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Jenny Diski: Piers Morgan

31 March 2005
The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade 
by Piers Morgan.
Ebury, 484 pp., £17.99, March 2005, 0 09 190506 0
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... Life, PiersMorgan says about being sacked in 2004 as editor of the Mirror, is as serious as you want it to be. Lighten up, he repeatedly tells sad celebrities who complain about his front page exposés that result in ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: The life expectancy of a Roman emperor

3 June 2004
... to sacrifice is his job tells you more than you might want to know about his (and many other politicians’) priorities. Media bosses, by contrast, seem not to be able to abandon ship quickly enough. PiersMorgan, like Greg Dyke and Gavyn Davies before him, was out of a job as soon as it was established that he had been responsible for misinforming the public about goings-on in Iraq. (In one sense ...

Short Cuts

Thomas Jones: Politicians v. the press

22 July 2004
... nonetheless exist.) He is still – in case you hadn’t noticed – prime minister. In a parallel incident, when the Mirror’s photos of British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners proved to be fake, PiersMorgan lost his job as editor of the paper. Printing those pictures was, for all sorts of reasons, bad journalism – the most damaging consequence of which was to deflect attention from the actual ...

Four Funerals and a Wedding

Andrew O’Hagan: If something happens to me…

5 May 2005
... Oh, they look a bit awkward,’ said James Whitaker, Royal Expert. ‘Oh well. Never mind. She’s finally got him in her grip.’ ‘I don’t think I am wallowing in exuberant excitement,’ said PiersMorgan, former editor of the Daily Mirror. ‘I think there will be a sigh of relief among the public that there is now some legitimacy about this couple.’ Mr Morgan managed to be consistently ...


Jenny Turner: ‘T2 Trainspotting’

16 February 2017
... time to be young either, or so my sources say. The last time I looked at his Twitter page, Welsh was calling Trump a ‘Fanta-faced falangist fuckpuppy’ – impressive – and feuding idly with PiersMorgan. ‘Talking of arse,’ Morgan wrote, ‘sorry about the #t2trainspotting reviews.’ ‘We’re crying all our way from the box office,’ Welsh responded. The film took more than £5 million ...

The Ballad of Andy and Rebekah

Martin Hickman: The Phone Hackers

16 July 2014
... six weeks after the lunch. He accused Cook of telling lies. The second witness, Ambi Sitham, a former media lawyer, said that in 2004 she’d gone to a restaurant in Balham with Brooks, Coulson and PiersMorgan, then editor of the Mirror. At the end of the meal, when Brooks and Morgan were finalising the next day’s front pages, Morgan ‘said to Rebekah that he already knew what her splash was ...

More ‘out’ than ‘on’

Glen Newey: Chris Mullin’s Diaries

27 August 2009
A View from the Foothills: The Diaries of Chris Mullin 
by Chris Mullin.
Profile, 590 pp., £20, March 2009, 978 1 84668 223 0
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... gets an equal ration of the milk of concord. Journalists – whether because they are seen as playing gamekeeper to MPs’ poachers, or conversely – excite Mullin’s contempt and loathing. PiersMorgan is ‘odious’, John Humphrys ‘smug’, Quentin Letts ‘a toe rag’; Jeremy Vine is ‘a cynical smart arse’. Generally, his sympathies wax inversely with people’s proximity to wealth and ...

Disappearing Acts

Terry Eagleton: Aquinas

5 December 2013
Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait 
by Denys Turner.
Yale, 300 pp., £18.99, May 2013, 978 0 300 18855 4
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... literally. God is not in Aquinas’s view some kind of being, principle, entity or individual who could be reckoned up with other such entities. He is not even some kind of person, in the sense that PiersMorgan is arguably a person. God and the universe do not make two. Whatever other errors believers may commit, not being able to count is not one of them. They do not hold that there is one more ...

Miracle on Fleet Street

Martin Hickman: Operation Elveden

7 January 2016
... not a policeman.’* ‘We have paid the police for information in the past,’ Rebekah Brooks, then editor of the Sun, told the Commons select committee for culture, media and sport in March 2003. (PiersMorgan, at the time editor of the Daily Mirror, privately chided Brooks for ‘dropping the tabloid baton’.) The MP Chris Bryant protested that paying police was illegal. Andy Coulson, then editor ...


Christian Lorentzen: At the Conventions

27 September 2012
... for I-275 I saw the corpse and cracked shell of an unlucky turtle. I didn’t see any ‘Beware of Alligator’ signs until just before I got to the hotel. The walk had taken nine hours. On CNN PiersMorgan was interviewing the five sons of Mitt Romney, who all have the strange quality of laughing at things that have no potential to be funny. I suppose otherwise they’d never laugh at all. In ...

What Happened?

James Butler: Autopsy of an Election

27 January 2020
... learn from the Tory approach to the press, beyond the usefulness of being the Conservative Party: Johnson’s contempt for the media – ducking interrogation by Andrew Neil, hiding in a fridge from PiersMorgan of Good Morning Britain and issuing threats about cutting the BBC’s funding – did not injure him. CCHQ pumped out risible, fictitious statistics (Priti Patel at one point claimed a Labour ...

What was it that drove him?

David Runciman: Gordon Brown

4 January 2018
My Life, Our Times 
by Gordon Brown.
Bodley Head, 512 pp., £25, November 2017, 978 1 84792 497 1
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... We were with her all Monday afternoon as her life ebbed away. We held her in our arms as she died at 5 p.m.Then, on the same page, he writes of his gratitude to Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail and PiersMorgan of the Daily Mirror for their help in sparing them from the intrusions of the press during that dreadful time. ‘We remain grateful to this day.’ Oh, that band of brothers ...

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