It’s Not OK

The Telegraph

Domestic violence is never ok, neither is psychological violence. Far too many excuse it, sweep it under teh carpet or layt the blame on others.

Men who beat their wives, emotionally or physically are gutless cowards…at least Denis Waterman isn’t hiding behind name suppression:

Denis Waterman claims that he punched his ex-wife Rula Lenska twice, but insists “She certainly wasn’t a beaten wife, she was hit and that’s different.” Ah, that’s all right then. The man who most of us remember as ex-boxer Terry McCann in “Minder” goes on to dig himself a little deeper: “It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her”.

I don’t know which statement makes me more furious – taken together, they paint the portrait of a thug and a woman-hater. Waterman, who spewed this odious stuff to Piers Morgan on his TV chat show (to be aired next month on ITV), did say he was “ashamed” of his disgusting behaviour. But he went on to whine, in what sounded an awful lot like an attempt to justify his actions, “The problem with strong, intelligent women is that they can argue well. And if there is a time where you can’t get a word in… and I… I lashed out.”

So you see, women ask for it: the “it” here is a punch rather than rape, but I wouldn’t want to guess what the actor says about women in miniskirts. Instead of keeping mum when the husband (drunk, by his own account) starts rowing, the strong and intelligent woman dares answer back. She argues – and what’s worse, she argues well. How very dare she?  When a clever woman talks she makes a stupid man feel inferior, and he can’t have that: so if he can’t beat her in an argument, he’ll just beat her.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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