A perplexing email turns up in the work email account, threatening me that unless the “untruths” about Sir Nigel Goldman are removed within 14 days, he will be instructing lawyers to sue me for defamation.
Seems a bit harsh. I didn’t even know who he was, until I copped that he presents the economic bit on Spectrum Radio. Although I notice his official website linked off Spectrum FM appears to have closed down – gives me an error saying gone. I was trying to find out which order his knighthood was conferred from, but the London Gazette doesn’t seem to recognise it.
I asked him what he was on about, and received a further complaint informing that all interested parties are jointly “issuing a denuncia in Spain and a High Court Injunction and Writ in the UK”, etc etc.
Turns out he was peeved because somebody (not me!) on a forum I moderate had linked (this was ages ago) to his book “High Stakes: How I Blew £14 Million: How I Blew 14 Million Pounds”, adding (in a slightly robust manner) that they didn’t agree with his economic advice given, and no wonder, after looking at his book. Possibly, the word “prat” was used at one point. Hardly world rocking stuff. Especially if you google “Sir Nigel Goldman”. I would have thought it would help sales, linking to his book, but still.
Storm in a teacup sort of thing, I thought. Still, he seemed insistent, and lead me to believe that Spectrum Radio was backing him and joining in the various class action suits he was planning.
After informing him that I was a) changing the post to remove the bit he finds offensive (ie the word involved) and b) pulling all advertising from Spectrum FM whilst this was hanging over us (can’t advertise with a company when involved in legal action with one of their presenters!) he became quite conciliatory.
Spectrum FM assures me they know nothing of this, by the way, and are in no way involved, other than having their name taken in vain by a third party.
Well, it’s August, isn’t it!
Later in November: I´ve been having a lot of email recently about Nigel. If you have anything to get off your chest about life, why not contact me?