'THE THAI LEGAL SYSTEM IS GOOD. OTHER COUNTRIES 'SHOULD TAKE A LEAF' - RAGES PAUL HAYWARD ARCHITECT OF THE JACKSON COLE SCAM.
|Flying Sporran - I'm guessing Stickboy is more of an 'a-go-go' person than late clubber|
Paul Hayward, described as the King of Clubs in Thailand, has broken his silence, and presented himself as an honest hard working businessman in Bangkok. He has been a recluse, he says, because the customers come first rather than the media.
But the man who made his fortune in scamming people on the internet blagging his way to the top of the boiler room business in Asia is clearly troubled by allegations made on this site and he takes the offensive against an unnamed blogger.
Backing the Thai legal system which even most Thais want changed he does not name his dastardly enemy - but it is clearly the author of THIS site. So here's another medal due to the Flying Sporran.
Hayward provided the interview with Bangkok blogger ‘Stickboy’ who covers the seamier side of expat life in Thailand – as well as doing sex club reviews – in an effort it appears to clear his name. But he seems to have botched it.
The interview came after a discussion about advertising on his site. I'm guessing Hayward will advertise.
Here below is the interview in which Stickboy comes to his aid – plus the questions he never asked and the answers he never gave from The Flying Sporran
EXCLUSIVE: An Interview with Paul Hayward, the King of Clubs
Published on 23rd September 2015 by Stickboy BKK – (Edited by the Flying Sporran)
Paul, this is your first ever interview. I would like to first thank you for allowing Stickboy Bangkok this opportunity.
You’re very welcome
I’m going to dive right in. Why has it taken 17 years for you to do this?
I’m not one for drawing attention to myself in the media. I always believed in business the important people are your customers. I would rather spend my time shaking hands and getting to know people rather than being behind a keyboard or a microphone.
I agree he has not wanted to draw attention to himself but not for the reasons he gives. He does not like cameras near him. No picture with this storyon Stickboy I see.
Times have changed and social media is the most powerful source to communicate with your audience, so this old dinosaur needs to step up his game.
HAYWARD:Gossip and mystery is good for business. Nightlife is glamorous so over the years I’ve always felt any publicity is good publicity but in the last 8-9 months some people have taken it too far.
FLYING SPORRAN: Does he mean me? There was no warrant for my arrest when I left Thailand. A warrant was issued later when I failed to turn up for the result of an appeal of a libel case brought by a Pattaya business man James Lumsden which I had won earlier. The warrant was withdrawn when the Supreme Court confirmed the not guilty judgment in my absence. There will be no arrest on my return - unless its for something new that I do not know about.
My website is not done for commercial gain. People advertising there now get there adverts free – but like many members of the public most have been great in supporting me over the years.
Regarding the accuracy of his stories? I would say that he has got a couple of things right like err my name and my partner’s name.
The rest is bordering on ridiculous. When you get into the nightlife business you have to become thick skinned.
You will be likened to a sinister figure, the bigger you get the more absurd the rumours will become. I remember being in the clubs back home and gossiping with the other patrons about the club owners. Now people do it me. It’s part of the business.
I do not think anyone needs to take a leaf out of Thailand's legal book. Despite that I still appear to remain on top of my adversaries. Some achievement in the present climate. You certainly need to be thick skinned to cheat old aged pensioners out of their life savings. And then charge them again by falsely promising to get them their cash back.
STICKBOY: Is it true you blocked his website in Thailand?
HAYWARD:Absolutely not. He has worked hard to achieve that all by himself. He has 60+ court cases against him.
A warrant out for his arrest and he has criticised this political regime, previous ones, the Army, the Police. Thailand has had enough of him.
Is Hayward really going to be the third – and this time in a British court? I have not lost a case over anything I have written in Thailand about these two guys, and while employed as an investigative journalist in the UK zilch. But not for want of trying. In Thailand crooks were suing over photo-shopped pictures lampooning them sent in by a reader which I thought were very funny and still do. In one case they sued over a poster's letter.
Incidentally I was backed in statements issue by the European Union and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand. Hayward must have been reading claims by Goudie who is now in Nong Plalai prison. (see earlier story on Monday)
FLYING SPORRAN: Wait a second. What accusations? You have not put any accusations to him Stickboy? He has just given you a blanket denial of everything blaming his misfortune on a 'blogger' who is doing it for cash.
I told their lawyer that I am not providing an address which will be made available to a man who has made his living off criminal enterprises. I never emailed to offer one but I won’t be hard to find. Of course I want to see him in a court room – It’s a question of two down and one to go. This everyone, not least Hayward, knows will never happen if things are simply left to Thai law enforcement and requests for assistance from the National Crime Agency.
But his country lawyers also threatened the boss of THE supporters club of Crawley Town FC's website. This below is the reply the lawyers got. It shows the level of competence demonstrated. His lawyers also foolishly made an admission in a letter to me relating to his former ‘security personnel’.
We have spoken three times on the phone. One time he called me fishing for gossip. The second time we spoke about an investment in his new magazine concept, which I declined. The final time we spoke is when he asked me to do an airport check on a friend of his as a favour.
I only have issues with the lies he writes and that he is never man enough to stand by his accusations after an article is written.
As for the anonymous letter. Mmm. Why would someone write anonymously and then ask Hayward to contact me to discuss payment of US$20,000 to solve his Google problems. That's hardly anonymous. If I was Hayward I would have called the 'blogger' (me) and recorded it. The only time money was mentioned was when Kealy called on behalf of 'a third party' who wanted to buy this site. 'This is your get out of jail free card'. Shortly afterwards I was summonsed by one of the most bent policemen in the Crime Suppression Division to help with his enquiries. I've written about that already. I left not long after. The cop is now dead after falling from a high place at the time of the crackdown on the CSD. My departure made the international press. Kealy was generally Hayward's go-between.
HAYWARD:Absolutely not. Eclipse owned a chain of restaurants at the time it’s claimed I did that. What people don’t realise is Eclipse was trading in Hong Kong before expanding into Thailand in the summer of 1998.
And as many of these places were bought at well over than their market value, people were queuing up to sell. N'est ce pas? Organic growth certainly - unharmed by financial safeguards.
FLYING SPORRAN:And then it went crashing downhill and what happened to the partners?
HAYWARD:At the meeting I picked the landlord's brains about property investment in the area. Indians and Thais always hear about the good property plays before farangs (foreigners). Nana Plaza was mentioned in passing. Seven sisters had inherited the land from the old boy who had passed. They wanted nothing to do with a red light area. The rest is history.
Some bars were paying 7,000 baht per month rent for the last 10 years based on old handshakes. I think they had a good run.
STICKBOY: Rumours are circulating that after the tenants' 9 years are up Nana Plaza will be sold and developed into a large hotel and that no tenant can get a lease extension. Can you shed any light on this?
FLYING SPORRAN: zzzzzzzzzzz
HAYWARD:Nana Plaza will be around longer than anyone reading this article. It’s an institution. It’s going nowhere.
HAYWARD: Be healthy and be happy.
FLYING SPORRAN: And pray for world peace?
STICKBOY: Any advice to new expats coming to Thailand?
HAYWARD:Yes. Stay away from drugs and motorcycles. The amount of funerals I have been to that involves either one of those two!!!!
FLYING SCOTSMAN:Indeed his colleagues Glen Bullard died in Pai and Mark Hutcherson died in the US. Both liked motorbikes and Glen was President of the Bandidos MC (Thailand) and a coke-head
Then of course there are those who died under vehicles driven by boiler room operators on drugs such as Canadian Frank Giannini.
HAYWARD:OK. I will give you two more. Firstly, if you are going to be a minority shareholder in a partnership never take less that 26 percent. This must be your minimum level of entry. Thai law only really protects people at 26% as they also have to offer you a directorship at this level.
FLYING SPORRAN:That I can fish from your fountain of wisdom oh great one?
FLYING SPORRAN: Well here's a Thai wife and a managing director of one of your companies!
HAYWARD:Yes. I want to write a couple actually. The first one is going to be called “An Idiots Guide to Owning a Bar in Thailand”. I want to write a very simple book for people to read before they open a bar. I am still baffled that people open a bar thinking it’s easy and do it with zero experience. 7/10 bars fail in Thailand. It’s a risky business even with experience. But the horror stories I hear about people losing their asses are endless. So I’m writing a book for them.
STICKBOY: What’s the second book?
HAYWARD: An autobiography.
FLYING SPORRAN: Yes he is kidding Stickboy
FLYING SPORRAN: BYE BYE