It has, of course, always been the favoured trick of those who despise the state so much that they try to avoid any regulation that it imposes to resort to its legal protection whenever they might. But it’s telling that the action is only being brought against the BBC and Guardian and only in the UK. And that’s because the fact is that UK libel law still stacks the odds against the telling of truth in this country. And that means the law becomes a weapon for the rich and powerful to use to suppress tales of abuse of all sorts.
They’re not suing them for libel but for breach of confidence.
But then someone who lost a libel case to Lord Ashcroft will tend to think that all is about libel law…..
Not only do Appleby’s deserve to lose heavily, the point has to still be made that even after recent libel law changes the UK is the remaining place for such litigation, as this case proves.
Nope, breach of confidence. Err, something rather extended by the Human Rights Act as well. You know, the EU.