I much enjoyed being interviewed (along with the ultra-left-wing ‘comic’ writer John O’Farrell) on the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour this morning:
Jenni Murray, the highly regarded (albeit feminist) presenter, was very professional before, during, and after the discussion. O’Farrell, in stark contrast, engaged in shaming tactics and personal attacks, and offered opinions masquerading as facts.
O’Farrell recently stood as the Labour candidate at the Eastleigh by-election, and made a very poor showing. Maybe this had something to do with the constituency being near Southampton, the city from which a flotilla sailed taking service personnel to the Falklands war, in which 255 servicemen died. In one of his books, O’Farrell wrote that he’d wished Britain had lost the Falklands war, thereby harming Margaret Thatcher’s prospects of re-election. In the same book he recorded his disappointed at learning she hadn’t been killed in the Brighton IRA bombing. I could have engaged in shaming tactics during our discussion by mentioning these matters, but I didn’t, preferring instead to talk about substantive issues.
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