The recent anonymous allegations published about Britain's Got Talent seemed too well-written to be by a random industry executive and too packed with verifiable detail to just be a casual hoax.
The allegations were soon taken down at the behest of the programme's lawyers, and perhaps we will never know the true circumstances of what is being alleged.
Lawyers also reported the page to the police under the terms of the Malicious Communications Act, which surely means that there is now some detective somewhere wondering how the hell to apply the offence under that Act to this case.
He or she must be delighted.
So the lawyers did their job quickly and well; and, indeed, we do have some talented lawyers in this jurisdiction.
All the same, this did not stop the Daily Mail safely publishing a lawyered (or "abridged") version of the allegations. Again, we do have talented lawyers.
Soon we had carefully worded denials - sometimes so carefully worded that one was not certain what was actually being denied.
And, who undoubtedly wrote these denials?
Yes, more of these talented lawyers.
One cannot know the truth or otherwise of those allegations.
One may not even care, for as Marina Hyde brilliantly explains today in the Guardian, there is enough about the programme and its underlying commercial model to depress and annoy any sensible person anyway.
But what is clear is that these allegations will not be addressed head on, and will not be rebutted or admitted, because of talented lawyers and those who instruct them.
No lawyer is to blame: the practice of law is merely what instructions of your client the system of law allows you to get away with.
What is at fault is the system of law which easily allows those who are being criticised - fairly or not - to use the law to close down what is unwanted rather than address it.
Britain may well have talented lawyers, but we also have a talent for bad law.
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