In France, and its still Disneyland with a touch of Silence of the lambs thrown in occasionally as a curve ball. I'm keeping in touch with the outside world via the BBC and from the birds and bees of Najac it looks, to be blunt, horrible. Perhaps we get use to so much nasty - but nasty becomes the norm. Well, things have got very nasty. I know its easier to report bad news than good, but I know journalists who are even wondering whats going on at the moment. Everyone appears so mean spirited, obtuse, weak, emotionally impotent. Actually - not appears - they are.
So it was with interest I read how the courts will try to marshall emotional abuse. This will be interesting to police mainly because those who are best at it, are also highly effective at hiding/masking their abusive behaviour. They choose one person to isolate and intimidate, they chip away gradually at their confidence over time, they undermine them amongst their friends and family and come across as extremely plausible and affable themselves. They are usually financially functional and on a material level may have reached a high level within business and commerce because of exactly that ruthless quality they use in work but are unable to switch off when they get home. According to research undertaken by the Telegraph five years ago, the professions which tend to attract this type are the City and the Law, so it might follow a barrister might have every sympathy with the banker they are representing. According to the research, they have no sense of value or morality. Now that is disturbing.