Letter: Attacks on Fayed
Tuesday 28 December 1999
He has been insulted regularly by the beneficiaries, direct and indirect, of his largess such as Neil Hamilton.
He has been execrated by such diverse enemies as Roy Jenkins and The Daily Mail. Private Eye devotes much of its fortnightly coverage to cheap jibes at him - even insulting him in the week he buried his son.
He has been refused a British passport by a succession of Home Secretaries of right and left.
It seems that the entire British media and political elites are united in detestation of him and therefore no quarter need be given in heaping ordure on his head.
Yet what is the case against him? He has no criminal convictions in this country. He has a contempt for corrupt and ungrateful politicians and he believes that some of them can be bought - views which many of us share.
He is rich and successful and he probably is, I have little doubt, a sharp and ruthless businessman. He has used his money to consolidate his position as the owner of Britain's most famous shop. He also owns a famous football club which he has improved at his own expense. He successfully defended himself against libel by buying the best legal skills available, which he is fully entitled to do. Yet he has never sued the many who have libelled him.
This is a pretty conclusive case. Why isn't he a member of the House of Lords?
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rice Bucket Challenge: India's take on the Ice Bucket Challenge 'for Indian needs'
- 2 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 Rubble Bucket Challenge: Ice Bucket Challenge adapted in solidarity with Gazans whose homes have been destroyed in conflict
- 5 Teenager dies after suspected ice bucket challenge goes horribly wrong
Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin voted Greatest Guitar Riff of all time
Doctor Who lesbian kiss sparks Ofcom complaints over 'weird lesbian-lizard perv trip'
Emmys 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Stephen Moffat win big awards for Sherlock
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Jessie J and Ariana Grande
Beyonce MTV VMAs feminist performance: Twitter reacts to singer's 'double standard'
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Jeremy Clarkson is a cultural tumour and needs to be removed, says comedian Frankie Boyle
Air strikes? Talk of God? Barack Obama is following the jihadists’ script after James Foley beheading
- < Previous
- Next >