Sunday Feb 11th
INSULTING THE H.FATHER
Radio Five Live programme.....rushed to the BBC from Kings Cross, my mind still full of Durham, stories of heroic miners, image of glorious cathedral, glow from happy gatherings with family and friends.
Tube system caught up with Sunday repair work, so the train stopped at Marble Arch....wrrrrgh....had to hail a taxi to get to BBC at White City. Usual surreal sensation sitting in studio, sealed off from outside world, people phoning in to shout their opinions at me through headphones....I am not good at keeping my cool in such situations, and however hard I try, I always sound shrill and annoying. Topic was children and the future: Pope Benedict had pointed out that Europe is dying - people see children as a threat, as taking something away from personal pleasures, while in reality they are the future.....is this refusal to have children a form of deadly selfishness? I noted economic realities: without new generation being born, people alive today will endure to lonely and extremely difficult old age , no working population to create tax-base or provide any services. We must hope that the immigrants who will settling in Britain from other countries will be interested in caring for the dying indigenous population - but if they honestly aren't, it will be difficult to hold them entirely to blame. People phoning in: "I don't see why my decision not to have children makes me selfish - I just want to do what I want with my life. I want to enjoy myself, travel, spend my money as I choose. So why doesn't this horrible woman in the studio just belt up?" Most people began their comments with "I can't believe what this woman in the studio is saying!" and many went on to say that they hated my voice. One or two expressed the vigourous opinion that I was probably insane, or needed a sedative (this last possibly true by this stage!)
I always agree when people say I am annoying, irritating, have a disagreeable voice etc. Also when they say I'm probably nasty. But does that mean that the economic facts I am presenting are untrue?
Many routine - but rather gross - insults about the Pope, of which the milder ones were "He wears dresses and lives in luxury."
Home, rather tired.