I have often wondered whether to say that you defame a person is to actually defame that person.
And, as law is ultimately a practical subject, there is really only one way to find out.
So, at obvious and very considerable personal risk, I now make the following four statements:
I hereby defame Uri Geller
I hereby defame George Galloway
I hereby defame Trafigura
I hereby defame The Church of Scientology
I want to see (a) whether any of these defamed parties will threaten to sue (or complain to my host); and (b) what their clever lawyers will seek to claim is the defamatory meaning of my clearly defamatory statement.
It will not be until I receive this claimed defamatory meaning, of course, that I will know finally whether my best defence will be fair comment, justification, or privilege.
(As a control sample, I also hereby defame Simon Singh, who I do not believe will sue me.)
Over time, we may even be able to analyse and compare the different approaches of the libel solicitors instructed by the defamed parties
So lets see what now happens.
*Claimant solicitors are invited to send their letters before action (which should comply FULLY with the pre-action-protocol) to jackofkent @ gmail.com. Please assume I will plead justification until I receive your client's claimed meaning. I reserve the right to publish such letters, notwithstanding any confidentiality or "not for publication" provision you may wish to impose.*
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