Tuesday, 15 February 2011
DUMB AND DUMBER
This is a message to all those dumb folks at Atalink. Also those at Ten Alps.
Ten Alps, for those who didn't know, was founded by Sir Bob Geldof.
Now, via their website World Defence Systems, they have been carrying puff pieces for Unival and the HEDD1.
I have tried. Oh, how I've tried. I've written to them on a number of occasions to ask if they will remove Unival HEDD1 publicity from their site/s.
Now, with the latest BBC Newsnight investigation, and with Nicolas von Kospoth at defpro in Germany severing his ties with Vollmar and Unival, one would have thought that the dumbasses at Ten Alps/Atalink, would do the same, but no. Here is their dumbass legalistic response.Dear Sir
We note your continued correspondence in respect of the Unival advert placed in our World Defence Systems title. As indicated in our disclaimer statement within the introductory page of the publication (copy attached) “all of the articles in this publications have been supplied by contributors, and the publisher cannot give any warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the articles, or for any errors, omissions, or mis-statements, negligent or otherwise relating thereto ................ Opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily the opinions of the publisher.”
Whilst we are aware that there is some dispute in the public arena as to the validity of the claims made by Unival as to the effectiveness of certain of their products we do not believe that any formal regulatory or legislative action has been taken with regard to this company nor product range. We therefore believe that we are able to accept the advertorial feature and support advertising from this company within the context of being an independent publisher of the World Defence Systems product, our associated reserved rights and disclaimer.
As a responsible media business we are of course very willing to positively respond to any formal authorised instruction in this regard and will work with any bone fide legislative body and comply with its reasonable findings.
I therefore suggest that to further your concerns at this stage you should raise these with the U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and seek their view as to the validity and legitimacy of the Unival advertising. We will assist the authority in every regard and as I say comply with any associated reasonable instruction.
I would ask that you now route your thoughts and complaint in this direction, as publisher we can no longer respond to you with regard to the nature of this third party company’s adverting and would therefore encourage you to follow the instructions contained on the following web page of the ASA’s site: http://www.asa.org.uk/
Alternatively if you wish to follow up a more general complaint against the company I would advise that you try contacting the Trading Standards operations within the areas of Unival’s operation.
We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention.
T: +44 (0) 207 074 7764
Well, I do intend to proceed with a complaint to ASA about World Defence Systems, as well as the equally brain impaired Andrew Fields at Copybook in Tiverton, Devon