Hiding behind his fader and famous for talking over people he disagrees with and deflecting conversations, James O’Brien hosts his own show on LBC between 10am-1pm on weekdays.
But would O’Brien be as effective in a neutral environment with a public debate and chairman to officiate? My friend ,Gerald Gravett, has issued the following challenge –
Mr James O’Brien.
I am a regular listener to your radio programme. I listen as I like to keep an open mind.
May I congratulate you on the preparation and construction of your arguments. You clearly select angles which brilliantly favour your stance. Your weakness seems to me to be that whether you are right or wrong, you alienate many people by verbally denigrating and abusing those who disagree with you. You surely need to rely on strong arguments supporting your contention – which you do really well – but do rather less shouting at opposing views. You have perfected the art of shouting in a quiet but condescending manner, one that appears specifically designed to aggravate and provoke anger in those who disagree with you. You do yourself no favours in this regard. Understand opposing views, address them directly and do not just rail against them.
You criticise observers and reporters by saying they are all talk and it is easy for them to talk as they are not in a position to make decisions. But these people are able to influence those who make decisions by leading and reflecting public opinion. You fall into this category, as do your colleagues on LBC such as Nigel Farage, Ian Dale etcetera.