British MP reveals Fred Goodwin superinjunction
Saturday, March 12, 2011
British MP revealed in Parliament yesterday that , former chief executive of the (RBS) Group, applied for and was granted a superinjunction to prevent the media revealing he was a banker. After the bank bailouts in 2008, Goodwin became a hate figure after it was revealed that he was going to receive a £700,000 a year pension while the RBS Group announced a £24.1bn loss.
John Hemming's revealing of the superinjunction in Parliament is protected by. The revelation of the superinjunction came as a question during 'Business of the House' hearings:
In a secret hearing, Fred Goodwin has obtained a super-injunction preventing him from being identified as a banker. Will the Government hold a debate, or make a statement, on freedom of speech, and whether there is one law for the rich, such as Fred Goodwin, and another for the poor, such as Lee Gilliland who has had his mental capacity removed on the basis of a report from his GP that he is not allowed to see?
Superinjunctions have become a more frequently applied and often controversial practice in British law: they allow for parties to block publication of some controversial matter and also block publication of the fact that such an injunction has been granted. They came to light dramatically when a superinjunction was granted preventingnewspaper from revealing that statements regarding an allegation against the commodities trading company had been made in Parliament. The superinjunction was broken when a variety of bloggers and Twitter users started pointing to foreign news outlets that had published the allegations and the order against The Guardian. Superinjunctions have also been used by the Premiership football player following allegations of an affair.
- "Former head of Royal Bank of Scotland Fred Goodwin to reduce pension" — Wikinews, June 18, 2009
- Steven Swinford. "Sir Fred Goodwin, former RBS chief, obtains super-injunction" — , March 10, 2011
- Jerome Taylor. "MP lifts veil on Fred Goodwin super-injunction" — , March 10, 2011
- "MP raises Goodwin media ban order" — , March 11, 2011
- Jane Croft. "Goodwin named over ‘super-injunction’" — , March 11, 2011