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Monday, 11 October 2010

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Miners careers set to take off.

The ordeal of the thirty three Chilean miners trapped underground for over two months is not yet over. There is the journey to the surface and the dangers involved with that but another peril, unreported for some reason, is the media frenzy that awaits the exhausted men when they arrive at the surface.

Blinded by flashing lights, hounded by questions, bribed by ghouls from the gutter these men face a trauma even worse than being trapped underground.

As an observer of the media circus I asked a reporter whether the men would survive this fresh ordeal. 'This is their great opportunity. We can get pictures of the men kissing their wives, both in tears. It will break people's hearts' one scibbler assured me.

I asked if it was considerate to place men who had been deprived of the light of day for so long in a blaze of publicity and whether it was fair to blind them with flashbulbs.

'Sure. They will be on talent shows in no time. Their accounts will be world news. Millions will read their stories. You can't say fairer than that!'

Schooled in the philosophical world of Osborne Fairness I could see his point.

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