No – not opinions about dumping. We all have opinions – at least in my opinion – but how useful are they?
I’ve just been trawling through some comments on an Independent piece about Jeremy Clarkson. Apparently he made some comment comparing the size of a new Japanese car with people who have growths on their face.
Something like that anyway. The comments were more interesting than the original article, which in my limited experience of the Independent is no surprise at all. Most seemed to hate Clarkson for some reason. Presumably they watch his shows for long enough to find that out, so one could ask why they even bother, but maybe they need to be offended.
My interest was centred on opinions, because most comments expressed what we usually call opinions and the holders of said opinions were sufficiently outraged to type them into the comments box. Normally I'd treat this to a mental shrug and move on, but one of my recurring opinions is that in the end, opinions do us no good.
My ideal would be to have no opinions at all – apart from that one of course. It avoids being wrong and in my opinion (oops that’s another) being wrong is to be avoided, even at the expense of withholding judgement, so missing out on the chance of being right.
Clarkson does what he does and his BBC show is pretty infantile - but so what? He didn't go to war, lose billions or chuck away a democracy.