I was as saddened as anyone to hear of the death of former newsreader Peter Leonard at a relatively young age of 66.
I never had any reason to bear him any ill will. He read the news from the teleprompter perfectly competently with an entirely appropriate degree of gravitas and the odd hint of humour.
If recent reportage is to be believed he also did a fair line in walking on water and healing the sick with the laying on of hands.
And the phrase “perfect gentleman” has now been so over-used about him that I’m starting to wonder if it’s some sort of code, and if it is what does it mean?
The ABC reports that on top of flags at half mast yesterday the ACT Government (that is all of us) will pay for a new journalism scholarship at the University of Canberra in his memory.
Without wishing in any way to diminish the legacy of Peter Leonard; have we perhaps gone a little too far with all this?