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All Cover-Ups Eventually Fail

In the early 90s I was working for a company as a Project Manager. We were having troubles meeting customer expectations because the salesman oversold the deal, and the company could never deliver everything that the contract required. It ended up with the salesman calling me a liar in front of the customer when I stated quite categorically the product did not perform as the client had been led to believe, and what was I believed would be a one-way interview with the CEO of the company.

As the “conversation” with the CEO developed, it became obvious to me that he regarded lying to customers as part of his company’s stock in trade.  We reached a point where he paused and I quietly replied, “The trouble is that you have to get everyone in the company telling the same lie.”

He asked, “What do you mean?” clearly not understanding the impact of my carefully thought out statement.

“Dozens of the company’s employees have contact with the customer – engineers, sales support, technical support, consultants – every one of them has to tell the same lie, and that’s impossible.”

He quickly dismissed me. I wasn’t sacked, I was moved to another job and got a pay rise to keep me quiet. I left the company within 6 months, and guess what, within 6 more months the market discovered his complex web of lies, the share price plummetted, he was sacked, he lost a fortune on his shares, and his wife left him – poetic justice in my books.

Now we are in the middle of an emerging scandal based on a 30 year old cover-up of paedophilia in the then Tory government. Not to be outdone, there are hints of paedophilia and other cover-ups during Labour’s term of office. And, ultimately, the truth will out.

History shows us stunning examples of failed cover-ups, like the American Tobacco Industry’s attempts at smoke-screening the accusations of the damage that smoking does to health with false science from the mid-50s right through to the 90s. It ended up with a massive lawsuit and the tobacco companies agreeing in 1998 to pay out a staggering $10 billion annually – indefinitely – to make up for the damage they’d done, especially in health care costs – see this blog for more details, and of other cover-ups.

Watergate is the gold standard of botched cover-ups with disastrous consequences involving illegal bugging by burglars authorised by President Nixon in June 1972. He managed to get through the 1972 election, but as investigators dug into it more in 1973, Nixon dug his heels in. By the time in 1974 when he said “I am not a crook,” nobody believed him. He finally quit in July 1974 after impeachment.

There are other developing cover-ups. A prime example is the great AGW Global Warming aka Climate Change cover-up, ignoring all the evidence before the scientist’s eyes (like this for example) while they cling to their inaccurate computer models.

UKIP sells itself as being the party of Common Sense, of honesty and straight-forwardness, telling it like it is, which is clearly winning over some voters. I hope and pray that as UKIP gathers more power and becomes more influential in government that we ourselves are able to avoid the temptation of power corrupting, and stay true to our principles.

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About Brian Otridge (140 Articles)
Brian Otridge was Editor-in-Chief of UKIP Daily for 2 years till March 2016. He has been an aircraft engineer, currently works in the IT Industry and also enjoys writing on a wide variety of subjects. He was the UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Southend West in Essex in 2015, but now lives in Lancashire

5 Comments on All Cover-Ups Eventually Fail

  1. I’ll start with a quick disclaimer: I have no links to the tobacco industry aside from consuming their products.

    I think you’re probably right on all but one issue:

    This is the Tobacco lawsuit you mentioned, which was actually an agreement reached with the attorney generals of 46 states by the big four American tobacco companies. It was called the ‘Master Settlement Agreement’ (MSA).

    The background is that many senior tobacco executives were forced to give evidence in court prior to the mid 1990s. They all followed the company line saying that: ‘they did not believe that smoking had been showed to cause lung cancer’.

    However many of them would have had little or no knowledge of the science and indeed may have been fairly recently head hunted from a completely different company. Hence they tended to believe the propaganda and occasionally said so in private memos.

    Then, in the 1990s, BATs archive became public. This contained some of these private memos which proved that the executives had lied about their (personal) belief in court.

    The MSA protected them from prosecution provided they publicly agreed with every pronouncement from the anti-smoking industry and also paid very large amounts of money to the individual states. Even those tobacco companies that were not involved had to pay as well. This protected their market share and allowed them to pass the cost straight on to their customers. Profits were not affected. The whole agreement is absolutely shocking and appears to be a major abuse of judicial powers.

    There has, so far, been only one court case in Britain brought by the anti smoking industry against a tobacco company. Known as ‘McTear vs Imperial Tobacco Limited’ (ITL), it ended in 2005 with total victory for ITL. The judge ruled that smoking had not been shown to be a cause of cancer even on the “balance of probabilities”. The 600 page long judgement can be found on the internet

    ITL’s written evidence in this case contained the following statement:
    “We recognise that other scientists and public health authorities have formed the judgment that smoking is a cause of certain diseases. This has been the consistent public health message for decades. We agree that there should be one consistent public health message. This is why, whatever our views on these complex issues, Imperial does not challenge the public health message. It has not done so for almost forty years and intends, in the future, to continue its policy of not challenging the public health message that smoking causes these diseases.”

    So much for decades of lies.

  2. warmingmyth // July 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm //

    The question is how much is UKIP willing to oppose the secret societies that lie behind the things mentioned in the article.

    • Earthenware // July 9, 2014 at 8:55 am //

      I think we have a head start in that we haven’t been in power yet so we haven’t been attracting the type of megalomaniacs that Labour and the Tories have.

      However, as the Tory party fades away, those people are going to jump ship and come to us. It’s going to be very tempting for Nigel to accept them as it would remove the “fringe” image that we still have, but what baggage would these people bring?

      I wouldn’t suggest that we should bar people like Rees-Mogg, Carswell and Hannan from joining the party, but we do need to have a strong vetting process in place.

      My concern is that this will turn into another Savile scandal, with loads of people saying “we knew but didn’t dare say anything”. The last thing we want is for them to have joined UKIP and then reveal knowledge of paedophilia afterwards. That would make us look just as corrupt as the Tories.

      • Agreed but the real problem in this situation is likely to be Free Masonry and other similar occultic organisations. You may have been including these by implication in your comment.

  3. Indeed. Not forgetting the EU cover up of course! 40 years of suppressing discussion, hiding the truth and outright lies, keeping the British public in the dark as to the full extent to which we are ruled not by Westminster but by unelected non-entities overseas. It’s just such a shame that these things take so many years, decades even, and cost billions that could be put to much better use elsewhere before the truth will out.

    And having also worked as a project manager and in technical support, the concept of Sales overselling something which others have to deliver is a familiar one!

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