We had a variety of comments on Mike Dowd’s article Chiles is one to watch – with suspicion so we are publishing excerpts from several.
I used to like him on Working Lunch. I emailed him once and he emailed back and he seemed quite a sympathetic character.
He was good on Match of the Day too. I liked his humility and enthusiasm.
But then. Something happened. I can’t put a finger on it, but being a paid opinion-spouter brought about a similar transformation in James O’Brien. (Believe it or not, he was really nice when he started out at LBC.)
Both Chiles and O’Brien have fallen victim to Pundit Fever.
There is very little medical knowledge of this condition. Some say you can pick it up from a microphone. Others warn you from constant exposure to hot lights, which can evaporate your soul and hard bake your sense of self-importance.
Chiles and O’Brien, like so many sensitive opinion artists, have become addicted to dudgeon, the drug of choice for the talking head community.
AR Devine wrote:
So much SJW lunacy on Question Time on BBC Thursday night – not sure which issue to address. If I hear another person blame the lack of youth clubs for London’s knife crime culture I might just stab myself out of frustration. I worked for six years as a Yoof Support Worker in England. The knife crime epidemic is a crisis of values. It stems from these young men and boys often not having fathers present or other effective male role models and both their homes and schools not instilling empathy, respect for others and for the law. These kids in many cases are feral and a few rounds of table tennis in a youth club isn’t going to sort them out. I was bored for much of my teenage years, as were many of my peers. The crap town I was from didn’t have a youth club, but I never contemplated stabbing my mate Dave to pass the time, nor were there any other boredom related stabbings.
I too never attended a youth club. I did however have a wonderful father (and still have, hopefully for many years yet). And just like you, I never stabbed anyone either.
When I got bored, I read a book instead of stabbing someone. Sometimes, I even made up my own games rather than waiting for someone else to build me some facilities in which to avoid stabbing people.
Charles Dawne wrote:
The BBC get away with a lot outside prime-time slots. I start work early so I am up early enough for what passes as the BBC’s ‘business news’ which is nothing more than constant digs at Brexit with no defending viewpoint.
Indeed there is a regular German (?) female guest who uses the word ‘Brexit’ as a punchline to a joke.
Richie P wrote:
Back in the days when I used to listen to Radio 5L’s morning show (I know, I know), Chiles had on one occasion been despatched to some major city in the former Yugoslavia to cover the Syrian refugee crisis at a time when huge numbers were streaming through. Chiles was obviously a big fan, greeting the incomers in the same adulatory manner that an inhabitant of Brussels might have greeted Allied soldiers liberating the city in 1944. Turning to a local Muslim student, he invited her to share in his apparent ecstasy over the phenomenon unfolding in front of their eyes. But alas! It was terrible, she reckoned. These people had no place in Europe. They were almost entirely men of fighting age! Why had the cowards and assorted ne’er-do-wells not stood and fought for their country instead of abandoning their vulnerable women and children to their fate!!?? And, anyway a lot of them seemed to be from Africa, she pointed out. It could be a disaster taking place, she raged, satisfyingly. Chiles spluttered incoherently and was compelled to move swiftly on. Pure radio gold, for once.
If I were Oakeshott I would make a formal complaint about the sexual fantasy comments.