It is a fact that interest in Lord McAlpine on the internet began long be the BBC Newsnight debacle or Sally Bercow’s tweet.
By simply adding the word ‘McAlpine’ and specifying ‘UK’ into google trends we can see that the surge in internet interest began in October soon after the Jimmy Savile revelations became public.
Check chart for yourself – Here
Refining that search and specifying ‘Lord McAlpine’ and it becomes even clearer.
Most interest was in Scotland and the least interest was in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Obviously something else is going on and BBC Newsnight are not responsible for the rumour.