Tuesday, October 13, 2015


The sign above is perhaps the perfect example of something well meant but not really necessary.   If the edges of the sign are really sharp then it begs the question as to why it was necessary to put a sign up anyway.  No sign - no sharp edges to worry about. But whoever was responsible, I have no doubt that in a spirit of genuine concern, their intentions were entirely honourable and well meant.

Yesterday there were a couple of other examples.   Firstly, Victoria Derbyshire publishing a video of her treatment for breast cancer which I am sure was also published with the honourable intention of persuading people that it was possible to overcome the trauma of having a mastectomy.   Well meant, I`m sure.   But what I`m not so sure about is whether it was wise - whether some people might either view it as yet another example of a `celebrity patient` or whether something so very personal might be more sensitively and more privately dealt with among just family and friends.  Who knows, the `impact` might have been just as effective?

Another well meaning initiative was that of Benedict Cumberbatch, the well known Thespian, who has taken it upon himself to demand, yes demand, an audience with Home Secretary Teresa May so he can demand, yes demand, that more is done by the Government to help with the migrant/refugee crisis.   Again I`m sure Mr Cumberbatch is perfectly genuine in his concern but he may run the risk of alienating support by assuming that his fame  puts him in a position to influence events.   I`m sure his intervention is also well meaning, as indeed is this post in drawing attention to the pitfalls of assuming that celebrity intervention is always welcome, however well meant it may be.

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