The talk in libel and journalism circles is currently about Daily Mail journalist Quentin Letts, who is facing a misconceived libel claim from Sir Alan Sugar.
However, one wonderful aspect of this case appears appears so far to have been overlooked.
As followers of this Blog will know, most high profile libel cases are heard by Mr Justice Eady.
And Mr Justice Eady, in a recently released and extremely interesting speech on privacy law (on which I intend to blog more fully), described how judges have been personally attacked in the media for their privacy judgments.
Referring to himself:-
"One [judge] in particular has been accused of "moral and social nihilism", "arrogance", "immorality", "amorality" and of favouring privacy because he is "painfully shy": and of combining all that with being "a frozen haddock"."
So which journalist described Mr Justice Eady as a "a frozen haddock" causing the judge himself to dwell on this slight in a learned speech?
Step forward Quentin Letts.
The now perhaps rather unfortunate article is here.
I wonder to which judge the case of Sugar vs Letts will get allocated...