What is going on at The Guardian? They don’t like David Cameron, fair enough, but an editorial published earlier on this evening attacked him for only experiencing “privileged pain” following the death of Ivan, his six-year-old, severely-disabled son. Its leading article, published at 8.40pm – and presumably in the print issue tomorrow – had this to say:-
Mr Cameron has known pain and failure in his life but it has always been limited failure and privileged pain. The miseries of boarding school at seven are entirely real and for some people emotionally crippling but they come with an assurance that only important people can suffer that way. Even his experience of the NHS, which looked after his severely disabled son, has been that of the better functioning and better funded parts of the system. Had he been forced to wrestle with the understaffed and over-managed hospitals of much of England, or had he been trying to get the system to look after a dying parent rather than a dying child, he might have understood a little of the damage that his policies have done.
Privileged pain. As Zac Goldsmith put it well when he said that these aren’t “just the ugly thoughts of a maverick columnist. These are the words of the actual Guardian editorial. It is their corporate view.” A leader that would typically be seen and approved by at least three senior editors.
Sajid Javid, the Chancellor, said he has never read an editorial that lacked so much in empathy.
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) September 15, 2019
While James Cleverly questioned how anyone could think it would be appropriate to publish it.
How could anyone think this? How could they think it OK to write this? How could an editor look at this and think it appropriate to publish this?