As I have stated once or twice, I am an atheist, but I am asking you, dear God, to save us from the horror that was today Amanda Platell guesting on Jeremy Vine's Radio 2 show to talk about the first time you saw your father cry. I felt quite unmoved as Amanda, saccharine and quavery-voiced, shared her story, I honestly don't even know what the story was 'cos my brain was dying as I listened. And why anyone would want to share such a personal moment with the rest of Britain and Amanda is beyond me, but they phoned in in their droves. What had no doubt been a very moving moment for the caller became cloying and mawkish - almost farcical - as Amanda overflowed with sympathy and soothing. One caller, whose father may have been in the army, I don't know, I wasn't listening, my brain was dying, described her first memory of her father crying, choking back her own tears. Amanda paused and added in silky lilts: And, of course, there is no room for tears on the battlefield.