Westminster mourns after Cameron's lossWhile my first instincts would be to smothered any such a child of mine at birth, I would also have realised that we live in the sort of Britain where it would profit me to look after it for the rest of its hopefully short life, in order to reap the "Man of the People, formerly a toff", "sleeping on hospital floors, reading nursery rhymes to other less privileged children at all hours of the day", "at ease with public services" kind of kudos he is now getting as a result of his 6 year "investment", at the expense of the NHS.
What the Financial Times describes as a "shocked Westminster" was
yesterday united in expressing its sympathy with David and Samantha Cameron following the sudden death of their son, Ivan.
The six-year-old, who suffered from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, died in hospital on Wednesday morning.
The normal exchanges of prime minister's questions were put on hold as Gordon Brown led the Commons in expressing sympathy."I know that in an all too brief young life he brought joy to all those around him," said Brown."I know also that for all the days of his life he was surrounded by his family's love."Ann Treneman in the Times says the prime minister "managed to find exactly the right words and tone for this most unusual and sudden of Commons occasions".
I would still have smothered it at birth, though. Sorry.
I am hoping you will congratulate me for my honesty, but I know you will rail at me for my callousness.
Instead of praising me for my forbearance from imposing the needs of my hopeless hypothetical child on the NHS and at taxpayers' expense for 6 whole years knowing it would die anyway without ever speaking or walking or in any way acknowledging my existence, you will condemn me for proposing infanticide.
This is the sort of Britain we live in.