How much cant can we all take over Michael Jackson

Am I alone in wondering why politicians feel the need to comment on such matters as Michael Jackson’s death?  Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron have got in on the act.  At least, David Cameron seems to have acknowledged that there were some issues about Michael Jackson …

However, under most circumstances, politicians would be extremely reluctant to associate themselves with an individual who, while acquitted of charges of child molestation, avoided earlier charges following a $20 million settlement with the family of a young boy – let alone those accused of animal cruelty.

4 thoughts on “How much cant can we all take over Michael Jackson”

  1. Spot on Toby! But in a day that the media has been filled with only that don’t you just feel they are jumping on an inevitable bandwaggon?

  2. He was a cultural icon and political leaders aren’t wrong to relate to the passing of such, neither are political bloggers imho.

    When the accusations failed perhaps it is not the right time to resurrect them?

    While Jackson was a great entertainer, a still more rounded one was:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Durante Not only at the birth of Jazz as pianist, band leader, innovator, composer, entrepreneur, comedian, and most of those got 50 years, but ‘He was also one of the most beloved people within the entertainment industry: an acquaintance once remarked of Durante, “You could warm your hands on this man.” ‘

    The Man Who Found the Lost Chord.

  3. It wasn’t all bad. Jacko’s untimely departure from this mortal coil completely overshadowed the No10 press release about the £16,000,000 cost of the MG/Rover Inquiry, up £5,000,000 from just a few weeks ago.

  4. Together with the Guradinid’s attempts to run an anti BBC story it seems to have eclipsed Polly Toynbee’s rather pro HMG blog too:

    Here is the good news: more people than ever say they are happy with their area – satisfaction at 80% is up five points on 2006. Ratings on antisocial behaviour are improving quickly, with 12% fewer worrying about drug users and teenagers hanging around, though anxiety about street drunkenness stays high. Police and local authorities have targeted antisocial behaviour and new youth services are finding better things for teenagers to do. Concern about rubbish and litter in the streets has dropped 6 points to 39%.
    The NHS has never had such high ratings, with GPs scoring 77%. Worry about education is at its lowest in 25 years. Worry about crime has fallen from a peak two years ago, and only 3% mention taxation as a problem. Not surprisingly, the economy dominates anxiety.
    So who do the citizens thank? If they hate an unpopular Westminster government, surely their councils – mostly Conservative – deserve recognition? No, they get no praise either. Satisfaction with councils has dropped eight points to only 45%, the lowest for more than a decade. In despair, the report finds: “Local government is doing a good job on quality of life and key measures of antisocial behaviour and liveability – but … it is rated worse than ever. It simply doesn’t get credit for improvements that residents … the Audit Commission and others have noted.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/26/local-government-class-equality?plckFindCommentKey=CommentKey:e2887ff3-b3b2-480a-9e59-332fc2daa2af

    She may have gone back off message I suppose . . .

    And the poll which found that 2% more people prefer a Labour Government to a Conservative one, didn’t get a lot of publicity either . . .

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