Season’s greetings to all. Here is a brief review of 2019 that, in the end, turned out to be not so brief. The new year is fraught with the prospect of yet another upcoming spell behind bars, for singing songs. More on that later…
Last week, Hope Not Hate (HNH) ‘Head of Intel’ Matthew Collins was forced to delete a series of five tweets about me after I complained to both his boss, Nick Lowles, and to Twitter:
Musical extracts ~ me playing keys over backing tracks of jazz standards, Taking a chance… and Gee, baby…
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Unfortunately, owing to tech issues, I am unable to upload the documents cited but will keep trying and update as necessary.
Alison. X x
Ben Weich in this week’s edition of the Jewish Chronicle confirms the gist of my previous post: police have received yet another vexatious complaint from the usual suspects and are therefore obliged to fulfil their duty and investigate my heretical comments regards Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. On and on it goes…
Today, I would like to comment on the atrocious double standards being applied by the English court system when it comes to so-called ‘hate crime’. I will return to foreign justice systems in a future article, specifically dealing with the current plights of Ursula Haverbeck and the Schaefer siblings in Germany (not forgetting Horst Mahler and Gerhard Ittner), as well as that of Canadian free speech advocate, Arthur Topham.
They came from far and wide in defiance of this latest assault on our freedoms. From Lancashire, Liverpool, Scotland and all the way from Canada – thank you Mr Fromm! The media coverage was glorious – mostly down to so many turning up in support, me being handed flowers outside court and general media astonishment at my songs being played inside court. And no, I certainly did not sing along – nor did I mouth the words. Where this fake news originated I have no idea – perhaps a reaction to my song Find Me Guilty? In particular, the line:
I’ll sing my way to court in high heels and a frock
Give the press a winning smile from inside the dock!
Being a writer today can be tough. The Internet has done away with newspapers as we used to know them whilst bloggers sound their own trumpets from their own platforms. Established hacks are obliged to tender begging bowls to keep their jobs and the quality of mainstream journalism is clearly in decline. Print is becoming gradually obsolete as everyone on the planet turns to web-based news and Kindle.
Several months back, I was surprised to receive notification from Facebook that Stephen Applebaum, writer and reviewer for several Jewish publications, had liked one of my posts. At the time, I honestly wondered whether Mr Applebaum had changed his opinion regards my work – after my famous quenelle salute in Edinburgh, I remember sparring with him. Today, following some sterling research carried out by a loyal friend, I realise that Mr Applebaum’s Facebook like must have been in error.
Following on from yesterday’s update, my recent thoughts concern the credibility of the Crown’s two remaining key witnesses, Gideon Falter and, in particular, Stephen Silverman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism. At Wednesday’s hearing, the court was already informed that the Crown would not be relying on the recent statement given by Jonathan Hoffman. My question, therefore, is why would the Crown rely on the statements of a man who, seemingly unwittingly, already exposed himself as anonymous Twitter troll @BedlamJones in a legal document submitted at last December’s bail hearing?