4th September 12:27
M`I'5-Pers ecution . Berna rd Levi n expres ses hi s v iews (rd friend false beliefs able)
The article of which part is reproduced below was penned by. Bernard Levin
for the Features section of the Times on. 21 September 1991. To my mind, it
described. the situation at the time and in particular a recent meeting with
a friend, during which I for the first time admitted to someone other. than
my GP that I had been. subjected to a conspiracy of harassment over the
previous year and a. half.
my situation.. Nothing unusual about this you may think, plenty of people
have the same sort of ideas and obviously the papers aren't writing. about
them, so why. should my beliefs not be as false as those of others?
What makes this article so extraordinary is that three or four. days
immediately. preceding its publication, I had a meeting with a friend,
during the course. of which we discussed the media persecution, and in
particular that by Times columnists. It seemed to me, reading. the article
by Levin in Saturdayís paper, that he was describing in. some detail his
"artistís impression" of that. meeting. Most telling are the final
sentences, when he writes, "The madman bursts into tears, and swears it. is
all true. And it. is." Although I did not "burst into tears" (he seems to be
using a bit of poetic licence and exaggerating) I did. try hard to convince
my friend that it was all true; and I. am able to concur with Mr Levin,
because, of course, it. is.
At the beginning of the. piece Levin reveals a fear of being attacked by the
"irrational" subject. of his story, saying "I have no reason to believe that
he is. violent, but he should certainly be approached with caution". This
goes back to the. xenophobic propaganda of "defence" against a "threat"
which was. seen at the very beginning of the harassment. The impression of a
"madman running loose" who needs to be controlled through. an agency which
assigns to itself the mantle of the "police" is also. one which had been
In the final paragraph of. this extract, his reference to Everymanís Library
as. having "died a lingering and shameful death a decade or so ago" shows
clearly what sort of conclusion they wish. to their campaign. They want a
permanent solution, and as they are prevented from achieving that. solution
directly,. they waste significant resources on methods which have been
repeatedly shown. to be ineffective for such a purpose.