Deborah Ross

Deborah Ross writes the "If you ask me..." column for i. She also writes for The Daily Mail.

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Ian Paisley interview: Old-style preacher, bigot, but a joke? I think not

After the death of Northern Ireland's former first minister at 88, we republish Deborah Ross's interview with him from 1998, when she joined the firebrand unionist on the campaign trail ahead of the Good Friday Agreement referendum

If you ask me...when you can't write about Syria, there's always Pippa Middleton

For all those young people wanting to know, here's how you write a column

If you ask me...I'd never heard of 'school gate chic'

I always thought getting the kids to school on time was the issue, not whether you're wearing pyjamas under your Chloe coat. I'm a schmuck, a fool, an idiot

If you ask me...They're after me for the death of Diana. And with very good reason

Nothing and no one is safe from the conspiracy theorists' accusations apart from perhaps, Ben Fogle, as it’s just impossible to believe he could get up to such a thing

If you ask me...There's a part of me that just doesn't want to know about this 'designer vagina' trend

My vagina flinched, recoiled, baulked and would have absconded, I think, had I not had the presence of mind I always show in such instances, and sat on it, firmly

If you ask me...I have the perfect university for you A-Level students

Have you considered attending The University of Nowhere Fast, with its remit to prepare graduates for getting nowhere fast?

If you ask me...Bongo-Bongo Land should send cash to the UK, not the other way round!

I have often visited so can report, first-hand, that it is not a mythical destination devised as a means of referring to Third World countries in a derogatory way

If you ask me...These 'boomerang kids' aren't nearly as fun as they sound

If you're the parent of a "boomerang kid" who's moved back in for a while, or one who's home from university for the holidays - good luck. It's going to be a long summer

Lawyers warned the magazines create a degrading environment

Without ‘Zoo’ magazine, how would anyone know I'm a sex object?

How would people even know that women are constantly available sex objects unless magazines such as Zoo were around to normalise sexism and inform them this is so?

If you ask me...Pack your gladiator sandals – you might have to kill while on holiday

We do know of one woman who went on holiday as she regularly is, taking only clothes she regularly wears and she's lucky not to have been arrested

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