I'd go as far as to say that through his musical slapstick, Smiley made it OK for guys like me to chat cockney without being regarded as "coconuts", and for white guys to speak "yardie" without being regarded as wiggers – or, worse, Jim Davidson.Oh, my. A truly towering monument to a life, that is…
Of course, in the comments, the usual suspects are straining at the leash:
Michael Rosen: …am so sad he is gone and I am very keen to know exactly how yet another man of African heritage has died while being with police or in their custody.Clearly because the police murdered him, eh, Michael? I mean, what other possible explanation could there be?
If it turns out that first reports are correct and he did indeed stab himself, I've no doubt you'll cheerfully turn round and whine that the police should have anticipated this and slapped him in handcuffs.