Friday, October 28, 2011

There's a big divorce case in town! Quick - wheel out the top ten divorces story!

It's like a bad case of déjà vu. Why is it that whenever a divorce case hits the headlines, the Telegraph goes overboard with numerous peripheral stories, including the compulsory 'Top ten/Biggest divorce settlements in British Courts' non-story?

Only ten days ago, the Telegraph reported the 'lottery prize' case. As I mentioned at the time, that was accompanied by an article in their personal finance section, a commentary and a Top 10 divorce settlements in British courts article (above left), which listed "some of the largest divorce settlements in British courts to date".

Today, the Telegraph features the Vardinoyannis divorce case, which the Court of Appeal has confirmed will be heard "in the notoriously generous English courts". OK, but the paper is not content with just one story. In addition, it also features an article about the couple in their 'Relationships' section, an article telling us how 'Britain is divorce destination of choice for rich and powerful' (ignoring the fact that 'Britain' includes the entirely separate jurisdiction of Scotland) and, you've guessed it, a Biggest divorce settlements in British courts article (above right), which lists "some of the largest divorce settlements in British courts to date".

Is it Groundhog Day?

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