Friday, 28 September 2012

Shapps Fell…

Update for new readers: further developments can be found here

(OK, that may be one of my weakest puns ever. And therefore one of my favourites).

You may recall that I complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about Grant Shapps MP posing as 'Michael Green' and/or 'Sebastian Fox' to flog dubious and potentially illegal business guides, software and SEO scripts. After a bit of digging, I decided that the enthusiastic endorsements by happy customers of HowToCorp might be just as fictional as Grant's alter egos.

I have a reply from the ASA. They're going to conduct a proper investigation. This might be a little uncomfortable for Shapps and his wife Belinda. They will have to demonstrate the existence of Fox, Green and the endorsers… which might be a tad difficult. Here's the text (click to enlarge):


Anonymous said...

Are you obsessed? Looks like you have a childish vendetta! Making a complaint doesn't make the claim legitimate. You clearly have too much time on your hands! Tony the Tiger isn't real either.... Complain about Kelloggs!

Anonymous said...

Nice work.

Only the Tories would stand for this kind of thing, exploiting the system, or other people, is just good business, right?

Anonymous said...

Hi Grant. First to comment I see.

The Plashing Vole said...

Obsessed? By making a valid point about potentially fraudulent advertising? Perhaps you'd care to look at my whole blog: it covers politics, classical music, poetry, books, teaching… a range of subjects.

Commenter 2: Remember Heseltine, recommending that businesses pay their bills as late as possible?

Commenter 3: Spot on!