This is from a writer who appears to believe Jill Pell's quite incredible conclusions about the smoking ban and premature births. Yet she feels like the witch hunt is tasteless:
The anti-smoking lobby, which has attacked her with such venom, certainly has the stats to back up its claim for moral legitimacy. But I balk at the mass condemnation of the one-time nation's sweetheart.
It has the whiff of the witch hunt. There are glints of glee in the eyeballs of those rushing to crucify this otherwise likable and soft-natured woman. [...]
That a good mum should be rounded on and metaphorically spat at by those who imagine that not smoking makes them angels of propriety is so painfully ironic it's almost funny.
As for the publicity-seeking vultures behind Celebrity Mum of the Year stripping her of her previous title, that's the biggest joke of all.
With this year's short list featuring Natasha Giggs and the still to give birth, Peaches Geldof, Stacey can rest assured that being a decent mum has sod all to do with that prize.Hooray for this writer from the Belfast Telegraph for acknowledging that good motherhood is a not defined by being risk averse, and for condemning this needless public outcry.
Hat tip to Pat Nurse who undertook some hefty radio work on the story this week.