Where does morality end and news begin? The News of the World’s expose of alleged corruption among the Pakistan international team’s cricketers is an interesting scoop and if the content is found to be accurate then the newspaper has don a service to the sport in finding some serious breaches of conduct.
But what of the recent front page screaming headlines concerning Wayne Rooney?
Is this really such an interesting piece of news that we need to know the sordid details? One thing I have learned is that I do not go to footballers for moral guidance in the same way as I would not pay to watch the so-called moral custodians of our society (whoever they may be) playing football.
Prostitution is not illegal – if the woman in question wants to earn £1200 selling her services to Mr Rooney, as the paper alleges, then that is a private arrangement. But that is not good enough for the social commentator Bea Campbell whose rant in the Guardian shows how much the chattering classes are out of tune with society (a large proportion of the comments made by readers of the article are highly critical of Ms Campbell’s point of view.)
The same thing happened when David Beckham got married – the Guardianistas were out in force criticising the style and tone of the ceremony and party.
Why can’t we leave people alone to do what they want, provided it is within the law? Why do people criticise others’ lifestyles to ram home a point that their lifestyle does not meet some kind of lifestyle? In the case of the News of the World the answer is simple, they sell more papers by publishing this kind of tosh. But in the case of the Guardian?
Could it be that the answer, my friends, is blowing in the winds of jealousy?