Not looking forward to saying sorry
“An apology from [Peter Jukes]. Spreading grotesque libels about people should not be cost-free. I have decided to take action to prevent this continuing. Thanks to [Mark Lewis]” he told anyone listening. Jukes had decided not to risk allowing an action to go to trial, only to find it going against him and landing him with an eye-watering bill for costs.
So it was clear that despite Murray being a champion of free speech, he was not averse to instructing lawyers once in a while. Even though his championing of free speech means he is a director of the Free Speech Union, domain of the loathsome Toby Young. Why that might be a little more interesting today is down to one of those Tobes has championed.
Toby Young has also cheered on those threatening litigation, one such being increasingly minor thesp Laurence Fox. When Fox forced actors’ union Equity to backtrack, he took to the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph to tell “Today saw an unlikely blow struck in the battle against groupthink and ideological conformity. The actors' union Equity apologised to Laurence Fox for calling him a ‘disgrace’ and urging its members to ‘denounce’ him”. Tobes has since championed Fox at every opportunity.
When dribbling bigot Mike Graham praised Fox’s Question Time appearance, there was Tobes to add “Agreed. Total hero. [Laurence Fox] smashed it tonight”. After Equity climbed down, he was there again. “Given the reaction of actors and their professional bodies to [Laurence Fox]’s victory yesterday, can we stop calling them ‘luvvies’? ‘Hate-ies’ would be more appropriate”. When Fox decided to form a new political party, he was there too.
“‘Laurence Fox launching a new political party to fight the culture wars’ - Exciting news!” exclaimed Tobes. And only last Friday came the toe-curling pièce de résistance, as he proclaimed “Laurence Fox is less of a G&T-in-the-saloon-bar type, more an Aperol-Spritz-in-the-beach-bar man. If Nigel Farage is Terry Thomas, Laurence is David Niven”. Fox as David Niven? Fuck off. Just fuck right off. He wouldn’t reach to Niv’s ankles.
But then Fox had his social media meltdown, where he smeared three people as “paedophiles”, including Simon Blake of Stonewall. And Blake has wasted no time in moving to defend his reputation, as Pink News has reported, telling readers “Stonewall UK deputy chair Simon Blake has announced that he is suing Laurence Fox after the actor called him a ‘paedophile’ during a bizarre Twitter rant about Sainsbury’s”.
Mark Lewis. Again
Well, I did say his actions could prove expensive. Blake told his followers “I disagreed strongly with his view and I expressed that in a tweet … I feel strongly about this issue … In response, Mr Fox seriously defamed me and I have instructed Mark Lewis from Patron Law to sue for defamation”. What will the Free Speech Union have to say about that?
What goes around, comes around. And returns to bite the free speech brigade.
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