Wednesday, July 05, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: Further Prescott/Anschutz Revelation

I can exclusively reveal that two days after John Prescott's overnight stay with Philip Anschutz John Prescott flew to Los Angeles where he was a guest at a champagne reception hosted by the Chief Executive of AEG Tim Leiwke. AEG is the company which runs the Dome and is owned owned by Anschutz. This man is on record in the Independent saying that "a casino licence is fundamental to the future of the Dome". So if that is so, how could Prescott and Anschutz discuss the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula without talking about a casino licence?

I trust my friends in Her Majesty's press will be following this up during the course of the evening. Any further info before my Newsnight interview would be gratefully received.

8 comments:

WmByrd said...

"A spokesperson for John Prescott told PinkNews.co.uk: “The Deputy Prime Minister['s] remit was to meet Mr Anshutz [sic] to discuss the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula and nothing else.” As you say, Iain, that's a very interesting quote.

And today Prezza contradicts himself, saying it was a private visit to chat about Wilberforce and look at cattle.
And - even more surprising - that he has had nothing to do with licensing casinos.

So what was his private, personal interest in discussing the financing of casinos and property development of Greenwich, on a 'private' visit?

All very rum.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst your bubble... This info has been known to everyone in the broadcast media since yesterday. You don't have access to the wires, do you?!

Glad to see you're keeping up the standards of citizen "journalism" - and maybe also tell your readers about the email you sent to westminster hacks pleading they report your "exclusive", complete with link to this poxy post!

Nice try. Better luck next time.

Anonymous said...

Not posting my comment?? Truth be told, it's probably hard to tell which was mine amongst the mass of emails telling you your exclusive was a load of bollocks. Here's an idea - take the post off your site. I've got a screengrab that'll show you to be useless, ill-informed, frustrated hack.

Anonymous said...

Just saw you on Sky News @19:00 Iain - good stuff.

Question: If Jabba is now admitting that the ranch stay was a personal holiday (by declaring it it on the Register of Members’ interests) surely he should have paid the $600 for it, rather than the taxpayer?

And why did he require a "small number of civil servants" with him on his junket?

Anonymous said...

blbbcaAll perfectly reasonable.

It is a largely unappreciated fact that sweeping down the south-facing slopes behind Schloss Prezzie are vineyards that produce the stunning Clos du Gob cuvee. He was just assessing the competition, that's all.

Rumours that it'll be renamed Veuve Prescott once Pauline realises that the gravy train is coming to a shuddering halt is merely an interesting footnote.

Anonymous said...

All perfectly reasonable.

It is a largely unappreciated fact that sweeping down the south-facing slopes behind Schloss Prezzie are vineyards that produce the stunning Clos de Gob cuvee. He was just assessing the competition, that's all.

Rumours that it'll be renamed Veuve Prescott once Pauline realises that the gravy train is coming to a shuddering halt is merely an interesting footnote.

WmByrd said...

Iain - also see
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/
entertainment/4579791.stm

On 25 May 2005 Beeb News reported an interview with Tim Leiweke, Anschutz's CEO, who claimed AEG would be converting the Dome to a dual-auditorium 23,000-seater rock arena 'second only to Berlin'.
In July, only a few weeks later, Prescott was discussing building a casino there instead, and had already looked at AEG's casino in Sydney.
Well, plans change of course - but that fast?
Was the Dome 'rock arena' an expedient lie by Anschutz and the Government? Perhaps because Tessa Jowell was having severe difficulties in the H of C with the casinos issue, and had been forced to limit their number? (see Hansard, 07/04/05).
Why did AEG or Prescott not announce AEG's true plans once he knew them?
AEG is also a gigantic sports and entertainments organiser and agency. What else do they want from the UK? (A casino in, er, Hull perhaps? ;-)

Iain Dale said...

Anonymous - No I don't have the wires. The fact remains this hasn't been reported on the broadcast media. And I don't plead. I alert. And by the way, your IP addres has been noted.
And I couldn't post your comment at the time beacuse I was driving to the BBC.