Helen Dale, aka Darville, aka Demidenko, has reinvented herself as the blogger known as “skepticlawyer“. Her 1995 incarnation was the Ukrainian-costumed author who claimed Jews killed her grandfather. The Hand That Signed The Paper, condemned as anti-Semitic, was subject — with other Darville writings — to plagiarism charges. Dale then enjoyed a short-lived career as a Courier-Mail columnist before her second column was found to be plagiarised.  Now a regional Queensland lawyer, “skepticlawyer” (her blog identity since June) has published a riposte to her accusers, explaining why the lefty literati (which won’t publish her) “made me determined to humiliate a group I considered spineless.”
She says she was once a Trotskyite. (“She was never a Trot,” says publisher Ian Syson, who knew Dale at UQ. “As far as we knew the furthest left she went publicly was the Democrats.”) But Dale says she’s now “made a dramatic shift to the right”. Published in Quadrant, she has joined Catallaxy, a libertarian-right blog comprising largely Centre for Independent Studies men.
 The right commentariat is a brigade of political turncoats: former Marxist Windschuttle, anarchist McGuinness, postmodernist Salusinszki, and fellow travellers Pearson, Akerman, Blair, Brunton and others. But how did someone regarded as anti-Semitic (the Australia/Israel Review branded her “a cunning, shameless liar”) get cred in these circles? Skepticlawyer has renounced “my youthful flirtation with leftist anti-Semitism” with other “leftist” canards: “anti-Americanism” and “a tendency to excuse barbarity when it’s practised by browns and blacks”. She applauds erstwhile lefties like Pamela Bone, because “like me they refuse to cut Muslims any slack.”  Dale is entitled to change her tune and move on. While “outing” a pseudonymous blogger is considered bad form, she was quickly outed from her blog photo and writings which advertised her identity. These are certain to be picked through like Lyndall Ryan’s footnotes. “Anything I say,” she has said, “is going to be sort of torn to pieces and amplified, and magnified and reduced… I’d like it to go away, but that’s not up to me. It really isn’t.” Unless she puts it in the public sphere.

Peter Fray

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