The UK's Anti-Lockdown Movement Has Welcomed David Icke and QAnon Believers - 2020-09-01
"We gather here today," says David Icke, pacing across the plinth that supports Nelson's Column, "because a dangerous disease – a deadly disease – is sweeping across this land and across this world."
Icke, white mullet flapping in the gentle breeze, is the conspiracy theorist poster boy. Now 68 years old, he's had his views ridiculed for decades – but today's post-truth society has rewarded the former Hereford United goalkeeper, turned "free thinker", a relevance he's never known before.
Today, he is the signature speaker at London's "Freedom Rally", which has drawn thousands of people to Trafalgar Square (the space holds 35,000 when full, and is nearly that). Ostensibly, they're there to protest against what they feel is an overzealous response by the UK government to the coronavirus pandemic – which, to date, has claimed over 40,000 lives in the UK alone.