The Edge: Ulrika's Marriage Was in Trouble for Less Time, No Doubt, Than It Took to Plan Her Deals with Glossy Magazines
Platell, Amanda, New Statesman (1996)
When news of million-to-one triplets mum Natalie Scanlan broke, it was as inevitable as teething that this teenage single mother raised on a council estate and now living in her own council home would come in for criticism. The father, Daniel Gaffney, 20, whom Natalie, now 17, refers to as "that asshole", abandoned her before the girls were born, just as he had left two girls before when they became pregnant. No surprise, then, that he has never paid a penny in maintenance to any of his five children, and has no intention of doing so despite a [pounds sterling]65,000 compensation windfall. To do so would be to jeopardise their "social".
There was outrage when Daniel tried to sell his side of the story for [pounds sterling]20,000.
A few days later, celebrity Ulrika Jonsson splits up with her second husband after two years of marriage and 17 months after the birth of their child--her third child to one of three different men.
We talk of modern morality tales, but is the Natalie Scanlan saga any worse than a serial celebrity who wrote a book selling her secret affairs and a past "rape" in a desperate attempt to boost her flagging career? Who met her husband on a reality TV show? Who flogged her thinking-of-wedding pictures to OK! magazine, and who has the audacity to say the children are her first concern? Ulrika says her marriage had its problems "for several months"--less time, no doubt, than she took planning her deals with glossy magazines.
The commentators dismiss Natalie and Daniel as lowlife, but they are merely following the example set by their celebrity role models, women like Ulrika Jonsson.
If I were Mrs Straw, I'd be on the first plane to Alabama to break up the Jack and Condi love-in. We already have a PM who plays poodle to the president. Do we really need a foreign secretary lapdog to the secretary of state as well?
He's already proved himself the vilest man to ever break an egg, now he demonstrates he is also the most stupid. …