My post ‘A Bit More About Those Very Muddy Waters’ detailed how in the early 1990s a young woman called Rebecca Teacher made headlines in the UK after she claimed to have been horrifically abused in a commune near Bangor as a child. Rebecca told a story of running away with a friend and telling both the police in Bangor and Gwynedd Social Services of terrible physical and sexual abuse of children in the commune, only to be taken into care for a short while and then returned to her abusers. Rebecca appeared on the ‘Kilroy’ programme, which at about the same time invited Dafydd along to star in one show in his capacity as an ‘expert’ to discuss PTSD. When Rebecca appeared on ‘Kilroy’, Kilroy also invited her dad along, Kevin Teacher, the leader of the community and, Rebecca alleged, her abuser. Kevin Teacher was aggressive and unpleasant to Rebecca on camera and carried on in a rather Top Doctoresque manner, making comments along the lines of ‘well Rebecca you’ll remember when the Bangor Police arrested you for stealing’, when Rebecca was describing the brutal beatings that she alleged that she and other kids in the commune had received.
I have found an article in ‘The Independent’ dated 11 August 1993 reporting that Rebecca and her stepfather, William Webb, had appeared at the Old Bailey and denied conspiracy to blackmail Kevin Teacher (real name Kevin O’Byrne). It was alleged that Rebecca and William Webb ‘carried out a blackmail campaign’ in 1992, threatening to tell newspapers how children living with The Teachers had been sexually and physically abused unless her father paid up. David Bate, for the prosecution, told the Old Bailey that Rebecca had claimed that ‘she and other children were treated like slaves at the cult commune near Bangor in North Wales’ and that Kevin O’Byrne ‘forced children to beat each other up. He also beat the children with curtain rails or horse whips’ and that ‘Ms Teacher told police she demanded between £40,000 and £60,000 from her father after failing to sue him for damage she allegedly suffered in childhood.’
On 19 August 1993, The Indie reported that Rebecca and William Webb had been cleared of blackmail and explained that:
‘After her acquittal by a jury at the Old Bailey in London, Rebecca Teacher, 18, said that she would be asking the police to investigate The Teachers, set up by her father Kevin O’Byrne, 55. She said: ‘The trial has been an ordeal and I want to try and put my life together now.’ Her stepfather William Webb, 43, was also found not guilty. The defendants, both from Barnet, north London, had denied conspiring to blackmail Mr O’Byrne, who styles himself ‘Kevin of the Teachers’. The court was told that Mr O’Byrne received telephone calls from the defendants last year demanding between pounds 40,000 and pounds 60,000. They threatened to expose the sect’s activities to newspapers if he did not pay up. Mr Webb, a laser consultant, and Miss Teacher admitted demanding the money, but said it was to compensate her for years of suffering. She made the calls after her efforts to sue her father and her attempts to alert the authorities to her plight failed. Mr O’Byrne jointly founded the sect in 1972. The court was told that he believed incest should no longer be a crime because the ‘genetic difficulties’ that it might cause could be avoided through contraception. The court was also told that children were beaten, whipped, locked up for days without food and made to look after the animals at The Teachers’ remote farmhouse commune near Bangor, North Wales.
But David Bate, for the prosecution, said that although the sect was ‘weird and bizarre’ it was not on trial. The issue was not whether the allegations of abuse were true, but whether the blackmail demands were warranted. Miss Teacher was born into the sect and the court was told that she was beaten and sexually abused until her mother and Mr Webb left the group when she was aged 11. She was one of at least 12 children fathered by Mr O’Byrne with six women. She said yesterday: ‘I did this not just for myself but for the other children.’ Mr O’Byrne did not give evidence. His absence was described by Judge Clive Tayler as being like ‘Hamlet without the Prince’.
There must have been another trial soon after as well, because ‘Court News UK’ reported that on Nov 2, 1993 Kevin Teacher’s son Matthew O’Byrne, age 28, told the Old Bailey that when living at the commune, he sexually abused other children. I do not have access to the full report on ‘Court News UK’, so I have no idea of the details of this trial or its outcome.
The Teachers were a community who lived on a farm at Tregarth. They had left by the time that Rebecca went public, but The Teachers were still at Tregarth when I arrived at UCNW/Bangor University in 1981. Wales was heaving with hippies, communes and alternative people at the time and many of them were making things – crafts, clothes, jewellery etc – which they would sell. The Teachers were rather different in that they had a shop in Bangor and a rather strange shop at that. The shop sold educational materials for children, but inside the shop, the walls were plastered in posters promoting the notion of ‘family planning’. It was seriously weird. I looked around the shop a few times but because there weren’t any books for adults in there I didn’t bother to make it a regular stopping place of mine. The shop assistants weren’t at all chatty, so I didn’t get to know them either.
I hadn’t been in Bangor long however when I heard more about The Teachers. I was living in hall and at one point I thought about moving out and I went to view a little cottage near Church Island at Menai Bridge. A young woman and her boyfriend were sharing it with another girl who was moving out of the house, so they had advertised a room. I went to see the house and spent the morning chatting with the two who I’d be sharing with if I did move in. The young woman was a dental nurse and her boyfriend was a PhD student in Marine Sciences. Because I was relatively new to Bangor, we chatted about everything and they briefed me. They asked me if I’d met any of the hippies in the communes and I said that I’d been in The Teachers’ shop. They told me not to have anything to do with The Teachers because they were really bad news, but another community at Aber, the Sanyassins, were fine.
The Sanyassins, or Orange People, were followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who excited the ‘Daily Mail’ because of the orgies which Bhagwan was alleged to have encouraged at his main communes outside of the UK and of course because Bhagwan owned a fleet of Rolls Royces. There were still a few former Orange People living around Bethesda when I lived there in the 1990s. One was called Promod, real name Peter Greenaway, who was married to Alison Greenaway, who was the manager of the MIND Centre at Abbey Road, Bangor. Alison Greenaway was a complete stooge of Dafydd and the gang, the MIND centre colluded with them and silenced all dissent. Alison Greenaway later became a psychiatric social worker and spent many enjoyable years standing by silently while patients died or were framed and imprisoned. Another Orange Person whom I knew was a mate of Alison’s, a woman called Jackie, who used to spend much time in Turkey enjoying the company of young Turkish men while her partner, a gentle man who was constantly stoned, was told to put up with it. Then Jackie discovered the joys of The Gambia and moved a Gambian toyboy in and relegated her stoned partner to the attic.
I knew another Sanyassin very well, because he was a Hergest patient. He moved into Rachub and the whole village was told that he was a nutter who was ‘a danger to women’. He wasn’t – one of my friends was his girlfriend. He had spent some time living in south Wales and when he was there he told us that he was wrongly accused by a female police officer and then violently attacked by a number of male police officers and hit on the head with a truncheon so hard that he was seriously injured. He was arrested – for assaulting the woman police officer. When under arrest, he requested medical help and was diagnosed with ‘paranoid schizophrenia’ and sectioned. He appeared in court, was found guilty of assault and was put on probation. He wanted to return to Bethesda, so his ‘care’ was transferred to Dr Tony Francis at the Hergest Unit and the North Wales Probation Service took over his ‘case’. His girlfriend told me that she had seen the photos of the serious injuries which the police inflicted and she also told me that both Tony Francis and the probation officer had admitted to her that the Sanyassin had been severely beaten up by the South Wales Police and framed. None of that was recorded on his medical notes or his probation file. The official story was that he was a ‘paranoid schizophrenic’ – Alison and Jackie agreed with the diagnosis – who had brought it on himself by blowing dope. Every time that this man announced that he would try and come off his medication, he would be sectioned and dosed up again. His girlfriend visited him regularly when he was an in-patient in Hergest and noted the abuse and neglect on the part of the staff, as well as their lies in the face of complaint.
The Hergest staff didn’t know this, but before that man joined Bhagwan’s community, he was doing a post-doc at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. He spoke to me about the malpractice and fuckwittery that he witnessed there. A few months ago, someone from Bethesda told me that he’d been found dead, but I don’t know any details. For further details of this man’s brutal treatment at the hands of the South Wales Police and the collusion of the all agencies with the violent thugs who nearly killed him, see post ‘A Bit More About Those Very Muddy Waters’.
The dental nurse who warned me against The Teachers had a mother who was a midwife at St David’s Hospital in Bangor and she told me that there were constant allegations that the children of The Teachers were being mistreated and that the adults ‘shared’ the children, so the kids didn’t have any specific parents to rely on. I heard about Kevin Teacher as well – that he was mad, an absolute git who accompanied the women and children EVERYWHERE, even to hospital appointments and dominated the whole commune. The midwife who worked at St David’s had told her daughter that Kevin Teacher used to arrive at St David’s with whichever woman from the commune was in labour and would refuse to leave them alone with the Top Docs and Angels. Furthermore, I was told that there was an experimental birthing pool at St David’s and Kevin really freaked the Top Docs out because he got into the pool along with the women.
As ever with An Everyday Story Of North Wales Folk, one had to untangle the mess. The Teachers did have a terrible reputation, I was later told that by other people as well. But so did St David’s Hospital in Bangor. My post ‘The BMA And It’s Ethics’ describes just some of what I knew was going on up there – the illegal abducting of newborns of women who’s families had conspired with Dafydd, false accusations made against women miscarrying that they had tried to procure an abortion, women being treated appallingly insensitively and even concerns that patients were sexually assaulted by some staff. St David’s Hospital was fully on board with Dafydd’s gang. There was one obstetrician up there who severely brain damaged one baby after buggering up the delivery. The mother wasn’t told what had happened and no admissions were ever made by the Top Docs. The same Top Doc then buggered up another delivery, resulting in another brain damaged baby and was found a job in Australia in order for silence to be maintained. St David’s employed a monster of a senior nurse who’s sole purpose was to intimidate parents who were complaining of damaged or dead babies. There were very, very big problems at that hospital and every Top Doc and midwife knew it.
When I told the Hergest Unit a few years later what I had heard about St David’s, it was flatly denied. Er – I had spoken to women who had delivered up there and they supplied quite enough evidence to confirm that what they were saying was true. There was also a problem with the community midwives back in the 1980s. One of my neighbours on Anglesey told me how bloody rude the midwife was, she even marched into their house without knocking, so her husband kicked her out.
If I had given birth at St David’s I would have taken the father of the baby in with me as a bodyguard, so who knows, perhaps the women of The Teachers felt like that as well. It is difficult to know who would have been less helpful to the patients, Kevin Teacher or the St David’s staff.
As ever, people were reluctant to make a fuss about their ‘care’ at St David’s lest there was Retribution. So now that Dr David Reed and his wife Fiona are safely out of the clutches of the Top Docs, perhaps they’d like to confirm that they were very, very distressed at the way in which Fiona was treated during the birth of her first baby, but Dave was doing his PhD at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Fiona was working as a secretary there…
St David’s closed down in the 1990s, but as with the closure of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, the mad, abusive staff were simply relocated to a new unit at Ysbyty Gwynedd. The bad attitudes and mistreatment of patients continued. When I was doing my PhD, one member of staff at Bangor University told me that the delivery of her baby had been so badly handled that the baby had been left brain damaged – but fortunately not seriously – and she had been left with PTSD herself because of the brutality with which she had been treated. She sued and won. How did this patient win a case against Gwynedd Health Authority when women who’s babies actually died were told to sod off and no admissions were made? She was an Angel of course, who had the dirt on them, so they paid up. This Angel continued in the same vein over the following years, bagging successive jobs which she could not do on the back of her knowledge of NHS wrongdoing. She hit the jackpot when she shared an office with me because she found out about the first batch of documents that my lawyers got hold of which included those describing how Alun Davies and the Top Docs were going to fit me up in court. It was on the basis of this that the Angel bagged a research grant from the North West Wales NHS Trust. When I wrote an article for a newspaper about the mental health services, the Angel asked me if I would publish false allegations about the VC of Bangor University in the press. I refused and a few days later the Angel screamed at me that Brown and me were ‘damaging her career’ with our articles about the NHS.
Had Dr Dee Jones aka Dr Dee Gray not hitched her fortunes up to a paedophile gang, she need never have worried about Brown and I publishing the wrongdoing of the NHS. Dr Dee Gray now runs an ‘executive coaching business’, ‘Gray’s Learning’, through which she flogs her ‘expertise’ to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and others for many thousands of pounds. As Dee has built her entire career upon her knowledge of the crimes of the Top Doctors, perhaps she could give us all the details of the deal which she thrashed out with corrupt NHS personnel and corrupt union reps that resulted in her bagging a massive compensation pay-out from Bangor University after the joint NW Wales NHS Trust-Bangor University project which she ‘led’ went tits up and hundreds of thousands of pounds were wasted and two PhD students did not get PhDs. See post ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ for more Dr Dee Gray laffs.
As well as hearing about The Teachers during my visit to the cottage near Church Island, the dental nurse’s PhD student boyfriend told me something else as well, which I attributed to homophobia at the time, because I didn’t know that an abuse ring targeting boys was operating in the region. The dental nurse’s boyfriend expressed concern about the Gay Soc at UCNW. UCNW was not a hot bed of leftist politics, the SDP were the dominant force among the English speaking students, although of course many of the Welsh-speaking students were involved with Welsh activism. However, UCNW did have a very active Gay Soc, one of the most active in the UK and it was networked to much UK-wide gay activism. The dental nurse’s boyfriend kept repeating that he didn’t think that Gay Soc should be allowed to appear at the freshers events and tout for business. I was gobsmacked and told him so; this PhD student then said ‘but they’re trying to get the students who aren’t gay interested as well, they’re forcing it on them’.
I didn’t click, even when in my second year I was told repeatedly by other students that Gay Soc were ‘extreme’. It was only toward the end of my third year when a very obviously predatory older man – who was a teacher at St David’s College, Llandudno – joined the UCNW Bird Group and bothered some freshers so badly that they asked to be protected from him when I realised that students at Bangor were being targeted. During those years, a number of people left the Chester branch of CHE because they maintained that it was a front for paedophile activity. I now realise what that PhD student whom I met in my first year was concerned about. Dafydd’s trafficking gang was targeting children/adolescents/vulnerable young people, male and female and the gang was operating within UCNW. See post ‘Just A Language Divide?’.
Two other people who were students at the same time as me at UCNW who probably knew something about the gang even if they didn’t realise it are Julian Oliver and his (now ex) wife Heather. Julian studied zoology and had a very bad experience with Dafydd’s partner in crime Dr D.G.E. Wood just before finals. Julian’s girlfriend, whom he later married, Heather, was doing teacher training at Bangor. Heather was difficult and didn’t get on with other students very well, but she was truly appalled by what she witnessed on her teacher training placements. She was very voluble regarding what she thought were dreadful standards, the qualifying of the most unsuitable students and the neglect of children in one primary school in particular near Colwyn Bay. Dafydd’s gang had a stronghold at Colwyn Bay.
To return to The Teachers. The other person who told me that The Teachers were abusing children was Meleri Tudor, a solicitor in Bangor, who later practised in Caernarfon and then became an employment tribunal judge. Meleri and I discussed The Teachers and their alleged abuse of children on the day that Meleri accompanied me to Chester Court when Gwynedd County Council attempted to have me imprisoned on the basis of the perjury of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team, in July 1990. See post ‘ ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’. Meleri confirmed that other people knew that The Teachers were abusing children as well – she told me that ‘people don’t like them much because of the way that they treat their children’.
Yet when Rebecca Teacher and her friend ran away and reported the abuse to Bangor Police Station and Gwynedd County Council, Rebecca and her friend were treated as delinquents – ‘Rebecca was stealing’ – and they were very soon sent back to The Teachers.
Although Rebecca and her stepdad were acquitted of conspiracy to blackmail, I can remember being told by people in Bethesda – which was some two miles away from The Teachers’ farm – that ‘that girl was just after money’. I was even told this by two hippies who had previously told me that The Teachers were ‘bad news’. One of these hippies was friends with a man called Alan Patrick, who had joined The Teachers and left, but refused to give anyone details why. I was simply told that Alan was trying to forget all about ever having been one of them. Alan then ran a shop in Bethesda and shared a flat with Dr Chris Barnes. Chris taught at UCNW and then later at Hillgrove School. I always liked Chris Barnes, he was very jolly and entertaining, but Chris was married to Gwyneth Barnes (see post ‘Pets Win Prizes’) who worked as a cleaner at the Hergest Unit, who must have known how badly the patients there were treated, because some of the cleaners used to tell their friends and families that they couldn’t believe what they were witnessing at the Hergest Unit.
Rebecca received all that publicity while the North Wales Police investigated the possibility of a paedophile ring operating in Cheshire and north Wales but concluded that there wasn’t one; when hundreds of complaints about the abuse of children at the Ty’r Felin children’s home in Bangor were made but no action was taken by the DPP; when Dafydd was popping up constantly on TV as an ‘expert’; when former kids in care and psych patients were dropping like lemmings; when I was prosecuted and convicted of ‘staring at a social worker in Safeways’ – a social worker who had previously illegally detained me and then lied to the police and admitted this in court (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’); when I wrote to Michael Mansfield QC regarding what was happening to me at the hands of Gwynedd Social Services, only to receive a one line reply; when Superintendent Gordon Anglesea sued ‘Private Eye’, ‘The Independent On Sunday’ and HTV for libel after they named him as abusing boys in care in north Wales.
No-one defended Rebecca. She was firmly branded a money grubbing liar.
Less than one year after Rebecca’s acquittal, Peter Howarth was jailed for sexually abusing boys at Bryn Estyn. Howarth was a key figure in a massive paedophile ring. Still no-one suggested that perhaps Rebecca might have been telling the truth.
Meleri Tudor, the lawyer who knew that kids at The Teachers were being abused, was the daughter of a Minister of religion. Meleri’s sister had served time in Holloway for Welsh language activism. I’m fairly certain that Meleri’s husband was a lawyer. Meleri at that time worked for Carter, Vincent, Jones, Davies in Bangor and one of the partners was Alwyn Jones, who was my main solicitor. At that time, Alwyn was married to a lawyer who worked for Gwynedd County Council. Alwyn’s wife’s father was a police officer who was a Freemason in Bangor. Meleri was friendly with people who were in the Bangor University Lodge.
On the day that Gwynedd Social Services tried to frame and imprison me at Chester Court in July 1990, the reason why Meleri came to the court with me was that I was warned that I could well go to prison so someone from my solicitor’s practice would definitely be coming with me, but it had to be Meleri because although Alwyn had been handling my case, on the big day he found that he had to be elsewhere, so Meleri, his junior, came to Chester with me, although Alwyn was very worried that he couldn’t be there.
That was the Alwyn who’s wife worked as a lawyer for Gwynedd County Council – who were taking me to Chester Court in order to have me imprisoned. Documents now in my possession demonstrate that Ron Evans, Gwynedd County Council’s lawyer, knew that lies were going to be told about me on oath and indeed Ron had sent a note to the perjurers of Arfon Community Mental Health Team telling them who to meet at Chester before the case, where they would be told what to say and shown their affidavits. Which presumably they had not written and signed themselves as alleged. Three of the people who gave evidence against me had never met me before. One of them had met me at most, twice. Documents in my possession also show that Ron Evans knew that the Court had been changed, as had the judge, days before the hearing. Ron sent the Arfon perjurers a little hand-written note telling them this and giving them precise details of which Court to go to and how to get there. Meleri knew that the Court and judge had been changed as well. My barrister, Suzanne Evans, didn’t. She went to the wrong court, arrived very late for my case, was all of a fumble and the corrupt judge – for he was indeed corrupt – Justice John Roch, later Lord Justice John Roch, snapped and shouted at her.
Fourteen or fifteen charges against me were thrown out because the Arfon perjurers were demonstrated to have lied on oath. Roch offered to give them extra time to rewrite their statements. Their barrister declined, saying that Gwynedd County Council had already spent a great deal of time and money on this case.
Justice Roch was clearly intimidating Suzanne Evans, but she knew damn well that extensive perjury and conspiracy had been committed. She didn’t utter a word and I never heard from her again after I left the court. For more information on Suzanne Evans, see post ‘Life In Cold Blood’.
No-one ever mentioned the industrial scale perjury and conspiracy after we left Chester Court. I told Meleri that I thought it was very odd that the Court and judge had been changed and my barrister didn’t know. Meleri brushed it off and maintained that it was just a little mistake. Meleri gave me a lift back to Bethesda but I was so stressed that she had to keep stopping the car so I could throw up. She told me that her daughter got car sick as well, but nothing like this!
‘We didn’t know.’
Roch, Alwyn, Meleri, Ron Evans, Lucille, Arfon CMHT, Gwynedd County Council, Suzanne Evans: It’s A Rat Trap – And You’ve Been Caught…
A Tonic for the Troops
‘We didn’t know.’
I must congratulate Alwyn on his camouflage, it was even better than that of Prof Eric Sunderland.
Professor Eric Sunderland:
Alwyn’s crooked lawyer of a wife later left him – she was having an affair with another crooked lawyer who worked for Gwynedd County Council – and Alwyn remarried, to a pharmacist whom he had known at Abersytwyth University. Alwyn’s stepson Sean (it might be spelt differently) Hudson went to school with Laura, the daughter of Ella Fisk, who was the Angel who ran the Day Centre at the Hergest Unit. Ella knew that I and other patients were being fitted up in court by her colleagues. Sean went to Oxford to read law and Laura went to Cambridge and is now a clinical psychologist!
Tony and Sadie Francis’s son Adrian went to the same school as Sean and Laura – Ysgol David Hughes – and Adrian became a lawyer as well! Adrian is now a barrister at Dean’s Court Chambers in Manchester. Adrian’s Linked In profile provides the following info regarding his biography:
University of Liverpool, 1995-98, BA, 2:1; College of Law, 2001-03; RMNJ Solicitors, Chester, Trainee Solicitor in Criminal Defence, Mental Health Law and Conveyancing, 2003-05; Abraham & Co Solicitors, Criminal Defence and Mental Health Solicitor, 2005; The Law Office of Paul D’Ambrogio, Claimant Personal Injury Solicitor, 2006; Wirral Borough Council, Locum Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2006-08; Cheshire County Council, Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2008-09; Cheshire East Council, Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2009-10; Wiltshire Council, Locum Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2010-12: 500k recovered in Ordinary Residence Disputes. In addition in excess of 500k saved. 3 successful determinations by The Secretary of State for Health; Leeds City Council, Locum Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2012-14: Clients included Leeds City Council & NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups, Full range of Adult Social Care Advice to include – Litigated COP health & welfare matters, Ordinary Residence disputes, S117 Funding disputes, Community Care Law, Defendant Judicial Review Litigation; Cumbria County Council, Adult Social Care Legal Consultant, 2014: Court of Protection Litigation, Care Home Fees Recovery, Training of Solicitors; Manchester City Council, Locum Solicitor Adult Social Care, 2015: Adult Social Care Solicitor for Manchester City Council, Salford City Council & Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust; Sheffield City Council, Locum Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2015-16: Court of Protection Litigation & Defendant Judicial Review Litigation on behalf of Sheffield City Council; South Tyneside Council, Locum Adult Social Care Solicitor, 2016-17: Litigation based role to include legal advice to the council on all matters relating to adult social care law to include advocacy before the court of protection & county court; LGSS Law Ltd, Adult Social Care and Healthcare Legal Team Manager (Locum), 2017: I carry a full adult social care law caseload and manage a team of Adult lawyers across 3 counties Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Central Bedfordshire for the ABS LGSS Law Ltd. Providing Legal Services for the Public Sector to include local authorities & NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups; Borough of Poole, Locum Adult Social Care Lawyer, 2017-18.
Observant readers will have noticed that this son of two of the Top Docs who facilitated the trafficking gang in north Wales/Cheshire has been employed by a number of the County Councils who for years sent kids in care to children’s homes in north Wales where they were abused. Adrian Francis has been employed by some of the most troubled, scandal ridden local authorities in the UK to fight ‘service users’ who have dared to make a claim on those authorities. He has worked for the mental health services in Salford and Manchester – they employed his parents before the Francis’s relocated to north Wales…
I note that Adrian worked for the Wirral Borough Council, 2006-08. The corrupt HR Director at Bangor University, Lyn Meadows, who was busy trying to force me out of my job at the University at that time (see post ‘A Demand From Gwynedd County Council’) had recently been a non-executive Director of an NHS Trust on the Wirral. When in post, Meadows assisted in a fraud with three Top Doctors and was subsequently named in Hansard and on Frank Field’s blog. As well as helping Top Docs defraud the NHS, Meadows also had responsibility for developing mental health care on the Wirral. She therefore participated in yet another scam with dodgy people and it was later found that patients whom had been ‘cared for’ as a result of arrangements organised by Meadows were abused and neglected. When abusing her position in the NHS on the Wirral, Meadows was employed as a senior manager with the Welsh NHS Trust. She was in that post when Tony Francis was still alive and when Sadie Francis was still working at the Hergest Unit. After her retirement, Sadie Francis was a member of the North Wales Community Health Council – the ‘patients voice’. The CHC ignored all serious complaints about the mental health services. Lyn Meadows is now a member of the Betsi Board. Bernie Cuthel, another Board member from the NHS Trust which served the Wirral, also turned up on the Betsi Board a few years ago, after she had been obliged to leave the Wirral NHS in the wake of allegations of serious bullying and misconduct. Bernie is of course a mental health specialist. See post ‘The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’ and ‘Conflicts Of Interest – And Some Very Big Salaries’ for further information about Bernie.
Adrian Francis describes himself as:
‘An experienced lawyer who is a specialist in adult social care law specifically in the law relating to elderly & vulnerable clients, mental incapacity law, mental health law, care home fees, community care challenges, ordinary residence disputes, s117 aftercare funding disputes and all matters that are before the Court of Protection.
With over 10 years post qualification experience as a solicitor prior to qualifying as a barrister having advised local authorities nationwide on all legal matters relating to adult social care law and policy over the last decade.
Advocacy experience before the Magistrates Court, County Court, Mental Health Tribunal (First Tier Tribunal), HM Coroner and Court of Protection having appeared before the Courts nationwide from Newcastle in the North to Bournemouth in the South. A Welsh speaker and member of Grays Inn, The Law Society, Royal Society of Medicine & Court of Protection Practitioners Association (COPPA).’
When Adrian was at school and his parents were abusing us while pretending to be ‘caring’ for us, they used to tell us that Adrian wanted to be a Human Rights lawyer. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Surely a job with Cherie Booth is a must for Adrian now?
Two other rats who knew nuzzing are Sian Williamson and her husband Anton. Sian and Anton were Angels in north Wales for years. Sian worked on the psych wards at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Seiriol and Dwynwen Wards, before the Hergest Unit was built and then in the Hergest Unit. Anton worked as an Angel in Manchester for a while, he was an alcohol specialist. Sian and Anton did not abuse patients themselves but they witnessed their colleagues abusing patients on many occasions. They knew that patients were being unlawfully detained and fitted up in court. I met up with Sian when I was doing my PhD and she told me that conditions at the Hergest Unit were so dangerous that ‘someone is going to get killed’ there. She told me that the senior managers of the NW Wales NHS Trust would not listen to anyone no matter who was warning them that neither patients or staff were safe and that whistleblowers were simply sacked. Sian also told me that the Trust was buying the silence of certain mental health staff by ‘looking after them’. Two of the people whom she named were Bob Ingham and Gareth Phillips, both Angels who had been involved in fitting up patients who had complained. Sian was very unhappy that the Trust hadn’t ‘looked after’ Anton, who had retired early due to a back injury. At the time, Sian was working with the drugs and alcohol team on Anglesey – who were part of Dafydd’s domain, so I expect that Anton will be very well looked after by now. Particularly as I have been told that when Sian found out that I was doing a PhD and was preparing to publish on the abuses of the north Wales mental health services, she rang a few former colleagues who had fled the area before the Waterhouse Inquiry and sent out an alert.
My post ‘A Demand From Gwynedd County Council’ and previous posts discussed Eileen Tilley, the UCU rep at Bangor University, who colluded with Lyn Meadows’s bullying of staff and unlawful practices and who tried to shoulder the blame for Meadows’ and Meadows’ associates wrongdoing onto senior staff who were uninvolved, including the VC. I was told that Tilley wanted to bag a seat on the national executive of the UCU and that this was the basis of her chummy relationship with Meadows.
Today’s ‘Morning Star’ contains a big advert for a TUC fringe meeting on Sept 11, being organised by the ‘Morning Star’, on the subject of ‘How can the Labour Party link be developed from the workplace upwards? One of the speakers is Vicky Knight, the President of the UCU. When Vicky stood for election, her profile on the UCU website was headed by the words ‘Vicky Price – Independent candidate – putting members first’. It was quite clear to me when I worked at Bangor that the UCU was putting the paedophiles’ friends first.
Vicky provided the following biography:
I have more than 25 years’ trade union experience in the public sector: within the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and UCU as a local, regional and national representative. I am an elected member of your national negotiating team and sit on your National Executive Committee, Further Education Committee, Equality and Women’s Committees. I have the honour of representing UCU at numerous events, on committees and platforms including; UCU Congress, TUC Congress, TUC Women’s conference, TUC Northwest Regional Conference. For the last 3 years I have represented UCU on the TUC Women’s Committee where I’m proud to have been elected as Chair for the last 2 years.
I do not know how Vicky ended up as a Fire Brigades Union rep, but the FBU has certainly hosted a few interesting people. Someone with a background as an FBU national official is Ann Jones, Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd. Ann grew up in Rhyl, was educated in Rhyl and was a Rhyl Town Councillor and a Denbighshire County Councillor. Ann knew all about Dafydd and the gang and knows that the NHS in north Wales is endemically corrupt and is killing people, but Ann isn’t saying a word. Which is why she is still sitting in the Senedd.
I’m puzzled as to why Labour Wimmin have been involved with the FBU. The Fire Brigade until recently was famously macho, the firemen spent their time boozing and reading/watching porn and had ludicrous initiation ceremonies which involved new recruits being stripped and urinated upon. One very effective way which the Fire Brigade used to prevent women joining when they were obliged to stop their unlawful sexual discrimination was to subject the female recruits to the same initiation ceremonies as the male recruits.
Does this look like someone who has taken her fair share of being pissed upon by the lads and spent many enjoyable hours watching porn, downing pints and eating vindaloos?
‘Don’t fancy yours much mate’.
What has been going on in the FBU?
The ‘Morning Star’ also had a short article reporting the concerns of MIND that ‘poor social housing’ was contributing to the mental ill health of tenants. If only MIND had spoken out about this during the 1990s, when Hergest patients were systematically housed – when they were housed at all that was – in the most ‘hard to let’ housing in the area. After they’d been living in appalling hostels for months, the lucky few would be offered accommodation on the rough end of Maesgeirchan, the housing estate on the outskirts of Bangor, which was also where the Ty’r Felin children’s home was located. One severely ill patient was left to be harassed and threatened by the paedophiles’ friends who ruled the roost on Maesgeirchan and was eventually found dead in his house. He was called Charles Pearce and well-known in Bangor because he was floridly manic, used to call himself the King of Bangor and wear a home-made crown and robes. The mental health services banged him up in Denbigh for a few months, declared him incorrigible, released and then abandoned him. Charles was repeatedly arrested and fined for ludicrous offences, which eventually pushed him into so much debt that he had to sell his properties – he was then fleeced of thousands by the North Wales Housing Association – and after that he could only afford a former council house on Maesgeirchan. Charles subsequently developed a disorder which resulted in him pulling flesh off himself. He was seen out and about with visible injuries and was later found dead in his house, having disembowelled himself. See post ‘R.I.P. The Previous King Of Wales’. Charles Pearce died slowly and painfully in full view of the whole of Bangor.
The other favourite location for housing Hergest patients was on the Morawelon estate at Holyhead. One part of Morawelon was so bad that absolutely no-one would live there. A homeless hostel opened on Morawelon and was managed by a young woman who did know what she was doing. Sadly some bigoted corrupt old farts of Holyhead Councillors constantly undermined her, sabotaged her work, forced her to employ inappropriate people – ie. their friends – the scheme fell apart and the hostel subsequently turned into a crack house. Hergest patients were housed nearby. They were harassed, threatened and occasionally beaten up. MIND knew all about it, because Holyhead MIND ran a much boasted about centre for service users, The Priory. Dr Mike Jackson, a clinical psychologist who worked at Bangor University and for the mental health services, was instrumental in establishing the flagship which was The Priory. A leading light in The Priory was Sue Sayer, who later was given a paid job as an advocate at the Hergest Unit. Patients were abused and assaulted by staff, fitted up in Court and were found dead regularly. Sue Sayer was told about the sexual abuse and trafficking of patients in a chain of private ‘nursing homes’, Prestwood (see post ‘A Convenient Arrangement With The Private Sector’).
MIND did not say a word about any of this to anyone, although they did ask me if I would provide free maths lessons for Prestwood residents. I of course said no, not wishing to be a source of free labour for a people trafficking organisation. I was told that if I didn’t agree to provide free maths lessons for Prestwood clients, I would not be allowed to provide free maths lessons for the other service users at The Priory, which is what I had offered. So MIND prevented service users from accessing free maths tuition, which the service users had told me that they really wanted.
When Mike Jackson and his wife Sonia heard that my lawyer had finally obtained my highly incriminating medical records, Sonia shrieked at me ‘I hope that you’re not going to mention Mike’s name’ and a few days later Mike told me ‘I know you suffered but I hope you never win a case against the Trust because it’ll cost them nearly a million and that should be spent on my patients’.
Well Mike, I never received a penny from the dear old Trust, I and witnesses were simply threatened – including with guns – until I left Wales. But I don’t think that the million which was saved was spent on your patients was it – they’re still destitute and dying…
The extraordinary in-fighting in the Labour Party continues. Jeremy Corbyn has now subscribed to the precise definition of anti-semitism which Margaret Hodge demanded after she engaged lawyers to the Royals Mishcon de Reya because Jezza hurt her feelings, but Dame Madge is still not happy, because Jezza added a clause allowing people to have sympathies for the Palestinians should they wish. Dame Madge was given the prime time 8-10 am slot on the ‘Today’ programme this morning to tell the world that Jezza has ‘sullied’ the definition of anti-semitism by adding this outrageous clause. Dame Madge did quite a bit of sullying herself when she led Islington Borough Council and ignored the paedophile gang operating in its children’s homes, who murdered witnesses. Then the Dame did a bit more sullying when she was MP for Barking and ignored the fact that the local hospital was killing maternity patients at quite an impressive rate.
After Dame Madge had told the world how disgusting Jezza is now that he has added a conscience clause to the definition demanded by the Dame, the Dame and Baroness Shami Chakrabarti held a debate about Jezza and the definition. All I could think when I listened to the Dame and the Baroness discussing how much ‘hurt’ Jezza has caused by being too slow to adopt the right definition and then adding the conscience clause when he did adopt the right definition is that throughout this summer, some kids’ parents were too poor to provide lunches for them; some school girls are receiving free sanitary products because they cannot afford to buy them; the numbers of homeless are rising; disabled people and people on universal credit are becoming destitute because of changes to their benefits; most social service depts in the UK are under police investigation for grooming and people trafficking offences; social care for the elderly is virtually unavailable; and the mental health services have collapsed. And of course millions of people who aren’t actually in dire difficulties are still working long and hard to keep body and soul together.
Margaret Hodge’s immediate family, the Oppenheimers, moved to London after the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, concerned that anti-semitism had increased in the Middle East and started their family-owned steel-trading corporation, Stemcor. It is one of the world’s largest privately held steel companies, with an annual turnover of over £6 billion in 2011. Hodge is a major shareholder. Stemcor was run by her brother, Ralph, until September 2013.
Madge looks like she’s having a pretty good time, despite Jezza sullying things:
Dame Margaret Hodge
Why would anyone ever vote Labour when she is allowed to conduct herself like this?
By the way Madge, Lady Shami was quite correct this morning when she told you that much of what you claim to be anti-semitic is open to debate, even among Jewish people. One of my friends married a Jewish Canadian and this Jewish Canadian used to tell me that he didn’t like visiting Golders Green because he found many of the people there rather difficult. I asked why and he said ‘there’s a lot of Israelis there, I don’t really like them that much, they tend to be a bit arrogant’. He is as Jewish as you are Madge, when I went to visit him and his family, I would watch him carrying out every appropriate ritual. They aren’t Orthodox, but he is Jewish. Neither does he own a steel company with an annual turnover of £6 billion and he’s never colluded with a paedophile gang.
The think tank established by the Windbag which has served as a job creation scheme for the offspring of Labour big wigs, the IPPR, has produced a report with ideas to transform the UK economy. The IPPR haven’t really transformed anything so far and they weren’t even bothering to acknowledge applications from people who responded to their adverts for policy specialists a few years ago – I did notice IPPR, I had absolutely everything on my CV that you wanted and much more, but whoops my mum isn’t Harriet and my dad wasn’t Ralph! – so I doubt that their ideas for transforming the economy will be very exciting. Two people were invited to discuss the IPPR report on the radio – Lord Bob Kerslake and Kate Andrews. Lord Bob Kerslake is the former Head of the Civil Service and was also the Biggest Wig in the NHS at one point, so there’s a sound track record there. Kate Andrews is a rather irritating right wing American who works for the Institute of Economic Affairs who arrived in the UK a few years ago and has been doing the rounds ever since, telling us all how crap we are, how crap our country is and how we need to take a leaf out of the book of the US. Er, OK…
In that case Kate, I want Stormy Daniels over here as well.
The Top Docs continue to discover a life-saving miracle on a daily basis. Today it was childhood leukaemia. Which is a little confusing because the big advances were made with childhood leukaemia many years ago, when it was discovered that a combination of vincristin and methotrexate did produce very, very good results. Childhood leukaemia was no longer a death sentence as a result.
Brave Babs Windsor has had a pacemaker fitted after her Alzheimers meds caused her to collapse, or at least according to ‘The Sun’ that is what has happened. Which suggests that Babs is doing rather better out of the Top Docs than most other people are, when one considers the usual dire ‘care’ to which Alzheimers’ patients are subjected.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) are fuming because they have discovered that most people on the whole planet are not taking the required amount of exercise, as demanded by WHO. Uganda was mentioned as a particularly lamentable example. Call me naive, but I suspect that many people in Uganda probably have rather more pressing concerns than ensuring that they follow the WHO guidelines for daily exercise. For a start if they are gay, they’ll be terrified because should they be accused/caught they may well be executed.
The UK Cabinet are also concerned with First World Problems, they have agreed that every restaurant, cafe and other eating place should display the calorie content of the meals on offer on their menus, although there has been concern expressed regarding the cost of doing this for small businesses. The Cabinet are doing this because the scourge of obesity shows no signs of abating. Which suggests that the general public are not taking a blind bit of notice of ‘public education’ messages, so they’re not going to take any notice of calories printed on menus. Well Theresa May will, as will Chris Bryant, Jane Hutt, Julie Morgan and Stephen Kinnock, but they’ll probably be worrying about the calories before they choose anyway. Somehow I do not think that I’ll be witnessing the labourers with builders bums studying those calories when they order their fry-ups in the morning before starting work. Not that the Cabinet will realise that, most of them not having worked as hod carriers.
I look forward to hearing what lethal condition the Top Docs will announce that they have cured next, now that I have exposed Adrian Francis! I’ve had my eye on Adrian for a few years now, wondering if he was going to do the decent thing and resign as a lawyer after his father killed himself and then after I started this blog… No, Adrian’s going from strength to strength like the rest of them.
I have received a letter from Mr E.B. Jones, Taxation Manager, Gwynedd County Council, telling me that a liability order has been granted against me, requesting £132-31 and telling me that if I don’t cough up, they will transfer the order to bailiffs, which will mean further significant costs for me, precisely: Compliance Stage £75; Enforcement Stage: £235 Sale Stage: £110 and that if the case is referred to bailiffs the Council will not intervene further.
The letter tells me that the liability order was granted on 3/11/2011 and refers to ‘outstanding council tax’ from when I lived at a property near Garndolbenmaen.
This letter refers to a liability order which Gwynedd County Council have already transferred to bailiffs – some six years ago. Although I had paid the council tax concerned. Furthermore, Gwynedd County Council didn’t tell me that they were taking me to court for non-payment of council tax. I simply received aggressive threatening letters telling me to pay the council tax which I had already paid, including further costs, because I’d been taken to court. And now Gwynedd County Council have repeated the whole sorry saga.
Gwynedd County Council were certainly very busy at the time. I received five parking tickets in Caernarfon in the space of about four weeks, although my car was breaching the rules on only one occasion. I had also received a letter demanding that I repay more than £130 in housing benefit. I had not claimed housing benefit.
These events occurred after a man who made a witness statement detailing the harassment and threats that he had seen me subjected to by the mental health services, including the Arfon Community Mental Health Team (most of whom were social workers employed by Gwynedd County Council), received a visit at home from Dyfed Edwards, the then leader of Gwynedd County Council, who told him ‘you won’t win this and when you lose your life won’t be worth living’. The man who made the witness statement later received a visit from ‘traffic police’ who, once inside his house, produced guns. He subsequently withdrew his statement which I think is what Dyfed Edwards wanted.
Why did I leave the house where I was living in Garndolbenmaen? For a number of reasons including: three break-ins to my car while it was parked on the drive (the house was halfway up a remote hill with no neighbours); a man trying to get into my house late one night who was seen off by my dog; an attempt to run me off the road twice in the same day by the same car as I was leaving my house and then again on the way to a friend’s who lived near my house; obstacles left at the end of my drive, which if I had left the house at my normal time that day (very early in the morning when it was still dark because it was winter) would have caused me to drive straight into them and crash.
Then there was the bailiff who turned up when I lived at my next address telling me that I owed money when I’m fairly sure that I did not, who threatened my landlady who was at home alone that day; the bailiff who turned up at another address going under the obviously false name of Mr Jones, an enormous ginger scouser covered in gold bling reeking of aftershave, who told me that I owed Gwynedd County Council money when I did not.
I was not the only person having such experiences. Gwynedd County Council sent bailiffs after a friend of mine, maintaining that he hadn’t paid his council tax when he had; Mr Jones also paid a visit to a single mother in Llanberis, demanding goods after Gwynedd County Council maintained that she hadn’t paid her council tax. Mr Jones threatened her, removed her microwave and told her that he’d be returning. She was terrified and left the house. Both of these people had complained about the Arfon Community Mental Health Team.
At the time that Mr Jones was busy in Gwynedd, a young woman in Deiniolen was found dead in her house, accompanied by a suicide note saying that she was in debt and was being threatened by bailiffs. I didn’t know her so I don’t know whether Gwynedd County Council and Mr Jones were involved.
The AM for Arfon at the time was Alun Ffred Jones, who was the former leader of Gwynedd County Council. Alun Ffred’s brother, Dafydd Iwan, had also led Gwynedd County Council. Dafydd Iwan doubles up as a folk singer who wrote a ‘tribute song’ to Dr Dafydd Alun Jones.
Dafydd Iwan’s son Llion worked at Bangor University when I did and was being targeted and bullied by his boss, an appalling woman who was Head of the School of Creative Industries, Stephanie Marriott (see previous posts). There was only one person who defended Llion from Marriott’s shocking behaviour – a Jewish lecturer who was a friend of mine. So Marriott went after the Jewish lecturer and then me. The Jewish lecturer was told by Marriott that I was ‘bullying’ her – this was after I sent an e mail to Marriott defending myself from her constant aggro. She asked him to abuse his position as a UCU rep and make a statement about my ‘bullying’ in her ‘defence’. He fell about laughing and told Marriott that he hardly thought that a Head of Dept could be ‘bullied’ by a post-doc on a short term contract.
The Head of HR, Lyn Meadows, received a visit from Marriott. Meadows rang the Jewish lecturer and told him that she ‘couldn’t be seen to be bullying Sally because she has mental health problems’ but they wanted a statement from him. The Jewish lecturer put the phone down in disgust and told me immediately what was going on. Marriott’s husband was also a UCU rep. Meadows then harassed me and my boss by e mail for the next four weeks, demanding that I meet her because she needed to discuss ‘my behaviour’. In the end I sought the advice of a bullying and harassment officer. I was also told by a third party that Meadows – who had previously been a senior manager in the Welsh Ambulance Trust – had got together with Marriott and those we know and love in the NHS to frame me and get me out of the University. Days later I received another communication from Meadows, telling me that a member of staff from yet another Dept had made a statement claiming that I had bullied and terrorised her. I produced evidence which demonstrated that this woman was lying. She was later found crying and admitted to a colleague that she had lied about me, because ‘Lyn told me to do it’. Lyn Meadows is now a member of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
While all this was going on, Alun Ffred told a third party known to me that he would ‘take Marriott out’ for bullying his nephew Llion and was going to ‘get revenge’ on Bangor University. Did Alun Ffred take Marriott out? Er, no. Marriott was needed because Lyn Meadows and Alun Ffred’s friends in the NHS and Gwynedd County Council wanted to use her to try and get me the sack. Alun Ffred instead launched a broadside attack on Bangor University as a whole, in particular trying to throw a spanner in the works of the big new arts centre that the VC had succeeded in getting the funding for. That’s the VC who’s wife had not long before died at the hands of the paedophiles’ friends at the Walton Centre (see comments after my post ‘Rivers Of Blood’).
Did Llion Iwan ever defend the Jewish lecturer who was also being targeted by Marriott and Meadows? No. Llion was delighted to have the support of the Jewish lecturer when he needed it, but soon he didn’t need it any longer because Llion landed a plum job with S4C. The S4C that his Uncle Alun Ffred had previously worked for and which also had such a close relationship with his dad.
Marriott stayed working at Bangor University for many more years.
Alun Ffred was also happy to use people whom he knew were being targeted by his own associates. There was a man called Len who worked at Bangor University who was a Plaid Councillor. I’m not sure what Len did, but he wasn’t an academic member of staff. I had no problem with Len, he was always very friendly towards me. Len knew that I had been taken an interest in the number of mediocre or frankly abusive ‘care homes’ which were springing up in Gwynedd – I was told that Dr Dafydd Alun Jones had links to some of them. Len told me that ‘Alun Ffred is very worried about it as well’ and that Alun Ffred had asked Len to ask me what I knew about the homes. So I told Len that I knew in at least one of the homes, young female residents were being violently assaulted and made to watch porn as ‘therapy’ and that on at least one occasion, a sex worker from Llandudno had been employed to provide ‘services’ for at least one resident in another home. I heard no more from Len or Alun Ffred, but I never saw any sign that Alun Ffred did anything at all about those homes. Although I bet he told the relevant people that I knew what was going on inside of them. Whether Len was part of the collusion I do not know. Len may have been yet another person ruthlessly used by ‘the Royal Family of Gwynedd’ as I was told that Dafydd Iwan and Alun Ffred liked to think of themselves.
As all good Royals are, Alun Ffred was a law unto himself. At one election, a friend of mine saw Alun Ffred inside the polling booth on the day of the election, which my friend maintained was unlawful. After all, the electorate mustn’t be pressurised or intimidated…
I don’t know the full extent of Alun Ffred’s wrongdoing obviously, but I saw someone give him a public bollocking for ‘getting Wales a bad name’ on one occasion. It was Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas. I and a friend had gone to an event at Caernarfon in which Dafydd El was being interviewed about his life in politics and just as Dafydd El took his seat, Alun Ffred emerged from a seat behind my friend and I and started shouting at Dafydd El in Welsh. My Welsh wasn’t good enough to understand what was being said, but my friend with me was first-language Welsh and said that Alun Ffred was being highly offensive. After his ranting Alun Ffred walked out of the door, so presumably he hadn’t come to hear the interview. At the time Dafydd El was Chancellor of Bangor University.
Alun Ffred was not the only person busying himself with being angry with the VC of Bangor University for having the temerity to raise enough dosh for the arts centre. There was a whole contingent of paedophiles’ friends who were trying to force the VC out of the University and they were having secret meetings with the previous VC, a well-camouflaged paedophiles’ friend himself, Professor Eric Sunderland (see previous posts), who was still alive at the time…
The main rep for the UCU at Bangor University, Eileen Tilley, who had a particularly chummy relationship with Lyn Meadows (see previous posts) was also happy to put the boot into the VC by being less than honest. I only ever went to one UCU meeting at Bangor, which was a meeting called by Tilley, to discuss restructuring at the University. The VC was due to attend to answer questions, but several days beforehand he told the UCU reps that he had to cancel. One of the UCU reps told me about the cancellation days before the meeting. So imagine my surprise when I turned up to the meeting to find a smug grinning Tilley greet the audience with the opening comment: ‘Merfyn Jones has not got the guts to come and face you all today, he backed out just before the meeting’. I e mailed Tilley later that day, asked her why she had chosen to lie to the meeting, challenged her about her inappropriate friendship with an unscrupulous, dishonest HR Director and then resigned from UCU.
There was another meeting as well at which the non-appearance of the VC caused a stir. An academic seminar had been organised and the VC was invited to make an opening address. When we all arrived I noticed the presence of someone who had recently written a letter to the local paper complaining about the VC’s salary. I was aware of this person’s presence on the planet because as well as having a part-time job in the University, she was a Service User. She was one of the many Service Users who’s letters on a whole range of subjects appeared in the local press – and in ‘The Guardian’ on one occasion as well – but she never uttered a word about the abuse of patients or the activities of the paedophile gang. The VC’s salary was what concerned her. She was sitting with another Champion Of The Oppressed, Wulf Livingstone, a social work lecturer. Wulf too, despite Championing the Oppressed, somehow never raised any concerns about Dafydd and the trafficking gang. But then Wulf used to work for Dafydd’s charity CAIS. Wulf went on to greater things after CAIS, he worked for the North Wales Probation Service. Some of the staff of the North Wales Probation Service abused kids in care in north Wales. Wulf then became a social work lecturer at Bangor and after that was welcomed as a senior lecturer in social work by that bastion of paedophiles’ friends at Glyndwr University.
I heard Wulf and the Service User discussing their plans to give the Fat Cat of a VC a very hard time when he arrived at the seminar, because he had Questions To Answer. Unfortunately, the VC sent his apologies for his non-appearance. Not got the guts to appear? Er no, sadly dear old camouflage had recently pegged out and the VC had to attend Eric Sunderland’s funeral.
Oh the irony!
Save Our Sausages, a VC has arrived who’s not in the pockets of a paedophile gang, we need to get rid of him and fast…
Dafydd Iwan prides himself on being all international with his activism. Dafydd Iwan, along with his guitar, has visited a number of countries containing people having a hard time to express solidarity with the Oppressed.
The Jewish lecturer, after doing everything that he could to defend Llion Iwan, was left to the excesses of Marriot once Llion bagged his job at S4C. Then people started threatening me and a witness to the wrongdoing with guns.
Yma O Hyd!
Pass us the Bara Brith. I’ll push the boat out and have a Welsh Cake as well.
Readers unfamiliar with the Royal Family of Gwynedd will not know that they famously grew up in the village of Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, where their father ruled the roost as a result of his association with the Bala Theological College. Llanuwchllyn is famous as the birth place of Sir Owen Morgan Edwards, the Welsh historian, educationalist and writer. O.M. Edwards was very briefly the Liberal MP for Merionethshire. In 1907 Edwards was appointed as the first Chief Inspector of Schools for Wales. Another well-known Schools Inspector for Wales was J.E. Daniel, who also held a post at Bala Theological College. J.E. Daniel was President of Plaid in its early days, when Saunders Lewis was a big name in Plaid. Dr Dafydd Alun Jones was a met of Saunders Lewis when Dafydd was a young man. J.E. Daniel was the father of the corrupt judge Huw Daniel, who was involved in the attempt by the Hergest Unit staff to frame and imprison me when I was a PhD student at Bangor University (see previous posts).
Just as one enters Llanuwchllyn, there is a statue of O.M. Edwards and his son, Ifan ab Owen Edwards, who founded Urdd Gobaith Cymru (the Welsh League of Youth).
I always imagined that those two members of Gwynedd’s Royal Family, Alun Ffred and Dafydd Iwan, expect a statue of themselves to one day join the statue of O.M. and Ifan. Presumably to commemorate their considerable contribution to Getting Wales A Bad Name.
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.
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…
I’ve just picked up a copy of the Morning Star and it is plastered in adverts for today’s memorial service – to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral no less – for Mary Turner, the President of the GMB from 1997 until her death last year. The Morning Star has published numerous photos of Mary in possession of a well-lacquered shampoo-and-set and another photo of Mary showing off the GMB tattoo on her arm. She is described as a ‘trade union legend’, a ‘labour giant’ and of course, ‘inspirational’.
Mary was a woman of such achievement that I feel obliged to pay my own tribute to her today.
Born in 1938, Mary Turner moved from her home in Tipperary, Eire to live with relatives in the North of England in 1947, before settling in Kilburn, London. Working in Jackson’s the Tailors on Oxford Street, she joined the Tailor and Garment Workers’ Union – now part of the GMB – before working in the print trade and being elected as Mother of the Chapel. After her children were born she worked part-time as a dinner lady at Salisbury Road School in Brent. Mary noticed that the workforce – compromising mainly young Irish girls – received no training, had no protective clothing and were treated with disrespect by the management. Mary also noted the stigmatisation of children who qualified for free school meals. Determined to challenge all this, Mary recruited workmates to the GMWU (General and Municipal Workers’ Union) – now part of the GMB – and acted as their representative.
After being elected shop steward, Mary was nominated to go onto the Joint Works Committee and fought for pension rights for dinner ladies. During the 1978 local government strike, Mary was able to recruit 200 dinner ladies to the union at a single mass meeting held at Pound Lane School in Brent. Mary was heavily involved in the nurses’ disputes that broke out in the following year. By 1981, Mary was the Branch Secretary of the Hendon (General) Branch, North London.
Mary was still working as a Cook Supervisor when she was elected to the GMB’s Executive in 1983 , the only woman out of 40 members.
In 1983 Ron Davies was elected as the MP for Caerphilly – the Ron who, just as Blair was arranging to install him as Wales’s FM, experienced his moment of madness with a male prostitute on Clapham Common (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). Before Ron was elected to Parliament, he trained as a teacher and then worked as an advisor to Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority – which had spent years failing to respond to complaints that school teacher John Owen was sexually abusing his pupils (see post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’).
In 1997 Mary was elected as President of the GMB, a position to which she was repeatedly re-elected. After two ‘turbulent years’ in the early 2000s, Mary’s Regional Secretary Paul Kenny was elected as GMB General Secretary. In 2003, delegate Linda Lord noted that when Mary was Chairing the GMB Congress, she could point out the errors of their ways to Congress delegates ‘who should know better’. They were told ‘don’t push it’. So what did the old bat know about which enabled her to wield such power over the people who should have known better?
Mary remained President after Paul’s retirement in 2016 and then worked with new General Secretary, Tim Roache.
A lifelong member of the Labour Party, Mary was elected onto the NEC in 1995. She served as Chair of the Labour Party in 2003-04 and received an MBE and a CBE. Mary was often referred to by Tim Roache as ‘the beating heart of our union’.
Despite her beating heart, her ‘grassroots experience in schools’ and her championing of schoolchildren’s rights, Mary seemed to miss a major event which took place in Brent in 1984 – although she had been working there for years, dishing out the dinners to kids, acting as area union rep and was a member of the GMB Executive – the murder of four year old Jasmine Beckford, whilst she was in the care of Brent Borough Council.
Jasmine was systematically starved and beaten by her stepfather Maurice Beckford whilst her mother looked on. Jasmine’s social worker visited 78 times in 10 months but saw Jasmine just once. Brent Social Services placed her with foster parents after the department became concerned about abuse, but the courts sent her home.
Maurice Beckford was found guilty of manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years. Beverley Lorrington, Jasmine’s mother, was jailed for 18 months for neglect. Jasmine had been in the care of Brent Social Services for two and a half years before she died, after Beckford was convicted of assaulting her younger sister. That was happening whilst Mary, the beating heart of the GMB, made a party political broadcast for TV in 1982 to help the Labour Party under the leadership of Michael Foot, which flagged up Mary’s dedication to the welfare of children. At the time Michael Foot knew that George Thomas and others were abusing children but kept schtum (see post ‘Oh, No! It’s The Pathetic Sharks’). Mary, ‘rooted in her own experiences working in schools’, never stopped championing the need for free school meals, a policy which she was proud to see become part of the Labour manifesto.
Following Jasmine’s death, the inevitable Committee of Inquiry was set up by Brent Borough Council. The Beckford Report was submitted to Brent Borough Council and Brent Health Authority in Dec 1985. Hansard, May 1986, records it being discussed in the Commons by Norman Fowler, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security. Who was at the time concealing the dung heap which was the activity of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophile gang in north Wales.
The Inquiry into Jasmine’s death was Chaired by Louis Blom-Cooper QC. Blom-Cooper’s Report was extremely critical of magistrates, teachers, health visitors and in particular social workers. He concluded that Jasmine’s death had been a ‘predictable and preventable homicide’. The Report was commissioned by Brent Borough Council and because Louis Blom-Cooper is a man who knows which side his bread is buttered I suspect that he avoided pointing the finger at culprits with real clout in Brent Borough Council.
Mary, as a dinner lady, was employed by Brent Borough Council. Many of the Council workers will have been members of the GMB and Mary did used to state that she ‘fought for members of the GMB’. Which might be why she said nothing about the death of a child who was in the care of some of those members who worked for Brent Borough Council.
At the time, the ILEA was still in place and will have been responsible for the schools in Brent. Frances Morrell was leader of the ILEA, 1983-87. Morrell was a teacher and then became an aide to Tony Benn. She tried to get elected as a Labour MP but was unsuccessful. When she was leader of the ILEA she prioritised gender equality – as opposed to keeping the kids out of the hands of paedophile gangs or indeed even just keeping them alive.
At the time of Jasmine’s death and the submission of Blom-Cooper’s Report, Ken Livingstone was the leader of the GLC and was seeking nomination for the Labour candidacy of the constituency of Brent East. The sitting MP Reg Freeson was Labour but he was a centrist and Ken was keen to oust him. Ken had friends in the constituency and was delighted when he did oust Reg and was elected himself as Labour MP for Brent East in 1987.
In 1987 Paul Boateng was elected as Labour MP for Brent South. Boateng had been an executive member of the NCCL whilst it was affiliated to PIE. His wife Janet was a social worker and Councillor in Lambeth and was Chair of Lambeth Social Services Committee when Tyra Henry was killed in 1984 – when Mary Taylor was on the GMB Executive – whilst in the care of Lambeth Social Services (see post ‘A Few More Who Might Be Able To Answer Questions’). Paul Boateng worked as a solicitor for B.M. Birnberg when Birnberg acted for Mary Wynch in her case against Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’).
Brent and Lambeth Borough Councils sent children on placement to children’s homes in north Wales where they were abused. Ken Livingstone was one of those who signed the Early Day Motion in 1992 opposing the closure of Garth Angarad, a ‘hospital for mentally abnormal criminals’ – actually a building in a remote location in Snowdonia where the victims of Dafydd and the paedophiles often ended up, owned by a now struck off solicitor Paul Hett who also owned schools and homes where children were abused (see post ‘More On Those Prisons For Folk Who Dared Complain’).
Blom-Cooper’s panel for the Inquiry into Jasmine’s death included a community medicine specialist and the Assistant Director of Barnardo’s. A number of people involved with the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal had been employed by Barnardos. Julie Morgan – MP for Cardiff North, 1997-10 and AM for Cardiff North since 2011 – is the widow of Rhodri Morgan, Wales’s former FM and is a social worker who was formerly Assistant Director of Barnardos. Whether Julie Morgan is the person who sat on Blom-Cooper’s panel I do not know.
Even if Mary Taylor was too busy serving up the school dinners to notice the serious criminality and the neglect of children which surrounded her, numerous other people knew about it.
In 2014, in response to an FoI request, Brent Borough Council refused a social work student an electronic copy of the Beckford Report, insisting that only the hard copy was available and that could only be read in the local authority’s library.
In 1987, Louis Blom-Cooper became a member of the Mental Health Act Commission and remained a member until 1994. The Mental Health Act Commission colluded with and concealed the criminal activity of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends during those years, including in 1987 an attempt to frame and imprison me for ‘attempting to stab a doctor’ (see post ‘Workers’ Play Time’). The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission, 1990-2000, was William Bingley. In his previous incarnation as legal director of MIND, 1985-1990, Bingley had colluded with Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends to conceal their wrongdoing. Blom-Cooper, William Bingley and the rest of the Mental Health Act Commission knew exactly what was happening at Park Lane, Moss Side, Ashworth and in the mental health units in north Wales – these institutions were used as prisons for victims of the paedophile gang if they would not shut up.
Whilst Blom-Cooper and Bingley led the Mental Health Act Commission Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor to Ashworth. Savile was a personal friend of Thatcher – who was of course PM when Jasmine was killed and throughout so many of the years when the beating heart which was Mary Taylor denounced Thatcher and all that she did.
Blom-Cooper Chaired the first Public Inquiry into Ashworth Hospital, which was requested on 25 April 1991 by William Waldegrave, Secretary of State for Health in John Major’s Gov’t, after a TV documentary screened on 4 March 1991 alleged the serious ill-treatment of patients, including the death of a patient after a beating by staff. Ashworth was rife with sexual and physical abuse of patients. The ‘nurses’ were actually members of the POA – which ran Ashworth – and they intimidated other staff as well as the patients (see post ‘Security, Security’). Many members of the POA at Ashworth were members of the National Front.
Mary Taylor’s colleagues on the GMB remembered her ‘fighting the NF’!
Ashworth’s location on Merseyside resulted in the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales having a convenient and chummy relationship with that establishment. Dr David Mawson, one of the first Top Doctors whom I met for a ‘second opinion’, was friendly but quietly ignored the evidence of Dafydd’s wrongdoing – David Mawson worked at Ashworth.
Louis Blom-Cooper was a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 1988-96. In 2006 a major investigation began on Jersey into historical child abuse abuse. The allegations centred on the Haut de la Garenne children’s home where, some people alleged, terrible abuse had taken place which may have even included the murder of children. A few people were eventually convicted for assaults on children, but like some other recent high profile child abuse investigations, some people alleged that only a fraction of what had gone on had been uncovered whereas other people maintained that ridiculous hysterical allegations had been made. The police themselves admitted that the investigation had been ‘a mess’.
In 2006 Jimmy Savile began legal action against ‘The Sun’ after it alleged that he had visited Haut de la Garenne and had abused children there. Savile denied ever having visited Haut de la Garenne but then someone produced a photo of him there, surrounded by children and he remembered that he had been there after all.
Blom-Cooper was a member of the Athenaeum, a club favoured by Top Doctors. Jimmy Savile was a member and was offered his job as manager of Broadmoor in 1987 over a meeting in the Athenaeum with some Whitehall mandarins (see post ‘Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’).
Someone else who managed to miss the sorry state of the children’s services in Brent whilst Jasmine was being slowly killed was Harriet Harman, who worked as an advisor at Brent Law Centre. Mary Taylor was active in the Wimmin’s Section of the Labour Party NEC – just like Harriet. Another mate of Harriet’s is Julie Morgan! Harriet’s husband Jack Dromey also worked at Brent Law Centre. Dromey lived in Kilburn and was involved with Brent Trades Council, so he will have known Mary before she reached the dizzy heights of the GMB Executive.
The beating heart of the GMB missed the deaths of a few other children in London (and elsewhere) as well when she sat on the Executive.
In 1984, two year old Heidi Koseda starved to death in a locked room in Hillingdon, west London. Heidi’s carers stood trial at the Old Bailey in 1985. Her stepfather, Nicholas Price, was jailed for life for her murder while her mother, Rosemary Koseda, was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained in a high security psychiatric hospital. An inquiry into Heidi’s death found that the senior NSPCC inspector allocated to her case failed to investigate a complaint of child abuse made by a neighbour. He also tried to cover this up with a fictitious account of a visit to see the child. The NSPCC were found to have been complicit with child abuse on a number of occasions during the 1980s and 90s. Esther and Jimmy Savile both took parts in NSPCC campaigns.
The NSPCC was the only agency deemed to have failed in its duties by the inquiry into Heidi’s death. The death was blamed very firmly on Heidi’s parents. News reports at the time reported that Heidi’s mummified body had been found in a bedroom cupboard by a social worker and that Heidi’s stepfather hammed it up at the Old Bailey, weeping buckets and maintaining that he did not know that the little girl’s body was in the cupboard. It was reported that the room in which Heidi was said to have been locked was uncarpeted and unheated. A postmortem had shown bits of nappy in Heidi’s stomach which it was said she had eaten in an attempt to stay alive.
The death of Heidi certainly caught the nation’s imagination. The media reports all stemmed from one source – a man called Tim Wood, who now works for Old Bailey Insight and Legal London Tours. Tim’s dad set up the Joe Wood Agency in the 1970s to provide press reports from cases at the Old Bailey and Heidi’s death was the one of the first cases that Tim Wood covered, whilst he worked for his father. The website for Tim’s current company very much suggests that Tim flogs gawpfests for people interested in ‘Orrible Murders. I’m not entirely sure that a fresh faced Tim back in 1984 would have been able to spot expert psychiatric witnesses and social workers if they had decided not to tell the truth about the circumstances of Heidi’s death and in 1984 psychiatrists and social workers told a great many lies in court, particularly if they needed to cover their own bums. Dafydd and the paedophiles did so constantly, as did the many people who colluded with them. The fact that Heidi’s mother was sent to a secure hospital – which in 1984 were brutal, corrupt and very often the recipients of vulnerable people who were victims of or witnesses to state wrongdoing, particularly on the part of Top Doctors or the social services – suggests that somebody wanted to ensure that she was silenced and never listened to again, even after she was released.
What about the inquiry into Heidi’s death, which exonerated everyone but the NSPCC and of course Heidi’s stepfather and mother? The inquiry was conducted by a panel which reported to the Hillingdon Area Review Committee.
The Chair of the panel was Dr Margaret Yelloly, Head of Applied Social Studies, University of London, Goldsmiths. Other members were Sidney Bailey, Regional Social Work Manager for Central England, NSPCC; James Beck, Acting Superintendent, Community Relations Branch, Metropolitan Police; Andy Croall, Assistant Director of Social Services for Hillingdon; Suzanne Mowat, Unit General Manager, Community Services, Hillingdon Health Authority. The Secretary to the panel was Miss E Wareham, Dept of Law and Administration, London Borough of Hillingdon.
At the time of Heidi’s death Sir Kenneth Newman was Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Whilst Newman ran the Met, endemic corruption was a problem in the force.
The panel’s Report contains a number of inconsistencies but what is very obvious is that Rosemary – who had other children as well as Heidi – was described by everyone who knew her as a competent and indeed good mother for the first few years in which she brought up her family. She was involved with medical services, took advice about her children’s health and there were no problems at all. Then her marriage broke up and she began a relationship with Nicholas Price. Family and neighbours noticed that they developed severe financial problems and were borrowing money and food. Rosemary went into hospital to have another baby and Nicholas was so distressed at the way in which she was treated that after she came home, Nicholas – and Rosemary – avoided further contact with health professionals. The health professionals knew that this was happening but did not respond. Rosemary became pregnant again and did not tell anyone. It was evident that by now she had developed mental health problems and Nicholas was terrified of the outside world.
Even so, it was reported that although the family were living in extreme poverty but the children were well looked after. The neighbours saw the evidence of that. The Report stated that Heidi had not been in the care of the local authority and she had not been on the child abuse register. Her dead body was found on 23 Jan 1985 and it was alleged that she had starved to death sometime in Nov 1984. The Report states that Hillingdon Health Authority and Social Services and the Met were involved with the family between Sept 1984 and the day that Heidi’s body was found. There is an account of Heidi not being at home and everyone being told that she was staying with friends. Before Heidi’s body was found, there was one person, a neighbour, who constantly tried to raise the alarm regarding the welfare of the children. Her concerns were ignored.
It was stated that after Heidi’s death, Rosemary ‘developed a severe mental illness’ which was why she was sent to a high security hospital.
This Report begs as many questions as the accounts given of the disasters that Dafydd found himself at the centre of. What happened to Rosemary in hospital that upset them so much that she and Nicholas never went near a health professional again? How was it that until just before Heidi’s body was discovered these two murdering monsters were seen to be looking after their children, although they were known to be in extreme poverty. Why was this? Why did no-one help? If they were as mad and as cruel as alleged why wasn’t Heidi on the child protection register? And how did Heidi’s body stay mummifying away in the cupboard in the bedroom with all these professionals – including the police – popping in and out in the weeks before that body was discovered? Rosemary’s severe mental illness – which sent her so mad that she had to be incarcerated in a high security hospital – came on very suddenly as well. She had either had that for a long time and it was ignored or that was one hell of a breakdown happening at a very convenient time for the local authorities and the Met who found themselves under scrutiny.
Despite the well-publicised horrors of a child eating her own nappy and ending up mummified in a bedroom cupboard, the Secretary of State – Norman Fowler – decided not to hold a statutory Inquiry. It was instead left to Hillingdon and the Met to decide who to select to investigate themselves.
The Chair of the investigating panel Dr Margaret Yelloly is listed as a Director of the Tavistock Clinic, 1997-2006. The Tavistock Clinic is yet another establishment which has colluded with child abuse and neglect on the part of the state.
The Director of Social Services for Hillingdon at the time of Heidi’s death was also the Chair of the Hillingdon Area Review Committee – Ian White. Ian White led the Inquiry into the paedophile activity in Islington’s children’s homes, which resulted in the White Report, 1995. The White Report was damning, but White was dogged by accusations that nonetheless he did not admit just how bad the problem was in Islington Borough Council. The member of the Inquiry panel who originally led the inquiry alleged that she was removed from the panel for being too critical of Islington’s Social Services and Dr Liz Davies, a former social worker at Islington who left the authority after she repeatedly blew the whistle on the en masse abuse of children and associated crime in Islington to no avail, claimed that she personally told the local MP Jeremy Corbyn what was going on but he didn’t respond either. Jeremy’s election agent Derek Sawyer was a business partner of paedophile Derek Slade who was imprisoned for sex offences against boys (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends’).
Kimberley Carlile, four, was starved and beaten to death in Greenwich in 1987 whilst Mary sat on the GMB Executive. Kimberley’s stepfather, Nigel Hall, received a life sentence for her murder while her mother was given 12 years’ imprisonment for assault and cruelty. Hall obstructed attempts by social workers and health visitors to investigate. An Inquiry Chaired by one Louis Blom-Cooper found that Kimberley’s death was avoidable and concluded that four key social work and health staff in Greenwich failed to apply the necessary skill, judgement and care in her case.
In the wake of Jasmine and Kimberley’s murders, Blom-Cooper recommended that an all-powerful Child Protection Agency be set up to deal with abuse cases. Presumably Louis Blom-Cooper concluded that children dying in the care of Social Service depts which were also sending children on placement to the paedophiles of north Wales where they were seriously abused and banged up by Dafydd if they talked about it was best addressed by giving the state facilitating all this complete power over children.
I think that I understand why Louis was appointed Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and then invited to Chair the first Inquiry into Ashworth.
Follwing Tyra Henry’s death John Patten, the junior Minister for Social Services, published new guidance on child abuse cases for social workers. Dafydd and the paedophiles continued unhindered.
In 1987 16 month old Doreen Mason died of neglect after her mother and her boyfriend bruised, burnt and broke her leg and then failed to have her injuries treated. Christine Mason and Roy Aston were convicted of manslaughter and cruelty and each jailed for 12 years. Doreen was on the ‘at risk’ register of Southwark Borough Council from birth. She slept on the floor where the couple put junk food for her to eat. A report said that her social worker was inexperienced with no proper training or supervision and that Southwark Social Services department suffered from a ‘siege mentality’ and ‘destructive mistrust’ between senior managers.
Southwark Social Services sent numerous children on placement to children’s homes in north Wales and continued to send them even when they complained of serious abuse. Southwark was on the doorstep of the Maudsley, where both Dafydd and Tony Francis (Dr X) had worked before working in north Wales. Dafydd’s mate Dr Jim Birley, who was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1987-90 and President of the BMA, 1993-94 and who protected Dafydd et al (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’), knew Lord David Ennals. Ennals served as a junior Minister in the Home Office in 1967 whilst the Home Office ignored the abuse of boys in Bryn Estyn. Ennals was then a junior Minister in the DHSS, 1968-70, which was another Dept concealing the abuse of children and psych patients in north Wales. Ennals was Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, 1976-79, under Jim Callaghan, whilst the criminality of Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales continued to be concealed. David Ennals worked for MIND, 1970-73, was appointed Chair of MIND in 1984 and then served as President, 1989-95. Whilst Ennals was involved with MIND it had links with the NCCL and paedophiles’ rights groups.
The GMB has more than 631,000 members working in nearly all industrial sectors – in retail, security, schools, distribution and the utilities, social care, the NHS, ambulance service and local government. So Mary represented a great many people who were involved with, remained silent and withheld evidence about organised child abuse, the abuse of mental health patients and the associated criminal activity. Could this have been why Mary was elected President of the GMB in 1997 as the Waterhouse Inquiry got underway and stayed President until she died even during the many years when her health was very poor?
Paul Kenny was the General Secretary of the GMB, 2005-15 and worked with Mary for years. In 2012 Paul was President of the TUC. One would have thought that with the beating heart as President of the GMB and Paul at the pinnacle of the TUC, one of them could have mentioned what they knew about the abuse of kids in the wake of all those concerns being expressed after Savile died and Esther denying that she ever knew anything…
Tin Roache is the present General Secretary of the GMB. In 2007 he was the GMB’s regional officer for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. So Tim will have known what Jimmy Savile was doing in hospitals. I don’t remember you saying a word Tim – weren’t you reminded of Jim every time that the BBC screened another episode of Jimmy’s?
The names of the other GMB folk splashed over the Morning Star adverts for Mary’s memorial service included Warren Kenny, Penny Robinson, Paul McCarthy and Dougie Henry. They all had warm words for the dinner lady who kept quiet about the murders of some children and the sexual abuse of others because being the President of the GMB was rather more fun than being a dinner lady.
When Mary Taylor died in July 2017 the Guardian, the Indie and the Labour Party really pushed the boat out. The tributes poured in and we were reminded that Mary was the UK’s most senior female trade union leader. Jeremy Corbyn was ‘sad’ to hear of the death of ‘his friend’, remembered that they first worked together in the early 1980s ‘defending school meals’ and observed that Mary ‘paved the way for so many women in the union movement’. Diane Abbott – who was the PR officer for Lambeth Borough Council whilst kids in their care were sexually abused – tweeted that Mary was a ‘superstar’ and a ‘titan of the Labour movement’. Karen Buck called Mary a ‘star’. Ian McNicol referred to a ‘phenomenal, caring and compassionate woman’. Kay Burley of Sky News joined in – well it always helps to have the support of someone who works for the Digger, after all he controls most of the UK media and if Mary had ever fallen out with him he might have published something about all those trade unionists ignoring the nation’s social services supplying children to the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Ed Miliband described Mary as an ‘extraordinary battler for social justice, equality and working people’. Just like Ed’s Uncle Harry and his colleagues at St Thomas’s with their Harley Street practices! Tom Roache was ‘heartbroken’ at the loss of a ‘true giant’, who was a ‘unique blend of fighting spirit mixed with care and compassion’. Tom commented that ‘they broke the mould when they made Mary Taylor’. I think it was rather that they broke the mould BEFORE they made Mary Taylor, something went seriously wrong whilst Mary was gestating – ‘here’s your sausage and mash, now shut your mouth whilst you’re trafficked up to north Wales to be groomed for the sex trade and if you know what’s good for you you’ll keep as quiet about it as we all will or you’ll end up buried in the grounds of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh…’
On the day of Mary’s memorial service, the Mary whose union represents ambulance workers, I note that Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for the Rhondda, is featured on BBC News Wales Online. Chris is demanding VERY LONG SENTENCES for people who attack emergency workers – including ambulance staff. If Chris cares to read the research concerning attacks on emergency workers, he will find that although police and fire service staff do get beaten up by people who are angry or just want a punch-up, ambulance workers don’t. The NHS itself admitted recently that nearly all assaults on ambulance staff were committed by people whose clinical conditions had left them confused. Chris mentioned the ‘verbal assaults’ to which ambulance workers are allegedly subjected. Chris – there is no such thing as a ‘verbal assault’, by definition an assault is physical.
Has Chris Bryant perhaps decided to forge an alliance with the ambulance workers after a certain blog published details of the criminal activities of some ambulance staff – including one senior manager who was imprisoned for a serious assault – and the alleged historic murder of a patient from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, as well as details relating to the past life of an MP called Chris Bryant? Which included being a paid up member of the Tory Party whilst Thatcher wrecked the Rhondda and whilst her friend and aide Sir Peter Morrison sexually abused kids in care in north Wales. And of course posting up a photo of himself on Gaydar wearing nothing but some rather naff undies with a caption saying ‘oi mate, do you want a fuck?’ You could have always asked Peter Morrison that when you were in the same party as him Chris!
Note to those who wish to ingratiate themselves to NHS unions for political gain: I have 10,000 documents compiled by NHS and social services staff, lawyers and others detailing very serious crimes on their part. There is a great deal which I have not yet discussed on this blog.
Another union leader who has been in the news over the past few days is Sally Hunt, the leader of UCU. Sally has been going apeshit about Vice-Chancellors salaries and some of the things for which they have been claiming on their expenses – such as a Fortnum and Mason hamper, the transport of their pet dogs by air plane and other non-essentials. It has become truly ridiculous, but this idiocy has been a very long time coming and when the likes of Brown and I were publishing material years ago warning of the marketisation of universities and how Vice-Chancellors were now being encouraged to call themselves ‘CEOs’ and carry on like the VC of Liverpool John Moores – who drove a car with the number plate LJM 1 – Sally Hunt remained in a sound slumber.
I doubt that Sally Hunt has ever been serious about fighting big salaries or the excesses of capitalism though – Sally’s first union job was as a senior research officer with the union later known as ACCORD. ACCORD represents people working in the financial services and the banking industry. Sally – the first sign of rot at Bangor University was when a branch of sodding Santander opened up in the University library, taking up valuable reading space.
The UCU rep at Bangor – who entertained Sally Hunt when Sally visited Bangor University – did not say a word about global capitalism taking root in the library. The UCU rep in question was one Eileen Tilley. But Eileen Tilley remained silent about a great deal, including workplace bullying. Tilley did Speak Out when Bangor was named and shamed by the Times Higher Education Supplement as being an institution with a bullying problem. Tilley had a field day, claiming that it was the fault of the VC. Tilley knew as well as I did who was responsible for what was going on at Bangor University – it was the Senior Pro-VC, Fergus Lowe. The VC’s wife developed a terminal illness and he had to take extended leave to look after her and Fungus was left to run the University. That’s the Fungus who knew about Dafydd and the paedophiles and who ruthlessly used that knowledge to extract research funding out of Gov’t bodies and pharmaceutical companies with Top Doctors on the Boards who had concealed the wrongdoing of Dafydd et al (see posts ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’ and ‘Oh, No! It’s The Pathetic Sharks’).
The person who carried out Fungus’s orders to pay staff less than they had been offered when they had accepted their jobs and who bullied and harassed staff until they left for pastures new was Fungus’s partner in crime, the Director of HR, Lyn Meadows. Meadows had previously worked for the Welsh Ambulance Trust where she caused much grief and she now sits on the Betsi Board – which has admitted that it has a serious workplace bullying problem. Tilley was a friend of Lyn Meadows. Not only did Tilley fail to challenge Meadows or Fungus regarding their dreadful conduct, but I know of at least two members of staff whom Meadows had unlawfully dismissed who went to see Tilley in her capacity as the UCU rep only to be told by Tilley that it was a ‘grey area’ and that she couldn’t help. It wasn’t a grey area, what had happened was unlawful, but Tilley wasn’t going to admit that. On another occasion, a member of staff had been unlawfully dismissed by Meadows from an academic post and Tilley encouraged her to apply for another completely inappropriate role – Tilley was facing redundancy herself at the time, so she applied for the same job herself and when she arrived at the interview asked the other person if they’d agree to a job share with her.
Another high spot of Tilley’s was her attending one of my seminars and announcing to the seminar group that Plaid Cymru supported Hitler. Tilley argued the toss when I stated that was not true, claimed that she had read Gwynfor Evans’s biography in Welsh and he thought that Hitler was a jolly good thing.
Tilley, as you wouldn’t let me explain at the time, I’ll set the record straight now. In the middle years of the twentieth century, Plaid did have links to some of the European Catholic far right groups – this was a result of the influence of people like Saunders Lewis and Ambrose Bebb. Many people in the UK also had links to such groups and you need to remember that before WWII, anti-semitism was common in the UK and there were a number of politicians from across the political spectrum who did meet leading figures in the Nazi Party, usually in the hope of trying to avoid war. But Plaid Cymru at no time ‘supported Hitler’ – Richard Wyn Jones has recently published a book about it and you are welcome to read his book in either Welsh or English.
After I left Bangor University, I was told that the reason why Tilley was colluding with Lyn Meadows was that Tilley didn’t want to rock any boats because Tilley wanted a good pension arrangement so that she could become a member of the National Executive of the UCU! That sounds rather like appeasement to me Tilley…
It was alleged that Tilley had been expelled from the local Labour Party for unfair practices.
Tilley was on good terms with some of the charmers who worked for the north Wales NHS. On one occasion after I had been unlawfully arrested – yet again – and harassed by the mental health services, someone who witnessed what was going on made a statement about it for my lawyer. This person and I were reading through the statement in the library when I turned to find Tilley standing right behind us reading the statement over our shoulders…
Eileen Tilley is currently researching for a PhD on discriminatory practices against wimmin in universities.
Other news in brief –
The inquest has taken place on five year Ellie-May Clark who died after a GP in Newport refused to see her because Ellie-May and her mum arrived 10 mins late for her appointment, even though it was a life threatening situation. Ellie-May was having an asthma attack and died in hospital later the same night. The coroner gave a narrative verdict, stating that ‘the chance to provide potentially life saving treatment was missed’ – not ‘criminal negligence’. The GP who refused to see Ellie-May was the lead for safeguarding at the surgery. Should that GP find herself the subject of a ‘verbal assault’ I’m sure that she will receive support from Chris Bryant. He can campaign for an extended prison sentence for Ellie-May’s mum.
A case from the 1970s has re-appeared in the media. Fred Holroyd served as an intelligence officer in N Ireland in the 1970s and has always alleged that he was unlawfully detained in two psychiatric hospitals – one in Belfast and one in Southampton – for political purposes, after he made allegations about the British Army colluding with paramilitaries to operate a shoot-to-kill policy. Mr Holroyd has always claimed that he was caught in an internal war between different elements of the security services and now a retired British Army surgeon has come forward with evidence to support him, confirming that the Army ordered Top Doctors to diagnose Holroyd with a mental illness in order to force him out of the Army.
I remember reading about Mr Holroyd many years ago. The other case from N Ireland which received much publicity at the same time was that of Colin Wallace, who also worked for the intelligence services – I think the story behind Colin Wallace was that he was framed for a serious offence when he discovered that political and public figures were abusing boys in the Kincora Boys Home.
Would the British security services now like to fess up as to who it was among them assisting Dafydd and the paedophile gang (see post ‘Oh Lordy, It’s CR UK’)?
The Daily Post is tremendously excited after discovering that a senior lecturer at Glyndwr University is an ‘expert’ on vampires, has published on the subject and even appeared on daytime TV. The Post has got it’s teeth into this story because a PhD student of the lecturer concerned is claiming compensation for ‘work related stress’ and is maintaining that there is a ‘health and safety issue’ at stake. Allegations have been made that after a lecture on vampires, a student cut themselves and licked the cut to taste the blood.
I’ll declare an interest in this story now. The lecturer concerned is Dr Emyr Williams and I know Emyr very well. I became friends with him when were both doing our PhDs at Bangor University and I remained close friends with him for years although I haven’t seen him recently because I was forced to leave north Wales after extreme harassment from the paedophiles’ friends. Dr Emyr Williams is not and never has been a ‘vampire’, as the lurid story in the Post speculates. Emyr is a psychologist of religion and his first degree was in theology. His PhD was actually on the beliefs and attitudes of people attending Bangor Cathedral, but Emyr is very bright, very inquiring and he also became interested in the beliefs of people who follow alternative spritualities -and yes, there are people in the UK who claim to be vampires. Emyr is now one of the leading authorities on this. That has nothing to do with being a vampire. Glyndwr University were very keen to employ Emyr – the institution is seriously short on high achieving academics and they bit his arm off when he showed an interest in working there. Emyr is also a whizz at stats, which very few academics are unless they are actually statisticians. This means that Emyr can spot bad research when he sees it or research that is trying to mislead and there is a lot of that about. As for ‘work related stress’ – if there is work related stress at Glyndwr and from what I used to hear there was always plenty of that, it will not be emanating from Emyr. He shows a concern for the well-being of his students and colleagues way beyond that usually found in universities. Indeed that is how I became such good friends with Emyr. Whilst the paedophiles’ friends harassed and threatened me, spread vicious rumours about me, rang up my PhD supervisor and dripped poison into his ear, drove cars in my direction very fast very carelessly and then had me arrested because the Chair of the North West Wales NHS Trust Elfed Roberts was ‘fed up’ of my complaints about the mental health services and was cross because I had pink hair and had called his ludicrous car a penismobile, Emyr was the best friend that one could have had. He could see exactly what was going on and like the Hergest Whistleblower and a few others who stood by me, reassured me that the appalling behaviour of these people said nothing about me.
It speaks volumes about Glyndwr that it is Emyr who has found himself at the centre of a storm there. Glyndwr University is a troubled institution and it has been for years. There are a number of other academics there who like Emyr are high performing both in terms of their research and their teaching, but Glyndwr has found itself at the bottom of the league tables ever since it was created but they don’t have enough staff like Emyr. Glyndwr has tried to construct itself as an institution which is vocationally based, but there are massive problems with that claim as well. I don’t know anything about the engineering side of Glyndwr, but I do know about the ‘health and social care’ side – we’re back to the paedophiles’ friends again. The institution is teaming with ‘experts’ in health and social care who have previously worked in or been very well aware of the practices of the dreadful ‘services’ in north Wales and their penchant for neglecting and abusing patients. But none of them will say a word. My post ‘Last Man Standing’ details the background of Dr Wulf Livingstone, a senior lecturer in social work there – Livingstone knows so much about the misconduct of the ‘services’ that he probably should make his way to the police station and give a statement. A few years ago Glyndwr was running a ‘substance abuse’ course for people who wanted to work with drug users. Except that it seemed that people with the backgrounds and skills necessary for that work were being turned down for places – whilst places were offered to people who were drug users themselves. Why are we not surprised? The ‘substance abuse’ business in north Wales is dominated by CAIS, the ‘charity’ run by the paedophiles’ friends Dafydd and Lucille and some of their ‘peer support workers’ are dealing to their ‘clients’. As Brown observed, no-one in north Wales would want a drugs worker who could actually do the job properly, because they’d see straight through CAIS and get more than a few of them arrested.
Glyndwr University has a history from which it has not escaped. It was previously known as NEWI, the North East Wales Institute and before that, Cartrefle College. Read the biographies of the paedophiles and their friends as described in the Waterhouse Report – again and again they had ‘trained’ at Cartrefle College. The thugs on the ground battering and sexually assaulting the kids in care in north Wales had qualifications from Cartrefle College but their managers frequently had qualifications from Bangor University, Liverpool University or Salford College of Technology. The lawyers and judges who protected them all were often graduates of Aberystwyth and the Top Doctors sitting on the heap of shit were frequently graduates of Liverpool Medical School. There was a very obvious pattern. Somebody was employed at Cartrefle College giving qualifications to that bunch of monsters – and that somebody will have been subsumed into NEWI when it was formed and then into Glyndwr University. Even if they are now retired, it will be the usual phenomenon – they’ll still be in touch with former students and associates who will not yet have retired, they’ll be pulling the strings and back-scratching and everyone will be quietly reminded of exactly how many reputations and careers will go tits-up or indeed how many now elderly people could die in prison if the vow of silence is broken. What happened in children’s homes in north Wales is now receding into history, a lot of the politicians and judges involved are dead and those we know and love are fully aware that if they can keep the lid on it for another ten years or so they’ll be home and dry. Pensions and reputations intact. Of course nearly all the kids who were in the homes and the patients of the paedophiles’ prisons – the North Wales Hospital and Garth Angharad – are now dead, having met unfortunate premature deaths.
People living and working in north Wales have long since been fascinated by the tales of madness and serious mismanagement that leaked out of Glyndwr University. The centre of the most florid stories was Professor Mike Scott, the former Vice-Chancellor. People looked on in wonder and asked each other how much longer the chaos could be allowed to continue – staff told stories of Mike Scott giving crazed lectures to the staff en masse, of Scott telling barefaced lies and of rumours that the University was known to be virtually bankrupt but Scott nonetheless was spending like a drunken sailor on bizarre plans. One of the most notorious was Mike Scott’s plan to establish a ‘corridor of knowledge’ – he purchased some sheds along the side of a road in Wrexham in pursuit of this plan, but somehow it never really got off the ground. One of the Biggest Mysteries in north Wales also involves Mike Scott – whilst it was widely alleged that Glyndwr was flat on it’s back breathing it’s last financially, Mike Scott purchased the Racecourse which was next to the University for nearly two million quid – no-one could work out HOW. Allegations of financial corruption flew…He paid a lot of money for the sheds as well. Even people who only fleetingly met Mike Scott never forgot him – someone who shook hands with him described it as like shaking hands ‘with a wet fish’. But then I discovered that Scott had previous. Before being given his own university to destroy, he had been a PVC at De Montfort University – and had really screwed up there. Whilst Scott was at De Montfort he announced plans to establish an ‘axis of knowledge’ passing through three countries (I think the countries involved were England, Wales and Ireland), a bit like Hitler’s expansionist plans a few decades ago. People marvelled at how, after the DMU years, Scott was ever actually given any sort of job at NEWI, let alone given responsibility for running the place. It was alleged that NEWI was such a train wreck that the Welsh Gov’t were desperate for it to ‘merge’ with another institution, but no other college would touch them with a barge pole. Whilst he was wreaking havoc in Wrexham, there was another truly fascinating anecdote circulating about Mike Scott. Some of the older staff at Bangor University claimed to know the man who failed Mike Scott’s PhD in times past. I was told that Scott had done a PhD in English years ago, but he failed his viva and had to resubmit, which is why so many at Bangor looked on in horror at what he was allowed to do in Wrexham.
I know that readers will be fully aware that much of this can be interpreted as academics sneering at other institutions and their alleged follies and of course an awful lot of that goes on. Brown always used to say ‘when you work in a university you hear the most appalling things about people and you must never believe a word of it. But you must never be naïve enough not to listen’. But the reason that there was so much interest in what was going on in Wrexham was that someone somewhere was allowing this to happen – and public money was being squandered on a very large scale. Where was the accountability?
So what about the governance of Glyndwr University? Let’s take a look.
The current Chancellor of Glyndwr University is Trefor Jones CBE; he took up the post in Jan 2016. Trevor is described as having a ‘long and distinguished relationship with NEWI’ – he was their Chair. Trefor Jones was the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd 2001-2012. He took his duties seriously – when HM the Queen and went to visit Flint, Trefor met her at Flint station! (Flint station is a dreadfully grotty place, I’m gobsmacked that Her Maj ever agreed to alight there.) Readers will understand why my interest was piqued when I saw that Trefor had been appointed to this post – this blog is full of the names of the paedophiles’ friends who ended up as Lord Lieutenants or Deputy Lieutenants. So who is Trefor?
Trefor Jones grew up in Rhyl and started his working life as an apprentice at what is now called Airbus at Broughton. He eventually became Chair and CEO of Pilkington Optronics. In 2000 Pilkington won a contract worth millions to supply the Royal Netherlands Army. I note that the new Vice-Chancellor of Glyndwr, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, is described as a ‘Dutch national’. Now that could well be of no significance – but continue reading this post.
Trefor has many varied interests. He was or is Chairman of the North Wales Area Committee; was or is the Chair of Celtec; was or is a member of the Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board; was or is the Chair of the North Wales Economic Forum; was the Deputy Chair of the WDA (see post ‘Corruption Bay Special’ for background on the infamous WDA); he was or is the Chair of Clwyd Justices Advisory Committee; he has just stepped down from his role as Chair of St Kentigerns Hospice. Now perhaps he is, as the local media reassures us, simply a man who has dedicated his life to public service in north Wales. But guess what else Trefor was? He was a member of Clwyd Health Authority. So Trevor knew that Dafydd and Gwynne the lobotomist of the North Wales Hospital were unlawfully banging people up who crossed the paths of the paedophile gang. Trefor will have been one of the people who ignored the numerous complaints about patients being assaulted, sexually abused and fleeced of their money. He was part of the Health Authority that did not investigate complaints about those matters. As a member of that Health Authority he will have known the other people named on this blog who as members of both the Health Authority and Clwyd Social Services were directly involved in concealing the abuse in children’s homes in Clwyd. After the abolition of Clwyd Health Authority, Trefor continued with an NHS role – he was Vice-Chairman of Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust. So he will have had domain over those notoriously dreadful wards for the elderly in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd then.
Trefor had fingers in many pies and was at the top of one of the biggest businesses in north Wales. He is someone who could have spoken up about the wrongdoing. But he didn’t.
More about those pies. When Trefor was appointed Lord Lieutenant, the Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant Colin Everett – who doubled up as CEO of Flintshire County Council – announced in Jan 2009 that Tefor had appointed numerous Deputy Lieutenants. Among them were Judge Roger Dutton, Lady Susan Langford, Michael Peters and Professor Mike Scott. Lady Susan Langford is President of St Kentigerns, the hospice of which Trefor has just stopped being Chairman! Lady Susan’s husband, Lord Geoffrey Langford, is a Patron of St Kentigerns. Michael Peters I believe is better known as Mike Peters, the rock star from the band The Alarm. Mike Peters and his wife Jules are probably the most effective PR people that Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has. Mike Peters famously developed testicular cancer and has spent the years since raising money and extolling the wonders of the hospital which saved his life. Presumably the Top Doctors didn’t tell Mike that testicular cancer has a very low mortality rate and that nearly all patients survive, even if they are treated in a hospital with a reputation as bad as Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. A recent press release informed us that Jules has now been diagnosed with breast cancer. I think that someone ought to tell her just how big the problems are in YGC and give her the chance to be treated elsewhere, because breast cancer has a much higher mortality rate than testicular cancer. As for Professor Michael Scott – well we know all about him…
So who sits on the governing body of Glyndwr University? I had a look at the University website and the Governor’s Register of Interests 2016/17 and this is what I discovered. The governors include:
Celia Jenkins. In 2013 Celia was the High Sheriff of Clwyd. She was originally from Cheshire – the stomping ground of Sir Peter Morrison MP and all those who kept quiet about him molesting children (see post ‘ ‘). Celia is the Deputy Chair of the North East Wales Magistrates Bench, the Chair of the North East Wales Magistrates Panel, a member of the Wrexham Youth Justice Management Board, a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Committee for Clwyd and a member of the Executive Committee of the League of Friends Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Foundation Hospital. Celia’s spouse is a member of the Council of Chester University and a Board Member of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Previous posts have mentioned people involved in the abuse of children in north Wales who trained at Chester College – which became Chester University – and the paedophiles’ friends who were or are involved with the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, including the daddy of the biggest cover-up, Sir Ronald Waterhouse.
Barrie Jones. Barrie is the Editorial Director of NWW media – he joined the ‘family owned Board of Directors’ in 2010. This is the North Wales Weekly News Group, which published illustrious local titles including the North Wales Weekly News and Wrexham Leader. Barrie worked for those newpapers back in the 80s. When those papers had a penchant for printing flattering articles about Dr Dafydd Alun Jones rather than what was really happening inside of the North Wales Hospital. I very much doubt that the victims of the paedophiles’ were given much of a voice in those titles either. Barrie is involved with the journalism course at Glyndwr!
Gill Kreft. Gill is married to the well-known Mario Kreft and they own the Pendine Park empire, a substantial business involving care homes for the elderly and those with dementia. Gill is listed as a Director and shareholder of a number of the businesses that she and Mario run. She is also a Director of DBS Disclosures Services Ltd, a Director of Gwarchod Properties Ltd and a Trustee of the Social Care Institute of Excellence. The Social Care Institute of Excellence is now a standing joke in the wake of recent revelations as to the reality of much ‘social care’ in the UK. Gill also has a role with the Academy of Care Practitioners Ltd and Care Forum Wales.
Gill’s husband is very high profile in Wales and appears in the media regularly raising concerns regarding the lack of funding for social care. He certainly sounds much more compus mentis than many other people involved in that area of business in north Wales, although I don’t know anyone who’s ever worked for him so I don’t know what the reality is. His business is certainly very substantial and seems to be expanding rapidly, in spite of his pleas of living on the breadline and being unable to afford to pay his staff anything higher than the legal minimum. I note that Gill lists her interests as opera and exotic travel, such a viewing mountain gorillas. Opera and luxury holidays to the Virunga National Park don’t come cheap. I doubt that the care assistants at Pendine Park can afford such pastimes.
Rebecca Maxwell. Corporate Director of the Economy and Public Realm at Denbighshire County Council. In 2003 was Head of Children’s Services for Stirling Council. Prior to this, Rebecca had a ‘thirteen year career in the NHS in a variety of strategic and operational roles in England and Scotland’. Advisor to the North Wales Economic Ambition Board.
Paul McGrady. Has lived in Wrexham since 1977 – he was there when the paedophile gang in the Wrexham children’s homes was doing it’s worst than. Paul works at Wrexham County Borough Council as an accountant. That’s the Wrexham County Borough Council who were involved in the fiddle that I have previously blogged about which ensured that Dafydd and Lucille’s charity CAIS landed the contract for ‘service user involvement’ across the whole of north Wales then. Paul has previous – in 2005 he was Head of Finance and Assests for Denbighshire County Council. Denbighshire County Council has featured on the blog previously regarding irregularities in the funds – on some occasions the funds weren’t there. In 2015 Paul was appointed a Director of CCG, the ‘social landlord’ that was formed when the housing stock of Gwynedd County Council was transferred. The CCG who continues to employ the same staff who fiddled and embezzled when they were employed by the housing dept in Gwynedd County Council (see post ‘News Round-Up, March 24 2017’), the CCG that is the subject of constant serious complaints and media exposes.
Judy Owen. Judy is a Trustee/Director of St Kentigerns Hospice – that’s right, the hospice from which Trefor has just stepped down as Chairman! Judy joined Pilkington P.E. Ltd in 1973 and progressed to the role of site accountant. So she was an employee of Trefor’s then – and was responsible for the dosh. In 1999 she left Pilkington to work for Euro DPC at Llanberis, where she became finance director. I used to live near Euro DPC and they became a legend. When they first opened their doors in 1991 or 1992, they placed big adverts in the local papers telling local people how many ‘opportunities’ would be available. The employment situation in the area was dire, so everyone – including me – beat a path to their door. What a shock we had. The ‘international biotech company’ who had told the world that there would be well-paid managerial and scientific jobs in Llanberis was indeed seeking managers and scientists, but they had no intention of paying managers and scientists professional salaries, at least if those managers and scientists were local. I was offered the grand sum of £6000 pa after replying to an advert for scientists with postgrad qualifications and experience and the son of someone else I know was offered a similar pittance when he applied for a managerial position. When I asked why they were offering their scientists and technicians such poor pay they cheerily told me that the ‘market rate’ in Gwynedd dictated the salaries on offer. Euro DPC also had a plant in Oxford – where people doing exactly the same jobs as in Llanberis were paid very much more. I knew of one person who moved from Gwynedd to Oxford to do exactly the same job for much higher pay. Because Euro DPC paid sheepshaggers less. I that bet Euro DPC received ‘funding’ from the WDA to set that plant up in Llanberis as well. Do you want to tell us what was going on in that company Judy? Euro DPC played fast and loose with Health and Safety as well. One of the students that I did teacher training with in 2000/01 was partially blind. She’d been a chemist at Euro DPC in Llanberis, there’d been an accident and chemicals had got into her eye – there was no first aider on the premises and a manager refused to take her to Ysbyty Gwynedd for a check up. She suffered damage to her sight.
Phil Storrow. Phil is Head of a Dept at Glyndwr. He used to work at British Aerospace, just like Trefor. Phil is also a Director of Optic Glyndwr Ltd and of Glyndwr Innovations Ltd. So he is a Head of Dept at Glyndwr, a Director of two businesses owned by the University and a member of the University’s governing body – having previously worked for a company that the University’s Chancellor is associated with. Phil is also a Trustee of the Chester Childbirth Appeal. I don’t know what that is all about – although no doubt Trefor Jones will be involved somewhere – but the Countess of Chester Hospital has received an awful lot of bad publicity recently after it was revealed that the care was shite and a number of babies died unnecessarily. But then the maternity care at that hospital was not what it should have been for many years, but no-one piped up.
David Subbachi. Yet another Magistrate – David has sat on the Wrexham and Denbigh Benches for twenty years and was Chair of the Denbigh Bench. He is a former member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for North Wales on the selection and recruitment of Magistrates and a member of the Welsh Bench Chair’s Forum as well as the National Council for Magistrates’ Association. David’s career was spent as a civil servant in the Valuation Office Agency. He is a governor of Ysgol Morgan Llwyd Wrexham and a former governor of St Mary’s RC School, Wrexham. David’s wife is Chair of Offa Community Council.
Vincent Ryan. He was born and educated in Wrexham, but he won’t have been one of the kids who grew up in a children’s home there. He has a law degree from Cardiff University and in 1981 joined Allington Hughes Solicitors, becoming a partner with the firm in 1988. He stayed until 2009. So he was a local lawyer both whilst the paedophile ring raged and throughout the Waterhouse cover-up then. Which explains why he’s the Chair of Trustees of the Wrexham Diocesan Protection Management Committee. Vincent is an employment judge at employment tribunals.
Brian Everett. Brian has spent his career in UCU (Universities and Colleges Union). He is an employment judge in employment tribunals as well. Brian is a Director of Bevere H Consulting and the Chair of Wrexham RC Diocesan Safeguarding Commission. He is also a Trustee of the CAB. As is Lucille Hughes, the woman who was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating in the social services but failed to act, whilst she was Director of Gwynedd Social Services. Brian is Trustee and Chair of the Charles Lloyd Foundation.
Neil Ashbridge. Neil is a non-executive Director of Cartrefi Conwy and Vice-Chair of Disability Wales. He is a member of the Liverpool Cathedral Finance Committee; a member of Liverpool Hope University’s Executive Advisory Board; a member of Oxford University’s Business Economy Project Advisory Board; a member of the Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board; a Director of the Board of West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce; the Chair of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
Professor Sandra Jowett. Sandra is Vice-Chair of the National Open College Network; a non-executive Director of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust; an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cumbria. Her son works for KPMG, London.
Tim Mitchell. Tim is a Director of McLintocks, Wrexham; a Director of the recently formed North Wales Crusaders Rugby League team, based at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium; the Hon Sec of the Chester and North Wales Society of Chartered Accountants.
Askar Sheibani. A Director of Deeside Business Forum Ltd; Group CEO Comtek Network Systems Ltd; a member of the Alyn and Deeside Constituency Labour Party.
Dr Colin Stuhlfelder. Colin is a Senior Lecturer in the Built Environment at Glyndwr University. He is also a Board member of Riverside Mersey North Housing Provider.
Emma Perrin. Emma’s spouse works at Airbus Operations at Broughton. Trefor’s former employers.
Well, there we have it. Perhaps I ought to open a competition for readers to see who can spot the highest number of conflicts of interest among that lot – before anyone does yet more research on the organisations that I’ve mentioned. The over-riding impression is of a group of people many of whom have worked for or with Trefor Jones or are involved in charitable causes or local authorities with which he has connections and who are in a position to do favours for or benefit from Glyndwr University. Many of whom are involved in the criminal justice system, which must be a dream for the paedophiles’ friends who are still cluttering up the region.
One further point about the organs of government at Glyndwr University. They have a senior member of staff, James Dawson – who has a famous brother-in-law. Dawson’s brother-in-law is John McTernan, the Rottweiler and former Director of Political Operations for Tony Blair! I have blogged about how Dawson left his previous job at Bangor University under a cloud after trying to steal a number of computers. One of which was mine, with lots and lots of info on it concerning the wrongdoing of the north Wales mental health services and how Blair’s Gov’t was keeping that as well as many other mental health scandals quiet (see post ‘When Showbiz Meets Politics’).
Having had a taste of what Trefor Jones got up to in his roles as Lord Lieutenant and Chancellor of Glyndwr University, I thought that I’d check out what might have been going on at St Kentigerns Hospice, where he was Chairman until literally a few days ago. I prioritised identifying who are Trustees and Patrons.
Lady Susan Langford, the President. I have provided details re Susan earlier.
Judy Owen, Treasurer. That’s the Judy described earlier – who used to work as the accountant for Trefor’s company and then worked as the finance director for the dodgy Euro DPC.
Professor Mari Lloyd Williams. Mari is a Top Doctor specialising in palliative care who works at the University of Liverpool North West Cancer Centre. She has served on the fitness to practice and professional conduct committees of the GMC; on the HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) and UKHEAC committees 2006-12; was appointed by the Welsh Assembly Gov’t to the Review of Governance in HE in Wales; was a member of the Advisory Group under Chair Sir Adrian Webb into the Future of Higher Education in North East Wales; Chairs the Tenovus Cancer Charity Psychosocial Grants Committee. With all those connections to healthcare research and HE, presumably Mari could help Glyndwr University out if she wanted to. She’s also been in a position to decide what fate should befall the dreadful Top Doctors of north Wales should the GMC ever decide to place any of them in front of a Tribunal.
David Gozzard. David is a retired Consultant Haematologist from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, a position that he achieved in 1988. He was Clinical Director of Pathology and was Medical Director of the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust – Trefor was Vice-Chairman! After the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust evolved into the North Wales NHS Trust – yet another reorganisation in a desperate attempt to stop the regional NHS killing people and it’s staff/managers siphoning off NHS funds – David became Medical Director of the new organisation. David was also Chair of the North Wales Medical Committee 2001-04.
Having been Clinical Director of Pathology in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, David might be able to clear up a long-standing puzzle. In the summer of 1991 I had one of my many Bizarre Experiences. I had moved back to north Wales to live and I applied for a job in the path labs of Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. I was called for interview and faced a panel of three people. One man was someone from IT who was obviously the brightest on the panel but was the most junior in the hierarchy in terms of jobs, the other was a senior person from the lab staff – could it have been David Gozzard? – and the other was a most extraordinary man, even by the standards of north Wales, a Top Doctor called Binns-Smith. I should have realised that I was in for a fun time, because before I was called in for the interview I was sat in a waiting area near to some workmen who were working on the ceiling. An enormous man with a huge belly, no jacket, open-necked shirt and no tie emerged from an office nearby and started bellowing at the men working on the ceiling, hurling insults about the ‘average British workman’ no less. I presumed that he must have been their foreman, particularly as he was in possession of the stereotypical builder’s bum as his trousers started to descend whilst he yelled at the workmen. Then I noticed that not only were his trousers descending, but his flies were undone so in total quite an expanse of ancient white Y fronts were on display. He turned to me and asked if I was waiting for interview – this man it transpired was Dr Binns-Smith, head of pathology ay Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
I followed Binns-Smith into the interview room with him still bellowing about British workmen. As I sat down, one of the others on the ‘panel’ gave me a very strained smile and simply said ‘portent’. Binns-Smith didn’t respond, but then introduced me to the IT man, making a joke about him being so lowly in the workforce but of course ‘everybody calls him the boss’. Binns-Smith commented that he had noted from my CV that I had a postgrad degree from and had worked in the London medical schools. He then launched into a rant about how his son had applied for a place in the London medical schools but had been rejected by all of them and the trouble was that medical schools were full of ‘cabbage patch socialism’ (whatever that is) and that his son’s teachers had advised him to apply for other courses after clearing but he wasn’t having his son doing an ‘arty farty’ course. This man was clearly both mad and offensive and was obviously embarrassing the other ‘interviewers’ who sat there without saying a word. I did wonder what his son was like – could he perhaps actually keep his trousers up, unlike his father? Was he as obnoxious as dad, or was he truly oppressed, having been told by his father to apply for medicine when he wasn’t able to gain the high grades needed? After about ten minutes of this, I decided that I really didn’t want to work for this lunatic, so I told Binns-Smith that I was leaving. As I walked out, I heard him bellowing at the other two men ‘gentlemen, this interview is over’. I expected the mother of all insulting letters afterwards, but I never heard another thing. I asked around, but no-one I knew was acquainted with Binns-Smith. Unlike Dafydd who regularly hit the media, I never saw any references to Binns-Smith in the local papers either. I have tried googling him since then, but nothing. Some years after my encounter with him, I did of course start hearing stories that Ysbyty Glan Clwyd was every bit as dangerous, corrupt and mismanaged as Ysbyty Gwynedd and that people were being misdiagnosed and dying when they shouldn’t have been. In the light of who was running their pathology dept I cannot say that I was surprised. Binns-Smith wasn’t the average British workman but he was only marginally worse than the average north Wales Top Doctor. If David Gozzard gets to read this blog and fancies meeting up, I’d dearly love to hear the many anecdotes that I know will have circulated around Ysbyty Glan Clwyd about that man.
St Kentigerns Hospice has a number of Patrons, one of whom is Colonel Lord Geoffrey Langford, Susan’s husband! Lord Langford was identified as being 100 years old in an article about him a few years ago, so I’d be surprised if he was still alive. He spent his career in the British Army and inherited the family seat at Rhuddlan from a member of his extended family who had died without children. He married a number of times, the last time in 1975 to Susan. Who was then Susan Denham from Wrexham. I presume that Susan is quite a bit younger than Colonel Lord. Colonel Lord’s heir was listed as being his son, Owain Grenville Rowley-Conwy, who married a Joanna Featherstone. I presume that Owain is now Lord Langley. I note that after Trefor Jones finished his stint as Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, the next Lord Lieutenant was someone Featherstone. It just has to be one of Joanna’s relatives doesn’t it.
One recent media article reporting that Trefor Jones was standing down as Chair of St Kentigerns after seven years mentioned that St Kentigerns was ‘saved’ solely by Trefor a few years ago when it faced bankruptcy. There were no details of how Trefor raised the money needed to save it – which will have been considerable. Trefor won’t have had it in his piggy bank. Perhaps Judy Owens – the Treasurer of St Kentigens, the former accountant of Trefor’s company and the former finance director of Euro DPC – might like to tell us.
I’m going to terrify readers a bit more now. Whilst I was searching for info on Trefor – I’ve only carried out a very brief search, God knows how much else I’d find if I spent a few days on it – I cam across Trefor’s name in Hansard no less. Trefor’s name appears in a document that was prepared in March 2008 and submitted to the Welsh Affairs Committee when the Committee were considering the provision of cross-border health services for Wales. The document is entitled ‘Memorandum Submitted By Huw Thomas And Colleagues’ beneath which are the words ‘submission from a group of retired people who have played a prominent role in the NHS and public life in North Wales’. The document is a lengthy, furious response to the proposals by Edwina Hart, the then Minister for Health, to redirect elective neurosurgery patients away from The Walton Centre in Liverpool to the Morriston Hospital in Swansea. I hadn’t seen this document before, but I remember that row very well. It happened as the Top Doctors and their associates in north Wales were doing their utmost to bring Edwina down. They really loathed her. The charge from the GPs was led by Dr Eamonn Jessup, who at the time was displaying a Facebook group on his Facebook page entitled ‘higher pay for doctors’. Dr Richard Tranter, lately of the Hergest Unit, was telling his patients that Edwina wanted patients referred to the Morriston because it was near her constituency. Tranter was also telling his patients to write to their AMs and MPs to complain about the NHS. Did Tranter ever tell patients to do this some years previously when the Hergest Unit were framing patients who had complained and presided over one of the highest suicide rates in the UK? No, he only did it when the Top Doctors began their co-ordinated campaign against Edwina.
The ‘memorandum’ bangs on at great length, presenting what it believes is a clinical case for continuing to refer patients to The Walton Centre. I note that the memorandum isn’t only fighting on behalf of The Walton Centre – it is also angrily maintaining that patients should not be referred to Cardiff and that referrals from north Wales should continue to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Broadgreen Cardio-Thoracic Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary Cardiac Centre and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Gobowen (spinal injuries and specialist orthopaedics).
Now there are a great many arguments for and against sending patients from north Wales to either the north west of England or to Cardiff or Swansea for complex specialist treatment. But what I’m interested in is who signed that ‘memorandum’ along with Trefor. Because I recognised a lot of those names. Many of them are names that can be found on the early medical records of mine that my lawyer had to go to the High Court to extract. They are the names of people whom I had never met and in many cases whom I did not know existed – but they were all part of the effort to have me either banged up in a secure hospital on the grounds of my ‘dangerousness’ which was predicated entirely on statements made by Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) which they knew were untrue, or prosecuted for offences which they knew that I had not committed. Many of the names were also advising on how not to investigate my complaints concerning the criminal activities of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones, Dr Tony Francis and the staff of Gwynedd Social Services. Francis, Jones and Gwynedd Social Services were at the time facilitating and concealing the paedophile ring. I also recognised some of the names from archive material dating from the late 80s – they were the names of the people who were running Gwynedd Health Authority so badly that the Health Authority was bankrupt, the Welsh Office had sent a hit squad in and David Hunt, the Secretary of State for Wales, was writing letters to them himself.
The following names were the names that I recognised:
Dr Cedric Davies, former Director of Public Health Medicine, Gwynedd Health Authority. Cedric was on very chummy terms with Tony Francis and was part of a plot to incarcerate me in the Caswell Clinic in south Wales – although I was living and working in London.
Noreen Edwards, former Chairman of Gwynedd Health Authority. Noreen was cc’d into most letters about me. David Hunt wrote to Noreen Edwards regarding the ‘crisis’ in Gwynedd Health Authority – which had been caused by her and her mates.
Professor Robert Owen, former Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital Gobowen and Professor of Orthopaedics at Liverpool University. Robert Owen was the Medical Ombudsman for the Welsh Office who organised the cover-up led by Professor Robert Bluglass after I complained about the criminal conduct of Dafydd et al (see post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’). I now have documents demonstrating that doctors who were not part of my complaint and whom I was no longer being ‘treated’ by were communicating with Robert Owen without my knowledge, outside the parameters of the ‘investigation’ and were communicating with him about this at his home in Colwyn Bay. (By the way on an earlier post I stated that Robert Owen was a surgeon and prof at Cardiff – I had always presumed that, because I met him in Cardiff and of course the letters from him had a Cardiff address on them, although it was obviously the Welsh Office’s address. The info in this post concerning Owen’s affiliations to Liverpool University and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital was supplied by Owen himself in the ‘memorandum’.)
Dr David Roberts, former Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Gwynedd Health Authority. David Roberts was cc’d into letters about me.
Hilary Stevens, former Chairman, Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust. I used to see Hilary in action when she was a member of the Betsi Board when the Betsi was first formed. She certainly wasn’t as mad or as obnoxious as many of those we know and love, but Hilary obviously didn’t have a grip on the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust. Was this because Hilary was a normal human being who was unable to control a load of criminals, some of whom had concealed a paedophile ring? Or was Hilary a smiling devil with better social skills than the rest of them?
Professor Eric Sunderland, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University and Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd. Professor Sunderland always struck me as being very establishment but not barking mad or corrupt. But he did run a University full of the paedophiles’ friends with Gwynne the lobotomist working in the Student Health Centre. Perhaps Eric was someone else who was surrounded by monsters whom he couldn’t control. Either way, he can’t have been completely Of Them because he never received a knighthood. Which everybody expected him to. I was told that Eric and his wife were deeply hurt by this lack of recognition and that Professor Sunderland Not Being Given A K was another north Wales conundrum. He should have taken it as a compliment – he obviously wasn’t friendly enough with the paedophiles’ friends. And if he’d been a child molester himself, he’d have been given a peerage and admitted into the highest echelons, along with Greville Janner.
Huw Thomas, former Chief Executive of Gwynedd Health Authority. Huw wrote me inane – and in the end rude – letters and failed to investigate the most serious of complaints. He was also writing the paedophiles’ friends letters about me – he was much friendlier to them than he was to me. Huw was Chief Exec of Gwynedd Health Authority at the time of the ‘crisis’ when David Hunt had words with Noreen.
The signatures of people unknown to me are:
Dr Pat Barry, former Consultant Anaesthetist, Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Mr Michael Crumplin, former Consultant Surgeon, Ysbyty Maelor.
Mr Chris Davies, former Consultant Surgeon, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Dr Harry Edwards, former Consultant Anaesthetist, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Chair of Welsh Medical Committee.
Dr Ellen Emslie, former Consultant Dermatologist, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Annwen Carey Evans, former High Sheriff, Gwynedd.
D.B. Carey Evans (no position given – presumably a nobody who was simply related to the High Sheriff, which was obviously quite enough to turn them into a somebody.)
Elizabeth Colwyn Foulkes.
Sir William Gladstone, former Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd.
Dr Jeffrey Green, former Consultant Cardiologist, Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Michael Griffiths, former Chairman, Clwyd Health Authority and Chairman, Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust.
Dr Idris Humphries, former GP and Chairman of Welsh General Medical Service’s Committee.
Mr O.M. Jonathon, former Consultant Surgeon, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
Professor David Jones, former Chief Nursing Officer, Gwynedd Health Authority and Professor of Nursing, Sheffield University.
Mr David Jones, former Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Ysbyty Gwynedd and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London.
Dorothy Keddie, former Assistant Director of Nursing, North Wales Health Authority.
Mr Hywel Oliver, former Consultant Surgeon, Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Bill Owen, former Director of Finance, Gwynedd Health Authority.
Dr J. Gwyn Thomas, former GP and Chairman of Welsh Branch of Royal College of General Practitioners and Provost of Merseyside and North Wales Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Dr Mari Thomas, former GP and Chairman of MENCAP Wales.
I do not know the above named, but I know from the positions that they were so proud to have held that they, variously, bankrupted a Health Authority, worked as leading Top Doctors in hospitals with appalling track records where serious mistakes were made which led to patients being maimed or killed, worked in a region where learning disabled people lived in dreadful conditions and were referred to as ‘cabbages’ by the managers of the ‘services’ supposedly caring for them, obstructed any attempts to improve services and declared all out war on patients who dared complain.
All of this lot who signed the ‘memorandum’ knew that terrible things were happening in the surgical depts of the local hospitals. They probably knew that the paediatrics dept of Ysbyty Gwynedd had such a dreadful reputation that there was an arrangement among local doctors that their own children would not be admitted there. Many of this lot also knew that there was a madman running the region’s psychiatric hospital, that he was sexually exploiting patients, that he was unlawfully incarcerating anyone who crossed the path of him or his criminal associates – of which there were many – and that some of those illegally incarcerated were literally never seen again. Oh and a lot of them will have known that a paedophile gang was operating in the children’s homes and that when the kids weren’t being beaten, starved or forced to work as free labour, they were being raped and buggered. This motley crew destroyed the fabric of north Wales – how did they believe that they had the right to send this foolish rubbish to Parliament and demand that they be listened to?
So why were this bunch of moribund old gits so desperate to get rid of Edwina and continue to send patients to hospitals where they had connections? Was it that they feared losing control of the vice-like grip that they had over the region and – as with the employment of new staff from elsewhere – they dreaded anyone uncovering evidence pointing to what they had done? Myself, I keep pondering on a truly nightmare scenario. I witnessed patients who were undoubtedly left to die after complaining about this shower – it was very obviously supposed to have happened to me as well. A number of us who refused to keep quiet have existed for years whilst being completely unable to access ANY medical treatment for any medical problem, no matter how painful or life threatening. We have found vicious rumours spread around the region about us and we found ourselves turfed out of jobs in bizarre circumstances. When we investigated, a member of the Cylch was always involved. People with businesses found themselves going out of business, even if they had previously been highly successful.
Some years ago, just before this almighty row erupted between Edwina and the paedophiles’ friends which hinged upon The Walton Centre, I knew of two people in north Wales who both developed brain tumours at about the same time. One was married to someone who was known to have had a bellyful of the paedophiles’ friends and would dearly have liked to see them brought down. The paedophiles’ friends themselves were doing everything that they could to shaft this person. The other person was a former social worker who had worked in this role when the paedophile gang were on the loose and undoubtedly knew what was happening. Both of these people were referred to Walton. The former social worker was operated on, made a slow but good recovery and still socialises with the paedophiles’ friends in retirement. The spouse of the person who was being targeted by the paedophiles’ friends was told that their tumour was inoperable and they subsequently died. Maybe that tumour was inoperable – but how would anyone ever know? I was told many things for many years – but once my lawyer obtained my medical records I discovered criminal conduct that shocked even me, I discovered that Top Doctors whom I always rated as being better than their colleagues and whom I liked and thought that I got on with well were ruthlessly using the fact that I trusted them to extract information about me and even people close to me in order to do as much damage to us as they could. I also found that the only two people who had actually dared stick their necks out to protect me had lost their jobs within months – after one was prosecuted and convicted of an indecent assault.
These people were involved in serious organised crime for years. And Edwina Hart knew all about – because I told her what was happening to me, as did a few other people. No wonder she wanted to put these fuckers out of action and stop them referring patients to their mates.
So to all the relatives of the people that they killed – have this blog as a free gift. I’ll name every single person whom I know was involved. Even those who spent time supping with HM the Queen. In fact, particularly those who spent time supping with HM the Queen.
The story dominating the news reports on the radio today has been the announcement that Alison Saunders (the DPP) is ordering the CPS to prosecute trolls who send hate mail to others on social media. Female MPs in particular are waxing lyrical about this and Luciana Berger has been wheeled out on every news bulletin to tell us all how many nasty messages she gets and how they affected her mental health. I know that public figures -especially women – can be targeted by some deeply unpleasant people. Jess Phillips went public months ago on some of the online messages that she was receiving and read a few of them out – graphic descriptions of the various sexual tortures to which these sad bastards wanted to subject her. It is deeply, deeply unpleasant and it is not acceptable. But just look at what those we know and love have got away with and Alison Saunders and previous DPPs did nothing. In spite of the fact that back in the 90s, thousands and thousands of witness statements were taken and hundreds of people were identified as having abused children in care in north Wales. As for Luciana and her mental health – at one point Luciana was Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesperson on mental health. I was seriously underwhelmed by her complete failure to speak out about what actually happens to people in the mental health system. They die Luciana. Particularly if they have grown up in care and start talking about what happened to them.
There would seem to be many vampires in north Wales, particularly at Glyndwr University. But Dr Emyr Williams is not one of them. Emyr is a high achieving academic, someone who does not put himself first constantly and is a man of integrity. What on earth would north Wales want with one of them, it is hardly surprising that the writs are flying and the Daily Post is in overdrive.
Readers who follow the ‘comments’ section of my blog will have noticed that my correspondent Richard Card has mentioned a man called Norman Warner a number of times. Warner is a former civil servant who worked in the DHSS with Secretary of State for Health and Social Security Barbara Castle back in the 1970s – Warner and Jack Straw were Castle’s advisors. Straw does make mention of his work with Warner and Castle at that time in his book ‘Last Man Standing’ – he stresses what a good team they made. Richard alleges that Castle, Straw and Warner continued a cover-up – one that originated with Sir Keith Joseph before them – over numerous deaths of children placed in a ‘care setting’ by Islington and Hackney between 1954-72. Richard also alleges that a former DHSS civil servant called Celia Hensman was involved in concealing wrongdoing back in the early 70s and that Keith Joseph blocked an inquiry into deaths of people in the care of the Sue Ryder organisation. Richard mentions that he was threatened with action under the Official Secrets Act in 1976 when he was suspected of having given information to ‘Panorama’ regarding the discharging of mental health patients homeless to seaside resorts. He also states that loopholes in the benefits system in the mid-70s were exploited by the IRA and that Kent Police Authority in 1997 called for an inquiry into the role of Jack Straw and Norman Warner regarding this. Jack Straw suppressed this call for an inquiry himself in his capacity as Home Secretary in 1997 – so Jack sat in judgement upon himself… After reading ‘Last Man Standing’ it doesn’t surprise me.
One thing that struck me as I investigated further after Richard contacted me, as I investigated the history of MIND and indeed struck me when I first investigated the history of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, was what a very long history there has been of patients being abused and harmed by the NHS and social care system and of this being concealed at the highest levels. I was chatting to Brown about this and he observed that abuse and harm of patients was effectively built into the system from the very beginning.
I confess to having been a bit slow off the ground when Richard first mentioned Norman Warner – I had come across his name before regarding allegations of concealing wrongdoing, but it was so long ago that I presumed that Warner would now be dead or at least out of action. How wrong I was. Norman Warner – Lord Warner as he has been since 1998 – is still very much with us.
Warner describes himself as having been a ‘career civil servant’ since 1960. As mentioned above he was an advisor to Barbara Castle in the 70s – he was also Senior Policy Advisor to Jack Straw in 1997-98 when Straw was Home Secretary. Warner was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Dept of Health between 2003-07 and was Minister of State in the Dept of Health between 2005-07. He was Director of Social Services for Kent County Council 1985-91 and was Chair, City and East London Family Services Authority 1991-94.
OK – so Warner was in the higher echelons of Whitehall dealing with matters DHSS throughout the 60s and 70s. I bet he heard those allegations about the en masse sexual abuse of children in care in north Wales. Warner will also have been party to the grim activities of the mental health services during that period of time. His stint at the Home Office will have ensured that he knew about all manner of interesting things as well. Regarding his position as Director of Social Services for Kent – will they have been the same Social Services in Kent which were identified as having screwed up so badly in the case of Michael Stone at that time? As for Warner Chairing the City and East London Family Services Authority – scores of children in care from London boroughs, as well as from East London, were packed off to children’s homes in north Wales where they were abused. That continued into the 1990s.
This blog has provided numerous examples of people knowing about dung heaps being commissioned by Gov’t to lead investigations or inquiries into the said dung heaps on the basis that they can be relied upon to be critical enough for people to believe that the job has been done, but not so critical as to reveal just how deep and smelly the dung heap is. Two prime examples of such safe pairs of hands are of course dear old Professor Robert Bluglass and Sir Robert Francis QC, it’s why their talents were called upon so often. Well guess who Chaired the 1992 National Inquiry into the Selection, Development and Management of Staff in Children’s Homes? Norman did! This resulted in the Warner Report that was referred to in the Waterhouse Report. I have a sneaking suspicion that Norman knew that many of the staff in children’s homes were appallingly abusive long before he Chaired that Inquiry. Not that things got any better even after Warner published his Report – in 2014 Norman was appointed as the Commissioner to oversee improvements in Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Social Care Services, following a highly critical review. I had information about the serious problems in those services as long ago as the mid 1980s (see post ‘Amber Rudd, The Miners’ Strike And A Memory Jogged’). But who was one of the expert advisors to the Waterhouse Inquiry some ten years after I heard about those services? The former Director of City of Birmingham Social Services Adrianne Jones of course! Furthermore Adrianne utilised the Warner Report for her work with Waterhouse… As well as from the London boroughs, many of the children in care placed in the hands of the paedophile gang in north Wales came from the West Midlands.
Norman obviously knows that the NHS is crap because his solution is to privatise it. In 2013 he voted with the Tories and the Lib Dems in the Lords regarding proposed NHS regulations that Labour maintained would enable companies to bid for almost all health services. Warner was the only Labour peer to do so.
In 2009 Norman admitted to being a paid advisor for the General Healthcare Group and was also the Chairman of the NHS London Development Agency. He is a Director of Sage Advice Ltd and an advisor to Xansa and Byotrol – all companies that hope to sell services or products to the NHS. In addition Warner holds a position with Apax Partners, one of the leading private equity investors in healthcare.
Norman has been Chairman of the Youth Justice Board and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the think tank Reform. Reform likes to believe that it is coming up with fresh thinking and solutions, but it’s always seemed to me to be the Allyson Pollock of think tanks – it identifies real problems, it does know what’s going on, but it only tells half the story…
In Oct 2015 Norman resigned the Labour whip after having a hissy fit about Jeremy Corbyn. I’d take that as a compliment Jeremy…
Regular readers will know that I often end up very cross when various Top Doctors and their associates are wheeled out in the media to either tell barefaced lies, mislead the audience or to simply fail to mention a few uncomfortable truths. One serious offender in this regard is the ‘Today’ programme on Radio 4 – although it may be a case of me noticing the syndrome there because it’s one programme that I listen to virtually every day. It occurred to me that I could start delivering a new service for readers of the blog – every time that I hear one of these sinners, I could provide a little review. On Friday, whilst discussing the Mental Health Crisis that has existed for years but to which the UK has only just woken up, ‘Today’ interviewed Dr Susan Mizen, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Susan sounded rather more contrite than the Top Doctors usually do – well what on earth can she say in the defence of her profession after recent revelations? So I did a bit of research on Susan.
Susan is a ‘Consultant Medical Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst’ and is Chair of the Medical Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She trained at the Cassel Hospital in Fulham and at the Society of Analytical Psychology. Susan worked as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital. She now works in Exeter, where she provides a service for ‘severe and complex personality disorder’, along with a ‘therapeutic team using a psychoanalytic model’. Susan has a ‘longstanding interest in neuroscience and neuro-psychoanalysis’.
Now Susan may be a committed, ethical practitioner. But one reason why some psychiatrists find ‘psychotherapeutic psychoanalysts’ so useful if they are concealing wrongdoing is that they can pretty much explain away any misconduct on the part of practitioners no matter how serious it is in terms of the alleged internal psychological processes of their patients. For a splendid example of this, please read the details of the letter that Dr Alice Levinson at Springfield Hospital wrote about me in the wake of her and her boss Dr Robin Jacobson being faced with Dr Dafydd Alun Jones’s extraordinary comments over the phone to Jacobson, after which they concluded that he was sexually exploiting patients (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…). Those two KNEW what Dafydd was doing – yet it was my alleged inner mental processes that were perceived to be the problem after I had complained about him. Furthermore although Jacobson documented his concerns about Dafydd’s and Dr Tony Francis’s (Dr X’s) misconduct, he then followed their recommendations to consult Lucille Hughes regarding ‘evidence’ of my ‘dangerousness’. That’s the Lucille who was Dafydd’s mistress, who a few years later was named in the Waterhouse Report as knowing that a paedophile ring was operating within Gwynedd Social Services whilst she was Director of those Services, but not taking any action. The Lucille who had never actually met me…Levinson now has a private practice in Richmond and supervises other therapists. The last I heard, Jacobson was working at the Priory in Roehampton.
I am not alone in having had such an experience. I have a good friend who had suffered gross abuse and neglect at the hands of the Hergest Unit who ended up spending a lot of money with a psychotherapist who was also a Jungian analyst after the Hergest Unit flatly refused to treat him after years of severe clinical depression. The therapist/analyst tied himself up in knots attempting to explain away the malpractice that my friend had experienced from the Hergest. My friend later discovered that this man had ‘trained’ along with some of those who worked in the Hergest Unit.
The use of the analyst’s ‘knowledge’ to facilitate their own wrongdoing whilst problematizing the patient – or others – seems to be well-established in psychoanalysis. I have discussed people like Andrew Skarbek previously on this blog (see post ‘One Dangerous Fucker), but I did read some years ago that some analysts themselves have identified that abuse of clients – particularly sexual abuse – is a big problem in psychoanalysis. I used to know a woman who was a Jungian analyst who told me the same thing – she also maintained that their conferences were notorious shagfests and that another very obvious syndrome was that of young female analysts being trained by much older influential male analysts which frequently led to somewhat exploitative sexual relationships.
Some months ago I read Leo Abse’s book on Margaret Thatcher, ‘Margaret, Daughter of Beatrice: Politician’s Psycho-biography of Margaret Thatcher’. Abse was a Labour MP who had a very big interest in psychoanalysis and came from a family with many connections in that field. When he first published that book there were a lot of allegations of misogyny levelled at Abse, but that wasn’t what I noticed most when I read it. Abse’s attempts at analysing Thatcher did throw up something which I haven’t noticed anyone else document – the effect that Thatcher’s grandmother had on her development. Much has been written about Thatcher’s idolisation of her father and her poor relationship with her mother, but throughout Thatcher’s childhood the family shared their accommodation with Thatcher’s grandmother, a Spartan Victorian character and Abse convincingly argues that she was the real formative influence on Thatcher. Yet it’s also clear that Abse uses analysis to excuse or justify rather unpleasant behaviour of his own. Of course, I knew something whilst I was reading Abse’s book that wasn’t known when he first published it – that Leo Abse was suspected of being a paedophile and indeed he was recently the subject of an historic abuse investigation by the police.
Susan Mizen seems to be trying in her work to combine neuroscience with her other interests. I’m not sure that is possible – for a start, the concept of a personality disorder is very much in the eye of the Top Doctor. The Hergest churned out people with that diagnosis for two reasons: A. The care was so poor that patients very often did not recover, so their continued distress was blamed on their putative ‘personality disorders’ – even though many of those patients had previously received different diagnoses from the Hergest itself or indeed received different diagnoses when they consulted practitioners elsewhere. B. That diagnosis was given to patients who dared complain in order to discredit them – and the Hergest Unit was shite, so a lot of people complained. The Hergest diagnosed so many people with ‘borderline personality disorder’ that I’m sure, like their suicide rate, it must have constituted a statistical outlier. It was an ongoing joke among some of the better practitioners in the area – ‘oh someone else with a borderline personality disorder’. I know one patient who was diagnosed as such by the dreadful Dr Marie Savage. This patient spent a while scrutinising DSM and pointed out to me that even by DSM standards the ‘criteria’ recorded by Savage herself didn’t fit the DSM criteria – Savage seemed to have conflated two different sub-types of personality disorder. This person was quite correct, but even if Savage had actually known what she was doing, the criteria for borderline personality disorder effectively simply describes a very distressed person who uses many of the strategies that people use these days to try and relieve that distress. Furthermore, many such behaviours attributed to BPD are the very behaviours induced in people if they are subjected to the sort of mistreatment routinely dished out by so many of the practitioners at Hergest and the associated mental health teams. No wonder so many people are suffering from it.
In the face of diagnostic problems like this, how can Susan Mizen ever hope to correlate the measurement of neurotransmitter levels with BPD diagnoses, which is what she seems to be interested in if the seminars and research promoted on the website on which she appears are anything to go by. I am referring here to the ‘Confer’ website, which states that it is ‘online continuing education for psychologists’. ‘Confer’ is an appropriate title – my own records, as well as those of other people who have managed to obtain theirs, shows that ‘conferring’ is exactly what is going on – derogatory letters about patients sent back and forth between Top Doctors, making a note of who has complained about whose mates and who has worked with who – ‘but Dr Jones trained at the Maudsley with Bob Hobson’, ‘Professor Bluglass investigated this complaint himself’. The sub-text is crystal clear – has this bastard complained about anyone that we have connections with? The diagnoses conjured up have far more to do with that than any alleged character traits or neurotransmitter levels.
The Confer website has a few other things of note too. As well as measuring neurotransmitter levels in people with BPD, another team took MRI scans of ‘people in love’, as well as ‘people who had just been dumped’. There’s no mention of whether MRI scans were taken of those who had done the dumping to assess them on the Confer Heartless Bastard Inventory.
Susan Mizen also features on the British Psychoanalytic Council website, where she is touted as being the NHS Consultant Lead for the Devon Personality Disorder Service (based in Exeter). Susan therefore presumably works in the south Devon NHS which is so troubled that last year their Chief Exec narrowly escaped a prison sentence, where a young mentally ill man ended up dying in police custody and where a nurse received the biggest compensation award that a UK whistleblower has ever received after being unlawfully dismissed by the CEO who escaped prison by the skin of her teeth (see post ‘NHS Chief Executive Collapses In Court After Being Spared Jail’).
Susan also compiles Court Reports, as do many of those named n shamed on this blog, including Dafydd and Robert Kehoe. The British Psychoanalytic Council website’s ‘latest news’ column is running a feature entitled ‘helping people affected by Grenfell Tower fire’. Perhaps Susan and her mates are finding them somewhere to live, because I think that’s their biggest problem.
I have also found a powerpoint presentation of Susan’s, ‘The Talking Therapies Taskforce – New Savoy Partnership’. Is the Savoy perhaps the name of the hotel where the partnership meets – after all Dr David Crossley always used to arrange for the training events of the All Wales Psychotherapy Network to meet in an agreeable hotel. So essential was the hotel to the success of the training that when the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board ran out of dosh to subsidise Crossley’s hotel-based training events, they stopped. Likewise the staff mindfulness training offered by the Bangor University Centre of Mindfulness Research and Practice is always held somewhere very agreeable, usually at Trigonos, a rather nice place in the Nantlle Valley. The service users’ mindfulness sessions however are held in a drafty canolfan (village hall) or a disused chapel somewhere….
Susan is currently researching for a PhD in neuroscience. She has set up a programme for patients who are ‘in locked in and secure hospital placements’ who present a high risk to themselves in terms of suicide. Susan is researching the ‘complexity of their difficulties’. What would make for a far better PhD is an in-depth exploration of the biographies of those patients and the processes by which they actually came to be ‘locked in’ and at risk of suicide…
Susan mentions that she works with people with ‘very severe narcisstic disorders in the NHS’. Whether they are staff or patients she does not clarify.
The ‘Today’ programme this morning also ran an interview with a Top Therapist, Phillip Hodson. Hodson was discussing sexual fetishes in the wake of viewers of a recent episode of ‘Poldark’ finding themselves unable to cope with a scene involving toe sucking. They hadn’t better read too much about recent Chinese history then, because Mao Tsetung had a foot fetish and used to suck the feet of his concubines – the feet in question easily fitted into his mouth, because the women involved had tiny deformed feet as a result of foot binding. Hodson describes himself as a psychotherapist and sex therapist – he is massively media friendly and has spent years sitting on morning TV sofas or appearing in women’s magazines and tabloid newspapers answering questions and proffering advice. Hodson’s website states that he has ‘lectured widely around the world’ to people including doctors, psychologists, counsellors and health professionals. Hodson is famous for urging everyone to ‘talk about it’ -especially men, because we know that they ‘bottle things up’ (not that we’d ever want to resort to gender stereotyping) and that is Not A Good Thing. Hodson runs a private practice in north London. He may be an excellent therapist himself, but like so many Phillip is not being that honest or helpful as he implores people to ‘talk about it’. Should they try and do so in an NHS context, the chances are that they will be in for a very rude awakening – there is unlikely to be a listening ear like Phillip available.
I know a man who when he was in his early 40s approached his GP regarding a sexual problem. It wasn’t related to anything unlawful such as paedophilia, it was much more mainstream – part of the problem involved a minor physical problem that was actually eventually resolved by circumcision and the other part of the problem involved obsessive thoughts concerning a fairly common fetish. This man was told by his GP that he had to have a referral to the mental health services at Ysbyty Gwynedd (this was in the months before the Hergest was built). He was met with naked hostility from the psychiatrist to whom he was referred who told him that he certainly wouldn’t be dealing with such problems, my friend would be referred to a sex therapist called Caroline Bertalot. Bertalot refused to see him unless he was admitted as an inpatient – although he hadn’t been referred as a mental health referral. He agreed to inpatient admission. He remained on the ward for three weeks – and eventually found out by accident that Caroline Bertalot had been in dispute with Gwynedd Health Authority and had left her post. No-one had told him – the psychiatrist who had referred him to Bertalot had been away and no nurses would interact with him on the ward because ‘you’ve got sexual problems and we’ve been told not to speak to you’. It got even more bizarre. The psychiatrist returned and the now desperate patient tried to talk to him to request a circumcision because he was regularly in agony and fairly sure that he had a physical problem. The psychiatrist actually yelled at him ‘will you stop talking about your willy’. The patient could not work out what was going on – eventually a junior doctor turned up, examined him and recommended a circumcision, which was done and did resolve the physical pain that this patient was in.
The patient then continued to try and get help for his psychosexual problems. I know this man well and what he endured at the hands of the Hergest Unit – which by now had opened – was quite extraordinary. They just could not handle sexual difficulties, none of them. There were two staff who were very skilled at working with girls and women who had been abused – although the elephant in the room was that Dafydd had spent years sexually exploiting patients and this was never acknowledged – but there was no service available at all for men. I told my friend years ago that I thought that this was something to do with the presence of the paedophile ring – they were facilitated by the mental health services and they targeted boys in care. Who grew up into men with sexual problems. No-one was going to provide a service because of what would be revealed. My friend used to tell me that I was a conspiracy theorist – but when the Jillings Report was finally released, there it was, an admission that there was no service at all in any part of north Wales for men with psychosexual problems.
My friend had many adventures in an attempt to gain help. He was referred to a nurse who believed that even oral sex ‘wasn’t normal’ and who was far too embarrassed to talk about the presenting problems. He was reviled by the psychiatrist who had referred to his penis as a ‘willy’ and many years later after gaining his records via the help of a lawyer showed me the craziest letters that had been written by this psychiatrist, stating that no matter how distressed my friend became he was not going to be offered psychosexual counselling.
So why did my friend continue with the Hergest Unit? Because they didn’t tell him that the psychiatrist had ordered a ban on psychosexual counselling – they instead told him that he had mental health problems and that they would treat him for them. My friend continued to explain very clearly that his depression, his anxiety and the way that he felt about himself was directly related to his sexual difficulties. He was ignored. He was sent to many of those named on this blog – Marie Savage, Professor Mark Williams et al – and got no help from any of them. He was instead constantly told that he had a ‘personality disorder’. Of course. Like me, he was subjected to malicious allegations that he had ‘threatened to kill’ staff. Like me, when he obtained his records, he was able to map the fallacious allegations made by members of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team as they became increasingly florid. A notoriously dreadful CPN called Tom Harney – known among patients as the ‘alcoholic alcohol counsellor’ – had initially claimed that my friend had threatened to hire a hit man and have him killed (yes, that was documented on the medical records). Within weeks Harney had upped the ante and was claiming that my friend had threatened to have Harney and his family killed – my friend didn’t know that Harney had a family, in the way that I didn’t know that Harney’s colleague Bridget Lloyd had any children when she told the police that I was a danger to her children. But then Dafydd told Bluglass that I’d used ‘foul and abusive language’ in front of his young children when I had no knowledge that any such young children of his existed.
Like me, for years my friend was either refused treatment, or treated for problems that he didn’t have after crazy inaccurate diagnoses had been made or was constantly arrested. Like me, once he obtained his medical records, he discovered that it was Dr David Healy who had ordered staff to have him arrested rather than treat him. It was actually the two of us together when we compared our records who finally concluded that after all we’d been through at the hands of the mental health services, it really wasn’t us that had been the problem. It was them – they were incompetent, they were malicious, they were punitive, they were dishonest and the thing that really screwed everything up was that they had been concealing a paedophile ring in the region and that had caused havoc.
My friend never ever managed to receive the sort of help that Phillip Hodson urges everyone to request from the ‘services’. He didn’t even ever manage to access it in the wider UK outside of north Wales – because everyone whom he approached conferred with the dear old Hergest who immediately denounced my friend as a complete git. One particularly unhinged Top Doctor wrote to another Top Doctor stating that my friend ‘destroys therapists’. It was they who very nearly destroyed him. Eventually my friend paid for private treatment, outside of the UK. That’s what he had to do to escape the toxicity of the paedophiles’ friends. But you won’t hear a word about that from Phillip Hodson.
Yet another Top Doctor featured on Radio 4 today on the ‘World At One’ – Simon Fishel. Simon Fishel was discussing fertility treatment and to what degree that it should be available on the NHS, in the wake of news reports that in many parts of the country the NHS is substantially withdrawing support for fertility treatment. One news report item this morning reported angry criticism from an organisation called Fertility UK. Unlike so many of those who staff the mental health services in north Wales, Simon Fishel is neither daft nor crackers. He has been involved with IVF from the very beginning and worked with Robert Edwards who pioneered IVF. We have moved a long way from what Edwards and Steptoe did – IVF is now big business and often a ruthless very unscrupulous business. Simon Fishel will be fully aware that some of the practices used by some of his colleagues are unethical – ‘treatments’ are knowingly being robustly promoted which everyone knows have a very low success rate and in some cases there is no clinical evidence at all for their use. For an account of the excesses involved in fertility treatment see post ‘The BMA And It’s Ethics’. As for Fertility UK – they are a marketing organisation. For details of those involved in Fertility UK, please see post ‘Professor Prestigious And His Associates’. Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe worked long and hard for many years on relatively modest salaries because they were motivated by scientific interest, as well as their desire to assist people with fertility problems. Many people owning fertility clinics are now multi-millionaire business people who’s aim is to maximise their profits. Simon Fishel is in a position to make a very valuable contribution to the debate, but he needs to be honest about some of what is going on.
It was refreshing to read the headline in ‘The Times’ today – ‘NHS Abuse Of Mental Patients ‘Endemic’. Yes, it is, no matter how much rubbish we hear from the Betsi or NHS unions about the Angels and Top Doctors being constantly at the mercy of dangerous psychiatric patients in the mood for murder. ‘The Times’ has published an utterly damning report which makes it quite clear that it is the patients who are being abused, assaulted and sometimes killed in mental health settings, not the staff. It was certainly a breath of fresh air, particularly as they stressed how much force and coercion that patients are regularly subjected to. Norman Lamb and Luciana Berger have both spoken in support of patients – but what has taken them so long? I note that the Dept of Health has issued a statement saying that ‘serious incidents remain rare across the NHS and our guidance makes clear restraint should only be used as a last resort’. The DoH knows as well as I do that they are telling porkies. There were hundreds of ‘serious incidents’ – involving deaths of mental health patients -in Southern Health NHS Trust alone in England. If we’re talking Wales, there’s a death associated with the dear old Betsi on an almost weekly basis. Since I have been writing this blog – for just over one year now – there have been two occasions on which there were media reports of the deaths of two psychiatric patients in one day in north Wales.
Neither is ‘restraint’ only used as a last resort – of course it is by good staff, but my experiences at the Hergest Unit and Parkhead Hospital Glasgow demonstrate that there are some staff who delight in ‘restraint’ and use it as an excuse to assault patients. A friend at the Hergest Unit witnessed the sexual assault of a young woman patient under the guise of ‘restraint’. The only reason why the DoH can claim that serious incidents are rare and that restraint is used as a last resort is that the DoH is relying on documentation compiled by the Top Doctors et al themselves – they have a habit of denying their own wrongdoing. All student teachers are taught that under no circumstances must they even touch a child – whereas student psychiatric nurses on placement witness their ‘mentors’ bullying and intimidating the people that they are paid to care for, shouting at them that if they ‘refuse medication’ they’ll ‘give it to them anyway’ and then witnessing the aforementioned ‘mentors’ pinning patients to the floor and ripping off their underwear to forcibly inject them with anti-psychotics. I know student nurses who have tried to report abuse even more flagrant than this – which is of course still actually legal – and they have been told off for using ‘strong words’ if they have dared mention ‘abuse of patients’ and have been asked if they’d ‘like to rephrase that’. (Note to student nurses in north Wales – if you are confronted with these techniques, which you probably will be should you report abuse of patients, refuse to ‘rephrase’ what you have witnessed and stand your ground. The NHS needs you far more than it needs clapped out old hypocrites like Grace Lewis-Parry who have spent their careers turning a blind eye to the most dreadful practices.)
I ended up purchasing a copy of ‘The Times’ to read the report regarding the violence of the Angels in detail and I was most surprised to see that Bangor University and the Vice-Chancellor Professor John Hughes were starring in ‘The Times’. There was a story about Professor Hughes’s house and that now notorious bedroom of his that was alleged to have been done up using Laura Ashley furnishings at great cost. I was reminded why I don’t usually bother with ‘The Times’ – everybody else reports the stories first. John Hughes’s bedroom was featured months ago in the ‘Daily Post’ and they even supplied a photo of a pastel room a la Contemporary Barbara Cartland, obviously presuming that John Hughes has a taste for pink boudoirs. ‘The Times’ also mentioned his salary and the fact that Bangor University staff are ‘facing redundancy’.
It seems to be open season on VCs at present, I think that the VC of Bolton started it all off with that ill-advised photo of him next to his Bentley, accompanied by his comment that students like being taught by someone with a Bentley. (Students actually like being taught by people who know their subject and take an interest in them – most students these days are taught most of the time by the more junior staff who rarely own Bentleys.) The Mail online published a really ferocious attack on Professor Craig Calhoun, the outgoing Director of the LSE, concerning the enormous amount of money that the LSE have given him. I sat next to Craig Calhoun at a conference dinner once amazingly enough and he was incredibly friendly and democratic and said ‘hi, I’m Craig’. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond, me being a research fellow from Bangor who’d only recently finished a PhD – it was a bit like being greeted by President Obama, what does one actually say? What was interesting about the Mail online savaging however is that they levelled it at Craig Calhoun rather than the new Director of the LSE – who I suspect will demand even more money than they paid Craig Calhoun, because she’s some sort of banker. Craig Calhoun is at least an internationally recognised sociologist and sociologists do not tend to be as greedy as bankers.
I usually take a very critical stance towards people who believe that they have a divine right to huge salaries, but whilst I worked at Bangor I noticed an Interesting Phenomenon. There was a big obsession among a lot of people with the alleged excesses of the then VC and a very obvious plan among some to bring him down. There were allegations of the owning of a Porsche – in reality for a long while he actually drove an elderly thing with a blowing exhaust which I think might have been a Saab. Then there were the allegations of a chauffeur -no, that wasn’t true either, a chauffeur did eventually appear some years later but it seemed to be a chauffeur shared between a number of the senior staff. Then there were the Vicious Rumours – these reached their height when the VC’s wife was terminally ill with a brain tumour at which time people were being told that he was virtually frequenting brothels. I never managed to find out who was at the bottom of it all, but the Vicious Rumours were certainly fuelled by some of the staff involved with nurse training and social care/social work – I watched that lot very carefully because as I’ve mentioned elsewhere not only had many of them earlier in their careers been involved in working with those who facilitated the paedophile ring, but they spread some pretty nasty lies around about me as well. Well I knew what they had bloody well been involved with didn’t I.
The paedophiles’ associates were unsurprisingly not among the highest performing staff in the University and they were very defensive about this. As the whole of the UK HE system became increasingly more obsessed with league tables and REF results, the paedophiles’ associates and others who had been in their posts for a long time but had done very little adopted a siege mentality and tried to destabilise the institution. At one point they seemed to go on some sort of unspoken strike. Virtually all their teaching and marking was being given to the postgrads to do, but the paedophiles’ associates didn’t do any research either. What made them so difficult to deal with was that they were past masters at shouldering the blame for their lack of effort or wrongdoing onto other people. After one of the RAEs, I sat in a departmental meeting in which the results were analysed, followed by the usual grilling of how can we do better next time. The person presenting the analysis was one of the Professors, who was one of the staff whose own work had been judged to be ‘internationally excellent’. The two old cows sitting in front of me – one of whom had not even been entered for the RAE and the other who had actually attempted to submit her contribution to a Welsh dictionary as an entry – spent the entire meeting tut tutting, remarking on how crap Bangor was, repeating ‘ofnadwy’ (‘awful’ in Welsh). Who had actually let the side down in the RAE? Those two. They were in terms of the RAE results, the two who were indeed ofnadwy.
There were other various techniques used to cause as many problems as possible, including ‘support staff’ – such as some of the librarians – who made it their goal in life to be as unsupportive as possible. Then there were the Finance Clerks Who Said Ni – if one was working on a grant application, the finance clerks who were employed to complete the staff costs etc constructed numerous hoops for the researchers to jump through before they would agree to help and then once one had jumped through all the hoops they refused to help with the application anyway. When I first encountered the Finance Clerks Who Said Ni, I presumed that they just wouldn’t help me because I was junior and unknown. But one day I witnessed a well thought of Professor (not a git, a really nice man) ask for assistance with his grant bid and one of the Finance Clerks Who Said Ni simply returned his notes straight back to him and said ‘you’ve got to fill in all the costs’. So the more enthusiastic academic staff were doing the teaching, writing the publications, writing the bids – and then doing the job of the finance clerks and battling around the library with bugger all assistance as well. Which made for a great deal of work. Whilst those we know and love did bugger all.
After watching all this for a few years, I began to wonder whether the VC’s salary actually represented a sort of compensation payment for all the shit that was thrown at him and the attempts to undermine him. Everyone KNEW that scores of the staff who had previously worked in the region as Angels, social workers, clinical psychologists etc had worked in close proximity to those who perpetuated the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, but no-one actually mentioned it. I know that in all institutions the boss is a target, but Bangor University – like the whole of north Wales – was living with the legacy of the paedophile gang and it certainly showed in the parts of the institution that employed former health and social care practitioners. The nursing tutors and social work teaching team were highly dysfunctional and the most appropriate course of action would have simply been to dismantle them – but whenever anyone tried to broach the problem that they were, there’d be a wailing and a gnashing of teeth and accusations that the University authorities were launching an attack on those who care…The psychology dept was also very dysfunctional but in a different way (see post ‘He’s Not The Messiah, He’s A Very Naughty Boy’) – but that too employed people who had worked and still did work as mental health practitioners in a grossly abusive service…
There was one person at Bangor who knew that those we know and love were trying to render the institution unmanageable, who was actually fantastically supportive to researchers whom he knew were keen. That was an historian, Professor Duncan Tanner. Sadly Duncan died – suddenly, years before his time, just when he was doing so much for the University. He died as a result of a cock-up at Ysbyty Gwynedd that should never have happened.
From what I gather, the problems at Bangor are greater than ever now – the paedophiles’ associates linked up with their partners in crime in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and now claim to be conducting world beating ‘health and social care research’ – which they very obviously are not. That Board is in special measures and is under investigation for the abuse of mental health patients. If John Hughes needs to make a few people redundant, he doesn’t have too look to hard to find a few whose services could be dispensed with – although knowing the way of the world, those we know and love will do what they have always done, sit tight and engage the help of UCU whilst the junior staff who are on short term contracts will be the ones who’ll get the chop – or the folk from humanities, on the grounds that ‘healthcare research’ is just too important to be cut… After all, the paedophiles’ associates know that nobody else will employ them no matter how rude they are about Bangor.
‘The Times’ today featured a Top Therapist as high profile as Phillip Hodson – Professor Tanya Byron. Tanya is a Clinical Psychologist who describes herself as a ‘clinician, journalist, author and broadcaster’ who works with ‘psychological and emotional issues’. Tanya is Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Edge Hill University – she is also their Chancellor. Tanya appears on TV constantly and specialises in tackling what is alleged to be difficult behaviour in children. As with Phillip Hodson, I have known for years that being someone who trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Tanya will be fully aware of just how dire and abusive mental health services are – although that never gets a mention in any of Tanya’s media offerings. I knew that one of Tanya’s parents was a big figure in the media world – that tends to be the case with BBC ‘experts’, despite their ‘expertise’ there’s often a family connection to the media that helped them along – in fact her dad is the film and TV director John Sichel. I had always presumed that Tanya had acquired her qualifications and then headed straight for the BBC -but I found out today that she did actually work as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS for 18 years, working with drug addiction and mental health problems. So Tanya will definitely know the gory reality then. I note that Tanya did her MSc in Clin Psy and her PhD at UCL – the UCL that has featured so often on this blog in terms of the concealing of the shite… The UCL that is also host to some very influential well-connected people who are in a good position – and have good cause – to conceal the shite.
Tanya has undoubtedly joined the ranks of the Concealers of the Shite herself now – she has worked with the Home Office and in 2007 was commissioned by Gordon Brown to lead an investigation into the effect on children of video games and the internet. Gordon probably should have commissioned her to provide an honest analysis of the practices and effectiveness of the mental health services.
One of Tanya’s less well-received media contributions was ‘The Life and Times Of Vivienne Vyle’, a spoof based on the dreadful Jeremy Kyle. Tanya stated that it’s aim was to be a ‘black comedy with pop psychology at the root’. Tanya is not as offensive as Jeremy Kyle, but her offerings are merely a more up-market form of pop psychology – and she’s no more honest than Kyle.
Tanya has presented ‘All In The Mind’, the weekly pack of lies that Radio 4 broadcasts about the mental health services. I look forward to hearing how Claudia Hammond deals with the latest revelations regarding the reality of the UK mental health system – for years now Claudia et al have given no clues at all that there are any shortcomings on the part of the Top Doctors.
Another media figure who’s keeping schtum about the practices of the Top Doctors is comedian Harry Hill. Harry Hill is a Top Doctor himself – he trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School and then did a stint in neurosurgery in London. Hill has stated that he gave up medicine because he ‘didn’t feel in control of what was happening’. I bet he didn’t. I would imagine that Harry Hill witnessed some dreadful things which is why he waved them all a not-so-fond farewell – but even though he now works as a comedian and has done so for years, he’s still keeping the Top Doctors’ vow of silence…
The news reports from north Wales are telling of a hoard of drugs and cash that has been seized by police in Conwy and in Mold a man had his throat slit in an act of revenge over a drugs debt. So Dafydd, Lucille and CAIS are still doing a fantastic job tackling ‘substance misuse and associated problems’ in north Wales then – it’s what the Welsh Gov’t give them millions for.
The Daily Post was emblazoned with screaming headlines a few days ago concerning 22 year old Hannah Turtle from Flintshire who has been charged with murdering her seven week old baby by poisoning him with anti-depressants. If that wasn’t a big enough clue that this will turn out to be another tale of tragedy at the hands of the mental health services, it was reported that Hannah’s previous address had been given as Llanarth Hospital in Abergavenny, but at her most recent Court appearance she was stated to be of no fixed abode. OK – new mother with depression left to cope without sufficient support, ends up killing her baby, only after that is she admitted to hospital, but now she’s out again, discharged as homeless and facing a murder charge…
The Daily Post and BBC News Wales online are also very excited about the trial of two police officers at Caernarfon Crown Court for attempting to pervert the course of justice – one of them is also on trial for assault. The details coming out from the trial points to a great deal of misconduct. PCs James Burns and Robin Humphreys arrested Michael Stanley in Penrhyndeudraeth. Fortunately for Mr Stanley – who was later charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal damage to a police car and a public order offence – a body camera being worn by another police officer filmed his arrest. The footage was played to the Court and showed Burns grabbing Mr Stanley by the throat and spraying pepper spray in his face whilst he was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car. After Burns and Humphreys returned to the station, they both lied in their statements. The charges against Mr Stanley were ‘discontinued’ last summer – no doubt when it was revealed that his arrest had been filmed. The Daily Post reports that Mr Stanley was known to the police’ and is a ‘prolific offender’. His previous convictions consist of very similar offences to those which have now been ‘discontinued’. Perhaps no-one was wearing a body camera when he was arrested then. I used to know Jimmy Burns – many years ago he worked as a nursing assistant at the Hergest Unit. His colleagues at Hergest were all very keen for him to undertake nurse training because they thought that he was so good – but he wanted to join the North Wales Police. If he’s found guilty as charged – actual bodily harm, common assault and attempting to pervert the course of justice – I’m sure that Martin Jones could find him another job at the Hergest. After all, Martin was one of the managers at Ysbyty Gwynedd when Burns was employed by them previously – and I think that Dr Peter Higson, the current Chair of the Betsi, was still employed as one of the senior managers of the mental health services in north Wales at the time.
Now that symbol of neoliberal penality, HMP Berwyn, is up and running in Wrexham – thanks to Hywel Williams MP and David Hanson MP begging for this monstrosity in north Wales – the Welsh Gov’t wants to flog off a bit more of Wales to the Home Office to build yet another prison, this time in Port Talbot. It would seem that the residents of Port Talbot are not quite as easily duped as the residents of north east Wales and people in Port Talbot are objecting. I’m glad that somebody is, I’m not quite sure why so many politicians in Wales are so in love with the notion of locking up thousands of dispossessed people with mental health and drug problems – particularly in the wake of the admissions of just how serious the problems are in UK prisons. It was only last week that there were riots…
There is also trouble at t’ mill in Bangor – ‘Sports Direct’ ordered all their staff to speak English only ie. NOT WELSH. It wasn’t a very good idea, has caused an enormous row and now the Crack of Doom aka Meri Huws the Welsh Language Commissioner has entered the fray (for info on Meri see posts ‘Let Me Enlighten Lord Gnome…’ and ‘Local Accessories’). Meri will only make things worse. The most sensible course of action would be for the Welsh Gov’t to sack Meri and reinvest the money that they have been wasting on her inflated salary into organising a boycott of ‘Sports Direct’. Mike Ashley will worry far more about losing money than he will about receiving silly letters from Meri.
I’ve written a lot recently on this blog regarding the con that is CAIS, the Third sector organisation providing ‘substance misuse’ services. Previous posts have detailed the dodgy commissioning processes by which CAIS have received millions in funding from the Welsh Gov’t to provide services, including ‘service user involvement’ (see post ‘The Story Behind £1.5 Million’), the huge contracts that they have been handed by the DWP despite their very limited success regarding ‘outcomes’, the scam that they seem to have operated to persuade George Osborne to cough up a lot of money (please see post ‘George Osborne Enters The Picture’) and the very questionable histories of many of the CAIS Trustees. I’ve also documented the burgeoning drug problem in parts of north Wales which suggests that CAIS are failing spectacularly in providing ‘services’. CAIS have now moved into the homelessness business, eg. providing ‘supported accommodation’. Again, a quick walk around Wrexham would suggest that CAIS are having bugger all effect in this domain. So I was certainly interested to read in the Daily Post online that a very angry lawyer in Wrexham has demanded that Wrexham Council should ‘get a grip’ on the drugs and homelessness problem – that’s the Wrexham Council that seems to have been tying itself in knots to ensure that the contracts for the ‘services’ to address drugs and homelessness are given to CAIS. The lawyer concerned, Mark Davies, has a client, Craig Nikolic, who has just been imprisoned. Mr Nikolic was imprisoned after he was found ‘asleep in Lord Street with his sleeping bag next to him’. Lord Street is the street in Wrexham where the homeless have been hanging out because it’s near the bus station, so they can go in there out of the rain (although it doesn’t provide much in terms of shelter, it’s usually freezing cold in there and the rain does get in), go to the loo, have a wash etc. Because they don’t have a home in which to do that. Mr Nikolic is a heroin addict and after being released from prison on an early release scheme he was ordered not to enter Wrexham town centre. But as his lawyer pointed out, he was homeless, so if he didn’t enter the town centre he had nowhere to wash etc. So he risked it and has been caught and returned to prison. The account of Mr Nikolic’s recent encounters with the Courts and law is fascinating because it makes it clear that this man is repeatedly ending up in prison because he doesn’t have anywhere to live. He is being punished far more harshly for his destitution than he has been for possession of illegal drugs. But then simply being very poor does now lead to people being criminalised. As if to rub in the dismal performance of CAIS where ‘tackling drugs’ is concerned, there have also been media reports of a recent major drugs bust in Llandudno with a number of dealers being arrested and the North Wales Police issuing a statement saying that they expected to make more arrests very soon – this has come hot on the heels of accounts of turf wars between drug dealers in the region, some of which have resulted in murders.
In my post ‘George Osborne Enters The Picture’ I mentioned that a recent initiative of CAIS has been the establishment of a place in Cardiff called the ‘Living Room’. I was puzzled to discover that the Living Room was providing ‘after care’ and ‘sociopsychological support’ to Cardiff GPs and questioned why highly paid Top Doctors were receiving the services of a charity when their own patients usually cannot access such support. I have now been given further information about the Living Room. I have been told that the distressed GPs receiving ‘services’ are actually Top Doctors with addiction problems and are encountering difficulties because, for example, they have lost their driving licences. Now alcohol problems are very common in medical practitioners and drug problems are not unknown, and of course doctors with such problems deserve help and support (although the irony is that certainly in north Wales the Top Doctors loathe people with drug and alcohol problems and usually refuse to treat them; that is how CAIS picked up the remit for providing ‘services’ (please see post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron’). However CAIS is Chaired by Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and is still very much a reflection of all that he holds dear and follows the model of business that he has followed for decades. And Dafydd has form for ‘helping’ people who have ended up coming unstuck as a result of their addiction problems. This ‘help’ usually simply involves extracting people out of the shit that their addiction has landed them in (at a price of course) rather than tacking the addiction. A nurse who had formerly worked at Dafydd’s ‘nursing home’ for veterans suffering from PTSD, Ty Gwyn, told me that there were very few veterans in Ty Gwyn, but there were a lot of people with addiction problems who had ended up being prosecuted so they had checked into Dafydd’s facility for a few weeks and in return Dafydd would write them a favourable Court report, although he had virtually not seen them at all whilst they had been patients at Ty Gwyn. I was also told by another person that Dafydd’s ‘medical reports’ were equally useful to people who had encountered problems with driving licences and their insurance. Indeed Dafydd is so good at helping people who are in danger of losing their licence as a result of drinking and driving that he attempted to rescue his own son when he appeared in Court on a drink driving charge. The Court were given a real tear-jerker, a story of how Dafydd’s son worked as Dafydd’s chauffeur, enabling Dafydd to pursue his heroic line of work with of course veterans (Dafydd has found that invoking the image of distressed soldiers works wonders), that Dafydd did much of this work free of charge no less and if his son lost his licence the patients would Suffer. The Court didn’t buy it – Dafydd is notorious in north Wales, to be fair to them the more honest local magistrates stopped believing anything that he said years ago – and his son lost his licence. It transpired that this chauffeur who spent his time assisting his dad patch up veterans was actually a student at Aberystwyth University. I seem to remember that it was on this occasion that someone in Court remarked that it was odd that Dafydd had obtained Legal Aid, being a highly paid very wealthy man. But as ever, no-one investigated further. Dafydd bending the rules to selflessly help patients has a long and noble history – sometime in the mid 1990s, a photo of him appeared on the front page of the Daily Post under the headline ‘He Saved A Life – And Got A Fine’. The reality was that Dafydd had been caught exceeding the speed limit somewhere along the north Wales coast – in a big way as well, it was something like 50mph in a 20mph zone – and when he was caught he claimed that he was on his way to rescue a suicidal patient who was standing on the Menai Bridge waiting to jump. It didn’t occur to him to call an ambulance then.
A Story Of Our Time appeared in the media yesterday. Jacqueline Grayson, the manager of ‘Treflys’, a care home in Llandudno, was summoned to a fitness to practice disciplinary hearing by Social Care Wales for sharing Facebook posts that the ‘presenting officer’ for Social Care Wales alleged were ‘anti-Islamic’ and ‘discriminatory’. Social Care Wales seem to have very little understanding of what Islamophobia and discrimination are. Ms Grayson had shared among a group of Facebook friends posts discussing whether the wearing of burkhas should be banned in public areas. Discussions regarding the wearing of full face veils or not are held among many Muslims. Mrs Grayson’s other sin was to share a Facebook post involving a golliwog. Yes, the golliwog originated as an offensive parody of a black person, but most people who were children in the sixties only knew the golly as a toy or a badge that could be acquired by collecting pictures of gollies from Robertsons jam jars. It seems that was the reference that Ms Grayson was making on Facebook. So Social Care Wales doesn’t know the difference between recent cultural history and racism so serious that it questions a social care professional’s fitness to practice. A number of people defended Ms Grayson at the hearing. One was a Romanian colleague who described Ms Grayson as being ‘amazing’ with staff and residents alike. Another one was a Mr Bhusan Ramnath, the proprietor of the care home and Ms’ Grayson’s employer. His wife was a Muslim and he was supporting Ms Grayson. The panel heard that there was no evidence that Ms Grayson had treated any Muslim resident in any way differently to any other resident. The panel concluded that Ms Grayson’s fitness to practice was not impaired but nonetheless her crime was serious that she was reprimanded.
So in a field – the care of elderly people – where bad practice and even abuse is endemic, Social Care Wales have gone to the trouble and effort to haul Ms Grayson up in front of them on the basis of some laughable evidence that did not in any way reflect on her capacity as the manager of a care home. There had been no complaint at all regarding her practice, just a ‘whistleblower’ – who was not identified – who spotted some Facebook posts that she had shared among her Facebook ‘friends’. Llandudno is only a few miles down the road from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. It was at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd that four years ago elderly patients in Tawel Fan ward were sworn at by staff, barricaded into their beds with items of furniture and left to crawl around naked on a floor that was covered in urine and faeces whilst staff discussed their sex lives. One patient was found to have an untreated fractured arm. No member of staff has been disciplined or prosecuted – except for the nurse who blew the whistle on all this who was suspended, arrested after being the subject of malicious allegations and also received threatening anonymous letters. She now works in England. The two inquiries into Tawel Fan have yet to be completed – one has been hindered by the staff refusing to co-operate. I know there to be much bad practice in privately owned elderly people’s homes, but what the Betsi, an NHS Health Board, continues to get away with is breath-taking.
The flagship prison at Wrexham, HMP Berwyn, which so delighted local politicians – just imagine, a warehouse with nearly 2000 people banged up inside, mostly people with mental health or addiction problems, how exciting! – has run into yet more problems. It is in breach of a number of it’s planning conditions eg. landscaping, the providing of two bus shelters and producing certain certificates demonstrating that various standards have been met – and Wrexham Council are threatening action.
The crisis at Bangor University continues and the Vice-Chancellor has stated that the financial situation is so serious there that there will have to be redundancies and even pay cuts. The unions have hit the roof, have stated that staff will be ‘pushed into poverty’ and one of the union reps has suggested that one way of solving the crisis would be to sell the Vice-Chancellor’s house, which was purchased by the University for him. That house has been a running sore ever since it was purchased – I think people are making a mountain out of a molehill, it’s not THAT posh -and furthermore there was more fuming last year when it was revealed that the Vice-Chancellor’s bedroom had received a makeover and that new furniture purchased from Laura Ashley had been installed. The Daily Post even provided a photo of a Laura Ashley inspired bedroom to feed the readers imaginations, although the photo that they provided was the sort of bedroom that a contemporary Barbara Cartland might have favoured, all in pink. I’m not sure that Professor John Hughes would have exactly the same taste, but you never know. It has not occurred to the union rep that even if John Hughes’s residence was flogged, it would only raise about £1 million, if indeed that. It would last me quite a long time, but it wouldn’t keep Bangor University afloat for long, particularly as they are currently footing the salary bill for great swathes of staff in ‘health and social care research’ or ‘psychology/mental health research’ whose output is very questionable indeed (I have detailed some of this dodgy research in previous posts). There are also a lot of younger modestly paid staff working their butts off whilst more senior people rest on their laurels. Among the senior academics, some are wonderful, supporting students and carrying out first class research – but others should not be in their present jobs and everyone knows it. It is true that there are some very badly paid staff at Bangor – they are the cleaners, the catering staff etc. No-one bothers to fight very hard for them – when I worked at Bangor, the people who consistently made the most noise every time they feared that cuts cometh, were the less productive (in some cases frankly bloody lazy) staff on permanent contracts who had been there years. They didn’t REALLY fear their contracts being terminated either – it is very hard to get rid of academics with permanent contracts no matter how bad they are. In reality, it is the better staff on short-term contracts who get the chop if belts have to be tightened because the useless old farts fight tooth n nail to hang on to their very comfortable existence. This is going on in every university in the UK and it is a very big problem, it’s not just a disease that affects Bangor. However union reps at Bangor do seem to have a history of developing strange obsessions with the way that they imagine Vice-Chancellors are spending money. When I worked there, at one point the UCU rep, one Eileen Tilley, was frothing at the mouth about the money that the VC was alleged to have spent on his office desk – how on earth did she know how much he’d paid for it? I very much doubt that he’d showed her the receipt. When I made comments to this effect, she changed tactic and complained about the style of the desk that he’d purchased. Que??? (It had too much glass in it apparently so it wasn’t suitable.) Tilley continued to make extraordinary allegations – which I suspected were in the realms of fantasy – regarding the VC’s office furniture and I got somewhat pissed off with her, because whilst she was making these allegations she was actually colluding with the truly vile Lyn Meadows, the Director of HR (Meadows is now a member of the Betsi Board), who was breaking employment law regularly and bullying and harassing people. The next allegation was that the VC had hired a chauffeur. No-one actually had any evidence that this had happened and I searched high and low for the said chauffeur and never found him/her. I think that the real story was that discussions were underway regarding the possibility of a chauffeur that would be made available to a number of senior managers – but the backstabbing Tilley was busy making plans for the revolution on the basis of the chauffeur. So I conducted an experiment and told her that I knew all about it, that it wasn’t a real chauffeur, it was a security man dressed up in a special uniform. And a few days later my lie came back to me on the grapevine, so it rather confirmed that none of these people actually knew what they were talking about. The irony was that while the revolutionaries on ‘only’ £40-50k pa grumbled and fumed about glass desks and chauffeurs, me and my ilk were doing their teaching and a good deal more research than them as well for far less. And because we were on short-term contracts we often had no salary at all. I’d have done the sodding chauffeur’s job myself quite happily at that time, at least it would have been a stable income.
Yet another scandal involving the abuse of learning disabled people has hit the London-based media today. An organisation called the ‘Atlas Project Team’ who owned two homes in Devon – which were ‘isolated farmhouses’ has been prosecuted. The founder of the ‘Atlas Project Team’, a Paul Hewitt, has been fined £12,500 with £105,000 costs. Paul Hewitt is described as ‘a well known figure in mental health who helped formulate national policies on caring for people with learning disabilities in the community’. Well that’s pretty much par for the course – this blog has named scores of ‘experts in mental health’ or ‘service user representatives’ who have either colluded with or ignored the most dreadful abuses. It’s how one becomes an expert in those fields. Jolyon Marshall, the Director of Atlas, has been jailed for 28 months for conspiracy to falsely imprison and perverting the course of justice. A number of other managers and staff have received suspended jail terms or other non-custodial sentences. This case has been running for six years, but reporting restrictions have only just been lifted. The fascinating feature of this case is that a number of people have been prosecuted for doing what is almost standard practice in hospitals and ‘homes’ for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, namely locking people in what are euphemistically called ‘quiet rooms’ but what in reality are bare rooms with no bathroom facilities or furnishings except for a mattress on the floor. I am delighted to see someone prosecuted for this and I look forward to hundreds more prosecutions, because this is going on in just about every facility for the mentally ill/learning disabled across the UK. And the rationale for confining people to such seclusion rooms is also very shaky, as it was with Atlas. The prosecuting barrister Andrew Langdon QC stated that a ‘view was taken that residents had somehow learned to behave badly. That behaviour had to be unlearned. If they were kept in their long enough they would learn their lesson and change their behaviour’. This philosophy underpinned all ‘care’ on Taliesin ward in the Hergest Unit and I heard staff articulate this view constantly. Patients were not distressed, they were not ill, they were bad and locking them in a seclusion room (or of course having them arrested) was the answer. Indeed, now that Jolyon Marshall has gone to prison for conspiracy to falsely imprison and perverting the course of justice I look forward to a few arrests of Hergest staff and NHS managers because that is exactly what they did to me – and to a lot of other people.
Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of CQC, admitted that they ‘should have acted earlier’ over Atlas and admits that concerns had been raised. So once more, the CQC stood by whilst people were abused. But what do we expect – Sir Robert Francis QC is a leading light in the CQC. The Robert Francis QC who, whilst working as a barrister for the MDU, tried to have me imprisoned for ‘harassment’ – because I was writing many letters maintaining that people working in the mental health services in north Wales had illegally imprisoned me and had committed perjury (please see post ‘The Sordid Role of Sir Robert Francis QC’).
Perhaps someone would also like to begin mounting prosecutions in the face of another near universal practice in mental health, that of ‘not stimulating’ people who are deemed to be psychotic. This is going on in the Hergest unit and in the Heddfan Unit and in reality it means providing patients with an environment as bare as possible – not even pictures on the walls. Because patients might become ‘stimulated’. (I really don’t think that there’s much chance of that, as they’re parked in front the TV all day and loaded up with anti-psychotics.) In fact Taliesin ward in Hergest was so keen not to stimulate patients that the staff didn’t talk to them – and they told the patient’s families not to talk to them either. I know this because I knew the mother of a teenaged boy who became seriously unwell and spent a long time on Taliesin ward not being talked to, on the orders of the ‘experts’ who ran that place and presided over the constant suicides there. The staff did communicate with me whilst I was a patient in there though – indeed they shouted at me, they swore at me and on one occasion four of them assaulted me. Presumably it’s only talking to people or looking at pictures that causes over-stimulation.
Jan Tregalles, the Chief Exec of Mencap, and Vivien Cooper, the Chief Exec of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, put out a joint statement stating that Atlas offered ‘specialist care’ that cost up to £4000/week per person and that ‘poor commissioning’ from numerous local authorities and ‘weak inspection’ allowed an abusive culture to develop and sustain itself. Have they only just noticed? Bloggers like Mark Neary, Finola Moss and Sara Ryan have been trying to expose this for years. Indeed Sara Ryan seems to feel about Mencap the way that I feel about MIND – she has always termed them ‘Mencrap’. Mark Neary’s adult son Stephen was removed from his care for a year simply due to the fuckwittedness of their local authority and had Mark not been able to engage in a full scale battle through the Courts he would have lost Stephen for ever. Finola Moss had a similar experience with her daughter. Finola has taken a big interest in the huge amounts of money that are now being made by the private ‘care’ sector for housing learning disabled people in unsuitable, frequently abusive facilities, as well as in the constant supply of ‘expert witnesses’ and dishonest health and care professionals who are prepared to lie in Court in the face of carers complaining and simply accuse those carers of abuse themselves. The really great thing about most of these cases is that because they involve the Court of Protection, no-one can even publish what’s happening – until the learning disabled person dies in the ‘care’ of the ‘provider’. Mark Neary’s blog is doing an excellent job of exposing how this naked abuse and cruelty – and sheer idiocy – is disguised by the language of ’empowerment’, ‘independent living’, ‘service user involvement’ and associated hogwash.
Plas Meddyg, a GP’s surgery in Ruthin, has surpassed itself – Daily Post online are reporting that staff at the surgery refused to ask one of the doctors to help an 79 year old who had fallen and injured themselves outside because the doctors were all ‘too busy’. However a passing schoolgirl assisted the OAP. (Perhaps we should simply formally enlist the nation’s school pupils to run the NHS – after all, a schoolgirl was allowed into a clinic in Ysbyty Gwynedd to observe gynaecological investigations without patients consent – please see blog post ‘The BMA and It’s Ethics’.) In the wake of this story, patients of Plas Meddyg have come from all directions with their accounts of practices there. Allegations include: discrimination against the elderly by not allowing calls from landlines to be used to make appointments – appointments have to be made by text or e mail; two people who arrived at the surgery wanting to make appointments being told to go outside and phone in on their mobile phones to make the appointments; in February scores of patients receiving a letter saying that they would no longer be accepted as patients at the surgery due to the geographical area in which they lived – although many had been registered with the surgery for years – and that their medical records would be sent to a central office within 14 days of the date of the letter. One patient has commented of the surgery that ‘there is no empathy or compassion’. But there will be salaries of 100k pa or more for the doctors who work full time there… The surgery itself has stated that they have a ‘well documented complaints and compliments process’ and it is essential that patients use this to provide feedback. Well the surgery can find out what the patients think of them by reading the Post online now. Three local councillors have stated that they have had ‘constructive’ discussions with Plas Meddyg, with a view to the surgery ‘engaging meaningfully’ with the local community. They could try treating them as human beings deserving of respect. One of the councillors named was a Bobby Feely – a member of the Betsi Board no less. For readers who know no Welsh – ‘Plas Meddyg’ translates as ‘Doctor’s Palace’.
I reported recently (please read post ‘Those Who Care Are Concerned’) that the Top Doctors seem to be gearing up for a big scrap with the Westminster Government and as usual it hinges around their demands for more money. They’re pulling out all the stops now, the neurosurgeon Henry Marsh was given air time on Radio 4 this afternoon to vent his spleen about the state of the NHS. His solution? More money of course. Lots of it. Henry Marsh has recently retired but still does a bit of teaching. Where did he/does he work? None other than Atkinson Morley, St Georges Hospital Medical School! The employer of Prof Oliver Brooke who was imprisoned for the possession of huge quantities of child porn as well as all of those psychiatrists who ‘assessed’ me – and took as ‘evidence’ of my ‘dangerousness’ the word of a number of people in north Wales who were concealing a paedophile ring, although the letters written by those psychiatrists at St Georges demonstrated that they knew that the people with whom they were communicating were sexually exploiting patients themselves. As for Henry’s passionate defence of the NHS earlier today – at least two of the psychiatrists involved in taking advice from the associates of a paedophile gang defected to work at the Priory Group. Henry Marsh may well not have been involved in the sort of malpractice that I witnessed himself, but he will not have been able to spend his career working in that establishment without having some idea of the sort of things that were happening. One of Marsh’s bestsellers is entitled ‘Do No Harm’ – perhaps the subtitle should have been ‘do not remain silent about your criminal colleagues’.
I’ve just seen a newsflash on the Guardian’s website stating that NHS England’s (as well as parts of NHS Scotland’s) IT system has been disabled by a cyber-attack and that some doctors are reporting that they are receiving ‘demands for money’. That must have been a shock for them, it is usually they who are demanding money.
I was told that this was expected and now it’s official – Bangor University have announced that redundancies are on the way. Regular readers will know that I have discussed on this blog the activities of a number of Bangor University staff who have been involved in very questionable practices indeed. Sadly I fear that these will not be the people for the chop, particularly as Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, the PVC for Research, is one of the culprits herself. No, Jo and her network in health, psychology and mental health research who have been involved in some truly shameful scams will sit tight and the people squeezed out will be the more junior staff on short-term contracts who are doing all the teaching and the most innovative research. And no doubt a few of the best professors who are sick to the back teeth of what Rycroft-Malone et al are actually doing to the University will take a lump sum and wave Bangor a fond farewell. So the only people who will actually leave are the people whom the University really needs – the others won’t go because they know that no-one else will employ them. I saw this again and again when I worked at Bangor. The problem at that time was particularly serious because the dreadful Lyn Meadows – now a member of the Betsi Board – was Director of HR. Meadows was the most ferocious bully and had a few chums like the psychopathic Professor Fergus Lowe and the extremely dim but mouthy Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott (please see previous posts) who were also the most frightful bullies and between them these three exerted a truly toxic influence. No-one could understand why this was allowed to go on, because there were/are loads of senior staff in Bangor who are great – the Vice-Chancellor himself was reputed to have been fuming at one meeting after Bangor was actually named in the Times Higher Education Supplement as a university with a bullying problem. But something was happening that most staff were unaware of. Lyn Meadows had a very comfortable relationship with one Eileen Tilley – who was actually the UCU Union rep. I knew staff who were paid up members of the Union who went to Tilley with serious problems re bullying, harassment and unfair dismissal and Tilley blithely assured them all that there wasn’t anything that she could do about that particular problem – although in at least some of those cases the law had been very obviously broken. Tilley doing this was the reason why I didn’t join UCU – I knew that I would be stitched up by Tilley and Meadows and would be afforded no protection at all should I ever have cause for complaint. But Eileen Tilley did something else interesting as well. She registered for a PhD – entitled ‘My Brilliant Career’ no less – and wrote much about the institutional sexism that she claimed was rampant at Bangor, ignoring the fact that the main problem came from three women ie. Tilley, Meadows and Lappin-Scott, who were doing the dirty work of a particularly unscrupulous man, Fergus Lowe. This PhD seemed to contain case material from some of the staff who had consulted her in her capacity as the Union rep – which I think was ethically dodgy from all angles. Another Interesting Fact about Tilley was that she was one of many who denied the serious problems in Ysbyty Gwynedd. I’m not sure what her connections with the NHS were – but there seemed to be something there. Of course the delightful Meadows was a former manager of the Welsh Ambulance Service and had disgraced herself whilst she was a Board member of a Trust in the north west of England by getting herself named in Hansard and on Frank Field’s blog as colluding with a fraud perpetuated by some of the medical staff. One day, after a PhD student had witnessed me being threatened and harassed by Martin Jones and Elfed Roberts, the former CEO and Chair of the North West Wales NHS Trust, this student made a statement for my lawyers and I was sitting with him in the library reading through it. I turned around to find Tilley standing behind us, looking over our shoulders, reading the statement. A senior member of staff whom I knew socially was also concerned about Tilley’s activities and told me that Tilley was due for retirement and, wanting a second career, was angling for a place on the National Executive of the UCU… Just the sort of person needed in such a position clearly.
Now for the latest political news. A young Plaid Councillor called Llinos Medi has been appointed to lead Anglesey County Council. Llinos will need all her ability – as well as a lot of luck – to run that show. Anglesey County Council has been dysfunctional for many, many years, it has featured regularly in Private Eye’s column ‘Rotten Boroughs’ and a few of the Councillors there managed to get themselves imprisoned. The dysfunctional old farts have already started appearing in the local media complaining about Llinos. She cannot possibly be worse than they are. The mainstream media have been hurling all the abuse that they possibly can at Jeremy Corbyn, suggesting that he is a closet ‘pacifist’. It is extraordinary to note that the term ‘pacifist’ has become like the term ‘Marxist’ – although both of these terms simply describe an ideological or political position, at one time perfectly respectable positions, they are now the equivalent of calling someone a serial killer. Meanwhile Theresa May, who refuses to debate with the other leaders, has followed up her vacuous appearance with her husband on the One Show (where she was asked mindless questions about who puts the bins out or does the cooking – in much the same way, Thatcher used to love appearing on the Jimmy Young show because she knew damn well that there’d be no awkward questions), with an appearance on LBC where she managed to shed a few tears whilst discussing her childlessness. It was about as genuine as when Bob Monkhouse used to cry when the guests won the jackpot on the 70s game shows that he used to host – as Private Eye used to quip ‘takes onion out of pocket’. Theresa is 60, her attempts at producing children – if indeed it is true that she did want children – will have been at least twenty years ago and she has found plenty of other fulfilling things to occupy herself with. Not ever having had children is not like the death of a child which is so shattering that people do cry years later when discussing it – furthermore Theresa May is every inch a female politician of today, advised and packaged on every aspect of her public façade, whether it’s being photographed on the cover of Vogue in staid naff gear or wearing her not very exciting kitten heels (those heels that landed Owen Smith in so much trouble when he stated that he wanted to smash her back on them) because that’s as radical as one can be at a Tory conference. She’ll have had the onion concealed about her person somewhere. Owen won’t be allowed to mention Theresa’s crocodile tears because he’s male and he’ll be framed as being the equivalent of a wife-beater if he does, but I’m in possession of ovaries so I’m free to state that no doubt Theresa’s LBC performance was very well-rehearsed and that it will have been her advisors who suggested possible topics for discussion to LBC. Especially after Andrea Leadsom was rude about Theresa being childless during the leadership race. Actually I remember Thatcher shedding tears in public when Mark got lost in the desert – just after she was in danger of being seen as a heartless cow in the wake of the deaths and serious injuries of British servicemen in the Falklands.