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Monday 28 June 2021

Martha And The Media Muffins

While the downfall of hapless and increasingly unpopular former Health Secretary Matt Hancock continues, one person who, although totally blameless, has been singled out for stalkerish behaviour and harassment by our free and fearless press is Martha Hoyer Millar. Because she is Hancock’s unfortunate, and it seems now former, wife.

Along with the equally unfortunate Oliver Tress, husband of Gina Coladangelo, Ms Hoyer Millar has been dragged into l’Affair ‘Ancoque by default. But unlike her, Tress has thus far managed to evade the hacks and snappers, perhaps because the prurient interest of those who scrabble around the dunghill that is Grubstreet invariably goes after the spurned woman, but not because they make easier targets, you understand.

And talking of the prurient interest, the Murdoch Sun, which had somehow obtained the incriminating CCTV footage from inside Hancock’s office, was on the case, telling readers “MATT Hancock’s wife has been pictured wearing her wedding ring - seen for the first time after it revealed the Health Secretary dumped her after his affair”. There was more.

Martha, who has been married to the MP for 15 years, was seen in a floral dress barely 48 hours after news of the scandal broke”. So? She can wear what she intercoursing well chooses, a thought that had not been allowed to enter the otherwise vacant cranial area of Mail Online hacks, who gasped “Hancock's humiliated wife STILL wears ring: Mother-of-three is seen Sunday with wedding band on after it emerged cheating ex-Health Secretary walked out on their 15-year marriage the night before scandal broke”. Enough already.

What neither the Mail, nor Sun - or any of the other publications splashing pap shots of Ms Hoyer Millar across their pages - have told readers is the unprincipled and creepy behaviour in which those obtaining them have been indulging. Ms Hoyer Millar leaves the house, she is confronted by a battery of long lenses and flashguns. Snappers are falling over one another as they see only currency symbols, not human beings.

To an extent, they are not the chief culprits in this orgy of unwarranted intrusion: that dubious honour attaches to their paymasters at the Baby Shard, Northcliffe House and elsewhere. Those paymasters are the cause of the pavement scrum: imagine being on the receiving end of all that - with the shouts from hacks thrown in.

And then another thought enters: we supposedly have a press regulator in the UK, or rather, we have IPSO, which was built up as being “the toughest press regulator in the Western world”, but is in reality a paper tiger, a sham, a press establishment poodle which has done nothing about this kind of behaviour, and will continue to do nothing.

The monstering, stalking and harassing of innocent victims, treating them as if it was their fault that a cabinet minister goes off with an aide, will continue to be shrugged off with the inevitable cry of FREEZE PEACH. The bad behaviour will be excused as merely the sign of functioning democracy, an open society, a sense of healthy journalistic inquiry.

It will be excused by all those who objected so vehemently to the Leveson Inquiry, and yet more vehemently to Part 2 of that Inquiry going ahead. Sales and clicks will continue to trump decency every time, whatever the consequences. And that’s not good enough.

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Anonymous said...

It's true those who isued orders are most to blame at the Rothermere Heil and the Murdoch Scum.

But let's not excuse the papperatsi and scum hacks clustered on the pavement. They are fully responsible for their own actions, a judgement established at the Nuremberg Tribunals. They live in the same sewer as Murdoch and Rothermere.

Their kind of hypocritical lunacy has nothing whatsoever to do with democracy. It is an evil act of indecency. It tells us everything we need to know of the lack of character of the perpetrators. Inhuman detritus the lot of them.

Anonymous said...

"The monstering, stalking and harassing of innocent victims, treating them as if it was their fault that a cabinet minister goes off with an aide"

Sorry you are making that last bit up. I have seen nothing but support for the lady in print, who it appears is suffering from long COVID. The folk camped outside her house should however show more respect but that wouldn't get them their filthy lucre. Who is more to blame them or the editors that buy their pictures or the people that buy the papers? And it is not just the hated right wing papers doing this!

A few weeks back my missus was saying she was going to camp outside Matt Hancock's house but couldn't get anyone to go with her. Shame she didn't then she could have broke the news that he had left for good and got her picture in the press.

Anonymous said...

Desperate, repugnant, money-grubbing pieces of inhuman shit. The lowest of the low. Absolutely fucking horrible. Hard to say who's worse, them or the twisted, gammony, misery porn addicts they cater to. Scum, the lot of them.

Arnold said...

Do you know where the Health Secretary stayed in Oxford at the G7? Email tips@dailymail.com

I'm strongly tempted to create a bogus persona and email address, and let my imagination run wild.

AndyC said...

Being occasionally obliged by a tv news-editor, as part of the job, to behave in the way the snappers have been in cases like this, is one of the reasons I have only very rarely shot news footage.