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Refugees welcome?

DID you hear LBC’s Nick Ferrari eat the elfin-faced shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper for breakfast on his morning show this week? If you didn’t, it’s well worth it The whole interview is priceless and deserves a wider audience. Talk about a lesson in political evasion. It is an absolute classic. It is so bad some news operations have printed the interview verbatim.

Cooper turned up on Ferrari’s show claiming there weren’t enough female voices in the EU referendum debate. I don’t know who briefed Cooper, but she seemed totally unprepared when the Ferrari asked her why she hadn’t yet taken a Syrian family into one of her two opulent homes.

Right from the start of the migration crisis, the shadow Home Secretary has taken the moral high-ground, saying we should take more refugees. You may well agree, but she made the mistake of announcing haughtily that she was going to take a family into her home – and then failed to deliver. Not only that, she even had the gall to blame the Tories for the fact a family hadn’t moved in. She said the Government has said we shouldn’t be taking refugees into our own homes.

I won’t drag this out – go and have a listen or read it for yourself. If you can, listen to it. Labour’s Spin Doctors will be getting her in Rapido. She makes Little Britain’s Vicky Pollard seem articulate. But here’s a little teaser with her second excuse to keep you going:

Ferrari: So can one of them (a Syrian) have your room?

Cooper: They, you’ve got to have proper fostering, haven’t you.? You’ve got to have proper fosterers and, I’ll be honest, I’ve not had proper support and training from local councils to be a proper fosterer and I think that’s not something you can play games with.

Excuses after excuses. By now Ferrari has been reduced to fits of laughter.  You will enjoy this, believe me! To think she was one of the candidates for the Labour leadership. Maybe it shouldn’t now be such a surprise that Jeremy Corbyn got 251,000 votes. Cooper managed just short of 72,000.

THE latest scare story doing the rounds this week in true middle-England Daily Mail fashion is ‘Are carbohydrates the new cigarettes?’ ‘Experts’ have warned that white bread, bagels and rice ‘increase the risk of lung cancer by 49 per cent’.

Innocent-looking cereals like Corn Flakes and Sugar Puffs apparently have a high glycemic index. It’s all to do with how quickly blood sugar levels are raised after meals. This, in turn, increases levels of a type of hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factors (IGFs). Elevated levels of IGFs have previously been linked with a higher risk of lung cancer.

Personally, I would have found it a lot easier to ditch a bowl of Corn Flakes or Sugar Puffs in a morning than I did to give up my after-work fag, which I managed to achieve a long time ago. It’s a hard one to call, but which will kill me first, Frosties or my previous consumption of Marlboro Reds.

DOES anyone really believe that the former Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova didn’t know the performance-enhancing drug Meldonium, which she has taken for the last ten years, has been a prohibitive substance since January 1?

She claims to have been taking the drug because of ‘health issues’ and a family history of diabetes, but surely at this level of sport, athletes are surrounded by a posse of staff whose job it is to guide them through the process of staying at the top of their game, while keeping within the legal guidelines.

Whatever, it has cost Sharapova dear with a 70 million dollar Nike deal scrapped, a TAG Heuer contact pulled and a warning that Porsche ‘will not pursue a new deal’ with her. Heads need to roll somewhere.

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Kevan Blackadder

Written by Kevan Blackadder

Kevan Blackadder is a media consultant who runs Blackadder Media Limited. Kevan was previously editor of the Gloucestershire Echo and assistant editor of the Bristol Post. A Cumbrian who moved to the South West “for a couple of years” in the 1980s, he can’t quite believe he’s been there ever since.

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