Anorak | Madeleine McCann, Russell Brand And Decapitated Cyclists

Madeleine McCann, Russell Brand And Decapitated Cyclists

by | 19th, March 2009

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann , Kate McCann and Gerry McCann , starring Matthew Parris, headless cyclists and Russell Brand.

The Guardian tells us:

A Times article about decapitating cyclists was the most complained about last year to industry watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission, receiving a record number of complaints about British newspapers and magazines.

Hats off to that story, and take care to untie the chinstrap first, readers.

The PCC, publishing its annual report today, said it received 4,698 complaints overall last year, a rise of 8% on 2007.


The most complained about article was a comment piece by Matthew Parris, published on 27 December, 2007, in the Times and headlined “What’s smug and deserves to be decapitated?”.

Matthew Parris, the erudite, elfin and likeable Times columnist was the cause of complaint?

It attracted 584 complaints, mostly from cycling enthusiasts objecting to the suggestion that piano wire be strung across country lanes to decapitate cyclists as a punishment for littering the countryside, the PCC said.

That was a suggestion? Oh, ****. Parris can be too subtle for his own good.

And Parris had some stiff competition, literally:

The article beat the Daily Mail’s coverage of the Jonathan Ross and Russell BrandSachsgate” affair into second place, it drew 92 complaints.

In yer face, Brand. Is it too late to give Parris his BBC2 slot? And how much will it take for Parris to replace

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