Have we had enough of Jade Goody?

By Vikki Graves

Jayne GoodyToday’s Jade Goody news tells us that a woman with a hammer and large bag visited Jade in hospital yesterday afternoon. She awoke to find the uninvited guest leaning over her bed. It is not clear whether the hammer was in or out of the bag, or whether its presence was relevant to the visit.

Police have confirmed that a 41 year old woman was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon at the Royal Marsden hospital yesterday, but was later released without charge.

So is this story even a story? Do we now know so much about Jade and her sad condition that the only new information we can find is that she has fans with a penchant for DIY?

A week ago it was reported that Jade was convinced she had only days to live. A few days later Max Clifford told the radio station TalkSport he believed enough was enough and Jade should withdraw from the public eye.

Cut to the end of last week and Clifford had clearly changed his mind, speculating over whether her story could become a Hollywood movie. And Michael Jackson had been on the phone sending her his best.

But it seems we might be reaching saturation point. At the weekend Noel Gallagher expressed his bewilderment at our obsession with her story to The Sunday Times.

“…what an embarrassing place Britain is right now. You might as well shut No 10 Downing Street down and get Max Clifford to run the country.”

Online comments attached to Jade Goody related articles range from strong support for her recent earnings of an estimated £1.4 million, to outright disgust. Some justify the sense of unease that comes from someone living out their death in the public domain by saying that she is doing it for her kids. But will her children really want such a scrupulously kept record of every detail of their mother’s deterioration in years to come?

Perhaps today is just a slow Jade news day. No matter what your opinion on her self-made media circus, we all know there is, of course, a rather unpleasant end point in sight.

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