Of course we have not missed the storm that has kicked up between the man we like to call Hogan and DCG. It seems that Hogan drew three hundred and thirty first blood and Daffers replied with a rather vitriolic repartee. Lovely stuff for the net oglers as the battle seems to be hyping up.
Daffers is particularly miffed by Hogan’s appending of the label “witch” to describe her. She duly responds by, among other things raising the (subject of) the dead and opening the Lorry Sant files. Whatever the spat between the two may be (it seems to involves boyfriends, girlfriends, selective reporting and general self-aggrandising thoughts) we are more interested here in the witchy element.
Being an assiduous follower of science fiction, particularly of the otherworld kind, I have developed an affinity to the world of witches and wizards. It is thus with Faustian trepidation that I move to explain that witches are not only the subject of the middle ages.
The Witchcraft Act of 1735 (which up until the Colonial Laws Validity Act also might have applied to Malta – my constitutional law history might need polishing) was used during World War II in the Uk. It was used against Scottish spiritualist Helen Duncan who, it was alleged, was using her powers to reveal military secrets.
Police raided one of her séances and charged her with conjuring up spirits. She was found guilty and sent to Holloway Prison¹. Witchcraft of any description was not decriminalised until 1951 – although the police did raid Helen Duncan one last time in 1956.
A campaign to have Helen Duncan posthumously pardoned continues.
1 – After the verdict, Winston Churchill wrote a memo to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison, complaining about the misuse of court resources on the “obsolete tomfoolery” of the charge.