"I find that the tweet meant, in its natural and ordinary defamatory meaning, that the claimant was a paedophile who was guilty of sexually abusing boys living in care. If I were wrong about that, I would find that the tweet bore an innuendo meaning to the same effect."Its a lesson for us all . There may have been many worse accusations and even clearer liable by other Social media users but it seems unless McAlbine ,seeks to pursue them she was singled out for her media prominence.
So unless McAlpine ,solicitors are now firing of letters to be firing of letters to other social media users demanding some kind of settlement this unfortunate affair which resulted in a innocent man accused of a crime which carries a huge social stigma may end.
It shows the difference between Libel and Slander. Worst may be said in the workplace or pub but when it is in print it is not only easier to prove but open to far larger numbers.
However what this case shows is that everyone should be careful of making speculations or repeating it,
However it also shows that the likes of McAlpine has the wealth to to seek redress in the courts or simply the use of aggressive lawyers who can force apologies and redress with a single letter.
Saly Bercow may have innocently thought it was McAlpine who was the unnamed politician following allegations on BBC 2's Newsnight but she got it wrong and should have apologised immediately .
Meanwhile the doors of the High Cpirt remain open for the rich or who are backed by their employers .Whilst closed to the rest of us unless we are defendants.
Meanwhile the rest of us will have to put up with even more implicit accusation that came from Sally Bercow ,and be very careful of what we say about those with money even in cases where our accusations are accurate .