8th December 2016
The world of Public Relations is a strange, unusual realm, where the task of turning hot, steaming cowpats into objects of desire is a difficult business. A trade where threats of libel are plucked from the air and thrown around like confetti by its inhabitants.
Often, when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is, the threats are never followed up and recede, disappearing back into the ether where they originated.
And talking of hollow libel threats, here’s Imran “Imi” Ahmed…
…reputed to be the source of a prominent #FakeNews storyline which occupied the mainstream media all through the summer of 2016. It concerned #Brickgate – or the trivial matter of a smashed communal stairwell window in Wallasey (not Liverpool), which didn’t really achieve a great deal ultimately because Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as Labour leader with an increased majority, despite the mendacious slurs crayoned in banner headlines across the newspapers.
Saying that, we don’t want to minimise its impact too much. It did serve the very useful purpose of outing all those frightfully busy London-bound columnists who jumped to the conclusion that Wallasey was a suburb of Liverpool, without bothering to check.
The fact that there are 2 miles of sparkling water (the River Mersey – pronounced “M-i-r-r-z-e-e”) separating the two locations never intruded on their loose, rather unpatriotic grasp of their home nation’s northern geography.
Anyway, back to the libel threat, or ‘insinuation’ in this case. It didn’t seem to be directed towards the fine folk at Wirral In It Together, but towards @Fitzy_blue – a fellow Wirral-based blogger who is very popular on Twitter:
We are uncertain as to which ‘lie’ Imran is referring to here and if you’re reading this Imran, we’d like further clarification on that.
Presumably he means some anonymous person in the Twittersphere has told a lie about Angela Eagle, @Fitzy_blue has repeated it and is now in line to receive a libel writ originating from the people who control Imran’s movements, actions and utterances at Labour Party HQ or the NEC. This will thud onto @Fitzy_blue’s doormat very, very quickly.
Or will it?
Probably not. In fact, definitely not. Why? Because the last thing Angela Eagle would want is a forensic, detailed, official analysis into the relentless shit stirring that’s gone on since 24th June 2016. Moreover, as constituents of Angela’s, we’ve been watching her movements, actions and utterances very closely, and we know precisely what she’s up to.
Angela’s been very careful to ensure that her name is never stamped upon any official action which may come back to bite her and seriously damage her position (some would say her career) at some unknown future date.
Hence, she has co-opted 17 alleged ‘whistleblowers’ (possibly fewer now if the rumours are correct that people are dropping like flies with serious misgivings) who’ve got their story straight, are backed by Iain McNicol at the NEC and are putting their own reputations (rather than Angela’s) on the line to make sure that the charges of homophobia, bullying and intimidation hit home.
The other very telling aspect to this is how the stories we’ve been reading in our newspapers have little basis in fact. It’s unregulated newspapers doing what unregulated newspapers do, i.e. telling tales, smearing, sowing seeds of doubt, manipulating public opinion, relying upon hearsay, innuendo and opinion…then checking their plummeting sales figures when no-ones looking for any upward movement.
We at Wirral In It Together have a discerning, probing mind and we smelled a rat on 12th July 2016 when it became clear that a stairwell window was being falsely misrepresented as an “office window” – and not just any old office window – our MP’s office window.
We visited the site and quickly saw for certain that it wasn’t Angela Eagle’s office window that was broken. We were then left to ponder … how did we see the ruse immediately yet numerous professional journalists, photographers, the local Police and Crime Commissioner and numerous Labour councillors failed to spot it? Did they have an undeclared hidden agenda, an ulterior motive? Quite possibly.
Upon reading the papers, listening to the radio, watching the TV, we swiftly concluded that all was not what it seemed, and somebody – probably an anonymous PR person – had been ‘very busy’.
Imran, are you still reading this?
You’ve had the good sense to follow us on Twitter so we’re now in touch. Please answer the following questions:
- Were you called to attend the scene on 12th July 2016?
- Did you attend the scene on 12th July 2016?
- Did you inform the press-pack that a brick had damaged “Angela Eagle’s Constituency Office Window” or words to that effect? (If you did it was highly-irresponsible and a foreseeable, avoidable, calculated falsehood)
- Have you read and digested the latest Merseyside Police Statement, sent in response to our FOI request?
- Do you agree with the police that there was never any conclusive evidence to suggest that the window was broken by a brick, although a brick was found at the scene?
- The public waited 5 months for this information. Do you agree with the Merseyside Police decision not to release it immediately to ‘protect the integrity of the investigation’?
- Do you agree with Wirral In It Together that Angela Eagle’s real constituency office (around the corner of the building at the rear) was never attacked?
Thanks Imran. If the police continue to withhold the requested information, your answers to the above points would prevent me having to take the issues to First Tier Information Tribunal in Vernon Street, Liverpool.
Your intervention would save us a few bob in public money, the kind of cash that gets forked out to cover the tribunal’s administration costs, staff salaries and the remuneration of the judge and the two panel members for a day’s hearing. Which adds up to a fair few quid.
It’s now in your gift Imran to discharge your public duty and act in the public interest.