SO you want to know why Virginia Bottomley gets such an easy time from male interviewers? Come with me to the Today studio, Broadcasting House, Thursday morning, where the Coquette of the Cabinet has just been interviewed by John Humphrys. La B reaches over, lifts up his earphone and murmurs: 'You're so much more frightening when you're gentle.' Quelle femme. For more, turn hungrily to our award-winning Review and read Geraldine Bedell's excellent profile. After you've finished here, of course.