I’m back. For how long is uncertain but, for now, I am once again at liberty to express myself in my own home country. This new-found liberty is necessarily tempered by way of another upcoming trial for another satirical song, rendering the art of expression somewhat limited. I’m sure you get my drift.
Above: keeping busy with sourdough, making preserves and tending to my little garden.
This journey is longhaul. As can been seen from the lack of content on this website over the past two years I have been effectively silenced. One result of my original trial in 2018, the proceedings of which were dragged out for eighteen months before I was convicted (under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003) for Internet postings of my own artistic content: satirical songs deemed to be grossly offensive.
Those who have followed my story will know that my songs were composed in reaction to the witchhunt against me, beginning late 2012, for my research into and exposure of various censorious astroturfers. I shan’t be naming here the individuals who have, in some cases, publicly admitted working against me for years. Real names were cited from the witness stand, confirming my gut instinct and proving that my own and others’ research was correct. Denials and outright lies on Twitter will not alter these facts.
My visits to HMP Bronzefield were thankfully short. More on that later. Yesterday I was informed that I am no longer on Licence. Altogether, I spent four months behind bars and another five on Licence, meaning nine in total. The upcoming case against me was used to keep me locked up, including after the CPS had dropped the more serious charge of religious incitement in favour of another S. 127 trial, once again for causing gross offence. Easier to prosecute, therefore further indication that the UK criminal justice system is more interested in guilty verdicts than in delivering actual justice.
I wish to put the record straight about comments seen in the press about my reaction from the dock after I had finally been sentenced by HHJ Martin Beddoe. No, I did not shout. I spoke calmly and in a civil manner, thanking the judge before making my comment regarding a jury trial. HHJ Beddoe had resisted calls from the Prosecution and from the remaining magistrate to hand me the maximum. (The other magistrate was recused after disclosing a previous job on the board of the Anne Frank Trust…) I was grateful to the judge for not bowing to pressure and thanked him accordingly. Why the press chose to omit this part then distort the rest, readers will have to decide for themselves.
In happier news, I have several new recordings (including fresh versions of a couple of older numbers) and a magnificent new opus with lyrics once again by Menuhin. I Stand Accused will be available as Premium Content as soon as I have worked out how to get this website’s payments system running.
Speaking of pounds, you will no doubt have noticed a new subsciption button. I am trying to set up my website properly in order to offer some goodies. Still learning, I followed the tutorial and the One Pound (£1) subscription button above is the result. It’s just a test and shall be adjusted to something more appropriate in the upcoming days and weeks. Anyone who would like to donate is of course welcome to do so.
After last July’s freak flash floods in London, some of my electronic equipment was damaged, including my Yamaha keyboard. Therefore I have been back on acoustic guitar. I will upload a couple of demos later today or tomorrow.
Thanks to everyone for the love and support you have shown me during these surreal times. Happy New Year and thanks for reading.