All teeange deaths are tragic. The families never recover, the friends are traumatised, and a life full of potential is wasted.
I had two classmates die in a car accident in Year 11. It took a long time to get over that, and even today I think of them several times a year.
The James Webster death was due to alcohol, and few would disagree that the ease of supply of alcohol to under 18s needs to be changed – and there are law changes proposed around that.
In relation to the death of David Gaynor, Labour have said:
Labour is calling on the Government to implement all of the Law Commission’s recommendations on alcohol reform in the wake of the death of a King’s College student following his school ball.
I have to be very careful here as there are strict legal restrictions on what I can and can not publish. However what I can say is that I do not believe alcohol was a major, or arguably even minor, contributor to this awful tragedy. To the best of my knowledge this is not a James Webster case, or even particularly similiar.
So politicians who use the death to demand particular alcohol law changes are, I will be charitable, potentially misguided.
My sympathy goes out to the family and friends of David.Tags: alcohol, David Gaynor, Labour