Liz Jones from the Daily Mail recently wrote about her huge debt problems, despite reportedly being one of the newspaper’s highest paid columnists and previously writing about her lavish lifestyle.
Does she deserve the criticism she received from the public, or should she be applauded for speaking up about debt and raising awareness that it really can affect anyone?
Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones has been talked about recently after writing about her debt problems in a recent column and in turn receiving letters and emails of support including offers of cash from people who are arguably worse off than she is. One 77-year old widow living off a state pension offered Liz £50 she had won on premium bonds, whilst two other pensioners offered Liz money “towards food and petrol”.
This caused outrage amongst tweeters, commenters on the Daily Mail website and even other journalists, such as Tim Lusher from The Guardian Online who further added fuel to the fire by publishing “The Liz Jones Guide to Prudence” listing some of her extravagant expenses including a £26,000 bat sanctuary and a £3000 fridge.
We’re not here to judge her though, quite the opposite in fact: as a company who help people with debt problems, we understand that anybody can find themselves in debt, even someone who is reportedly one of the Daily Mail’s highest paid columnists. A lot of her narratives on living with debt echo the sentiments of any other person suffering from debt problems, from being hounded by debt collectors constantly, to the fear of being looked down upon by other people, and the continuous worry about where the next meal is going to come from, but to name a few.
We want to know your thoughts on this – Does she deserve the criticism she is receiving, or should she be applauded for speaking up about debt and raising awareness that it really can affect anyone?