In a comment on my blog today, Iain points out quite rightly that he didn’t repeat the allegations against me which became the subject of my libel case.
Iain’s not daft and could clearly see that the story about me was potentially libellous, as I eventually proved in High Court this week.
But the day the lies were published, Iain was quick as a rat-up-a-drainpipe to get posting and provide a link to the Mail-on-Sunday story.
Under the headline “Exposing the Real Face of New Labour” – and adding the infamous 1997 Tory “Demon Eyes” poster for extra effect – Iain praised Richard Gibbs, the source of the Mail-on-Sunday story, saying he ran an “excellent” blog.
Iain also said this:
Needless to say the Labour spin machine has swung into action and tried to trash Richard Gibbs by accusing him of joining the Conservative Party.So who says the person who made the unfounded allegations against me was a member of the Conservative Party?
At the time, Richard Gibbs was co-author of a prominent weblog called The Cameron Leadership or TCL, a site then run by four members of the Conservative Party.
Iain Dale has a link to The Cameron Leadership on his own site so it wouldn't have been difficult to confirm that the Labour Party were telling the truth.
The opening page of The Cameron Leadership at the time confirmed that Richard Gibbs was one of four co-authors of the site who were all members of the Conservative Party.
“Richard Gibbs joined the Conservative’s (sic) in 2005…”So is it really "spin" for the Labour Party to say Richard Gibbs was a member of the Conservative Party when he made the allegations?
Incidentally, Richard Gibbs’ own “excellent” site was taken down shortly after I issued libel proceedings against him and the Mail-on-Sunday.
Mr Gibbs no longer contributes to The Cameron Leadership (TCL) either.
The TCL site now says
Richard Gibbs posted on TCL for a while in early 2006. He has…retired from blogging for now.So those are the facts.
I’m not going to fall out with Iain Dale over whether he owes me an apology or me or not. I’ve won everything I wanted in my libel case. I've been vindicated in the High Court and it’s time to move on.
Iain was gracious enough to say to me:
Well done for having the balls to take it to court and win. Not many would have seen it through to the bitter end.Ever thinking of improving blogging, Iain adds the following:
Now, what are you going to spend your loot on? A badly needed new design for your blog perhaps?!!!Er, probably not Iain. But thanks for the thought!