Rough Music, Brighton’s trouble makin’, dirt diggin’ monthly(ish) newsletter wrote their opinion of “Iain Smith” in a column they call, well actually it’s a bit rude so we won’t repeat it, but you can find it here.
Here’s what they said:
In a first for RM, this month we’re giving the crown to…er, we’re not sure who really. Basically this month’s wanker is whichever killjoy is responsible for shutting down Brighton’s only decent radio station. No, we don’t mean Radio 4a (never a byword for quality, just check out that Rough Music show at 1pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month and you’ll appreciate what we mean), although they’ve had transmitters busted / nicked lately too – but those Gallic tune-sters at FIP. Since one enthusiast community hero from Hanover began relaying the signal of the French-based station around town, Brightonians have enjoyed a decade of eclectic vibes, without the crass ads and inane egos of UK presenters.
Now those halcyon days are over- the station busted and the transmitter seized…But who is to blame? Jobsworths at Ofcom? They say acted on a complaint – but who from? Jealous Brighton stations like Southern, Juice or the newly-licensed Radio Reverb have been suggested by some conspiracy theorists (others are already blaming the lizards) or was it just one mean-spirited local who just couldn’t bear the thought of those poor commercial stations and their advertisers losing a few choice-starved listeners to an improperly regulated bunch of Frogs?
Sadly it might be the latter – step forward Hove resident Iain Smith, who announced on one pirate-radio internet forum (to an audience of tens, no doubt) that he did in fact grass the station up to Ofcom, “just make sure it wasn’t unfairly competing with properly licensed stations”. It sparked a torrent of abuse from other users, including one who asked, “do you spend all day taking pictures of people dropping litter? calling the benefit fraud hotline when you see a single mum having a bloke stay a few nights; ringing in to shop the neighbours during a hose pipe ban?” Mr Smith established his brain-dead credentials by coolly replying, “You think its OK for people to defraud the welfare system and deprive people genuinely in need of money?…and do you really want to see your streets covered with litter?” He also claimed to have “personal reasons” for disliking the French, although this wasn’t the only reason for his civic-minded action.
Whilst some on the forum have doubted his complain-to-fame as genuine, and merely the desperate move of an attention-seeker, we at RM have seen enough (his latest posts have been singing the praises of dead-at-last bloated bigoted comedy dinosaur Bernard Manning) – either way, Iain, you’re definitely…a WANKER!
P.S. you can still get F.I.P at http://www.radiofrance.fr/chaines/fip/endirect
PPS. does anyone out there know Iain, or more specifically if he filed his tax return accurately and on time this year?