The much ridiculed world of David Icke has been shocked into real-life
turmoil by a court case that threatens to bankrupt Britain's self-styled
Icke is fighting to retain copyright of the 16 books he has written
over the same number of years. He is involved in a legal battle
with a business associate over the written work, artwork and printing
disks of his self- published tomes on the theme that we are all
victims of a sinister global campaign.
The case, which
is being fought in the US, is costing Icke huge amounts. Since
losing his job as a BBC sports commentator 15 years ago, after
he appeared on the Wogan show in a turquoise shellsuit claiming
to be the son of God, Icke has eked out a living from his bizarre
theories. He explains: "It's emotionally frustrating when you put 16 years
of work in and take enormous amounts of ridicule and now you turn
the corner and someone is trying to take it all from you." But, he
adds guardedly, things are "well on the way to being sorted".
Icke claims to have built up a worldwide following that hangs on
his every word. He still spouts his pet rants: that we are ruled
by a sinister elite called the Illuminati whose bodies are inhabited
by shape-shifting reptiles. The difference is that, apparently, more
people now agree with him.
Icke says the tide has turned because his accurate predictions of
world devastation and gloom have given him credibility.
Channel 5 is to
screen a documentary on Boxing Day called David Icke: Was He Right?
In January 1999, he wrote that "between 2000 and 2002,
the United States will suffer a major attack on a large city". In
his 1990 paperback, Truth Vibrations, he declared: "The years after
the millennium will see gathering conflict all over the world to
the point where the United Nations will be overwhelmed." And in the
same book he predicted severe hurricanes around the Gulf of Mexico
and New Orleans after 2000. "People think I'm some kind of prophet
but I'm not someone who gets my information from the ether," says
Icke. "I've been given the coordinates about how things work."