Now that I have had a little time to
reflect on the shocking news about
Brenda Leyland that I first heard late
last night & read and listen to some of
the reports, comments & spin today I
have collected my thoughts. Here they
1. No one is in a position to say
whether Brenda's tweets were illegal as
this has not been tested in court.
2. Everyone has the right to express
their opinion as long as doing so falls
within the law.
3. The dossier was compiled by persons
who wish to remain anonymous to the
wider world. They had every right to
compile their dossier & if they believed
they had unearthed illegal activity to
pass it on to the police.
4. They also had the right to pass their
dossier to and to those who run social
media platforms such as twitter and
facebook if they believed they had
uncovered contraventions of the terms &
conditions of those platforms.
4. The dossier compilers DID NOT have
the right to give, or worse still sell
(I do not know whether it was sold I am
simply saying that it would be even
worse if it had been sold), the dossier
to any media outlet.
5. Any media outlet receiving such a
dossier DID NOT have the right to
publish the name or any other personal
details of anyone named in the dossier.
6. The media did have the right to run a
story describing in general terms what
was in the dossier and to say that it
was in the hands of the police & CPS who
were considering whether any laws had
been broken and whether anyone should be
7. By publishing the name & image of
someone named in the dossier and by
calling them a troll & member of a hate
campaign the media in general, & SkyNews
in particular, contributed enormously to
the circumstances that caused Brenda
Leyland to kill herself.
8. I am now surprised that I find myself
in partial agreement with the "Hacked
Off" campaign and G McCann. The media in
the UK need to be subject to greater
control. Though I disagree about how
such control should be achieved.
9. I expect "Hacked Off" & G McCann
to publicly condemn the actions of the
media with respect to Brenda Leyland
in particular and the dossier in
general. If they do not they will be
revealed as the hypocrites that some
people think they are.
10. The people who compiled the dossier
should publish, anonymously if they
wish, details of exactly to whom they
gave the dossier, when this was done and
whether any money changed hands. Once
again failure to do so will reveal them
to be hypocrites.