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Transparency International UK adopts my election policies.

It is a great irony that Transparency International UK are urging voters to email their MPs to encourage them to adopt my election campaign in the following terms:

Over the years I have often contacted Transparency International seeking support for my campaign against HSBC corruption. They have consistently ignored me. You don’t have to look far to know why. Here are their bankers and solicitors:

Clifford Chance act for HSBC. Then there’s the Business Integrity Forum, which contains the following members:

 

Finally, who are their corporate sponsors? None other than HSBC’s auditors PwC:

If you really want to know how corrupt Britain is I suggest you don’t consult Transparency International for reasons set out in this article by financial journalist Ian Fraser, who has said this about me:

Hastings hustings farce.

Nikki Turner Co-founder and director of SME Alliance, former Trustee of Whistle Blowers UK and a prominent victim of the HBOS fraud, who has fought courageously to bring the bankers to justice, has written:

I have known Nick for several years first via Whistlebowers UK and more recently he has been very supportive of SME Alliance, which like Nick, is supporting small businesses and lobbying for change in the financial sector.

I know that as a whistle blower Nick has campaigned tirelessly and successfully to expose corruption in a major UK Bank and he is a very good example of why whistle blowers are so important to society and why better protection should be in place for them. I’m delighted that after a long hard battle, Nick is now using his experience and knowledge to support businesses in his local community.

Imagine my surprise, therefore, at not having been invited to a hustings organised by Hastings Chamber of Commerce.

In the days before the internet and indeed television, one of the most important parts of any election campaign were hustings meetings. These were often very large public meetings where all the candidates standing at an election had the chance to address the audience and answer questions from them.

Although these days we have programmes like Question Time, televised leaders debates (where they manage to show up) and the endless 24 hour news cycle, at a local level hustings meetings are still the main opportunity local voters have to see and quiz their prospective MP’s in one place at one time.

After I became an officially nominated candidate for this general election I was told that there were likely to be only two or three hustings meetings held in Hastings & Rye constituency during the campaign. I have now been invited to two events both being organized by local Churches Together groups, one in Hastings and the other in Rye and both in the last week of the campaign.

The third hustings event I heard was happening was being organized by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce this Friday. As I had not been contacted by anyone regarding this event, my agent got onto the Chamber to ask about arrangements. He was told that, after the events in Manchester this week the event was 99% likely to be called off but, in any event, they had decided to make this a ‘selective invite hustings’ with invites only extended to parties that currently had MP’s in Parliament.

As a private membership organization they are entitled to invite who they like to speak at their meetings. However, the front page of their website leads with the lines:

“Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business for Hastings, St Leonards and the surrounding area, representing its members to all levels of government and to community leaders across the statutory, community, voluntary and charitable sectors.”

How then does not inviting myself or the UKIP candidate standing at the election fit in with that? I would say it doesn’t. Surely my 13 years of campaigning against financial corruption – especially regarding my consumer fraud case against HSBC – means that I have some interesting things to say to our local business community that they should be able to hear?

For instance, I have been talking with various local independent businesses who are having their credit facilities cut and in some cases their bank accounts closed without explanation by some of our major high street banks – including HSBC. The types of financial corruption I have been highlighting include things that have directly resulted in the costs of business loans and overdrafts being higher than they would otherwise have needed to be.

In the end, looking at the Chamber of Commerce Twitter account today, their hustings meeting went ahead with just two candidates – from Labour and the Liberal Democrats – attending. Amber Rudd, who appeared on Question Time last night, seems not to have been able to make it. Frankly, this looks more farcical than the whole event just being called off.

After my experience last weekend at the “Progressive Alliance” workshop in Hastings that was little more than a cheerleading event for the Labour Party candidate, I am left seriously wondering how open and democratic politics in our town really is.

 

Amber Rudd’s first sentence on BBC Question Time was a lie

It is typical of a Tory to resort to casual dishonesty for political expediency. In her very first sentence on BBC Question Time last night Amber Rudd lied. She said “as a mother of two young children”.  Flora is 26, Alasdair is 24, both older than the Manchester suicide bomber.

And here is an article written 8 years ago by Rudd’s “young child” Flora Gill in the Evening Standard, now edited by George Osborne.

Dirty tricks in Hastings.

Last night I attended an event in Hastings called “Rock the Vote” ostensibly to encourage the young to register to vote. Part of the event was a workshop “barnstorming” session which I was told was neutral and was to discuss methods of successful campaigning. However, it was far from neutral and James Corre from Compass who hosted the event clearly made it about voting for the Labour candidate Peter Chowney.  I left when this became obvious, after about 2 minutes.

However, much more seriously James Corre explained the absence of the Libdem candidate Nick Perry,  by stating that the Libdems were not campaigning in Hastings, but were concentrating on their campaign in Eastbourne. Here is the recording.

This was news to Nick Perry, who tweeted this today.

Who is telling the truth?

Open letter to Progressive Alliance and Compass

Open Letter To the Progressive Alliance and Compass

I am an HSBC whistleblower and anti-corruption campaigner, standing as a parliamentary candidate in Hastings & Rye.  Corruption affects everybody in the UK.

My GE2017  slogan is “Vote Ethical” and I am standing on a platform of  fighting corruption and supporting whistleblowers and hope to raise awareness of how corruption affects the residents in the constituency,  and that something can be done about it. It therefore stands to reason that I would want to see an open and transparent campaign conducted in Hastings & Rye. I am surprised and disappointed that the Progressive Alliance don’t appear to share my values.

Yesterday I attended the Rock the Vote event at the Printworks in Hastings. A well organised and enjoyable day, held to encourage people to register to vote in the election. The event included a “barnstorming” session, which, as had previously been explained to me by James of Compass, would be a non-partisan workshop type event to promote successful campaigning techniques, adopted in the US by the Sanders campaign.

I was quickly made aware of the true purpose of the event when James, in his opening remarks, explained that it was to decide the best way to ensure the Labour candidate Peter Chowney was elected. Since I am also a candidate campaigning on an essential issue, but was not consulted by the Progressive Alliance about sharing a platform,  it became obvious the supposedly neutral event would be of no benefit to my cause, and I left.

As I walked out, host James noted I was an independent candidate, could not recall my name and stated that ‘we don’t want to split the Labour vote’.

My election agent, who was also there, left when the Labour candidate Mr Chowney went on stage to make a speech.  Mr Chowney had arrived at the venue just 10 minutes beforehand; I had been there all day. I had not been asked to speak nor was I consulted, so people attending the workshop were not aware of my campaign issues.

There was a further speech by the Green Party and the Libdems had sent a message that although they had fielded a candidate, they would not be campaigning. The Greens had already decided to stand down. So it appears a “progressive” alliance had already been formed, without reference to, or consultation with, me or my agent.

I have tried for years to make my voice heard to speak of the corruption, financial and political, that is destroying this country and the lack of protection for whistleblowers that expose it.  It is unfortunate therefore, that when I stand for parliament to have these issues aired, I am silenced by an undemocratic and underhand alliance that is not so much “progressive” as a good old-fashioned stitch-up.

Nicholas Wilson

HSBC, Amber Rudd and Hinkley Point C

 

In 2012 Anoine Cahuzac left HSBC and joined EDF (Électricité de France).

 

In March 2014 it was announced that HSBC were advising on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

 

And the appointment of EDF to build the plant was formally announced in October 2015.

 

Amber Rudd was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from May 2015 having previously been  Parliamentary Private Secretary for George Osborne, at the time he was pleading with the US Justice Department not to prosecute HSBC for laundering money for terrorists and drug cartels.

 

A story of everyday corruption

I thought I’d give a little example of everyday corruption, something that happened whilst I was working in the law. Besides consumer credit work I also undertook liquor licensing. I was applying for a liquor licence for a well known clothing store on London’s Regent Street. As usual I recorded the time I spent on the file.

When the work was complete my boss asked what the value of the bill was – it was about £650, about 4 hours recorded time (and even that is not accurate because a 10 second phone call is recorded as 6 minutes). My boss freaked. He said “they’re a very wealthy company, you can charge more than that. Make it £2,000.” I did as I was instructed and sent my bill to the client. The client wrote back and asked me to justify why the bill was so large. I referred it back to my boss and asked him to sort it out.

This is the kind of low level, everyday corruption that goes in on the law, and no doubt every other profession. So it seeps up into parliament as well, where MPs tend to come from the professions. I am determined to try to change this culture.