An inanimate object

THE last time I looked, Weston Pier was a thing, an inanimate object, it felt no pain. Yes, I know it was a landmark but I can t believe there was a need for a memorial service to allow people to grieve their loss. I work in

THE last time I looked, Weston Pier was a thing, an inanimate object, it felt no pain.

Yes, I know it was a landmark but I can't believe there was a need for a memorial service to allow people to grieve their loss.

I work in Kenya every year where 25 per cent of children under five die from malaria or diarrhoea. How about a memorial for them? If this tragedy was happening in England, we would put a stop to it, yet it is happening in Africa every day. Pop star Bono said: "If we really accepted that African lives are equal to ours, we would all be doing something to help - it's an uncomfortable truth." When I feel like grieving, I cry and pray for those dying in Africa, those whom society has consigned to the human dustbin, not for Weston Pier. It was an inanimate object. It felt no pain.

BRIAN HUMPHREYS - Taunton Road, North Worle


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