A culture of bullying

The man charged with the welfare of Britain's children says almost all of them are suffering bullying and it has to stop.

The man charged with the welfare of Britain's children says almost all of them are suffering bullying and it has to stop.

But we seem to be encouraging a culture in which bullying is not only OK but almost compulsory. Every second television programme, unless it's a soap, is aimed at mocking or belittling people. What else is Anne Robinson but a bully, and yet we all turn on to watch her tongue-lash a teacher or ease her own fear of ageing by mocking anyone over 60. Jeremy Paxman is lauded as the number one interviewer, but isn't he simply a curly-haired Flashman, no longer there to elicit information but merely to browbeat?

We'll all be glued to TV this week as a bunch of suckers are dragooned into eating grubs or swimming with alligators. What is that but the Roman arena recreated?

What else is Simon Cowell but a bully with pizazz? And which quiz show would get a second series if there wasn't a built-in element of humiliation?

While we pay inflated salaries to anyone with a talent for torture how can we expect bullying to vanish from our schools?

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