I have had no involvement in the discussion about the Crusader
accident - and have no wish to, going forward, other than to say that Cobb's boat was much, much better than many people nowadays give credit for. Sadly, the accident overshadowed it.
On a legal point, there is a fact in law: "You cannot slander the dead". All of the key figures in this story are now departed and so cannot be slandered.
The point therefore becomes not a legal one, but a moral one as to whether any of the personalities involved in the Crusader
story should be highlighted as having contributed to the accident.
We arrive at the same problem that I was only too well aware of on the Quicksilver
thread. Namely, how far is it fair to go in finger-pointing at people who are no longer alive to defend, justify or explain their actions?
Do we go all the way, in the interests of getting to the truth? Or is it better left alone?
A moral minefield?
Mistakes were made on the Crusader
project, no question. People will take a view, one way or the other - rightly or wrongly - as to whether blame should be apportioned and, if so, where fault lies. But on the specific point of legality, there is no issue of slander.