That's the curious description of A4e's owner Emma Harrison in the headline to an interview in the Sunday Times last Sunday. It's a neat way of insulting all of us. And another curiosity is that this is described as Harrison's "first interview since the scandal", completely ignoring the interview she gave to the Daily Mail on 11 August. There's nothing new in this one, except that the self-justification is stronger than ever. "I was busy helping families get back to work," she says. The history of Emma and her company follows, complete with tuck-shop incident, and then the account of how she thought of the "family champions". Her initiative was the inspiration for the whole government programme. But then, "Suddenly I'm put forward as the face of all evil". The article goes on: "Harrison does not deny that there was wrongdoing at A4e, but she believes it was blown out of proportion by political point-scoring. Those who wanted to attack the government's controversial welfare policies had a handy whipping girl." On the money, that £8.6m, she's still "unrepentant", giving the same explanation of her entrepreneurship as she gave to the Mail. She now spends her time working with her Foundation for Social Improvement, helping small charities.
Perhaps this is another attempt at rehabilitating Harrison's reputation.