Phil Groom writes:
Today, 6 months on from Dave Walker’s announcement of his Cease and Desist letter from J Mark Brewer, we mourn Dave’s silence; but whilst that silence may be golden to J Mark Brewer and his cronies, our eyes still see.
Here’s how Dave told what happened, courtesy of Stephen at Cease and Desist:
TUESDAY, 22 JULY 2008
‘Cease and desist’ demand from Mark Brewer
This morning I was sent a ‘cease and desist’ demand from Mark Brewer relating to the posts I have made about the former SPCK bookshops. The demand says ‘Confidential – not to be redistributed or posted’, so I am not posting the text.
The demand says that if I do not remove all SSG-related material by noon today, July 22, 2008, an injunction will be sought against me and legal action taken for damages for libel.
I have therefore removed all of the SPCK/SSG posts on this blog, as, although I believe I have not done anything wrong I do not have the money to face a legal battle. The removal of these posts is in no way an admission of guilt.
To say I am not happy about the decision I have been forced to take here is an understatement. I feel as if I have let many people down who have relied on this site over the last year or more.
I am not allowing comments on this post, though I can be contacted as usual. I cannot of course stop you writing about this elsewhere.
And we did.
(Thanks to the Tremeloes for this post’s title)
And thanks to the terrible treatment of Dave Walker, even more people are talking and therefore even more people know about the situation – strength in numbers and all that. Now we have to hope for even more action – actions speak louder than words and all that – and for those with fears and doubts, including some big organisations, to forget the golden silence and join in the call for justice. A few strategic actions by a few people with more strength than they perhaps realise, and right on their side, could bring this all to a speedier conclusion.