Recent posts eg. ‘The Battle For The Labour Party’s Soul’, ‘Lord Snooty The Third’ and ‘Sons And Lovers’ named some of the people based in London who ensured that the supply of disadvantaged kids from that city into the arms of Dafydd’s gang in north Wales to be abused and trafficked remained unhindered. Dafydd had links in London from his time ‘training’ at the Maudsley, but there were many other links between unscrupulous professional people in Wales and London as well.
One of the biggest and best rogues who oiled the wheels of the whole machine was Frederick Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones, known as Elwyn Jones was one of the crooked barristers from Wales who concealed the crimes of Dafydd and the gang and who served as a Labour MP and then sat as a Labour peer.
Elwyn Jones was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, where organised abuse had existed for a long time. By the 1970s, the gang in West Wales had direct links to Dafydd et al in north Wales. Ioan Bowen Rees served as the County Secretary for Dyfed County Council from 1973/4 and then relocated to Gwynedd County Council. Ioan was Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council, 1981-91. When Ioan was forced to hold an investigation into the abuse of children in children’s homes in Gwynedd in the early 1980s, Ioan commissioned a team of ‘senior officers’ from Dyfed to carry out the investigation; they were Ioan’s mates who unsurprisingly reassured everyone that there were no serious problems regarding the abuse of children in care in Gwynedd. See post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’.
Meri Huws, the Welsh Language Commissioner who in the 1980s worked as a Gwynedd social worker and who’s patch covered the Ty’r Felin children’s home – where children were abused and trafficked, including to Dolphin Square – grew up in Henllan, Carmarthenshire.
Numerous other people involved in Dafydd’s gang or in concealing their crimes, including many politicians, had/have links to West Wales, as detailed in previous posts.
Elwyn Jones read History for a year at what is now Aberystwyth University and then at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He was a Recorder of Merthyr Tydfil and was also a broadcaster and journalist. Elwyn Jones served as junior British Counsel during the Nuremberg Trials and led for the prosecution at the Hamburg trial of Marshal Erich von Manstein in 1948.
In 1966, Elwyn Jones led the prosecution of the Moors murderers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, at the Chester Assizes. Jones’s junior at Brady and Hindley’s trial was Ronnie Waterhouse. The trial of the Moors Murderers involved some of the barristers who spent their careers colluding with Dafydd’s gang and who built their careers on their celeb status which resulted from that trial. See previous posts. One of those who was in the public gallery who watched the trial and many years later was still telling people how the whole Court was in tears during the trial of Evil Myra, was a lady called Ingrid, who was a student Angel. Ingrid spent the rest of her career as an Angel at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, overseeing the victims of a paedophile gang whom Dafydd had illegally imprisoned. Which was why Ingrid probably could not cope with her own emotions when I told her what Dafydd et al were up to and ran off in tears telling me that she was deeply insulted because they all Cared.
Ingrid was one of the Angels who accompanied me to Bangor Magistrates Court after Dafydd et al forced a junior doctor to make a complaint to the police alleging that I had ‘tried to throttle’ him. I was ordered to be detained in Denbigh for ‘assessment’ after committing such an ‘Orrible Crime, after which of course the junior doctor withdrew his complaint against me and all charges were dropped. I had by that time been deemed mad n dangerous by Dafydd, so I therefore stayed in Denbigh. I now have documentary evidence of the whole fit up (see previous posts). Ingrid witnessed everything.
When Dafydd subsequently ordered me to be released from Denbigh and for Angels to drive me to the nearest train station and physically put me on a train to London after telling me that if I ever returned to north Wales I would be arrested, Ingrid was one of the Angels who drove me to the station and stood guard as I boarded the train.
When Dafydd’s mate Professor Robert Bluglass finally Chaired the Inquiry into my complaint about Dafydd et al in 1989 (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE), Bluglass told me that he had ‘particularly wanted’ to take evidence from Ingrid but that she had refused to attend. They were all such a bunch of liars that I don’t know what the truth was. However, Ingrid knew all about the trafficking ring that Dafydd et al were running and she will have known that it was the very same lawyers who concealed the crimes of Dafydd et al who became famous after their involvement in the trial of Evil Myra and Brady.
It was Ingrid who told me that the young men who had been abused in the children’s homes in north Wales who made complaints about Dafydd lying about them, having them arrested and imprisoned and then detained for years in Denbigh, were ‘lucky’ to have Dafydd, ‘because no-one else would bother with those boys’.
Well Ingrid, after I complained about Gwynne the lobotomist and made it clear to Dafydd that I wasn’t interested in shagging him either, Jeff Crowther told me that the Top Doctors had ‘run out of patience’ with me and that none of them were ‘going to help’.
Stephen Bagnall died in front of all of you Ingrid (see post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’), as did many others. Where are their bodies?
No wonder so many Angels in north Wales spent so much of their time stressing how they had Cried when they found the body/heard about the death and lost their tempers with patients and reacted in an inexplicable manner to so many situations. They spent their working lives among complete madness and horror.
How did Dorothy Griffiths die then Jackie Ehlen? ‘Drowned in the bath after locking herself in the bathroom’ after her parents refused to allow her to be transferred to Denbigh. Why were the accounts that you, Sadie Francis and Dr Colin Flood gave to the coroner ALL different?? And why did the results from the path lab say something different again? Perhaps Jeff Crowther can help us all out, he was the person who broke down the door and found Dorothy’s body. Or at least that’s what the official account said. See post ‘Inside Information About A Hergest Unit Death’.
Dorothy died AFTER yet another truly damning report about the psych wards in Ysbyty Gwynedd; they had been deemed a serious risk to patients. In response to the report, a Psychiatric Services Management Committee was formed, comprised of Tony Francis, Barry Shingles and Alun Davies. Alun Davies is the only one of these three still alive. Francis and Shingles both committed suicide.
Now here comes Dr DA to visit the latest young female patient whom he illegally imprisoned. Yes it’s 2 am and the patient is fast asleep in bed, but none of the Angels are even going to comment on this.
When Dafydd turned up at Denbigh to visit me at gone midnight after having me unlawfully arrested, the Charge Nurse Mike Williams got me out of bed. When I asked Dafydd what the hell he wanted, Dafydd told me that he had driven 60 miles to see me. I told him that if he hadn’t have had me arrested he wouldn’t have had to have bothered. Mike Williams told me that he thought that I was being a bit harsh on Dafydd.
‘There is no evidence that there was a sex abuse ring operating in north Wales which was concealed at Gov’t level.’
‘It was different in those days’. No it wasn’t, in 1986 mad old doctors were not to supposed to proposition young female patients, have them unlawfully arrested and imprisoned when they said no and then appear in the female dorms in the middle of the night out of the kindness of their hearts.
The Olden Days:
Chernobyl or the North Wales Hospital?
Elwyn-Jones served as the Labour MP for two East End constituencies, Plaistow, 1945-50 and then years later, West Ham South, a seat he held for a short while in 1974.
Children from the East End were sent to children’s homes in north Wales throughout the 1970s and 80s, where many of them were seriously abused and then trafficked. See previous posts.
In 1964, Elwyn Jones was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Attorney General for England and Wales by Harold Wilson, a post that Jones held until 1970. The Moors Murderers trial was famous for being the trial in which the AG himself led the prosecution.
Jones left the Commons in 1974, soon after he was elected as the MP for Newham South, because he was made a life peer. Lord Elwyn-Jones then served as Lord Chancellor, 1974-79, under Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan. The Lord Chancellor is a member of the Cabinet and, by law, is responsible for the efficient functioning and independence of the courts.
Elwyn Jones was Lord Chancellor when his pal Ronnie Waterhouse was appointed a High Court judge in 1978. He was Lord Chancellor when Dafydd’s gang rapidly expanded their trafficking business in north Wales and when hundreds of children were sent to north Wales children’s homes from metropolitan boroughs, including those in inner London. Elwyn-Jones was Lord Chancellor when Mary Wynch was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned by Dafydd et al and he was of course in that post when a few other notorious things happened eg. the fitting up of the Birmingham Six and many others. Numerous deaths of kids in care and psych patients in Risley Remand Centre who had been arrested on trumped-up charges also happened on Elwyn’s watch (see post ‘Include Me Out’).
Looks like Elwyn let a few things slip through his fingers.
Hansard recorded the tributes paid to Elwyn Jones after he died in Dec 1989.
The Lord Privy Seal, Lord Belstead, kicked off the proceedings. Lord Belstead aka John Ganzoni was a Tory peer who was Leader of the Lords, 1988-90, under Thatch. Ganzoni was the only son of Sir John Ganzoni, a barrister and the Tory MP for Ipswich who was later created Baron Belstead. The 2nd Baron Belstead, John Ganzoni, ‘showed little interest in politics and waited six years after succeeding to the peerage on his father’s death in 1958 before making his maiden speech’. So that will have been why Ted Heath made Ganzoni a junior Minister in the Dept of Education under Thatch, then a junior Minister in the N Ireland Office. When Thatch became PM, she gave Ganzoni a Ministerial job in the Home Office and he was then moved to the Foreign Office after Lord Carrington resigned in the wake of the invasion of the Falklands. After that Belstead was of the MAFF, then it was back to the Dept of Education and then Deputy Leader of the Lords when Willie Whitelaw as Leader, while Willie colluded with Dafydd et al in north Wales. Then Belstead succeeded Willie as Leader of the Lords! In 1990 the man who had shown sod all interest in politics became Paymaster General and N Ireland Office Minister under John Major. Bless! In 1992, Belstead retired from the Government to become Chairman of the Parole Board, which was packed to the rafters with people like Robert Bluglass and Colin Berry, who had directly concealed the crimes of Dafydd and the gang. After the House of Lords Act 1999 removed the right of hereditary peers to sit in the Lords, Belstead was given a life peerage and went right back in there again. John Ganzoni’s hereditary peerage and baronetcy became extinct when he died in Dec 2005, because he was a Bachelor who had not been blessed with children. John Ganzoni was an active Freemason and President of the Board of General Purposes for the United Grand Lodge of England. This mate of Dafydd’s had been appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk on 2 April 1979.
…Lord Elwyn-Jones came to your Lordships’ House as Lord Chancellor in 1974… immediately he endeared himself to the whole House: his great charm and wise counsel will be sorely missed not only by his close political friends and colleagues but by my noble and learned friend on the Woolsack, by members of the legal profession and by all your Lordships.
Elwyn, as we came to know him, held strong views and debated with passion but never with personal rancour. He had a lightness of touch which sometimes made one forget his capacity for sheer hard work. After taking part as prosecutor in the Nuremberg war trials, he served as Member of Parliament for 30 years…while building up his legal practice. He was Attorney-General from 1964 to 1970 with a heavy workload and Lord Chancellor from 1974 to 1979. As Lord Chancellor he was skilful in balancing the legitimate interests of the executive and the judiciary. He maintained a steady flow of law reform measures including—and I think that this was very close to his heart—the Children Act of 1975.
Little wonder that none of those complaints about kids from London or indeed elsewhere being abused in north Wales ever got anywhere or indeed that virtually no lawyers would touch such cases, not even those with Radical Consciences. The Children Act 1975 resulted from the hard work of Leo Abse, who used Jim and Audrey Callaghan and Dr Death to get it through Parliament (see post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’). It was the Children Act 1975 that caused so many children to be placed in children’s homes in north Wales.
Leo Abse was a close friend of George Thomas, the child molesting Labour MP for Cardiff Central and then Cardiff West, 1945-83, who served as Speaker, 1976-83. Abse was a bent lawyer who was the Labour MP for Pontypool and then Torfaen, 1958-87; Abse threatened and paid off witnesses to/victims of Thomas’s crimes and also lied to the media when Thomas found himself on thin ice (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’). Abse himself was investigated for historical abuse. Abse came from a Jewish family with many lawyers/Top Doctors/analysts among them. See previous posts.
Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos spoke after Belstead’s gushing. Lord Cledwyn was a long-standing friend of the Windbags and before that Glenys’s parents. Cledwyn was the Labour MP for Anglesey, 1951-79 and someone else who concealed the crimes of Dafydd’s gang in a very direct way (see previous posts eg. ‘How Much Greater Is A Man than A Sheep?’):
Elwyn was one of three outstanding brothers brought up in the great Welsh nonconformist tradition….We know that he was devoted to his profession of law and to Gray’s Inn…
Dafydd’s mate and protector Sir William Mars-Jones was a big wig in Gray’s Inn. Ronnie Waterhouse was a junior in Mars-Jones’s Chambers. The Mars-Jones’s were a farming family from Denbighshire and while Sir William did his stuff in London, the rest of the clan defended the interests of Dafydd and the gang on their home turf of north Wales. See previous posts.
I had the privilege of instructing Elwyn when he was a junior barrister on the Welsh circuit…
Really?? The Windbags’ big pal instructed the little crook that was Elwyn, who was later the Man At The Top with regard to the Mary Wynch scandal??? Did the Windbags know about this?
…His place in Welsh history is certainly secure, not least because he was the first Welsh speaking Lord Chancellor for centuries…
Pity about all those other Welsh speakers who suffered so much because of Elwyn’s desire to do the bidding of the English establishment.
Even before the war, as a young barrister, his passion for human rights impelled him to travel to Austria and elsewhere where those rights were imperilled. His appointment to prosecute at Nuremberg was, in a sense, a natural sequel to his experiences before and during the war. The Holocaust, the suffering of Jewish people in Europe, was never far from his mind…
Sadly a number of unscrupulous people made capital out of their role in the Nuremberg trials, built careers and reputations and subsequently rather let themselves down. Whenever a bent lawyer or an abusive Angel excused themselves with ‘I’m just doing my job’, Patient F delighted in telling them ‘that wasn’t an excuse at Nuremberg and it is not an excuse now’. No, it wasn’t, but it was a phrase that a great many of them used because they could not defend their actions.
Those who had the privilege of his friendship will not forget him. His kindness, his compassion and his sense of humour will remain with us. We shall miss that beautiful voice that we came to know so well.
Bechod!! Elwyn fitted people up in the language of heaven! Yma O Hyd!
I shall always think of him as a young man, because even at the age of 80 he was young in his attitudes and in his outlook. Age did not wither him
Oh please, this is ridiculous, he wasn’t a fallen soldier, he was a crooked lawyer who assisted a gang of paedophiles.
Now for a laugh. After Cledwyn’s nonsense, it was the turn of Woy, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, one of the Gang Of Four and another loyal paedophiles’ friend to pay tribute (see post ‘We’ve Been Expecting You…’):
[Elwyn’s] life’s work could, I suppose, be said to be complete.
Indeed, none of you ever went to prison or lost your jobs and pensions.
His career of public service is the now rare classical example of a great lawyer politician—barrister at 25, MP at 34, QC at 43, Attorney-General at 54, Lord Chancellor at 64, and then ten years of exceptional subsequent devotion to this House in Opposition…
It’s incredible what can be achieved by keeping one’s mouth shut.
…Yet there is much of the poignancy of a younger life cut off about his going.
Here we go again, the fallen soldier in the first flush of youth…
I think it was because he was so vividly, so acutely and yet so benignly among us until very recently. Only a few months ago he looked and sounded the model of what many of us, without much confidence, might hope to be at the end of our eighth decade…
If I live that long I very much do not want to be anything like Elwyn.
I worked closely with him during his two periods of high office.
Here comes the confession…
For two years while he was Attorney I was Home Secretary, the Commons Member of the Cabinet whose responsibilities are most closely intermingled with legal processes. For half the time that he sat on the Woolsack I was again Home Secretary. It is well known that the responsibilities of the Home Office and of the Lord Chancellor’s Department are entwined with more closeness than logic.
Woy, a bisexual swinger himself, covered up for Dafydd’s trafficking gang throughout his career, but particularly when he was Home Secretary.
After Woy, Baroness Stedman had a go. Phyllis Stedman began her political career in 1946, when she was elected as a County Councillor for Labour in Peterborough. She served on the Council until 1976. In 1972, Stedman was appointed to the Peterborough New Town Development Corporation. She bagged her peerage in 1974. This was seen as a way of bolstering Harold Wilson’s Labour Party in the Lords. Stedman served briefly as a junior Minister under Callaghan, for Sport and Water Resources. Stedman defected to Dr Death’s crew on the formation of the SDP in 1981. She became the SDP’s Chief Whip in the Lords in 1986. Most of the SDP peers opposed the Party’s merger with the Liberals in 1988, remaining loyal to Dr Death who was in a huff. Phyllis led the peers into Dr Death’s continuing-SDP and served as its leader in the Lords. When Dr Death came to grief at the hands of the Monster Raving Loony Party in the 1990 Bootle by-election and the continuing SDP was dissolved, Stedman became a crossbencher. The Monster Raving Loony Party polling more votes than Dr Death’s continuing-SDP eclipsed a far more worrying fact; that the Bootle by-election resulted from the death of the Labour MP Michael Carr after just 57 days in office, at the hands of Walton Hospital. Michael Carr had fought Militant. Walton Hospital was pretty much run by Militant, with a helping hand from Dafydd’s associates. The staff at Walton were considered to have been so criminally negligent that a case for prosecuting them was made. The case bounced around for months between two successive DPPs and in the end a tame coroner put an end to the chance of a prosecution. See post ‘News From Sicily’.
Militant had of course been Bravely Seen Off long before Michael Carr was killed by their supporters in the NHS.
Here are Stedman’s pearls:
…Elwyn Jones…was always so kind and courteous,
Another piece of bara brith Baroness?? It’s home made…
…He was a superb raconteur with a very wide range of humorous stories. I remember the long nights and the all-night sittings on the devolution Bills when Elwyn could be relied upon to dispel any tetchiness on the Front Bench in the early hours of the morning with a humourous aside or a whispered anecdote.
Have you heard the one about the lobotomist, the Speaker of the House and the 10 year old boy???
…As an MP he served his constituency faithfully…
We won’t mention the children of his constituents who were sent into the arms of a gang of paedophiles and of how all complaint was suppressed…
One can almost say that his interests were world-wide, and he enjoyed travelling to far away places….
To Turkish Baths?? To the Far East??
He was always willing to extend a friendly hand to political friend and foe alike, to the most humble of his constituents
Except for those bound for Dafyddville obviously.
and to the highest in the land. He retained the common touch…
Gawd Bless ‘im.
Our sympathy goes out to his widow, herself in hospital at this time.
Lady Elwyn-Jones won’t have been in Denbigh or Ysbyty Gwynedd. The London Clinic or Tommy’s possibly…
Next up for paying tribute was Lord Wilberforce. Richard Wilberforce was the great-great-grandson of the abolitionist William Wilberforce, ‘afamily connexion which had much influence on Wilberforce’. Not that Richard was quite the man that his great-great-granddad was, but being a descendent of William Wilberforce was really brilliant for PR purposes. Richard was a graduate of New College, Oxford, a favourite recruiting ground for the security services. Wilberforce was called to the Bar at Middle Temple and was a senior member of Middle Temple when Ronnie Waterhouse was a whippersnapper there. Wilberforce was a lifelong Fellow of All Souls. The poor dear always found that his income was limited, having only his earnings from the Bar to get by on because he lacked ‘family connections’. That is the downside of one’s ancestor freeing the slaves. After his war service, Wilberforce returned to the Bar and acted for the Foreign Office in a number of high profile cases. He was the British legal member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and was appointed a CMG for services in relation to the Warsaw Convention. Wilberforce became a High Court judge in 1961 and in 1964 was appointed a Law Lord, in which capacity he served until 1982. He is the only England and Wales judge in recent times to have been appointed to the Lords straight from the High Court Bench, without serving in the Court of Appeal. Wilberforce was Chancellor of Hull University, 1978-94. When he was younger, he stood as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate. Wilberforce died in 2003, so he was around to oil the wheels until well after the Waterhouse Report was published.
Wilberforce kicked off with:
Lord Elwyn-Jones… was valued on account of his warm-hearted humanity and his strongly felt sense of justice.
…In later years we came to appreciate his experience and common sense when he came to sit as a judge, an activity which I think he greatly appreciated.
He’ll have had a great time.
Then it was the turn of the Lord Bishop of St. Albans, John Taylor! John Taylor succeeded Robert Runcie as Bishop of St Albans in 1980. It has now been admitted that Runcie concealed many abusive clergy in the Anglican Church, including while he served as Archbishop of Canterbury, 1980-91. While Runcie was Archbish, two successive Bishops of Bangor, Gwilym Williams and Cledan Mears, were fully on board with Dafydd. Rowan Williams, who followed in the footsteps of that lot and who learned at their knee, also knows something about Dafydd’s gang (see previous posts).
Spot the difference:
Let us prey:
Bishop John Taylor told the Lords:
…I learnt of the death of Lord Elwyn-Jones just two minutes before taking prayers yesterday. I felt instant regret that the traditions of this House did not allow me an opportunity to voice the prayers of those present at the loss of so distinguished a Member…
Dafydd used to tell journos that his children said their prayers at night ‘and I’m rather proud of that’. To which F responded ‘pride’s a sin’. But then so is abduction and sexual assault. And indeed murder.
…as a very nervous newcomer to your Lordships’ House I stood up here four years ago to make my maiden speech…I began by saying that before I was Bishop of St. Albans I was Archdeacon of West Ham. “Hear, hear” came the words of a benevolent gentleman on the Front Bench opposite to encourage me on my way and I instantly guessed who he must be.
Elwyn had control of the Church as well…
His twinkling eyes, his disarming smile, those expressive eyebrows, his rubicund countenance and his avuncular generosity made him for me the very personification of kindliness.
The boys in Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn might have disagreed there: Gang raped whilst Jimmy Savile looked on, forced to have sex with men at gunpoint, found dead hanging from nooses at various locations or after being hit by cars or lorries…
And behind it all was the acute legal mind, the penetrating advocacy, demonstrated from the days of his time as president of the Cambridge Union to his time as Lord Chancellor—brilliance clothed in warm humanity.
Some of these people actually knew what Elwyn Jones had concealed in north Wales.
I believe that I may speak with authority because the people of his constituency in Plaistow and Newham South were the people of my constituency.
Dafydd et al had it all sewn up.
I know how well they will be mourning him now. Perhaps I may be privileged to voice their gratitude for the way in which—and from the totally different culture of the Welsh Valleys—he identified completely with the aspirations, the needs and the interests of those great East Londoners…
Why was a Bishop in the House of Lords speaking for those in the East End BEFORE he has consulted them?
…In him the bishops have lost an unfailing friend.
Would the Anglican Church like to expand on this?
I know that Lord Elwyn-Jones featured in the prayers of many of us here during his illness in the hope that he would be upheld by God and maybe spared. But now he remains in our thoughts as we commend him to God, the loving and merciful Father, before whom he would not dream of pleading his own cause.
Elwyn might not have been at the side of the loving and merciful father as Bishop John presumed. God might have had enough.
When he was at school, Brown’s brother used to enjoy singing a version of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ that appeared in a Python book, which began with ‘All Things Dull and Ugly, All Things Short and Squat, All Things Rude and Nasty, The Lord God Made the Lot.’
Here are some of God’s creations:
F used to get very angry with me when I said such things and yell ‘you’re blaming God’. No, I’m not really. It was a matter of free will in these cases; the above absolutely did not have to do what they did…
After Bishop John had paid tribute to Elwyn, the grade A bastard with a Welsh lilt and a gentle manner, Lord Hailsham joined the party. I really don’t have time to remind readers of the excesses of that old git, just see previous posts – Hailsham was a protector of Dafydd and the gang who went back to the dawn of Dafydd’s career – and bear in mind that Lord Hailsham was the man who bellowed at a group of journos after the Argies had surrendered that it was God wot won the war for us, although Hailsham said it in Latin. God votes Conservative, as any fule kno.
The Mad Dog Hailsham said:
… I shall always owe to him an immense debt of gratitude because of his kindness to me. It was of a particular kind when in 1978 I returned from Australia absolutely shattered by a personal bereavement. My sympathy goes out to his family in proportion to what he did for me then.
None of this lot showed a jot of concern for those kids in care or psych patients who’s corpses littered north Wales or indeed their loved ones…
Lady Elwyn-Jones was previously known as Pearl ‘Polly’ Binder; she married Elwyn Jones in 1937. Pearl Binder died just weeks after her husband. Pearl Binder is described as a ‘writer, illustrator, playwright, stained-glass artist, lithographer, sculptor and a champion of the Pearly Kings and Queens’. She was a ‘legendary character’ who had a ‘lifelong fascination’ with the East End of London, where she settled in the 1920s.
The Poor are just such fun!
Polly Binder was born in Salford. Her father was Jacob Binderevski, a Russian-Ukrainian Jewish tailor. Binder moved to London after WWI and studied at the Central School of Art and Design. She published a series of lithographs that illustrated “The Real East End” by Thomas Burke, a popular writer who ran a pub in Poplar at the time. In 1933 Binder was one of the founders of the left-wing Artists’ International Association.
In 1937 Binder was involved in the earliest days of TV broadcasting for children. Also in 1937, she co-presented a live six-part series which was the first TV programme on the history of fashion. Pearl Binder was expecting a baby soon after the end of the last programme and could well have been the first heavily pregnant woman to appear on television. Polly was one of those many breakers of glass ceilings who ignored a lot of screams on their upward trajectory through the roof.
Binder travelled extensively in Russia and China, designed a musical, designed costumes for a theatre company, wrote stories for children, designed a mug and plate for Wedgwood and instigated and executed 22 armorial windows at the House of Lords. Binder died in Brighton on 25 January 1990 aged 86, seven weeks after the death of her husband.
Lord and Lady Elwyn-Jones both lasted until the end of the 1980s to assist with keeping the lid nailed firmly down on the serious criminality in north Wales.
Elwyn and Polly had three children: Josephine, Lou and Dan. Josephine was a researcher on Jacob Bronowski’s TV series ‘The Ascent of Man’. Jacob Bronowski was a Polish-born mathematician and historian. He is best known as the presenter and writer of the thirteen part 1973 BBC TV documentary series and accompanying book, ‘The Ascent of Man’, which led to him being regarded as “one of the world’s most celebrated intellectuals”. Python took the piss out of Bronowski by stating simply that ‘he knows everything’. I cannot understand how one of the world’s most celebrated intellectuals failed to notice Jimmy Savile cluttering up the BBC.
Bronowski’s family moved to Germany and then to England while he was a child. He was a Cambridge graduate who taught maths at what is now Hull University, 1934-42. Hull University provided a home for many paedophiles’ friends (see previous posts). Bronowski’s wiki entry tells us that ‘Beginning in this period, the British secret service MI5 placed him under surveillance believing he was a security risk, which may have restricted his access to senior posts in the UK.’ Which sounds to me like a tall story spread around by MI5 themselves to detract from suspicions that Bronowski was, er, working for MI5.
The man whom MI5 had under surveillance because they didn’t trust the bugger worked in operations research for the UK’s Ministry of Home Security during WWII, where he developed approaches to bombing strategy for RAF Bomber Command.
Just to show how much MI5 distrusted Bronowski, at the end of the war, Bronowski was part of a British team of scientists and civil engineers who visited Japan to document the effects of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the purpose of studying the effects of the atomic bomb and its implications for future UK civil defence. Bronowski, in conjunction with Professor W. N. Thomas of the University of Cardiff, subsequently produced the secret “Report of the British Mission to Japan on an Investigation of the Effects of the Atomic Bombs Dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki” which was passed to various Gov’t departments and consulted in the design of future UK public buildings.
Following his experiences of the after-effects of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings, Bronowski discontinued his work for British military research and turned to biology, as did his friend Leo Szilard and many other physicists of that time, ‘to better understand the nature of violence’. From 1950 to 1963 Bronowski worked for the National Coal Board, where he became the Director of Research. From 1963 he was a resident fellow of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego.
Bronowski died in 1974 and his place as a Know All and National Treasure on the serious bits of the BBC was eventually taken by his daughter, Lisa Jardine. Jardine was an early modern scholar and Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, 1990-2011. In September 2012, Lisa relocated to UCL, taking her research centre and staff with her.
From 2008 to January 2014, Jardine was Chair of the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), which it has now been admitted was not doing what it should have been doing. Lisa did not stop the Top Doctors from ripping desperate fertility patients off and lying about their success rates.
When very young, Lisa won a maths scholarship to Cheltenham Ladies College and later studied at Newnham College, Cambridge and the University of Essex. Lisa was of course ‘fluent in eight languages (including Greek and Latin)’ and absolutely wonderful at everything from history to maths, as she used to remind people during her numerous Radio 4 broadcasts.
Jardine recalled that she initially found her father’s celebrity something of a burden, noting that she was “very, very conscious” of being his daughter, although I have a sneaking suspicion that Lisa might have reaped a few benefits from being Jacob Bronowski’s daughter…
Anyone for a regular stint at the BBC? Or for being a celeb historian who Chairs the HFEA and knows so little about what the Top Docs are up to in their clinics that it’s a free-for-all?
‘Now don’t you worry my dear, we’ll look after you after conning Lisa here who doesn’t know her arse from her elbow and has never sat in one of our labs and witnessed what we are actually getting up to…’ (see post ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’).
In 1969, when Lisa married the Cambridge academic Nicholas Jardine, ‘she was relieved to assume her husband’s surname’ because she was so keen to disguise the fact that her dad was Jacob. Lisa was always so relieved that No-One Realised! So one wonders why the first thing that everyone always says about Lisa – and always said – was and still is ‘oh she’s Jacob Bronowski’s daughter’. I was the only person on earth who didn’t know this and I found out because when I was talking about elites to a senior sociologist at Bangor University, he named Lisa Jardine as being the ultimate example and said ‘Jacob Bronowski’s daughter’. But I never know who anyone is, I even interviewed the Governor of the BBC without realising it, although I did notice that he was very good at history.
Jardine was raised in a secular Jewish household, but when appointed as the new Chair of the HFEA, she expressed her loyalty to her observant grandparents’ Orthodox faith, which she described as going back “all the way back to whenever – Abraham” and her reluctance to clash with the Catholic Church on embryology. Which was all a red herring anyway, the real problem was that the Top Doctors were lying, fleecing people and some of them were putting patients’ health at risk. Lord Bob Winston is Jewish. Was Lisa perhaps trying to ingratiate herself to the biggest name in fertility and a Labour peer to boot? If Lisa had popped up to Bangor I could have told her some of what I knew about about Lord Bob’s colleagues, including the sex with research assistants in the lab during working hours, the constant sexual harassment of other staff, the research fraud and the colluding with Dafydd and associated trafficking gangs…
Lord Bob was a Child In Time! A very brutal time too from what I remember Lord Bob…
Lisa Jardine was a Trustee of the V & A Museum for eight years and was for five years a member of the Council of the Royal Institution in London. She was Patron of the Archives and Records Association and the Orange Prize. For the academic year 2007–2008 Jardine was seconded to the Royal Society in London as Expert Adviser to its Collections. She was a Trustee of the Chelsea Physic Garden. In December 2011 Jardine was appointed a Director of the National Archives.
Jardine judged the Novel category of the 1996 Whitbread Book Awards, the 1999 Guardian First Book Award, the 2000 Orwell Prize and was Chair of Judges for the 1997 Orange Prize for Fiction and the 2002 Man Booker Prize.
Jardine served as Chairman of the governing body at Westminster City School for Boys (which her younger son attended) and was Chair of the Curriculum Committee on the governing body of St Marylebone Church of England School for Girls.
In 2012, Jardine was awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy. She was elected an Honorary FRS in 2015. She served on the AHRC. In 2013–2014 Jardine served as President of the British Science Association, which in 2012 made her an Honorary Fellow.
I have been told by a well-wisher that it may well have been Lisa Jardine’s influence that resulted in so many of my A-rated research bids to the AHRC and British Academy being turned down at the final hurdle. It is now very difficult to get that funding but very experienced people in the field were expressing surprise nonetheless because they definitely thought that I should have bagged at least one of the ones that they read for me. The words ‘Tony Francis’ have been whispered in my ear. Tony Francis was still alive when I submitted those bids and he was very worried at the prospect of Brown and me one day publishing what he knew we intended to publish. As were a great many other people. Including Lord Bob.
In November 2011, Jardine was made an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. Lord Elwyn-Jones’s mate Sir Ronnie Waterhouse was a Bencher of Middle Temple and served as the Treasurer.
It really is very obvious isn’t it…
Jardine’s hagiographies constantly stress that she was an historian who excelled in science. Lisa Jardine never showed any sign of excelling in science, but she was an early modern historian who’s dad was a famous scientist who worked for the security services and concealed a barrel of crap in a previous generation, which is why Lisa picked up all those awards and appointments from the scientific and medical establishments. Jardine rattled on about her Aga on Radio 4’s ‘A Point of View’ programme, she was not a genius. And that Aga was probably in the middle of Hampstead while Lisa did her country peasant home baking bit.
A Point of View – I’ll have all the best jobs please, you all know who my dad was, not that I have ever traded on that…
Lisa died of cancer in 2015, aged 71. In the tributes which followed, she was remembered for “her deep empathy for outsiders of all kinds – rebels, misfits and migrants.”
Here’s Lisa, at the heart of the British establishment, closely linked with virtually every elite who assisted in concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring and even with those who were mates with Dafydd himself, empathising with the rebels and misfits:
CBE FRS FRHistS
Jardine at the Royal Society admissions day in 2015
A group of misfits and rebels:
As well as working as a researcher on Lisa’s dad’s TV series, Lord Elwyn-Jones’s daughter Josephine married Francis Gladstone, a relative of the former PM William Gladstone.
William Gladstone was much loved and revered in north Wales, what with being a Liberal PM when north Wales was dominated politically and culturally by Liberal Noncoformists and on the Watkin Path going up Snowdon there is a huge carved rock which marks the place where Gladstone and a crowd sung Cymric hymns. Gladstone lived at Hawarden Castle in Flintshire. In 1895, at the age of 85, he gave £40,000 and much of his own library to establish what is now known as Gladstone’s Library – it was previously called St Deiniol’s Library – close to Hawarden Castle. Gladstone’s Library is a national memorial to Gladstone. It is lovely, it is a residential library with an emphasis on theology, but it is a favourite hang-out of the paedophiles’ friends (see previous posts). So much so that when I used to stay there I would inevitably encounter them. It might well have been a coincidence, I’d expect to see theologians there, but Dafydd’s colleague Dr Neil Davies, who was one of those responsible for illegally imprisoning me in Denbigh??? Just browsing away just when I was in there myself? Neil Davies doesn’t live anywhere near Hawarden and he isn’t a theologian but he knows an awful lot of people who are who have also been of great assistance to him and Dafydd…
Ronnie Waterhouse came from a well-known Liberal family in Flintshire and many members of Ronnie’s family were active in the Liberal Party, as was Ronnie himself when he was a young man. Ronnie’s dad Thomas Waterhouse was a very influential in the Liberal Party himself at the time of Gladstone and knew Gladstone personally.
See previous posts for information on Gladstone and the Waterhouse family.
Gladstone at Hawarden with his grandchild Dorothy Drew, daughter of Mary Gladstone.
Gladstone’s statue in Gladstone’s Library:
In 1840, Gladstone began to rescue and rehabilitate London prostitutes, walking the streets of London himself and encouraging the women he encountered to change their ways. Much to the criticism of his peers, he continued this practice decades later, even after he was elected PM. Dafydd had a similar explanation when questions were asked of some of his past-times. But then Dafydd told people that he was ‘carrying out a ward round’ when he was found in the women’s dorm at Denbigh in the small hours of the morning.
Yes, we Empowered Service Users did do a great deal of laughing at Dafydd and at those who repeated his ludicrous explanations every time that he was caught with his trousers down or indeed off, despite the huge danger that he presented.
Elwyn Jones’s other daughter is the fashion historian Lou Taylor, who is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Brighton.
Elwyn Jones’s son Dan Jones describes himself as an ‘artist’ and ‘rhyme collector’. Dan has been based in the East End since 1967. John Allen set up the Bryn Alyn Communityt in 1969 and within a short time, it was receiving scores of children from London boroughs, including those in the East End (see previous posts). In the 1970s and 80s, Dan lived at Brick Lane, just down the road from the flat in Bethnal Green where my mates lived and I briefly stayed in 1986, when sex offenders and other nasties came after us, just after I had left north Wales (see previous posts, including ‘The Turn Of The Screw’).
Dan Jones has ‘campaigned against racism and fought for social justice all of his life’. Dan was a social worker and visited schools in the East End at the same time as his father ignored what was happening to all those kids who ended up being abused and even dying at the hands of Dafydd’s gang. Dan has painted many murals of children on the walls of schools in the East End. Dan’s has also carried out ‘education work’ with Amnesty International. The Secretary-General of Amnesty, 1968-80, was Martin Ennals. See previous posts.
Martin’s brother Lord David Ennals colluded with Dafydd et al in Ennals’s capacity as a leading light in MIND and in his role as a Labour Minister in the Home Office, in the DHSS and then as Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1976-79, when Dafydd unlawfully arrested and imprisoned Mary Wynch… David Ennals was mates with Dafydd’s old mate from the Maudsley, Dr Jim Birley . See previous posts.
Dan featured on the Radio 4 children’s programme ‘Go 4 It’, taking children through a role play of what it was like to have to run in fear from your country. I know the feeling Dan!
Dan’s blog, Spitalfields Life, contains messages from people who knew Dan’s dad! One is an Angel who nursed Elwyn-Jones’s when Elwyn was a patient at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, 1987-1989. Elwyn Jones encouraged that Angel in their law studies and that Angel is now a Lecturer in Law (Medical & Human Rights). Another message is from someone who’s granddad knew Elwyn Jones and Polly Binder; their granddad used to be a chef at Gray’s Inn and that is how he knew Dan’s parents. Dafydd’s mate Sir William Mars-Jones was a senior member of Gray’s Inn…
Here’s Dan in front of one of his murals:
Elwyn Jones’s brother Idris (1900–1971), was captain of the Wales Rugby Union team in 1925 and was an industrial chemist who became Director General of Research Development for the National Coal Board.
The Welsh Rugby Union had many links to Dafydd’s gang which the gang used to their full potential, particularly in the form of the dreadful Tasker Watkins, ‘The Greatest Living Welshman’. Watkins had the most impressive Paedophile Gang Bingo card imaginable.
Sir Tasker Watkins VC GBE PC QC DL (18 November 1918 – 9 September 2007) was a Lord Justice of Appeal, 1980-93 and Deputy Lord Chief Justice, 1988-93. Tasker was Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit, 1970-71 and Presiding Judge of the Wales and Chester Circuit, 1975-80. He was Chairman of the Wales Mental Health Review Tribunal, 1960-71. Tasker was President of the Welsh National School of Medicine, 1987-98. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union, 1993-2004.
In World War II, Sir Tasker was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
Tasker was appointed Deputy Lord Chief Justice by the Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane. It was Geoffrey Lane who released Oliver Brooke, the Professor of Paediatrics at St George’s Hospital Medical School from prison early, after comparing Ollie’s vast stash of child porn to a collection of cigarette cards. Ollie was one of the key figures in the pan-European paedophile ring of which Dafydd’s gang were a part. See previous posts, including ‘Oliver!’.
Tasker was perceived as a Friend Of Wales particularly as a result of his Chairing the 1967 Public Inquiry into the Aberfan Disaster. Aberfan was blamed on the NCB and Lord Robens in particular was the fall guy, but the tip which fell on the school in 1966, killing 116 children and 28 adults, was known to be dangerous by local Councillors and politicians who had said nothing because the coal industry was about the only employer in the area and they feared the consequences if action was taken. Robens did a nice little deal with Wilson’s Gov’t which ensured that he remained in public life and was well-provided for after he took all the crap for Aberfan. See previous posts.
Lord Justice Desmond Ackner was another friend of Dafydd who was constructed as a Friend Of The Welsh People as a result of his role in Aberfan. Desmond Ackner was Counsel for the families of the victims at the Public Inquiry into Aberfan. Ackner condemned the ‘callous indifference, incompetence, ignorance and inertia’ in the National Coal Board. The people of Aberfan were well-impressed that an ‘English barrister’ wanted to help them and Ackner ‘remains a local hero’ in Aberfan, where a bench in the memorial garden bears a plaque in his memory.
Ronnie Waterhouse acted as junior Counsel at the Inquiry into Aberfan.
Not long after Ackner established his reputation as a Champ of the Oppressed due to his role at the Aberfan Inquiry, Ackner did a great job for those who were really close to his heart, Dafydd and the gang, when he acted as the Presiding Judge when Sir Kenneth Robinson and the Church of Scientology did battle in the libel courts after the Scientologists alleged that psychiatrists were experimenting on their patients, harming them and facilitating sex crimes against minors. Desmond Ackner denounced the Scientologists and dismissed their allegations as nonsense. The Church of Scientology’s allegations re psychiatry have never been taken seriously since. Yet Dafydd and his colleagues were doing exactly what the Scientologists stated that they were doing.
Sir Kenneth Robinson was Harold Wilson’s Health Secretary and President/Chair of MIND. Dafydd was a leading light in MIND when Robinson was Chair of MIND and when Robinson was Health Secretary. Furthermore Desmond Ackner knew about Dafydd’s gang and their crimes, as well as about Lord Louis Mountbatten, Sir Anthony Blunt, Kincora Boys’ Home and much else. The Scientologists don’t do themselves many favours, but their accusations re Dafydd et al had a substantial basis in fact. The trial was rigged and Ackner was appointed to preside over that trial to blow anyone who dared take on Dafydd et al out of the water. It worked, just look what happened in the years which followed that trial in the early 1970s. Ronnie Waterhouse was involved in the trial, he was Counsel for Geoffrey Johnson-Smith, a Tory MP who also maintained that the allegations that Dafydd et al were abusing kids and vulnerable people were libellous. Who was the senior Counsel acting for Robinson? One Elwyn Jones, having been recommended by Ronnie Waterhouse. The Scientologists were represented by a junior barrister, Ronald Schulman, who later ‘disappeared in mysterious circumstances’ and was subsequently smeared by Waterhouse and his mates. See post ‘The White Heat Of The Revolution’ for further details.
David Ennals was a leading light in MIND for many years during the 1970s and 80s.
See post ‘Include Me Out’ for further details of Desmond Ackner and his glorious career. Ackner died in 2006, so he was around to give Dafydd, MIND, Ronnie Waterhouse et al a helping hand well after Ronnie finished the the massive cover-up in 2000. Desmond Ackner was a member of Middle Temple, like Ronnie.
There’s a statue of Dafydd’s mate at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff:
Sir Tasker Watkins
Bring on the Welsh Spring:
Elwyn Jones’s brother Idris was educated at what is now Aberystwyth University and then Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. After finishing his PhD at Cambridge, Idris worked for ICI at Billingham, where he was Group Manager in the Oil Division. In 1933 he returned to Wales as Research Manager for Powell Duffryn Ltd. In 1946 Idris was appointed Director General of Research Development for the NCB. During summer 1955 he went to the USSR as a member of the NCB‘s specialised delegation. Idris visited the three biggest Russian coalfields, in Siberia, near Moscow, and the Donbas.
Idris Jones was Vice-President of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1963-71. While at college Idris was captain of the rugby team at Aberystwyth and a member of Cambridge University Rugby XV. He played flanker for London-Welsh and Llanelli Rugby Clubs and also for the Barbarians. He played for Wales against England, France, Ireland and Scotland and was captain on one occasion. Idris was a prominent active member of Welsh societies in London.
IdrisJones died in 1971, a Bachelor who had not been blessed with children.
While the Lord Elwyn-Jones’s, the Lord Cledwyns and the Sir William Mars-Jones’s were busy in London helping Dafydd out, rather more obscure people in Bangor University unknown to anyone outside of their academic fields reaped the rewards of a gang of murdering paedophiles. Professor Fergus Lowe was the person who excelled in this regard obviously, but a few not-very-bright people did very nicely out of it as well.
One such person was, as he was known when we were undergrads, ‘the bad tempered bastard John Farrar’. John Farrar was a rather uninspiring and deeply unpleasant plant physiologist. He wasn’t too bright but was the most frightful bully – and according to someone who had shared a bench with him at Oxford when they were undergrads, Farrar was obnoxious back then as well – and most students just avoided interaction with him because the most innocent question would be met with a bout of swearing and shouting in response. He was reputed to swear and shout at the undergrad whom he was shagging as well, Stel. There was a major diplomatic incident when Stel graduated and bagged a job as Farrar’s research assistant ‘because it just looks so bad’, as a member of staff observed.
Looked bad?? No wonder Farrar ignored all of their protests, one of his colleagues, John Wilson, was having sex with school girls in Bangor; another colleague, Ralph Oxley, was married to Isobel Hargreaves, a Gwynedd social worker who was a member of Dafydd’s gang; another of Farrar’s colleagues in the Plant Biology Dept was Chris Wood, a marine botanist who was married to the corrupt GP Dr D.G.E. Wood, who was one of the key facilitators of Dafydd’s gang. One of the Profs in Plant Biology was Prof Greig-Smith, who was a colleague of the Cambridge botanist Prof Edred Henry Corner, Douglas Hurd’s uncle. Douglas Hurd was Home Secretary, 1985-89, during which time he concealed the serious criminality in north Wales. One of the mature students in Plant Biology at the time was Gaye Kennaway, who was married to Ian Kennaway, who held a very senior role in the National Trust in Wales. See post ‘Additional Security Measures’.
The National Trust in north Wales had numerous links with Dafydd’s gang (see previous posts), in particular by running a work scheme for ‘disadvantaged people’ at Penrhyn Castle, which was staffed entirely by victims of Dafydd’s gang under the supervision of Wing Commander I.H. Panton, who knew exactly what had happened to them at the hands of Dafydd and kept them hidden away in the gardens at Penrhyn Castle (see posts ‘That’s Entertainment’ and ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’).
One of the Profs in Plant Biology was Geoff Sagar, who was also one of the senior managers at UCNW, so he’ll have been on excellent terms with Dafydd and the gang who were running the whole institution anyway.
These were just the main links between Plant Biology and Dafydd’s gang; there were of course many, many more, because the staff were married/related to and socialised with other members of the gang and the gang’s relatives/friends. Not that everything always ran smoothly, in true paedophiles’ friends’ style, many of them spent much of their time at each other’s throats.
John Farrar hated everyone and everyone hated him. I was in a lab one day when I heard the most dreadful commotion in the lab next door. It was Farrar having a row with John Wilson. Farrar was demanding the use of yet another lab solely for himself – although like John Wilson Farrar was only a junior lecturer – and was effectively intimidating John Wilson out of his lab. Farrar was shouting and yelling and banging his fist on the bench and in the end John Wilson ran out of the door. I reported back to my mates and they said ‘oh we’ve heard that Farrar does things like that’.
When I returned years later to Bangor as a PhD student and then a post doc, the Bad Tempered Bastard was PVC for Research and what a lot of trouble he caused. The Bad Tempered Bastard treated everyone else, even senior staff, appallingly and then the Bad Tempered Bastard told senior academics in other disciplines which of their publications to enter for the RAE. Because the Bad Tempered Bastard wouldn’t listen to anyone and knew nothing about anything but plant physiology, he entered some academics’ work into the wrong categories, such as that of the sociologists. YOU THICK TOSSER FARRAR, YOU ENTERED US FOR SOCIAL POLICY, WHICH IS A DIFFERENT DISCIPLINE. Duh!!!
I watched the unfolding disaster, as did the senior sociologists but no, Farrar was not going to listen. Brown said ‘oh don’t worry, there’s a row after every RAE in most universities and whoever leads it usually leaves their job, Farrar will be gone’. How right Brown was. The RAE results were embarrassing and the knives went out for Farrar. Poor old Farrar tried to cling on but then Fungus turned on him, had the most blazing row and Farrar keeled over with a heart attack. It could not have happened to a nicer person. One of Farrar’s punch bags observed that ‘the most hated man in the University has now nearly killed the second most hated man in the University’. Farrar then announced his ‘retirement’ and an e mail was circulated from the organs of Gov’t at Bangor explaining that there wasn’t going to be a party because ‘John doesn’t want a fuss’, after which one of my mates observed ‘which is just as well because he’s not going to get one’. The e mail explained that anyone wishing to contribute to a Gift For John could leave a donation. Another punch bag who owned a small-holding where he kept sheep commented that he had a bag of shit that Farrar could have.
Thus Bangor University waved a fond farewell to Farrar.
It was deeply ironic that while doing all this, Fungus and Farrar, in collaboration with other paedophiles’ friends, were planning to shaft the VC, who must have been in despair over the idiocies of that lot. Presumably the man who was then VC is still alive and kicking and isn’t dead like Fungus or wrecked like Farrar.
Let me explain Farrar you thick idiot. The problem was me. Fungus knew that I had the dirt on Dafydd and the gang going back decades, he knew that Miranda, Gordon Brown and Lord Snooty the Third were all involved in previous cover-ups and he knew that Brown and I intended to publish. Fungus also knew that I hated the lot of them and he knew that I knew about the plans on the part of multiple people to Get The VC, who was not Of The Paedophiles’ Friends. That is why, when I was approached by a TV journo with regard to making a documentary about the mental health services in north Wales, the day before filming I was told that the programme would only go ahead if I dropped the VC in it on TV. I refused and they told me that I didn’t need to be scared of him. I replied that I wasn’t scared of him, he was one of the few people who had never threatened me, tried to extract info from me or tried to influence my plans re the battle with the paedophiles’ friends in any way and I was not going to smear one of the few sane people who had behaved properly.
Here are some of the people who were desperately hoping that I would be led into an obvious trap by the ‘investigative journalist’ who Wanted To Expose The Truth:
Whoops, Computer Says No!!!
Before Fungus nearly killed Farrar, a VIP paid a visit to Bangor University to open the new Ecocentre (I’ve forgotten its official name) aka the Good Ship Farrar. It was Gordon, during his brief period of being PM! There were some structural problems with the building, but no-one told Gordon that. Instead Farrar was touted as a Sensitive Green who Cared about matters Climate and the Environment, rather than a shitbag who had climbed to the top of the University by bullying weak stupid people who were colluding with a murdering trafficking gang.
The building of Farrar’s empire at Bangor involved the usual strategy ie. the touting as geniuses of a few of those who had shamelessly toadied to this vile git when they were his PhD students, instead of running away as fast as they could which happened quite often in the case of students doing PhDs with Farrar. A number of good botanists gave up on plant biology after having had the John Farrar Experience.
One of the Geniuses from the Farrar Stable is Professor Julie Scholes. Julie Scholes was a PhD student when I was an undergrad and Julie knew about many of the sordid activities on the part of Farrar and his colleagues that I have discussed on this blog. Julie is now a Professor in the Dept of Animal and Plant Sciences at Sheffield University. Julie is one of the partners in Sheffield University’s Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change and Migration.
The Leverhulme Trust grant-making foundation which was established under the will of the 1st Viscount Leverhulme (1851–1925), with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” The Leverhulme estate is located in Cheshire/Merseyside and Philip Lever aka Lord Leverhulme, the 3rd Viscount was foolish enough to get himself linked with Dafydd and the gang, partly by Philip Lever’s position as Chancellor of Liverpool University, 1980-93. Fungus used this very effectively in terms of liberating funding from the Leverhulme Trust and no doubt in other ways a well. Before Fungus decided that Farrar was better off dead, Fungus and Farrar were partners in crime. Philip Lever’s lifelong passion was horse racing. He owned race horses and served as Chairman of Chester Racecourse and as a senior steward of the Jockey Club. Ronnie Waterhouse’s father-in-law bred racehorses and Ronnie made it his business to get to know everyone who was anyone in racing and the Jockey Club. See previous posts.
Philip Lever served as Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, 1949-90, making him the longest serving Lord Lieutenant in the country. He was Lilibet’s representative throughout those long and happy years that Dafydd’s gang operated in Cheshire and Lever’s term of office spanned most of Sir Peter Morrison’s time as the Tory MP for Chester, when Morrison was molesting children in care in north Wales and elsewhere. Philip Lever died in July 2000. He obviously felt that his job on earth was done once Ronnie Waterhouse’s report had been published in Feb 2000.
I invite readers to take a look at the dates of the highlights of Julie Schofield’s career and think back to what was happening re Dafydd’s gang at the time:
BSc (1982) PhD (1986) University of Wales
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (1986-1987)
Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (1987-1995)
Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, University of Sheffield (1995-2003)
Professor of Plant and Microbial Sciences (2003 – present).
One can go a long way by keeping one’s trap shut if one’s PhD supervisor is an absolute pig…
Another Outstanding Biologist who learned at the knee of a man who’s colleagues were running a paedophile ring is Professor Julian Hibberd of the
Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University….
What became of Stel, the undergrad whom Farrar was shagging? Well she ended up marrying Farrar when she finished her PhD and went on to have a big family. She and Farrar had a very acrimonious divorce when the children were quite young and Stel spent years working as a Welsh for adults tutor at Bangor University, in the School of Lifelong Learning of which the Head was Meri Huws, the former Gwynedd social worker at the time of Great Paedophilia in the 1980s. Stel and Farrar’s son Robin has for some years held various offices in Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, the Welsh Language Society. Meri Huws Chaired Cymdeithas back in the 1980s…
When i was doing my PhD, I shared an open plan office with a number of others, including a Dr Christine Smart. Christine was married to a Prof in Biological Sciences at Bangor University, Davey Jones. Christine used to tell people that she knew that everyone hated Farrar, but Davey would always be grateful to him because Farrar got him his Chair. The reason why Christine’s loyalties were being stretched was that the Dept was being shut down because Fungus had forced our boss, my PhD supervisor, out of his job and everyone was being made redundant. Christine probably knew that this was a punishment beating for my PhD supervisor after I got my PhD, so I do hope that she and Davey screwed as much as they possibly could out of Fungus and Farrar. Especially as I’ve now exposed the whole rotten structure. Christine knew how bad the Top Doctors of Bangor were, because she had a very bad experience during the birth of one of her children. It should have been enough to have got one of the bastards sacked, but no, there won’t have been a complaint made because no-one can afford to upset the Top Docs and the associated paedophile gang. So other women will have been put at risk by him as well now…
Wales has got talent? Well it’s certainly got a great many people feeding off Dafydd.
Because there was so little employment in the Bangor area in the 1980s, of the Bangor graduates who stayed in the area, many set up their own small, often slightly alternative, businesses. One of the plant biologists who graduated a few years before me, Pete Winstanley, established an organic veg shop in Bangor, years before eating organic veg was a mass activity. Pete was always very friendly and the shop had a huge choice of veg but it was so cold in Pete’s shop in the winter that he’d have a gas fire on full blast and would still be serving the customers while wearing a scarf, hat and woollen gloves. Pete’s veg shop disappeared from Bangor years ago and I thought that he’d left north Wales. So imagine my surprise one day while, when researching Dafydd, I discovered that Dafydd had commissioned an oil painting of himself – paid for by Dafydd’s charidee CAIS I understand – painted by Anglesey artist Pete Winstanley. Yes, it was the botanist Pete who used to own the veg shop…
Pete’s veg shop was in Upper Bangor, opposite the left-wing book shop and just down the road from the C & A Hospital, with the Angels’ homes opposite. The C & A Hospital which was facilitating the trafficking ring and the Angels’ homes in the buildings which were in a nearly uninhabitable condition, housing Angels who were also involved in the trafficking ring.
In the early 1980s, students at UCNW were all exposed to the story of ‘Do you know that there is a prostitute in Bangor? She’s in the Railway Hotel.’ I never went in the Railway Hotel so I have no idea of whether there was a prostitute in there or not, but there were a a number of prostitutes who lived in the Angels’ homes and even more prostitutes in the Ty Newydd and Ty’r Felin children’s homes in Bangor.
‘We didn’t know.’
It is Remembrance Week. That is what you all did. You should never be allowed to forget it.
After hearing Paddy Ashdown on Radio 4 stating his interest in forming a new centre party – obviously the one that Paddy himself led between 1988-99 hasn’t done what Paddy hoped that it would – I quipped on this blog that surely Dr Death would soon appear as he always does in times of political crisis. So I was entertained when only days later Radio 4 did indeed broadcast an interview with Dr Death, although I presume that the programme must have been recorded some while before the present outburst of in-fighting on the part of all the main UK parties. Nonetheless it was good to hear that Dr Death is still alive and kicking and available for BBC interviews to explain how he played a crucial part in Britain’s history, saved the Labour Party from destruction and revived social democracy. Most people I know believe that Dr Death merely wreaked havoc and achieved nothing but ensured that Thatcher won successive General Elections.
Dr Death appeared on Radio 4’s programme ‘The Reunion’ on Sunday morning and what a trip down memory lane it was. The Reunion in question was a reunion of the movers and shakers behind the launch of the SDP in 1981. Obviously the whole Gang of Four couldn’t appear because Woy is dead, but we were treated to much archive sound track of Woy at his best lest we had forgotten Woy’s stellar performances after a few bottles of the best claret. Dr Death, Shirl and Bill Rodgers were there in person. The programme made me aware of two other people who played key roles in the SDP who had gone under my radar, Mike Thomas and Dick Newby.
I have blogged about Dr Death, Shirl and Woy but have paid less attention to Bill Rodgers, as he never quite hit my consciousness in the way that Dr Death, Shirl and Woy did. The other members of the Gang of Four elbowed Bill Rodgers out of the Gang but they never explained what Bill did to be jettisoned from the brave new world of social democracy. Bill admitted on ‘The Reunion’ that for many years the relationship between Bill and Dr Death were so bad that when they bumped into each other the exchanges did not go beyond ‘Hello Bill’ and Hello David’. Bill might like to take a leaf out of my own book when people who have colluded with a trafficking ring try and exchange pleasantries after one has found out what they’ve been up to – ‘Fuck off, I don’t want to know’ conveys one’s feeling far better than ‘Hello David’.
On Radio 4, the Gang of Three reminisced about the time that they were at the centre of the universe and how at that meeting at Dr Death’s house in Limehouse on 25 Jan 1981, Dr Death’s residence was besieged by journalists for hours and Shirl realised that she ‘had nothing to wear’, presumably having popped over to Dr Death’s place in her bra and knickers, so Dr Death’s wife Debbie the American millionairess lent Shirl a little something to enable Shirl to appear in front of the cameras. The Gang of Three maintained that they were completely taken by surprise when the media laid siege to Dr Death’s house and it was then that the Gang of Four realised that they had been handed the remit of saving the nation. The media scrum in Limehouse may have been something to do with Dr Death et al summoning them all there. Why the media hung around outside for hours while Dr Death kept everyone waiting I cannot understand, it wasn’t as if they were Dr Death’s former patients in the out-patients at Tommy’s waiting for the great man himself to condescend to turn up to hold the clinic, but they did indeed wait until those who broke the mould of politics appeared and made history.
The declaration was launched on a small bridge in Narrow Street, Limehouse. Organisation ‘was very last minute with Matthew Oakshott being sent to make photocopies of the statement at the Savoy Hotel, ‘it having the closest available photocopier’. Where no doubt Woy et al all later enjoyed a good meal, after Oakshott had done the photocopying for them. If I was breaking the mould of politics and saving the country from the clutches of The Far Left and Michael Foot, I suspect that I might have done my photocopying the night before, but then I wouldn’t have known that photocopying facilities were available at the Savoy.
Here’s Shirl, looking glam after borrowing Debbie Owen’s glad rags:
One week later, on 5 February 1981, an advertisement was published in ‘The Guardian’ under the name of the Council for Social Democracy announcing that the Gang Of Four had received 8,000 individual messages of support. The advertisement listed one hundred of their names, which included thirteen former Labour MPs, four of whom had been Cabinet ministers including Lord George-Brown, former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. George Brown was known for being so perpetually bladdered that, when in a previous time George Brown and Harold Wilson were considered to be the two obvious candidates to lead the Labour Party, Tony Crosland observed that the choice was ‘between a crook and a drunk’. The crook won the battle.
In ‘The Reunion’, the Gang of Three demonstrated that as ever their perception of their activities differed from that of most of the rest of the planet, although they did all remember how much they were loathed by people ‘on the hard left’, which just went to show how much the Gang of Four were needed. Many other people remember something rather different, including ‘Private Eye’ being able to mine a rich seam of satire for years as a result of the handiwork of the Gang of Four. On Radio 4 Dr Death made reference to the subsequently created Alliance between the SDP and the Liberal Party as being ‘a partnership of principle’. The Eye ran a cartoon entitled ‘Forbidden Alliance’ for quite some time, the theme being Doc n Dave and Shirl competing in the disco dancing championships. When the Alliance received their thrashing at the polls, ‘Forbidden Alliance’ featured Shirl collapsed on the dance floor with the Alliance claiming ‘a moral victory’. Which is pretty much what Shirl said on Radio 4 on Sunday.
After the Partnership of Principle ended up with everyone at each others throats, the SDP and the Liberals merged to form the Lib Dems. Except that Dr Death refused to join in and carried on flying the flag for the Continuing SDP with a few die-hards. I think that it was after Dr Death’s Continuing SDP polled fewer votes than the Monster Raving Loony Party in the May 1990 Bootle by-election that ‘Private Eye’ published a cover featuring a grim looking Dr Death underneath the headline ‘Ta Ra Luv’, a skit on a headline ‘Ta Ta Pet’ that one of the tabloids had run after the death of a Coronation Street star. Unfortunately it wasn’t a case of Ta Ra Luv, Dr Death turned up in the Lords and has made a nuisance of himself there ever since.
The level of political apathy at Bootle was high and Bootle was traditionally one of Labour’s safest seats nationally. The little media attention that the by-election attracted was focussed on a bizarre row between Labour and the Raving Loonies. Relations between the Labour Party and the Loonies had never been good, but they reached a new low when the Labour agent tried erroneously to have the Loony candidate, Screaming Lord Sutch, arrested for breaking an electoral law that had been changed in 1987. He attempted to have Sutch charged with the former offence of using a public house as an election campaign headquarters. The main by-election headlines in the tabloid newspapers referred to ‘Kinnock’s Killjoys’ for the campaign’s duration. In the event, when the votes were counted the SDP candidate, Jack Holmes, finished far behind the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and the SDP suffered even worse publicity than Labour. Within a week of the result, Owen announced that the party’s National Executive had voted to dissolve the party, saying that it could not possibly continue after finishing behind the Raving Loonies.
The mirth at the Monster Raving Loony Party out-polling the SDP eclipsed something very much more worrying concerning that by-election. Precisely that the by-election had resulted from the death of Michael Carr, the Labour MP for Bootle, after he had been in office for only 57 days. Mr Carr had dared take on Militant in Liverpool and died after Walton Hospital, which was pretty much run by Militant, subjected him to such gross negligence that the most likely explanation was that it was deliberate. Attempts by Mr Carr’s family to extract an explanation for Walton Hospital’s inexplicable lack of care of Michael Carr when he was seriously ill came to nothing.
The circumstances of Carr’s death required an inquest and one was convened on 26 Feb 1991. When the full story emerged, the Merseyside coroner Roy Barter postponed the inquest to consider criminal charges for negligence against some of the health care personnel involved. The DPP decided that no charges should be brought and the inquest was resumed on 9 April 1992, when the coroner again postponed the hearing after referring three points of law to the High Court. Carr’s family then successfully sought a judicial review of this decision which was held on 28 May 1993. A file was sent to the DPP, although insufficient evidence was found to prosecute. The judicial review nullified the proceedings at the first inquest and ordered a new one under a different coroner. This second inquest opened on 20 Feb 1995. On 23 Feb 1995, a verdict of death by natural causes was recorded.
Neither Thatcher, the Windbag, John Major, John Smith or Blair – the main party leaders throughout the sad events at the time of and following Michael Carr’s death – let alone anyone from the SDP or Lib Dems, made a comment regarding the slaughter of Michael Carr by Walton Hospital. The DPPs involved were the endemically corrupt Sir Allan Green and the endemically corrupt Dame Barbara Mills. Both were DPPs when serious complaints about the abuse of children and vulnerable people in north Wales were ignored yet ludicrous trivial prosecutions of those doing the complaining were mounted. Allan Green resigned in a scandal after he was caught ‘approaching prostitutes’ in Kings Cross. Green’s wife was found dead in very troubling circumstances. Dame Babs was the wife of New Labour bank roller and Camden Labour big wig John Mills, who was the brother of David Mills, Tessa Jowell’s husband, the David Mills who famously escaped prison on a technicality after receiving a bribe from Blair’s mate Silvio Burlesconi. For details of the previous of Allan Green, Dame Babs and Tessa’s clan, see previous posts.
The NHS on Merseyside at the time of the events surrounding Michael Carr’s death was a branch of Dafydd’s empire. See posts ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ and ‘In Memoriam – Professor Robert Owen’.
For further details of the terrifying circumstances of Michael Carr’s death, see post ‘News From Sicily’.
Screaming Lord Sutch himself met an untimely and unfortunate end in June 1999, just seven months before the publication of the Waterhouse Report. David Sutch was found hanging, having ‘committed suicide’. He had been under the care of Top Docs for clinical depression. A lot of people will have breathed a sigh of relief at the death of David Sutch, because he was a close mate of Cynthia Payne, who ran the brothel at Ambleside Avenue in Streatham and at one point Sutch lived at Ambleside Avenue with Cynthia. Ambleside Avenue was of course the brothel for VIPs and police raids on the brothel found politicians, senior clergymen, police officers, lawyers and judges within. That brothel was also used by Top Docs from St George’s Hospital Medical School, but they were never mentioned in any press report. I do not have a problem with people using brothels if those employed within the brothel are consenting adults who have the opportunity for alternative work if they wish. The problem with Ambleside Avenue was that it was serving as a networking opportunity for some very corrupt, powerful people who were involved in facilitating the abuse and trafficking of children/vulnerable people and the associated serious organised crime. Cynthia served a prison sentence and knew what would happen to her if she ever blabbed about the identities of those who had frequented her brothel and David Sutch is dead, as I bet are any of the other folk who worked at Ambleside Avenue who dared tell anyone who the clients were. So the plebiscite still do not know which of the Great and the Good were furthering their careers as corrupt professional people via Cynthia’s brothel. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’.
In the wake of the Bootle result, Dr Death told everyone that he wished that he had remained in medicine. Dr Death’s short time working in psychiatry had included a stint of three years or so in the mid-1960s as research registrar to the lethal Dr William Sargant at Tommy’s. William Sargant is now one of the most discredited Top Docs of recent history. He brutalised and effectively tortured patients and carried out experiments upon them which resulted in a number of deaths. Medicine has done its best to forget that Sargant ever existed and he has been air-brushed out of recent textbooks. However, there are many accounts of the appalling things that Sargant did online, some informed by surviving patients and their relatives or staff who witnessed what went on at first-hand. Sargant was considered even by the standards of his time to be a dangerous doctor and as with Dafydd, the attempts to reign him in simply consisted of people doing their best to ensure that he didn’t get his hands on anyone important or their relatives. Dr Death has described Sargant as ‘brave’ and the sort of Top Doc who is sorely needed. For more details of Sargant’s butchery and Dr Death’s enthusiastic support for it, see post ‘Dr Death’.
Sargant’s empire was at Tommy’s. Tommy’s is the most elite of the London teaching hospitals and is also the one that has a very cosy relationship with Westminster. Tommy’s concealed the organised abuse of vulnerable people and the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Dafydd’s mate Professor Jim Watson held sex education/sex therapy clinics there, after doing the same at the Maudsley and St George’s Hospital Medical School (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’). Watson and his colleagues colluded with Dafydd and the gang in north Wales, as well as with the linked abuse/trafficking gang in south London. Ed Miliband’s Uncle Harry aka Prof Harry Keen was a consultant at Guy’s/Tommy’s (the two institutions merged in 1993) when Jim Watson worked there.
Sargant was quite seriously ill himself and prescribed himself cocktails of medication, including amphetamines. I am fairly sure that Dafydd was taking amphetamines as well. Anecdotes of Dafydd’s floridly manic/psychotic behaviour are legion in north Wales – not only among patients – and having witnessed Dafydd’s punishing schedule over years, which involved ward rounds and visits to patients at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh in the early hours of the morning, clinics across the UK, clinics in France, midnight visits to prisons and police cells, TV appearances and all this while driving back to his home on Anglesey at frequent intervals, the most likely explanation is that Dafydd was ripped to the tits on artificial stimulants. As was Margaret Thatcher, it was the basis of the myth of the Superwoman who only needed three hours sleep per night. It was openly discussed in London medical circles that Thatch was running on amphetamines and those drugs are readily available in Harley Street and from other private practices.
Dr Death had personal links with some of the Top Docs who were facilitating the trafficking gang in north Wales.
In one media interview years ago, Dr Death boasted that one of his proudest moments was having an article published in an academic journal of psychiatry and neurology. I remember Dr Death saying that it was a jointly authored article published in the 1960s and I wondered whether if it might illuminate Dr Death’s proud years in medicine in the way that Cilla’s friend Geoffrey Chamberlain’s 1965 published article detailing experiments on a seven month old foetus whom he then killed would have shed much light on why things went so wrong in Chamberlain’s Dept at St George’s had anyone publicised that article. Brown and I have searched databases for Dr Death’s article but we can’t find it. I wonder what is going on. Has someone kindly deleted that entry from the database because what was described in the article was so grim that Top Docs and others might not want it known that a man who served as Health Minister and Foreign Secretary was involved in such work? I think we should be told. Send me the reference Dr Death, I am in need of your expertise!
David Hole, the corrupt MSF rep who worked at St George’s Hospital Medical School and was concealing the criminal activity there, including organised abuse, was a leading light in Wandsworth SDP. One of the contingent from Somerset whom I discussed in previous posts (eg. ‘Upper Class Twit Of The Year – Shooting Themselves’) who received much money in return for keeping quiet about what was happening to me in north Wales became very friendly with a distant relative of mine – one of my father’s cousins – at that time and I never understood why they became such good mates because father barely kept in touch with that cousin. The cousin in question was an SDP activist in her community. My father’s cousin may not have been involved in any skulduggery at all and she is almost certainly dead now, but I have mentioned this friendship because I have been made aware that virtually every friend and relative of mine and Brown’s was targeted by the security services and either came under attack if they were loyal to us or were bought off in return for smearing us/keeping quiet if they did not stand by us. I have been told that one of Brown’s cousins, an LGBT activist, was also approached because of her work with Centrepoint in the 1980s/90s. Centrepoint concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring. I have no idea whether Brown’s cousin did succumb to corruption but she seems to have disappeared off the planet. She was called Katie Dent and in the 1980s was the President of the Gay Soc at Oxford University, but I suspect that she is now using another name.
The Partnership Of Principle was of course with Sir David Steel. Who was portrayed as weak and in Dr Death’s pocket on ‘Spitting Image’, but who it is now known very effectively concealed Cyril Smith’s sexual assaults on children for years. I discovered the other day that it was David Steel who conducted negotiations with the press to ensure that the allegations of Cyril Smith’s sexual assaults went no further than the radical newspaper in Rochdale which published the story in 1979. Steel was very worried indeed because the Smith story emerged in Rochdale at the same time as Jeremy Thorpe was due to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder Norman Scott. I seem to remember that the corrupt barrister George Carman QC was approached to keep Cyril Smith’s hobby out of the media because of the enormous damage to the Liberal Party which Steel feared would be incurred. Years after the Thorpe case, Steel commented that it had been a ‘tragedy for Thorpe’. Steel showed no such concern for Norman Scott, who’s life was wrecked by Thorpe and Thorpe’s mates for years (see post ‘My How Things Haven’t Changed’).
George Carman QC was Thorpe’s barrister. Tony Blair was one of Carman’s pupils and Cherie worked in Carman’s Chambers. At one point Jimmy Savile retained George Carman but it is said that Carman never actually acted for Savile. He wouldn’t have needed to, if word had got out that Savile had Carman ready and waiting, no-one would have dared publish a word about Savile’s crimes. Furthermore George Carman had a deep and meaningful relationship with Sue Cook, who worked for the BBC presenting ‘Crimewatch’. It was Jill Dando who was assassinated, not Sue…For further details of Carman’s violence, alcoholism, corrupt practices and his network, which included Top Docs, gangsters, corrupt police officers and journos, see posts ‘No Ordinary Methods’ and ‘No Ordinary Methods – Supplementary Post’.
George Carman lived in Wimbledon. As did many of the Top Docs of St George’s Hospital Medical School, including Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain, who was concealing the crimes of Dafydd et al in north Wales as well as a linked gang in south London as well as patient harm and research fraud (see post ‘Now Then…’). John Moore, who was Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1987-88 and Secretary of State for Social Security (after the Dept was split), 1988-89, under Thatcher also lived in Wimbledon. Moore was Health Secretary when the DHSS was concealing serious organised crime in the NHS and social services, including that in north Wales and at St George’s…When Moore became ill himself, it was revealed that he was treated at the private Parkside Hospital, Wimbledon. There was a hullabaloo with accusations that Moore ‘didn’t trust the NHS’. You bet that he didn’t, he knew what was being concealed, he would never have risked his neck with the lethal people traffickers of St George’s. But then even the staunchest Labour Party NHS-supporting politicians, such as Rhodri Morgan, work very hard to ensure that they and their own nearest and dearest do not end up in the hands of the Dafydds or William Sargants. Those are Top Docs for the Little People.
The Radio 4 discussion concerning the formation of the SDP listed the names of PR gurus and leading figures in advertising who offered their services to the SDP without payment. The reasons for this were not explored, so I will try to discover more. The man who so helpfully put the Gang of Four in contact with so many effective propaganda merchants was David Kingsley.
Dr Death and David Steel were not the only people who colluded with the sexual abuse/exploitation/trafficking of children and young people. There were so many people at UCNW (Bangor University) involved with the gang in north Wales that in the 1970s the institution became deeply dysfunctional and Mary Wynch, a secretary in the Dept of Agriculture, was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned by Dafydd. The Plaid MP for Caernarfon, Dafydd Wigley, asked Shirl, in her capacity as Secretary of State for Education, to hold a Public Inquiry into the management of UCNW by the Principal, Sir Charles Evans. Evans was a Top Doctor who was autocratic and difficult, but the fact that great swathes of UCNW were being managed and staffed by those facilitating a trafficking ring was the major problem. Shirl refused to hold any inquiry. She knew what was going on at Bangor and she also knew that Carlo was the Chancellor, I really don’t think that Shirl was going to turn over any rocks. I don’t know the circumstances in which Dafydd Wigley made his request, but I don’t really think that Dafydd Wigley would have wanted the barrel of crap opened either. Many people from Plaid were colluding with the gang – Dr Dafydd Alun Jones had stood for election to the Commons for Plaid himself, in 1959 and in 1964 – and the gang were operating through Gwynedd County Council’s Social Services Dept. Gwynedd County Council was Plaid dominated and had it’s HQ in Caernarfon, just around the corner from Dafydd Wigley’s constituency office.
Shirl was the Labour MP for Hitchin in Hertfordshire, 1964-79. She was Minister for State for Education and Science, 1967-69, under Secretary of State Patrick Gordon Walker, in Harold Wilson’s Gov’t. Walker was Labour MP for Smethwick, 1945-64 and rose rapidly through the ranks of Clement Attlee’s Gov’t. In 1946 Gordon Walker was PPS to Herbert Morrison, Mandy’s granddad, when Morrison was Leader of the Commons. At the 1964 General Election, it was presumed that if Harold Wilson won as expected, Gordon Walker would be appointed Foreign Secretary. Although Labour did win that election, Gordon Walker lost his seat to the Tory candidate Peter Griffiths. Smethwick had been the focus of immigration from the Commonwealth and Griffiths ran a campaign critical of the opposition’s and the Gov’ts, policies, including on immigration. Griffiths was accused of exploiting the slogan ‘If you want a nigger neighbour, vote Labour’. Despite not being an MP or peer able to answer to Parliament, Gordon Walker was nonetheless appointed to the Foreign Office by Wilson. Gordon Walker subsequently stood for the safe Labour seat of Leyton in the Leyton by-election in Jan 1965, losing again, and was finally forced to resign as Foreign Secretary. After a sabbatical conducting research in Southeast Asia, Gordon Walker finally won Leyton in the 1966 General Election. It was after this that Gordon Walker eventually served as Secretary for Education and Science. Gordon Walker retired from the Commons in 1974 and received a life peerage in July of that year. He was also briefly an MEP.
There are archive clips available of Gordon Walker reporting on the liberation of Belsen. Gordon Walker was working for BBC European Service at the time, so Gordon Walker will have been working for the security services.
Gordon Walker’s predecessor as Secretary of State for the DES was the bisexual Tony Crosland, who at Oxford had been in a relationship with Woy. More worryingly, it was Tony Crosland who as Secretary of State for the DES has concealed the paedophile ring in the north east of England, which at that time involved Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth. In 1973, Arnold and Howarth relocated to work at Bryn Estyn in north Wales, where they joined and expanded Dafydd’s gang. It was Blair’s mate Ernest Armstrong, the MP for North West Durham, 1964-67, who used his links with Crosland to keep a lid on sexual exploitation of kids in the north east. Ernest’s daughter Hilary Armstrong succeeded her father as the Labour MP for North West Durham and was a member of Blair’s inner circle. It was Ernest who was a key mover and shaker in securing Blair the nomination as Labour candidate for Sedgefield. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’.
Shirl will have known about the shenanigans in the north east which were being concealed by the DES.
Between 1969-70, Shirl was Minister of State for Home Affairs in Wilson’s Gov’t, under Home Secretary Sunny Jim Callaghan. Who not only continued the valiant Home Office collusion with the crimes of Dafydd and the gang in north Wales, but who, along with his wife Audrey, also had a close friendship with bent solicitor and Labour MP Leo Abse and did everything possible to help Abse develop what became the Children’s Act 1975, which resulted in hundreds of kids being handed over to John Allen and Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Audrey had previously colluded with child abuse during her time as a member of London County Council and later as the PM’s wife she lent her glorious support to Great Ormond Street Hospital as Chairman of the Governors and by taking a leading role in GOSH’s fund-raising efforts
The child in the stylised image above is crying. Whatever could have been the problem?
‘We Didn’t Know’.
Leo Abse was a close friend of the child molesting Labour MP George Thomas and threatened/bribed witnesses to Thomas’s crimes into silence (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’). Abse has also been investigated for historical sex crimes himself. For further details on the sordid way in which Abse used Callaghan and Dr Death to ensure that the Children Act 1975 ended up on the statute books, see previous posts, including ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’.
Older readers will remember the tosser Callaghan singing ‘Waiting At The Church’ at a time of national crisis, of which there were quite a few as a result of Jim Callaghan. Here is the smug old bastard, looking like a hybrid between Gwynne the lobotomist and Sir Ronnie Waterhouse:
The Lord Callaghan of Cardiff
Callaghan and co wore Brylcreem and trousers with the crotch down by their knees, they were stupid, complacent and corrupt, thank goodness there was the Gang Of Four to save the country from The Hard Left. Which resulted in everyone voting for Thatch for years.
After Labour lost power to Ted Heath in 1970, Shirl was Shadow Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1970-71 and then Shadow Home Secretary, 1970-73. Shirl was given a big responsibility in Jim Callaghan’s Gov’t in 1976 when she was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Science, a post which she retained until 1979 when Labour lost the General Election.
I was at school when Shirl was Secretary of State for the DES. I have discussed in previous posts and comments the brutal failing schools in Bridgwater that I and my friends attended, the fact that a small number of teachers were overtly abusive yet those schools and teachers received full support from Somerset Education Authority. I have explained how I have been told that one person who taught me at school was linked to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales and that people who knew me when I was at school and at Bridgwater College were approached to smear me and lie about me in the wake of my complaints about Dafydd and the gang.
In the way that many professional/middle class people ensured that their children did not attend the secondary schools in Bridgwater in the mid-late 1970s because those schools had such serious problems, there were some primaries which were avoided like the plague by parents in the know. One was Stogursey School. For many, many years, a great number of children left Stogursey unable to read and write. Their literacy problems were so well-known that the secondary schools automatically put the kids from Stogursey into the remedial stream until the odd few kids who were literate had proved themselves. I lived near Stogursey and I was well used to the appalling attitudes of the teachers to kids from Stogursey. They were thick and inbred – just like the kids from Newborough on Anglesey were -according to those who staffed the failing secondary schools in Bridgwater. There was one factor which was never mentioned. The Head of Stogursey School, Mr White. Mr White was a lovely old boy, the kids really liked him, but Mr White did not believe that children from Stogursey needed to learn to read and write because ‘they’re only going to work on farms’. He articulated this opinion to Brown’s mum – Brown’s brother was at Stogursey School at the time – and beamed his beatific smile as he did so. I see nothing wrong with working on a farm, but one can be a highly educated farm worker/farmer which increases one’s options. The irony was that the teachers of Somerset were deeply contemptuous of their former pupils who were working on farms or in factories in Bridgwater. Working on farms was for other people’s children whom they were paid to teach – or indeed not to teach – but not for their own.
This was happening when Shirl was Education Secretary.
At that time in north Wales, Dafydd’s gang were operating and many of those working in the schools of Gwynedd and Clwyd were well aware of what was happening.
Shirl was very opposed to grammar schools and fought hard for them to be dispensed with. She famously cited comprehensive schools as her greatest achievement, stating: ‘I have never in any way regretted them and I still believe strongly in them. The problem was that in many places they were heavily skimmed because people kept grammar schools in place beside them.’ As her daughter Rebecca approached secondary school age, Shirl moved into the catchment area of the state-subsidised Godolphin and Latymer School (which later became private in preference to becoming a comprehensive), allowing her daughter to gain a place there. Shirl didn’t relocate to Bridgwater or north Wales then.
Like Shirl I do not support dividing kids into those who attend grammars and those who attend secondary moderns after they have sat the eleven plus exam. That is because: it is not possible to meaningfully assess a child’s ability and potential when they are eleven and certainly not by the use of the eleven plus; children should not be made to feel more valuable as humans if they pass a particular test at 11; the schools which the children who failed the eleven plus attended were often vastly inferior to the schools attended by those who passed; the eleven plus was used to divide children socially and was accompanied by such a degree of social snobbery that kids who failed it often felt terrible about themselves and aspiring parents were so concerned for their children’s prospects if they failed that they frequently packed them off to a private school.
However the answer to all this was not to allow appalling, abusive comprehensive schools to continue to be appalling and abusive in the name of opposing grammar schools. Brown remarked after he left the school which put him through hell for five years that the best thing to do with that school would be to drop a bomb on it, not defend it as a symbol of equality.
Schools like the ones that Brown and I went to, as well as some of those in north Wales and others across Britain which were under-performing and in some cases facilitating the abuse of children, were not for Shirley’s kids, they were for us. Because our mothers weren’t Vera Brittain The Famous Feminist.
Kids in care in north Wales whom Shirl ignored were found dead in Risley Remand Centre:
The victims of Dafydd’s gang who’s screams for help went unanswered by Shirl and her mates also ended up here:
Leo Abse’s brother Dannie knew all about it, Dannie Abse was a Top Doctor with an interest in psychoanalysis. See earlier posts for Dannie and Leo’s previous.
In Nov 1981 Shirl won the Crosby by-election and became the first SDP member elected to Parliament. Two years later however, having become the SDP’s President, Shirl lost the seat in the 1983 General Election. Crosby was a Merseyside constituency but was substantially made up of affluent parts of the region, containing many middle class professionals, including Top Doctors. There was a branch of Dafydd’s empire on Merseyside. Dafydd was a graduate of Liverpool University and had numerous links with corrupt professionals on Merseyside. Crosby also contained a high proportion of Roman Catholics – Shirl is a practising Catholic and went down very well with them. The schools and children’s homes on Merseyside run by Liverpool Catholic Social Services had major problems with the abuse of youngsters which was acknowledged in the early 1990s and there were links between the staff of those institutions and Dafydd’s gang in north Wales/Cheshire, as detailed in previous posts.
Shirl was President of the SDP, 1982-87, while Dr Death and then Woy were the Leaders.
So what did Shirl do after a career of implementing policies which screwed up the lives of those on the receiving end of them and patronising any audience member on ‘Question Time’ who questioned this not very bright arrogant old bat? She took up a Chair at Harvard of course, in 1988, in the Kennedy School of Government, where she remained until 2001 and thereafter as Public Service Professor of Electoral Politics, Emerita. Nonetheless, Shirl remained active in politics and public service in Britain – having bagged a peerage in 1993 – as well as the US and internationally. Shirl helped draft constitutions in Russia, Ukraine and South Africa. Unbelievable isn’t it.
Shirl also served as director of Harvard’s Project Liberty, an initiative designed to assist the emerging democracies in Central and Eastern Europe; as a Board member and acting Director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Shirl returned to the UK in 1993 after that peerage; she needed to pick up the £300 daily allowance simply for turning up and clocking on and no doubt the lower orders in the UK were in need of their elder and better telling them what to do once after that absence of advice when Shirl was in the US.
Shirl has maintained a close association with Harvard University.
Shirl was Leader of Lib Dems in the Lords, 2001-04, under Charles Kennedy, who had one hell of a drink problem which no-one would admit until it was killing him.
In June 2007, after Gordon Brown replaced Blair as PM, Shirl accepted a formal Gov’t position as Adviser on Nuclear Proliferation, provided that she could serve as an independent adviser. Shirl remained a Liberal Democrat. She was a member of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation, established in October 2009.
Shirl’s interest and commitment to education continued and she served as Chair of Judges of the British Teaching Awards.
Shirl was originally opposed to the Health and Social Care Bill, describing it as ‘stealth privatisation’ during 2011. The Gov’t made some changes to the Bill, described by Shirl as ‘major concessions’, but dismissed as ‘minor’ by the Shirlesque Guardian journo Polly Toynbee. Not that either of them will be risking their neck with any NHS hospital in north Wales. Shirl urged Liberal Democrats to support the amended Bill during the conference in March 2012, saying ‘I would not have stuck with the bill, if I believed for one moment it would undermine the NHS’. Recent figures have demonstrated how much of the UK’s NHS services are now being commissioned by one private company alone, Branson’s Virgin Healthcare. Had Shirl et al not ignored serious organised crime in the NHS, no-one would have been conned by Branson and his ilk anyway.
Shirl spoke against gay marriage in the Lords, saying that ‘equality is not the same as sameness. That is the fundamental mistake in this Bill’ and that woman and men ‘complement one another’ – yes their genitals fit together nicely – so that marriage between people of the same sex should not be called marriage, but should have ‘different nomenclature’. In late 2015, the nation heaved a sigh of relief when Shirl announced her intention to retire from the Lords.
Shirl is the President of the Cambridge University Liberal Association.
Shirl’s partner in concealing crime, Woy, had a previous every bit as bad as Shirl. Woy always made much of his humble roots in south Wales, but although Woy’s dad Arthur Jenkins, an NUM official, was imprisoned during the 1926 General Strike for his alleged involvement in disturbances, Arthur Jenkins later became President of the South Wales Miners’ Federation and MP for Pontypool, PPS to Clement Attlee and for a brief time, a Minister in the 1945 Labour Gov’t. Woy’s mother, Hattie, was the daughter of a steelworks manager. So by the time that Woy came along, they were in no way a disadvantaged family. Indeed they were considered by people in their community to be quite grand, particularly Hattie.
Woy went to Abersychan County Grammar School, University College Cardiff and then Balliol, Oxford. His fellow students at Balliol included Tony Crosland, Denis Healey and Ted Heath and he was friends with all three of them. During WWII Woy served in the intelligence services.
Woy was Labour MP for Southwark Central, 1948-50, so he would have known about the excesses of the nearby Maudsley Hospital and its role in colluding with the abuse of vulnerable people. Woy then served as MP for Birmingham Stetchford, 1950-77. By the early 1970s, there was a trafficking gang operating in the West Midlands with links to Dafydd et al and numerous kids in care from the West Midlands were sent to children’s homes in north Wales where they were abused and trafficked. Woy’s constituency was on the territory of the notorious corrupt, Freemason-heavy West Midlands Serious Crime Squad. Woy colluded with all this wrongdoing when he was Home Secretary, 1965-67 in Wilson’s Gov’t and again when he served another stint as Home Secretary under Harold Wilson, 1974-76. During Woy’s first go at being Home Secretary, Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth were abusing kids in their capacity as staff of Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead. When Woy had another turn at being Home Secretary, Arnold and Howarth were abusing kids at Bryn Estyn. Approved Schools were directly managed by the Home Office until 1971, so Axwell Park was down to Woy, as was the extensive police corruption and the corruption at Risley Remand Centre and Walton Prison which assisted Dafydd and the traffickers so much during Woy’s second go at being Home Secretary.
Woy was Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1967-70, under Wilson and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, 1970-72. When Wilson suddenly resigned as PM in 1976, Jenkins was one of six candidates for the Labour Party Leadership in March of that year, but came third out of the six candidates in the first ballot, behind Callaghan and Foot. Woy withdrew from the contest. He had wanted to become Foreign Secretary, but accepted an appointment as President of the European Commission after Callaghan appointed Tony Crosland to the Foreign Office.
The main development overseen by the Jenkins Commission was the development of the Economic and Monetary Union of the EU from 1977, which began in 1979 as the European Monetary System, a forerunner of the Single Currency or Euro. Woy was the first President to attend a G8 summit on behalf of the Community. Woy remained in Brussels until 1981, contemplating the political changes in the UK from there.
Woy attempted to re-enter Parliament at the Warrington by-election in 1981 but Labour retained the seat with a small majority. Risley Remand Centre is at Warrington and many of the staff lived in the constituency which Woy targeted. By 1981 it was very clear that Risley was being used as one of the personal prisons of Dafydd and the gang and this had come to public attention by 1981 as a result of Mary Wynch’s case. The abuse of inmates and the death rate at Risley were horrific (see post ‘Include Me Out’).
So both Shirl and Woy, under the SDP colours, targeted constituencies which were heavily populated by people who were part of Dafydd’s empire of crime. Were I blogging about people other than politicians who were Cabinet Ministers during the 1970s, I would put this down to coincidence. However because we’re dealing with Shirl and Woy here, I’m not going to.
In 1982, Woy was elected in the Glasgow Hillhead by-election as the MP for a previously Tory-held seat, after the death of the MP Sir Thomas Galbraith aka Tam Galbraith, who had held the seat since 1948.
Sir Thomas Galbraith
Sir Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbraith was a Scottish Unionist politician. The eldest son and heir of Thomas Dunlop Galbraith, 1st Baron Strathclyde, Galbraith was educated at Aytoun House, Glasgow; Wellington College; Christ Church, Oxford and Glasgow University.
Galbraith served as a lieutenant in the RNVR, 1939–1946. He was Assistant Conservative Whip, 1950; a Government Whip from 1951–57; Civil Lord of the Admiralty, 1957–59; Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, 1959–62; and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, 1963–64.
Galbraith was the man who was named in the John Vassall spy scandal. In 1952, Vassall was appointed as a clerical officer, to the staff of the Naval Attache at the British embassy in Moscow. He became acquainted with a Pole named Mikhailsky, who worked for the Embassy and who introduced Vassall to the homosexual underworld of Moscow. In 1954, Vassall was invited to a party, where he was encouraged to become extremely drunk and where he was photographed in compromising positions with several men. The party, arranged by the KGB, had been a honeytrap. The Soviets used the photographs to blackmail Vassall into working for them as a spy, initially in the Moscow embassy and later in London, following his return there in June 1956.
Vassall returned to the Admiralty, where he worked first in the Naval Intelligence Division and then, as the clerical officer assistant to the Private Secretary, in the Private Office of Tam Galbraith, then Civil Lord of the Admiralty. At the time of his arrest Vassall was working in Military Branch II. During his espionage career, Vassall provided the Soviets with several thousand classified documents.
During Galbraith’s time at the Admiralty, questions were raised about his connection to Vassall after letters from Galbraith were found in Vassall’s possession. It was thought odd that a Minister would communicate by post with an official of his own department and there was considerable speculation of impropriety in the press. Given Vassall’s known homosexuality, rumours began to circulate that Vassall and Galbraith were involved with each other and that Galbraith might have shielded Vassall from discovery. The committee of civil servants originally established to probe the Vassall affair investigated the correspondence and declared it innocent, but this verdict was not universally accepted. The PM, Harold Macmillan, was compelled to open a wider inquiry, conducted by three jurists. Eventually, the inquiry determined that Vassall had not been helped or favoured by any of his seniors. Being in the RNVR and at the Admiralty, Galbraith would have also known about the other shenanigans in those organisations, including those that were alleged to have involved Lord Louis Mountbatten. See post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’.
Vassall was identified as a potential spy after a senior member of the KGB defected to the US in 1961. The KGB, worried that Vassall would be exposed, ordered him to cease operations until further notice. Another defector added to the case against Vassall, but doubts about the evidence provided by both defectors persisted. Vassall soon resumed his work. It had become obvious to his colleagues that Vassall had some other source of income, because he moved to an expensive flat in Dolphin Square, took foreign holidays and was said to own 36 Savile Row suits. His annual expenditure was later estimated at about £3,000, when his official salary was £750.
On 12 September 1962, Vassall was arrested and charged with spying. He made a full confession and directed detectives to the cameras and films concealed in his flat. The documents which he admitted to stealing did not account for everything believed to have been taken however, which led to speculation that there was another spy still operating in the Admiralty. Some have suggested that Vassall was deliberately sacrificed by the KGB in an attempt to protect the other (possibly more senior) spy. In October 1962, Vassall was sentenced to 18 years in jail.
Vassall served ten years of his sentence and he was befriended in prison by Lord Longford. Vassall was eventually released on parole in October 1972. Vassall subsequently changed his surname to Phillips and settled in St John’s Wood, which was where Sir Ronnie Waterhouse lived at the time, along with a few other lawyers, judges and celebs. Vassall worked for a firm of solicitors in Gray’s Inn. A number of Dafydd’s umbrellas, including one of the biggest, Sir William Mars-Jones, were leading lights in Gray’s Inn. Vassall died after suffering a heart-attack on a London bus in November 1996: it was not until nearly three weeks later that the press became aware of his death. Vassall pegged out on that bus two months before his neighbour Ronnie Waterhouse opened the Waterhouse Inquiry.
Galbraith was President of the Scottish Georgian Society, 1970–1980 and was a Member of the Royal Company of Archers. He was knighted in 1981.
Galbraith married Simone Clotilde Fernande Marie Ghislaine de Blicquy on 11 April 1956. They had three children: (Anne Marie) Ghislaine du Roy Galbraith (born 1957); Thomas Galloway Dunlop du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith, 2nd Baron Strathclyde (born 1960); Charles William Du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith (born 1962).
Galbraith predeceased his father, the 1st Baron. His elder son Thomas succeeded as 2nd Baron in 1985 and was subsequently a Conservative junior Minister, Chief Whip in the Lords and Leader of the House of Lords.
The 2nd Baron Strathclyde aka Tom Galbraith was educated at Sussex House School, London and Wellington College. Wellington College is in Crowthorne, Berkshire, as is Broadmoor Hospital, which housed some of the witnesses to the sort of wrongdoing that Tom Galbraith’s father and his associates were so desperate to keep quiet.
Jimmy Savile, the former manager of Broadmoor
The person who appointed Jimmy to the senior management team at Broadmoor:
Some of Jimmy’s friends:
Tom Galbraith attended the University of East Anglia, graduating in 1982. He also studied at Aix-Marseille University. Strathclyde entered the Lords in 1986, becoming a Junior Whip in 1988, then Minister for Tourism in 1989. Between 1990 and 1992, he was Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the Scottish Office. Tom then served in the Dept of the Environment and the DTI, before being appointed the Conservative Party Chief Whip in the Lords in 1994. The next year, Tom was sworn of the Privy Council.
In 1998 Strathclyde, along with the Conservative front bench in the Lords, threatened to tender his resignation if the Party refused to accept a proposed compromise plan for reform of the Lords that had been negotiated with the Labour Party by Lord Cranborne, the Conservatives’ leader in the Lords, unbeknown to the Leader of the Opposition (in the Commons) William Hague and to his annoyance. Hague however accepted the proposals, dismissing Cranborne for the conduct in negotiations and Strathclyde was appointed to succeed him. Under Strathclyde’s leadership, Blair’s fudge the House of Lords Act 1999 passed: under this, Strathclyde was elected by other peers as one of the 92 hereditary peers to remain in the Lords.
When the Conservatives formed the Coalition Gov’t under David Cameron in May 2010, Strathclyde became Leader of the Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with a seat in the Cabinet. On 7 Jan 2013, Strathclyde announced that he would be stepping down as Leader of the Lords and resigning from the Cabinet with immediate effect, to pursue a second business career.
Strathclyde and his family live in Westminster and at the Galbraith family estate in Mauchline, Ayrshire. As Strathclyde has no sons, the heir presumptive to the peerage is his younger brother the Hon. Charles William du Roy de Blicquy Galbraith.
Lord Strathclyde is a Governor of Wellington College. He is a Director of Auchendrane Estates Ltd, a landowning company in Scotland. Strathclyde’s wealth is estimated at £10m. He was a non-executive Director on the Board of Trafigura’s hedge-fund arm, Galena Asset Management, 2004- 09. Trafigura defended court actions during the 2006 Ivory Coast toxic waste dump scandal.
The 2006 Ivory Coast toxic waste dump caused a health crisis in Ivory Coast. A ship registered in Panama chartered by the Singaporean-based oil and commodity shipping company Trafigura Beheer BV offloaded toxic waste to an Ivorian waste handling company which disposed of it at the port of Abidjan. The dumping, which took place against a backdrop of instability in Abidjan as a result of Côte d’Ivoire’s first civil war, allegedly led to the death of 17 and the injury of 30,000. Trafigura originally planned to dispose of the slops – which contained 500 tonnes of a mixture of fuel, caustic soda, and hydrogen sulphide – at the port of Amsterdam. The company refused to pay Dutch company Amsterdam Port Services (APS) for disposal after APS raised its charge from €27 to €1,000 per cubic meter. The ship was reportedly turned away by several countries before offloading the toxic waste at Abidjan.
Trafigura denied any waste was transported from the Netherlands, saying that the substances contained only tiny amounts of hydrogen sulphide and that the company did not know the substance was to be disposed of improperly. After two Trafigura officials who travelled to Côte d’Ivoire to offer assistance were arrested and subsequently attacked in jail, the company paid US$198 million for clean-up to the Ivorian government, without admitting wrongdoing, in early 2007. A series of protests and resignations of Ivorian Gov’t officials followed this deal.
In 2008, a civil lawsuit in London was launched by almost 30,000 Ivorians against Trafigura. In May 2009, Trafigura announced that it would sue the BBC for libel after ‘Newsnight’ alleged the company had knowingly sought to cover up its role in the incident. In September 2009 ‘The Guardian’ obtained and published internal Trafigura emails showing that the traders responsible knew how dangerous the chemicals were. Trafigura agreed to a settlement of £30 million (US$42.4 million) to settle the class action suit against it. Law firm Leigh Day, which represented the Ivorian claimants, was found guilty of negligence after £6 million of the settlement funds were embezzled.
In the weeks following the incident the BBC reported that 17 people died, 23 were hospitalized and a further 40,000 sought medical treatment (due to headaches, nosebleeds, and stomach pains). These numbers were revised upward over time, with the numbers reported by the Ivorian Gov’t in 2008 as being 17 dead, dozens severely ill, 30,000 receiving medical treatment for ailments connected to the chemical exposure and almost 100,000 seeking medical treatment at the time.
Following revelations by local press and government on the extent of the illnesses involved, the nine-month-old transitional Gov’t of PM Charles Konan Banny resigned. The Gov’t vowed to provide treatment and pay all medical costs associated with the waste dump.
Faced with a libel case which under British law could drag on for years and cost millions of pounds, on 10 December 2009, the BBC removed the original story entitled ‘Dirty Tricks and Toxic Waste in the Ivory Coast’, along with accompanying video, from its website. The story claimed that Trafigura brought ‘ruin’ on the country in order to make a ‘massive profit’. The stories remain available on WikiLeaks. On 15 December 2009, the BBC agreed to apologise to Trafigura for the ‘Dirty Tricks’ report, pay £25,000 to charity and withdraw any allegation that Trafigura’s toxic waste dumped in Africa had caused deaths.
At the same time, the BBC issued a combative statement, pointing out that the dumping of Trafigura’s hazardous waste had led to the British-based oil trader being forced to pay out £30m in compensation to victims. ‘The BBC has played a leading role in bringing to the public’s attention the actions of Trafigura in the illegal dumping of 500 tonnes of hazardous waste’, the statement said. ‘The dumping caused a public health emergency with tens of thousands of people seeking treatment’.
The BBC did not agree to remove further allegations about the dumping such as the 16 September article:- ‘Trafigura knew of waste dangers’; this quoted from internal Trafigura emails which showed that the company knew the waste was toxic before they dumped it. In one, a Trafigura employee says ‘This operation is no longer allowed in the European Union, the United States and Singapore’ it is ‘banned in most countries due to the hazardous nature of the waste’ and another says ‘environmental agencies do not allow disposal of the toxic caustic.’
The BBC journos who exposed the scandal were Meirion Jones and Liz Keane, who were the only journos with the guts to expose Savile.
Here is one of the Trafigura Directors at the time of the dump:
The Lord Strathclyde
Lord Strathclyde won Channel 4 ‘Peer of the Year 2000’ and ‘The Spectator’ ‘Peer of the Year 2004’. What criteria were used in the judging is unclear.
It cannot have been coincidental that Woy succeeded Tom Galbraith’s dad in Glasgow Hillhead.
Woy was Leader of the SDP, 1982-83, his Deputy being Dr Death. During the 1983 General Election campaign Roy was appointed PM-designate for the Alliance, which must have given a great many people a good laugh. Woy’s role as PM-designate was questioned by his close colleagues, as his campaign style was by then regarded as ineffective; David Steel was considered to have a greater rapport with the electorate. The electorate didn’t know at the time that David Steel was concealing Cyril Smith’s sexual assaults on children and that he felt sorry for that nice Jeremy Thorpe.
After the 1983 General Election, Dr Death succeeded Woy as Leader of the SDP unopposed.
Woy continued to serve as the SDP MP for Glasgow Hillhead until his defeat at the 1987 General Election by George Galloway, after boundary changes in 1983 ‘had changed the character of the constituency’. It’s good to know that boundary changes were to blame, rather than the electorate preferring George Galloway to Woy. George Galloway has a habit of defeating fakes at the polls, although George is frequently charged with the same crime. In 2005 George defeated the sitting Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Oona ‘I’m just a little black Jewish woman who wants to help the poor’ King. Oona’s dad was a Professor, her aunt is the Top Doctor and writer of owner’s manuals for menopausal women Miriam Stoppard who was married to playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. After Tom dumped Miriam, he moved on to Felicity Kendal, but in 2014 he hit the jackpot with Sabrina Guinness, an old flame of Carlo’s. Oona was educated at that institution which specialises in teaching the children of the privileged who identify with the plebs to such an extent that they want to be Labour PM, Haverstock Comprehensive School. At Haverstock, Oona was a contemporary of Ed and David Miliband. Oona’s official deprivation narrative maintains that at Haverstock she told her careers teacher that she wanted to become PM, but librarian work was suggested instead. No Oona, that won’t have happened, not to you at Haverstock. It was far more likely that all you not very bright kids from the Labour aristocracy were told that you would become Labour PM.
Brown, when he was attending Haygrove School in Bridgwater, living Shirl’s dream, was advised to work in a wet fish shop. I was told various things, including that by the time that I was 19 I’d be married to a farmer with five kids or that I’d become a prostitute or end up in prison. One of my friends who ended up with a 2:1 from Stirling University when she was 22 was prevented from sitting O levels by Chilton Trinity School because she wasn’t clever enough for such things. She was entered for CSEs in every subject and was then accused of plagiarising her English course work because her teacher couldn’t believe that a kid from Bridgwater was capable of writing to such a high standard. Not all of our teachers held out such high ambitions for us, but if we’d announced that we had wanted to become PM we’d have probably been given a detention for taking the piss, not told to consider librarianship. After all Philip Larkin was a librarian…
Sir Tom Stoppard was appointed President of London Library in 2002.
In 2008, PM Gordon Brown appointed Oona to act as his Senior Policy Adviser on Equalities and Diversity and Faith. In January 2009, King was appointed Head of Diversity at Channel 4. In 2010, King unsuccessfully challenged Red Ken for the Labour Party nomination in the 2012 election for Mayor of London. King’s first campaign speech, at Haverstock School, focused on ‘engagement with young people’. That’s how diverse Oona is. I expect that she encouraged them to fulfil their potential by telling them all that they could become Labour PM. Particularly the girls.
Oona of the Common People has since found her true home in the Lords with Lord Strathclyde of Toxic Waste Dumping In Hot Countries.
Woy liked to believe that he was the architect of the permissive society, famously supporting David Steel’s liberalisation of the abortion laws and Leo Abse’s reform of legislation regarding male homosexuality. That Woy was a bisexual swinger was not a secret, neither were his many extra-marital relationships. Woy was filmed admitting to them in a TV interview but told the interviewer that he would not be naming the people with whom he had relationships. I accept Woy’s point there, it was between him and his wife and the other parties and nothing to do with anyone else. Sadly, although people enjoyed trying to make capital from Woy being a bisexual swinger, no-one mentioned that he played a key role in concealing the organised abuse and trafficking of children and young people by gangs who murdered some of the witnesses. Ignoring that whilst worrying about which consenting adults Woy was sleeping with was inexcusable.
Woy was Leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords, 1988-97 and Chancellor of Oxford University, 1987-03.
Here’s Woy with a message for those of us who complained about Dafydd et al:
Woy’s useful life didn’t end with the demise of the SDP and the ineffectiveness of the Lib Dems. Woy acted as a mentor to Blair…
Now for Bill Rodgers, the member of the Gang of Four who was elbowed out. William Thomas Rodgers, Baron Rodgers subsequently helped to lead the SDP into the merger that formed the Lib Dems. Rodgers was educated at Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool. Famous Quarry Bank old boys include Rodgers’s Labour Party colleague Peter Shore who concealed the sexual abuse of young people by Dafydd’s gang and others (see post ‘Apocalypse Now’) and the trade union leader Dave Basnett, who er concealed the sexual abuse of young people by Dafydd’s gang and others (see post ‘A Very COHSE Relationship With Some Very Nasty People’). John Lennon was Quarry Bank’s most famous former pupil. When they were still based in Liverpool, The Beatles were mates with Cilla, who when she was older and rich and had moved to a mansion in Buckinghamshire because she loved Liverpool so much was a friend of Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School, when Chamberlain was colluding with Dafydd and the gang in north Wales and the linked gang of traffickers in south London.
Rodgers went on to Magdalen College, Oxford. He was General Secretary of the Fabian Society, 1953–1960 and was succeeded in that role by Shirl. Rodgers was then Chair of the Fabian Society, 1966-67. He was preceded as Chair by Peter Townsend, the sociologist who knew about the organised abuse of young people by political figures and others.
Rodgers was a Councillor on St Marylebone Borough Council, 1958–62. His patch will have covered Harley Street.
Bill Rodgers was the Labour MP for Stockton-on-Tees, 1962-83. Stockton-on-Tees is in the Cleveland area and was the location of a paedophile/trafficking gang while Rodgers was an MP. Rodgers served in Labour Governments under Wilson – Rodgers was Minister of State for Defence – and under James Callaghan, serving as Secretary of State for Transport, 1976-79. From 1979 to 1981 Rodgers was Shadow Defence Secretary.
At the 1983 General Election Rodgers lost his seat. After leaving the Commons, he was Director-General of the Royal Institute of British Architects and also became Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority. In 1987 Rodgers was Chairman of the successful “Yes to Unity” campaign within the SDP in favour of merger with the Liberal Party.
Rodgers received a peerage in Feb 1992, two months before a firebomb killed five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’). Rodgers was the Liberal Democrats’ Leader in the Lords, 1997-01, which spanned most of the duration of the Waterhouse Inquiry and the subsequent publication of the Waterhouse Report.
Mike Thomas was another name mentioned on ‘The Reunion’. Michael Stuart Thomas identified with the Labour Party until 1981 and thereafter with the SDP. Thomas played a major role in both the establishment of the SDP and then in the SDP’s subsequent demise.
Thomas was educated at the Latymer Upper School and King’s School, Macclesfield. He studied at Liverpool University, 1962-66. From 1965 to 1966 Mike Thomas served as President of the Liverpool University Guild of Undergraduates and from 1966 to 1968 he was a member of the National Executive of the NUS.
Thomas initially made a career in political and social research, acting as Head of the Co-operative Party’s Research Department, 1966-68 and as a research associate with the predecessor body of the Policy Studies Institute, 1968-73.
Thomas was elected as the Labour MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East in Oct 1974, after the death at age 45 of the sitting Labour member Geoff Rhodes. Mike Thomas will have known about the paedophile ring in the north east, as will have Rhodes.
Thomas’s rivals for the Labour candidature included a number of local Party activists, notably the prominent local Councillor Jeremy Beecham. The talents of Jeremy Beecham were utilised by the Welsh Gov’t in 2006 when Jeremy Beecham was appointed to set up a Review to advise the Welsh Assembly Gov’t on the reform of public services in Wales, after scandal after scandal after scandal within those services.
Jeremy Beecham was the Labour leader of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne City Council, 1977-94. He had been a Councillor in Newcastle since 1967. Beecham was a Councillor in Newcastle throughout the years of serious corruption in the north east which was cultivated by and blossomed under T. Dan Smith, who was the Labour leader of Newcastle City Council, 1960-65 (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends’).
Beecham went to the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and then to University College Oxford. After graduation he worked as a solicitor. He joined the Labour Party in 1959 and Chaired the Newcastle City Council Social Services Committee, 1973-77. Beecham Chaired that Committee whilst Brian Roycroft, the Director of Social Services for Newcastle, sent numerous kids in care on placements to the Bryn Alyn Community in north Wales, where they were abused and trafficked into sex work (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends’). Kids at Bryn Alyn reported seeing Roycroft visiting and ignoring the dreadful conditions in which they were living. One boy at Bryn Alyn maintained that he had been forced into sex with an adult man at gunpoint.
For further details of the entrenched corruption in Wales’s public services upon whose reform Jeremy Beecham ‘advised’, see post ‘A Major Coup – Or A Complete Disaster?’.
As a new Labour MP, Mike Thomas served as PPS to Minister Fattersley, 1974-76. Fattersley was the MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook, 1964-97, while kids in care in Birmingham were abused in the city and sent to children’s homes in north Wales where they were also abused and trafficked and when the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad reached their zenith. Fattersley kept quiet about these matters as well as about the endemic corruption in civic life in Birmingham. However Fattersley did write a food column before everyone took to sending photos of their dinners to everyone else on social media. Fattersley was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party while the Windbag was Leader and he knew that the Windbag was concealing the en masse abuse of children and vulnerable people in north Wales. See previous posts for details of the full horror of Fattersley.
Once established as an MP, Mike Thomas soon became associated with the Campaign for Labour Victory group of right wingers in the Labour Party led by the then Environment Minister Bill Rodgers. In February 1981 Thomas left the party to found the SDP. Thomas declined to follow the advice of the constituency party that he should resign as an MP and contest a by-election and he remained in Parliament as an SDP MP where he acted as his new party’s Spokesman on Health and Social Services.
Thomas played a prominent role in the SDP’s successful launch in March 1981. As a member of the SDP’s national steering committee he advised on the selection of SDP candidates for the forthcoming General Election and led negotiations with the Liberal Party concerning the sharing out of constituency candidacies between the two centrist parties. The terms of an SDP/Liberal alliance was critical to the electoral success of both. Thomas quickly became known for his obduracy in the seat negotiations with the Liberals. In July 1981 it was reported that: ‘Senior Liberals were quietly seething… at the suggestion from Mike Thomas that half the prospective Parliamentary candidates already adopted by local Liberal associations should stand down in favour of SDP members.’ Many Liberals perceived Thomas’s approach as being ‘… a cynical electoral deal imposed from above’.
Thomas sought re-election at Newcastle East in the 1983 General Election as the SDP candidate, but lost to Labour’s Nick Brown, who years later, when a Minister, was at the centre of a scandal involving rent boys which was repackaged as a good news Gay MP Comes Out story by Alastair Cambell (see previous posts). Mike Thomas stood for Parliament as an SDP/Alliance candidate in Exeter in 1987 but failed to be elected.
The SDP held its annual conference at Portsmouth in September 1987 and, by a 998-21 vote majority, delegates decided to open negotiations with the Liberal Party over a merger of the two Parties. Thomas and some other high-profile SDP members were opposed to this merger. Thomas engaged in a heated face to face exchange with Shirl, then the SDP President, over the use of a room at the conference centre for a meeting of those SDP members opposed to the merger. In full view of TV cameras, Shirl refused Thomas access to the room on grounds that his group’s meeting was not an official SDP function. Thomas initiated another heated disagreement at the Conference when he demanded access to the SDP’s central membership list in order to facilitate his campaign to keep the SDP as an independent party. This provoked a further confrontation with Shirl and Thomas moved a motion of no confidence in her Chairmanship of the Conference. In March 1988 a ballot of SDP members approved a merger with the Liberals by an 18,872 -9,929 vote majority.
Thomas became Vice-President of Dr Death’s Continuing SDP after the 1988 merger of the SDP’s main body with the Liberal Party to form the Lib Dems. He continued trying to negotiate deals whereby SDP and Liberal Democrat candidates would stand down in each other’s favour in particular constituencies, but his advances were largely ignored.
After losing his seat in Parliament in 1983, Thomas developed a portfolio of interests in journalism, corporate communications and management consulting. In 1988 he established his own consultancy, Corporate Communications Strategy.
Mike Thomas remained a prominent member of the SDP until the Party’s final demise in 1990. After 1990, unlike many former SDP leaders, Thomas did not immediately identify with any other political party. However, in 2009 he became site moderator of the Charter 2010 website which anticipated the result of the 2010 General Election and provided support for the political basis on which the Coalition Gov’t of 2010-2015 was founded. In 2010 Thomas joined the Liberal Democrats because he supported their decision to enter Coalition Gov’t with the Tories.
Dick Newby, the man who featured in ‘The Reunion’ of whom I was previously unaware, was educated at the Rothwell Grammar School, West Yorkshire, followed by St Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating in 1974. So Newby may have been one of those students who came under the influence of Alan Bullock at Oxford and perhaps was recruited to MI5 by Bullock a la Mandelson (see post ‘A Study In Tyranny’).
Newby joined HM Customs and Excise, becaming Principal in charge of budget coordination in 1980. Post-SDP, Newby became Director of Corporate Affairs at property developers Rosehaugh plc. He subsequently became a consultant on corporate social responsibility. Newby worked extensively on programmes which used the power of sport to help motivate and educate children and young people. He was Chair of sport at The Prince’s Trust, 1997–2012, Chair of International Development Through Sport and Chair of Sport for Life International, of which he remains Patron.
Newby was Secretary of the SDP Parliamentary Committee in 1981 – David Owen described him as ‘an able young civil servant who resigned to come and work for us’ – and National Secretary of the SDP from 1983-88. From 1999 to 2006, Newby was Chief of Staff to Charles Kennedy and was instrumental in the process of managing the succession of leadership from Kennedy to Menzies Campbell.
Dick Newby received a peerage in Sept 1997, just weeks before Ronnie Waterhouse finished taking evidence from witnesses at the Waterhouse Inquiry. At the beginning of May 2012, Lord Newby was appointed the Lib Dem Chief Whip in the Lords and at the same time was appointed the Deputy Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords and Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard. In September 2012, Newby was appointed Treasury spokesman in the Lords. In September 2016 he was elected Leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords.
Lord Newby has been married since 1978 to the Rev. Ailsa Ballantyne Newby (née Thomson, now the Canon Residentiary of Ripon Cathedral). According to the House of Lords register of members interests, he jointly owns, with his wife, two flats in Lambeth, which are rented out.
After my reading and research re the SDP, it became obvious to me that they were infiltrated by the security services, who probably were responsible for the implosion of the SDP. That was very much appreciated security services, but you did not stop the organised crime against children and vulnerable people that the Gang Of Four were fully on board with. You will have known that Dr Death was a personal friend of some of those Top Docs in north Wales who caused my friends and I so much grief and who were responsible for a holocaust… Those Top Docs are still practising.
A selection of news from the media over the past few days:
The ongoing saga of Little Nell Hodge and her hurt feelings which were dealt with by lawyers to the Royals Mishcon de Reya (see post ‘A Vortex Of Eternal Shame’) seems to have dropped off the radar. After being on the receiving end of Little Nell’s wrath and her very expensive lawyers, Jeremy Corbyn is now under attack for refusing to apologise for being in the vicinity of the laying of a wreath at the site of a memorial. Jeremy has said he was present but not actually involved at a wreath-laying for individuals behind the group that carried out the Munich Olympic massacre, a partial admission that has led to a row with Israel’s PM. Jeremy had been asked if Palestinian leaders linked to the Black September terror group were also honoured at a memorial event he attended in Tunisia in 2014, at which victims of the 1985 Israeli airstrike in Tunis were remembered. I haven’t kept up with the latest on this particular row, there’s no telling what will have happened by the time that I post this up. Jeremy is coming under fire for numerous things at present, yet no-one is asking him to explain why he ignored a paedophile gang on his turf who killed their victims. Perhaps because a lot of other people ignored that gang or linked gangs.
‘The Guardian’ reported that social housing residents will be ’empowered’ to take on rogue landlords under a new strategy by the Gov’t, but campaigners have criticised the plan which offers no new funding. The social housing Green Paper has pledged to offer all tenants a “springboard” into ownership, with new shared ownership schemes that allow residents to buy as little as 1% of their homes each year. However, the Green Paper will say no social housing tenant should feel a “stigma” about council renting and the Department said it would “challenge the stereotypes that exists about residents and their communities.” Housing campaigners, including Shelter and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), said the reforms would not be effective without substantial new funding for council house building. I’m glad that someone has mentioned the obvious, but I’m wondering why Shelter and the JRF have not made a great deal more noise about this before now. The Shadow Housing Secretary, John Healey, called the proposals “pitiful” and said that they failed to tackle the crucial question of a lack of supply, as the number of new social rented homes built last year hit the lowest level since records began. Someone needs to remind John Healey that when last in Gov’t, the Labour Party ignored the housing crisis as well. They blamed the shortage of housing on immigrants from East Europe or on baby boomers refusing to move out of their own homes. Prezza suggested that developments of static caravans on brown field sites would be suitable for housing teachers and Angels. Euan, the son of Prezza’s former boss Blair, part owns, along with his mother Cherie, a house worth more than £3.6 million. Euan is in his early 30s and is not a teacher or an Angel.
‘The Guardian’ also published an article concerning suicides in mental health units, which stated that more than 200 patients killed themselves in mental health units over seven years. Data collected by the CQC showed that 224 people died of self-inflicted injuries between 2010 and 2016 in mental hospitals in England alone. The numbers ‘appear to be falling’ – yes, it has been even worse than this – and the fact that among inpatients more women than men have begun taking their own lives (a trend at odds with men’s much higher risk of suicide generally) has led campaigners to label the NHS’s care of women facing mental health issues as ‘not fit for purpose’. No it is isn’t, but then neither is the NHS’s care of men with mental health issues. Do we not worry so much about that because they are men? The 224 deaths involved 134 men and 90 women, according to the figures, which suggests that there is a great deal to be concerned about with regard to men’s healthcare.
The annual largest number of suicides was 41, in 2010. There were more than 30 suicides each year between 2011 and 2015, except for 2014, when the number was 23. However, 2016 saw the numbers drop significantly to 16. In 2015, the pattern of deaths changed and, for the first time, more women (20) killed themselves than men (15). The same was seen in 2016 when 10 women died compared with six men.
Vicky Nash, Head of Policy and Campaigns at MIND, stated that ‘it’s good to see the rates of self-inflicted deaths are declining. However, we’re concerned to see increased deaths among women. Regardless of gender, every death is a tragedy and one is one too many’. Then why have MIND ignored this scandal Vicky? You knew that it was happening and you’ve also known for years that the suicide rate in north Wales is particularly terrifying. You have refused to support the bereaved or publicly condemn the lethal ‘services’. MIND is ‘co-delivering’ parts of this killing machine in partnership with the NHS/private sector. Including in north Wales – MIND has a partnership with Dafydd’s charity CAIS…
The deaths involved people who had been detained under the Mental Health Act for compulsory treatment because they were deemed to pose a risk to themselves or others. Which confirms what I have maintained for years – people are being forcibly detained in units where they are not safe and no-one is being held to account. Some of the deaths were of frighteningly young people – over the seven years covered by the figures, nine young women and girls aged under 20 died in mental health units compared with four young men in the same age group.
‘It is appalling that we are seeing so many self-inflicted deaths of women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act’, said Katharine Sacks-Jones, the Chief Executive of Agenda, which campaigns ‘on the risks in society faced by women and girls’. ‘Many will have been detained precisely because they were at risk to themselves, yet the Mental Health Act is not keeping them safe and is failing to support and protect them’.
Did you really believe that it ever was Katharine or indeed ever even designed to do that? It was written by Dafydd’s mate Prof Robert Bluglass who was colluding with a trafficking gang and perjury.
Katharine continued: ‘NHS care of women with serious psychological or psychiatric problems needs to take much greater account of the fact that many female patients have suffered violence or abuse. The reality is that the conditions under which the Mental Health Act are enforced are not fit for purpose for women and girls’. They are not fit for men and boys either. Furthermore, patients of both genders sometimes suffer violence from mental health staff and no campaigners mention that ever. All we hear is crap about low paid caring Angels and Top Docs being prevented from doing their best by Cuts.
‘The Guardian’ revealed in March that coroners had found that at least 271 mental health patients in England and Wales had died between 2012 and 2017 after sometimes multiple failings by NHS staff and bodies, including mental health trusts, GP surgeries and ambulance services.
So why haven’t we heard much, much more about this from ‘The Guardian’?
Deborah Coles, the Director of Inquest – who is just about the only person regularly commenting in the media who has ever shown any understanding that the mental health services are killing people in substantial numbers – called for the introduction of mandatory independent investigations into deaths in places of mental health care. ‘Our casework bears witness to the escalating rise on the number of highly vulnerable women and girls dying in places where they should be safe,’ she said. ‘Critical to this is the need for greater oversight, accountability and learning. The lack of an independent investigation system for deaths in mental health settings, unlike that for deaths in police or prison custody, undermines this necessary scrutiny.’
Deborah has highlighted for years the fact that the mental health services kill people and are not even investigated by an independent body after they do so. The police and prison service at least have to do their best to conceal what has happened, the mental health services don’t have to explain the death to anyone.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said: ‘Inpatient suicides are at an all-time low. However, every suicide is a tragedy, which is why we recently announced a zero suicide ambition for mental health inpatients.’
Everybody repeats that every death is a tragedy, but those deaths are clearly not such a tragedy that an independent investigation is warranted, let alone disciplinary action or prosecutions.
An independent review of the Mental Health Act ordered by Theresa May Chaired by Prof Sir Simon Wesseley, the former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, is due to report soon. Would you like me to tell you what Sir Simon is going to say Theresa? Because I suspect that I know. Sir Simon is married to Lady Clare Gerada, who is the former President of the Royal College of GPs, who are just as responsible for the killing fields as the Royal College of Psychiatrists are.
One wonders why there has been such silence about this atrocious state of affairs for so many years on the part of everyone but Deborah Coles.
Luciana Berger, a Jewish Labour MP, has demanded that Jeremy Corbyn apologise for his wreath-laying habits, because she is offended as a Jewish woman. Well as an Empowered Service User who is now in hiding Luciana, I would like you to apologise for not mentioning this slaughter of innocent people by the mental health services when you were Jeremy’s spokesperson on mental health. The dodgy deal with other people who also ignored the abuse of vulnerable people in which Luciana participated in order to become a Labour MP was detailed in an earlier post.
It has been reported that a new drug to relieve pain during childbirth that works better than pethidine – which has been in widespread use since the 1950s – is now available. ‘The Guardian’ reported that the new drug may be better than pethidine, which ‘it has long been known it does not help all women’. That has long been known, but most people are unaware of that, because Top Docs and Angels don’t tell them. The worst thing that can happen with pethidine is that the patient still feels the pain but becomes ‘drunk’ on pethidine and is unable to control their bodies. I watched one such birth at St George’s. The staff all knew what had happened because one of them explained to me why things were going so badly wrong, but nonetheless one Angel helpfully said to the patient ‘For God’s sake stop thrashing your legs around you stupid bitch’.
Ah, your life in their hands!
The new study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, shows that remifentanil, which women control by pressing a button when they feel pain, appears to be more effective than pethidine. It is claimed that women using remifentanil were half as likely to end up asking for an epidural, which blocks all pain and sensation and often leads to a forceps delivery.
Dr Matthew Wilson, a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, was the lead author of the study, which was published in ‘The Lancet’. Matthew commented that ‘More than a quarter of a million women in labour are given pethidine each year in the UK, even though up to 40% do not find it helpful. Some women do not report any useful pain relief at all and it has significant side effects. That includes sedation and potentially affecting the baby.’
And being sworn at by the midwife, who gave one the pethidine in the first place without warning one what might happen.
Matthew observed that ‘Epidurals are by far the most effective form of pain relief, but women who have them are more likely to end up with their baby having a forceps or vacuum delivery. That can sometimes cause damage to the mother and have long-term consequences, including sexual problems.’
Furthermore, women who have been told that an epidural is available if the pain is really bad often find that there is no anaesthetist to give them the epidural, something that was never mentioned in the ante-natal classes or on those visits to the hospital to look at the birthing pool.
However, it seems that remifentanil is yet another medical breakthrough that may not be all that we are being told that it is: ‘It is being used in some maternity units, but there has not yet been sufficient proof that it is better than pethidine. Because women are attached to a drip with remifentanil, controlling the dose that goes into their body using a hand-held device, while pethidine is given as an injection, it was not possible to disguise which drug women received in the trial.’
OK, so this trial is invalid…
Furthermore, ‘one downside is that remifentanil can lead to low oxygen levels. That happened to 14% of women taking the drug, compared to 5% of those on pethidine and all were given additional oxygen. In the trial, women received one-on-one care from a midwife who could check on their oxygen levels, which is recommended for all NHS maternity units but is not always the case.’
The researchers called for a rethink on pain relief for women in labour: ‘The use of remifentanil as a first-line opioid for pain relief in labour in preference to pethidine would reduce the need for epidurals, instrumental deliveries and consequent morbidity for large numbers of women worldwide. The implications are that a fundamental re-evaluation of opioid pain relief in labour is required, challenging the routine use of pethidine in childbirth’.
Women should have the choice, said Dr Wilson. ‘Is it reasonable to persist in offering pethidine as standard now that we know remifentanil is superior?’ he asked.
Except that we don’t know that remifentanil is superior, because the trial was scientifically invalid.
Some maternity units stock remifentanil as an alternative for women who cannot have an epidural. ‘I think our study potentially provides the evidence that the units that currently have the ability to give it should seriously consider opening up to maternal request, provided they can offer the same stand of safety we did [including one to one midwife care],’ said Wilson.
Many NHS maternity units – probably most – do not now offer one-to-one midwife care.
Pain control in childbirth will always be a difficult one, because some women experience a great deal of pain, yet pain relief has to be sufficient to control the pain but not do damage to the baby. Top Docs cannot be blamed for this situation. But there needs to be a lot more honesty regarding the state of NHS care and very much more sensitivity and transparency when the birth has been mismanaged.
Media reports this morning are stressing that the singer Adele has ‘spoken out’ about her friend’s postpartum psychosis, because ‘talking about it helps’. Not if no-one will listen it doesn’t Adele. And believe me, no-one will listen. We’ve had years of ‘talking about it because that helps’ and just look at the mess.
‘The Guardian’ also reported that thousands of former prisoners are sleeping rough. More than 100,000 prisoners – almost half of those who left detention – left prison for unsettled or unknown accommodation over the last three years, Ministry of Justice figures have revealed. Around one in six former prisoners were classified as unsettled, likely to mean sleeping rough or another form of homelessness, between April 2015 and March 2018. The figures were obtained by the Lib Dems through an FoI request and also revealed that HMP Norwich released 72% of its prisoners to unsettled or unknown accommodation over two years.
Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrats’ Home Affairs spokesman, whose party analysed the MoJ figures, said he was concerned that those prisoners ‘who had fallen through the cracks’ would not be able to access vital rehabilitation services.
No-one fall through the cracks Ed, they are shoved over into the ravine. Everyone knows that it is happening and they do not give a stuff, because politicians believe that the only vote winner re penal policy is ‘Tough on crime, tough on causes of crime’…
On Monday, the Gov’t announced it would invest £3m a year over two years in a pilot scheme for dedicated officers in prison to equip inmates for life outside, with a focus on getting those serving short sentences into suitable housing. Wasn’t rehabilitation always part of the prison officers’ remit? They have not fulfilled that remit for decades, so now we are told that another £3 million is needed. No, the issue at stake is that the training of prison officers has not been what it should be, but no-one has admitted that.
Prisons minister Rory Stewart said ensuring prisoners had a stable home was vital to avoiding re-offending. ‘Too many rough sleepers come straight from prison – moving from their jail cells into this outdoor life of isolation, vulnerability and addiction’ he wrote in a blog for the MoJ. ‘On the streets, without a job, without mental health support, or a bed for the night – they are sucked back into a criminal life, reoffend, and soon end up back in prison.’
Many people are in prison because ‘mental health support’ has sent them to prison Rory. Not by accident, but as a policy, which, if a helping hand is needed, also involves perjury on the part of those delivering ‘mental health support’.
Can I ask why Theresa May removed Michael Gove from the post of Justice Secretary? Michael Gove was completely mad as Education Secretary but he was brilliant in Justice. Gove showed a real understanding of the inhumanity and brutality of the ‘justice system’ but he was removed and replaced by a series of numpties.
Yesterday thirty seven people in Yorkshire were convicted of sexual and trafficking offences against girls. The list of names of the convicted suggests that every one of them was South Asian/South Asian-British.
My how things haven’t changed.
Dafydd will still be Chairing CAIS.
The biggest medical story of the last few days has been that of Dr Bawa-Garba winning her High Court appeal after she was struck off by the GMC. Dr Bawa-Garba is the junior Top Doc who was struck off and faced prosecution after a little boy in her care died at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Dr Bawa-Garba was distraught and maintained – and later proved – that she was left alone to carry the can for a hugely dysfunctional hospital in which scores of people, many much more senior and highly paid than Dr Bawa-Garba, were not doing their jobs. The debates around Dr Bawa-Garba’s case included institutionalised racism in medicine and ‘under-staffing/resourcing’.
Leicester Royal Infirmary was not under-staffed or under-resourced. Dr Bawa-Garba’s mentor, the consultant on call, was not available for her, although she did her best to seek advice. The consultant, Stephen O’Riordan, was working at another hospital and claims that he ‘did not know’ that he was on call at LRI. Why didn’t he know? There has been no explanation for this crucial lack of knowledge. I think that O’Riordan has now left the country and is working elsewhere, which Top Docs often do when a mountain of crap has exploded on their watch.
A Top Doctor who has been communicating with me for sometime now has sent me details of numerous failures and possible lies told by O’Riordan that have not been widely publicised.
Staff from LRI who have been too frightened to identify themselves have claimed that LRI has been dangerous for years and that there has been a long-standing problem with junior Top Docs left out of their depth with no-one on call to advise. Some have suggested that LRI has been as dangerous as Mid-Staffs was, but guess what, it has been concealed.
Much as I am glad that a junior doctor for once has won the battle against being scapegoated for the failings of many others including her seniors, a little boy died when he should not have and those responsible need to be identified and held to account. This is not the first healthcare scandal that there has been in Leicester – my blog has previously detailed just a few of the others.
The NHS in Leicester has been riddled with malpractice for many years. Like north Wales, Leicester was the centre of a huge long-standing paedophile gang – with links to Dafydd and co in north Wales – and the gang was facilitated by the social services and the NHS, although all other agencies were also colluding. A gang like that could not have operated if the Top Docs were not on board.
The Kirkwood Report which was published after the conviction of the social worker Frank Beck in 1991 for horrific abuse of children in care over many years made it clear that the police, the City and County Council, the legal and criminal justice services all knew what was happening but did nothing. Kirkwood only held back with regard to one person – Kirkwood made a private agreement with one Lord Greville Janner that he would not be named in the Report. Frank Beck always claimed that he had carried the can for a number of other people, including one Greville Janner. Beck was found dead in prison in May 1994 before he could do anymore mouthing off, what with all those criminal investigations in Leicester, north Wales, Islington, Lambeth…
I have previously blogged about the many people in Leicester University who colluded with the gang in Leicester, particularly in Leicester Medical School. Sir – later Lord – Robert Kilpatrick was the Dean of Leicester Medical School, which was supposedly a flagship institution. Kilpatrick was also President of the GMC when the GMC failed to take action against Dafydd et al. Kilpatrick, in 1993, published ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’, the plan for medical training…
Kilpatrick knew that Top Docs across the UK, including Dafydd, were facilitating child abuse, trafficking and associated very serious crime. Kilpatrick was at the pinnacle of the medical establishment.
Are we surprised that LRI has been dangerous for years and that a huge cover-up has been in place?
The LRI is a teaching hospital.
Furthermore, as the staff of LRI all seem to be fully aware of how dangerous that hospital was and still is, why have no Leicester politicians spoken out about this? Er, Keith Vaz? Liz Kendal?
Blair’s Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt was the MP who succeeded Greville Janner’s Leicester seat after Greville was off to the Lords.
Greville Janner didn’t stand trial for child abuse because he produced ‘medical evidence’ claiming that he was unfit to stand trial.
Greville Janner’s daughter Marion is a ‘mental health campaigner’ who praises dangerous services – including those in north Wales – and awards them stars. Marion is a Radio 4 favourite, as is her sister Rabbi Laura. Their brother Daniel is, like his dad, a barrister and has threatened to sue the arse off any former kids in care who claim that Greville molested them.
The Top Doc who wrote to me about Dr O’Riordan’s wrongdoing reassures me that although I have witnessed terrible things in medicine, he has no interest in child porn and always does his best for his patients. I believe him. I do not believe that every Top Doc is a criminal. But after I complained about some who definitely were, for more than 30 years, no other Top Doc dared contradict their lies about me, although nearly all of those Top Docs knew exactly what was going on. I understand that while a few of them were complete turds, many of them were simply terrified. That is the problem.
The medical establishment became corrupted many years ago and it is now rotten through and through. It is not Dr Bawa-Gharba who is the problem. It is the scores of people in very senior positions who have been involved in serious organised crime. The GMC needs to be abolished – no more public inquiries, they need to go – and the assets of the BMA need to be seized under the proceeds of crime legislation. The BMA advised doctors whom they knew were criminals on how to imprison patients who complained. There needs to be a whole new profession, trained by and staffed by very different people. There is no shortage of really good people who want to work in healthcare, but they have been systematically hounded out or bludgeoned into submission by a cadre of corrupt senior Top Docs and corrupt senior NHS managers.
A little boy has died, completely unnecessarily, in the care of the NHS. Another one. He won’t be coming back.
One Top Doctor who might be able to tell us all what has been going on in the NHS in Leicester is Dr Gareth Stables, who works there. Gareth’s mum is Liz Stables, who for many years was the Angel responsible for the Student Health Centre at UCNW (Bangor University) while the Top Docs in that Health Centre facilitated a trafficking ring. Liz was mates with Dafydd. Liz will remember when the gang killed my friend and housemate Anne Vernon. Days later, Liz took Anne’s file out of the filing cabinet and wrote ‘DEAD’ on the cover of it in big letters in front of me. Then Liz told me that I couldn’t hang about being miserable, there were things to do. Weeks later Dr D.G.E. Wood, the GP at the Student Health Centre, yelled at me to leave Bangor, forget about everything that had happened there and make a new life somewhere else. Liz told me that she never wanted to see me again, she was sick of my complaints about Gwynne the lobotomist.
I have previously discussed how notions of protecting language, culture and identity have been used as a battering ram by the paedophiles’ friends, including against Welsh-born Welsh speakers from Y Fro Gymraeg. In tandem with this, the self-appointed guardians of language, culture and identity have excluded people from polite society who’s credentials are every bit as sound as theirs. I know at least three Welsh-born Welsh speaking high achieving academics who were treated appallingly at Bangor University by the paedophiles’ friends. They eventually gave up and left for institutions where they did not have to fight a civil war on a daily basis. These three people were exactly what the Burmese Generals at Bangor claimed that they wanted: high achieving local people with a commitment to the region. They were ruthlessly frozen out, because the combination of being high achievers but not paedophiles’ friends was too much for the paedophiles’ friends to tolerate. I was always told that bodies like the Welsh Arts Council (later renamed Arts Council for Wales) are dominated by an inner circle who simply exclude anyone who is not acceptable to that inner circle. Some English people living in Wales view this as a ‘Welsh’ phenomenon. It isn’t, nothing beats the nepotism and cronyism of the London medical establishment. However the phenomenon is very easy to map in Wales because Wales is small with fewer people at the top of the pyramid calling the shots.
One body which is widely suspected of doing favours for people on the basis of their pedigree or network rather than their ability is the Welsh Books Council. Interested readers can pop over to the website of the Welsh Books Council to gain more extensive information on the movers and shakers there, but to get a feel of who wields influence, let us look at the two people who have served as Directors/Chief Execs of the Welsh Books Council since its creation.
The first Director of the Welsh Books Council was Alun Creunant Davies, whom we are told by Meic Stephens, his obituarist, ‘played a pioneering role in developing the book trade in Wales’. Davies took up his post, with a staff of one, on St David’s Day 1965 and it is said was ‘never overtly political’, yet ‘drew great strength from his patriotism which, for him, was rooted in the Welsh language and its culture’. I am reminded of the time in 1987 when Bernard Manning appeared on the BBC’s ‘Wogan’ and stated that he was ‘not political’. During the course of the interview Manning stated that ‘a woman’s place is in the home’ three times. Manning’s club act included jokes about lynching black people and chucking fire bombs into the houses of Asians, but even Wogan had the sense not to allow Manning to raise the roof by such means on prime time TV.
Welsh publishing was in a sorry state during the post-war period, with only 234 Welsh-language titles appearing between 1946-51 and fewer than a hundred a year thereafter. There was a small but growing demand for Welsh-language titles and the Ready Report of 1951 concluded that the future of the language depended to a large extent on the availability of books in Welsh. It recommended the creation of a fund for the public subsidy of book production by local and central government. Thanks to the efforts of librarian Alun R. Edwards, the counties of Wales had begun to provide small grants for the printing of Welsh books, mostly fiction and a modicum of payment for their authors.
Alun R. Edwards worked at the National Library of Wales, a bastion of the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’) when he was young, starting there in 1950. It was probably as a result of his connections there that he was able to raise support and funding for Welsh language books. Alun R. Edwards grew up in mid-Wales and worked in the library service in Ceredigion – the Alun R. Edwards Centre in Aberystwyth Town Library is named after him. Edwards was appointed Dyfed Librarian following the re-organisation of local government – so that was probably in 1974. So Edwards worked with the paedophiles’ friends at the National Library and then popped over to Dyfed, where the local authority was run by Ioan Bowen Rees, who in his incarnation as Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council presided over a paedophile ring in the Council’s children’s homes (see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’). A linked paedophile ring was in operation in Dyfed.
Alun Creunant soon transformed the tentative arrangement that Alun R. Edwards was responsible for, by persuading 12 of the 13 county councils (the exception was Monmouthshire) to make more substantial annual grants to the Books Council. This initiative was followed in 1972 by the Welsh Arts Council’s decision to pay for the setting up of four new departments, with responsibility for design, editing, publicity and marketing and by the Welsh Office’s contribution of an annual grant for the subsidy of Welsh book production and some of the concomitant operating costs. The number of Welsh-language titles grew steadily and they were better designed, edited, publicised and marketed than ever before.
I am wholly in favour of the availability of Welsh language books, indeed I own some. However, it is very noticeable that the Welsh language authors who bag prizes for their work and who’s work is promoted by the industry are drawn from a small clique and are usually the offspring or family friends of people who held that position in the previous generation. At first I assumed this was a function of Welsh language writing being a minority interest, so by definition it would be a small circle of people involved who as a result of statistical probability would be associated with each other. However as I began to make friends with increasing numbers of Welsh speakers who had been born and brought up in north Wales, I was told repeatedly that a highly nepotistic system was firmly in place, rather that one based on meritocracy.
Some years ago it was alleged that Celtic scholars in other locations were beginning to view the Welsh scholars at Bangor and Aber as a bit of a joke, being so mediocre yet living in Y Fro Gymraeg. I initially wondered if these accusations were a result of academic rivalry, until a young Welsh academic commented to me that Bangor University was going to find itself severely embarrassed when the results of the RAE were published because the results from Bangor’s School of Welsh would be ‘crap’. I responded by saying that the School of Welsh’s mock RAE had gone very well. I was told ‘yes, because they got their mates to review them. Wait until the real thing.’ Sure enough, when the RAE results were published, the School of Welsh in Bangor was rated terribly, with the exception of one member of staff who is prolific and excellent, but who is not Welsh. Not a word was said about the shameful RAE results and the School of Welsh escaped the sort of aggro that usually accompanies a poor RAE performance in universities these days. Bangor University’s School of Welsh continued to be spoken about as a centre of excellence and the opinions of those within continued to be sought as to who was worthy of funding, prizes or promotion. I know of one high achieving Welsh language academic who’s career was finished after he wrote a critical review of a book published by the Professor of Welsh at Bangor University. Then there was the other outstanding Welsh academic who was bullied out of the School of Welsh and was also the subject of a poisonous whispering campaign.
‘We’re the paedophiles’ friends and you can’t get us.’
The Welsh Arts Council was until 1994 part of the Arts Council of Great Britain. The Chair, 1972-77, was Eton-educated Lord Patrick Gibson, who served with the intelligence services and later presided over Pearson, his wife’s family’s publishing company. Gibson was Chair of the National Trust and was also involved with the Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne. For full details of Patrick Gibson, who’s family estate was in Sussex, see post ‘Today We Have Naming Of Parts’. So that was who looked fondly upon the Welsh Books Council.
By the time that the Welsh Office was helping to fund the Welsh Books Council, the Welsh Office had long since been colonised by the paedophiles’ friends and was concealing the wrongdoing of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophile gang. The Secretary of State for Wales, 1970-74, was Peter Thomas QC, under PM Ted Heath. Thomas was the Oxford-educated son of a solicitor from Llanwrst who worked as a barrister on the corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit. Like Sir Ronald Waterhouse, Peter Thomas was a member of Middle Temple. Thomas was Deputy Chairman of Cheshire Quarter Sessions, 1966-70 and of Denbighshire Quarter Sessions, 1968-70. So Thomas will have decided the fate of more than a view victims of the paedophile gang and he will have continued to do so in his capacity as a Crown Court Recorder, 1974-88. Thomas also sat as an arbitrator on the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Peter Thomas was President of the Conservative Friends of Israel.
Thomas was bilingual and took an active part in the Gorsedd of the Bards, attending Eisteddfodau. He married Tessa Dean, the daughter of actor and film and theatrical producer Basil Dean and his wife, Lady Mercy Greville. Which is indeed exactly what Greville received throughout his long life, thanks to the efforts of the paedophiles’ friends with links to Dafydd and the gang in Wales:
The Lord Janner of Braunstone QC
Peter Thomas was Tory MP for Conwy, 1951-66 and then for Hendon South, 1970-87. So he was the Tory MP for a wealthy English constituency on the outskirts of London when he gave a few crumbs from the table to the Welsh Books Council. Thomas succeeded Sir Hugh Vere Huntly Duff Munro-Lucas-Tooth, 1st Baronet, who had held Hendon Southfrom 1920.
Peter Thomas was Chairman of the Tory Party, 1970-72. It was in 1973, while Peter Thomas was Secretary of State for Wales, that Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth relocated from Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead to take up posts at Bryn Estyn, thus expanding the paedophile gang that was already operating in north Wales. Matt Arnold was appointed Head of Bryn Estyn after the previous Head, Peter Burton, had been killed in a car crash in Cheshire in March 1973, along with his wife and seven year old son. The Deputy Head of Bryn Estyn was also killed in the crash.
Peter Thomas picked up his peerage from Thatcher in 1987 – the year of the first major cover-up of the activities of Dafydd and the paedophile gang, which involved the squashing of Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and me.
On 18th Nov 1987 at approx 19-30 pm a fire broke out in King’s Cross-St Pancras tube station which killed 31 people. I was due to be passing through that station at the time of the fire on that day but I had been delayed so I missed it. After I began this blog, I was told that the King’s Cross fire was an attempt to kill me. At first I definitely didn’t believe it. Then I thought that it was highly unlikely, but subsequently more and more information came my way suggesting that I and my friends were indeed in far greater danger from a bunch of gangsters than we ever knew. MI5 knew that we were being targeted, as did the police. None of us were warned, for reasons of ‘national security’ and the need for public confidence in the medical profession and criminal justice system to be upheld.
During Peter Thomas’s time as Secretary of State, there was a period of violent activism by Welsh language activists, including bombings and a campaign by Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg to remove English road signs. In 1970 Dafydd Iwan, later the leader of Gwynedd County Council, was imprisoned for his refusal to pay fines for defacing English language road signs. Dafydd Iwan’s contribution to the world of folk songs includes a tribute song to Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, as well as ‘Carlo’, a satirical ditty about Prince Charles. Carlo was the Chancellor of UCNW when Dafydd Alun Jones and the traffickers ran that institution.
Gwynedd County Council managed the children’s homes where, for decades, children were abused and trafficked. In 1988 Alison Taylor wrote to Carlo and told him that children in care in Gwynedd were being abused. Carlo’s office wrote back and told her that Carlo could not get involved.
Owain Arwel Hughes conducting the Last Night Of The Proms, St David’s Hall, Cardiff:
After Baron Thomas of Gwydir of Llanrwst in the County of Gwynedd gave the Welsh Books Council a bit of loose change that he found down the back of the sofa, the Books Council expanded rapidly. It moving from its offices in a building leased from the Farmers’ Union of Wales to more spacious accommodation at Castell Brychan, a former Roman Catholic seminary which stands on Constitution Hill at Aberystwyth. At the same time the Books Centre, a wholesale distributing warehouse on the industrial estate at Llanbadarn, on the outskirts of Aberystwyth – which was wholly Alun Creunant’s idea – began providing the publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians and book-buying public of Wales with a fast delivery service.
Creunant Davies was ‘determined to implement policies and procedures that would ensure a greater degree of professionalism in what had for long been almost a cottage industry. In this he used his diplomatic skills to persuade those on whom the fortunes of the Books Council depended’.
‘He’s going to tell, he’s going to tell…’
More dosh please Welsh Office and Arts Council.
The Director of the Books Council who succeeded Alun Creunant Davies was Gwerfyl Pierce Jones. Gwerfyl Pierce Jones was born in Holyhead in 1949 and went to Holyhead High School. The Windbag’s wife, the Baroness of Holyhead, also came from Holyhead and went to Holyhead High School – the Baroness was born in 1944. The Baroness’s parents were friends with Lord Cledwyn, aka Cledwyn Hughes, who was Secretary of State for Wales, 1966-68 (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). Cledwyn’s junior in the Welsh Office was child molester George Thomas (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’), who served as Secretary of State for Wales between Lord Cledwyn and Peter Thomas.
Gwerfyl studied at UCNW (Bangor University) and after graduation worked as a lecturer in the Welsh Dept at St David’s University College of Wales (later the University of Wales Lampeter and now University of Wales Trinity St David). Scores of paedophiles’ friends in Wales went to Lampeter, but someone who, in 1981, joined Dr Death in the SDP and regularly got herself wheeled out on ‘Question Time’ did as well – Sue Slipman.
Slipman had been a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain before she fell into the arms of Dr Death. Sue is the same age as Gwerfyl and they will have known each other, Lampeter being a very small college in a very small town. Slipman was President of the NUS, 1977-78. She later joined NUPE, a union which represented many of those managing and working in children’s homes where abuse of the kids was rampant. NUPE however refused to represent Alison Taylor when Gwynedd County Council sacked her, although she was a paid up member. Both Alun Michael (see post ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’) and Jeremy Corbyn did what they were told by NUPE – Jeremy worked for them before he became an MP.
Slipman served on the executive committee of the Communist Party before joining the SDP as a founder member. Supported by Dr Death, Slipman stood unsuccessfully for the SDP in working-class constituencies in 1983 and in 1987.
Here they are, breaking the mould of politics:
In the late 1970s Slipman served as an executive member of the NCCL when it was affiliated with PIE. Between 1986-95, Slipman was Director of the National Council for One Parent Families – many of whose fellow travellers could also be described as paedophiles’ friends – which she rallied in support of the Conservative Govt’s catastrophic Child Support Agency. The first Director of the CSA was Ros Hepplewhite, who was appointed after her stint as the Chief Exec of MIND, whilst MIND was colluding with and concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles (see post ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health – Never For Themselves Of Course’). Slipman subsequently held a number of other public roles and in 2005 she became a Director of the Foundation Trust Network, working with foundation hospitals within the NHS. Such as Mid-Staffs. Slipman is, or was, a non-executive Director of King’s College Hospital.
Slipman’s former fellow Lampeter student Gwerfyl has also held posts in arts administration with the Welsh Arts Council and Academi. She was the Director and CEO of the Welsh Books Council, 1987-09. Gwerfyl has sat on many boards and committees, including the British Council (Wales Committee), National Library of Wales and the Welsh Language Board. Meri Huws, a former Gwynedd County Council community social worker for the council estate in Bangor on which the Ty’r Felin children’s home was located – where children were abused and trafficked, including to Dolphin Square (see post ‘Are You Local?’) – was Chair of the Welsh Language Board, 2004-12. Meri had previously been Chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith and is now the Welsh Language Commissioner.
Gwerfyl Pierce Jones is Chairman of the James Pantyfedwen Trust and Chair of its examining committee; Chair of Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; and became a Fellow of the University of Wales Lampeter in 2008. Meri Huws worked at Bangor University for years and the institution breathed a sigh of relief when she left for a job as a senior manager at Trinity St David’s in approx 2010.
Gwerfyl is currently Pro-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University – her term runs until til 31 Dec 2019. She sits on the University Council and for the year 2016-17, sat on the following committees: finance and strategy; professional development, staffing and equality; redundancy (she was Chair); nominations; standing panel for student appeals.
The James Pantyfedwyn Trust is a charidee which financially supports church renovation, postgraduate students and the National Eisteddfodau. The Trust provides a home for numerous paedophiles’ friends and those who do what they are told by the paedophiles’ friends.
The Chair of the Executive Committee of the James Pantyfedwyn Trust is Prof Derec Llwyd Morgan, the former VC of Aberystwyth University (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’). Other Trustees include the most Rev John Davies, the Archbishop of Wales; Melda Grantham, the General Secretary of the Welsh Dept of Unitarian Churches; Richard Morris Jones, Chair of the Council of the National Eisteddfod; the Rev Judith Morris, the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Wales; the Rev Meirion Morris, the General Secretary of the Presbytarian Church of Wales; the Rev Geraint Tudor, the General Secretary of Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg; Prof Jane Aaron; the Rev Dr R. Alun Evans, Minister and former Head of the BBC in Bangor (until 1996) and former President of the National Eisteddfod Court; Alun Charles, retired schools inspector and author; Dr Rhidian Griffiths, formerly of the National Library of Wales; Geraint R. Jones, former Chief Executive, Gwynedd County Council; David Gwynder Lewis, Chairman of Hunters and Frankau Group Ltd and Vice-Chairman of Hambros; Enid Lewis, finance manager, Cancer Research Wales; Wyn Penri Jones, formerly credit and commercial banking manager; Ken Richards, senior lecturer, Aberystwyth University; Roy Frederick Sharp, formerly Secretary Accountant of Alexanders Discount plc; Dr Eryn White, Reader in the Dept of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University.
Geraint R. Jones was Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council whilst the Council employed social workers who grossly abused mental health clients and were the colleagues of those who had run the paedophile gang. Nothing has improved re Gwynedd County Council. An article in the ‘Daily Post’ in 2014 announced the appointment of Dilwyn Williams as Chief Exec of Gwynedd, to succeed Harry Thomas. Williams had been promoted to the position of Chief Exec from his previous role as Corporate Director.
Dilwyn Williams was born in St Asaph, went to Ysgol Glan Clwyd and then to UCNW, where he did a degree in education. Williams later trained as an accountant. He has worked in local gov’t in Gwynedd since 1979. He was the Committee Clerk for the former Gwynedd County Council in Caernarfon (there was a reorganisation in 1996 after the first investigations into the abuse of children); then Williams worked in Dwyfor District Council’s Treasury Dept; in 1996 he became Head of Accountancy in Gwynedd County Council; then the Strategic Director for Resources; then the Council’s Corporate Director.
So Dilwyn Williams had been an insider throughout the paedophile years and the serial cover-ups and scandals. When he was appointed Chief Exec, Dilwyn remarked that ‘Gwynedd has a national reputation as a top performing council’ and that ‘Gwynedd was recently praised by the Auditor General for Wales for its strong financial leadership and effective planning for the future’.
Gwynedd was a completely dysfunctional Council with barely any ‘services’ up and running. Some years previously, an external inspection of Gwynedd Social Services damned them, stating that things were so dire that the Social Services did not understand the policies that it was supposed to be implementing and was not capable of improvement. What does a Council do in such a situation? Obvious. It gives the Director of Social Services responsible for the mess – one Gwenan Carrington – a job managing the community services for the paedophiles’ friends of Anglesey County Council, it refuses to investigate even the most serious of complaints, it sacks whistleblowers and tells everyone that it is ‘excellent’.
So who was the Auditor General for Wales who highly recommended the assortment of crooks and paedophiles’ friends that run Gwynedd County Council? It was Huw Vaughan Thomas.
Huw Vaughan Thomas was Chief Executive of Gwynedd County Council, 1991-96, whilst the paedophile gang operated within its children’s homes. Dilwyn Williams had spent happy years working in Gwynedd County Council while Huw was the CEO. In spite of running a Council whose entire children’s dept had been taken over by a paedophile gang, Huw has clocked up scores of public appointments since he stepped down as Chief Exec of Gwynedd. Not that his career leading local authorities came to an end – after the 1996 local gov’t reorganisation, Huw was appointed Chief Executive of Denbighshire County Council, where he remained for six years. Denbighshire was one of the County Councils which replaced Clwyd County Council – which disappeared in the local gov’t reorganisation days after the Jillings Report into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council was submitted (see post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’).
In the 1980s Huw Vaughan Thomas worked for the Department of Employment. In 1986 he was the Department of Employment’s Director for Wales. Prior to that, in 1984 Vaughan Thomas had been the Dept of Employment’s Regional Director for the South West of England. Before being appointed to that post, Huw Vaughan Thomas had already held a number of appointments in the Dept of Employment.
Tom King, the MP for Bridgwater, was Secretary of State for Employment, 16 Oct 1983 – 2 Sept 1985. Peter Morrison was Minister of State in the Dept of Employment, 13 June 1983 – 2 Sept 1985. Morrison was molesting kids in care in north Wales, Cheshire and in other locations.
Furthermore Tom King, my grandpa not only viewed you as an unprincipled vacuous career politician, but he always maintained that your fellow Tory MP for Taunton Edward Du Cann was a crook and that was years before Du Cann was done for tax evasion and subsequently bankrupted. My grandpa used to take the piss out of the Freemasons as well, but I always presumed that they’d lost their influence decades ago. Clearly not.
Here’s the ghost of Somerset past, rattling its chains in the direction of the old crooks who are still alive:
Here’s a stack of sausage rolls. The Bridgwater Tories always provided them at the buffets for Tom and Jane King, but poor old Jane was so mortified at the idea of a buffet provided by plebs that she famously confined herself to one sausage roll all evening.
If people in the constituency had known the contempt that Tom King and the rest of Thatcher’s Cabinet had for them, that would not have been a safe Tory seat. What about the Somerset builder who was a bit of a rough diamond then Lord King, who raised all that money for the Tories and did building work for the Party free of charge but was then frozen out because he was ‘uncouth’. Which he was, but Peter Morrison was molesting children and he was invited to Chequers.
Huw Vaughan Thomas was Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment at some point in the early to mid-1980s. I am wondering if the PUSS concerned was Peter Bottomley, who occupied that role, 1984-86.
Huw Vaughan Thomas, Peter Bottomley and Tom King all worked with Peter Morrison when Morrison was molesting children. Edwina Currie and Rod Richards have since admitted that Morrison’s activities were widely known and extensively gossiped about in the Tory Party, that Thatcher was warned about his conduct but she ignored the warnings.
My post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’ describes how people known to me in Somerset, one of whom personally knew Tom King, received huge quantities of money from persons unknown during the early and mid-1990s in return for asking no questions about what was happening to me in north Wales.
Peter Bottomley’s wife Virginia was Health Secretary, 1992-95. It was Virginia who presided over the chaos in north Wales as no preparations were made for the care of mental health patients outside of hospitals, despite the proposed move to community care with the closure of long-stay hospitals. But then the North Wales Hospital Denbigh didn’t close down in the summer of 1995, although everyone was told that it did. Parts of it remained open, including Gwynfryn, the ‘mother and baby unit’. Virginia oversaw Dafydd building up a huge practice in which he flogged drugs to addicts, as well as running his PTSD scam, which paved the way for his ‘retirement’ in the summer of 1995. As part of the deal, Dafydd was told that if he ‘retired’, none of the very serious complaints about him would be followed up and he would be given the remit for providing ‘substance abuse services’ for north Wales. See post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron’ and ‘Feet In Chains’. Dafydd’s practice extended much further than north Wales, he was involved with criminality in Europe.
Virginia Bottomley is a former psychiatric social worker and her daughter is a Top Doctor. Like his wife, Peter Bottomley has found himself at the centre of the paedophiles’ friends activities throughout most of his career. He has been involved with MIND, NACRO, Christian Aid, the Monday Club, the Children’s Society, the Church of England and has held positions in the Dept of Employment, the DHSS and the N Ireland Office. Bottomley has been involved in mental health campaigning and with community initiatives in Lambeth. For further details of the interests and activities of the Bottomley family, see post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’.
Peter, if you and Ginny were working undercover to log the serious wrongdoing in these various bodies which were all facilitating the abuse of vulnerable people and the associated serious crime, I am not impressed. You did not stop what was going on and I and my friends have been intimidated and harassed for more than 30 years. Some of us were killed, one emigrated after an attempt to murder him and I am in hiding. Why did the security services ever bother to employ either of you? You really were crap.
Now, which one of the worthless specimens is going to cough regarding where the money came from to pay people to keep quiet about the gangsters who came after my friends and I? I note that David Hunt, a man who did so many favours for Dafydd and the paedophiles for so many years (see post ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’), was the Secretary of State for Wales when someone opened the coffers.
Huw Vaughan Thomas’s wife Enid Rowlands is or was a Director of the North Wales Health Authority. Enid also holds or has held positions with BUPA and the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. Huw and Enid’s son worked and might still work as an Auditor in his dad’s Dept. For details of the numerous public roles that Huw has occupied, see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’. Details of Enid’s shenanigans, including those that resulted in Enid becoming embroiled in the public scandal which was ELWA, involving the waste of millions of pounds of public funds and conflicts of interest, see post ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’.
The paedophile gang hosted by Gwynedd County Council for so many years had links to the gang in west Wales and to a gang in south Wales. The gang in south Wales included Welsh language drama teacher and producer of Welsh language children’s programmes for S4C, John Owen, who abused scores of children at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelin in Pontypridd and at drama and music events (see post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’). Owen killed himself in Oct 2001 just before he was due to stand trial for a series of sexual assaults on children. John Owen completed in Bachelor of Education degree at Trinity College Carmarthen in 1974. Trinity College merged with St David’s Lampeter to form the University of Trinity Saint David’s in 2010.
Numerous serious complaints had been made about John Owen over a period of twenty years, but Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority and the WJEC had failed to take any action. Ron Davies had worked as an educational adviser for Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority while complaints about Owen were suppressed. In June 1983 Ron Davies was elected as the Labour MP for Caerphilly. Ron was about to be sworn in as Wales’s First Secretary (First Minister) upon the creation of the National Assembly when in Oct 1998 he was caught with his trousers down – or indeed off – on Clapham Common with a male prostitute called Boogie. It was admitted that many knew about Ron’s foibles (see post ‘Cottaging At Castle Gate’). Huw Vaughan Thomas and the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council who preceded him, Ioan Bowen Rees, were both advisers to Ron and the civil servants in the Welsh Office regarding the creation of the National Assembly.
Lest anyone still thinks that I’m on the Grassy Knoll, Huw Vaughan Thomas was appointed Auditor General for Wales after the previous Auditor General for Wales, Jeremy Colman, was imprisoned for the possession of child porn (see post ‘The Reality Is, There Is No Problem’).
My post ‘They Think It’s All Over – It Is Now’ provided information regarding Gwynedd County Council’s dire track record on failing to protect children from sexually abusive staff in Gwynedd schools. The problems continue. In 2016, brothers Robyn and Dyfan Wheldon-Williams were suspended from their jobs as teachers after their arrests in 2015 for possessing and making indecent images of children. Robyn taught at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen in Caernarfon and Dyfan taught at Ysgol y Moelwyn in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Robyn had been a co-presenter on S4C children’s science programme ATOM and worked for the National Eisteddfod and Bangor University. The brothers were convicted and from what I remember at least one of them was imprisoned.
Although it is true that people with worrying intentions can sometimes end up working with children in spite of the best screening procedures, in Wales it is happening again and again and again. But that is the inevitable consequence if people who have facilitated the biggest and most savage sex trafficking ring in UK history are systematically promoted to the most senior positions and whistleblowers are hounded out, even after the security services recorded and filmed what was going on. What did anybody expect was going to happen when Meri bloody Huws was promoted to senior roles in public life?
Dilwyn Williams and Meri Huws are both on salaries in excess of £100k. Wales has some of the lowest average salaries in the UK. I think that at the moment, the average salary in north Wales is still below £18k. That’s for people who are actually in full time work, which a great many people aren’t.
The motto of Gwerfyl’s alma mater at Lampeter was ‘The Word Of God Is The Best Teacher’.
Regular readers of this blog will know how much I challenge allegations that this mess is the sole preserve of ‘the Welsh’. It isn’t. To once again demonstrate this point, I’ll name a few more accessories, some of whom do have Welsh connections, but who don’t identify as Welsh and who have certainly never claimed to be defenders of language and nation.
Previous posts eg. ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’ detailed the skulduggery that surrounded me when I worked for the Cancer Research Campaign at Surrey University in 1988-89, at a time when the President of the BMA, Dr John Marks – who was the brother of my boss at Surrey, Prof Vincent Marks – was in full battle with the Health Secretary Ken Clarke. Those involved in the skulduggery were linked to a major research fraud which was exposed in 1990 and resulted in the death (presumed to be suicide) of Prof Tim McElwain. Dr Peter Mcguire, a former colleague of Dr Tony Francis, one of those facilitating the paedophile gang in north Wales, was part of the team which committed the fraud.
Although I worked in the Dept of Biochemistry at Surrey, I and my colleagues often attended sessions and seminars given by academics at Surrey from other Depts. One such person with whom we had doings was Professor Lewis Elton, father of the comedian Ben Elton.
Lewis Elton was a Jew, born in Tubingen to an academic family and moved with them to Prague in 1929 and from there to England in Feb 1939, to escape the Nazis. He naturalised as a British subject and changed his name by deed poll in June 1947. Elton was educated at Rydal School in Colwyn Bay and thereafter at Christ’s College, Cambridge, the Regent Street Poly, London and UCL. Elton received his PhD from UCL in 1950.
Elton was Professor of Physics at Battersea College of Technology, 1964-70. As the College completed its transformation into the University of Surrey (and its relocation from Battersea to Guildford) in 1970 Elton became Professor of Higher Education, a post he held until 1988. The reason that Lord Alf Robens, the then Chair of the National Coal Board, gave for not visiting Aberfan in the immediate aftermath of the Aberfan disaster in Oct 1966 was that he was instead going to attend a ceremony at the University of Surrey, where he would be formally become Chancellor (see post ‘Include Me Out’). Lewis Elton was probably at that ceremony.
In 1994 – the year following the end of the North Wales Police investigation into child abuse in the region which concluded that there was no evidence of a paedophile ring – Elton was appointed Professor of Higher Education at UCL, where he founded the Higher Education Research and Development Unit (now the Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching). Elton was appointed Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Manchester University in Aug 2005. Sir Martin Harris was VC of Manchester University, 1992-04. Harris came from Wrexham and knew about Dafydd and the gang in north Wales.
Lewis Elton is a Fellow of the American Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2005 THES Awards, at which Baroness Helena Kennedy said ‘there is a polymath quality to this man that points to someone interested in educating the whole person’.
St Helena has worked extensively with Prof Nigel Eastman of St George’s Hospital Medical School, who colluded with Dafydd and the paedophile gang of north Wales (see post ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’). Helena worked in Tooks Court Chambers with Michael Mansfield. In 1993 I wrote to Mansfield about what was happening to me at the hands of Gwynedd Social Services, at the height of the publicity regarding a possible ‘VIP’ paedophile ring in north Wales. I received a one line reply. Mansfield lived in Wandsworth, just down the road from St George’s, where many St George’s staff lived. The Director of Education for Wandsworth, Donald Naismith, was a paedophile (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends’) and Wandsworth Social Services were facilitating a sex trafficking gang in south London and in 1991, at least, were directly in contact and colluding with Dafydd, Tony Francis and Lucille Hughes (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’).
The Lewis Elton Gallery at Guildford hosts regular exhibitions of paintings, photographs and sculpture. The Lewis and Mary Elton Art Collection is comprised of a donation of a collection of paintings and objets d’art which was made to Surrey University, including works by Picasso, Chagall, Klee and Cocteau. The gift was marked by an exhibition at The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, in Jan 2012.
Lewis Elton’s brother is the historian Sir Geoffrey Elton. Geoffrey also went to Rydal School and also worked there as assistant master in maths, history and German in the 1940s. It has been revealed that boys at Rydal were sexually abused by a small number of teachers for many years. Pupils who attended the school in the 1960s, 70s and 80s have spoken about this.
Geoffrey Elton served with the British Army Intelligence Corps, 1943-46 and studied history at UCL. Elton taught at the University of Glasgow and then Clare College, Cambridge where he was Regius Professor of Modern History, 1983-88. Pupils of his included John Guy, Diarmaid McCulloch, Susan Brigden and David Starkey. Elton was publication secretary of the British Academy, 1981-90 and served as President of the Royal Historical Society, 1972-76.
Geoffrey Elton was an admirer of Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill and a fierce critic of Marxist historians, who, he argued, were presenting seriously flawed interpretations of the past. Elton’s wiki states that he ‘had no use for those who seek history to make myths, to create laws to explain the past, or to produce theories such as Marxism’.
In the 1970s and 80s, the Welsh Labour historians argued that the Welsh middle classes had been responsible for a great deal of oppression of working people themselves, but rewrote their role in history by using the agencies of the Nonconformist Church and the press, constructing themselves as defenders of language and nationality.
‘Never was so much entertainment provided for so many by so few.’
Lewis Elton’s son Ben was born at UCH. Ben’s mum was an English teacher from Cheshire. The paedophile ring facilitated by Dafydd operated in north Wales/Cheshire and Shropshire. All these regions had a problem with the abuse of children stretching back decades, certainly as long ago as the 1950s. Ben is a third cousin of singer Olivia Newton-John. Elton’s mother was raised in the Church of England. At least one former Bishop of Chester has been identified as a child molester. Ben Elton grew up in Catford, south London, before moving with his family to Guildford in 1968.
Ben studied at Stillness Junior School and Godalming Grammar School, South Warwickshire College in Stratford-upon-Avon and Manchester University, where he studied drama. Dafydd’s mate Dr Bob Hobson relocated to Manchester University in 1974. Tony Francis worked at Manchester University in the mid-late 1970s, before he moved to north Wales. Ben Elton studied at Manchester at about that time. The generation of drama students at Manchester prior to Elton’s definitely colluded with the sexual exploitation of under-aged people.
Elton established a writing partnership with Richard Curtis, which produced, among other things, the ‘Blackadder series’, 1983-89. Elton and Curtis continued to work together on ‘Mr Bean’, 1990-95. They kept themselves busy throughout the years of fruitless investigations into the paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, as the death toll of kids in care and psych patients in north Wales mounted.
Richard Curtis’s father was an executive for Unilever. It was Unilever who in 1992 provided the funding to Prof Fergus Lowe upon which Fungus built his empire at the School of Psychology. Numerous psychologists at Bangor University colluded with or were colleagues of the sex trafficking ring. Dafydd presided over the Dept of Psychology until the late 1980s, when Fungus overthrew him. The paedophiles and their friends were not removed or stopped, Fungus simply used his knowledge of their activities to bag dosh and wield power. It was how he landed all that money from Unilever.
For a short while in the 1970s Curtis lived in Warrington, Cheshire. Where there was organised abuse of children. Warrington was the location of Risley Remand Centre, where Dafydd’s victims were imprisoned – often after being fitted up – and where many were found dead (see post ‘Include Me Out’).
Curtis founded Comic Relief and Red Nose Day, which were robustly promoted by staff at Surrey University. Comic Relief has in the past featured a few of those celebs who no-one now admits to knowing because of their involvement with sex offending.
In 1994 Richard Curtis wrote the sitcom ‘The Vicar Of Dibley’ for Dawn French. Dawn French was born in Holyhead and went to Holyhead High School. Dawn French’s dad was in the RAF and was stationed at RAF Valley on Anglesey. Dr Malcolm Alison, one of those who was involved with the wrongdoing at Hammersmith Hospital/RPMS whom I knew in 1986-87, lived for a while at Valley. Malcolm Alison’s father was in the RAF and was stationed at Valley. French’s dad suffered with severe depression for years and sadly committed suicide in 1977. I don’t know if he was still living on Anglesey at the time, but even if he had by then moved on, the mental health services in north Wales obviously weren’t there for him.
Dawn French supports the Labour Party and married charidee worker Mark Bignell after she and Lenny Henry were divorced. Dawn and Mark live in Fowey, Cornwall, in a mansion with 40 rooms overlooking Readymoney Cove. She is Chancellor of Falmouth University.
Dawn: Dafydd and the gang were a bunch of murdering child abusers. You specialising in a brand of Wimmin’s Comedy pivoting around chocolate and lady vicars does not make up for your spinelessness in providing associates of that gang with good PR, just when people could no longer stomach the number of dead bodies of Empowered Service Users who were turning up and began demanding a public inquiry.
Curtis also organised the ‘Make Poverty History’ Live 8 concerts with Bob Geldof in 2005. Geldof’s wife Paula Yates had by then died of an overdose, despite being in the care of the expensive Top Docs at The Priory. A number of the Top Docs at St George’s who colluded with Dafydd et al ended up working at The Priory.
Paula was born in Colwyn Bay, lived in Llandudno and then in the village of Rowen. She went to school at Penrhos College – the girls’ school located next to Rydal School – and Ysgol Aberconwy. Lord Wyn Roberts who spent decades concealing the wrongdoing of Dafydd and the gang (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’) lived in Rowen.
Paula Yates was known for being rather mouthy and aggressive and died in Sept 2000, seven months after the Waterhouse Report was published. When young she had been a groupie and a ‘Penthouse’ model. If anyone was at all concerned that Paula might name a few high profile people who never had anything to do with the paedophile ring in north Wales which Sir Ronnie Waterhouse managed to admit did exist but which only consisted of a few sheep-shagging social workers and teachers, they didn’t need to worry once Paula was found dead. Paula’s boyfriend Michael Hutchence had been found hanging dead in Nov 1997. Which was after former kids in care had given evidence to the Waterhouse Inquiry of the most serious abuse in children’s homes in north Wales. They were called liars by Ronnie and the Inquiry lawyers and by much of the UK media. Paula was convinced that Hutchence had not killed himself, as the inquest concluded. She was denounced as irrational. It was after Hutchence’s death that Paula became seriously distressed and ended up in the hands of the Top Docs.
Paula’s inquest concluded that she had died from an accidental heroin overdose. Her friends have always disputed this. The coroner who held Paula’s inquest was Dr Paul Knapman, who trained at St George’s and has been wheeled out to conduct the inquests of many cases of dead celebs and others that could cause embarrassment, including that of Sandra Rivett, Lord Lucan’s nanny. When I worked in medical research I was told frankly that Knapman was corrupt. See previous posts for info on the numerous worrying cases with which Knapman has been involved.
Some two years after Paula’s death, the paedophile’s friends in north Wales attempted to fit me up for a serious crime, for which they were telling everyone that I would be imprisoned for seven years. The case collapsed after numerous Angels/NHS staff perjured themselves (see post ‘Interesting Happenings In The Legal System’). The man who spearheaded the witch hunt was Alun Davies, who was the then manager of the mental health services in Gwynedd. Davies is not from north Wales, he is from the Rhondda. He is not Welsh speaking and thus has a slightly different profile to most paedophiles’ friends in north Wales. Davies began his career as the most lowly of pen pushers in the NHS years ago and in private he is very offensive about people from north Wales. Neither did he like living in north Wales, he thinks that its too far away from France where he likes to visit.
Dafydd had dealings with Top Docs in France, John Allen owned a villa there to which kids in care from Bryn Alyn were taken ‘for holidays’ and Elfed Roberts, the corrupt senior police officer who was appointed as Chair of the NW Wales NHS Trust after he left the North Wales Police under a cloud, used to holiday at the Chateua de Cop Choux near the Loire Valley, with his Top Cop mates.
Davies seems to have arrived at Gwynedd Health Authority in the early 1980s. So why would a thick, corrupt man from the Rhondda who did not like people from north Wales and who didn’t want to live in north Wales, relocate to the endemically corrupt Gwynedd Health Authority, at a time when employees of Gwynedd Health Authority were facilitating a huge trafficking ring, which had links with and was being concealed by Top Docs and politicians in south Wales? Who had good reason to conceal it, because George Thomas, Thatcher’s friend and the Labour MP from the Rhondda, was abusing children (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’). Thomas was Speaker of the House, 1976-83 and was then given a peerage.
Scream if you want to go faster BMA! There are more blog posts to come. You’d better organise a ‘Save Our NHS From The Cuts’ march through London on a weekly basis.
The Viscount Tonypandy
What rational person would become involved with serious organised crime to protect a man who dressed up like that?
None of the north Wales perjurers were ever investigated. Gwynedd Social Services and the DES then attempted to have me struck off the teaching register on the grounds that I was mad and a danger to children. A junior Minister in Blair’s Gov’t cleared my name. He was subsequently named in the media as having ‘allowed paedophiles to return to teaching’. Some five years later, the wife of one of his close friends – who had also challenged Dafydd and the paedophiles – developed a brain tumour. She died after the Walton Centre found that there was nothing that they could do about that brain tumour. The Walton Centre was run and staffed by associates of Dafydd.
The man who cleared me – as well as a number of other wrongly accused teachers – was about the only member of Blair’s Gov’t who was not given a peerage. Blair was said ‘not to trust him’.
Some two years ago I discovered that days after the court case against me fell apart, my PNC record had been unlawfully amended and a forged certificate of indictment was found in the possession of Chester Court, stating that I had pleaded guilty to ‘violent disorder’. I have never been charged with violent disorder. I contacted the legal services division of the North Wales Police about this nearly two years ago now but I have heard nothing.
It was some months after the court case collapsed that John McTernan’s brother-in-law stole my computer.
Here’s a Pretty Straight Kind Of Guy, but I don’t trust him:
This Pretty Straight Kind Of Guy and his wife Cherie – a QC and judge – are friends with Michael Beloff QC, who’s dad Lord Max Beloff was friends with Ioan Bowen Rees, the former Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council. Bowen Rees was Chief Exec throughout many of the years of child abuse and serious organised crime. Before Bowen Rees was Chief Exec of Gwynedd, he was County Secretary for Dyfed County Council, while a paedophile ring operated in the region.
Cherie was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, 1999-07. My post ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ details the activities of paedophiles’ friend, the former Angel Dr Dee Gray and her request that I should write a media article making fallacious allegations against the VC of Bangor University, who was at the time under attack from the paedophiles’ friends. Dee grew up in Liverpool, trained as an Angel in Liverpool and later did a law degree at Liverpool Poly, which evolved into Liverpool John Moores University.
On 20 July 1990, Michael Carr, the MP for Bootle who had fought Militant, died at Walton Hospital after being refused appropriate care and turned away following a heart attack. Carr’s family fought for a prosecution, but files travelled back and forth between the DPP and other people, yet no charges resulted (see post ‘News From Sicily’). Walton Hospital was known to be run by Militant. Michael Carr had been MP for just 57 days.
Derek Hatton was the high profile Militant supporting Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council in the 1980s. The Leader of the Council, 1983-86 was John Hamilton who received far less media coverage than Degsy. John Hamilton’s wiki entry describes him as ‘much respected’ and it was asserted by many than Degsy was the power behind the throne and that John Hamilton was a figurehead. Hamilton was a school teacher, a Quaker, a magistrate and a ‘lifelong bachelor’. In Jan 2000 Hamilton was nearly killed in a house fire. The Waterhouse Report was published the following month, so no doubt as he lay there in agony from serious burns, Hamilton would not have felt in the least bit inclined to dispute Ronnie Waterhouse’s assertion that there were no high profile people from outside of the region involved in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Even if other Quakers had urged him to speak out should he knew differently, such as the Quaker Gethin Evans who was a senior manager of Gwynedd County Council’s children’s homes when kids in those homes were abused and trafficked, or Quaker Dr Paul Nickson, the Bethesda GP who colluded with the abuse of children and mental health patients. Paul Nickson eventually left Bethesda and joined a practice in Liverpool. I got to know Paul Nickson because Dr D.G.E. Wood recommended him to me as a GP when I moved to Bethesda. At the time I had no idea that Wood was facilitating a trafficking ring and was colluding with people unknown to me to cause me serious harm. I didn’t realise that Paul Nickson was colluding with serious crime for a long while either, I just thought that he was a bit flaky and overwhelmed by the thugs who ran the mental health services.
Nickson’s colleagues in Bethesda surgery were widely regarded as being hopeless, but in the 1990s a much more competent GP called Dr Oliver worked with them for a while. Patients often requested Dr Oliver because he was perceived to be so much better. Dr Oliver left for a new life in Australia either just before, or during, the Waterhouse Inquiry.
Among his many responsibilities, John Hamilton was Chairman of the Governors at Liverpool Poly, which later became John Moores University. For further details regarding John Hamilton, see post ‘I Warn You…’.
Tony Francis’s acquaintance from their student days in Cardiff, the Windbag, made much of fighting Militant and confronted Degsy at the Labour Party Conference in Oct 1985. Degsy just yelled abuse at him. Over the following years I don’t remember the Windbag commenting upon the unfortunate death of Michael Carr or on John Hamilton going up in flames. As far as I can work out Windbag, it all ended up in the ‘grotesque chaos’ of an aspiring Labour PM colluding with a gang of child molesters who killed witnesses because he thought that supporting the NHS was a vote winner.
Who’s he pointing the finger at?
In April 2014 St Geldof’s daughter Peaches was found dead from a heroin overdose.
Richard Curtis’s former girlfriend is Anne, now Baroness, Jenkin, who is married to Bernard Jenkin. Bernard Jenkin’s father was Patrick Jenkin, who was Thatcher’s Secretary of State for Social Services, 1979-81, when his Dept was concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophile gang.
Curtis’s 2009 film ‘ The Boat That Rocked’ starred Rhys Ifans from north Wales. Rhys Ifans is a mate of Gruff Rhys, the son of Ioan Bowen Rees, the former Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council. As the investigations into child abuse in north Wales began, Ioan’s son became an international rock star (see post ‘The International Language of Screaming’). Rhys Ifans began his career at Theatr Clwyd, the paedophiles’ friends folly (see post ‘Workers’ Play Time’). Rhys and Gruff are networked into the crowd of Welsh rock stars which included Huw Bunford, who was a teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelin, where John Owen abused pupils.
Curtis wrote Roald Dahl’s ‘Esio Trot’, a BBC television adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel. The film starred Judi Dench and was broadcast by the BBC on 1 Jan 2015. Judi Dench is the Patron of the elite choir, the St James’s Singers, of which Professor Robert Bluglass and his wife Kerry are leading lights. Bluglass is a mate of Dafydd’s who concealed and colluded with the trafficking gang in north Wales in 1989 as well as on other occasions (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass OBE’).
Curtis’s forthcoming film is currently underway. It is being directed by Danny Boyle – who went to UCNW (Bangor University) in the 1970s, when Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends ran the institution.
Richard Curtis is married to Emma Freud, daughter of the former Liberal MP, Clement. Clement Freud was not so long ago exposed as a sex offender who’s victims included children. Freud will have known about Jeremy Thorpe and Cyril Smith’s crimes.
In 2012, Curtis was one of the British cultural icons selected by the artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his well-known piece of art work – the cover of ‘The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lovely Hearts Club Band. This new version was created for a special birthday celebration of Blake’s life at Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage festival at Boughton House, Northamptonshire in July 2012. When Hemingway ran ‘Red Or Dead’, one of those involved in the business was the son of Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School and later of Swansea University, who concealed a paedophile ring in south London and the crimes of Dafydd et al in north Wales (see post ‘Now Then…’). The special birthday celebration of Blake’s life was held shortly after Operation Pallial was launched.
In 1989 Curtis’s writing partner Ben Elton won a Royal Television Society writers’ award. My post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’ describes the intimidation and harassment to which two of my friends who worked in the media were subjected after they witnessed what was happening to me in north Wales and wanted to make a film about it. My friends worked for the Royal Television Society and the BBC and were forced out of their jobs in 1991.
In 1991 Ben Elton wrote the play ‘Silly Cow’ for Dawn French. It was about in 1991 that one of Dafydd’s female relatives screamed ‘Oh sod off you silly cow’ at me. I now know that the exchange – if one of Dafydd’s family hurling abuse at one constitutes an exchange – was recorded by the security services. Another relative of Dafydd’s had told me a few days before that Dafydd had ‘told them all about me’ and that they enjoyed shouting insults at and taking the piss out of Dafydd’s patients. That conversation was recorded by the security services as well. But then so were the most serious abuses of kids in care and patients.
We are now being told that Operation Pallial is investigating the historical abuse of children in north Wales. Perhaps whoever is leading that investigation just ought to ask MI5 to hand over the hours and hours of recordings which were made years ago and which clearly showed what was going on and who was doing it. I can only presume that this hasn’t happened because the response from the world will be ‘you lot watched this going on and did not stop it?’
What did you do MI5, have a chat with the Royal Colleges, the BMA and the GMC over dinner in the Athenauem and suggest that perhaps in ooh five years time, perhaps ‘self-regulation of the profession’ should be perhaps reviewed, to be followed over the next few years by perhaps endless discussions regarding how the tiny number of ‘rogue doctors’ should be identified? Meanwhile the bodies piled up in north Wales and people tried to kill us. Oh well, at least we had a laugh when we took the piss out of Dafydd, it wasn’t much, but it seems to be more than anyone else did.
Prior to 1987, Ben Elton was involved with Red Wedge, the Labour Party supporting group of entertainers who campaigned to get the Windbag elected as PM. That was the Windbag who knew Tony Francis, who concealed the abuses of Dafydd, Francis and the associated gang as well as the sex offences committed by George Thomas and who’s wife came from Holyhead and who when still a girl, personally knew Lord Cledwyn – who concealed the crimes of Dafydd et al (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’).
The Baroness Kinnock of the Mean Streets of Holyhead FRSA
In 2006 ‘The Times’ published an article entitled ‘A Lethal Bully That Must Be Tackled’, about Glenys’s good works. It’s OK, Murdoch, you’ve not published a word about the First Family of Troughing colluding with a gang of child molesters, so I’ve written about it on this blog. I haven’t even had to deal with an enormous industrial dispute which was only won with the assistance of Thatch’s trade union legislation.
Ben Elton was very much the comedian of the 1980s and 90s, but a newer face whom I have found to be of interest is Sacha Baron Cohen. Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, west London. His mother, Daniella Naomi, was born in Israel. His father, Gerald Baron Cohen (1932–2016), a clothing store owner, was born in London and raised in Wales. Baron Cohen was raised Jewish. He is fluent in Hebrew as well as his native English. Baron Cohen’s father’s family were Ashkenazi Jews who moved to Pontypridd, Wales and London and his mother’s family are German Jews. His paternal grandfather, Morris Cohen, had added ‘Baron’ to his surname.
There is a long-standing Jewish community in south Wales and sadly in the latter half of the twentieth century, some of them were concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the gang and related gangs. They included Leo Abse, Dannie Abse and Professor Sir William Asscher. Greville Janner’s father Barnett Janner was a south Wales lawyer until he relocated to Leicester. I don’t for one moment believe that Jewish people are any more likely to be associated with sexual abuse and crime than any other cohort; the phenomenon will be that of unscrupulous people using every network available to them to keep themselves out of trouble. There were many members of Thatcher’s Gov’t who were Jewish, indeed this was the subject of much overt anti-semitic comment relating to ‘Jewish bankers’ at the time. No doubt their influence and connections were also sought by those we know and love.
For example, Leon Brittan, Home Secretary, 1983-85 and later someone who held many leading roles in the European Commission, most definitely concealed the abuse of children and was the centre of allegations that he abused young people himself. Leon Brittan was born in London, the son of Rebecca and his father Joseph Brittan was a Top Doctor. Brittan’s parents were Lithuanian Jews who had migrated to Britain before WWI. Brittan was educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union Society and Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association. Sir Samuel Brittan, the economics journalist, was his brother. The former Conservative MP Malcolm Rifkind and the music producer Mark Ronson, were cousins.
The above paragraph alone tells us much about how networks can be used.
Sacha Baron Cohen was educated at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. Vanessa Feltz, who is also Jewish, went to The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls’ School. My post ‘Dates For Your Diary’ described how Feltz achieved sudden stardom in 1994, just when Dafydd et al in north Wales were sending up distress flares. Feltz was married to a surgeon, Michael Kurer, who when Feltz shot to fame overnight, had recently worked with a Top Doc who for years had been a leading light at St George’s Hospital Medical School. In the PR hype which surrounded Feltz, there was as much attention paid to her Nice Young Doctor husband as there was to her. The Nice Young Doctor left Feltz some years later after discovering the Joy of Sex with one of his junior doctors. I suspect that many of those involved in the propelling of Vanessa to stardom also discovered the joy of cheques, as ‘Private Eye’ once alleged of Tony Blair.
There was of course another Nice Young Doctor from a previous era who was personally known to some of the Top Docs in north Wales, who believed that his bedside manner would convince the nation that he was fit to be PM and who, when he did work as a Nice Young Doctor, was the research registrar for William Sargant, one of the maddest Top Docs of the 20th century who conducted reckless experiments upon his patients, some of whom died as a result. Why this was never spoken about in political circles I don’t know, because it was no secret in medicine.
Baron Cohen went to Christ’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1993 – the year that the North Wales Police closed their investigation into child abuse in the region. Sacha Baron Cohen achieved fame in his incarnation as Ali G and caused much entertainment, particularly as a result of him being crude when meeting unsuspecting people, some of whom obviously didn’t know the meaning of the Viz-like phrases which Ali G was using in conversation with them. Then there was Bruno, a male model who some people found just a bit worrying. The next character developed by Baron Cohen was Borat.
Borat was a Muslim from Kazakhstan, who preyed on women sexually, was violently anti-semitic, drank stewed mare’s milk and sung a song called ‘Throw The Jew Down The Well’. Borat caused deep offence among cohorts who actually knew anything about Kazakhstan and a major diplomatic spat between Kazakhstan and the UK arose because of Baron Cohen’s harmless fun. I knew a British academic who was at the time one of the very few who was working with Kazakhstan. He was very tolerant by nature but he told me that in his view, Baron Cohen was an intelligent man who knew precisely how many diplomatic problems his characterisation of Borat would cause, but had shamelessly created the persona to appeal to a certain part of the Jewish community in the US. Having taken the time to read about Borat and the marketing of Borat, I suspect that academic was correct.
At the height of Borat’s popularity in the UK, a student from Kazakhstan was registered for a PhD at Bangor University, in the School of Healthcare Sciences, a School famed for the racism of the Angels who worked within. The School of Healthcare Sciences gratefully accepted the considerable fees that this student paid but virtually ignored her, except for to enquire where she was from. When she told them, the standard response was for the Angels to squeal ‘Ooh Borat’ and begin talking about stewed mare’s milk or chucking Jewish people down wells. I met this student after she’d been in Bangor for about three months. She asked me who a man called Borat was, because she couldn’t understand why the staff of the School of Healthcare Sciences were so insulting about people from Kazakhstan and constantly made references to a Mr Borat, of whom she had never heard.
Sacha Baron-Cohen has a cousin, Simon. Simon is a clinical psychologist who has links to the School of Psychology at Bangor University. At the very time when the Angels employed as tutors in the School of Healthcare Sciences – one of that School’s ‘areas of expertise’ is cultural competence and the delivery of healthcare across different nations and cultures – were screaming with laughter at a student whom they believed lived on mare’s milk and nothing else, Simon arrived at the School of Psychology by invitation to give seminars.
Sacha Baron Cohen has raised money for Comic Relief. On 28 Dec 2015, Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher donated £335,000 to ‘Save the Children’ as part of a programme to vaccinate children in Northern Syria against measles and the same amount to the ‘International Rescue Committee’, also aimed at helping Syrian refugees.
The Syrian refugees are still having a terrible time. The person who is killing them trained and worked as a Top Doctor between 1992 and 1994 in the Western Eye Hospital, London (managed by Imperial College Healthcare Trust).
‘Ooh I feel so much better just for talking to you doctor.’
‘Now don’t worry dear, we’ll look after you.’
Readers who took an interest in my posts regarding the serious wrongdoing that was prevailing at St George’s Hospital Medical School in the 1980s and 90s, including on the part of my former boss Malcolm Pearce and the Head of Dept Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain, will have noticed that it was in 1994 that Bashir al-Assad was recalled to Syria from London, after his brother was killed in a car accident. The Top Docs – and of course the UK Gov’t – will have known that al-Assad would be the next President of Syria and they’ll have predicted that he won’t have much time for human rights issues once he was in office. It was in 1994 that Chamberlain and Pearce committed the research fraud which if it hadn’t have blown up in their face because they were caught, would have made them world famous. And in an ideal position to gun down a former research assistant of theirs if she ever tried to publish anything about the wrongdoing at St George’s or the wrongdoing of Dafydd et al (see post ‘They Are MYRIAD, They Are Legion’). Or indeed the wrongdoing at Hammersmith Hospital, where she had completed her MSc – the Hammersmith which became part of Imperial College.
The Top Docs in London didn’t trust me because I had these terrible habits of making friends with the lower orders as well as with overseas staff and students. Including Top Docs from the Middle East. Of which there were a great many at Hammersmith, who were being treated very badly.
The President of the International Rescue Committee is David Miliband, who’s dad Ralph was friends with some of those who knew about the organised abuse of vulnerable people in north Wales (see post ‘The Village’) and David Miliband’s Uncle Harry was a Top Doctor who’s colleagues colluded with Dafydd. Uncle Harry might even have known Bashir al-Assad. He’d certainly have known people who did.
Well David, you’re not getting very far with your efforts re Syria are you? Did Hillary Clinton or someone think that you might, what with your hotline to Uncle Harry et al?
Paedophiles’ friends in high places: when your hands are drenched in blood and someone has found out all about it, it’s time to leave public life. Even if that someone is only one woman with a laptop, a good memory and 10,000 incriminating documents.
Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at Cambridge University. He is the Director of the University’s Autism Research Centre. In 1985 Baron-Cohen formulated the mindblindness theory of autism. In 1997, he formulated the feotal sex steroid theory of autism. Baron-Cohen has also made major contributions to the fields of typical cognitive sex differences, autism prevalence and screening, autism genetics, autism neuroimaging, autism and technical ability, and synaesthesia.
Baron-Cohen completed a BA at New College, Oxford and an M Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, where many of those who facilitated the sex trafficking gang in north Wales passed through. Staff at the Institute of Psychiatry spent years concealing Dafydd and the gang. Baron-Cohen completed a PhD at UCL; his doctoral research was in collaboration with his supervisor Uta Frith. Uta Frith was a colleague of those who concealed the crimes of Dafydd et al; she was at the Institute of Psychiatry at the same time as some of the gang in north Wales. Uta Frith has worked with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, who has collaborated with Professor Mark Williams on Mindfulness research (see post ‘They Are MYRIAD, They Are Legion’). Mark Williams’s Mindfulness work is the result of a research fraud which he carried out when he worked at Bangor with Dafydd et al (see post ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’).
Simon Baron-Cohen married Bridget Lindley, a family rights lawyer, in 1987. Lindley was the Family Right’s Group’s Principal Legal Adviser and Chief Executive. She was a member of the expert group advising the GMC on their revised child protection guidance Protecting Children and Young People: the responsibilities of doctors (2012). I do not know the stance that Lindley took on child protection, but she had worked in the field since 1983. She will have known about the widespread sexual exploitation of children in care and how the mental health system colludes with this. Lindley will have known about the gang in north Wales and I bet she knew about Dafydd and the roles played by Bangor University and of course the Big Boys at the Maudsley, at UCL, at St George’s and many other places. She will have known about Jimmy Savile and will have known that Trumpers, the former Mayor of Cambridge, was the Minister responsible for appointing Savile to the management of Broadmoor (see post ’95 Glorious Years!’).
What’s the betting that Bridget Lindley had many conversations with Simon Baron-Cohen about these matters?
Bridget died suddenly and unexpectedly in 2016. I can find no references to the cause of death.
Simon Baron-Cohen has three children, the eldest of whom is screenwriter and director Sam Baron. Baron-Cohen’s surname includes a hyphen – which is not the case with other members of his family – because of a typographical error in his first professional article; he never had the error corrected.
Baron-Cohen’s work has been soundly critiqued on the basis of its ‘neurosexism’. It is certainly difficult to read Baron-Cohen’s work without wondering whether he has based his ideas of gender on the content of women’s magazines.
Baron-Cohen serves as Vice-President of the National Autistic Society (UK) and was the 2012 Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline Development Group for adults with autism. He has served as Vice-President of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). Baron-Cohen is co-editor in chief of the journal ‘Molecular Autism’. He is President-Elect of INSAR and Chair of the Psychology Section of the British Academy.
So Baron-Cohen is someone who’s career has been dedicated to promoting certain views and explanations of autism which have come to dominate the field, in spite of concerns that his theories do not stand up to analysis. He also sits on NICE, so determines how Gov’t funds and supports autism research. Mark Williams has followed exactly the same business model with Mindfulness.
They both Know About Dafydd.
Another two comedians who I think might know a bit about the subject of this post are David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, who constantly sailed close to the wind with their ‘laddishness’ but who’s careers never died a death. Frank Skinner spent a number of years in the early 1980s as an unemployed alcoholic living in the West Midlands. So Frank will have known much about the life of those having a hard time in that part of the world in at the time. Brown and I found out about this too, because Brown went to university in Birmingham during those years and we found much out about corruption in the welfare services and civic life in Birmingham. Quite a lot of which was linked to the wrongdoing in north Wales.
Now for a little mystery which I have come across in John Major’s autobiography. Major mentions that in the midst of the allegations of ‘sleaze’ on the part of members of his Gov’t, in Jan 1994, the wife of Malcolm Caithness, Major’s Minister of Transport, killed herself.
Major’s problems with sleaze followed his famous ‘Back to Basics’ speech, which was just asking for trouble really when he was concealing Dafydd et al. The sleaze revelations began with David Mellor – someone who knew about Morrison and north Wales and Greville Janner and Frank Beck in Leicester – and snowballed. Major doesn’t seem to have asked himself why so many of his Ministers were being caught out, some very obviously as a result of stings. I am asking myself why the real time bomb underneath Major didn’t explode, particularly as the security services were watching everyone involved – Dafydd, Peter Morrison and co. I can only conclude that there was collusion at the highest levels. If service users with a sense of humour could ring Dafydd up from public phone boxes and discover serious crime on a Europe-wide level, I’m sure that someone could have set up a sting re Dafydd. It’s not as if he’d have ever noticed, not with the crazed lifestyle that he led. This was a man who believed that a Dr Hashish Psychosis was ringing him up from Bombay for his opinion, surely the security services could have done better than that. It is tempting to think that they didn’t need to because we were doing it, but people were trying to kill us, so leaving a group of service users to fight international gangsters wasn’t the best idea that anyone ever had.
The suicide of Malcolm Caithness’s wife took place in Jan 1994. The month in which Clwyd County Council set up the Jillings Investigation and the month in which yet another service user with drug and alcohol problems and with links to Bryn Estyn, Peter Wynne, was found hanging dead in his flat in Wrexham. On 9 June 1994, Matt Arnold died of an ‘unspecified blood disease’ and on 13 June 1994, the trial of Peter Howarth and Paul Wilson on sexual abuse charges begun. So Howarth and Wilson must have been charged before Malcolm Caithness’s wife was found dead.
Up in north Wales, Dafydd et al continued to do all they could to have me banged up. Previous blog posts have detailed the constant accusations and arrests, the perjury, the planting of evidence to demonstrate that I had committed crimes that no-one even told me that I was alleged to have committed, but which were nonetheless all being diligently recorded in writing and sent to the MDU lawyers.
I can find only scant information about the death of Lady Diana Caroline Coke. Everybody was gobsmacked when she died but I can find no details of how she killed herself. She had red hair and clear skin and liked riding horses and driving at high speed and that is about all that has been written about her.
Malcolm Ian Sinclair, 20th Earl of Caithness is a Conservative member of the Lords, one of the remaining hereditary peers. He is also 20th Lord Berriedale, 15th Baronet Sinclair, of Canisbay, Co. Caithness, Nova Scotia and Chief of Clan Sinclair. He is the Chief Executive of the Clan Sinclair Trust.
Sinclair was educated at Blairmore School, Aberdeenshire (then Marlborough College) and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
Malcolm Sinclair served as a House of Lords Gov’t Whip under Thatch, 1984-85. He then moved to the Dept of Transport as a junior Minister, serving until 1986, when he became Minister of State at the Home Office which was mired in corruption under Home Secretary Douglas Hurd (see posts ‘Security, Security’ and ‘Additional Security’). Dafydd and the gang in north Wales did what they wanted, kids in care and service users who had been fitted up for crimes were being sent to the bear pit which was Ashworth Hospital and were regularly being found dead in Risley Remand Centre, unless they were imprisoned in the dungeon at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh.
It was in April 1986 that my housemate Anne was killed. Anne had witnessed what happened to me at the hands of the Top Docs and I have been told that she was killed by the paedophiles’ friends. Anne died in a car crash on a lane in Shropshire as she drove to a friend’s wedding. Our friend Geoff was a passenger in the car and was left severely brain damaged. I have recently been given accounts of conversations that were held in our house in Llandegfan in the days before Anne died and the names of friends who visited us and stayed over. We were not aware that anyone was listening to or watching us.
Douglas Hurd had links with the security services.
In 1988, Malcolm Sinclair was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Environment and in 1989, he became Paymaster General. In 1990, Sinclair was appointed Minister of State at the Foreign Office and then, in 1992, back to the Dept of Transport.
Sinclair married Diana Caroline Coke in 1975.
With the passage of the House of the Lords Act 1999, Sinclair, along with most other hereditary peers, lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords. However, under Blair’s fudge, Sinclair was elected as one of the 90 representative peers designed under the provisions of the Act to remain in the House of Lords. I haven’t had time to look at the backgrounds of all 90 hereditary peers who remained in the Lords, but of the ones that I have researched, every one of them had inside information about the Westminster Paedophile Ring. In domains other than the Lords, Blair systematically promoted people who had concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring to high office. Sinclair has since blocked further reform of the Lords, tabling ‘wrecking’ amendments to a draft Bill to abolish by-elections for hereditary peers, proposed by Lord Grocott in 2018. Bruce Grocott is a mate of Blair’s who was given a peerage after loyally keeping quiet about organised abuse and the associated crime (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’).
In Jan 1994, Sinclair resigned from his post at the Ministry of Transport following the suicide of Diana. In 2004, he married Leila C. Jenkins in Rosslyn Chapel, whom he’d met at Ascot. Sinclair filed for divorce a year later.
Sinclair’s children are Lady Iona Alexandra Sinclair (b. 1978) and Alexander James Richard Sinclair, Lord Berriedale (b. 1981).
Here’s Malcolm Sinclair looking rough in his official portrait:
I have blogged about the very close relationship between those up to their eyes in research fraud and wrongdoing in the London medical schools and Big Pharma. The representatives of Big Pharma used to prostrate themselves before the shysters of Hammersmith, St George’s etc. Furthermore Big Pharma used to like employing attractive young women with PhDs as reps, because they were called Dr so sounded credible but as one member of staff at St George’s observed bitterly, ‘they’re just tarts to slut around old doctors’. He couldn’t have landed such a job himself, not just because he didn’t have a PhD but because he was male, enormous and in his late 40s. However there was more than a bit of truth in what he said. Another man who finished his PhD in biochemistry told me that he wouldn’t be working for a drug company because ‘I’ll spend all my time licking doctors arses and I’m not doing that’.
‘Your life in their hands! Ah, the doctors they were wonderful. You can’t complain can you.’ You bet you can’t, if you do you’ll never work again and you’ll die from a treatable condition.
When I was at Hammersmith/RPMS, at one drug company fest Professor Sir Nicholas Wright didn’t bother to listen to any of the presentations or read any of the literature, he just turned up, had a really good lunch and buggered off again. People banged on about how outrageously rude Wright was and how he only turned up for the lunch, which was ironic because it was the only reason why they went. A drug company would never turn up without a supply of wine and grub because no-one would ever attend.
There was only one person who was genuinely interested in the drug companies on the occasion on which Nick Wright had a good lunch and that was one of the postgrads who was looking for a job. She was desperate not to work in a medical school again – she was a mature student who had spent a few years in medical research, as had her husband – because she said that the wrongdoing was so great that she could no longer stomach it. She did bag a job, on the basis of the toadying towards Hammersmith Hospital/RPMS on the part of Big Pharma that day. This person went to work for a company called the Sera Lab. I can’t find any trace of them but I haven’t had time to really dig yet. The Sera Lab have obviously metamorphosed into a different company, but those who toadied in 1987 will be in the system somewhere. The person who bagged the job with them had so much dirt on the London medical schools that if she wrote a blog like this, UK medicine would implode. Which might well have been why the Sera Lab snapped her up.
This man was the most high profile Top Doc at Hammersmith Hospital at the time:
Dr Bob became Lord Bob in 1995. The year that Malcolm Pearce was struck off and that Geoffrey Chamberlain – who was a mate of Lord Bob’s – got away scot free. 1995 was the year in which Peter Morrison and Bing Spear, the corrupt Home Office mandarin who served Dafydd so well (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’), were found dead within days of each other. The year in which Dafydd ‘retired’ (but didn’t), the year in which the North Wales Hospital ‘closed down’ (but didn’t). In 1995 Nicola Davies QC – now Dame Nicola – after reviewing the police paperwork relating to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal (all of which from 1989 onward was missing) decided that a Public Inquiry would not be in the public interest. However, just to be on the safe side, Sir Ronnie Waterhouse altered his retirement plans, which meant that he could conduct a ‘farewell tour’ of his colleagues the paedophiles’ friends in 1995, without having to worry that one year later William Hague would tell Ronnie that he would be conducting a Public Inquiry into their wrongdoing.
Lord Bob had dabbled a little bit in TV before 1995, but gosh the BBC really embraced Lord Bob after that.
Yet another person who knew about the wrongdoing at St George’s Hospital Medical School is Professor John Dormandy. John Dormandy is a vascular surgeon who specialises in the treatment of patients with vascular claudication and he has been working in this area for years. He worked at the old St James’s Hospital in Balham before St James’s was closed and everyone was transferred to St George’s. They didn’t want to merge with St George’s and assured everyone that patients would die if the closure of St James’s went ahead.
John Dormandy has a substantial private practice and used to use some of the profits from it to pay a researcher. I know this because he interviewed me for a job in early 1988 and told me during the interview that the job was pretty much mine if I wanted it and that he would ring me the following day to confirm etc. I never heard from him again. I have been told recently that a little bird from north Wales got wind of what was happening and whispered sweet somethings into Dormandy’s ear.
Dormandy told me during the interview that the cause of the vascular disease in virtually all of his patients was smoking. So imagine my surprise when in 2006 John Dormandy appeared in the ‘Daily Mail’ robustly defending patients right to smoke and angrily denouncing the denial of any treatments to heavy smokers. Dormandy argued from an ‘I’m defending patients who cannot quit’ point of view. Dormandy didn’t mention that for some conditions, smoking is such a key factor that the treatment won’t actually work if they don’t stop smoking. So there is no point in giving it, even if you are totally sympathetic to the patient’s plight. Dormandy said something else to the ‘Daily Mail’ that I suspect may not be true. He claimed to be a very heavy smoker himself and so hopelessly addicted that he was unable to give up.
Top Doctors are frequently very heavy drinkers and quite a few of them enjoy drugs as well, but they are not often smokers. Angels are smokers, they puff away like there is no tomorrow – ‘it’s the stress’ – but Top Docs were part of that cohort of professional people who abandoned the cancer sticks in the 1960s when Richard Doll’s work linking lung cancer with fags became accepted by nearly everyone. Furthermore if Dormandy was on 60 No 6 or Woodbines a day, he wouldn’t get much operating done. Top Docs do all sorts of things in operating theatres, but they don’t light up lest there’s an explosion.
Dormandy has made a great deal of money out of his patients who are in agony and can barely walk. When the world gives up smoking, Dormandy’s income will be cut off. Further observation: when Dormandy interviewed me, John Moore was Secretary of State for the DHSS, who was one of those who ignored warnings that children in north Wales were being abused. Moore lived in Wimbledon, where many of the Top Docs of St George’s lived. Six months after Dormandy interviewed me, Ken Clarke became Health Secretary and embarked on a high profile battle with the BMA, in which Dafydd et al were used as bullets by both sides. Ken Clarke had previously been a Minister in Health and it was probably known that he would shortly be appointed Secretary of State. Ken Clarke is famously pro-smoking and has worked as a consultant for many of the world’s tobacco companies.
After Princess Margaret died there was a spoof letter into Viz magazine’s ‘Letterbocks’ column saying that it wasn’t true that no-one was affected by Princess Margaret’s death, because ‘I own the tobacconists and off-licence at the end of her street and I’m finished’. Likewise if people stopped smoking, Dormandy and Ken Clarke would be finished.
Googling John Dormandy brings up adverts for his practice at Parkside Hospital, Wimbledon. Parkside is a private hospital. John Moore was a patient there when he became ill during his time as Secretary of State for the DHSS. He certainly wasn’t going to risk his neck at St George’s.
I need to return to those who love Wales and its language yet again here, because since I began this post, yesterday morning on Radio 4 one of north Wales’s finest adverts popped up as the special guest on a Saturday morning programme – Sir Bryn Terfel.
Sir Bryn did absolutely everything required of a north Wales celeb when paedophiles in distress have sent out a Mayday call. He reminded everyone that he was a farmer’s son from north Wales who as a lad sung along to opera in the cab of his dad’s tractor, he stressed that Welsh was his first language and that it was central to his identity and he chatted about how he travelled the world for weeks at a time, but his heart was in the mountains. The metropolitan dipsticks of Radio 4 kept asking Bryn how ever a sheep-shagger from north Wales became a world leading opera singer, because surely there are no suitable singing teachers in north Wales.
This might surprise Radio 4, but one thing that there is in north Wales is a great many people who really like singing, who are very good at it and who are very keen to teach young people if they show an interest in singing themselves. There are also things called Eisteddfodau – which are centred around competitions, including singing competitions. Some kids absolutely hate Eisteddfodau, but others love them and get very used to singing in front of an audience at a young age. Numerous people have told me that their participation in Eisteddfodau set them up very well for performing, public speaking etc. If you want to learn to sing when you’re young, you’re probably just as well positioned in north Wales as you are in Hampstead.
Bryn is the son of a farmer – I lived in Pant Glas, just down the lane from where he grew up, for a while – and he can be spotted in Gwynedd, in Morrison’s, out and about etc. He lived at Bontnewydd near Caernarfon for a long while, but I don’t know whether he remained there after he split up from his wife. Bryn married a girl from north Wales, whom I think he went to school with. There was much nastiness in the ‘Daily Mail’ when they split up, because it transpired that Bryn’s wife had begun a relationship with a young man from Caernarfon who was on benefits and had the temerity to live in a council house. There had been some sort of scene in Cofi Roc, a rather mediocre nightclub in Caernarfon and I think that an onlooker got thumped. It certainly didn’t come up to the Daily Mail’s idea of a celebrity divorce.
Bryn moved from north Wales to London in 1984 to study at the Guildhall School of Music. It was in the 1990s that he became very well-known. In 1991 he made his debut with the Welsh National Opera and the English National Opera. In 1992, Bryn sung for the first time at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. In the following years he went global.
In 1996, Bryn expanded his repertoire to include Stravinsky, singing Nick Shadow in ‘The Rake’s Progress’ at the Welsh National Opera. This performance, along with another, won him the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the singer of the year.
Bryn is a member of the Gorsedd of the Bards.
I have no idea whether Bryn is a Rake who has made progress, I don’t know him. But a great many other Rakes in north Wales have progressed.
Bryn is now in a relationship with harpist Hannah Stone and they have a little girl. Hannah Stone grew up on the Mumbles, near Swansea. She attended Welsh medium schools in west Wales and then went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
When Hannah was 15, she played for Lilibet on Her Majesty’s Jubilee Tour of Wales in 2002 and has played for the Royal Family on several other occasions. She studied under the guidance of Meinir Heulyn, Head of Harp at the RWCMD before moving to London. During this time Hannah was a prize-winner at National Competitions including the Urdd Eisteddford and the International Eisteddford at Llangollen. Sir Ronnie Waterhouse was involved with the International Eisteddfod and was President for some years.
Hannah Stone knows Elinor Bennett, the harpist wife of Dafydd Wigley. Dafydd Wigley knew nothing about the paedophile gang being co-ordinated by Lucille Hughes in her office, which was just around the corner from his office in Caernarfon and just to be on the safe side, Wigley didn’t know what a paedophile was anyway (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’).
In June 2011, Hannah Stone was appointed the Official Harpist to Carlo, a position previously occupied by the Wigley’s daughter-in-law, Catrin Finch.
Hannah Stone performed at the NATO Conference Dinner at Cardiff Castle in 2014 to delegates including US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Yma O Hyd!
Bryn sung a song for the Radio 4 audience. It was ‘My Little Welsh Home’. I had one of those in Llanllechid. The paedophiles’ friends tried to set fire to it. Twice.
Look out for the forthcoming recordings from the Assorted Paedophiles’ Friends:
‘We didn’t know’ – ‘Ni wyddom ni’
‘It’s all lies’ – ‘Mae i gyd yn gorweddd’
‘What, us?’ – ‘Beth, ni?’
‘Nothing to do with us, we just work here’ – ‘Dim byd i’w wneud gyda mi, fi jyst yn gwaithio yma’
‘I was just doing my job’ – ‘Roeddwn i ddim ond yn gwneud fy ngwaith’
‘Get the Welsh cakes out, S4C are coming over’ – ‘Cael y cacennau Cymreig allan, mae S4C yn dod i ben’
Lastly, BBC News Online has reported that the 70th Birthday Celebrations of the NHS, termed ‘Aneurin Bevan Day’, have been enjoyed in Tredegar. Hundreds marched to the sound of a band and Carwyn and Jezza were in attendance. The BBC reported that: ‘Rita Hale, 96, from Tredegar, said she had heard Bevan speak when she was young girl. She recalled him wearing a black cloak and a four cornered hat. “I wish there were a few more like him today,” she said.’
I’ll stand by whilst the paedophiles’ friends in the Commons and the Senedd now all don black cloaks and four cornered hats in a desperate attempt to garner support. There did used to be a few people around who wore hats and cloaks. Brown, me and some of our friends. It caused outrage and was used as evidence of our insanity and the threat that we posed to western civilisation. We fell short of Nye’s standards though. We didn’t live in Chelsea, navigate our way around Knightsbridge by taxi and use Harrod’s to supply our day to day needs. Although I did once buy some bread rolls from Harrods and I ate them whilst I was reading ‘Living Marxism’, which caused a sanctimonious Stirling graduate to bang on at length about my wicked ways. She later responded to the requests of the paedophiles’ friends to stuff over the friends of mine who supported me during my battles with Dafydd and co (see post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’).
I ‘ad that Jack McConnell in the back of the cab once.
My post ‘Cottaging At Castle Gate’ discussed Rhodri Morgan’s long-standing friendship with Ron Davies, as well as some other people in that very tight south Wales Labour Party network and how they ‘didn’t know’ about Ron’s cottaging activities. In spite of much evidence that they did know and they also knew a great deal more about Ron and a few other people which didn’t ever hit the media, even after Ron’s moment of madness with Boogie on Clapham Common and his subsequent adventure when he was looking for badgers.
A few other people knew about Ron – and more importantly knew about the serious abuse of vulnerable people by the health and welfare services in north Wales and elsewhere, which was being kept quiet by all political parties.
One of those was Lawrence Conway, the civil servant who was Director of Rhodri’s private office (Director of the Dept of FM, ie. Cabinet Secretary). In his memoir Rhodri describes Lawrence as ‘a Welsh Office lifer’ with ‘sensitive political antennae’ and ‘eyes in the back of his head to know what was going on’. Not only had Lawrence spent his career in the rotten-to-the-core Welsh Office – with its many officials, Ministers and Secretaries of State who had concealed the criminal activities of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophiles in north Wales for decades (see post ‘Cottaging At Castle Gate’), but had also kept the lid on George Thomas and his sexual assaults on children and young men – but Lawrence Conway was at the heart of the most rotten part of the rotten apple. According to Rhodri, Lawrence ‘did child protection’.
So Lawrence knew that the children’s homes in north Wales were not being inspected regularly even when complaints of abuse were being made and a number of staff of those homes were appearing in court charged with sexual and physical assaults on children (see post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’). Lawrence knew that some of those employed as social workers/social work managers in homes and areas where there was a massive problem with the abuse of children in care were given jobs as inspectors with the SSI (Social Services Inspectorate) in the Welsh Office (see post ‘The Reality Is That There Is No Problem’).
Lawrence Conway knew that there were also serious complaints about the abuse and illegal imprisonment of patients in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and that many of those patients were former residents of the children’s homes of north Wales.
After the publication of the massive cover-up that was the Waterhouse Report – organised by William Hague and the Welsh Office whilst Hague was Secretary of State for Wales – the ritual hand-wringing and chanting of the mantra ‘never again’ reached new levels. One of Ronald Waterhouse’s most publicised recommendations – which it was claimed would ensure that no-one would ever have to do the ‘never again’ bit in the future – was the establishment of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. My God, Wales was proud of having a Children’s Commissioner. Wales was leading the way! My post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’ discusses the backgrounds of the people that have held that post. They have all been former social workers who were employed by and networked with organisations and institutions where children were abused. Anyone familiar with Wales will know that there is a great deal of truth in the caricature that everyone in Wales knows each other and each other’s business. Every one of the Children’s Commissioners will have been party to details of the abuse of children that they have not disclosed.
One social worker who was employed in the Children’s Commissioner’s team whilst Keith Towler was Commissioner came from Denbigh. She knew all about the abuse of patients at the North Wales Hospital because her father worked as a nurse there. He didn’t just work as a nurse at Denbigh for a few weeks – he was one of the long term key staff who was employed there for many years and his name is frequently mentioned by the former staff of that hospital when they are reminiscing about the Good Old Days. I don’t know this man’s real name because he was simply universally known as ‘Davey Crockett’ because of the nature of a hat that he wore. Davey Crockett knew Dafydd, was mates with him and Davey Crockett’s family used to call upon Dafydd when they needed a favour. Davey Crockett knew about the dungeon in which the victims of the paedophile gang were imprisoned, he knew about the paedophile gang that Dafydd was facilitating and he knew that the North Wales Hospital was stuffed full of people who were being held there unlawfully.
Davey Crockett’s daughter knew Keith Fearns, the grossly abusive leader of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team and had absolutely no problem with him. She also knew that Dafydd’s own family – as well as everybody else – were terrified of Dafydd. She knew that Dafydd terrorised and stalked members of his own family. She described Dafydd as ‘evil’ and stated that no-one would ever get away from him once they had crossed his path.
I know for a fact that this social worker had knowledge of at least one school in Gwynedd where the kids were being sexually abused and she has never said a word. Probably because she knows that she’d never work again if she did.
Well Dafydd, you might have convinced Davey Crockett’s family that being mates with you was a better option than challenging you, but you shouldn’t have tried the same game with me, because there’s this blog now…
Lawrence Conway retired from the civil service in 2009. So he is of the right vintage to have been ‘doing’ child protection when Dafydd and the paedophiles were running that extensive business of theirs back in the 1970s and 80s. Lawrence will have been sitting in his office in Cathays Park when Tony Francis (Dr X) snapped at me ‘you can even complain to the Secretary of State if you want’ and when other people were telling me to ‘shut your mouth about DA’ and to get out of north Wales and never come back. The Cathays Park in which those worked who were responsible for receiving and writing the incriminating documents – some of which seem to have been forged – that are now in my possession.
What did Lawrence Conway do when he retired? He joined Carwyn’s team of First Minister’s special advisors. Lawrence advised Carwyn on public service delivery! Well Carwyn, if you’ve ever wondered what is going so wrong, there’s your clue…
Entertainingly, the appointment of Lawrence Conway as Carwyn’s Spad left one person seething, so seething that they raised concerns with Whitehall and the civil service heads of the Welsh Gov’t. Who was this person who didn’t think that paedophiles’ friend Lawrence Conway should be cluttering the Welsh Gov’t up after his retirement? It was none other than another paedophiles’ friend Dame Gillian Morgan, the Top Doctor who was Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Assembly, 2008-12. Dame Gillian knows a great deal about the abuse of anyone who has spilt the paedophiles’ pints, as I discussed in my post ‘A Major Coup – Or A Complete Disaster?’
Paedophiles’ friends at war!
Before he worked for Rhodri, Lawrence Conway worked for another person who knows a good deal more about Dafydd and the paedophiles and George Thomas et al than he ever lets on- Alun Michael, who resigned as First Secretary at the same time as the Waterhouse Report was submitted to Gov’t (see post ‘News From Sicily’). Lawrence was appointed Alun Michael’s Principal Private Secretary in May 1999 when Michael became First Secretary of the new Welsh Assembly.
Although Rhodri and Alun Michael were famously pitched against each other in terms of who would be First Secretary once the Welsh Assembly was established – everybody presumed that it would be Ron Davies until Ron was caught with his trousers down on Clapham Common (see post ‘Cottaging At Castle Gate) – they went back a long way.
When Rhodri was first elected as MP for Cardiff West in 1987, he shared an office with Alun Michael and Paul Murphy. The Paul Murphy who took delivery of the Waterhouse Report in his capacity as Secretary of State for Wales and who expressed his relief that the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal had now been subject to a full and transparent investigation and that there was no links with organised paedophile rings outside north Wales, no evidence of any politicians involved and it was definitely nothing to do with the Freemasons. Furthermore Paul was delighted to be able to say that there had been no cover-up.
‘We didn’t know.’
I wonder who told the daughter of one of Dafydd’s mates that there would be a job coming up in the Children’s Commissioner’s office? Perhaps it was the same person who told Alun Michael’s son Tal that the job of Chief Exec of the Gwynedd CAB was going begging – the CAB which boasts the involvement of Dafydd’s former mistress Lucille Hughes at a senior level. Or the same person who told Tal about the vacancy for the Top Job in the North Wales Police Authority. Or perhaps the person who suggested that Tal would make a good North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner. Or even a good Labour MP for Ynys Mon!
After Alun Michael was elected as the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth in 1987, Lorraine Barrett was his office manager. Lorraine became the Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth in 1999! Lorraine – a former Angel – is married to Paul Barrett who was of all things the manager of 80s pop favourite Shakin’ Stevens (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’). Shaky found himself the centre of bad publicity after he hit fame and fortune when the press revealed that his manager had told everyone to keep it quiet that Shaky was married with children and much older than everyone had been told because Shaky and his manager wanted to promote Shaky as a suitable heart-throb for pre-teen girls. Cardiff’s answer to Donny Osmond. Donny was a drip but at least he was 14 not 40 and his mum and dad didn’t let him go out boozing – in fact from what I remember even Coca-Cola was not considered acceptable by famille Osmond, which will have been the key to those perfect teeth which they all possessed. Presumably Shaky was not similarly constrained.
Before Alun Michael was elected as an MP he was the Labour Group Whip on Cardiff City Council. So he sat on Cardiff City Council with Julie Morgan and the other ne’er do wells, as the Council was hit by repeated scandals (see posts ‘Corruption Bay Special’, ‘More Than Politics And Local Government’ and ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends of Cardiff North’).
Rhodri’s book mentions that Alun Michael had four very loyal Spads who had been appointed by Michael – Gareth Williams (political), Andrew Bold (policy), Delyth Evans (speech writing) and Julie Crowley (press, PR, spin doctor).
Gareth Williams was a Spad to Alun Michael as Secretary of State for Wales and First Secretary of the National Assembly, Dec 1998-Feb 2000. Gareth began his career as a civil servant first in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working in London and Sweden (1982-88) and subsequently in the Welsh Office (1988-90).
So Gareth was one of the civil servants in Sodom and Gomorrah in Cathays Park along with Lawrence Conway and the rest of them. Including Ffion Hague.
From 1990-1993, Gareth Williams worked in the European Parliament as a Policy Advisor to the Socialist Group, before joining Birmingham City Council, where Williams spent three years as Head of European and International Affairs. He was an Associate Director at ECOTEC Research and Consulting Ltd (1996-98). Gareth Williams runs his own economic development consultancy based in Shropshire. He has undertaken a wide range of work in Wales, with an emphasis on the European Structural Funds.
In Jan 2006 the BBC reported that WAG (Welsh Assembly Government) was failing to meet its key targets to regenerate some of Wales’ poorest areas – according to a report produced by Gareth Williams. Gareth said that WAG was not likely to reach two out of the three targets set for Objective One European funding, the shortfalls being in job and wealth creation.
Yet Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies said 85,000 people in Wales had been helped by the money. The seven-year programme, which ended in 2006, saw £1.26 billion spent on hundreds of projects in west Wales and the Valleys. ‘We’ve set ambitious targets because the scale of the task we inherited from the Conservatives was huge’ Davies claimed. ‘The impact isn’t necessarily on jobs created – it’s also on the number of people who have been helped.’ Andrew Davies said it had made a ‘major impact’ on west Wales and the Valleys, with skills training. ‘Clearly we’ve closed the unemployment gap with the rest of the UK. The next challenge is to get higher paid, higher quality jobs.’
It is now 12 years since Andrew Davies claimed that the EU funding given to west Wales and the Valleys had worked wonders. West Wales and the Valleys are still on their knees. One major area of growth in those regions is in Third sector organisations receiving dosh from the Welsh Gov’t to provide ‘services’ for homeless people or other people having a hard time – it has become clear that these organisations are excellent at maintaining their own existence and growth but they are not helping those that they claim to be.
Whilst Wales did build bridges and roads with EU funding and I can remember huge swathes of very poor housing in Bethesda being transformed by EU funding back in the 1990s, after those in Cardiff Bay went into shock when a majority in Wales voted to leave the EU in 2016 it was admitted that far too much of the EU funding had been spent on ‘projects’ from which people in Wales saw no benefits.
Those projects followed the standard model in Wales. A load of people were employed for a short length of time – for the duration of the ‘project’ – on minimum wages. They were supervised by a smaller number of team leaders, who were people with a professional qualification or a level of education (often former teachers or social workers). At the top of the pyramid there were a very small number of people on very generous salaries who were mates with politicians or civil servants in the Welsh Gov’t. This was the business model for Gov’t funded ‘projects’ for the 30 odd years that I lived in Wales. I first observed it in the 1980s and I presumed that it was a consequence of Thatcher’s ‘job creation schemes’ to fiddle the unemployment figures – although Thatcher eventually mercifully went, the ‘projects’ in Wales remained and were run in exactly the same way. One could entertain oneself by watching the lucky few with the jobs at the top circulate from one waste of money which achieved nothing to another. These are the same folk who ‘lead’ the Health Boards in Wales, the Third sector organisations and the quangos. They often leave a great deal of blood on the carpet behind them, but they are never taken out of circulation.
A prime example of the cadre is Meri Huws, who was formerly the Chair of the Welsh Language Board. There was the most enormous row when Meri was appointed to the post of Chair of the Welsh Language Board because she failed to declare that she was in a relationship with a Welsh Gov’t Minister. Who was Meri’s bedfellow at that time? None other than Andrew Davies. The allegations that Andrew had bagged Meri the job were made just a few months before Andrew Davies made the comments above as reported by the BBC. So Andrew stated that what was needed were ‘higher paid, higher quality jobs’. All these years later, west Wales and the Valleys are still in poverty – but Meri does of course have a higher paid, higher quality job. She is the Welsh Language Commissioner. There was blood on the carpet left behind her at the Welsh Language Board and much discord. Furthermore the number of people speaking Welsh continued to decline whilst Meri was Chair of the Board. So it was only sensible after that track record Meri should then have been given the job of Welsh Language Commissioner rather than someone who would have been effective.
However, as I explained in my post ‘People With Energy’, the one advantage that Meri always has over other candidates is that she used to work as a social worker for Gwynedd Social Services on the patch where the Ty’r Felin children’s home was located. The social workers running Ty’r Felin were trafficking kids down to Dolphin Square – among other places – for sex work (see post ‘Are You Local?’). Any civil servant or politician looking at Meri’s CV will get the message loud and clear – she knows where the bodies are buried.
The clients of Gareth Williams’s consultancy included Wales’s education and training quango ELWa. ELWa was nearly as notorious as the WDA for cronyism and the inexplicable spending of huge sums of money. ELWa’s reputation finally ended over the business of the Pop Factory in which £2 million quid was inexplicably given to a company called Avanti who ran something called the Pop Factory to organise something else which they had no hope of organising, which never got off the ground and ended in chaos. It was Jane Davidson – the AM for Pontypridd and Minister for Lifelong Learning – who had countersigned for the cheque to be released. It was revealed that Gov’t accounting procedures had not been followed and that ELWa had refused to disclose other alleged irregularities when requested.
The Chair of ELWa was Enid Rowlands who was based in north Wales. Enid flatly refused to move to south Wales – although nearly all the staff of ELWa were based in south Wales and Rowlands was keen to accept the job. So an arrangement was made that ELWa would have a ‘virtual’ head office. Is it surprising that the whole set up imploded?
Enid featured in a Wales Online report in 2003, when she was at the centre of a grade A row for refusing to resign as the Chair of ELWa in the wake of the £2 million scandal and the laying off of nearly 100 ELWa staff. Enid stated her intention to remain as Chair for another four months until her contract ended.
Did Enid’s career suffer from the ELWa scandal? Of course not. Enid is now the Chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority! Enid was previously the UK Chair of Victim Support. She has ‘held roles’ with the Information Commissioner’s Office, NEST Corporation Consumer Focus, North Wales Police Authority, North Wales Health Authority and the S4C Authority. Enid was and might still be a member of the BUPA council.
Enid ‘began her career working with unemployed and disadvantaged young people and became Chair of Education and Skills Wales, responsible for all post-16 education and training in Wales outside the Higher Education sector’. She has also been a Trustee in the voluntary sector including positions with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf and The Prince’s Trust.
I note that Enid ‘studied psychology’. Rhodri’s memoir claims that Enid is a patriotic north Waleian and would never move from north Wales. So did Enid perhaps study psychology in north Wales? Which could have involved a placement with Dafydd at the North Wales Hospital…
Enid’s biography on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website doesn’t mention this, but Enid is married to the former Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas. Huw was the Chief Executive of Gwynedd County Council, 1991-96. Whilst Dafydd’s mistress Lucille was Director of Social Services for Gwynedd and the paedophile ring operating in those Social Services caused havoc and was subject to a police investigation. Huw holds even more positions of responsibility than does Enid (see post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’).
In 2010 Jeremy Colman, the Auditor General for Wales who preceded Huw Vaughan Thomas, was imprisoned for the possession of child porn.
It is incredible isn’t it.
For eight years, Enid was a member of the GMC. Enid – do you happen to know anything about the forged document that was found in the possession of the GMC, purporting to be a letter from me (see post ‘The General Medical Council And Yet Another Forged Document’), after I made repeated representation to the GMC about the abusive Top Doctors at the Hergest Unit?
Huw and Enid are yet two more highly placed paedophiles’ friends who live in the HQ for such folk, Colwyn Bay (see post ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’). No wonder Enid wouldn’t move to south Wales.
The acting CEO of ELWa found himself in the shit along with Enid – that was none other than paedophiles’ friend and the former manager of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, Dr Peter Higson. Wales Online reported that Higson was appointed as acting CEO without going through normal procedures. Furthermore he was known to Enid, having been an Executive Director of North Wales Health Authority at a time when she Chaired the North Wales Health Authority.
So Higson’s career trajectory went from staffing Dafydd’s dungeon – Higson was originally a clinical psychologist at Denbigh – to managing the dungeon, to managing the whole of the north Wales mental health services when lies were told about the North Wales Hospital having been completely shut down in the summer of 1995, to being a Director of the North Wales Health Authority, to being the acting CEO of ELWa which never recovered from the business of the £2 million quid and was later dismantled. What happened to Higson in the wake of that? He was appointed CEO of the newly formed regulatory body Health Inspectorate Wales of course. After Higson had been in post for nine years it was declared that the mismanagement of HIW was so serious that it was ‘not fit for purpose’. Which must have been why Higson was then appointed Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Which was put into special measures after Higson’s feet had been under the table for about eighteen months.
As far as I know, unlike Meri, Peter Higson’s career success has been achieved without sleeping with Alan Pugh, Andrew Davies and Rhodri Morgan. Although Higson’s sister Ruth Hussey was Chief Medical Officer for Wales – a female role model! – so perhaps it was her bedfellows who were the key to Peter’s success… Although I suspect that it was Peter holding the keys to the dungeon containing the victims of a branch of the Westminster Paedophile Ring which probably brought such good fortune to the Higson clan.
Gareth Williams’s 2006 report re the EU Structural Funds said that Labour had not created the hoped-for 43,500 new jobs. WAG had also wanted to use the funding to raise Wales’s GDP to 78% of the UK average. The report suggested that figure had not been reached.
Mike German, the then Liberal Democrat leader in the Assembly, commenting on Gareth’s report said: ‘I don’t think it was a failure, but that we had enormous built-in problems: a slow start, a lot of squabbling at the beginning. What we need to do is learn those lessons now.’
It is the story of Wales – a slow start and a lot of squabbling. Which is entirely a result of the one built-in problem that runs through everything – that the most senior jobs in absolutely every domain are given to people who either facilitated or concealed a gang of paedophiles. The lesson has still not been learnt.
The problem that the Assembly inherited from the Conservatives which Andrew Davies mentioned in his comments to the BBC would never have happened had Meri, Davies, Enid fucking Rowlands and the rest of them not been so keen to stick their noses into the trough provided by the Bay of Plenty that they were prepared to spend their entire careers assisting a paedophile gang which supplied kids to Thatcher’s friend and aide Sir Peter Morrison, as well as to a few others.
Alun Michael’s Spad Andrew Bold was born in Newport and wrote his PhD on the WDA. So he’ll know even more about the crooks that milked it for millions than the rest of us do. Bold worked as a Welsh Labour Party research officer in the early 1990s and was the Welsh Labour’s Assistant General Secretary (policy) before becoming Michael’s Spad in 1999. In June 2000 after Rhodri had replaced Michael as FM, Andrew Bold moved to the Wales Office to replace Professor Hywel Francis as Paul Murphy’s adviser. Murphy had another advisor as well – Anthony Hunt.
Hunt completed a law degree and worked in the US on educational projects and for the Democrats. Hunt joined WAG’s Labour policy team in 2001. In 2002 he was recruited by Paul Murphy to manage his constituency office and communications; Murphy was appointed Secretary of State for Wales in January 2008 and a year later Hunt joined him as a Spad concentrating on press and communications.
So can Anthony Hunt shed any light on Murphy’s sudden departure as Welsh Secretary which no-one ever explained?
Alun Michael’s Spad Delyth Evans had been a management consultant and BBC and HTV journalist. She worked on the BBC’s ‘World at One’ and PM programmes before becoming an assistant to Gordon Brown MP in 1992 and then policy adviser and speechwriter to the then Labour leader John Smith, 1992–1994. After Alun Michael resigned, Delyth Evans was the Labour AM for Mid & West Wales, 2000-03.
Delyth actually succeeded Alun Michael’s seat when he resigned. As well as being the AM for Mid & West Wales, 1999-2000, Michael also held the Westminster seat for Cardiff South and Penarth, 1987-2012. After Michael resigned as FM, he reverted to his Westminster role. Alun Michael’s short time at the Assembly was not a happy one. He had been imposed upon Wales as First Secretary by Blair and there was much resentment all around as a result.
When Alun Michael resigned as First Secretary, there was much muddy water surrounding his resignation. He resigned just before a Plaid-inspired vote of no confidence in his leadership. The vote followed what Plaid regarded as the failure of Michael to secure Treasury match-funding for £1.2 billion worth of European funding for deprived areas of Wales.
Yet something odd happened when Alun Michael resigned ahead of that no-confidence vote. Janice Gregory, AM for Ogmore, 1999-2016 and Labour Group Whip in the early days of the Assembly, had a hissy fit and resigned the Whip because Alun Michael had resigned as First Minister. Janice resigned the Whip on the grounds that Andrew Davies had plotted to remove Alun Michael. Janice Gregory was the daughter of Sir Ray Powell, the MP for Ogmore, 1979-2001.
Ray Powell was a Labour Whip between 1983-95 and one of his achievements was to refuse Ken Livingstone a desk for more than a year after Ken arrived in the Commons in 1987. Although Ray Powell had a reputation as an effective and formidable Whip himself, he later denounced the Whips office as ‘the Gestapo’ after he ended up on a hit list for refusing to vote to lower the age of consent for homosexual activities. Ray might have held out against that, but he never mentioned the matter of the abuse of children in care in Wales at all – although he was in the Commons throughout the years of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, the police investigations, the Jillings Investigation, the Waterhouse Inquiry, the deaths of witnesses…Ray was also the honorary Secretary of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party, 1982-92.
Ray Powell could make headway in the most unlikeliest of circumstances. In 1983 the Tory Gov’ts cap on spending resulted in problems with the building of phase two of the hospital in Bridgend in Powell’s constituency. Ray Powell took up the case with the paedophiles’ friend Wyn Roberts at the Welsh Office. Wyn Roberts was obliged to make special arrangements for the funding of the hospital and Ray was delighted to be able to tell his constituents that they would be getting the first rate hospital that they deserved. But Wyn Roberts found himself doing a few other remarkable things to help Welsh causes after he or his colleagues in the Welsh Office had received a visit from someone in a position to remind them that a vicious paedophile gang was operating in north Wales and that the Welsh Office knew all about it (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’).
Janice Gregory was a damp squib as an AM, she was labelled an ‘under-performer’ and a lot of people wished that she’d bugger off. She got into politics via her father. From 1991 Janice worked as political secretary for her dad. That was the year of the Great Stuffing Over of me and a number of my friends who knew what had happened to me at the hands of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends – the year in which there was an attempt to frame me for a serious crime, with which St George’s Hospital Medical School was complicit (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London’), the year in which two of my friends who worked in the media had their careers ruined….
As a result of working for her dad, Janice will have been party to a great deal of information – including information about the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Janice was also active in the local constituency Labour Party, was of course wimmin’s officer for the Party and Chair of Ogmore Wimmin’s Forum. Janice’s wiki mentions that ‘several other family members were active in Labour politics’. I bet that family ran fucking Ogmore.
One of Wales’s celebs lived at Ogmore – the well-known poet Danny Abse. Most people who have heard of Danny Abse but who didn’t actually know him have heard of him as a poet. But Danny Abse was also a Top Doctor and he practised as a Top Doctor for 30 years. Danny trained at the Welsh National School of Medicine, King’s College London and the Westminster Hospital Medical School. The Welsh National School of Medicine concealed the criminality of Dafydd and the paedophiles for years. Two of the ringleaders in this were Professor Kenneth Rawnsley (see post ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy’) and Professor Sir William Asscher who, after spending many happy years concealing a paedophile gang in Wales, then took up the post of Dean of St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, where Asscher concealed another paedophile gang as well as research fraud and serious misconduct (see post ‘I Don’t Believe It!’). Asscher did of course continue with his earlier interest in concealing the crimes of Dafydd et al (see posts ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’ and ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’).
Danny Abse was from a family of psychoanalysts and he and his brother Leo dabbled in analysis themselves. Psychoanalysts of Leo and Danny Abse’s generation concealed a great deal of sexual abuse.
Leo Abse was the Labour MP for Pontypool, 1958-83 and Torfaen, 1983-87. Abse was a very good mate of George Thomas and could be relied upon to get George Thomas out of trouble when people who had been molested by Thomas made a fuss about it (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’). Leo Abse paid some people to keep quiet and threatened to have others imprisoned. (Abse was a lawyer and a not very pleasant one, so a threat from him was quite effective.) It was Leo Abse who provided the cover story when in 1984 George Thomas was hospitalised as the result of contracting an STD. George Thomas and the Top Doctors really loved each other – Thomas was involved with raising funds for medical charities and in return no Top Doctor ever squealed. Kenneth Rawnsley’s wife, Dr Elinor Kapp – who was a child psychiatrist working in south Wales – was a Trustee of the City Hospice from its founding. The City Hospice was originally known as the George Thomas Hospice, but it changed its name when Thomas’s molesting activities became publicly known.
Paul Murphy succeeded Leo Abse as Labour MP for Torfaen. Murphy had long been associated with Torfaen, he’d been a Torfaen Councillor for years whilst Abse was the MP for the constituency.
The thing that I noticed which coincided with Alun Michael’s resignation as First Secretary was the submission of the Waterhouse Report to the Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy. I’m fairly sure that as soon as it was handed over, Alun Michael was out of the door.
Any expose of the truth behind – and the extent of – the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal would have sunk numerous politicians, from all parties, in both Westminster and the Assembly. It would have been well worth people putting their heads together and creating a distraction just as that Report was submitted. As one of the creatures said in Jungle Book, ‘You create a distraction, then I’ll rescue Mowgli’.
So as Janice accused Andrew Davies and resigned the Whip, as Plaid made a fuss about the failure to secure Treasury matched-funding, Mowgli scuttled off back to Westminster to the arms of the man who has a great deal to lose if the truth ever does emerge re the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, because his wife was mates with all the lawyers who kept it quiet by standing by in silence as witnesses and victims went to prison or died – a man called Tony Blair.
Perhaps Delyth Evans could tell us exactly why Mowgli decided to get the hell out of the Welsh Gov’t in Feb 2000. Delyth did well out of it though – she didn’t even need to stand in a by-election to succeed Alun Michael as AM, because Delyth was the second name on Labour’s regional list of candidates for the seat of Mid & West Wales and under the Assembly’s election rules, no by-election is necessary for the regional seat, the next candidate is automatically appointed.
Delyth won’t have just been in a position to dig up the dirt whilst she worked for Alun Michael, Delyth’s previous career was built upon having access to dirt and keeping schtum, which was why she will have ended up as Michael’s Spad and on the regional candidates list.
Delyth was working for the Labour leader John Smith when he died in circumstances in which the Top Doctors at Barts found themselves unable to save his life. Now there’s a warning to everyone.
Delyth went to Aberystwyth University when the place was run by the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’). Before going to Aber, Delyth went to Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen. Delyth was a pupil at Rhydfelen when the drama teacher John Owen taught there. The John Owen who molested his pupils for years and was protected by Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority and the WJEC (see post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’). John Owen also wrote for children’s TV and the HTV Wales and S4C stayed loyal to him as well. He killed himself just before he was due to stand trial and Menna Richards paid her respects at his funeral – the Menna who for years was one of the most senior people employed at the BBC, Delyth’s former employer.
Delyth joined the Labour Party in 1984, when the Windbag was busy concealing organised child abuse and the associated abuses in psychiatry (see posts ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ and ‘I Warn You…’). The Windbag who was the President of the Students Union at Cardiff when Dafydd’s partner in crime Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) was a student at the Welsh National School of Medicine. After he graduated, Tony Francis worked in the Dept of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff. Of which the Head of Dept and Professor was Kenneth Rawnsley.
Alun Michael’s Spad Julie Crowley was the Press Officer for the Labour Party, ––
Rhodri’s book mentions that Alun Michael is a distant relation by marriage of Blair’s big buddy, paedophiles’ friend Lord Bruce Grocott (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’).
As well as relying upon the paedophiles’ umbrella that was Lawrence Conway, another person upon whom Rhodri’s ship depended was Kevin Brennan. Brennan was Rhodri’s case worker, researcher, campaign manager and then Spad. Brennan sat on Cardiff City Council, 1991-01 and served as Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Economic Scrutiny Committee and Vice-Chair of Economic Development.
Brennan stood down as Rhodri’s Spad to accept the nomination as the candidate for the Westminster constituency of Cardiff West, Rhodri’s old Westminster seat, after Rhodri stepped down to concentrate on his role as FM. Brennan was elected as the Labour MP for Cardiff West in 2001. Blair appointed him an Assistant Gov’t Whip in 2005 and in June 2007 Blair’s successor Gordon appointed Brennan as junior Minister for Children, Young People and Families in the new Department for Children, Schools and Families. Well who better for such a role than Kevin who kept quiet about so much organised child abuse whilst he spent all those years at Rhodri’s side?
Brennan then held the position of Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office in Gordon’s Gov’t, 2008-09; then Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs with responsibilities in both the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Following the 2012 General Election, Brennan continued this role in a Shadow Ministerial capacity before Ed Miliband appointed him as Shadow Minister for Schools. Under Jeremy Corbyn, Brennan was Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2015-16. He is at present Shadow Minister for Heritage and the Arts.
Brennan was born in Cwmbran. He went to St Alban’s RC High School in Pontypool and then Pembroke College, Oxford. Brennan graduated in 1982 and was elected President of the Oxford Union in the same year, with support from William Hague. Hague supported Brennan’s candidacy over those from the left of the Conservative faction in the Union. Brennan then returned to Wales and completed a PGCE at University College Cardiff in 1985. Brennan also completed a Masters in Education Management at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales) in 1992.
In 1982, Brennan joined the Cwmbran Community Press as a journalist. He joined the NUT in 1984 before becoming a teacher at Radyr Comprehensive School in 1985 – Radyr was the village in which Rhodri grew up. Brennan left the school in 1994 as Head of the Economics Department.
Brennan had a major triumph the year after he was elected to the Commons. In July 2002, the steel manufacturer Allied Steel and Wire (ASW) entered receivership and many of their employees were told they would not receive their full company pensions because of a fund shortfall. Brennan had many former workers of Allied Steel & Wire as constituents and he tabled an Early Day Motion in the Commons in Nov 2002 calling for compensation. Brennan threatened to table an amendment to the Pensions Bill if the Gov’t did not offer any help. After Brennan carried out his threat to table the amendment, The Indie reported that Tony Blair faced the ‘biggest backbench rebellion’ of his career. Ultimately, Brennan was successful. The BBC reported he was ‘instrumental in extracting the government’s commitment to establish a £400 million fund to provide compensation for workers who lost their pensions when their firms went bankrupt’.
No doubt the former steelworkers in Brennan’s constituency were most grateful, but I wonder how they would feel if they knew how their MP had twisted the arm of Tony ‘I’m a pretty straight kind of guy, but my wife is mates with God knows how many radical lawyers who ignored a vicious paedophile gang who killed some of their victims and I’ve put quite a few people in the Lords after they had done exactly the same thing’ Blair?
‘It was all a long time ago.’
Unfortunately those who built their careers upon the silence surrounding the dungeon, the rapes, the buggery, the beatings, the fatal car accidents, the bodies which were found hanging from trees, stairwells and in prison cells and the five people who were killed by the firebomb in 1992, are still with us.
Are you having a good time in Westminster Kevin? I bet it’s even better for freebies than Cardiff City Council!
In 2009, Brennan came under scrutiny during the expenses scandal for claiming various items, including a £450 television claimed for his London second home which was delivered to his family home in Cardiff. He claimed for bunk beds for his daughter while the expenses system was intended exclusively for items for the MPs use. Brennan said he bought from businesses in his constituency and the items were for use in his second home. He called the story a ‘smear with no basis in fact’. As opposed to my account of my experiences with the people whom Kevin protected for years, which is backed up by 10,000 documents…
In 2014, Brennan led a campaign with musician Billy Bragg to lift a blanket ban on prisoners having access to guitars. Brennnan held a Westminster Hall debate on the subject to try and get the Gov’t to overturn the ban, citing the importance and the efficacy of music as a means for the rehabilitation for prisoners. The Gov’t agreed and prisoners can now have access to the instruments. Does that include people still banged up because they were fitted up by the paedophiles’ friends Kev?
I’m thinking of Howard Hughes, who’s still languishing in prison after being convicted of the rape and murder of Sophie Hook in Llandudno in 1996 on the basis of absolutely no evidence at all except for the word of a convicted child molester (see post ‘News Round Up – And Murder Most Foul’). The North Wales Police were forced to release Howard after they initially arrested him because they could find no reason to detain him for any longer. Then one of them searched Howard’s house and very conveniently found a stack of child porn. The pathologist who gave evidence at Howard’s trial was Donald Wayte, who is married to Avril Wayte – Avril presides over the notorious shambles that is the pathology service at the Betsi Board and she’s also a Trustee of Dafydd’s charity CAIS. Howard spent time in Bryn Estyn as a boy where he claims he was abused. His application for compensation was rejected on the grounds that he was a convicted sex offender himself. When he was a young man, Howard also passed through that other prison of the paedophiles, ‘a hospital for mentally abnormal criminals’, Garth Angharad.
Howard Hughes has learning disabilities and can barely read and write. But then the North Wales Police probably wrote his statement for him anyway.
Our Kev fancies himself as a bit of a popster. In 2016, following Jo Cox’s murder, Brennan put together the ‘Friends of Jo Cox’ to record a charity single to raise money for the Jo Cox Foundation. The Friends of Jo Cox included the Parliamentary rock band MP4, the Commons choir, MPs from other parties and a group of famous musicians. The song was a cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. The Stones waiving their royalties for the Jo Cox Foundation.
Kev – a former Denbigh patient used to wander around Bethesda destitute, visibly malnourished and badly neglected by the mental health services because ‘she is very difficult and we’re not helping her’. This lady repeatedly told me that when she was young she was a groupie who had sex with Mick Jagger. As far as I was concerned the jury was out on that one, but I do know that the same lady was sexually exploited by a number of other people who pretended that they didn’t know her. And a patient who was of a similar vintage to her was sterilised on the orders of the mental health services ‘because she’ll get pregnant’. That was certainly a risk, because the staff were shagging her. So next time that you see Mick Kev, perhaps you could ask him if he remembers the lady from Bethesda. While you’re at it you could also mention the words ‘Mandy Smith’ to Mick’s mate Bill Wyman.
Kev, the reason why the Windbag et al were protecting the reputation of the psych wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd as well as Dafydd’s empire at Denbigh was because the Windbag’s mate Tony Francis ran the empire at Ysbyty Gwynedd. Whilst I was on Tony Francis’s ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd I watched a 19 year old female patient receive a punch in the face from a adult male patient. No provocation at all from her, he just walked up and smacked her one. The matter was not reported to her parents and certainly not to the police. No-one could work out what the man who punched her was doing on the ward anyway. He was a drug user from Llandudno, didn’t seem to be distressed or ill himself and used to have stand up rows with the Angels boasting that he was homeless and was in hospital until he was housed and he ‘wasn’t going to a fucking hostel either’. He didn’t. He kipped in the hospital until a decent flat was found for him. Which was a bloody site more than anyone else got.
The drug patients were Dafydd’s responsibility. Dafydd had a few beds in Ysbyty Gwynedd…
Rhodri’s other Spad who hit the big time was of course Mark Drakeford, who was the Professor of Social Policy at Cardiff University. It was Drakeford who was responsible for Rhodri’s famous ‘Clear Red Water’ speech, which was used to signal that the Welsh Gov’t was not going to adopt Blair’s Third Way. Not only did Rhodri forget to use the key phrase ie. Clear Red Water, but Drakeford had previously worked as a social worker for Dyfed County Council whilst a paedophile gang with links to Dafydd et al was at work down there. Which was probably why the Welsh Gov’t had to roll over and have its tummy tickled by Blair when Blair felt like it, because none of them were actually in a position to stand up to him and tell him to take a running jump let alone put Clear Red Water between them and Westminster or indeed even implement any of the more radical ideas that Drakeford published as an academic.
When Drakeford became Health Minister in 2013 and the Top Doctors were busy causing havoc whilst still eliminating vulnerable people, Drakeford made a point of ‘sitting down and talking’ to the BMA. The BMA must have thought that Christmas had come. Drakeford obviously had a talent for sitting down and talking to people when he probably shouldn’t have. Rhodri’s book mentions how helpful it was that when Drakeford was his Spad, that Drakeford would hold regular ‘Saturday coffee meetings’ with Mike Hines, the Lib Dem Group Secretary, to ‘sound out’ the Lib Dems. I am not suggesting that Lib Dems cannot be socialised with, but something underhand must have been going on because Rhodri stressed how by Drakeford doing this there was ‘no trail’ back to Rhodri or any Ministers.
In the same way that Kevin Brennan took over Rhodri’s Westminster seat in 2001, Drakeford took over Rhodri’s Assembly seat of Cardiff West when Rhodri stepped down in 2011. Rhodri and Drakeford went back a long way. Drakeford is described by Rhodri as an ‘old friend from Cardiff West’ who was a South Glamorgan County Councillor when Rhodri was a newly elected MP in 1987. The South Glamorgan County Council that had as members of many other friends and relations of Rhodri – the South Glamorgan County Council that was involved in the scam that was the development of Cardiff Bay (see post ‘Corruption Bay Special’) and was at the centre of much corruption (see post ‘More Than Politics And Local Government’).
Then Drakeford was Rhodri’s Parliamentary agent in the 1992 General Election. The one which the Windbag and his coterie really thought that the Windbag was going to win. The one which John Major won just a few days before that firebomb killed the five witnesses to the paedophile ring in north Wales (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’). The first police investigation into the possibility of the existence of a paedophile ring operating in north Wales took place in 1991-93. The North Wales Police concluded that no paedophile ring existed. Drakeford could have told them otherwise but he didn’t.
Rhodri mentions another one of his pals, Geoff Mungham, whom Rhodri describes as a ‘sociologist from Cardiff University’ although I note that Mungham’s senior lecturing post at Cardiff was in the Centre for Journalism Studies. Mungham died in 2003 and in his tribute to Mungham, Kevin Brennan stated that Mungham, through ‘his teaching probably did more to promote Cardiff to the world than any official agency’.
Mungham had been with the Centre of Journalism since 1971 and was a colleague of Brennan’s on Cardiff City Council. For many years Mungham was City Councillor for Splott. He was Secretary of the ‘Cardiff Says Yes’ Campaign for the Welsh Assembly.
Splott is a disadvantaged area of Cardiff. A friend of mine who was at medical school in Cardiff during the 1980s told me that she felt that a lot of the Top Doctors working in the University Hospital at Cardiff had a rather bad attitude to people in Splott and that this attitude was passed onto medical students. In those days, in their third year at Cardiff (ie. the first clinical year) the medical students used to be allocated a patient who was attending ante-natal clinics, to follow her through her pregnancy and the months afterwards, the idea being to study the development of a family. My mate was quite angry when the other students commiserated with her that her patient was from Splott. Particularly as the lady from Splott turned out to be very nice.
Cardiff City Councillors will have known that people from Splott were putting up with this sort of bigotry but they won’t have said a word.
Cardiff School of Journalism is very grandiose and pompous and has become particularly so since the arrival of Richard Tait, or as Tait’s mate Michael Grade emphasises, PROFESSOR Richard Tait. That’s the Michael Grade who in the 1980s offered his ticket to the Edinburgh Festival to Leon’s Brittan’s brother Samuel, after Samuel threw a hissy fit because the fully booked and sold out Festival couldn’t provide him with a ticket and accommodation at the last minute when he demanded it. How do I know this? Because my mate was working in the box office and was the person who refused to pull strings for Samuel Brittan, Samuel Brittan then wrote to Big Mike and Big Mike wrote back to Brittan telling him how appalled he was that my friend wouldn’t work a fiddle. My friend’s head was demanded on a plate but as a consequence she was given copies of the correspondence between Samuel Brittan and Michael Grade and we all had a good laugh at Michael Grade’s shameless toadying. We realised what the purpose of the toadying was when Grade became head of Channel Four not long after.
Michael Grade is now a Tory peer and everyone bangs on about his charisma and how you can tell that he’s got leadership qualities because he wears red braces and matching socks. Which as far as I can see, anyone can do although not everyone has spent their lives toadying to people because their brother is a Home Secretary. A Home Secretary who presided over a thoroughly rotten Home Office, who is known to have covered-up very serious crime related to the organised abuse of children and who has been named as a possible abuser himself.
The climax of Richard Tait’s journalistic career was ‘Nationwide’, which featured Frank Bough and Michael Barratt as well as Richard Stilgoe playing a piano and singing little ditties. Frank Bough obviously had rather more about him because he was subsequently the centre of a scandal involving prostitutes and bingeing on drugs and the BBC kicked him out. Which was a little inconsistent with their remarkably tolerant attitude to Jimmy Savile.
Richard Tait was a BBC Governor and when the Governors were abolished because of the row over Hutton, Tait was allowed to stay on with Michael Grade as a member of the new BBC Trust. Whilst Tait was a Governor, he Chaired the Governors’ Programme Complaints Committee, which heard appeals against complaints regarding BBC programmes. One of the complaints which Tait investigated came from a viewer who had watched a BBC programme about worms which was presented by Ben Fogle. Ben Fogle had described the worms as ‘slippery little suckers’ and the outraged viewer wrote in and complained because he was convinced that Ben had called the worms ‘slippery little fuckers’. I presume that the viewer in question must have been a sort of Dafydd, someone who just experiences imaginary unacceptable goings-on all around them all the time and complains (see post ‘Cottaging At Castle Gate). The BBC explained that the Complaints Committee had watched the programme four times and that the word used to describe the worms was definitely ‘suckers’.
So that’s what PROFESSOR Richard Tait, friend of Michael Grade, actually does with his time between the pompousing, the dinners and the meetings.
However, I’m sure that Richard Tait could prove very useful indeed to colleagues at Cardiff who might have close connections to Rhodri and would prefer that certain matters did not ever find their way into the media.
One of Geoff Mungham’s specialist areas was ‘political propaganda’.
‘Redesigning Democracy: The Making Of The Welsh Assembly’ is a volume co-authored by Geoff Mungham and Kevin Morgan. Kevin Morgan currently holds a Chair in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff and he is also Dean for Engagement at Cardiff. Kevin Morgan did his first degree at Leicester University in the mid 1970s. Whilst a great many people in that institution were concealing the activities of Greville Janner who was elected as a Labour MP in 1974 (see post ‘Radical Leicester And Some Other Free Radicals’). Janner’s family came from Cardiff and Janner was born there. The Janners are a legal family and Greville Janner had many links with both the Labour Party and the legal world in south Wales. From the late 1970s until 1989 Morgan worked in Sussex University, which is located at Brighton. The kids in care in north Wales were trafficked to brothels in Brighton and London owned by John Allen. The firebomb which killed the five north Wales witnesses was thrown into a building in Brighton. I would imagine that Kevin Morgan might well have known something about sex trafficking in Brighton whilst he lived there as a result of the sort of research that he was involved with. Kevin Morgan has been a member of and Chaired numerous Welsh Gov’t committees.
Rhodri’s autobiography mentions another academic whom he knew, Drakeford’s friend Mike Sullivan, Professor of Social Policy at Swansea University. Mike Sullivan is also Swansea University’s Vice President (Strategic Partnerships), Director Designate of the Morgan Academy – now which Morgan would that be named after? – and the Vice Chancellor’s Adviser (External Relations). Sullivan’s Chair is in the School of Management, because Richard Davies, the VC whom Mike advises, shut down great swathes of Swansea University some years ago, including the Social Sciences bit. Richard Davies was also accused of giving jobs to his friends and there was such discord that the staff protested to the University Visitor – which was HM Queen Lilibet – in an attempt to have Davies removed.
Davies wasn’t removed, which might have been related to Swansea University being virtually run by the friends and relatives of Rhodri Morgan (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’). No doubt as long as there is a job for Rhodri’s brother Prys and others close to Rhodri’s heart, Richard Davies will stay. Richard Davies even gave Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain a job after Chamberlain retired from St George’s Hospital Medical School, after Chamberlain had concealed a paedophile gang of which one member was the Professor of Paediatrics, Oliver Brooke and serious misconduct, including a major research fraud which resulted in Chamberlain having to resign as President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (see post ‘I Don’t Believe It!’).
Richard Davies also gave a home to Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott after she departed from Bangor University against her will, having single-handedly nearly destroyed the place during her short but notable time there (see post ‘News Round-Up, March 16 2017’). Satan-Scott was given control of Swansea’s Business School – I don’t know why, because she’s a microbiologist, but then she declared herself to be a gender specialist on the grounds that she was female (Hilary – men have a gender too). After Hilary took over the management of Swansea’s Business School, allegations of workplace bullying flew, there were numerous staff resignations, people gave jobs to their wives and friends and the students held a protest because they claimed that the Business School had acquired such a dreadful reputation that their degrees had been devalued as a result.
Mike Sullivan’s web page explains that he has worked as an applied social scientist for the last 30 years. He is an ‘acknowledged international authority’ on the politics of social policy and has carried out research on: the Labour party and social reform, the effectiveness of educational systems; devolution and social policy and the impact of state intervention on family and kinship patterns. Mike has acted as a consultant to the Serbian, Montenegrin and Hungarian governments in developing frameworks for public policy.
Over the last decade, Mike has provided advice and developed health policy for the Welsh Government. From 2007 to 2010 he was Spad on public policy to Rhodri. Mike has worked extensively with local authorities, the NHS and the Third Sector.
So Mike knows all about the mountain of shit as well then – although it doesn’t feature in his publications. Which will be why in 2010 Mike was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Medicine ‘in recognition of his contribution to health policy development and analysis’.
Mike claims that ‘he never wished to become part of University management but somehow it happened’. Just like that! Richard Davies’s adviser – it can happen to anyone.
There was another high profile figure in the Labour Party who was around for most of Rhodri’s career about whom I have so far said very little on this blog. I was reminded by someone who left a comment recently that I do need to discuss him. That is Robin Cook.
Because of the way that Robin Cook died and this happening not long after he fell out with Blair over the invasion of Iraq, a number of conspiracy theories have arisen as a result of Cook’s death. I tend to think of this when I think of Robin Cook, particularly since I met people in Scotland who really did seem to think that someone had helped Robin wave a fond farewell to this world.
The other thing that I always remember about Robin Cook is that he was married to a Top Doctor, always referred to as ‘Mrs Cook’, who exacted a very effective revenge after Cook left her for his secretary Gaynor. Mrs Cook wrote a splendid book which put the boot into Robin in a very entertaining way and did him a great deal of damage. Mrs Cook’s book among other things alleged on the part of Robin Cook serial adultery, excessive drinking, contempt for his colleagues in the Labour Party and dreadful personal habits. Mrs Cook acquired a cult following and was given a job as an agony aunt in a newspaper or magazine and she also took to the airwaves in Scotland and began broadcasting. I went on holiday to The Gambia just after Mrs Cook had published her book and I was gobsmacked to find that Mrs Cook was the talk of The Gambia as well – they had heard about her on the World Service. I was really impressed when a number of people asked me if I knew Mrs Cook – well I suppose that I was from the UK, so I could have bumped into her somewhere. During the discussions that I had about Mrs Cook in The Gambia, I discovered that the reason why she’d taken The Gambia by storm was that she was being compared to the wives of African leaders and as one young man told me ‘no wife of an African leader would ever have dared do that’. Well they aren’t Mrs Cook.
When I realised the extent of the pleasing of the Top Doctors that had gone on among Labour Party figures and the wilful ignoring of the naked greed and criminal behaviour of some leading lights in the BMA, I did bear in mind that Mrs Cook was a Top Doctor – a consultant haematologist – and that she and her network will have been ruthlessly colluded with. What I had missed however was that during his time as the MP for Edinburgh Central, 1974-83 and Livingstone, 1983-05, Robin Cook served as the Shadow Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1987-89 and then as Shadow Secretary of State for Health, 1989-92, under the Windbag. That puts Cook at the scene of a great many crimes – the Windbag ignored some pretty horrific things on the part of the paedophiles’ friends during those years. The death of Michael Carr MP at the hands of Walton Hospital (see post ‘News From Sicily’) for one, as well as the excesses and serious crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see posts ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ and ‘I Warn You…’).
Cook was a Scottish Labour politician so he will have known much about the people and the events discussed in my post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’, as well as all the other dirt that everyone at Westminster picked up. Medicine is an incredibly incestuous world and Mrs Cook being a Top Doctor in Scotland married to an MP who later became a Cabinet Minister – Foreign Secretary at that – will have mixed with the best in Top Doctor Circles. Mrs Cook will have known Dr Death, as well as Sir Kenneth Calman, who served as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland as well as for England and Wales and who moved mountains in terms of concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’). Mrs Cook will have known Sam Galbraith, the Top Doctor who was begged to become a Labour MP by someone whilst the Windbag led the Party just when it looked as though all might be revealed about Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘I Warn You…’). The plan to get Big Sam on side rather backfired on the Windbag and Tony Francis, because Sam Galbraith turned out to be a complete shit who didn’t have any interest in being a politician, who insulted the rest of them and who made it quite clear that they were a load of fools and that he was a neurosurgeon who was going to do what he felt like and furthermore the purpose of Gov’t chauffeurs and official cars was to take Galbraith out from Glasgow to his boat at weekends.
Rhodri states in his book that he was friends with Sam Galbraith.
Windbag – was there anyone at all whom you wouldn’t toady to in your attempts to become PM? Sam Galbraith must have been the worst recruitment decision that you ever made, you might as well have invited Dafydd to become a Minister, he’d have probably done less damage.
Robin Cook has to shoulder a great deal of the blame for the idiocy which reigned supreme under the Windbag – it was Cook who managed the Windbag’s leadership campaign in 1983. Cook was considered a moderniser and assisted the Windbag and Mandy in this.
Cook went back a long way, he was an MP in Wilson’s and Callaghan’s Gov’ts so he will have known about the skulduggery over which they presided and the scandals that they kept quiet – including George Thomas and Greville Janner and of course politicians from other parties doing equally unsavoury things such as Cyril Smith, Jeremy Thorpe and Sir Peter Morrison. Cook was a member of the Tribune group of the PLP and in 1988 was elected to the NEC.
Mrs Cook may have known another Top Doctor who facilitated the activities of Dafydd and the paedophiles – Dr DGE Wood, the corrupt GP. Wood came from the Bristol area, went to Bristol Medical School and his parents continued to live down there after Wood moved to north Wales. Wood’s father was a Top Doctor as well. Mrs Cook came from Bristol and she and Robin were married there. Evidence in my possession shows that Wood was very pro-active in approaching people who were in a position to assist him in running the sex trafficking ring or doing me damage – I also think that Wood had some sort of connection with Dr Death.
In true Top Doctor style, Mrs Cook delivered a boot to the groin of Blair and the Gov’t in 2002. She resigned from her job as a Top Doctor, claiming that the NHS was being used by Blair’s Ministers as a ‘political football’. Of course it was Mrs Cook and the Top Doctors took maximum advantage of that. If the NHS wasn’t used as a political football, Dafydd et al would have simply been arrested and charged – instead the BMA used the desperation among politicians to conceal what was going on to negotiate high salaries for themselves. Mrs Cook’s criticisms sound very familiar – there’s not enough money for Top Doctors, there’s a recruitment crisis and she can’t bear the stress anymore. Just imagine the stress if you were illegally imprisoned in a dungeon in Denbigh Mrs Cook and everybody ignored the crimes of the person who had done it.
Mrs Cook was a haematologist. So she’d know about the ‘tainted blood’ scandal – which resulted in NHS patients knowingly being given infected blood products over many years under different Gov’ts, many of those patients subsequently dying. Mrs Cook would also know about other blood borne infections. Such as HIV. Furthermore Mrs Cook worked in a hospital in Edinburgh – in the late 80s/early 90s Edinburgh had one of the worst rates of HIV infection.
Mrs Cook will have known that the only way that Chief Medical Officer Sir Donald Acheson persuaded Thatcher and Norman Fowler to allow the ‘Don’t Die Of Ignorance’ HIV public education campaign which made references to gay sex was because Acheson had explained slowly and clearly that this was an infection which led to a terminal illness, that there was no effective treatment and that the chances of becoming infected were particularly high if people were having promiscuous gay sex. As Thatcher and Fowler knew damn well that some of their colleagues were using rent boys for this purpose and could well die, the public education campaign was given the go ahead. Mrs Cook will also have known that the young men dying of AIDS in the late 80s receiving visits from Princess Diana who ‘had been rejected by their families’ were very frequently the kids who had grown up in care and had been trafficked for sex. They died without anyone admitting what had happened (see post ‘Apocalypse Now’).
Someone else who knew about the gore that was being kept quiet by the DoH was David Miliband. Rhodri Morgan wrote the Health part of the 1992 Welsh Labour manifesto with the Health Advisory Group – although I don’t remember seeing any mention of the abuse and trafficking of kids in care and then keeping them in a dungeon if they complained in that manifesto. Miliband was working as an advisor at the time and argued with Rhodri over the wording of the manifesto – Miliband wanted a form of wording that the NHS unions and the Socialist Health Association would be happy with. They just mustn’t be upset must they.
Gov’t car for you and your family out to your boat on a Saturday Dr Galbraith? No problem.
David Miliband did of course share the same Uncle Harry who was popularised by Ed Miliband. Uncle Harry aka Professor Harry Keen who inspired and cared and was dedicated to the NHS. Uncle Harry who had a Chair at Guy’s and St Thomas’s, who’s colleagues became millionaires by abandoning their NHS patients whilst they buggered off down to Harley Street for the rest of the day – the Guys and Tommy’s where Dafydd’s mate Professor Jim Watson established his sex therapy clinic, after having slummed it over at St George’s for years where he’d concealed the paedophile gang along with everyone else there (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’). Uncle Harry was a member of the Socialist Health Association (see post ‘Inside Information About A Hergest Unit Death’). As was Dr Brian Gibbons, who was appointed Health Minister in Rhodri’s Welsh Gov’t and who wrote to me saying that ‘this correspondence is over’ when I told him that I had documentary evidence of serious criminal activity in the NHS in north Wales.
David Miliband will have known about the abuse of vulnerable people before 1992, because his first job after he left university in 1989 was as a political analyst at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Not only were many of the organisations under that umbrella concealing the abuse of vulnerable people – such as MIND – but many of the people working in the NCVO, particularly at senior levels, had concealed abuse and wrongdoing themselves in their previous jobs in services where vulnerable people, including children, had been abused.
From 1989-94, Miliband worked as a Research Fellow and policy analyst at the IPPR. He was appointed Secretary of the IPPR’s Commission on Social Justice upon its foundation in 1992 by the then leader of the Labour Party, John Smith.
Uncle Harry’s nephew is certainly a man who knows about social justice. He must have been good at keeping his mouth shut as well because in 1994 Blair appointed Miliband as Head of Policy and he contributed to Labour’s 1997 General Election manifesto. After Labour’s election victory, Blair made Miliband the de facto head of the PM’s Policy Unit, a position which Miliband held until 2001.
In 2001 David Miliband was elected as Labour MP for South Shields. So Miliband joined all those other mates of Blair’s in the north east who were keeping the lid on the paedophile ring up there which had operated for years and had strong links to Dafydd’s lot in north Wales.
As far as Miliband goes, the rest is history – Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, Foreign Secretary, mate of Hillary Clinton’s and now the President of the International Rescue Committee.
And it all began when Miliband ensured that the wording of the 1992 Labour manifesto was acceptable to people who were colluding with a paedophile gang…
Obviously with Rhodri having an interest in health policy, Rhodri was keen to contribute in any way that he could, so he supplied bad news NHS stories to the Mirror, to let everyone know just how much patients suffer under Tory Cuts. As opposed to when Tony Blair chucks money at the Top Doctors and Mrs Cook still tells everyone that it’s all dreadful and the stress has made her resign, in the same way that many GPs are now retiring in their mid to late 50s because they can’t take anymore. It does of course help that their pension pots are so big that unlike most other people – except of course the Denbigh nurses who retired at 55 to spend time on their yachts or at their second homes in Florida (see post ‘A Solicitor’s Letter from North East Wales MIND’) – GPs can retire in their 50s and still enjoy a comfortable life.
The Wales NHS horse was mercilessly flogged again for the 1997 General Election campaign. Blair made a campaign visit to Wales on 2 Feb and he visited Ty Maeth, the HQ of the RCN in the grounds of the University Hospital of Wales. Rhodri’s wife Julie was the host MP! Julie was present at the public unveiling of the RCN’s new childcare system. As Julie Morgan was a former social worker who’s colleagues were involved in concealing child abuse and Julie had previously been the Deputy Director of Barnardo’s whilst some Barnardo’s staff abused children in their care and also had links to Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales, Julie was clearly the right person to be doing that. Whilst Blair was being taken on the RCN tour of North Korea, elaborate plans were being laid in north Wales to transfer me to a secure unit after framing me for ‘threatening’ an Angel – an Angel who would, a few months after Blair met the NHS staff of Pyongyang, obligingly perjure herself (see posts ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’ and ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’). Blair’s tour also included a visit to the University of Glamorgan (now known as the University of South Wales), an institution which has excelled in giving honorary degrees and fellowships to those who have protected the paedophiles and patient batterers, including the Director of the RCN in Wales, Tina Donnelly (see post ‘Oh To Be In Receipt Of Academic Honours’).
John Major also visited north Wales in the 1997 General Election campaign. He gave his last Welsh Conservative Party speech before the election at Kinsale Hall Hotel, Flintshire, at the heart of the paedophiles’ biggest umbrella. Kinsale Hall Hotel is near to Holywell and the other places where many former staff of the North Wales Hospital lived. Whilst Major was addressing the paedophiles’ friends, not so far away in Ewloe Sir Ronnie Waterhouse had opened the Waterhouse Inquiry.
There are a couple of other references in Rhodri’s book to visits to Paedophilia Central by senior New Labour figures at the time of the Waterhouse Inquiry. Philip Gould went to Wrexham to conduct two of those focus groups which made him a laughing stock. The focus groups in question concerned people’s views on devolution. New Labour didn’t bother to dispatch anyone to make any inquiries about the paedophile gang which had its centre at Wrexham in the guise of Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn for so many years. Nearly every councillor and MP in the region was colluding with the gang, but someone could have had a word with the Labour Wrexham Councillor Malcolm King who was the one person who wasn’t (see post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake’).
When the devolution campaign begun, Blair himself arrived in Wrexham. I bet he gave Councillor King a wide berth. Rhodri states that Blair was greeted as a Messiah and that there was a huge turn out. From what is now known about how Thatcher’s and Blair’s campaigns were organised, it was highly probable that there was nothing spontaneous about that huge turn out.
Previously on this blog I have discussed how the trade unions not only failed to blow the whistle on the abuse of children in care and psychiatric patients but actually provided abusers with protection in terms of legal advice and support even in cases where it was admitted that they had abused the people whom they were paid to care for (see post ‘A Very COHSE Relationship With Some Very Nasty People?’). David Williams, a former Angel from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh held senior roles in COHSE for decades and ended up as the General Secretary. The corrupt MSF reps at St George’s Hospital Medical School were using their knowledge of criminal wrongdoing to simply gain more power and status for themselves.
In terms of those abusing children in care, NUPE and NALGO defended them under all circumstances. Some of those accused of abuse, including in north Wales, were shop stewards in these unions. Whistleblowers found that these unions would not respond to their concerns. Although Alison Taylor was a paid-up member of NUPE when she raised concerns about the abuse of children in north Wales and when Gwynedd County Council took disciplinary action against her, NUPE dropped their representation of Alison after being subject to ‘persuasion’ by Gwynedd County Council. One social worker in north Wales who was guilty of serious abuse of children was nonetheless represented by NALGO who negotiated an early retirement package for him. A psychiatrist’s letter was produced in support. I think that I can guess which psychiatrist might have written that letter.
There is no doubt that people at the top of the unions representing abusers knew what the score was and exactly whom they were protecting (see post ‘Mary Turner – An Appreciation’ and ‘I Warn You…’).
Rhodri’s book supplies the names of some of the key figures in the union movement in Wales – Rhodri himself was associated with the TGWU. George Wright is mentioned as the Welsh T&G Area Regional Secretary. Wright became General Secretary of the TGWU and General Secretary of the Wales TUC. Wright famously stated that he knew what his members wanted and that was ‘one person, one vote: I’m the person’. Wright was a protege of the TGWU’s leader Jack Jones. These were very powerful men at one time. If they had wanted to take on Dafydd and the paedophiles they could have. Rhodri mentions that Wright’s deputy in running the Wales Region of the T&G was Jim Hancock – Hancock was Chair of the Welsh Labour Executive.
Jim Hancock became Regional Secretary of the TGWU. In Nov 2000 the TGWU was accused of ignoring local people in Bethesda at a commemoration of the centenary of the Penrhyn Quarry lock-out. The dispute was an historic one and was a key step in the development of trade unionism. The TGWU inherited the mantle of the pioneering old North Wales Quarrymen’s Union, which merged with the TGWU in the 1950s. People in Bethesda were not only not invited to the event but few of them even know about it. Tom Jones, the organiser of the TGWU in north Wales, stated that no snub had been intended.
Among the ‘VIPs’ who were invited were Rhodri; Derek Gregory, the Chairman of TUC Cymru; the actor John Ogwen (who came from Bethesda); paedophiles’ friend Glyn Owen, the Chairman of Gwynedd County Council; paedophiles’ friend Betty Williams, Labour MP for Conwy; Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly and Tom Jones, Jim Hancock and Jimmy Elsby, representing the TGWU.
I have heard Dafydd Elis-Thomas speak about the need to rescue the patients and then close down the Hergest Unit and I saw him give a paedophiles’ friend a good bollocking for giving Wales a bad name on one occasion, but I am not aware that ANY of the other ‘VIPs’ named above had ever shown any interest at all in the plight of the victims of Dafydd and the paedophiles – and Glyn Owen and Betty Williams were most definitely of the paedophiles’ friends themselves. Gwynedd County Council hosted the paedophile gang – Owen was Chairman and Betty Williams had sat on the Council for years whilst the paedophile gang were busy. Betty also failed to respond to Hergest patients who contacted her after they had suffered abuse at the hands of staff and had me thrown out of Tesco when she was campaigning in there after I asked her why she was ignoring what was going on in the Hergest Unit.
In 2005 a ding dong in Court revealed serious abuses of procedure at the TGWU. Hancock was named in the case as was Mr Harriet Harman aka Jack Dromey.
In 2010 the UCU expressed fears about the future of Coleg Harlech after Jim Hancock was commissioned by the Welsh Gov’t to report on the future of the Coleg and recommended that there should be no more investment there. Coleg Harlech has now died a death, which is a great pity because I know some people who maintain that Coleg Harlech transformed their lives and some very good historians were employed there, although sadly there was a contingent of paedophiles’ friends lurking within.
As the UCU shed tears over the future of Coleg Harlech, it reminded everyone that what ‘makes Coleg Harlech so unique is the residential provision it offers. For the most vulnerable learners, including ex-offenders, people with mental health conditions and drug addicts that have kicked their habits, this is vital. It places them in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn and where they can begin to turn their lives around’.
So the well-paid of north Wales suddenly woke up to the fact that the scant educational provision for the people whom had been kicked in the teeth for decades whilst the well-paid remained silent was about to disappear and that the well-paid were in danger of losing their jobs. Christ, let’s have a campaign!
Whilst UCU shed crocodile years over the fate of vulnerable students, Eileen Tilley, the UCU rep at Bangor University, colluded with the paedophiles’ friends in attacks on those who had spilt the paedophiles’ pints (see post ‘News Round Up, May 12 2017′) because Eileen wanted a seat on the National Executive of UCU.
In 2001 Coleg Harlech merged with the WEA (north Wales). The north Wales WEA was/is dominated by the paedophiles’ friends. I witnessed one such leading light in the WEA -Annie Williams – give a lecture on the plight of the insane and the poor in Beaumaris in previous centuries. Annie got quite a few things wrong but luckily there was someone in the audience who actually knew about the subject and was able to advise Annie. At one point Annie pretended to cry at the knowledge of how the insane and destitute were treated in those days and she made comparisons with the Tory Cuts of today. One of Annie Williams’s colleagues at the WEA is friendly with an Angel in the Hergest Unit who is mistreating one of his kids. Annie’s colleague knows about this but is protecting the Angel and asked me to stop telling people that patients were being abused in Hergest.
When Annie Williams found out that I had an interest in Wimmins’ Studies (or as some of us would say, gender theory) and that I worked at Bangor University, Annie presumed that I worked with Meri Huws aka the Crack of Doom. I explained that I didn’t and mentioned the name of the person whom I did work with, a man who had come under serious attack for spilling the pints of the paedophiles. Annie made a contemptuous noise, wrinkled her nose, walked away and didn’t speak to me again. Well my former colleague might be in possession of testicles Annie, but he’d have never made the elementary mistakes that you made in your lecture. Neither did he collude with a gang of child molesters and those who protected them.
Other bigwigs from the TGWU in Wales with whom Rhodri was mates were Nev Taylor, Teifion Davies and John Bingham.
Liz Lewis was the north Wales TGWU organiser. I have not been able to find out anything about Liz other than that she was based among the paedophiles’ friends in Flintshire. There is a passing reference to Liz Lewis on a ‘Red Watch’ website which seems to have been created by some sort of far-right group and features photos and info about who Red Watch believes are dangerous Commie revolutionaries.
Two of my former colleagues from Bangor University are featured on the website. One of them is Julia Wardhaugh, a criminologist whom Red Watch believes is a ‘Marxist Feminist’ and an expert in ‘hate speech’. Red Watch, you really don’t need to worry about Julia – she caused much resentment at Bangor because she could barely make it into work most days. She has sat in Bangor University for years drawing a senior lecturer’s salary whilst much more junior staff – or even unpaid postgrads – do virtually all of her work for her. I never worked out whether Julia was a paedophiles’ friend because I only ever saw her about a dozen times during the years that I worked in the same academic dept as her. I used to speculate with a friend about what Julia actually DID when she wasn’t coming to work. Did she just sit at home watching TV? Or was she going on Himalayan expeditions? She could have been doing the latter because she wasn’t seen for months at a time. The occasions on which Julia did appear however were when meetings were being held to discuss plans to oppose any redundancies in the university. She made sure that she turned up to them. You have nothing to worry about Red Watch, Julia Wardhaugh will not be leading the revolution, she could never be bothered to put in the effort required.
Another Dangerous Revolutionary outed by Red Watch was Professor Charlotte Williams, formerly of Bangor University, latterly of Keele University. Charlotte Williams was a good deal more industrious than Julia and Charlotte is one of the few people who has published intelligent work on black ethnic identity and Welshness. Charlotte has thought about that a lot, because she is black, grew up in Bethesda but is not Welsh speaking and throughout her whole life has been told that she isn’t really Welsh. Charlotte Williams is well known in north Wales because she was subjected to an all out hate campaign by a group of paedophiles’ friends. God they hated Charlotte, they made her life hell. She was subjected to overt racism for daring to be black and when a leaving party was held for her at Bangor it was attended by a paedophiles’ friend who told a student ‘I am only going to make sure that she does leave’. Whatever Charlotte published was trashed by a paedophiles’ friend – usually a deeply unpleasant man called Glyn Williams aka Glyn Patagonia. She never achieved the recognition that she deserved which was why she left Bangor University – it was quite clear that Charlotte was never going to be given the Chair that she obviously should have one day. She went to Keele and was given a Chair very quickly.
However there is a huge mystery surrounding Charlotte. She absolutely must have been a paedophiles’ friend herself. She spent decades working in social work, both as a social worker, a tutor and then as Director of Social Work at Bangor University. She sat on numerous Welsh Gov’t committees advising on social work throughout the paedophile years and was awarded the standard gong of the paedophiles’ friends, an OBE. Charlotte grew up and worked for virtually her entire career in the midst of Paedophilia Central. She definitely knew what was happening but as far as I understood – and I knew a number of people who knew Charlotte well and liked her – she never, ever said one word or raised a concern about the rampant serious abuse which she knew was happening. She was also very frosty to me and avoided me like the plague although she knew that I was good friends with someone who had been very supportive to her.
I have to be fair and entertain the notion that Charlotte might have been simply scared shitless of the murdering bastards. Well you’ve retired now Charlotte, you are well away from them and I think that as a key witness to what they did, you now need to come forward and give evidence.
I don’t know where Charlotte is living now, but after a life and career spent in north Wales she upped and went to Australia for a few years, but later returned to the UK. As I remember, Charlotte felt the call of Oz just as Operation Pallial launched the re-investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Charlotte must have returned at some point after the Macur Review confirmed that Waterhouse was no cover-up and that the paedophile ring in north Wales was not linked with rings anywhere else and there were no Westminster figures involved. I don’t think that Lady Justice Macur interviewed witnesses though. She couldn’t, they’d buggered off to Australia after they got wind that the Review would be taking place.
So there were a great many people providing protection to a paedophile gang and those who facilitated it. The unions of course paid for the best legal representation. The solicitors of the GMB were a company called Leo Abse and Cohen…
There was a Labour MP who was also a great friend of Dafydd and the paedophiles who has so far escaped being mentioned on this blog. Gareth Thomas, the MP for Clwyd West, 1997-05.
Gareth Thomas ticks just about every box in terms of the criteria needed to be of outstanding service to Dafydd and the paedophiles. Thomas was born in Penygroes in Gwynedd, but grew up on Merseyside – however he is a fluent Welsh speaker. He graduated in law from Aberystwyth University in 1976 and worked in the insurance industry and in the West Indies. Since 1986 Thomas has been a barrister in private practice, specialising in personal injury. Thomas is a member of AMICUS. MSF, the union whose corrupt reps at St George’s concealed so much wrongdoing, became part of AMICUS after a merger.
Gareth Thomas was a member of Flintshire County Council, 1995-97 and in 2001 was appointed PPS to Paul Murphy, Secretary of State for Wales. In 2002 he moved with Murphy when Murphy was appointed Secretary of State for N Ireland.
Thomas lives near Ruthin and now works as a barrister at Atlantic Chambers Liverpool.
Blair must have been delighted to have Thomas representing that seat whilst the Waterhouse Inquiry was going on and then when the cover-up was published.
Previous posts including ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’ and ‘Cottaging At Castle Gate’ provided details of the insanity and corruption which prevailed (and still does prevail) in the mental health services in north Wales, as evidenced by the documents in my possession – the lies being told about and to patients, the complete failure to investigate the most serious complaints and the lies subsequently told that complaints had been properly investigated but had been found to be groundless, the constant attempts to prosecute patients who had complained, the admissions that staff were committing perjury to do this and the collusion with all this by scores of people at the highest echelons, as well as by numerous lawyers.
I mentioned that I have many documents that contain clues that documents have been forged or amended/written at a later date than claimed. This seems to be true of a number of documents which are alleged to be correspondence between Alun Davies and the Welsh Office in 1988 and 1989.
In July 1989 an inquiry was finally held into my earlier very serious complaints about Dafydd, Tony Francis and Gwynedd Social Services, regarding events in 1986-87. The hearing was organised by Professor Robert Owen the corrupt Medical Ombudsman appointed by the Welsh Office (see post ‘In Memoriam – Professor Robert Owen’) and was led by Professor Robert Bluglass, who was as corrupt as the rest of them, who knew Dafydd and was a close colleague of Tony Francis’s former mentor Ian Brockington (see post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’). Most aspects of my complaint were not even investigated and evidence from an Angel that Dafydd had lied to Bluglass during the hearing was ignored as was evidence from Angels that Dafydd had entered into a corrupt deal with Superintendent Roberts at Bangor Police Station to unlawfully arrest and imprison me (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’). Bluglass concluded that Dafydd and paedophiles were ‘caring’ people who had been ‘harassed’ by me and that I was a psychopath with a ‘homicidal capacity’ who would ‘end up in Broadmoor’.
It was very, very difficult ever getting that farce of an investigation. Letters from me to NHS officials were simply ignored, which is where these allegations of me ‘harassing’ people arose from. I had to write to both Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities repeatedly, because I was either not receiving replies or when I did, barefaced lies were told. Gwynedd Social Services refused to speak to me even on the phone and after only my second letter of complaint to them they served an injunction on me preventing me from writing to them ever again – an injunction gained on the basis of the perjury of two social workers, one of whom had never met me (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’). My complaint re Gwynedd Social Services was that I had been threatened by Alun Davies and then unlawfully detained in Ysbyty Gwynedd by one of their social workers. I now have documents that demonstrate that was exactly what happened. The complaint has never been investigated. Months after serving the injunction on me, Gwynedd Social Services tried to have me imprisoned for breaching it – on the basis of their staff perjuring themselves in Court in Chester (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’).
The letters written to other people by Mr D. Hinchliffe, the administrator at the North Wales Hospital, demonstrate that Hinchliffe repeatedly wrote to Dafydd after I complained, but Dafydd ignored Hinchliffe’s letters. Peter Higson couldn’t get a reply out of Dafydd either and Hinchliffe and Higson agreed that Dafydd wasn’t following complaints procedures. Their solution was for Hinchliffe to write to me and tell me that my complaint had been investigated and was found to be groundless. This was happening during 1987. The letters demonstrating that this was happening were written by D. Keith Jones – a senior nurse at the North Wales Hospital – David Ewart at the Mental Health Act Commission Regional Office in Liverpool and Dr Duncan Egdell of Clwyd Health Authority, as well as by Dafydd, Hinchliffe and Higson. Names mentioned on the letters – people who were colluding with this way of dealing with serious complaint – included Terence James (social worker) and Dr Ramiah Ramaiah, one of Dafydd’s corrupt Top Doctor associates who turned up to ‘assess’ me whilst I was in Denbigh and concluded that I was most wicked . All of these people were involved in a flat refusal to ensure that any investigation took place and that a series of lies were told to me and indeed about me.
On July 13 1987 Hinchliffe wrote to Dr Duncan Egdell regarding Dafydd not responding to my complaints. The letter explains that the Mental Health Act Commission were also complaining about delays in response to their complaints and that they will be writing to Clwyd Health Authority. Hinchliffe states ‘I am therefore writing to advise you of the current situation and at the request of the Members of the Health Authority attached to the Unit [North Wales Hospital] to see whether you could offer any assistance in resolving the situation’. CC Mrs Mars-Jones, Mr Drennan.
Mrs Mars-Jones – referred to on another document as Mrs D. Mars-Jones – I am fairly sure is the wife of David Mars-Jones from near Denbigh. I think that David Mars-Jones is the younger brother of Sir William Mars-Jones, corrupt judge and paedophiles’ friend (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’). I have been sent information alleging that Mars-Jones’s son Adam – who became a very well-known novelist – as a young man used to visit Bryn Alyn. Adam Mars-Jones is gay and wrote a biography of his father in which he claims that his father was incredibly homophobic and thought that Adam could be ‘cured’ by sex with the right sort of (female) people. I presume that Mrs Mars-Jones was a member of Clwyd Health Authority.
Letters written by Dafydd to Hinchliffe (dated 21 July 1987) and by David Ewart to Hinchliffe (dated 8 Aug 1987) make reference to the plan and attempt by Dafydd to have me framed and imprisoned for ‘attempting to stab a doctor with a knife’) (see post ‘Workers’ Play Time’). Ewart himself was fully on board with this conspiracy.
A letter from Duncan Egdell to Hinchliffe dated 27 July 1987 states that ‘I enclose herewith for your information and that of Mrs Mars-Jones and Mr Drennan (to whom I am copying this), a copy of a letter I have today sent to Dr DA Jones though I have not indicated that on the top copy that I am doing so. I do hope it achieves the desired effect and shall look forward to hearing whether it does’. Copies to Mrs D. Mars-Jones and Mr R.F. Drennan.
What was going on? I can find no clues among my documents as to what Egdell was up to – but it was obviously a bit of deception involving Hinchliffe, Dafydd, Mrs Mars-Jones and Mr Drennan.
David Ewart wrote to Hinchliffe on 11 Sep 1987 pointing out that the Mental Health Act Commission still hadn’t had answers to two questions posed in their letter of 11 June. By this time Ewart had probably found out that the plan to imprison me for ‘attempting to stab a junior doctor’ had not worked. Ewart had initially been under the mistaken belief that they’d got away with it because Dafydd jumped the gun and wrote to Ewart telling him that I had been taken to Risley Remand Centre – Dafydd didn’t realise at that time that the police had protected me from further false allegations by Janice Davies the senior nurse at the North Wales Hospital and that a nursing officer at Ysbyty Gwynedd had made a statement which evidenced that it was a lie that I had tried to stab someone and so I had been released from Bangor Police Station.
On 5 Jan 1988 PM Rees (an administrator with Gwynedd Health Authority) wrote a ‘note for file’ referring to a meeting ‘this afternoon 4 Jan 1989’ between Prof Owen, Alun Davies, Sandra Phillips, PM Rees and Robyn Williams (an administrator at Gwynedd Health Authority). Rees explains that he phoned Duncan Egdell of Clwyd Health Authority to ask if my original letter to him detailed my complaints about Gwynedd Health Authority. Egdell confirmed that it did and that a letter had been received from me ‘ages ago’, but neither Egdell or anyone else addressed my complaints because ‘it was none of their business’. Rees noted that ‘it apparently did not occur to them to send us a copy so that we could look into the Gwynedd aspects of the complaint ourselves’. Rees stated that Egdell will be faxing my letter over to Gwynedd, that he ‘will communicate this information to Prof Owen’ and will instigate the first of the two stages of the clinical judgement complaints procedure ‘as quickly as possible with a view to having it dealt with (if considered still necessary) at the third stage hearing, tentatively to be held at the end of Jan’.
PM Rees dates the note as 5 Jan 1988, but refers to a meeting that day, 4 Jan 1989. If one was dealing with normal people, this could be explained as a simply typo. But we are not talking normal people here as we shall see.
This memo is extraordinary anyway. Not only because of the apparent lack of communication between Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities, who were responsible JOINTLY for providing the psychiatric services in north Wales – Gwynedd patients were regularly sent to the North Wales Hospital although it was managed by Clwyd and Dafydd had beds at Ysbyty Gwynedd and held clinics there, although his contract of employment was held by Clwyd – but also because of Gwynedd’s claims not to know the details of my complaints against them. They had received numerous letters from me detailing my complaints – Tony Francis had served a High Court injunction on me stopping me from writing any more of them to him and Gwynedd Health Authority were consulting with the crooked Welsh Office lawyer Andrew Park with a view to also gaining an injunction against me stopping me writing letters of complaint. They were in no doubt at all regarding the details of my complaint. Furthermore, the Mental Health Acts Commission by then had also written to Gwynedd Health Authority asking them to respond to their own questions after I had written to the MHAC. The MHAC had told Gwynedd Health Authority that the appropriate report and documentation had not been provided by Gwynedd Social Services when I had been threatened by Davies and then detained at Ysbyty Gwynedd in the autumn of 1986 – so that detention was unlawful…
Gwynedd knew exactly where the land lay, even if Duncan Egdell couldn’t be arsed to write to them.
This memo was in my files alongside an undated ‘report’ about me written by Tony Francis. It is a substantial report in which Francis does his best to present his skills as a psychotherapist. His conclusion is simple – that I am a ‘paranoid litigant’ who’s complaints cannot be taken seriously and have no substance. Which is exactly what Dafydd said about Mary Wynch when she sued him after he had her unlawfully arrested and imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital for a year – Mary won that case (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’).
There is a letter to PM Rees from Duncan Egdell with a copy of my original complaint to Egdell (which was dated 2 March 1987) and letters of complaint written by me on 10 and 11 Dec 1987 because my original complaint had not been addressed. My letter of 11 Dec 1987 addressed to Mr Griffiths, the General Administrator of Clwyd Health Authority, mentioned that I am now writing to him because I have received a letter from Hempsons (the MDU solicitors) who are threatening to seek my imprisonment on the grounds that my letters of complaint to Gwynedd Health Authority broke the personal injunction that Francis obtained against me. (I was not imprisoned because I had not broken Francis’s injunction.)
This letter from Egdell was dated 4 Jan 1989. Again, it would normally be presumed that this was just an error and it was meant to be 4 Jan 1988 – but when I looked closely at some of the other documents, it was clear that there was something highly irregular about many of them.
On 20 April 1988, Duncan Egdell, Community Physician, finally wrote to the Medical Officer for Complaints at the Welsh Office regarding my complaint about Dafydd. Egdell wites ‘please note that some of the enclosed papers are libellous [an interesting way of describing the most serious aspects of my complaint about Dafydd]. I am sending them to you under confidential cover because you have a legitimate interest in receiving them. We do have to guard ourselves against any allegations that we have ‘published’ libellous material’. Egdell mentions in his letter that he doesn’t know which Medical Officer will be handling the case. Yet in Jan 1988 PM Rees had documented a meeting to ‘discuss’ me as a result of my complaint – to which Prof Robert Owen and Uncle Tom Cobley and all had been invited. Although Rees stated that the meeting took place in Jan 1989…. QUE???
Presumably the ‘libellous material’ concern is why there do not seem to be any official records anywhere of the many complaints from patients about Dafydd’s sexual misconduct. No-one could write them down because it would libelling Dafydd! Which explains why in 1989 Bluglass stated that I described my interactions with Gwynne the lobotomist in ‘highly negative terms’. What I remember saying to Bluglass – and to a number of other people – was that Gwynne had sexually propositioned me, lied about me to discredit me, that Dr DGE Wood told me that I was ‘not allowed to complain’ when I did complain and then yelled at me to ‘drop it or you will find yourself in trouble’.
You didn’t tell me that people were going to try to murder me Wood!
I have a copy of an internal memorandum from Tony Francis to Alun Davies dated 29 Nov 1988. It thanks Davies for a letter from Duncan Egdell and states ‘please note that he requests copies [underlined] of the notes rather than the originals. I would be grateful if [my] notes could be kept in the hospital as I may need them for the coming High Court action’.
This memo isn’t signed by Francis, it simply has ‘pp’ and then two initials – a D and another one which looks as though it is a G, an E or a B. It it stamped as being received by Gwynedd Health Authority, 30 Nov 1988.
I have in my possession a letter purporting to be from Alun Davies to Mrs L. Canning, Welsh Office, Cathays Park, Cardiff, dated 1 Dec 1988. [Lesley Canning was Prof Robert Owen’s secretary.] It reads ‘Please find enclosed three copies of the Gwynedd case notes for this lady. will forward my correspondence when photocopying done’. Davies also stated in this letter that he was ascertaining who the Registered Medical Officer was and who the police surgeon was who saw me at Bangor Police Station when Dafydd had me arrested in Dec 1986.
This letter is not signed – despite accompanying the delivery of confidential documents crucial to an investigation.
I also have a copy of a letter purporting to be from Alun Davies to Chief Inspector Parry, Bangor Police Station, dated Dec 1988 – I can’t work out the day, the typing is blurred. Davies says in this letter that he’s been asked by the Chairman of the Inquiry Panel [ie. Prof Robert Owen] to ascertain who the police surgeon was.
The letter is not signed. Which seems a little odd for an NHS official writing to a Chief Inspector regarding an Inquiry after a patient alleged serious criminality on the part of the NHS, the social services and the police.
I have a copy of a letter to Alun Davies from ‘Superintendent for Chief Superintendent’ – signed by what looks like someone called Edwards or it might be Rowlands – dated 12 Dec 1988. it makes reference to ‘your letter of 7 December 1988 regarding the above named and her complaint to Clwyd Health Authority’. The letter informs Davies that Dr K Shah was the police surgeon who attended Bangor Police Station after Dafydd ordered that I be arrested in Dec 1986 and that Ann Williams was the social worker. The letter is signed and stamped as received by Gwynedd Health Authority, Ysbyty Gwynedd, on 18 Dec 1988. The letter bears the address of the North Wales Police Divisional HQ at Maesincla, Caernarfon and is marked with ‘ref TJE/CVD’.
I have a copy of an internal memorandum from PM Rees but signed by ‘SA Phillips for PM Rees’ [which will be Sandra Phillips, who rose to high office as a corrupt NHS manager in the mental health services in north Wales]. Alun Davies’s name appears at the top of the document., which is dated 15 Dec [no year]. It states ‘I refer to my memorandum of the 21 Nov 1988. I understand that Dr Francis has no objection to disclosure of [my] case notes to the Independent Professional Review being held in Clwyd and I should be grateful therefore if you could let me have two copies as soon as possible’. There is a reference to the ‘last letter’ that they had received from me, in which I had the temerity to dispute that Dafydd was my doctor. I did indeed do this. At no point did I ever ask to see Dafydd. In the autumn of 1986 I was unlawfully detained at Ysbyty Gwynedd and the Angel in charge of the ward Bridget Lloyd refused to let me go until I’d spent 20 mins alone in a room with Dafydd. Dafydd tried to talk to me about sex, I refused to discuss any such thing with him, asked him what the hell he thought that he was doing, whereupon Dafydd told me that he would only let me go if I agreed to leave the town of Bangor immediately and if I ever returned I’d be arrested. I thought ‘fuck you, you’re the second pervert who’s threatened me during the course of their employment as a psychiatrist, I’m not keeping quiet about this’ – although I did leave Bangor immediately because a few days later I was due to start an MSc at Hammersmith Hospital and I realised that these people were capable of anything. Thus the war began…
From then on Top Doctors constantly told me that Dafydd was my doctor and that I had to be referred back to him – even Top Docs in London. No-one could do anything without speaking to Dafydd first. Because he was ‘my doctor’ who ‘knew all about me’.
I have a copy of a document purporting to be a letter from Alun Davies to Prof Robert Owen, Medical Officer for Complaints, Medical Investigation Dept, Welsh Office, Cathays Park, Cardiff, dated 16 Dec 1988. The letter says ‘I enclose two sets of correspondence that we have received from [me]’. The letter also states that ‘Ann Williams of Gwynedd Social Services attended the police station’. This letter was not signed – despite transmitting crucial evidence with regard to an Ombudsman’s investigation.
After Dafydd demanded that I be arrested in Dec 1986, an amazingly pleasant, fair social worker was called by the police and ordered to section me ‘because Dr DA says so’. The social worker refused, had a row with the policeman and left. She was one of the few social workers whom I encountered in north Wales who had an understanding of the law, was not prepared to abuse it and was able to talk to clients. Although this lady was not prepared to break the law that night, everyone else was, which was how I ended up in Denbigh a few hours later (see post ‘Hippocratic Oaf or Hypocritic Oaf’). I spent years trying to trace this social worker. I was told by everyone – including the police and Alun Davies – that there was no record of a social worker visiting me in Bangor Police Station that night. At the hearing in July 1989 Bluglass told me that there was no social worker in the police station that night – he really didn’t know what I was talking about…
I have a copy of a document purporting to be a letter from Alun Davies to PM Rees (general administrator from Ysbyty Gwynedd), dated 20 Dec 1988. It reads ‘I refer to your memorandum of 15 Dec 1988. I confirm that I have already forwarded three copies of [my] case notes to Professor Owen’s office in Cardiff’. Davies’s letter states that before I was taken to the North Wales Hospital in Dec 1986 by the police on the orders of Dafydd, that Dafydd had seen me in the police cells. He hadn’t – that’s why my detention was unlawful. No-one had provided any evidence that I was ill and sectionable. Bluglass himself in his report compiled in the summer of 1989 admitted that there was no documentary evidence anywhere that Dafydd had seen me before I was taken to Denbigh. So had Bluglass not seen this letter that Davies had sent to Rees months before? If Dafydd had seen me in the cells, where was the documentary evidence?
This letter from Davies to Rees is not signed. Which is surprising in view of the potential legal ramifications of my allegation that Dafydd unlawfully imprisoned me…
I have a copy of a document purporting to be a letter written by Alun Davies, dated 22 Dec 1988. It reads ‘I have been contacted by Professor Owen who has been nominated to Chair a Medical Review Enquiry Panel concerning complaints made by [me]…Professor Owen believes that it would be helpful to have an informal meeting to discuss [me] and I therefore write to invite you to a meeting on Wednesday 4 January 1989 at 2 pm in the Committee Room at Ysbyty Gwynedd. If you are not able to attend another date can be arranged.’ The letter is not signed. A ‘distribution list’ names Tony Francis, Mrs J Evans [presumably Julie Evans, a particularly noxious social worker who has never met me but felt able to spend many years telling people that I was dangerous and she wouldn’t like to think of her kids living near me. Julie was happy to emphasise this after I began working as a school teacher], Jeff Crowther, Dr DGE Wood, Mr PM Rees.
The letter is not signed.
Wood was invited to the meeting although he was no longer my GP. This was known – on 23 June 1986 Alun Davies sent a memo to a minion of Bernard Rhodes (the General Administrator for Gwyned Health Authority) stating that I had transferred from Wood’s practice. This memo also mentions that the MDU had become involved in my ‘case’ – Dr Ian Sanderson was the person at the MDU whom they were communicating with. Sanderson has featured in previous posts on this blog – Sanderson did his best to assist the paedophiles’ friends in their attempts to imprison me, although he knew that they were perjuring themselves. DGE Wood had not been named as part of my complaint, so why he had been invited to the meeting I do not know.
I have a copy of a letter purporting to be from Lesley Canning, Prof Owen’s secretary, based at Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff, dated 23 Dec 1988, to Alun Davies, thanking him for the two sets of correspondence concerning me.
I have a copy of a document purporting to be a letter from Debra Lewis, Secretary to Alun Davies, to Professor Robert Owen. It is dated 29 Dec 1988 and is addressed to Owen at his home – ‘Bryn Celyn’, Pwllycrochan Avenue, Colwyn Bay. The letter begins ‘Further to our recent telephone conversation regarding a meeting on Wed 4 Jan 1989 at 2 pm to discuss [me], Dr DGE Wood has contacted me…’ The letter offers contact between Wood and Owen.
The letter is not signed.
After Bluglass had given Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends the all clear, Prof Robert Owen wrote to Alun Davies on 2 Aug 1989 to thank him ‘most sincerely’ for the ‘excellent way’ in which he organised the Professional Review. The note claimed to have been dictated by Professor Owen and signed in his absence.
In view of the number of errors on these documents, the number of them which are unsigned, even when dealing with allegations of serious misconduct and criminality or when accompanying crucial confidential packages of evidence to the Welsh Office and the number of times that the contents of the letters contradict each other, the only conclusion that I can draw is that some of these documents – if not all of them – are forged. After Bluglass cleared Dafydd and the paedophiles of wrongdoing and declared me to be a dangerous murderous psychopath, within three months there was a serious attempt to declare me insane and have me transferred to a high security hospital – without my knowledge, whilst I was living in London (see post ‘The Night of The (Dr Chris) Hunter). The stakes were very high for Dafydd and the paedophiles at that time because Alison Taylor wouldn’t shut up and Mary Wynch had made legal history in her case against Dafydd and had gained press coverage.
I believe that at some point after the Owen/Bluglass Inquiry, Alun Davies, staff of the Welsh Office and others wrote a stack of letters and pre-dated them, giving the appearance of a paper trail demonstrating that Gwynedd Health Authority had followed all the appropriate procedures in the wake of my complaint. They hadn’t. Upon receiving my complaints, they were ignored. I persisted and was then threatened, unlawfully detained in psych wards, served with High Court injunctions and finally subjected to regular attempts to fit me up and have me sent to a high security hospital or prison.
I believe that when Owen and Bluglass organised their farcical inquiry into my complaints, the documentation from Gwynedd Health Authority had not even been sent to the Welsh Office, although I know that the records from Clwyd had. That lot conducted business entirely by having a word with each other on social occasions or off the record and by lying through their teeth when necessary. I have other documents in my possession which were definitely forged and I caught Top Doctors and the paedophiles’ friends red-handed amending records on a number of occasions – the first person whom I caught bang to rights doing this was Gwynne the lobotomist. The Waterhouse Report contains references to a forged letter found in the possession of Lucille Hughes heaping praise upon two abusers employed as children’s home managers – allegedly written by someone who had complained about being abused by them. Waterhouse also refers to constant inaccuracies in the records of kids in care in north Wales. Children alleged that they stayed in certain homes and were assaulted by members of staff of which there was no record. Because Waterhouse was Waterhouse he interpreted this as witnesses lying. No they weren’t, the paedophiles’ friends lied constantly and forged documentation.
I was told that there was no record of the social worker Ann Williams visiting me in Bangor Police Station and I was told that no clinical psychologist visited me in Denbigh. He did – it was Nigel Stennet-Cox and I am in possession of a letter in which it is stated that Stennet-Cox is to be told not to speak to me if I contact him and everybody else is to tell me that they don’t know who I’m talking about. On 22 Feb 1988 an Angel called Bob Ingham told me that he was social worker Keith Fearns when he dragged me along a corridor and injured me. The lies and misrepresentation were constant and routine. Alun Davies noted in writing that he was keeping my medical records at his house and the medical records staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd admitted to removing documents from my files. Accepted practice was not followed in any way.
Two more anecdotes to illustrate how business was – and still is – conducted in the NHS in north Wales.
I have mentioned a number of times previously how in the late summer of 1987 Brown listened in to a number of phone calls between Dafydd and me. Dafydd tried to threaten me into dropping my complaint about him by saying that he would have me imprisoned in Risley Remand Centre and when that didn’t work he tried to bribe me. Dafydd told me that if I dropped my complaint he would ensure that I was given a place at Liverpool Medical School – he maintained that he was friends with Professor Richard someone or other and all he needed to do was to have a word with the criminal with a Chair at Liverpool. I was so gobsmacked that I just stopped the conversation. Brown heard every word of what Dafydd said in all the phone calls. I made a complaint about Dafydd’s attempts to threaten and bribe me. I was ignored – as ever – so I pressed the point. I was told that I had no evidence and of course Dafydd would never do such a thing. So Brown wrote a letter to Gwynedd Health Authority, in which he stated very clearly what he had heard. We heard nothing in response.
I raised the matter of Dafydd’s bribery and corruption with Bluglass at the Inquiry – two years later. Dafydd told Bluglass that of course he had not tried to bribe me, he had ‘spoken supportively’ to me as he would have to any ‘young person overcoming health problems and hoping for a career’. So which health problems was I overcoming then? Was it the disturbed personality disorder, the paranoid schizophrenia, the manic depressive insanity or the psychopathy with homicidal capacity? Because according to Dafydd I had the lot. At different times, depending upon what suited Dafydd. Your mate Professor Richard at Liverpool must be a very understanding man Dafydd.
As the war continued and Dafydd geared up for action again in about 1993 and further ludicrous allegations were made about me, Brown and I resurrected the matter of Dafydd’s threats and bribes – which had still never been investigated. I persisted and was told to produce evidence. So Brown wrote another letter. Ian Rickard, at that time the Head of Mental Health Services and Project Manager at the Hergest Unit, told me that he had not received Brown’s letter when I asked why we hadn’t received a response. So Brown wrote another letter.
By 19 May 1995 there had still been no investigation – although I have a letter sent by Alun Davies to Dafydd regarding the matter. Davies asks Dafydd for a response to his previous letter about it of 15 Feb 1995. Davies tells Dafydd that ‘I am sending correspondence to Dr Jeffries in order that he is aware of the complaint and time lapse in not having a response’.
Dr Jeffries was the Medical Director of the Clwydian Community Health Trust and/or Clwyd Health Authority which at that time held Dafydd’s contract.
On 6 Sep 1995 Jeremy Corson, the Medical Director of Gwynedd Community Health Trust, wrote to Dafydd regarding my complaint and Brown’s letter. Corson offered to meet Dafydd to discuss it with him…
On 19 Dec 1995 John Mullen the CEO of the Gwynedd Community Health Trust wrote me a letter denying that Dafydd had threatened or tried to bribe me. Mullen stated that ‘he spoke to you at considerable length in a supportive way as he would have done to other young persons in a similar position hoping to recover from health problems and to proceed with a career’. Presumably Mullen had just looked back at Bluglass’s Report some seven or eight years before and repeated what Dafydd said to Bluglass because Dafydd had ignored all requests to respond to correspondence about the matter. Furthermore Dafydd ‘totally refutes the allegations’ which had been investigated by Bluglass in 1989 anyway. When Brown’s letter was ignored and Dafydd was allowed to trot out horseshit about speaking supportively to me…Silent copies of Mullen’s letter had been sent to a number of people including a Dr J Gilbonthavis or a Dr J Gilboravis of the MDU.
I did remember Dafydd speaking to me at ‘considerable length’. He was on the phone for at least half an hour trying to bribe me. I can remember exactly what Dafydd said before he made the offer of a place at Liverpool Medical School – ‘some of my colleagues would rap me on the knuckles for saying this’. No they wouldn’t Dafydd, you were involved in serious organised crime and every one of them colluded with you after I complained. As for speaking to me at length – when I next spoke to Dafydd after failing to accept the bribe, he went absolutely bananas because I had not withdrawn my complaint. He yelled at me ‘I spent a whole thirty minutes speaking to you the other night’ and then he slammed the phone down.
I wrote back to Mullen saying that there had obviously been no investigation.
On 17 Jan 1996 I received a letter from John Mullen stating that ‘The Trust has done its best to investigate the allegations about the telephone conversation with Dr DA Jones and I don’t feel we can do any more or could add anything to my previous reply’.
There is a copy of one of Brown’s letters about the phone calls – to Ian Rickard, dated 6 Feb 1995 – in my files. A handwritten unsigned note accompanies it asking ‘What shall we do about Dr Brown’s letter?’ An unsigned handwritten message next to that one says ‘do not reply’.
Jeremy Corson is now listed as a Public Health Specialist in Cardiff and also as a partner in Corson Diaz Consulting Ltd, a company on Parc Menai, Bangor. The following testimonial appears on the website of Joseph Lawrence, Chartered Tax Advisors – Accountants:
‘I established my business as a Freelance Public Health Consultant in 2001, having completed a 22 year career in the NHS. Peter and Anthony had also decided to establish their own accountancy business in 2001 after a number of years working in North West Wales. I was therefore one of their first new clients. My self employment has involved a range of work within Wales/UK and overseas, particularly in the Caribbean, and Joseph Lawrence have been able to guide me through the requirements for VAT returns and annual accounts. In 2004 I ‘refreshed’ my GP training, and since then have spent half my time as a GP locum, mostly for the Royal Air Force, across the UK and in places like Germany, Cyprus and Naples. This brought further accounting issues that Peter and Anthony have been able to advise on. 5 years ago I moved from Bangor back to Cardiff, but having established our initial professional relationship, we have been able to conduct all our business, such as the annual self assessment tax return, by email and occasional telephone call. This has been especially useful when I have been working overseas when these deadlines have had to be met.” Dr Jeremy Corson, MBChB FFPHM MRCGP DRCOG Freelance Public Health Consultant & General Practitioner
I wonder if Dafydd would like to write a recommendation for his tax advisors and accountants?
Another person who knew about the criminality of Dafydd et al was Dr Lyn Williams, the Chief Administrative Medical Officer of the Clwydian Community NHS Trustand/or Clwyd Health Authority. Lyn Williams ‘discussed’ Dafydd’s conduct with Dafydd after Owen and Bluglass’s cover-up. Bluglass’s Report was sent to the Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority – whoever that was, they will have been mates with Mrs Mars-Jones and the rest of the paedophiles’ friends who sat on that Health Authority.
A true insider was Dafydd’s secretary in 1989, Sharon Fraser.
Well Lawrence Conway and indeed everybody else – what have you got to say about all this?
There will be more accounts of the idiocy and dishonesty of Dafydd, the paedophiles and their friends with reference to my collection of documents after Easter when I return from holiday. I will also explain what happened when the Director of Nursing Services for Gwynedd Community Health Trust, Nerys Owen, did dare challenge one of the paedophiles’ friends regarding his abuse of patients.
I haven’t finished yet paedophiles’ friends…
I saw a newspaper headline a few days ago – ‘Do you know anyone as stupid as Trump?’ Definitely. He’s called Alun Davies. There might have been another one going under the name of Rhodri Morgan as well.
For readers’ entertainment, here’s a reminder of the timetable of the Friday Seminars for staff at the Psych Dept at Ysbyty Gwynedd for summer 1988:
24 June – Dr DA Jones was talking about the Assessment and Management of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse.
1 July – Mrs Caroline Bertalot was talking about The Effectiveness of Sex Therapy.
8 July – two videos by ‘Squibb’ were being shown courtesy of Mr Cecil Slater, ‘Observing Tardive Dyskinesia’ and ‘Sharing, Caring’.
15 July – Mr Dave McGhee was giving a talk called ‘Don’t Be Shy, Aspects of Social Anxiety’.
And that lot wondered why the patients took the piss out of them.
On 25 Oct 1989 Alun Davies wrote a letter to Mr Don Campbell (Deputy Director of Nursing Services (Arfon) telling Don that Dr Chris Hunter, Director of Forensic Services at Whitchurch Hospital, had agreed to provide a second opinion about me. Hunter is dead now – I never met him. I did not know until a few years ago that he had even provided a second opinion about me or that he had held a whole conference about me at which he took evidence from a number of other paedophiles’ friends who had never met me either. I was living and working in London when Hunter held his conference about me at Garth Angharad, the paedophiles’ prison in north Wales. Hunter concluded that I was ‘extremely dangerous’ and offered to provide a court report on me. I was not facing any charges at the time. But I was arrested within a few months…
Davies’s letter tells Don that Hunter’s meeting about me will take place 8 Nov 1989. On the same letter someone has scrawled an unsigned handwritten extra message to Davies – which suggests that the letter to Don had been sent around the houses and not sent directly from Davies to Don. The message says ‘Alun, John Alcock [or Akok?] WNB education officer is here for our approval (we hope) visit. It is appropriate that Jeff is involved’.
The WNB I think is the Welsh National Board. Jeff will have been Jeff Crowther, the psychiatric nursing officer who wasn’t as thick or as mad as his colleagues, but he did know how bloody awful they all were. Jeff was honest enough to admit to me that Dafydd was a ‘corrupt old bastard’. I suspect that Ysbyty Gwynedd was up for a visit to see of it could be deemed suitable to be used as a training centre for psych Angels. Angels were subsequently trained there. Yes, the WNB approved this bunch of lying, perjuring bastards who arrested patients if they complained and forged documents en masse.
‘As a trained mental health nurse I know how to use de-escalation techniques with paranoid patients.’ I kick the shit out of them and then my mates perjure themselves and secure a conviction of assault against them.
In my post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ I observed that whilst Derek Hatton’s buddy Tony Mulhearn felt confident in 2009 before open heart surgery at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital – aka Broadgreen Cardio-Thoracic Centre – because the actor Ricky Tomlinson went there for his heart surgery and survived the experience, Ricky Tomlinson would be OK in the hands of the Liverpool NHS even though it is a branch of the empire of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophiles’ friends because Ricky Tomlinson hadn’t spilt the pints of the paedophiles’ friends. Ricky Tomlinson however did spill the pints of a few other people, including Ted Heath’s Gov’t and ended up going to prison as a result. There is still a campaign fighting to clear the name of Ricky and Des Warren, who was convicted along with Ricky in 1973.
All I knew about Ricky Tomlinson was that he was involved in leftist politics and trade unionism in the 1970s, is famously associated with Liverpool and when he was in middle age became a very well-known actor. He was Bobby Grant in ‘Brookside’ and then he acquired a cult following in ‘The Royle Family’ for responding to many things with the words ‘my arse’. I vaguely knew about Ricky being imprisoned after the famous Shrewsbury flying pickets trial and that it was accepted by many that it had been a political gesture and that Ricky had been stitched up. The person whom I had always wondered about was Desmond Warren, the man who was imprisoned along with Ricky at the Shrewsbury trial – who fared very much worse than Ricky. Des Warren remained in prison for a lot longer than Ricky and his health was completely destroyed after he was forcibly drugged with anti-psychotics whilst he was in there. Des was not in a psychiatric unit but he was wrecked by the Top Doctors in the time-honoured way that the victims of Dafydd and the paedophiles were. Des never regained any sort of quality of life, yet alone became a household name. So someone somewhere had a much bigger problem with Des Warren than they did with Ricky.
Then I discovered that in Nov 2010 Ricky Tomlinson had donated £1 million to the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital charity, the Alder Hey Family Trust. The Trust runs Ronald McDonald House, the accommodation which is provided for the families of the young patients at Alder Hey. The Alder Hey Family Trust was co-founded by Professor Robert Owen – a retired surgeon from Liverpool – who in 1988 played a central role in concealing the criminal activity of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales (see post ‘In Memoriam – Professor Robert Owen’) . Ricky’s donation was made public and there was much tweeting about Ricky’s kindness and a photoshoot of Ricky with the builders who were building the extension to Ronald McDonald House. Alder Hey needed £1.5 million for the extension, so Ricky pretty much bankrolled that.
Compassionate Ricky’s generous donation had actually been made in 2008, which was the year that Professor Robert Owen launched himself into another brave battle on behalf of the paedophiles’ friends. Edwina Hart, the then Health Minister in the Welsh Gov’t, had suggested that neurological patients from north Wales should be referred to south Wales for neurosurgery rather than to The Walton Centre in Liverpool. This followed the death of someone from north Wales whilst in the ‘care’ of The Walton Centre – someone who’s husband and close friend had spilt the pints of the paedophiles’ friends. I don’t know whether this death had any relevance to Edwina’s suggestion, but I do know that at the time Edwina was under attack from the paedophiles’ friends herself for daring to try and put a stop to their misconduct in the north Wales NHS. Professor Robert Owen appeared in the media leading the charge against Edwina, demanding the right of Dafydd’s mates the Top Doctors of Liverpool to eliminate anyone whom they deemed to be Enemies of the Paedophiles. For the full story see post ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University!’ The paedophiles’ friends’ battle with those who were desperately trying to bring a halt to their activities was still raging long after Ricky handed over the dosh and provided much-needed good PR for Robert Owen and his colleagues at Alder Hey.
In the late 1990s Alder Hey was embroiled in scandal when it was revealed that over a period of 12 years, the organs of children who had postmortems at Alder Hey had been unlawfully retained by the hospital. The bodies of thousands of stillborn and miscarried babies had also been retained. Thymus glands which had been removed during surgery had been flogged off to a pharmaceutical company for profit without patient’s knowledge (see post ‘In Memoriam – Professor Robert Owen’). Like the other hospitals in north Wales and the north west of England, in spite of all the cooing at photos of Angels cradling children, Alder Hey is very much part of the empire of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends. I knew a woman from Gwynedd who’s little boy was one of those who’s body parts turned up where they should not have after he died in the care of Alder Hey and she never really got over it. She was then labelled as bonkers by everyone who did not know what had happened.
Alder Hey is in the news once more at the moment because of the case of toddler Alfie Evans. Alfie is an Alder Hey patient who is seriously ill in a coma and his parents want to take him abroad for medical care. Alder Hey are resisting this – they want to withdraw Alfie’s life support – and a pitched battle is being fought in the courts accompanied by public protests regarding Alfie’s fate.
Ricky’s coughing up a one million donation for the charity founded by one of the paedophiles’ friends was not the only occasion in 2008 when Ricky provided the NHS with dosh and free PR. In that year, he also donated £200,000 as Patron of the Human Milk Bank of Cheshire and North Wales. This charity provides babies on Special Care Baby Units with milk from donor mothers.
In 2013, the Milk Bank celebrated its 10th anniversary and Ricky was on hand at the Countess of Chester Hospital to launch a promotional DVD and have his photo taken shaking a few hands. At that time, so many babies died unnecessary deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital that there was eventually a police investigation and the obstetric and gynaecology services in north Wales were so dangerous and dysfunctional that they were placed in special measures and a Welsh Gov’t hit squad was sent in with the remit of ‘achieving normality’.
I thought that it was time that I found out a bit more about Ricky, so I purchased a copy of his 2003 book – entitled ‘Ricky’, rather than as might be expected, ‘My Arse’.
Ricky was born in Blackpool but spent his childhood and adolescence in Lance Street, Liverpool and after leaving school he went to Walton Technical College. Walton was the area of Liverpool which came to be run by Militant. In 1990 Michael Carr, the MP for Bootle who had fought Militant, did not survive a visit to Walton Hospital and two DPPs subsequently refused to investigate the obvious criminal negligence of the staff at Walton Hospital (see post ‘News From Sicily’). Walton Hospital subsequently closed down, but just as when the North Wales Hospital Denbigh was closed down the staff and their practices were simply relocated to other hospitals. The neurological unit The Walton Centre grew out of Walton Hospital…
As a young man Ricky Tomlinson was mates with John Rand from Toxteth and they were both Communists. Like many people at the time, Ricky abandoned communism as a result of the Hungarian Uprising in 1956. John Rand’s brother Jimmy became well-known in leftist politics.
Ricky showed an interest in acting whilst still young and he was active in the Bootle Drama Society.
As a young man Ricky developed very strong connections to north Wales, connections which became lifelong.
In 1961 Ricky began working at Brymbo steelworks near Wrexham. He began a relationship with a girl, Marlene, who lived on the Queen’s Park estate in Wrexham. In 1961 kids were being abused at Wrexham and monstrous things were happening at the North Wales Hospital – Gwynne was still lobotomising and awkward customers were being banged up without question, as were gays and women with pregnancies that inconvenienced other people. Bryn Estyn was still an approved school run by the Home Office and the boys there were abused. John Allen had not yet opened the Bryn Alyn Community, so the highly organised paedophile ring had not yet reached the dizzy heights that it achieved in the 1980s. There was however a highly classed society and people at the bottom of the heap did not do too well. The Queen’s Park estate was very disadvantaged and by the 1980s was providing Dafydd and the paedophiles with fresh meat. One of the victims of the paedophile gang with whom I made friends in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh was from Queen’s Park. Queen’s Park was renamed Caia Park after some quite spectacular riots on the estate – it had become notorious and people were refusing to live there.
In March 1962 Ricky and Marlene married. They lived in Liverpool but Marlene was very close to her family and returned to Wrexham every weekend to stay over at their place.
Ricky makes much of not being a well-educated man, but he is intelligent and has been involved in politics from a very young age – he won’t have missed what was happening in north Wales and he’ll have developed quite a sophisticated analysis of why he and his mates were being so short-changed by the world around them.
Ricky spent his spare time in clubs and pups in Liverpool, hanging out with big names in entertainment as well as people who would later become big names. People in entertainment mix with numerous different cohorts – Ricky put on a show for the Runcorn Police but also spent time in the Colombo Club which was frequented by gangsters.
Like a lot of politically active working class young men at the time, Ricky flirted with the NF and got as far as attending a few of their meetings, but left after concluding that some of the leaders were rather mad and dangerous.
Marlene didn’t settle in Liverpool and made it clear that she was unhappy. So in 1970 Ricky and Marlene moved to Wrexham – their son was born in Wrexham Maelor Hospital in 1970. Ricky worked for McAlpine.
The trouble began when Ricky became a member of the Wrexham Strike Action Committee and became an organiser of flying pickets in the 1972 building strike which involved the TGWU and UCATT unions. Ricky travelled around the region as a result of this – he attended meetings in pubs in Chester and at Oswestry Labour Club. By 1972 the paedophile ring operating in that area had begun to build up its business. John Allen established the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968 and in 1973 Bryn Estyn became a community children’s home managed by Clwyd County Council. It was in 1973 that Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth relocated to Bryn Estyn from the Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead – they were two key figures in the north Wales paedophile ring.
Before Arnold and Howarth arrived at Bryn Estyn there were indications that business practices which became characteristic of the paedophile gang were already happening.
In March 1973 the Bryn Estyn Headmaster Peter Burton, along with his wife and seven year old son, were killed in a road traffic accident near Crewe, Cheshire. The Deputy Headmaster of Bryn Estyn was also killed in the accident. Peter Burton had been appointed Head only the previous year. He was appointed after the previous Head, David Ursell, was suspended. Ursell was suspended in 1972 following an inquiry held in 1971 after a complaint was made concerning the way in which Ursell upheld discipline.
Following the death of Peter Burton, in May 1973 Matt Arnold was appointed Head of Bryn Estyn. He gave his old molesting buddy from Axwell Park Peter Howarth a job at Bryn Estyn in Nov 1973 . In 1974 Peter Morrison was elected as Tory MP for Chester – Morrison was one of those who in 1975 led the demands for Thatcher to be installed as Tory leader. By this time all the ingredients for the Great Cover-Up were in place and the paedophile gang had begun business proper…It all seemed to follow on from John Allen establishing the Bryn Alyn Community…
Ricky would not have had to have been directly involved with the care of young people to have known that something was wrong in the area in which he lived. He was acutely aware of matters like police and judicial corruption and he will have known about the terrible reputation of the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh. He might well have heard about the Tory MP for Chester molesting children as well. Ricky purchased a house at Coedpoeth – a village near Wrexham – to renovate. So Ricky was living in Paedophilia Central. Des Warren bought himself a cottage in Henllan. Henllan is a village about three miles away from the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh. The town of Denbigh was dominated by people who worked at the North Wales Hospital, but there were so many people employed there that there was an overspill who lived in the villages around Denbigh – one such village was Henllan. Some of Des’s neighbours will have definitely worked for Dafydd and the paedophiles. All of them will have known something about Dafydd and his institution – certainly that ending up in there as a patient was to be avoided at all costs.
As a result of organising flying pickets in the Shropshire area, Ricky and Des were charged with serious offences and stood trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court. Sir Robert Carr was Home Secretary at the time under Ted Heath. The DPP was Sir Norman Skelhorn QC whose time in office was notorious for miscarriages of justice, his admission that terrorist suspects in N Ireland had been tortured and his Freemasonry (see post ‘They Planned To Put Acid In All The Reservoirs…’)
The evidence against Ricky and Des was provided by West Mercia Police. West Mercia Police had longstanding connections with the North Wales Police and both were forces which colluded with organised child sexual abuse. The current news story involving allegations that hundreds of children in Telford over years were targeted by a sex trafficking gang yet the police failed to act on complaints suggests that all is still not well in West Mercia Police. Last year an officer from West Mercia Police killed himself in the Heddfan Unit – he was at the centre of a disciplinary charge.
Ricky’s solicitors were Casson and Casson, a Manchester firm – the two solicitors acting for him were Campbell Malone and Tony Casson. His barrister was Keith McHale QC. Other lawyers involved in the trial were David Turner Samuels, John Platts Mill, Marist Young and Philip Phillips.
The trial was at Shrewsbury Crown Court in Oct 1973. The Presiding Judge was Justice Mais, a Tory Gov’t appointment to the High Court in 1971. The prosecuting Counsel was Maurice Drake QC. In 1994 Maurice Drake was the Presiding judge at the libel case that former North Wales Police officer Gordon Anglesea brought after he was named in the media as someone who had molested kids in care in Wrexham (see posts ‘Yn Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd’ and ‘Yn Gwir Yn Erbyn Y Byd – A Few Additional Comments’). Anglesea won nearly £400k damages and a few weeks later Mark Humphreys – one of the young men who had given evidence against Anglesea – was found dead, hanging from the stairwell in the block of flats in which he lived in Wrexham. In 2016 Gordon Anglesea was convicted and imprisoned for historical sex offences against kids in care in Wrexham.
The Shrewsbury Two were supported by the SWP (Socialist Workers’ Party) and received sympathetic coverage in the ‘Morning Star’ and ‘Socialist Worker’. Ricky was sentenced to two years in prison, Des to three years.
After the Shrewsbury Two were imprisoned, the case went to appeal. Lord Chief Justice Widgery upheld the convictions for conspiracy and unlawful assembly but ruled that the convictions for affray could be appealed. Widgery was a man who was happy to accommodate the wishes of leading politicians – Widgery was still Lord Chief Justice when Jeremy Thorpe was charged with trying to have Norman Scott bumped off and he was happy to alter the date of Thorpe’s trial at a time which was convenient for Thorpe in terms of his campaigning in the forthcoming General Election.
Ricky served part of his sentence at HMP Sudbury, an open prison in Debyshire, which Ricky described as being full of white collar criminals including bent lawyers and corrupt public servants. Ricky observed that ‘the class system is alive and well, operating at an open prison near you’. He’s quite right as well – but don’t tell me that somewhere along the way Ricky didn’t find out what was happening to kids in care on his doorstep in north Wales and how many white collar criminals were building their careers on it. Ricky observed that his transfer to an open prison was approved after Labour won the General Election in Feb 1974, when Roy Jenkins was appointed Home Secretary. Roy Jenkins was a man who did many favours for the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’).
Ricky was granted bail and released from prison on 3 June 1974. His wife Marlene had by then moved into rented accommodation at Plas Madoc whilst their cottage at Coedpoeth was being renovated. Plas Madoc is a big council estate just outside of Wrexham. It is somewhere else where the tenants would find themselves living under the yoke of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends if they dared transgress.
After his release from Sudbury, Ricky spent a few weekends at Des’s place in Henllan helping with the renovations.
In Oct 1974 Ricky’s case was heard. The charges of affray against him were quashed, but he was sent back to prison after being found guilty of conspiracy and his request for an appeal to the Lords was refused.
Protests of support for Ricky and Des were held in Liverpool, London and Manchester. Dennis Skinner asked questions about their case in the House. Skinner was an alumnus of Ruskin College, along with John Prescott. Matt Arnold had taught at Ruskin in the mid-1960s – Peter Howarth had been his student there. Prescott had been at Ruskin at the time as had Dennis Skinner. Ruskin has an active alumni association and the former students who became Labour MPs were loyal members (see post ‘A Study In Tyranny’). The presence of Arnold and Howarth at Axwell Park and then from 1973 onwards at Bryn Estyn and their activities will not have been unknown among their old mates from Ruskin.
In 1975 Ricky was transferred to HMP Leicester. There was corruption in the criminal justice system in Leicester – the paedophile ring of which Frank Beck and Greville Janner were part pursued their activities unhindered for years, whilst the local authorities as well as the NHS and Leicester University colluded with them (see post ‘Radical Leicester And Some Other Free Radicals’). When Beck was imprisoned in Nov 1991 and the scale of his offending became clear, it was admitted that the police had been seriously negligent. Janner never was prosecuted although the CPS admitted that there had been sufficient evidence for charges and no-one was able to explain why he wasn’t charged.
One of the celebrity inmates in HMP Leicester was the bank robber John McVicar. McVicar had been one of sociologist Laurie Taylor’s high profile students whilst McVicar had been in prison at York. When McVicar was released from prison he was given a column in the ‘New Statesman’. I think that he remained friends with Laurie Taylor as well. The celebrity criminals of York were given the sort of opportunity by Laurie Taylor and his colleague Stan Cohen that no wrongly imprisoned paedophiles’ victim ever was. But then if Laurie had fought the cause of the victims of Dafydd et al, Laurie’s son Matthew Taylor would not have ended up as Blair’s advisor at No 10 years later…
The BBC commissioned a documentary on the Shrewsbury trial and Eric Heffer, the then MP for Liverpool Walton and Minister for State and Industry, called for an inquiry into into the case. That’s the Eric Heffer who visited Thatch for secret midnight tipples whilst she was PM and who, along with his wife Doris, was keeping a lid on the corruption of the Liverpool branch of the empire of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’).
Whilst reading Ricky’s book, I frequently caught the whiff of a rodent, but the rat that I smelt was the rat which is common to north Wales – the sort of rat that suggests that Ricky knew far, far more about Dafydd and the paedophiles and the web of corruption which emanated from them than he ever have admitted to anyone. However, after there was a stink kicked up in the media and in Parliament about the imprisonment of the Shrewsbury Two, a rat of huge proportions materialised.
According to Ricky, in the first half of 1975 he received a visit from some of those who’d been on the picket line with him and they begged him to give up his protest against prison rules for Des’s sake. Ricky and Des had demanded status as political prisoners and they had been doing various non-violent things to piss the prison authorities off. They had of course been on hunger strike, had refused to wear clothes and had refused to undertake work in prison. They were both put in solitary confinement. I know from what has happened to the victims of Dafydd and the paedophiles known to me who were imprisoned that if prison officers want to get nasty with prisoners, they can get very nasty indeed. The culmination is to put someone in a shared cell with a total psychopath who has told the screws that he’ll kill any cell mate if he’s forced to share. This has resulted in the murder of an unconvicted remand prisoner with mental health problems in the UK prison system on at least one occasion – on the occasion known to me, Robert Bluglass Chaired the Inquiry which followed the murder, smeared the murdered man’s character and exonerated the institution involved.
Was Ricky battered to a pulp/refused medical care/forced to share a cell with someone dangerous/raped in the showers by Mr Big whilst being a pain in the butt to the prison authorities? No. The authorities seemed to have gone through the motions of not being too nice to Ricky – they didn’t provide him with a foot spa in his cell or anything – but Ricky did not endure half of what other people have told me happened to them in Risley Remand Centre or HMP Walton.
Des however was in a dreadful state. In response to his protest, Top Doctors at HMP Leicester were overdosing Des on a cocktail of drugs Denbigh-style and Des had developed Parkinsonian symptoms as a result. Des was given amitriptyline, perphenazine and nitrazepam. Des was barely able to walk. Such ‘side-effects’ are irreversible. Supporters of the Shrewsbury Two feared that Des was going to die within weeks, which is why they asked Ricky to call off his protest on the grounds that Des would never give up and let Ricky down, but if Ricky told him that he (Ricky) couldn’t bear it anymore and was giving up, Des would give up as well.
So Ricky ended his protest. Des didn’t. In fact Des was absolutely furious with Ricky, accused him of selling out and it was many, many years before Des even agreed to meet Ricky and speak to him. After Des was released from prison, he never really worked again, having been blacklisted by employers for his role in organising the strikes. As Des got older his health got very much worse and eventually he used a wheelchair. As Des lived in Henllan, just down the road from Dafydd et al, I doubt that Des received much in terms of domiciliary care. Des died in 2004, completely debilitated, aged only 66. Before he died Des threatened to sue the Home Office for the damage done to his health as a result of the drugs which had been forced upon him – a settlement of £3000 was made out of court by the Home Office. Des Warren’s family believe that the settlement was made to avoid public scrutiny of what had happened.
The TUC refused to support the Shrewsbury Two because they didn’t want to ‘rock the boat’ with Harold Wilson’s newly elected Gov’t. Amnesty International refused to adopt Des as a prisoner of conscience.
Des ended up serving all but four months of his three year sentence and was treated very harshly by the prison authorities throughout. Des was moved between prisons constantly at short notice and without his family being informed, making it damn near impossible for them to visit him.
Ricky however was released in July 1975 – in Ricky’s words the Home Office ‘was rushing him to freedom’.
I cannot understand why Ricky was treated so much less harshly than Des. They committed whatever crimes they were supposed to have committed together. They were both involved with far left groups and had seriously pissed Heath’s Gov’t off. They were charged simultaneously with the same offences and were tried by the same judge and jury in the same Court. I cannot find any indication anywhere of any argument that was used to suggest that Des had done anything to make the Home Office want to really shaft him.
I can think of only two possible explanations as to why Ricky was not dosed up by Top Docs and destroyed in the way that Des was. In the 1970s, the security services infiltrated trade unions and left groups. The security services are very good at ensuring that nothing TOO bad happens to their own. Er, Ricky – is there something that you haven’t told us?
The other explanation relates to the source of the serious criminality in north Wales at the time of the police investigation into and the subsequent jailing of the Shrewsbury Two. Des came from Broughton near Chester and was local to Chester/north Wales. Like Ricky, Des will have known something about Dafydd and the paedophiles. I am speculating that Des either knew something very damning indeed about that lot and, like those of us who were targeted just a few years later because we were witnesses, was shafted in an attempt to ensure that he could never speak with credibility about what he knew. Or that Ricky used his knowledge of what was going on to protect himself in the way that Des didn’t…
I am not at all surprised that Des received no support from Amnesty International. The Secretary-General of Amnesty Internation at that time was Martin Ennals. Not only did Amnesty not take on causes which would ruffle the feathers of the UK Gov’t but they had also been infiltrated by the security services (see post ‘Dogma And Disarray?’). Martin Ennals’s brother was David – later Lord – Ennals. In the late 1960s David Ennals had been a Home Office and DHSS Minister in Harold Wilson Gov’t, whilst those Depts had concealed the criminality of Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales. Ennals was a friend of Dafydd’s mate from the Maudsley Dr Jim Birley who was also colluding with and concealing the wrongdoing of Dafydd (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’). Furthermore at the time that people were trying to drum up support for Des, David Ennals was working for MIND leading a major campaign for them – Dafydd was involved with MIND and MIND were colluding with Dafydd and the paedophiles…(see post ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health – Never For Themselves Of Course’).
The campaign to free Des continued after Ricky was released – Arthur Scargill and the SWP took part. Did anyone make public that the most dreadful scandal involving police, judicial and Ministerial corruption was taking place in north Wales/Cheshire where Des grew up and where he and his family lived? No. Surely if someone wanted to give the authorities a kick in the groin they could have pointed to what the Home Office had concealed for years whilst it ran Bryn Estyn and what the DHSS and Welsh Office were at the time concealing at Bryn Estyn. And of course what Dafydd and Gwynne were doing at Denbigh three miles down the road from Des’s family home.
At the 1975 TUC conference Mick McGahey called for a general strike to force the Gov’t to free Des. The TUC included all those unions who’s members and shop stewards were protecting the people who were abusing kids and psych patients in north Wales and elsewhere. The supporters of the Shrewsbury Two could not understand why most people in the union movement had abandoned them.
No-one ever succeeded in freeing Des before he had completed his stretch and his health was destroyed. No-one used the nuclear option of exposing Dafydd and the paedophiles and their links to people in high places and Des went the same way as so many kids in care or psych patients in north Wales who dared complain.
In 2002, Ricky received a phone call telling him that there was interest in a documentary about him because Gov’t files released under the 30 year rule revealed that MI5 had a file on Ricky. They’ve got one on me as well Ricky and I never got as far as organising flying pickets or pissing the capitalists of the construction industry off – I just refused to participate in a gropefest with a bunch of horrible old men who were running a sex trafficking ring and look what happened…
Although Ricky very successfully rebuilt his life after imprisonment, he maintained that he was still targeted because of his union activism. He was blacklisted by absolutely everyone in the building trade. The law also failed to work for him. At one point he owned a house in Wrexham and let it out. The tenants turned out to be really bad – they trashed the place, failed to pay rent and threatened him. Ricky occupied his own house in protest and the police arrested Ricky and his wife. This sort of thing is familiar to people who spilt the paedophiles’ pints in north Wales – I know three people who all had similar experiences and were threatened with arrest themselves by the police when they reported the crimes.
In Jan 1993 by which time Ricky was famous as an actor, he stood trial for trying to kill a former business partner, whom, Ricky maintains, attacked him. Ricky was found not guilty – Ricky then tried to recover the money owed to him by the man whom he was alleged to have tried to kill via the civil courts but that was not particularly successful.
People who have not encountered the likes of the paedophiles’ friends find it very difficult to believe that this sort of thing can happen. The near-universal response is ‘but you must have done something MORE than you’re telling us…’ No, spill the pints of certain people and you will find yourself arrested yourself should you report a crime against you, I absolutely believe Ricky on this. The stories becoming public of the teenagers who were targeted by the gangs in the sexual exploitation scandals in places like Rotherham, Rochdale and now Telford tell a similar tale. Teenagers who went to the police to report being raped or after threats were made to kill them and their families were arrested by the police themselves for trivial offences. For years in north Wales, we were saying of the likes of Dafydd, the Arfon Community Mental Health Team and some – but not all – of the Hergest Unit staff, ‘what do they actually have to do to us before someone investigates them?’ The harsh reality was that the colleagues of these people and their senior managers were beating, raping, buggering and trafficking children in care – everyone knew it and still no-one acted. They did what they wanted and were never held to account no matter how much evidence or how many witnesses there were.
Ricky was also prone to having people think the worst of him. After his marriage broke up he had a relationship with a girl in north Wales who was a lot younger than him – she was 17. He seemed to receive a lot of grief over this with people constantly implying that Ricky was some sort of molester. I don’t know Ricky Tomlinson, he might be a sexual predator – but it is equally as likely that he established a genuine relationship with someone a lot younger. Ricky was in this relationship whilst he lived in a region in which the local authorities wilfully ignored the en masse rape and abuse of kids as young as 11 in their ‘care’.
If it’s any consolation Ricky, my friend Brown found himself the constant source of rumours that he couldn’t be trusted with children and at one point a poisonous pen letter was sent to the senior managers of the university at which he works, stating that he was a ‘known paedophile’ who has ‘committed many offences’ but hasn’t been caught yet. So he’s not a known paedophile is he then Martin/Elfed/Dafydd??? (see post ‘A Nasty, Ludicrous Poison Pen Letter’). After this, a kindly person told me that they didn’t know how Brown and me were withstanding the crap that was being thrown at us by the paedophiles’ friends. Partly it was because the paedophiles’ friends are so utterly ridiculous. And of course having poison pen letters sent around about one provides a bit of light relief from the cars that are trying to run one over. Eee, you were lucky…I used to dream of having t’poison pen letter sent t’ boss…
Towards the end of Ricky’s book, Ricky provides a detailed account of a number of events that make it quite clear that certainly by the late 1990s Ricky knew exactly how shite and corrupt the NHS was, at least in north Wales. Ricky’s son Gareth developed serious mental health problems – he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia – and Gareth was treated in the usual manner. He was sectioned, drugged and once out of hospital was visited by completely unhelpful people who seriously neglected him. At one point Gareth ran away to Liverpool – he was living in a unsuitable flat in Queen’s Park in Wrexham – ‘to escape the mental health services in Wrexham’. Ricky doesn’t enter into why Gareth was running away from these people or trying to avoid being drugged by them, but I suspect that Ricky knew damn well it was because they were aggressive, unhelpful and the drugs left Gareth unable to function normally. He will also have been running the risk of developing the same ‘side-effects’ as Des.
Gareth drifted around Liverpool, had a row with Ricky, threatened him with a knife and became so aggressive that Ricky remained in touch with the police whilst Gareth returned to Wrexham by train and asked the police to pick Gareth up for his own safety. Gareth returned to Wrexham but was not approached by anyone.
Ricky became increasingly concerned about Gareth’s welfare – who was very obviously unable to look after himself – and the neglect of those being paid to look after him but he got nowhere, despite visits to the police and the MP for Wrexham. At the time the MP for Wrexham will have been John Marek. None of the MPs in north Wales at that time would help psych patients or kids in care, so Ricky wouldn’t have had any more help had he visited any other politician, but John Marek was infamous. He has been a Labour MP, a Tory MP and at one point set up his own political party, consisting of himself. In none of this guises did he mention one word about the vicious sex trafficking gang whose victims were being found dead.
Ricky was trying to get help for Gareth whilst the Waterhouse Inquiry was underway. At the time, anyone who might have had brushes with the paedophiles’ friends and who could be a potential witness was left to kill themselves and a lot of people did. No-one was going to help Gareth no matter what happened.
What did happen was that Gareth was arrested and charged after telling the police that he had a bomb. The police knew Gareth, they had been ignoring him for months as he visited the police station with outlandish stories. They probably knew that he was highly unlikely to have been in possession of a bomb, but there are procedures tch tch so Gareth was met with an anti-terrorist squad. He was sectioned and ended up in Wrexham Maelor for 28 days. When he came out of hospital he was – surprise, surprise – reluctant to open his door to those who were ‘helping’ him.
I knew someone in Felinheli who tried to protect herself from the aggressive bastards of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team by refusing to open her door. So they called the police who broke the door down. My friend was evicted from the house as a result and was then yet another ‘homeless schizophrenic’ whose ‘chaotic lifestyle’ had led to her losing her tenancy.
Just before Christmas in 1999 Gareth ended up in trouble again. He developed the idea that Ricky was an imposter and was not his father. Gareth visited the births, marriages and deaths office at a time when it was highly unlikely to be open, state bureaucrats having the tendency to work office hours rather than throughout the night. Gareth smashed the door of the office and then headed for Liverpool. Wrexham and St Helen’s CID co-ordinated their activities and Gareth was arrested and charged with criminal damage. Gareth appeared at Mold Crown Court. He was remanded in custody and a hospital assessment and psych reports were ordered.
Down the road at Ewloe, Sir Ronnie Waterhouse and his stooges had just finished hearing evidence from people who had been kids in care in north Wales. Most of them were people whose lives had been wrecked by the people who were destroying Gareth’s life. They were aggressively cross-examined by lawyers such as Baroness Patricia Scotland who were representing the paedophile gang and were called liars. Some of them collapsed whilst giving evidence and some were unable to leave the building unaided such was their distress. Everybody who had worked with the paedophile gang was guaranteed immunity from prosecution if they agreed to give evidence – including those who had been accused of the most serious offences. Most of the kids who had been in care in north Wales – of those whom were still alive – didn’t know that the Inquiry was happening anyway, so not many former kids in care actually gave evidence. Neither could the Inquiry trace any of the former residents because at the beginning of the Inquiry the warehouse near Chester containing all the records from Bryn Alyn went up in flames and all the records were destroyed. The fire was so fierce that neighbouring houses were burnt to a cinder as well. The police maintained that the fire was not suspicious.
Whilst all this was happening, Prestwood Homes – a chain of ‘care homes’ for people with mental health problems and learning difficulties in north Wales which was very obviously a front for a people trafficking organisation – found that business was booming. Most of their patients were young women who been placed there by Liverpool Social Services or Ashworth Hospital in Liverpool (see post ‘A Convenient Arrangement With The Private Sector’). The homes were registered with Conwy County Council. MIND, the staff of Coleg Menai and the Hergest Unit knew that there had been complaints of abuse of residents at Prestwood Homes. No action was taken. I was threatened when I paid a visit to Conwy Conwy Council to raise concerns. One resident of Prestwood was told that if she didn’t co-operate with ‘therapy’ – the therapy being to watch porn films – she would be ‘taken back to Liverpool and left to die on an embankment’. She disappeared from Prestwood a few weeks later after telling some staff at MIND that she was being abused at Prestwood and was never seen again (see post ‘The Mentor’). No explanation regarding this young woman’s disappearance was ever demanded from Prestwood Homes Ltd by any authority.
Two other people who died during the Waterhouse Inquiry who were possible witnesses were Screaming Lord Sutch and John Tomiczek. Screaming Lord Sutch had shared Cynthia Payne’s house in Streatham which doubled up as a brothel. Among Cynthia’s clients were a number of Top Doctors from St George’s Hospital who were concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the paedophiles (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’). David Sutch was found hanging – it was presumed that he’d killed himself after a severe depressive illness. He was in the care of St George’s. John Tomiczek was the adopted son of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. John was a teenager from Liverpool who had run away when he met Chapman and Chapman persuaded John’s father to let Chapman adopt him. Chapman told everyone that John was 17 – he was 13. Chapman was known to regularly pick up teenage boys for sex. It was observed that Chapman’s relationship with John was not exactly fatherly. Chapman was an alcoholic who let John drink as much as he wanted. Chapman died of cancer in 1989 and John died – still a young man – whilst the Waterhouse Inquiry was underway (see post ‘ Inside Information About A Hergest Unit Death’). Chapman made regular trips to north Wales because he was a keen climber. He was at one point interviewed by the police regarding his relationship with John but Chapman stressed to the police officer that he was a Top Doctor and the Plod got the message and left.
After watching Gareth encounter such difficulties, Ricky was distressed when his other son Clifton told Ricky that he had a drug problem. Despite Ricky’s socialist principles, he paid for Clifton to receive care in a private clinic in Harrogate. I can understand why Ricky did this – he wasn’t going to risk the health of another one of his children with the paedophile gang.
At about the same time, Ricky’s elderly frail mum ended up being admitted to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Whilst remembering to tell the readers that ‘the nurses and doctors had been marvellous and deserved to be called Angels’, Ricky mentioned that at one point there was a discussion about his mum being transferred to a ward where she had previously been treated. Ricky’s family became very upset and stated that ‘she’s not going back there’. Ricky doesn’t explain why not. Perhaps because the staff weren’t quite Angelic.
I can absolutely understand why Ricky wanted to protect the vulnerable members of his family from attack by the paedophiles’ friends and that he might therefore have not dared speak out because Gareth was in their clutches. But what Ricky should not have done was to give the bastards a million quid and a load of free publicity when someone was actually trying to challenge their reign of terror.
Ricky’s book mentions his many Liverpool showbiz links. He is critical of Cilla Black and Tarby for selling out and not supporting the Liverpool docks strike in 1995, particularly as Cilla’s father was a docker. Ricky commented on an irony that I had noticed – that Cilla who really loved Liverpool lived in a mansion in Buckinghamshire and very rarely visited Liverpool, except to be photographed. Ricky of course was particularly pissed off with Cilla and her husband/manager Bobby Willis because they were both high profile supporters of Thatcher. I’ll tell you something else as well Ricky – Cilla was a personal friend of Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School. Chamberlain knew that his colleagues were concealing a paedophile ring and he presided over serious misconduct in his own Dept as well.
Ken Dodd was another Liverpool bred and based entertainer who supported Thatch, but Ricky seems to have forgiven him for that. Ken Dodd was a guest at Ricky’s wedding to his second wife.
In 1989, Dodd was charged with tax evasion. The subsequent trial – the prosecution case was led by Brian Leveson QC – produced several revelations. The Diddy Men, who had appeared in Dodd’s stage act, were often played by local children from stage schools and were never paid. Dodd was also revealed to have very little money in his bank account but he did have £336,000 in cash stashed in suitcases in his attic. When asked by the judge, ‘What does £100,000 in a suitcase feel like?’, Dodd replied, ‘The notes are very light, M’Lord.’ Dodd also said: ‘I am not mean, but I am nervous of money, nervous of having it, nervous of not having it’ and described money as ‘important only because I have nothing else’.
Dodd was represented by George Carman QC, who in court famously quipped, ‘Some accountants are comedians, but comedians are never accountants’. He described Dodd as ‘a fantasist stamped with lifelong eccentricities’. Yet the Court was told about wheelbarrows full of money being physically shifted around and notes from Dodd to his accountant joking about what the taxman didn’t know. Cash was stashed in cupboards, in wardrobes and under the stairs. Dodd also had nearly £1 million in bank accounts in the Isle of Man and Jersey.
The trial lasted three weeks and Dodd was acquitted. Dodd’s acquittal gobsmacked many people. The prisoners at Walton famously hung up a banner which read ‘Coming soon – Ken Dodd’ and someone in north Wales observed to me that ‘surely the only thing to be speculated upon was which prison and how many years’.
Despite the strain of the trial, Dodd immediately capitalised on his new-found notoriety with a successful season running from Easter to Christmas 1990 at the London Palladium. Some of Dodd’s subsequent material mocked the trial and tax in general. For a while, he introduced his act with the words, ‘Good evening, my name is Kenneth Arthur Dodd; singer, photographic playboy and failed accountant!’
What was never discussed at the time was the degree of corruption with which George Carman was involved – or Carman’s violence, gambling addiction, alcoholism and his close friendships with bent police officers, crooked lawyers and gangsters (see posts ‘No Ordinary Methods’ and ‘No Ordinary Methods – Supplementary Post’). Carman successfully defended people whom he knew were guilty, including people charged with sex offences against children. He was retained by Jimmy Savile, defended Jeremy Thorpe and was retained by Sir David Napley, solicitor for Greville Janner, because Napley expected Janner to be charged with child sex offences.
The identity of the Presiding judge at Dodd’s trial was barely remarked upon – it was Sir Ronald Waterhouse. It was reported that at the trial Dodd had Waterhouse in fits of laughter. A man with one hell of a sense of humour Ronnie Waterhouse. But then a lot of Liverpool judges – Dodd’s trial was held at Liverpool Crown Court – have a good sense of humour. One of them even issued a High Court injunction against me because another Hergest Unit patient told Dafydd to bend over whilst he stuck a hand-grenade up his bum and then to take a deep breath and wait for the hand-grenade to explode. Dafydd discussed this event in the High Court in Liverpool and used it as evidence that I was phenomenally dangerous and was planning to murder him. Presumably rectally.
Ronnie Waterhouse may have thought that Ken was a real laugh, but the Inland Revenue didn’t – they maintained that Dodd had been lying and cheating for at least 15 years and they estimated that he owed them £1 million. They also expected Dodd to attempt to flee the country before the trial.
Ken Dodd presented medical evidence from a helpful Top Doctor in an attempt to avoid standing trial but that ploy failed.
In the early 1950s, Dodd began a relationship with Anita Boutin; they were engaged at the time of her death from a brain tumour in 1977. Shortly after Anna’s death, Dodd began a 40 year relationship with Anne Jones, with lasted from 1978 until his death. They first met in 1961 when Jones appeared at the Manchester Opera House. On 9 March 2018, two days before his death, Dodd married Anne – this stopped her having to pay inheritance tax of more than £2 million.
Despite the enormous weight of evidence against him, the nation was very firmly on Dodd’s side when he stood trial for tax fraud. It was just considered entertainment and many people took their hats off to him for getting one over on the tax man. If Dodd’s 1989 trial could be considered to be a laugh, a later trial involving Dodd was definitely not – but this trial did not receive the media coverage which Dodd’s tax fraud trial did and there were a number of crucial things which were neither clarified or questioned which should have been.
Dodd’s wiki entry states that in Oct 2001, a stalker, Ruth Tagg, harassed Dodd and his partner Anne Jones by sending them threatening letters, a dead rat, appearing on the front row at almost all of his live shows during this time and also attempted to burn down their house by pushing burning rags through the letterbox. The fire caused £11,000 worth of damage to the ground floor of the house. Tagg pleaded guilty to harassment and arson at Preston Crown Court.
Media reports – what reports there were – regarding Tagg’s trial stated that she had developed a ‘distorted obsession’ with Ken Dodd and was a ‘psychopath’ who was sentenced to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. The journos who reported the case clearly had it down as a case of a crazed stalker who nearly murdered Dodd and Anne Jones in their beds.
I’ve taken an interest in mad stalkers ever since I found out that Dafydd, Tony Francis and the staff of Gwynedd Social Services described me as one as a result of my ‘harassment’ of them by ‘bombarding’ them with ‘voluminous correspondence’. What they didn’t tell anyone was that the ‘voluminous correspondence’ were complaints from me requesting an investigation into them and described in detail serious criminal activity on their part. I certainly did send voluminous correspondence – no-one would answer my letters, or deal with my complaints but instead they constantly threatened me or perjured themselves, so I wrote letters about that as well.
I now have documents demonstrating that whilst allegations were made about me ‘stalking’ staff of the mental health services, they were keeping a record of where I was living, where I was working, who my friends were and my future plans re work and accommodation. They were using unlawful methods to access personal information about me – including intercepting mail that had been sent to me at my workplace – and were contacting people who worked in the hospitals and universities where I was working to befriend me in order to extract information and relay it back to the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales.
It is clear now that it was me who was being stalked.
I was also told of a woman who ‘stalked’ a former employee of Gwynedd County Council – a lot of people had been told about this ‘stalker’ and her ‘harassment’ of this man. It transpired that the stalker was a woman who lived nearby whom her ‘victim’ had used sexually and the ‘stalking’ consisted of her trying to contact him. No threats, no harassment – she was trying to talk to him. So he told everyone that he was being ‘stalked’.
The police now admit that they have to take care when investigating allegations of stalking or harassment, because experience has taught them that it is sometimes those complaining of being stalked or harassed who are the ones doing the stalking or harassing.
The judge at Ruth Tagg’s trial for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court in 2001 told Tagg that ‘you were dangerous and all too frequently a menace. You have a distorted obsession, making Ken Dodd and his partner’s lives hazardous’.
What details were reported included that Ruth ‘had tried to declare her love for the 75-year-old comedian by sending him a tapestry in his image, but it arrived back at her home with the glass front broken’. Ruth then ‘responded by bombarding Dodd and his girlfriend, Anne Jones, with cards, indecent photographs, lurid letters and bizarre packages. One parcel she sent was packed with clothes embroidered with slogans abusing Miss Jones, while another contained a dead rat sprayed with perfume’. It was alleged that Ruth had sent the items between July 2001 and May 2002, during which time she also ‘attended the entertainer’s performances and sat in prominent positions’. In Oct 2001, Tagg ‘pushed burning rags through the letter box of Dodd’s Liverpool home, causing £11,000 damage. No-one was in the house at the time’.
Ruth Tagg circulated around the criminal justice system for a considerable length of time between her arrest on suspicion of harassment and her sentencing. She was detained in psychiatric hospitals repeatedly for ‘assessment’. Which in reality means that the chances of the facts being presented in Court as to what she did do or intended to do as opposed to speculation without evidence would have declined with every detention and assessment.
Initial media reports concerning the case stated that a Dr Jacqueline Short had reported to Justice Morland at Winchester Crown Court that Ruth had a ‘complex personality disorder’, namely psychopathy. Justice Morland extended the interim hospital order already in place, adjourned that until the next hearing at Bristol Crown Court in the August, but stated that he would impose a full hospital order at Manchester Crown Court in the Sept.
Yet reports show that Ruth wasn’t sentenced until Nov 2003 – and it was at Nottingham Crown Court, not Manchester – after previously pleading guilty to harassment and arson at a hearing in Preston. So a great deal wasn’t being reported. Neither were there any more references to which Top Doctors diagnosed what in the further assessments.
The BBC report contains a few other things of interest. Firstly, a photograph of Ruth and Ken Dodd – looking very friendly as well, not at all like stalker and stalked. It was mentioned that Ruth had sent Dodd a ‘pornographic photograph’ of herself, that Ruth ‘became abusive after she felt insulted and rejected by Dodd’ and that ‘she tried to introduce herself to him at one [performance] in Somerset, but he refused, telling staff she could be a stalker’. She was finally arrested at a show on the Wirral under suspicion of harassment. It was mentioned that when her ‘campaign’ began in Jan 2001 Ruth wrote to Dodd using the pseudonym ‘Rose Price’. She later ‘started sending abusive messages to his partner’.
Peter Davies the prosecuting Counsel told the court: ‘Both Ken Dodd and his partner were disturbed by these approaches. In October of that year events took a sinister turn. It is well-known where Ken Dodd and his partner live in Knotty Ash but he also owns another property nearby which was subject of an arson attack while they were away’. Martin Picton, defending, said Tagg developed a love for Dodd, but said she was now ashamed and apologetic about her actions and was recovering from her disorder.
Whilst sentencing, Justice Morland told Ruth that ‘There is happily every indication that you are overcoming the problem [but] at present you remain a danger to the public at large and not only to Ken Dodd and his partner’.
OK. So Dodd knew the stalker well enough to have his photo taken with her. She was attending his performances around the UK – as will have numerous other people, loyal fans will have been Dodd’s bread and butter. Yet when she tried to introduce herself after one performance, he told staff that she might be a stalker. How did he know? Did he recognise her and if so what was it that concerned him? She allegedly became upset when a gift that she had sent him was returned smashed – did someone smash it deliberately and then return it or was it returned and then damaged during transit? Ruth’s ‘campaign’ seemed to have been one of behaving towards Dodd like a former partner who was angry with him – and one who was insulting the woman with whom he lived.
As for the arson attack – pushing flaming rags through letter boxes is not a good idea (I know because someone started doing it to me after I complained about the paedophiles’ friends), but whereas press reports stressing Ruth as crazed nutter described her as attempting to set fire to ‘Dodd’s home’, what she actually did was to cause criminal damage to another house owned by Dodd which was empty at the time. As for £11k worth of damage – we only have Dodd’s word for that and experimental evidence suggests that Mr Dodd wasn’t that accurate with figures. In fact experimental evidence suggests that Mr Dodd told bloody great porkies on oath when it suited him and he had the ability to persuade people charged with upholding the law to view this as entertainment.
As for Ruth being a danger to the public at large – there was no evidence of that at all. What there was evidence of was Ruth being very pissed off with Dodd and enjoying being offensive to Anne Jones.
Dr Jacqueline Short stated that Ruth was a psychopath who presented a danger to Dodd and Anne Jones. Yet Justice Morland described Ruth as ‘recovering’ from her ‘disorder’. One doesn’t recover from psychopathy – if one believes that such a thing exists, the essential element of a psychopathic disorder is that it is lifelong and not responsive to any treatment. So was Short wrong – had another Top Doctor made a different diagnosis perhaps? If so – who, when, what was it? Furthermore if Ruth was recovering and apologetic, why was she detained indefinitely?
This case has all the hallmarks of a case in which Top Doctors have been called in to shut someone up – namely Ruth.
Is it possible that Ken Dodd might have known Ruth rather better than anyone admitted? There was another snippet about Ruth’s insane behaviour before she was arrested as well – that she was attending Dodd’s performances sitting ‘in a prominent place at the front’ ‘wearing the same bright green dress’. Well there’s the mark of a psychopath. It could also have been the mark of a fan who was very, very close to Dodd and whom he would be able to spot when she was sitting in the front row wearing the special dress. But don’t tell anyone, because Anne will hit the bloody roof if she finds out….Might that also have been why Ruth’s initial correspondence to Dodd – before she got pissed off with him and Anne – was sent under a pseudonym?
Jacqueline Short – who diagnosed the dangerous Ruth as being a psychopath – has disappeared off the face of the earth. Justice Morland achieved notoriety before he presided over Ruth’s trial. In Nov 1993 Justice Morland sentenced two ten year old boys from Walton, Liverpool for the murder of toddler James Bulger. The two boys were Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Top Doctors maintained that Robert was a psychopath, a dangerous little boy who would remain a danger into adulthood but that John Venables had been ‘led on’ by Robert and if separated from him would soon have no serious problems.
Whilst Jon Venables was in a young person’s psychiatric unit a female staff member had sex with him. After his release as a young man Venables had further brushes with the law, was found in possession of child porn, could not cope with the strain of living under a new identity and has been recalled to prison. Robert Thompson, the wicked little psychopath with the dire prognosis, has led a productive trouble-free life since being released.
Anyone feel like telling the full story about Ruth and Ken Dodd?
Ronald Waterhouse was not the only link that Ken Dodd had with north Wales. Ken was a favourite in north Wales, he turned up to places like Rhyl every summer. In 1966 Ken Dodd visited UCNW – what is now Bangor University – when that institution was firmly in the grip of the paedophiles’ friends. I’m not sure what Ken Dodd was doing visiting UCNW, but there is archive footage of it – he caused quite a stir.
When Ken Dodd died there was acres of coverage about him and his showbiz friends in the tabloids and a photo of Frank Bruno popped up with the crowd. The Frank who famously had a breakdown, was known to have been incredibly distressed whilst in the ‘care’ of the Top Doctors and who very obviously has not really ever returned to the man he used to be. And who has remained very low profile indeed despite the occasional vow to ‘fight the stigma’ or help others in the same boat. Frank Bruno was a friend of Jimmy Savile – a man whom the Top Doctors know damn well that they should never have touched with a barge-pole. The extent of Savile’s activities in the NHS and the details of those who assisted him have never been made public. Savile visited Bryn Estyn – he was present at the scene of a serious sexual assault on a boy there. Savile also used to hang out at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds.
Dr Dafydd Alun Jones used to hold ‘clinics’ at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds.
Another well-known Liverpudlian actor who was involved with the Labour Party was Tony Booth. His daughter Cherie married a man called Tony Blair.
One of the films in which Tony Booth starred was ‘Corruption’.
A leading news story at the moment is the revelation that a sex trafficking ring has operated in Telford over the past 40 years. It is feared that as many as 1000 children may have been involved. At least three children died in suspicious circumstances as a result and one gang member was behind an arson attack in which the family of another victim died. Many of the children targeted by the gang experienced the usual outcomes for kids who have been targeted by sex abuse gangs – drug problems, prison and death. Allegations are flying that police did not respond to complaints about what was happening and that social workers knew about it but did not act. Business as usual then. Once again, the media have emphasised that the gang was run by ‘Asian men’.
There are demands for a Public Inquiry – I can understand such demands but there will be little point. Whoever Chairs such an inquiry will be someone who has spent their whole career ignoring abuse and harm, the rest of the panel will be drawn from the same stock and the abusers and agencies which facilitated the abuse will be represented by experienced barristers who will aggressively cross-examine any victims daring to give evidence. The victims will receive a few hours of advice from a local solicitor funded by legal aid but there will be a great deal of talk about counselling, helplines and Listening To The Victims. A Report will be published eighteen months later stating that the ‘services have failed’ and that ‘this must never happen again’. A few scumbags will be jailed but none of the well-paid professional people who ignored or facilitated the crimes will even be disciplined. Anyone at a senior level who looks as though they might have been responsible will be given another highly-paid position in a similar role with another authority and a press release from their previous employer will stress that they have ‘moved on’.
This will be the inevitable outcome of an inquiry because abuse of the ‘service users’ in the UK’s social services and mental health services has been so entrenched for so long that there is hardly anybody working in the system who is not complicit with it – everybody else has been forced out.
I’m interested that the latest shock horror story has come from a town in Shropshire. There are clues that a sex trafficking ring related to the ring in north Wales has been busy in Shropshire since the 1980s. John Allen owned a children’s home in Shropshire which was not covered by the Waterhouse Inquiry because the Waterhouse Inquiry only covered abuse of children in north Wales. Ralph Morris, the headmaster of Castle Hill School near Ludlow, was jailed in 1991 for sexually abusing his pupils (see post ‘The Mentor’). Morris was a high profile figure in public life in Shropshire. Internet fora discussing Castle Hill mention abuse at an establishment called Milverton Court in Shropshire – a lot of staff at Milverton Court had also worked at Bryn Alyn and Bryn Estyn.
The family seat of the unfortunate Ormsby-Gore family – of whom so many have met untimely deaths – was at Oswestry in Shropshire and there are clues in the biographies of some of the Ormsby-Gores that they may have been targeted by people using the same methods as the north Wales gang or indeed by the north Wales gang themselves (see post ’95 Glorious Years!’). Instead of the media banging on about ‘the curse of the Harlechs’, someone really needs to start taking a long hard look at why so many members of Lord Harlech’s family have come to grief.
The corrupt GP Dr D.G.E. Wood who was facilitating Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the trafficking gang in north Wales was mates with a Greek psychiatrist in Shrewsbury in the mid-1980s. Shrewsbury is the town neighbouring Telford and Wood didn’t do business with people whom he knew were honest.
The NHS in Telford will have known about the paedophile gang – some of the victims have spoken about having abortions and continually requesting the morning after pill after having been gang raped. It is the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal all over again – everybody in health and social care as well as in the police and legal system will have known about it. The victims will have ended up in the hands of the mental health services and will have been told that they were psychotic or had ‘borderline personality disorders’. If there were any high profile people involved in the abuse their names will have been kept out of it all by everyone and it will be stressed that it was Asian gangsters at the root of the problem.
It seems that two whistleblowers who reported the abuse in the past were sacked.
It is being suggested that the Telford child sexual exploitation scandal is the UK’s ‘worst ever’. This was said about the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal – but then the scale of abuse in Leicestershire became clear, then Lambeth, then Islington, then Richmond-Upon-Thames, then north east England and of course years previously Kincora in Belfast was so bad that all investigations were stopped. More recently there has been Rochdale and Rotherham and Oxford…
Wake up everyone, all the gangs were/are linked and this has been going on since the 1970s. It is not ‘Asian men’ behind it all, it is professional people who are occupying some of the UK’s most senior positions and the Lords is stuffed full of people who obligingly kept their mouths shut about it. It is Top Doctors, lawyers, judges, Directors of Social Services, local authority executives, civil servants, senior police officers, people with links to the security services and more than a few politicians. ‘Asian men’ running taxi firms and takeaways could never cause this much havoc. There weren’t any Asian men in rural north Wales in the early 1980s anyway – except for a few Top Doctors who were assisting Dafydd et al.
So imagine how entertained I was when I read the Sunday Mirror’s coverage of the Telford scandal and alongside reports of the teenaged girls who were in receipt of NHS ‘family planning’ services after being gang raped was John Prescott’s column praising the Angels of the NHS. They can do no wrong can they Prezza – as your old boss Kinnock always told us. I will return to Kinnock and Prezza shortly.
The Top Docs backlash that I have been mapping recently continues. Tina Donnelly – the Director of the RCN in Wales – was all over the Welsh media after appearing on a Sunday politics programme and warning everyone that if new ways are not found to raise more money for the NHS well gosh who knows what might happen, there could even be a ‘crisis’. Sunday is always the best day for a political punch-up in Wales because everybody with an axe to grind bags themselves a slot on the Sunday media programmes.
Tina has provided us all with laffs for a number of years now, she first rose to prominence when Edwina Hart rightly felt that what was going on in the North West Wales NHS Trust could not be allowed to continue and abolished that organisation. Sadly Edwina allowed the unions to twist her arm and demand a ‘no redundancies’ policy, so all the crooks and fuckwits who had wrecked the NHS in north west Wales were just recycled into the newly created Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, where they conspired with the BMA and numerous other paedophiles’ friends to bring down the newly appointed three senior managers of the Betsi who were desperately trying to stop the slaughter of patients and criminality. Tina was one of many who dutifully turned up in the local media on a regular basis – usually the Daily Post or Western Mail – writing semi-literate dross designed to undermine Edwina and the Betsi Three.
Tina and the paedophiles’ friends won the day – Edwina was removed as Health Minister and the Betsi Three had enough of the hate mail and constant public abuse and resigned. Six years later the paedophiles’ friends are once more running the NHS in north Wales and the rest of the UK can only gawp at the mess. So now Tina is telling everyone that if only the paedophiles’ friends were given even more money – 49% of the Welsh Gov’ts budget not being enough for them – all would be well and good nurses would not be walking away in despair.
Tina’s media PR bit featured an Angel with the obligatory miserable face also appearing on camera to tell us that she has 40 years of experience and she’d never known it so bad. So this Angel – and indeed Tina, because Tina’s been around a very long time – didn’t feel the need to speak up about Dafydd and the paedophiles imprisoning their victims in the dungeon at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh 40 years ago.
Telford – never again! We need a Public Inquiry! Why Oh Why? Will we never learn? Er, no, not as long as Tina is in charge.
Further details of Tina’s glorious career can be read in my post ‘Oh To Be In Receipt Of Academic Honours’ – but the one thing that I always remember about Tina is that for many, many years she has been a member of the Territorial Army and for a long while has been the commanding officer of one of the regiments that ran a field hospital in Afghanistan. I’m fairly sure that that it is the same regiment of which Ysbyty Gwynedd A&E nurse Stephen Gallagher is a member. In 2006 whilst on duty at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Gallagher threatened me, refused to treat me and tried to have me arrested by telling the police that I had been ‘threatening and aggressive’ to him and others. CCTV footage showed that it was Gallagher who had been threatening and aggressive. Martin Jones, the CEO of the NW Wales NHS Trust, destroyed the CCTV footage when my lawyers asked for it. My complaint against Gallagher was never investigated. I later found out that he had previously faced disciplinary action after a Top Doctor complained about him and a note on Gallagher’s file stated that his competence and integrity could not be relied upon. Gallagher was later named as being the last person to see a patient who was found dead in the Cathedral Gardens in Bangor alive after Gallagher turned him away from Ysbyty Gwynedd without treating him.
Gallagher had a few partners in crime at Ysbyty Gwynedd. After he attempted to have me arrested, I was threatened all over again by a man in labourers clothes who accused me of ‘impersonating a GP’ because I was named as Dr Sally Baker on the list of patients. The man in labourers clothes fiercely kicked the chairs surrounding the one on which I was sitting so ferociously that two elderly people sitting near me in the waiting room fled. So did I when I realised that the receptionist had also fled and I was alone with this man and his jackboots who was giving every impression that he was going to hit me. He was Alan Roberts, a nurse practitioner! Some years later Alan Roberts was prosecuted for assaulting an elderly female patient in Ysbyty Gwynedd. Roberts claimed that she attacked him. He was found guilty in Caernarfon Magistrates Court, but appealed. He won his appeal on the grounds that although he did assault the elderly lady, it could not be proved that the injuries which she sustained were caused by him. The old lady had died by the time of Roberts’s appeal so couldn’t give evidence.
I had another encounter with Gallagher and his colleague Andrew Parry – who is also in the TA – on the evening of the 60th anniversary of the NHS. Gallagher celebrated Nye Bevan’s achievement in style – I was refused treatment again, threatened with arrest and two members of the public who tried to help me were also insulted by Gallagher and Parry. One of those people worked at Ysbyty Gwynedd herself and after she told Gallagher that she would report him for misconduct, the next day at work she was met by a posse of Trust managers who accused her of cooking the whole thing up with me to ‘get at’ the Trust managers.
Days after my lawyers once more contacted the Trust about Gallagher, news reports appeared in the Torygraph, the local Welsh press and on the BBC about Major Stephen Gallagher having saved the life of an Afghan teenager whilst he was stationed in Afghanistan with the TA. Confidential details regarding the teenager and his family – which could have put their lives at risk – were also passed to the media by the NW Wales NHS Trust, who had placed the story. It transpired that Gallagher hadn’t saved anybody’s life, he had just been the person who had been ordered to make a phone call to the person who operated on the teenager.
The press release included a photo of Gallagher in uniform, wearing a beret which made him look remarkably like Benny Hill when Cheeky Benny used to put on his beret and glasses and do that salute . I await Cheeky Dafydd to be given his own TV series, in which he is filmed chasing Angels in unfeasibly short skirts – with their suspenders and stocking tops on display – around a tree while speeded up music is playing. Then they can run the film backwards, to make it look as though the Angels are chasing Dafydd. Then perhaps one of the Angels can do everyone a favour and deliver a well-aimed kick to Dafydd’s groin.
Gallager and Roberts received legal advice from the RCN. Roberts’s wife is an intensive care nurse and his son was doing a degree in nursing when Roberts appeared in Court – the Magistrates were told what a dedicated family of Angels they were.
Full details of Gallagher’s and Roberts’s selfless dedication to duty can be read in my post ‘Two Dangerous Very Dishonest Nurses’.
I can only hope that in 15 years time when Tina is an old lady rather than just an old bag, she is admitted to a ward with Senior Nurse Practitioner Alan Roberts and Senior Nurse Stephen Gallagher on duty.
The Daily Post Online ran a feature on a Survivor who has been treated for ovarian cancer who is hiking across Wales. We were told that March 2018 is ‘ovarian cancer’ month. In her comments to the Post, the hiker discussed the low survival rate for ovarian cancer. She is of course quite correct, the survival rate five years after diagnosis is only about 30%. That figure has barely shifted for years, despite the massive publicity which surrounded Dr Vicky Clement-Jones and the launch of Cancer BACUP in the mid-1980s and the millions which then flowed into the coffers of Cancer BACUP (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). Vicky died nonetheless as have many other people since, but her former husband Tim Clement-Jones is now in the Lords. The cross-Wales hiker told the Post that people need to look out for symptoms before ‘it’s too late’. Unfortunately they can’t – ovarian cancer doesn’t have any symptoms until it has metastasised to other major organs which is why it has such a poor prognosis.
I think it was an ovarian cancer drug which was one of those highlighted as being flogged to the NHS at an exorbitant price on the back of an aggressive marketing campaign, despite not improving the prognosis to any great extent.
The hiker has told the Post that she is now cancer free. I’m not sure that she can say that with any certainty – I think that ovarian cancer is not considered to have been ‘beaten’ until someone has lived seven years with no re-occurrence.
Over the weekend I watched a couple of old documentaries about the Labour Party’s troubles in the 1980s – one documentary focused on Tony Benn challenging Denis Healey for the Deputy Leadership in 1981 and the other focused on Kinnock’s ‘success’ at beating Militant and ‘turning the party around’. Regular readers of this blog know that I particularly loathe Kinnock and his hypocrite of a wife because they knew all about Dafydd and the paedophile gang as well as the abuse of vulnerable people elsewhere (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’), including in south Wales by George Thomas the Speaker of the House (see post ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’) and concealed the lot in an attempt to further their own careers.
The documentaries were good examples of how Kinnock and his Director of Communications Mandy rewrote history and simply concealed serious criminal activity in the welfare services which has grown and grown ever since.
The documentaries brought back a few memories – Denis Healey fuming that Benn had dared to challenge him for the Deputy Leadership in 1981 and complaining that supporters of Tony Benn turned up to heckle at public meetings. What I remember from that time was huge numbers of people utterly fed up with Healey and his gang – who could hardly have been described as successful whilst they were in Gov’t – and who really wanted to see the back of him. Of course people turned up to heckle, they were sick of that smug old git and his mates ruling the roost. Tony Benn had a big appeal because he didn’t appear to be a sell-out, he seemed to have principles and he actually shifted his bum and went out campaigning and joined demos against the excesses of Thatcherism. Sadly Tony Benn was yet somebody else who knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and refused to help victims of criminal activity on the part of the welfare state because it would have involved taking on the NHS and the public sector unions whom he was absolutely depending upon for support, but if one didn’t know that Benn was very much more appealing than Healey et al.
The documentaries reminded me of just how close that election for the Deputy Leadership in 1981 was – Benn lost by something like 1%. Those in control of the Labour Party were desperate to see Benn defeated – it got me wondering whether perhaps a few of the votes for Tony Benn somehow did not end up being counted…
The old film clips featured many people whom I have already discussed on this blog as having turned their backs on the most serious criminality and dreadful suffering, such as Michael Foot (see post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’) and of course the disgusting Mandy who knew exactly what was being concealed and later turned up as a member of Lambeth Borough Council, so he was at the scene of the crime anyway.
There was footage of the 1983 Bermondsey by-election where some very dirty tricks were played against Peter Tatchell because he was a gay rights activist. Who played the dirty tricks? Well most of the Labour Party, because they believed that Tatchell being a gay rights campaigner would damage them – the very same people who were concealing the activities of those politicians including Sir Peter Morrison, George Thomas, Greville Janner and Cyril Smith whom they knew were molesting children. The sight of Foot and Kinnock banging on about the evils of Peter Tatchell was a wonder to behold. I have never heard any allegations that Peter Tatchell abused children. However Tatchell will have known about Morrison et al and he didn’t expose them, although he did name figures in the Church of England whom he maintained were gay and refusing to admit it. Peter Tatchell will also have known how many rent boys on the gay scene in the 1980s had been trafficked into sex work whilst in care.
Simon Hughes the Liberal candidate won Bermondsey – the Simon who joined in with the dirty tricks against Thatchell, the Simon Hughes who later admitted that he had been in gay relationships himself, the Simon Hughes who ignored the fact that numerous children from his constituency were placed in children’s homes in north Wales where they complained of being abused. The Sir Simon Hughes who signed the Early Day Motion to protest about the closure of Garth Angharad, one of Dafydd’s prisons (see post ‘More On Those Who Signed That Early Day Motion’).
The sneering oily Gerald Kaufperson also appeared in the documentaries, explaining that the problem with having principles is that you might not become PM – the Kaufperson who when he died not so long ago left absolutely everything in his will to his ‘close friend’ Eric Varley, rather than to his family (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’).
There were a few others mentioned in the documentaries who concealed the abuse and murder of vulnerable people in a desperate attempt to get into Gov’t whom I have not yet mentioned, so I’ll include them in this post.
Kinnock became leader of the Labour Party in Oct 1983 and – hilariously – was initially seen as being on the left, the heir to Nye Bevan. Nye Bevan and his wife Jennie Lee kept schtum about a great deal of wrongdoing on the part of the Top Doctors and of course Nye famously stuffed their mouths with gold to ensure that the greedy self-interested troughers dropped their opposition to the NHS.
Days before the June 1983 General Election, Kinnock waxed lyrical and made his famous ‘I warn you’ speech, containing the words ‘If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary; I warn you not to be young; I warn you not to fall ill; And I warn you not to grow old’. The Labour Party loved it and the myth of a windbag as orator was born. When the Windbag made that speech he knew that a vicious paedophile gang led by Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Tony Francis (Dr X) – a man whom the Windbag knew when Francis was a medical student in Cardiff – was operating in north Wales and that their victims were being wrongfully imprisoned, illegally incarcerated in the dungeon at Denbigh and were being found dead. The Windbag knew that a member of that gang was Thatcher’s personal friend, the Tory MP for Chester, Sir Peter Morrison. When the Windbag made that speech Morrison had been Lord Commissioner of the Treasury and was shortly to be appointed as Minister of State for Employment. The Windbag could have brought Thatcher down if he and his colleagues had all worked together and exposed Morrison – and the others involved – and Thatcher’s protection of him.
The Windbag didn’t do this, because he had achieved his own position by the grace and favour of people who had kept quiet about the same paedophile gang. Cledwyn Hughes – Lord Cledwyn, who was MP for Anglesey and Secretary of State for Wales (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’) – concealed the activities of Dafydd and the paedophiles for years and was a mate of Glenys Kinnock’s parents (who lived in Holyhead) as well as of Glenys and the Windbag. Anglesey was a marginal constituency – so instead of someone deciding to take a stand and expose the cesspit, everyone did the opposite and concealed it. The result was that Tory barrister Keith Best, a paid-up Thatcherite and paedophiles’ friend, held the seat from 1979-87 – until he was imprisoned, when the seat went to Ieuan Wyn Jones. Who continued to collude with Dafydd and the paedophiles.
Thatcher won that Thursday.
‘Spineless and thick’ does not even begin to describe the Windbag. Furthermore Kinnock, it wasn’t just the abuse of ‘the young’ that you ignored – I and other Bangor students (at the same time that two of us were being targeted by the Top Docs and the sex trafficking ring which in my case began in 1983 no less) worked in old folks homes in Gwynedd and on Anglesey in the 1980s and there were some real horrors going on. What about the elderly in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh? What about Mary, the Denbigh patient who was still incarcerated in that institution in 1985 because when she was a young woman she had become pregnant? She DIED in there in 1985 after decades of being banged up – she wasn’t even mentally ill. The only elderly people whom you gave a stuff about were the elderly Top Doctors like Gwynne the lobotomist on their fat public service pensions after a lifetime of abusing people or the elderly Labour Party grandees and union barons who gave you your job.
Four months before the Windbag became the Leader of the Labour Party, Ron Davies had been elected as the Labour MP for Caerphilly. Before becoming an MP, Ron had worked as an advisor to Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority. Whilst Ron worked for Mid-Glamorgan, Mid-Glamorgan failed to act on allegations that a drama teacher in Pontypridd, John Owen, was sexually abusing his pupils. Years later John Owen was charged with abusing school pupils – he killed himself in 2001 just before he was due to stand trial (see post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’). It was alleged that Owen had molested teenagers on a massive scale and that numerous bodies had ignored complaints about him.
In Oct 1998 just before Ron Davies – who was by then Secretary of State for Wales under Blair – was due to be appointed as Wales’s First Secretary in the newly created Welsh Assembly, he resigned as Secretary of State after his moment of madness on Clapham Common with a male prostitute called Boogie (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). No-one ever got to the bottom of the matter because Alastair Campbell and Blair were responsible for the media statements. After the incident, people came crawling out of many corners in south Wales maintaining that Ron was a nasty piece of work, had been frequenting ‘massage parlours’ for years and that ‘everybody knew about him’. Ron hit the headlines again a few years later when he was filmed looking for badgers in a notorious cruising and dogging venue.
The south Wales Labour Party is small and tribal, if ‘everyone knew’ about Ron, then the Windbag will have known about him as well.
The Windbag did of course rapidly jettison his leftist sympathies once he became Labour leader and this son of south Wales who maxed out on his working class roots and his status as the offspring of a miner did nothing to support the miners in 1984. The Windbag now justifies this by saying that Scargill didn’t call a ballot, so the Windbag couldn’t support the striking miners. Kinnock – I didn’t have any time for Scargill and neither did anyone whom I knew and of course he should have called a ballot, but south Wales was in the process of being destroyed by Thatcher and Nicholas Edwards, the miners were living on the offerings of soup kitchens and were thousands of pounds in debt whilst their goods were being repossessed. Oh and they were being framed for criminal offences by the police. Just as the victims of that paedophile gang which you protected were.
I also discovered from the documentaries that the Windbag actually had a punch-up with someone else in the gents bogs at a conference. Christ almighty. So what did he do then Kinnock, was he looking at your bird or did he spill your pint? There was also much footage of the Windbag sinking pints with The Lads and having a singalong at moments of triumph. Then there were clips of an older Windbag explaining that perhaps that sort of coverage didn’t do him any good. Er – yes. A hostile media was only too happy to film Thatch sitting behind her desk hard at work whilst the Windbag got pissed. Had the Windbag been in possession of two brain cells, he would have taken time to acquaint himself with the work of folk like the Glasgow Media Group who had already published material about the techniques that the mass media used to undermine certain people and viewpoints…
The Windbag’s answer was to the media hostility and insults was to align himself with the NHS and public service professionals and of course to make sure that he was filmed again and again with children – in schools, in nurseries and he even kissed a few whilst he was out campaigning.
Some of the children’s homes in north Wales with the worst abuse and grooming problems were located on Anglesey. One was in Holyhead. The education authority and the schools knew that those children were not being treated as they should have been, in particular the special educational needs service. Glenys Kinnock was a school teacher from Holyhead and she knew about the abuse of those children. Recently Glenys has doubled up as a Trustee for the children’s charity SNAP Cymru. One other Trustee was named in the Waterhouse Report – he was the manager of a children’s home where the kids were being abused.
The Windbag wasn’t popular in north west Wales. He was seen as treacherous because of his opposition to devolution (see post ‘News From Sicily’) and he alienated Welsh speakers by making it clear that he was completely uninterested in their desire to preserve the language. In 1979 the Windbag had a dust-up with Gwynedd County Council, in particular the Education Authority. There were allegations that children were only allowed to go to the loo if they asked in Welsh. The allegations were denied but the Windbag made much of it and there was a diplomatic incident. A number of other parents came forward with the terrible problems that they too had encountered with Gwynedd Education Authority. The problem was of course nothing to do with the Welsh language, the chaos and cruelty arose from the fact that a paedophile ring was operating in the area that was being facilitated by Gwynedd County Council and the sort of people who do that are not going to be very good at running an education authority. Did the Windbag explain this? No. He gave the Welsh language a kicking.
Kinnock – speaking another language is a fantastic thing to do, it is what used to be known as an accomplishment. Teaching children Welsh only becomes a problem when it is used as a umbrella and a battering ram by a gang of paedophiles – your hostility to Welsh speakers allowed that to continue. But there weren’t enough votes for you to be interested in Gwynedd were there – it was solid Plaid and Dafydd Wigley held Caernarfon with a huge majority. So you weren’t going to offer anyone up there any help – even though if, in 1983, you had appealed for victims of Dafydd and the paedophiles to come forward you’d have been overwhelmed. Mary Wynch had gone public, Alison Taylor had gone public and I was about to start writing to MPs and Ministers as well.
Kinnock campaigned on Anglesey and in Llandudno in the mid-1980s and it was as a result of his successful windbaggery at those locations that the notorious 1987 party political election broadcast masterminded by Mandy which became known as ‘Kinnock – the Movie’ was made.
Kinnock and Mandy still stress that the campaign was a winner, it was absolutely brilliant. Except that Thatcher won the General Election.
Doh! Kinnock and Mandy Simpson. One’s an underachiever and proud of it and the other one turned up to social occasions with Reinaldo which was written about in Alastair Campbell’s diaries as though it was a ‘Private Eye’ spoof, although I don’t think Campbell meant it to be.
When Mandy masterminded that film about the Windbag, Sir Peter Morrison was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and molesting children in care in Cheshire and north Wales. The film director Hugh Hudson – who directed Chariots of Fire in 1981 – was the person who made ‘Kinnock – the Movie’. Hudson also directed ‘Revolution’ – there wasn’t going to be one of those with the Windbag at the helm.
Then there were the Windbag’s famous rhetorical questions at another conference. Why was he the first Kinnock in a ‘thousand generations’ to go to university? (Answer – because a thousand generations ago, the Kinnocks were still gases in the atmosphere.) Why was Glenys the first woman ‘in a thousand generations’ from her family to go to university? (Answer – whatever Glenys achieved it was entirely a consequence of the fact that her mum and dad were friends with Lord Cledwyn.)
Let’s hear it for aspiration Windbag-style! Meanwhile down in the dungeon at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh…
Whilst watching the videos, I was reminded of how the Windbag and his mates really did think that they were going to win the 1987 General Election. Somebody else really thought that Kinnock was going to win as well – Dr Tony Francis (Dr X). Because I didn’t know what Francis was doing – ie. conspiring with the paedophiles’ friends like there was no tomorrow to try and have me declared insane and banged up in a high security hospital – I used to chat about current affairs to him. I remember telling Francis in 1985 that Thatcher was going to be in office for a very long time – and he absolutely maintained that the Tories would be beaten at the next election by the Windbag, whom he did of course know. Meanwhile, Francis’s mate Dr D.G.E. Wood was ingratiating himself to Dr Death. God knows who Dafydd was trying to get into Gov’t, Dafydd nominally supported Plaid and on two occasions years before had stood for election as a Plaid candidate, but Dafydd was actually so unhinged and so busy visiting young female patients in the middle of the night whom he had illegally imprisoned that I doubt he ever made it down to the polling station.
The documentaries also showed film footage of the Windbag saying that after he was told about Degsy Hatton et al handing out redundancy notices to the employees at Liverpool City Council, he thought ‘this is what I’ve been praying for…I’ve got them…’ The famous windbaggery at the Labour Party Conference in 1985 followed, which of course caused old Heffer to stomp off the platform in a hissy fit.
Not that the Windbag had got them at all – despite the show trial and expulsion of Militant members in Liverpool, chaos reigned and Thatcher continued to use Liverpool as a public convenience.
If the Windbag had really wanted to nail that lot, all he had to have done was to make public the fact that Heffer was having midnight tipples at Number 10 with Thatcher, that Heffer and his wife were part of the Liverpool branch of Dafydd’s empire and were colluding with corrupt Top Doctors and the paedophiles’ friends and that Degsy’s boss John Hamilton was part of the same bunch (see post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’).
After the Windbag had dealt so effectively with Militant, in 1990 Walton Hospital made sure that Michael Carr, the MP for Bootle, did not survive after he’d been rash enough to place himself in their hands (see post ‘News From Sicily’) after taking on Militant. Walton was an area run by Militant. The Top Docs and Angels of Walton were still ensuring that anyone who had taken on the paedophiles’ friends did not survive 20 years after Mr Carr didn’t survive his visit to Walton Hospital (see post ‘A Vampire At Glwndwr University!’).
Another person featured on the documentaries who knew about Westminster figures abusing children and the associated criminality was Roy Hattersley. Fattersley was Deputy Leader of Labour whilst the Windbag was Leader – the ‘dream ticket’. Unfortunately they hated each other, which resulted in a ‘Private Eye’ cover featuring a photo of them together in which a thought bubble emanating from Hattersley read ‘Welsh windbag’ and a thought bubble emanating from Kinnock read ‘slimy fat toad’. Fattersley explained on camera how the Windbag was a bit thick and that Fattersley felt more at home with ‘intellectuals’. No doubt Fattersley went down a treat with all the self-styled intellectual Top Doctors who were facilitating criminality whilst they enjoyed themselves at Royal College dinners and became wine connoisseurs. Another glass of claret Fattersley? I did enjoy your food column…
Fattersley was the MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook, 1964-97. He was in the Commons for so long that of course he will have known about Peter Morrison, George Thomas, Greville Janner et al. Children from the West Midlands were sent to the children’s homes in north Wales. Professor Robert Bluglass of the University of Birmingham concealed the wrongdoing of Dafydd, Tony Francis and the paedophile gang in 1988 (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’) and Bluglass’s colleague at Birmingham University, Professor Ian Brockington, was Tony Francis’s former boss (see post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’). Adrianne Jones, the former Director of Social Services for the City of Birmingham, advised the Waterhouse Inquiry panel, although children in the care of the service which she managed were abused. Sir Ron Hadfield, the former Chief Constable of the notoriously corrupt West Midlands Police who were involved in fitting up people from north Wales also advised the Waterhouse panel – furthermore Hadfield knew the senior police officers who managed the North Wales Police whilst that force colluded with Dafydd and the paedophiles and then refused to co-operate with investigations into the paedophile ring (see post ‘The Waterhouse Tribunal – Who Was Involved And What Happened To Them Subsequently?’).
Charles Clarke – who later became one of Blair’s boot boys whilst Blair was PM – was Kinnock’s Chief of Staff, 1983-92 . He explained that he went up to meet Degsy and Tony Mulhearn of Liverpool City Council in 1985 and he was appalled at what was going on in Liverpool in terms of thuggery and corruption. It was still going on when you were Home Secretary, 2004-06, Clarke and it was going on in north Wales as well. You and Blair knew all about it and just buried it all even more deeply.
Mandy was featured of course in his capacity as the Windbag’s Director of Communications, 1985-90 – but not with Reinaldo, because the one thing that Mandy did not want communicated in those days was that he was gay and he got very nasty when Matthew Parris outed him on ‘Newsnight’. Mandy was seething when, after Degsy and Mulhearn had been summoned to Walworth Road to be spanked by the Windbag et al, they hung out of an open window and held a press conference. Which was the best way of dealing with Mandy et al, I’d have done the same myself if a Windbag and a sociopath in denial had tried to tell me what to do. It was just a very great pity that Degsy was on the dark side himself…
Patsy Hewitt, the Windbag’s Press Secretary, was interviewed. The Patsy who was General Secretary of the NCCL for years whilst it was affiliated to PIE, the Patsy who later became Blair’s Health Secretary and presided over the Miracle With The NHS Funds (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’) and then clocked up lucrative company directorships in the field of private healthcare after she left Gov’t. The Patsy who took over as the MP for Greville Janner’s Leicester constituency after that particular child molester was raised to the peerage in 1997.
Michael Meacher chipped in – Meacher was an ally of Benn and was the left’s candidate for the Deputy Leadership against Fattersley in 1983. Michael Meacher knew exactly how vulnerable people were being abused. He dipped his toe into the study of the care of the elderly and quickly withdrew that toe after he realised how bad the care was. Michael was married to Molly – a social worker who spent years at the heart of the paedophiles’ friends. Molly is now in the Lords and is married to another person deeply in denial where mental healthcare is concerned, Lord Richard Layard (see post ‘A Vintage Crop’).
Tony Benn featured a great deal and of course knew all about the Westminster Paedophile Ring, the abuses of the Top Doctors and the criminality in north Wales – because I wrote to him about it. Tony Benn knew anyway – he was a member of the Labour Party NEC, 1962-93. He couldn’t NOT have known, he spent his entire career surrounded by the people facilitating and concealing it all and he cultivated the support of the unions whose members were doing the abusing, as well as the elite Top Doctors of St Thomas’s who have a great deal to answer for.
Chris Mullin, the MP for Sunderland South, another person on the left who was very critical of the Windbag’s lack of principles, was interviewed. Chris Mullin has done some excellent things, but he kept quiet about the child abuse ring in Sunderland – which had links to the north Wales one – and recommended that police investigations should stop and that compensation should not be paid to victims in the absence of criminal convictions (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends…’). You’ve nothing to worry about Chris, the victims who aren’t dead have had their lives destroyed by the Top Doctors and the criminal justice system, they are simply branded as lying psychotic criminals if they ever dare pipe up.
David Blunkett – who famously fathered the Little Lad with a woman who then had Blunkett for breakfast, causing Blunkett to resign in the ensuing scandal – described how he bravely fought Militant with the Windbag. Blunkett and the Windbag were filmed braving a crowd of shouting swearing Militant supporters as they walked up some steps into a grand building. Blunkett and the Windbag did not however risk their necks in Walton Hospital.
Whilst Blunkett was Home Secretary he increased Howard Hughes’s sentence to one of 50 years before he could be considered for parole. In July 1996 Howard Hughes was convicted of the murder and rape of Sophie Hook, a little girl in Llandudno, on the basis of no forensic evidence at all and the word of somebody else imprisoned for sex offences against children. The pathologist who gave evidence at the trial, as well as some of the lawyers involved, were paedophiles’ friends. Howard Hughes has learning difficulties and as a teenager had spent time in Bryn Estyn – where he alleges that he was abused – and in Garth Angharad. A great many people believe that Howard Hughes is the victim of a miscarriage of justice (see post ‘News Round Up – And Murder Most Foul’).
Blunkett also gave a citizen’s award to a woman who lives near Llanberis – who had a track record of intimidating mental health patients – on the basis of her charity work fighting crime. A young male member of her family was later convicted of a sex offence but she kept that quiet and her network of friends made sure that a cover story was put around the neighbourhood. She subsequently received an MBE for her crime fighting.
Dear old Prezza had a few minutes on camera – Prezza was Deputy Leader, 1997-2007. Prezza grew up in north Wales and spent years as MP for Hull, both locations of paedophile activity. Prezza was a student at Ruskin College whilst Matt Arnold was teaching there and Peter Howarth was his student, some seven years before Arnold and Howarth established their regime of abuse at Bryn Estyn (see post ‘A Study In Tyranny’).
A smug face from the past Philip Gould appeared. Gould was an advertising executive who became an advisor and consultant to the Labour Party and was one of those who rebuilt it into New Labour. He was campaign director in 1987, so he’ll have known how dishonestly he was marketing the Windbag, with people banging on about the Welsh roots of him and Glenys whilst people who had challenged the paedophiles’ friends and actually lived in the locations which provided the nice scenery for the Windbag’s photo opportunities were being harassed, threatened, fitted up in Court, illegally imprisoned, placed under surveillance by MI5 and were sometimes killed. MI5 were using their considerable resources to help the gangsters and their friends, not the victims.
I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if the security services were busy undermining the Windbag himself on the grounds that they considered him far too incapable to be PM, what with the Soviet Union imploding and the difficult diplomacy involved (see post ‘That’s Entertainment’) – which left us with Thatch…
A few trade union fixers were featured on the documentaries who were deemed to have played crucial roles in the rise of the Windbag. One was Clive Jenkins, who’s efforts were central to the Windbag becoming leader of the party. In 1983 – at what should have been an unremarkable weekend meeting of the ASTMS Executive – Jenkins nominated and obtained the approval of the Windbag as Foot’s successor and proclaimed it on the BBC’s ‘The World This Weekend’. Fattersley’s campaign was wrong-footed and the unions backed the Windbag.
Clive Jenkins was from south Wales and had excellent links with them down there. He will have known whilst he was fixing it for the Windbag to become Party Leader that Ron Davies whom everyone knew about had been elected for Caerphilly a few months previously.
Clive Jenkins was a vain, ostentatious tosser who was considered a major pain by many.
Jenkins was born in Port Talbot. On leaving Port Talbot County Boys’ School in 1940 at the age of 14 – when his railwayman father died – he started work in the laboratory at a metalworks and took evening classes at Swansea Technical College. He was promoted to the position of head of the lab and then to foreman.
Jenkins was involved the Association of Scientific Workers (AScW) and in 1944 was elected as Secretary of his branch. In 1946 he became a full-time official at the Birmingham office of the Association of Supervisory Staff, Executives and Technicians (ASSET), where he was appointed Assistant Divisional Secretary. He was at the time a member of the Communist Party.
In 1951 Jenkins organised a strike at Heathrow Airport that caused British European Airways to cancel more than 800 flights. He moved almost immediately to ASSET’s Head Office and received rapid promotion – National Officer in 1954, Deputy General Secretary in 1957 and General Secretary in 1961.
At the time ASSET had 23,000 members, which later increased to 50,000 by 1969, when ASSET merged with AScW, to form ASTMS (the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staff). Jenkins was joint General Secretary of the newly formed ASTMS – with John Dutton of AScW – but by 1970 Jenkins was sole General Secretary with a vision of what ‘his’ union could become. Within 15 years, ASTM’s membership grew to nearly 500,000.
Jenkins is remembered as the man who brought trades unionism to the middle classes. His listed his recreation in ‘Who’s Who’ as ‘organising the middle classes’.
Jenkins made frequent appearances on television chat shows and wrote columns for the Daily Mirror, the News of the Word and for Queen magazine. He dealt in property and antiques, was the first trade unionist to become a millionaire and is remembered as a gourmet and bon viveur who was partial to a fine claret.
Jenkins pissed off other trade union leaders to such an extent that he was excluded from the General Council of the TUC until 1974. But he eventually became its Chairman, 1987 -88.
After the election of Wilson’s Gov’t in 1974, Jenkins was appointed to the National Research and Development Council, (NRDC), 1974-80. He sat on the 1975-77 committee that produced the Bullock Report (Industrial Democracy). Jenkins was also a member of the Board of the British National Oil Corporation, 1979-1982.
In 1988 Jenkins orchestrated a merger between ASTMS and TASS (the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section) to form MSF. Shortly afterwards, Jenkins unexpectedly announced his retirement.
MSF was the union whose corrupt reps seemed to wield a great deal of power in St George’s Hospital Medical School, whilst that institution concealed serious criminality, both in north Wales and in south London (see posts ‘Some Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’ and ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).
At the age of 62 after Jenkins suddenly announced his retirement, he took £200,000 as a pay-off from his union and embarked on a business venture in Tasmania with a girl friend (his marriage was dissolved in 1989). The plan was to run a hotel and restaurant. Within a year, the business and the affair collapsed and in 1990 Jenkins returned to live in Chelsea – he also purchased a house in the Cotswold’s.
After Jenkins’s death in 1999, Roger Lyons, then the MSF General Secretary, commented that Jenkins’s ‘contribution to the union movement was immeasurable’ and that he was ‘the most outstanding trade unionist of his generation’, ‘the first to see the potential of organising white-collar workers’ and ‘the first General Secretary to recognise the power of the media and use it in a positive way on behalf of working people’.
Other obsequious comments made about Jenkins after his death included the observation that ‘for a large part of his career, he was as noisy as the champagne corks popping about him. If you were not on the guest list for his lavish parties at both the Trades Union Congress and Labour party conferences you did not matter’. His ‘custom made shirts with a personal motif’ were remembered, as was his custom built Regency office, as well as that Jenkins ‘professed to be on more than a nodding acquaintance with world statesmen from Golda Meir to Chairman Mao. Once on holiday with another union leader in Cyprus, he got up off the beach, summoned his waiting limousine, and told his astonished colleague: ‘Come on, we’re going to Nicosia to have lunch with Archbishop Makarios’ – and they did.’
Jenkins’s obituary in the Indie stated that ‘like many wealthy socialists of his generation he wanted everybody to aspire to similar good fortune. He despised hypocritical trade-union officials who hid their money and possessions from public view and it was little surprise to anyone that he was a friend of the late, disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell…along with the miners’ leader Arthur Scargill, Jenkins was probably the most litigious union leader in Britain and he admitted making a fortune from libel actions…[Jenkins said] ‘Say whatever you like about me and I will sue you… My union fights the case and pays the costs while I pocket the damages’.
Whatever Jenkins was doing he was not helping ‘working people’ or ‘fighting the hypocrisy’ of well-paid union leaders. He established and led a union for corrupt professional people which caused serious problems and indeed facilitated criminality in the NHS. I enjoy taking the piss out of gourmets and people who obsess about claret, but I don’t really mind if they do that, in the way that I don’t mind if people are snappy dressers and accumulate enough wealth to live well – but what this absolute git Jenkins facilitated so that he could live it up with the best of them was horrific.
Jenkins knifed the unionist Frank Chapple in a plot at the Reform Club – Chapple was removed from key TUC committees ‘over lobsters’. When running for the TUC Presidency, Jenkins dealt ‘more generously’ with Chapple’s successor, Eric Hammond – ‘I booked a box at Covent Garden, through being a GLC-nominated Governor of Sadler’s Wells and invited Hammond and his wife for ballet, champagne and civilised discussion’. Other grand gestures included taking guests, on his union’s expense account, for lunch at the Ritz near his office in Mayfair.
When Jenkins’s TUC colleague the Aslef leader Ray Buckton was seriously ill, Jenkins was ‘appalled to discover the inadequacy’ of Buckton’s hospital diet. ‘Fish and chips?’ Jenkins commented with horror, ‘I sent my driver to Harrods to buy baby food and other soft prepared material’. He later arranged with Robert Maxwell to have Buckton removed to an air-conditioned room in another hospital.
Presumably Jenkins had his mate removed from an NHS hospital run by MSF – his own union – and transferred to one where the patients’ needs were prioritised. Meanwhile, up in north Wales where the paedophile gang that was being facilitated by the MSF reps at St George’s Hospital Medical School ruled the roost, Dafydd’s dungeon was never empty and former kids in care and psych patients were being found dead.
If anybody wants to try and justify Clive Jenkins’s time on earth I’d be interested to hear from them.
So Kinnock, why was this worthless scumbag so desperate to install you as Leader of the Labour Party?
Jenkins’s obituaries observed how sad it was that this great man spent his final years in obscurity making bad decisions and drinking too much. Why are we not surprised – he’d hardly shown good judgement previously. I’m wondering if Jenkins was fleeced by the much younger woman with whom he ran off to Tasmania – that seems to have been when his problems began…Well if she did ruin the poisonous old bugger, we all owe her one. Perhaps she can keep up the good work and run away to Tasmania with the Windbag, Blair, Mandy, Cameron and the rest of them. If she gets in touch via the blog I’ll give her a list of all the people with whom we could well do without.
Roger Lyons, the man who believed that Jenkins was helping ‘working people’ was General Secretary of MSF, 1992-2002, when MSF merged with the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union to form AMICUS. He subsequently became one of the Joint General Secretaries of AMICUS. Lyons led MSF when St George’s had developed into a well-oiled machine for facilitating child abuse and drug distribution (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’) and whilst major research fraud was taking place there (see post ‘I Don’t Believe It’).
Lyons has a degree in Economics from UCL. His union career began in 1966 as a full-time union official for the North West England region of ASSET, one of the unions which later became ASTMS.
In 1970 Lyons became a National Officer of ASTMS and in 1987 Assistant General Secretary. In 1988, ASTMS merged with TASS to form MSF. In 1992 Lyons became General Secretary of MSF. He was re-elected to that position in 1997 by 67% of the members voting. Turnout was 12% – so presumably all those NHS scientists who had been press-ganged into joining MSF on pain of being scapegoated and hung out to dry if they refused didn’t feel like turning out to vote for the crooks who led their union.
Lyons was the first General Secretary of a major trade union to be removed from office by the Trades Union Certification Officer. Under the agreement to form AMICUS, Lyons became Joint General Secretary of AMICUS’s MSF section. AMICUS’s other Joint General Secretary was Derek Simpson. Lyons planned to remain as JGS of the MSF section until 2007, which would result in his being a General Secretary for seven years without re-election, as opposed to the normal legal limit of five years. He and his supporters maintained that the requirement for an election was waived because he was within five years of retirement. A legal challenge resulted in a ruling in May 2004 that Lyons should ‘cease forthwith to hold office as Joint General Secretary of AMICUS’ and Lyons was forced earlier than he had originally intended.
Lyons was a founder member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and nominated Nelson Mandela for his first international honour as Honorary president of UCU. Lyons organised the first South African Scholarship at a British university (UCL) and was an observer for the EU in the first free elections in South Africa.
Lyons was President of the TUC from Sept 2003-Sept 04, after which he retired. During this time he visited Israel and Palestine in Nov 2003 on behalf of the TUC. Lyons is a long-standing member of the Trade Union Friends of Israel and he addressed a TUFI fringe meeting at the 2005 Congress of the TUC.
In Feb 2004 Lyons took part in a fact-finding visit to Colombia organised by the Justice for Colombia.
Another Labour ‘moderniser’ who starred in the documentaries was Tom Sawyer. Sawyer gets a plug in Blair’s autobiography ‘A Journey’ – Blair is most grateful to Tom.
Sawyer was born in County Durham and was General Secretary of the Labour Party, 1994-98, after Blair ousted Larry Whitty. There was a lot of bad feeling about that, I remember the gnashing of teeth and allegations regarding just how underhanded it all was.
Sawyer was educated at Dodmire School, Eastbourne Comprehensive School and Darlington Technical College.
After college, Sawyer worked in engineering and then moved into trade unionism. He became a NUPE Officer in 1971, becoming their Northern Regional Officer in 1975. NUPE was one of the unions to which the managers of the local authorities who hosted paedophile gangs in their children’s homes belonged. NUPE provided legal advice to those accused of abuse. There were paedophile gangs in operation in the north of England whilst Sawyer was a NUPE rep there, including in the North East, where Sawyer came from and went to college. The gang in the North East was linked to the gang in north Wales – Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth, who ran Bryn Estyn when business boomed for the paedophile gang based there, had relocated to Bryn Estyn from Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead in 1973. There had been complaints of abuse at Axwell Park.
In 1981, Sawyer was made Deputy General Secretary of NUPE and continued to serve when it merged to become UNISON until 1994. In this capacity Sawyer also served as a member of Labour Party NEC, 1981-94 and was Chair of the Party in 1991 under Kinnock’s leadership.
In 1994, Tom Sawyer became General Secretary of the Labour Party under Blair’s leadership and led the Party into the 1997 General Election. After Prezza et al had a drunken knees-up to the strains of ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ – and things did get even better for the paedophiles’ friends, Blair gave them posts as Ministers and then elevated them to the Lords – Sawyer stood down at the 1998 Party Conference. Then Blair gave him a peerage.
In November 2004, it was announced that Lord Tom would become the next Chancellor of the University of Teeside, replacing that other paedophiles’ friend, Leon Brittan.
An article in the Indie in Sept 1998 featured Tom’s account of how he and his brave moderniser colleagues fought corruption in the Labour Party. The article explained that Tom was the architect of the policy review process through which the Windbag scrapped the policies on defence, Europe and party organisation. Yet dear old Tom arrived on to the NEC in 1981, having ‘enthusiastically helped in the Deputy Leadership campaign of Tony Benn and remained a reliable member of the left grouping until well after the 1983 election’. So what changed your mind then Tom? You spent the first half of your career assisting a gang of sex offenders in the cause of socialism and then you assisted them in pursuit of the Third Way.
Tom’s rationale as told to the Indie explained that ‘several factors gradually conspired to turn this thoughtful, quiet-spoken man off the Bennites’. First, ‘there’d be left caucuses forming at the NEC and Dennis Skinner told everybody what to do and I didn’t find that very comfortable’. As opposed to Mandy and Blair telling everyone what to do. Dennis Skinner was another Ruskin alumnus who was in a position to know much about the child molesters at Westminster (see post ‘A Study In Tyranny’). ‘A low point’ was reached for Lord Tom in 1984 when the left called for a general strike in support of the miners – which Sawyer regarded as ‘cloud-cuckoo-land’. Who knows what would have happened Tom – Thatcher’s Gov’t might have been brought down – as it would have been if you’d blown the whistle on Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth running a paedophile gang at Bryn Estyn and letting Thatch’s mate Peter Morrison join in the fun.
In 1984 Morrison was Minister of State for Employment.
The Indie explains that although Sawyer wasn’t bright enough to out-argue Dennis Skinner, his real problem was of course with Militant-run Liverpool. The Indie explained that Jane Kennedy, ‘now a Labour MP’, was the branch secretary of NUPE in the city. Yes, Kennedy most helpfully assisted Dafydd and the paedophiles. Sawyer had been told that Jane Kennedy had bad relations with the Labour run Liverpool City Council, which was in open conflict with the Tory government. Sawyer explained that he went to meet Kennedy – it was a ‘defining moment’ for him, because he went to Liverpool to give Jane Kennedy a bollocking but returned ready to do something about Militant. Only the daft old git couldn’t, because Kennedy, Heffer, Hatton, Hamilton and Kinnock and the ‘modernisers’ were all assisting and concealing the Liverpool branch of Dafydd’s empire.
Hey Lord Tom, you should have called on us service users from north Wales, we’d have given you all the evidence that you needed to deal with Heffalump et al. Er – but you didn’t want to do that did you – your solution was for us all to eventually be imprisoned or die. The lovely Jane Kennedy is now Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside – see post ‘News From Sicily’ for Jane’s background and dirty dealings.
When Lord Tom went to Liverpool, he ‘sat round in a room with about 25 decent people, gardeners, refuse collectors, school caretakers… was told about a group of gangsters who were running the Council for their own ends…this played out in very real terms for these people because if they wouldn’t join the GMB branch 5, which was controlled by Militant, then they were put on onerous duties’.
That’s nothing Tom, if you challenged the paedophiles’ friends and risked your neck in Walton Hospital – or indeed in many other hospitals – you were refused treatment and left to die.
Sawyer proposed in the NEC the resolution that eventually led to the purge of Derek Hatton and his allies. The Indie stated that it ‘was a highly uncomfortable time for him as he faced charges of betrayal by the Bennite left’. Sawyer was the hero of the hour though – ‘I went out on a limb and I did it because of what I’d seen and I felt I could stand it up. So a lot of people would crudely characterise that as a move to the right but in fact it wasn’t. It was a move to honesty and decency, away from political corruption’.
So that’s why Michael Carr was left to die in Walton Hospital in 1990 and two DPPs refused to investigate! It was because Tom and the Windbag had cleaned up the Labour Party.
Lord Tom didn’t only do the Windbag’s bidding, he had a hotline to Mandy as well. The Indie told us that Sawyer and Mandy were ‘working on essentially parallel tracks’. Sitting on a mountain of crap. Sawyer told the Indie that Mandy was a ‘brilliant, brilliant, operator’ with the press – Mandy had spent years working as a TV executive, he had the dirt on everyone and shamelessly ingratiated himself to the most powerful people in the media. Sawyer also stated that Mandy was a ‘ruthless hit man for the leadership’. I’ll emphasise the phrase hit man…
Is that why so many witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal found their careers and lives destroyed Kinnock?
Tom did notice however that the Windbag did not win the 1992 election – no Tom, John Major won it and just days later a firebomb killed five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal and a survivor of that fire was found dead after he claimed that witnesses were being murdered and gave evidence at John Allen’s trial. The man who allegedly confessed to starting the fire was found dead hours after his alleged confession. See post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’.
Tom reassures us that ‘Neil was the man who saved the Labour Party. He was a giant. The man who took on all those people, Arthur Scargill, the London loony councils, Militant in Liverpool. He fought it tooth and nail, line by line’.
Well Tom, let’s excavate the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and dig up those bodies and we’ll date the remains and work out how many people died out there because that big wally Kinnock and his dreadful empty headed wife – who grooved it on the dance floor for the cameras at every Labour conference in a lame attempt to be the Labour Party’s answer to Princess Di – fancied being PM and First Lady. Because those in the grounds of Denbigh are the people who paid the price for that Windbag and Mandy ‘saving’ the Labour Party – saving it for Blair and Cherie, who knew damn well what was being covered up and spent many more years continuing that cover-up…
Now here’s another radical conscience from the north east of England who needs to make a police statement – Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Durham University David Byrne. David has an impeccably radical CV, but he’s ignored some pretty dreadful things whilst building up that publication list. Dave was educated at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the LSE. He then taught at Durham, 1970-74. He was Research Director of the North Tyneside Community Development Project 1974-77 and Reader in Sociology at Ulster Polytechnic, 1977-80. Dave has worked with Berwick Trades Council and the consortium of community groups in Newcastle and Gateshead concerned with the content of the Newcastle; Gateshead joint planning strategy, including a longer standing relationship with residents organizing against the ‘Bridging Newcastle Gateshead’ housing pathfinder programme.
You can’t spend that many years working as a community sociologist and not know that a gang of paedophiles involved with serious organised crime have colonised the NHS, social services and every other agency in the region. The gang that Dave has been ignoring for many years is the gang with connections to the one in north Wales…
In 2012 Dave received the Social Policy Association Special Recognition Award. That’s how it’s done – you just pretend that the violence and the brutality isn’t there.
Dave is involved with the Wolfson Institute, which is currently running a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, ‘Health Inequalities In An Age Of Austerity: The Stockton-On-Tees Study’. These health inequalities stubbornly remain with us don’t they…
Whilst I was on the Wolfson Institute’s website, job adverts for PwC and Big Pharma appeared before me…
Another talking head from the past who popped up on the documentaries about the Giant Windbag who saved the Labour Party was Joe Ashton. Joe was MP for Bassetlaw in Nottinghamshire, 1968-2001. Joe was known for his defence of the rights of Labour MPs against the demands of the left-wing of the party to subject them to mandatory reselection. Joe was a fan of the Windbag.
Joe Ashton was born and brought up in Sheffield. He attended High Storrs Grammar School and Rotherham Technical College. Does the name Rotherham ring any bells for readers?
In 1974, when corruption allegations about MPs were circulating, Ashton gave an interview to the Labour Party newspaper ‘Labour Weekly’. Seeking to defend MPs, Ashton insisted that the number who were guilty of corruption ‘could be counted on the fingers of one hand’. Newspapers demanded that Joe name the guilty five MPs.
In the late 1970s, Ashton served as a junior Minister in Callaghan’s Gov’t – which was concealing the abuse of children and vulnerable people. Ashton saw himself as the shop steward for the PLP, which must have taken him into interesting realms.
In March 1999, it was said by the Chief Constable of Northampton Police Chris Fox that Ashton had given ‘misleading information’ to police officers after he was found on the premises of a Northampton Thai massage parlour during a police raid in November 1998. Mr Fox claimed that police officers had been forced to run a computer check to check the MP’s identity and that Mr Ashton was subsequently interviewed by police in the presence of his solicitor and declined to give a witness statement. He was not accused of committing any offence.
After the raid on the massage parlour in Northampton in Nov 1998, four people were arrested on suspicion of committing sexual offences. Mr Ashton denied that he had taken part in or paid for any sexual services at the parlour and denied that he had given ‘inaccurate particulars’ of his name and address. Ashton stated that he considered calling for a full Police Complaints Authority inquiry into how his name had been leaked to newspapers. Ashton claimed that the reports in Sunday tabloid newspapers could have only come from Northamptonshire Police and warned that he might take the matter up with the Data Protection Registrar.
The Chief Constable said that no official complaint had been received, but the force had its reputation and integrity to protect and would treat seriously any allegations of breaches of confidentiality. He would be writing to Mr Ashton to ask him to substantiate his allegations that his police force might have been responsible for leaking details.
The Mail on Sunday claimed that Ashton discussed the possibility of resigning his seat with Labour Party officials after the story broke. It was claimed that Mr Ashton was to end his political career amid ’embarrassing new disclosures’ about the visit to the sauna. However it alleged that Labour officials, facing possible by-elections in Newark and Glasgow as a result of court cases against MPs Fiona Jones and Mohammed Sarwar, persuaded Ashton not to stand down.
Northamptonshire police raided the massage parlour as part of a joint investigation with immigration service officials. They were looking into allegations that vulnerable Thai girls were being smuggled into Britain to work illegally as prostitutes. The Mail on Sunday tracked down the 21-year-old Thai masseuse who was with Mr Ashton at the time of the raid. She confirmed that Mr Ashton had paid for an ordinary body massage and had not mentioned sex. The paper stated that the girl had been offered £10,000 to say that she had full sex with Mr Ashton but would not lie. Whether somebody then paid her even more money not to lie about not having full sex with Mr Ashton was not clarified.
Joe, I don’t mind if you do have full sex in massage parlours, but if you do, I strongly believe that the people having sex with you should not be coerced into doing so. Your mate Kinnock and the rest afforded protection to a gang of Top Doctors who were coercing vulnerable people into sex work. It could be argued that you genuinely didn’t realise that the Thai girl with whom you did not have sex was trafficked, but everyone who covered the arses of Dafydd and Tony Francis et al most definitely knew that their victims were being coerced.
Joe Ashton decided to stand down as an MP and resign as a Director of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club after he did not have sex with anyone in the Thai massage parlour nonetheless.
I will introduce here another man who joined the Labour Party whilst the Windbag was leader, Dr Sam Galbraith. Sam Galbraith was born in Lancashire and went to school at Greenock High School and then studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. In 1978 he was appointed as consultant neurosurgeon at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital. Galbraith was elected as the Labour MP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden in 1987 and in 1997 was elected for the same constituency as MSP. Galbraith was Minister for Health at the Scottish Office and was then Opposition Spokesman on Health and Scottish Affairs, 1988-92, before switching to Education. Galbraith served as Minister for Children and Education in the Scottish Executive under Donald Dewar, 1999-2000 and then as Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture. On 20 March 2001 he announced his resignation from Ministerial office and his Parliamentary seats for health reasons.
Sam Galbraith’s career begged many questions. He made a highly unusual career move in 1987 when he gave up neurosurgery to enter politics and a lot of Top Doctors were very critical of him – they considered that he was too valuable to waste on politics. The Labour Party however couldn’t believe their luck. I used to think that political parties tripped over themselves to bag a Top Doctor because it was such good PR. I now know that it is because the Top Doctors are a nightmare to deal with and PMs will do almost anything to have someone who can hold their own in NHS negotiations with Top Doctors. Yet the excitement over Galbraith’s arrival in the Labour Party was more than usual.
The Windbag was leader when Galbraith announced his intentions to become a Labour MP before the 1987 General Election and everyone really maxed out on providing the media with info about the Superman who was joining them. The broadsheets ran features on Sam who was not only a brain surgeon, but a mountaineer to boot and someone who maintained that he was from working class origins. Sam gave tear-jerking interviews and talked about how he used to cycle past the Glasgow shipyards when he was a medical student and thought about all his mates labouring away in there and how he was going to Change Things. Everybody got very excited and talked about Sam being a future PM.
Sam was also going to sort out the terrible health outcomes and inequalities in Scotland – not that he and his Top Doctor colleagues had ever made a blind bit of difference to that particular situation.
Once Sam entered the Commons things livened up. Sam it transpired was a complete bastard. He fell out with civil servants and politicians and insulted people at a rate of knots that put Dr Death to shame. ‘Private Eye’ began publishing stories about the bust-ups that Galbraith was having and at one point someone – I think it was Prezza – told Galbraith that he might have made a career out of opening heads but if he didn’t fuck off someone would open his.
For his part Galbraith told them that they were a bunch of thick idiots who’d never had real jobs and he didn’t give a stuff if they didn’t like him.
Things did not get any better when Galbraith was given Ministerial positions. There was scandal after scandal and everywhere he went there were demands for his resignation. Sam told everyone to take a running jump and that he would not be resigning – although other people had to resign as a result of the cock-ups. In interviews it was a case of Je ne regrette rien and even better Sam stated that he never took any notice of what anybody else said anyway because consulting other people wasn’t a good idea. As Scottish Health Minister, in Jan 1999 Sam came under fire for bed shortages within the NHS. Dr Keith Little, the Director of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, resigned over the matter, saying that he was unable to care for patients properly. It didn’t hold Sam back, First Secretary Donald Dewar just loved him even more and promoted him to the Scottish Cabinet.
Health inequalities in Scotland remained.
The best that anyone ever got out of Galbraith when he screwed up was with regard to the fiasco at the Scottish Qualifications Authority in 2000 when he was Education Minister and thousands of Scottish students received incorrect results and couldn’t take up their university places. Galbraith stated that he knew that it was a mess, therefore he was the man to remain in post and put it right. Sam will have learnt that as a Top Doctor.
Alistair Darling – a mate of Galbraith’s – told everybody that Sam might seem like a total shitbag but he wasn’t really. When Dewar died Galbraith was given the Environment portfolio by Dewar’s successor Henry McLeish.
Another dimension to Sam the Superman was his lung transplant. In 1989 when Galbraith was 44, he was diagnosed with the chronic lung disease fibrosing alveolitis – his sister had died from the same condition. In 1990, Sam Galbraith was given two years to live – three if he was lucky. He received a lung transplant – mysteriously quickly as well- and was only the 13th person in the UK to undergo the procedure, which was performed at Freeman’s Hospital in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. The Unit was headed by a surgeon who had been one of Galbraith’s junior doctors.
Superman survived beyond all expectations, although he spent the rest of his life looking like death warmed up. He was delighted to find that he became the longest surviving lung transplant patient in Britain – possibly the world. It was put it down to Galbraith’s superhuman qualities and Galbraith himself banged on about the wonders of the NHS.
I do not believe that Galbraith’s miraculous survival was the result of the sort of fraud which I suspect that Dame Julia Polak perpetrated (see post ‘I Don’t Believe It!’). I attribute his longevity to the fact that as a Top Doctor he will have got the best treatment. Top Doctors tend to ensure that they don’t make mistakes on each other – and Top Doctors know which dangerous idiots to avoid. They don’t go to Dafydd and Galbraith wouldn’t have gone to any surgeon whom he knew to be not up to much.
I have only just found out that Galbraith didn’t approach the Labour Party because he wanted to go into politics. Galbraith stated that he only went into politics because he ‘was asked’. Who asked him he did not say – but before the 1987 General Election, which Kinnock and Kinnock’s friend Tony Francis in Ysbyty Gwynedd thought that the Windbag was going to win, someone asked Galbraith to stand as a Labour candidate.
Despite all the huffing and puffing about Sam’s desire To Serve for the sake of Social Justice, Sam didn’t make many sacrifices. He refused to base himself in London when the Windbag asked him to and Sam even had Gov’t chauffeurs taking him out to his boat from Glasgow. Sam’s wife was a Top Doctor and he made it very clear that he would be spending his time in Glasgow with her. When the Windbag made Galbraith Shadow Scottish Health Minister within a year of Galbraith’s election, the Windbag soon confirmed the scrapping of Labour’s commitment to absorb private hospitals into the NHS. In 1992 John Smith made Galbraith a UK employment spokesman, but the next year Galbraith left the front bench for his family. In 1997 Blair appointed Galbraith Scottish Health and Sports Minister. He launched a drive to pump extra funding into areas where he believed the NHS had been letting the public down and a campaign to improve Scotland’s diet and public health. There were allegations that Galbraith had ‘gone native’ at the NHS. Galbraith had never stopped being a native.
This was a man who didn’t give a stuff about ‘social justice’ and ‘serving’ – he was doing the Labour Party such a big favour that he did exactly what he wanted.
Sam remained in a few key powerful positions in the medical establishment as a politician – he found time to serve on the GMC and the Executive of MSF and to act as President of the Medical Practitioners’ Union. He also continued to do a bit of work at Southern General Hospital.
My post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’ discussed yet another north Wales conundrum. As the Waterhouse Inquiry approached, panic seized the paedophiles’ friends. Tony Francis started cracking up and there was a mass exodus from the Hergest Unit. One of the paedophiles’ friends who did a runner was a Top Doctor called Gwen Jones-Edwards. Gwen Jones-Edwards carried on a bit like Tony Francis with a patient who was a friend of mine. She gave every appearance of being very friendly and helpful but when my friend obtained his medical records years later, Gwen had done some seriously weird things that she must have known would be very damaging. I found out five years ago that Gwen Jones-Edwards had bagged herself the job as Clinical Director of Southern General Hospital. Southern General is a flagship hospital, has received billions of pounds of investment from the Scottish Gov’t and is one of the western world’s leading neurosurgery centres. Gwen Jones-Edwards was not a neurosurgeon, she was a jobbing psychiatrist who worked in a toxic unit in a toxic NHS Trust and she and her colleagues facilitated a sex trafficking ring.
Galbraith died in 2014 but he was very much alive when Gwen Jones-Edwards landed that job at Southern General. We can’t ask the Windbag’s mate Tony Francis how his colleague Gwen landed the job because he killed himself when Operation Pallial reopened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal.
Perhaps the Windbag would like to tell us exactly who asked Galbraith to join the Labour Party in time for the 1987 General Election – just when Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and I were coming forward with evidence of serious criminality in north Wales and the Windbag’s mate Tony Francis was at the centre of it. Galbraith was elected just two weeks or so before Tony Francis, Dafydd, Risley Remand Centre, Gwynedd and Clwyd Health Authorities and the Mental Health Act Commission conspired to frame and imprison me for ‘attempting to stab a doctor’ (see post ‘Workers Play Time’).
Lord Jim Wallace was someone who really rated Galbraith as an ‘advisor’. Jim Wallace was a barrister and a Scottish Liberal politician who was involved with that Party when Jeremy Thorpe was still busy. Wallace has been both Deputy First Minister and Acting First Minister of Scotland. He was the MP for Orkney at the time of the Orkney Child Abuse Scandal and Lord Jim knows a great deal about the organised abuse of children and the blaming of innocent family members in order to conceal it – his career benefited greatly from this (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’).
The long and noble condition of scrapping among themselves in the Labour Party continues to the present day. Debbie Abrahams, MP for Saddleworth and Oldham, is making one hell of a fuss about the bullying problem which she maintains plagues the Labour Party – although the dispute between Debbie and the Labour Party hierarchy began when she was accused of bullying some of her staff herself. Debbie has stood down as Shadow Spokesman for Work and Pensions – Jezza says she left the post of her own free will, Debbie claims to have been forced out.
Abrahams was born in Sheffield – her dad was a dentist. She was privately educated, then studied biochemistry and physiology at the University of Salford. Her early employment was as a community worker for a charity in Wythenshawe Manchester. She later studied for a Master’s degree at the University of Liverpool. Abrahams was head of healthy cities for Knowsley and served on the Board of Bury and Rochdale Health Authority.
In 2002 Abrahams was appointed Chair of Rochdale PCT. She was Director of the International Health Impact Assessment Consortium at the University of Liverpool, 2006-10. She married John Abrahams, a former captain of Lancashire County Cricket team. They have two daughters, both of whom were sent to private schools, despite Abrahams ‘being opposed’ to selective education.
She resigned from the Chair of Rochdale PCT in 2007 over the use of private health companies in the NHS. She then joined the Labour Party, declaring that she wanted ‘to challenge health policy at a local and national level’. Abrahams was appointed by Simon Danczuk then Labour candidate for Rochdale, as his advisor on health and she stood for Rochdale Borough Council in the 2008 local elections. She criticised the local council in Rochdale for failing to address health inequalities in Rochdale.
Abrahams has been PPS to Andy Burnham – he who spent years concealing the hundreds of deaths at Mid-Staffs – and was elected Chair of the PLP’s Health Committee. In 2014, she organised an Inquiry Into The Effectiveness Of International Health Systems.
In Sept 2015, Abrahams was appointed Shadow Minister for Disabled People by Jezza in recognition on her work with disabled people in the past. Every part of Debbie’s career has involved working in health and social care in places where there has been rampant abuse of vulnerable people which was ignored by everyone. Abrahams was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in June 2016.
Thank goodness the Windbag and the modernisers sorted the Labour Party out.
The Welsh Gov’t Minister for Social Care and Public Health Rebecca Evans appeared on Radio 4 on Sunday morning, discussing homelessness on Anglesey. Rebecca conceptualised the problem entirely in terms of the personal deficit of homeless people – Rebecca spoke the language of therapy and drug problems and mental health problems and how the Welsh Gov’t was working with the Third sector and had now found a ‘model’ which could be applied across the board. I nearly died from despair. Rebecca – homeless people do not need a ‘model’, they need somewhere to live. Some homeless people do have drug and mental health problems but a great many don’t, they just can’t afford anywhere to live and this has become a problem in north Wales as well now. As for those people who do have mental health and drug problems – for Christ’s sake sort out the mental health services who have been abusing their patients for decades and stop giving millions to Dafydd and CAIS to provide ‘substance abuse services’. Furthermore, I doubt that decades of corruption on the part of Anglesey County Council, particularly in the housing dept there, will have helped.
The homeless problem in Holyhead was discussed by Rebecca, as well as rural homelessness. Deprivation in Holyhead has never been a secret. In 2000 the teachers in Holyhead School knew of children who were being abused and neglected and of one 15 year old boy who was homeless and sleeping on Holyhead railyway station. Some of the teachers were horrified and cared very deeply about such matters but they felt completely impotent in the face of the idiots running that school who were only interested in advancing themselves. I’m talking about you Margaret Chantrell and Gerald Hewitson – a pair of fuckwits who were allowed to drive that school into the ground and who dripped with contempt for the pupils and their own staff. Hewitson was very lucky not to have faced sexual harassment charges after his conduct towards trainee teachers. Then there was Gill Dennis, whom Hewitson appointed as ‘mentor’ to the student teachers – who blamed the serious problems caused by Hewitson on the student teachers. Why did Dennis agree to become a mentor for the teaching students? Because she hated working at Holyhead School so much that she wanted a job somewhere else and needed a good reference from Gerald Hewitson, so was doing all that she could to make the incompetent old fool’s life easy.
The whole of north Wales knew that Holyhead School was in meltdown. The teachers used to comment on the embarrassment of working there and how the train from Holyhead to Bangor in the morning was full of Holyhead kids going to school in Bangor because their parents had withdrawn them from Holyhead School. No-one did anything. Everyone knew that the place was in crisis and that the classroom teachers were in despair, but the charade continued with Chantrell and Hewitson bollocking on about local people ‘not supporting the school’. It wasn’t local people who were the problem, it was Hewitson and Chentrell – and the people on the Governing body and in Anglesey County Council who let that mess continue.
Glenys Kinnock is a famous old pupil of Holyhead School. Dawn French and Albert Owen went to school there as well. Albert Owen is currently the MP for Ynys Mon. The names of those three are bandied around to reassure everyone that there are no problems at Holyhead School, it is just the dysfunctional kids and their terrible families…
Things become ever more farcical at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Betsi is proud to be leading the field once more – it is the first Health Board to provide specialist guidelines regarding caring for transgender people with dementia. This is a Health Board which is in special measures after being the centre of the biggest dementia scandal that the UK has yet seen. Patients in Tawel Fan ward were crawling around naked on floors swimming in urine and faeces and one patient had an untreated fractured arm. The only member of staff to lose their job as a result was the nurse who blew the whistle on it, Nicola Kingston, who was sacked and then struck off after facing a kangaroo court at which she was found guilty of having sex with a patient – namely her own husband.
Margaret Hanson, the Vice-Chair of the Betsi, made media comments about the ‘unique’ group which is transgender people with dementia. Hanson was previously a children’s social worker for Cheshire Social Services whilst a paedophile ring operated in the ‘service’, so nothing should surprise us from Margaret Hanson. Margaret is married to David Hanson, Blair’s former PPS (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’).
A group of midwives from Swansea have been going out to Zimbabwe to show Johnny Foreigner how to do it probably. As the UK maternity services are currently a source of concern and discontent and the UK has some of the poorest outcomes for mothers and babies in Europe, I’m not sure that we have much to teach Zimbabwe. Isn’t the NHS busy poaching healthcare professionals from everywhere else including Zimbabwe to make good our own deficits anyway? Swansea Social Services I think are still in special measures as a result of a number of high profile scandals in which children in their care came to harm.
Two long serving workers with Amey, the company providing ‘services’ for Liverpool Prison, have been sacked after they raised concerns about health and safety.
Powys Children’s Services have finally collapsed because no-one will work for them.
The icing on the cake at the moment is that a group of MPs want to force the Commons Speaker John Bercow out of his position on the grounds that he is an unsavoury bully. Bercow is rude enough to everyone on camera, so I can only imagine how he conducts himself when no-one’s watching. There is a campaign to install Harriet Harman instead. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Ken Dodd has died. I will shortly be writing a post about Ken Dodd and the court cases with which he was involved, not just the high profile tax evasion one – I’ll be writing about a few other celebrity scousers as well. I had planned to have the post written by now, but then I watched the documentaries about the Windbag…