FALSE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST LORD MCALPINE BOOST CHILD CHARITY COFFERS – Among the slew of celebrities being sued by Lord McAlpine over being wrongly accused of being a paedophile is that of comedian Alan Davies and wife of the Commons speaker Sally Bercow.
Since the death of Sir Jimmy Savile a torrent of stories arose of child abuse and how the BBC and those in government helped to cover it all up. As the stories broke, one after another, new faces appeared in the limelight under what the police dubbed ‘Operation Yawtree’ in an attempt to bring all those involved in child abuse allegations to book.
The unsavory part of this is that many celebrities and politicians have been caught in the crossfire and as this witch hunt continues it is likely that more innocent casualties will evolve.
One such unfortunate man was Lord McAlpine who was wrong accused as a paedophile which quickly spread around Twitter and other social networks. In his defense he instructed his lawyers to take action against any person who spread such vile lies, that would harm his good name and reputation and therefore his lawyers issued a number of writs to that effect.
As more information became available the BBC, ITV and numerous high profile bloggers issued unconditional apologies to Lord McAlpine, but he had another idea.
Lord McAlpine is a wealthy chap and certain does need the millions he would be able to gain from the multiple defamation law suits. Therefore he issued a notice to all those involved laying out a condition that to avoid being dragged through the courts each was to pay a sum of money into the BBC’s Children In Need Fund.
Payment is based upon how many twitter followers you have and while some have been forced into pay modest sums, others such as Alan Davies could be forced to pay as much as £200,000; which is excellent news for the charity.
The BBC and ITV have already agreed on a settlement for their part in the lies that were spread about Lord McAlpine.
Others, such as Guardian Columnist and Blogger George Monbiot have issue an unreserved apology and agree to pay £25,000 as instructed to the charity.
Lord McAlpine now feels that this matter has been firmly settled, and with his good name restored and has made a statement to the press that he refuses to be question on the subject further.
I have, as most of my readers will know, very little time for politicians, regardless to their party affiliation. However, when someone like Lord McApline setups up to the plate it is these times when I feel there is some honesty and decency within the government halls.
Throughout the entire investigation and legal proceedings Lord McApline has conducted himself is the most admirable manner and his status as a true gentleman is enforced through his actions of forcing those who defamed him, to cough up and give to a children’s charity – how many others in his position would have simply pocketed the cash from what the courts would have awarded him?
I am delighted that Lord McAlpine has finally seen justice and in the event of the debacle produced a positive outcome, not just for himself but for children, who will directly benefit from the large sums of cash provided by those responsible for such defamation.