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I have been watching with interest, the online insanity surrounding the one-time East17 vocalist Brian Harvey, but have, until now, not allowed myself to be dragged into any of it.

This will be my only contribution, and it comes by way of offering some timely advice.

My advice to Brian Harvey, would be to ignore all of the self-titled ‘Targeted Individuals’, and those who have attached themselves to him in order to boost their own Youtube Channels & social media presence – and also to ignore the detractors and those who he describes as ‘trolls’ – and to concentrate on the bigger picture.

I would then ask him to take some time out (37:02 minutes in real time), and watch the following videos, which will I believe, furnish him with everything he would need to answer most of the questions he has been asking, especially in regard to how he ended up in his current situation.

They explain, in simple terms, not only why, but how it was done, and most importantly, by whom.

Putting all personal feelings aside, as I don’t really care whether Brian Harvey likes me, or trusts my judgement, as it’s unimportant in the greater scheme of things.

What is important, however, is that the truth is not allowed to be bypassed by the endless back and forth between various parties and online groups, and to cut through the white noise that has effectively drowned out any attempt at reasoned discussion, and forge a positive way forward.

These videos were put together by someone who’s work I am aware of via his blog and his Youtube channel, but that is as far as any association between us goes.

It is my belief that Brian Harvey was not only set up, (as the videos clearly show), but he was also both professionally and socially crucified by people within the British political establishment, working towards a pre-determined agenda, assisted by his manager and willingly abetted by the mainstream media.

It’s now up to the reader/viewer to decide for themselves where the truth lies.

In the music industry (or the entertainment industry as a whole) these days, it is a rare thing indeed to hear artists speaking out about anything of merit.

It would be difficult to imagine the likes of Justin Bieber, Katie Perry, Adele, any of the bastard offspring of the Simon Cowell circus of horrors, or Madonna or even Bono drawing attention to anything that criticises the actions of the established order – but thankfully, there are those in the industry who have done just that, and there are also those who believe that some have paid the ultimate price for doing just that.

It could be argued that the untimely death of Michael Jackson for instance, came as a direct result of him speaking out about the dark underbelly of the music industry and the stranglehold placed upon the artists by those who totally control every aspect of their lives.

The MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine, has for a number of years made his feelings known on a number of topics deemed ‘politically sensitive’, his response in 2012 to the question of whether or not he would support legislation to make gay marriage legal for instance, was: “I’m Christian, the answer to that would be No.”  A response, which no doubt, would not have made him popular among left-wing politicians and powerful pressure groups and lobbyists in both the United States and Europe.

As far back as 1988, in a confrontational interview with Sounds journalist Roy Wilkinson, Mustaine spoke eloquently against illegal immigration, and stated plainly that he would “build a great wall along the Mexican border …. and not let anyone in…..”, if he was President of the United States.

Also in 1988, he caused a riot when Megadeth played in Northern Ireland following his dedication of a song to ‘The Cause’, which did not go down too well by all accounts.

In 2009, he said that he wrote the album ‘Endgame’ in order to educate both his fans and the public at large as to the march towards the New World Order and a Global government.

In August 2012, while on stage in Singapore talking to the audience, he openly accused President Obama of staging the mass shootings in Aurora, CO and the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting in order to implement gun control.

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister had some memorable things to say about politicians: “They are all the same anyway. All politicians are bastards – every one of them. [It] doesn’t matter who you vote for you’ll always have a shitty government. All they are after is themselves and their pockets. They are all lying, cheating bastards.”

One of the more recent Rockers to have put their heads above the parapet and speak out is the KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Jesse Leach, who in July 2016, shared a statement online after ‘spending several days mourning the current state of the world and this country’.

I have republished Jesse’s statement in full below, with a link to the source, as it’s one of the best analysis’ out there at the present time, (from a musician anyway) and although I do not agree with every point he has raised, the fact is, that a statement like this from someone in the music industry is such a rarity, and is something that should, in my opinion …. be applauded.

 

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach shares statement:

“I Can not stay silent anymore”

“Knowing full well the insurmountable ridicule and abuse I may receive from this post (by those polarized in one direction or the other) I can not stay silent anymore. I realize my thoughts, concerns and observations may mean nothing to you. If that is the case simply stop reading. For those reading on, thank you and back to your regular unscheduled program of social media to resume in a minute or two.

I can’t just take a “side” or allow a hashtag to define my grief (we all have our ways to mourn with respect). I have been contemplating and mourning the current state of the world and this country for days now. I still find it hard to find the words, but I wouldn’t be able to look myself in the mirror tomorrow if I didn’t attempt to formulate my thoughts and speak my mind and heart.

I mourn the murder of any human! The fact that we as a people use death as a political platform or an agenda is despicable. The denying of deep rooted inequality is also equally despicable! How can we foster progress and actual equality when no one is willing to listen to each other? We must be willing to be considerate and walk in one another’s shoes to find understanding. I don’t see much of that sadly, just division and disregard for one another.

What a sad, troubled and shockingly ignorant state of affairs we are caught in these days. The division between us as a people grows daily due tragic events paired alongside calculated disinformation and false flag or “wagging the dog” (look up these terms if you are not familiar and then examine certain current events that change over time). There is much outside of our history books and news reports to learn from. These days we are swallowing blindly what they feed us. Instead of uniting to stand against a common enemy (the ones in power that manipulate justice and care not for the common people).

Instead we are divided against each other! While we bicker and fight over hashtags and who’s killing who, the clandestine dismantling of this country and the world economy continues unchecked.

Racism (among many other warped and conditioned hateful thinking) is alive and well people! It is being arrogantly displayed by many on both “sides” of the current issues. Yet we are distracted by social status, fantasy games and vanity glued to our phones like zombies. We swallow manufactured media as click bait conspiracies to occupy our minds. We have been warned for decades about these times from literature, to movies and songs. Yet here we are in the midst of yet another crucial downfall and all we are doing is infighting and pointing fingers at each other. When in fact the blame lies upon those in high “authority.” Those very few at the top who oversee the passing and amending of laws, the controlling of wealth and the distribution of power ARE the divisors and dictators of the system.

We have been conditionally dumbed down, divided and controlled. This is “Idiocracy” in full effect, but the vast majority can’t see it! We have been indoctrinated and brain washed so cleverly, patiently and precisely that the vast majority are completely unaware of the state of emergency. We lash out against one another in fear and anger. Anyone trying to make a change and speak out is violently and or verbally struck down by an opposing view. It’s ether that or threatened, ridiculed or simply… silenced in death.

How many more of “US” will die before we realize the truth has been disguised?

How long do we allow those in control to manipulate us, humiliate us, steal from us and kill us like pawns in their game of power? There has got to be a better way. There has got to be a radical change. Sadly I fear the worst as it seems most are too far gone, trapped in the “matrix” as it were.

The only thing I can offer is my personal action. My lyrics in my music, my choices, the companies I support or boycott with money. The effort I will put forth to be understanding, compassionate and yes, loving when I have the strength. My faith is, that there is enough good with us all to begin to heal and help one another (even in small simple ways).
For those of you who believe in God I urge you to pray. For those of you who gather in protest and activism do so in peace. For those of you in uniform show honor and control. For those of you who have compassion and charity to give, give it in abundance. We are facing troubling times and I feel it will only get worse before it improves. In the meantime pause and think before you speak or act and ask yourself “am I a part of the problem or a part of the solution.” You can control and change the way you think and act.

Think about this, if only for a moment.

I am just a man trying to find understanding and do the best that I can to help in anyway. I will continue to strive to write lyrics and songs for ALL of us. I will strive to be an instrument of light and hope in this world of darkness (albeit a flawed, sarcastic, head case of an instrument)….but It’s all I have and all I can offer at present.

I am heartbroken for us all but I won’t give up on trying to make this world a better place one little tiny effort after another.

Be good to one another.

With respect and sincerity

Peace, love, wisdom, strength and light to all!”

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“I’m Gonna Keep Fightin’ for What I Believe Is Right”

Twelve years ago today, December 22nd 2002, I took a phone call that told me that Joe Strummer had passed away. 

He was just fifty years old and had died suddenly of a rare heart condition while at home with his family in Broomfield, Somerset.

I lost something that day, Joe had been a constant companion in my life since the late 1970’s when I first heard ‘White Riot’ played in anger, I became a fan and have remained so ever since. I played every 7″ Single and Album I could afford to buy, to destruction – often having to replace some that had become so worn and scratched, that the arm on my ageing Record Player used to dance about on the surface skipping between the tracks. I knew every word to every song on every record and cassette I owned, and voraciously absorbed the passionate and heavily political messages contained in the lyrics.

This was Thatcher’s Britain, I was in Care and was as rebellious as any other teenage lad, but while most kids my age were sniffing glue and pretending to be robots with their idiotic dancing, Joe’s music spoke my language and had narrated my life thus far. 

I became interested in and deeply involved in politician activites, usually of the more radical and militant kind, as complacency was not in my vocabulary even then. 

I read ferociously , I educated myself, disappearing for weeks inside the works of Marx and Engels (may God forgive me), and becoming ever more aware of the world around me.

This continued after leaving care, I began to travel around the country, settling in London for a decade, and grabbing life by the scruff of the neck and shaking the life out of it. 

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I saw Joe and the Clash perform many, many times during those days, and I had the privilege of meeting him on three occasions. Twice while standing at the bar of the Marquee Club, and once when we briefly chatted as he was walking down Tottenham Court Road with his dog attached to the ubiquitous piece of string that served as a lead.

He always had time for people did Joe, always ready to give himself over while putting the world to rights over a drink or a spiff. He showed young people there were alternatives to the complacency, opportunism, greed and political apathy that dominated the culture of Britain. He was the face of rebellion, his resistance shone through in both his politics and his music and remains an enduring legacy to this day.

One song in particular, ‘Clampdown,’ affected me deeply. The song is a stark account of living and working in a capitalist society. It presents the contradictions that are made to make us believe that if only we work hard, don’t complain, and don’t rock the boat, we can get ahead. Look out for number one.

The song expressed the anxieties of working-class youth only fit for menial jobs, to become part of the state’s repressive apparatus, or to join one of the many extreme right-wing and ultra violent groups.

“You grow up and you calm down
You’re working for the clampdown
You start wearing the blue and brown
You’re working for the clampdown
So you got someone to boss around
It makes you feel big now
You drift until you brutalize
You made your first kill now”

So, many, many thanks for the music and the memories Joe, and for giving this angry, aimlessly drifting young man the inspiration to find himself.

Rest In Perfect Peace Joe.

“Authority is supposedly grounded in wisdom, but I could see from a very early age that authority was only a system of control and it didn’t have any inherent wisdom. I quickly realised that you either became a power or you were crushed”

*Originally published on the Outlaw – December 22nd 2012*

SIR CLIFF RICHARD’S ISRAEL CONNECTION….

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Sir Cliff Richard, remains one of Britain’s biggest selling musical artists in past decades, selling more than 260 million copies of his many albums.

He also represented his country in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1968 and 1973.

Sir Cliff, whose name has come up several times linked with people in the Jimmy Savile investigations and who allegedly once lived with the black male calypso singer Cy Grant for some time, was also named by the Kray twins as one of Lord Boothbys ‘bum-boys’.

The Krays were well known for controlling a large number of pretty boys who were lent or rented out to homosexuals in the entertainment and political worlds.

“Grannies favourite” Sir Cliff has never once replied to any criticism that he allegedly entered the profession as a male prostitute, although rumours persist that many performers have refused to share a stage with him in the past.

The Metropolitan police have security cameras trained on the Chelsea army barracks and have also allegedly complained unofficially of Cliff Richard’s car number constantly being flagged up on numerous occasions as Sir Cliff was rumoured to be trying to chat up the soldiers.

But the most persistent rumour that annoys most people is the false facade, his pretence of being a Christian while supporting the Israeli genocide of palestinians, and killing foreign citizens in their own country who disagree with Israeli policies.

Insiders in the music business say Cliff has always been managed by Jewish financiers and could not really refuse to visit, but many others have refused in the past, Colin McCafferey on his music blog claimed that when a career is over, the ideal way to get some publicity is to visit a controversial country like Israel, but this will usually end up damaging their reputations in the UK.

Sir Cliff first performed in Israel in September 1963.

Then, as a teen idol, he was greeted at Ben-Gurion Airport by some 2,000 fans.

He returned to the Jewish state in the late 1960s, when he filmed the musical documentary “His Land,” and again in 1988 as part of Israel’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Throughout his long career, Richard had more than 100 singles in the charts, and is allegedly very difficult to recognise when he’s dressed as a woman to tell that he is in fact, male.

Richard’s arrival in Israel in the 1960s was discussed later on in a Yedioth Ahronoth article written by Emanuel Bar Kadma in 1976, which claimed that legendary producer and impresario Giora Godik chose to bring Richard to Israel as The Beatles refused.

His last visit to Israel was in 2013.

Christian groups urged him to boycott the performance

Sir Cliff’s official movements throughout his career


Admin’s Note: Sir Cliff Richard’s name – or his alleged alias – appeared on a list recently that was uploaded to the Internet, supposedly hand-written by Mary Moss and Chris Fay, in relation to the current investigation into child abuse that has been alleged to have taken place at the Elm Guest House, Rocks Lane, Barnes, London. It is my belief that the list is completely worthless as it contains many false leads, and has served as a distraction only. Chris Fay has since published a retraction as to the list’s authenticity, although some people on the internet still – of course – believe it’s genuine.