To be honest, I have not knowingly read any articles by British journalist Melanie Phillips, either in The Guardian, the Observer or the Daily Mail, so I was interested to see what she had to say in her memoir, “Guardian Angel.”
was a traumatic experience which has probably had an enormous impact on
her whole life and career. She was the only child of a Jewish couple,
Alfred and Mabel and grew up knowing – rightly or wrongly – that she was
responsible for her mother’s ill health. She felt that if she did
anything wrong and caused displeasure, it was likely to kill her mother.
What a terrible weight to carry around with you as you grow up! To add
to that was the fact that her father was too weak to stand up for his
child – he may as well have been physically absent from the family home.
As she grew older, she managed to cover up her insecurities and
present a confident, determined demeanour.We go on to learn that after obtaining a degree, Melanie chose journalism as a career, quickly moving from a lesser known, out-of-town paper, to the Guardian. At first, she fitted in very well and was happy there, but as time went by, her political views began to conflict with the prevailing opinions. She came from a background which supported the left, but felt she had to move her political stance over time.
“I am simply Alfred and Mabel’s daughter – a Jew who believes in the repair of the world, and a journalist who believes in speaking truth to power.”
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- Guardian Angel: My Story, My Britain by Melanie Phillips (guardian.co.uk)