#95

I like the words of this song, Scandal by the pop group Queen:

Today the headlines, tomorrow the hard times

And no one really knows the truth from the lies

And in the end the story the deeper must hide

Deeper and deeper and deeper inside.

 

What is a scandal?

In the US, there is the watergate scandal — “a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974”. Since, there had been more ‘-gates’ scenarios.

A dictionary understanding of the word gives

  • malicious gossip (disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people)
  • outrage — implying a strike with disgust or revulsion (a disgraceful event)

This word ‘scandal’ is on the lips of many and in writing to news about the escaped terrorist suspect. This news brought anxiety and…had opened a can of worms which the governing leaders had not anticipated.

My hope and prayer is our present lot of leaders will know how to rise above the discontents. Why the unhappy voices…an apology needed by those in responsible positions? Certainly there lacks tactfulness in some public speeches by leaders. I hope there will be more conciliatory understanding to that had happened.

Is the bone of contention that the governing leaders are well-paid and therefore this is a required and must performance? To remove one from office might not be the best option at the moment…unless there are alternative candidates for the job.

My common sense understanding suggests this word ‘scandal’ is or might not be the correct expression to the news even if this is an opinion. The word ‘scandal’ is an emotive word and has negative over or under? tones… Any comment?

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