super-injunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin

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super-injunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin

Post by falkor » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:11 am

hero of the people: Sir Fred Goodwin :x
knight of the realm? are you kidding?
By Jerome Taylor
Thursday, 10 March 2011

Sir Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland who became a focal point for anger over the financial crisis, has obtained a super-injunction banning the media from identifying him as a banker.

The existence of the super-injunction was revealed today by John Hemming, a back-bench Liberal Democrat MP who tabled a question in Parliament about the gagging order.

Normally the media is forbidden from even reporting that a super-injunction exists but Parliamentary privilege allows MPs to speak on the floor of the House of Commons without risk of prosecution.
During a business debate at the House yesterday morning, Mr Hemming stood up and stated:

“In a secret hearing this week Fred Goodwin has obtained a super-injunction preventing him being identified as a banker. Will the government have a debate or a statement on freedom of speech and whether there's one rule for the rich like Fred Goodwin and one rule for the poor?”

The Leader of the House Sir George Young replied that a forthcoming debate would explore freedom of speech in the UK adding: "I will raise with the appropriate minister the issue he has just raised."

Injunctions are commonly used by courts to stop the media from publishing certain details. Super-injunctions are a particularly draconian type that forbids the press from even reporting that an injunction exists. Once a rarity they are now becoming an increasingly common method of gagging the press from reporting on people who are often wealthy, public figures.

The terms of the super-injunction covering Mr Goodwin are likely to be so strict that The Independent would be unable to report why a gagging order was taken out by the former RBS chief executive and what information he is trying to protect.

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Re: super-injunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin

Post by Hysteria » Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:59 am

I personally hate all these cretins who get ' super injunctions if they are that innocent and have nothing to hide why go running to a judge wanting privicy celebs are just as bad

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Re: super-injunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin

Post by dave3974 » Tue May 03, 2011 6:19 pm

it costs about £50,000 to obtain one of these injunctions--one law for the rich eh

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Re: super-injunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin

Post by mj12cz » Wed May 04, 2011 7:59 am

dave3974 wrote:it costs about £50,000 to obtain one of these injunctions--one law for the rich eh
Too right, its where the power in this country lies.

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Re: super-injunction granted to Sir Fred Goodwin

Post by pedro » Wed May 04, 2011 9:36 pm

or is the power with the tabloids, I only buy a paper now on a saturday, and thats for the tv guide, do we really care whos having an affair, (Andrew Marr) no we don't, the sheep who buy this rubbish and believe it are the problem, I don't know whats worse. :br:
Its a funny old game (J. Greaves)

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