Right to know upheld by U.K. Justice

In a case more like the TV show Footballer’s Wives:

England captain John Terry was publicly disgraced last night for cheating on his wife with a team-mate’s girlfriend after losing a court battle to keep it secret.

The ?170,000-a-week footballer had an affair with French underwear model Vanessa Perroncel – his wife’s best friend and the partner of fellow England defender Wayne Bridge.

He tried to keep everything on the down-low and tried to use a judge to do it under the law.

Within minutes of the story breaking, the internet was awash with angry calls for Terry to be stripped of the captaincy.

The Chelsea star had initially used human rights laws to obtain a gagging order against the press, claiming his right to a ‘private and family life’.

But the judge who threw out the order said he thought Terry was more concerned about the threat to his lucrative sponsorship deals. Even the existence of the so-called ‘super-injunction’ was supposed to be a secret. But in a landmark ruling for press freedom, Mr Justice Tugendhat ruled that the public had a right to know.

He told the High Court that people should have the right to criticise ‘socially harmful’ behaviour because freedom of speech is as important as the right to privacy.

Oh that our Judges and MPs believed in freedom of speech like Justice Tugendhat. We have a duty as citizens to criticise, just as the Justice says, socially harmful behaviour.

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