Speaking of uninformed commentators and trial by Twitter, George Monbiot has been in full grovelling mode today.
Though I didn't make direct allegations, I think I was wrong to hve mentiond McAlpine on Twittr, as contribtd to febrile atmos. I apologise.—
(@GeorgeMonbiot) November 09, 2012
Possibly something to do with the heavy threat of legal action at the end of McAlpine’s statement. Monbiot’s now-deleted tweets included:
I looked up Lord #McAlpine on t’internet. It says the strangest things.
I can confirm that Lord #McAlpine was Conservative Party Treasurer when Mrs Thatcher was prime minister.
Historical fact of the week: Lord #McAlpine was a well-known treasurer of the Conservative Party during the Thatcher era.
What was that about evidence-based science…