Pull the other one, Raja.

Catching out a notorious, unemployed, Tameside-based conspiracy theorist making false assertions or childlike blunders is as easy as falling off a log.

Not for nothing is he widely known as the most persistent, mendacious liar in the Greater Manchester region and, possibly, beyond.

Almost every time he opens his mouth, or puts up written posts, on his frequently banned Recusant Nine social media platforms there is always at least one flaw. Most times, several. A scroll down the articles on this Neil Wilby Media website will give the full flavour.

Today has been no exception. After publishing an article this morning which, essentially and once again, exposed  lack of knowledge of due process and electoral law and guidance it was ‘light the blue touch paper and stand back’ time.

Miah was claiming, falsely or mistakenly, that nominated and confirmed candidates in Oldham Council elections had until today (11th April) to withdraw that candidacy. Neil Wilby, the author of this article, knew that was wrong for two reasons: Firstly, there was a terse email exchange with the Returning Officer, Harry Catherall, on related topics last week. Secondly, that persuaded him to check the Electoral Commission website for timetable of key dates leading up to the local elections.

The article, which can be read in full here, was, as such, properly researched and grounded in its challenge to Miah. Added interest for the reader came from the fact that Miah had scheduled an ’emergency transmission’ for 1pm.

In the event, the article and its contents delayed the start by almost 90 minutes and, when he appeared on screen, Raja was obviously very rattled. At the end of the transmission he made a disparaging references to Neil Wilby and then went on, shamelessly, to claim that he was right about the time limit for withdrawal of a local election candidate (11th April) and the journalist and his article was wrong (4th April).

The prospect of admitting he was wrong, and being humiliated by a reporter he detests, was just too much for ‘The Malicious Beggar’ (or simply ‘The Beggar’), as Miah is widely known. The transmission was abruptly cut short immediately after the latest big, fat lie.

For clarity, and mainly for the benefit of Raja Miah and The Rabble who fund his highly questionable output, these are the working days between the day the Candidates’ Nominations were published, 4th April, and polling day, 4th May, 2023.

Wednesday and Thursday 5th and 6th April (2 days); Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th April (4 days); Monday 17th to Friday 21st April (5 days); Monday 24th to 28th April (5 days); Tuesday 2nd May to Thursday 4th May (3 days). Total 19 days. 

Non-working days are Good Friday, Easter Monday, the weekends of 15th/16th and 22nd/23rd and 29th/30th April, and May Day Holiday on 1st May. Total 9 days.

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Page last updated: Tuesday 11th April, 2023 at 1900hrs

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Published by Neil Wilby

Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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