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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