Well. Here’s a tweet we never thought we’d see:
Richie? Richie Allen? Is that you, lad? The one who gushingly interviewed Sabine McNeill in February 2015 and claimed she was releasing “explosive” news about Satanic ritual abuse in the UK?
And didn’t Allen interview Sabine again, a year and a half later? He seemed no more inclined to disbelieve her than he had been the first time round:
So what happened?
How did Allen go from “Sabine McNeill is a heroine and I believe every word out of her sainted mouth” to “Brian Gerrish, the scum behind the Hampstead Hoax”?
We’re not certain, though we did tweet a request to Allen for an explanation. However, tracing his tweets backward, we noticed that in November 2018 he was challenging Brian Gerrish of UK Column over his false claims about Melanie Shaw.
Danny Jones, a recovering troofer, appeared on Allen’s show to debate the evidence behind the Hampstead hoax. Not only did Allen share Jones’ “Hoax Police” blog and his video debunking the Hampstead hoax, but at one point during the interview he stated that he believed that Gerrish had exploited Shaw:
For the last time, Melanie Shaw (God love her) wasn’t tried in secret and isn’t being imprisoned to silence her. They knew that but lied repeatedly. Bashing? Grow up. Criticism. They have been criticised. They’ll live.
While Allen didn’t seem wholly convinced of Jones’ arguments at the time, he didn’t reject them out of hand.
However, by March 2019, Allen was overtly calling Hampstead a hoax:
In both tweets, he seems to pair Shaw and Hampstead, and in each he mentions Gerrish.
So it seems possible that some of Allen’s turnaround on the Hampstead hoax might be attributable to his anger with Gerrish & Co. over Shaw—dissing Hampstead could simply be another poke in Gerrish’s eye.
This is borne out by a tweet from David Scott, one of Gerrish’s loyalists, who is irritated that Allen has refused Gerrish a “right of reply”:
Of course, the even less charitable interpretation could be that Allen switched sides definitively on 9 January 2019, the day Sabine McNeill was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Unless we hear from Allen with a clarification, we will just have to guess.