UPDATE: as some might have noticed my claim to have missed a mortgage payment has – 9 months later – excited the interest of the Daily Mail and Media Guido.
Why they would think I would lie about such a thing baffles me, but for reasons that shall become apparent in my book when it is published in two weeks the media have taken a lot of interest in this post from November last year. (New emphasis added)
It’s a sad reflection of the parlous, indeed perilous, state of journalism that this has been true for the last two years of writing my book, and at least 100 articles for the Daily Beast. Prior to the trial, without having to be in court all day, I’ve managed to cross-fund the time through other work and dip into my savings. But now I’m broke (mortgage defaulting broke to be honest) and so will have to seek other work in the months ahead
This is not a pity plea or pitch. There are others who survive on much less than I do. But it is worth noting for those who celebrate the ‘everything for free’ era of Google.
If you’ve followed me in recent days hoping for continual live tweeting, I won’t be at all offended if you unfollow. Until yesterday, I had no idea Justice Saunders would allow live tweeting beyond the prosecution’s opening remarks. It’s been a ball – with some many fascinating comments and feedback: social media at its finest.
There have been various threats to investigate me over the last six months, and someone thinks they have a gotcha in this post from November last year: I’ve been asked twice if really did have a mortgage, and was late for a payment.
For the record, yes and yes.
Since the trial ended someone has clearly done some ‘special checks’ and discovered I don’t have a mortgage,
No, I sold my flat two weeks ago.
Why on earth this should preoccupy the best investigative journalists in the land I’ll leave to your imagination?