So, Grant Shapps has admitted that he got his dates “screwed up” when he repeatedly and vociferously claimed not to have a second job as an MP. He has now admitted that he was working on his business, HowToCorp, as recently as 2006, a year after he became an MP. He has, in the past, claimed that the company continues without his “direct input”.
This claim, however, seems to be contradicted by various posts made by “HowToCorp” on the leading internet marketing website “Warrior Forum“. For example, here are a series of posts made about HowToCorp’s “TrafficPaymaster” product, throughout 2011 and 2012. The person posting as “HowToCorp” signs off these posts first of all as “Michael Green (and Seb Fox)”, and later as “Sebastian Fox”.
Both Michael Green and Sebastian Fox are thought to be business pseudonyms of Grant Shapps.
Then there’s this post, in which someone refers to “TrafficPaymaster” as being produced by a Michael Jones. The forum user “HowToCorp” corrects this error, stating –
That’s confusing as Michael Jones is NOT the Michael Green from HowToCorp that this Michael Green/Seb Fox product refers to. So that’s an unrelated product from a different stable.
It’s worth noting at this point that Grant Shapps was made Conservative Party Chairman on 4th September, 2012. HowToCorp’s last post on Warrior Forum was made less than a month earlier, on 7th August 2012. Also, a great number of HowToCorp’s posts have been edited, with all original text removed, replaced by “Product no longer available… this product is only available to existing clients“. These forum edits are timestamped as having being made on 30th September 2012,nearly four weeks after Shapps was made Party Chairman.
I should also point out this Adrian Short blog about an extraordinary offer, “from the desk of Michael Green”, in which “Michael Green” (or his autonomous desk) tries to sell PDF scans of a 1915 book about Freudian dream analysis for $30 a pop. This website – meaning-of-dreams.com – was also shut down just before Shapps was promoted, although it now redirects to a different URL, offering a somewhat Shapps-like “free” ebook in exchange for an email address.
So, bearing the above in mind, there are some questions that Grant Shapps clearly needs to answer.
1. Who are Michael Green and Sebastian Fox?
2. If they are not pseudonyms of Mr Shapps, can Mr Shapps arrange for the people who were posting as Mr Green and/or Mr Fox on Warrior Forum to come forward?
3. Why were Traffic Paymaster, Meaning-Of-Dreams.com, and the majority of HowToCorp’s internet forum postings shut down around the time that Mr. Shapps was made Tory Party Chairman?
No doubt Mr Shapps can answer all of these questions, and his defence that he got his dates “screwed up” would be believable. Of course, if he can’t answer these questions, then it seems apparent that he was actively working on HowToCorp up until he was made Party Chairman, and his claim to have “screwed up” his dates would then be an obvious lie.