The PMOS, Prescott’s office, Prescott’s biographer, Prescott himself, assorted dead-tree press pundits, broadcasting grande dames like Paxman and Robinson as well as other media tarts chorused altogether in pantomime horror “unsubstantiated rumour”.
Old media idiots harrumph “these bloggers think they can get away with libel”. Speaking for myself, and having had many conversations with the likes of Iain Dale and others about these issues, Guido can assure you, we don’t think that at all. We are very much more exposed to being sued. Unlike a Big Media journalist we have no mega-corporations behind us to pick up the bill.*
Prezza himself told John Humphrys during his infamous lengthy Today interview:
I told you, listen, you’re talking about a lot of people here who have in fact denied these stories. Names have been mentioned, some of them are in the process of perhaps suing about it – I’m not going to get involved in that – I’ve made my statement about making a mistake and I’ve told that I’m leaving it at that. But I notice the guy that’s making these allegations says there’s no evidence for it, so why are you justified to keep on trying to push this?
“The Guy that is making these allegations” has never said there is no evidence for it. When Paxman, Robinson et al said they could not report unsubstantiated allegations, they meant, more accurately, allegations they themselves could not substantiate. Ironically neither Paxman or Robinson can substantiate the “no evidence allegation” having still not even bothered to ask Guido – despite there being established lines of communication.
Off-the-record briefings from Prezza’s spinmeister were to the effect; “We would sue, but we don’t want to give them the publicity” – err, Guido’s blog is already the number one political website in the country and has hundreds of thousands of readers every month. They followed this up with the most pathetic Victoria Beckham defence “We are not going to dignify these allegations with any publicity”. Dignity? Prescott?
So where is Guido’s writ from the “Right Honourable” Rosie?
*Guido has a mini-corporation behind him, Global & General Nominees LLC of Nevis. If you want to sue the publishers go ahead, the office for service is properly registered in accordance with the law. The laws of the island require that the plaintiff first deposits US$25,000 with the court before commencing action. Guido will defend himself vigorously.