My post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake’ explained how even after the suppression of the Jillings Report, allegations of the widespread serious abuse of children in care in north Wales involving a paedophile ring and possibly public figures refused to go away. The Secretary of State for Wales at the time, William Hague, initially refused to hold a public inquiry into the matter but then changed his mind. On 17 June 1996 he announced that there would be a judicial inquiry and then on 30 August 1996 Hague announced that the inquiry would be Chaired by Sir Ronald Waterhouse, a High Court judge who had only just retired. Since then there have been constant allegations that the Waterhouse Report was a massive cover-up that placed the blame for the serious abuse of children – which Waterhouse did admit had happened – firmly on the actions of a number of social care workers. Serious criticisms were made regarding the remit of Waterhouse – the remit was never to explore the possible involvement of people outside of the care system. Furthermore as explained in my post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’, Waterhouse also failed to admit to just how bad the abuse being meted out by the care system itself was. He didn’t begin to touch the enormity of what had gone on. However, when one looks at the people who were selected to participate in the Inquiry, that is not surprising. I have not yet discovered the identities of the individuals who selected Ronald Waterhouse, his panel and his advisors, but I can only conclude that they were selected very carefully….
So the Public Inquiry was Chaired By Sir Ronald Waterhouse. Three lawyers were nominated to the panel by the Attorney General of England, Wales and N Ireland, Sir Nicholas Lyell MP. Those three lawyers were Gerard Elias QC, Gregory Treverton-Jones and Ernest Ryder. An ‘advisor for police matters’ was appointed, Sir Ronald Hadfield. The Treasury Solicitor provided ‘the services of a team under Brian McHenry, the Solicitor to the Tribunal’. The Tribunal was ‘helped’ by a team of paralegals and administrative staff from the Welsh Office. Dedicated readers of this blog will have remembered that it was the Treasury Solicitor who represented the Home Office and the estate of Dr Paul Hayward when Mary Wynch sued them as well as Dr Dafydd Alun Jones for wrongfully imprisoning her for more than a year in Risley Remand Centre and the North Wales Hospital. The North Wales Hospital was of course one of the places where children who had been abused whilst in care tended to end up. Lucille Hughes, the Director of Gwynedd Social Services, who was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was in operation in the social services but not acting upon this knowledge, was at one point the mistress of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Mary Wynch was finally chewed up, spat out, ruined and silenced by the Home Office in 1995 – just as Ministers were deciding whether to hold a public inquiry into matters in north Wales. So the Treasury Solicitor was somewhat compromised. As was the Welsh Office – not only had successive Secretaries of State ignored the cases of Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and me, but I now have documents demonstrating that the Welsh Office itself, in the form of their lawyer Andrew Park and Medical Ombudsman Professor Robert Owen, was knowingly concealing criminal activities in the mental health services in north Wales, including perjury and false imprisonment. So the same Welsh Office helpfully supplied staff to assist the ‘independent’ Inquiry, which had been ordered by the Secretary of State for Wales…
At the outset it had been agreed by the Attorney General that anything that a witness said in evidence before the Inquiry would not be used against him or her in criminal proceedings – scores of those witnesses had been the people working in and managing the services in which the children had been abused. Furthermore anonymity was granted to witnesses. Sir Ronald also noted that an ‘adverse consequence’ of one of the rulings of the panel was that ‘the evidence heard by the Tribunal was less widely reported by the national press than it would have been otherwise’. So had one been a witness involved in the abuse of children, one was granted anonymity, protection from prosecution and the national press would probably never publish what you had done. As for those awkward sods in the media who did try and follow the revelations, they reported that the former residents of the children’s homes disintegrated as they told this bunch of stooges how they had been raped, beaten and brutalised for years whilst in the care of the other ‘witnesses’. During the Inquiry, the warehouse containing the records of hundreds of the children who had been in care in north Wales during the period under review went up in flames – the records were destroyed, so many potential witnesses were never traced. The North Wales Police maintained that the fire ‘was not suspicious’.
After the panel had heard evidence and submissions from the witnesses, in May 1998 they held a seminar with a ‘selected panel of experts’ to hear their ‘recommendations for the future, designed to strengthen existing safeguards for the protection from abuse of looked after children’. These ‘experts’ were Sir William Utting, Sir Ronald Hadfield, Adrianne Jones CBE, Brian Briscoe and Dr Anthony Baker. Someone somewhere must have really loved Ron Hadfield because Waterhouse had also used him as their advisor on police matters. Someone was fond of Adrianne Jones as well, because after the Jillings investigation but before the announcement of the Waterhouse Inquiry, she had been commissioned by the Welsh Office to carry out ‘an independent detailed examination of the child care procedures and practices of Clwyd and Gwynedd County Councils since 1991’. She presented her report to the Secretary of State in May 1996.
So let’s look at all these people.
Sir Ronald Waterhouse. Ronald Waterhouse was a High Court judge between 1978-1996. He famously presided over the case of Ken Dodd when Dodd was prosecuted for tax evasion in 1989. The evidence against Dodd was so damning that most people were assuming that the only questions arising were which prison and how many years, but Dodd was, to the surprise of the nation, cleared. This was widely attributed to the fact that he had employed the notorious Rottweiler George Carmen as his barrister. Carmen had defended the Coronationn Street actor who played Len Fairclough when he had been on trial for indecently assaulting two young girls. ‘Fairclough’ was cleared but some years later admitted in a media interview that he had been guilty. Carmen was also in contact with dear old Lord Greville Janner when Janner was interviewed by the police in 1991 regarding allegations of offences against children, lest Janner needed him. Carmen was said to have been surprised that Janner was never prosecuted. After Carmen died, his son published a book maintaining that Carmen was an alcoholic and the most ferocious wife beater, but no police officer in London would confront him on account of his power within legal circles. Carmen was a member of the Garrick – along with Sir William Mars-Jones, a man mentioned previously on this blog regarding the concealing of abuses occurring in north Wales. Ronnie Waterhouse helped Dodd out himself during the summing up of the trial however. Waterhouse reminded the jury of the ‘abundant evidence’ of Dodd’s ‘good character and of other idiosyncrasies relevant to his defence’.
Waterhouse was born and went to school in Holywell, Flintshire (just down the road from the North Wales Hospital and in the same region as the location of the children’s homes that had been the site of so much serious abuse for decades). His father was a local Liberal politician. In the early part of his legal career Waterhouse’s pupil masters were John Brightman – who later became a Law Lord – and Sir William-Mars Jones! Waterhouse later established a common law practice in London and on the Chester and Wales Circuit. So like William Mars-Jones, Waterhouse had a foot among the Big Boys in the London establishment, as well as many connections in north Wales – and was part of the Chester and Wales Circuit, which was dogged by allegations of corruption. As well as making headway in law, he also showed interest in a career in politics – he was the unsuccessful Labour candidate for West Flintshire in 1959. Waterhouse was the Deputy Chairman of the Cheshire Quarter Sessions between 1964-1971 and of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions, 1966-1971. He was the junior counsel at the Aberfan Inquiry in 1966 and was also the junior prosecuting counsel in the trial of the Moors Murderers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, at the Chester Assizes in 1966. Senior prosecuting counsel was the Attorney General, Sir Elwyn Jones, later Lord Elwyn-Jones -who was the Lord Chancellor at the time of Mary Wynch’s wrongful arrest and imprisonment.
Immediately upon Waterhouse’s retirement, William Hague appointed him as Chair of the Public Inquiry into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd and Gwynedd County Councils since 1974. Much was made of him keeping handwritten notes as people gave evidence and how he meticulously summarised these notes regularly. I can only assume that those handwritten notes were being scanned very carefully for evidence of what to ignore or at least not mention again. Waterhouse died in 2011 and in his obituary the Telegraph paid tribute to his ‘outstanding report’. Waterhouse did indeed receive a very good press considering how deficient a lot of people felt that Report to be – but Ronnie had a few good media connections as well, he had been good friends with Sir Robin Day since they were students and is even credited for being the person who encouraged Day to go into broadcasting as a career. Indeed, Waterhouse’s obituaries commented on his gregarious nature and his ‘wide circle of friends in many walks of life’. Which included bigwigs in London involved with politics, media and law, lawyers widely believed to be corrupt on the Chester and Wales Circuit, as well as a lot of people of his own generation who were local boys made good – such as Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr T. Gwynne Williams no doubt!
The former residents of the children’s homes in north Wales and a number of journalists who had investigated their stories always maintained that Waterhouse had performed a complete whitewash. However, there were a number of people who suggested that he’d exaggerated the scale of the abuse in north Wales. Some such people were a group called FACT (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers), which was established after Basil Williams-Rigby and Mike Lawson had successfully appealed against their convictions. FACT did not exist at the time of the Waterhouse Inquiry and Williams-Rigby and Lawson were based on Merseyside rather than in north Wales. FACT alleged that there was a problem with police ‘trawling’ for information in child abuse investigations. Whether this has happened in other investigations I don’t know, but far from trawling for information regarding abuse in north Wales, the North Wales Police and others seemed to have done all they could not to see what was sticking out like a sore thumb and indeed they were actively ignoring the complaints of some people or were simply refusing to investigate. I found the information regarding ‘FACT’ on the website richardwebster.net
Richard Webster has a heavy internet presence which is interesting because he has been dead since 2011 – someone is obviously paying the subs to ensure that his website remains live. Webster became famous for his 2005 book ‘The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The Making of a Modern Witchunt’ in which he maintained that the ‘secret’ was that Bryn Estyn was just a rather mediocre children’s home, pretty indistinguishable from scores of other children’s homes at that time and that allegations of a paedophile ring and people in high places concealing wrongdoing was fantasy. Parts of Richard Webster’s online offerings are no more than a vehicle to discredit Alison Taylor, the Gwynedd social worker who blew the whistle on the abuse of children in north Wales. Webster shows a staggering naivity and lack of knowledge regarding the conduct of the ‘professionals’ involved in managing or staffing the ‘services’ in north Wales. For example, as evidence of how proper their behaviour was and how seriously they took complaints, he mentions that after complaints of abuse from one person that the Director of Gwynedd Social Services, Lucille Hughes, met this person herself to speak to them. Now I was on the receiving end of Lucille’s henchmen for years – ‘meetings’ with people who were making complaint were not held to shed light on the complaint and find a resolution. They were held to threaten and scare the living daylights out of the person who had dared complain. God knows what passed between Lucille Hughes and the young person who was alleging serious abuse, but I very much doubt that Lucille had a cup of cocoa with them. I’m also curious as to why Richard Webster ever became interested in what was going on in north Wales anyway – he claimed that he became interested through the work of historian Norman Cohn, but he was never professionally involved with health and welfare and had never previously shown any interest in anything relating to Wales. He is described as a cultural historian, was a graduate of the University of East Anglia and lived in Oxford. Yet he spent an enormous amount of time and effort denying the existence of something that was causing havoc in north Wales and which led to the deaths of a lot of people. He also really enjoyed putting the boot into Alison Taylor. So who is ensuring that his website remains live? One of the gems that I found on Webster’s site was a comment from Detective Superintendent Ackerley, the CID officer from the North Wales Police, who led the investigation into child abuse in north Wales that began in 1991. Ackerley was commenting after the conviction of John Allen in 1995. Ackerley is quoted as saying that ‘we thought at first there was a paedophile ring. Now it we know it was just two evil men’. Since Ackerley said that, very many more people have been convicted of abusing children in north Wales, including his former colleague Superindendent Gordon Anglesea. There were very many more than just two evil men involved and there were quite a few evil women assisting the evil men as well.
Gerard Elias QC. Gerard had played a major role in a high profile trial in the summer of 1996. He had been the prosecuting counsel at the trial of Howard Hughes, who was found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of a little girl called Sophie Hook who had been on holiday in Llandudno. There was no forensic evidence linking Hughes with the murder, a number of those playing a part in the evidence against him have starred on this blog as a result of their very questionable track records and the case of Howard Hughes is considered by many to be a very serious miscarriage of justice (please see post ‘News Round Up – And Murder Most Foul’ for my coverage of the Howard Hughes case). Howard Hughes had been a resident of Bryn Estyn, the children’s home at Wrexham that has been identified as a particularly abusive institution – a number of employees of Bryn Estyn were imprisoned for serious sexual offences against the boys in their care. Howard Hughes had also been in the hands of the north Wales mental health services. William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry on 17 June 1996. Gerard Elias was prosecuting Howard Hughes between 24 June 1996 and 18 July 1996. At the time of his appointment to the Waterhouse panel, Gerard Elias had been the leader of the Chester and Wales Circuit – the Circuit alleged to be shot through with corruption.
Gregory Treverton-Jones. Treverton-Jones was very low profile when he was nominated to be part of the Waterhouse panel. He was so low profile that I haven’t actually been able to find out anything about him from before that time.
Ernest Ryder. Ernest was a also a very low profile lawyer when he sat on Waterhouse’s panel. He grew up in Bolton and embarked on a career in merchant banking before becoming a barrister. He was an enthusiastic member of the Territorial Army and in 1996 was awarded the Territorial Declaration. He became a QC at Easter 1997, during the Waterhouse Inquiry. Ernest seemed pretty much unknown before Waterhouse – it was afterwards that Ernest’s career really took off, as we shall see…
Sir Ronald Hadfield. The advisor on matters relating to the police. Unlike the lawyers who sat on the panel, Ronald Hadfield was very well-known by the time that he advised Waterhouse. He was the International Vice-President of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police. He had been the Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police between June 1990 and July 1996 – history has it that Hadfield’s job there had been to clean up that force in the wake of the scandal that had been the infamous West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, who framed scores of people and cost the taxpayer millions in compensation. The most famous people fitted up by the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad were the Birmingham Six, who had their ‘confessions’ beaten and tortured out of them by the Squad, assisted by some members of the Lancashire Constabulary. The trial of the Six had taken place at Lancaster Crown Court and they had been beaten up in Morecombe Police Station as well as in the West Midlands. Before becoming Chief Constable of the West Midlands, Ron Hadfield had served in the Lancashire Constabulary, as well as in the Greater Manchester Police and in the Derbyshire Constabulary. He was Chief Constable of Nottingham between 1987-90, then moved to the West Midlands after being head-hunted for the role of Chief Constable. After the Birmingham Six had their convictions overturned in 1991, there was much grief directed at the police and the legal system and pressure was applied to reopen the investigation into who actually had planted the bombs in Birmingham. Hadfield oversaw the ‘reinvestigation’, which led to the Hadfield Report. In April 1994 Hadfield stated that the file on the Birmingham pub bombings was closed and emphasised that the DPP at that time, Barbara Mills, had found ‘insufficient evidence for proceedings to be taken’. In 1994, Mills imposed a 75 year Public Immunity Interest Certificate on the documents relating to the Birmingham bombings, so they’re all under lock and key until 2069, as Babs considered that release of the documents would be damaging to the public interest. Somebody must have been pleased with Ronald because he was given a knighthood in 1995.
No-one else was ever charged with the bombings, although there are allegations that the names of people who had admitted to it had been known among certain journalists and politicians for years and were known at the time of the Hadfield Report. There are also allegations that this knowledge has been actively suppressed and that no further charges will ever brought as a result of the deal done that led to the Good Friday Agreement, under Blair. One of Blair’s Ministers involved in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement was Paul Murphy. By the time that Waterhouse had compiled his report, Blair had become PM and Paul Murphy was Secretary of State for Wales – it was Paul Murphy who reassured everyone that he was satisfied that no public figures were involved in the abuse of children in north Wales.
One would have thought that Ronald would know what to look for regarding signs of organised child abuse, because whilst at Nottingham he had set up a unit specialising in sex crime and child abuse. Furthermore, Ronald may well have known north Wales and some of the people in the region. Of course in his capacity as Chief Constable, he will have known the recent Chief Constables of North Wales, including Michael Argent, who refused to co-operate with the Jillings investigation into child abuse in Clwyd, just before the Waterhouse Inquiry. After I had been harassed and arrested by Elfed Roberts – the former acting assistant Chief Constable of the North Wales Police who after leaving the force under a very big cloud became the Chairman of the North West Wales NHS Trust – because he was ‘fed up’ of my complaints about the mental health services, a friend of mine was kind enough to show me the list of Elfed’s Facebook friends (he hadn’t installed any privacy settings). There were a number of present and retired officers from the Greater Manchester Police among them. The West Midlands Serious Crime Squad had some connections in north Wales as well. One of the people whom they framed was a man from Caernarfon, Ali Khan, whom they stitched up for robbery. He was subsequently awarded compensation. Interestingly enough, after this Ali Khan was jailed again – he maintained that the second term of imprisonment was also as a result of him being framed, as a ‘punishment’ for daring to take on the West Midlands Crime Squad. I first found out about Ali Khan because when Dr Dafydd Alun Jones had me unlawfully imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital in the winter of 1986/1989, I was initially taken to Bangor Police Station. I read all the graffiti that was on the cell walls – some of it had been written by Ali Khan and there were references to the number of times that he’d been arrested and released without charge and of course references to him winning a case against the West Midlands Crime Squad. (So he’d obviously been arrested again after that which was why he was in the cell at Bangor writing on the walls.) When I told my co-researcher about all this, his immediate question was ‘what had Ali Khan done to piss them off?’ Or indeed who did he complain about or what did he know about whom…
Not only were there connections between the North Wales Police and the West Midlands Police, but someone in Birmingham did Dafydd and the Welsh Office a big favour in 1988 as well – one Professor Robert Bluglass CBE, who was appointed by Professor Robert Owen from the Welsh Office to investigate my complaint about Dafydd et al. Bluglass performed a whitewash worthy of Waterhouse himself, failing to investigate the most serious aspects of my complaint, failing to comment on the criminal activities of Dafydd et al of which he was given documentary evidence and instead berated me for ‘annoying and upsetting’ a lot of people (who happened to be concealing a paedophile gang). Please see my post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’ for details. When Bluglass was called upon to investigate the murder of a patient in Ashworth Hospital in the early 1990s, he utilised the services of one of Dafydd’s nurses from Clwyd Health Authority to assist in his investigation! It is highly likely that Ron Hadfield knew Bluglass personally, because Bluglass was a forensic psychiatrist, was the Clinical Director of the Reaside Clinic in Birmingham and was also the Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Birmingham University. After that Bluglass was Chairman of one of the NHS Trusts in Birmingham. Bluglass mysteriously removed himself from the Medical Register a few years ago, stood down from his academic posts and nearly all references to him on the internet disappeared. I would ask Ron what it was that Bluglass had been caught doing, but Ron is no longer with us, he died in 2013.
Brian McHenry. Brian was a present to Waterhouse from the Treasury Solicitor – along with ‘the team under him’. Brian was pretty anonymous at the time that he was handed over to assist in the cover up. He was a lawyer who joined the Treasury Solicitor’s Dept in 1978. He had completed a spell at the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1992-1996). Brian had another commitment though – to his faith. He had been active in the Church of England since he was a boy and in 1980 he was elected to the General Synod and had served on the Archbishop’s Council – but he did something even more interesting some years after Waterhouse…. He does not seem to have had any connections to Wales.
Sir William Utting. William Utting describes himself as having held senior posts in probation, local government and the civil service. He retired from the Department of Health in 1991 as the first Chief Inspector for Social Services. On 17 June 1996, on the same day that Hague announced that there would be a judicial inquiry, the Secretary of State for Health, Stephen Dorrell, announced that Utting would be commissioned to provide a review of the adequacy of the safeguards against the abuse of children living away from home. His Report, ‘People Like Us’ was presented to the Secretary of State for Wales (who at the time I think will have been Ron Davies) and Baroness Jay, Minister of State in the Department of Health – it was published on 19 Nov 1997. Lords Hansard records Baroness Jay’s statement at the time. Utting had produced a damning report, describing the extensive emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children in care, stating that as well as the failures of individuals it ‘reveals failures of a whole system’. However, Jay was optimistic! She notes that ‘the repetition of abuse in children’s homes on the scale of the past is unlikely’ but does comment that the situation that Utting’s Report describes ‘cannot be allowed to recur or continue’. Readers will be delighted to know that the Jay stated that the ‘Welsh Office is implementing the Adrianne Jones report on child care and protection’. We’ll be OK then…
There is information available suggesting that Utting and others knew that there was a substantial problem before he ever got near writing ‘People Like Us’. In 1993 Hereford and Worcester Social Services produced a report about Peter Righton, a child protection and child care expert – who was also a convicted paedophile – and the network of abusers and suspected abusers that he was part of who were working in children’s homes and schools. The report was dated 13/5/93 and was sent to Virginia Bottomley’s Dept of Health ‘via Sir William Utting’. It stated that Righton’s child abuse network was active and that children were at risk. The report described the infiltration of social work by paedophiles as ‘an extensive and serious problem’ and that there may be a ‘co-ordinated network of paedophiles at every level’ involved. The report alleged that a bishop, current social services and education staff and civil servants had been identified as possible paedophiles from information found at Righton’s home. The Department of Health is thought to have suppressed the report and not passed it on to the Home Office. The police investigation into Righton that was underway at the time was shut down soon after.
Adrianne Jones CBE. By the time that she was invited to Waterhouse’s seminar in May 1998, Adrianne had of course already written one ‘independent’ report for the Secretary of State for Wales regarding the procedures and practices of Gwynedd and Clwyd County Councils since 1991 and this report was presented to the Secretary of State for Wales in May 1996. So who was Adrianne? She had been a member of the 1992 Warner Committee on the recruitment, selection and development of staff in children’s homes. In 1993 she had led the ‘support force’ into children’s residential care under the Dept of Health. Adrianne had been the Director of Social Services for Hillingdon – but after that she was the Director of Social Services for the City of Birmingham! So she would have known old Bluglass then, his clinic contained some children who had become distressed as a result of being abused. I know a couple who adopted a girl from Bluglass’s clinic. She had been raped at the age of six and the people whom I know adopted her when she was twelve. They had to literally rescue her from dear old Bluglass – I was told that she was locked up and drugged up to the eyeballs under his ‘care’. I first encountered tales of children being abused in Birmingham in 1983 (please see post ‘Amber Rudd, The Miners’ Strike And A Memory Jogged’). Brown went to university in Birmingham and lived there for many yeas after that and he came across a number of people who had been in the care of Birmingham Social Services – they all had a catalogue of serious abuse and neglect to tell.
What jumps out at me in the cases of both William Utting and Adrianne Jones is that these were two people who had been at the top of the services for ‘children in care’ for many years by the time that they joined the Waterhouse panel. They had presided over the extensive abuse in children’s homes that they documented in their own reports – so presumably they must have been part of the problem. Waterhouse of course did not bring about an end to the organised abuse of children in care either – but Adrianne and William’s status as stars in the field of child care continued none the less, as I will detail later.
Brian Briscoe. Briscoe was described in the Waterhouse Report as being the Secretary of the Local Government Association. He grew up in Newcastle and after graduation decided to enter planning, working for, successively, Derbyshire County Council, Kent County Council and Hertfordshire County Council. He was then head hunted to lead the Local Government Association, a newly established organisation, in 1996. His role there was considered the most senior job in local government in the UK.
Dr Anthony Baker. Baker was simply described as a psychiatrist with a special interest in children in care. More about his possible activities post-Waterhouse to follow…
I have already mentioned that Gerard Elias, Gergory Treverton-Jones and Ernest Ryder were nominated by the Attorney General, Sir Nicholas Lyell. Lyell held this position between 10 April 1992 and 2 May 1997. Prior to his appointment as Attorney General under John Major, he had served as Solicitor General from 1987-1992 under Margaret Thatcher. So he will have been well-acquainted with the allegations that there was serious abuses happening in north Wales in both the children’s homes and the mental health services. Whilst Lyell was at Oxford he had been a member of the infamous Bullingdon ‘let’s get completely bladdered and smash up restaurants whilst dressed up as wankers’ Club. Lyell was a lawyer and continued to run a substantial private legal practice throughout his parliamentary career. He was at the centre of the Matrix Churchill ‘Arms To Iraq’ scandal and in 1996 the Scott Report directly criticised him for trying to obtain a gagging order to prevent the disclosure of secret documents concerning the sending of arms components to Baghdad. So he was a man who was keen to conceal matters that could prove embarrassing to the Gov’t…Soon after the Waterhouse Inquiry got underway, Blair became PM, so a new Attorney General was appointed, Sir John Morris, who had been the MP for Aberavon since 1959 as well as the Secretary of State for Wales, 1974-1979. Previous posts have detailed how John Morris’s special advisor – Gwilym Prys-Davies – when he was Secretary of State, undoubtedly knew about the abuses in the North Wales Hospital under Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the resident lobotomist, Dr T. Gwynne Williams. Like many of the people named on this blog as colluding with or concealing the abuses in north Wales, Morris was a law graduate of Aberystwyth University. (Morris later became President of the London Welsh Trust (between 2001-2008) and the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed. He is also a member of the Princes Trust, along with another man who ignored the activities of the north Wales paedophile ring, Huw Vaughan Thomas, the Auditor General for Wales. One of the groups that the Princes Trust takes a special interest in is children who have been in care.)
The election of Blair also resulted in a change of Secretary of State for Wales. By the time that the Waterhouse Report had been compiled, Paul Murphy was Secretary of State for Wales and it was to him that the Report was presented. Previous posts have discussed the enigma that is Paul Murphy, with very little information about him being available despite his very long career in politics, his sacking as Welsh Secretary for what no-one knew why and his bagging of a peerage for no good reason.
The Waterhouse Report itself quotes the Secretary of State as saying that the ‘Government are determined that there should be no cover up of events in the past and that every possible step is taken to protect children in care in the future’. So that explains why there was a Grade A cover-up with obvious pieces of very worrying evidence – such as forged letters – being brushed aside (along with scores of complaints) and questions that very clearly should have been raised remaining unasked (please see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’). Nearly twenty years after Waterhouse, and twenty years after Adrianne Jones’s and William Utting’s Reports that were going to ensure that never again would children in care be subjected to abuse, there has been scandal after scandal involving the organised sexual abuse and forced prostitution of children in care. At present it tends to be blamed on criminal gangs of Asian men, but I suspect those are the scandals that the tabloids are picking up on. The same sort of abuses are happening in parts of the UK where there aren’t Asian men – the common theme is children in care rather than Asian men. Can we really be surprised by this? Waterhouse ensured that scores of people involved with the most appalling crimes were never prosecuted and continued in their careers in ‘public service’ (although a lot of them had links to the Third sector and private practice as well). It was led by a judge who will have personally known some of those involved, assisted by a QC who also worked in the region which was alleged to be host to numerous corrupt lawyers and by two other lawyers who were unknown and had no knowledge of child abuse or Wales. The police ‘advisor’ had just completed an enormous cover-up into one of the biggest scandals in UK policing and the legal system in history and who seemed to have picked up a knighthood for it and the two eminent ‘child care’ experts had been around for years presiding over rampant endemic abuse. Brian Briscoe seems to have had a career entirely unrelated to child care or Wales but he was the most powerful man in local government – and as two local authorities were in very deep shit indeed, it does not take a genius to conclude that his presence did not have much to do with future child care provision or safety. Did Dr Anthony Baker make a worthwhile contribution? I’ll return to that presently.
Children in care continued to be abused after the Waterhouse Report was published, but those people involved with the Inquiry fared rather better. So I’ll do my ‘end of TV crime drama’ bit now – like they did when the ‘Line of Duty’ series ended last year – and tell of the fate of Waterhouse et al (although they’re hardly like the officers in ‘Line of Duty’ are they, the ‘Line of Duty’ lot were fighting corruption rather than concealing it)…
Waterhouse himself lived very comfortably in retirement and was the President of the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen, 1994-97. He was made a GBE in 2002. Curiously, he Chaired the Independent Supervisory Authority On Hunting between 2000-2005, when the Gov’t were trying to find a compromise regarding hunting with dogs. He explained that he accepted the post because although he didn’t hunt, shoot or fish himself, ‘the case of cruelty in relation to hunting has not yet been made and to deprive people of a legitimate activity that has existed for several hundred years without justification that it is cruel is offensive to my sense of liberty of the individual’. Which suggests that he was either a most obliging old buffer – or a completely unprincipled old git who could be relied upon to get the Gov’t out of a tight spot. He died in 2011.
Gerard Elias QC. Gerard has bloomed. He became a Deputy High Court Judge and the leader of the Chester and Wales Circuit. He was counsel for the Armed Forces in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, 1998-2010 and counsel for the Baha Mousa Inquiry, 2008-2011. He is the Chairman of ‘Sports Resolutions’, Chairman of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, a member of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s disciplinary standing committee. Rhodri Morgan opposed his appointment as Counsel General for Wales in 2004. Although considering that we have had both Winston Roddick and Theo Huckle as Counsel Generals, I think that Rhodri was a bit like King Canute on that one.
Gregory Treverton-Jones. My co-researcher has described Gregory as ‘a busy lawyer who is defending other lawyers who have ended up in the shit with the Law Society, among other thing’.
Ernest Ryder. Ernest has certainly hit the big time. He was an Assistant Boundary Commissioner 2000-2004, was made a Recorder in 2000, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2001, a High Court Judge in 2004 and in April 2013, a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was the judge responsible for the modernisation of the Family Courts in Nov 2011. He was appointed a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation in 2014. He was the Chancellor of the University of Bolton, 2014-16. Bolton gave him an honorary Doctorate in Law in 2013 and made him an honorary Professor in 2015. He is the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and is the Presiding Judge of the Northern Circuit. That’s the same Northern Circuit of which Sir John Kay was one of the most powerful advocates, then the Presiding Judge – the John Kay who issued a High Court injunction again me on the basis of two social workers employed by Gwynedd Social Services perjuring themselves, one of whom had never met me and one who had met me either twice or three times. They were encouraged to do this by Lucille Hughes after I had complained about a social worker breaking the law. In April 2017 Liz Truss, the Lord Chancellor, stated that she was backing ‘fellow Northerner’ Ernest for Lord Chief Justice, after she had imposed a rule ensuring that Lord Leveson and Lady Justice Hallett, the two hot favourites among the judiciary, were unable to apply. My co-researcher commented that Ernest has certainly been well rewarded for one achievement (using the word ‘achievement’ in an ironic sense).
Sir Ronald Hadfield. After Ronald retired he worked as a consultant in ‘training and people management’ at Edge and Ellison, a firm of lawyers in Birmingham. That could have provided Ron with a very influential contact – Lord Digby Jones, former Director-General of the CBI. Digby worked for Edge and Ellison for twenty years during the 80s and 90s and was instrumental in opening their London office. Digby was appointed Minister of Trade by Gordon Brown in his ‘Gov’t of all the talents’. Digby did however refuse to take the Labour whip and sits as a crossbencher in the Lords. In 2014 Digby introduced George Osborne, then the Chancellor of the Exchequer, before his key note speech to the Tory conference, commenting that George deserved a pat on the back for doing the right thing for the country. That’s the George who awarded Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and CAIS two lots of money for the same project from the Ministry of Defence LIBOR fund (please see post ‘George Osborne Enters The Picture’). Digby is a Corporate Ambassador for Cancer Research UK (for more info on Cancer Research UK, see post ‘A Cause Close To Our Hearts’). Digby has so many directorships of so many enormous companies that I’m not going to even try to list them all here. Digby is a boy from Birmingham who made it big and I imagine that he virtually runs that city. I do not know whether Ronald Hadfield secured work with Edge and Ellison because he knew Digby or whether Ron used his profile to secure the post. Ronald Hadfield died in 2013.
Brian McHenry. Brian became Chief Legal Advisor to the Competition Commission and then in 2004 was appointed the Solicitor for the Office of Fair Trading, which involved him acting as a member of their senior management team and head of the profession for approx 90 OFT lawyers. He took early retirement from the civil service in 2008 and was given a CBE. He had begun studying to become a priest in 2007 and after he retired he was ordained as a deacon and was then a curate at Deptford. He is now the vicar of All Saints Church in Orpington in Kent!
Sir William Utting. Despite a life time of managing, inspecting and advising a children’s service rife with abuse and neglect, I’m glad to say that William is still serving the nation’s looked after children, although he is now elderly. William is Patron of ‘Article 39’, a charity that is ‘fighting for children’s rights in institutional settings’. He has also Chaired the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and is or has been involved with the Council of Goldsmiths, University of London. William has also been or is involved with the National Institution for Social Work. That’s the National Institution for Social Work that employed Peter Righton as it’s Director for Education. Righton was a child protection and child care expert who published academic material promoting the notion of sexual relationships between adults and children. He was a founding member of PIE, which campaigned for the legislation of sexual relationships between adults and children. In 1992 Righton was convicted of importing child pornography and was also found to be in possession of letters to and from other paedophiles describing sexual assaults on children. He was fined £900 with £75 costs. (In 1993, I was taken to court for ‘staring at a social worker in Safeways’ and ordered to pay £60 costs. That social worker had broken the law and worked for an organisation that had a paedophile ring operating within it.) Righton had confessed past abuse to his colleagues in child protection but they didn’t report it because of their loyalty to him. Righton died in 2007 and until his death children from Islington visited him where he was living on Lord Henniker’s estate in Suffolk. The MP Tom Watson wrote to the Chief Constable of Suffolk about this but was ignored. In 2013 the police began an investigation into claims of historical child abuse and allegations that Righton was part of a paedophile network with links to the British Government. Righton was also a consultant to the National Children’s Bureau, a charity based in Islington, which acts as an umbrella for a number of other voluntary organisations. William Utting will have known about Righton, his activities have been public knowledge for a long time now.
Adrianne Jones. Like William, Adrianne is elderly and retired many years ago. But she is still going strong! She is a Trustee of the ‘Thomas Coram Foundation for Children’, involved with the ‘Cumberlow Community’, ‘Stop It Now’, ‘Children Are Unbeatable’ and ‘Action for Children’. Adrianne is also involved with the ‘Lucy Faithfull Foundation’, which is just about the only organisation that claims to offer to help paedophiles change their behaviour and I always used to admire them for this – after all threatening to cut their knackers off doesn’t work. However I know someone who was involved in trying to help someone who had been convicted of viewing indecent images of children and they contacted the ‘Lucy Faithfull Foundation’. Only to find that no, they do not offer much help at all, certainly not any counselling or practical support – what they actually did was send a list of recommended reading, although the books recommended weren’t actually directed at addressing the problems of people who are sexually attracted to children. However, like Ronald Hadfield did, Adrianne does manage to rub noses with the great and good as a result of her involvement in all these organisations. I note that one of her fellow Trustees/Directors was the late Sir Stephen Tumim, the former Chief Inspector of Prisons and prison reformer. I was always an admirer of Stephen Tumim, because he was so outspoken about the dire conditions in British prisons – indeed when Michael Howard became Home Secretary he sacked Stephen Tumim because Howard was quite enthusiastic about locking up people with mental illnesses or drug problems in appalling conditions. But researching for this blog is certainly a disillusioning process – I have discovered that what Stephen Tumim really enjoyed doing was dining at the Garrick, the favourite hang-out of the members of the judiciary and lawyers who were concealing much of the shit that this blog has exposed…. I note that Adrianne retired to Wales – whether she had links there when she was busy ‘advising’ the Welsh Office who had for years wilfully ignored the abuse of children I don’t know.
Brian Briscoe. Brian Briscoe remained Head of the Local Government Association until 2006. In 2002 he wrote an article in the ‘Guardian’ entitled ‘More Power To The People’ urging more local democracy – such as that shown by the Waterhouse Tribunal…. By 2006, he was Sir Brian Briscoe. In 2010 he Chaired the Government advisory group High Speed Two after being appointed by Lord Adonis. He has also been the Director of a number of companies. He hasn’t dabbled in the organised abuse of children or paedophile gangs since his role with Waterhouse.
Dr Anthony Baker. When Baker was appointed to his position with Waterhouse, there was no more info available about him other than that he was a psychiatrist with an interest in children in care. However since that time, a Dr Anthony Baker, a psychiatrist specialising in child care, has been in rather a lot of hot water. I presume that it is the same person – he is of the right generation. A Dr Anthony Baker, psychiatrist, has appeared in front of a GMC fitness to practice tribunal twice, for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ with young female patients. He was cleared of the first incident in 1998 but found guilty of an incident in 2008, with an ‘extremely vulnerable and young patient’ who had been under his care between 2006-2006. He had attempted to kiss her on the lips, told a pack of lies in order to defend himself, which did of course involve calling the girl herself a liar. In 2012 he was the subject of a ‘Sunday Express’ expose which revealed that despite his appearances before the GMC and numerous complaints about him, he was still being used by a number of authorities, including Kent County Council, to assess children in their care. He was also used to assess the mental condition of parents in care proceedings. One woman has provided a truly terrifying account of her experience with Baker online, alleging that her husband paid him to ‘assess’ her without her knowledge. Baker diagnosed her with ‘borderline personality disorder’ (what else) and as a consequence her children were removed from her care, including a newborn baby. It took her a year to get them back, after Baker’s ‘assessment’ was discredited at another Court hearing…