Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Hatred of the Left Redux

Horatio Chapple planned to follow
his parents into medicine
I have written before about the casual inhumanity of the Left on this blog, particularly in the wake of the lurid celebrations surrounding Margaret Thatcher's passing.

This unpleasant tendency was on display again yesterday in the Socialist Worker's coverage of the inquest into 17-year-old Eton pupil Horatio Chapple's death.

Horatio was attacked by a polar bear on a hiking trip with the British Schools Exploring Society in Svalbard, an island in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway.

"Eton by bear?", ran the tasteless headline in its regular column, 'The Troublemaker':

"Horatio Chapple, an Eton pupil, was killed by a polar bear in 2011 while on an adventure holiday.  ...  Troublemaker has long supported campaigning for the environment.  Now we have another reason to save the polar bears."

So that there are more of them around to maul to death teenagers wicked enough to commit the terrible crime of (through no fault of their own) attending a public school, presumably.

Might the writer of this unspeakably callous column have more sympathy for state school pupil Patrick Flinders, horribly disfigured by the same bear, on the same trip?

Perhaps, perhaps not.  It may well be that Patrick is what the Left terms a "class traitor" for palling around with the likes of Horatio Chapple, and therefore equally undeserving of sympathy.

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