At the Press Gazette Awards last night a woman who wrote the worst piece of journalism I've ever read won the award for Interviewer of the Year.
The utterly ghastly Camilla Long, who would like Gordon Brown to fuck her as well as the economy of this country, must surely have been sleeping with the judges to be awarded such a prize?
For this is a woman who thinks that mocking someone for having cancer is funny.
I read that interview and immediately recommended that a transcript of the interview should be requested.
I will not be buying the Sunday Times and I will certainly be recommending to those in my line of work that anyone with any serious illness or injury is not interviewed by that now trashed rag.
As England Expects explained rather more eloquently and honestly than Long-Shot,
I will tell you what is odious. The fact that on Friday, just after Farage had delivered a barnstormer of a speech at the Milton Keynes conference I recieved a phone call. It was Camilla Long,
"Look Gawain", she said, "I am really sorry to ask you this but the editors have told me to",
"What's that?" I said,
"They want me to ask which one of his balls was removed after his cancer".
You want odious? I would suggest even asking that question is pretty bloody impertinent and cheap, and I told her so, but she persisted. So I agreed to ask, but told her not to expect a particularly forthcoming answer.
When I asked Farage, he was, unusually for him somewhat put out, but after saying that he though it a cheap shot he then he recovered his normal poise,
"Tell her if she is so bloody interested that she can come over and check herself".
So I called her back and told her, both that he felt is tawdry, but if she must then that is his coment.
Or as she puts it..
...two days later when I call his press officer to confirm which testicle he had removed. Farage has just given his party conference speech and is in high spirits. “Tell her to come and find out, ha-ha-ha!” he shouts over the din.
A woman would never be asked which breast was removed after breast cancer and no other politician would be asked such an invasive and utterly unnecessary question. No member of the public would be expected to answer but because Camilla Long is rammed in the sweaty crevice of the establishment and only has a vague grasp, if any, on the concept of civil liberties and democracy she thinks this is okay to ask a UKIP politician.
The Press Awards have been tarnished by her nomination, let alone her undeserved victory.
Surely rule 1 of reviewing a book is that one reviews the book? I perhaps can guess at what happened here, though. There's a very good chance that the woman cannot read for she certainly cannot write.