CTB has finally been named as the footballer taking on Twitter, following John Hemmings “outing” of him today in Parliament. You will already know the facts and history, so here are my thoughts on a case that clearly raises substantial issues affecting the issue of privacy, the constitutional settlement, the future shape of the media and, at its most extreme, the future of the nation state;
- It is wrong that an MP should hide behind parliamentary privilege in order to breach the terms of a court injunction. It threatens the separation of powers and undermines the credibility of the courts. John Hemmings has achieved his ambition of 15 minutes of fame.