Saturday, March 08, 2008
A Tribute to Carol Barnes
Almost four years ago to the day, I wrote THIS post about the tragic death of Clare Barnes in a skydiving accident in Australia. Clare used to work for me at Politico's and was the daughter of Labour MP Denis MacShane and ITN Newscaster Carol Barnes. Today we learned that Carol had died after experiencing a massive stroke a week ago. Carol was a lovely woman and totally devoted to her beautiful daughter. For some reason my main memory of Carol is seeing her do the washing up after a Politico's booklaunch -something at the time I thought was utterly bizarre. No mother ever gets over the death of a child, but the bond between the two of them was something special. Carol knew that Clare was a free spirit. Now they have been reunited.
Even before I knew her, Carol Barnes was one of my favourite newsreaders. She had an almost serene calmness about her, but always had a slightly wicked twinkle in her eye. She blazed a trail for women journalists and deserves all the fulsome tributes which have been paid to her today. See THIS article on Telegraph Online for tributes to Carol.