Let me get this straight: –

1) It’s OK to imply that the shooting in Tucson was somehow due to the Tea Party and S. Palin within hours of the event*.

2)  But it’s not OK for S. Palin to defend her position a few days after the event, as this is insensitive.

As long as I know.

*It was expected that the BBC, Guardian, etc. would jump in with both feet re: the accusations (not even hedging their bets, let alone waiting for evidence “It’s all Palin’s fault!”) but sad to see that even the Sunday Torygraph got in on the act.

It’s That Woman Again.

As I like of think of myself as a person of some taste I have to start with the usual disclaimer that I don’t actively watch “I’m A Celebrity . .”, I just pick up bits by osmosis.  (i.e. I’m in the same room as the TV, either reading or on t’internet.)  However, the phenomenon that is Gillian McKeith is hard to miss, even if you don’t have a TV.  Having already viewed her unscientific opinions on food (and its waste products) with scorn, I could be said to be biased against this person who, in a previous age, would have been thrown into Bedlam so that people could pitch rotten fruit at her.

Whilst in the car today I caught an interview with her in which she tried to justify her peculiar behaviour in the jungle (or the backlot of Pinewood studios, as some would suggest).  It transpired that, apart from her distrust of proper food, she had phobias about insects, heights, helicopters, and water (I think that covers it).  Apparently, coming into contact with any of these frightening things would result in screeching and (often) fainting spells.

It occurred to me that it wasn’t really a case of having a number of separate phobias; she is simply afraid of LIFE.  You have to feel sorry for her kids.