Josh Romney, Mitt's middle son has known ambitions to enter politics himself. Events over the last 48 hours have shown just how much he needs to learn two lessons, one urgently before he kills somebody.
Spawn of Mitt should look to the actions of a real politician, Jim Murphy a member of the Westminster parliament when reacting to an accident. Importantly he needs to know basic first aid before he interferes with accident victims.
First Josh, wearing funny underwear does not make you Superman. It does not give you X-ray vision. As I pointed out in a comment on a diary yesterday, in a high speed car crash:
.... what if one had injuries to, say a neck vertebra, which would be made worse, even life threatening, by simply moving their head?In short, if you come across an accident, you phone the emergency services. You do not attempt a "rescue" if the victims are in no immediate danger of death because of their body position or external factors like leaking petrol. You comfort and reassure them but wait until paramedics arrive or, if isolated, take advice from the 911 controllers.
Watch a professional extract victims from a car accident. The first thing they do is stabilize the neck and use a back board to stop movement until a proper check . X-rays are needed to ensure that somebody apparently uninjured immediately after the crash does not ends up paralyzed from the neck down as a broken bone moves and causes damage to the spinal column.
If you are passing a major incident, you do what Jim Murphy did in the immediate aftermath of a helicopter crash on a bar in Glasgow where his constituency is located. You join with the other heroic passers-by and help the walking wounded out to safety. When the emergency services arrive, you withdraw; Jim described how as the firefighters took over there was an unspoken look of "thank you for your help, now let us do our job" which passed as each relieved the civilians.
If sensible advice is not enough for Spawn of Mitt, let him remember - if your stupid actions cause injury, that trust fund from Daddy can take a hit. If you want to follow Daddy into politics you also need to be ... well politic.
You do not blow your own trumpet. Most of all you do not illustrate your bragging with a picture that makes it impossible to tell what you did. The one you posted on Twitter makes you look like one of those big game hunters gurning over their kill. Incidentally, if you do release a photo, choose one which does not make you eyes look like you have such a bad strabismus you have no visible irises.
The immediate aftermath of an accident is no place for a Cheshire cat grin. If you have to stay on scene - as an MP for the area Jim Murphy was obliged to look after the interests of his constituents - let the publicity come to you. In contrast to Spawn's inane smirk, he was genuinely and deeply affected by the helicopter crash and what he had seen. When interviewed by a TV crew he barely mentioned his own actions but praised others. The interviewer pointed out that he had blood on his shirt. He looked down then back and simply said, with a re-assuring barely half smile, "Yeh, it's not mine". Today he issued a short statement that contrasts so much with Spawn's humblebrag:
Today my thoughts are with those who are affected by the Glasgow helicopter crash as well as the emergency staff who responded so quickly, bravely and brilliantly and who are still at the scene.Spawn's braggadocio is the sort of arrogance that lost Daddy Mitt the presidency. Jim Murphy's self effacing modesty gains the respect of political opponents. Even before I read the statement, I wrote a short email to him.
Last night people did what is the human instinct and helped out until the emergency crews arrived. I did little in comparison to others who did much more at the scene.
I have been contacted by various media this morning understandably wanting to talk about the events of last night. I hope journalists understand I was ok about doing that last night as someone who was there. But today it's for the emergency services to talk to the public and those families waiting for news of their loved ones.
I am English, live in London and am a member of a rival party to your's. Despite that I hope you will accept my expression of respect and admiration for your, and other people of Glasgow, last night in becoming the first responders for the victims of the helicopter crash. On a dark day of tragedy and sadness, your courage and lack of concern for your own safety to help other human beings was a shaft of light.Does it mean I will adopt his party's policies or vote for them? No, but it does confirm he earns his title of "Right Honourable".