Moral Philosophers Of Our Time

Charles Alexander:

The former partner of killer gunman Raoul Moat was yesterday blamed for the death of an innocent man and the maiming of a police officer.

The deranged bodybuilder’s uncle Charles Alexander claims Samantha Stobbart also has the blood of her ex-lover on her hands.

The 72-year-old former soldier launched a astonishing tirade of abuse at 22-year-old Ms Stobbart in an open letter, blaming her for causing “untold suffering and anguish”.

He claims it was her lies that turned Moat into a monster – and goaded him into launching his deadly shooting spree.

In his letter – addressed to “the victims, their families and others” – Charles rages at blonde Samantha, who dumped Moat while he was in prison.

He says: “This lady has the blood of two deaths and a maimed PC on her hands, all caused by the lies and goading on the mobile (phone) prior to the incident.”

Russell Razaque:

The flimsy justification for the [second Iraq] war was apparent from day one and, as a result, young Muslims already vulnerable to radicalization found themselves easily swayed by an argument by extremist recruiters that painted it as part of a global crusade the West was waging against all of us – “the Muslim ummah”.

Not a word of Baroness Manningham-Buller’s testimony to the Chilcot enquiry is, therefore, news to me.

After 7/7, Tony Blair did not occasion to visit a single victim of the atrocity in hospital, as would have been customary for a political leader at such times of national tragedy. Instead he preferred to stay away. As a psychiatrist, I don’t have to think too hard about why this is. He may obfuscate and divert, deploying the considerable intellect and forensic debating skill, with which he is blessed, endlessly in the cause of his rationalization, but the guilt he is working so hard to suppress will never be far below the surface when the direct consequences of his actions face him in this way.

If the first duty of any government is to protect its citizens then I cannot imagine a greater crime a government could perpetrate on its own people.

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