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Op-Ed: David Icke and the price of gullibility

By Alexander Baron     Sep 24, 2011 in World
Ryde - David Icke sees himself as a fearless exposer of financial corruption, terrorism and sexual abuse. Others regard him as a latter day Don Quixote.
The price Don Quixote paid for tilting at windmills was ridicule and laughter; the price Mr Icke pays may turn out to be considerably higher, because according to his own, veiled pronouncements, someone is suing him for libel.
Way back in the 1990s, former goalkeeper turned sports commentator turned green activist Icke announced that he was the Son of God, validated the Protocols of Zion, and made all manner of ludicrous allegations against the rich and powerful. Some wondered if in his Coventry City days he might not have headed one ball too many, but Icke saw things differently. His attitude was: if Lord Rothschild is not a blood drinking lizard from outer space, let him sue me. And when neither Lord Rothschild nor anybody else did, he took that as validation of his claims.
The 9/11 Truthers (of which Icke is one) have managed to get away with their silliness for the same reasons, no one who matters takes them seriously, and no one they accuse wants to give them what Margaret Thatcher once alluded to as the oxygen of publicity, ie they are best ignored, even if they don’t go away.
There are though times when some people feel obliged to sue, this is usually when the allegations are not so outrageous as to be totally unworthy of belief, but outrageous enough to cause the person or persons accused serious problems, perhaps professionally, if they are not challenged. It is difficult to tell who it is may be suing Mr Icke and for what, but it might just be someone in Scotland. Without naming names, for many years a young Scottish girl of limited mental capacity has claimed she has been the victim of serial sexual abuse. This sort of thing does happen, of course; mentally disabled people are more susceptible than most of us to all manner of abuse for reasons of sexual gratification or simple cruelty. All such allegations ought to be investigated impartially, fairly, promptly and thoroughly, especially where they are supported by an adult, in this case, the girl’s mother.
These allegations have been investigated, and have been found to be without merit. The girl is unquestionably sincere, but so are most delusional people, regardless of IQ, this is what makes their allegations so dangerous. This girl has made allegations against all manner of the high and mighty in Scotland, a total of at least twenty-four people, and of course, the Freemasons have covered it up. There does appear to have been credible evidence that she was abused by her own father, but it remains to be seen if she was also abused by a number of police officers, nurses, an accountant, and her own social worker, among others.
The legal authorities appear to have handled the case very badly, and this coupled with a payout for criminal injuries compensation has led to allegations of a conspiracy/cover up going right to the top of the legal establishment.
One man has already fallen foul of the authorities and been gaoled for persisting with these allegations in the face of police intransigence.
It is best not to sully this website with the details, but the allegations can be found all over the web, as can some incisive comment by the BBC journalist Mark Daly who explained in detail to a Manchester radio station why neither his employer nor any other mainstream media could run the story.
Doubtless Mr Icke will reveal in due course who is suing him for defamation, and why. He should though perhaps familiarise himself with the sort of damages and costs he is likely to incur in the event of losing, or even in the event of winning, for defamation is one area of law where both parties and at times their lawyers can walk away out of pocket, as Mr Icke knows all too well. Cases such as Wraith v Wraith [1994], and Riley v Gable & Others [2000] spring to mind, or perhaps more fittingly in his case, Cray v Hancock [2005], the farcical action that became known as The Great Tosspot Trial which resulted in an absolutely ludicrous judgment, as well as some hilarious cartoons.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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