But as time passed, it appeared that nothing had happened. Perhaps the need to get not only Ware, but also all those who featured in the Panorama one-off “Is Labour anti-Semitic?” lined up meant that it would take time to move the case forward? Perhaps there was a pause while Jezza was given the chance to retract the statement he put out on his Facebook page? The sceptical are, meanwhile, beginning to wonder.confirms “John Ware has asked lawyer Mark Lewis to initiate libel action”, their report then caveats that with “It's understood a letter could be sent to Mr Corbyn in the coming days, the first step of a legal case”.
Only “could be sent”? No LBA, no action. Indeed, the Sky News report tells “Jeremy Corbyn could face legal action after criticising Labour antisemitism apology” and goes on to quote John Ware’s response. “There have been a couple of statements - one from [Len] McCluskey, and the other from Jeremy Corbyn - which seem to me to come dangerously close to suggesting, actually, what the Labour Party said about the whistleblowers and about me was true … I am advised that is defamatory”. And his next action?
It is highly likely that Jeremy Corbyn did not just throw together a response and publish it to Facebook without it having been run past his lawyer first, given the clear possibility that it could be seized upon and used as the basis of an action against him personally.
[Meanwhile, John Ware’s action against Paddy French of Press Gang is going ahead, with a preliminary hearing taking place in October. Paddy is defending the action, but needs help to do so. You can contribute to his crowdfunder HERE]