Death and mourning
People should be free to decide if they want to don a poppy.
The Geldof grief-fest shows how ravenous the cult of mourning has become.
The media circus surrounding the Joanna Yeates case reveals what can happen when a murder inquiry gets mixed up with a PR campaign.
Must-reads from the past week
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.
The salacious reports of Jade Goody’s physical demise confirm that death is the new sex: a form of voyeuristic entertainment.
Everyone remembers the tabloid witch-hunting of Jade Goody. But the broadsheet witch hunt was far more terrifying.
Cancer charities hope that ‘Jade’s legacy’ will be more uptake of cervical smear tests. This might not be a good thing.
Reactions to the untimely death of the Tory leader’s young son reveal much about the problems with the media and politics today.