When it happened the first time, I shrugged. The second time, I was amazed. The third time, I’m now just shaking my head at the sheer stupidity and insularity of some of the people who work in Welsh media.
What she says is bad enough, but then you have to query what on earth Ms. Turner is doing writing for Wales’ national newspaper in the first place. She’s a fashion journalist so it’s obviously not for political gravitas. She was born and bred in London, so by most definitions I wouldn’t say that she’s Welsh. So what on earth is she doing writing for them in the first place? It’d be like having professional Scotswoman Edith Bowman commenting on political issues for The Times.
Secondly, students. Bloody students. Specifically, the student editor of Cardiff’s student newspaper who took the brave decision to be the first UK publication to publish the very controversial Mohammed images. At quite possibly the biggest university in Wales. On a campus teeming with students from all walks of life. Including Muslims. In a city that has the biggest and oldest concentration of Muslim people in Wales. Leaving aside the issues of freedom of speech vs responsibility, it’s not a very sensible decision to make – even fellow student newspapers say so.
Thirdly, church newspaper editors. To illustrate a Welsh-language article about the shared ancestry of Christianity, Islam and Judaism from the Church of Wales, they again included one of the controversial Mohammed images. Resulting in the recall of 500 prints. Whoops.
Sadly, this time around, I’m less amazed than bemused. Familiarity breeds contempt.