Monday, 19 November 2012

Fingering Lord McAlpine

Lord McAlpine, wrongly implicated by people on the Internet of abusing boys in decades past, has reached for his lawyers. The BBC has already rolled over and paid out £185,000 of our money. ITV is going to be stung for more.

Sally Bercow, wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons, awaits her solicitor's letter with trepidation after an ill-advised tweet. (Shouldn't Twitter users be called "twits", btw? Oops, I hope that isn't libelous!)

Is it curtains for Sally Bercow?


Others will be dealt with in due course. Lord McAlpine's lawyers have even suggested that if the miscreants come forward of their own freewill they will get off lighter than if they have to be dug out from under their rocks.

Serves them all right, you might think.

But wait a minute. Why is the Beeb handing out our money so freely? What did they actually do?

They ran a package on Newsnight which said an unnamed senior Conservative from the Thatcher era abused a boy in a childrens' home - several times. Unnamed senior Conservative? Does that say Lord McAlpine to you? Is that the first name which leaps out? Or the second? Or the third, or even top ten?

This blog suggests not. The Beeb may have been thinking McAlpine but they never said McAlpine (just as well, or you could add at least two zeros to the pay out!) Not content with giving the last Director-General twice his contracted severance pay after a two-month "career" they are again handing out our money at the slightest provocation.

They should have stuck to their guns and said, "We did not name the senior Conservative so we pay nothing!"

Of course, we give them more money every year so they don't really care.

And let's not forget. The abuse really did happen. We're just not allowed to say who the paedo is.

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