More smoke and mirrors

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This piece published in yesterday’s Star moves the story on: Not bad spinning when you think Akhtar was never accused of any criminality by anyone!

Akhtar & Co – Dirty Tricks An Explanation

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Just listened to Eastern Air from last night and thought readers might appreciate this piece (reprised) as an antidote to the complete rubbish that Akhtar was spouting. I would simply pose the question, are these acceptable actions from a Labour … Continue reading

Akhtar & Co – Dirty Tricks Explained

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Saw the article headline in RothBradpol about an interview with Rik and was interested to know what he had to say to Akhar’s organ. So had a look and was amazed to see that despite the title he has no … Continue reading

Another Update from Chris Longley

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From Chris Longley MBE Dear Rothpol I have received today the following information from RMBC QUOTATION BEGINS “Dear Mr Longley Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information 547 I refer to your request for information dated 9 September … Continue reading

Barnardo’s joins abuse fight!

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Charity team join South Yorkshire Police in abuse fight Four specialist charity workers are to help youngsters in South Yorkshire escape child sexual exploitation. The quartet, from children’s charity Barnardo’s, joined South Yorkshire Police for the launch of a new … Continue reading

Rotherham Is In Rotten Boroughs

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Private Eye brings us some more ‘guilty ones’ that must not be allowed to escape blame: .

Rotherham is the ‘rotten borough’

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At Rotherham Politics, we would have no disagreement with either another excellent comment piece and two letters from last Friday’s Advertiser. Other viewpoints welcome: .

Did everyone at RMBC ‘play down’ grooming?

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From last Friday’s Advertiser: Seems to Rothpol, that everyone from the Council Officers, elected members and the Police have let our vulnerable children down in the most despicable ways! It is time to hold them all to account! See also: … Continue reading

Hands off Stubbin Lane Community Action Group (HOSL) – A Litany Of Incompetence!

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The Advertiser published this story featuring the Hands off Stubbin Lane Community Action Group (HOSL). Written by Gareth Dennison and Naeem Siraj (HOSL barrister). Onwards and upwards…… View the pdf, Download pdf here.

To Kevin Hall, Editor of Maltby News (defamation of character IS an offence)

Dear Kevin Hall : Editor Maltby News,

I am sure that you will not print this letter in the Maltby News paper as you have made it clear that you do not give your readers the right to reply unless their views fit in with your own and those of a ‘chosen few’.

In fact it appears from the June edition of the paper that you do not print readers’  letters at all. In place of letters or even an editorial comment you have printed a further ‘report’ by Alice Rodgers again castigating Maltby Town Council and ‘reporting’ from Maltby Forum. As you know Maltby Forum is the  group that has repeatedly refused to provide details of it’s membership  and it’s constitution. The only ‘information’ that they have provided has numerous irregularities and is out of date, yet Maltby News continues to  publish pieces from someone who purports to be an official.

Any member of the public reading these things in Maltby News will naturally, assume that what is written is factual, credible and honest.

Much of what is written is none of these.

Over the past 18 months there have been many instances of defamation and libel against me and my friend on the letters pages of the Maltby News paper. One of those responsible continues to send malicious and libellous emails, cc’ing numerous people into them including you, Gareth Dennison and Doug Melloy of The Advertiser,The Worksop and Dinnington Guardian, Maltby Town Council and a selection of MPs and councillors.

There has been much in the media recently of injunctions and privacy laws. The Prime Minister has said the law should be reviewed to “catch up with how people consume media today” and that  it is unfair that newspapers could not name individuals whose identity was being widely circulated on the internet.  But I know from personal experience that views and perspectives that the public take from the media are not always the full story. Newspaper reports are often taken as ‘gospel’ and our local newspapers in particular have a duty to represent all views and rectify false accusations. Once something is written it becomes fact for some people and no amount of further evidence will change their views.

You suggested to me by telephone Kevin Hall, that I should report you to the Press Complaints Commission. Again, as you well know, the majority of UK publications fall under their jurisdiction but Maltby News is not one of them as it does not belong to any of the five publishers’ associations

So there is no course of action that can be taken apart from a civil one, which obviously is beyond the financial means of the general public and myself. The Police are however, investigating the matter and I trust that a positive outcome will be the result of this.

Despite you ignoring my last five letters to you I am not deterred in ensuring that everyone who this situation effects is informed. I am advised to write to yet again to ask for my previous letters to be printed in order to show the public of Maltby that your paper is a reputable source of news and correct information.

It is only by honesty and openness of everyone, including the media that ordinary folk like me can have the truth told.

(Copies of the offending paper can be found at www.maltbynews.co.uk)