Only a brief local ceasefire granted

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 1:05pm, first published July 29 2014 - 10:16am

In Europe and the US it is the silly season, rather like our January, with a high proportion of the population, including politicians and public services, on summer holidays or working with reduced staffs. With so many of the usual sources of news out of action, newspapers have an higher than average proportion of meaningless news stories about animals, particularly (in Britain) ones in supposed peril, moral panics and sensationalised crime reports, particularly about real or supposed child abductions, and stories about sport – for Britons, at the moment, particularly about the Commonwealth Games and cricket.