“I’ve just seen Marina Pepper, the Lib-Dem/Green local politico, on the TV mouthing off in defence of the Dale Farm “Travellers”. I’ve commented before on how odd it is that Vanessa Redgrave, who surely imagines herself “progressive”, supports the “strong, wise, warm and gentle” DFTs, just the latest in cheerleading for cultures – Chechen nationalists, Palestinian goons – that appear to find homosexuality an abomination.
“But of course, the socially conservative travelling culture stands accused of sexism making Pepper’s backing even more confused and confusing.
“Still, the oppression of women has never stopped Westerners such as Jemima Khan, Lauren Booth and Yvonne Ridley cosying up to Islam – and in Khan’s case, to a man accused of sexual assault who wrote in his autobiography of hitting a girl on the head with hammers because she WOULDN’T SHARE! Caitlin Moran fingered Jordan as “Vichy France with tits” in her book How To Be A Woman, but how much more this applies to the political equivalent of those weird women who write love letters to jailed rapists.”