I don't like our Prime Minister. I don't like what he stands for. I don't like the ideology he believes in, the politics he espouses or the policies that he and his disgraceful government are implementing.
I really do not like Gordon Brown.
But even I am finding the way the media hound and vilify him at every opportunity and for every little thing pretty disgusting. From biscuits to bad spelling it has now gone far beyond what could be considered reasonable and is now nothing more than the press trying to drive a man into an early grave. Yes, it is that bad. They do not just want to see him lose the election - they want to destroy the man.
Sure, the hand written letter to the grieving mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan is slapdash, the handwriting atrocious and the spelling appalling, but isn't that just symptomatic of society today where text messaging corrupts our language and the email and word processor has meant that nobody bothers to write much of anything by hand any more?
Personally, I think that the fact Gordon Brown actually bothers to write these messages to the families of the fallen personally and by hand demonstrates that every man lost matters to our PM. He should be congratulated - not crucified. It would be all too easy for him to have some flunky draft the letter - spell checked and proof read - for him to sign, but the man actually takes the time to do it himself.
Did Tony Blair do this? I doubt it.
On a secondary note, the fact that letter writing has become something of a dying art is actually a serious cause for concern. Our historical record is based on the written or printed word and social history is particularly dependent on the handwritten letter. It is thanks to these that we know so much about our past social history - probably far more accurately than the official documented history of books which often omit the little details which can be obtained from personal letters.
In this digital age it is all too easy for these records to go missing. Who knows - in a thousand years hence they may be trying to piece together the history of these times from tiny fragments of information as so much has been lost. We could become the New Dark Ages for the people of the future simply because we ignored the skill of writing upon which our history - particularly our social history - depends.