My sparring partner in tomorrow’s ‘Woman’s Hour’

I’ve just learned that I’ll be debating with John O’Farrell on Woman’s Hour tomorrow (BBC Radio 4, 10:00 – 10:45). He’s the former ‘comedian’ who made such a poor showing as the Labour candidate at the Eastleigh by-election recently. He wrote in one of his books that he’d wished Margaret Thatcher had been killed by the IRA bomb in Brighton:

He wanted Britain to lose the Falklands War:



About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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4 Responses to My sparring partner in tomorrow’s ‘Woman’s Hour’

  1. Ian Wellesz says:

    Hi, I’m not really a full supporter of your movement, but I thought O’ Farrell was odious and did your cause more good than harm. I hope you get the chance to debate him again.

  2. Hi, I have just listened to your sort-of interview on Woman’s Hour. I thought you got a raw deal! I would like to have heard more detail from you about what you really think about things, rather than just hearing your debating partner insult you personally. I was quite interested in your cause, am a mother of a sensitive young boy, married to a strong man, and also think that men get a rotten deal sometime and need a voice! Good luck with your campaign. I think it has a place in our society.

    • Thanks Caroline. I could have used similar shaming tactics but thought it beter to just ignore the insults and focus on why we’re doing what we’re doing. O’Farrell wrote in one of his books that when he heard about the Brighton IRA bombing he was disappointed to learn Margaret Thatcher hadn’t been killed. He was also disappointed that Britain won the Falklands War (in which 255 servicemen died).

  3. vadark says:


    Just to wish you good luck for tomorrow! I’ve listened to every one of your radio interviews and I have to say that you are getting stronger each and every time you are on. It’s great to see your confidence growing and I think the way you’ve dealt with the opposition so far has been a fine performance and hats off to you for sticking up for us guys. You’re definitely going to get my vote! I hope you’re still reading the comments over at TROM. If you are, you’ll be pleased to know that you have oodles of support.

    John O’Farrell really shouldn’t pose any problems for you as long as you have the ammunition up your sleeve and plenty of factual evidence to back you up. Just keep demanding answers when he (or Jenny) tries to digress or avoid topics they are weak on. Also, for goodness sake, get out as many facts on air as you possibly can, while you can, because woman’s hour has a large audience and every second is so valuable.

    I’ve read up about John and he’s all for women’s rights and equality (supposedly). He will probably try to make himself look good by putting you down with shaming tactics mixed with a hint of comedy. Don’t laugh. Tell him that the male unemployed or homeless don’t find him funny. Rise above it and call him a white knight who is way out of touch. Accuse him of dropping the ball when it comes to true equality by failing to recognise 50% of the population. When he talks about female oppression or male privilege please calmly reveal a nice long list of female privileges (I’m sure you must have a nice long list by now). And please inform him that the word he’s looking for isn’t “oppression”, it’s “protection”. When he mentions the female vote, inform him that it was only for about a decade. And that all men didn’t get the vote either. Also, he’ll probably throw in the card that for hundreds of years women have had no power and had it sooo bad. Hit him with something like “I shouldn’t worry about people who are dead; let’s move forward and talk about the people who are alive”. And then reel off a few more home-truths about the plight of modern day boys and men.

    Go for it, Mike, strike while the iron’s hot! It’s impossible from where I’m sitting for you to be outsmarted. You have so much ammunition, you simply can’t lose! Just put an immediate stop to the shaming tactics if/when they begin.

    Oh yes, and a good one to end on is to put it to Jenny that now you’ve presented her with a raft of issues that affect boys and men, what is SHE going to do about it to help given the wealth of personal power that she has at the BBC. And then ask her nicely if she’s going to simply ignore it like every other feminist does.

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