This year has been a shit one in a couple of ways, but one of the worst has been people dying too young. So far this year a close friend of my family died in his early 40s, and an internet friend who I’ve known for several years (though not hugely closely) died suddenly aged just 40. Now today I’ve learned that Councillor Neil Trafford, who I didn’t know all that well, but who always struck me as a lovely bloke, and who I’ve campaigned for and with in local elections over the last couple of years, died in a car crash on Saturday – he was only 33. While I didn’t know him well, plenty of people I know were very close to him. I only saw him on Thursday as well…
If people could just stop dying now, that would be OK by me.

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