Thu, 26 Mar 15
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As come backs go, Richard III's has got to rate as possibly miraculous. Vilified for more than 500 years as a psychopathic child killer this week one of history's biggest losers is being paraded through the streets of Leicester as a hero. Some say he's been unfairly traduced by Elizabethan spin doctors, but in any event the Bishop of Leicester said Richard should be buried with the dignity and honour that befits a king of England. The passing of time has certainly helped Richard III, but this is an issue for our times as well. Think Jeremy Clarkson and Boris Johnson - pantomime villains or lovable rogues? How much leeway should personality and charisma allow? How forgiving should we be to those who stand apart from their fellow man by dint of their achievements? Could it be that when it comes to their personal lives we hold them to higher moral standards than we expect of ourselves?
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