“Let the press be free” – Nick Clegg and Defamation Bill nonsense

16 03 2011

It was inevitable that an unpopular Government whose competence is a matter of serious public debate would try and gain some publicity advantage from a Defamation Bill.  After all, for entirely unsurprising reasons, this is very popular in the media. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg sought to capitalise on this in an article published on the “Guardian” website.  The title tells us that the coalition “will end the libel farce” and that the bill “will let the press be free“.  Almost everything said by Mr Clegg in this article is wrong or misleading.   Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Does anyone gain from the Defamation Bill?” – Dominic Crossley

16 03 2011

The Government’s draft Defamation Bill has now been published following what began as the fevered demands of newspaper editorials and then morphed into seemingly endless debates between libel lawyers on either side of the barbed-wire fence.  Whose interests should it serve?  This debate struggled to maintain its momentum in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »