Tugendhat J refuses to lift order on Fred Goodwin's affair

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  • “But the degree of intrusion into a person’s private life which is caused by internet publications is different from the degree of intrusion caused by print and broadcast media. Important though this story is, there are very many people who will not take the trouble to find out from VBN’s job description what her name is.”
    This is rapidly changing. I'm not very technically minded but it took me five minutes to find out about, download and use the firefox plugin that disguises my location within the UK.... and which renders Tugendhat & co utterly futile.

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  • Had the lady's name been published earlier, everyone would have forgotten about it now. The contrived secrecy merely makes people more interested than they would have been.

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  • Is there not a fine distinction to be drawn here? That between the legitimate public interest in a story which it would be of a detriment to prevent from publication and that of sheer public interest in the lives ofthe notorious or celebrities. The later is not a legitimate public interest. The former, of course, is. If the story concerns a factor relating to the collapse, and ergo government intervention, of one of the nation's largest banks, of which the public is now a major stakeholder, surely a legitimate public interest exists.

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  • @ Interested Observer

    I quite agree. I really couldn't have been bothered were it not for the challenge posed by the injunction. However, discovering the identity of these people has now become a form of online game.

    It took me less than a minute to discover her name and photograph. Her name is


    This post has been intercepted and the author terminated with extreme prejudice.

    Let this be a warning.

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