Kevin Myers disgraced

It is to say the least unfortunate that Kevin Myers’ iconoclasm about hoary Irish republican myths has been perhaps fatally devalued  first by Holocaust denial and now by  bonkers allegations that two BBC contracted women presenters  were among the highest paid because they were Jewish. The Sunday Times which carried the claim in its Irish edition has withdrawn it and apologised.

I’ve been casually acquainted with Kevin for 40 years since we were both reporters in Belfast at the height of the Troubles and I’ve often  enjoyed his provocative writing.  But I fear that he seems to have carried perversity to the level of self-willed dementia and is destroying himself. How his many critics of his version of recent Irish history will be pleased.  Danny  Morrison  was one of few from inside the camp to challenge him directly while conceding his talents.

However he should be allowed to explain himself in moderate language.  One last hurrah with Vincent Browne  perhaps?

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London