Yes, Tony got stung! I am actually wondering if he still has that lawyer mentality of 'I say old chap, must stick within the rule of the law, otherwise, just not cricket, who ho'. To be honest British rebels rarely have the passion of Chiquitita or Che Guevera who incidentally I very much doubt, would have bowed their heads and said 'sorry m'lud'! Maybe its a Anglophile thing, not very British and all that. To be the fair, the Brits have been very lethargic this past few hundred years or so. I think the last person to draw a big rabble crowd, was Wat Tyler.
Anyway, if I were Tony, and ordered to pay that slimy pair's phenomenal legal costs, I'd say, 'like hell', I'm going scream it from the rootops and and get me money's worth! There is no law in the land that could fecking tell me to pay that shower of b'stards a penny! And yes, before all my newly acquired psychoanlists jump in, yes, I know it is not an endearing trait, but I live with it. And yes indeed, that attitude has never done me any good, in fact, it has, on occasion, made me homeless, friendless and destitute. But I digress. I wrote my first 'as I am about to be burned at the stake' speech when I was 12!
Sorry Tony, whilst I respect that you respect, the Law of the Land - this is a classic case where the Law is an Ass. We have met, and for those who do not know you, I would have to say you are one of the old school gentlemen lawyers from the Dickens Age - sadly, you were up against legal eagles weaned on shark milk. Respect.
I hasten to add, I was loathe to voice any of the above in case you were seriously considering such a crazy idea! Seriously, as a fellow human being, I am sending a few kind words, and hoping, as you sift through the inevitable criticism, that you know in your heart, that what you did/do, was done for the right reasons. Anyhow, there are more ways to skin a cat! Bide your time, take a breather, write your memoirs. You are an established expert on this case. I have a feeling media-wise, there will be a scrum to the finish line. The newspapers have much in abeyance, and are chomping at the bit.
Lets not forget, today was NOT a libel trial.