Jemima Khan: Why Is A Minted Socialite Editing The New Statesman?
THE divine newspaper columnist Suzanne Moore has made her thoughts known on the topic of Jemima Khan guest editing the current issue of the New Statesman. As a former writer on the little-read publication, who departed amid some acrimony, she’s entitled. Suzanne has no personal beef with the fragrant Jemima but does wonder on a social network site, slyly, whether the magazine may ‘walk the walk on social mobility.’
By this I assume she means: when will the left-wing organ open up the editorial floodgates to talents who are not the spawn of very famous rich families and/or international socialites with a lot of crawly friends? Suzanne speculates aloud whether Peaches Geldof might succeed Jemima (next time editor and former Durannie Jason Cowley fancies undertaking some Big Society work).
I must say Jemima wins the Madame Arcati Award for Self-Promotion. Just about every piece she either wrote or commissioned was pushed on Twitter – I adore the musk of ambition and cannot criticise the poppet. Thanks to Jemima we now know that Nick Clegg blubs to music; though student face-readers will have already discerned the moany cry-baby countenance in repose. In May he will be crying an awful lot, alas.
Now that Jemima has reminded us that non-editors tend to do a better job than editors as editors, may I suggest that Suzanne Moore be invited to guest edit an edition of the New Statesman in the not too distant future. Her brief reign would be a reminder of what this magazine once stood for – and exemplify the meritocracy Mr Clegg now espouses (without a mandate, natch).
PS: Helen Lewis, assistant editor of the New Statesman, tweets me: ‘Well, I worked with her [Jemima] on it, and thought she was lovely (and brought in great articles). You can quote me on that!’
PPS: Another tweet: mailto:’tlcSW7@Madame_Arcati re guest ed “it was an ironic move in a week when the gov’t announced an end to upaid internships for the rich”‘
PPPS: Suzanne Moore tweets: ‘My issue with Jemima is not at [all] personal. She did a good job .It is entirely political. I want jobs to go to unemployed talents.’ – MA