Come clean about Michael Green
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Last year Grant Shapps MP, the Chairman of the Conservative Party, threatened to sue me, a constituent of his, for allegedly libelling him on Facebook about his alter-ego as an internet marketing millionaire called Michael Green. He initially demanded damages and, eventually, to post a retraction which read:
"I recently made a post suggesting that Grant Shapps MP had lied over the use of a pen name. I now accept that such an assertion was entirely false and that Mr Shapps MP has at no time misled over the use of a pen name. Indeed, I now understand that he openly published his full name alongside business publications making it clear that he used a pen name merely to separate business and politics, prior to his entering Parliament. Since I was not in full possession of the facts I was clearly wrong to make that post. I wish to apologise unreservedly to Mr Shapps MP for any time or embarrassment caused.”
However, investigative journalists from The Guardian and other newspapers discovered a tape of him appearing as Michael Green while he was an MP, and archives of his business websites in which they claim he did not make it clear that he was using a pen name.
I think honesty matters in life generally and especially in politics. That's why I think it's right that Mr Shapps should now make the same sort of apology he required me to make before the facts came out, reading:
"I recently threatened to sue a constituent and suggested that he had libelled me over the use of a pen name. I asked him to publish a statement that I had openly published my full name alongside business publications making it clear that I used a pen name merely to separate business and politics, prior to my entering Parliament. Since investigative journalists have now led me to reconsider my overfirm denials, I realise I was clearly wrong to ask someone to make that statement. I wish to apologise unreservedly to Dean Archer for any time or embarrassment caused.”
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