In praise of Hugh Grant who took over BBC Question Time and led the fight against News International.
While all these corporate executives step up to express regret about the hacking of phones of the victims of crime, they are not about to take lessons from Hugh Grant. On Question Time last week the former Sun columnist Jon Gaunt, excused hacking by telling Hugh Grant that he should “keep it in his trousers”. Jon Grant clearly felt that what was in or out of Hugh Grant’s trousers was a matter of legitimate public interest.
No Murdoch hack has dared to defend the hacking of the phones of victims of crime but none are prepared to defend the hacking of Hugh Grant’s phone, or anyone else that is not otherwise a victim of crime.
That is not because they have a higher moral standing than Hugh Grant, but because they have no moral standing. They are not willing to condemn all illegal phone hacking because they believe they have a right to know when Hugh Grant’s fly is open, so they can tell us all about it for cash and then masturbate over the cash they make.
It is now alleged that the Murdoch hacks have at least attempted to bribe New York cops in order to attempt to hack the phones of the 9:11 victims.
They are of course contemptible.
Hugh Grant has more character than any hack that has dared mention his name, or face him in open debate.