Having taken time out last week to review Jim Gibney’s latest, it’s time to return to the North’s most unmissable column. Gail is actually on rather good form this week – my heart sank on seeing that, in common with everyone else, she was doing the Madeleine case, but she isn’t half bad.
Since most of what’s being written about the case itself is speculation, Gail takes an unusual angle and a welcome one. Yes, there is a little about the whole issue of sympathy for the parents versus a certain element of opinion turning against the parents over the last lot of days. But what Gail deals with, and the point is worth repeating, is the essentially racist characterisation of the investigation by the British media. These greasy dagoes aren’t to be trusted, you see. The Portuguese cops are either incompetent or corrupt or both. We have endless opinionating by punters who seem to think that watching CSI makes them experts on forensics. Best of all, the British tabloids denounce the Portuguese tabloids for printing lurid gossip, which they are then obliged to run themselves. If I was Portuguese, I would take this as a national insult.
Gail then moves on to one of her favourite targets, the Beeb, and deals with the barney over Nigella’s kitchen being faked. You see, Nigella isn’t filming in her actual kitchen, but in a studio made up to look exactly like it. I sense here that Gail is torn between her desire to get stuck into the BBC and her instinct to slag off a female celebrity, because we have here two half-arguments, one over TV fakery and one over Nigella sexing up cookery. I would be more inclined to pay attention to Gail on this front if she started giving off about Gordon Ramsay constantly taking his shirt off. Otherwise, what’s sauce for the goose etc.
And we get a bit of a giggle about Osama having discovered Just For Men – how else to explain that sleek black beard? Mark Steel riffs on the same subject, although, as so often with Mark, a funny quip runs a bit out of steam by the end of the column.
Not bad at all, Gail. Let’s have more of this.