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Phone Hacking At ‘Lupert’ Murdoch’s Sunday Times: The AA Gill – Jeremy Clarkson Laugh In

by | 25th, July 2011

I BOUGHT the Sunday Times for the first time in ages yesterday, thinking I might find contrition over Hackgate on every page. And how wrong I was! Chortles, chortles everywhere. The diktat from on high is plainly to laugh off the scandal, to treat it with amused patience. News International’s many critics are not the enemy: they are source material for knowing giggles. Which brings us straight to AA Gill.

Dispatching him to review the parliamentary select committee’s bungled inquisition of the Murdochs was a clever move. Such is Adrian’s unstoppable eye for physical imperfection, he could mirth up Treblinka. Tom Watson, we are reminded, claimed £4,800-worth of food exes in one year (cue fattist joke); and the committee chairman’s reaction to the pie splat is the horrified demeanour of a dowager duchess who has discovered a naked Zulu in her bath .” Where’s Lady Bracknell?

None of this gentle knockabout will have exacerbated reader-hernias, but the branded (ie Gill-ish) comic intention, harnessed to a practised prose power, was sufficient to maintain a virtual smirk. More to the point, this souffle propaganda posed no threat to Gill’s long-term contract with the paper.

Close by was Adrian’s pal Jeremy Clarkson who has already told readers that one of his best friends is Rebekah Brooks. Buried in his usual auto-throwaway shtick was his take on Hackgate:

“The people who knew the person who once met someone at a party who may or may not have illegally listened to Sienna Miller making a hair appointment.”

Giggles! Renew that man’s contract!

Over on the next page, an interview with Chipping Norton resident Alex James by Giles Hattersley lay in wait. They talked about cheese. Young Giles kicked off about Hackgate’s Chipping Norton set The Camerons, Rebekah Brooks and the junior Murdochs, all hanging out in the Cotswolds, being fabulous and powerful in… honey-coloured homes. Y’know,

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