Not only one smearing Brexiteer ...
While posting photos of her latest holiday destination, wherever it be, Ms Hartley Dooda devotes much of her Twitter feed to shovelling on the propaganda of those whose opinions on the pandemic meet with the approval of herself: James Melville, Adam Brooks aka Essex PR, wacko pundit Allison Pearson, Laurence Fox (still sore about not becoming the new 007 eight years after the event), and the increasingly alt-right Spectator magazine.
... but also a second smearing Brexiteer
At the same time, she manages the occasional swipe at those who have the audacity to give a damn about others. After Sky News had told “Dr Julia Patterson says that the NHS is under enormous pressure and that the government has 'chosen not to act early' in dealing with latest variant”, out came the Hartley Dooda sneer. “In unrelated news, Dr Julia Patterson sells face masks at a huge profit on her website”.
As Captain Blackadder might have observed, there was only one thing wrong with this claim - it was bollocks. Potentially actionable bollocks. So it should have surprised no-one when Dr Patterson responded “Julia Hartley-Brewer (who I blocked earlier today) is trolling me. We do, indeed, sell face masks. They are reusable, 3 layer cloth masks, and they’re made by our brilliant friends at @mfep_uk, who employ sewists who lost jobs during the pandemic. I do not profit from sales”. And there was more.
This Tweet is potentially actionable ...
“They help to fund the non-profit I founded and run. It is called @EveryDoctorUK. I will be speaking to the barrister on our team about Julia Hartley-Brewer’s tweets”. She does not profit, and Every Doctor UK is a non-profit organisation. This appears to be a nailed-on example of defamation, with the potential to damage Dr Patterson’s reputation.
That is only made worse by Ms Hartley Dooda’s Tweet being timed at 1535 hours yesterday, and still being live at 1040 hours today. And she isn’t the only one in the frame, after Richard Tice (he’s not very nice) made a similar claim: “Perhaps [SkyNews] could ask Dr Julia Patterson where is any real evidence that masks she sells for fat profit actually work, actually make any difference? Balanced reporting”. More apparent defamation.
... and so is this one
Moreover, there are plenty of folks out there ready and willing to lend a hand to Dr Patterson’s cause. Should she consult lawyers? Former England Rugby stalwart Brian Moore, who is a trained lawyer, was unequivocal. “I would, the personal profit allegation is clear from [Julia Hartley Brewer]”. Perhaps she needs help with crowdfunding?
The Tweeter known as Russ In Cheshire had that one covered. "If you need crowdfunding for any legal action, I'd be happy to contribute, and to help publicise”. Ms Hartley Dooda, and Tice The Great Brexiteer, really should have thought before Tweeting. Maybe they did - which only makes it look an order of magnitude worse.
Will Julia Hartley Dooda say sorry? If not, it could become reassuringly expensive for her.
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