Two stories highlight issues of free speech in Britain and how responsible we must use it.
At the weekend, the BBC went to town, as did the Sun, over a Tory Activist who dressed up as baby Madelaine on a bebo posting.
Now, judging by the coverage , one might have thought Tory leader Dave Cameron has dressed up himself. My mum thought it was an MP that had done the dirty deed, rather than a 23 year-old leader of its youth wing, such was the fuss and outrage.
The lad was sick, perverted, not right in the head, I was told.
True, it was an offensive and silly and studpid thing to do.
But it hardly makes him the Anti-Christ. And does it justify the lad's expulsion from the Tory Party? It seems just like a stupid student prank to me.
Prince Harry has done worse!
And indeed it appears he has, as lo and behold in the Sunday papers, there he was embroiled in a race row for calling a mate a paki and referring to Taliban terrorists as ragheads.
There has been an almighty furore over alleged harm to rasce relations, how a royal should set a better example, etc, etc.
But aren't we just been a little too sensitive? There are worse things to be called than a Paki. Is it any worse than being called a POM?
Google the words and you will find an intense amount of coverage.
But has Britain over-reacted? Yes, Prince Harry has been very silly in using such words. He should be expected to know better. But is a fine young man being unfairly maligned as the Yorkshire Post notes. It's not as if he has slaughtered an entire village of innocent civilians, is it?
Still, it took attention away from Gaza and the recession and helped the journos fill a quiet Sunday and Monday.
Though it leaves me thinking Britain has become all too sensitive and politically correct, especially where race matters are concerned.