Two rather odd comments appeared on ConservativeHome last night it seems. In the "Tory Fightback" thread a commenter called GH said to the Editor, Tim Montgomerie,
"I hear you are about to be served papers for defamation?"This was then followed up by someone called Syed who said
And yes I believe Tim you are about to have a very nice man deliver you the papers for defamation.... see you in Court".However this comment was then overridden by the Editor stating that it was the same person as GH - presumably based on an IP address. A deliberate flame-bait slur lacking substance? Or something more substantial? Who knows. Odd thing to say though.
It's worth noting that other bloggers like Iain and Guido have been told in their comments that papers are going to be served on them which have then never materialised. This sort of threat I think will become more commonplace over the next year.
Update: As someone has pointed out in the comments, you can't just "server papers" without going through a particular process in law first. It's interesting that the person (or persons) making the threat don't give any more details. Like I say though, this sort of thing is, I think, going to become much more common over the next 12 months.
Update II: The Deputy Edtior of ConservativeHome has told me that as far as they are concerned there is no basis to this claim made in their comments. So I guess it probably was just another of those random idle threats that get made.