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Respect (or lack of )
April 7, 2020

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Respect (or lack of )

April 7, 2020

I know I'm old fashioned in many ways, but I really do take umbrage at the way the Prime Minister is referred to in some newspaper headlines. For example, today the Guardian referred to him as "Johnson in intensive care", which blazed across their front page. I half expected that from the Leftie rag that it is, but also, the Daily Telegraph ran the same headline, which really disappointed me. Most other 'papers headlined with "Boris in intensive care" etc, which, although not ideal, at least isn't derogatory. "Boris" I can accept, but to refer to the Prime Minister of our country by his surname only is most  disrespectful IMO. Irrespective of political leanings, the PM surely warrants more respect than that proffered by the press these days. Rant over (for now )! John (JKW)

April 9, 2020

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Respect (or lack of )

April 9, 2020

It grates on me also. However, The Times, DT and The Guardian are considered the more upper class of newspapers and, in such circles, it is accepted  practice to use family names to address people when writing. Churchill was always referred to as such and still is. It explicitly isn’t considered discourteous.  At Eton boys from the same family are referred to as Maximus,  Major and Minimus if there are 3 of them. No use of first names! It was common practice, not that long ago, for people to write Dear Fullard, Webster etc in letter salutations. Like I said it grates on me!

April 9, 2020

Joined: May 5, 2014
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Respect (or lack of )

April 9, 2020

Glad I'm not the only one who finds it grates on the senses ! Just as being asked on a number of occasions  by certain officers "How's the brats ?" GRRRRRR - I always responded, "You mean my children ?" Obviously different class, different values, and different views to my humble upbringing, but I prefer mine !! John (JKW)


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