Suggestions of rivalry and a fractious relationship between the three female presenters of BBC 2’s flagship Newsnight programme are dismissed as “male fantasy” by one of them, Kirsty Wark in the new edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
“Do people say this about Gavin Esler and Jeremy Paxamn?” she asks.
And just to prove that they are all girls together the three women â€” Wark, Martha Kearney and Emily Maitlis â€” have taken part in a photoshoot for the magazine wearing, according to the Independent, Â£5,500 worth of clothes and jewellery.
But, I fear, Indy writer Cahal Milmo is taking the attempt to criticise the women for wearing nice frocks rather too far and even resorts to quoting “one leading media PR”, the old stand-by of a weak tale.
He also says that a Sunday newspaper magazine (which one?) pictured Wark last month after she was “hailed as the ‘thinking man’s crumpet’.” That was a clever line when it was first used about Joan Bakewell but its reuse suggests a severe failure of imagination.