Emily Maitlis drew tabloid scorn for letting her pooch take up a seat on a busy train. But her actual offence was overlooked
Ezra Pound had it mostly right: when you reflect on the way dogs behave, you’re left in no doubt man is the superior animal; when you go on to reflect on human behaviour, you start to wonder. He might have added a coda that the real source of bafflement and disgust is to be found in human behaviour around dogs.
Take this week. Wanging round the internet has been a photograph of the BBC’s Emily Maitlis working on her laptop at a table on a GWR train with her pet whippet curled up peaceably on the seat beside her. “Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis slammed for letting dog sleep on seat of packed train” was the Daily Mirror’s pretty representative headline.
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