Helen G // 18 March 2008
It’s been almost impossible to avoid the media’s coverage of yesterday’s divorce settlement between Heather Mills McCartney and Paul McCartney, and two random points have occurred to me:
1. The newspaper headlines always seem to be defining her in terms of her ex-husband’s songs, particularly irksome today is “The Long And Whining Road”. Needless to say, there’s also the other strand that seems to imply that she’s a gold-digging so-and-so who’s out to steal every last penny from her ex: “Where’s there’s brass, there’s Mucca” was the other unimaginative headline I noticed this morning.
I’m neither a Beatles fan, nor a McCartney fan, nor, to be honest, a Mills-McCartney fan, but rilly…
2. I forget the figure, but I seem to recall she mentioned that she needed many, many thousands of pounds a year to bring up her child (children?) and I can’t help but wonder how someone on state benefit would feel on hearing that.
I think I must be missing something here, but her need is greater than theirs because why, exactly…?
* With apologies to Tammy Wynette but I just felt strangely compelled to use it on this post…