STOP PRESS – upcoming APPG AGM, House of Commons, 5th February 2019

Next week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice, chaired by Barry Sheerman MP (Labour) holds its Annual General Meeting at 5.0-5.30pm, on Tuesday 5th February 2019. The venue is Room Q, Portcullis House, Westminster. The AGM will be followed by a public panel event 5.30-7pm in the Wilson Room. The speakers confirmed to…

John Hemming vindicated – again

Yesterday the Telegraph reported that the former Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming had successfully concluded two libel actions. One was against the former Exaro jouralist, David Hencke, who has agreed that he cannot publish any statement referring to Esther Baker as a “victim or survivor when the use of such terms in context presupposes the truth…

A family law barrister and a convict

Sarah Phillimore is a family law barrister at St John’s Chambers in Bristol. She operates a campaigning website called Child Protection Resource. She claims to be an expert on child protection. She also makes much of the fact that she is a mother herself. Both she and her child are active on social media. So…

Miserable Mark Watts – No. 2

The ex-Editor in Chief of the deservedly defunct “fake news” outlet Exaro, Mark Watts, has been openly fomenting a malicious campaign of intimidation and vilification of me since October 2016, in concert with his German anti-Semitic chum and other conspiraloons. The Times columnist David Aaronovitch called attention to this in late February last year, when he thundered at Watts: How dare you? How dare you cite that anti-Semitic creep in your…

INTIMATE ENEMIES

For those seeking to understand the background to the present frenzied preoccupation with child abuse in contemporary Great Britain, there are some books that you should read. The first is by Professor Philip Jenkins: “Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain” (Aldine de Gruyter, 1992). He discusses, inter alia, Chris Fay of NAYPIC, the…

A Lantern and a Baker

I thought it might help to outline the backdrop to Baker’s pursuit of Mr Laverty and others. It’s quite a tangled web, and others have written about it. This is my attempt at explication. We know that after she left her husband, Baker moved from Rotherham to Liverpool and had counselling from an organisation there…

Savile again – and legal costs

I was astonished to read in a news report today that the fallout from the scandal over Savile that erupted in 2012, over six years ago, is still going on. Following the Smith report three years ago, I assumed things had quietened down. But no. According to the report, the NHS has been “forced” to pay a…