"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Is That All There Is?

As if to prove that the spate of super-injunctions are largely ego-driven Andrew Marr has stepped forward and admitted that he is one of those 'high profile celebrities' involved and that the injunction has now been withdrawn.

Somewhere amongst the thirty gagging orders there could be another Trafigura and this use of injunctions by Marr and footballers simply distracts from something potentially more important; their private lives are just a frivolous distraction while other issues are going under the radar.

If I was into guessing names, Marr's would have been way down my list anyway - I had no idea that his affair with Times columnist Alice Miles was subject to a gagging order since it's been commmon knowledge for the past three years or so. What I have learned today, however, is that he had a DNA test which showed that he was not the father of Miles' child.

I fail to see how attempting to hide this inconsequential information from the public could be in the national interest and it surely arises only from an over-inflated sense of self-importance. Who are these minor media and sports personalities who think the world revolves around them and we have nothing better to do than pore over details of their private lives? By taking out these injunctions they make something of it more than it is.

I'd be more interested to know why Alice Miles accepted maintenance payments from Marr for her daughter.. but not very.

Btw, I'm sure we all remember Marr's attack on bloggers in general when he called them "socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother's basements."  I'm sure it had nothing to do with Guido outing him back in 2008.

UPDATE: Ian Hislop: Marr "rank and hypocritical"

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