It’s the clarion call that follows every tragic incident and leads to the eternal ratcheting up of state control.
Safety notices, health and safety laws, regulatory requirements on manufacturers and suppliers, monitoring QUANGOs, consultative bodies, risk management professionals, kneejerk bans and swivelling of exopthalmic eyes.
Take this fine and pertinent example:
Oh dear kiddies died. Oh noes! Poor ikkle angels :o(
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!!!1111!!!!
The family of a Bridgend girl who died after becoming trapped in a sliding electric gate are supporting a campaign to ban them in residential areas.
Karolina Golabek, five, died on Saturday, less than a week after another young girl was killed in similar circumstances in Manchester.
The relatives of Semelia Campbell have told BBC Wales that both deaths were “pointless”.
Tragic as it is, their deaths were indeed pointless. As are most deaths. It’s nature. Life. Deal with it. Preferably not by turning this tragic but hugely unlikely accident into a crusade to interfere with other people’s lives and choices.
I mean, really. Get over yourselves, grieve your loss in private and have some dignity for pity’s sake.