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."

However the piece has been amended after people have called out the newspaper, referring to the article as"inhumane."

Sajid Javid tweeted: "Shameful thing to read, @guardian. Never has an editorial so lacked in empathy, while so righteously criticising others for lacking it."

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.

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