Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Heather Mills book of Public Relations

One hesitates to take a gratuitous shot at an open goal, so I will restrict myself to a couple of comments on Heather Mills.

A publishing career obviously beckons....Heather Mills on "How to make do on a tight budget" or "The Heather Mills book of Public Relations" or "The Heather Mills legal manual".

I was baffled by her reference to "A" and "B" Class travel yesterday:

She is obviously meant to travel B class while her father travels A class, but I will take care of that.

I can find no reference to "A" Class travel on Google except in respect of a discounted First Class ticket in an article here on Wikipedia. Did she mean First and Second Class ?

I notice that the judge in the divorce settlement case said that Mills is a "kindly person and devoted to her charitable causes".

I am always a trifle cautious when listening to someone who feels they have to mention their work for "charidee". Ms Mills hardly opens her mouth without making us aware of her tireless efforts for charity. Good for her.

But it was something of a surprise to read this BBC report of the Judge's remarks:

The judge added that her tax returns "disclose no charitable giving at all", despite Mills saying she gave "as much as 80% or 90% of her earnings ... direct to charities".
Commenting on that claim, Ms Mills said it was because her accountant "hadn't ticked the tax return box".

Ah! An accountant who doesn't properly claim charity expenditure. That's a rare beast, that is.

Perhaps now Ms Mills will realise that every time she opens her mouth in public, she slumps another notch or two downwards in the public estimation. Bleating about only having £35,000 on top of all the rest of the £24.3 million to bring up a child ? As one caller to GMTV said: "She should try bringing up a child on £5 a week like me".

To borrow a phrase from Atlee:

A period of silence on your part would be welcome.

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