It was a super injunction. No names. No mention of its existence. No ideas what it was about. Even Guido Fawkes had to **** the names.
Today in Parliament it is mentioned and a few hours later the injunction's first page is now available for us to see.
Yep. Fred Goodwin is a party. But that is all we get to see. The rest is ???.
The real "party" is the one the is media is having - like naughty children they are gagging to tell us all what this injunction is about and who the mistress is.
Parliament can talk about anything without lawyers being able to touch it. But can the media report on something that Parliament has discussed but to which they are gagged? It appears not (1999 privilege committee: "...in such circumstances [regarding details of an injunction] reporting a matter divulged in parliamentary proceedings is strictly a contempt of court".)
Or maybe they can as the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times et al are all reporting it.
Some newspapers know who Goodwin was having an affair with in early/mid 2008 (we know nothing about this super injunction so any such affair cannot be proven to have taken place or if at all Goodwin had one) and like the Thomas Wilson Affair (sounds like a film) it will soon be leaked out.
Although the Mr Wilson debacle is tittle tattle kiss 'n' tell, in the Goodwin case a large bank nearly collapsed after being run into the ground by Sir Fred Goodwin (can we now tell the world he is a banker?) and has cost the UK tax payer (you and I) tens of billions of pounds worth of pain. His off piste antics may have contributed to him taking his eye off the ball so it is in the public interest we understand what went on as we are now paying his pension and our children will be paying off the debts he caused for the next 20 years. The fact he took out a super injunction doesn't feel right.
Anyway, before the Twitterers start guessing and telling, here are some names we found trawling the scummy bottom of the internet. The media have leaked some clues. She is a woman and was very senior at RBS. Now macho RBS has very few women at the top (telegraph) so the short list is going to be quite short. Here are the names of some senior RBS women (management team, RBS website).
Elaine Arden - now head of HR at RBS. Details at linkedin.
Ellen Alemany - Details at wikipedia
Jennifer Hill - business week.
Aileen Taylor - RBS board.
Susan Bor - Recruiter
We hope these women have good lawyers because this leaking of half information is not good for anyone, especially the other senior employees at RBS who will soon suffer from the guess and tell game too. We are sure these women are innocent because we live in a world where you are innocent until proven guilty. Except in a world of censorship when the rules change completely.
Censorship does this. It defames the wrong people.
[UPDATE - 6 HOURS LATER]
The Daily Mail don't want us to win at their game so have provided more information and the internet odds are on Susan Bor ...