Thursday February 28 2013
Appeal from the editor
Weekly Worker editor Peter Manson provides an update on our legal help appeal
legal appeal was given a big lift this week thanks to two
extraordinary donations: £400 from AS and no less than £600 from
comrade JS states, “The Weekly Worker is currently in need
of our help. I therefore make this contribution to its legal fund.”
He is referring to the out-of-court settlement reached following the
publication of an article a year ago (see ‘Unreserved apology’,
February 7). As we have said many times before, this publication
never knowingly publishes falsehoods, and in the event of
inaccuracies our open letters pages are available - in particular to
activists involved in the working class movement - for immediate
rebuttal and/or retraction.
in this case another course was preferred and we agreed to pay £1,000
in damages plus substantial costs. As I write negotiations are still
pending, though the final overall figure is expected to top £10,000.
The response from supporters has been prompt and generous, and we
have already received £1,970. But, while donations in the hundreds
are obviously very encouraging, please do not think that smaller
contributions are not welcome too. They all push up the total and
will help take us out of this crisis.
send what you can, marked ‘Legal appeal’, to Weekly Worker,
BCM Box 928, London WC1N 3XX. Alternatively, transfer your donation
directly to our account (sort code: 30-99-64; account: 00744310) or
via our website using PayPal. Please ensure you inform us of the
purpose of the transfer.