Which brings us to one Lee Harpin, whose Twitter bio describes him as “Journalist, crisis management, publicity and campaigns”. For reasons which will become all too clear, Harpin is not at present attached to any one publication. But he does know a self-promotion opportunity when he sees it. And he saw this one first. Sort of.
Leaving aside for a moment the thought that Lewis is probably the last lawyer in town to need a spokesman, having Harpin’s endorsement might not be the most sought-after commodity in the world of “crisis management … and campaigns” right now.precipitated a complaint to press regulator IPSO and an action for defamation. The JC lost both.
Not only that, but IPSO, which is normally wont to do no more than wipe the press’ backsides, unloaded on the JC in a manner that remains unprecedented. It is clear that the JC did not cooperate with the IPSO complaints process, and IPSO said so in no uncertain terms. And after shelling out for those legal costs came far worse news.were both liquidated, with all remaining staff made redundant, on the eve of Passover. The titles had become the first press casualties of the lockdown era. What had, in addition, not helped their cause was the fallout from those attacks on Audrey White. All of which were written by Lee Harpin.
All of which explains why Harpin’s Twitter bio makes no mention of any publication. Because he was at the JC and it just went bust, helped into oblivion by his crap journalism.
Anyone still want Lee Harpin’s ringing endorsement? Don’t all shout at once.