When Ariel Sharon died, his obituary included: '... after Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 he was found to have been responsible by an Israeli inquiry of failing to prevent the massacre of Palestinians by Christian Phalangist militia in Beirut's Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.'
When Nelson Mandela died, there was no similar mention of Nelson Mandela's failure to prevent his wife and her associates from 'necklacing' other South Africans.
So when I heard that Lord McAlpine had died, I wondered how they could insult the memory of a Thatcherite. I didn't have to look far to read: 'In recent years, Lord McAlpine was wrongly implicated in a child abuse scandal, when the allegations were the subject of a BBC Newsnight investigation.
The programme aired allegations that a Thatcher-era politician was linked to boys that were sexually abused while in the care of a children's home in Wales in the 1970s and 1980s, though it did not name Lord McAlpine.Yes the above says he was wrongly implicated and admits the BBC's part in the defamation claim but was it really necessary to remind his family of that recent pain. I wonder if the stress of those false allegations by the BBC and others shortened Lord McAlpine's life. I wonder if the BBC care.
But several Twitter users were ordered to pay him damages after the High Court found they had tweeted libellous messages about the peer.
The BBC apologised unreservedly and settled his defamation claim for £185,000. The corporation's then director-general, George Entwistle, resigned in the wake of the allegations, after less than two months in the role.'