Skip to main content

Secret campaign launched against Lobbying Bill called Stopthegaggingbill.com

A secret campaign has been launched against the Lobbying Bill. They have created a website www.stopthegaggingbill.com. They are encouraging people to send out emails against the bill (in which the website itself is misspelt). However, they don't say who they are. A whois search gives no information as they have decided to hid their identities (see below).

In a sense the issue is being sorted anyway as the concern of NGOs that they might have to register their spending is being dealt with. I asked the government for a commitment that the bill would be changed in committee and it will be.

However, I think it is a bit naughty not to reveal who is behind the campaign. There should be at least one named person identified. I don't think the law needs to be changed, but a bit of transparency would be nice.

WHOIS information for stopthegaggingbill.com:***

[Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
[Redirected to whois.123-reg.co.uk]
[Querying whois.123-reg.co.uk]
[whois.123-reg.co.uk]
******************************************************************
Registrar: 123Reg/Webfusion
URL:  http://www.123-reg.co.uk/domain-names/

This domain is provided by 123-reg. We're the UK's largest 
registrar with over 3 million domains sold. We also provide
cheap, easy website creation. 
******************************************************************

Domain Name:  STOPTHEGAGGINGBILL.COM
Creation Date:  2013-08-21
Expiry Date:  2014-08-21
Nameserver:  ns13.nationbuilder.com
Nameserver:  ns10.nationbuilder.com
Nameserver:  ns12.nationbuilder.com
Nameserver:  ns11.nationbuilder.com
Registrant Name: Identity Protection Service
Registrant Company: Identity Protect Limited
Registrant Address: PO Box 795
Registrant Address: Godalming
Registrant Address: Surrey
Registrant Address: GU7 9GA
Registrant Address: GB
Administrative Name: Identity Protection Service
Administrative Company: Identity Protect Limited
Administrative Address: PO Box 795
Administrative Address: Godalming
Administrative Address: Surrey
Administrative Address: GU7 9GA
Administrative Address: GB
Administrative Email: stopthegaggingbill.com@identity-protect.org
Technical Name:  Identity Protection Service
Technical Company: Identity Protect Limited
Technical Address: PO Box 795
Technical Address: Godalming
Technical Address: Surrey
Technical Address: GU7 9GA
Technical Address: GB
Technical Email: stopthegaggingbill.com@identity-protect.org

Comments

Hi John,
You may be interested that this right wing nut job site (biasedbbc.org) shares the same icann
registration. It's a private hosting company allowing dubious web sites to conceal their nature/backers. Only a criminal warrant will expose who is actually behind them. I am very interested in biasedbbc because they seem to extoll a typical tory/Sky anti BBC narrative, and allow a few unsavoury bloggers free reign with hate speech. At first the Goldalming registration, and J Hunts constituency seemed a delicious coincidence remembering Jeremy has his fingers in one web business I'm aware of (hotcourses.com). It'd be nice to know who is funding this site, as it's not as amateurish as you might expect. I smell Murdoch influence therein, part of the destroy the BBC cult, state run corporations cannot be seen to be a success indeed.
John Hemming said…
It won't have any particular significance that they have used identity protection.

Popular posts from this blog

Statement re false allegations from Esther Baker

Statement by John Hemming
I am pleased that the Police have now made it clear that there has been a concerted effort to promote false criminal allegations against me and that the allegations had no substance whatsoever.
I would like to thank Emily Cox, my children, Ayaz Iqbal (my Solicitor), my local lib dem team and many others who supported me through this dreadful experience. There are many worse things that happen to people, but this was a really bad experience.
It is bad enough to have false allegations made about yourself to the police, but to have a concerted campaign involving your political opponents and many others in public creates an environment in which it is reasonable to be concerned about ill founded vigilante attacks on your family and yourself. Luckily there was a more substantial lobby to the contrary as well, which included many people who were themselves real survivors of abuse, which has helped.
I am normally someone who helps other people fight injustice. …

Homelessness vs Selling Books

Candidates in elections tend to find themselves very busy with lots of things to do.  It is, therefore, necessary to prioritise things to ensure that the important things are dealt with.

To me the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping is an important issue.  Therefore, when Birmingham's Faith Leaders group contacted me to ask me what I would propose and whether I would work with them to make things better I was pleased to respond with my views and indicate that I would work with them after the election.

The Faith Leaders Group (Bishops and other religious leaders in Birmingham) have now sent out their report.

Sadly, according to their report,  I was the only candidate for Yardley to respond.  The group in their report said:

"Particularly disappointing was the lack of response from some of those candidates seeking re-election as MP for their respective constituencies."
It is worth looking at the priorities of my opponent.
Interestingly today she has decided to be at th…

Millionaires and politics

The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:

For the year 2016-7 Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82

Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.


I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces:
"In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…