This Is A Nightmare For All Of Us

As promised in my post ‘A Celebration Of Dafydd’s Medical Training’, I’m going to discuss a few more of the Top Docs who Supported people trafficker Wendy Savage when she Fought The Male Medical Establishment in 1985-86 ie. was the leading lady in the stage-managed 100% rigged Row Between Doctors As To The Management Of Childbirth, that served as a highly effective smokescreen when the police desperately tried to move in on a cartel of corrupt professional people involved with serious organised crime rendered untouchable because of the presence of so many Top Docs and senior lawyers among their ranks.

Wendy and the Top Docs who pretended to Fight Wendy were based at the London Hospital, although a number of them held joint appointments with Bart’s. The employer was Tower Hamlets Health Authority and the corruption was so pervasive and had been in place for so long, that there won’t have been anyone working for Tower Hamlets unaware of what was going on. Everyone in middle management upwards will have been fully on board with the criminal gang that was operating within that Health Authority.

Previous posts have discussed how Wendy was Supported by her old mucker Geoffrey ‘Bodger’ (a rugby nickname, Bodger being a south Walian who dined out on his love for rugby) Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School. Bodger’s pal Ollie Brooke, the Prof of Paediatrics at St George’s, was under investigation by the police when the Male Medical Establishment shafted Wendy. Ollie was convicted of child porn offences and jailed in Dec 1986, on the very day that Dafydd and the Gang unlawfully banged me up in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Ollie was portrayed in Court and in the media as a sad man, a Medical Genius who had Given So Much who’s life was now in tatters because of a Silly Mistake.

The reality was that Ollie was a key player in a pan-European paedophile ring; he imported, exported and made huge quantities of child porn and he only came under police investigation when a technician went to look for something in Ollie’s office in St George’s and found that every cupboard in there was packed with child porn. A search was conducted of Ollie’s other office and all the cupboards in there were packed with child porn as well. Furthermore Ollie hadn’t conducted any research for years, except for a paper co-authored with his mates from St George’s, published in a journal of which one of their mates was the Editor some two-three weeks before Ollie’s appearance at Kington-upon-Thames Crown Court in Dec 1986.

So the Court was told of the genius of a paediatrician who was found with a few naughty pics and who would never be the same again. Kingston Crown Court and Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane at Ollie’s appeal against sentence (not conviction, because Ollie pleaded guilty) both received literally hundreds of letters from Ollie’s colleagues, many of them from some of the biggest names in Top Doctoring in the world, testifying that Ollie was a great bloke, gosh this is so out of character and Ooh we didn’t know. With a touch of 

It worked like a dream, Ollie’s sentence was reduced at appeal in May 1987, Geoffrey Lane likened Ollie’s role in the international child porn trade as being rather like someone collecting cigarette cards no less and Ollie was freed, certainly by June 1987.

After release, Shamed Ollie who’s Life Was Now In Tatters continued socialising with his old mates at St George’s and even published a few articles with them, including one with Bodger! The timing of those articles were as interesting as that article that was published just before Ollie’s day in Kingston Crown Court in Dec 1986. One was published literally two weeks or so before Bodger offered me a job that sounded wonderful and a small number of articles were published by Ollie et al while I worked at St George’s. The articles stopped when I was forced out of medical research in Jan-Feb 1991. Furthermore, I sat in the tearoom at St George’s and Ollie was discussed in my presence as a ghost of whom no-one had heard since he was jailed more than two years previously. Throughout that time, some of the people with whom I was working were publishing papers with Ollie. Ollie gave his affiliation as the Dept of Paediatrics/Child Health, St George’s Hospital Medical School on each of the papers. The papers were published in high profile Top Docs journals all of whose readers would have known that Ollie had been jailed in Dec 1986. See the source imageSee ‘Too Many Pills’ for the extraordinary publishing history of Ollie and his pals.

Ollie’s appeal was heard in May 1987, but a veil was drawn over exactly when Ollie was released, because this was a most political appeal, there was a General Election scheduled for 11 June 1987… But Ollie was definitely out of jail shortly after Thatch was re-elected.

Thatch’s win in June 1987 defied polls and has been attributed to people being too ashamed to admit that they intended to vote Tory, the Tories being seen as a toxic brand.

I am fairly sure that I know the real explanation. Previous posts have discussed in detail the huge conspiracy by the Gang to frame me for a serious offence and imprison me shortly after the 1987 General Election. My documentation shows that Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities were in on it, so were the North Wales Police, solicitors in north Wales, the Home Office, See the source imageRisley Remand Centre and the Mental Health Act Commission.  It was brilliant, these folk even had the letters typed and ready to send to various people informing them that I was now in Risley having Attempted To Stab A Doctor. I only found that out because Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities and the Mental Health Act Commission didn’t realise that the police had to release me after arrest when it became clear that Top Docs had lied and the pre-prepared letters were sent out as soon as I was hauled off to Bangor Police Station explaining that I was now in Risley Remand Centre, so my complaints could be ignored. Image result for peter higson images

All the leaders of the main British political parties knew about this Cunning Plan and their side-kicks did as well. See the source imageThe foolish old Windbag and Dr Death really believed that they might have a chance of beating Thatch and Plaid were personally friends with the lying bastards who were on the ground in north Wales getting their hands dirty so to speak. Meanwhile the BMA  and their buddies I am sure did what they did when they wanted Heath to win in 1970; they put out the order – but not in public on in the media as they did with Heath in 1970 – to bloody well vote for Thatcher, because I and my friends had the evidence that could bring the Top Docs’ cartel down and Tories in Somerset who knew us and were not well-disposed to us were being used to further shaft us, principally me, but a few of my friends as well. Then Thatch herself would be thrown overboard soon, because the Top Docs hated her, even the Tory Top Docs…

The Cunning Plan had to be amended when the 1987 conspiracy went off at half-cock, but another Cunning Plan was hatched and Geoffrey Howe led the charge later in 1990, assisted by Bodger and the crew from the London medical schools who had me in their clutches because I was working in Bodger’s team by then. Thatch was out in Nov 1990 and my career was wrecked within weeks, as were the careers of two friends who stood by me. 

Fight The Tory Cuts! 

I think that Wedgie Benn missed a few opportunities with regard to that, as did my Posh Relative by marriage, Lord Gnome’s daughter Lord Piercy 1945.jpgPenelope who worked for Wedgie Benn when he was Wilson’s Minister of Technology in the late 1960s.

‘So how will you be voting in June?’ ‘Ooh Somerville of course.’

Dame Janet Vaughan, Principal of Somerville College, Oxford, 1945-67, at the inaugural meeting of the Nuffield Foundation in 1943:


Dame Janet was a Top Doctor who undertook her clinical training at UCH/UCL, as did as did Bodger. Dame Janet grew up in Bristol, the daughter of in a Bloomsbury family, a product of several generations of impressive excess, of ‘Male Love’, of erotic poetry a la Michelangelo and allegations that male members of her circle were Corrupting Choirboys. See ‘A Celebration Of Dafydd’s Medical Training’.

Lord Gnome was a Governor of the Peckham Experiment in 1949, along with Lord Mountbatten, a Person Of Low Morals, the Peckham Experiment being a  sort of project to promote Healthy Living managed and supported by many of the big names in medicine at the time. Gnome also served as Chairman of the Wellcome Trust, 1960-65 and his close female relatives went to Somerville, unless they went to the LSE. So Gnome and Dame Janet no doubt did a bit of nose-rubbing.

 

So, to return to a few more Docs who Supported Brave Wendy in 1985-86 then, as well as Bodger, Tony Jewell and Marion Hall as discussed in previous posts. One Doc who was at the centre of the cartel in Tower Hamlets and will have played a major role in the ring and in the charade that was the Savage Enquiry was the District Medical Officer for Tower Hamlets Health Authority, Jean Richards. Jean Richards was the most senior administrative doc for the Health Authority, but I have not been able to trace her. Like a few others in the middle of this bunfight, including Sir Francis Cumberlege, the then Chairman of Tower Hamlets Health Authority, there is no evidence online that Jean Richards ever existed. But Jean had remained remarkably quiet when the world did know that she existed. See the source image

One Top Doc who was such a Loyal Supporter of Wendy’s that he receives a special thank you in the book of Wendy’s True Story was Luke Zander, who at the time of the Savage Inquiry was Senior Lecturer in General Practice at Tommy’s. Like Jean Richards, Luke seems to have been erased from the web, but Luke definitely existed (he’s starred in previous posts on this blog as well) because there are records of Luke I. Zander’s publications. Luke Zander co-authored (along with many of his colleagues) at least two academic articles in 1986 and 1987 and gave his affiliation as the Dept of General Practice, United Medical and Dental Schools ie. Tommy’s and Guy’s after they merged.

One of Luke’s volumes published in 1981:

An offering from Luke and Bodger, published in 1984, the year that I complained about Gwynne:

Luke Zander contributed to this effort published by Bodger in 1992:

Pregnancy Care in the 1990's: Proceedings of a Symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine, April 1991

Luke was the son of Walter Zander (8 June 1898-7 April 1993), a German-British lawyer, scholar and writer. Walter Zander was Secretary of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem 1944-71, Governor of the University 1972-93 and Senior Associate Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, 1971-88.

The son of a prominent Erfurt lawyer, during World War I, Walter Zander served as a non-commissioned officer in the German Army and was awarded the Iron Cross. After WW II, Zander went on to study law, philosophy and economics in Jena and Berlin. After a brief period as an assistant to one of the leading lawyers in Berlin, Walter set up his own practice in the city. In 1929, Zander took a one-year leave from his practice to study economics at the LSE Lord Piercy 1945.jpgand the Sorbonne University.

Walter Zander married Gretl Magnus in Berlin in 1931 and they had three sons and a daughter. Of Jewish heritage, Zander emigrated with his family to the UK in 1937. Still a German citizen, Zander was interned for ten months as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man during World War II.

Zander’s wife Gretl was the daughter of the famous Top Doc Rudolf Magnus.

Rudolf Magnus (2 September 1873, Brunswick-25 July 1927, Pontresina) was a German pharmacologist and physiologist. He studied medicine, specialising in pharmacology, in Heidelberg, where he became Associate Professor of Pharmacology in 1904. In 1908 Magnus became the first Professor of Pharmacology in Utrecht, where he spent the rest of his working life.

In 1901, while in Germany, Magnus discovered the diuretic effect of the excretions of the pituitary gland. From 1908, Rudolf Magnus worked on the physiology of posture and muscle tension, research that made him world famous. His most famous book, Körperstellung describes the reflexes involved in mammal posture. The Magnus & De Kleijn reflexes are named after Magnus and his colleague Adriaan de Kleijn (1883–1949) ie. the head and neck reflexes of mammals that cause the body to follow automatically when the head moves. Magnus also researched the reflexes of the intestines and phenomena such as motion sickness.

The pharmacological research of Rudolf Magnus was focussed on the effect of medication on the heart, blood vessels, lungs and the gastrointestinal tract. Thus he studied the effects of narcotics, as well as poison gasses on the lungs. Magnus conducted the poison gas study during World War I when he served as an army doctor in Germany.

Note for the uninitiated: Magnus’s research will have involved much cruelty to animals as well as people.

Magnus was very fond of ice skating and would give his whole laboratory staff time off when the temperature was below freezing.

Originally the Pharmacology Dept in Utrecht was housed in an old hospital for victims of the plague (built in 1567). Magnus convinced the Rockefeller Foundation to give him the money to build a new laboratory. In 1926, Magnus laid the first stone for this new institute in Utrecht on the Vondellaan, named Nieuw Leeuwenbergh. In 1968, David de Wied renamed the building the Rudolf Magnus Institute. Due to his death in 1927 Rudolf Magnus never worked there himself.

The Rudolf Magnus Institute for Neuroscience still exists and is one of the research institutes of the University Medical Center Utrecht, where neuroscientific research is performed. The Anatomical Museum in Utrecht houses Rudolf Magnus’ archive.

Magnus had five children: Karl (1903-1989), a lung specialist; Walter Zander’s wife Margarete (Gretl) (1905-1968), who worked as his secretary and translator; Dorothea who died aged 11; Erica (1909-1991), an architect; and Otto (1913-2014), a neurologist.

Walter Zander died in April 1993. Readers may remember from previous posts that there was quite a rush to Pass Over To The Other Side on the part of witnesses to the wrongdoing of the Gang at about that time. Dame Janet Vaughan died on 9 Jan 1993 and Lord Kenyon, who along with his son Thomas, had certain tastes that Thomas at least satisfied by using services provided by Dafydd and Gwynne died in May 1993. Thomas died from AIDS earlier in 1993 but no-one will admit exactly when.

In April 1993, F and I were in the process of being charged and committed for trial later on in 1993 after Jackie Brandt the Gwynedd social worker told the police yet another pack of lies about us.

 

This is the biography issued after Walter Zander’s death:

WALTER ZANDER, lawyer and scholar, died on 7 April, aged 94. His father had been a lawyer. His mother, a gifted amateur painter and sculptor, perished in the Holocaust.

Born in 1898 in Erfurt, Germany, his life spanned the whole of this century and its immense changes, in some of which he was himself deeply involved. In particular, for decades and until the end of his life he worked and wrote on political, religious and legal developments in the Middle East.

As a student he read classics at Jena University, but he was soon conscripted and fought in the First World War on both the Eastern and the Western Fronts. He won the Iron Cross for gallantry in action. After the war he studied law and started a law practice in Berlin. Music was always a central part of his life. In his youth he studied at the Conservatory in Erfurt. He was at the time of his death almost certainly the last person alive to have played under Arthur Nikisch, legendary conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and friend of Brahms. All four members of his Berlin student quartet immigrated to England and continued to play together for decades.

His scholarly impulses were always evident. Early in his professional career he took time off his legal practice to study economics at the London School of Economics. In the early 1930s he wrote several articles and pamphlets on monetary policy. In 1930, he married Gretl Magnus, daughter of the well-known physiologist Rudolf Magnus. She shared and nurtured his love of family and community life. They started their family in Berlin, but by 1937, as a result of the Nazi persecution, they immigrated to England with their three young children, Michael, Luke and Angelica. Benjamin, their fourth child, was born in 1939.

In 1944, Walter Zander became Secretary of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a job he held for 27 years and which he expanded far beyond its original role of fund-raising. In particular, seeing the importance for Israel of developing strong external cultural and political links, he took the lead in fostering and developing Asian and African studies at the University. On his retirement as Secretary of the Friends he became a Governor of the University.

One of his principal concerns over years was the attitude of Israel toward the Arabs. In 1948, his pamphlet ‘Is this the Way?’ addressed the problem of both securing the new State of Israel and making proper arrangements, including compensation, for the indigenous Palestinian population. Leo Baeck, former Chief Rabbi of Berlin, commenting on the pamphlet, wrote: ‘I was time and again moved by the courage, the straightforwardness, and the accuracy of your arguments.’ The pamphlet led to an invitation from Mahatma Gandhi to participate as the only Jew in a conference on world conflict situations held in India.

Mahatma with Persons Of Low Morals:

In 1972, at the age of 72, he retired from the Friends, as he said ‘to devote his remaining years to study’.

Principally through his close friend for more than fifty years, the Arab scholar the late Albert Hourani, he became Senior Associate Fellow of St Anthony’s College, attached to the Middle East Centre. The connection with St Anthony’s in his seventies and eighties was for him the culmination of his intellectual life.

The Warden of St Anthony’s, 1968-87, was Sir Albert Raymond Maillard Carr FBA FRHS FRSL (11 April 1919-19 April 2015), an historian specialising in the history of Spain, Latin America and Sweden.

Raymond Carr was born on 11 April 1919 in Bath, Somerset and was educated at Brockenhurst School, in the New Forest, Hampshire. Carr then studied at Christ Church, Oxford. Carr was briefly a lecturer at UCL, 1945–46, before returning to Oxford as a Fellow of All Souls College, 1946–53. Carr was next a Fellow of New College, 1953–64, then Director of Oxford’s Latin American Centre, 1964–1968 and Oxford University’s Professor of the History of Latin America, 1967–68.

New College, Oxford was a recruiting ground for the British security services and Richard Crossman studied there and worked at New College as a don before he was elected as the Labour MP for Coventry in 1945. It was when Wedgie Benn was at New College that Crossman recruited Wedgie Benn into the security services… 

Don’t worry about it Wedgie Benn, you didn’t quite manage to achieve that, your loyalty to a Gang of sex offenders and the Ladies Of Somerville who were Of The Right Set took priority. Wedgie Benn showed a high degree of class loyalty, his family were aristos and his dad was an MP when the Posh really knew how to Swing, Bertrand and Bloomsbury-style. 

Raymond Carr became a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 1964, Sub-Warden of the College in 1966 and Warden in 1968, a position he held until his retirement in 1987. After his retirement from Oxford, Carr was King Juan Carlos Professor of Spanish History at New York University in 1992.

Carr’s successor as Warden of St Antony’s was LSE’s Mr Big, Lord Ralf Dahrendorf. Dahrendorf described Carr’s tenure of the post as Warden as the College’s ‘Fiesta days’. Well I’m appalled, to think that Sir Raymond was busy with ‘Readers Wives’ instead of the Finer Things…

A Fellow of the British Academy since 1978, in 1983 Carr was awarded the Order of Alfonso X el Sabio by King Juan Carlos of Spain and in 1999 the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

Carr wrote for The Spectator in 2007 – “I am old-fashioned and aged enough to believe that the best history is the work of the lone individual.” His recreation was fox hunting, about which he wrote two books, English Fox Hunting: A History (1976), a comprehensive history of fox-hunting from medieval times, and, with his wife Sara Carr, Fox-Hunting (1982).

Raymond Carr was also:

  • Member of the National Theatre Board, 1968–1977
  • Chairman of the Society for Latin American Studies, 1966–1968
  • Corresponding Member of the Spain’s Royal Academy of History (Real Academia de la Historia), Madrid.

In 1950, Carr married Sara Ann Mary Strickland, daughter of Algernon Walter Strickland and of Lady Mary Pamela Madeline Sibell Charteris. Sara Strickland’s maternal grandfather was Hugo Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss, and one of her great-grandfathers was Percy Wyndham (1835–1911), a Conservative politician who was one of The Souls.

Hugo Richard Charteris, 11th Earl of Wemyss and 7th Earl of March DL (25 August 1857-12 July 1937), styled Lord Elcho from 1883 to 1914, was a Scottish Conservative politician. He was the fifth but eldest surviving son of The 10th Earl of Wemyss and his wife, Lady Anne Frederica Anson. His sister, Evelyn Charteris, was married to The 4th Viscount de Vesci; their only child (Mary Gertrude Vesey) was the second wife of Aubrey Herbert (second son of The 4th Earl of Carnarvon), whose daughter Laura Herbert married the writer Evelyn Waugh and was the mother of Auberon Waugh.

Bron was of course a journo and satirist of a right wing bent who lived at Combe Florey near Taunton when I lived in Somerset. Bron took the piss out of Mr Thrope and those we know and love but his loyalty to his traditional circle prevailed, although he did make it known that Evelyn wasn’t up to much as a dad. Bron was a ‘Private Eye’ regular and he knew about Peter Morrison, Dafydd, Gwynne et al when he appeared on ‘Question Time’ saying that Thatch was a force for good. Bron lived in Edward du Cann’s constituency, near du Cann. I imagine that as with Thatch, Bron couldn’t bear to dissent. Or he might have just been terrified, this lot murdered people and du Cann’s mate Tiny Rowland owned everything.

When I was in the first year at UCNW, I used to pop over to Plas Gwyn, a neighbouring hall of residence, to visit my friends Phil and Hugh. I had no idea that we were all under surveillance but one day we were talking Ridiculous Degrees of Capitalism and I said to Hugh and Phil that as far as I could see, Tiny Rowland owned the whole world. I didn’t know at the time that Tiny Rowland was a mate and business partner of Edward du Cann, who was a mate of the Gang that ran UCNW. Within a few years of us graduating, Phil’s career in research had been wrecked and Hugh was severely disabled – virtually completely paralysed – with a neurological condition. Ah the doctors did their best but ooh it’s a serious problem.

Hugo Charteris’s father was the eldest son, and heir, of The 9th Earl of Wemyss (and 5th Earl of March). His mother was a daughter of The 1st Earl of Lichfield (and 2nd Viscount Anson).

Hugo entered Parliament for Haddingtonshire in 1883 (succeeding his father), but lost his seat in the 1885 General Election. He returned to the House of Commons in the 1886 General Election as one of two representatives for Ipswich, a seat he held until 1895. Hugo succeeded his father in the two earldoms in 1914 and served as Lord-Lieutenant of Haddingtonshire, 1918-37

In 1883, Hugo married Mary Constance Wyndham (1862–1937), daughter of the Hon. Percy Scawen Wyndham and sister of George Wyndham. They were both two of the original members of The Souls. His married life was detailed in the book The Wild Wyndhams by Claudia Renton. Among their children were:

Captain Hugo Francis Charteris, Lord Elcho (1884–1916), killed in action during the Great War, whilst serving with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He married Lady Violet Catherine Manners, the daughter of Henry Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland, in 1911.

  • The Hon. Guy Lawrence Charteris (1886–1967).
  • Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn Charteris (1887–1960), a writer who married Herbert Asquith (1881–1947), son of the Liberal PM H. H. Asquith.
  • The Hon. Colin Charteris (1889–1892), who died young.
  • Lady Mary Pamela Madeline Sibell Charteris (1895–1991), who married married Capt. Algernon Walter Strickland (1891–1938), son of Algernon Henry Peter Strickland, in 1915. After his death, she married Maj. John George Lyon, son of John Stewart Lyon, 4th of Kirkmichael, in 1943.
  • Second Lieutenant The Hon. Yvo Alan Charteris (1896–1915), also killed in action during the Great War.
  • Lady Irene Corona Charteris (1902–1989), who married Ivor Windsor-Clive, 2nd Earl of Plymouth (1889–1943).
  • By 1912, Lady Angela Forbes was Hugo’s mistress, sharing his house in East Lothian, while his wife lived at Stanway in Gloucestershire. Although Hugo and his mistress lived together for many years, he remained married, and his wife became Countess of Wemyss when he inherited the earldom. She died in April 1937, aged 74. Lord Wemyss survived her by three months and died in July of the same year, aged 79.

Lord Wemyss was succeeded in his titles by his grandson David; his sons, Captain Hugo Francis Charteris and Lt Yvo Alan Charteris having been killed in action during the First World War. Hugo’s second son was Martin Charteris, Baron Charteris of Amisfield.

Martin Charteris married the Hon. Mary Margesson (a daughter of the 1st Viscount Margesson) on 16 December 1944 in Jerusalem and they had three children. He retired from the Army in 1951. In 1950, Charteris was appointed Private Secretary to Princess Brenda, who was then Duchess of Edinburgh and heir presumptive to the British throne. From Brenda’s accession in 1952 until 1972, Martin Charteris served as Brenda’s Assistant Private Secretary under Sir Michael Adeane. On Adeane’s retirement in 1972, Charteris was promoted to Private Secretary. He held this post until his retirement in 1977 and returned to Eton as its Provost. He was granted the honour of being a Permanent Lord in Waiting.

Charteris caused a stir in an interview that he gave to The Spectator in 1995, in which he described Fergie as “vulgar”; Carlo as “whiny”; and the Queen Mum Gawd Bless ‘Er as “a bit of an ostrich”, who doesn’t look at what she doesn’t want to see. Neither did Martin Charteris, he didn’t mention Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist, the rent boy ring run by Backdoor Billy the Queen Mum Gawd Bless Er’s loyal retainer (who died from AIDS), Jimmy Savile’s close friendship with Carlo or Lord Snowdon and Ma’am Darling utilising the services of Gwynne, Dafydd and Ann Dally, another Strong Woman Who Was Attacked By The Male Medical Establishment (Dafydd knew Ann Dally and Wendy Savage wrote words of support when Dally published her Own True Story). But then the Gang were busy trying to have me sent to live with Carlo’s pal Jimmy Savile in Broadmoor in 1995, after F blew that raspberry down the phone at Dafydd the year previously. Neither did Charteris mention that Brenda’s Woman of the Bedchamber Dame Mary Morrison’s brother Peter molested boys in care supplied to him by Gwynne and Dafydd.

Lord Charteris’s Own True Story. 

Lord Martin Charteris died on 23 Dec 1999, so he was safely out of the way by the time that the Waterhouse Report was published two months later. Lord Charteris took his Royal Secrets to the grave… 

The 11th Earl of Wemyss’s granddaughter was the socialite Ann Fleming, and his grandson, Hugo Charteris, was a renowned post-war author and screenwriter. The 11th Earl is the great-grandfather of the Scottish cartoonist Jamie Charteris.

Ann Geraldine Mary Fleming (née Charteris, 19 June 1913-12 July 1981), previously known as Lady O’Neill and Viscountess Rothermere, married firstly Lord O’Neill, secondly Lord Rothermere, and finally the writer Ian Fleming. Ian Fleming was friends with Charles Morrison, brother of Peter, customer of Gwynne and Dafydd. Ann had affairs with Roy Jenkins and Hugh Gaitskell.

Ann Fleming was born to Frances Lucy Tennant (1887–1925) and Captain Guy Lawrence Charteris (1886–1967) in Westminster. Ann learnt to value the conversation and friendship from her grandmother, Mary Constance Charteris, Countess of Wemyss, who had her own hedonistic past, having been one of The Souls. Ann was educated by governesses after an unsuccessful term at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. She was a debutante and she quickly married Lord O’Neill who was both an aristocrat and a financier in 1932. Ann had two children before beginning an affair with the influential Esmond Cecil Harmsworth in 1936.

Harmsworth was the heir to Lord Rothermere, who owned the Daily Mail. Ann’s husband went away to fight in WW II and Ann appeared with Harmsworth as well as having an affair with Ian Fleming, then a stockbroker, who became an assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence. It’s the Gang’s Big Mates again. In 1940, Harmsworth became Lord Rothermere. Ann’s husband was killed in action in 1944 and she married Lord Rothermere in 1945.

Ann and Lord Rothermere couple entertained and their social circle included the painter Lucian Freud (who painted her portrait), the choreographer Frederick Ashton and the artist Francis Bacon. Meanwhile, Ian Fleming left the Royal Navy and became a journalist with The Sunday Times. He had built Goldeneye on land in Jamaica and he had demanded three-month vacations from his employer to enjoy his holiday home. The two spent three months of every year together in Jamaica; Ann’s new husband thought she was in Jamaica to visit Noël Coward.

In 1951 Ann was divorced by Lord Rothermere and the following year she married Fleming. Lord Rothermere’s subsequent wife ‘Bubbles’ died in worrying circumstances involving prescribed medication in her continental villa and the explanation for the death didn’t make sense and neither did the prescribing practices of a number of Top Docs whom Bubbles was consulting. I blogged in detail about the death of Bubbles in an earlier post but the text disappeared.

Ann and Ian Fleming had one child, Caspar. Ann was pregnant with her son when they married; Caspar was born on 12 August 1952. Anxiety over his forthcoming marriage is said to be the reason that Ian Fleming wrote the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. Ann had a £100,000 divorce settlement and Fleming sought additional sources of revenue to add to his salary from The Sunday Times.

The Flemings bought a house in London, where they entertained. They later rebuilt Warneford Place at Sevenhampton, near Swindon, renaming it Sevenhampton Place and moving there in 1963. Ian Fleming was not keen on the socialising, but their houses attracted Evelyn Waugh, Cyril Connolly and Peter Quennell,

Ann’s son Caspar died in London in October 1975 from an overdose of narcotics. Ann Fleming died at Sevenhampton Place on 12 July 1981.

 

The Carrs have three sons and one daughter: Adam Henry Maillard Carr (born 1951), Matthew Xavier Maillard Carr (1953-2011), Laura Selina Madeline Carr (born 1954) and Alexander Rallion Charles Carr (born 1958). Their son Adam married Angela P. Barry in 1988; their daughter Rose Angelica Mary Carr was born in 1991.

Matthew Carr was born in Oxford and studied at Camberwell School of Art, 1970-71, followed by Cheltenham School of Art, 1972-74. Carr left Eton at the age of 16 to study art at Camberwell. After completing his studies at Cheltenham School of Art, Carr returned to Oxford, and began teaching art and art history, until 1977 when he persuaded his parents to allow Andy Warhol to use their house in Oxford to hold a party. In Carr’s own words: ‘So I met Andy Warhol, he saw the drawings I was doing, and next thing I knew he put me up at the Ritz for two days, then took me to America. And he introduced me to Robert Fraser, who became my first agent.’ Carr readily admitted this was both his big break in the art world, but also the start of a problem with drug addiction as he entered the celebrity world of London and New York in the late 1970s. It was to take Carr 20 years to overcome his drugs addiction.

Despite being well connected in the art world, Carr was an infrequent exhibitor of his work. In 1977 he exhibited alongside Hugh Dunford Wood and Sara Lutyens in Church Street, Kensington, London, and he staged his first solo show at the Robert Fraser Gallery in London in 1983. Subsequent solo shows were at the Wildenstein Gallery in London in 1993, and two shows at Marlborough Fine Art, London, in 2003 and 2008. He also showed at Marlborough Gallery in New York in 2006.

In 2006 Matthew also took part in the exhibition Drawing Inspiration, held at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, an exhibition that included the artists Tony Bevan, Christopher Bramham, Patrick Caulfield, Tracey Emin, Hughie O’Donoghue and others.

Carr died of leukaemia on 23 February 2011, a man with knowledge of very great wrongdoing re Gwynne and Dafydd. See the source imageAndy Warhol, a witness to even more himself, came to a sudden and unexpected end in Manhattan on 22 February 1987 at age 58. According to news reports, Warhol had been making a good recovery from gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital before dying in his sleep from a sudden post-operative irregular heartbeat. Prior to his diagnosis and operation, Warhol delayed having his recurring gallbladder problems checked, as he was afraid to enter hospitals and see doctors. His family sued the hospital for inadequate care, saying that the arrhythmia was caused by improper care and water intoxication. The malpractice case was quickly settled out of court; Warhol’s family received an undisclosed sum of money.

Shortly before Warhol’s death, doctors expected Warhol to survive the surgery, though a revaluation of the case about 30 years after his death showed many indications that Warhol’s surgery was in fact riskier than originally thought. It was widely reported at the time that Warhol died of a “routine” surgery, though when considering factors such as his age, a family history of gallbladder problems, his previous gunshot wound and his medical state in the weeks leading up to the procedure, the potential risk of death following the surgery appeared to have been significant. See previous posts.

 

Carr’s working method could be both intense and painful. According to the art critic Richard Dorment, sitting for Carr was a difficult experience involving ‘tedious hours sitting in frozen-faced silence, when, aware of eyes boring into me with frightening intensity, I listened to the scratching of pencil on paper and the ticking of my wristwatch.’

This almost forensic analysis can be seen in the way Carr would often organise images on his paper, most notably when drawing a series of twelve penes on a page, ‘in alarming close-up’, but also evident in his portrait heads which frequently float disembodied in the centre of the paper. In addition to Carr’s study of penes, his is best known for a similar drawing showing the heads of nine rhesus monkeys and a series of drawings of the semi-mumified human corpses in the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

Carr claimed to hate the picture he made of the musician Diana Ross, a rare commissioned piece, due to compromising on the singer’s request to include a sunset in the background. Instead he tended to be select his models himself, often from the world of literature, Tom Stoppard (Tom’s first wife was Miriam who began her career as an Angel in Newcastle until she tripped over the ring run by Gwynne’s mate Lord John Walton, after which Miriam soon found herself qualifying as a Top Doc and then becoming Doc to Celebs, Media Doc and writer of volumes on the menopause; Tom moved on to Felicity Kendal and is now married to Carlo’s ex, Sabrina Guinness), Miriam Gross, Sebastian Faulks, James Fenton, Alan Jenkins and Francis Wyndham.

Matthew married Lady Anne Mary Somerset in 1988 and their daughter Eleanor Carr was born in 1992.

Lady Anne Mary is the daughter of David Robert Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort (23 February 1928-16 August 2017), known as David Somerset until 1984. An important figure in the world of fox hunting, the Duke was Chairman of Marlborough Fine Art and was well known for frequent conflicts with hunt saboteurs. He also held the office of Hereditary Keeper of Raglan Castle and was President of the British Horse Society.

The Duke married, firstly, Lady Caroline Jane Thynne (28 August 1928-22 April 1995), daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bath, on 5 July 1950. Caroline is the sister of the infamous Loins of Longleat. The marriage took place at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, in the presence of Brenda’s mum and dad as well as other Royal family.

The Duchess of Beaufort presided over the restoration of Badminton House and its grounds. She received an honorary degree (LLD) from Bristol University for her charitable work.

They had four children:

  • Henry John FitzRoy Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort (b. 22 May 1952); married Tracy Louise Ward (a granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Dudley, former actress and environmental activist) and has issue, two sons and one daughter. They divorced in 2018.]
    • Robert Somerset, Marquess of Worcester (b. 1989)
    • Lady Isabella Elsa Somerset (b. 1991)
    • Lord Alexander Somerset (b. 1995)
  • Lady Anne Mary Somerset (b. 21 January 1955); historian, married Matthew Carr (1953—2011) in 1988 and has one daughter, Eleanor Carr (b. 1992).
  • Lord Edward Alexander Somerset (b. 1 May 1958); He married in 1982 the Hon. (Georgiana) Caroline Davidson (2nd daughter of John Davidson, 2nd Viscount Davidson) and is reported as divorcing her after he was jailed for assaulting her. They have issue:
    • Francesca Somerset (b. 1984)
    • Rose Victoria Somerset (b. 1992).
  • Lord John Robert Somerset (b. 5 November 1964) also known as Lord Johnson Somerset, married to (now divorced from) Lady Cosima Vane-Tempest-Stewart (daughter of Alexander Charles Robert Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 9th Marquess of Londonderry), and has a son and daughter:]
    • Lyle David Somerset (b. 1991)
    • Romy Caroline Somerset (b. 1993)

The Duke married, secondly, Miranda Elisabeth Morley (born 1947), on 2 June 2000. She is a daughter of Brigadier General Michael Frederick Morley.

The Duke was criticised in January 2009 when a Swansea Councillor, Ioan Richard, discovered by a Freedom of Information Act request that he had been paid £281,431 for a 70 ft bridge to be built over the River Tawe near Swansea. The Dukes of Beaufort had owned the river bed for some 400 years, so when the local council had wanted to build a bridge linking a shopping centre to the Liberty Stadium, home of Swansea City football club and the Ospreys rugby team, it had to pay the Duke for the right to cross his river bed. Ioan Richard stated that he was “furious that public money had to be used to pay one of Britain’s richest estates. For centuries Swansea folk have paid rents to the Duke of Beaufort and we don’t owe this powerful and wealthy family anything.” Although a few other people do obviously. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

Laura Carr married Richard E. Barrowclough in 1978 and has four children, Milo Edmond, Conrad Oliver, Theodore Charles, and Sibell Augusta.

Raymond Carr died on 19 April 2015 at the age of 96. 

As for Raymond Carr’s successor as Warden of St Anthony’s, Oxford, as any fule kno, Lord Ralf Dahrendorf was Director of the LSE, 1974-84, having previously worked at the LSE under Karl Popper, 1953-54.Lord Piercy 1945.jpg

The Lord Dahrendorf
Professor R. G Dahrendorf, 1980.jpg

Ralf Dahrendorf in 1980
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
15 July 1993 – 17 June 2009
Life Peerage
European Commissioner for Research, Science and Education
In office
6 January 1973 – 5 January 1977
President François-Xavier Ortoli
Preceded by Fritz Hellwig
Succeeded by Guido Brunner
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
1 July 1970 – 5 January 1973
President Sicco Mansholt
Franco Maria Malfatti
Preceded by Jean-François Deniau
Succeeded by Christopher Soames
Parliamentary Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
22 October 1969 – 2 July 1970
Chancellor Willy Brandt
Preceded by new appointment
Succeeded by Karl Moersch
Member of the Bundestag
In office
28 September 1969 – 2 July 1970
Constituency FDP List
Personal details
Born 1 May 1929
Hamburg, Weimar Republic
Died 17 June 2009 (aged 80)
Cologne, Germany
Nationality United Kingdom
Germany
Political party Liberal Democrats (UK)
FDP (Germany)
Spouse(s) Vera Dahrendorf
Ellen Dahrendorf (née Ellen Joan Krug) (1980–2004)
Christiane Dahrendorf (2004–2009)
Children Nicola, Alexandra, and Daphne Dahrendorf
Alma mater University of Hamburg
London School of Economics
Profession Sociologist
Ralf Dahrendorf
Known for Providing a new definition of class conflict based on authority relations
Scientific career
Influences Marx, Weber, Popper, Hayek, Kant

In 1971, [Walter Zander] published ‘Israel and the Holy Places of Christendom’, which established him as an authority in this complex field involving religious, legal and territorial disputes and on which he wrote further scholarly articles. His last major publication, in the ‘Israel Law Review’ in 1982, concerned a historic dispute between the Coptic and the Ethiopian Churches. The aim in these publications, as always, was to find ways in which a spirit of tolerance and understanding could help resolve deep-rooted tensions and animosities. To bring Jews, Muslims and Christians together and, above all, to find ways of creating peace between Jews and Arabs, were Walter Zander’s abiding concerns to which he brought his full range of scholarly, legal, human and spiritual gifts. These qualities were evident in every aspect of his life: in his natural gift for friendship, his total involvement in the lives of his children and grandchildren, and his deep interest in everyone he met.

In 1988, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote: ‘Walter Zander is probably the purest-hearted man I have ever met during my long life. He seems to me to be moved by a vision of spiritual ideals shared by the major religious faiths and forms of life shaped and dedicated to such ideals … If ever there was an embodiment of integrity and the disinterested pursuit of the good life, these qualities shine through in everything that he has done and been.’

He is survived by his four children, their spouses and nine grandchildren

After Walter Zander’s death, a flurry of obituaries were published.

‘The Times’:

Walter Zander, lawyer and scholar, died in South Croydon on April 7 aged 94. He was born in Erfurt, Germany, on June 8, 1898. When in 1948, Walter Zander published his pamphlet Is This the Way?, questioning the right of Jews to displace the indigenous Arabic population in the newly-formed Israel, it was barely noticed by the Palestinians whom he was trying to protect, and failed to move the politicians. But to his friends and fellow intellectuals (among them Gandhi and Albert Hourani) he was one of the most important Zionist thinkers of the century.

Zander was reading classics at Jena University when the first world war broke out. He fought on both the Eastern and the Western Fronts, winning the Iron Cross for gallantry. After the war he followed his father into the law, and started a practice in Berlin, later taking time off to study at the London School of Economics. In the early 1930s he wrote several articles on monetary policy.
In 1930 he married Gretl Magnus, daughter of the eminent physiologist Rudolf Magnus. By 1937 he and his family were forced to leave the increasingly hostile atmosphere of Berlin and emigrated to England. Showing a certain talent for improvisation, he set up a printing business in Slough and settled with his family in the village of Gerrards Cross. With the outbreak of war, however, he and his family were interned in the Isle of Wight (their rations were supplemented by food parcels from their former English neighbours). Meanwhile his mother, a gifted amateur painter and sculptor, had died in the Holocaust.

Zander was made Secretary of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1944. He held this post for 27 years and used it to air his considerable worries regarding proper arrangements, including compensation, for the Palestinians. Is This the Way? so impressed Gandhi that Zander was invited, as the only Jew, to a conference on world conflict situations in India.
One of the few Arabs to recognise Zander’s talents was his friend for more than fifty years, the late Albert Hourani. When, in 1972, Zander retired from the Friends, to devote himself to study it was principally through Hourani’s influence that he was made Senior Associate Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, attached to the Middle East Centre.

In 1971 Zander published Israel and the Holy Places of Christendom. He wrote about the Christian church with an understanding rarely found in non-Christians. It reflected the obvious uneasiness he felt about the “judaizing” of Jersualem, although he held out a forlorn hope for the future in the shape of a probable Arab Israeli agreement.

His last important publication, in the Israel Law Review in 1982, concerned a historic dispute between the Coptic and the Ethiopian Churches.
Music had always been important to him. As a boy he had studied at the Conservatory in Erfurt and he was almost certainly the last person alive to have played under Arthur Nikisch, the legendary conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and friend of Brahms.

His wife died in 1968, and he is survived by his four children, one of whom is Michael Zander, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics.

The Guardian:

THE LIFE of Walter Zander, the lawyer and Hebrew scholar who has died aged 94, overlaps the century and resonates correspondingly. Born in Erfurt, he graduated in classics at Jena University, won the Iron Cross for-gallantry on both the Eastern and the Western fronts in the first world war and followed his father into the law: But his mother, a gifted amateur painter and sculptor, later perished in the Holocaust.

He himself studied viola and piano in Erfurt and may well be the last person to have played under the baton of the great Nikisch, the friend of Brahms and director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus. All members of Walter’s Berlin student quartet immigrated to England and continued to play together for decades. One of his grandsons, Benjamin, is a-conductor. Musicians thronged Walter’s funeral in north London.

Apart from his legal practice, Zander studied economics at the LSE during the thirties and wrote several articles on monetary policy. But during and after the war he took a different route. In 1944 he became and remained for 27 years secretary of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He foresaw that Israel needed to forge cultural and political links
abroad and he fostered Asian and African studies at the university.
In 1948 his pamphlet Is This The Way? addressed the problem of both securing the new State of Israel and making proper arrangements, including compensation, for the indigenous Palestinian population. In 1972 he retired, as he put it, “to devote his remaining years to study,” and through the Arab scholar the late Albert Hourani he became attached to the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

This was for him the culmination of his intellectual life. Israel And The Holy Places Of Christendom (1971) established him as an authority in this complex field involving religious, legal and territorial disputes. Bringing together Jews, Muslims and Christians was his chief concern to which he brought his full range of scholarly, legal, human and spiritual gifts.

Roger Owen, Director of St Antony’s; writes: Those of us who worked at the Middle East Centre during Walter Zander’s association from 1970 until 1987 will remember him in particular for his careful scholarship and for the meticulous way he prepared, and then presented, his ideas at our regular Friday seminars. He will also be remembered for his generous parting gift to the centre when age and infirmity prevented him from visiting us regularly. It has now become the Walter Zander Scholarship, awarded each year to the best candidate for the Oxford M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. But Walter’s circle of Oxford friends extended far beyond that. Those, who met him at High Table or simply walking slowly in the College grounds were all struck by his air of gentle dignity and the importance he so obviously attached to the simple rituals of everyday life. After even the shortest exchange you came away with the comforting feeling that the world was a reasonable and much more manageable place.

Torygraph obituary:

WALTER ZANDER, lawyer and scholar who has died aged 94, was a latter-day Pangloss. “You never know what is good news and what is bad news,” he would say. When Hitler came to power and he had to flee Germany he thought his whole world had collapsed. “But,” he liked to add, “I came to England and lived happily ever after.”
Walter Zander was born on June 8 1898 into a cultivated and prosperous German Jewish family; his father was an eminent lawyer, his mother a painter.
Young Walter himself trained as a musician and played the piano and viola. Then came the Great War. He fought in the German army both on the eastern and western fronts and was awarded the Iron Cross.

He studied at Jena and Berlin, took a doctorate in law and soon built up a legal practice in Berlin. In 1930 he married Gretl Magnus, daughter of Rudolph Magnus, the physiologist, and they had three children (a fourth was to be born in England).

When Hitler was elected to power in 1933 Zander could not believe what was happening, for it did not accord with his understanding of Germany and the Germans. As he came to terms with reality, he found it difficult to abandon his clients and he did not come to England until 1937. Zander was nearly 40 by then, with a young family and without an income or prospect of employment. But he teamed up with a fellow refugee who had developed a new photogravure process and set up a printing works in Slough. It immediately prospered, but in 1940, shortly after the fall of France, he and other German refugees were rounded up as “enemy aliens”, his factory was confiscated and he was interned on the Isle of Man.
Zander recalled those events, and even his flight from Germany, without bitterness; he preferred to dwell on the kindness of his neighbours in Gerrards Cross. His wife took in lodgers, traders gave her extended credit, and the headmaster of the local preparatory school waived his fees. His experience of those years made him an inveterate Anglophile.

He remained on the Isle of Man for 25 months and joined with other internees to set up a sort of ad hoc university in the camp and a scratch symphony orchestra. He lectured in law and economics and played in the orchestra. (Four of the more accomplished musicians were later to set up the Amadeus String Quartet.)

On his release Zander was engaged by the Ministry of Information to lecture British troops on the Nazi treatment of the Jews. In 1944 he became secretary of the British Friends of the Hebrew University, a post he retained for the next 27 years. It was a lowly office for a man with his qualifications. He began with one assistant in a tiny room, but soon built up a major operation which endowed scholarships, arranged cultural exchanges and remitted millions of pounds to Jerusalem.

The loathed Stuart Stanton at St George’s was up to something in Israel that was alleged to be even more criminal that the activities of his colleagues but no-one was ever quite sure what. Whatever Stanton was up to it involved a lot of money, wealthy private patients and mistresses and organisations that promoted cultural links between Israel and the UK. One such organisation with which Stanton was involved also starred Michael Grade. See previous posts.

Though working for an organisation at the heart of the Jewish national revival, Zander was not a Zionist. In 1948, while the nascent Jewish state was struggling for life, he published a pamphlet, Is This the Way?, in which he questioned the need for a state at all. He was not only concerned about the situation of the Arabs: he was also inclined to regard Jewish culture as a sort of homeland in its own right.
A deeply religious man, without any trace of sanctimoniousness, Walter Zander somehow managed to combine spirituality with geniality.
He could, though, carry charity to uncharitable lengths, and did not let even the Holocaust, in which his own mother perished, open his eyes to the realities of the Jewish situation.

Is This the Way? caused an immediate furore and there were demands for his resignation. But if it was easy to be exasperated with Zander it was impossible to be angry with him. After Norman Bentwich, a former Professor of International Law at the Hebrew University (and a Zionist), came to his support, the uproar subsided and Zander eventually became not only a cherished institution but a governor and an honorary fellow of the University.

In 1971 he was appointed an associate fellow of St Antony’s College Oxford. His eyesight was failing by then, and he became completely blind, but he managed to produce one book on Soviet Jewry and another on Israel and the Christian Holy Places.

He had an idyllic family life and derived great joy from the successes of his children.
One son became a professor of law at the London School of Economics, another a lecturer in medicine at St Thomas’s, the third, conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, while his daughter, a distinguished art historian and critic, is married to the President of Harvard University.

Sir Isaiah Berlin summed him up in a phrase on his 90th birthday. He was, he said, “probably the purest hearted man I have ever met”.
His wife died in 1968. They had three sons and a daughter.

The Indie:

THE PROBLEM in writing about Walter Zander is that readers who did not know him will not believe the words one is obliged to use. How to persuade them that this is not the ritual eulogy of the newly dead?

His life began with distinguished but conventional success: then turned in its middle years into horror and catastrophe. He could. have been, he should have been, bitter, angry, desperate, cynical. Instead, he was tolerant, gentle, courteous, generous, civilised, honourable – beyond belief honourable.Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

Born a Jew in Germany, he fought in the Great War on both fronts and won the Iron Cross. Afterwards he established a lawyer’s practice in Berlin. When the Nazis arrived his Iron Cross offered no protection and he moved to England with his wife and young family (his mother died in the Holocaust). His career destroyed at the age of 40, this scholarly, unworldly man became an entrepreneur: With astonishing versatility he set up a printing business in Slough and a family home in Gerrards Cross. How bizarre those names ring out against his Central European background.

But very soon the Second World War destroyed his business and sent him off to internment in the Isle of Man. One of his comic memories was of the village bobby coming to arrest him and being hustled by the indignant villagers, indignant on behalf of an enemy alien with a music hall German accent. Deprived of their livelihood for a second time, his family were supported with food and- comfort by those same suburban, English villagers. The troubles passed.

In 1944 he was appointed secretary of the British Friends of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. This was his profession for the next 27 years and he was a wholehearted Zionist. Whole-hearted but magnanimous: one of his principal concerns was the attitude of Zionism to the Arabs who lived in the land where the new state of Israel was to be established. His pamphlet Is This the Way? (1948) influenced intellectuals all over the world (Gandhi among them) but failed to move the politicians or the public. The Israelis respected him but could not take his advice. The Arabs, convinced of Zionist injustice, were hardly aware of his efforts.

One man on the Arab side, the Oxford don Albert Hourani, saw his worth and became his close friend. Under Hourani’s sponsorship he became a member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, and active in the Middle East Centre, where he was loved and respected by both sides in the grim Arab Israel debate. In Oxford and in London, in Israel and in the United States, there grew around him, without effort on his part, a vast range of friends and disciples. The death of his wife Gretl 25 years ago hit him hard, but he saw their four children into careers of enviable talent and distinction, united by family love and a devotion to music which was central to their lives.

The blindness and infirmity of old age did not diminish his dignity, his grace or his goodness. On his 90th birthday Isaiah Berlin wrote that he was “probably the purest-hearted man I have ever met”. He died calm, confident of his religious faith and preternaturally polite. As we put him in his grave last week we were lovingly but uncomfortably aware that he had set us unattainable standards.

Sir James Craig wrote the above obituary.

The Jewish Chronicle:

Walter Zander, who has died aged 95, was a unique institution in postwar Anglo-Jewry, writes Jon Kimche.

As secretary of the Friends of the Hebrew University from 1944-70, he used his office as a springboard not only to raise urgently needed funds for the university on a level not previously achieved but, even more, to spread the academic range of the university. He was more concerned with achievement than with publicity and he enjoyed the personal support of Israel’s Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, during his years of often uphill struggle to introduce African, Asian and Arab studies – and students – to the Hebrew University. In those early days, Anglo-Jewry, American Jewry and Israelis had more pressing priorities for Israel.
But Walter Zander persevered with incomparable tact and natural charm supported by his profoundly knowledgeable background of all that was best in the German-Jewish liberal culture, he had acquired as an eminent Zionist lawyer in Berlin.

When he came with his young family to England in the 1930s, he first set up a printing business outside London but then suffered internment on the Isle of Man. His appointment as secretary of the Friends of the Hebrew University drew on his scholarship and wide talents. His influence was founded as much on example as on persuasion.

His counsel was sought increasingly and always given discreetly. After retiring at 72 to devote himself to study and writing, he became a Hebrew
University governor and a senior associate fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford.
Often critical of Israeli policies towards the Arabs, but never of Israel, his greatest achievement was perhaps his ability to understand positions with which he deeply disagreed.

He became one of the foremost authorities on Israel’s holy places. his book on “Israel and the Holy Places of Christendom” has become a standard history of a very complex topic.

Despite his blindness in later years, he maintained his interest in his life’s work to the last. Predeceased by his wife, Gretl, in 1968, he is survived by three sons, a daughter and grandchildren.

 

Luke’s brother Michael Zander, QC, FBA, (born 16 November 1932 in Berlin) is a British legal scholar. Professor Michael Zander, 1977.jpgMichael Zander is Professor Emeritus of Law at the LSE, and the author of several books known to generations of lawyers and law students alike. Professor Zander was a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1991–1993). He is currently a member of the Home Office’s PACE Strategy Board.

After attending the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe, 1946-51, Michael Zander studied at Jesus College, Cambridge. Zander then took an LLM at Harvard University. For a time, he worked with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell on Wall Street. After Zander’s return to the UK he qualified with Ashurst Morris Crisp and then briefly practised as a solicitor. During his clerkship he was legal adviser to Tony Benn, when aristo and hereditary peer Benn fought to stay in the Commons rather than the Lords. Wedgie Benn is a man who – along with his wife – did so much for Tommy’s as well as for Gwynne and Dafydd and who, as Harold Wilson’s Minister of Technology was loyally served by Civil Service mandarin Penelope Piercy, daughter of my Posh Relative by marriage Lord Piercy. See the source image

Lord Piercy 1945.jpgMichael Zander joined the LSE Law Department in 1963 where he was appointed to a Chair in 1977; he was Convenor of the Law Department, 1984-88 and again in 1997-98. Michael Zander was appointed an Honorary Queen’s Counsel in 1997 and was elected a Senior Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. Professor Zander retired from the LSE in 1998.

For 25 years, from 1963 to 1988, Zander was Legal Correspondent of The Guardian, for which he wrote some 1,400 articles. He has frequently broadcast on radio and TV, commenting on legal issues.

In 2010, Zander was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by King’s College, London. The citation stated: “He has devoted a long and active career to the study, teaching, practice and improvement of the law, and has made outstanding contributions in both the academic and public spheres. There is no greater authority in the fields to which he has devoted himself: criminal procedure, civil procedure, legal system, legal profession and legal services. … The central mission of his professional life has been to make the justice system work better.” 

In 2015, Michael Zander received the Halsbury Lifetime Contribution Award. The award was established in 2013. In that year it went to Sir Sydney Kentridge KCMG, QC. In 2014 it went to Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice 2008-13.

Michael Zander’s publications include:

  • Lawyers and the Public Interest (1968)Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • Legal Services for the Community (1978) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • A Matter of Justice (1989) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • The Crown Court Study (1993) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • A Bill of Rights? (4th ed.1997) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • The State of Justice (2000) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • The Law-Making Process (7th ed., 2015) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (7th ed.2015) Dr Dafydd Alun Jones
  • Cases and Materials on the English Legal System (10th ed., 2007) 

 

Luke and Michael’s brother Benjamin Zander (born 9 March 1939) Boston Philharmonic's Zander.jpgis an English conductor, who is currently the Musical Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Benjamin Zander was born in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire and started to compose music at the age of nine. Several of his compositions came to the attention of Benjamin Britten, who invited the Zander family to spend three summers in Aldeburgh, the seaside town in Suffolk in which Britten lived. Benjamin Zander took lessons with Britten and became a student of theory of Britten’s amanuensis and assistant, Imogen Holst.

Benjamin Zander’s main instrument was the cello. He began studying at the age of ten and became the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of twelve. Zander boarded at Uppingham School as a music scholar at the age of thirteen and then attended St. Paul’s School, London where he could continue his cello studies with Herbert Withers. At the age of fifteen, Benjamin became a student of the Spanish cello virtuoso Gaspar Cassadó and moved to Florence and Siena, Italy for the next three years. Zander completed his cello studies at the State Conservatoire in Cologne, Germany where he served as an assistant to Cassadó.

After living abroad for five years, Benjamin Zander returned to England, completed his A levels and studied at UCL for a degree in English Literature. During his period of study at UCL, he performed regularly as a cellist, giving recitals and chamber music concerts with the King-Zander-Arieli Trio and he taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School for gifted children.

In 1965 Benjamin won a Harkness International Fellowship and travelled to the US for graduate work at Brandeis University, Harvard University and with Leonard Shure and Ernst Oster in New York.

In 1967, Zander joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and remained on the faculty until 2012. In July 2012 the New England Conservatory and Preparatory School conferred on Zander the title of Faculty Emeritus, acknowledging his significant contributions to the School over 45 years. This honour came hot on the heels of Zander being fired in January 2012 for negligence amid allegations he had hired a videographer to record concerts, who had (with Zander’s knowledge) previously served a prison sentence for sexual assault of a minor. Zander later acknowledged that hiring the videographer, Peter Benjamin, without informing School administrators was a “significant oversight.”

Benjamin Zander is the Conductor and Music Director of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, a youth orchestra in Boston comprising both high school and college age students. The BPYO rehearses at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston’s South End. Their premiere performance took place in Symphony Hall on 25 November 2012. On the program was Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, and Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein as soloist.

Benjamin married Patricia Zander in 1966 and their daughter Jessica was born a few years later. Jessica and her husband David Tomaszewski have two daughters, Maya, born in April 2001 and Vivian-Rose, born in April 2003. Benjamin’s son-in-law is presumably this David Tomaszewski:

David Tomaszewski
Born 6 October 1984 (age 35)

Nationality French
Occupation Music video director, digital artist
Parent(s) Marek Tomaszewski (father)
Website www.davidktom.com

David Tomaszewski  born 6 October 1984) is a French music video director and digital artist of Polish descent, the son of Polish pianist Marek Tomaszewski. David Tomaszewski is best known for having collaborated with French rapper Orelsan. David directed one of his first music videos, La peur de l’échec, in 2009 before directing 5 others since 2010. David Tomaszewski also came up with the creation of Orelsan’s RaelSan character in the build-up to the release of his album Le chant des sirènes, and he was responsible for the visual design of the latter as the artistic director. Tomaszewski supervised and produced Orelsan’s concert at Zénith de Paris on 16 October 2012. In the video “Les vœux de RaelSan pour 2012” (“RaelSan’s Wishes for 2012”), it was his father Marek who accompanied the rapper on the piano.

 

Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander have been married since 1981. They work closely together and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rosamund’s children, Alexandra and Evan Bageris, also live in Massachusetts.

 

On Feb 2012, the website boston.com carried the following report:

‘This is a nightmare for all of us’

Conductor Zander reflects on his errors and his future after NEC

Former New England Conservatory conductor Benjamin Zander rehearsed at the Armory in Somerville, Ma., on Feb. 2, for an upcoming set of concerts. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff) Former New England Conservatory conductor Benjamin Zander rehearsed at the Armory in Somerville, Ma., on Feb. 2, for an upcoming set of concerts.

By Geoff Edgers

 Globe Staff / February 5, 2012

The conductor, author, and inspirational speaker sits in the living room of his Brattle Street home, listening to what is being said about him:

That he, Benjamin Zander, showed no remorse. That he put children at risk. That New England Conservatory, his professional home for 45 years, had no choice other than to fire him.

Zander, usually overflowing with laughter and enthusiasm, wearily runs his hands through his frizzy white hair. He’s unhappy with himself and he’s unhappy with NEC’s leaders, who he feels rushed to judgment. He notes that when NEC president Tony Woodcock fired him last month, Woodcock hadn’t yet discovered that it was the school’s opera department – not Zander – who first hired videographer Peter Benjamin, a registered sex offender, to record performances by NEC students. “It’s about as bad a situation as things can be,’’ Zander says. These days, he’s left to contemplate the fallout of hiring Benjamin. Three upcoming paid speaking engagements have already been cancelled. Zander is also pained by the damage done to NEC, an institution dear to him. “This is a nightmare for all of us,’’ he says. “I want us to all wake up and say, ‘What went wrong?’ ’’

Zander, 72, began teaching at NEC in 1966. He helped found the Boston Philharmonic in 1979, and, over the last two decades, has developed a profitable and high-profile gig giving leadership talks. Zander’s dynamic approach has been featured on “60 Minutes’’ and Charlie Rose, has scored him the opening speech at a World Economic Forum and, just last October, drew Sting to a rehearsal of NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Brown Hall.

And he refuses to see only the dark side of his current situation. The mess has, he says, humbled and transformed him. Indignant at first, Zander has now publicly apologized for his lack of judgment.

The crisis, he says, allowed him to hear both the appreciative words from scores of parents, teachers, and musicians who feel NEC made a mistake in dismissing him, and the criticism from friends and family members who have helped him realize just how irresponsible it was to support Benjamin without knowing enough about the crimes.

His wife, Rosamund Zander, winces at his defensiveness in the immediate wake of the firing. “It’s very difficult for the ego and psyche to transform when you’ve been beaten to a pulp,’’ she said. “He’s coming to a sense of responsibility or awareness that he hadn’t had before. But in order to get there, somebody came up with a two-by-four and smashed him.’’

It was about 20 years ago when the conductor, who led the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and taught NEC’s interpretation class, wrote a letter of support for Benjamin on the eve of the videographer’s sentencing for raping and sexually abusing teenagers. Benjamin had worked for Zander prior to his arrest. He says he didn’t know the particulars of Benjamin’s crimes at the time and still didn’t 10 years later when he hired him to film concerts and rehearsals with the YPO or a class he taught at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a preparatory school affiliated with NEC. He also did not tell his superiors what he did know about Benjamin, which is that the videographer had been jailed for sex crimes involving minors.

Benjamin underwent a rigorous rehabilitation program, according to his attorney, and has faced no new charges of a sexual nature since his release from prison in the late 1990s. He has not been accused of any misconduct at NEC, but Zander now concedes that it was irresponsible for him to put a Level II sex offender in the same room with the teens the conductor worked with at NEC and Walnut Hill.

NEC learned of Benjamin’s past just before Christmas, tipped off by a parent. On Jan 12, after weeks of investigation and consultation with the school’s board and attorneys, Woodcock called Zander into his office and told him he would need to resign or be fired. In the short meeting, Zander did not resign – or apologize. “I was staggered,’’ said Woodcock. “It didn’t show any culpability. It reinforced the notion of no judgment whatsoever. If somebody is demonstrating no judgment, how can they be responsible for children?

Zander’s firing also has raised questions about NEC’s approach. Why wasn’t he suspended so the school could take more time investigating his role? Did the climate surrounding the Pennsylvania State University scandal, in which legendary football coach Joe Paterno was dismissed after revelations of child sex abuse by a former assistant, drive NEC’s actions?

“What Ben did was obviously a failure of judgment, but I would think in the interest of the school they would have tried hard to define his role and see if anything was salvageable,’’ said composer John Harbison, a friend of Zander’s who believes he should not have been fired. “They’ve not opened any channel to any possible reconciliation.’’

The conductor now says he was extremely naive. He had no idea that his job was at risk at any point, not when NEC first asked him about Benjamin in December, nor when the school phoned him in London during a recording session a few weeks later to ask more questions.

Benjamin’s NEC work, in fact, stretched far beyond Zander. In the school’s video library, there is a rack of almost two dozen DVDs commissioned by the school’s Opera Department. Two of the videos predate Zander’s hiring of Benjamin and one, a 2002 production of “Hansel and Gretel,’’ features two dozen middle-school students who performed as part of a children’s chorus.

At no time did NEC ever do a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check on Benjamin, now standard practice for schools. It was a failure on NEC’s part, Woodcock said, and an important lesson. “It’s like air travel before 9/11 and air travel after 9/11,’’ he said. “We are in a new world as an organization. I think I need to know absolutely who is under the roof of NEC at any given moment. So I accept responsibility for that.’’

Though NEC had a committee investigate Benjamin’s work, Woodcock was unaware, when asked last week, of the 2002 opera videos. A day later, he said a faculty member, whom he declined to name, hired Benjamin without knowledge of his sexual crimes. The charges against the videographer included his having secretly videotaped himself having sex with three male teens, one of whom he abused for two years starting when the boy was 13.

“If I come to learn otherwise, I will take appropriate action,’’ said Woodcock.

Zander finds it hard to believe that others didn’t know of Benjamin’s past. Whether filming for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, American Repertory Theater, or Boston Ballet, Benjamin was well known in Boston’s cultural community. He was particularly close with the late Sarah Caldwell, the legendary head of Opera Company of Boston. In fact, Caldwell not only attended his 1994 sentencing hearing, she sobbed in court when he was led away, Benjamin confirmed through his attorney, John Swomley. “If [Woodcock] had just stepped back, if he had acted judiciously and said, ‘Let’s look at this. Let’s see what’s going on here,’ ’’ Zander says. “Peter Benjamin, for better or worse, is part of the fabric of the Boston artistic scene. He’s worked everywhere, and he’s worked so much at the conservatory that when he walks in the door, people don’t even look up. Who knew? Who didn’t know? It didn’t seem to matter.’’

Woodcock says Zander left him little choice. He called the conductor a “powerhouse’’ in an interview last week and said he was familiar with his work before coming to NEC having attended one of his leadership talks and read the book Zander wrote with his wife, Rosamund, “The Art of Possibility.’’ But relations between the two grew strained after Woodcock was hired in 2007. Neither Woodcock nor Zander would say why.

In fact, Zander had already been forced out of YPO. Last summer, NEC announced a “transition’’ plan for the youth orchestra that saw Zander stepping down in 2013, after two more seasons. Publicly, the two presented a unified front, with Zander’s exit to be punctuated by a yearlong celebration, tour and lifelong appointment as music director emeritus. Zander says now he didn’t want to leave but had no choice. Woodcock, in an interview last week, said that the conductor’s prominence did not play into the decision to fire him for the Benjamin case and that Zander should not have received special treatment. “I don’t know about one set of rules for individuals because they’re visiting deity and another code of conduct because they’re like you and I,’’ he said.

The loss of the post, for Zander, was crushing. He says that he has always taken special pride in his work with the youth in the YPO on Saturdays and at Walnut Hill on Mondays. “It’s growth and development for the next generation,’’ he said. “That’s my life’s work.’’

Just last summer, Zander took the YPO on a tour of Eastern Europe. To help foot the bill, Zander says he paid $260,000 out of his own pocket – money raised through speaking fees. Players have been writing Zander since news broke. “You CANNOT leave us! You MUST come back!’’ e-mailed Njeri Grevious, 16, a violinist from Newton.

Kathleen Boyd, first flute in the Boston Philharmonic and a student of the conductor at NEC in the 1970s, said Zander’s firing has sparked considerable anger and fear among the many musicians who studied under him. “Ben should be celebrated for the gifts he has given to all of us,’’ she said. “This is such a wrong ending for his time at NEC.’’ Carol Ehrlich, whose son Harry, 15, plays cello in the YPO, felt NEC should have reprimanded Zander, not fired him. She praised the conductor for the care he takes in mentoring young musicians. “The kids don’t just play music. He encourages them to see music as making up a bigger statement in the world,’’ she said. “Now they feel abandoned and hurt. Through this process, the kids came in last.’’

Not everyone associated with the YPO supports Zander. You do realize that he was basically promoting a level II sex offender this whole time, right?’’ wrote one player on a Facebook thread after another suggested protesting NEC’s move. And a parent of a player said she agreed with the firing. “I think that was the exact correct response,’’ said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear her child would lose opportunities in the music community if she criticized Zander. “He was a huge celebrity, he could be extremely grandiose and he seems to me to be failing in judgment.’’

If there is a bright spot here, says Zander, it is how this crisis has changed him. The first week was spent battling his feelings and avoiding reality. He took refuge from the reporters camped outside by heading to his daughter’s house. He threw on a suit, a tie, and a smile and gave a paid talk at a leadership conference for Boston Scientific as if nothing had happened. He managed to get word of his crisis to Rosamund, who was in Africa climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

His older brother, Michael, a celebrated legal scholar from England, flew in to counsel him. He felt Zander wasn’t taking responsibility for his hiring of Benjamin and should apologize. So did former US Ambassador Swanee Hunt, a close friend and neighbour. “I said, ‘Ben, for you, the first response has to be what my part is, not what they did to me,’ ’’ she told him.

A week after he was fired, Zander began to open up. That, he says, is when the transformation began. First, Rosamund returned home from Africa. The two have been separated since 1984, but they talk every day, live around the block from each other, and collaborated on the book and inspirational philosophy that have made Zander a world-renowned public speaker. She stressed how inappropriate it was to bring a convicted sex offender, whose crimes involved video no less, into a school to film children. Then Michael came down for breakfast one morning with a typed letter explaining two approaches. The first would be to accept that his actions were “grossly negligent.’’ The second would be to continue justifying his behaviour. “The reason I think the first approach will serve you better is that it is cleaner and more honourable,’’ Michael wrote. “Taking the blame on yourself will release you from blaming others. It will release you also from endless agonizing over the question and from wondering and fearing what other people think. . . . You will have stood up and been counted.’’

At that moment, Zander says his perspective shifted. He finally understood what he had done. That is when he sat down to write his apology. Last Thursday night, Zander returned to the Boston Philharmonic for the first time since the scandal. The orchestra, he says, is all he has left.

On this night, with the more than 80 some players gathered at the Somerville Armory for a rehearsal, Zander gave a short speech. He repeated his apology and spoke of how much he regretted bringing Benjamin into NEC. He then assured the players that the Boston Philharmonic was a separate entity. “It’s been very tough, the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life,’’ he said. “But I’ve grown enormously.’’ With that, the conductor raised his arms and signalled the start to Richard Strauss’s “Ein Heldenleben.’’ It was a typically energetic performance. He shook his arms until his glasses slipped down his nose, stomped his right leg and sang along with the music as he offered instruction.

During the first break, Zander hugged principal horn player Whitacre Hill. “A big relief that this is still here,’’ said Hill, a veteran of the recently defunct Opera Boston.

Zander talked of the Boston Philharmonic board’s support during the crisis. Then he wiped the sweat from his forehead and smiled. “You can’t lie with your body, and you can’t lie with your eyes,’’ he said. “It’s great to be back.’’

In 2012 I left north Wales after being threatened by a policeman with a gun. Tony Francis was found dead in the same year.

Benjamin Zander’s brother Luke was a GP with a senior academic position at the most elite medical school in London and in 1985-86 gave his full support to Wendy Savage who was facilitating an international trafficking ring along with Zander, Geoffrey Chamberlain and others. Because I refused to withdraw my complaints about their partners in crime in north Wales I had my career wrecked and my friend was murdered in April 1986. The acknowledgements in Wendy’s book state ‘I would like particularly to thank Luke Zander and Ron Taylor whose understanding of the principles of justice and own personal integrity have been an example to all doctors…’

The Chairman of the GMC at the time of this farce, who refused to investigate my complaints about Gwynne and then Dafydd and Tony Francis, was Lord John Walton, a personal friend of Gwynne and Dafydd and the Top Doc who was the Top Dog in the branch of the same trafficking ring that operated in the North East of England. 

Luke Zander’s sister Angelica is an art historian based in the US:

Angelica Zander Rudenstine, German, American freelance curator and art historian. Guggenheim fellow, 1983-1984. Trustee American Academy in Rome, 1980-1991. Member College Art Association, International Council Museums (Committee for Museum Modern Art). Member, Board of Trustees at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Now then. Meet Angelica’s husband.

Neil Rudenstine
26th President of Harvard University
In office
1991–2001
Preceded by Derek C. Bok
Succeeded by Lawrence Summers
Personal details
Born
Neil Leon Rudenstine

(1935-01-21) January 21, 1935 (age 84)
Danbury, Connecticut

Nationality American
Spouse(s) Angelica Zander
Children 3 children
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis Sir Philip Sidney: The styles of love (1964)
Doctoral advisor Douglas Bush
Academic work
Discipline English and American Literature
Sub-discipline Renaissance literature
Institutions

Neil Leon Rudenstine (born January 21, 1935) served as President of Harvard University, 1991-2001.

Brenda with two high profile Harvard graduates:

Rudenstine was born in Danbury, Connecticut, the son of Mae (née Esperito) and Harry Rudenstine, a prison guard. His father was a Ukrainian Jew who emigrated from Kiev; his mother, a Roman Catholic and the daughter of immigrants from Campobasso, Italy.

Neil Rudenstine is an Episcopalian. He attended the Wooster School in Danbury on a scholarship and was selected to participate in Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation’s international summer scholarship program. 

Rudenstine studied the humanities at Princeton University (A.B., 1956) and participated in Army R.O.T.C. After serving in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer, he attended New College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned an M.A. In 1964, Rudenstine received a Ph.D. in English literature from Harvard; his dissertation, entitled Sir Philip Sidney: The Styles of Love and directed by Douglas Bush, treated Sidney’s poetic development.

Most of Rudenstine’s career has been dedicated to educational administration. Rudenstine taught at Harvard, 1964-68 as an instructor and then an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and American Literature and Language.

From 1968 to 1988, Rudenstine was a faculty member and senior administrator at Princeton University. A scholar of Renaissance literature, he was an Associate Professor and then a full Professor of English. He also held a series of administrative posts at Princeton:

  • Dean of students (1968–72)
  • Dean of the college (1972–77)
  • Provost (1977–88)

After Rudenstine’s time at Princeton University, he served as Executive Vice-President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 1988 to 1991.

Rudenstine’s then went on to serve as President of Harvard from 1991 to 2001. At Harvard he gained a reputation as an effective fundraiser, overseeing a period of highly successful growth of Harvard’s endowment.

Rudenstine was known as a very mild-mannered president, supporting the arts and humanities and generally avoiding internal controversy, usually taking a hands-off approach to leading the university. He is also known for his initially hostile response to the Harvard Living Wage Campaign of 1998–2001, an initiative that drew the active support of thousands of students, faculty, and alumni, including the late Senator Ted Kennedy. In November 1994, citing exhaustion, Rudenstine took a three-month leave of absence, during which provost Albert Carnesale served as acting President.

In Nov 1994 Dafydd obtained his injunction from Liverpool High Court against F and I on the basis that I was an immediate threat to Dafydd’s life; extensive perjury took place on the part of Dafydd. The North Wales Police, the MDU and Hempsons all knew that Dafydd perjured himself. There was only one genuine allegation made by Dafydd in his affidavit and that was that some months previously F had blown a raspberry (or in Dafydd’s parlance ‘impersonated the sound of a flatus’) down the phone at Dafydd.

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No questions were asked and I – rather than the Phantom Raspberry Blower – was deemed to present such a danger to Dafydd’s life that an ex-parte injunction was issued.

I’ll tell readers a secret. The injunction was read by the police, the bailiffs and other Hergest patients who just pissed themselves laughing at the contents. F and I thought it so ridiculous that a few days later after Gwynedd Community Health Council told me that no, they would not be taking action re a serious breach of confidence by Dafydd and no, they would not respond to yet another letter from Brown confirming that in the summer of 1987 Brown heard Dafydd telling me that if I dropped my complaint about him, he would get me a place at Liverpool Medical School, F said ‘I’ve had enough of this, I’m going to ring that bastard up’. So F did, in the guise of yet another mad upper class Top Doc (Dafydd knew so many of them that he always had difficulty deciding whether it was a genuine call or F). Once Dafydd realised that it was F, he snapped down the phone ‘Then I suggest that you read the injunction served on you by Liverpool High Court’. At which point F responded in the manner of a baffled upper class Top Doc who decided that Dr Jones had obviously gone completely mad.

No we weren’t arrested, we didn’t even receive a visit from the police, I presume because so many people had read the contents of that injunction and were saying ‘Do you know, Liverpool High Court actually gave him an injunction because F blew a raspberry down the phone at him..’ And of course they also knew that extensive perjury had been committed in Liverpool High Court with the knowledge of the MDU, Hempsons and the North Wales Police. What Dafydd and the Gang did do throughout 1995 was try and raise yet another Case For Me To Be Sent To Broadmoor and hopefully lobotomised.

A raspberry down the phone – from someone other than me – was the only concrete evidence that they had.

Well, MDU, Hempsons and MDU barrister Sir Robert Francis QC? Any comments? 

The Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit in Nov 1994 was Sir John Kay. In Feb 1990, Sir John Kay sitting at Leeds High Court issued an injunction against me at the request of Gwynedd County Council on the basis of the perjury of two Gwynedd social workers, Jackie Brandt and Keith Fearns. I had never met Keith Fearns and had met Brandt at most three times. Fearns and Brandt maintained that I was a threat to the lives of all of the staff of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team.

John  Kay issued an ex-parte injunction that prevented me from even writing to any member of staff of Gwynedd Social Services. The reason that I had been writing to them was that Brandt had unlawfully detained me in Sept 1986 and during that time I was forced into a room alone with Dafydd who Talked Sex and when I challenged him told me to get out of north Wales and if I ever came back he’d have me arrested. No-one would answer my letters or phone calls about this matter; I was insulted, sneered at and the phone would be hung up on me. So that is why I had visited Brandt myself a grand total of two or three times to ask ‘WHAT do you think that you are doing?’

By Feb 1990, I had been detained unlawfully again of course. The Mental Health Act Commission  admitted that Brandt, Dafydd et al had broken the law but no, no action was taken against anyone, except of course me.

Documentation now in my possession demonstrates that Lucille Hughes and Ron Evans, the bent lawyer employed by Gwynedd County Council, were micromanaging the whole discourse re my Dangerousness and were giving detailed instructions to Fearns and Brandt re what to say to the police, in statements etc. I also have copies of sarky handwritten notes written by Brandt’s colleagues who were in fear of their lives that were made after I had tried to get answers on the phone saying things like ‘So she’s going to come to the office!! WOW we’re SO SCARED!!!’

They were a gang of violent, lying people traffickers who were not in any way physically afraid of me or any other Dangerous Nutter. 

After Fearns perjured himself in Feb 1990, he was appointed Leader of the Arfon CMHT. Sir John Kay did far better than that. In 2000, the year that the Waterhouse Report was published, Sir John Kay became a Lord Justice of Appeal.

Sir John Kay specialised in criminal cases but was known as much for his Rugger as he was for his legal career. Kay’s son Ben played as a second-row forward in the England rugby team that won the World Cup in Australia in 2003. Kay was formerly a keen rugby player himself and later an avid follower of the game. He had been President of Waterloo Rugby Football Club and ran the club’s junior sides at the time that his son was coming through. He and Lady Kay travelled to Australia to watch all of England’s games from the quarter-final stage through to the final.

John William Kay was born and grew up at Blundellsands on the outskirts of Liverpool, where his father imported timber. John was educated at Denstone and at Christ’s, Cambridge. He read for the Bar while teaching at a prep school in Hertfordshire and was called by Gray’s Inn in 1968. He was subsequently a Tutor in Law at Liverpool University for a year while starting out as a general common law barrister on the Northern Circuit, based at Chambers in Liverpool.

Mervyn Phillips the CEO of Clwyd County Council was a law graduate from Liverpool University (see ‘Ain’t Nothing Clean, Not Even the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists’). Other members of the Gang also graduated from Liverpool – and not just the Top Docs. Lucille Hughes undertook her social work qualification at Liverpool and her henchman of a Deputy Director in Gwynedd Social Services, Glanville Owen, was a graduate of Liverpool. See ‘I Know Nuzzing…’

Kay was appointed a Recorder in 1982, took Silk in 1984 and was approved to sit as a deputy High Court judge in 1989. He was appointed to the High Court bench in 1992, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division, and was Presiding Judge on the Northern Circuit, 1994-97 before being promoted to the Court of Appeal in 2000.

In December 2002, Kay sat with Mr Justice Wright and Mr Justice Henriques at the appeal of Jeremy Bamber, who had been convicted in 1986 of murdering five members of his adoptive family at their farmhouse in Essex. See post ‘Family Annihilation’. Bamber argued there were 15 grounds for appealing against his conviction, including new scientific evidence. But Kay and his fellow judges threw out each of these in a 522-point judgment. “We do not doubt the safety of the verdicts,” they said, “and we have recorded in our judgment the fact that the more we examined the detail of the case the more likely we thought it to be that the jury were right.”

In Feb 1990, Kay did not doubt the word of a bunch of lying, perjuring criminal gangsters who were facilitating sexual assaults on children as well as others and someone on his Circuit – I haven’t yet published the name of the Cocklecarrot who issued the injunction in Nov 1994, that’s a Surprise For Later – didn’t doubt the same word of the same Gang… 

Kay was at various times Chairman of the Criminal Committee of the Judicial Studies Board, the National Criminal Justice Board, the Criminal Justice Council and the Criminal Justice Consultative Council.

Kay died at only 60, in July 2004, when I was mid-way through my PhD and Brown and I had appeared in the academic and lay press discussing the mental health services. Kay’s Torygraph obituary stated that ‘in private, John Kay was kind and approachable, always ready with advice, and a loving family man.’

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Besides rugby, Kay enjoyed horse racing and genealogy. If he liked Tracing Histories, Kay would also have known that F was fitted up for arson and Class A drugs offences in 1986 after he refused to keep quiet about the boys in Ty Newydd children’s home in Bangor being abused and mistreated by Gwynedd social workers. After witnessing a possible murder of an inmate in the Risley ‘hospital wing’, F was transferred to Denbigh, where he was illegally detained by Dafydd for a year. By the time that F was released, Wendy’s colleague Ollie Brooke had either been released on appeal by Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane or was about to be.

In 1987, the year of Ollie’s Release, Prof Mark Williams discovered the Miracle Of Mindfulness when he was working with Dafydd and the Gang in Bangor.

In July 1987, shortly after Ollie found himself a free man once more, Tuppence Archer (originally from Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset) won £500k libel damages from the Daily Star after Justice Caulfield raved about the Fragrant Mary. Tuppence perjured himself at the trial but didn’t go to jail for this until 2001. Monica Coghlan, the prostitute with whom Tuppence and the Fragrant Mary maintained that Tuppence had never had sex and who was insulted roundly in Court in 1987 died after a car accident some four weeks before she was due to give evidence at Tuppence’s trial for perjury. Fragrant Mary also perjured herself in 1987 but not a word was said about that. Tuppence and Fragrant Mary have numerous connections with Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gang. See ‘Tuppence and His Fragrant Wife’.

John Kay is survived by his wife, Jeffa (née Connell), whom he married in 1966, and by their son and two daughters. Kay’s daughter Dame Amanda Yip styled The Hon. Mrs Justice Yip, is a judge of the High Court of England and Wales. Yip was educated at the Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, of which Tom King is also a graduate. Yip was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn  in 1991, the year in which that other member of Gray’s Inn St Helena held a test case re Abused Wimmin in the neighbouring court to me at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, where I was appearing after the Drs Francis had once more demanded my imprisonment on the basis of yet more perjury, with the knowledge of Hempsons and the MDU. Like her father, Amanda Yip  practised at Exchange Chambers in Liverpool, specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence work. That’ll be a bit more for the MDU to get their teeth into then.

Amanda was appointed a Recorder in 2009, Queen’s Counsel in 2011 and a deputy High Court judge in 2013, the year after Tony Francis was found hanging dead, the year before Anna, the daughter of St Helena’s Gray’s Inn colleague Michael Mansfield was er found hanging dead. 

Yip was appointed a Justice of the High Court in 2017, a few months after I began this blog. 

Jeremy Bamber is hoping to mount another appeal and John Kay was also involved in the case of Sion Jenkins, the teacher who was accused of the murder of his foster daughter Billie-Jo, another possible miscarriage of justice. I have no idea if Jeremy and Sion are guilty or not, but John Kay knowingly colluded with serious criminals. No judgement of his can be considered sound.

Rudenstine currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Board for ARTstor, as well as teaching a yearly freshman seminar in 20th-century poetry at Harvard University.

  • Pointing Our Thoughts: Reflections on Harvard and Higher Education, 1991–2001 (2001)
  • The House of Barnes: The Man, the Collection, the Controversy (2012)
  • Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2014)

Rudenstine is an honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge University,  as well as Provost Emeritus of Princeton University. In 1998, as President of Harvard, Rudenstine was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Oxford, in a ceremony in which the President of Yale University, Richard Levin, was also honoured.

Rudenstine is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former director of the American Council on Education, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Philosophical Society, and the Committee for Economic Development.

Earlier, Rudenstine was a member of various advisory groups, including the National Commission on Preservation and Access and the Council on Library Resources. Rudenstine has also served as a Trustee of the College Entrance Examination Board and of the Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, of which he is a graduate. He is currently on the Board of the New York Public Library, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Barnes Foundation, as well as many others both in the United States and in Europe.

Rudenstine is married to Angelica Zander, an art historian. They have three children: Antonia, Sonya, and Nick; and 4 grandchildren: Luca, Willa, Ines, and Aurelia.

From ‘Harvard Gazette’:

Neil L. Rudenstine (1935-) served as Harvard’s president from 1991-2001. Neil L. RudenstineRudenstine, a scholar of Renaissance literature, received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1964. After serving as a faculty member at Harvard for four years, he joined the faculty at Princeton, where he had earned his undergraduate degree.

At Princeton, Rudenstine held a number of posts in academic administration, including dean of students, dean of the college, and provost.

Rudenstine then served as executive Vice President of the Mellon Foundation for four years before being chosen for the Harvard presidency in 1991.

At Harvard, as part of an overall effort to achieve greater coordination among the University’s schools and faculties, Rudenstine set in motion an intensive process of University-wide academic planning intended to identify some of Harvard’s main intellectual and programmatic priorities.

In 1999, he announced the launch of a major new venture in interdisciplinary learning, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, created through the merger of Radcliffe College with Harvard.

During his tenure Rudenstine worked to sustain and build federal support for university-based research. Under his leadership, Harvard’s federally sponsored research grew to $320 million in 2000, up from $200 million in 1991.

Rudenstine also stressed the University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, the importance of keeping Harvard’s doors open to students from across the economic spectrum, the task of adapting the research university to an era of rapid information growth, and the challenge of living together in a diverse community committed to freedom of expression.

Rudenstine led Harvard’s first University-wide funding campaign in modern times and what was then the largest higher education campaign in history. The efforts surpassed the goal of $2.1 billion to raise more than $2.6 billion from about 175,000 alumni and friends of Harvard.

That success allowed the University to take meaningful steps toward its goals, such as increasing both undergraduate and graduate student financial aid, embarking on new construction projects to provide cutting-edge facilities for study and research, and endowing new chairs and professorships to ensure that Harvard would continue to attract top faculty.

Since stepping down from the presidency, Rudenstine has been involved in a digital arts venture, ArtSTOR, and taught courses at Princeton.

Rudenstine is married to art historian Angelica Zander Rudenstine.

The Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research is the only exhibition space at Harvard devoted to works by and about people of African descent.

17 May 2001, Harvard Gazette carried the first article of two re Neil Rudenstine’s Journey: Becoming

At the age of 14, Neil Rudenstine set out on an epic journey. Physically, the distance was only a few miles, but in personal terms it was like traveling to another world. He had attended local public schools through the eighth grade. Now he was about to enter the Wooster School, a private, college-preparatory institution. Although it was located in Danbury, Conn., his hometown, he would live at the school rather than at home. It was not a turn of events that anyone in the Rudenstine family had anticipated.

“We really didn’t know what a boarding school was,” Rudenstine said, “and we certainly had never heard about Wooster. It was also incredibly expensive. It would have cost practically my father’s whole salary to go to the Wooster School for one year.” Rudenstine was able to attend the school because he had won a full scholarship, a distinction that created its own set of burdens.

“Academically, I wasn’t at all sure I would survive because it was a very selective school, and it was totally different from anything I’d ever been in before. And because I was going on a full scholarship, I felt that … no one had actually told me this – but I felt that I certainly had to do well.”

Rudenstine was not only the first person in his family to go to boarding school; he was the first person in his immediate family to finish high school, period. In that sense, he was a social and educational pioneer, an exciting position to be in, but a scary one as well. It meant that, in some areas at least, he could no longer turn to his parents for guidance or advice.

“I think that must be an experience for many people who are the first ones in their family to go to private school or college, because it’s a world that hasn’t been penetrated. It wasn’t as if you could turn to your father and say, ‘How was it?’ and he would say, ‘It’s nothing to worry about.’”

While Rudenstine’s parents were unable to give him the inside scoop on the prep school experience, they were a major influence on his getting into one in the first place. His father, Harry Rudenstine, never went further than the eighth grade, but he was a voracious reader who instilled dreams of educational attainment in his children. A first-generation American, the son of Jewish immigrants from Kiev, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers as a young man, learning trigonometry and other skills on the job.

It was while he was stationed in Ossining, N.Y., that he met his wife, Mae, an Italian Catholic whose family had emigrated from Campobasso, a town just east of Naples. As a member of the Corps, Harry traveled extensively, but after he and Mae were married, a more settled lifestyle seemed in order, so he got a job as a guard in the federal prison system. More moves followed, but mostly within the Northeast. The last assignment brought the family to Danbury, where a new federal prison had just been built.

“My father was very thoughtful, very interested in education; read tremendously, especially history and biography. I think if he had gone to college, he would have had an extraordinary career, and he made up for it by reading on his own and by being very powerfully concerned that his children should be well educated.”

Rudenstine did do well at the Wooster School, well enough to be admitted to Princeton, again on a scholarship. But Wooster was far more than a stepping stone to the Ivy League. Founded in 1926, the school, at the time Rudenstine arrived, had only 90 students who convened as a group several times daily – for meals, chapel, evening study hall, and athletics. Rudenstine later was to describe it as almost a one-room schoolhouse. But what the school lacked in size, it made up for in the quality of its faculty, particularly its headmaster, John Verdery.

In 1954, responding to the Supreme Court decision Brown vs. The Board of Education, Verdery decided to integrate the school, although, as a private school it was not legally bound by the court’s verdict.

“It had a real effect on me to see him decide to integrate this little boarding school when nobody was pushing him to do so,” said Rudenstine, who graduated in 1952, but continued to keep in close touch with the school. “In fact, a lot of people didn’t think he ought to do it, but he just felt it was the right thing to do.”

Rudenstine describes his experience at Princeton as “wonderful,” although his four years there did not give him a specific career direction. He chose an interdisciplinary major called Special Program in the Humanities and wrote a senior thesis on the poetry and criticism of Keats, Arnold, and Eliot. He also took history courses and thought about becoming a lawyer, but winning a Rhodes Scholarship meant that he could defer his final decision for another two years.

For a young man who had never been out of the United States, New College, Oxford, was a revelation. Rudenstine sailed to England with several dozen other Rhodes and Marshall scholars, an interlude that allowed the group to get to know one another and form friendships.

A mere 11 years after the end of World War II, England was still recovering from the damage inflicted by German bombing, but at the same time there was an exciting sense of rebirth. Rudenstine benefited from the presence of such distinguished professors as Isaiah Berlin, George Kennan, and W.H. Auden. He also took full advantage of the opportunity to see Europe.

“In those days, the dollar was very strong and Europe was very inexpensive, so a student with very little money could still travel. I would zoom off with two and three friends to one vacation in Scotland, more than one in France, more than one in Italy, one in Salzburg, and so on. You could live in youth hostels or inexpensive hotels and eat modestly on a few dollars a day.”

Rudenstine started out studying modern history, then switched to literature, necessitating his staying an extra year to complete his studies. It was during this time that a friend invited him to tea and introduced him to a young student named Angelica Zander.

The daughter of a Dutch mother and a German-Jewish father who had left Berlin in 1937 and settled in London, Zander was working on a bachelor’s degree in modern languages and literature at the time. The relationship evolved gradually, but by the end of Rudenstine’s third year at Oxford the couple were well along the way to being a couple for life.

They were not alone. Three friends – Americans who had sailed to England with Rudenstine and studied with him at New College – also married English women. The four couples remain friends to this day.

Rudenstine made another important decision at this time. He finally gave up all thought of a law career, deciding instead to go to graduate school in English literature. He applied to Harvard and was accepted, arriving here in September 1960, after six months spent fulfilling his ROTC obligations as an artillery lieutenant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma…

 

Another Expert Witness called by Wendy Savage to testify as to her Clinical Competence while she Cared For those Wimmin was named in Wendy’s book as Peter Dunn, then Reader in Child Health, Bristol University. I recognised Peter when I saw his photo, he’s the man who’s photos taken at an Important Medical Conference with his friends Wendy and Geoffrey Chamberlain litter the internet. I’ve used them in previous posts; I wondered who he was because I didn’t recognise him.

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Having a cup of char with Wendy between Important Lectures where We Doctors Share Our Expertise:

Catching up with ‘Bodger’ Chamberlain amidst a hectic schedule:

Peter MacNaughton Dunn, FRCP, FRCOG, FRCPCH (born 1929) is the paediatrician most notable for introducing into the UK the Gregory box in 1971, that provides continuous positive airway pressure in the treatment of infant respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn and conducting research into hip dysplasia and foetal adaptation to extrauterine life. Dunn was also notable for being known for founding the charidee the British Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Dunn was educated at Marlborough College before matriculating at St John’s College University of Cambridge to study medicine, attaining a degree in 1953. Dunn was very probably at Marlborough College with Prof David Donnison; if they didn’t know each other from Marlborough, they probably met through some other way, Donnison and his wife Kay Carmichael being key members of the Richard Crossman-LSE-Top Docs and social workers network that facilitated Gwynne and Dafydd’s wider network. I have provided extensive details re Donnison and Kay Carmichael in previous posts (they had fingers in numerous pies, even well after retirement because they became Community Activists then), but here’s a brief resume.

David Vernon Donnison (19 January 1926-28 April 2018) was Professor of Social Administration at the LSE 1961-69, Lord Piercy 1945.jpgand Professor of Town and Regional Planning (1980–91) and Honorary Research Fellow (from 1991) at the University of Glasgow.

Donnison was born in colonial Burma; his father, Frank Siegfried Vernon Donnison, CBE, was a colonial administrator in the Indian Civil Service. His mother was Ruth Seruya MBE, JP, granddaughter of Simeon Singer. David was educated at boarding schools, finally at Marlborough College, 1940-43. Donnison served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, before going up to Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1947 to read PPE.

In 1950, Donnison was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Manchester, where he worked under W. J. M. Mackenzie. Manchester University’s School of Medicine was solidly behind Gwynne and Dafydd, but other academics at Manchester University, including Mackenzie’s colleagues, were also part of the network, including some who were personal friends of Sir Clough and Bertrand Russell (see post ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’).

Isobel Emmett, a social anthropologist at Manchester University, married a man from Croesor who was friends with the Welsh speaking psychiatric social worker who was appointed in the late 1960s to safeguard Welsh language rights. The effect of the Welsh speaking social worker was to make it even easier for Gwynne and Dafydd to bang people up and lobotomise them because the Welsh speaking assessment box had then been ticked. Dafydd was a Welsh language activist himself… See post ‘Theatre Of The Absurd’.

Prof Eric Sunderland, one of Lord John Walton’s mates from Durham University who was headhunted by UCNW to become Principal in 1984 after Brown and I refused to shut up about Gwynne, was a social anthropologist who knew the anthropology crowd at Manchester University.

Eric replaced Sir Charles Evans as Principal of UCNW, Evans the 1953 Everest Hero who worked as a neurosurgeon and then general surgeon in Liverpool before he was appointed Principal of UCNW in 1958. Evans was a pal of Gwynne and Dafydd.

From 1946 to 1982, the President of UCNW was Lord Kenyon. Lord Kenyon was succeeded by William Mars-Jones, who was succeeded in 1995 by the Windbags’ friend and Labour MP for Anglesey, 1951-79, Lord Cledwyn. Who was er mates with Gwynne, Dafydd, Lucille etc.

David Donnison remained at Manchester until 1953, when he took up a lecturing post at the University of Toronto. Returning to England two years later, he joined the LSE as a reader (and thus Richard Titmuss‘s deputy as Chair of Social Administration); in 1961, Donnison succeeded Titmuss to the Chair. Donnison was in the thick of Richard Crossman’s LSE crowd who acted as advisers to the post-war Labour Gov’ts, notably Titmuss, Brian Abel-Smith, Peter Townsend, Roy Parker, John Grieve and Tony Lynes“. They believed that they had a “profound commitment to eradicating poverty of income and opportunity’. Sadly they did indeed have ‘a deep and lasting influence on the development and growth of Britain’s welfare state.” They ran the welfare state for themselves and did very nicely out of it. They all knew about Gwynne, Dafydd, John Walton et al and crushed anyone who dared challenge them. Some of that crowd took advantage of the services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd themselves, as did their friends. 

Richard Titmuss married a social worker Kathleen aka Kay and their daughter is Ann Rosamund Oakley (née Titmuss; born 17 January 1944), the feminist sociologist. Oakley is Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education. Oakley is discussed in previous posts, but the Feminist Champ who is the daughter of Richard Titmuss, Umbrella for Gwynne and Dafydd, is such a laugh that I’ll briefly revisit Ann’s Life and Works here.

Ann Oakley was born in London in 1944. She was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and Somerville College, Oxford University, Lord Piercy 1945.jpg
graduating in 1965, having married fellow future academic Robin Oakley the previous year.

In the next few years Oakley wrote scripts for children’s television and wrote numerous short stories. Returning to formal education at Bedford College, University of London, Oakley gained a PhD in 1969; Oakley’s PhD was a study of women’s attitudes to housework, from which several of her early books were derived. Bertrand Russell’s son Conrad, Earl Russell, worked at Bedford College for years. Conrad was a friend of and co-authored with Lady Antonia Fraser, who was married to first Sir Hugh Fraser, the Tory MP and then to Swearing Harold Pinter. Lady Antonia was the daughter of Lord Longford aka Frank Pakenham, who’s sister married Top Doc John Harman, Harriet’s dad. The extended Pakenham clan colluded with and concealed the criminality of Gwynne, Dafydd, Lord John Walton, the London Hospital crowd and their entire network. See ‘Comedies of Menace’. Oxford Blood By Lady Antonia Fraser

Bedford College is proud of having pioneered medical sociology, but the variety of medical sociology pioneered by Bedford was a disgrace to sociology. The entire stable of medical sociologists at Bedford were lapdogs to Gwynne, Dafydd and the Top Doctors. The most high profile Bedford College medical sociologist was Prof George Brown, who as a younger researcher had worked with Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Kenneth Rawnsley when Rawnsley was one of the Manchester Top Docs protecting the Gang. In 1964 Rawnsley relocated to Cardiff as the academic psychiatrist overseeing Training and Standards in psychiatry across the whole of Wales.12 Folded Armsx633 0 Professor George Brown became a leading medical sociologist… See eg. ‘Sex, Lies and No Democracy’.

Much of Ann Oakley’s research focused on medical sociology and women’s health.

In 1985 Oakley moved to work at the Institute of Education in London where she set up the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU). It was all happening in 1985 wasn’t it Ann?12 Folded Armsx633 0 

It was in the summer of 1985 that Samuel Brittan, brother of Home Secretary Leon, enlisted the help of Michael Grade after Samuel demanded my friend’s head on a plate after she refused to work a fiddle for Samuel in her capacity as box office manager at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Esther established ChildLine Oxford Blood By Lady Antonia Fraserat the suggestion of Michael Grade shortly after the exchange of letters between Samuel Brittan and Michael Grade, re Samuel’s outrage at my friend’s refusal to pull a fast one for Brittan’s benefit and Grade’s reply to Samuel stressing how Shocked he was at my friend’s ‘rudeness’ and that Grade would Fix It For Samuel…

Ann Oakley has written numerous academic works, many focusing on the lives and roles of women in society as well as several best-selling novels, of which the best-known is probably The Men’s Room, which was adapted by Laura Lamson for BBC TV in 1991, which starred Harriet Walter and Bill Nighy.

In April 1991, another Wimmin’s Champ was busy in my vicinity when the Gang that was for years protected by Ann’s dad and his mates tried to have me imprisoned, yet again. 

St Helena:

Sir William Mars-Jones:

Ann Oakley is a mother and grandmother. The Titmuss line continues…

  • Oakley, Ann (editor); Ashton, John (editor); Titmuss, Richard (author) (1997) [1972]. The gift relationship: from human blood to social policy.12 Folded Armsx633 0 London: LSE Books. ISBN 9780753012017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Oakley, Ann (1993) [1972]. Sex, gender and society.Oxford Blood By Lady Antonia Fraser Aldershot: Arena, published in association with New Society. ISBN 9781857421712.
  • Oakley, Ann (1990) [1974]. Housewife (2nd ed.). London: Penguin. ISBN 9780140135237.
  • Oakley, Ann (1985) [1974]. The sociology of housework. Oxford, New York: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631139249. (also translated into German, Dutch and Japanese).
  • Oakley, Ann (1976). Woman’s work: the housewife, past and present. New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 9780394719603. (Re-titled version of Housewife – 1974)
  • Oakley, Ann; Mitchell, Juliet (1976). The rights and wrongs of women. Harmondsworth New York: Penguin. ISBN 9780140216165.
  • Oakley, Ann (1980). Becoming a mother. New York: Schocken Books. ISBN 9780805237351.
Reprinted as: Oakley, Ann (1981). From here to maternity: becoming a mother. Harmondsworth: Penguin. ISBN 9780140222562.
  • Oakley, Ann (1980). Women confined: towards a sociology of childbirth. Oxford England: M. Robertson. ISBN 9780855202118.
  • Oakley, Ann (1982). Subject women. London: Fontana. ISBN 9780006860594.
  • Oakley, Ann (1984). The captured womb: a history of the medical care of pregnant women. Oxford; New York City: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631149712.
  • Oakley, Ann (1985). Taking it like a woman. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006545118.
  • Oakley, Ann; Mitchell, Juliet (1986). What is feminism?. Oxford Blood By Lady Antonia FraserOxford, UK: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631148432.
  • Oakley, Ann; Houd, Susanne (1990). Helpers in childbirth: midwifery today. New York: Hemisphere Pub. Corp. ISBN 9781560320364.
  • Oakley, Ann (1992). Social support and motherhood: the natural history of a research project. Oxford UK Cambridge, United States: Blackwell. ISBN 9780631182740.
  • Oakley, Ann (1993). Essays on women, medicine and health. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748604500.
  • Oakley, Ann; Williams, A. Susan (1994). The politics of the welfare state. 12 Folded Armsx633 0London: UCL Press. ISBN 9781857282061.
  • Oakley, Ann (1996), “Sexuality”,12 Folded Armsx633 0 in Jackson, Stevi; Scott, Sue (eds.), Feminism and sexuality: Oxford Blood By Lady Antonia Frasera reader, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 35–39, ISBN 9780231107082.
  • Oakley, Ann (1997). Man and wife: Richard and Kay Titmuss: 12 Folded Armsx633 0my parents’ early years. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006550136.
  • Oakley, Ann; Mitchell, Juliet (1997). Who’s afraid of feminism?: seeing through the backlash. New York: New Press Distributed by W.W. Norton. ISBN 9781565843851.
  • Oakley, Ann; Williams, Fiona; Popay, Jennie (1999). Welfare research: a critical review. London: UCL Press. ISBN 9780203979365.
  • Oakley, Ann (2000). Experiments in knowing: gender and method in the social sciences. Cambridge UK: Polity Press. ISBN 9780745622576.
  • Oakley, Ann (editor); Alcock, Peter (editor); Glennerster, Howard (editor); Sinfield, Adrian (editor); Titmuss, Richard (author) (2001). Welfare and wellbeing: Richard Titmuss’s contribution to social policy. 12 Folded Armsx633 0Bristol England: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861342997.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Oakley, Ann (2002). Gender on planet Earth. New York: The New Press Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9781565847682.
  • Oakley, Ann (editor); Barker, Jonathan (editor); Titmuss, Richard (author) (2004). Private complaints and public health: Richard Titmuss on the National Health Service. 12 Folded Armsx633 0Bristol, UK: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861345608.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Oakley, Ann (2007). Fracture: adventures of a broken body. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 9781861349378.
  • Oakley, Ann (2011). A critical woman: Barbara Wootton, social science and public policy in the twentieth century. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781283149068.
  • Oakley, Ann (2014). Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, gender and social science. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. ISBN 9781447318101.

Fiction

  • Oakley, Ann (1986). Telling the truth about Jerusalem: a collection of essays and poems. Oxford, UK; New York City, United States: Basil Blackwell. ISBN 9780631149514.
  • Oakley, Ann (1988). The men’s room. London: Virago. ISBN 9780860688853. (televised)
  • Clay, Rosamund nom de plume (1990). Only angels forget. London: Virago. ISBN 9781853811272.
  • Oakley, Ann (1990). Matilda’s mistake. London: Virago. ISBN 9781853812118.
  • Oakley, Ann (1993). The secret lives of Eleanor Jenkinson. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006545507.
  • Oakley, Ann (1993). Scenes originating in the Garden of Eden. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 9780002243032.
  • Oakley, Ann (2012) [1995], “Where the bee sucks”, in Williams, A. Susan; Jones, R. G. (eds.), The Penguin book of erotic stories by women, London: Penguin, pp. 384–397, ISBN 9780241965450
  • Oakley, Ann (1995), “Death in the egg”, in Williams, A. Susan; Jones, Richard Glyn (eds.), The Penguin book of modern fantasy by women, London: Viking, pp. 525–532, ISBN 9780670859078
  • Oakley, Ann (1996). A proper holiday. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006550143.
  • Oakley, Ann (2000). Overheads. London: Flamingo. ISBN 9780006512189.

Journal articles

  • Oakley, Ann (March–April 1998). “Science, gender, and women’s liberation: Oxford Blood By Lady Antonia Fraseran argument against postmodernism”. Women’s Studies International Forum. 21 (2): 133–146. doi:10.1016/S0277-5395(98)00005-3.
  • Oakley, Ann (1 November 1998). “Gender, Methodology and People’s Ways of Knowing: Some Problems with Feminism and the Paradigm Debate in Social Science”. Sociology. 32 (4): 707–731.

At the LSE, Donnison focused on housing and planning; he received substantial funding from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to study the social effects of the Rent Act 1957, served on Milner Holland‘s Royal Commission on Housing in Greater London from 1965 and the Govt’s Central Housing Advisory Committee. Donnison also acted as a consultant to the UN Economic Commission for Europe. In addition, Donnison studied education and served on the Plowden Committee on Primary Education in 1967, developing the concept of Educational Priority Areas with Michael Young. From 1968 to 1970 Donnison Chaired the Public Schools Commission.

In 1969, Donnison left his Chair at LSE and worked (until 1976) as Director of the thinktank the Centre for Environmental Studies. He joined the Supplementary Benefits Commission as Deputy Chairman in 1973 and two years later took over as Chairman, serving until 1980. Donnison was appointed Professor of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Glasgow in 1980. Donnison took a keen interest in the regeneration programme for Glasgow, led the mid-term review of the GEAR project and, with Alan Middleton, edited Regenerating the Inner City: Glasgow’s Experience in 1987. At Glasgow University, Donnison also became the inaugural Co-director of the Scottish Housing Research Group in 1982.

Donnison retired in 1991 and was thereafter an Emeritus Professor and Honorary Research Fellow at Glasgow. Donnison clocked up four honorary doctorates, from the universities of Bradford (1973), Hull (1980), and Leeds and Southampton (both 1981) and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Social Policy Association in 2008.

According to his obituary in The Guardian, Donnison was “one of a group of outstanding academics who played an important part in shaping social policy during the 1960s and 70s, and, in his case, well beyond.12 Folded Armsx633 0 He remained engaged in public debate until the end of his life.” Donnison remained an advocate of marginalised groups for the rest of his life. 

In retirement, Donnison authored Policies for a Just Society (1997) and Speaking to Power: Advocacy for Health and Social Care (2009). He was also a keen windsurfer, painter, draughtsman and poet, and he took up playing in a ceilidh band. Donnison lived in Glasgow for the rest of his life, although he spent long periods of time on Easdale island. He died on 28 April 2018.

St Helena grew up in Glasgow.

David Donnison married Jean Kidger (died 2017), whom he had met at Oxford, in 1951. They separated in 1979 and he married the writer and activist Kay Carmichael (died 2009) in 1987. Kay was a psychiatric social worker who was yet another one of Richard Crossman’s advisers. Kay too was Committed To The Poor and Radical Action, knew what Gwynne and Dafydd were up to and er assisted them and their network, which of course stretched to Glasgow. See previous posts.

By his first wife, Donnison had two daughters (Rachel and Polly), two sons (Christopher and Harry) and a foster son (John), and with his second wife a step-daughter (Sheena).

One of the PhD students of Richard Titmuss’s close friend LSE Prof Brian Abel-Smith was Prof Pat Thane. Thane is a social historian who’s research area is the British welfare state. Thane is yet another Wimmin’s Champ who’s not managed to write a word about Gwynne and Dafydd for whom her PhD supervisor did so much, although Pat has waxed at length about The Poor and Wimmin’s Suffering at the hands of the Patriarchy. Like George Brown, Pat is a British Academy Fellow. See eg. ‘Sex, Lies and No Democracy’.

 

Like Peter Dunn, Ronnie Waterhouse was a St John’s College, Cambridge man and an enthusiastic member of the alumni network. After St John’s, Peter Dunn undertook training in perinatal medicine in Birmingham, San Francisco and Bristol. 

The Bryn Alyn Community or it may be Birmingham or San Francisco or indeed Bristol:

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If Dafydd’s reading this blog, the spectre of the San Franciscan Baths will bring back terrible memories for him, memories that Dafydd didn’t even dare to discuss in Liverpool High Court… Much worse than the Baby Doll Nightie with nae panties and MacDuff…

Peter Dunn led Bristol University’s neonatal service, 1969-88 and was later Emeritus Professor of Perinatal Medicine and Senior Research Fellow there. So Dunn was one of the biggest names in neonatal medicine when D.G.E. Wood was a med student at Bristol; Wood’s father was a Top Doc in Bristol and will have been a contemporary of Peter Dunn.

Dunn was leading neonatal care at Bristol when I was at school in Somerset and that ring in the West Country linked to Gwynne and Dafydd’s was in operation. The HQ of the ring was in London, particularly at the London Hospital, where in the late 1960s, Prof Clifford Wilson and Sir John Rogers Ellis had been appointed to very senior roles with responsibility for organising the placements of junior docs throughout the south of England and in the West Country. Their organising mate in Taunton was Brian Wykeham Webb and Peter Dunn in Bristol had a number of senior colleagues who were part of the ring.

Peter Dunn was busy Top Doctoring in Bristol – which meant lording it over the Top Docs throughout Somerset – in 1973-74, when there was a lunch at the Clarence between Thatch and someone who campaigned for Tom King.

Dunn will have known Dr Death, the MP for Plymouth Sutton, 1966-Feb 1974 and Plymouth Devonport, Feb 1974-1992. Plymouth was Death’s home town and Nancy Astor, mother of Lord Bill of the Profumo Affair, held a seat in Plymouth earlier in the 20th century. In spite of Nancy Astor’s presence, Plymouth was dominated by Footie’s family, a legal and political dynasty who were Liberal and Labour.

Footie’s dad Issac was a lawyer and a Liberal MP. Footie’s brother Dingle Foot was a Balliol graduate a la Grocer Heath, Woy and Denis Healey and a member of Gray’s Inn a la Mars-Jones. Dingle served as a Liberal and then Labour MP and Harold Wilson’s Solicitor General, 1964-67. Dingle was called to the Bar or admitted as a solicitor or practitioner in the following countries Ghana (1948), Sri Lanka (1951), Northern Rhodesia (1956), Sierra Leone (1959), Supreme Court of India (as a Senior Advocate) (1960), Bahrain (1962) and Malaysia (1964). He also appeared regularly in the Courts of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika, Nyasaland and Pakistan. In addition, Dingle had been regularly engaged in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council since 1945. Dingle died in June 1978, very shortly before Mr Thrope was charged with conspiracy to murder, having choked on a chicken bone in an hotel in Hong Kong. In the 1940s and 50s, Dingle frequently appeared on TV with Footie and Bob Boothby.

Footie’s brother Hugh was Lord Caradon, Governor of Cyprus and British Ambassador to the UN and father of the investigative journo Paul Foot

Other brothers were John (Lord Foot)  and Christopher, a solicitor who joined the family firm. There were also two sisters.

See ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’ for details of the huge Foot dynasty and their friends, most of whom colluded with Gwynne, Dafydd et al…

The Foots, like Dr Death and Wedgie-Benn, boasted of the Nonconformist background and values. But then so did most of Gwynne and Dafydd’s circle.

Footie knew a great deal about Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gang and used the services that they provided. Footie’s friend and biographer was Mervyn Jones, son of the Welsh psychiatrist Ernest Jones. Ernest was responsible for introducing Freud’s theories to the UK. Ernest knew Gwynne, Dafydd and Wilfred and Leo Abse. Ernest managed to kill his first wife Morfydd when he performed DIY abdominal surgery on Morfydd in her parents house in south Wales; they had been married for only a year. Ernest acquired another wife whom he found far less of a pain that Morfydd. Ernest was a pal of Freud but they did fall out over Ernest’s conduct towards Freud’s daughter Anna, who was years younger than Ernest. It all ended well though, everyone went into analysis with everyone else to Resolve Matters.

Ernest was a friend of the Welsh schoolteacher, novelist and Plaid activist ‘with lesbian tendencies’ Kate Roberts who married a fellow Plaid activist, a gay man. They moved to Denbigh  as a young couple; Kate’s gay husband died when he was still quite young, leaving Kate a widow who pursued a lifelong friendship with Dafydd and Gwynne. See ‘Feet In Chains’.

Ernest Jones knew James and Alix Strachey, relations of Clough and Amabel, who produced the definitivate translation of Freud’s works and were two leading figures in analysis in the UK.

Once D.G.E. Wood – a big fan of Dr Death – had parked himself in the Student Health Centre at UCNW, Dunn will have had a hotline to UCNW, an institution rung By Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gang, where Gwynne sat in the Student Health Centre after he had ‘retired’ from Denbigh. Wood was also a GP in Bangor and being essential to the trafficking ring, 17 Marlenex633 0held increasingly senior roles in the Royal College of GPs, until he was responsible for just about everything re General Practice across the whole of north Wales. Wood went nation-wide after that and served as the Treasurer for the Royal College of GPs.

Frank Bough formerly of ‘Nationwide’, kicked out of the BBC for partying with prostitutes and cocaine, while Savile remained:

John Rogers Ellis was an old Oundle School boy and was part of the tight ex-Oundle network who knew Bertrand Russel and Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and were Of Dafydd and Gwynne. That group of ex-Oundle boys were of a very similar age and included Harriet Harman’s dad, the Dean of the Maudsley David Lewis Davies, Sir Kenneth Robinson, big wig of MIND and Harold Wilson’s Minister of Health, Micky Wynn aka Lord Newborough and William Trethowan, Top Doc who in the early 1970s was one of the GMC panel who decided that Belfast-based paedophile child psychiatrist Dr Morris Fraser was fine to continue practising after he had been convicted of sexually assaulting a child. Fraser left Belfast for the mainland and obtained jobs at UCL and Springfield Hospital, the psych unit attached to St George’s.

Trethowan’s family virtually ran Guy’s Hospital. His dad was a well-known orthopaedic surgeon who was a Guy’s man and his mum qualified as a Top Doc from Guy’s at the same time as William Trethowan, when, as a middle aged Posh Lady, she thought that it would be fun to read medicine alongside her son. I’d love to know the details of the arrangement because Mrs Trethowan won’t have fitted the entry criteria in any way…

Robert Owen, the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Liverpool University and the Medical Ombudsman for Wales who on behalf of the Welsh Office organised the 1989 ‘Independent Professional Review’ into my complaint about the Gang that was Chaired by Bluglass, trained at Guy’s and was still on excellent terms with them there. Sister Hutt’s dad was the Prof of Pathology at Guy’s in the 1970s and 80s. Uncle Harry was a Prof at Guy’s at the same time.

It was written in the stars that William Trethowan would be a huge figure in medicine. This is what the Royal College of Physicians Munk’s Roll Lives of the Fellows online says about Trethowan:

William Henry (Sir) Trethowan

b.3 June 1917 d.15 December 1995
Kt(1980) CBE(1975) MB BChir Cantab(1943) MRCS LRCP(1943) MRCP(1948) DPM(1950) FRACP(1961) FRCP(1963) Hon FANZCP(1965) FRCPsych(1971) Hon DSc Chinese University of Hong Kong(1979) Hon FRCPsych(1983)

Bill Trethowan was one of the most influential British psychiatrists of the last half century. Trained at Cambridge and Guy’s, he served in the RAMC during the war, reaching the rank of major. After passing the MRCP examination in 1948 he chose to specialize in psychiatry at the Maudsley, had a spell at Harvard Medical School and returned to an academic post at the University of Manchester. In 1956 he was appointed to the chair of psychiatry in Sydney and here he showed his flair for organization. On arrival he found the state of mental health services in New South Wales “appalling” (his own description) and immediately set about to improve them, with outstanding success. Almost single-handedly he rewrote the Mental Health Act and by the time he left six years later he had established a formidable reputation as a clinician, teacher and administrator.

In 1962 he was attracted back to Britain to become the first full time professor of psychiatry at the University of Birmingham. Once more within a few years he transformed the clinical service and teaching in psychiatry.

Trethowan attracted one Robert Bluglass to Birmingham.

He started a senior registrar rotational training scheme in the Midlands which proved extremely popular and his own lectures and teaching sessions were erudite, witty and inspirational. Amongst other things, he encouraged part time training in psychiatry and he must have taken great pride in the selection of one of his part time trainees to the presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Trethowan served as dean of Birmingham Medical School from 1968 to 1974.

The years when Bluglass was identified as a future Leader Of The Profession…

Research was not his forte,

So he won’t have been able to supervise the research of all of those stellar trainee psychiatrists in his team

although he published quite widely. He collected and wrote about psychiatric rarities and his special interest was in the relationship between mental illness and musical creativity. His organizational ability and sharp but sensible contributions to debate led to his recruitment to many influential posts and committees, locally in the medical school and regional health authority,

Birmingham Medical School and the Regional Health Authority were already in partnership with Gwynne and Dafydd

in the newly-formed Royal College of Psychiatrists as senior examiner and nationally as consultant adviser in psychiatry to the DHSS, chairman of the Standing Mental Health Advisory Committee and Central Health Services Council, amongst others.

Yet another layer of protection for Gwynne and Dafydd.

He chaired the steering committee that led to the establishment of a medical school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was appointed CBE in 1975 and knighted in 1980.

Mary Wynch was illegally imprisoned in 1979 and Trethowan’s mate Bluglass was tasked with rewriting the Mental Health Act in the early 1980s to ensure that It Couldn’t Happen Again. It did, with me, three years after Bluglass’s Mental Health Act 1983. Bluglass investigated and declared Dafydd to be a caring man who had been subjected to intolerable harassment by me. 

All of this, with appropriate adjustments, could describe the career of any distinguished and senior medical academic in Britain, but it reflects little of Bill’s outstanding personal characteristics. He was tall and big (a euphemism for rotund), serious, rather intimidating until you got to know him.

A Gentle Giant with a Heart Of Gold!

“Saturnine”, “dark and brooding” were applied to him by others.

‘Wicked corrupt people-trafficking bastard’ was applied by me.

In its obituary The Times described a probably apocryphal story of his dismissal of an angry horde of medical students who had gathered on the steps of the medical school in 1968 “simply by his imposing presence and the use of two words – both short”.

So what were they protesting about? Med students are idealistic and they do pipe up at what they perceive as outrages until they are told to F off or they won’t be docs…

When you got beneath this rather austere exterior, there was the real Bill Trethowan – charming, warm, clever, witty, entertaining, delightful company.

Drunken old fool who was a regular at Top Docs’ dinners.

Music was Bill’s great passion, with a surprising emphasis on jazz. At Cambridge he was the musical director of the Footlights and he composed the music for the 1938 May Week revue, Pure and Simple, and for a BBC production of Little Miss Rosalind, a musical comedy based on As You Like It.

I get the picture.

Both were highly praised. He was a renowned pianist and trumpeter, playing Bach as well as jazz. Had he so wished he could no doubt have had a successful career in music; he had, in fact, enrolled at Cambridge for a music degree and for a time studied orchestration and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He also ran a professional dance band.

Massive network in the part of High Society that it has now become clear was tied in with exploitation of students, young musicians etc.

His marriage to Pamela Waters, an actress and singer whom he married in 1941, was singularly happy and they both flourished in Australia where Pam produced plays and they established a legendary reputation as hosts. This carried over into their Birmingham years. They had two daughters and a son. In later life Bill built electronic organs in his spare time and enhanced his interest in food by becoming an expert cook. He suffered serious depression after Pam’s death, but found new happiness in a second marriage to Heather Dalton (née Gardiner).

Trethowan wined and dined with the finest luvvies.

 

Trethowan was Chairman of the GMC fitness to practice panel that allowed the paedophile child psychiatrist from Belfast Dr Morris Fraser to continue practicing after sexually assaulting a child in the US in the early 1970s; Trethowan was Dean of Birmingham Medical School at the time.  Fraser treated children at the Kincora Boys’ Home, the centre of a VIP paedophile ring in N Ireland, with which Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gang were linked. After being allowed to continue to practice, Fraser relocated to mainland Britain and worked at UCL – Marjorie Wallace’s husband Andrew Skarbek worked at UCL – and Springfield Hospital, the psych unit attached to St George’s. 

The MDU barrister who worked on Fraser’s GMC hearing was Paddy Mayhew, who later served as John Major’s N Ireland Secretary. Paddy was promoted to that role by John Major after serving as Attorney-General under Thatch and then Major, 13 June 1987-10 April 1992. Paddy was the AG who approved every prosecution of me in the High Court for contempt during 1990 and 1991 although he knew that perjury was committed in every case, including by the MDU barristers. Paddy was appointed as AG some four weeks before the Gang expected me to be carted off to Risley Remand Centre as a result of their Cunning Plan hatched during 1986-87. Paddy was a Balliol graduate, as was Grocer Heath, Denis Healey and Woy. A member of Middle Temple, like Ronnie Waterhouse and Greville Janner, Paddy was the MP for Tunbridge Wells and served as Thatch’s Solicitor General, June 1983-June 1987, when Lord Havers as AG was blocking the prosecution of VIP paedophiles. Paddy was elevated to the Lords in 1997, when Ronnie’s Inquiry was underway.

Paddy’s son Tristram is the founder of the adventure company ‘Go Ape’, which has a substantial presence in north east Wales.

David Enoch, William Trethowan’s co-author re those Uncommon Psychiatric Syndromes, also wrote this:

So where is Spiritual Guru the psychiatrist David Enoch based? Tibet? Bhutan? Er, no. He’s in Cardiff. The 2008 spiel for David Enoch provided by Amazon reads ‘Dr David Enoch is a distinguished consultant psychiatrist based in Cardiff. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a former Senior Consultant Psychiatrist to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is President of the Evangelization Society.’

In 2016 when Gwynne and Dafydd’s dreadful colleagues were holding yet another of the endless pompous debates in the media – it’s all rather Wendy’s Battle With The Male Medical Establishment, a load of abusers of the same network firing pot shots at each other in order to convince the plebs that there is intelligent life among them rather than just a criminal cartel – ‘The Guardian’ published a letter from David Enoch, which supplies the names of yet more criminals in the network:

Richard Bentall’s continual, excessive criticism of the “medical approach”, and hence of psychiatrists (medical doctors), unlike clinical psychologists (who are not medical doctors), only serves to cause further stigmatisation of mental illness and fear in people needing psychiatric treatment. His views are summed up in his contention: “A narrow medical approach has been extraordinarily unsuccessful, despite what many people assume.” I do not assume, but declare, from 60 years as a physician in psychological medicine, that the medical approach has been extraordinarily successful. I experienced the old regime of the 1940s and then was privileged to live in a golden era of psychiatry, when there was a pharmacological revolution with the discovery of very successful antipsychotic, antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs and the establishment of very effective “talking cures”. We also embraced the social aspects revealed to us by Julian Leff and Laing. Associated with these advances was a new attitude and optimism, which led to the emptying of the asylums.

Clinical psychologists came later. I helped to form the clinical psychology course in Liverpool with Dr Slade. I noted that initially they carried out psychological testing, but later, after the introduction of cognitive behavioural therapy by psychiatrists, they undertook more of this work. It is important for the public to know that, when patients are referred to psychiatrists, they are being referred to medical doctors who will deal with the physical, psychological and social aspects, whereas, when they are referred to clinical psychologists, the physical aspects are not dealt with and no drug treatment can be prescribed.
Dr David Enoch
Emeritus consultant physician in psychological medicine, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Cardiff

The Dr Slade to whom Enoch refers is Prof Pauline Slade. Pauline’s profile can be found on Liverpool University’s website:

Photo of Prof Pauline Slade

My research interests focus on psychological processes in reproductive health with a current emphasis on perinatal mental health. However the ambit covers psychological aspects from menarche to menopause and all phases of reproductive health between. My focus is on understanding adaptation to adverse events and difficulty and also in developing effective interventions and workable systems of care to improve mental health and wellbeing.
There are 4 strands to my work 1) understanding how psychological factors such as attachment patterns and interpersonal processes may influence perception of and response to trauma in relation to childbirth and its associated difficulties 2) considering how we can best prepare women and couples psychologically for childbirth and the transition to parenthood 3) developing ways of training health professionals to identify psychological distress and deliver simple psychological care in the service context and 4) an interest in the experiences of care givers working in potentially traumatic circumstances.
These areas all require close liaison with staff in health care services and service user groups. I am also a consultant clinical psychologist and continue to be involved in clinical service provision . Some of my research is driven initially from theoretical perspective and whilst other work develops from direct clinical observations.
I am currently involved or have completed joint projects with Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham, UCLAN and Leicester and service user groups such as the Birth Trauma Association.
I am strongly associated with the British Psychological Society Perinatal Faculty and the International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The latter involves links with 18 countries via, their national groupings of psychologists and medical and nursing specialists involved in reproductive health care.

Like Spiritual Mark Williams, Dr Enoch (and his side-kick Pauline) are part of a massive people trafficking ring. If you have an explanation as to how Gwynne, Dafydd and George Thomas fit into your Spirituality and New Approach since the Bad Old Days Dr Enoch, let me know and I’ll post your reply up on the blog.17 Marlenex633 0

 

Sir Joe Simpson, the bent copper and member of Gray’s Inn who was Commissioner of the Met, Sept 1958-March 1968, was also an old Oundle boy who was one of the crowd around Gwynne and Dafydd. Joe died in office at the age of 58, ‘his death brought on by stress’. Fings Break as Joe knew. Joe was probably shot dead in ‘The Blind Beggar’ by Dafydd but no-one will have seen a thing, Lord Bob Winston completed the death certificate and wrote ‘STRESS’ as cause of death and Barbara Windsor has developed Alzheimers so she no longer remembers it anyway.

Sir Peter Scott of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust of Slimbridge fame, the son of Scott of the Antarctic, was another one of that Oundle crowd. Scott  served as Chancellor of Birmingham University, 1973-83, when Robert Bluglass ruled the roost at Birmingham Medical School and in the wider NHS in Birmingham. Peter Scott died ‘from a heart attack’ on 29 Aug 1989, just a few days after Bluglass sent his Report that resulted from him Chairing the July 1989 hearing into my complaint about the Gang to Clwyd and Gwynedd Health Authorities and a copy to the Welsh Office as well. Bluglass confirmed that although Dafydd’s Clinical Standards Must Be Raised, Dafydd and the rest of the Gang were Caring People who could not be expected to put up with Constant Harassment from me. Furthermore I was probably going to End In A Ward For the Criminally Insane and Dafydd thought that was a Chilling Observation.

Bluglass must have been clairvoyant because while he was Chairing that hearing in July 1989, Tony Francis was arranging a Case Conference about me, that took place towards the end of 1989. The Case Conference was Chaired by Dr Chris Hunter – a friend of Bluglass, Dafydd and Tony Francis – and Evidence about my Dangerousness was given to Chris by people of whom I had never heard. Not that I’d ever heard of Chris Hunter either. Or even knew that the Case Conference was taking place, because I was busy in London at the time, working at St George’s for Wendy’s mate Bodger and Bodger’s colleague Malcolm Pearce, being insulted and mistreated by Bodger’s mates. Chris Hunter concluded that I was Very Dangerous with a Homicidal Capacity – Bluglass had ‘mentioned’ that ‘informally’ himself to Bodger’s colleague Dr Robin Jacobson at Springfield Hospital in Dec 1990 – and stated that I should be sent to live with Mr Savile, in a ward for the Criminally Insane. Chris offered to write a Report for the Court recommending this, although I wasn’t facing any charges at the time. Although obviously I soon was, because the Gang perjured themselves yet again and I was taken to the High Court within weeks…

I did not make any complaints about Tony Francis to Bluglass but nonetheless Bluglass invited Tony Francis to Give Evidence. I had no knowledge of that until I read Bluglass’s Report and there was the Evidence from Francis…

Immediately before relocating to north Wales in 1983, Tony and Sadie Francis had worked in Manchester. Tony’s boss had been Ian Brockington, who, within two years or so of the Drs Francis leaving Manchester, accepted the offer of a Chair at Birmingham Medical School, alongside Bluglass and Bluglass’s wife Kerry, another psychiatrist. See ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’.

I did not make any complaints about D.G.E. Wood to Bluglass, but many years later I discovered that Wood had rung Prof Robert Owen, the Welsh Office’s Medical Ombudsman who organised the Independent Professional Review Chaired by Bluglass, at Robert Owen’s home in Colwyn Bay and had even sent unknown ‘information’ about me to Owen at his home address. D.G.E. Wood was no longer my GP and had not been for some years.

In the 1990s, the Fallon Inquiry into the abuse of patients on Lawrence Ward at Ashworth Hospital utilised the skills of Robert Bluglass as a member of the Inquiry Panel. Lawrence Ward was established and managed by Chris Hunter and was full of the Gang’s victims. Bluglass’s job was to investigate the murder of a patient by the Angels of the POA. Bluglass was assisted by two Senior Angels of his selection; one was a Senior Angel who worked for Bluglass at Bluglass’s ‘clinic’ (ie. a secure unit) in Birmingham, the other was a Senior Angel from Clwyd Health Authority who worked for er Dafydd.

The conclusion of the Fallon Inquiry was that ‘shocking’ and ‘outrageous’ things had happened on Lawrence Ward, including child porn shared by Angels and patients, a child in the care of Bradford Social Services being taken into the Ward to ‘visit a paedophile’, sexual assaults and a porn business. It was all the fault of the Dangerous Nutters living within, including the death of the Dangerous Nutter who had been murdered by the Angels of the POA.

The Fallon Inquiry made no comment re the Angels of the POA being members of the National Front, their slashing of the tyres of the Top Docs’ cars, their firebombing of the Top Docs’ cars, their fist fights with the clinical psychologist who was responsible for giving the Dangerous Nutters Anger Management sessions and their constant beatings and sexual assaults of the Dangerous Nutters.

Lest anyone hasn’t got the gist yet: Ashworth was the centre of a big paedophile/sex abuse ring that was RUN BY DAFYDD. The Dangerous Nutters were victims of the ring who had refused to shut up. The POA were Dafydd’s henchmen, they ran Ashworth and the other Top Docs and clin psys were really fucking frightened of them. No-one would sack and prosecute the bastards because they knew who those patients were in Ashworth and which VIPs had sexually assaulted them…

The POA at Broadmoor served exactly the same function and they too were uncontrollable and in addition, stealing huge quantities of dosh from the NHS and Home Office. That is why Jimmy Savile was appointed General Manager of Broadmoor after having been appointed to the management task force of Broadmoor by Thatch’s Health Minister Trumpers. See ‘Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Health Services In The 1980s’. Savile told Thatch that he would contain the POA by blackmailing them and Edwina Currie, a Health Minister at the time, thought that this was ‘a pretty classy piece of operation’. Edwina, who had early in her career served as a Birmingham Councillor, was the MP for a Derbyshire constituency on the site of a big ring directly linked with the Gang in north Wales and who admitted, both in her diary and to third parties, that she and many other MPs knew that Peter Morrison was sexually abusing children… See ‘A Pretty Classy Piece Of Operation’. Other MPs who’s constituencies were in Derbyshire included the Beast of Bolsover, Margaret Beckett and her caravan and, from 1983, Wedgie-Benn. The Labour Party moved mountains to bag Wedgie-Benn the seat for Chesterfield as discussed in previous posts.

 

Peter Scott was an ornithologist and had numerous links with the biologists and UCNW and their network. Scott was a version of a David Attenborough, Attenborough who’s father Frederick had been Principal of what became Leicester University in the days of the embryonic ring in Leicester that grew to such dreadful proportions in the 1960s and 70s, greatly assisted by Leicester University, in particular the Dean of Leicester Medical School, Lord Robert Kilpatrick, a Scottish Top Doctor from Fife who had excellent links with St Andrew’s University. Kilpatrick was headhunted by the GMC to succeeded Lord John Walton as Chairman in 1989, when the police investigation into Frank Beck and Greville Janner in Leicester happened upon the Top Docs who facilitated their activities, including Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate James Earp.

Peter Scott was a mate of Phil the Greek and was one of the founders of the WWF. In WW II, Scott served with the RNVR, a la Bodger, Edward du Cann etc, while Gwynne, Bingley, Mountbatten et al served in the Royal Navy.

Steam Gun Boat, SGB S309, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Peter Scott:

Sir Peter Scott was another person who was loathed by my grandfather in addition to Gwynne and Dafydd’s man in the City Edward du Cann, the MP for Taunton, 1956-87, when Peter Dunn et al were busy. I never knew why grandpa had a thing about Peter Scott but he really hated him. He didn’t denounce him as a crook a la du Cann or make dark references to his ‘immorality’ a la The Liberal Party, but he hated Peter Scott so much that Slimbridge was Blacklisted in terms of Days Out With Grandpa. Before my grandfather had his stroke, he was very good at doing the days out with the grandchildren bit; they tended to be Educational Visits to museums, castles, archaeological sites, Cricket St Thomas or pantos at Christmas, but it was made very clear that we would never ever be going to Slimbridge. It was quite a mystery to me because the schools in Somerset and the BBC were very keen on Sir Peter Scott and I’d see him on Blue Peter etc and there’d be books/newsletters etc about Peter Scott and Slimbridge at school and I’d be thinking ‘Oh that’s the man that grandpa hates’.

I really am beginning to wonder if my grandfather knew about the organised abuse re children in the West Country. I always took his mutterings about Immorality to be a reference to the Westminster Swinging among adults, particularly after Mr Thrope found himself on trial at the Old Bailey, but a lot of the people for whom my grandfather had what was claimed by others as an irrational hatred were part of Gwynne and Dafydd’s network. Grandpa’s activities with Oswald Mosley in the 1930s will have meant that he knew John Strachey, Sir Clough’s brother-in-law. Strachey was an extreme Westminster Swinger, a gay partner of Lord Bob Boothby and they didn’t come more Swinging than Bob Boothby.

My post ‘A Celebration of Dafydd’s Medical Training’ discussed Boothby, his taste for rent boys, relationships with Dorothy Macmillan and Ronnie Kray and his central role in the ring and associated organised crime facilitated by Savage and her mates at the London Hospital. Boothby shagging members of the Royal Family and Dorothy Macmillan was what made the Krays untouchable for so long. Joe Simpson conjured up a whole variety of excuses as to why he couldn’t get them, but the Gov’t and Royal Ugandan discussions were the real reason and of course Joe Simpson was at the party himself.

Bob Boothby was Rector of St Andrew’s University, 1958-61. Bluglass qualified at St Andrews in the late 50s and worked there and in Dundee (grads from St Andrew’s worked rotas in Dundee as well) as a junior doc before he had relocated to Birmingham by the early 1970s.

Little wonder that there was the Shock Horror Scandal about Ronnie Kray Living It Up In Broadmoor in the 1980s and how the Angels of the POA were calling him Mr Kray Sir and Ronnie was enjoying all sorts of privileges whereas other patients were being battered, raped and murdered by the Angels. Bluglass, Dafydd et al ran Broadmoor, Ashworth and Rampton and Ronnie was Of Them, he was mates with their mates and the Krays were the henchmen for the serious organised crime in London that was facilitated by Top Docs, lawyers and the judiciary. Bluglass was probably the person sending the Fortnum and Mason hampers into Ronnie in Broadmoor. Jimmy Savile tucked in as well, Savile the friend of Gwynne, Dafydd and Top Docs after being so ably helped by Trumpers in 1987. Trumpers, who got into Parliament when Thatch gave her a peerage in 1980, post-Mr Thrope and Mary Wynch.

Trumpers had been a big wig in the Cambridge Tories and was mates with all the right people, including Rab Butler and Tuppence and his Fragrant Wife. Even more importantly, Trumpers was Very Posh, had socialised with Princesses Brenda and Ma’am Darling when they were children and was married to Alan Barker, who had taught at Eton and then become Headmaster of The Leys School in Cambridge and then University College School in Hampstead. Among Barkers many pupils at University College School were Harold Wilson’s sons and at Eton, Douglas Hurd. Hurd and Barker were ‘very fond’ of each other and Trumpers freely admitted that Barker’s influence on Hurd secured her political roles.

Hurd was Home Secretary, 2 Sept 1985-26 Oct 1989, throughout the years of outrageous crime on the part of the Gang. Hurd’s uncle was the Cambridge botanist Edred Corner, a friend of Prof Peter Greig-Smith at UCNW, who worked with Wood’s wife and the rest of the Gang. See previous posts, including ‘Additional Security Measures’.

Hurd worked for the security services. One of the British security services favourite recruiting grounds for decades was New College, Oxford, it was where Tony Benn was recruited by them. Richard Crossman was recruited at New College and became a recruiter when he was a don at New College. Trumpers’ autobiography mentions that when Barker was at New College, Crossman called him in for an interview, told Barker that Crossman thought that he’d make a good MP and asked him which Party he’d like to represent. Accounts of politicians’ biographies from that era make it very clear that for many of them, ideology and beliefs didn’t enter into the equation, it was a matter of being a posh person and Ooh how fascinating, you’re a Communist/Tory/Liberal/Labour whatever. It was how people like Woodrow Wyatt managed to be a Labour MP but a good mate of Thatch, Bertrand Russell, the Digger and the Queen Mum Gawd Bless ‘Er, or indeed how Oswald Mosley served as a Labour MP, established another sort of Labour Party and then became a fascist.

Barker never did become an MP, but he was known to have been Very Supportive Of His Wife’s Career. Lady Trumpington with some of her fellow peersBarker of the security services with the dangerous idiot of a wife who was mates with Jimmy Savile and had to quietly resign as a Cambridge magistrate when it was discovered that she was mates with the Cambridge Rapist as well.

Never mind, turn Trumpers into a Light Entertainment Star and stress that she’s Posh and was at Bletchley Park with Alan Turing.

Ian Hislop and Lady Trumpington

Although my grandfather never expanded upon the Immorality of The Liberal Party in my presence, when I was about nine and used to go out and about on my bike, he once remarked ‘If ever a man Bothers You, you must say go away or I’ll call a policeman’. It’s theoretically sound but doesn’t work in the case of Joe Simpson or indeed the North Wales Police. I know, I sort of tried the Grown Up version of it and I was arrested myself. Repeatedly. I heard one of my friends giving exactly the same advice to his granddaughter a few months ago and once she had left the room we had the conversation of ‘What the hell do we do, we know that she might not actually be helped if she does that but we can’t tell an 11 year old that some police officers are the problem themselves…’ 

 

Peter Dunn was the founder, in 1975 and Inaugural President, 1980-84, of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and was a consultant to the World Health Organization, 1970-90.

Meet Joe Simpson boys and girls:

Research into congenital hip dislocation, led to Peter Dunn being awarded the British Orthopaedic Association’s Gold Medal and for work on foetal adaptation to extrauterine life he received the De Snoo-van’t Hoogerhuigs Medal and Prize. Dunn was the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s James Spence Medalist for 2001. 

 

The website of the British Society for the History of Child Health and Paediatrics features Peter as a past President of that Society:

Emeritus Professor Peter M. Dunn, 2002-2004

Born in Birmingham, Peter was educated at Marlborough College and Cambridge University (St John’s College). After graduating in medicine in 1954 he served with the Goorkhar Rifles before returning to posts in Birmingham and settling in Bristol ultimately as the Director of the Academic Neonatal Service, University of Bristol. He was appointed to a Personal Chair in Perinatal Medicine and Child Health, University of Bristol, in 1987.

In May 1987, Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane released Ollie Brooke on appeal.

and attained extensive British and International awards for his work and publications. These numbered more than 400 publications mainly on perinatal medicine including 120 on the history of medicine, contributed to 123 medical reports including preparation of the BPA/RCOG ‘Recommendations for the improvement of Infant Care during the Perinatal Period in the UK’ (1978). He was the instigator and activist in establishing this Society.

 

History of Medicine became a subject that suddenly attracted the interest of many Top Doctors rather than historians when the police investigations into the big organised abuse rings began in the late 1980s/1990s. I noticed it with Denbigh, I and other Empowered Service Users rolled around laughing at what was being written about the History Of Psychiatry In North Wales by employees of Bangor University who had spent years in denial and were mates with the Gang. It was only when I began researching for this blog that I discovered that the phenomenon reached further than Denbigh; Dafydd’s mates at Manchester had a brilliant time rewriting their own history (see eg. The Science Of Animal Behaviour’). The Manchester crowd and their historian colleague John V. Pickstone even managed to get Prof Roy Porter on board with their ‘It Never Happened’ project.

Prof Roy Porter – who really was an historian rather than a Top Doctor sanitising the practices of his or her older and senior colleagues – had sort of avoided mentioning a few embarrassing things. Roy Porter was truly impressive if one is interested in the history of medicine, he was the ultimate guru. Not long after the Waterhouse Report was published, Roy Porter suddenly and unexpectedly took early retirement from his job as Director of the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, relocated to Sussex and er died suddenly and unexpectedly as well.

In terms of Top Doctors of influence in the West Country, Hugh Jolly, the paediatrician who become the childcare guru of choice in the 1970s was one such Top Doc during the 1950s before Jolly became one of the most famous Top Docs in the UK. When Jolly was practising in the West Country, he was based in Plymouth but his patch extended right across Devon and Somerset. Jolly was just about the only paediatrician working in the region at the time and he knew about the extraordinary things going on in hospitals in Devon and Somerset at the time. Jolly also knew about Mr Thrope and other VIP molesters of Devon and Somerset as discussed previously on the blog. Jolly was the son of a clergyman, so he’ll have been in on the Secrets Of The Dirty Vicars as well. I have only just clicked that Jolly almost certainly became famous because of his knowledge of that, it certainly wasn’t because of Jolly’s outstanding clinical practice.

I have been researching the Top Docs who were part of Jolly’s network when he wasn’t the only paediatrician in Devon and Somerset and as ever, it is terrifying and leads to those we know and love. I intend to cover it in another post soon…

Jolly died in March 1986, the month before my friend Anne was killed by the Gang. See the source image

When I was a teenager I was told by an Insider that the psychiatrists practising in the West Country ‘Were all mad and they all kill themselves’. Angels and Top Docs outside of mental health have a great propensity for making such statements about psychiatrists, indeed psychiatrists are acutely aware of it, but the unfortunate thing is that there is much truth in it. The standard line used to be that the craziness and high suicide rate among psychiatrists was a result of them spending too much time with Dangerous Nutters, Getting Involved and thus being driven insane themselves. It is now accepted that there is another explanation. It is never admitted in public, although Prof Tom Burns of Oxford University told me in 1989/90 when he was still working at St George’s: ‘Psychiatry attracts disturbed people and it causes big problems’.

Top docs and med students chat to each other about how mad, incompetent and lazy psychiatrists are, but the one thing they daren’t openly discuss is that huge numbers of them are facilitating organised abuse and that this has been happening for a very, very long time. It is why research has consistently shown that med students do not want to go into psychiatry no matter how the pay and conditions are amended to make it attractive or how many Cutting Edge New Centres are built. Med students who are interested in psychiatry before they undertake their psych placements change their mind afterwards. Med students really do run away screaming from psychiatry and it is because of the serious criminality of which they receive a glimpse.

Various authors, off-beat people and the occasional sociologist who when they were down on their luck ‘worked in a mental hospital’ for a bit of extra dosh have however noted with surprising frequency that when they ‘made friends with the patients’ they found out that some of the more florid delusions of the patients, including those of the patients having sex with the doctors or famous people, were er true. It isn’t rocket science to work out that if Jimmy Savile et al want to force people to have sex with them as well as an assortment of animals they need to find captives with no choice who will not be believed if they tell anyone. Kids in care, kids in custody, psych patients, disabled kids or young people. It is a tried and tested method.

Obviously if one meets a psych patient who is expressing unusual ideas who also tells one that they are having sex with Ted Heath in Satanic Orgies, one has to think carefully before accepting that as the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but the volume of complaints about Gwynne, Dafydd et al in north Wales, their regularity and the similarity of those complaints were such that it was a nonsense for anyone knowing about even just some of them to suggest that ‘this can’t be believed’.

What is happening to some Empowered Service Users is so extraordinary that even other Empowered Service Users themselves can disbelieve it. I have given examples in previous posts of anecdotes from Empowered ones that I did not believe, only to find out later that they had been telling the truth and not exaggerating any part of their account. Empowered ones in north Wales with whom I ended up becoming very friendly told me that when they first met me, they didn’t believe that I had worked with Docs in London who knew Harley Street docs who were flogging Thatch Class A drugs, they presumed that I was ill and this was a symptom…

Some people became so aware that they could do anything, anything at all to Empowered Service Users and the only reaction in the face of complaint would be an en masse How Very Dare You that extreme liberties have been take

Other past Presidents starring on the Peter Dunn’s Society’s website are:

Professor Andrew Williams, 2005-2007

Professor Andrew N. Williams PhD FRHistS is a consultant community paediatrician, medical historian, archive curator, playwright and film maker. He was trained in paediatrics/paediatric neurodisability in Birmingham under Dr Geoff Debelle, Dr William Whitehouse and the late Dr S.H. Green. Since 1999, Andrew has had an honorary affiliation with the History of Medicine Unit

firstly with Professor Robert Arnott and later with Professor Jonathan Reinarz.

2000 he won the ILEA Gowers’ Young Physicians Prize                                              Since 2002 he has worked as a full time NHS consultant community paediatrician at Northampton General Hospital. He has published on paediatrics and child health between the 16th-21st centuries.                                2004 Andrew established the world’s first paediatric Virtual Academic Unit (VAU) taking Dr Thomas Willis’ (1621-75) idea of an ‘invisible college’ and placing it within a 21st century context.                                                                             2009 PhD in the History of Medicine at the University of Birmingham               2013 the only UK expert reviewer and contributor to the UNICEF sponsored ‘International Charter for Ethical Research Involving Children’.                           2015 won the WellChild Doctor Award which was presented by that eminent paediatrician HRH Prince Harryhttps://youtu.be/7hA5kmP7Ikw.

  • 2018 his short film ‘The Boudiccae’ was shown in the Houses of Parliament, London as part of a successful campaign working with Together for Short Lives.
  • 2018 appointed a visiting Professor in Medical History, Humanities and Child Health by the University of Northampton.
  • Andrew is a member of the Global Research on Developmental Disabilities Collaboration.

Emeritus Professor Dan G Young, 2008-2010 
One of the founder members of the Society, Dan has been active in the committee and as an official of the Society since its inception.  Having retired from being  the Professor of Surgical Paediatrics in Glasgow where he had  served at all levels in the medical structure of the NHS at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children from being a student locum resident in 1954  he has developed further his interest in archives of paediatrics.   With his successor and a colleague from Turkey he has published a book “A History of Surgical Paediatrics” which includes contributions from 28 countries and gives an international reflection on that aspect of paediatrics.

Having been the President of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and being an honorary member of a number of national associations he has had a broad experience of the specialty in its secondary stage of development after the Second World War.

Glasgow University – Ken Calman – Laing etc – The Institute of Human Relations crowd – many friends of the Gang inc Sam Galbraith

Emeritus Professor Lawrence T Weaver, 2011-2012 
Lawrence Weaver was the Samson Gemmell Professor of Child Health at the University of Glasgow and a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill until he retired in 2011. He is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Glasgow. He has a long-standing interest in the history of medicine, and was a Wellcome Trust Fellow in the Centre for the History of Medicine in 2002, and later joined other members of the Centre in securing a Wellcome Enhancement Award (2004-09) on the History of 20th Century Scottish Child Health. He was a member of the Wellcome Twentieth Century History Group’s Witness Seminar Committee, History of Medicine Funding Committee, and secretary of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health from 2008-2011. He has published many articles on the history of infant and child nutrition and, with Dr Iain Hutchison and Professor Malcolm Nicolson, has recently been working on Child Health in Scotland: A History of Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children – available here.

 

Emeritus Professor Denis Gill  MB,BSc,DCH,MRCPI. Hon FRCPCH, 2013-2015
Denis graduated from University College Dublin in 1968 and had postgraduate training in Dublin, Bristol, London, Brisbane, Philadelphia. He was Chairman National Immunization Advisory Committee 2008, 2009-2010 and is Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics Royal College of Physicians Ireland; Former Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Nephrologist Children’s University Hospital; Former President Confederation of European Specialists in Paediatrics; Author “Paediatric Clinical Examination” (5th ed).

Two other Top Docs with strong University College of Dublin associations are Dr Brian Gibbons of Serious Organised Crime, Welsh Gov’t Health Minister, Jan 2005-May 2007:

Professor Anthony Clare, Prof of Psychological Medicine at Bart’s when Wendy Was Under Attack From The Male Medical Establishment:

Prof Clare penned thoughtful articles on the Crisis In Medicine as exemplified by the row over Wendy, while Clare knew exactly what it was all about. Anthony Clare withdrew from all media work suddenly and unexpectedly in the early 1990s, left London and returned to working as a Top Doc in Dublin. From then on Anthony Clare led a low profile existence and died suddenly and unexpectedly in Paris from a heart attack on 28 Oct 2007. Before Brian Gibbons stepped down as Welsh Gov’t Health Minister in May 2007, I sent him details of serious organised crime in the NHS and Social Services in north Wales and he sent me a reply saying that this correspondence is now over. Miranda stepped down as PM on 27 June 2007, after his staff had hacked my e mails and the brother-in-law of his policy adviser had stolen my computer. Miranda was going to hang around as PM for a bit longer but he suddenly zoomed off, using that job offer arranged by George Dubya Bush as the Middle East Peace Envoy as an excuse.

Emeritus Professor Euan Ross, 2016-2018

Professor Ross seems to have largely disappeared from the internet, but I have found information about him with regard to his role as a now resigned Director of two charidees. Prof EUAN MACDONALD ROSS is a Professor Of Community Paediatrics from Harrow, Middlesex. My Posh Relative by marriage, Gnome’s widow Veronica lives in Harrow. Euan Ross was born in December 1937. Ross was a Director of CLIC – CANCER AND LEUKAEMIA IN CHILDHOOD and Movement for Non-Mobile Children ‘WHIZZ-KIDS’, a most appropriate name for a charidee in which one of Dafydd’s network was involved.

‘Mind how you go Sir.’ 

Prof Ross co-authored this 2001 volume (note the Caring Hand Holding):

Children are different. They are not just ‘small adults’ but are growing and changing all the time – a fact that must not be forgotten or ignored when children are ill. This new textbook of paediatrics offers a unique approach that takes the age of children into account. It is divided into two separate and distinct parts: Section 1 deals with children at various ages – from before birth through adolescence – and studies the normal growing child and common illnesses, using a symptom-based approach; Section 2 provides a mini encyclopaedia of paediatric disorders, their aetiology, incidence, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management. Cross references provide the necessary links between the two parts to avoid repetition.

Here’s a volume edited by Euan, published in 1984, the Year Of Gwynne:

Paediatric Perspectives on Epilepsy, 1984 - Ross, Euan (Editor)

Paediatric Perspectives on Epilepsy Edited by Euan Ross, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK and Edward Reynolds, King’s College Hospital, London, UK.

Both Charing Cross and King’s College were facilitating organised abuse. Charing Cross had Dame Josephile Barnes, who was married to Sir Brian Warren, Grocer Heath’s friend and personal physician. Josephile facilitated abuse on the NHS, Sir Brian privately in Belgravia. See eg. ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’ Charing Cross also hosted the legendary Gender ID Clinic that was rung by a real bastard of a psychiatrist with some very odd ideas of what women are and who enjoyed torturing his patients. When patients voted with their feet and began going abroad, this Top Docs and his colleagues did an about turn and offered gender realignment surgery to pretty much anyone who handed over the money, resulting in the tabloids claiming that Charing Cross had become ‘The Sex Change Capital Of The World’. At least one Charing Cross transwoman patient, Julia Grant, was so badly butchered during surgery that she nearly died. Julia’s case was the subject of a TV mini-series but no, no-one offered to take a case for her although she was treated dreadfully and on camera as well. Julia’s dead now of course, she died on 2 Jan 2019. Another witness safely out of the way. See ‘R.I.P. Julia Grant and Many More…’.

King’s College, London didn’t have Josephile or the infamous Gender ID Clinic, but it had just about everything else…

Paediatric epilepsy is a highly complex disorder which can represent a considerable challenge to the clinician.  Fortunately many of the young brains that develop epilepsy also grow out of it again, but seizures are among the commonest potentially serious symptoms in paediatrics. In recent years, however, there has been marked progress in the understanding of the various types of childhood epilepsy and their causation, as well as major advances in treatment, particularly involving anticonvulsant drugs which control seizures better than before and with fewer side effects. The subject is now attracting considerable interest among researchers and clinicians, and this book presents the latest research findings resulting from intensive epidemiological, immunological, and neuro-investigatory studies. Paediatricians, neurologists and all involved in the practical care of children with epilepsy, will find this book a major step forward in their understanding of the diagnostic, aetiological, therapeutic, prognostic and social aspects of the subject. Other titles of interest from Wiley in this subject area include: The Psychopharmacology of Epilepsy Edited by Michael Trimble (May 1985) Psychiatry and Epilepsy Edited by Thomas Bolwig and Michael Trimble (in preparation)

Here’s another one of Euan’s, published in 1998, mid-Waterhouse Inquiry:

Management of Child Health Services - Begg, Norman T, and Rigby, Michael, and Ross, Euan M

The provision of health care services for children is central to improving the nation’s health and remains a key feature of every government’s policy. This concept has been recognised in the United Kingdom since nineteenth century visionaries prompted increasing interest in the welfare of the country’s school children. Successive generations have built upon these foundations and have been diligent in promoting effective service development. Lucille HughesIt is right that we follow their example, for the young have only one chance of a healthy upbringing. They are totally dependent on others to provide the right services, which are sensitive enough to address individual needs, yet sufficiently comprehensive to enable as many children as possible to reach adulthood with their potential uncompromised by illness. Our objective must be to enable today’s children to enjoy a healthy childhood and to equip them to maximise the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in the years to come. We are making an essential investment in the future and must appreciate the challenges which come with that commitment. We need a multi-professional approach, positive management skills and the adoption of good management practice. I therefore welcome this book on managing child health services and commend the initiative of its editors in bringing together such an impressive team of contributors from different disciplines.

Wendy’s Own True Story names Alexander Campbell, Prof of Paediatrics at Aberdeen University as an Expert Witness, who was, like Peter Dunn, called by Wendy as part of her ‘defence’. Like so many of those to whom Wendy gratefully paid tribute in her book, Alexander has made himself scarce. See the source image

However, Alexander can be found listed as a Company Director.

Alexander George Macpherson Campbell: 34 WOODBURN CRESCENT, ABERDEEN. Alexander George Macpherson Campbell worked in THE MEDICAL PROTECTION SOCIETY LIMITED and the ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL.

Wendy’s Own True Story didn’t mention that Alexander is a Director of the MPS, the organisation that extracts Top Docs out of serious crap  if they don’t use the skills of the MDU…

‘Mind how you go Wendy and Prof Alexander.’

Iain Chalmers, described by Wendy as Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit gave Expert Evidence in Support of Wendy. Sir Iain Geoffrey Chalmers FRCOG FRCPE FMedSci (born 3 June 1943) is a health services researcher, one of the founders of the Cochrane Collaboration and coordinator of the James Lind Initiative, which includes the James Lind Library and James Lind Alliance.

Chalmers qualified as a Top Doctor at Gwynne’s alma mater the Middlesex Hospital in the mid-1960s and then practised as a Doc in the UK and in the Gaza Strip, 1969-70. In the mid-1970s, Sir Iain became a full-time health services researcher with a particular interest in assessing the effects of care. 

Between 1978 and 1992, Chalmers was the first director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford. There, Chalmers led the development of the electronic Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials (ODPT) and a collection of systematic reviews of randomized trials of care in pregnancy and children published in the two-volume Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, co-authoring its summary, Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth. The NHS Research and Development Programme supported extending the approach to other areas of health care. 

In 1992, Chalmers was appointed Director of the UK Cochrane Centre, leading to the development of the international Cochrane Collaboration. Subsequently, Chalmers became founding Editor of the James Lind Library, which documents the history and evolution of fair trials of treatments, and helped to establish the James Lind Alliance, a non-profit organization that “aims to identify the most important gaps in knowledge about the effects of treatments”. The Library has established strategic agreements with international and non-profit organizations to disseminate its publications to a broad international and multilingual audience.

Chalmers ‘inspired champions all over the world leading to the development of the Cochrane Collaboration and by 2011 this collaboration had nearly 30,000 volunteers contributing towards summarising research evidence to improve health’. Chalmers’ contributions have been instrumental in advancing international policies on research for health -such as PAHO’s Policy on Research for Health, and to ‘promote a better understanding of the importance of building bridges between users and producers of research for health policy and health care delivery’.

So er what’s gone wrong then Sir Iain? Because you being an epidemiologist who is also a Top Doc who has practised with many of those we know and love cannot possibly have not noticed what is going on.

Chalmers ‘continues to promote better research for better health care by increasing public appreciation of good research through Testing Treatments interactive and the James Lind Library and by working with others to reduce waste in research’.

Then why hasn’t Iain said anything about any of the research frauds and scandals that I have discussed on this blog? He will know about them and many more as well, because Sir Iain has access to a bigger dataset than I do; not a dataset that will demonstrate my allegations to be baseless, but a dataset that will undoubtedly demonstrate an even grimmer picture…

Iain came from Liverpool and bagged his knighthood in 2000, the year in which the Waterhouse Report was published. It’s extraordinary what can happen to one after one has given Expert Evidence in support of one of Dafydd and Gwynne’s mates isn’t it, particularly if Gwynne’s mate is Chairman of the GMC at the time. 
When Iain gave Expert Evidence in Support of Wendy, Gwynne hadn’t quite died, although he was on the way out. Prof Greig-Smith was still undertaking research work as an Emeritus at Bangor and also undertook work commissioned by the British Gov’t. Greig-Smith’s son was a Top Doc in Liverpool. See ‘Our Man In Llandegfan’.
Iain can be found on the website of Oxford University’s Nuffield Dept for Primary Health Sciences.

Senior Fellow and Associate Tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Iain was founding director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit between 1978-1992, and the UK Cochrane Centre between 1992 and 2003. Between 2003 and 2019 he was coordinator of the James Lind Initiative, which used a variety of approaches to promoting better research for better health care. Iain founded the James Lind Library in 1998 to illustrate the evolution of fair tests of treatments, and he remains the Library’s Articles Editor.

Another Expert who provided Evidence in Support of Wendy was one of Lord John Walton’s club from Newcastle, consultant paediatrician Edmund Hey. Edmund was a colleague of Gwynne and Dafydd’s business partner Issy Cohen (see previous posts). Edmund and his colleagues were splashed by the slurry that emanated from the 1987 Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal (see ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Guilty Were Named’) that followed hot on the heels of Wendy’s Savage Inquiry, but not half as splashed as they should have been. The whole lot of them should have drowned in crap, they were running a paedophile ring and exchanging children and staff with the Gang in north Wales. 

The Royal College of Physicians Munk’s Roll ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online supplies us with what we need to know about Edmund.

Edmund Neville Hey

b.1 April 1934 d.9 December 2009
DPhil Oxon(1960) BM BCh(1962) DCH(1965) DM(1969) MRCP(1971) FRCP(1978)

Edmund Neville Hey (‘Ed’) had an international reputation in neonatal care. His work greatly contributed to the understanding of the physiology of babies, the evidence base for their clinical care and perinatal epidemiology.

Born in Harrow, he was brought up in Tilehurst, near Reading. His father, Max, was a keeper of minerals at the Natural History Museum, whose natural inquisitiveness and attention to detail were both inherited by his only child. A mineralogist, he catalogued the museum’s enormouscollection of rocks and edited the journal Mineralogy for 24 years. The mineral heyite was named after him.

Hey studied medicine at Magdelen College, Oxford (where his father had been a fellow). For his DPhil thesis he worked on thermoregulation in babies with a Medical Research Council research group at the London HospitalMedical School run by Kenneth Cross.

Kenneth Cross is discussed in previous posts; he was one of the senior Top Docs at the London Hospital as the pre-existing ring there rapidly expanded during the 1960s.

Qualifying in 1962,

Edmund was one of the cohort of Docs who qualified at the London Hospital in the late 1950s/early 1960s who became very well-known and like Sir William Asscher or Savage, actively played key roles in facilitating organised abuse, or like Lord Bob Winston knew damn well what was happening, worked and socialised with those at the centre of it, benefited from keeping quiet about what happened to my friends and I but somehow didn’t ever get caught with his trousers down, so to speak, as some of his colleagues did.

he spent some time working in Newcastle before being appointed a consultant in respiratory paediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Not only was Jimmy Savile nipping into GOSH whenever he felt like it, not only were Sunny Jim and Audrey Callaghan flying the flag for GOSH – Audrey was Chairman of the Governors for years and she and Sunny Jim Raised Money for GOSH while Jim ensured that Gwynne, Dafydd and George Thomas were allowed to continue their criminality – but nearly all those in the Gang’s network in London who were either paediatricians or obs and gynaes worked for at least some time at GOSH, including Bodger and Ollie Brooke. Furthermore, clin psychologists who Trained at Denbigh with Dafydd et al bagged jobs at GOSH, as discussed in previous posts.

In 1977, he returned to Newcastle as a senior lecturer in child health and consultant in paediatrics at the Princess MaryMaternity Hospital and the Fleming Memorial Hospital for Sick Children.

By 1977, Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gang were doing a roaring trade in collaboration with Lord John Walton’s Newcastle and Durham lot. Newcastle Social Services and other Local Authorities in the North East were sending hordes of children in care to children’s homes in north Wales. Scores of serious complaints about the kids being abused were ignored. Brian Roycroft, Director of Newcastle Social Services for years from 1970, had grown up in the National Children’s Home at Frodsham, Cheshire, where his mum and dad had been houseparents. They knew John Walton’s friend Gwynne and when Roycroft qualified as a social worker himself, he was ready to do business with Gwynne’s successor Dafydd, as discussed in previous posts. 

George Thomas the Westminster paedophile was Patron of NCH and also supported many medical charidees in south Wales, one of which had as a Trustee Dr Elinor Kapp, a child psychiatrist in south Wales, who’s husband Prof Kenneth Rawnsley was Prof of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff. Rawnsley relocated to Cardiff in 1964 from Manchester in 1964, where Rawnsley had worked with the Manchester big wigs who provided an umbrella for Gwynne and Dafydd. Rawnsley’s job at Cardiff was to er uphold standards in psychiatry across Wales. Rawnsley allowed the lobotomies to continue as well as the illegal imprisonment of the victims of VIP sex offenders in the Denbigh Dungeon and the abduction of their babies. Tony Francis studied under Rawnsley at Cardiff Medical School and then worked for him as a junior doc…

In Newcastle he was influenced by Gerald Neligan, one of the first paediatricians to specialise in neonatal care. Hey believed in a non-interventional system of care when others in the field were far more intrusive. Due to the early work he did for his DPhil, he insisted on babies being kept warm when they were born and many lives were no doubt savedthrough this procedure. Assisting the normal physiological processes of babies, and being responsive to their needs and rhythms, seemed the correct approach to him. Absolutely devoted to ‘his’ newborn babies, his insistence on this system was an occasional source of friction with his colleagues.

There were probably some major rows. As with the more recent debate re in which position babies should sleep, on their backs or in their bellies, for years there was much dispute re the appropriate temperature for the environment of babies. Ollie Brooke, when he was young and doing the bare minimum of research needed to bag a senior post, also carried out research into the optimum temperature for babies. Some babies die for reasons that no-one understands, it still happens and Top Docs would often be at each other’s throats as to what they believed the cause was.

However, long after his retirement, neonatal care in Newcastle still reflects many of his principles which time has proved were sound.

These comments re Hey’s research have the aura of the sort of Doctor-speak that is employed when a dangerous idiot has caused great problems and no-one admits it even years after the event. The writer of this obituary is not detailing any solid advances made by Hey, but indicates that he had an inflexible, proprietal attitude towards his patients (although he will have been working as part of a team) and vague assertions about the many lives that were undoubtedly saved are bandied about with no solid evidence.

He was also ahead of his time in recognising the need for regional data collection to evaluate the outcome of maternity care and neonatal services in particular. In 1981 he established the Northern Region Perinatal Mortality Survey and it still continues at www.rmso.org.UK. 

As with Sir Iain, these stats have been collected for many years now, yet the same problems and inequalities stubbornly remain. Furthermore, as at Bristol University, the data that was collected by Edmund Hey et al at Newcastle was passed around organised abuse rings of academics and professionals and was used to identify children who could then be targeted.

Another innovation was his strong support for the introduction of nurse-led care. When there was a local shortage of qualified staff, his colleague Unni Wariyar organised a team of advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and Hey was able to prove demonstrably improved outcomes.

‘Local shortages’ of qualified staff also tend to persist for years in certain areas or hospitals. Everyone knows why; they are the places where patients are being abused or neglected. Good staff won’t work there. One can look at regions in the UK such as north Wales where ‘local shortages’ have existed since the 1960s. No-one will publicly admit what the cause is and so the problem remains. In north Wales it was literally Dafydd and Gwynne, no-one wanted to be anywhere near them. In south London it was Tooting Bec Hospital; like Denbigh with Dafydd and Gwynne, Tooting Bec Hospital was considered untouchable by any competent healthcare professional, it was terrible. Like Denbigh, Tooting Bec Hospital persisted decades after someone should have dropped a bomb on it and simply said ‘This is unlawful, it stops now’, rather than nonsense about ‘This is the patients’ home’, when that excuse is used to ensure that they never get a better home and another part of the NHS has plundered the ‘ring-fenced budget’ anyway, knowing that no-one will ever be held to account. 

In 1994 he retired, a short time after the two newborn units in Newcastle were amalgamated. He continued active research and wrote (or collaborated on) many excellent papers, always written to meet his own exacting standards. Incensed by what he perceived as persecution by authority,

What did Hey think was happening to the kids in care and patients who dared complain about the ring of which he and his colleagues were a part?

he often worked hard in support of doctors who had been accused of professional misconduct.

Including Wendy, at the centre of the huge trafficking ring that stretched up as far as Hey’s own place of employment.

A lover of classical music, he played the piano and organ when young but later preferred to listen, particularly to the work of Bach and Mozart. Other favourite pastimes were sailing and ornithology.

So Edmund could well have had contacts with ornithologists/zoologists in other parts of the UK, including north Wales.

He married Sue née Lindsay, a nurse he met while he was at Oxford. She later became a librarian and they carried out research together on William Harvey. Sadly, she developed multiple sclerosis and he nursed her at home for 14 months until she died in 1999.

Edmund’s Angel wife who was also an insider witness died just before the Waterhouse Report was published…

Moving to a cottage in Yorkshire, he continued to write and research and became a devoted grandfather. He watched very little television and preferred to write long, carefully constructed letters, rather than use the phone. When he died of meningitis, he was survived by his children, Janet, Ian and Carol.

 

The Guardian published an obituary for Edmund Hey that contained this bit of additional information:

Ed supported many doctors whose careers were under threat in civil courts or at the General Medical Council. In retirement, he continued to give such help

Ed remembered Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist and that went a long way in persuading the GMC that they really ought to stop this persecution now.

and was incensed by what he saw as doctors being unfairly treated by overbearing authority. Those whom he aided attest to the great lengths to which he would go in the pursuit of justice.

Just say ‘Gwynne’. Furthermore, Ed’s dad had been a big wig at the Natural History Museum, so Ed would have known Lord Kenyon and family, who were all enthusiastic about museums and galleries and held governance roles in such institutions.

His parents were involved in the scouting movement, which Ed, an only child, thoroughly enjoyed. He continued as a scout leader after he went to Magdalen College, Oxford. He loved music and he played the piano and organ, especially Bach and Mozart. Ornithology and sailing were two of his other passions….

Sounds like a Balliol man who became PM.

Ed married Sue Lindsay, a nurse whom he met while training in Oxford. As his priority was always his work, Sue and their children did not see as much of him as they would have liked… Edmund Hey

Here are a few offerings from Edmund and his friends, Edmund who helped so many Top Docs Persecuted by the GMC, including Wendy, the essential member of the gang needed to Gain The Confidence of those extremely vulnerable first generation migrant women living in poverty who didn’t speak English and would never have wanted a male doc. So here’s Wendy!

Published Feb 1996, co-authored by Edmund Dell and Sam Richmond:

Principles of Resuscitation at Birth

When the manuscript was submitted to the publishers, there were increasingly loud demands for a Public Inquiry re allegations that a VIP paedophile ring was operating in north Wales. The Hague announced that an inquiry would be held three months after Edmund and Sam’s book was published.

In March 2011, Sam Richmond published this volume, co-authored with Jonathan Wylie:

Sam Richmond may be found on the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK), listed as an Honorary Member:

Sam Richmond

Sam Richmond
Sam Richmond’s greatest professional satisfaction was to have served the population of Sunderland for more than 25 years as a consultant neonatologist at the Sunderland Royal Hospital. However, he also had an international reputation in neonatal research and resuscitation training. Sam was a leader in developing the Newborn Life Support (NLS) course in the UK and helped to establish it in Europe as well as Bangladesh and Palestine. He chaired the NLS Committees for the Resuscitation Council (UK) and European Resuscitation Council from their inception until his retirement. He also co-chaired the neonatal task force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, evaluating evidence and writing guidelines. Sam left a lasting international legacy of effective training and standards in newborn resuscitation.

During the 1980s, virtually every children’s home in Sunderland had been infiltrated by the paedophile ring that Edmund Hey’s senior colleague Lord John Walton facilitated from HQ in Newcastle/Durham Universities. The Director of Social Services for Sunderland. Colin Smart, refused to remain silent about what was happening. Colin was removed from his job, but continued fighting. After the usual extended battle, Colin was subjected to the solution that Home Secretary found for the problem that was Mary Wynch: Colin, facing unemployment for the rest of his life, no income and massive legal fees if he continued, was offered a modest quantity of dosh as a ‘settlement’. The dosh came with the usual condition ie. any more appearances from Colin in the media sending out the message ‘Do you realise how big this ring is?’ will be met with Colin having the arse sued off of him. The information that Colin made public is still available, I have accessed it, but Colin has not been able to ever tell the full extent of the horror. Some of the kids in Sunderland who had been abused did obtain compensation settlements, but as in north Wales, it was only a few of them and there was much noise about them Lying To Get Compensation. 

This People’s Champ of a Sunderland Labour MP worked hard to ensure that not all of the kids who were abused received compensation:

Chris Mullin fought an admirable campaign to release the Birmingham Six. He was not interested in that huge paedophile ring that operated in his constituency, but then neither was Michael Mansfield, the Radical Defender who also fought to release the Birmingham Six.

When Colin Smart was being beaten into silence, Miranda was the MP for the nearby constituency of Sedgefield in Co Durham. Miranda’s dad was a lawyer who had worked as a lecturer at Durham University. Mandy was an MP for a constituency on the site of that ring in the North East – Mandy who by 2011 was employing the Civil Service mandarin daughter of Ron Evans, the bent Gwynedd County Council solicitor who fitted me up and by his wife’s own admission kept the Gang out of prison, as his right-hand aide – then there’s Nick Brown, Prescott, Alan Milburn, Uncle Harry’s nephew…. There were/are loads of leading Labour MPs with constituencies on the location of that huge ring that for decades has operated right across the North East of England and into Yorkshire. None of those politicians will dare touch anyone involved with it. Partly it is because those politicians are shallow, unprincipled and unscrupulous, but the ones who are not quite as shallow, unprincipled and unscrupulous are terrified. Top Doctors are involved and those public figures don’t want the Colin Smart treatment, they don’t want their kids to be refused effective NHS treatment and they certainly don’t want to be found dead.

That is why, in the face of endless Children’s Champions and Talking About Mental Health, nothing is improving.

Being me, I would like to spend months researching the entire network of Sam Richmond, research all of his publications, then his co-authors and their publications etc, to illustrate the scale of this problem, but I haven’t the capacity to do that on this blog; I’m just providing a snapshot here…

I recommend that readers pay a quick visit to the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK). Adjacent to Sam’s profile is a list of the Conflict Of Interest policy, the Guidelines on Ethics and all the usual. It is meaningless. The reality is that Colin Smart had his career ended and will find himself destitute if he ever goes public on the extent of the criminality with which Sam, Edmund et al were colluding. Furthermore Colin Smart was a Warning to anyone else who might be foolish enough to refuse to shut up.

Meanwhile, the general public saw this, starring a high profile Labour Party colleague of Chris Mullin, Miranda, Mandy etc:

Mandy’s granddad Herbert Morrison was Deputy PM when George Thomas began his political career. Wedgie Benn and other old war horses also were around when Thomas was a young MP. George Thomas entered the House in 1945, along with Sunny Jim, Richard Crossman and others who rose to the very top of the post-war British Gov’ts. People did know that George Thomas molested children, they knew that Peter Morrison did, a lot of them knew that Norman St John Stevas did as well and the world and his wife knew about Bob Boothby. Most people certainly didn’t like what they did and as these molesters gradually died off, a few braver souls emerged in public and confirmed that actually everyone had loathed them… That didn’t help the kids in north Wales or the North East or Islington or Lambeth or Leicester or other areas of the UK that had been saturated by these gangsters… 

If one lives in a region ruled by these gits, all of one’s approaches to Authorities will be met with either a How Very Dare, or a reassurance of You Are The Only Person Who Has Complained, No-one Else Has Caused Trouble Like You, You Are Manipulating People Into Complaining. None of this is true; I know that in north Wales, HUNDREDS of people had complained, one only had to spend time in the company of the dispossessed or even just not very privileged to find out that one was far from alone. I sat with people again and again who had been insulted, abused, or criminally neglected by those we know and love and we would see one of the Gang on the TV or in the newspaper with Hywel Williams, or Dafydd Wigley or Betty Williams and the conversation in the room would turn to ‘What chance have we got when they’re on tele with the local fucking MP, talking about their Excellent Work?’ In 2012 or thereabouts, Keith Fearns was interviewed by Huw Edwards on national TV in Fearns’s capacity as a CBT therapist Who Was Helping and Lobbying For More Therapists Like Keith. I received a phone call asking me ‘Have you just seen WHO has been on national news??? The last thing that we need is more people like Keith Fearns. WTF is going on?’

Keith starred with Huw Edwards AFTER Keith and his mates had finally been sacked for the serious neglect of their clients, after 30 years of flagrant law breaking and abusing their positions. They were at last sacked and within months all of them had set up as Therapists In Private Practice and then Fearns appeared on the national news to advertise their services.

Sam Richmond – DEAD WHEN??

Sam’s co-author Professor Jonathan Wylie can also be found on the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK):

Prof Jonathan Wyllie

Jonathan Wyllie - Executive Committee Member

Jonathan Wyllie has been a consultant neonatologist at The James Cook University Hospital since 1994

In 1994 an MP for a Durham constituency became Leader of the Labour Party. Here’s Dubya dropping into that man’s constituency home in Sedgefield:

and was clinical director of neonatology until May 2017. He is Professor of Neonatology and Paediatrics at Durham University. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as an interest in paediatric cardiology. He was one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) course in the UK and Europe. He is Chair of the NLS Subcommittee, a previous Chair and now a member of the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) Working Group and Science Co-Chair of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) NLS Science and Education Committee. He is an invited board member of the ERC. He was European Co-Chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force for the evidence evaluation process of 2010, 2015 and continues as Vice-Chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force at present. He is co-author of newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council for services to resuscitation and in 2015 given honorary membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK). In 2018 he was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In his spare time he enjoys walking, mountain biking and more recently photography.

 

Edmund Hey’s death received coverage in the Newcastle-based media and one Professor Alan Craft’s compliments about Edmund and his Contribution To Neonatology were quoted.

Sir Alan William Craft FRCP FRCPCH FFPH FMedSci FRCPI FRCPE FRCR FRCA (born 6 July 1946 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is a paediatric oncologist and Emeritus Professor of Child Health at Newcastle University. Craft was most notable for work as one of nine founders of the Children’s Cancer Study Group, focusing his research on paediatric oncology, especially the epidemiology of bone tumours that further led to an oncology research unit which has been involved in aetiological studies and in particular the role of irradiation in the development of childhood cancer.

Craft did his clinical training at the Newcastle University Medical School, 1964-69. After qualifying, Craft worked at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. When a colleague at the Royal Victoria Infirmary went on maternity leave in the 1970s, Craft stood in to look after the children with leukaemia and ‘it sparked an interest in children’s diseases and started his road to specialising in paediatric oncology, a field that at the time was relatively new and beginning to develop’.

One downside of such a situation, at least for the patients, is that there is little research governance and no senior figures with experience from whom to seek advice and such a situation is fertile ground for Top Docs who want to make fantastic claims that can’t be borne out by evidence or conceal serious wrongdoing. It happened in Bangor in the late 1980s: 

 

Craft undertook an MRC Fellowship, working for a year at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, before returning to Newcastle. The Royal Marsden was the centre of a major research fraud in the late 1980s, perpetrated by senior researchers funded by the CRC and ICRF, who were colleagues of the CRC researchers with whom I was working with at Surrey University in 1988-89. For some inexplicable reason, one of Tony Francis’s psychiatrist friends from Manchester, Peter Maguire, had received funding from the CRC to join the team that carried out the fraud. The fraud was exposed in 1990 and one of the team, Prof Tim McElwain was found dead soon afterwards. The rest of the team continued their careers in spite of the public scandal and some of them are now at the top of the tree. The team leader, Clair Chilvers, gave up cancer research and became a mental health researcher and the Chair of an NHS Trust in Nottingham. Only one person walked away from these scumbags after the disaster that left one man dead and that was a junior researcher who changed career. The fraud was begun when I was working at Surrey University in the CRC team led by Vincent Marks, brother of the then Chairman of the BMA John Marks. John Marks was in battle with Ken Clarke at the time and Clarke knew about the barrel of crap that was north Wales, Newcastle, St George’s and indeed the CRC, ICRF etc. Ken Clarke is a Tory MP for a Nottingham constituency and before Clarke became an MP, he worked as a barrister in Chambers in Nottingham. Clarke remained on good terms with his old Chambers throughout his years in Gov’t.

Imagine my surprise when after I began this blog, I discovered that while I was working for Vincent, my work had been plagiarised and given to a Prof Nicola Curtin, a cancer researcher in Newcastle University who published it with her name on as well as mine. I had never heard of Nicola until I found the publication some two years ago; Nicola was not working with our team in Surrey in any way.

See ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ for the whole sorry story of the dead Professor, the lies, plagiarism and how those at the very top of the CRC and ICRF knew what was happening.

If Professor Craft knows why Prof Curtin ended up receiving my data and published it adding her name to the paper and whether she knows anything about the Chilvers saga, perhaps he could let me know. When the research fraud and plagiarism was going on between Surrey University, their friends at the Royal Marsden and Newcastle University, Lord John Walton was Chairman of the GMC. Walton bagged his peerage in July 1989, in the middle of the scam. In July 1989, Bluglass held the whitewash into my complaint about the Gang while Tony Francis made arrangements for his pal Chris Hunter to hold a Case Conference and declare me Dangerous…

In 1992 Walton became a member of Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee, leaving in 1996, returning in 1997 and leaving again in 2001. From 1993-94, Lord Walton was Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee. When Dafydd obtained a High Court injunction because he was living in fear of

Professor Alan Craft appears on the website of Newcastle University as one of their Inspirational Alumni:

Newcastle University’s Inspirational Alumni webpage is well worth a visit, there’s many famous names there, including Kate Adie and Rowan Atkinson…

Here’s something to think about. At the time of the CRC-ICRF funded research fraud that resulted in the death of Tim McElwain, Sir Walter Bodmer was Director of Research for the ICRF. In 1991, the year after the fraud was exposed, Walter was appointed Director General of the ICRF, a post that he retained until 1996. Bodmer was also Chancellor of the University of Salford, (1995–2005; succeeded by Sir Martin Harris) and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1996–2005; succeeded by Dr. John Landers). In 2005, Bodmer was appointed to lead a £2.3 million project by the Wellcome Trust at University of Oxford to examine the genetic makeup of the United Kingdom – the People of the British Isles project. He was joined by Oxford Professor Peter Donnelly (a population genetics and statistics expert).

Bodmer was/is Head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory in the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford. Research interests of the laboratory include the fundamental genetics and biology of colorectal cancer.

Tim McElwain DIED. He DIED in the midst of a huge research scandal conducted by researchers and Top Docs who were funded by and worked for ICRF while Bodmer was Director of Research. Bodmer knew what was going on. So of course Bodmer was just the man to promote to ever more senior roles in the genetics of oncology.

Sir Paul Nurse joined the ICRF, now (Cancer Research UK) in 1984. He left in 1988, the year that ICRF got together with the CRC and began the Chilvers et al fraud to Chair the Dept of Microbiology at the University of Oxford. Nurse then returned to the ICRF as Director of Research in 1993, and in 1996 was named Director General of the ICRF, which merged with the CRC and became Cancer Research UK in 2002. In 2003, Nurse became President of Rockefeller University in New York City.

In 2011 Nurse became the first Director and Chief Executive of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, now the Francis Crick Institute.

On 30 November 2010, Sir Paul succeeded Martin Rees as President of the Royal Society and stepped down in 2015 when his 5-year term was completed.

Take a long hard look at the Advances In Cancer Research that this lot have actually achieved over the last 40 years or so without listening to the hot air, the exaggerated claims or the downright lies. The only substantial gobsmacking revolution that has genuinely occurred has been in childhood leukaemia. The treatment of that has indeed been revolutionised, children nearly always died in the 1970s and now they do not. There really has been no massive improvement in any other area.

They have received billions, endless PR and picked up knighthoods and peerages. 

If Paul Nurse wants to e mail me with another example of how cancer research has revolutionised a field I will be happy to highlight it on the blog, because I honestly cannot think of one. I mean a real advance Sir Paul, not just a little bit of an improvement or another piece of shoddy speculative nonsense that you’ve written for a journo who doesn’t understand science.

Tim McElwain was found dead after this lot were exposed. 

 

Alan Craft took further training in adult medicine, undertaking a series of paediatric posts before becoming a consultant in 1978. Craft’s initial consultancy position was at North Tyneside General Hospital, where he worked along with a part-time position at Royal Victoria Infirmary developing the new speciality of paediatric oncology. Craft expanded the unit over the next 25 years into an oncology service for the north of England.

In 1985, Craft returned to work full time at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, as a senior house officer, a junior doc’s position, presumably because Craft was acquiring experience in a new field. Training in rheumatology led Craft to an interest in joint diseases in children and from that he established a paediatric rheumatology service.

In 1993, Craft was appointed to the Sir James Spence Chair of Child Health and became responsible for the teaching of undergraduate medical students. Craft was appointed by the Secretary of State for Health Charles Clarke to the new Post Graduate Medical Education and Training Board in January 2006, as the UK’s new regulator of postgraduate medical education. Clarke is the son of a Civil Service mandarin and he knew about Gwynne and Dafydd’s activities in Ancient Times. Charles Clarke was elected as a  Councillor for the London Borough of Hackney, being Chair of its Housing Committee and Vice Chair of Economic Development, 1980-86.

After Gwynne and Dafydd’s friend John Tilley had served on Wandsworth Borough Council when the Council colluded with the ring run by St George’s/Springfield – Tilley arrived in London and began organising in the south London Councils just before John Allen opened the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968 – becoming Leader of Wandsworth Council during the 1970s before Tory Paul Beresford took over as Leader, Tilley served as the Labour MP for Lambeth Central, 1978-83. Tilley then worked as the Chief Economic Adviser to Hackney Borough Council. See ‘Lord Snooty The Third’.

John Tilley was born and grew up in Derby, went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge and worked as a journo on a Newcastle paper and then for ‘The Scotsman’ before joining Wandsworth Council.

Miranda shared a flat in Wandsworth with Charlie Falconer when they were junior barristers. Miranda was the pupil of George Carman and Miranda also had a go at being a Hackney Councillor. 

As well as being a mate of Gwynne and Dafydd, Tilley was also a mate of Lord Scarman and it was Tilley who organised Lord Scarman’s Tour Of North Korea after the Brixton Riots when it was decided that Something Must Be Done and it would be Tilley’s mate Lord Scarman who would do it. There were complaints at the time that Scarman was only being introduced to certain Community Leaders and certain police officers… 

Lesley Scarman of Middle Temple a la Ronnie Waterhouse, Paddy Mayhew and Greville Janner, was appointed a High Court judge in 1961, assigned to the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division, transferring to the Family Division when the latter was created in 1971. Scarman joined the Court of Appeal in 1973, and was sworn of the Privy Council. On 30 September 1977, Scarman was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, becoming Baron Scarman. Scarman served in the Lords until his retirement in 1986, when Wendy’s Name Was Cleared.

Scarman was appointed Head of the Law Commission, 1965-73, during which time 27 Commission-inspired statutes were made law. As a judge, Scarman’s career had some controversial decisions. Although widely regarded as a liberal, Scarman upheld the blasphemy conviction of Gay News (1979), punctured the GLC’s Fares Fair low-cost public transport policy (1981) and supported the banning of trade unions at GCHQ (1985). Scarman is best known for Chairing the Public Inquiry on the causes of the race riots in Brixton in 1981. Scarman also Chaired Inquiries into the Northern Ireland riots of August 1969 (1969–1972), the Red Lion Square disorders (1975) and the Grunwick dispute (1977).

After entering the House of Lords, Scarman served as Chancellor of the University of Warwick and President of the British Institute of Human Rights. He worked on behalf of the Prince’s Trust, the Birmingham Six and Charter 88. In 1991 Lord Scarman set up the Scarman Trust.

See previous posts for more on Lord Scarman.

Ian Mikardo was an East End Labour MP when Charles Clarke was busy in Hackney (see ‘A Celebration Of Dafydd’s Medical Training’). Mikardo was on the left, one of Crossman and Footie’s 1940s crowd, who, with Jo Richardson and Footie, stood accused of being a KGB double agent. Mikardo was a seriously weird and worrying man who was undoubtedly working for someone but I don’t know if it was the KGB… Mikardo retired to Cheshire, land of Peter Morrison, the Duke of Westminster and Dafydd and Gwynne when he stepped down as an MP in 1987, as the dust settled after The Savage Enquiry and Ollie was released from prison. 

Ian Mikardo and his fellow East End Labour MP Peter Shore Supported Wendy  and Marched Alongside The Wimmin.

Mikardo and Shore: 

Peter Shore’s wife Dr Liz Shore (originally Dr Elizabeth Wrong) was a Top Doc who was Deputy Chief CMO, 1977-84 12 Folded Armsx633 0and even during Harold Wilson’s Gov’ts was one of the most senior Gov’t Medical Officers. Liz was a big mate of Richard Crossman and Championed The NHS throughout the years of Gwynne lobotomising. Liz Shore was Dean of Postgraduate Medicine for the North West Thames Region, 1983-93 and Dean of Postgraduate Training for North Thames Region, 1993-95.12 Folded Armsx633 0 Peter and Liz both ended up in the Lords during the Waterhouse Inquiry. See previous posts.

It was Peter Shore who, in his capacity as an East End MP, persuaded Ken Clarke at the Dept of Health to open the purse strings in the late 1980s to develop the old Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch into an AIDS hospice to care for the dying rent boys who had been in the children’s homes in north Wales, just when Ken was battling with the BMA and the BMA were providing Tony Francis and other Top Docs with advice on how to refuse to answer my complaints and er frame me  (see ‘Apocalypse Now’).

 

Charles Clarke worked as a researcher and then Chief of Staff for the Windbag, Feb 1981-1992, when the Windbag was deluding himself that he could be PM.

Clarke knew the truth behind such matters as these: 

Charles Clarke also knew about Ollie Brooke, Bodger and the rest. So what could be better in 2006 when Brown and I had begun publishing about the mental health services than for Clarke to appoint Alan Craft, a protégé of Gwynne’s old mate John Walton, responsible for the Brand New Board with the remit for Medical Education and Training?

Lord John Walton:

Charles, when Tony Francis was  supplying the Windbag, you and the Windbag’s other minions with information re my alleged Insanity and Dangerousness, did it really never occur to any of you that I and a few others who were trapped by the Gang and left to sustain their constant abuses were bright, had an education and we knew that no-one at all would help us no matter what those vile bastards did, so we took the piss? A great deal in fact Charles, the Empowered Service Users took the piss regularly and we didn’t actually care that it was all diligently documented as Symptoms Of Our Insanity because we knew that they could assault us, perjure themselves, illegally imprison us and even arrive at or even in our beds in the middle of the night after they had sectioned us unlawfully and no-one was ever held to account  so it didn’t bloody matter what they wrote about us. No complaints were ever investigated properly, that Gang just did what they wanted, so we took the piss.

That is why we sang ‘Dafydd Where’s Your Troosers?’, that is why people discussed Dafydd not having given Mary Wynch’s mother an overdose of barbiturates ooh no just two Kalms to help her sleep, that is why F drew cartoons of Dafydd flying a WW I biplane called ‘Pussyfucker’, made jokes about Dafydd having an extension sheath that reached to Cardiff etc etc. They were a Gang of sex offenders and criminals Clarke and no-one would help. We had all been threatened, assaulted, fitted up for crimes that we had not committed and it was ALWAYS after we had complained about their serious wrongdoing. If I had known that Francis was slandering and libelling us to the Windbag and you Clarke, I would have suggested to F that he gave you a call… 

You explain the 10,000 documents in my possession if we were all so mad and dangerous then Clarke, just explain how that lot were able to detail, sign AND date their plans to have us framed and imprisoned; how letters from public spirited members of the public were being sent to the police, to MPs and to NHS senior managers about what they had witnessed happening to us but were ignored; how perjury by Docs, Angels and social workers took place repeatedly in open court but there was never any investigation… Then there are the forged documents that pop up everywhere…

They murdered people who complained about them Clarke and it was us who were supposed to be Dangerous.

Charles Clarke’s old dad Sir Richard William Barnes Clarke (13 August 1910-21 June 1975), also known as Sir Otto Clarke, was born in Heanor, Derbyshire, the son of schoolmaster William Thomas Clarke and Helen. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital, London and Clare College, Cambridge, where he was sixth wrangler in 1931. Clarke sat the examinations of the Royal Statistical Society in 1932 and was awarded their Frances Wood Prize.

Richard Clarke worked for the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association, 1932–33. He was then on the staff of the Financial News (later taken over by the Financial Times) until 1939 and devised the Ordinary Share Index, now the Financial Times Ordinary Share Index. During World War II Richard Clarke served in the Ministries of Information, Economic Warfare, and Supply and Production, and with the Combined Production and Resources Board in Washington, 1942–43. Clarke joined the Treasury in 1945 and was its Second Permanent Secretary, 1962–66. He was then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Aviation in 1966, then at the Ministry of Technology until 1970, retiring from the Civil Service in 1971. From 1973, Clarke was a Vice-President of the Royal Institution.

Charles Clarke’s dad knew my Posh Relative by marriage Lord Gnome AND he worked with Gnome’s daughter Penelope didn’t he Charles? He was Penelope’s boss wasn’t he? Lord Piercy 1945.jpg

Oh do us a favour Charles Clarke you big corrupt fool and piss off out of public life now. And I’ll have a BIG CHEQUE FROM YOU CLARKE. Where do I begin? Invasion of privacy, theft, conspiracy…

According to Sir Douglas Wass, Richard Clarke was “a character you either loved and hated or hated” – although he himself stated “I loved him.” Wass stated that, with the exception of Sir Leo Pliatzky, (Leo Pliatzky also knew Gnome or his family and friends) Richard Clarke held most Ministers and colleagues “in high disesteem”.

Richard Clarke was given the honours of OBE in 1944, Companion of the Bath in 1951 and Knight Commander of the Bath in 1964. Lord Piercy 1945.jpg

 

Between 2006-08, Alan Craft, along with Sue Killen, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance, undertook a major review of palliative care services for children in England for the Secretary of State, eventually producing a report titled Palliative Care for Children and Young People in England.

Craft retired in 2010, becoming Emeritus Professor of Child Health at Newcastle University. Craft is married to Lady Anne Craft, a children’s Angel.

Craft has a large number of professional memberships, both local and international. From 2004 to 2007, Craft was Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. In the 1990s Craft had various roles in the British Paediatric Association before becoming Vice President between 1998 and 2003 and then President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to 2006. See previous posts eg. ‘Too Many Pills’ and ‘Oliver’s Army!’ for details of the many in those organisations who were either involved with organised abuse, negligent, research fraudsters or all of these.

Craft was Chairman of the United Kingdom Children’s Cancer Study Group between 1992 and 1994 and Chairman of the MRC Bone Sarcoma Committee, 1989-96. Craft was a member of the MRC Cancer Therapy Committee, 1989-96 and of the Management Board of the UK Case Control Study of Childhood Cancer from 1992 onwards. Craft was Honorary President of Together for Short Lives.

Internationally, Craft was president from 1999 to 2005 of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).

Craft established the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund in 1978.

Craft was a member of the scouts movement when he was young and in 2009 he was appointed as Chairman of the UK Scout Association. In 2018 Craft was the County Chairman of the Northumberland Scouts.

Sir Alan Craft, Lady Craft and a Mrs Tracy Craft are listed as Directors of a business based in Northumberland, categorised as a ‘human services’ company. I suspect that the Craft’s business will be some sort of agency that supplies staff at an inflated cost to the NHS that Craft and his colleagues maintain is crippled by the cost of er hiring locum staff.

This is a common scam on the part of NHS staff, although cleaners, catering staff and porters don’t tend to do it. Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate Irene Train, the senior Angel employed at the highest levels by Clwyd Health Authority who was wheeled out to sit on investigations into the abuse of kids in care or psych patients and gave the Services as clean bill of health every time, ran a scam of this nature when she retired. Train was also a Trustee of St David’s Hospice in Llandudno. See previous posts…

These scams are a win-win situation. The Directors of the scam ensure that their NHS organisation remains so shite that no-one but their henchpeople want to work there and remind their henchpeople that if they sign up for the agency they can work the same shifts in the same hospital as before but for double the pay. The NHS will foot the bill while the Directors of the agency join in the screaming about the NHS Staffing Crisis because of Low Pay and the necessity of Increased Investment In The NHS.

Ysbyty Gwynedd has been staffed substantially by agency staff for years now and it has cost the NHS a fortune. When Martin Jones was CEO of the North West Wales NHS Trust, an added advantage of staffing the Trust with agency staff was that Martin made it known that any agency staff who reported abuse of patients or misconduct would not be hired again. Martin didn’t even have to unlawfully dismiss them and pay them off, it was a fantastic arrangement. I was told that Martin had a business arrangement with the agency.

The only Top Doc who has been employed by the NHS at the Hergest Unit for some years now is David Healy. It is entirely staffed by locums who are paid thousands for one shift because even locums don’t want to work at Hergest.

Mark Drakeford knew about this when he was the Welsh Gov’t Health Minister and the situation is worse than ever now that he is FM. Drakeford doesn’t care, it’s just another reason for the big blancmange to share platforms with Jezza Corbyn and bang on about how many more billions they’ll Invest In The NHS they’re doing it right now in the General Election campaign. If any readers want to let me know who is sitting on the Boards of the agencies staffing the Betsi, please let me know. I’ll put their names up on the blog, it is daylight robbery.

 

On 31 July 2009, in a letter to the Newcastle upon Tyne newspaper The Journal, Craft expressed concerns about the local authorities’ plan to restructure children’s services in the region by moving them from North Tyneside General Hospital and Wansbeck General Hospital to a new hospital near Annitsford. Craft stated in the letter that it would be difficult to staff the new hospital at Annitsford, due to a shortage of doctors and nurses, and that “develop[ing] in-patient emergency services for children in Cramlington [would] go against all current guidance and defies common sense”. Craft stated that with the new hospital, there was an opportunity to provide world class services for “all children north of the Tyne, and perhaps further south”, but the proposals meant that children “will be condemned to second rate services for the foreseeable future”.

Business as usual then. 

The flagship hospital in Newcastle was built as the result of a cosy arrangement that Richard Crossman negotiated with T. Dan Smith and other big wigs in Newcastle. The deal was based on the necessity for everyone to keep quiet about but keep the wheels turning of the massive network of corruption in civic life that stretched across the north of England and reached down to London, involving Whitehall mandarins and politicians as well as the usual corrupt professionals. The T. Dan Smith, Poulson and Reginald Maudling scandals were only the tip of the iceberg and the rest of the berg remained hidden because the essential part was the Westminster Paedophile Ring/trafficking operation run by Walton et al… T. Dan Smith was known to have business interests with Wandsworth Council and John Tilley, a Trinity Hall Cambridge graduate, had been working as a journo in Newcastle before, in the late 1960s, he suddenly decided that his heart lay in being a Councillor in Wandsworth…

The Lord Lambton Affair on Grocer Heath’s watch was part of the fest, Lambton who’s daughter Lucinda married Perry Worsthorne, Editor of the Sunday Torygraph.

Eddie Milne was one genuinely honest MP who tried to expose the lot of them. Eddie was hounded out of his seat and the Labour Party replaced him with John Ryman, the husband of Lady Doctor Shirley Summerskill, who doubled up as the MP for Halifax. Summerskill’s mum Edith was a pioneering Lady Doctor who was MP for Fulham and John Strachey’s junior Minister during the 1940s. Edith was subsequently sent north to serve as the MP for Warrington, just as the building of Risley Remand Centre was approved as Gwynne and Dafydd were provided with yet more scaffolding. Shirley was a Somerville graduate who had trained at Tommy’s with Dr Death and Ann and Peter Dally. The Summerskills knew Sadie Francis’s family.

As for John Ryman, he ended up in prison, for serially swindling Rich Ladies out of their life savings. He had married Shirley Summerskill in the late 1950s and they remained unhappily married for years before they divorced. People in the Labour Party did know what Ryman was like, including his Feminist Goddess and – by then a Baroness – of a mother-in-law. Ryman was selected as a Labour Party candidate in preference to Eddie Milne when Harold Wilson was the Leader of the Labour Party.

A deal as rotten as Crossman’s in Newcastle was thrashed out by George Thomas to build the flagship University Hospital in Cardiff. Thomas in his capacity as Secretary of State for Wales plundered the budget that DHSS adviser Brian Abel-Smith had allocated for the rest of Wales to give William Asscher and the big boys in Cardiff a wonderful present in return for their complete silence re Thomas’s own offending, the wider ring and of course Gwynne and Dafydd’s crimes. See post ‘The Great Stink’. There were bugger all medical facilities in north Wales after Thomas raided the coffers but a great many children’s homes. Abel-Smith and everyone else in authority knew what George Thomas had done. The Labour vote in south Wales continued to hold up. 

 

Expert Evidence in Support of Wendy at the Savage Enquiry was also provided by Gordon Stirrat, at the time Prof of Obs and Gynae, at Bristol University and Ron Taylor, Prof of Obs and Gynae at UDMS (Guy’s and Tommy’s).

Gordon is an old mucker of D.G.E. Wood who knew how important it was to Clear Wendy’s name, the staged bunfight being all about keeping Dafydd, Wood et al out of a very deep slurry it. Gordon’s previous is worrying for those of us who know anything about the cock-ups and malpractice in the NHS in the West Country:

Name:                Gordon Macmillan STIRRAT

Date of Birth:    12th March 1940

Degrees and Medical Qualifications:

MB,ChB        July 1964          University of Glasgow
MRCOG        July 1968
MD                January 1976    University of London
MA                August 1979      University of Oxford
FRCOG        June 1981

Positions and Appointments – University of Bristol

1982-2000 Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2000 – Senior Research Fellow – Centre for Ethics in Medicine
1991-1993 Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
1993-1997 Pro-Vice-Chancellor – student and staff disciplinary matters and dispute resolution were part of my role
1004-1997 Appointee of University of Bristol on General Medical Council
1998-2000 Elected member of Senate
1998- Appointed to be Vice-Provost of the Institute for Advanced Studies

National Health Service:

1982 – Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust
1986-1990 Member Southwest Regional Health Authority
1990-1992 Member of Bristol and Weston Health Authority
1992-1997 Member and Vice-Chairman of Bristol and District Health Authority (now Avon Health Commission)
1994 – Member of the Central Research and Development Committee for the National Health Service
1996 – Member of Clinical Risk Management Group for United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

1997-2001 Member of Council
1997 – Member of Ethics Committee (Chairman from September 2001)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

1996 – Member of Academy of Experts (Member of Council from 1999 and Deputy Chairman from 2001)
1997 – Member of Expert Witness Institute
1998 – Qualified Mediator – Academy of Experts

This is the spiel provided by Gordon to accompany his profile, but I’m not sure on which date:

As Dean of the Faculty of Medicine I was responsible for the setting up of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine (CEM). I now work closely with Professor Alastair Campbell in my role as Senior Research Fellow. My main responsibility is the development of training programmes in Ethics for Healthcare Professionals.  At the request of the Chief Medical Officer of England we have recently prepared and submitted a blue print for a national programme for Ethics Training of all Healthcare Professionals as part of their continuing professional development.  I teach on both the intercalated BSc programme and the undergraduate course.

As Chairman of the RCOG Ethics Committee I am anxious to be pro-active in considering the multitude of ethical problems faced by obstetricians and gynaecologists.

A look at Gordon’s profile confirms that Gordon was just a common or garden Top Doc until he gave Expert Evidence in Support of Wendy (read Expert Evidence In Support Of Bodger, that’s who mattered in the world of Obs and Gynae), then it was ever upwards for Gordon.

Peek A Boo Bodger!

When the investigations into the abuse of kids in care began in north Wales, 12 Folded Armsx633 0Gordon really was in demand. 

Gordon has published a great quantity on ethics with many others, who must have known what he was/is up to…

Here’s Gordon, who, being so concerned with ethics, was facilitating organised abuse in other regions as well as in Bristol, Avon and Somerset:

See the source image

There are quite a few Stirrats on the Medical Register, but I can’t see Gordon there; he must he in limbo, as pals of Dafydd so often are re the Medical Register. Stirrat is not a common name, so I presume that the Stirrats are a big medical family. There’s a Colin Gordon Stirrat who qualified in 2001, who might be Gordon’s son. A Fiona Stirrat who qualified in 1981 has voluntarily relinquished her registration…

Ron Taylor of Guy’s and Tommy’s has done his best to disappear from the internet but there are traces of him in academic journals if readers want to find out with whom he worked and when…

 

Those who prevailed over the rot that is Bristol University, including that particularly serious rot in the form of Gordon Stirrat Of Ethics:

As of 2016, Bristol University has had thirteen Vice-Chancellors:

  • Conwy Lloyd Morgan, 1909
  • Sir Isambard Owen, 1909–1921
  • E. F. Francis, (Acting) 1921–1922
  • Thomas Loveday, 1922–1945
  • A. M. Tyndall (Acting) 1945–1946
  • Sir Philip Morris, 1946–1966 – Tobacco King, much of Bristol University was funded by tobacco dosh or of course the slave trade
  • J. E. Harris 1966–1968
  • Arthur Roderick Collar 1968–1969
  • Sir Alec Merrison, 1969–1984 – nuclear physicist friend of Gwynne and Dafydd, helped the Top Docs out of a tight spot on a number of occasions
  • Peter Haggett (Acting) 1984–1985
  • Sir John Kingman, 1985–2001
  • Eric Thomas, 2001–2015
  • Hugh Brady, 2015–

Pof Phyllida Parsloe held senior academic and management roles at Bristol University and the University of the West of England. Phyllida is certainly a barrel of laughs. She trained as a social worker at St George’s in the era that saw Mr Thrope pack Norman Scott off to Desmond Curran at St George’s for Treatment after he’d driven Norman to a breakdown, subsequently worked as a probation officer as well and became an Expert on Poor People With Problems. Phyllida may well know my Posh Relative, Lord Piercy’s second wife Veronica. Phyllida passed through Aberdeen University when Gwynne, Dafydd and Wendy Savage’s mate Sir Dugald Baird was busy illegally aborting huge numbers of babies of low income women and later rocked up at D.G.E. Wood Central, Bristol. Phyllida Chaired an NHS Trust in Bristol and was obliged to resign after a scandal.

Phyllida’s long term close friend/partner was Olive Stevenson, who after a long and distinguished career of extracting local authorities from slurry pits in the wake of child abuse scandals became a Prof of Social Work at Nottingham University. Olive bagged that Chair in 1984, the year of the Gwynne Row. I haven’t previously paid any attention to that, but Olive’s reputation as a Wise And Compassionate Voice Of Reason was founded on her additional report on the death of Maria Colwell in 1973, the first big ‘children’s social work failure’ scandal. Maria died in the care of the local authority in Sussex that was in partnership with Gwynne and Dafydd. Olive was a member of the Committee of Inquiry that followed Maria’s death and a truly damning Report was compiled, laying the blame for Maria’s death firmly on the inexcusable conduct of the Director of Social Services and his colleagues. Olive was so cross at Social Workers Being Blamed that she compiled her own additional Report, exonerating the fuckwits who were in business with Gwynne and Dafydd. Nottingham University’s Dept of Social Sciences already hosted a few friends of Gwynne and Dafydd and they welcomed Olive with open arms. See ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’

The site of the trafficking ring facilitated by Wendy and her colleagues at the London Hospital also embraced Newham and the presence of Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Sunny Jim’s Lord Chancellor Lord Elwyn-Jones as a local constituency MP Labour MP for so many years gave that ring a truly wonderful boost, as discussed in previous posts eg. ‘A Celebration Of Dafydd’s Medical Training’. The story of Robin Wales, longstanding Councillor/Mayor of Newham, his rotten borough and the ‘regeneration’ of Newham based on its transformation as a world financial centre bankrolled by so many who benefited from the trafficking facilitated by Gwynne and Dafydd has been extensively discussed on the blog. ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’.

However one Newham MP did something so extraordinary that I’ll revisit him, because now I’ve got a better grasp of what was going on in Newham, I’m intrigued as to why he fell out with so many and why.

Reginald Ernest Prentice, Baron Prentice, (16 July 1923-18 January 2001), was the most senior Labour figure ever to defect to the Conservative Party. Reg Prentice was born in Croydon, Surrey and educated at Whitgift School in South Croydon, then at the LSE. Lord Piercy 1945.jpg Reg served in Austria and Italy during World War II.

Reg joined the staff of the TGWU in 1950, the TGWU that for years was led by Lord Jack Jones, a good friend of Dom Mintoff, who served two terms as PM of Malta and who was in addition Mr Big in the Maltese Mafia. Richard Crossman was also mates with Mintoff, as was Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate Lady Juliet Bingley, wife of NATO Commander Vice-Admiral Sir Alec Bingley and father of William Bingley…

Jack Jones has stood accused of being a KGB double agent when he worked for the security services but it is more likely that, like the others on the left who were so accused, eg. Jo Richardson, Lord Jack was simply corrupt and using his position to facilitate Gwynne and Dafydd’s business. The Maltese Mafia had big interests in gambling casinos, as did the Krays and their associates. I think I now know the answer to the question that Brown posed a few weeks ago ie. ‘What did the British Gov’t do in return for the Maltese Mafia?’ re that very cosy relationship between Harold Wilson’s most senior Ministers and Mintoff…

Prentice was a Councillor for then-County Borough of Croydon from 1949. He served on the Housing, Libraries, Planning & Development, Water and Reconstruction Committees. Reg served as Labour MP from 1957 for East Ham North, later Newham North East. He was a Minister of State in Harold Wilson‘s first Gov’t at Education and Science (1964–1966), then as Minister of Public Buildings and Works (1966–1967), and finally was put in charge of the still-new Ministry of Overseas Development (1967–1969). When Labour regained power, Prentice was Secretary of State for Education and Science, 1974-75, subsequently becoming Minister for Overseas Development with a seat in the Cabinet until 1976.

In 1975, Prentice was deselected by his Constituency Labour Party. He appealed unsuccessfully from the rostrum of the Labour Party Conference for the NEC to overturn their endorsement of his deselection. In 1977, Prentice left the Labour Party after a series of battles with left-wing constituency activists such as Owen Ashworth and joined the Conservative Party.

Prentice was elected as a Conservative MP for Daventry in Northamptonshire at the 1979 General Election. Lady Hesketh was instrumental in Reg standing for Daventry. Northamptonshire was the location of yet another ring linked to Leicester and the Gang in north Wales. Northamptonshire’s USP was St Andrew’s Hospital, then a truly dreadful NHS psych hospital which has now metamorphosed into an equally dreadful private facility for Young Adults With Autism and Learning Disabilities. The Young Adults are being injured and found dead at an impressive rate in St Andrew’s.

Top Docs from St Andrew’s as it used to be supplied evidence that was crucial to the conviction of Jeremy Bamber for mass murder in the late 1980s. Bamber has always maintained his innocence and is regularly slapped down by members of the judiciary who snap that the evidence against Jeremy was overwhelming. So were the lies told by the Top Docs and their friends in the forensic science service and the lawyers involved in those cases. Jeremy’s sister, who was one of those who was murdered by whoever carried out the crime for which Bamber is still in prison, was an Empowered Service User who also worked as a model. The sort of girl who was targeted by Gwynne and Dafydd’s Gang…

They’re a load of lying bastards Mr Bamber, they do not have any ‘expertise’ and they bribe or threaten other people to lie as well; I have no idea if you are innocent or guilty but I do know that nothing that lot say can be assumed to contain even a grain of truth.

Reg’s new friends in Daventry and Lady Hesketh were part of the Tory network of Gwynne and Dafydd… 

Reg was a Minister of State at the DHSS in Thatch’s Gov’t, 1979-81, under Ronnie Waterhouse’s mate Secretary of State Patrick Jenkin. Prentice ‘left the Gov’t owing to ill health’. In 1981 as Mary Wynch began her journey to the Master of the Rolls.

Prentice was knighted in 1987, the year he stepped down as an MP, as the Gang got ready to put the last part of their Cunning Plan into action to frame and imprison me and Ollie Brooke found himself a free man. 

On 30 January 1992, Prentice was created life peer as Baron Prentice. In the last few years before Reg’s death at age 77, he was President of the Devizes Conservative Association. Peter Morrison’s brother Charles was the Tory MP for Devizes and the Morrisons had run Devizes for decades, the family seat being in Wiltshire. Prentice died in 2001 in Mildenhall, Wiltshire.

Whatever Reg Prentice fell out with the Labour Party over, it wasn’t the trafficking ring in his East End constituency, because when they deselected him Reg simply joined the Posh Tories who ran the same ring.

Just a reminder: Reg’s fellow East End MP Peter Shore, married to Liz the people trafficking Top Doc at the top of Gov’t and the London Medical Establishment, wasn’t only a Cambridge grad who was working for the security services, but he went to Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool. That school was made famous by some old boys who were in the Beatles. Geoffrey Chamberlain was a close friend of Cilla, a pal of the Fab Four in their Slums Of Liverpool days when Gwynne and Dafydd had begun to expand on that nice little earner of theirs.

Prentice’s daughter, Christine, followed her father as a London Borough of Croydon Councillor, 1992-98. Warlingham Park Hospital in Croydon was a truly appalling place in which patients were battered and abused, relieved of their inheritances and found dead. The young adult children of one family ruined by the Top Docs of Warlingham Park were, in the late 1980s, ‘resettled’ in Bethesda by an arrangement between Top Docs and lawyers in Croydon and north Wales. The family had never even visited Gwynedd and had no contacts there. A great deal of the money that they were due to inherit from their mum who was found dead in Warlingham Park disappeared during their ‘relocation’. See previous posts…

Reg Prentice’s East End seat was succeeded by Ronald Leighton (24 January 1930-28 February 1994) became a Labour MP in 1979 by regaining Newham North East, the seat held by Reg Prentice when he defected. Leighton was opposed to British membership of the EEC and was Director of the Common Market Safeguards Campaign, 1970-72.

Leighton retained the seat until he died in office, aged 64, on 28 Feb 1994. The Labour MP for Barking, Jo Richardson, who went back to the late 1940s with Crossman, Mikardo and Footie, died in office on 1 Feb 1994, thus creating an opportunity for Little Nell to become an MP. A lot was happening in early 1994, including Peter Howarth, a member of staff from Bryn Estyn, awaiting trial for the serial sex abuse of boys in care in north Wales and Howarth’s long-time friend and boss at Bryn Estyn Matt Arnold finding that he was dying. Then John Smith died in May 1994… See previous posts.

After Leighton’s death, at the subsequent by-election, the seat was held for Labour by Stephen Timms. Timms inherited everything that Gwynne and Dafydd’s trafficking ring took to Newham but Stephen hasn’t commented on anything untoward yet…

 

Lest anyone is wondering if there was anyone in Parliament who had an insider’s knowledge of the uncontrollable POA whom the Tories believed could only be restrained by installing a serial child sex offender as the General Manager of Broadmoor in 1987-88, there was and it was someone who had worked with the POA, knew exactly how corrupt and violent they were but chose never to make that public. The person concerned was John Wheeler, who had worked as an Assistant Prison Governor before he became a Tory MP.

Sir John Daniel Wheeler, (born 1 May 1940) was elected for the marginal constituency of Paddington at the 1979 General Election, winning the seat with a majority of just 106 after two recounts. Paddington is a constituency with a good number of Top Doctors and it also contains St Mary’s Hospital which by the time Wheeler was an MP was the hospital of choice for the birth of Royal babies, as a result of the presence of Royal Doc Sir Hugh Pinker (Geoffrey Chamberlain’s mate) at St Mary’s. William and Harry were born there. See post ‘Wimmin’s Wellbeing – The Fortnum and Mason Connection’.

Wheeler was put on the Home Affairs Select Committee as soon as it was established. At the 1983 General Election Wheeler was elected for the new constituency of Westminster North, a seat based largely on Paddington but also taking in the abolished St Marylebone constituency. Westminster North contained a good few St George’s folk, St George’s having been located at Hyde Park Corner in Knightsbridge until the early 1980s. St Marylebone covered Harley Street and was the constituency for Very Posh Top Doctors.

Sir John was an MP who represented the grandest end of the British Medical Establishment who were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring.

After 1987, as Ollie Brooke was released from jail, Wheeler was made Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Sir John was hoping and expecting to continue this role after 1992 but found that the Conservative whips had made a rule that no member may serve on a Select Committee for more than three terms. It was suggested in the press that this rule was designed to get rid of Nicholas Winterton who had been a troublesome Chair of the Health Select Committee and that Wheeler was regarded as ‘collateral damage’. Nicholas Winterton and his wife Ann were both Tory MPs for Cheshire constituencies and up to their eyes in Gwynne and Dafydd criminality. Nicholas Winterton was known among Bridgwater Tories as being a Westminster Swinger. I am still waiting for Tom King to tell me how they knew about Sir Nicholas’s Swinging in darkest Zummerzet.

Wheeler was friendly with John Major because they entered Parliament together and were ideologically close. Or at least that was their story. When Major became PM, Wheeler was appointed as Security Minister at the Northern Ireland Office. Wheeler  was also made a member of the Privy Council. Wheeler was knighted in the New Year’s Honours list of 1993.

In 1995, boundary changes were announced that would expand Wheeler’s constituency to the west, taking in Labour-voting areas of north Kensington and tilting the seat towards Labour. Wheeler decided that he did not wish to contest such unfavourable territory and sought selection elsewhere. Somewhere perhaps with a greater proportion of rich corrupt Top Docs who were mates with the St George’s/St Mary’s crowd Wheeler?

In September 1995 Wheeler announced his intention to challenge Sir Nicholas Scott in the new constituency of Kensington and Chelsea. Scott was perceived as vulnerable after personal scandals – Scott had one hell of an alcohol problem and was caught out discussing Uganda although the evidence points to Scott’s Ugandan discussions being far more scandalous than ever became public – and ‘also because Wheeler was a very moderate MP in a party which was moving to the right.’ It was also a Party with The Hague as Welsh Secretary who knew that he was about to announce a Public Inquiry into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal and that the Inquiry would be totally rigged. I have been told that Wheeler also knew that in 1995 the Gang were going to throw the kitchen sink at their attempts to have me sent to live with Mr Savile and this influenced his desire to become the member for Kensington and Chelsea. 

However, Wheeler did not make the shortlist and he was rejected for other constituencies. One newspaper report suggested that Conservative Associations were put off by the security detail who had to come with Wheeler whenever he visited. Wheeler also ‘suffered by association’ when the corruption of Westminster City Council under Dame Shirley Porter was uncovered, his constituency being in the city. The corruption prevailing under Porter’s regime was so serious that it should have prevented all of those involved, including Wheeler, from ever holding public office again. One Top Doc member of Westminster City Council was found dead in the midst of the scandal. Suicide. Nothing further to add…

After Sir Nicholas Scott’s ‘private life’ – a private life about as private as Dafydd’s ‘private life’ – became too much for the Tories to stomach and Scott resigned, Wheeler tried again to be selected in Kensington and Chelsea but met with no more success. I wonder why they didn’t want him?

Although Wheeler’s name was mentioned whenever a Conservative seat fell vacant, he was unsuccessful and therefore retired from Parliament at the 1997 General Election, as the action in north Wales re Ronnie’s Inquiry was underway.

Since leaving Parliament, Wheeler has undertaken a review of airport security for the United Kingdom and Australian Gov’ts in the light of the 11 September 2001 attacks. Wheeler was Chairman of the Service Authorities of the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service between 1998 and 2002. See the source imageWheeler is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London with responsibility for the London Borough of Merton, a Borough served by St George’s Hospital Medical School and of which Theresa May was a Councillor in the 1980s and early 1990s. John Wheeler knew another person who knew much about Gwynne and Dafydd, as did his immediate family and his in-laws.

Dr John Dunwoody
Member of Parliament
for Falmouth and Camborne
In office
31 March 1966 – 18 June 1970
Preceded by Frank Hayman
Succeeded by David Mudd
Personal details
Born 3 June 1929
Died 26 January 2006 (aged 76)
Béziers, France
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Gwyneth Dunwoody (1954–1975)
Evelyn Borner (1979–2006)
Children Tamsin Dunwoody and two sons
Alma mater King’s College London, and Westminster Hospital Medical School

John Elliot Orr Dunwoody CBE (3 June 1929-26 January 2006) was educated at St Paul’s School, then trained as a Top Doctor at King’s College London and Westminster Hospital Medical School. Dunwoody was at Westminster when it was the training ground for Top Docs from south Wales who facilitated the ring eg. Dannie and Wilfred Abse, having been popularised by the presence of Royal Doc Sir Clement Price-Thomas at Westminster. See ‘Successful Surgery Of King George VI!’.

Dunwoody worked in Devon as a senior house physician at Newton Abbot Hospital, 1955-56 and as a GP and medical officer in Totnes District Hospital, 1956-66.

If Norman Scott is reading this blog, Norman, John Dunwoody will have been one of those who caused big problems for you. Dunwoody was a key player in the Westminster Paedophile Ring and he went to work in Devon when Mr Thrope decided that his future was as the Liberal MP for north Devon and then PM…

Dunwoody was in Devon when Edward du Cann, Maurice Macmillan et al were causing problems for my father on his farm in Devon as well.

Dunwoody was active in the Socialist Medical Association, with Uncle Harry, Julian Tudor-Spart, Wendy Savage et al.

Dunwoody contested the safe Conservative seat of Tiverton in 1959 and came close to winning Plymouth Sutton in 1964, losing by just 410 votes in a seat that Dr Death would later hold for several years for Labour. Dunwoody became the MP for Falmouth and Camborne at the 1966 General Election. Dunwoody wowed Richard Crossman when Crossman was Secretary of State for the DHSS and served as a Health Minister under Crossman, 1969-70. Think Gwynne and Dafydd…

A well-regarded orator at Labour Party Conference, Dunwoody was spoken of as a future leader of the Party. However, he lost his seat in 1970 and did not return to Parliament…

Dunwoody had campaigned hard for a total ban on smoking, before its negative health effects were universally recognised, and became the first director of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). He served as Chairman of the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Area Health Authority 1977–82, Chairman of the Family Planning Association 1981–87 and Chairman of the Bloomsbury District Health Authority, 1982–90. From 1996 Dunwoody was Vice-Chairman of the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Local Medical Committee. Dunwoody was awarded the CBE in 1986, just as Ollie Brooke, friend and colleague of Bodger who was from a south Wales family and went to Llandaff Cathedral School and then Cowbridge Grammar (as did Sir Anthony Hopkins), was jailed and Brave Wendy’s Name Was Cleared.

Dunwoody married Gwyneth Dunwoody (née Phillips) , daughter of Morgan Phillips from south Wales, a mate of Richard Crossman, Footie, George Thomas et al and a General Secretary of the Labour Party. Gwyneth served as the Labour MP for Exeter, 1966-70 and then for Crewe (the constituency became Crewe and Nantwich) in Cheshire, Feb 1974-2008. Gwyneth was deemed a suitable MP to represent that seat down the road from Sir Peter Morrison at exactly the same time that Morrison was selected as the Tory candidate for Chester. Gwyneth dined out of her status as a Strong Woman from a pedigree of Strong Women. Her mother was Labour Party big wig Baroness Norah Phillips and both of her

Gwyneth also served as an MEP, 1975-79.

Dafydd’s mate Dr Bob Hobson who facilitated the huge ring at the Maudsley for years in his guise as a ‘community psychiatrist’ relocated to Manchester University in 1974. See ‘The Mentor’.

Prior to being elected to the Commons in 1966, Gwyneth served as a Totnes Councillor.

The Dunwoodys had two sons and a daughter; their daughter Tamsin Dunwoody served as a Labour  AM in the Welsh Assembly (2003–07).

The Dunwoodys marriage was dissolved in 1975 and in 1979 John Dunwoody married Evelyn Borner. John died aged 76 in 2006 after an unfortunate accident at his home at Béziers, France…

See previous posts for more Dunwoody laffs, the bad behaviour, the police investigations and scandals, Gwyneth’s extraordinary bounce back from virtual bankruptcy while she served as an MP on the location of Gwynne and Dafydd’s north Wales/Cheshire ring…

 

Sir John Wheeler was Chairman of Reliance Custodial Services Limited, part of Reliance Security Group, 1997-2000. He was Non-Executive Director of security equipment companies Jasmin Plc, 1997-98 and Norbain, 1998-99, and corporate intelligence firm Merchant International Group from 2003. See the source imageWheeler is a Patron of Prisoners Abroad, the Director of which, 1989-93, was Keith Best, the Tory MP for Anglesey, 1979-87, the former Welsh Office Minister, who has been fully on board with the Gang for many years…

We Shall Remember Them: Clever Hans

During the early 20 century, there was much public interest in animal intelligence, substantially as a result of Charles Darwin’s recent publications. At the time, a German horse became famous for his ability to perform arithmetic and other intellectual tasks. Clever Hans, as the horse became known, went on tour through Germany (admission to see Hans was free of charge) and wowed the crowds.

Clever Hans was owned by Wilhelm von Osten, a maths teacher, amateur horse trainer and a phrenologist. Clever Hans was said to have been taught to add, subtract, multiply, divide, work with fractions, tell time, keep track of the calendar, differentiate musical tones, and read, spell, and understand German. Von Osten would ask Clever Hans, “If the eighth day of the month comes on a Tuesday, what is the date of the following Friday?” Clever Hans would answer by tapping his hoof eleven times. Questions could be asked both orally and in written form. Clever Hans’s abilities were reported in ‘The New York Times’ in 1904. After von Osten died in 1909, Clever Hans was acquired by several owners. After 1916, there is no record of him and his fate remains unknown, which suggests that he probably ended up in the knacker’s yard for glue.

Wilhelm von Osten and Clever Hans:

As a result of the large amount of public interest in Clever Hans, the German Board of Education appointed a Commission to investigate von Osten’s scientific claims. Philosopher and psychologist Carl Stumpf formed a panel of 13 people, the Hans Commission. This Commission consisted of a veterinarian, a circus manager, a Cavalry officer, a number of school teachers and the Director of the Berlin Zoological Gardens. This Commission concluded in September 1904 that no tricks were involved in Clever Hans’s performance.

The Commission passed their findings to psychologist Oskar Pfungst who famously demonstrated that Clever Hans was not actually performing the mental tasks, but was watching the reactions of his trainer. Pfungst discovered this artifact in the research methodology wherein the horse was responding directly to involuntary cues in the body language of the human trainer, who had the faculties to solve each problem. The trainer was entirely unaware that he was providing such cues. The anomalous artifact has since been referred to as the Clever Hans effect and has continued to be important knowledge in the observer-expectancy effect and later studies in animal cognition. Carl Stumpf was observing the sensational phenomena of the horse, which also added to Stumpf’s impact on phenomenology.

I was reminded of Clever Hans earlier this morning when I heard Dominic Lawson on the ‘Today’ programme talking about the death of Hans Klausing, the Swedish businessman. Dominic mentioned that Hans was Ever So Clever and a Professor and unusually for a Professor, Hans and his wife had a great deal of money. Hans was indeed seriously rich and as Dominic reminded Justin Webb the Radio 4 journo, when Justin mentioned an unfortunate episode involving Hans’s son, some Class A drugs, a dead wife and a suspended prison sentence, we shouldn’t waste time dwelling on that, we should remember that Clever Hans, the inexplicably loaded Professor, gave millions to charidee and who can argue with that.

I have mentioned Dominic previously on the blog. Dominic’s dad Nigel was of course famously Thatch’s Chancellor who oversaw the Big Bang and later fell out with Thatch. What is less widely discussed is that Nigel was the Tory MP for Blaby in Leicestershire, Feb 1974-92, when just about everyone in professional and public life was concealing the sex abuse ring in Leicestershire linked to Dafydd and the Gang. Frank Beck, the Leicestershire social worker who in Nov 1991 was sentenced to five life terms in jail for the abuse of over 100 children in his care, was elected as a Liberal Councillor for Blaby in 1983 and was re-elected in 1987. Beck was under investigation by the police by 1987, as was his friend Greville Janner.

As a young man, Nigel Lawson was a friend of Jim Slater, a dodgy businessman. Lawson was the City editor on the Sunday Torygraph (see ‘Shurely Shome Mishtake’ for details of Bill Deedes, Denis and Thatch’s friend who was Editor of the Torygraph for years, served as in Macmillan’s Gov’t and knew Dafydd, Gwynne and the Gang) and bagged his pal Jim a regular column, ‘Capitalist’, in the 1960s. Jim Slater was a friend and business partner of Peter Walker, the Tory who was the City Link of the Gang and who went back as far as the 1950s with Dafydd, Gwynne, Beata Brookes, David Hunt et al who later thrived under Thatch.

Walker served as Thatch’s Energy Secretary, 1983-87 and was given that role because of his excellent knowledge of the ring and who was involved in the ring order to flatten the NUM and ensure that the Labour Party’s and the Windbag’s support for the NUM was ineffective or non-existent. See posts ‘Holding The Country To Ransom – Part I’ and ‘Holding The Country To Ransom – Part II’. I have been told that Walker was put into that job also because of his access to info re Brown and me; Walker was friends with Edward du Cann, the Tory MP for Taunton, my grandfather’s former enemy, as was Jim Slater…

After his substantial contribution to flattening the NUM and giving south Wales a good kick Lest They Thought Of Doing That Again, Peter Walker served as Secretary of State For Wales, 1987-90.

Nigel Lawson’s daughter Nigella, Dominic’s sister, was, when she was at Oxford University, involved with the Dangerous Sports Club. In 1986/87, the DSC just happened to bump into the Somerset contingent who knew what was happening to me at the hands of the Gang and it was with the DSC that one member of the Somerset contingent established an Extreme Sports Business, which resulted in a number of those partaking of the Extreme Sports sustaining injury, after paying good money to do so. Warnings were ignored and in Nov 2002 a Bulgarian student was killed. A prosecution for manslaughter followed, but thanks to Dame Heather Hallett, the Nice Lady Judge who presided over the trial at Bristol Crown Court in 2004 and who stopped the trial and ordered the jury to acquit, no-one even received 10 mins of community service for killing that student. See previous posts.

Dame Heather Hallett
Vice-President of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal
Assumed office
8 November 2013
Preceded by Sir Anthony Hughes
Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division
In office
3 October 2011 – 3 March 2014
Preceded by Sir John Thomas
Succeeded by Sir Nigel Davis
Personal details
Born 16 December 1949 (age 69)
Alma mater St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Occupation Judge

Dame Heather Carol Hallett (born 16 December 1949), styled The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Hallett, has been promoted to the Court of Appeal since displaying her wisdom in Bristol in the summer of 2004. The Dame – the daughter of an Assistant Chief Constable and who is married to Nigel Vivian Marshall Wilkinson, a QC, a recorder and Deputy High Court judge -is the fifth woman to sit in the Court of Appeal after Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (now Baroness Butler-Sloss) (1988), Dame Brenda Hale (now Baroness Hale of Richmond) (1999), Dame Mary Arden (2000) and Dame Janet Smith (2002).

What a crew: Butler-Sloss is of the Havers family who have concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring for at least two generations and Butler-Sloss was a mate of Prof Israel Kolvin, Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate who ran their partner ring in the North East of England for decades. Butler-Sloss Chaired the Cleveland Inquiry in 1988 and concealed the criminal activity of that ring. See previous posts including ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas And The Culprits Were Named’.

On 7 September 2006, Butler-Sloss was appointed as Deputy Coroner of the Queen’s Household and Assistant Deputy Coroner for Surrey for the purpose of hearing the inquest into the death of Diana. Butler-Sloss realised that it was beyond her and on 2 March 2007, she was appointed as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London for the purpose of transferring the jurisdiction of the inquest to Inner West London so that the proceedings could sit in the Royal Courts of Justice. On 24 April 2007, Butler-Sloss announced she was stepping down in June 2007, saying that she lacked the experience required to deal with an inquest with a jury; this had been preceded by the overturning by the High Court of Butler-Sloss’s earlier decision to hold the inquest without a jury. The role of coroner for Di and Dodi’s inquests was transferred to Lord Justice Scott Baker.

Scott Baker had never conducted an inquest before, so someone gave him Di and Dodi to practice on. Scott Baker had spent most of his career as a judge in the Family Court and in 1995 had been the presiding judge over a truly extraordinary case in which he jailed one of Dafydd’s victims for a half-hearted ‘abduction of a baby’ that she only did on the orders of an abusive husband anyway. See posts ‘So Who’s Path Had Susan Brooke Crossed?’, ‘More On Susan Brooke Case’ and ‘Update On The Cases Of Susan Brooke and Sara Thornton’.

Scott Baker was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1961, thus joining Ronnie Waterhouse and Greville Janner who had arrived a few years previously and practised in a range of legal areas, including family finance cases and professional negligence. Scott Baker served as President of the Family Division, 1971-79, Presiding Judge of the Wales and Chester Circuit, 1991-95 and a member of the Parole Board, 1999-2002. So Scott Baker was ruling the roost at the Family Court throughout Peak Paedophilia in north Wales, had his feet under the table of the Wales and Chester Circuit throughout a series of miscarriages of justice that were caused by the Gang and then joined Dafydd’s mates Robert Bluglass and Colin Berry on the Parole Board…

Scott Baker was a member of the Warnock Committee, 1982 to 1984, re human fertilisation and embryology. Previous posts have explained that Mary Warnock, the Chair, was a stooge, as were all the members of that Committee, except for Dame Josephine Barnes, the obnoxious old gynaecologist from Charing Cross who gave the orders. Barnes was married to Sir Brian Warren, Grocer Heath’s personal physician and good friend. Warren and Barnes were both facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including Dafydd and Gwynne’s contribution to it, Warren from his private practice in Belgravia (Warren was completely opposed to the NHS and refused to work in it), Barnes from her mixed NHS/private perspective at Charing Cross. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’ Barnes and her colleagues at Charing Cross also inflicted serious damage upon many via the Charing Cross Gender ID Clinic, as discussed in ‘R.I.P Julia Grant and Many More…’

Two of Dafydd and Gwynne’s local mates from north Wales sat on the Warnock Committee, Noreen Edwards who as Chairman of Gwynedd Health Authority, presided over a catastrophe and Dafydd Wigley, who knew that the reason for that catastrophe was Dafydd and the Gang but as Lord Wigley was Of Them, he didn’t make that clear when he asked Questions In The House about the catastrophe. See ‘So Absolutely Sane, Clear, Quick, Intelligent and Safe…’ and other posts.

Butler-Sloss became Chancellor of the University of the West of England in 1993 and an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, King’s College London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Butler-Sloss was a good friend of Issy Kolvin and after his death wrote a touching tribute to his life’s work that can be read on the website dedicated to Issy’s life’s work of facilitating organised abuse and people trafficking.

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Butler-Sloss sits on the Selection Panel for Queen’s Counsel. Butler-Sloss was Chairman of the Security Commission prior to its abolition in 2010.

On 8 July 2014, it was announced that Baroness Butler-Sloss would Chair the forthcoming IICSA. She stood down on 14 July after mounting pressure from victims’ groups and MPs over her suitability with regard to her brother Michael Havers (the Tory MP for Wimbledon, 1970-87, many of who’s constituents were Top Docs or other senior staff at St George’s/Springfield Hospitals) being Thatcher’s Attorney General at the time of some of the abuses in question and who admitted that he blocked the prosecution of VIP child sex offenders. Butler-Sloss was also viewed as a big problem because of her unwillingness to include mention in the IICSA of former Anglican bishop Peter Ball, who spent many happy years molesting boys/young men and, after he was caught bang to rights, slandered and libelled one of his victims and was then received with sympathy by Carlo and housed in one of the Duchy’s houses in Aller, Somerset. See previous posts.

Brenda Hale is a mate of St Helena Kennedy, the St Helena who was mates with Dafydd’s pal Prof Nigel Eastman at St George’s/Springfield Hospitals (see eg. ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’ and ‘Close Your Eyes And Make A WISH’). Brenda grew up in Yorkshire on the site of the ring that came to be dominated by Savile; her parents were both Headteachers. Working part-time as a barrister, Brenda spent 18 years mostly in academia at Manchester University, becoming Professor of Law there in 1986. The year that Prof Oliver Brooke at St George’s was charged and subsequently convicted of child porn offences. Dafydd had me wrongly arrested and illegally imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh four days before Ollie pleased guilty at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court on 18 Dec 1986 and was jailed. See ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’ Mary Wynch had won her case against Dafydd and the Gang in 1985.

When Brenda was appointed as President of the Supreme Court, St Helena’s cup brimmeth over and St Helena explained on Radio 4 that Brenda was Completely Different, not just in terms of possessing ovaries rather than testes, but Brenda was a member of the Athenaeum, not the silly old Garrick with all those daft old buffers like Ronnie Waterhouse, Robin Day and William Mars-Jones. William Mars-Jones was a member of Gray’s Inn, along with St Helena and her mate Michael Mansfield. St Helena and Mike were not going to cross William’s path and he was a big mate of Dafydd and Gwynne’s…

Jimmy Savile was a member of the Atheneaum; it is a favourite club of Top Docs (Douglas Black, Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate from Manchester virtually lived there after he retired) and Savile became a member in 1984, after being nominated by Cardinal Basil Hume. Hume was a Roman Catholic priest in a family of high profile Top Doctors from the North East of England, one of them – John Hume – being a good mate of Dafydd and Gwynne and who seriously and inexplicably damaged Anthony Eden’s health to such an extent that it contributed to Eden’s resignation as PM, allowing him to be replaced by Lilibet’s mate Harold Macmillan. Basil’s sister Madeleine was married to Sir John Charles, the Gov’ts Chief Medical Officer who colluded with Dafydd and Gwynne. Madeleine remarried Lord John Hunt of Tanworth, Cabinet Secretary, 1973-79, who er colluded with Dafydd and Gwynne. See previous posts.

Savile’s job as General Manager of Broadmoor from 1987 was negotiated over a series of meals in the Athenaeum attended by a small number of corrupt Civil Service mandarins and Savile’s mate Alan Franey, a senior NHS manager at Leeds General Infirmary, who was appointed CEO of Broadmoor once Savile was General Manager. Edwina Currie went to one of the meetings in her capacity as a junior Health Minister, but ooh she was appalled and thought that Savile was a twat. Not that Edwina said that at the time, Edwina told everyone that giving Savile the job was a brilliant idea because he had told her that he would get those bastard Broadmoor Angels under control who were stealing a bloody fortune from the NHS and fiddling like there was no tomorrow. They were also battering and killing patients, but Edwina wasn’t concerned about that. See post ‘Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’ and ‘A Pretty Classy Piece Of Operation’.

In her ‘Diaries’ Edwina noted in 1990 that Sir Peter Morrison was widely known to be abusing children, as discussed in previous posts.

I have been told that Dafydd and the Gang were so confident of their abilities to have me framed and banged up in Broadmoor that Mr Savile was installed in anticipation of my arrival. Ronnie Waterhouse’s Report mentioned someone else from north Wales who had complained about the Gang who found himself in Broadmoor very soon afterwards.

Years before I found out about even a fraction of what that lot were doing, I read an academic account of a case history of a female Broadmoor patient that I found worrying. This young woman had spent years in Broadmoor on the basis of an allegation that she had ‘planned to murder’ an Angel in another psych hospital. There was no evidence at all that she had done any such thing; a box of weed killer had, it was alleged, been found in her cabinet and there were ‘Grave Suspicions’ that it was to be used to Poison An Angel. The patient was in a unit where she was helping with the garden and had acquired the weed killer legally and transparently. Nonetheless, the secret report – she never knew of its existence – stating that she was planning to murder an Angel was used to detain her in Broadmoor for years. The report was written by one Robert Bluglass, Dafydd’s mate.

The general public had no idea what was happening in high security hospitals, they really did believe that they were teaming with murderers, rather than people who refused to shut up about being abused as kids in care or as psych patients. All Top Docs knew the real score, as did all barristers and judges.

St Helena knew about the sexual assaults that Savile carried out on Broadmoor patients; she said nothing.

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Sir William Mars-Jones:

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St Helena:

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Mike Mansfield:

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In 1968, Brenda Hale married Anthony Hoggett, a fellow law lecturer at Manchester. The marriage was dissolved in 1992, in which year she married Julian Farrand, former Professor of Law at Manchester, Pensions Ombudsman and colleague of Hale’s on the Law Commission.

Brenda Hale served as Chancellor of Bristol University, 2004-17.

Mary Arden is the daughter of a Liverpool family who were Of The Gang (see previous posts).

Janet Smith came from Cheshire and practised as a barrister in Manchester for 20 years, specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Janet knew George Carman QC when he was practising in Manchester, she knew Geraint Morgan QC the barrister who doubled up as the Tory MP for Denbigh, 1959-83 and she knew Sir John Kay, who worked on the Northern Circuit and gave Gwynedd County Council a High Court injunction against me in 1990, based on the perjury of one Gwynedd social worker who had met me at most three times and who had illegally imprisoned me and her line manager who had never met or communicated with me (see ‘The Bitterest Pill’).

The Top Docs and lawyers of Manchester were Gwynne and Dafydd’s Big Umbrella in the north for years. See eg. ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ and other posts.

Dame Janet Smith served as President of the Council of The Inns of Court. Dame Janet Chaired Inquiries into Harold Shipman and Jimmy Savile, a particularly Safe Pair Of A String Of Pearls was needed for those two tasks. The Dame concluded that no-one at a senior position in the NHS Knew About Savile, so how he managed to be a personal friend of so many of them I can’t work out. Dame Janet served as Chancellor of Manchester University, 2003-09. After retiring from the Court of Appeal, in June 2011 Janet Smith was appointed to succeed Lord Brennan as the independent assessor for miscarriages of justice compensation for England and Wales.

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Dame Janet is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, as were Cecil Havers (Butler-Sloss’s father), Michael Havers (Butler Sloss’s brother), Lord Denning, George Carman and as are Butler-Sloss herself, Miranda and Cherie.

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And now the Wimmin Lords Of Appeal have been joined by Heather, who became a member of Inner Temple in 1972, when Mr Thrope was a big name in Inner Temple.

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When Brown and I lived a few miles from Nigel Lawson’s constituency in 1987 (see eg. post ‘Life In Cold Blood’) the Top Docs in Leicester were concealing the ring on their patch as well as the crimes of Dafydd and the Gang. See eg. ‘An Expert From England…’

 

I have discussed Dominic Lawson previously on the blog in the context of his wife Rosa and their daughter Domenica who has Down’s syndrome. The Lawsons also had a stillborn baby. Dominic and Rosa are involved with charidee work as a result of Domenica being born with Down’s and they have spoken up about the shocking discrimination faced by people with learning difficulties and the pressure applied to pregnant women carrying a disabled baby to have a termination. I appreciate them doing that; what is happening is disgusting and no-one dares challenge it. Women are being refused certain ante-natal tests if they refuse to agree to an abortion should the baby be shown to be at high risk of Down’s on the grounds that the NHS won’t be wasting its money on tests for babies like THAT if their ludicrous mother won’t consider a termination. Dominic Lawson has discussed the value of the lives of people with disabilities in a way that so many Fighters For The Oppressed and Supporters Of The NHS just won’t, as the genocide continues.

However Dominic has remained silent about many others matters. It’s OK Dominic, I know the landscape. You have your daughter to think about (as well as the other members of your family), the Top Docs are totally ruthless and although your family has the sort of money that has allowed you to provide for Domenica in a way that most other people would not have been able to do so, Domenica will always be at the mercy of the Top Docs and you just can’t risk it.

It is only the likes of Brown, F and me who challenge Top Doc gangsters, because we don’t have much to lose; it’s quite clear that we’ll be left to die in the event of serious illness anyway. So just as I’ve blogged about the gang of murdering paedophiles who operated under Dominic’s dad’s nose when he was one of the most senior members of Thatch’s Gov’t and I lived a few miles away from him, I’ll fill readers in on a bit of background re Clever Hans the Inexplicably Rich Professor Who Gave Millions To Charidee.

No, neither have I forgotten that Dominic’s wife Rosa is Rosa Monckton, daughter of the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a family who are part of the Gang’s network and that Rosa was a close friend of Diana. See previous posts. Domenica was a bridesmaid at Charles and Di’s wedding and Rosa gave evidence after Di crashed in the tunnel. It’s the 22nd Anniversary Today!

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I really don’t think that Dominic and Rosa are going to dare say anything at all that touches on the sex abuse ring with Royal Connections…

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

Show Us You Care Ma’am! Get your arse out of Balmoral – where you were kipping when Diana crashed in the tunnel – and explain why Carlo presided as Chancellor over a university that was a vehicle for a vicious paedophile/trafficking ring, who’s staff trashed my career when I complained about the Royal Lobotomist within and 20 years later went after the blood of the VC because he refused to force me out of the University unfairly and illegally.

Miranda, you’ve got some explaining to do as well.

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On the day that the news was released re Di crashing into the tunnel, F and I were bored and stuck inside the house. We had switched on the TV and on every channel there was footage of Diana. We hadn’t bothered to turn the volume up and just said ‘Oh God, Royals on every bloody channel’, so we switched it off again. Not long after, our friend who was an Empowered Service User arrived for coffee and told us that an old boy in Bethesda had just told him that Diana was dead, so we switched the TV back on to see if it was true. It was, Jonathan Dimbleby was doing the voice over. Jonathan who was a mate of Carlo’s and who diagnosed Diana with a Borderline Personality Disorder. Our friend summed up the tragedy as he did so many other tragedies (but usually those of Empowered Service Users): Poor Cow, she’s been killed. I was nearly a Poor Cow myself many times, but fortunately for me the Gang’s constant attempts at imprisonment and death blew up in their faces constantly.

The Clever Hans to whom Di’s mate Rosa’s husband Dominic was paying tribute on Radio 4 this morning was Hans Rausing (25 March 1926-30 August 2019), a Swedish businessman based in the UK. Clever Hans made his fortune from his co-inheritance of Tetra Pak, a company founded by his father Ruben Rausing and currently the largest food packaging company in the world. According to the Forbes Rich List, Clever Hans was the second richest Swedish billionaire in 2013. By the time of his death yesterday, Forbes estimated the net worth of Clever Hans and his family to be $12 billion.

Clever Hans was born in Gothenburg in 1926 as the second son to industrialist Ruben Rausing and his wife Elisabeth (née Varenius). Rausing had two brothers, Gad and Sven. Clever Hans studied Economics, Statistics and Russian at Lund University, graduating in 1948. In 1954 Clever Hans was appointed Managing Director of Tetra Pak and his brother Gad Deputy Managing Director. Clever Hans became Chairman of the Tetra Pak Board in 1985. He left the company in 1993 and sold his 50% share of the company to Gad in 1995.

Clever Hans’s dad Anders Ruben Rausing (17 June 1895-8 October 1983) was born in 1895 in Råå, a small fishing hamlet in the district of Raus outside of Helsingborg in the south of Sweden. Rausing changed his surname from Andersson to Rausing in 1921. With the help of a loan from his aunt, Rausing studied at the recently founded Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration, graduating in 1918. After a brief engagement at the privately owned Stockholms Enskilda Bank, Rausing was employed by Sveriges Litografiska Tryckerier, SLT (later renamed Esselte), a well-known printing company. In 1919 he earned a scholarship from SSE to continue his studies at Columbia University in New York and obtained a MSc in Economics in 1920.

Returning to Sweden in 1920, Rausing continued his employment at SLT, first as a Manager Assistant and then as a Manager. During his time at SLT, Rausing became closely acquainted with the industrialist Erik Åkerlund and in 1929 Rausing left SLT to form a new packaging company together with Åkerlund, Åkerlund & Rausing. Åkerlund & Rausing was the first packaging company in Scandinavia and eventually became a leading manufacturer of dry food carton packages. Initially, however, the company had difficulties making profits and in 1933 Åkerlund sold his share to Rausing, who became the sole owner.

Åkerlund & Rausing created the plastic-coated carton tetrahedron, patented on 27 March 1944. In 1952, the first machine producing tetrahedron cream packages was sold to a local dairy. The company had difficulties throughout the 1950s, with Rausing continuing to spend large amounts on development. Initially catering primarily to the Swedish market, the company expanded gradually, with Germany (1954), France (1954) and Italy(1956) as its first export markets.

Tetra Pak’s commercial break-through arrived in the mid-60s with the new Tetra Brik package, introduced in 1963. The late 1960s and the 1970s saw a global expansion of the company, much due to the new Tetra Brik Aseptic package, debuted in 1968, which opened up new markets in the developing world and sparked off a virtual explosion in sales. After 30 years, Tetra Pak eventually became one of the leading food processing and packaging company in the world.

Ruben Rausing was made Doctor Honoris Causa in Medicine at Lund University in 1957, in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics and Business Administration in 1959 and in Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1977. He was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

Ruben Rausing was married to Elisabeth and had three sons, Hans, Gad and Sven. For tax reasons, Rausing left Sweden for Rome in 1969. For all of his life, however, Ruben kept his country home Simontorp, near Lund.

Dr. Gad Rausing (19 May 1922-28 January 2000) (he died days before the publication of the Waterhouse Report) had a lifelong passion for archaeology and the humanities and received his PhD. from the University of Lund in 1967. In addition to his work as Deputy Managing Director at Tetra Pak Gad was a frequent lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at Lund University.

Gad Rausing studied chemistry at the University of Lund and began his career as the head of the research laboratory at Åkerlund & Rausing, his father’s company. Rausing joined Tetra Pak as Deputy Managing Director in 1954. Gad Rausing had a parallel career as a scholar in pre-historic Scandinavian archaeology and was a Reader at the Institute of Archaeology at Lund University.

Gad Rausing’s passion for the humanities led to his sponsoring of various research projects, among others the excavation of the 10th Century Viking trading town of Birka outside Stockholm. Gad Rausing’s foundation, The Birgit and Gad Rausing Foundation, awards grants to research within the humanities and supports several important institutions, among others the Lund and Oxford Universities.

In 2002, the Gad Rausing Prize for Outstanding Humanistic Research was instituted by Rausing’s three children in memory of their father at the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, where Gad Rausing was a member during his lifetime. Rausing became Doctor Honoris Causa at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1983.

The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) library has been renamed as Gad & Birgit Rausing Library to acknowledge the donation provided by the Rausing family to construct the library building. Mr. Dennis Jönsson, CEO Tetra Pak, inaugurated Gad & Birgit Rausing Library on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Mr. Jönsson appreciated that the funds donated by the Rausing family were utilized for educational purposes. He also unveiled a plaque commemorating the Rausing family’s donation for development of the library building.

Gad Rausing was married to Birgit Rausing and had three children, Finn, Jörn and Kirsten.

Gad’s widow Birgit Rausing (born 1924) is a Swedish art historian and philanthropist, the daughter of Swedish landscape painter Henry Mayne (1891–1975). When Gad died in 2000, Birgit and their three children inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval. Birgit Rausing and her family had an estimated net worth of US$13.0 billion in 2010.

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society has a class of rescue vessels where the lead ship Gad Rausing was built in 2002 after a large donation from the Tetra Laval group.

Finn Rausing (born 1954) is co-owner of Tetra Laval, as well as co-owner of the Sauber Formula One team. Finn lives in England.

Jörn Rausing (born 12 February 1960) is co-owner of Tetra Laval, and he owns a share of Ocado, where he is a Board Director. Jorn lives in Surrey.

Kirsten Elisbet Rausing (born 6 June 1952) lives in the UK and breeds horses at her stud farm Lanwades Stud in Newmarket. Kirsten is a member of the Jockey Club and a former Director of the National Stud. With Richard Frisby, Michael Goodbody and Guy Heald, she is a Director of the British Bloodstock Agency. With her brothers Jorn and Finn, Kirsten sits on the Board of holding company Tetra Laval. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2011 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK, Kirsten was placed 16th (jointly with her brother Jörn) with an estimated fortune of £3,900 million. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2012, Kirsten was ranked as the 4th richest woman in the UK.

Tetra Pak’s success in the 1970s and 1980s has been credited to the leadership of Clever Hans and Gad, who turned the six-person family business into a multi-national company. Over the course of his career, Clever Hans became a specialist in Russian affairs and made many investments in Russia and Ukraine. Clever Hans was responsible for the Tetra Pak’s Russian market, and negotiated the first Tetra Pak machine export to the Soviet Union in 1959, eventually making Tetra Pak the largest foreign employer in Russia.

Clever Hans and his wife Märit donated large sums to charidees and research in the UK and Sweden, among others to large medical research projects at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University. Through the Märit and Hans Rausing Fund, they supported local community projects in their home county of Sussex.

Clever Hans was appointed Doctor Honoris Causa in Medicine and Economics at Lund University. He was a visiting Professor at Mälardalens Högskola, Sweden and honorary Professor at the University of Dubna, Russia. Clever Hans was made an Honorary KBE in 2006. He was an Honorary Fellow of the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge and in 2011 he was awarded the title Honorary Freeman and Liveryman at The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London.

Clever Hans and his wife Märit Rausing had three children.

Clever Hans’s daughter Anna Lisbet Kristina Rausing (born 9 June 1960) studied History at the University of California, Berkeley,(B.A., summa cum laude 1984) and completed an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in History at Harvard where she also taught for eight years.

Harvard University Press published Lisbet Rausing’s biography of Carl Linnaeus, Linnaeus: Nature and Nation in 1999. Throughout her career she has published a range of articles on related subjects in academic journals. Lisbet has also contributed to the FT and the Sunday Torygraph.

Rausing is a senior research fellow at King’s College, London. She holds honorary doctorates from Uppsala University and SOAS and she is an elected member of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Lisbet is also an honorary fellow of the British Academy, the Linnean Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Lisbet was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers (2005-2011) and Yad Hanadiv Advisory Committee (2001-2011). She serves on the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Advisory Board.

Lisbet Rausing founded and is a non-executive director of Ingleby Farms & Forests (Ingleby Company) which owns and farms ca.100,000 hectares in nine countries. She also works closely with a family-owned liquid food packaging company, Ecolean. Rausing is a trustee of the Corrour Trust who own 99% of the 65,000 acre Corrour Estate in Scotland.

Lisbet Rausing co-founded the Arcadia Fund in 2001 with her husband Professor Peter Baldwin. As of August 2019, the Fund has made grant commitments of over $598million to charities and scholarly institutions globally that preserve cultural heritage and the environment and promote open access. Arcadia-funded projects include the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at SOAS, London University.

In September 2015 Valerie Amos was appointed Director of SOAS, ‘becoming the first black woman to lead a university in the UK’. In 2019, it was announced that Amos will become the first-ever black head of an Oxford College, University College, from 1 August 2020. Valerie Amos has journeyed through every institution and organisation who’s box one needs to tick if one is on the left and part of the Gang’s mycelia.

After working in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services in local gov’t in the London Borough’s of Lambeth, Camden and Hackney – Dafydd and Gwynne were in partnership with all of these Boroughs – Valerie Amos became Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1989-94. The EOC was also peopled by friends of the Gang, including Elspeth, Geoffrey Howe’s wife… See previous posts.

In 1995 Amos co-founded Amos Fraser Bernard and was an adviser to the South African Gov’t on public service reform, human rights and employment equity. They obviously took so much notice of Val’s advice…

Amos during the WEF 2013

Amos has also been Deputy Chair of the Runnymede Trust (1990–98), a Trustee of the IPPR, a non-executive Director of the University College London Hospitals Trust, a Trustee of VSO, Chair of the Afiya Trust, Member of the Board of the Sierra Leone Titanium Resources Group, a Director of Hampstead Theatre and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Royal College of Nursing Institute.

Miranda gave Val a peerage in Aug 1997, nine months after the Waterhouse Inquiry had opened and just before he made his tear-jerking speech about the sad loss of the People’s Princess. See previous posts for more info Baroness Val.

Lisbet is also bank-rolling the Hans Rausing Scholarship in the History of Science at King’s College, London and the Hans Rausing Chair in the History of Science at Uppsala University, which is also hosting an annual Hans Rausing Lecture in the History of Science. Cambridge University’s Department of History and Philosophy of Science hosts an Annual Hans Rausing Lecture.

Arcadia has also funded the Endangered Archive Programme at the British Library and Fauna & Flora International’s Halcyon Land and Sea fund. They are listed as one of the biggest benefactors to the Wikimedia Foundation and donated $5 million to the Wikimedia endowment in 2017 after Lisbet’s husband Peter Baldwin joined its Advisory Board. Rausing and Baldwin also founded the Lund Trust. Since 2002 Lund Trust has given more than $62 million to charities in the UK and internationally.

Lisbet’s first husband Joseph Leo Koerner (born June 17, 1958) is currently the Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and, since 2008, Senior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard. After teaching at Harvard from 1989 to 1999 (as Professor since 1991), Koerner moved to Frankfurt, where he was Professor of Modern Art History at the Goethe University, and to London, where he held Chairs at UCL and the Courtauld Institute before returning to Harvard in 2007.

Son of the Vienna-born Jewish-American painter Henry Koerner, Joseph Koerner was raised Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Vienna. Joseph graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1976 and attended Yale University where he received his BA in 1980. After a MA in English at Cambridge University in 1982), where he was supervised by Frank Kermode he spent a year studying at Heidelberg University and received his PhD in art history at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Frank Kermode starred in a previous post… He was at the centre of a group of sharp-elbowed ruthless academics who were using their knowledge of the Gang’s crimes to climb over each other.

Koerner was a member of the research group Poetik und Hermeneutik in Konstanz in its later phase, 1987-1994. Joseph Koerner collaborated with Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel on the 2002 exhibition Iconoclash at the ZKM in Karlsruhe. He has also curated exhibitions of his father’s work, including a 1997 retrospective at the Austrian National Gallery. In the 1990s, Koerner was a frequent contributor to The New Republic.

In Great Britain, Koerner is known for his work as writer and presenter of the three-part Northern Renaissance (2006) and the feature-length Vienna: City of Dreams (2007), both produced in Scotland by the BBC and broadcast on BBC Four.

Koerner has delivered the Slade Lectures at Cambridge (2003) and Oxford (2013), the Getty Lectures at USC (2005), the Bross Lectures at University of Chicago (2007), the A. W. Mellon lectures at the National Gallery (2008), the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Cambridge (2012) and the E. H. Gombrich Lectures in the Classical Tradition at the Warburg Institute (2016).

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1995) and the American Philosophical Association (since 2008), Koerner has served on the boards of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Warburg Institute, Ralston College, and the American Academy in Berlin. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2006-7 and served as Guest Professor at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. In 2009, Koerner was one of three recipients of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award, which funds an academic and creative project on homemaking (geographic, architectural, and psychic) in Vienna from Otto Wagner to the present day. Based at Harvard, the project has produced the documentary film directed by Koerner, The Burning Child.

After divorcing Lisbet, in 2003, Koerner married Margaret K. Koerner (born Margaret Lendia Koster), also an art historian.

Lisbet’s second husband Peter Baldwin – they married in 2002 -is a Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles and a philanthropist. Peter Baldwin was educated at Harvard and Yale.

Peter Baldwin’s volumes include:

  • The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
  • Reworking the Past: Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians’ Debate, edited with an introduction (Beacon Press, 1990)
  • Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (University of California Press, Berkeley, and the Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, 2005)
  • The Narcissism of Minor Differences: How America and Europe Are Alike (Oxford University Press, 2009)

In 2014 Baldwin published The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle.

Lisbet’s sister Sigrid Maria Elisabet Rausing (born 29 January 1962) is the founder of the Sigrid Rausing Trust and owner of Granta magazine and Granta Books

Sigrid grew up in Lund, Sweden and studied History at York University, 1983-86. She has an MSc in Social Anthropology from UCL in 1987. Sigrid continued with a PhD focusing on post-Soviet anthropology and did her fieldwork on a collective farm in Estonia, 1993-4. In 1997, Sigrid was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Department of Social Anthropology at UCL followed by an honorary post-doctorate in the same Department.

Sigrid Rausing’s wrote Everything Is Wonderful, a personal memoir of her year in Estonia, which was published by Grove Atlantic in the US and by Albert Bonniers förlag in Sweden, in spring 2014.

Sigrid writes occasional columns for the New Statesman and her articles on human rights have appeared in the Guardian and the Sunday Times.

In spring 2005, with her husband, Eric Abraham and publisher Philip Gwyn-Jones, Sigrid founded the publishing house, Portobello Books and that Autumn she acquired Granta, a literary journal, and its book publishing arm. She is now the publisher of both Granta magazine and Granta Books, including its imprint Portobello Books.

In January 2016 Sigrid Rausing was the guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. Her book choice was Mansfield Park and her luxury item was the British Library. I think that the Rausing family might own both…

I am beginning to understand why, when F felt like a bit of entertainment, he could ring Dafydd up and tell Dafydd that he was a oil magnate from the US, that ‘I own shrinks’ and that it took Dafydd longer than would be expected to realise that it wasn’t a rich American to whom he was speaking…

Sigrid Rausing set up the charitable trust the Sea Foundation in 1988. In 1996 she transferred the funds to the Ruben and Elisabeth Rausing Trust, named after her grandparents; the trust was renamed the Sigrid Rausing Trust in 2003 and by 2014, had distributed approximately £208.3 million to human rights organisations globally.

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In 2004 Sigrid was the joint winner of the International Service Human Rights Award, in the Global Human Rights Defender category. In 2005 she won a Beacon Special Award for philanthropy. In 2006 she was awarded the Women’s Funding Network’s ‘Changing the Face of Philanthropy’ Award.

Sigrid is a judge on the jury of the Per Anger Prize for human rights defenders and an Emeritus Board member of the Order of the Teaspoon, a Swedish organisation against political and religious extremism. Sigrid was the judge of the Amnesty International Media Awards in 2009 and 2010. She serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and is an Emeritus member of the international Board of Human Rights Watch.

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Sigrid is a former Trustee of Charleston, in Sussex, the museum which is the former home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. The Bells, The Bells, who were part of the Bloomsbury Group, a faction of whom summered in Cwm Croesor and utilised the services of Gwynne and Dafydd. See eg. ‘The Village’ and ‘The Vermin Club’.

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In 2010 Sigrid was made an Honorary Fellow of the LSE. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Morrell Fellowship from the University of York. In 2012 Sigrid was a judge of the Index on Censorship Media Awards. Sigrid Owns Shrinks… As well as the media…

In June 2014 Sigrid was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Rausing is a supporter of Hope Not Hate. On 1st December 2018 the Sigrid Rausing Trust began a grant of £450,000 over 3 years to Hope Not Hate. By that point, Hope Not Hate had received £615,000 from the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Rausing is married to South African-born TV, film and theatre producer Eric Abraham. They own Aubrey House in Holland Park as well as the Coignafearn estate, in the Highlands of Scotland.

  • Rausing, Sigrid (2004). History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-926318-9.
  • Rausing, Sigrid (14 March 2014). Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia. Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated. ISBN 978-0-8021-9281-3.
  • Rausing, Sigrid (2017). Mayhem : a memoir. Hamish Hamilton. ISBN 978-0-241-25926-9.
  • After the war. Granta ; 125. Granta. 2013. ISBN 9781905881710.
  • American Wild. Granta ; 128. Granta. 2014. ISBN 9781905881819.
  • Do you remember. Granta ; 126. Granta. 2014. ISBN 9781905881796.
  • Sigrid, I will never forget.
  • Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

From 2001 to 2012, Clever Hans and his family donated £886,000 to the Tory Party. No wonder Dominic Lawson didn’t want to dwell on the Class As, the death, the suspended jail sentence and instead flagged up the Charidee Donations.

Two great mates who do a lot of charidee work:

Some terrifyingly real Great Mates who subsequently claimed that none of them had really known the Great Mate who was lying on the bed:

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Clever Hans was a resident of the UK from 1982 until his death. He lived in Wadhurst, East Sussex – Bloomsbury country – at the time of his death on 30 August 2019.

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Clever Hans’s son Hans Kristian Rausing (born 15 June 1963) is, like his dad and every other member of his immediate family, a ‘philanthropist’. Hans Kristian did not enter the family business. Instead, he travelled in his youth before meeting the American Eva Kemeny, a daughter of Tom Kemeny, a PepsiCo executive. Did Hans and Eva meet backpacking to Everest base camp? No. Hans and Eva’s sweet romance took off when they met in a drug rehab clinic in the US. It will have been an expensive one as well, not a bed in the Hergest Unit or even in one of Dafydd’s detox units.

On 16 October 1992, Hans and Eva married. In common with other members of the Rausing family, they settled in London and Barbados and donated millions of pounds to charidee, in particular those concerned with drug awareness and addiction prevention. Hans and Eva built and funded a rehab centre on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Eva was the UK Patron of international drug abuse prevention charity Mentor. Mentor’s offices are in Shoreditch, an area long controlled by Dafydd’s partner gang and the organisation was established in 2000. Queen Sylvia of Sweden was a founder member and the CEO is Eric Carlin. Together with Hans, Eva also provided financial backing to Action on Addiction, a charidee that helps young people with drink and drug problems; the joint CEO is Nick Barton. Surely a few groats must have found their way into Dafydd’s coffers from the Rausings?

In April 2008, Eva was arrested after trying to enter the US embassy in central London while carrying wraps of cocaine and heroin. Dafydd was probably flying in the main supply in his light aircraft, which as any fule kno – or at least the patients in the Hergest Unit knew – was called ‘Pussyfucker’. F drew a picture of it, with Dafydd in the cockpit complete with flying helmet and it was pinned up on the wall of the Hergest Unit in about 1994, before Tony Francis took it down, referring to it as a ‘team effort’. (The team being F and me.) When No One Knew that Dafydd was shagging the patients and flogging Class A drugs to the ‘detox patients’.

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Dafydd was, after all, Europe’s Leading Forensic Psychiatrist, it was in the Bangor and Anglesey Mail.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

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It’s just as well that I’m here to blog about all this isn’t it, while people bang on about Charidee work. Although F did tell the Hergest staff that Dafydd was flogging the patients drugs, that’s why F and I were banned from the Hergest Unit on Tuesdays, when Dafydd held his detox clinic. Ella Fisk, the Angel who ran the Day Centre, said to F ‘The patients like Dafydd, they want to see him’. So F yelled ‘Of course they do, he’s selling them drugs’. F knew this because the people purchasing drugs from Dafydd had told him, they were delighted with the service. See post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’.

‘We Didn’t Know!’

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After the police found the wraps on Eva, she was held outside the embassy in Mayfair, leading to a police raid on the couple’s Chelsea home, where more than £1,500 of drugs were found. Hans was then also arrested. Hans and Eva were charged with possession of a large amount of cocaine and smaller quantities of crack, heroin and cannabis after a Scotland Yard investigation. They admitted possessing Class As (cocaine and heroin) and received a police caution. A LARGE AMOUNT of cocaine, AS WELL AS crack, heroin and cannabis…

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Mind How You Go Mr and Mrs Philanthropist!

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On 10 July 2012 Hans was arrested yet again on suspicion of possessing Class As. After his arrest, Eva was found dead at the couple’s Belgravia home. On 17 July 2012, Hans was charged with ‘delaying the burial’ of Eva’s body. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on 1 August 2010 to ten months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years; the judge required him to attend a two-year drug rehabilitation programme. The Court heard that Eva’s heart pacemaker indicated that Eva probably died on 7 May 2012.

Delaying a burial or hiding a body?

‘Mind How You Go Hans…’

At the time of Eva’s death she was one of the wealthiest women in the UK.

On 29 August 2012, the journo Ben Quinn revealed in The Guardian that in 2011 Eva Rausing had passed on information to Swedish prosecutors about the unsolved 1986 murder of Swedish PM Olof Palme. See previous posts for info on Olof Palme. Scotland Yard had confirmed the day before that it had given information to Swedish authorities, who wanted to question Eva’s widower, Hans Kristian Rausing, as a possible witness about the information his wife claimed to have obtained. Gunnar Wall, a Swedish author who has written two books on the Palme killing, said that Eva had contacted him in June 2011, claiming that she had learned that Palme had been killed by a Swedish businessman, who feared that Palme was a threat to his business. Wall had conducted an e-mail correspondence with Eva, who told him that she had written to the businessman on three occasions about the allegations. In one e-mail to Wall she wrote: “Don’t forget to investigate if I should suddenly die! Just joking, I hope.” Wall told the Guardian: “When her e-mails stopped, I did not think too much about it, until I heard that she had died in circumstances that were unclear … She also told me that she was going to inform the prosecutors in Sweden and it seemed like she had some arrangement to meet them.”

Political violence was little-known in Sweden at the time of Palme’s murder and he often went about without a bodyguard. Close to midnight on 28 February 1986, Olof was walking home from a cinema with his wife Lisbet Palme in the central Stockholm street Sveavägen when he was shot in the back at close range. A second shot grazed Lisbet’s back. Olof was pronounced dead on arrival at Sabbatsbergs sjukhus hospital Lisbet survived without serious injuries.

Pettersson was accused of Palme’s murder after an extensive investigation by the Swedish police. He was picked out from a police lineup by Lisbet Palme. The original tip-off leading to the incrimination of Pettersson has been described by some as very dubious. Although the .357-caliber Magnum pistol used to kill Palme was never found, Pettersson was convicted and sentenced to  life imprisonment in 1989. However, in 1989 Pettersson was freed after an appeal court cited lack of evidence, including the missing murder weapon. It also questioned the reliability of Lisbet Palme’s identification.

Pettersson was awarded about $50,000 in compensation for  defamation by the police and for wrongful imprisonment. He sold TV and newspaper interviews. In some of those interviews – particularly on TV3 – Pettersson admitted to killing Olof Palme, but his confession was not treated seriously. On several occasions Pettersson pointed out that he himself was a “Social Democrat” and liked Olof Palme.

In 1998, the Supreme Court rejected a prosecutor’s appeal to retry Pettersson, citing that the new evidence put before them was “not of such nature that a new trial can be granted in the case.”

On 29 September 2004, Pettersson died at the Karolinska University Hospital after he supposedly fell and suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. He had been in a coma since 16 September 2004 when he underwent emergency surgery for unspecified head injuries. Pettersson had reported being harassed by the police on 15 September, the day before he was found with head injuries, with unsubstantiated rumours circulating that he was a victim of police violence. Pettersson was buried in his home town of Sollentuna in January 2005.

Shortly before Pettersson was taken to hospital, he had contacted the son of Olof Palme, Mårten Palme, explaining he had something to tell the family. Palme said he was willing to meet Pettersson if he was ready to confess to the murder. But the meeting did not take place, and what Pettersson had to tell was never revealed.

According to a documentary aired on the Swedish TV channel SVT in February 2006, associates of Pettersson claimed that he had confessed to them his role in Olof Palme’s murder, but with the explanation that it was a case of mistaken identity. Pettersson had intended to kill a drug dealer, dressed in similar clothing, who often walked along the same street at night. The show also suggested that there was greater police awareness than previously acknowledged due to surveillance of drug activity in the area. The police had several officers in apartments and cars along those few blocks of Sveavägen but, 45 minutes before the murder, the police monitoring ceased. In the light of these revelations, Swedish police undertook reviewing the Palme case and Pettersson’s role. However, in an op-ed in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter on 28 February 2006, two senior SVT reporters criticised the TV documentary severely, claiming that the filmmaker had fabricated a number of statements while omitting other contradictory evidence.

Previous posts have discussed Dr Gruff Penrhyn Jones, who used to work at Waunfawr Surgery near Caernarfon. Dr Penrhyn Jones grew up near Caernarfon, went to school at Atlantic College in south Wales, where he met his wife who was Finnish. Dr Penrhyn Jones subsequently studied medicine and his wife qualified as an Angel. They lived in Sweden for a long while and Dr Penrhyn Jones’s son is a police officer in Sweden. Dr Penrhyn Jones’s father was a Top Doctor near Caernarfon. He knew Gwynne and Dafydd.

I always viewed Dr Penrhyn Jones as far nicer than most of his colleagues, but I had a few interesting experiences with him. One wrongful arrest of me on the orders of the Chairman of the North West Wales NHS Trust, Elfed Roberts and the CEO of the Trust, Martin Jones, was witnessed by a senior lecturer at Bangor University who subsequently wrote to the police and to the Chairman of the Trust to demand some answers (no of course she never got them, they refused to communicate with her). Dr Penrhyn Jones became very cross and said that she ‘shouldn’t have written those letters’. Dr Penrhyn Jones also refused to document what had happened on my medical records.

I ended up seeing Dr Penrhyn Jones because one of the partners in the Waunfawr practice, Stephen Williams, was famously vile, unhelpful and hated most of his patients and the other partner, Huw Roberts, had always been very pleasant to me but then I discovered that Dr Roberts was writing the most extraordinary things on my records and to third parties that were, sort of, a pack of lies… See previous posts.

After I was threatened at gunpoint as discussed in previous posts – I did mention it to Dr Penrhyn Jones – just a few weeks later I received a letter from him explaining that he was retiring from the Waunfawr practice, moving abroad and did not ever expect to practice medicine in the UK again.

 

Another suspect re Olof Palme’s murder, Victor Gunnarsson, emigrated to the US, where he was the victim of an unrelated murder in 1993. Palme’s assassination remains unsolved.

 

On 14 December 2012, a coroner stated that Eva died as a result of her “dependent abuse” of drugs.

Eva’s obituary was published in the Indie on 12 July 2012. Here is an extract:

Organisations with which she became involved included the Mary Rose Trust, Royal Opera House and Prince’s Foundation for Building Community. Two charities on which she focused particular attention, because of their work in preventing drug abuse, were Action on Addiction and the Mentor Foundation. She gave £100,000 to establish Mentor in 2000 and had since donated a further £500,000. Eric Carlin, Chief Executive of the charity, which tries to direct young people away from drugs, said: “If it wasn’t for Mrs Rausing, I’m not sure we could have stayed afloat.”

Following the incident she said: “I have made a serious mistake which I very much regret. I intend to leave as soon as possible to seek the help that I very much need. I have made a grave error and I consider myself to have taken a wrong turn in the course of my life. I am very sorry for the upset I have caused. I thank my family and friends for their kindness and understanding.”

Hank Dittmar, chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation, of which she was a trustee, commented at the time: “We support Eva Rausing in her efforts to overcome her problems, and look forward to her completion of her treatment programme. She remains a dedicated member of the Prince’s Foundation’s board of trustees.”

The event cast a spotlight on the normally private lives of the couple. Andy McSmith’s feature for this newspaper at the time began: “If Hans K and his wife, Eva, were 25 years younger, you might think them the poor little rich kids. They were born into vast wealth, more money than anyone could spend in a lifetime, reckoned not in millions, but billions.”

The circumstances of her death remain unclear. Hans Kristian Rausing was arrested on Tuesday 10 July at their home and then taken for medical treatment. A post-mortem that afternoon was unable to establish a clear cause of death for Eva.

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Eva Kemeny, heiress and philanthropist: born US 7 March 1964; married Hans Kristian Rausing (two boys, two girls); found dead, London 10 July 2012.

Eva held a number of Company Directorships:

Hans Kristian Rausing, an heir to the Tetra Pak packaging fortune, admitted he hid the body of his “beloved” wife Eva for two months in a barricaded bedroom in the upstairs annex of their mansion because he was unable to “let her leave”, Isleworth crown court has heard.

Her resting place, the court heard, was a squalid room to which entry was banned for anyone but the couple, and which for the last four years had become their home as they retreated from the world in the grip of a drug addiction that had blighted their adult lives.

When finally faced with the reality of her death, after the police arrested him for driving under the influence of drugs on 9 July, Rausing told a psychiatrist: “I know it sounds selfish but I just didn’t want her to leave.”

Appearing in court on Wednesday, Rausing, 49, spoke only to answer to his name, and to reply “guilty”, when asked how he pleaded to the charge that he prevented the decent and lawful burial of his wife of 19 years.

He was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for two years, and ordered to undergo a two-year drug rehabilitation programme. His only detailed comments on why he had left his wife’s body decomposing under a pile of clothes next to a bed in their ramshackle room came in a statement he made to police which was read to the court.

“My condition has stabilised,” he said. “I fully understand my beloved wife of 19 years has died and I am devastated … by her death. I do not have a very coherent recollection of the events leading up to and since Eva’s death save to assure you that I have never wished her or done her any harm. I did not supply her with drugs. I have been traumatised since her death. I did not feel able to confront the reality of her death … I tried to carry on as if her death had not happened. I batted away inquiries about her. I took some measures to reduce the smell. I believe in the period since she died I have suffered some form of breakdown.”

Sitting behind the glass-fronted dock, Rausing wore a pair of headphones and blinked slowly as the court heard Alex Cameron QC, representing him, describe how the addictions the couple had overcome for 11 years took hold again when they succumbed to the urge to have a glass of champagne on millennium eve.

By 2008 Rausing had become an effective recluse and the couple lived together in the upstairs room on the second floor of their mansion in Chelsea, barring anyone else from entering.

“They were deeply ashamed of their situation, and the thought of meeting people and explaining their situation was too much to bear,” said Cameron.

Rausing’s only human contact was with his wife, on whom he was completely dependant, the barrister said.

Until that point the couple – who met in their mid 20s in drug rehab, married in 1992 and had four children – had lived for some 11 years as a normal, happy family. But Rausing, in particular, had always been plagued by a reserve and insecurity.

“Despite or because of the economic circumstances of his upbringing, the defendant had always had unusually strong social anxiety, and feelings of inferiority and a tendency to medicate his anxiety by drug taking and to deal with emotional conflict by denial,” Cameron said.

Rausing was present when his wife, 48, died of suspected heart failure coupled with drug taking on the morning of 7 May – a time of death established by her pacemaker, which was fitted some years before to treat heart problems. His wife had not long returned from California on 29 April, and had seen her financial adviser on 3 May, because she had been concerned about her husband’s increasingly chaotic lifestyle.

Faced with her death he was “initially numb and paralysed”. “He has no recollection at all of the next 10 or 12 hours,” said Cameron. “He didn’t move the body. He described her as appearing quite restful. “He felt quite unable to face up to the fact that Eva had died and almost like a small child couldn’t face up to telling anyone else, so took steps to delay the moment of facing up to the reality.”

But the truth began to unfold when Rausing was arrested on 9 July while driving erratically in Wandsworth, south London. In his car the police found large amounts of post addressed to his wife, and drug paraphernalia including a crack pipe in the footwell of the vehicle. Tests showed the presence of cocaine, morphine, temazepam and diazepam in his body.

When asked where his wife was, Rausing welled up, and said she had gone to California two weeks earlier. During a search of his six-storey home in Cadogan Place later police noticed the staff were hesitant when they asked for access to the second-floor annex.

Here’s Hans and Eva’s place, it’s No 62:

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James O’Connell, prosecuting, said: “Officers took the lift up to the second floor and as they did so they noticed a smell indicating to the officers that there may be a decomposing body there. They noticed a room which had been sealed by locks and the use of gaffer tape. On entry it was discovered in a very untidy state. There was a bed and on top of it a pile of clothes and other material. It was under this pile of clothes that a body in an advanced state of decomposition was found. It was noted subsequently that some deodorising powder had been used on the clothing and items on top of the body,”

Sentencing Rausing on Wednesday, Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson said: “If ever there was an illustration of the utterly destructive effect of drug misuse on an individual and their family, it is to be found in the facts of this case. Your relapse into the misuse of drugs together with your wife … is graphically illustrated by the difference between the rooms that visitors saw in your home and the utter squalor of the room you really lived in.”

Had he been no more than a rich drug user, he would have received an immediate jail term, but the judge said he took into account Rausing’s mental state at the time and his continuing need for treatment.

Rausing also admitted driving while under the influence of drugs, and received a two-month concurrent suspended jail sentence for the offence.

Neil Saunders, the barrister who seems to have made the initial appearance in Court to defend Hans after Eva’s body was found decomposing upstairs, describes his work on the Chambers’ website thus:

He has advised and appeared in a number of very high profile cases that received considerable media and press attention including cases which involved highly reputable families where children or relations became involved in either violence in night clubs or allegations of rape at house parties.

Neil has defended in numerous police discipline cases including allegations of dishonesty, excessive force, matters of sexual impropriety by police officers whilst on duty; also in cases directed by IOPC. Police disciplinary proceedings both before Metropolitan and Provincial forces.

Appears on behalf of respondents to special procedure hearings and in sports disciplinary hearings.

Appeared in Divisional court cases involving drink driving legislation and custody time limits.

Crime:

  • Serious crime including murder, human and drug trafficking and serious sexual allegations
  • Money laundering/complex commercial fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Banking/advance fee/derivative frauds
  • Share dealing allegations
  • Tax and VAT fraud
  • Bribery/corruption
  • Cartels and price fixing/computer misuse

Professional Discipline:

  • Police misconduct in disciplinary hearings and PATs
  • Misfeasance in a public office
  • Regulatory crime/health and safety

Asset Recovery:

  • Criminal confiscation; search and seizure orders
  • Restraint, third party rights and contempt; civil recovery under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Neil Saunders works in the Chambers of Alexander Cameron. Alexander Cameron, who was also wheeled out to defend Hans when the decomposing corpse of his wife was found hidden in his house in a room from which everyone was forbidden to enter, after Neil had helped out at Hans’s first Court appearance thus ensuring that Hans didn’t find himself on remand for a year after being charged with murder, is Call Me Dave’s brother.

Alexander Cameron was educated at Eton and Bristol University and was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in 1986. One of his high-profile cases include heading the legal chambers that represented Rebekah Brooks in a phone hacking defence.

Alex, as the Digger and Rebekah got their grubby paws on documents stolen from my house in the 1990s, how do you feel about representing me free of charge?

Alexander Cameron is a member of White’s. His dad was Chairman of White’s when Sir Peter Morrison was a member. But then Ian, Alexander and Call Me Dave’s dad, had a lot of links with Gwynne and Dafydd’s network. Call Me Dave was an Oxford undergrad during the years of Class A drugs excess there, when the grander students were treated very leniently by the Oxford magistrates. One of whom was Alexander and Call Me Dave’s mum! See post ‘Is The Party Over Yet?’
Hans Kristian Rausing – heir to the Tetra Pak packaging company billions – is back in the news following the second police raid on his home this year. How did a member of this retiring, philanthropic family hit such difficult times? Stephen Moss reports.

Details of the A4 incident are as hazy as the Audi’s alleged driving. Some reports have the 44-year-old Rausing leaping out of the bedroom window of his Chelsea home when the police, with or without a battering ram, according to which report you believe, arrived. “Officers were let in by a member of staff at the house,” said the police’s less lurid, window-less account. “The premises were searched. He was not at the address and inquiries continue.” “They haven’t come back and I don’t know when they’ll be back,” a maid told reporters attempting to track down the Rausings.

Where might the police be looking for Rausing? His £50m estate in Barbados perhaps? Or the 900-acre estate in Sussex owned by his father Hans? Or on the luxury cruise liner The World, on which Hans Jr owns an apartment. This promises to be an exotic inquiry. In reality, however, Interpol has not been alerted. The pursuit of Rausing will take the leisurely form of a letter from the Metropolitan Police traffic unit asking him to explain his actions, unless he pitches up at a police station to come clean in the next 28 days.

Rausing Jr’s travails have become, in tabloidese, “The curse of the Tetra Pak dynasty”. Drugs have been the demon haunting his gilded life. He and his wife met in a rehab clinic in the US and, after her arrest in April, Eva admitted her problems were not over. “I have made a serious mistake which I very much regret,” she said. “I intend to leave as soon as possible to seek the help that I very much need. I have made a grave error and I consider myself to have taken a wrong turn in the course of my life. I am very sorry for the upset I have caused. I thank my family and friends for their kindness and understanding.”

The irony is that for the past decade the Rausings have been in the forefront of the battle against drugs. Hans Jr has been one of the prime movers in the charity Mentor, which tries to steer young people away from drugs. Eva is its patron and has donated an estimated £700,000 to the charity since it was founded seven years ago. Prince Charles has described Rausing Jr as a “very special philanthropist” because of his support for Mentor and other drugs charities.

The curse of the Tetra Pak dynasty has so far proved a selective one. Hans Kristian is the youngest of Hans Rausing’s three children, and his two sisters are notable for their academic achievements and tireless philanthropy. If we want to indulge in amateur psychology, it looks very much like the youngest child finding it impossible to compete with his high-flying siblings and attempting to establish an identity for himself through rebellion.

Whereas Lisbet Rausing, Hans Kristian’s eldest sister, studied at Berkeley and Harvard and is now a research fellow at Imperial College, and Sigrid studied at York and did a PhD in anthropology at University College London, their brother’s education was patchier. The only anthropology he seems to have done was in India, where he made rather too close a study of the indigenous drug culture. He was being treated in a clinic in the US for the addiction that had developed in India when he met his wife-to-be, Eva Kemeny, the similarly troubled daughter of a wealthy Pepsi executive. They now have four young children.

The Rausing family secrets are difficult to uncover. Father Hans, now in his 80s and living in Wadhurst, Sussex, where he raises deer and collects vintage cars, is the reclusive’s reclusive. He sold his half of the Tetra Pak company, which was founded by his father Ruben in the early 1950s, to his now late brother Gad in 1996 for close on £5bn. Tetra Pak is now controlled by Gad’s three children, Kirsten, Finn and Jorn, all of whom keep a subterranean profile (partly, it is believed, because of an attempt to kidnap Jorn in 1989). But Hans Sr is far from retired from business, and has investments in Russia and Ukraine. His personal fortune is estimated at almost £6bn. Gad’s widow, Birgit, who lives in Switzerland, also owns a substantial part of Tetra Laval, the giant packaging company that grew from the famous tetrahedron pack that Ruben Rausing patented in 1944.

Hans’ sale of his part of the company may be at the heart of his son’s difficulties in finding a role. Whereas Gad’s children take an active part in the management of Tetra Laval, Hans apparently has his charity work, occasional tennis, opera-going, and oceans of time. As the Sunday Telegraph noted at the time of the drug allegations in April, he is described as a financier, but it is difficult to see what he finances.

His sisters, with their academic rootedness and their orchestrated philanthropy, have managed to circumvent these dangers. They have also, unusually for this retiring clan, given insights into their world. Indeed, Lisbet, the eldest but least publicly known of Hans’ three children, has given a clue to what may be the central fact about the dynasty: that they are an ordinary, unassuming provincial Swedish family who feel uncomfortable with the trappings of plutocracy. Perhaps the curse of the Tetra Pak does have some mileage after all.

The Rausing children grew up in Lund, a solid, churchy university town in southern Sweden. Sigrid has described it as a “typical 60s upbringing”. Hans and Gad only decamped to the UK with their families in the early 80s, when the appeal of the Thatcherite tax regime over Swedish welfarism became too great (Gad later moved on to the even more “tax-efficient” Switzerland).

Lisbet has drawn a fetching picture of life in Lunt: “We didn’t have cooks or chauffeurs, or anything. Sweden is different from England that way. More classless. And I am glad because it meant I learned how to do things: how to cook and so forth. My younger brother and sister and I always had the same pocket money as everyone else, and we went to normal village schools. I suppose some of the other children might have been aware of our family being different. But the little medieval university town I grew up in was very academic. A lot of the kids were children of vicars and doctors.” The fact that his family left Lunt and became global tax exiles when he was in his late teens may have left its mark on Hans Kristian.

Lisbet has also stressed her father’s lack of interest in money (a claim that does not quite square with the family’s flight from tax-heavy Sweden). “I don’t think my father ever thought money was important,” she says. “He was – still is – always thinking about machines and innovations and fixing things. That is his passion. He just likes solving problems. He has that kind of mind. Money is a by-product.” Friends emphasise Hans Sr’s bookishness, a quality shared by his wife Marit, who had been a lecturer in medieval German. This was an ordinary, academic, middle-class Swedish family saddled with an invention capable of generating the most extraordinary amounts of money, the Harry Potter of packaging patents.

Sigrid also gave a rare, and revealing, interview to the Guardian in 2004, in which she explained that excessive wealth was not all it was cracked up to be. “I grew up being acutely uncomfortable,” she said. “In the 1960s and 70s, Sweden was very progressive, not a good place to be a capitalist. I spent so many of my teenage years skulking in doorways, hiding away. I was very paranoid about anyone finding me out. I wanted to be who I was and didn’t want to hide anything any more. I know people who are emotionally crippled by money they inherited. It does not help anyone.”

Lisbet and Sigrid both have houses in Holland Park and large Scottish estates. But they do give the impression that they would have been perfectly happy never to have inherited a laminated chunk of the Tetra Pak billions. Sigrid, who has carved out a new career as proprietor of Granta Magazine and Portobello Books, devoted the best part of a decade to working on a book (based on her PhD), History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm, which is not something you could imagine Paris Hilton doing.

Sigrid has engaged in philanthropy of an industrial scale and given away an estimated £50m. Might guilt be one element driving her giving? In 2002 the investigative reporter Nick Davies wrote a long article in the Guardian alleging that Hans Rausing Sr was using his “non-domicile” status in the UK (resident here but without having severed all his connections with Sweden) to minimise tax payments on his vast fortune. When a Guardian journalist raised this with Sigrid in an interview two years later, asking her how she had reacted to the allegations, her response was telling: “I cried and cried. You shouldn’t blame someone for following the tax regime in a country. One should blame the government for their rules.”

Sigrid described herself as a liberal, and said that great wealth was something you had to come to terms with. “Be open about it and be active with it.” In an interview with Vogue in 2006, she embraced the guilt question head on when asked why, when she was young, she found it so hard to say no to requests for money. “I would like to think it was guilt,” she said, “but I think it was probably shame, if I can make that distinction. People knew you had money, so you could never say, ‘Come back next month.’ Once you start giving away large sums of money and you find the causes you’re really interested in, then you can say no quite legitimately.” She also told Vogue that the original move from Sweden had not been prompted by a desire to exploit non-dom status in the UK, but by fear of Sweden’s punitive inheritance tax regime. “It was so high in Sweden,” she said, “that if my father and uncle had died, the company would effectively have been nationalised.”

Her attitude to money, as with her father, is paradoxical. They’re not that keen on it, but don’t want to lose it. They will give away large amounts of it, but are anxious to avoid tax where they can. Hans Sr is said to be frugal in personal habits and to be critical of fellow billionaires who flaunt their wealth, yet lives in a luxurious, marble-floored house on his large Sussex estate, with his beloved deer roaming across his rolling acres. The family is vestigially Swedish, but with a large helping of nouveau riche Russian.

It’s a tricky combination. Sigrid has admitted suffering from depression in her mid-20s and to undergoing therapy. When she was 34, she married art dealer Dennis Hotz and converted to Judaism (they later divorced and she is now married to the film producer Eric Abraham). The guilt she feels at the treatment of Jews, which fed her conversion, reflects a wider concern with injustice. “We live in a profoundly unfair society,” she said in her Vogue interview. “Wealth is increasing for the wealthy and debt is increasing for those in debt. Once you know that, it seems to me that you can’t not try to do something for the common good with that money.”

Sigrid’s answer has been to throw herself into philanthropy and to cultivate the literati. If you’ve got vast quantities of money, spend it on what matters to you. She says she has found patronage “liberating”. It seems that her brother has yet to find that sense of liberation. For him, vast wealth has been a prison. The prang on the A4 was a minor incident given unwarranted attention by the media. But within it is a sorrow that reminds us that wealth does not bring happiness, and that there are worse fates than a perpetual credit-card bill.

Eva Rausing’s sister Bo was formerly married to Jack Kidd, the brother of model Jodie Kidd…

An article in the Daily Mail in 2008 stated re the Rausings that the family investments are an ‘impenetrable web’, invested through holdings ‘understood to funnel back to Liechtenstein and the Cayman Islands’.

Cap’n Bob’s dosh was invested in Liechtenstein…

Hans married again after ‘delaying the burial’ of Eva’s body. He married Julia Delves Broughton, daughter of Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, 12th Bt, in June 2014. Julia is the sister of Isabella Blow (née Delves Broughton), who was raised on the family estate Doddington Park in Staffordshire. Isabella has starred in earlier posts. She was a highly influential fashion designer who encountered serious mental health problems and was found dead on 7 May 2007 after clinical negligence on the part of an expensive private healthcare facility so impressive that it would have made the Hergest Unit proud.

Isabella Blow

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Isabella Blow arrives as a guest at the Turner Prize, December 2005.
Born
Isabella Delves Broughton

(1958-11-19)19 November 1958

Died 7 May 2007(2007-05-07) (aged 48)

Cause of death Suicide by paraquat poisoning
Resting place Gloucester Cathedral
Years active 1993–2007
Spouse(s) Nicholas Taylor (1981–1983)
Detmar Blow (1989–2007)

Isabella “Issie” Blow (19 November 1958-7 May 2007) was the muse of hat designer Philip Treacy, and is credited with discovering the models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl as well as propelling and continually advocating the career of fashion designer Alexander McQueen

Isabella was born in Marylebone – Harley Street Land – and was the eldest child of Major Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, a Military officer, and his second wife, Helen Mary Shore, a barrister. Sir Evelyn was the only son of Jock Delves Broughton; his sister, Rosamond, married Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat in 1938.

Blow had two sisters, Julia and Lavinia; her brother, John, drowned in the family’s swimming pool at the age of 2. In 1972, when she was 14, Isabella’s parents separated and her mother left the household, bidding each daughter farewell with a handshake. Her parents divorced two years later. Isabella did not get along with her father, who bequeathed her only £5,000 from his estate, which was worth more than one million pounds. Blow studied for her A-levels at Heathfield School, after which she enrolled at a secretarial college and then took odd jobs.

Blow moved to New York City in 1979 to study Ancient Chinese Art at Columbia University and shared a flat with the actress Catherine Oxenberg. A year later, she left the Art History programme at Columbia, moved to Texas and worked for Guy Laroche. In 1981 she married her first husband, Nicholas Taylor (whom she divorced in 1983), and was introduced to the fashion director of the US edition of Vogue, Anna Wintour. Blow was hired initially as Wintour’s assistant, but it was not long before she was assisting André Leon Talley, as of 2008 US Vogues editor-at-large. While working in New York, Isabella befriended Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Andy Warhol died suddenly and unexpectedly on 22 Feb 1987, when the international trafficking/drug distribution operation that involved Ollie Brooke and numerous other Top Docs and lawyers was rather jumpy, what with Ollie having gone to jail just two months previously. The Gay Plague had taken off, in the US as well as the UK…

Warhol died in Manhattan at 6:32 a.m. on February 22, 1987 at age 58. According to news reports, he had been making a good recovery from gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital before dying in his sleep from a sudden post-operative irregular heartbeat. Prior to his diagnosis and operation, Warhol delayed having his recurring gallbladder problems checked, as he was afraid to enter hospitals and see doctors. His family sued the hospital for inadequate care, saying that the arrhythmia was caused by improper care and water intoxication. The malpractice case was quickly settled out of court; Warhol’s family received an undisclosed sum of money.

Isabella Blow returned to London in 1986 and worked for Michael Roberts, then the fashion director of ‘Tatler’ and ‘The Sunday Times’ Style magazine. During this period she was romantically linked to editor Tim Willis. In 1989, Blow married her second husband, barrister and art dealer Detmar Hamilton Blow, a grandson (and namesake) of the early 20th-century society architect Detmar Blow, in Gloucester Cathedral. Philip Treacy designed the bride’s wedding headdress and a now-famous fashion relationship was forged. Realizing Treacy’s talent, Blow established Treacy in her London flat, where he worked on his collections.

In 1993 Isabella worked with the photographer Steven Meisel producing the Babes in London shoot, which featured Plum Sykes, Bella Freud and Honor Fraser. See previous posts for gen on Plum and Bella Freud. Blow was the fashion director of Tatler and consulted for DuPont Lycra, Lacoste, and Swarovski.

Blow starred in 2005 in a project by artist Matthieu Laurette, commissioned and produced by Frieze Projects 2005. It consisted of daily guided tours of Frieze Art Fair led by Blow and fellow international fashion experts Peter Saville, Kira Joliffe, and Bay Garnett. Shortly before her death, Blow was the creative director and stylist of a series of books for an Arabic beauty magazine, Alef; the books were being produced by Kuwaiti fashion entrepreneur Sheikh Majed al-Sabah.

Toward the end of her life, Blow became seriously depressed. Diana Mitford’s granddaughter, Daphne Guinness, a friend of Blow’s, stated: “She was upset that Alexander McQueen didn’t take her along when he sold his brand to Gucci. Once the deals started happening, she fell by the wayside. Everybody else got contracts, and she got a free dress”. According to a 2002 interview with Tamsin Blanchard, it was Blow who brokered the deal in which Gucci purchased McQueen’s label. Other pressures on her included financial problems (Blow was disinherited by her father in 1994) and infertility.

Isabella and Detmar Blow separated in 2004. Detmar Blow went on to have an affair with Stephanie Theobald, the society editor of British ‘Harper’s Bizarre’. Isabella was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began undergoing ECT. She also had an affair with Matthew Mellon; however, after an eighteen-month separation, Isabella and Detmar Blow were reconciled.

Soon afterward, Isabella was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Isabella began telling friends that she was suicidal. In 2006, Blow attempted suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills. Later that year, Blow again attempted suicide by jumping from the Hammersmith Flyover, which resulted in her breaking both ankles. Blow made several more suicide attempts in 2007, by driving her car into the rear of a lorry, attempting to obtain horse tranquilizers, trying to drown herself in a lake and by overdosing while on a beach in India.

Isabella’s wiki entry tells us that: On 6 May 2007, during a weekend house party at Hilles, where the guests included Philip Treacy and his partner, Stefan Bartlett, Blow announced that she was going shopping. Instead, she was later discovered collapsed on a bathroom floor by her sister Lavinia and was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where Blow told the doctor she had drunk the weedkiller Paraquat. She died at the hospital the following day. Blow’s death was initially reported as being caused by ovarian cancer; however, a coroner later ruled the death a suicide. At the inquest, Blow’s sister, Lavinia Verney, stated that after she discovered her sister had ingested the poison, Blow had told her, “I’m worried that I haven’t taken enough.”

There are other accounts of Isabella’s final days detailing appalling negligence, of a highly paid Angel ‘specifically allocated’ to Isabella who didn’t recognise Isabella or know who she was, of Angels and Top Docs allowing Isabella to leave the premises alone in the aftermath of serious suicide attempts when no sensible person would have left Isabella alone for 10 mins…

The Guardian, 12 May 2007:

Her sister-in-law, Selina Blow, told the Guardian she had recently undergone an operation for ovarian cancer and her health had suffered badly as a result. “We are all very upset,” said Ms Blow yesterday…

Tests carried out on Blow’s body proved positive for weedkiller, according to the Gloucestershire deputy coroner, David Dooley.

[Isabella’s] father-in-law, who struggled with depression, also took his own life by taking weedkiller.

Last weekend she had hosted a party at Hilles, her Cotswolds country home, with guests including royal milliner Philip Treacy, whose career she had helped promote by wearing his most colourful creations. She told them she was going shopping, but was found later in a “poorly state” by her sister.

She died in Gloucestershire Royal hospital on Monday.

Mr Dooley, who opened the inquest on Thursday, said the initial cause of death was given by the pathologist, Neil Shepherd, as being from the effects of a drug overdose. “I have queried this with Prof Shepherd and he says that is the right way of describing the pharmacological effect of any chemical on the body. We will need to take formal statements and investigate all the circumstances and this will be dealt with before the main inquest on October 24.”

A stylist who helped launch the careers of Alexander McQueen and Julien Macdonald, Blow was once described as one of the 20 most important people in fashion. Born Isabella Delves Broughton in 1958, she was the granddaughter of “Jock” Delves Broughton, who was tried and acquitted for the murder of the 22nd Earl of Errol in Kenya in 1941. He later returned to Britain and committed suicide…

Isabella’s close friend and one-time colleague Philip Treacy now makes hats for Royalty. Thirty-six of Treacy’s hats were worn at the William and Princess Middleton’s wedding in April 2011. Treacy designed over 20 of the hats worn at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018, including those worn by Camilla, Princess Middleton and Oprah Winfrey. Meghan chose a Treacy hat for her first official Royal event in December 2017.

In July 2018, Treacy credited Brenda with “single–handedly saving the British hat industry”. I think he meant ‘my business’.

Camilla, sporting a Treacy hat in June 2012

Philip Treacy was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the British fashion industry by Carlo and Camilla at a special ceremony in  Clarence House in November 2007. Treacy designed the headdress worn by Camilla for her wedding to Carlo.

Isabella’s funeral was held at Gloucester Cathedral on 15 May 2007. Her pallbearers included her godson Otis Ferry, a son of the rock star Bryan Ferry. Actor Rupert Everett and actress Joan Collins delivered eulogies and opera singer Charles Eliasch sang. A memorial service was held in the Guards Chapel in London on 18 September 2007, where Anna Wintour and Geordie Greig (UK newspaper exec: see post ‘Did Glenda Play A Key Role In Keeping It All Out Of The Media?’) spoke. Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent were in attendance.

Otis Ferry’s mum Lucy was found shot dead on 23 July 2018. ‘Suicide’. Lucy Margaret Mary Birley (formerly Ferry; née Helmore; 18 September 1959-23 July 2018) was a model and socialite who was divorced from Bryan Ferry and married to Robin Birley.

Lucy Birley was born in Shropshire. Her father worked for many years at Lloyd’s of London .Lucy was photographed by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and designers such as Christian Lacroix, Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy cited her as an influence on their work”. Lucy posed as the cover model for Roxy Music’s album ‘Avalon’. Aged 22 and with Ferry 14 years her senior, they married on 26 June 1982, at the Church of St Anthony and St George at Duncton, West Sussex. The Ferrys divorced on 31 March 2003; Lucy was reportedly paid £10 million in the settlement.

In October 2006, Lucy married Robin Birley, the 48-year-old son of Lady Annabel Goldsmith and Mark Birley. The Goldsmiths are linked to Dafydd’s network, as discussed in previous posts and comments….

Lucy Birley died on 23 July 2018, aged 58, from a ‘self-inflicted gunshot’ while on holiday in the Republic of Ireland.

Lee Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969-11 February 2010) ‘died by suicide in 2010, at the age of 40, at his home in Mayfair’. McQueen’s death was announced on the afternoon of 11 February 2010. In the morning, his housekeeper found him hanged at his home. Paramedics were called and they pronounced him dead at the scene.

David LaChapelle, a friend of the designer, said that McQueen “was doing a lot of drugs and was very unhappy” at the time of his death. Dr Stephen Pereira, McQueen’s psychiatrist, said he had mixed anxiety and depressive disorder for at least three years and had twice taken drug overdoses as “cries for help”. Pereira also said that McQueen had repeatedly missed psychiatric sessions, adding that there had been “enormous difficulty in getting him to personally, physically come to appointments”.

McQueen left a note saying, “Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee.” The Met Police stated that the note was not suspicious, but did not confirm that the death was a suicide. On 17 February 2010, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told that a post-mortem found that McQueen’s death was due to  asphyxiation and hanging. The inquest was adjourned until 28 April 2010, where McQueen’s death was officially recorded as suicide. McQueen, who had been diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, took an overdose prior to hanging himself. He had taken drug overdoses in May and July 2009. Coroner Dr Paul Knapman reported finding “a significant level of cocaine, sleeping pills, and tranquillizers in the blood samples taken after the designer’s death.”

Paul Knapman trained at St George’s and for decades has been wheeled out to pronounce on every dodgy celebrity death. When I worked in London I was told, openly, that Knapman was ‘corrupt’. Knapman was the Coroner for Lord Lucan’s nanny Sandra Rivett. Lord Lucan was mates with Sir Jams Goldsmith and Lady Lucan was denounced as mad by psychiatrists paid by her husband. On the night that her husband disappeared, Lady Lucan turned up at St George’s Hospital with head injuries and valuable time was wasted because St George’s denounced her as er mad. Meanwhile there was a dead nanny in the basement of the family home and Lord L buggered off, never to be seen again. See previous posts.

Paul Knapman was also the man who told an inquest that Lord Snowdon’s long-term mistress Ann Hills ‘had committed suicide’ after consuming a quantity of tablets that any Top Doc or toxicologist would know could not have killed her and was found in a kneeling position dressed in party gear in a kneeling position on the roof of her penthouse in London. Ann’s father was a Top Doc who was a cousin of Sigmund Freud and was facilitating organised abuse. Ann worked as a high class call girl and was found dead days before the Waterhouse Inquiry opened. See ‘Error Of Judgement?’

On behalf of Lee McQueen’s family, Alexander McQueen [the company] today announces the tragic news that Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee’s family. Lee’s family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this.

— Alexander McQueen Office, Official Website, 11 February 2010

On 3 February 2010, McQueen wrote on his Twitter page that his mother had died the day before, adding: “RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.” Four days later, he wrote that he had had an “awful week” but said “friends have been great”, adding: “now i have to some how pull myself together”. McQueen is survived by his father, three sisters, and two brothers.

McQueen’s funeral took place on 25 February 2010 at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge. His ashes were later scattered on the Isle of Skye at Kilmuir. His Skye ancestry had been a strong influence in his life and work. McQueen’s Scottish heritage – his father was born and had ancestral roots in Skye – was evident in his life and work. In asking for his remains to be interred in Kilmuir, looking over the sea in the north of Skye, Alexander McQueen has joined members of his clan going back over many generations.

Can that other celebrity Scot from a wee rural island background Lord Jack McConnell, who knows a great deal about Dafydd’s criminality and indeed rose to the top of the Labour Party in Scotland by concealing it, as described in previous posts, tell us anything about McQueen’s final days?

A memorial was held for McQueen on 20 September 2010. It was attended by Björk, Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, Stella McCartney, Lady Gaga and Anna Wintour amongst 2,500 other invited guests. On 18 February 2010, Robert Polet, the President and Chief Executive of the Gucci Group, announced that the Alexander McQueen business would carry on without its founder and creative director. The BBC reported that McQueen had reserved £50,000 of his wealth for his pet dogs so they could live in the lap of luxury for the rest of their lives. He also bequeathed £100,000 each to four charities; these include the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in South London and the Blue Cross animal welfare charity in Burford, Oxfordshire.

Note To Wider Society: Lest you still haven’t got the message, these folk are not jumping, they are being pushed and pushed by the Top Doctors. There is lie after lie after lie after lie being told, to the patients, to the families, to the media and at the inquests. At least some of the deaths are not even Top Docs ‘making mistakes’ or ‘not being able to save the patient’. They are good old fashioned murders. Follow the trail to Dafydd. Every bloody time. He’s a gangster who ran/runs a massive drug dealing operation and porn/sex work empire. And we were unlawfully left with him, although we told EVERYONE what he was doing.

 

Well, now I’ve written the blog and named the guilty, shall I mop up all the urine that’s covering the floor, after the rest of the world sat there wetting themselves for years while people died? I don’t work for the NHS so I can clean up blood, turds, urine etc, I don’t have to snap that I’m not paid to do that and bugger off while every other employee on the premises refuses to do it too. I knew that the Top Docs were sexually assaulting and killing people as well. I knew it years ago and I provided details in numerous letters to many people in authority. So lots of people conspired to have me framed and locked up, using the Expert Opinion of the Top Docs whom I had named as being involved in serious criminal activity.

 

She wasn’t very bright, she was 19 and had no idea what she was letting herself in for:

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The Wizard War

My post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’ discussed the collection of Clever Scientists who worked in institutions such as Cambridge University (in particular the Cavendish Laboratory), Imperial, King’s College London and Birkbeck during the middle decades of the 20th century who in reality built their reputations on the back of their knowledge of organised abuse and serious wrongdoing in High Places, some of which they were directly responsible for themselves. Many of them worked for the security services or had friends/relatives/colleagues who did and as a result a great many people joined in the party. It is obvious that the sacks of honours, awards and even Nobel Prizes accumulated by this group was the result of deals thrashed out to keep people quiet or as rewards for their own collaboration. The trail led directly to Dafydd and Gwynne in north Wales as a consequence of people like Lord Patrick Blackett who had a second home at Croesor being of this group; then there were people like Eric Hobsbawm who worked alongside these folk and also had homes/friends with homes at Croesor or were part of the wider Bloomsbury Group.

Much has been written about the way in which Rosalind Franklin was mistreated by Crick and Watson, exposed to gross sexism and never received the credit for her work that she should have during her lifetime. Much less has been written about the widescale cheating, plagiarism, research fraud and disgraceful behaviour in general that prevailed among this group of academics/scientists. Rosalind Franklin won’t have been the only person who was shafted by them; she is just the most well-known name. Once Crick and Watson had stuffed Franklin over, the bandwagon could not be stopped and goodies had to be handed out to everyone who knew to ensure that they never exposed the travesty.

The situation was compounded by the close relationships that some of these scumbags had with politicians or their own roles as political advisors to people like Winston Churchill, who’s reputations just could not be sullied. Science and academia is international so the problem spread across the globe as the crowd moved between the most prestigious institutions in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

One person involved was Dorothy Hodgkin, Thatch’s tutor at Somerville College, who slept with a whole variety of people, including her PhD supervisor John Bernal, the Communist spy who was part of the deal to shaft Rosalind Franklin and ensure that Crick and Watson lapped up the credit for her work. Dorothy subsequently received her own rewards, including a Nobel Prize in 1964 and when Thatch became PM, favours were being called in everywhere. See ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’.

There were just so many people cashing in that I have not yet had (and will not have) time to discuss everyone and to the degree that they deserve to be discussed, but to illustrate the enormity of this problem and how it still dominates science/academia today, I’ll discuss a few more of those who benefited from this tawdry, sordid process in this post.

 

Reginald Victor Jones (29 September 1911-17 December 1997) was a physicist and military intelligence and expert who played an important role in the defence of Britain in WW II.

Reginald Jones was born in Herne Hill. He was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich and Wadham College, Oxford. He graduated in 1932 and then completed his DPhil in 1934 in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University. Subsequently, Jones took up a Skynner Senior Studentship in Astronomy at Balliol College, Oxford.

Ted Heath, Denis Healey and Woy were all at Balliol when Reg held his Senior Scholarship but they were undergrads on arts courses.

In 1936 Jones took up a post at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, a part of the Air Ministry, where he worked on the problems associated with defending Britain from an air attack. In September 1939, the British decided to assign a scientist to the Intelligence section of the Air Ministry. No scientist had previously worked for an intelligence service. Jones quickly rose to become Assistant Director of Intelligence (Science) there. During the course of WW II, he was closely involved with the scientific assessment of enemy technology and the development of offensive and counter-measures technology. Jones solved a number of scientific and technical intelligence problems during World War II and is known today as the “father of S&T Intelligence”.

R.V. Jones was briefly based at Bletchley Park in September 1939, but returned to London in November, leaving behind a small specialized team in Hut 3 at Bletchley who reported any decrypts of scientific or technology nature to “ADI Science”. Jones’s first job was to study “new German weapons”, real or potential. The first of these was a radio navigation system which the Germans called Knickebein.

At Jones’s urging, Winston Churchill ordered up an RAF search aircraft on the night of 21 June 1940 and the aircraft found the Knickebein radio signals in the frequency range which Jones had predicted. With this knowledge, the British were able to build jammers whose effect was to “bend” the Knickebein beams so that German bombers spent months scattering their bomb loads over the British countryside. Thus began the “Battle of the Beams” which lasted throughout much of World War II, with the Germans developing new radio navigation systems and the British developing countermeasures to them. Jones frequently had to battle against entrenched interests in the armed forces, but, in addition to enjoying Churchill’s confidence, had strong support from, among others, Churchill’s scientific advisor F. A. Lindemann and the Chief of the Air Staff Sir Charles Portal.

Lindemann aka Viscount Cherwell was discussed in my post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’; Cherwell ended up at loggerheads with many people, including those Of Gwynne and Dafydd, but he remained influential and yet another person who couldn’t actually ever be ignored because of what he had been party to. See post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’. Lindemann was R.V. Jones’s PhD supervisor.

R.V. Jones, with Joan Curran, were later instrumental in the deployment of “Window“: strips of metal foil, cut to a length appropriate to the radar’s wavelength, and dropped in bundles from aircraft, which then appeared on enemy radar screens as “false bombers”. R.V. Jones also served as a V-2 rocket expert on the Cabinet Defence Committee (Operations) and headed a German long range weapons targeting deception under the Double-Cross System.

In 1946 Jones was appointed to the Chair of Natural Philosophy at Aberdeen University, holding the Chair until his retirement in 1981. The bisexual Westminster Swinger Lord Bob Boothby who was involved with serious organised crime while he had a decades-long fling with Harold Macmillan’s wife Dorothy sat as a Tory MP for an Aberdeen constituency, 1924-58, which will have had a knock-on effect in the Aberdeen area.

Aberdeen University also hosted the Top Doc Sir Dugald Baird who pioneered aborting babies on the grounds of the poverty of their parents decades before abortion was legalised under certain circumstances in 1967. Dugald was so effective at aborting the foetuses of the poor that it impacted upon the socio-economic composition of the area for which he was the responsible Top Doc. Dugald’s practices were known at the highest levels of the medical establishment and across the UK; Dugald was so notorious that when the Top Docs at Tommy’s wanted to justify their brisk business in illegal abortions in the 1950s and 60s they held Dugald up as a role model and constructed him as a champ of Wimmin’s Rights. See post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’. No, Dugald just didn’t like plebs. Dugald later branched out into a terrifying variety of sociology, establishing an MRC-funded unit at Aberdeen led by Raymond Illsley, who in turn was affiliated to Dafydd’s mate Prof Jerry Morris. See eg. ‘Rab, High Table and the Founding Fathers’.

After the Dept of Agriculture at UCNW was given a shake in the wake of the unlawful imprisonment of one of their secretaries, Mary Wynch, a new Prof arrived from Aberdeen University, the dreadful J.B. Owen. J.B. Owen was hardly a New Broom, he was the son of the north Wales family who had supplied the dosh that had founded the Dept of Agriculture at UCNW and was a paid-up member of the Gang. Presumably Owen had been Called Home as part of the reinforcements. See previous posts.

Aberdeen University also supplied other staff to UCNW, such as the earth scientist Sinclair Buchan, who was a good mate of marine geologist Dr Tony Jones, the racist South African, leading light of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, friend of corrupt police officers and excellent mate of the Gang, the Ollie Reed of Bangor. Tony Jones starred as Michael Aspel’s guest on ‘This Is Your Life’ in Jan 1993 when the Gang were in need of PR and was constructed as a real hero with thousands of people who owed their lives to him. Opinion of Tony Jones in north Wales was somewhat different. See previous posts…

R.V. Jones did not want to stay in Intelligence under the proposed post-war reorganisation. During his time at Aberdeen, much of his attention was devoted to improving the sensitivity of scientific instruments. His book Instruments and Experiences details much of his later work in some depth.

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Jones was appointed CBE in 1942, for the planning of a raid on Bruneval to capture German radar equipment. Churchill had proposed that Jones should be appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) but the Head of the Civil Service Sir Horace Wilson threatened to resign as Jones was only a lowly Scientific Officer and the CBE was a compromise. Jones was subsequently appointed CB in 1946; and Companion of Honour (CH) in Lilibet’s 1994 Birthday Honours.

Sir Horace John Wilson (23 August 1882-19 May 1972) was the mandarin who was Head of the Home Civil Service, 1939-42. He graduated from the LSE at the very end of the 19th century and joined the Civil Service in 1900. Under the Premiership of Stanley Baldwin, in 1935, Wilson was afforded a secondment described as ‘for service with the Prime Minister’. This continued with ascent on Neville Chamberlain to the office in 1937. Horace was reputed to have huge influence over Chamberlain and Chamberlain’s biographer Robert Self noted that the two men “enjoyed the sort of unparalleled intimacy only possible among truly kindred spirits.”

Wilson was the British Gov’t official who had a key role in Chamberlain’s Gov’t re the appeasement period just prior to WW II.

Sir Horace in a car with Neville Chamberlain, Munich, 23 Sept 1938

Horace Wilson also liaised with the press, meeting newspaper owners to gain support for appeasement. He warned the BBC to exercise self-censorship in relation to Germany. Wilson was referred to in the book  ‘Guilty Men’ by Michael Foot, Frank Owen and Peter Howard (writing under the pseudonym ‘Cato’), published in 1940 as an attack on public figures for their failure to re-arm and their appeasement of Nazi Germany. Wilson stated in 1962 that, “Our policy was never designed just to postpone war, or enable us to enter war more united. The aim of our appeasement was to avoid war altogether, for all time.”

Wilson reverted to his role as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury until August 1942 when he retired, having reached the age of 60, then the pensionable age for the Civil Service. In January 1944 Wilson was appointed by Henry Willink, the Minister of Health, to act as Chairman of the National Joint Council for Local Authorities’ Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical Services. The Council was engaged in matters of pay and conditions of those in local government as well as supervision of recruitment and training provision.

Horace Wilson acknowledged having felt out of his depth in dealing with Nazi Germany and it has also been reported that he showed little interest in the fate of Germany’s Jews during the negotiations with Hitler. Speaking to another journalist, Colin Cross, in 1968 – 23 years after the liberation of Auschwitz – Wilson, by then well into his 80s, is quoted as saying that he understood Hitler’s feelings about the Jews. “Have you ever met a Jew you liked?” he asked Cross. Horace Wilson died in Bournemouth on 19 May 1972.

Sir Henry Urmston Willink (March 1894-20 July 1973)

 is best known for his service as the Tory Minister of Health, 1943-45 in Churchill’s Coalition Gov’t. Willink proposed many of the bases of the NHS later taken up by the Labour Party and dear old Nye.

Willink was born in Liverpool and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. Before he took his Cambridge degree, Willink volunteered for service in the Royal Field Artillery during WW I. Willink was 22 years old when he served as a commanding officer  at the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

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The Battle of the Somme took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed. The first day on the Somme was, in terms of casualties, also the worst day in the history of the British Army: 57,470 casualties.

After Willink’s stint as one of the commanding officers in what is acknowledged as the worst cock-up in the history of any war in which Britain was involved (or indeed of any war at all), Willink received the Military Cross and Croix de Guerre. Post-war, Willink became a barrister, being called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1920, was appointed KQ in 1935 and became a Bencher in 1942. Mr Thrope became a member of Inner Temple during Willink’s lifetime as of course did Sir Cecil Havers, Cecil’s Michael Havers and Michael’s sister Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, all of whom played a valiant role in concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the crimes of Dafydd and Gwynne, as discussed in previous posts. Willink himself was still around to assist Dafydd and Gwynne when Mary Wynch first tangled with them and Willink was even around when Patient F first messed with Dafydd and Gwynne’s partners in crime when F was a young man living in Surrey.

While discussing all of these unscrupulous scumbags who were mates with Gwynne and Dafydd and concealing their serious criminality, I have forgotten to mention that Patient F’s dad had been in the RAF. After WW II, he settled in Woking in Surrey with F’s mum whom he had met in South Africa and spent the rest of his life as a Surrey businessman. F’s dad was also an enthusiastic Freemason and I’ve noted in previous posts that while F was undoubtedly sheltered a great deal by his family and their financial resources, the Gang came after him big time shortly after his father died. I suspect that after his dad was 6ft under, F was dead meat as the expression states. For a long time I just presumed that once the family money had run out and F’s dad and then his mum had died, F was simply alone in the world without the wealthy, influential people to help him that he had always been able to rely upon. The information that has come in since I began this blog suggests something far, far nastier which became even more nasty when F refused to shut up about the various abuses and crimes that he had witnessed, both in Surrey/London and then in north Wales.

In the way that I had no idea that the corrupt West Country politicians and professionals of whom I had knowledge were closely linked to the Gang in north Wales and had been for years, F won’t have realised that some of what he had witnessed had been concealed at Gov’t level and would have caused ructions if ever anyone had taken any notice of what he was saying. F experienced a rather different youth to me, he was part of 1960s rock/hippy/counter-culture and then in the 1970s he moved in the art world. By the 1990s people like Mick Jagger were hanging out with Royals, Cabinet Ministers and media barons. F knew that some of the people whom he had known when he was younger had become very rich and very famous and although he never would have thought of flogging a story to the media because he hated the media, Mick didn’t know that.

 

Sir Henry Willink – Doing It For The Poor With Nye and Uncle Harry!

Willink served as the Tory MP for Croydon North, 1940-48. In 1940 Willink was appointed Special Commissioner for the homeless in London.

Willink was made a Privy Counsellor in 1943, the year that he became Minister of Health. Meanwhile at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh…

Willink, with John Hawton, was responsible for the 1944 White Paper which followed the Beveridge Report ‘A National Health Service’. It proposed the creation of a fully comprehensive, universal healthcare system, free of charge and available to all citizens irrespective of means. When Labour came into office in 1945, it presented its own plan in preference to Willink’s, although Labour had supported Willink’s plan. The principal difference was that Willink’s plan talked of a “publicly organised” rather than a “publicly provided” service and Labour’s plan brought hospitals into full national ownership. Nye however, made concessions to GPs.

The man who grabbed Nye by the knackers and squeezed harder and harder until Nye followed every order from the BMA was Lord Charles Hill aka Charlie Corkscrew, a pal of Gwynne and Dafydd’s who ended up in Macmillan’s Cabinet, was ejected in the Night of the Long Knives after causing such trouble, caused yet more trouble so was given a peerage and caused trouble – including in his capacity as Chairman of the BBC after Harold Wilson realised that a total shite with dirt on everyone would be a useful ally even if he was a Tory  – until the day that Charlie died on 22 Aug 1989. See previous posts.

Willink kept his seat at the 1945 General Election by just 607 votes over Labour’s Marion Billson. Turnout was low and there were rumours of sacks of servicemen’s votes left uncounted in the Town Hall basement. Labour’s David Rees-Williams – later Baron Ogmore – had taken the other Croydon seat. See previous posts for info on David Rees-Williams, who was of course another friend of the Gang.

Lord Ogmore certainly knew how to go forth and multiply with maximum effect; he married Alice Alexandra Constance Wills and they had three children. His daughter, Elizabeth Rees-Williams, married the actors Richard Harris and Sir Rex Harrison, the businessman Peter Aitken and more recently Jonathan Aitken, the former Tory MP. Lord Ogmore’s grandsons are actors Jared Harris and Jamie Harris and Director Damian Harris. The network arising from Elizabeth Rees-Williams, her multiple husbands and their multiple spouses/partners and children is truly impressive on its own, as discussed in previous posts. Elizabeth’s network interlinks with the Gang in numerous ways; as a young man, Jonathan Aitken worked for Selwyn Lloyd, who among other things was Chancellor of the Exchequer in Macmillan’s Gov’t and later Speaker of the House. Lloyd, a Tory MP for a Wirral constituency, was a big pal of Dafydd and Gwynne. See previous posts.

Willink resigned from Parliament on 29 January 1948,

For many years the disgrace that was Warlingham Park Hospital existed near Croydon. Patients at Warlingham Park were battered and sexually assaulted, died in suspicious circumstances and were fitted up for criminal offences if they complained. Business as usual for many institutions. Unusually, there was in the end a major investigation at Warlingham Park and a number of Angels went to prison. At least some Top Docs at Warlingham Park had an arrangement with the Gang in north Wales.

My post ‘A Trade In People – Between London and North Wales’ discussed a family of Empowered Service Users from south London who were fleeced of their money and property by Top Docs at Warlingham Park in collaboration with unscrupulous lawyers and were then relocated by their Top Doc to Bethesda in the late 1980s. They had never even visited north Wales before, but that’s where they were packed off, with the promise from their Top Doc at Warlingham that ‘the lovely Welsh air will make you all better’. They knew that it was bollocks but they had no money and no choice. It was Bethesda for them. They were neglected so badly by the Top Docs in Bethesda and at the Hergest Unit that one of them died in the year that the Waterhouse Report was published.

 

Willink continued to serve in public positions. He served as Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1948-66. So during the Eden, Macmillan and Douglas-Home years of suppressed and not so suppressed Scandal In High Places as discussed in previous posts, much of which could be traced to the door of Gwynne and Dafydd, one of those with a vested interested in assisting in keeping the lid firmly nailed down was dining at High Table. Willink was at High Table when Gwynne and Dafydd’s colleagues Lord Horace Evans and Basil Hume’s brother John Hume were inflicting serious damage upon Anthony Eden’s health (see previous posts) and when Clement Price Thomas et al performed that successful surgery on Lilibet’s dad who never recovered and died just a few months later. See post ‘Successful Surgery On King George VI!’.

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From 1953 until 1955 Willink was also VC of Cambridge University, so there’ll have been a great deal of dining at High Table. Willink was Chair of the steering committee that led to the formation of the Royal College of GPs, beginning in 1952. Willink later described his role as Chairman of that steering committee as “one of the very best projects with which I have ever been involved in my life.”

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Sir Henry got the Royal College of GPs off on such a sound footing that after D.G.E. Wood had spent a few years facilitating the trafficking ring in north Wales and breaching confidence/lying about me, the Royal College appointed him Treasurer and made him responsible for GP training across the whole of north Wales. Wood used to inspect other GP surgeries as well, right when he was coercing me into seeing Gwynne and then threatening Brown and me. Wood couldn’t be contacted at one point when Brown tried because he was ‘inspecting a surgery in Bridgend’. No wonder there has been since the 1980s a serious shortage of GPs in north Wales if it’s Wood setting the standard. If one is a good GP, would one ever tolerate being inspected by a friend of the Royal Lobotomist who had concealed corpses at Denbigh?

Chicken or egg Wood? Did you rise to high office in the Royal College because you blackmailed them or was it your reward for a job well done?

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Wood used to be rude about people on benefit. He once told me that ‘people like that’ ‘pull the wool over the doctor’s eyes and know how to get all that they can out of the social security, every cent’. While they lived on Maesgeirchan and their kids were trafficked by Wood and his mates. When I first knew Wood he lived in a bourgeois bungaloid on Cichle Hill at Llandegfan and he used to sit on his garden furniture in the front garden and drink his wine in the evening. Then in 1984 he moved to a huge house in the more exclusive part of Llandegfan, a modern palatial place with, I was told, designer ceilings. The house was called IX Ranch and Brown and I had been having a good laugh every time we went past and asked ourselves ‘Who lives in a house like this?’. One day the sign IX Ranch was replaced with a slate engraving saying ‘Tydden Hen Farm’, so we realised that vulgar people who were pretending that they weren’t vulgar had moved in. It was Wood, we laughed even more. A few years later Wood moved over to the Conwy area where I was told he had an even grander house, called something or other Court. After I began this blog I was told that he now uses a Cheshire address, although of course Wood opened for business in Cyprus a few years ago.

There will not be a Scrounger in Gwynedd who has milked the public purse as successfully as D.G.E. Wood. He was like something out of Bertolt Brecht re that dodgy abortionist in Chester, telling the plebs of Maesgeirchan that they had enjoyed themselves getting pregnant so now they could live with the consequences, while in the Student Health Centre student after student was cheerfully offered a trip to Chester in return for a fee. Girls who said that they wanted to keep the baby were considered to be quite mad and there was no support forthcoming. See previous posts eg. ‘It’s Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Arf!’.

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‘The Threepenny Opera’ also went under the name of ‘A Penny For The Poor’. Every cent for those on Maesg; IX Ranch and millions for Wood.

 

In 1957 Willink served as Chairman of the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Future Numbers of Medical Practitioners and Intakes of Medical Students.

In Jan 1957,  Anthony Eden resigned as PM, on ‘medical advice’, his heath having been seriously compromised by the Top Docs (see post ‘Holding The Country To Ransom – Part II’ and in the autumn of 1957, Dennis Vosper, MP for Runcorn and Gang supporter who had only been Minister of Health since Eden’s resignation, suddenly resigned ‘on medical advice’ himself, lay low for a while and then emerged in the Home Office in time to help manage the Profumo Affair. Vosper’s resignation was something to do with Gwynne but I’m not sure what, or the joint enterprise of Gwynne and Dafydd, Dafydd having qualified as a Top Doc in the summer of 1957. See previous posts. The Swinging at Croesor on the part of Bertrand Russell and Patrick Blackett’s other mates continued.

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Willink’s Steering Committee concluded that too many doctors were being trained and proposed a 12% reduction. That was soon realised to be a misjudgement. I do enjoy it when the Top Docs have a crisis over medical student/Top Doc numbers. As they are interviewed in the media about the Crisis, whether it is not enough Top Docs in training or too many, none of them ever inform the general public that the Top Docs themselves dictate the numbers of training places to be made available; Sir Henry and his ilk sit on the Committees, but they are told by the Top Docs how many places are needed. The Top Docs base their needs re training places on one criterion: to ensure that there are not so many Top Docs trained that their salaries go down.

As long as there are not enough Top Docs to provide the ‘services’ that are on offer, Top Docs’ salaries will remain high and if the Gov’t dare steps out of line, there will be an almighty stamping of feet and screaming and a Strike will be threatened, accompanied by wall to wall Top Docs in the media talking about the Crisis, explaining that Babies Will Die, that the NHS is Underfunded and it is all so intolerable that Top Docs are leaving the UK in huge numbers because they Don’t Have To Put Up With This. If any PM tries to hold out, a well-known senior Top Doc in a provincial area with a Hospital Under Threat and a not very popular sitting MP will announce that he/she is Going To Stand For Election To Defend The NHS and the PM will back down immediately.

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Here’s Glanfa Surgery, where Wood, the ’eminent GP’ sat in one of the upstairs rooms for so many years outraged by Scroungers; Glanfa was even more of a dump when Wood was the senior partner there, they’ve tarted the place up a bit:

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From 1955 to 1971, Henry Willink held the office of Dean of Arches, the judge who presides in the provincial ecclesiastical court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Arches Court of Canterbury. The Arches Court hears appeals from consistory courts and Bishop’s disciplinary tribunals in the province of Canterbury.

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Henry Willink missed a few things during those years as Dean of Arches, but Prof Alexis Jay is now leaving no stone unturned in her exposure of Sexually Abusing Clergy. It does at least mean that Alexis doesn’t have time to pay much attention to social workers who facilitated so much of the organised abuse on the part of the C of E. The two groups work closely together and some clergymen have worked as social workers as well eg. the Rev Bob Morgan, father of the Baroness of Ely. Always a charitable man, the Rev Bob assisted Methodist Westminster molester George Thomas with George’s charidee fundraising.

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The Baroness is married to a Top Doc herself:

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The Baroness and her husband are People Of Faith, as were Thatch and George Thomas. The archive of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation contains the text of a speech that Thatch gave on Jan 17 1990 to the National Children’s Home, as the inaugural George Thomas Society Lecture. The George Thomas Society was founded by the NCH for the purposes of tackling child abuse. Thatch explained in her lecture that the basis of her and George Thomas’s charitable feelings towards children was their shared Christianity. Esther and others known for their charidee were in the audience. See post ‘An Expression Of Their Faith’.

It was in 1990 that the Gang began using the High Court in their pursuit of me, the first case being brought in Feb 1990. See post eg. ‘The Bitterest Pill’.

In 1990, the allegations of a big VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire would not go away and the North Wales Police launched their first investigation…

 

Prof Alexis Jay may know of the various charitable initiatives spearheaded by R.V. Jones’s mate Joan Curran and her husband Sam, what with Sir Sam ending up as VC of Strachcylde University, because Alexis’s early career in social work got off to a flying start in Strathclyde no less. I’ll discuss the Currans’ charidee work shortly. Alexis’s husband – although he was someone else’s husband at the time, Alexis was his bit on the side – was a senior manager of Strathclyde Social Services and he gave Alexis a job as a social worker in his Dept. See eg. ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’.

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Henry Willink was made a baronet of Dingle Bank in the City of Liverpool, in 1957, that year in which Gwynne did something appalling and Dafydd qualified as a Top Doctor from Liverpool University, having bagged his place there some years earlier via Sir James Chadwick, Sir John Cockcroft and other nuclear physicists who knew Lord Patrick Blackett. See ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’.

 

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Readers may have noted an interesting sequence of events. In 1951 Cymro 007 aka Geraint Morgan QC, the bent barrister who worked for the security services and who’s remit was to protect the Gang from the consequences of their criminality, decided that his destiny lay as a Tory MP in darkest north Wales and stood as the Tory candidate for Merioneth, the constituency embracing Croesor. See ‘Cymro 007′. Shortly afterwards, Bertrand Russell’s friends Rupert and Elizabeth Crawshay-Williams found Russell the perfect home just down the road from Croesor and Russell took up residence in 1955. In 1951 Thomas Jones aka Lord Maelor, a local school teacher who relaxed in ladies’ clothes when off duty, defeated Geraint Morgan and became the Labour MP for Russell and the Welsh Bloomsbury Set. Thomas’s brother James Jones was the Labour MP for Wrexham, 1955-70. Lord Maelor died on 18 Nov 1984, after spontaneously combusting. Bryn Estyn, near Wrexham, was closed in 1984, the year that Brown and I complained about Gwynne. Lord Maelor spontaneously combusted at about the time or just after I was offered a place to do medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine.

Dafydd must have decided that it would be a Top Doctor’s life for him at the time that Cymro 007 first stood for election in north Wales, because Dafydd left his job at Windscale and began the degree in medicine at Liverpool in 1952.

In 1952 PM Churchill ordered that the DG of MI5 was to be directly answerable to the Home Secretary rather than the PM. Churchill had appointed David Maxwell Fyfe aka Dai Bananas aka Lord Kilmuir as Home Secretary in 1951. Dai Bananas was also given the remit for Welsh Affairs. Dai Bananas was a bent barrister who served as Home Secretary, 27 October 1951-19 October 1954 and Lord Chancellor, 18 October 1954-13 July 1962. Previous posts have discussed how Dai Bananas was such a good personal friend of the Gang that in 1955, Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate George Brookes, a north Wales farmer and father of Gang member Tory MEP Beata Brookes, hired Dai to represent him in a trivial local dispute which if Brookes won would not have been worth Dai Bananas’ fee. The case went to appeal and because Dai wasn’t available, George made to with Quintin Hogg aka Lord Hailsham. See post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’. It reminded the plebs that We’re The Paedophiles’ Friends And you Can’t Get Us. Dai Bananas died in 1967, but as we know, Death Shall Have No Dominion. Previous posts have discussed how successive Hoggs – Quintin, son Douglas, daughter-in-law Sarah and granddaughter Charlotte – have all loyally served the Gang. It isn’t simply because of an attachment to the Establishment, Quintin was friends with Gwynne’s mate George Brookes.

Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham, in 1990

Dai Bananas was famously homophobic – as was Quintin – and enjoyed making public pronouncements about ‘buggers’ and ‘vice’ and a ‘plague’. Fyfe’s assumption of office as Home Secretary heralded a reign of fear for male homosexuals. He dramatically increased arrests of male homosexuals through police surveillance and entrapment via the use agents provocateurs, tapped telephones, forged documents and the absence of warrants. From 1,276 prosecutions in 1939 for actual or attempted sodomy or gross indecency, a year after Dai had assumed the office of Home Secretary prosecutions had soared to 5,443.

Dai Bananas was as confused as Gwynne over homosexuality. He was bezzie mates with the people who ran a paedophile/trafficking ring targeting boys and set up the Wolfenden Committee, which led to the decriminalisation of male homosexuality, while taking an ‘over my dead body’ attitude in public. Yet Dai knew what the Wolfenden Committee would recommend and it was he who appointed John Wolfenden as Chair. John Wolfenden’s son Jeremy was a high profile out gay and flaunted it. Jeremy Wolfenden hung out in gay clubs and if he knew that his venue for the night was likely to be staked out by Dai’s Bananas-inspired police, he used someone else’s name when signing in. Not a pseudonym, the name of someone else who was known to be gay, so they were arrested instead. Jeremy Wolfenden worked for the security services. John Wolfenden was the Headmaster of Uppingham School, 1934-44 and Shrewsbury School, 1944-50. He was appointed VC of Reading University in 1950. In 1962 the Privy Council appointed John Wolfenden as Chairman of the Council for the Training of Health Workers and the Council for the Training in Social Work, two bodies established by the Health Visiting and Social Work (Training) Act 1962. As with the training of Dafydd as a Toc Doc, it won’t have been a coincidence that John Wolfenden was appointed to those bodies. It happened when Macmillan was PM and the Cabinet was full of Dafydd and Gwynne’s mates, including Dai Bananas, at a time when Macmillan et al knew that the Profumo Affair would become public knowledge imminently.

In 1969, John Wolfenden was appointed as Director of the British Museum, a post from which he retired in 1973.

See previous posts for info on both Wolfendens.

Dai Bananas seemed to occupy a similar position to Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate Sir William Mars-Jones, the homophobic High Court judge who was a loyal supporter of the Gang as were Mars-Jones’s extended farming family who were based in Denbighshire. William was the father of Adam Mars-Jones, the gay novelist who has written about his father’s homophobia. William believed that Adam could be cured by having sex with women. The same allegations have been made about Carlo’s older male relatives when Carlo was younger.

Whatever these mad old gits thought about the causes of homosexuality, they knew that abducting and sexually assaulting children and young people was wrong, as was fitting people up in Court and murdering witnesses. I await some of those who were on board with them to explain themselves. Dai’s methods of ‘catching’ gay men were the very methods that were used against me and my friends. They didn’t even have the excuse that I was a lesbian who could be cured by sex with Gwynne and Dafydd. They were gangsters, no more, no less, gangsters sitting in clinics, in surgeries, in lawyers officers and Courts. Gangsters.

Previous posts have discussed how letters from Gwynedd Health Authority concerning me after I complained about Dafydd were CC’d to Mars-Jones’s sister-in-law, Dilys, who was busy in local public life in north Wales, including in the chapel and on Conwy County Council. William Mars-Jones was President of UCNW, 1982-95 and was Ronnie Waterhouse’s senior colleague and friend.

When Dai Bananas and Mars-Jones were in their hayday, the security services routinely used the methods mentioned above. By the 1980s they maintained that they didn’t do that sort of thing anymore. My documentation shows that they did and furthermore the Top Docs et al were doing it as recently as six years ago and they still will be doing it. The GMC knows as well as I do that they should not be forging letters purporting to have been written by me. NHS staff and others should not perjure themselves in Court. And if I don’t want to have sex with a disgusting old man covered in Brylcreem and his mates I won’t.

Can I just let the Gang and the Gwerin know that if Brown and I wanted, we too could forge documents, lie and perjure and try and force people to shag us when they have made it clear that they are not interested, but we don’t, although not being as thick and as incompetent as you, we would probably make better criminals. We too could plagiarise, leech ideas off other people and then claim it as our own work. I could spout shite about Caring and As A Woman give my biased, dangerous opinion and use it to manipulate people who are not as confident as me. I could form some hideous charidee For Wimmin or Service Users and make much of Wanting To Help while building my entire career on the back of it. I don’t. I could make nasty comments at the rest of the world constantly, I could spend my time trying to make everyone else feel inadequate, blame people having a hard time for their own plight and refuse to be friends with people who’s lives have been destroyed by the Gang on the grounds that they have Baggage and Problems. But I don’t. Because I am not a scumbag and that is the difference between you and me. As I have told many of you when you have shrieked at me ‘Well they’ve got more money than you have’, I could be wealthy if I became a gangster but I don’t want to.

Get it straight Gang, you have been sniping, undermining, threatening and doing much worse to me for years now. I STILL consider you to be thick unscrupulous idiots and I will not be changing my opinion.

 

The co-ordinated events re Lord Kilmuir, Geraint Morgan, Lord Maelor, Bertrand Russell, Dafydd et al was not coincidental but who planned it all I have not yet worked out; by the early 1950s someone definitely decided to make north Wales the organised abuse capital of the UK. There really is no other explanation as to why this nightmare was allowed to unfold during the first few years of the 1950s. Particularly when one considers the appointment of 1953 Everest Hero Sir Charles Evans, a Liverpool-based Top Doc who was lifelong mates with other Top Docs facilitating organised abuse (see eg. ‘Meet The Gwerin!) as the Principal of UCNW in 1958, the year after Dafydd qualified as a Top Doc from Liverpool University.

Brown maintains that this was not just a matter of Dafydd wanting a place at medical school and spotting his opportunity for blackmail; Dafydd was knowingly trained as Gwynne’s successor by the security services. In 1950 or thereabouts, the security services decided to make north Wales a fortress for organised abuse and identified Dafydd as a suitable candidate to receive the baton from Gwynne. They knew that Dafydd was dangerous, would do anything at all for money and had no sense of morality but that was exactly what was needed to silence people who had been sexually assaulted by aristos and members of the Royal Family if they were making a fuss. The blame definitely lies with Churchill’s administration. Every disastrous decision re this matter was made by Churchill when he was PM.

The security services must have been delighted when Dafydd made links with violent Irish Republican activists in the 1950s (see post ‘A Network Stretching Back Decades…’) and took his place as a Plaid activist/Parliamentary candidate as well, as discussed in previous posts. Brown keeps joking to me when I bang on about the state supporting Dafydd’s criminality that ‘Dafydd was the state’. He certainly was when they put him through Liverpool University and then sent him to the Maudsley to meet the Mr Bigs of organised abuse down there, but I think that the security services realised that they had made some rather big mistakes by the 1980s but they couldn’t rein Dafydd in because the reputations of people like Churchill would have been at stake had anyone actually done enough digging into the roots of the international people trafficking and Class A drugs network.

Anyone for Shotgun Ronnie’s War On Drugs?

In terms of the security services in the 1950s, Richard Crossman was a very senior officer by then and allowing that to happen was not a good idea.

God Save The Lilibet!!

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Henry Willink was awarded an honorary LLD the University of Melbourne in 1955, which leaves one wondering what favours Willink did Australia. Anyone for thousands of child migrants from poor British families sent to Australia over decades to be used as free labour?

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Ah bechod, off to a New Life, far away from their plebeian parents who bred like rabbits and lived in slums. The kids have all got their macs on, lest it is raining in Oz. The macs worn by the British State who knowingly sent those kids to lives of slavery and sexual abuse and did everything possible to ensure that the parents and kids never found each other again were rather more effective than the school macs worn by those children.

We didn’t know! There really was a great deal that No-One Knew about. How one misses thousands of kids being exported from Britain, thousands of victims of sex offenders illegally locked up in the Clwydian Hills and a few of them murdered, as well as all the molesting priests, social workers and goodness knows who else in a bureaucratic state I cannot understand. I’m not a huge state bureaucracy and even I noticed a few things amiss.

Willink’s papers are held at Churchill College, Cambridge.

R.V. Jones was elected FRS in 1965 and received an honorary DSc from the University of Aberdeen in 1996.

It was in 1996 that The Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry and of course in 1996 there was yet another attempt to frame and imprison Patient F and I on the basis of the perjury of an Angel, Bridget Lloyd. See previous posts.

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R.V. Jones married Vera Cain in 1940 and they had two daughters and a son.

Jones’s autobiography, Most Secret War: British Scientific Intelligence 1939–1945, (published in the USA as ‘The Wizard War’) formed the basis, pre-publication, of the BBC 1 TV documentary series ‘The Secret War’, first aired on 5 January 1977 and narrated by William Woollard, in which Jones was the principal interviewee. The historian A. J. P. Taylor described Most Secret War as “the most fascinating book on the Second World War that I have ever read” and, more generally, it has acquired almost classic status.

In 1981, Jones became a founding member of the World Cultural Council. My post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’ discusses many of the research fraudsters, spies and Commies who doubled up as Great Men Of Science who established the World Cultural Council in 1981. In the same year R.V. Jones delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on ‘From Magna Carta to Microchip’.

The World Cultural Council was established by the grander friends of Dafydd and Gwynne in the same year that Dr Death et al launched the SDP, which was undoubtedly an attempt by Dr Death to become PM on the back of the panic that followed the trial of Mr Thrope and Mary Wynch making her way to a lawyer. Dr Death et al  personally knew members of the Gang. See previous posts. There were fears that the Westminster Paedophile Ring was going to become horribly public. I wonder if the World Cultural Council was yet another Gang-related initiative to cover their tracks?

In 1993 R.V. Jones was the first recipient of the R.V. Jones Intelligence Award, which the CIA created in his honour and, logically, awarded to R.V. Jones.

Jones died on 17 December 1997. George Thomas had died on 22 Sept 1997. During 1997 Ronnie Waterhouse had heard evidence, in public, from former kids in care in north Wales. As they collapsed while giving evidence, began crying, vomited etc Ronnie and the lawyers who had been paid a great deal of money to represent everyone but the former kids in care reminded the world that this lot could not be believed because they were Criminals, Drug Addicts and Mentally Ill. There were more witnesses sitting in the Hergest Unit at the time who had not been told that their medical records would have provided solid evidence that organised abuse was a substantial problem in north Wales. My records alone would have confirmed that Lucille Hughes and Ron Evans, the crooked Gwynedd County Council lawyer, were ordering staff to perjure themselves in attempts to have complainants imprisoned. Ron was one of the lawyers who appeared at the Waterhouse Inquiry to defend against allegations of abuse on behalf of Gwynedd Social Services.

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Ronnie Waterhouse: a good mate of T.M. Haydn Rees, CEO of Clwyd County Council, 1974-77 (see post ‘Ain’t Nothing Clean, Not Even The Calvinistic Methodists’). Ronnie’s dad was a good mate of Haydn Rees as well.

Patsy Scotland represented the Welsh Office at the Waterhouse Inquiry. As a young barrister Patsy was a housing lawyer helping the Poor and knew all the other ‘radical’ lawyers in London who have spent their entire careers carefully ensuring that they did nothing to piss off Dafydd and Gwynne or the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts for extensive details of Baroness Patricia Scotland’s many friends and colleagues as well as Patsy herself and the cosy relationships that they have enjoyed with the Gang’s network. Patricia Scotland was given a life peerage by Miranda during the Waterhouse Inquiry.

Previous posts have discussed another Radical Lawyer and a Wimmin’s Champ to boot, St Helena Kennedy (see eg. ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’ and ‘Close Your Eyes And Make A WISH’) and how St Helena knew about Dafydd, Gwynne and Jimmy Savile and kept schtum. I mentioned that St Helena’s book ‘Eve Was Framed’ contains a thank you to Prof Nigel Eastman of St George’s Hospital Medical School/Springfield. In 1991, Eastman was told by his colleague Dr Robin Jacobson that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and that Jacobson thought that Tony Francis was as well. I had no knowledge that Jacobson had done this until I later obtained some of my records. Jacobson referred me to Eastman after refusing to treat me himself. Eastman told me to go back to north Wales because Dafydd was my doctor and ‘they know you there’. I was refused any sort of support in London and left effectively destitute, facing yet more criminal charges on the basis of Tony Francis and other members of the Gang. See eg. ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’.

In April 1991 when the Gang made yet another attempt at having me imprisoned on the basis of their perjury at the Royal Courts of Justice at the Strand no less, St Helena was leading a test case in a Court next door to me, in which she was trying to have Sara Thornton released from a prison sentence, after Sara had killed her husband. As I left the Court, St Helena’s supporters were protesting outside and asked me to support them.

St Helena’s book with it’s thank you notice to Nigel Eastman, whom St Helena tells us has taught her so much and helped in so many of her cases, was published in Oct 1993. In the late summer of 1993 I was convicted by Bangor Magistrates Court of a Public Order offence after I had ‘looked at a social worker’ in Safeways. Jackie Brandt, the social worker concerned, had alleged that I had screamed and yelled at her and she had feared immediate violence. Brandt cried under cross-examination and admitted lying to the police and on oath. She admitted that I had not said anything to her at all, but I’d looked at her. That was the third time that Brandt had perjured herself in Court in attempts to have me imprisoned. See eg. ‘The Bitterest Pill’. Brandt was never investigated for perjury. After I had been convicted for looking at Brandt, I wrote to Mr Radical Barrister, Michael Mansfield, to tell him that social workers in Gwynedd were abusing their position and using the law to do so. Michael Mansfield at the time was based at Tooks Court Chambers with St Helena. I received a one-line reply from Mansfield. It was in Sept or Oct 1993 and the North Wales Police had recently closed their investigation into a possible paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire having found no evidence of any such thing.

Mansfield, St Helena and the rest of the Radical Barristers had an arrangement with the Top Docs that the Top Docs would provide expert witness reports for them in other cases as long as the Radical Lawyers didn’t act for us against Dafydd et al. It is how the Birmingham Six etc managed to overturn their convictions. Of course I am glad that the Birmingham Six were released; however although there was that agreement between the Top Docs and the Radical Ones, many of the same people were involved in framing the Birmingham Six et al as in framing us in north Wales. Michael Mansfield represented the Price Sisters who admitted planting a bomb in central London, but he wouldn’t represent people who had been abducted and unlawfully imprisoned by Dafydd.

Dafydd’s mate William Mars-Jones was a member of Gray’s Inn. As was Michael Mansfield. As was St Helena.

Documentation now in my possession demonstrates that people in Wandsworth Social Services knew Lucille Hughes, Dafydd’s mistress and the Director of Gwynedd Social Services, by name. Nigel Eastman worked with Wansdworth Social Services. Michael Mansfield lived in Wandsworth. Dafydd’s partner gang had been operating in Wandsworth since at least as far back as 1966-67. ‘See eg. Lord Snooty The Third’. Just for good measure, Donald Naismith, the Director of Education for Wandsworth, was an active paedophile who was abusing kids in care. See previous posts.

 

R.V. Jones is buried in Corgarff Cemetery, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. His papers are held by Churchill College, Cambridge.

The Indie obituary for Professor R. V. Jones was published on 19 Dec 1997 by M. R. D. Foot

 

R. V. Jones was one of the main wizards during the secret war against Hitler, became a pillar of scientific education and wrote some notable books.

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[R.V.’s] father was a sergeant-major in the Grenadier Guards, and from him he learnt both patriotism and a sense of order.

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He went to Alleyn’s School at Dulwich, from which he won an exhibition at Wadham College, Oxford, where he distinguished himself so much that he was encouraged to stay on, to take a doctorate in physics and to research under the future Lord Cherwell in the Clarendon Laboratory. He specialised in infra-red rays, and spent the years 1934-36 at Balliol, as Skynner Senior Student in Astronomy; but then moved over to deal with the more pressing problems of the German menace. He was made a scientific officer at the Air Ministry in 1936, and was seconded for a year to the Admiralty in 1938-39. In both departments he applied a first-class scientific intellect to practical problems of warfare.
When the Second World War began, he became MI6’s principal scientific adviser; keeping up his Air Ministry connection for cover. His first important task was to discover how Luftwaffe pilots navigated when they overflew England by night, during the Battle of Britain and the blitz. He unravelled the Lorenz beam navigation systems they were using, and was sometimes able to jam, sometimes to divert their beams. On the night of the Coventry raid in mid-November 1940, Jones guessed correctly which wavelength they would be using; a clerical error transmitted the guess wrongly to the jamming stations, and so helped to account for the raid’s success.
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Thank goodness that it was a ‘clerical error’ that caused the decimation of Coventry and not R.V. Jones Getting It Wrong. The clerical error was probably made by Trumpers and blamed on someone else who wasn’t mates with so many aristos.
 

It was Jones who briefed the RAF expert who dropped by parachute on to the Bruneval radar site, in February 1942, to dismantle a German radar device and bring it back for inspection. It was Jones who, after years of struggle, convinced Bomber Command that pilots who left their IFF (identification friend-or-foe) sets switched on over Germany guided German night fighters on to themselves. It was Jones who played a leading part in discovering what the V-1 and the V-2 were, and how they might best be countered. Several times over, he found himself confronted by Winston Churchill, in meetings of ministers and experts; even Churchill’s personality was not so strong that Jones fell silent in his presence. By standing up to him, he helped to persuade him to give orders on which the nation’s safety turned; though of course he earned enemies for himself among the bureaucrats of Whitehall.

Jones could not work usefully unless he was privy to every secret.

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He was cleared to receive messages from the ultra secret decipher service at Bletchley Park; he was cleared to read spies’ reports, as they were received, not in the laundered form in which they reached lesser intelligence officers; he knew a great deal both about impending operations

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and about the current organisation of the armed forces, the air force in particular. He knew work was in progress on an atomic bomb. He was a large man, broad- shouldered and over six feet tall, with a strong voice when he cared to raise it. Moreover, he had a disconcerting habit of usually being in the right, as well as displaying admirable manners when he was in the wrong – as of course he sometimes was.

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Someone at Aberdeen University must have really hated Coventry

where he spent 35 years as Professor of Natural Philosophy, teaching generations of undergraduates and research students who appreciated his wit, his knowledge, and his enormous fund of common sense. He was fond of quoting Crow’s Law – “Do not believe what you want to believe until you know what you ought to know.”

But you won’t know what you ought to know until you know it…

When Churchill came back into office in 1951, he tried to recall Jones to Whitehall; an embarrassed year in 1952-53 as director of scientific intelligence at the Ministry of Defence resulted.

Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate Dai Bananas was presiding over MI5 then, so I wonder what the embarrassment was.

Long afterwards, Jones explained that intelligence could not usefully be organised in committees of fairly senior officers who knew nothing about the subject in detail; and he left official life for academia. He did notable work for the Royal Society, and belonged to institutes and academies for the promotion of electronic research, almost without number. He wrote numerous scientific papers, and papers on the history of science, as well as two remarkable studies in the practice of his wartime craft: Most Secret War (1978, called in America ‘The Wizard War’); and Reflections on Intelligence (1989).

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They are much the best and fullest books ever to have appeared on the wartime secret service’s workings.

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At the age of 80, he lost in a fortnight his wife of over 50 years and one of his daughters;

That was in 1991, the year that my career was destroyed, as were the careers of at least two other witnesses. Peter Morrison was given a K by Lilibet in Feb 1991 and a few other paedophiles’ friends bagged honours as well. Conversely there were a few deaths of insiders, at least some of which were very obviously the result of Top Docs who would not attend to people who were clearly seriously ill.

he went on writing learned articles all the same, a model to younger scholars of devotion to even temper, good-humour and scientific truth.

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R.V. Jones’s colleague Joan Elizabeth Curran (nee Strothers) (26 February 1916-10 February 1999) was from Swansea! Joan Elizabeth Strothers was the daughter of an optician, Charles William Strothers and his wife, Margaret Beatrice. Joan was educated at Swansea Girls’ High School and in 1934 won an open scholarship to Newnham College, Cambridge. She gained a physics degree but it was not awarded because when Joan passed her finals, Cambridge would not let Ladies graduate. In her 70s, in 1987, Joan was honoured with the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Strathclyde.

At one point Joan was named in a media article as being one of 900 Cambridge Wimmin who finally attained Equality. The University of Strathclyde in 1987 would never discriminate against Ladies, in particular the Lady who was married to the VC of the University of Strathclyde, 1964-80, who happened to be one Lady Joan Curran.

Joan, Before Achieving Equality:

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The Men Who Made Joan’s Equality Possible:

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Sir Samuel Curran, Lord Reith and Sir Andrew McCance about to present awards to students at the Royal College of Science and Technology, 1963.

Samuel Curran (left) was an eminent scientist who had worked on the atomic bomb Manhattan Project and with the Atomic Energy Authority before becoming Principal of the Royal College of Science and Technology in 1959. He played a major role in the establishment of the University of Strathclyde, and served as its first Principal from 1964 until his retirement in 1980, when the Curran Building was named after him.

John Reith (centre) was educated at Glasgow Academy and graduated as an engineer at the Royal Technical College. As founding Director-General of the BBC from 1922 to 1938, he exerted a major influence on the early years of broadcasting, emphasising standards and a high moral tone. The annual Reith Lectures were established by the BBC in 1947 in his honour. He was elected Rector of the University of Glasgow, 1965-1968.

Lord Reith was famous for being seriously weird and seriously intimidating. While he was DG of the BBC, imploring it to educate and inform, the BBC VIP paedophile ring was in its embryonic stages.

Andrew McCance was a distinguished metallurgist and businessman, who was Chairman of Colvilles. A graduate of the Royal Technical College, he was the College’s last Chairman of the Board of Governors, 1950-1964. His role in the transformation of the College into the University of Strathclyde was recognised in the naming of the McCance Building.

Joan Strothers was awarded a Gov’t grant to study for a higher degree and elected to go to the Cavendish Lab at Cambridge, where she joined the man whom she later married Sam Curran in a team under the direction of Philip Dee.

My post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’ discusses the cheating, research fraud and plagiarism that took place at the Cavendish Lab, including that of James Watson who bagged the Nobel Prize for elucidating the structure of DNA.

Prof Philip Ivor Dee CBE (8 April 1904-17 April 1983) was responsible for the development of airborne radar during WW II. Glasgow University named the Philip Ivor Dee Memorial Lecture after him.

Dee was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the son of Albert John Dee, a schoolmaster. He was educated at Marling School and then studied at Cambridge University where he graduated MA in 1926. Dee thereafter took on research roles, initially as a student of Charles Thomson Rees Wilson at the Cavendish Lab, during which time Samuel Curran worked under him.

Dee was elected FRS in 1941 and won its Hughes Medal in 1952. During WW II, he initially worked in the Ministry of Aircraft Production and in 1940 moved to the Telecommunications Research Establishment. Dee led the team which developed the Village Inn radar system.

In 1945, Dee became Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University. He was created a CBE in the 1946 Birthday Honours, having already been appointed an OBE in the 1943 Birthday Honours. In the same year Dee received Gov’t funding to build equipment to investigate particle physics and placed Glasgow University as a world authority in that field during the 1950s.

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In 1946 Philip Dee was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Thomas Alty, John Walton, Edward Provan Cathcart, and Sir Robert Muir. He was awarded the Society’s Gunning Victoria Jubilee Prize for 1958-1962 in recognition of his work on nuclear physics. By which time thanks to Philip Dee’s wider network, this man had retrained as a Top Doc after a ‘career as an atomic scientist’, following his early years migrating around Bethesda when he/his family were moved on by the bailiffs and then being thrown out of a chemistry degree in disgrace:

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Philip Dee retired in 1972 and received an honorary doctorate (DSc) from Strathclyde University in 1980, the year that his mate and former junior colleague Sam Curran retired as VC of Strathclyde. Dee died in Glasgow on 17 April 1983. His obituary was written by Sir  Samuel Curran FRS.

Dee married Phyllis Elsie Tyte in 1929.

Glasgow University, Dept of Natural Philosophy, 1952:

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In 1952 Dafydd began his medicine degree at Liverpool University…

The archives of Philip Ivor Dee are maintained by the Archives of the University of Glasgow (GUAS). His 1973 portrait by Kathryn Kynoch is held by the Hunterian Art Gallery.

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Another online biography supplies a few more details re Philip Dee:

Philip Ivor Dee… was educated at Marling School, Stroud and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he gained the degree of MA. In 1929 he married Phyllis Elsie Tyte, and had two daughters. From 1930 until 1933 he was Stokes Student at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and from 1934 until 1943 he was Lecturer in Physics at Cavendish Laboratory and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. At the Cavendish Laboratory he worked closely with Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959), Professor of Natural Philosophy. Under Wilson’s direction he became responsible for the development of the 1 million volt H T set and with the direction of its experimental programme. From 1939-1945 he was Superintendent of the Telecommunications Research Establishment at the Ministry of Aircraft Production, at Swanage and Malvern, and was responsible for the development of the use of the magnetron for centimetric radar… In 1943 he was appointed Regius Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, becoming Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 1972. Soon after his appointment he secured funds from the University and the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research for the purchase of an HT set similar to that at Cambridge, and later for a 300 MeV electron synchrotron. He personally supervised the design and construction of the synchrotron, which was completed in 1954. In the mid-1960s the synchrotron was replaced by an electron linear accelerator, which was installed at the Kelvin Laboratories at East Kilbride. He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research from 1947-1952…

Sources: Who Was Who, VIII; ‘Obituary: Emmeritus Professor Philip I Dee, CBE, MA, FRS’, College Courant, 71, (Glasgow, 1983).

Observations: Harold Wilson’s mate Asa Briggs who kept the lid on the Brighton end of Dafydd and Gwynne’s operation when Asa worked as Sussex University was an alumnus of Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. Asa went to war on Merfyn who later became VC of Bangor University when Merfyn was an undergrad in 1968, after Merfyn and his mates staged an anti-Vietnam protest. Asa bore a lifelong grudge and was happy to swing into action again when Merfyn became VC of Bangor decades later. See eg. ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’. Asa graduated from Sidney Sussex in 1941 and was an Honorary Fellow from 1968. Briggs served in the Intelligence Corps, 1942-45 and worked at Bletchley Park. While there, he became friends with Howard Smith, who in 1979 became Director of MI5. Asa was one of those who used the security services to conceal serious crime.

Philip Dee sat on the Advisory Council of the Dept of Scientific and Industrial Research during the premiership of Clement Attlee.

In 1939, Philip Dee proposed that the team spend a month at the  Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough Airfield. They arrived on 1 September 1939. Two days later, Britain declared war on Germany, and Britain entered WW II. Instead of returning to the Cavendish Lab, the team moved to Exeter where Dee and three others worked on developing rockets as anti-aircraft weapons, while Joan Strothers and Sam Curran joined a group under John Coles working on the development of the proximity fuse. Strothers was based at Leeson House and Durnford School. Joan and Sam Curran developed a workable fuse, which was codenamed VT. Britain lacked the capacity to mass-produce the VT fuse, so the design was shown to the United States by the Tizard Mission in late 1940. The Americans perfected and mass-produced the fuse. In due course, these proximity fuses arrived in the United Kingdom, where they played an important part in the defence of the kingdom against the V-1 flying bomb.

Strothers married Curran on 7 November 1940. Soon afterwards they were transferred to the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE) near Swanage. It was with this group, at Swanage and later at Malvern, that Joan devised the technique that was codenamed Window, also known as chaff ie. radar reflectors that could be scattered from bombers, thus disrupting the enemy’s radar.

R.V. Jones later declared: “In my opinion, Joan Curran made an even greater contribution to victory, in 1945, than Sam.”

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In early 1944 the Currans were part of a group of British scientists invited to go to the US to take part in the Manhattan Project, the Allied project to develop an atomic bomb. They joined the British Mission at the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, California, headed by Mark Oliphant, an Australian scientist who Joan knew from the Cavendish Laboratory. Oliphant also acted as de facto deputy to Ernest Lawrence, the Director of the Radiation Laboratory.

Mark Oliphant was one of the biggest names in terms of the Famous Scientists with Gwynne and Gwynne connections via Patrick Blackett et al, as discussed in my post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’.

While at Berkeley, Joan gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Sheena, who was born severely mentally handicapped. The Currans later had three sons, all of whom went on to complete a PhD.

After the war ended, Sam took up an offer from Philip Dee to take up a Chair at Glasgow University. In Glasgow, the Currans, together with a few friends, set up the Scottish Society for the Parents of Mentally Handicapped Children (Enable), which eventually grew to 100 branches and more than 5000 members. Later, when Joan was a member of the Greater Glasgow Health Board and the Scottish Special Housing Association, the needs of the disabled were always at the forefront of her mind and she did much to promote their welfare. So why the disabled, including those with what were then called mental handicap and people with mental health problems, were so badly abused and neglected one can only wonder. Joan was a member of the Greater Glasgow Health Board when R.D. Laing Made A Stand with regard to the dreadful treatment of psych patients and others. Previous posts have discussed how Laing’s desire to hang out with those from the counter-culture, including Bertrand Russell’s mates from Croesor, rather got in the way of Laing’s reforming zeal. It inspired Dafydd though, at one point Dafydd was a Laingian. See previous posts.

Dafydd had a whole collection of mates who hampered Joan Curran’s liberation of the disabled in Glasgow because as any fule kno, THEY transformed the care of the oppressed! There was for example Prof Jerry Morris, Kay Carmichael, Janey Buchan, David Donnison and at a later date Sam Galbraith! Many of the crowd doubled up as Labour politicians and Janey was mates with Nelson Mandela. See eg. ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’. Those in the Gorbals were in bloody clover, the best health and social care in the world.

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Where would they have been without Joan?

As well as her roaring success in other domains, Joan Curran took a close interest in the work of the Council for Access for the Disabled and helped improve the range of facilities, especially for disabled university students, which will have been why even in the early 1980s, facilities for disabled university students were virtually non-existent.

Sam Curran worked at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston on the development of the British H bomb, 1955-59.

Here’s Bertrand sitting in the road in Feb 1961, protesting about nukes, in particular Aldermaston:

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Bertrand leading this protest in Feb 1961 and he and his mates in CND becoming particularly militant at about this time might be the cause for the mystery discussed in previous posts, ie. that of Minister of Health Enoch Powell making a big thing of visiting the North Wales Hospital in early 1961, telling them that he was horrified at what they were doing to people and would not allow them to do it any longer. He returned to London and made his well-publicised speech to the National Association of Mental Health (MIND), which was run by Dafydd and Gwynne and announced the closure of every mental hospital in the country. Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate Lord Robert Balniel, a leading light in MIND and a Tory politician, was in the audience. Powell didn’t close any asylums and his ‘Hospital Plan’ was quietly rewritten with this proposal dropped. Powell never returned to the subject again although he remained Minister of Health throughout the Profumo Affair with which Dafydd and Gwynne were involved in some way. See previous posts…

For a long while I presumed that someone had leaned on Powell and told him to leave Gwynne and Dafydd alone. Then I realised that Powell’s Denbigh visit and his much publicised horror were part of an elaborate charade in response to something that had happened with regard to Dafydd and Gwynne but I didn’t know what.

I presume that it was Bertrand Russell; there he was fomenting revolution and leading marches which ended in confrontations with the police and people being jailed when there were more than a few people who knew that Denbigh was the Final Solution for anyone who dared complain about his sexual exploits/assaults on people, along with those committed by his mates and others in High Places.

Since the Westminster Paedophile Ring has become a topic of discussion, one name that has been repeatedly suggested as having been a member is Enoch Powell. Powell was certainly an odd man who had difficulty in his relationships with women and as a young man had very close relationships with other men which could well have been sexual. That does not mean that Enoch Powell was a child molester or having sex with people who did not want to have sex with him, but it does place him as yet another Cabinet Minister/public figure who was part of an overtly homophobic establishment that was excluding and jailing some gay men, ‘treating’ them for homosexuality, yet concealing Dafydd and Gwynne who ran a paedophile ring targeting boys.

I will correlate the dates of Russell’s revolutionary fervour and re-read information about Enoch Powell etc and return to this in a future post.

Bertrand Russell’s anti-nuclear activities might also explain why Harold Macmillan visited Denbighshire in the early 1960s for a bit of spontaneous campaigning on behalf of the Tory Party and why Cymro 007 aka Geraint Morgan QC, the Tory candidate for Denbigh, was assisted in winning the seat in 1959 by  help from the National Liberals. See previous posts eg. ‘Cymro 007’.

Previous posts including ‘Captain Swing and His Crew’ and ‘A Message Of Peace At Christmas’ discussed Bertrand Russell’s mates in CND, the Committee of 100 etc, some of whom were working for the security services. When I interviewed people in the Croesor area a few years ago, a number of them mentioned someone called Ralph Schoenman, an American activist who acted as Bertrand Russell’s Secretary and became General Secretary of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. A number of people didn’t like Schoenman but wouldn’t expand on why. Russell publicly repudiated his relationship with Schoenman in December 1969 and had him removed from the Board of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. Schoenman then renamed the American branch of the foundation the American Foundation for Social Justice and continued to promote hearings into alleged American atrocities in Vietnam.

Recently I received info that Schoenman might have had something to do with rather worrying Bertrand Russell-esque sexual activities. Whether he was directly involved or not, Schoenmen was in north Wales long enough to know about Gwynne and Dafydd. See previous posts for info re Schoenman.

 

Now readers mustn’t worry that Gwynne and Dafydd may have had divided loyalties, the beauty of Dafydd and Gwynne was that they provided services to unscrupulous offenders across the political and cultural spectrum. In the way that Dafydd became a Laingian while Gwynne lobotomised, Dafydd and Gwynne were happy to provide services to Bertrand and pals who were on the Aldermaston marches as well as to those building and dropping bombs, as discussed in ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’.

Dafydd let it all hang out at times what with his Beatles connections:

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Sam Curran returned to Glasgow in 1959 as Principal the Royal College of Science and Technology. When it became the University of Strathclyde in 1964 Sam became its first Principal and Vice Chancellor. While her husband was Principal, Joan founded the Strathclyde Women’s Group and became its President. I am glad that Joan received that honorary Doctor of Laws from Strathclyde because of her own contribution to Strathclyde and not because she was married to the VC.

During WW II, the Polish 1st Armoured Division had been based in Scotland, establishing ties between the community and Poland. Joan promoted a special relationship with the Technical University of Lodz, and also devoted care and attention to the children’s hospital of that city.

Lodz soon benefited from Joan’s Midas Touch:

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Later Joan established the Lady Curran Endowment fund for overseas, particularly Polish, students.

Sir Sam Curran died on 25 February 1998. While gravely ill with cancer in 1998, Joan unveiled a memorial plaque in Barony Hill, Glasgow, to commemorate her husband and it was announced that the walled garden at Ross Priory, on Loch Lomondside, was to be named in her honour and that the Joan Curran Summer House would be built there. That told those who had Lied To Get Compensation at the Waterhouse Inquiry the year previously where to go.

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Previous posts have discussed the extraordinary upturn in the fortunes of a jobbing Top Doc who used to work at the Hergest Unit, Gwen Jones-Edwards, who made a rapid exit from north Wales during the Waterhouse Inquiry and re-emerged a few years later as Clinical Director of Southern General, the enormous flagship neurosurgery hospital in Glasgow, one of the best in Western Europe. Gwen wasn’t even a neurosurgeon so one can only marvel at her good fortune. Gwen was last heard of living in style in a splendid house on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Joan Curran died on 10 February 1999. Her daughter, Sheena, three sons and three grandsons survived her.

So Sam and Joan were both safely out of the way by the time that Ronnie Waterhouse showed the draft of his Report to Insiders before it was published in Feb 2000. There were of course the plaques and buildings to remind us of their achievements in the face of all those who were Lying To Get Compensation.

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Tam Dalyell aka Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, Richard Crossman’s pal who worked for the security services and could never inflict the damage on Thatch that he desired because he was so busy concealing the Labour Party’s role in the Westminster Paedophile Ring (see previous posts), wrote Joan Curran’s obituary for the Indie, which was published on

IN THE summer parliamentary recess shortly after I was elected as MP for West Lothian in 1962,

The security services ensured that Tam O’ the Binns was in the Commons when the Profumo Affair was brewing and in the year that Macmillan was obliged to throw so many of Dafydd and Gwynne’s mates out of the Cabinet during the Night of the Long Knives because they were causing so much trouble. See previous posts.

Tam O’ the Binns, such a principled man, he never stopped snapping at Thatch’s ankles re the Belgrano:

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I was invited to lunch by Sam Curran, then the Principal of the Royal College of Science and Technology in Glasgow, as a new Scottish MP interested in science. On the right-hand side of our hostess, opposite me, was placed R.V. Jones, the Assistant Director of Intelligence – and from 1946 to 1952 Director of Intelligence – at the Air Ministry. Our seemingly reticent hostess listened politely to Jones’s conversation, spattered as it was with technical illusions. She said little and nodded sagely. After lunch Jones said to me, “I saw you wondering. No mere dutiful wife she! In my opinion, Joan Curran made an even greater contribution to victory, in 1945, than Sam.”

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Judy Chicago’s ‘The Dinner Party’ is considered an epic feminist installation work. I know that Tam O’ the Binns was at a luncheon party rather than a dinner party, but if you come from the mean streets of Somerset, luncheon was dinner. Not that it will have been for Tam O’ the Binns, he went to Eton, so he could well have experienced luncheon ladies rather than dinner ladies. Or very probably luncheon men.

As M.R.D. Foot put it, opening Jones’s own obituary [19 December 1997], “R.V. Jones was one of the main wizards during the secret war against Hitler, became a pillar of scientific education, and wrote some notable books.” Jones was in a position to know.

As I got to know the Currans better, Sam never missed the opportunity to point out that Joan had indeed made a greater contribution than he had in his work previous to or during the Manhattan Project, and was a formidable scientist in her own right.
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In old age the way in which they looked after each other in their Glasgow Anniesland flat was rather sweet. When I was writing an obituary in a hurry of their friend Sir Nevill Mott [12 August 1996], I phoned Sam and he said, “I cannot talk to you until after half an hour; I’m doing my morning bathing of Joan’s eyes.”
Joan’s own care was every bit as good as that enjoyed by the citizens of the Gorbals who’s welfare she had transformed, even after being hindered by the rest of Dafydd’s mates because they were so busy transforming the lives of The Poor as well.
Joan Strothers was born in Swansea, the daughter of an optician…She had the scientific equivalent of gardening green fingers which she would modestly attribute to her father’s interest in her education. From Swansea Girls’ High School she went up to Newnham College, Cambridge, on an open scholarship in 1934.
Swansea and the Gang’s contacts in Swansea will have made maximum use of Joan the Lady Bomber, including in later years when her husband was VC of Strathclyde University.
Encouraged by the Newnham tutor A.C. Davies, after graduation she went to the Cavendish and was assigned to a group working under Philip Dee. In this group was the young Sam Curran with whom she had a romance which was to end in 58 years of supremely successful marriage.
On the outbreak of war the group went to Swanage and then to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, where other physicists included Philip Dee, Bernard Lovell and Alan Hodgkin.

R.V. Jones, in his book Most Secret War (1978), identifies the “two major possibilities” for their counter-measures against the Luftwaffe as “jamming and spurious reflectors”… Spurious reflectors would be simpler, and contained an element of hoaxingThey did not get the immediate go-ahead for the use of the reflectors, however. It was not until 1941, as their knowledge of German radar grew, that Jones persuaded Churchill’s adviser Frederick Lindemann to allow trials. These were undertaken, in late 1941 and early 1942, under Robert Cockburn’s direction at Swanage by Mrs Joan Curran. “Her results were all that we expected,” Jones recalled, and she tried various forms of reflector ranging from wires to leaflets, each roughly the size of a page in a notebook, on which, as a refinement, propaganda could be printed… The material was produced and made up into packets each weighing about a pound, and the idea was that the leading aircraft in a bomber stream would throw them out at the rate of one every minute or so, to produce the radar equivalent of a smokescreen, through which succeeding aircraft could fly. So much progress was made, after the years of delay, that by April 1942 enough material had been produced for it to be used by Bomber Command. It was given the code name “Window” by A.P. Rowe, the superintendent of [the Telecommunications Research Establishment] TRE.

The scheme was sanctioned by the chiefs of staff on 27 April 1942. It was the scattering of clouds of this foil by British bombers that confused the German gun-laying radar and provided a measure of protection against flak for the night raids of Bomber Command. Perhaps the greatest success of the work of Joan Curran and her team was its use where foil was dropped with great precision by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron, to synthesise a phantom invasion force of ships in the straits of Dover on the night of 5-6 June 1944. This kept Von Runstedt and his commanders unsure of whether the brunt of the Allied assault would fall on Normandy or in the Pas de Calais.

Early in 1944 Sam Curran was sent to the United States to work on the highly secret Manhattan Project. His wife helped him in his work on the invention of the scintillation counter – a device for measuring radioactivity that is still in use in many scientific laboratories…

As a member of the Greater Glasgow Health Board, Joan championed the needs of the disabled; and as a Scottish constituency MP I know how much she did on the Council for Access for the Disabled, especially helping the disabled to get to university.

Tam O’ the Binns didn’t notice the continued absence of facilities at universities for the disabled after Joan had transformed the landscape.

Among her other interests was the relationship between Strathclyde University (as, under the guidance of Sam Curran, the Royal College of Science and Technology became) and the Technical University of Lodz in Poland…In later life, this distinguished scientist had played a wonderful role in welcoming the families of new staff to Strathclyde University. She played a major part in the outstanding success of Strathclyde.

Strathclyde University not only hosted colleagues of Alexis Jay, but also the media academic Colin MacCabe who held a Chair there,  1980-85, as discussed in my post ‘I Spit On Your Grave’. MacCabe has passed through many places where the more powerful members of the Gang’s network can be found, including Cambridge University, Exeter University and Birkbeck. Colin did very well out of his connections with academics at Stirling University and people there who knew what the Gang got up to in my direction. Colin spent a number of years in a senior position at the BFI (British Film Institute). Since 1986 he has been a Prof at the University of Pittsburgh and is currently visiting Professor of English at UCL and at the Birkbeck Institute.

Lord Alexander Todd, a chemist who was a Gov’t adviser and one of those in grandiose Cambridge academic places who Knew About Dafydd and Gwynne, was appointed Chancellor of Strathclyde University in 1970. See post eg. ‘The Two Culture Of Organised Abuse’.

 

Joan Curran was also the subject of an obituary published in the Herald Scotland:

IT is difficult to separate the lives of Joan and Sam Curran. Although they were of very different temperaments, they made a superb team and partnership and were devoted to each other. Nevertheless, it is very important (and Sam always emphasised this) to note that she was a considerable scientist in her own right and in the dark days of the Second World War she, as did Sam, played an important part in the survival of this country...

When Sam was Principal of Strathclyde University he had a very willing helpmate at his side… And she did an enormous amount for many people behind the scenes. Many of us are grateful for many kindnesses, always done without fuss.

Wales Online wheeled Joan out in an article on 8 Jan 2015 as someone from Swansea who should be remembered. Lord Brian Flowers was of course Lord Science who grew up and went to school in Swansea and forever after made himself useful to the Gang and Gwerin.

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Brian Flowers was a nuclear physicist but reached senior management positions at Imperial and then in the wider London University, serving as VC of both Manchester and London Universities. Flowers concealed en masse research fraud, patient harm and the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts.

Sir Samuel Crowe Curran (23 May 1912-25 February 1998), was the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde University, the first of the new technical universities in Britain. To date, Curran remains the longest serving Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, holding the post for a total of 16 years. Samuel Curran was born on 23 May 1912 at Ballymena in N Ireland, the son of John Hamilton Curran (from Kinghorn in Fife) and his wife Sarah. The family moved to Scotland soon after for his father to work as foreman of a steelworks near Wishaw. Sam had three brothers, Robert, Hamilton and John. After Wishaw High School, Sam completed his first degree in maths and a PhD in physics at Glasgow University, before taking a second PhD at the Cavendish Lab as a member of St John’s College, Cambridge. Dafydd and Gwynne’s Clever Nuclear Scientist friend Sir John Cockcroft was an alumnus of St John’s College, Cambridge, as was Maurice Wilkins, who shared the Nobel Prize with Francis Crick and James Watson for the work that Rosalind Franklin had carried out. See post ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’. Ronnie Waterhouse passed through St John’s College Cambridge and was an enthusiastic member of the alumni association; Ronnie was also in the RAF…

At the start of WW II, Sam Curran and Joan Strothers went to work at the TRE on radar  development. In 1944, Curran moved to the University of California, Berkeley, to participate in the Manhattan Project. After the war Curran worked at the University of Glasgow and at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston.

In 1947 Sam Curran was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Thomas Alty, Philip Dee, Robert A Houston and James W Cook. In 1953 Curran became FRS.

In 1959, Curran took up the position of Principal of the Royal College of Science and Technology in Glasgow which he led to full university status in 1964 as Strathclyde University. Curran was knighted in 1970. He remained at the University until his retirement in 1980, when he was succeeded in the role by Graham Hills.

Sam was the recipient of at least five honorary doctorates including an LLD from both Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities. Curran was the recipient of the 1976 St Mungo Prize, awarded to the individual who has done most in the previous three years to improve and promote the city of Glasgow.

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Following the birth of a handicapped daughter, the Currans set up the Scottish Association of Parents of Handicapped Children, now known as ‘Enable’, with Samuel Curran serving as its President, 1964-1991. That will explain why provision for handicapped children throughout those years was just so dire. The norm was for them to be institutionalised in establishments in which abuse and neglect was rampant and continued even when parents and others did everything possible to flag it up. Handicapped children were often targeted by abusers who knew that they could do anything and would not be held to account. Jimmy Savile knew which side his bread was buttered.

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Samuel Curran died on 15 February 1998 in hospital in Glasgow, aged 85.

 

Curran’s colleague Sir Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell (31 August 1913-6 August 2012) was the first Director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, 1945-80. Lovell was born at Oldland Common, Bristol. Lovell had a Methodist upbringing, as did Thatch, George Thomas, Harold Wilson’s wife Mary and so many of the Gang, the Gwerin and their network, because of the political and cultural domination of Nonconformity in north Wales. Former Methodist missionaries with international connections were also members of Dafydd and Gwynne’s support network eg. the Rev/Prof Alwyn Roberts at UCNW and Top Doc William aka Bill Beer and his wife Joan Beer. See previous posts eg. ‘Meet The Gwerin!’, ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ and ‘Come, Friendly Bombs’.

Bernard Lovell attended Kingswood Grammar School, Bristol. Lovell studied at Bristol University, obtaining his first degree in 1934 and his PhD in 1936. Lovell was a keen player of the church organ and when at Bristol University he also received organ lessons from Raymond Jones, a teacher at Bath Technical School and later organist at Bath Abbey. Previous posts have discussed the problem of organised abuse among clergy in Somerset which during the 1960 and 70s at least was concealed by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Lovell worked at Manchester University until the outbreak of WW II, during which he worked for the TRE developing radar systems for aircraft. In June 1942 Lovell was involved in the recovery of a highly secret cavity magnetron from the wreckage of a Handley Page Halifax that had crashed killing a number of his colleagues, including EM engineer Alan Blumlein, while on a test flight.

At the end of WW II, Lovell attempted to continue his studies of cosmic rays with an ex-military radar detector unit, but suffered much background interference from the electric trams in Manchester. He moved his equipment to a more remote location, one which was free from such electrical interference and where he established the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. It was an outpost of Manchester University’s Dept of Botany.

Prof Peter Greig-Smith who spent years as a Prof in the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW spent his earlier career after Cambridge Universty in the Dept of Botany at Manchester. Greig-Smith was a member of the Gang’s support network and he was friends with the Cambridge botanist Edred Henry Corner, who was Douglas Hurd’s uncle. See eg.’Additional Security Measures’.

With Manchester University funding, Bernard Lovell constructed the then-largest steerable  radio telescope in the world, which now bears his name, the Lovell Telescope. Over 50 years later it remains a productive radio telescope, now operated mostly as part of the MERLIN and European VLBI Network interferometric arrays of radio telescopes.

In 2009, Lovell claimed that he had been the subject of a Cold War assassination attempt during a 1963 visit to the Soviet Deep-Space Communication Centre. Lovell alleged that his hosts tried to kill him with a lethal radiation dose because he was Head of the Jodrell Bank space telescope when it was also being used as part of an early warning system for Soviet nuclear attacks. Lovell wrote a full account of the incident which, at his determination, was only published after his death.

In 1958, Lovell was invited by the BBC to deliver the annual Reith lectures, a series of six radio broadcasts called The Individual and the Universe, in which he examined the history of enquiry into the solar system and the origin of the universe.

In 1965 Lovell was invited to co-deliver the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on Exploration of the Universe.

In 1975 Lovell gave the Presidential address (In the Centre of Immensities) to the British Association meeting in Guildford.

Lovell won numerous awards, including:

  • 1946 – OBE, for his work on H2S
  • 1955 – Elected FRS
  • 1960 – Royal Medal
  • 1961 – Knight Bachelor

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Lovell was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Lovell has a secondary school named after him in Bristol, which he officially opened. A building on the QinetiQ site in Malvern is also named after him, as was the fictional scientist Bernard Quatermass, the hero of several BBC TV science-fiction serials of the 1950s, whose first name was chosen in honour of Lovell.

Just days ago it was announced that Jodrell Bank has now been awarded UNESCO status.

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In 1937, Lovell married Mary Joyce Chesterman (d. 1993) and they had two sons and three daughters. In later life Lovell was physically very frail; he lived in quiet retirement and died at home in Swettenham, Cheshire on 6 August 2012.

Bernard Lovell’s son Bryan is a geologist who is featured on the webpages of Cambridge University’s BP Institute for Multiphase Flow: ‘The University of Cambridge BP Institute was established in 2000 by a generous endowment from BP, which has funded faculty positions, support staff and the Institute Building, in perpetuity. The Institute research focuses on fundamental problems in multiphase flow and is highly interdisciplinary, spanning six University Departments.’

The details provided for Bryan are:

OBE, C.Geol., Senior Research Fellow in Earth Sciences

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Career
◾ Oxford University Geology (BA 1963; MSc 1964)
◾ Harvard University (PhD 1968)
◾ Teaching Fellow Harvard University 1965-1968
◾ Lecturer in Geology at Edinburgh University 1969-1981
◾ Consultant to oil and mining industries 1965-1981
◾ founder and Chairman of Petrological Services Edinburgh 1980-1981
◾ Scottish Liberal Party energy spokesman 1978-1979
◾ Parliamentary candidate, Edinburgh South,1979.
◾ BP Exploration 1981-1996 ◾ Chief Sedimentologist
◾ Exploration Manager and General Manager Ireland
◾ International Exploration Manager (Middle East)
◾ Head of Recruitment, BP Group.
◾ President of the Geological Society 2010-2012

◾ Continuing involvement with oil industry as consultant since 1996.

Research
Plumes or hotspots are significant features of Earth’s convecting mantle. Their behaviour may be studied by analysing their control of elevation of Earth’s surface. Specifically, they have notable effects on regional sea-levels. These changes in relative sea-level may be measured in the sedimentary record preserved on the margins of continents. These studies throw light on two main areas of Earth Science: ◾ flow in mantle plumes
◾ the mechanism of control of high-frequency changes in sea-level, especially in non-glacial times.

Bryan’s webpage also provides details of some of his publications; interested readers can therefore discover with whom Bryan has worked and of course other webpages provide details of Bryan’s colleagues at the part of Cambridge University bankrolled by BP. BP have obviously given Cambridge a lot of money, there’s quite a crowd working at the BP Institute.

The Head of the BP Institute for Multiphase Flow is Prof Andy Woods. Andy spent a few years as Prof of Applied Maths at D.G.E. Wood’s alma mater, Bristol University, which hosted that network of Top Docs and other academics who were facilitating the south west arm of Wood’s trafficking business, including statisticians who had access to the confidential data of thousands of vulnerable people as discussed in previous posts. It was in 2000, the year that Ronnie Waterhouse published his Report, that Andy was appointed Head of the BP Institute. Andy is a Professorial Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge, Ronnie’s old college.

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Prof. A. W. Woods

BP Professor

Professorial Fellow of St. Johns College

Professor Andy Woods has research interests in a range of fluid flow processes, many including phase changes. The character of the work includes both theoretical analysis and experimental modelling.

Career

  • 1989-1990 Green Scholar, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla California
  • 1990-1996 Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, Cambridge
  • 1996-2000 Professor of Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics, Bristol
  • 2000-present BP Institute, Cambridge
  • Qualifications
  • 1985 BA Mathematics, St. Johns College, Cambridge
  • 1989 PhD DAMTP, Cambridge
  • Awards
  • 1997 Marcello Carapezza Prize
  • 1997 Italgas Prize
  • 1999 Stewartson Lecturer
  • 2000 Bullerwell Lecturer
  • 2002 Wager Medal
  • 2003 GFD Lecturer
  • 2011 Wyss Institute Lecture, Harvard
  • 2017 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 2019 Marchi Lecture, Italy
  • Research
  • Prof. Woods has explored a wide variety of problems, including:
  • the dynamics of explosive volcanic systems: both subsurface and atmospheric processes associated with such volcanism, and the related topic of two phase flow in pipelines
  • geothermal systems, especially superheated systems, in which there is continual water- vapour phase change, and fluid-mineral dissolution
  • natural ventilation flows in buildings, work which has recently led to the energy saving e-stack system, as well as new strategies for combining thermal mass with natural ventilation, to achieve both comfort and energy efficiency
  • models of traffic flow dynamics
  • oil-water-gas flows in porous rocks and problems associated with residual oil recovery

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Another one of the crowd was Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin (5 February 1914-20 December 1998), a physiologist and biophysicist who shared the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Andrew Huxley and John Eccles. Hodgkin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire. He was educated at The Downs School near Malvern, Gresham’s School, and Trinity College, Cambridge.

During WW II, Hodgkin volunteered on Aviation Medicine at Farnborough and was subsequently transferred to the TRE where he worked on the development of centimetric radar, including the design of the Village Inn airborne gun-laying system.

As WW II ended in 1945, Hodgkin joined the Physiology Department in Cambridge University. He was the Foulerton Professor of the Royal Society, 1951-69. Hodgkin served on the Royal Society Council, 1958-60 and on the Medical Research Council, 1959-63. He was foreign secretary of the Physiological Society, 1961-67, when Gov’t Ministers, including Enoch Powell, very firmly sat on the outrage that was Dafydd and Gwynne and were amply assisted by Top Docs crowing about their Expertise and refusing to expose Gwynne and Dafydd’s criminal blundering idiocy.

Hodgkin was appointed the John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Biophysics at Cambridge University in 1970.

Hodgkin also held additional administrative posts including Chancellor, Leicester University, 1971-84 and Master, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1978-85, succeeding Rab Butler.

Greville Janner was elected as the Labour MP for Leicester North West in June 1970. The Leicestershire ring had been in operation for decades and was concealed by among other institutions, Leicester University. One part of Leicester University that was particularly culpable was the Medical School, the Dean of which for many years was Lord Robert Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick was a Scottish Top Doc who before Leicester served as Dean of Sheffield Medical School. In 1989 Kilpatrick was headhunted by the GMC to become their Chairman, as the police investigation into Frank Beck, Greville Janner and others in Leicestershire was underway. Kilpatrick was in place at the GMC in time to conceal the leading role played by Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain in the wrongdoing at St George’s Hospital Medical School. Even in retirement, Kilpatrick was working his butt off to conceal the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the Top Docs’ considerable role in it. See post ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’. Other parts of Leicester University were also colluding with the ring, including the social scientists, educationists, humanities and media academics. See eg. ‘Radical Leicester and Other Free Radicals’ and ‘Life In Cold Blood’.

Cambridge was the location of an elite ring and Trinity College in particular educated/employed many people who concealed it. Rab Butler was one of those who colluded for years, as Master of Trinity but also in his many other roles. Matters were considerably assisted by Bertrand Russell’s association with Trinity and so many people who worked for the security services. And of course Carlo’s presence there, 1968-71. See previous posts.

With Andrew Huxley, Alan Hodgkin developed an action potential theory of nerve impulse transmission, the ‘voltage clamp’.

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The experiments started at Cambridge University in 1935 with the frog sciatic nerve and Huxley and Hodgkin continued their work using squid giant axons at the Marine Biological Association Laboratory in Plymouth. In 1939, reporting work done in Plymouth, Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley published a short paper in ‘Nature’, announcing their achievement of recording action potentials from inside a nerve fibre. Research was interrupted by WW II but after resuming their experimental work in Plymouth, Hodgkin and Huxley published their theory in 1952 in a series of publications.

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Hodgkin and Huxley established the propagation mechanism of nerve impulse and in addition their findings led them to hypothesize the existence of ion channels on cell membranes, which were only confirmed decades later leading to a Nobel prize in 1991 for Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann, and in 2003 for Roderick MacKinnon.

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Erwin Neher began the work that led to his Nobel Prize when he was at Yale University in the late 1970s. In 1983, Neher became a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen and led the Department for Membrane Biophysics. He has been an Emeritus Director of the Institute since 2011. Neher is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Göttingen and a Co-chair of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience, Gottingen. Erwin is married to Dr. Eva-Maria Neher (née Ruhr, born 22 November 1950). She founded the Göttingen Xlab and has been its Executive Director since 2000. The Göttingen Xlab is an experimental laboratory for training young people from student to scientist level.

Bert Sakmann is a Top Doc who after completing his medical exams at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, became a medical assistant in 1968 at Munich University, while also working as a scientific assistant (Wissenschaftlicher Assistant) at Munich’s Max-Planck-Institut für Psychiatrie, in the Neurophysiology Department under Otto Detlev Creutzfeldt. In 1971 Sakmann moved to UCL where he worked in the Department of Biophysics under Bernard Katz. In 1974, he completed his medical dissertation in the Medical Faculty of Göttingen University. Sakmann then returned to the lab of Otto Creutzfeldt, who had meanwhile moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen. Bert Sakmann was Professor at Heidelberg University and is an Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2008 Sakmann has led an Emeritus research group at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology. On 2 June 2009, Dr. Peter Gruss, the President of the Max Planck Society, announced that Sakmann would serve as the Scientific Director of the Max Planck Florida Institute, the organization’s biomedical research facility at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, Florida.

Roderick MacKinnon
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MacKinnon in 2014
Born 19 February 1956 (age 63)

Nationality United States
Alma mater
Known for Potassium Channel Structure
Spouse(s) Jue Chen (2017-)
Awards
Scientific career
Fields Chemistry
Institutions

In 2007 Roderick Mackinnon became a foreign member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Roderick MacKinnon is co-inventor with his friend and scientific collaborator, neurobiologist Bruce Bean of Harvard Medical School of a dietary supplement for treating and preventing muscle cramps; they tested it in clinical trials and are co-founders a company to commercialize their invention, Flex Pharma. Christoph Westphal and Jennifer Cermak were co-founders as well. The company undertook drug development of a formulation of supplement as a drug candidate for neuromuscular disorders like ALS, and raised a $40 million Series A round. The company had a $86 million initial public offering in 2015. In 2016, the company launched “HotShot” as a dietary supplement for endurance athletes. In June 2018 the company halted clinical development of the drug candidate due to tolerability issues, cut its workforce and said it was considering its strategy. In July 2018 MacKinnon resigned from the board of Directors.

Roderick MacKinnon shared the Nobel Prize with Peter Agre.

Peter Agre
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Peter Agre
Born January 30, 1949 (age 70)

Nationality United States
Alma mater Augsburg College (B.A., 1970)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (M.D., 1974)
University Hospitals Case Medical Center(1975-1978)
North Carolina Memorial Hospital(1978-1981)
Known for Aquaporins
Awards Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2003) Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships (2014)
Scientific career
Fields Medicine
Chemistry
Biochemistry

Peter Agre (born January 30, 1949) is a Top Doc and molecular biologist, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.

In 2009, Agre was elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Agre is a Lutheran. He and his wife Mary have three daughters, one son, and two young granddaughters. Agre is an Eagle Scout. Two of Agre’s brothers, also Top Docs and his son Clarke, a public defender, are Eagle Scouts as well.

While serving from 2009 to 2011 as President and Chair of the Board of Advisors of AAAS, Agre became very active in the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. Working with AAAS Chief International Officer, Vaughan Turekian and former Scientific Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State, Norman P. Neureiter, Agre led a series of science diplomacy visits to countries with adversarial relationships to the U.S.

In November 2009, Agre made the first of six trips to Cuba when he led a group of scientists from AAAS to Havana. Two years later, Agre led an extensive series of visits to the Cuban Academy of Sciences and leading Cuban scientific institutions including ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine) Cuba. Invited to lecture at the University of Havana, Agre also met with Fidel Castro. Agre subsequently led another AAAS visit and served as Honorary President of Biotecnologia Habana 2012 and Plenary Lecturer at Quimcuba 2015.

After North Korea aka DPRK rebuffed requests for entry by US organizations, working through the DPRK Ambassador to the UN, an invitation was issued to the Nobel Laureate-led AAAS team in partnership with CRDF Global for a visit hosted by the DPRK State Academy of Sciences in December 2009. Requests to visit 15 research institutes, universities, the Grand People’s Study House and a hospital were all granted. Potential future scientific collaboration in the life sciences such as medicine development and agricultural research received extensive and enthusiastic discussion. A follow up visits by DPRK scientific leadership to the AAAS – CRDF team occurred 15 months later at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Peter Agre visiting the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in 2009.

A meeting occurred with the leadership of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a private university founded by a Korean-born American businessman. Agre provided keynote plenary lectures to the 1st International Science Symposium at PUST in 2011 and the 3rd symposium in 2015. Invited to participate in a tour of multiple DPRK universities by four Nobel Laureates in 2016, Agre was unable to attend due to a hospitalization.

A visit by Agre and the AAAS Science Diplomacy team to Myanmar occurred in April 2010. Travel was made to the new capital, Naypyidaw, for formal meetings with the Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Health to discuss malaria. A meeting with faculty of University of Yangon was also held. Despite continued existence of the junta, meetings with the opposition were arranged in Yangon. Although Aung San Suu Kyi was unavailable as she was still under house arrest, her release occurred six months later.

Meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at the New York residence of the Iranian Ambassador to the UN resulted in a June 2012 visit to Tehran by Agre and Norman P. Neureiter. Salehi, a PhD graduate of MIT and former Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, arranged for lectures in multiple universities in Tehran where Agre was appointed Visiting Professor at the Sharif University of Technology and a private meeting was held with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Nobel-winning globe trotting Mr Big of US medical science is nevertheless uncomfortable in that role. Peter Agre said in an interview with ‘Scouting’ magazine: ‘I identify more with Huckleberry Finn than with Albert Einstein’.

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Peter Agre.jpg‘All right, then, I’ll go to hell’.

 

Alan Hodgkin also discovered the cell membrane depolarisation sequence now known as the Hodgkin cycle.

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Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, Andrew Fielding Huxley and John Carew Eccles were jointly awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries concerning the ionic mechanisms involved in excitation and inhibition in the peripheral and central portions of the nerve cell membrane”. Hodgkin was knighted in 1972 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1973. He was elected President of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom in 1966.

UCNW/Bangor University has long been proud of its Marine Sciences bit and it is one area in which Bangor has always been considered excellent. Marine Sciences seemed to begin to take off in the 1960s.

Hodgkin was elected FRS in 1948 and served as President of the Royal Society, 1970-75. It was during those years that UNCW saw the expansion in its Marine Biology Dept and the growth in status. After Prof Eric Sunderland made that arrangement in 1984 with Carlo, Thatch and the UGC to let UCNW live to see another day in return for shafting my friends and I (see previous posts), it was the Dept of Psychology and Marine Sciences that blossomed into world-famous empires. I know why Psychology benefited, it was because Fergus Lowe overthrew Dafydd’s influence and then blackmailed and threatened everyone whom he knew had colluded with or concealed Dafydd’s criminality (see eg. ‘Feet In Chains’), but I always wondered who had the Midas touch in Marine Sciences.

The Royal Society awarded Hodgkin its Royal Medal in 1958 and Copley Medal in 1965. Hodgkin was also elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Philosophical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Deutsche Akademie, and Indian National Science Academy. Hodgkin was elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 1964.

Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley (22 November 1917-30 May 2012) was a physiologist and biophysicist, born in Hampstead, of the famous Huxley family. See previous posts.

Bertrand Russell’s friend Rupert Crawshay-Williams was the grandson of Marian Huxley, who in turn was the daughter of Thomas Henry Huxley, the T.H. Huxley who was Darwin’s friend and supporter, ‘Darwin’s Bulldog’. Tom Huxley was a Top Doc, naturalist and all rounder who did many extraordinary things and knew many extraordinary people. Institutions with which he was associated such as Charing Cross Hospital (where he trained as a Top Doc) and Imperial College (where Tom Huxley lectured, although it was still known as the School of Mines at the time), max out on their association with Huxley.

Tom Huxley was off to a flying start as a medical student. At Charing Cross, he was taught by Thomas Wharton Jones, Professor of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery at UCL. Jones had been Robert Knox‘s assistant when Knox bought cadavers from Burke and Hare. The young Wharton Jones, who acted as go-between, was exonerated of crime, but thought it best to leave Scotland. In 1845, under Wharton Jones’ guidance, Tom Huxley published his first scientific paper. Later in life Huxley organised a pension for his old body snatching tutor…

It was Rupert Crawshay-Williams and his wife Elizabeth who found and recommended to Russell the house near Cwm Croesor where he lived from 1955 until his death in 1970, enabling him to make use of the services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd.

Rupert Crawshay-Williams went to school at Repton and then studied at Queens College, Oxford. Repton educated a number of the grander supporters of the Gang, as discussed in previous posts. Ioan Bowen Rees, the CEO of Gwynedd County Council while the Gang made merry in the Council’s children’s homes, went to Queen’s College, Oxford.

Rupert’s sister Gillian’s second husband was Arthur aka Tony Greenwood, Lord Greenwood. Tony Greenwood was a Labour MP who was a pal of Richard Crossman. Arthur William James Anthony Greenwood, Baron Greenwood of Rossendale, (14 September 1911-12 April 1982) was the son of Arthur Greenwood (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party under Clement Attlee). Tony Greenwood was born in Leeds, educated at Merchant Taylors’ School, and then read PPE at Balliol College, Oxford, where he held the posts of Chairman of the Labour Club and, in 1933, President of the Oxford Union.

Greenwood was part of the Woy/Tony Crosman circle who dominated the Labour Party under Harold Wilson and was well-acquainted with Westminster Swingers/Hypocrites such as Michael Foot and his mates (see eg. post ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’) who lived longer than Richard Crossman and were still getting Dafydd and the Gang out of trouble until very recently.

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After Oxford, Greenwood continued with political work, which included debating trips to the USA and some freelance journalism. He began, but did not complete, studies for the Bar at the Middle Temple. Early employment consisted of a spell as economic secretary to an industrialist and then, in 1938-9, work for the National Fitness Council. From 1939 to 1942 Greenwood worked at the Ministry of Information where, in 1941, he became Private secretary to the Director-General Walter Monckton (see eg. The Joys Of Propaganda’ for info re Monckton and his network, including his granddaughter Rosa, who is married to Nigel Lawson’s son Dominic and was close mates with Diana Princess of Wales), with whom he travelled to Russia and the Middle East. In the summer of 1942 Greenwood joined the RAF and in February 1943 was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer. In December 1944 Greenwood was seconded to the War Cabinet Offices, to work with Monckton on an inquiry into the Mulberry harbours.

Greenwood joined the Labour Party at the age of 14 and led the Labour group on Hampstead Borough Council, 1945-49. Greenwood knew the grand old bags who sat on Hampstead Borough Council who were married to Labour Party big wigs eg. Baroness Peggy Jay, Bea Serota etc, who, as discussed in previous posts, were political groupies of Richard Crossman and were manipulated and mobilised by Mandy’s granddad Herbert Morrison to seize control of Hampstead. They all knew about the organised abuse of vulnerable people who were carefully excluded from Hampstead and contained at the wrong side of the tracks in the slum accommodation at St Pancras. The Labour MP for St Pancras North, 1949-70, was Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson, who served as Harold Wilson’s Minister of Health, 1964-68.

The Hampstead crowd knew much about Dafydd and Gwynne’s Gang through the Welsh Bloomsbury Set, many of whom were their friends and neighbours. Kenneth Robinson went to Oundle, the same school as Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, although Robinson was younger than Clough. Previous posts have discussed members of the Oundle network who supported the Gang, which included Harriet Harman’s dad the Top Doc John Harman, Sir Peter Scott (who served as Chancellor of Birmingham University when Dafydd’s mates, including Robert Bluglass ran the place), Lord Newborough aka Micky Wynn and the loony who doubled up as Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, David Lewis Davies.

Greenwood entered Parliament as member for Heywood and Radcliffe in Lancashire in Feb 1946. Following boundary changes, Greenwood moved to represent Rossendale in Lancashire, 1950-70. Greenwood was Vice-Chairman of the PLP, 1950-1 and was in the Shadow Cabinet, 1951-52 and 1955-60. Greenwood also served on the Labour Party’s NEC, 1954-60.

Greenwood was the left wing challenger to Hugh Gaitskell in the 1961 leadership election. He served as Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1964-65; Minister of Overseas Development, 1965-66 and Minister for Housing and Local Gov’t, 1966-69, under Wilson. Greenwood succeeded Richard Crossman in the latter post.

On 22 September 1970, Greenwood was created a life peer. From 1977 to 1979 he was Chairman of the Lords Select Committee on the European Communities and Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees.

While in the Lords, Greenwood held a number of business directorships. He remained a member of the Commonwealth Development Corporation Board until 1978; was a Director of the Britannia Building Society from 1972 until his death in 1982 as well as Chairman, 1974-76; Chairman and a Director of Weeks Natural Resources (UK) Ltd., an oil exploration company; Chairman of Greenwood Development Holdings Ltd; Chairman of Integrated Professional Development Service and a Director of Pochin Ltd.

Tony Greenwood also held several public service appointments, such as Chairman of the Local Government Training Board and Staff Commission, President of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, President of the District Heating Association, President of the Cremation Society of Great Britain, was a member of the Maplin Development Authority Board and Central Lancashire Development Corporation and he became involved in several housing organisations. Greenwood was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lancaster, 1972-78 and financial adviser for the University of Guyana’s UK appeal. Greenwood became Chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association in 1972, was a Trustee of the Jerusalem Educational Trust and the first Chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel. He gave support to many charitable organisations and was a founding member of CND, an organisation in which Bertrand Russell and his friends/colleagues who lived in the Cwm Croesor area, including Pat Pottle and Michael Randall, played key roles. See post ‘A Message Of Peace At Christmas’ and ‘Stations Of The Crass’.

Previous posts have explained how I noticed that in north Wales no-one involved with CND, no matter how ‘radical’, would do anything to help targets of the Gang. I had always attributed this to the presence of the huge numbers of compromised social workers and Guardian reading classes in CND, I hadn’t realised that it had its origins in Bertrand Russell and E.P. Thompson etc (see ‘Captain Swing And His Crew’).

How did they expect to deal with the threat of nuclear obliteration if they couldn’t deal with Dafydd and Gwynne?

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It was madness but if you daft buggers had backed my friends and I up when we gained evidence against Dafydd and Gwynne, the trail would have led to Thatch and she and all of her mates including Shotgun Ronnie would have fallen flat on their faces.

I do apologise, I forgot that you all needed your Funding from Gwynedd County Council/the GLC etc.

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Tony Greenwood was Gillian Crawshay-Williams’s second husband; Gillian worked as an Artist. Tony Greenwood died in April 1982 aged 70. In 1982, Gwynne was sitting in the Student Health Centre in UCNW…

The Greenwoods had two daughters, Susanna and Dinah. Dinah Crawshay Greenwood married David Murray and became Dinah Murray. Dinah Murray can be found on the website of the National Autism Project, listed as a Strategy Board Member:

Dinah Murray is an independent researcher and campaigner, former tutor for Birmingham University’s distance learning courses on autism (adults) and former support worker for people with varied learning disabilities, including autism. Tutoring involved reading and critiquing hundreds of practitioner research projects. Her work has been published in Autism, in Good Autism Practice, in a number of books and on-line; she has presented at numerous conferences (world-wide) on varied themes related to autism, including several years of Autscape, an annual conference cum retreat run by and for autistic people. Her autism-related research interests have included: medication and its impact on quality of life; information technology for people who don’t use speech; the ethics of autism research; the nature of the human being, with a particular focus on interests. She has been assessed as on the autism spectrum, and if growing up today would certainly have attracted an autism diagnosis.

Dinah, while having not pursued any solid academic career, seems to have been very influential in the field of autism, including in the liberation of huge quantities of money to fund ‘research’ into autism. Previously on this blog – in comments as well as in posts – I have discussed the vast expansion of the definition of ‘autism’. The reason why in the early-mid 1960s autistic children had such terrible prognoses was that the diagnosis of autism was reserved for children who had a severe but little understood developmental disability. Unless the diagnosis was incorrect, those children often never learned to talk or use the bog etc. It was at a later date that the definition was expanded to include huge numbers of children, some of whom it could be argued were no more than eccentric or even simply responding to extremely stressful situations.

I know parents of autistic children who fall into the severely disabled category who have become very frustrated at the notion that their children must be like Dustin Hoffman in ‘Rain Man’ and can be taught in mainstream schools by people who do not accept that their children have severe limitations, cannot cope in those circumstances and have no understanding of the support that their children need. I have previously discussed some of the very questionable research into autism, including that of Aspergers’ syndrome carried out by Dafydd’s mate at the Maudsley, the clueless Professor Lorna Wing and research by Simon Baron Cohen which relies heavily on quaint notions of gender. Baron Cohen and his colleagues at UCL have enjoyed close professional relationships with academics in the School of Psychology at Bangor University.

While all this expertise in autism/Aspergers abounded, the parents of children with diagnoses on the autistic spectrum, including those in north Wales, were tearing their hair out over the lack of understanding and provision for their kids and a great many withdrew their kids from state schools on the grounds that the damage being inflicted could not be allowed to continue after their pleas for help had been ignored by teachers and educational psychologists.

There was one specialist school for autistic children in Denbighshire of which every parent I met spoke very highly and were keen to send their kids to. I met the Headmaster in 2002 and he gave the impression of being a very knowledgeable, pleasant and competent man. Imagine my surprise when I saw him hit the Welsh media a few years later in the midst of allegations that he had abused children. He was removed as Head and although charges were never brought, I think the school closed. Some time after that I saw his name mentioned in much lower profile information about corruption and malpractice in Denbighshire County Council and Education Authority. He was thanked for his evidence against people who were obliged to resign and it was noted that he had behaved with a great deal of dignity after having been subjected to a smear campaign. It was also noted that he had agreed not to speak to the media about some dreadful practices within Denbighshire County Council for the sake of the privacy of the families involved.

Was it the old story then? Competent person who caught the paedophiles’ friends out subjected to a high profile slander campaign, sacked from his job and a few years later was thanked in the small print for not behaving as disgustingly as everyone else? Or was there substance to the allegations made about him? It was never clear.

I met this Headmaster when I was doing a Masters at the School of Education at Bangor University. It was known that I had enjoyed his lecture, found him interesting and the Gwerin overheard me asking him if I could visit his school and they heard him saying that he’d be delighted… Gwerin also knew that for one of my projects I had interviewed lots of parents who had nothing positive to say at all about SEN provision for their autistic children as provided by Gwynedd Education Authority. I wonder???

Gwerin, do you not understand that no matter how much difficulty you caused for that man, the real losers were the children who lost the one Head who might have known how to make disabled kids comfortable at school? I found it very hard to ascertain what the truth actually was as the shit flew back and forth; did that Head ever do things that he should not have done? Or was he, like me and so many others, the victim of a witch hunt? Are you surprised that no-one will work in north Wales? What is certain is that a gang of sex offenders have dominated the region for decades and it is highly likely that should one cross their path one will find oneself under attack and no-one will ever be able to work out what the hell the truth is.

Denbighshire County Council and their Education Authority were in deep, deep trouble at the time, money disappeared from coffers and there was a spate of resignations. What was known was that the ‘services’ were, as is traditional in Denbighshire, a joke.

 

Perhaps Dinah Murray, daughter of one of the Westminster Swingers who protected Dafydd and Gwynne, might know what the bunfight in Denbighshire was all about.

Others on the National Autism Strategy Board include:

Drummond Bone. Drummond Bone is Master of Balliol College and Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He taught English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, before returning to Glasgow where he became Professor of English Literature, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Senior Vice-Principal. He was then successively Principal of Royal Holloway and Bedford New College and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. He has been involved in business and University interaction and in economic regeneration as a member of the CBI’s Science and Innovation Committee, as Chair of the Northern Innovation and Industry Group, and as Chair of the Liverpool ‘European Capital of Culture’ Company. From 2008 to 2011 he was a consultant on internationalisation to universities in the UK and overseas. He chairs the i-Graduate Group and within that the Observatory on Borderless Education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

I and my friends derived great entertainment from Drummond when he was VC of Liverpool University. Drummond drives racing cars, is a friend of Miranda and was constantly the subject of flattering profile articles in the ‘Times Higher Education Supplement’ and ‘The Guardian’. We knew someone who worked at Liverpool who told us that things were not quite as Drummond would have us all believe.

Here’s Drummond, the Rock Star among Vice Chancellors:

With Drummond as VC and Dr Death as Chancellor, what could ever have gone wrong at Liverpool University? Meanwhile Liverpool’s finest alumni/affiliates Dafydd and Prof Robert Owen were causing ructions in north Wales and in 2008 their colleagues at the Walton Centre managed to kill Merfyn’s wife.

Never mind, here’s another article about Drummond zooming around in his racing cars and how Liverpool was where it was all at.

Surprise, Surprise!

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Here’s another Liver Bird, whom Drummond probably knows quite well:

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Richard Horton. Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Oslo and has honorary doctorates in medicine from the University of Birmingham and the Universities of Umea and Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the UN’s independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. He is a Senior Associate of the Nuffield Trust. Richard received the Edinburgh medal in 2007 and the Dean’s medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine.

Martin Knapp. Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. His current research emphases are primarily dementia, child and adult mental health, autism and long-term social care. Much of his work has an economic focus. His work has had numerous impacts on policy and practice in these areas. 

Bridget Ogilvie. Bridget Ogilvie spent 20 years as a research scientist studying the immune response to infection mostly at the UK National Institute for Medical Research, then worked for the Wellcome Trust for 19 years, finally as its Director 1991-1998. The Wellcome Trust had a particular interest in mental disorders/ diseases at that time because the general public donates so little money to these conditions. Since then, she has led a non-executive career including Directorships of AstraZeneca and Lloyds TSB and involvement with many charities such as Autistica. She was Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities and the Lister Institute and currently deputy chair of Sense about Science. She is particularly well known for her lifetime commitment to public engagement with science. 

Ian Ragan. Ian Ragan is a neuropharmacologist and an independent consultant in the biomedical sector, focusing on project management. He spent nearly 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently with Eli Lilly as Executive Director,

Remember ladies, Lil-Lets Were Designed By A Doctor, so get out there and spend, spend, spend on overpriced, bleached consumerist products and believe that those leading the campaign to have VAT removed from Mr Ragan’s products are Empowering You. Mr Ragan is making a bomb, even when the VAT is removed!!! How about reducing the price and cutting your massive profits Mr Ragan?

Here is, of all things, a ‘teens starter pack’. Get them spending young Mr Ragan, ensure that the peer pressure is at its maximum, remember to publish as much guff as possible which while pretending to educate and of course Empower girls, actually does everything possible to convince them that periods will render them filthy, smelly, prey to raging hormones and temporary insanity:

Lil-Lets Teens Starter Pack by Lil-Lets

Good to see that pink ribbon attached to the zip Mr Ragan, just to emphasise that this Empowering Product is for girls!

Period Poverty? It could be limited overnight if Mr Ragan reduced his prices.

Neuroscience Research, Europe, and Executive Director, European Scientific Affairs. As such he was Chair of the R&D Committee of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and a founding member of the Research Directors’ Group of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) where he was deeply involved in the creation of the Innovative Medicines Initiative. He was for several years Executive Director of the European Brain Council campaigning for increased investment into research on brain disorders. He has been a trustee of Autistica and has undertaken project work for the National Autistic Society on accreditation of service provision in ASD.

How did Mr Ragan build up any expertise in neuroscience by flogging Lil-lets for 20 years?

Stephanie Shirley. Stephanie Shirley was a computing pioneer who set up an early software house in 1962. Her long commitment to ASD stems from her late son, Giles, who had regressive, indeed aggressive, autism. She served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research in the US and, through The Shirley Foundation, founded and took into sustainability the Kingwood Trust support service, Prior’s Court residential school for pupils with autism, including a Young Adult Centre, Autism Cymru which succeeded in getting a national strategy for autism implemented in Wales, and Autistica which funds autism research in the UK. She has contributed to some 100 autism projects, mainly in the UK, at a total cost exceeding £50m, and she has made charitable donations of more than £65m in total. A founder member of the National Autistic Society, she is a Champion of the Autism Alliance and received the Research Advocate Award at the International Meeting for Autism Research in 2013. 

Emily Simonoff. Emily Simonoff is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

A graduate of the Institute of Psychiatry:

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Her clinical and research work focus on neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, ADHD and intellectual disability. She has been a panel member for 2 NICE guidelines and her research is cited in 4 guidelines. Much of her recent work has focused on the identification and treatment of additional mental problems in people with autism. She has worked with the National Autistic Society on their campaigns including, “You Need to Know” and she is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Autistica. 

Elizabeth Vallance. Elizabeth Vallance taught political philosophy at Queen Mary College, London University, where she was Head of the Department of Politics, Reader in Government and Politics and Visiting Professor and is now a Fellow. She is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Education (of which she was Chairman from 2001-10). She was Chairman of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, a member of the Council of St George’s Hospital Medical School and subsequently Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards.

‘Nuff said. St George’s ended up in special measures.

She has been Vice-Chairman of The Health Foundation and a member of the boards of the Medical Protection Society,

I get the picture Elizabeth. Is that not a conflict of interest for someone who seeks to improve matters for people with autism, some of whom are being abused and are even dying in ‘units’ such as Winterbourne View or Whorlton Hall as exposed on TV?

Aviva plc, Norwich Union plc and HMV Group. She is currently Chair both of I CAN, the children’s communication charity and of The Centre for Mental Health.

Elizabeth Vallance:

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His Master’s Voice:

Since 1967, Elizabeth has been married to Lord Iain Vallance.

The Lord Vallance of Tummel
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Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
22 June 2004
Life Peerage
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Born 20 May 1943
Political party Liberal Democrats

Iain David Thomas Vallance, Baron Vallance of Tummel (born 20 May 1943) is a Lib Dem politician. Vallance was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, Dulwich College and the Glasgow Academy. In 1965 Vallance graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1963, Jeffrey Archer enrolled at the Oxford University Dept of Continuing Education for a Diploma in Education and became a member of Brasenose College. There were allegations that Tuppence lied about his qualifications to gain entrance to Brasenose, but as with everything Tuppence, it was robustly denied although Tuppence never managed to provide evidence that he had not told porkies. See my post ‘Tuppence And His Fragrant Wife’ for further details of Tuppence and Lady Mary and the ways in which their paths have crossed with those of the Gang’s network.

In 1972, Iain Vallance graduated from the London Business School with a Masters in Business Admin. Vallance worked for the Post Office, 1966-81, including as Director of Central Finance, 1976-78, as Director of Telecommunications Finance, 1978-79 and as Director of the Materials Department, 1979-81. In 1981 Vallance moved to the soon to be privatised British Telecommunications, for which he worked until 2002. After a period in finance, Vallance became Chief of Operations in 1985 and Chief Exec, 1986-95, then Chairman from 1987 until, with many investors calling for his head on a plate, his resignation as Chairman in 2001. Vallance finally served as President Emeritus of BT, 2001-02.

In 1999 Iain Vallance made a speech to the Telecoms Managers Association, which led to him being called the lollipop man:

Iain Vallance: When it comes to the mass deployment of new technology across our network, BT has the unenviable task of the lollipop man. His job is to restrain the over-exuberant children from dashing across the road at will, and to ensure that the crossing is made safely and in an orderly fashion.

In 1995 Vallance was a member of the Greenbury Committee which produced a report Greenbury Report at the behest of the CBI, into executive remuneration. His appointment to the Committee came despite previous controversy over his own pay at BT.

Since 2003 Vallance has been member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens.

Vallance was made a Knight Bachelor in 1994 and was created a life peer on 22 June 2004.

Vallance also received an Honorary Doctorate from  Heriot-Watt University in 1995.

  • It was in 1995 that Patient F and I accidentally discovered that the senior managers of the NHS in north Wales, including the CEO of Gwynedd Community Health Trust John Mullen, had a ‘special arrangement’ with BT. The Special Arrangement meant that the senior managers could ring BT’s sales dept and order anything at all and charge it to the NHS without being invoiced or providing ID or order numbers, a signature or indeed any of the usual formalities. All one had to do was tell BT that this was ‘on the Special Arrangement’ and the goods would be provided. As usual, it was Brown who explained that this Special Arrangement will have meant that NHS senior managers were having their home BT services charged to the NHS and that if they had a Special Arrangement with BT, they’ll have had a Special Arrangement with other people as well and were no doubt buying cars, carpets, electrical goods, furniture etc and charging them to the NHS.
  • At the time of the Special Arrangement, the Chairman of the Gwynedd Community Health Trust was the crooked Freemason who lived in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Hefin Davies. Hefin was/is a Director of a number of slate companies. Which might explain why I was told by a neighbour in Rachub in the 1990s that when three senior managers of Penrhyn Quarry were caught nicking tons of slate – the lorries were taking the slate out of the quarry without going over the weighbridge, it was a really big swindle – two were up in Court but the third, Geoff Drake, not only was never charged but then was offered a ‘seat on the Board at Ysbyty Gwynedd’. My neighbour couldn’t understand it. I could. See previous posts for info re Hefin and his consulting of NHS and Welsh Office lawyers asking them to prosecute me for anything, anything at all, they had to find something to prosecute me for. In Jan/Feb/March of 1995…

This was the Welsh Secretary at the time:

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  • Thieves, fraudsters, perjurers, liars, abusers…
  • Anne Beynon was Director of BT Wales for a long while. Anne is a graduate of UCNW and sat on the University Council for years. Anne is married to Leighton Andrews, the former Welsh Gov’t Education Minister. Anne and Leighton graduated from UCNW in the 1970s when the Gang ran the institution. Leighton used to make very entertaining speeches which I always appreciated and wasn’t afraid to say that the governance of Wales’s HE was mediocre and that University Governors in Wales were nothing more than a load of old farts who were related to/friends with the right people. As was Leighton’s wife, but Leighton avoided mentioning that. See previous posts.

Here is a BBC News piece from 26 April 2001:

Vallance resigns from BT

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Sir Christopher Bland is to take over at British Telecom

Sir Iain Vallance has resigned as chairman of British Telecom and will be replaced by Sir Christopher Bland, the chairman of the BBC. Many investors had been calling for both Sir Iain and chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield to resign, following the plunge of BT’s share price by more than 60% during the past 16 months, and the company’s massive debt problems.

The news was not met with approval by the financial markets, though. BT’s share price at first rose sharply, only to fall back again in later trading. The shares closed down 30p at 550p. One reason for the slide in the share price were reports that Sir Iain’s resignation had paved the way for a “rights issue”, worth a record-breaking £5bn ($7.2bn), according to the news agency Reuters. This means that BT will issue new shares and use the money to cuts its staggering debt burden. Analysts also expect the company to cut the dividend it pays out to shareholders. Both moves are certain to drive down the value of BT shares.

Vallance as ‘president emeritus’

The surprise announcement came in the morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I will resign from the board,” Sir Iain confirmed, although he stressed that he would not leave BT completely – the company has offered him a role as “president emeritus”. “With all the media stuff, I was thinking to myself it’s something I’ve wanted to do for some years and by staying on as president emeritus my experience will be available to Sir Christopher.”

Sir Iain will step down on 1 May after 12 years in the role and after a 35-year career with the company. He was due to depart in July 2002 and attention will now turn to how long chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield will remain at the helm. Asked if he would keep Sir Peter as chief executive, Sir Christopher Bland said “the relationship is something we’ll have to work at”.

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Sir Iain Vallance had been under pressure to resign.

Sir Christopher told BBC News Online that he was very sorry to be leaving the BBC after having a “terrific” time, but that he was looking forward to dealing with the challenges facing the UK’s largest telecoms company. Sir Iain’s resignation follows a board meeting on Tuesday, where the company was again considering its options for tackling its debt crisis.

BT’s troubles

Sir Iain’s departure from BT comes as the company struggles to cope with a £30bn debt mountain. Its financial difficulties partly stem from spending £10bn on acquiring next generation mobile phone licences in the UK and Germany. BT has promised shareholders to wipe £10bn off its debt by the end of this year – and needs to do so quickly in order to satisfy credit rating agencies. The detail of how the company intends to reduce its debt will be revealed when it reports its annual results on 17 May.

Investor revolt

With the telecoms sector under increasing pressure, the state of BT’s balance sheet has become the overriding concern for investors. And weary BT shareholders have seen the company’s share price slump from a peak of £15.13 last year to just £5.80 at the start of trading on Thursday. BT’s troubles are not all home grown. The company’s fall from grace has coincided with wider stock market gloom, which saw leading shares in the US and the UK fall heavily since March 2000. Amongst the hardest hit have been former state phone monopolies who, in virtually every western European country, have seen similar plunges to BT in their share prices.

Conflict of interest

Sir Christopher is the current chairman of the BBC board of governors and will continue in this role until a suitable replacement can be found. Sir Christopher said there would be no conflict of interest between the jobs. As BBC chairman he said he had no influence on the corporation’s journalistic output and would continue to guarantee editorial independence.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and Culture Secretary Chris Smith are reported to be happy with Sir Christopher continuing his role at the BBC when he takes up the BT appointment. The government on Wednesday appointed Sir Iain as a deputy chairman of the Financial Reporting Council.

Sir Iain is also the current president of the Confederation of British Industry.

 

Iain Vallance was rewarded for outstanding performance then.

I have blogged about Iain and Elizabeth Vallance previously and speculated that Patrick Vallance, who trained and worked at St George’s Hospital Medical School and who knew me when I was there and who last year was appointed the Gov’ts Chief Scientific Officer and then became Sir Patrick, might have been something to do with them. I have however found out that Patrick is not their son, but perhaps he is related in some other way.

Christopher Bland was appointed Chairman of BT in April 2001 – one month before I finished teacher training at Bangor University – when the plot to fit me up re false allegations and get me out of teaching was already underway…

Merfyn Jones served as Guv’nor of the BBC, 2003-06. Merfyn was appointed VC in 2004, but was acting VC from 2003 and was effectively running the University before that because of the then VC Roy Evans’ ill health. The Gwerin in the School of Education particularly hated Merfyn.

 

Because we were under surveillance, the security services knew that F and I had found out about the BT swindles by senior managers of the NHS in Gwynedd. They also knew that Brown told us how big and serious the swindle was.

Christopher Bland and his son Archie have been the subject of previous posts, but I’ll revisit them again now.

Sir Francis Christopher Buchan Bland (29 May 1938-28 January 2017) was Deputy Chairman of ITA (renamed IBA), 1972-80; appointed Chairman of  LWT in 1984 – Mandy worked for LWT and was mates with Bland – and of the BBC, 1996-2001. He took up the position as Chairman of BT in 2001. Bland left his position with BT in September 2007. Before leaving BT, he became Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 2004.

Bland held many concurrent chairmanships and directorships, including chairman of Century Hutchinson Group (1984), the Edinburgh-based Canongate Publishing, the National Freight Corporation, (NFC PLC) (1994), and Life Sciences International PLC (1987) and Directorship of National Provident (1978) and Storehouse PLC (1988) among others.

Bland had a long-standing interest in the cultivation of wine and in 1995 bought a 19th-century house with a large wine cellar containing alcoves to accommodate 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux, 100 bottles of Champagne, and 120 bins of white Burgundy. Two years later, he bought a small vineyard next to his home in Gascony in France, producing about 1,000 litres of wine a year. Bland was Chairman of Leiths School of Food and Wine, which he bought jointly with Caroline Waldegrave in 1994.

William Waldegrave was Secretary of State for Health, 1990-92 and for Agriculture, 1994-95. The Waldegrave’s family seat is in Somerset. Waldegrave was a Director of Coutts, one of who’s customers supplied some of the money to the person in Somerset who became flush when the Gang were after me in the late 1980s/1990s. See eg. ‘Upper Class Twit Of The Year – Shooting Themselves’.

Waldegrave’s sister Lady Susan Hussey was married to Marmaduke, Thatch’s hatchet Chairman at the BBC. Susan Hussey was/is a Lady-in-Waiting to Lilibet and is godmother to Prince William. See previous posts for info on the Waldegraves/Husseys.

 

Christopher Bland was born in Japan, where he lived for his first two years. His father worked for Shell and moved around the world; Bland and his younger brother were largely brought up by relatives in Northern Ireland.

Sir William Asscher, the Grand Facilitator of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, had a father who worked for Shell. Asscher was turned down for every medical school until his dad had a word with a friend at the London Hospital and they ensured that Asscher was offered a place. I’m fairly sure that Sir Henry Tizard and his son Peter, a London paediatrician, were the clue to Asscher’s success at the London Hospital. See previous posts.

Bland was educated at Sedbergh School, and Queen’s College, Oxford. Bland was at Queen’s College at about the same time as, or very shortly after, Ioan Bowen Rees was a student there. While Bland was at Oxford he was a member of the Irish Olympic fencing team in 1960; he captained the Oxford University Fencing and Modern Pentathlon teams. Bland spent his National Service with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and afterwards became involved in Tory Party politics.

Together with Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler Christopher Bland wrote a pamphlet in 1964 on immigration, urging fewer controls over entry and more effort to integrate immigrant communities. He worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Bland served as a member of the GLC for  Lewisham, 1967-70 and became Chairman of the Schools Committee of ILEA. The GLC and ILEA were on board with Dafydd, Gwynne, John Allen, Ioan etc, sending numerous kids to children’s homes in north Wales. See previous posts.

Bland was elected Chairman of the Bow Group think tank on 10 April 1969 to 1970 and also edited its magazine Crossbow.

Bland ran the construction and engineering firm Beyer Peacock and printers Sir Joseph Causton & Sons. Bland was critical of changes made by Thatch to Conservative Central Office staff shortly after her election as Leader in 1975. In 1976, Bland put his name to a supporting statement issued by the National Campaign for Electoral Reform.

In 1981, Bland married Jennifer Mary Denise May, now known as Lady Bland (from 1963 to 1981 Jennifer was married to Viscount Enfield aka 8th Earl of Strafford, when she was titled Lady Enfield) and the daughter of William May, the former Ulster Unionist Party MP for the Ards constituency in County Down, 1949-62 and Minister of Education for N Ireland, 1957-62. May would known about Kincora if the VIP ring at Kincora was in existence in May’s time. William May died on 2 March 1962. J.E. Daniel, Gang member and father of the corrupt Judge Huw Daniel, was killed in a car accident in Flintshire on 11 Feb 1962 at the age of 59. J.E. Daniel was an early member of Plaid, along with Saunders Lewis, Ambrose Bebb et al and of course Dafydd. Saunders Lewis made his radio broadcast ‘Tynged yr Iaith’ on Feb 13 1962. Dafydd was at his side, recording the lecture. See ‘Tan yn Llyn’.

No wonder the Gang give Huw Daniel orders and he follows them. Fings Break.

The Bland family, consisting of the couple, their son, Archie Bland, and four stepchildren, lived at Abbots Worthy House, the home of Lady Bland and her former husband, later the Earl of Strafford, in the village of Abbots Worthy in Hampshire with a London flat in Catherine Place, near St James’s Park moving their main residence to Blissamore Hall  near Andover also in Hampshire), in 1998.

Lord Denning and his brother Sir Norman Denning, for many years the most senior figure in Naval Intelligence, in the UK both lived in the Whitchurch/Overton area of Hampshire, the village in which they grew up. The Dennings concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring throughout their entire lives and the associated serious crime. See previous posts.Hampshire hosted many other people who did the same, because of its proximity to Navy HQ at Portsmouth. Southampton Medical School was a hotspot for the same reason (see ‘Professor Prestigious And His Associates’). Fergie’s dad the massage parlour frequenting Major Ron farmed in Hampshire… I used to know someone who told me that Major Ron was known to have a taste for underage girls and this was so well known that one day this person and her pals all turned up to a polo match where Major Ron was playing a leading role wearing badges saying ‘Major Ron’s Kiddie Sex Club’ and no-one dared say a thing to them… See previous posts for info on the Fergie family, including the death of Fergie’s mum, Susan Barrantes, in that car crash in Argentina on 19 Sept 1998, mid-way through the Waterhouse Inquiry.

From 1 January 1982, Christopher Bland joined the board of LWT (Holdings) and on 1 January 1984 succeeded John Freeman as Chairman of the main board of LWT.

Bland was also a Director of ITN and GMTV, and Chairman of Century Hutchinson, then an LWT subsidiary. When, after the 1993 franchise renewal, LWT was taken over by Granada in a hotly contested hostile bid, Bland became a millionaire. See previous posts.

From 1982 to 1994, Bland was Chairman of the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals NHS Special Health Authority subsequently chairing Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, including Charing Cross Hospital, 1994-February 1997.

Bland was in post when I was at Hammersmith Hospital, 1986-87 witnessing the wrongdoing on the part of Dafydd’s mates there… Charing Cross Hospital hosted the notorious Gender Identity clinic where for years patients were treated appallingly by some truly bizarre Top Docs with peculiar notions of appropriate female behaviour. The patients began voting with their feet and going abroad when that became an option. Charing Cross then became very much more accommodating, so much so that they began approving gender change surgery for anyone with the dosh to pay for it. At least one of the Charing Cross patients was butchered so badly re surgery that it nearly killed them but no Top Doc was ever held to account. See ‘R.I.P. Julia Grant and Many More’.

Dame Josephine Barnes was the obstetrician/gynaecologist who ruled the roost at Charing Cross for many years. Dame Josephine was married to Sir Brian Warren, Ted Heath’s close friend and personal physician and both the Dame and Sir Brian were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See eg. ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’

Bland was knighted for his NHS work in 1993, the year that I was convicted of staring at social worker Jackie Brandt in Safeways although her statement had accused me of rather more serious offences.

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Bland was Chairman of the RSC, 2004–11, during which time the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon was rebuilt at a cost of around £113 million. Bland held other public sector roles: as Chairman of the Private Finance Panel 1995-96 and as a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Panel on the Citizen’s Charter. I remember it well! The Empowered Service Users got hold of the Citizen’s Charter re the NHS and we howled with laughter at the gulf between what we were told we could expect as citizens and the way in which Alun Davies just insulted us whenever we tried to raise concerns or bellowed that he would have us arrested. It was during the Citizen’s Charter farce that F and I found out about the swindle that the senior NHS managers in Gwynedd were running with BT.

Bland was a senior adviser at Warburg Pincus (a private equity firm).

Bland was the father of print journalist and former Deputy Editor of the Indie, Archie Bland, and from 1981 became stepfather to four children, who include the author Lady Georgia Byng, and the Managing Director of the Edinburgh-based publishing house Canongate Books, Jamie Byng, following Bland’s wife’s earlier marriage to Viscount Enfield (1963–1981).

Bland’s death was announced by his son Archie on Twitter on 28 January 2017. He had been suffering from prostate cancer. Sir Christopher had obviously Not Attended For Screening.

Sir Peter Bonfield was Chief Exec of BT when Alun Davies’s colleagues (and probably Davies as well) were working their huge fiddle with BT. Sir Peter Leahy Bonfield (born 3 June 1944) has led a number of companies in the fields of electronics, computers and communications. He probably listened to that phone call that F made when F found out about the BT fiddle. Currently a director of several companies in the USA, Europe and the Far East, Sir Peter was formerly Chief Executive of ICL and more recently of BT Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Marketing Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Bonfield is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Freeman of the City of London, Honorary Citizen of Dallas, Texas and Member of The Pilgrims of Great Britain.

The third son of an engineer and his Welsh wife – bechod, he married a lovely little Welsh girl, Dafydd would be delighted to hear it!! – Bonfield was brought up in Baldock, Hertfordshire and educated at Hitchin Boys’ Grammar School. Bonfield graduated from Loughborough University. Loughborough, like Leicester University, concealed the Leicestershire ring. See previous posts.

Peter Bonfield began his career with the United States company Texas Instruments, in their Bedford (England) semiconductor plant, where he held various design, manufacturing and management roles. In 1984, on its takeover by STC plc, Bonfield was appointed Chairman and managing director of ICL plc. He remained as Chief Executive of International Computers Limited until the end of 1995, seeing the company through a period when STC sold most of its stake in the company to Fujitsu.

In 1996 Bonfield was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of British Telecommunications plc, where he served until early 2002. During Bonfield’s tenure the share price went from £4 to £15, and back again to £5. Bonfield’s salary to 31 March 2001, was a basic of £780,000 (increasing to £820,000) plus a £481,000 bonus and £50,000 of other benefits including pension. He also received a deferred bonus, payable in shares in three years’ time, of £481,00 and additional bonuses of £3.3 million. So Bonfield did nearly as well out of BT as the senior managers of the NHS in Gwynedd did.

Special Arrangement Sir?

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Dim problem! Mind how you go Sir!

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Anyone for the Citizen’s Charter?

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The Finger Points At You!

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Dr Peter Higson was the regional manager for NHS mental health services in north Wales when BT had the Special Arrangement with them.

Earlier this year Peter was appointed as a member of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. See previous post.

Peter’s sister is Dr Ruth Hussey. I would love to know if Ruth married a relative of Marmaduke and Lady Susan, perhaps readers could let me know if she did. Ruth was Chief Medical Officer for Wales, 2012-March 2016 and as such was named as a Role Model for Wimmin. Ruth and Peter were born and brought up near Llanwrst, in the hub of north Welsh Freemasonry and the Gang. Ruth, like Dafydd, qualified as a Top Doc from Liverpool University. Ruth Hussey was a previous Committee Member and is an Honorary Life Member of the Liverpool Medical Students Society. Ruth was previously Regional Director of Public Health and Senior Medical Director at NHS North West. She also served a stint at the Dept of Health in Whitehall. They only take the best there!

Meet Keith Best, barrister, former MP for Anglesey and Welsh Office Minister who concealed the crimes of the Gang when Ruth’s brother Peter was managing the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. See eg. ‘The Cradle Of Filth’.

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Ruth Hussey was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2016 New Year Honours. Lilibet knows how to pick ’em!

In 2017-2018, Hussey chaired a panel of experts that looked at ways to improve the Health and Social Care system in Wales. The panel proposed far reaching changes to the system, which Hussey said was in need of a ‘revolution’. The revolution needed is the removal of Ruth and her extended circle of family and friends from all positions of responsibility.

See previous posts eg. ‘Topsy and Tim’ for Peter and Ruth’s previous.

When BT had the Special Arrangement with the NHS in Gwynedd, Virginia was Health Secretary and The Hague was Secretary of State for Wales.

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Peter Bonfield is presently Chairman of NXP Semiconductors (The Netherlands), Chair of Council and Senior Pro-Chancellor, Loughborough University, UK, a Director of: L.M. Ericsson (Sweden), TSMC (Taiwan), Mentor Graphics (USA), a member of The Longreach Group Advisory Board (Japan), Senior Advisor Rothschild (London) and Board Mentor CMI (Brussels), Chairman of the board East West Institute, UK, Chairman Small Business Charter, Director Global Logic Inc, USA, Member of Silent Circle Advisory Board, USA.

Previous positions of Bonfield’s include Director of Sony Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, member of New Venture Partners Advisory Board, USA, Advisor Apax Partners LLP, London, Citi International Advisory Board (USA), Director of Dubai International Capital (Dubai), a senior non-executive director of AstraZeneca Group PLC, London, Directorships at BICC plc, DESC Ltd, mm02plc, The Department of Constitutional Affairs and The Ministry of Justice, member of the Trilateral Commission, member of the Civil Service College Advisory Board, member of the High Level Working Group of the European Information Society, member of the Steering Group of the European Round Table and member of the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table.

Re matters autism and Dafydd’s friends: the blockbuster ‘Rain Man’ was released in 1988 and involved Stephen Spielberg. Since then Dafydd’s mates have done very well Researching Autism and expanding the category to include very many people. They’ll all need an Assessment and a Care Plan! Could ‘Rain Man’ have served the same purpose as the Prize Winning psych nurse from Savile Central, Paul Sayer, who wrote ‘The Comforts Of Madness’ at about the same time, as discussed in ‘The Joys Of Propaganda’? Then there was the more recent 2003 book that took the world by storm, Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident With The Dog In The Night-Time’, which Did A Lot For Autism, just as I began my PhD.

 

Andrew Fielding Huxley was Tom Huxley’s grandson, the youngest son of Tom’s son the writer and editor Leonard Huxley by Leonard Huxley’s second wife Rosalind Bruce. Leonard was Marian Huxley’s brother, Marian who was the grandmother of Bertrand Russell’s friend Rupert Crawshay-Williams. Thus Marian was Andrew Huxley’s aunty. Leonard’s other children, Andrew’s half-brothers, were Aldous Huxley and the biologist Julian Huxley

Sir Julian Sorell Huxley (22 June 1887-14 February 1975) was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London, 1935–42, the first Director of UNESCO, a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund and the first President of the British Humanist Association.

Julian Huxley was well known for his presentation of science in books and articles, and on radio and TV. He directed an Oscar-winning wildlife film. He was awarded UNESCO’s Kalinga Prize for the popularisation of science in 1953, the Darwin Medal of the Royal Society in 1956 and the Darwin–Wallace Medal of the Linnaean Society in 1958. Julian was also knighted in 1958.

In 1959 Julian Huxley received a Special Award of the Lasker Foundation in the category Planned ParenthoodWorld Population. Huxley was a prominent member of the British Eugenics Society and was its President, 1959-62. Previous posts have mentioned many Top Docs, including those at the Maudsley who Trained Dafydd, who were active in the British Eugenics Society. Eugenics was of course in no way a minority sport until recent decades, Marie Stopes was famously a eugenicist as were many other birth control campaigners. Their enthusiasm for birth control wasn’t usually about Exploring Sexuality, it was far more often about stopping the lower orders from reproducing. The other end of the spectrum involved Top Docs assisting people in securing high quality gametes in order to produce the best offspring possible, as discussed in my post ‘The Case Of The King’s Sperm’.

Lord Robert Platt, the kidney specialist Top Doc who ruled supreme in Manchester for much of the middle of the 20th century and who had an exceedingly low opinion of psychiatrists but none the less propped Dafydd and Gwynne up, was one Top Doc who articulated his eugenicist ideals after his colleagues realised that it was wiser to keep quiet about that in public. See previous posts.

Julian Huxley was born on 22 June 1887, at the London house of his aunt, the novelist Mary Augusta Ward, while his father was attending the Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria. Huxley grew up at the family home in Surrey, where he was given lessons in nature/biology by his grandfather, Thomas Henry Huxley.

T. H. Huxley with Julian in 1893

At the age of thirteen Julian Huxley attended Eton. Years previously, his grandfather had influenced the school to build science laboratories. In 1905 Huxley won a scholarship to study Zoology at Balliol. In 1906, after a summer in Germany, Huxley took up his place at Oxford, graduating in 1909 and spending that July at the international gathering for the centenary of Darwin’s birth, held at Cambridge University.

While at Oxford, Julian developed a friendship with the ornithologist William Warde Fowler.

Huxley was awarded a scholarship to spend a year at the Naples Marine Biological Station where he developed his interest in developmental biology. In 1910 he was appointed as Demonstrator in the Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at Oxford University and started on the systematic observation of the courtship habits of water birds. Huxley helped devise systems for the surveying and conservation of birds. Huxley’s particular interest was bird behaviour and his 1914 paper on the great crested grebe was a landmark in avian ethology.

In 1912 Huxley was asked by Edgar Odell Lovett to take the lead in setting up the new Department of Biology at the newly created Rice Institute (now Rice University) in Houston, Texas, which he accepted, planning to start the following year. Huxley made an exploratory trip to the United States in September 1912, visiting a number of leading universities as well as the Rice Institute. At T. H. Morgan‘s fly lab (Columbia University) Huxley invited H. J. Muller to join him at Rice. Muller agreed to be his deputy, hurried to complete his PhD and moved to Houston for the beginning of the 1915–1916 academic year.

Before taking up the post of Assistant Professor at the Rice Institute, Huxley spent a year in Germany preparing for his new job.  In 1913 Julian Huxley had a nervous breakdown and rested in a nursing home. His depression returned the next year and he and his brother Noel Trevennen (two years his junior) ended up in the same nursing home. Sadly, Trevennen hanged himself. As in Bertrand Russell’s family, a number of Huxleys struggled with depression and what used to be called nervous disorders. Tom Huxley’s father died in Barming Asylum and Tom’s brother George suffered; their brother James, a well known psychiatrist and Superintendent of Kent County Asylum, was at 55 “as near mad as any sane man can be”. In the next generation,Marian – who subsequently died of pneumonia in her mid-20s – also suffered.

In September 1916 Julian Huxley returned to England from Texas to assist in the war effort. He was commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps on 25 May 1917 and was transferred to the General List, working in the British Army Intelligence Corps from 26 January 1918, first in Sussex and then in northern Italy. Huxley was advanced in grade within the Intelligence Corps on 3 May 1918, relinquished his intelligence appointment on 10 January 1919 and was demobilised five days later, retaining his rank. After the war he became a Fellow at New College, Oxford and was made Senior Demonstrator in the University Department of Zoology. New College was a recruiting ground for the British security services and they won’t have been able to have resisted Julian Huxley. Richard Crossman joined the security services when he was at New College a few years after Huxley; Crossman’s dad the High Court judge Sir Charles Stafford Crossman was also educated at New College. Herbert Albert Laurens ‘HAL’ Fisher was a New College graduate who became a don during the 1890s. Fisher was the Liberal MP for Sheffield Hallam and served as the Secretary of the Board of Education, 1916-22, in David Lloyd George’s Coalition Gov’t and was mates with the Bloomsbury Set, including those who hung out in north Wales. See previous posts eg. ‘The Vermin Club’.

In 1919 Julian Huxley married Juliette Baillot (1896–1994). Juliette was a French Swiss girl whom Huxley had met at Garsington Manor, the country house of Lady Ottoline Morrell. Ottoline was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group and enjoyed S&M sessions with Bertrand Russell. See previous posts eg. ‘International Woman’s Day! Let’s Celebrate With Jane…’.

The newly-wed Huxleys’ life together included students, faculty wives, grebes and another depressive breakdown, a serious one. From Juliette’s autobiography Huxley’s illness seemed to have been a variant of bipolar disorder. It took a long time for Huxley to recover, but it is claimed that despite this he left a legacy of students who admired him, and who became leaders in zoology for the next three or four decades. E. B. Ford always remembered Huxley’s openness and encouragement at the start of his career.

It is fascinating reading about Huxley and his proteges, because during the decades in which they dominated zoology and evolutionary genetics, there was always much theorising yet much disagreement between them. As an undergrad I was exposed to many of the debates that had engulfed them and I was left with an impression of lots of Big Names (such as Julian Huxley) with whom the plebs were simply not allowed to disagree, yet their theories and work could be pulled apart by other Big Names. By the time that I was reading their work in the 1980s it was clear that they had got a lot of things badly wrong but dissent just had not been tolerated. Then it had become clear that some of them had fabricated their research…

My post ‘A Trail Of Blood’ discussed some of this, including how E.B. Ford and some of his students/colleagues forged research or produced very poor quality research, yet went unchallenged for years. These were influential people who had taught and worked with some of the biologists who taught me at UCNW. ‘A Trail Of Blood’ discussed Sir Cyril Clarke, an Oundel-educated Top Doc based in Liverpool who knew Dafydd and who, as well as Top Doctoring, also researched moths and almost certainly knew Gavin Gatehouse, the PhD supervisor of my friend Anne Vernon who was killed by the Gang in April 1986. It is fairly clear from reading Clarke’s work – or indeed the lack of it in terms of raw data and evidence – that he didn’t perform much of the research that he claimed to have. Yet Clarke clocked up the awards and the honours, interestingly enough in the years after Anne’s death, at times crucial for Dafydd’s reputation. Sir Cyril Clarke and his mates had been protected from the consequences of their outrageous research fraud and malpractice by the towering figure on the Liverpool medical scene for so many years, Lord Henry Cohen aka Lord Birkenhead. Henry Cohen was at the top of the medical establishment during the middle decades of the 20th century and served as an advisor to the Minister of Health when Enoch Powell held that position. Cohen will have had much to do with Dafydd being accepted for Top Docs’ training by Liverpool University with the encouragement of the security services and Cohen will have been yet another person who ensured that Gwynne continued lobotomising and occasionally killing.

Even after Henry Cohen was dead – he died on 7 Aug 1977 –  his reputation would have needed defending, which is how I imagine such an impressive cess pool developed on Merseyside. See ‘A Trail Of Blood’.

Since beginning this post (I’ve been working on it since I initially posted it up days ago) I have received info that Clarke and Gatehouse or at least some of the zoologists at Bangor were acting as peer reviewers for each others research grant applications. Which interested me because of the way in which Anne began her PhD with Gavin Gatehouse. Anne had for ages said that she didn’t want to do a PhD because she was so worried that she wouldn’t be able to get a job afterwards. Jobs as academics in the natural sciences were becoming very hard to get in the mid-1980s and although that was obviously what Anne wanted to do, her parents in Surrey, an accountant and a teacher, were very keen for her to lead a bourgeois life on a high income, not the life of a naturalist in penury. Anne’s dad had even been sending her job adverts, there was a lot of pressure on her and she was feeling very anxious about it and this was well-known. At a time when Anne was feeling very, very desperate, she was asked, by Gavin Gatehouse, if she would like to do a PhD with him because he had just received a studentship for a project on noctuid moths (Dafydd’s mate Cyril Clarke’s sideline) and he did not have anyone interested in it. I don’t think that Gavin Gatehouse even advertised that studentship, Anne was actively sought out and asked if she wanted to take it, although she had not ever specialised in noctuid moths at any time…

 

Huxley with his two sons, Anthony and Francis.

In 1925 Julian Huxley moved to King’s College, London as Professor of Zoology, but in 1927 he resigned his Chair to work full-time with HG Wells and his son G. P. Wells on The Science of Life. For some time Huxley retained his room at King’s College and continued as Honorary Lecturer in the Zoology Department. From 1927 to 1931 he was also Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution, where he gave an annual lectures series. Huxley had by that time, come to the end of his life as a university academic.

In 1929, after finishing work on The Science of Life, Huxley visited East Africa to advise the Colonial Office on education in British East Africa (for the most part Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika). Juliette wrote about Huxley falling in love with an 18-year-old American girl on board ship (when Juliette was not present) and then presented Juliette with his ideas for an open marriage: “What Julian really wanted was… a definite freedom from the conventional bonds of marriage.” The couple separated for a while; Julian travelled to the US, hoping to land a suitable appointment and, in due course, to marry Miss Weldmeier. He left no account of what transpired, but he was evidently not successful and returned to England to resume his marriage in 1931.

As the 1930s started, Huxley travelled widely and took part in a variety of activities which were partly scientific and partly political. In 1931 Huxley visited the USSR at the invitation of Intourist, where initially he admired the results of social and economic planning on a large scale. Later, back in the United Kingdom, he became a founding member of the think tank Political and Economic Planning.

In the 1930s Huxley visited Kenya and other East African countries to see the conservation work, including the creation of national parks in the few areas that remained uninhabited due to malaria. From 1933 to 1938 Huxley was a member of the Committee for Lord Hailey’s African Survey.

Huxley lights a cigarette under his grandfather’s portrait, c.1935.

In 1935 Huxley was appointed secretary to the Zoological Society of London, and spent much of the next seven years running the society and its zoological gardens, the London Zoo and Whipsnade Park, alongside his writing and research. There was much dissatisfaction with Huxley’s performance in that role. Huxley was not a skilled administrator; his wife said “He was impatient… and lacked tact”.

Previous posts have discussed Ronnie Waterhouse’s role as a Trustee/Director of the London Zoo and the research that St George’s were carrying out with the London Zoo when I worked there. Very cruel research that caught the attention of the media, so St George’s and London Zoo simply issued a press release stating that the research had stopped although I had not. The St George’s researcher involved was a friend of Virginia McKenna’s family, Virginia of the ‘Born Free’ foundation… See previous posts.

In 1941 Julian Huxley was invited to the United States on a lecturing tour, and generated some controversy by saying that he thought the United States should join WW II: a few weeks later came the attack on Pearl Harbour. When the US joined the war, Huxley found it difficult to get a passage back to the UK and his lecture tour was extended. The Council of the Zoological Society, unhappy with their Secretary, used this as an opportunity to remove Huxley. This they did by abolishing his post “to save expenses”. Since Huxley had taken a half-salary cut at the start of the war and no salary at all whilst he was in America, the Council’s action was widely read as a personal attack on Huxley. A public controversy ensued, but eventually the Council got its way.

In 1943 Huxley was asked by the British Gov’t to join the Colonial Commission on Higher Education. The Commission’s remit was to survey the West African Commonwealth countries for suitable locations for the creation of universities. There Huxley contracted a disease, went down with hepatitis and had a serious mental breakdown. He was completely disabled, treated with ECT and took a full year to recover. He was 55.

Huxley got involved in the creation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and became the organization’s first Director-General in 1946. His term of office, six years in the Charter, was cut down to two years at the behest of the American delegation. It is likely that Huxley’s left-wing tendencies and humanism were likely factors. There were many conservative opponents of his scientific humanism. Huxley’s idea of restraining population growth with birth control was anathema to both the Catholic Church and the Comintern/Cominform.

Huxley’s internationalist and conservation interests also led him, with Victor Stolan, Sir Peter Scott, Max Nicholson and Guy Mountfort, to set up the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature under its former name of the World Wildlife Fund). Previous posts have discussed the many links with the Gang that the WWF had/has; Phil the Greek was their Patron for years. Peter Scott was one of the Oundle old boys and served as Chancellor of Birmingham University when Bluglass et al ran the institution.

Another post-war activity was Huxley’s attack on the Soviet politico-scientist Trofim Lysenko, who had espoused Lamarckian theories, made unscientific pronouncements on agriculture, used his influence to destroy classical genetics in Russia and to move genuine scientists from their posts. In 1940, the leading botanical geneticist Nikolai Vavilov was arrested, and Lysenko replaced him as Director of the Institute of Genetics. In 1941, Vavilov was tried, found guilty of ‘sabotage’ and sentenced to death. Reprieved, he died in jail of malnutrition in 1943. Lysenko’s machinations were the cause of his arrest. Lysenkoism not only denied proven genetic facts, it stopped the artificial selection of crops on Darwinian principles and this may have contributed to the regular famines that resulted from the Soviet agricultural system. Huxley, who had twice visited the Soviet Union, was originally not anti-communist, but the ruthless adoption of Lysenkoism by Joseph Stalin ended his tolerant attitude. Lysenko ended his days in a Soviet mental hospital and Vavilov’s reputation was posthumously restored in 1955.

In the 1950s Huxley played a role in bringing to English speakers the work of the French Jesuit palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, whom he believed had been unfairly treated by the Catholic and Jesuit hierarchy. Both men believed in evolution, but differed in that de Chardin was a Christian, whilst Huxley was a non-believer. Huxley wrote the foreword to The Phenomenon of Man (1959) and was bitterly attacked by his rationalist friends for doing so.

In addition to his international and humanist concerns, Huxley’s research interests covered evolution in all its aspects, ethology, embryology, genetics, anthropology and to some extent the infant field of cell biology. Julian’s eminence as an advocate for evolution and especially his contribution to the modern evolutionary synthesis, led to his awards of the Darwin Medal of the Royal Society in 1956 and the Darwin–Wallace Medal of the Linnaean Society in 1958.

Huxley was a friend and mentor of the biologists and Nobel laureates Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tinbergen, (see previous posts for discussion of those in the Gang’s support network who tried to apply Lorenz and Tinbergen’s work to human beings) and taught and encouraged many others. Huxley’s interest in progress and evolutionary humanism runs through much of his published work. He was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto.

Huxley and the biologist August Weismann insisted that natural selection was the primary agent in evolution. Huxley was a major player in the mid-20th century modern evolutionary synthesis and was a prominent populariser of biological science to the general public.

  • In the early 20th century Huxley was one of the minority of biologists who believed that natural selection was the main driving force of evolution and that evolution occurred by small steps.
  • Although Huxley’s time as an academic was quite brief, he taught and encouraged a number of evolutionary biologists at the University of Oxford in the 1920s. Charles Elton (an ecologist), Alister Hardy (a marine biologist) and John Baker (a cytologist) all became highly successful and Baker eventually wrote Huxley’s Royal Society obituary memoir.

The ecologists at Bangor will have known of Charles Elton and his work and Sir Alister Clavering Hardy has close links with Bangor and Wales per se. Hardy was the first Professor of Zoology at Hull University, 1928-42; Professor of Natural History at Aberdeen University, 1942-46 and Linacre Professor of Zoology at Oxford University and Fellow of Merton College, 1946-61.

In 1940, Hardy was made FRS and he was knighted in 1957.

1957: Macmillan reshuffled his Cabinet because of something Gwynne-related and Dafydd qualified as a Top Doc and headed straight for Denbigh.

Like Clough Williams-Ellis, Peter Scott, Harriet’s dad et al, Alister Hardy went to Oundle School; he was some 13 years younger than Clough. Hardy had a lifelong interest in spiritual phenomena, but was aware that his interests were likely to be considered unorthodox in the scientific community. Apart from occasional lectures Hardy kept his opinions to himself until his retirement from his Oxford Chair. During the academic sessions of 1963-4 and 1964-5, Hardy gave the Gifford Lectures at Aberdeen University on the evolution of religion, later published as The Living Stream and The Divine Flame. These lectures signalled his wholehearted return to his religious interests.

In 1969 Hardy founded the founded the Religious Experience Research Centre at Manchester College, Oxford. The Centre began its work by compiling a database of religious experiences and continues to investigate the nature and function of spiritual and religious experience. The Centre was located at Manchester College Oxford, 1969-1989 and from 1989–1999 at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2000 the Centre relocated to the University of Trinity St David at Lampeter. The Directors of the Centre are currently Greg Barker, Bettina Schmidt and Sally Wilkinson.

Bettina Schmidt used to work at the School of Theology at Bangor University and was one of those discussed in earlier posts who caused such bad feeling that an enormous sigh of relief was breathed when she left Bangor for Lampeter.

Much more interesting is the fact that Mike Jackson, a clinical psychologist who since the late 1980s has worked with the Gang in north Wales, did his PhD at Hardy’s Centre, when it was still based at Oxford. Mike used to be a neighbour of mine and he knew exactly what was happening to me and other Empowered Service Users. Mike knew about Dafydd and the trafficking ring, the research fraud, the serious abuse and neglect of Empowered Service Users and that Empowered Service Users were going to prison because Mike’s colleagues were perjuring themselves. Mike has never said a word about any of it and when he heard that my lawyers had taken possession of my medical records and I bumped into him in Morrisons, he was good enough to yell that he knew that I’d suffered but he hoped that I never won a case against the NHS.

I never understood why Mike Jackson ever went to work in north Wales. He wasn’t grossly incompetent or the child of one of the Gang so I’m intrigued as to why he ever thought that it would be a suitable habitat for him. He moved in two doors down from me a few months after I bought my house in Rachub, when I was still working at St George’s. After I began this blog, I was told that Mike was someone who had been told that a medical researcher at St George’s had found out about Gwynne and Dafydd and she was not going to keep quiet about them, so Mike assisted with the collective effort to ensure that the Gang remained in business. The Gang are of course linked to a ring in Oxford, which was facilitated by Top Docs, clin psychs etc at Oxford University. Mike arrived in Bangor in the late 1980s; in 1987, Prof Mark Williams at Bangor discovered the Miracle Of Mindfulness which eventually bagged him a Chair at Oxford. See post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’.

Mike’s wife Sonia grew up in Somerset near to where I had gone to school. Although I didn’t know her in Somerset, it is likely that Sonia knew people who knew me.

In the 1990s, Nice Young Doctor Richard Tranter arrived to join the Gang at Bangor from Oxford. Richard emigrated to New Zealand a few years ago unexpectedly. He decided to leave the UK after Brown and I began publishing about the mental health services in north Wales, after Operation Pallial was launched and just after Tony Francis killed himself. See previous posts for info on Tranter and his wife Siobhan, a Lovely Young Angel who, like her husband, was concealing abuse and criminality.

When Tony Francis died, it was noted that there were no media reports or even obituaries. It is believed that Francis hung himself but no-one knows where or who found his body. Brown remarked that Francis must have been in a terrible state because Top Docs don’t usually hang themselves; they know that it is not a nice way to go and they have access to drugs which provide an easier farewell. Loads of kids in care and Empowered Service Users in north Wales ‘hung themselves’. Some of us believe that as with all those patients of Dafydd’s on the hospital wing in Risley Remand Centre who Hung Themselves while being regularly observed by Angels (see eg. ‘Include Me Out’), many of the former kids in care and Empowered Service Users were murdered.

The other day I had a visit from someone who told me that he believed that, like Michael Mansfield’s daughter who Hung Herself not long ago, Tony Francis could well have been murdered and he asked me if I thought that Tranter had feared that he would be next and that’s why he emigrated. I have no idea, but I do definitely believe that many of the suicides in north Wales and Risley were murders. Some of the inquests have barely bothered to conjure up credible explanations for the death, it’s not as if anyone ever asks the obvious questions.

 

In 1973 Alister Hardy met with A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and other devotees of the Hare Krishna movement and discussed Vedic literature, the divine flame and Rabindranath Tagore.

Hardy’s biological approach to the roots of religion is currently shared by a number of other researchers (cf. Scott Atran, Pascal Boyer) but unlike them Hardy did not wish to be reductionist, seeing religious awareness as having evolved in response to a genuine dimension of reality. For his work in founding the Religious Experience Research Centre, Hardy received the Templeton Prize shortly before his death. Previous posts have discussed the eccentricities of the Templeton Prize – which is worth a great deal of money – and those involved with reviewing applicants. One of them is Andrew Davidson Briggs, who holds a Chair at Oxford and is the brother of Ann Atkins, the erudite but rather condemning regular on Radio 4’s ‘Thought For the Day’. Ann Atkins is the cousin of Mr Porter, who owned and was Headmaster of Hillgrove School in Bangor, where I used to teach. Mr Porter was part of the conspiracy to level fallacious allegations against me and force me out of teaching, although he had a great deal of encouragement from the Gang. See eg. ‘Thought For The Day’…

Ann Atkins’ entire family have held positions in the Anglican Church and affiliated institutions for so long that they must have had knowledge of clerical abuse. See previous posts.

Alister Hardy was alive and kicking until 22 May 1985, so he was around to assist Gwynne with the How Very Dare You when I complained about him.

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The Gang experienced the loss of another powerful friend when Anthony Eden’s son Nicholas Eden resigned from his Ministerial job in Thatch’s Gov’t on 27 March 1985 and died from HIV/AIDS on 17 Aug 1985. See previous posts…

 

Perhaps the most significant of Julian Huxley’s proteges was Edmund Brisco Ford, – who gave rise to a number of researchers who fabricated research, as discussed in my post ‘A Trail Of Blood’ – who founded the field of ecological genetics. Another important disciple of Huxley was Gavin de Beer, who became Director of the Natural History Museum. E.B. Ford and de Beer had attended Huxley’s lectures, later became his collaborators and then leaders in the field in their own right.

  • In an era when scientists did not travel so frequently as today, Huxley was an exception; he travelled widely in Europe, Africa and the United States. Huxley was therefore able to learn from and influence other scientists, naturalists and administrators. In the US he was able to meet other evolutionists at a critical time in the reassessment of natural selection. In Africa Huxley was able to influence colonial administrators about education and wildlife conservation. In Europe, through UNESCO, he was at the centre of the post-WW II revival of education. In Russia, Huxley’s experiences were mixed. His initially favourable view was changed by his growing awareness of Stalin’s murderous repression and the Lysenko affair. There seems little evidence that Huxley had any effect on the Soviet Union and the same could be said for some other Western scientists.
  • Huxley was one of the main architects of the modern evolutionary synthesis which took place around the time of  WW II. The synthesis of genetic and population ideas produced a consensus which reigned in biology from about 1940.
  • Huxley’s first ‘trial run’ was the treatment of evolution in the Science of Life (1929–30) and in 1936 he published a long and significant paper for the British Association
  • Huxley’s book Evolution: The Modern Synthesis was written whilst he was Secretary to the Zoological Society and made use of his remarkable collection of reprints covering the first part of the century. It was published in 1942.
  • Huxley’s main co-respondents in the modern evolutionary synthesis are usually listed as Ernst Mayr, Theodosius Dobzhansky, George Gaylord Simpson, Bernhard Rensch, Ledyard Stebbins and the population geneticists J. B. S. Haldane, Ronald Fisher and Sewall Wright.
    However, at the time of Huxley’s book several of these had yet to make their distinctive contribution. Huxley, E.B. Ford and his co-workers were important; and Cyril Darlington was a notable source of facts and ideas.
  • Some of Huxley’s last contributions to the evolutionary synthesis debate were on the subject of ecological genetics and polymorphism, the field in which Sir Cyril Clarke and others who fabricated their research published. See post ‘A Trail Of Blood’.

Huxley had a close association with the British rationalist and secular humanist movements. He was an Honorary Associate of the Rationalist Press Association from 1927 until his death, and on the formation of the British Humanist Association in 1963 Huxley was appointed President, to be succeeded by AJ Ayer in 1965. Huxley was also closely involved with the International Humanist and Ethical Union. In 1962 Huxley accepted the American Humanist Association‘s annual “Humanist of the Year” award. Huxley also presided over the founding Congress of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and served with John Dewey, Albert Einstein and Thomas Mann on the founding advisory board of the First Humanist Society of New York.

Julian Huxley took interest in investigating parapsychology and spiritualism. He joined the Society for Psychical Research in 1928. After investigation, Huxley found the field to be unscientific and full of charlatans. In 1934, Huxley joined the International Institute for Psychical Research but resigned after a few months due to its members’ spiritualist bias and non-scientific approach to the subject.

After attending seances, Huxley concluded that the phenomena could be explained “either by natural causes, or, more usually by fraud”. Huxley, Harold Dearden and others were judges for a group formed by the ‘Sunday Chronicle’ to investigate the medium Harold Evans. During a séance Evans was exposed as a fraud, masquerading as a spirit in a white nightshirt.

In 1952, Huxley wrote the foreword to Donovan Rawcliffe’s The Psychology of the Occult.

Huxley was a prominent member of the British Eugenics Society, serving as Vice-President (1937–1944) and President (1959–1962). Huxley thought eugenics was important for removing undesirable variants from the human gene pool, although after WWII he believed that race was a meaningless concept in biology and its application to humans was highly inconsistent.

Huxley was an outspoken critic of the most extreme eugenicism in the 1920s and 1930s (the stimulus for which was the greater fertility of the ‘feckless’ poor compared to the ‘responsible’ prosperous classes). He was nevertheless a leading figure in the eugenics movement (see, for example, Eugenics manifesto). Huxley gave the Galton memorial lecture twice, in 1936 and 1962. In his writing he used this argument several times: no one doubts the wisdom of managing the germ plasm of agricultural stocks, so why not apply the same concept to human stocks?

Huxley was one of many intellectuals at the time who believed that the lowest class in society was genetically inferior. In this passage, from 1941, Julian Huxley investigates a hypothetical scenario where social darwinism, capitalism, nationalism and the classed society is taken for granted:

If so, then we must plan our eugenic policy along some such lines as the following:… The lowest strata, allegedly less well-endowed genetically, are reproducing relatively too fast. Therefore birth-control methods must be taught them; they must not have too easy access to relief or hospital treatment lest the removal of the last check on natural selection should make it too easy for children to be produced or to survive; long unemployment should be a ground for sterilization, or at least relief should be contingent upon no further children being brought into the world; and so on. That is to say, much of our eugenic programme will be curative and remedial merely, instead of preventive and constructive

Here, Huxley does not demean the working class in general, but aims for “the virtual elimination of the few lowest and most degenerate types”. The sentiment is not at all atypical of the time and similar views were held by many geneticists and by other prominent intellectuals. However, Huxley did advocate a completely different alternative, in which the lower classes are ensured a nutritious diet, education and facilities for recreation:

We must therefore concentrate on producing a single equalized environment; and this clearly should be one as favourable as possible to the expression of the genetic qualities that we think desirable. Equally clearly, this should include the following items. A marked raising of the standard of diet for the great majority of the population, until all should be provided both with adequate calories and adequate accessory factors; provision of facilities for healthy exercise and recreation; and upward equalization of educational opportunity. … we know from various sources that raising the standard of life among the poorest classes almost invariably results in a lowering of their fertility. In so far, therefore, as differential class-fertility exists, raising the environmental level will reduce any dysgenic effects which it may now have

Concerning a public health and racial policy in general, Huxley wrote that “…unless [civilised societies] invent and enforce adequate measures for regulating human reproduction, for controlling the quantity of population, and at least preventing the deterioration of quality of racial stock, they are doomed to decay …” and remarked how biology should be the chief tool for rendering social politics scientific.

Huxley shared the science journal Nature’s enthusiasm for birth control and ‘voluntary’ sterilization.” Huxley’s enthusiasm for centralised social and economic planning and anti-industrial values was common to leftist ideologists during the inter-war years. Towards the end of his life, Huxley himself must have recognised how unpopular these views became after the end of WW II. In the two volumes of Huxley’s autobiography, there is no mention of eugenics in the index, nor is Galton mentioned; the subject has also been omitted from many of the obituaries and biographies. An exception is the proceedings of a conference organised by the British Eugenics Society.

In response to the rise of European fascism in the 1930s, Huxley was asked to write We Europeans with the ethnologist A. C. Haddon, the zoologist Alexander Carr-Saunders and the historian of science Charles Singer. Huxley suggested the word ‘race’ be replaced with the phrase ‘ethnic group’. After WW II, he was instrumental in producing the UNESCO statement The Race Question.

Huxley won the second Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for We Europeans in 1937.

In 1957, Huxley coined the term ‘transhumanism’ for the view that humans should better themselves through science and technology, possibly including eugenics, but also through the improvement of the social environment.

In 1934 Huxley collaborated with the naturalist Ronald Lockley to create for Alexander Korda the world’s first natural history documentary The Private Life of the Gannets. Huxley and Lockley won an Oscar for the film, which was shot with the support of the Royal Navy around Grassholm off the Pembrokeshire coast. Huxley had given talks on the radio since the 1920s, followed by written versions in ‘The Listener’. In later life, Huxley became known to an even wider audience through television. In 1939 the BBC asked Huxley to be a regular on the radio programme  ‘The Brains Trust’ and in the 1950s he was a regular panelist on the BBC quiz show Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? .

In 1937 Huxley was invited to deliver the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture on Rare Animals and the Disappearance of Wild Life.

 

Julian Huxley was a friend of Bertrand Russell and Julian’s sons Anthony and Francis both knew Russell as children.

Anthony Huxley was a botanist. David Wheeler’s Indie obituary for Anthony was published on 4 January 1993:

WITH ANTHONY HUXLEY’s death the garden world has lost one of its most distinguished and knowledgeable servants, who earned his reputation more by his pen than his spade. Born in 1920, Anthony Huxley spent much of his childhood at London Zoo in Regent’s Park where his father, Sir Julian Huxley, was secretary. He was educated at Dauntsey’s School and Trinity College, Cambridge, spending 10 post-Cambridge years as a ‘boffin’ with the RAF and the Ministry of Aircraft, and a short spell with BOAC. In 1949 he began a 22-year association with the mass-selling weekly Amateur Gardening, resigning as its editor in 1971 in order to concentrate more on his own writing.

Huxley’s name is synonymous with erudition and correctness. His books reflect an unquenchable interest in travel (as much for plants as for nature) although at home he remained a devoted committee man, journalist, editor, lecturer and general horticultural factotum – talents fully recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society’s highest awards. He brought a botanist’s mind to the garden and indulged himself in the encyclopaedic world of plants. Seeking directions to his house in suburban London several years ago, I was told to ‘proceed along Villiers Avenue until you come across a front garden resembling a Douanier Rousseau painting’. There was no mistaking the jungle of tropical-looking Gunnera manicata – never commonplace inSurbiton.
 
Huxley wrote, co-wrote or compiled almost 40 books. In 1978 he published Plant and Planet, an immensely readable exposition of the botanical kingdom and its essential bearing on all human activity. This was exactly the sort of text, an equivalent perhaps to David Attenborough’s television programmes – scientific in approach yet accessible to the layman – which has done so much to highlight global problems and focus necessary attention on them. He was in the vanguard of the conservation movement, being quick, for instance, to discourage the plunder of wild bulbs in the wild. An article he wrote for an early issue of Hortus entitled ‘Leave the Trowel at Home (take camera instead)’ sounded a timely warning in theacquisitive 1980s when ‘botanical tours’ were becoming abundant: ‘Patience is what needs exercising, and it is a pity that a handful of growers, mostly cactus and orchid fanciers, should find themselves lacking in this, continuing to create a demand for plants taken from the wild.’

Wild flowers (with cacti and what we have come to call house plants) were a passion with Huxley. He enjoyed writing about them as much as he wrote about cultivated plants. With his friend Oleg Polunin he wrote Flowers of the Mediterranean (1965), with Dr William Taylor there was Flowers of Greece and the Aegean (1977), and with Paul and Jenne Davies he brought out Wild Orchids of Britain and Europe (1983).

There is no doubting that his last great publishing commission, as general editor of the massive four-volume New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening, sapped a great deal of Anthony’s energy during hislast illness. Although he did live to see its publication this year he made no secret of the angst its preparation caused him. Two years ago I asked him if he would write for Hortus an account of this remarkable book’s genesis. His reply, dated December 1990, says, ‘A discourse on how the job was achieved might be refreshing but probably libellous . . .’

Despite the dictionary’s flaws (he was exasperated by errors which could have been corrected), it stands as a permanent memorial to a man whose marshalling of people and plants was seemingly easy and equally efficient.

Julian’s son Francis’s obituary was published in ‘The Guardian’ on 20 Dec 2016 and was written by A. David Napier, Prof of Medical Anthropology at UCL, who completed his undergrad and postgrad degrees at Oxford:

In the early 1950s the anthropologist Francis Huxley, who has died aged 93, undertook pioneering fieldwork among the Urubu people of the Amazon basin. The resulting book, Affable Savages (1956), adopted a new, “reflexive” approach to the study of culture in which the author’s encounters with the “other” are reflected as much in personal reactions as in objective descriptions.

Francis was a pioneer of this form of anthropological writing – a style that much suited his lifelong interest in shamanism and the altered states of consciousness often experienced by religious healers. While this novelesqueway of writing was largely shunned by his contemporaries, eventually it became commonplace.

Francis was also an activist for the indigenous peoples he studied and loved. A Sunday Times article by Norman Lewis in 1969 had pointed to the killing of the native peoples of the Amazon basin and the taking of their land, prompting Francis, along with several other anthropologists and the explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison, to found Survival International, an NGO devoted to protecting the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. Over the years Survival International has provided a platform for exposing genocide,violence, slavery and exploitation.

Although Francis and his family were happy to allow themselves to be used to conceal such things in the UK.

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Since 1960 Robin Hanbury-Tenison has farmed over 2000 acres of hill farm on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall with sheep and cattle, diversified with Angora goats, red deer and wild boar from Russia, and later farming energy from wind, solar, water and biomass. In 1982 and 1983 Hanbury-Tenison organised Capital Radio’s Venture Days in Battersea Park. From 1995 to 1998 Hanbury-Tenison was CEO of the British Field Sports Society, now the Countryside Alliance. He organised the Countryside Rally, which brought 130,000 people to Hyde Park in July 1997, and the Countryside March when 300,000 marched through London in 1998. Previous posts have discussed how the Countryside Alliance and Countryside March  were organised and driven by people with interests in the City who promoted themselves as being concerned with Miranda and his metropolitan Gov’ts neglect of rural matters. Miranda’s administrations were clueless and uninterested in farming and the countryside but the Countryside Alliance weren’t representing those who were suffering as a result.

In 1972 Francis was a member of a four person mission sponsored by the Aborigines’ Protection Society and aided by the Brazilian Gov’t to investigate the plight of Native South American tribes. Their report, ‘Tribesof the Amazon Basin in Brazil’ (1973), identified groups threatened by Brazilian economic expansion and described the sad impact on their religious, spiritual and psychological health and wellbeing.

Born in Oxford, Francis was the son of Julian Huxley, the noted biologist and first director general of Unesco, and his Swiss wife, Juliette (nee Baillot), a writer and sculptor. He joined a remarkable dynasty that included Julian’s brother, the author Aldous Huxley, and half-brother, the physiologist and Nobel laureate Andrew Huxley. Francis was also the great-grandson of Charles Darwin’s friend Thomas Henry Huxley, and as a child knew such luminaries as Bertrand Russell and TE Lawrence.

TE Lawrence worked for British Military Intelligence. He was born in a house at Tremadog, not far from where Bertrand Russell, Sir Clough etc hung out in the Cwm Croesor area. Lawrence’s family left Tremadog when he was a young child, but no-one in north Wales ever forgot that he came from Tremadog, there is an engraving and a plaque…

Educated at Gordonstoun, the school in Moray, Scotland founded in 1934 by the educationist Kurt Hahn after he left Germany, Francis joined the Royal Navy in 1943 as assistant navigating officer on HMS Ramilles. In 1946 he went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he gained a degree in zoology, working under Peter Medawar, who regretted that Francis did not continue in that field.

In 1958, while undertaking an anthropological study of Weyburn hospital, Saskatchewan, Francis participated in Humphrey Osmond’s research on the therapeutic value of LSD for alcohol addiction. Indeed, Francis was the family’s true pioneer of the psyche, counting the radical psychoanalyst RD Laing amongst his closest friends. As director of studies at Laing’s London-based Philadelphia Association (1972-82), Francis acted as teacher, supervisor, therapist, and writer. In 1984 he returned to Oxford to give a well received lecture on Psychoanalysis and Anthropology.

Previous posts have discussed LSD therapy, Laing, the Philadelphia Association, Joe Burke etc. They were connected with the Gang and at one point Dafydd became a Laingian. Some of the Croesor crowd knew Laing and Francis Huxley will have known Isabel Emmett, the social anthropologist at Manchester University who married a local man from Croesor. Isabel wrote the famous 1964 community study of Cwm Croesor/Llanfrothen, ‘A North Wales Village, A Social Anthropological Study’ and she mentioned in the book that certain Top Docs and lawyers were so powerful that local people didn’t dare cross them. I suspected that she was referring to Dafydd and Gwynne when I first read Isabel’s book and I wondered why she wasn’t braver in print, because she undoubtedly knew about the North Wales Hospital. See post ‘How No-One Knew About Dr Dafydd Alun Jones’. I didn’t know until recently that Isabel was Of Those who utilised Dafydd and Gwynne’s services. See ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ Isabel knew Eric Sunderland who was an anthropologist and I am sure that Eric would not have missed the opportunity of ingratiating himself to Francis Huxley.

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‘A child has been mistreated? But who by??’

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‘Friend of the Huxleys? No problem. Mind How You Go, Sir.’

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Huxley retired to New Mexico in 1990, and to California in 2006. ‘The Mutual Self’, his last unfinished book, is a musing on the fact that: “We swim in a sea of mutualities whether we like it or not, and mutuality changes us as we change each other.”

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Though his third marriage, to Adele Getty, ended in divorce – as did his first two – she looked after him throughout his final decade. Above all, Francis will be remembered for his insatiable desire to know things and for his wholesome and robust laugh.

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In 1972 Francis Huxley joined a mission to investigate the plight of Native South American tribes. Its report, Tribes of the Amazon Basin in Brazil, identified groups threatened by economic expansion

Francis Huxley, anthropologist and author, born 28 August 1923; died 29 October 2016

All of these Huxleys were networked to Bertrand Russell and the ring.

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The biologists at Bangor will have been cowed by the very mention of Julian Huxley’s name and a number of them might well have known him.

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From such stock did Andrew Huxley arise. After Westminster School, Andrew Fielding Huxley went to Trinity College, Cambridge where he joined Alan Hodgkin studying nerve impulses. Soon after the outbreak of WW II, Huxley was recruited by the British Anti-Aircraft Command and later transferred to the Admiralty. After WW II, Huxley resumed research at Cambridge University, where he developed interference microscopy, suitable for studying muscle fibres.

In 1952, Andrew Huxley was joined by German physiologist Rolf Niedergerke. In 1954 they discovered the mechanism of muscle contraction, the ‘sliding filament theory’, the foundation of modern understanding of muscle mechanics. In 1960 Huxley became Head of the Department of Physiology at UCL. Huxley was elected FRS in 1955, served on the Council of the Royal Society, 1960-62 and was President of the Royal Society in 1980. The Royal Society awarded him the Copley Medal in 1973 for his collective contributions to the understanding of nerve impulses and muscle contraction.

Huxley was conferred a Knight Bachelor by Lilibet in 1974 and was appointed to the Order of Merit in 1983.

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Andrew Huxley was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge until his death.

Having entered Cambridge in 1935, Huxley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1938. In 1939, Alan Hodgkin returned from the US to take up a fellowship at Trinity College and Huxley became one of his postgraduate students. Beginning in 1935 in Cambridge, Hodgkin had made preliminary measurements on frog sciatic nerves suggesting that the accepted view of the nerve as a simple, elongated battery was flawed. Hodgkin invited Huxley to join him researching the problem. The small size of most neuron made it extremely difficult to study them using the techniques of that time. They overcame this by working at the Marine Biological Association laboratory in Plymouth using the giant axon of the longfin inshore squid, which have the largest neurons known. In 1939, Hodgkin and Huxley jointly published a short paper in ‘Nature’ reporting on the work done in Plymouth and announcing their achievement of recording action potentials from inside a nerve fibre.

Then WW II broke out and Huxley and Hodgkin abandoned their research. Huxley was recruited by the British Anti-Aircraft Command, where he worked on radar control of anti-aircraft guns. Later Huxley was transferred to the Admiralty to do work on naval gunnery and worked in a team led by Croesor second homer Patrick Blackett. Alan Hodgkin, meanwhile, was working on the development of radar at the Air Ministry. When he had a problem concerning a new type of gun sight, he contacted Huxley for advice. Huxley did a few sketches, borrowed a lathe and produced the necessary parts.

Huxley was elected to a research fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1941. In 1946 Huxley took this up and resumed his collaboration with Hodgkin on nerve signal transmission and continued their work in Plymouth. In 1952, Huxley and Hodgkin published their theory of how action potentials are transmitted and also described one of the earliest computational models in biochemistry. This model formed the basis of most of the models used in neurobiology during the following four decades.

By 1953, with the assistance of Rolf Niedergerke, Huxley began to elucidate the mechanism underlying muscle movement. Around that time, Hugh Huxley and Jean Hanson made similar observations. Authored in pairs, their papers were simultaneously published in the 22 May 1954 issue of Nature. Thus these four people introduced the sliding filament theory of muscle contractions. Andrew Huxley synthesized his findings and the work of colleagues into a detailed description of muscle structure and how muscle contraction occurs and generates force and published this in 1957.

1957 again. Anthony Eden forced out of office by Top Docs in Gwynne and Dafydd’s wider circle, Gwynne doing whatever it was that caused Macmillan to reshuffle his Cabinet, Dafydd qualifying as a Top Doc.

In 1966 Andrew Huxley’s team provided the proof of the sliding filament theory and it has remained the basis of modern understanding of muscle physiology.

In 1953, Huxley worked at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Huxley gave the Herter Lectures at Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1959 and the Jesup Lectures at Columbia University in 1964. In 1961 Huxley lectured on neurophysiology at Kiev University as part of an exchange scheme between British and Russian professors.

Andrew Huxley was an Editor of the ‘Journal of Physiology’, 1950-57 and also of the ‘Journal of Molecular Biology’.

Huxley held posts in Cambridge until 1960, when he became Head of the Department of Physiology at UCL.  By 1960, UCL had been facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring for decades. UCL hosted the daddy of so many abusive Top Docs, Lord Max Rosenheim (see previous posts), as well as Marjorie Wallace’s husband Top Doc Andrew Skarbek. Previous posts discussed how staff from UCL were evacuated to UCNW during WW II and formed lifelong bonds with the Gang, including a high profile very influential mathematician as well as others… Lord Henry Woolf was a law student at UCL and in his later career made himself useful to the Gang (see eg. post ‘A Trail Of Blood’). Prof Eric Sunderland did his PhD at UCL. Much more recently, psychologists at UCL, including Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, have worked closely with members of the Gang, particularly from the School of Psychology at Bangor University. See previous posts.

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In 1969, six years after Huxley won the Nobel, he was appointed to a Royal Society Research Professorship, which he held in the Department of Physiology at UCL.

In 1980, Huxley was elected as President of the Royal Society, a post he held until 1985. In his Presidential Address in 1981, he chose to defend Darwin’s theory of evolution as his ancestor T. H. Huxley had in 1860. Although T. H. Huxley defied the bishops of his time, Andrew Huxley flew the flag for a possibly even more unpopular cause; in 1983, Huxley defended the Royal Society’s decision to elect Thatch as a fellow on the grounds of her ‘support for science’ even after 44 fellows had signed a letter of protest.

Oxford University and the Royal Society were terribly conflicted over Thatch. They hated her for her philistinism and they regarded her claim to be a scientist herself as a travesty. Thatch bagged a mediocre degree in chemistry, she wasn’t very good at it and as soon as she could she trained as a barrister, which was what she had intended to do for years. However there was that matter of Dorothy the bedfellow of so many Communists working for the security services having been Thatch’s tutor at Oxford, the whole lot of them concealing the same slurry pit and then from the spring of 1984, Brown and I refusing to shut up about Gwynne et al and us coming from Tory families who knew some of the people in the Cabinet. I never told the Top Docs that, but the security services knew.

So as with Ken Clarke and the BMA, the battle between Thatch and those supping from what Tebbit memorably described as ‘the well-stocked wine cellars’ of Oxbridge ended in stalemate. Thatch won another election, the wine cellars remained well-stocked and it was everyone else not involved with the crime who was screwed because no-one, left, right or Humanist, would support me and my friends when the gangsters of the Westminster Paedophile Ring came after us.

In 1984, Huxley succeeded his longtime collaborator Alan Hodgkin as Master of Trinity College.

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Huxley’s appointment broke the tradition that the office of Master of Trinity alternates between a scientist and an arts man, although it continued the tradition since the election of Rab Butler in 1965 that the Master of Trinity Knows About Dafydd and Gwynne.

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Huxley was Master of Trinity until 1990 and was fond of reminding interviewers that Trinity College had more Nobel Prize winners than did the whole of France. This is a result of there being fewer people in France who knew about Dafydd and Gwynne as there are people at Trinity who knew about Dafydd and Gwynne, because Bertrand Russell was an alumnus and Fellow of Trinity. This is my theory and mine alone.

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Huxley maintained up to his death his position as a fellow at Trinity, teaching in physiology, natural sciences and medicine. Huxley also became a fellow of Imperial College in 1980. A great many people at Imperial knew about Dafydd and Gwynne, for one reason because Patrick Blackett’s presence at Imperial was what gave it such an excellent reputation. Blackett’s mates at Imperial knew about Dafydd and Gwynne as did other people such as Prof Wynn Humphrey Davies, the son of a Liberal MP from north Wales and a UCNW graduate who subsequently worked at Imperial and then in retirement spent an era on the Bangor University Council, including as Chair of the Finance Committee. Every decision that Prof Wynn Humphrey Davies made was made with the welfare of Dafydd and Gwynne prioritised, as discussed in previous posts.

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From the 1980s, Dafydd greatly benefited from the heroic attempts of Lord Brian Flowers – originally from Swansea but who found himself Rector of Imperial and then VC of London University – to transform every London medical school to serve the purposes of the Gang. Just for good measure, Flowers also served as VC of Manchester University. See previous posts.

Together with the Swiss physiologist Robert Stämpfli, Andrew Huxley also provided evidence of the existence of saltatory conduction in myelinated nerve fibres.

In 1976–77, Huxley was President of the British Science Association.

In 1947, Andrew Huxley married Jocelyn “Richenda” Gammell (née Pease), the daughter of the geneticist Michael Pease (a son of Edward R. Pease) and his wife Helen Bowen Wedgwood, eldest daughter of the first Lord Wedgwood (see also Darwin-Wedgwood family). They had one son and five daughters: Janet Rachel Huxley (born 20 April 1948), Stewart Leonard Huxley (born 19 December 1949), Camilla Rosalind Huxley (born 12 March 1952), Eleanor Bruce Huxley (born 21 February 1959), Henrietta Catherine Huxley (born 25 December 1960) and Clare Marjory Pease Huxley (born 4 November 1962).

Andrew Huxley died on 30 May 2012. He was survived by his six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wife Richenda, Lady Huxley, died in 2003, aged 78.

John Eccles won the Nobel Prize with Huxley and Hodgkin.

Sir John Eccles
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Sir John Carew Eccles using a microscope in a laboratory. Photographed in November 1963. Image courtesy of John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University.
Born
John Carew Eccles

(1903-01-27)27 January 1903

Melbourne, Australia
Died 2 May 1997(1997-05-02) (aged 94)

Residence Tenero-Contra, Switzerland
Nationality Australian
Citizenship Australia,
United Kingdom,
Switzerland
Alma mater University of Melbourne (MD)
University of Oxford (DPhil)
Known for Work on the synapse
Spouse(s) Irene Frances Miller Eccles
(1928–1968; divorced),
Helena T. Eccles
(1968–1997; his death)
Awards
Scientific career
Fields NeurosciencePhilosophy of Mind
Doctoral advisor C. S. Sherrington
Influences C. S. Sherrington[2][3]
Karl Popper
Influenced Friedrich Beck
Platon Kostiuk
Per Andersen
Rodolfo Llinás
Stephen Kuffler
Ricardo Miledi

Sir John Carew Eccles (27 January 1903- 2 May 1997) was an Australian neurophysiologist and philosopher. Eccles was born in Melbourne, initially attended Warrnambool High School (now Warrnambool College) , then completed his final year of schooling at Melbourne High School. He studied medicine at Melbourne University. Eccles graduated in 1925 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study under Charles Scott Sherrington at Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he received his PhD in 1929.

In 1937 Eccles returned to Australia, where he worked on military research during WW II. During this time Eccles was the Director of Kanematsu Institute at Sydney Medical School he and Bernard Katz gave research lectures at Sydney University, strongly influencing its intellectual environment.

After WW II, John Eccles became a Professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. From 1952 to 1962 Eccles worked as a Professor at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) of the Australian National University. The Eccles Institute of Neuroscience has its HQ in a new wing of the JCSMR building; it was constructed with the assistance of a $63M grant from the Commonwealth Government and completed in March 2012.

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In the early 1950s, Eccles and his colleagues performed the research that would lead to his receiving the Nobel Prize.

Until around 1949, Eccles believed that synaptic transmission was primarily electrical rather than chemical. Although he was wrong in this hypothesis, Eccles’ arguments led him and others to perform some of the experiments which proved chemical synaptic transmission.

Eccles was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1958 in recognition of services to physiological research ie. for being wrong.

Eccles won the Australian of the Year Award in 1963, the same year in which he won the Nobel Prize.

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Where would we have been if Eccles had not been wrong for such a long time, causing everyone to realise that he was wrong and thus setting the world on the path to the truth.

In 1964, Eccles became an honorary member of the American Philosophical Society, and in 1966 he moved to the United States to work at the Institute for Biomedical Research in Chicago. Unhappy with the working conditions there, he left to become a Professor at the University of Buffalo from 1968 until he retired in 1975. After retirement, Eccles moved to Switzerland and wrote on the mind-body problem.

In 1981, Eccles became a founding member of the World Cultural Council.

In 1990 Eccles was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in recognition of service to science, particularly in the field of neurophysiology.

John Eccles died on 2 May 1997 in Tenero-Contra, Locarno, Switzerland. Ronnie Waterhouse opened his Inquiry in Jan 1997 and suddenly suspended it in March, announcing that he was off to Hong Kong for a short holiday. While in Hong Kong, Ronnie bumped into Derry Irvine and they met for a meal, knowing that within a few weeks Derry would be Lord Chancellor.

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On 24 April 1997 while Ronnie was in Hong Kong, Peter Howarth died in HMP Wakefield, three years after being sentenced for the abuse of boys in his care at Bryn Estyn. Heart attack. Ronnie returned from Hong Kong after Howarth’s death.

John Carew Eccles (right) with Czech psychiatrist Cyril Höschl (left) in 1993

Cyril Höschl (born 12 November 1949) was, after the Velvet Revolution the first freely elected Dean of the third Medical Faculty of Charles University (1990-97) and from 1997-2003 Hoschl served as Vice-Dean for Reform Studies and International Relations at the same Faculty. He was the Director of the Prague Psychiatric Centre, 1990-2014 and Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of the Third Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague. On 1 January 2015 the Prague Psychiatric Centre was transformed into the National Institute of Mental Health in Klecany, the Czech Republic.

From 2007-2008 Hoschl served as President of the Association of European Psychiatrists, and then from 2008-2009, President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM). Hoschl is a founding member of the Czech Learned Society and from 2004-2011 he was also President of the Czech Medical Academy. Hoschl is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and was a member of the European Brain Council (until Jan 2015). Since 1996 Hoschl has been a Member, and since 2003 a Fellow, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.

Dafydd and the Gang involved themselves with European psychiatry from the early 1990s. During the Waterhouse Inquiry they used their links with European practitioners as evidence of the excellence of the mental health services in north Wales and Dafydd was described in media articles in north Wales as ‘Europe’s leading forensic psychiatrist’. We thought that it was such a laugh that F rang Dafydd pretending to be a long lost friend from Liverpool University who had read about Dafydd being Europe’s leading and was getting in touch to congratulate him. Dafydd was very suspicious at first and kept interrogating re what years were you at Liverpool medical school etc, so F just went straight in there and said ‘I hear that you’re Europe’s leading forensic psychiatrist Dafydd, I’m so proud to have known you’ and Dafydd immediately dropped his guard and admitted that yes he was Europe’s leading. We told Tony Francis that Dafydd was so mad he believed his own lies, such as that he was Europe’s leading and Francis tried to whitewash it all and went on about everyone believing myths about themselves, so we laughed even more and then Francis told us that Dafydd has ‘had a lot of pain in his life’. So has everyone who has ever encountered him.

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Furthermore, not only is Dafydd not Europe’s leading anything, he is not actually a forensic psychiatrist, Dafydd is a general psychiatrist, but everyone was happy to back up the bare-faced lies published in the media about him when the Gang were busy building their business interests in the rapidly expanding EU, including with people at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, an institution which numbered Angela Merkel’s brother Marcus Kasner as one of those who earned his Habilitation there in 2002. See eg. ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’.

 

In The Understanding of the Brain (1973), John Eccles summarises his philosophy: “Now before discussing brain function in detail I will at the beginning give an account of my philosophical position on the so-called ‘brain-mind problem’ so that you will be able to relate the experimental evidence to this philosophical position. I have written at length on this philosophy in my book Facing Reality…. you will be able to see that I fully accept the recent philosophical achievements of Sir Karl Popper with his concept of three worlds. I was a dualist, now I am a trialist! Cartesian dualism has become unfashionable with many people. They embrace monism to escape the enigma of brain-mind interaction with its perplexing problems. But Sir Karl Popper and I are interactionists, and what is more, trialist interactionists!…

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Despite these words, in his book How the Self Controls Its Brain, Eccles proposed a dualistic mechanism of mind.

Eccles had nine children. Eccles married Irene Eccles in 1928 and divorced in 1968. After his divorce in 1968, Eccles married Helena Táboríková; a fellow neuropsychologist and M.D. of Charles University. The two often collaborated in research and they remained married until his death a few days after Peter Howarth pegged out. Eccles was buried in Switzerland.

Now for Sir Bernard Katz, Eccles’s junior colleague. Bernard Katz (26 March 1911-20 April 2003) was a German-born Australian Top Doc who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1970 with Julius Axelrod and Ulf von Euler. Bernard Katz’s obituary that appeared in ‘The Guardian’, written by Anthony Tucker, tells us much:

World renowned for his investigation of the biochemistry of the nervous system and of the function of the mysterious pineal gland in the brain, Sir Bernard Katz, who has died aged 92, was one of the brilliant young German physiologists who sought sanctuary in Britain after Adolf Hitler came into power in his homeland in 1933.

Katz’s discovery in the 1950s of the “quantum” character of nerve junction biochemistry transformed scientific perception of the nature of signal processing in the nervous system. For this work he received a knighthood in 1969 and, in 1970, shared the Nobel Prize for physiology of medicine with Julius Axelrod of America and Ulf von Euler of Sweden.

By the 1950s, unravelling the regulation and transmission of nerve impulses and the biochemistry of hormones controlling brain function had become key areas of research. Two major extrinsic factors were driving this forward: the need to understand the effects on the central nervous system of organochlorine and organophosphorus compounds, the basis of nerve gases and the emerging pest control compounds; and the possibility that detailed understanding would bear rewards in new areas of medicine.

Medical optimism was rather prematurely emphasised in the 1970 Nobel citation delivered by Professor Uvnas of the Karolinska Institute. “It is my belief that in the near future this research on chemical transmission will lead to a better understanding of the intimate nature of mental disease and psychical disturbances. Through these new ways treatment will be opened.” While Axelrod and von Euler worked primarily on the role and storage of noradrenalin as a transmitter substance at nerve ends, Katz studied the biochemical cycle in neuromuscular function of acetylcholine, a substance whose role as a neuro-transmitter had been confirmed in the 1930s by Sir Henry Dale and his colleagues.

Lethal paralysis resulting from the blocking of the acetylcholine cycle is one of the effects of organophosphorus nerve agents. The choice made by Katz in the immediate postwar years was influenced strongly by the department head, Professor Hill, who was not only a great physiologist but also served as wartime cabinet scientific adviser under Winston Churchill and remained an informal adviser in Whitehall’s corridors of governmental power for many years. Uppermost among the mysteries of neural signal transmission was how discrete electrical impulses travelling along a nerve fibre as a sequence of similar “spikes” whose frequency related directly to their resulting physical function could somehow cross the large gap observed at each nerve junction, very quickly and without being changed. Dale had shown that transmission could not be electrical and that acetylcholine was involved. Katz unravelled the detailed biochemistry of the dynamic cycle that carries signals across the gap in the wiring between nerve endings and the “effector” cells in muscle which they control.

Katz’s contribution was built upon the work of many other scientists, but he unravelled the central role of acetylcholine and its key enzymes, going on to show that even when a nerve is inactive, the acetylcholine cycle at junctions continues to tick over, transmitting a tiny reassurance bleep that tells the system that the connections are working. His major discovery was that this “resting” signal depends, not on individual molecules, but on the release of small packets (quanta) of transmitter substance, each of several thousand molecules. When these cross the junction after release from cellular storage vesicles, they release a capacitor-like electrical signal stored on the opposite side of the gap. The underlying enzyme cycle, involving production and inactivation of transmitter substances crucial to normal nerve function, was revealed as highly vulnerable to disruption.

Katz went on to show that the single “packet” of molecules, characteristic of the resting signal, is the minimum amount that can produce a corresponding signal in the receiving nerve cell. As signal strength rises through increased frequency of impulses, this is mirrored rapidly by a stepwise increase in the release of acetylcholine packets across the junction. Katz proved the first perception of neural function at the molecular interaction level, the basis of modern psychopharmacology.

In his later years, Katz sought to unravel the biochemistry of the pineal gland, investigating in particular the biochemical mechanism leading to the production of melatonin, first identified in the pineal gland in 1948. In frogs and other amphibia the pineal acts as a third eye, responding directly to light and controlling skin colour and several other functions. In humans, however, its role remains obscure.

With others, Katz showed that in some mammals pineal production of melatonin is triggered indirectly by light by means of signals from the retina. Like others, he was unable to demonstrate the biochemical pathways of the pineal’s apparent role in early sexual development, in circadian rhythms and in subjective brain function such as mood. However, his interest in brain function and its control remained with him throughout his life.

Katz’s schooling was at the Albert Gymnasium in Leipzig. He then went on to the University of Leipzig, where he graduated in medicine in 1934. In 1935, he left Germany because the Russian-Jewish origin of his family meant certain persecution under the Nazi regime. He chose AV Hill’s laboratory at UCL because of its strong research tradition in physiology, particularly in muscle structure and function.

In 1938, after gaining his PhD, he was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in Australia as a medical research fellow at Sydney Hospital under Sir John Eccles. There he stayed until 1942. Naturalised in 1941, he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 and, until the end of the war, he worked on radar in the south-west Pacific.

Shortly before returning to Hill’s laboratory at UCL in 1947 as assistant director of research, he married Marguerite Penly from Cremone, New South Wales. In the immediate postwar era, although based at UCL, Katz spent much of his time working at Cambridge and at the Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, with Sir Alan Hodgkin and Sir Andrew Huxley. They were then engaged in research that unravelled the electrochemical transmission of signals within squid nerve fibres, for which they shared the 1963 Nobel Prize for physiology of medicine.

The Hodgkin-Huxley work on signal transmission in the giant nerve axon of the squid had been made possible by the work of the outstanding British physiologist JZ Young, carried out – like that of Henry Dale – in the 1930s. All the stars in the brilliant postwar neurophysiology group in Britain, of which Katz was a member, were thus truly apprentices to earlier genius.

‘My grandfather was PM when Queen Victoria was on the throne you know’.

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Katz was reader in physiology at UCL from 1950 to 1951. He became professor of biophysics and head of the biophysics department at the college in 1952. He was to remain there until 1978, when he became emeritus professor and honorary research fellow.

His publications included Electric Excitation Of Nerve (1939), Nerve Muscle And Synapse (1966) and The Release Of Neural Transmitter Substances (1969). Among awards from America, Germany, Japan and many other parts of the world, he received the Royal Society’s coveted Copley Medal in 1967. He was the biological secretary and a vice president of the Royal Society from 1968 to 1976 and, after his retirement in 1974, remained active in research council and other science administration.

Katz was an intense and intensely private man who played life like a game of chess, a game that, characteristically, he played fiercely and remarkably well. His wife predeceased him in 1999. He is survived by their two sons.

Bernard Katz was knighted in 1969.

Katz married Marguerite Penly in 1945. He died in London on 20 April 2003, at the age of 92. He is survived by his two sons, David and Jonathan. Jonathan is Public Orator of Oxford University.

David Katz has featured previously on the blog. He is an immunologist and when I met him in 1987 he was based at UCL which was in the process of merging with Gwynne’s alma mater the Middlesex. David Katz was a big mate of the cheats and fraudsters at Hammersmith Hospital who were at the time taking phone calls from Dafydd about me which breached confidentiality and God knows what else without my knowledge. David Katz was himself involved with behind closed doors deals and favours with regard to Hammersmith. I had an interesting conversation with David Katz; at the time the Top Docs were Rising Up Against Thatch and the BMA’s  battle with Ken Clarke had begun. David Katz was very cross with Thatch and he told me that the Gov’t was ‘after the London consultants because they don’t like what we do; we look after the poor’. David Katz assured me that Thatch did not know what she was taking on, they would win, hands down, they had their plan ready….

You might have had the decency to tell me that wrecking my career was a central plank of the plan David!

I’ll wait for Dr Katz, Top Doc in UCH/UCL where his dad Sir Bernard – Nobel Prize winner, one of that collection of neurophysiology geniuses, worked for so many years – to contribute to my compensation, seeing that unlike his colleagues I haven’t Told Lies to get it… Dr Katz sat up there with the many other scumbags who were killing patients, trafficking them, fabricating their data, including with Jocelyn Chamberlain, wife of Mr Big of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, for years…

David’s dad Bernard’s senior colleague Prof. A.V. Hill really was something else; a mate of Bertrand Russell’s no less!

Archibald Vivian Hill
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Born (1886-09-26)26 September 1886

Bristol, England
Died 3 June 1977(1977-06-03) (aged 90)

Cambridge, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Known for Mechanical work in muscles
Muscle contraction model
Founding biophysics
Hill equation (biochemistry)
Awards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1922)
Royal Medal (1926)
Copley Medal (1948)
Scientific career
Fields Physiology and biophysics
Institutions Cambridge University
University of Manchester
University College, London
Academic advisors Walter Morley Fletcher
Notable students Bernard C. Abbott
Te-Pei Feng
Ralph H. Fowler
Bernard Katz
Notes
He is notably the father of Polly Hill, David Keynes Hill, Maurice Hill, and the grandfather of Nicholas Humphrey.

Archibald Vivian Hill (26 September 1886-3 June 1977), known as A. V. Hill, shared the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Hill was born in Bristol, educated at Blundell’s School in Devon and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge as third wrangler in the mathematics tripos before turning to physiology. Hill was Of Bertrand Russell’s circle…

Hill took the Chair in Physiology at the Victoria University of Manchester in 1920. In 1923 Hill succeeded Ernest Starling as Professor of Physiology at UCL, a few years later becoming a Royal Society Research Professor there, where he remained until retirement in 1951. My post ‘The Great Stink’ discussed the role of Starling and his colleagues in the Brown Dog Affair at UCL, the huge row which erupted over the torturing to death in public of a dog in the cause of a demonstration to medical students. It was cruel even by the standards of the day and it resulted in a riot, protests and fist fights between medical students, suffragettes and anti-vivisectionists.

In 1933, Hill became, with Lord Beveridge and Lord Rutherford, a founder member and Vice-President of the Academic Assistance Council (which in 1936 became the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning). By the start of WW II, the organisation had saved 900 academics (18 of whom went on to win Nobel Prizes) from Nazi persecution. Hill prominently displayed in his laboratory a toy figure of Adolf Hitler with saluting arm upraised, which he explained was in gratitude for all the scientists Germany had expelled, some of whom were now working with him. Hill believed that “Laughter is the best detergent for nonsense”.

In 1935 Hill served with Patrick Blackett and Sir Henry Tizard on the committee that gave birth to radar. Henry Tizard was the father of Peter Tizard, the London paediatrician who was a big cog in the Westminster Paedophile Ring; Peter Tizard’s brother Richard Tizard was a Cambridge academic, a founding Fellow of Churchill College, who had a very great desire to involve primary school children in the JCR. Their brother David was a GP. See previous posts, including ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’. Hill was also biological secretary of the Royal Society; William Henry Bragg (see previous posts for details of the father and son Bragg team, who were also part of the same network) was President.

When WW II broke out, Hill led a campaign to liberate refugee scientists who had been interned. He served as MP for Cambridge University  1940-45. In 1940 Hill was posted to the British Embassy in Washington to promote war research in the still neutral United States. He was authorized to swap secrets with the Americans…

After the war Hill carried on his research at UCL. In 1951 his advocacy was rewarded by the establishment of a Biophysics Department under his leadership. In 1952 Hill became head of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and Secretary General of the International Union of Scientific Organizations. He was President of the Marine Biological Association 1955-60. In 1967 Hill retired to Cambridge. He died “held in the greatest affection by more than a hundred scientific descendants all over the world”.

Hill died five months before Andrew Newton shot Norman Scott’s dog dead and then tried to kill Norman because he had been paid by an agent of Mr Thrope to do so. See previous posts.

In 1913 Hill married Margaret Keynes (1885-1974), daughter of the economist John Neville Keynes, and sister of the economist John Maynard Keynes and the surgeon Sir Geoffrey Keynes.

Sir Geoffrey Keynes was a slightly earlier version of Sir Charles Evans, a mountaineering Top Doc. Geoffrey Keynes worked as a Top Doc at Barts, climbed regularly with George Mallory (see previous posts) and it is claimed that he saved Virginia Woolf’s life after an overdose. Geoffrey Keynes married Margaret Darwin, granddaughter of Charles Darwin and they had five children who all became eminent Top Docs, scientists, writers etc:

Geoffrey and his extended family spent their lives in the bosom of those we know and love, the extended network of grand people who propped up Dafydd and Gwynne… Barts was of course the hospital in which Lord Snowdon’s grandfather Robert Armstrong-Jones trained as a Top Doc and of which his father Ronald Armstrong-Jones was a Governor. Furthermore, Dafydd and Gwynne’s pal Lady Juliet Bingley worked as a social worker at Barts and her father, Reginald Vick, was a Barts surgeon who wielded great influence there for decades and continued to do so after his retirement. See previous posts…

A.V. Hill and Margaret had two sons and two daughters:

  • Polly Hill (1914–2005), economist and social anthropologist who married K.A.C. Humphreys, registrar of the West African Examinations Council. Polly never held down a mainstream salaried job as a social anthropologist but she’ll have known all the right people, the Francis Huxleys, the Isabel Emmetts and the Eric Sunderlands will have ensured that they toadied as well.
  • David Keynes Hill (1915–2002), physiologist and graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge who married Stella Mary Humphrey
  • Maurice Hill (1919–1966), a Cambridge oceanographer who married Philippa Pass. Their daughter is the Cambridge astrophysicist Julia Riley.
  • Janet Hill (1918–2000) child psychiatrist who married the immunologist John Herbert Humphrey.

The Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives Of The Fellows’ online has an obituary for John Herbert Humphrey. Here are the highlights:

John Herbert Humphrey

b.6 December 1916 d.25 December 1987
CBE(1970) BA Cantab(1931) MB BChir(1940) MD(1947) FRS(1963) FRCP(1971)

John Humphrey was born in West Byfleet. His father was one of seven children of the town clerk of Finsbury, London, who attended the Finsbury Technical College and became the chief engineer and later the consulting chemical engineer to ICI.

Finsbury was part of the big north London ring that encompassed the Bloomsbury Group contingent

One of his aunts was also an industrial chemist. John himself was the senior scholar (aulae praefectus) at Winchester and subsequently a governor. His interest in science, his desire to study medicine – and not engineering – as a humanitarian activity, and his concern for the welfare of others, were established there and were much influenced by R L M (Dick) Synge. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and obtained his BA in 1937. Like many of his generation, he was moved by the desire for a better society to join the Communist party, but left at the time of the German-Russian pact in 1939. He met his wife, who later became a child psychiatrist, at University College Hospital, her father was the Foulerton research professor of physiology at University College and a Nobel Laureate. Her maternal grandfather, a Nobel prize winner, was J N Keynes; she was a niece of Sir Geoffrey Keynes and a great niece of Sir Walter Langdon-Brown. John Humphrey became a close friend of his father-in-law, A V Hill…

John worked with Charles R Harington, as a medical student… He graduated from University College Hospital medical school in 1940 and was so fascinated by research that he boasted that he did the minimal work necessary to pass. He was a houseman at the Hammersmith Hospital, and was the Jenner research student at the Lister Institute, 1941-42… He was assistant pathologist at the Central Middlesex Hospital from 1943-46, covering all branches of pathology, and was in sympathy with the medical director, Horace Joules…His MD thesis, 1946, was on ‘The aetiology of pneumonia in North West London 1942-44’. He joined the external staff of the Medical Research Council as a bacteriologist at University College Hospital in 1946….

John then joined the National Institute of Medical Research at Hampstead (division of biological standards) where he established, with J W Lightbown, many international standards for antibiotics. He then moved to the Mill Hill site and founded the division of immunology in 1957. He regarded a division which started with two scientists, (Dr B A (Eta) Askonas and Dr Brigid Balfour, who had also been at Cambridge) two technicians and space for 1-2 visiting workers as large enough to be viable. There was no need to submit a detailed scientific programme to the MRC as the philosophy was to support good scientists. He was deputy director of the NIMR, 1961-76, and acting director following Sir Peter Medawar’s (q.v.) stroke in 1969. The substantive post was given to a ‘tougher’ man. In 1975, John was professor of immunology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith, and emeritus professor in 1981. He… also supervised the department of haematology.

So John Humphrey knew all about the research fraud, criminality, Hugh Bentall, etc…

The postwar era was an outstanding time at the NIMR. There was a renaissance of immunology and John embodied the pioneering feeling of the period…By way of example, studies with K F (Frank) Austen… work with Stephen Black showed that the erythema of the tuberculin skin reaction could be inhibited by hypnotic suggestion.

This work may now be discredited; at one point the Top Docs attempted to demonstrate that a great many physical conditions were psychosomatic and could be resolved by psychological methods. While such conditions do exist, the Top Docs took matters to extremes and a lot of seriously ill people paid a very high price.

His interest in the localization of antigen in germinal centres led to collaboration with Michael Sela of the Weizmann Institute, Israel…A visiting worker interested in genetics, Hugh O McDevitt, followed up this observation which led to his pioneering work on immune response genes…. Overall, John Humphrey was intellectually generous, did not seek credit for himself and encouraged openness in those around him. He liked medically trained workers and had a flair for collaboration.

A Top Docs’ closed network with extra cronyism then…

As head of division, he helped members of the department to look for important questions and elegant approaches. The number of papers wasentirely unimportant.

That could have been because there weren’t many.

He helped scientists find and develop their own areas of interest, and their own approaches, rather than learn a set of techniques or contribute to the long term themes of the department.

Do want you want, as little as you want, you’re my mates and no-one is going to touch us.

He enjoyed and elicited lively discussion, often over coffee at the bench, but had little liking for regular departmental presentations… 

They didn’t even do the obligatory seminars then.

John’s advice to members of the department who wanted to know what to do next was – to experiment and find out. For him science was fun, both intellectually in designing elegant experiments and discussing exciting ideas, and practically as he enjoyed working with his hands and was a gifted experimentalist. His approach was not primarily theoretical and he emphasized the role of serendipity in biology, i.e. observations made casually at the bench.

While dossing about aimlessly

He had an enormous breadth of knowledge. John was one of the last of the ‘general’ immunologists able to work usefully in many areas of immunology and proud of his range. He was an excellent discussantat meetings and went out of his way to talk to and advise young scientists.

So Humphrey did the jollies with the free buffet and wine and had a good chat to everyone although not much got done back at Hammersmith

The financial stringency and the changing political scene of the ’70s made this general approach less popular, but it is not clear that the more directed ‘value for money’ research of the ’80s provides a better method for studying natural phenomena.

No, it didn’t work as it should, but that’s because the likes of John Humphrey just sang ‘We’re going to tell, we’re going to tell…’ every time that it looked as though the gravy train might come to an end. The whole of UCNW did it en masse, thousands of them and it proved a highly successful strategy… After all, John Humphrey looked like a Clever Scientist:

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His scientific standing was recognized by the Royal Society in 1963, by the College in 1971, and by the US National Academy of Science in 1986. He was an honorary member of several societies including the South African Society of Pathology, 1975; the Purkinje Medical Society of Czechoslovakia, 1977, and the Hungarian Society for Immunology, 1981.

John Humphrey regarded the advancement of immunology as very important. Together with Robin A Coombs, he started the British Society for Immunology as a splinter group from the Pathological Society.

Which will have made him seem busy and ensured that no-one was over him to scrutinise.

He was co-editor and assistant editor of Immunology for 10 years. His interest in Eastern Europe facilitated the meeting on the Mechanisms of Antibody Formation in Prague, 1959. His international interests also led him to serve on the WHO expert committee on biological standardization and immunology.

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He was president of the International Union of Immunological Societies, and chairman of the organizing committee for the Second International Congress of Immunology in Great Britain, 1974. He was also chairman of the advisory board of the Basle Institute for Immunology. He served as secretary of the standing committee on safeguards of the pursuit of science of the International Council of Scientific Unions.

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John placed great value on his work for peace, but he was not a pacifist. He took part in the second Aldermaston March, and other activities of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

‘Just mention my name…’

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He was also president of the Medical Campaign against Nuclear Weapons, and wrote against bacteriological and chemical warfare. He repeatedly wrote and acted on behalf of Russian, South American, and other scientists and doctors who had been badly treated.

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John had developed pulmonary tuberculosis during the war and… severe deafness… Fortunately he had a robust constitution and would work indefatigably even when he had a fever. He was at peace with himself, and had time for many things and for many people. Some time after his brother’s death he became a ward of his nephew and niece, and later brought up his nephew with his own five children. He remained active until two days before his death on Christmas Day, continuing to work with a technician… John’s strong feeling for the world in which we live, his effective desire to help other people, and his sophisticated straightforwardness, provided a model of proper behaviour.