David Icke famously said after he first spoke out nearly 25 years ago
out he couldn't fill a phone box. This weekend he spoke to a sold out
Wembley Arena for nine hours. Which begs the question, what went right?
Let's get that 'R' word out of the way first, shall we? Any
discussion on Icke will inevitably prompt those reptilians to rear their
scaly heads. That's understandable and a reason he's been a ridicule
magnet for so many years. I am not going to defend every intricacy of
every claim Icke makes. That would take forever. Moreover, get to the
heart of why, much to the chagrin and derision of many, he only
continues to rise in popularity.
In 1991, post-Wogangate, Icke was laughed out of town but rather than
sink in sea of humiliation and shame the former sports journalist got
back on his horse. For those whose knowledge of him begins and ends at
'shapeshifting lizards' he has spent the last three decades as a full
time researcher travelling to and speaking in over 55 countries. To date
he's published 14 books. He calls himself a 'dot connector' and seeks
to get to the underbelly of what makes our world tick behind the big
So. In terms of his increasing audience and outreach, is he just a
very canny snake (or reptile?) oil salesman whose bizarre offerings
naive, crazy people willingly lap up? Or does - perish the thought - Mr
Icke actually talk, you know, some sense about things and people are
It seems the latter could very well be the case given much of what
Icke has talked about for years continues to manifest as truth; he
predicted the financial crash of 2008, the increase of natural disasters
after the millennium and has been saying for years that Jimmy Savile was a predatory paedophile.
Yet, of course, endured endless flack for it. Icke is being proven
right again and again so maybe it's no wonder his audience only
continues to grow.
One only has to throw a cursory glance around at society - governments lie, our media illegally hack into phones;
establishment corruption is rife.
As a global populace we are rightly
becoming more jaded and disenfranchised with those who supposedly serve
us and from whom we seek information about the wider world. Corporate media is plummeting and independent media flourishing.
Given the increase of personal epiphanies and snowballing distrust of
reining authority, that Icke's work (and the work of many of his
researcher peers) resonates with so many is no surprise.
I was one of the many who scoffed and laughed at David Icke's early
theories. Daft man. Wacky ideas. Consign him to the loony bin.
Then I began to investigate his recent work. Then investigated what
his work investigates. Radical it seems at first, but the further down
the rabbit hole you go, the quicker your overcome your cognitive
dissonance, the more you independently study what Icke picks apart and
analyses (the economy, religion, politics, human history) you realise
that, bloody hell, perhaps this man could have a point. Many, in fact.
Is he eccentric? No doubt. Is he right about everything? Possibly
not, however Saturday's Wembley Arena event was a serious indicator that
after decades of being a soft target and the butt of endless jokes, his
research and ideas are being taken seriously and for one 'nut job,
deluded conspiracy theorist' that's a lot of people to have hoodwinked.