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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Defamation and its defence

There comes a point at which I feel entirely comfortable in calling MPs such as Jacqui Smith, Derek Conway, Hoon, Cohen, Brown, and their like 'thieves' on this blog without risk of legal action. Would any of them actually dare mount a legal action to which a defence of justification was successful?

Newspapers will be more circumspect, but when they feel bold enough to do the same you know that the game's truly up. This morning the Mail comments:

Meanwhile, thick-skinned, lightfingered Jacqui Smith protests she's a victim of a smear campaign over her expenses because she's a woman with no independent wealth.

No, Home Secretary. You're receiving this unwelcome attention only because you're a liar and a thief.

1 comment:

Alfred the Ordinary said...

I thought that Jacqui Smith did quite well on yesterday's Radio 4 today programme. Prosecutor Humphreys was quite kind to her, but did raise most, if not all, of the prosecution points. Her defence lawyer had prepared her well though as she battled to defend the completely undefendable.

I understand that in Harriet Harman's Court of Public opinion, the jury will be out for several months, considering this case, although the foreman tells me that we can expect an interim verdict on June 4th. Anyone can join this particular jury. Just make sure that you turn up on June 4th.