Hook and per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — I’ve just that Ge­orge Hook has had to apol­o­gise for what he said on his ra­dio show the other week. Hav­ing not heard him, but hav­ing read what he said, I don’t feel he should have had to apol­o­gise for it.

The lady who spoke about be­ing abused by her fa­ther, who said that women (or men) should be able to walk down the street, in any clothes, or even naked if they wanted to, is per­fectly cor­rect in ev­ery­thing she said.

But now let’s trans­fer our­selves into the real world, where, in Mr Hook’s words, “scum­bags” re­side. The real world is where ‘per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity’ en­ters the arena.

If a per­son walks down the street with a wad of cash peer­ing out of the top pocket of their coat, some­body may de­cide they want it and try to take it. Keep­ing it in your wal­let is tak­ing per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for it.

Like­wise, in the real world, peo­ple don’t walk down the street naked late at night be­cause they take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own safety. In the real world, they get a cab home — fully clothed.

I think Mr Hook did what he does ev­ery day — and did the peo­ple of this coun­try a favour by say­ing what ev­ery­one else is think­ing.

Per­son­ally, I think the ‘right-on brigade’ (in­clud­ing his so-called col­leagues at New­stalk) should be the ones to apol­o­gise. Don’t ex­pect that to hap­pen any time soon, though! Pat Duffy, Lim­er­ick

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