Shereen: reflections of dignity
Watching the news broadcasts and reading the newspapers in the week following the tragedy in Norway it's been interesting, and sometimes shaming, to compare our reaction to that of the Norwegians. Here the coverage has often been hysterical, intrusive, and cliché ridden.
In Norway it's been much more restrained reflecting the dignity with which the Norwegian people have handled themselves. There's been no rush to judgement there, no crowds baying for blood outside the court, no looking to explain the unexplainable. My panel dissected the coverage on this week's show.
The media's handling of Amy Winehouse's death also came under scrutiny, with the Sunday papers showing no signs of letting go the endless analysis of her life, her career, and her demons.
This week's special guest was Scotland's top QC, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Richard Keen. Known as the Rottweiler, he has a forensic mind and is a formidable and flamboyant presence in court. In person I found him considered and modest. He chooses his words carefully but there was a surprising moment when he got very emotional talking about what it meant to him to be elected Dean.
Visit Shereen website to listen again to the show and an extended interview with Richard Keen QC below: