I never intended to watch How to Get a Council House on Channel 4. I wanted to gambol, free and happy around the internet for an evening. But then some comments appeared on Twitter, led by right-wing rent-a-gob Katie Hopkins, pouring derision and insults from all corners of the UK. 140 characters isn’t enough to answer all these hateful, ill-informed slices of spite, so read on, gentle friend, and I’ll show you what a poverty-bashing piece of classism it was.
Oh, BBC Scotland. “What Women Want” had such promise. A whole hour on women and the independence referendum, presented by Jackie Bird and featuring an all-female cast of contributors – it could have been just what the IndyRef needed. Given I still have to endure all-male panels and all-male opinion makers on my screen, on my radio and in my newspaper every day, I was rather excited. But much like the parents of a rebellious teenager, I shook my head in disappointment; you didn’t rebel, you stuck with the status quo of feminine clichés and patronising scripting.