It’s been quite a week, following a somewhat heated debate with Ryan Air’s CEO Michael O’Leary. I called to question his charity calendar in which female flight attendants are pictured wearing next to nothing.
My objections seemed to touch a nerve with O’ Leary who when we both appeared on Woman’s Hour last Tuesday, his attacks were personal, and he refused to answer my questions. Subsequently his people published a press release calling on ‘Dreary Mary to apologise’. But I stand by what I said.
Meanwhile, I hear today that Nick Clegg is being lined up for a top EU job in an “emergency exit” strategy which has been planned for the next election when it is thought he may well lose his Sheffield Hallam seat following the unpopular vote on tuition fees.
It might be another four years away, but the issue won’t go away. I’ve been involved in politics long enough to know that people just don’t forget that easily. And a week may be a long time in politics, but the wounds take longer to heal. Vincent Moss carries the full story in today’s Sunday Mirror.
The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt – whose name was accidentally turned into an expletive last week on BBC radio has suggested that much of the BBC corporation would vote Labour or LIb Dem. His presumptions are surely not going to win him any favours with the employees who are already in dispute over their pay and pensions.
In an interview with the Observer , Hunt said it was clear to most people that more BBC employees would vote Labour or Lib Dem than Conservative. He also said that the corporation had been out of touch with public opinion in the recent past and shown leftwing bias on issues such as Europe, immigration and Northern Ireland.