For the recycler: Newspaper stories about Vox Political writer Mike Sivier last week weren’t worth the paper on which they were written.

Robert Peston’s retraction on his show this week was a welcome climbdown, wasn’t it?

He retracted his claim on last week’s programme that I was guilty of Holocaust denial, after I sent ITV evidence showing that this was not the case.

He said: “Following remarks made on the show last week in a discussion about the Labour Party, we would like to clarify that Mike Sivier has denied all accusations of anti Semitism and Holocaust denial, and says he has not accepted readmission to the Labour Party on the terms offered, as doing so would assume guilt on his part.”

Meanwhile, newspapers that followed the lead of the Sunday Times in making the baseless accusation have been lining up to retract the claim.

I haveo far, The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Jewish Chronicle have altered the online versions of their articles after I contacted them. And the Times of Israel published a story listing my objections to the claims.

But that’s not what I requested. I demanded an apology, retraction and correction. You see, the versions of their stories that appeared in print last week can’t be amended in that way – and those are the versions that more people are likely to have read. The damage is done.

It must be repaired in an appropriate manner.

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