Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Sue Douglas and her husband

Today’s Londoner’s Diary in the Evening Standard bewails the omission of historian Niall Ferguson’s* name in Sue Douglas’ entry in Debrett’s People of Today 2007: he’s her husband.

Douglas – a former Sunday Times deputy editor - is described as (still) a “senior Conde Nast executive”. She was in fact “President” of the New Business division at Conde Nast – a job title in keeping with the high opinion she has of herself. On December 6 the Standard's very own media gossip revealed that she was leaving the publisher – she’d “been off work for several months after a riding accident and has not yet decided what she will do next.” Ah yes, my grapes are in the post.

Perhaps someone could inform me what’s really going on here.

Meanwhile, Ferguson is toiling away on what may prove to be a contender for a respectable fiction prize: Henry Kissinger: Life and Times. The old war criminal has plainly calculated that Ferguson is a suitable Boswell. The historian is a great champion of the British Empire and has sought to draw a fig leaf over its brutalities. Perfect!

*( Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil., is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is a resident faculty member of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University)

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