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.’