By Tom Winnifrith | Monday 12 May 2014
I have noted before how for daring to dissent from a cosy consensus that shares in certain stocks but notably Quindell, Globo and blinkx, are screaming buys I have received death threats, stalking and shit in the post and on the internet. But now those who seek to deny free speech have started an economic war and are actively seeking to ensure that I face economic ruin. Such folks will fail because most people believe in free speech but to see what they are up to read on.
You already know about the bogus reviews from folks claiming to have got food poisoning etc at my restaurant. It is okay, our local customers are loyal and love the place so we will survive. I might have to fire a waitress if these lies persist but I guess free speech deniers do not care about that.
The other tactic of free speech deniers is to write to ADVFN demanding that it fire me. As it happens while I have jvs with ADVFN it does not employ me. Myself and the merry band of writers I work with could work without ADVFN but would rather not do so and luckily Clem Chambers, the boss of ADVFN is a great believer in free speech (a concept defined here if you do not understand it) so the bullying and blackmail he faces from the free speech deniers will not work. However I now show you a letter sent to Clem the other day. The numbers 1-11 are my notes that are below.
I am surprised by advfn's unwavering support for Tom Winnifrith.
I have written to Mr Winnifrith directly1, asking for an apology for the expletives he used against me when I tried to engage in polite debate about his posts on Shareprophets.
He is entitled to his opinion of course. Where Mr Winnifrith oversteps the mark, in my view, and brings advfn into disripute, is his use of foul language2 and his obvious hate campaign and vindictiveness towards Quindell PLC3 and anyone who has a holding in the Company.
As a public limited Company, portraying yourselves as a professional financial organisation, I recommend that you dis-associate yourselves from Mr Winnifrith before further damage is done4. In my opinion you owe that to your shareholders and your staff.5
You will already be aware that a number of Users have cancelled their paying subscription of advfn in protest at Mr Winnifriths hate campaign against Quindell.6
You may not be aware however, that there is speculation about people taking up short positions on advfn stock.7
I will not be doing that as I believe shorting is fundamentally wrong, and can unfairly damage a Company, as has been demonstrated with Quindell. This Company is creating jobs and paying tax and an active co-ordinated campaign by Winnifrith7 and Shareprophets, ultimately assisted by advfn is very unwise8.
As a Financial platform advfn should pride itself on its independence. Your Company's reputation is being severely damaged by Mr Winnifrith and I suspect more damage could arise in the coming weeks.9
If Mr Winnifrith had some balance and professionalism is his reporting, and refrained from using expletives I would be happy to tolerate him, but currently he steps beyond the boundary of public decency and respect for others. Unfortunately he is seen by the Investment Community to effectively be a voice of advfn,10 with associated consequences.
The widespread news that advfn posters have been described as Bulletin Board Morons11, according to Mr. Winnifrith, is also extraordinary.
Clem Chambers and ADVFN told this moron to bugger off. Clem will fight for free speech. I hope that others will do so too and will condemn those who use lies and blackmail to curb free speech.
I believe that most people in Britain and most folks involved with shares support free speech. Even if folks hate me (which I know some do), disagree with my stance on a given stock (again I know that is not unusual) I am confident that they will remember Voltaire’s thoughts on this matter and deplore some of the actions of those who seek the right to curb dissent.
Clem is not firing me. Between us we now have some fascinating insights. The demonstrable actions and connections of certain free speech deniers are truly fascinating….developing.
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