Grant Shapps to be investigated over 'get rich quick' scheme
Thundering herbert, eminently punchable, obscenely wealthy and, of course, Tory chairman Grant Shapps, is to be investigated by the ASA over a 'get rich quick' business he set up while he was posing as a web guru called Michael Green.
The Advertising Standards Authority is looking into the allegation that the public was misled with the presentation of "Michael Green" as a genuine businessman with a personal fortune of $28m (£17m). HowToCorp.com is the name of the company co-founded by Shapps with some character called 'Sebastian Fox'.
"The complainant has challenged whether the website is misleading because it implies Sebastian Fox and Michael Green are successful businessmen whereas they believe neither are real people, and whether the testimonials are genuine," a spokesman for the ASA said.
Shapps has refuting the idea he has deceived anyone while pointing out that he did go by the name Michael Green in a bid to keep his business and political careers separate. And then there's the small matter of the photograph showing Shapps in Vegas at a meeting with a badge that says 'Michael Green' on it.
In his business, Shapps Green said that he could help people earn "$20,000 in 20 days guaranteed or your money back", but of course, he won't give out this foolproof information out for free to the general public so we can nix this recession overnight, will he?
This comes on the back of Google blacklisted a network of websites run by Shapps for breaches of copyright (or, in plain English, 'borrowing' content from other sites wholesale and creaming off Google ad revenue from them... ALLEGEDLY).
All this news, just in time for Shapps starring role at the imminent Tory Party conference. How lovely.