Lord McAlpine's solicitor has sent a "letter before action" to Sally Bercow, whom we all know is the Speaker's wife. The letter apparently warns her to apologise publicly and agree a settlement or be hauled before the courts.
Once it became apparent that Lord McAlpine was not the person that they had believed was involved in child abuse, most of those of any importance who had named him fell over each other in the rush to apologise.
All except one, Sally Bercow who on being told that she was set to receive a
legal letter from Lord McAlpine simply tweeted: 'gulps'. This was followed by a further tweet in which she said 'I guess I'd better get some legal advice then. Still maintain was not a libellous tweet - just foolish'.
These tweets just show how stupid she is. She should have taken legal advice the moment the news broke that McAlpine was not involved. But seemingly she didn't even have enough sense to realise that her tweet might be libellous. Even more stupidly, she maintains that the tweet was not libellous, just foolish.
Surely every libellous remark that has ever made has been foolish on the basis that those making the remarks would never have made them if they had realised that they were potentially libellous.
The BBC has agreed to pay £185,000 in agreed damages, but I suspect that that Lord McAlpine's solicitors didn't press the claim that hard as he had already made it clear that he didn't like the idea of taking taxpayers' money.
I hope they take Sally Bercow for all they can get along with demanding a grovelling public apology. I assume that this will be one item that her husband won't be able to put down to expenses, although as he manages the system, who knows.
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