Some people will do anything for publicity, some people will attend the opening of an envelope and some people like to speak about things like politics without really having an idea what they are talking about. A few rare people combine two of these faults, but it is rare to see someone who has, in my opinion, all three of these pathetic traits. Yet I believe Konnie Huq, TV presenter and Olympic Torch carrier, qualifies.
Firstly she apparently embarrassed the BBC a few months ago by speaking at an event that was seen by many as a political rally in support of Ken Livingstone. One might have expected that this would mean she would be more careful about speaking out on political issues, but no. This week, clearly worried about how she would look, she hinted at her displeasure at the Chinese regime and it was rumoured that she would not carry the Olympic Torch. However, she quickly denied this, seemingly so awe struck at the chance to be surrounded by sporting stars and important people, and despite claiming that carrying the torch "does not condone what China is doing", she shows that if hypocrisy was an Olympic sport, she would be in the British team.
In one interview last week she even hinted that she might wear a "Free Tibet", T-Shirt, which highlighted two other pieces of information about her. Either she is so stupid that she did not know that you have to wear an officical China 2008 tracksuit or she was deliberately telling porkies. Either way, it does her no credit.
If I had anxieties about China, but felt that it should not be used to ruin the Olympics, I would have kept my mouth shut in the first place, which is what Ms Huq should have done. As it is, as soon as she started spouting off about China and raised concerns, she should have been consistent with those comments she made to the media and withdrawn. The course she has taken is ludicrous and shows a real lack of knowledge.
It seems that for Konnie Huq that the chance to put on her CV that she carried the Olympic Torch was too much of a lure. I don't blame anyone for wanting to carry the torch so long as the but don't then lecture us all on politics afterwards. It is entirely legitimate for all those torch bearers to carry the torch today if they choose not to turn it in to a political issue. If you believe, probably correctly, that sport and politics shouldn't mix, as I heard Sir Steve Redgrave explaining on the radio whilst refusing to be drawn on the politics, then you are justified. But in my opinion Ms Huq showed a stunningly gutless way to espouse her views, wanting to have her cake and eat it. There may be some in Tibet who hope she chokes on it.
P.S. The anonymous troll who keeps sending stupid and abusive comments from the same IP address will not get their comments published. You know who you are.