Why are so many people so quick to blame others? When something goes wrong, as things so often do, they seek to point an accusing finger. They're always quick to identify faults and to condemn the culprit. They jump to conclusions without considering the evidence. There are never accidents, there are just unidentified risks. How dare anyone else lead a less than perfect life? Someone must be held accountable. Someone must be made an example of. Someone must be blamed.
And these "blaming" people are everywhere. They peer out from behind net curtains. They chat to one another on the bus. They work alongside you at your place of work. They sit on juries. They read newspapers. They write for newspapers. Some of them even write blogs. In their world, blaming others is the right thing to do. Accuse, criticise, reproach. Poke, poke, poke. Because a convenient scapegoat makes them feel better, and somehow less guilt-ridden. Ah yes, you know how it is...
» All that rain we've had lately, it's the fault of England's wanton sinners. » That test match we've just lost, sack the captain immediately. » The crime wave sweeping Britain, there's liberal social policy for you. » All that rain we've had lately, it's the fault of people with patio heaters. » Unemployment in Britain is solely due to European immigration, obviously. » Have you seen how much petrol costs? Gordon Brown did that, all by himself. » All that rain we've had lately, did someone not think to dig deeper rivers? » Princess Di's death was no accident, oh no, it's all a monarchist conspiracy. » That actor accused of fiddling with kids, I bet he's guilty as sin. » All that rain we've had lately, the relevant Minister must resign. » That knife attack last week, we need to teach "respect" in our schools. » Did you see that cyclist pass a red light? They're all equally bad, you know. » All that rain we've had lately, it's their own fault for living on a flood plain. » Last week's poor by-election result, the Tory leader should stand down now. » How dare you fly abroad on holiday, take the bus to Blackpool instead. » All that rain we've had lately, that's belching Chinese factories, that is. » Castrate all sex perverts now, because we have to protect the children. » Did someone at the BBC make a mistake? I told you they couldn't be trusted. » All that rain we've had lately, why did the government not prevent it? » One nil down at half time? The manager's got to go, and soon. » I know someone who went to hospital and nearly died, bloody NHS. » All that rain we've had lately, serves the victims right for being uninsured. » We need more religious tolerance. So you can start by taking off that hijab. » If fat people ate less, we wouldn't need to recycle so much. » All that rain we've had lately. It's all Tony Blair's fault. Everything still is.
I've had it up to here with people who blame others all the time. How dare they set themselves up on a pedestal to sit in judgement over the rest of us? Why do they hold sway over national politics, public opinion and workplace policy? How can they be so damned grumpy, miserable and intolerant? Why do they have to assume that someone else is at fault all the time, without ever questioning their own selfish point of view? Hypocrites the lot of them. Yes, the world would be a much better place without any of their petulant recriminatory accusations. They're all a bunch of bigoted bastards, and I blame the lot of them for everything. Ahem.