No winners in a sordid tale of a celebrity home
The chef, her ex, their children, the assistants -- no one is coming out of this mess a victor, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
A quote from Confucius -- the Fifth-Century BC Chinese philosopher -- emerged during the gossipfest surrounding the fraud trial of the Grillo sisters. "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves," he said.
Nigella Lawson was indeed, as she has said, treated as a defendant rather than a witness and "maliciously vilified" in court. Her reputation has taken a terrible pummelling. For a very private woman with a glamorous yet pure facade, the revelations about drugs, depression, extravagance and marital subservience are humiliating. Nor does it burnish the image of a Domestic Goddess to know she ran a chaotic household.
Still, like the British prime minister -- who inadvertently almost caused the case to collapse when he declared himself on Team Nigella -- the British public are mostly on her side.