Saturday 17 March 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Super-gags virtually dead in Twitterland

If you behave badly, accept that you may be found out and try to laugh about it, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

IT WAS a remarkable week on the freedom-of-speech front last week.

When asked by friends for the name of the woman involved in the Andrew Marr super-injunction farce in Britain, I had obligingly told them, though I suppose that in theory I was committing some offence. I had already been told the name of the footballer who had an affair with a beauty queen and the actor who had used the services of a prostitute previously employed by Wayne Rooney, and as an assiduous reader of Private Eye, had seen heavy hints about the same names.

Twitter was alive with fact and rumour, causing the socialite Jemima Khan to tweet: "OMG rumour that I have a super-injunction preventing publication of 'intimate' photos of me and Jeremy Clarkson. NOT TRUE!" As indeed it wasn't, but it alerted the world that names were being named.

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