is what gives the remaining 10% a bad name!
“I have reluctantly called publicly for the resignation of Steve Crowther this weekend. The Amjad Bashir debacle was and is his sole responsibility. We in Yorkshire moved heaven and earth to stop Bashir in February when we found out about his criminal connections. Crowther would simply not listen, he could have been withdrawn from the list with still 8 weeks to go. Crowther put him above Mike Hookem , a trusted long term activist but no. We could have been back to one MEP, after all that hard work and money. This is another foul up in an ever increasing trail, in the interests of UKIP he must go.”
When Godfrey Bloom was first announced as a candidate not only did I find much about him on the internet but was able to confirm my opinion, with a couple of conversations with him, that he would prove near useless as an MEP and a liability for Ukip in the long run.An opinion which I conveyed to Nigel Farage in a conversation about strategy and the weakness of Ukip candidates, not one of whom was of any calliber at the time. Naiively little did I realise just how insecure a leader Nigel Farage was and just how bereft of leadership skills or understanding of the need for detail, structure, strategy and a clear vision.
To this day after 22 years, despite the fact that Ukip has talked the talk of wishing to Leave_The_EU they have under Nigel Farage’s efforts to lead them, never had the vaguest of responsible, ethical EU eXit and survival strategies and Farage has feared having intelligent and competent men and women around him; being all too happy to personally select rejects and failures from other political parties, anyone with a title, be there e’re so dim, and a long string of sycophant nebishes grateful for a job way beyond their abilities.
Yet again I note Steve Crowther comes to the fore as Farage’s servant but no servant of the party – this a man who despite seeking answers can not produce a verifiable CV to back his extravagant claims – a man with no traceable executive roll during well over 30 years. Another David Bannerman would be my guess, with a well presented and much embroidered track record of failure that when eventually exposed will have him rushing back to The Lib.Dims, just as did David Bannerman when exposed as a fraud, having been, dishonestly parachuted into position by Farage, he returned to the Tories.
One is forced to wonder whether Ukip under Nigel Farage, and his team of boot lickers, have the vaguest concept of due dilligence let alone ability to conduct such checks when one looks back on the long list of embarrassments they have had with t he likes of the liar and parasite Mark Croucher; their MEPs Tom Wise and Ashley Mote who wound up in prison; the overt racism and vile anti Islamic stance of Gerard Batten MEP and before him MEP (puppet Leader) Jeffrey Titford’s assistant Tony Bennett; The serial liability of the dishonest and foul mouthed personal ‘intimate’ of Farage’s Annabelle Fuller; her chum the Tory plant Stephen Sobey; The hiring and commercial import of cheap Polish labour (people trafficing by any other name) by Roger Knapmann MEP (puppet Leader) and his family; and a long list of token blacks like Winston McKenzie + Pakistanis & Indians selected for their willingness for Farage to parade them in the clearly racist role of proving Ukip isn’t racist, with no hint of realisation of such hypocricy!.
Clearly Nigel Farage is at his happiest when surrounded by dullards and drunks!
Even the press have picked up this story. More astonishingly still Paul Cahalan was permitted, in part, to publish it, as he regularly is blocked by legal, when trying to publish sound stories about Ukip, with the requirement for ever more proof!:
Ukip knew of Tory defector’s links to convicted kidnapper… BEFORE he became an MEP
- Ukip leader Nigel Farage claims his party ‘begged’ him to drop Amjad Bashir
- But party knew about his links to convicted criminal before he became MEP
- He was allegedly ‘joined at the hip’ to former Ukip spokesman Mujeeb Bhutto
- Mr Bhutto forced to resign after revelation he masterminded kidnapping plot
By Paul Cahalan
Published: 22:19, 31 January 2015 | Updated: 12:52, 1 February 2015
When Amjad Bashir sensationally defected to the Conservatives last week, Ukip leader Nigel Farage claimed his party had been ‘begging’ him to drop the MEP after being ‘increasingly alarmed by his behaviour over the last few months’.
But The Mail on Sunday can reveal the party was warned about his links with a convicted criminal a year ago – months before he was elected to the European Parliament.
Local activists urged Ukip chairman Steve Crowther to investigate claims Mr Bashir ‘was joined at the hip’ to Mujeeb Bhutto – a former Ukip spokesman who was forced to resign from the party when it emerged he had masterminded a £56,000 kidnapping plot in Pakistan.
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Revelation: Ukip knew about Amjad Bashir’s (left) links to alleged kidnapper Mujeeb Bhutto (right) before the Tory defector became an MEP
‘Joined at the hip’: Local activists wanted Ukip to investigate Amjad Bashir (second from right) because of his links to Mujeeb Bhutto, who was forced to resign from Ukip when it emerged he had masterminded a £56,000 kidnapping plot in Pakistan
Party spin Mr Bashir’s defection to the Conservatives last week triggered an immediate damage limitation exercise by Ukip
Leaked emails, seen by The Mail on Sunday, show that Mr Crowther was warned last February that the pair had possibly broken party rules by not admitting Bhutto’s criminal past, and even questioned if they were ‘Conservative plants’.
Despite this, the party selected Mr Bashir as a candidate and he was elected MEP in May.
Mr Bashir’s defection to the Conservatives last week triggered an immediate damage limitation exercise by Ukip, which announced Mr Bashir had been suspended pending an investigation into ‘extremely serious’ allegations.
These included questions over his ‘continued affiliation with Mujeeb Bhutto, despite the party’s protests against Mr Bhutto’s involvement with Mr Bashir or Ukip’, as well as his ‘finances’ and his alleged interference in a candidate selection processes.
Mr Farage even said that MEPs in his party had been ‘begging me to get rid of Bashir in October and November of last year’ and were ‘increasingly alarmed by his behaviour over the last few months’.
Mr Bashir dismissed Ukip’s response as a ‘desperate attempt’ to smear him and insists there is ‘not a shred of truth’ to the claims.Former UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir on Western interference in Iraq
Allegations: Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) claimed his party had been ‘begging’ him to drop Amjad Bashir (left) after being ‘increasingly alarmed by his behaviour over the last few months’
Distanced: Upon Mr Bashir’s (pictured) defection to the Tories, Ukip announced he had been suspended pending an investigation into ‘extremely serious’ allegations
But last night, former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom said the leaked emails revealed the party hierarchy knew there were questions over his conduct well before Mr Bashir was appointed as Ukip candidate for the European Parliament. He added Mr Crowther should resign as he had been ‘dishonest’ in his appointment.Mr Bloom said: ‘I am making no criticism of Ukip or Nigel Farage. This is about one man’s dishonesty. I believe Crowther should resign.’
On February 6, 2014, worried party members wrote to Mr Crowther after Bhutto was unmasked as the boss of a gang who kidnapped a Pakistani businessman’s son in Karachi in 2004. Bhutto was later convicted in the UK.
The email to Mr Crowther said: ‘These two have been joined at the hip from the day they joined the party. Bhutto refers to Amjad as uncle… Amjad must have known Bhutto’s past and his convictions.’
It adds: ‘Why did Amjad not disclose the truth, especially as a senior party member? He must have known.’ Finally it questioned whether the pair were ‘Conservative plants’, after it was revealed Mr Bhutto was formerly a Tory Party member.
Mr Crowther apparently investigated some claims and responded to activists on March 2 saying: ‘As I understand it, Mujeeb Bhutto is not related to Amjad Bashir, but has been involved with him in a business context. Mr Bashir tells me he did not know of Mujeeb’s conviction before I raised it with him. At that point, Mr Bhutto confirmed the facts to him and immediately resigned from the party.’
But Mr Bloom said Mr Crowther’s email showed he was ‘trying to sweep the issue under the carpet’. He said: ‘Crowther knew this man’s criminal associations in February.’
Last night, Mr Crowther had no comment to make.
I note another press version.of this article, probably copied from the one above but differently nuanced:
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It would seem that in response to my comment above regarding Steve Crowther someone has made more effort than I to track his CV and although I had heard some of this the following detail may help.
Unfortunately the author sources his or her information but lacked the integrity to put their name to it, posting anonymously; therefore, though I believe it to be correct I can not verify the detail nor vouch for the research (though I have checked several points and they do stand up):
Although I have found out nothing about Crowther during the 80s other than that he was a press officer for someone, and a trade journalist, he does appear in the record in 1991. At that time he joined Marketing firm Holmes Marchant, who now describe themselves as a brand design consultancy. Crowther was at Holmes Marchant for 10 years, and became a Director of a Subsidiary, Holmes Marchant Communications Limited, from 1995-2000.
In 2000 he left Holmes Marchant, with another H-M director, Fiona Shepherd, and they set up April-Six limited. April Six, a tech marketing company, was sold in 2007 to the Mission Marketing group. By the time it was sold it had 54 staff and Mission paid £9.55M for April Six, with another £9.45M if they performed as well as expected. Given that the crash happened before the second payment I don’t know whether it was paid, but Crowther and Shepherd would have done very well from the first payment, part of which was in H-M shares.
April Six provided consultancy marketing and comms services, to the software, reseller and telecomms industry. No, I don’t know what it means either.
Here’s the information release about the acquisition. Gives a little more detail on what April Six were doing. And from this it looks like the company was owned 50/50 by Crowther and Shepherd.
Also, somewhat bizarrely, he was, for 9 months in 2001, Marketing Director of the Shark Trust, a conservation charity set up to conserve sharks rays and other elasmobranchs in the UK. But he appears to have been a trustee/director, rather than an employee director. Sadly Charities Commission online records don’t go back to 2001 for the Shark Trust which is a pity. If anyone can enlighten me about this episode in the Crowther story, I would appreciate it.
So it seems that Crowther made a small fortune providing marketing services to big players in the software and internet industries during the heady days after the dot com crash and before the credit crunch crash. And he has used his media/marketing nous to great effect, both as a campaigner against wind farms, as well as the brains behind the UKIP project.Incidentally Chief arsonist of the bonfire of the regulations, Cabinet Office Enforcer Francis Maude, was chair of the Mission Marketing Group during the time when its share value literally evaporated (2006-2009). No wonder Crowther has no love for the Tories.
While in the Shadow Cabinet Maude was accused of hypocrisy by promoting a “family-friendly” image while being the non-executive chairman of Jubilee Investment Trust plc, which held 21% of American pornographic actress Jill Kelly’s adult DVD business, and chairman of the Mission Marketing Group, which has advertised for WKD drinks and Playboy. Maude, “who has railed against irresponsible lending by banks and mortgage companies”, was accused of hypocrisy for receiving more than £100,000 as a director of a company that has profited from sub-prime mortgages. His annual salary was £25,000 from 2002 to 2005, for attending around six meetings a year of the company, and £12,000 a year 2006 to 2008. The company went into liquidation in April 2009.
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