In January 2010 Strathclyde C.I.D. exonerated Jim Gallacher of wrongdoing in his organisation of the highly successful ‘Stars of ’79’ event’.
OVER SEVEN YEARS LATER, on Tuesday last, an ill-advised and vindictive legal action was finally dismissed IN HIS FAVOUR.
The recovery of expenses was NEVER at the forefront of the determined drive to clear Jim Gallacher’s name, and of the expended £21k, £18k was made available by an interested independent third party with no direct connection to Inverclyde or Greenock Morton.
Jim, however, insisted on personally underwriting the recall of the case, expecting a formal ‘rubber stamping’ of dismissal with a decision on costs, and that was tacitly agreed between the solicitors last May.
At the eleventh hour, the pursuer moved the goalposts – insisting on a full hearing.
The subsequently protracted legal wrangle over a hearing on evidence which was never going to take place resulted in Jim Gallacher personally incurring almost £3k in further legal expenditure – something which had absolutely nothing to do with Mortonjag, and everything to do with the pursuer’s contemptible efforts to avoid the inevitable!
From the independent funder’s viewpoint, public exoneration was always the nub of this matter – FAR outweighing everything else – and Tuesday’s dismissal in Jim’s favour has fully justified the expenditure, but having now fought for over seven years to have his name cleared in public, Jim Gallacher has so far been unable to retrieve one penny of that £3k outlay. That situation cannot appeal to any just minded person!
The pursuers have stated to the Trust membership that they ‘offered to walk away’. What else could they do when the game was over and they had lost, but they also claimed that Jim Gallacher INSISTED on the expenses issue. The evidence does not support that assertion!
In August 2011 Mr. Gallacher’s solicitors made an offer. A simple public apology would have drawn a line under the whole matter with legal costs standing at £10.5k.
There was no insisting on full expenses there, but the offer was declined by Mr. Robinson who subsequently wrote:
THEN, LAST OCTOBER MR. ROBINSON OFFERED £5K ‘HUSH MONEY’ TO MR. GALLACHER’S SOLICITORS. HE IS UNDERSTOOD NOT TO HAVE CONSULTED THE COMMITTEE.
Negotiations were invited by the defender’s solicitor, and discussions ensued, but Mr. Robinson dug his heels in on an apology.
So the evidence is perfectly clear. On two separate occasions Mr Gallacher’s solicitors were agreeable to ‘out of court’ settlement, and on both occasions, a simple public apology foiled closure.
It takes a BIG man to apologise. Instead, Nick Robinson has been reduced to purveying more of his hallmark lies to the little ones on greenockmorton.org!
The silent majority already knows the truth!