Friday, February 17, 2006


I was just about to go to bed when I flicked the TV across to find some odious woman discussing this morning's papers on BBC2. A name briefly popped up on the screen: "Yasmin Alibhai Brown - The Independent". I knew I was in for a treat.

Whilst pooh-poohing Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks's stinging rebuke of the Synod over their vote on divestment from Israel, she managed to misrepresent the CofE motion as being purely down to a boycott of Caterpillar.

Let me draw her mind back to Monday February 6th, when according to the Church Times Synod round-up:
A following motion was carried urging disinvestment from companies profiting from the illegal occupation, such as Caterpillar, until they changed their policies.
If she wasn't being deliberately disingenuous, she was either incredibly sloppy in her analysis or else is woefully misinformed on a matter she seems so passionate about. Neither case merits her presence on the BBC's flagship news channel.

She wasn't finished with rubbishing Jonathan Sacks. Even when the topic changed to yesterday's Brit Awards she was unable to control the words spilling out of her mouth.

In showing her dismay at urban music's poor showing, she dropped this clanger (paraphrased as I was still reeling from her Caterpillar outburst):
Music is the one thing that black people are absolutely brilliant at.
The ONE thing? It's a good job she didn't reach the sports pages or she could have refined her ridiculous statement by adding:
And they're quite good at running too.
Maybe she didn't mean it quite like that. After all, she's a caring, thinking type of Leftist - the sort who suffer moral trauma over Iraq, wanting "more chaos, more shocks, more disorder to teach our side a lesson." A real bleeding-heart.

She got one thing right though. In a rare moment of clarity, she succeeded in getting in a plug for her book that's coming out next month. I can hardly wait.

Have the Independent really sunk so low that this is the best they can send to the BBC?


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