Monday 22 January 2018

Battle lions and tigers dig in for power play

Of all the women on the Murdoch stage, one stands out as a star of the future, writes Sarah Caden

The still photographs don't quite show it, but according to comedian Jonnie Marbles on BBC Radio 5 last Friday, Wendi Deng was out of her seat before he pushed his shaving-foam pie towards the face of Rupert Murdoch. It was as Marbles approached and as he saw Wendi begin to rise from her seat, in fact, that he knew it was time to strike, as his time would be limited.

"I saw genuine rage in her eyes," said Marbles, and, in a second, he knew what we all learned moments later, that Wendi Deng is not a woman with whom you should mess. Nor is her husband, unless you wish to incur the wrath of Wendi.

Even before she made the move to protect her man, Wendi Deng was a remarkable presence, sitting behind her husband and stepson, James, as they sat before the Commons Select Committee on phone hacking at the News of the World. Her pink jacket, even the most casual follower of fashion could tell, was Chanel, a signal that she was unashamed of her privilege, but it was the colour that really made a statement. Vividly, eye-catchingly pink, it was a jacket that proclaimed Wendi's femininity, but also her desire to be visible and taken into account, even if she wasn't an official participant.

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