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Mr Michael Reed QC on ‘Close Up’ – A Commentary

[On the documentary’s conclusions]

Mr Reed:  Well, I think its unadulterated rubbish. I think the programme is utterly irresponsible. And we are seriously considering a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority against TV1 for misleading the public, causing great concern to Mr Young.

Mr Reed seems to take the position that if you call something ‘rubbish’ often enough, you will have made your case.

It’s unlikely that the BSA would uphold such a complaint. The programme presented a hypothesis or theory about a crime. Viewers are left to make up their own minds about the rightness or wrongness of that theory.

Mr Reed: If people have been watching TV3 tonight, you’d have seen Mr Young explain the whole position and he’s an utterly truthful witness.

Mr Young does not ‘explain the whole position’ in the TV3 news item. On the contrary, his answers seem rather uncertain and confused:

Mr Young: I possibly went earlier [than he had said in court] and it was a separate sales call altogether and a separate sale. There’s been two visits. You know, I did a visit in ‘91. Ian Arthur [his employee] most likely did one in ‘93. Given my experience in ‘91 with Robin Bain, I probably wasn’t that keen to go back. The reality is that there’s been two calls, two separate sales calls, and it’s been mixed up as one.  

In his court testimony, Young claimed to have visited Robin Bain three times around 1992 or 1993. He now claims that he first visited Robin in 1991,  then says that he ‘probably wasn’t that keen to go back’, apparently to explain why it was Ian Arthur who went back on 2 July 1993.

So Mr Young’s explanation of ‘the whole position’ seems to be that he ‘possibly’ made a call in 1991 and that Ian Arthur ‘most likely’ made a call in 1993 when the contract was signed, and that the two have got mixed up. So we’re missing all three calls to Robin Bain which Mr Young told the court  he made around 1992 or 1993.  Read the rest of this entry »

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