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Yes, but, you know, part of the issue -- I remember an argument about inquests. Inquests should not be public. You know, it's very intrusive, it's very heart-rending. But the truth of the matter is: we, as citizens, need to hear how other people in our community die, what happens. We need to know those circumstances. One of the tragedies there has been -- and I don't know a journalist to this day -- certainly today -- who would not say to you that the police have just completely shut down on talking to the press. They've just shut down, because they're scared of what's coming out of this. We all know stories that haven't come out as a result of their fear of this.

Well, you know, what I do remember, because I'm so long in the tooth, is things like going to air crashes that happened in -- I think it was the Midlands. Kegworth, I think it was called, and I remember piling into -- searching out all the relatives of the deceased and so on and so forth. Wouldn't happen like that now. Wouldn't happen like that now.

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