Daily Archives: August 11, 2008

John Gapper

Barbara Amiel’s delayed defence of the actions of herself and Conrad Black, her husband, this weekend in the Sunday Times was worth waiting for.

It has an entertainingly deranged quality since Lady Amiel admits no wrong, on behalf of either of the pair, and is contemptuous about almost everyone else’s behaviour. The facts, she thinks, are on their side.

The fact that the courts did not believe her husband’s story proves their imbecility, in her view.

It is also pleasingly written, combining high dudgeon, amour propre, self-delusion and expansive rhetoric in a wonderful recipe. If anything, she manages to make herself seem more unlikeable than her already fearsome reputation. Read more