March 03, 2007
On this day:


Tony Blair was visiting a primary school and he went into one of the classes who were discussing words and their meanings.

The teacher asked the PM if he would like to lead the discussion on the word "tragedy" So the PM asked the class for an example of "tragedy".

One boy stood up and said "if my best friend was playing in a field and a tractor ran over him and killed him that would be a tragedy"

"No" said Blair," that would be an accident"

A girl raised her hand and said "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy"

"No" said Blair,"That's what we call a great loss"

Then a small boy at the back of the room raised his hand and said "If the airplane carrying you and Mrs Blair was struck by a "friendly fire" missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy"

"Fantastic" exclaimed Blair "And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"

"Well" says the boy "It has to be a tragedy because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either"

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