Even More About Baroness Patricia Scotland QC

Previous posts ‘Baroness Patricia Scotland QC Was On Board As Well!’ and ‘More On Baroness Patricia Scotland QC – And Her Very Sleazy Friends’ looked at the stellar career of Lady Patricia Scotland QC, the barrister who represented the Welsh Office at the Waterhouse Inquiry – the Welsh Office that for years ignored the serious abuse that was happening to children in care in north Wales and that went as far as to employ a corrupt lawyer, Andrew Park, and a Medical Ombudsman, Professor Robert Owen, who colluded to conceal criminal activity in the north Wales mental health services, services that were discrediting and banging up those people who had been in care. My previous posts did name a few of the people who have given Patricia a helping hand over the years, but even so I was still a bit mystified by Patricia’s successes in her early career. My co-researcher has done a bit more digging and things are now marginally more clear – although considering the nature of Patricia I doubt that things will ever be other than murky.

Patricia graduated from the University of London in 1976 and is described as being the co-founder of a ‘successful legal chambers’. I wondered how she’d managed to do this so soon after graduation, because barristers do have to go through many lean years whilst they get themselves known before hitting the big time, even if they are very good. Patricia’s biography describes herself as, between 1979-1999, having worked at 1 Gray’s Inn Square, a chambers of which she was a ‘founding member’, along with Nina Stanger and Keith Evans.

Nina Stanger was a radical lawyer, an activist and was well known for defending squatters. She was some years older than Patricia and in 1987 moved to Florence. She had intentions to return to full time practice at the Bar in England, but sadly died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 55 in Jan 1999. Nina Stanger was a staunch defender of Court trials with juries – for some years now in the British Courts there have been an increasing number of cases heard without a jury. Who was it who was responsible for pushing through some of the legislation that resulted in this situation? None other than Patricia when she was Minister of State at the Home Office under Blair. 1 Gray’s Inn Square seems to have taken on a lot of international work and one of Keith Evan’s former pupils now specialises in international fraud and financial crime. 1 Gray’s Inn Square was just down the road from the chambers of Patricia’s mate Cherie Booth aka Mrs Blair.

My co-researcher and I are a little confused regarding 1 Gray’s Inn Square. Patricia boasts that she set it up with Keith Evans ‘after not being able to get in anywhere’. Yet the current website for 1 Gray’s Inn Square states that in it’s ‘most recent incarnation’ it was established by Lord Boston Of Faversham QC in 1972. Patricia is not mentioned anywhere. But there is other information available as well about 1 Gray’s Inn Square. That is, that it imploded among much trouble shortly after Patricia was appointed a Foreign Office Minister. Furthermore the finger of suspicion was pointed at Patricia. Patricia was the only QC in the chambers and was Head of Chambers. Yet in 2000 it was alleged that the Chambers owed a substantial amount of money – the figure of £100,000 was bandied around and barristers were walking out. Some of them accused Patricia of neglecting her responsibilities towards the Chambers, yet one of her former colleagues, Helen Morgan, maintained that Patricia had simply been a ‘titular head’ and that the Chambers had been run by a management committee. Patricia herself claimed that she stopped practicing when she became a Minister, but had allowed the Chambers to stay in her name and remained it’s official head when she joined the Lords, but had her name removed from the bank accounts and from the lease and that she was not responsible for the Chambers business. As for debts – Patsy knew nothing. The remaining barristers at the Chambers were legally liable for the debts… There was another problem as well. Under the Ministerial Code of Conduct, Ministers are not supposed to run a business. So Patsy was investigated. It was OK though, Sir John Kerr, the Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Office, maintained that Patsy had done nothing wrong and that being a partner in medical or law firms was allowed.

Regarding Patsy’s appointment as Attorney General by Gordon Brown. She wasn’t his first choice – it is alleged that he had approached Lord Lester and Lord Carlile, but Menzies Campbell, then leader of the Lib Dems, had vetoed it. Gordon wanted Patsy to reform the role of Attorney General. Under her predecessor Lord Goldsmith, the notion that it was possible to combine the potentially conflicting roles of membership of the Cabinet, independent supervisor of the prosecuting authorities and guardian of the public interest had seemed increasingly absurd. Brown charged Patsy with restoring public confidence in the role. I’m not sure that she achieved that by employing an illegal immigrant, breaching laws that she had helped to draft herself. Curiously, following the scandal involving the cleaner from Tonga, a piece about Patsy appeared in the Telegraph in 2009, stating that she was seen as a ‘safe pair of hands’ and that Downing Street was ‘adamant’ that there would be no further action over Patsy’s breach of the law.

In an obsequious profile article in Nov 2012, Patsy states that her mentors were Keith Evans, as well as two other lawyers who ‘supported’ her – John Scott and Johan Steyn. Johan Steyn, now Lord Steyn, is a South African/British lawyer who sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. He was appointed as a High Court Judge in 1985, which according to his wiki entry was a ‘surprise appointment’ by Lord Hailsham, the then Conservative Lord Chancellor. Lord Steyn has been very critical of Tony Blair and his Gov’ts interpretation of human rights as well as the use of anti-terrorist legislation. In many ways Johan Steyn has impeccable credentials as a human rights lawyer. However, there are a few things that jump out at me. Between 1989-1991 he was the Presiding Judge on the Northern Circuit. That’s the Northern Circuit that had connections to some of those concealing wrongdoing in north Wales. The Northern Circuit that hosted Sir John Kay, the man who in 1990 no less granted Gwynedd Social Services a High Court injunction against me after two social workers perjured themselves. One had never met me, one had met me two or three times and had unlawfully detained me. Documents now in my possession demonstrate that Lucille Hughes, the Director of Gwynedd Social Services at that time, had provided a lot of encouragement where the seeking of this injunction had been concerned. That’s the Lucille who was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating in the social services but who failed to take action. In 1992 Steyn was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was crucially involved in a very famous case resulting in the Bournewood Judgement, which involved a man with learning disabilities being unlawfully imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital and denied access to his carers. In his judgement Lord Steyn made reference to the ‘safeguards’ under the Mental Health Act. I’m fairly sure that Lord Steyn probably knows as well as I do that those ‘safeguards’ are meaningless and ineffective – particularly when psychiatrists and social workers break the law with impunity. After the appeal, this case went to the European Court of Human Rights and it was this case which led to the amendment of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 regarding ‘Deprivation of Liberty safeguards’. Those are the safeguards that do anything but safeguard, that have resulted in a number of vulnerable people being placed without their consent and against the will of them and their carers in facilities where they have been abused and even killed.

However I think that there may have been something in Patricia’s life, right back in 1985, that she just mentions in passing that may have been very important in her future career. Her marriage to Richard Mawhinney. Richard is another lawyer and these days seems to specialise in personal injury. But Richard Mawhinney is the brother of Lord Brian Mawhinney. Brian Mawhinney was a Conservative MP between 1979-2005 and was a member of the Cabinet between 1994-1997. That was when Patricia was hired to represent the Welsh Office at the Waterhouse Inquiry! The Welsh Office who, under successive Tory Gov’ts, had ignored and concealed the horrors happening in north Wales. Brian Mawhinney had another post as well between 1995-1997 – he was Chairman of the Conservative Party! So he became Chairman at the time when the Welsh Office were desperately trying to wriggle out of holding a Public Inquiry into child abuse in north Wales, then buckled, with William Hague, the Secretary of State for Wales, later announcing that they would hold one and that it would be Chaired by Ronnie Waterhouse. A retired judge, who as my previous posts have detailed, had personal connections to the region where the abuse had occurred and to many of the people responsible for overseeing the services that ignored or colluded with the abuse.

Between 1982-1983 Mawhinney was Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Wakeham, now Lord Wakeham. Wakeham was elected as a Tory MP in 1974 and became a Minister when Thatcher was elected in 1979. His first wife was killed when the Brighton bomb exploded and he remarried his secretary the following year. Before his second wife worked as his secretary, she had worked as Margaret Thatcher’s secretary. Between 1987-1989 Wakeham was leader of the Commons. He was made a life peer in 1992 and was leader of the Lords until 1994. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 1997. In 1999 Blair appointed Wakeham to lead a Royal Commission on Lords reform – the subsequent Wakeham Report suggested that membership of the Lords should be largely by appointment. Indeed since then, a lot of people have appointed their mates to the Lords, particularly if those mates have been involved with concealing organised child abuse. Between 1998-2012 Wakeham was Chancellor of Brunel University. Brunel University was host to Professor Peter Beresford and his Centre for Citizen Participation. Beresford is a former social worker who has been instrumental in promoting ‘service user involvement’, ensuring that abusive services which are killing their clients remain unchallenged.

A man from Belfast himself, between 1984-1986 Mawhinney was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tom King, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He was then a junior Minister in the Northern Ireland Office in 1986 and Minister of State for Northern Ireland in 1990. Readers may remember that I have recently mentioned the Kincora Boys Home scandal. Kincora was a boys home in Belfast where serious sexual abuse of boys occurred. As with the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, it was alleged that there was a paedophile ring involving politicians and members of the security services abusing the boys at Kincora that was covered up by successive Gov’ts.  The abuse at Kincora was concealed yet again during the machinations of the Good Friday Agreement. It was alleged that members of the British Army were molesting the boys at Kincora as well. There are links between Kincora and north Wales and I will be blogging more about it all soon. Between 1992-1994 Mawhinney was Minister of State at the Department of Health under Secretary of State Virginia Bottomley. During those years all hell was breaking out in the mental health services in north Wales and the local health authorities were mired in scandal and deeply in dept. Both the Welsh Office and the Department of Health were fully aware of this.

Like a number of others named on this blog who have been involved in concealing what happened to children in care in north Wales, Mawhinney is a ‘committed Christian’ – but then so is Patsy! Mawhinney is a leading member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and was a member of the General Synod for five years. Readers may remember that the man who led the team from the Treasury Solicitor’s Dept when they ‘advised’ the Waterhouse Panel, Brian McHenry, was also a member of the General Synod.

So Patsy was related to someone who was at the heart of the Gov’t who concealed the abuse in children’s homes in north Wales. Patsy may be a mate of the Blairs and have been a Minister under New Labour, but a lot of senior Tories must be eternally grateful to her for helping out Ronnie Waterhouse and the Welsh Office. But Patsy impressed another Tory years before Waterhouse – I mentioned in a previous post how Lord Mackay of Clashfern, the Lord Chancellor between 1987-1997, had stated his aspirations to maker her a High Court judge. Mackay had previously been the boss of Sir Nicholas Fairbain. Fairbain was the centre of much scandal whilst he was alive, but since he died he has been named by the daughter of one of his friends as having repeatedly molested her – he was also named as one of the visitors to the Elms Guest House in London, a brothel ‘staffed’ by children in local authority care, along with Sir Peter Morrison, the Tory MP for Chester who it is now acknowledged was a paedophile and who visited children’s homes in north Wales (please see post ‘More On Baroness Patricia Scotland QC – And Her Very Sleazy Friends’). It is the Lord Chancellor’s dept that decides on QC appointments. When Patsy became the first black woman QC in 1991, Lord Mackay was Lord Chancellor.

Patsy isn’t only mates with rich and powerful people from across the political spectrum, she has a friend in the media as well – Sir Trevor McDonald! I wonder if her media links might be why there are not quite as many stories about her in the media as one would expect – or why the stories that do appear are positively toadying.

I have been careful on this blog not to plunge into the realms of fantasy – I have been asked a few times why I haven’t written about satanic abuse or Ted Heath. It’s because I haven’t uncovered any firm evidence or links to them. Most of my evidence relates to Wales, but the more that my co-researcher and I dig and explore links and connections between those in Wales and the people who assisted them, the more it looks as though we are stumbling upon the elusive Westminster Paedophile Ring…