I wonder how many of you heard the 8.10 interview on Today with John Suchet, where he recounted his experience of coping with his wife's Alzheimer's. At one point he said "I turned from lover into carer." Heartbreaking. In itself, it isn't a news story that a TV newsreader's wife has a debilitating disease, but the comfort the interview will have brought to thousands of people in similar positions throughout the country made it a worthwhile thing for the Today Programme to do. It can't have been easy for Suchet to tell the world, either. But t'is a good thing he did.
Another person who is making the transformation from lover to carer is 13 year old Alfie Patten. The trouble is, he is doing it in the full glare of the nation's media, when he, his girlfriend and their families would be better left to get on with their lives. It's good that the PCC is investigatong this case. To my mind, The Sun has acted appallingly and turned the whole sorry saga into a freak show. They might as well have put the family in a 19th century circus tent and invited us all in to have a good gawp.
PS I bring you the good news that this website will be a Draper free zone today.