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Who else preferred Michaella McCollum’s tough and hard look to her groomed RTE appearance? She’s just not how we like our criminals to appear

10th April, 2016
A makeover, a national TV interview, and maybe a media career: few drug mules get the sort of parole programme Michaela McCallum is currently enjoying Pic: RTÉ

Watching Michaella McCollum’s exit interview from the Peru prison where she’s been serving a two-year sentence for drug smuggling, I had an odd sense of déjà vu.

The blonde hair, demure clothes, careful make-up, measured tones, and soft questioning: was I the only one remembering the interview Martin Bashir did with Princess Diana 20 years ago? The one in which, in Diana’s charming, blushing way, she stuck the...

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