(Extra time being played)
Some facts appear to be coming clearer as Britain tries to grasp the nature of the Wikipaedofile, and the fecundity of the McAlpine family.
I’m now informed by a BBC insider that, although the initial impression given was that the original Newsnight programme content had been injuncted, it was the Beeb’s own lawyers who advised against any unveiling as such. Lawyers 1 Justice 0.
Equally, the legal beagles do seem (says the same source) to have advised in favour of unveiling Lord McAlpine wrongly. Lawyers 2 Justice 0.
This has allowed Lord Alistair McAlpine’s brother Alfred to write an article condemning the BBC and allegedly clearing his family name. Lawyers 3 Justice 0.
Heads continue to roll at the BBC, and its entirely onanistic news channel is now interviewing itself non-stop on air to say how important it is as an organisation, but nobody seems to care about the Great Escape of those originally accused. However, Polly Toynbee has bravely come to its defence, pointing out how the libel laws favour the perpetrator not the victim in this ghastly backwater of human nature. Lawyers 3 Justice 1.
Ben Bradshawe (the most two-faced horror inhabiting Westminster) just went on air to say the BBC must be given time, only to be told that his leader Ed Miliband has called for an emergency debate. Lawyers 3 Justice 2.
Lord Alistair McAlpine (not Alfred, Robert or Jimmie) has announced his intention of suing people on networking sites who falsely accused him. The Slog is relaxed, as it never has. Lawyers 4 Justice 2.
The Daily Mail has hastily taken down the disgusting piece it wrote yesterday about Steven Messham. Lawyers 4 Justice 3.
(But replaced it with a classic: ‘Child abuse rumours fuelled by zealot who hates Tories’. aka Tom Watson. ‘Polish anti-semites rejoice as Hitler invades’)
Harriet Harman has suddenly distanced herself from Tom Watson’s ‘Paedophile close to No 10’ shtick, which must be a great relief to Tom…but also make one wonder what her ex-PIE agenda might be. Lawyers 4 Justice 4.
NB: after extra time, there will almost certainly not be any penalties. There almost never are.
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