psj3809 wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:10 pm
I think we would have as I doubt Martin and Levy would run the same huge dirty tricks and smear campaign which they had against them. Look at all the trolling on twitter, endless YouTube crap and the rubbish dug up against them on that RCL website they took over. Just ugly. If it wasn’t for the court cases, battled and police I’m sure we would have had a better product.
I somehow doubt that, given that they've done practically nothing but dirty tricks for the past two years. Just look at how much Levy and Martin have smeared Smith and Andrews, and also people like Nick Cooper, and the aforementioned journalists Leo Kelion and Gareth Corfield. They've even attempted to undermine the credibility of Sky and Indiegogo, not that its done them much good.
They chose to fight all those court cases and use the backers' money to hire expensive lawyers that they still couldn't afford. It'd have cost them a damn sight less just to write off the money Cornerstone media owed them and to pay Smith and Andrews a fair price for their shares and the work they'd done, but no, that was their choice and they have to bear the responsibility for it.
That social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can be an absolute cesspool, I'll grant you, but they could simply have ignored all that. They didn't have to post inflammatory updates full of lies about release dates that would just whoosh by without comment and misrepresent the status of the project so far. They certainly didn't have to indulge in lengthy rants about the former directors and their associates, who have had absolutely none of the money or any say about how it's been spent either.
As for the police, the only people who've had anything at all to say about them being involved are those two serial liars. Given that two years have passed without any charges being brought against anyone, I'm highly dubious that there was any substance to the accusations they've made.
So no, I'm not buying it. They could have simply said that the project couldn't be delivered when Smith and Andrews walked, but they didn't. They could have bought out their shares and intellectual property, and manufactured a machine based on their prototype; it would probably have taken no more than six months, but they didn't. They could started it all again from scratch, had new prototypes developed and manufactured, and it would only have taken another year or so, but they didn't. It's all their fault, and nobody else's.