The BBC’s Lisa Jardine gives us her point of view…..
Fiction has the power to fill in the imaginative gaps left by history, writes Lisa Jardine.
In my search for understanding the motivation of those who joined the race to produce the bomb whose use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki appalled the world, I eventually decided to turn from fact to fiction. If historians could not fill the gaps in the record that made the knowledge I was after so elusive, perhaps storytellers less shackled by documented evidence might do so.
Yes, less shackled by documentary evidence…that is a bit of pain isn’t it having to have evidence for your journalism.
On that basis I imagine the BBC prefers this method of interpreting the Koran....
‘This reading of the spirit of Islam, its true core meaning, transcending any scriptural formalities.’
Documentary evidence and actual scriptual formalities such as what the Koran actually says are such a nuisance and an unnecessary curb on our particular understanding of any subject. So much better to make it up to fit in with your own world view…just say ‘Islam is the religion of peace’…..and all the pain goes away.
Always interesting who the BBC plucks from off the street to present its programmes…Giles Fraser, Stacey Dooley, Michael Portillo and Lisa Jardine who writes such delightful tomes such as What’s Left?: Women in Culture and the Labour Movement and Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory.
No surprise perhaps that in this article Jardine manages to have a go at Mrs Thatcher…managing to quote this:
“Dorothy did not have a very high opinion of Thatcher,” she went on. “As a chemist she thought her average; as a politician she deeply disapproved of her.”