Lay off Christine
It certainly seems to be open season on our Christine.
Mind you, her sins are too terrible to mention. Still, let's just mention the cardinal one: she's a successful woman and therefore fair game.
You see, Christine had the temerity to think about what's best for her during that will she/won't she saga over leaving the BBC for GMTV. Although clearly torn about the decision, this translates as ‘hard-nosed operator’.
Cue the inevitable slew of mean stories, with a quite remarkable quotient of venom and misogyny. For example, the papers claim GMTV’s Kate Garraway is worried Christine may not cope with interviewing the PM.
Yes, that’s the Pulitzer prize-winning GMTV team which brought governments to their knees with top tips for a bikinilicious summer.
Then there’s sniping about her trip to South Africa to support boyfriend Frank Lampard — apparently it proves she’s a WAG after all. At this rate of going poor Christine will probably end up getting blamed for Frank’s disallowed goal.
Plus, what’s more appropriate that idle speculation she’s had a boob job? The evidence is scant but so what.
And all this for a pleasant, professional and essentially unthreatening TV presenter who by talent and luck is making the most of her career
But that's the point: her life, her career — and some just can't stand that. Far easier to try and cut Christine down to size.