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Ruth Dudley Edwards: Judges gag the press to shield the rich and famous

Ruth Dudley Edwards fears that the extension of privacy laws in the UK will destroy press freedom

Published 24/04/2011 | 05:00

PETER Crouch is a gangly chap who plays for Tottenham Hotspur and is shortly to marry a well-known lingerie model. Once asked what he would have become had he not been a footballer, the honest lad said: "I think I would have been a virgin."

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Money and fame make the plainest men strangely attractive. Women throw themselves at footballers, actors and singers -- the more unscrupulous with the deliberate intention of selling the bedroom secrets to a tabloid.

I have sympathy for men who succumb to such temptations. As my mother observed when a gaggle of fellow-teachers denounced Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton for having an adulterous affair: "Perhaps if we were in close proximity to one of the sexiest people in the world even we might sin."

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