David Icke and his Frightened Followers

David Icke was on This Morning today and I have to applaud Philip Schofield for his unshakeably straight face. I’ve never seen anyone look so thoughtful and interested during such a weak, jumbled and bollocks-filled interview. Holly Willoughby, bless her, just looked a bit scared. And I think she’s right to be.

David Icke is – and let’s not beat about the bush, here – clearly a raving lunatic. If you want me to be less mean, he’s clearly suffering some kind of mental illness brought on by the evident emotional breakdown he suffered some years ago. He’s obviously a passionate and charismatic man and I have nothing against him personally, I’m sure he’s very nice. But his theories are nothing short of frightening. Not frightening to the public, but frightening to him (and, yes, the large chunk of the public who buy into his paranoid fantasies). 

Once upon a time he was all about uncovering secrecy and corruption among those who hold the power in the world; an admirable, if unwinnable, quest. But then, almost out of the blue, he decided that these powerful “puppet-masters” were alien lizards using holographic mind control to project their human appearance into our minds. I shan’t mention his brief claims that he was (or could be) the messiah.

I was only young when Icke last appeared sane. I don’t remember him as a crusader for freedom and truth, only as an enemy of the lizard-men. Which is obviously a load of rubbish, I’m sure we can all agree. 

Then, one night in the early naughties, David Icke saw a movie called The Matrix, which as you know suggests that reality is false and that we are living in a digitally constructed world known only to a chosen few, controlled by giant robots. On seeing this movie, as he admits himself, Icke decided that this must be the truth and that we are in fact living in a holographic world projected into our minds in wave form by [someone] and that unless we all wake up and accept this truth we will forever exist in this virtual prison.

And there I lose all kinds of understanding. It’s with this blatant piece of plagiarism that I stop listening and start laughing. If I were to watch Men In Black and then claim adamantly that the truth is our galaxy is nothing but a marble in a cosmic game played by gigantic alien beings you’d all say “fuck off, you just saw that on the telly!” 

So why aren’t Icke’s fans saying the same to him? Surely they can’t ALL be a delusional as him? Surely they can’t ALL be that stupid? Well, apparently they are. Run a quick search on Twitter for Icke’s name or any of his buzzwords and you’ll discover many people who absolutely believe every word he says.

The more intelligent of them counter Icke’s critics’ attacks by saying something like “Surely a belief in God, a magical man in the sky, accepted as absolutely true by countless religions is much more far-fetched than anything Icke says?” and they’re right… Except it’s not MUCH MORE far-fetched, but EQUALLY far-fetched. You see, religious people disagree with Icke because their own ingrained truth about the world clashes drastically with Icke’s. Non-religious people see both the Icke theory and religious theory as unacceptably unbelievable. That argument only works on similarly delusional people.

Some people watch Icke and treat him as a clown, a figure of ridicule, someone you’re allowed to laugh at. We’ve all laughed at him, I’m sure. But there’s nothing very fair about doing so. I genuinely believe that he genuinely believes the things he says. This is why I think he is mentally ill. I don’t think he’s in it for the money (although he’s getting an awful lot of that from his gullible crowds. He claims humbly, in many interviews, that he has no need or want of the money he makes, that he lives a quiet life in a two-room flat in Ryde on the Isle Of Wight. He rarely makes mention of his other properties in London, LA and elsewhere).

I wonder often whether there’s anything anyone can do to help this poor, frightened man. His paranoia and bizarre, outlandish theories on authority are surely the result of intense emotional stress or psychological damage! He thinks the Queen is a lizard and there’s nothing anyone can say to change his mind. When I dared to criticise his beliefs one of his fans offered the following reply:

@gabundy so what research have you done to prove him wrong then? I’m guessing somewhere between none and zilch? @davidicke

I told him I had an invisible dog and that unless he could prove otherwise he had to believe me without questioning my claim at all. I’ve not had a response. The sad thing is that during my searches I’ve come across some really nice, seemingly intelligent people who also believe that Icke is spot on. How can I take anything they say seriously? 

No, David Icke’s theories are either plucked from thin air or from Hollywood blockbuster movies – and nobody seems to care either way! Not even David Icke can give answers to what the hell he’s on about. His lectures are ten hours long and he speaks without notes! But that doesn’t make him an impressive figure but a rambling, egotistical one who loves the sound of his own voice. I don’t think he has a video on YouTube shorter than 90 minutes long. 

Some people will believe anything you tell them. These people are making Icke a rich man.


  1. I don’t agree with everything Icke says. I like to listen to what people say, however improbable to gain an understanding of what people believe or don’t believe. Whatever you may say of him, he sells out venues and many people listen to him.

    I don’t see many people posting responses on this blog, stating that you have anything deep and meaningful to say. Leave people to their own beliefs and get on with your own life.

    1. To be honest, I don’t get many people commenting on any posts I write, but it’s not about getting the most Likes or Shares or Comments. I write what I think – I write opinion-pieces about things I think are interesting. Icke interests me. He’s a fascinating man and the fact he sells out huge venues says a lot about society, I think. I write this blog as a hobby so, by writing this, I AM getting on with my own life. If you actually mean “don’t question or criticise David Icke”, however, I can’t acquiesce – EVERYTHING should be questioned. The most important question in the world is simply “Why?” and it should be asked of everything and everyone. Icke is a controversial, fascinating public figure with one hell of a back-story and I wrote this (a long time ago – thanks for digging it out!) because HE interests ME. Hope that clarifies the “Why?” in this instance…

      …thanks for reading it though 🙂

  2. I don’t really do comments, but this one is important to me and since you’re not inundated I thought you wouldn’t mind my little tale.

    Im a woman in my late forties, an enquiring mind and generally have a healthy skeptical mind. I was dragged up against my will in the cult of Jehovahs witlesses (yes the type is deliberate 😉 lol) I didnt buy any of it. I rebelled against it heavily and went on a long search for any truth that may be out there. Especially anything that disproved religion.

    I was so intrigued about all the publicity of David Icke that I wanted to see what was creating such a storm. So I gave Icke a fair shot, to see what he had to say. I was surprised by what I watched and read, he seemed nothing like the nutjob Id expected, and some things he said actually made sense to me. I dipped my toe in and tentitively watched a bit more, then a bit more until I was suckered in. Although I didn’t blindly believe everything he said, I did find it very unnerving as to how believable at least some of it was; I mean being controlled by forces lacking in empathy who are using us as slaves and feeding off our energy. This isnt so nuts as it first appears. Could be, I thought. It did seem to neatly explain lots of things.

    I did battle with mixed feelings about it all, and very quickly it was scaring the crap out of me. I wanted to think he’s crazy, but now I think he’s being fooled. By those ‘guys’ he channels. They are using him to screw with us. And it works. It made me afraid, depressed and paranoid. Until then I was a happy hippie, at worst I was a disillusioned altruist – certainly not a conspiracy theorist! lol, What was happening to my head? I felt so unhappy and hopeless. Wow

    The thing that snapped me out of it was interesting… you’ll like this bit. I’d been a fan of the artwork of Alex Grey; beautiful and trippy artwork which I discovered through the band Tool. I had no idea Grey is such a nut job though…until I came across his cult and temple. Wow. Scary stuff. I thought he was a visionary, a genius… he is derranged.
    I always did think Grey looked insane, his eyes are wild; but I told myself that people who do ayausha have this same glazed look about them afterward. I believed they had seen so many amazing things that they were now radiating wisdom. LOL oh no… that glassy look in their eyes is either possession or insanity. Maybe even both. I cant believe I actually used to envy this and longed to save up and do the trip to the Amazon and do it myself. I am SOOO pleased I never had the cash!! Phew…. a close escape

    David’s always attacking the occult, illuminati symbolism, etc and yet his best friend is the epitome of it all…. he wears the pendant of the illuminati eye in the triange etc, along with a language not of this earth. Something very bad is afoot here…. he is either making the whole cult up, has a great imagination and is very clever; or he has tapped into something. Either way my gut screams ‘stay well away’ this is not good.

    The fact that Icke is his friend it just didn’t add up. Something is definitely off there. Using his imagary for his books as well…. surely he is opposed to all that??? My blood ran cold and I dropped reading his new book, like a hot potato. I wont read another word now. Im shuddering at the thought of how much it sucked me in. Before I found Icke I was Pagan, happily into the new age. I loved sacred geometry, orgonite, yoga etc. Now I dont know what to trust anymore so everything is out for me; all symbols and all rituals, no more deity honouring, and no more sabbats. I have no idea if any of it is harmless, or helpful anymore so I just play very safe.

    Conclusion: That rabbit hole changed me. Some things Im thankful for (such as big pharma awareness, jabs, fluoride, and the education system. Im very careful about what goes in my system, and what I expose myself to. And I wont be in the queue for implants any time soon! lol. But the rest of his stuff really screwed with me. And now I can’t un-know. It will take a long time for me to truly recover.

    I don’t sleep well since. I have nightmares, I now have anxiety and depression about the state of the world, and the fear of ‘what if its true?’ crap. (I know, I know). I can’t go back to my old self. Did he do me a favour, and save me from the a soul trap? Or did a possessed madman brainwash me with his paranoia and lies.?? I think the latter makes logical sense of course, however I cannot be certain of anything now. And that, my friend is the scary bit. AND I cant believe I was so keen that I even talked my loved ones into reading his crap too!! (holds my head in shame at gullability) . Some went into the rabbit hole with me… and now they are depressed and confused too. Im slapping my forehead right now. At least I stopped…..

    Guess that was a mini novel… oops 🙂 Tell me your thoughts

    1. Wow. Thank you so much for your story! Such an interesting situation – I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have your mind twisted in that way by charismatic and persuasive people. Especially when you come around to seeing that it has happened. Horrifying. I hope you’re okay. Thanks for reading. G.

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