The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - RADIO WEEK -

An­other day, an­other mass shoot­ing in Amer­ica. This time, a men­tally un­sta­ble 22-year- old, who had been re­ceiv­ing reg­u­lar psy­chi­atric treat­ment and was re­cently vis­ited three times by po­lice over in­ci­dents, legally bought three hand­guns and shot 11 ran­dom strangers in Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia — three of whom died.

Some of this venge­ful wom­an­hat­ing vir­gin’s vic­tims were from the lo­cal univer­sity.

Tonight, a young fe­male stu­dent cousin of mine emailed to say she lives just one street away from where it hap­pened.

It could have been her. It could have been any­one. But once again, Amer­ica’s re­ac­tion will be to shrug its shoul­ders, and do ab­so­lutely noth­ing. It’s as baf­fling as it’s rep­re­hen­si­ble. ad­vised. ‘Be­ing my­self is what wor­ries me most…’ he laughed.

The show was broad­cast from in­side the spank­ing new Ter­mi­nal 2 at Heathrow, and the other guests were David Wil­letts, Sci­ence Min­is­ter, Labour’s shadow Scot­tish Sec­re­tary Mar­garet Cur­ran, and Ukip’s newly elected MEP Louise Bours.

The first ques­tion was about Ukip’s stun­ning elec­toral suc­cess. I gave what I thought was a per­fectly mea­sured re­sponse, only for Ms Bours to an­grily ac­cuse me of be­ing ‘pa­tro­n­is­ing and sanc­ti­mo­nious’. I glanced over at her co­pi­ous notes, and thought I saw those ex­act words pre-writ­ten down by my name, ready to be used what­ever I’d said. But per­haps I was mis­taken.

It didn’t take Joey long to make his mark.

‘Ukip is the best of a bad bunch,’ he de­clared. ‘If I’m some­where and there are four re­ally ugly girls, and I’m think­ing she’s not the worst, that’s what you rep­re­sent to us.’

Un­for tu­nately, he was star­ing straight at Ms Bours when he said this. The au­di­ence gasped, the rest of the panel froze, and she erupted. ‘ What an of­fen­sive thing to say! The ig­no­rance that you spout il­lus­trates that foot­ballers’ brains are in their feet!’

Joey, sud­denly re­al­is­ing what he’d done, put his head in his hands. I caught his eye and winked.

Even by his stan­dards, a yel­low card in­side the first ten min­utes was ex­cep­tional. Later in the show, Joey apol­o­gised when chal­lenged about his com­ments by a woman in the au­di­ence.

‘Sorry, I’m new to this,’ he said. And when we’d fin­ished tap­ing, he came up to me and groaned loudly. ‘I

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