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Post by Rogue-a-Tory on 15.09.17 9:51

@aquila wrote:
@hogwash wrote:
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@hogwash wrote:Is that what the Contempt of Court was about then aquila, the leaflets?
I think you may have posted on the wrong thread. You've been on this forum for long enough to have read the reasons why Tony was taken to court.

Yes I have and I thought it was because Tony had agreed not to publish allegations linking the McCanns to Madeleine's disappearance, but he then wrote to the Prime Minister and Home Office which he published on the internet.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21534603

Nothing to do with the leaflets. But I was just checking with you that it wasn't just a cheap shot on your part to show your moral highground, that's all.

But thanks again for your help, as always, and be sure never to accept a position as moderator.
Hogwash, you know that it was the leaflet drop in Rothley that caused the McCanns to arm lawyers to silence Tony Bennett and he accepted the terms of shut up or be sued because he had no means. I personally think dropping leaflets in Rothley was a bad thing to do.

As for your comment 'be sure never to accept a position of moderator', I have no words as I don't understand what you are getting at.

I'm leaving the forum today - your comment gave me a lightning moment that anyone with an opinion is open to abuse - and before I go I'll make it very clear that I dislike comments such as yours. I'm not doing announce and flounce. You'll not find me on other fora or blogs so no need to bother your head.

God Bless Madeleine McCann.
Apologies for the off-topic, rare probably exclusive for me. But I hope you reconsider your decision Aquila as I for one have always values your views and opinions.
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Re: Bell Pottinger accused of orchestrating 'fake news'

Post by BlueBag on 15.09.17 11:02

@hogwash wrote:
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@hogwash wrote:Is that what the Contempt of Court was about then aquila, the leaflets?
I think you may have posted on the wrong thread. You've been on this forum for long enough to have read the reasons why Tony was taken to court.

Yes I have and I thought it was because Tony had agreed not to publish allegations linking the McCanns to Madeleine's disappearance, but he then wrote to the Prime Minister and Home Office which he published on the internet.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-21534603

Nothing to do with the leaflets. But I was just checking with you that it wasn't just a cheap shot on your part to show your moral highground, that's all.

But thanks again for your help, as always, and be sure never to accept a position as moderator.
Nit picking.

Come back aquila and rise above it.
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Post by JimbobJones on 15.09.17 11:52

As I see it Bell Pottinger were being paid by the Cabal of insane "Project for the New American Century" NeoCons, and in turn paying people to make the fake Iraqi car bomb videos, and the fake hostage decapitation videos.  Setting a fake ball rolling that turns real. Can you stoop lower than that?

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 15.09.17 11:53

Bell Pottinger - Fake news = lies
Clarence Mitchell - proven liar
Tracey Kandohla for the Sun - 10 years of outright lies and disinformation
Witnesses in the Portugese court case - several of them proven liars

Who has been organising this ?
And why ?
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Post by Keitei on 15.09.17 12:43

Whatever it is, it has to be something shocking, so shocking that it would create a public outrage.

When the finest police force in the land have been made to look both incompetent and fumbling liars, all for the sake of 2 doctors, both proven liars themselves, it has to be something big, huge.

It's so big that a little girl has gotten lost in this sham & those who should care about her, don't.  mad

Bell Pottinger have no morals & that goes for all those involved in wicked lies and deceit, many of whom have had the audacity to call Sr. Amaral a "disgraced cop"  You couldn't make this up.

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Re: Bell Pottinger accused of orchestrating 'fake news'

Post by Rogue-a-Tory on 15.09.17 14:48

@Keitei wrote:Whatever it is, it has to be something shocking, so shocking that it would create a public outrage.

When the finest police force in the land have been made to look both incompetent and fumbling liars, all for the sake of 2 doctors, both proven liars themselves, it has to be something big, huge.

It's so big that a little girl has gotten lost in this sham & those who should care about her, don't.  mad

Bell Pottinger have no morals & that goes for all those involved in wicked lies and deceit, many of whom have had the audacity to call Sr. Amaral a "disgraced cop"  You couldn't make this up.
More than public outrage, I think it threatens the government and associated agencies of the country.
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Post by Keitei on 15.09.17 15:33

Yes, that too Rogue-a-Tory!

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Post by willowthewisp on 15.09.17 17:26

@Get'emGonçalo wrote:Bell Pottinger - Fake news = lies
Clarence Mitchell - proven liar
Tracey Kandohla for the Sun - 10 years of outright lies and disinformation
Witnesses in the Portugese court case - several of them proven liars

Who has been organising this ?
And why ?
Add in Four Prime Ministers?
Various Home Secretaries,MI5/6?
Various UK Police Forces?
Add in the"Elephant" in the room No one wants to discuss?
Makes you think that the"Establishment"wants to keep hidden from society,aka,Lord Denning,"Profumo Affair 2064" and nefarious Government involvement to Cover Up their close relationships to Gangsters,Procurement of clientele for the elite in Society, or perhaps those "Loveable rogues" where being misunderstood due to the background they were being brought up in?
You know the same films that "Glorified"the violence but paid little attention to who were paying them not to Terrorise them,(Protection rackets)do you think the business proprietors never added a mark up to the residents?

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Post by Verdi on 15.09.17 20:27

Excuse the slight digression - it is however relating to the corrupt world of PR gurus and related matters, i.e the people they represent and associate with.

Jailed paedophile publicist Max Clifford sues Murdochs over £1m phone hacking settlement

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/05/02/jailed-paedophile-publicist-max-clifford-sues-murdochs-1m-phone/
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Unanswered Prayers

Vanity Fair - January 2008

After three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared on a family vacation in Portugal, her parents pursued a high-stakes strategy: media saturation. It succeeded beyond their wildest imaginings—winning the aid of everyone from J. K. Rowling to the Pope—and failed miserably. Getting the first in-depth interview with Gerry McCann since he and his wife, Kate, were declared suspects, the author re-traces their footsteps to their daughter’s empty bed.

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It is part of the odd dynamic of this story that when I phone Sally Eveleigh, Murat’s cousin, who also lives in Praia da Luz, her first remark is that she cannot utter a syllable about Murat without the O.K. of her British press agent, the famously rambunctious Max Clifford. And when his blessing is secured, her second is: “Wonderful, darling, see you shortly. Robert can’t talk to you, because he’s an arguido. But we’ll have a bit of a party, won’t we?”

When I arrive at her massive house, lined with rosy tile and Moroccan rugs, Sally greets me in floor-length blue voile trimmed with pretty stones. And the party includes Murat: five feet 10 inches, dark-haired, wearing beige trousers, serving us tea, wine, and cigarettes.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2008/02/mccanns200802

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Post by Verdi on 15.09.17 20:55

Whilst on the subject, which I was..

Clarence Mitchell

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Clarence Mitchell has more than 30 years of communications, senior level engagement and government relations experience gained at the highest levels of the UK media, HMG Civil Service, the Conservative Party and, latterly, public relations.
As a network agency Managing Director, he has provided strategic C-suite counsel to a wide range of governmental, corporate and personal clients, with his particular specialisms in media relations, public affairs, international reputation and crisis management, stakeholder engagement and media training.

His public affairs clients have included the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Government of Iceland, Microsoft, Bank of America, Lloyds Banking Group, Heineken, Hewlett Packard and Costa Cruises.

Within his crisis management portfolio, Clarence provided strategic counsel to Costa’s Chairman and CEO during the Costa Concordia cruise liner disaster in Italy in January 2012. He also chaired a seminar on UK police-media relations post Leveson for the Metropolitan Police Senior Leadership Group, co-presenting with the Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Prior to his move into public relations, as a senior civil servant, he was Director of the Government’s Media Monitoring Unit, based within the Cabinet Office, leading a 30-strong team of Information Officers advising No 10 Downing Street and all of the major Departments of State on how best to respond to the 24/7 news agenda. He was seconded to the Foreign Office in 2007 to assist the McCann family with media handling following the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine in Portugal.

For the Conservative Party, Clarence was Head of Election Media Monitoring, based at Conservative Campaign HQ, during the 2010 UK General Election campaign, before later becoming a Conservative Parliamentary candidate, fighting the Brighton Pavilion seat during the 2015 General Election campaign.

Previously, as a senior journalist, he was an on-air BBC News Correspondent, Royal Correspondent, Political Correspondent and Presenter during a 20-year career with the Corporation, and prior to that a UK national and local newspaper correspondent, including his first reporting role on the Hendon & Finchley Times where he covered his local MP Margaret Thatcher.

http://www.jbp.co.uk/about/clarence-mitchell
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UK government agency to monitor blogs


August 2007

The COI, the UK government’s communications agency, is working on a way to monitor what people say about policy on blogs and internet forums for the media briefings it sends to ministers.

A project by the COI’s Media Monitoring Unit is considering how to add blogs to its regular summaries of government coverage in mainstream press or television. The summaries are used across Whitehall from ministers to departmental communications teams, often as an early warning service on issues rising up the public’s agenda.

The blog project was in part prompted by departments’ concerns at being caught unawares by debates spread on the web. It reflects the growing media profile of the format and the fact some individual bloggers are moving from niche self-publishers to establishment opinion-formers. Clarence Mitchell, director of the MMU, said though there was debate about the objectivity of some bloggers, several were taken increasingly seriously within government. Mr Mitchell said: “There’s a whole level of debate taking place online which simply didn’t exist before and departments feel they need to be fully engaged in that.”

He insisted any future service by the unit would not intervene in monitored blogs. However individual departments which took any service might choose to reply directly to bloggers’ criticisms – as they would any commentator – or address points through general media statements. Pilot studies have looked at pensioners’ online reactions to a recent budget and internet opinions on counter-terrorism measures.

They have tracked web traffic generated as well as the tone of discussions. The blog monitoring would need a sufficient number of individual government departments to agree to cover the extra costs involved. If this happened, MMU estimates a service could operate by the end of the year.

A growing number of companies already monitor blogs in sectors such as technology where online product reviewers can be highly influential. Universal McCann, the media buyer, recently estimated that more than 50 per cent of UK respondents to an online survey said they had read a blog within the last six months and about 20 per cent had posted comments on their own.

The media buyer said this lagged far behind China and south Korea where blogging – mostly devoid of politics in China – was more widespread, and less likely to be seen as self-interested as it is in the west. The vast majority of blogs in the UK and the US are abandoned after a relatively short period of time or read by only a handful of friends or contacts.

[Articles reproduced in the interest of research and study purposes only]
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I make no apologies for including this in the thread  smilie .

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 16.09.17 8:43

The socialite who fell to earth: Stupendously rich after divorcing a billionaire, Heather Kerzner led a gilded life... then Fergie introduced her to the now shamed PR firm Bell Pottinger and it all started going wrong
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Post by Verdi on 16.09.17 12:49

Considering Lord Bell's past close relationship with Margaret Thatcher, I wonder how far Bell Pottinger was entangled with Sir Mark Thatcher and his dodgy dealings over the years - particularly when he was residing in South Africa.

Thatcher spends his entire life on the run, he's been exiled from almost every country he's laid his head.  I believe he has now found refuge on the coast of Southern Spain, popularly known as the Costa del Crime - he should fit in nicely!

I believe this wealthy powerful global consortium is unfathomable.  Holes are plugged faster than they appear - indeed, in these days of electronic communication, scandal hits the headlines every day so today's exclusive is tomorrow's bog paper.

Clever that innit..

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Post by willowthewisp on 16.09.17 14:04

@Verdi wrote:Considering Lord Bell's past close relationship with Margaret Thatcher, I wonder how far Bell Pottinger was entangled with Sir Mark Thatcher and his dodgy dealings over the years - particularly when he was residing in South Africa.

Thatcher spends his entire life on the run, he's been exiled from almost every country he's laid his head.  I believe he has now found refuge on the coast of Southern Spain, popularly known as the Costa del Crime - he should fit in nicely!

I believe this wealthy powerful global consortium is unfathomable.  Holes are plugged faster than they appear - indeed, in these days of electronic communication, scandal hits the headlines every day so today's exclusive is tomorrow's bog paper.

Clever that innit..
Hi Verdi,Not forgetting those Saudia Arabia,BAE requirements,eh Mark,Matrix churchill,special licences eh Kenneth and your Three chums to formally Prosecute the Directors of whom you had told it was Okay to sign these deals?
AC/DC"Dirty deeds and there Done Dirt Cheap"but not in that case,Mr Teflon Baker?

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Post by aquila on 18.09.17 14:59

I saw this article published in the Independent posted by someone on Twitter today.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. This article speaks of morality, indeed it ends with a moral rhetorical question (how like the USA we have become methinks) speaks of being caught up in a large organisation, losing scruples, having no power etc.

Have a read of this article and see what you think. I know what I think of it.

Here is the link

I used to work at Bell Pottinger – so I can tell you why good people end up doing immoral things in lobbying
I’ve heard firsthand from a former lobbying industry executive of repressive Middle Eastern governments personally bribing British journalists; of 'war rooms' pumping out made-up blogs and social media postings spreading fake news. Spray luminol across London’s major PR houses, and you’ll see similar blood spatters
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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 18.09.17 20:46

Now, from the horses mouth - we can see EXACTLY who has been manipulating this whole saga.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/bell-pottinger-pr-scandal-lobbying-government-journalists-fake-news-good-people-immoral-a7952706.html


Bell Pottinger’s downfall has dominated headlines for months, but I’ll rehearse the key details here briefly. They ran a social media campaign on behalf of Oakbay, who were paying the firm £100,000 a month. In return for this pant-droppingly huge amount, Bell Pottinger created dummy Facebook accounts that stirred up hatred against “white monopoly capital” in a nation where the memory of racial violence is as red-raw as a freshly inked tattoo. It was a venal, despicable thing to do. But having worked in the industry, I can understand how it happened.


Dummy Facebook accounts ?  Now there’s a thought.


What have the other PR houses said of Bell Pottinger’s demise, after all? Nothing. Their silence resembles the quiet whir a cash machine makes before dispensing notes: to speak out would risk shining the spotlight on their own activities – and besides, they’re too busy wining and dining Bell Pottinger’s former clients! (It’ll be steak for supper at many PR firms this autumn.)



Bell Pottinger wasn't exceptional, and this probably isn’t even the worst thing they did. It’s important to remember that the only reason Bell Pottinger was undone was because of the work of the South African opposition party to expose them. Without that, Bell Pottinger would still be free to represent the Oscar Pistoriuses of this world. And they’d be in good company. Similarly reprehensible practices are widespread at firms across London.

I’ve heard firsthand from a former lobbying industry executive (at a different firm) of repressive Middle Eastern governments personally bribing British journalists to look favourably on their activities; of “war rooms” pumping out made-up blogs and social media postings spreading fake news. Spray luminol across London’s major PR houses, and you’ll see similar blood spatters.
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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 18.09.17 22:41

re:   What have the other PR houses said of Bell Pottinger’s demise, after all? Nothing. Their silence resembles the quiet whir a cash machine makes before dispensing notes: to speak out would risk shining the spotlight on their own activities.

Does this not bring to mind the similar deafening silence of the British TV and print media when SKY News outed and hounded to death vulnerable, single, lonely divorcee Brenda Leyland?
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Post by aquila on 19.09.17 11:10

So, a major PR company is sent into administration for immoral business practice (a paradox) and other major PR companies are huddling around a cauldron to bid for BP's client list (that sounds about right).

What will NOT happen is any form of public report on an audit of BP's financial accounting.

Here is the one most important thing that will NEVER be exposed.

Bell Pottinger's FULL client account list.

Despite the withdrawal of major client companies and a small ripple in the finances of senior people, there will be a huge hush about the activities of Bell Pottinger. Perhaps mentioning the McCanns at the Leveson Inquiry was a shot across the bows of whoever actually suggested/funded and directed the media strategy. I can only wonder.

For the McCanns to be included on the 'published' client list is strange to say the least. After all, £500k is a drop in the ocean compared with a major client.

Bell Pottinger may have gone belly up but their chiefs of staff are safe because Bell Pottinger have been paid to lie by people who would rather not let anyone know.

I haven't the faintest idea how big business/finance operates but I'm fairly certain that it's doubtful BP's 'demise' for want of a better word will uncover anything - especially where Madeleine McCann is concerned.

Lord Bell said the McCanns paid £500k to keep them on the front pages of the newspapers for a year. I doubt anyone will ever see proof of that fact because proof would include invoices and proof of payment.

It's my opinion that the key to the never ending farce of finding justice for Madeleine McCann lies in an elementary and basic truth such as invoicing and payment, who initiated the services of Bell Pottinger and the very dirty campaign which resulted in the hounding and resultant death of Brenda Leyland.

How many press releases were acted upon by Bell Pottinger? How much money was made by the Press? How many dirty secrets remain hidden?

But hey what do I know! I'm just an ordinary person who questions these things - ordinary enough to know that these people have so much dirt on each other that the death of a little three year old girl is collateral damage. Why, the article in the independent almost, almost, explained it but didn't actually have the courage to say 'we at the Independent forge relationships with PR companies' but preferred some moral rhetoric that maybe PR companies ought to be a bit more....honest!!!
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Post by Verdi on 19.09.17 12:14

@aquila wrote:
For the McCanns to be included on the 'published' client list is strange to say the least. After all, £500k is a drop in the ocean compared with a major client.
It seems to me the UK media will jump on any opportunity to introduce the name McCann, no matter what the subject.

If Bell Pottinger did truthfully get paid half a million to keep the McCanns on the front pages, it's not illegal - immoral maybe but not illegal.  Lord Bell and his conglomerate have got more serious matters to conceal than taking a few quid off the McCanns.

As I said recently, the name McCann always looks so out of place when listed amidst the worlds roguery - or heroism.

BTW:  Excellent post.

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Post by aquila on 19.09.17 12:36

@Verdi wrote:
@aquila wrote:
For the McCanns to be included on the 'published' client list is strange to say the least. After all, £500k is a drop in the ocean compared with a major client.
It seems to me the UK media will jump on any opportunity to introduce the name McCann, no matter what the subject.

If Bell Pottinger did truthfully get paid half a million to keep the McCanns on the front pages, it's not illegal - immoral maybe but not illegal.  Lord Bell and his conglomerate have got more serious matters to conceal than taking a few quid off the McCanns.

As I said recently, the name McCann always looks so out of place when listed amidst the worlds roguery - or heroism.

BTW:  Excellent post.
Well you can't escape Lord Bell's quote and you can't escape the Leveson Inquiry which resulted in....absolutely nothing - and made a storm in a teacup look like a tsunami or was it the other way round, it's hard to tell. Who can forget that incredible moment when Leveson faced the Press, didn't declare his findings, left a dossier and buggered off to Australia for some pre-arranged appointment. That was truly astounding.
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Post by aquila on 19.09.17 12:54

What is very apparent to me is the public distancing/outrage of major brands who don't wish to tarnish their doorsteps with anything that is vaguely corrupt and in this case a PR company who allegedly used something remotely racial in a poor country (South Africa isn't poor - it's corrupt but not poor).

These would be the same conglomerates that use people in really poor countries at cheap rates to manufacture their goods/operate their call centres/operate zero hours contracts in first world countries and pay little to no reasonable tax anywhere. These people rape the world and PR companies enable them to do that.

There will be no comeback on these people. They will continue to work in their circles of influence.
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Post by aquila on 19.09.17 13:32

So, someone tell me why the McCanns were invited and attended the Leveson Inquiry and spoke under oath as an alleged client of Bell Pottinger, an inquiry that resulted in bugger all, an inquiry that cost millions, an inquiry that included the McCanns speaking on oath.

I wish someone could explain it because I haven't a clue what it was all about and I watched it live on TV.
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Post by Cmaryholmes on 20.09.17 9:11

@aquila wrote:So, someone tell me why the McCanns were invited and attended the Leveson Inquiry and spoke under oath as an alleged client of Bell Pottinger, an inquiry that resulted in bugger all, an inquiry that cost millions, an inquiry that included the McCanns speaking on oath.

I wish someone could explain it because I haven't a clue what it was all about and I watched it live on TV.
Like most inquiries (in my opinion) the purpose was to provide lucrative employment for the lawyer class, while at the same time creating the illusion that the powers that be  want the media to be open, fair and honest. Two birds with one expensive stone.

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Post by willowthewisp on 20.09.17 14:44

Hi,Cmaryholmes,thanks for your post,as you state "Leveson Inquiry" another expensive charade of how Politician's over the years have failed the Public in their duties as MP's,Lords,Dames etc,took the buck for so little bang?

Corruption can only exist and expand if it is allowed to procure, if there is No Political Will to deal with difficult interceptions needed to contain malpractices carried out in the first place,"Monkey see,Monkey(Do) Follow"?
Bell -Pottinger associated to Mrs Thatcher and the shenanigans of her Government,Lord Whitelaw,"everyone needs a Willie" Saville?
Perhaps the likes of Bell-Pottinger have always existed but under a different guise within MI5/6,there to assist in covering up certain traints,trysts that needed to be covered up from the public gaze from the NoTW,Sunday people, 1960's Gangsters supplying clientele for the elite etc?
How come the UK Government remain so quiet on Bell-Pottinger,with all these allegations of"Fake news",Glaido style operations throughout the World,clearly racist dishonesty in South Africa,whilst our foreign Secretary,Bojo does nothing to prevent Human beings being tortured,burnt from their Homes,Rohinga people.  Yet he is in the News once again spouting deceitful figures to the world press on Brexit issues,which have *uck all to do with him,another jumped up dangerous Eton mess byproduct,also has the time and inclination to follow the Storms in Barbados,granting over 32 Million pounds in the rebuilding of the once Colonial colony,Richard Branson,NHS Contracts,social Care Homes? 
Anyone would think that the Human race only exists to promote the "well being of the upper echelons in Society" that the rest of the Universe below a certain criteria are but "cannon Fodder"surplus to their requirements and always will be if we keep enough of them down trodden,get the picture,650 MP's800 Lords,Ladies paid for by,Sixty Six Million people?
What do you mean,that you cannot live on£68.00 per wk benefits,whilst they claim over£300 per day,geddit?

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Post by Get'emGonçalo on 21.09.17 14:42

This one stands re-reading from the BS Bureau

Saturday, 8 April 2017


Part Three - What a Coincidence!



The Name of the Game


Reputation Management, broadly, is the defence of a business against  intangible threat rather than   material hazards such as accidents, internal fraud, acts of violence and so on. Reputational  threats can be derivatives or second derivatives of such disasters - such as investors’  fears that a company’s reserves might not survive a similar blow in the future, or they can be independent of any material origins, as rumours, founded or unfounded, often are.In all cases the company is forced to deal with degrees of belief and confidence – psychological, not physical matters, demanding specialist skills.
Note that, unlike Crisis Management, which reacts to events, Reputation Management is pre-emptive and activist at all times, penetrating national media on a continuing  basis to influence public and political perceptions of the client. It stinks but it's necessary. It is rarely used  by individuals, however rich. 
The subject is too vast to deal with in detail here and interested readers should look up its origins and development on the net, preferably going further than Wikipedia. What matters to us is that the RM industry exists by systematically  exploiting  the mass media  Gerry McCann had been using, amateurishly but effectively, for his own purposes since May 4. And now here was nice Mr Woolfall to provide him with a crash course on its inner workings for a whole fortnight. Of one thing we can be quite sure – Dr McCann got a great deal more out of  Woolfall than the latter got out of him.

So Very Helpful


It was obviously from Woolfall that  Gerry McCann learned about the absolute necessity for  supposed "spokespeople" to make Reputation Management work.  Without one, or a dozen, such people, RM simply  cannot exist: there has to be a human mechanism that anonymises the source of  "information" - “spin” - being put forward, that distances the client from the propaganda and disguises its real motivation. The mechanism is the  “cut-out valve” spokesperson, whose words can ultimately be disowned  by the client and who can be blamed and paid off if exposed.
The "McCann narrative" often speaks of McCann spokespeople as “taking the load of dealing with the media from the parents’ shoulders”. If you believe that, you'll believe anything. 
Instead, with the exception of Sheree Dodds, the spokespeople were reputation managers – for the McCanns.  Both Mitchell and McGuinness stepped far over the line separating speaking for the couple from identifying with their interests; both got too close to the PJ investigation. McGuinness, so lightweight a personality that she probably needed to avoid strong winds, remains  notorious for her coquettish meddling with the September police interviews. Less publicly noted has been Mitchell’s contributions on like lines – in his first meetings with the McCanns he pushed for the release by the PJ of pictures of the non-existent “bundleman”, for example. That really helped Madeleine, didn't it?
 
Summarily removed from spokesman's role after only three weeks
That was one of the reasons, along with the Papal visit and similar stunts, why he  – the supposed “powerful cover up agent from  the government” – was warned by the Civil Service and then, after only three weeks in the job,  summarily ordered back to London  and never permitted to work with the McCanns again. Only three weeks - it seems he was there much longer, doesn’t it? Yes, because Mitchell, as always, inflated both his contribution, his significance, his value and his role.

So What Were They Doing


According to the McCanns the “fight” and “search” for Madeleine, in which their PR experts joined, was the absolute priority. If that was the case it was a grotesque failure. But is it a credible description of what they were actually doing?
 
Forgotten featherweight
 
The first problem in deciding that question  is the nature of our sources. Gerry McCann provenly   and deliberately misled the British public in his blogs about the police investigation; Kate McCann is a self-confessed liar about it; Clarence Mitchell and Woolfall are hopelessly compromised as people who lie (“spin”) to order and for a living. Going on that record we’re not going to get transparency, are we?
Still, the narrative runs like this: we were overwhelmed by the media, offers of help and advice; we did our best to do what the experts advised us* to and we made up for deficiencies in the PJ investigation with our own innocent attempts to campaign and search for the child.  Then, months later, we found, to our amazement and horror that the PJ might have come to suspect us, the parents of the victim! We were treated like common criminals and made arguidos.  By early September it was obvious that we could do no more for Madeleine in Portugal and we returned to Britain.
Now Kate McCann may be many things but she is not an idiot. Can she possibly  be telling the truth with these claims of total ignorance about the PJ's suspicions until the 8 August?
We have the words of her own book to contradict her.** There is quite another interpretation of those three months - that the aim was always to bypass, find out the details of, attack or attempt to influence the Portuguese police investigation, while protecting their reputation in the UK. And the Fund, the “Campaign”, the “Search”, the financial backing from multi-millionaires, the Control Risk initiative, the employment of a campaign manager and RM person – all these original pillars of the save-the-missing-tot edifice just happened to fit exactly into that  plan. What a coincidence!   

From Small Seeds...


That structure of support for the parents was, by the time of their departure for the UK, ready to be put into practice at an international level: the two celebrated criminal lawyers from Kingsley Napley that Rachael Oldfield had “found” would be meeting them almost as soon as they got off the plane – perhaps to discuss the question of who would be paying their £600+ per hour fees, for it certainly wouldn’t be the McCanns. The power, professionalism and resources first put in place in the name of Madeleine McCann in early May  were now driving a Team McCann capable of  defeating the Portuguese authorities and preparing the way for an eventual grand rehabilitation, as well as the ambush on the investigating detective - to save the parents, not the child. We will deal with the result in the next article.
One of the most famous documents in the whole McCann Affair dealt in its own sweet way with  the return of the couple - the Hanover Communications press release, of which that company were once so proud:
"We helped the McCann family [the parents]deal with the media storm which surrounded them on their return from Portugal in September 2007. From scratch, we created a comprehensive media handling package within six hours which enabled us to handle 850 media calls in the first week. By giving journalists positive stories to report, coverage turned from hostility to the McCanns to sympathy about their ordeal. This campaign won the crisis communication category at the 2008 CIPR awards."

The transformation was complete: that was what the "Campaign for a Missing Child" had become. 
Anyway, here's the  City balance sheet for the period May 3 - September 10.  
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1) The IFLG and McCann established “Fighting Fund” founded in early May, no doubt with the best intentions.  
What did it achieve in this period for the child?
Nothing. Nothing at all. The money and effort, the consciousness-raising and campaigning   produced zilch. No trace of the child or her remains was ever found.
What did it achieve in this period for the parents?
Resources from the fund were used for the benefit of the parents, in travel expenses, for example, and to finance the parents’ reputation management by paying for a full-time employee to act, campaign and, in September, text illicitly from Portimao PJ police headquarters.
The claim by the McCanns that they were “searching” – something they couldn’t have done from their own resources – using fund money provided them with all-embracing cover for anything they wished to do and continues to do so: stay in five star hotels? Yes. Fly around in private jets? Yes. Sue those "damaging the search?" Yes. And so on.
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2) The legal incorporation of the Find Madeleine Fund  by Messrs BWB.
What did this structuring achieve  for the child?
Nothing, nothing at all.
What did it achieve for the parents?
It made it easier for payments to be made by the public and therefore increased the pool of money available.It enabled the fund to be structured in a way that would and did benefit the McCanns financially -  and not just for mortgage payments.
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3) The arrival and employment of Control Risks, the security specialists.
What did their arrival achieve for the child?
Nothing, nothing at all. There was nobody for them to track, no kidnapper to negotiate with, no traces to follow. They could have stayed in the UK.
What did they achieve for the parents?
Within days the company was being used by the parents to take down and go through their police statements, for reasons not yet satisfactorily explained. These were, of course, strictly confidential to the PJ investigation. It is no use saying that the McCanns did not provide written copies of their statements to the police. They did it from recollection which is a clear breach of confidentiality.
A donor, who had offered to pay for Control Risks to help locate the child, ended up paying for these so far unexplained  activities concerning the PJ investigation. Given the secrecy which, when it suits them, the McCanns so delight in, we do not know what else they did for the parents while they were in Portugal.
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4) The establishment of, and training in, media handling methods and structures, enabled initially by Alex Woolfall.  
What did these media efforts achieve for the child?
Nothing, nothing at all.  The media campaign, the “search” campaign, produced no results of any kind, ever.  By interfering in the investigation – see Clarence Mitchell and KM pushing the PJ over the non-existent “bundleman” sighting, see Justine McGuinness giving fictional and anti-police accounts of the arguido interviews – these two PR operators helped affect the outcome of the investigation and overshadowed it. 
What did they achieve for the parents?
Enormous benefits. The McCanns were, for example,  given carte blanche to ration information under the excuse of using a spokesperson to “handle the media load” - see what we described as the "cut-out mechanism" above. During the period when the McCanns claimed not to know that they were suspected by the PJ the media management techniques were used on the broadest scale to feed information to selected journalists in their favour, to smother criticism, to deny facts and to deceive the British public – see the admitted KM lying.
 

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Notes for those interested:  *Doing what they were told?
The claim that the important decisions were usually taken by others and the pair went along with them is not perhaps the wisest line to adopt.
“IFLG “told us” to set up a [the] Fund”; “Alex Woolfall  told us we would have to engage with the media”; “Woolfall told us we would need to engage a spokesperson.”; “…whatever the case, it was suggested to Gerry that we should use Madeleine’s Fund to employ someone to replace Clarence”.
“Hugh  had been brought in by a firm called Control Risks, which was primed to help…”; “By the Sunday evening, we found ourselves [my italics]giving our statements again, this time to a couple of detectives from Control Risks.”
Many other examples of this affected passivity can be found throughout the book, sometimes blurring the lines of responsibility, as in the examples above, at others acting as pre-emptive alibis for actions which the public might question ( “Responsible parenting”, accepting private jet offers, being told to look emotionally blank on TV and all the rest.)
None of these are particularly reprehensible, yet taken together, as any reader of the blog or Madeleine can easily ascertain, they add up to show an intense, obsessional and uninterrupted  awareness of public perception and reputation management –  “Sir Philip Green kindly offered us the use of his private jet. But what would people say?” –  a highly dubious faux naiveté, and, most important, their profound unreliability as witnesses of their own actions. 
** We never dreamed...
Madeleine was generously seeded with Kate McCann’s obliviousness – to the point of idiocy – of the threat from the PJ, just  in case any reader might not be aware that she was reely, reely, shocked to find that they were under suspicion. Examples:
“If 18 July was the date I now identify as a turning point, the following Monday, 23 July, was the day when the warning sirens should have started to sound”[meaning they still hadn’t]; “With hindsight it is clear to me something was going on in Portimão I would never at that time have anticipated”; “Apart from finding little things like this slightly puzzling or exasperating, I hadn’t sensed any profound change in the behaviour of the PJ, or in the direction their investigation was taking”;  “Our attention was focused on the search, and on campaign plans... By 2 August, however, those sirens were wailing so loudly I cannot understand how I missed them. And yet I did. [my italics]
Leaving aside any speculation and the fact that we know that the PJ suspected them early on, we have, first of all, KM’s statement that after thirteen hours (!) questioning at PJ headquarters as early as  May 10 Gerry McCann  had heard Oldfield “shouting and crying” under accusations of complicity in the disappearance.
 
Kate McCann never mentions this again. Are readers supposed to believe that neither she nor Gerry wanted to find out more and never asked Oldfield about it? Not even to ask Oldfield why he was being accused? Not even to say to each other, Jesus Christ, you don’t think it could be Matt, do you? Matt?
We’re expected to believe that when Gerry told her about this nightmare scene KM droned, “that’s interesting dear, now do you want chips or beans?”
Three weeks or so later the German lady at a media conference mentioned gossip that the McCanns were involved. Gerry answered: "I have never heard before that anyone considers us suspects in this. And the Portuguese police certainly don’t."
KM adds “…we were so totally dumbfounded when the tide turned against us two months later. We knew we were innocent, and we believed the PJ knew that too”
She writes “On the evening of 17 June, the Portuguese police were quoted on Sky News as having stated that the crime scene at apartment 5A had been contaminated by us and our friends, and that as a consequence vital evidence had been lost. I was livid.”
So livid that she contacted everyone she could think of with any influence to interfere in the investigation and get the PJ to withdraw and apologise. But not so livid that she thought  that she and the group were under suspicion.
“On Saturday 30 June,” KM writes, “a piece entitled ‘Pact of Silence’, written by journalists Felícia Cabrita and Margarida Davim, appeared in a Portuguese newspaper.” But the penny supposedly still didn’t drop.
“It was on Monday 6 August that the atmosphere changed.” That was after the car had been impounded. She writes, “Again we assumed, at least initially, that this was a procedural measure recommended to the PJ by the British experts.[!] ”
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Post by willowthewisp on 21.09.17 15:10

Hello is that Lord bell,it's Mark Rowley,Assistant Commander of the Metropolitan Police service.
Lord Bell,we'er not taking on New clients!
(MR)I was wondering if it is possible for you to clarify certain testimonies from Leveson,
(LB)who,cannot remember old Bean,been a few years now since the Inquiry,
(MR)well it is on the record so to speak of your Company receiving funding on behalf of the McCann's,News Papers?
(LB)Have you found my Medicine Dear,you know the Saunders pills,ah thats better,who are you do you say,not Sir Bernard Hogan Howe,he had more hair on his pallet,it's Mark Sir?
(LB) You chaps always look the same in your shiny Buttoned Uniforms,a Party you say,when?

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