Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, November 08, 2004
Many are no doubt weeping at the slow demise of Yasser Arafat, but why is the BBC among them?

Perhaps reporter Barbara Plett can explain.
She said: "When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning." Almost as a footnote, she later admitted that an "ambivalence towards violence" was one of his failings.
Perhaps it's one of Great-Aunt Beeb's, too.