Why all the gloom?

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - COMMENT -

“I watch tele­vi­sion news, es­pe­cially from the BBC, with my finger on the mute but­ton,” writes a Craigie reg­u­lar.

“It’s all doom and gloom. Sunny weather? We shall all per­ish in a burned­out planet un­less we stop us­ing fos­sil fu­els and throw­ing plas­tic away. NHS? It’s the worst health ser­vice in the world, if tele­vi­sion news­cast­ers are to be be­lieved.

“Law and or­der and our prison sys­tem? We have lost con­trol. Ed­u­ca­tion? Our schools have gone down the tubes. Il­le­gal drugs? The po­lice and our pris­ons just can­not cope.

“Obe­sity? Our roads? Our de­fences? You name it. One or other or sev­eral of the above sub­jects come up ev­ery day with mourn­ful-voiced com­men­ta­tors mak­ing us reach for our han­kies. What we need is a new chan­nel broad­cast­ing only good, bright and cheer­ful news.”

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