Please share widely, as this kind of behaviour by Cure supporters needs to be exposed.
I wrote a couple of days ago about the threat by NHS ‘whistleblower’ Gary Walker to call in the police and accuse me of harassment for speaking out about Julie Bailey and her group, Cure the NHS (Cure).
He’s not the only Cure supporter to resort to barely-veiled threats – at the same time handily revealing the real nature of Cure and its allies, one that is conveniently ignored by anti-NHS or otherwise compliant media.
One of the more interesting examples involves a character who styles himself ‘NHS Complaint’ on Twitter and a blog, but whose real name is Alan Edwards, has joined in the fun with this interesting little number:
‘They will be dealt with’?! As others pointed out in the thread, there’s not much mistaking the threatening tone of that statement, or the fact that it represents a threat of retribution for voicing a dissenting opinion:
This becomes even more obvious when you consider the context. Mr Edwards, a histrionic character with an apparent liking for melodrama as well as a very high opinion of his own significance, is the character attempting a private prosecution for manslaughter against David Nicholson, the outgoing head of the NHS, for his supposed role in deaths at Stafford hospital.
Leave aside the fact that Nicholson’s connection to events at Mid Staffs is tenuous at best. Leave aside the fact that events at Mid Staffs are nothing like they’ve been portrayed by the media, and that independent clinicians who reviewed the deaths at Mid Staffs found that ‘perhaps one’ was questionable.
These clear facts notwithstanding, Mr Edwards feels entitled to access any papers he wishes to support his wild, grandiose attempt to bring charges that the Crown Prosecution Service would laugh out of the building, even though those documents are not in the public domain:
Edwards’ lashing out is not confined to Twitter, nor to the issue of NHS log-in data. On his blog, as we’ve already seen in a previous blog, he fires unfounded, libellous accusations, not only at various Stafford people who cannot be demonstrated to have done any worse than disagree with, or disapprove of, the behaviour of Cure, but also at a whole town:
A whole town ‘allowed the vulnerable to suffer for money’?
Mr Edwards’ strange, obsessive behaviour is far from limited to Stafford-related matters, as even a superficial read of his blog will attest. In one particularly telling example, he not only again makes wild and libellous accusations but also includes a photograph of the young woman he’s accusing:
I won’t bore you with more of his venomous ramblings, but these examples perfectly illustrate the seemingly-unhinged nature of Mr Edwards’ thought processes.
So, an unstable person with a history of obsessive behaviour and a taste for baseless private crusades threatens that I and a Stafford woman ‘will be dealt with’. Interesting.
When Gary Walker accused me of harassment, I did a little reading up on the relevant law. Mr Walker was talking nonsense, but the reading was not time wasted. One of the measures that defines whether behaviour constitutes harassment is whether
threats of harm are being made to the victim or someone else – this might include indirect threats.
I’m not going to report Mr Edwards for his threatening behaviour toward me, because I’m not a histrionic personality with an addiction to melodrama. However, if he repeats or acts on any kind of threat via any medium, I will, particularly because he has included a Stafford woman in his pathetic mutterings and threatening a woman is a very serious matter.