I left CMoMM because I objected, on moral grounds, to Tony Bennett's harassment of the witnesses in this case and I was soon to discover many others left for similar reasons or were simply whooshed for voicing an alternate opinion. My exit however was slightly more dramatic as I had the means to reply.
I have allowed this subject to continue on my blog, as it has proved to be very enlightening indeed, and much as I would like to drop the matter and move on, I am driven to discover what exactly Tony has been up to, and on who's behalf? I am hoping the anonymity of this blog will encourage more to come forward with what they know. Where did it all begin, at the Mirror forum, the 3 Arguidos?
Does anyone remember Tony handing over a list of anti names at his trial in London. It was hot gossip on the cesspit pro forums, but not picked up on CMoMM, most of us at that time were too pre-occupied in sympathising with the injustice heaped on TB by Carter Ruck and the McCanns to question the minutiae of the Judgement, and in any event, we had Tony to deconstruct it for us.
Was there a list? I don't care about my name being on it, I would have failed in my campaigns against injustice if it weren't, but others do care, and guard their privacy with passion. Quite right too, The queues for the gallows would be unmanageable if the entire population declared themselves Spartacus. The martyr route takes a certain kind of dedication and madness. We are few, and mostly bonkers. As a catholic child I determined to die burning at the stake like my heroine Joan of Arc for a great and noble cause, only I wasn't quite sure what it would be - I was rapidly going off religion. But I digress, the simple explanation is that most people are too busy living their lives and enjoying their families to become the target of crackpots. Those of us who put our names, know what to expect.
The word 'list' for me comes in the same sinister category as the word 'ban' - that is, words I despise. I've always found it somewhat absurd that one adult can believe they have the power to 'ban' another adult from doing as they wish. The word 'list' is reminiscent of good old Joe McCarthy and the Hollywood witch hunts, 'give us the names of your mates, and we'll let you off'. The honourable ones chose prison and ruination, indeed one said, he could give them a list [of his friends] but he wouldn't be able to face himself in the morning. Quite.
Tony now sees himself as Emile Zola, and we are his accusers, kudos to him for the dramatic twist, but the questions remain unanswered and I want to know more about the 'List' and the agreement of Carter Ruck to write off nearly £300k in legal fees. Tony pointed out during his legal battles with the McCanns that he was far from alone in not believing the abduction story. which is fair enough - why should he alone be punished, he wasn't the only one - its the standard reply of the tell tale kids in the playground. But why volunteer the information that he knew the 'real' names of many others? That's simply not cricket.
I don't want a war against Tony, and I won't publish aggressive or juvenile posts. However, I think there is a lot he is not telling us, and indeed, I feel we have been misled. This isn't personal, I have always thought of Tony as a passionate, if somewhat eccentric, campaigner for justice - though I have to confess I have not studied his work in any great detail as I fundamentally disagree with almost everything he says. That's not to say I disliked him, he is an interesting character, but his behaviour may not have been as harmless as I thought, and I want to know the truth.