Busman’s holiday

You may have noticed This Site has been quiet for the past few days.

I have been tied up with the court case against Rachel Riley who, as you may have noticed, is suing me for libel on some very tenuous grounds.

Yes, she won her application to strike out my defence last Wednesday – but the judge’s decisions on the “honest opinion” and “public interest” defences were on very shaky ground, legally, and I will definitely appeal against them.

As for her decision on matters of truth – that is more complicated. It is based on what appears to be an incomplete chronology of events on Twitter (that she seems to believe is the full story) provided by Riley’s lawyers. Vital evidence appears to be missing or glossed-over.

So you might think that I will automatically appeal against that decision as well. You may be right! But it deserves serious debate with my legal team because the conditions for a truth defence to succeed are strict.

The false narrative created (inadvertently, I’m sure) by the judge must be corrected, but it may be more desirable to do so via one of the other defences.

So I have been distracted from the day job – UK politics. I’ll level with you – I haven’t looked at the news for five days and it feels very uncomfortable, like losing one of the senses. Not sight or hearing, perhaps. Smell seems the most obvious candidate for comparison.

This is therefore a plea for you to bear with me while I try to get back up to speed. I have a few works-in-progress that I may publish “as is”, possibly with explanatory notes as to what I was thinking of saying, simply to clear the decks.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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2 thoughts on “Busman’s holiday

  1. John Smith-Warren

    How can a person’s defence be struck out? British law used to pride itself on being fair – by denying one side of the argument means that side is being disadvantaged. And, as in this case, both sides MUST be heard to reach a just result to this (and all) cases. You must fight to be heard – not just for your case.

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