As far as I am aware, I am the only artist in modern British history to have been jailed for the heinous crime of composing and singing satirical songs which I uploaded to the Internet.
In four weeks time, my trial will take place in London and the three songs concerned will be screened in court. Two clips will show songs from my appearance at The London Forum in September 2016 in front of an audience of roughly 100 people who, considering the standing ovation I received at the end, clearly enjoyed my performance. The third clip is of a song which contains the word SATIRE in the title, which leads me to the point of this blog post.
I presume that one of the reasons I was charged under the Communications Act 2003 rather than under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 is because of an amendment attached to the latter exempting satire – passed by one vote in the House of Lords. In recent blog posts and videos, I expose the double standards of my accusers who esteem that Ricky Gervais’ jokes about Schindler’s List 2 are incomparable to my brand of satire, despite another of my songs also making reference to the famous Hollyhoax film.
So what exactly is satire and how long has it been around? According to Wikipedia, the genre has its origins in Ancient Greece with Aristophanes’ Old Comedy:
Gods, artists, politicians and ordinary citizens were legitimate targets, comedy was a kind of licensed buffoonery, and there was no legal redress for anyone who was slandered in a play. There were certain limits to the scope of the satire, but they are not easily defined. Impiety could be punished in 5th century Athens, but the absurdities implicit in the traditional religion were open to ridicule.
Wikipedia’s main page on satire states:
The state of political satire in a given society reflects the tolerance or intolerance that characterizes it, and the state of civil liberties and human rights. Under totalitarian regimes any criticism of a political system, and especially satire, is suppressed. A typical example is the Soviet Union where the dissidents, such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov were under strong pressure from the government. While satire of everyday life in the USSR was allowed, the most prominent satirist being Arkady Raikin, political satire existed in the form of anecdotes that made fun of Soviet political leaders, especially Brezhnev, famous for his narrow-mindedness and love for awards and decorations
In light of my prosecution, it would appear that the UK today is no better than the former Soviet Union when it comes to the censorship of artists. Strange. At school, I was taught that preservation of basic freedoms was the main reason for the ultimate sacrifice made by all those who fought and gave their lives in two world wars.
Also from Wikipedia, the legal status concerning satire in various countries is described as follows:
For its nature and social role, satire has enjoyed in many societies a special freedom license to mock prominent individuals and institutions. In Germany, and Italy satire is protected by the constitution.
Since satire belongs to the realm of art and artistic expression, it benefits from broader lawfulness limits than mere freedom of information of journalistic kind. In some countries a specific “right to satire” is recognized and its limits go beyond the “right to report” of journalism and even the “right to criticize.” Satire benefits not only of the protection to freedom of speech, but also to that to culture, and that to scientific and artistic production.
Somewhere on the Internet there is a German translation of the lyrics to (((Survivors))). Would the protection offered by the German constitution cover my song if I performed it over there? If I am acquitted next month, a test run might be in order…
Over the past week, YouTube have sandboxed and banned in an ever-growing list of countries several more of my videos. Here is something slightly different – not satire, although certainly political. Inspired primarily by my love of folk music, it’s a reworked version of a song I composed four years ago entitled Hear The Folk Sing! The last verse has been altered to pay tribute to German dissident Manfred Roeder who passed away in 2014 and who, I am told, always prophesied that We Win By Singing. With a little satire added to the mix, our victory shall be one that resounds for centuries to come, God willing.
The ongoing imprisonment, in Western Europe, of countless scientists, lawyers, historians, authors, publishers, artists and people of all ages for calling out Holohoax lies – ThoughtCrime – shows that keeping the Holohoax lie alive trumps our right to expressing a well-informed and true opinion, even though the facts that lead to that opinion are forbidden to be published.
“Those whom we are not permitted to criticize rule over us.”
Especially if you remain defiant, you WILL be imprisoned – the Law will be bent to suit (((their))) purpose. What can I say. My consolation is that soon, Europe will be Islamized and the truth about the Holohoax will be finally taught in schools. It will happen during our lifetimes, Insha Allah.
Interestingly, it was the then Home Secretary, Michael Howard, supported by EU Commissioner Leon Brittain – both Jews – who scuppered an EU directive to have denial bans across Europe. From RationalWiki:
There have been moves to force all EU countries to accept such legislation. In the mid nineties they were stopped by the United Kingdom, led by Home Secretary Michael Howard (who, incidentally, is Jewish); he was supported by the EU Commissioner Leon Brittan (also a British Jew). Later efforts have also been stopped by the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries. There have been moves in the UN to get a worldwide ban.
Howard’s own colourful family history renders his decision all the more intriguing.
Your last two sentences, Franciscus de Groot, are a bit alarming. They instantly put me in mind of the Hungarian nationalist leader’s remark while on a visit to Turkey about two years ago: ‘Islam is our last hope for a decent world.’ (I’m having a quiet nervous collapse here.)
I think Islam indeed is our last hope for a decent world, but I have to admit I’m indeed a nationalist as well as a racist and I would prefer White Sharia without Arabs or Blacks, and I would like to see it Taliban-style. Whether we like it or not, most of Europe will speedily be Islamized and less and less white but by that time, Europe will have much bigger worries than Islam or immigration.
Alison! Thank you for this loveable piece. I read it twice, keeping even your new song on hold, because it was riveting. Then your new song! You really are the prima donna in every move and sound and gesture! This was a real Alison Victrix number. If it were not your usual finely nuanced, varied and spine-tinglingly thrilling delivery, it would have to be a drinking song. Quite delightful.
But let me hasten to say this: Forget testing German tolerance of satire. I assure you it is confined to the pie-in-the-face level. Try tickling it into better levity and you will meet sententious faces of the scariest Merkel kind.
I loved this piece so much! Your rollicking good mood is infectious. It makes me want to frolic too. I’m so glad you are in good spirits. And you should be in principle, but also because you have already beaten the slimy little golums of Cats’-Arse-Aria fame.
Love and big hug,
Thank you Sophie. I suspect you are right regards the limitations of the German constitution. Maybe, as one supporter suggested, on my eventual acquittal I could instead perform in front of the BoD HQ? In fact, the actual suggestion proposed erecting a statue of me, with my songs playing on a continuous loop. x
Ah, love the thought of all those worthy Deputies so saturated by your music that they hum your tunes and sway to them, ever less inclined to go about their usual nefarious business. That will change the mood of the HQ for the much better. You will have rendered them a social service.
The resistance in Britain are either dead, in exile, or in prison.
I had an idea for a poem. Would you like to do a video reciting this poem?
If you want to rewrite and expand it, feel free to do so.
First they came for the Nazis… but I did not speak up, because everybody knows Nazis are scum and they deserve it.
Then they came for the White Nationalists… but I did not speak up… because I was told being white and being a nationalist is evil.
Then they came for the Islamaphobes… but I did not speak up, for fear of being accused of Islamophobia
Then they came for the conservatives… and I cheered, because I am a liberal.
Then they started to censor the internet… but I did not speak up because the liberal websites were not censored.
Then they started to arrest people for posts on Facebook… but I didn’t speak up. I cheered, because they were eliminating hate speech.
Then they started flooding Europe with millions of third world immigrants, and called them refugees…. but I did not speak up, because refugees are human too.
Then my girlfriend was raped by refugees, but I could not speak up because the media censored the news, and I was accused of hate speech.
Then my sister was shot by an illegal immigrant… and a jury made up of colored people acquitted him… and I could not speak up, because they called me a Nazi.
Then I started writing about what happened to my girlfriend and my sister.
My Facebook account was deleted
I was imprisoned for hate speech
And I am now in jail.
Did the poster ‘Jeremy’ pen his doggeral of frayed cheap sentiment thinking seriously that a musician of Alison’s calibre would dignify it with her recital? That he did is possible, for weirdos are per se delusional. Then again, he is just as likely to be one of the tasteless, pointless golums of the Nimo clique. You know the kind: step on it and it oozes a putrid slime, cursing tearfully.
The first ‘Jeremy’ or is it (((Jeremy))) made is in thinking it was a “poem” rather than just a salmugundi of words splattered here to incite the gullible into a positive response.
A decent judge (if there is such a thing) would make good use of his wig to stifle the giggles on listening to your fabulous satirical songs. That you’ve remained resolute in the face of lunacy is an inspiration to all. X
will show the video if it’s banned ‘in your country’. I hadn’t heard of hooktube before Alison’s mention; it seems that, provided the video is on youtube, hooktube will show it, and enable a downlaod (if you can work out how to do that).
Extremist apologists for Israel claim to be offended by your lyrics. But fair-minded adherents of Judaism will be relieved that the disgraceful misbehaviour of their brethren’s Apartheid regime, land theft, mass bombardment, false imprisonment, denial of Human Rights, siege and other crimes against the Palestinians, which bring so much denigration upon the whole community, are at last being exposed by light satire so that the illegal mistreatment of a Semitic people (Palestinians) by a largely non-Semitic people (75% of Israelis are not Semitic but Kazar-origin) will cease and the reputation of their faith might be saved. In the diaspora there are probably more fair-minded than blinded, although the latter make more noise and go to more extreme lengths to prop up their racist State. So you have probably considered inviting some, such as Gilad Atzmon, Gerard Menuhin and Sir Michael Howard to testify?
Please don’t wait for the Islamization of Europe! Islam has been generally terrorized into silence about the injustices to their people in the Holy Land.
Well, I’m Julian and the housing sucks in this Holohoax country New Zealand.
It sucks because my family on my mother’s side are atheists, at least I thought we are atheists.
I’m quite adept but seldom get a reply.
Sew what is the Holohoax anyhoo?
It’s spelling and punctuation, right, and houses with windows that many years ago in the Holy Land?
Also, in response to De Groot “well as a racist” I’m inclined to agree there will be serious problems in the future. Just look at the cars. Its unsupportable worldwide and a return to Industrialization from this state of articulation will suck.