Someone in the world of TV scheduling has a deep sense of irony. On BBC2 you can watch The Gaza Crisis, while on Channel 4 I am watching Surviving Gazza. It's painful viewing. I keep thinking: what kind of mother would allow her three very scarred children to take part in a programme like this?
Mason, her eighteen year old son by a different father, is desperate to win Gazza's approval. His 22 year old sister Bianca is not Gazza's biological daughter yet she seems happy to enter the world of 'D' list celebritydom, living off her surname. Regan, who is 12 years old seems to be the only one with a clear head.
Sheryl even felt the need to take a camera crew with her to see a psychotherapist who advised her to stop "helping" her ex husband. And she was then filmed as she told her children she would stop "helping" him. Nice.
If Sheryl Gascoigne really had her ex husband's best interests at heart, she would never have agreed to make this programme. And if she had her children's best interests at heart she would have told the producers where to stick their programme idea.
I wonder how much Channel 4 paid her.
The three Gascoigne children actually seemed like really nice kids. Sheryl must be a better mother than her reputation might suggest, because her children are a credit to her. But she should never have put them through this.
Paul Gascoigne was a wonderful player who gave the country so much enjoyment. I remember watching him in the 1990 World Cup Semi Final, crying with him. I remember the roar I let out when he scored THAT goal against Scotland.
But I don't want to remember him as he is today. He's heading the same way as George Best unless someone can help him. I pray they do.