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Neil Clark, Sputnik, Threatens Tendance Coatesy.

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Neil Clark: Top Sputnik Intellectual.

Dear Andrew Coates,

Re your attack on me on your blog:

1. Kindly remove the photograph of me which you don’t have permission to use.

2. If you’re going to attack me by selectively quoting from pieces I have written in the past- well that’s one thing.

But what I won’t allow to stand is your attempt to smear me on the basis that my work, without my knowledge and without my permission has appeared on some French far right sites (if that’s indeed what they are- I have never heard of them).

If you can’t see how dishonest it is to attack someone for their work being stolen and put on sites without their permission- then I think you’ve got big problems.

At the moment I’m consulting with lawyers over representing me on a conditional fee arrangement in a legal action against Oiver Kamm (Sic) , who has waged a 10 year smear campaign aganst me which has involved regular posting of defamatory comments-(most seriously that I am a ‘Srebrenica denier’ ) an action which would also bring in the assistance Kamm has received in his campaign from ‘Andrew Philip Cross’, who, like Kamm cyberstalks me and who I saw (surprise surprise) soon joined in the attacks on me on your blog post, wth his links all at the ready (classic stalking behaviour).

He continues….

I really wouldn’t want to broaden any action I might take to include you– but at the same time I am not prepared to let your insinuation that I wrote directly for French far-right websites stand.

I therefore request that you amend your blog post to add the following :

Neil Clark has contacted me to say that his work appeared on the French sites (you can add their names) without his knowledge and permission  – and I apologise for giving readers the impression that he had written directly for these sites.

Please can you acknowledge safe receipt of this email.

Thank you in advance,
Neil Clark


We are working on the assumption that this semi-literate communication is not a joke (“aganst” “Oiver Kamm” “wth”)


His demand is that I write this:

“Neil Clark has contacted me to say that his work appeared on the French sites (you can add their names) without his knowledge and permission  – and I apologise for giving readers the impression that he had written directly for these sites.”

I apologise?

He has yet to even acknowledge that they are far-right.

Any apology has to come from a different source.

Let us see what I actually said,

His writings also appear on the 9/11 ‘Truther’ site ‘Voltaire Net.” (Réseau Voltaire) – here. Voltaire Net was set up by Thierry Meyssan who is best known for 9/11: The Big Lie (L’Effroyable imposture).

If Neil Clarke is unaware of the French sites (the 9/11 ‘Truther’ site,  Réseau Voltaire), using his articles, a big ‘if’ since it took me a few minutes to find them, then it is his responsibility to make sure that this is widely known.

And if not, there’s always Google.

To repeat.

They published his material: ’If you’re in NATO you can get away with murder’: Neil Clark to RT’ Réseau Voltaire. 12th June 2013.

If he does not known what Réseau Voltaire is, and who  Thierry Meyssan is, then perhaps he should start writing about something less intellectually challenging than politics, like posting comments on Facebook pictures of his pets.

Égalité et réconciliation may be a little more difficult – knowing about the most celebrated French far-right conspiracy theorist Alain Soral is nevertheless made easy even for dunderheads by his Wikipedia entry in English (though it’s not very comprehensive and needs an update).

This is what I wrote, in a comment.

He’s even on the openly fascist site of Alain Soral (Egalité et Réconciliation)

Neil Clark – Il est temps de mettre un terme aux brimades contre les Serbes


As for this shower – which I referred to not on the Blog post but, to repeat,  in the comments,  here is how they present his oeuvre.

He has yet to make clear his condemnation of either, or seem to grasp why these people find it useful to reproduce his opinions.

In these conditions pointing out that his work appears on these sites, is simply stating the truth.

I did not, therefore, say he “wrote” for the sites.

Rather than attacking Tendance Coatesy – of greater concern apparently than anything else –  what is going to do about their appearance on the French language and English language version of Réseau Voltaire/Voltaire Net, and Soral’s vehicle?

By contrast we are happy to remove his precious photo – though we have no idea that images available through Google are in some fashion copyright (presumably there are special pictures on the net that require a stamp from the Glavnoye Razvedyvatel’noye Upravleniye to use).

On this demand alone I have shamelessly caved in and replaced it with one of our own.


Written by Andrew Coates

October 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

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  1. Neil Clark once appeared to consider the idea that a British person might read anything in the German language as, in itself, “pseudery”.

    I think we know from that how little he would be likely to know about those who have been reprinting his work in French, don’t we?

    Beyond that this is yet further proof that there are two Lefts with no meaningful connection or affinity.


    October 26, 2015 at 7:07 pm

  2. An excellent response to this Red-Brown scumbag. Let him actively disassociate himself from the various far-right sites that happily (and so far without any objection) republish his filth, then he might deserve to be taken seriously.

    Jim Denham

    October 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm

  3. Andrew, be assured that Mr Clark’s lawyers are, from my extensive experience of them, a complete fantasy.

    Mr Clark, stop writing to me.

    Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm)

    October 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm

  4. Februarycallendar, in fact Mr Clark used to claim in his biography for the Racing Post to speak fluent French along with several other European languages. This turned out also to be a fantasy, however.

    Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm)

    October 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

  5. In an article for the Daily Express (about horse racing), Neil Clark once inferred that “speaking several languages” was some sort of bad thing, denouncing those who do so as “smug, bumptious know-alls”.

    Admittedly, the Express would never be likely to print anything else, but it would have been perfectly easy and perfectly possible for him simply not to write for them. I can’t imagine Desmond pays particularly well.


    October 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

  6. Februarycallendar, thanks for that: my only direct experience of Mr Clark is through the numerous threatening emails he sends but in my previous career I knew Richard Desmond quite well. Mr Clark is well suited to being a light-entertainment stringer for the Express, in my opinion, and I expect (for I’m unable to tell) that Mr Clark’s knowledge of horse racing exceeds its political equivalent.

    Andrew, if Mr Clark sends you any more such absurd bluster, please forward his emails to me.

    Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm)

    October 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  7. just imagine the internet never existed.

    you would never have heard of Neil Clark or MR KAMM


    m_jelly (@monsieur_jelly)

    October 27, 2015 at 1:05 am

  8. He hasn’t sent me another Saturday special – yet.

    Note the day, and the spelling mistakes, well.

    Andrew Coates

    October 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm

  9. Sorry to come back again on your blog comments, Andrew, but I ought to advise Mr Clark why it’s so easy to spot him as a bullshitter: he never gets the terminology right. Lawyers don’t “represent” a client in a libel case; they “act for” the client. I could spot his haplessness the moment he started sending me silly threats headed “Without Prejudice” all those years ago, and he’s still at it. He does it all the time, to anyone and everyone, and your response is perfect.

    Oliver Kamm (@OliverKamm)

    October 27, 2015 at 1:08 pm

  10. “Without prejudice” – as a young student I learnt that that was one of those pseudo-legal phrases you pepper your letters on anything remotely to do with law with when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Like “allegedly”.

    I suspect than in reality he went to a law school where this was the motto:

    “They say that a man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client. And, with God as my witness, I am that fool!”

    Gomez Adams.

    Andrew Coates

    October 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  11. He didn’t know some french websites were republishing his stuff? That surprises me, as I assumed that Mr Jobbik, sorry, din’t know what my autocorrect did there, Mr Clark is the kind of tech-savvy blogger – winner of “Blogger of the year 1962” no less, motto ‘vote early, vote often’, who has Google alerts to inform him of every online mention of his name. This is clearly not the case and he is like myself just another dedicated reader of the Tendance.


    October 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

  12. I suspect that he won’t what’s happened to him after the Pitchfork of the Revolution, Workers’ Spatula (highly recommended), gets its prongs into him.


    Andrew Coates

    October 27, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  13. […] mostly Trotskyite idiots (the poison of the Western Left) like this guy who push the line that Putin, Dugin and Soral are fascists. I do not see a lot of evidence for it, […]

  14. clark and this lindsay character are the crusted on scum which festers in the twilight world somewhere between piles of discarded, moth-eaten, beige and shit-brown cardigan …

    m. jelly is correct, if it wasn’t for the bloody internet, no-one would know they exist at all.

    redkorat☭ (@red_korat)

    October 29, 2015 at 2:34 am

  15. Neil Clark is a legend.
    The AWL are the real red/brown, Trotskyism and Zionism respectively.


    October 30, 2015 at 12:12 am

  16. after summ deep thinking on tha matter, i have come to revise opinnion soummwoTT. you know that before the twatter and the internett and tha blerrhgghs and that, that these pigs would be not even ignored because that sort of means they would have been noticed in the first place. – to then be ignored. Their werth is only in the fact that they are indicitive of the sort of filth i will execute on mass when get the chance.*

    *hellOO dean

    m_jelly (@monsieur_jelly)

    October 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

  17. Or perhaps, better – a ‘myth’?

    Andrew Coates

    October 30, 2015 at 11:56 am

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