Friday, 28 May 2010

Trafigura: UK Libel Laws

Thank you to Richard at “Don’t Get Fooled Again” for reporting Caroline Lucas’ Early Day Motion which states:

Early Day Motion


Lucas, Caroline
That this House, concerned that due to the start of fresh legal proceedings in the Netherlands on 14 and 17 May 2010 concerning the multinational commodities trading group Trafigura, including allegations that UK nationals and UK firms may have been involved in illegal waste shipments and a subsequent cover-up and that payments were made to truck drivers in return for favourable witness statements and given that this is not being fully reported in the United Kingdom because of the chilling effect of the UK's libel laws, calls on the Government to launch a full inquiry into the allegations against Trafigura and to review the libel laws to ensure that this matter can be reported fully in the UK.

This is copied directly and exactly from the UK parliament website here.

Many, many thanks to Caroline Lucas who is so new in her  role as MP.


  1. Now that sounds like a good news, for a change.
    Let's wait, though, if the words will be followed by deeds.

  2. Excuse my being off topic Calum but I missed the recent opportunity to inform Sir Andrew of my availability for his forthcoming Intergalactic bash.

    P.S. Intellectual arm candy rate does not include dressing in frocks.

  3. MTG

    Being off-topic has never bothered Sir Andrew and so you may as well join his bad company and be off-topic too. :)

  4. "Off Topic" is my definition of "On Topic" MTG. You sound like a useful recruit.

  5. MTG Don't fall into Andrew's trap. There are not many of us normals left. I know you were winding him up re your heritage.

    Stay, humour him but fight for humanity.

    Have I lost it?

  6. Calum Carr saying "us normals", dear MTG, is a bit like .... hmm, which analogy to choose ... Dunfermline FC saying "us top teams"? Dunkin Donuts saying "us health food establishments"? Laurel and Hardy saying "us rocket scientists" ?

    Is my drift being caught?

  7. You two should be slumming along in my untidy study this evening; assisting me with the imbibing of Hakutsuru, the joyful drink inspiring nonsense on an exponential curve.

  8. You have a study albeit an untidy one? How dare you have a usable study!

    We have study just a tad bigger than a hamster cage but we can't even pen the door to get in .... this doesn't have anything to do with my size. A gnat couldn't get in.

    I have to sit in our dining room - yes we have one - although it isn't used for dining. Perhaps trophy room would be more appropriate.

    Sorry, my mistake. For "trophy room" please read "trough room"

  9. Back on topic I'm glad to see that Caroline Lucas is on the case. THen again she is the one MP I would expect to be!