For two weeks consecutively TBG has published articles about Robert Graham, from South West CF, and an election scandal (these can be viewed here and here). The plot however thickens today after proof has emerged of a related conspiracy in South West CF.
The full details, which are long and quite onerous, in the form of quotes from Robert can be found on TBG but the scandal in a nut shell is this. Robert, who was standing as South West Membership Officer, sent out a very personal attack message about another candidate to all those who could have voted for him. Obviously this was not at all acceptable and Toby Elliott*, the regional chair, after an investigation took disciplinary actions. Robert has since apologised for his actions.
|The offensive attack message.|
However, Robert has alleged that Harry Ives, the Political Director for South West CF, had encouraged him to send this attack message. Harry was giving Robert advice about this election mostly over the phone. Robert, after an earlier phone conversation, had sent him the attack message over Facebook and Robert posted it after Harry had told him do so by text. This evidence however is circumstantial and Harry has denied that he knew about the personal attack message insisting he wanted Robert to send out a positive 5 point plan and did not see the full details of Roberts long Facebook message. Toby Elliott therefore found in his investigation that Harry had been negligent but did not find any evidence to prove that Harry had encouraged Graham to launch a very personal attack. Until now Robert's case has not been proven.
#ThingsElliottSays went to investigate this very peculiar story and found out some surprising things when speaking to the other candidate who Robert attacked. Interestingly the other candidate said that "Harry Ives persuaded me to run for membership officer position twice during one day of campaigning". This struck me as odd, as texts to Robert prove, it would mean Harry was backing both sides. A little odd.
|Robert with Jeremy Hunt MP.|
|Harry and Robert out campaigning last year.|
Harry Ives, after #ThingsElliottSays spoke to him, said that "On the 'wtf' issue, I am completely unable to respond because it's completely gone in my mind, as to me that's a tiny thing so it naturally would have diminished with time, and im fully aware that that will hurt me, especially because I know there would have been an explanation, I just don't have it." This of course goes against what Harry said to Robert in the texts before the personal attack was sent out. Harry did however "absolutely" admit the importance and memorability of the WTF message to Robert which means it is weird Harry has no idea what it means despite a big row that was started over this whole saga and an investigation.
Harry can offer no alternative to what the WTF message means and so this logical conclusion must be taken. Harry and Robert had previously discussed on the phone a plan to write a WTF message after Robert had written a message. Harry thus knew about the content of the message Robert was going to post because they had to be discussing it. If it were a 5 point positive plan that Robert was supposed to write as Harry has claimed a WTF message would not be appropriate. The only sort of message would only be appropriate would be an agreed personal attack message on the other candidate. The fact that part of Robert's story has been proven to be 100% correct with no alternate explanation from Harry shows that the rest of the story has validity.
|Toby Elliott, Dr Liam Fox MP and Harry Ives.|
There is clearly a provable conspiracy that Harry Ives encouraged Robert to write personal attacks against another candidate in the South West Publicity Elections.
Personally I believe Robert to be highly stupid to go along with such a silly act and carry out such a negative plan. Its is however impossible to deny that Harry does not have any guilt. This information has been sent to Toby Elliott who may now reassess this new information. The moral of this stupid, long and in grand TBG style #SensationallyRevealing story is use your bloody brain.
|Some say Robert is the BoJo of CF, I'm not so sure about that.|
*Great to see someone else can spell Elliott properly.