The first UK street protests over the George Floyd killing, in which many police were injured and statues damaged, occurred on 6-7 June. The very next day, a private limited company called Black Lives Matter (UK) Ltd was registered at Companies House, by a white guy from the middle-class ghettoes of Wallingford, Surrey, named David Wilks-Carmichael, its sole director.
This is the company whose crowd-funding page, carrying the same Marxist agenda of abolishing the police as the US organisation, had raised nearly £1m by 19th June, according to the Daily Mail. It appears to be recognised by the press and social media as the official face of BLM here, and certainly nobody from the parent organisation has suggested anything different. Since Wilks-Carmichael is the sole director, presumably he will also be the direct recipient of any donations that might be made to BLM here, if all goes well.
This man has previously started, and solely directed, a string of short-lived companies mainly in the field of “venture capitalism,” and mostly operating from a flat in Wallingford. They can be seen here. All except one were mysteriously dissolved without ever submitting any accounts. The exception is Universal Private Equity Limited, incorporated in 2015, which when I looked on the morning of 27th June had assets of only around £10,000 – not a whole lot of private equity. But later the same morning, the company had become marked as “proposed to strike off,” with assets of only £5668.
A suspicious story, you’ll think. So far, you might suspect that a lone shyster has cannily and opportunistically cashed in on the Floyd shooting with a view (successful, it seems) to turning a poor record as a spiv into a large personal fortune at the expense of anti-racists. He’s somewhat brave, too – given the current emotion surrounding white exploitation of blacks.
Certainly a similar scam appears to have happened with BLM before: a former company of the same name, formed by one “Jamie B” when there were BLM protests a few years ago, was dissolved in Jan 2018 without ever submitting accounts, so presumably all donations back then went on his new mansion or a drugs cartel. Certainly I get no results from searching on “Jamie B” + “Black Lives Matter.” Mr Wilks-Carmichael might seem to be on the same kick.
Still, it’s odd that nobody in the BLM network noticed the purloining of its brand, and of its potential funds, by a privileged white male. It’s odder still that, given the threat to national peace and security from the current riots and the iconoclasm, nobody from the Security Services appears to have taken an interest in the bona fides of its official mouthpiece by looking at Companies House or Linked-In. But there’s more.
You may have seen, if it got into your news media, a famous picture from June 13 of a “gentle-giant” BLM protestor, a fitness trainer who hadn’t intended to be at the demonstration at all (though providentially dressed in all black gear with gloves) rescuing a thuggish “far-right” protestor injured in a fight. According to the rescuer, Patrick Hutchinson, this fracas was “almost like a stampede ” when he arrived. Even Boris Johnson hailed Hutchinson as a hero, both for his bravery and for his nobility in doing the Good Samaritan for a quintessential racist fascist.
Funnily enough, although the white guy was, apparently, one of those Neo-nazis, he hasn’t spoken publicly about the incident, and it seems no one from the press has bothered to ask him to, despite the obvious newsworthiness of how his racist views might have been modified, or not, by the incident. The press seems uncharacteristically respectful of his privacy. There is no record of treatment for significant injuries from being used as a football. Come to think of it there are no obvious injuries in the photos, either.
Be that as it may, it turns out that the rescuer, Patrick Hutchinson, despite being called a fitness-instructor, is to be found on Linked-In as a besuited employee – perhaps the only employee – of the aforementioned tin-pot outfit Universal Private Equity Limited. Curious – his occupation as a fitness trainer appears to be only a hobby passing the time between his venture capitalist ventures.
Even more curious is that the guy he rescued, the shy and retiring (and not apparently significantly injured) Bryn Male, was until 2014 a police detective-sergeant, doing under-cover infiltration of football hooligans at the infamously violent Millwall club. How many of those do you meet in the pub?
Furthermore, the Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez, who just happened to in the right place at the right time, has a record of being in the right place at the right time for other unique and dramatic incidents across the world. Lucky man.
With these things in mind, if you look carefully at the various amateur photos of the incident, you begin to notice that, contrary to press reports, there is no counter protest going, nor a violent melee kicking off. Instead this lone skinhead is seen skuffling with a couple of black guys in Antifa gear, whilst surrounded by a bemused scattering of real middle-class protesters with surgical masks, mobile phones, etc. They cluster round with interest as things develop, and there is not a hint of fear at the supposedly dangerous turn of events. No counter-protesters, let alone far-right gangs, are to be seen in the pictures at any stage, in what seems a backwater of the demo unworthy of the attention of a Reuters photographer. The iconic photo, uncropped, also shows one policeman clearing a path, and another apparently close-up and videoing – but neither are apparently in previous shots, nor are they taking any active role in intervening in a violent clash. One wonders why it isn’t the policeman who is preserving life rather than leaving it to someone dressed in a balaclava, who might well, in the fog of riot, be aiming to smash Male’s head against a wall.
Actually, one doesn’t wonder at all – one quickly concludes that the whole thing was staged, and the rescue was acted out by a business associate of the sole director of Black Lives Matter (UK) Ltd.
And that too, is odd: within a week of setting up his scam the small-time wide boy of Wallingford with only £5K to his name, but already employing Hutchinson, has acquired the wherewithal to stage a fake rescue, source an undercover cop with just the right experience to simulate a football-thug, and interest Reuters and the world’s press in the story (for there would be no point at all in staging the incident if the press weren’t there to record it). Even the police on the scene appear to be acting as paid extras and second-cameramen on the set, rather than as riot-police. And all this happened without any fear of upsetting the ideological central organisation of BLM, despite the beneficiary being a white capitalist who employs undercover policemen.
I don’t know if there was direct profit from what was quite an inventive and complex stunt, apart from Hutchinson’s interview fees. But it’s quite an ambitious drama production for a failed venture-capitalist whose crowd-funding scam would, you’d have thought, work best if he kept a low profile and disappeared with the cash ASAP.
Do you think there’s possibly more to recent events than is being widely reported?
“Watch out that no-one deceives you… you must be on your guard.” (Mark 13:5, 9).