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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

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Pledge “cash4prosecution”

"I will be willing to make a donation to a fund to bring about a private prosecution but only if 100 other people will make the same commitment."

— Guido Fawkes, Outraged of

Deadline to sign up by: 5th November 2007
229 people signed up (129 over target)

Country: United Kingdom

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This is an exploratory initiative to judge the level of support that exists for the launching of a private prosecution of those who were investigated under Operation Ribble under suspicion of committing offences under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. There are a number of related suspected offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 governing the evasion of restrictions on donations which provide a firm and clear basis for action. A prosecution on this basis would avoid the difficulties of having to prove a conspiracy. It would also have the advantage that there are statements from donors already in the public domain which, contrary to the stated view of the CPS, exclude the possibility that the loans were made, or intended to be made, on a commercial basis.

Pledge makers are not committed to anything at this stage, this is merely to test the level of support there is for such an enterprise.

Pledge makers should be aware that the Attorney General could, at any time, rule a private prosecution to be not in the public interest ("nolle prosequi"). This terminates the proceedings and this power is not subject to judicial control or judicial review.

It is likely that in the event of a private prosecution the evidence already gathered by the police during Operation Ribble would be made available during the pre-trial period under the discovery process.

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  • Well done for organising this Guido.
  • Good on yer. Bastards.
  • Let the people have their day. Well done Guido.
    Jeremy Poynton, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • If you 'loaned' £1mil+ you got peerage or knighthood. Pretty blatant to me.

    And remember calling it a loan was already a deceit to avoid having to declare it!
  • What is the level of commitment require and scope of liability ( eg would all who contribute have to bear further legal costs etc ? )
    Man in a Shed, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Excellent Guido. If the CPS have been bought off (by whatever means), or are too b* lazy to follow through, then it is time for the public to take over and hang this shower out to dry.
    Patrick, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • No comment
  • Justice, justice, justice
    Javelin, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Great Idea! do we get to be on telly?....A good hanging sounds a great idea,count me in.
    Sean Morris, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Well done Guido for getting this started, it's well overdue. Let's see how they wriggle out of this approach.
  • "Pledge makers should be aware that the Attorney General could, at any time, rule a private prosecution to be not in the public interest"

    That'd go down well!
  • Are we really surprised at the establishment not wanting to rock their collective boat? They are all in each others pocket in one way or another, so let's get some justice.
    Stewart Myzylowskyj, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Please could you leave an address or bank account no. for those, like myself, not rich enough to commit to a share of the costs but wanting to make a donation, no matter how small, to this excellent cause.
    Robert Bowdler, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • "Pledge makers should be aware that the Attorney General could, at any time, rule a private prosecution to be not in the public interest"

    Alas the principal "nemo iudex in re sua" (no one shall judge his own cause) still rings true, so the AG can try worm out of it at his peril.
    Alan Girvan, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Well done and thank you, Guido! I'm with you and have signed up.

    This is history in the making - the day when the people of these islands begin to restore the Rule of Law and the accountablity of our politicians.
    C Morrison, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • His Grace is pleased to lend his support to Mr Fawkes in the pursuit of justice and truth.

    The one proviso is that such support does not leave him open to perpetual and limitless liability should the prosecution fail. His stipend is meagre.
  • Send them down!
    The Highlander, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I think success in fund raising is assured, more so if you decide to give an address where donations can be sent anonymously

    I suspect i'm on enough MI5 databases,as it is, at present!
    Ian Hunter, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Surely the word is 'publicly', not 'publically' - see below?
  • Do the first thirteen people to pledge here get front row seats at the trial ? I think they should.
    nigel m chambers, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Look, now, I have no money but I think the whole loans-4-lordships business stinks, and praps it's libel, but I "allege" that "I reckon" the buggers was up to their necks in it. I don't give a stuff whether or not it has been going on for centuries, which it probably has since Edward II at least. The point is, it makes our country look shabby and shitty, and "unevolved", and therefore just like the crap going on over the water on the island of "Yahoorope", and in Russia, and all those unfortunate, yet-2-b-liberated places where we will have to go, sometime (as nobody else will) and do the regime-change business on them.

    So I will undertake to do all sorts of internet-running-about for you, blogging, writing, all that stuff. Phoning people, stuffing envelopes, you just give me a list and I'll get on with that crap, cos something ought to be done. Good on you Guido.
    david davis, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • If we settle out of court do we all take turns to sit in the Lords for a couple of days?
    Gordon Brown, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Let justice be done though the heavens fall. Well done Guido for organising this.
  • Good to see one party standing up for probity in public life.
  • Can't sign a limitless pledge, but from the measly amount G Brown, one-time Chancellor of these great islands has left me, I will send £ 20 when needed.

    ALan Douglas
    Alan Douglas, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'll pledge £300 for common justice.

    And for all the people who have
    worked tirelessly to find cures for cancer over 20 years and are rewarded
    with an honour. And for to all those who are brave and are rewarded with
    an honour. And for the couple in their late fifties who have fostered
    30 kids in their lifetime and are rewarded with a small honour. And for the man who started an enterprise in his garden shed and now employs 300
    people earning Britain £millions for its NHS. And for the carer who
    receives an MBE for 40 years selfless devotion to those who can't cope.

    I'll pledge £300 to prosecute these crooks, because thanks to selfish and dishonest people like Blair and Levy, these small tokens of esteem, listed above, from the State - to its worthy citizens, are now (by
    association) nearly worthless.

    Well in Guido, my money's there mate.
  • The people are this country's last hope of establishing accountable government.
    It's time for them to speak.
    A.D.JOHNSON, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • History is made by people who make the news, not those who wait for it.
  • I think it's an excellent idea. I'm a (nearly) trained lawyer - so I have no money, but I'm really good at filling in forms and photocopying court documents. Let me know how I can help!
    Sophie, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • This country is lawless.

    Having unsuccessfuly tried to bring this government to account, for other similar matters, we are now sure that the rule of law is no longer operating here.
  • anyone want to start a pledge to donate funds to get tony blair to the europian court of human rights on charges of war crimes in iraq [and elsewere] along with his boyfriend george dubya remember tony nuremburg proved "i was only following orders" is no defence
    JOGINDER SINGH FOLEY, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I think Guido's proposed action should also explore the possiblity of persuing TB as a war criminal as well.
    As a back up alternative course of action incase of blocking moves on the "Cash4Honours" prosecution.
    You never know you might find a friendly Spanish judge!
    Ricky M Herbert, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Our intelligence has been grossly insulted by the grinning, spinning TB and his grinning sycophant 'Lord'Levy How dare they give Peerages in the Upper Chamber for 'Loans!!'in our name
    Our House of Lords has been compromised and the hard working members of that august house must resent the inclusion of persons who have not EARNED a seat. We are now faced with the elevation of more 'Unworthies' Peter Mandelson and John Prescott to legislate upon us. Has the removal of 'Hereditry'peers improved the House...I think not.
    Let's get to the bottom of Cash for Peerages now and remove the 'Bribers'
    James Hannibal, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I have only just learned that Ruth Turner, Levy et al did not have to give a DNA swab on their arrest...special.
    P Wilson, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Would be glad to support this.
    David Kent, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Guido Fawkes, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Colin D Gibbs
  • Alastair Stuart
  • R Waldon
  • Benedict White
  • David Salgado
  • p james
  • James Davenport
  • Prodicus Zakeroo
  • Jeremy Poynton
  • The Englishman
  • Chris Pawley
  • Alisdair Cameron
  • nigel m chambers
  • Patrick
  • ak23566
  • Anonymous Donor
  • Simon Gibbs
  • Stephen Fielding
  • Marcus Stafford - England Society
  • Ian Walker
  • Javelin
  • Ian Parker
  • E spencer
  • Ian Stewart
  • Sean Morris
  • Jock Coats
  • Alex Hilton
  • Barrie Tite
  • Richard Keatley
  • Glenda Shepherdson
  • A.D.Johnson
  • Alan Girvan
  • C Morrison
  • Anoneumouse
  • Janice Davis
  • Brian Hoopwe
  • GreatGranPapaPat
  • David Coomber
  • Ashley Roden
  • Jeremy Drysdale
  • Steve Hunter
  • Ros Rendell
  • The Highlander
  • G Avery
  • Brian Rendell
  • Raymond Stacey
  • Anthony Moore
  • Ron Wilson
  • Cranmer
  • steve plampin
  • paul mitchell
  • Alexander Hay
  • Richard Goodier
  • madelaine bacon
  • Trevor Bacon
  • j b
  • John Walker
  • Dan Walker
  • Jim Rintoul
  • Dave P
  • James Osterburg
  • chris bath
  • Terence Needham
  • Howard Stevenson
  • Tom Seal
  • M.Spencer
  • P Wilson
  • Mike Anson
  • Paul Robson
  • Robert Fisher
  • Chris Mellish
  • Jonathan Dickson
  • David John Morris
  • Peter Hole
  • charcoal
  • George Bathurst
  • john sheppard
  • Paul Brooks
  • david davis
  • Gordon Brown
  • mutleythedog
  • Geoff Taylor
  • Scottish Politics
  • Adam Kellett
  • Chris Mounsey
  • Paul Togneri
  • Peter Holder
  • weasel worder
  • Scott Green
  • Andrew Cadman
  • Andrew Hunt
  • Roger Giles
  • Steve Curd
  • Angus Mackenzie
  • Ray Brimley
  • richard williams
  • Michael Wheeler
  • Richard S
  • David Williams
  • mark cathcart
  • Tony Bliar
  • Matt Davies
  • JH
  • William Luckman
  • Simon Sheppard
  • Dr Philip Blakeley
  • robert lassen
  • Jana Mills
  • Garry Troughton
  • Nigel hay
  • Stuart Dolby
  • Asil Nadir
  • Amazing Toad
  • Marlin Humfrey
  • Flavious Alacanthar
  • Chris Edmond
  • Paul Roberts
  • Anthony Thompson
  • Rosscoe
  • Tony Terrot
  • John Marshall
  • Lee Walker
  • Dave Clarkson
  • Adrian Gobbi
  • Steve
  • Owain ap Madoc
  • Paul Bennun
  • mark hunter
  • Patrick Cusworth
  • Ian Naish
  • Matt Wardman
  • n james
  • Neville Cox
  • Jim Sheridan
  • David Smith
  • Lenny Graham
  • Slim Jim
  • ron drysdale
  • Ricky M Herbert
  • Darren Bean
  • Graham Downey
  • Alex Breeze
  • Richard James Currie
  • Robert McWhirter
  • Nick Wood
  • Richard Robinson
  • Owen Blacker
  • David Jones
  • alexis broadbent
  • James Fletcher
  • tony mann
  • 72 people who did not want to give their names, 13 of whom have done the pledge

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