Monday, 9 November 2009

Handwriting - a treacherous business

Doctors’ handwriting was traditionally so bad they brought in computerised systems to make sure everything was printed and there were no mistakes.
My dad was a solicitor and his handwriting was dreadful but I think he had someone else to do the actual pen-to-paper stuff for him.
I don't remember anyone suggesting doctors and lawyers were less capable just because their attempts at writing resembled the tracks of an inebriated spider.
But I'll bet Gordon Brown wished he got one of his people to 'take a letter' this week.
His government might be staggering towards, what some consider to be, inevitable defeat after one of the toughest terms in office for any leader, but he's still in the job.
That's a job as one of a handful of the most powerful leaders in the world – I expect it's a bit full-on what with recessions, global warming, wars and expenses scandals.
And today we learn that he writes, by hand, a letter to the parents or spouse of every member of the armed forces who dies in active service.
I understand that Jacqui Janes is heartsick, stunned and angry at the tragic loss of her 20-year-old Grenadier guardsman son Jamie in Afghanistan.
However, having a go at the admittedly awful handwriting of an extraordinarily busy man who is also partially sighted won't really help.
Doesn't she realise that the flaws in the letter show that he actually cared enough to write the letter himself? He's got corridors of offices full of people to write letters for him and one of them would probably have made it look better - the point is he didn't.

1 comment:

  1. Couldn't agree more. He took the time to write by hand and since reading about how visually impaired people have difficulty in seeing if they've joined up their letters correctly, I am more in awe. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. But it's The Sun orchestrating the whole thing I think and shamefully manipulating that bereaved mother.


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