It’s entirely symptomatic of modern liberal values that, days after driving a devoted mother and wife to her suicide, the two DJs who did the deed appeared on Australian TV shedding tears for themselves and trying to make the case that it wasn’t their fault because it was a joke.
Jacintha Salhana, as is now well known, killed herself after putting Mel Grieg and Michael Christian, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles, through to the nurse caring for the Duchess of Cambridge’s. Ms Saldanha no doubt belonged to the school of thought that held a nurse’s duty to her patients to be a sacred trust, and any violation of this to be an attack upon the patient and upon this trust.
I would like to say that it is incomprehensible such a stunt could have been aired, but we are talking about a station that in 2009 aired a show where a DJ hooked a 14-year old girl to a lie-detector and cajoled her into admitting to being raped at the age of twelve.
While the original, muscular liberals like Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Hobbes would have demanded Grieg and Christian mount the scaffold, what is specifically symptomatic of modern liberalism is that the white bullies are receiving counselling but the Goan family has been left dangling. It’s the same situation writ large that you see in many schools: bullies get extra attention and input, while the victims are left wondering whether it was all somehow their fault.
This is not about royalty or monarchism or any of the movements opposing them: responsible republicans are just as shocked. I ask only one thing of the Australian people and their government: please do something about the scum at 2Say FM radio now.