Don’t be a man on Twitter – part 2

In this post I look at some of the evidence given, and arguments made, during the course of the lengthy trial in R v Gregory Elliott. Ms Guthrie, the lead complainant, had also complained to Twitter. But the company rejected her complaint, pointing out that she had engaged in active conversation with Elliott. Nor was…

When anti-Semites infiltrate

This is a revised version of a previous post. British society is presently engulfed in a ferocious debate about the infiltration of the Labour party by anti-Semites, and about the alleged indifference of the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, to anti-Semitism. There is no doubt that social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter…

Can you change your mind? – part 2

In the second part of this post, I take my readers back to the case of R v SB [2019] EWCA Crim 565, to consider some wider policy issues. You will recall that this appeal involved a retraction by a minor complainant called M, against her grandfather SB, who had been convicted of indecently assaulting…

God Bless America

I have been pondering the recent furore over the discovery that a long-dead super star, who recorded some 3, 000 songs during a long and illustrious career, had recorded two with lyrics that now are viewed as racist. Those songs were entitled “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” and “Picaninny Heaven”. So who exactly is this…

Libelles

I have pondered for some time now what could be driving the explosion in VIP sex scandals in recent decades. The deployment of devastating accusations of sexual deviancy to undermine and – ultimately – to destroy an institution or opponent has much older historical roots. One example is Philip IV of France’s attack on the…

Chasing demons: a note on Shy Keenan, Mark Watts and the new Exaro

On Friday afternoon, my attention was drawn to a tweet purporting to come from Dr Sara Payne MBE: Good morning all, we are already aware of the stalker’s release on licence and of the new posts republishing those same lies about us. Whoever’s doing that, now faces criminal/ legal action. Ends #ZeroTolerance #THINKHUMAN [gold ribbon…

“One side is lying”

Au Palais de Justice sur Fleet, Deputy High Court Judge Anthony Metzer QC, Court 14, Monday 15 April 2019, 10.30. The case was Baker v Hemming. Unless you live on a desert island, you cannot have failed to spot the multiplicity of court proceedings involving former Exaro accuser Esther Baker, and her erstwhile promoter Graham…