I’ve long been an admirer of the journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer, and her contributions to Question Time are always impressive.
In March 2013, only a month after J4MB was launched, she interviewed me for her show on LBC – here. It remains my favourite radio interview to this day. She had taken the trouble to read the predecessor to our election manifesto, and commented intelligently on it. Now that rarely happens, and never on the BBC.
Katie Hopkins is a rare example of a British Honey Badger, and she was delighted when we presented her with a Maggie award.
So I was pleased to read an article by JH-B in the latest edition of The Spectator – I’m no Katie Hopkins! – and appalled by an article by Julie Burchill following her interview with Jess Phillips, the odious feminist Labour MP who initially blocked Philip Davies’s application for a debate on men’s issues on International Men’s Day. The article is titled, Lunch with the future leader of the Labour party.
Burchill’s article is deeply admiring of Phillips, as you’d expect. They’re alike both in terms of appearance, and having relentlessly gobby schoolgirl tendencies. Phillips had only this to say in connection with the International Men’s Day debacle:
BURCHILL: Do you get called a Tory a lot?
PHILLIPS: All day, every day, especially on Twitter. I get a lot of abuse from both sides – from the Corbynites who won’t ever forgive me for voting for Yvette Coper, and from the men’s rights mob who won’t ever forgive me for laughing at Philip Davies. But it doesn’t bother me a bit.
Burchill asks her if she thinks Labour suffers from being seen as a party with more concern for criminals than their victims. She replies:
I was always a typical lefty, everyone-deserves-a-second-chance type – and to some extent I still am. But when I started working in a domestic violence refuge I became very aware of men who had committed a dozen acts of violence against women being let off, basically, and put into perpetrators’ programmes. It does make you want to cut their balls off. [my emphasis] Lock them up, then educate them.
Hmm, what might Ms Phillips suggest is done surgically to female perpetrators? It’s a silly question, really. In this bird-brained woman’s world view, we can be sure female perpetrators don’t exist. Or if they do exist, men are responsible for them being perpetrators in the first place.
Ms Phillips was the inaugural Toxic Feminist of the Month. Her award certficate is here.