Jeremy Vine ‘road rage’ driver jailed after losing appeal (and my interview with Jeremy Vine and Special Snowflake)

Our thanks to Stu for this. He first sent me a link while the trial was ongoing. I speed-read the piece, and concluded that the likelihood of this 22-year-old mother of a young child being given a custodial sentence was precisely zero, so I was surprised when she was given one. The piece explains why she was:

At the time of the incident, she was subject to a suspended sentence for a string of previous convictions for robbery, thefts and assault. [my emphasis]

Footage of the confrontation was filmed on the presenter’s helmet camera and posted online, where it has since had millions of views.

I was interviewed by Jeremy Vine for his Radio 2 show in March 2013, a couple of weeks after the launch of J4MB. The audio file (18:25) is here. The other interviewee was Special Snowflake herself, Laura Bates of the Everyday Whining Project. The ‘project’ is, of course, deeply sexist:

The Everyday Sexism project aims to take a step towards gender equality, by proving wrong those who tell women [my emphasis] that they can’t complain because we are equal. It is a place to record stories of sexism faced on a daily basis, by ordinary women, [my emphasis] in ordinary places.

Ms Bates married a deeply unfortunate man, Nick Taylor, in 2014. If they have a son, will he be known as Master Taylor? Perhaps, as a feminist, she should give him her own surname, making him Master Bates?

A day or two before our interviews with Jeremy Vine I emailed Ms Bates, to inform her about J4MB. My email couldn’t have been more polite, but she didn’t respond.

During the interview Jeremy Vine asked her if she was reading her lines off a piece of paper. She was, but denied it. Shortly after we were ‘off air’, when I was trying to make some small talk, she became angry and said (in a loud voice so Jeremy Vine, sitting ten feet away, could hear) something along the following lines:

Will you stop sending me abusive emails!!!

I replied calmly that I’d done no such thing, I’d sent her an email informing her of our party’s positions. She glared at me, stamped her foot, then stormed out of the studio. Jeremy Vine was open-mouthed in amazement. Bates has since been invited back on the show many times, I’m told, while I haven’t been.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • tomthumb015

    “Perhaps, as a feminist, she should give him her own surname, making him Master Bates?” < Ha ha quite funny, I just spotted it. Actually I bet the poor bugger will most likely be forced to wear pink frocks and play with dolls as a young boy. Orders from misandry mum.

  • ‘ … she became angry and said (in a loud voice so Jeremy Vine, sitting ten feet away, could hear) something along the following lines:

    Will you stop sending me abusive emails!!!“‘

    There are numerous videos on YouTube of women, on camera, behaving in that way: shouting, while a man is standing some feet from them or they themselves are attacking him, ‘stop attacking me’, ‘stop touching my breast’, ‘stop threatening me’ or even screaming ‘rape’. The actions are clearly designed to summon gristle brained white knights to their aid but really should be seen as a sign of mental illness; a form of passive aggressive psychopathy intended merely to subject a reasonable opponent to public censure or mob violence. It is in its way violence and should be treated as such.

  • wisemanner

    Don’t worry. The prison will be like a holiday camp.

  • wisemanner

    Bates made a video about rape culture, and it was taken apart and destroyed on-line by TlDr. Yet this woman is being allowed to talk to school kids!

  • archer

    Here is Bates again, referring to the “systemic” violence men perpetrate on women.

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2016/jul/26/womans-murder-called-understandable-lance-hart
    Not a word (of course) about the abuse that women in families often inflict on men, which often, on account of the partner’s inability to retaliate verbally, leads to a lashing out.