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The Master of the Rolls has a J.K. Rowling tweet slamming the Daily Mail printed on a mug

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His husband bought it

The Master of the Rolls’ husband had a J.K. Rowling tweet transposed on to a mug for him as a gift after he was targeted by the Daily Mail, it has emerged.

In 2016, the pro-Brexit newspaper ran a controversial headline which described Sir Terence Etherton as an “openly gay ex-Olympic fencer”. Etherton, Britain’s first openly gay senior judge, was a member of the British Olympic fencing team in 1980.

The newspaper’s reference to Etherton’s sexuality and sporting exploits came just hours after he and two other senior judges — the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Justice Sales — ruled that the lawful invocation of Article 50 was conditional on a free vote in parliament.

Enter Rowling. Taking to Twitter, the Harry Potter author pointed out that if the fact you are gay and a former Olympian is the worst journalists can say about you then “you’ve basically won life.” The tweet (embedded below) has garnered over 20,000 retweets and 44,000 likes.

It has now emerged Rowling’s putdown was well-received in the Etherton household.

In an interview with The Times (£) this week, the 66-year-old judge revealed his husband, lawyer Andrew Stone, had Rowling’s online missive transposed onto a mug for him. “It was fantastic, because I’ve never met her [Rowling]. I thought it [the mug] was wonderful,” Etherton told the newspaper.

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The Daily Mail’s judiciary bashing didn’t just stop at references to Etherton’s sexuality. The newspaper branded the Lord Chief Justice, Sales and Etherton as “ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE”, and described the the Supreme Court justices as “11 unaccountable individuals”. It went on to give each of them a “Europhile rating” out of five.

Hitting back, the then president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, condemned the media’s attacks on the judiciary during an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Speaking last year, he said judges were “not well treated” and accused certain sections of the press of “undermining the rule of law”.

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24 Comments

Anonymous

Tacky.

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Anonymous

What is tacky?

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Anonymous

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What even

Heartfelt? Sure.

Newsworthy? Not at all.

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End my suffering

Why do you post articles like this?

If it isn’t funny, informative or educational, what is the point?

This article has ruined my week and – dare I say it – my entire summer.

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Anonymous

Someone is being a tad dramatic. You might want to get a life if this article has seriously ‘ruined’ your entire summer.

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Anonymous

Stop moaning, blert

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Anonymous

crinkle chips

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Anonymous

Fair play to the M.R. many sections of the Bar, unfortunately, remain homophobic. Many homosexual members refuse to be open about their sexuality and within some Chambers homophobic slurs and the insinuation of homosexuality are used to damage even heterosexuals’ reputations.

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Anonymous

The older generation of barristers are deeply homophobic and hypocritical, younger generation less so. There will always be spurned women out there who start spreading rumours about men’s sexuality when men reject them.

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Slackwater

I think both sexes do that. It’s more of a personality trait than a gender one.

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Anonymous

I once worked with a QC and Senior Junior from a “reputable” commercial chancery set that started spreading false rumours to their client that the judge hearing his case was “a homosexual” when it became clear that their incompetence was losing the client his case. Of course, the judge wasn’t homosexual, he was married, but it worked in undermining the judge’s credibility and standing in the client’s eyes.

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Anonymous

If there was any truth in that, and doubtless there is not, you would have to identify the individuals concerned.

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Anonymous

Surely, the QC and Senior Junior would have to self-report?

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Anonymous

You obviously have extremely limited knowledge of barristers.

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Anonymous

It would be easy to prove or disprove, just ask the client to waive privilege over that part of the communication between them and give a written statement corroborating what was said.

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Anonymous

Yes, that is as obviously unbelievable as a woman being propositioned by a judge who helped her. Such a thing would never happen in our profession, would it? And any woman who said otherwise must be lying and not to be believed. Oh hold on a moment …

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8874762/Lady-Justice-Hallett-Senior-judge-propositioned-me-after-getting-me-promotion.html

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

The BSB commissioned a report on LGBTQi and the Bar, the results found the Bar was more hostile and homophobic than the average working environment. https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/being-lgbt-the-bar

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Guy Chapman

Ha! Excellent. The Master shows a sense of humour in the face of vitriolic personal attacks, what an admirable chap.

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Anonymous

Virtue signalling pratt

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Anonymous

Banta Claus

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Anonymous

“…described the trio as “11 unaccountable individuals”.”

Why? Did they have multiple personality disorders?

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Doctor Doom

That or the Daily Mail has problems with both maths and writing a rational sentence in English.

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