I had the extreme misfortune to hear a bit of Joe Duffy today.
Our Joe is a bloke who does a phone in programme every afternoon on RTE radio, and frankly I cannot stand the programme or Duffy. People phone in with their pet peeves and of course the phone lines are then jammed with others who have the same peeve. Duffy then patronises them until someone else phones in with a different peeve.
Now I happened to up in the attic doing some tidying as Doc is due to call later and the radio was on as always. I was doing my best not to listen at all but of course some of it sank in between the other noises I was making [such as complaining that Joe Duffy is on while I’m in the room, but Herself loves it for some masochistic reason].
Anyhows, the programme opened with some woman complaining. Surprise surprise! Her complaint was along the lines that she was in some café or train or pub or somewhere and that she overheard people at the next table talking about ADHD and how they reckoned it was a load of bollox and was probably down to bad diet. Our friend was incensed by this as she had some relative [daughter?] who was Autistic and was apparently a right handful to manage. I missed a lot of it [thankfully] but said woman was positively incandescent that others should treat the subject with such flippancy.
Now there are a couple of things I would have pointed out if I were Duffy [God forbid] but he quietly encouraged her to waffle on about Autism.
The first thing is that ADHD isn’t Autism. There are those that would say it’s part of the autistic spectrum and who am I to argue, but the two are different? My theory is that ADHD is more down to the way that kids are brought up these days where the child is king of the family and must be treated as such.
The second thing I think is the most important and I am surprised that Duffy didn’t mention it. What the fuck was she doing earwigging at other people’s private conversations? Have we reached a state where we have to guard everything we say in case someone is listening in? Can a private conversation be publicly called out on national radio?
Personally I would have just told her to mind her own fucking business.