It can also be ordered from Veggies by mail order for cover price £15.99
(including postage within the UK). Overseas readers should contact
Veggies to check overseas postage costs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Veggies, 180 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3HW, UK. Tel +44-115 958 5666,
*** BUT - GUESS WHAT? ***
McSpotlight has obtained twenty copies of the book,
and is giving away five copies each week for a month !!!
Try your luck and test your knowledge of the trial and the
issues at it's heart on our online competition.
About the book..
- MACMILLAN PRESS RELEASE -
The McLibel Trial, the longest case in English legal history, is an
unlikely morality tale of our times. In 1990, McDonald's slapped writs
on five London activists for allegedly libelling them in a leaflet
entitled "What's Wrong With McDonald's?". They successfully silenced
three. But the international giant had not banked on the dogged
determination of Helen Steel and Dave Morris, who refused to apologise.
Denied a jury trial and ineligible for legal aid, they were forced to
defend themselves. Pitted against some of the top libel lawyers in the
country, this unlikely duo became the symbol of a burgeoning protest
movement against the globalisation represented by corporations such as
McDonald's. For two years, the trial ground through issues from
employment, advertising, recycling and litter, to nutrition, animal
rights and deforestation, pitting opposing philosophies against each
other. The McLibel Support Campaign grew around them - lawyers,
nutritionists, ex-McDonald's workers, mothers, teenagers - all
weighed-in with financial or other aid. A site was created on
the Internet - McSPOTLIGHT - publicising the trial and giving millions
access to what McDonald's had tried to suppress. A very different side
of McDonald's to that portrayed in their $2 billion annual advertising
budget has been exposed. A company this size has never before been so
carefully or publicly examined. The tables turned and the corporation
found itself on trial.
The conclusion of the trial offers the first opportunity to measure the
lasting impact - and the very real political and legal significance - of
the case. McLIBEL, the book, tells the gripping inside story of this
epic clash of cultures and allows the public, denied the chance to be
the jury, to judge for themselves.
John Vidal has been Environment Editor of the Guardian for 6 years.
Helen Steel and Dave Morris, the McLibel Defendants, live near each
other in North London. Helen is a bar worker and former gardener. Dave
is a single parent and ex-postman. Both have for years been actively
involved in a wide range of grassroots movements concerning the
environment, workers' rights, food issues, anti-fascism, housing and
- END OF MACMILLAN PRESS RELEASE -
Note: There are also many press reviews of the book on McSpotlight.
McSpotlight = McDonald's, Mclibel, Multinationals
P.S. UK readers may be interested in the following.
A TV reconstruction drama of the McLibel Trial has been made for
UK Channel 4 and is planned to be shown in two parts (lasting over
3 hours) on 17th & 18th May 1997 (check TV guide for details).
Full details available on McSpotlight soon and we may also
circulate a press release about the drama.