Have just read about six pages of comments at the Telegraph and Mail about the race and what strikes me with that, as well as with some recent events at Orphans, is the extremism or rather the flight to deeply entrenched positions, from where no reasoning is possible.
On both sides, the most strident and uncompromising things were being said. What’s wrong with people today? The defence of killing horses was “people like the element of danger”, “more horses die elsewhere” [the holocaust argument] and “oh we’re going to ban racing, are we, just because two horses died?”
Five actually, in two years.
The other side says, simply, “Ban the whole race.”
Not one person, not one, suggested that Becher’s Brook be fixed, on the grounds that it is more dangerous than the rest. One good thing which many did say was that the field should be reduced to 20 or so – there could be a run-off for the final race.
Why can’t adjustments be made like that? Why does it have to be all one way or all the other?