Peaches Geldof comes out on top against 'rent-a-gob' Katie Hopkins on This Morning

‘If you want an example of someone who didn’t grow up with attachment parenting, look no further than the person on my left.'

Peaches Geldof and Katie Hopkins have battled it out over attachment parenting (the theory that a baby should stay as close as possible to the primary caregiver at all times, preferably co-sleeping and being carried in a sling) on This Morning, but it’s clear that Peaches – or ‘Peach cheeks’, as Katie referred to her – came out on top.

The showdown between the 24-year-old mother of two and the woman who Geldof branded a ‘rent-a-gob for the Sun’ was pre-empted by a fierce Twitter exchange, during which Katie Hopkins tweeted a picture of Geldof dropping her baby son Astala and Geldof retaliated with a brilliant invocation of Godwin’s Law: ‘What is next? Hitler being exhumed from his grave, reanimated and allowed as a contestant on the Apprentice or a commentator on ITV??’

Debate about the pros and cons of attachment parenting went personal fairly quickly on the morning show, with Hopkins moving from assertions  that attachment parents ‘sleep in the same beds as their babies because they never grew out of playing with dollies’ and hang around in malodorous clusters of prams at coffee shops (‘When you walk into Costa, you can virtually smell the breast milk’) to barbed attacks on Peaches herself (‘Some people have never really learned to do what they’re told.’)

Geldof shot back with: ‘If you want an example of someone who didn’t grow up with attachment parenting, look no further than the person on my left. This is a prime example of someone who didn’t grow up with attachment parenting: someone who’s cold, who goes on the media to slag off other women, who slags off her own children’. After the programme, she was happy enough with her performance to tweet ‘YOU LOSE, sucka!’ and mentioned that Hopkins had left the studio ‘with her tail between her legs and a traumatised look on her face.’

As someone who had dismissed Peaches’ parenting techniques as ‘all a bit knit-your-own-Birkenstocks’, Katie Hopkins seems to have duly underestimated the debating powers of the second Geldof daughter and, in doing so, bitten off quite a lot more than she could chew. The latest she had to say from her Twitter account @KTHopkins at the time of writing was ‘Enough of the mammary mafia.’

Peaches Geldof and Katie Hopkins on This Morning.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.