The Plastic Hippo

May 29, 2013

An open letter to Gavin Drake

Filed under: Law,Media,Rights,Society — theplastichippo @ 12:05 am


Dear Gavin,
Possibly the best piece of good old fashioned home-spun advice is that one should never corner a rat as rats are far more dangerous when threatened than when happily scurrying about in sewers and cess pits.

Your interesting open letter the Lord Chancellor confirms that rabid ignorance and parasitic sensationalism will continue to be defended to the death by vermin press pack mentality. You question the ability of Her Majesty`s Coroner for Blackburn and Hyndburn to act in a judicial manner because his findings were critical of the gutter press hounding and vilifying a member of the public who, subsequently, became distressed enough to take their own life. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists specialising in religion and law you have, at least, offered some accurate reporting by stating that you did not attend the inquest into the death of Lucy Meadows. Well done. Instead, you have criticised the Coroner based on press coverage provided by the news platform that the Coroner has criticised. I wonder how many freelance journalists believe everything they read or, indeed, write in the press. Do you remember Hillsborough?

As a specialist in religion and law, you seem rather ignorant of the difference between a Coroner and a juror. Certainly jurors are prohibited from undertaking independent research on any given case but it is the duty of a Coroner to look at all available evidence even if this involves engaging the work of the Devil known as the internet. In this particular case, the evidence exists forever on the Daily Mail website alongside a sidebar promoting the sexual objectification of women and young girls. Your interest in an individual`s sexuality is not necessarily in the public interest and I think you might need some help with your obsession. For you to defend the right of a vile rodent like Richard Littlejohn displays a breathtakingly offensive attitude to the value of a human life and your attempt to justify unusually high rates of suicide in the transgender community suggests a total disconnect from the real world.

Resorting to the work of the Devil known as the internet, I have discovered that you were once the communications officer for the Evangelical Alliance. Intrigued, I contacted a devout Christian friend to ask what they knew about this organisation. “Oh them”, she said. “They range from simply bonkers to dangerous. They give us Christians a bad name. They are a bit…well…odd”. After successfully portraying women as inferior and gay people as subhuman, you moved on to become the director of communications for the Bishop and Diocese of Lichfield. I bet you loved putting the words into the mouth of an old man in a frock with a fabulous hat and a big stick.

Your letter to the Lord Chancellor is unlikely to make any difference if the government institute legislation to silence bigoted preaching and religious hatred. As a Christian, you will, no doubt, be aware of the core values of compassion, equality under God, humility and love. It seems a shame that an anonymous atheist needs to remind you of this as these are virtues you seem to lack. If there is a God and if there is a heaven, this anonymous atheist is more likely to enjoy the milk and honey than you. The choice is yours; eternal damnation or a job on the Daily Mail.

As the Coroner said: “I say shame. Shame on all of you.”
Your God is watching and your God supports Leveson.

Yours sincerely,
The Plastic Hippo

Cc: The Lord Chancellor


  1. Dear Plastic Hippo,

    You’re wrong:

    Yours sincerely,
    Gavin Drake.

    Comment by Gavin Drake — August 1, 2013 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t know what research Michael Singleton may have undertaken on his own initiative but I can confirm that none was necessary for him to be aware of the way Ms Meadows was monstered by the press. We at Trans Media Watch advised Ms Meadows on her concerns via an intermediary and said intermediary subsequently submitted that correspondence to the inquiry as a standard – and directly relevant – contribution to the inquiry process.

    Comment by Jennie Kermode — August 2, 2013 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

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