I wrote to @bbcpress pointing out Andrew Neil's comment wasn't inappropriate, it was misogynistic. He's live now on TV. And @bbcpress "has nothing to add".
My letter. Throughout this story, it's been fascinating to learn who in Britain it's just not possible to hold to account. Facebook. Google. Theresa May. And now...Andrew Neil.
I take your abuse, @afneil. And I use it to fuel me on. But this is the "Simpson's" Crazy Cat Lady. How many women put their heads back down beneath the parapet because they decide they don't want to deal with this kind of shit?
The Adam Smith Institute is one of the "9 entities" that TaxPayers Alliance conceded last week conducted a smear campaign against @shahmirUK via @bbc & other media. It admitted it was unlawful & discriminatory due to Shahmir's "philosophical belief in the sanctity of democracy"
To refresh your memory, @shahmirUK's evidence led to Vote Leave being referred to the Met police for multiple criminal offences. Vote Leave's campaign director is married to deputy editor of Spectator. Of which Neil is chairman.
Ok, here's a Twitter challenge. Somebody did this brilliant research about @nigel_farage & @bbcquestiontime. Can Twitter sleuths compile a table of QT appearances of TaxPayers Alliance & the 9 linked organisations? Would be amazing to have proper stats on their influence & reach
For reference, this is the list of the 9 linked organisations that co-ordinate media messaging & operate from in & around 55 Tufton Street & conceded everything to keep their donors secret. (Though we know Koch brothers & others have significant links)
Ok. No idea if this'll work. But here's a Google doc that anyone can write in/edit. Get stuck in.
Oh is it time for #Marr? A short thread. Remember this? I was asked on #Marr to talk about "my story". In fact it was @shahmiruk's story. But I wasn't asked a single question about what he had revealed. About Vote Leave overspending 1/
No @BBC bulletin covered @shahmiruk's story. His hugely significant revelations went unreported. Instead a leak from Number 10 co-ordinated with Vote Leave & Tax Payers Alliance shaped the news agenda. This wasn't electoral fraud. It was a 'Toxic Sex Row' 2/
But it didn't end there. 2 weeks before Electoral Commission reported Vote Leave broke multiple laws @matthew_elliott leaked it to @BBC. He used BBC to smear @shahmirUK & call a fantasist & a liar. Elliott got to frame the story. The BBC was played 3/ bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
VINDICATED! @shahmiruk has won his wrongful dismissal case against TaxPayers Alliance. But this case reveals so much more. It confirms links between 9 shadowy organisations whose ‘spokespeople’ dominate the BBC. This cannot go on. ‘Spokespeople’ for who? theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Please read this & think carefully about the role of these organisations who "pursue a common right-wing agenda" & dominate British life. The BBC must also now examine how it allowed @matthew_elliott to use its platform to smear @shahmiruk & frame the story incorrectly
It is highly unusual for an organisation to simply cave & admit every single point of a claim. But that's what TaxPayers Alliance did. To have fought it would have involved disclosure in court of who funds it.
OOH. Juicy new details here that I'm delighted to highlight. Jim Mellon is @arron_banks' business partner. He's been threatening to sue me for linking to a US magazine article (!), & tweeting about his diamond deals & dealings with Russian ambassador opendemocracy.net/how-arron-bank…
Here's the LEGALLY safe account of that diamond deal. I had to take out the bit where he & Arron Banks invited the Russian ambassador down the pub for an informal meeting with their business associates, sadly theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/j…
But, in the interests of fairness & accuracy, here's the clarification that the @NYTimes appended to its initial article. Mellon is asking me to delete tweets that I put out when this article was published before this information was public knowledge. nytimes.com/2018/06/29/wor…
Yesterday @jeremycorbyn stood shoulder-to-shoulder with @Theresa_May in seeking to cover up serious and multiple crimes committed during the referendum. It is a moral failure on a grand scale. And it endangers citizens, journalists & the few brave politicians who have spoken out
Where is @jeremycorbyn's statement on @arron_banks referral to NCA? On his links to Russia? Conservatives @anna_soubry & Dominic Grieve received death threats for speaking out. Yet as ever more evidence of corruption & crime is revealed, the leader of the opposition is silent
Of course, @theresa_may is silent. Her own minister & political secretary have been shown to be knee deep in electoral crimes. It's been reported she blocked an investigation into @arron_banks. She pursues power at all costs. What's your excuse @jeremycorbyn?
Very disappointed by this. I asked @BBC for a right to reply to counter the very serious allegations made about me in a live interview with @arron_banks last Sunday. This is @bbc's response.
Interested to hear if media lawyers/editors have a view on this. This is mine.
I don't believe the public interest is served by allowing @arron_banks' lies to stand. I don't believe it's good journalism. And I'm surprised the BBC should rely on such a narrow legal defence that - lawyers help me out - I don't think is even valid
Yoo hoo, Arron! You've made the @guardian's new podcast. Come & join @GuardianAnushka as I talk her through the nearly 2 years I've spent reporting on @arron_banks. Spoiler: may contain Russian accents
..until last night's great piece on @bbcnewsnight by @johnsweeneyroar. Banks handed over docs to BBC that included email stating "redact all references to Ural Properties". Note: we knew NOTHING at all about Ural Properties. Спасибо, Mr Banks!
Ohmygod. Caught up with @BBCNewsnight on @arron_banks. Banks released financial statements to @bbc to "clear his name". Including email that says "Redact the reference for Ural Properties". A company with a Russian name. Based in a secrecy jurisdiction, @johnsweeneyroar notes..
To be clear, what is is amazing about this is that all of us @arron_banks watchers had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA about the involvement any company called Ural Properties. The own goalness of this is off the scales. Chapeau, Arron. And thank you
She’ll hate the photo but tough. The day after Robert Mercer first threatened to sue us,I discovered his lawyers also represented Rosneft & Gazprom. ‘How does that feel?’ I asked her. ‘To take on Putin’s lawyers?’ She rubbed her hands together, ‘LOVE a battle.’
She’ll probably try & make me delete that tweet on legal grounds, FYI. But - yoo hoo millionaires! - I’m freelance & these tweets represent my views only. Plus I live in a council estate. So. There is literally no point in coming after me. Do your worst. (Hi Jim Mellon! *waves*)
Ah-ha! Was wondering who this Angus Grossart is who Putin has awarded the Pushkin Medal to...and of course! It's the man who hosted Steve Bannon at his super-secret Scottish think tank last autumn...Remember: when he was here visiting Gove, Rees-Mogg, Farage et al
But you say, everyone invites the alt right's favourite white nationalist Steve Bannon to events in Scotland. Even the @bbc. And you'd be right. But it's a curious connection...
Quick recap what else Russian embassy is up to today: attacking UK government & tagging in complaints about coverage of "electoral meddling" to @guardian@bbcrussian & a whole host of other news orgs...
This is from 16 months ago. California resident @klickedy found this - now deleted - photo on her local congressman Dana Rohrabacher's Facebook page. Which opened up a new wormhole of the many weird & wonderful connections between Putin, Rohrabacher & Nige....
This was first thread from way back when which sets down a few of the connections...
Yoo hoo @nigel_farage! It's "new caller Claire from Ashford here". You let me on to talk about patriotism & British laws. But hung up when I asked how that applied to @arron_banks. What's going on m8?
Instead you send me this billet doux. You're "talk" radio, remember. Yet you won't give me an interview. Won't talk to me on air. Won't answer questions on the FIVE yes FIVE serious & criminal investigations going on into the man who funded your campaign..
..you call me, what was it, oh yes "a ranting conspiracy theorist". But I think you may have overlooked the 2 NCA investigations into @arron_banks, the one by the Met police, the ICO, the FCA...and now MUELLER! I know it's not Guido but some details below
OMG. It's nearly midnight & there's still huge nuggets of information dropping all over the place. A director of an @arron_banks company - his private intelligence outfit manned by South African spooks - is a Manafort associate who Senate Intel committee want to question. Wtf?!?
This is slightly blowing my mind. @arron_banks....this long-time associate of Paul Manafort became a director of your company Precision Risks in July this year?? What? How? Through Bannon?!? Or what?
(huge h/t @vanessafrank3 & @Ian_Fraser)
This is another of the directors, Kobus Coetzee. Who - as luck would have it - I just posted about hanging out with @afneil & mentioned in same breath as Russian ambassador
...& well done @satriano & @nickconfessore for finding that out. I'm assuming passed on by @RepAdamSchiff on Senate Intel Committee?? So, here's the question. Will Britain now FINALLY wake up to Brexit-Trump-Russia overlaps??
@afneil Oh darling. You're just one or ten steps behind on this story. I know it's complicated & it's the internet but try & keep up. The work was invoiced to UKIP not LeaveEU. But @arron_banks paid for it as confirmed by UKIP.
@afneil@Arron_banks ....and that investigation into UKIP is still ongoing because it's refused to co-operate with the ICO. But I'm glad you're paying attention because let's look at a few other facts...
Dear @channel4news, it's one thing not crediting me or @ObserverUK - ever -for the months & months of work we handed over to you. But @arron_banks is going to be VERY disappointed that you just broadcasted his tweet & whitewashed me from the "grand data conspiracy" too...
C'mon now, @Channel4News. Wiping crazy @carolecadwalla from history is one thing. But @ObserverUK has underpinned every single thing you've done on this story & the investigation that you called "unprecedented in time, scale & complexity" which led your bulletin with this evening
UPDATE: So as @arron_banks, the biggest funder of the Brexit campaign, is found guilty today of data crimes & a full audit of his companies is ordered, let's update the list of crimes committed during the referendum &/or under investigation... theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/n…
1/ So many crimes to choose from! But let's start with latest. Banks fined £135,000 today for breaking data protection laws. Note: potentially much bigger news to come. Really explosive stuff hidden here: that Banks used insurance data for @nigel_farage's LeaveEU campaign
2/ And then there's last week's news. That the National Crime Agency is investigating Banks on suspicion of committing "multiple criminal offences". Huge question mark over funding of LeaveEU campaign & whether it was "permissible" or from foreign sources theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/n…
Last week @arron_banks referred to NCA, today he’ll be found guilty of data crimes, leak suggests. I’m interested in the leak, tho. Has it come direct from Banks? He used to channel his ‘leaks’ through Guido but looks like Buzzfeed now his outlet of choice buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/…
But this leak has come from @arron_banks. Buzzfeed has no other details from ICO report out this morning. Only that which relates to Banks. So this is @arron_banks’ PR machine in operation dropping spoiler ahead of report & looks to me like @buzzfeeduk doing his dirty work
So...the biggest data protection investigation EVER reports tomorrow. ICO's groundbreaking work on use of data in political campaigning, including the referendum. Cambridge Analytica. AIQ. @arron_banks' Eldon Insurance. All the greats & a whole load more I expect. 🔥🔥🔥
Catch up on background here. This was from when the interim report was published in July & we found out Cambridge Analytica's servers had been accessed from Russia. Denham had just returned from US where she was helping the FBI with their inquiries.... theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/j…
And we reported this back in April. @arron_banks was so furious about this article that we got a stiff letter from the lawyers who've now sacked him. But we know ICO was looking at data crossovers between Banks' insurance business & his political work.. theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Part of the problem of the continuing bad & inadequate coverage of story has been due to Westminster bubble mentality. Really important to bear in mind @arron_banks & @nigel_farage have multiple relationships that link to what's going on in Mueller's inquiry.
This is new. When a sexual abuse scandal at Banks' old school & headmaster jailed, this was his response
The @bbc gave Banks this platform & headline without asking a single question about what parliament has established are lies he told about his relationship with Russia. And now I hear he plans to launch another personal attack on me today in relation to this story. A few notes
1/Banks & Wigmore have not been held to account for these lies. They were belligerent to MPs & walked out of parliament. This is their interim report. Says they was contacted by '3 individuals' who had emails containing info about Banks & Wigmore's relations with Russian embassy
Instead of responding to simple public interest qs about their r'ship with Russian ambassador & why he introduced them to potential business deals, they repeatedly spread lies about @peterjukes & myself. Having dodged questions on #Marr, they have now promised more smears today