Jade Goody – A Cautionary Tale

Whatever any of us might think of Jade Goody. Whatever uncharitable thoughts we might have harboured for her in life. In death, and today of all days, we should remember that somewhere there are two small children to whom she was everything. To say nothing of the rest of her family and friends.

As much as the world needs its heroes and shining examples, it also needs its cautionary tales. It’s a cliché, I know, but sometimes a person’s most important role in life is to serve as a warning to others. Given the more than 30% increase in smear tests since her plight was publicised I’d say that not only has she fulfilled that role, she has excelled at it.

There is no “right way” to die of cancer aged 27. If there’s anything in this world which is excusable to do any damn way you please, then that is probably it. To those whom Jade’s life or death have offended, you have only yourselves to blame. No one forces you to watch that kind of television or read those kinds of newspapers and magazines. I’m just sayin’.

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