One would have thought that the case of Ryan Giggs would have dissuaded anyone from seeking an injunction to prevent publication of private matters.
The man appears to have spent a fortune on lawyers, with the result that his private affairs have become vastly more public than they would have been, had he just stayed schtum and allowed the story or stories to blow themselves out.
‘Footballer has affair with girl’ last about 12 hours in the national consciousness.
‘Footballer deploys half the British legal profession to try to shut away private affairs’ lasts years in the national consciousness. The story will, no doubt, appear in the long distant event of Ryan Giggs’ obituary.
So, imagine the situation. You are a cabinet minister. You have a son who has taken some steroids to overcome an injury. He happens to be a prospect for the England junior Rugby side.
If you do nothing, the story will appear on page 14 as three lines in the broadsheets and as a one day wonder in the tabloids.
If you spend £65,000+ on lawyers’ fees you can seek an injunction which, in all probability, will lead to vastly more publicity for the case.So what do you do?
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the emotions involved in protecting a child – a teenage boy. But you have to wonder, have some people got more money than sense?