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2nd November 2011
Caplin on Daily Mail lies, after winning her libel case –
“THERE IS NO BOOK”
Did you get that little bit in the news coverage yesterday?
There is – nor was there ever going to be – a book? No? Thought not.
And yet this “book” suggestion was one of the juicier what-ifs that Alison Boshoff the Daily Mail journalist (quoted on page 3 of the High Court case file) enticed her rabid readers with:
The Blairs have always been worried that the former exotic dancer might ‘push the nuclear button’ and write a book about her extraordinary association with them. Crucially, what might Miss Caplin – still in immaculate shape at 48 – say about the secrets of the Blair marriage? She joined them when Mr Blair was on the brink of being elected Labour leader and quickly made an intimate connection. She’s said to have insisted Mrs Blair tell her every last detail of their sex life, and even prescribed a sex regime which apparently resulted in the birth of baby Leo.”
WHEN IT DOESN’T EXIST, SILLY
If you didn’t see the interview with Carole Caplin on BBC 24 hours news yesterday you won’t know that Ms Caplin has even mentioned a ‘book’. She was interviewed by the BBC newscaster Huw Edwards. The poor guy couldn’t get his head round the facts. He thought he was about to interview her about her much (falsely) heralded “book”. He had to double-check with Ms Caplin that there WAS no such book. In fact she offered to leave the studio if he was only interested in the non-existent contents of a non-existent book!
Some weeks ago we got an apology from the Mail. It apologised, in its way, for suggesting that Carole Caplin would break the Blair’s confidence. It also accepted there was nothing improper … massages … Tony, etc.
In its ‘Clarifications and corrections’ on 26th October 2011 the Daily Mail had this –
An article about Carole Caplin on 18 September 2010 ‘Carole’s £1m question: Will she tell all about Blairs’ sex secrets?’ suggested that Ms Caplin might reveal intimate details about Tony and Cherie Blair in a book for a substantial sum, which might lift the lid on their marriage and finish the Blairs. We accept that Ms Caplin would not disclose such matters and that there was nothing improper about massages she gave Mr Blair. We apologise to Ms Caplin.
In other words goes the between-the-lines inference – Ms Caplin knows/did … something or other … but she is honourable and won’t tell anything or … er… nothing!
In my ‘book’ this is insufficient apology.
£1,000,000 SATISFACTION? I DO HOPE SO
Still, Ms Caplin has had her legal costs paid and has been awarded a satisfactory sum in damages. It should be, at least, Carole’s £1m answer.
By the way the disgraceful article has, of course, been removed from the Daily MaUl’s website (though I think I may have it in one of my many drafts. Must take a look one day.)
Ms Caplin’s lawyer, David Price, said on Tuesday she “never had any intention of disclosing any confidential information concerning the Blairs” and “did not possess any sex secrets” about them. So that is some sort of reference to publishing er, something or other. Which she didn’t and wouldn’t, even if she could. Got it? Good.
More biased BBC coverage
Earlier on BBC Radio4 News at 10 fleeting mention was made that Ms Caplin had won her case. Again it was in the light of “her” innocence – not (also) that of Mr & Mrs Blair. A trifle dishonourable of the Beeb, don’t you think?
“Carole Caplin said it was offensive to suggest she would break the Blairs trust”
See the full Caplin Vs Associated Newspapers case at the High Court, on 20th June 2011, between Carole Caplin, Claimant and Associated Newspapers Limited, Defendant.
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