But a lot has changed in our country. Where we used to admire adventure, we’ve become cautious and obsessed with safety.
Where we once admired heroism, we now prefer moaning and victimhood.
Where we once admired success, we have come to emphasize failure.
There could hardly be a clearer demonstration of this ugly change than in certain reactions to the underwater tragedy at the Titanic site.
This week it was confirmed that all five people on board died in a “catastrophic implosion”.
Among them were 19-year-old Suleman Dawood and his father.
It is unimaginable what his grieving, widowed mother is going through now.
Normally, at a time like this, the people who talk about “kindness” and “compassion” would be kind and compassionate.
But no. For the people on board the ship are guilty of a terrible crime; they were rich.
Among the victims was Hamish Harding, a self-made billionaire from that country.
Dawood’s father Shahzada was also a successful businessman.
You had to be wealthy because seats on the Sub reportedly cost up to £200,000. And, of course, such money arouses envy in ugly people.
Indeed, one of Britain’s most vile commentators promptly pounced on the victims.
The professed “Communist” and Guardian writer Ash Sarkar, who appears frequently on the BBC, immediately sought to politicize the tragedy.
While hope lingered that the men might still be alive, Sarkar took to social media to say: “When the super-rich can spend £250,000 on vanity trips 2.4 miles under the sea, they are not taxed enough. “
That’s quite a reaction. A teenage Pakistani boy and four others were believed to be struggling to breathe their last as oxygen supplies ran out. This “luxury communist” criticized them for not being taxed more heavily.
In my view, when someone is dead or dying, it never occurs to most decent people to discuss tax policy.
But Sarkar and other leftists on social media redoubled the blame on the victims – something they usually do to hate.
“The Titanic Submarine is a modern morality tale about what happens when you have too much money and the grotesque disparity of compassion, attention and help for those who have no money.”
The point of this creepy communist seemed to be that if the victims were poor, no one would have noticed.
But similar disasters that have caught the world’s attention have often affected people who had no money at all.
A few years ago, the world was gripped by the story of Thai boys trapped in a flooded cave.
People from all over the world – including billionaires – rushed to help and sure enough, the school children were saved on this occasion.
Public sympathy has nothing to do with wealth.
It has everything to do with empathy for people in an unimaginable situation.
The thought of running out of oxygen is one of the most fundamental human fears of all.
But bitter people can feel bitterness anywhere.
If the victims were all white, the bitter left would have attacked them for their whiteness.
But as it was, they attacked her for her wealth.
For having the money to visit the wreck of the Titanic, many of us would have loved to take the opportunity.
If anyone is to blame for the tragedy, it’s OceanGate, the company responsible for the expedition.
But it’s not the victims’ fault.
And what were they to blame for anyway, besides being rich and successful? to be curious.
From the desire to explore the depths of the ocean. To see extraordinary sights and to return to tell people about them.
Putting their lives in the hands of people they trusted.
They are people to admire, not attack. They should be admired for being successful in their lives.
And they should be admired for continuing one of the greatest things about us as a species.
This is our pursuit of knowledge and experience, even if it comes at the most terrible price.
A sane society would admire them.
Take it lying down
YESTERDAY was the 7th anniversary of the Brexit vote.
Which meant another orgy of wailing, crying and gnashing of teeth from the BBC.
With each passing year, the company’s hatred of the 2016 referendum grows.
This year, it was celebrated with the return of Alastair Campbell to prime time television.
Because if it takes anything to improve public discourse, it’s Tony Blair’s most famous spindoctor, telling us that the vote was based on a big lie, and then explaining to us the dangers of telling lies.
When I met Campbell – who was involved in the discredited Iraq war dossier – on a TV show last year, I told him that the majority of people would like to hear him talk about political lies as much as Jeffrey Epstein wants to hear him talk about the age of consent.
Campbell didn’t like it and stormed off the show.
He likes to give it out, like our Alastair, but he’s not good at taking it.
Strike into misery again
WHAT is wrong with this country?
Why have we returned to the endless strikes of the 1970s?
It seems that not a day goes by without some industry going on strike somewhere.
This time it’s the rail unions again.
The RMT has planned new strikes for the beginning of the summer holidays.
The planned July 20, 22 and 29 dates will involve some high profile targets such as the Ashes Test matches in Manchester and London, the Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake.
But the main aim is simply to thwart the plans of ordinary Britons to go on holiday once the schools are closed.
You are so selfish, the RMT. Its members are more than well paid.
And besides, everyone in the country suffers from inflation and the increased cost of everything.
But the RMT doesn’t care, any more than the pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses that will be affected by its measures.
This country’s small businesses are just recovering from years of Covid hell.
They need to get back on their feet and boom.
How typical of Mick Lynch and his union bosses to think only of themselves.
Speaking of bravery, Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich was ordered to remain in a Russian jail this week.
A “court” in Moscow rejected his request for release before his trial.
The reporter was snatched off the street in March on fabricated “espionage” charges and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
But Evan put on a brave face in court when his parents were there to support him.
The world has ample evidence of Vladimir Putin’s gangster-like behavior.
Last but not least, his illegal invasion of Ukraine and his war crimes.
Who knows, hopefully one day Putin will be in the dock and Evan will be free long ago.
I’m betting on Elon leaving his mark
It would be one of the weirdest price wars of all time.
Tech wizards Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg appear to have agreed on a cage fight.
Following is a report that the head of Meta is planning a rival platform to Musk’s Twitter.
So the tech billionaire, who practices mixed martial arts, challenged Zuckerberg to a fight. And he took to Instagram to accept.
While I’ll admit he “almost never” exercises, I’d back Musk.
Zuckerberg’s companies have tried to restrict public access to information in recent years — by suppressing newspapers, silencing opinion, and suppressing stories.
While Musk is a free speech guy. He believes that people should best decide what we know and are allowed to say.
So while they figure out how to compete against each other, Musk will have the advantage.
He’ll be able to hear from people who know what they’re talking about.
Zuckerberg, on the other hand, if he follows his own rules, has to cut out any views he doesn’t like.
Perhaps Zuckerberg can learn a very fundamental lesson the hard way. A very hard way.