Tuesday 16 February 2016


If you recall (and if you don't please scroll down the page)...

The American papal biographer George Weigel used his invitation to appear on this week's Sunday on Radio 4 to absolutely blast Ed Stourton (in absentia) for "hunting for salaciousness" regarding the BBC presenter's Panorama (broadcast last night) about the sainted John Paul II and his relationship with women.

Now I won't break the blogger's cardinal rule (pun intended) which demands that we never slag off a programme we've not actually seen, but I will try to steer you in the direction of someone who (hopefully) has seen it: Peter Mullen at the Spectator

He doesn't just slag off Ed. He also thinks the BBC is absolutely obsessed with sex.


Actually, reading between the lines, I rather suspect that Peter has broken the blogger's cardinal rule but, hey, it's a fun piece nonetheless and makes some interesting points...

...including his remarks about the one bit of BBC broadcasting we both definitely did hear about this: namely the extra plug which Today gave it (most helpfully for its former presenter Ed Stourton) yesterday, beginning at 1:21:45:
And there was similar suggestiveness in a Today programme interview on Monday morning between John Humphrys and the liberal Catholic journalist Edward Stourton. Humphrys delighted in the whiff of salaciousness and wondered aloud whether Stourton’s discovery of hundreds of letters between the former Pope and the Polish-American philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka indicated that the pair were lovers. After much whetting of our licentious appetites, the BBC concluded that they were ‘More than friends but not quite lovers.’ 
If you've got a spare five minutes, please give it a listen if you doubt Peter Mullen's description here. 

Frankly all that was missing from this encounter was John Humphrys saying, "Oooh er, missus!"

I for one was not tittering.


  1. ‘More than friends but not quite lovers.’ As Bill said about Monica.

  2. If anyone one of us did a blogpost on a similar amount of evidence, the usual defenders of the indefensible would have sneered for a week at 'stale vomit' or imagining something that isn't there. Yet this is catapulted to the top of the BBC News totem pole, to the Today Programme, which sets the day's news agenda for the entire Corporation.


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