Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Property Warrant: Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Our live-in landlady, human rights activist Belinda McKenzie, has threatened us in writing with physical removal from our flat (she wrote on 6 January, "I may have to evict you with the help of my Polish builder") and removal of all services from tomorrow. We have been taking these threats extremely seriously and one of us is now always in the flat. Belinda's solicitors, Kidd Rapinet, have also served us with a notice requiring possession of the flat by 26 March - the particular notice landlords use when they have no complaints about their tenants but still want them out. If we have nowhere to go, then the solicitors will go to the courts and the bailiffs will remove us.

MI5 whistleblower David Shayler lived for a couple of years in one of the rooms below us, until 2007 more or less; it is unfortunate that Shayler then declared he was the Messiah, became a squatter and was ridiculed in the press for changing his name to Delores Kane. This is Declan's letter this afternoon to Prime Minister David Cameron enquiring if a warrant has been obtained for this property, which the Home Office will neither confirm nor deny:

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Belinda is not your usual 60+ landlady. I cannot list all the causes she is involved in, there are so many (see blog of 14 January for a photograph of Belinda speaking against child abuse in Trafalgar Square last June). She is active in groups dealing with issues as far-ranging as abuse in the church and anti-war activism, and has been involved with the Iranian community for more than 20 years; she is even described as a "noted philanthropist". Among her many causes, there is 9/11 itself: this is a popular YouTube video of a guy called Charlie Veitch and Belinda going at it recently. Small world! This is the same guy who in 2009 went to the trouble of inviting Shayler for dinner so he could make a YouTube video of him talking about being the Messiah.

Below is a video about the David Shayler affair the BBC's Panorama produced in 1998. A New Statesman article dated 11 September 2006 featuring Belinda and Shayler gives no indication that he believed he was the Messiah at that time; whilst a Daily Mail interview with Shayler explicitly shows he believed himself to be Jesus by June 2007. A part of his mind is well gone.... In 2009, he was photographed by the Daily Mail being unceremoniously evicted from a farmhouse by the bailiffs and police.
BBC PANORAMA: The David Shayler Affair (August 1998)

According to BBC Panorama, Shayler "caused the biggest crisis of official secrecy since the spy catcher affair". In 2002, he was jailed for seven weeks for breaking the Official Secrets Act.