Tuesday, 26 April 2011

BBC's Andrew Marr has only himself to blame for injunction spotlight

Andrew Marr, one of the BBC’s top political interviewers and all-round talking head, has dug himself a hole that threatens to cave in his career.
He cheated on his wife; the affair ended in 2003 by which time his lover had a child he believed was his. In 2008 he was granted a super-injunction silencing newspapers about his infidelity; intervention by the satirical magazine Private Eye managed to limit the order. The existence of an injunction could be reported but no more.
Until yesterday Marr was happy to use the courts to shield his personal life, while continuing to probe the motives and private lives of others.
The only time I’ve felt sorry for Gordon Brown was when interviewed by Marr who demanded of the then-British prime minister: “A lot of people in this country use prescription painkillers and pills to help them get through. Are you one of them?” He wasn't.
Brown was then obliged to discuss the condition of his eyesight having lost an eye in a student rugby accident. Gordon tell him “Get stuffed, Jug-Ears”, I thought then and still do.
Private Eye’s editor Ian Hislop was back on the case in the courts last week – fired up by what he sees as the BBC’s former political editor’s hypocrisy. Since when Marr says he has seen the light.
He came clean to the Daily Mail because the current injunction furore is “running out of control.” Marr told the newspaper: “I didn’t come into journalism to go around gagging journalists.”
The challenge by Hislop and the fact a DNA test has subsequently shown Marr is not the father of a lovechild were not mentioned as factors in dropping the injunction.
Marr’s attitude contrasts with that of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who laughed off red-top allegations of an affair at the beginning of the month without visible damage to his reputation.
But then Marr takes himself ever so seriously as I saw when taking him to task for losing his cool with the blogosphere a while back.

1 comment:

  1. Curent events make your October blog on Marr even more relevant. Who knows GC, your chat with him then may have influenced his recent decision. Can we expect similar from you on "Fred the shred"? [Jaffa].


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