A columnist friend of mine was recalling at lunch the other day his first encounter with Laureen Harper. She was then the wife of the official Opposition leader, watching helplessly (as many spouses do), the wave of negative reportage on her husband. (See previous post.)
On this occasion, Laureen button-holed the columnist in question and gave him a piece of her mind. She said (wisely) that the media should stop writing things like "Stephen Harper is dead." Try to imagine, she said, what this did to his then-younger children, who tend to take things a little more literally than adults. Seeing their dad described as dead in the paper, however clever or astute it may seem, was simply brutal.
It seems, especially around Christmas and the holiday season, that perhaps the pundit class might want to reconsider this wisdom from Mrs. Harper. There's been all too much talk of murder, death, suicide, etc. to make political points recently. I won't put the links here, in the same spirit, but regular readers of National Newswatch, etc., will know what I'm talking about. And I admit, as a member of the commentariat myself, that we can all be guilty of black or overly glib humour. But perhaps it's time to bury the metaphors and jokes related to death and murder (pardon the pun), at least during the holidays.