(In a Covid-19 context. Email chat.)
“And you know … Look. Let’s say there was a race or some minority or something.
“And they weren’t journos or politicians or anything. They weren’t part of all that.
“And they – these people – they lived here but, you know, they kept themselves to themselves.
“And let’s say coronavirus only killed these people.
“I bet you anything – anything – you like we’d hear hardly anything about it. Even if just the same number of people were dying as coronavirus is killing. Journos and ministers would just ignore it. We wouldn’t hear anything about it. I bet you anything.
“Relatable. That’s what [my daughter] would say. They wouldn’t be relatable deaths.
“And that’s how you have to judge the real deaths that are happening. The attention they get – that depends on how much the papers and the ministers and so on relate to them … whether they can relate to them. Or if they make them money. Or whether they need votes.”