David Allen Green Throws Twitter Tantrum After Rival Legal Blogger Pips Him To Orwell Prize Shortlist

In 2010, when City lawyer David Allen Green (AKA Jack of Kent) was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize For Blogging on the back of his coverage of the Simon Singh libel trial, many thought he’d dominate the legal blogosphere for years.

But a mere two years on and Green (pictured) has been knocked from his perch by Wiggy Beneath the Wig (AKA ex-barrister @_millymoo), who yesterday evening was revealed to have made this year’s prestigious Orwell shortlist of seven bloggers. Green was nowhere to be seen.

Last night, the de-throned king of British legal blogging took to Twitter to lament his loss. It made for great reading…

He started graciously.

Then he entered into some gentle mourning.

Next, he began to ask why.

Fortunately, his disciples were on hand to provide comfort.

Annoyingly, Times journalist David Aaronovitch was less sympathetic.

At which point an emotional Green accused writer Nesrine Malik of sending a misleading MT after she removed three words, “cathedral” and “next year”, from his original tweet.

As dawn broke over London, Green’s sadness had crystallised into anger – courageously unloaded onto BPTC student Lyndsay Pye.

7 Responses to “David Allen Green Throws Twitter Tantrum After Rival Legal Blogger Pips Him To Orwell Prize Shortlist”

  1. Liam Field

    Given how frequently it happens, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised every time a person of some renown loses their temper on twitter.

    It’s always so undignified too :/

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  2. I say it with love

    Yet another one of David’s episodes.

    When will he work out that we read him for all the wrong reasons?

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  3. D_T_T

    DAG writes well and some of his blogs are excellent but his tweets are sometimes ill-judged and I don’t always agree with his assuredly-expressed legal views (in fact sometimes I think he is quite wrong); I hope not all his many followers take all his views as gospel.

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  4. I say it with love

    Didn’t DAG’s last outburst involve calling a trainee a “twat”?

    Custody SGT is a “coward”

    and the rest who don’t agree are “liars”.

    In two month’s time, these tweets will be deleted and some else will be stood scratching their head wondering what merited such projection.

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  5. David Allen Green

    Didn’t DAG’s last outburst involve calling a trainee a “twat”?

    That was actually meant to be humorous. It fell rather flat. I am sorry for that and any offence caused.

    <iCustody SGT is a "coward"

    By that I meant he often makes personal comments without using an “@” and by using a pseudonym. Personal insults from behind pseudonyms are cowardly.

    and the rest who don’t agree are “liars”.

    Sometimes people – or assertions – are dishonest and one should be free to say so. But am perfectly happy with disagreement and piss-taking.

    In two month’s time, these tweets will be deleted and some else will be stood scratching their head wondering what merited such projection.

    I do delete tweets regularly, even the ones which are popular and widely RTd. This is for a variety of reasons. Mainly it is risk management – even claims without merit can be onerous to deal with, and because of the cases I do deal with (eg TwitterJokeTrial) I take the view that I would rather be safe. If anyone wants to indemnify me against that risk, then do let me know. Another reason is that tweets, unlike blogposts, are intended to be ephemeral, and stale tweets are stale tweets. There are other reasons, which I may blog on in due course.

    DAG writes well and some of his blogs are excellent but his tweets are sometimes ill-judged and I don’t always agree with his assuredly-expressed legal views (in fact sometimes I think he is quite wrong); I hope not all his many followers take all his views as gospel.

    Thank you for the compliment. I hope they do not take my stuff as gospel too! On the internet, if you are wrong, you do find out quickly.

    When will he work out that we read him for all the wrong reasons?

    I am delighted anyone reads me, for any reason. At least on the internet, it is free for people to do so…

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