Next on the list of super rich celebs who have bunged cash to Hacked Off is philosopher of love Alain de Botton. He is another ex-journalist donor, having penned a column for the Sindy in the late nineties. The son of Swiss financier Gilbert de Botton, estimated fortune £234 million, De Botton inherited millions in a trust fund left for him by his father.
A few quid to regulate the press would be a drop in the ocean…
Poor old John Frieda. While Lulu’s ex cuts all those celebrity clients’ hair, just imagine all the moaning and bitching he must have to endure about the tabloids and photographers.
He must be sick of it by now, which would explain why he donated to Hacked Off.
Another millionaire paying for the problem to go away…
A hedge fund plutocrat with a taste for super-model girlfriends? Donate to Hacked Off and stay out of the gossip columns. Well that is what Arpad Busson will be hoping. The financier ex of both Uma Thurman and Elle Macphereson threw money at Hacked Off. It’s an élite club – by Guido’s maths the net worth of just six donors to Hacked Off is over £1 billion. Remember that when they pretend to be on the side of powerless.
The most surprising donation of £1,000 to the Hacked Off campaign came from Jeremy Clarkson. Campaign staff were amazed at the news of the donation.
Should they be? Jeremy Clarkson, despite being a working journalist, did not hesitate from serving his ex-wife and the press with a super-injunction that prevented the reporting of his extra-marital affairs. The multi-millionaire member of the Chipping Norton set and friend of David Cameron has obviously decided that shackling the press will protect his privacy less expensively and more successfully than a super-injunction. Hypocritically he is on the record as being opposed to legislation yet wishing the Daily Mail would leave him alone. Torn as he was, he seems to have backed controlling the press…
Bizarrely back in 2011 an unfounded rumour went around Twitter linking Clarkson and Jemima Khan. She described the entirely false rumour that she had taken out a super-injunction to prevent publication of intimate photos of herself and Jeremy Clarkson as a “nightmare”. Quite.
What could have brought on the donation to Hacked Off?
Got a nice text from Francie Clarkson and also one from Jeremy, "It's odd. I'm sure I'd remember if any photos of us existed."
— Jemima Khan (@Jemima_Khan) May 9, 2011
Well as the above tweet shows Jezza is on good terms with campaign fundraiser Jemima…
Guido has obtained a list of prominent Hacked Off donors.
Today seems as good a day as any to expose these so called “victims”. Besides the undisclosed amount donated by Hugh Grant from his Screws payout and £50,000 from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, donations in kind have been given by Sovereign Strategy, the spin shop set up by a former Labour MEP Alan Donnelly. Sovereign are Max Mosley’s spinners. Mosley somewhat disingenuously told the audience at a Spectator Debate on Leveson that he did not fund the Hacked Off campaign. This was indirect funding. The time has come to name some of the individual donors who have something to hide.
Guido can reveal that Lady Annabel Goldsmith donated. Which story or photograph about about this socialite’s offspring made her want to restrict the free press? When Hacked Off was set up, Jemima Khan, ex-lover of Hugh Grant, is understood to have hosted a dinner and an upmarket whip-round attended by around thirty of the great and the good. Jemima’s divorce and affairs have kept the papers busy for years. Fortunately for her if Hacked Off got their way the pages would be blank…
There are 24 political stories in the Sun today, including an exclusive revealing how Ed Balls is still wasting taxpayers’ money in opposition. Guido shares a page with an article on the budget from George Osborne, naturally Guido’s column is to the right of the Chancellor. In the column;
All for just 50p…
As MediaGuido revealed earlier, former Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace has been interviewed under caution by the cops today in relation to phone hacking.
Am hearing that Richard Wallace former editor of the Daily Mirror has been "voluntarily" helping police with their inquiries today.
— Media Guido (@MediaGuido) March 15, 2013
Sky have just followed up with their sources confirming:
Correction – Sky Sources: Ex-Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace interviewed under caution in relation to investigation into phone hacking
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) March 15, 2013
Media Guardian caught up later…
— Media Guardian (@mediaguardian) March 15, 2013
You heard it here first…
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