Christopher Hart report - Last year, two women had a silly argument on a train over boiled eggs. Normally, that wouldn’t have made headlines in the local Press, let alone a national newspaper. Yet, as the Mail reported yesterday, that minor spat on an early-morning commuter train somehow escalated all the way to the Crown Court, at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer, countless hours in police and judicial time, and no end of stress, presumably, for the individuals involved
This trivial case symbolises what stinks about the rapid growth of our grievance culture, in which people never miss a chance to take offence or rush to complain, demanding reparations, acknowledgement of their human rights and their day in court. It also exposes the absurd decisions the police make about who or what to investigate, and the clogging-up of our courts system with what are, quite frankly, non-issues.
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