Way back in 2006, Robin Ramsay of Lobster magazine beautifully pulled the rug from under David Icke's feet.
Ramsay started with this quote from Icke in The Observer of 22 January 2006:
"In 1989, before the European elections, I was asked to go on Sky News. I went into make-up and sitting next to me was Ted Heath. He turned and scanned me and the whole of both his eyes went jet black. Was he part of the reptilian cabal? Absolutely."
Ramsay then added:
"1989 it should be noted, was two years before Icke had his encounter with the 'channeller' which began his journey towards the alien reptile thesis. He is reinterpreting his earlier life in the light, not of experience, but of his more recent beliefs"
I am reminded of the tendency for people to do the above, when reading the article by David Harvie about Class War on the Freely Associating blog. Harvie was one of those involved in Leeds Class War in the mid-1990s, and writes of the split in Class War in 1997:
"In short, we decided that Class War was incapable of making sense of the changed social and political terrain of Britain in the 1990s. It was incapable of understanding new movements, such as Reclaim the Streets and the anti-roads struggles more generally, not to mention the problematics and possibilities opened up by the Zapatistas."
I was as active as anyone in Class War in that period, and barely missed a London CW or national Federation meeting. It simply is not true to say that people fretted about 'the problematics and possibilities opened up by the Zapatistas'. The issues cited were not present in the debates at that moment in time. If anyone had wanted to hear about the anti-roads movement, they could have spoken to the London CW members active in Leytonstone in the campaign against the M11 link road.
David Harvie is reinterpreting his earlier belief, in the light of his more recent experiences. Rather like David Icke.