Monday, August 27, 2007
Britain's Slide to Shame: Lager Lout Custom Prevails
I have noticed over the past few months the further decline of traditional decent standards in modern Britain.
The most recent example is where the observation of the tasteful minute of silence to mark someone's mortal departure has been substituted with a ghastly minute applause. I noted that at the Everton vs Blackburn game at the weekend the parents of murdered child Rhys Jones called for fans to applaud for a minute to mark the passing of their son, who was a devoted Everton supporter. I have every sympathy for the parents but a minute's silence is far more dignified. We should take time to quietly remember the departed; a minute of applause is quite honestly downright distasteful, and furthermore gives the impression of celebrating their death .
This unfortunate lager lout custom began at the funeral of Princess Diana where mourners clapped at the speeches and cheered the cortege as it made its way past. Such behaviour is scandalous and things have only gone downhill from there. Anyone who doubts this should look to the hideous funeral of George Best for proof.
The question is where does this behaviour go from here? In declining liberal Britain, one can envisage a future in which mourners at the Cenotaph are asked to 'honour' the fallen with applause. This would be a disgrace: there is no room for hooliganism when honouring the deceased.
Britain is sliding further and further into shame. The minute applause has gone far enough, this horrendous practice simply has to stop.