Our satirical writer Edwin Phillips reads a Press Release to the mainstream media from Cardiff’s controversial Tanning Lounge written by its manager, South Wales conman Howard Williams/James Daniels who The Eye showed had his legs broken when a drugs deal soured and has spent years in prison, congratulating them for not reporting details of his background.
FROM: Time At Relaxing Tanning Studio (TARTS)
TO: All Regional Staff Editorial (ARSE)
TIME: When Burnt To A Crisp
TARTS congratulate you in the mainstream media.
You have rightly stayed silent as that irritating website The Eye have ‘revealed’ certain facts about our manager at The Tanning Lounge in Llanrumney.
It is true that Howard Williams/James Daniels is a convicted fraudster who has tricked people out of thousands of pounds, some of whom have been left mentally damaged by losing large amounts of money to him, and that he has spent more than four years in prison.
But he has rightly described this time in a Facebook post as a “short while”, and you have correctly ignored it.
He has openly stated: “… when I was younger I did spend a short while in prison for fraud in the UK”.
Yet TARTS are happy to see that this has not been reported, except on that outlier website The Eye, and you have decided it is not worthwhile to publish the facts that over 10 years Mr Williams/Daniels’ jail sentences have totalled four years four months, involving 25 counts of deception, and he has been made bankrupt three times.
It is clearly of no concern to your journalists that many people apparently think our esteemed manager has been an Estate Agent in a previous career, when on one property website, the warm feelings of an individual are made clear: “He (Mr Williams/Daniels) makes you pay circa £10k deposit and then disappears into the sunset”.
It has only been reporters on The Eye which have published regrettable so-called ‘facts’ about him.
At a property event in the South of England they were apparently told that an investor had lost £30,000 to him.
It seems that someone who was lucky enough to become close to Mr Williams/Daniels, said he has “sucked everyone in” and that with several other firms, he allegedly owes staff as well as landlords “lots of money”.
He is an extremely widely-travelled man.
Before returning to his homeland of South Wales, Mr Williams/Daniels had moved to Murcia in Spain and changed his name to ‘James Daniels’.
Unfortunately his own father has described him to The Eye as a “complete crook”.
Justifiably the website’s Editor Phil Parry as well as his friends, wife and children, have been subjected to understandable comments on social media from him and his supporters.
In one extremely measured remark he wrote: “You write total lies about people (The Eye claims it only reports the facts), bully to the point of harassment and suicide, and will not answer a direct email? This is not journalism this is a mixture of Phil Parry (The ex journalist) and (others) you are pure scum!!!!! Let it be publicly known that The Eye does NOT care about people it just lies to make fictitious stories up. BULLYING, LIES, MENTAL HEALTH ABUSE TO NAME BUT A FEW!!!!!”.
In another he said: “I am have contacted you (sic) numerous times before asking why you consistently, stalk, bully and harass me? … You so far have asked the following for comments:
Abuser (Although The Eye have apparently never said Mr Williams/Daniels is an abuser).
Sex Offender (Although The Eye have apparently never said Mr Williams/Daniels is a sex offender).
Drug user (Although The Eye have apparently never said Mr Williams/Daniels is a drug-user, just that he has dealt in illegal drugs).
Your reporters in the mainstream media have correctly not followed up the many accusations on social media from Mr Williams/Daniels to the family of Mr Parry, that The Eye are pursuing a person with “severe mental health illness” when cases of this are well known to its Editor.
Your reporters will have been dazzled by the fact that when Mr Williams/Daniels was an Estate Agent, he posted a YouTube interview on his property website where he talked in interesting terms about his property expertise.
He proudly said he had a “massive” Estate Agency business, but you will have been sad to learn that Mr Williams/Daniels went from earning £20,000 a week to having just £56 in his pocket and living on the streets.
Yet this is a heart-warming story because he also said in the interview that it took just “24 hours” to turn the £56 into £1,000.
Unfortunately one who is owed thousands of pounds by Mr Williams/Daniels told The Eye: “This is all made up. He lives in a complete fantasy world!”.
He has come through enormous adversity which is revealed by the fact that he also received a jail sentence for deception as founder and president of The Welsh Martial Arts Association, when Mr Williams/Daniels generously accepted money from affiliated dojos for insurance cover, but showed his business skills by not arranging the required cover and taking the cash.
Mr Williams/Daniels had also shown his business acumen and generosity by arranging a claim for one of his own students who had suffered a broken wrist during a training session, and then kept the insurance payout himself, with the details coming from the records of Cardiff Magistrates Court in December 2005.
But skills in selling too have been much in evidence from our manager.
He also ran dance nights at a disco in Spain called ‘Roldan’ but it regrettably closed soon after supposed disclosures on The Eye.
Following them, Mr Williams/Daniels understandably asked a specialist company how to “get rid” of the “negative” stories about him on the internet. He wrote: “When I google James daniels spain or James Daniels property or James Daniels murcia a load of website links appear for the-eye.wales which are negative reviews and not true (The Eye allege that nothing is untrue). How do I get rid of these an(d) how much does it cost? Also how long does it take?”.
Apart from having his legs broken when an illegal drugs deal soured, you in the mainstream media have also been right not to report how formerly Mr Williams/Daniels had teamed up with another ex-criminal from South Wales, who had been put behind bars for drug offences, to start a ‘charity’.
Mr Williams/Daniels’ humane nature is evident in launching the ‘Crisis Housing Charity’ and asking for donations from the public in a venture designed to help ex-convicts find homes. The charity gave an address in Cardiff but sensibly it was closed down.
It seems that Mr Williams/Daniels’ ex-business partner, Sam McManus (also known as ‘Georgeson’), has first-hand knowledge of his methods.
He has admitted he too was fortunate enough to have worked with him but sadly he said Mr Williams/Daniels was a ‘sick man’.
Mr McManus told The Eye: “He (Mr Williams/Daniels) has fooled many people and I can only be grateful that there are good investigative journalists like you guys who expose greedy people like him. It is embarrassing to admit that I am yet another victim of his greed”.
Other than quite wrongly, describing his son as a crook, Mr Williams’/Daniels’ father also told The Eye how he was called by the police to Clifton suspension bridge where our manager was threatening to commit suicide, and how he spent part of a Christmas day outside the walls of Cardiff jail to be near his son inside.
Bill Williams, who ran a sofa business in South Wales, believes his son stole about £250,000 from him in cash and stock.
It is clear your stock in trade as journalists in the mainstream media is to ignore these minor details, when our manager, Mr Williams/Daniels, has shown his experience by knowing about prison life and the drugs trade after having his legs broken when one deal went wrong…
Tomorrow – more disturbing revelations about a leading Welsh rugby commentator who sent a picture of himself naked to a fellow TV star.
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