There was more: “Blaney said he was resigning as CWF chairman to look after his ill wife in their US home. He added he no longer had enough time to carry out his CWF duties and planned to expand his legal work in America … The group’s chief executive Paul Abbott is also resigning … He was among those who encouraged Elliott to complain about Clarke. Mr Abbott, who recently became a father for the first time, will be taking at least a six-month break from politics, according to sources”.
Blaney, Grant Shapps, and Mark Clarke not having a problem with one another's company as recently as December 2014
On top of this mildly creative tosh, there was a quote from a spokesman on behalf of Blaney: “There is and can be no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Donal or CWF. Others are accountable for their own wrongdoing. He cannot be”.
Blaney, Mark Clarke, and Clarke's hatchet man André Walker also having no problem with one another's company
Elliott Johnson received his CWF redundancy letter from Griffin Law. If Blaney retains control over CWF, he has relinquished bugger all. As to his no longer having time for his CWF duties, and Abbott claiming to be taking a six month break from politics, consider the forthcoming events advertised earlier today on the CWF website.
On 7 January, we see “CWF academy special edition for London Conservative Future with Paul Abbott and Chris Rowell”. Later that month is a “CWF academy special edition for London Conservative Future with our chairman Donal Blaney”. Zelo Street readers can see the screenshots (taken this morning) and judge for themselves.
Two, if Marci, his wife of nine years, is so unwell, one has to wonder why her business website - she’s a personal trainer and veteran of the US Forces, who served in Iraq - shows no sign of that. And three, as to Blaney’s leaving the UK to live in the US, according to his wife’s business website, which tells “I currently live in Tampa, Florida with my husband, Donal”, HE’S ALREADY LEFT.
What Walters has been spun is another attempt by Blaney to get all concerned to “look over there”, as witness “His exit piles more pressure on Tory chairman Lord Feldman … CWF is an integral part of the Tory movement and Feldman will likely be seen as responsible for the way its members behave”. Wrong. The Tory Party cannot exercise any control over CWF. This is well understood.
“I currently live in Tampa, Florida with my husband, Donal”, HE’S ALREADY LEFT.
The teleporting Tory!
I wonder if that "...investigation by The Mail on Sunday..." involved hacking telephones.
Meanwhile, good riddance if Blaney is off to the USA. He could usefully take with him to that unhappy country some of the other neocon US poodles. But he'd be advised to buy a gun early to "protect himself" from others who are "protecting themselves." You know, like Nancy Reagan who said, "I've only got a teeny weeny l'il gern" - presumably for killing teeny weeny l'il people.
Blaney will find himself in the right place. Gun-mad USA is the world's leading rogue state, deluded as hell, now almost openly fascist in its "culture" and foreign policies. Yes, he'll fit right in.
Clinton Cards-style mysticism from Mrs Blaney's website
'The person on the inside is crying out and its time to listen and move!'
Has Donal taken this a bit literally?
She also claims that 'Our Mission is to let the inside match the outside and let the beauty show!' Could Donal be about to sign up to this 'mission' and start telling the truth?!
Listen to Marci, Donal. From the look of the picture on her website she'll break your legs if you don't!
The information on the wife's website can be explained by normal business practice. Self employed people don't normally reference personal issues instead dialling work up or down to fit around time off by claiming to be busy and turning clients away. Also business always prefers to appear local if they can; so if you live in two countries you'd likely only reference the one you work in. That said keep up the good work and stay on top of these bullying gobshites!
You're missing the point somewhat. The power base sits with CCHQ and the Conservative Party. That's what was used as both the carrot and the stick. People really should be looking over there at what happened, and what continues to happen to this very day. This CWF/YBF/Blaney stuff is a fantastic deflection away from Feldman and the rest of them. I'm not saying there's nothing to report - of course there is - but at the moment you, the MoS and everyone else are all doing CCHQ's dirty work for them.
You're getting bogged down in a midfield game, when you should be cutting into the defence and shooting for goal.
No thanks, I don't want to look over there.
But thanks for injecting a little inadvertent humour into my day.
"No thanks, I don't want to look over there."
You don't want to? So you don't want to actually look at the bullying culture and what drove young Elliott to take his life. You don't want to look at the figures who commissioned Clarke to do hit jobs for the party. You don't want to look at how this scandal leads all the way to Downing Street. You don't want to look.
You're just as bad as the rest of them, especially those in CCHQ and elsewhere who didn't want to look too.
Regarding Mr Blaney's 1st class troubles (which I assume are now over as he flies into the sunset) there was a key piece of information missing from his tweeted outrage which was very telling about his attitude - yes, even more telling than what he actually said!
There certainly is a real scandal about the SouthEastern trains running from the Kent line through Bromley at that time in the morning but lack of supervision of 1st class seating to keep out the riff-raff ain't it! Rather it's the fact the 9:50 to Victoria is invariably composed of just FOUR carriages and is already crowded when it pulls into Bromley where a platform full of additional passengers is waiting to squeeze on. Each carriage is then jam-packed, standing room only to Victoria, so much so that there is no realistic prospect of the guard moving from one end of the train to the other. Indeed at their discretion the 1st class section will often be declassified just to ease the pressure (in which case the likes of Blaney would be entitled to a partial refund for their priviliged ticket).
To be clear this isn't demand-driven pressure such as I see at East Croydon when a 10 or 12 carriage train leaving for Victoria may be packed out at around the same time. It's Southeastern's deliberate policy to minimise the number of carriages (oh sorry, I mean "there's a lack of available stock"), and happens on later and earlier services as well. This would be abundantly clear to Blaney as it's been going on for years but the fact his complaint is centered entirely on his own perceived discomfort says a lot to me.
That I don't want to be diverted by an anonymous rant does not mean I don't want to know what happened. It just means I don't want to be diverted from what I'm already doing.
We know what you are doing Tim.
Nobody can argue that. Really. You have enough on your plate.
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