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Obituary of Common Sense

On BBC Radio Stoke's Mid-Morning show, presenter Stuart George mourned the death of 'common sense'. So many people asked for a copy of what he read out, we thought it only fair to re-produce it here...

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm:

Life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.

Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults are in charge not children)

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of an 8 year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims,

Common sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common sense finally gave up the will to live, after a women failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common sense was preceded in death, by his parents, truth and trust

His wife, discretion

His daughter, Responsibility

His son, reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers

I know my rights

I want my rights

I want it now

I’m a victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on if not, join the majority and do nothing.

This is a modified version of a text that's originally attributed to Lori Borgman (



Rose - My husband is in hospital at the moment, and heard your 'Ode to Common Sense', which he thought was brilliant!

Judy - You are so right and how we , ,who are still sane , will mourn his passing.  Good on yer Radio Stoke.

Jean - How True

Bill - most appropriate at this time of so called political correctness.

It's brill - Mo & Phil Washington

I don't think I've heard a piece of prose as brilliant as this one in a long time.  Audrey, Newcastle

God rest his soul - Liz in Congleton

Alan - One thing that's always bothered me, when investigators have to identify the victims of a plane crash by their dental records because they don't know who they are, how do they know who their dentist is?    And is there another word for Thesaurus?

Good on yer kid, the more this gets about, maybe, just maybe we could do a little bit to resurrect it again.  Audrey

last updated: 05/01/2010 at 11:05
created: 03/02/2009

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read it all
carolyn! common sense dictates that you read all the article before you make comments. There is a line that states "attributed toLori Borgman". please say sorry to Stuart George...

Yvonne Dervishali
I think this is a brilliant poem and so very true.


philip smallwood
it is apity but i can not see people of today really bothering with this as it says most people only care for themselves as respect and common decency went out years ago when we stopped disciplining our chidren and the do gooders took over and ruined the future for everyone

Carolyn - Australia
Seriously? You're passing this off as something you've written and accepting praise from people, yet it isn't yours. This was written years ago and has done the rounds of blogs, letter pages in newspapers, not to mention at least once around the world each year via email. Audrey says "the more this gets about ..." - good grief, this couldn't possibly "get about" any more than it has, I was over it the first time I got it in an email YEARS AGO, and yet again today, which is at least five years after the first time I saw it. At least attribute the piece to the person who did write it. Google the origins, just like you did to find the text in the first place.

j currie
if only people would read this & act on it .

F.G. Cooper
I am sorry that I did not hear the broadcast but the text was passed to me by my daughter.I thought it was excellent but have read a similar Text entitled "RIP commonsense" which appeared as a letter by H.Hansen in the Biddulph Chronicle dated 15 Jan 2009.Hope this helps in looking for a source.

Peter Elkin
It is brilliant. I first saw it when some friends of mine sent it to me to use as an article this time last year.It was attributed to a lady by the name of Marion Chapman who had seen it as a news cutting from that part of the world. I included it in a small publication that I do and I attributed it to her.Best wishes,Peter.

Jean Scholes
Brilliant observations. I must add my thoughts on school closures. My husband and I both retired head teachers never closed our schools and staff made every effort even travelling long distances to get to school.Where are the guts of the present generation.

It's so sad. I miss our good friend Common Sense more than anything and hope that one day we may meet again. If we could gather enough genes from his surviving relatives, do you think we could recreate our long lost pal - maybe stem cell research could work on it?

annette in Crewe
may be common sense will come back if we respect ourselves and repect others and respect authority like teachers and the police

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