Sunday, October 18, 2009


Dear Jan Moir,

Appalling. I'm really not sure if there is any other word for it. I think to make snide insinuating remarks about a man no longer here to defend himself is deplorable, at best it's lazy journalism. Lots of people in this world could write beautiful columns, that are informative, enriching and based in fact, hell take a look to the left of this page, pick a link, any link, what you'd find is infinitely more inspiring than the hate filled, bile inducing, "article" that passed for a column in your paper last Friday.

In this day and age, we should be celebrating each others differences and yet people like you, have yet to learn how to tolerate them. You may think you know everything, but in the face of a coroner's findings your words, if they weren't quite so horrid, well, they would be laughable. I think the doctor who investigated his death, well I'm guessing he spent a long time studying in order to obtain the qualification that enabled him to give Stephen's mother a reason for her son's untimely and shocking death. I'm not sure insinuating his mother is deluded in her beliefs about her son's death were warranted, perhaps a few words of kindness or sympathy were too much for your venomous fingers to type?

The thing is, everyone in this world if they are lucky, means the world to at least one other person, even if he wasn't famous, he would still be someone's brother, husband or son. Which in turn means the same for you, you are someone's wife, mother or daughter and for the reason alone, surely somewhere in you, there is compassion for others, maybe not, maybe years of working at that poisonous rag some like to call a newspaper, has clubbed it out of you.

I wouldn't try to defend your article, sometimes when you are wrong, and let's be clear, you are very wrong, the best course of action is simply to apologise...

Yours sincerely,


  1. Well said. I couldn't agree more. Thankfully the world is filled with lots of other people who will agree with you too.

  2. It was a vile little piece. Twitter went mental with protestations and she was supposed to do a Channel 4 news apology but it didn't happen. They also took her Twitter account down. It all stank really.
    So much stuff gets swept under the carpet. It always has and always will.

  3. okay, I admit I wasn't sure who you were talking about and so I googled it and got the original article. I must say, I'm surprised at her level of idiocy (for want of a better word)