The Guardian has rendered a great public service in exposing the News of the World, mobile phone hacking and the difference between investigative journalism and inappropriate tittle tattle andÂ invasions of peopleâ€™s privacy.
But what is this?
Exposing Louise Mensch for having a facelift.
What was brave, illuminating or newsworthy about sharing with Guardian readers little telltale signs of cosmetic surgery? I thought it was – as Omar might say – Â unseemly. As it happens, Mensch gave as good as she got. But the game the Guardian interviewer played with Mensch, trying and failing to extract a denial, revealed more about faux journalistic heroism than Menschâ€™s body politics.
Are we to be enlightened by revelations of dandruff on politiciansâ€™ suits, nail biting habits, hair in ears and noses? No of course not, because thatâ€™s about blokes and who cares.