Tom Utley

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Thomas Dermot Utley[1] (born 29 November 1953) is a British journalist who writes for the Daily Mail.

Life and career[edit]

Utley is the son of the journalist T. E. ('Peter') Utley and Brigid Viola Mary (1927-2012), daughter of Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah, a journalist, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Arundel Herald Extraordinary at the College of Arms.[2][3][4]

He went to Westminster School and to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[5]

He wrote for The Daily Telegraph, where he was described by The Independent as a "star Telegraph columnist", but left in early 2006 after being offered a salary of £120,000 by the Daily Mail.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Utley is a Roman Catholic.[8] Despite his relative financial success as a journalist, he has not attracted the same fame as others in the media, something he lamented in a piece about the size of his Wikipedia page.[9] In the same piece, he also described various aspects of his family life. One example was how he's not, in fact, Sherlock Holmes "now, I'm no Sherlock Holmes" and that someone once vandalised his Wikipedia page with an entry about how he was a "proud father of four".[10] In his column, he vehemently refuted the latter charge, stating that he'd never used the word "proud" to describe any of his children.

Tom Utley is also known for his deeply satirical columns. In one piece, he stated "you'd be surprised how much rubbish does find its way, unchallenged, from the pages of Wikipedia into the canon of received wisdom".[11] This, of course, was coming from the man who writes for the Mail Online, a source banned from Wikipedia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Utley, Tom (28 July 2005). "I could never teach my children about sex... I'm British, dammit". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "Brigid Utley". Telegraph.co.uk. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Morrah, Dermot Michael Macgregor (1896–1974), journalist and herald : Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - oi". Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31466. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  4. ^ Who was Who: A Companion to Who's Who, A. & C. Black, 1981, pg 773
  5. ^ "Axegrinder 23.02.2007: Taxi for Utley! Just don't put it on expenses". Daily Mail. Daily Mail. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Thynne, Jane (30 April 2006). "Is Paul Dacre the new Roman Abramovich?". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Brook, Stephen (20 April 2006). "Mail poaches Telegraph columnist". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 11 April 2008. 
  8. ^ "Axegrinder 23.02.2007: Taxi for Utley! Just don't put it on expenses". Press Gazette. Progressive Media International. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "My son's imaginary affair with Myleene Klass and why I know Wikipedia publishes any old nonsense". World News. World News. Retrieved 31 August 2018. 
  10. ^ "My son's imaginary affair with Myleene Klass and why I know Wikipedia publishes any old nonsense". World News. World News. Retrieved 31 August 2018. 
  11. ^ "My son's imaginary affair with Myleene Klass and why I know Wikipedia publishes any old nonsense". World News. World News. Retrieved 31 August 2018.