I think this story is a little funny. Firstly because you’ll notice that the Daily Mail for the first time describe Sally Bercow’s tweet as “allegedly libellous”.
Not quite so sure of your legal ground now Mr Dacre ?
As I’ve written before, there was nothing libellous about Sally Bercow’s tweet, and Alistair McAlpine is on a hiding to nothing by challenging her.
Secondly, we have to read this in the light that Twitter have refused to hand over details that have been requested by McAlpine’s legal team.
I bet all those that accepted liability and coughed up feel pretty stupid right now!
Still, I do question The Daily Mail’s decision to continue to comment on this issue in such a bias, pro-McAlpine, way. You’d expect The Mail, an ‘independent’ MSM outlet, not to be ‘making the case for the prosecution’. ;-)
Lord McAlpine has accused Sally Bercow, the wife of the Commons Speaker, of adopting a ‘cavalier’ attitude after writing an allegedly libellous tweet linking him to false claims of child sex abuse.
The peer is suing Mrs Bercow for damages of up to £50,000 after she tweeted: ’Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*’, after a botched Newsnight investigation claimed an anonymous Conservative figure had sexually abused boys at a Welsh care home.
Legal papers obtained by The Sunday Times also say Mrs Bercow sought to ‘trivialise’ the matter and ‘added insult to injury’ in later tweets.