‘Mad Mel’ Phillips does not like gay rights.
From the New Statesman in Britain:
Posted by Mehdi Hasan – 24 June 2011 13:35
Phillips leaves the Spectator as the complaints pile up.
Poor ol’ Melanie Phillips. In today’s Guardian, the Conservative Party chair Sayeeda Warsi goes on the offensive:
Last week, Phillips announced her departure from the Spectator, where she has been blogging for the past few years.
On 16 June, under the headline, ‘”My blog’s new home”, she wrote:
“This is my last blog-post for the Spectator. I have decided to expand and develop my own website over the coming months, and so if you would like to continue to read my blog you can find it at melaniephillips.com.”
But was this a voluntary or enforced departure? The blogger Guido Staines beat me to it, but I can’t help but notice how the Spectator has had to apologise to Alastair Crooke, director of Conflicts Forum, on its website this week, after a blogpost by Phillips made “false” allegations about Crooke’s past. Phillips’s decision to move on might just be a coincidence but a well-connected source tells me that the payout to Crooke cost the Spectator “tens of thousands of pounds” and left Fraser Nelson and Andrew Neil “furious” with her.
Here’s the full text of the apology on the front page of the Spectator website:
“An apology to Alastair Crooke
A blog by Melanie Phillips posted on 28 January 2011 reported an allegation that Alastair Crooke, director of Conflicts Forum, had been expelled from Israel and dismissed for misconduct from Government service or the EU after threatening a journalist whose email he had unlawfully intercepted. We accept that this allegation is completely false and we apologise to Mr Crooke.”
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