|Huffington Post, 21 January 2014|
Speaking at a hastily-arranged press conference this afternoon, Sir Norman said: "I have had quite enough of the metropolitan elite thinking they can cast aspersions on tripe like this. Mr Paxman is just the latest in a long-line of people who should know better."
Sir Norman pointed to the difficulties faced by the Tripe Marketing Board in promoting its product against a background of media criticism. "It's bad enough trying to persuade people to eat the stuff in the first place, even without unhelpful remarks by people like Paxman," he said. The continued association of tripe with something of inferior quality had to be challenged at every opportunity, and he said he would be writing to Mr Paxman to seek a retraction of his remarks.
Sir Norman said: "People in the public eye should think twice before they use the word tripe in such a way. I am a huge fan of Kirsty Wark's work and would personally like to see her dancing more often on Newsnight - she'd be well suited to something like the Lambada, though after recent allegations about other BBC presenters I would advise her to choose her partners carefully."
The Tripe Marketing Board has been monitoring Mr Paxman's comments ever since his infamous "absolute tripe" comments during a discussion on the Eurozone in 2012.
"It was only a matter of time before he offended again," Sir Norman said. "Like Boris Johnson, we're dealing with a serial offender here. Nothing less than a public apology can repair the damage to the reputation of tripe."