Feb. 10th, 2013

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Desert Island Discs, for those who don't know (anyone?) is one of the Great Radio 4 programmes. It's been running since 1942. Some guests are more interesting than others, but there is no question that appearing there is a nod from the establishment.

Today's guest is Julie Burchill. For those who missed it--anyone?--under the guide of defending a friend Ms Burchill ripped loose with hate speech that would have had my not very radical grandmother washing her mouth out with soap.

I won't link to the original article, or even the screen capture, but this is the Observer's readers' editor's comment in the aftermath: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/18/julie-burchill-and-the-observer.


So this week I will not be listening to Desert Island Discs, and I have tweeted my protest.

Everyone is entitled to free speech. That is not the same as handing someone an honoured platform.

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