I’ve been feeling a bit uncomfortable with myself over the last couple of days.
It’s to do with Wednesday’s Gabby Logan programme on which I was a guest. It was a good-natured show, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. However, when the topic changed to Peter Mandelson’s memoirs, fellow guest and Spectator editor Fraser Nelson referred to the former Business Secretary as ‘Mandy’.
It is well-known that Peter Mandelson is gay. Calling him ‘Mandy’ is a homophobic put-down in the oldest tradition. It’s like calling him a Sissy, or a Jessie. The implication is that, because he is a homosexual, he is not a man.
It is disgraceful, but not surprising, that the editor of a major national magazine should stoop to these kinds of anti-gay slurs. But to my discredit, I didn’t jump in and put him straight.
I’d like to apologise to anyone who feels let down by that.