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Live webchat with Hugh Grant (!!!) about the Leveson report and press reform, Monday 10 December, 8pm

(439 Posts)
JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 09:32:30

We're delighted to announce that sleb-actor-turned-campaigner Hugh Grant (yes it's Hugh grin) is joining us for a webchat tonight, Monday, December 10 at 8pm.

Hugh keen to talk to us about the Leveson report and press reform. As you probably know he's been a prominent member of Hacked Off, and before that was best known for his quintessential English gent roles in movies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.

Hacked Off is an alliance of victims of press abuse, journalists, academics, lawyers and others who successfully campaigned for a public inquiry into the phone hacking scandal.

And now that the inquiry's been held (by Lord Leveson), Hacked Off wants all Leveson's recommendations for press reform implemented.

(This webchat is focused on Leveson, so we hope you'll understand that Hugh will prioritising Qs about that ahead of Qs about his career/personal life/choice of biscuits - although, if there's time, he will do his best to address a few of those too.)

So, join us and Hugh, online at 8pm tonight. If you can't make it then, you can post up advance questions on this thread.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 09:45:11

Excellent! I'll be back to post a question, once I've had a good 'think' about it.

VinegarTits Mon 10-Dec-12 10:19:16

i love Hugh Grant, and lucky for him im looking for a boyfriend this christmas wink

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 10:22:26

I have one!

I really enjoyed watching your good self on News Night (almost as much as Justine wink). <<waves at hovering Justine>>

Despite the fact you can clearly hold your own, and are able to debate intelligently and very well, do you think people try and represent you as the 'sleb spoke person, rather than an advocate for a very important issue? Do you think the media will continue to think people who, to an extent, choose to be in the limelight are fair game, (like the Duchess of Cambridge and those photos for example) whilst making sympathetic noises for people such as Milly Dowlers parents?

lauzjp Mon 10-Dec-12 10:30:01

Is it true that no other publications are likely to be charged with any wrongdoings; as the Motorman report appears to have been sat on?

Meglet Mon 10-Dec-12 10:37:32

oooo!

Since your involvement with Hacked Off have you noticed any difference in the way the paps + press treat you? Do they hold back or are they more aggressive?

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 10:40:24

OK, I've had a think (!) and this is my question - Hugh, welcome! Fantastic to have you here talking about this issue. My question is on the media response to the Leveson report - it's clear (to me) that Cameron has weighed up the potential fall out from backing the report in full, when faced with the 'backlash' that would follow from the printed press, and back-tracked from the intitial 'if the recommendations aren't bonkers, I'll back it' to 'lets not be hasty...rubicon...blah' stance - in light of this, do you think there is a realistic chance of the recommendations being implemented when the media still have such a huge influence over those who would be/should be responsible for pushing the recommendations through parliament? Are there any compromises that you/Hacked Off would deem acceptable to get the bulk of the recommendations through i.e. is there any part of the report recommendations that would be acceptable to be implemented at the expense of other recommendations?

Also, given the media focus on Hacked Off, and those who back the campaign i.e. who are they, where is the funding coming from? - do you, or Hacked Off, have any plans to show some more transparency on that point, to address that 'concern' from the media?

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 10:52:40

Oh my.
This IS good news.

PessimisticMissPiggy Mon 10-Dec-12 11:10:19

Hi Hugh!

Do you think that the general public have been complicit in the activities of the more unscrupulous newspapers by continuing to purchase them?

(And advertisers too?)

ParsingFancy Mon 10-Dec-12 11:17:01

Don't have a question, just want to say Well Done, That Man.

renaldo Mon 10-Dec-12 11:25:58

No question - just wanted to say you were FAB at the inquiry - spoke more sense than anyone else

Hi Hugh, no question, but also want to say well done. Fed up with the gutter press and refuse to participate in their crap by purchasing their rags.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 11:33:24

<swoons>

Also just wanted to add my 'well done'. I've seen you talk (a lot) very passionately, and it's nice to see someone willing to make a stand, and stand up for EVERYONE.

You talk a lot of sense, and very eloquently.

MWAH MWAH MWAH MWAH <- Christmas kisses. grin

VinegarTits Mon 10-Dec-12 11:57:16

im still thinking of my question, but i will see you at 8, i'll bring the mistletoe wink

SkyBlueSky Mon 10-Dec-12 12:22:24

Do you think prostitution is a victimless crime or paid rape? Doubt my q will get asked, but hey-ho worth a go.

I have always thought 'slebs who actively 'court' the media should be differentiated from the professional actors etc who try to keep their private life away from the media.

Do you think if the media had two different levels of reporting for the two different types of celebrity, it would help to distinguish in the publics minds who is an actually being hounded and those who set it up themselves?

I.e. if PA has an article about some drivel, the public would then know he's opted into that type of relationship with the media. So know to accept it as chip paper but if someone like yourself is subject of the same type of 'oh look he's walked from a car to a shop' article the public then know you didn't ask for any type of commentary about your life and we should be avoiding those articles/complaining, feeling socially uncomfortable with the intrusion.

Hello. You were great at the Leveson inquiry. Firstly, Well done for speaking up on behalf of those who don't have a voice. Just after you gave evidence the Daily Mail wrote a pretty scathing response to your comments about them, which, if I remember correctly, Leveson was not very pleased about.

Do you feel that since then their coverage of you has been more or less positive? Or don't you care?

Do you think that it will be possible to persuade Cameron to change his mind about his complete betrayal of the people you have been representing refusal to even consider some of Leveson's proposals? Is he motivated by the desire for positive press coverage? And what do you think of the proposed bill Milliband has put forward today?

Sorry, lots of questions there. Ignore as many as you like smile

Slaymill Mon 10-Dec-12 12:49:50

Hi Hugh,

Do you think after this enquiry they might be a shift in the way newspapers deal with salicious or so called investigated scandals.

Do you think the jounalists can wash the slate clean and start with a more integrity in their reporting or will it never change ?

I feel personally that even middle road newspapers using more & more gutter press antics.

So fingers crossed for more moral standards even if they are just enforced by rules.

Sorry, I know I'm breaking the guidelines by asking another question. But do you think the web news and social media, blogs, forums etc, should be subject to the same scrutiny and regulations as the press or would this be unworkable in practice?

I'll shut up now.

Hi Hugh, I saw you on This Morning and thought you were great. What are your views on the disc jockeys in Australia?

WomanlyWoman Mon 10-Dec-12 13:26:25

Hello Mr Grant, smile

Leveson agreed that the press "apply a demeaning and sexualizing lens" to women. Personally I think The Sport should be placed on the top shelf along with the rest of the porn and that ppl who take non-consensual 'upskirt' shots, (possibly along with anyone who describes a 4 yr old as "cavorting provocatively in a tiny pink swimsuit"), should be placed on the sex offenders register.

What do you think can practicably be done about issues like these and do you think media sexism is likely to change because of Leveson?

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 13:31:48

In your opinion, is Paul Dacre an actual cunt or is it all just media spin?

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 13:32:18

Hello Hugh {almost faints}

Reform of the press is very badly needed, they seem to think that it's OK to snoop into the lives of others at will. Surely the human rights act (home and family life) should come into play here (not a question, just a thought)? Do you agree with the findings of the Leveson inquiry?

Would you like to come and join us for Christmas lunch? Roast goose? grin

<<faints>>

grin mcmooncup

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 13:40:04

Hugh

I will personally think a lot less of you if you don't answer mcmooncups question grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 10-Dec-12 13:52:22

Hello Hugh! <faint>

I will come back with a sensible question later, but I just wanted to say that you were fabulous at the Leveson Enquiry.

BettySuarez Mon 10-Dec-12 13:55:52

Hello Hugh

Celebrities obviously rely on the media to a large extent for publicity (some more so than others grin), how do think celebrities can achieve that balance between a reasonable level of publicity versus obvious press intrusion?

oohlaalaa Mon 10-Dec-12 14:02:33

Hi Hugh!

I dislike the celeb obsessed culture at the moment. It's too much, and the important news is not reported on. But apparently the public wants to read about X Factor, Towie, Strictly et al, so I don't see this changing anytime soon.. I read The Independent, which I think is the best paper for unbiased actual news reports.

I thought the media went totally overboard on their Royal baby coverage last week, and it was the coverage of the prank that did the harm.

Best of luck with your campaign. I've already signed the petition.

- Oohlaalaa

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 14:07:42

grin mcmooncup I luffs you!

TunipTheVegedude Mon 10-Dec-12 14:26:18

Thank you for coming, Hugh.

If sleazy tabloid journalists were to go through your bin, what kind of biscuit wrappers would they find in there?

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 14:41:23

HUGH GRANT <t-rexes> <faints>

Um, I don't know what to ask!

Do you like biscuits? I like biscuits! Kit kats are my favourite, or maybe a hobnob!

<Slaps self> Serious question! What form do you think the statutory underpinning we are hearing so much about right now, should look like?

VenetiaLanyon Mon 10-Dec-12 14:43:25

Hi Hugh,

The Leveson inquiry was concerned that press and police relations had become unhealthily close; are you concerned that the election of police commissioners, who will necessarily be obliged to court media publicity for their election campaigns, will exacerbate this issue in the future?

Thanks smile

oxeye Mon 10-Dec-12 14:54:47

Hi Hugh,

Do you think that maintaining freedom of the press is axiomatic to proper control of the rule of law or that a legislated control of the press can work? Might we not be creating a monster of a different sort for the future?

I'm wondering just how many members of MNHQ will be working overtime tonight?

grovel Mon 10-Dec-12 15:08:21

I think Dacre did your cause a favour. Leveson listened to your evidence and then witnessed Dacre trashing you. It made it all a bit more real for our Brian.

YoothaJoyce Mon 10-Dec-12 15:15:06

Brian Cathcart, Tom Watson and yourself should be knighted for your wonderful campaigning work re Press Abuses!

What about the burglaries allegedly commissioned by newspapers through third parties - are the police investigating these? And what of those who might seem to have lied under oath at Leveson (mentioning no names, but the evidence of a former Daily Mirror editor seemed to be at odds with material contained his book AND with the evidence of Jeremy Paxman) - should they face further action?

We can all see that David Cameron has reneged on his promise to implement the Leveson proposals and we can all guess WHY he has reneged, so please keep up the pressure! Cameron is done for either way = either the press will punish him or the electorate will.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 15:18:20

Clementine, that very same thought passed through my tiny wee brain...

peroxideporker Mon 10-Dec-12 15:34:31

Would it be a workable compromise (for both sides) to add a renewable sunset clause into any statutory underpinning?

Hi Hugh,

Would you like me to knee Dacre in the balls for you?

PM me, if so.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 15:53:48

Baubles

You might be able to, if the little runt actually had any. grin

True, true...

wink

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 16:03:08

And what of those who might seem to have lied under oath at Leveson (mentioning no names, but the evidence of a former Daily Mirror editor seemed to be at odds with material contained his book AND with the evidence of Jeremy Paxman) - should they face further action?

And Charlotte Church's footage of <cough> a former Daily Mirror editor talking about this issue, as shown in Hugh's recent documentary leading up to the publishing of Leveson's report.

Hi Hugh

I will love you forever for how great you were on QT.

Given that most of the worst excesses of the press examined by Leverson were illegal anyway, can any self reg or legislation really achieve anything?

Newspaper owners arguing for press freedom is a bit like a pimp arguing for sexual freedom. Discuss grin

AngeFox Mon 10-Dec-12 16:23:00

Why is it taking Cameron so long to do something when clearly a lot of money was spent on the Leveson Inquiry and the conclusion seems fair? Plus he said himself things need to change! Does he not understand that the public thinks it's about time things changed? btw you're a great actor! And what you've done with the Hacked Off Campagne is great, just hope things get sorted out soon. smile

Hi. I would really like to know where you feel the public interest line is drawn when it comes to personal lives? For example, you are an actor who doesn't splurge sell your life to the press\magazines. At what point would you feel it was ok for a private life story to be revealed? (Ie if you had a certain image, and didn't live up to it in reality?)
Also, is it ever really okay to suggest that people are fair game - has chantelle (from CBB) for example, lost rights to privacy by selling her bad relationship stories (by writing a column about it all)
My own view is no and no - I can easily accept a film etc for what it is without assuming the actor is the same in real life. I also buy the Independent and tutted at the coverage of Kate's pregnancy as unnecessary.

AngeFox Mon 10-Dec-12 16:28:42

Campaign

CometAndCupid Mon 10-Dec-12 16:31:22

Oh my god!! shock

I love him, I love him, I love him! What a man.

That is all.

SrirachaGirl Mon 10-Dec-12 17:02:40

If you are offered a tin of Quality Street, which one do you go for ?

ChoccyJules Mon 10-Dec-12 17:07:13

Hello Hugh and thank you for visiting us here. Well done on all your work with Hacked Off (and the rest of the team)!

My question is, given that the govt are likely to wriggle out of any actual press legislation (legal underpinning) giving future possible misuse of any rules as their reasoning, do you think there is a compromise which can be reached here? Otherwise Leveson would seem to have been a wasted activity. Which would be really sad.

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 17:11:24

Hi Hugh. I too hate the celebrity culture the way it is today. And think it is absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary and damaging.
But i would like to ask you this.
What is your opinion on the way people like Dacre and his "newspaper" and other publications who persecute not only yourselves but the people who cant fight back ,either because they cant afford to or are simply too ill.
Because of their hate stories towards disabled people on benefits like DLA and ESA disability hate crime is on the rise. I think this was discussed at Leveson but only briefly.
I believe there is a link between the hate stories and the way disabled and ill people are now being targeted.
They run stories saying that "75% of people are faking it" but the actual figure from the DWP on DLA on this is 0.5% That includes both fraud and error.
There is also the way they love to paint the picture of unemployed people as scroungers. They seem to ignore the fact that we are in the biggest recession in living memory.
The unemployed are another group they demonize that cant afford to fight back.
Easy safe targets. And unfortunately certain sections of the public dont recognize propaganda when they see it. Hence the rise in the hate crimes.

cocolepew Mon 10-Dec-12 17:17:53

Hi Hugh, do you think the public are interested in gossip about clebs or it's just lazy reporting?

LineRunner Mon 10-Dec-12 17:17:58

Dear Hugh

I don't know if you are aware, but Maria Miller came on MN for a webchat a couple of weeks ago and gave the most dismal, patronising and frankly pointless set of answers to intelligent questions that I have ever seen.

Will you please carry on speaking out because she still ain't getting it.

LR

superstarheartbreaker Mon 10-Dec-12 17:28:57

Hi Hugh (waves/blows kiss) Do you think that the celebrities who thrive off media attention however negative ; the big brother types etc should have one set of rules as a whole industry has been borne out of their antics? And evryone else be protected?

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 17:35:45

darkesteyes
I literally hate the Dacre lies on benefit 'scroungers' too. I have a company that works with the very long term unemployed.....and the last 3 years of ramping up this rhetoric about the 'underclass' is finally coming to fruition. Benefits are being slashed for totally minor incidents, everyone is presumed a liar and cheat, and genuinely animals get treated better. I am now, at this moment, seeing first hand more people going homeless, considering suicide and certainly forced into crime.
Anyone who says the press from the likes of Dacre is harmless fun/ or worse is fact, is simply a wankering fool. It's actually life and death for some people <sounds dramatic and meant to be emoticon>

Welovecouscous Mon 10-Dec-12 17:37:30

I think you are doing wonders, Hugh smile

My question is about tackling this problem from the demand as well as the supply side.

Do you think the public need to stop demanding celeb tittle tattle? How can we get this to happen?

BoffinMum Mon 10-Dec-12 18:15:18

Hugh, thanks for speaking up about this. I am wondering when was the actual 'right, that's it' moment? You obviously have to deal with press intrusion a lot given your job, but what was the trigger point in this precise case that led you to speak out about it in the way that you did?

Also can I just say that your dance around No 10 in Love Actually is one of the finest cinematic moments I have ever encountered grin

Susieloo Mon 10-Dec-12 18:15:24

Hello Hugh

Do you have an opinion on the current campaign to get The Sun to stop page 3? It's beginning to get some real momentum behind it and I just presumed that you would have been approached by the founder of No More Page 3 for support, just wondering.

coorong Mon 10-Dec-12 18:22:29

Hello Hugh
as a former journalist and having seen the evil side of state presss control how do you balance statute protection against government control? I realise that current editors exercise de facto control (I've heard the phone calls Murdoch makes to his editors), but it's scary stuff when you talk about press control.
Can't we simply tighten privacy legislation?
regards Coorong.

DoingItOnTheRoofTopWithSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 18:23:35

Hi,

What do you think of the campaign to end page 3?

jaffacakehips Mon 10-Dec-12 18:25:47

Good Evening Hugh,

With regards to the French privacy laws, would you like to see Britain move further towards the same laws?

Thank you smile

Would you like my last Jaffa Cake? wink

kma35han55 Mon 10-Dec-12 18:54:06

How do you like Twitter so far?

missladyangel Mon 10-Dec-12 18:57:28

i have tried to sign for hacked off, unfortunately i'm not in the UK at the moment, do i have to give a Uk postcode or will it be available for other countries someday?

RubyrooUK Mon 10-Dec-12 19:02:16

Dear Hugh,

Very interested in your responses. Thank you for coming to do a webchat.

Are you campaigning on these issues purely because you were the result of a tabloid sting showing you to use prostitutes while appearing in the media at public functions with your also-famous girlfriend? Do you think that makes your campaign credible or do you worry that people think "oh he only wants press reform so men like him couldn't be busted with prostitutes when they portray themselves in interviews as loving boyfriends"?

I've always wondered whether the questions over your motivation would bother you.

Nancy66 Mon 10-Dec-12 19:05:58

Would you like to see Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks et al go to prison?

If Andy C ends up getting, say, the six or seven year sentence many predict do you think that is commensurate with the crime?

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Mon 10-Dec-12 19:18:03

I am just laughing at Justine's palpable excitement and all the !!!! In the OP. grin

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 19:29:18

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan

I am just laughing at Justine's palpable excitement and all the !!!! In the OP. grin

I've even had my hair done! [eek think they're downstairs]

SkyBlueSky Mon 10-Dec-12 19:29:48

Brilliant question Rubyroo.

Lily253 Mon 10-Dec-12 19:30:26

Hugh as a journalist who has worked for tabloids and women's magazines for over 20 years and managed to get real life and celebrity exclusives while abiding by the PCC code, the thing I find most difficult about the Leveson report recommendations and the Hacked Off campaign is the idea that the new code should be enforceable by law. It's really just a small minority of journalists and media owners who have behaved badly, isn't it? Is a law really necessary to control the bad behaviour of the few? And do you have any faith that newspaper editors and media owners are going to abide by the recommendations they've agreed to support?

Liz Jarvis

poppyknot Mon 10-Dec-12 19:30:55

Hi Hugh

Darkesteyes says it really.

Do you think that implementation of Leveson as is could ensure that groups as well as individuals can be protected from constant drip-drip demonisation. Especially as some of the rhetoric comes from within the govt.?

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 19:31:29

OOOH ! Is he here ? So exciting !

<waves hands manically>

Me first for the kisses !

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 19:32:30

False alarm. Hugh's still in Regent St - running late - possible delayed start now, will keep you posted...

strangerwithmyface Mon 10-Dec-12 19:33:29

Hi Hugh,

What do you think about the Labour party's suggestion of putting the Lord Chief Justice, head of the judiciary in England and Wales, in charge of overseeing a new self-regulatory, rather than a statutory body? BBC story here

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 19:35:48

Oh pooh.

Regent Street ? What's he doing, switching the lights on or Christmas shopping ? grin

DameMargotFountain Mon 10-Dec-12 19:41:31

pointless but fawning post alert

i never rated your films, but now i've heard you speak out about and against the revolting way the press have treated individuals, if i was going to perhaps, well not be faithful to Mr Fountain, i'd put you on the list of prospective shagees

blush

AliceWChild Mon 10-Dec-12 19:48:59

What are you advocating for to address the misogyny in the press identified through representations to the inquiry? Do you think this leads to a culture where men feel entitled to pay to use women's bodies?

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 19:52:40

He's here grin. Just having a little plate of sushi and then we'll be away.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 19:53:55

OOOoooooooOOOOOOOOOOooooooooh !

<hyperventilates>

<<fans self>>

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 19:55:35

What? No gregs sausage rolls? grin

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 19:56:46

Sushi!! envy <sick face

JugglingMeYorkiesAndNutRoast Mon 10-Dec-12 19:59:32

Hi Hugh ?

Which 2 minutes of acting have been your favourite/ best moments ?

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:00:09

Hello, here I am. Very nice of Mumsnet to have me. Slightly anxious, be kind to me.

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Mon 10-Dec-12 20:00:29

Marking place. This issue is so interesting and increasingly important.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:00:53

<faints>

Catree Mon 10-Dec-12 20:00:54

Welcome!! We are delighted to have you!

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Mon 10-Dec-12 20:01:14

::swoons::

(If he doesn't say the dancing in Love Actually was a highlight I shall sad)

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:01:30

Hello!

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 20:01:52

Hi Hugh.

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:01:53

<<waves>>

MarinaIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:05

Be honest - you're among feisty women friends here:

Did you ever try on That Dress?

Follow-up, if appl: So, how did it look?

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:08

<whispers>

I don't think he's here to talk about acting....grin

Kiss me Hugh, Kiss me, just once !

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:09

<waves like a loon> Hello! Welcome!

PessimisticMissPiggy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:17

Hi!

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:29

PetiteRaleuse

Sorry, I know I'm breaking the guidelines by asking another question. But do you think the web news and social media, blogs, forums etc, should be subject to the same scrutiny and regulations as the press or would this be unworkable in practice?

I'll shut up now.

Good question. I agree with Leveson on this. That unless the website is big, powerful and commercial it should not be subject to any new regulator. Justine says Mumsnet is very poor and therefore off the hook.

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:45

Hello. It's our pleasure to have you grin Most of us are actually quite kind - just mind out for the vipers!

BettySuarez Mon 10-Dec-12 20:02:48

Hugh, I really really hope you answer my question, as posing it is the only sensible thing I have done all week grin

Hurry up with that bloody sushi (Tesco's Finest?)

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 20:03:21

DarkesteyesMon 10-Dec-12 17:11:24

Hi Hugh. I too hate the celebrity culture the way it is today. And think it is absolutely ridiculous, unnecessary and damaging.
But i would like to ask you this.
What is your opinion on the way people like Dacre and his "newspaper" and other publications who persecute not only yourselves but the people who cant fight back ,either because they cant afford to or are simply too ill.
Because of their hate stories towards disabled people on benefits like DLA and ESA disability hate crime is on the rise. I think this was discussed at Leveson but only briefly.
I believe there is a link between the hate stories and the way disabled and ill people are now being targeted.
They run stories saying that "75% of people are faking it" but the actual figure from the DWP on DLA on this is 0.5% That includes both fraud and error.
There is also the way they love to paint the picture of unemployed people as scroungers. They seem to ignore the fact that we are in the biggest recession in living memory.
The unemployed are another group they demonize that cant afford to fight back.
Easy safe targets. And unfortunately certain sections of the public dont recognize propaganda when they see it. Hence the rise in the hate crimes.

FlojoHoHoHo Mon 10-Dec-12 20:03:48

One question, Erm...
Will you marry me?

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:04:11

Not that poor. You got sushi. Goldie Hawn only got an egg sandwich.

birdofthenorth Mon 10-Dec-12 20:04:38

Hi Hugh!

At one point it looked like David Cameron was willing to split up the coalition in order to defend the "freedom of the press" over effective regulation. How disappointing do you find his response? Do you think the extemities of media intrusion and manipulation uncovered by Leveson have fallen on deaf ears?

YoothaJoyce Mon 10-Dec-12 20:04:41

Hi Hugh, glad to have you here! Why do you think Piers Morgan has not yet been charged with perjury??

Corygal Mon 10-Dec-12 20:05:09

Rumour has it that the Daily Mail caught Ian Huntly & Maxine Carr after the police in Soham realised that Huntly was well aware of his 'rights' to resist the attempts of the Plods, so local coppers, desperate to find the girls, sent the guy from the Mail to tea at Chateau Ian. DM man bugged their coffee table. The girls were dead (had been for days) but the DM tape did for H&C anyway. Allegedly.

How do you reconcile press regulation for Bad Things and Hurt Feelings with allowing the press to break the rules in a way that delivers important social resilts? You're much too clever to suggest the police should do their job better.

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Mon 10-Dec-12 20:05:09

Not that poor. You got sushi. Goldie Hawn only got an egg sandwich.

It is 8pm though. Maybe it was a markdown. Check for a yellow sticker and stock up on Imodium.

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:06:46

Good point Horatia - frugal times these.

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 20:06:47

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HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:06:55

LadyMaryChristmas

Hello Hugh {almost faints}

Reform of the press is very badly needed, they seem to think that it's OK to snoop into the lives of others at will. Surely the human rights act (home and family life) should come into play here (not a question, just a thought)? Do you agree with the findings of the Leveson inquiry?

Would you like to come and join us for Christmas lunch? Roast goose?

grin

I'd like to answer both your question. The second one first. Yes, please, I'm rather lonely. As for the first one about the human rights act you're absolutely right that the trick here is to balance article 10 which defends (quite rightly) our right to say what we like against the less discussed article 8 which defends a citizen's rights to a basic expectation of privacy. You tend to hear a lot less about the second one in the papers that the first.

mariekjulia123 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:07:55

Did you meant to be the worldwide face of the Hacking Inquiry ?

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 10-Dec-12 20:08:02

I once knew an editor of a red top and over dinner one night he told me that you could get anything through the legal department if you could find someone who would stand up in court and swear that they believed it to be true. (even if they absolutely knew it wasn't)

where on earth would you start in trying to change that kind of attitude?

YoothaJoyce Mon 10-Dec-12 20:08:22

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Thanks for your answer. Fwiw I agree.

TheMysteryCat Mon 10-Dec-12 20:09:07

Hi Hugh,

If coulson or brooks are found guilty, do you think Cameron or Osborne will lose public face, or should they? I think it's very clear that both are guilty of a staggering lack of judgment especially where coulson is concerned.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:09:26

Hi Hugh and welcome to MN.

I'm really struggling with all of this as I am 100% against censorship and 100% for a 100% free press.

On the other hand, a 100% free press does not mean they are allowed to break the law.

I don't really have a question, I guess. I just wanted to state that. Or something.

::Tee stops gibbering::

JugglingMeYorkiesAndNutRoast Mon 10-Dec-12 20:09:46

Ooh come to mine for XMas Hugh if you're a bit lonely - it's Yorkies and Nut Roast grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:09:52

TunipTheVegedude

Thank you for coming, Hugh.

If sleazy tabloid journalists were to go through your bin, what kind of biscuit wrappers would they find in there?

They would find a lot of wrappers tomorrow because I spent all day panicking about this question. In the end, I'd have to say, it's very hard to beat a McVitie's plain chocolate digestive, but only eaten in the correct way. I like to lick all the chocolate off and then give the biscuit to the dog. There is no faster way to make a 52-year-old man look two or seven.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:11:12

I think Cameron has lost public face, TheMysteryCat, it's just that 'we' can't do anything about it till 2015. sad

Anyone else showing such an appalling lack of judgement would have lost their job by now...

Catree Mon 10-Dec-12 20:11:36

Hi Hugh,

If it were up to you, what would be the single most important piece of legislation you would put into place to protect the public right to privacy?

BettySuarez Mon 10-Dec-12 20:11:48

Hugh how can you possibly be lonely - you are at MNHQ with good company and Sushi?

I on the other hand have been living out of a suitcase for the past week and am currently picking my nail varnish off in a hotel in Lincoln.

I bet you could make it up here in time to share the little sachet of complimentary coffee. I'll even share my carton of UHT milk with you grin

You are 52?! Bloody hell shock

<sidles up to Hugh>

Pond's cold cream?

52 shock

scripsi Mon 10-Dec-12 20:13:18

Do you think there is still more to come out, in particular re email hacking?

NagooHoHoHo Mon 10-Dec-12 20:13:34

Oh God, he's with Chaos on the upside down biscuits. We'll never hear the end of this.

I can't think of a sensible question.

NathanDetroit Mon 10-Dec-12 20:13:35

hi Hugh,
I'd be interested to know where Hacked Off intends to go from now and in what ways the Great British Public can support the campaign. Are there opportunities to further lobby our MPs, newspaper editors/owners etc? As a community activist myself I feel frustrated by how "David & Goliath" this all is, in spite of the obvious inherent unfairness and lack of accountability.

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:13:40

To those of you who asked about Motorman you're right it's an interesting and neglected part of the whole sordid business. For many years, a private investigator called Steve Whittamore blagged and bribed private data on ordinary British citizens including the families of murder victimes, including the little girls murdered at Soham. The information commissioner's report in 2006 ran a league table of the newspapers who hired Steve Whittamore most frequently, top of the list was the Daily Mail.

mariekjulia123 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:13:46

What if they hacked your phone again? What would you do?

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 20:13:48

ClementineKelandra

I'm wondering just how many members of MNHQ will be working overtime tonight?

grin

Hello lovely Hu... <swoons>

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:14:31

Of course Olivia is there. grin

BOFingSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:15

Hello Hugh- well done on your campaigning, I thought you were very impressive on Question Time.

May I ask- did you comment on the weather when you arrived at MNHQ? And did Justine say she hadn't noticed?

mariekjulia123 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:37

You always said that you - when you were little - never want to become an actor. Do you like this 'work' more than acting?

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:42

<just back from the fastest bath/hairdrying/pyjama sorting/bundling off to bed my DD has ever had> What have I missed? <wheezes>

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:47

I like the work you do on Pancreatic cancer too.
My dad died of it around the same time as your mum.....and I appreciated you speaking up about it. It's not a cancer that seems to have moved forward in anyway in 50 years. I wish the press would cover important stories like that, but there we go.......we all must know that Kerry Katona has lost a few pounds....then put them back on again.........<face palm>

JustFabulous Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:48

You are 52?! shock

<faints>

<works out if he is too old for her>
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.
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<no. he isn't grin.

Come to ours for Christmas. DH can go to his mother's grin

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 20:15:54

52 and not looking a day over 36. Lucky bugger.

Corygal Mon 10-Dec-12 20:18:18

Are you friends with Steve Coogan now you are both crusaders? Is he nice to the dog? Does he set you up on blind dates and get worried about you?

Or does he sit on the sofa hinting for meals and cracking open tinnies for 3 days straight?

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:18:24

Oooh, ooh, I have a question !

Do you like snow ?

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 20:18:28

Hi Hugh
Quick question. Are any newspapers in your opinion worth reading? Can we trust any of them?!! Thank you smile

TeWisBeenNargledByTheMistletoe Mon 10-Dec-12 20:18:34

Hi Hugh -

Did you think it helps for campaigns to have a celebrity backing/driving them, or do you think it distract from the cause? (or rather, do you think the press have ever used your campaign as an excuse to talk about you and not the issue?)

TunipTheVegedude Mon 10-Dec-12 20:19:15

Chocolate digestives? You would get on very well with my mother, then. smile

We're going to hers for Christmas but you would be very welcome too.

RebeccaTheHallsMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 20:19:24

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet

ClementineKelandra

I'm wondering just how many members of MNHQ will be working overtime tonight?

grin

grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:20:37

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots

OK, I've had a think (!) and this is my question - Hugh, welcome! Fantastic to have you here talking about this issue. My question is on the media response to the Leveson report - it's clear (to me) that Cameron has weighed up the potential fall out from backing the report in full, when faced with the 'backlash' that would follow from the printed press, and back-tracked from the intitial 'if the recommendations aren't bonkers, I'll back it' to 'lets not be hasty...rubicon...blah' stance - in light of this, do you think there is a realistic chance of the recommendations being implemented when the media still have such a huge influence over those who would be/should be responsible for pushing the recommendations through parliament? Are there any compromises that you/Hacked Off would deem acceptable to get the bulk of the recommendations through i.e. is there any part of the report recommendations that would be acceptable to be implemented at the expense of other recommendations?

Also, given the media focus on Hacked Off, and those who back the campaign i.e. who are they, where is the funding coming from? - do you, or Hacked Off, have any plans to show some more transparency on that point, to address that 'concern' from the media?

Two parts to your question, both interesting. Would Hacked Off compromise on anything Leveson recommends? The truth is that Leveson's report was incredibly mild and he bent over backwards to keep the state at three arms length from the press. So there's no real need, for much compromise.

And thats what makes it all the more astonishing, that the prime minister could have gone back on his word to the victims (I don't include myself - I'm talking about real victims, people like the Dowlers and the McCanns) within hours of the report being published.

Withregards to the finance of Hacked Off, a lot comes from charitable trusts, a lot comes from private donations both big and small and some of those donations are anonymous because of the fear off retribution on the donors from the newspapers. But our total budget is almost certainly far less than what news international pay Clive Goodman and Glen Mulcaire even after they'd been charged, arrested and convicted.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:21:09

I had visions of Hugh speed typing like an eccentric author, rattling off numerous witty responses, peppered with some serious undertones. Me thinks we are getting some one fingered typing here...grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:21:23

<whispers> He's a bit slow, isn't he ? Not the fastest webchat we ever had !

This is why a MNHQ webcam would be useful.

Hassled Mon 10-Dec-12 20:21:34

Another fawning jolly well done here - I thought the recent programme was excellent, and throughout this whole circus you have been the voice of sense and reason.

And I don't have a question - just keep fighting the good fight.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:21:47

<epic fail> Sorry, my impatience is my weakness...

mariekjulia123 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:21:55

You always said that you - when you were little - never want to become an actor. Do you like this 'work' more than acting? - I know I asked this before but I'm actually pretty curious about the answer

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 20:22:12

Have you ever succumbed to reading the Mail Online in moments of weakness?

Melmagpie Mon 10-Dec-12 20:23:03

Hi Hugh!

It feels like the media is above the law or being the law at the moment - at one extreme the media is flouting the law with phone hacking etc, at the other it is doing its job (I'm thinking about Jimmy Savile and the Exposure documentary - it took ITV to bring his crimes to light.) What is the best way to change this culture so that the law of the land becomes a respected moral code at these elite levels and also capable of doing its job without the media having to do it for them - and that the law isn't feeble in the face of celebrity or media power. (I'm not saying we shouldn't have investigative journalism - we should - just seems mad that crimes like that weren't dealt with by the law itself.) What role should the media have in our legal and moral life?

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Mon 10-Dec-12 20:23:03

Don't be so mean!

Justine is taking dictation and she keeps pausing to swoon.

mariekjulia123 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:23:25

I don't think he's slow with his answers. Don't forget he has to read (a few of) the questions, pick one and the answers he gives are detailed.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:23:34

I wasn't astonished that the PM went back on his words, though. It's all he actually does, well.

I cannot imagine how families like the Dowler's and McGann's must feel.

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:23:42

Or Mnet is even more broken than Tech anticipated

Maybe he's typing with one hand because he needs the other one to bat off advancing MNHQers?

What are your thoughts on social media? It's not the press but the ordinary folk, the pub/school gate gossip about celebs but out there for all to see on twitter/Fb/forums. And not just when it's about who was arrested today but also the who's shagging who.

Ps I feel we should discuss this more in-depth, how about lunch?

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:24:07

Thank you for your response.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:24:52

I'm only joking !

Sorry. blush

<puts serious face on>

JugglingMeYorkiesAndNutRoast Mon 10-Dec-12 20:25:01

Of course he's slightly slow at typing responses - they are punctuated by slow, lingering snogs with all the MNHQers grin

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 20:25:03

Hi
Could you not be our PM instead of David c? smile

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 20:25:22

"And thats what makes it all the more astonishing that the prime minister could have gone back on his word to the victims (I don't include myself- I'm talking about real victims, people like the Dowlers and the Mcann's) within hours of the report being published. "

Cameron is not a man known for his integrity. I think the saying goes - what do you expect from a pig but a grunt.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:25:44

Baubles <snorts> Highly likely ! Justine's had her hair done, you know. wink

Jellykat Mon 10-Dec-12 20:25:47

52?
Absolutely perfect.. Fancy a little holiday or two in Pembrokeshire?

I'll let you bring your dog.. grin

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:25:57

I don't mind I've nearly finished making a Mushroom Chowmein in between hitting F5

Happiness is Hugh and Noodles grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:26:51

Catree

Hi Hugh,

If it were up to you, what would be the single most important piece of legislation you would put into place to protect the public right to privacy?

mariekjulia123

Did you meant to be the worldwide face of the Hacking Inquiry ?

No, L'Oreal was always my ambition. But it turns out I'm not worth it. Having said that, I'm very glad to be doing this. This isn't a thing of the past, despite what the papers may say. Only this year, an 11-year-old called Sebastian Bowles was killed in a coach crash in Switzerland.

His picture was taken from his Facebook page without his parents' permission and printed in three national newspapers. They also printed long lens pictures of his nine-year-old sister preparing to lay flowers at the crash site.

And all this despite the family's pleas to respect their privacy. None of this was against the law, but was in direct contravention of the Editors' Code of Practice, a code of practice that was openly and repeatedly flouted under the present system.

DoingItOnTheRoofTopWithSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 20:27:33

This is all a bit slow..

try this

DoingItOnTheRoofTopWithSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 20:28:26
DoingItOnTheRoofTopWithSanta Mon 10-Dec-12 20:28:40
mariekjulia123 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:28:41

How do you think about social media? Does it have too much influence ?

I'm all confused, we're watching Remains of the Day on the telly and you've just been typing away on an old typewriter. Quite glad I'm not drunk or it would just be too much.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:29:27

Doing

If only you could change your nn to DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh.

He's so lovely...and would be sooooooo worth it !

MarinaIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:30:07

I see other, faster Mumsnetters have Hugh sewn up for Christmas. But we also do Solstice! And since it's on the 21st, you don't have to wait so long for a slap-up meal (and have four days in between to do some cardio and work it off before Crimbo).

Qualified chef for a partner, seaside town, could be the tranquility you need.

Oh.My.God.It's.Hugh.Bloody.Grant!!!!

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 20:30:30

No, Loreal was always my ambition. But it turns out I'm not worth it grin

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 10-Dec-12 20:30:39

they are too young for me... much better wink

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:30:54

Corygal

Rumour has it that the Daily Mail caught Ian Huntly & Maxine Carr after the police in Soham realised that Huntly was well aware of his 'rights' to resist the attempts of the Plods, so local coppers, desperate to find the girls, sent the guy from the Mail to tea at Chateau Ian. DM man bugged their coffee table. The girls were dead (had been for days) but the DM tape did for H&C anyway. Allegedly.

How do you reconcile press regulation for Bad Things and Hurt Feelings with allowing the press to break the rules in a way that delivers important social resilts? You're much too clever to suggest the police should do their job better.

We at Hacked Off, campaign for there to be legal defences for journalists who break certain laws in pursuit of important public interest stories. That could include phone hacking - if you are uncovering a paedophile's activities or the MPs expenses scandal. We want to free up journalists to do great investigative work and release them from the shackles of their corporate masters and their purely commercial agenda. That is why the NUJ sits on platforms with Hacked Off and why we mention it in our petition (see how I slipped that in - it's at our Hacked Off website).

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:31:04

Hugh, that about Sebastian is just disgusting. Do you think that the press carry on this way because all respect for others has been lost ? Any story is good, no matter how distasteful ?

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 20:31:04

<<Ta daaaa!>>

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 20:31:24

Hey hey give the bloke time to read the posts Some (me) have rambled on in our posts for ages.

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:31:41

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf

HUGH GRANT <t-rexes> <faints>

Um, I don't know what to ask!

Do you like biscuits? I like biscuits! Kit kats are my favourite, or maybe a hobnob!

<Slaps self> Serious question! What form do you think the statutory underpinning we are hearing so much about right now, should look like?

In response to your serious question...

I support the form recommended by a senior judge who sat for a year taking evidence and thinking about it for months. His name was Leveson and he recommended that any new system of self-regulation that the press came up with to replace the PCC was verified (that is the "underpinning") as being independent and effective by another body - independent of politicians - set up in law (that's the "statutory"). This is needed, said Sir Brian because for decades each system devised by the press has failed. He said it was essential. I agree, so do 80% of the public.

In fact, I would like to know if that number holds true with Mumsnetters. I would like you to write in to MNHQ and ask them to support us publicly smile If you don't...I won't come back!

BIWIshYouAMerryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 20:31:57

I'm worth it.

And I'm only 53, so well in contention.

(BIWI lowers the tone)

StartRight Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:00

Hi Hugh
I hope you are well.

The press intrusion to victims of crime is totally abhorrent and should be a criminal act.
However, unfortunately as so many celebrities seem to court the press and actively want any public attention, how can the press or public distinguish between news that is genuinely intrusive to the said celebrity and news that has been orchestrated as a deliberate publicity seeking action?
Do you think both parties hold some responsibility?

Corygal Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:04

You can slip what you like in Mr Grant - thanks a million and Happy Xmas....

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:10

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood nice one

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:27

<rushes in a bit late>

'as ee gone?? sad

Jeanicez Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:41

Hello Hugh.
Or do I have to say Mr.Grant ?

Do you think because you are famous , you have more influence on people ?

By the way , I think you can be Loreals worldwide face. smile

Christmas Greetings smile

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:44

shock Doing ! You norty girl ! grin

ChristmasTreegles Mon 10-Dec-12 20:32:54

I'm curious about this all, as it seems the media doesn't even take the threat of fines or punishments of any kind seriously. I noted comments in articles about the recent pictures taken of Kate Middleton when she was on holiday that the media figured it was worth any fines or risk of punishment.

How can it even be reigned in when the media isn't worried about the risk and the politicians are backtracking on it? Can legislation really provide the teeth to stop it?

tempertemper Mon 10-Dec-12 20:33:03

I am genuinely interested to know whether you find yourself reading some of the newspaper stories that result from this poor practice? Do you think the papers are feeding our desire for salacious crap, or creating that desire?
FWIW I think we Iare nosey voyeurs by nature and are best not encouraged. Its easy to be horrified by the intrusion on those in the public eye and yet find yourself strangely drawn to reading the very stories you are horrified about.

But then that might just be me.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Mon 10-Dec-12 20:33:20

Dear Hugh,

Please could you do a bit of gratuitous swearing for us? Pretty please?

grin

Innamin Mon 10-Dec-12 20:33:42

Hugh, how do you reconcile the desire of "celebrities" to be in the newspapers with their desire for privacy? Obviously it doesn't follow that just because someone is famous that that they should have their bins gone through, or their phone hacked, but I am thinking about something like being photographed on a night out. Is some intrusion on the private life a celebrity the price they pay for the benefit they gain from receiving press attention at other times? If the answer is that some things are okay but too much intrusion is not then how and where does the line get drawn, and by whom?

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:34:15

hacked off linky for you Hugh grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:34:53

Meglet

oooo!

Since your involvement with Hacked Off have you noticed any difference in the way the paps + press treat you? Do they hold back or are they more aggressive?

To be honest, what happens to me is entirely irrelevant. In my job you're always going to get more attention than you might like, and that has never been my moan. I am pissed off about stuff that's happened to my elderly father or to the children of my girlfriend. They're not in show business and don't deserve it. But the real scandal here, is what happens to people like the Dowlers or the Bowles and about what happened with regard to the police, and the capture and ownership of our democratically elected politicians.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:34:55

BIWI the tone was lowered before we even started. I think I heard Justine squealing all the way from Belfast. grin

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 20:35:29

You're very welcome to come for Christmas lunch, Hugh. grin I'll pass my details on to MNHQ for you.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:35:42

Signed petition. I'm a good girl, Hugh.

Now please, please, please can I have a kiss ?

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 20:35:55

Actual genuine question , how often do you google yourself, and don't say you don't do it because.. every one does it

coorong Mon 10-Dec-12 20:36:11

On a serious note - what about simply tightening privacy laws?

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:36:17

SrirachaGirl

If you are offered a tin of Quality Street, which one do you go for ?

There is only one edible one; it is flat and gold and rips your fangs out.

DyeInTheEar Mon 10-Dec-12 20:36:33

Signed! grin

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:36:41

bugger, I'm getting this all wrong. I need to go lie down I think. <thud>

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:37:10

Toffee Penny

Bless ! He's that posh he doesn't know what it's called. grin

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:37:26

I'm in the 80% that support Hacked Off.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 10-Dec-12 20:37:35

Hugh, do you worry about how the press will treat you from now on? That they might have it in for you now?

mummylouise Mon 10-Dec-12 20:38:11

Hi Hugh,

If there is no follow up legislation has Leverson been a waste of public money and the victoms of unwanted press attention's time?

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:38:46

If I were your Dad I would not be happy about being called elderly on a forum populated in the majority by interested females wink

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:38:55

Theres one of those QS in my coat pocket! How lucky! Would you like it??

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:39:20

birdofthenorth

Hi Hugh!

At one point it looked like David Cameron was willing to split up the coalition in order to defend the "freedom of the press" over effective regulation. How disappointing do you find his response? Do you think the extemities of media intrusion and manipulation uncovered by Leveson have fallen on deaf ears?

There are cynics (of course I'm not one of them) who would say that Cameron's position has less to do with freedom of the press and more to do with pleasing the press. He is in grave danger of doing what every other PM has done in the same position over the last 70 years, ie please the press barons and go for political expediency in the face of public opinion and principle.

NeverKnowinglySnoggedHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 20:39:46

have changed my name for you Hugh....
Do you love me now??

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:39:56

weevilswobble how long has it been there and has it been chewed by a small child? grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:40:37

arcorvette

Hi Hugh
Quick question. Are any newspapers in your opinion worth reading? Can we trust any of them?!! Thank you smile

The Brentford and Chiswick Chronicle. Avoid the others

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:40:44

Which is how Cameron does everything, so are we surprised?

Moi? Cynical? Yup!

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 20:41:13

Aren't the days of the power of the printed press numbered any way - which makes Cameron's stance even more staggering?

I don't know anyone who gets a paper delivered. Or really goes out of their way to buy one. Most people just glance over a copy of the utter wank Metro on the train don't they? (has anyone noticed they can barely even give them away now?) And that is people my age, the young 'uns just do their news online.

What I'm saying is all these middle aged misogynistic cock waving editors will soon be consigned to the gutter so isn't that where the future lies, in reducing the demand for the trash and lies? Consistently revealing to people what utter wankers a lot of the editors are so they do not want to be aligned or associated with reading them - i.e. create a shame culture for everyone who reads the DM, or Murdoch shite, much as they do about many things themselves.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:41:29

But don't you think that's a bit twattish of Scameron ?

Once the press realise that the public will vote him out at the next GE, the very press he courts will do all it can to blacken him...not that it will need much help.

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 20:41:31

Hmm I live in Southend?? smile

FlojoHoHoHo Mon 10-Dec-12 20:41:36

Coronation street or Eastenders?

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:42:09

May I highlight mcmooncup's earlier question? ^^ I'd love to hear your answer on that one...

BettySuarez Mon 10-Dec-12 20:42:09

Hugh have you ever been to Lincoln? <desperate>

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:42:33

Tee not cynical, you're just observant.

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 20:42:43

And the press also do their own pleasing. in return. Their demonisation of benefit claimants and the disabled makes it easier for him to push his Welfare Reform Bill because after all "they are all scroungers and fraudsters" Cameron IDS and co dont want to change a thing.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 10-Dec-12 20:43:22

I'm sure I saw you skiing in courchevel one year. Are you coming again this year. I have a nice chalet, come round for hot chocolate.

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:43:28

HughGrant

arcorvette

Hi Hugh
Quick question. Are any newspapers in your opinion worth reading? Can we trust any of them?!! Thank you smile

The Brentford and Chiswick Chronicle. Avoid the others

No, serious answer. Clearly, there are great newspapers in this country (The Guardian, The Independent, FT) and there is great journalism in all the others. Our argument is that there simply isn't enough, and that to a certain extent our whole newspaper industry has been hijacked over the last 40 years by powerful media barons with an agenda quite different to good public interest journalism. We'd like to get it back out of their hands.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:43:54

"Aren't the days of the power of the printed press numbered any way...?"

mcmooncup when I first started studying graphic design 25 years ago, I was told to ignore print as it was dead. Doesn't look very dead yet, does it? Plenty of people still buy the newspaper every day.

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:43:55

Teelfonshelf. Its been there for 2 years. grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:44:07

MrsChristmasVamos

Signed petition. I'm a good girl, Hugh.

Now please, please, please can I have a kiss ?

THANK YOU...now if everyone else could sign our petition we might actually stand a chance of reaching a quarter of a million signatures by Christmas.

The government changed it's mind about the badger cull at 160,000 - we are nearly at the same figure and we haven't had a whiff of a U-turn...we need your help.

Evening Hugh,

Did the unwanted media attention that your daughter and her mother received influence your decision to become the 'poster boy' for this cause (no offence meant).

Your life has never been entirely private, but did becoming a parent increase your concerns ?

Thanks.

OohMrDarcy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:44:31

Hi Hugh

Whilst fully supportive of Hacked off, my question is...
Should I be concerned that whilst reading your answers I am hearing your 'love actually' voice over voice?!

grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:44:41

So basically you want Rupert Murdoch to eff the eff off and when he gets there eff off some more ?

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:44:49

Honey observantly cynical?

weevilswobble grin

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:44:54

Making me undeniable compatible with Hugh, as we'd never fight over them. grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:45:19

JammySplodger

I'm all confused, we're watching Remains of the Day on the telly and you've just been typing away on an old typewriter. Quite glad I'm not drunk or it would just be too much.

That is a deliberate and cunning new strategy devised by Mumsnet and Columbia pictures I believe their word is synergy. Do you like my hair?

SweetMingePie Mon 10-Dec-12 20:45:31

Oh how I love Hugh!

Anyone else reading his responses in is accent and floppy hairness way?

<swoon>

Hugh, not completely in topic, but can you please confirm that the line "It's raining, I hadn't noticed" has to be one of the most stupid lines in a film ever.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:45:33

<cries>

Got no kiss.

Woe is me. sad

Gelert Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:29

Hello Hugh, while the suffering of many victims of press abuse is undeniable, don't you agree there is a degree of hypocrisy about all this? How many members of the public express disgust at invasions of privacy, but at the same time log onto to TMZ to see pics of Prince Harry in Vegas or topless pics of The Duchess of Cambridge. Not everyone, maybe, and perhaps not many here, but quite a few, I'll bet.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:33

I signed the petition early on - I'd do it again for extra browny points if I could... grin

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:35

He'd have to kiss everyone Vamos. He'd no time to type!

catwoman3 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:37

I was working at Marie Curie when you supported the Daffodil Appeal in 2007-Your passion for your cause was very evident - Why do you this the Hacked Off campaign is so important?

Jellykat Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:43

Signed smile

MavisGrind Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:46

Despite not having a sensible question to ask I would just like the observe that this is the first web chat where I can hear the responses spoken by the author (IYSWIM). Lovely to have you here Mr Grant. Well done with your work with Hacked Off.

Told you I had nothing much to add grin

AliceWChild Mon 10-Dec-12 20:46:57

Well this is disappointing. Not many serious questions answered and lots of promotion of a petition. Glad I bothered. hmm

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:47:21

Don't kid yourself it's not many here, Gelert. How many times a day does someone on MN link to DM? Even if they pretend to blush while doing it?

anothercuppaplease Mon 10-Dec-12 20:47:26

As someone who works and is famous in many countries, is it the same everywhere? We have a very bad reputation here, but is it any better in the US?

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:47:27

FOR FLIPS SAKE HUGH GIVE MRSVAMOS A KISS

'specially as I shouted with no swearing on account of being in polite company <<proud>>

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 20:47:28

I feel very guilty now as I'm always reading the daily mail sad I shall only read The Guardian now and hope that I can be re educated. Hopefully it's never too late. smile

anothercuppaplease Mon 10-Dec-12 20:47:49

When I say we, I don't mean Mumsnetters, I mean journalists....

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 20:47:51

Gelert my mother does it. Ive tried to explain the concept to her but she just doesnt get it.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:48:03

Tee

That's alright. I don't mind standing in line.

It's raining ? I hadn't noticed.

wink

Piffpaffpoff Mon 10-Dec-12 20:48:03

Loving how the Nest of Vipers has turned into a bunch of giggling teenagers. And if you can't beat 'em......

Hi Hugh!! winkgrin

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:48:35

<still trying to think of an intelligent question>

Will you blow an old housewife a kiss, Hugh? grin

WhenAChildIsBawnTigga Mon 10-Dec-12 20:48:59

Nothing to ask just major swoonage!

Erm, desperately tries to think of a quick question. Got one:

Would you think, after your campaigning, that you might ever stand for election?

WandersOffFanningHerselfWithAGoodMagazineTiggaxx

I really want to ask something clever, but I can't stop swooning blush

VivaLeBeaver Mon 10-Dec-12 20:49:15

Dh has come home from 7 weeks away. I think he was hoping for some action but I've told home I'm too busy talking to Hugh grant.

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:49:17

MrsChristmasVamos

Hugh, that about Sebastian is just disgusting. Do you think that the press carry on this way because all respect for others has been lost ? Any story is good, no matter how distasteful ?

I think the honest answer is that because of their enormous power some editors have operated largely above the law and above any normal standards of decency. And no one has dared to challenge them because they are a very scary enemy. The Sebastian Bowles case is not unusual. Think of JK Rowling's children having notes from reporters stuffed in their school satchels. Or the funeral of Ann Diamond's baby being plastered all over the front of The Sun. Despite her requests for privacy.

<cries with MrsVamos>

He hasn't instructed me to knee Dacre in the goolies, either. I've even got DS's Spiderman knee pad strapped on to make it extra hurty!

Come and share some gin with Auntie Baubles, Vamos.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:49:45

HoneyDragon

Persistant, moi ?

Stalker, more like.

Can you imagine if it were Rafa here ? I'd be in bits. grin

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:49:59

peroxideporker

Would it be a workable compromise (for both sides) to add a renewable sunset clause into any statutory underpinning?

Funnily enough I used to discuss this on set with Renee and Colin; we agreed that since what is needed in such underpinning is stability and permanence, a renewable sunset clause is the last thing we need. Parliament should set up the independent validator that Leveson said was essential and then leave it alone.

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 20:50:09

Hugh's gonna become a Mumsnetter. He's secretly thinking what a sophisticated, sexy and witty bunch we are.

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 20:50:09

MrsChristmasVamos get over here under the mistletoe there is a queue, behind me though.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:50:30

I never sign petitions, especially e-petitions, as I don't really believe they work.

I just signed this one. Just for you Hugh. grin

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 20:50:37

My son wants to know what games you'd like to play on the xbox when you visit on Christmas Day? wine

You are old enough to be my dad I think. Still you made some decent films.

<keeps cool unlike some others on here>

Just would like to ask why you decided MumsNet was the place to come and more importantly. Do you love my name?

That is all.

kasbah72 Mon 10-Dec-12 20:51:27

Phew, is it hot in here?!!

OK, serious question...

In light of all that has happened with Hacked Off etc., where do you stand on the current furore around the Oz DJs and their ridiculous prank call that seemingly resulted in a tragic death?

Not about the call itself, that was just stupid. I am wondering about the way the UK media has turned from the witch hunt around the nurses to a witch hunt around the djs? Do either deserve the level of publicity and press invasion that has happened? Where should privacy laws fit in here?

Oh, and have you ever tried the Hairy Bikers Christmas Pudding vodka? A great festive treat to add to that toffee tooth you have there!

Uppermid Mon 10-Dec-12 20:51:36

No question just hi!

I like the name drops by the way.

JoanByers Mon 10-Dec-12 20:51:53

I think Hugh should have stuck on the Brentford & Chiswick CHronicle tbh. Naming Grauniad and the not-terribly-independent makes this look like a left vs. right issue and very easy to ignore on that basis.

Bicnod Mon 10-Dec-12 20:52:21

I have nothing to say except you're on my list Hugh wink

DyeInTheEar Mon 10-Dec-12 20:52:27

Maybe we should make it a mumnetters rule to no longer link to Daily Fail stories?

<I'm 41+3 and enjoying this so much could turn this into a live labour webchat>

arcovette - try the independent or the i - no sleb shite and fairly unbiased reporting. DM is dreadful.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:52:50

SENSIBLE ALERT

Thanks for your answer Hugh.

I've personally experienced having to bury my own child, and cannot comprehend how sickening it must feel to have you and your children plastered everywhere for all to see, while trying to deal with your grief.

I'll do all I can to let as many people as I can know about your petition, as I do think there has to be a clear line drawn that is not crossed any longer.

No story is ever that good.

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:52:53

SP Please stop showing of your youthfulness. It is not becoming. envy

<eek> Ooh yes, I love you your hair, though possibly more in Four Weddings <just realised I'm talking to Hugh about his lovely hair... swoon>

Bicnod you should state which list as could be taken as a threat grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:53:52

<glugs gin with Baubles>

<queues up behind Doing>

DontmindifIdo Mon 10-Dec-12 20:53:54

Joan - and the Guardian are rubbish at covering 'who wore what' to red carpet events <shallow>

YoothaJoyce Mon 10-Dec-12 20:54:18

I think Hugh should have stuck on the Brentford & Chiswick CHronicle tbh. Naming Grauniad and the not-terribly-independent makes this look like a left vs. right issue and very easy to ignore on that basis

You're not very informed if you think this is a Left vs Right issue, or one that can be easily ignored. shock

DameMargotFountain Mon 10-Dec-12 20:54:35

Hugh

are you typing all your own answers or are MNHQ taking turns and sitting on your knee and doing it for you?

wink

Is Hugh the one who slides across the floor in socks, boxers and a shirt in a film?

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 20:54:56

When my friend was 16, she shagged the English teacher who looked a bit like Hugh and the News of the World came knocking on her door. It was very strange.

The Sebastian story is just one of many.

I imagine but don't actually know, the nurse who committed suicide last week wasn't especially treated brilliantly by the press, and there are pictures today of her grieving children. 2 weeks after Leveson

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Mon 10-Dec-12 20:55:05

Sensible question.

What in your opinion is the single most important reason for backing Leveson? I'm afraid I've found your answers so far to be a little bit ... slippery and politiciany.

Darkesteyes Mon 10-Dec-12 20:55:10

Im completely disgusted with the way those sections of the media treat people who have been through so much and are greiving.
It just HAS to stop.
And putting notes into childrens satchels and hassling the children of well known people. Just because their parent is well known for what they do doesnt mean their children are public property. They deserve to go through their childhood without being persecuted by greedy "journalists" .

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 20:56:30

fanjo that's tom cruise you are thinking of.

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 20:56:35

It's probably best to read a wide range of newspapers but not to really believe anything in them. I haven't read the g or the I for years but will track them down online and hope that I can understand the content!

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:56:44

Whomever asked, it's been this way in the US forever. The press are notorious over there for bothering the children/parents/what have you of celebs.

Hugh's the one who says "absolutely enormous knickers" to Bridget in Bridget Jones's Diary.

I hear him saying that in my head everytime I am wrestling myself into my Spanx...

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:56:57

MrsChristmasVamos

Hugh, that about Sebastian is just disgusting. Do you think that the press carry on this way because all respect for others has been lost ? Any story is good, no matter how distasteful ?

I think the honest answer is that because of their enormous power some editors have operated largely above the law and above any normal standards of decency. And no one has dared to challenge them because they are a very scary enemy. The Sebastian Bowles case is not unusual. Think of JK Rowling's children having notes from reporters stuffed in their school satchels. Or the funeral of Ann Diamond's baby being plastered all over the front of The Sun. Despite her requests for privacy.

StartRight

Hi Hugh
I hope you are well.

The press intrusion to victims of crime is totally abhorrent and should be a criminal act.
However, unfortunately as so many celebrities seem to court the press and actively want any public attention, how can the press or public distinguish between news that is genuinely intrusive to the said celebrity and news that has been orchestrated as a deliberate publicity seeking action?
Do you think both parties hold some responsibility?

First of all let me say I'm wearing your shoes and think they're superb.
There are people who court publicity but in my experience, they are in the tiny minority of all those dumped in the giant vat marked celeb by the papers. Being in the papers is actually almost entirely irrelevant to the success or failure of a film or song or website. It really does come down in the end to whether its ay good or not. To say its all about being in the papers is the propaganda of those papers and justifies shoving notes in JK Rowlings childrens satchel

Crumpets Mon 10-Dec-12 20:56:58

We are all about to sign your petition, feeling rather unticky that we haven't got round to it yet.
Excellent work.

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:57:08

<<puts SPFanjo back in her box>>

OliviaPeaceOnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 20:57:19

DameMargotFountain

Hugh

are you typing all your own answers or are MNHQ taking turns and sitting on your knee and doing it for you?

wink

shock

Bicnod Mon 10-Dec-12 20:57:40

The Friends type list. Don't be afraid be very afraid

Hugh I'm looking for a step dad. Think you might be perfect. PM your details and we can set up a audition. Get your agent to contact my agent

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 20:57:52

arcovette these days I have a rule that I have to see a story in at least 3 reliable newspapers, either online or in print, before I'll believe it. Twitter, Facebook and DM do not count!

WhenAChildIsBawnTigga Mon 10-Dec-12 20:58:30

Anyone else just had an image of Hugh in high heels and still felt the swoonage?

No?JustMeThenTiggaxx

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 20:58:43

Hugh wouldn't like my knickers, Baubles. I wear a thong. grin

Entreprenizzle Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:00

Hello, can I ask whether the swooning gets on your nerves IRL when you are trying to make sensible points? Do you think it is sexist?

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:06

Chocolateisnottheonlyfruit

Evening Hugh,

Did the unwanted media attention that your daughter and her mother received influence your decision to become the 'poster boy' for this cause (no offence meant).

Your life has never been entirely private, but did becoming a parent increase your concerns ?

Thanks.

I was heavily involved in this before I became a father but I won't pretend that the harassment of the mother of my child and the theft of her intimate medical details by a major national newspaper didn't stoke my fire. I would tell you more but there's a law suit pending.

Nosleeptillgodknowswhen Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:36

Petition signed and linked to on facebook. Can't think of a good question though...

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:38

Olivia was that

shock How could you suggest such a thing?

or

shock I can't believe I didn't think of that earlier?

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:42

TeeElfOnTeeShelf that is actually a pretty good rule!! I've learnt a lot tonight smile

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 20:59:44

BaublesAndCuntingCarolSingers

You are 52?! Bloody hell shock

<sidles up to Hugh>

Pond's cold cream?

I made the mistake of going on Twitter recently. Apparently, you are wrong and I actually look like a scrotum.

No SP that was Tom Cruise!

Ok just about recovered from finding out he's 52 and at 27 I have noooo chance. [Sad]

I'll still sign though. But just wanted to make you aware I'm now only signing because you've convinced me rather than because fancy you.

NeverKnowinglySnoggedHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:00:47

Hugh more serious question.

do you have an opinion about the radio presenters joke that appears to have ended in the suicide of a Nurse?

birdofthenorth Mon 10-Dec-12 21:00:49

Thanks for answering my question, I couldn't agree more that Cameron is still up Murdoch's backside

BelleDameSousMistletoe Mon 10-Dec-12 21:01:07

Signed, etc.

Not any scrotum that I've ever seen...

<Vic and Bob pervy thigh rub>

C'mon Hugh - whizz thro some of my our questions; i am ignoring dh to read what you have to say!

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:02:19

Who said that Hugh? MN has a huge Twitter presence...we'll bury them...

Oh wait...then we'd be acting like the press...

Major lawsuit pending I can guess which paper. I HOPE YOU WIN!

GetKnitted Mon 10-Dec-12 21:02:58

Isn't it enough that we can take the papers to the courts and also to the police? why do we need a third agency? confused

That makes it sound like I have inspected many scrotums...

Pfffft.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 21:03:22

I just want to say that this has been much better than the webchat we had with Maria Miller useless individual recently.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:03:46

<cough> Baubles is a liar <cough>

SweetMingePie Mon 10-Dec-12 21:03:59

Oh Hugh, if my DH had a scrotum that looked remotely like you, I'd spend more time down there wink

SrirachaGirl Mon 10-Dec-12 21:04:06

Aha! A Toffee Penny Man. I knew it grin.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:04:38

Ha !

Was thinking the same, Minge. grin

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:05:46

never seen such a lovely scrotum...

TeeElfOnTeeShelf American news isn't even in the same universe compared to the UK for sleb gossip. I couldn't beilve the shit that gets plastered on the front of papers when I first came to England.

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 21:05:50

SPsFanjoIsSantasLittleHoHoHo

You are old enough to be my dad I think. Still you made some decent films.

<keeps cool unlike some others on here>

Just would like to ask why you decided MumsNet was the place to come and more importantly. Do you love my name?

That is all.

To be honest, this whole issue rests on a knife edge. You've got the prime minister and the press barons trying preserve the cosy status quo. And then you've got 80% of the public, the Labour party, the lib dems and the victims trying to make Leveson meaningful I'm just trying to gather more support for our side to tip the balance and I though the people of Mumsnet might help. I also have a mother fixation...

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 21:06:11

<<Checks watch>>

It's after 9pm so I guess scrotum talk is sanctioned?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 10-Dec-12 21:07:12

Oooh, I'm a mum.

So basically you knew that the ladies of MN would be all over you like a tramp's overcoat thus getting lots of signatures? That's genius! wink

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:07:54

And I have never seen a "I shagged such and such and it was amzing/disgusting/tiny" on the cover of a paper in my life before the UK

OohMrDarcy Mon 10-Dec-12 21:08:05

I'm a mum too grin

<waits patiently in line>

TeamSledward Mon 10-Dec-12 21:08:07

Me too Minge! grin

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:08:20

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh You've obviously never lived in California. It's just as bad, if not worse.

The difference is, I think, there are a lot fewer newspapers in the US. Each city has one, maybe two, major papers. Not like here where there are, it seems, hundreds. So the English papers have to be as outrageous as possible to get readers.

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 21:08:23

Mother fixation. Ooooooooo

and bless 'im!

Yes! I got orange boxed! I'm happy now grin thank you for that!

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Mon 10-Dec-12 21:08:45

I feel so used sad

wink

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:09:22

Do you really think 'we' can make a difference though ? Scameron and pals have listened to no-one on anything else, so why should this be any different ?

It seems like while they are in power, and because they know they have limited time, they will screw the country over to suit themselves and their pals, and leave a bloody great mess for others to clear up.

I wish 'we' the public would find our voices and unite over lots of issues, not just this, but it feels like it's hopeless. sad

mcmooncup Mon 10-Dec-12 21:09:24

I'm quite pleased Max Clifford might be off the scene soon.

Just saying...

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:09:30

Oh, no, not headlines like that, DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh, I'll agree with that. But the press in the US do just as much dirty digging as the ones in England.

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:09:46

California is a very special place though. will give you that

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:10:09

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh grin

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 21:10:43

Do people still buy the national enquirer??

DameMargotFountain Mon 10-Dec-12 21:10:46

why the shock Olivia <innocent look>

i reckon you were right 2nd guess Honey grin

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:10:56

grin

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:11:04

That's why I don't sign petitions, mrschristmasvamos. The fat rich men get fatter and richer and the poor sign their names and accomplish nothing.

Cynical me, again

YoothaJoyce Mon 10-Dec-12 21:11:09

I'm quite pleased Max Clifford might be off the scene soon

Agreed mcmooncup. The editors/hacks are only half of the problem - Max Clifford is the other half of the problem.

VikingVagine Mon 10-Dec-12 21:11:39

I live in France and the attitude towards the press here is very different, or at least it was. I think what happened with The Duchess of Camebrige recently shows that things are changing here too, and obviously not for the better.

<technically virtually in bed with Huge Grant>

No question. As you were.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:11:45

Like it's made of gold, arcorvette

Jeanicez Mon 10-Dec-12 21:12:03

Evening Hugh.

Do you really believe that there ever would be a fair press ?

Enjoy your evening .
-- By the way , you are great for HackedOff ! --

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:12:26

Hugh darling,

Do you think it might be beneficial or you to go rifling through the bins of some of the higher up politicians? Just to give them a taste of their own medicine?

I'll go with you, we can disguise ourselves as urban foxes

WhenAChildIsBawnTigga Mon 10-Dec-12 21:13:08

Erm, somebody ask him if he'll do hosting on Never Mind The Buzcocks cos I've asked my question.

REALLYREALLYREALLYWouldLikeHughToHostNMTBTiggaxx

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:13:18

arcorvette

the National Enquire does not even pretend to be a newspaper grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:13:41

But if we all signed and shouted and made ourselves heard, could we not make a difference ? sad

HughGrant Mon 10-Dec-12 21:13:48

Anyway, I have to go thank you very much to Mumsnet for having me here and for the sushi. If you are at all sympathetic to any of my rant do please go to the Hacked Off website- you'll know what to do.

LadyMaryChristmas- call me x

arcorvette Mon 10-Dec-12 21:13:55

TeeElfOnTeeShelf really?? But it's rubbish isn't it? I don't think our papers are as bad as that - or are they?!

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:01

Oh, I think it pretends DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh. Just not very hard. grin

VikingVagine I agree. In the 14 years I have been in France the press has become much more sleb twaddle obsessed and some of the nastiness printed even in Le Monde for example about Rachida Dati or DSK's accusers is disgusting.

Uppermid Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:25

Is it wrong to be sat here hoping for a hi whilst next to dh?!

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:30

what?

What about the urban fox costume I am knitting? No mention?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:36

Hugh,

What do you think about super injunctions?

I hear someone who's been arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile enquiry has one so his name hasn't been released.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:42

He kissed LadyMaryChristmas!

There's going to be a cat fight.

Is that a sexist expression?

Uppermid Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:52

Damn

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 21:14:57

Byeee!

Oh no you all scared him off! Come back Hugh!

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:17

I NEED YOUR NUMBER, HUGH!!!! sad

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:20

I'm waiting for the pictures to go up on MNHQ's Facebook...

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:23

Ladymarychristmasenvyenvyenvyenvyenvyenvy

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:36

Disappointing. No kisses for no-one. sad

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:16:15

THERE'S VIDEO!!!!!!!!

Hugh has a glass of wine. He's one of us for sure...

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Mon 10-Dec-12 21:16:20

Night Hugh - feel free to drop by anytime, you don't actually have to be sat in HQ to come and chat grin

I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

DoingitOnTheRoofTopWithHugh Mon 10-Dec-12 21:16:29

that was a bit rubbish tbh

YoothaJoyce Mon 10-Dec-12 21:17:20

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MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:17:23

That's not a proper kiss, he just wants Christmas Dinner.

LadyMary I'm not jealous, cos he spoke to me, several times.

Have a naice lunch together. smile

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 21:17:47

Hugh Grant KISSED ME!! grin My life is almost complete.

StartRight Mon 10-Dec-12 21:18:12

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I agree it is shocking that children are targeted just because of their parents.
I am a teacher, and like most other professions, we have an agreed code of conduct and duty of care which reflects the responsibility of being 'in loco parentis' for the kids we teach.
It is a shame the press don't have a similar agreed level of professionalism for their own sake as well as ours.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:18:57

Was really, wasn't it, Doing.

Miranda Hart was better, and I didn't even talk to her !

Welovecouscous Mon 10-Dec-12 21:19:11

I thought it was great! Thank you Hugh grin

Nancy66 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:20:06

Only answered about 4 questions - and posted some very dodgy 'facts' as well.

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 21:21:33

Damn. He makes promises, kisses me, then leaves without giving me his number. Story of my life! sad

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Mon 10-Dec-12 21:21:40

It wasn't the best chat we've ever had. But we also acted like 14 year old girls...not the tough women of the world we usually are.

And that's okay! grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:23:52

I know, it was OK. He seems to know his stuff, and makes the effort to make sure he knows, iyswim.

I am not as cynical about him as I am about others.

LadyMary

You should send him a sliver of your goose, to show him what he missed. [fgrin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 21:24:45

I think the last time I went that gooey was when Bros were on tv. grin

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 21:25:17

Can you highlight the dodgy facts Nancy?

QuickLookBusy Mon 10-Dec-12 21:28:21

Ah, I missed all the funsad

I do hope there are photos MNHQ.

145457 signatures so far...

Proud to be #145458!

QuickLookBusy Mon 10-Dec-12 21:44:30

I've signed too smile

Signed the petition.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 22:32:40

QuickLookBusy

Ah, I missed all the funsad

I do hope there are photos MNHQ.

Vid of Hughster at the Towers here

BettySuarez Mon 10-Dec-12 22:36:42

He is looking everyone of those 52 years on that video (see Hugh - THIS is what happens when you ignore my questions) angry

blush

Uppermid Mon 10-Dec-12 22:43:56

Ooooh he is naughty!

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 22:46:56

Who is the giggling interviewer? She sounds worse that us lot, trying to ask important questions while failing miserably to get past the fact IT'S HUGH GRANT talking to us! grin

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 22:48:33

I'm thinking of getting a t-shirt printed that says 'I've been orange-boxed by Hugh Grant'. No one will have a clue what I'm talking about.

QuickLookBusy Mon 10-Dec-12 22:51:01

Thank you Justine.

After watching that video, I'm very much in need of a biscuit for some reason.

weevilswobble Mon 10-Dec-12 22:53:04

In the video he says he likes biting the end off a crunchie and getting his tongue right inside it!! Oh Lordie!!

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 22:53:44

Ahh, he liked my questions. {sobs} I still don't have his number. sad

bunch I will be wearing a matching one grin

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 23:05:09

LadyMary, keep an eye on that inbox of yours. wink

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:09:36

sad I wish! It'll be another Christmas day, just ds and I. He'll open his presents and play whilst I clean up and cook.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:11:50

LadyMary

It did seem to me as if he wholeheartedly was going to take up your kind offer.

I think you DO need to ring him. Maybe someone at MNHQ can give you his number ?

Can you imagine how awful it would be if he did arrive Christmas Day and you didn't have the goose ready for him ? shock

Stranger things have happened !

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:12:41

<disclaimer> I have a tendency to over-think things and be a little delusional at this time of night....wink

GoodKingWenSOLOslas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:13:19

<throws dolly out of the pram> angry I didn't knoooooooow!! <sobs> I didn't know! <Stamps on dolly>

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:15:33

grin We'll be cooking a goose anyway, so it's no bother. DS would love someone to play on his xbox with him whilst I cook for hours. It would be incredibly crazy though.

utterlyslutterly Mon 10-Dec-12 23:16:54

Hugh Grants tongue wink

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:17:02

grin

I'd love to see the youtube clip if he did arrive !

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:19:06

Ahh. grin Don't encourage me to imagine.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:19:25

Actually, I'm surprised that MNHQ weren't most miffed that he thought they were all "old ladies like the WI".

I think my t-shirt will say "I've been boxed by Hugh Grant". grin

(Does 'boxed' have any sexual connatations ?)

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:20:56

Sadly it would appear not.

I shall have to think of something else for mine.

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:21:13

We should get some printed.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 10-Dec-12 23:21:44

Only if you want it to Vamos wink

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:23:39

Nah, if it doesn't have underlying rude tones, I'm not interested. grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:25:03

Hmmm.

Would it be stretching it too far to have "Fingered by Hugh Grant" ?

He must have been typing earlier. No MNHQ member would admit to being so unprofessionally slow, surely ? grin

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:26:33

Oh, that's bad! grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:29:25

I know. wink

I was a good girl for Hugh earlier, and he said THANK YOU. So now I can be norty. grin

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:33:12

Well, I could put 'I was kissed by Hugh Grant' on mine (a little artistic licence there, maybe). grin

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:35:51

You could. Lucky Mare Mary. grin

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:38:42

Mr Grant would be very welcome here. I'd even get some toffee in. Ah well. smile

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:40:18

Keep dreaming !

What do you want Hugh for anyway ? Is it not enough that you have Matthew ? grin

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:43:53

I'd ditch Matthew, he's a bit of a dam squid. Give me Hugh Grant any day. grin Doesn't he have a girlfriend? confused

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:44:33

I think they both do.

Damn shame. Either would do me too. (Don't tell DH).

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:48:25

Poor Hugh, he should spend the day with her.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:50:05

He should really.

But then he comes online to do a serious chat and strange women throw themselves at him and offer him Christmas Goose at their houses.

It would be rude to decline after accepting, wouldn't it ?

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:53:20

grin It would be very rude. I'm off to bed, sleep well.

MrsChristmasVamos Mon 10-Dec-12 23:54:38

Night ! Sweet dreams !

LadyMaryChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 23:56:47

grin Christmas goose with Hugh Grant and DS. Doesn't get any better than that.

MerrythuluDestroyerofMincePies Tue 11-Dec-12 01:39:12

Bugger. Missed it. Was passed out on the sofa. angry

Well, signed and will share in a bit, once all my friends have gotten over my last sharing campaign.

Yes, MNHQ, I am most definitely one of the 80% and would like to voice my support for you lot to support HO.

On a personal note, having known a celeb for a while in a professional capacity, and become very friendly with them and the family in that time, I can see how it changes one to become so guarded and cautious about knowing and trusting anybody. I would hate to have to be like that, but could see why it's so necessary. No-one should have to live their lives like a hunted fox.

But on a lighter note, cor blimey, that video made me loosen my collar a tad! [hgrin]

Lots of love, Hugh, (if you ever come back to read!) and keep up the good work.

TeeElfOnTeeShelf Tue 11-Dec-12 06:31:09

Oh my...that video.

::fans self::

I think the video came out a bit more suggestive than intended

Btw I'm not complaining

GoodKingWenSOLOslas Tue 11-Dec-12 09:38:22

The video was all I saw of him and it was a fab demonstration of chocolate digestive eating! blush <naughty thoughts>

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 10:18:48

That was a great webchat even if I didn't get any flirting. Can MNHQ please ask Hugh to make it an annual Christmas event, even if his campaign is successful? As a national treasure he surely owes it to the mothers of Britain to keep morale up, as they say. grin

FrancesMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Dec-12 11:48:18

In case you havent seen Hugh's video

QuickLookBusy Tue 11-Dec-12 12:43:42

I expect MNHQ haven't recovered from last night yet.

we could create havoc and no one would care

Welovecouscous Tue 11-Dec-12 12:58:23

Lucky MNHQ smile

Ahh, LadyMary he mentioned Christmas lunch on the video, I think he liked your offer.

MrsChristmasVamos Tue 11-Dec-12 15:26:03

Bear

I've warned her he might actually turn up. grin

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 15:30:26

It is because she offered goose and he is well posh and posh people eat goose. No four bird roast from Aldi for Hugh!

But if he comes around mine, I promise Crunchie Stuffing. Top that, LadyMary. grin

LadyMaryChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 17:32:40

blush I'm cooking anyway, so it would be no bother. I have guests on the 21st so have to clean up, so that will be no bother either. I just hope he brings some champagne with him. wink

Crunchie Stuffing? What's that?

Starter of smoked salmon on 'stuff', roast goose and the trimmings for main, chocolate cake for desert and a lot of wine! Sound OK?

Jellykat Tue 11-Dec-12 17:42:13

Room for one more LadyMC ?

My DSs are old enough to be left alone, i'll get them a pizza grin

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 17:43:29

LadyMary, you obv have not seen Hugh's MN film. wink
Crunchie stuffing in this house, and I promise to dress up like Nigella.

LadyMaryChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 17:49:24

Hugh's MINE!!! Mwuhahaha! grin

I'm going to dress up...as me! I wouldn't want to be anyone else.

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 17:56:14

I would offer to take my clothes off but given the postnatal appearance I think this might have a counterintuitive effect on the poor chap.

<thinks>

You is well above yourself, innit. Everyone knows I am first in the mistletoe queue. Innit.

LadyMaryChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 18:00:26

Hugh's already kissed me! wink

BoffinMum Tue 11-Dec-12 19:17:26

<sulks>
Well the next queue then.
<folds arms>

LadyMaryChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 20:29:44

grin

Hugh, if you're reading this, you're still welcome to come for Christmas lunch. Don't worry if you're busy, just have fun! wine

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Tue 11-Dec-12 20:39:19

<sigh> I was dying to tell someone at work today that I had a question answered last night - by HUGH GRANT! But, it would mean outing myself <doh!> so I can't do it. Damn.

I'll just need to get on with the t-shirt printing, and watch the puzzled looks I get when wearing it. grin

LadyMaryChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 20:42:00

Imagine how I feel. Hugh grant gave me a kiss and wants to come to my house for Christmas Lunch! I doubt anyone will believe me. sad

funnyperson Tue 11-Dec-12 20:54:23

I really like the little mumsnet video. I thought Hugh Grant came across as so much nicer, more natural and - yes, a lot younger- than he looked in his movies. His normal voice is so much nicer than the poshed up one he used for Hollywood. Wishing him a very happy Christmas. DD and I watch 'Love Actually' every Christmas, so I owe him many thanks for very happy memories while I curl up on the sofa with my daughter year after year. smile

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Tue 11-Dec-12 21:54:11

LadyMary, we know <taps nose>. And I'm not jealous at all. Oh no <nose growing rapidly> grin

LadyMaryChristmas Tue 11-Dec-12 22:18:03

grin He could have left a little note at MNHQ which they can send to me, or something. {sobs}

MalcolmGrant Tue 11-Dec-12 23:19:20

Swoooooon i would just love to meet Hugh Grant in the flesh. He's a dish, a good English dish of boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, overdone roast beef and boiled plum pudding.

I can't believe I missed this!

<weeps uncontrollably>

I demand Hugh comes back one day very soon!

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