The coroner in the case of Lucy Meadows, a transgender teacher subjected to a personal attack by Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail prior to her tragic suicide, yesterday criticised the "ill-informed bigotry" of the tabloid media.
The Daily Mail in particular was singled out for a "character assassination" by Littlejohn, who the coroner said "sought to ridicule and humiliate Lucy Meadows and bring into question her right to pursue her career as a teacher".
However, it has also been pointed out that Meadows did not make mention of her treatment by the media in her suicide note, encouraging a spokesman for the Mail to respond:
"Richard Littlejohn's column ...echoed some parents' concerns about whether it was right for children to have to confront such complex gender problems at such a vulnerable young age... Among the many reasons Miss Meadows gave for taking her actions, none blamed the press coverage."
It has really come to something when a newspaper thinks the measure of whether it has overstepped the mark is whether it is named or not in somebody's suicide note.
Let's be clear, Littlejohn's unprovoked attack on Meadows was utterly indefensible and irrespective of whether or not it was directly to blame for her suicide it surely cannot have made her life a happier one. Nobody living in circumstances which were clearly tough enough already should have been subjected to such brutal treatment.