Sun on Sunday columnist sparks Twitter row after calling Milly Dowler 'that murdered schoolgirl thing'The Sun on Sunday's new political columnist Toby Young has landed himself in hot water for referring to the alleged hacking of Milly Dowler's phone as 'that murdered schoolgirl thing' on the day of the new paper's launch.
In a Twitter spat with Graham Linehan, the writer behind hit TV shows Black Books and the IT Crowd, Young wrote to the comic saying: 'That murdered schoolgirl thing? Check the Guardian story. Turned out to be balls. Get off your high horse.'
His tweet came after the pair had traded insults and Linehan referred to his appointment at Rupert Murdoch's newly launched paper.
Controversy: On the day that The Sun on Sunday launched, its new political columnist Toby Young is on hot water after referring to the death of Milly Dowler as 'that murdered schoolgirl thing'
Young tried to defend his actions and told the Independent on Sunday: 'He referred to Milly Dowler as the 'murdered girl' and asked me how I could work for Murdoch.
'Quite a serious error, given that it led to the closure of a national newspaper.'
Twitter row: Toby Young refers to the alleged hacking of Milly Dowler's phone as 'that murdered girl thing' in a spat with comedy writer Graham Linehan
Young's comments have offended those associated with the family and the Dowler family's solicitor Mark Lewis, who said: 'I do not intend to dignify his comment by saying why it was wrong.
'If that is the standard of journalism at The Sun on Sunday then it seems that they have learnt nothing from the past.'
Insults: Graham Linehan, the writer behind hit show The IT Crowd, trades insults with Toby Young on Twitter
He later added: 'Go away and start trolling and lying for the Sun. A marriage made in heaven.'
The two then traded insults about their respective success before Linehan mentioned the hacking of a murdered girl's phone and Young in turn referred to it as 'that murdered schoolgirl thing'.
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