Above: Brexit ultra Arron Banks (on the right), Donated to ‘left-wing’ Trade Unionists Against the EU. Now in Battle with much-loved Carole Cadwalladr.
Andrew Coates reports:
All of progressive humanity stands with Carole Cadwalladr against Arron Banks
Cadwalladr has tweeted:
I have been through a trauma. And I need to speak publicly about it. About why this lawsuit sent me to such a dark place. And why the pursuit of individuals outside their news orgs is barbaric, cruel & a threat to all journalism
This is where it began. Nov 2017 with this video pic.twitter.com/Ck1iWBWEFH— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) January 23, 2022
Who is Arron Banks?
He was a leading financier of the Brexit campaign.
Arron Fraser Andrew Banks (born 1966) is a British businessman and political donor. He is the co-founder (with Richard Tice) of the Leave.EU campaign. Banks was previously one of the largest donors to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and helped Nigel Farage’s campaign for Britain to leave the EU.
He also helped the ‘left’ Brexit campaign.
Jim Denham wrote in 2018:
Donations were also made, between March and June 2016, to WAG TV Limited (who made an anti-EU film), Ukip (led at the time by Farage), Veterans for Britain… and Trade Unionists Against the EU (TUAEU). Hang on a minute! Trade Unionists Against the EU! Isn’t that a supposedly “left wing” organisation, regularly promoted in the pages of the Morning Star? And it received funding from Arron Banks? Yes, dear reader, I have to tell you that it did: £54,000 according to the Electoral Commission.
TUAEU’s links with Leave.EU and Banks have been public knowledge at least since the publication (in March 2017) of Banks’s book Bad Boys of Brexit, in which he describes how he funded an anti-TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) leaflet produced by TUAEU and how, in January 2016, the Labour anti-EU campaigner John Mills put him in touch with a key TUAEU contact: “I just spent an hour on the phone with Brian Denny from the RMT signing off anti-TTIP leaflets for the trade unionists. This is the kind of thing we should be doing much more of.”
Tendance Coatesy wrote at the time:
Trade Unionists Against the EU was a key front for the Brexit left, supported by, amongst others, the Morning Star and the Socialist Party.
It is a strange beast, as today’s Unherd outpouring from their national Organiser Paul Embery illustrates:
…for those of us on the more traditional Left, the concept of family, far from being antithetical to our socialism, is the very essence of it. It is within the family unit that we first learn about obligation, sacrifice, loyalty, compassion and solidarity. It is one place where the common good will almost always transcend self-interest, where you are in every sense your brother’s keeper. What better example is there of socialism in action?
That’s why we socialists should defend the family unit against all-comers. And that means resisting not just the cultural war against it, but the economic one too. Austerity, low wages and poverty have all weakened family ties, as has the explosion in the number of families in which both parents go out to work, often not through choice but financial necessity.
Confucius had it right 2,500 years ago when he said, “When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation.”
John Rogan published:
One long standing Lexiter is leading Communist Party of Britain member Brian Denny (also of the RMT union who backed Brexit). He has written extensively on the need to get out on the CPB’s website (“Trade Unionists need to take the lead against the EU”14 Aug 2015) and was a co-ordinator for NO2EU (Lexit electoral alliance), organiser for the (“Eurosceptic Labour Movement”) Campaign Against Euro-Federalism (CAEF) and a founder of Trade Unionists Against the EU (TUAEU).
Denny (“former” CPB) and Banks (Ukip) worked together to maximise the Leave vote. Here’s an extract from Arron Banks’s “Bad Boys of Brexit” (28 Jan 2016) where Banks saw Labour voters as key to winning and the need to fund an anti - TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) leaflet produced by Trade Unionists Against the EU (TUAEU).
Today we learn:
Reporting by Observer & Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr on the “covert relationship” between the multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks & the Russian government was of the greatest public interest imaginable, her lawyer has told the high court https://t.co/DEpbH587T8— Haroon Siddique (@Haroon_Siddique) January 21, 2022
Banks is suing Guardian journalist for defamation over Brexit backer’s ‘covert relationship’ with Russia
Reporting by the Observer and Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr on the “covert relationship” between the multimillionaire Brexit backer Arron Banks and the Russian government was of the greatest public interest imaginable, her lawyer has told the high court.
Banks, who donated a record £8m to the Leave.EU campaign group, is suing Cadwalladr for defamation over two instances – one in a Ted Talk and one in a related tweet – in which she said the businessman was lying about his relationship with the Russian state.
In closing written submissions on Friday, Gavin Millar QC, for Cadwalladr, told the high court in London that Banks and his close associate Andy Wigmore, director of communications for Leave.EU, had given “contradictory and misleading accounts about his [Banks’s] meetings with Russian officials and the extent of his relationship with the Russian state” as well as who had initiated the contact with the Russian government and the reason for it.
In 2017, Banks claimed to take legal action against Atlantic Council for calling him a ‘pro-Russian actor’. His legal team used this to show he’d warned me. 2 problems: he didn’t take action against AC, he took it against report’s author. And he clearly is ‘a pro-Russian actor’ pic.twitter.com/UZw1NNdltN— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) January 23, 2022