An Open Letter to Lord Alistair McAlpine by former Sunday Times journalist for Trial by Twitter

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Ishtar’s Gate is a website with discussion forum that I came across thanks to Twitter which I hardly use. But Steven Messham is on Twitter and he is one of the many victims who do need support. He tweeted that the BBC treated him like dirt. That’s NOT ON! He suffered enough as a child!!!

Ishtar must be his biggest supporter, for, as a former Sunday Times journalist, she wrote An Open Letter to Lord Alistair McAlpine which she mentions by tweeting in support of Steven Messham. The letter refers to

  • Lord McAlpine’s lawyer threatening all those on Twitter mentioning his name in connection with paedophilia would be sued for libel
  • an interview he gave to an Australian newspaper in August 2000
  • his book The New Macchiavelli: The Art of Politics in Business – a guide on how to succeed in modern politics by being vile
  • his advice on dealing with the media: spread false defeat to gain public sympathy
  • or false accusation and then arrange for it to be exposed as such – so the accuser will forever be treated with suspicion. More

Fraud victims told: Go to the bank, NOT the police

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This article was published by the London Evening Standard in September 2007. But it underlines what we currently feel about the Police who seem to have ‘better’ things to do than to investigate crime…

However, this only covers credit card fraud as ‘small beer’. And that’s where the banks concerned are obviously much more effective at rectifying mistakes and compensating victims.

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