Because I was away in Tallinn over the weekend I missed Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and his interview with Tory leader David Cameron. It seems a number of people had complained about a question relating to whether Mr Cameron had ever had any boyhood sexual fantasies about ex Tory leader Margaret Thatcher, in particular “Did you or did you not have a wank thinking ‘ Margaret Thatcher’ “.
Apparently the BBC received 21 complaints. Cameron himself took the comment is good humour as he and the audience of the programme would be aware of the irreverent and politically incorrect nature of the show and of Ross in particular. Amusingly though some people were less than happy. Lord Tebbit called it ‘obscene’ and Stephen Glover writing in the Daily Mail (where else) called it ‘puerile’ and indeed then moved on to some character assassination of his own calling Ross “a pretty low-life character whose chief ambition is always to draw attention to himself.”
One also gets the impression Mr Glover might be a fan of Maggie as he goes on to say:
“More interesting to me by far was the reaction of Mr Cameron. At first he burst out laughing, which was perhaps inappropriate. Then he squirmed with embarrassment. But at no stage did he tell Ross what a disgusting little toad he is. Even more significantly, he did not jump to the defence of his illustrious predecessor. He could, after all, have said something along these lines: ‘Margaret Thatcher may have made some mistakes, but she revived the British economy. You, Mr Ross, would not have recently signed a three-year contract with the BBC for £18 million were it not for the economic revolution that she helped to bring about. You are a snide and ignorant little ingrate. Lady Thatcher was a great prime minister, and I am proud to lead the party which she led.’ “
Thankfully, Mr Cameron did not react like a red rag to a bull, as Mr Glover seems to have wanted. Indeed Mr Glover reminds me of those people who used to come into a public reference library I used to work in, and if you didn’t make special exceptions for them, would throw their toys out of the pram and scream ‘I pay your wages’ . Never did get the chance to say, well in that case you don’t pay me enough.
The BBC has, needless to say, and quite rightly, defended the show.