Death and mourning

Death and mourning

31 August 2017

Diana and the empire of phoney emotion

Twenty years after her death, her therapeutic ethos still stalks the land.

3 November 2016

Let’s boot the poppy wars into Row Z

People should be free to decide if they want to don a poppy.

10 April 2014

Weeping for Peaches: ersatz grief gone mad

The Geldof grief-fest shows how ravenous the cult of mourning has become.

5 January 2011

Can the police solve a murder on Facebook?

The media circus surrounding the Joanna Yeates case reveals what can happen when a murder inquiry gets mixed up with a PR campaign.

3 August 2009

Bobby Robson and the decline of British decency

He was by all accounts a lovely bloke. But behind the effusive eulogising there lurks a disdain for today’s allegedly crass football fans and players.

23 March 2009

After Jade, whose death will we watch next?

The salacious reports of Jade Goody’s physical demise confirm that death is the new sex: a form of voyeuristic entertainment.

23 March 2009

Jade and the tyranny of ‘anti-racism’

Everyone remembers the tabloid witch-hunting of Jade Goody. But the broadsheet witch hunt was far more terrifying.