First, forget anything spun by Skues, Clark and especially Rusling. (That man is as uninformed as they come.)
But Malcolm clearly did not know how the Fredericia and Mi Amigo came to be in Greenore. That is the first point.
Second point, as a result of being paid to bring the Fredericia and Mi Amigo to Greenore, O'Rahilly Sr., had enough money to pull his failing business venture out of a nose-dive from failure to success.
O'Rahilly Sr was a businessman with a business plan that had absolutely nothing to do with pirate radio - or even upsetting any British government in London. In fact, he not only wanted their help, he got their help, and he was featured in British Waterways magazine. (We know a lot about BW from our own family connections!)
Third, once the two radio ships departed Greenore in 1964, O'Rahilly Sr got down to his own business at hand which was exporting his own manufactured product via his own export operation. (Up until then he had hired the services of an export ship - but he ran out of money. The radio ship offer appeared just in time. But it was a one-off deal.)
Fourth, Ronan O'Rahilly was always a hired stooge who knew nothing about anything. His first boss was Peter Rachman (slum landlord who had dealings with the Krays.) It was Rachman who owned the 'Scene' club. Not ROR!
Fifth, it seems that Malcolm knew nothing about the court case in Philadelphia, USA - the 'Radio Caroline Criminal Court Case'. Had he known he would have known what we came to know about the FCC and the DTI.
Sixth, because Genie Baskir helped the US FCC and US Justice Dept put a stop to Weiner's annoyance with ship radio, she was given (free) a copy of the entire FCC Weiner case file by an FCC lawyer who lived around the corner from her home just outside Washington DC. It was a sort of pay-off because we had to withdraw our court claims against Weiner which began when we intervened in the US FCC court case against him.
Seven, in that huge file were 3 pages of sworn testimony by James Murphy. They explained who he was and who he was temporarily assigned to. This is a typical attorney ploy of burying the needle in the haystack. But it also meant that we now knew how Weiner a) killed off the Ross Revenge, and b) killed off 'Sealand', all in one go. Bates was furious. We spoke with him via radio phone on Rough Tower.
Eight, what Weiner had done inadvertently, was to put into US and related UK case law, a judgment reaffirmed on appeal(!) which Roy Bates wanted to avoid at all costs. He blamed his kid Michael for engaging with Weiner at Blackpool for doing that.
But here at last is an admission by Malcolm Smith that he is really a garage mechanic who is out of his depth spouting off a lot of nonsense and filing bogus papers with UK Companies House. He may yet find that his beloved copyright and patent claims will fall victim, just as the Paynes did with their silly Radio London patent. They were okay until the authentic owner (BBC) wanted it back.
With Malcolm he relies on people like Paul Rusling and Ray Clark and Keith Skues churning out rubbish which no one challenges. But good detective work in cold cases (and this is as cold as they come because it goes back to the birth of broadcasting!), takes a very, very long time to investigate and prove beyond reasonable doubt that what is being claimed is true.
We are just about at that point of being to convince a jury with the facts, which in this case will result in a total reappraisal of everything that everyone thinks that what they know about broadcasting in both the USA and UK, is a load of rubbish.
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(Some obvious typos have now been corrected.)
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