have been overwhelmed by the support I have received
following my departure from The People’s Voice on
Monday, January 6, 2014.
This is my statement
During the brief
period when I worked as a full-time journalist and
presenter at The People's Voice office in Wembley –
every week day, sometimes 12 hours a day for the period
from November 18th to January 6th - various volunteers
and staff made alarming comments to me about the
financial accounting at The People’s Voice.
I was told that public money had been 'squandered',
‘spent unwisely’ and ‘in an easy-come, easy-go manner’.
I was informed that various pieces of equipment,
including a handheld camera, had ‘gone missing’. It was
alleged that money had been paid to someone who did not
warrant being paid and who shared a property in Wembley
with David - amongst other accusations.
Given these suspicions I was not happy with David Icke
and Sean Adl-Tabatabai - TPV's station manager -
suggesting a second telethon on January 3, 2014. This
was to raise more money for TPV following a two-week
Christmas break from live programming.
I realised that the public, who had already donated far
in excess of £300,000, was losing some goodwill towards
TPV – and for a number of reasons.
I felt, as did other members of staff who said it to me
– but did not have the courage to say it to David Icke
directly - that all financial dealings should be public
I believe, and conveyed this to David Icke, Sean ADL and
Liz Roberts – in their respective roles as Station
Manager and Production Manager - that all money paid out
– including expenses and staff wages should be published
monthly. This idea never progressed beyond the asking
This, and other issues reached a head for me on Friday
night when I was asked to take part in the telethon to
raise money even though I didn’t know entirely where the
previous public money had gone to.
I should add I refused point blank to take part in the
first telethon in early November before the station had
even launched. Not only was I unimpressed with some of
the content of that telethon, as a representation of
TPV, but I felt there was something wrong in asking the
public for more money BEFORE they had seen even one
So it was that I was not happy to do this latest
telethon but I did it because I wanted TPV to succeed.
Despite my misgivings, I put my heart into it including
organising a Question Time-style panel and a film
recorded on New Year’s Eve about people who are doing
important activism to make positive changes to our
I was, and remain, proud of this input – and output -
and all the people involved in making this happen and
all for only the petrol money to cover the filming.
After the telethon, I slept badly on Friday night and by
Saturday morning I had sent an e-mail to David Icke
outlining my serious concerns about the finances at The
I heard nothing back from him. This was unusual because
David is not only a prolific writer but he has always
responded within hours, sometimes minutes, of my sending
him an e-mail.
I arrived at the TPV office on Monday about 10am.
David’s office door, a glass-type partition, was closed
and I tapped on it. He refused to look up at me and kept
staring at the screen in front of him.
Undaunted, I opened the door, said ‘good morning’ and
asked if I could have a talk with him. He refused. He
said he had to wait until Sean arrived before we could
talk. I asked him when that would be. He said any
Sean arrived about 45 minutes later. Liz Roberts, Head
of Production, came to me and said they were ready for
the meeting. Then, somewhat oddly, she led me to the
darkened, sound-proofed studio where the music and
performance segment of TPV is recorded.
I was uncomfortable with this as I was uncertain why we
were meeting in here seeing as David normally conducts
meetings in his or Sean ADL’s office, both at the end of
the TPV main office.
Several chairs had been placed in the darkened studio in
a semi-circle and I sat down on the chair that was most
set apart from the others. Sean ADL took a seat and Liz
Roberts went to get David Icke. It was silent between
Sean and I and we waited a minute or so until David Icke
I could see that David was already furious when he
arrived in the room. He looked how I had seen him on
several other occasions when he has lost his temper with
members of staff. He sat down on the chair directly
opposite me and in the middle of Sean ADL and Liz
Roberts and I said, ‘who’s going to start?’
David said that seeing as I was the one with the
allegations, it should be me.
I told him that for the past few weeks people in the
office – including volunteers and paid staff - had been
coming to me and making troubling accusations about
misappropriation of the funds.
I had heard stories of nights out on expenses, of many
rounds of drinks and food being bought in pubs, of
takeaways and alcohol being ordered to the People’s
Voice by - and for - paid staff members.
There were even more outrageous accusations told to me
including people who received money from TPV who had
some personal involvement with David Icke.
I told David, Sean ADL and Liz Roberts that TPV was
struggling financially because public goodwill towards
TPV was at a low ebb because, amongst other things, a
lack of transparency.
I said that I felt it personally important to see how
the money had been spent up to this point – and not
least because David always agreed with me about the
importance of transparency in all dealings.
David’s voice was raised and he demanded to hear more of
my allegations and who they involved.
I felt that this was some kind of a trap and I said I
wasn’t going to name names at this stage and that I just
wanted to see where the money had been spent. He
refused. He said I would have to wait until the end of
the year. He was furious that I dared to question the
His entire attitude was indignant and outraged by my
request. I asked him if I would need to put in a Freedom
of Information request to get the information from The
People’s Voice regarding accounting.
I was shocked by the corporate front that David Icke,
Liz Roberts and Sean ADL were showing me with regard
what had happened with the money and I said that I
believed TPV was operating no differently – with it’s
hierarchy of decently paid management, numerous unpaid
volunteers and no accountability – to the corporations
It was at this point that David Icke lost his temper
completely. He started shouting that I was the most
divisive character that he had ever met in the media and
that everyone hated me at TPV. He asked Liz Roberts to
back this statement up but she couldn’t. Given that Liz
has previously stated in public in the office that I am
‘an example to all of us’, I didn’t feel that she could
really back up his accusation with any credibility.
This emotional attack from David alarmed me greatly. I
had only asked for financial transparency and not only
was he refusing to let me have this information but he
tried to use intimidation techniques to deflect me from
pursuing it too.
David Icke tells everyone I am a PROPER journalist. His
words. When I am on air I am told he walks from office
to office, pointing at the screen and saying ‘that’s
real journalism’. The big problem here is
David Icke is only happy when I am investigating anyone
or anything other than him and The People’s Voice.
I am not saying that anyone has carried out fraud at
TPV. I have no proof of that. What I am saying, however,
is that I believe there exists a cavalier attitude, at
times, to the spending of public funds.
At TPV I have seen the letters of people who donate
their hard-to-come-by cash. Children giving up their
pocket money and pensioners contributing part of their
pension. It greatly upsets me to see the laissez faire
attitude towards their money.
The statement on my departure released by TPV and
written by David Icke – according to Liz Roberts in
correspondence with presenter Barrie Sharpe – was
designed to smear me.
None of what was said even came up in the meeting
yesterday morning. David Icke's statement was an affront
not only to me but to anyone who supports me and to
anyone who donated their time, efforts and money to TPV.
Thank goodness so many people have seen right through it
and reacted accordingly.
I would be more than happy to debate TPV with David
Icke, Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Liz Roberts on camera and
in a neutral environment. I have nothing to hide.
It is not me who seeks to take people into a darkened
room away from other people in the office at the point
when the person wants to address important questions
about alleged financial mismanagement. I am, and remain,
transparent in my dealings.
I am informed by a member of staff that there have been
orders to ‘remove me’. This includes taking down a great
deal of information I have conveyed on film at TPV
including a video we shot on New Years Eve about
children being taken into care and about people
campaigning against fracking.
David Icke says The People’s Voice is about ‘the content
and not the personality’. If that is so, why would he
have sanctioned the removal of ‘the content’ that I
contributed to The People’s Voice?
Content, I might add, that I have already copied and
feel totally at liberty to post on to Youtube. I believe
that the public, who paid for this, is entitled to that
and it should not be stopped because of the vindictive
behaviour of people who claim to know better.
I am in no doubt that David Icke shouted at me in the
meeting because, rather than accept that there may be a
problem of a certain culture growing at TPV, he chose to
deflect the blame for his failings onto me and my
I acknowledge that I am capable of being a fiery
character. I’ve said it on camera. It’s part of who I am
but it is entirely wrong – as they suggest in the
official statement about my departure – to suggest that
I don’t treat people with respect.
You only have to look at the wonderful things that have
been said about me following my departure from TPV. I am
quite blown away by the strength of support.
So I have to ask: why would David Icke attempt to smear
my character? I only asked where The People’s Voice
money had gone to?
Hardly an unreasonable question, I thought, given myself
– and many others - were contributing great amounts of
time and money to making TPV happen.
I’m not looking for a medal but I did more than work at
TPV, I have also put my hand in my own pocket and have
funded a hire car, petrol, pictures and food for
I am far from financially wealthy and I am a single
parent with only my income coming in, but I have
contributed what I could because I believed in what TPV
was capable of.
I am deeply upset what has come to pass. It has taken me
a day to compose my thoughts into any semblance of
order. I believed in the capability of TPV. I don’t
anymore. As it stands, it is not capable of being the
true media we so desperately need in this world.
When I was sat in the meeting yesterday morning I
realised that these three people before me were not
capable of creating an alternative media. I knew that if
I were to stay a moment longer I was in danger of
damaging my own hard-won reputation of honesty and
misleading the public too. I could not do that and that
is why I left.
I am also upset because there are people at TPV whom I
have become very fond of. Good people who want to make a
better world but who are unaware – or don’t know how to
deal with - the real issues of injustice right under
It won’t stop me trying to create that media I can
imagine, though. I have gained a great deal of
understanding of what not to do and I have plans right
now how to implement my own show. I will only do this if
it can be completely transparent because that is what I
believe we need more of in this world. I thought TPV
could offer that. It didn’t.
For the record, David Icke needs to understand that
respect – as his official statement about me calls for –
is a two-way street. He is so used to being all-powerful
in his environment that he responds badly to being
Despite repeatedly saying that ‘presenters have
free-will’ David Icke did not hesitate to make known
some of his dissatisfactions with me inviting on guests
whom he had fallen out with in the past.
I witnessed that side of him and so did Sean ADL and Liz
Roberts. They sat back and allowed it to happen. That’s
why they are still there. They do not challenge him
because to do so would challenge the comfortable and
unaccountable existence at TPV that they have come to
Both Sean ADL and Liz Roberts publicly have stated that
TPV may not survive beyond the end of January unless the
station gets more money in. Well, as two of the people
who have access to TPV's funds, they would know.
As of this afternoon I have not received the requested
information on financial accounting. How difficult can
it be to show how much has been donated to The People's
Voice and where and by whom it has been spent?
Upon receipt of the information from The People’s Voice,
I will report on my findings just as I report on the
behaviour of other organisations.
The silence from the station, in response to the
extraordinary support of people who are appalled at the
statement issued by David Icke on behalf of The People’s
Voice, speaks volumes.
This is my statement of the events of yesterday at The
People’s Voice with David Icke, Liz Roberts and Sean
Adl-Tabatabai. I have sent this statement to all these
three people as well as posting it on my website and on
social network sites.
Sonia Poulton, January 7th, 2014