‘Privacy is crucial to a vital public sphere’

Tim Black explains how the Nigella Lawson affair illustrates the death of the private sphere.

In this week’s ‘On-Air, Off-Message’ podcast, I talk to spiked’s deputy editor, Tim Black, about the British media’s recent fixation on TV chef Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi. Over the course of a fraud case brought against Lawson and Saatchi’s former personal assistants, revelations have surfaced about alleged drug-taking and all-round misery over the course of Lawson and Saatchi’s marriage. While another celeb scandal splashed across the front pages is hardly anything new, what’s striking is how much broadsheet columnists, who usually look down on such tawdry ‘tittle-tattle’, are feeding on the story like the finest red-top hacks. So why is this celebrity couple more worthy of speculation than others? And what does this mean for the ever-shrinking private sphere? Listen below to hear Tim’s thoughts.




Tom Slater is assistant editor at spiked.

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