How cheap is life?

After breathless, almost constant media coverage of a seige in a Sydney, Australia coffee shop which resulted in two deaths as well as the gunman’s, the Evening Standard devoted just half of page 24 to the Taliban’s massacre of over 120 Pakistani schoolchildren.

Sirs,

I realise that it might not have had the glamour and excitement of the live coverage from Sydney, but surely the cold, calculated murder of more than 120 children in Pakistan could have rated higher than the mere page 24 coverage you assigned it yesterday?

Or is there some mathematical function that defines exactly how much less a Pakistani child’s life is worth compared to a white middle-class Australian adult’s?

Paul Harper