Clarkson comes clean
Padraig Reidy: Clarkson comes clean
27 Oct 11

Today’s interview with Jeremy Clarkson in the Daily Telegraph provides an interesting line on living with an injunction.

Clarkson had an injunction on stories detailing his relations with his ex-wife, Alexandra Hall.

They are incredibly expensive to maintain and there’s an assumption of guilt about which you can do nothing because I’m as bound by it as everybody else.

So you sit there with everyone and you go, huh, ex-wife, and you can’t say anything, so I just thought I wanted to get rid of it and it will save us a hell of a lot of heartache.

I must admit it’s something I’d never really thought about. Once you have an injunction concerning an area of your life, you are subject to it just as everyone else is, and have added a layer of censorship to something that probably already causes you considerable anguish.

By Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy is the editor of Little Atoms and a columnist for Index on Censorship. He has also written for The Observer, The Guardian, and The Irish Times.