In a press release just issued, the British Chiropractic Association has alleged that Simon Singh was motivated by malice in his original article.
This is a shocking and serious (and indeed defamatory) accusation, which the BCA have never before made and has not been any part of their case to date.
If Simon is held to be malicious then this means that he would lose various defences available to him such as fair comment and also any qualified privilege.
This accusation of malice is also counter to the decision given yesterday by Lord Justice Laws, where he expressly noted that the BCA had not raised any question as to the good faith or motivations of Simon Singh.
It may be that this accusation is a slip of the keyboard (remember plethora?), but if it is not - and if it remains uncorrected - then the BCA are seeking to develop a significant new line of attack in their case against Simon Singh.
I have emailed the BCA and their PR company for urgent clarification. Until I receive that I will not approve comments for publication. I do apologise.