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Royals exposed to ILLUMINATI? Angela Merkel does ‘satanic hand signal’ with Wills and Kate – Daily Star

GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel was pictured making strange hand signals linked to a secretive cult conspiracy theory in a meeting with the Royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Mrs Merkel in Berlin yesterday to talk about Brexit as part of their five day trip to Europe.

But as they posed for pictures outside the German chancellery, Mrs Merkel appeared to make a diamond hand gesture some sensationally claim is a secret demonic signal.

Conspiracy theorists claim the hand signal is used by members of the Illuminati an alleged secret society of world leaders conspiring to control world affairs.

There are many different interpretations of the conspiracy, with many believing the shadowy organisation wants to rule the world under one government.

But one strand of the wacky theory, put forward by David Icke, conspiracy peddler and ex-BBC presenter, suggests even the Royal family including Kate and Wills are in on it.

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Celebrities, sports stars and politicians accused of being Illuminati members or having links to the fabled secret society

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Pictures showing Merkel appearing to do the hand signal in the presence of the Royals will no doubt fuel the bonkers theory.

But notably, the Royals do not reciprocate the gesture as their hands remain clasped.

Skeptics have repeatedly rubbished these supposed gestures as meaningless natural body language.

But conspiracy theory website IlluminatiRex lists the hand signal used by Mrs Merkel as an Illuminati signal called the “Merkel-Raute” on its website.

The pyramid sign is seen by many researchers to be the sign of the Illuminati.

Apparently, the diamond-shaped hand signal is a reverse variation of the first Illuminati “Roc Sign”.

It is claimed celebrities such as Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise, as well as historical figures including Pope John Paul II and Adolf Hitler, have been pictured using the hand signal.

The IlluminatiRex website states: “The pyramid is an important Illuminati symbol showing their few ruling the many on the bottom type power structure.

“The symbol becomes more powerful when the sign is done over an eye, representing the All-Seeing eye in a capstone floating over an unfinished pyramid.

“The pyramid sign is seen by many researchers to be THE sign of the Illuminati.”

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Truth seekers are long been convinced Merkels bizarre hand signs are proof she is a member of the secretive elitist cult.

Many of the worlds richest and most powerful people including former US presidents George Bush and Barack Obama have been pictured striking these poses, it is claimed.

US President Donald Trump and Mrs Merkel were pictured making the hand gestures during the G20 retreat in Hamburg, Germany.

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Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian leader Vladimir Putin were also spotted making peculiar gestures with their hands.

They are secret society salutes, truthers claim, often displayed as a sign of pride in their status as global elites.

But in a 2013 interview with a German magazine, Mrs Merkel explained why she often makes the bizarre hand gesture.

She said: “There was always the question, what to do with your arms, and that’s how it came about. It contains a certain symmetry.”

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Woman Kills Boyfriend After He Becomes Convinced Their Cult … – Oxygen (blog)

According toThe Morning Call, a Poconos woman namedBarbara Rogers fatally shot her boyfriendSteven Mineo after Mineo claimed to discover the leader of the cult they belonged to was a reptillian shapeshifter.

“He was upset with members of the cult, felt he was being harassed, and he was frustrated. And he asked his girlfriend to kill him. And she did,” said Lt. Steven Williams of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.

The cult seemed to believe reptillian shapeshifters were covertly controlling human society through mind control.This belief is frighteningly common among conspiracy theroists and has been famously espoused by writer David Icke. The internet group Rogers and Mineo belonged to discussed these theories in detail.

“These apocalyptic movies [always] give you a glimpse of what’s coming,” Mineo wrote in a Facebook post reacting to the film Resident Evil: Veronicabefore the muder. “Become a [doomsday] prepper and get right with God!”

The Times Tribunesays that the cult is led by an indvidual known as Sherry Shriner. Detective Cpl. Lucas Bray and Detective John Bohrman added, “The defendant related that she and the victim are members of a cult… Recently they became upset with Shriner… The defendant did admit there were tensions between the couple over issues with the cult.”

Rogers was charged with criminal homicide and had called 911 herself to report the killing.

[Photo: Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department/Facebook]

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ILLUMINATI LEADERS? Now Angela Merkel makes ‘that sign’ with Royals Kate and Wills – Express.co.uk

The German chancellor was snapped making the gesture as she met Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at chancellery in Berlin, during their official visit to Germany and Poland.

The “diamond” hand gesture, Mrs Merkel, is often seen making, is described by conspiracy theorists as a secret code to other members of the alleged Illuminati.

It is alleged by believers of the Illuminati that it is a secret organisation made up of world government and business leaders and celebrities, which actually run all world governments from behind the scenes, and intend introducing a New World Order which will see just one government running the entire world.

The conspiracy varies, but, at its most extreme, the Illuminati is allegedly a Satanic group which uses hand signals to identify members to each other.

One version supported by ex-BBC Grandstand presenter turned conspiracy theorist, David Icke, even claims that members of the world’s royal families, such as Kate and Wills, are actually reptilian aliens disguised as humans.

The sight of Mrs Merkel making the sign before the royal couple will convince believers of this far-fetched theory there is something in it.

The German chancellor is known for making her infamous “diamond” hand sign, which has been branded of masonic-style and a symbol of the alleged Illuminati by conspiracy theorists.

However, the royal couple did not return the gesture.

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Mrs Merkel’s use of the sign often attracts attention and she was last seen doing it at the G20 talks earlier this month.

That was seen as of particular significance as conspiracy theorists believe the summit is an Illuminati-run show of strength and part of the plan to introduce a world army and global government known as the New World Order.

The G20 Summit is identified on several conspiracy theory websites as a key Illuminati meeting, alongside the World Economic Forum and the secretive Bilderberg Meeting.

Others photographed using the hand sign in the rhombus shape have included British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.

The sign is often referred to as a Merkel Diamond, due to her frequent use of it.

Mrs May was snapped imitating the ‘Merkel diamond’ while giving a speech outside the Palace of Westminster on July 11 last year.

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I found today a new picture of it in my local newspaper, and I found curious that they use her hand sign in a political campaign. Diamond they say? So I ask, is every one asleep these days?

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Conspiracy theory website illuminatiRex lists the diamond sign as number one out of a top-ten of illuminati signs, with Mrs Merkel given her own section for doing it in reverse, in what it describes as the Angela Merkel Raute.

And on the conspiracy theory forum run by David Icke, the significance of the Merkel Diamond, which has been used in political poster campaigns, has been discussed.

A senior forum member with the user name Posidon posted: “I don’t know if anyone ever noticed the Angela Merkel famous hand sign?

“I found today a new picture of it in my local newspaper, and I found curious that they use her hand sign in a political campaign.

“Diamond they say? So I ask, is every one asleep these days?

“Just the first time I saw the image, I noticed it is not a diamond at all, plus the way she placed her fingers (which is not even easy) unless you really want them to be that way does not resemble a diamond at all, but a Masonic symbol of the compass and square.

“Is every one asleep? No one sees and talks about these things, is it not evident enough?”

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But Mrs Merkel, who has led the Christian Democratic Union party for 16 years, explained the reason she makes the unusual gesture in a 2013 interview, and denied there was anything sinister behind it.

She told a German magazine: “There was always the question, what to do with your arms, and that’s how it came about. It contains a certain symmetry.”

Other famous faces including Gordon Brown, the Duchess of Cornwall and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have also been spotted making the ‘Merkel diamond’.

US President Donald Trump has previously made other hand gestures which have been alleged to be Illuminati signs.

Some conspiracy theorists claim Mr Trump is a fully signed up member of the Illuminati, but others believe he is an enemy of the Illuminati who has managed to infiltrate its top position – the US presidency.

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Forget The Lizards: David Icke Is Dangerous And We Should …

Just because Hitler used the knowledge for negative reasons doesnt reflect on the knowledge itself. David Icke

David Icke is a former footballer and sports presenter who has been one of the worlds leading conspiracy theorists for over twenty years. He believes that an evil agenda is being enacted on the human race by the Babylonian Brotherhood supernatural reptilian overlords.

You know, the obvious stuff.

Icke believes that we are literally living in The Matrix. We are like droplets of water in an ocean ofawareness. We are individual at one level of perception but still part of the infinite whole.He calls this the Infinite Awareness. Unfortunately for us these malignreptilian overlords are mucking the whole thing up. They project their extra-dimensional consciousness onto elite corporal hosts. The reptilian human-hybrids have inveigled every nation and system on Earth, in order to fulfil their dastardly ambitions, where humans will soon be micro-chipped and live as slaves under their One World Government.

(To lighten the mood when trawling through this guff I find it helps to sayOne World Government in the American movie-trailer voice)

Ickes politics today are combination of most of the dominant themes of contemporary neo-fascism, mixed in with a smattering of topics culled from the U.S. militia movement, European and Middle Eastern conspiracy theories and most recently (and predictably) Russian State propaganda. In America, for instance, he opposes gun control as a plot by the elite, which has deliberately orchestrated numerous mass shootings to whip up opposition to guns.

Far-right dailys such as Veterans today and White Supremacist site Stormfrontare teaming with links to Ickes articles and videos. In fact one cursory search on Veterans Today brings well over a thousand results for David Icke.

Icke is on a mission to educate and free the subjugated masses; he offers hope and freedom from the grip of our Satanic blood-drinking rulers. He assures us that if we can tune into the Truth Vibrations we can rise up as one against the reptilian overlords.

The problem is that these overlords are Jewish.

Well of course they are.

So how does a fascist ideologue incite hatred against Jews to sell-out crowds in Britain and get away with it? Its the question the UK media has been neglecting or unwilling to answer and is the point of this hastily convened blog. Icke isplaying to a sell out crowd in Manchester next week; a city with a large, thriving Jewish community dating back over a hundred years and one that I am a part of.

Yet I seem to have awoken in a world where extreme antisemitic rhetoric and incitement is ignored and deflected because the perpetrator also believes in aliens. A place where belief in ET precludes you from being a bigot. Perhaps we need to be more attentive to Icke when he unironically says its time to wake up.

Icke is in fact selling out stadiums worldwide and has been doing so for years; preaching ancient and modern antisemitic conspiracy theories and inciting his bewitched followers to rise up against these mostly Hebrew totalitarian overlords.

Icke is more popular than ever: No other conspiracy theorist sells out to theatres and stadiums worldwide. He is clearly seen by many as simply that bloke on Wogan who said he was the son of God. Perhaps it would be more prudent to go with hes that Holocaust denier who spreads anti-Jewish hatred and neo-fascist ideology to sold out venues across the world.

Not quite as catchy, I know.

We seem to see Icke as a likeable fool rather than the dangerous individual he really is. As Justine Ehrlich pointed out to me.. Its the kind of crypto-fascism you need to get knee deep in to call, that in part is why it is so dirty.

And no one is calling it out. If an Imam was publicly heard spouting 10 per cent of Ickes repetoire the right-wing press would have a field day yet Icke preaches his psychotic malady to full theatres while barely a murmur of protest will be heard from anti-racist organisations and Jewish groups.

Icke is a mere footnote in the incisive and compelling works on conspiracy culture by David Aaronovich (Voodoo Histories) and Jonathan Kay (Among The Truthers). However it is rather telling thathe gets more attention in Nicholas Goodrick-Clarkes excellent work on far-right sects,Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and The Politics of Identity.Concerning Ickes 1994 work The Robots Rebellion (Icke) combines an anti-elitist, ecological and spiritual gospel, the complete battery of far-right conspiracy theories and militia concerns: secret societies, Freemasons, banking and hidden elites, the New World Order, microchip control, extraterrestrials and gun control.

The corollary between Neo-Nazism/Fascism and New World Order conspiracism is well documented and was around a long time before David Icke. To see the attraction New World Order conspiracism has for Neo-Nazi groups Goodrick-Clarke writes, By declaring war on a secret ruling elite that enslaves modern people, the conspiracy theorists invoke a lethal projection. The elite is identified as totalitarian, anti-democratic, contemptuous of the people; the people are portrayed as helpless, unsuspecting victims of viscous plots, alien abductions, implantation and all manner of personal violations. Covert actions, violence, terrorism all the means the elite stand accused of employing themselves are permitted to the victims as well so they may exterminate the conspirators and recover their lost autonomy.

This is why David Icke is a pin-up for some on the far-right but with his antisemitic ant-globalism he probably has more acolytes on the fringes of the far-left. Either way, he is undoubtedly a dangerous individual.

In The Robots Rebellionhe borrowed heavily from Behold a Pale Horseby Bill Cooper a UFO conspiracist who introduced Icke to The Protocols Of The Elders of Zion. The Protocols are a fabricated antisemitic document used by Czarist Russia to incite pogroms against the Jews in the early 20th century. (Much of Manchesters Jewish community including this authors family fled those very pogroms and found sanctuary in the city) In Germany, Hitler endorsed the Protocolsand weaponised them. It was his Warrant for Genocide. This hideous document is the most malign and destructive conspiracy theory in human history. It was compulsory reading in schools for the Hitler Youth and instrumental in inciting the German people against the Jews. As historian Norman Cohn wrote in his book about the Protocols, There exists a subterranean world where psychological fantasies disguised as ideas are churned out by crooks and half-educated fanatics for the benefit of the ignorant and the superstitious. There are times when this underworld emerges from the depths and suddenly fascinates, captures and dominates multitudes of usually sane and responsible people.

When asked about the Protocols Icke retorted, Just because Hitler used the knowledge for negative reasons doesnt reflect on the knowledge itself. Indeed when Hitler himself was told beyond all doubt the Protocols were fabricated he responded, Well that proves the Jews wrote it.

The Robots Rebellion sold out and was reprinted twice. In his next books Icke began to flirt explicitly with Holocaust denial and lost his publishing deal as a result. In And The Truth Shall Set You FreeIcke repeated his previous claims that theProtocolswere true, and went on to state: I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War. They financed Hitler to power in 1933 and made the funds available for his rearmament.

He described the Nuremberg Trials as a farce and went on..why do we play a part in suppressing alternative information to the official line of the Second World War? How is it right that while this fierce suppression goes on, free copies of the Spielberg film, Schindlers List, are given to schools to indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events.The All-Seeing Jews, however, and their non-Jewish conspirators, use the smokescreen of anti-Semitism and the genuine suffering of real Jews to prevent investigation of their sinister activities.

The internet is extremely thin on Ickes antisemitism, apparently because no one can be bothered to trawl through his books and videos except the conspiracy theorists themselves. Will Offley has written a page on Public Eye and gathered more quotes from And The Truth Shall Set You Free;they can be found here.

That was back in February 2000 but precious little has been written about him in the intervening years. Since then Icke has immersed himself in anti-Zionist conspiracy theories, much of it from the Middle East, fusing them with old European antisemitic conspiracies of which there is an endless cultural reservoir. These days Ickes Twitter timeline is heavily consumedby Zionism which he sees as the most malignant and destructive secret society on the planet.

After losing his publishing deal Icke was subsequently sued for defamtion in the US. He learned his lesson and has since avoided the word Jewish where possible. Instead; his books, videos and live shows refer to Rothschild Zionists, Kahazar/Sumerians/Ashkenazi or as he puts it in one of his recent texts The Global Conspiracy:- AshkeNAZI. In the same book he attempts to distance himself from his previous claims of a Jewish plot to control the world by saying there is a Jewish plot to control the world.

I am not saying that there is a Jewish plot to control the World. I am saying that their leading families are serious players in the reptilian bloodlines that have infiltrated all peoples and nations with the aim of manipulating themselves into power.

Most recently Icke appeared on the BBCs This Week as he embarked on his Wide Awake World Tour. He was asked about 9/11 and shape-shifting Lizards but anylinks to Neo-Nazi and neo-fascist groups were predictably ignored. Loathe as I am to criticise this programme; surely it would beprudent for politically high-brow showssuch as This Week to hold Icke accountable for the extreme racialbigotry he propagates to sell-out crowds.

Much more menacing was an article published in the Independent during Ickes last world tour. The journalist seems to have found the whole thing rather amusing, It is all largely entertaining stuff, and clearly highly believable to many.Not one word in the article is given to the antisemitism explicit during said entertainment nor was it suggested that anti-vaccination conspiracy theories are inherently dangerous to the lives of children. All this and more was also ignored in a Mail online article published in July 2016.

Steve Mason, formerly of the sublime Beta Band, shows just how cool you can make Icke look. On his record Fight Them Back we hear an excerpt of David Icke talking about reorganising society spliced alongside Tony Blair saying Libya is a goldmine of a country. Mason was challenged by one Twitter userat the time

This is how Icke wins. How an audience at an Icke show will see right-on lefties sitting alongside far-right activists. Its the conspiracy theory that glues these lost souls together with antisemitism the very marrow in their bones.

Pseudo-intellectual Russell Brand has broadcast several sycophantic conversations with Icke. Chummily discussing the nature of reality, media manipulation, globalisation; Icke is not only normalised, he is exalted as a heroic revolutionary crusader to Brands legion of fans; I would concur David that most of us tend to live in a prescribed reality and that freedom is an illusion because freedom exists in such narrow parameters that ultimately we are enslaved by a very manipulative ideology. Brand is clearly far too intelligent to ask Icke about his support for Bashar-al-Assad and Vladimir Putin, his anti-abortion, anti-vaccination articles, his climate change denial, his support for the NRA, his conviction that the current migrant wave has purposefully been engineered to eradicate the native cultures of Europe. Russell Brand shows that if youre right-on you can be as racist as Nick Griffin on a particularly racisty day. It seems anything goes if youre against the system.

Ickes current world tour began in Australia in July. The Sydney Morning Herald is one of the rare media outlets who gave Icke his due.Ori Golan penned anarticleexplaining what shouldnt have to be explained A person who writes such things and makes home videos titled The Lizards and the Jewsand Zionism, the cause of World Mayhem*,is not just a nut job; that person is anti-Semitic.

Russell Brand lucidly demonstrates how Icke is so successful. Given the populist political climate of the hour, anti-establishment sentiment can propel bizarre fringe beliefs into the mainstream. And Icke does appear in the mainstream. Only recently the video of Eva Bartlett and the degenerate conspiracy theories surrounding the White Helmets in Syria were shared on social media by people with otherwise relatively mainstream beliefs.

Eva Bartlett has appeared on David Ickes show which Louise Proyect discussed in a recent articleThis sort of toxic sludge can be found in a number of Assadist websites that combine9/11 theories with unending and often ludicrous attempts to smear Syrian rebels as perpetrators of false flag incidents, including VoltaireNet, Off-Guardian and Global Research. That they overlap with outright fascist platforms such as Infowars and David Ickes website should have provoked some soul-searching long ago.

Icke on Syria:

Assad is a tyrant oppressing his people! Does anyone really believe that!? The story that we must help the people of Syria is frickin bollocks.

On Hilary Clinton:

Hilary is another cocaine user (of course) and a lesbian. In Ickes book Global Conspiracy he alleges that Hilary Clinton uses female sex slaves and is turned on by female genital mutilation.

On Jo Cox:

That dead person is being deified out of all proportionToday, with her body barely cold, her husband Brendan Cox is tweeting out a Go Fund Me link to his wifes favourite causesThe White Helmets. The White Helmets are the military propaganda arm of the Allies attempt at regime change by destabilising Syria.

(Not uncommon discourse in mainstream politics these days)

Icke has published nearly 50 articles in the past six months in support of Vladimir Putin.

Piers Corbyn has appearedseveral times on David Ickes nightly radio programme The Richie Allen Show.Piers, who also publicly shares platforms with Holocaust Deniers seems to have much in common with Icke and is doing his brother no favours at all by validating Ickestheories.Peter Tatchell, amongst many others, has appeared on the same show.

Richie Allen marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 by invitingHolocaust denier Nick Kollerstrom on his show where he stated that200,000 Jews died in the Holocaust and that there is no trace of any extermination policy, no trace of any scorn or contempt towards for example Jews in the camps, theyre described in a perfectly respectful manner.

What internal crisis in a major British political party in 2016 could propel David Icke to intervene?

If you said Labours antisemitism crisis you win a falafel.

These images are from articles on Ickes website published in the last year.

Alongside his website The David Icke Forum is a crucible for extreme conspiracy theoriststo discuss evil plots and their machinates. Ruth Smeeth, the Labour MP who has received over 25,000 antisemitic and misogynistic messages in the past year, including long explicit death threats from far-left and far-right activists, has several pages of hate dedicated to her on Ickes rancid forum. (There is a direct corollary between misogyny and racial hatred with female Jewish MPs suffering far more abuse than their male counterparts) Good and brave people like Ruth Smeeth are feeling the real-life consequences of the cauldron of hatred whipped up by these frenzied maniacs who congregate in the cesspit of Ickes website.

His last tour The Lion Sleeps contains a 25 minute section of explicit antisemitic anti-Zionism, which if you can stomach not recommended is available here.

A small portion of the antisemitic images that Icke uses in his live show

His current show promises to be much worse. The trailer for his new show is over ten minutes in length during which he cannily avoids references to otherworldly reptilian phenomena. Only at the end are we briefly shownthis image:

All powerful.

Not human.

Malign.

Sound familiar?

This is how Nazis portrayed the Jews; except the rats have become lizards, a new twist on an old theme. These memesand modes of thought dont just simply vanish.

Make a fuss. Take the man at his word. Take him seriously. He means what he says, he is a doyen of antisemitism and a purveyor of our darkest ideologies. He is a hate preacher.

Ill defend Ickes right to say what he wants but cannot defendJewish community leaders and anti-racist organisations who remain passive in the face of overt antisemitic grandstanding in their community. But this doesnt just concern Jews. This concerns feminists, ethnic minorities of all persuasions, anti-fascists, anti-racists, Syrians, people who dont want the memory of Jo Cox sullied and her husband abused, environmentalists, in short: anyone who wants to be a member of the Anti-Stupid Party.

David Icke is performing a sold-out show at The Manchester Apollo on Saturday 14th January followed by a show in Ireland and then a European tour plus two shows in Canada.

Im currently reading the 2007 book David Ickes Guide to the Global Conspiracy or as Ive come to know itMein Kampf for Dummies. Whether Icke contravenes hate-speech laws or not is of little concern; I believegood arguments will never chase out bad ones if we refuse to have them.But the line is drawn at incitement. Given that the Global Conspiracy referred to in the title of his book is mostly being enacted by Jews, its worth pausing for a moment and taking in the books complete title:

For now Ill leave you in the safe, warm hands of Christopher Hitchens speaking in 2007 at the Jewish Literature Festival:

Antisemitism is a very, very serious cultural danger, and its only a fool who thinks that it is a threat only to Jews. Antisemitism is a very, very toxic threat to everything we can decently call civilizationIf someone says they dont like West Indians, because of their I dont know what it might be their music. Or they dont like Indians because of the smell of their cooking. Or they dont like Koreans for their Kimchi whatever it might be. Every minority and majority in the world has a version of this kind of prejudice.

But, as Freud pointed out, theyll all sink their differences when it comes to the Jews. And with the Jews its not their cooking or their sex lives or any of this, and its not just vulgar prejudice about skin color or smell.

Its a theory.

Its a paranoid theory that tries to explain quite a lot. Its fascinated with gold, with secret documents, with missing codices in ancient treaties, with the idea of an invisible and secret government. Its a very, very, very dangerous, pseudo-intellectual prejudice.

(The full conversation is available here)

Marlon Solomon Jan 2017

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*The Lizards and the Jews and the Zionists the Cause of World Mayhem was in fact the Youtube title of a Jon Ronson documentary on David Icke and not a film by David Icke as stated in the essay. Instead David Icke has films called Rothschild Zionists, World War III and the New World Order.

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Cruel to be kind: the radicalism of Robert Icke – New Statesman

By the time I meet Robert Icke, at the end of a long day of rehearsals for the West End transfer ofHamlet, I, too, feel like a dreaded sight. Biblical early-summer rain has soaked me to the skin and drummed on the windows of the Union Chapel in Islington, north London, breaking the actors concentration as they work out how to move the production from the Almeida, a 325-seat theatre, to a venue that holds 796.

I sit on the sofa to dry out, hoping its not the one that Andrew Scott plans to hide behind at the Harold Pinter Theatre in central London in a few days’ time. The lead actor is here, relaxed and laughing in a blue shirt and yellow Converse; there is none of the whiff of sulphur that hangs about him as Moriarty in the BBCs Sherlock or his extraordinary, volcanic Hamlet. As stagehands remove masking tape from the floor and the rest of the company say their weekend goodbyes, Robert Icke stands serene. There is something of the Nineties student about him: big, round glasses, black T-shirt and light blue jeans. He wouldnt look out of place in an early Blur video.

But hes much too young for that. After all, there are two things that everyone in the theatre world knows about Icke. The first is that he is young disgustingly young, thrillingly young the director ofseven acclaimed shows since joining the Almeida at just30. The second is that he thinks a lot of theatre is crap. Certainly more evenings at the theatre are boring than not boring, he told the Times in October. He walks out of shows at the interval, he said, all the time.

At the Almeida, where he is associate director, he has focused mostly on classic texts, culminating in a Hamlet that has now transferred to the commercial stage. He loves Shakespeare as much as he hates the cult of Shakespeare, all doublets and what he calls actor voice. He also hates period dress. Its about a weird kind of nostalgia for the past, because, you know, It was safer then and there were no brown people to fuck things up, he tells me as we eat in a nearby restaurant. I find period dress as an aesthetic choice to be like a political choice lazy and safe.

Icke is London theatres golden boy. The only other director of his generation who inspires anything like as much buzz is Lyndsey Turner, who is so publicity shy that she doesnt even have a Wikipedia page. Although she won an Olivier Award in 2014 for Chimerica, her 2015 Hamlet a blowsy epic at the Barbican starring Benedict Cumberbatch had disappointing reviews.

By contrast, Icke can apparently do no wrong. His version of George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four has just opened on Broadway, and his translation of Friedrich Schillers Mary Stuart will follow Hamlet to the West End next year. Over Christmas, while the Schiller play was running at the Almeida and Hamlet was in rehearsal, he also directed David Hares The Red Barn at the National. Next April, he will stage Oedipus in the Netherlands with Toneelgroep Amsterdam. He watches each production at least once a week, continually refining it.

This success is why critics worry that his click-bait pronouncements will overshadow his talents. He doesnt seem to have an edit function when it comes to public speaking, says David Benedict, the former London critic of Variety. There are times when he appears to be on some kind of mission, but Im not sure what the mission is.

Henry Hitchings of the London Evening Standard agrees. Hes 30 and everything hes done has been very successful. Hes already this grand eminence in the British theatre, but that doesnt mean hes the finished article. Kate Maltby, who reviews for the Times, adds: He is the subject of real hatred and envy by his peers its the response to youthful success.

Yet his mentor, the Almeidas artistic director, Rupert Goold, is sanguine. He has got a reputation for being very controversial. People imagine it must be arrogance, he tells me. But hes really not. He has moments of great doubt. I remember after seeing a rehearsal of Hamlet, I had a few thoughts, and I could sense he felt he had a lot of work to do. He was having his own Hamlet moment.

Icke sees himself not as a provocateur theatres Damien Hirst but as a radical, in the old sense of going back to the root. Goold says that the pair of them are always talking about the Dyson factor. No one thought to put a big ball in the middle of a Hoover and, oh, look, its made the Hoover a million times better, he says. So whats the Dyson factor for George Bernard Shaw, or Schiller? Whats the big round ball that makes it better?

OK, so what happens if we do to Robert Icke what he tries to do to his texts: strip away the click-bait? What is it that makes so many people swoon over his productions?

I hadnt seen any of his work, says Hildegard Bechtler, who has designed sets and costumes for four of Ickes shows. But straight out of that first conversation, I wanted to collaborate on the Oresteia.

There was one problem: there was no text to work from. I didnt have his version, so I got a bit panicked about it. It was a jump into the dark in every sense for me. That was because Icke was translating the text himself, creating a family saga around Orestes, who kills his mother to avenge his father.

When I look back on Rob and his development, Goold says, the moment that accelerated his career was when he wanted to adapt the Oresteia himself. The play was conceived as part of a Greek season at the Almeida in 2015, but it became the standout success.

Until he picked up his Olivier Award for Oresteia becoming the youngest person ever to win the Best Director prize Icke was a cult hit rather than a mainstream success. Born in Stockton-on-Tees and educated at a Church of England state school, he decided at the age of 15 to become a director after seeing Kenneth Branagh in Richard III. Returning home, he wrote to the play’s directorMichael Grandage, who offered him a two-hour personal tutorial. But Icke didnt enjoy the drama scene at Cambridge, where he studied English at Kings College. He told the university paper Varsity in 2014: There was a lot of cliquey-ness and I thought the work was rubbish.

While still at school, he co-founded a youth theatre company in Stockton, and he repeated the exercise at Cambridge with an outfit called the Swan. By 2009, however, he was considering giving up, having been told by the National Theatre that its lower age limit for associate directors was 28.

Then he met Goold, who was the artistic director of the Headlong touring company. Their meeting has been mythologised: one critic tells me a Chinese whispers version in which Icke went up to [Goold] in a lobby of the theatre after his play and told him it wasnt very good.

The real version is less dramatic: they met at a function at the Almeida. Yet there is a kernel of truth to the story. At his interview for the assistant directorship at Headlong, Icke was asked to give a two-minute takedown of one of its shows. He chose the phenomenally successful Enron and quickly identified a flaw in the structure that Goold hadnt seen in two years of working on it.

When I first met him for the interviews at Headlong, I read his CV, says the older director now. I thought, This is the comedy version of an academic CV. The highest A-level in the country! The best degree!

Perhaps the apparent ease with which Icke has excelled has left him intolerant of the compromises made by others. He never reads reviews, he tells me, partly because critics get such small spaces in which to dissect a play. A lot of them, they just arent good enough at criticism to be able to spot [a theme] and go, Thats whats going on.

For their part, more than one of the people I spoke to wondered if Ickes oppositional stance dates back to his 2014 Almeida production of a play called Mr Burns. It was a new work about a post-apocalyptic society that has fashioned a mythology around The Simpsons. The bad half of the sharply divided reviews called it boring, unintelligible and too long. In the final act, it all got really weird with the actors putting on gold outfits and playing out some sort of Nativity scene, wrote Tim Walker in the Telegraph. This bit looked like it was directed not so much by Robert Icke as David Icke.

But Mr Burns sold well, and the Almeidas audiences who were notably younger than the critical establishment liked it. (A friend of mine who saw it recalled sitting next to a critic who proudly announced that she had never seen The Simpsons.)

There is a slight generational divide, as much to do with the receptiveness of younger generations to a more European style of theatre as anything, says Andrzej Lukowski of Time Out, who is close to Ickes age. Mr Burns got very polarised reviews. He was quite distraught by some of the reception to that.

Although Oresteia was more rapturously received, the notices didnt change Ickes opinion that much theatre criticism is shallow. I had a thing in Oresteia which nobody has noticed at all, he says. Because the ancient Greeks believed that sneezing meant that the gods had gone into your body in some way, and the sneezing was a sign of the presence of a god, there is a series of strategically placed sneezes in Oresteia.

Come on, I say. Presumably everybody thought: hes worked this company too hard and theyve all caught a cold. He pauses. I dont know, he says. I never asked them.

Two women, dressed identically in black trousers, white shirts and black jackets, walk up to the stage. There is silence in the theatre as one drops a coin into a bowl, where it spins and lands. Heads. Tonight, it is Lia Williamss turn to die and Juliet Stevenson will order her death.

Schillers Mary Stuart, first performed in 1800, was even more unpromising as source material for a modern audience than Oresteia. When Icke first asked his two lead actors to read it aloud, the old Victorian translation they had to use lasted five hours. His reworking recognised that this was a rare moment in early-modern history when the fates of two powerful women were intertwined. Each night, one protagonist would be executed and the other would live with the responsibility for making that happen. As soon as I had the idea of them doing Mary Stuart, I thought, Brilliant, but which way round? I read it again and I realised that their interchangeability in the play dramaturgically, and their longing to be the other one, was the way to do it.

It wasnt the first production to play with this kind of dualism: for Danny Boyles 2011 Frankenstein at the National, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated as the scientist and the monster. But by making the assignment of roles part of the drama, watched by the audience, Icke emphasised the arbitrary nature of fate.

Kate Maltby, who wrote notes for the programme, is ambivalent about this treatment. I loved it as a piece of theatre. I just hated it as a feminist and a historian, she tells me. His vision of the play is of two women who are mirror images of each other. It was sharply executed but its part of a long male tradition of seeing women as interchangeable.

I make a similar point to Icke. The play reminds me of being asked in my late teens, as part of a personality test, whether I identified more with Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn. Now, I would probably ask: are those really the only options? Its like there are two different sets of characteristics, of which we all have a bit of both, he says. The whole question of that play is: is Elizabeth strong enough to kill off Mary, and can a Mary ever kill off an Elizabeth?

The dramatic structure sets the doomed, romantic, instinctive Mary against Elizabeth, who has thought things through, kept all her personal life out of the tabloids… Can [Mary] ever defeat the woman who got to the top? Equally, though, if youre Elizabeth, are you prepared to take the bit of yourself that is Mary Stuart sexual, maternal, all those traditionally female qualities, and behead that?

Or you could put it another way, Icke says, smiling as he acknowledges the clich: Cant a woman have it all?

Juliet Stevenson (left) and Lia Williams in Ickes production of Mary Stuart. Photo: Miles Aldridge

In the Almeidas staging, the climax of the play is an extraordinary, wordless scene. As with Oresteia, Hildegard Bechtler built Icke a revolving stage. After Elizabeth has ordered Marys death, the revolve starts, a pop song by Laura Marling plays, and the doomed queen is undressed by men down to her shift, ready to be executed. Her triumphant rival, meanwhile, is dressed by men in a skeleton version of the cumbersome farthingale and white-lead face paint of the period. Undressing one and dressing the other had a strong visual impact, Bechtler says. One was going to her death and was liberated, but the other was tied down in an imprisoning garment.

It was a beautiful scene, showing confidence in the audience at the end of a long (over three hours), dialogue-heavy play. And, to be brutally honest, I was surprised to see a male director so attuned to the meaning-laden potential of female clothing.

I confess my sexism to Icke. That is very sexist, he agrees. I am embarrassed as always to be a man. Its a terrible club to belong to: they do terrible things, theyre only interested in football and alcohol, two things in which I have zero interest. But if you switched the gender roles in our conversation that would be profoundly offensive. Not that Im offended.

The Almeida announced Mary Stuart when the 2016 Tory leadership race had narrowed to a contest between Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. Although Icke appreciated the echo, he doesnt want to do overtly political theatre. I dont really need a whole evening for me to tell you what I think about racism, he says. I probably think its bad, and you probably think its bad, and I dont need a whole evening of your time for that.

Yet he hopes that someone not him writes a great play about Brexit. There will be a really good show in the campaigns, not in the referendum result, because what you have effectively is two rudderless tribes of people interested in their own advancement. He thinks it would be like a non-violent, mainly white West Side Story.

However, he doubts anyone could write a British version of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Mirandas epic musical about Americas founding fathers. It has myth and nobility and a kind of moral evangelism, he says. Guy Fawkes is the grand moral narrative that I suspect most of the British populace agree with, which is: blow the fuckers up.

Over the past few years, a consensus has arisen: Hamlet is the play. It has a plum part for a film or television actor looking to prove himself, the best-known soliloquy in all of Shakespeare and the modern themes of surveillance and selfhood. (You can imagine Hamlet worrying that no one is liking his posts on Instagram.)

Perhaps theres another reason why Icke was keen to direct it: the production would be a high-profile test of his theory of what radicalism means. He sees staging a Shakespeare play as like restoring an Old Master. You have to scrape away the layers of varnish and try to see what was there at the start. Theres a kind of plastic casing on the play, which is years of stage history, he says, a lot of which is nonsense. He was excited to work with Andrew Scott, who had never done Shakespeare before, because the actor didnt have bad habits you have to chip off.

The insight he brought to his version of Hamlet was this: Maybe your key source is crazy. In other words, the audience should be aware that Gertrude is bad, Claudius is bad, because thats how Hamlet sees it. Probably because of star culture, we interpret a lot of the famous, famous plays through the protagonist, he says. One thing I really felt about Hamlet was that Id never seen a production that honoured the other characters.

That meant adding in scenes from the bad quarto, such as one between Horatio and Gertrude before the final duel, which fleshes out the queens character. Its almost certainly not by Shakespeare and makes Gertrude a less ambiguous character, Maltby says. But it really worked, and I got the sense he was trying to give a voice to women as much as possible. Ophelia was on stage a lot more than usual.

There is a star culture around directors, too, obscuring that one of the measures of success, as well as its guarantor, is the strength of your team. Icke has returned again and again to the same actors Juliet Stevenson, Lia Williams, Angus Wright, Jessica Brown Findlay and frequent collaborators such as Hildegard Bechtler, who are willing to work on small budgets. The pay for small spaces like the Almeida, the time you invest, it doesnt pay, Bechtler says. You have to be excited about it. Sonia Friedman, the ber-producer, is another quiet champion, bankrollinghis West End transfers.

Goold says that there are a few other people to whom Icke listens: his associate Dan Raggett; his girlfriend; the sound designer Tom Gibbons. This continuity makes it possible, not even a dozen major productions into his career, to identify an Ickean aesthetic even if, as sceptics say, it occasionally borrows too freely from the Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who will bring an adaptation of the 1976 film Network to the National Theatre in London this autumn.

As well as its attention to female roles, Hamlet bore other hallmarks of the Icke style. There was a heavy underscore and liberal use of modern music including Bob Dylans All Along the Watchtower and Bechtler reused the smoked glass from her minimalist Oresteia set, creating front and back sections of the stage. Depending on the lighting, the glass could be opaque or transparent, allowing for the meaning of a scene to be undercut or bolstered by something happening in the section behind it.

At the start, that second layer of action is Claudiuss and Gertrudes wedding party. Later, we see Ophelia bathing at the back of the stage (another echo of Oresteia, in which Agamemnon is murdered in a ritual bath) and, because of the distance and the glass, we feel like voyeurs. The glass also allowed the final scene to be re-imagined, with the dead dancing together, bathed in heavenly light, using the same underlying music as for the wedding party.

The theatre blogger Florence Bell has suggested that this borrows from an episode of The Sopranos one of Ickes favourite television shows in which the mafioso antihero Tony hovers between life and death. (Icke also appreciates the final instalment of The Sopranos, which ends with Tony turning his head in a restaurant and then a six-second cut to black, because the ambiguous ending neither lets him off for his crimes nor lets you off for enjoying them.)

There are also echoes of the climax of Hamilton, which Icke saw in New York when it was the hottest ticket in town, in which the lead character reconciles himself to death with the lyrics: I catch a glimpse of the other side My son is on the other side. Here, Hamlet is already dead when he acknowledges, The rest is silence.

David Benedict experienced that last scene as a revelation. It was the first time I thought, Im watching a play about a young man who died. It should be obvious but Id never seen it before. For Icke, there was another, more banal, reason to finish in this way. The end of Hamlet is usually a lot of people doing dead body acting, and thats never moving.

Is this why Ickes performances seem so fresh? Like all directors, he magpies freely, but unlike the generation above him hes borrowing from musicals, from computer games we discuss the indie platformer Braid, which tells one story played forwards and another when reversed and from mainstream television shows.

For the dumb show that starts the play-within-a-play, he took inspiration from the Pixar movie Up, which recaps the life of one of its main characters, a grumpy old man, at the pace of a flick book. (The other protagonists are an overweight schoolboy and a dog with a collar that gives it a human voice.) This speeded-up movie-in-a-movie shows the whole span of the mans history with his late wife, through meeting, marriage and the disappointment of infertility, ending with her death.

The compression of lifes highs and lows turns that scene into emotional napalm, I say. It always makes me cry. Icke agrees. Yeah, no amount of fucking talking dogs was going to help me after that.

In 1599, his study of the most important year of Shakespeares working life, James Shapiro offers some startling figures:

In an England of four million, London and its immediate environs held a population of roughly two hundred thousand. If, on any given day, two plays were staged in playhouses that held as many as two to three thousand spectators each, its likely that with theatres even half full, as many as three thousand or so Londoners were attending a play On average, its likely that over a third of Londons adult population saw a play every month.

Icke cites these figures pretty much word perfect to explain why he made it a condition of transferring Hamlet to the West End that there would be cheap seats to attract younger audiences. (There are 300 seats at every performance for less than 30.)

After all, Shakespeare saw himself as a popular entertainer and wrote for the groundlings as much as the elite. Icke and Andrew Scott really believe that 15- and 16-year-old versions of us [should be able to] come from Ireland and Stockton, if [they] wanted to get a train and come and see it. He argues we should be tougher on subsidised theatres that charge high ticket prices: Its not OK if you charge me 65 quid for something Ive already paid for with my taxes, particularly not if its in a big space.

In the last week of Hamlets Almeida run, the theatre offered free tickets to under-25s. The actors said it was the best shows we ever played, because they didnt know the story They laughed in different places, they gasped. I dont think Ive ever been prouder to work at the Almeida than when there were queues of under-16s round the block to see a three-and-a-half-hour Hamlet. I thought, This is what its for, this is why we put our taxes into this place.

1984, Ickes adaptation of George Orwells novel, is now on Broadway

The unspoken backdrop to our conversation about Shakespeare is the tenure of Emma Rice at the Globe, cut short because the trustees were unhappy with her use of sound and lighting rigs in a theatre that doubles as a museum. Icke must be aware that the Globe is on the other side of the Shakespeare wars from him, although he never mentions names.

I decide its time to bring up the Controversy Thing. It might sound shallow, but isnt he worried that people wont talk to him at the Olivier Awards? I hope Ive never said publicly, That person is terrible. Its about why we do this as an art, so hopefully no one feels its personal. He smiles. Im also not a great socialiser, because Im completely teetotal, so I dont go to pubs, and a lot of my mates dont work in theatre.

Both Goold and Henry Hitchings wonder if Robert Ickes next step will be to direct a film, or whether he might fancy the artistic directorship of the Young Vic, which has become available this year. He would hate so many elements of what that job is thinking about loo rolls and corporate sponsors and what drinks get served at the bar, Hitchings says. Bechtler hopes that the nature of their collaborations wont change because of demands on his time. Rob might change utterly now hes become so successful, but the amount of talking [that we do] is crucial.

There is one landmine ahead. A few of the people I spoke to were worried that the transfers never quite manage to capture the intimacy of the Almeida. A proscenium arch and a vast auditorium present a challenge for the focused, intense naturalism of Andrew Scotts Hamlet, for instance. Still, David Benedict pays him the greatest compliment a critic can offer: While I have doubts about elements of Ickes work, Id rather see his failures than some of the kiss-of-death competence of other directors.

Hamlet is at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1, until 2 September. Mary Stuart opens at the Duke of Yorks Theatre, London WC2, on 13 January 2018

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Peter Perrett – The Quietus

I first heard Peter Perrett sing with The Only Ones late at night, long after he had released the records that first made a case for his genius, and many years before this new one. The setting was Nicky Campbells tactical deployment of ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ in the middle of an interview with David Icke at a time, hard as it is to now imagine, when this unholy union of egotists was broadcast on Radio 1 as an exclusive meeting of minds. Between Icke claiming (quite convincingly, if taken on his own delusional terms) that he was Jesus, and that Campbell was the reincarnation of Jim Morrison, I underwent an epiphany that was only partly musical, the clownish talk in the studio leaving me unprepared for the actual transcendence provided by the music. Asides from the soaring hooks that I found spiritually reassuring, the record sounded like it was being sung by a ghost who was in a hurry to impart its life experience before fading quickly away. With my teens and the feelings the spectre sang of still ahead of me, I tingled with the anticipation of having something else to look forward to.

The same thing happens to me listening to this new record, except the tingles are now ones of arrival, which I confess is a massive relief, as I had not expected to listen to anything new by Peter Perrett, or for it to be this good. Possessing a voice that can switch from hopeful to hopelessness in the same line, Perrett seemed destined to blaze briefly and very brightly, an artist who like Syd Barrett or Shane MacGowan was owned, taken possession of, and then discarded by his muse. And as the impersonation of romantic underachievement, all he could then do was watch forlornly as others who knew how to direct, take in hand and make a proper day job out of their genius cleaned up in his place. Barring a blink-and-youd-miss-it release in 1996, watching Perrett front The Only Ones during their brief reformation 10 years ago did nothing to suggest that he was spending his years out of the limelight constructing masterpieces for eventual un-concealment; at six stone and with a voice that could barely register (albeit in front of an admittedly very impressive band), it was a wonder he had the will to go through with it at all.

This album, then, is a gleeful surprise, and though it is debatable whether it would make the same sense for a listener coming to Perrett cold, for those who already know what to look for it is as gently persuasive as it is shyly moving (and this from the man who penned the lyric to ‘Why Dont You Kill Yourself’!). Though it is hard to imagine how a voice that at its peak sounded preternaturally elderly, and frequently defeated, would hold up when it had actually aged, Perrett sings like an older man who is still, at some essential level, young and in the process of being formed. Given his history of addictions, he understandably emotes like someone keeping something in reserve for himself, cackling and chuckling like an ageing Artful Dodger (Im still just about capable of / one last defiant breath), while pacing himself carefully and not pushing his range. This scaled back less-is-more approach, perfected in the late period of the late Leonard Cohen, is helped enormously by Perretts lyrical self-deprecation and cheek, which binds and glosses over those occasionally creaky moments inherent in making rock music in your mid-sixties.

The easygoing vocal pace is reflected in the musical accompaniment. Whereas The Only Ones were a storming powerhouse, this band, led by Perretts sons Peter Jr and Jamie, cannot and do not try to compete with the legendary John Perry, whose sheer guitar attack was the perfect foil to Perretts lyrical unravelling. The current group mean to be friendly and helpful, gathering around their father to frame his voice; they lack his former bands desolate abrasion, and choose to be charming instead.

Despite the single ‘How The West Was Won’ being an obvious star of the album, an equal part affectionate and damning indictment of Americas founding myths and current unreality, most of these songs are ruminative exercises in thinking aloud and remembering. As with Lou Reed in ‘Who Am I’, or Dylan in ‘What Good Am I’, Perrett critically reviews his life, and on a love song to his wife, ‘C Voyeurger’, and the closer, ‘Take Me Home’, surpasses even his former bands legacy.

Coming from a generation who never had it so good, but still made life as hard for themselves as possible, and who in that absence of a foe, chose to become their own worst enemies (Even your parents ran away from home to escape you), Perrett returns to his childhood in the middle of the last century. Contrasting the rationing and martial self-sacrifice of the then-recent past with his own life of baby-booming waste, Perrett imagines a glorious and meaningful death he was already born too late for, the key to the future taken out of my hands, in which a noble end the Hermann Gring Division could have afforded him is replaced by the living end that is sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, I wish I could die in a hail of bullets sometimes, but all I can do is sing and play on the frontline. As the song progresses it becomes obvious that the home he sings of is a memory that no longer physically exists, full of friends and family that are no longer alive, in a country so changed that it could just as well never have been. This is ‘home’ as a near-mystical feeling of origination and return, that only death will bring one back to. The deadpan nobility of Perretts past vocal performances is resurrected, in his acceptance that self-destruction, and what it forces one to acknowledge and observe when shared in music, requires an ambivalent heroism of its own. Refining this poetry of self-sabotage is Perretts enduring achievement, and the authentic generational property of all those wasters who disappeared under the radar, who he so generously memorialises.

Tariq Goddard’s sixth novel, Nature and Necessity, is out 20 July from Repeater Books

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The findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into racism at this year’s elections – Conservative Home

Published: July 12, 2017

Below is an extract from the new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct, commission by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) AgainstAnti-semitism it details all the instances of racism expressed by or suffered by candidates of each of thelargest parties contesting this years local and general elections. Its evident that no party is entirely free of these poisonous views but, troublingly, the extract also makes clear thatthe Labour Party seems to have a particularly sizeable problem, especially in terms of anti-semitism.

Hopefully those MPs involved in the APPG willfurther press these findings within their own parties.

2.1.1 The Conservative Party

General Election

Ameet Jogia, an Indian-origin Conservative party candidate was reportedly subjected to racial abuse when the wall of a voting booth in the constituency for which he was standing was daubed with a racist message. Mr. Jogia was reportedly left disappointed that no one did anything to take it down. The matter is being investigated by the Electoral Commission.

Another Conservative candidate and now re-elected MP Sheryll Murray said she was sickened when her posters were daubed with swastikas. Her agent suggested the attackers were trying to protest Ms. Murrays support for the Jewish community. Devon and Cornwall police confirmed a report of criminal damage.

One Conservative candidate, himself a convert to Judaism, was reportedly a victim of antisemitism. Andrew Percy, a Minister prior to the General Election, said he was abused in front of two witnesses by someone claiming to support the leader of the Labour Party. The alleged perpetrator was said to have shouted Zionist scum at Percy and, on being informed he was Jewish, replied Oh, I will need a wash now. The incident was referred to the police and there was no suggestion Jeremy Corbyn supported or endorsed the incident.

Local Elections

Abdul Zaman, the Deputy Chairman of the Bradford Conservative Association, was suspended after making inappropriate comments about Jews and women at the launch ofa local election campaign. Mr Zaman urged his community to vote for local candidate Sajid Akhtar so that the Jews and Christians know that we are one Biradari. He was later reinstated after the partys disciplinary body decided that his comments were not antisemitic, though unhelpfully open to interpretation.

Another Conservative council candidate, Obaid Khan, was suspended from the party but remained on the ballot paper after antisemitic tweets he had posted were discovered shortly before the local council elections (but after the nomination deadline had passed). Mr. Khan, who ran for the winnable council seat of Hall Green, had referred to Jew agents and atheists as terms of abuse in his posts. Situations where parties cannot remove candidates who allegedly, or in fact, commit offences had, as noted, previously been marked as a point of concern in the electoral conduct inquiry of 2013.

A week post-election, Conservative councillor Robert Davies was the subject of strong condemnation and an official rebuke from the party when deeply offensive tweets with racist tropes were discovered. He subsequently deleted his account and it was said he accepted he was wrong to have made the posts.

Another candidate, Peter Cuthbertson, who was standing for the marginal seat of Darlington, was condemned for posts he had made as an 18 year old about rape, homosexuality and morality.

2.1.2 The Labour Party

General Election

A Labour parliamentary candidate was sacked by the party following allegations he ran a Twitter account which had posted offensive remarks about Muslims. Old Bexley and Sidcup candidate Trevor Merralls said he had been a victim of a vicious smear campaign and strongly denied responsibility for running the account. He planned to protest to the Labour party.

Labour representatives were also on the receiving end of antisemitism. Iain Wright MP accused Hartlepool resident Anthony Rowbotham of assaulting him and threatening his family with violence while he was delivering election leaflets in the area. Mr Rowbotham allegedly exclaimed that Jews control the money and he didnt want the Jew Ed Milibandas Prime Minister while accusing Mr Wright of helping the Jews control the debt. He subsequently admitted to calling Mr Wright a bankers servant; however, a jury could not reach a verdict on a simple charge of harassment.

Naz Shah, who herself had been suspended from the party over antisemitic posts (for which she apologised), was a victim of antisemitism at an electoral hustings, having asserted Israels right to exist.

During the course of the campaign there were a number of other media stories relating to antisemitic abuse albeit not directly related to candidates. For example, the Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn was endorsed by a music artist who it was later alleged had re-tweeted an antisemitic message, and moved to condemn antisemitic abuse of a journalist interviewing him who happened to be Jewish.

In Bristol, a giant pro-Labour banner was displayed which featured a picture of Theresa May adorned with earrings representing the Jewish symbol of the star of David. The banner, reminiscent of some far-right caricatures, was condemned by Labour candidate and now re-elected MP Thangham Debbonaire who said an investigation was being launched but that the design and erection of the banner had nothing to do with her Labour party.

The Guido Fawkes website reported texts being sent to Muslim voters in Walsall South in an effort to get out the vote. The texts, if genuine, urged voters to cast their ballots so that other minorities would not have a greater say than them. Finally, in Borehamwood, one campaigner was reported to the police after footage emerged of her shouting vote Labour, get the Jews out.

Local Elections

The Labour partys Woking council candidate, Vicki Kirby, was suspended twice from the party. She had initially been removed from a list of candidates after antisemitic remarks on Twitter, including labelling Hitler the Zionist God, proposing that ISIS attack Israel and defining Jews as having big noses. However, she was reinstated to the party in 2017and elected as vice-chair for Woking. In March 2017, the Labour Party NEC reversed its decision and suspended her pending an investigation.

Alison Gove-Humphries, the Labour candidate for a council by-election in Hall Green (the same seat in which Conservative candidate Obaid Khan was suspended from the Conservative party over antisemitism) shared Facebook posts claiming Israel was the key link in exporting ISIS oil and was behind the media focus on antisemitism in the Labour party. A Labour party spokesman said: Alison Gove-Humphries has been removed from the panel of approved local candidates.

Labour council by-election candidate Lloyd Duddridge was accused of antisemitism after Facebook posts showed that he had commented the Daily Mail is full of stupid Jews and called a Conservative peer another Jewish Tory. Mr Duddridge defended his remarks by noting his own Jewish roots. The Labour-commissioned Chakrabarti report into antisemitism later stated that it should be no defence to cite ones own minority heritage or to point to phrasesroutinely used outside the party. The report also demanded that complaints of racism and personal abuse be taken seriously and handled sensitively.

Posts from a Facebook account in the name of Terry Couchman, the Labour candidate for the Lyneham ward in Wiltshire, led to his suspension from the party. The account had referred to, amongst other things, fake Jews of IsraHell and the USA.

A Welsh Labour council candidate was suspended by the party following allegations that he had posted material online that could be interpreted as antisemitic. Mike Sivier was standing for Powys County Council in Llanbadarn Fawr. He rejected allegations of antisemitism and said he had engaged on social media with an individual he regretted having linked with online. Similar to the Conservative party case in Hall Green, Mr Siviers name was to appear on the ballot paper as the Welsh Labour candidate.

One campaign group made allegations about two other Labour council candidates, but these were not reported by mainstream media and it is unclear what action if any was taken.

2.1.3 The Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats suspended Ashuk Ahmed as he was due to contest the Luton South parliamentary seat. Facebook posts on an account in Mr. Ahmeds name compared Jews to Nazis and claimed that both the Labour and Conservative parties were controlled by Zionist paymasters.

Councillor and former MP David Ward was removed as a candidate by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron who said that the former was unfit to represent the party. Allegations of antisemitism had been levelled at Mr. Ward.

Jane Brophy, the Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate for Manchester, said Orthodox Jewish UK Independence Party rival Shneur Odze should choose between his faith or running for office, due to his religious practice of not shaking hands with the opposite sex. Odze had previously been accosted by an abusive crowd and told to go home by protesters holding signs reading strength in diversity. He was later embroiled in controversy himself surrounding remarks he had made about burning texts.

2.1.4 The Scottish National Party (SNP)

The SNP deselected a council candidate for sending a homophobic and misogynistic e-mail regarding colleagues, a week after its own National Executive Committee had reinstated him following a four-month suspension. Andy Doig had told associates to guard their inner circle closely around a gay colleague, while commenting about a female activist that he would like to get seriously lost somewhere around her mid torso.

Separately, Julie McAnulty was reinstated to the party after a six-month suspension following racist remarks, although she was not selected for candidacy for her previous seat on Coatbridge Council. Ms McAnulty had expressed her opinion that the Pakis were causing problems locally and that we needed to get rid of them from the party.

2.1.5 The UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Concerns were raised about UKIPs selection procedure after the Times revealed internal records indicating that UKIP had allowed numerous candidates to stand for election despite knowledge that they had expressed racist and homophobic views in the past. These included a picture posted by Failsworth candidate Graham Whitehead of two people posing with monkeys described as an arranged interracial marriage. They were also aware of candidate Magnus Nielsens Islamophobic comments, such as labelling Muhammad a criminal psychopath and describing Islam as organised crime under religious camouflage.

Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader, Alan Craig, was selected as a UKIP candidate for the London Assembly in 2016. Mr Craig had previously compared same-sex adoption to child-trafficking and likened homosexuals to child abusers. UKIP explained that they are a party that believes in freedom of speech and that Mr Craig has a right to speak.

The official Bristol UKIP twitter account called on voters to snub Labour due to its then candidate Sarah Champion standing with 2 suspended child grooming taxi drivers: a reference to a picture featuring two Pakistani men. One of the individuals contacted the Tell Mama organisation, notifying them that he was neither a taxi driver, nor implicated in any child abuse investigation, but had been targeted due to his faith and ethnicity. Tell Mama warned that the implications of this libel for the victim are extremely serious.

UKIP parliamentary candidate Patricia Culligan was forced to apologise after tweeting that Liverpool Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Childs HIV treatment was very costly to taxpayers. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage had previously called for HIV-positive people to be banned from the UK.

Another UKIP candidate, seeking to win in the Clacton constituency, quit the party after a series of Islamophobic posts were uncovered. Jeff Bray, a former UKIP councillor, reportedly said that he could not remember the posts and suggested they had been manipulated.

Concerns were raised by one group about tweets attributed to Amber Valley candidate Philip Rose which appeared to support conspiracy theories offered by David Icke. Mr. Rose was reportedly offended at any suggestion he was racist.

In April 2016, UKIPs National Executive Committee cleared Gareth Bennett of racism allegations and allowed him to run for the Welsh National Assembly, despite a no confidence letter from 16 other UKIP candidates. He had previously attributed rubbish issues in Cardiff to Eastern European migrants, and labelled the city a melting pot of different races all getting on each others nerves. The complaint letter argued that the comments were contrary to UKIPs fair and ethical stance on immigration.

Captain Paddy Singh apologised for racist and antisemitic tweets he had sent on social media and was suspended by UKIP. The candidate for the Wiltshire North constituency had his endorsement withdrawn by UKIP but was still listed as a candidate as the deadline for nominations had passed.

2.1.6 The Green Party

Green Party Blackpool and Fylde candidate, Tina Rothery, said she had nothing to do with, nor was she aware of, a film about opposition to fracking named Tinas List, which compared police to Nazi guards using scenes from the film Schindlers list. Her voice was dubbed over a clip of a Jewish woman being shot by an SS officer. The film was subsequently removed and police were contacted. Rothery did not criticise those behind the film, but did say she wouldnt refer to something as important in our history as the events of the Holocaust in the light of anything else.

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The Donald’s propaganda machine has obviously overheated – The Nation

HHB Beria-Goebbels is again sicking up his formulaic bile with malice aforethought, continually absurd contradictions, post-truth obfuscation, and with lots of infantile little exclamation marks thrown in for good measure.

Take this, for example: Its out in the open, the so-called Russian collusion is nothing more than a totally made-up toxic cocktail concocted by the crooks at cnn [sic]. Yep, course it is; if you say so.

Bizarrely, the HHB wing of the Grimer Wormtongue Collective Voice contradicts this negativity by stating that CNNs highly respected journalist Van Jones actually speaks the truth by saying that it (Collusiongate) is a nothing burger!!!. So, CNN actually tells the real truth, but only when it suits The Collectives mix-and-match agenda, eh? Make one of your minds up, please.

Then theres the fantastic Alex Jones is going up [sic] thanks to his factual reporting. Going up where? This would be the same Alex Jones who takes David Icke seriously, one presumes. All of this tosh would unquestionably sit far more comfortably within the pages of the National Enquirer.

HHB Beria-Goebbels finishes off his diatribe by laughably predicting good riddance to come soon; let us all hope so, beginning with the removal of Trumps nepotistic placement system so beloved of dictators worldwide, and ending up with deserved impeachment.

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10 Musical Conspiracy Theories That Demand Your Full Attention – Junkee

Paul McCartney is dead, Elvis is alive and Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey.

To avoid being snapped bythe paparazzi who are stationed outside her New York apartment 24 hours a day, this year Taylor Swift began leaving home hidden in a box carried by her security team.

At least, thats what one of 2017smost memorable conspiracytheories would have you believe. It mightseem like a very long bow to draw how could Swift, at 5 ft 10 inches, casually tuck herself inside a box? Does she get out ofthe box in thecar just outside her apartment, or doesshe travel inside it until she reachesher destination?

Regardless of logistics, the internet quickly became convinced that this was how Swift had been hiding from the public for months, and the whole scenario becameeven more suspicious when suddenly almost all mention of The Box Theory vanished from the internet. Just a couple of months after it set the internet ablaze, a cursory Google search will turn up scant little. So had Swift deployed her army of lawyers to strip the internet of any evidence?

Luckily, there are plenty of other batshit crazy musical conspiracies out there to keep you busy in Tay-In-A-Boxs absence, ranging from secretsong meanings to full blown murder cover-ups. Heres ten of the best.

If youre not across your lizard history, heres a primer: in 1999, British broadcaster David Icke wrote a book called The Biggest Secret,detailing his belief that the worlds political leaders and celebrities areactually a race of reptilian aliens known as the Babylonian Brotherhood.

Notable lizards apparently includeBarack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pope Francis as well as Me And Bobby McGeesinger Kris Kristofferson. No, I have no idea either.

Now, these folks arent actually lizards (dont be ridiculous). Rather, Kristofferson and the others are merely descendants of the blood-drinking reptilians who came to earth 200,000 years ago and bred with humans.

Think you know who Andrew W.K is? Tryagain, sheeple.

Andrew W.K doesnt actually exist, at least not as you know him. Apparently, W.K isa character who has been played by variousdifferent actors over the years. Behind this grand schemeis a guy called Steev Mike, who was an executive producer onW.Ks debut albumI Get Wet.

Truthers are quick to point out that Mike may not actually be Mike either (because heaven knows this story needed another plot twist) and could insteadbe Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Musicians never die, they just fake their death to get away from the paparazziand live out the rest of their days in hiding. They also eat out at Burger King sometimes.

Well, thats what people think happened toElvis, anyway. The King actually didnt die in 1977, he faked his death to throw the press off his trail. In the decades since hes been spotted multiple times: ata Burger King in Michigan, with Muhammad Ali in 1984, and even as an extra inHome Alone.

Sure, appearing in a blockbuster movie when youre supposed to be dead seems a little risky but YOLO, right?

No, Paul McCartney isnt touring Australia later this year he died in a car crash in 1967 and was replaced by a lookalike called William Campbell. Paul Is Dead Truthers have amassed a bewildering amount of evidence so support this theory, so to save time were just gonna present the key points:

On the cover of Abbey Road,Paul is the only barefoot Beatle, and the only one striding with his left foot first twothings that represent himbeing out of step with his living bandmates.

On the cover ofSgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,Paul is depicted with a hand above his head, which could indicate being blessed and given Last Rites. Hes also the only band memberfacing backwards on the other side of the album sleeve.

If you play their song Revolution 9 backwards, you can hear the words turn me on, dead man.

At the end of Lennons song Strawberry Fields Forever, a voice says I buried Paul.

And sure, McCartney himself has asserted multiple times that he is, in fact, alive but he would say that, wouldnt he?

You know what? It would be great if celebrities could stop dying and being replaced by lookalikes, thats all Im saying.

This time, its Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne. According to this theory,Lavigne died in 2003 at the height of her fame, and was quickly replaced by a lookalikecalled Melissa. Theorists point to changes in her handwriting, her vocal tone, her nose, and the shape of her eyes as evidence that the Avril of 2003 is no longer with us.

If you want to get really deep in this, dive into the thread below. 128,000 retweets cant be wrong.

Truthers: if theyre not killing someone off, theyre resurrecting children whose cause of death has already been extensively documentedby the Boulder County Coroner.

Apparently, the woman you know as Katy Perry is actually JonBenet Ramsey, the child beauty queen who was murdered in 1997. YouTuber Dave Johnson popularised the theory with a long-winded video in 2014, which went viral last year. Johnson is SERIOUSLY CONVINCED:

JonBenet Ramsey became Katy Perry. Thats a fact, hesays at the beginning of the video. So if any of you continue to lie about this person dying, you are in fact a false witness to murder and death.

Steady on, Dave.

According to Johnson, the Ramsey parents staged their daughters death (by way of a Masonic play) so that she could become famous in later life. He doesnt really explainwhythis would help Ramsey become famous, but those are mere details that Dave doesnt need to bother with.

His evidence is that Perry and Ramsey bear a slight resemblance. Thats it. He goes to the trouble of blending their photos together, which would be impressive except that it shows they look nothing alike.

Musical icon Lou Reed died in 2013 after a long battle with liver disease. Except that actuallyhe wasmurdered by pop star Lady Gaga after Reed said he didnt like her albumARTPOP.

The story goes that Reed was brought in to overseeARTPOPsmusical direction, which Gaga intended to be an homage of Velvet Underground. Reed was apparently so unimpressed with Gagas songs that he left the project, and she became so furious that she conspired to murder him with the help ofInterscope label head Jimmy Iovine and her then-manager Troy Carter.

Of course.

Reed was injected with the toxic substance polonium while he was recovering at the Cleveland clinic.Before you ask, theres absolutely no evidence to support this theory in any way. Not even a Ramsey/Perry level link.

I think weve had enough of murder and death-faking, so heres a theory thats actually someway reasonable. Swedish pop star Robyn has an extensive discography, but arguably her two biggest tracks are Call Your Girlfriend and Dancing On My Own.

Call Your Girlfriend is about someone on the verge of breaking up with their partner, while Dancing On My Own is from the perspective of a person thats just been broken up with.

Two different songs, two different protagonists OR ARE THEY?

If you thought that a woman could break into the hip-hop world with nothing but extraordinary talent and an excellent work ethic, try again!

According to one particularly slimy corner of the internet, the Nicki Minaj you know is justthe face of Jay-Zs alter ego. In order to disguise his real voice, Hov simply speeds up the raps until they sound like a woman.

Plenty of videosclaim to provide indisputable evidence to support the theory, mostly by slowing down Minajs raps until they sound (kinda, sorta, not really at all) like Jay-Z. Truthers also point to the fact that Minajs third album was calledThe Pinkprint,a reference toJay-Zs series of albums calledThe Blueprint.

Itwouldnt be a conspiracy article without mentioning these guys. Where to even begin?

The Illuminati a secret society set up during the Enlightenment era in the late 18th century is believed by some to still be operating today, with many of the worlds leaders and celebrities counted as members. They influence world events, rig award shows, keep the martians under wraps basically do everythingThe Simpsonsmentionin the Stonecutters song.

Jay-Zand Beyonce are right at the heart of the Illuminati. That diamond cutter sign Jay is always throwing up? Thats connected to the Illuminatis Eye Of Providence. Blue Ivys name? That stands for Born Living Under Evil Illuminatis Very Youngest. The real reason they had twins? They neededthree children to complete the three points of the Illuminati pyramid. Jaysclothing line is full of occult symbols and signs of Freemasonry, and hisvideo for On To The Next One is also full of Illuminati imagery.

Oh yeah, and he can apparently time travel and control peoples minds.

Its not only Jay and Bey who are in on this musicians like Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga (when shes not busy murdering people), Adele, Rihanna, Kesha, Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj have all been implicated in this conspiracy in someway or other. Together, theyre seeking no less than world domination.

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Royals exposed to ILLUMINATI? Angela Merkel does ‘satanic hand signal’ with Wills and Kate – Daily Star

GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel was pictured making strange hand signals linked to a secretive cult conspiracy theory in a meeting with the Royals. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with Mrs Merkel in Berlin yesterday to talk about Brexit as part of their five day trip to Europe. But as they posed for pictures outside the German chancellery, Mrs Merkel appeared to make a diamond hand gesture some sensationally claim is a secret demonic signal. Conspiracy theorists claim the hand signal is used by members of the Illuminati an alleged secret society of world leaders conspiring to control world affairs. There are many different interpretations of the conspiracy, with many believing the shadowy organisation wants to rule the world under one government. But one strand of the wacky theory, put forward by David Icke, conspiracy peddler and ex-BBC presenter, suggests even the Royal family including Kate and Wills are in on it. GETTY Celebrities, sports stars and politicians accused of being Illuminati members or having links to the fabled secret society 1 / 16 Gisele Budchen and her boyfriend, Tom Brady were recently rumoured to be linked to Illuminati Pictures showing Merkel appearing to do the hand signal in the presence of the Royals will no doubt fuel the bonkers theory. But notably, the Royals do not reciprocate the gesture as their hands remain clasped. Skeptics have repeatedly rubbished these supposed gestures as meaningless natural body language. But conspiracy theory website IlluminatiRex lists the hand signal used by Mrs Merkel as an Illuminati signal called the “Merkel-Raute” on its website. The pyramid sign is seen by many researchers to be the sign of the Illuminati. Apparently, the diamond-shaped hand signal is a reverse variation of the first Illuminati “Roc Sign”. It is claimed celebrities such as Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise, as well as historical figures including Pope John Paul II and Adolf Hitler, have been pictured using the hand signal. The IlluminatiRex website states: “The pyramid is an important Illuminati symbol showing their few ruling the many on the bottom type power structure. “The symbol becomes more powerful when the sign is done over an eye, representing the All-Seeing eye in a capstone floating over an unfinished pyramid. “The pyramid sign is seen by many researchers to be THE sign of the Illuminati.” GETTY Truth seekers are long been convinced Merkels bizarre hand signs are proof she is a member of the secretive elitist cult. Many of the worlds richest and most powerful people including former US presidents George Bush and Barack Obama have been pictured striking these poses, it is claimed. US President Donald Trump and Mrs Merkel were pictured making the hand gestures during the G20 retreat in Hamburg, Germany. GETTY The internet loves to theorise about crackpot David Icke’s ‘reptillian overlord’ theory, and these celebrities and politicians have all been accused of being evil lizards out to enslave the world 1 / 15 Prime Minister Theresa May and Russian leader Vladimir Putin were also spotted making peculiar gestures with their hands. They are secret society salutes, truthers claim, often displayed as a sign of pride in their status as global elites. But in a 2013 interview with a German magazine, Mrs Merkel explained why she often makes the bizarre hand gesture. She said: “There was always the question, what to do with your arms, and that’s how it came about. It contains a certain symmetry.”

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Woman Kills Boyfriend After He Becomes Convinced Their Cult … – Oxygen (blog)

According toThe Morning Call, a Poconos woman namedBarbara Rogers fatally shot her boyfriendSteven Mineo after Mineo claimed to discover the leader of the cult they belonged to was a reptillian shapeshifter. “He was upset with members of the cult, felt he was being harassed, and he was frustrated. And he asked his girlfriend to kill him. And she did,” said Lt. Steven Williams of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department. The cult seemed to believe reptillian shapeshifters were covertly controlling human society through mind control.This belief is frighteningly common among conspiracy theroists and has been famously espoused by writer David Icke. The internet group Rogers and Mineo belonged to discussed these theories in detail. “These apocalyptic movies [always] give you a glimpse of what’s coming,” Mineo wrote in a Facebook post reacting to the film Resident Evil: Veronicabefore the muder. “Become a [doomsday] prepper and get right with God!” The Times Tribunesays that the cult is led by an indvidual known as Sherry Shriner. Detective Cpl. Lucas Bray and Detective John Bohrman added, “The defendant related that she and the victim are members of a cult… Recently they became upset with Shriner… The defendant did admit there were tensions between the couple over issues with the cult.” Rogers was charged with criminal homicide and had called 911 herself to report the killing. [Photo: Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department/Facebook]

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ILLUMINATI LEADERS? Now Angela Merkel makes ‘that sign’ with Royals Kate and Wills – Express.co.uk

The German chancellor was snapped making the gesture as she met Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at chancellery in Berlin, during their official visit to Germany and Poland. The “diamond” hand gesture, Mrs Merkel, is often seen making, is described by conspiracy theorists as a secret code to other members of the alleged Illuminati. It is alleged by believers of the Illuminati that it is a secret organisation made up of world government and business leaders and celebrities, which actually run all world governments from behind the scenes, and intend introducing a New World Order which will see just one government running the entire world. The conspiracy varies, but, at its most extreme, the Illuminati is allegedly a Satanic group which uses hand signals to identify members to each other. One version supported by ex-BBC Grandstand presenter turned conspiracy theorist, David Icke, even claims that members of the world’s royal families, such as Kate and Wills, are actually reptilian aliens disguised as humans. The sight of Mrs Merkel making the sign before the royal couple will convince believers of this far-fetched theory there is something in it. The German chancellor is known for making her infamous “diamond” hand sign, which has been branded of masonic-style and a symbol of the alleged Illuminati by conspiracy theorists. However, the royal couple did not return the gesture. GETTY Mrs Merkel’s use of the sign often attracts attention and she was last seen doing it at the G20 talks earlier this month. That was seen as of particular significance as conspiracy theorists believe the summit is an Illuminati-run show of strength and part of the plan to introduce a world army and global government known as the New World Order. The G20 Summit is identified on several conspiracy theory websites as a key Illuminati meeting, alongside the World Economic Forum and the secretive Bilderberg Meeting. Others photographed using the hand sign in the rhombus shape have included British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. The sign is often referred to as a Merkel Diamond, due to her frequent use of it. Mrs May was snapped imitating the ‘Merkel diamond’ while giving a speech outside the Palace of Westminster on July 11 last year. REUTERS 1 of 50 Prince William and his wife Catherine visit Germany I found today a new picture of it in my local newspaper, and I found curious that they use her hand sign in a political campaign. Diamond they say? So I ask, is every one asleep these days? Posidon Conspiracy theory website illuminatiRex lists the diamond sign as number one out of a top-ten of illuminati signs, with Mrs Merkel given her own section for doing it in reverse, in what it describes as the Angela Merkel Raute. And on the conspiracy theory forum run by David Icke, the significance of the Merkel Diamond, which has been used in political poster campaigns, has been discussed. A senior forum member with the user name Posidon posted: “I don’t know if anyone ever noticed the Angela Merkel famous hand sign? “I found today a new picture of it in my local newspaper, and I found curious that they use her hand sign in a political campaign. “Diamond they say? So I ask, is every one asleep these days? “Just the first time I saw the image, I noticed it is not a diamond at all, plus the way she placed her fingers (which is not even easy) unless you really want them to be that way does not resemble a diamond at all, but a Masonic symbol of the compass and square. “Is every one asleep? No one sees and talks about these things, is it not evident enough?” AFP/Getty Images 1 of 10 In 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals and buried at sea, but now conspiracy theorists claim that it was all a lie and he is still alive But Mrs Merkel, who has led the Christian Democratic Union party for 16 years, explained the reason she makes the unusual gesture in a 2013 interview, and denied there was anything sinister behind it. She told a German magazine: “There was always the question, what to do with your arms, and that’s how it came about. It contains a certain symmetry.” Other famous faces including Gordon Brown, the Duchess of Cornwall and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have also been spotted making the ‘Merkel diamond’. US President Donald Trump has previously made other hand gestures which have been alleged to be Illuminati signs. Some conspiracy theorists claim Mr Trump is a fully signed up member of the Illuminati, but others believe he is an enemy of the Illuminati who has managed to infiltrate its top position – the US presidency.

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Forget The Lizards: David Icke Is Dangerous And We Should …

Just because Hitler used the knowledge for negative reasons doesnt reflect on the knowledge itself. David Icke David Icke is a former footballer and sports presenter who has been one of the worlds leading conspiracy theorists for over twenty years. He believes that an evil agenda is being enacted on the human race by the Babylonian Brotherhood supernatural reptilian overlords. You know, the obvious stuff. Icke believes that we are literally living in The Matrix. We are like droplets of water in an ocean ofawareness. We are individual at one level of perception but still part of the infinite whole.He calls this the Infinite Awareness. Unfortunately for us these malignreptilian overlords are mucking the whole thing up. They project their extra-dimensional consciousness onto elite corporal hosts. The reptilian human-hybrids have inveigled every nation and system on Earth, in order to fulfil their dastardly ambitions, where humans will soon be micro-chipped and live as slaves under their One World Government. (To lighten the mood when trawling through this guff I find it helps to sayOne World Government in the American movie-trailer voice) Ickes politics today are combination of most of the dominant themes of contemporary neo-fascism, mixed in with a smattering of topics culled from the U.S. militia movement, European and Middle Eastern conspiracy theories and most recently (and predictably) Russian State propaganda. In America, for instance, he opposes gun control as a plot by the elite, which has deliberately orchestrated numerous mass shootings to whip up opposition to guns. Far-right dailys such as Veterans today and White Supremacist site Stormfrontare teaming with links to Ickes articles and videos. In fact one cursory search on Veterans Today brings well over a thousand results for David Icke. Icke is on a mission to educate and free the subjugated masses; he offers hope and freedom from the grip of our Satanic blood-drinking rulers. He assures us that if we can tune into the Truth Vibrations we can rise up as one against the reptilian overlords. The problem is that these overlords are Jewish. Well of course they are. So how does a fascist ideologue incite hatred against Jews to sell-out crowds in Britain and get away with it? Its the question the UK media has been neglecting or unwilling to answer and is the point of this hastily convened blog. Icke isplaying to a sell out crowd in Manchester next week; a city with a large, thriving Jewish community dating back over a hundred years and one that I am a part of. Yet I seem to have awoken in a world where extreme antisemitic rhetoric and incitement is ignored and deflected because the perpetrator also believes in aliens. A place where belief in ET precludes you from being a bigot. Perhaps we need to be more attentive to Icke when he unironically says its time to wake up. Icke is in fact selling out stadiums worldwide and has been doing so for years; preaching ancient and modern antisemitic conspiracy theories and inciting his bewitched followers to rise up against these mostly Hebrew totalitarian overlords. Icke is more popular than ever: No other conspiracy theorist sells out to theatres and stadiums worldwide. He is clearly seen by many as simply that bloke on Wogan who said he was the son of God. Perhaps it would be more prudent to go with hes that Holocaust denier who spreads anti-Jewish hatred and neo-fascist ideology to sold out venues across the world. Not quite as catchy, I know. We seem to see Icke as a likeable fool rather than the dangerous individual he really is. As Justine Ehrlich pointed out to me.. Its the kind of crypto-fascism you need to get knee deep in to call, that in part is why it is so dirty. And no one is calling it out. If an Imam was publicly heard spouting 10 per cent of Ickes repetoire the right-wing press would have a field day yet Icke preaches his psychotic malady to full theatres while barely a murmur of protest will be heard from anti-racist organisations and Jewish groups. Icke is a mere footnote in the incisive and compelling works on conspiracy culture by David Aaronovich (Voodoo Histories) and Jonathan Kay (Among The Truthers). However it is rather telling thathe gets more attention in Nicholas Goodrick-Clarkes excellent work on far-right sects,Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and The Politics of Identity.Concerning Ickes 1994 work The Robots Rebellion (Icke) combines an anti-elitist, ecological and spiritual gospel, the complete battery of far-right conspiracy theories and militia concerns: secret societies, Freemasons, banking and hidden elites, the New World Order, microchip control, extraterrestrials and gun control. The corollary between Neo-Nazism/Fascism and New World Order conspiracism is well documented and was around a long time before David Icke. To see the attraction New World Order conspiracism has for Neo-Nazi groups Goodrick-Clarke writes, By declaring war on a secret ruling elite that enslaves modern people, the conspiracy theorists invoke a lethal projection. The elite is identified as totalitarian, anti-democratic, contemptuous of the people; the people are portrayed as helpless, unsuspecting victims of viscous plots, alien abductions, implantation and all manner of personal violations. Covert actions, violence, terrorism all the means the elite stand accused of employing themselves are permitted to the victims as well so they may exterminate the conspirators and recover their lost autonomy. This is why David Icke is a pin-up for some on the far-right but with his antisemitic ant-globalism he probably has more acolytes on the fringes of the far-left. Either way, he is undoubtedly a dangerous individual. In The Robots Rebellionhe borrowed heavily from Behold a Pale Horseby Bill Cooper a UFO conspiracist who introduced Icke to The Protocols Of The Elders of Zion. The Protocols are a fabricated antisemitic document used by Czarist Russia to incite pogroms against the Jews in the early 20th century. (Much of Manchesters Jewish community including this authors family fled those very pogroms and found sanctuary in the city) In Germany, Hitler endorsed the Protocolsand weaponised them. It was his Warrant for Genocide. This hideous document is the most malign and destructive conspiracy theory in human history. It was compulsory reading in schools for the Hitler Youth and instrumental in inciting the German people against the Jews. As historian Norman Cohn wrote in his book about the Protocols, There exists a subterranean world where psychological fantasies disguised as ideas are churned out by crooks and half-educated fanatics for the benefit of the ignorant and the superstitious. There are times when this underworld emerges from the depths and suddenly fascinates, captures and dominates multitudes of usually sane and responsible people. When asked about the Protocols Icke retorted, Just because Hitler used the knowledge for negative reasons doesnt reflect on the knowledge itself. Indeed when Hitler himself was told beyond all doubt the Protocols were fabricated he responded, Well that proves the Jews wrote it. The Robots Rebellion sold out and was reprinted twice. In his next books Icke began to flirt explicitly with Holocaust denial and lost his publishing deal as a result. In And The Truth Shall Set You FreeIcke repeated his previous claims that theProtocolswere true, and went on to state: I strongly believe that a small Jewish clique which has contempt for the mass of Jewish people worked with non-Jews to create the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the Second World War. They financed Hitler to power in 1933 and made the funds available for his rearmament. He described the Nuremberg Trials as a farce and went on..why do we play a part in suppressing alternative information to the official line of the Second World War? How is it right that while this fierce suppression goes on, free copies of the Spielberg film, Schindlers List, are given to schools to indoctrinate children with the unchallenged version of events.The All-Seeing Jews, however, and their non-Jewish conspirators, use the smokescreen of anti-Semitism and the genuine suffering of real Jews to prevent investigation of their sinister activities. The internet is extremely thin on Ickes antisemitism, apparently because no one can be bothered to trawl through his books and videos except the conspiracy theorists themselves. Will Offley has written a page on Public Eye and gathered more quotes from And The Truth Shall Set You Free;they can be found here. That was back in February 2000 but precious little has been written about him in the intervening years. Since then Icke has immersed himself in anti-Zionist conspiracy theories, much of it from the Middle East, fusing them with old European antisemitic conspiracies of which there is an endless cultural reservoir. These days Ickes Twitter timeline is heavily consumedby Zionism which he sees as the most malignant and destructive secret society on the planet. After losing his publishing deal Icke was subsequently sued for defamtion in the US. He learned his lesson and has since avoided the word Jewish where possible. Instead; his books, videos and live shows refer to Rothschild Zionists, Kahazar/Sumerians/Ashkenazi or as he puts it in one of his recent texts The Global Conspiracy:- AshkeNAZI. In the same book he attempts to distance himself from his previous claims of a Jewish plot to control the world by saying there is a Jewish plot to control the world. I am not saying that there is a Jewish plot to control the World. I am saying that their leading families are serious players in the reptilian bloodlines that have infiltrated all peoples and nations with the aim of manipulating themselves into power. Most recently Icke appeared on the BBCs This Week as he embarked on his Wide Awake World Tour. He was asked about 9/11 and shape-shifting Lizards but anylinks to Neo-Nazi and neo-fascist groups were predictably ignored. Loathe as I am to criticise this programme; surely it would beprudent for politically high-brow showssuch as This Week to hold Icke accountable for the extreme racialbigotry he propagates to sell-out crowds. Much more menacing was an article published in the Independent during Ickes last world tour. The journalist seems to have found the whole thing rather amusing, It is all largely entertaining stuff, and clearly highly believable to many.Not one word in the article is given to the antisemitism explicit during said entertainment nor was it suggested that anti-vaccination conspiracy theories are inherently dangerous to the lives of children. All this and more was also ignored in a Mail online article published in July 2016. Steve Mason, formerly of the sublime Beta Band, shows just how cool you can make Icke look. On his record Fight Them Back we hear an excerpt of David Icke talking about reorganising society spliced alongside Tony Blair saying Libya is a goldmine of a country. Mason was challenged by one Twitter userat the time This is how Icke wins. How an audience at an Icke show will see right-on lefties sitting alongside far-right activists. Its the conspiracy theory that glues these lost souls together with antisemitism the very marrow in their bones. Pseudo-intellectual Russell Brand has broadcast several sycophantic conversations with Icke. Chummily discussing the nature of reality, media manipulation, globalisation; Icke is not only normalised, he is exalted as a heroic revolutionary crusader to Brands legion of fans; I would concur David that most of us tend to live in a prescribed reality and that freedom is an illusion because freedom exists in such narrow parameters that ultimately we are enslaved by a very manipulative ideology. Brand is clearly far too intelligent to ask Icke about his support for Bashar-al-Assad and Vladimir Putin, his anti-abortion, anti-vaccination articles, his climate change denial, his support for the NRA, his conviction that the current migrant wave has purposefully been engineered to eradicate the native cultures of Europe. Russell Brand shows that if youre right-on you can be as racist as Nick Griffin on a particularly racisty day. It seems anything goes if youre against the system. Ickes current world tour began in Australia in July. The Sydney Morning Herald is one of the rare media outlets who gave Icke his due.Ori Golan penned anarticleexplaining what shouldnt have to be explained A person who writes such things and makes home videos titled The Lizards and the Jewsand Zionism, the cause of World Mayhem*,is not just a nut job; that person is anti-Semitic. Russell Brand lucidly demonstrates how Icke is so successful. Given the populist political climate of the hour, anti-establishment sentiment can propel bizarre fringe beliefs into the mainstream. And Icke does appear in the mainstream. Only recently the video of Eva Bartlett and the degenerate conspiracy theories surrounding the White Helmets in Syria were shared on social media by people with otherwise relatively mainstream beliefs. Eva Bartlett has appeared on David Ickes show which Louise Proyect discussed in a recent articleThis sort of toxic sludge can be found in a number of Assadist websites that combine9/11 theories with unending and often ludicrous attempts to smear Syrian rebels as perpetrators of false flag incidents, including VoltaireNet, Off-Guardian and Global Research. That they overlap with outright fascist platforms such as Infowars and David Ickes website should have provoked some soul-searching long ago. Icke on Syria: Assad is a tyrant oppressing his people! Does anyone really believe that!? The story that we must help the people of Syria is frickin bollocks. On Hilary Clinton: Hilary is another cocaine user (of course) and a lesbian. In Ickes book Global Conspiracy he alleges that Hilary Clinton uses female sex slaves and is turned on by female genital mutilation. On Jo Cox: That dead person is being deified out of all proportionToday, with her body barely cold, her husband Brendan Cox is tweeting out a Go Fund Me link to his wifes favourite causesThe White Helmets. The White Helmets are the military propaganda arm of the Allies attempt at regime change by destabilising Syria. (Not uncommon discourse in mainstream politics these days) Icke has published nearly 50 articles in the past six months in support of Vladimir Putin. Piers Corbyn has appearedseveral times on David Ickes nightly radio programme The Richie Allen Show.Piers, who also publicly shares platforms with Holocaust Deniers seems to have much in common with Icke and is doing his brother no favours at all by validating Ickestheories.Peter Tatchell, amongst many others, has appeared on the same show. Richie Allen marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 by invitingHolocaust denier Nick Kollerstrom on his show where he stated that200,000 Jews died in the Holocaust and that there is no trace of any extermination policy, no trace of any scorn or contempt towards for example Jews in the camps, theyre described in a perfectly respectful manner. What internal crisis in a major British political party in 2016 could propel David Icke to intervene? If you said Labours antisemitism crisis you win a falafel. These images are from articles on Ickes website published in the last year. Alongside his website The David Icke Forum is a crucible for extreme conspiracy theoriststo discuss evil plots and their machinates. Ruth Smeeth, the Labour MP who has received over 25,000 antisemitic and misogynistic messages in the past year, including long explicit death threats from far-left and far-right activists, has several pages of hate dedicated to her on Ickes rancid forum. (There is a direct corollary between misogyny and racial hatred with female Jewish MPs suffering far more abuse than their male counterparts) Good and brave people like Ruth Smeeth are feeling the real-life consequences of the cauldron of hatred whipped up by these frenzied maniacs who congregate in the cesspit of Ickes website. His last tour The Lion Sleeps contains a 25 minute section of explicit antisemitic anti-Zionism, which if you can stomach not recommended is available here. A small portion of the antisemitic images that Icke uses in his live show His current show promises to be much worse. The trailer for his new show is over ten minutes in length during which he cannily avoids references to otherworldly reptilian phenomena. Only at the end are we briefly shownthis image: All powerful. Not human. Malign. Sound familiar? This is how Nazis portrayed the Jews; except the rats have become lizards, a new twist on an old theme. These memesand modes of thought dont just simply vanish. Make a fuss. Take the man at his word. Take him seriously. He means what he says, he is a doyen of antisemitism and a purveyor of our darkest ideologies. He is a hate preacher. Ill defend Ickes right to say what he wants but cannot defendJewish community leaders and anti-racist organisations who remain passive in the face of overt antisemitic grandstanding in their community. But this doesnt just concern Jews. This concerns feminists, ethnic minorities of all persuasions, anti-fascists, anti-racists, Syrians, people who dont want the memory of Jo Cox sullied and her husband abused, environmentalists, in short: anyone who wants to be a member of the Anti-Stupid Party. David Icke is performing a sold-out show at The Manchester Apollo on Saturday 14th January followed by a show in Ireland and then a European tour plus two shows in Canada. Im currently reading the 2007 book David Ickes Guide to the Global Conspiracy or as Ive come to know itMein Kampf for Dummies. Whether Icke contravenes hate-speech laws or not is of little concern; I believegood arguments will never chase out bad ones if we refuse to have them.But the line is drawn at incitement. Given that the Global Conspiracy referred to in the title of his book is mostly being enacted by Jews, its worth pausing for a moment and taking in the books complete title: For now Ill leave you in the safe, warm hands of Christopher Hitchens speaking in 2007 at the Jewish Literature Festival: Antisemitism is a very, very serious cultural danger, and its only a fool who thinks that it is a threat only to Jews. Antisemitism is a very, very toxic threat to everything we can decently call civilizationIf someone says they dont like West Indians, because of their I dont know what it might be their music. Or they dont like Indians because of the smell of their cooking. Or they dont like Koreans for their Kimchi whatever it might be. Every minority and majority in the world has a version of this kind of prejudice. But, as Freud pointed out, theyll all sink their differences when it comes to the Jews. And with the Jews its not their cooking or their sex lives or any of this, and its not just vulgar prejudice about skin color or smell. Its a theory. Its a paranoid theory that tries to explain quite a lot. Its fascinated with gold, with secret documents, with missing codices in ancient treaties, with the idea of an invisible and secret government. Its a very, very, very dangerous, pseudo-intellectual prejudice. (The full conversation is available here) Marlon Solomon Jan 2017 @supergutman *The Lizards and the Jews and the Zionists the Cause of World Mayhem was in fact the Youtube title of a Jon Ronson documentary on David Icke and not a film by David Icke as stated in the essay. 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Cruel to be kind: the radicalism of Robert Icke – New Statesman

By the time I meet Robert Icke, at the end of a long day of rehearsals for the West End transfer ofHamlet, I, too, feel like a dreaded sight. Biblical early-summer rain has soaked me to the skin and drummed on the windows of the Union Chapel in Islington, north London, breaking the actors concentration as they work out how to move the production from the Almeida, a 325-seat theatre, to a venue that holds 796. I sit on the sofa to dry out, hoping its not the one that Andrew Scott plans to hide behind at the Harold Pinter Theatre in central London in a few days’ time. The lead actor is here, relaxed and laughing in a blue shirt and yellow Converse; there is none of the whiff of sulphur that hangs about him as Moriarty in the BBCs Sherlock or his extraordinary, volcanic Hamlet. As stagehands remove masking tape from the floor and the rest of the company say their weekend goodbyes, Robert Icke stands serene. There is something of the Nineties student about him: big, round glasses, black T-shirt and light blue jeans. He wouldnt look out of place in an early Blur video. But hes much too young for that. After all, there are two things that everyone in the theatre world knows about Icke. The first is that he is young disgustingly young, thrillingly young the director ofseven acclaimed shows since joining the Almeida at just30. The second is that he thinks a lot of theatre is crap. Certainly more evenings at the theatre are boring than not boring, he told the Times in October. He walks out of shows at the interval, he said, all the time. At the Almeida, where he is associate director, he has focused mostly on classic texts, culminating in a Hamlet that has now transferred to the commercial stage. He loves Shakespeare as much as he hates the cult of Shakespeare, all doublets and what he calls actor voice. He also hates period dress. Its about a weird kind of nostalgia for the past, because, you know, It was safer then and there were no brown people to fuck things up, he tells me as we eat in a nearby restaurant. I find period dress as an aesthetic choice to be like a political choice lazy and safe. Icke is London theatres golden boy. The only other director of his generation who inspires anything like as much buzz is Lyndsey Turner, who is so publicity shy that she doesnt even have a Wikipedia page. Although she won an Olivier Award in 2014 for Chimerica, her 2015 Hamlet a blowsy epic at the Barbican starring Benedict Cumberbatch had disappointing reviews. By contrast, Icke can apparently do no wrong. His version of George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four has just opened on Broadway, and his translation of Friedrich Schillers Mary Stuart will follow Hamlet to the West End next year. Over Christmas, while the Schiller play was running at the Almeida and Hamlet was in rehearsal, he also directed David Hares The Red Barn at the National. Next April, he will stage Oedipus in the Netherlands with Toneelgroep Amsterdam. He watches each production at least once a week, continually refining it. This success is why critics worry that his click-bait pronouncements will overshadow his talents. He doesnt seem to have an edit function when it comes to public speaking, says David Benedict, the former London critic of Variety. There are times when he appears to be on some kind of mission, but Im not sure what the mission is. Henry Hitchings of the London Evening Standard agrees. Hes 30 and everything hes done has been very successful. Hes already this grand eminence in the British theatre, but that doesnt mean hes the finished article. Kate Maltby, who reviews for the Times, adds: He is the subject of real hatred and envy by his peers its the response to youthful success. Yet his mentor, the Almeidas artistic director, Rupert Goold, is sanguine. He has got a reputation for being very controversial. People imagine it must be arrogance, he tells me. But hes really not. He has moments of great doubt. I remember after seeing a rehearsal of Hamlet, I had a few thoughts, and I could sense he felt he had a lot of work to do. He was having his own Hamlet moment. Icke sees himself not as a provocateur theatres Damien Hirst but as a radical, in the old sense of going back to the root. Goold says that the pair of them are always talking about the Dyson factor. No one thought to put a big ball in the middle of a Hoover and, oh, look, its made the Hoover a million times better, he says. So whats the Dyson factor for George Bernard Shaw, or Schiller? Whats the big round ball that makes it better? OK, so what happens if we do to Robert Icke what he tries to do to his texts: strip away the click-bait? What is it that makes so many people swoon over his productions? I hadnt seen any of his work, says Hildegard Bechtler, who has designed sets and costumes for four of Ickes shows. But straight out of that first conversation, I wanted to collaborate on the Oresteia. There was one problem: there was no text to work from. I didnt have his version, so I got a bit panicked about it. It was a jump into the dark in every sense for me. That was because Icke was translating the text himself, creating a family saga around Orestes, who kills his mother to avenge his father. When I look back on Rob and his development, Goold says, the moment that accelerated his career was when he wanted to adapt the Oresteia himself. The play was conceived as part of a Greek season at the Almeida in 2015, but it became the standout success. Until he picked up his Olivier Award for Oresteia becoming the youngest person ever to win the Best Director prize Icke was a cult hit rather than a mainstream success. Born in Stockton-on-Tees and educated at a Church of England state school, he decided at the age of 15 to become a director after seeing Kenneth Branagh in Richard III. Returning home, he wrote to the play’s directorMichael Grandage, who offered him a two-hour personal tutorial. But Icke didnt enjoy the drama scene at Cambridge, where he studied English at Kings College. He told the university paper Varsity in 2014: There was a lot of cliquey-ness and I thought the work was rubbish. While still at school, he co-founded a youth theatre company in Stockton, and he repeated the exercise at Cambridge with an outfit called the Swan. By 2009, however, he was considering giving up, having been told by the National Theatre that its lower age limit for associate directors was 28. Then he met Goold, who was the artistic director of the Headlong touring company. Their meeting has been mythologised: one critic tells me a Chinese whispers version in which Icke went up to [Goold] in a lobby of the theatre after his play and told him it wasnt very good. The real version is less dramatic: they met at a function at the Almeida. Yet there is a kernel of truth to the story. At his interview for the assistant directorship at Headlong, Icke was asked to give a two-minute takedown of one of its shows. He chose the phenomenally successful Enron and quickly identified a flaw in the structure that Goold hadnt seen in two years of working on it. When I first met him for the interviews at Headlong, I read his CV, says the older director now. I thought, This is the comedy version of an academic CV. The highest A-level in the country! The best degree! Perhaps the apparent ease with which Icke has excelled has left him intolerant of the compromises made by others. He never reads reviews, he tells me, partly because critics get such small spaces in which to dissect a play. A lot of them, they just arent good enough at criticism to be able to spot [a theme] and go, Thats whats going on. For their part, more than one of the people I spoke to wondered if Ickes oppositional stance dates back to his 2014 Almeida production of a play called Mr Burns. It was a new work about a post-apocalyptic society that has fashioned a mythology around The Simpsons. The bad half of the sharply divided reviews called it boring, unintelligible and too long. In the final act, it all got really weird with the actors putting on gold outfits and playing out some sort of Nativity scene, wrote Tim Walker in the Telegraph. This bit looked like it was directed not so much by Robert Icke as David Icke. But Mr Burns sold well, and the Almeidas audiences who were notably younger than the critical establishment liked it. (A friend of mine who saw it recalled sitting next to a critic who proudly announced that she had never seen The Simpsons.) There is a slight generational divide, as much to do with the receptiveness of younger generations to a more European style of theatre as anything, says Andrzej Lukowski of Time Out, who is close to Ickes age. Mr Burns got very polarised reviews. He was quite distraught by some of the reception to that. Although Oresteia was more rapturously received, the notices didnt change Ickes opinion that much theatre criticism is shallow. I had a thing in Oresteia which nobody has noticed at all, he says. Because the ancient Greeks believed that sneezing meant that the gods had gone into your body in some way, and the sneezing was a sign of the presence of a god, there is a series of strategically placed sneezes in Oresteia. Come on, I say. Presumably everybody thought: hes worked this company too hard and theyve all caught a cold. He pauses. I dont know, he says. I never asked them. Two women, dressed identically in black trousers, white shirts and black jackets, walk up to the stage. There is silence in the theatre as one drops a coin into a bowl, where it spins and lands. Heads. Tonight, it is Lia Williamss turn to die and Juliet Stevenson will order her death. Schillers Mary Stuart, first performed in 1800, was even more unpromising as source material for a modern audience than Oresteia. When Icke first asked his two lead actors to read it aloud, the old Victorian translation they had to use lasted five hours. His reworking recognised that this was a rare moment in early-modern history when the fates of two powerful women were intertwined. Each night, one protagonist would be executed and the other would live with the responsibility for making that happen. As soon as I had the idea of them doing Mary Stuart, I thought, Brilliant, but which way round? I read it again and I realised that their interchangeability in the play dramaturgically, and their longing to be the other one, was the way to do it. It wasnt the first production to play with this kind of dualism: for Danny Boyles 2011 Frankenstein at the National, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternated as the scientist and the monster. But by making the assignment of roles part of the drama, watched by the audience, Icke emphasised the arbitrary nature of fate. Kate Maltby, who wrote notes for the programme, is ambivalent about this treatment. I loved it as a piece of theatre. I just hated it as a feminist and a historian, she tells me. His vision of the play is of two women who are mirror images of each other. It was sharply executed but its part of a long male tradition of seeing women as interchangeable. I make a similar point to Icke. The play reminds me of being asked in my late teens, as part of a personality test, whether I identified more with Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn. Now, I would probably ask: are those really the only options? Its like there are two different sets of characteristics, of which we all have a bit of both, he says. The whole question of that play is: is Elizabeth strong enough to kill off Mary, and can a Mary ever kill off an Elizabeth? The dramatic structure sets the doomed, romantic, instinctive Mary against Elizabeth, who has thought things through, kept all her personal life out of the tabloids… Can [Mary] ever defeat the woman who got to the top? Equally, though, if youre Elizabeth, are you prepared to take the bit of yourself that is Mary Stuart sexual, maternal, all those traditionally female qualities, and behead that? Or you could put it another way, Icke says, smiling as he acknowledges the clich: Cant a woman have it all? Juliet Stevenson (left) and Lia Williams in Ickes production of Mary Stuart. Photo: Miles Aldridge In the Almeidas staging, the climax of the play is an extraordinary, wordless scene. As with Oresteia, Hildegard Bechtler built Icke a revolving stage. After Elizabeth has ordered Marys death, the revolve starts, a pop song by Laura Marling plays, and the doomed queen is undressed by men down to her shift, ready to be executed. Her triumphant rival, meanwhile, is dressed by men in a skeleton version of the cumbersome farthingale and white-lead face paint of the period. Undressing one and dressing the other had a strong visual impact, Bechtler says. One was going to her death and was liberated, but the other was tied down in an imprisoning garment. It was a beautiful scene, showing confidence in the audience at the end of a long (over three hours), dialogue-heavy play. And, to be brutally honest, I was surprised to see a male director so attuned to the meaning-laden potential of female clothing. I confess my sexism to Icke. That is very sexist, he agrees. I am embarrassed as always to be a man. Its a terrible club to belong to: they do terrible things, theyre only interested in football and alcohol, two things in which I have zero interest. But if you switched the gender roles in our conversation that would be profoundly offensive. Not that Im offended. The Almeida announced Mary Stuart when the 2016 Tory leadership race had narrowed to a contest between Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. Although Icke appreciated the echo, he doesnt want to do overtly political theatre. I dont really need a whole evening for me to tell you what I think about racism, he says. I probably think its bad, and you probably think its bad, and I dont need a whole evening of your time for that. Yet he hopes that someone not him writes a great play about Brexit. There will be a really good show in the campaigns, not in the referendum result, because what you have effectively is two rudderless tribes of people interested in their own advancement. He thinks it would be like a non-violent, mainly white West Side Story. However, he doubts anyone could write a British version of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Mirandas epic musical about Americas founding fathers. It has myth and nobility and a kind of moral evangelism, he says. Guy Fawkes is the grand moral narrative that I suspect most of the British populace agree with, which is: blow the fuckers up. Over the past few years, a consensus has arisen: Hamlet is the play. It has a plum part for a film or television actor looking to prove himself, the best-known soliloquy in all of Shakespeare and the modern themes of surveillance and selfhood. (You can imagine Hamlet worrying that no one is liking his posts on Instagram.) Perhaps theres another reason why Icke was keen to direct it: the production would be a high-profile test of his theory of what radicalism means. He sees staging a Shakespeare play as like restoring an Old Master. You have to scrape away the layers of varnish and try to see what was there at the start. Theres a kind of plastic casing on the play, which is years of stage history, he says, a lot of which is nonsense. He was excited to work with Andrew Scott, who had never done Shakespeare before, because the actor didnt have bad habits you have to chip off. The insight he brought to his version of Hamlet was this: Maybe your key source is crazy. In other words, the audience should be aware that Gertrude is bad, Claudius is bad, because thats how Hamlet sees it. Probably because of star culture, we interpret a lot of the famous, famous plays through the protagonist, he says. One thing I really felt about Hamlet was that Id never seen a production that honoured the other characters. That meant adding in scenes from the bad quarto, such as one between Horatio and Gertrude before the final duel, which fleshes out the queens character. Its almost certainly not by Shakespeare and makes Gertrude a less ambiguous character, Maltby says. But it really worked, and I got the sense he was trying to give a voice to women as much as possible. Ophelia was on stage a lot more than usual. There is a star culture around directors, too, obscuring that one of the measures of success, as well as its guarantor, is the strength of your team. Icke has returned again and again to the same actors Juliet Stevenson, Lia Williams, Angus Wright, Jessica Brown Findlay and frequent collaborators such as Hildegard Bechtler, who are willing to work on small budgets. The pay for small spaces like the Almeida, the time you invest, it doesnt pay, Bechtler says. You have to be excited about it. Sonia Friedman, the ber-producer, is another quiet champion, bankrollinghis West End transfers. Goold says that there are a few other people to whom Icke listens: his associate Dan Raggett; his girlfriend; the sound designer Tom Gibbons. This continuity makes it possible, not even a dozen major productions into his career, to identify an Ickean aesthetic even if, as sceptics say, it occasionally borrows too freely from the Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who will bring an adaptation of the 1976 film Network to the National Theatre in London this autumn. As well as its attention to female roles, Hamlet bore other hallmarks of the Icke style. There was a heavy underscore and liberal use of modern music including Bob Dylans All Along the Watchtower and Bechtler reused the smoked glass from her minimalist Oresteia set, creating front and back sections of the stage. Depending on the lighting, the glass could be opaque or transparent, allowing for the meaning of a scene to be undercut or bolstered by something happening in the section behind it. At the start, that second layer of action is Claudiuss and Gertrudes wedding party. Later, we see Ophelia bathing at the back of the stage (another echo of Oresteia, in which Agamemnon is murdered in a ritual bath) and, because of the distance and the glass, we feel like voyeurs. The glass also allowed the final scene to be re-imagined, with the dead dancing together, bathed in heavenly light, using the same underlying music as for the wedding party. The theatre blogger Florence Bell has suggested that this borrows from an episode of The Sopranos one of Ickes favourite television shows in which the mafioso antihero Tony hovers between life and death. (Icke also appreciates the final instalment of The Sopranos, which ends with Tony turning his head in a restaurant and then a six-second cut to black, because the ambiguous ending neither lets him off for his crimes nor lets you off for enjoying them.) There are also echoes of the climax of Hamilton, which Icke saw in New York when it was the hottest ticket in town, in which the lead character reconciles himself to death with the lyrics: I catch a glimpse of the other side My son is on the other side. Here, Hamlet is already dead when he acknowledges, The rest is silence. David Benedict experienced that last scene as a revelation. It was the first time I thought, Im watching a play about a young man who died. It should be obvious but Id never seen it before. For Icke, there was another, more banal, reason to finish in this way. The end of Hamlet is usually a lot of people doing dead body acting, and thats never moving. Is this why Ickes performances seem so fresh? Like all directors, he magpies freely, but unlike the generation above him hes borrowing from musicals, from computer games we discuss the indie platformer Braid, which tells one story played forwards and another when reversed and from mainstream television shows. For the dumb show that starts the play-within-a-play, he took inspiration from the Pixar movie Up, which recaps the life of one of its main characters, a grumpy old man, at the pace of a flick book. (The other protagonists are an overweight schoolboy and a dog with a collar that gives it a human voice.) This speeded-up movie-in-a-movie shows the whole span of the mans history with his late wife, through meeting, marriage and the disappointment of infertility, ending with her death. The compression of lifes highs and lows turns that scene into emotional napalm, I say. It always makes me cry. Icke agrees. Yeah, no amount of fucking talking dogs was going to help me after that. In 1599, his study of the most important year of Shakespeares working life, James Shapiro offers some startling figures: In an England of four million, London and its immediate environs held a population of roughly two hundred thousand. If, on any given day, two plays were staged in playhouses that held as many as two to three thousand spectators each, its likely that with theatres even half full, as many as three thousand or so Londoners were attending a play On average, its likely that over a third of Londons adult population saw a play every month. Icke cites these figures pretty much word perfect to explain why he made it a condition of transferring Hamlet to the West End that there would be cheap seats to attract younger audiences. (There are 300 seats at every performance for less than 30.) After all, Shakespeare saw himself as a popular entertainer and wrote for the groundlings as much as the elite. Icke and Andrew Scott really believe that 15- and 16-year-old versions of us [should be able to] come from Ireland and Stockton, if [they] wanted to get a train and come and see it. He argues we should be tougher on subsidised theatres that charge high ticket prices: Its not OK if you charge me 65 quid for something Ive already paid for with my taxes, particularly not if its in a big space. In the last week of Hamlets Almeida run, the theatre offered free tickets to under-25s. The actors said it was the best shows we ever played, because they didnt know the story They laughed in different places, they gasped. I dont think Ive ever been prouder to work at the Almeida than when there were queues of under-16s round the block to see a three-and-a-half-hour Hamlet. I thought, This is what its for, this is why we put our taxes into this place. 1984, Ickes adaptation of George Orwells novel, is now on Broadway The unspoken backdrop to our conversation about Shakespeare is the tenure of Emma Rice at the Globe, cut short because the trustees were unhappy with her use of sound and lighting rigs in a theatre that doubles as a museum. Icke must be aware that the Globe is on the other side of the Shakespeare wars from him, although he never mentions names. I decide its time to bring up the Controversy Thing. It might sound shallow, but isnt he worried that people wont talk to him at the Olivier Awards? I hope Ive never said publicly, That person is terrible. Its about why we do this as an art, so hopefully no one feels its personal. He smiles. Im also not a great socialiser, because Im completely teetotal, so I dont go to pubs, and a lot of my mates dont work in theatre. Both Goold and Henry Hitchings wonder if Robert Ickes next step will be to direct a film, or whether he might fancy the artistic directorship of the Young Vic, which has become available this year. He would hate so many elements of what that job is thinking about loo rolls and corporate sponsors and what drinks get served at the bar, Hitchings says. Bechtler hopes that the nature of their collaborations wont change because of demands on his time. Rob might change utterly now hes become so successful, but the amount of talking [that we do] is crucial. There is one landmine ahead. A few of the people I spoke to were worried that the transfers never quite manage to capture the intimacy of the Almeida. A proscenium arch and a vast auditorium present a challenge for the focused, intense naturalism of Andrew Scotts Hamlet, for instance. Still, David Benedict pays him the greatest compliment a critic can offer: While I have doubts about elements of Ickes work, Id rather see his failures than some of the kiss-of-death competence of other directors. Hamlet is at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London SW1, until 2 September. Mary Stuart opens at the Duke of Yorks Theatre, London WC2, on 13 January 2018

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Peter Perrett – The Quietus

I first heard Peter Perrett sing with The Only Ones late at night, long after he had released the records that first made a case for his genius, and many years before this new one. The setting was Nicky Campbells tactical deployment of ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’ in the middle of an interview with David Icke at a time, hard as it is to now imagine, when this unholy union of egotists was broadcast on Radio 1 as an exclusive meeting of minds. Between Icke claiming (quite convincingly, if taken on his own delusional terms) that he was Jesus, and that Campbell was the reincarnation of Jim Morrison, I underwent an epiphany that was only partly musical, the clownish talk in the studio leaving me unprepared for the actual transcendence provided by the music. Asides from the soaring hooks that I found spiritually reassuring, the record sounded like it was being sung by a ghost who was in a hurry to impart its life experience before fading quickly away. With my teens and the feelings the spectre sang of still ahead of me, I tingled with the anticipation of having something else to look forward to. The same thing happens to me listening to this new record, except the tingles are now ones of arrival, which I confess is a massive relief, as I had not expected to listen to anything new by Peter Perrett, or for it to be this good. Possessing a voice that can switch from hopeful to hopelessness in the same line, Perrett seemed destined to blaze briefly and very brightly, an artist who like Syd Barrett or Shane MacGowan was owned, taken possession of, and then discarded by his muse. And as the impersonation of romantic underachievement, all he could then do was watch forlornly as others who knew how to direct, take in hand and make a proper day job out of their genius cleaned up in his place. Barring a blink-and-youd-miss-it release in 1996, watching Perrett front The Only Ones during their brief reformation 10 years ago did nothing to suggest that he was spending his years out of the limelight constructing masterpieces for eventual un-concealment; at six stone and with a voice that could barely register (albeit in front of an admittedly very impressive band), it was a wonder he had the will to go through with it at all. This album, then, is a gleeful surprise, and though it is debatable whether it would make the same sense for a listener coming to Perrett cold, for those who already know what to look for it is as gently persuasive as it is shyly moving (and this from the man who penned the lyric to ‘Why Dont You Kill Yourself’!). Though it is hard to imagine how a voice that at its peak sounded preternaturally elderly, and frequently defeated, would hold up when it had actually aged, Perrett sings like an older man who is still, at some essential level, young and in the process of being formed. Given his history of addictions, he understandably emotes like someone keeping something in reserve for himself, cackling and chuckling like an ageing Artful Dodger (Im still just about capable of / one last defiant breath), while pacing himself carefully and not pushing his range. This scaled back less-is-more approach, perfected in the late period of the late Leonard Cohen, is helped enormously by Perretts lyrical self-deprecation and cheek, which binds and glosses over those occasionally creaky moments inherent in making rock music in your mid-sixties. The easygoing vocal pace is reflected in the musical accompaniment. Whereas The Only Ones were a storming powerhouse, this band, led by Perretts sons Peter Jr and Jamie, cannot and do not try to compete with the legendary John Perry, whose sheer guitar attack was the perfect foil to Perretts lyrical unravelling. The current group mean to be friendly and helpful, gathering around their father to frame his voice; they lack his former bands desolate abrasion, and choose to be charming instead. Despite the single ‘How The West Was Won’ being an obvious star of the album, an equal part affectionate and damning indictment of Americas founding myths and current unreality, most of these songs are ruminative exercises in thinking aloud and remembering. As with Lou Reed in ‘Who Am I’, or Dylan in ‘What Good Am I’, Perrett critically reviews his life, and on a love song to his wife, ‘C Voyeurger’, and the closer, ‘Take Me Home’, surpasses even his former bands legacy. Coming from a generation who never had it so good, but still made life as hard for themselves as possible, and who in that absence of a foe, chose to become their own worst enemies (Even your parents ran away from home to escape you), Perrett returns to his childhood in the middle of the last century. Contrasting the rationing and martial self-sacrifice of the then-recent past with his own life of baby-booming waste, Perrett imagines a glorious and meaningful death he was already born too late for, the key to the future taken out of my hands, in which a noble end the Hermann Gring Division could have afforded him is replaced by the living end that is sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, I wish I could die in a hail of bullets sometimes, but all I can do is sing and play on the frontline. As the song progresses it becomes obvious that the home he sings of is a memory that no longer physically exists, full of friends and family that are no longer alive, in a country so changed that it could just as well never have been. This is ‘home’ as a near-mystical feeling of origination and return, that only death will bring one back to. The deadpan nobility of Perretts past vocal performances is resurrected, in his acceptance that self-destruction, and what it forces one to acknowledge and observe when shared in music, requires an ambivalent heroism of its own. Refining this poetry of self-sabotage is Perretts enduring achievement, and the authentic generational property of all those wasters who disappeared under the radar, who he so generously memorialises. Tariq Goddard’s sixth novel, Nature and Necessity, is out 20 July from Repeater Books

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July 12, 2017   Posted in: David Icke  Comments Closed

The findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into racism at this year’s elections – Conservative Home

Published: July 12, 2017 Below is an extract from the new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct, commission by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) AgainstAnti-semitism it details all the instances of racism expressed by or suffered by candidates of each of thelargest parties contesting this years local and general elections. Its evident that no party is entirely free of these poisonous views but, troublingly, the extract also makes clear thatthe Labour Party seems to have a particularly sizeable problem, especially in terms of anti-semitism. Hopefully those MPs involved in the APPG willfurther press these findings within their own parties. 2.1.1 The Conservative Party General Election Ameet Jogia, an Indian-origin Conservative party candidate was reportedly subjected to racial abuse when the wall of a voting booth in the constituency for which he was standing was daubed with a racist message. Mr. Jogia was reportedly left disappointed that no one did anything to take it down. The matter is being investigated by the Electoral Commission. Another Conservative candidate and now re-elected MP Sheryll Murray said she was sickened when her posters were daubed with swastikas. Her agent suggested the attackers were trying to protest Ms. Murrays support for the Jewish community. Devon and Cornwall police confirmed a report of criminal damage. One Conservative candidate, himself a convert to Judaism, was reportedly a victim of antisemitism. Andrew Percy, a Minister prior to the General Election, said he was abused in front of two witnesses by someone claiming to support the leader of the Labour Party. The alleged perpetrator was said to have shouted Zionist scum at Percy and, on being informed he was Jewish, replied Oh, I will need a wash now. The incident was referred to the police and there was no suggestion Jeremy Corbyn supported or endorsed the incident. Local Elections Abdul Zaman, the Deputy Chairman of the Bradford Conservative Association, was suspended after making inappropriate comments about Jews and women at the launch ofa local election campaign. Mr Zaman urged his community to vote for local candidate Sajid Akhtar so that the Jews and Christians know that we are one Biradari. He was later reinstated after the partys disciplinary body decided that his comments were not antisemitic, though unhelpfully open to interpretation. Another Conservative council candidate, Obaid Khan, was suspended from the party but remained on the ballot paper after antisemitic tweets he had posted were discovered shortly before the local council elections (but after the nomination deadline had passed). Mr. Khan, who ran for the winnable council seat of Hall Green, had referred to Jew agents and atheists as terms of abuse in his posts. Situations where parties cannot remove candidates who allegedly, or in fact, commit offences had, as noted, previously been marked as a point of concern in the electoral conduct inquiry of 2013. A week post-election, Conservative councillor Robert Davies was the subject of strong condemnation and an official rebuke from the party when deeply offensive tweets with racist tropes were discovered. He subsequently deleted his account and it was said he accepted he was wrong to have made the posts. Another candidate, Peter Cuthbertson, who was standing for the marginal seat of Darlington, was condemned for posts he had made as an 18 year old about rape, homosexuality and morality. 2.1.2 The Labour Party General Election A Labour parliamentary candidate was sacked by the party following allegations he ran a Twitter account which had posted offensive remarks about Muslims. Old Bexley and Sidcup candidate Trevor Merralls said he had been a victim of a vicious smear campaign and strongly denied responsibility for running the account. He planned to protest to the Labour party. Labour representatives were also on the receiving end of antisemitism. Iain Wright MP accused Hartlepool resident Anthony Rowbotham of assaulting him and threatening his family with violence while he was delivering election leaflets in the area. Mr Rowbotham allegedly exclaimed that Jews control the money and he didnt want the Jew Ed Milibandas Prime Minister while accusing Mr Wright of helping the Jews control the debt. He subsequently admitted to calling Mr Wright a bankers servant; however, a jury could not reach a verdict on a simple charge of harassment. Naz Shah, who herself had been suspended from the party over antisemitic posts (for which she apologised), was a victim of antisemitism at an electoral hustings, having asserted Israels right to exist. During the course of the campaign there were a number of other media stories relating to antisemitic abuse albeit not directly related to candidates. For example, the Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn was endorsed by a music artist who it was later alleged had re-tweeted an antisemitic message, and moved to condemn antisemitic abuse of a journalist interviewing him who happened to be Jewish. In Bristol, a giant pro-Labour banner was displayed which featured a picture of Theresa May adorned with earrings representing the Jewish symbol of the star of David. The banner, reminiscent of some far-right caricatures, was condemned by Labour candidate and now re-elected MP Thangham Debbonaire who said an investigation was being launched but that the design and erection of the banner had nothing to do with her Labour party. The Guido Fawkes website reported texts being sent to Muslim voters in Walsall South in an effort to get out the vote. The texts, if genuine, urged voters to cast their ballots so that other minorities would not have a greater say than them. Finally, in Borehamwood, one campaigner was reported to the police after footage emerged of her shouting vote Labour, get the Jews out. Local Elections The Labour partys Woking council candidate, Vicki Kirby, was suspended twice from the party. She had initially been removed from a list of candidates after antisemitic remarks on Twitter, including labelling Hitler the Zionist God, proposing that ISIS attack Israel and defining Jews as having big noses. However, she was reinstated to the party in 2017and elected as vice-chair for Woking. In March 2017, the Labour Party NEC reversed its decision and suspended her pending an investigation. Alison Gove-Humphries, the Labour candidate for a council by-election in Hall Green (the same seat in which Conservative candidate Obaid Khan was suspended from the Conservative party over antisemitism) shared Facebook posts claiming Israel was the key link in exporting ISIS oil and was behind the media focus on antisemitism in the Labour party. A Labour party spokesman said: Alison Gove-Humphries has been removed from the panel of approved local candidates. Labour council by-election candidate Lloyd Duddridge was accused of antisemitism after Facebook posts showed that he had commented the Daily Mail is full of stupid Jews and called a Conservative peer another Jewish Tory. Mr Duddridge defended his remarks by noting his own Jewish roots. The Labour-commissioned Chakrabarti report into antisemitism later stated that it should be no defence to cite ones own minority heritage or to point to phrasesroutinely used outside the party. The report also demanded that complaints of racism and personal abuse be taken seriously and handled sensitively. Posts from a Facebook account in the name of Terry Couchman, the Labour candidate for the Lyneham ward in Wiltshire, led to his suspension from the party. The account had referred to, amongst other things, fake Jews of IsraHell and the USA. A Welsh Labour council candidate was suspended by the party following allegations that he had posted material online that could be interpreted as antisemitic. Mike Sivier was standing for Powys County Council in Llanbadarn Fawr. He rejected allegations of antisemitism and said he had engaged on social media with an individual he regretted having linked with online. Similar to the Conservative party case in Hall Green, Mr Siviers name was to appear on the ballot paper as the Welsh Labour candidate. One campaign group made allegations about two other Labour council candidates, but these were not reported by mainstream media and it is unclear what action if any was taken. 2.1.3 The Liberal Democrats The Liberal Democrats suspended Ashuk Ahmed as he was due to contest the Luton South parliamentary seat. Facebook posts on an account in Mr. Ahmeds name compared Jews to Nazis and claimed that both the Labour and Conservative parties were controlled by Zionist paymasters. Councillor and former MP David Ward was removed as a candidate by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron who said that the former was unfit to represent the party. Allegations of antisemitism had been levelled at Mr. Ward. Jane Brophy, the Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate for Manchester, said Orthodox Jewish UK Independence Party rival Shneur Odze should choose between his faith or running for office, due to his religious practice of not shaking hands with the opposite sex. Odze had previously been accosted by an abusive crowd and told to go home by protesters holding signs reading strength in diversity. He was later embroiled in controversy himself surrounding remarks he had made about burning texts. 2.1.4 The Scottish National Party (SNP) The SNP deselected a council candidate for sending a homophobic and misogynistic e-mail regarding colleagues, a week after its own National Executive Committee had reinstated him following a four-month suspension. Andy Doig had told associates to guard their inner circle closely around a gay colleague, while commenting about a female activist that he would like to get seriously lost somewhere around her mid torso. Separately, Julie McAnulty was reinstated to the party after a six-month suspension following racist remarks, although she was not selected for candidacy for her previous seat on Coatbridge Council. Ms McAnulty had expressed her opinion that the Pakis were causing problems locally and that we needed to get rid of them from the party. 2.1.5 The UK Independence Party (UKIP) Concerns were raised about UKIPs selection procedure after the Times revealed internal records indicating that UKIP had allowed numerous candidates to stand for election despite knowledge that they had expressed racist and homophobic views in the past. These included a picture posted by Failsworth candidate Graham Whitehead of two people posing with monkeys described as an arranged interracial marriage. They were also aware of candidate Magnus Nielsens Islamophobic comments, such as labelling Muhammad a criminal psychopath and describing Islam as organised crime under religious camouflage. Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader, Alan Craig, was selected as a UKIP candidate for the London Assembly in 2016. Mr Craig had previously compared same-sex adoption to child-trafficking and likened homosexuals to child abusers. UKIP explained that they are a party that believes in freedom of speech and that Mr Craig has a right to speak. The official Bristol UKIP twitter account called on voters to snub Labour due to its then candidate Sarah Champion standing with 2 suspended child grooming taxi drivers: a reference to a picture featuring two Pakistani men. One of the individuals contacted the Tell Mama organisation, notifying them that he was neither a taxi driver, nor implicated in any child abuse investigation, but had been targeted due to his faith and ethnicity. Tell Mama warned that the implications of this libel for the victim are extremely serious. UKIP parliamentary candidate Patricia Culligan was forced to apologise after tweeting that Liverpool Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Childs HIV treatment was very costly to taxpayers. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage had previously called for HIV-positive people to be banned from the UK. Another UKIP candidate, seeking to win in the Clacton constituency, quit the party after a series of Islamophobic posts were uncovered. Jeff Bray, a former UKIP councillor, reportedly said that he could not remember the posts and suggested they had been manipulated. Concerns were raised by one group about tweets attributed to Amber Valley candidate Philip Rose which appeared to support conspiracy theories offered by David Icke. Mr. Rose was reportedly offended at any suggestion he was racist. In April 2016, UKIPs National Executive Committee cleared Gareth Bennett of racism allegations and allowed him to run for the Welsh National Assembly, despite a no confidence letter from 16 other UKIP candidates. He had previously attributed rubbish issues in Cardiff to Eastern European migrants, and labelled the city a melting pot of different races all getting on each others nerves. The complaint letter argued that the comments were contrary to UKIPs fair and ethical stance on immigration. Captain Paddy Singh apologised for racist and antisemitic tweets he had sent on social media and was suspended by UKIP. The candidate for the Wiltshire North constituency had his endorsement withdrawn by UKIP but was still listed as a candidate as the deadline for nominations had passed. 2.1.6 The Green Party Green Party Blackpool and Fylde candidate, Tina Rothery, said she had nothing to do with, nor was she aware of, a film about opposition to fracking named Tinas List, which compared police to Nazi guards using scenes from the film Schindlers list. Her voice was dubbed over a clip of a Jewish woman being shot by an SS officer. The film was subsequently removed and police were contacted. Rothery did not criticise those behind the film, but did say she wouldnt refer to something as important in our history as the events of the Holocaust in the light of anything else. 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The Donald’s propaganda machine has obviously overheated – The Nation

HHB Beria-Goebbels is again sicking up his formulaic bile with malice aforethought, continually absurd contradictions, post-truth obfuscation, and with lots of infantile little exclamation marks thrown in for good measure. Take this, for example: Its out in the open, the so-called Russian collusion is nothing more than a totally made-up toxic cocktail concocted by the crooks at cnn [sic]. Yep, course it is; if you say so. Bizarrely, the HHB wing of the Grimer Wormtongue Collective Voice contradicts this negativity by stating that CNNs highly respected journalist Van Jones actually speaks the truth by saying that it (Collusiongate) is a nothing burger!!!. So, CNN actually tells the real truth, but only when it suits The Collectives mix-and-match agenda, eh? Make one of your minds up, please. Then theres the fantastic Alex Jones is going up [sic] thanks to his factual reporting. Going up where? This would be the same Alex Jones who takes David Icke seriously, one presumes. All of this tosh would unquestionably sit far more comfortably within the pages of the National Enquirer. HHB Beria-Goebbels finishes off his diatribe by laughably predicting good riddance to come soon; let us all hope so, beginning with the removal of Trumps nepotistic placement system so beloved of dictators worldwide, and ending up with deserved impeachment. Dr Frank Bangkok

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10 Musical Conspiracy Theories That Demand Your Full Attention – Junkee

Paul McCartney is dead, Elvis is alive and Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey. To avoid being snapped bythe paparazzi who are stationed outside her New York apartment 24 hours a day, this year Taylor Swift began leaving home hidden in a box carried by her security team. At least, thats what one of 2017smost memorable conspiracytheories would have you believe. It mightseem like a very long bow to draw how could Swift, at 5 ft 10 inches, casually tuck herself inside a box? Does she get out ofthe box in thecar just outside her apartment, or doesshe travel inside it until she reachesher destination? Regardless of logistics, the internet quickly became convinced that this was how Swift had been hiding from the public for months, and the whole scenario becameeven more suspicious when suddenly almost all mention of The Box Theory vanished from the internet. Just a couple of months after it set the internet ablaze, a cursory Google search will turn up scant little. So had Swift deployed her army of lawyers to strip the internet of any evidence? Luckily, there are plenty of other batshit crazy musical conspiracies out there to keep you busy in Tay-In-A-Boxs absence, ranging from secretsong meanings to full blown murder cover-ups. Heres ten of the best. If youre not across your lizard history, heres a primer: in 1999, British broadcaster David Icke wrote a book called The Biggest Secret,detailing his belief that the worlds political leaders and celebrities areactually a race of reptilian aliens known as the Babylonian Brotherhood. Notable lizards apparently includeBarack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pope Francis as well as Me And Bobby McGeesinger Kris Kristofferson. No, I have no idea either. Now, these folks arent actually lizards (dont be ridiculous). Rather, Kristofferson and the others are merely descendants of the blood-drinking reptilians who came to earth 200,000 years ago and bred with humans. Think you know who Andrew W.K is? Tryagain, sheeple. Andrew W.K doesnt actually exist, at least not as you know him. Apparently, W.K isa character who has been played by variousdifferent actors over the years. Behind this grand schemeis a guy called Steev Mike, who was an executive producer onW.Ks debut albumI Get Wet. Truthers are quick to point out that Mike may not actually be Mike either (because heaven knows this story needed another plot twist) and could insteadbe Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Musicians never die, they just fake their death to get away from the paparazziand live out the rest of their days in hiding. They also eat out at Burger King sometimes. Well, thats what people think happened toElvis, anyway. The King actually didnt die in 1977, he faked his death to throw the press off his trail. In the decades since hes been spotted multiple times: ata Burger King in Michigan, with Muhammad Ali in 1984, and even as an extra inHome Alone. Sure, appearing in a blockbuster movie when youre supposed to be dead seems a little risky but YOLO, right? No, Paul McCartney isnt touring Australia later this year he died in a car crash in 1967 and was replaced by a lookalike called William Campbell. Paul Is Dead Truthers have amassed a bewildering amount of evidence so support this theory, so to save time were just gonna present the key points: On the cover of Abbey Road,Paul is the only barefoot Beatle, and the only one striding with his left foot first twothings that represent himbeing out of step with his living bandmates. On the cover ofSgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,Paul is depicted with a hand above his head, which could indicate being blessed and given Last Rites. Hes also the only band memberfacing backwards on the other side of the album sleeve. If you play their song Revolution 9 backwards, you can hear the words turn me on, dead man. At the end of Lennons song Strawberry Fields Forever, a voice says I buried Paul. And sure, McCartney himself has asserted multiple times that he is, in fact, alive but he would say that, wouldnt he? You know what? It would be great if celebrities could stop dying and being replaced by lookalikes, thats all Im saying. This time, its Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne. According to this theory,Lavigne died in 2003 at the height of her fame, and was quickly replaced by a lookalikecalled Melissa. Theorists point to changes in her handwriting, her vocal tone, her nose, and the shape of her eyes as evidence that the Avril of 2003 is no longer with us. If you want to get really deep in this, dive into the thread below. 128,000 retweets cant be wrong. Truthers: if theyre not killing someone off, theyre resurrecting children whose cause of death has already been extensively documentedby the Boulder County Coroner. Apparently, the woman you know as Katy Perry is actually JonBenet Ramsey, the child beauty queen who was murdered in 1997. YouTuber Dave Johnson popularised the theory with a long-winded video in 2014, which went viral last year. Johnson is SERIOUSLY CONVINCED: JonBenet Ramsey became Katy Perry. Thats a fact, hesays at the beginning of the video. So if any of you continue to lie about this person dying, you are in fact a false witness to murder and death. Steady on, Dave. According to Johnson, the Ramsey parents staged their daughters death (by way of a Masonic play) so that she could become famous in later life. He doesnt really explainwhythis would help Ramsey become famous, but those are mere details that Dave doesnt need to bother with. His evidence is that Perry and Ramsey bear a slight resemblance. Thats it. He goes to the trouble of blending their photos together, which would be impressive except that it shows they look nothing alike. Musical icon Lou Reed died in 2013 after a long battle with liver disease. Except that actuallyhe wasmurdered by pop star Lady Gaga after Reed said he didnt like her albumARTPOP. The story goes that Reed was brought in to overseeARTPOPsmusical direction, which Gaga intended to be an homage of Velvet Underground. Reed was apparently so unimpressed with Gagas songs that he left the project, and she became so furious that she conspired to murder him with the help ofInterscope label head Jimmy Iovine and her then-manager Troy Carter. Of course. Reed was injected with the toxic substance polonium while he was recovering at the Cleveland clinic.Before you ask, theres absolutely no evidence to support this theory in any way. Not even a Ramsey/Perry level link. I think weve had enough of murder and death-faking, so heres a theory thats actually someway reasonable. Swedish pop star Robyn has an extensive discography, but arguably her two biggest tracks are Call Your Girlfriend and Dancing On My Own. Call Your Girlfriend is about someone on the verge of breaking up with their partner, while Dancing On My Own is from the perspective of a person thats just been broken up with. Two different songs, two different protagonists OR ARE THEY? If you thought that a woman could break into the hip-hop world with nothing but extraordinary talent and an excellent work ethic, try again! According to one particularly slimy corner of the internet, the Nicki Minaj you know is justthe face of Jay-Zs alter ego. In order to disguise his real voice, Hov simply speeds up the raps until they sound like a woman. Plenty of videosclaim to provide indisputable evidence to support the theory, mostly by slowing down Minajs raps until they sound (kinda, sorta, not really at all) like Jay-Z. Truthers also point to the fact that Minajs third album was calledThe Pinkprint,a reference toJay-Zs series of albums calledThe Blueprint. Itwouldnt be a conspiracy article without mentioning these guys. Where to even begin? The Illuminati a secret society set up during the Enlightenment era in the late 18th century is believed by some to still be operating today, with many of the worlds leaders and celebrities counted as members. They influence world events, rig award shows, keep the martians under wraps basically do everythingThe Simpsonsmentionin the Stonecutters song. Jay-Zand Beyonce are right at the heart of the Illuminati. That diamond cutter sign Jay is always throwing up? Thats connected to the Illuminatis Eye Of Providence. Blue Ivys name? That stands for Born Living Under Evil Illuminatis Very Youngest. The real reason they had twins? They neededthree children to complete the three points of the Illuminati pyramid. Jaysclothing line is full of occult symbols and signs of Freemasonry, and hisvideo for On To The Next One is also full of Illuminati imagery. Oh yeah, and he can apparently time travel and control peoples minds. Its not only Jay and Bey who are in on this musicians like Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga (when shes not busy murdering people), Adele, Rihanna, Kesha, Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj have all been implicated in this conspiracy in someway or other. Together, theyre seeking no less than world domination. Jules LeFevre is Staff Writer at Music Junkee and inthemix. She is on Twitter.

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