“Ageist” BBC must reinstate Arlene, says Harman.
Until I read that headline, I thought I knew exactly where I stood on l’affaire Strictly Come Dancing. I’m old enough to remember getting jolly excited watching lovely Arlene Phillips and Hot Gossip pouting and bottom-waggling their way through I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper, so I’m also old enough to be bothered by talented people losing their jobs as a result of “ageism”. (Though the BBC, of course, denies that this was the reason it decided to replace Phillips, 66, with sexy, pouty, hot, vixen-babe, pop-star, baby-doll, nymphette, chick Alesha Dixon, 30.)
Now that Harriet Harman has intervened, however, I have shifted my position completely. Everything this bossy, interfering, and – for a QC and an ex Paulina – quite astonishingly thick class traitor ever says in that dreary fake-pleb accent of hers is stupid and wrong, be it on the subject of female equality or television game show casting. If she told me sharks were vicious, deadly maneaters I would confidently dive into a tank full of ravening great whites, secure in the knowledge that I would come to no harm.
It is for this reason, I can now declare with absolute certainty that Arlene Phillips is a lame old hag who totally had it coming to her, that there’s no one on earth who less deserves to be a Strictly Come Dancing judge and that anyone would have done the job than her better up to and including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il or the late Dame Thora Hird.