Jan Moir Hate Article Inspires Record Complaints
‘Fast, free, fair’ reads the logo of the Press Complaints Commission, to which we should probably add ‘And f**king Useless’. After the PCC received a record 21,000 complaints about bigoted old bag Jan Moir’s pre-burial attack on singer Stephen Gately, which managed to suggest that his civil partnership was somehow the cause of his death, I’m reminded that the chairman of the PCC Code Committee is, erm, Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, who ran the article. The PCC is a toothless, deliberately obfuscating system that logs complaints without ever doing anything about them, as it is policed by the very people who are being criticised.
Interestingly, Islington-based Jan Moir is a hack-for-hire who also writes for the Guardian and other national dailies. Will the Guardian stop using her now? Moir’s weaselly rebuttal of the complaints managed to avoid any kind of apology, which is a good enough reason to keep the pressure on her to downshift to something like ‘Take A Break’, whose walnut-brained readers don’t care about separating fact from fiction.