Acton seems to think that Dellers is not entitled to claim that CRU workers are "mired in such incompetence, skulduggery and deceit that you couldn't trust a word they said" and might have written to the newspaper in terms not dissimilar to this, to the effect that he:
... would expect the Express to retract or correct the impression that has been given. The article should either be amended or taken down from your website and I would request that a retraction or correction is published in a prominent place in the paper and on the website as soon as possible.The gutless Express rushed to comply, instead of telling Acton to get stuffed, taking a leaf from the PCC and asserting that this was simply a matter of opinion. For instance, if I wanted to say that George Monbiot is a congenital idiot, with balls the size of peas and a brain the same size, that is perfectly acceptable. It is only my opinion. So it is with Dellers and the CRU.
For those who wish to catch up on the Dellers opinion, it is replicated here.