by Les MayDANCZUK's response to the story which appears in today's Rochdale Observer about a toilet block being named after him:
'The publisher paid John Walker £250 in error, it should never have been paid to him. He contributed nothing to the book written about Cyril Smith. It's not for me to pay for his flights to Gambia.'
is typical Danczuk bluster, displays a total ignorance of why the money was paid and is libellous by implication. Clearly Danczuk judges others by his own casual approach to entitlement to expenses.
When I put this to John Walker he replied:
'And, of course the charity does not pay my flights to The Gambia. I have never drawn a penny from it and it costs me, at a conservative estimate c £2k per year.'
If you don’t know who to believe in this exchange you might remember that Danczuk has never told us how many men he interviewed before writing his book. I wrote to him in 2014 asking him this very question and he has never replied. When a Northern Voices editor put the same question to Danczuk and Baker at the Rochdale Literary and Ideas Festival in the same year he was summarily ejected by the ‘fragrant’ Karen Danczuk.
When Danczuk and Baker’s book appeared in 2014 reviewers fell over themselves to denounce Smith and praise the book. Almost the only sceptical note was sounded by Nicholas Blincoe in review in the Telegraph. But Blincoe was from Rochdale and knew all about Smith from the story which appeared in May 1979 in Rochdale’s Alternative Paper (RAP). Walker was one of the two co-editors of RAP. As Blincoe said in his review. ‘Everyone in Rochdale read the RAP story. I pored over it as a 13-year-old.’. Which means of course that everyone in Rochdale over about 55 knows the just how big is the debt Danczuk and Baker owes to the dogged efforts of Walker and co-editor David Bartlett.
Now I’ve ‘got form’ in attacking Danczuk’s claims about his book, but if you want an independent view check out the articles on the Zelo blog using the link I have provided below.
"I don't understand why he has never written a book about this himself.
He's had plenty of opportunities to do so."
I consider the statement " It's not for me to pay for his flights to
Gambia." a libel by implication.