Joining the Dots and Tackling Affluenza

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It’s a thing we often try to do – joining the dots. Not so much to see “the bigger picture” as to see the picture at all. Let’s start this week off with a few more dots and see how they might join together.

Dot Number One

This is based on a report in yesterday’s Observer, concerning the life of a wealthy young  teenager who caused the death of several others as a result of his arrogance, self-indulgence, dissipation, lack of “emotional intelligence” and deadly excess of what a judge called “affluenza”. Those who know Bob Dylan’s “Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” will be familiar with this scenario – “William Zanzinger with his six months sentence . . .”

In this new case the killer was given no incarceration at all. In both cases the key issue is less to do with alcohol abuse than with…

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