Has the Spectator crossed the line with its Mandelson cover?

This week’s cover of The Spectator features Peter Mandelson as depicted in the ads for this new book, ‘The Third Man – Life at the heart of New Labour’ with the headline “Mandy’s Fairy Tales”.

The book released yesterday by publisher Harper Collins has been the talk of the town, it has been serialised in The Times, covered by one and all and so only natural that The Spectator should cover the story as well, but its headline has clear undertones about the former trade minister and New Labour architect’s sexuality.

Mandelson could, as Dominic Ponsford at the Press Gazette points out, have a case under clause 12 of the Editors’ Code – the section that deals with discrimination and which says “the press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability” unless “genuinely relevant to the story”.

That headline isn’t relevant to the story as far as I can work out, maybe you disagree?

  • http://www.blinkbox.com Tom Sainsbury

    Completely agree. Also in the Times today it brings up his sexuality completely unnecessarily.

  • http://searchbeest.com Jonathan Beeston

    Isn’t it a reference to this TV ad rather than his sexuality? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEyOq-AqRrk