Anthem For Doomed Youth

The first line of Wilfred Owen’s famous poem was of course:

‘What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?’

Shirley Williams was one of those who knew that in north Wales, young people were dying as cattle at the hands of a sex trafficking ring – at least she did by the time that she was Secretary of State for Education and Science under PM Jim Callaghan, 1976-79 – but like so many others, she ignored it. Shirl later got into bed with (so to speak) Dr Death, who was an accomplice of some of the Top Docs who were facilitating the crime in north Wales (see post ‘Dr Death’). Dr Death was Chancellor of Liverpool University, 1996-09, Dafydd’s old alma mater, whilst that institution still employed a great many people who were colluding with Dafydd and the paedophiles. Shirl’s subsequent political bedfellow was David Steel, someone who was told what Cyril Smith was doing to boys in Rochdale, but who dismissed it as a matter of Cyril having merely ‘spanked a few bottoms’. I have recently discovered that one reason why the lid was kept on Cyril’s crimes when it was very nearly blown off in a very big way was that George Carman QC ensured that Smith’s activities were published nowhere else but in an alternative paper in Rochdale, because the trial of Jeremy Thorpe was approaching and the wagon would have come off the rails completely if Smith’s sex offending had become known to the wider public. One of George Carman’s pupils was a Tony Blair and a young barrister called Cherie Booth also worked in Carman’s chambers.

Jeremy Thorpe was the leader of the Liberal Party. After Jo Grimond was for a brief time caretaker leader when Thorpe stood down after even the Liberals realised that he had become too much, David Steel succeeded Thorpe as leader in 1976-88. It was Steel who memorably told the foot soldiers of the Liberal Party to ‘go home to your constituencies and prepare for government’ in 1981. A phrase which became the subject of as much piss-taking as Dr Death’s aspirations to ‘break the mould of politics’. Dr Death had been a member of Callaghan’s Cabinet along with Shirl.

Shirl has spent her entire life dining out on her mother being Vera Brittain, who wrote about her friends being wiped out whilst still young in WWI…

When Shirl refused Dafydd Wigley’s 1979 request to hold an inquiry into the mismanagement of UCNW (Bangor University) under paedophiles’ friend Sir Charles Evans whilst she was Education Secretary, UCNW was facilitating the crimes of Dafydd et al. The most unfortunate of Dafydd’s victims were at that time dying as cattle in the slaughter house which was Risley Remand Centre. The cattle continued dying in spite of questions in the House regarding the number of deaths at Risley (see post ‘Include Me Out’).

Politicians of all hues knew what was going on in north Wales and at Risley and concealed it. I have blogged extensively about how it was common knowledge in Parliament that Thatch’s friend and Minister Sir Peter Morrison was one of those abusing kids in care in north Wales and that Thatcher herself was told this. It would seem that not only did Thatcher’s Gov’t  conceal and collude with the crimes of Dafydd et al, but that the Tories assisted in the growth of the sex trafficking gang.

 

Yesterday I received a number of e mails in response to my recent posts. I have been told that ‘probably around 1984’, Lucille Hughes was given paid leave by Gwynedd County Council to tour around Europe with Lady Olga Maitland no less and was away ‘for at least a month’. No explanation was given and the few people who dared to ask questions were told to keep their noses out. In 1983, Lady Olga Maitland established ‘Women and Families For Defence’, a campaigning group set up by the Tories because of their concerns in the face of the support which the Greenham Common protesters were receiving. It was a party political project, yet Olga Maitland was assisted by Ann Widdecombe, another high Tory but who had not yet been elected to the Commons, who was given secret funding and support from her employers, the University of London. Widdecombe was pals with the Anglesey Conservative Association, although she had turned down their offer to be their Tory candidate in favour of what she thought was a better deal from another constituency (see post ‘Doris Karloff – Honest About Her Expenses But Not Much Else’). Widdecombe was a high profile anti-abortion campaigner and it seemed to be this that was the reason for the love-in between her and the Anglesey Tories.

At the time that Lucille undertook her Grand European Tour with Olga, Gwynedd County Council was led by Plaid and the Chief Exec was Ioan Bowen Rees, an adviser to Dafydd Wigley, the Plaid MP for Caernarfon. Under Bowen Rees, Gwynedd County Council acquired the reputation of having built ‘fortress Gwynedd’, with the Council prioritising issues of language and nationality, accompanied by a degree of overtly anti-English rhetoric.

A recent e mail told me that local people were so reluctant to allow their children to be taken ‘into care’ by Gwynedd that an underground fostering system had grown up among extended families. This was something that I noticed when I was a student. I presumed that it was a consequence of particularly helpful relatives, although I was told about the appalling social workers who did not give a damn about those in their care and I heard a lot about ‘cruelty’ to kids in care.

By the time that Lucille was touring Europe with Lady Olga Maitland, there had been many formal complaints about the abuse of children in care in north Wales and Mary Wynch had begun legal action against Dafydd et al. It was in 1985 that Mary’s case came before Lord Donaldson, the Master of the Rolls. The Welsh Office had colluded with the abuse of children in north Wales and knew that Gwynedd Health Authority was in such serious debt and chaos – by 1989 the Welsh Office had sent a hit squad of management consultants in (see post ‘A Visit To Gwynedd Archives’). In 1984, Brown and I complained about Gwynne the lobotomist to the University authorities and had received threats from Dr D.G.E. Wood, but I had not yet contacted MPs – but I did write to the GMC. It was in the first part of 1984 that the well-camouflaged paedophiles’ friend Eric Sunderland took over from Top Doc and long-standing paedophiles’ friend Sir Charles Evans as Principal of UCNW (see posts ‘Feet In Chains’ and ‘Criminals Are Getting Away With It’).

The Secretary of State for Wales was Nicholas Edwards and his gofer was Wyn – later Lord Wyn – Roberts (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). It was in the summer of 1984 that the Octagon nightclub opened in Bangor, which immediately became a venue for the trafficking of the kids in care and the flogging of class A drugs on a scale previously unseen in the region (see post ‘Are You Local?’).

John Allen owned a villa in the south of France to which boys in care from north Wales were taken ‘for holidays’. Kids in care in north Wales were also taken to Amsterdam where they were sold for sex. Dafydd was holding ‘clinics’ in the south of France.

Ron Davies was elected as the Labour MP for Caerphilly in 1983. Ron had previously been an adviser to Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority, the organisation that concealed the sex offences of John Owen against his pupils (see post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’).

Olga Maitland was subsequently elected as a Tory MP for Sutton and Cheam, but that wasn’t until 1992. When she was enjoying herself in Europe with Dafydd’s mistress, Olga was a journo for the ‘Sunday Express’, edited by the odious John Junor, who was a mate of George Carman QC, who knew what was happening in north Wales. Olga Maitland was married to barrister Robin Hay, who became a Crown Court Recorder.

No wonder no-one helped those of us in north Wales who were being threatened, harassed, fitted up for crimes – or who saw our friends murdered. Dafydd and Lucille were overtly assisted with developing their international people trafficking ring as long ago as the mid-80s by Thatcher’s Gov’t.

Anyone fancy telling us that ‘you didn’t know’ now? By 1984 I had told people – including Dr D.G.E. Wood – repeatedly that someone had threatened to murder Brown. I was ignored. That person subsequently tried to fracture Brown’s skull in the middle of Nottingham in broad daylight.

Anyone for law n order or getting tough on criminals? People died you fucking idiots, they died.

 

It was in 1983-84 that Brown and I started finding ourselves surrounded by some rather odd people who caused us a lot of bother. There were the two people whom Brown met when he replied to adverts in the ‘New Statesman’ offering work, just at the time when Wood et al knew that Brown was living with me on Anglesey and was scanning the adverts in the ‘New Statesman’ for part-time work opportunities. My post ‘Oh Lordy, It’s CR UK’ discussed the insane and offensive Leslie Gore, a therapist living near Llangollen who worked as a part-time alcohol counsellor at the North Wales Hospital no less. Hot on the heels of Leslie Gore came Naomi Grunfeld, a teacher in the Orthodox Jewish school in north London, who had placed an advert in the ‘New Statesman’ claiming to be a post-graduate student with ‘writer’s block’ in need of extra tuition. It became clear that not only was Naomi nuts, but that she wanted Brown to actually do her MA for her. Brown noticed that Naomi seemed to have acquired her first degree as a result of someone else doing the work. Naomi was a student at Strawberry Hill College, Twickenham and the college seemed to know exactly what was going on.

Brown observed that Naomi’s advert should really have been in the lonely hearts column. The others in our house were greatly entertained by Naomi’s hot pursuit of Brown, particularly when four letters arrived in one day for him and when she started ringing the telephone box down the road asking the local teenagers who answered to go and find him. Brown escaped from Naomi by telling her that he was going abroad and was due to leave for Bristol airport. Naomi demanded a Bristol address, so Brown said ’10, Clifton Road’. Clifton was the area of Bristol where the Top Doctors hung out, so presumably one of Wood’s criminal colleagues received a few dozen crazy letters from Naomi. We didn’t realise that they were a load of sex traffickers at that time, so let’s hope Naomi gave them hell.

Then a few years later there was Diane Foxhills, who surpassed even Naomi, let herself into Brown’s house and was waiting in his bed for him.

MI5: all Brown wanted to do was to get on with his writing and avoid people who were trying to murder him. When he got so fed up of Diane that he actually told her to fuck off and get out of his face, he meant it. So that must have been why, a few years later, when he thought that the coast was clear, you sent Shar along. Who it transpired was not only mad but a member of the BNP, with a long-lost adult son who was in Combat 18. Then a few years after that, there was Emma, who precipitated what was probably a heart-attack in Brown. Not that it was ever diagnosed, because as you knew damn well, by then it was no longer safe for Brown or me to go near a Top Doctor, but Brown knows the symptoms of a heart-attack as well as the average stupid, negligent Top Doctor does. Then there was the vicious Denise Baker McLearns who moved in next to me at Llanllechid and spent the next few years harassing me and spreading vicious rumours about me. Then there was Donna Morgan, who moved into my place as a lodger, knew social workers from Conwy County Council, bounced a £500 rent cheque on me, stole everything of any value from my house, made an allegiance with Denise Baker McLearns and left me a letter telling me not to go to the police because she would tell them that I was a danger to children and Denise would ‘vouch for her’. I went to the police, who refused to tell me where Donna Morgan was living, on the grounds that she was under police protection after her ex-boyfriend had threatened her. That was the ex-boyfriend whom she had also threatened to set on me, a gangster from Llandudno, the mention of who’s name was supposed to have me shaking in my boots, but it didn’t because I didn’t know any gangsters from Llandudno. Although I do now, obviously. The gangsters in question were a family called Hogan.

As a treat, Donna Morgan made allegations about one of my neighbours, who had given her lifts and brought her son clothes and toys whilst Donna pleaded poverty. Years later I was told that she had made a false rape allegation against an innocent man who was only cleared after he’d been arrested and held in custody. But then Donna Morgan was shagging a number of officers in the North Wales Police, whom it would seem were, in return, happy to arrest targets of the paedophile gang at whom she pointed the finger.

 

Wouldn’t it have just been easier to have arrested Dafydd and Lucille and stopped the international people trafficking gang? The security services seem to have spent much time and money behaving like fuckwits and trying to get rid of Brown and me, but Dafydd and Lucille are still sitting in north Wales running CAIS. They’re probably surrounded by undercover officers ‘gathering intelligence’, but the one thing that no-one will do is put Dafydd and Lucille out of action…

We were initially targeted in 1983. Whatever MI5 were doing, they were definitely not stopping that trafficking gang.

 

Another reader of this blog has told me that David Bailey Hughes was the officer in charge at Y Gwyngyll, the children’s home in Llanfairpwll, when it was in meltdown and that the kids ‘were running wild, never going to school and being treated for genital lice’. It was the chaos at Y Gwyngyll which forced Bowen Rees to hold an ‘investigation’ – Bowen Rees called in his old mates from Dyfed County Council, where he had previously been County Secretary, to conduct the investigation… For info on the happenings at Y Gwyngyll and some of the people involved, see post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’.

Despite allegations of sexual abuse against Bailey Hughes – some of which stemmed from his time as a care officer at Ty’r Felin – he was subsequently given responsibility for Gwynedd County Council’s new fostering and adoption service, which was set up after Alison Taylor’s dismissal at Cartref Bontnewydd. The dreadful Malcolm John, ‘senior tutor in social work’ at Bangor University, moonlighted for years as a ‘consultant’ for this ‘service’, without the knowledge of Bangor University, who did suspect that he had another job somewhere because he was so infrequently in the university (see post ‘Local Accessories’). There were many people at Bangor who were at their wits end with regard to Malcolm John, but they were being undermined by the toxic Lyn Meadows, the HR Director and paedophiles’ friend who now sits on the Betsi Board. I was told that one Professor who had tried to protect other staff from Malcolm John’s dreadful conduct was threatened with disciplinary action for ‘bullying’ from Meadows.

My correspondent informed me that the paedophiles’ friends setting up shop at Cartref Bontnewydd forced the closure of at least one fostering and adoption service in the area that had been running for decades.

I have been told that at least one girl of 14 in the care of Gwynedd County Council was given oral contraception without her step-mother’s knowledge, although this teenager did not have a boyfriend and had not shown much interest in acquiring one. My correspondent suggests that girls ‘were being prepared for action on the sly’. This was rather the impression that I formed as a result of my encounters with the Top Doctors. OK I wasn’t 14, but all any of them wanted to do was talk to me about sex and my ‘boyfriend’. I too was spontaneously offered advice on contraception. QUE??? I was a grown-up who was quite capable of deciding such matters for myself and at no time did I ever enter those consulting rooms seeking advice on sexual problems. Other mental health patients I spoke to had similar experiences. It was suggested to me the other day that perhaps the Top Docs had gained the wrong impression because I used to sport black nail varnish, coloured hair etc. For God’s sake, I was in my 20s and furthermore if I’d gone in there wearing a burkha I’d have been met with the same response. They were trafficking young people into prostitution – Dafydd et al even targeted boys of 11, did they ‘ask for it’?

My post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’ mentioned that supply of nice young doctors who arrived in north Wales in the 1980s when Gwynne and Dafydd were becoming excruciatingly embarrassing. Those of us who had complained were then referred to the nice young doctors – who sadly were assisting the old gropers, but had better manners and concealed their activities more effectively. One such nice young doctor was Tony Francis, another was Dr Lyndon Miles.

Since mentioning Lyndon in my post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’, I have received an e mail from someone who raised concerns about Dafydd and the paedophiles who’s health was subsequently ruined by one Lyndon Miles, who had seemed such a nice man. I had similar experiences. After confronting Gwynne and Dafydd, I encountered years of Top Doctors – not just in north Wales – whom I did not complain about and who were charm itself to me. When I finally accessed my medical notes, I read what they had written to third parties about me without my knowledge and it was pure poison. Other patients who dared complain had the same experience. One man in north Wales who had as much crap as I did from the Top Doctors described them as a ‘cartel’. Which pretty much sums it up. This was an extensive network of corrupt professional people involved in serious organised crime who were assisted by corrupt police officers and members of the security services.

Here’s someone else who, at the beginning of his career, exploited his status as a Nice Young Doctor:

The Lord Owen
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Dr D.G.E. Wood really loved Dr Death. Wood said to me ‘Owen’s got guts’. I responded by telling Wood that nevertheless he didn’t have any seats.

Dr Death, a friend of people traffickers!

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In my post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’ I mentioned that Lyndon worked in the Student Health Centre at Bangor and knew exactly what Wood, Gwynne etc were doing, but colluded with them. There was another Nice Young Doctor who rolled up at the Student Health Centre in about 1984 as well, whom distressed students were urged to meet as an alternative to Gwynne the lobotomist – Dr Chris Tilsen. Dr Tilsen, like Dr Miles, didn’t cause the sort of disasters that Gwynne did, but Dr Tilsen knew what was happening…

I did know of one student house who’s inhabitants had a bad experience with Dr Tilsen. One of the boys in the house caught measles and his girlfriend rang the GP – Dr Tilsen. Tilsen initially refused to go out to see him, but because his girlfriend grovelled, a rather bad-tempered Tilsen subsequently arrived, took a look at the ailing student and said ‘he’s got measles, what’s the problem?’ When our friends told us about this, I mentioned that measles can cause deafness and Brown observed that it can occasionally result in death. Our friend didn’t die of measles, but this was the sort of response that local people received from the Top Doctors. They really were very often not that helpful. Furthermore they all knew that people were living in severe poverty, that the ‘services’ were rife with corruption and that the infrastructure of the whole region was being utilised by a sex trafficking gang.

I was told some years ago that Dr Tilsen’s wife Amanda was an Angel who worked at the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University and was very unpopular among her Angel colleagues. That doesn’t say anything about Amanda Tilsen, because nearly everyone in that School was previously employed by the corrupt regional NHS and they spent their whole lives in a state of civil war with each other.

‘We didn’t know.’

Yes you did.

There seemed to be a push in the mid-80s to conceal the damage being done by Dafydd and co. As well as all those Nice Young Doctors, the Student Health Centre employed Liz Stables as an Angel (see post ‘Just A Language Divide?’), who made friends with all those students who had complained, pumped them for info and reported back to the Top Docs, who then shafted us all. Liz was a friend of Dafydd. Liz replaced a crotchety old bat who was worthy of a prize in ‘Viz’ magazine’s ‘insincere smiles’ feature, who had been employed as the Angel up there for eons, but I can’t remember her name. She was so unpleasant that I refused to have anything to do with her, so Liz was sent in my direction.

 

I mentioned in a previous post that witnesses who gave evidence at the Waterhouse Inquiry, as well as those people who worked for the Inquiry, were granted immunity from prosecution, which I suspect is why those who ran the paedophile gang such as Lucille agreed to give evidence. None of the witnesses can now be prosecuted for abusing those kids. I have been told that the Attorney General – Sir Nicholas Lyell – did grant the immunity but excluded perjury and perverting the course of justice. Therefore, if Waterhouse and co had not constrained themselves, any number of people could have been referred for prosecution. One such person I am told would have been social worker Mari Roberts, who lied in her evidence to the Inquiry (see post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’).

The temporary immunity should not have stopped the North Wales Police investigating the evidence that emerged of abuse, of widespread conspiracy, of perverting the course of justice and of misconduct in public office. Documents in my possession also contain ample evidence of these matters.

 

I have received more info regarding Ceryl Wyn Davies, the serial child sex offender defended by Ronnie Waterhouse’s mate Emlyn Hooson QC – another one of David Steel’s colleagues – who was given a job as Headmaster of Tanygrisiau School at Blaenau Ffestiniog by Gwynedd County Council, despite his previous imprisonment for molesting children (see post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’). I have been told that there were many complaints about Ceryl Wyn which were ignored and it is alleged that he had a family member on the Council who afforded him protection. My correspondent has promised me more information, so once I receive that I’ll blog further.

 

 

In my post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’ I mentioned that it was Cartrefle College in Wrexham – which later became NEWI and then Glyndwr University – who assessed the members of the paedophile gang as being suitable to qualify as social workers. I received information from someone who told me that standards at Cartrefle were appalling and that in the early 1980s at least, Cartrefle had a hotline to Lucille Hughes and Nefyn Dodd and were passing on inappropriate info about students to them, with a view to identifying potential whistleblowers. Cartfrefle qualifications were verified by the University of Salford. Salford University knew that there was serious abuse of children in care in north Wales, because one of their own students on placement reported it to them. He was withdrawn from the placement and his evidence was dismissed by Ronnie Waterhouse on the grounds that he’d only been on placement in north Wales for a matter of days so he didn’t have the full picture re the standards of care for children in north Wales.

Salford University still provides social work training and whilst I was working at Bangor University, I and two colleagues had the most extraordinary experience with their ‘Research Professor’ Stephen Shardlow. It was so weird that we wondered whether Shardlow had personal difficulties which had resulted in him not being able to function at work – I kept our e mail exchanges  – but one of my colleagues was later told by someone at Salford that a new ‘Research Professor’ had been appointed who did not know anything about research, who did no work and who had only been appointed to give credibility to a very troubled dept. It was a man called Stephen Shardlow. Shardlow had managed to get himself appointed as the editor of a major social work journal. I wonder how that happened.

Salford was established as a University in 1967. Between 1967-91, the Chancellor was Prince Philip. So he flew the flag for Salford throughout those happy years when the institution provided qualifications for a paedophile gang and continued to do so even after one of their own students blew the whistle. Princess Fergie followed Phil the Greek as Chancellor until 1995, when Sir Walter Bodmer, the man who was at the helm of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1990 when the ICRF was involved in a major research fraud scandal which resulted in the (presumed) suicide of Prof Tim McElwain (see posts ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’), succeeded her. In 2005 Sir Martin Harris was appointed Chancellor. Harris was in post when Stephen Shardlow was given a job that his colleagues maintained that he should never have been given… Martin Harris comes from Ruabon near Wrexham and has passed through many institutions run by the paedophiles’ friends.

 

What of the VCs of Salford, the people who had their hands on the tiller? Clifford Whitworth was the VC, 1967-74. Salford University was in full swing qualifying paedophiles at that time, but I can’t find any trace of him on the internet. So he must have been the fall guy. Whitworth’s successor Sir John Horlock was just as guilty however – he was in post 1974-81, when many more child abusers were given qualifications and when that hotline between Cartrefle and Lucille and Nefyn Dodd was established. It would be difficult for even someone as dedicated to the science of cover-up and denial as Ronnie Waterhouse to airbrush John Horlock out of history, because John Horlock was responsible for a considerable piece of HE history.

 

Sir John Horlock was a mechanical engineer who built his reputation by refining gas turbines in jet engines for use in military aircraft. He was raised in Edmonton, North London and attended The Latymer School, Edmonton. He went from there to St John’s College, Cambridge, where he gained his PhD in 1958.

Ronnie Waterhouse went to St John’s College, Cambridge and Ronnie was a man who certainly maxed out on the utilisation of alumni networks. Furthermore, the appalling Deb Everard, one of the biggest problems at St George’s Hospital Medical School in the late 1980s/early 90s, was a Tory Councillor in Edmonton. Everard knew about Oliver Brooke the paedophile Prof of Paediatrics at St George’s and she knew about much other wrongdoing as well – indeed she was responsible for some of it. Everard was considered untouchable although she was not in a senior role – one lame attempt to discipline her was thwarted by the MSF rep David Hole. Who was corrupt himself, loathed Everard anyway but was involved in the misconduct along with everyone else and thus was obliged to defend her. Meanwhile everyone dined out on the personal friendship that their Head of Dept, Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain, maintained with Cilla, the nation’s auntie. It was a lorra lorra laffs, unless you were someone being targeted by this bunch who were concealing a paedophile gang. Everard also had an inexplicable friendship with Prof Ian Craft, the Top Doc who ran the private clinic where practices considered even too unacceptable for the rest of the sharks in the IVF world were routine, such as the implantation of eight or nine embryos in the full knowledge that five or six of them would be aborted at a later stage in the pregnancy. Why Ian Craft, an elitist very rich man, gave Deb Everard the time of day I do not know, but it will have involved questionable practices of some sort. If Everard was in reach of Sir John Horlock, I’m sure that she would have made use of him.

 

After graduation, Horlock worked for Rolls Royce at Derby, who sponsored him whilst he was doing his PhD, providing him with £30k worth of equipment at 1951 prices.

By the 1960s, there was a paedophile gang in the Derbyshire area with links to north Wales – the problems in Derbyshire were thought to have pre-dated the 1960s.

After he finished his PhD, Horlock stayed at Cambridge. He subsequently took a one year sabbatical at MIT and turned down a job offer from Rolls Royce in favour of the position in 1958 of Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Liverpool. At Liverpool, Horlock oversaw a major expansion of the mechanical engineering building. Horlock’s Indie obituary tells us that he was ‘invited by Pergamon Press to edit a series of books in their Commonwealth Library and was subsequently invited to London to meet Pergamon’s proprieter, Robert Maxwell, which was ‘the beginning of a relationship which bore fruit later when he went to the OU’. I suspect that Horlock’s relationship with the Cap’n might have borne fruit before that, because Salford University has a Maxwell Building. Here it is:

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That the building was named after the Cap’n suggests that he probably paid for it, although I have not yet had a chance to inquire about this. Could this have been where some of the missing millions went? The Cap’n was the Labour MP for Buckingham, 1964-70, whilst Harold Wilson was PM.

The Cap’n went overboard in Nov 1991, whilst I was being forced out of my job at St George’s and whilst my friend who wanted to make a documentary about north Wales was being forced out of her job at the Royal Television Society. It was just after the Cap’n was found floating in the Atlantic that Tony Francis et al pulled out all of the stops (several times over the course of a few weeks) in an attempt to have me imprisoned, on the basis of statements that the MDU and their solicitors Hempsons knew constituted perjury which after the most florid allegations were demonstrated to be untrue, eventually resulted in a last ditch attempt to prosecute me for contempt (see post ‘The Sordid Role Of Sir Robert Francis QC’).

Headington Hall was the home of Robert Maxwell for the last 32 years of his life, which he rented from Oxford City Council. It is now part of Oxford Brookes University.
There was organised abuse of children – and associated abuses of psychiatry – in Oxfordshire, which was concealed by, among other people, Barbara Kahan – who was appointed as an adviser on children in care to Ted Heath’s Gov’t in 1970 – and her husband, Dr Vladimir Kahan. Babs remained as a Gov’t adviser until the 1980s, after which she continued to make herself useful by failing to notice that many of those with whom she was working on various child care and education/training projects were paedophiles and also by Chairing the Inquiry into the Staffordshire Pindown Scandal and not reporting just how bad things were there (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’).
Tom Burns, who worked at St George’s whilst the staff concealed organised child abuse and who admitted that he believed my allegations regarding what was happening in north Wales, later found himself a Chair at Oxford University. As did Mark Williams, who worked with Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales, whilst committing the research fraud which was Mindfulness (see post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’). Richard Tranter, who joined the merry gang at the Hergest Unit for a stint as a junior doctor and then returned as a senior doctor, trained at Oxford, as did his wife Siobhan, who in her capacity as a tutor of Angels in Bangor University failed to pass on concerns from students that patients were being abused.
The crimes of Cap’n Bob are worthy of a blog in themselves, so I’ll do a bit of digging and see what I can find that is most relevant. Obviously, as a starter,  there was Cap’n Bob’s purchase of ‘The Mirror’, which employed Alastair Campbell as a journo and some dodgy big hitters as in-house lawyers and used the services of George Carman QC…

Sir John Horlock returned to Cambridge as Professor of Engineering in 1967. In the early 1970s, Horlock ‘played a major role’ in the activities of the Science Research Council, Chairing the Mechanical Engineering Committee. Horlock witnessed the success of his physicist colleagues in bagging funds from the SRC, so he suggested to a colleague that they should apply for a major grant themselves. Before you could say ‘massive conflict of interest’, Horlock’s Dept received a grant of £300k from the SRC and used it to found, in 1973, the Whittle Laboratory, Horlock becoming its Director. 

In 1974 Horlock was appointed as VC of Salford University. There doesn’t seem to be much information available regarding Horclock’s time as VC of Salford, possibly because Cap’n Bob played a role in the ‘achievements’, so Salford have decided that it is best forgotten.

Much has been written about Horlock’s subsequent job as VC of the Open University, 1981-90. The OU cannot thank Horlock enough for his contribution, because many believed that he stopped Keith Joseph, who was Education Secretary, 1981-86, from closing the OU down. Not only did Horlock successfully defend the OU from Gov’t cuts, but he expanded the institution, enrolling the first postgrads and overseeing the foundation of, in 1983, the Open University Business School.

The OU was regarded by many as ‘Harold Wilson’s gimmick’ and for some people this alone was enough reason to close it down. In my post ‘The White Heat Of This Revolution’ I describe how Harold Wilson gave the OU project to Nye Bevan’s widow Jennie Lee and it was Jennie Lee and Wilson’s friend and solicitor Lord Goodman who succeeded in getting it off the ground, partly by providing a huge underestimate regarding costs and not providing a more realistic figure until it was too late to scrap the development. Arnold Goodman was widely believed to be dishonest and he acted as the solicitor for Jeremy Thorpe immediately after Thorpe was charged with incitement and conspiracy to kill, before Sir David Napley took over. Jennie Lee know about the abuse of children in Staffordshire that was being concealed and she also knew that from the very inception of the NHS, Top Doctors assisted in concealing the abuse, neglect and sometimes deaths of the poorer and more vulnerable citizens. What with Nye Bevan having become a folk hero in the Labour Party because of him being the driving force behind the NHS, nearly everyone colluded with the myth that ‘poor people’ benefited from the NHS to a greater extent than the better off. They didn’t.

It was obviously fairly important that no-one pissed off Jennie Lee, who outlived her husband by many years. The OU had support from some unlikely people. Despite the hostility of many Tories towards it, Thatcher, when she was Education Secretary in the early 1970s, opposed her Cabinet colleagues to save it. Thatcher was subsequently a fan of John Horlock.

Horlock himself claimed that in the fight to save the OU in the mid-80s, he reminded many Tory MPs that the number of students enrolled with the OU in their constituencies exceeded their majorities. He mentioned that one of the strongest supporters of the OU was the MP Tam Dalyell, who became a good friend of Horlock’s. Tam Dalyell wrote many of the obituaries of his generation of MPs. I have been really impressed by Dalyell’s ability to repackage the characters and track-records of the most unpleasant of his colleagues, including some of those that have since been exposed as having done some truly dreadful things. There are a lot of clues in Dalyell’s biography that he was concealing the crimes of Dafydd et al. Keith Joseph was said to have given the OU a reprieve after receiving so many letters from people who had benefited from the OU. The OU also received considerable support from the HE Minister, William Waldegrave, who knew about the abuse of children and associated criminality in north Wales and elsewhere and who was Health Secretary, 1990-92, whilst all that trouble at St George’s and in north Wales was concealed.

The OU provides training for a lot of health and social care staff, including social workers. I’m not sure when the OU started training social workers, but it was churning out psychology graduates who later became clinical psychologists as long ago as the 1970s. The really great thing about the OU for local authorities who have a problem with the abuse of people in their care, is that if their trainee social workers do a degree with the OU rather than another university, that local authority does not have to deal with students who are whistleblowers, because the OU just provides theoretical input, it is entirely up to the local authority as to whether the students qualify or not. There is no other party to negotiate with. Some years ago a whole series of social work students at Bangor University reported very serious problems on placement with Anglesey County Council. Staff from Bangor University defended the students, only to be told by Anglesey County Council that if the ‘problems with the students’ continued, Anglesey would hire its own staff as trainee social workers and qualify them through the OU. The ‘problem students’ were all whistleblowers. The students didn’t know this, but the people who’s conduct caused them such distress were the dear old paedophiles’ friends.

Whilst researching for this blog, I noticed that Harold Wilson systematically tied off all routes for professionals who might raise concerns about the abuse of vulnerable people by the state by the creation of supposedly citizen-friendly structures. Tony Blair did a very similar thing – the ‘service user empowerment’, the ‘social inclusion’, even the Human Right Act, were all used to give abusive state structures more and more power over citizens who raised questions about the conduct of the state.

Harold Wilson’s widening of HE opportunities did benefit people, but it was particularly effective at producing a whole cadre of state educated and state employed professionals who  found themselves in a position in which it would be virtually impossible to blow the whistle on serious state-endorsed crime – such as organised child abuse within the NHS and social services – and continue their professional careers. This situation exists today – it’s why there is a former Cardiff cardiac surgeon working as a cabbie after blowing the whistle on patient safety issues. Even if someone says OK then I’ll work in the voluntary sector, or private sector or academia, they will be forced out, because the funding and/or inspection regimes of those sectors is the responsibility of the state and the people in those funding/inspection roles are there after years of colluding with abuse.

I’ve watched the workings and the effects of this rigged system for a long time, but I didn’t realise that the roots of it were in Harold Wilson’s Gov’t. The long tentacles extended into the world of the arts as well, but I will return to that in a future post. Meanwhile, I’ll just mention a few things that were highlighted in Horlock’s obituary.

Horlock was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1976 and then served as its Vice-President and Treasurer during his retirement. Horlock ‘was an adviser to government and industry for 50 years. This included work with the National Grid, on the safety of nuclear installations and at the Aeronautical Research Council, as well as numerous other important contributions’.

Horlock was ‘knighted in 1996 for services to science, engineering and education’. It could be a complete coincidence, but 1996 was the year that the Waterhouse Inquiry was announced and established.

So Horlock advised on the safety of nuclear installations – a controversial and sensitive area. It was also an area in which on a number of occasions at least, Gov’ts did not keep the public informed. Lord Brian Flowers was another person who was involved in matters nuclear – he was a member of the Atomic Energy Authority, 1971-81 – who concealed Dafydd and the paedophiles’ crimes as well as medical research fraud and much other wrongdoing in the University of London (see post ‘The White Heat Of This Revolution’). Sir Alec Merrison was another nuclear physicist who was called in by Gov’t with regard to the Top Docs and their crimes.  Merrison was Senior Physicist at CERN, 1957-60; Chair of Experimental Physics at Liverpool University, 1960-69; VC of Bristol University from 1969. Sir Keith Joseph, when he was Health Secretary, appointed Merrison in 1973 to Chair a Committee of Inquiry after thousands of Top Docs threatened a mass public strike after a dispute with the GMC (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’). In 1976 Barbara Castle, then then Secretary of State for the DHSS, along with her Health Minister, Dr Death, appointed Merrison to Chair a Royal Commission on NHS Reform.

I grew up virtually on the doorstep of Hinkley Point and because I was used to it being there and I knew so many people who worked there, I took it as a fact of life. I had heard, as a teenager, that various worrying things had gone on at Hinkley that the wider public were kept substantially in the dark about, but what was more well-known among the local teenagers was that some of the people at Hinkley Point were thieving on a grand scale – not just pilfering pens and stationery, but they were making off with just about anything, building materials, household necessities, there was even a trade in whole bathrooms that had been stolen from Hinkley. It was a trough as deep as the NHS. The security out there was either very lax or the people driving off with the goodies had dirt of a valuable kind on the senior managers. After I left Somerset, one of the biggest accidents in UK nuclear power history happened at Hinkley – tons of radioactive CO2 was accidentally released into the atmosphere. Not a word appeared in the Somerset media, although there was coverage in the ‘New Statesman’. Then there were the local leukaemia clusters that no-one ever got to the bottom of – they definitely existed, but people were strangely reluctant to undertake a rigorous analysis. Some far-fetched theories were put forward – such as that the workers who migrated into Somerset from elsewhere when Hinkley was first built introduced new viruses into the local population… It’s not as if the Hinkley workers were missionaries going into darkest Africa, it was only Somerset. It could theoretically have been an explanation, but, er, radiation-related causes might be a more obvious one.

The best Hinkley-related story occurred some years before the CO2 leak. When I was about 11, a local man caused a major outrage by breaking into the houses of three people in one night and violently raping the women in each house. He was caught and arrested but was not imprisoned because, as his mother freely admitted, his uncle was an influential man locally and ‘got him off’. The rapist didn’t get off completely – he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and sat in Tone Vale Hospital near Taunton for a few months. Tone Vale didn’t have anything like the reputation that the North Wales Hospital did, but it was a receptacle for people who’d overdone the cider, but also those who had alleged abuse on the part of people with spotless reputations. This man ‘made a full recovery’ and returned to live locally, much to the anger of some who alleged that women and children had been placed in danger as a result of this small town corruption. The rapist then got a job at Hinkley Point. After a while, there were ructions. He had ‘gone mad’ again and was publicly hauled off to Tone Vale by the police. His schizophreniform symptoms of serially raping people had not popped up once more, but some new ones had. He had alleged that there were terrible things happening at Hinkley Point, that the safety of local people was at risk and that the trade unions and management were covering up very serious wrongdoing…. He spent longer in Tone Vale recovering from his Hinkley-related delusions than he did recovering from raping three women in one night.

No wonder people were cheerfully driving out of Hinkley Point in the possession of thousands of quids worth of goodies without being stopped.

So the OU was Harold Wilson’s and Jennie Lee’s ‘baby’, which received a bit of help from Lord Goodman to get it off the ground.

In 1967, Wilson’s Cabinet set up a Planning Committee in 1967, which kicked off the launch of the OU via its recommendations, which were accepted by the then Secretary of Education and Science, Ted Short aka Lord Glenamara. Ted Short trained as a teacher at Durham University – he later did a law degree at London University as well – and after WWII worked as a teacher and was the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne branch of the NUT. Short was elected as a Councillor on Newcastle-Upon-Tyne City Council in 1948. He was the Labour MP for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 1951-76; Education Secretary, 1968-70, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, 1972-76; Lord President of the Council, 1974-76 and also served as Chancellor of Northumbria University.

A paeophile gang operated in the north east with direct links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales for decades. Huge numbers of children from the north east were sent to children’s homes in north Wales and two key figures in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth, relocated to Bryn Estyn from Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead. The Lord President of the Council serves as the visitor for a number of universities, including the University of Wales.

Ted Short was given a peerage in 1977. Why was there such a problem with child abuse in north Wales and mismanagement at UCNW which Shirl refused to investigate? Look no further than Ted…

The Committee was Chaired by Sir Peter Venables, the VC of Aston University. Other members included Lord Goodman, who was at that time the Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain; Dr Eric Briault, the Deputy Education Officer of ILEA; Prof Roy Shaw, the Director of Adult Education at Keele University and Prof Hilde Himmelweit of the School of Social Psychology.

Can anyone see some paedophiles’ friends hidden in the picture? Lord Goodman for a start. ILEA was busy colluding with the export of kids in the care of London boroughs to north Wales where they were abused and trafficked back down to London. Keele University employed Peter Righton, a paedophile who was a social work academic who used his work to justify adults having sex with children – Keele has welcomed a number of other paedophiles’ friends over the years. Prof Hilde Himmelweit completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry under the discredited H.J. Eyesenck (see post ‘Radical Leicester And Some Other Free Radicals’).

Sir Peter Venables was Principal of the College of Advanced Technology (which evolved into Aston), 1955–1966 and Aston University’s first Vice-Chancellor, 1966–1969. He was born in Birkenhead and attended Birkenhead Secondary School and Liverpool University, where he obtained a degree in chemistry, an education diploma and a PhD. He served as the Open University’s first Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council. Peter Venables is yet another person who seems to have largely disappeared from the internet. I wonder why that might be.

Venables will have known about the corruption linked to Dafydd et al in Liverpool University and he will also have known about the equally serious corruption in Birmingham University, the City Council and the West Midlands Police. Kids in care in Birmingham were sent to children’s homes in north Wales and the Medical School in Birmingham contained Dafydd’s mate Robert Bluglass.

There was also a heavy presence from Sussex University on the Planning Committee – Asa Briggs, the then VC of Sussex; Lord Fulton, the former VC of Sussex; and Norman McKenzie, the Director of the Centre for Educational Technology at Sussex University. So someone in Harold Wilson’s Cabinet was desperate to have Sussex University wielding influence over the OU Planning Committee.

Lord John Fulton was a friend of Harold Wilson. I have blogged about John Fulton previously, but he’s worth resurrecting here, particularly as I have a suspicion that he might disappear from the internet soon as well.

John Fulton’s father was Angus Fulton, Principal of University College, Dundee. Fulton was born in Dundee and went to school there, then went to St Andrew’s University, then onto Balliol College. Ted Heath went to Balliol, but was 14 years younger than Fulton. During WWII, Fulton served in the Mines Dept and the Ministry of Fuel and Power, which was when he became a colleague and friend of Harold Wilson.

Fulton was Principal of University College, Swansea, 1947-59 – the employer of Rhodri Morgan’s father as well as of Dafydd’s buddy Saunders Lewis. Then Fulton was VC of the University of Wales, 1952-54 and again between 1958-59. In 1959 Fulton was appointed Principal of University College Sussex, which became the University of Sussex in 1961. He remained there until 1967.

So Fulton left Sussex the year before John Allen opened the Bryn Alyn Community, where kids in care were abused and then trafficked to John Allen’s brothels – in Brighton, Sussex and in London. Within just a few years, business was booming and many more people with money to spare moved to north Wales and brought isolated buildings which they turned into children’s homes or residential schools, thus expanding the business of the sex trafficking gang which was now well-established in north Wales. The business was considerably assisted by the Children Act, 1975, which was passed as a result of Leo Abse cultivating the company of Jim Callaghan and his wife Audrey and persuading Callaghan to set up the Houghton Committee, of which Leo Abse was a leading light (see post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’). The Houghton Committee ‘took advice’ from Dafydd’s friends and associates who were concealing the booming business in the trafficking of young people in north Wales and who recommended changes in the law…

Leo Abse was a good friend of George Thomas, who was molesting children. Harold Wilson appointed Thomas as Secretary of State for Wales in 1968 and at that time the responsibility for the NHS and social services in Wales was transferred to the Welsh Office. Abse himself has been the subject of historical child abuse investigations. Audrey Callaghan concealed child abuse in the London boroughs before she relocated to south Wales (see post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’). George Thomas and Callaghan hated each other, but Thomas got on very well with Harold Wilson because Thomas was a real vote winner in south Wales, what with all that Methodist lay-preaching and chumminess with the Royal Family (see ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’). And chumminess with Thatcher as well, but Thomas was forgiven that, it was just part of his natural charm.

Fulton went straight from the centre of a well-planned sex trafficking operation onto the Planning Committee for the OU.

Fulton was also: Chairman of the Universities Council for Adult Education and of the Council of the National Institute of Adult Education (1952-55); Chair of UCCA, 1961-64; Chair of the BBC and ITA Committees on Adult Education, 1962-65; Governor of the BBC, 1966-71; Vice-Chair of the BBC, 1966-67 and in 1968-71. Fulton was Chairman of the British Council, 1968-71 and in 1964, Wilson invited Fulton on the Committee of the Civil Service in 1964, which reported in 1968.

Fulton was involved in university policy making in Malta, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Hong Kong. In 1962, Fulton Chaired the Committee which established the new Chinese University of Honk Kong. He was Chair of the Inter-University Council of HE Overseas, 1964-68.

Well if you’ve got an outstandingly helpful paedophiles’ friend, you might as well give him international responsibilities.

Lord Fulton died in 1986, at home, among friends – in Jimmy Savile Central, Yorkshire.

 

I haven’t yet found any clue as to what precipitated Wilson’s sudden resignation as PM in 1976, but I suspect that it will have had rather more to do with this lot than with Wilson being a KGB agent, or getting fed up of being PM or believing that he was developing Alzheimers. He was an unscrupulous old bugger who rigged the whole of the UK’s state infrastructure to facilitate and conceal child abuse because George Thomas pulled in the votes in south Wales and Leo Abse was a very effective henchman.

 

The man who succeeded Lord Fulton as VC of Sussex and was in post as John Allen’s brothels in Brighton filled up with kids from the north Wales children’s homes was Asa Briggs, who was VC, 1967-76. Asa had his feet well under the table at Sussex by then though – in 1966 he was appointed Professor of History at Sussex, while also serving as Dean of the School of Social Studies, 1961–65 and PVC, 1961–67.

Asa Briggs was an historian who was born in Keighley, Yorkshire – he was off to a flying start in terms of a career as a paedophiles’ friend then. He went to Keighley Boys Grammar School and then Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. During WWII he served with the Intelligence Corps and at Bletchley Park. Whilst at Cambridge, Briggs had been a friend of Howard Smith, who became DG of MI5 in 1979. Between 1955-61, Briggs was Professor of Modern History at Leeds University and then moved to Sussex. Between 1976-91, Briggs was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford. He was Chancellor of the OU, 1978-94.

Briggs held a visiting appointment at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University in the late 1980s and again at the renamed Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia in 1995–96. Callaghan gave him a peerage in 1976.

Between 1961-95, Briggs wrote a five-volume text on the history of broadcasting in the UK from 1922-74 — essentially, the history of the BBC, who commissioned the work. Briggs’ other works included the corporate history of Marks & Spencer – the company which provided the loan for the paedophiles’ friends of the Royal College of Psychiatrists to acquire a grandiose building in Belgravia which nearly bankrupted them (see post ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection?’). In 1987, Briggs was invited to be President of the Bronte Society. He presided over the Society’s centenary celebrations in 1993 and continued as President until he retired from the position in 1996. He was also President of the William Morris Society from 1978-91 and President of the Victorian Society (UK) from 1986 until his death.

Briggs died at home in Lewes at the age of 94 on 15 March 2016. Presumably he slipped off peacefully, rather than dying as a result of someone chucking a firebomb into the building, like the five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal who died in Brighton in 1992 did (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’).

Asa Briggs had a terrible trauma whilst he was VC of Sussex. No he wasn’t arrested for being an accessory to serious organised crime, the trauma resulted from three Sussex students throwing red paint over a visiting US official, in a protest regarding the Vietnam War. Old Asa was so traumatised that decades later he banged on about these three students in a radio interview. Even better, after the old bastard was dead his daughter popped up on Radio 4 discussing the dreadful behaviour of the three Sussex students decades previously. She stated that Asa never got over it.

One of those students was from north Wales and when I heard about the red paint episode, I rather hoped that the man concerned would drench a few of those we know and love in north Wales with red paint. Sadly he never did, perhaps because he would have needed so many gallons of the stuff that he couldn’t lay his hands on enough of it. Before Briggs died, the wife of one of the students with whom Asa was so pissed off did not survive her encounter with the paedophiles’ friends of the Walton Centre at Liverpool. I didn’t know this when I was told about the red paint, but that student will have known about Dafydd and Gwynne and the paedophile gang. They never got the drenching in paint that they so richly deserved but they’ve got this blog instead. The child abusing murdering bastards.

Dr Dafydd Alun Jones

 

 

Bottoms Up, We’ve All Become Millionaires!

Old Warwickians - 1940s-1960s School House Dinner

 

Readers might remember me mentioning in previous posts that in the mid-1980s, Thatcher’s henchman at the UGC, Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, wanted to close down Bangor University, but he was reminded by UCNW that the place was full of people who were either assisting in supplying youngsters to the Westminster Paedophile Ring, or knew who was. Swinnerton-Dyer changed him mind quickly. Swinnerton-Dyer also went for Aston University, but the Thatcherite VC Sir Freddie Crawford did her bidding by closing down the Psychology Dept and transforming it into a Business School, where the paedophiles’ friends went to do business management qualifications for their future roles as public service managers (see post ‘The White Heat Of This Revolution’). Guess where else Swinnerton-Dyer aimed his axe? Salford. Salford was hit very badly, they had a 40% cut in their funding. They did survive – the VC who saw them through it was the VC who took over in 1981, when Salford was busy giving respectability to Cartrefle College which was run for the benefit of the paedophile gang of north Wales. I shall be blogging about that VC in a future post.

So Swinnerton-Dyer went after the three universities who were doing the most to facilitate Dafydd and the paedophiles – but he backed down and they survived…

 

There will be more background on other associates of Harold Wilson in future posts. Whilst digging around, I discovered a bit of info on Wilson’s mate Barbara Castle that I hadn’t known before. Barbara was the ‘fiery red-head’ (her hair was dyed) whom aspiring female Labour politicians all feel obliged to say that they admire or even consider as their ‘role model’. The Strong Woman Who Didn’t Take Any Crap, the Real Socialist etc. Barbara shagged her way around the Labour Party during the middle years of the 20th century, which is what people meant when they made reference to her ‘fiery red-hair’ and ‘passion’. I don’t mind that Barbara shagged her way around, but Barbara also concealed the abuse of kids and vulnerable people by the health and welfare services whilst boasting of her commitment to equality and women. What I didn’t realise was that Barbara and her husband were very keen to have children but experienced fertility problems. I watched an old clip of Barbara talking about the fertility treatment that she tried and she was stressing that it was, in her view, appalling and bizarre, involving her having injections of hormones extracted from mares’ urine. People are often very surprised at what is at the root of the Top Docs miracle cures. Not that it was a miracle cure, Barbara had enough and gave up. I know one thing though. Barbara, the True Socialist, who Hated Private Medicine and pissed off the Top Docs by Taking a Stand on private beds, would not have been able to get that treatment at that time on the NHS.

So which expensive Harley Street Top Doc treated Red Barbara then? I think we should be told.

 

One of many who told me how much she admired Barbara Castle and how sad it was that all those men stopped her becoming PM was Nicky Mitchell-Heggs, the occupational health physician at St George’s Hospital Medical School – who now runs a substantial private practice, as does her Top Doc husband. Mitchell-Heggs was one of those who was instrumental in forcing me out of my job at St George’s. After I obtained copies of my records, along with the full written admissions that Nicky and co knew that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and they believed that Tony Francis was as well, Nicky had written and CC’d a letter about me in which she stated that now that I had left my job, she would ‘be taking a back seat’. Which was interesting, because I thought that Nicky was a bourgeois idiot and I only saw her on about two occasions. So what sort of front seat was she taking before I left my job then?

So Nicky, who was it from St George’s who traced some relatives of mine that I had not given anyone any details of, impersonated Brown and told them that I’d tried to kill myself? Which was not only extraordinary but was untrue. Who ever did it was obviously quite skilled, because the people whom they spoke to knew Brown and sincerely believed that it was him. I know who can do things like that – the security services can. They can record, splice, etc. It certainly wasn’t Keith Harris and Orville. I know that Nicky knows something about it because there was a reference to it in the letter that she CC’d to everyone.

The problem with the coroners’ verdicts on so many of the victims of Dafydd et al who were found dead in north Wales was that some of those deaths were murders, but they were recorded as suicides because they were of mental health patients who were known to be distressed. Er – Springfield patient loses her job at St George’s, appears in court on serious charges on the basis of statements provided by Top Docs in north Wales, her friend rings up her relatives and tells them that she’s tried to kill herself. Was the scene being set for my dead body to be found Nicky?

Nicky Mitchell-Heggs originally trained as a psychiatrist. She became the occ health physician at St George’s allegedly because of ‘male prejudice’ towards her. Mitchell-Heggs was the occ health physician in an institution in which a great many staff were facilitating a pan-European paedophile ring and a Professor of Paediatrics had been imprisoned for his part in it. I don’t know why Mitchell-Heggs was in that job, but it won’t have been anything to do with sexism at work.

Michell-Heggs seemed to have a great deal of money for a working mother in an NHS job…

 

I heard earlier that the Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that the UK is to employ 2000 more security services agents. Tell you what Sajid, why not hire 2000 patients of Dafydd’s with a sense of humour, give them a bit of loose change and a phone box and get them to do what they did 20 yrs ago, when they rang him up and took the piss out of him. They presented more of a challenge to him and found out more about his crimes and who assisted them than the police force did and the security services were helping him anyway. Theresa should have popped around to my place when I worked at St George’s because I could have filled her in – she was a Councillor just down the road from St George’s…

 

There will be more posts soon naming more of the guilty…

 

Security, Security

I have been perusing documents and academic publications regarding Ashworth Hospital, hence the comments that I recently added to my post ‘More Than Politics And Local Government’.

This blog has frequently touched on Ashworth. Its location on Merseyside resulted in the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales having a convenient and chummy relationship with that establishment. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones et al used Ashworth as a dustbin for the patients whom they could not silence through the mainstream psychiatric system or by the use of the Prison Service. Dr David Mawson, one of the first Top Doctors whom I met for a ‘second opinion’, was friendly but quietly ignored the evidence of Dafydd’s wrongdoing – David Mawson worked at Ashworth. Two members of staff at Bangor University who are well aware of Dafydd’s criminality – Professor Catherine Robinson and her former husband John Bailey – knew about the serious criminality at Ashworth (John worked there as a psychologist and Catherine worked at the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh). Stephen Rose, an abusive member of staff at the North Wales Hospital, was transferred to a position at Park Lane Hospital in 1987 (Ashworth was formed from the merger between Park Lane and Moss Side in 1989) and the clients of the monstrous Prestwood Homes who were very obviously being groomed for sex work nearly all came from Ashworth (see post ‘A Convenient Arrangement With The Private Sector’).

I was told about the horrors of Moss Side when I was an undergraduate. I heard stories from local people about it being a terrible place and concerns that young people from north Wales were being sent there despite having committed no crimes or very trivial ones. The thing that I was told repeatedly was that young people were locked up in solitary confinement in cells with no daylight for months on end. Again and again I heard that people were in Moss Side after having been accused of crimes ‘but they didn’t do it’. When I first heard these stories, like many people I presumed that one would HAVE to have done something quite serious to have ended up in Moss Side and that the relatives and friends of these teenagers banged up were probably finding to difficult to accept what their associates in Moss Side had done. I remember sharing a railway carriage with a lady from Chester to Bangor one day who started chatting to me along the lines of ‘my son’s about the same age as you’ who then told me the most dreadful story of him being sent to Moss Side ‘by the doctors’ when he was 17. The lady became very upset, told me that her son had been assaulted by the warders and that he had been kept in a cell with no windows for months. She explained that ‘they said that he did something to a girl but he didn’t’.

Because many of the people from whom I was hearing these stories were disadvantaged and had often had brushes with the law it took a while for the penny to drop, but eventually I realised that people in north Wales who didn’t have much money or education were being treated very badly by agencies like the NHS, the social services and the police. I didn’t know at that time that the NHS, social services and the police were concealing a paedophile gang and that anyone who complained about them would find that their lives became very difficult. It did become obvious though that benign but distressed people were being banged up after lies had been told about them – and that the mental health services were usually involved.

At one point the outrages at Moss Side made it as far as Esther’s ‘That’s Life’ programme. One episode featured the story of a teenaged girl with learning disabilities who had been locked up in Moss Side after I think ‘setting fire to the curtains’ in a children’s home. The usual themes were in evidence – an incident with the social services/ children’s services/mental health services the severity of which had been exaggerated and then incarceration in Moss Side in solitary confinement along with ill treatment from the staff. At about the same time Esther also reported on Holyrood House, a ‘home’ in Llandudno for people with mental health problems run by one of Dafydd’s friends, Margaret Richards. Patients were being beaten up by the resident ‘security man’ and the drugs cabinet was the responsibility of an addict from Liverpool. Esther stopped reporting such matters when she became a mental health and child abuse campaigner.

I then heard that Moss Side had closed. It had actually simply metamorphosed into Ashworth – the same Top Doctors were employed and the same bunch of thugs who had abused the patients.

There had always been very serious problems at Ashworth. Media reports stressed that the patients within were criminally insane or convicted criminals and the arrival of Ian Brady at Park Lane in 1985 after he was transferred from Gartree Prison fuelled the stereotype of the place being full of murdering loonies. Ian Brady’s presence at Park Lane from 1985 was certainly convenient for the paedophiles’ friends. Brady was handed over to Dafydd’s friends just when Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and I were producing evidence of very serious criminality in north Wales on the part of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends. Obviously a news report only had to remind everyone that Ian Brady was in the institution where others were alleging injustice and brutality for allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the Top Doctors to be completely ignored. There were murders happening, but what can one expect from folk like Ian Brady.

The conduct of Ashworth staff (and the staff at its preceding institutions Park Lane and Moss Side) was probably unbelievable to those unacquainted with the institution. Most of the ‘nurses’ were members of the POA (Prison Officers Association) and many of them were involved in National Front activity. David Mawson and other former members of staff at Ashworth admitted to me that there was a full scale civil war between the Top Doctors, the psychologists and the POA. Neither of the three professional groups liked or respected each other and they were all mistreating the patients -many of the ‘nurses’ in the POA were simply thugs. Patients were routinely beaten, sexually assaulted as well as psychologically abused and patients who were known to be violent would be ‘accidentally’ left alone with more vulnerable patients with obvious consequences. There was an allegation that a patient had been beaten to death by staff and the POA also launched violent attacks on other staff – car tyres were slashed, paint was thrown, fires were set and death threats were sent. The targets were well aware that they were under attack by people who were involved in violent racist activity outside of the workplace and were basically frightened of them. The Top Doctors and psychologists claimed to be appalled by the POA but regular readers will know that they did not conduct themselves as they should have either – they were concealing the abuse of vulnerable people by the mental health services and organised child abuse. They also knew that some of those banged up had not committed the crimes of which they had been accused and were not dangerous as faithfully documented by everyone.

The first Public Inquiry into Ashworth was requested on 25 April 1991 by William Waldegrave, Secretary of State for Health in John Major’s Gov’t, after a TV documentary screened on 4 March 1991 alleged the serious ill-treatment of patients, including the death of a patient after a beating by staff. The Inquiry was Chaired by Louis Blom-Cooper QC.

Blom-Cooper’s previous included Chairing the Inquiry into the 1984 death of Jasmine Beckford, whilst she was in the care of Brent Social Services. Blom-Cooper’s panel included a community medicine specialist and the Assistant Director of Barnardo’s. A number of people involved with the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal had been employed by Barnardos. Blom-Cooper’s Report was submitted in  Dec 1985 and was highly critical of magistrates, teachers, health visitors and in particular social workers. He described Jasmine’s death as a ‘predictable and preventable homicide’. Blom-Cooper’s Report was submitted to Brent Borough Council and Brent Health Authority. I had always assumed that Blom-Cooper had been commissioned by the Gov’t to Chair that Inquiry – he hadn’t, it was Brent Borough Council who appointed him. At the time of Jasmine’s death and the submission of Blom-Cooper’s Report, Ken Livingstone, the leader of the GLC, was after the nomination for the Labour candidacy of the constituency of Brent East. The sitting MP Reg Freeson was Labour but he was a centrist and Ken was keen to oust him. Ken had friends in the constituency and was delighted when he did oust Reg and was elected himself as Labour MP for Brent East in 1987. If I know anything about Inquiries, whoever appointed Blom-Cooper will have only appointed him if they were confident that he would say the right things and point the finger at the right people and not at anyone in responsibility who might be severely embarrassed. In 1987 Paul Boateng was elected Labour MP for Brent South. Boateng had been an executive member of the NCCL whilst it was affiliated to PIE. His wife Janet was a social worker and Councillor in Lambeth and was Chair of Lambeth Social Services Committee when Tyra Henry was killed whilst in the care of Lambeth Social Services (see post ‘A Few More Who Might Be Able To Answer Questions’). Paul Boateng was working as a solicitor for B.M. Birnberg when Birnberg acted for Mary Wynch in her case against Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’).

Louis Blom-Cooper was a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 1988-96. In 2006 a major investigation began on Jersey into historical child abuse abuse. The allegations centred on the Haut de la Garenne children’s home where, some people alleged, terrible abuse had taken place which may have even included the murder of children. A few people were eventually convicted for assaults on children, but like some other recent high profile child abuse investigations, some people alleged that only a fraction of what had gone on had been uncovered whereas other people maintained that ridiculous hysterical allegations had been made. The police themselves admitted that the investigation had been ‘a mess’.

In 2006 Jimmy Savile began legal action against ‘The Sun’ after it alleged that he had visited Haut de la Garenne and had abused children there. Savile denied ever having visited Haut de la Garenne but then someone produced a photo of him there, surrounded by children and he remembered that he had been there after all.

Blom-Cooper was Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission, 1987-94 – the Mental Health Act Commission which colluded with and concealed the criminal activity of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends during those years. The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission, 1990-2000, was William Bingley. In his previous incarnation as legal director of MIND, 1985-1990, Bingley had also colluded with Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends to conceal their wrongdoing. Blom-Cooper, William Bingley and the rest of the Mental Health Act Commission knew exactly what was happening at Park Lane, Moss Side, Ashworth and in the mental health units in north Wales.

Whilst Blom-Cooper and Bingley led the Mental Health Act Commission Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor to Ashworth. Savile was a personal friend of Thatch who was Prime Minister between May 1979-Nov 1990.

Blom-Cooper’s report into Ashworth was absolutely damning. It was published on 5 Aug 1992 when Viginia Bottomley was Secretary of State for Health. It inevitably elicited comments and headlines of the ‘never again’ variety and there was much discussion of a ‘rotten culture’ at Ashworth. The information was presented as though none of it was known to the authorities – it was.

Blom-Cooper maintained that Ashworth was irretrievable and ought to be closed. MIND echoed his call.

The Mental Health Act Commission was the body responsible for monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act and the patients’ welfare at Ashworth. The Mental Health Act Commission was one of the bodies which had been failing to respond to the pleas from the Ashworth patients and indeed to my own pleas concerning the criminal activity of the mental health services in north Wales. The Mental Health Act Commission’s office which covered north Wales was the Liverpoool office. The Liverpool office covered Ashworth as well. The man at the Liverpool office who was colluding with Dafydd and the paedophiles as well as the members of the National Front employed at Ashworth was David Ewart. Blom-Cooper’s fellow lawyers also knew what was happening. A charity called WISH (Women In Special Hospitals) was established in 1987 in an attempt to help the female patients – Helena Kennedy was involved with some of the cases taken up by WISH. Like Esther Rantzen, for some reason WISH didn’t publicise the brutality and sexual abuse to which the female patients in the special hospitals were subjected for long (see post ‘Close Your Eyes And Make A Wish’). WISH went very quiet in the mid-90s and remained quiet. Blom-Cooper knew how bad those institutions were. Waldegrave who commissioned the Inquiry and appointed Blom-Cooper to Chair it will have known. Waldegrave was a member of a Gov’t who had overseen appallingly corrupt practices in the Welsh Office in order to conceal the abuses of the paedophiles friends in north Wales. It was known that mental health patients in north Wales were ending up in Risley Remand Centre or Ashworth sometimes without even being convicted of any crimes at all if Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends refused to treat them or maintained that they were ‘dangerous’.

Following the publication of Blom-Cooper’s Report the standard position of ‘we will change the culture and turn Ashworth around’ was adopted by Gov’t. All three special hospitals – Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton – were ordered to report directly to the NHS Chief Executive Alan Langlands. Langlands had worked in the NHS at a senior level for years – did anyone really think that a culture change would result from the involvement of a long serving NHS insider such as Langlands? The Social Services Inspectorate were ordered to conduct three inquiries into social work aspects at secure hospitals – the SSI which had colluded with the large scale neglect and abuse of children in care and the abuse of mental health patients before Blom-Cooper ever got near to Chairing an inquiry. It was the failings of the SSI which led to the death of Jasmine Beckford – which was followed by an inquiry Chaired by Louis Blom-Cooper…

In the mid-90s the HAS ( Health Advisory Service) – the Director of which was Dr Richard Williams – published a review of Ashworth stating that there had been ‘major advances’ made in the management of the hospital and that ‘great progress has been made in addressing the unhelpful aspects of the previous hospital culture’. The nation could rest easy once more. What had gone on was an aberration and of course the staff should never have behaved as they did but well those patients are criminally insane, it’s a difficult job looking after them, they’ve all killed children and things like that haven’t they, I don’t think that I could do that job…

In Sept 1996 Stephen Daggett, a long term Ashworth patient, absconded and got as far as Amsterdam. When Stephen got to Amsterdam he made a phone call and stated that he would give himself up if various allegations that he was making about Ashworth were investigated. Stephen had detailed them in a document entitled ‘My Concerns’. He made some incredibly serious allegations. Stephen claimed that the Personality Disorder Unit at Ashworth – consisting of five locked wards – was awash with porn (magazines as well as videos) and that a lot of it featured bestiality, sadomasochism or children. Daggatt also maintained that patients had access to drugs and alcohol pretty much whenever they wanted. Daggett claimed that an eight year old girl was being taken into the unit on a regular basis where she visited patients who were paedophiles.

The Fallon Report mentioned that the child identified as being at risk as a result of being taken into Ashworth was in the care of Bradford Social Services. It was stated that although the child was being groomed for the purposes of sexual activity, no sexual activity involving the little girl had taken place. Of course it hadn’t. In exactly the same way that St George’s Hospital Medical School reassured everyone in 1986 that their Professor of Paediatrics Oliver Brooke had never abused any of his patients after it became public knowledge that he’d been jailed for the possession of child porn which he had kept in his offices at the hospital. Bradford Social Services has been identified recently as having one hell of a problem with the abuse and trafficking of children it its care. It has been attributed to criminal gangs of Asian men, as opposed to criminal gangs of Top Doctors, lawyers, Gov’t regulatory bodies and charities.

Daggett gave himself up – only for the hospital to dismiss his concerns. However Daggett’s parents took the matter to their MP, the Labour MP for Halifax, Alice Mahon. It was only when  she compiled a 60 page dossier that Ministers listened. It was concluded that the ‘progress’ that Ashworth had made as documented by the Health Advisory Service not so long before must have ‘stopped’. As that bit of progress didn’t last long and couldn’t have amounted to much, one wonders what ‘great progress’ the HAS actually saw – I doubt that questions were ever asked about the discrepancy between the great progress as reported by the HAS and what Daggett alleged less than two years later. Ashworth later admitted that all of Daggett’s allegatons were true.

On 7 Feb 1997 John Major’s Secretary of State for Health Stephen Dorrell announced that there would be another inquiry into Ashworth, this time Chaired by His Honour Peter Fallon, a judge. The Inquiry team would consist of Peter Fallon, Professor Robert Bluglass, Professor Brian Edwards and Mr Granville Daniels.

Robert Bluglass has featured on this blog nearly as often as Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Bluglass Chaired the investigation into my complaint about Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales in 1988 (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’). Bluglass ignored huge parts of my complaint completely, including everything relating to Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) and Gwynedd Social Services. He received written and oral evidence from staff at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh that Dafydd had indeed had me unlawfully arrested and illegally imprisoned but Bluglass failed to state categorically that Dafydd had broken the law in his report. Bluglass stated as fact every one of the barefaced lies that Dafydd had told about me, although I could demonstrate that Dafydd was not telling the truth. Every point that I made was noted by Bluglass as a ‘claim’ – every lie that Dafydd told was documented as fact.

Bluglass was the man who wrote the Mental Health Act which Dafydd had broken. William Bingley had written the code of practice to accompany the Mental Health Act which Dafydd had broken.

Bluglass concluded his report into my complaint by stating that the paedophiles’ friends were caring people who could not be expected to put up with my ‘harassment’ and that I had caused them great annoyance. Bluglass was a close colleague both of some of the people with whom Dafydd had trained at the Maudsley and of Tony Francis’s former boss. I later received correspondence from someone whose mentally ill son had been murdered in a young offenders institution – Bluglass Chaired the inquiry into his death. This young man’s parents told me that Bluglass used exactly the same techniques in that investigation to exonerate the institution which he used to conceal Dafydd’s criminality. Their son should never have been in the young offenders institution – he had not been convicted of a crime, he was on remand following a trivial untrue allegation because no-one found him a bed in a hospital – in the same way that I should never have been banged up in Denbigh. Yet Bluglass wrote about both of us as though we were legally detained people who had been convicted. Bluglass wrote about me ‘absconding from Denbigh’. Yes I did escape – but I was being held illegally, so the staff actually broke the law all over again when they physically dragged me back into the hospital. As far as Bluglass was concerned this incident was akin to a breakout from Wormwood Scrubs. The son of the couple who wrote to me had a degree in astrophysics from Cambridge, but had taken a job as a bin man because he wanted to work after a period of illness. Bluglass made much of the fact that the dead man was a bin man and noted that he was ‘dirty’. Bluglass had ‘misheard’ – he had been told that the dead man was ‘thirty’. So Bluglass was investigating the death of a smelly old dustbin man who was in prison after committing a crime, not the brutal murder – the murderer ate part of the young man’s body – of a Cambridge graduate who was trying to recover from a serious illness and who should never have been in the institution .

Professor Brian Edwards was the Professor of Healthcare Development at the University of Sheffield and the former General Manager, Trent Regional Health Authority and Regional Director (West Midlands). It is highly likely that Edwards knew Bluglass – Bluglass had been a leading light in the NHS in the West Midlands for many years and was the Chairman of one of the NHS authorities there. Furthermore, one of the senior nurses who worked at Ysbyty Gwynedd and who will have known what Dafydd and the paedophiles were up to ended up as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Sheffield.

Granville Daniels was General Manager of the Millbrook Mental Health Unit, Central Nottinghamshire NHS Trust.

Fallon’s panel were supplied with a legal team which included  John Royce QC, who is now Sir John Royce, a High Court judge. Royce attended the Leys School, the headmaster of which was Alan Barker, the husband of Baroness Jean Trumpington. Before taking up the post as head of the Leys School, Barker was a master at Eton. Barker taught Douglas Hurd at Eton, who remained a close friend of Barker’s until Barker died. Hurd himself later gave Trumpington at least one of her jobs in politics and Trumpington was the junior Health Minister who appointed Jimmy Savile to the Management Board of Broadmoor. Hurd was Home Secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s Gov’t, 1985-89. So Hurd was responsible for the prison service when Dafydd and Dr Tony Francis tried to have me framed for ‘trying to stab a doctor’ and sent to Risley Remand Centre – David Ewart from the Mental Health Act Commission was involved with the plan and believed that it had worked and that I had been imprisoned in Risley (see post ‘Workers Play Time’). Hurd was Home Secretary in the Gov’t in which Sir Peter Morrison also served, whilst Morrison sexually molested children in care in north Wales. After the Leys School, Sir John Royce went to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Royce presided over the 2009 Plymouth child abuse trial – the defendants received IPPs (indeterminate sentences for public protection). IPPs were introduced under Blair’s Gov’t by Home Secretary David Blunkett in the wake of Blair’s concerns about Dangerous Mad People. They were abolished in 2010 after it was discovered that some of the people being imprisoned without limit of time weren’t that dangerous and had only committed trivial offences – as a result of mental health problems. Royce also presided over the 2013 trial of the rock singer Ian Watkins whom he sentenced for a string of offences against babies and young children. Watkins’s girlfriend had told the police of her concerns that Watkins was a paedophile but she was ignored. So were the concerns of six other people. An IPCC report stated that South Wales Police ‘missed opportunities’ to stop Watkins.

The Secretary to the Fallon Inquiry panel was a Dr Tim Baxter. I think that it was the Dr Tim Baxter who joined the Department of Health in 1991 and who was appointed Deputy Director of the Public Health Development Unit in 2010 – in 2016 Tim became Deputy Director for Healthy Behaviours. That will be something to do with ‘Nudge’ – hey Tim haven’t you noticed that ‘Nudge’ doesn’t work in an endemically corrupt health and welfare service which pathologises the patients? In 2009 Tim took a year out to work as the Director of Strategy at University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust.

The Fallon Report, published in Jan 1999, was every bit as damning as Blom-Cooper’s Report had been – Paul Lever, who had been the Chair of Ashworth Hospital Authority for the past three years, resigned upon the Report’s publication. The acting Chief Executive of Ashworth Peter Clarke claimed that ‘significant changes had been made’.

The Fallon Report concentrated particularly on Lawrence ward in the Personality Disorder Unit. A raid on Lawrence ward on 17 Jan 1997 discovered that the ward shop contained 41 hard core porn videos. More than 800 videos were found on the ward, 700 of which had been recently wiped or had traces of porn recordings. The porn included bestiality, sadomasochism and child abuse. The ward also contained a video machine for copying. In one patient’s room alone there were 225 videos. Women’s and children’s underwear was also discovered on the ward and one patient was running a ‘computer consultancy business’. Searches of the ward were irregular to say the least. During one search, the nurse conducting the search sat down on the bed and read the patient’s porn and upon leaving the room marked down the porn as part of the search.

The Fallon Report was highly critical of Charles Kaye, the Chief Executive of the Special Hospitals Service Authority. Five members of staff were suspended including Ashworth’s Chief Executive Janice Miles. Miles was subsequently cleared by an internal investigation in July 1997 but resigned anyway. Janice Miles’s successor was Dr Hilary Hodge who resigned herself one year later. The Top Docs at Ashworth expressed ‘grave concerns’ about Hilary’s management style.

The Fallon Report made it clear that what had been discovered in the Personality Disorder Unit – particularly on Lawrence ward – was deeply shocking. The whole thrust of the Fallon Report was that the Personality Disorder Unit was full of twisted offenders obsessed with sex who had ‘taken over’ the Unit – it was stated that the Unit was ‘effectively run’ by the 115 inmates rather than by the staff and that a ‘therapeutic nihilism’ prevailed as a result of staff beliefs that the patients were untreatable. Where did the idea that people with personality disorders are untreatable come from? Er – from Robert Bluglass and his colleagues. Again and again in everything that Bluglass et al have ever published it is stressed how incorrigible and what recidivists these patients are – indeed part of the process of diagnosing a patient with a personality disorder is the belief that the patient will not respond to treatment. The Report notes that what was discovered at Ashworth was ‘scandalous’ but ‘scandalous behaviour’ and ‘personality disorders’ tend to go hand in hand. Therapeutic nihilism anyone?

At least one of the people who compiled this Report – Bluglass – just a few years previously had concealed the serious criminal activity of a psychiatrist who was sexually exploiting patients and facilitating a paedophile ring. Furthermore, as part of the cover-up of Dafydd’s activities, Bluglass was happy to agree with Dafydd that I had a personality disorder and then went on to make silly Gothic horror comments about me being destined for a ward for the criminally insane – perhaps he had Lawrence ward in mind for me. When Bluglass was asked to investigate a murder of a patient at Ashworth, his team consisted of one of the senior nurses from his own unit in Birmingham, the Reaside Clinic – and a senior nurse from Clwyd Health Authority, who was also concealing Dafydd’s criminal activity. Dafydd was sending both patients and his own abusive staff to Ashworth Hospital.

There are a few other familiar names mentioned in the Fallon Report. A William Bingley was called upon in his capacity as the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission. It was explained that one of the founders of the Personality Disorder Unit in 1982 was Dr Chris Hunter. In 1989 Chris Hunter felt able to hold a ‘case conference’ about me in Gwynedd, without my knowledge or consent, whilst I was living and working in London. Chris Hunter at that time worked in south Wales. The case conference received evidence about me from Dr Tony Francis – who had already perjured himself in Court in an attempt to secure convictions against me – and two employees of Gwynedd Social Services, Keith Fearns and Jackie Brandt, who had also previously perjured themselves in Court in order to obtain a High Court injunction against me. When Fearns gave his evidence at the case conference, I had never met him. I had met Brandt once – when she unlawfully detained me at Ysbyty Gwynedd (see post ‘A Very Cosy Relationship – And Some Serious Smears’). At this time, there was a paedophile ring operating within Gwynedd Social Services. Chris Hunter’s conclusion from the case conference was that I was ‘extremely dangerous’ and he offered to write a Court report about me. I was not facing any outstanding charges when he made this offer. For full details of these extraordinary events, see post ‘The Night Of The (Dr Chris) Hunter’. I have seen references elsewhere to a Dr Hunter who was Clinical Director of Ashworth at one point – presumably this is the Dr Hunter whom I never even knew existed until last summer when my lawyer forwarded the poisonous nonsense that he wrote about me years ago. Other people knew about Chris Hunter denouncing me as extremely dangerous though – Dafydd and Tony Francis told the occupational physician at St George’s Hospital Medical School where I worked that I had been assessed as being extremely dangerous by a forensic psychiatrist.

So the Clinical Director of Ashworth and the founder of the Unit under investigation had concealed a paedophile ring and a member of the Fallon Inquiry panel had concealed the same paedophile ring – and the victims of the ring which they had concealed were being diagnosed with personality disorders and sent to the Unit under investigation. Things aren’t looking too good for you are they Bluglass?

Are we really surprised that business was not being conducted at Ashworth as it should have been?

I think that we should also be very sceptical of Fallon et al’s claim that the Unit was being run by the ‘inmates’. This was a hospital where the ‘nurses’ were members of the National Front, conducted violent campaigns of terror against their own colleagues as well as patients and had beaten a patient to death. Jimmy Savile dropped by whenever he felt like it and is suspected of having abused patients. The patients were locked inside a high security prison and ‘restrained’ and drugged whenever the members of the National Front felt like it. Now how exactly did the patients manage to take over that Unit? Why was that Unit teaming with porn? The clue was in the account of the ‘search’ that was given earlier – porn was getting into that hospital because the ‘nurses’ were reading and watching it alongside the patients.  If in the North Wales Hospital Dafydd could encourage teenagers to have sex with each other as part of their ‘therapy’ and the Angels would gather around to watch the live action, pretty much anything could have gone on at Ashworth. The Top Doctors and Angels were sicker than and every bit as criminal as the patients and that was the problem. That was why nothing ever improved at Ashworth. I’m sure that the senior managers were hopeless, but at least they resigned after every scandal – the Top Doctors didn’t, they stayed in post and within months, bingo, another scandal.

The solution to every scandal was to stress how dangerous the patients were – no-one ever mentioned that some of those patients had NEVER committed any crimes, they had just been banged up because Chris Hunter et al declared them dangerous on the basis of evidence from a paedophile gang. I am not denying that there are some patients who are dangerous in institutions like Ashworth – although why they have evolved into the people that they are has certainly never been explained by the Top Doctors – but the general public would be horrified if they actually knew the circumstances in which some patients in Ashworth had been sent there. For women patients it is very often because it is they who have been repeatedly sexually assaulted – often as kids in care – and they simply spend so much time injuring themselves or trying to kill themselves that no ‘ordinary’ mental health unit (most of which are grossly inadequate anyway) will accept them. Dafydd, Bluglass and Chris Hunter are not the answer to their problems.

The general public do not know that people like Dafydd, Bluglass and Chris Hunter are the ‘experts’ upon whose opinion the Courts and the Gov’t rely, so of course after the Fallon Report we heard a great deal about Dangerous Untreatable Patients. There were of course changes in the management at Ashworth.

BBC News in March 1999 reported that Laura Roberts, the executive director of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, would spend the next year as Assistant Chief Executive at Ashworth to draw up proposals demanded by Secretary of State for Health Frank Dobson. Dobson had described matters at Ashworth as a ‘systematic shambles’. That’s the Frank Dobson who ignored the abuse of kids in care and the systematic shambles that was the mental health services on his own doorstep in Camden (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part IV).

The Waterhouse Report contains references to people employed in the social services in north Wales whilst the paedophile gang raged within those services who had connections to Trafford.

The Fallon Report was manna from heaven to Blair’s Gov’t. Blair’s use of the ‘rights and responsibilities’ discourse left people with severe mental health problems in a very difficult position – they were constantly urged to ‘take responsibility’, even when their clinical condition meant that they were unable to do this. Extreme stupidities resulted such as people sectioned under the Mental Health Act being charged by the police because they had shouted or sworn at Angels or suicidal people being served with ASBOs for repeatedly attempting suicide and then being imprisoned when they attempted suicide again and broke the ASBO. The Hergest Unit demanded that the police threaten a teenaged girl who was both psychotic and sectioned with arrest because she kept dialing 999. The Angels told the police officer that the seriously ill young woman sitting in a locked ward had to ‘made to take responsibility’. For all the rubbish spouted about ‘service user involvement’, New Labour’s authoritarianism and the continued use of the mental health services to conceal organised child sexual abuse left ‘service users’ in an increasingly difficult position. More and more people found themselves diagnosed with ‘untreatable personality disorders’ including people who had received other diagnoses years previously which had never been questioned. In north Wales at least it was very obvious that people were receiving a diagnosis of personality disorder when the Top Doctors simply didn’t want to treat them – often because the patient had made a complaint.

In tandem with this, there was more and more discussion about patients with DANGEROUS personality disorders and legislation proposed to incarcerate people diagnosed as such even if they had never committed a crime. Something interesting happened as a result. Top Docs such as Bluglass – who had spent much of their career maintaining that personality disordered patients were untreatable but nonetheless dangerous and who could therefore be incarcerated by Bluglass et al if it was convenient for them – collided with the Gov’t. Blair and his Home Secretaries such as Jack Straw and David Blunkett decided that all these personality disordered people had to be Treated and the Top Docs were the ones to do it. Of course the beauty of the notion of a personality disorder is that it is entirely in the eye of the Top Doctor – patients would find that if it was of benefit to the Top Doctors for them to be sectioned and treated, then that would happen. However if the NHS then wanted to wash its hands of them, within hours the sort of disorder that they were allegedly suffering from had turned into a personality disorder which would not benefit from intervention by a Top Doctor and they’d be discharged with no support. When Blair mentioned the possibility of obliging Top Doctors to treat personality disordered patients the Top Doctors went apeshit and MPs reported receiving thousands of furious letters from Top Doctors stating that they would not treat these patients no matter what legislation was passed and that was that. Later on in 2003 the Gov’t published a policy document, ‘Personality Disorder: No Longer A Diagnosis of Exclusion’. The Top Docs were as good as their word – the document was ignored and personality disorder continued to most definitely be a diagnosis of exclusion.

So when the Fallon Report was published with its sorry story of Dangerous Criminals taking over a high security hospital and maxing out on porn, drugs and booze, the response of Blair’s Gov’t was to turn its attention to matters of security rather than to therapy or treatment – well Bluglass himself had told everyone for years that personality disorders were untreatable and that these patients Don’t Change. In the wake of the Fallon Report Blair’s Health Secretary ordered a review of security in the high security hospitals to be led by Sir Richard Tilt, the former Director General of the Prison Service. Tilt’s panel did  not include any clinicians.

Sir Richard Tilt was educated at the University of Nottingham and joined the Prison Service in 1966 as as Assistant Governor. He became a Governor, including of Bedford Prison and Gartree Prison in Leicester. He was DG of the Prison Service, 1996-99.

Whilst Tilt was helping to run the prison service he didn’t have much to boast about. There was the dreadful state of the buildings, the long-lasting shame of slopping out, the bullying and the violence, the riots, the self-injury and the suicides, the enormous drug problem, prisoners spending almost 24 hours in their cells with absolutely nothing to occupy them, the constant dreadful reports from HM Inspector of Prisons and the admission that the UK prisons were far worse than those in most of the rest of Europe.

So Richard was obviously just the man to advise on three high security hospitals which were in an even worse state than the prisons and which were giving Jimmy Savile free reign.

Richard picked up his knighthood in 1999 and was appointed a member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel.

In April 2000 Tilt became the Chair of Northamptonshire Health Authority. Between 2002-06 Tilt was Chair of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority.

In Jan 2005 BBC News reported that in 2002 Dale Pick, a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’, was allowed to leave Beaumont ward, Bradgate Mental Health Unit in Leicester, although some staff had warned that he was unwell and he had told them that he was hearing voices telling him to hurt other people. Eight days later Mr Pick stabbed Michael Doherty to death in an alley in Leicester. Mr Pick was convicted of manslaughter but with diminished responsibility and was detained under a hospital order by the Courts. An independent report into the care of Mr Pick noted that there were bed shortages at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and that Beaumont ward had not had a consultant psychiatrist for five years. Richard Tilt the Chair of the Strategic Health Authority responsible offered a ‘full apology’, admitted ‘a catalogue of errors’, stated that it was ‘a tragic case and one which we must learn from’ and that ‘some aspects of the care provided to Mr Pick by the mental health service could and should have been better’.

In Oct 2006 Tilt took up the appointment of Chair of Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust. The minutes of the Board meeting of 13 Oct 2006 list ‘representatives of mental health users and carers and members of the public’ as ‘being in attendance’.  One item on the agenda was the consultation outcome on the proposed changes to the mental health services. The appropriately named Pat McCarthy – a senior manager who was also the Trust’s Mental Health Commissioner – mentioned that there had been a big response from service users, carers, members of the public and staff to the consultation. There was unanimous opposition to the proposals to close down certain services and letters and petitions had been submitted expressing fears that both patients and the public would be put at risk. The Board members ‘were sympathetic’ but ‘felt they had been given no other viable options which would achieve financial balance’ – the Trust was deeply in debt.

There is a clue as to why the Trust was so deeply in dept. At the same Board meeting the Board supported the Full Business Case for the PFI scheme for the modernisation of the inpatient facilities at the Princess Marina Hospital site. Northamptonshire Health Authority had previously supported the Outline Business Case in 1998. Pat McCarthy assured the Board that this significant capital investment was part of the long term mental health strategy and had been for several years.

At the same meeting the Board discussed the Financial Recovery Plan for the Trust.

Richard Tilt had such a following that, as I discovered from a copy of a newsletter produced by Oxleas NHS Trust Newsletter, Winter 2013/14, Issue 33, ‘Oxleas Exchange, Speaking Up For Others’, a thing called the ‘Tilt Project’ was named after him. The Tilt Project is described as ‘high support residential care for men with a history of complex and challenging mental illness who have spent long periods in hospital following contact with the criminal justice system’. An example of a ‘Tilt Success Story’ was given, namely Steve. Steve was physically and sexually abused as a child and since the age of 17 has spent 7 years in prison and 11 years in Broadmoor. Presumably Sir Richard would want Steve kept banged up in conditions of maximum security. If Steve spent 11 years in Broadmoor at least some of that time will have been during the Savile years although Speaking Up For Others didn’t speak up about that.

The story foregrounded by the Oxleas Exchange wasn’t the Tilt Project and Steve the success story though, it was a story about one of the Angels – Nina – who is employed by Oxleas attending a ‘prestigious awards ceremony’ held by the ‘Nursing Times’ at a Top London Hotel (the Grosvenor House Hotel). There is a photo of Nina and other ‘Nursing Times’ nominees drinking champers in the plush surroundings of the Grosvenor House Hotel. That wasn’t all that Nina had been up to – Nina had been to Clarence House to meet Prince Charles. Nina is one of the Oxleas team ‘looking after prisoners’ at Maidstone Prison. The dire reports that continue to emanate from the Prison Service, particularly concerning prisoners medical care, suggests that Nina and her colleagues aren’t very effective. But awards ceremonies at sumptuous hotels attended by NHS staff during which champagne is drunk is what healthcare is all about these days. I am not suggesting that NHS staff should not enjoy themselves or indeed be recognised when they really have achieved something, but a quick scan of publications like ‘Nursing Times’ or ‘HSJ’ (Health Services Journal) or indeed the websites of NHS Trusts demonstrate that awards are being given out constantly at over the top ceremonies including to people whose track record is failure and the neglect of patients in very troubled services. I have received e mails from people asking me if I know that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – currently in special measures after a major scandal involving the abuse of mental health patients – is constantly picking up awards for its ‘excellent’ mental health services. I was told last week that the Betsi has now been given an award for its ‘control of violence and abuse’ work – this is a Board whose mental health services have been dogged for years by patients complaining of having been assaulted by the staff. The Betsi remained firmly in denial until an undercover recording made by a whistlelower showed naked patients crawling around on floors covered in urine and faeces whilst nurses swore at them. One patient had an untreated broken arm. The only member of staff disciplined was the nurse who blew the whistle – she was sacked, arrested, suspended by the NMC and received death threats.

 

Sir Richard Tilt was a Governor of De Montfort University, 2001-10 – during which time De Montfort University was a very unhappy place. He was Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee and was the Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and N Ireland, 2000-10.

Richard Tilt has been a Trustee and a Patron of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which claims to support paedophiles to change their behaviour. Unfortunately the Lucy Faithfull Foundation doesn’t offer any concrete support or counselling for paedophiles at all – I know someone who was supporting a paedophile who desperately wanted to change his behaviour and they drew a complete blank with the dear old Lucy Faithfull Foundation. That’ll be OK with Richard though – the prison service doesn’t offer any help to change paedophiles’ behaviour either, it just bangs them up for a few years then sends them back out into a society containing people who beat them up if it is discovered why they were imprisoned.

Another Patron of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation is Richard Monk, a former Commander at Scotland Yard who established the first paedophile squad. That will be the squad which discovered that it had a few paedophiles in its ranks and were using the seized material for their own gratification. The Lucy Faithfull Foundation hit the jackpot with another Patron though – it is none other than Valerie Howarth, whom Esther appointed Chief Executive of Childline. Howarth was friends with Esther’s sister who was a social worker at Lambeth – Howarth had been her boss, whilst Lambeth children’s services were rife with abuse. Howarth left Lambeth and moved to Brent as Director of Social Services – Howarth was Director when Jasmine Beckford was killed. Howarth is now in the Lords.

In 2012 Sir Richard was appointed Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation, an organisation which seeks to reduce the availability of child porn on the web.

The Tilt Report was published in 2000 and it made the Top Doctors very, very cross because its emphasis was entirely on ramping up the security in Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton. Blair’s Gov’t implemented all of the more than 80 recommendations in the Report. This was confirmed by Jacqui Smith, then the Minister of State for Health, in the Commons. Jacqui Smith subsequently became Home Secretary and was a source of national entertainment when it was revealed that her husband had hired porn films and claimed for them on Smith’s Parliamentary expenses.

The publication of Tilt’s Report was greeted by the Top Doctors suddenly coming over all compassionate about patients whom they had spent decades loathing. Didn’t Richard Tilt understand that Therapy Matters and how could Trust be built up and Therapy take place with all this emphasis on locking patients in their rooms in buildings surrounded by high fences with dogs patrolling? The Top Docs forgot about all the beatings and the patients dying at the hands of the staff. It is tempting to suggest that perhaps they feared that the sordid role that some of them were playing in concealing paedophile gangs and the sexploitation of patients might emerge if a shift towards nothing but custody took place – there’d be no excuse for taking porn into the hospitals or discussing sex with patients or spending endless hours in Therapy with the purpose of tying the patient up in knots because they had complained about being molested whilst in care or at the hands of a Top Doctor…It will also have been territorial of course, nothing galvanises the Top Doctors like a threat to take some of their power away from them.

In 2003 the Top Doctors took to the British Journal of Psychiatry to argue the toss with Tilt – the row was kicked off by Professor John Gunn and Dr Tim Exworthy who came out in defence of the oppressed patients. Did Gunn and Exworthy have a track record in liberating those deemed criminally insane? No.

John Gunn is the Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London. Gunn undertook his medical training at the University of Birmingham, 1956-61 and his training in psychiatry at the Maudsley/Institute of Psychiatry, 1963-66. So Gunn may well have been at the Maudsley when Dafydd was ‘training’ there then. Gunn was a senior registrar at the Maudsley, 1965-71 and then a consultant, 1972-2002. He was Clinical Director of Forensic Psychiatric Services, 1993-95. Gunn was Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College Hospital, 1978-02 and Emeritus Professor after 2002.

So Gunn was at the Maudsley whilst leading lights there such as Bob Hobson and Paul Bowden concealed the criminality of Dafydd and continued to provide him with glowing testimonies when people like me raised concerns or made complaints about him. Psychiatrists at the Maudsley colluded with and concealed organised child abuse for years and dear old Raj Persaud spent many enjoyable years working there whilst he plagiarised other people’s work. Gunn was a leading figure in UK forensic psychiatry whilst Jimmy Savile was appointed the manager of Broadmoor and allowed to abuse patients in the special hospitals as he wished. Like Bluglass – whom he will have known – Gunn will have been fully aware that forensic psychiatrists were perjuring themselves and that innocent people were ending up in prison or in high security psychiatric hospitals for decades as a result.

Between 1976-78 John Gunn was employed by the DHSS as the Director of the Special Hospitals Research Unit. At the time the special hospitals were murderous places answerable to absolutely no-one. I can only imagine what ‘research’ took place in them under Gunn.

Gunn is a member of the Athenaeum – as was Savile, whose job at Broadmoor was arranged over a clubbable meeting with some senior civil servants from the DHSS which was held there.

In 2006 John Gunn was appointed a member of the Parole Board of England and Wales, which had previously counted Robert Bluglass, Chris Hunter, David Mawson and Colin Berry – the man who assisted Bluglass in concealing Dafydd’s criminality in 1988 – among its members.

Dr Tim Exworthy is a forensic psychiatrist who qualified at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1985 and has worked in many different places, including at Broadmoor where he spent five years as a consultant. He spent many years as a visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and was Clinical Director and consultant forensic psychiatrist at St Andrew’s Healthcare, 2011-17. St Andrew’s Healthcare describes itself as a charity which provides mental healthcare but the main feature on its website is a search facility allowing people to find various psychiatrists, so St Andrew’s Healthcare seems to act as a referral centre for Top Doctors.

In Sept 2017 Tim ‘joined the team’ at Cygnet Stevenage as a consultant forensic psychiatrist. Tim mentions on their website that he’d previously worked with some of the team at Cygnet before! Cygnet is an American medical company which is currently rapidly expanding and colonising the UK mental healthcare market. The Medical Director of Cygnet is Robert Kehoe, who wrote even more lies about me than other ‘expert witnesses’. Kehoe managed to include in his ‘report’ – which was so full of elementary errors that Brown suspects that Kehoe didn’t actually write it himself but delegated the task to someone else who may not have even been medically qualified – that Brown was a ‘mental health professional’ whom I ‘was infatuated with’. Before Kehoe – or someone else – wrote the pack of lies he had been supplied with detailed statements from people who had witnessed the years of neglect, threats and harassment that I had received from the mental health services in north Wales. One of those statements was from Brown who explained that we had known each other since the sixth form and used to live together. For further details of Kehoe’s work of art see posts ‘An Expert In Resistant Service Users’ and ‘A Very Succinct E Mail From A Reader’. One of Kehoe’s Cygnet hospitals in Yorkshire advertises itself as specialising in ‘resistant service users’ – presumably those service users who, along with their lifelong friends who double up as mental health professionals with whom they are infatuated, have acquired masses of documentation demonstrating that the Top Doctors have involved themselves in very serious crime. Some Cygnet hospitals provide ‘services’ for learning disabled service users. People with learning disabilities do not usually suffer from mental health problems – the purpose of a psychiatrist in a unit for learning disabled people is to prescribe the huge quantities of anti-psychotics with which they are dosed up to ‘calm them down’ ie. chemically cosh them when they are distressed, sometimes because they are being abused by the staff.

Tim has a Masters in Mental Health Law from Northumbria University, is a member of the Mental Health and Disability Committee at the Law Society and is also the Chair of the Special Committee on Human Rights at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2006-12.

Tim’s principal medico-legal interest is in the assessment of restricted patients as part of their application to Mental Health Tribunals.

Another person who put pen to paper in 2000 regarding the Tilt Report – but who spouted off in the Guardian rather than the British Journal of Psychiatry – was Ray Rowden. Rowden worked at the Dept of Health as Director of Commissioning for the high security psychiatric hospitals, 1993-95. Rowden then ‘supervised’ those hospitals whilst Savile was busy inside of them.

Rowden left school with no qualifications and worked as a painter and decorator until he decided to become a psychiatric nurse in 1970. Rowden began his training at St Augustine’s Hospital Canterbury where we are told he helped expose scandalously inadequate care which prompted an inquiry. This may well have been true – there were a number of student nurses in the late 60s and 70s who did create a stink about the abuse of patients. Sadly some of those students used their early deeds to gain credibility and kudos which they used as an umbrella in the later stages of their careers when they concealed serious wrongdoing themselves.

I know of one former social worker in north Wales who definitely knows who was involved in the paedophile ring that operated in the region and who knew about the criminality of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends – he told me that he was one of the students who helped expose the Ely Hospital Scandal. This man later became a social work tutor in north Wales and then the Director of the Vale of Clwyd MIND. He is not as dim as many of his colleagues and he knew just how serious the wrongdoing on the part of numerous people and institutions – including MIND – was. It was actually far worse than the Ely Hospital Scandal. He has kept completely silent. I was told by another Gwynedd social worker – who has also been a Gwynedd County Councillor for many years – that of course he was never involved in the abuse of children in care and that he gave evidence against his colleagues at the Waterhouse Inquiry. I can’t find any references to this man’s evidence in the Waterhouse Report and furthermore no-one at the Inquiry except for the former residents of the children’s homes admitted that any abuse had happened. Everybody else lied – it was a case of I know nuzzing on the part of everyone.  The people who wouldn’t collude with or conceal what was happening to those kids simply left their jobs – the only whistleblower was Alison Taylor who was sacked by Gwynedd County Council. Everybody else kept quiet or abused the kids themselves. It would not have been possible to have worked in social work in north Wales in the 1970s, 80s and 90s and not know what was happening. In the same way it would not have been possible to have worked in forensic psychiatry during the last few decades and not have known that patients were being grossly abused. But of course at dinner parties, everyone was a whistleblower.

I suspect that Ray Rowden might have known of a few more scandals as well as St Augustines which he didn’t expose. In 1989 Ray became the Chief Executive of West Lambeth Community Care NHS Trust – that was the Trust which was treating, or more probably refusing to treat – the fomer kids in care from Lambeth who had been abused, trafficked for sex and some of whom were dying of AIDS having contracted HIV whilst working as prostitutes. West Lambeth Community Care NHS Trust later became part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

Ray died recently and the tributes paid to him from former colleagues are intriguing. Ray was ‘one of the first openly gay NHS leaders’ who was a true radical, was always on the side of the patients and fought the oppressive structures. One thing that Ray did was organise trips to Covent Garden for service users. This will have undoubtedly provided a bit of relief for some of the service users who will have been living in poverty and experiencing neglect at the hands of Ray’s colleagues, but my first thought was how did Ray find the dosh for that? It transpired that Ray doubled up as the ballet correspondent for a south London newspaper in order to obtain free tickets for the ballet performances. OK – but ballet is quite a minority activity. Some of the patients will have loved it, but it seems a bit weird that Ray was organising trips to the ballet rather than for example to a rock concert or the football which would probably have appealed to more people in the client group. Then I read on some of the other online tributes to Ray that his main interest was ballet.

The tributes to Ray also mentioned that he ‘loved champagne’ and partying. Ray might have become a senior official at the Dept of Health and been busy at the ballet and knocking back the Krug but his obituaries stressed that he was ‘always a nurse at heart’. In fact Ray was delighted when he became a Fellow of the RCN in 2013. What was Ray doing when he was recognised by the RCN? The nurse at heart had left the UK and was running a bar and restaurant in the Costa del Sol with his partner Tom.

Ray was only 62 when he died of pancreatitis. Most cases of pancreatitis are the result of long-term heavy drinking.

Ray’s obituaries described him as a ‘trade unionist’ with a ‘reforming zeal’ who provided ‘support as a union rep when someone needed a friend’. Was Ray a leading light in COHSE perhaps, that organisation which for years was led by David Williams, a former ‘nurse’ from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, which provided support and legal advice for Angels who had abused the patients (see post ‘A Very COHSE Relationship With Some Very Nasty People’)? No, I’m glad to say that Ray didn’t lead the patient batterers. Ray’s ‘union activism’ was actually carried out in his capacity as a member of MiP, Managers in Partnership. MiP is a union which represents healthcare managers. A quick look at the website of Managers in Partnership reveals that the concerns of this union are member discounts, legal support, financial advice and employment rights for managers. This is one of the organisations which ensures that NHS execs never face disciplinary or legal action no matter how great the disaster was or how many patients died. I didn’t have time to search the MiP website, but I suspect that I wouldn’t have to have looked too long before I found the bit where private health insurance for their members is advertised.

So what was Ray’s take on the Tilt Report? Naturally Ray was horrified, but he saw a shining light on the horizon which would lead the service users and staff to liberation – Professor Louis Appleby, the National Director for Mental Health aka the Mental Health Tsar, appointed by Blair in 2000. Ray commented that with the likes of Richard Tilt on the loose ‘thank God for Louis Appleby’.

Louis Appleby is a Professor of Psychiatry who led the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and was Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness. Appleby runs the Centre for Mental Health and Safety at Manchester University. He spends much of his time appearing in the Guardian – they love him – and tweeting fluffy comments regarding his concerns for people with mental health problems. Somehow Louis never manages to explain why the mental health services have been so bad for so long, particularly as he was the Tsar for ten years and was responsible for reforming the mental health services. Louis is still tweeting away, about poverty, about discrimination, the lot. Mental health patients are still being criminally neglected by those paid to care for them, it is acknowledged that the ‘services’ are broken and the patients who do succeed in bagging themselves a bed on an inpatient unit are sometimes managing to kill themselves whilst being ‘observed’. This however is all par for the course for the Top Doctors and their colleagues. But there is something else about Louis that has both worried and puzzled me for a long time.

Many years ago one of my neighbours was a paedophiles’ friend of the highest order. She had discovered that I was daring to challenge them and declared war on me. The Poisonous Cow told other people in the village that I was a danger to their children, that I had swindled people out of money, that I ‘abused’ people and told local builders not to undertake work for me because I would never pay them . When there were no witnesses about, both the Poisonous Cow and her boyfriend would hurl abuse at me and threaten me if they saw me out and about. I ended up finding out just how much trouble this woman tried to cause for me because eventually some of the other villagers told me what she had been doing. They apologised for not warning me previously and told me that she began doing very similar things to them. I was told how she carried out such a campaign of harassment against one person who was terminally ill that this person became too frightened to leave her house. The Poisonous Cow also contacted the police alleging that a man with mental health problems living in the village had sexually abused her daughter. The man was placed under investigation and although no evidence of the alleged offending was discovered, the accusation was enough to break up his marriage. More recently the Poisonous Cow established a cafe which was advertised as a charitable venture for people on low incomes. Before long, there were allegations that the Poisonous Cow was harassing a vulnerable woman who lived in the flat above the cafe and cafe volunteers began walking out on the grounds that the Poisonous Cow was mistreating them.

Poisonous Cows are not that rare – although this one was quite an extreme example of the species – but the thing that really shook the villagers was what the Poisonous Cow did for a living. The Poisonous Cow worked in mental health. She did a degree in psychology at Bangor University and I was told by other students on her course that she fell out with the School of Psychology so badly that she was banned from entering the building after she had graduated. The Poisonous Cow had wanted to go into social work – indeed her husband was a social worker on Anglesey – but wasn’t accepted on the course. (I cannot think why, she’d have got on brilliantly with the Arfon Community Mental Health Team.) It was alleged that at least one of the lecturers at Bangor was telling people who asked for references for the Poisonous Cow that he really could not recommend her for any type of employment. Yet somehow the Poisonous Cow began to land jobs working with people with mental health problems. Not only that, but I was told that she was sacked from at least one such job on the grounds that she was a danger to vulnerable patients. Someone then told me with incredulity that the Poisonous Cow was working in Manchester with mentally ill women in prison. I made a few enquiries and discovered that the Poisonous Cow was working for Louis Appleby, it seemed on his flagship Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide. Furthermore, she was using the work for a PhD – which was odd, because she had encountered quite serious academic problems as an undergrad.

I and a few other people began wondering who was supplying the Poisonous Cow with references, particularly references good enough for her to secure a place to do a PhD with the Mental Health Tsar. Before long, a neighbour told me that history had repeated itself and that the Poisonous Cow had been dismissed from Appleby’s team – for constituting a danger to vulnerable women in prison. Having heard this, I presumed that the Poisonous Cow’s career in wrecking the lives of people with mental health problems would finally be over. Surely the Mental Health Tsar would flag up that there really was a problem with the Poisonous Cow? He didn’t seem to. Within months the Poisonous Cow landed a job at Warwick University, in the Dept of General Practice. I knew someone working at Warwick at the time who knew of her – I was told that she would be out of there within three months. It took a bit longer than that, she did battle with Warwick but they finally gave her the boot after about six months. The story had not yet ended.

Some years ago the Poisonous Cow held a celebration – on the receipt of her PhD as a result of her outstanding work with Louis Appleby’s flagship team. The team from which she had been sacked and with whom she did not ever work with for long enough to complete a PhD. The PhD was also awarded years after the Poisonous Cow departed from Appleby’s team.

Upon receipt of her PhD the Poisonous Cow set up a catering business after telling the local newspaper that she was a ‘health psychologist’ who had decided to ‘leave academia’.

So Professor Appleby, can you explain why you employed Dr Denise Baker-McClearns aka Denise Baker, after she had been identified as being completely unsuitable to work with vulnerable people and furthermore who supplied her references? More importantly, why did you enable her to secure yet another job with vulnerable people and where did that PhD come from years after she left your employ?

Somewhere along the line the Mental Health Tsar has done something that he shouldn’t.

Louis Appleby qualified in Edinburgh and then did his psychiatry training with the Top Doctors at the Institute of Psychiatry, some of who concealed the wrongdoing of the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales. Appleby has worked in Manchester for many years. Dr Tony Francis of the paedophiles’ friends worked as a psychiatrist with a team at the University of Manchester before he joined Dafydd et al in north Wales (see post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’).

In 2015 Appleby was engaged to improve the way in which the GMC deals with doctors facing fitness to practice hearings who are experiencing health problems. In 2016 Appleby recommended that the GMC should bring fewer investigations and that investigations should be paused if the root cause is a health problem requiring treatment. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Dr Tony Francis and a junior psychiatrist at the Hergest Unit all mentioned putative mental health problems in the face of complaints about them. The junior psychiatrist had sex with other staff on hospital premises during working hours, carried out such a violent assault on his dog that the dog nearly died and the vet threatened to prosecute him and then violently attacked his wife so severely that she was sectioned such was her distress. A previous wife had already left him and refused him access to their son on the grounds that he was a danger to them. His two children with his second wife were taken into care on the grounds of serious neglect. Ysbyty Gwynedd had received complaints about this doctor but robustly supported him and called the patients liars. The psychiatrist has now been struck off – it was his wife being taken to a secure unit for her own safety and his kids going into care that did it, even the GMC couldn’t cope with the fall out from that.

 

Ray Rowden was mentioned in a Daily Telegraph article in Oct 2012 after Jimmy Savile’s activities became public knowledge. It was mentioned that Ray took up his job in the special hospitals in 1996, one year before Alan Franey’s retirement. Alan Franey was the man who was appointed Chief Exec of Broadmoor when Savile was given the job as General Manager. Franey was a long time friend of Savile and had been Assistant General Manager of Leeds General Infirmary before bagging the job at Broadmoor. Ray told the Torygraph that he was shocked that both Jimmy Savile and Diana Princess of Wales seemed to turn up at Broadmoor whenever they felt like it. Not that Ray said a word about this at the time. Di did visit Broadmoor in the company of Savile and those visits were not a secret. The TV cameras were there in force and footage of those visits appeared in news items and in PR documentaries about Broadmoor. By the time Di was making those well-publicised visits I had begun to get wind of exactly what was happening to people in Broadmoor and I knew that the Top Doctors were prepared to perjure themselves and frame people in order to have patients who had been abused or had found out about their criminal activities labelled dangerous and banged up in there. It was very obvious to me that those visits by the People’s Princess were being used to reassure the nation that the nutters behind the walls were being catered for rather well and even enjoyed the odd Royal Visit. The reality was that they were being abused by the staff, raped by Savile and some of them died ‘from their medication’ or ‘committed suicide’ whilst supposedly under constant observation.

Ray Rowden may not have known when Di was going to drop in at Broadmoor, but other people will have known. Di enjoyed Royal protection and bodyguards at all times, was supplied with cars and drivers to ferry her about and someone will have been keeping her diary. So who in Buck House was arranging these PR trips to Broadmoor?

There is another person who may be able to enlighten us all regarding the very strange – and in some cases lethal – happenings at Broadmoor. That is a man called Phil Scarfe. I had an unpleasant encounter with Mr Scarfe when I was doing my PhD. Phil Scarfe had appeared in somewhere like the Guardian in his capacity as a mental health welfare officer at Nottingham Trent University and had made comments about the problems encountered by students with mental health problems. Part of my PhD thesis was concerned with this and Brown and I had just submitted a journal article on the subject, so I contacted Phil Scarfe thinking that he would be someone with similar interests to Brown and me. I had a phone call with Mr Scarfe who was actually quite a difficult man to hold a conversation with. I learned through the course of this phone call that Phil Scarfe had difficult relationships with some of the academics at Nottingham Trent and that they obviously didn’t find him very helpful. However I wondered if perhaps he was just having a bad day and I sent him a copy of the paper that we’d just written. I received an appalling e mail from Phil Scarfe in return, extremely aggressive and personally very rude. Brown was so concerned at the nature of the e mail that he wondered whether Scarfe was going to try to prevent the publication of our paper and my PhD supervisor kept a copy of the e mail because he thought that we might need legal advice if Mr Scarfe decided to e mail me again.

Mr Scarfe had previously worked as a social worker at Broadmoor. One reason why he sent me such a dreadful e mail was that Brown and I had been writing about the very high numbers of mentally ill people ending up in prison. Scarfe was very angry that we had drawn attention to this and told me that the explanation was simple – it was because so many of them were illiterate. Que??

After sending me the offensive e mail Phil Scarfe turned up as a mental health advisor at De Montfort University!

Well Phil would you now like to make a police statement about the abuses that were rampant at Broadmoor whilst you worked there as well as about Mr Savile’s activities and the reasons why none of you raised the alarm? Or can it all be explained by the patients not being able to read and write?

Someone else took an interest in my work on students with mental health problems and the shortcomings of the mental health services whilst I was a PhD student – Professor Les Ebdon, the Vice-Chancellor of what was then Luton University, but I think that it calls itself the University of Bedfordshire now. Les knew exactly what Brown and I knew – that the crisis in students mental health wasn’t a crisis caused by the universities, it was a crisis caused by the mental health services which were no longer functioning. I had an exchange of correspondence with Prof Ebdon and he was rather nicer than Phil Scarfe. So imagine my surprise when I found out that Les Ebdon had only gone and awarded an honorary degree to Jimmy Savile. They had a lovely photo of themselves taken together in their academic gear.

I have long since suspected that there was a direct connection between the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales and Broadmoor. Back in the mid-1990s in the spirit of ‘service user involvement’, an Independent Advocacy Association was set up in north west Wales to handle patients’ concerns about the mental health services. It was so Independent that it was funded by Gwynedd Health Authority and I know one advocate who walked out after she was told by her manager not to support patients who were making serious complaints. I know of another person who went to the Independent Advocacy for help after her son died as a result of the negligence of the Hergest Unit – the Independent Advocates were far too frightened to take up the case with Gwynedd Health Authority. Which was hardly surprising because not only were they funded by the Health Authority but the advocates were all mental health patients – you had to be, it was ‘peer support’ – and they were all far too terrified to challenge the service lest they were refused treatment and had their benefits stopped. So a bunch of terrified vulnerable mental health patients served as the ‘watchdog’ for a lethal service run by a gang of paedophiles’ friends. It was an arrangement that suited the Hergest Unit and its corrupt manager Alun Davis very well. Of course because the care of patients was so bad, the advocates themselves often suffered at the hands of the service which they were allegedly holding to account. One of the leaders of the advocacy service was a woman called Marilyn. Marilyn was gay and her partner was also a patient. Marilyn’s partner was one of the many patients who committed suicide and following that disaster Marilyn had a breakdown and resigned as an advocate. She then disappeared from Bangor and I asked someone where she had gone.I was told that Marilyn had been given a job as an advocate at Broadmoor. Jimmy Savile must have thought that Christmas had come.

I can’t remember Marilyn’s surname, but I can remember the full name of the woman who had one of the few paid jobs with the Independent Advocacy Service and who ran it. She oversaw the mess and she and Marilyn held vacuous training sessions for would-be advocates which consisted of ‘ice breakers’ and ‘getting to know you’ games rather than seminars in mental health law. She was a Sarah Ryan. Would you like to explain how Marilyn got that job at Broadmoor Sarah and why you stood by in silence whilst patients were fitted up for serious offences and died?

I know that the Top Doctors like to pretend that they’re not at all custodial and that all they care about is Therapy and Mindfulness, but their faux outrage at the Tilt Report was somewhat disingenuous. Some years before the Fallon Report let alone the Tilt Report, I and another patient at the Hergest Unit got so sick of our – and other people’s – very serious complaints about Dafydd not being investigated and the constant arrests on trumped up charges, that one day when Dafydd arrived we followed him into his office – no patients were present, we weren’t taking up anyone’s appointment time. We both stood opposite him and we simply repeated the list of names of the many people who we knew had complained about him or died under his ‘care’ or had claimed that he had propositioned them and gave full details of offences involved. Dafydd sat on his chair yelling ‘security security, assistance assistance’ and within minutes the office was invaded by Angels who threw us out because of the trauma that Dafydd was sufferering. Dafydd and the Angels made statements to the police about the murderous threat that I posed to him and Gwynedd Health Authority installed an alarm system and a panic button in Dafydd’s office at great expense so that he would never have to suffer such a terrible experience at my hands again.

Complaints continued to go uninvestigated. The Hergest Unit had the second highest suicide rate in England and Wales. But at least Dafydd never had to listen to anyone detailing his crimes again and Marilyn got a job at Broadmoor.

 

Footnote: Since completing the above post about 30 mins ago I have just discovered a few things about Erville Millar, the acting Chief Exec of Ashworth in 1997. Erville was Chief Exec of the West Lambeth Healthcare Trust, 1993-99; Director of Service Development, Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, 2000-01; Chief Exec, Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust, 2000-06; Chief Exec, Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust until 2011 when Erville mercifully retired.

One would have thought that after Ashworth no-one would have ever employed Erville again, but his being as the helm at Camden and Islington 2000-06 explains why Camden had the highest suicide rate for women in England and Wales. The second highest suicide rate was in north west Wales.

The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health was founded by Lord David Sainsbury who is a major donor to, and now the Chancellor of, Cambridge University. Sainsbury donated millions to the Labour Party under Blair and has made donations to Progress. He is associated with the IPPR. David Sainsbury was one of the first peers to be questioned as part of the cash for peerages investigation. Before pledging his money and allegiance to New Labour, Sainsbury was a fan of Dr Death and provided the continuing SDP with office space.

 

 

Another Death – May 4, 2017

BBC News Wales is reporting the death of Matthew Jones who was found dead in his flat in Rhyl in April, three weeks after being discharged from the Ablett Unit. Matthew suffered from severe depression and alcoholism and three days before he was discharged from the Ablett was on 15 minute observations so high was his risk of self-harm. Matthew’s mum has given an interview to the BBC stating that her son was ‘crying out for help’. She has explained that conditions in the Ablett were dreadful, with Matthew having to sleep on a sofa at one point, furthermore a sofa on which someone had urinated upon which had not been cleaned properly. She has also revealed that at one point Matthew had been housed by the ‘services’ above a pub – a man known to have an alcohol problem. The Betsi are taking refuge in their usual vacuous outpourings, promising an ‘investigation’ and stating that all ‘service users’ are consulted about their ‘care plan’ on admission.

There is not one aspect of this death that is unfamiliar. Again and again mental health patients in north Wales have been found dead shortly after being discharged. Again and again people close to them have maintained that anyone could have identified them as being in deep distress and still in need of help. Again and again days before discharge the patients involved had been assessed as being at high risk of self-harm or suicide. For years now patients and relatives have commented on the dreadful physical state of the Ablett Unit – yet we are constantly reassured that it has been ‘improved’. I visited a friend there some four years ago and even I was gobsmacked – it was completely unsuitable for any inpatient. My friends’s room had no door – it had been ripped off and never replaced. There was a bright light immediately next to where the door had been which remained on throughout the night – my friend was given a bollocking by a night nurse for not being asleep, yet she refused to switch this light off. Matthew reported the presence of a sofa that had been urinated upon – well one of the things that my friend found most intolerable about the Ablett was the failure of anyone to clean up after a particularly disorientated patient who defaecated everywhere. When I went to visit my friend there was nowhere at all for visitors to sit – the only place for the patients themselves to sit was the grand total of two chairs, positioned directly outside of the nurses station, so no privacy there.

As for the housing of Matthew, a man with a serious alcohol problem, above a pub – for years now, it has been a consistent feature of the mental health services to house mental health patients in locations in which they are frankly in danger. The whole of Bethesda witnessed an alcoholic housed next door to a pub some five years ago – he was dead within months. When I first started writing this blog, I received a detailed communication from a member of mental health staff at the Betsi describing the many ways in which patients were being neglected – she too mentioned alcoholic patients housed above, or next door to, pubs. It had happened to one of her own patients although she had personally flagged up the danger involved in the location of this accommodation – her concerns were ignored. I witnessed a vulnerable man with a psychotic illness housed in Bethesda in a house of multiple occupation in which two other residents were dealing in class A drugs. They terrorised this man and within a month he had left the flat – only to be told by the glorious Arfon Community Mental Health Team that he had ‘voluntarily’ left the flat, so they wouldn’t be ‘helping’ him again. Their relationship with him was so poor that he never told them that he’d fled a gang of hardened criminals, although if he had have told them that particular ‘team’ would not have given a damn. I know of another woman with mental health problems and learning disabilities who was housed by the mental health services in a flat in Bangor owned by the North Wales Housing Association – there was even increased rent being paid for her on the grounds that she would receive extra ‘support’ from some sort of warden/disability officer. She too was being terrorised by a drug dealer who lived upstairs from her – this continued until he was arrested and imprisoned after a police raid a few months ago. Her friends knew what was going on and persuaded her to bring the matter to the attention of the ‘officer’ who was supposed to be offering her extra ‘support’ – his response was to reply sarcastically that it was ‘a shame’ that she was being bothered by her neighbour and to then fail to visit her again. Her friends were so worried about her that they advised her to apply to the North Wales Housing Association for a transfer – the ‘support officer’ wouldn’t even advise her on this process. The worst case that I am aware of however was of a man with serious mental health problems who was housed by the Hergest Unit in a shared house with another patient on a notoriously tough council estate. The man whom he shared the house with had Korsakoff’s syndrome, a form of very severe memory loss caused by serious alcoholism – this man had been in hospital for years because he had lost so much memory that he could not even remember that he was in hospital, he would look at his surroundings and try and work out where he was. On the second day of the ‘house share’, the man with Korsakoff’s syndrome put a pie in the oven – and forgot about it, causing a fire in the kitchen. Within three weeks, the other man in the ‘house share’ had been targeted by self-appointed ‘paedophile hunters’ (although he wasn’t a paedophile – he just looked unsavoury and said unacceptable things) and was beaten up. He was then relocated to other unsuitable accommodation and within a few months was found dead in his room, having choked to death. He was supposed to be observed every twenty minutes but somehow his body remained undiscovered for several hours. I know of another mental health patient from the Hergest who was housed on the same estate and had been there a grand total of three weeks before someone threw a brick through her window.

None of this is helped by Hergest staff who tell the neighbours of Hergest patients that they are ‘dangerous psychiatric patients’ – I know of at least five cases in which this has happened. None of the patients concerned were in the least bit ‘dangerous’ and there was absolutely no evidence at all suggesting that they had ever been ‘dangerous’, although a number of them had complained about the mental health services. This happened to me many years ago when I was living near Bethesda – I was ruthlessly harassed by two other people in the village, two charmers called Denise Baker and Malcolm Fox, who it transpired had done this to other people. At the time I just attributed the grief that I was receiving to these two being a pair of sociopaths – which indeed they were – but I was told by another neighbour some years later that the delightful Denise and Malcolm had connections with the local social services and that I had been of mutual interest to them. Indeed a couple of years later, Denise married a social worker and then began working in mental health herself – I was told that she was fired from at least one position after being identified as a danger to the vulnerable women that she was working with. I would be most interested to know how Denise Baker ever landed a job in mental health and how she continued to work in the field for some years – at one point even with Prof Louis Appleby’s ‘flagship’ team at the University of Manchester – when her conduct was so well-known. Appleby was, at the time that he employed Denise Baker, the Government’s Director for Mental Health. Appleby is a very big name indeed – he is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission and has led the National Inquiries into suicide as well as into homicides and suicides committed by people with mental health problems. So who on earth was writing references for Denise Baker? And why did Appleby not flag up her unsuitability for healthcare positions, because he undoubtedly knew that she was unsuitable – she landed yet another job after her stint with Appleby. Another thing of interest that I discovered some years after experiencing the dreadful Denise and Malcolm, was that there was a man living in the same village as me who was a close friend of Denise and Malcolm who had served a prison sentence for child sex offences and was on the sex offenders register. The social/mental health services will have known all about that – so why were they, assisted by Baker and Fox, actively circulating rumours regarding my alleged ‘dangerousness’ when a sex offender was afforded complete privacy (which of course he should have been; I’m relating this anecdote to demonstrate that there were some very odd practices at work).

As for the claims of the Betsi that ‘service users’ are ‘consulted’ about their care plans when they are admitted – no they are not. When I was admitted to the Heddfan Unit I made it clear after two days that I did not want the dreadful Raj Sambhi as my consultant. I was ignored. My friends raised their concerns about Sambhi’s attitude and competence. They were ignored. My lawyer wrote three letters over a number of weeks to the Betsi pointing out that there was no therapeutic relationship between Sambi and myself and that we were no longer even communicating. My lawyer was ignored. Then a Mental Health Tribunal no less recommended that Sambhi should be removed as my consultant. They were ignored. Sambhi remained my consultant for months, misdiagnosed me – and no doubt the rest of his patients – loaded me (and everyone else) up with anti-psychotics although his relationship with me and others was so poor that he wasn’t even paying us a visit before wielding the prescription pad. I was not consulted about ANY aspect of my ‘care’ at all, until Sambhi went away for two weeks and a much saner – and nicer – locum turned up, had one conversation with me and observed that I should not be on a locked ward. I was immediately transferred to another ward where I encountered Dr Alberto Salmoiraghi – who consulted me about everything and even took the trouble to meet my friends, the friends who had spent months banging their heads against a brick wall trying to alert the Betsi to what was actually happening on Sambhi’s ward. Sambhi has now been given a role in ‘training and education’ at the Betsi. Dr Alberto has been subjected to racism because he has the temerity to be Italian and was accused of the dysfunctionals at the Hergest Unit of ‘bullying’ them when he suggested that their standards should be raised.

We are now in the middle of an election campaign. Will any local politician have the guts to comment on the death of Matthew Jones? Or will Hywel et al continue their campaign for a medical school in Bangor based on the ‘excellence’ that they maintain infuses the regional NHS? We’ll brace ourselves for all those photo opps with local NHS staff accompanied by text telling us how the culprit is ‘supporting’ the NHS and all that is needed to stop the genocide is a few more billion…

Disability Support

This blog was established to expose and provide coverage of the appalling state of the mental health services in north Wales – which have now been acknowledged by the Welsh Gov’t to have inflicted ‘institutional abuse’ on patients, which is why the Betsi was placed in special measures. I’ve provided a huge amount of detail previously on the blog regarding the appallingly abuses that these services have inflicted upon people over many years.

When I started my PhD I became aware that the state of the mental health services was impacting on Bangor University in a major way – students with mental health problems just could not get care and some of their parents had even threatened to sue the University if harm came to their children. For some reason the mental health services insisted that all students with problems were to be referred to the bunch of thugs in the Arfon Community Mental Health Team – so the students ended up being abused and threatened by the likes of Keith Fearns and Maggie Fookes, as described in previous posts. I knew scores of academic staff who were actually moving heaven and earth to support students with mental health problems in the face of a service that made it quite clear that those students could kill themselves and still that service would not change it’s attitude to students with mental health problems. My PhD supervisor (as well as his wife and two adult children) provided all the ‘support’ for me – whilst the Hergest Unit refused to treat me, had me arrested and tried to frame me for a serious crime that everyone knew that I had not committed – that the local mental health professionals were paid to provide. I heard many, many first hand accounts from students themselves as well as from staff of the chaos that the dysfunctional mental health services were causing for the University.

This blog has touched on the historical problems in the relationship between the University and the mental health services. When I was an undergrad back in the 80s, the two corrupt psychiatrists who dominated the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, Dr T. Gwynne Williams the lobotomist and the notorious man involved in criminal activities Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, wielded influence in the University through what two retired lecturers from Bangor termed ‘the cylch’. (For readers in England – ‘cylch’ is the Welsh word for ‘circle’ and in this context it refers to a closed network of influence. Every time I’ve heard someone use the expression it has been used with connotations of corruption.) The same two retired lecturers told me that the dreadful Professor J.B. Owen was also a member of the cylch (please see blog post ‘Not Seen Since the 80s – Carwyn’ for the very serious consequences that this may have had for a lady called Mary Wynch, a former member of staff in the Agriculture dept that was headed by J.B. Owen). Now when I was a student, the notion of the cylch just conjured up a load of old farts – ‘the Welsh gerontocracy’ as Brown termed them – who made a fuss about things like what was considered acceptable dress and conduct on graduation day. But of course a corrupt cylch in an area like north Wales could cause havoc, particularly if it was concealing serious wrongdoing – such as a paedophile ring operating in the social services…

This blog has previously explained how the corruption in the mental health services and the existence of a paedophile ring in the social services in north Wales left a legacy that is still pole-axing the region today. Likewise I suspect that the cylch had left their legacy and were still causing problems in the University. I was aware of allegations that the Gerontocracy was undermining one of the former Vice-Chancellors in a big way.

I am wondering if the cylch were ultimately responsible for the complete shambles that was ‘disability support’ for students at Bangor. As I’ve mentioned, many of the academics and indeed administrative staff were fantastic at supporting students – but once again, the people paid to do so were bloody useless. The ‘disability support’ officer whilst I was doing my PhD and after (for all I know she is still there) was a Carolyn Donaldson-Hughes. I first met Carolyn because I went to see her to interview her – part of my PhD was concerned with students with mental health problems and their experience of Higher Education. I didn’t explain to Carolyn that I was a ‘service user’ myself (I was never one for wearing my yellow star, which made a lot of people involved in ‘service user research’ very angry when they discovered that I had better credentials than they did – they felt that I was somehow going undercover) and I don’t think Carolyn guessed. It was quite clear during the course of this interview that where disability was concerned Carolyn did not know her arse from her elbow. She had zilch understanding of the then current policy and legislation on disability and blithely reassured me that the students with mental health problems got all the support that they needed and there were no problems – they generally did ever so well ‘and I think we have even had two bipolars and a schizophrenic’. I didn’t persist with Carolyn, I was clearly going to get nowhere – I had heard quite enough accounts even by then of students trying to throw themselves off the Menai Bridge only to be told by Keith Fearns to go on and do it then, or suicidal students being refused help at Ysbyty Gwynedd A&E and told to ‘go home’ if they were ill, to know that Carolyn was either lying or stupid. I was not the only person to have been somewhat underwhelmed by Carolyn. One hall warden told me that her denial of any problems in the mental health services was causing a great deal of harm – not only because students couldn’t get help but Carolyn’s insistence that everything was fine and dandy led to the assumption that it was the student who was the problem, not the abusive behaviour of Keith Fearns et al. I also knew a number of students with disabilities who maintained that she had no understanding of their needs whatever. I became very good friends with one of these students, Hannah, who was very bright and hated being defined by her disability by idiots like Carolyn. Hannah loathed Donaldson-Hughes and described her as being ‘like an air hostess with bright red lipstick and a line in handbags’. Which was spot on, I’d noticed Carolyn’s warpaint and handbag but I thought that it was just me being prejudiced against the sort of woman that is more at home in a department store than a university. (It says everything about ‘disability support’ and the NHS that sadly Hannah is no longer with us – she died a couple of years ago as a result of negligence at dear old Ysbyty Gwynedd.)

There was though a bigger problem than Donaldson-Hughes – the woman who was responsible for employing her. That was one Fran Tate, the Head of Student Services. I first encountered Fran donkeys years ago, just after I had graduated. Fran is of my vintage and had been one of the sabbatical officers at the Student’s Union, the welfare officer. Fran seemed to hang onto that job for quite some time, which was odd because people usually only are in such posts for a year, indeed a sabbatical. I first realised what Fran was capable of in about 1990 when Gwynedd Social Services had declared war on me and were constantly trying to imprison me. I owned a house near Bethesda and had ended up with the lodger from hell, one Donna Morgan, who had followed hot on the hells of another lodger from hell, one Denise Baker. I later discovered that not only were they friends, but that they were both networked into the glorious Gwynedd Social Services. The second lodger from hell surpassed herself – she bounced a rent cheque for £500 on me after telling me sob story after sob story, stole everything in my house of any value and was then kind enough to leave me a letter saying that if I went to the police about it all I wouldn’t get anywhere because she would say that I was mentally ill and a danger to her child and Denise Baker would ‘vouch for her’. ‘Mendacious as well as thick’ observed one of my friends. So I went to the police and took the signed confession with me. Then it got interesting. The police refused to tell me her whereabouts and, despite the signed confession and returned cheque, stated that there was ‘no evidence’ for my accusations. They then refused to tell me where she was, stating that she had been subject to threats from a previous boyfriend and was ‘in hiding’. Which was interesting because when she started getting nasty with me, she kept dropping hints that the father of her son was a well-known criminal in Llandudno and that I ‘must have heard of him’. (I hadn’t, not moving in gangland circles in Llandudno myself.) At the time I presumed that this must have been true – people who hang about with thugs tend to find that they turn on them one day. But then I was told that Donna Morgan was living in Bangor, was still a student at the University and didn’t seem to be in hiding at all. I also found out that she’d had a relationship with at least one police officer at Bangor Police Station – and if the crude comments that he was making were to be believed she’d actually managed to shag quite a few of the local police officers. I started seeing her around Bangor. So I acquired a Court Order against her to try and obtain my £500. I knew that she went to the nursery in the Student’s Union to drop off and pick up her son every day, so I went to the Student’s Union to serve her with the Court Order. I was greeted by a security man who threw me out on the grounds that one Fran Tate had ‘advised’ everyone that I was ‘harassing’ a student. I had never met Fran Tate but she seemed to know an awful lot about me. So I then obtained a further Order, allowing me to enter the building to serve the Order on Morgan despite Fran’s ‘advice’. However when I turned up with the Order, it seemed that someone in the University had known that I’d acquired it (odd, because I hadn’t told anyone there) and dear old Donna had arrived early to collect her son that day and had disappeared. She hadn’t gone far – a couple of hours later I walked past her in Bangor High Street. I had the Order on me so I served it on her there and then. She gave me a look of bovine incomprehension and scarpered. She then did disappear from Bangor and I was told that she had withdrawn from the University. I heard no more about her – until about ten years later when I worked with someone who had been at University with her. They said that she’d acquired notoriety by accusing a man of rape – he had been held on remand for quite sometime before Donna fessed up that it hadn’t been rape at all. By that time his wife had left him and his family had broken up. No charges, not even of wasting police time, were ever brought against Donna Morgan. It certainly sent a chill down my spine though. My neighbours near Bethesda had befriended her, bought toys and clothes for her child and given her lifts into Bangor every day. After declaring that I was a maniac who was about to murder her son in cold blood, I discovered that she’d also told a number of people that my neighbour’s husband had been sexually aggressive towards her. So we obviously all got off quite lightly, having only been stung for money and robbed blind – we could have all been down the cells on charges of sexual assault.

So that was how Fran Tate first touched my life. However, I heard more when I went back to Bangor to do my PhD. As previously explained, by then Fran was Director of Student Services. Bangor University had a system of wardens in the halls of residence who were usually junior lecturers – one of the people that I shared the office with was one of them. The warden responsible for overseeing the system was the senior warden, a senior lecturer called Tony Jones, who died recently. It was alleged by all the other wardens that Fran Tate hated Tony Jones and was trying to oust him out of his position – at the same time as Tony Jones had spoken publicly about the problems of the students who could not access mental healthcare. He had appeared in the local papers expressing fears that a student would die. Tony Jones was a tough old git and I was told that he was robustly standing up to Fran Tate. Then Fran announced a Plan. There was to be a reorganisation. Fran realised that a system of wardens who were actually lecturers was ‘old fashioned’ and students would far rather ‘talk to people like themselves’ – so the wardens were to be abolished completely and replaced with other students. Peer support! Just like with service users and CAIS – because it’s been such an overwhelming success hasn’t it… So Fran’s vision was that 19 year olds with no training or support or even much life experience could take care of their suicidal friends when they were seriously ill and being denied professional care and treatment. From what I remember, there was much opposition to Fran’s grand idea with people appalled at the potential carnage that would follow if this plan were to be implemented. However her efforts to make life as difficult as possible for Tony Jones continued and I think that he gave up and resigned soon after.

But I was to encounter Fran’s techniques of exclusion myself soon after the row about the wardens in hall. Towards the end of my PhD I had already published some work on students, mental health and Higher Education. The Vice-Chancellor of a university in England had said some very nice things about my work and had used it as a basis for his speech at a conference – the lack of care for students with mental health problems was a hot topic at the time. I was then told that Disability Support at Bangor were holding a seminar concerning students with mental health problems – some of the students had heard about my work and wanted me to speak. I was keen to do this – but dear oh dear, Disability Support kept making excuses as to why I would not be welcome at the meeting. Although I was a postgrad with personal experience of mental health problems and the mental health services and had even by then published more on students and mental health than anyone else in Bangor University…

Then Fran reared her ugly head again, after I finished my PhD. I went through a few months before I acquired funding for post-doc work, but had been given permission to carry on using University facilities to continue my research. I saw some adverts for people to work as assistants to disabled students, namely to accompany them to lectures and take notes for them. The scheme was being run by Disability Support, so I should have known that there would not be a happy ending. I applied and was interviewed by the employment agency that Student Services had commissioned to carry out the selection of support assistants. It was an agency called Ransted and seemed a very ramshackle affair. I was interviewed by yet another person who was obviously clueless regarding disability issues and policy but her main concern was that I was literate and numerate. I was herded in to a room along with the other applicants – who were mostly overseas postgrads. We were all given a literacy and numeracy test. I was one of the few who passed – because most of the other applicants had English as their second language, they failed the literacy test. I was offered the post by the woman who interviewed me. A few hours later I received another phone call from her, telling me that my appointment had been personally vetoed by one Fran Tate and the offer was being withdrawn. I started to ask a few questions – such as on what grounds and what role was Fran Tate playing in these appointments when the process had been subcontracted to Ransted. The Ransted woman couldn’t give clear answers, so I told her that this was completely unacceptable and I put the phone down, after telling her that I would be making further enquiries about this. Within minutes I received an e mail from the Ransted woman telling me that hanging up on her had shown a lack of ‘professional behaviour’ and it was for this reason that the job offer had now been withdrawn. Que?? I e mailed her back to let her know that she was not in a position to advise anyone about unprofessional behaviour because she had flouted just about every policy where employment procedure was concerned and that during the interview so many of her shirt buttons had been undone that I had had a fantastic view of her purple bra. I received no reply. However I did try to pursue the matter with Ransted head office – only to find that no such thing existed. Ransted was such a dodgy fly-by-night company that they had an internet presence only – no offices, no list of managers, no details of an organisational structure. Just a load of spiv-like internet adverts with a phone number should you be Fran Tate and wish to avail yourself of their services. This was not the last that I heard of Ransted. Tales began to reach me of a crisis among the few people who were working as disability support assistants – they were not being paid for the work that they had done, the timetabling was chaotic and the scheme was such a mess that they were not able to support the students to whom they’d been allocated. They had all started walking out of the job and it was proving nigh-on impossible to recruit anyone else because word had got around regarding the dreadful way that people were being treated. I then heard tales from other people who had encountered Ransted and who had also concluded that this was not a company who should be handling the recruitment of assistants for vulnerable students. But then if a decent company had been subcontracted they probably wouldn’t have taken orders from Fran Tate to break employment law.

After all this I presumed that Fran Tate was just yet another scumbag who had been attracted to the idea of a career in ‘welfare services’ in order to wield power over some vulnerable people. However I was then told that Fran had actually started her career in ‘welfare advice and support’ in the Citizens Advice Bureau in Bangor. That’s one of the network of Citizen’s Advice Bureaux in Wales of which Lucille Hughes had a role in managing. The same Lucille Hughes who was the Director of Gwynedd Social Services until 2000 – when she ‘retired’ on the eve of the publication of the Waterhouse Report, which named her as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating within the Social Services but failing to act on this knowledge. The same Lucille Hughes who is the former partner of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and who sits on the Board of CAIS. The same Lucille Hughes who in 1990 was instructing Keith Fearns on what lies to tell in Court in an attempt to have me imprisoned. Which was just before Denise Baker, Donna Morgan and Fran Tate caused me so many problems…

It’s amazing how connections with a cylch can advance one’s career – or criminal activities. One other thing I remember is the identity of the Director of HR at Bangor University whilst Donaldson-Hughes, Tate and other fuckwits were being allowed to seriously mismanage the pastoral care of students with mental health problems. It was Lyn Meadows – a former manager with the Welsh Ambulance Service, a former non-executive director of an NHS Trust in the north west of England who was named on Frank Field’s blog as having colluded in a fraud and now a member of the Betsi Board! Further details of Lyn’s wrongdoing and harassment of me and other staff can be read in previous blog posts…