An excellent essay on the James Bulger
case, written by Blake Morrison
, who attended the trial of Thompson and Venables as a journalist
, and went on to examine the case at length in his book.
The book's dust jacket
contains the following quote from John Major
"We need to condemn
a little more, and understand
a little less."
Morrison's book takes the opposite view: he attempts to understand the case, as best as he (or anyone) can. This is in direct contrast to the British media
, which unfortunately has a vastly wider audience. 'As If
' is a much-needed rational
voice in the Bulger debate.