James Murdoch is in the Commons today, hoping his "I was too busy counting my money to notice" line of defence doesn't crumble like a knackered empire.
Never mind, James: Gordon's got your back, desperately trying to tarnish the reputation of Hugh Grant. Although the world has gone 'oh, he's become a daddy and is doing his bit? That's nice', Smart ploughs on trying to spark up some sort of scandal:
HUGH Grant faces a fine after failing to register the birth of his daughter.A fine, eh? So are local council Westminster threatening to drag Grant to court?
The floppy-haired actor, famed for playing upper-class bumblers, has already gone three days over the 42-day deadline.So, Westminster seemingly quite relaxed about things.
But a member of staff there said: "Sometimes we wait up to three months.
"It's not like we are going to turn up on his doorstep with the police and chase them up."
What makes Smart's story even more pathetic is that, erm, Grant isn't actually legally responsible for registering the birth. Perhaps someone at The Sun should have looked at Westminster's website:
However, if the parents are not married to each other the father cannot register the birth unless the mother attends the office with him and they both sign the register or she makes a legal declaration naming him as the father.Still, why let the facts get in the way of a tiresome attempt to fling dirt at your current bosses' nemesis, eh?
The mother can register the birth on her own but the father's details will not be recorded in the register.