Yet More Unexplained Cheques in Wandsworth Fraud Scandal

The longer Wandsworth Council keep their heads in the sand about their audit committee councillor and a missing  £20,000 from Tory coffers, the murkier the cover up looks. So far Robert Morritt has claimed that the blank cheques he was writing to himself were for his “expenses”. That excuse cannot work all the time though…

As Guido understands it, Wandsworth Conservative Group has a detailed system in place for the purchase of stamps. This system, which involves cheques being signed by two signatories and presented with a special guarantee card, has been used for years. In the first five months of 2008 WCG forked out some £20,000 for stamps in the normal manner. Why then did Morritt himself claim a further £5,000 during this period to purchase stamps on WCG’s behalf?

On 26 February 2008 a cheque was written to Morritt for £2,000, apparently to buy stamps, while on 2 April he was paid another £3,000 for the same reason. £2,000 worth of stamps were bought using the regular method on 20 February – six days before Morritt’s first purchase – while another £1,000 worth were bought on 31 March, two days before his second cheque was issued. Why were so many stamps needed in such a short space of time? Why did Morritt deviate from the standard procedure and buy the stamps himself, with no counter-signature? When are Wandsworth Council going to stamp down…

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He Who Pays the IPPR Calls the Tune Leaked Email Shows Wonks For Sale

Labour wonk-shop IPPR are progressive guns for hire. In 2010 they took over €800,000 from the European Commission and their coffers are filled by unions and lefty-charitable trusts. Universities UK, the higher education trade association, are believed to have bunged them in excess of £20,000. In return they got their figures in a nice report about how immigration caps are affecting student numbers. Despite the report claiming that all “views and conclusions expressed in it are those of the authors”, Guido has now got hold of an email that would suggest otherwise.

Tony Millns is the Chief Exec of  English UK – another education trade association who encourage people to come to the UK to learn English. The sort of vested interest group who would want see immigration caps given a kicking. Millns is clearly rather chuffed with what money can buy him:

IPPR claim that Universities UK supplied some research, but didn’t tell the public or the media that the report had actually been commissioned by English UK. Sadly for them the client has let the cat out of the bag… 

Boris on the Games thus far:

“It’s been a Himalayan range of high points.”

Northcliffe Spin Unravels

Following their humiliating defeat in a US court overnight, Northcliffe Media and their bosses at the Daily Mail and General Trust have been desperately trying to spin the spoof twitter account story in their favour. In a statement the Mail subsidiary laughably claimed that their “approach to Twitter was not about freedom of speech, but about a barrage of anonymous tweets that amounted to cyber-bullying and harassment“, insisting “free speech is the lifeblood of our newspapers and websites“. They are telling the press that they withdrew their expensive legal action to save their employees from having to prove emotional distress in court. This line shouldn’t fool anyone.

Guido believes the only reason Northcliffe dropped their case was that they could not find a shred of evidence to substantiate the outrageous claim that the spoof tweeter hacked into the company’s email system. The spoofer’s attorney Frank Sommers expressed his astonishment in court that Northcliffe had failed to provide any evidence for the claim, or any examples of tweets that they claimed were libellous and defamatory. When Guido asked Northcliffe this morning whether they were retracting their allegations they refused to comment.

However they might be trying to spin it, it seems fair to conclude that Northcliffe – backed by bosses at the Mail – used trumped-up claims as an excuse to gag a fierce but ultimately harmless critic. They would have got away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky bloggers…

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Wandsworth Gags Councillors Over Tory Fraud

The Deputy Leader of Wandsworth Council has ordered silence over Guido’s on-going exposé of the fraud and cover-up at the heart of Wandsworth Conservatives. The following diktat was sent to all councillors:

From: Jonathan Cook
Sent: 02 August 2012 15:01
To:
Subject: Guido Fawkes

Dear All

You may well have seen reports posted on Guido Fawkes’ blog in recent days.

Anthony Cole, as Chairman of the Wandsworth group of associations, has responded with a statement, copied below, which makes the position clear.

If you are contacted by any journalists I suggest you decline to comment, and refer them to Alex or me.

Many thanks

Jonathan

More internal communucations coming up. Guido’s favourite one is is where Rob Morritt, after being caught with his hands in the till, gets threatening…

BoJo Shines In China

Boris Mania has gone truly global as the London Mayor’s heroic zip wire triumph saw him gain a huge wave of new supporters…in China. His Weibo account – the Chinese twitter – gained some 12,000 followers while his latest fans posted messages of support: “Such a loveable Mayor…I love his spontaneity, not pretentious at all!” Somehow Guido thinks the Chinese adulation of London’s favourite politician is more genuine than the endorsement they give to their own leaders…

Winning Celeb Troll Tactic

One click and the loony is gone…

Labour Add 39 Members In a Year

Last Christmas Guido wrote:

“Over a year ago Harriet Harman, speaking at a Labour delegates reception, claimed that the Labour Party had gained 65,000 new party members. This morning a Labour press spokesman, while defending Ed Miliband’s leadership, again claimed 65,000 new party members. If the party’s press spokesman is telling the truth that means in over a year since the start of Ed Miliband’s leadership the Labour Party has not made a net gain of any more members.”

He was bang on the money…

This year’s party membership figures make unhappy reading for all three main parties, but the most embarrassing statistic was reserved for Labour. In 2011 Ed and co. marked a new low as they managed to add just 39 further members. Hardly surprising given the basis of their latest recruitment drive:

Guido can’t imagine why the punters are staying away…

Miliband Adviser Saves Violent Rioter From Prison

Regular readers will remember how violent thug Bryn Phillips was defeated in his attempt to win a seat on the City of London Corporation council last week. Yesterday he was sentenced to community service and compulsory weekly psychiatric sessions for his role in the London riots last summer. While Guido was disappointed that the cop-assaulting burglar wasn’t sent down, the judge revealed some very interesting mitigating circumstances during his sentencing.

Not only did Phillips hide behind mental issues, but the judge warned that he would have jailed the pint-sized hippy hooligan for 20 months had he not received a glowing character reference from a senior political figure: one Maurice Glasman. Ed Miliband’s one time guru saving a rioting criminal from prison – Guido wonders what the Shadow Home Secretary makes of that…

Liberty Jones in the FT

“The current issues facing the economy have little to do with the availability of credit, they have little to do with the price of credit, the poor performance of the economy stems largely from a lack of demand, as we the people have lost faith in our political leaders and fear for our collective future”.

Victory For Spoof Tweeter Mail Bosses Withdraw US Twitter Action

Overnight bosses at the Daily Mail and General Trust suffered humiliation as they withdrew their case against the spoof Steve Auckland twitter account holder. The decision marks a significant victory for the spoofer, who Guido has aided over the last two weeks by arranging the services of a pro bono US attorney. Guido has obtained the court documents (see Notice of Dismissal) that show Northcliffe Media admitting defeat in their bid to unmask the tweeter. A grovelling letter from Northcliffe to the account’s author, who will now forever be known only as John Doe, has also found its way to Guido:

In a statement the spoofer gave thanks to Guido for his role in the case:

“I want to heartily thank Guido, because without his initial efforts I would not have found my pro bono lawyer in the States and Northcliffe’s subpoena would have gone unchallenged.”

Credit should also be given to Frank Sommers, the San Francisco attorney who took up the case free of charge. Twitter users can now live safe in the knowledge that their freedom to spoof remains protected. Case closed…



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