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"REMEMBER LAST NIGHT." A short story.
November 11, 2014
Jeremy Clarkson is a bit of a knob.
March 26, 2015
Imagine the scene. You’re working 18 hour days, under stress and unimaginable pressure to perform. Some little infinitesimal thing goes wrong. So you lash out.
At first you do it verbally and then as the pressure builds you lash out physically. Boys will be boys. Girls will be girls? Of course they will.
I spent six years in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of that time providing armed protection to high level diplomats. It is relentless. Working in an environment where you don’t know from one minute to the next whether you’re going to see the next sunrise. The people you protect are often arrogant, often scared. The people, (male and female) who you work with, are often tired beyond measure, working nine weeks straight in a hostile environment.
Do these people occasionally snap? Of course they do, client and employee alike. As do Firefighters, nurses, teachers, police officers, soldiers, bankers, lawyers, social workers and yes, highly paid TV stars, who are responsible for the employment of hundreds of people, all resting on their ability to perform.
I have seen mild disagreements turn into full on screaming matches and occasionally, shock horror, punches are thrown.
And you know what? Does anyone report it … think of it as assault? Unlikely; most recognize that the pressure cooker has overflowed, the steam has risen too far … After the shouting ends, cups of tea are drank, egos massaged … sometimes … And a resolution to apologise and get on with the job in hand takes over.
This is how we do it. ‘Sorry I was a bit of a knob.’ No harm done.
Bullying? Bullying is never tolerated and is soon stamped on. But pressure, what it does to you …. It makes you swing a punch sometimes.
To all the journalists out there, the keyboard warriors who, in their entire lives have barely got off their backsides to do anything more pressure laden than get on a tube train….. Think ….. Back off with your snarky, judgemental outpourings and leave the likes of Jeremy Clarkson alone.
Not the same as hostile environment work? Maybe not, but pressure, stress, anxiety are the curse of our modern age. Sometimes we swing a punch.
Wouldn’t it be nice if these far-sighted employers and journalists, instead of jumping on their high horses, actually offered solutions. How about proper psychotherapeutic counseling for employees so these situations are solved before they arise?
Over the last couple of days I have seen journalists and bloggers firing their bile at Mr Clarkson. Using their favourite words … ‘xenophobic, racist, imperialist’, et al … I saw one blogger attempting to eviscerate Mr Clarkson with words like these and in the next breath talking about, ‘kindness.’
So to you and your ilk; look at him, look at those pictures of him. Did it ever occur to you that he needs some help …. An arm around his shoulder …. A little kindness? ... Do you?
Then again that doesn’t make good copy ….. does it?