It’s becoming clearer, as each day passes, that beloved Christian singer Cliff Richard may not be quite the man we think he is.
Has Cliff hoodwinked the great British public, Jimmy Savile style, by pretending to be a wholesome, celibate, family entertainer?
Quite possibly, yes.
This disturbing article from the Mail, highlights Cliff’s infamous tightwad attitude when it comes to money.
” Tony Blackburn’s defiant broadcast of forbidden Cliff Richard songs got him temporarily suspended from his job.
So when radio bosses eventually overturned their ban, you might have expected a grand gesture of gratitude from the singer.
But it seems Sir Cliff’s idea of a big thank you amounts to just half a bottle of champagne and a card.
Blackburn, now 71, defied controllers at Classic Gold radio in 2004 when he played Summer Holiday after a bout of sunshine.
Despite the ban, which ruled that Sir Cliff’s music did not match the station’s ‘brand values’, the DJ continued to play his tracks because of positive responses from listeners.
He was suspended, but after fans inundated the radio station with complaints and MP Peter Hain, then Leader of the Commons, voiced his support, Classic Gold relented.
During an interview on ITV1’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Blackburn said: ‘It struck me as being rather stupid, being on a 60s, 70s and 80s station – Cliff Richard has had over 100 hit records – not to be playing Cliff Richard.’
Morgan suggested that the 73-year-old pop star ‘must have been incredibly grateful’, asking: ‘Did he send you anything?’
Blackburn replied: ‘He sent me a thank-you card and half a bottle of champagne.'”
In an even nastier incident, Cliff refused to help his former band member, Jet Harris when he was dying from cancer:
” Jet Harris’s manager last night accused Sir Cliff Richard of being a ‘bloody hypocrite’.
Peter Stockton launched his vitriolic attack after Harris, an original member of Sir Cliff’s backing band The Shadows, died from throat cancer aged 71.
He claimed Sir Cliff had failed to offer Harris financial help for medical treatment – despite a close friend of Harris’s writing to the singer.
Mr Stockton, 63, who managed Harris for the last two years of his life and announced his death on Friday, said: ‘This man is meant to be a born-again Christian and humanitarian, but he’s just a bloody hypocrite.
‘Cliff was contacted 18 months ago, by a friend of Jet named Audrey, about Jet’s cancer.
‘She explained that Jet didn’t have the necessary funds to get specialist treatment and wondered if Cliff might be able to be of assistance in some way or other.
‘It wasn’t a direct request for cash although I suppose the intimation was there. Anyone with any common sense would have said, “Okay, he needs some money for specialist treatment”.
‘Audrey just got a letter back saying something like, “I’m sorry to hear about Jet, I suggest that he contact the Macmillan cancer people for help”.’
‘It wasn’t even signed by Cliff, but instead by someone in his office, which is absolutely disgusting.’
Mr Stockton went on: ‘If Jet had had specialist treatment straight away, there could well have been a different outcome, but he couldn’t afford it… though Cliff certainly could.
‘Why didn’t Cliff offer Jet something? It’d be the equivalent of me dropping 5p out of my pocket. It was like kicking a man when he’s down. I feel very, very angry about the sequence of events. How Cliff can sleep at night is beyond my comprehension. Sir Cliff Richard? Oh dear!’”
Of course being known as a tight-fisted, twisted piece of filth, is the very least of Cliff’s worries.
Rumours abound that he is linked to notorious boy-brothel the Elm Guest House, where vulnerable children were trafficked from local cares homes to be abused by VIPs.
He may also be linked to the BBC paedophile ring, which was run by Jimmy Savile.
Jill Dando was investigating the ring shortly before her murder and would most certainly have told her close chum Cliff what she knew. Did this contribute to her death?
In strange twist, Cliff was interviewed by the Met police on several occasions following the shooting and was one of the last people to have spoken to Jill on that fateful day in Fulham.
Some voices claim that both Cliff and Jimmy Savile were employed by the Intelligence Services and their disguises as family entertainer and “Christian” singer were thought up by MI5.
As we’ve now discovered, Savile was able to abuse, and possibly murder, children for nigh-on 50 years by hiding behind his false identity.
Has Cliff Richard been doing the same?
Is the real Cliff about to be revealed, after all these years?
We haven’t got a bloody clue.