When disgraced former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie attacked Channel 4 News presenter Fatima Manji for the heinous crime of wearing a headscarf while reading the news - not yet a criminal offence, unlike phone hacking and many other creative ways of information gathering employed by papers with which he has been connected - it was only a one-off. No pattern, other than Kel’s routine unpleasantness, could be deduced from it.
More likely was that it was just another attempt to undermine a broadcaster hated by the Murdoch mafiosi, a thought that was reinforced when faithful News UK retainer Trevor Kavanagh abused his position as a board member of sham press regulator IPSO by using his Sun column to also put the boot in on Ms Manji after her complaint about Kel’s campaign of harassment and bullying was rejected.
But it now seems that Kel has a problem with Muslim women generally, and not just Ms Manji, as he has demonstrated with his latest piss-poor Sun column headlined “BBC cannot represent the 52% after Mishal Husain’s embarrassing Brexit-bashing interview with Siemens director Finbarr Dowling”. Good job he wasn’t called Saunders, innit?
The article starts out by deploying false assumptions like confetti: “THE people of Hull had the very good sense to vote Brexit by a whopping 70 per cent to 30 per cent. No surprise there … It’s the kind of city that Trump identified. Too many LBs (the Left Behinds) with massive youth unemployment, rundown housing and poor opportunities. Remain had done bugger all for Hull”. What has Trump got to do with Hull?
And who would be so stupid as to equate “Remain” with “successive Westminster Governments, and especially Tory-led ones”? But Kel does have a point: “the German manufacturing giant Siemens last year built a windfarm plant to serve the North Sea and employed 1,000 people”. That’s the kind of energy that Sun pundits sneer at, because in their perverse world view, climate change isn’t happening, honestly.
But Kel is incandescent at Dowling’s treatment on the Radio 4 Today programme, sniffing at “the poorly prepped presenter, Mishal Husain” before selling the pass with “He was a good sight cleverer than Ms Husain (not that difficult)”. Er, hello Kel! This is Kelvin McFilth, Mr “One ‘O’ Level” (and no “A” levels, and certainly no degree) calling on someone who read Law at Cambridge and has a Master’s degree from the European Institute.
It gets worse: “Then she asked the ill-researched question … Finally she fell flat on her face … the whole interview was so wrong and indicates the private voting choice of Ms Husain”. The BBC is not there to pander to semi-literate Murdoch thugs, but to the widest possible range of views. Nor is it there to duck the difficult questions for any and every guest who appears before its inquisition.
And its presenters are, whatever Kelvin McFilth’s view of them, entitled to conduct interviews as they see fit, rather than the way some bully boy from the 13th floor of the Baby Shard bunker thinks they should.
But good of Kel to confirm that he has a problem with women in general, and especially those who are followers of The Prophet. It must be sad to be a racist and misogynist bigot in a world that is, despite his boss’s efforts, moving on from that king of thing.