When will they learn

Ryan Giggs is learning a valuable lesson about the power of the internet, social media and also about the futility of the courts in one country trying to exercise jurisdiction over the world.

It is no secret now that Ryan Giggs is the footballer who sought a super injunction to prevent details of his sordid love interests being spread all over the world, not only that he then sought to shut down Twitter and all the people on Twitter that decided that wig-haired old fools in the UK can’t tell the rest of the world how they can behave.

All that Ryan Giggs ensured was that the very thing he wanted kept quiet was now broadcast everywhere, very quickly. Mostly it was in the form of a joke, but now millions have told that joke making the judges, the judiciary and Ryan Giggs look like prats.

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The situation reached breaking point with a Scottish newspaper publishing first on their front page.

The Sunday Herald, which is published in Scotland, took the decision as tens of thousands of people openly defied the courts to go online and name the married Premiership star, who is alleged to have had an affair with the former Miss Wales, Imogen Thomas.

One MP described the public backlash against the draconian gagging orders as the biggest act of civil disobedience for decades and said the law was now becoming a national joke.

Yesterday a politician in the UK used parliamentary privilege to likewise heap scorn on super injunctions proving once and for all that they are an ineffective tool.

A British politician defied a court order by identifying Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs as the soccer star fighting a legal battle to prevent newspapers from publishing allegations of an affair.

The release of Giggs’ name will be seen as a victory for the media over celebrities and their lawyers after an increasingly farcical game of cat-and-mouse that prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to promise a review of the country’s privacy laws.

And so it has now come to be described that Ryan Giggs is David Cameron’s problem:

We have a history of mobs driving politics, of popular movements shifting official thinking. The internet has allowed citizens to offer their own interpretation of what they think is right and wrong. It is supremely liberating, even exhilarating, but it is fraught with trouble. Ryan Giggs is now Mr Cameron’s problem.

I wonder how long it is before a similar case arises here to make it someone else’s (John Key?) problem. One former MP just got convicted for kiddy fiddling, another former MP is up on fraud charges in Auckland and there are a couple of sitting MPs with name suppression, one even spoke on the bill currently before the parliament which was ironic. Not to mention the case of the two dogs owned by a prominent politician. Tick tock, only a matter of time.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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