It’s right that stars ought to be named and shamed

COMMENT: Our public services can only take so much

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We really are a bunch of gossips in this country. We have this need to know everybody’s business and there is big money to be made out of it.

I’m pretty sure that there were only a handful of people in the UK who, deep down, weren’t curious to know which footballer was involved in Imogen-gate. Come on, admit it. you were intrigued, weren’t you?

Does a celebrity have the right to a private life? Remember, the media will make money from all this and I’m sure Ms Thomas will too.

But then, if you’re a role model, don’t you have a certain responsibility to live life in a respectable way, showing others how it should be done?

Surely it’s in the public interest to know when people portrayed as paragons of virtue fall of their perfect perches?

Ashamed as I am to admit it, I’ve loved all this. The law is looking a bit of an ass because for the first time, it cannot impose its power completely over an injunction. The internet has freed the world!

In America, privacy rules are pretty much non-existent as real freedom of speech prevails. Our court rulings have no jurisdiction in the States, so someone can ‘Tweet’ what they like as their databanks are in the US.

The footballer involved would have to go to California, make his name public, then ask for the details of the tens of thousands of people who have named him. What is he to do, sue everyone?

I’ve known his name for weeks and those of a number of other stars who have also taken out privacy injunctions. Their identities will both shock and annoy you.

For me, it’s right that a celebrity should be named and shamed for any misdemeanours. But that’s as far as it should go.

The privacy of the celebrity’s family should be respected by not allowing the dirty details to be sold and presented to the public.

Maybe then, people of a low moral fibre will know they can’t make a quick buck by sleeping with a celebrity and then selling their story.

And maybe the rich and famous may be less likely to cheat on their partners.

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