Lib Dem MP John Hemming is all over the front pages of today's newspapers because of his decision to name Ryan Giggs and Giles Coren in the House of Commons yesterday. I think he was wrong to name either.
John has a very admirable history of campaigning against various types of injunctions. The basis for his campaigns have been to highlight what he perceives to be injustices in the child care system where, he alleges, injunctions can be used to prevent parents defending themselves against claims of abuse and, in at least one case, to prevent someone who claims they have been discriminated against from even talking to John as their MP.
But his action in Parliament yesterday were nothing to do with that campaign.
It will come as a shock to virtually no one to find out that Ryan Giggs is the footballer known in court as 'CTB'. Giggs' decision to ask his solicitors to take action against Twitter users was probably the worst legal action since Jonathan Aitken decided to use the 'simple sword of truth' defence to his perjury prosecution.
However there is a second side to the story - the one that you won't read in most of the papers today. Rather than risk legal action myself, I'll refer you to this court judgment where the issue is amply referred to by Mr Justice Eady.
As for the decision to name Giles Coren, it has allowed the newspapers to 'fill in the gaps' on another case. I follow Coren on Twitter and had seen the tweets (now deleted) that appear to have got him into trouble. I wasn't really aware of the case and just regarded it as gossip. But today's Telegraph helpfully fills in all the missing details. All that's missing from their story is the name.
John Hemming's campaign on behalf of children in care and their parents is admirable but his decision in this case is not. I respect him greatly, but would hope he would think more carefully in future.