In this month’s Prospect magazine Max Mosley recommends five books about his field of interest – he chose privacy.
In 2008 Mr Mosley was awarded damages following a court case he won against the News of the World, which was accused of invading his privacy when it reported on matters he would have preferred had been kept out of the media.
The books he chose were: The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham; Flat Earth News by Nick Davies; News of the World? Fake Sheikhs and Royal Trappings by Peter Burden; Bounce: How champions are made by Matthew Syed and Brainwash: The secret of mind control by Dominic Streatfeild.
Bounce has nothing to do with secrecy but he included it because, he says: “…given a degree of privacy, I now have the time to read the sort of books that fascinate me.”
I find this all a tad confusing. On the one hand, the prurient and moralistic tone adopted by the tabloid sued by Mosley and, on the other, the air of high principle assumed by him when the story about him was, let’s be clear here, not the sort of thing the man on the Clapham omnibus might view as standard stuff and which he largely did not deny.
Is the law an ass in this case? And why, if he was the wronged party, does Mosley now have the time to read Bounce?
Clearly none of this is any of our business but it does underline my belief that Prospect is a great magazine and that it does deliver good writing about things that matter; great cartoons too.