……….a warning from history?
Two cases that should serve as a warning to all politicians seeking redress through the Courts for Libel!
In cases of libel, the defendant inevitably, is going to investigate the claimants, as thoroughly as possible! The claimants will also do the same thing to the defendant.
Jonathan Aitken in 1999 and Lord Archer in 2001, ended up doing jail time for Perjury after winning their libel actions in court, because they were discovered, to have lied to the libel court.
History has a habit of repeating itself! Maybe, if only they had listened…….
In the case of Barron & Healey vs Vines, it would appear they were so keen to issue proceedings for libel, they omitted a pretty basic check on Caven Vines.
To ascertain whether, in the event of them winning their case, he would be ‘of good standing’, in the real world that means, Caven Vines had the assets to pay damages and costs.
They got that one badly wrong, when it emerged shortly after the conclusion, Caven Vines was bankrupt!