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

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By Alex Aldridge on

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 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.