The unemployed are used to it. Being demonised by the Daily Mail is something you have to put up with if you're out of work. But today the paper turns its fire on Emma Harrison, following the Public Accounts Committee hearing. "Fury as families tsar gets £8.6m in one year (and the bulk of it comes from taxpayers)" is the headline. And the focus is on money. She "pocketed £8.6m", which was up 300 per cent on the year before". Margaret Hodge is quoted as saying it's an outrage. There's an insert on Thornbridge Hall, her home, and we're told that, "She is now worth an estimated £70million, putting her at 968 on The Sunday Times rich list. A4e is worth £80million, with her stake put at £68million." There is then a write-up of the committee's proceedings, and the response of Andrew Dutton. The article has no less than 4 photos of Ms Harrison, a signal that they're targeting an individual. Last night A4e put out a statement saying that their performance was better than the industry average.
I doubt it will bother Harrison too much. Two days ago she was at a charity reception at 10 Downing Street. And don't they say, "all publicity is good publicity"?