Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Now it's sleep deprivation

Two days ago our sleeping pitch on a derelict St Alphage Highwalk at the back of Salters' Hall was fenced off so we were forced to go to the front of the Salters' building (see the previous blog for a photo of a spectacular fence off that could see the Salters' Company prosecuted for not having a fire escape). Last night we were woken by street cleaners at 3.30am and 45 minutes later by two Salters' cleaners. One of them just spent his time dragging things around the yard above our heads while the other was busy with a hoover in the foyer - half the time with the door open! I took this photo at 5.00am:

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The racket only came to an abrupt end as we got up as usual at 5.45am. At 5.50am even the lights were off, with presumably the cleaners off doing some proper cleaning work. (Declan lodged an application with the High Court on 29 August against the Commissioner of Police for the City of London Adrian Leppard and Home Secretary Theresa May, and I very much hope we will hear from the Court before we are turned into two zombies.)
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On 14 March we were evicted from our previous flat because according to our then live-in landlady's ex-husband, Dr Nigel McKenzie, a consultant psychiatrist in Highgate Mental Health Centre, our flat was needed for somebody with a mental illness. MI5 whistleblower David Shayler also lived with human rights activist Belinda McKenzie in the same house for a couple of years until 2007. It is unfortunate Shayler then declared that he was the Messiah, became a squatter, and was subsequently ridiculed in the press for changing his name to Delores Kane. A New Statesman article dated 11 September 2006 featuring Shayler and Belinda gives no indication that Shayler 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.

The Esquire article below* is mentioned in a Guardian article dated 27 March 2012. It is an eye-opener, highlighting the monitoring and surveillance that Shayler had to live with back in 2000, and the contradictory briefings and slanders that were coming out of the British establishment and the media. The author, Dr Eamonn O'Neill, is a lecturer in journalism at Strathclyde University.

*On 2 May 2013, Issuu removed this pdf from my Issuu account following a copyright complaint by Hearst Communications. I had uploaded the article to my Issuu account in December 2012. In March 2013, when last I checked, the article had been viewed more than 15,000 times. It can be viewed here.

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.