But then perhaps I should know better than to click on a Mail Online story on Google News.
It concerns the story of a 15 year old schoolgirl who was shot (when aged 14) by the Taliban in Pakistan. Malala Yousufzai campaigned for womens’ rights and access to education and is being treated for her injuries in a hospital near Birmingham.
Malala has pleaded that a college in her home country not be named after her, lest it would provoke attacks by the Taliban on students.
Her father Ziauddin who is here with the rest of his family has been appointed Pakistan’s educational attaché to the UK, a position paid for by the Pakistan government.
The Mail story and comments are here
Of course the comments will be added and reacted to throughout the day but at the time of writing I can only say that I find some (a minority thankfully) of them dispiriting in the extreme. People who are voicing support for the girl and her family are being given negative responses.
There are a helluva lot of white middle class people in this country who would act with similar ignorant violence as the Taliban given the chance methinks.