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Thursday 30 December 2021

The Spectator And Ghislaine Maxwell

Many of today’s papers splash the lurid details of “socialite” Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late and disgraced Captain Bob, getting guilty on sufficient sex trafficking charges to mean she may spend the rest of her life in jail. Ms Maxwell, it seems, worked very closely indeed with the late Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life rather than face trial.

Ghislaine Maxwell

But while the Times, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph and Express are unequivocal in their painting of Ms Maxwell as A Very Bad Person Indeed - with some titles hinting that Prince Andrew may be, shall we say, perspiring gently as a result of the verdict - one publication may be finding itself in one of those Very Difficult Positions this morning.

And that publication is the increasingly alt-right Spectator magazine, where editor Fraser Nelson may need to do rather better than put on his faux-posh sneer and claim that it’s just “something on Twitter”. Because the Speccy has been running a whole series of articles telling readers that Ghislaine Maxwell was not such a bad person after all.

Almost as soon as Ms Maxwell got herself nicked Stateside, the excuse notes arrived, not least one from July last year by one Alan Dershowitz, who has, shall we say, more than a passing interest in Epstein’s ex getting guilty: one of Epstein’s underage victims swore an affidavit in which she accused The Great Man of rape. A variety of lawsuits followed.

Under the headlineThe Ghislaine Maxwell I know”, Dershowitz asserts “My wife and I were introduced to Ghislaine Maxwell by Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynne de Rothschild, and we subsequently met her on several occasions - generally in the presence of prominent people such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, presidents of universities, and prominent academic and business people. We never saw her do anything inappropriate. We knew her only as Jeffrey Epstein’s thirty-something girlfriend”.

Fraser Nelson, editor, the Spectator

He then puts the boot into Virginia Guiffre, accuser of Epstein, Ms Maxwell, Prince Andrew, and indeed Dershowitz himself. Then, the following month, the Spectator ran anotherThe Ghislaine Maxwell I knew”, this time by Nicholas Coleridge, who asserted “I have known Ghislaine Maxwell for more than 40 years, since she was a student at Balliol. I always liked her, everyone did, and I find it hard to reconcile the Ghislaine I knew with the heinous crimes of which she now stands accused”. So that’s all right, then.

Then, only last month, came an Oh What A Giveaway moment from Rachel Johnson, sister of our alleged Prime Minister, who told Spectator readers “It’s hard not to pity Ghislaine Maxwell”. Why so? “I intersected briefly with her at Oxford. As a fresher I wandered into Balliol JCR one day in search of its subsidised breakfast granola-and-Nescafé offering and found a shiny glamazon with naughty eyes holding court astride a table, a high-heeled boot resting on my brother Boris’s thigh”.

So when our free and fearless press summons sufficient courage, they might ask Bozo what he knows about Ms Maxwell and her circle of friends. Meanwhile, the Speccy has also been giving a platform to Ian Maxwell, and yes he is a relation. He’s Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother, letting Speccy readers know what “The Truth” really is.

Of course, if Ghislaine Maxwell now sings as part of a post-conviction plea bargain, we will discover the truth sooner rather than later. And so will readers of the Spectator.


Anonymous said...

The Volkischer Sprechtator in "action".

One of Britain's "contributions" to rising urfascism. Plus words from assorted low level fellow-travellers. A nation in suicidal vertical decline.

Arnold said...

Bob was a survivor. He was also a man of profound inner sorrow having lost his parents and most of his family in Auschwitz, the pain of which he carried with him all his life. He survived by developing a thick carapace combined with relentless self-promotion but underneath he was forever grieving.

That justifies the £100m pension fund fraud does it?

Mr Larrington said...

My cynical e-chum M. Pumpé writes:

“Right now, Prince Andrew is probably the only person in history ever to be grateful for the Lynx Africa gift set he got for Christmas”

The Judge said...

Funny how Betty's sweaty son featured so little in the proceedings in the US, isn't it?

Possibly some sort of deal between London and its masters in DC? Something along the lines of, "If you keep Prince Pervert's name out of the Maxwell case, we'll make sure that we'll ignore all law and precedent and hand you Julian Assange on a silver plate".

Anonymous said...

Maybe the Nazis in Washington will try to extradite Andy Von Windsor.

Then again....maybe not. That's not the way Nazis work.

Mr Larrington said...

How about a little quid pro quo here? We give them Julian Assange and Prince Andrew but they have to send us a gift-wrapped Anne Sacoolas in return.

Sam said...

"daughter of the late and disgraced Captain Bob" is relevant how? . A line worthy of the Daily Mail or The Sun along with the 1000s of prejudicial reporting on this matter (bugger the truth- we'll never know it at this rate).
This website offers so much promise but in the end, always disappoints. Just as you savaged Corbyn at the wrong time and were way off the mark, true colors are always revealed. Did your own little bit to give Britain Starmer meaning the country is stuck with the Tories for a decade.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:55.

Her dad was disgraced too.

Odd, that.

And Epstein fell overboard too. (Well, sort of).

Also odd.

I believe scientists call it "synchronicity".

Not "disappointing" at all. Strangely coincidental. Must run in the family. Rum buggers these rich people, if you see what I mean.

rob said...

Zev Shalev and his contributors at Narativ have had a few choice words to say about the Maxwells and Epstein, and where Epstein’s money came from. Sam ought to look them up as there is likely a substantial connection.