An Appalling Vista

Previous posts such as ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and ‘The Banality Of Evil’ gave examples of the constant lies, the forging of documents and the perjury used to secure convictions against patients who had made serious complaints about Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) and their colleagues – complaints which routinely went uninvestigated but were then documented as having been thoroughly investigated but found to be groundless. Some patients who were deemed to pose a particular challenge to Dafydd and the paedophiles were completely ruined by all the ‘help’ that they received from the Top Doctors.

My post ‘Killing Floor – I Know Cos I Was There!’ introduced the story of F, a mental health patient from north Wales who was a witness to serious wrongdoing and was fitted up, assaulted by the police, wrongfully arrested, left to rot in the North Wales Hospital for a year and then fleeced of his property and denied all contact with his child. Someone who witnessed much of this was later found dead.

I can understand that people unacquainted with the practices of Dafydd et al would find accounts of what mental health patients and kids in care in north Wales had experienced and witnessed hard to believe. It was certainly easier for everyone if those relating serious criminal conduct on the part of Top Doctors with the collusion of Angels, social workers, NHS managers, the police, certain lawyers, magistrates and members of the judiciary could be dismissed as being mad, malicious or making up horror stories to gain compensation. Those involved in the criminality were everyone’s neighbours, the parents of their children’s friends and the people whom they socialised with locally.

I have mentioned before that Lord Denning, the Master of the Rolls, 1962-82, took the view that it was better that the Birmingham Six remain in prison rather than anyone admit to the enormity of the miscarriage of justice to which they had been subject. When the Birmingham Six first appealed in 1979, Lord Denning famously stated that: ‘If the six men win, it will mean that the police are guilty of perjury, that they are guilty of violence and threats, that the confessions were invented and improperly admitted in evidence and the convictions were erroneous… This is such an appalling vista that every sensible person in the land would say that it cannot be right that these actions should go any further.’

The Birmingham Six were cleared in 1991.

The medical establishment undoubtedly operated on a Lord Denning world view of ‘it is far better that we continue to maintain that there are no serious problems in the medical profession because the reality of what has been allowed to continue in north Wales alone for decades is so dreadful that the fall-out would be unmanageable if anything approaching the truth were to be admitted’.

In my post ‘Killing Floor – I Know Cos I Was There!’ about F and the possibility that he had information about serious crimes committed before he ever arrived in north Wales in 1979 – including the death of Jimi Hendrix as a result of criminal negligence – and that being the possible reason why Dafydd and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) destroyed him, I promised to write a further post with more details re F and the stitch-up and provide details of more celeb deaths with a link to those Top Doctors who were linked to the death of Hendrix.

I mentioned that it was Top Doctor’s wife Kathy Etchingham, a former girlfriend of Hendrix, who was sufficiently outraged by the claims of another girlfriend of Hendrix, Monika Dannemann, that Hendrix had died as a result of serious medical negligence that Kathy had attempted to have Monika imprisoned and gave multiple interviews to the press trashing Monika. After Monika was found dead, Kathy simply used this as yet more evidence that Monika was a mad, lying cow. Throughout it all F maintained that Hendrix had been killed by Top Doctors and that a cover-up at a high level had followed.

Despite F seeming to know some of the circumstances concerning Hendrix’s death, F was not at all au fait with the workings of the NHS. However, I am and I noticed that when Hendrix was found in a coma – Monika always claimed that Hendrix was still alive when the paramedics arrived –  he was taken to St Mary Abbot’s Hospital. St Mary Abbot’s was located nearby, but I suspect that Top Doctors themselves would not use that hospital or allow anyone that they cared about to use it. Hendrix died in Sept 1970 and at that time St Mary Abbot’s still had an A&E/acute dept and it was there that Hendrix was pronounced dead.

By 1972 St Mary Abbot’s had lost its A&E/acute dept and was only a geriatric and psychiatric hospital. There is a great deal of snobbery in medicine and geriatrics and psychiatry are considered the pits and they were back in 1970 as well. No hospital ever wants to lose its A&E/acute services and it is when those services are threatened that Top Doctors tell patients that they will all die if the service shuts, that people write to their MPs and protest in town centres and that the BMA sends a clear message to the local MP that they will lose the next election if the closure goes ahead. If a hospital loses its A&E/acute dept, it loses kudos, funding and the best staff. It is often the first step to the long rundown to complete closure.

If St Mary Abbot’s A&E had gone by 1972 it suggests that there were very big problems in that dept because no-one was able to save it. Hospital depts don’t disappear overnight – it is preceded by years of discussion and gradual disinvestment and once word gets out that a dept is on the way out, doctors stop applying for jobs there because they know how grim the atmosphere will be and it won’t do anything for their CV either. In 1971 the transformation of St Mary Abbot’s into a dumping ground began – a psychiatry ward was added.

In the way that Top Doctors in Gwynedd had an arrangement to ensure that their own children were never taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd because paediatrics there was alleged to be so dangerous and that no relative of a Top Doc ever ended up in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, I bet that Top Docs in London didn’t depend on the A&E in St Mary Abbot’s in 1970. It will have been for other people, particularly people who didn’t matter. Lest anyone believe that Top Docs don’t think like this, I’m happy to tell you that they do. If they think that no-one is listening, some of them will make this crystal clear. Dear old Dafydd once managed to say to me ‘you don’t matter’. What Dafydd didn’t realise was that someone else was listening to that call. (The security services were as well, but that’s because they had Brown and me under surveillance rather than Dafydd.) Hey ho Dafydd, you’re not very nice but you’re not very bright either.

Hendrix fell into a coma within spitting distance of some of the grandest, most elite teaching hospitals in London. He was taken to St Mary Abbot’s where, according to Monika, he died. When years later Monika made her allegations of serious negligence public, Kathy Ethingham and her Top Doc husband Nicholas Page didn’t inform the police, they contacted the staff who had treated – or failed to treat – Hendrix and then had a meeting with them. Where it was agreed that the witch should not be permitted to make such allegations and someone at least suggested that Monika had been responsible for Hendrix’s death herself.

 

By the 1990s Kathy Etchingham repeatedly stressed that her 1960s past was long ago and far away, but she had obviously remained in touch with at least one friend from those days, because in 1997 she invited him to the party that was held when Kathy – who had forgotten all about those days -succeeded in having an English Heritage Blue Plaque erected on the wall of the Mayfair flat that she had once shared with Hendrix. That old friend was Pete Townshend, who owned – and might still own – a house in Churt in Surrey. Kathy and the Top Doc lived in Churt.

 

In a 1989 radio interview Townshend acknowledged his bisexuality. He had recorded a song which he stated was an ‘acknowledgement of the fact that I’d had a gay life, and that I understood what gay sex was about’. However, in a 1994 interview for ‘Playboy’ Townsend said ‘in the interview I also talked about my “gay life,” which – I meant – was actually about the friends I’ve had who are gay’. Townshend later wrote in his 2012 autobiography that he at one point felt as if he was ‘probably bisexual’. Townshend also stated jokingly that he once felt sexually attracted to Mick Jagger. 

In Jan 2003 Townshend was arrested by British police in a child porn investigation. However, he was given a tip-off that the police were going to raid his home three days before they arrived. Towshend’s credit card usage to access a child porn site was traced to him through Operation Ore, the British counterpart of the US Operation Avalanche. When confronted by the police, Townshend admitted using his credit card to access a child pornography website. Townshend claimed he had accessed the child porn website for the purposes of researching a book. He has not as yet written that book. On another occasion he claimed he was researching child porn to protect his son.

Because Townshend confessed to accessing the child porn website, he received a caution and avoided a trial. Bob McLachlan, the former head of Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit, described the caution as ‘totally inappropriate’. He asked ‘Why is this rock star being given such lenient treatment when he has accepted a caution and therefore admits his guilt?’ His admission to using his credit card to access a child porn website and that he had viewed child pornography images was the central component of his guilty plea.

Townshend had access to his lawyers at all times. He avoided charges beyond a caution, as the police did not detect any images of child rape on his 14 computers. Townshend was never cleared of his offence and remained on the Sex Offender Register for five years, 2003 –08. He had to give a DNA sample, check in with the British police regularly and inform them of his movements during his Sex Offender registration. Townshend will have a lifelong criminal record for the caution.

On June 22, 2006 it was reported that Townshend had withdrawn an ‘ill-advised’ story from his blog, which depicted graphic teen sex. He told the Daily Mail: ‘I’ve taken down my story. I want to make it clear that I respect the requirements of the Sex Offenders Register without condition.’

Confusion was introduced into the Townshend case by British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell in an article he wrote for ‘The Guardian’ in which he stated: ‘(Operation) Ore has dragged big names into the spotlight – such as the musicians Pete Townshend…falsely accused of accessing child pornography.’ Campbell knew that Townshend had admitted to breaking the law and had accepted the consequences.

Duncan Campbell’s arguments against Operation Ore – initially well received – were cast under a shadow when the computer expert he used, Jim Bates of Computer Investigations, was convicted in March 2008 of falsifying his qualifications and given a six-month suspended prison sentence. As a ‘pioneer of forensic computer analysis’, Bates had until his conviction been used widely by police and prosecutors. He is no longer used as an expert witness by prosecutors.

I presume that this Duncan Campbell is the Duncan Campbell who used to write for the ‘New Statesman’. He did write some good exposes but on one occasion there were complaints from readers when a copy of the ‘New Statesman’ was published with a photo of Duncan Campbell on the cover sporting a visible nasty injury to his face accompanied by words along the lines of ‘What happened when Duncan Campbell met Scotland Yard’ [or the phrase might have been ‘The Met’]. It transpired that Campbell had not been thumped by the police, he had fallen off of his bike after he left the station.

I read the ‘New Statesman’ for years until Brown and I noticed that it was getting light on intellectual content and heavy on features advising one on the sort of wine one should have with one’s meals. When I did used to read ‘New Statesman’, I noticed that there was never a word about the abuse of kids in care or mental health patients of which I had become acutely aware by then, although the plight of a number of other cohorts having a hard time was publicised. Neither was there any admission of certain problems in the NHS which were well-known to everyone who worked within it.

Richard Webster wrote the book ‘The Secret of Bryn Estyn’, which maintained that there was no serious problem of abuse of kids in care in north Wales and that the bellyaching in north Wales was the result of hysteria, a witch hunt and Alison Taylor telling porkies. The ‘New Statesman’ published a libellous article about Alison in the wake of the Waterhouse Report which was written by Richard Webster, ‘Can A Whistleblower Be Wrong?’ Alison sued – she represented herself – and won. It was admitted by the ‘New Statesman’ that they published the article on the grounds that Alison would not be able to afford to sue them. Alison accepted a settlement.

When that article was published, ‘New Statesman’ was owned by New Labour big wig and millionaire Geoffrey Robertson.

 

It was reported in the ‘Mail Online’ that Townshend also claimed to have been sexually abused himself and gave this as a possible reason for his interest in child porn: ‘I believe I was sexually abused between the age of five and six and a half when in the care of my maternal grandmother who was mentally ill at the time. I cannot remember clearly what happened, but my creative work tends to throw up nasty shadows – particularly in ‘Tommy”.

So Townshend didn’t encounter sexual abuse throughout his long career and friendships with people who used rent boys and sexually exploited vulnerable people – it happened as a result of a mentally ill grandmother…

The reference to ‘Tommy’ will have been the Uncle Ernie scene, in which Uncle Ernie, a stereotypical dirty old man dressed in a flasher’s mac, molests a ‘deaf, dumb and blind’ boy whilst singing ‘You won’t shout as I fiddle about’. Kids with sensory disabilities are often targeted by people who sexually assault them, but their assailants are as likely to be health and welfare professionals as the Uncle Ernies of the world – Uncle Ernies don’t usually have unsupervised access to disabled kids, but Top Docs, Angels, social workers, carers, teachers and others do.

The Torygraph published an article in which Townshend maintained that he had only accessed the child porn site to demonstrate that British banks were channelling child porn profits. Which they may well be, but I’m not sure that using your credit card to access the sites yourself and join in the fun is quite the way to expose what the banks are doing. Townsend stated that ‘I felt I had an understanding, and I could help’. Which is exactly what Dr Dafydd Alun Jones said on every occasion that he was challenged after being caught doing something unacceptable.

Townshend was also quoted in the Torygraph as saying that he suffered from ‘White Knight Syndrome’. I have never heard of such a condition, but according to Townshend, it afflicts those ‘who like to be seen to be helping’. I don’t know if White Knight Syndrome will be appearing in DSM soon, but Dafydd is clearly a fellow sufferer. During every investigation into Dafydd, his explanation for whatever serious malpractice he was involved has been ‘I was only trying to help’. He even went on TV and said that after Mary Wynch won her case and accompanied it with the comment ‘I found myself in this bizarre situation’. Then bugger me if Dafydd didn’t say exactly the same thing to Robert Bluglass after I complained about him – ‘Well I found myself in this bizarre situation and I was only trying to help’.

Dafydd – take it from me, if you do not threaten women and then have them unlawfully arrested and imprisoned in psychiatric hospitals when they fail to succumb to your threats, you will find yourself in far fewer bizarre situations and you will not need to help quite so often. It’ll save you a lot of bother and it will be far cheaper for whichever organisation is stupid enough to employ you, because legal fees do mount up when Top Docs find themselves in bizarre situations and try to help in this manner.

 

Townshend was also quoted in one press report as saying that he had been accused of being a paedophile because he had a big nose. Not only is Peter Townshend’s nose not that big, but I rather suspect that the reason for the cloud of suspicion was his accessing a child porn website rather than his nose. As was said in Monty Python’s Life of Brian, ‘blessed are the big noses’ – a film which was co-authored by and starred Graham Chapman, a man who enjoyed sex with underaged boys (see post ‘Inside Information About A Hergest Unit Death’). Chapman didn’t claim to be undertaking research when he was questioned by the police, he just told them to take a running jump because he was a Top Doctor. Chapman qualified at Bart’s, which was where Dafydd’s protector Prof Linford Rees worked for years (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).

Townshend’s wiki entry doesn’t mention that caution for child porn and the five years on the sex offenders register, but it does have a great deal about his charidee work and explains that in 1974 Pete played a benefit show which was organised to raise funds for the Camden Square Community Play Centre.

The earliest public example of Townshend’s charidee work was in 1968, when he donated the use of his former Wardour Street apartment to the Meher Baba Association. The following year, the Association was moved to another Townshend-owned apartment in Eccleston Square. Townshend sat on a committee which oversaw the operation and finances of the centre.

In 1969 and 1972, Townshend produced two limited-release albums, Happy Birthday and I Am, for the London-based Baba Association. This led to 1972’s Who Came First, 15 percent of the revenue of which went to the Baba Association. In 1976 there was a further release, With Love. A boxed set of all three limited releases on CD, Avatar, was released in 2000, with all profits going to the Avatar Meher Baba Trust in India, which provided funds to a dispensary, school, hospital and pilgrimage centre.

In July 1976, Townshend opened Meher Baba Oceanic, a London activity centre for Baba followers, which featured film dubbing and editing facilities, a cinema and a recording studio. The centre also served as a regular meeting place for Baba followers. Townshend offered very economical lodging for American followers who needed an overnight stay on their pilgrimages to India. Townshend wrote in a 1977 Rolling Stone article:

Townshend also embarked on a MEFA, the Meher Baba European Film Archive, project dedicated to the collection, restoration and maintenance of Meher Baba-related films.

Townshend has been a champion of children’s charities. The debut of Pete Townshend’s stage version of ‘Tommy’ in San Diego’s in July 1992 was earmarked as a benefit for the London-based Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation, an organisation which helps children with autism and intellectual disability.

Townshend performed at a 1995 benefit organised by Paul Simon at Madison Square Garden’s Paramount Theatre for the Children’s Health Fund. The following year, Townshend performed at a benefit for the annual Bridge School Benefit, a California facility for children with severe speech and physical impairments, with concerts organised by Neil and Pegi Young. In 1997, Townshend established a relationship with Maryville Academy, a Chicago area children’s charity. Between 1997-02, Townshend played five benefit shows for Maryville Academy, raising at least $1,600,000. His 1998 album ‘A Benefit for Maryville Academy’ was made to support their activities and proceeds from the sales of his release were donated to them.

As a member of ‘The Who’, Townshend has also performed a series of concerts, beginning in 2000, to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, which raised several million pounds. In 2005, Townshend performed at New York’s Gotham Hall for Samsung’s ‘Four Seasons of Hope’, an annual children’s charity fundraiser. In the same year, he donated a smashed guitar to the Pediatric Epilepsy Project.

On 4 Nov 2011, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend launched the Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, to be funded by The Who’s charity ‘Who Cares’. The launch, followed on 5 November by a fund-raising event, was also attended by Robert Plant and Dave Grohl. 

Townshend has also advocated for drug rehabilitation. In a 1985 radio interview, he said:

You’ll be delighted to know Pete that Dafydd comes highly recommended by class A drug users. As one said to me – after he’d served a prison sentence for armed robbery – ‘DA’s great, he’ll give you anything that you want, anything that you ask for. And he’ll always give you a  good for court report’.

The ‘large clinic’ to which Townshend was referring to was a plan he and drug rehabilitation experimenter Meg Patterson had devised to open a drug treatment facility in London; however, the plan failed to come to fruition. Two early 1979 concerts by ‘The Who’ raised £20,000 for Patterson’s Pharmakon Clinic in Sussex.

Further examples of Townshend’s drug rehabilitation activism took place in the form of a 1984 benefit concert, an article he wrote a few days later for the ‘Mail on Sunday’ urging better care for the nation’s addicts and the formation of a charitable organisation, Double-O Charities, to raise funds for the causes he’d championed. Townshend also sold fund-raising anti-heroin T-shirts at a series of UK Bruce Springsteen concerts and reportedly financed a trip for former Clash drummer Topper Headon to undergo drug rehabilitation treatment. Townshend’s 1985–86 band, ‘Deep End’, played two benefits at Brixton Academy in 1985 for Double-O.

In 1979 Townshend donated his services to Amnesty when he performed three songs for its benefit show ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’. That was of course the event at which Peter Cook performed his wonderful satire ‘Entirely a Matter For You’ in which he sent up the summing up of the judge who presided over Jeremy Thorpe’s trial. Cook’s performance included memorable lines about the  hitman not even being able to carry out a simple murder plot without cocking the whole thing up and a man with a criminal past but no criminal future…

Why am I reminded of Huw Daniel every time that I watch ‘Entirely a Matter For You?’

Townshend had been invited to perform for Amnesty by Martin Lewis, the producer of ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’, who stated later that Townshend’s participation had been the key to his securing the subsequent participation for Amnesty (in the 1981 sequel show) of Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins and Bob Geldof.

 

Townshend’s band mate Keith Moon was an old flame of Kathy Ethingham’s. I won’t recite in detail the highlights of Moon the Loon’s life here – readers will no doubt be aware of the Rolls Royce in the swimming pool,  the wrecked hotel rooms, the TVs chucked out of the window because the hotel staff were not up to Moon’s exacting requirements, the explosions in the bogs etc, but there are a few aspects of Moon’s life and death that are worth mentioning.

Keith Moon had a very serious drug and alcohol problem which by the end of his life was said by his friends to have sent him quite mad – Moon’s mates might have been describing an amphetamine-induced psychosis. Moon died in Sept 1978 of an overdose of Heminevrin, a drug prescribed to combat alcohol abuse. Heminevrin was routinely prescribed to people withdrawing from alcohol – although I’m not sure whether that is still the case. The problem with Heminevrin is – like so many drugs prescribed to people who are prone to not being particularly stable – that Heminevrin is lethal if not used properly.

By the time that Moon was given a massive quantity of Heminevrin to take home and play with, his excesses were very well known and had been the subject of much media coverage. Some very nasty things had also happened to some of the people associated with Keith Moon.

On 4 Jan 1970 Moon accidentally killed his friend, driver and bodyguard, Neil Boland, outside the Red Lion pub in Hatfield. Pub patrons had begun to attack his Bentley and Moon, drunk, began driving to escape them. During the fracas, he hit Boland. After an investigation, the coroner ruled Boland’s death an accident and Moon received an absolute discharge after being charged with a number of offences. Those close to Moon said that he was haunted by Boland’s death for the rest of his life and Moon had nightmares about the incident and said he had no right to be alive.

I’d be interested to find out how on earth Keith Moon got out of that one, even if he did feel terrible about it afterwards. As someone who was fined £60 for staring at a colleague of a paedophile gang who had unlawfully imprisoned me after encountering her in a supermarket (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’), I am confident that if I had run over and killed someone whilst pissed, I would receive a little more that an absolute discharge.

In 1973 Moon’s wife Kim, convinced that neither she nor anyone else could moderate Keith’s behaviour, left Moon and took their daughter. Kim sued for divorce in 1975. Moon’s friends stated that Moon ‘couldn’t handle’ Kim leaving him and that she was ‘the only woman he loved’. So obviously to show how much he loved her, Moon harassed Kim with phone calls and on one occasion before Kim sued for divorce, sent several heavies in pursuit of her, forcing Kim to hide in a walk-in closet after the thugs broke into her home. Kim died in a car accident in Texas in Aug 2006.

In 1975 Moon began a relationship with model Annette Walter-Lax. She begged Malibu neighbour Larry Hagman (JR of ‘Who shot JR?’ fame) to check Moon into a clinic to dry out (as he had attempted to do before), but when doctors recorded Moon’s chemical intake at breakfast – a bottle of champagne, Courvoisier and amphetamines – they concluded that there was no hope for his rehabilitation.

Hagman had a long and successful TV career in the US and in the UK. He knew many of those who hung out with Dafydd’s umbrella Linford Rees’s actress daughter Angharad Rees and her husband Christopher Cazenove (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).

Early in The Who’s career, Moon got to know The Beatles. He would join them at clubs, forming a particularly close friendship with Ringo Starr. The Ringo who was a neighbour of one of F’s friends…Moon later became friends with Viv Stanshall, a man who was networked with Graham Chapman et al and who died in odd circumstances in March 1995, before there was any chance of him blabbing in the wake of the Waterhouse Report (see post ‘ The International Language Of Screaming’). In the early 1970s Moon helped Stanshall with his ‘Radio Flashes’ radio show for BBC Radio 1, filling in for the vacationing John Peel. Subsequently, in 1973, Moon himself filled in for John Peel in ‘A Touch of the Moon’. The John Peel who went to school in Deganwy in north Wales and who was later so helpful in creating rock stars out of the offspring of the paedophiles’ friends in the run up to the Waterhouse Inquiry and the publication of the Waterhouse Report (see post ‘The International Language Of Screaming’).

In 1974, Moon struck up a friendship with the drunken git Oliver Reed of ‘I’ve got a tattoo on my penis, would you ladies like to see it?’ fame. The Ollie who wrestled naked in mud with other men, lest anyone might suspect him of having homophilic tendencies.  

Keith Moon was mates with Graham Chapman who, as well as regularly visiting north Wales with his 13 year old ‘adopted son’, used to dip his penis – presumably untattooed – in folk’s drinks in pubs near his house in Belsize Park. He didn’t receive a kick in the carregs because he wasn’t in Wetherspoons in Caernarfon, he was a zany Python within spitting distance of Hamptead, so it was OK.

In mid-1978 Moon moved into a flat in Curzon Place, Mayfair, renting from singer Harry Nilsson. (The wiki entry for Nilsson states that he died of a heart attack in 1994 at 52 years of age – which is a bit weird because I can remember when he was found dead and I seem to remember that the media reports stated that it was thought that he’d killed himself. Nilsson was a close friend of Ringo.) The singer Cass Elliot had died in the same flat four years earlier, at the age of 32. Cass’s wiki entry states that she too died of a heart attack. Curiouser and curiouser – Cass Elliot definitely choked to death, on, I understand, a ham sandwich. I wonder if someone has been busy amending wiki? Nilsson was concerned about letting the flat to Moon, believing it was cursed. Townshend disagreed, assuring him that ‘lightning wouldn’t strike the same place twice’.

After moving in, Moon began a prescribed course of Heminevrin. He wanted to get sober, but he had a fear of psychiatric hospitals – very wise – so he wanted to detox at home. Heminevrin is discouraged for unsupervised detox  because of its addictive potential, its tendency to induce tolerance and the risk of death when mixed with alcohol. The pills were prescribed by Dr Geoffrey Dymond, a Top Doctor from Harley Street. Dymond prescribed a bottle of 100 pills, instructing Moon to take one pill when he felt a craving for alcohol but not more than three pills per day.

On 6 Sept 1978 Moon and Annette dined with the McCartneys in Covent Garden, after a party. David Frost was a guest at the party – the Frost who conveniently pegged out on a cruise in Aug 2013 in the midst of Operation Pallial and the Macur Review and who’s death was followed by the sudden death of his 31 year old Miles not long afterwards (see post ‘The International Language Of Screaming’). Moon watched a film – ‘The Abominable Dr Phibes’ no less – and asked Annette to cook him steak and eggs. When she objected, Moon replied, ‘If you don’t like it, you can fuck off’. He then took 32 Heminevrin tablets. When Annette checked on Moon the following afternoon, she found him dead.

Police determined that there were 32 Heminevrin pills in Moon’s system. Six were digested, sufficient to cause his death; the other 26 were undigested when he died. Max Glatt – one of many Top Docs who has previously starred on this blog (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’) – wrote in The Sunday Times that Moon should never have been given the drug.

When Moon’s friends discovered how lethal Heminevrin is in overdose they were all baffled as to why the Abominable Dr Dymond prescribed so many for him. The Abominable Dr Dymond maintained that he was ‘unaware’ of Moon’s lifestyle.

In 1978 I was a school girl in Somerset. Even I knew about Keith Moon’s lifestyle, as did my friends and I had never been to London in my life, so how the Rolls Royces in the swimming pools etc escaped Geoffrey Dymond’s notice I don’t know.

Interviews with Moon’s mates suggest that they put a great deal of trust in Dymond and his abilities to ‘look after’ Keith Moon and just assumed that the Top Doctor had made an inexplicable error. I am happy to tell Moon’s surviving friends that a lot of Top Docs detest patients a lot less twattish than Keith Moon – and by the time that he died, Moon really was a twat of the highest order who had pissed off a great many people. Whilst working in medical research and in my capacity as a patient I have heard Top Docs and their associates express such callous attitudes towards patients and follow this up with criminally negligent conduct of such a magnitude that the general public would not believe that it ever happens.  Take it from me, they help people on their way. I have heard the most shocking comments made by Top Doctors after distressed colleagues – let alone patients – of theirs have killed themselves and I know of at least three suicides of mental health patients which could have been avoided with very little effort but that effort was quite deliberately not made. When faced with someone like Keith Moon, a lot of Top Doctors really could not give a fuck.

How are you Dafydd and Keith Fearns? Is it not ironic that it was Tony Francis who committed suicide rather than me? You didn’t expect that did you? Christ almighty, all I did was complain about Gwynne the lobotomist and catch Tony Francis out on a lie and WW III was declared. To paraphrase Morrissey : ‘They bear more grudges/Than lonely High Court judges’…

 

F repeatedly told me, whilst he related anecdotes from his youth in the bosom of Ringo et al, that ‘they hated us’.

 

Another bedfellow of Kathy Etchingham’s was Brian Jones, the original leader of the Rolling Stones. F always maintained that Brian Jones was murdered. Jones died in July 1969 – he was found motionless at the bottom of his pool at Cotchford Farm. His girlfriend Anna Wohlin maintained that Jones was still alive when he was taken out of the pool but Top Doctors arrived at the scene ‘too late’ and pronounced him dead. The verdict was of death by misadventure. It was Sussex Police who stood accused of failing to investigate the allegations that Jones was murdered or to have even concealed a murder.

Brian Jones was someone else who developed drug and alcohol problems and was identifiably quite seriously mentally ill by the time that he died.

Brian Jones seems to have been treated very callously by many of those around him. When asked if he felt guilty about Jones’ death, Mick Jagger told ‘Rolling Stone’ in 1995: ‘No, I don’t really. I do feel that I behaved in a very childish way, but we were very young and in some ways we picked on him. But, unfortunately, he made himself a target for it; he was very, very jealous, very difficult, very manipulative and if you do that in this kind of a group of people you get back as good as you give, to be honest. I wasn’t understanding enough about his drug addiction.’ 

Ah well Brian Jones was manipulative unlike Mr Clean Mick, so who gives a stuff that he was treated badly and found dead in suspicious circumstances. Mick is now what Viz magazine calls a ‘shag relative’ of Rupert Murdoch ie. Mick has shagged someone that Murdoch has shagged. Or at least married. So I doubt that we’ll be reading much about any interpretation of Jones’s character other than that he was ‘manipulative’ and people ‘didn’t understand’.

 

Kathy also had a relationship with Georgie Fame. Georgie is still alive but his wife Nicolette, the Marchioness of Londonderry, isn’t. Her body was found beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Aug 1993 and it was assumed that she had jumped. At the time, it was reported that Nicolette was seen on the bridge, approached someone, gave them her name and asked them to ‘raise the alarm’. Whether they did or not I don’t know – Nicolette’s body was found later. A statement was given to the media explaining that Nicolette had been under the care of an expensive Top Doctor because she was distraught at the menopause and by her children leaving the nest. As someone who has now had a menopause, I can confirm that there is no need to even bother to read the volumes of rubbish that are published by the likes of Miriam Stoppard to ‘guide one through it’, let alone chuck oneself off the Clifton Suspension Bridge, it really is not that much of a big deal if you keep away from Top Doctors recommending unnecessary things like HRT. Some people do feel bereft when their children leave home, but women are no longer put in the dustbin when that happens and a lot of them have a great time, particularly if they’re a Marchioness. I cannot help suspecting that there might have been something far more serious worrying Nicolette than the menopause and the kids moving out.

Georgie Fame’s first job was at Butlins in Pwllheli. Like Kathy Etchingham, he went to London and the age of 16 and hit the music scene.

August 1993. Just before the North Wales Police wound up their investigation into the possible existence of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales and declared that there was no evidence of any such thing.

 

The coroner who carried out the inquest into the death of Jimi Hendrix was Lt Col Gavin Thurston. Thurston was educated at Dulwich College and Guy’s Hospital Medical School. He served in the RAMC from 1939-45 in India and NW Europe. Thurston was called to the Bar in 1952 but never practised.

Thurston came under the influence of an older Guy’s man, Percy Barnard Skeels, a solicitor of the City firm of Hoddinott & Skeels, then HM coroner to metropolitan Essex. Thurston was appointed as Skeels’s deputy in 1949. He was appointed as Westminster coroner in 1956 and occupied this post until his death in 1980. Thurston served as Treasurer, Secretary and President to the Coroner’s Society and was President of the Medico-Legal Society in 1969. He was a member of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences and for a short period a lecturer at the West London Medical School. Thurston sat on the Council of the MDU, 1960-80.

Thurston lived in Sussex and was married to Janet, another Top Doctor who specialised in community medicine. Janet accompanied Thurston to medico-legal and forensic meetings. After Thurston died, in 1982 Janet married a colleague of Thurston’s, the pathologist Professor Keith Simpson, who also spent a career investigating suspicious deaths that could prove difficult for high profile people. More details about Keith Simpson can be found in my post ‘Oh, No! It’s The Pathetic Sharks…’.

Thurston had a son, John, who was also a Top Doctor. A Dr John Thurston, an A&E Top Doctor at Joyce Green Hospital, Dartford, contributed to one of those regular BBC News Online reports regarding How Fucking Daft All The Patients Are. Top Doc Thurston was able to tell the BBC that ‘people really can be stupid’. The Top Docs are often somewhat conflicted over the intelligence of patients. Top Doctor Devakumar, one of the paedophiles’ friends who was employed at the Hergest Unit for many years, once yelled at me ‘you are stupid’ because I did insist on complaining about Dafydd. Yet Devakumar was also a signatory to the documents detailed in previous blog posts in which the BMA, MDU and many other people were told that I was a wicked genius who needed to be banged up in a secure unit asap. Perhaps I should consider myself fortunate – in one ward round Devakumar rolled up his sleeves and told a male patient that he’d fight him whenever he wanted.

‘As experienced psychiatrists we are used to patients who are aggressive to us and have training in de-escalation techniques’ wrote Dr Sadie Francis in one letter to Hempsons, detailing the problem that was me, after Hempsons had written to her and Tony Francis and them that they were ‘over-reacting’ and strongly advised them not to pursue litigation against me.

De-escalation techniques – ‘SCRAAAAP’…

 

At the time of writing, ‘The Guardian’ website features yet another article about Dangerous Psychiatric Patients attacking Top Doctors and Angels. It is a ‘global problem’ according to ‘The Guardian’.

 

Gavin Thurston was certainly Coroner to the Stars. His cases included Keith Moon, Cass Elliot, Stephen Ward (the scapegoat of the Profumo Affair – see post ‘In Memoriam – Bronwen, Lady Astor’), Judy Garland, Professor Gordon Fairley, Airey Neave, Sandra Rivett (Lord Lucan’s nanny) and Georgi Markov.

 

 

The Top Doctor who carried out the autopsy on Hendrix was pathologist Dr Donald Teare. Teare was from the Isle of Man and his father was a newspaper proprietor who also became a member of the House of Keys. Teare was educated at King William’s College on the Isle of Man and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School. Teare began his career as a lecturer in forensic medicine at Bart’s Hospital Medical College. He was Reader and then Professor of Forensic Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, 1963-75. Teare was also a lecturer at the Metropolitan Police College, Hendon. He served as President of the MDU and President of the British Association of Forensic Medicine; President of the Association of Forensic Pathologists; President of the Medico-Legal Society, 1965-66. Teare was given a personal Chair in the University of London in 1968.

Donald Teare worked on many celebrity corpses and his famous cases included the murder of Beryl Evans and her baby Geraldine – for which Timothy Evans was hanged only to be posthumously cleared – and Podola (see post ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’). Together with Prof Keith Simpson and Prof Francis Camps, Teare was one of the ‘Three Musketeers’, who dealt with almost all the suspicious deaths in the London area. Teare retired in 1975 and in Jan 1979 on the Isle of Man, at the age of 67.

Teare’s wife Kathleen was a magistrate in London.

The Royal College of Physicians website ‘Lives of the Fellows Online’ section informs us that Donald Teare was ‘much respected and loved – a combination not always achieved by men of distinction in medicine’. Someone’s been telling porkies then, because a read through the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows Online’ reveals numerous distinguished Top Docs who were outstandingly brilliant, wonderful with patients, revered by everyone and had hearts of gold. In the cases of Top Doctors who were so obnoxious that even the Royal College of Physicians can’t pass them off as being lovely, it is stressed that they were really just very shy and no-one knew that within the complete bastard was a cuddly fluffy bunny. It was a CK Simpson who wrote Teare’s ‘Lives of the Fellows’ entry, who I suspect was Keith Simpson, Teare’s mate.

Thurston and Teare were both Top Docs to Scotland Yard and the Royal Family. Thurston was Deputy Coroner to the Royal Household.

 

I really am looking forward to reading Dafydd’s obituaries. A friend has already instructed me to pay a special tribute to Dafydd on this blog when he finally turns his toes up. When Lucille pegs out I could write a little piece along the lines of ‘together in heaven for ever’…

 

Professor Francis Camps was the son of Dr Percy William Leopold Camps, a GP and surgeon. Camps was educated at Marlborough College, followed by Guy’s Hospital. He went on to postgraduate studies at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Neuchâtel University, Switzerland. Camps took up the post of pathologist at the Chelmsford and Essex Hospital. He was Reader and then Professor of Forensic Medicine at the London Hospital Medical School; President of the International Association of Forensic Scientists; President of the British Association and Secretary General, British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Camps worked on, amongst others, the Dr John Bodkin Adams case in 1956 where he identified 163 suspicious deaths and was an expert witness in the trial the following year. However, Adams was acquitted of murdering one of his patients, owing to lack of evidence of motive, among other uncertainties. Harriet Harman’s father Dr John  Harman gave evidence supportive of Bodkin Adams, although Harman had very little experience in the matters on which he gave ‘expert evidence’.

Camps gave evidence during the trial of John Christie in 1953, having produced a detailed and comprehensive report on the many bodies found at 10 Rillington Place. The bodies were well preserved and so much relevant information could be gleaned from their condition. His report showed a consistent pattern of attack by Christie, most of the intact victims having been sexually molested and strangled. Beryl and Geraldine Evans had alone been strangled and their bodies were exhumed to be re-examined for Christie’s trial – by then Timothy Evans had already been convicted of their murders and hanged.

The skeletal remains of Christie’s older victims buried in the back garden at Rillington Place provided less information, although it proved possible to identify the women involved. There could be little doubt that Christie had murdered them all, that Timothy Evans was innocent and that he had been wrongly executed. The forensic and witness evidence pointed to a serious miscarriage of justice, although it was contested by a series of lawyers and politicians well after the events.

Several authors, including Ludovic Kennedy, pointed out the many contradictions and errors in the Crown’s case and the innocence of Evans is now widely accepted, by the public, experts and by the Crown itself.

 

Thurston and Teare were involved in having the final say regarding a few other suspicious celebrity deaths as well.

Tara Browne died in a car crash in Chelsea in 1966 – she was a friend of Paul McCartney’s. Jane Asher was Paul McCartney’s girlfriend whose dad Dr Richard Asher’s body was found in 1969 in the basement of the family home at Wimpole Street after he had been missing for days. It was deemed that Dr Asher died by suicide. McCartney had previously lived at the Asher’s Wimpole Street home in the mid-60s. Dr Asher was an endocrinologist and haematologist with an interest in the physical fators contributing to mental illness. He was the senior physician responsible for mental observations at the Central Middlesex Hospital but for some reason in 1964 his job was given to a psychiatrist. Asher was so upset by this that he effectively gave up medicine. In my experience this sort of thing is usually a consequence of war being declared upon someone who has fallen foul of their colleagues, rather than bearing any relation to their clinical skills. Dr Asher had possible connections with Profumo via Stephen Ward.

 

Donald Teare also performed the autopsy on Brian Epstein, the manager of ‘The Beatles’ and Cilla Black. Epstein died in Aug 1967, at his home in Kingsley Hill.

Epstein’s homosexuality was not publicly known until some years after his death, although it had been an open secret among his friends and business associates. Whilst Epstein was in the Army, he commissioned a tailor to make an officer’s uniform for him that he wore when cruising the bars of London, but was arrested one night by the Military Police for impersonating an officer. Epstein managed to avoid a court martial by agreeing to see an Army psychiatrist, who learned of Epstein’s sexuality. After 10 months he was discharged from the Army for being ’emotionally and mentally unfit’. 

Epstein spent a year studying acting at RADA, but dropped out shortly after his arrest for ‘persistent importuning’ outside a men’s public toilet in Swiss Cottage. McCartney said that when Epstein started to manage The Beatles they knew that he was homosexual but did not care, because he encouraged them professionally and offered them access to previously ‘off-limits’ social circles. John Lennon was often sarcastic about Epstein’s homosexuality but no-one outside the inner circle was allowed to comment. Ian Sharp, one of Lennon’s art school friends, when talking about Epstein, asked, ‘Which one of you [Beatles] does he fancy?’ Sharp was sent a letter by Epstein’s office within 48 hours that demanded a complete apology. Sharp apologised but received a letter from McCartney directing him to have no contact with any of them in the future. Epstein went on holiday to places such as Amsterdam, Torremolinos and Barcelona or Manchester at weekends, as the attitude to gays there was more tolerant than Liverpool.

In his autobiography, Pete Best, a close associate of The Beatles, stated that one evening Epstein expressed his ‘very fond admiration’. Epstein then supposedly said, ‘Would you find it embarrassing if I ask you to stay in a hotel overnight?’ Best replied that he was not interested and the two never mentioned the incident again. There were reports of a brief sexual encounter between Lennon and Epstein during a four day holiday in Barcelona in April 1963, although Lennon always denied the rumours. Male homosexual activity was not decriminalised in England and Wales until one month after Epstein’s death.

Epstein used stimulants, usually Preludin, which did not require a prescription at the time. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr also used it. Epstein developed dependencies on carbromal, a barbiturate-like sedative/hypnotic drug.

In 1964 Epstein was introduced to cannabis by Bob Dylan. Epstein later became heavily involved in the 1960s drug scene. Whilst the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper was being recorded, Epstein spent his time on holiday, or at the Priory Clinic in Putney, where he tried unsuccessfully to curb his drug use. 

In June 1967, after McCartney had admitted to LSD use, Epstein defended him to the media, stating that he had taken the drug, too.

Epstein attended a traditional shiva in Liverpool after his father died, having just come out of the Priory Clinic where he had been trying to cure his acute insomnia and addiction to amphetamines. On 24 Aug 1967 Epstein asked Peter Brown and Geoffrey Ellis down to Kingsley Hill – Epstein’s country home in Warbleton Sussex – for the weekend. After they arrived, Epstein decided to drive back to London alone because an expected group of rent boys he had invited failed to arrive, although they did turn up after Epstein left. Epstein phoned Brown at 5 pm the next day from his Chapel Street house in London. Brown thought that Epstein sounded ‘very groggy’, and suggested that he take a train back instead of driving under the influence of Tuinals. Epstein replied that he would eat something, read his mail and watch Juke Box Jury before phoning Brown to tell him which train to meet. He never called again.

Epstein died of an overdose of the barbiturate Carbitral in his locked bedroom, on 27 August 1967. He was discovered after his butler had knocked on the door and then hearing no response asked the housekeeper to call the police. Epstein was found on a single bed, dressed in pyjamas, with various correspondence spread over a second single bed. At the inquest his death was ruled an accident, caused by a gradual buildup of Carbitral in his system, combined with alcohol. The Beatles were in Bangor at the time, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Epstein had previously agreed to travel to Bangor after the August Bank Holiday. The second of two shows by Jimi Hendrix at Epstein’s Saville Theatre was cancelled on the evening of his death.

Peter Brown wrote in his memoir that he had once found a suicide note written by Epstein and had spoken with him about it. According to Brown the note read in part, ‘This is all too much and I can’t take it any more’. Brown had also found a will made by Epstein. When confronted with the notes, Epstein told Brown that he would be grateful if Brown did not tell anyone. He explained that when he wrote the note and composed the will he had simply taken one pill too many, and that he had no intention of overdosing, promising to be more careful in the future. Epstein’s doctor, Norman Cowan, was prescribing the drugs. The coroner, Thurston, told the Westminster inquest that Epstein’s death was caused by an overdose of Carbitral, and ruled it as an accidental death. The pathologist, Teare, stated that Epstein had been taking bromide in the form of Carbitral for some time and that the barbiturate level in Epstein’s blood was a ‘low fatal level’.

Bromide was famously used by Top Docs to suppress the sexual urges of men who were suspiciously gay, although Top Docs often deny this.

The Beatles did not attend Epstein’s funeral, both to allow his family some privacy and to avoid attracting fans and the media. Epstein was buried in the Long Lane Jewish Cemetery, Aintree. The service at the graveside was held by Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, who stated that Epstein was ‘a symbol of the malaise of our generation’.

Whatever Epstein did paled into insignificance when compared to that cartel of Top Doctors.

 

It is worth discussing another Top Doctor who was called upon the investigate many suspicious deaths as well, Professor David Bowen. As Head of Forensic Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital between 1973-89 and Professor of Forensic Medicine at London University from 1977-89, Bowen investigated some 500 cases of murder and suspicious deaths.

In Feb 1983 Det Ch Insp Peter Jay, head of Hornsey CID, arrived at Bowen’s office at Charing Cross and showed him several strips of skin and four small bones which had been recovered from a house in Muswell Hill, where blocked drains had been reported. The strips had a few fine hairs and appeared to have been partially boiled; initially they were thought to have come from the skin of a chicken. But Bowen was certain they were human. Noticing indentations on the surface of the skin, Bowen remarked that it might well have come from someone who had been strangled.

On the strength of Bowen’s advice, the detective returned to north London to await the arrival home from work of Dennis Nilsen, a 37 year old civil servant with the Manpower Services Commission. ‘I’ve come about your drains,’ said Jay.

That evening Bowen was called to make an initial examination of Nilsen’s flat at Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill and was immediately struck by its unpleasant foetid atmosphere. When he examined two plastic bin bags taken from the wardrobe he found human chest tissue, expertly dissected from the rib cage and an almost complete human torso. He also found the upper half of a second torso with arms but no hands; a decomposed skull; and the freshly decapitated head of Nilsen’s last victim. In total Bowen counted up the major parts of two bodies plus a recently dismembered one which was easily identified by fingerprints. In this case, the head had been parboiled in a stockpot which Nilsen kept on his stove. Nilsen said the other two had died in March and Sept 1982.

At his previous address in Melrose Avenue, Cricklewood, Nilsen had dismembered another 12 victims and buried them under his floorboards. To make way for newcomers as space became tight, he progressively transferred the remains to his garden, burning them on huge bonfires before crushing the residuum with a heavy roller. Bowen and a colleague identified enough bone fragments retrieved from the topsoil to establish that at least six bodies were represented. At Nilsen’s trial, the jury found him guilty on six charges of murder.

At the time, the Nilson case involved the disposal of more bodies by one man than in any other case in British criminal history.

 

I remember the media coverage of the Dennis Nilsen case well. Some of the comments in court regarding Nilsen’s ‘madness’ were very stereotypical and quite farcical and although it was clear that human remains had been found, there was much confusion and speculation over exactly how many people Nilsen was alleged to have killed. Then there was the question that everybody was asking – why were none of the men whom Nilsen was alleged to have killed ever reported missing? The conversation at the time centred around how sad it was that numerous young single homeless men had been murdered by Nilsen and no-one even missed them. Some years after Dennis Nilsen was convicted, I encountered Dr Paul Bowden, one of the ‘experts’ in the Nilsen case. Paul Bowden was one of those called upon the ‘assess’ me when the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales perjured themselves and had me arrested in early 1991. Bowden was one of those who knew about the criminality of Dafydd et al but who said nothing (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’). Bowden worked at the Maudsley, where Dafydd had ‘trained’ and Bowden had also worked closely with Professor Robert Bluglass, who concealed the criminal conduct of Dafydd, Tony Francis, Gwynedd Social Services et al in 1989 (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’).

Many years ago I found the transcript of a public lecture that Bluglass had given, of a ‘my brilliant career’ type. Bluglass waxed lyrical about murderers that he had known but failed to mention that there was a dearth of evidence in some of the cases that he discussed, there was merely rumour and speculation. Bluglass discussed Dennis Nilsen – the journal in which the lecture was published  was illustrated by photos. Someone had recreated the imagined scene in Dennis Nilsen’s kitchen where he was alleged to have boiled someone’s decapitated head on the stove and for effect there were tufts of hair sticking out from under the saucepan lid. The journal was very complimentary about this touch. Now if one of Bluglass’s patients had done that for a laugh, it would have been recorded in triplicate and used as evidence as to how dangerous that patient was for years to come. In much the same way that Dafydd and Bluglass agreed that I was really quite mad and dangerous because I called Dafydd a wanker, yet Bluglass’s daughter Amanda – who fancies herself as an avant garde artist – can embroider a sampler with ‘Happy Fucking Holidays’ on it and display it on the internet. I don’t mind if Amanda Bluglass wants to do that, but it certainly illustrates that her father was moving goalposts.

Perhaps Dennis Nilsen did invite all those men back to his house, strangle them, have sex with them and then dismember them in the kitchen as alleged. Someone definitely killed someone, there were some human remains found. But beyond that no-one can be sure of anything very much because so many of the ‘experts’ involved were not only out of their depth but endemically corrupt liars as well.

 

Four years after the Nilsen trial, Bowen worked on the Railway Murders, two of which had been carried out by John Duffy and three by his close friend David Mulcahy. In 1988 Duffy had been convicted of two killings but acquitted of a third – that of Anne Lock – because of lack of evidence.

But 10 years into his sentence, Duffy named Mulcahy as his accomplice in some 25 rapes and three murders near suburban railway stations in north London, including the unsolved killing of Mrs Lock. Unlike the other two victims, she had been suffocated by a sock stuffed into her mouth. In Sept 2000 Bowen returned to the Old Bailey to testify about the tape that had bound Mrs Lock’s hands and was cross-examined on exactly how the tape had been fastened to her fingers, corroborating the story that Duffy had given. As a result Mulcahy was convicted of three murders, seven rapes and five counts of conspiracy to rape and given a whole life sentence.

David Bowen was born at Pontycymmer, near Bridgend, south Wales. After Caterham School and Garw Secondary School, Pontycymmer, Bowen completed a medical degree at University College of Wales in Cardiff and took a Master’s at Corpus Christi, Cambridge. He completed his training at Middlesex Hospital Medical School. Bowen was pretty much the same age as Gwynne the lobotomist – who also trained at the Middlesex. Bowen undertook house officer posts at the West Middlesex and London Chest Hospitals and followed them up with two years in the RMAC.

Such is the nepotism among Top Doctors that Bowen will have known Gwynne and Dafydd.

Bowen trained in clinical pathology and histopathology at the Royal Marsden Hospital and in 1957 was appointed as Demonstrator in Forensic Pathology at St George’s Hospital Medical School.

In his memoirs, Bowen recalled how a telephone call and an interview led to a job as ‘bagman’ to Professor Donald Teare. It was a ‘rare chance to gain a foothold in such a specialised sphere’ and Bowen seized it.

Bowen carried out forensic investigations into many notable cases, including the murder of Ross McWhirter who was shot on the doorstep of his north London home by the IRA in 1975; the death of the teacher Blair Peach at an anti-racism demonstration in London in 1979 and the killing of PC Keith Blakelock, hacked to death in the riots on the Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham, in 1985. Bowen also conducted autopsies in the wake of the IRA bomb at the Baltic Exchange in London in April 1992.

In 1999 Bowen was asked to provide a report on the case of Roberto Calvi, head of Italy’s Banco Ambrosiano and known as ‘God’s banker’ because of his close ties to the Vatican. Calvi was found hanging below Blackfriars Bridge in 1982. Bowen had been retained by lawyers acting for Italian insurers dealing with a claim by Calvi’s widow on a $4 million life insurance policy. She and her son insisted the banker did not take his own life, as the police had concluded.

Bowen believed that evidence pointed to Calvi having been forcibly taken to the bridge, possibly by boat, and to his having been the victim of foul play. In 2007 five Italians tried for Calvi’s murder were acquitted.

The Roberto Calvi case is yet another one in which no-one knows what to believe because of the very questionable track records of so many who were involved with it.

Another case of Bowen’s cases was the death in Spandau prison in 1987 of Rudolf Hess. A British consultant surgeon, Hugh Thomas, who attended Hess, sought Bowen’s opinion on the cause of Hess’s death. Bowen scrutinised two separate postmortem reports, one prepared on behalf of the Four Powers (Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union and France) and the other drawn up on behalf of Hess’s family.

The Four Powers believed that the prisoner had hanged himself using electrical cord he had found in a shed. But Bowen agreed with Hess’s son that the alleged method of Hess’s hanging left considerable doubt about the truth of the matter. Suicidal hanging, Bowen noted, usually leaves few marks on the neck or internal tissues because of the invariably short drop. In Hess’s case the autopsy had found bruising in the deeper neck tissues. Such bruising, Bowen reasoned, while unlikely to occur in a case of hanging, is, however, a feature of strangulation.

Bruising to the top of the head – again as found in Hess’s case – is also unlikely to occur in hanging. ‘Doubts must remain’, Bowen concluded, ‘on the reliability of the official statement given concerning the death of Rudolf Hess.’

As well as his London appointments, Bowen was examiner in forensic medicine at the Universities of Saudi Arabia and Colombo, Sri Lanka. David Bowen married, in 1950, Joan Davis, with whom he had two sons and a daughter. Following her death in 1973 he married, in 1975, Helen Landcastle.

Bowen will have been part of the Dafydd and Gwynne network, so once more, who would ever know whether his opinion was worth anything at all.

 

I am left with the possibility that the ‘delusions’ of F are probably as reliable as the expert opinions of the tightly knit bunch of crooks who carried out so many of the autopsies and inquests of those 60s and 70s rock stars. They managed to condemn Timothy Evans to hang, although people were told very clearly at the time that the police had forced a confession out of Evans, had written his statement themselves and that the evidence wasn’t convincing.

The other thing worth noting is that Kathy Etchingham ended up as a Top Doctor’s wife, but when she went to London she was a 16 year old runaway with a troubled background. She was also from Derby – where a paedophile ring with links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales operated. Hendrix called Kathy his ‘Yoko Ono From Chester’. Did Kathy end up in London via Chester? Chester was a major part of the north Wales sex trafficking network.

 

There is someone who is still very much alive who could fill us all in on many of the mysteries from swinging London who, like Kathy Etchingham, dines out on her status as someone who was at the heart of it all but who experiences brain fades at very convenient moments – Michael Howard’s wife Sandra, who is the former model known as Sandra Paul.

Michael Howard was the Home Secretary who ruined Mary Wynch as she had the temerity to continue her fight after it was admitted that Dafydd did indeed have Mary unlawfully arrested and imprisoned for a year (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’).

Sandra was the daughter of an RAF Top Doctor and seemed to have been expected to lead a rather pointless life when she was young, so she went to London and ‘became a model’. Sandra boasts of having been photographed by David Bailey and Norman Parkinson. She knew JF Kennedy, Frank Sinatra – aka Ol’ Mafia Connections – and Bob Dylan.

Like Kathy, Sandra stresses that she was never promiscuous, but Sandra did get through quite a few husbands in quite a short time before she married Michael Howard. Sandra’s first husband was the jazz pianist Robin Douglas-Home, nephew of former PM Alec. Sandra and Robin’s divorce occurred at about the same time as Robin was shagging Princess Margaret. Robin killed himself in 1968 after suffering clinical depression. Someone else whom the Top Docs didn’t manage to do much for then. After she divorced Robin, Sandra married publicist David Wynne-Morgan and once she’d finished with him, he moved onto advertising exec Nigel Grandfield. Whilst married to Grandfield, Sandra was at a charity knees up on behalf of the Red Cross when she met Michael Howard, who was at that time still working as a barrister. Howard and Sandra married in 1975.

Michael Howard began life as Michael Hecht. His mum had lived in Wales from the age of six months but his dad was from Romania. What with the UK being populated by so many bigots, Michael’s dad did what many immigrants did and changed his name. Thus Michael was able to rise to the top of a party containing even more racist bastards than the other parties.

Howard was from south west Wales and went to Llanelli Boys’ Grammar School. He then went to Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Whilst a student, Howard was part of the notorious ‘Cambridge mafia’, along with Ken Clarke et al who later filled Thatcher’s Cabinet. Howard was elected as the MP for Folkestone and Hythe in 1983.

Another Tory of that era who came from the Swansea area was Michael Heseltine. Then there was Geoffrey Howe who was born in Port Talbot, the son of a solicitor and coroner. After Bridgend Prep School, Howe went to school in England then went to Trinity Hall where he too became part of the Cambridge mafia. Howe worked as a barrister on the endemically corrupt Wales and Chester Circuit, along with Ronnie Waterhouse and so many others who concealed the crimes of Dafydd and co. Howe investigated the Ely Hospital Scandal in 1969 – conditions at the North Wales Hospital were known to be worse but there was no investigation. Howe was Solicitor General under Heath, 1970-72. Howe served as MP for Bebington on the Wirral, 1964-66, then for Reigate in Surrey, 1970-74, then for East Surrey, 1974-92.

Geoffrey Howe knew about Dafydd and Gwynne (and of course George Thomas) even before Sir Peter Morrison was elected as MP for Chester and began abusing kids in north Wales and Cheshire.

Geoffrey has turned his toes up but his widow Elspeth is still with us. Elspeth is a peer in her own right – Blair made her a People’s Peer, along with all those paedophiles’ friends. Elspeth was Deputy Chairman of the EOC, 1975-79 – so she’ll have known the paedophiles’ friends who log jammed that organisation them – and was Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Commission. Just in case anyone had thought of screening a TV expose of Dafydd et al…

Do you have anything that you wish to declare Elspeth?

Elspeth is a relative of Camilla, as in the Camilla who is married to Prince Charles.

 

Sandra Howard was interviewed by the ‘Express Online’ in 2014, to promote her novel. Sandra stressed although she drew upon her days as a 60s It Girl for her novel, she’ll never write an autobiography. No, she would never dare.

Sandra told the Express that ‘the invitation to the White House came while she was staying with the British ambassador David Ormsby-Gore and his late wife who was godmother to Sandra’s eldest child, Sholto’.

David Ormsby-Gore aka Lord Harlech was later killed in a car crash. After Lord Harlech did that stint as the US Ambassador, Ormsby-Gores have a habit of dying in unfortunate circumstances. Alice Ormsby-Gore was engaged to Eric Clapton – who was a mate of Hendrix’s – and died of a heroin overdose. Eric has since admitted that he introduced Alice to heroin, treated her appallingly, managed to give up heroin himself and left Alice wrecked. One of the Ormsby-Gores shot himself and Francis Ormsby-Gore – who lived near Harlech rather than at the family seat in Shropshire – showed every sign of having come under attack from the paedophiles’ friends. For the full details of the many suspicious deaths among the last two generations of the Ormsby-Gores and the way in which poor Francis found his life falling apart once he’d been helped by the Top Doctors, see post ’95 Glorious Years!’.

Sandra states that she ‘was invited to the White House at a time when the special relationship was extremely special,’ she says.

Sandra met Ol’ Mafia Connections when she was 20, through a friend of her first husband Robin. Sinatra introduced them to Marilyn Monroe. ‘Frank invited us to California to discuss the idea for a book about him and his music. We were with him much of the next three months. Since he was between girlfriends and looking after Marilyn I met her at social events.’

Through Sinatra, Sandra also met Ava Gardner and Ella Fitzgerald. But Marilyn made the biggest impression: ‘Marilyn had to feel loved by all and wanted by every man in the room,’ recalls Sandra of a dinner party where Sinatra insisted everyone was served ‘telly dinners on individual trays’ and she found herself seated next to Marilyn ‘feeling awash with my own inadequacies’.

Never mind Sandra, you might have been green with envy but Marilyn was found dead in questionable circumstances whilst in the care of Top Docs and the down side of Marilyn wanting to feel loved and wanted by every man in the room – or people believing this of her – was that predators like JF Kennedy and Ol’ Mafia Connections moved in on her.

 

I don’t think that F, the Hergest patient whose life was destroyed by Dafydd and the paedophiles as described in my post ‘Killing Floor – I Know Cos I Was There!’, personally witnessed the death of anyone like Hendrix or Brian Jones, but he did know people who may well have been at or near the scene.

From what F told me, his life only seemed to begin unravelling after his father died. F had begun his life of excess before then, but he seemed to have a great ability to evade the sort of consequences which other people would have experienced. On one occasion F’s car was stopped and surrounded by armed police, after a prank that he and his friends had played with a replica gun at an airport. The gun was definitely not a real one, but pretending to be conducting an armed robbery was the sort of thing that would have landed most young men in prison. F wasn’t even charged. I heard many such tales from F and in passing he used to sometimes comment that the police were always OK about it because ‘they knew my dad and everyone liked my dad’. F’s dad was a Freemason. F used to stress to me that he had no knowledge of his dad ever abusing that position, as far as he could see Freemasonry was just a benevolent charitable organisation. When F’s dad was dying, he was cared for by the Royal Masonic Hospital and after he died the Masons helped the family financially.

After F’s dad died, F’s family suffered very badly. The family business – which had been a thriving one – went tits up in a major way and his mum, who had grown up in south Africa, returned to Capetown because there was nothing left for her in Surrey.

F then found himself constantly threatened and arrested by the police in Surrey and again when he moved to north Wales in 1979. F really enjoyed his recreational chemicals so there was plenty that the police could legitimately have pursued him for, but the police did a bit better than that. F was constantly fitted up for ludicrous offences which he had not committed. By the time that I knew him, this was undoubtedly happening to F because he was being targeted by Dafydd and the paedophiles.

There was another factor in F’s life as well, a factor that I believe F had seriously underestimated – his father-in-law, who was a society dentist in Surrey and was networked to Top Docs in Harley Street. F knew that his father-in-law hated him, although F did get on very well with his mother-in-law. After he married his wife, C, C revealed to F that her father had offered to pay her not to marry him. C was quite rebellious, didn’t get on with her father anyway and although she had a very volatile relationship with F, in many ways they were incredibly close – they are now pensioners and long divorced, but they still see each other. C refused to be bribed by her father. C later told F that after they married, her father gave her what he called ‘running away money’, a sizeable sum to leave F ‘when’ she decided to do that.

C didn’t ever utilise the running away money, but there were certainly traumas. F was constantly ending up in psychiatric hospitals and some of his experiences in those in the south of England before he ever reached the clutches of Dafydd and the North Wales Hospital Denbigh were quite extraordinary. He was nearly murdered by another patient in one hospital and although he was deemed to be far too ill to look after himself, he was discharged because the doctor on duty judged that the patient who had attempted to murder him was very probably going to try it again and they couldn’t keep F safe. So he was discharged onto the streets. Which is a good deal more common than the Top Docs ever admit.

What was happening throughout this time was that F’s father-in-law was conducting a very cosy relationship with the Top Doctors who were ‘caring for’ F. F did find out about this on two occasions and had serious bust-ups with the Top Docs concerned, but F seemed to think that it had only happened on those two occasions. I suspect that it was happening systematically. F did not like Top Doctors and certainly didn’t trust them, but he had no idea of the depths of corruption in medicine, the professional loyalty that Top Docs feel towards each other which nearly always takes priority over patients’ welfare and that the Harley Street crowd are the worst of the lot. F used to comment that his father-in-law was such a greedy horrible man that dentistry was a most inappropriate profession for him – but greedy horrible people working in healthcare are not unusual. When F first told me about his ‘evil’ father-in-law, I took the view that a society dentist probably wouldn’t be overjoyed at his daughter marrying someone with F’s lifestyle so a clash was inevitable. Then a couple of people whom I knew from Bethesda met F’s father-in-law when he visited his daughter and both of these people – one of whom was a conservative wife of a local businessman – remarked to me ‘gosh, C’s father is a really unpleasant man, I couldn’t feel at ease with him’.

I never met C’s dad, but I suspect that he was the sort of cold sadistic martinet that Gwynne the lobotomist was.

F’s in-laws lived in Weybridge in Surrey, as did he before he moved to north Wales.

Geoffrey Howe was a Surrey MP and senior member of Thatcher’s Gov’t whilst Thatcher’s friend and another member of that Gov’t, Sir Peter Morrison, abused kids that Dafydd delivered. The MP for Weybridge throughout many of the years that F did battle with his father-in-law and whilst F found himself banged up and harassed by Dafydd and the paedophiles, was Sir Michael Grylls – dad of the Boy Scout Bear – who, along with Sir Peter Morrison, was involved in the lobbying scandal re Ian Greer Associates (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’).

 

I know how Dafydd works and it is by using corrupt contacts within a corrupt network. I think it highly likely that F found himself fitted up in Risley Remand Centre because of some sort of deal that was done between F’s father-in-law and Dafydd. I am not going to name C here or her father-in-law, because we are talking serious organised crime and C is a potential witness. But there is someone else who I think might have played a role as well – someone who knew how corrupt Dafydd was, who didn’t like him but who was very aware of how comfortable his own life was and how difficult it would be if he crossed Dafydd’s path.

Step forward Jeff Crowther, the former psychiatric nursing manager at the Hergest Unit. Jeff came from Guildford, just down the road from F’s father-in-law and Jeff’s mother still lived in Surrey when Jeff worked at the Hergest.

Jeff: They killed your fucking wife for God’s sake and sent a thug after you. I am in hiding and none of them have ever stood trial. You might be prepared to take this sort of shit from a bunch of gangsters but I am not. Hand yourself in and fess up and whilst you are about it name everybody else involved. I do not know how any of you can live with yourselves, you knew what they were doing to people. It’s not as if they treated you any better, why do you think that Lil ‘never recovered’ once she ended up in the hands of Ysbyty Gwynedd? Just how bloody weak are you all? People DIED so that you could keep your job as an Angel and go to festivals with Gareth and Penny every summer – where you hung out with the rock star children of the paedophile gang… Was it really worth it?

Just call me The Green Green Grass of Home…

Only I don’t think that I am quite so fucking green as a bunch of dickwits who colluded with serious organised crime and I’ll be naming all of them. There was barely one person working in the NHS in north Wales who did not know something about the deaths, the organised sex abuse, the large scale drug trafficking and the en masse embezzlement of NHS funds. How about another interview with the ‘Daily Post’ then suckers, telling the world about all those vicious attacks that you have to endure from the Dangerous Psychiatric Patients? Somehow I don’t think that it’s going to save your bacon.

Perhaps John Mullen, the former CEO of the Gwynedd Community Health Trust, who allowed his staff to conduct themselves in this manner and who failed to investigate every complaint about them, would like to explain what the ‘special arrangement’ with BT that he and his colleagues had going was. A new telephone sir? Of course. Will that be On The Special Arrangement? No need to talk receipts or invoices, just tell us who wants the phone and we’ll install it – the bill will be going to the Trust, no questions asked. Because they’re all a bunch of crooks in the finance dept as well. Hefin Davies, the Chairman of the Trust, Freemason and friends with the crooks of that parish who knew those involved with the massive theft of slate at Penrhyn Quarry will also have known about the Special Arrangement…

 

 

I am still unclear as to why Capitalist Extraordinaire Martin Sorrell resigned in a hurry the other day. Sorrell began his career with Saatchi and Saatchi who have links to the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales (see post ‘The International Language Of Screaming’), but I’ve found a link between Martin Sorrell’s company WPP and dear old Ronnie Waterhouse as well. I’ve nearly finished reading Waterhouse’s autobiography and gosh Ronnie did have a lot of friends in high places, as well as a personal connection with most of the paedophiles’ friends. No wonder William Hague gave Ronnie a call and told him that he would be Chairing the cover-up. I’m planning a mini-series of Ronnie-related posts, Ronnie’s friends and relations are too numerous to be dealt with in only one post. Meanwhile, here’s a little taster.

 

Among Ronnie’s many friends was Woodrow Wyatt, the most dreadful old bigot who advised Thatch and wrote one of those ‘The View From The Bar Stool’ columns for the ‘News Of The World’, telling the working classes why the millionaire Thatch – whose friend and aide Sir Peter Morrison was raping children from north Wales whom Dafydd had delivered to him – was On Their Side.

Woodrow was the Labour MP for Birmingham Aston, 1945-55 although he was also a friend of HM the Queen Lilibet, Thatch and Rupert Murdoch. In 1959 Wyatt was returned as the MP for Bosworth in Leicestershire where he remained for many years. So he will have known about Greville Janner, Frank Beck and the Leicestershire Child Abuse Scandal. Whilst out of Parliament, Wyatt worked as a reporter for ‘Panorama’, in which in 1957 he revealed ballot-rigging in the ETU (Electrical Trades Union). It was through the ETU that Waterhouse got to know Wyatt – Waterhouse represented the ETU in court and curiously, although he lost the first big case that he did for them, he mentioned that from then on the ETU passed much work his way. In the mid-80s Wyatt played a role in the negotiations between Murdoch and the electricians’ union, aiding Murdoch’s move to Wapping. Wyatt opposed sanctions against apartheid South Africa. Like Ronnie Waterhouse, Wyatt was a good friend of Roy Jenkins. Jenkins spent years concealing the wrongdoing of Dafydd et al and in later life acted as an adviser to Tony Blair (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’).

Wyatt’s daughter Petronella worked at ‘The Spectator’ and famously had an affair with Boris Johnson.

Woodrow Wyatt also hung out with Bertrand Russell – Wyatt conducted many interviews with Russell. Russell used to go and have tea with Woodrow and friends at Clough Williams-Ellis’s house at Llanfrothen.

 

In the late 1950s, Ronnie Waterhouse – in between dining at the Savoy (yes, even as a struggling young lawyer Ronnie was a regular at the Savoy and at Glyndebourne and of course at the Waldorf, where Ronnie’s dad used to stay when he went down to London to visit Ronnie) – was a member of a group of people who were mostly drawn from the Labour Party who imaginatively called themselves  ‘The Group’. This was to distinguish themselves from the Bow Group, which was comprised of friends of Ronnie et al – although Ronnie was for quite a while active in the Labour Party (before he became a Liberal), he was also mates with many Tories, including Geoffrey Howe.

The Group thought that they tasted success in 1960, when they renamed themselves ‘The Labour Manifesto Group’ and presented their ideas at the Labour Party Conference. Their 1960 effort was co-authored by Tony Crosland and Philip Williams. Crosland was used by Blair’s mate Ernest Armstrong to conceal child sexual abuse in the north east of England on the part of those who had strong links to Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’).

Ronnie stated in his autobiography that ‘two of the main moving spirits’ in The Group were Bill Rodgers and Dick Taverne. Ronnie’s proud boast is that some members of The Group became the nucleus for the Campaign for Democratic Socialism, which supported Hugh Gaitskill. They also ran off and joined Dr Death in the SDP years later. Ronnie himself left the Labour Party when Wilson became leader. Not because Wilson was a crook, but because he was dangerously left wing for Ronnie’s tastes.

 

Ronnie’s biggest lifelong buddy was of course Sir Robin Day, who was just so appalled when Lord Lambton cheerily fessed up to sharing a bed with some call girls and smoking a joint. If only Lambton been molesting kids in care and killing witnesses.

Waterhouse also knew Lord Aberconway, the 2nd Baron, of Bodnant Gardens fame. As did Bertrand Russell – the Aberconways were another family who hung out at Clough’s place and had tea with Bertrand. The 2nd Baron was one of Ronnie’s lawyer colleagues, but as Ronnie observed, Lord Aberconway was such a hopeless lawyer that the Clerk of the Court had to write the summing up and hand it to Lord Aberconway, who would then read it out.

Ronnie ingratiated himself to another north Wales family, the Pennants, who owned an estate not far from Ronnie’s turf at Holywell. The Pennants were an off-shoot of the slave trading Penrhyns of Penrhyn Castle fame. One of the descendants of the Pennants who lived near Ronnie is Antoinette Sandbach, star of this blog. Antoinette is the Tory MP for Eddisbury. Her dad was the highest ranking Freemason in north Wales throughout those years when the North Wales Police found no evidence of a paedophile gang, when Ronnie’s Public Inquiry found only a few Welsh sheep shaggers to blame and when other witnesses were found dead yet no questions were asked. Antoinette’s family have been doing favours for Dafydd and the paedophiles for years – her grandmother Geraldine was the President of the Denbigh branch of the Royal College of Midwives. Antoinette is a barrister. She won’t have dared become an historian with her ancestry. For more details of Antoinette and her proud family see post ‘News Round Up, 19 January 2018’.

 

Ever the one for keeping his eye open as to who around him it might be worth shamelessly toadying to, Ronnie was acutely aware of the presence of the Mostyn family in north Wales. Ronnie observed that Lord Mostyn was only interested in sheepdog trials – with neighbours like Ronnie I imagine that the sheepdogs would be rather better company – but Ronnie didn’t mention another younger member of the Mostyn family whom he will have known of.

Sir Nicholas Mostyn was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Sir Nicholas is a British High Court judge.

Sir Nicholas’s father was a British American Tobacco executive, thus Mostyn grew up in Nigeria, Venezuala and El Salvador. He was educated at Ampleforth College – alongside Edward Stourton. Mostyn studied law at Bristol University.

Mostyn was called to the bar in 1980 and earned the nickname of ‘Mr Payout’ after winning a number of notable cases including representing the wife of footballer Ray Parlour and winning the 1000 day marriage case for the wife of a leading City of London fund manager where no children where involved. Mostyn was retained by Fiona Shackleton in Paul McCartney’s divorce case with Heather Mills. Mostyn has been highly critical of the CSA and undertook pro bono cases involving the CSA where he thought there was an important issue of law involved. Mostyn has said:

The first CEO of the CSA who presided over so many disasters and injustices – some of which led to suicides – was Ros Hepplewhite. Being let loose at the CSA was her reward for those years of sterling service as the CEO of MIND, 1989-92, during which time Ros concealed the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales as well as elsewhere (see post ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health – Never For Themselves Of Course’).

(F received communication from the CSA in which he was accused of failing to concern himself with the upkeep of the baby whom the paedophiles had stolen from him. Because F had been bled dry, even the CSA didn’t in the end demand money off him. So then they investigated his new wife to see if they could extract any dosh out of her.)

In 2015, Mostyn was removed from a case after he went against a landmark ruling of the Supreme Court concerning the rights of disabled people (namely that they have the same right to ‘physical liberty’ as non-disabled people).

Mostyn’s bonanzas included that which he won on behalf of Sandra, the wife of Martin Sorrell, a sum of £29m. Mostyn represented Di’s brother Charles Spencer – who’s track record towards female partners is not too brilliant. After losing the right to have the case heard in a closed court session, Spencer was upset at the final settlement. Mostyn, a keen farmer, named his latest batch of seven pigs after his thoughts on the case’s High Court judge, Mr Justice James Munby: James, Munby, Self-regarding, Pompous, Publicity, Seeking, Pillock. Earl Spencer later unsuccessfully sued Mostyn.

Mostyn was the presiding judge over the highly controversial decision a few years ago which authorised an NHS Trust to deliver a child by emergency caesarean section, as the mother was judged to have lacked capacity to have consented to the operation herself. The mother was an Italian citizen who was visiting the UK and during her visit she suffered a severe bipolar episode. The child was later the subject of a care application by Essex County Council. The mother was utterly distraught and pointed to her stable home and family in Italy as the reason why to have done all this was outrageous and damaging. There was much talk of Mostyn having read the opinions of Top Docs and social workers before he made his decision. Unfortunately Sir Nicholas, they lie. If they knew what they were doing and were honest, one could come to sensible decisions on the basis of their opinions, but at the moment that cannot happen.

It was Springfield Hospital who pioneered performing Caesarean sections on women who ‘didn’t know their own minds’. Shortly after I left their clutches in the early 1990s, they performed a Caesarean on a silly young thing who worked as a veterinary nurse and who explained that she had a phobia of hospitals and did not think that she would cope with a hospital birth. She was sectioned, detained at Springfield and given a Caesarean at St George’s against her wishes. It was a disaster. She had a breakdown, couldn’t bond with the baby and over the next few months repeatedly attempted suicide. Her baby was taken into care. She sued and was told that the Top Docs had acted entirely in her best interests and lost the case. She gave an interview at a later date and explained very clearly how her life had been completely destroyed by the actions of Springfield Hospital.

From what I saw at St George’s not long before that event, the silly girl’s care on the delivery suite at St George’s would have probably been OK. A lot of the midwives there were very good, as were most of the Top Docs, although there was a lot of snobbery and casual racism among the Top Docs. One (female) Top Doc told a colleague of mine – another medical researcher – that ‘the midwives are all really thick, especially the black ones’. How bright was the researcher who repeated this in my presence, after berating me for being friends with the midwives? Er – well her boyfriend, a police officer with the Met, had just secured them  and their friends tickets to see ‘The Bangles’ in concert. The police officer had bagged tickets for the front row so that, my colleague told me, ‘the lads can look up the girls skirts’.

I say that most of the Top Docs on the delivery suite were good – most of them were and two of them were actually normal, pleasant people among much lunacy. There was however a Top Doc called Joseph who did all he could to get out of work, including declaring himself to be conscientiously against abortions. It was openly discussed by the other Top Docs that Joseph was anti-abortion because it was one less job for him. Then there was another one who was just as lazy as Joseph but more senior. He engaged me in an interesting conversation about how he went to Ronnie Scott’s several times a week and it was really great, I should try it. I was a little worried throughout this conversation because a midwife kept coming up and asking him to help with a birth because the woman had been pushing for a long while and she seemed to be in trouble. He batted the midwife away three or four times. I thought that if I stopped the conversation perhaps he would take a bit more notice of the now frantic midwife, so I went down to the other end of the ward. The jazz fan continued to sit there, chilling out, he read a newspaper and listened to a bit of music. I then noticed all hell break loose – the patient whom this man had refused to help was now in serious distress and a disabled baby was a very real possibility – WHOOPS, emergency caesarean necessary…

The midwife who’s pleas were ignored for over an hour wasn’t even black. Interestingly enough the jazz fan was, he was Nigerian.

So as long as women giving birth at St George’s managed to avoid the small number of lethal Top Docs – not that they would ever have been given any indication at all that the Doc caring for them was lethal, most patients are incredibly trusting and believe that standards in medicine are high and are robustly enforced and Top Docs always reassure patients of this – they would be OK. So I doubt that it would have been the staff on the delivery suite at St George’s who will have destroyed the veterinary nurse who didn’t know what was best for her.

It will have been Springfield. The brutal, drug-dealing, swearing, screaming Angels of Springfield who were the henchmen for the Top Docs who were concealing a sex trafficking gang, who admitted in writing that they knew that Dafydd was sexually exploiting the patients but agreed with Dafydd that I really was very dangerous when they found out that I knew at least some of what Dafydd was up to (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London’).

There was another person doing a PhD at St George’s in the late 80s/early 90s who may well have known about Dafydd et al. This man had previously worked as a psychiatric nurse at Prof Robert Bluglass’s empire in Birmingham, the Reaside Clinic. He had not been very complimentary about Bluglass – he told me that there were wards at the Reaside Clinic which were frankly dreadful but Bluglass ensured that no-one ever visited them. Bluglass concealed Dafydd’s crimes and also was called upon to ‘investigate’ the serious problems at Ashworth and blame the murders, violence and sexual abuse there on the patients rather than the staff (see post ‘Security, Security’).

So Dr Mark Roy, how about making a statement about old Bluglass and his crimes and the many other crimes that you will have gained knowledge of at St George’s, then during your stint in the Dept of Psychiatry at Oxford University – home of Prof Tom Burns and Professor Mark Williams who also concealed the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles. After Oxford, Mark Roy bagged himself a job at the Dept of Biobehavioural Health at Pennsylvania State University, but I suspect that Mark left there under a cloud. He is now a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

 

As for the present Lord Mostyn – he is a young man from Chelsea who owns most of Llandudno.

 

 

The media continue to tell us all that one only has to ‘ask for help’ if one is experiencing mental distress and the fickle finger of suspicion continues to be pointed at men in particular who won’t Talk About It. Even ‘Farming Today’ on Radio 4 a few days ago had an article on male farmers who Won’t Ask For Help.

This is not what I have seen. When I lived in north Wales I knew of men who were desperately begging for help, but as with women, no help would be forthcoming. I am sure that transgender or intersex people would have had no more luck at getting any assistance from the north Wales mental health services. When I was doing my PhD there was a member of staff who worked in Bangor University who was married to a farmer. The farmer became very seriously depressed and both his wife and him begged for help from the Anglesey Community Mental Health Team. He began to talk about killing himself and said that he had thought about how to do this, he would shoot himself. After quite some time of this, the Anglesey CMHT went out to the farm, visited him, offered no help but took away his shotgun. He had another one, as his wife had told them, but they ignored her concerns. Hours later he shot himself dead.

Bridget Lloyd, the Angel who perjured herself in an attempt to have me imprisoned (see post ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’), was a member of the Anglesey CMHT at the time.

The suicide was widely discussed at Bangor University and a lot of people who knew the dead man and his widow were very angry. It was agreed by virtually everyone that it had been sheer inexcusable negligence. I was at a university function a couple of days after the farmer’s suicide and one of his friends, another member of staff, was there, fuming volubly about the idiocy of the mental health services and saying that someone should be sued. The dreadful Professor Tom Corns, latterly of the School of English at Bangor, started arguing the toss, trotting out the line that ‘it’s difficult, looking after people like that’. What the dead man’s friend didn’t know about Tom Corns is that he is married to a social worker, Pat Corns. Pat Corns spent many enjoyable years working as a paedophiles’ friend in north Wales and knew all about the unnecessary deaths, wrongful imprisonments and the child abuse. Tom Corns’s son is a Top Doctor.

I knew a number of other men in north Wales who did try and Talk To Their Doctors but who also got nowhere. I knew one man who developed a very serious drink problem and his wife confided in me that he had begun to get violent when he was drunk. She knew why he was drinking, it was because life had now got too much for him – his mum had killed himself when he was six, his dad hadn’t been able to look after him and he had literally scavenged in bins for food. This took place in rural Gwynedd in the 1970s. Most of the villagers in the village where this family lived knew what had happened to him as a child and they also knew about his alcohol problem. Finally he went to Bethesda surgery to ask for help with his ‘nerves’. He was given a prescription for valium and sent on his way.

His drinking continued and one day he arrived at my place completely bladdered and caused trouble, but didn’t actually damage anything or anyone. I rang the police at Bethesda and explained the problem and said that this man was clearly quite desperate. The policeman stated that he knew the ‘fat bastard’ and that if I wanted him arrested he’d do so. I explained that the fat bastard actually had serious problems and so far was a nuisance but not criminal. The police told me that they couldn’t do anything.

A few weeks later I heard that the same man had been the target of a malicious allegation that he’d sexually harassed a young woman. The basis of the young woman’s allegations that he was sexually dodgy was that he was a naturist who went to nude swimming sessions at the local swimming pool. Another local person went to those nudist swimming sessions as well – a local Top Doctor. I bet that no-one called him a fat bastard when he developed mental health problems or accused him of sexual harassment. Some months later the same young woman made allegations of rape against another man. She later admitted that she had made it all up – but not until he’d been arrested and held in custody on bail. One reason that this young woman’s complaints were taken so seriously by the police in the face of no evidence was her close friendships with a number of police officers. Very close friendships indeed with a number of male police officers – who in return for sex were quite happy to fit up anyone whom she cared to point the finger at. Interestingly enough, the people whom she accused had always crossed the path of the paedophiles’ friends…

Perhaps Donna Maria Morgan would like to tell everyone how she managed to have so many deep and meaningful friendships with so many social workers and police officers in north Wales. She might also like to pay me the £500 that she owes me after bouncing a cheque on me and writing me a letter telling me not to go to the police because she’s got mates everywhere ‘who’ll vouch for me’. Presumably the same mates who vouched for her when an innocent man was imprisoned on the basis of her malicious allegations.

Donna was a good mate of Denise Baker aka Denise Baker McClearns, who was for many years married to a children’s social worker employed by the Anglesey team. Prior to that Denise lived with a coke addict, who I was told, also flogged drugs to fund his habit. It was this man – Malcolm Fox – and Denise who were named by Donna as two of those who would ‘vouch for’ her should I contact the police. Denise later embarked on a career working with mentally ill female prisoners as a member of Prof Louis Appleby’s team on his flagship project re suicide. I was told that Denise was dismissed on the grounds that she was a danger to vulnerable people. So she went straight out and landed another job with vulnerable people…

 

I don’t wish to give the impression here that it was only Top Docs, social workers and police officers who abused or exploited vulnerable people in north Wales. A few other people tried their luck as well. F was a talented artist and before Dafydd et al ruined his life, he used to paint big oil paintings on 6ft canvases. When he was living in the south of England he used to sell them for several thousand pounds each. The market was far more difficult in north Wales because there were far fewer people with high disposable incomes, so F ended up with about eleven big canvases stored in his home.

In about 1993, two business graduates from Bangor University set up a cafe in Bangor called The Fat Cat and weeks they later opened another one in Chester. They made a deal with F that they would display his paintings in the Chester cafe – F might make a sale and meanwhile the cafe would have something nice on the walls. The Fat Cat men collected F’s paintings in their van and took them over to Chester. A few weeks later, one of them, Simon, contacted F and explained that there had been a break-in at Chester – the paintings were OK, but Simon and his business partner Matthew were worried that if it happened again and the paintings were damaged or stolen, their insurance wouldn’t cover it. F explained that he didn’t have transport to collect the paintings, so Simon said that he’d return them.

The paintings were delivered to F as arranged – except that one was missing. The most valuable one. Simon stated that it was slightly bigger than the others and wouldn’t fit in the van, but they’d return it soon. F waited and waited. Then he contacted Simon and Matthew and was once more told that the painting would soon be returned. This went on for many months. Then Matthew told F that if he wanted his painting back he’d have to hire a van himself and collect it from Nottingham of all places – where Matthew had a flat. Matthew had taken the painting to his flat ‘for safe-keeping’. F told Matthew that he couldn’t afford to rent a van and collect the painting from Nottingham. Matthew told F that he wasn’t getting the painting back unless he went to Nottingham. The price tag on the painting was £6k.  F went to the police to report the theft. The police told him that it was a civil matter. A very kind local solicitor wrote to Matthew  – and waived his fee – and asked for F’s painting to be returned. Matthew wrote to the solicitor and told him that F should spend his money on a van to collect his painting ‘rather than on expensive solicitors’.

Meanwhile, I had a friend who had been invited to a party at Matthew’s flat in Nottingham. There, hanging as the centrepiece, was the stolen oil painting. Matthew freely told his guests that he liked the painting so he kept it because he knew that the owner of the painting couldn’t afford to retrieve it or indeed take civil action against him.

By the time that my friend found the stolen painting, Matthew and Simon had opened a chain of The Fat Cats across the UK, had won an award for business and had stated their ambition to be create an international chain of The Fat Cats. Up in Bangor there was a stream of former The Fat Cat staff who had been treated abominably and not paid. Then there were the people who had enrolled for The Fat Cat ‘management training programme’ who found that health and safety legislation was being routinely flouted.

A few years ago, The Fat Cat chain of cafe bars appeared in the media. The business was in difficulties and the Director, one Matthew Saunders, was having to close many of his cafes because the bank had called in his overdraft without warning. Saunders gave interviews to the broadsheets about the outrageous behaviour of Lloyds Bank who had ruined the sort of business that this country needs no less.

I had a particularly good laugh at Saunders being stuffed over by the bank, as I’m sure did those waiters and waitresses to whom he owed money. The downside is that Saunders has probably flogged the painting that he stole to keep the wolf from the door whilst he works out another way of fleecing people.

I have begun wondering though. Is it possible that Saunders may have been acquainted with the paedophiles’ friends himself – that painting was stolen just when open season was declared on F…

 

One more conundrum before I finish this post. I have previously mentioned Dafydd’s habit of crashing his car every 50 miles or so and the multiple crashes that Dafydd had whilst he was flying light air craft. Dafydd was very obviously not medically fit enough to hold a driving licence yet alone any sort of pilot’s licence. From what I understand, the criteria for a pilot’s licence are stringent. One has to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority for a Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence. There is a list of approved medical examiners. Does anyone know who was writing Dafydd’s medical reports, because I think that as ever with Dafydd, rules have been flouted.

 

 

NEWSFLASH – Carwyn announced this afternoon at the Welsh Labour Party conference in Llandudno that he is standing down as FM. Carwyn has never taken the action that he should have over the NHS, but Carwyn is the best of a very bad bunch. Paedophiles’ friend Mark Drakeford has stated that he will be ‘talking to his family’ about standing for election as FM. Now that really is an appalling vista.

Lord Denning

The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf

The fall-out from the Telford child sexual exploitation case continues. The Conservative MP for Telford Lucy Allan has stated that the problem was enormous and that she had spoken to numerous young women who had been abused. As I have stated previously, Lucy Allan will not have been the only person who knew what was happening. An officer from the West Mercia Police commented in the media that matters have been exaggerated and that ‘only’ 20 or 30 young people were involved and that most of the cases were ‘very old’ cases, dating back to the 1990s. It is possible that the media are exaggerating in pursuit of some good headlines, but if we’re talking historical cases here, it is rather more likely that the scale of the problem was significantly underestimated rather than exaggerated. If the police refuse to document yet alone investigate the victim’s complaints, if young people are diagnosed as psychotic if they talk about what has happened to them and if social workers managing and staffing the ‘services’ caring for the kids involved describe the people raping and trafficking those kids as their boyfriends, it is hardly surprising that the numbers of young people considered to have been abused or trafficked are low.

Whilst I can understand that an over-stretched police force might not prioritise crimes committed 20 years ago, the West Mercia Police need to consider a few salient matters. The crimes might have been committed in the 1990s, but they were not investigated at the time – instead, the victims of the crimes were arrested and prosecuted themselves. Is it surprising that now as adults they feel very angry about what happened? That is bad enough, but the real problem is that the people who colluded with those crimes back then are now occupying posts as Top Doctors, as senior barristers, as judges, as senior managers of NHS Trusts/social service depts/Third sector organisations, as well as senior police officers and a number of them are sitting in Parliament. That is what really matters. We have people who colluded with serious organised crime running the country. Mr West Mercia Police Officer – why do you think that there is now such a problem with human trafficking, with child porn and with big time drug dealing? Why do you think that the infrastructure of the UK simply doesn’t work anymore? Why is there scandal after scandal involving members of Parliament fiddling their expenses, lining their pockets, lying to the House and receiving backhanders for abusing their positions?

For example, let’s look at the background of Lucy Allan, the Telford MP. Allan has been the Tory MP for Telford since 2015. She has a background in accountancy, investment management and employment law. She was a Councillor for Wandsworth Borough Council, 2006-12 and a non-executive Director of Wandsworth NHS Primary Care Trust from 2009. So Allan was working with the trash from St George’s Hospital Medical School and Wandsworth Social Services who spent years colluding with serious organised crime – some of the trash that I witnessed doing that in 1990 are still there. Sadly for Lucy Allan, the trash turned on her.

After Allan made a visit to her GP seeking help with symptoms of depression following a family bereavement in 2010, Wandsworth Borough Council launched a child protection investigation, claiming that Allan’s 10-year-old son was at risk of significant harm. In the wake of the controversy which followed, Allan stood down from the Council, and from her Directorship with the NHS. In 2011, following legal action by Allan, Social Services decided to take no further action.]

Based on her experience, Allan founded Family First Group, a lobbying group which campaigns to reduce the number of children in state care, for improvements to the UK child protection system and support for families affected by it. In 2012, Allan fronted a media campaign on child protection injustice and used the media coverage to build a political profile for the Family First Campaign, working with Ministers, children’s charities and families to identify and remedy shortcomings in the child protection system.

In Dec 2015, Allan posted on Facebook an email she said she received from a constituent; the email was edited and ended with the words ‘unless you die’. Allan later acknowledged that she had added those words to the email – leading to accusations of her faking a death threat. Allan later apologised for creating a ‘misleading impression’ and said the controversy was not about her use of social media, but due to ‘activists unhappy they didn’t get the MP they wanted’.

In Dec 2015, Allan was accused of bullying members of staff and leaving a series of voicemail messages to a sick employee allegedly including a threat of dismissal. On 21 Dec 2015, a statement about the allegations was published on Allan’s website but deleted later in the day. The statement apologised for Allan’s voicemail messages, which were publicly released, but stated the bullying allegations were unfounded and was critical of a former employee. Later in Jan 2016, Allan acknowledged sending the voicemails was ‘stupid’ and she regretted shouting at the employee, but denied her actions amounted to bullying.

In April 2016, Allen said on Facebook: ‘Hard-working people in Telford don’t get why privileged trainee doctors, on course to earn £100,000 plus, will hold NHS to ransom and deprive ordinary people of emergency care. I don’t get it either’. Her comments were criticised by junior doctors, with one saying that many of her fellow graduates were still junior doctors who can work ‘horrific shift patterns’ and move hospital every 12 months.

I am completely sympathetic to Lucy Allan’s campaign with regard to the gross misconduct of the child protection services and I am wondering whether the bad publicity that she received from unwise comments on social media could have been because she dared take on the child protection system – MPs who expose real injustice in the welfare system find themselves under attack. Likewise her comments about the NHS – I am very rude about Top Doctors as well and I know how one word against the Top Doctors makes life very difficult indeed. Unfortunately for Allan, she has had a career in the financial services and her husband is a stockbroker – so her income will be far higher than a junior doctor’s and she and her husband will not work as hard as junior doctors do. So it’s not surprising that they put the boot in.

Lucy Allan still has a home in Wandsworth – I would have thought that she’d have got the hell out of there.

 

Whilst I am glad that Lucy Allan is supporting her constituents I am deeply cynical regarding the historical police investigations into organised sexual exploitation. Not because I think that such conduct is acceptable, but because that exploitation was/is facilitated by the British state anyway. Everyone knew what was happening to witnesses like me – I have 10,000 documents here demonstrating the degree of corruption that was taking place at the highest levels of every ‘service’ to ensure that I and others were harassed, criminalised, sacked from jobs, denied NHS treatment etc. We were the ones placed under surveillance by the security services in the 1980s and 90s and it wasn’t because anyone wanted to help us. Beyond giving the nation a good laugh, there is no point in putting the likes of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Lucille Hughes on trial now – their victims are dead and Dafydd et al were allowed to run their sex abuse ring with the assistance of every authority possible. However, they and everyone who helped them should be removed from the positions of responsibility which so many of them are still occupying.

I will reiterate that if anyone does want to do the world a favour and nail these lies of ‘it wasn’t that bad’ and ‘we didn’t know’, get out to the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, excavate the place and date the human remains that are out there. Then abolish the GMC – who did not take action on ANY occasion against Gwynne the lobotomist and Dafydd  – and explain why Huw Daniel et al were allowed to clutter up the courts, break the law themselves and sentence Dafydd’s victims instead of Dafydd. Perhaps HM the Queen would like to tell us all why the Git Huw was given the post of Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd after a lifetime of corruption in court and on the bench. After this tawdry bunch have been named and shamed and the enormity of their crimes admitted, structures which genuinely hold corrupt professional people to account should be put in place.

It might be of interest to the West Mercia Police that Arfon Jones, the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, made a speech to Conwy County Council on Thursday in which he admitted that the North Wales Police can no longer bear the strain of looking after mental health patients in north Wales. It is taking up a huge quantity of police time, the cells are full of people having mental health crises, the psychiatric units in north Wales refuse to admit the patients when the police turn up with them and on one occasion recently the police had to transport a child 77 miles in pursuit of a mental health service for them.

Arfon’s suggestion is that ’24 hour emergency mental health facilities’ should be built in north Wales. Such things used to be called ‘hospitals’. Arfon explained to Conwy County Council that sadly the only place for patients to be taken at the moment were the psychiatric units in north Wales which are not suitable for treating people with mental health problems. Arfon added that the mental health ‘community facilities’ do not operate outside office hours and there are no triage facilities or sanctuaries available.

Could there be a bigger admission of the degree of fuckwittery that has been allowed to develop?

Some of us could see this coming. It was the inevitable result of psychiatric units employing Top Doctors who are both mad and running a sex trafficking ring who simply snap at every patient that they must ‘take responsibility’, that if they want to kill themselves then that’s up to them and diagnose borderline personality disorders in everyone. For at least 15 years now, patients have routinely described the police in north Wales as being far more helpful than the Top Doctors, Angels and social workers. Unless you were unlucky and you ended up on the receiving end of one of the corrupt police officers who doubled up as a paedophiles’ friend, the police were far, far better than the mental health services. Every complaint from a patient about the mental health services was either not investigated or dismissed out of hand and the complainant was subjected to a character assassination by the NHS. Whistleblowers were sacked and members of the public who tried to help patients who were very obviously being abused or neglected were told that they were being ‘manipulated’ by a wicked psychiatric patient and ‘didn’t understand how difficult it was to help them’.

So who is running the NHS in north Wales? The Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is Dr Peter Higson. Higson was a clinical psychologist at the North Wales Hospital. Then Peter Higson was the manager of the North Wales Hospital. Then Peter Higson was the manager of all the mental health services in north Wales. Then Peter Higson was Chief Executive of HIW (Health Inspectorate Wales). Then Peter Higson returned to north Wales to Chair the Betsi Board.

Could the current desperate state of affairs perhaps have something to do with Peter Higson?

Bring those bodies up from the North Wales Hospital, make Peter Higson witness the dig and ask him to explain why there were buried there.

The Vice-Chair of the Betsi is Margaret Hanson. Margaret Hanson was previously a children’s and family social worker in Cheshire, whilst the Cheshire and north Wales paedophile ring facilitated by Dafydd, Lucille, Higson and others was in business. Margaret’s husband David is the Labour MP for Delyn and Blair’s former PPS (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’). Margaret and David were both Councillors in Cheshire whilst the paedophile gang operated under their noses.

Grace Lewis-Parry is the Board Secretary. Grace is an Angel who joined the Gwynedd Family Health Services Authority in 1993 and the North Wales Health Authority in 1996 as Assistant Director of Patient Care. In Aug 2001 Grace took up the position of General Manager to the Gwynedd Local Health Group based in Caernarfon and was then appointed as Chief Executive to the new Local Health Board for Gwynedd.

Could the presence of Grace in the north Wales NHS possibly be as disastrous as the presence of Peter Higson?

 The Betsi’s website tells us that ‘Grace has continued her professional development, gaining a degree from Bangor and a Masters degree from Manchester University in leadership studies.  She attended an Executive Programme on Leadership at Harvard, Boston in 2007. As an experienced health care professional with substantial leadership, senior management and board level experience, Grace is passionate about improving health and health services’.
I think Harvard had better ask for that qualification back, Grace is not a good advert for their Executive Programme on Leadership. But what Harvard were doing ever accepting an Angel who had facilitated a sex trafficking gang onto their Executive Programme on Leadership I do not know. Although I suppose that Grace has been incredibly successful in leading the regional NHS in the ways of serious crime.

 

The Daily Post quotes Lesley Singleton the ‘Director of partnerships for mental health’ at the Betsi as saying that ‘we have made improving the support available to people in an acute mental health crisis our first priority as we begin implementing our integrated mental health strategy Together For Mental Health’.

I met Lesley Singleton about two years ago – to discuss my appalling experiences with the mental health services. Lesley was pleasant and friendly and had a greater understanding of mental health policy than most of the NHS managers in north Wales. However whenever I detailed an occasion on which I had been threatened, assaulted or defamed by mental health staff Lesley responded by saying ‘mmmmm’. Then I explained that Dafydd had told another Top Doctor that I was ‘attractive and seductive’. Lesley kept repeating ‘IF that is true’ – I explained that it most definitely was true, it was documented upon my medical notes. I offered to show Lesley the relevant document. She declined. Lesley then told me that the whole problem with the mental health services was that the Angels weren’t empowered. I told Lesley that the Angels were sufficiently empowered to assault patients and lie about them in Court in order to secure convictions against people who had complained about Dafydd et al. Lesley told me that perhaps it was time for us to talk about the ‘service’ generally rather than my own experiences.

Lesley ended our meeting by asking me if I’d like to volunteer with Dafydd’s new charity CANIAD – which had just been given the contract for ‘service user involvement’ by the Betsi (see post ‘Introducing Caniad!’). I declined and started this blog.

CANIAD received £1.5 million for providing ‘service user involvement’ for the Betsi (see post ‘The Story Behind £1.5 Million’).

Well Lesley, how’s the strategy going then?? The suicide rate continues ever upwards and the police now can no longer cope. No-one will work for your ‘service’ and 24 hour sanctuaries are being demanded by the police because the psychiatric units are so bloody dangerous and unhelpful.

I did tell Lesley that nothing will improve until staff who abuse patients are prosecuted and dismissed along with the managers….

Lesley is on secondment from an NHS Trust in Cheshire!

The biggest irony is that the Police and Crime Commissioner himself – Arfon Jones – was an officer with the North Wales Police whilst the force refused to co-operate with investigations into the paedophile ring and then denied that there was a paedophile ring. As a constable Arfon chauffeured a senior officer, Gordon Anglesea, to the venues where Anglesea abused children in care. In 1994 Anglesea was awarded nearly £400k damages for libel after he was named in the media as someone who had abused children in care (see posts ‘Y Gwir Yn Yr Erbyn Y Byd’ and ‘Y Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd – A Few Additional Comments’). In 2016 Anglesea was imprisoned for historical sex offences against children in care in north Wales. After he died in prison, his wife Sandra received a police pension, despite Anglesea being a convicted sex offender – because of an ‘oversight’ by Arfon, the Police and Crime Commissioner…

Earlier in the week a news report stated that the Betsi Board were threatening to refuse to release the Independent Report into the Tawel Fan Scandal by Donna Ockenden because it ‘lacked credibility’. Donna Ockenden is an independent consultant who was called in to report on Tawel Fan – Donna has a background in the NHS. She has never been associated with the sort of scandals that Higson, Hanson or Grace have.

 

Arfon’s speech about the police no longer being able to cope with the enormity of the mental health services failures in north Wales is not the only healthcare story in the ‘Daily Post’ today. Their leading story is an account of the death of a 95 year old lady at the Bryn Marl care home in Llandudno Junction after she fell out of a hoist whilst being lifted out of her bed. The sling of the hoist being used was the wrong size and had been fitted incorrectly. Furthermore the case assistants had not received the appropriate training. The coroner at the inquest in Ruthin, John Gittins, decided not to issue a report in order to prevent further deaths, in view of the ‘steps taken’ by Bryn Marl after the old lady’s death. It must have made quite a difference for Mr Gittins to be complacent in the aftermath of the death of a resident in a care home – his usual role is to be complacent in the aftermath of the death of a mental health patient. I’m sure that Mr Gittins’s complacency will be utilised again within a couple of weeks or so.

The Post is also carrying an advert for North East Wales MIND – they’re beginning a Well-Being Drop In service for people in the Wrexham area. That’s the branch of MIND which was at the centre of the whistleblower Karen Hughes’s concerns (see post ‘A Whistleblower From MIND Writes…’). After I published Karen’s concerns on this blog, Karen was harassed, Karen’s e mail account and my blog was hacked and then Karen and I received hundreds of e mails – one threatening Karen’s husband and children – from the partner of the daughter of a manager of North East Wales MIND….No action was taken by either MIND Cymru or national MIND.

The Daily Post is also advertising a Community Wellbeing Day. Who will be attending this day? Among others, representatives from the Betsi Board, the Conwy Wellbeing Board and the Community Health Council. The North Wales Police will also be in attendance – which is just as well because if anybody is taken ill, it’ll be the police who will have to look after them…

 

The Post also reports that Ian Lucas, the Labour MP for Wrexham, has ‘slammed’ the North Wales Police for refusing to provide him with a private briefing regarding why a violent criminal who was out on licence was not recalled to prison before he went on to murder a disabled pensioner. The police are no doubt far too busy doing the job of the NHS to turn their attention to murderers.

 

Meanwhile in England, Theresa May has promised lots of lovely lolly for the NHS! Theresa is quoted as saying that the NHS has provided her with ‘compassionate care’ for her diabetes. Theresa – that’s because you are a Prime Minister who, whilst you were a Councillor in Merton, 1986-94, obligingly ignored the organised crime – which included the facilitating of a sex trafficking ring – taking place at your local hospital, St George’s Hospital Medical School. Then when you were Home Secretary and you were given responsibility for re-opening the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, you appointed Lady Justice Julia Macur to review the Waterhouse Inquiry and you set up the IICSA. The Macur Review was so heavily redacted that it was meaningless – although Julia did stress that she could assure us all that Waterhouse was no cover-up and that there was No Paedophile Ring in north Wales. The IICSA has progressively fallen apart after every person appointed as Chair was demonstrated to be a paedophiles’ friend. Except for Judge Lowell Goddard, who walked out and returned to New Zealand after declaring that the Home Office were trying to rig the Inquiry.

Had Theresa blown the whistle on what was happening at St George’s she would not be receiving ‘compassionate care’ from the NHS. She would be refused treatment for all conditions no matter how serious and if her lawyers made representation regarding her legal entitlement to NHS treatment, she would simply be sent from pillar to post and be met with aggression and hostility – and still no treatment. That’s when she wasn’t being arrested and fitted up by NHS staff.  Theresa would eventually conclude that she was better off without the Top Doctors. Presumably Theresa is giving them a few more million to ensure that she continues to receive ‘compassionate care’. After all, Theresa knows what happened to those who complained about the paedophile ring that never existed in north Wales.

CRASH! Whoops, another traffic accident…

Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned as Peter Cook would have said, but when I was threatened by a Top Doctor because I had refused to join the sex trafficking ring that he and his mates were running, I decided that I was going to stand up to these people rather than support their demands for more money…

No doubt we will soon be seeing another shot of Theresa’s smug, grinning face reminding everyone that Ken Clarke called her a ‘bloody difficult woman’. Bloody difficult? She’s rolling over to have her tummy tickled by the Top Doctors whilst she orders Phil Hammond to hand over a blank cheque. The Torygraph has reported that there will have to be a tax rise to foot the bill for the Top Doctors and that ‘older people’ will have to bear the brunt. ‘Older people’ are going to love you Theresa – they can’t get appointments with GPs, their operations are being cancelled and they are being blamed for the Top Doctors’ own failures on the grounds that they are all too fat/demented/boozing too much/costing far too much to keep alive and now they’re going to be stung in order than the Top Docs and senior managers can continue to receive £100k pa or in some cases a great deal more.

 

Max Pemberton aka ‘Dr Max The Mind Doctor’, who has a regular column in the Mail Online in which he tends to reiterate the notion of ‘we doctors know best’ but simultaneously demands that patients should stop bothering doctors and asking for their advice, has written a piece about how a visit to a hairdresser can do wonders for depressed patients, as can things like gardening. Well yes it can – but only if one actually enjoys going to the hairdressers or gardening.

I note that there is a creeping admission among the Top Doctors that the ways in which they have ‘helped’ people with mental health problems have not in fact proved to be that helpful. In recent years there has been the sense that the Top Docs have been scrabbling around finding therapeutic value in just about anything – choirs, reading, gardening, crafts, poetry and now having your hair done. Such things were of course the staples of the old psychiatric hospitals – as well as being lobotomised/shocked/drugged, there was the occupational therapist who encouraged the weaving of raffia baskets, the hairdresser who turned up on the ward to do the ladies’ hair and even Broadmoor had a ‘hospital choir’, along with Jimmy Savile. In fact Tamsin Speight – a particularly hopeless Angel from Gwynedd – might be interested to know that she was nicknamed ‘Mrs Raffia Baskets’ by one of her patients on the grounds that she was so useless that he felt he might as well have been sitting in one of Dafydd’s wards in Denbigh weaving the said baskets.

Tamsin can now be found with Keith Fearns – the highly abusive former leader of the highly abusive Arfon Community Mental Health Team – and other assorted psychopaths on the website of the BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), constituting the North West Wales branch, which for many years now has been a cover for Fearns and the paedophiles’ friends. On the 18 May 2018, the paedophiles’ friends of the North West Wales Branch of the BABCP are attending a seminar on ‘A Brief Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Long Term Health Conditions’, presented by Dr Mary Welford.

 

Readers might be wondering what the Top Doctors of north Wales do when they need mental healthcare themselves – they go outside of the region. They also receive help from the sick doctors service in north Wales which is run by the very same Top Doctors who brutalise and neglect their own patients. One of those involved is the dreadful Dr Devakumar, former Top Doctor of the Hergest Unit, who was one of those prepared to lie his arse off in an attempt to have me banged up in a secure unit.

Devakumar loathed the Arfon Community Mental Health Team and at his retirement do Devakumar made a speech which included the words ‘I hate College Road’ (the Arfon Team’s HQ was at College Road in Bangor and they were colloquially referred to as ‘College Road’) and followed this up with an explanation of how bloody glad he would be not to have to even see them anymore. A lot of other mental health staff greatly appreciated these comments because they loathed Fearns and co as well and Devakumar did have a cult following as a result of his refusal to work with the Arfon Team. Sadly he abused patients himself but in a different way. One of the peaks of Devakumar’s career was threatening to punch a psychotic patient in a ward round.

Of course, people working in other ‘people professions’ in north Wales who are not Top Doctors might be in need of support as well. There’s a service for them and it isn’t the one provided by Mrs Raffia Baskets and her colleagues. No, the distressed middle classes of north Wales are able to use – free of charge – a counselling service called Medra.

Medra’s website explains that ‘Medra offers a bilingual, confidential, telephone and one-to-one counselling service to employees in both the public and private sector. Our professionally trained and experienced practitioners cover a wide geographical area, helping to ensure that individuals are seen in a location of their choice with counselling appropriate to their needs. Counselling can help with issues such as: Stress and Anxiety; Anger; Phobias; Panic Attacks; Workplace Bullying; Difficulties or Breakdown in Relationships; Abuse; Bereavement. All our counsellors abide by the codes of practice of professional bodies such as the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). Based in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales, Medra has secured contracts with small, medium and large companies in England and Wales, including one Wales-based company awarded the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Companies To Work For’ award in 2010. Medra has been awarded the ‘Best Depression & Anxiety Counselling Service’ by 2017 Business Innovator Awards and Best Workplace Counselling Service – North Wales’ by Global SME Awards 2017′.

One can only access Medra if one is employed. So if you are too ill to work you can piss off, Medra doesn’t want to know. You can either wait for months and have four – or if you really pull out all the stops six – appointments with Mrs Raffia Baskets or one of her dysfunctional colleagues or the North Wales Police will look after you in the cells.

‘Medra – Here For Those Who Are Not In Need.’

 

Dr Max The Mind Doctor reminded the readers of the Mail Online that the forward thinking GP Sam Everington who works with the dispossessed in the East End promoted things like gardening for his depressed patients years ago. I remember Sam Everington when he was a Nice Young Doctor but Dangerously Radical. Sam Everington led the BMA’s youth wing and put up an excellent fight against the serious exploitation of junior doctors in the 1980s. Sam and BMA Youth gained a big following as a result – junior doctors were being treated dreadfully. Some crumbled as a result, but sadly there was a contingent who took the view that ‘after what I’ve been through I am going to be the most selfish, greedy, obnoxious bastard of a consultant who has ever stalked the earth’.

Sam also pursued a few other radical causes – but not too radical. Because if he had, his career would have come to an end. Sam is now Sir Sam!

Sir Sam is a GP in the East End and Chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group. Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group was awarded Clinical Commissioning Group of the year by HSJ (Health Service Journal) in Nov 2014. Sam is a non-executive Director of Community Health Partnerships. He is part of the Bromley by Bow Centre GP partnership, which featured in my post ‘Apocalypse Now’ – it is associated with the New Labouresque tosser Lord Andrew Mawson. Sam was appointed as a Trustee of the King’s Fund in 2014.

So after those years of not quite so dangerous living, Sam is now at the heart of the medical establishment. In 1989 Sam became, and continues to be, a council member of the BMA, holding the role of Deputy Chair, 2004-07. He was a member of the GMC, 2009-12.

Sam is a barrister – he qualified in 1976 – and then qualified as a Top Doctor from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1984.

In 1993, research into racial discrimination in recruitment of medical professionals led Everington and Professor Aneez  Esmail to be arrested and charged with making fraudulent job applications. For research purposes they had applied for vacancies in the name of people with traditional Anglo-Saxon names and Asian names. Each applicant had similar experience and qualifications for the roles. They found that the applications with Anglo-Saxon names were twice as likely to be shortlisted than those with Asian names. Everington and his colleague were cleared of the charges. The research was published in the  BMJ. The GMC said that the behaviour was unbecoming of the medical profession – but took no action against Sam and Aneez. The results of the research provided the first documented evidence of discrimination in the NHS. In 1994 Everington and Professor Esmail received an award from the Campaign for Freedom of Information for their work.

In 2007/8 Sir Sam was appointed as an adviser to the Health Minister (Primary Care Access) under the New Labour Gov’t – he had already been a member of the Department of Health’s Art and Health Working party under Blair’s Gov’t in 2006. Sam initially backed Tory Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s health reforms but later reversed his stance. He says that while clinical commissioning is rightly well supported, the huge re-organisation under the Health and Social Care Act was unnecessary.

So did Sir Sam and his campaigning with BMA Youth manage to rock medicine? Not really. Junior doctors are now so unhappy that many of them are emigrating and an increasing number are leaving medicine altogether to pursue other careers. Racism in medicine is still entrenched – the supporters of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba who has recently been struck off maintain that she was a victim of racism in the GMC as well as the scapegoat of a consultant who failed to support her at work.

Sam was a council member of the BMA whilst Tony Francis (Dr X) was CC’ing his letters to the BMA describing how he was going to frame me on the basis of his complaints about offences which he and his lawyers knew that I had not committed. Sam was a council member whilst the dirty doings described in my posts ‘Oh Lordy, It’s CR UK’, ‘Reports of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ were happening – dealings in which Prof Vincent Marks was involved. Vincent’s brother John Marks was at the time Chairman of the BMA. Like Sam, John Marks was a barrister as well as a Top Doctor. They knew when the law was being broken.

Sam knew about something else that Tony Francis was involved in as well. Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989. Tower Hamlets was one of the inner London boroughs which sent children in their care to children’s homes in north Wales, where they were abused by the gang that Francis and Dafydd et al were facilitating (see post ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Jowell’). Sam will not have been able to escape knowing what was going on. Like Mary Taylor-Thomson and her colleagues at the Mildmay Hospital in the East End, Sam will also have known that many of those young men dying of AIDS in the Mildmay in the late 1980s/early 90s were rent boys who had been abused and trafficked into sex work whilst they were in care – often in north Wales (see post ‘Apocalypse Now’).

No wonder Sam is now Sir Sam. He’ll be in the queue for a peerage…

 

Someone whom Sir Sam will know from his many years of ignoring the worst things that are happening to people in Tower Hamlets is Latfur Rahman, a former solicitor who was the first  directly elected Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Elected to this office in 2010 as an Independent, Rahman was previously the Labour leader of Tower Hamlets London Borough Council, 2008-10. He was re-elected at the 2014 mayoral election, but the result of this election was declared null and void in April 2015 when the Election Court officially reported Rahman to be ‘personally guilty’ of ‘corrupt or illegal practices, or both’ (electoral fraud) under the Representation of the People Act 1983. He was removed from his office with immediate effect and was also personally debarred from standing for elected office until 2021.

Latfur and his rotten borough have attracted the attention of ‘Private Eye’ for many years – Latfur has also featured on ‘Panorama’ and Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’. Latfur grew up in Tower Hamlets and was first elected to the Council in 2002. He will almost certainly have known something about those kids in the care of the Borough Council who were sent to north Wales.

 

Another ‘Private Eye’ regular is the Mayor of Newham, a Borough close to Tower Hamlets –  Sir Robin Wales. Sir Robin has also been in the news. Some sections of the right wing press are furious because Newham Labour Party have deselected Sir Robin as a mayoral candidate and replaced him with a candidate backed by Momentum. Accusations are flying that this is the dreadful Corbyn up to no good again.

I am currently awaiting all the paedophiles’ friends in the Commons who bellowed ‘shame’ at Jeremy a few days ago – after he dared mention that London is full of Russian oligarchs who have purchased the most expensive properties in the capital with their ill-gotten gains – to apologise to him, now that it has been revealed that there have been 13 deaths of Russians living in the UK in the last few years. ‘Buzzfeed’ have investigated the circumstances of the deaths and they maintain that the police have simply dismissed them all as ‘suicides’ or ‘not suspicious’ even when they obviously weren’t. One of the deaths was caused by an attack with two knives and another involved the ingestion of a rare poison.

As I’m not in the Commons and I can’t be shouted down by a bunch of ignoramuses and hypocrites, I’ll take this opportunity to remind the paedophiles’ friends in the House of just how much toadying to very rich dodgy Russians there has been for many years on the part of UK politicians. In 2008 George Osborne and Mandy joined the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on his yacht – after which Mandy was alleged to have done Oleg’s business some very big favours. Osborne later stated that he ‘regretted’ joining Mandy and Oleg on the yacht, but that it ‘had prepared him for office’.

So that’s why George was so friendly to rich crooks when he was Chancellor!

To return to Sir Robin Wales. It is probably a good thing that he has been overthrown by Momentum.

Sir Robin has served as the directly elected mayor – the first in London – of the London Borough of Newham since 2002. Prior to taking up that newly created role, he was leader of Newham Council since 1995, having been a Councillor, 1982-86 and 1992-02.

Children in the care of Newham were sent to north Wales – which rather places Sir Robin at the scene of the crime.

During his mayoralty Sir Robin has said that improving the economic prosperity of Newham’s residents has been a priority. So that’s why that borough is still so poor after all those years with Sir Robin as the mover and shaker down there.

Robin grew up in Kilmarnock and went to Glasgow University. He joined the Labour Party in 1970, aged 15. He served as Chairman of Glasgow University Labour Club, 1975–76. He Chaired Scottish Labour Students (SOLS), 1976–77. SOLS members were renowned for their wresting back control of the National Organisation of Labour Students (NOLS) from Militant in 1975. In 1978 Wales moved to the London Borough of Newham and in 1982 was elected to the council…

Robin received a knighthood in Lilibet’s birthday honours in 2000, for his services to local gov’t. Just after the Waterhouse Report had been published – which failed to investigate the possibility of connections between the abuse of children in north Wales and people in other areas of the UK. Such as Newham.

I really must shake Momentum by the hand.

From 2000-06 Robin served as Chairman of the Association of London Government (known as London Councils since 2006). London Councils is a think-tank and lobbying organisation which serves the interests of the 32 London borough councils, plus the City of London Corporation. Robin was part of the London 2012 Board which was involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games bid for London. Robin has held a position on the Boards of both the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) and the  Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), which was renamed the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) in 2012. He also Chairs the Six Host Boroughs group which represents the interests of those boroughs most affected by the 2012 Games.

Tessa Jowell was in charge of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics. She came up with the idea in 2002, during her time as Culture Secretary. In 2004, she launched the bid and, when the Games were awarded to London, Blair appointed her Olympics Minister – she held full ministerial responsibility for the bid from 2006. Jowell retained her position as Olympics Minister throughout Labour’s time in office.

Following the general election of May 2010, at which Labour lost power, Tessa became Shadow Olympics Minister. She remained on the 2012 Olympics Organising Committee, with Lord Coe of Corruption and Cheating in Sport and Jeremy Hunt. Tessa was appointed Deputy Mayor of the Olympics Village.

Tessa has been responsible for concealing the organised abuse of children and psych patients in many capacities – as a Councillor in Camden, as a child care officer for Lambeth Borough Council, as a psychiatric social worker for the Maudsley, as Deputy Director of MIND, as an MP and Minister in Blair’s Gov’t. Tessa’s got nearly as much previous as Dafydd himself (see post ‘The London Connection’).

The Artistic Director for the 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in London was Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle studied English and Drama at UCNW (now known as Bangor University). Danny was at Bangor in the mid-70s, although he left without his degree. Danny was at UCNW whilst the college was run by Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends – presumably he will have discovered many of the things that I did when I was a student.

Part of Danny’s Olympics Opening Ceremony involved scenes of jolly Angels jumping up on down on beds with children to ‘celebrate the NHS’. A national source of pride!

One of the many films directed by Danny was ‘Shallow Grave’.

Whilst he was at Bangor, Danny’s girlfriend was fellow drama student Frances Barber. Who will also have noticed a few rather odd things going on around her. Frances once played the role of Nurse Rached in a production of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and also starred in the film of the Agatha Christie story ‘A Murder Is Announced’.

There was more than one murder.

Although to be fair to Frances, she also starred in the film of ‘Midsomer Murders’.

Bangor no longer has a Drama Dept, it was shut down in the mid-1980s after the UGC imposed quite severe cuts on UCNW. Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, the Chairman of the UGC and Thatcher’s henchman, planned to close UCNW. He was persuaded otherwise by the PVC of UCNW Alwyn Roberts. Everybody was most grateful to Alwyn Roberts and were wowed at him standing up to an obnoxious old tyrant like Swinnerton-Dyer. But then Alwyn Roberts was the PVC of an institution choc full of people facilitating the sex trafficking ring which was supplying under-aged kids to Westminster and Whitehall folk in Dolphin Square and of course to Thatcher’s friend and the Tory MP for Chester Sir Peter Morrison. No doubt Roberts reminded Swinnerton-Dyer of that.

Another UCNW graduate who achieved fame as a luvvy was John Sessions, who did an MA in English Lit at Bangor in the mid-70s. John Sessions at one point based a performance on his days at UNCW – ‘Look Back In Bangor’. Sessions became very high profile in the early 1990s when he was a regular on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, but some years later he suffered clinical depression and traumas after he came out as gay and his career suffered badly.

 

Sir Robin Wales believes that local employment opportunities are a critical success factor of regeneration projects. He has named Canary Wharf and the Olympic Delivery Authority’s construction of the Olympic Park as two examples where local people have benefitted less than hoped from the job opportunities created. I was gobsmacked to notice that as well Robin – when I saw Canary Wharf going up, I thought to myself ‘well that’ll provide employment opportunities for the whole of the East End’.

Robin was involved in a bitter battle with the Friends of Queen’s Market, which represented market traders. The traders and residents were objecting to plans to demolish the market and replace it with a new market-hall with 164 stalls and 6,374 sq metres of shop units, 350 homes, a civic building and a library. In 2009, Mayor of London Boris over-ruled Robin’s decision to build the 31-storey tower.

Robin attracted controversy in 2010 by being awarded a 4% pay rise, taking his salary to £80,029, at a time when the Gov’t called for public-sector wage restraints, job losses and pay freezes at Newham Council. Robin stated that he would be giving his pay rise to charity. However, his pay has increased 40% from £58,500 since 2002. Newham Council defended this pay increase, stating that it reflected the responsibilities of his position.

Robin’s Council has come under heavy criticism for a £111m project to relocate council offices in a single Newham Dockside block, including £18.7m of design and refurbishment costs.

Following the 2012 Olympics, Sir Robin was criticised for proposing to invest £40m of the borough’s money in a stake in the Olympic Stadium. 

In 2014, Sir Robin and the Council were in dispute with the Focus E15 Mothers group, which complained about the lack of social housing within the borough. Robin later apologised to the Focus E15 families about the dispute. 

Ahead of the 2018 mayoral election, which could have seen Robin secure a fifth term as Mayor, ‘Private Eye’ reported that Labour Party members from 20 wards in Newham had voted in Nov 2016 on whether any Labour candidate other than Robin should be allowed to stand in the election. A total of 424 members voted to allow other candidates to stand against Wales, while 351 voted for Robin being the only candidate allowed to stand. Following this vote, 17 Labour party affiliates such as trade union branches were allowed a vote in the question, with one affiliate’s vote counting as equal to all of the members of one ward. Once the party affiliates’ votes were added, the result was turned in favour of Robin being the only Labour candidate permitted to stand in the 2018 election. It was reported that some members were disgruntled at this process: for example, one affiliate was a trade union with one member who is a paid advisor to Wales, and that person’s vote counted as equal to dozens of members of one ward.

 

Whoever would have guessed that the building of Canary Wharf was waived through by those who kept silent about Dafydd’s sex trafficking ring?

Come on then, bring the bodies up from the grounds of the North Wales Hospital – identify who’s buried out there and whether they are locals or those from places like the East End who were sent up to children’s homes in north Wales and then disappeared.

Is The Party Over Yet?

On 11 June 1986 Olivia Channon, the daughter of Paul Channon, Thatcher’s Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, was found dead in the rooms of Count Gottfried von Bismarck at Christ Church College, Oxford University. von Bismarck had thrown a post-exams drugs and drink binge the night before for his friends – Olivia had passed out unconscious on von Bismarck’s bed at approx 2-30 am. Her body was found five hours later, in a pool of her own vomit – close to Olivia’s body was a spoon and silver foil with traces of heroin on it. Some of the first newspaper reports about Olivia’s death stated that preliminary forensic tests had shown that she had died from a cardiac arrest after taking huge quantities of champagne, vodka and heroin, other reports stated that a preliminary post-mortem revealed that she had choked on her own vomit. The circumstances of Olivia’s death did not become any clearer over the following weeks or indeed months.

The other revellers – there were eight people at the party – all stated that they had left Olivia alone, crashed out on von Bismark’s bed, in the early hours whilst they went to other events. The police arrested and charged some of those at the party. Olivia’s friend Rosie Johnston- whom she had known from childhood – was charged with supplying Olivia with heroin. Rosie had purchased the drugs in London for Olivia. Rosie and Olivia shared a house in Oxford – Olivia owned the house, she was a member of the Guinness family and was in receipt of a generous trust fund. Unlike everyone else involved, Rosie wasn’t a student at Oxford University. She had actually been studying for a degree with London University, but had transferred to Manchester College – which was part of London University but located in Oxford – because she wanted to be near to her friends. Nicholas Vincent, who discovered Olivia’s body, was charged with the possession of amphetamines. Gottfried von Bismark was charged with possession. Paul Dunstan an ‘unemployed musician’ was charged with supplying heroin. Rosie’s boyfriend – Olivia’s cousin – Sebastian Guinness was charged with possession of cocaine.

After Olivia’s body was found the police began an investigation into the route by which drugs were being trafficked from London to serve the Oxford University market and stated that they were interested in one particular unnamed dealer based in London.

At Olivia’s inquest Nicholas Vincent admitted that he’d lied to the police. He had initially denied that he had been asleep on the bed beside Olivia when she died, but told the inquest that he ‘could not cope with the fact of having slept with Olivia beside me all night’. Vincent was not a undergrad like Olivia and Rosie – he was a post-grad who was working as a part-time tutor and had been giving extra tuition to Olivia. Vincent maintained that he had warned Olivia about smoking heroin.

After Olivia’s death, Vincent left the UK, severed all ties with his contemporaries at Oxford and was last heard of years ago teaching English in Gstaad in Switzerland.

Someone else left the UK after Olivia’s death as well – von Bismarck, although he claimed that he didn’t know that Olivia was using heroin. Gottfried left Oxford within hours – he was ‘recalled’ to the family seat in Germany by his father Prince Ferdinand and rapidly checked into a private clinic to be treated for alcoholism. Gottfried’s departure was so rapid that a family servant was dispatched to Oxford to pay his pub, restaurant and tailors bills. Gottfried subsequently completed his studies in Germany, although he did return to the UK, both to appear at Oxford Magistrates Court and some years later, to live and work. At Oxford Magistrates Court von Bismark was fined the grand total of £80 for the possession of cocaine. Gottfried will not have made a case to the magistrates of being on a low income. His great-great-grandfather was Prince Otto von Bismarck, the Prussian ‘Iron Chancellor’, his father was Prince Ferdinand von Bismarck and the family seat is a castle. The family also owns a good deal more than their castle. Gottfried’s younger sister Vanessa later became a PR agent in the US and his older brother Carl-Eduard became an MP in the German Bundestag.

Gottfried was defended by Robin Grey QC when he appeared before the Oxford Magistrates for the possession of drugs. Grey stated that Olivia’s death was ‘going to be a shadow’ over von Bismark’s head ‘probably for the rest of his life’.

Sebastian Guinness and Paul Dunstan were sentenced in Dec 1986 by Sir Philip Otton. Guinness was imprisoned for four months and Paul Dunstan was imprisoned for four years for supplying heroin to Olivia. Otton commented at the trial that rich privileged people cannot expect to receive lighter sentences and his sentencing would demonstrate this. Which is why the ‘unemployed musician’ received four years in jail and their heir to the Guinness fortune received four months. Whereas Count von Bismark got away with an £80 fine in the Magistrates Court. I haven’t come across many cases involving Sir Philip Otton – but I do know that he was the judge who rejected Mary Wynch’s first appeal. Otton was over-ruled by the Master of the Rolls (see post ‘ The Lawyers And Judges Involved In Mary Wynch’s Case’).

An additional twist to Olivia’s death emerged when three journalists found a three page torn up suicide note from Olivia addressed to Rosie in the dustbin of the house that the young women shared. There were references in the note to Olivia being depressed and distraught over her break up with a man to whom she referred as ‘Jeremy Hippy’. It transpired that Jeremy Hippy was Thomas Jeremy Barnes, a former Oxford student who ran a mobile disco in Verbier, Switzerland. After the existence of the suicide note became public, Paul Channon issued a statement through his lawyer maintaining that Olivia had written the note months ago, that she and Jeremy Hippy were reconciled and that he knew that she hadn’t committed suicide because if she had been planning to do that she would have contacted Channon to talk about her will. Obviously a warm and caring family the Channons. I can find no other references to Jeremy Hippy except in the context of the mention of his name in the suicide note, so presumably he kept a low profile in Switzerland with the mobile disco as he will not have needed to have been concerned with the writing of any will.

Rosie Johnston was dealt with rather more harshly than von Bismarck, but still didn’t suffer too much. She was sentenced to nine months imprisonment and served six months. She briefly saw the inside of Holloway but was then transferred to Bullwood Hall and East Sutton Park Open Prison. In 1989 Rosie wrote a prison memoir called ‘Inside Out’. Because by that time I had been subject to a number of attempts by the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales to frame me for serious offences, I took quite a big interest in matters concerning criminal justice and I read Rosie’s book. Rosie was quite laid back about prison – she noted that Holloway held a lot of seriously mentally ill women who spent their days injuring themselves and frequently succeeded in killing themselves despite being on the euphemistically named ‘hospital wing’. The hospital wing in Holloway was of course known as the muppet house because even the other prisoners noticed that the prisoners on that wing really were in a bad way and should not have been in a prison. Rosie wrote about hearing the muppets screaming in distress 24 hours a day and she also noticed how many women in Holloway were serving sentences for drugs offences, including overseas citizens who had been coerced into working as drug mules by pimps or gangsters and were serving very long sentences for importing drugs. Rosie described Bullwood Hall as being like a particularly awful girl’s boarding school, but because she had been to such an establishment herself she didn’t find it too unbearable.

Rosie mentioned in her book that she arrived at Holloway wearing no knickers because she forgot to put them on and that the other prisoners were puzzled as to why someone as posh as Rosie was so unkempt, or in their words ‘dirty’. Now as someone who has had to prepare myself for a possible prison sentence on a few occasions as a stream of Angels and Top Doctors have perjured themselves, I can testify that it is most unlikely that one would forget one’s undies in those circumstances. If you know that you may well be banged up for God knows how long with no opportunities to get your hands on the essentials, things like toothbrushes, undies etc do spring to mind. Unless of course you are someone with one hell of a drug problem and are barely compus mentis in court, although there was no suggestion of that in any media reports.

Rosie Johnston’s mother is a member of the publishing family the Chancellors. At the time of Olivia’s death Rosie’s uncle Alexander Chancellor was Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph and had just spent several years as Editor of The Spectator. Both publications were very supportive of Thatcher’s Gov’t.

When her book was published Rosie Johnston indicated that she wanted to work in prison reform, but I note that did not happen.

Someone else’s name cropped up in connection with Olivia’s death who supported Paul Channon’s claims that Olivia didn’t kill herself – Viscount Charles Althorp aka Champagne Charlie, the Princess of Wales’s brother. Champagne Charlie maintained that he had phoned Olivia hours before her death and she was fine and happy.

In the wake of Olivia’s death there was many acres of newsprint dedicated to the hedonistic lifestyle being pursued by some Oxford students. One article I remember reading in I think the New Statesman had been written by a young journo who had mates at Oxford. This journo had been reassured that although a great deal of drinking and drug taking was happening, one just had to ensure that one’s mates put one’s body in the appropriate position to prevent one choking on one’s vomit if one passed out. A medical student called Hilary was good enough to tell the New Statesman exactly what needed to be done in order to avoid death when rat arsed. Some press articles were rude enough to suggest that Oxford was stuffed full of rich drug taking wasters from dysfunctional families who had bagged their places through their connections rather than their ability.

Gottfried at least was certainly a very rich man with a hectic lifestyle. He drank very heavily throughout the night and kept himself awake during the day by using amphetamines. He was a member of the Piers Gaveston Society, which had originally been established as a gays only club. Members had an interest in rubber and whips and were required to camp it up. Gottfried took his membership seriously – he regularly appeared in fishnet stockings or lederhosen and lipstick. Although von Bismarck was a member of the Bullingdon Club as well and spent many happy hours smashing up restaurants, he found life in Oxford somewhat dull and spent much time in London doing some rather more serious partying. Gottfried did host some memorable bashes in Oxford though. At one Bavarian themed party he hung two severed pigs heads over the tables to enable the pigs blood to drip onto the food. Sebastian Shakespeare – who is now a journalist – was a good mate of Gottfried’s and was in attendance on that occasion.

Other friends of von Bismarck’s included Champagne Charlie, Lady Antonia Fraser’s son Damien and Princess Charlotte of Luxembourg. Fellow members of the Bullingdon Club included Darius Guppy – who was also in the Piers Gaveston Society. Guppy was best man at Champagne Charlie’s first wedding and Champagne Charlie was best man at Guppy’s nuptials.

Darius Guppy is of course best known for a 1993 insurance fraud which involved him and his business partner Benedict Marsh faking a jewellry robbery and then claiming £1.8 million from the insurers. In Feb 1993 Guppy was sentenced to five years imprisonment for conspiracy involving fraud, robbery and false accounting. In 1993 Guppy also pleaded guilty to three separate charges concerning illegal VAT claims on gold bullion smuggled into India between Oct 1989-July 1990. Since his conviction Guppy has written some bizarre pompous articles explaining how trying to swindle £1.8 million out of someone else was his revenge on Lloyds of London for their alleged wrongdoing in relation to his family. His mates like Boris Johnson – who was at Eton and then Oxford with Guppy and was a fellow member of the Bullingdon Club – have banged on about Guppy being a man of such honour that he had to demand satisfaction. Do you know Boris, a lot of people have done some very nasty things to me, but I’ve never staged an armed robbery in order to extract nearly two million quid out of them. I’ve ended up writing this blog instead.

Guppy obviously felt that he could rely on Boris to defend his corner because in 1990 when Boris was working as a journalist on the Daily Telegraph, Boris received a phone call asking him if he could provide the home address of News of the World journalist Stuart Collier, who was investigating Guppy – Guppy wanted to have Collier beaten up. A tape of the conversation was leaked to the press in 1995.

Another person who was in the Bullingdon Club with this lot was someone called David Cameron. This bunch of indulged dickwits really were the heirs to Thatcher. Before the unfortunate business of Olivia Channon, the Daily Mail and similar outlets used to constantly run features on Champagne Charlie et al drooling over how grand and important their parents were. I remember reading one article about ‘the Cabinet Ministers beautiful daughters’ – one of the beautiful daughters, Mary Parkinson, fruit of Cecil’s loins, had rather let the side down by getting involved in drugs and prostitution – the principal star of this feature was one Annabel Heseltine, who I think was at Durham rather than Oxford. Anyway Annabel’s mates were interviewed explaining that ‘she was always falling out of her clothes’ – a bit like Cecil then – and getting plastered on champers. Many years later, but I think before Cameron became PM, old father Heseltine was waxing lyrical in a broadsheet about the fine new generation of Tories that had been bred when he revealed that he had tripped over David Cameron in a heap of bodies after Annabel had held a piss up. And do you know, Heseltine was most impwessed when he actually spoke to Dave and he wealised that he was looking at a future Pwime Minister.

Dave – can you ask your mates how Olivia died? Furthermore, what with your mother sitting on the Oxford Magistrates bench, can you perhaps explain how the fuck Count von Bismarck got away with an £80 fine when a corpse full of heroin was discovered in his room? I heard you on the radio that time when you became over excited and starting shouting about how what pumps you up is people taking a chance and ‘doing the right thing’. Loading your mates up with Class A drugs, fleeing when they die and telling a pack of lies to the police isn’t really doing the right thing is it Dave? Perhaps you could include a chapter about it all in the memoirs that you’re writing in your shepherd’s hut.

Although Robin Grey QC had explained to the Oxford Magistrates – perhaps even to Dave’s mum herself – how Olivia’s death would be forever with von Bismarck, it didn’t hold the Count back for long. After completing his studies in Germany, von Bismarck spent some time in Los Angeles and then worked as an executive for Kevin Maxwell’s company Telemonde. von Bismarck’s role was to raise capital from the stockmarket – unfortunately Telemonde collapsed in 2002 with debts of £105 million. von Bismarck then spent some time working in London promoting holidays in Uzbekistan. von Bismarck was promoting the delights of the Uzbek regime to tourists just after Jack Straw, in his capacity as Home Secretary, had ordered the withdrawal and interrogation of the UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray. What had Craig Murray done to upset Jack Straw? Murray had raised concerns over human rights abuses in Uzbekistan – human rights abuses which included boiling people alive. After advertising the delights of Uzbekistan, von Bismarck co-founded AIM Partners, a London-based investment firm.

In August 2006 someone else died at a party hosted by von Bismarck – Anthony Casey fell 60 feet from the roof terrace of von Bismarck’s Chelsea flat and died of multiple injuries. von Bismarck was not arrested and the police did not find any drugs at the flat. The police might not have found any drugs in the flat but there were a lot of drugs in Mr Casey. The subsequent coroners report stated that there was no alcohol in Mr Casey’s blood but a significant amount of cocaine. The coroner told the Guardian that a great deal of ‘sexual paraphernalia’ had been discovered in the flat, including a variety of sex toys, lubricants and a butane gas cannister. There was also a box containing dozens of syringes. The coroner explained that there had been a ‘gay orgy’ taking place in the flat in the early hours of the morning, but all the action was between ‘consenting males in private’. As with Olivia’s death, there were a few things that weren’t ever explained – such as how Mr Casey ended up on the roof, let alone falling off it. There was a suggestion that he was ‘feeling unwell’ at the orgy so von Bismarck gave him the keys to the roof terrace.

von Bismarck left the UK after this death as well.

So who was the coroner who asked so few questions about an orgy which resulted in someone’s death, someone who was full of drugs himself but had taken part in an orgy in a flat in which no drugs had been found, although plenty of syringes with which to take drugs were present? It was none other than this blog’s friend Dr Paul Knapman, who was the coroner for Westminster and until he retired in 2011 could be relied upon to provide unbelievable explanations about the most suspicious or socially embarrassing deaths. Knapman – who is an alumnus of St George’s Hospital Medical School – conducted the inquests of Lord Lucan’s nanny Sandra Rivett, of Georgi Markov, of Roberto Calvi and of Mark Saunders the barrister shot dead by the police. Knapman was involved with the inquests of Diana and Dodi. He also handled the Marchioness Disaster and the Clapham Rail Disaster. For more details on Knapman see post ‘A Future Leader Of The Labour Party’.

In March 2007 the Daily Mail ran an article in which it claimed that Rosie Johnston was speaking ‘for the first time’ since Olivia’s death. Rosie did quite a bit of speaking in her book nearly 20 years previously, but I think that the Mail were trying to flag up that now Rosie was speaking about Olivia’s death, something that she had been rather reluctant to do before – but then none of the people who hadn’t been at the flat when Olivia died and who didn’t know that she was taking heroin, even Nicholas Vincent who had been lying next to her on the bed whilst she took heroin and then died, had been prepared to speak about Olivia’s death. Rosie stated that she hadn’t spoken about Olivia’s death ‘simply out of respect for her family’ – previously Rosie had said that she doesn’t ‘discuss the events of that night or what led up to it because it’s just not my place to’. No, Rosie’s place was to supply the drugs and then tell the police that she wasn’t on the scene when Olivia died.

The Mail explained that after Rosie came out of prison she ‘worked in a Bed and Breakfast in Devon’. Another source tells us that Rosie owned that Bed and Breakfast. Rosie realised that her life was on the up again when she landed a job as company manager for an opera festival in Italy. She ‘started off cleaning loos and organising washing-up rotas, then I moved into directing’. Rosie found herself directing successful opera productions in Oxford, Holland Park and in Hong Kong. As you do when you’ve been employed to clean the bogs.

In 1994 Rosie married, moved to New York and then lived in New Mexico – she had her own radio show and raised money for charidee. In 2002 tragedy hit Rosie – her husband died of heart failure at the age of 40. Which is quite unusual – unless the person concerned has put themselves at risk by ooh, let’s say amphetamine use… After her husband died, Rosie realised that she was an alcoholic, so she checked into an establishment called Cottonwood in Arizona, whose previous guests have included Ronnie Wood, Kate Moss and Daniella Westbrook. Rosie now realises that she has ‘an allergy’ to alcohol because every time she drank she used to end up in trouble. That particular allergy used to be known as ‘being drunk and disorderly’.

Rosie told the Mail that Bullwood Hall prison was Hell – ‘the atmosphere…was so tense and violent that towards the end of my time there I didn’t go out of my cell’. Now that is not what she said in her book – and I’m fairly certain that in her book Rosie described Bullwood Hall as having dormitories not cells.

Fortunately the Daily Mail was able to give us the good news that Rosie has now been In Rehab and had ‘finally confronted what happened’ re Olivia in therapy sessions. So as well as those people who fled the country, there’s a therapist somewhere who knows how Olivia died…Rosie told the Mail that she thought it was extraordinary that newspapers printed articles about her being on the fringes of high society and she stressed that they didn’t all take heroin – in fact Rosie and her friends just went to wine bars, they couldn’t afford anything else. Not on their trust funds.

Rosie went to school with Lady Helen Taylor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Olivia was at the same school, the Channons and the Kents were two families who were very close. Lady Helen Taylor experienced her own sad loss four years after Olivia’s death – her friend Henry Tennant died from AIDS at the age of 29. Before Henry died, he let on that he remembered Olivia smoking heroin at the family home in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Olivia might well have smoked heroin at the family’s other homes as well – they also owned a country mansion in Essex and two villas in Mustique, so there was quite a bit of choice as to where she smoked her heroin . Henry was the son of Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, who was a mate of Princess Margaret. The Channons were also mates of Princess Margaret. The Tennants, the Channons, Princess Margaret and Roddy Llewleyn used to have a great time on Mustique at Colin Tennant’s parties, along with David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Those parties may well have been spiced up by supplies from Dr Ann and Peter Dally, Royal physicians and dealers to the stars (please see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’). Lady Helen Taylor observed that it was sad when so many of your friends and colleagues had died from AIDS. Henry’s older brother Charles died before his time as well – Charles was a heroin addict who succumbed to hepatitis. Charles Tennant hit the headlines years ago when he flogged a photo of Princess Margaret at a party in fancy dress to raise money for drugs.

Having been in rehab, Rosie had now found gainful employment, although it was only bringing in about £800/month – in 2007 – so she was a bit miffed about that. Rosie was running workshops about the dangers of drugs and alcohol for schools and prisons. She was working with an organisation called Re-Cover, a free service to find people rehab places. It’s just as well that I don’t need one because I don’t think that I could afford Rosie’s free service – she explained to the Mail that rehab isn’t as expensive as people think, she could find a place for someone in South Africa providing three months of ‘care’ for £4k.

As part of her service Rosie doesn’t advise people not to take drugs because she says that they’re going to do that anyway, she gives info about the effects of drugs and tries to explain how the law works. Presumably Rosie’s advice includes the best way to get yourself off manslaughter charges when when one of your customers dies. As part of her work with Re-Cover Rosie was undertaking a course in drug and alcohol counselling.

If Rosie fancies slumming it in north Wales rather than in south west London, I’m sure that CAIS would be delighted to have her as a peer guide, she’s just what Dafydd and Lucille are looking for.

Rosie was running some of her workshops with a company called Richardson Calder. I can find no trace of Re-Cover or Richardson Calder on the web, but I suspect that Rosie’s aspirations to educate the UK on the matter of drugs and alcohol may have hit a problem. The fall-out from Anthony Casey’s death must have presented quite a hill to climb, but a few weeks after the Mail published their article about Rosie and her drug awareness work, Rosie’s old mate von Bismarck found himself headline news again.

von Bismarck was found dead on 2 July 2007, in his almost empty flat in Chelsea, which by then was in the process of being sold for approx £5 million. von Bismarck was 44 years old. Sebastien Lucas, the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem, stated that von Bismarck had injected cocaine on an hourly basis during the day before his death and that his body contained the highest level of cocaine that Lucas had ever encountered, as well as morphine. von Bismarck had liver damage, hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV. The cause of death was given as a heroin overdose.

 

As well as inheriting a great deal of money, Paul Channon inherited a seat in the Commons. He was MP for Southend West, 1959-97, until he received a peerage. His father Sir Henry ‘Chips’ Channon had held the seat before him and before Chips, Chips’s mother-in-law Gwendolen Guinness, Countess of Iveagh was the sitting MP. Gwendoline succeeded the seat after her husband Rupert Guinness, who had been the MP, had to stand down when he became the 2nd Earl of Iveagh. It was such a given that a member of the Guinness dynasty would hold the seat that when Chips pegged out, Paul Channon put himself forward for the nomination although he was only 23 years old and was still an undergrad at Oxford. Paul won the nomination despite 129 other applications and in the face of a campaign run by Lord Beaverbrook in the Daily Express who was outraged at such nepotism. After Channon was selected as the candidate his grandmother Lady Iveagh congratulated the voters on ‘backing a colt when you knew the stable he was trained in’.

I’m not sure that I’d have chosen a colt from that particular breeder. Chips Channon is remembered as a ‘diarist’ – whilst Chips’s diaries are famous, his nearest and dearest censored them before publication and never dared reveal what was in the unpublished bits. Although Chips did marry and produce a foal, as well as enjoying alcohol laced with drugs Chips also enjoyed many gay relationships. One of his partners was the playwright Terence Rattigan and Paul Channon’s mother, Lady Honour Guinness, left Chips because of his relationship with a male landscape designer. Biographies of Channon rather unfairly make reference to his mother ‘running away with a Czech airman’ without explaining why a Czech airman was a preferable option to Chips. There was much speculation that Chips also had a relationship with his closest friend Prince Paul of Yugoslavia – whom it is believed that he named his son after – and with the Duke of Kent.

Paul Channon mixed with high society from birth. When he was a baby his nanny used to take him for a walk in the park in his pram with her friend, the nanny of the Duke of Kent and her charge, the future Duke of Kent. Channon remained a lifelong friend of the Duke of Kent.

Chips was friends with Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson and Edward gave Channon a toy panda in the run up to the abdication. During WWII Channon was evacuated to the home of the Astors in New York where he became acquainted with their neighbour President Roosevelt.

Channon went to Eton and for his national service joined the Royal Horse Guards, with whom he served in Cyprus. Among his duties there was escorting Prince Philip’s nieces. Channon then went to Christ Church, Oxford where he was President of the Oxford University Conservative Association. Channon left university to take up his seat in Parliament. He served under five Tory leaders – Macmillan, Douglas Home, Heath, Thatcher and Major. He was PPS to R.A. Butler, 1961-64, whilst Butler was Home Secretary, First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary. Chips had also been Butler’s PPS – Channon was really chuffed that not only had he inherited the dosh, the family mansion, the Parliamentary seat, but he’d even inherited the job of Butler’s PPS. He commented that it was ‘his life’s dream’.

Channon was a Heathite and in 1967 Heath appointed him spokesman for the Arts. Channon occupied junior Ministerial roles between 1970-74, including Minister of State for N Ireland for six months in 1972. This was whilst Willie Whitelaw was Secretary of State for N Ireland and on 7 July 1972, Channon and Willie met IRA leader Sean Mac Stiofain and other Republicans at Channon’s house in Cheyne Walk. (I know that Thatcher kept maintaining that the Tories didn’t talk to terrorists and that only Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell met IRA leaders, but she was lying.) The talks with the IRA weren’t much of a success – two weeks later the IRA bombed Belfast on Bloody Friday.

Whilst he was a junior Minister at the Department of the Environment Channon installed a tiger skin sofa in his office.

In Feb 1974 Channon joined Heath’s Shadow Cabinet but Thatcher kicked him out again when she became leader of the Tory Party in Feb 1975. Thatch was alleged to have seriously disliked Channon and told Reginald Maudling that ‘there will be no room in my government for that millionaire’. She ended up having to break that particular vow.

In 1979 Channon was appointed Deputy Head of the Civil Service Department – he became Head in 1980 when his boss Lord Soames took up the post of Governor of Rhodesia. Channon was made a member of the Privy Council in 1980 as well.

In 1981 Channon was appointed Minister for the Arts, succeeding Norman St John Stevas. Channon took the call from No 10 offering him the job at one of his villas on Mustique. Channon really loved opera, so he managed to increase the spending on opera whilst he was Arts Minister. After the General Election of 1983 he was appointed Minister for Trade – Cecil Parkinson’s resignation after Sara Keays conveniently announced her pregnancy in the middle of the Tory Party conference resulting in maximum embarrassment for the Tories resulted in that millionaire becoming acting Secretary of State. Tebbit was appointed Secretary of State over Channon’s head, but then Tebbit had to step aside as a result of needing surgery, so that millionaire became acting Secretary of State again. On 24 Jan 1986 that millionaire became the President of the Board of Trade and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry after yet another resignation – this time of Leon Brittan, over the Westland affair. Which was certainly ironic because Leon Brittan only resigned over that to save Thatcher’s skin after she’d misled the Cabinet and no-one wanted to give Heseltine ammunition.

While Channon was at the DTI the scandal involving Guinness’s take-over of Distillers blew up. Guinness had been involved in fraudulent practice by inflating the worth of their shares and an investigation was undertaken by the DTI. Obviously Channon, being a man of integrity, could not be part of that investigation, it would have been a conflict of interest. So Michael Howard led the investigation. The Michael Howard who less than ten years later completely screwed Mary Wynch over, leaving her ruined after she had dared win a legal case against Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Clwyd Health Authority and the Home Office, after she had been unlawfully arrested, imprisoned and fleeced of her inheritance by Dafydd.

Paul Channon was a Director of Guinness so he will have known something about the fraudulent practices which Howard investigated.

Other diplomatic incidents whilst Channon was at the DTI were the proposals by the Gov’t that British Leyland should be sold to General Motors and that Austin Rover should be sold to Ford. Channon stopped both sales on the grounds that it would be political suicide for the Tories if they went ahead. However, whilst Channon was in post Leyland Trucks were merged with DAF Holland.

Channon was involved in the arms to Iraq scandal whilst he was at the DTI. Why some years later were Blair et al so certain that Saddam was in possession of WMD? Because Channon and Alan Clarke ensured that he was sold the components that were needed to build them.

On 13 June 1987 Channon became Secretary of State for Transport. Whilst he was in that position: the Zeebrugge Ferry tragedy occurred; the Kings Cross Fire happened which resulted in 31 deaths; there were 35 deaths from the three train crash at Clapham Junction; 270 people were killed when a bomb exploded on the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie; 44 people were killed when the British Midland plane crashed onto the M1 at Kegworth.

The cause of the fire at King’s Cross was never identified but it was admitted that there were long-standing serious health and safety failures and a managerial vacuum. The British Government received a bomb warning just before Lockerbie but didn’t make the information public for some two weeks and Channon went on holiday to Mustique two days after the Lockerbie disaster anyway.

Thatch sacked Channon as Transport Secretary in July 1989. Paul Foot wrote an interesting account of what was thought to have led to Channon’s sacking in the London Review of Books in 1994. He stated that in mid-March 1989, three months after Lockerbie, George Bush rang Thatcher to warn her to ‘cool it’ on the subject. It seems that on the same day, possibly a few hours before Bush’s call, Channon was a guest of five prominent political correspondents at the Garrick. It was agreed that anything said over lunch would be kept between them and not made public. Channon announced that Dumfries and Galloway police had conducted a major investigation into Lockerbie, had found those responsible and that arrests were imminent. At least one journo broke ranks and made the info public. Channon subsequently denied being the source of the leak. The Mirror called him a liar on its front page. Channon did not sue or complain. A few months later he was quietly sacked – and was replaced by the rehabilitated Cecil Parkinson. It was felt that Thatcher couldn’t publicly blame Channon for the leak because the main problem with it was that it coincided with her instructions from Washington.

Days after Parkinson took over at Transport he had the Marchioness Disaster to deal with.

Channon did not hold another Ministerial post. He wanted to be Speaker – of course he did, three previous members of his family had been Speaker, but he didn’t pull that one off.

After he returned to the backbenches, the man whose family business had been investigated for fraud Chaired the Commons Finance and Services Select Committee and for an encore someone let him Chair the Transport Select Committee. Probably because his ancestors had.

The Torygraph’s obituary of Channon observed that he had a ‘sense of fun’ and could speak backwards and used to ask his staff to speak in foreign accents. It must have been like an episode of ‘It Ain’t Half Racist Mum’ in the DTI. In fact Channon had such a sense of fun that he backed Thatcher in refusing to extend sanctions against South Africa. It was also observed that Olivia’s death had been particularly painful for him because it had happened at Christ Church, his old college – just to make it even worse, Chips went to Christ Church as well. Channon’s ‘love of old buildings’ had caused him in 1962 to promote legislation to ’empower’ local authorities to give grants for the upkeep of historic houses. Channon owned two such houses himself.

Channon was proud of his record on road building whilst at the Dept of Transport. He built new motorways and widened others. When he discovered that a new piece of motorway was planned to pass near to his country house in Essex, Channon and his wife Ingrid – another member of the Guinness family herself who had previously been married to Channon’s cousin Jonathan Guinness, there was a very small gene pool in that stable of which Channon’s granny was so proud – held a garden party to raise funds to campaign against the building of the motorway.

John Biffen’s obituary of Channon observed cryptically that ‘his ministerial duties were not particularly enjoyable, he bore them with good nature…great sadness struck him soon after leaving the Commons, such that he was unable to demonstrate his measured approach to politics as an active member of the Lords’. I don’t why Channon tolerated those ministerial duties, it wasn’t as if he needed the salary – in 1990 his share in Guinness alone was worth £184 million.

After finding out about Channon’s love of opera and how his daughter’s dealer found a new career for herself as an opera director, my ears pricked up this morning when I heard George Osborne being interviewed on Radio 4. George was talking about his love of opera. He explained that politicians are frightened to say that they like opera lest they are thought to be elitist, but he really loves it. Is he perhaps angling for business for Rosie? George mentioned that when he was at university the culture was very laddish and one had to state an interest in football. No George, you were at Oxford with Dave and the gang – no-one gave a bugger about football, that was for the oiks, it was huge quantities of Class A drugs that were in vogue with your friends.

George’s brother Adam likes Class A drugs. Adam was a Top Doctor – he trained with the best of course at Tommy’s. Not only was Adam Osborne a Top Doctor but he was a psychiatrist. So it was quite understandable that the GMC didn’t strike him off after he was caught breaching prescribing rules whilst prescribing drugs to a prostitute. Well the patient was a prostitute and Adam was a Top Doctor, he couldn’t possibly have been to blame for the misunderstanding. Some two or three years ago Adam was up in front of the GMC again. For threatening a patient with whom he had been having sex. I think illicit drugs were involved once more as well. Not only did Adam threaten the patient whom he had been shagging, but Adam’s wife – who was also a Top Doctor – threatened the patient as well. They both told her to keep quiet about Adam having sex with her. Whilst he was having sex with this patient, Adam told her how much he and his wife enjoy threesomes. The GMC did actually manage to strike Adam off after that. Although the last that I read they hadn’t taken any action against his wife. So if anyone wants to get their paws on controlled drugs, have a threesome with two Top Doctors and end up being threatened by them, the lady doctor Mrs Osborne is the one to book an appointment with.

The Daily Telegraph didn’t print a word about the activities of the Drs Osborne, although the Daily Mail went to town on it.

The Osbornes are obviously a very understanding bunch when it comes to Top Doctors abusing their positions. Whilst George was Chancellor, CAIS were given more than a million quid from the LIBOR fund after misrepresenting themselves and telling a load of porkies (see post ‘George Osborne Enters The Picture’).

In this morning’s radio interview, not only did George stress that he was still very good mates with Dave, the son of that very liberal Oxford Magistrate, but he hinted at a  political comeback. He mentioned that people are discussing who will succeed Theresa as PM – Theresa, he can smell blood…

 

 

 

A Bit More Paleontology

I’ve been digging up fossils from Aberystwyth for the last two weeks or so. I have been meaning to do this for a long time, because during the course of my blogging I could not fail to notice how many corrupt lawyers and judges who had been great friends to the paedophiles of north Wales and their friends were graduates of Aberystwyth. I hadn’t noticed this until I began the blog, I think because I have known one or two excellent lawyers who trained at Aber and I always believed that the institutionalised corruption that I witnessed was emanating from rather more exalted locations than Aberystwyth. When I did notice how many names on this blog were Aber graduates I presumed that was simply a function of much of the material on this blog being concerned with shenanigans in a Welsh context, so naturally there’d be a lot of people who were educated at Welsh universities involved. Then I realised that even that didn’t account for the sheer number of Aber grads involved – and some of those Aber grads had come from obscure rural locations in Wales but nonetheless had made it into the highest echelons of the legal profession and had ended up sitting in the Garrick with the best, such as Sir William Mars-Jones for example. In fact, in the case of some, it was argued that their stratospheric rise from poverty in Wales demonstrated that snobbery at the Bar was a thing of the past and that anyone could make it as a Law Lord. No, the UK hasn’t ever quite achieved that degree of social mobility – but this blog has shown quite clearly that people who did favours for the paedophiles’ friends often did very well for themselves.

I decided to get on with digging up fossils asap when I received an e mail two weeks ago alleging that one night during the Christmas holiday of 1971/72, a man called William Hines arrived at his lodgings in Christ Church, Cambridge late one night soaking wet and looking for shelter. I was told that William Hines had volunteered with the Sue Ryder organisation in the early 70s, alongside one Richard D. North. There have been allegations that patients were abused and may have even died in the care of the charities run by Sue Ryder and her husband Leonard Cheshire, that appropriate investigations were not conducted and that there was a cover-up at DHSS level involving Secretary of State Barbara Castle and her then minion Jack Straw. Richard D. North is a writer associated with the Institute of Economic Affairs who has staunchly backed Richard Webster’s interpretation of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal ie. that the children’s homes in north Wales in the latter half of the twentieth century were rather mediocre but were not the sites of serious abuse and that the allegations that they were resulted from accusations made by people who had been affected by false memory syndrome after ‘therapy’, or who were just after financial compensation. No-one who lived in north Wales during the years in question who had first hand experience of the social services or mental health services could ever believe Webster’s theory.

I was also told that not only had a volunteer at Sue Ryder’s establishment mysteriously drowned one night in the early 1970s, but it was alleged that William Hines had been interviewed by police about the death but had misled them and perjured himself at the Jan 1972 inquest of the volunteer who drowned. I was told that William Hines had been both an in-patient and out-patient at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridgeshire. Fulbourn gained a lot of good publicity under the leadership of Dr Edward Beresford Davies and acquired a reputation for being a forward thinking establishment which excelled in psychotherapy rather than simply banging up and drugging patients. One of the nurses at the Hergest Unit trained at Fulbourn. She was certainly very much better than her colleagues, but she did know at least some of what they were up to – but she never spoke up. This nurse was completely shafted by her senior managers eventually, because I suspect she was indeed so much better than her colleagues and they felt threatened by her. Her good practice was showing them up for the abusers that they were. I have now been told that as with other ‘groundbreaking initiatives’ in mental health, Beresford Davies and Fulbourn were not quite all that they were cracked up to be.

I have been told that William Hines later worked as a librarian at Aberystwyth University. A volume entitled ‘English Legal History: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature’ (1990) appeared on Aber’s reading list for students undertaking the ‘history of crime and punishment’ module some two years ago. It is co-authored by William Hines, Richard Ireland, Philip Rawlings and C.P. Rodgers. I have been told that the co-author of this book is the same William Hines who volunteered at Sue Ryder in the early 70s.

Whether the allegations that have been levelled at William Hines are true or not I do not know. But I do believe that there was something or someone who for many years was corrupting law students at Aberystwyth. It won’t have simply been the influence of one bad egg, there will have been a network of people with connections at Aber who were inducting certain students into corrupt practices over a long period of time. Some of the graduates involved are now dead – they were people who studied at Aber decades ago, but others graduated much more recently. For a problem like this to have persisted, there will have been collusion at the top of the institution, as Sir Charles Evans colluded with the paedophiles’ friends who were employed at UCNW (which became Bangor University) for so long. So let’s dig up a few old fossils from Aberystwyth and examine them…

 

From its establishment, what is now Aberystwyth University has had both a President and a Principal/Vice-Chancellor. For much of its existence Aber was a member college of the University of Wales, so other important figures were the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales.

The University College Wales, Aberystwyth was founded in 1872. It became part of the University of Wales in 1893 and then became known as the University College of Wales, Abersytwyth. The first President, from 1872 to 1895, was Henry Bruce, the 1st Baron Aberdare.

Henry Bruce was a barrister, Liberal politician and industrialist. He was born in Aberdare, the son of a landowner. After he qualified as a barrister, coal was discovered under the land of the family estates and they became immensely rich. Bruce was a magistrate in Methyr Tydfil and Aberdare 1847-54 and in 1854 was elected Liberal MP for Methyr Tydfil. His reputation was damaged by the Aberdare Strike 1857-8 and it is thought that this contributed to him losing his seat in 1868. Bruce was re-elected again in 1889 in Renfrewshire and William Gladstone appointed him Home Secretary, a post that he retained until at Gladstone’s request he relinquished it in 1873, when he received a peerage and became Lord President of the Council.

After the defeat of Gladstone’s Gov’t in 1874, education became one of Henry Bruce’s principal interests. Not only was he President of Aber, but in 1883 he also became the first President of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (which later became Cardiff University). He was appointed as the first Chancellor of the University of Wales in 1893. In 1888 Bruce headed the Commission that established the Official Table of Drops, which provided guidance as to the distance required to effectively kill someone by hanging. Bruce also showed a keen interest in the drinking habits of the working classes and at one point took evidence concerning this matter from miners and railway workers. Whilst Lord Aberdare preoccupied himself thus, his wife Lady Aberdare was busy promoting education for women (both Bangor and Aberystwyth admitted a higher proportion of women students from their very beginning than many other English colleges or universities). Lady Aberdare was a key mover in the establishment of Aberdare Hall in Cardiff, a women’s hall of residence. Lord Aberdare died at his London home in 1895.

The first Principal of the College – 1872-91 -was Thomas Charles Edwards. Edwards was born near Bala and was the son of Lewis Edwards, the founder of the Bala Theological College. His mother was the granddaughter of Thomas Charles, the organiser of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism. Edwards was educated at his father’s college at Bala, at St Alban Hall, Oxford and at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 1856 he began preaching with the Presbytarian Church of Wales. He became a preacher at two Liverpool chapels and was recognised as one of the leading preachers of his generation. He resigned from his position at Aberystwyth in 1881 partly for health reasons but also to follow his father as head of the Bala Theological College. He died at Bala in 1900.

The second Principal was Thomas Francis Roberts, who was born at Aberdyfi and went to school at Tywyn. Roberts went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth himself to study and won a scholarship to St John’s College, Oxford. He became the first Professor of Greek at the newly created University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. Thomas Roberts was a key figure in the establishment of the University of Wales.

Four years after Thomas Roberts was appointed Principal, the second President of Aber succeeded Lord Aberdare in 1895. That was Stuart Rendel, 1st Baron Rendel of Hatchlands in Surrey, who remained as President until 1913. Rendel was an industrialist, philanthropist and Liberal politician who was educated at Eton and Oxford. He was also a barrister, but was mostly involved in engineering – he was manager of the London branch of the Armstrong Gunnery Company. Rendel was elected as the Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire in 1880 and although he had been born in Plymouth he was known as the ‘Welsh member’ because of his support for Welsh causes, such as the establishment of the University of Wales. He was a benefactor to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Rendel was acknowledged as being the leader of the Welsh MPs in Parliament. He was an Anglican and a close friend and associate of William Gladstone. Rendel received a peerage in 1894. Rendel’s daughter Maud married Henry, William Gladstone’s son. Later in life Rendel retired to his stately home in Surrey and died in 1913 at his London home in Kensington Palace Gardens.

In 1913 Sir John Williams 1st Baronet of the City of London became President. Many senior figures at Aberystwyth University have also been involved with the National Library of Wales, an excellent collection housed in an impressive building in Aberystwyth in close proximity to the Penglais campus of the University. People familiar with previous blog posts will also know that the paedophiles’ friends had a penchant for involvement with the National Library. This is not a reflection upon the library’s collections, it is rather that a role in the governance of the National Library – like a role in the governance of the National Museum of Wales – provides a great deal of kudos for some people and the paedophiles’ friends do like a bit of prestige. Sir John Williams played a key role in ensuring that the National Library was located in Aberystwyth years before he became President of the College. In 1905 the Gov’t proposed to establish both a National Library and a National Museum of Wales. David Lloyd George – then the Liberal MP for Caernarvon Boroughs – wanted the National Library to be located in Aberystwyth, but there was also a contingent who wanted the National Library to be in Cardiff. A huge scrap followed and Sir John Williams – a Top Doctor and the proud possessor of a fantastic collections of manuscripts – offered to donate this collection to the National Library if it were located in Aberystwyth. It was therefore agreed that the National Library would be situated at Aberystwyth and that Cardiff could have the National Museum. In 1907 a Royal Charter was established stating that Sir John’s collection would become the property of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth if the National Library was ever removed from Aber. Sir John also bequeathed a large sum of money to the National Library of Wales. The Sword of Damocles hanging over that Library would certainly ensure that it never got up and walked off to Cardiff. Sir John’s collection was the Peniarth collection, which contains wonderful things of global significance which are very dear to Welsh historians and scholars, the most valuable manuscripts in the Library, including the Four Ancient Books of Wales. So that is how the National Library ended up in Aberystwyth and remains there today. The Foundation stone of the National Library was laid by King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Two years later Sir John was President of the College.

So who was Sir John Williams? A man from Aberystwyth perhaps? No. Sir John Williams was from south Wales, the son of a Welsh Congregationalist Minister. Williams went to school in Swansea, then to university in Glasgow and then undertook his medical training at University College Hospital in London. He must have been based in London for a good many years, because he would have been needed for a famous patient of his – this Top Doctor was physician to Queen Victoria and had been appointed to that role in 1886, long before there was talk of a National Library in Wales yet alone any plans by Lloyd George as to how to ensure that it was located in Aber. It was Queen Victoria who raised Williams to the Baronetcy in 1894. Williams is described as a surgeon obstetrician, so I’m wondering if he was the Top Doctor who famously administered chloroform to Queen Victoria helping to break the custom of women being denied pain relief during childbirth – a custom that has been sadly reintroduced in recent years by a contingent of people who misunderstood the childbirth campaigners of the early 1980s when they raised concerns regarding unnecessary interventions.

For part of his life Sir John lived at Plas Llansteffan, a mansion in Carmarthenshire which he leased from the Morris family who were bankers.

In 2005 Sir John’s name reared its head again following the publication of book called ‘Uncle Jack’ by Tony Williams and Humphrey Price. That book certainly upset a lot of people – it suggested that Sir John Williams might have been Jack the Ripper.

The official history of the National Library tells us that the National Library and National Museum of Wales were established after a collection was held during which thousands of working class people donated their hard earned pennies. That was no doubt true, working people in Wales made sacrifices to support many educational and cultural institutions – but I suspect that the real movers and shakers behind the National Library were Lloyd George and Queen Victoria’s surgeon. Sir John Williams may or may not have been Jack the Ripper but being the President of a University College obviously appealed to him.

I cannot help wondering if it was the arrival on the scene of this Top Doctor that was the beginning of the problem in Aberystwyth.

John Humphreys Davies was the Principal of the College whilst Sir John Williams was President. John Davies was a lawyer, bibliographer and educator. He was born in Ceredigion, attended his local village school, then Lewis’s School Pengam, then University College School, London. Davies studied at the College in Aber himself, then at Lincoln College, Oxford and was called to the Bar. Davies entered public life at a very young age – he was elected Alderman of Cardiganshire County Council at 23 years of age, although he wasn’t actually a member of the authority itself. There was some support for him that year to stand as the Liberal candidate for Cardiganshire, although he did not win the nomination. He was a JP for the county of Cardiganshire and Treasurer of the General Assembly of the Calvinist Methodist connexion before he was 30. In 1905 Davies became Registrar of the College at Aber. He was appointed a member of the Welsh Church Commission in 1908, the High Sheriff of Cardiganshire in 1911 and the Chairman of Cardiganshire County Council in 1916/17. Davies was appointed Principal of Aber in 1919 – he remained in the post until he died in 1926.

I note that Davies was involved in the campaign to establish a National Library for Wales – he was working on this with Sir John Williams long before either of them were appointed to the most senior positions in the College.

John Davies’s interest in education is attributed to the influence of a group of friends of his at Oxford, many of whom became very influential in Welsh life. Two were particularly important where Davies was concerned – Sir O.M. Edwards and T.E. Ellis.

Owen Morgan Edwards was a historian, educationist and writer. He was born at Llanuwchllyn near Bala, went to the Bala Theological College, then the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, spent one year at Glasgow University and then Balliol College, Oxford. O.M. Edwards was the first Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales in the new Welsh Education Department. O.M. Edwards was keen to ensure that children were taught Welsh at school – he was of the generation who were beaten for speaking Welsh at school. Edwards also established a number of Welsh language periodicals and wrote a number of books on Welsh history. Sir O.M. Edwards’s son, Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards attended Bala Grammar School, University College of Wales, Aber and Lincoln College, Oxford. He taught at Dolgellau Grammar School and at University College of Wales, Aber and edited the journals that his father had established after O.M. Edwards died. Sir Ifan was a Director of Television Wales and West and was involved in establishing the Welsh school at Aberystwyth. He was also a magistrate. Sir Ifan established the Urdd Gobaith Cymru (the Welsh League of Youth), a popular Welsh children’s and youth movement. Sir Ifan was awarded the Medal of the Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion. O.M. Edwards’s daughter married Sir David Hughes-Parry, who was President of the College in Aberystwyth himself, 1955-64. There are statues of Sir O.M and Sir Ifan at Llanuwchllyn.

 

T.E. Ellis was born near Bala and attended Bala Grammar School along with his contemporary O.M. Edwards. T.E. Ellis went on to the University College at Aber, then to New College, Oxford. He became the Liberal MP for Merioneth and Gladstone later appointed him Chief Whip. T.E. Ellis too helped secure the National Library. He carried out much educational administrative work for Wales, including for Merioneth and was a member of the Court of the University of Wales. T.E. Ellis became the brother-in-law of John Humphreys Davies. A statue of T.E. Ellis stands in the High Street in Bala and there is also a statue of him in the quadrangle of Aberystwyth University.

 

In 1926, Aberystwyth saw a new President appointed and in 1927 welcomed a new Principal. The new President was Lord Edmund-Davies and the new Principal was Henry Stewart-Jones.

Lord Edmund-Davies was born Herbert Edmund Edmund Davies. He was a lawyer and a judge who was born in modest circumstances in Mountain Ash in 1906. He was from a Welsh nonconformist background and attended Mountain Ash Grammar School, then King’s College, London and then Exeter College, Oxford. At Exeter College, Edmund Davies was a pupil of Geoffrey Cheshire, the Bursar of Exeter College, who was the father of Leonard Cheshire. Edmund Davies had a long connection with Leonard Cheshire and the Leonard Cheshire Homes – where it is alleged residents were abused. Before WWII Edmund Davies was a junior barrister based in Swansea. After the war – during which he served with the Royal Welch Fuseliers – he became a lead barrister ‘with a formidable reputation’. Edmund Davies was a Recorder in Methyr Tydfil 1942-44; in Swansea 1944-53 and in Cardiff 1953-58. He was Chair of the Denbighshire Quarter Sessions 1953-64. So he will have been trying patients from – and incarcerating patients in – the North Wales Hospital Denbigh during the Dafydd and Gwynne years of lobotomies and paedophiles. Edmund Davies was sitting as a judge in north Wales at a time when the lawyers and judges in the region were known to be corrupt. Edmund Davies wasn’t a corrupt Aber law graduate himself – he was President of the College which had begun churning them out.

In 1958 he became a High Court judge and thus metamorphosed into Sir Edmund Davies. Even for the time his sentencing was controversial on the grounds of its harshness. He presided over the trial of the Great Train Robbers in 1964 at Aylesbury – that sentence was criticised on the grounds that if other judges followed suit, robbers would be more likely to kill people during the course of their crime because the sentence that they will receive will be as long as a sentence for murder. Edmund Davies was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1966 and in 1967 he was appointed by Secretary of State for Wales Cledwyn Hughes to Chair the Public Inquiry into the Aberfan Disaster. In 1974 he became a Law Lord and received a peerage. In 1977 Lord Edmund-Davies was appointed by Merlyn Rees – the Home Secretary under Jim Callaghan’s Labour Gov’t – to Chair the Commission into the negotiation of police pay and conditions. There had been serious police recruitment problems in England and Wales as a result of low pay. Edmund-Davies reported in July 1978 and recommended a 45% pay rise. The Police Federation were delighted although Edmund-Davies’s recommendations had left politicians in a difficult situation. The recommendations were implemented by the Tory Gov’t in 1979. The Police Federation have held Gov’ts to Edmund-Davies’s regime ever since.

Edmund-Davies was one of the judges involved in the jailing of Denis Lemon, the Editor of ‘Gay News’ in 1979. ‘Gay News’ had published a poem suggesting that Jesus might have been gay and Mary Whitehouse brought a prosecution for blasphemy against the paper. Edmund-Davies was one of the judges who dismissed Lemon’s appeal – whilst a paedophile ring targeting boys in care operated in the children’s homes run by Clwyd and Gwynedd Social Services in north Wales, facilitated by the North Wales Hospital Denbigh.

Edmund-Davies was ‘interested in penal reform’ and was a member of the Royal Commission on Penal Reform. Obviously an excellent choice if one wants to ensure that consenting adults are jailed for writing about the possibility that someone might be gay, whilst a paedophile ring with connections to organised crime conducts business unhindered.

Edmund-Davies retired as a Law Lord in 1981. Between 1975-84 he was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales. So Edmund-Davies was occupying that position when UCNW (now Bangor University) – a constituent college of the University of Wales – were employing Gwynne the lobotomist in their Student Health Centre, as well as the corrupt GP Dr D.G.E. Wood, who in 1984 began threatening me after I complained about Gwynne. Edmund-Davies was succeeded as Pro-Chancellor by Cledwyn Hughes aka Lord Cledwyn, a good friend of the paedophiles’ friends – see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’ for the low-down on Cledwyn and his network. Cledwyn himself was a law graduate of Aber.  Cledwyn was President of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1977-85 and President of the University of Wales, Bangor, 1995-2000.

Lord Edmund-Davies was also a member of the Criminal Law Revision Committee; a life Governor and fellow of King’s College London; an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and was at one time the Treasurer of Gray’s Inn. He lived at Gray’s Inn until his health failed and he moved into a care home.

Edmund-Davies’s obituary in the ‘Independent’ intriguingly discussed how he would ‘often labour over a sandwich in his room to prepare for a judgement to be given that afternoon or at night over a judgement to be delivered the next morning’. The same obituary mentioned that Edmund-Davies was delighted when he became a Law Lord because life was so much easier – obviously no more labouring over sandwiches, just troughing in the Lords – but by the age of 75 ‘he had had enough’. It takes it out of one ignoring a paedophile ring.

Lord Edmund-Davies was a leading light in another institution that some of those previously named on this blog really love -the London Welsh Society (originally the London Welsh Association, then the London Welsh Trust), which runs the London Welsh Centre. The London Welsh Society was established to provide social and political opportunities for Welsh people living in London – it was originally known as the Young Wales Association. It runs the London Welsh Centre on Gray’s Inn Road in Camden which hosts choirs, Welsh language classes and is used as a community venue. The Young Wales Association was founded in 1920 at a meeting over which Dame Margaret Lloyd George – first wife of David Lloyd George – presided. Dame Margaret became the first President of the Young Wales Association (1921-22). There are plenty of people associated with the London Welsh Society – and who send their children to the associated London Welsh School – who are normal, but it does attract those with connections to others we know and love and some of them enjoy running it. As well as Dame Margaret Lloyd George, past Presidents include: David Lloyd George MP; R. Hopkin Morris (1936-37); Lord James Atkin (1936-37); Sir Wynn Wheldon (1946-47); Lord Justice Morris (1951-53); Sir Ben Bowen Thomas (1953-55); Lord Ogmore (1955-59); Lord Aberdare; Lord Elwyn-Davies (1982-88); Sir William Mars-Jones (1988-94); Sir Maldwyn Thomas (1994-2001); Lord Morris of Aberavon (2001-08); Huw Edwards (2008-present).

Some of these people have already appeared on this blog in their capacity as paedophiles friends. There are aspects of all the biographies which are familiar.

Owen Picton Davies was one of the founders of the YWA. He was a Liberal Parliamentary candidate, involved with medical care and was the High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire, 1934-35.

Rhys Hopkin Morris: a graduate of UCNW (Bangor University), barrister and magistrate, the first regional director of BBC in Wales, Liberal MP.

Lord James Atkin: a lawyer and High Court judge, Lord Justice of Appeal and a Law Lord; attended Friars School in Bangor; Prime Minister Asquith’s son Raymond was a pupil in Atkin’s chambers. Atkin’s grandson was Tory peer Toby Low aka Lord Aldington who sued the arse of historian Nicolai Tolstoy after Tolstoy accused him of atrocities in WWII. The atrocities did happen but Aldington claimed that he knew nuzzing.

Clement Davies: barrister; Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire 1929-62 and leader of the Liberal Party 1945-56; President, Welsh Liberal Federation 1945-48.

Lord Ogmore aka David Rees-Williams: solicitor; Labour MP for Croydon South 1945-50; joined Liberal Party in 1959, Liberal Party President 1963-64. Daughter Elizabeth married former Tory MP and jailbird Jonathan Aitken.

Lord Aberdare aka Morys Bruce: Conservative politician with an hereditary peerage. Worked for the BBC, 1949-56; Minister of State in the DHSS, 1970.

Sir Maldwyn Thomas: businessman and lawyer; President of Welsh Liberal Party 1985-86; Trustee of London Welsh School.

Lord John Morris: law graduate of Aberystwyth; also graduate of Cambridge University; Labour MP for Aberavon 1959-2001; Secretary of State for Wales 1974-79; Attorney General 1997-99; Chancellor of University of Glamorgan, then University of South Wales. Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, 2002. Has been a real gift to the paedophiles’ friends – see previous blog posts for details.

Sir Wynn Wheldon: lawyer in Lloyd George’s chambers and good friend of Lloyd George. An educationist. Father of Huw Wheldon, former pupil of Friars School in Bangor, Mr Big at the BBC and the Arts Council in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. President of the Royal Television Society, Governor of LSE and Bangor University. Was networked to the paedophiles’ friends. For further details re Huw Wheldon and his wife, see comments which follow blog post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?’.

Sir Ben Bowen Thomas: the first Warden of Coleg Harlech, later the President of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Sir William Mars-Jones: William Jones – as he was – was the son of a Denbighshire farmer. Mars-Jones’s father was Chairman of Denbighshire County Council. Mars-Jones went to Denbigh School, then read law at Aberystwyth. Whilst he was at Aberystwyth, Mars-Jones was President of the Students’ Council and the Central Students’ Council. He then went to St John’s College, Cambridge – at Cambridge he was active in Footlights. After WWII Mars-Jones stood as the Labour candidate for West Denbigh. Mars-Jones was a barrister on the corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit and became the Presiding judge of that Circuit. In 1964 he headed a Home Office Inquiry into allegations against police officers. Mars-Jones Chaired the Home Secretary’s Advisory Council on the Penal System in 1966 and in the same year was the prosecuting Counsel at the trial of the Moors Murderers. Mars-Jones worked as a Recorder in Birkenhead, Swansea and Cardiff from 1968. He was the Deputy Chair of the Denbigh Quarter Sessions, 1962-68. Mars-Jones became a High Court judge in 1969. He was a leading light in the Garrick. Mars-Jones was President of UCNW (later Bangor University), 1982-95. So he was President whilst the College employed Gwynne the lobotomist in the Student Health Centre as well as the corrupt Dr D.G.E. Wood and whilst Dafydd wielded power and influence in the psychology dept. Mars-Jones could hardly have missed what they were all doing – he’d known many of the paedophiles’ friends from his school days.

William Mars-Jones is the father of Adam Mars-Jones, the famously gay writer. Adam Mars-Jones wrote a book about his father, which claimed that William Mars-Jones was enormously homophobic. Most of those who facilitated the paedophile ring in north Wales which targeted young boys were.

 

BBC News Wales in October 2015 reported on the establishment of the Lord Edmund-Davies Legal Education Trust, a charitable fund ‘run by Welsh barristers in London’, to assist outstanding young lawyers. The BBC named Rhys Meggy as a Trustee. The notion of ‘Welsh barristers in London’ rang alarm bells for me, so I popped over to visit the website of the Legal Education Trust’s website. I found myself in familiar territory. The website currently features a gallery of photos of folk from the Association of London Welsh Lawyers. Those in the gallery are: Winston Roddick QC: a man who was born, grew up and went to school in Caernarfon, became a police officer in Liverpool, then a barrister and Recorder. He was the first Counsel General for Wales, appointed in 1997 and advised in the Welsh Language Act 1993. Roddick has been a member of the Independent Television Commission, a member of the S4C authority and is a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards. He was the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner having stood for election as an Independent whilst being a member of the Lib Dems but failed to tell anyone. Meri Huws: Meri is not even a lawyer – she is a graduate of Aberystwyth and a former community social worker who worked for Gwynedd Social Services whilst the paedophile ring raged within; she is now Welsh Language Commissioner and is the former bedfellow of a number of people who have occupied influential positions in Welsh politics (see post ‘Let Me Enlighten Lord Gnome…’); Lord Morris of Aberavon: the paedophiles’ friends’ helper; Elfyn Llwyd: an Aber law graduate, barrister, former President of Gwynedd Law Society and former Plaid MP for Meirionydd – throughout the years when Plaid dominated Gwynedd County Council at a time when the paedophile ring operated within the Social Services run by Gwynedd County Council and was ignored and/or facilitated by lawyers in Gwynedd.

The Legal Education Trust’s website provides details of a few of the events which they have held and those who attended. At the Annual Dinner in 2017, special guests were Counsel General for Wales Mick Antinow AM and Lord David Lloyd-Jones, Justice of the Supreme Court. The 2017 Annual Lecture was given by Mr Justice Lewis, the Presiding Judge of Wales. The speaker at the Annual Dinner in 2016 was Robert Buckland QC MP. The speaker at the 2014 Annual Dinner was this blog’s old friend Lord Alex Carlile. Another star of previous events was Lord Justice Pill, the judge who in 1990 ignored the criminal activities of the north Wales mental health services when Gwynedd Health Authority applied for a High Court injunction against me – to prevent me writing to them in pursuit of my complaint about those criminal activities (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’). Other events hosted by the Legal Education Trust starred H.H.J. Milwyn Jarman QC and Keith Bush from the National Assembly for Wales.

 

The Principal of Aber for the first few years under Lord Edmund-Davies’s presidency was Henry Stuart-Jones – he was Principal between 1927-34. Stuart-Jones was a fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and was Professor of Ancient History there. He was new to Wales when he took up the position at Aber. He learned Welsh and sat on the Committees of St David’s College, Lampeter; Trinity College, Carmarthen and the National Library of Wales. Stuart-Jones was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1929-30. In 1929 he was elected as a Welsh supernumerary fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.

Stuart-Jones was succeeded as Principal by Ifor Leslie Evans, who remained in the post until he died in 1952. He was the son of musician William John Evans and learnt Welsh whilst he was interned in Ruhleben prison in Germany during WWI. After WWI he studied at St John’s College, Cambridge. Ifor Evans sat on the League of Nations Commission reporting on the circumstances of Austria and was a member of staff on the Economist. During his time as Principal, Ifor Evans ‘substantially’ reduced the College’s debt, attracted benefactors, built the Penglais campus and Pantycelyn Hall of residence. He strengthened the relationships between the staff and the students and Chaired the University of Wales Press Board. (The University of Wales Press Board is another favoured destination for figures in the network that I am discussing.)

 

The President who followed Lord Edmund-Davies was Thomas Jones, known as Tom Jones, frequently referred to as ‘T.J.’ T.J. was President of Aber between 1944-54 – he was said to be ‘one of the six most important men in Europe’ and was referred to as the ‘King of Wales’. T.J. was born in Rhymney, Monmouthshire. The family did speak Welsh, although a lot of English was spoken in their household. Although T.J.’s grandfather made him leave school at 14 to work as a clerk in a local ironworks. T.J. became a well-known preacher and in 1890 went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to study for the Ministry. However he transferred to Glasgow University where he read economics. He pursued an academic career and became Professor of Economics at Queen’s University, Belfast.

T.J. returned to Wales and directed the public health campaign regarding TB. He then carried out Lloyd George’s great reform in Wales when he became head of National Insurance in Wales. Lloyd George created a Secretariat under Lord (then Sir) Maurice Hankey and appointed T.J. as second in command of this Secretariat. This Secretariat/Ministry was viewed with suspicion – T.J.’s role was as a behind the scenes negotiator. T.J. thus acquired enormous influence via this office, which evolved into the office of Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet – T.J. remained Deputy Secretary under Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin, but resigned under  Ramsay MacDonald, before the formation of the National Gov’t in 1931.

T.J.’s senior colleague, the First Cabinet Secretary, the ‘top aide’ to LLoyd George, was Lord Maurice Hankey. Like T.J., Hankey served under Lloyd George, Bonar Law, Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay MacDonald, but Hankey also served under Neville Chamberlain. Hankey has been described as a ‘late Victorian Imperialist’. He was Secretary of Lloyd George’s War Cabinet and Secretary to the Imperial War Cabinet of the First World War. After WWII Hankey was critical of the war crimes trials and argued that the Allies had no right to convict Germans and Japanese leaders of war crimes.

Hankey was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1940-41, under Winston Churchill. He was succeeded by Duff Cooper who was a friend of Trumpers aka Baroness Jean Trumpington, who years later in her capacity as a Minister of Health was the genius who gave Jimmy Savile a job as manager of Broadmoor Hospital (see post ’95 Glorious Years!’).

It is alleged that T.J. was invaluable to Lloyd George with regard to dealing with the trade unions, as well as with regard to the Irish Question. T.J. was also important in dissuading Stanley Baldwin from exacting revenge in the aftermath of the General Strike. T.J. later published his diaries, which illuminated the meetings between Lloyd George and Hitler as well as the activities of the Cliveden set.

In 1914 T.J. started the magazine ‘Welsh Outlook’ to promote social progress in Wales. In 1936 T.J. was a member of Lloyd George’s party who met Hitler at the Eagle’s Nest.

How did T.J. become one of the six most important men in Europe? Not by being President of Aber – he was appointed after he’d become one of the six most important men in Europe. As in the case of Baroness Jean Trumpington, T.J. became important himself by being mates with other even more important people. T.J.’s choice of friends was interesting for a man who’s heart lay in Wales – some of his best mates were the very people whom Trumpers was friends with, such as the Astors of Cliveden fame, although T.J. died some six years before the Profumo scandal erupted. It was by extracting dosh from his rich friends that T.J. managed to do some of what he became famous for back home in Wales.

It was T.J. who founded Coleg Harlech in 1927 – Coleg Harlech was a worthy cause, a residential college for mature students, to continue the work of the WEA in a residential environment. I wonder where the money to establish it came from… The first Warden of Harlech was Ben Bowen Thomas – who was President of Aberystwyth, 1964-76. After the 1960s, Ieuan Jeffries-Jones became Warden and Coleg Harlech began offering 2 year diplomas, validated by the University of Wales, designed as entry for degree level courses. In the 1980s and 90s with the expansion of HE, Coleg Harlech lost its distinctiveness and came under the FE funding regime which caused it difficulty. The Coleg has always had a close association with the WEA and merged with the WEA (north Wales) in 2001 to form Coleg Harlech WEA (north Wales). It subsequently merged into Adult Learning Wales – Addysg Oedolion Cymru. In Feb 2017 it was announced that Coleg Harlech would close at the end of the academic year.

T.J. was also instrumental in founding Newbattle Abbey College, Midlothian in 1937. He was a Governor of the National Library of Wales; helped set up the Committee for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, CEMA (the forerunner of the Arts Council) and the Army Bureau of Current Affairs. T.J. was Chair of Gwasg Gregynog Press throughout it’s existence. An involvement with Gwasg Gregynog Press and everything to do with it is another favourite sport of the network of so many involved with Aberystwyth and Bangor Universities.

T.J. accepted a seat on the National Assistance Board and he was the Secretary, Chair and a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust from 1930. The Pilgrim Trust was founded in 1930 with a £2 million legacy left by the US millionaire Edward Harkness. The members of the Inaugural Board were Stanley Baldwin, Sir James Irvine, Sir Josiah Stamp and Hugh Macmillan. The Pilgrim Trust concerns itself with historical and archaeological projects, including historical churches, as well as social welfare work, especially alcohol and drugs misuse and prison projects. In 2016 Trustees included Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, Sir Alan Moses and Kevin Pakenham – the Chair was Sir Mark Jones, Master of St Cross College, Oxford.

T.J. was awarded the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He died in London in 1955.

T.J.’s biographer Dr E.L. Ellis stated that T.J. ‘was on the side of light’, that his ‘philanthropy was matchless among his contemporaries’ and that he was the ‘incarnation of public spiritedness’. Ellis named T.J., David Lloyd George and Aneurin Bevan as ‘the three greatest Welshmen in public life’ in the twentieth century. Who was Dr E.L. Ellis? He was Ted Ellis, an historian at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and warden of Pantycelyn Hall, 1962-74. In 1972 he wrote a history of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 1978 he was approached by T.J.’s daughter Eirene and his son Tristan to write a biography of T.J. Ellis’s biography of T.J was published by the University of Wales Press and was launched in June 1992 at a reception in the Commons, which was described as ‘grandiose’. I wonder if they meant ‘grand’. Although grandiose could well have been a more accurate description of the occasion.

 

It can be argued that assisting or toadying to rich and powerful people is worthwhile if one then uses their money or connections to benefit others. It was the argument that Mother Theresa used when she was asked why she was accepting donations from the Mafia. The problem lies in what those rich and powerful people might ask of you if they’re doing things that they shouldn’t be and they need to avoid trouble – if for example they are sexually exploiting children. That could put someone running a university training lawyers, some of whom will later become judges in quite a compromising position. The landscape becomes even darker if one considers that there may already be a university that is known to be producing lawyers and judges who have been known to do favours for other people and that university is in need of a President. Once one embarks upon the treadmill of saying yes to disgusting people because one’s impressed by their social position, one is on the journey to being a Top Doctor or a High Court judge who does favours for a paedophile ring.

In 1902 T.J. married someone whom he had known as a student from Aber whilst he was studying there, Eirene Lloyd, daughter of Dr Richard Lloyd, an academic from Liverpool University. As with so many others named on this blog, T.J. was someone who passed on his talents to the next generation. His son Tristan became MD of the ‘Observer’ and his daughter Eirene became the Labour MP for Flintshire East, Baroness White.

Eirene attended St Paul’s Girls School and Somerville College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford, Lady Astor arranged a 21st birthday party for the then Eirene Jones at Cliveden. After graduation, Eirene landed a job as a readers advisor at New York Public Library via T.J.’s friend Abraham Flexner. Between 1933-39 Eirene – then back in the UK – worked as a social worker with the unemployed. She also did a bit of journalism. Her experience in social work led to her work with the Woman’s Voluntary Service in Cardiff, 1939-41. She became the Welsh Regional Secretary and was recruited by the Ministry of Labour to train workers in Wales – particularly women – for the war effort. Eirene was then a civil servant at the Board of Education until 1945. After the war, Eirene worked as the political correspondent for the ‘Manchester Evening News’ and the BBC. She met James Cameron White, a fellow Commons lobby correspondent, at a press briefing at No 10 Downing Street – they married in 1948.

After she married, Eirene kept homes in Hampstead and Wales.

Eirene obtaind the nomination as the Labour candidate for Flintshire for the 1945 General Election – she came close to defeating Nigel Birch, the Conservative candidate, in what had been a safe Conservative seat. At the 1950 General Election, Flintshire was divided into two constituencies, Flintshire East and Flintshire West. Hywel Teifi Edwards, a friend of T.J.’s, helped Eirene obtain the nomination for Flintshire East and T.J. campaigned for her. Eirene won the seat, which she held until 1970.

Hywel Tyfei Edwards was a Welsh historian and broadcaster. He came from Ceredigion, went to university at Aberystwyth, spent a while as a school teacher and then lectured at what became Swansea University – he became Professor of Welsh there. Hywel Tyfei Edwards is the leading authority on the history of the National Eisteddfod. He stood as a Plaid candidate twice, for Llanelli in 1983 and for Carmarthen in 1987. He was a member of Dyfed County Council, 1977-89. He is the father of Huw Edwards, the broadcaster.

Eirene had become a member of the Labour Party’s NEC women’s section in 1947. She served on the NEC at this time with Clement Attlee the PM and Herbert Morrison (Peter Mandelson’s grandfather). Eirene stepped down from the NEC in 1953, but returned in 1957 and remained until 1972. She was Chair of the Labour Party’s NEC, 1968-69.

Hugh Gaitskill appointed Eirene as deputy to Anthony Greenwood, who spoke for education on the opposition front bench. In 1961 Eirene held a joint press conference with Thatcher regarding the lack of provision for pre-school children in the high rise developments which had recently been built.

In 1964 Eirene was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Colonial Office and after the 1966 General Election she became Minister of State under the Foreign Secretary, George Brown. In 1967 Eirene endured a ‘very hostile reception’ at the Labour Party Conference, as a result of the ‘difficult situation’ in Rhodesia.

Eirene was a big supporter of the UN.

A reshuffle saw Eirene appointed to the Welsh Office in 1967. She became Minister of State under her ‘old friend’ Secretary of State for Wales Cledwyn Hughes. Cledwyn was a lawyer who had studied at Aber and who was President of the University College at Aberystwyth himself, 1975-85. Cledwyn undoubtedly knew about the organised abuse of children in north Wales (see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’). George Thomas succeeded Cledwyn in 1968 – he was ‘not close’ to Eirene and she then played a much lesser part in the affairs of the Welsh Office. The South Wales Police recently held an investigation into allegations that George Thomas had committed sexual offences against children.

Eirene’s husband John died in 1968. It has been recorded that Eirene ‘nursed her dying husband and carried out her Ministerial duties efficiently’. Someone is telling porkies here, it is not possible to care for a dying person and continue working full time as a Minister. In 1968 Eirne was withdrawing from the ‘affairs’ of the Welsh Office – ie. its concealing of a paedophile ring and the abuses of patients in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh – because the dreadful George Thomas had become Secretary of State. That may be how Eirene had time to nurse her husband.

Eirene retired from the Commons in 1970 and received a peerage. She was Deputy Speaker in the Lords, 1979-89 and Chair of the Lords Select Committee on European Communities, 1979-82. So when Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and I were blowing the whistle and raising concerns about criminal activities and institutionalised corruption in north Wales – right on Eirene’s patch – Eirene was Deputy Speaker in the Lords. Eirene’s seat in East Flintshire had been succeeded by Barry Jones, who later became Lord Barry Jones. Lord Baz remained remarkably silent about the organised abuse of children and mental health patients going on under his nose, despite a number of staff from the children’s homes in the region being convicted for the abuse of the young people in their ‘care’. For further details of Lord Baz and his wife, please see the post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?’ and the comments which follow it. Eirene regularly attended the Lords, until 1995 when she retired from public life. Just before the Waterhouse Inquiry…

Eirene retired to Abergavenny – where there was child abuse which was linked to the paedophile ring in north Wales. One of the advisors to Sir Ronald Waterhouse whilst he conducted his cover-up also retired to Abergavenny. Whilst in Parliament, Eirene had homes in Shotton and Hampstead, but also owned a cottage near Machynlleth. Her last years – she died in 1999 – were spent at her house in Treberfydd near Abergavenny, although she also owned flats in Cwmbran and Cardiff.

Lord Morris of Aberavon – a lawyer who studied at Aberystwyth and a good friend to the paedophiles’ friends himself – gave the address at Eirene’s memorial service.

Eirene was also: Chair of the Fabian Society; A Governor of the British Film Institute; a member of the Board of Trade Films Council; governor of the National Library of Wales; a member of the British Waterways Council, 1972-76; Deputy Chairman of the Matriculation Board, 1972-76; President of the Council for the Protection of Rural Wales, 1973-89; Chairman of the Land Authority of Wales, 1976-80; Chair of the Council 1983-88 and President 1987-88 of UWIST and a member of the Court at Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff Universities. She was inevitably of course President of Coleg Harlech, 1974-84.

There was no escaping Eirene – and don’t forget, her brother ran the ‘Observer’.

 

In 1953, the year before T.J.’s reign at Aber came to an end, the College appointed a new Principal, Goronwy Rees. If you thought that T.J. had interesting friends in the Astors, just wait until you hear about Goronwy’s mates.

Goronwy was born in Aberystwyth and his father was Minister of the Tabernacle Calvinist Methodist Church. However the family moved to Roath in Cardiff when Goronwy was young as a result of hostility towards the Rev Rees after he clashed with his congregation as a result of his support for a Lloyd George Liberal in opposition to an Asquithian in a Cardiganshire by-election. Goronwy attended Cardiff High School for Boys and then went onto New College, Oxford. He became a fellow of All Souls College.

After graduation Goronwy went to Berlin and then wrote for the ‘Manchester Guardian’, 1932-35. In 1936 he became assistant Editor of the ‘Spectator’. For most of the 1930s Goronwy Rees was a Marxist, but the Hitler-Stalin pact turned him away from communism. During WWII, after Sandhurst he enlisted with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and after that returned to the Spectator. In 1946 Goronwy began working for H. Pontifex and Son, as well as for MI6, in their political section. In 1951 he returned to All Souls’ as Bursar. He was then invited to take up the post of Principal at Aberystwyth by T.J.

Things did not go smoothly for very long. In 1956 a series of anonymous articles appeared in the ‘People’, describing Guy Burgess as corrupt, a spy, a blackmailer, a drunk and gay – Burgess and Donald Maclean had defected in 1951. The ‘Daily Telegraph’ revealed that the author was Goronwy. Goronwy had become friends with Burgess in 1934 and in 1937 Burgess had fessed up to Goronwy that he was a Soviet agent. Goronwy had been in contact with the Cambridge spy ring via Burgess.

Burgess and Maclean’s friends were furious with the articles. The Cambridge spies enjoyed a high degree of loyalty from their friends – when Stephen Spender, a figure in the communist network, showed the ‘Daily Express’ a friend’s letter concerning Burgess, he was held to have disgraced himself. A huge row followed Goronwy’s article and many people turned on him. At Aber, the students supported him but the staff didn’t.  An inquiry was held which was highly critical of Rees. He resigned from Aber in 1957.

Goronwy Rees died in Charing Cross Hospital in 1979 and another controversy blew up after his death. It was alleged by Peter Wright of ‘Spycatcher’ fame that Rees had made a death bed confession in Charing Cross that he had spied for the USSR and that Guy Liddell, the Deputy Director of MI5, was part of the Philby, Burgess, Maclean and Blunt spy ring. Wright maintained that he didn’t believe that Liddell was a Soviet spy. Andrew Boyle, the author of ‘The Climate of Treason’, maintained that Rees told him that Anthony Blunt was a spy and ‘the man to follow’. Boyle revealed this to the ‘Daily Mail’ and it was that which led to Thatcher announcing in the Commons that the security services knew that Blunt was a spy, because Rees had warned the security services the weekend that Burgess and Maclean fled to Russia, yet Blunt had been knighted nonetheless.

Goronwy’s daughter Jenny Rees is a journalist who has worked for the ‘Daily Mail’, the ‘Daily Express’ and the ‘Daily Telegraph’. In 1994 she published a book about Goronwy, ‘Looking For Mr Nobody’. Jenny consulted KGB files and concluded that her dad was not a Soviet agent and that intelligence links with Burgess were severed in 1939.

In 1999, Vasili Mitrokhin, the former First Chief Directorate of the KGB, published his archives which included a file on Rees, which documented his recruitment by Burgess in the mid-30s. Mitrokhin claimed that Rees didn’t give any information to the Soviets and that he abandoned his communist affiliation at the outbreak of WWII.

The revelations since Goronwy’s death certainly caused a stir, but no-one seems to have stated the obvious – that everybody involved was a spy, so it is highly improbable that they were going to be telling the truth to anyone, whether it is to an Angel or Top Doctor in Charing Cross Hospital, Peter Wright – who was a spy himself – the ‘Daily Mail’ or even their friends and relatives. Neither would I expect the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to be conscientiously documented in KGB files, particularly KGB files that have been made public. It is like relying upon my medical records for the truth about the many murderous attacks on people carried out by me that the paedophiles’ friends lovingly documented and signed. Luckily for me, the paedophiles’ friends aren’t as competent as the KGB so whilst documenting the lies that they presented in Court about me, they were good enough to also document their plans to tell the lies in order to have me convicted and cc those plans to their partners in crime.

The only thing that has been established is that Goronwy was friends with members of the Cambridge spy ring, as well as many other notable people, some of whom were communists or what would now be described as alternative or bohemian. Goronwy’s friends at Oxford included A.J. Ayer and he had relationships with Sheila Grant Duff, Elizabeth Bowen and Rosamund Lehmann. He married Margaret Ewing in 1940. It has also been established that some people officially working for the security services had a penchant for abusing children and/or concealing the actions of others who did so.

Goronwy Rees was a member of the Wolfenden Committee, which reviewed the legislation concerning homosexuality and prostitution and reported in 1957, although Rees resigned in 1956. Another member of the Committee was Dr Desmond Curran, a Top Doctor from St George’s Hospital Medical School and one of the foundation stones for the nest of corruption which that institution was (see posts ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne-Connection?’ and ‘The King’s Sperm’). The Wolfenden Committee’s Chair was John Wolfendale and it was later revealed that his son Jeremy had been gay. Whilst Jeremy was at Cambridge he would sign himself into gay clubs using the names of other students without their knowledge. Jeremy was recruited by MI6 and was later sent to Moscow as the foreign correspondent of the ‘Daily Telegraph’ where he was compromised by the KGB – Jeremy Wolfenden was a friend of Guy Burgess. Jeremy was found dead when he was in his early thirties, in suspicious circumstances in Washington.

 

Two years before Goronwy Rees resigned as Principal, David Hughes-Parry was appointed President, succeeding T.J.

Hughes-Parry was born to hill famers on the Llyn Pensinsula, Caernarvonshire. The family were Welsh speaking and deeply religious – Hughes-Parry learnt English at school. He attended Pwllheli County School, then won a scholarship to Aberystwyth where he read economics. He graduated in 1914, served on the Western Front with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and was invalided out in 1919. Hughes-Parry then studied law at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He became a law lecturer at Aber – he was also a barrister. Hughes-Parry became a law lecturer at the LSE in 1924, then in 1930 was appointed Professor of English Law. When he retired in 1959, his dept was considered the leading law dept in the country. In 1947 Hughes-Parry created the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and was Director of the Institute, 1947-59.

Hughes-Parry was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, 1945-48 and Chair of the University Court, 1962-70. In 1955 he was appointed President of Aberystwyth. As previously mentioned, Hughes-Parry married the daughter of Sir O.M. Edwards, Haf, in 1923. David Hughes-Parry died at Llanuwchllyn – Haf had inherited her parents house there – in 1973.

 

Whilst I was researching David Hughes-Parry, I stumbled across two other Welshmen who were eminent physicists, one of whom became Vice-Chancellor of the University of London – Sir Sam Edwards and Lord Brian Flowers. They both attended Bishop Gore School in Swansea – which was previously Swansea Grammar School. It seems to have a history of producing pupils who achieved eminence – other former pupils include the 1st Baron Aberdare, Professor Sir John Cadogan (there will be more information about him later in this post), David Dykes (Director of the National Museum of Wales, 1986-89), Sir William Gove (chemist, barrister and a judge), Professor John Howell (President of the BMA, 1989-90) and Sir Gwilym Morris (Chief Constable of South Wales Constabulary, 1971-79).

Sir Sam Edwards went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Manchester University and Harvard. Edwards was the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge, 1984-95. That Chair was founded by an endowment from William Cavendish, the 7th Duke of Devonshire. The current Duke of Devonshire is Peregrine Cavendish, the 12th Duke, who is Chancellor of the University of Derby.

Sir Sam Edwards was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales.

Lord Brian Flowers also went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and then Birmingham University. He was Chair of the Science Research Council, 1967-73; a member of the Atomic Energy Authority, 1971-81; President of the Institute of Physics, 1972-74; Chair of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 1973-76; President of the European Science Foundation, 1974-80; Chair of the University of London Working Party on the Future of Medical and Dental Teaching Resources in the 1980s; Chair of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals, 1983-85; a member of the Council Academia Europaea, 1988-91; a Governor of Middlesex University, 1992-2001; Chair of the Committee of Inquiry into the Academic Year, 1992-93.

Flowers was Rector of Imperial College, 1973-85 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, 1985-90. He was a member of the Council and Vice-Chancellor of RPMS (Royal Postgraduate Medical School), 1990-97 and a member of the Management Board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1994-95.

So Brian Flowers was the Man At The Top whilst I witnessed and was told about research fraud, plagiarism, sex with students in return for exam passes and the appointment of the mistresses of senior members of staff to lecturing jobs at RPMS/Hammersmith Hospital (see post ‘A Cause Close To Our Hearts’) and the chaos and corruption at St George’s Hospital Medical School which included the collusion of their staff with serious criminal activity in north Wales (see posts ‘St Georges Hospital Medical, 1989/1990…’ and ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’). Brian Flowers was also Vice-Chancellor when Oliver Brooke, the Professor of Paediatrics at St George’s, was convicted and jailed for the possession of huge quantities of child porn. A detective working on the case later stated that Brooke had been a major player in a pan-European child sex ring, but had got away lightly because of his position. So even Brooke’s conviction didn’t ring alarm bells for old Brian then – obviously didn’t ever occur to him that something might be going dreadfully wrong at St George’s.

So who better than Brian Flowers to have been appointed as the Chair of the Nuffield Foundation (1987-98) and to have been allowed to play a significant role in the establishment of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in 1991? Indeed Brian was such a safe pair of hands that in 1998 he became Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Brian Flowers was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010.

Flowers’s obituary tells us that whilst at Imperial College he ‘introduced a democratic approach to appointing heads of department’ and that he ensured the ‘best candidate to lead the department’. So that’ll be why when later after Brian had been promoted to run the whole of London University, Mr Big of European Paedophilia was the head of the paediatrics dept at St George’s.

The London medical schools are now all part of Imperial College – it was Flowers who was responsible for this restructuring. So presumably all the paedophiles and facilitators of organised crime could be brought together to capitalise on all that lovely research funding – because no Gov’t can withstand the power of Top Doctors collectively screaming for more money whilst giving tear-jerking interviews about their life-saving work and the cures for cancer and schizophrenia which they have just discovered. Just to ensure that the purse strings are loosened, they’ll invite their mates who work for TV in to film a few babies in cots who will be for the chop if someone doesn’t stump up the cash.

Brian Flowers was given a peerage in 1979. I don’t know which dirty deed elicited that particular prize, because that was some years before the bad publicity over Oliver Brooke needed handling carefully and before the gang at St George’s concealed the North Wales Paedophile Ring. Perhaps it was something to do with getting Jeremy Thorpe off the hook! After all Norman Scott had been ‘treated’ by Top Doctors at St George’s and nothing would surprise me…

Lord Flowers was one of the founder members of the SDP in 1981. A friend of Dr Death, Shirl, Cyril Smith’s colleague David Steel et al then.

I am delighted to say that another safe pair of hands was appointed to follow Lord Flowers as the Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology – Lord Robert Winston! That’s the Robert Winston who was a colleague of Brian Flowers’ when Robert ran the Fertility Unit at Hammersmith Hospital – where he employed a relentlessly sexually harassing, groping gynaecologist whom Winston passed onto St George’s whom they in turn decided was such a time bomb that they planned to ‘send him to Wales’. Indeed they did – he now works as a consultant in the Cardiff and the paedophiles’ friend Dr Brian Gibbons awarded him a prize when Gibbons was Health Minister.

Lord Flowers died in 2010 and was ‘fondly remembered’ by Lord Winston. A John Davidson remembered that Flowers was ‘honest and straightforward’.

To celebrate his 60th burfday in 1984, Flowers’s friend Sir Kyffin Williams – an artist from Anglesey – was commissioned to paint his portrait. No doubt Imperial College or the House of Lords have that proudly hanging up in a corridor somewhere.

 

In 1958, whilst David Hughes-Parry was President, Sir Thomas Parry was appointed Principal of Aberystwyth.

Thomas Parry was librarian at the National Library of Wales, 1953-58; Principal of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1958-69; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1961-63 and 1967-69.

Thomas Parry was one of three biggest figures in Welsh language literature, history and scholarship in the twentieth century.

Parry was born in Carmel in Caernarvonshire in 1904. His father was a quarryman and smallholder who married three times – Thomas Parry had a number of well-known relatives from his father’s previous marriages. One of his half-brothers was the father of Robert Williams Parry – Robert Williams Parry was a poet and at one time the Chair of the Caernarvonshire branch of Plaid Cymru. Another half-brother was the father of Sir T.H. Parry-Williams. T.H. Parry-Williams was the head of Rhyd Ddu School, a Welsh teacher and a poet. He was also a broadcaster as well as Chairman of the BBC’s Welsh Council, President of the National Library of Wales as well as of the Court of the Eistedddfod and the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. There were numerous well-known poets and scholars in T.H. Parry-Williams’s circle, with many links to the University of Wales, particularly those colleges at Bangor and Aberystwyth.

Sir Thomas Parry went to study at UCNW (later Bangor University) in 1922. In 1926 he was appointed as an assistant lecturer at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff. In 1929 he became a lecturer in his old dept at Bangor. He was given a Chair in Welsh at Bangor and then became Vice-Principal. He was appointed librarian at the National Library of Wales in 1953 and during his time there HM the Queen opened a new Book Stack. Thomas Parry was the Chairman of the National Eisteddfod Council in the early 1950s and in 1959 became a Fellow of the British Academy.

Parry had wanted to be Principal of UCNW at Bangor but somebody else was appointed to succeed Sir David Emrys Evans, who was Principal, 1927-58. Who was that someone? It was Sir Charles Evans. I detailed Charles Evans’s background in a comment following my post ‘Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?’. Charles Evans was a Top Doctor, a neurosurgeon who practiced in Liverpool. Charles Evans developed multiple sclerosis and was unable to continue operating, so he took up an administrative role ie. Principal of UCNW. The thing dearest to Charles Evans however wasn’t neurosurgery, it was mountain climbing – Evans was a member of the first team who successfully conquered Everest, along with Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing. There were very serious problems at UCNW under Evans – as well as protests from the Welsh language students which Evans inflamed by being generally rude and intransigent – so much so that in the late 1970s Caernarfon MP Dafydd Wigley asked Secretary of State for Education Shirley Williams to hold an inquiry into Evans’s running of the institution. There was no inquiry. I went to UCNW as a student in 1981 and there were certainly some odd people employed in some roles. The Agriculture Dept was famously dreadful and haemorrhaged students at a great rate. The biggest problem however was of course the Student Health Centre, which employed Gwynne the lobotomist and paedophiles’ friend as a psychiatrist and the corrupt Dr D.G.E. Wood as a GP. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Gwynne’s partner in crime and another paedophiles’ friend, also exerted great influence in the Psychology Dept. Charles Evans, being a neurosurgeon, would have known Gwynne, almost certainly knew Dafydd and would have known about the appalling practices at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh – I am less certain as to whether he knew that Gwynne and Dafydd were facilitating a paedophile ring and sexually exploiting patients. Charles Evans certainly knew that there was disaster after disaster happening at the Student Health Centre as a result of Gwynne and Wood. Under Charles Evans, there were also two infamous lecturers employed at UCNW – one was a lecherous old man who worked in the Agriculture Dept, Gordon Farley, who tended to be seen as a joke among the female students and the other was Andrew Radford, the Professor of Linguistics. A number of female linguistics graduates alleged that their excellent finals results had been a result of them having had sex with Radford and I was told by a retired member of staff from Bangor that Radford himself was boasting to his colleagues about his activities at Newborough beach with female undergrads. Farley and Radford were certainly not looked upon fondly by the rest of the staff, but I doubt that Sir Charles Evans gave a stuff – he was after all employing a Top Doctor in the Student Health Centre who had lobotomised and incarcerated the victims of a paedophile ring.

Charles Evans’s status as a national hero after his Everest feat I suspect made him untouchable, which is perhaps why there never was any sort of inquiry into his management of UCNW. Evans was appointed Principal in 1958. I suspect that one person who might have been very influential in the nuts and bolts of appointing Charles Evans rather than just the rubber stamping of his appointment could have been the President of UCNW at that time. That was Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, the 5th Baron Kenyon, who was President, 1947-82.

Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge and was among many other things: President of the National Museum of Wales, 1952-57; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, 1953-88 and then Chair, 1966-88; Chair of the Friends of National Libraries, 1962-85; a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, 1966-93; member of the Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries; a Director of Lloyds Bank and Chair of its North West Board, 1962-85. Tyrell-Kenyon played a large part in the revival of Gwasg Gregynog Press and was Chair, 1978-91. He was a JP in 1944 and Deputy Lieutenant of Flintshire in 1948. He was a Flintshire County Councillor, was appointed to the first records committee and was an active supporter of the Flintshire Records Office (later the Clwyd Records Office).

Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon was the father of Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon. In July 1979 Thomas woke up in a room in the Crest Hotel, Wrexham to find that his clothes and property had been stolen by the boy whom he had spent the previous night having sex with. Thomas reported the theft to the police, named the boy, told the police exactly what he had been doing with the boy in the hotel and also claimed that some explicit Polaroid photos of him and the boy together that they’d taken had been stolen as well. The boy was in the care of Clwyd County Council when this happened. The boy’s social worker recorded that the North Wales Police were well aware of ‘homosexual activities’ between the boy and Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon. The boy was subsequently convicted and sent to a Detention Centre. Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon was never charged with any offence.

Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon was a member of the North Wales Police Authority and the Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons of North Wales. He was Chair of Wrexham, Powys and Mawddach Hospital Management Committee, 1960-74 and Chair of Clwyd Area Health Authority, 1974-78.

Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon died of AIDS in 1993 – his father died in the same year.

The boy at the centre of the incident in the Crest Hotel told the Waterhouse Inquiry that Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon had ‘used him for sex’ on many occasions. The Waterhouse Inquiry was also told that Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon tried to pressurise the Chief Constable of the North Wales Police when the Chief Constable attempted to dissuade officers from becoming Freemasons.

I wonder if the boy involved had even committed the theft as alleged? The paedophile ring that operated in north Wales had links to organised crime involved with drugs and porn. The porn photos of Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon and the boy were ‘never found’, although everything else which had been ‘stolen’ was.

Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon’s father (also called Lloyd) the 4th Baron Kenyon had also been President of UCNW, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales and President of the National Museum of Wales. The 4th Baron Kenyon was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford and was a Whip in the Conservative Gov’t of Lord Salisbury and then again in the Coalition Gov’t of Lloyd George of 1916-18. He was a Flintshire County Councillor, a JP in Shropshire and Flintshire and Lord Lieutenant of Denbighshire from 1918 until his death until 1927.

The paedophiles’ friend – indeed a paedophile’s father – the 5th Baron Lord Kenyon was followed as President of UCNW by Sir William Mars-Jones, who was in office 1982-95 as mentioned previously. Lord Cledwyn followed Mars-Jones as President and remained in post until 2000.

 

As for Thomas Parry, having been blown out of his desired job by Sir Charles Evans, Parry instead became Principal of Aber in 1958. It is recorded that Thomas Parry had to ‘reshape the ship’ after Goronwy Rees’s ‘unorthodox captaincy’. We are also told that academically Aberystwyth ‘thrived’ during Thomas Parry’s time, but he found it difficult to put up with the ‘liberal youth’ of that period (Parry was Principal 1958-69). The liberal youth of that period at Aber were famed for their Welsh language activism – whereas Thomas Parry’s network was running a paedophile ring, with the associated abuse of psychiatry and trade in porn and drugs.

At the end of Thomas Parry’s reign Prince Charles spent a short time at Aber as a student, to learn Welsh. I don’t expect that anyone dared send him to Bangor, what with the conqueror of Everest and Dafydd and Gwynne on the loose. Charles could have ended up sexually assaulted and then lobotomised.

Thomas Parry’s entry in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography, written by Derec Llwyd Morgan in 2009, reads: ‘his tongue like his fountain pen could be very sharp. His bearing alone was enough to frighten some people and his criticism was scathing. But he also enjoyed leg pulling…a scholar prince who never forgot his people, his peers or their essential institutions’.

Could not the scholar prince have directed his very sharp tongue and frightening bearing at the friends of the gang of paedophiles that occupied so many of the senior posts in the essential institutions? Or was Thomas Parry too busy pulling everyone’s leg? It must have been a laugh a minute supping and hobnobbing with people who were having kids in care banged up after they’d had sex with them and used them for porn. Nearly as funny as when they contracted HIV from the people who had sexually molested them.

Derec Llwyd Morgan was Principal of Aberystwyth, 1994-2004.

Thomas Parry married Enid, daughter of Mr and Mrs Picton Davies – who could well be related to the Picton Davies who was President of the London Welsh Society – in 1936. He died in 1985 at Bangor. Leg pulling and laughing all the way to his grave no doubt.

 

The President of Aber during the latter part of Thomas Parry’s time there and then until 1976 as Principal was Sir Ben Bowen Thomas. Bowen Thomas was born in Ystrad Rhondda and attended Rhondda Grammar School. He then went to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and then to Jesus College, Oxford. Bowen Thomas was influenced by the adult education movement and spent five years as a university tutorial class lecturer. He was the first Warden of Coleg Harlech when it was founded in 1927. Bowen Thomas remained in that post until 1940, when he took up a position as a civil servant in the Ministry of Labour and was then appointed Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Department of the Ministry of Education, 1945-63. He was President of the London Welsh Trust 1953-55. Bowen Thomas was involved with UNESCO, as a member of the Executive Board and later the Chair, 1958-60.

He retired from the civil service in 1963 and was appointed President of Aber in 1964. Bowen Thomas Chaired the Baptist Union of Wales, 1966-67. My post ‘A Serious Moral Collapse’ describes a publication of the Baptist Union of Wales dated July 1971. It details the wise words dispensed to the Welsh Baptists when they were addressed by one Dr Dafydd Alun Jones – Dafydd maintained that remembering Bible verses one learnt as a child may be enough to prevent a ‘serious moral collapse’.

 

The Principal of Aberystwyth 1969-79 was Sir Goronwy Daniel. Goronwy Daniel was born in Ystradgynlais, the son of a colliery manager. He attended Pontardawe Grammar School, then Amman Valley County School, went to university at Aber and then to Jesus College, Oxford. He joined the civil service in 1943 and worked as a statistical assistant to Sir William Beveridge in the Ministry of Labour. Goronwy Daniel became Permanent Secretary at the Welsh Office upon its establishment in 1964, where he remained until 1969. Goronwy served under Secretaries of State Jim Griffiths, Cledwyn Hughes and George Thomas. So it was Goronwy who was heading up the corruption and the concealing of terrible things in north Wales by the Welsh Office from its very beginnings. As well as being Principal of Aberystwyth, Sir Goronwy was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1977-79 and Chairman of the S4C Authority, 1981-86, having been a prime mover in the creation of S4C. For details of the way in which the welfare and safety of children in care and mental health patients in north Wales were traded in return for the creation of S4C and the Welsh Language Act of 1993, see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’. When I wrote ‘The Cradle of Filth’, I was unaware of exactly who the individuals were who reminded Willie Whitelaw that the north Wales children’s homes were being used as a knocking shop by a number of public figures – including Willie’s colleague the Tory MP for Chester, Sir Peter Morrison – when Whitelaw renegaded on his promise to establish a Welsh language TV channel. I have now found out who they were. Goronwy Daniel was one of ‘three wise men’ – the other two were the Archbishop of Wales and Cledwyn Hughes – who went to see Whitelaw in London. Approximately one week later, Nicholas Edwardes the Secretary of State for Wales, announced that there’d be a Welsh language TV channel. I bet he did – the Westminster Paedophile Ring needed its supply of fresh meat and an awful lot of people wanted to remain in their comfy jobs and not go to prison.

The Archbishop of Wales who participated in this sordid piece of bargaining was Gwilym Williams. Williams grew up and went to school in Caernarvonshire and then on to Jesus College, Oxford. Until 1940 Williams was the curate at St Asaph. He was then the chaplain at St David’s College, Lampeter. In 1945 he became the chaplain and tutor at St Mary’s College, Bangor and also a lecturer in theology at UCNW. In 1947 Williams was appointed Canon of Bangor Cathedral. In 1948 he became the headmaster of Llandovery College. Gwilym Williams was the Bishop of Bangor, 1957-82. For many of those years he held the post along with the post of Archbishop of Wales.

This might explain something that I always found a little surprising, although perhaps I shouldn’t have. My post ‘Amber Rudd, The Miners’ Strike and a Memory Jogged’ describes how in the summer of 1984, Brown and I went to a public meeting organised by the Bishop of Bangor regarding the problem of drug abuse in north Wales, only to find Dafydd addressing the audience. I hadn’t encountered Dafydd by then, but even so Brown and I  realised that he was mad and very obviously didn’t know his arse from his elbow. The Bishop then was Cledan Mears and I’ve always presumed that the Bishop et al didn’t actually know what Dafydd got up to. They obviously did – the previous Bishop had been one of the paedophiles’ friends himself. He won’t have been all on his own either, there’ll have been others around him who were paedophiles’ friends and they will still have been in place two years later when we went to Cledan Mears’s meeting. It also explains why Bangor Cathedral was famously dysfunctional with backbiting and unpleasantness which drove people away.

The first appointments to S4C were made by Goronwy Daniel with Professor Alwyn Roberts, another member of S4C’s Board. Elan Closs Stephens – whom Goronwy appointed as Professor of Drama at Aberystwyth in 1975 – eventually became Chair of S4C. The first Chief Executive of S4C was Owen Edwards, son of Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards.

Sir Goronwy was Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, 1978-89.

Goronwy Daniel married Lady Valerie Lloyd George, granddaughter of Lloyd George and daughter of the 2nd Earl Lloyd George, Lloyd George’s son Richard, in 1940.

Goronwy Daniel died in 2003. His obituary in the ‘Independent’, written by Meic Stephens, described Goronwy as a ‘safe pair of hands, always a prerequisite for appointments in his native Wales’. You’ve summed it up there Meic, all hell would have been unleashed if anyone had dared spark off anything that led to the revelation that disadvantaged kids and mental health patients were being used for sex – often by members of the British upper echelons and from the Tory Party as well – whilst huge swathes of the Welsh speaking middle classes acquired cushy numbers for themselves in return for colluding with it all. Meic also explained that Goronwy was ‘well versed in mandarin culture when he took up the appointment as Permanent Secretary’ and that this ‘Welsh speaker and patriot’ knew that his ‘main job was to establish the credibility of the Welsh Office’. Meic informs us that it was under Goronwy’s leadership that the Welsh Office acquired additional responsibilities for health and agriculture’. So THAT’S who ensured that Dafydd, Gwynne and the paedophiles’ friends were brought under the domain of bunch of people who were just as corrupt as they were and covered up their serious crimes for decades. Goronwy desiring that particular outcome and indeed managing to persuade people to allow him to ensure it happened won’t have been a coincidence.

Goronwy Daniel was said to have got his knighthood in return for ‘weathering the turbulence of the investiture’. At Aber he supported teaching through the medium of Welsh and established a bilingual drama department in 1973. Goronwy Daniel developed Aberystwyth Arts Centre and was the President of the West Wales Association for the Arts. He was ‘an egalitarian spirit: he treated everyone with the same warm geniality, however exalted or lowly their place’. Unless of course they were kids in care being targeted by a paedophile gang.

There is an account of Goronwy making a dick of himself when the French dramatist Eugene Ionesco visited Aber and lunched with Goronwy at the Principal’s official residence. Goronwy’s contribution to polite chat was to move around the room pointing at the furniture, repeatedly asking Ionesco how much he thought that each piece was worth, only to then tell Ionesco that it was very much more valuable than he realised.

When Goronwy left Aber in 1979, he retired to Pembrokeshire to enjoy ‘country pursuits’. Presumably the egalitarian spirit wiled away many happy days blasting pheasants out of the air on his country estate. Perhaps with some of his wife’s friends. Lady Valerie was used to the best from a very young age. There is film footage in the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales at the National Library of Wales featuring Lady Valerie, the daughter of Lloyd George’s eldest son Richard. Lady Valerie remembers going to stay at Downing Street for long stretches at a time. Lloyd George was an indulgent grandfather who liked to spend time with his grandchildren, so he had nursery accommodation built for them on the top floor at Downing Street. The grandchildren used to be allowed into the Cabinet Room where they would jump about on the furniture.

A lot of people in that network were very fond of children.

 

Someone who worked under/with Sir Goronwy the paedophiles’ friend before Goronwy was Principal of Aberystwyth was a man called Rhodri Morgan. Between 2000-09 Rhodri was First Minister of Wales. Jane Hutt and Dr Brian Gibbons, two people whom Rhodri appointed as Ministers – as well as his main special advisor Mark Drakeford who later became Health Minister – failed to react whilst heath and social services staff in north Wales were involved in serious criminal activity.

Rhodri was born in Cardiff in 1939, the son of Professor T.J. Morgan. He attended Whitchurch Grammar School, St John’s College, Oxford and Harvard University.

He worked as a tutor for the WEA (1963-65); as a research officer in local and central gov’t (1967-71); as an economic advisor to the DTI (1972-74); as an industrial development officer for South Glamorgan County Council (1974-80); as head of the European Community’s Office in Wales (1980-87). He was MP for Cardiff West, 1987-2001; AM for Cardiff West, 1999-2011; First Minister, 2000-09. Rhodri was appointed Chancellor of Swansea University in 2011.

Rhodri’s father, Professor T.J. Morgan, was born near Swansea and went to what became Swansea University. He was from a Welsh speaking family and met his wife Huana at the National Eisteddfod. He was the Professor of Welsh at Swansea, 1961-75.

In August 2006, BBC News Wales, reporting from the Eisteddfod, told us that Rhodri’s great-great-great grandfather Morgan Morgan was a local leader of the Rebecca Riots in the mid-19th century. Other ancestors of Rhodri were involved in the riots as well. Rhodri’s brother Prys told the BBC that the imprisonment of their forebears ‘has always been an inspiration from childhood to the radicalisation of my dear brother’.

The BBC also reported that the winner of the crown for the main literature prize that day at the Eisteddfod was Eigra Lewis Roberts. The BBC told us that Eigra had won many prizes at Eisteddfodau and was ‘one of Wales’s most popular authors’. Eigra has been featured on S4C a number of times. Eigra was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, graduated from what is now Bangor University and later taught at Holyhead and Llanwrst.

Many school teachers in north Wales knew that the kids in the care of the local authorities were being abused. The teachers in the mainstream schools weren’t abusing the children in the same way in which the social workers employed in the children’s homes were – although the teacher employed in the Ty’r Felin home in Bangor was appalling and routinely physically assaulted his pupils – but they were well aware that disadvantaged kids were not being treated in the same way as children from other homes. One of the homes where children were abused was in Holyhead. Llanwrst is a rather different place – it is a rural Welsh speaking town in the Conwy Valley, traditionally a farming area. The area around Llanwrst is highly desirable and there are some expensive properties located there. I have noticed whilst researching for this blog that again and again people who later occupied key positions at a senior level who concealed the criminality in the welfare services in north Wales came from the better off families in the Llanwrst area.

An article from ‘Wales Online’, Jan 2010, tells us that at some point in the 1960s, Rhodri’s best friend Neil Kinnock persuaded Rhodri to join the Labour Party. Rhodri’s brother Prys stated that Welsh history and culture had become more important to Rhodri since his appointment as First Minister and that Rhodri had been ‘far more involved with the Welsh language heartlands’. It was in the language heartlands of north Wales that there was the worst problem with the institutionalised abuse of children and mental health patients, although these problems existed elsewhere too.

Prys Morgan, like his brother, attended Whitchurch Grammar and St John’s College, Oxford. In 1964 he began teaching history at University College, Swansea – where his father had been a Professor. Prys too became a Professor in the same institution in which his father had been a Professor! Prys is now Professor Emeritus. Since his retirement Prys has been: President of the National Eisteddfod; President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion; joint Director of the Iolo Morganwg Project at Aberystwyth University; a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society for Wales and a member of its Inaugural Council.

Rhodri Morgan died in 2017. His funeral was led by his ‘friend and former Welsh Labour colleague’ humanist funeral celebrant, Lorraine Barrett.

Lorraine was the Labour and Co-operative AM for Cardiff and Penarth, 2007-11. Lorraine was born in the Rhondda and married Paul Barrett. Paul Barrett was the agent and manager of pop musicians in south Wales during the 1960, 70s and 80s – the highest profile name on his books was Shakin’ Stevens. Paul Barrett ended up in a huge legal dispute with Shaky once Shaky became rich and famous – it seems that royalties worth a bomb which were owed to Barrett didn’t find their way to him. Lorraine was a nurse who was also a Councillor in the Vale of Glamorgan and Penarth Town Council. She was an assistant to another name that has cropped up on this blog, Alun Michael, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, 1987-99 (see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’). Lorraine was a member of the Welsh Labour Executive, the National Policy Forum and the TGWU.

As an Angel, Lorraine will have known that there were serious problems in the NHS in the Cardiff area, including in the University Hospital and in the Welsh National School of Medicine. She will have gathered even more information about this in her capacity as a Councillor. Her union, the TGWU, represented the people staffing those dysfunctional institutions rather than the people who were being abused and neglected. Which is why we are still not hearing the truth about institutional corruption from unions like the TGWU. Neither did we ever hear about it from Lorraine. Lorraine and her husband might be able to shed light on the sexploitation of teenagers as well – it is rampant in the music business. Shakin’ Stevens himself was named and shamed many years ago in the 70s/80s when he first hit the big time. It was revealed in the press that Shaky was being promoted as a heart throb to younger adolescent girls, although Shaky was married with kids and much older than anyone let on. This rather unscrupulous marketing was the work of Shaky’s manager. I wonder who that might have been.

 

Rhodri Morgan married Julie in 1967. Julie Morgan was the MP for Cardiff North, 1997-2010 and has been the Cardiff North AM since 2011. Julie was elected as an MP on an all-woman shortlist and is a chum of Harriet Harman’s, who was responsible for that initiative – an initiative that was used by Blair to impose his own choice of candidates on constituencies. As a result of all-women shortlists, a number of local candidates with years of service behind them – including some women – lost their chance of being elected. It was an all-woman shortlist that led to the electorate’s rebellion in 2005 which saw Labour lose its safest seat in Wales. Peter Hain subsequently publicly stated that the Labour Party needed to apologise because they had stopped listening to the electorate. Harriet et al showed no such regrets, I don’t think that they were even listening to Peter Hain, let alone the electorate.

Julie was born in Cardiff, went to Howell’s School and then King’s College, London. She then went to Manchester University and University College Cardiff. She became a social worker with Barry Social Services and then Assistant Director of Barnardo’s. She was a Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, 1985-97 and on Cardiff City Council from 1995.

Some of those responsible for abusing the children in care in north Wales had worked for Barnardo’s. Julie was elected as an MP as the Waterhouse Inquiry took evidence from the former kids in care in north Wales who had been beaten, raped, deprived of food, forced to work as free labour in local businesses and trafficked into sex work.

Julie’s ‘fundamental beliefs’ include ‘equal treatment for children…in respect of protection from violence’. But not if that involves speaking up when you’ve been put on an all woman short list and your husband’s got his eye on a job as First Minister obviously.

Julie is involved in women’s rights, the welfare of children and disabled people. She was the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children in Wales!

Julie is a veteran of the  south Wales Labour Party network – she campaigned for Sunny Jim Callaghan alongside her pals Neil Kinnock and Rhodri.

 

When Rhodri was elected as First Minister in 2000, his mother said ‘he has wanted this from the very start. Now he has had his wish and that’s nice for him isn’t it?’ Rhodri became First Minister the year that the Waterhouse Report that was published. The biggest child abuse scandal that the UK had ever experienced – and Rhodri then employed and promoted some of the people who were responsible for managing the ‘services’ which allowed it to happen. Many of the abused kids had been found dead and five witnesses were killed in a petrol bomb attack.

But at least Rhodri made it as far as First Minister and that was nice for him.

 

In 1977, two years before Sir Goronwy Daniel stood down as Principal of Aberystwyth, this blog’s old friend Cledwyn Hughes, aka Lord Cledwyn was appointed President of the institution. He held the post until 1985. More details of Cledwyn’s long and glorious career in helping out the paedophiles’ friends and his relationship with the Kinnocks can be read in my post ‘The Cradle of Filth’. Not only was Cledwyn Secretary of State for Wales, one of the ‘three wise men’ who hammered out the ‘rent boys for S4C’ deal and President of Aberystwyth, but he later turned up as President of the University of Wales, Bangor, 1995-2000, as well. So Cledwyn had a full house. Bingo!

Gareth Owen was the Principal of Aber who followed Sir Goronwy. Gareth Owen held the office 1979-89. Gareth Owen was a zoologist who was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales. There is very little information available about Gareth Owen.

 

Between 1985-97, Sir Melvyn Rosser was President of Aberystwyth. Melvyn is a bit of a mystery to me – there is hardly anything about him available online, so I don’t actually know who he was. I suspect that like Professor Robert Bluglass who disappeared from the internet in a very similar manner a few years ago, Melvyn might have disgraced himself in some way. He had been knighted so had obviously made himself useful to somebody and was Chairman of the HTV Group, 1986-91. Melvyn appears on the list of old pupils of Bishop Gore School and he died in 2001, but I can’t even find any obituaries for him.

There are however references to Sir Melvyn in Hansard, March 1985. Hansard records that Ron Davies – he who was Secretary of State for Wales and achieved notoriety in Wales by experiencing a ‘moment of madness’ on Clapham Common and a few years later being caught ‘looking for badgers’ in a well known gay cruising spot (see post ‘The Cradle of Filth’) – asked the Secretary of State for Wales, Nicholas Edwardes, if he would list all the appointments held under his patronage by Sir Melvyn Rosser since 1979. Edwardes replied that he hadn’t appointed Melvyn to any public body, but that he was consulted by the Chairman of the Manpower Services Commission prior to Sir Melvyn’s initial appointment as Chairman of the Manpower Services Committee for Wales in 1980 and on his re-appointment in 1983.

I remember the Manpower Services Commission well – one of Thatcher’s ‘job creation’ cons, in which people who had no hope of getting a job were duped into participating in a short-term bit of meaningless activity in return for the amount of money that they would have received if they were on benefits, only to find themselves unemployed once more when the ‘scheme’ stopped. UCNW took on some of the ‘trainees’ whilst I was an undergrad and a degree of confusion resulted because the trainees would describe themselves as being on an ‘MSC project’ and unsuspecting people would think they were on an MSc project. This went on many years before I read any sociology but even then I observed an obvious social hierarchy – the MSC ‘trainees’ were local young Welsh people who were unable to find jobs because of the state of the nation’s economy, the supervisors of the ‘projects’ upon which they were allegedly working were nearly always social workers or teachers who had moved to north Wales and couldn’t work as social workers or teachers because they didn’t speak Welsh and the people presiding over all this were public figures appointed by Thatch, one of whom I now know to have been Sir Melvyn. I only knew two people from the many MSC trainees who were ‘trained’ who moved into permanent worthwhile jobs as a result of the MSC project – both of them were highly competent and good team workers who would have found no difficulty at all gaining employment if Thatcher hadn’t have destroyed the economy of Wales. But Sir Melvyn obviously did very well out of his MSC training placement.

The National Archives at Kew also contains records which refer to Melvyn. Melvyn is named as a member of the Diamond Committee. I think that this must be a reference to a Committee Chaired by Jack Diamond, who was a member of Harold Wilson’s Cabinet but later joined the Gang of Four when they founded the SDP. So the Committee that Melvyn was a member of could have been the Royal Commission on the Distribution of Wealth and Income OR the PM’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments of Civil Servants. Jack Diamond himself was involved with work with the poor of the East End, the RCN and was Director of Sadlers Wells Trust.

If any readers have any information about Sir Melvyn and why he’s been air-brushed out of history, please do contact me.

 

Melvyn may have disappeared without trace, but the man who was Principal of Aberystwyth (1989-94) under Melvyn certainly has not. That man is Kenneth Morgan aka Lord Kenneth O. Morgan of Aberdyfi. Kenneth Morgan is a Welsh historian who is described as having exerted great influence upon the Labour Party.

Kenneth Morgan attended Aberdovey School, University College School and Oriel College, Oxford. Kenneth Morgan is on record as being very rude about the quality of education that was on offer at Oriel, but he was very complimentary about his lecturers Asa Briggs and Hugh Trevor-Roper – the Hugh Trevor-Roper who lost all credibility in 1983 when he was taken in by the forgeries that were the Hitler Diaries.

Kenneth Morgan lectured at University College Swansea, 1958-66 (so he’ll have known Rhodri Morgan’s extended clan who colonised that establishment), was Principal of Aber, 1989-94 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, 1989-95.

Kenneth Morgan was made a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards in 2008 and in 2009 received the Medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Kenneth is a member of the Labour Party.

During the 1970s and 80s a group of historians caused a great deal of trouble in Wales and people were traumatised by them. They were the Welsh labour historians who had been influenced by people like Eric Hobsbawm and E.P. Thompson and they introduced a Marxist analysis into the social history of Wales. They were very prolific and very productive and at one point it looked as though history was going somewhere, but sadly history in the UK has now evolved into TV programmes about the ancestors of the Royal Family presented by Lucy Worsley and books about Great Men written by the likes of Boris and Lord Hague of the Concealing of the Paedophile Gang.

It seems that Kenneth Morgan was also upset by the Welsh labour historians – Morgan describes himself as a ‘traditional liberal historian’. When discussing the work of the labour historians, Kenneth is on record as saying that it ‘was too often doctrinaire and intolerant of non-Marxist dissent – it was also too often plain wrong, distorting the evidence within a narrow doctrinaire framework. I felt it incumbent upon me to help resist it. But this was not always fun. I recall addressing a history meeting in Cardiff…when for the only time in my life, I was subjected to an incoherent series of attacks of a highly personal kind, playing the man not the ball, focusing on my accent, my being at Oxford and the supposedly reactionary tendencies of my empiricist colleagues’.

Never mind Kenneth, they might have taken the piss out of you, but you’ve got a Medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and a seat in the Lords, alongside a load of spineless gits who concealed institutionalised corruption in the British state.

One memorable argument forwarded by members of the group of historians who upset Kenneth Morgan so much was their insistence that the working classes of Wales were not just oppressed by English landowners and the aristocracy, but that the middle classes of Wales had done much oppressing themselves, although they had skilfully used their influence in the nonconformist churches and their control of the press to frame themselves as the defenders of language and nation.

I just cannot help thinking of all those social workers, teachers, councillors, lawyers, judges, Top Doctors and politicians who constructed themselves as patriots and Welsh language champions whilst concealing and/or facilitating that paedophile gang in north Wales. The paedophile gang who were securing children to be sexually used by Sir Peter Morrison, Lord Kenyon’s son and others.

Not only has Ken got a medal and a peerage but in Jun 2014 he was honoured in Parliament by being awarded a lifetime achievement award from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History. The joint Chair of that Group was Dr Hywel Francis, an honorary Professor at Swansea University. Kenneth was Dr Hywel Francis’s tutor when Hywel was a student at Swansea in 1965! Which will have been when Rhodri’s dad and brother were involved with what is now Swansea University. Hywel Francis attended Whitchurch Grammar School. As did Rhodri and his brother.

Before he was elected as the MP for Aberavon, Hywel Francis was a Professor at the University of Wales. It might have even been at Swansea…

Hywel has been a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards since 1986. He is Vice-President of Carers UK and has suggested that Wales could have a Carers Commissioner, based on the Children’s Commissioner. Hywel was Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the former Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee. I wonder if Hywel was Chair of that Committee when the paedophiles’ friends got together and submitted their Memorandum to the Committee as part of their efforts to have Edwina Hart removed as Health Minister, after she tried to take on the corruption and carnage in the NHS in north Wales (see post ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University’). In 2014 Hywel Francis became Chair of Byw Nawr, an organisation set up by the Dying Matters Coalition.

Hywel Francis stood down as the MP for the safe seat of Aberavon and Stephen Kinnock succeeded him. Stephen Kinnock is particularly committed to Wales, having been to school in London, then to university at Queen’s College, Cambridge, then to the College of Europe in Bruges for postgraduate work. This was followed by a career based in Europe, St Petersburg and London. Stephen married that well-known local Welsh girl, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Prime Minister of Denmark. She was often seen out and about in Merthyr. No doubt Stephen was selected for Aberavon with the help of an all-women shortlist.

 

Kenneth Morgan was married to historian and criminologist Jane Morgan, who died in 1992. Jane’s obituary in the ‘Independent’ explains that she came from Wrexham, went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and did her PhD at the University of Leicester. She married Kenneth in 1973. Jane Morgan worked at the Centre for Criminological Research, Oxford University, 1985-89. Jane’s special interests were child victims of crime. She was a victim support organiser and magistrate ‘who was devoted to her children’. Jane had an ‘impish sense of humour’, a ‘finely tuned sense of the ridiculous’ and she of course ‘cared about people’. So who wrote this obsequious drivel about a grade A hypocrite who married an even bigger, more successful grade A hypocrite at the centre of a hub of serious corruption? It was none other than Dick Hobbs! Dick Hobbs was formerly a Professor at the University of Essex – I think that he is now in Australia – an ethnographer with a high degree of street cred. His research interest is organised and professional crime, drug markets and bent coppers. Dick Hobbs is famous for having conducted ethnographic research into these matters, which necessitated him involving himself in the life of criminal gangs. Dick Hobbs is a buddy of Laurie Taylor, the sociologist who presents ‘Thinking Allowed’ on Radio 4. Dick Hobbs was interviewed on ‘Thinking Allowed’ a few weeks ago, regarding the ethics of conducting ethnographic research into crime. I’ve conducted quite a bit of it myself Dick. Not of course as a friend of Jane Morgan or as a friend of Laurie Taylor – but as a victim of the fucking criminals whom you all remained silent about whilst you crawled your way into jobs which gave you a platform to mouth off about your caring nature and solidarity with the underclass. Hope you don’t mind me publishing the details of the wrongdoing with which you all colluded – it’s that impish sense of humour of mine.

Laurie Taylor’s son Matthew is the former Head of Blair’s No 10 Policy Unit.

 

The President of Aber 1997-07 was yet another star of this blog, Lord Elystan-Morgan. Lord Elystan-Morgan was appointed whilst the Waterhouse Inquiry opened and began taking evidence. He remained in post until the dust had settled and a few awkward sods had given up trying to tell anyone who would listen that a huge cover-up had taken place and that Sir Ronnie Waterhouse was a friend and colleagues of many of those who had overseen the ‘services’ or occupied public office whilst things had gone so catastrophically wrong.

Elystan Morgan went to school and university at Aber. He was a law graduate of Aber who worked as a solicitor and barrister. He stood as the Plaid candidate for Wrexham three times, twice in 1955 and once in 1959. He stood as the Plaid candidate for Merioneth in 1964. Elystan Morgan then joined the Labour Party and was elected as the Labour MP for Cardiganshire in 1966. He was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office, 1968-70 – when the Home Office was directly responsible for managing Bryn Estyn. Elystan Morgan was then Chair of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party, 1971-74. He lost his seat in Feb 1974 and in 1979 stood as the Labour candidate for Anglesey but lost to the Conservative candidate Keith Best. After that Elystan decided that he’d concentrate on his legal career.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones unlawfully arrested and imprisoned Mary Wynch in 1979 (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’). When she was finally released from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, having been fleeced of her property by Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends, Mary went into hiding and began legal action. So the paedophiles’ friends might have been in need of all the help that they could muster after 1979.

Elystan was given a peerage in 1981.

Lord Elystan-Morgan was a Recorder, 1983-87 and a Circuit judge 1987-2003. He worked on the corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit.

Lord Elystan-Morgan is a deacon in the Presbytarian Church of Wales.

 

The post of President of Aberystwyth is public appointment and will be the concern of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for England and Wales. The Commissioner from 1995-99 was Sir Len Peach, who will have been the most senior person involved with the appointment of Elystan-Morgan. Sir Len Peach was the Chief Executive of the NHS, 1986-89. Whilst Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and me were raising concerns about criminal activity in the NHS and social services in north Wales. Len Peach was seconded to the Dept of Health in 1985 as the Director of Personnel to the NHS Management Board which was established by Thatcher’s Secretary of State For Health and Social Security Norman Fowler.

In 1992 Len Peach was appointed Chair of the Police Complaints Authority. In 1992 five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were killed in a petrol bomb attack (see post ‘The Silence of the Welsh Lambs’) and demands were being made for an investigation into the abuse of children in north Wales which did not involve the North Wales Police, as it was alleged that some police officers had abused children themselves and concealed the crimes of others. In 1992 Gordon Anglesea, a senior officer with the North Wales Police, was named on TV by former residents of Bryn Estyn as having sexually abused them whilst they were in Bryn Estyn.

 

The Principal of Aber during the Waterhouse Inquiry and the aftermath ie. between 1994-2004, was Derec Llywd Morgan, the Derec Llwyd Morgan who wrote the ingratiating entry for Thomas Parry, a previous Principal of Aber, in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

Derec was yet another chip off the old block. He went to the Amman Valley County Grammar School in Carmarthenshire, then to UCNW (Bangor University), then to Jesus College, Oxford. He lectured at Aber, then lectured at UCNW in the Welsh Department and in 1989 was appointed Professor of Welsh at Aber. Derec Morgan was Vice-Principal of Aber and was then appointed Principal/Vice-Chancellor.

Derec Morgan served on the Broadcasting Council for Wales; on the Independent Television Commission; on the Court and Council of the National Library of Wales; and on the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust. I barely need to mention that he was a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a member of the Inaugural Council, although he seems to have missed out on the Medal from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.

 

The President of Aberystwyth University who succeeded Lord Elystan-Morgan in 2007 and who is currently President is the former diplomat Sir Emyr Jones Parry – or Sir Emma – as the ‘Today’ programme on Radio 4 always calls him.

Sir Emma is a physicist who studied at University College Cardiff and then at St Catherines, Cambridge. Whilst he was at Cardiff he was President of the Student Union. Sir Emma joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973. He has held a number of senior posts there, including the Deputy Political Director responsible for the 1996-97 Balkans and Aegean Policy. I seem to remember that the Balkans was not a rip-roaring success. Sir Emma has also carried out a few stints at the European Parliament. In Jan 2008 he became Chair of Redress, a human rights organisation in London. He was also the UK Ambassador to the UN. He was President of the OU Business School’s International Advisory Board, responsible for the global development of the School. In 2010 Sir Emma was appointed Chair of the Trustees of the Millennium Centre.

Sir Emma is President of the Learned Society of Wales.

 

The Vice-Chancellors – as they were now calling themselves – who followed Derec Morgan at Aberystwyth University were Noel Lloyd (2004-12), April McMahon (2011-16) and Elizabeth Treasure (2016-present).

In recent years Aberystwyth University has been a very troubled institution. That is true of most universities now that crazy ill-thought out policies, marketisation and new public management have virtually murdered all UK universities, but Aber does seem to have had its own unique style of dysfunction. Which is hardly surprising when one considers the paleontology of that institution. In the 1980s Aber considered itself a cut above Bangor, but more recently it has attracted lurid headlines alleging serious mismanagement, embezzlement of funds, workplace bullying and the squandering of millions on a campus in Mauritius when there wasn’t enough money to do what was necessary in Aberystwyth. A major diplomatic incident occurred when Professor April McMahon was appointed as VC because she couldn’t speak Welsh – although she is a linguist. April said that she’d learn. April left all of a sudden under a huge cloud and now Elizabeth Treasure has arrived. Elizabeth Treasure was previously at Cardiff University and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth as a result of her activities in the medical school there – which had been riddled with corruption for years, so who knows perhaps Elizabeth was just confronting crooked Top Doctors which always ensures that the fur flies. I cannot help wondering whether someone with a sense of humour sent Elizabeth Treasure to Aberystwyth to destroy the place.

 

Why the old fossils felt the need to form themselves into the Learned Society of Wales in 2010 I do not know, but it was launched at the National Museum of Wales in May 2010 and the Inaugural President was Sir John Cadogan. I noticed it happening at the time but I had no information at all concerning the Learned Ones. They had already all given each other the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, but obviously felt that their capacity to give each other awards should be increased. I am wondering if perhaps they felt under siege for some reason, that is often the motivating factor behind a new Society for Important People – the Top Doctors excel in this area. I note that Sir John Cadogan is no Welsh poet. He is an organic chemist who has previously worked at the Chemical Defence Establishment Porton Down – a place involved with biological and chemical warfare and particularly cruel animal experiments, a place with such a fearful reputation that most scientists wouldn’t work there, so Porton Down paid through the nose to attract the only people unscrupulous enough to take the filthy lucre – and worked as Chief Scientist for BP. As a reward for his outstanding career in researching new ways of killing lots of people and causing pollution, Sir john Cardogan was awarded a Medal even better than one from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion – specifically a Royal Medal from Prince Philip, on behalf of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Sir John was also the Chair of Fusion Antibodies Ltd and DNA Research Innovation Ltd. Which is terrifying.

Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Wales, Archbishop of Canterbury and the present Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge is also a member of the Learned Society of Wales.

 

It is worth having a look at some of those who held the role of Librarian at the National Library of Wales.

Sir John Ballinger – 1909-30. Ballinger from Monmouthshire. He was awarded the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. After retiring he moved to Hawarden in Flintshire and advised St Deiniol’s Library.

William Llewelyn Davies – 1930-52. Davies was from Pwllheli and went to university at Aberystwyth. He was assistant librarian under Ballinger and succeeded him. Davies was High Sheriff of Merionethshire in 1951.

David Jenkins – 1969-79. Jenkins went to university at Aber. He had previously worked as an assistant in the library in the late 1930s and then returned to work there again after serving in the Army. Jenkins was the General Commissioner for Income Tax, 1968-69 and Chair of the Welsh Books Council, 1974-80.

R. Geraint Gruffydd – 1980-85. Gruffydd was a graduate of UNCW and Jesus College, Oxford. He was Professor of Welsh Language and Literature at Aberystwyth, 1970-79 and then Emeritus Professor. Gruffydd was Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, 1985-93. He became a fellow of the British Academy in 1991. Gruffydd’s family were Calvinists and his father Moses Griffith was the first Treasurer of Plaid. Gruffydd was a founding fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Bryn Roberts – 1985-94. Roberts had been a student at Aber and a member of staff there. He became the Professor of Welsh Language and Literature at Swansea. Roberts was Editor of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography in 1987. He was also Vice-Chair of the Welsh Books Council, 1986-89, then Chair 1989-94, then a member 1994-2007; a member of HEFCW, 1993-2000. Bryn was awarded the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion in 2007.

Andrew Green – 1998-13. Green had previously been the librarian at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth 1973-74; the University College Cardiff 1985-89; the University of Sheffield 1989-92; the Director of the Library and Information Services at the University of Wales, Swansea 1992-98. Green learnt to speak Welsh fluently and in 2009 became a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards.

 

There are numerous other links and relationships between members of the Aberystwyth network that I have not provided here because there just isn’t the scope for it on this blog. However I hope to have conveyed how extensive and suffocating this network was and its connections with people far grander than lecturers in rural Welsh universities. Anyone crossing the path of this lot was stuffed at every turn, often by people with smiles on their faces. Whilst researching for this post I couldn’t help noticing how many people in the network were actually part of the network in which Trumpers was a key figure – people who were friends with the Lloyd George family, the Astors and who had been to University College School in Hampstead.

I need to mention who the Chancellor of the University of Wales was during many of the latter years of this madness. It was Prince Charles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Trade Is Fuckwittery

I mentioned previously that I was reading Greg Dyke’s book ‘Inside Story’, which he wrote in the aftermath of the enormous scrap that resulted in his resignation as Director General of the BBC. Dyke’s book is so full of gems that I’ll never have enough time to blog about them all, but I have decided to blog about the most glittering.

One particularly fascinating and illuminating part of Greg’s book is his account of life behind the scenes at the catastrophe that was TV-am. Although TV-am was famous for being a series of disasters, Greg provides interesting details of the action behind the scenes that led to public spats such as Anna Ford throwing wine over Jonathan Aitken. Greg has certainly provided a good description of how greedy, crooked and unscrupulous many of those involved with TV-am were.

TV-am came into existence in 1983 after David Frost created a consortium to bid for the ITV franchise. The consortium consisted of Michael Parkinson, Angela Rippon, Anna Ford and Robert Kee. Peter Jay, the former British Ambassador to Washington was both Chair and Chief Executive. Jay had already enjoyed a media career and was well-connected within the industry.

According to Dyke’s book, Dyke was approached by Michael Deakin, who was to be TV-am’s Director of Programmes, for a ‘chat’ before TV-am was launched. Deakin had previously worked as a documentary maker at Yorkshire Television. Readers may remember that in June 1989 Yorkshire Television approached Alison Taylor the Gwynedd social worker who blew the whistle on the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal regarding a programme about it. On 12 Sept 1989 Alison Taylor and a man who alleged that he had been abused whilst in care in north Wales were filmed extensively for Yorkshire TV, but in Feb 1990 the programme about child abuse in Gwynedd was abandoned for a film about child abuse in another region of the UK. I will return to this later in this post.

TV-am was dogged by problems from the outset. Peter Jay and Anna Ford were soon ousted in a coup engineered by Jonathan Aitken, who was thought to be the major shareholder – although it was revealed years later that he wasn’t, Aitken had deceived everyone and the company was actually bankrolled by Saudi money. Nevertheless Aitken was installed as Chief Exec.

Dyke was asked by Jonathan Aitken to rescue TV-am after Aitken took over – Aitken was also still the Tory MP for Thanet. At this point the Chair of TV-am was Dick Marsh, the former British Rail boss and former Labour MP.

Although TV-am was notorious for lurching from one financial crisis to the next, Jonathan Aitken certainly lived an opulent lifestyle. Dyke dined at Aitken’s house at Lord North Street in Westminster – Sir Peter Morrison the Tory MP for Chester who was known to have abused boys in care in north Wales also lived in Lord North Street – and discovered that not only did Aitken employ a butler, but the butler was so outrageously high camp that he was a talking point between Dyke and his wife for months.

Aitken was famous for hosting dinner parties to which powerful figures from the media, politics and business would be invited. It was at one of these parties that Greg met Clive Jones who was later Chief Exec of ITV News. Jones and Dyke became good friends. Aitken was also the convenor of the Conservative Philosophy Group and hosted the likes of Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon and William Rees-Mogg a few doors down from Morrison the child molester.

Dyke describes a world in which crazed megalomaniacs from media, business and politics spend much time troughing and boozing at each others houses, but constantly knife each other in the back. For example, when Greg was told in confidence that Jonathan Aitken was to be the new Chief Exec of TV-am, Greg passed the info on to John Birt, who would later become Director General of the BBC. Birt leaked the information to the Guardian – but Dyke only found this out months later when he received a call from Birt asking Dyke to help him cover his tracks as being the source of the leak because he was now ‘helping the Guardian’ in their battle against Aitken. (In 1995 the Guardian and World In Action exposed Aitken as being involved in some very questionable business practices, to which I shall return later in this post.)

As an example of the degree of goodwill that the TV folk showed towards each other, when Dyke left LWT to take up his post at TV-am, Dyke’s immediate boss David Cox wrote the message ‘fuck off and good riddance’ in Dyke’s leaving card. Dyke’s book is full of such anecdotes – people setting out to embarrass each other in public in as vicious a way as possible at leaving parties, accessing confidential info about each other when they are promoted and thus have access to staff files and then reciting the info that they’ve read on the files at drinks parties etc. The corollary to this was to wreak one’s terrible revenge by gaining promotion and then a few years later returning to the scene of one’s humiliation to kick one’s old adversary in the teeth now that one was their boss. Greg certainly excelled at this – his whole career seems to have been based on the desire to seriously screw other people over. He took great pleasure in later becoming David Cox’s boss himself and crapping on him from a height. I can understand why Dyke would want to shaft these obnoxious people, but he spent years supping with them and treating them like his best mates whilst seething inside and planning to wreck their careers.

Not only do the TV execs in Greg’s world all screw huge quantities of money out of their employers, but they like to be seen to be raking it in – it is a very ostentatious business with much mindless consumerism. Greg boasts about a straightforward fiddle that the execs at TV-am were working to ensure that the bigwigs ended up with company cars nearly as good as the biggest wigs and definitely a lot better than the cars that the plebs were driving. The cars in question were all so expensive that none of them will have been in any danger of breaking down, so one wonders why Greg and his mates thought that it was worth fleecing TV-am over this  – particularly as the company was in a state of near bankruptcy throughout the time that Dyke was there.

Greg filled TV-am with either his friends or people whose careers that he ‘boosted’ who remained indebted to him – he boasts of ‘helping’ Lynn Faulds-Wood, Mark Damazar and Adam Boulton. He brought in one of his old colleagues from his days as a journalist in Newcastle, Peter McHugh, as well as Andy Webb and Eve Pollard. Pollard was recruited from Fleet street, specifically the Sunday People and later returned to Fleet Street to edit the Sunday Mirror and then the Sunday Express. Greg poached Nick Owen and Anne Diamond from Nationwide and then recruited Wincy Willis, Gordon Honeycombe and Lynn Faulds-Wood’s husband, John Stapleton.

TV-am succeeded in breaking broadcasting rules and conning the viewers by the use of Diana Dors and her ‘diet slot’, in which she advised viewers on weight loss, claiming to be following a diet herself. Dors religiously weighed herself on TV and claimed miraculous weight loss – Dyke admits that he was virtually certain that Dors was lying about her achievement and was concealing weights about her person for the early weigh-ins and then progressively shedding them. Why would Dors be doing this? Because she had a product to sell – a Diana Dors weight loss calculator, which she then promoted on TV-am, which Dyke admits was not permitted under broadcasting rules. Dors requested that viewers wanting to buy her product write to her at TV-am. Ten thousand duped viewers wrote in, but Dyke kept all the letters claiming that they were the property of TV-am. Dors went to Court to try and get her hands on the letters but lost the case. The letters remained in the clutches of TV-am and no viewers received the product that they were conned into trying to purchase. I bet they didn’t even receive an explanation.

Despite the way in which the viewers had been hoodwinked by both Dors and Dyke, after Dors died, TV-am screened a special tribute programme to her. One of the guests was Barbara Windsor who waxed lyrical on camera about how great Dors was and then told Dyke after the show that she’d hated her. Another guest was Dors’ ‘friend’ Jess Conrad who used the tribute programme to dear old Diana to plug his latest record.

You can see how the BBC ended up screening tribute programmes to Savile after his death, whilst not mentioning the side of his life that was most important to him. But then both Dors and Windsor had relationships with serious criminals who ended up in prison and that was always described very euphemistically by the media when Dors and Babs became too old to remain as sex symbols and had to metamorphose into the nation’s aunties instead.

I mentioned that Dyke was imported into TV-am in order to ‘rescue’ it – he is credited as having done so by introducing a puppet called Roland Rat. I never understood how a puppet could actually rescue an ailing TV company descending into debt, it’s not even as if Roland Rat was as good as Sooty and Sweep, but unbelievably media history does maintain that Dyke’s employment of Roland Rat did the trick. There was a worrying moment for Dyke when he received a phone call from the Daily Star telling him that they were going to run a story about the puppeteer who worked Roland Rat hosting a Soho club for rubber and latex fetishists, but it all turned out OK because when Dyke rang the IBA (Independent Broadcasting Authority) to warn them, the IBA told him that they were not in the least bit concerned about such matters. I can’t understand why Greg ever thought that they would be.

However I think that someone should have been very concerned indeed at a few other things at TV-am. Whilst Greg and his mates worked their scam to ensure that they always drove top of the range cars paid for by TV-am, there were masses of other fiddles perpetuated by the management as well as the staff, as the company drowned in debt. One creditor was owed £12k and there was no attempt to pay them. The company never had enough money for basics, staff were told silly lies such as ‘there’s been a computer glitch’ on a regular basis because there was not enough money to pay them, bills went unpaid, the local newsagents were owed so much that they refused to deliver the newspapers for the newspaper review spot, local taxi firms refused to do business with TV-am and thus guests due to appear on the TV couldn’t be collected, writs mounted up but were routinely ignored on the grounds that one has 28 days to respond to a writ, bailiffs arrived at the homes of researchers and tried to remove property after hotel bills that the researchers had signed off had not been paid, correspondents had to use phone boxes because the phone bill hadn’t been paid and the electricity was nearly cut off as well, but ‘somehow’ ‘someone’ found the cash from ‘somewhere’. One advertising agency tried to deal with TV-am by telling them that they wouldn’t make any further promotions until they had been paid the considerable sum of money that they were owed. Greg knew how to respond – he told them that if the advertising agency didn’t continue to work for TV-am Greg would take even longer to pay them the outstanding debt.

Whilst all this was going on, Greg and co drove their flash cars, Jonathan and Tim Aitken – who owned TV-am – continued to run their merchant banking business Aitken Hume International, Jonathan continued to employ his camp butler and hold lavish dinner parties for important folk and Tim’s office at TV-am was crammed with bottles of pink champagne. It was just the ‘staff’ that didn’t get paid – probably the cleaners, canteen staff, receptionists and secretaries ie. those who really needed the dosh. The bank accounts of the ‘talent’ will have remained healthy or they would have walked out. During this time of crisis, someone hit on the idea of paying Chris Tarrant to go out onto the streets and throw buckets of water over people who were smoking cigarettes – because Greg wanted an anti-smoking campaign. I’m surprised that no-one actually thumped Tarrant or even sued him for assault.

Where Roland Rat’s much publicised ‘rescue’ of this shambles came in I do not know.

TV-am had very few advertisers – they only had contracts with three regulars, one of which was Walls Pork Sausages. Lynn Faulds-Wood – a ‘consumers champion’ a la Esther – wanted to use the consumers slot to expose Walls after it had been discovered that Walls bangers contained rather more water than was deemed unacceptable. TV-am decided not to run this particular expose in the light of the advertising revenue that they were receiving from the folk who were selling water rather than sausages.

I found this anecdote illuminating because I remember Lynn Faulds-Wood on TV doing her exposes years ago and I noticed that only certain things were exposed – I concluded that Lynn was following the Esther model of not upsetting anyone important. But Faulds-Wood was considered to be rather less unscrupulous than Esther. John Stapleton, Faulds-Wood’s husband, hosted a daytime ITV show during the 90s called The Time The Place, which was thought to be rather less tawdry and dishonest than Kilroy, a daytime show on the BBC which was screened at the same time as The Time The Place – both shows covered similar topics. I have mentioned previously how Dr Dafydd Alun Jones actually turned up on Kilroy to talk about mental health problems whilst havoc reigned in north Wales and criminal investigations were held into the paedophile ring which he and his mistress Lucille Hughes facilitated and concealed. To my knowledge Dafydd never made it through the doors of The Time The Place, but as on Kilroy, when mental healthcare or child abuse was discussed by John Stapleton and his guests, it was very clear that only certain voices were ever allowed to be heard. Well if Stapleton’s wife wouldn’t even tackle pork sausages, whoever was going to take on institutionalised abuse in psychiatry and the Westminster Paedophile Ring? Particularly if the likes of Jonathan Aitken owned the TV company.

I say that Jonathan Aitken – along with his cousin Tim – owned TV-am, but as I mentioned earlier it was later revealed that Jonathan and Tim didn’t own the company. TV-am was effectively owned by some Saudis who were actually the major shareholders after a deal had been done by Jonathan Aitken to disguise this – an illegal deal, which Tim Aitken claimed to have no knowledge of. Tim Aitken might have claimed to Know Nuzzing about the Saudis who were bankrolling the company, but he did know that the company was trading when insolvent in early 1984 when he asked Greg Dyke to join the Board. Greg himself claimed ‘not to have known’ what trading when insolvent meant – although he does know now.

Greg didn’t like Jonathan but he ‘liked and trusted’ Tim. There was however a problem with Tim in that he was clueless about running a TV company and anyway was far too busy running his merchant bank to even try to run TV-am. It is clear that Tim was a bit of a liability.

TV-am hit yet another crisis in 1984 – obviously Roland Rat wasn’t pulling his weight – and they desperately needed huge quantities of dosh. They managed to tempt in two new investors – Fleet Holdings (who owned the Express Group) and the much loathed (by everyone but Thatcher if I remember) Aussie businessman, Kerry Packer. However Greg and ‘the management’ still needed to convince the other shareholders that they were a ‘strong’ management able to stand up to the unions. The broadcasting unions in the 1980s, like the print unions, were very powerful and their members earned very, very high salaries – it was Thatcher’s stated mission to break them after she had screwed over the NUM and then passed the legislation that Murdoch needed to break the print unions. TV-am were not actually able to stand up to the unions very well – the unions were unreasonable and greedy, but so were the management – the company was in meltdown. However Dyke and co set up a number of intrigues in order to convince the staff that a crucial vote had to go as the management (and shareholders) desired or the company would go into liquidation and no-one would have a job. On the day of the vote, Jonathan Aitken made a show of clearing his office in front of a shop steward, just to convince the unions that it was now crunch point. It seemed that Dyke et al either weren’t convinced that the vote would go their way OR they didn’t have confidence that the company would survive even if the staff did vote the way that Dyke et al were manipulating them to.

Dyke explains that the company was ‘near liquidation’ and that on the day of the vote, the managers all parked their cars outside the building lest they needed a ‘quick getaway’ – I imagine that the staff were pretty close to lynching them all anyway. Dyke calculated that TV-am owed him about £30k and he wanted his dosh – so he looked around for something that he could steal and sell. He couldn’t find anything suitable inside the building, so he stole the keys to the TV-am barge (TV-am was located at Camden Lock).

The staff were sufficiently panicked and manipulated into voting in the way that Dyke and the shareholders wanted, so TV-am lived to fight another day. And rip a few more people off. It was now vital that Tim Nice But Dim be removed as Chief Exec – so the Board hatched a plan to knife the Chairman Dick Marsh, which would then enable them to install Tim as Chairman. For some reason Tim couldn’t be removed altogether, so a vacancy had to be created at the top. It was Marsh who was clobbered.

So in 1984 a new Chief Exec arrived – Bruce Gyngell. I can’t quite work out from Dyke’s book who exactly hatched the plot to stuff Dick Marsh but Bruce Gyngell was brought in by Kerry Packer. Gyngell had come from Australia where he had worked for Kerry Packer’s empire and he became a favourite of Thatch, she really loved Gyngell. He became good friends with her and epitomised Thatcher’s idea of everything that a media executive should be.

Gyngell was of course ruthless, rather mad and some thought him predatory. He was noted for wearing pink to such an extent that his staff called him the Pink Panther, he was very superstitious and distributed company key fobs and watches to the staff and urged the staff to rub these objects to channel positive forces and although he was very rich and very greedy he maintained that he was deeply interested in Eastern spirituality and was enthusiastic about Zen, meditation and insight philosophy. Yet Gyngell was no monk. He was a notorious shagger – although he was happy to lecture the media industry about morality – and according to Greg, when Gyngell arrived at TV-am he asked Adrian Moore, the Director of Production, which of the women who worked there were an ‘easy lay’.

In 1986 Gyngell married Kathy Rowan who worked as a producer at TV-am. Rowan had previously worked at LWT.

During 1987-88, Gyngell became involved in the most enormous battle with the technicians union ACTT at TV-am, Murdoch-style. He was encouraged by Thatcher who maintained that the ITV unions were ‘the last bastion of restrictive practices’ and the dispute ended in a three month lock-out. Gyngell ran TV-am for a number of months without the union members – other people were simply recruited to do the jobs that they were doing. Gyngell did break the ACTT and 200 members at TV-am never returned to their former jobs, although Gyngell suffered a heart attack which was attributed to the stress of the dispute.

In his capacity as Chief Exec, Bruce Gyngell gradually booted out all of Dyke’s mates and then kicked out Dyke. Dyke joined TVS and his old mate Clive Jones followed him there shortly afterwards.

Gyngell did succeed in returning TV-am to profit by ruthlessly targeting programming costs and for a while it was the most profitable TV company in the UK – it was floated on the Stock Exchange.

However, in 1991 Greg wreaked his terrible revenge which led to TV-am going out of business. When the ITV franchises came up for auction, Greg – who was by then Chief Exec of LWT – put together the Sunrise consortium (which became GMTV) to bid for the ITV breakfast franchise. As a result of legislation that Thatcher herself passed, the bidding process was blind – so no-one knew what any other bidders had bid – and the franchise had to be awarded to the highest bidder. Greg’s Sunrise consortium put in an enormous bid many millions bigger than TV-am’s bid, so Sunrise/GMTV were awarded the franchise. Poor old Gyngell struggled on for a bit but in 1992 TV-am closed down.

Gyngell and Frost held a farewell party to celebrate TV-am going out of business and Gyngell was delighted to tell the guests that he had received a personal letter of apology from Thatcher, who was distraught that legislation that her Gov’t had passed to ‘encourage’ the likes of Gyngell had inadvertently blown up in their faces and led to his end. Thatcher couldn’t understand what had happened. Er – ill-thought out legislation and a bunch of backstabbing crooks conducting business in the way that you had encouraged Thatcher? It is documented that Gyngell broke industry rules when he arrived at TV-am by negotiating a £1.2 million advance payment for an advertising campaign by a toy company. There won’t have been any comeback…

 

After the death of TV-am Gyngell became Executive Chair of Kerry Packer’s Nine Network. In May 1995 Gyngell was appointed MD of Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Group (Yorkshire TV had merged with Tyne Tees), replacing John Fairley. Ward Thomas was Chair of YTT. Gyngell’s post ended when Granada took over YTT in 1997.

 

Bruce Gyngell died in 2000, but his wife Kathy lives on. Kathy Gyngell is described as a ‘right wing operative’ who is a research fellow for the Centre of Policy Studies. She is the co-editor of the website Conservative Woman and she’s even managed to find her way into the Guardian on a number of occasions. In July 1999 (whilst Bruce was still alive) she co-founded a right wing media monitoring company with David Keighley, the former Director of Corporate Affairs at TV-am. This company was dissolved in 2006 and superceded by another company, Newswatch, which was dissolved in 2009.

In 2006 Kathy co-authored a Centre for Policy Studies report with Ray Lewis. In this report, Gyngell was described as the Chair of the Addiction Working Group of the Social Justice Policy Group, the Conservative think tank established by Ian Duncan Smith.

Readers might not recognise the name of Ray Lewis, but I won’t forget it. Ray Lewis was appointed Deputy Mayor of London by Boris in 2008. Lewis had wowed Ian Duncan Smith with his ‘remarkable’ work with black youth in Newham at the Eastside Young Leaders Academy. Lewis had wowed a lot of people actually – Stephen Norris and Francis Maude were Trustees of Eastside, the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu was the Patron and donors included Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. In 2005 Cameron’s first photo op as Conservative Party leader was at Eastside.

However two months after Lewis’s appointment as Boris’s deputy, Lewis resigned after a number of public revelations about his past activities. In 1990 Ray Lewis had been ordained as a Church of England priest and in 1993 he was appointed the vicar of St Matthews in West Ham. In 1995 Lewis was accused of exploiting vulnerable pensioners by borrowing a total of £41k and not repaying it. There were also allegations of sexual harassment and Scotland Yard had received a string of complaints, including blackmail. Lewis denied all the allegations and no charges were ever brought. In 1997 Lewis left the UK for Grenada where he organised a charity raffle – the first prize was a car, but the winner never received it. Then a Nigerian bishop complained that a charity that he had set up with Lewis had been drained of its funds, £8k – Lewis had been the Treasurer. The Diocese of Chelmsford reported the matter to the police – no charges were brought. Neither were any charges brought against Lewis in 2000 when he was arrested on suspicion of deception over a house sale. However, the Church barred him from Ministry and preaching. Lewis also claimed to be a magistrate – he wasn’t. In 2000 Lewis worked as a prison chaplain, then joined the Prison Service and for nearly two years worked as a junior governor at HMP Woodhill Young Offenders Institute. It was after that that Lewis set up Eastside.

After Lewis’s past became public in 2008, the man who stripped Lewis of his rights as a priest, the Rt Rev Roger Sainsbury, the retired Bishop of Barking, stated that he’d been an admirer of Eastside and believed that Ray Lewis had reformed. Sainsbury’s successor, the Rt Rev David Hawkins, saw Lewis with Boris at a day of prayer event and wrote to Boris telling him that Lewis was no longer an authorised Minister in the Church of England and suggested that Boris should get in touch. Boris did not respond. Several weeks later a TV journalist approached the C of E for the background on Lewis and it was then that the story came to light.

The longstanding Labour Council in Newham admitted reporting in 2005 on allegations of physical abuse at Eastside – Scotland Yard confirmed that five allegations were investigated, but were all dropped.

Duncan Smith suggested that all this dissatisfaction with Lewis was designed to ‘get at’ Boris. He stated that Newham Council ‘is on the left and hates Ray Lewis and his methods which are not for the fainthearted’. Duncan Smith does of course describe Eastside as dispensing ‘tough love’.

The chaplain at Eastside, the Rev Bruce Stokes, a Baptist Minister, maintained that anyone working ‘this way with kids’ was ‘bound to be investigated’ and that he thought that it was probably Lewis’s ‘personality and style’ to which people objected.

The London Evening Standard claimed that the mess was all the fault of the Church.

After Lewis’s resignation, everyone was very keen to distance themselves. The child protection officer at Eastside, Dapo Abidoye, had ‘nothing to say’. Neither did Richard Atterbury, the co-head of global finance at Lehman Brothers and a Trustee of Eastside. John Sentamu issued a statement explaining that he did not have ‘any involvement, or fiduciary obligation, relating to day-to-day management’ at Eastside.

Dear old IDS claimed that the media and Lewis’s political enemies were ‘crushing a good man’. The Rev Stokes stated that Lewis ‘comes up with answers. It feels he has been completely stitched up’. Stokes was saddened that in the wake of the controversy surrounding Lewis that similar academies planned elsewhere in the UK were unlikely to go ahead.

No-one ever got to the bottom of the Ray Lewis and Eastside business, because a planned Public Inquiry into the whole affair was scrapped after Lewis resigned.

However I think that Ray might have made his mark years before the shit hit the fan in the wake of all those complaints about him in the 90s after he’d managed to become ordained.

At the time that the Ray Lewis business became public in 2008 I was sharing a farmhouse in Gwynedd with my friends. One of my friends was a Buddhist and was a member of a Buddhist sangha which had connections to a number of other Buddhist communities. A few months before Ray Lewis hit the media, a Buddhist asked us if we could put someone up who had just left a community and was in need of somewhere to live. This lady subsequently moved into our house and although she was very friendly it soon became clear that she had serious mental health problems and seemed very traumatised and very angry. She stayed with us for many weeks and we got to know her quite well. Whilst she was staying with us, I had appeared in the newspapers talking about abuse in the mental health services and our guest asked me how I knew that such things were happening. I told her some of what had happened to me at the hands of the mental health services and said that I knew that it was a major problem.

Our guest – whom I will call D – had already told us that back in the 80s she’d been a social worker in London but had spent many years living in various different communities. I guessed that D had some sort of breakdown and had been unable to work. When she discovered that I had experience of abusive psychiatry, she did what quite a few other people have done and told me about her own bad experiences. D had been through a nightmare. She described receiving dreadful treatment after being sectioned in a London hospital – she had been diagnosed with psychotic depression, had been given ECT against her will and claimed to have been physically and sexually assaulted by staff in the hospital. When she finally got out of there – after many, many months, D got as far away from the mental health services and anyone connected with them as possible and started travelling around the UK living in alternative communities.

The problem that any patient who has been diagnosed with a serious mental illness finds if they try to communicate being on the receiving end of abusive mental health services, is that they are not believed. As I have detailed on this blog, diagnosing serious mental illnesses in people who have been abused by the welfare state or have been witness to things of which other people would rather remain unspoken is a remarkably common way of dealing with the problem. Everything that D told me rang true – she described the sort of casual institutionalised abuse that I witnessed in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, in Springfield Hospital, in the Hergest Unit and that I hear about frequently. But then D told me about the circumstances of her admission to hospital.

D had been working as a children’s social worker in inner London in the 80s. She was white and was a doctor’s daughter who’d grown up in Bath. The young people that she was looking after once she had qualified were predominantly from ethnic minorities, in inner London. That wasn’t the problem. The problem arose when D noticed that the practices of her colleagues were a very long way from the practice and theory that she had been taught whilst she was training. The shit really hit the fan when two of the teenagers whom she was responsible for – girls of 13 and 14 – told her that they were being forced to have sex with a man who was entering the children’s homes. This man was some sort of youth worker. D told her senior managers what the teenagers had told her. She was told to ignore what the girls had told her, not to speak about it again because the man whom the girls had named was ‘big in black politics and he’s untouchable’. D told me that the name of this man was Ray Lewis.

D was horrified. I gained the impression that when this happened she hadn’t been qualified long and she was still idealistic. She was very concerned for the welfare of the girls and became even more concerned when the two girls who had previously alleged that they were being sexually assaulted told D that other kids had experienced similar problems.

D returned to her managers – and made the fatal mistake of reminding them that the children in their care had been raped, were being put at risk further by the social services lack of action and that what was happening was illegal and contrary to all good social work practice. D was referred for ‘medical help’. D’s own dad was a Top Doctor  – she might not have realised what organisations use the less scrupulous Top Doctors for. D was told that she was depressed and unfit for work. Which she might well have been by then – I can imagine how distressing a young, newly qualified, idealistic social worker would have found all this. D was sent to a psychiatrist – she did of course tell them what was going on in her workplace and that she was not going to keep quiet about it as ordered. D was sectioned. Not only was she diagnosed with ‘depression’, but it was ‘psychotic depression’. Just in case anyone might be in danger of believing anything that she said…

The treatment was successful! D was destroyed, she left social work and indeed London and took up an itinerant lifestyle wandering around the UK staying in a variety of alternative communities. She had been doing this for years by the time that she arrived at our place. She knew that she had been very distressed by what had happened in London, both at her workplace and at the hands of the caring sharing mental health services and she had made a number of attempts to access therapy and care. On every occasion that she did so, once the therapist had heard her story somehow the therapy came to an end. D was untouchable – which tends to happen to people who have witnessed organised child sexual abuse. One manifestation of D’s distress was quite obsessional cleaning. She knew this and would offer to clean in return for a place to stay – our place was spotless whilst she was with us, it was incredible. We weren’t the only people who noticed how good at cleaning D was. Some of her therapists did as well. At one point she was offered a job in a Rudolph Steiner Care Home in the midlands. The deal was supposed to be that she would do a few hours cleaning each day in return for free training and tuition in Steiner care. Once she arrived however somehow she ended up on the cleaning full time and no tuition or training was forthcoming. After six months she realised that this wasn’t going to change so she left.

So how did D arrive in north Wales? D was offered a job as a cleaner at a place called Trigonos in the Nantlle Valley in Gwynedd. The Nantlle Valley is really beautiful and Trigonos is a conference centre favoured by alternative types – it is next to the lake, under the mountains and supplies organic food and other necessities of alternative life. Trigonos’s main custom seems to come from the Bangor University Mindfulness Centre – nearly all their courses for training Mindfulness practitioners and teachers are held there and they used to hold their conferences there as well. D knew about this and thought that it would be a suitable environment for her. However when she arrived, she found that she seemed to be working very long hours for very little pay. She moved out of Trigonos after a few months seeking somewhere else to live which is how D eventually ended up at our house. D stayed with us for many weeks and then moved on to a community in Scotland. It was just after she left that Ray Lewis hit the headlines. A few months after that I encountered one of the more irresponsible members of the family that runs Trigonos. When he found out which house I lived in he realised that I was one of the people who had taken in D. I asked him why she had left Trigonos. I was told ‘she was a fucking brilliant cleaner but she was a nutter so we got rid of her’.

The vast majority of the Mindfulness trainers who practice their loving-kindness and compassionate meditation at Trigonos are former social workers, many of whom were employed by Gwynedd and Clwyd Social Services – whilst the paedophile ring operated in those organisations. One of the leaders of many of those courses at Trigonos is a Judith Soulsby. Soulsby is a former psychiatric social worker with the Arfon Community Mental Health Team. Her colleagues were the people who perjured themselves in an attempt to have me imprisoned after I alleged serious abuse in the mental health services in north Wales. Not only does Judith train Mindfulness practitioners at the centre where the cleaners are not allowed to be nutters, but Judith has co-authored with Professor Mark Williams and was part of the original team who set the con that is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy on the road (see post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’).

 

Now for a few more details on Jonathan and Tim Aitken who lived like kings whilst their TV company owed money to the little people.

Tim Aitken is the grandson of Lord Beaverbrook and is rather less illustrious than his cousin Jonathan. Since Jonathan ended up in prison Tim has distanced himself from him. A recent newspaper article suggested that Tim spends most of his time on his yacht.

Jonathan is the son of Tory MP Sir William Traven Aitken. Selwyn Lloyd, the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Harold Macmillan, was a friend of Jonathan’s dad which was how Aitken got to meet the PM whilst he was still an undergrad at Oxford reading law – Aitken wrote speeches for Selwyn in his summer holidays. At Oxford Aitken was Chair of the Oxford University Conservative Association – he did try to become President of the Oxford Union but was unsuccessful.

After Oxford he worked as a journalist and in 1970 ended up on trial the Old Bailey for breaking the Official Secrets Act, after passing classified information to a Tory MP Hugh Fraser, although he was acquitted. Between 1968-70 Aitken worked for Yorkshire TV, presenting regional news shows. Aitken had ambitions to enter Conservative politics from a young age and he struck up a friendship with Fraser – that ended after Aitken had an affair with Fraser’s wife Antonia. Aitken’s account of his life as a young man stresses how he had no money and therefore knew that he had to make his own way in the world. So he does what everyone who finds themselves on their uppers does – he launched a merchant bank and became Chairman of Slater Walker Securities.

In 1973 Aitken met Prince Mohammed bin Fadh of Saudi Arabia and became close friends with the Prince’s personal secretary after Aitken ‘organised hospital treatment’ in the UK for the Prince’s secretary’s mother. What all that was about I don’t know, but if Jonathan Aitken was involved it won’t have been clean.

In 1974 Aitken was elected as Tory MP for Thanet.  At about this time he had a relationship with Carol Thatcher but it ended in tears – literally – and Margaret Thatcher never forgave him. Aitken’s falling out with the Thatcher family was notorious ad it was suggested that it was the reason why he remained on the backbenches for so many years although he clearly thought that he ought to be PM.

In 1979 Aitken married a neighbour of Prince Mohammed’s personal secretary. He blotted his copybook soon after by having an affair with a prostitute, but his family forgave him.

In 1980 Aitken wrote to Thatcher alleging that Sir Roger Hollis, the former Director General of MI5, had been a double agent working for the Soviets. This info had been given to Aitken by CIA spymaster James Angleton. The allegation against Hollis caused an almighty row and led to Chapman Pincher’s 1981 book ‘Their Trade Is Treachery’, which in turn led to the publication of ‘Spycatcher’ in 1987.

Aitken’s Saudi friendships came in handy for propping up Aitken Hume International and for bankrolling TV-am. Aitken was forced to resign from TV-am when it was revealed that Aitken Hume was a front for Saudi control of TV-am.

Aitken cultivated friendships with some rather unsavoury people, including the well-known sexual harasser Tory MP Alan Clark, who described Aitken as ‘my old friend and standby for many a dirty trick’. Aitken was also known to leak damaging info about his fellow Tory MPs. Aitken was close friends with Tory MP Richard Shepherd and for some reason ended up as godfather to Diane Abbott’s son. One of Aitken’s book launch’s was attended by Christine Keeler.

Aitken complained in the Commons about the excessive secrecy of the security services, but maintained close contact with some present and former officers. Malcolm Turnbull – who later became PM of Australia – was Peter Wright’s lawyer when Wright was trying to get his book Spycatcher published and approached Aitken in an attempt to reach a settlement between the British Gov’t and Wright. Aitken ‘tried to help’ but failed.

In Nov 1990, three months after the Iraq invasion of Kuwait, Aitken flew to Oman as the Sultan’s guest to attend a meeting of Le Cercle, a right wing group formed by former intelligence agents, of which Aitken was Chairman. The dreadful Alan Clarke was present as well – Clark alleged that Le Cercle was funded by the CIA.

After John Major became PM, he appointed Aitken Minister for Defence Procurement – the Saudis were delighted with this appointment as were MoD arms salesmen, but a great many other people weren’t.

Between 1988-90 Aitken was a Director of BMARC, an arms exporter. Whilst he was a Cabinet Minister, he signed a Public Interest Immunity Certificate in Sept 1992 relating to the Matrix-Churchill trial which gagged documentation including that relating to the supply of arms to Iraq by BMARC when he was a Director of that company.

Aitken became Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1994 and subsequently faced questions about defence contracts and Saudi money. He resigned in 1995 after allegations that he’d breached Ministerial rules, still lent his house to Michael Howard during Howard’s leadership campaign.

In 1995 the Guardian published an article regarding Aitken and Saudi arms deals. Journalists from Granada’s World In Action also helped with the expose. On the day that the article was published, Aitken held a press conference at the Conservative Party Offices in Smith Square and very pompously denounced the allegations. He stated that if World In Action screened the programme ‘Jonathan Of Arabia’ that was scheduled for that evening he would sue for libel. The programme was screened as promised and Aitken began a libel action against the Guardian and Granada.

In June 1997 the action collapsed after George Carman acting for the defence produced documentary evidence demonstrating that Aitken had lied during the trial. Evidence also indicated an arms deal scam with Aitken’s friend and business partner, the personal secretary of Prince Mohammed bin Fahd. It was also alleged that if the case had continued, Aitken had been prepared to have his teenaged daughter lie under oath.

Aitken was imprisoned for perjury and served seven months. Whilst he was in the slammer he experienced an almighty religious conversion and has since taken to writing about prayer and matters theological.

Aitken was faced with a legal bill of over £1 million – he was allowed to drop the case on promising to pay costs, but escaped from his liability by declaring himself bankrupt. The Guardian observed that most of Aitken’s assets were conveniently owned by other people.

Although Aitken lost his seat in the 1997 General Election, within a year was appointed as a representative of the arms company GEC-Marconi.

In 1999 a DNA test revealed that Aitken was the father of Soraya Khashoggi’s daughter – the Soraya Khashoggi’s husband became very rich by arms dealing.

In 2004 some Conservatives in Thanet proposed that Aitken return as the Conservative candidate, but this bright idea was vetoed by Michael Howard. In the same year Aitken declared his support for UKIP.

In 2006 Aitken became President of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

In Nov 2007 he led the task force on Prison Reform with Ian Duncan Smith’s Centre for Social Justice to ‘help form Conservative policy’.

 

The names of two independent TV companies crop up constantly in Greg Dyke’s book – LWT and Yorkshire TV. The most powerful people in the media world seem to have passed through those organisations, as well of course as the BBC. Because the really big players in TV are so few, they all just rotated between the BBC and the independent companies as they climbed higher and higher. The same names pop up constantly and those names also toady shamelessly to Gov’ts of all hues. If you’re the BBC the Gov’t has got you over a barrel because you depend upon them for the continuation of the licence fee and the renewal of the Charter and if you’re an independent company you’re out in the free market depending upon the Gov’ts policies that affect the operation of that market. Gov’t can do great damage to TV execs, the execs dare not upset Gov’t. So one can see how easy it would be for the few influential people in the media to ensure that nothing was ever screened on TV that might lead to the identification of public figures abusing children in care for example.

My post ‘One Dangerous Fucker’ describes how Marjorie Wallace has done a really great job suppressing info concerning the use of psychiatry in concealing child abuse – Marjorie’s long term partner Tom Marjerison was the founder of LWT.

Yorkshire TV is as much as a key player as the BBC. As previously mentioned, it was Yorkshire TV who in Sept 1989 actually began filming a programme about child abuse in north Wales. By Feb 1990 the programme had been abandoned. So let’s look at Yorkshire TV.

The Director of Programmes for Yorkshire TV 1984-92 was John Fairley. Fairley was born in Liverpool and went to school in the north west of England. He began work with the Bristol Evening Post in 1963 and moved to the London Evening Standard in 1964. Between 1965-68 he was a radio producer with BBC Radio – so he’ll have known a Jimmy Savile then. Between 1968-78 Fairley was a TV producer for Yorkshire TV – Savile country. My post ‘A Very COHSE Relationship With Some Very Nasty People’ details how one of the paedophiles’ friends from north Wales migrated to Yorkshire and ended up in a position of very great influence. Fairley was MD of Yorkshire-Tyne Tees TV, 1993-April 1995. He then became Chief Exec of UKTV. Fairley lives in Ryedale in North Yorkshire.

Sir Paul Fox was Head of Programmes for Yorkshire TV, 1973-86, then MD of Yorkshire TV, 1977-88. Earlier on his career he had been Head of Public Affairs at BBC TV and Controller of BBC 1. Between 1986-88 he was Chairman of ITN and MD of BBC Network TV between 1988-91. My post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’ details how a friend of mine who wanted to make a documentary about what had happened to me at the hands of the mental health services was subjected to an extended campaign of harassment and then unlawfully dismissed from her job at the Royal Television Society in 1991 – Paul Fox was President at the time. Fox picked up his knighthood in 1991.

Ward Thomas was CEO of Grampian TV between 1961-67, MD and Chair of Yorkshire TV between 1967-76 and then again between 1993-97. Between 1971-84 he was MD of Trident TV (and Chairman between 1976-84). Trident TV was formed as a holding company for Yorkshire TV. After 1980 Trident also purchased casinos, including casinos owned by Hugh Hefner – the deal included the Playboy Club and other ‘gentlemen’s clubs’. Ward is now very elderly but remains as non-executive Chair of Irving International, a media consultancy.

Yorkshire TV did battle with the technicians union in 1979 – Ward Thomas and Paul Fox were the two executives who were instrumental in fighting the unions. So they’ll have got on well with Thatcher then – as with Murdoch they’ll have been relying on her to pass the legislation to enable them to break the unions. They won’t have wanted to broadcast anything even hinting that her mate Savile and her aide Peter Morrison were molesting children.

In 1980 Jonathan Aitken had a go at owning a TV station based in Yorkshire. In the 1980 franchise round several Yorkshire TV staff submitted an application backed by Aitken, although they were unsuccessful.

In 1966 Jonathan Aitken co-authored a book with Michael Beloff. Michael Beloff was the barrister who in 1996 instructed the insurers of Flintshire County Council to suppress the Jillings Report into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council because what had happened to the kids was completely indefensible. The insurers told Flintshire that if they published the report they would withdraw insurance cover and the Councillors themselves would become personally liable for the damages payable to anyone who sued which would result in the loss of their homes and bankruptcy. The insurers also recommended that the Chair of the Social Services Committee, Cllr Malcolm King – who had been dangerously unco-operative with the paedophiles and their friends – should be sacked if he managed to discover what was in the Jillings Report and publicised it.

 

 

 

News Round Up, 6 October 2017

The Betsi has been in the news again this week and of course it has not been for any positive reasons. Both BBC News Wales and Daily Post Online have reported on the case of ‘Mr D’, who died at Ysbyty Gwynedd after receiving ‘substandard care’.

Mr D was admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Dec 2014 with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and was diagnosed with pneumonia and respiratory failure. The day following his admission, his daughter Ms C was told that he was improving and that discharge plans were being discussed. Yet Mr D’s condition worsened and on Christmas Day, four days after he had been admitted, he suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

In Feb 2015, Ms C – ironically a member of staff in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Complaints Dept – made a formal complaint to the Betsi. She waited almost a year for a response but having still heard nothing from the Betsi about her complaint, she enlisted the help of a Community Health Council advocate. Nineteen months after her complaint was lodged the Board finally replied and although they admitted that there was a failure to carry out observations on Mr D, they stated that this did not affect the ‘sad outcome’.

This complaint has ended up in the hands of the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, Nick Bennett, who has absolutely slammed the Betsi. Mr Bennett has highlighted ‘serious failings’ and ‘missed opportunities’ – such as the failure to move Mr D to a high dependency unit – which led to Mr D’s death. Mr Bennett also mentioned that an inaccurate record was made of the cause of Mr D’s death and that there was a failure to carry out a serious incident investigation. Mr Bennett stated that the Betsi had been ‘disingenuous’ and had refused to admit that their failings led to Mr D’s death. Mr Bennett’s report also revealed that the cause of Mr D’s death had actually been acute kidney injury secondary to sepsis, which was never treated. Furthermore the staff involved in Mr D’s ‘care’ made inappropriate comments about the complaint to a member of Mr D’s family – the Board failed to follow up this matter properly.

So the Betsi failed to diagnose a serious illness, they failed to provide the appropriate care, a completely avoidable death occurred, they then failed to respond to a complaint about that death for more than a year and six months, when they did respond they lied, they also failed to follow their own complaints procedure, a member of their staff then spoke ‘inappropriately’ and breached confidentiality and the Betsi failed to deal with that matter properly as well.

This is pretty much par for the course where the north Wales NHS is concerned and it has been for decades.

Gill Harris, Director of Nursing at the Betsi, has spouted the usual load of meaningless tripe about how sorry they are, how they are seeking to improve and how they are improving their ‘concerns procedures’ (it is a standing joke in north Wales that the Betsi never refers to a ‘complaint’, it is always a ‘concern’).

The Betsi have been told repeatedly to improve their ‘clinical standards’ and to improve their response to complaints. The north Wales NHS was told this repeatedly in its previous incarnation in the form of the NHS Trusts that preceded the Betsi. They were supposedly ‘prioritising sepsis’ nearly ten years ago – yet someone else has now died of it after the Betsi failed to treat it and in this instance the Betsi simply pretended that the patient had died of something else.

Is anybody really surprised that this has happened AGAIN? There are members of the Betsi Board such as the Chair Peter Higson and Director of Workforce Martin Jones who have been employed in the NHS in north Wales for decades and they have ALWAYS concealed gross negligence and misconduct on the part of clinical staff, lied about doing so and then failed to investigate complaints properly – it is their business model. Did anyone expect them to conduct themselves any differently just because the organisation was given a new name?

Much as I sympathise with Ms C after what she has been through, I would like to ask her why, as a member of the complaints team at the Betsi, that she hasn’t previously blown the whistle when she witnessed this happening to other people – because she will have. Perhaps Ms C could also tell me when the very serious complaint that I made about the Betsi last year will be investigated because to date it has not been. I was lied to – and about – as well and when I pointed this out it was ignored. My complaint remains unresolved – but I will not be alone, there’ll be hundreds of us in that position.

 

The Daily Post has reported on the inquest in Ruthin of Susan England, a 63 year old teacher who died in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd of an accidental overdose of dihydrocodeine. Ms England took the accidental overdose after trying to ease the pain from her hip whilst she waited for an operation. The Coroner Nicola Jones stated that this death illustrates the ‘perils of self-medicating’. It also illustrates the perils of having to rely upon the north Wales NHS – you are left in agony and I bet that there was no advice or help given to Ms England concerning pain management. She’ll have been left to deal with it herself. Nicola Jones told Susan England’s family that she realised that they’d been through ’48 hours of absolute hell’. Ms England herself had probably been through many months of hell, firstly trying to get an appointment regarding her hip problems, then being left to deal with the agony alone on a very long waiting list. I have two friends who both recently had orthopaedic problems and who live in north Wales. They were both told that they could skip a very long waiting list if they agreed to pay for private treatment – from exactly the same consultant who would perform the operation if they had it on the NHS. One friend is ideologically against private care and stated that as a matter of principal he’d wait for NHS treatment. Within two months of being offered the chance to skip the waiting list, he was in agony – which his greedy, grasping ‘NHS consultant’ knew that he’d be. There was no advice offered regarding pain control – just another offer to skip the waiting list if my friend stumped up for private treatment. The consultant treating him – or more accurately doing all he can not to treat him unless it is on a private basis – will be earning almost £100k pa for his NHS work. NHS work that involves leaving people in agony on a very long waiting list whilst you wait for them to crumble and agree to book in for private care at Spire Wrexham or some such similar establishment.

Nicola Jones observed that Ms England was ‘a healthy woman apart from her hip pain’ and returned a verdict of ‘accidental death’.

 

Nicola Jones also recently carried out the inquest on Mathew Gareth Jones, a 34 year old man with an alcohol problem. Nicola Jones stated at the inquest that Mathew’s death was ‘alcohol related’ and that ‘a lot of work was done by health professionals to try to help him’. Mathew’s parents disagreed with this statement so strongly that they spoke to the Daily Post. They maintained that Mathew should have had more help for his alcohol problem and that both Denbighshire County Council’s housing dept and the Ablett Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd let him down badly. They explained that Mathew had been in and out of the Ablett Unit for two years, that he was homeless during this time and that when he was housed, it was in a B&B above a pub in Rhyl.

People unacquainted with the ‘help’ on offer to mental health patients in north Wales may believe that Mathew’s parents are unfairly blaming other agencies for their son’s problems. I doubt that they are. For years when I lived in north Wales I watched the most ludicrous – indeed dangerous – decisions taken about vulnerable people. I knew one alcoholic who was housed immediately next door to one pub in Bethesda and just a few doors away from two other pubs. I knew another alcoholic who was housed in substandard accommodation next door to an off licence. Both these men drank themselves to death within months of being ‘housed’. I knew a vulnerable man with mental health problems who was housed in the same block of flats as big time drug dealers – they intimidated him out of his flat (he fled in terror) and he was then refused further accommodation after the Arfon Community Mental Health Team declared that he had ‘made himself homeless’. Another vulnerable mental health patient was housed in the ‘hard to let’ part of the toughest council estate in Gwynedd. She had a brick thrown through her window within three weeks of moving in. I could cite many more examples, it was constant. Furthermore even these people had only been housed after spending years begging for help to find accommodation – most mental health patients requesting such help were just told to take a running jump. The degree of neglect was scandalous. Three years ago I discovered that there was a team of five or six social workers employed by Gwynedd County Council whose remit it was to find homeless people accommodation – and two of those social workers were supposedly dedicated to housing disabled people. I did not know such a team even existed and no-one else that I knew had ever heard of them either – yet I knew numerous disabled homeless people in Gwynedd who had begged for help with housing and were all simply told ‘we don’t have any housing’.

 

So I was not really that surprised to discover that Nick Bennett the Public Services Ombudsman was reported in the Daily Post as saying that the number of health complaints has doubled in a decade and that he is seeing a rise in the number of complaints against the Betsi. Last year Mr Bennett published six public interest reports – three of them concerned the Betsi, all of them involved Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. This should not surprise anyone either. Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has been in a dreadful state for many years and its serious problems were simply denied and concealed by the previous Chief Exec of the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, Gren Kershaw (see post ‘How Much Do Staff Surveys Really Tell Us?’). The director of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd at present is Craig Barton. Barton was formerly a senior manager of the North West Wales NHS Trust and at one point he was appointed to ‘modernise’ the Hergest Unit. When he was asked by two people known to me how he was going to do this – two people who knew all about the catalogue of deaths and abuse at the Hergest Unit – Barton told them that he wasn’t even going to try, because the then manager of the Hergest Unit Alun Davies was alright if he liked you, but if he took a dislike to you ‘your feet won’t touch the floor’. Davies and Barton remained as ‘managers’ of the Hergest Unit and patients continued to die. I was told that Craig Barton was the rather daft son of someone senior in the North Wales Probation Service – a ‘service’ which was corrupt as fuck and a great friend to the North Wales Paedophile Ring. Craig did rather badly in his degree at Bangor and of course ended up in the north Wales NHS. A career path that has been followed by a great many fuckwits local to north Wales, including Martin Jones.

Nick Bennett has stated that the Betsi needs a ‘culture change’ but this will not be easy. That Nick is because it is run by the likes of Higson, Barton and Martin Jones and no-one is ever sacked no matter how badly they conduct themselves or how many people die. Nick himself is from Anglesey and is now based in Cardiff. So Nick’s pretty much part of the same crowd then – Nick’s pedigree was discussed recently on the Welsh political blog Jac O The North. Nick Bennett told the Daily Post that his ‘most experienced and senior investigators’ were now working with the Betsi. Which will be a complete waste of time, because they will be the very same people who have spent their whole careers in the Welsh NHS or Welsh civil service and it is they who have failed to deal with the problems previously and they certainly won’t now. Most of them probably know Higson by name and may have even worked for him/with him when he was Chief Exec of Health Inspectorate Wales – which consistently failed to investigate serious complaints against the north Wales NHS… Higson’s sister is Dr Ruth Hussey, the former Chief Medical Officer for Wales… I could go on for ever in this vein, but the corrupt incestuous circle involves so many people that readers will just have to use the search facility on this blog for further details.

 

BBC News Wales reported a crisis in home care on Anglesey. Gwawr Rowlands who has Rett syndrome – a genetic condition which affects brain development and can result in severe mental and physical disabilities – has been receiving a care package funded by the Betsi but organised by Anglesey County Council’s social services. The package includes help with washing and changing. On 25 Sept Gwawr’s mother received a phone call telling her that Gwawr’s carers would no longer be providing care after 29 Sept – so Gwawr and her family received a grand total of five days notice that her care was going to stop.

The company contracted to provide care for Gwawr was Abacare. Abacare maintain that they made Gwawr’s social worker aware that they were struggling to provide the care package ten days previously and that they suggested that Anglesey County Council find another agency to provide care. It transpires that Abacare has had problems fulfilling other care packages for clients on Anglesey and the company has stated that it has been using care workers from Bangor and Caernarfon which is not sustainable. Abacare maintains that they have offered to work with the Council’s in-house dept or other agencies in order to find care for Gwawr ‘although this is against the company policy’. They have had no response from Anglesey County Council. Gwawr’s mother maintains that she has had no explanation from Abacare regarding their decision to suddenly withdraw her daughter’s care.

I suspect that there are many other cases like Gwawr’s, but Gwawr’s has come to light because Gwawr’s mother rang a radio programme about her case. The care system in north Wales has been doing things like this for years. There are scores of ‘care agencies’ that have now been contracted to provide a few hours of ‘care’ daily to clients in their own homes (Gwawr’s care package consisted of two hours daily). I have friends who have worked for these agencies and as long ago as 2005 it was a shambles. North Wales is a rural area and carers – being paid the minimum wage and no travelling expenses – were being despatched many miles to provide one hours ‘care’. I knew someone who lived in Cricieth who was given clients in Rhyl – she was expected to drive to Rhyl and back for one or two hours work. The agency my friend worked for was Medicare – it was scandalous. The carers were casual workers – no-one was offered any training and many of the staff were young people who weren’t able to shoulder the responsibilities given to them. Untrained unqualified carers were told to administer prescribed, essential medication. My friend discovered that the only source of ‘support’ or ‘advice’ was telephone contact with a ‘manager’ – who didn’t even have a nursing qualification. On a number of occasions my friend arrived at clients’ homes to find that the carer responsible for the previous ‘shift’ hadn’t bothered to turn up and hadn’t bothered to tell the ‘manager’ that they were going to make their call. My friend called on one bedbound elderly man at 6pm to find that his morning carer hadn’t turned up, neither had his lunch-time carer. He had not been out of bed, taken to the loo, given any food or drink or his medication since the evening before. My friend left Medicare after this, stating that people’s lives were being put at risk and that she wasn’t prepared to be part of it.

I know one person who was offered a carers job last year with an agency responsible for home care in Wrexham – commissioned by Wrexham County  Borough Council – without references being taken up or a DBS check being carried out. The job involved handling the money and medication of housebound elderly people. The agency involved was a company based in Nottingham who’s ‘office’ in Wrexham was a portacabin on an industrial estate. During the ‘interview’, confidential clients’ files were scattered around the room with clients’ names and details visible.

Most of these ‘care agencies’ are so shambolic and pay staff so badly and treat them so unreasonably that no-one wants to work for them – that is why they are constantly short of ‘carers’, even in a region like north Wales which has a high rate of unemployment. The Councils contracting them are equally as sloppy – they know damn well how these agencies conduct themselves. Both Anglesey and Wrexham Social Services have a long and glorious history of serious abuse in their children’s services. I suspect that Gwawr’s ‘care’ was the responsibility of Anglesey’s Communities section – the head was (and may still be) the hopeless Gwenan Carrington, previously Director of Gwynedd Social Services. After her position there became untenable following a series of well-publicised disasters, dear old Gwenan made a sideways move into Anglesey County Council… Gwenan’s colleagues in Anglesey Social Services are no better – they have failed to deliver any ‘services’ for years, the residents of Anglesey with relatives in need of services are tearing their hair out. There has also been a long-standing problem of the bullying of social work students who have dared raise concerns at the bad practice that they witnessed on placement.

Gwawr has Rett syndrome. I think that everyone involved in providing the ‘care packages’ that she and other disabled people depend upon must have Rhett syndrome, named after Rhett Butler, the famous character in Gone With The Wind – definitely a case of ‘frankly my dear I don’t give a damn’…

 

Wrexham Maelor psychiatrist Thomas Jenkins who was caught using the gay dating app Grindr to request a 13 year old boy to have sex with him without a condom by an undercover police officer has been ordered to attend a sex offenders programme for three years and has been placed on the sex offenders register for five years. Jenkins qualified at Cardiff University two years ago and was in the second year of the foundation course in psychiatry at Wrexham Maelor when he was arrested. That’ll be the course that Peter Higson, Martin Jones and the rest of the Betsi Board are so proud of. I wonder if Higson will be mentioning this particular triumph at the next Board meeting? Incredibly the GMC have actually struck Jenkins off. Can they possibly be clamping down on criminal medical practitioners? Jenkins was told by the GMC that he’d brought the profession into disrepute (unlike dear old Dafydd, who is of course a fine upstanding member of that profession) and that his ‘fellow doctors would fins his actions deplorable’. Even if they did, experience demonstrates that they would still lie on his behalf, refuse to investigate complaints against him and continue to refer patients to him. And the GMC would not be above forging documents in order to protect him either.

 

The Welsh Gov’t have been boasting about providing midwives in Wales with special training to care for premature babies who are born before 24 weeks and will not survive. A young mother from Cardiff was so distressed at the treatment of her own premature baby – who was born at 22 weeks and died just after an hour later after midwives had refused to touch or handle the baby at all – that she lobbied Health Boards and Welsh Gov’t Ministers for dignified treatment of premature babies who will not survive. Sadly what this young mother and the Welsh Gov’t will not be taking into account is, once more, the bad behaviour of Angels and Top Doctors in the face of ‘training’. In the early 1990s St George’s Hospital Medical School was considered to have had an excellent special care baby unit, so a lot of mothers in the region who were considered to be at risk of delivering premature babies opted to give birth at St George’s. I have mentioned previously on this blog that a lot of the midwives there were very good. Even in 1990, it was routine at St George’s for the very premature babies who died to be dressed up in baby clothes and put in a Moses basket and to be given back to their mother for a few hours. Most of the midwives did treat the bodies of the babies who died with respect. But there was one midwife there who used to entertain herself by playing with the dead babies, putting their limbs in grotesque positions and having a good laugh whilst she was doing it. As ever, she was not challenged although everybody knew what she was doing. And no, her conduct would not have improved if she’d been paid more…

 

Mark Drakeford, the Finance Minister (formerly the Health Minister, formerly Rhodri Morgan’s special advisor on Health Policy, formerly a social worker in Dyfed where a paedophile ring existed), has announced that he can only give the Welsh NHS £450 million because of austerity imposed by Westminster. I have no time for the Westminster Gov’t and they undoubtedly do great damage to Wales, but Drakeford is not helping matters by giving millions of pounds to people whom he knows are institutionally corrupt and telling them how sorry he is that he cannot give them more. Wales needs that money very badly Drakeford and you are giving it to crooks – and you have known for years that they are crooks, but you ignored the people (like me) who sent you the evidence. Tawel Fan blew up in your face whilst you were Health Minister and it has not yet been resolved – the worst mental healthcare scandal that there had ever been in the UK happened at the Ablett Unit in the Betsi and not one abusive member of staff was disciplined. Instead the nurse who blew the whistle on it all was sacked.

 

I despair of Drakeford et al, I don’t think they that have any idea of the public anger that there is in north Wales regarding the shite public services which are gobbling up millions whilst they exterminate vulnerable people – and every time there’s another scandal the dickwit Drakeford tells everyone that it’s because the paedophiles’ friends have not been given enough money. The troughing bastards are the most highly paid people in north Wales, the Martins and the Craigs with their third class degrees from Bangor, Aber and Cardiff are all pulling in well over £100k pa. (Martin is trousering about £150k now.)

 

NHS England continues to experience traumas, as reported by the Mail Online.

The Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Cheshire has stopped spinal surgery after four serious incidents, two of them involving patient deaths.

Brioney Woolfe, a former midwifery assistant, has appeared in Colchester Magistrates Court after accessing the data of 29 patients – not just midwifery patients either – between Dec 2014 and May 2016. Woolfe’s activities only came to light after one patient discovered that details of an illness that he wanted kept private had become public knowledge. I am staggered that Woolfe has even been disciplined for this, yet alone has ended up in Court. This conduct is de rigueur, both in the NHS and social services. Confidentiality is flouted constantly, patients and clients are the subject of casual gossip and patients’ records and data are freely passed around to just about anyone, including non-clinical members of staff. It is endemic. There is no confidentiality in the UK NHS or social services – I have given numerous examples on this blog and some of my readers have left comments on the blog about serious breaches of confidentiality involving them.

 

A major scandal involving IVF Hammersmith, the fertility clinic that Blair’s mate Lord Robert Winston (who has featured on this blog previously) established, has hit the media today. A man who cannot be named for legal reasons sued Hammersmith after his former partner forged his signature on a consent form and gave birth to a daughter after becoming pregnant using an embryo frozen several years previously. The couple had been patients at IVF Hammersmith, had one son as a result of their treatment there but then had a very acrimonious relationship break-up. Hammersmith were not told about this and several years later the female partner approached Hammersmith for further treatment and was implanted with an embryo fertilised by her previous partner after forging his signature of a consent form – he knew nothing about this until she texted him when she was three months pregnant. He had made it known that he did not want any more children. The man concerned has given a media interview explaining his distress at now being the father of a little girl whom he cares for but did not actually want – the confusion that has resulted from it is evident in his comments.

The father of the little girl sued Hammersmith for negligence and the anticipated cost of bringing up the child. The details of his claim are somewhat laughable to those of us who are not rich enough to be patients of IVF Hammersmith – it included the cost of her private schooling, ski-ing trips, gap year, wedding and the cost of an expensive car to drive her to school. However, it is people who consider such things to be necessities whom IVF Hammersmith targets as patients. He has lost his claim, but the case is going to the Court of Appeal.

IVF Hammersmith is trying to wash its hands of the whole matter, maintaining that they take patients on trust and cannot know if they are criminals. Yet IVF Hammersmith would seem to have been very lax indeed here – there has always been much emphasis in fertility treatment on seeing both partners if a couple are requesting treatment, on ensuring that no-one is being coerced into fertility treatment, on ensuring that the relationship is stable etc. How did Hammersmith manage to treat a woman when she reappeared several years after a previous course of treatment with nothing more than her partner’s (alleged) signature on a consent form? My post ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’) details some of what I knew to be going on in fertility clinics in London in the 80s and 90s. Robert Winston at Hammersmith was always considered above and beyond such unscrupulous practices, but he did know what was happening in his colleagues’ clinics. I have also described how Winston employed a gynaecologist at Hammersmith who was a serious sexual harasser but simply passed him on to another hospital.

The man who tried to sue Hammersmith commented upon the ‘unacceptable conduct of fertility clinics which have grown into multimillion pound businesses on the back of sharp practices’. He is quite right, its been happening for years and is well known in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. As with all branches of medicine, no-one has been prepared to speak out about the way business is being conducted. Despite all the talk of ensuring that patients are in a position to give a child a stable, caring home, the reality is that for many of those clinics if you come up with the dosh you will be treated. Furthermore you will be encouraged to part with large quantities of dosh even if there is very little chance of you becoming pregnant and some highly questionable procedures will be flogged to you.

The man in the Hammersmith case lost in court because although it was accepted that his former partner had forged his signature and Hammersmith were condemned for being so sloppy in their procedures, it is policy that damages for negligence cannot be awarded in the event of the birth of a healthy child.

So once more the Top Doctors are off scot free leaving a big mess in their wake.

So who is responsible for regulating the Top Doctors in question? It is the ‘independent regulator’, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), as featured on this blog previously – whose failings have now been described as ‘catastrophic’. The thing that has always struck me about the leading lights at the HFEA is that none of them are doctors or scientists, so they are not even in a position to understand the science behind the business that they are supposed to be regulating. The folk involved with the HFEA are essentially elitist public figures who are professional busybodies – they jump from being Chair of one quango to another and then lead an Oxbridge College or two until they arrive at their final destination in the Lords.

Baroness Mary Warnock was the pioneer, she Chaired the Inquiry back in the early 80s which led to the establishment of the HFEA. Mary Warnock was originally a girls’ schoolteacher along the lines of the Malory Towers model and then became an Oxford academic – her field is philosophy. Mary Warnock was regularly wheeled out in the media to offer her opinion on the Big Questions, although things went a little pear shaped some years ago when she pronounced herself to be so in favour of euthanasia for the elderly that she was about to volunteer for it. There was quite a fuss with her family going public on the fact that they really didn’t want to wave her off to Dignitas and since then Mary Warnock has kept a low profile. But it was fairly obvious back in the 80s that Warnock was quite out of her depth at being given the responsibility to grapple with a very new, little understood, fast developing and highly experimental branch of the biomedical sciences. Basically she knew bugger all about it.

Successive Chairs of the HFEA have been variations on Mary Warnock. They have included Lord Richard Harries (an Army Officer and a bishop);  Lisa Jardine (daughter of Jacob Bronowski, historian and Radio 4 regular); the awful Baroness Ruth Deech (lawyer, formerly of the BBC Governors, Oxford academic); Dame Suzi Leather (who has Chaired every quango going as detailed on this blog some months ago); Shirley Harrison (Sunday Times journo, NUJ member, Chair of the South Yorkshire Probation Board, member of Sheffield Council, Labour Party member, also involved with Cancer Research UK); Walter Merricks (lawyer, inaugural director of Camden Community Law Centre, founding Chair of the Office of Health Professions Adjudicator, Chair of the Trustees of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges); Sir Colin Campbell (lawyer, former VC of the University of Nottingham 1988-2008 who just prior to his retirement accepted a 90% pay rise making him the highest paid VC in the UK, he proposed the privatisation of universities and accepted a £3.8 million endowment from British American Tobacco to fund an International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University Business School which caused resignations, the exodus of a research team and the withdrawal of research funding from Cancer Research UK). The current Chair is Sally Cheshire, a corporate accountant lately of Deloitte.

With this lot at the helm are we surprised that there have been ‘catastrophic failings’ at the HFEA? Readers will have realised from the details provided that a few of the above will know what Top Doctors get up to – but they are certainly never going to admit it. Lisa Jardine almost got around to admitting how questionable the whole fertility business is after she stepped down from her role as Chair of the HFEA. She stated in an interview with the Indie that ‘as a communicator’ she regretted that she had not been able to publicise how traumatised many patients were by fertility treatment or for how many people it was unsuccessful. In the same interview Jardine also admitted that a mixed race baby had been born to a black couple. So how was it that ‘as a communicator’ Jardine didn’t manage to spit all this out whilst she was still Chair? She had her own slot of Radio 4 in which she mouthed off every weekend, so who or what was keeping her quiet? The Coalition Gov’t wanted to abolish the HFEA in their ‘bonfire of the quangos’. Jardine somehow stopped them – so she managed to communicate something then.

The lawyer acting for Hammersmith was James Lawford Davies, a partner at Hempsons. The Hempsons who act for the MDU, who so helpfully supplied Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) with lawyers and barristers who attempted to imprison me – although I now have copies of documents demonstrating that Hempsons knew that I had not done what I was accused of and that Francis was perjuring himself.

So what of the people of IVF Hammersmith itself? The person wheeled out to make the ‘I Know Nuzzing’ comments to the press was Jude Fleming, their Chief Operating Officer. Now I think that someone at Hammersmith really should have taken a closer look at Jude’s CV before they gave her that job. My suspicion was aroused after reading Jude’s Linked In profile – it would not have looked amiss on the university application of a rather weak A level student who couldn’t think of anything original to say about themselves. Jude explains that she is an active person who is interested in what she does and has worked very hard in educational and sporting activities since she was 11. Incredibly enough, until just over ten years ago, Jude’s employment was as a bookings clerk and a waitress and then as a ski-instructor at Glasgow Ski and Snowboard Centre. Many people of course have worked as waitresses and ski-instructors, but somehow Jude went directly from that to managing a fertility clinic – namely GCRM Fertility Clinic in Glasgow. Yet googling GCRM Fertility Clinic doesn’t reveal what one normally thinks of as a fertility clinic. GCRM is situated on the business park, just next to the M8, around the corner from the Volvo Truck and Bus Centre. It is certainly a most unusual setting for a fertility clinic and the online info is a bit odd as well. There are no details of the doctors working at this ‘clinic’, just a notice explaining that if you’re a patient who needs advice out of hours you’ve got to ring the emergency services because doctors are only available during clinic hours. It doesn’t sound anything like any fertility clinic that I’ve ever come across and I suspect that it might simply be a referral centre to doctors who are actually based elsewhere. Jude worked around the corner from the Volvo Truck Centre for eight years and then landed a job as manager of the Oxford Fertility Unit in 2015. I presume that she is a recent arrival at IVF Hammersmith.

What about the Clinic Directors at IVF Hammersmith? Well now that dear old Robert Winston has joined the ranks of those who slumber on the benches in the Lords in return for £300/day, the Directors at Hammersmith are Stuart Lavary and Geoffrey Trew.

Stuart Lavary is a Consultant at Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte Hospitals and also runs a private practice at Hammersmith Hospital, Harley Street and Marylebone. Nice little earner, NHS consultancy and plenty of private work as well. Stuart is the HFEA ‘person responsible’ for IVF Hammersmith – so the business of the forged signature was his domain then. Lavary is an honorary senior lecturer at the den of bad practice/research fraud that is Imperial College (see post ‘A Cause Close To Our Hearts’) and trained at the John Radcliffe, Oxford.

Geoffrey Trew is also a Consultant at Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s – he qualified at St George’s in 1984! He’ll have witnessed much the same madness that I did then. And he’ll have been there when Professor Oliver Brooke who was later jailed for the possession of huge amounts of child porn worked at St George’s as a paediatrician. Trew has ‘an international referral base and has appeared for the last three years in the Tatler’s list of Best Private Doctors’. Which just about sums it up – never mind The Lancet or Nature, IVF Hammersmith comes highly recommended by fucking Tatler.

 

Finally a conundrum from NHS England. A few days ago I heard Dr Sarah Wollaston, GP and Tory MP, interviewed on Radio 4 about Boris’s dreadful behaviour. Something clicked – why hasn’t Theresa May appointed Sarah Wollaston as Health Minister? She is very well thought of even by people who are not Conservatives, she is very popular in her constituency in Devon, she is indeed a Top Doctor but doesn’t seem to be a pompous demanding greedy one – she seems to be the real article – and she actually KNOWS about medicine and healthcare. I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Sarah Wollaston – she is capable, respectful, well-informed and doesn’t spout rubbish. Furthermore unlike other women in politics Sarah Wollaston doesn’t feel the need to bollock on about being a strong woman or obsess over her clothes. What on earth is Jeremy Hunt still doing in his job? In fact if I were the Tory Party I’d be asking Dr Wollaston if she’d like to be the next leader – they are going to be looking for one soon but all they can do is scream ‘ooh it has to be Boris’. But on second thoughts – a pleasant, intelligent, capable woman who knows what she is doing or an offensive dangerously irresponsible idiot with a track record of abusing and exploiting people? Of course they’ll choose Boris. Frankly I’m surprised that anyone listens to Dr Wollaston at all – she hasn’t been highly recommended by The Tatler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running The Country – And All That Jazz

I mentioned in a recent post that I was reading Ken Clarke’s autobiography ‘Kind of Blue’ and that it was revealing a few gems. Ken Clarke has been in a senior figure in the Conservative Party for many decades now and has spent much of that time in very senior roles (‘the great offices of state’ as politicians like to describe those positions). I have always felt that Ken Clarke was very much more palatable than many of his colleagues – he wasn’t unhinged, he didn’t want to imprison the lower orders for great lengths of time for minor transgressions and as regular readers know, I did admire him for taking on the BMA when nobody else would. But his book is probably rather more revealing than he realised.

Clarke went to Cambridge and became involved in the Cambridge University Conservative Union (CUCU). A number of his contemporaries there also became big names in the Tory Party under Margaret Thatcher, which led to them being described as the ‘Cambridge Mafia’. One thing that is obvious from Clarke’s book is his loyalty – at least in public – to colleagues in the Conservative Party. Ken Clarke is a famous ‘One Nation wet’ which actually put him at loggerheads with many others in the Party, but he unfailingly describes people who hated him (and whom he must have hated in return) as good friends and reassures readers that the screaming political rows with them that at times tore the Party apart didn’t affect their ‘friendships’.

It is clear from his autobiography that Ken Clarke is very gregarious, very matey and – although he believes that he is a ‘workaholic’ – spent a lot of time socialising, chatting, exchanging political gossip and drinking quite a lot. He enjoys going to curry houses with his mates, hanging out at jazz clubs, watching football matches and he was a member of a number of dining clubs in the Commons. Indeed he enjoyed the dining clubs so much that when promotion meant that he was no longer eligible for membership of his favourite dining club, he established a new one with his mates. None of this detracts from his character – I imagine that he’s good fun to have around if you’re a friend of his – but it did mean, as he admits early on in his book, that he knew pretty much everything about everyone in the Commons. ‘Are you thinking what I’m thinking?’ as his successor as Home Secretary Michael Howard used to ask – did Ken know what some of his colleagues were up to in terms of bad or even criminal behaviour? He keeps a discreet silence on the subject of Sir Peter Morrison – Ken simply states that he didn’t know him that well, although he seemed an ‘amiable fellow’ who did ‘little work’. Which is odd, because in the 1980s other Tory MPs were openly joking about Morrison’s ‘sexual preferences’, Thatcher was told that he was attending sex parties with under-aged boys and the citizens in his Chester constituency were scandalised by his conduct. Gyles Brandreth, who became the MP for Chester after Morrison stepped down, mentions in his own autobiography that he was told by people in Chester that it was known that Morrison had been caught by the police on a number of occasions in the late 80s in compromising positions with boys in their mid-teens in public places. But an arrangement was made between the police and the upper echelons which resulted in Morrison not being prosecuted and the incidents not appearing in the media. How did Ken, as he got bladdered with other Tories into the small hours, manage not to hear about all this?

Before entering politics Clarke was a barrister and practised at the Birmingham Bar. He seems to have kept in contact with folk in the legal world. In fact after he left Gov’t his old chambers asked him to come back and work as a barrister again, although he turned down this opportunity. I have mentioned previously on the blog that I know from experience that lawyers have a brilliant jungle drums system. Ken, as a wining, dining barrister in Birmingham, will no doubt have heard all about the notorious West Midlands Serious Crime Squad who fitted scores of people up – including the Birmingham Six – using time-honoured techniques such as beating up the suspect and drafting their statement for them. The West Midlands Serious Crime Squad who had connections to north Wales and fitted up a man from Caernarfon who was later awarded compensation. Who then, after winning his case against the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, found himself arrested and imprisoned again – which he maintains was a punishment for daring to win against the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad…

Clarke’s first ministerial position was in 1982 when he was appointed Minister of State for Health. At that time Norman Fowler was Secretary of State for Health and Social Security and Tony Newton was the Minister in the DHSS working on welfare reforms. Clarke was considered the safe pair of hands needed to deal with the NHS and health unions. He describes himself as being effectively responsible for the day to day running of the NHS. In 1982 there was an NHS strike over pay which was only resolved after many months. The BMA and RCN didn’t join the strike – the strikers were from NUPE and COHSE. There were a number of nurses who were members of COHSE rather than the RCN – Ken describes how nurses had the strongest appeal to the public, so the Gov’t made a higher pay offer to the nurses in COHSE, dividing the union and undermining it’s appearance of reasonableness.

The civil servants didn’t want a confrontation with the NHS – the civil servants always advised Gov’t to concede to the BMA at least once a year with a deal to improve pay, terms and conditions. Well you don’t want the Top Doctors screaming and screaming until they’re sick do you. Ken also discovered that there was a longstanding agreement with the BMA that at every meeting with civil servants, one of the Dept of Health’s medical officers had to be present. Ken was frank that this was so that the medical officer could ‘act as the eyes and ears’ for the BMA and keep them informed of the Minister’s intentions. The first Chief Medical Officer with whom Ken had to work was Sir Henry Yellowlees. Ken describes him as useless and pompous whose main concern was exerting his patronage to decide which medics would be awarded knighthoods and other honours. Yellowlees retired in 1984 and Sir Donald Acheson took over as CMO.

Ken describes Acheson as ‘splendid’ and an absolutely dedicated public servant. Acheson was highly effective at keeping the lid on the most dreadful barrel of shit in the NHS in north Wales (see post ‘Professor Prestigious And His Associates’). Like a few others, Ken marvels at how Norman Fowler – Secretary of State at the DHSS at the time – was able to persuade a puritanical Thatcher and a few others in the Gov’t to agree to the fairly frank health education programme that was launched in the wake of HIV/AIDS. It was of course Donald Acheson who was instrumental in securing the agreement of the Gov’t where running that campaign was concerned (see post ‘Professor Prestigious And His Associates’). I think that you will find Ken that he was able to achieve this because some key figures in your party, along with Peter Morrison, were known to be promiscuously using rent boys in a very big way and they were told by Acheson in no uncertain terms how serious the fears of an HIV epidemic were. Should any readers accuse me of a flight of fancy here, as just one example, Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon, the son of Lord Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, was known to be sexually exploiting boys from children’s homes in north Wales. Tyrell-Kenyon even called the police himself on one occasion after he’d spent the night in a hotel with a boy in the care of Clwyd County Council and woke up to find that the boy had made off with his wallet and personal possessions. The boy involved was sent to a detention centre. His social worker had recorded on his records that he was known to be having sex with Tyrell-Kenyon. Tyrell-Kenyon never faced any charges himself. Tyrell-Kenyon died of AIDS in 1993. His father, Lord Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, was a member of the North Wales Police Authority.

Ken mentions that the leaders of the BMA that he had to deal with were the ‘left wing’ Dr John Marks and Dr Tony Grabham. Grabham was a consultant from Northampton and Ken was told that Grabham was so obnoxious that he’d managed to make Barbara Castle cry. Ken states that ‘the BMA was the most ruthless and determined opponent I ever faced in my whole career’. I absolutely believe him. But do you know how you could have dealt with the BMA Ken? Your colleagues could have actually responded to the communications that they were receiving from Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and me telling them that terrible things were happening in the NHS and social services in north Wales and that doctors and social workers were involved in serious criminal activity. An investigation could have been held and it would have been revealed that what was happening in north Wales was an arm of organised crime involving an international trade in under-aged prostitutes, child porn and drugs, which the likes of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) et al were concealing, whilst they used the BMA to advise them on how to ‘deal with’ me. If you had blown that open and arrests of Top Doctors had followed, you can take it from me that you’d have never been troubled by the BMA again. Your colleague David Hunt in the Welsh Office knew that something dreadful was happening, because he’d had to send a hit squad into the bankrupt and dysfunctional Gwynedd Health Authority. Your colleague Tony Newton had been told by Alison Taylor that children in care in north Wales were being abused – as had Margaret Thatcher. And Dr John Marks of the BMA knew what was going on as well – because at that time I was employed in a research team led by his brother Professor Vincent Marks and they all knew what had happened to me in north Wales (see post ‘The BMA At The Root Of Another Mystery?’). It was the Welsh Office itself, by using the corrupt Medical Ombudsman Professor Robert Owen and the corrupt Professor Robert Bluglass (who was from Birmingham Ken, your neck of the woods), who whitewashed it all (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’). The reason why no-one actually had that lot arrested was that leading figures in your party were using the services of the rent boys who had been trafficked from north Wales children’s homes. The BMA knew and they effectively blackmailed your Gov’t. Ken uses the phrase ‘self-interested clinicians’ in his book. They certainly are – and if they’d seen a few of their number prosecuted and imprisoned, they might have been less willing to protect unscrupulous practitioners.

It was grim Ken. I don’t know how much you knew, but you certainly knew something.

There’s another really big clue as to an understanding between the most senior figures in the Tory Party and those we know and love in Ken’s account of his time as Minister for Health in the 80s. It involves St Georges Hospital! Ken explains that the old St Georges Hospital at Hyde Park Corner (a new hospital and medical school was built at Tooting) was built on land originally owned by the Grosvenor family (they had donated it hundreds of years previously) and was a highly valuable piece of real estate. Ken decided to close the Hyde Park Corner building and flog the land. Readers may remember from my post ‘It’s The Sun Wot Won It’ that the President of the City of Chester Conservative Association whilst Sir Peter Morrison was their MP was one Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster. When the Duke of Westminster got wind that Ken was going to sell off the Hyde Park Corner site, he approached Thatcher and asked for the land donated by his ancestors to be returned to him. Ken refused to give the land over to the Duke gratis but wanted to sell it to him at the market rate. Thatcher ordered Ken to hand the land over to the Grosvenor estate for nothing. A row ensued. Ken just couldn’t work out why Thatch, who as we all know was the ultimate housewife and knew how to keep the pennies in her purse, was prepared to hand over millions of quids worth of land which was now part of the NHS estate to a very rich man when the NHS could use the dosh. Ken maintains that he was completely puzzled by this and perhaps Thatcher didn’t want to offend the aristocracy. Actually Ken, Thatcher was famously nouveau riche, she had no respect for the aristocracy at all and I suspect that her desire to give a few million to Gerald Grosvenor when he asked for it had an awful lot to do with the fact that her PPS Morrison was molesting children and Gerald and co were providing a massive gold-plated umbrella for him. Intriguingly, Ken tells us that he stuck to his guns and Thatcher gave in. WOW. So how did Ken et al get her out of that mess then? Come on Ken, write another book and explain how the Duke of Westminster was persuaded to back off. Whatever techniques were used, I guess they will have contributed to the blood on the carpet in north Wales. Or even to the death toll of the witnesses to the sordid crimes that Morrison and his mates were carrying out.

In the way that Ken never explains how he managed to persuade Thatcher not to give into the Duke of Westminster’s demands for dosh, he fails to explain something else that must have involved some fancy footwork. Whilst he was Minister of State for Health, one of his battles with the BMA was over prescribing policy. Ken wanted to prohibit certain items from being available on prescription and the BMA were objecting. For a man who somehow missed the nature of Peter Morrison and who couldn’t work out why Thatcher wasn’t prepared to stand up to the man who was instrumental in protecting Morrison, Ken is pretty sharp. He knows how business is done in the world and he was acutely aware that in the 1980s Top Doctors – and their families – were enjoying much hospitality from the pharmaceutical industry, hospitality which sometimes stretched as far as free holidays for Top Doctors and their spouses. Ken also knew that the BMA were trying to win the propaganda war against him by reconstructing themselves as a responsible caring organisation who only had the best interests of society at heart, rather than a stuffy, greedy, pompous union for doctors. I remember seeing this in action – the BMA started launching campaigns in the realm of health and safety. The one that I always remember was their attempt to ban boxing, which they very nearly succeeded in doing. I’d be very interested in why the BMA backed off on that one – boxing has made a comeback and is now promoted as a healthy ’empowering’ sport for young men and even young women. BMA spokespeople don’t often say things which are true, but I remember one of them at one point stating that ‘there is no safe level for being hit on the head’ when boxing promoters were trying to maintain that boxing is fine if you don’t get bashed that often. Yet the BMA have melted away over the one worthwhile issue that they pursued. During Ken’s battle with them over prescribing, a group of CEOs from Big Pharma met Thatcher and reminded her that they were major donors to the Tories. Thatcher responded by telling them that their donations were taken to be a gesture of ‘general support’ for her ‘reforming’ Gov’t. Ken subsequently implemented his prohibited prescribing list. So what deal was done to keep the donors sweet then? Big Pharma weren’t donating to the Tories out of the goodness of their hearts no matter what delusions about them Thatcher held.

After his stint at the DHSS Ken moved to the Dept of Employment. The Secretary of State was Lord David Young, but Thatcher needed a Cabinet Minister from the Commons in place as well, so Ken was given that remit. At that time, unemployment was rocketing and the Gov’t devised a number of much derided ‘job creation’ and training schemes, many of which were notorious for leading nowhere but back to the dole queue after they’d finished. In Ken’s book, he talks a lot about the Manpower Services Commission (MSC) programmes and how good they were for young people because they inducted the youngsters into habits of work – they had to be in work by 9 am and there was no going home before 5 pm. Who was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Dept of Employment at the time? None other than the dreadful Alan Clark, who Ken notes was ‘incredibly lazy, rarely coming into the department’. Well Clark had Saltwood Castle to live in and the fortune that his father left to sustain him, unlike the youths on the MSC scenes. Ken observes that Clark was so useless that they were actually quite happy for him not to show up. He knows why it was though – it was because poor old Clark was really after the job as Minister of Defence and couldn’t be arsed with the chores at the Dept of Employment. The Tories’ attitude to Clark was always very forgiving. He was a man who was frequently too pissed to perform his duties in Parliament – even when they gave him what he wanted ie. a job in the Ministry of Defence – and he rowed with and insulted colleagues on a regular basis. But of course it was the relentless shagging that Clark was notorious for. Had Clark confined his attentions to consenting adults, I’d agree that it would be no-one’s business but his, Jane Clarks and the third party, but Clark was never that concerned about the age of consent or indeed consent per se. He hit the media when it was revealed that at one stage he was having an affair with the wife of one of his friends and both of her daughters at the same time. Then one of the daughters let on that the affair with her had occurred when she was fifteen. There was a bit of a fuss – although one of the harpies in one of the right wing tabloids was kind enough to dismiss the women involved as ‘three old trollops’ – and a TV reporter asked Clark if he was going to deny having sex with a 15 year old. Clark smirked and responded by saying that he ‘had’ to deny it because it was illegal. Yes, as illegal as Peter Morrison’s activities with boys of the same age (and younger) were. Some years later Clark published his diaries which became a best seller. Alan Clark’s ‘Diaries’ are choc full of accounts of him not going into work because he couldn’t be arsed so instead he goes off to shag someone, of him wowing the teenage daughters of friends by telling them that he was now a Real Minister – and of him basically sexually harassing young women on a grand scale. He exposes himself to teenagers and follows young lone women around London whom he’s spotted on public transport and likes the look of. Naturally at no point does he even consider that the young women involved might not be that interested in glimpsing the genitals of a crazed old man or that they might be a bit anxious at being trailed all around London by a pervert. I wouldn’t expect Clark to ever question his conduct – but thousands of people read that book. It received glowing reviews in the press – and the conclusion was ‘one helluva guy’. No, an ageing, unscrupulous sexual harasser. Who was given a Ministerial position in the MoD because he didn’t turn up to work in the Dept of Employment.

Ken also provides an account of the Westland Crisis. He states that Leon Brittan, then Trade and Industry Secretary, was persuaded by Thatcher to leak the legal opinion of the Solicitor-General Patrick Mayhew regarding a letter that Heseltine had written and leaked himself about the consequences of an American take-over of the company. The Attorney General Michael Havers was greatly upset about the leaking of legal advice and said that he would resign if no-one was held to account. Brittan told Ken that he’d take the blame without exposing Thatcher, because the exposure of her role in this would have forced her from office. So Brittan resigned from his post and never sat in the Cabinet again. Thatcher had promised to bring him back, but broke her word. As a consolation prize he was given a job as a European Commissioner.

Leon Brittan in recent years has of course become well-known for another matter ie. numerous allegations that he was a paedophile himself. One man has made a statement claiming that he was abused by Brittan when he was a teenager. Brittan is alleged to have been a visitor to the Elm Guest House in London, a brothel staffed by children from children’s homes. One of the men who was in Bryn Estyn as a boy maintains that he was taken to the Elm Guest House to have sex with unidentified men. Supporters of Brittan have dismissed such allegations as wholly untrue. What is not in dispute however is that in the 1980s Geoffrey Dickens MP gave Leon Brittan – who was at the time Home Secretary – a dossier containing the names and details of political figures who Dickens’ maintained were involved in the abuse of children. Before he died, Brittan admitted receiving the dossier but claimed to have lost it. It has also been admitted that a huge number of files were ‘lost’ by the Home Office in the 80s – files containing details of politicians alleged to be sexually abusing children.

Ken mentions that Leon was a close friend of his – they’d been at Cambridge together.

Ken was appointed Minister for Trade and Industry as well as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He became Inner Cities Minister. Once more Ken demonstrates a good knowledge of some of the problems that he was charged with tackling. He mentions that there was massive corruption within some councils and that the boroughs were dominated by criminal gangs. He gives Lambeth and Southwark as examples. That’s right Ken, one of the biggest businesses of those criminal gangs was the trafficking of young people in care into prostitution. This was often achieved by sending the kids in care on ‘placements’ to children’s homes in north Wales, such as the Bryn Alyn Community. Your Gov’t knew all about it.

In July 1988 Thatcher split the DHSS up. The previous Secretary of State, John Moore, according to Ken, ‘couldn’t cope’ with running the DHSS and became quite ill with the strain. Moore was moved to the newly created Dept of Social Security (DSS) and Ken was appointed Secretary of State for Health. Ken informs us that Thatcher did want to get rid of the NHS and introduce a U.S. style insurance system but Ken himself wanted to introduce an ‘internal market’ system in the NHS. I always wondered where on earth the Tories acquired this idea from – it was from Ken, who had read an article in The Economist by a fringe thinker at Stanford University, Prof Alain Enthoven. Ken was hooked and knew that this was the way forward. That was how the enormous quantity of meaningless administration that led to no improvement in the NHS at all arose. However it did provide promotions and power for the likes of Martin Jones and Alun Davies in Gwynedd Health Authority.

Whilst he was Secretary of State for Health, Ken’s Permanent Secretary was Christopher France and his Private Secretary was Andy McKean. Ken also utilised the services of Duncan Nichol, the former General Manager of Merseyside Regional Health Authority, who Ken tells us had been recommended to him by Don Wilson, Merseyside Regional Health Authority’s Chairman. So Ken somehow had a link with Merseyside. That’s the location of Liverpool University – the employer of Professor Robert Owen who organised the cover-up of the criminal activities of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) after I made complaint in 1987. Of course Dafydd himself was an alumnus of Liverpool and when he tried to bribe me into dropping my complaint about him in 1987, he made reference to a friend of his who was a Professor at Liverpool Medical School who would get me a place there if only I’d drop my complaint about him. Dafydd resorted to trying to bribe me because his threat to have me ‘detained in Risley Remand Centre’ if I didn’t drop my complaint about him hadn’t worked. When Dafydd tried to bribe me he stated that ‘some of my colleagues would rap me on the knuckles for this’. No they wouldn’t Dafydd, they knew that you were illegally imprisoning people, selling drugs, perjuring yourself and facilitating a paedophile ring and they didn’t even rap you on the knuckles for that. Instead they covered up for you and tried to frame me.

It was when Ken was Secretary of State for Health that he acquired a useful little helper called Tessa Keswick. I don’t know what she did for Ken, but they really got on well – he took Tessa with him when he was appointed to successive roles in the years that followed. He also had a Minister of State on his team, a David Mellor. Ken wanted someone in the Lords who would defend his reforms – that was to be a lawyer called Gloria Hooper who had been given a peerage in 1985. Ken’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State was Edwina Currie. The Edwina Currie who whilst she was in that role gave Jimmy Savile a job running Broadmoor. Edwina got herself into a public spat – not over a sexual abuser running a special hospital obviously, but because she damaged the business interests of some very wealthy factory farmers with some ill-advised comments about eggs and salmonella. After Edwina departed, Ken’s PUSS was a Roger Freeman.

Ken wasn’t exactly Alan Clark, he did actually make it into work and had some firm ideas concerning the management of the NHS, but throughout his book he displays a worryingly laissez faire attitude to the running of huge Gov’t Depts. He repeatedly tells us that he trusted people to get on with the job and that he didn’t really expect to be bothered by the people to whom he’d delegated work. Which is fine if you’ve delegated work to reliable people who know what they’re doing, but I’m not convinced that Ken did that. He was particularly impressed by a Minister of his called Virginia Bottomley – Ken gave her the responsibility for implementing community care once the big psychiatric hospitals began to be closed and Virginia was really brilliant because she didn’t ‘trouble’ Ken with anything. That was whilst people were discharged from long stay hospitals when there was no care in the community facilities in place – I remember it well, it was chaos. People became destitute and some of them died. It was on the back of these tragedies that the dreadful Marjorie Wallace was able to sell her desire to keep innocent people locked up in dreadful conditions at the mercy of Dafydd and his ilk (see post ‘One Dangerous Fucker’). Esther joined in as well. Presumably Ken didn’t notice that Virginia hadn’t actually organised any community care – never mind, she didn’t trouble him, so he could carry on eating curries, boozing with his mates and going to Ronnie Scotts. Virginia of course had in a previous life been a psychiatric social worker – so she knew exactly what the human cost of her failure to effectively carry out her ‘policy’ was. Although she probably didn’t give a stuff and the fact that after this disaster she became Secretary of State for Health suggests that no-one else gave a stuff either.

It was this merry crew who were responsible for the NHS when the madness in north Wales was at it’s zenith.

Again, as Ken details his battles with the BMA et al, there are plenty of indications that he knows what a sorry state everything is in. He talks about seriously dysfunctional Health Authorities and how many of these there were (I know Ken, I and many others were suffering at the hands of Gwynedd and Clwyd in north Wales). He mentions terrible problems in Solihull in Birmingham – where a leading figure was none other than one Professor Robert Bluglass. So that’s why they used Bluglass to head so many inquiries into disasters in the psychiatric services then! Being a man whose own area was in meltdown and being someone who blamed the patients and exonerated the Top Doctors – even when they were facilitating a paedophile gang – he was obviously the safest pair of hands that the Dept of Health had.

Ken discusses just how vulnerable politicians are in the face of Top Doctors’ campaigns. His perception was that the only medical body supportive of him was the newly formed Royal College of General Practitioners. Which is particularly interesting, because I know of a very deceitful obscure GP of no great ability from Bangor who nevertheless rose to high rank in that organisation very quickly and I never understood why. The GP in question was Dr D.G.E. Wood, a friend of Dr Tony Francis and Dafydd, who spent a number of years cultivating my company and extracting info about the jobs that Brown and me were applying for, where we were living etc etc. I now have documentation demonstrating that Wood was passing all this info onto Dafydd et al and how helpful it was for them that I trusted Wood. Wood also made it his business to communicate with Professor Robert Owen about me using Owen’s home address in Colwyn Bay whilst Owen was setting up the ‘investigation’ into my complaint about Dafydd. I had no idea that Wood was doing this and he was no longer my GP. Neither was he the subject of any part of my complaint. Wood was just providing a useful service for Dafydd et al in the way that he provided a useful service for Gwynne the lobotomist every time that Gwynne elicited a disaster.

In 1989 a by-election was held in the Vale of Glamorgan after the sitting MP Raymond Gower died. The Labour candidate John Smith (not the John Smith  who later became leader of the Labour Party) was elected, after forming a collaboration with the Top Doctors. Whilst the Top Doctors were completely screwing Wales…

Ken remembers that Thatcher lived in fear of the Top Doctors after Charles Haughey  told her that she wouldn’t win an election if she upset the Top Doctors. If the stupid old bat hadn’t have been employing a child molester she’d never have had that worry.

Ken makes a lot of references to the help of someone who also featured prominently in Gyles Brandreth’s book (see post ‘It’s The Sun Wot Won It’) – the Whip Tristan Garel-Jones. Political biographies of that time constantly refer to the ruthlessness of the Whips, of how they’d use any information against anyone in order to achieve what they wanted. Whips also boasted of accumulating dirt on MPs for this purpose – they also boasted of getting MPs out of trouble. Sometimes with regard to very serious trouble with the law – a hypothetical example given to Gyles Brandreth by a Whip was of an MP who had been misbehaving with ‘little boys’. Tristan Garel-Jones is now of course in the Lords. It is rumoured that Tristan Garel-Jones was the model for the character Francis Urquhart in the TV drama ‘House of Cards’. I never watched that, but I used to share a house with two people who were very big fans of that programme. One of my house-mates explained that Francis Urquhart was a total psychopath and a highlight of the series was the death of someone who could have damaged Urquhart in circumstances that could have been a murder but no-one was quite sure.

As opposed to the arson attack in April 1992 in which five people with connections to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal died – which definitely was murder. Even the inquest was obliged to return a verdict of ‘unlawful killing’.

Ken’s battles with the Top Doctors eventually became too much and Thatcher moved him to the Dept of Education where he was again Secretary of State. It was Ken who abolished the binary divide in HE and converted all the polytechnics into universities. Which many former staff of polytechnics maintain did them a great deal of harm – they lost their previous status as institutions with industrial links which specialised in vocational technical degrees and just came to be seen as second class universities. Ken has no regrets. According to him, like everything else that he oversaw – or with regard to community care that he never oversaw – it was a rip-roaring success.

Ken then reaches the heights of Home Secretary. He takes his trusty side-kick Tessa Keswick with him to the Home Office. He has a major problem on his hands – the Prison Service, which had been wrecked by the POA. Edwina’s idea of dealing with the criminal activities of the POA members at Broadmoor had been to put Jimmy Savile in charge of the institution after he told her that he would use his media contacts to blackmail them. Edwina thought that was a great idea. It didn’t occur to her to investigate the numerous complaints from patients that they had been violently assaulted or sexually abused by members of the POA. She just recruited Savile who joined in the party.

Ken was glad to find another old mate of his from the CUCU  in place as Minister of State – Peter Lloyd, who had been Chairman of the CUCU whilst Ken was at Cambridge.

Although Ken was under no illusions about the parlous state of the prison service, once more he stressed his very hands-off style of management. However, he did get a little over-involved in the face of a prison riot and tried to go down to the command centre that was trying to control it to tell them all what to do. Fortunately for everyone Ken’s Private Secretary Colin Walters did his best to keep Ken out of it. As well as the prisons being a flashpoint, there was also massive problems with immigration. So Ken appointed his ‘friend and former PPS’ Charles Wardle to sort it all out. The Permanent Secretary at the time was Clive Whitemore. When Charles Wardle later moved to Australia, he was replaced by Joan MacNaughton.

Now Ken was clearly a man ahead of his time in terms of his manipulation and utilisation of the concept of ‘promoting women because they’re under-represented’. Ken wanted more women on his team, which was most convenient because his Private Secretary Joan – Charles’s replacement – was a ‘determined feminist’. Who I suspect had a determined boss. In Ken’s words ‘Joan assembled around me a very able and very supportive group of intellectual young women who acted as my eyes and ears in the Dept’. A gang of female spies! Thus Ken was the first Secretary of State who had an ‘all female Private Office’.

Ken had another source of intelligence as well – Roy Gibbons, the man who had been his driver since 1979: ‘Like all the experienced Gov’t drivers, he was well up to speed with all the political gossip and intrigue in Whitehall’.

I had that Sir Peter Morrison in the back of the cab once. Amiable fellow.

Ken noticed something whilst he was Home Secretary though, something that seriously pissed him off. His level of security was raised to such  an extent that he now had to have a police driver instead of Ron and had to be escorted by police security all the time. Ken is no fool and although he knows that being Home Secretary does involve tight security, he notices that his police escorts are taking the security to ridiculous lengths. They do not ever leave him and very noticeably ensure that one of them listens to absolutely everything that he says. He tries to escape but they’re having none of it. One downside is that he likes going out for curries but now that the police accompany him everywhere, they insist on him eating in posh restaurants for ‘security purposes’. The police of course have their meals paid for and Ken has enough nous to know that ‘security’ is being used an excuse to get a good dinner. Ken also notices that the police arranged things concerning his official residence in Belgravia that ensured that he was never without them, even when at home with his family.

Ken suspects that all this is being done to ensure that ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) and other senior officers are kept well aware of the Home Secretary’s political intentions. After all, Ken is responsible for their pay, conditions of service etc. Ken describes his police protection as ‘very oppressive and extreme’. Ken is not the only one getting fed up of the police. Ken had intentions to reform the police and appointed Pat Sheehy as an advisor. Pat was the head of British Imperial Tobacco and had ‘loaned’ Ken a senior executive, Brian Hutchinson, to advise Ken when he formed his inner-city task force! Pat found that he was actively harassed by the police while he was ‘taking evidence and preparing his report’. Ken felt that he faced serious opposition from the police and that ACPO were a ‘huge club’. Ken did try to get along with them, they invited him to a few of their meetings and even Ken was gobsmacked at the amount of booze that was sunk. He got on much better with Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabularies who ‘always impressed’ him. He found the Police Federation a nightmare and they presented serious opposition to him. The Police Federation reps were allowed to retain their full police salaries and were ‘protecting their members against any disciplinary procedure or accountability for their performance’. The Police Federation drank so much that Ken discovered that he had to talk to them in the morning – after lunch they were too bladdered to engage.

Ken had ambitions to abolish the rank of Superintendent. Unsurprisingly, this was strongly opposed by the Superintendents’ Association. The Police Federation organised an enormous rally at Wembley Stadium against Ken. Another desire of Ken’s was to amalgamate forces.

Ken was not able to implement any of his reforms because he was removed from office. Although he and Tessa prepared a White Paper on police reform where they proposed that serious crime should be concentrated on, Ken’s successor as Home Secretary Michael Howard abandoned the proposed reforms.

Ken summarises by saying that he was less effective than he would have liked to have been as Home Secretary. He feels that the British justice system is hopeless at dealing with white collar crime, which is too complicated for the police and he admits is an ‘important part’ of the profitability of the banking and financial services. He admits that London ‘had undoubtedly become the safest and best place for any dictator, oligarch or corrupt political leader to place his or her ill-gotten gains’. Twenty five years later when Ken was Cabinet Minister and Justice Secretary in the Coalition Gov’t he observed that London had a ‘deserved reputation’ as the ‘money laundering capital of the world’.

Ken obviously knew pretty much what was happening in the Prison Service, in Immigration and the Police, although he didn’t make any headway in his attempts to deal with the enormous problems and indeed corruption that pervaded these ‘services’. There was one group of people who’s activities come under the Home Office however that Ken knew nothing about at all and indeed didn’t even try to unravel – the security services. He was simply told by older and wiser folk that ‘you will never know what they are up to at all’. Ken suspects that the security services may be utilising creative and somewhat unorthodox methods, but he asks no questions – probably because they deal with matters terrorism and that does frighten politicians. He had one meeting with someone from the security services whom he referred to as ‘Chief’ – but who knows whom he met…

I don’t doubt Ken’s account of the difficulties that he encountered from the police. They will have been as obstructive as possible – and it rather sounds as though they pressurised someone to remove him from office. I cannot help suspect though that there may have been another reason why the police watched and listened constantly and were as awkward as fuck and I suspect that Ken knows about this possible reason too, but he is never going to say a word about it.

Ken was Home Secretary between 10 April 1992 and 27 May 1993. During this time there was a police investigation into child abuse in children’s homes in north Wales and the existence of a possible paedophile ring in the region. Allegations had appeared in the London-based media that a paedophile ring was in operation in the children’s homes and that political figures were involved. A senior police officer in the North Wales Police, Gordon Anglesea, had been named by two men who claimed to have been abused by him when they were younger. A number of young people who were former residents of the children’s homes had been found dead. Eight days after Ken Clarke was appointed Home Secretary, the arson attack which killed the five people with connections to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal occurred. The man who allegedly confessed to starting the fire was found dead himself days later. (For the full background on all this, see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’.) The Chief Constable of the North Wales Police refused to let a Chief Constable from another police force lead the investigation, although allegations had been made that officers from the North Wales Police had been abusing the children themselves. Gordon Anglesea was a Superintendent in the North Wales Police. Anglesea sued after being named as a child abuser in the media and won (see posts ‘Y Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd’ and ‘Y Gwir Erbyn Yn Y Byd – A Few Additional Comments’). In 2016 he was finally convicted and imprisoned for abusing boys in care in north Wales. The Police Federation supported Anglesea every step of the way and paid his legal costs. After he was convicted, the Police Federation continued to support him. He died in prison a few months after his conviction. The Police Federation turned out en masse at his funeral to give him a good send off.

The police will have been watching your every move Ken and they were never going to let you reform them, you are quite right about that. However your confidence in HM Inspectors of Constabulary was misplaced – they were up to their eyes in it as well (see post ‘Top Of The Cops’). No doubt someone had a word with Thatcher who then had you removed. In north Wales, Alison Taylor was the most vocal person raising concerns about the abuse of children and I was the most vocal person raising concerns about the criminal activities of the psychiatric services who were facilitating and concealing the paedophile ring. I had a close friend who knew what had happened to me in north Wales who worked in the media and who wanted to make a film about it.

I note Ken that you were removed from office in May 1993. By May 1993 Alison Taylor had been sacked and branded a liar. I had been hounded out of a career in medical research and had been dragged through the Courts by the mental health services for offences that I had not committed. My friend who worked in the media was unlawfully dismissed at the very same time that I was bullied out of my job at St George’s Hospital Medical School. By the way Ken, there were also two attempts to set fire to my house at this time.

So did Ken really simply believe that Peter Morrison was an ‘amiable fellow’ who did ‘little work’? Ken’s junior Minister was, as I have noted above, Edwina Currie. Edwina Currie published her memoirs a few years ago, ‘Diaries 1987-1992’. Here’s an extract from that book:

‘One appointment in the recent reshuffle has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous. Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS. Now he’s what they call a ‘noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys; he admitted as much to Norman Tebbit when he became deputy chairman of the party but added ‘However I’m very discreet – and he must be! She [Thatcher] either knows and is taking a chance or doesn’t, either way, it’s a really dumb move. Theresa Gorman told me this evening (in a taxi coming back from a drinks party at the BBC) that she inherited Morrison’s agent, who claimed to have been offered money to keep quiet about his activities. It scares me as all the press know and as we get closer to the election someone is going to make trouble, very close to her indeed’.

Do you know what else Ken? My friend who wanted to make the film and who was unlawfully dismissed from her job in the media was a Labour Party activist. She campaigned at every election. The Tories were aware of her existence as well because before she landed her media job, she worked as a temporary secretary for the Tory Minister Richard Luce and was security checked – she was asked about her Labour party activities. I had another close friend as well, an academic who, with me, wanted to publish what was happening in north Wales. In the early 1990s he received constant harassment at work, attempts were made to dismiss him and then one day he was subjected to an unprovoked attack in the street in the midlands by a man who was known to have serious mental health problems. The man attempted to fracture my friend’s skull. My friend escaped with a broken cheek bone and missing teeth. My friend was later accused of attacking this man himself and also accused of nobbling the witnesses who testified in Court that it was my friend who had been set upon for no reason. Fortunately the Court believed my friend. As for my friend whose career in the media was finished off, she then began working on a self-employed basis as a script-writer for films. She became pregnant with her first baby. The pregnancy had no problems at all and she was told to expect a problem free delivery. Her labour went well too – but by the time her baby daughter was born, the baby was almost dead. The baby died a few hours later. It transpired that my friend’s baby had become distressed in the womb and although my friend had been hooked up to a foetal heart monitor, the midwife hadn’t read the trace. My friend made enquiries about bringing a legal action against the hospital, but was frankly told by an expert witness whom she had hired on a private basis not to even bother to try because somehow he knew that the hospital staff intended to lie on oath. My friend became seriously depressed after her baby’s death and was unable to work for a long time.

But we’re back firing on all cylinders again Ken, all three of us. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to publish all this whilst that monster Thatcher was still alive – but I didn’t have the documentary evidence that I needed. I have now got it.

Ken continues his account of life at the top of Gov’t after his removal as Home Secretary. He gives a detailed account of Black Wednesday, Sept 16 1992, when the economy fell off the cliff. He recites all the names of the financial geniuses who were running the show when this happened – Norman Lamont, Douglas Hurd, Michael Heseltine, Robert Leigh-Pemberton (Governor of the Bank of England), Terry Burns (Permanent Secretary to the Treasury), Sarah Hogg (Head of PM’s Policy Unit), Chief Whip Richard Ryder and of course Ken himself. Ken describes the sheer panic at the Treasury and notes that Sarah Hogg was ‘scathing’ about the lack of overnight preparation by the Treasury and the Bank of England for the market opening in the morning – the run on the Bank had begun the afternoon before. So Sarah didn’t blame herself at all then – she was after all only the Head of the PM’s Policy Unit. So as one of the architects of the disaster, she was obviously in an excellent position to be appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of England later on in her career. The Deputy Hogg wasn’t the only Name of the Future among that lot – the special advisor to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont was at the time a young toff called David Cameron. Who, judging from Ken’s account, was crapping himself. Ken discusses Black Wednesday and the days afterwards in some depth and the one feature that stands out is that among this bunch of arrogant, pompous people who had proudly forced through their ‘reforms’ and had spent years telling the world that the Labour Party was hopeless with the economy, there was no-one at all who had a clue what to do. They had for years relied entirely on the advice of their ‘economic advisors’ – the likes of Patrick Minford, who’s now at Cardiff Business School and currently mouthing off in the media once more; indeed the other day on Radio 4 Ruth Lea reminded the listeners that over 300 hundred economists disagreed with Minford, but he turned out to be right and they were all wrong. Oh so that’s why Black Wednesday happened then and why these clueless wonders didn’t know what to do. It’s obvious from Ken’s account that he and his colleagues didn’t actually understand what their ‘advisors’ were telling them and they didn’t try to either – most of the politicians involved were lawyers or graduates of disciplines entirely unrelated to economics and they did not know their arses from their elbows. I am reminded of Willie Rushton’s old joke that you cannot run a country like a grocer’s shop no matter how hard Mrs Thatcher tries.

They knew how to save the day though! One month later Heseltine announced that all the remaining pits would be closed – that was 31 pits, with 30,000 jobs lost. Ken admits that they feared that the Gov’t would collapse, so an emergency Cabinet meeting was held with Peter Lilley, Tristan Garel-Jones, John Gummer, David Hunt, Virginia Bottomley and William Waldegrave and of course with Ken. How many of that lot had concealed the shite involving Peter Morrison then? Presumably the Cabinet felt that the only employment that should be available in Wales was that involving the procuring of teenage boys for sex work.

Ken knows who to blame for Black Wednesday though – it was the fault of Thatcher, Lawson, John Major and Chris Patten. I’m sure that they did have rather a lot to do with it, but I think that smug ignorant tosser who was special advisor to Norman Lamont was involved as well. Ken was then appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer himself. The smug ignorant tosser who had helped crash the economy obviously wanted to do it all again because he went to see Ken to ask him for a job as a special advisor, but sadly Ken was only allowed two of those and he already had Tessa Keswick and David Ruffley, so Ken had to turn little Cameron away. Cameron went to work in the Home Office instead with Michael Howard. (Which meant that Cameron was one of the gofers there when Howard and the Home Office finally shafted Mary Wynch leaving her ruined – see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’.) Ken knew that Cameron had a bright future though. Yes, he led the country into a EU referendum that he never thought he would lose and when he did, within hours he resigned stating that he wasn’t going to do ‘all the hard shit’. The  Chief Secretary to the Treasury when Ken was Chancellor was Michael Portillo. His new PPS was Jeremy Heyward, who later became Cameron’s Cabinet Secretary. Portillo was succeeded in this role by Jonathan Aitken – who resigned within a year to enter battle after he had been horribly smeared. Except that he hadn’t, but he lied in Court anyway, was caught and ended up in prison.

Tessa Keswick, Ken’s right hand woman for so many years, left his side in 1995 to run a think tank.

Ken mentions a few more highlights, such as Boris Johnson causing no end of problems when he worked as the Daily Telegraph’s European correspondent by fabricating stories. Ken observes that Boris ‘fervently followed the desired policy line of his proprietor, which at that time was Conrad Black. A friend of many senior Tories who also found himself in prison.

Ken mentions Brian Mawhinney, who by now had become Party Chairman. Brian was of course the brother-in-law of Patricia Scotland QC, who acted for the Welsh Office at the Waterhouse Inquiry. Patricia was given a peerage whilst she worked on that Inquiry (please see my three previous posts dedicated to Patricia and her network for details). Ken has the pleasure of meeting the Treasury Secretary of the U.S. at one point, Bob Rubin – Rubin and his wife were ‘old friends’ of Leon Brittan and his wife, they even took annual holidays together!

Christ Almighty no wonder my friends and I all got sacked and attempts were made to set fire to my house, there was an awful lot riding on the Westminster Paedophile Ring remaining under wraps.

Ken doesn’t mention the Waterhouse Inquiry, although he does mention the Tories losing the 1997 general election and William Hague becoming leader. Ken doesn’t seem to be that impressed with Hague. He should have been, because whilst Hague was Secretary of State for Wales he organised the mother of all cover-ups which was Waterhouse and saved a lot of people’s scalps.

After Ken left office, he went in for company directorships in a big way. He became Chair of Unichem (his mate Geoffrey Rippon had already done a stint as Chair) and he became Deputy Chair of British American Tobacco. Ken was Chair of their Corporate Responsibility Committee. He knew that their product was ‘controversial’, so he strove to ‘uphold impeccable business standards’. They were ‘trading in some of the corrupt markets’ and Ken found that  BAT were often told that they could only invest in a country if they paid a bribe. ‘BAT resisted those pressures completely’ – they initially turned down Vietnam because bribes were requested, but Ken was delighted to find that BAT later managed to invest successfully. He had a similar experience in Russia and Nigeria. Ken does not explain how BAT managed to persuade some of the most corrupt regimes in the world to tread a more honest path…

Ken’s wife Gillian was a Trustee of Oxfam and she accompanied him on all his business trips. Oxfam and BAT – strange bedfellows surely? Gillian busied herself with ‘tourism and visiting Oxfam projects’. BAT purchased Formula One and Ken became Chair of the subsidiary, British American Racing. He became good mates with Bernie Ecclestone. Ken also joined the Board of the Independent as a non-executive Director and became good friends with Helena Kennedy and Margaret Jay, who were both on the Board! That’s the Helena who starred on my post ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’, the Helena who relied upon the courtroom skills of Professor Nigel Eastman for so many of her cases. Nigel also used his talents to remain silent about the criminal activities of Dafydd and Dr Tony Francis when he was faced with them in 1991 (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’) Well having Ken and Helena on the Board was a smart move by the owner Tony O’ Reilly – the Indie certainly wasn’t going to publish any further allegations that there was a paedophile ring in operation in north Wales and that politicians were involved.

Ken joined an asset management company run by his old friend Christopher Saunders and a hedge fund and he advised the Japanese finance house Daiwa. Ken noted a plus side to his new career: ‘the income, which was on a scale that no politician could ever earn in Government’. He also observed that it taught him a lot about financial matters but ‘unfortunately’ he ‘only acquired this vital experience after I had been Chancellor’. Never mind Ken, it didn’t matter that you didn’t know anything about it – there was always Patrick Minford or Sarah Hogg or even David Cameron to advise you. What could possibly go wrong?

Ken’s skills were still required in politics though. He describes secret visits to Tony Blair, along with Paddy Ashdown, to prepare the UK to enter the single currency -Ken was needed to win over public opinion. Having just been voted OUT by the citizens of the UK I’m not sure that Ken would be a great asset there. Blair wanted all the campaigning on the issue done by Ashdown, Heseltine and Ken, with the support of the CBI and the rest of the business community. But wily old Gordon Brown blew their plans out of the water. Gordon had instructed their Press Officer Charlie Whelan to brief the press that he and Blair had agreed not to join the single currency until the Treasury had studied the project. The civil servants carried out a ‘long and academic study’ – and then fessed up to Ken that they were waiting for Gordon to tell them what to conclude from their study. Mandelson approached Ken in a panic and asked him what to do when he found out that Gordon was about to announce that the UK didn’t pass any of the ‘five tests’ needed to justify entry into the Eurozone. Gordon knew that the UK wouldn’t pass the five tests, because he’d carefully thought them up in a taxi at the start of the whole process. That, according to Ken, is why the UK never entered the single currency. Ken himself hated the ‘save the pound’ national campaign that took place during the 2001 general election campaign, but he didn’t admit this in public – because so many of his ‘friends’ were behind that campaign. He was so anxious not to slip up that he carefully avoided all journos during the campaign – although he did have a hotline to the Indie’s Don McIntyre. Well Ken was on the Board wasn’t he.

Ken helpfully explains that the real achievement of the Blair Gov’t 1997-01 was to ‘cement the Thatcher revolution permanently in place’. Ken’s a big fan of Blair, as of course are David Cameron and Osborne, referring to him as the Master.

Hague resigned as Tory leader after the 2001 general election and there was another leadership battle. Portillo fancied being leader but Ken notes that Portillo was ‘dogged by absurd and malicious media rumours about his private life’. Ken was ‘infuriated by this nonsense which I was sure was untrue and in any case irrelevant’. So which media rumours is Ken talking about? The media rumours that Portillo was gay – which Portillo later admitted were true? Or the media rumours that Portillo was friendly with some of the Tories who were alleged to be abusing under-aged boys? Or the rumours that Portillo was abusing under-aged boys himself? Years before Portillo admitted that he was gay, I knew a young gay man in north Wales who used to go to gay clubs in Manchester. He told me that he had seen Portillo in them. The gay clubs in Manchester were also some of the places where mental health patients in north Wales who were being trafficked into prostitution were taken. The people doing this were part of the same network of people who trafficked the kids in care, so perhaps the kids in care ended up selling sex in gay clubs in Manchester, along with the Empowered Service Users.

Ken reveals that David Cameron had been Michael Howard’s ‘right hand man in Parliament’, his special advisor 1993/94. Mary Wynch was finally paid a  pittance by the Home Office in 1995, after she was robbed of her money and property and illegally detained by Dafydd Alun Jones in the North Wales Hospital. The 1995 ‘settlement’ was ‘final’ with no admission of liability for anything. Mary was by then elderly. She was told to piss off and it was announced that that was the end of the case. It was never mentioned again. So David will have known that little arrangement was on the way then when he left the Home Office in 1994. David left the Home Office to work as a PR man for Carlton TV! He remained there until he won his seat in 2001.

Blair wasn’t the only New Labour bigwig with whom Ken got on famously. He really liked Peter Mandelson as well. In fact Ken met with Mandelson ‘almost weekly’ in Mandelson’s office in the Lords to ‘discuss the important issues he was considering and try to reach agreement’.

After the Coalition Gov’t was formed, Ken became Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. His new Permanent Secretary was Suma Chakrabarti (see post ‘The Poisonous Tentacles Of The Home Office’) and David Hass moved from George Osborne’s office to Ken’s – Hass was a former BBC man and he became Ken’s media advisor. Kathryn Laing was Ken’s advisor on policy and political matters. His Private Secretary was Darren Tierney, who was succeeded by Mark Sweeney. Again, Ken knows where the problems lie – that prisons are unsuitable places for people with drug problems and mental illnesses and huge numbers of prisoners actually have these. Ken comments that women prisoners almost all had ‘distressing personal problems’. Ken mentions that the Home Office tried to ‘sell’ legal aid cuts to his predecessor Jack Straw – Ken himself reduced legal aid further for civil cases. So if for example one has fallen into the clutches of the social services or mental health services and they have broken the law and abused you in some way – hard luck, you’ll not be getting legal aid. Well, after Mary Wynch demonstrated that Dafydd had illegally banged her up for a year and fleeced her of her wealth and all those people who’d been abused whilst they were in care as kids in north Wales started bellyaching, what else could the Gov’t do…

Ken embarked on a major closure of under-used magistrates courts, but got into a bit of bother when he found that No 10 was objecting to his policy. What Ken hadn’t realised was that Cameron’s mother was a magistrate and her court had been ear-marked for closure! Ken handed the policy over to a junior Minister, Jonathon Djangol, for implementation. Mrs Cameron’s courthouse was saved from closure.

Cameron asked Ken to meet the notorious Rebekah Wade/Brooks, Murdoch’s right hand woman. Ken observed that Rebekah seemed accustomed to meeting Home Secretaries and Justice Secretaries ‘and having her advice taken seriously’. Rebekah wanted Ken to acquire some prison ships and military style boot camps. Ken noted that he had previously been given the same suggestions from No 10. Ken wasn’t impressed with Rebekah and didn’t meet her again. He had some entertaining observations though – that Rebekah was occupying Cameron’s luxury hotel suite, was dressed in riding gear and had a plate of ‘Marie-Antoinette cakes’. That Ken, was because she’s nuts – even though she advises Tory PMs.

Ken noted that Andy Coulson, Cameron’s Director of Communications (and Rebecca’s former bedfellow and the former editor of the News of the Screws) had ‘obviously been appointed as Rupert Murdoch’s representative in No 10’. Coulson later went to prison. Another person whom Ken had to deal with was Patrick Rock, who was Michael Howard’s former special advisor at the Home Office and now Cameron’s Deputy Director of Policy, with responsibility for criminal justice. Rock was subsequently imprisoned for the possession of child porn.

Ken mentions another old friend in a high place, Igor Judge, lately of the Midlands Circuit, now Lord Chief Justice.

Ken wanted to abolish those things much in the news at present, IPPs – indeterminate prison sentences for public protection. Although Blunkett – whose brainwave they had been – admitted that they hadn’t ‘worked’ as he’d hoped (you were warned that they’d result in people imprisoned for years for trivial offences Blunkett, which is exactly what has happened) – Ken was told that it would be too much of a struggle to abolish them. So a deal was done. If Ken introduced some new minimum mandatory sentences under certain conditions, he’d be allowed to abolish IPPs – this deal had to be entered into because Cameron wanted to be seen to be tough on law and order.

Ken also provides an insight into the working of the office of the Mayor of London. When Boris was seeking a second term as Mayor, he dreamt up a ‘sobriety scheme’, which would involve anyone being arrested for drunkenness to be directed into a sentence requiring regular checks to prove that they were remaining sober. It was evident to Ken that Boris was clueless as to how he’d ever run such a scheme and he couldn’t answer even the most basic questions about it. So Boris rang the Met Commissioner on his mobile to answer Ken’s questions, but although the Commissioner was a supporter of the scheme, he couldn’t answer any questions about it either. Ken had a second meeting with Boris, during which Boris put his phone on speaker and asked someone from his office to come and answer the questions.

 

So that’s Ken’s overview of his gloriously long career at the top of Gov’t. Despite the many disasters, Ken reassures himself that all the policies that he pushed through have worked brilliantly and on every occasion that something went tits-up, it was someone else’s fault. He blithely carries on, reassuring everybody that there’s no problems, even when he knows damn well that the problems are horrendous. Such as one (At LEAST) of his colleagues molesting children, which caused the whole of the Gov’t to ignore serious criminal conduct on the part of social services, Top Doctors, the police, accountants and businessmen and to engage with corrupt professionals in the media to keep it all quiet – even when witnesses start being found dead or are killed in a mass murder in an arson attack. Ken knows that organised crime has become so big that the police can’t tackle it and he’s noticed that London has become a magnet for criminals, money-launderers and despots from corrupt regimes. Ever wondered why Ken? Not that he worries about it that much – he’s got lunches to eat, curries to enjoy, jazz clubs to visit and all those lucrative company directorships which involve doing business in, by his own admission, ‘corrupt markets’. It’s not as if he and his colleagues will come unstuck even when catastrophe strikes – the rules are bent for them, whether it’s keeping Mrs Cameron’s courthouse open or ensuring that Peter Morrison never gets caught out, even if that involves murdering some of the witnesses, ruining a few careers and stitching innocent people up in Court.

Well I hope it was worth it Ken. All that to ensure another election victory for Thatcher, so that narrow minded, dim, philistine of a woman could carry on being PM and preach to the rest of us the merits of monetarism, a policy which she obviously didn’t understand. Wales got completely fucked in the process and we were then told that it was all our fault. Oh and my friend’s baby died – but at least Thatcher was spared a film about a gang of paedophiles wreaking havoc, one of which was her PPS and Deputy Party Chairman. Thatcher died alone – but in the Ritz. Carol complained that in her final years with dementia, Thatcher’s ‘friends’ abandoned her. I think that was probably a function of the sort of people whom she chose as friends Carol.

Peter Morrison didn’t last as long as Thatcher, in fact he died suddenly and unexpectedly at only 51 years old. Gyles Brandreth’s autobiography states that Morrison was found dead at home at the bottom of the stairs. Gyles wonders whether he threw himself down the stairs to kill himself. I wouldn’t be surprised Gyles if someone actually pushed him and then whacked him on the head afterwards to ensure that the deed was done. Morrison was found dead on 13 July 1995. By which time a major investigation was underway into the abuse of children in children’s homes in Clwyd and there were demands for a Public Inquiry. The North Wales Hospital Denbigh had virtually closed down and Dr Dafydd Alun Jones had ‘retired’ with the remit to provide ‘substance abuse services’ for north Wales (see post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’). Alison Taylor and I had lost our careers, my friend’s first born had died and another friend who wanted to publish the story had been unlawfully dismissed from his job as well. Presumably disposing of Peter Morrison would bury the matter for ever.

But now I’ve written this blog.

 

 

Did Glenda Occupy A Key Role In Keeping It All Out Of The Media?

I resorted to purchasing a copy of the ‘Times’ this morning, although I loathe encouraging Murdoch by doing this. I splashed out however because in today’s ‘Times’ magazine, Theresa May’s former press office manager Katie Perrior has written a tell-all piece about the chaos reigning at Number 10 as a result of May’s reliance on her two notorious Chiefs of Staff, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy. Perrior’s revelations confirm what I have long suspected about May – that she’s not that bright, not that confident and relies on vacuous twats to advise her, which is how she ended up doing things like wittering on about her kitten heels and posing in a pair of not very nice overly expensive trousers which allowed her opponents to comment on the gulf between her lifestyle and that experienced by the rest of the nation. I was interested to watch this phenomenon damage May so badly because it is of course what all female politicians have subjected themselves to ever since the manufacture of Margaret Thatcher. Idiots like Hazel Blears purchased handbags costing hundreds of pounds and described such bags as ‘aspirational’ rather than ‘over-priced’ and politicians like Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood have very obviously spent a lot more time taking advice on their hairstyles, shoes, the precise length of their skirts and the style of those boring little Young Margaret Thatcher jackets that are de rigueur for female politicians than they ever have reading economic or political theory. That’s why none of them ever make any intelligent comments about gender, health policy, social inequality, economic policy etc. Compare what comes out of their mouths when they’re busy on their way to smash glass ceilings and show the boys how to do it with what comes out of someone like Yanis Varoufakis and our lot are laughable. It’s not as if there aren’t any good female economists around to advise them as well if they wanted a testicle free zone.

Perrior does indeed drop a few pearls of wisdom whilst giving a resume of her career. Perrior’s career as a spin doctor for the Tories started in 2000 when she was interviewed for a junior role by William Hague’s Press Secretary. Perrior was taken on and describes the asinine tasks that she and her colleagues were given to do. She mentions that they were ‘doing jobs way above our pay grades but there simply wasn’t anyone else to do it’. Interestingly she notes that ‘more than 20’ of these rather air-headed young gofers are now ‘either MPs or lords’. Perrior went onto work for Theresa when she was Transport Secretary and Party Chair, but Perrior then left to join the ITN news department because of the allegedly low pay. She subsequently worked for Channel 4 News and as Press Secretary for David Davis. After that she established ‘The Research Shop’ with Nick Timothy. A Jo Tanner who worked with her is now Head of Press at the British Chamber of Commerce. Following this Perrior worked on Boris’s mayoral campaign with the appalling Lynton Crosby in 2008 for ten months, then on the lame ‘Women2Win’. After the successful Brexit campaign she ‘offered her services’ to Theresa during the leadership race and ended up as Director of Communications at Number 10. She’s now dished the dirt on them.

It is entertaining to have my suspicions about Theresa’s reliance on dipsticks confirmed, but unlike a lot of people I’m not that interested in Fiona Hill or Nick Timothy. It is well-established that they are a pair of shites who have damaged the Tories, but it was fairly clear that they were a liability when Theresa was Home Secretary because they were causing problems them.

The person that I am interested in is the woman who gave Katie her big break, Hague’s Press Secretary when he became Tory leader in 2000. It was Amanda Platell – the right wing hate filled scribbler for the ‘Daily Mail’ who is the ultimate example of the sort of female journo satirised by the ‘Private Eye’ Glenda Slagg column, although Platell has a deeper interest in politics. The ‘Eye’ has described Platell as being ‘one of the killer Bimbos of Fleet Street’. I’m interested in Platell because Hague became Tory leader after he assisted a lot of people out of a very tight spot by organising the whitewash of the organised child abuse in north Wales that was the Waterhouse Inquiry when he was Secretary of State for Wales. I have mentioned many times how Sir Peter Morrison, Thatcher’s aide and MP for Chester, was known to be abusing under-aged boys and was visiting children’s homes in north Wales. It is only relatively recently however that I learned that the kids being abused in Ty’r Felin, the children’s home in Bangor, were being trafficked to London where they were being used to provide sexual services after being introduced to a Tory lobbyist and businessman who was also one of Thatcher’s speechwriters (see post ‘Are You Local?’). This man occupied space in the notorious Dolphin Square apartments in Pimlico and Edwina Currie and William Hague claim to be friends of his.

Platell only met Hague ‘a few months’ before her appointment as his Press Secretary ie. Head of News and Media at Conservative Central Office, but she was described as ‘very much Hague’s appointment’. At the time she was described as being ‘a friend’ of Hague’s new wife Ffion and Ffion was said to be a ‘strong supporter’ of Platell’s appointment. Ffion has featured on this blog before (see post ‘A Few Of The Relevant Politicians Re Mary Wynch’s Case’). She met Hague when she was a senior civil servant in the Welsh Office. The Welsh Office that had concealed the paedophile ring for decades, the Welsh Office that employed a crooked solicitor Andrew Park, who concealed the criminal activities of the two psychiatrists Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X), who were associates of Lucille Hughes the Director of Gwynedd Social Services, who colluded with that paedophile ring. So people involved with the cover-up of a vicious paedophile ring, many of whose victims had been found dead in suspicious circumstances, ensured that Amanda Platell was appointed as Press Secretary at Conservative Central Office. The Waterhouse Report was published in 2000. Amanda was Hague’s Press Secretary between 1999-2001. Did Hague think that he might be particularly in need of a good Press Secretary sometime in 2000? In 1999 no-one knew how much of a cover-up Sir Ronald Waterhouse would publish, but they did know that hundreds of former children in care in north Wales had told the Waterhouse Inquiry how they were beaten, flogged, kicked, punched, starved, forced to do unpaid labour, sexually abused by the ‘care’ staff and other visitors, taken to other places where they were sexually abused by people whom they did not know, transferred to other even more abusive institutions if they complained about being abused or ended up in the mental health system. Everybody did know that even if Ronnie turned out to be a star performer, the shit was going to hit the fan when that Report was published and a bit of nifty work with the media would be needed.

Let’s look at why Hague might have thought that Amanda was the right woman for the job.

Amanda is an Aussie, from Perth, who arrived in London in 1985. Her father was a journalist too, on ‘The West Australian’. In London she worked as a freelancer for the ‘Observer’ and the ‘Sunday Express’. She was a member of the start-up team when Eddy Shah launched ‘Today’ in 1986. Murdoch’s News International purchased it in 1987, and as well as hosting Amanda, ‘Today’ employed Alastair Campbell as political editor and his partner Fiona Millar as news editor. Platell left ‘Today’ for a short while to work for Robert Maxwell’s short-lived ‘London Daily News’ but returned to ‘Today’ in 1987 when David Montgomery was deputy editor. In 1993 she became managing editor of the Mirror Group, but moved to the Independent in the same year, first as marketing director and then as managing director.

The allegations concerning dreadful wide scale child abuse in north Wales and a paedophile ring that possibly involved public figures and politicians emerged in the London media in the early 1990s. Amanda could not have missed those stories.

In 1996 Platell was acting editor of the ‘Sunday Mirror’ and was the senior colleague of Alastair Campbell. In 1998 she became acting editor of the ‘Sunday Express’ but was sacked by Rosie Boycott after Amanda published a story about Mandelson’s gay relationship with his Brazilian partner. The publication of this story followed a spat between Platell and Mandelson at the Labour Party conference. So Platell discovered what could happen if one published a story that embarrassed a high profile politician. She’ll also have worked out the power and advantages that one would enjoy if one suppressed such stories.

Following Hague’s lacklustre performance as leader, Platell left her job at Conservative Central Office and in 2002 became a freelancer for the ‘Daily Mail’. Her bile filled column goes under the title of ‘Platell’s People’. Well now the readers of this blog know who ‘Platell’s People’ actually are, let’s look at a few more of these people and their contacts in greater detail.

David Montgomery. Platell seems to have thrived whilst working under Montgomery – she worked with him on ‘Today’ and when he moved to head the Mirror Group in 1994, she became group managing editor with a place on the Board. David Montgomery was originally from Northern Ireland. In 1973 he worked for the ‘Mirror’, then in 1979 the ‘Sun’. Between 1985-1987 he was editor of the ‘News of the Screws’ and Director of News(UK)Ltd, a subsidiary of News International owned by Murdoch’s News Corporation. Between 1987-91 he edited ‘Today’ whilst it was owned by Murdoch. Following the death of Robert Maxwell in 1991, between 1992-1999 Montgomery was Chief Exec of Mirror Group PLC. During his tenure at Mirror Group PLC Montgomery took a stake in the ‘Independent’ and the ‘Independent on Sunday’. It was the ‘Independent On Sunday’ that former senior police officer Gordon Anglesea sued for libel in 1994 after they published allegations that he’d sexually abused boys at Bryn Estyn. For details of some of the puzzling aspects of the trial and the conduct of the judge and the lawyers involved see posts ‘Y Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd’ and ‘Y Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd – A Few Additional Comments’. In 2016 Anglesea was imprisoned after he was convicted of abusing boys at Bryn Estyn.

In 2000 Montgomery founded the Mecom Group, a London-based investment company, specialising in the mergers and acquisitions of newspaper and media companies in Europe. In 2005 they purchased Berliner Verlag – the purchase was made in partnership with an American private equity firm. A number of journalists employed by titles owned by Berliner Verlag were most unhappy at the direction in which they felt that the new owners would take the company.

So Amanda had a Big Mate in Montgomery and both of them were undoubtedly in a position to have received much information relating to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal.

But Montgomery is related to a few interesting folk as well. He married Sophie, the daughter of the 3rd Baron Birdwood. The second wife of Sophie’s grandfather, Lady Jane Birdwood, is politely referred to as a ‘politician’ on the family’s wiki entry. Lady Jane Birdwood was a one-off as a politician, she was famously bonkers in that she was so anti-Semitic and right-wing that she denounced a leader of the National Front as a ‘socialist’, although at one point she was a member of the National Front herself. Presumably she became disillusioned when they moved to the left. She ended up in hot water legally on a number of occasions because of her penchant for distributing race hate literature and maintained that the Jews died in the Holocaust as a result of typhoid. Jane Birdwood was not the only notable relative of Montgomery’s wife. Sophie was the ex-wife of Simon Marquis (Sophie married three times, each time to a peer!), the 3rd Earl of Woolton. Simon’s mother married again to Owen Lloyd George, another British peer and became Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor (in north Wales). Owen Lloyd George succeeded to the Lords in 1968 and was the Deputy Lieutenant of Dyfed – although he was from a family with their origins in Llanystumdwy, north Wales (he was the grandson of David Lloyd George ie. THE Lloyd George), he did not have a home in Wales until the mid 80s, when he purchased a house in Pembrokeshire. The family were of course a massively influential north Welsh political family and Owen Lloyd George carried the sword at the Investiture of Prince Charles in 1969 at Caernarfon. Owen’s mother was from the McAlpine family.

People familiar with the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal will recognise the name McAlpine. In 2012 Lord Alistair McAlpine was named on ‘Newsnight’ by a former resident of Bryn Estyn, Steve Messham, as having been the man who had sexually abused him whilst Messham was in care at the home. McAlpine denied this and successfully sued a number of people who repeated Messham’s claims, including George Monbiot and Sally Bercow, the wife of John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons. Steve Messham later stated that he’d been mistaken. McAlpine died in 2014 at his house in Italy. I can only presume that like Matthew Parris, the former Tory MP and ‘Times’ journo, McAlpine liked Italy. Parris has a house in Catalonia, but in his autobiography he wrote about holidaying at a place in Italy with his political friends that they named ‘the villa of shame’ – he noted that there were some good parties at the villa with ‘boys’ who were ‘always willing’.

Alistair McAlpine spent a lot of time in Perth, Western Australia during the 60s and 70s. That’s where Amanda Platell came from! He had business interests out there and in quite a big way as well. He was an advisor to Thatcher and raised millions for the Tory party. He raised money from Asil Nadir who featured in my post ‘A Stalker’s Network’. Nadir of course stole millions from his company Polly Peck and later was imprisoned, but not for very long and managed to escape even that for many years by fleeing to Cyprus. McAlpine was on record as saying that the funds that were received from Nadir should be given to Polly Peck’s creditors. McAlpine also cultivated the company of Mohamed Al-Fayed. McAlpine was Chairman of the Conservative Party between 1979-1983 but joined Goldsmith’s Referendum Party in 1996. It is recorded that McAlpine was ‘very critical of the Conservative Party under William Hague’. I don’t know why because I would have thought that everyone had a great deal to thank Hague for, after organising the cover-up by Ronnie Waterhouse. I suspect that some people were so grateful that they even felt like making him leader of the Party.

After McAlpine sued the various people who repeated the claims that he had abused a boy who was in care in north Wales, he kindly donated the damages that he was paid to the BBC charity Children In Need. One of the many who presented Children In Need was Esther Rantzen, who claimed that she did not know that Jimmy Savile was a child abuser and could not remember being contacted by someone who later appeared in the media saying that she had told Esther that Savile was a child abuser. I contacted Esther in the 1980s when she maintained that she was campaigning for better mental healthcare and detailed the abuses happening at the hands of psychiatrists in north Wales – who were also concealing the paedophile ring. Esther didn’t write back and I expect that she’s forgotten about my letter as well. A number of children who had been abused in care claimed to have contacted Esther’s charity Childline but did not receive help. Childline’s first CEO was Valerie Howarth, the former Director of Social Services for Brent – four year old Jasmine Beckford was abused and murdered on her watch. Esther had got to know Valerie because Valerie had trained Esther’s sister when they both worked as social workers for Lambeth Council. Whilst Lambeth Council’s children’s homes were infiltrated by paedophiles.

I’m glad to say that there was one person with a bit of sense associated with Children In Need though and that was Sir Roger Jones, who at one point was Chairman of the charity. Sir Roger had made a point of keeping Jimmy Savile well away from Children In Need whilst he was Chairman because he had heard rumours about Savile’s interest in young children, thought that Savile was deeply unsavoury and was on record as saying that ‘the biggest thing to guard against was paedophiles – they were just like flies around the honey pot’. Before Sir Roger became Chairman, Savile had been involved with Children In Need in 1984, 1987 and 1989. Sir Roger was on the BBC Board of Governors between 1996-2002, so one wonders how the lowdown on Savile had escaped others in the BBC. Such as Esther. Sir Roger was the Governor from Wales. As a good proportion of those kids being abused by organised paedophiles had been trafficked from north Wales, perhaps Sir Roger took a rather more dim view of the activities of Savile and his ilk than the media twats in London who think that they’re the centre of the universe and will do pretty much anything to get what they want, including ignoring the serious abuse of sheepshaggers’ children.

Another one of Platell’s People was Rolf Harris, a friend of Jimmy Savile. Amanda was horrified when Rolf was convicted of sexual assaults on children and got himself imprisoned and she penned an article about her inner turmoil for the ‘Daily Mail’ in July 2014, which ran under the headline ‘My Old Friend Rolf Groomed Me Too’. Amanda was deeply traumatised: ‘It was inconceivable to me that the man I’d come to love and trust as a true friend had been serially assaulting girls for decades’. Amanda explains that she was ‘in denial’, because her and Rolf went back a long way. She blames herself for having being duped by Rolf by having been exposed to him on the TV when she was young. In fact Rolf was so successful at grooming the youthful Amanda over the airwaves all those years ago that as a special treat, Rolf turned up to her 40th birthday party in 1998, whilst ‘this star’ was ‘at the height of his fame’. He drew some cartoons for her and she sat on his knee and this was the beginning of a friendship that lasted for the next 16 years, but ended when she realised that she had been ‘conned by a cunning and manipulative paedophile’.

This is a woman who had worked in a senior capacity for Robert Maxwell, Rupert Murdoch and had been Alastair Campbell’s boss. Furthermore, everyone in their 50s was exposed to a good dose of Rolf if they had watched TV when they were kids. I saw Rolf on his lame TV show when he used to appear with someone dressed up as a Koala calling themselves Coojee Bear – presumably Amanda continues to think that was a real Koala. I had a particularly lethal dose of Rolf because my gran used to buy me a comic called ‘Teddy Bear’ which had a cartoon story featuring Rolf and a Koala in every issue. My friend Brown used to read ‘Teddy Bear’ as well when he was little, so he too was dangerously exposed to Rolf. Now we did not consider ourselves groomed by Rolf and even if we were London media twats and in a position to invite Rolf to our 40th birthday parties I don’t think that we would have bothered. And I certainly wouldn’t have sat on his knee. Because I would have been 40 not 4 and he was a complete idiot anyway.

Amanda  shared further insights with the readers of the ‘Daily Mail’: ‘pathological  offenders…the really clever ones, spend…99% of their time grooming people around them…Was Rolf always truly evil, a psychopathic monster, like Jimmy Savile, who gleefully manipulated all those around him? Looking at the picture of him published this week, posing with Savile on a trip to Broadmoor, the similarities are chillingly apparent. Could Rolf have been as dark, as sick, as twisted as that monster beside him?’

I’ve got an answer for Platell and her People. Rolf and Savile were probably about as dark, as sick and as twisted as the monsters that run the UK media, who failed to report on the activities of very serious criminals with links to public figures, including some in the Houses of Parliament, who were molesting children and even found it worth their while chucking a petrol bomb into a building where some of their victims were holding a party when those victims had finally started to talk about what had happened to them and it looked as though there might be a few prosecutions on the horizon. The very worst of those monsters in the media were personally employed by the politicians who were covering all of this up.

In Nov 2011 the infant who was groomed by Rolf was accused at the Leveson Inquiry by the actor Hugh Grant of performing a ‘hatchet job’ on him in the ‘Daily Mail’. This was a reference to a particularly poisonous article that Platell had written after Hugh Grant’s partner had given birth to their baby. I have read the statement that Grant submitted to the Inquiry and it makes for sober reading. One evening whilst Grant was appearing on ‘Question Time’ discussing the closure of the ‘News Of The World’, Murdoch and press standards, Grant’s partner received an anonymous phone call from someone who said ‘tell Hugh Grant to shut the fuck up’. Grant goes on to explain in his statement how he did not accompany the mother of his baby to hospital when she gave birth because they were trying to avoid a media scrum and he had ‘too many experiences of hospital staff being paid to leak information to the press’.

Yes, the Top Doctors and Angels do that.

Hugh Grant then goes on to state that nonetheless  that there was a leak to the ‘Daily Mail’ regarding the details of his visit the following day to his partner and their baby and the ‘Mail’ had also discovered the assumed name of Grant’s partner which they had used for the hospital booking. The ‘Daily Mail’ repeatedly rang Grant’s PR people in New York for a comment – they had somehow managed to obtain a number that wasn’t publicly known as well. The ‘Mail’ threatened to print the story, but Grant suspects that the reason that they did not was because they had obtained their information unethically and illegally from a hospital source. The ‘Mail’ had also acquired the mobile number of Grant’s partner and rang her on that. A story about the birth then appeared in ‘Us’ magazine in America. The UK tabloids subsequently printed ‘garbled/twisted’ version of the story. Grant’s partner’s home was then besieged by press and photographers, as was his own house. The mother of Grant’s partner was harassed by the press. Neighbours were doorstopped. Grant gives details of the extreme harassment that they all faced from the press, which included one incident of a car being driven at one of them. Grant noted that the ‘reporting’ on behalf of the ‘Daily Mail’ was done by Keith Gladdis, who had previously worked for the ‘News of the Screws’, which was of course closed down after the methods that were being used to obtain personal information about people for stories – including phone hacking – were revealed. It was at this time that Platell’s character assassination of Hugh Grant was published in the ‘Daily Mail’.

All this about London hospitals leaking info, Hugh Grant and Amanda working as the Press Manager for a politician who organised the cover-up of the paedophile ring in Wales brought back a few memories for me. Previous posts have described the grossly unethical conduct that I witnessed whilst I worked in London medical schools and how I now have documentation demonstrating that the psychiatrists who were concealing the paedophile ring in north Wales were in contact with people whom I was working with in London medical schools. I have mentioned how I was bullied out of a job at St George’s Hospital Medical School just at the time that the victims of the paedophile ring in north Wales had started speaking to the media and that a close friend of mine – whose parents knew what had happened to me in north Wales and who worked in the media herself and who wanted to make a documentary about it all – was bullied out of her job at the Royal Television Society at exactly the same time. That was in the spring of 1991. I came across a reference the other day to there having been a big scandal brewing involving a paedophile ring with connections to Westminster but it had ‘all been covered up in 1991’.

One of my more obnoxious colleagues at St George’s who did all that she could to make my life unbearable was a particularly vile and aggressive researcher, who seemed to hold a lot of influence with our supervisor Dr Cathy Wilson. This researcher wasn’t ever one for sensitive behaviour – she shagged one junior doctor in the laboratory – but she certainly had a real downer on me. I never found out what this researcher’s problem with me was, but she slammed doors in my face as I walked into laboratories and offices, she refused to allow me access to laboratory equipment and then told Wilson that I wasn’t doing any work, she never communicated with me in anything other than an angry shout and I understand that she told various people that it was going to be ensured that I ‘went back to Wales’. This woman came from quite a privileged background and used to spend much time name dropping to let the rest of us know how many aristos that she hung out with, but she also spent a lot of time ingratiating herself to luvvies. There was one young male luvvie that she was in hot pursuit of at the time – in 1990 – who was beginning to become very famous but was still based in London. I am pretty sure that it was Hugh Grant. Just before he became – HUGH GRANT????!!!!! I don’t know who exactly encouraged the dreadful Mandy Leigh to treat another researcher in the way that she did but I have a message for her: I was bullied out of that job and subsequently nearly framed for a very serious crime that I did not commit because I had crossed the paths of some Top Doctors who were facilitating a paedophile ring you obnoxious over-privileged sharp elbowed bullying cow. There are now a number of police investigations going on into the activities of the people who were determined to ensure that I ended up outside of polite company and back in the clutches of those who were colluding with organised crime. Would you like to contact whichever police station that you are now in close proximity to and make a statement naming the people who told you to behave in the way that you did?

Amanda Platell ironically suffered at the hands of the Top Doctors herself. In 2012 she penned a column for the ‘Daily Mail’ about the evils of the NHS offering IVF. Amanda reveals that she too had IVF but she Paid For It Herself, which is obviously a rather more worthy thing to do than access it on the NHS. The joke was on Amanda though – Amanda didn’t get pregnant despite handing over many thousands and then found out that in women over 40, IVF and associated interventions have a very low success rate but no-one told her. No Amanda, they won’t have. Because a lot of Top Doctors running IVF clinics are very unscrupulous (see post ‘The BMA And It’s Ethics’) and they see people like you coming a mile off – you have a lot more money than you do scientific knowledge and they will lie to you and milk you dry, whilst conning you that ‘going private’ will buy you something better than the plebs who are treated under the NHS get. Furthermore they know that if they keep their expensive smiles frozen on their faces and carry on lying to you, you’ll even write articles in publications like the ‘Daily Mail’ encouraging other mugs to part with their money as well.

Lest anyone think that I’m being somewhat unsympathetic to Amanda’s fleecing at the hands of the Top Doctors, I’m experiencing compassion fatigue because in a way Amanda brought this upon herself. Because Platell and her People won’t publish anything about one of the worst scandals that a lot of Top Doctors have been involved with – the concealing of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. I know this because before Amanda published poison about Hugh Grant and before she published her tale of woe about ripped off by the Top Doctors, two people with media links told me that the evidence that I had regarding the Top Doctors and the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal was so damning that I ought to go to the London-based media, because the Welsh media would be far too frightened to publish it. They both gave me the contact details of ‘Daily Mail’ journalists. I was very iffy – I didn’t feel that comfortable at the idea of getting into bed with the ‘Daily Mail’ – but I was told that what the Top Doctors were getting up to was so serious that I really should get it out in the public domain in any way that I could. I sent the story to two different ‘Daily Mail’ journos – I didn’t ask for any money. I received an enthusiastic e mail back immediately upon receipt of each e mail. Then a long silence…. never heard another word. Not even when three years ago or so Tom Watson unleashed the hounds of Hades when he went public on allegations that children had been sexually abused by people with links to Westminster. You’re quite right Tom, they had been. But Platell and her People worked for the very politician that covered it all up.

Of course Hague’s successor Theresa has now organised the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse – which is falling apart at the seams. I notice in today’s ‘Times’ dear old Murdoch has let the world know that the Home Office have now been fined £366,000 by the Treasury for breaching Whitehall rules regarding the salary of the latest Chair for that Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay. Jay was the ‘choice’ of the current Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Rudd implied that the previous Chair – who has walked out and returned to New Zealand – Judge Lowell Goddard, had been up to no good. However it transpires that Lowell Goddard withdrew because Rudd was trying to force a team of Home Office officials onto her to run the ‘Independent’ Inquiry. Which would have not made it an Independent Inquiry led by Lowell Goddard. The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, a group of former residents of children’s homes in Lambeth who suffered abuse whilst they were there, walked out of the Inquiry for the same reason. They also stated that Alexis Jay, a former social worker, was turning the Inquiry into a ‘social workers talking shop’. Yes, that’s exactly what she’ll do. Because it is the social work profession that was infiltrated by paedophiles that caused havoc and social work as a profession still has not come to terms with it and will not admit it. And to remain in that profession at any senior level one will just have to have turned a blind eye to some fairly sordid things. So when they are confronted with what went on, social workers start talking about the need to fight stigma and to safeguard children and to make sure that no other child ever suffers and how everyone must feel safe but no-one must be blamed. What they will not do is name the paedophiles or their colleagues who allowed those paedophiles to commit offences against children in care. The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association however have done exactly that on their website. They are still in touch with Lowell Goddard.

The Waterhouse Inquiry whitewashed what went on in north Wales because Hague appointed Ronald Waterhouse, a man who had personal connections with many of the people who actually facilitated the paedophile ring in north Wales, along with a team of lawyers and officials from the Welsh Office who knew what was going on at the time and colluded with it, to run the Inquiry.

I think that it’s about time that I did a bit of research on Amber Rudd and her connections to see if I can work out why she not only had such faith in Alexis Jay, but was prepared to break Whitehall rules in order to appoint her.

 

 

 

News Round Up, June 11 2017

Recent posts of mine relating to the Waterhouse Inquiry, the decades of abuse of children in care that have taken place in north Wales, as well as the rot in the region’s mental health services, have pointed the finger at the Flintshire region as a source of people who concealed misconduct and malpractice. So it’s quite fitting that a number of news stories recently have featured dodgy dealings in Flintshire – the boil has obviously not been lanced.

A story that featured on both BBC News Wales and the Daily Post online was that of Patricia Reid, 57, a social worker from Flintshire, who crashed her car on the A55 at St Asaph whilst she was driving over the alcohol limit on May 25. Ms Reid caused a  seven car pile up and five people were taken to hospital. She pleaded guilty at Llandudno Magistrates Court and was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £140, with £85 costs and a £30 surcharge. The Court heard how Ms Reid had been ‘distressed’ because her mother had been admitted to hospital and had downed ‘several’ glasses of wine. It was also said that Ms Reid was ‘depressed’ due to being out of work and, being a social worker, was ‘massively over-qualified’ for many jobs on offer in the region. No matter how much one feels for Ms Reid’s plight, I can but contrast this tale of woe with the treatment meted out to the clients of Ms Reid’s colleagues ie. the ‘service users’ of the region. I have covered court cases involving many of them on this blog. Cases past and present include a patient (me) convicted of staring at a social worker in Safeways and on another occasion calling an NHS manager a fat idiot whilst on the phone to his secretary; another patient charged with threatening to endanger life when he phoned a psychiatric nurse and told her that he was so suicidal that he felt like chopping a gas pipe – he ended up in Walton Prison for three weeks; a psychiatric patient jailed for ‘threatening a psychiatrist’ because her pet cats had died and in her confusion she seemed to believe that the psychiatrist had something to do with it; and very recently numerous people with mental health and addiction problems being banged up for ‘sleeping in Wrexham town centre’ or even ‘standing still like a zombie after taking Black Mamba’. Let’s not forget some of the offences that the children who complained of being molested in the north Wales children’s homes were charged with – a memorable one being stealing a packet of chewing gum. What on earth would have happened to any of us if we had got pissed, gone out driving and caused a seven car pile up? So Ms Reid was distressed because her mother had been admitted to hospital. The ‘service users’ who are being banged up for ludicrous reasons have far more problems than that – some of them don’t have a roof over their heads, some of them have been bereaved in tragic circumstances, they nearly all have money problems and they also have far more serious mental health problems than being depressed due to being out of work. Furthermore Ms Reid finds that as a social worker, she is ‘massively over-qualified’ for most jobs in the region. Well as a ‘service user’ one can be in possession of a PhD and one will still be recommended to attend a MIND drop in centre for ‘recovery’ and then told to do whatever badly paid zero hours contract job comes one’s way. The story of Ms Reid confirms what I and others have long suspected – that those staffing the abusive, neglectful ‘services’ in the region know that they would be in the same rather leaky uncomfortable boat as their clients should they ever lose their jobs and that is why they stick together like glue, refuse to acknowledge the dire state of affairs in the health and welfare services and use their considerable political muscle to threaten any politician who dares suggest that an investigation or even reform might be needed with being voted out.

The Daily Post online also reported that a police officer from Flint, Sgt Neil Hughes, has denied two charges of voyeurism, specifically by using his mobile phone to covertly film a ‘young girl’ in her bedroom on two separate occasions ‘for his sexual gratification’ between July and Dec 2016. He was rebailed to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court for trial. Prosecuting barrister John Philpotts suggested that in view of the defendant’s job, consideration should be given to appointing a judge from outside of the area, such as from south Wales. There’s no point. I have presented a mountain of evidence on this blog demonstrating that the legal, police, medical, social care and judicial network that is used to conceal wrongdoing extends across the whole of the UK.

Another story from Flintshire earlier this week was that of Oakmere House in Hawarden- a home for adults between 18-65 with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs – being served with an urgent order from CSSIW (Care and Social Services Inspectorate) suspending it’s registration on the grounds of fears of ‘serious risks to life, health and well-being’. CSSIW maintain that staff whistleblowers approached them and also claim that  previous concerns about the ‘mistreatment’ of residents were ignored by management. CSSIW have now produced a ‘damning report’. As is so often the case with CSSIW though, this case may not be all that it seems. The ‘mistreatment’ of residents involved: the police not being called after a resident broke two panes of glass and needed restraint; a resident ‘grabbing a member of staff’ and two residents cutting themselves with razors that they’d found. These were people with learning disabilities and autism – that combination leads to very difficult behaviours. Was Oakmere House supposed to carry on like the Hergest Unit and have distressed residents arrested for, basically, throwing wobblers? Another allegation that the CSSIW levelled at Oakmere was residents money going missing – but we are not told how much money this was. It is unacceptable but patients in NHS wards are constantly relieved of their possessions and no-one shuts the hospital down. CSSIW also alleged ‘inappropriate physical restraint’. There have been complaints that staff in the Hergest Unit assaulted and injured patients under the excuse of ‘restraint’ but those complaints were dismissed by the managers. So where does this action against Oakmere leave the NHS? People in the psychiatric wards in north Wales are killing themselves. All that’s happened to the Betsi is that it was placed in special measures following the scandal at Tawel Fan – and what happened to patients at Tawel Fan alone was far, far worse than the happenings at Oakmere House. The father of a resident has spoken in support of Oakmere House. His son had been there for 10 years and was ‘content’ there. His son has now had to be moved elsewhere, which will no doubt be distressing and confusing for him. This father had observed that the CSSIW report was ‘a little harsh’ – however he has noticed that Oakmere is employing ‘more and more agency staff’. Just like the Betsi then. Although Oakmere have put in a ‘robust action plan’ and ‘worked closely with the inspectorate and commissioners’, it has been ‘unable to address issues concerning staff’. Sounds like the NHS to me. Nonetheless, CSSIW have stated that when they see ‘no improvement’ they will ‘always act to protect people’. Every bit of evidence relating to the Betsi suggests that it’s problems have got even bigger since it was placed in special measures… Flintshire County Council is now monitoring Oakmere under it’s ‘escalating concerns’ procedures.

But is Flintshire County Council in any position to pass judgement? One news story this week has been that of Conservative AM Mark Isherwood raising the matter of the conduct of some Councillors in Flintshire on the floor of the Senedd. Mark’s wife Hilary was a Flintshire Councillor for 13 years and the Isherwoods are alleging that Hilary was subjected to the most dreadful ‘misogynistic bullying’ from certain other Councillors. Mark is calling on the Welsh Gov’t to take action against Flintshire’s Chief Exec Colin Everett and Deputy Leader Bernie Attridge. It seems that Hilary Isherwood has been subjected to much aggro on Twitter, including on one occasion in 2014 when Bernie sent out a tweet describing her as a ‘bitter twisted Tory’ and stating that ‘Fir coat and no knic… comes to mind’. (I presume that he meant ‘fur’.) Women politicians are making a very big issue of slurs on social media at present and although the threats of murder and sexual violence that some have received are gross and need challenging, I think Hilary probably should have just ignored these old farts. Furthermore her choice of coats and undies are no business of Bernie’s and are unrelated to her abilities as a Councillor. (By the way Bernie, Vivienne Westwood famously wore no knickers when she visited the Palace to pick up one of her gongs.) It’s interesting that Hilary has come under attack though. The attack has taken the form of crude insults that are usually directed at women rather than men, but I suspect that what might have really pissed the other Councillors off is that Hilary’s husband has actually worked very hard indeed to support people who have had some very bad experiences with the mental health services and NHS in north Wales. Mark Isherwood has been prepared to make representation on behalf of people who have been completely blanked by everyone else. I note that in her interview with the Post, Hilary observed that she became a Councillor to help vulnerable people. It’s not the sort of aim that I usually associate with Tories, but whilst the Labour Party in England and Plaid in Wales have been campaigning on behalf of the Top Doctors, Hilary’s husband has indeed been beavering away behind the scenes doing his best for people who have been stuffed over by the Top Doctors et al abusing their positions. I’ve never met Hilary but I did speak to her on the phone a few years ago and she wasn’t at all bitter and twisted. She did try to persuade me to vote Tory which I made fairly obvious was unlikely to happen, but even knowing that, Mark Isherwood still met me and wrote letters on my behalf. He didn’t get very far, but that’s because we were dealing with criminals in the North West Wales NHS Trust. The irony in all this is that the relevant Cabinet Secretary has responded to Mark Isherwood by saying that he proposes new obligations to ‘uphold standards of conduct’ and encourage ‘respectful relationships between elected members that recognise diversity and celebrate it’. So who is the man spouting lame clichés about recognising and celebrating diversity (although I hardly think that being female counts as being ‘diverse’, we form a greater proportion of the population than men) – step forward Mark Drakeford, former Health Secretary who was in post when Tawel Fan exploded in his face. That’s the Mark Drakeford who used to be Professor of Social Sciences at Cardiff and who knows what a failing, abusive, dysfunctional organisation looks like – indeed he has published about scandals in healthcare himself – and he knew that there was a barrel of shit in north Wales because for many years he was special advisor to Rhodri Morgan. Yet Mark just couldn’t bring himself to admit how bloody awful the NHS in north Wales is. I have also heard accounts of Drakeford being somewhat disrespectful to the relatives of those who were abused in Tawel Fan. Furthermore I wrote to Mark myself to inform him of the research fraud that underlay ‘mindfulness based cognitive therapy’ (MBCT) – I didn’t receive a reply but only weeks later Drakeford appeared in the media with a few mindfulness practitioners reiterating the miracles that ‘research’ has demonstrated stem from it. Drakeford isn’t an idiot and I have puzzled for a long time as to why he ignored the genocide in north Wales yet farted around trying to ban e cigarettes in the grounds that they lead us all into the hands of the Devil, but the other day I found a clue. Many years ago, before he was an academic and before he was involved in politics, Mark Drakeford was a social worker – in Dyfed. Presumably the Dyfed where Ioan Bowen Rees was County Secretary, the Ioan Bowen Rees who later became Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council and who ignored and concealed the rampant abuse of children in care  (and of mental health patients) that was pervasive in Gwynedd and who invited ‘officers’ from Dyfed to investigate when the lid could not be held down any longer. For some reason the ‘investigation’ by Ioan’s old mates from Dyfed didn’t resolve very much… Please see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ for details of this shameful period of Gwynedd’s history. There have of course been allegations of organised child abuse in Dyfed. So as Mark watched the carnage in north Wales when he was Health Minister and ‘talked’ to the Top Doctors – God they must have thought that Christmas had come when he was appointed Health Minister, they’d got rid of Edwina and she’d been replaced by a tame social worker – patients continued to die. Because the whole region has been screwed by the legacy of a paedophile ring Mark – you plonker…

Talking of Top Doctors – one of them from Harefield Hospital has landed himself in hot water. Mail online reported that Mohamed Amrani, a ‘world renowned heart surgeon’, has been given a six month suspended sentence after groping the breasts of one female colleague and then some years later slapping the bum of another one who worked at the BUPA Cromwell Hospital. He has also been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years, pay £8000 in prosecution costs and undertake 25 days of rehabilitation activities. Judge Anne Molyneaux described him as an outstandingly good surgeon and that it may be in the public interest to allow him to continue practising. One could be forgiven for thinking that Amrani was what tabloid newspapers used to call a ‘sex pest’, a sort of Benny Hill in scrubs. However there are indications that he could well be a very much greater problem than that. He faced other charges as well, including two of assault by penetration and a rape charge. The jury were unable to reach a verdict on the rape charge and a retrial has been ruled out, so a not guilty plea was recorded. His defence barrister, Stephen Vullo QC – who also acted for Rolf Harris, so Amrani hired the best – described him as an ‘exceptional man with a flaw’. (Just a little one.) As in the case of Top Doctor Ian Paterson who was recently imprisoned, there seems to be another attempt here to deflect blame onto the Trust and the Trust alone, rather than the many people whom it was acknowledged knew how Amrani behaved towards woman. The Trust admitted that Amrani was one of their stars, that he brought a lot of dosh into the Trust and that he operated on many more patients than his colleagues did. The Trust acknowledged that private practice brings in a huge amount of money for the Trust. It was suggested in Court that the Trust had protected Amrani because of his status. Regarding the rape allegation, Amrani had described it was ‘pure fantasy’ and had stated that ‘hospital records suggest it never happened’. Well hospital records certainly would never have recorded it if it had have happened. Complaints had been made about Amrani by a number of different women between 2004-2015. The first complainant was told when she raised concerns ‘just ignore him, he does it to everyone’. Pretty much like dear old Dr Dafydd Alun Jones then, who was the subject of constant anecdotes from female staff. They did not like being around him, they took precautions to not be left alone with him, one trainee clinical psychologist told me how he summoned her to his office ‘to talk about psychology’ only to take out an ancient photo of himself and ask her ‘don’t ewe think I was handsome?’ and a man who had been married to one of Jones’s secretaries told me how Jones would regularly ask her to come into work wearing various items of allegedly erotic clothing ‘because they’re my favourites’. So when I complained about his inappropriate conduct towards me I was of course told that I was ‘deluded’. It is now up to the GMC – the GMC who did not take action against Dafydd at any point despite numerous complaints against him – to take action against Amrani. He’s already got a plan if they do place restrictions on his practice – he’s off to Morocco to practice because GMC restrictions don’t apply there. In the same way that the psychiatrist who was involved in the death of Dr Sara Ryan’s son Connor Sparrowhawk buggered off to Ireland to practice lest the GMC take action against her.

Now for a few lines about the general election results. Ieuan Wyn Jones, the defender of some very great wrongdoers, I’m glad to say fell flat on his face on Ynys Mon and was not elected. Time to retreat from public life Ieuan, particularly as this blog is exposing everyone like you who colluded with a few things that you shouldn’t have. Theresa May is in a terrible mess and the dreadful Boris is planning another coup. And this morning Heseltine was on the radio ranting that Jeremy Corbyn ‘is at the gates’ – brilliant, I hope that someone let’s him in, but prevents Diane Abbott coming through with him though. I’m touched to note that Heseltine is now being constructed as a man ‘of the centre’. This is the man who refused to rule out soldiers being told to fire on protestors at Greenham Common and who mobilised thousands of soldiers and police officers to confront CND protesters in other locations (some of whom were alleged to have assaulted and even raped protestors but those allegations were never investigated) and who used to boast that his massive company never paid it’s bills until they had received numerous reminders because that way they got to sit on more money for longer. Heseltine also constantly made public his opinion that Cameron was a fine leader and PM. What he did not make so public was that Cameron had been one of Heseltine’s daughter’s mates when they were young and they were both well known for hanging out with a bunch of vacuous champagne swilling Hooray Henries. Heseltine also proffered his opinion this morning that the 2008 financial crisis was due to the general public spending too much. I’m so glad that it was nothing to do with the global banking system and the misconduct of those who worked within it.

Among all the excitement surrounding everybody’s expectations that Theresa is finished, some members of the Labour Party have been popping up in the media, including in Wales – most recently one Lord Murphy aka Paul Murphy, former Welsh Secretary and former N Ireland Secretary, who has featured on this blog recently. Keen readers might have noticed that among my discussions of organised child abuse and dirty political deals that undoubtedly involved protecting some of the people involved in that abuse, I have not yet mentioned the Kincora boys home scandal in Belfast. I am well aware of it, as well as of the links that it has to some of the matters that I have discussed and I am busy researching…. I didn’t know until this morning though that the Kincora boys home scandal has been specifically excluded from the Independent Inquiry Into Child Abuse. Now there’s a surprise… My co-researcher has sent me loads more material and I’ve discovered more gems in the Waterhouse Report. We’ve also dug up yet more dirt on Baroness Patricia Scotland and even more links between her and those who caused so much havoc in north Wales. There will be more posts soon with more people named. So they all might as well start preparing their statements and making their way to their local cop shop…

 

Is This Really A Good Idea?

I’ve just been onto the Daily Post website to see if another scandal has emerged from the Betsi yet – there’s often more than one in the space of 24 hours, so I check the Post’s website as well as BBC News Wales online regularly. There’s nothing about the Betsi (yet) this morning, but there is another article that I find rather worrying. The Post is running a feature on PC Kelly Ellis from Flintshire who serves with the North Wales Police. PC Ellis has hit the headlines because she has just ‘passed exams’ at a ‘UK Assessment Centre’ in Cheshire – this has now entitled her to be let loose on the streets of north Wales with a gun. Kelly is a firearms officer. The feature bigs up the ‘glamour’ of Kelly’s role and it is revealed that her friends ‘all love the fact’ that she’s ‘doing firearms training’ and have nicknamed her Lara Croft. Well it’s reassuring to see that Kelly and her mates view carrying a lethal weapon – and having the power to discharge it at members of the public – as one big fantasy game. It has long been said by people involved in army training that if you’re going to give someone a gun, you need to be very careful who that person is.

I accept that there are situations in which the police do need to carry firearms (or tasers) and may have to use them. However, this blog has detailed much wrongdoing among the North Wales Police and this force has recently been subject to a major investigation into alleged corruption. There is evidence that for many years employees of the North Wales police were involved in the paedophile ring which operated throughout the region and destroyed so many lives. Gordon Anglesea, a former senior officer with the North Wales force, was imprisoned last year for sex offences against boys in care. But it took a very long time to nail Anglesea and it would seem that he still has a lot of support – he died in prison a few months ago, but before that happened it was reported that he was preparing an appeal and that a legal team had offered to represent him free of charge. Until Anglesea was convicted he enjoyed the full support of the Police Federation. When Anglesea’s funeral was held, it was reported that there was a huge turn-out, with many people from the Police Federation and the Methodist Church. I have close friends who are Methodists and when I asked them about this, they explained that as Methodists, they would indeed attend the funeral of a convicted child abuser on the grounds of brotherly love and forgiveness and that every human being deserves redemption at the end of their life. Now this is integral to Methodism – but I’m not sure that the Police Federation operates on the same theological basis. I have long since noted that Gordon Anglesea was either the victim of an enormous miscarriage of justice or that the north Wales paedophile ring still has a lot of friends. But even if Anglesea was wrongly convicted, this blog has detailed the police corruption that was integral to the concealing of serious abuses in the mental health services in north Wales. An officer from the North Wales Police was jailed for rape only days ago. Readers of the blog have left comments in response to some of my posts, describing how they too have been subject to harassment from the police in north Wales or worse. If the North Wales Police are allowing this behaviour to go unchecked – and it seems that they are, the officers and former officers named on this blog have not been arrested – can we really feel at ease when officers from this force are supplied with firearms? Lest any readers are living in hope that the officers being supplied with firearms are carefully screened and that there has been no incidents involving the abuse of these weapons, let me enlighten them. Some four or five years ago, when the harassment and threats from people involved with the north Wales mental health services towards me and people who had witnessed what had happened to me was at its height (please see blog posts ‘A Nasty Ludicrous Poison Pen Letter’ and ‘A Very Bad PR Man’), someone whom I was very friendly with at the time, who had provided a witness statement to my lawyers, had a worrying experience. They were driving home to their house in Gwynedd one evening when they noticed that they were being followed by a police car. This person had previously worked in an agency that works in partnership with the police and had a lot of contacts in such agencies in north Wales. They noticed that the vehicle following them was part of the force that deals with traffic offences. This vehicle followed my friend all the way back to their house, waited until they had gone inside and the driver then knocked, demanding entry, on the grounds that he wanted to talk to my friend about them allegedly speeding. When the officer concerned gained entry, he produced a gun and my friend was threatened. My friend rang me later that night and gave me a full physical description of the officer who had threatened him – by that time my friend had also rang some contacts and obtained the officer’s name. Shortly after this, I was driving through Cricieth when I noticed that I was being followed very closely by a police car. Remembering what had happened to my friend, I tried to lose the car by pulling over. The police car pulled over right behind me – I looked in the mirror, to see the driver glowering at me. He fitted the description of the officer who had threatened my friend with a gun in their own house – a red-faced middle aged officer with a ‘Walrus’ moustache. I then tried to get back home – at the time I was living with my friends in an isolated farmhouse near Llanystumdwy – the armed Walrus trailed me all the way, so closely that he was almost touching my bumper. I realised that this could get worrying, but just as I was about to turn off into the network of lanes that led to our house, another police car came along the main road. I took the opportunity to get away from the armed Walrus whilst one of his colleagues – hopefully not a bent copper like the Walrus – was witnessing this scene. Within days my lawyer telephoned me to say that the person who had been threatened by the armed Walrus had rung her to withdraw their statement regarding what had been happening to me at the hands of the mental health services. I did not contact this person again because it was fairly obvious that they had either been threatened or bribed into withdrawing their statement. The statement concerned the incident when Elfed Roberts, the former Chair of the North West Wales NHS Trust and a former senior officer with the North Wales Police, had demanded that I be arrested and interviewed by DC Steve Power at Bangor Police Station for ‘harassment’. The ‘harassment’ in question consisted of me e mailing the North West Wales NHS Trust requesting an investigation into the last time that they had tried to frame me for a non-existent crime. The full story can be read on my blog post ‘After The Attempt To Frame Me…’. As far as I know, Elfed Roberts is still a free man, as no doubt is Steve Power. I understand that Elfed is also still a member of Council at Bangor University – and a member of the University’s ‘fair practice’ Committee. Dr Peter Higson OBE, the Chair of the Betsi Board, is also a member of Bangor University’s Council. (Interestingly enough Higson’s sister, Dr Ruth Hussey OBE, former Chief Medical Officer of Wales, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Bangor University last year and has also been honoured by Swansea University  – please see blog post ‘News Round-Up, March 16 2017’ for more background on shenanigans at Swansea University. Ruth also has a cosy relationship with my old friends the BMA – who have featured in many previous blog posts – and wrote a guest post for them on the BMA Cymru blog.)

So the thought of police officers wielding guns and believing that they are North Wales’s answer to Lara Croft doesn’t fill me with joy. Of course should Kelly Ellis – or indeed the armed Walrus – end up shooting and killing someone, this will not necessarily end their career. In 2005, an innocent Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, was shot dead by the Metropolitan Police during a monumental cock-up. Once the Met realised that they had shot an innocent man, they then made a number of public statements in an attempt to explain their mistake, which involved discrediting the man that they’d killed. These public statements were later found to be untrue. The officer in command of the operation was one Cressida Dick. Killing an innocent man has done her no harm at all – she has been awarded a CBE, the Queen’s Police Medal (Elfed Roberts is also the proud possessor of one of these) and was recently appointed the first female Metropolitan Police Commissioner. A feminist triumph, celebrated by Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ and many others. Isn’t diversity in high places great. Meanwhile an innocent man lies dead in his grave because his brown skin suggested to Cressida et al that he just had to be a terrorist on his way to blow us all sky-high. The policeman who smeared Jean Charles de Menezes after his death has done OK for himself as well – he was one Ian Blair – a big buddy of another man also called Blair – who is now Lord Ian Blair. He was mercifully sacked as Head of the Met once Boris Johnson was appointed as London Mayor, which must have been the only positive thing that Boris has ever done. Lord Blair also possesses the Queen’s Police Medal – HM the Queen obviously gives those away like Smarties.

Whilst I’m on the subject of people killing other people with guns, I have been following the case of Sgt Alexander Blackman, a Royal Marine who was convicted of murder after shooting dead a Taleban soldier in Helmand, but who has now had that conviction reduced to manslaughter on appeal, after a vigorous campaign by his wife and other supporters. On an audio recording of the incident, Blackman can very clearly be heard telling his colleagues who witnessed the shooting that he has just broken the Geneva convention and that they are to keep quiet about this. It was never disputed that Blackman had said this. Blackman won his appeal on the grounds of three ‘expert witnesses’ testifying that he was suffering from PTSD at the time. These three ‘experts’ were all psychiatrists described in media reports as being of ‘high standing’, yet I have not been able to find out exactly who these ‘experts’ were. My blog post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’ details how in the early 1990s some of the most ’eminent’ psychiatrists in the UK, from St George’s Hospital Medical School/Springfield Hospital and the Maudsley, all lied through their teeth – or simply remained silent – in order to conceal what was happening in the north Wales mental health services. Some of those involved – such as Nigel Eastman, Tom Burns and Robin Jacobson – are still practising. And of course dear old Dr Dafydd Alun Jones himself has given ‘evidence’ on countless occasions that someone has been suffering from PTSD – yet Dafydd’s track record would suggest that nothing he says should be believed. This blog has also named other ‘expert witnesses’ who lied in order to conceal the abuses of the north Wales mental health services, such as Robert Kehoe. Kehoe is still offering his services as an ‘expert witness’  and I think may have even found his way into Harley Street. He is now also Medical Director of Cygnet, a big US based private medical company, which has aggressively expansionist ambitions with regard to the UK mental healthcare market. I note that evidence that Alexander Blackman was suffering from PTSD was not presented at his original trial – this diagnosis was only mentioned at the appeal, some three years later. When so many ‘expert witnesses’ in psychiatry are able to tell porkies so readily, one wonders just how safe Alexander Blackman’s latest conviction is. If any readers know the identities of any of the ‘experts’ who gave evidence in the Blackman case, please do let me know.