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David Icke: “Dear Sonia”

Posted in Media by earthlinggb on January 7, 2014

SONIA POULTON

I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received following my departure from The People’s Voice on Monday, January 6, 2014.

This is my statement of events.

During the brief period when I worked as a full-time journalist and presenter at The People’s Voice office in Wembley – every week day, sometimes 12 hours a day for the period from November 18th to January 6th – various volunteers and staff made alarming comments to me about the financial accounting at The People’s Voice.

I was told that public money had been ‘squandered’, ‘spent unwisely’ and ‘in an easy-come, easy-go manner’. I was informed that various pieces of equipment, including a handheld camera, had ‘gone missing’. It was alleged that money had been paid to someone who did not warrant being paid and who shared a property in Wembley with David – amongst other accusations.

Given these suspicions I was not happy with David Icke and Sean Adl-Tabatabai – TPV’s station manager – suggesting a second telethon on January 3, 2014. This was to raise more money for TPV following a two-week Christmas break from live programming.

I realised that the public, who had already donated far in excess of £300,000, was losing some goodwill towards TPV – and for a number of reasons.

I felt, as did other members of staff who said it to me – but did not have the courage to say it to David Icke directly – that all financial dealings should be public and transparent.

I believe, and conveyed this to David Icke, Sean ADL and Liz Roberts – in their respective roles as Station Manager and Production Manager – that all money paid out – including expenses and staff wages should be published monthly. This idea never progressed beyond the asking stage.

This, and other issues reached a head for me on Friday night when I was asked to take part in the telethon to raise money even though I didn’t know entirely where the previous public money had gone to.

I should add I refused point blank to take part in the first telethon in early November before the station had even launched. Not only was I unimpressed with some of the content of that telethon, as a representation of TPV, but I felt there was something wrong in asking the public for more money BEFORE they had seen even one programme.

So it was that I was not happy to do this latest telethon but I did it because I wanted TPV to succeed.

Despite my misgivings, I put my heart into it including organising a Question Time-style panel and a film recorded on New Year’s Eve about people who are doing important activism to make positive changes to our world.

I was, and remain, proud of this input – and output – and all the people involved in making this happen and all for only the petrol money to cover the filming.

After the telethon, I slept badly on Friday night and by Saturday morning I had sent an e-mail to David Icke outlining my serious concerns about the finances at The People’s Voice.

I heard nothing back from him. This was unusual because David is not only a prolific writer but he has always responded within hours, sometimes minutes, of my sending him an e-mail.

I arrived at the TPV office on Monday about 10am. David’s office door, a glass-type partition, was closed and I tapped on it. He refused to look up at me and kept staring at the screen in front of him.

Undaunted, I opened the door, said ‘good morning’ and asked if I could have a talk with him. He refused. He said he had to wait until Sean arrived before we could talk. I asked him when that would be. He said any minute.

Sean arrived about 45 minutes later. Liz Roberts, Head of Production, came to me and said they were ready for the meeting. Then, somewhat oddly, she led me to the darkened, sound-proofed studio where the music and performance segment of TPV is recorded.

I was uncomfortable with this as I was uncertain why we were meeting in here seeing as David normally conducts meetings in his or Sean ADL’s office, both at the end of the TPV main office.

Several chairs had been placed in the darkened studio in a semi-circle and I sat down on the chair that was most set apart from the others. Sean ADL took a seat and Liz Roberts went to get David Icke. It was silent between Sean and I and we waited a minute or so until David Icke joined us.

I could see that David was already furious when he arrived in the room. He looked how I had seen him on several other occasions when he has lost his temper with members of staff. He sat down on the chair directly opposite me and in the middle of Sean ADL and Liz Roberts and I said, ‘who’s going to start?’

David said that seeing as I was the one with the allegations, it should be me.

I told him that for the past few weeks people in the office – including volunteers and paid staff – had been coming to me and making troubling accusations about misappropriation of the funds.

I had heard stories of nights out on expenses, of many rounds of drinks and food being bought in pubs, of takeaways and alcohol being ordered to the People’s Voice by – and for – paid staff members.

There were even more outrageous accusations told to me including people who received money from TPV who had some personal involvement with David Icke.

I told David, Sean ADL and Liz Roberts that TPV was struggling financially because public goodwill towards TPV was at a low ebb because, amongst other things, a lack of transparency.

I said that I felt it personally important to see how the money had been spent up to this point – and not least because David always agreed with me about the importance of transparency in all dealings.

David’s voice was raised and he demanded to hear more of my allegations and who they involved.

I felt that this was some kind of a trap and I said I wasn’t going to name names at this stage and that I just wanted to see where the money had been spent. He refused. He said I would have to wait until the end of the year. He was furious that I dared to question the funds.

His entire attitude was indignant and outraged by my request. I asked him if I would need to put in a Freedom of Information request to get the information from The People’s Voice regarding accounting.

I was shocked by the corporate front that David Icke, Liz Roberts and Sean ADL were showing me with regard what had happened with the money and I said that I believed TPV was operating no differently – with it’s hierarchy of decently paid management, numerous unpaid volunteers and no accountability – to the corporations we despised.

It was at this point that David Icke lost his temper completely. He started shouting that I was the most divisive character that he had ever met in the media and that everyone hated me at TPV. He asked Liz Roberts to back this statement up but she couldn’t. Given that Liz has previously stated in public in the office that I am ‘an example to all of us’, I didn’t feel that she could really back up his accusation with any credibility.

This emotional attack from David alarmed me greatly. I had only asked for financial transparency and not only was he refusing to let me have this information but he tried to use intimidation techniques to deflect me from pursuing it too.

David Icke tells everyone I am a PROPER journalist. His words. When I am on air I am told he walks from office to office, pointing at the screen and saying ‘that’s real journalism’. The big problem here is

David Icke is only happy when I am investigating anyone or anything other than him and The People’s Voice.

I am not saying that anyone has carried out fraud at TPV. I have no proof of that. What I am saying, however, is that I believe there exists a cavalier attitude, at times, to the spending of public funds.

At TPV I have seen the letters of people who donate their hard-to-come-by cash. Children giving up their pocket money and pensioners contributing part of their pension. It greatly upsets me to see the laissez faire attitude towards their money.

The statement on my departure released by TPV and written by David Icke – according to Liz Roberts in correspondence with presenter Barrie Sharpe – was designed to smear me.

None of what was said even came up in the meeting yesterday morning. David Icke’s statement was an affront not only to me but to anyone who supports me and to anyone who donated their time, efforts and money to TPV. Thank goodness so many people have seen right through it and reacted accordingly.

I would be more than happy to debate TPV with David Icke, Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Liz Roberts on camera and in a neutral environment. I have nothing to hide.

It is not me who seeks to take people into a darkened room away from other people in the office at the point when the person wants to address important questions about alleged financial mismanagement. I am, and remain, transparent in my dealings.

I am informed by a member of staff that there have been orders to ‘remove me’. This includes taking down a great deal of information I have conveyed on film at TPV including a video we shot on New Years Eve about children being taken into care and about people campaigning against fracking.

David Icke says The People’s Voice is about ‘the content and not the personality’. If that is so, why would he have sanctioned the removal of ‘the content’ that I contributed to The People’s Voice?

Content, I might add, that I have already copied and feel totally at liberty to post on to Youtube. I believe that the public, who paid for this, is entitled to that and it should not be stopped because of the vindictive behaviour of people who claim to know better.

I am in no doubt that David Icke shouted at me in the meeting because, rather than accept that there may be a problem of a certain culture growing at TPV, he chose to deflect the blame for his failings onto me and my character.

I acknowledge that I am capable of being a fiery character. I’ve said it on camera. It’s part of who I am but it is entirely wrong – as they suggest in the official statement about my departure – to suggest that I don’t treat people with respect.

You only have to look at the wonderful things that have been said about me following my departure from TPV. I am quite blown away by the strength of support.

So I have to ask: why would David Icke attempt to smear my character? I only asked where The People’s Voice money had gone to?

Hardly an unreasonable question, I thought, given myself – and many others – were contributing great amounts of time and money to making TPV happen.

I’m not looking for a medal but I did more than work at TPV, I have also put my hand in my own pocket and have funded a hire car, petrol, pictures and food for volunteers.

I am far from financially wealthy and I am a single parent with only my income coming in, but I have contributed what I could because I believed in what TPV was capable of.

I am deeply upset what has come to pass. It has taken me a day to compose my thoughts into any semblance of order. I believed in the capability of TPV. I don’t anymore. As it stands, it is not capable of being the true media we so desperately need in this world.

When I was sat in the meeting yesterday morning I realised that these three people before me were not capable of creating an alternative media. I knew that if I were to stay a moment longer I was in danger of damaging my own hard-won reputation of honesty and misleading the public too. I could not do that and that is why I left.

I am also upset because there are people at TPV whom I have become very fond of. Good people who want to make a better world but who are unaware – or don’t know how to deal with – the real issues of injustice right under their noses.

It won’t stop me trying to create that media I can imagine, though. I have gained a great deal of understanding of what not to do and I have plans right now how to implement my own show. I will only do this if it can be completely transparent because that is what I believe we need more of in this world. I thought TPV could offer that. It didn’t.

For the record, David Icke needs to understand that respect – as his official statement about me calls for – is a two-way street. He is so used to being all-powerful in his environment that he responds badly to being challenged.

Despite repeatedly saying that ‘presenters have free-will’ David Icke did not hesitate to make known some of his dissatisfactions with me inviting on guests whom he had fallen out with in the past.

I witnessed that side of him and so did Sean ADL and Liz Roberts. They sat back and allowed it to happen. That’s why they are still there. They do not challenge him because to do so would challenge the comfortable and unaccountable existence at TPV that they have come to enjoy.

Both Sean ADL and Liz Roberts publicly have stated that TPV may not survive beyond the end of January unless the station gets more money in. Well, as two of the people who have access to TPV’s funds, they would know.

As of this afternoon I have not received the requested information on financial accounting. How difficult can it be to show how much has been donated to The People’s Voice and where and by whom it has been spent?

Upon receipt of the information from The People’s Voice, I will report on my findings just as I report on the behaviour of other organisations.

The silence from the station, in response to the extraordinary support of people who are appalled at the statement issued by David Icke on behalf of The People’s Voice, speaks volumes.

This is my statement of the events of yesterday at The People’s Voice with David Icke, Liz Roberts and Sean Adl-Tabatabai. I have sent this statement to all these three people as well as posting it on my website and on social network sites.

Sonia Poulton, January 7th, 2014

Sonia, your synopsis above is written by someone who could not see it from the beginning. I did. What I got for it was criticism from you and others in the team including David Icke, Sean, Deanna et all. I was labeled (by you) an “old sod”. I was labeled as “angry”, as “wanting everything my own way” and “just in it for the money”. Everything thrown at me for the fact I wrote what I did afterwards. However, what I wrote and what you now know – even though at the time, you knew nothing of the real background to my departure but simply jumped on the “hive mind” bandwagon – were and are facts coupled with my own extrapolations from such facts which you are also pointing to the veracity of and have been proven over and over again by the statements made by Icke and Sean themselves re the £20K for equipment etc etc etc.

Yes, in amongst that which I wrote, I QUESTIONED your involvement and what you must be guaranteed to have taken such a step. I alluded to homes being bought and/or rented (Islington?), Deanna had mentioned Icke was moving home. You were moving home – only reasonable then (like any corporate relocation) to have believed you would have to have some form of contractual guarantee to do this (otherwise, to do it on a “promise” is very naive). I have spoken, at length, of about the hypocrisy and the hypocritical/non transparent mindset at TPV and the need for the donations (where, IF the figures David provided us were true) while donations would be unnecessary if these people were, at all, business people – they can raise the money through other ways not just sponsorship and advertising. That was completely ignored by the team also. I now have a much better understanding as to why: David Icke and Sean know they can just call for donations and people will pay and it is the easiest way of making money with NO work being put in by people who are lazy, good for nothing bastards.

Anyhow, whether you read this or not, I want to state clearly, you misrepresented me Sonia and you did it with no knowledge of who/what I am. However, I am, believe it or not, an understanding person (much to my constant regret) and I can see so very well how you would be taken in by the “spell” of icke and would sing from the same hymn sheet when told I was a pain etc.

No Sonia, it isn’t and wasn’t me.

I really DO want that “love and positivity” between people. It’s just when I see fakes, then like you, I bark!  My “barking” very early on just didn’t suit you at the time and I would wish for nothing but simple acknowledgement that maybe, just maybe, I was on the right track?

Thank you Sonia and I wish you well. Irritated by the “name” I got among the converted, but more than happy to annoy people if it means waking them the hell up. It’s called “tough love” I believe. And with the very best of intentions.

And her face was shut

 

Someone was kind enough to send me this screen grab from the David Icke forum.

Funny! 🙂

Bad person's blog

 

Still laughing. Oh how Icke and friends cannot stand criticism.

Sounds like Mission Impossible: If you choose to accept, this blog will self destruct in 3…2….1….

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  1. stephen said, on January 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    TBH i agree with a lot of what Sonia says.
    Unfortunately she says it all after the fact.
    She did not have the guts to be honest when it mattered.
    She claims to be fiery, fiesty and awakened.
    In reality her position as a journalist has gone to her head. She is a middle age bleach blond that dyes her hair because she follows the flock.
    Having lived in Drylaw her claims of being fiery and fiesty just make her an easy target. A gust of wind would blow her away. She should be happy with who she is. A nice person. And honest.

  2. Julian Lowe said, on January 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Well mark people make mistakes sure and you ole sone have been prove right inball your addumptions. But I do take my hat off to sonia for havingnthe ethics to leave and continue her life.

    • earthlinggb said, on January 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      I acknowledge her ethics too. I just wish she had followed them earlier.

  3. soo said, on January 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    if we combine the two statements which appear to correlate, sonia wanted transparency and monthly financial reports made public, in (allegedly) ickes own words ‘threatened to leave if her view did not prevail’. A view that donators have concurred with and repeatedly asked for. Sonia has stated via facebook she was paid £300 a month by tpv, we know they got equipment for £25K, where has all the money gone?

    it must be bittersweet to be vindicated by someone who turned on you when you tried pointing things out,

    • earthlinggb said, on January 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      No. Just sweet! Very sweet! 🙂 I don’t need vindication but when it falls on your lap, what do you do but smile sardonically?

      • soo said, on January 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

        and smile you should. i imagine you have had allsorts thrown at you for speaking out. watching the ickettes squirming around trying to reconcile this info with their worship of icke has been both heartbreaking and amusing, sonia is a trojan horse, a plant, nights out for staff on donation money is fine yadda yadda yadda, not the first time that icke has been questioned as to where donations have gone, luckily for him his hench mods remove all signs of dissent and links to information about his dodgy dealings.

    • stephen said, on January 7, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      £300p/m?
      Just when i was warming to her.
      She was only wanting a decent wage.
      Had she got one she would have remained silent about the goings on.

      These people on TPV are all scum

      • earthlinggb said, on January 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        Perhaps she realised £300/mth wasn’t exactly worth it and also, at the same time, recognised that there was the grumblings by people about funding more donation drives and thought “I’m out of here before it goes down because it isn’t worth my while staying”. That’s what happens when you’re a cheap bastard Dave! 🙂
        So maybe it wasn’t “ethics” at all. Wouldn’t surprise me!

  4. Will said, on January 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Consider yourself vindicated.

    • earthlinggb said, on January 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I do will, I do. But what is more appetising is that it will have many many people suddenly recognise the light bulb going off in their heads. THAT makes me even happier. But again, it takes a “name” to say it before people believe it. Some things never change. 🙂

      • spartacus said, on January 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

        Yeah well done e, you know i have been with you from the start of this and i just hope you have got through to all the decent followers of Icke. Cheers mate.

  5. Greencard said, on January 8, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Elessar is a good guy. He understands how heavy the moderation is over at the DIF.

    Good blog by the way, Earthlinggb. It was your blog post tat taught me the real truth behind TPV in the first place 🙂

    • earthlinggb said, on January 8, 2014 at 1:48 am

      Cheers for that Greencard. I am sure you also recognise that my disdain for the “Ickeans” will only “hurt” those who are affected or feel insulted by it because that is exactly what they are in they’re then looking in a “mirror”. I do realise that not everyone is a raving idiot who listen to Icke, it’s just so many have lost all sense of being able to critique the guy nevermind see him for what he is.

    • Hector Vector said, on January 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      The posts on that thread were vanishing by the dozen. Not surprisingly, a pasted expose from here which covered TPV launch finances was gone in less than 60 seconds – not even long enough for a moderator to read it, let alone think about it. God forbid the moderators think for themselves.

  6. Rob Wilson said, on January 8, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Why the bitterness towards David Icke? Why the glee when something like this happens. Hell, I’ve never seen a more vindictive blog. What has he personally done to you to make you feel like this?

    • earthlinggb said, on January 8, 2014 at 4:11 am

      Here’s a question for you Rob: Why has David Icke the bitterness toward the Rothschilds, the Queen, Tony Blair etc etc? Hell I’ve never seen a more vindictive blog than David Icke’s or more vindictive books than David Icke’s. So tell me this: What have they personally done to him to make him feel like this?
      Answer that mate and you may have my answer. Or is that just too logical for you?

      • John said, on January 8, 2014 at 9:35 am

        Earthling, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a logical reasoned response from an ickean zombie.

        Here’s standard respond when faced with requests for answers and clarification:

        “You know what guys?

        I am closing this thread for now. I am the only mod or admin on here and I haven’t even had time to eat let alone monitor the rest of the forum.

        Take a break, go to bed and get some sleep. Breathe, meditate, have a few drinks. whatever.

        It can be reopened later but for now Goodnight all

        PS: Please don’t take it to another thread or I will close the whole subforum”

        That’s from a joke of a moderator from the DIF on the 63 page thread called:

        Sonia Poulton Has Left TPV

        http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=265344&page=63

    • John said, on January 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

      You sound like a brainwashed idiot! Does it not occur you or the other icke cult zombies, that any and all such allegations could be easily put to put to rest by simply providing evidence to the contrary?

      Or is that solution too simple for your confused, befuddled brain?

      Icke and the rest of the conmen & women shot themselves in the foot by 1) calling the project The People’s Voice 2) By using the People’s money to set up a privately owned limited company.

      It’s what successful conmen do every time, they over-reach. They get away with obvious bullshit, then believe they can get away with anything.

      In short, pull your head out of icke’s ass for a minute and take a smell of what he’s shoveling.

      I can’t stop laughing at the icke zombies, who when faced when credible evidence of icke’s wrongdoing, start muttering about plots by the ‘establishment’ to bring the TPV down.

      When, not if! TPV crashes and burns, it will be because of actions icke and his corrupt cronies.

      Now run off back to the david icke forum where sean adl and dopey-faced gareth can delete any dissenting opinions!

      Thank you for your time.

  7. Order Of Truth said, on January 8, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Interesting to see Poulton attempting to get the claws out and try to do some damage, making claims (which are probably all true) about misuse of funds and so on.

    Anyone who has paid any attention to what has been going on at TPV would already know all this stuff – unless they were stupid!

    Icke has already said in one of his appearances that he is living in Richie Allen’s house or flat, and to think that Allen is going to do this for nothing in an expensive city like London is stretching the imagination a bit – unless he is independently wealthy.

    Where does this notion of ‘public funds’ come from? TPV is a company with shareholders, not a non-profit organisation or charity. The shareholders will make money through dividends and share prices if TPV expands and becomes a viable business. Donations are like sales, they are classed as income – a payment – the same as advertising or sponsorship money is. There is no obligation at all for them to make their finances available to the public.

    If people did a bit of homework they would know damn well that this is a (in Icke’s words) ‘a not for profit venture’ – nice bit of play on words there.

    Of course morally I think the whole thing stinks. There has never been a statement about how much TPV costs to run – even though many have asked.

    A nice little scheme – think of an idea and get mugs to donate based on blind trust with no substantial information or evidence at all to back up the financial claims. Let volunteers do the donkey work, thinking they are making a difference or have a chance of something more substantial in the future, and claim your daily living and travelling as legitimate company expenses – nice.
    As a bonus, get increased sales of your other crap (most of which is plagiarised) through exposure – double nice!

    The scary bit is that people fell for it in the first place – and I include myself in that. I thought this sounded like something really worthwhile and if I had lived in London no doubt I would have volunteered as well. But as time passes the little things add up.

    So was Sonia a mug? I think it was 50/50 between her believing the hype and her naivety, and her own ego. Both of which are obvious from her statement. Personally, I never rated her anyway and it was clear that she would agree with whoever she thought would butter her side of the bread – whatever was convenient at the time. Which is probably why this has happened – perhaps it all became too much for her conscience to subdue. It is strange that it has happened now and not when she heard the allegations etc. Think there is more to this than we are aware of.

    As you stated EarhlingGB, she was happy to go along with the Icke brigade when it suited her, even so far as to join in the criticism of your stance when you were there – so no sympathy from me for her at all.

    I personally found her to be an extremely prejudiced person and far too much of a legend in her own mind.
    I know of an incident where she purposely ignored someone who wanted to appear on her show in reply to serious and factually false allegations against them, and which she promoted on her show – not exactly the fair and unbiased ‘journalism’ she claims to practice, and she certainly didn’t do her research as a journalist.

    So all in all she has reaped what she has sewn and it is no use her bleating on about it now purely to seek revenge. She had plenty of opportunity to say ‘no’ and leave but chose not to.
    As for TPV – it is what it is and will no doubt trundle on like a lumbering dinosaur for a while yet.

    One questions. There seem to be a lot of Australians involved – how has that come about?

    Also noticed a lot of faces on TPV who were at Icke’s Wembley extravaganza.

  8. spartacus said, on January 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Rats and sinking ships hey. Just my opinion of course.

  9. Kate said, on January 9, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Go away, Sonia dear. You’re as bad as the rest of them.

  10. Kate Westgrove said, on September 17, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    2 years o, still nothing? Would like to hear what sonia was going to expose.


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