Matthew Norman on Monday: Why is the Mouth of Humber silent on phone-hacking?

Plus: Hugh Grant, Vicky Pryce and David Lammy

Share

In welcoming John Prescott to the Sunday Mirror in January with an interview, the headline “I Can Speak My Mind Like Never Before” said it all.

Who would expect less than the most fearless commentary from the Mouth of the Humber? You will appreciate my bewilderment, then, to find it run dry yesterday on the matter that has obsessed him for so long. Not so much as a trickle of outrage about the phone hacking on which this victim has eloquently spluttered for years. But what can possibly explain  this curious case of the bulldog that didn’t bark? My only guess is that he has simply tired of the matter. So fecund and versatile a mind can hardly be expected to fixate on one thing indefinitely when there are so many others to enthrall it. This is as much to his credit as the iron self-discipline he mustered in resisting the temptation to refer to last week’s arrests of four past and present senior Mirror executives, including a previous editor of his own Sunday Mirror. John Prescott... Keeping His Trap Shut And Taking The Money Like Never Before – there’s a tagline for next week, assuming that by then John hasn’t resigned.

Someone tell Rebekah the Pryce of justice

Forever championing a draconian law and order line (for those outside the Murdoch empire), The Sun is displeased by Vicky Pryce’s swift transfer to an open nick in the Kent countryside. “The public were entitled to see her get a proper taste of porridge,” sniffs a leader, “before going off to the prison system’s equivalent of a holiday camp”. This is less insensitive towards Rebekah Wade than it may seem. Hyper-cerebral Sun editor Dominic Mohan, whom along with other colleagues Rebekah liked to take to Butlin’s to study the readers close up, evidently believes that her appetite for holiday camps is sated, and that if it comes to the worst she will be so much happier doing all her bird in Holloway.

Mail scoop: it was all Hugh Grant’s fault

Fingers crossed that MPs wavering over how to vote today are influenced by a more splenetic leader in the Daily Mail. This raged in freedom’s cause against Hacked Off for its beastly bullying of politicians, and rightly so. The notion of an organisation lobbying party leaders... after all, effete tabloid editors like Paul Dacre lead such sheltered lives that this sort of caper will have them summoning the smelling salts. In selflessly defending the Dowlers over “the cynical way [they] have been exploited by critics of the Press”, the Mail brilliantly crystallised what many of us were vaguely thinking but couldn’t quite articulate. So far as the cynical exploitation of Milly Dowler’s murder, at whom else could the finger be pointed other than that wicked Hugh Grant?

David Lammy finds his forte at last

I am distressed to find Labour MP David Lammy ridiculed for his tweet railing at the “racist innuendo” of a BBC reporter’s speculation over whether the next plume of Vatican smoke would be black or white. The slip was wholly out of character from the then higher education minister who informed Celebrity Mastermind viewers that the surname of Peter and Marie who won the Nobel Prize in 1903 for their research into radioactivity was Antoinette. Let them eat radium! The good news, for those concerned that David is wasted on the back benches, is that  Channel 4 has commissioned David Lammy’s Guide To World History. Episode one of this six part series takes us back to fifth century BC Athens, where a laurel-wreathed Lammy re-enacts how, having introduced Samba football to ancient Greece, Socrates died from a headlock during a training ground contretemps with Aristophanes and Zico.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This full service social media ...

Recruitment Genius: Data Analyst - Online Marketing

£24000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We are 'Changemakers in retail'...

Austen Lloyd: Senior Residential Conveyancer

Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Senior Conveyancer - South West We are see...

Austen Lloyd: Residential / Commercial Property Solicitor

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: DORSET MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

Day In a Page

Read Next
In 1215 the Magna Carta forced the English King (at the time King John) to respect the laws of the land and guaranteed rights and protections to his subjects  

Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear

Nigel Farage
David Cameron and George Osborne tour building works at Manchester's Victoria Railway Station  

There’s more to the Tories caring about the North of England than meets the eye

Chris Blackhurst
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there