So Ryan Giggs has finally been named as the ‘mystery’ footballer at the centre of a media gagging order after a Liberal Democrat MP used parliamentary privilege to make the final mockery of an injunction. Ryan Giggs? Really? Blimey! Who says? Oh, everyone.
John Hemming, the MP for Birmingham Yardley, used a question to attorney general Dominic Grieve to name the Manchester United midfielder.
Mr Hemming said “With about 75,000 people having named Ryan Giggs on Twitter, it’s obviously impractical to imprison them all” and with 87,000 people already in prison in the UK, I guess he’s right.
That’s the power of social media for you. Actually, it’s the power of the people. Social network sites like Twitter and Facebook have just made it easier and quicker for people’s voices to be heard. And they will be heard. It’s simply arrogant to think otherwise.
Once again, social media and free speech triumph.