Yes I admit I took his ice-cream out of the freezer and this sounds terribly selfish but this was my space and I didn't even see him put it there. I honestly don't know why he put it there. The three of us on that side of the tent, Chetna, Nancy and myself, were told that this was our freezer to use and to manage it to the best of our ability. I don't regret taking his Baked Alaska out of the freezer. Of course I didn't do it viciously but we were all wanting a freezer and it was utter chaos, utter chaos. I thought he had his own freezer."
Absolutely spot on.
This was clearly a shonky edit which you may expect from Big Brother or X Factor but not GBBO.
Hmmm. I agree it has unfortunately turned into a bit of a witch hunt. And I have some sympathy for Diana, who doesn't deserve to be publicly villified, particularly at her age.
But I also don't believe she was innocent. I just think she didn't realise her small act of sabotage, which is a pattern of behaviour that many passive aggressive people get away with on a daily basis unnoticed, would be picked up by the cameras and come back to bite her on the bum in quite such a spectacular fashion.
No-one could actively remove someone else's ice cream from the freezer, which had been specifically put there to set, on one of the hottest days of the year, without realising what would happen to it. And to cap it all, her comments of "It's there, Iain, love," indicating the end of the bench, and "Well, he did have his own freezer" (or words to that effect) indicate she knew exactly what she was doing. She was 'teaching him a lesson' in a passive aggressive way, without saying anything to him about it for using 'her' freezer.
I know people like this. They have confessed their small acts of sabotage to me when gently confronted with them. It's an ingrained behaviour pattern that makes sense to them. They tend to be very polite people who consider it rude to be what they consider confrontational with people, eg "Why is your ice cream in MY freezer – use your own." They act silently to punish what they think of as an act of transgression (eg using MY freezer). It would never have crossed Diana's mind that anyone would notice and blame her, because without cameras nobody would have seen her do it, and she's probably behaved in this passive aggressive way for years.
Nonetheless, nobody wants to see an elderly lady publicly villified and I hope she can weather the storm and it blows over quickly.