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From the editor's desk 3 November

The War Cry comments on records 

People who have worked hard to achieve the very best can become role models to inspire us

FOR a certain generation of people, mention of Guinness World Records conjures up memories of the entertainer Roy Castle singing ‘Dedication’ at the end of the BBC TV programme The Record Breakers. Children today are likely to associate breaking records with Ben Shires on CBBC’s Officially Amazing.

Whatever our age, though, there is something about world record attempts that captures our imagination. So perhaps it’s not surprising that Thursday (8 November) has, as the War Cry reports this week, been designated World Records Day.

People who have worked hard to achieve the very best can become role models to inspire us – particularly those among us who are children.

The pitfalls of having potentially unhelpful role models made the headlines last month. A star of the new Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Keira Knightley, said that she would not let her daughter watch some of the studio’s previous pictures because of the way they portray female characters.

As we report, she told journalists: ‘It’s not cool to wait for a rich guy to save you; save yourself’. Referring to the film Sleeping Beauty, she said: ‘It is never cool for any man that you don’t know to kiss you in your sleep without consent.’

Some might say that the actress’s comments are extreme. But last month it was reported that women across the UK face relentless harassment when they are out and about. A YouGov survey found that 64 per cent of women had experienced harassment in public places – and that figure rose to 85 per cent for those aged 18 to 24.

Politicians in Westminster expressed concern that this mistreatment of women had become normalised within society.

Society is in need of an education process to teach what is and what is not acceptable behaviour. Good role models are needed in every walk of life to inspire people to behave in ways that enhance communities.

We need a better record in the way we behave towards each other.

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