Skewering of tabloid excess packs an urgent topicality

CLARION 9 Greg Hicks as Editor Morris Honeyspoon Laura Smithers as Pritti Photo Simon Annand copyMorris Honeyspoon is a monster. In editorial conference, he halts objections with a blast of his air horn, and when a puppyish staffer challenges his blanket anti-immigration policy, Roman helmet-clutching Morris takes sadistic pleasure in ritually humiliating him.

It’s not the first depiction of a megalomaniac newspaper editor, but former hack Mark Jagasia brings impressive insider detail to his debut. The Daily Clarion, a (semi) fictional 125-year-old tabloid rag featuring scaremongering headlines like “Fury Over Sharia Law For Toddlers!” is bucking the print journalism trend by upping sales, but at what cost?

Read my full Islington Gazette review of Clarion here

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