Guardian apologises to David Cameron for saying he felt ‘privileged pain’ when son died
Cameron’s six-year-old son Ivan passed away in 2009
The Guardian has been forced to apologise after claiming David Cameron only suffered "privileged pain" when his disabled son Ivan died in 2009.
In Cameron's new autobiography For The Record, he talks about the time he and his wife Samantha were "plunged into darkness" when their six-year-old child passed away.
In a column The Guardian published today, an unnamed senior editor said: "Mr Cameron has known pain and failure in his life but it has always been limited failure and privileged pain.
"Had he been trying to get the system to look after a dying parent rather than a dying child, he might have understood a little of the damage that his policies have done."
I’m no fan of David Cameron but to describe him as only experiencing “privileged pain” when he had a profoundly disabled child who died aged six is a terrible thing to say https://t.co/tYZ1Nnsq4H pic.twitter.com/UBOL5wL79l
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) September 15, 2019
However the piece has been amended after people have called out the newspaper, referring to the article as"inhumane."
Makes me quite angry.
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) September 15, 2019
Sajid Javid tweeted: "Shameful thing to read, @guardian. Never has an editorial so lacked in empathy, while so righteously criticising others for lacking it."
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) September 15, 2019
A spokesman for The Guardian has also issued an apology and said: "The original version of this editorial posted online fell far short of our standards. It has now been amended, and we apologise completely."
The Guardian has not directly apologised to David Cameron.