Monday, September 7, 2009


Just read Lembit Opik's responses to some questions posed by the public in today's Independent. The following answer caught my attention, as to be honest, out of all that he does, it's the column in the Daily Sport that angers me the most as I find the paper so disrespectful and degrading to women. Here's his defence.

Does it worry you that you write a column for a publication which encourages the objectification of women as sexual objects, or do the pay cheques make it worth it? ALISON PONSONBY, BY EMAIL

I write for the Daily Sport because they give me the space to make a serious, unedited contribution in a way which might make politics interesting to people who may not otherwise find it all that attractive. I feel it's a valid outlet and I'm pleased to have the opportunity to cover real politics in an accessible way.

Any comments? If you want to read the rest of the interview, click on this link.

1 comment:

The Half-Blood Welshman said...

I would have said his remark is a fair enough point as far as it goes - although whether anyone actually reads his column is another matter. However, that doesn't alter the fact that he would appear to be making money from this to say the least controversial paper.

If he has any qualms about the content, why does he not give the money to a charity? That way his remark would have traction, because he would be doing it out of missionary zeal to bring politics into new areas. Or does he do that already? Otherwise, by taking their money he is implicitly approving of what they do and he fully deserves your ire.