February 15th, 2012

Spelman Injunction Backfiring

Caroline Spelman was refused a super-injunction concerning a Daily Star Sunday story about her son Jonny on Saturday. She did manage to get a standard injunction to stop the paper running it, though that is being fought in the High Court tomorrow.

Guido has to wonder whether any other rising England Rugby star would have managed to stop the story appearing in print given that the judge specifically cited the seventeen year old’s mother’s job in the order. Mr Justice Lindblom said “there is a political dimension which cannot be ignored”.

And ignored it will not be – there are currently 185 mentions of the injunction on Google News…


91 Comments

  1. 1
    liam says:

    More trouble than they are worth!

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  2. 2
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Was the injunction anything to do with him being a raving ging-a?

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  3. 3
    Try says:

    Amazing, just nothing will stop these bloody politicians

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    • 7
      Katya's Dad says:

      Life is very difficult for us politicians. I am famous all over the world. They even make love stories about my life in China.

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  4. 4
    jgm2 says:

    I know he’s a big fucker but he is only 17. Is he not allowed privacy on account of being a minor?

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    sex, drugs, hospital baby mix-up?

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  6. 6
    The Impartial observer says:

    Deep in the sewers under London lurk the great albino crocodiles, decendents of escapees from zoos & private collectors of the 19th & 20th centuries. We join two of them as they bask in the phospherent glow of a lost tunnel far below Chancery Lane. One is a magnificent creature, the faint light reflecting from its massive, rounded form. The second a far less imposing beast, its patchy scales stretched across protruding ribs & sunken belly.

    The smaller looks up at the larger.

    “I don’t understand it” he croaks, “We’re the same age, we came from the same clutch of eggs. Yet you’re three times my size.”

    “Maybe it’s your diet.” booms the larger, “What are you eating?”

    “Same as you. Lawyers. Plenty of ‘em & no one misses a few.”

    “How are you catching ‘em?”

    “Oh, I usually lurk under a manhole cover by Lincolns Inn. Catch that unmistakeable musty smell of mature legal quarto passing, I’m springing out, snagging one by the bespoke suiting & dragging him down. Shake the shit outa him & swallow.”

    “Ah! I see your problem right there. Shake the shit out of a lawyer & what are you left with? Nothing but the lips & a briefcase.”

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    • 11
      Your Friendly Neighbourhood Disambiguation Service says:

      The difference between an alligator and a litigator is that the alligator eventually lets go of you when you’ve stopped thrashing about.

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  7. 8
    Loungelizard says:

    Something unpleasant to do with a badger?

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  8. 9
    gman says:

    Is he pregnant?

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  9. 12
    Giddy says:

    Has he got special needs?

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  10. 13
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Never heard of him. Don’t care that his mother is an MP. He’s only 17, FFS. As the judge said (torygraph reporting)

    “publication at this stage would not advance the public interest to a material degree, but was likely to have a very significant harmful effect on Jonathan Spelman.”

    I don’t care what he’s done, not done, who he’s slept with of whatever sex, what drugs he has / has not inhaled. Unless there is a criminal case he is charged with, he deserves his privacy.

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  11. 14
    William Hague says:

    He likes a good scrum down with the boys?

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  12. 15

    Get Spellman onto the Sunday Marr show.
    “Do you feel the use of a super injunction was appropriate for a minister?”
    “Do you think it would be appropriate for a journalist ?”

    “Ahh..I ..erm..well..”

    {10 minutes of ‘technical difficulties’ follow}

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  13. 17
    un believer says:

    Sun hacks are seriously trying to use the human rights act to ‘protect’ it’s hacks from it’s own parent company?

    That has got to be a wind up surely?

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    • 27

      List of things that infringe your human rights.

      Post doesn’t come on Sunday.
      Bus doesn’t stop outside your house, even though it does stop outside another persons.
      Lion Bar contains no lions.
      Being told to ‘turn it down’ when playing Guitar hero
      Voting for a political party, but then they don’t get into power!
      Not getting a Olympic tickets.

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  14. 18
    nannygate says:

    He shagged the nanny?

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  15. 19

    Lets see..does it have anything to do with today’s news? If we take the Mail then maybe he killed a vicar and then stuffed Rolex watches down a drain before bankrupting Rangers?

    or, from the Mirror, Thatcher stole your future.

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  16. 23
    Edinburgh Toff says:

    Has anyone ever watched Spelman on Question Time? Totally gormless. Unbelieveable that people like that are running our affairs.

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  17. 24
    front row says:

    Is this another hooker story or is Guido winging it?

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    • 31
      Can't blame them says:

      Shirt lifter.
      Druggie.
      Booze.
      Sheep.
      Tarts.
      Scouser girlfriend.

      Take your pick. You’d want to keep quiet about all of them, expecially the Scouser.

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  18. 29
    Trevor from Treherbert says:

    A bloke that size has to have his mummy fighting his battles?

    Injunctions super injunctions mega injunctions world injunctions supa dupa injunctions urbe et orbi injunctions the truth will always out with Johny Internet.

    As the late great Joe Erskine used to say ‘if you cannot take it on the chin then you shouldn’t get in the ring.

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    • 34
      un believer says:

      He’s 17 FFS

      What ring is he getting into?

      I know you lot think everyone is fair game to be fucked over by a tabloid but your assumption that this kid’s private life is automatically in the public interest, what ever it might be the Star is trying to publish, is just bullshit.

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      • 39
        Kinky George says:

        This 17 yr old kid has not gone to Court to get an injunction .

        His mother has .

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        • 48

          Quite.
          Even now politicians are planning on ways to curb the powers of the press.
          Measures that Caroline will get a vote on.

          There can’t be much the lad has done the readers here would find too distasteful. Unless he’s a secret Ed Balls supporter.

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          • un believer says:

            why should the readers here get the chance to rake over this kids life?

            why are they interested in the private life of a 17 year old boy?

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          • They aren’t. They are interested in what a minister of the crown doesn’t want us to know.

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          • un believer says:

            So every aspect of this kids life is of public interest to you lot?

            I doubt he has the wherewithal to try and get an injunction on his own, therefore his mum has stepped in, as would I if some tabloid was trying to fuck over my child.

            prurient interest in the private lives of a teen age boy is pretty telling on your part.

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          • Normal Guy says:

            Tell me what a government minister says I am not allowed to know and i will tell you whether I am interested in it or not

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      • 52
        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        I’m not at all interested in his personal peccadilloes. I would point out though that 17 is old enough to join the army, get married and drive a vehicle.

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    • 51
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Queensbury rules?

      Are you really saying that nobody at all should bother doing sports unless they don’t want to have the tabloids having a go at them?

      What is this “ring”?

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      • 91
        Tolkien's Long-Dead Agent says:

        One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
        In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

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  19. 30
    T says:

    I bet Ms Spelman has the full support of the Prime Minister whatever she may or may not have done.

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  20. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Spelman has been employing him since age three?

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  21. 33
    Desperate Dan says:

    Has he ever been for a night out with Wayne Rooney?

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  22. 35
    Phil from the Wrekenton Seven Stars says:

    If you have very high blood pressure I would strongly recommend you do not look at Caroline’s parliamentary expenses 2009/2011 which you have paid.

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  23. 37
    Gonk says:

    Christ ! I wouldn’t like to beat him at conkers.

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  24. 41
    Mister Beefy says:

    Takes after Mater, particularly in the spelling dept

    Bet she can squat for 6 too

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    • 45
      Zilch twixt the lugs says:

      Doesn’t say much for his expensive private education. Doesn’t Farcebook have a spell checker? If it doesn’t how difficult is it to key your message in in Word and spellcheck it, then cut’n’paste it across?

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    • 47
      Jane Birkin from Paris says:

      I remember you going Down Under when you were 17 Beefy.

      And you never tried knocking up any judge on a Saturday morning during half term skiing holidays..

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    • 65
      jrand says:

      Jeez…. if that really is him, remedial edukashun is sorely needed.

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      • 80
        Financial Mis Conduct says:

        At 17 he would have been under Labour government for most of his educayshun educayshun educayshun.

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    • 83
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      Feckin Sponging bastard
      Parents are multi millionaires and he want someone else to pay for his stuff !

      Takes after his mother then !

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  25. 46
    Well it's a thought says:

    He’s 17, he can’t help who his mother and father is and what people think of them, he’s not media fodder and deserves to be an anonymous and not torn apart on this blog.

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  26. 49

    The newspapers are probably pushing the public interest aspect a bit too far considering his age and that it probably has little to do with Caroline except being her son. However there is the Barbra Streisand affect to take into account. The Spelman would have a day or two of embarrasment and only a few entries in the press if they had let the story go. Now, it’s going to be plastered everywere as people try and guess the story.

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  27. 53
    Steve Miliband says:

    Apparently he doesn’t dive off ferries or throw dwarves, he can pass, tackle, catch and kick. Therefore not suited to play for England

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  28. 57
    dr. sipp says:

    guido must think its serious

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  29. 59
    Phil from the Wrekenton Seven Stars says:

    When I was 17 I did some really daft things but I never ended up in Court.

    My mum would have battered me.

    If I was 17 again now and did the same things I do not think I would end up in Court.

    My mum could not now batter me but could go to Court.

    Just a thought.

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  30. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Is this the same Johny whose father runs the company that runs the database that Mrs Spelman uses to decide who buys the forests and woodlands ?

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  31. 68
    The Queen's Personal Physician says:

    Does he have a quintuple hernia? — if so will I be able t ocharge five times my fee to operate??

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    • 72
      Jonah Lomu says:

      Or perhaps he just likes sticking rugby balls up his arse and one accidentally found its way to his large intestine …

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  32. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Is it true that you can get paid for putting naughty videos on Youtube?

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    • 76
      vickirickitavi says:

      Silly boy.

      Still, we all did stupid things at 17 which we probably regret later in life. Hell, I got off with a tory once. The shame haunts me still.

      Leave the kid alone – I don’t care if he’s an utter moron, he’s 17 and it ain’t his fault his mum’s a MP.

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  34. 74
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Maybe he has a GM cock !
    and he might have been caught with a GM in the toilets at Kings Cross ?

    Well i don’t know !

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  35. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Spelman uses drugs?
    Spelman uses prozzies?
    Spelman uses nepotism?
    Spelman a bit of a cock?
    Spelman misuses expenses?

    All fine possibilities I think you will find, possibly even fact based.

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    • 77
      vickirickitavi says:

      And things that many, many 17-year-olds across the nation are using………………. ahhh, to be 17 again!

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  36. 82
    J davis says:

    If it was something that normal 17 year olds get up to, then hardly worth the money getting an injunction to hide it! And why does the judge mention Ms Spelman’s job… What her son done that would affect the job of the Environment Minister. God, I am so nosey!

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  37. 86
    Anonymous says:

    just shite on here, I’ll have to go and look on twitter then

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  38. 88
    Phil from the Wrekenton Seven Stars says:

    Mrs Spelman went for a super injunction as a litigation friend for her son with an anonymity order for herself and husband.

    To have done this there must have been a reason for not going for a common or garden injunction in the first place.

    Having lost the super injunction argument she accepts the standard injunction which was not good enough to seek in the first place and now everything except the story is national headlines.

    Guido seems to think the matter is back in Court tomorrow but I think he may be wrong and today was the final hearing.

    The Press generally appear to have handled things very badly with half of them failing to have understood that Spelman was only the litigant as next friend for her 17 year old son although I think the son may have been able to seek leave to proceed in his own right.

    Anyway everyone will now be talking about it in the Wrekenton Seven Stars tonight.

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