Wednesday, May 02, 2007

There is no public interest in this tittle-tattle

"Whatever the press may claim, there is no scandal here, and suggestions that Lord Browne may have described a dinner with the Prime Minister or a discussion with Peter Mandelson strike me as pathetic attempts to attach a public interest tag to what is really just a juicy bit of tittle-tattle. I would defend to the death the media’s right to talk about the private lives of semi-public figures; what disgusts me is the pretence of high-mindedness. It is Lord Browne himself, whose immediate resignation yesterday afternoon was in the interests of his company alone and cost him a vast sum personally, who comes honourably out of this." —Matthew Parris

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