Monday, February 18, 2008

Fayed: The Most Odious Man in Britain

I'm sitting on the train back to RTW (that's Royal Tunbridge Wells for the uninitiated!), feeling disgusted. If you have read the Evening Standard's report of the Phoney Pharoah's so-called 'evidence' to the Diana coroner's hearing, you will understand why. If there is a more odious, despicable man than Mohammed Fayed in public life in this country then I have yet to come across him. He wouldn't know the meaning of the word honesty if it was explained to him by Mother Teresa herself. The man has the moral standing of a skunk.

He reckons that Tony Blair personally ordered the assassination of Princess Diana. He believes the following list of people were involved in the conspiracy. Brace yourselves...

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Robin Cook, Diana's sister Sarah, the two doctors at the Paris hospital who treated her, Paul Burrell, Sir Paul Condon, Sir John Stevens and Diana' best friend Rosa Monckton.

Most laughably of all, he now reckons his drunk employee Henri Paul had also been paid by Mi6. This rather ignores the fact that he was killed too.

And this is the man who convinced a jury that Neil Hamilton was guilty!

The fact is that there are two people to blame for that crash - and both their surnames are Fayed - Dodi for allowing Henri Paul to drive the car and his father for employing a drunk driver in the first place.

Fayed concocts these ridiculous conspiracy theories in order to mask the guilt he ought to be feeling himself.

Do feel free to join me in my longstanding boycott of the Phoney Pharoah's little grocery store.

74 comments:

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

The shame is that reports on tonight's news reports do not emphasize that the allegations were all made in court and therefore enjoy "privilege" against libel actions.

Anonymous said...

Prince Philip will probably be surprised to hear that he's a German ;)

Anonymous said...

BTW, why don't the Royal Family sue him for all his millions? They could hardly lose, could they?

Anonymous said...

Are you perhaps going for the coveted 'most pompous political blogger' award again this year?

Anonymous said...

Odious and despicable, no question; but on this issue, surely just insane.

Vienna Woods said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly Iain. When I was a councilor in a neighbouring constituency to Neil's, I came to know him as a very forthright and honest MP. Nobody will convince me ever that he had in anyway accepted cash for anything, as my experience of him was of a man willing to help others without fear or favour. If anything, he was a little naive and trusting, which of course, the crafty Fayed would have established immediately. The lack of support, at the time, from Conservative colleagues left him extremely distraught (and almost caused me to jump ship!). The very dodgy evidence manipulated by the Guardian finished me, and many others, with that manipulative shower once and for all!

Rush-is-Right said...

Iain, this guy is NOT in public life. He is the patron of a grocery shop, with ludicrous ideas of his own importance. And that's it. When he came on the TV today in the expat bar I patronise the response was universal and... well not entirely favourable. If we all (and that includes you Iain) ignored him he really would just go away.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Even as one of the few who were not invited to join the murder plot, I still avoid the SW1 souk like any other plague-spot.

What you omit from your (for once) quite reasonable comment is the real grief of all this.

Isn't it £6M and counting? And all because one silly little fat man can't shut up and accept that you get into a car, you are driven by a drunk, at excess speed, you crash, you're dead.

Let it be remembered that the late, great Alan Coren got it right, just 48 hours earlier: "I don't know much about Princess Diana or about land-mines, but I do know that you poke either at your peril".

And now all of us are getting legally screwed.

Anonymous said...

Neil Hamilton must be feeling abit depressed tonight that a jury believed Fayed over him! That's what I call unlucky, I doubt Fayed could ever be taken seriously in any court ever again. Mind you, I never trusted that Robin Cook...

Anonymous said...

Time for the 2nd nationalisation of the week. Harrods should be confiscated by the government to pay the costs of the inquest that this odious man of dubious background has caused. Any change remaining from the sale of the Harrods empire in UK should be donated to forces charities. After all Fayed cannot prove where his wealth came from! Possibly proceeds of crime???

verity said...

I wonder who actually shops in Mohammad's groceteria these days. Foreigners, probably, unaware that the joint is owned by a sleazy, malicious, toweringly inappropriate moonbat.

At last, it is time to revisit Neil Hamilton's case the the terrible, terrible wrong done him.

What a despicable piece of work is little Mo'!

Anonymous said...

The only decent thing about harrods is the Christmas lights and they are on the outside so i am happy to join you in boycotting the store.

Did i hear him right in saying Prince Philip should go home (to Germany)! We could say the same about him!!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely right, not least in pinning responsibility exactly where it belongs.

The inquest has cost a lot of money but it has probably been worth it to expose the unproven nonsense that Al Fayed and his paid lackeys have been spouting. The best part was the indication by John Stevens of the action he intends to take once the inquest is out of the way. The more lawsuits brought against Al Fayed the better. If everyone who has been traduced by Al Fayed and his minions have their day in court, there may not be much left of Harrods. Those around Al Fayed really ought to be getting cold feet.

The BBC ought to be worried as well. Their early morning preview of Al Fayed's appearance was unduly glowing and completely unbalanced.

Cranmer said...

Mr Dale,

You are unnecessarily disparaging of skunk morality.

This is rather specie-ist of you, and hardly consistent with warm and cuddly Conservatism.

Astro-Turf Lawnmower said...

"there are two people to blame for that crash"

Um, and a third: Henri Paul. He was the one driving whilst drunk.

graybo said...

I was amused when he said that Phillip is a Nazi and racist and "should go back to Germany where he came from". Ummm? Isn't Phil a Greek by birth?

Anonymous said...

Idiot!!! Eh Iain, UuuuR obviiiously workin' fur MI6.

greatgranpapapat said...

Fuggin, fuggin, fuggin...

Anonymous said...

Does Mr Al-Fayed still want a British passport or has he already got one? If not, could someone point him to the way out of this country once the inquest is over. Does he have indefinate leave to remain in this country?

A quiet voice of reason from the back of the room said...

Iain.

You are hardly being the voice of reason when you describe Mohammed Al-Fayed as the 'most odious man in Britain'.

The man has lost his beloved son and clearly finds it just too difficult to deal with.

I can understand his obsession with what he sees as the 'truth'.

If you had children, Iain, you may feel a little different.

As far as "the most odious man" is concerned I am quite sure that there are many far more highly qualified candidates currently infesting Parliament.

I speak from bitter and unresolved experience as my dead son was subject to various 'tissue' samples being removed from his corpse by a Hospital without the permission of either his mother or me.

We eventually found out that his coffin contained just about 60% of his remains and we were prevented from opening the coffin prior to cremation. The 'evidence' was burned and everyone 'moved on'. Except of course, his mother and I.

Now that the crash enquiry has ended, your comments of castigation do little to allow Mr. Al-Fayed to come to terms with his tragic loss. I truly fear for his mental state.

Kindly temper your thoughts of crticism and insult and just let this man come to terms with his tragic loss in his own way. Please.

I am still trying to come to terms with our loss after 40 years.

Typhoo said...

I do agree that Camilla is a crocodile though!!!!

strapworld said...

Verity is right, the Hamilton case should be referred to the Appeals Court...but this labour shower will never agree to that course of action, as that would ruin their story on Tory Sleeze!

However, returning to your main theme, Iain, Just what if..maybe at this point in time a big IF..but what if, Mohammed is right?

You and I do not know. We are both patriots, but didn't the royal family allow that odious creed Burrell to be charged and go all the way to the Old Bailey..before the Queen had a sudden recall of a conversation!!!

What if..? I say no more.

tapestry said...

Fayed undermines his assassination allegations by being so generous with his personal accusations.

There is a lot of good evidence, however that it was an assassination, that Paul was not drunk and so on.

If it was an assassination, then it couldn't have happened without at least the cooperation of the French government.

Fayed damaged the Conservative Party in 1997, and assisted Blair and Alastair Campbell to blacken the Major government - which explains the ire from Dale's smoking keyboard. The effect of this propaganda lasted a decade.

Diana was not ending the monarchy as often alleged, but was giving it new birth on a worldwide basis. There were maybe some who believed that the rebirth of monarchy through her celebrity had to be stopped - and not especially the Duke Of Edinburgh, who seems far too relaxed an individual to be capable of ordering assassinations in foreign capitals.

More likely those who planned to build a new empire who saw her as a a threat to their plans.

tory boys never grow up said...

I didn't think Neil Hamilton was ever found guilty by a jury - only the Sir Gordon Downey the Parlimentary Standards Commissioner. He lost a libel claim against Al Fayed - and gave up one against the Guardian.

Odious though Fayed is - the Guardian and Downey don't fall into the same category, and this should not be used as an opportunity to re write history.

ranter said...

Anyone else would be sectioned and taken to Chelsea & Westminster Hospital's Mulberry Ward

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

What the hero from zero forgot to mention was that "Q" at MI6 had come up with a special "don't wear you safety belt" tablet that was slipped into all the occupants' of the cars drinks.

(expect the one who survived the crash who was not influenced by that type of mind control, chose to wear his belt, and survived)

Anonymous said...

"The fact is that there are two people to blame for that crash - and both their surnames are Fayed - Dodi for allowing Henri Paul to drive the car and his father for employing a drunk driver in the first place."

Actually his father has even more reason to feel guilty. It hasn't really been reported but one of the things that has come out during the evidence is that it's quite likely Fayed Snr was telephoned and approved the ridiculous "leave through the back door with only one bodyguard and no back-up car" plan.

verity said...

It's only foreigners who don't realise how infra dig it would be to be recognised in Harrod's.

mike clarke said...

I say Ian, aren't you being rather unkind to skunks?

Oscar Miller said...

It is mind boggling that the cheap smears of a known liar were instrumental in vilifying and destroying the careers of the Hamiltons. It is worth reviving interest in Jonathan Boyd Hunt's excellently researched (and outrageously sidelined) book on the affair. Fayed seems to be saving Labour's skin again - usurping the headlines with his worthless stunts in court.

Tom FD said...

I rolled on the floor laughing when I heard that "he described Prince Phillip as a racist... who should be sent back to Germany". Well, I would have, had I not been disgusted about the entire affair, and the amount of coverage it's received. (It's news that Mohammed Al Fayed thinks there's a massive conspiracy surrounding the death of Princess Diana? Really?)

I hope he's found in contempt of court after this.

Richard Havers said...

I once had tea with M-A-F, I won't bore you with the reasons why, and it was one of the most uncomfortble 45 minutes of my life. He spent the entire time talking about what a gangster Prince Phillip was and told a story almost identical to that which came out in court today. I left having had several 'gifts;' thrust upon me. I threw them all
away as soon as I got home - I felt tainted.

Tom FD said...

Incidentally I wonder why he hasn't accused Elton John of being part of the conspiracy - it did give him a big career boost after all. Might as well throw his name in with all the others.

Anonymous said...

graybo said...
"I was amused when he said that Phillip is a Nazi and racist and "should go back to Germany where he came from". Ummm? Isn't Phil a Greek by birth?"

He is Greek by birth but racially he is more German than anything else.

With regard to Al Fayed, would it be possible, through an FOI request, to find out the precise reasons why he has repeatedly been refused British citizenship?

sock puppet said...

So nobody would ever believe that people in power could ever do anything like that? Tut-tut! How do you think people like that STAY in power?

"Oh no, this is britain! They wouldn't do anything like that, would they? That sort of thing only happens abroad!"

Tone made me do it - he's a bad influence said...

Is Prince Philip German, Greek or a type of cake?

Well his original surname was Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg so a bit of a clue there.

On gaining independence from Turkey, the major powers decided that the new nation should be a Kingdom. A branch of the Battenburg German royal family was dully parachuted in.

I believe that "Phil the Dane" or "Phil the German" is more correct than "Phil the Greek".

Mr Al-Fuckhead should certainly see Harrods nationalised. At the very least the way he was able to obtain planning permission for the Harrods depository should really be the issue here....

Casual Observer said...

I remember the grainy monochrome newsreel footage of Senator Joe McCarthy about 50 years ago when he was chairing hearings into alleged 'un-american activities. He saw reds everywhere and was determined to rid the US of them. Towards the end he was clearly obsessive and living in his own little world of perverted nonsense. The last footage shown was of this pathetic and odious little man ranting about reds whilst just about everyone else in the hearing decided to ignore him and quietly leave . He died soon afterwards. Perhaps fayed will follow his fine example. Perhaps we should follow the fine example of those that decided to ignore McCarthy.

As an aside, I bought a shirt from Harrods once. It was rubbish and it shrunk at the first wash. I have never been back and I certainly won't whilst the lunatic fayed owns the place.

Anonymous said...

Well...at least he did not bring Mossad into it...

Big Andy

Anonymous said...

Having heard him spouting off today on PM, I seriously doubt the the man's sanity.

I think the best way to deal with him is to give him as much rope as he needs - hour long interviews with Martin Bashir, a documentary series, maybe even his own chat show.

The more exposure his ravings get the better: I still have faith in the Great British Public's ability spot a nutter when they see one.

Paul said...

Oh dear! Although Al Fayed hardly does his own argument any good, I think a lot of the comments here are too much on the 'blinkered, let's believe the establishment' mentality.
There are a number of serious, unanswered questions about the whole 'Diana murder' thing. Sure, Al Fayed's ranting is probably not helping, and giving the media something to lap up - but that must still not provide an excuse for intelligent people to stick their head in the sand and refuse to look at evidence, irrespective of how 'controversial' it may be.
I too believe this inquest is a waste of money, but only because it's a foregone conclusion that if the 'establishment' DID arrange for her murder, then they're certainly going to arrange for the inquest findings to be "As we said all along. An accident. Now move along, nothing to see here".
I for one, /do/ believe she was murdered, but I also fear that we may never uncover the real truth.

Paul Burgin said...

Have boycotted it for years simply because of Al Fayed. A former girlfriend of mine wanted to visit Harrods on occasion when we met up in London. The response was always a firm no.
I am wondering (in all seriousness) if Al Fayed has "health problems"

Luis said...

I think he forget to mention the role of Michael Foot behind the grassy knoll !

Anonymous said...

Phil is not a Greek - we kicked the foreign monarchary out of Greece long ago.

tachybaptus said...

In republican Rome in the 1st century BC, anyone who took part in a false lawsuit involving perjury and slander was liable, if he lost, to be branded on the forehead with the letter K, standing for calumniator, a false accuser (don't know why it wasn't C, maybe that was already used for some other crime). It would be nice to see the custom restored.

Mind you, Cicero's first case, the defence of Roscius on a false charge of murder, should have brought this penalty on the accuser Chrysogenes and his henchgoons in whose name the accusation was made as part of a ploy to seize Roscius' estate. Roscius was cleared, but he never got his lost land back, nor was anyone given the big red K. This was because Chrysogenes was a foreign billionaire. Things don't change much.

Anonymous said...

I have had significant contractual dealings with "Mo" when he still owned House of Fraser.

This is a man who needs professional help. I know it sounds like an insult, but it's true.

He has used his financial power to intimidate everyone who has ever crossed him.

Perhaps he is scared of the truth that - his known alcoholic employee was the reason why Princess Diana and his waste-of-space-cokehead son died that night in Paris.

Not pretty, is it, Mo?

bebopper said...

My wife and I visited Harrods rcently for the first time in about thirty years. We decided it had gone decidedly downhill,
I was particularly irritated by the pop music blaring everywhere and by the fact that the once magnificent food hall had been split up into a number of expensive snack/oyster bars.
The man's a vulgar cad!

Fred said...

"Your all involved" is an implication and general interpretation of his evidence.
Whats your involvement Iain?
Surely after todays rant the Hamiltons should be exonerated!

Fred said...

Brown and Darling will be honouring him for keeping Northern Rock off the Headlines.

dozzy said...

Tachybaptus, K for C is an archaic spelling, and the use of K for calumniator will indicate that the practice of penal branding is (as you would expect) early. You assume that the charge against Roscius was false, but we only have Cicero's word for that. Chrysogonus (not -es) was not a prosecutor, and, again, we only have Cicero's word for it that he was anything to do with the case at all. We do not know that Roscius never got his land back; I like to think that he may have done.

Anonymous said...

Ask The Twatt! one question, Mr I was retainen on 20 grand a year by the [{ um}]
Glad to see the peace process is working.

verity said...

From today's Daily Mail:

"I'm not mad, insists Al Fayed: It was SLAUGHTER not murder".

So ... was it halal?

Yak40 said...

He has used his financial power to intimidate everyone who has ever crossed him.



A one man WalMart by the sound of it !

The Remittance Man said...

Well, since I've been boycotting the capital as much as I can for years, I guess Fayed's overpriced cornershop is automatically included on the list.

But I feel, in this instance, you are doing Mr Fayed an injustice, Iain. Surely he was showing a remarkable degree of restraint during his testimony. He could have included Mossad, BOSS (that's the old SA secret police), SPECTRE, Smersch and the Walmington-on-Sea Women's Institute in his list of illuminatii dominated organisations bent on depriving him of his rightful inheritance: a British passport and the crown of England.

The Remittance Man said...

btw, This whole Phil is a nasty foreigner thing... he's a refugee (run out of Greece by some mob of smelly types, if I remember rightly) and married to an Englishwoman.

Even ignoring his wartime service in the Royal Navy, either one of those reasons would seem to be good enough to give him a passport. Flimsier excuses seem valid enough to hand them out to all sorts nowadays after all.

What passport is it that MoFa waves at immigration?

Not a sheep said...

I haven't shopped at Harrods since that odious man purchased the store. Private Eye back issues cover the many and varied reasons for my decision.

rupert tube said...

"But it was with landmines that Diana really found her feet."

Jenny Bond, BBC Royal Correspondent
1 September 1997

Anonymous said...

To say that Al Fayed gave evidence to the inquest is to give the word a weight it cannot bear. He presented no evidence, sinply a deranged rant.

There is no evidence of a conspiracy. It is clear from what has emerged from the inquesty is that Al Fayed bullied and paid those around him to mouth the garbage he has been coming out with. It is no defence to say he grieving for his son to justify his odious and defamatory nonsense. Comments like those made by tapestry, sock puppet and paul does make one despair as to the capacity of people to engage rationally with the facts that exist.

judith said...

Maybe I'm being terribly naive, but if the 'Establishment' wanted Diana put down, couldn't they have found infinitely better, subtler and surer ways of doing it, rather than a dodgy car crash in full view of the paparazzi?

I cannot begin to understand why we are funding yet another inquest on the poor woman, nor why we are allowing the young Princes to be put through such torture.

Anonymous said...

Why is Al Faked covering up the involvement of Putin's assassins?

Anonymous said...

Fayed aside, the problem is that we just don't know what really happened. As a result of French incompetence it is likely that the driver's blood sample was not properly tested. I find it hard to believe that the British bodyguard would have let him drive drunk. It is almost certain that the photographers played a major part in hassling the car and driver. Having a tunnel with supporting pillars with no armco barriers was negligent in the extreme ensuring that any accident was potentially fatal.

Paul Burgin said...

Plus they didn't wear their seat belts. That is the obvious piece of evidence for me.
You would think that if there was a plan to bump of Princess Diana, there would be more subtle and hidden ways of doing it.

Anonymous said...

His problem is that he simply cannot accept that his employee was drunk and incapable and that his son and Diana did not wear seatbelts.

Two separate inquiries have picked over the facts of this case and reached the same conclusions. Fayed makes these wild accusations and statements but has yet to provide any evidence to back up his claims.

He is also guilty of consistently changing his story - see Private Eye ad nauseam for the details (and well done to them for this).

Not only is this an appalling waste of public money, people seem to forget that Princes William and Harry are forced, because of this man's inability to accept fact, to see their mother's death played out again and again, day after day, on every newspaper in the land.

If you stop to think for a moment, do you really believe that the Royal Family would willingly assassinate the mother of the future king? Do they really have such little regard for the feelings of her sons? When you think about that, you realise that Fayed is talking out of his ****.

Anonymous said...

You might like to check this out:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=515992&in_page_id=1770&ct=5
Why has the Mail disabled comments on this? Why is the BBC, and especially Nicholas Witchell's cemetary tones, reporting Fayed's allegations as if they had any credibility at all? It is a gross abuse of my licence fee. The man is a rank coward. He is using court privilege to make allegations he wouldn't dare make in public for fear of libel suits. About the only good thing to come out of this farce of an inquest is that the principal accused, according to Fayed, treat it with the contempt it deserves.

Wallenstein said...

Cranmer - indeed, first skunks, now badgers, there's clearly an anti-small-mammalian bias to mr Dale's current blogging!

toby esterhase said...

I agree that M-O-F is clearly mistaken but have some sympathy given he is clearly a deeply distressed person who has lost his son in tragic circumstances.

I do not consider that there was a conspiracy but it is a well known fact that Henri Paul was an intelligence assett (primarily for Mossad) - this should come as no suprise to anyone who understands such matters. Concierges are fantastic sources of information and all concierges at strategically important top hotels are very useful assetts to hold.

machiavelli said...

I have NEVER shopped there; although I did once see the plastic gold-painted wishing well (the Diana and Dodi memorial), which was in the basement between the escalators...

Boycott Harrods, shop at Harvey Nic's instead!

verity said...

What has got lost in the byways of insanity is, the Egyptian non-British citizen was directing the whole evening by phone. That was why they were driving endlessly and aimlessly around. IIRC, they were going to have dinner at Mo's pad in the Bois de Boulogne. Then Mo decided Do should pick up a ring for Di. Then Mo decided Do and Di should dine at the Ritz, not his house.

It was all aimless and empty,involved hours of driving around and was completely under Mo's command. It was probably he who instructed the driver to use the Alma tunnel and now he feels bad. Boo bloody hoo.

Rupert Tube: Thanks for the first laugh of the day. "But it was with landmines that Diana really found her feet." Jenny Bond, BBC Royal Correspondent.

I recall photos of her walking around landmine territory, wearing a plexiglass face mask. But landmines blow your feet off, not your head.

Anonymous said...

Verity said ... "I recall photos of her walking around landmine territory, wearing a plexiglass face mask. But landmines blow your feet off, not your head."

The visor was to protect her face if one of her retinue stepped on a mine.

Anonymous said...

We seldom hear any comment about the fact that occcupants of the fated car crash failed to wear seat belts and therefore were party to their own death. I understand that Fayed called for Prince Philip to be deported, did we give Fayed a passport? and shouldn't he go back to Egypt.

tachybaptus said...

Dozzy, just in case anyone is still reading this thread:

Thanks for your comments on Cicero's defence of Roscius, and your balanced view of where the truth might be. Nice to see that there is a proper Ciceronian reading this blog. It was careless of me to misspell Chrysogonus and describe him as the 'accuser', though I did later mention 'henchgoons in whose name the accusation was made'. (For the record, the actual accuser was C. Erucius, abetted by (?)false witnesses.)

On the other hand, if Roscius had really got his land back, it seems likely that Cicero, no stranger to blowing his own trumpet, might have boasted about it later, perhaps in a letter. Though, of course, nine-tenths of C's writings are lost.

Anonymous said...

I live near Harrods but boycotting it is no inconvenience as it is such a tacky dump these days.

Anonymous said...

"I remember the grainy monochrome newsreel footage of Senator Joe McCarthy....He saw reds everywhere...he was clearly obsessive and living in his own little world of perverted nonsense."

Er...bit of an awkward analogy that. There were reds and they were everywhere as we lawntester found out.

Nevertheless... well, I was going to say that Fayad*'s several sandwiches short of a picnic but I suppose sandwiches are one thing he's not short of.
*The Al was Fayad's idea.

I'm told Harold Robbin's 'The Pirates' has a character loosely based on the young Fayad. All fantasy of course.....

Chris A said...

I've never shopped in Harrods and never will whilst this odious fool is in charge. What I fail to understand is how Michael Cole - who used to be a serious journalist - can act as this man's mouthpiece. Still I suppose he pays well and that bouffant must be expensive to maintain.

Paul Linford said...

What I fail to understand is how Michael Cole - who used to be a serious journalist - can act as this man's mouthpiece

Perhaps for the same reason as Debbie McGee married the millionaire Paul Daniels.