DODGY PROPERTY COMPANY SAYS THE BBC ATTEMPTED TO BRIBE –
Harlequin Property group has been postponed following claims that the producer
had offered a Harlequin consultant a bribe.
planned to be an exposé of David Ames and his controversial property empire with projects in Thailand, South America and the Caribbean.
taken millions of pounds off investors, including their private pension money,
to build houses in the sun. The investors have so far little
to show for it.
been laid on some projects and in Thailand, well those projects been exposed here
many times before.
People who put into Harlequin Projects in Thailand have either lost all – or are fighting for their properties in the courts.
is super sensitive. A Harlequin employee said he had been offered a bribe, in
so far as he had been offered work at the BBC as Ames would soon not be around.
thinking ‘ a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
of the programme’s producer and of course the licence fee the BBC passes on to
still under investigation by the Serious Fraud office and newspapers are not
“If the reported conversation is
correct then clearly no bribe was made. If I were talking to an employee of
Ames I might be a little bit circumspect but I would see no harm in offering to
help someone who was helping me in their enquiry.
“And I would certainly have
asked ‘Why on earth would you want to help a complete s*** like David Ames?’ I am not so sure I would ask on Linkedin though.
“Best thing the BBC can do now is investigate, clear the
producer, and then broadcast. Not to would be a great waste of the licence fee. But I am guessing that the BBC might be playing a smarter game. One can always hope.
“I have worked on Panorama on several programmes. In fact I
worked on “Maggie’s Militant Tenency’ with producer James Hogan and reporter
Michael Cockerell in 1984. Cockerell later wrote a biography of Margaret
“The programme was sued by a couple of Tory MP’s. The BBC Board of
Governors backed off. Let’s hope they have more bottle this time.
“Matthew Chapman has been in touch with me and I did do some
work for him but he decided to stick to the Caribbean in the end. I think the cheque is in the post.”