By Erik Larson and Kristen Schweizer Brisbane Times/Bloomberg A former UK politician wrongly named on Twitter as a paedophile after a false report by the BBC may expand the reach of libel law with his threat to sue thousands of people over online posts. Alastair McAlpine, 70, a former Tory party treasurer, has said he’ll [...]
McLibel 2.0 – Why Did ITV Hand Over 125K for ‘Schofield’s List’ and Can You Sue 10,000 Twitter Users?
By Peter Sterry 21st Century Wire Senior Editor Extraordinary – another out of court settlement – this time by ITV over the notorious ‘Schofield’s List’. Is this getting out of hand? Notice the pattern emerging. All deep pockets, all settling out of court. It stands to reason though, if you’re going to sue, because lawyers [...]
Lord McAlpine, the former Conservative Party treasurer wrongly named as a paedophile by people on Twitter, has made a formal complaint to Scotland Yard By Steven Swinford This morning the peer asked police to investigate potentially thousands of people who used the website to make “malicious communications” against him but have failed to apologise. The [...]
21st Century Wire says: Too scared to Tweet for fear of another McLibel? First the license paying public get slapped with a snap payout to McAlpine – even though the BBC never actually libeled the man – so what is the technical basis for the payout again? Will we ever know? Tip of the cap, eh. [...]
BEN FELLOWS: TORY GAME OF THRONES – KENNETH CLARKE INTRODUCED NICK BOLES AT BILDERBERG – IS HE THE NEXT TORY PARTY LEADER?
Ben Fellows 21st Century Wire Guest Columnist Here’s how it’s played out: David Cameron got ‘carried away’ with ‘fluffy’ issues after becoming Tory leader, neglecting voters’ key concerns, one of his closest advisers said last night after getting the phone call from his Bilderberg masters. It might be a surprise to members of the public [...]
Full public inquiry and special commission must happen now Peter Sterry 21st Century Wire As the rippling waves emanating from the cesspool that is Sir Jimmy Savile’s legacy break on the shores of the British establishment, it is becoming increasingly clear how the establishment is attempting once again to protect its own. In response both [...]
21st Century Wire says: Politicians normally don’t like surprises, or having to answer tough questions off the cuff. Even Question Time is a staged routine where party leaders pretend bite back for the camera – pure Punch ‘n Judy. But ITV’s This Morning Show turned out to be an unlikely arena for this prime ministerial [...]
Cameron: ‘It’s a gay witchhunt!’ after Philip Schofield ambushes PM on live TV with list of alleged Tory Paedos found online
Prime Minister stunned by This Morning presenter who hands him card with names he found after a ‘cursory glance’ at the internet. No. 10 condemned the ‘trial by Twitter’ saying those named on the list will want to defend themselves Mr Cameron accused the ITV programme of fuelling a ‘witch-hunt, particularly against people who are [...]
By Peter Sterry 21st Century Wire Ivory towers have never been built so high, and the public kept so removed, as it has with the BBC. Explaining things to the public is, theoretically, one of the BBC’s principal tasks, but its principle executives have found it impossible to do so when it comes to issue [...]