Another month, another missive from Belinda. Having given up on retiring from Facebook, she’s back with another update on Sabine’s current situation on remand in prison, which sounds an awful lot like last month’s update on Sabine’s situation on remand in prison.
However, we suppose Belinda needs to keep the troops fired up, and what better way to do it than by reminding them that Sabine is suffering at the hands of the Establishment?
Holidays in Dubai?
Of course, it also helps to remind her followers that those evil “types” in Hampstead (just around the corner from her own large home in leafy Highgate, but who’s quibbling?) are “wealthy people” who can afford “holidays in Dubai and such-like luxurious resorts”.
Frankly, we doubt that this is true, but it suits Belinda’s narrative.
When Charlotte Alton Ward was running her wildly defamatory blog in the early days of the hoax, she went on numerous “tunnelling” expeditions into the lives of the people Abe and Ella had accused. The worst she could find involved pictures of fathers holding their daughters’ hands, or teachers out for a beer together on a Friday evening. The businesses she identified as having to do with the accused were, if we recall, generally small and of no particular note.
Had she found any serious money, we’re sure she’d have been bleating about it far and wide. After all, that’s what she was being paid to do.
Where the rich people are
Belinda has been pleading poverty for ages now, and possibly she’s telling the truth. Maybe she really did give all her money away to charitable causes, leaving herself without a pot to piss in…though she always seems to be able to find a few thousand pounds here or there when she needs to, so who really knows?
But we confess it does seem a bit rich (see what we did there?) for Belinda to be complaining about other people having too much money.
After all, how many of the parents, teachers, clergy, or business-people of Hampstead lived in houses like this while they were growing up? Oh wait, that’s the 19th century lithograph of the house. Here it is in a more recent shot: An easy mistake to make, as this lovely home has been in Belinda’s family since the 1700s, when it belonged to the younger brother of James Boswell, Samuel Johnson’s justly famed biographer.
The Hellfire connection
Speaking of Boswell and Johnson reminds us of their dabblings in the Hellfire Club, that exclusive club for high-society 18th century rakes, which some modern-day troofers incorrectly insist was a Satanic organisation.
Some of our longer-term readers will remember Christine Sands, the Very Loud American, joining Belinda, Neelu, Kevin Weaver, and a few friends for a group prayer meeting to cast devils out of the Hellfire Caves—which Christine blithely defaced, either unaware or uncaring that she was damaging a place of historic significance.
We wonder how she and her friends would have felt if they’d known about the Boswell connection? Funny that she never thought to mention it.
But back to Belinda…
We wonder whether Belinda’s devoted followers, many of whom seem to be economically disadvantaged themselves, are aware that their heroine’s family are the sort of people who go on hunting parties on the country estate, or own lovely vacation homes in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean?
And when she’s not busy stirring the pot to ensure her followers continue to rage against the “wealthy people” of Hampstead, Belinda still attends posh family gatherings like this one:
Just to be perfectly clear: there is absolutely no reason why Belinda or her family should not enjoy their family get-togethers.
But is it any wonder that Belinda would rather direct her followers’ ire toward the people of Hampstead than allow them a glimpse into her own relatively privileged life?And we note that her visit from the police three years ago has now morphed into a scene from a bad film, with the cop making dire comments about “wealthy people” who might ensure that Belinda had some sort of “accident”.
Funny that she didn’t mention that at the time—it would have been a real crowd-pleaser!
As for Sabine’s life in prison…
Fascinating that Belinda seems to think that this blog is trying to say Sabine should not receive a fair shake while she’s on remand in prison. We are firm believers in prisoners’ rights, and while we’ve had some discussions about exactly what those are (because none of us has ever been in prison, so we weren’t familiar with what’s allowed there), we would never say that Sabine should receive anything less than what every other prisoner of her age, and at her level of health should get.
We now understand that prisoners on remand are treated a bit differently from the convicted population, and that is as it should be: Sabine has not been found guilty in a court of law.
That said, we think it’s just a tiny bit disingenuous for Belinda to refer to Sabine’s current situation as a “pre-sentence sentence”. From what we were able to gather, every effort was made to keep her on bail in her own home, but as Belinda well knows, that proved impossible.
As always, though, we found Belinda’s post fascinating: her ability to twist and manipulate the truth to her own uses is really nothing sort of masterful. We have to hand it to her: she really does know her audience.