"This right wing think tank Migration Watch has conducted a study which has
revealed that youth unemployment is down to migration which is obviously grossly
simplistic. The main reason for youth unemployment is the recession which was
caused by the bankers and the bankers are more responsible than the migrants,
and it’s fairly dangerous propaganda this kind of story. It is exactly what
Mosley said in the 30s and Hitler argued in Germany."
So, no mention of Sir Andrew, and one mention of Migration Watch. Now I am not a lawyer, but I think I could easily rip holes in the argument that she had linked Migration Watch directly to Mosley and Hitler. No sensible person would, and I don't think she did. Had I thought she had done so I'd like to think I'd have had the nouse to take her on directly. In the event, I think I said something like "Migration Watch is a very respected pressure group across the political spectrum", something I believe to be true.
I think Andrew Green and Migration Watch do a brilliant job and they have played a major role in enabling politicians to discuss immigration as a mainstream issue. But on this I fear they have gone completely over the top.
To bring a libel action on this brings our libel law into disrepute and illustrates why the law needs to be reformed. Sally Bercow will no doubt now become yet another libel law cause celebre. I may not agree with her on much at all, but I would certainly defend her right to say what she says. It's a debating point, not a libel, and Migration Watch should be big enough to acknowledge that and take her on in debate, not the courts.