I had an interesting interview on BBC Radio Ulster this morning:
I was debating the reasoning behind establishing our political party, with a hyperactive young Irish lady, Niamh Horan https://en-gb.facebook.com/niamhhoran. She made Laura Bates – the young lady I debated with on Jeremy Vine’s BBC2 radio show last week – appear calm by comparison, no mean feat. In common with militant feminists generally, she appeared unable of engaging with rational arguments underpinned by robust research (e.g. Catherine Hakim’s Preference Theory) – or perhaps not so much unable, as unwilling? She had an interesting debating style, thinking that sniggering, laughing, and shrieking were appropriate responses to serious points I’d made about discriminations and disadvantages faced by men.
I then had the pleasure of a short exchange with the sneering interviewer, Stephen Nolan, at the end. I was given the last word, at least. I can’t recall that happening before. After the programme I had a number of supportive emails from the good citizens of Ulster, including several from women. One of the women wrote, ‘That screeching banshee made me embarrassed to be a woman! You made your points well under difficult circumstances. What’s the best way to send your party a donation?’ I pointed the good lady to the following link, and a generous donation came through two or three minutes later. A satisfying consequence of a hostile interview.