Conservative leader David Cameron’s eldest son Ivan has died. The six-year-old, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy, became ill overnight and was taken to hospital where he died earlier today. David Cameron was quite public about his son’s illness and talked about how it affected his political perspective. Should he have kept this private? We’ve discussed dying in public last week with Jade Goody’s story, but what about having a disabled child, should that be made public?
Privacy vs Safety.
Sir David Omand, the Cabinet Office’s former security and intelligence coordinator said that finding out other people’s secrets is going to involve breaking everyday moral rules .This editorial expresses anxiety over these comments. Would you give up your privacy to be safe? And are we actually too hung up on privacy? Don’t we give a lot of ourselves away on Facebook, Twitter and on-line banking anyway?
‘We Will Rebuild’
Madeleine has been working on this for a couple of days now and some of you got in touch with your companies’ stories, we asked that in a time of financial crisis what should companies do when the sums don’t add up? There were many suggestions on the blog post. In his speech to a joint session of congress yesterday President Obama said:
“While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken, though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, …we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”
Do you share his optimism? If you run a company in these turbulent financial times what are you doing to keep it afloat?
Are we scared of disability?
The answer is yes according to Lucy Mangam’s blog post where she argues that it’s actually the parents that are uncomfortablewith children’s presenter Cerrie Burnell having one arm. However the responses that we got when we put the blog post up yesterday seemed to confirm the opposite. All the comments that we received so far were along the lines that it was unbelievable people felt uncomfortable with Burnell’s appearance on TV. Doesn’t seem like much of a debate so far, what do you think?
The archbishops of Canterbury and York have written a joint article describing how Robert Mugabe has destroyed Africa’s beacon of hope and urged people to continue donating in order to help the church feed the hungry and treat the ill. Does a country’s regime affect the way you give to charity or do you donate merely on humanitarian needs basis?