One can't change AA Gill.
He's had a go at the Welsh, ('ugly, pugnacious trolls' and that's the nice bit), the good people of Cheshire, the Albanians, the Germans, the English, etc. etc. But now, he's really bitten off more than he can chew. He's having a go at the lesbians or, more particularly, national-treasure-designate Clare Balding, who he described as a 'dyke'. Balding:
"This is not about me putting up with having the piss taken out of me, something I have been quite able to withstand, it is about you legitimising name calling. 'Dyke' is not shouted out in school playgrounds (or as I've had it at an airport) as a compliment, believe me."
Fair enough. Gill is now being Twitter-whipped:
The spat is being followed by thousands of people on Twitter. Balding, who made her debut on the microblogging site earlier this week to call Gill a "twat", is now seeking advice from fellow tweeter Stephen Fry. Last night former the Labour deputy leader John Prescott tweeted his support for Balding, referring to Gill as "a shit".
I'm sure Malty - commenter-extraordinaire and Gill-nemesis - could elaborate on JP's unusually pithy summary judgement. Shame he don't tweet.