Tweeters Victorious


A Remarkable Story. The Battle of Trafigura’s Gag

The story is about an oil company, and its lawyers, and an MP and the Guardian Newspaper, and an injunction, and a burned banana cake

On Monday evening, blogs and the social networking site Twitter buzzed as users rushed to solve the mystery of who was behind the gagging attempt that had prevented the newspaper reporting details of a question tabled by an MP to be answered by a minister later this week. One of the quickest to reveal the full story was a 34-year old human rights activist, Richard Wilson. He was baking a banana cake in his kitchen in London when he first found out about the gag on the Guardian from a message posted on Twitter.
A few minutes of frantic internet searching later he published the fact that the gag related to Farrelly’s questions about Trafigura. He also published the text of the questions itself and became so absorbed in cracking the puzzle, his cake burned to a crisp. He said it was a small price to pay.

“I knew Trafigura were incredibly litigious and I knew Carter Ruck were defending them,” he explained. “I had a hunch, so I went to the website of the parliamentary order papers where they publish all the questions, searched for Trafigura and a question from Farrelly popped up and I tweeted it straight away. It took several tweets and then I pasted in the link”

Oh Lord won’t you send me
The villains’ defeat
Don’t need no injunctions
Just send me a tweet

There’s oil in the desert
There’s oil in the sea
Just tweet to the people
Them slicks not for me

There’s nothing so wicked
So cool and so sweet
So Lord if it pleases
Just send me a tweet

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