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I'm hacked off with stars and politicians curbing press

Hugh Grant deserves a punitive tattoo for his efforts to muzzle the media in Britain, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 24/03/2013 | 05:00

LEADING ROLE: Actor Hugh Grant, as frontman of Hacked Off, has become a weighty public figure who is listened to.
LEADING ROLE: Actor Hugh Grant, as frontman of Hacked Off, has become a weighty public figure who is listened to.

'I hope we are keeping a list of everyone who was in favour of press regulation", began an email from a British friend who has never been nor wanted to be a journalist. "I would like this tattooed on their foreheads – and perhaps there can be a kind of noise, like discordant trumpets, which will sound every time they make a public pronouncement about anything. For the rest of their lives."

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David is a kindly man from a Christian background who believes in redemption, so he added: "If they renounce their mistakes – and apologise for trying to destroy the basis of a free and decent society, and indeed of justice and science and the whole Enlightenment – then they can speak free of the trumpets. And their foreheads will be wiped clean."

I'm with him all the way, and my first candidate for the punitive tattoo will be Hugh Grant. I liked him in Four Weddings and a Funeral, but I'm so furious with him that I don't care if the tattoo keeps him off our screens. Forever!

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