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Hello. My name is Charles Sale and I hate Martin Brundle (and to a lesser degree David Coulthard)

Charles Sale is a funny man. His column in the Daily Mail is rarely worth readsing but every so often he delivers a gem that I’m pointed to on a forum somewhere. This happened this morning over on the F1 Thread at Digital Spy. Charles Sale is meant to be the man in the know about all things TV and sport related but half the times his ITK pieces turn out to be wider of the mark than David Beckham’s Euro 2004 Penalty miss v Portugal.

So what has old Charlie been saying this time…?

BRUNDLE AND JORDAN SQUABBLE OVER GRIDWALK

There are tensions in the BBC F1 team around the pre-race gridwalk which has been Martin Brundle’s domain and which he wants to continue, even it means a dash back to the TV booth at Silverstone to start his race commentary.

And the all-powerful Brundle has pulled rank at least once this season on his pundit colleague Eddie Jordan, who is keen to ask the questions on the grid himself.

Sensational news. Eddie Jordan wants to do more gridwalking because it is an important part of the coverage but Martin Brundle prefers to do it because you know – he’s been doing it for the best part of a decade and a half and he is critically acclaimed. Brundle is seriously fantastic on the gridwalk, asks the right questions and doesn’t waffle on. Without a doubt Brundle is the gridwalk king and as long as the commentary box box is near enough to the grid he should do it every single time.

End.

However the piece short sharp story might be even worse.

OPINION SPLIT OVER BBC COMMENTARY TEAM

The BBC say the response from F1 fans to the celebrity commentary partnership of Martin Brundle and David Coulthard this season has been hugely positive.

But former driver John Watson is among those who much prefer listening to the combination of David Croft and Anthony Davidson on 5 Live and Watson calls BBC ditching their former lead commentator Jonathan Legard as ‘frankly shameful’.

How. Just how does the story sync up with the title? Opinion is not split. One person says they don’t like it and that equals a split opinion? Also when are Martin Brundle and David Coulthard celebrities first and foremost? Both are former racing drivers and one has been in the commentary box for his 15th straight season. Was Murray Walker and Martin Brundle a ‘celebrity commentary partnership’? No they weren’t. Yet more bile from Sale who has long hated Brundle and blames him solely for the BBC dumping the much-maligned and not liked Jonathan Legard and tries to find every conceivable angle to lampoon Brundle from.

His full column can be read here but it’s mostly shite. If I ever became a national newspaper columnist (yeah like that is ever going to happen) I’d like to think that I wouldn’t let personal feelings and bias get in the way of facts. I know a man though who doesn’t conform to this ideal…

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Comments in the Daily Mail – always good for a laugh.

As I’ve said before I peruse most of the newspaper online throughout the day and every so often I like to read the comments. I was interested in an article in the Daily Mail entitled So just how long did these couples wait before sleeping together? as that is something I’ve always had interest in. What is the norm on these things?

The piece was a bit blah but the first comment when I clicked on in what the following from Roger in Upton Snodsbury:

They should ALL have WAITED until they were MARRIED. I am utterly disgusted that people would want to share details of their relationships with complete strangers, and FURIOUS that a once family friendly newspaper such as this one would stoop to such depths as to include an article of this nature. You should ALL be ashamed of yourselves.

You have to admit that is hilarious. Roger should have his own stand-up show because I know that I’d go and watch. He even uses capitals in an attempt to emphasise his point. Oh Roger you are a funny one. I know that there have bee many better but that has to be right up there.

Roger the Daily Mail reader in Upton Snodsbury is HILARIOUS!

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Holly-Ann Battye a month on – when will the country learn?

It was what around six weeks ago that Holly-Ann Battye was without a doubt the most famous Liberal Democrat candidate standing in any election on May 5. This is because the Daily Mail found her DeviantART website and decided that posing in sexy photos is not what prospective councillors should do and they decided to make a huge fuss over the story.

I said there and then that it was a mountain out of a molehill and the story just seemed so incredibly pointless and stirred up a lot of fuss over nothing. Young woman posing for photographs and oh my gosh – a ball gag – this type of woman surely cannot have a valid opinion of what the people want.

If you can’t tell I’m being sarcastic.

Well it turns out that she had hired Max Clifford to do her PR. In the piece Holly’s dad told the local rag, “They are actually working on an exclusive with national newspapers. Obviously the newspapers get something out of this in terms of circulation, and it is right there is something for Holly.”

Well it has been a month or so since the local elections and I have seen no story. Her star had faded and now her value to any tabloid is next to nothing. She did continue to stand but lost in the incumbent Tory councillor Ian McCord who got 548 votes to her 202. A resounding defeat but still she tried although she did not attend the count according to a local newspaper report

She has not updated her journal or art page seemingly since this whole thing erupted and you have to wonder how she has been affected by the media storm. It is sadly an indication of the society that we live in. We all have skeletons in our closets to some degree and running for office will give opportunity for those skeletons to find their way into the media and suddenly you are seen as a legit Public Interest story. If I posed today in ‘raunchy’ gear and posted it on the Internet no-one would care and those who saw it might have a nervous breakdown but if I did that and then ran for the local council then suddenly in the media’s eyes it comes under the guise of Public Interest.

Whilst there is no question of intrusion into privacy in this case as the pictures were on an open website, it does question the type of people who’ll both run and get elected into office. The country as a whole is still very stiff upper-lip and the majority of people do believe that for example a person wearing a suit is more intelligent and capable than a person wearing tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Appearances and first impressions play too much of a role in our society as a whole and even more so with our politicians.

I couldn’t give a damn if my local MP or councillor had the kinkiest private life imaginable. We elect them to do a job and if they do that job to a high standard then who cares what else they do as long as it is within the law. Sadly I know I’m not in the majority here. Will people with shall say we ‘non-vanilla’ personal lives run for public office and face the scrutiny of the media when they jump all over a small thing like this?

I doubt it somehow. Until the country becomes more sexually free then our elected officials with be either vanilla or privately perverted and when it comes out the nation will recoil. A sex life is a sex life. A private live is a private life. Should we care what others get up to when they are not on the clock? No we shouldn’t. The law is the law. Stay within that then you are good to go me. Until we relax our stiff upper-lips and stiffen up other parts of our anatomy then we’ll be destined to seeing the same types of people run for power and the same decisions being made.

I hope the experience hasn’t left Miss Battye feeling down on politics but if it has I wouldn’t blame her. I know the media have a job to do but really is this a story? It might be in Middle England but I’ll tell you this – Middle England is as perverted as the rest of us and if not more so and that my friends is saying something.

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Lib Dem election candidate Holly-Ann Battye in sexy photo ‘storm’

Holly-Ann Battye in standing for council for the Lib Dems in the South Northants Council ward of Cosgrove and Grafton. She has a few rather sexy photos up on her personal website and it is newsworthy according to the right-wing media.

The Lib Dems are a pretty laid back sort. Sexually liberal I would say (I hope they are anyway…) and I don’t see this being an embarrassing episode at all but maybe that’s because I’m extremely liberal. Let’s see what the Daily Mail thought about it.

The opening paragraph sums it up:

A Liberal Democrat local election candidate has left her party red-faced after she posed in fetish gear in provocative pictures which she then posted on the internet.

Oh dear.

If the Daily Mail really believe that the party are red-faced then they are dumb. If they really think a couple of photos in a ball gag is think kinky then boy they must be vanilla and boring. I wouldn’t even call those photos that provocative. The story actually says she is a councillor when as far as I can tell she’s only a candidate but who cares about accuracy when you can throw mud.

Just because someone poses in sexy photos doesn’t mean that they cannot be a good councillor. Anyone who thinks otherwise is what I’d call a moron. Good on the local party for standing by her.

Jane Hollis, chairman of the South Northants Lib Dems who is standing in the Castle ward in Northampton, stood by her candidate.

‘At the end of the day she is an artist and she sells images as a business,’ she said.

‘She is young and what I want to see is a refreshing change to all the elderly Tories sat on the SNC council.’

I can tell you one thing for sure and that is this young lady gets my full backing and thumbs up. She hasn’t shied away when these photos came to light and believes that the local stuck in the mud Tories (who are in general as kinky and perverted as the next person but don’t like it to be known) are using it to cast her in a bad light. Well to young people it will cast her in an extremely good light and they’ll not be impressed that some people think this is an issue to attack her with.

Good on her and I hope she sweeps into the fuddy-duddy council and ruffles a few feathers. Oh and if she wants any help in any photo shoots she needs to get in touch as they rock.

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The Hitler House – Exclusive: Daily Mail Newsroom is smoking some heavy stuff

If someone retweets a link on Twitter I think I’m more likely than most to click on it. If someone retweets a link saying that it is the best thing that I’ll read today then it is a no brainer. I hovered over the link and saw it was from the Daily Mail so I knew it had to be whack but what I clicked on even surprised me.

Yes a story about a semi-detached house in Swansea looking like Adolf Hitler. Really. Sometimes you just have to wonder what is going on in the minds of bored journalists desperate for a filler story in a newsroom late one evening. I doubt any of the journalists discovered the semi themselves so some bored eejit will have e-mailed it in saying ‘look at this bored Daily Mail journalists – isn’t this semi a spitting image of Adolf Hitler?’ and said bored journos have thought ‘blimey that’s an easy filler story that we can knock out in ten minutes and then kick back and relax instead of doing some proper interesting journalism that might enrich the newspaper and stop our soul degrading even further.’

And yet even worse than the story. I’m blogging about it. Seriously what am I doing? I suppose I’m just trying to point out that this might just be the most bizarre and pointless story I have ever read in a newspaper. I know there have been ‘Jesus in my Beer Froth’ articles but any Jesus story has some credence because so many idiots believe it but a house looking like Hitler. Honestly who cares? Has the house taken on the personality of Hitler and in persecuting jews and invading the rest of the street but knocking down its own rooms and evicting the neighbours with poisoned gas? If so that might be quite a story. As it happens it’s absolute codswallop.

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