Andrew Gilligan triumphs. Ken Livingstone’s publishers have apologised for “lies” about Gilligan in his autobiography, You Can’t Say That. Turns out you can, but you really shouldn’t have.
Gilligan writes on his Telegraph blog:
I have today received an apology in the High Court for false and defamatory statements made about me by Ken Livingstone in his recent autobiography, You Can’t Say That. Other redress has also been agreed. Presumably to save face, Ken’s side insisted that this remain confidential.
In the book, reviewed here, Ken wrote that I was “shown the door” by my previous employer, the Evening Standard, after writing “lies” about the allocation of grants by his administration and the behaviour of his race adviser, Lee Jasper. Ken also claimed that the Standard had repudiated my stories in editorials which “said there had been no corruption or cronyism at City Hall.”
Alas, it wasn’t me who was lying. As the Standard said in its own review of the book, I wasn’t “shown the door.” I left of my own volition to join the Telegraph. No such editorials were printed. The stories won the top award in British print journalism that year and remain available on the paper’s website. Like this one, for instance, which triggered Jasper’s resignation after I revealed that he had channelled vast sums of money, for no clear purpose, to organisations run by a woman he secretly wanted to “honey glaze.” Ken has never been able to challenge a single word that I actually wrote, as opposed to the various misrepresentations of it that he has made.
You can read the rest here.
Perhaps Sunny Hundal will revisit his Ken-groupie smear of Gilligan as a “shoddy hack”. Perhaps pigs will fly.