Opinion

Sunday 25 February 2018

Terry Prone: Nigella’s being unfairly judged by the fickle court of public opinion

Charles Saatchi's accountant said he didn't want to bother his boss or Nigella Lawson with 'trivial matters'
Charles Saatchi's accountant said he didn't want to bother his boss or Nigella Lawson with 'trivial matters'
Terry Prone

Terry Prone

TWO of the most famous people in Britain are at each other's throats and are offering lessons in how dangerous media can be in the hands of ruthless experts.

Dangerous in the sense of being a double-edged sword that can do more damage to those wielding it than they thought possible. Dangerous because of the power of the picture and the allegation.

When the pictures appeared of Charles Saatchi appearing to assault his wife in public, most readers made a simple decision based, as they saw it, on the bleedin' obvious: this was a bullying guy manhandling a woman and nothing that woman could have done would justify him grabbing her by the nose and twisting it so her eyes filled with tears.

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