Until recently, I’d been a follower and supporter of David Icke for a few years now. That is until issues regarding a lack of transparency were raised by Sonia Poulton in relation to not-really-David’s new TV station The People’s Voice, which, on paper, is run by David’s webmaster, namely Sean Adl-Tabatabai. As an initial supporter of the project, I was quick to allay fears of a lack of transparency from the donation funded project, but as stories of allegations of racism started to emerge along with a complete lack of professionalism and zero communication from the station to its supporters and funders I began to have doubts.
It then became apparent that the ‘not-content-with-£100k-so-we’ve-asked-for-£300k’ station were asking for another £400,000 after being on air for less than a month. Alarm bells began to ring. Initial projections were that £100,000.00 was enough to set up a 24 hour internet TV and radio station, and the extra money raised would provide enhancements to the project and get it over the initial broadcasting period before advertising revenue kicked in. A 7-fold increase in what is actually needed is a mighty big error, don’t you think? That doesn’t account for any monthly or one off donations raised via an interim fundraiser either.
There have been numerous other blunders as well, not being informed enough to know you need an Ofcom license for the station to air being one of them. Sort of throws a spanner in the works. Not knowing how much broadcasting equipment actually costs would be another. Now, I think its fair to say that before you take over a quarter of a million pounds of donated money to launch a TV station, you at least know how much it costs to run such a station and have a fairly solid business plan in place.
The more I heard (or didn’t as the case may be) from TPV, the less I liked it and the more I became aware that those in charge had absolutely no idea what they were doing. Enter Sonia Poulton, with the following Facebook update:
Today I have left The People’s Voice. I didn’t want to. I have put my heart and soul into it but I have become aware that to stay there is very bad for the things I stand for and fight for. I will be issuing a statement soon. Thank you for all the wonderful support. New plans already underway.
Suceeded by the following statement from TPV, later confirmed to be from the man himself (who is apparently just a volunteer and has no say in TPV’s direction) David Icke.
Sonia Poulton has decided to leave The People’s Voice today after threatening to walk out in the middle of a live show if she didn’t get her way. This was the third time that she had threatened to walk out if her view did not prevail and she chose to leave after a discussion about her behaviour during the live show and other matters.
We thank Sonia for her efforts over the last few weeks since The People’s Voice has been on air.
If TPV is going to succeed everyone must work together for the common good and treat each other with equal respect.
Not particularly professional if you ask me. It seems I’m not the only one either, as TPV presenter Barrie Sharpe aired his concerns over the statement, which has led to his show being cancelled. So much for free speech eh David? (Who’s just a volunteer and has no say over TPV’s direction)
This debacle saw my donation to TPV cancelled, and a colossal ban hammer smiting of supporters on DIF who were now asking questions. ‘The People’s Voice Indeed. One quote in particular seemed to cause quite a stir:
Rightfully so too. Definitely not the sort of voice I want speaking for me.
Sonia Poulton responded to David Icke by issuing her own statement, here. What was Icke’s response to these allegations? A completely transparent breakdown of all income and expenditure, or so Icke & Co would have you believe. What we actually got was this:
Department Bank Float I.T./Editing equipment £5,012.41 £781.47 Website (Servers, bandwidth, set-up) £15,150.00 – Repairs/Maintenance £226.61 – Travel – Volunteer £2,069.25 £1,384.79 Travel – Other (Guests and Staff) £2,255.03 £142.11 Accommodation Hotels & Hostels £2,440.14 – Food & Catering £589.09 £211.54 Studio Maintenance £1,055.93 – Office Rent £1,200.00 – Music Licences £1,456.80 – Merchandise £700.00 – General Office Overheads £2,590.34 £228.91 Utilities (Water, gas, electric) £1,407.97 Direct Wages £75,530.54 Video Streaming £18,109.63 Accounting/Book-keeping £1,957.50 Set-Up Costs (Studio equipment) £142,302.64 £365.98 Total £274,053.88 £3,114.80
Everything is so much clearer now. A TV station run by volunteers with only one paid presenter who has monthly wages of over £75,000.00. Where’s the rest of your income? David stated he put his own money in to this, I know I did and that’s not listed either. What about your sponsors and advertisers? You know, these ones, who paid £1000 each after the first campaign?
They seem like a perfectly transparent, donation funded, somehow not for profit, yet in actual fact private ltd company to me.
Then there’s the whole Fear & Clothing issue.
Now, as near as I can gather, an arrangement was made between Fear & Clothing and The People’s Voice for Fear & Clothing to provide promotional wear on behalf of TPV. New designs were made by this company and shown to TPV, who then informed their donators that the merchandise would be produced by Fear & Clothing.
Then, TPV dropped Fear & Clothing and decided to print their own goods. This in itself wouldn’t have been a problem had TPV informed buyers that the merchandise will no longer be made by Fear & Clothing. But that didn’t happen. Still, not such a big deal. Well, until this came to light that is:
Fear & Clothing shirt
Fear & Clothing
Fear & Clothing
I don’t know about you, but that seems an awful lot like copyright infringement to me. Fear & Clothing claims to of raised around £20,000.00 on behalf of TPV by promoting his wares. What a way to repay him eh?
Voice of the people indeed. Not the sort of people I want speaking for me, that’s for sure.
That said, what of the programming?
Not the best to be honest. Though, you can discount Ken O’Keefe from that statement as he is excellent, and unpaid I might add. Constant downtime from either power cuts or broadcast issues always put down to the station being under attack from some evil force or other. Cringe-worthy “psychics”, and David Ick flicking through the morning papers. Then you have Richie Allen, with whom Edwina Currie completely wiped the floor here. Richie Allen also makes statements like this re the Jimmy Saville investigation:
The idea that former (and current) BBC, ITV and MTV staff would be party to any impropriety is frankly ludicrous.
Call me a cynic, but I would have thought the probability of somebody figuring out what was going on to be highly likely.
Apologies, as I can’t find the exact quote, but he also said that he agrees with education ministers that parents should not be allowed to take their children out of school during term time. Now that doesn’t sound like the voice of any people I’ve been speaking to on the matter.