On November 25th, 2014, at 11:30, a comment was published on this site.
Coincidentally, this site was ‘hacked’ shortly afterwards.
This comment, along with other damning information in regard to one Julian Gilbert, AKA ‘Thomas Pride’, AKA ‘Dexter Spaniel’, and undoubtably a number of other fake online personas – was subsequently, and mysteriously, deleted.
It has now been reproduced here in full, with the kind permission, and indeed the blessing of the original author.
Outlaw, I never comment on blogs. Whether I agree or disagree with them I will generally wait until I have a private opportunity to talk with the writer. However, I had to comment here.
As a journalist and broadcaster I have come to understand that I upset some people. This could be for any number of reasons, including jealousy (they are not realising their own ambitions and they are mad that I am, or at least they perceive I am) through to these people have something to hide and they are concerned that I might be the type of person to uncover it. Or they could just find me annoying. Fair point.
Tom Pride is not a typical hate in that he once liked me. See here:
Self Explanatory really considering these days he refers to me as a Daily Mail/Express hack and phone hacker.
I am glad to see him revealed here. He needed to be. Predators like him must always be shown for who they are, for their behaviour is utterly vile and the worst of human nature.
For three years Julian Gilbert has spouted his lying, libellous bile about me. He has taunted me by refusing to reveal his true identity. He has spread untruths about me, and put myself and my family in jeopardy. And why?
Well, the first time he wrote lies about me his comments section went from a typical 4-5 comments per article, to between 300 and 400 when he mentioned me.
Its a pity you have behaved so shark-like Julian, because you are capable of brilliant writing. Its a shame you use it for utterly vile purposes.
I mean seriously, what is wrong with you?
I realise you have plenty on your plate. Being a father to two children who require regular hospital attention makes my heart go out to you. As a parent where if my daughter even so much as coughs my heart is pounding, I can only imagine the pain you and your wife must have endured over these last few years. And I truly feel for you Julian, that must be terrible.
Then there’s your online persona. Man alive. You have some issues. Primarily, your presence is not a positive presence. Despite outward appearances – ‘Tom Pride takes care of the people’ – ou do more harm than good.
The truth is you use my name to give an appearance that the Establishment – who you laughingly associate with me – is threatened by you. That’s just daft. Hardly anyone out of the blogosphere knows of your existence and certainly you are not seen as challenging the status quo, mainly trying to capitalise on the iniquities of it.
Even other bloggers can’t stand you – you are viewed as untrustworthy – and know your ‘work’ to lack honesty and credibility. Never let the truth get in the way of a few hundred more blog hits eh, Julian?
Where are your morals? Is this really what your parents and loved ones want and need for you in your life? Is this how you want to be remembered? As a man who told lies about others, didn’t care how it hurt and harmed the other person, and did it all behind the safe, unchallenged mask of anonymity.
Well fuck that!
If you say something about me, something intended to damage me then I have a right to know who you are.
And now I do.
I’m a bit disappointed to be honest. I thought you would be a bit more exciting instead of Mr Vanilla Man, a money-ed Ex Pat, who has lived in Poland for two decades. Jeez!
No wonder you have to resort to satire and plain old lies because you are not actually experiencing Britain like those of us who live here. Consequently your lack of real life knowledge is replaced by fiction.
And you apply that to many topics you cover. About Government, about media, about people like me. You have no experience of these things but you do possess an active imagination, sadly influenced and discoloured by a plethora of bigotries and stereotypes. Your behaviour towards me has revealed a very unsavoury character.
Round about the same thing happened to David Icke after my time spent with him.
That’s the thing about me, Julian, I believe that the true person, no matter how much PR they try and use to represent themselves, always emerges. I love that about human psychology, don’t you?
There’s such a beautiful rhyme and reason to it.
Talking about creativity … I heard Bourbonese Qualk. And may I say you were very wise to give up pursuing a music career.
So where to now Julian? We all know that Thomas Pride can only go on for so long and reach a certain audience. Your peak has happened. Sadly it came on the back of other people’s misery. You had a chance to do something good Julian and you blew it. I feel for you. But I also feel for your family. For their sake, as well as your own, get some help. You have a talent that is going to waster and is dying a slow, painful and public death. Take care.
I wish you no harm, Julian. I will not take another moment to ponder the whys and wherefore of your behaviour, commenting here is my closure on this situation.
I am in the middle of two documentaries and a book, and they are important and have greater reach that your upset with me. You have my attention here only because I want to see it put down on record for others to read and on a forum that is respectable and does not trade on lies to get hits.
When you first started smearing me I must admit I was a bit shocked. With your twisting of words and half truths I realised that you were no different to the newspapers you claim to despise. And then it hit me. The fact that you are not in newspapers or on the radio or TV when other political commentators are, really hurts you.
I get really annoyed with people who read your blogs and think they are superior to readers of some of the newspaper I have written for. But they are not. Far from it.
At least newspapers have to go through some legal vetting, you write your lies and publish them. No fact checking, no quality control, and all from behind an anonymous avatar. Clearly a model that wouldn’t require a critical and questioning readership.
Julian I expect you to take segments of this and twist it like you took my original tweets and twisted them into me being a hacker, even though you had repeatedly been told the truth of the story by Outlaw. But you chose not to tell you readership that because the truth in this case would get in the way of the story you want to push. That of me being a hack and a hacker, when in reality I am neither.
Its both vile and a lie, but you are known only to a few thousand people and so your influence and reach is too small to do anything about. Thing is Julian, seeing as you pursue the idea that I am a hacker, you should really – as lee has already advised you – report me to the police. Its a serious crime as a journalist to do such a thing and you have a responsibility to see that it is pursued. I welcome a legal situation with you Julian.
Bring it on. I shan’t be instigating anything because defamation cases are out of my financial reach, and, as I have already explained, your not that well known and I want to focus my energy on the big boys I have to deal with.
So report me to the police, Julian, and make sure to give me the crime number, please. I will of course, cooperate fully with the police on such a serious accusation.
But you won’t will you?
it doesn’t pay you to pursue it beyond your own blog. Its all about blog hits isn’t it Julian? But when all is said ad done you still have to look your family in their eyes and know you’ve done the best that you can by them all.
Good luck with that. No amount of satire is going to save you there.