20 years or so after Scallywag Magazine first published that Lord Alistair McAlpine was invovled in a paedophile ring Lord McAlpine has decided to sue anyone who even hints of it either on TV in print or most perniciously the thousands of people on twitter who tweeted or re-tweeted his name.
For nearly 20 years Lord McAlpine remained silent, accepting the publication in Scallwag plainly detailing his paedophile activities. He did not sue and he did not even write a letter of complaint. When David Ike republished the details in The Biggest Secret in 1999 McAlpine still did not sue or complain. The facts were published widely all over the Internet still he did not sue or complain. read more http://google-law.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/mcalpine-did-not-sue-scallywag-why.html
So why did Scallywag confidently publish that Lord McAlpine was paedophile? Scallywag had affidavits from three of the abused children naming him specifically, two have since died is mysterious and tragic circumstances. Another 17 affidavits were considered. Scallywag also had confirmation from police sources and M15 naming Lord McAlpine as an abuser. read the Scallywag article http://google-law.blogspot.com.ar/2012/11/scallywag-article-lord-mcalpine-and.html
McAlpine has never been arrested or questioned by the Police about the allegations of child rape. This itself speaks volumes because clearly if you or I were accused of raping children we would defiantly be arrested and questioned.
The pertinent point is that McAlpine is unlikely to win any libel action against any TV Station or Newspaper or Tweeter for the simple reason that he accepted the daily publication that he was involved in a paedophile ring for nearly 20 years.
McAlpine is statute barred from suing Scallywag or its authors and journalists. The fact that he accepted publication in the national magazine Scallywag and subsequent publication in David Icke's Book and further publication on the internet would mean that it was reasonable for anyone to assume he would not contest the facts as published and had, in fact, accepted them as true.
So Tweeters and ITV and BBC were not irresponsible, they did not solely rely on the hints from Bryn Estyn Survivor Steve Messham who actually did not name Lord McAlpine. They quite reasonably assumed that as McAlpine had not contested the repeated publication that he was a paedophile for nearly 20 years, that he had in fact accepted it was true. In fact Lord McAlpine accepted that what Scallywag wrote about him was true simply because he did not challenge it.
McAlpine is settling out of Court for small amounts of damages, because he could loose if he went to Court. The BBC and ITV have thrown in the towel because their lawyers have told them it would cost millions to fight a libel action and if they can settle out of court for a small amount it would be better than a lengthy libel trial with the Government calling the shots in the spin game. As the Tory Government try to put the lid back on a very nasty can of worms they just hope no-one will call McAlpines bluff and defend.
Lord McAlpine and his Lawyers are using fear tactics to silence Investigators, Whistle-blowers, Bloggers, Abuse Surviviors and the concerned public. McAlpine has enough power and money to make his small part in the story so important that the big issue of exposing the Paedophile Ring that Jimmy Savile procured for has very much taken second place.