In 1935 Wynn was commissioned into the 9th Lancers, then joined the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and the 16/5th Lancers. He was invalided out of the British Army in 1940.
Legend has it that in May 1940, as a civilian, Micky Wynn was given command of a yacht acting as the Air Sea Rescue boat for the Naval air station at Lee-on-Solent. While British forces were being evacuated from northern France, Wynn sailed to Dunkirk and made five successful trips before being hit by shellfire, but just made it to Ramsgate. Wynn then took command of a Norfolk fishing boat and went to beaches south of Calais where it was thought the Guards were hiding in the sand dunes. Wearing naval uniform in case he was taken for a spy, Wynn searched for, but never found, the Guards. The Royal Navy, recognising his abilities, gave him a commission in the RNVR in July 1941.
Thus Micky Wynn joined the Gwynne the lobotomists, the Professor Geoffrey Chamberlains, the Sir Alec Bingleys and the rest of them in the Royal Navy/RNVR, forever committed to keeping the secrets of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the gay spies in the Admiralty etc. See post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’.
Stationed at HMS Hornet, a Coastal Forces shore base in Gosport, Micky Wynn was involved with a plan to attack the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. There seems to have been a great many lies told with regard to the circumstances of the sinking of the Scharnhorst, it was all a bit like the sinking of the Belgrano. A great many lives were lost but of the people who did survive, some dined out on the stories of their heroics and did very well for themselves, one such person being Lord Richard ‘John’ Moran, a British diplomat who caused problems by being very undiplomatic.
No-one was allowed to say anything rude about Lord Moran or give him the sack no matter how disastrous he was because he was the son of another legend, Charles McMoran Wilson, 1st Baron Moran aka Corkscrew Charlie. Corkscrew Charlie was Winston Churchill’s personal physician from 1940 until Churchill died in 1965 and it was Charlie who was the source of the allegations that Churchill had a mood disorder. Others have suggested that Charlie was not honest when recounting Churchill’s medical history and was out for personal gain. Corkscrew Charlie was THE Top Doc who conducted the negotiations with Nye Bevan re Top Docs pay and conditions in order to gain the agreement of the BMA members to support and work in the NHS. Other Top Docs as greedy and dishonest as Charlie were involved as well, but it was Charlie who in person clinched the deal and squeezed a great deal of dosh out of the Gov’t for the Top Docs, hence his nickname. For info re Lord John Moran and Charlie Corkscrew, see post ‘The History, Boys…’
The plan re Micky Wynn and the sinking of the battleships involved a modified motor torpedo boat, the MTB 74, which was specially built to house torpedo tubes on its foredeck instead of midships. The mission was to fire the torpedoes over the anti-submarine net in Brest harbour where they would sink to the sea-bed and explode after a time delay. The weapons were nicknamed ‘Wynn‘s weapons’. The MTB entered service in December 1941. However while this experiment was being trialled, the ships made the escape from Brest to the Baltic, the “Channel Dash”. Left without a mission, MTB 74 was instead re-tasked to the St. Nazaire raid in Normandy.
On 28 March 1942, Wynn was to play a decisive part in the raid on St Nazaire, the only port on the Atlantic seaboard in which the newly completed German battleship Tirpitz could be docked. The plan, Operation Chariot, entailed the destroyer HMS Campbeltown ramming the gates of St. Nazaire harbour. The ship was to also carry commandos who were tasked with destroying shore-based installations. The charges in Campbeltown would later explode and hopefully destroy the dock caisson. If this was not successful, MTB 74, commanded Micky Wynn, was to be armed with two delayed-action torpedoes to be fired at the dock caisson. Also deployed to the raid were two destroyers, a motor gun and 16 motor launches.
The Chariot force sailed from Falmouth with MTB 74 towed by Campbeltown. The ships were three miles up the Loire estuary before the Germans opened fire, a battle commenced, descriptions of which would go down well in Boys Own War Picture Library. Campbeltown cut through the torpedo net and rammed the dock gates. Micky Wynn had been successful.
Wynn was ordered to return to England. On the way back he picked up two men who were in danger of drowning on the way and came under German fire, which led to another sequence of events in which Wynn triumphed over adversity, while all around him Gerries and cowards did their best to hinder him. Wynn was taken a POW and ended up in the Marlag Nord POW camp near Bremen. After escaping he was sent to Colditz in January 1943 and was repatriated on medical grounds after feigning illness in January 1945. Hearing that one of the plucky Brits who had saved his life earlier was being held in a German naval camp, Micky Wynn volunteered to join the relieving force and met up with him again.
Subsequently it was Victoria Crosses all round for Micky Wynn and his mates.
While researching for this blog, I have been struck by how many people who spent their time participating in serious crime, lying, cheating and deceiving to ensure that a gang of sex offenders could molest whomever they felt like, did the most heroic things during their war service. After the war, these people showed themselves to be of the most appalling character who were incapable of telling the truth. Why should they have behaved any better during the war? Discussions with people who fought in WW II reveal that some people were considered to have done very brave things; there are also allegations that some people hailed as heroes were complete gits and that history was rewritten.
At that time, the hierarchy in the forces was based on class. Posh people did not join the other ranks, no matter how hopeless they were. Posh people will not all have been hopeless in war by definition, but neither will they all have had the fantastic abilities and war records attributed to them. People of my generation grew up around the old soldiers who fought in WW II and I remember very clearly all the signs of what I now know was class bias. Furthermore the qualities needed as an officer were often very different to the qualities needed in the other ranks. I’m not sure what the prevailing situation is now, but it did used to be the case that the officers usually took the credit no matter how badly they had cocked up. It was probably the parallel of ah the doctors they were wonderful ie. we can’t admit to any other situation…
Some of the most brilliant servicemen just happened to be members of the Royal Family:
The Earl Mountbatten of Burma
The Lord Denning
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
The Lord Carrington
The above Guilty Men (see previous posts for their biographies) all knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring as well as Dafydd and the gang and they were all among those who were still concealing it when I and my friends came under attack. They knew that witnesses were fitted up and imprisoned as well as killed…
They’re all dead themselves but where reputations of War Heroes and Giants are concerned, Death Shall Have No Dominion.
Sir Alec Bingley served in WW II on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet. After the WW II Bingley was appointed Deputy Director of Air Warfare. He went on to be Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer (Air) and then Commander of the aircraft-carrier HMS Eagle in 1952. Bingley was appointed Fifth Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Air) in 1954 and Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers in 1958. He was made Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander, Allied Forces Mediterranean in 1959 and then Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth and Allied Commander-in-Chief, Channel in 1961.
Sir Alec’s wife Lady Juliet was a personal friend of Dom Mintoff, PM of Malta, 1955-58 and 1971-84. Mintoff was a member of the Maltese Mafia, so there are interesting questions to be asked about Lady Juliet’s activities in Malta which included the organising of the building of a hospital and the provision of other welfare services. I was told a few months ago that Malta is a centre for organised crime and has been for a long time.
It wasn’t only the wives of NATO commanders who were mates with Dom. Harold Wilson’s Secretary of State for the DHSS, Richard Crossman was his friend and so too was Jack Jones, the General Secretary of TGWU. See post ‘The Naked Civil Servants’. Crossman was a member of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Lady Juliet was a friend of Dafydd’s and facilitated the ring and Jack Jones and his other union baron mates used their knowledge of the ring to gain power for themselves.
There was so much dishonesty on the part of this lot, whoever could know the truth behind the war records of the heroes of yesteryear?
I have turned into the barrister played by Richard Burton in the film ‘The Medusa Touch’ in which he causes ructions in the Court when he goes into his anti-war rant and makes reference to granddad’s medals rusting away in the cabinet and gets himself and his client into a great deal of trouble.
I wasn’t even responsible for a rant as good as Richard Burton’s, I just refused to shag two appalling old men and laughed in Court at a social worker who was a member of a trafficking gang when she forgot her own name in the witness box and then started crying.
After WW II, Micky Wynn returned to farming and in 1963 became High Sheriff of Merionethshire. The land of Clough and the Welsh Bloomsbury Group was in Merionethshire. Eric Hobsbawm’s autobiography refers to Cwm Croesor as ‘Clough’s Kingdom’. It could have been ironic but I’ not entirely sure.
Lord Maelor the Labour MP for the constituency which included Croesor, 1951-66, off duty, wearing ladies clothes. Lord Maelor died when he spontaneously combusted in Nov 1984. Lord Maelor’s brother, James Jones, was the Labour PM for Wrexham, 1955-70. See previous posts.
Eric Hobsbawm worked for MI5, had a second homer at Croesor and a daughter who’s close friend is married to Gordon Brown:
Seek out and destroy! The paedophiles’ friends have been challenged by the son of the tenants of the pub owned by Clough who’s bagged a job as a Vice-Chancellor!
Is Asa still available?
In 1965 Micky Wynn succeeded his father as Lord Newborough and inherited 20,000 acres in north Wales. The family estates included the Rhug estate in Denbighshire and the Glynllifon estate in the Caernarfon area. Lord Snowdon’s family seat was near Caernarfon and Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon used to visit. Before he married Ma’am Darling and became the Lord of Snowdon, Lord Snowdon was Tony Armstrong-Jones, the son of barrister Ronald Armstrong-Jones (1899–1966) and his first wife Anne Messel, later Countess of Rosse (1902–1992). Tony Armstrong-Jones’s paternal grandfather was Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, a Welsh psychiatrist and physician. Tony’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Armstrong-Jones (née Roberts), was the daughter of Sir Owen Roberts, Welsh educationalist and hero of the gwerin. See previous posts.
Lord Snowdon, being descended from good gwerin stock, was born at Eaton Terrace, Belgravia. Lord Snowdon’s barrister father was a member of Inner Temple, along with Mr Jeremy Thrope and the Havers’ clan, Sir Cecil and Lord Michael Havers and Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, all of whom protected and concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s gang. See previous posts.
Micky Wynn’s Glynllifon estate encompassed the village of Llandwrog. Llandwrog is a village that was built to house the workers of the Glynllifon estate; it is a pretty village with matching cottages and looks more like a village one would find in an affluent part of England. The cottages were sold off and Llandwrog has become very desirable among the gwerin; it is a hot spot for the oppressed, including the S4C crowd and of course impoverished Angels who are being forced into the embrace of foodbanks. I lived in Llandwrog for a while and after a few weeks was subjected to much harassment with was topped off by a wrongful arrest. I was told that the prime suspect was a deeply unpleasant Angel who lived near me, but I later discovered that John Sims, a senior Angel in the Drug and Alcohol Team ie. Dafydd’s domain, lived in the village as well.
SAIN recording studio, the business established by Dafydd’s fan Dafydd Iwan, is just down the road from Llandwrog.
Yma O Hyd!
In 1976 Micky Wynn was summoned before the magistrates for allegedly firing a 9 lb cannonball across the Menai Strait. The shot went through the sail of a passing yacht and he was charged with causing criminal damage. Wynn denied the charge, protesting that it must have been someone else. He was found guilty and fined. Wynn died in Istanbul in 1998, during the Waterhouse Inquiry and his ashes were shot out of an 18th-century cannon. He was survived by his second wife, Jennifer Acland (née Allen, married 1971), and his son and two daughters from his first marriage to Rosamund Lavington Barbour (married 1945). Micky Wynn’s son, Robert Vaughan Wynn, born 1949, succeeded him as the 8th Baron Newborough.
During 1958–59 Amis was Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and a visiting lecturer in other north-eastern universities. After 13 years at Swansea, Amis became a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1961–1963. He found Cambridge an academic and social disappointment and resigned in 1963 and moved to London. Peterhouse was an institution where the dons and students had an interesting past-time of partying while dressed in ladies’ clothes and when doing this they went under girls’ names. Michael Portillo went to Peterhouse. See previous posts…
In 1963, Amis separated from his wife Hilary and moved in with the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. Amis divorced Hilary in 1965 and married Howard the same year. In 1968 he moved with Howard to Lemmons, a house in Barnet, north London. She and Amis divorced in 1983. In his last years, Kingsley Amis shared a house with his first wife Hilary and her third husband, Alastair Boyd, 7th Baron Kilmarnock.
Peggy Jay, who died on Monday aged 94, was a grande dame of the Labour movement, known for her good works on a host of local government committees and as the wife of the cabinet minister Douglas Jay.
It could be argued that the second role was the more heroic. She fell in love with her future husband while in her teens and married him when she was 20 – despite his warning that he considered monogamy “a sin”, a belief that he was not slow to put into practice.
Nontheless the marriage produced four children and endured for almost 40 years; and although Peggy Jay suffered much, in later life she was able to say that her former husband remained “the touchstone of my life”.
She was born Margaret Christian Garnett in Manchester on January 28 1913. A year later her three-year-old brother died, to the lasting grief of her parents; that grief, she later speculated, might have been responsible for her “restless, striving spirit, always longing to be recognised and approved of, and above all, to achieve.”
At the time of her birth her father, Maxwell Garnett, was principal of the Manchester Institute of Technology (now UMIST, part of Manchester University). Six years later he was appointed general secretary of the League of Nations Union, and the family moved to Hampstead.
Peggy hated Malvern Girls’ College, and was sent instead to St Paul’s, where she thrived. Douglas Jay’s family lived next door to the Garnetts in Hampstead, and as an undergraduate at New College, Oxford,
New College was a recruiting ground for the British security services; Richard Crossman was a student and a don there and was recruited and then became a recruiter.
he coached Peggy for her matriculation exam. At her coming out party, as she and her “tutor” danced to The Blue Danube, she resolved to marry him.
At Somerville College, Oxford,
Graduates included Thatch and Shirl…
Peggy joined the Labour Party and took a two-year diploma in Economics and Politics. By now Douglas was a Fellow of All Souls. When, in 1933, they married at Hampstead parish church the couple decided to set off for their honeymoon in Italy immediately after the service, leaving Peggy’s parents to host a reception without bride or groom.
In their early married life the brilliant, but difficult, Douglas Jay worked as a journalist; their friends were figures such as the Gaitskells, Nicholas Kaldor, Thomas Balogh and Hugh Dalton.
Kaldor was a mate of Crossman’s and Kaldor’s wife Clarissa was Chairman of a Regional Hospital Board. I hope to cover them in a future post. They were big pals of E.P. Thompson, who had a second home at Croesor. See previous posts. Kaldor and Clarissa, who was a ‘a prominent figure in Cambridge city life’, as was a friend of Thatch and Jimmy Savile who also protected Dafydd and the gang
had four daughters: Penny Milsom, a former London Borough of Islington Labour Councillor; Katharine Hoskyns, who has stood as a Labour candidate for Westminster City Council; Frances Stewart, Professor of Economic Development at Oxford University and Mary Kaldor, Professor of Human Security at the LSE, who has starred in a previous post for her role in hailing E.P. Thompson as the man who saved the world but hasn’t yet been recognised for it.
Anyone else want to laugh at my friend Biggus?
Peggy busied herself with voluntary work, and in 1938 was elected to the London County Council as Labour member for Central Hackney. A year earlier she had given birth to their first child, Peter, who would become British ambassador to Washington and economics editor of the BBC.
During the war Douglas Jay worked at the Ministry of Supply and the Board of Trade, and after the Labour victory in 1945 he was appointed an economics adviser to the prime minister, Clement Attlee; the next year he was elected to parliament.
Peggy Jay, meanwhile, continued her career in local government. In 1952 she was returned as Labour member for North Battersea, becoming chairman of the schools’ committee and vice-chairman of the welfare committee; she also served on the children’s committee.
The organised abuse upon which Dafydd’s partner gang in London would build and expand was already present in Battersea in the early 1950s.
In 1964 she was elected to the new GLC. As chairman of the parks’ committee she took a particular interest in the development of the “One O’Clock Clubs” for young mothers. In the same year Harold Wilson formed a new Labour administration, and Douglas became President of the Board of Trade.
The Westminster Paedophile Ring was up and running and about to take off in a major way, because Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson had been appointed Minister of Health.
Peggy Jay lost her seat in 1967. By now her marriage was starting to disintegrate, and she and Douglas Jay divorced in 1972.
Her former husband was created a life peer in 1987,
The year that Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane granted Professor Oliver Brooke of St George’s early release from prison after Ollie had been done for child porn. In 1987, Dafydd and the gang hatched an elaborate plant to frame and imprison me just after the June General Election for ‘attempting to stab a doctor’ but it unravelled when two key witnesses didn’t tell as many lies as they needed to. See eg. post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’
and it seems that Peggy Jay could have sat alongside him in the Upper House. She once revealed: “Wilson was said to have offered me a life peerage. Then Jim Callaghan, who was by then my co-grandparent [his daughter, now Baroness Jay, was then the wife of Peter Jay] said, ‘I’m afraid Harold’s withdrawn the offer because he thinks it would be nepotistic to appoint the wife of an MP.’ And who does he appoint? Barbara Castle’s husband. Bit of a phoney that, don’t you think?”
They were all phonies, worthy of leading roles in ‘Catcher In The Rye’.
In the 1980s Peggy Jay left Labour to join the SDP, principally over the issue of unilateral disarmament.
Peggy found her soul mate, who was a good friend of her son Peter:
She returned to the fold only in July last year, explaining: “I have always admired Mr Brown, and when he became the leader I was extremely pleased. I am so happy to be back with the Labour Party again. It is where I feel I belong.”
Gordon Brown, who’s wife Sarah was a good friend and business partner of Julia Hobsbawm who’s family were resident in Hampstead and Croesor…
As a resident of Hampstead for almost all her life Peggy Jay was much preoccupied with its conservation, as chairman (later life president) of the Heath and Old Hampstead Society. Among the objects of her scorn were a new Tesco Express in the High Street, a McDonald’s and a lap dancing club.
She was chairman of North Camden Community Health Council, taking an interest in psychiatric hospitals and the mentally handicapped. She also served on the Parole Board and as a magistrate.
Oh God, as bad as I feared. The disadvantaged of Camden were preyed on by the trafficking ring operating in the area, with which Dafydd had direct links. In the early years of the millennium, as Rhodri Morgan ignored the carnage at the Hergest Unit in Gwynedd, it was revealed that North West Wales had the second highest rate of suicide among women of any area in England and Wales. Only Camden had a higher rate. Surely Peggy should have been asked to explain this?
Dafydd’s mates Robert Bluglass, Colin Berry and David Mawson were all members of the Parole Board after they had proved themselves by concealing the crimes of Dafydd and the gang. See previous posts.
In 1990 she published an autobiography, Loves and Labours.
Peggy Jay’s 90th birthday party was held at Burgh House, Hampstead, the Queen Anne property which she had helped to save for the local community. At the party her son Peter described his mother as “a dragon descending on officialdom… not a traditional politician, no soft words or kissed babies… but a fighter”.
She was a fucking monster in lipstick. However did that lap dancing club gain the impression that Peggy’s neighbourhood may have provided fertile ground for its growth?
She is survived by her sons, Peter and Martin, and by her twin daughters, Helen and Catherine.
Jay was among his “elect” and her opportunity came sooner than expected. A byelection in Hackney, east London, occurred in 1934. She was thrown into the turbulent and violent world of East End politics, confronting communists and the presence of Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. In her 20s, she won and arrived before the inevitable Labour LCC victory that year, remaining until its successor, the first Labour Greater London council, was defeated in 1967.
Peggy was born in London, to the Garnett family, which often served radical causes – an alternative civil service for Labour. In later years, she took pride in her niece Virginia Bottomley’s role in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
Virginia the former psychiatric social worker: she concealed the crimes of Dafydd and the gang, lied about Dafydd ‘retiring’ and lied about the North Wales Hospital closing down. See post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’ Then there are the forged documents that are in my possession, forged by NHS staff and lawyers while Ginny was Health Minister and then Secretary of State. Then there’s the perjury as well… See previous posts.
Her sister-in-law, Virginia’s mother, became the Tory leader on the Inner London Education Authority. Its predecessor had been inflexibly held by the Labour party.
See previous posts for details of Virginia’s friends and relations, of which there are a great many…
Peggy married the self-assertive economic journalist and later Labour minister Douglas Jay in 1933 and they had two sons and girl twins. Peter shone in his father’s light, as a journalist, TV presenter and ambassador to the US, while Catherine and Helen hit every go button in the swinging 60s. Martin became a designer of seagoing yachts.
Did he know a man called Heath?
Douglas glided along the corridors of power and gave out a brazen and infallible doctrine of social democracy. He was renowned for his parsimony and libido; took his own cornflakes abroad. A member of Clement Attlee’s praetorian guard, he was brought up sharply when he pronounced: “The man in Whitehall knows best.” He represented Battersea North in parliament and Peggy mirrored him as the LCC member for Battersea. She was, at first appearances, haughty, perhaps imperious,
But underneath lay a heart of gold…
but she used the Rolls-Royce efficiency of the LCC to help alleviate areas of poverty, children’s needs and in the field of decent housing for working-class families.
She was just so successful wasn’t she.
Her friendship with Audrey Callaghan
The people trafficker and fundraiser for Great Ormond Street
on the LCC’s children’s committee is still talked about as a partnership of practical compassion for deprived children.
Many of whom will have died young, often in prison or by their own hand, after enjoying Help from Peggy and Audrey’s mates in the children’s social services and mental health system.
Even during the early Harold Wilson years, Audrey and Peggy departed in July for the summer on the Isle of Wight, where they had ancestral cottages, leaving husbands Jim and Douglas in Whitehall.
Nye and Uncle Harry really did do it All For the Poor didn’t they.
Peggy’s marriage ended in divorce in 1972, but she never played the part of the betrayed wife. On one occasion in 1964 it is alleged that Douglas did not want to take her to the state opening of parliament. Peggy, arrayed in formal attire, drove off in his old banger, which “broke down” in Hampstead High Street.
Her friends felt she had been deliberately humiliated;
In which house? The residence in Hampstead? Or the ancestral cottage on the Isle of Wight? Or in Harrods? Or on a yacht somewhere perhaps?
others claim that the offer of a life peerage to Douglas came because of her close friendship with what was left of Hugh Gaitskell’s Hampstead set. The matriarch of the Hampstead Labour party, she left for the SDP after it was formed in 1981, returning to Labour only in the past year or so. She was regal in defending Hampstead Heath and the town from unpleasant encroachment.
Encroachment from the lower orders would that be? Who might have disturbed Michael Foot shagging on the Heath, as he admitted was one way that he passed the time of day?
She was sometimes described as the Queen of Hearts, as in “off with their heads”.
The witnesses to the crimes of Peggy’s friends and colleagues in north Wales were left to die and if they hung around for too long they were murdered.
We became close during the GLC period, and when I pressed for improvements and greater access to the London canal system, she defended me and threw the weight of the GLC’s parks department behind the proposal. Her last County Hall chairmanship, of the arts and recreation committee, was a fruitful three years. Our parks bloomed, events were popular and democratic.
Other people’s kids continued to be sent into the arms of Dafydd and the gang
She coaxed Henry Moore, a difficult man, into supporting sculpture in the parks, particularly in Battersea Park and the spectacular setting of Kenwood, and perhaps most of all One O’Clock Clubs, places where harassed young mothers could bring toddlers for organised activity in the early afternoon.
An invitation from Cruella…
At our last meeting, the funeral of a Hampstead worthy, I told her she reminded me of “the Unsinkable Molly Brown”. A quizzical look and a voice worthy of the headmistress of Roedean replied: “What on earth are you talking about now?” I think she knew. Sadly, no one in our ruling political elite floundering for a definition of community asked her advice.
I can see the horror on her face when I took her to a hostel for the homeless in Stoke Newington. Things changed.
QUE??? I used to live near there, Dafydd sent gangsters after me…
Anyone remember the legendary corrupt and violent coppers of Stoke Newington Police Station? No-one stopped them.
Or I can see her encouraging park keepers and gardeners or even, best of all, in recent months staring out a developer who was eyeing up Hampstead Heath. Perhaps that is where she should be buried. She is survived by her sons and daughters
See posts ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’ for accounts of medical services and huge building projects which were funded by Gov’t when the former kids in care from north Wales began dying of AIDS in the 1980s and ruthless local Councillors and politicians in London reminded Gov’t of how those boys cam to be infected with HIV…
Sir Kingsley’s son Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) has spent his adult life under discussion with regard to whether he is as obnoxious and misogynistic as his father. His name was cleared in the eyes of some by having a relationship with Germaine Greer, but in the eyes of those who hate Germaine Greer, this just contributed to the evidence that he was. One of Martin’s novels is ‘Money: A Suicide Note’ (1984). The paedophiles’ friends opened fire on Brown and me big time in 1984, after we complained about Gwynne the lobotomist. Gwynne pegged out in 1986, an attempt to rewrite his place in history was undertaken, the only problem being the existence of people like Brown and I who wouldn’t shut up about him and the gang. My post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’ discusses the many attempts to silence us, including that plan and subsequent attempt to frame and imprison me in July 1987.
In June 1987, the man who’s family and friends ran Swansea University (see post ‘A Bit More Paleontology’) was elected the Labour MP for Cardiff West, George Thomas’s former constituency.
Amis’s work centres on the excesses of late-capitalist Western society, whose perceived absurdity he often satirises through grotesque caricature; he has been portrayed as a master of what ‘The New York Times’ called “the new unpleasantness”. Amis and his friends would have done anything to have opposed it, except for er, um, er, but I’m a famous novelist, I don’t want live like an Empowered Service User…
All you had to do Martin was to have grassed up this:
Martin Amis: A Famous Angry Novelist
Amis was born in Oxford. His mother father Hilary was the daughter of a Ministry of Agriculture civil servant. After Bishop Gore School, he attended Cambridgeshire High School for Boys. There was an elite sex abuse ring in Cambridgeshire, centred upon Cambridge University where Martin’s dad worked for a short time.
Martin graduated from Exeter College, Oxford. After Oxford, he found an entry-level job at The Times Literary Supplement and at the age of 27 became literary editor of the ‘New Statesman’ where he met Christopher Hitchens, then a feature writer for ‘The Observer’, who remained a close friend until Hitchens died in 2011.
For years, the ‘New Statesman’ was entirely dominated by the crowd on the left who had been part of, or were friends with, the Welsh Bloomsbury Group. Eric Hobsbawm, E.P. Thomson and co were regulars in there and the small ads were for the benefit of people who lived in Peggy’s part of London. Richard Crossman was Assistant Editor of the ‘New Statesman’, 1938-55 and was Editor, 1970-72.
When Richard Webster wanted to trash Alison Taylor and tell the world that there were no serious problems with regard to the abuse of kids in care in north Wales or even in Bryn Estyn per se, Webster published his article in the ‘New Statesman’. Alison sued for libel and won; she represented herself and the New Statesman later admitted that it had published the article on the assumption that Alison couldn’t afford to sue, having been unfairly dismissed by Gwynedd County Council. Which seems to be the MO pf Gwynedd County Council. When I went to see the senior managers of Gwynedd Social Services, Glyn Davies and Martin Davidson, accompanied by my legal aided funded solicitor in the aftermath of me being forced out of my teaching job on the basis of allegations that I was a danger to children – allegations which were known at the time to be without foundation – and over matters of a flagrant breach of confidentiality, Glyn Davies told us that yes, Gwynedd Social Services and social worker Keith Fearns had broken the law and breached all policies, no, there would not be an investigation or any action taken by Gwynedd County Council and if I wanted to take the matter further, I’d have to take legal action for which legal aid was not available and as I was now unemployed Glyn didn’t think that I’d be able to do that. He then literally laughed as we left the office. See previous posts.
I later found out that Martin Davidson, the senior manager responsible for mental health, was married to Nonn Williams, the Director of Social Services for Gwynedd and she had appointed him and negotiated his (generous) salary. See previous posts.
Some two years later I was told by two distraught parents that their daughter had been abused by a teaching assistant in a primary school near Caernarfon. When they raised the matter, they were accused of abuse themselves. I was told that the grandchildren of Dafydd Wigley, the former Plaid MP for Caernarfon, were also at the school, that other parents had raised concerns but the matter was being concealed by Gwynedd Education Authority.
I was forced out of my teaching job in a small private school after I reported the abuse of a child at Ysgol Sir Huw Owen, in Caernarfon. Dafydd Wigley’s children went to Sir Huw Owen, where they were taught by Dr Prys Morgan Jones, the Dean of the School of Education at Bangor University until he retired some years ago. I have been receiving info from readers that Prys, while making every apparent effort to remain on good terms with me, was one of the network who fuelled the fire re baseless allegations etc.
I have mentioned many time that Bangor University was bugged by the security services. A mole has sent me a transcript of an incident that I remember clearly. After I had been forced out of teaching, I returned to Bangor to do a PhD, in the School of Education, which was then the cause of WW III and the demands for Merfyn the VC’s head on a plate. I have been told that Prys was involved but I didn’t know that. Prys went on a cross-country ski-ing holiday just after I began my PhD and when he returned he was quipping that he fell over so many times that if a social worker saw his bottom they’d take him into care. To which I replied ‘we are in north Wales, if you’re bottom is damaged it’ll be a social worker who has done it…’
I’m told that my joke constituted the most blatant threat that the ex-teachers who were Dafydd’s mates and littering the School of Education had ever experienced and so it was all systems go to get rid of me, my PhD supervisor, his wife who also worked in Bangor University and Merfyn.
Well they did it, but I think in the wake of this blog perhaps they realise that they probably should have just appreciated that four hardworking people who had all maintained a silence in public with regard to the most disgusting behaviour on the part of a gang of paedophiles might have had something to contribute to the University.
No they won’t, why ever would I think that any of them have seen the error of their ways?They are petty, small minded, vindictive not very bright and many of them remained silent in the face of serious criminality, why would they ever be regretting any of it?
They’re probably too stupid to realise that they’ve been carpet bombed only as a result of their own appalling conduct.
Geoffrey Robinson owned the ‘New Statesman’, 1996-2008, when it published the libellous article about Alison. Robinson has been the Labour MP for Coventry North West since 1976. Robinson is the seriously wealthy businessman who’s financial dealings with Mandelson with regard to Mandy’s mortgage resulted in Mandy’s first resignation from office. The Mandy who’s dad Herbert Morrison was that mate of Peggy’s all those years ago while Westminster and Whitehall Swung but were firmly in denial; the Mandy who worked for LWT which made a fortune out of its light entertainment TV favourite Blind Date, which starred Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain’s personal friend Cilla Black; the Mandy who served as a Lambeth Councillor, while kids in Lambeth were abused, both in Lambeth and when they were packed off to children’s homes in north Wales. The Mandy who served as MP for Hartlepool, 1992-04, on the territory of Dafydd’s partner gang in the North East of England.
Another of Dafydd’s partner gangs ruled Coventry; kids from Coventry were sent to north Wales as well. Bluglass was assisted by Dr Colin Berry of the Walsgrove Hospital in Coventry in concealing Dafydd and the gang’s criminality in 1989.
Richard Crossman was the Labour MP for Coventry East, 1945-74. Walsgrave Hospital was built while he was Secretary of State at the DHSS, but he didn’t attend the Royal Cutting of the Red Ribbon when it was opened, because that took place very shortly after the 1970 election which Wilson lost so Crossman was no longer in Gov’t. See previous post.
Warwick University is at Coventry. Warwick is a university that takes itself seriously and is a member of the Russell Group. It has a famous business school with such affluent people working there that the car park bears no resemblance to any other university car park in the UK. Warwick University was the location of student riots in the early 1970s, after students discovered that the University had kept secret files on them and that the VC, Lord Jack Butterworth, had been involved with dodgy business dealings. Richard Crossman was good mates with Jack and his wife Doris, but their adventures will be the topic of a future blog post.
The Warwick Events of the 1970s starred Merfyn Jones in his role as Chairman of the Socialist Society and resulted in E.P. Thompson leaving his academic post at Warwick in disgust at the conduct of Jack Butterworth.
Richard Crossman, a member and an organiser of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, was good mates with Jack Butterworth… Jack was doing such atrocious things that the students rioted and E.P. Thompson published a book discussing the questionable practices of Jack.
Coventry was and is represented by Labour politicians. Coventry is in the most terrible state, it is a city with some of the highest levels of poverty in the UK and the worst health outcomes. Warwick University now has a Medical School, which is of course staffed by World Leading Top Docs. They’re just not doing a great deal for the health of people in Coventry.
Something has gone wrong somewhere hasn’t it.
Anyone for some more Events on a rather bigger scale than those at Warwick in the early 1970s?
As for ‘The Observer’, the other organ for which Martin Amis’s friend Christopher Hitchens wrote, Norah Beloff and her husband also worked for that publication. Norah was the sister of Lord Max Beloff who was associated with Thatch and her various think tanks and projects and was also a friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council when the paedophile ring was busy within the Council. See post ‘The International Language of Screaming’ for details of the Beloff family and their network. Lord Max’s son Michael Beloff QC is a colleague of Cherie’s and a pal of both Cherie and Miranda. Michael Beloff was the legal adviser who completely suppressed the Jillings Report into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council, 1974-93. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’
Geoffrey Robinson’s predecessor as the MP for Coventry North West was Israel Maurice Edelman (2 March 1911-14 December 1975), who was born in Cardiff. His parents came to Wales in 1905, escaping the pograms in Tsarist Russia and Poland. Living in Cardiff at the time with that history, Edelman will have known Barnet Janner and his son Greville, Leo Abse and his family and through them George Thomas, who also all lived in Cardiff or south Wales.
Edelman’s father was a photographer. Edelman was educated at Cardiff High School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied Modern Languages (French, German and later Russian). He joined the plywood industry in 1931 as a Company Director and at the outbreak of the WW II was engaged in research into the application of plywood and plastic materials to aircraft construction.
Edelman was a prolific journalist and author of several works of fiction and non-fiction. He also produced screenplays for TV during the 1960s and 1970s. During WW II, Edelman worked for ‘Picture Post’ as a war correspondent in North Africa and Italy.
At the 1945 General Election, Edelman was elected as MP for Coventry West and in 1950 he won the new seat of Coventry North. He was a Vice-Chairman of the British Council and Chairman of the Franco-British Parliamentary Relations Committee. Edelman was a founder member of the Council of Europe in 1949. A lifelong Francophile, Edelman was appointed Officier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1960, having previously been awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1954.
Following further boundary changes in 1974, Edelman represented Coventry North West until his death in 1975.
Edelman appeared on the live TV panel show What’s My Line? from New York on 29 April 1962. Lady Isobel Barnett of Leicestershire who was a Top Doc and a magistrate and had been married to a Leicester lawyer and Councillor was a ‘What’s My Line?’ regular in the 1950s and 60s. Lady Isobel was found dead in her house in Oct 1980, having gone mad in later life, taken up shoplifting, been caught and then killed herself at the shame of it all. Except that Lady Isobel herself didn’t seem to be anywhere near dying of shame, she was rather Rhett about the whole matter until she was found dead. Just after Mr Thrope had got off and at the point when Mary Wynch was heading for her lawyers to begin litigation against Dafydd and the gang. Days after Lady Isobel’s death, the ever caring Greville Janner spoke in the House re the problems of nutters who are caught shoplifting. Greville wanted Psychiatric Help for them and named Dr Michael Tarsh, one of Dafydd’s friends – who’s Expert Opinion had, just four years previously, assisted in convicting an innocent man, Stefan Kiszko, for the rape and murder of a little girl – as a Top Doc who agreed with Greville that the shoplifting nutters should receive Help from Top Doctors. See post ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
Maurice Edelman was also President of the Anglo-Jewish Association, and an active member of the Friends of the Hebrew University. He died on 14 December 1975 at the age of 64.
Lord Greville Janner was a man who embraced his Jewish heritage and indeed the Jewish community and held many roles within that community, as did and still do Greville’s family.
Martin Amis’s first wife was the American academic Antonia Phillips. He had an affair with the writer Isabel Fonseca and eventually divorced Phillips and married Fonseca. In late 2010 Amis bought a property in Brooklyn, New York and in 2012 he wrote in ‘The New Republic’ that he was “moving house” from Camden Town in London to Brooklyn.
In his 20s, Martin Amis had a high profile relationship with Germaine Greer, who was then 37 and a lecturer at Warwick University. Merfyn Jones was a postgrad at Warwick when Greer taught there and E.P. Thompson of the second home at Croesor was a colleague of Greer’s at Warwick.
Two days ago I wrote a substantial piece of text for this post, detailing the many links between Greer and her associates in the 1960s and 70s and their links with the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s gang. It disappeared overnight and at present I don’t have the time to rewrite it. So I’ll just ask readers to take a quick look at Greer’s wiki entry and correlate some of the institutions and people with whom she was associated with info re pals of Dafydd’s network in previous posts on this blog. Here’s a few to get you started: Newnham College, Cambridge, Lisa Jardine, Footlights, Viv Stanshall, Oz magazine, Kate Millett et al, the BBC, dinners in Tuscany with Ma’am Darling, Salman Rushie, Harold Pinter, Lady Antonia, it is all there.
Even Germaine Greer was somebody else who was too busy bringing about the revolution to give a stuff about hundreds of women – and men – banged up illegally in the North Wales Hospital by a gang of sex offenders, who really were in desperate need of a revolution, rather more than the folk at elite universities were. Not a word was said, even when Germaine became famous for her books which argued, quite correctly, that the women’s health industry is predicated on scaring women into harmful practices. The people promoting the HRT etc and fleecing fertility patients were the very same people who were running the Westminster Paedophile Ring and protecting Dafydd and the gang.
I can cope with the Little People who are simply far too frightened to challenge Dafydd and the gang, but the well-heeled much feted revolutionaries have a great deal to answer for.
Anyone for an interview with the ‘London Review of Books’? I have a subscription and I enjoy the publication, but gosh there’s a lot that remains unsaid, as Tariq Ali knows.
No-one said a word about life back at the ranch:
The son of Micky Wynn, the 7th Baron Newborough who was one of those involved with high society Ugandan discussions, is the 8th Baron Newborough, Robert Vaughan Wynn. Lord Robert Newborough spent most of his career in finance, in the global capitalist excesses of the Far East, but in later life he returned to the UK to manage the family estates. As a result of this, Lord Newborough describes himself as a farmer. He owns the Rhug Farm Shop which sells the expensive delicacies, including very expensive stuffed peppers, as described in a previous post.
Sir (Stanley) Graham Rowlandson (25 August 1908-29 January 1986) was a Tory Party member of Enfield Urban District Council, 1934-46, Chairman 1940-2; member of the Greater London Council, Enfield 1964-73, Committee Chair Establishment 2 May 1967, Finance and Scrutiny 28 April 1970, Finance and Supplies 30 September 1969. Rowlandson was High Sheriff of Middlesex, 1958; Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Masons, Master 1964; Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Paviors, Master 1975. Sir Graham was an accountant who founded the RO Group. The RO Group website has the following pics on display:
A charidee is in existence called the Graham Rowlandson Foundation.
On Feb 17 1969, Crossman hosted an ‘expensive and elegant dinner’ for the RHB Chairmen, at which he insisted that Graham Bryce sat one side of him and Sir Desmond the other side. Sir Desmond was an incredibly powerful figure in the NHS at the time. He was Chairman of UCL, which prided itself on being the centre of excellence in terms of research and treatment; previous posts have mentioned some of the high profile Top Docs who trained or worked at UCL/UCH. Some of them were key players in the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including Geoffrey Chamberlain; Dame Josephine Barnes, who was the wife of Ted Heath’s friend and personal doctor Sir Brian Warren; and Marjorie Wallace’s husband, Andrew Skarbek. See previous posts eg. ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’.
Lord Max Rosenheim, who ruled the roost in the medical establishment for years and could make or break medical careers, worked at UCL and was probably the most powerful Top Doc in the place for many years. Lord Max was mates with John Harman, Harriet’s dad. UCL/UCH was located very near to the Middlesex Hospital of Gwynne fame and the medical students and Top Docs of UCL/UCH were good friends with those at the Middlesex. There was a lot of traffick and overlap between the two hospitals. Sir Desmond Bonham Carter knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd and Gwynne. As well as being Chairman of UCL, Sir Desmond was also Chairman of one of the RHB’s in the London area.
Bonham-Carter also served his fellow authors as secretary of the Royal Literary Fund from 1966 to 1982. The Fund, established in 1790, is a charity that aids professional published authors in financial difficulties. In 1967 Bonham-Carter observed: “We mostly try to help the middle-aged or elderly author who has established his name, but perhaps due to ill-health, or the fact that he has passed out of fashion, has fallen on hard times.”
The son of General Sir Charles Bonham-Carter, who was Governor of Malta from 1936 to 1940, Victor Bonham-Carter was born on December 13 1913. He was educated at Winchester and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read Modern Languages in Part I (he was fluent in French and German) before switching to Rural Economics for his Part II. His deep interest in rural matters dated from this period in his life.
After a brief period working for The Countryman, in 1937 Bonham-Carter became a director of School Prints Ltd. The idea behind School Prints was to commission talented artists to create original lithographs, which would be editioned in large numbers and sold cheaply to those schools which were adventurous enough to subscribe to the scheme. Thus schoolchildren would be able to enjoy a direct and continuous contact with good works of art.
Bonham-Carter’s gift for languages determined his course during the Second World War. Having joined the Royal Berkshires he was seconded to the Intelligence Corps, and was based at the War Office. There he assessed information gleaned from the Germans, and was occasionally called upon to question PoWs. After the war he returned to School Prints, remaining there until 1960.
But Bonham-Carter’s great energy never allowed him to concentrate on only one path. From 1947 to 1959 he ran a mixed farm in Somerset. He was also invited, in 1951, to become the historian of the Dartington Hall estate, in Devon, established in the 1930s as a social experiment in resuscitating a rural community. His work there led to his book Dartington Hall, written with WB Curry and published in 1958.
Bonham-Carter wrote a number of books about rural matters, including The English Village (1952), a historical survey of the village up to the modern era; Exploring Parish Churches (1959), described by The Daily Telegraph as “a masterly survey of the whole evolution of the parish church”; Farming the Land (1959), a textbook for secondary school children; The Survival of the English Countryside (1971), an analysis of the historical changes in land use which addressed what would now be described as “environmental” issues; Exmoor Writers (1987); and The Essence of Exmoor (1991).
In 1969 Bonham-Carter (who was president of the Exmoor Society from 1975) started a publishing company at Dulverton called Exmoor Press, which produced 50-page booklets, each written by an expert about life on the moor and some of which remain in print. He sold the business in 1989.
In the field of military history he published Soldier True: the life and times of Field-Marshal Sir William Robertson (1965), and Surgeon in the Crimea (1969), a collection of letters written by George Lawson from the Crimean War in 1854-55.
Among his other books, In a Liberal Tradition (1960) is a history of the Bonham-Carter family using documents dating back to the 17th century, and Authors by Profession (volume one 1978, volume two 1984) is a history of authorship. In 1996 he wrote an autobiography, ‘What Countryman, Sir?’ Bonham-Carter’s last publication was ‘A Filthy Barren Ground’ (1998), the edited letters, written in the 1850s, of the Rev William Thornton, first curate of the parish of Exmoor.
Bonham-Carter was also an able scriptwriter. In 1963-64 he produced scripts for the successful BBC television series The Great War. He also wrote scripts for BBC Radio, and was chairman of a radio quiz programme, County Count.
Victor Bonham-Carter had an enormous capacity for hard work. At their farm in Somerset in the late 1940s and early 1950s the family had no electricity; after a full day’s work on the farm, he would retire with a lantern for several hours to devote himself to his writing.
Although uninterested in national politics, he was much concerned with local issues and was an active member, and chairman, of his parish council.
Throughout his life Bonham-Carter was passionate about music. As a young man he had studied piano under Solomon, and at one time Victor’s mother harboured the hope that he would become a concert pianist.
He married first, in 1938, Audrey Stogdon, with whom he had two sons. The marriage was dissolved in 1979, and that year he married secondly Cynthia Sanford, who survives him.
The Bonham-Carters are of course a famous Liberal Party family. Victor lived on Exmoor, which stretches over West Somerset and north Devon. Jeremy Thorpe was the Liberal MP for North Devon and Norman Scott lived on Exmoor. Andrew Newton, the man who said that he had been paid to kill Norman, confronted Norman on Exmoor, shot Norman’s dog Rinka and tried to shoot Norman.
Helen Violet Bonham Carter, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury, (15 April 1887-19 February 1969), known until her marriage as Violet Asquith, was the daughter of H.H. Asquith, Prime Minister, 1908–1916. Violet Asquith grew up living in 10 Downing Street when her father occupied it and socialising with the key political figures of her day. She was educated at home by governesses and later sent to Paris and Dresden to improve her languages. Her mother, Helen died of when Violet was four. Her stepmother was Margot Tennant. Violet’s best friend when she was young was Venetia Stanley, who had an affair with her father.
H.H. Asquith was PM at the beginning of WW I and then headed a coalition with the Conservative Party, May 1915-December 1916. The Liberal Party split thereafter between followers of Asquith and of David Lloyd George, who had replaced him as Prime Minister. Ronnie Waterhouse was from a prominent Liberal family and his father was active in the Party when it split; Waterhouse’s father supported Lloyd George. Professor Wynn Humphrey Davies, another very good friend of Dafydd and the gang, after an academic career in engineering in London University, retired to north Wales, was a member of Bangor University Council for many years and was part of the Merfyn Out movement. Professor Wynn Humphrey Davies was the son of Richard Humphrey Davies, a prominent Liberal from Corris in Gwynedd. Richard Humphrey Davies served as Private Secretary to Lord Gladstone in the early years of the 20th century, and later worked closely with both Asquith and Lloyd George in the Treasury and then in the Liberal Central Association. See previous posts…
There was also Richard Davies (29 November 1818-27 October 1896), a Welsh businessman and ship-owner who was the Nonconformist Liberal MP for Anglesey, 1868-86. Davies was born at Llangefni on Anglesey and educated at Llangefni national school. When his father set up subsidiary businesses under the management of his three sons, Richard Davies was assigned to the old ferry-terminal of Porthaethwy, now known as Menai Bridge. This timber importing business developed so successfully that all the family became involved and the business developed into large-scale ship-owning which generated considerable wealth, based to a large extent on guano. Richard’s brother, Robert, was renowned as a philanthropist.
Richard Davies was Anglesey’s first Nonconformist J.P. and was High Sheriff of Anglesey in 1858. He retired from the Commons in 1886, being opposed to the proposal for Irish Home Rule. At one time Davies lived at Bwlch-y-fen, but afterwards at Treborth. Richard Davies was a benefactor to Bangor Normal College, a stronghold of Dafydd and the gang (see post (Thought For The Day’) and to the ‘British’ schools. He was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey in 1884.
Davies died at Treborth at the age of 77 and was buried in Llandysilio churchyard. Famously his final words are reputed to be “cannot be fathomed”. I know how he felt. A memorial to him is in the Menai Bridge English Presbyterian Church alongside memorials to other members of the family… The Davies’ family was closely associated with this church, it having been built at Robert’s expense.
Violet became a tireless defender of her father and his reputation. She was particularly close to Winston Churchill, a leading member of her father’s (and later Loyd George’s) administration and whom she (successfully) urged her father to promote to the Cabinet in 1908. She was dismayed at his engagement that year to Clementine, whom Violet thought “as stupid as an owl”. In late August, between his engagement and his marriage, Churchill spent a holiday with the Asquith family on the Scottish coast, and later admitted that he had “behaved badly” to Violet, as they were “almost engaged”. Michael Shelden suggests that Churchill’s holiday with Violet may have been the reason for Clementine’s last-minute threat to call off their wedding.
Violet Bonham Carter, Lady Ottoline Morrell, and an unidentified man:
Lady Violet was President of the Women’s Liberal Federation, 1923–25 and 1939–45 and was the first woman to serve as President of the Liberal Party, 1945–47. In 1951 she stood for the winnable seat of Colne Valley. As an old friend, Churchill arranged for the Conservatives to refrain from nominating a candidate for the constituency, giving Violet a clear run against Labour. She was nonetheless narrowly defeated. Violet continued to be a popular and charismatic speaker for Liberal candidates, including for her son-in-law Jo Grimond, her son Mark and the then-rising star Mr Thrope. She was a frequent broadcaster on current affairs programmes on radio and TV. Violet will have known Sir Robin Day, a Liberal and broadcaster, who was a big mate of Ronnie Waterhouse and who shared a flat with Ronnie when they were young.
In the postwar years Violet was an active supporter of the UN and the cause of European Unity, advocating for Britain’s entry into the Common Market.
Violet served as a Governor of the BBC, 1941–46 and a Governor of the Old Vic, 1945–69.
On 21 December 1964, Violet was created a life peer as Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury in the County of Wiltshire, one of the first new Liberal peers in several decades. Sir Peter Morrison’s family seat was in Wiltshire, the Morrisons virtually ran the county. Violet was extremely active in the Lords, so she’ll have known Liberal Chief Whip Lord Frank Byers, Lisa Nandy’s grandfather, who intimidated Norman Scott so badly at the Liberal Party’s investigation into Mr Thrope’s behaviour that Norman walked out and made a police statement. Violet will have known Emlyn Hooson, Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire, a crooked barrister and defender of Dafydd’s gang who grew up in Denbighshire and was a friend of Ronnie Waterhouse. Hooson knew that Mr Thrope was threatening and harassing Norman, professed to be appalled but didn’t do anything to stop him or indeed ever admit to anyone outside of the Liberal Party what Mr Thrope was doing. See previous posts.
Violet died of in 1969 aged 81, and was in turd at St Andrew’s Church, Mells, near Frome, Somerset. Violet married her father’s Principal Private Secretary, Sir Maurice ‘Bongie’ Bonham Carter in 1915.
Sir Maurice Bonham-Carter was the 11th child of Sibella Charlotte (née Norman) and Henry Bonham-Carter. He was born in Kensington and educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford. Bongie was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1909. Bongie played for Oxford University Cricket Club and also played one first-class match for Kent County Cricket Club.
Bonham-Carter served as the Principal Private Secretary to H.H. Asquith, 1910-1916, during Asquith’s tenure as PM. He travelled around the country with Asquith at the start of WW I and accompanied the PM when he visited the frontline at Ypres in 1915. Bongie also visited Italy and, following the Easter Rising, Ireland with Asquith in 1916. When Asquith was replaced as PM by Lloyd George in 1916, Bonham-Carter moved to become Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Reconstruction and then, in 1918, joined the Air Ministry and Road Transport Board.
Bongie became a leading figure in the Liberal Party and was a “keen supporter of new ideas and imaginative personalities.” He was a partner in a firm of stockbrokers and also held a number of business directorships with companies including: Aero Engine Ltd, Alpha Cement Ltd, Earls Court Ltd, Blackburn and General Aircraft, Hanworth Securities Ltd, Scophony Ltd, Power Jets Ltd and was a partner with merchant bankers O.T. Falk and Partners and stockbrokers Buckmaster & Moore.
Bongie died in 1960 aged 79 and is buried in the churchyard at St Andrews Church, Mells.
Bongie and Violet had four children together:
- Helen, who became Mrs Jasper Ridley, the mother of the economist Sir Adam Riley.
- Laura, who became Lady Grimond, wife of the Liberal Party leader Jo Grimond.
- Mark, who became Lord Bonham Carter was the father of Jane, who became Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter.
- Raymond, the father of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.
Violet’s grandson Sir Adam Nicholas Ridley (born 14 May 1942) was a SPAD to the Chancellors of the Exchequer, Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson, 1979-84.
Geoffrey Howe grew up in south Wales and before he entered the Commons was a barrister on the corrupt Chester and Wales Circuit, along with Emlyn Hooson et al. Howe and his wife Elspeth were very friendly with Ronnie Waterhouse and his wife from young adulthood onward. Elspeth as well as Geoffrey concealed the criminality of Dafydd et al. Howe was Chancellor, 1979-83 and was Chancellor while Sir Peter Morrison was a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury. See previous posts for info on the Howes.
Nigel Lawson was Financial Secretary to the Treasury while Howe was Chancellor and served as the MP for Blaby in Leicestershire, 1974-92. Frank Beck, Greville Janner’s social worker pal who was jailed for the abuse of kids in care in Nov 1991 was elected as a Liberal Party Councillor for Blaby in 1983 and was re-elected in 1987. The paedophile ring in Leicestershire was directly linked to Dafydd’s in north Wales and in 1987-88, Dr James Earp concealed the criminality of Dafydd and the gang, while Lawson was Chancellor. Lawson was still Chancellor when Professor Robert Bluglass concealed Dafydd and the gang’s criminality in July 1989. The Welsh Office under Secretary of State Peter Walker, who knew Dafydd and the gang as long ago as the early 1960s, orchestrated the Bluglass cover-up, by appointing Dafydd’s mate Professor Robert Owen to investigate, who then appointed Bluglass to Chair a rigged inquiry. See post ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE’. By that time, Frank Beck and Greville Janner were under police investigation…
When she was at Oxford, Lawson’s daughter Nigella was involved with the Dangerous Sports Club. By the mid-1980s, the DSC had managed to encounter someone in Somerset who knew what was happening to me at the hands of the gang and who soon found himself in possession of a great deal of money. The DSC seemed to bump into that man in 1985-86 and they were soon all good friends and business partners. See eg. ‘Upper Class Twit Of The Year – Shooting Themselves’.
Nigel’s son Tom is Headmaster of Eastbourne College, in Sussex, at the location of Dafydd’s partner gang. Many of those who colluded with the gang came from Brighton or Sussex, including Keith Best. Best was a crooked barrister who served as the Tory MP for Anglesey, 1979-87, until he was imprisoned for fraud. Best was the first MP whom I approached – in the summer of 1985 – re the wrongdoing of the gang. Not only did Best collude with them, but I’m sure that Dr Tony Francis got to Best before I did, as soon as Francis realised that I was going to make a complaint. See previous posts…
In 1985 Brown began a PhD at Leicester University, having been turned down by the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University. Brown received no support at all at Leicester, not even a shared computer in an office. He set himself up at home and did absolutely everything himself, although he was in receipt of an ESRC studentship and Leicester received tuition fees for him. I have been told that Brown was shafted by Prof Stuart Hall and his Hall’s Radical Friends at Birmingham, assisted by Guy Cumberbatch, Brown’s former tutor at Aston, to ensure that Brown ended up alone and unsupported at Leicester, an institution run by Greville’s gang. See eg. ‘Life In Cold Blood’.
Nigel Lawson was born in 1932 to a wealthy Jewish family of stockbrokers, living in Hampstead. His paternal grandfather, Gustav Leibson, was from Latvia and changed his name from Leibson to Lawson in 1925, having become a British citizen in 1911.
Janner and other members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including Leo Abse and his friends and family, ruthlessly used the Jewish network to protect themselves. This was an incredibly successful strategy because of the great number of Jewish people in medicine and law. I have stressed many times that the Westminster Paedophile Ring received protection from across the political spectrum because politicians of all hues were involved in it. Eric Hobsbawm was a Jewish Communist who worked for the security services…
The Bonham Carters had numerous links with the Welsh Bloomsbury Set, particularly among left leaning intellectuals, academics and Top Docs. See post ‘The Vermin Club’.
Lawson was educated at Beechwood Park School, near St Albans, followed by Westminster School in London (following in his father’s footsteps) and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read PPE.
The Lord Lawson of Blaby
It might be difficult to believe now, but people who were at Oxford with Lawson remember an incredibly handsome man who was much swooned over, in much the same way that Gyles Brandreth said of Ann Widdecombe that she was stunningly attractive as a young woman. I only ever saw one photo, but yes, she was, Gyles was not lying, although people fell about laughing when he reminisced about partnering Doris Karloff in The Season.
Lawson carried out his National Service as a Royal Navy officer, during which time he commanded the fast-patrol boat HMS Gay Charger no less.
The Earl Mountbatten of Burma
- Lawson began his career as a journalist at the ‘Financial Times’ in 1956. He progressed to the positions of City Editor of ‘The Sunday Torygraph’ in 1961 and then Editor of ‘The Spectator’, 1966–1970. Samuel Brittan, brother of Leon Brittan, worked for the Financial Times. In the summer of 1985, the combined forces of Samuel Brittan and Michael Grade attempted to have my friend sacked from her job at the Edinburgh Fringe. That was the summer that Tony Francis et al declared was in earnest and my friend and her family had given me advice. My friend and the man she later married were hounded out of their media careers completely in the early 1990s. See previous posts eg. ‘The Turn Of The Screw’. Various trails lead to Michael Grade, Sir Paul Fox and others.
Peregrine Worsthorne had a very long association with the Sunday Telegraph, as a journo, Assistant Editor and Editor. Perry went to school and university with and worked with stacks of people who concealed or were part of the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Worsthorne married Lucinda Lambton, daughter of Lord Lambton, the Tory Minister who resigned from Heath’s Gov’t when he was caught in bed with two call girls enjoying a joint. It was all consenting, but Lord Lambton knew much about other Ugandan discussions involving the Dafydd’s wider gang which did not involve such a degree of free will. See previous posts.
The Editor of The Daily Torygraph, 1974-86, Bill Deedes, was the Tory MP for Ashford in Kent, 1950-74, a Cabinet Minister in Macmillan’s Gov’t and a close personal friend of Denis and Margaret Thatcher. In the 1990s, the local hospital in Ashford was known to be so dangerous that local people refused to go there, they took each other miles out of their way to avoid it. The state of that hospital never received any publicity at all.
Auberon Waugh wrote for the Sunday Torygraph and The Spectator as well of course for ‘Private Eye’. Bron knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s gang, as did everyone else on The Eye. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’s father-in-law owned and edited The Spectator in when Clough and his wife were young and there have been many more influential people involved with the magazine who were linked to Dafydd et al.
Adam’s grandfather, Sir Jasper Ridley, 1887–1951, was the younger son of Matthew Ridley, 1st Viscount Ridley, Home Secretary in Lord Salisbury’s Gov’t, 1895-1900. Adam’s paternal grandmother was Nathalie von Benckendorff, a daughter of Count Alexander Benckendorff, Russian Ambassador to the Court of St James’s, 1903-17.
Adam Ridley was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. He graduated in PPE in 1965. After joining the Foreign Office as a civil servant in 1965, Ridley was quickly seconded to the recently established Dept of Economic Affairs, where he remained until 1968. He was a Harkness Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, 1968–69, then returned to the Civil Service. Ridley was with the Treasury, 1970-71, then joined Heath’s new Central Policy Review Staff (or “Think Tank”) and remained there until the change of Gov’t in 1974. Ridley then served for five years as Economic Adviser to the Shadow Cabinets of Heath and Thatch.
Ridley was a civil servant when Whitehall was colluding with the Westminster Paedophile Ring because so many mandarins were part of it. See eg. ‘The Naked Civil Servants…’
In 1975, when Thatch wrested the Party leadership from Heath, Adam Ridley was part of her inner circle. Although the Tories were desperate to get rid of Heath, there was not much support for Thatch. One of her key supporters was Sir Peter Morrison. Morrison was one of the first to suggest to her that Thatch ran for the Leadership and played a big role in drumming up support. Morrison’s brother Charles was a big pal of Ted Heath… Morrison ran Thatch’s unsuccessful Leadership campaign when she was challenged in 1990…
In the summer of 1978, in the expectation of a General Election later that year, a Conservative Party election manifesto was drafted by Adam Ridley and Chris Patten and edited by Angus Maude. Lord Angus Maude was educated as Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford. He became a journalist and author, working on The Times, 1933-4 and The Daily Mail, 1934-9. Maude was the Tory MP for Ealing South, 1950-58 and then for Stratford-on-Avon, 1963-83, succeeding John Profumo in that seat…
Angus Maude was the father of the Tory MP for North Warwickshire, 1988-92 and then for Horsham in Sussex, 1997-2015. Maude was a Minister in Thatcher’s and Major’s Gov’ts, Chairman of the Tory Party, 2005-07 and a Minister in Cameron’s Gov’t. Before becoming an MP, Maude was a barrister who was a member of Inner Temple – along with Mr Thrope and the Havers’ clan who all actively covered up for the Westminster Paedophile Ring – and served as a member of Westminster City Council, 1978-84, while the Council were engaging in illegal practices which resulted in the leader, Shirley Porter, scarpering to Israel to avoid paying millions in a fines and while some of them were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts. Maude was a Westminster Councillor while St George’s Hospital was still located on the Council’s patch and some of the Top Docs at St George’s who were involved with or friends of those involved with the organised abuse facilitated by St George’s were members of the Council.
While in the Shadow Cabinet Maude was accused of hypocrisy by promoting a “family-friendly” image while being the non-executive Chairman of Jubilee Investment Trust plc, which held 21% of American pornographic actress Jill Kelly’s adult DVD business and Chairman of the Mission Marketing Group, which has advertised for WKD drinks and Playboy. Dafydd’s gang were producing porn, including kiddie porn, by coercion. Professor Oliver Brooke at St George’s Hospital was a key figure in a pan-European paedophile ring and trading in child porn.
Francis Maude’s brother, who seems to have disappeared from the wiki entries of Francis and Angus, was gay and quite well-known in the arts. He died from an HIV related condition. It was only after his death that Francis Maude made noises about regretting Section 28 and the homophobia of the Thatcher years. Francis hasn’t yet mentioned regretting ignoring Dafydd’s gang forcing kids in care to work as rent boys and remaining silent when they died from HIV related conditions. See previous posts for more info on Francis Maude and his brother.
In 1979, Adam Ridley became Director of the Conservative Research Dept. Matthew Parris worked in that Dept in the late 1970s and wrote about the prevailing culture of a close knit group of gay men, some of whom Parrish maintained were very predatory and would cruise for much younger men around London. Matthew also mentioned summer holidays in a villa in Italy arranged by the Dept for themselves at which rent boys were supplied for excessive living during the holiday.
Following the 1979 Tory victory Ridley was briefly at No 10, before returning to the Treasury as a SPAD to Howe and then Lawson.
In his memoir Inside the Bank of England, Christopher Dow notes that in 1979 only Ridley was brought into the Treasury as a political adviser and that he was trusted even though he was not a monetarist. Thatch made room for ‘wets’ Ian Gilmour and Peter Walker in her Cabinet because they had info about something that constituted a far greater threat to Thatch than being a Tory wet… See previous posts.
Adam Ridley played a leading part in forming the new Gov’t’s policy favouring privatisation.
Ridley’s final post in the world of Gov’t was as adviser to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for part of 1985; that was Grey Gowrie until Sept 1985, then Tebbit. Both of whom knew all about Dafydd and the Westminster Paedophile Ring.
In 1985, the year that I raised my concerns re Dafydd’s gang with Keith Best and the year that Mary Wynch won her appeal to the Master of the Rolls re gaining permission to sue Dafydd and the gang, Ridley was knighted and moved into merchant banking. He was a Director of Hambros Bank and of Hambros PLC, 1985-97 and of Sunday Newspaper Publishing PLC, 1988-90, serving as Chairman in 1990. Ridley was also Chairman of the Lloyd’s of London Names Advisory Committee, 1995–96, then a member of the Council of Lloyds and of the Lloyds Regulatory Board, 1997-99. After leaving Hambros, Ridley was a non-executive Director of Leopold Joseph Holdings, 1997-2004, of Morgan Stanley Bank International, 2006-13 and of Hampden Agencies Ltd, 2007-12 and then of several Equitas insurance companies, 2009-date.
Ridley served on the National Lottery Charities Board, 1994-2000, most of that time as its Deputy Chairman and since 2003 has been a member of the Council of the British School of Athens.
In 1970 Ridley married firstly his second cousin Lady Katherine Asquith, one of the daughters of Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith, but this ended in divorce in 1976. In 1981, Ridley married secondly Margaret Anne Passmore, and they have three sons. He is a member of the Garrick and the Political Economy Club.
The Garrick is a favourite of lawyers, judges and luvvies. Sir William Mars-Jones, one of Dafydd’s most effective umbrellas, used the Garrick as his sitting room. Ronnie Waterhouse was also a member, as was Robin Day. The Garrick was Dafydd’s London-based fan club.
Adam Ridley was a distant cousin of Thatcher’s Cabinet Minister Nicholas Ridley.
Adam’s wife’s sister, Violet’s daughter, Laura Miranda Grimond (née Bonham-Carter; 13 October 1918-15 February 1994) was a Liberal politician and the wife of the Liberal Party Leader Jo Grimond. Laura was born in Marylebone, London and married Grimond in 1938.
Laura Grimond was Liberal candidate for the West Aberdeenshire division at the 1970 General Election. West Aberdeenshire was a seat the Liberals had gained from the Conservatives at the previous general election. The Liberal victor James Davidson decided not to defend his seat and instead campaigned for Laura. Her prospects of holding the seat lessened when a SNP candidate intervened in the contest and the Tory candidate won. The Tory won again in Feb 1974, although Harold Wilson won the election. Laura didn’t stand as the Liberal candidate; by 1974, Laura’s husband Jo Grimond will have known that Jeremy Thorpe was at high risk of public exposure in the not too distant future.
If Laura Grimond knew the Aberdeenshire area even fairly well, she will have known that for many years, Sir Dugald Baird had been unlawfully aborting masses of babies of low income families. In the 1970s, the sociologist who had worked for Baird when he was conducting his own brand of class genocide was working with Dafydd’s mate Professor Jerry Morris. See previous posts.
Laura continued to be active in the Liberal Party at a national level. From 1983-85 she was President of the Women’s Liberal Federation. Three times during the mid 1980s she appeared as a Party spokesperson on BBC’s Question Time. Where she will have had a good friend:
Laura was also politically active locally in Orkney. She was a Councillor for Firth & Harray and Chairman of Orkney Islands Council’s Housing Committee. In 1968 Laura co-founded the Orkney Heritage Society.
Laura was still alive and busy when Professor Alexis Jay caused the Orkney Satanic Panic in 1991. It was the result of Dafydd’s wider network using distraction techniques and muddying the waters to conceal their own abuse of children, in north Wales and elsewhere. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’. Laura did not speak out about the madness which resulted in some innocent adult being accused of ludicrous crimes and some children being separated from the families with no warning, in traumatic circumstances for as long as two years, although there was no evidence that they had been abused.
Joseph Grimond, Baron Grimond, (29 July 1913-24 October 1993), known as Jo Grimond, was Leader of the Liberal Party, 1956-67 and again briefly on an interim basis in 1976, after Mr Thrope was obliged to resign. Grimond was a long-term supporter of Scottish home rule. During his leadership, he successfully argued that the Liberal Party support the abolition of Britain’s nuclear arsenal.
Grimond was born in St Andrews, Fife, the town of St Andrews University, which has trained many a Top Doc, including Robert Bluglass. Elite Top Docs often have links with St Andrews even if they weren’t educated there themselves. That is because St Andrews is the home to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, which is associated with the University and the toppest of Top Docs do like to have a connection to the R&A. Lord Robert Kilpatrick, a Top Doc who was one of the biggest umbrellas for Top Docs who facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, had strong links to St Andrews and hung out at the R&A. See post ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’
Grimond was educated at Eton and Balliol, where read PPE. He was at school and university with, among others, cricket commentator Brian Johnston and playwright William Douglas-Home, the younger brother of PM Alec Douglas-Home and a cousin of Lord Lambton of the Call Girls and the Joints. Jo Grimond was at Balliol just a couple of years before Heath, Healey and Woy were all there together. Jo Grimond later became a barrister, being admitted to the Bar as a member of Middle Temple, of which Ronnie Waterhouse was a member.
After serving in WW II, Grimond was selected by the Liberal Party to contest Orkney and Shetland. He narrowly missed capturing the seat in 1945 but entered Parliament in 1950 for the constituency. The Liberals and their successors, the Liberal Democrats, have continuously retained the seat to the present day. It is currently held by Alistair Carmichael, who ignored a first hand account of the abuse of Scottish mental health legislation, as well as violence against patients and theft of controlled drugs by staff at Parkhead Hospital in Glasgow some four years ago. See previous posts. Grimond continued to represent the constituency until he retired from politics in 1983.
Norman Lamont was born on Shetland and his father was the islands surgeon. Lamont was part of the Cambridge Mafia, the group of Conservative students at Cambridge who all became part of Thatcher’s Gov’t. Ken Clarke was one of the members. Lamont was the Tory MP for Kingston-upon-Thames, 1972-97. Kingston-upon-Thames was virtually owned and run by Professor Hugh Bentall, who for many years worked as a cardiac surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital. Bentall was involved in research fraud, he received a Chair after one of his colleagues was found dead in mysterious circumstances and after he made a huge financial donation to Hammersmith and he bagged his secretary, who was also his mistress, a place on a degree and then a PhD in anatomy and then wangled her a job as a lecturer. Bentall was part of Dafydd’s network via Bentall’s son Richard, a clinical psychologist who trained and worked with Dafydd’s gang and married the daughter of one of its key members. See previous posts including ‘Interesting Facts’.
St George’s Hospital Medical School merged with Kingston-upon-Thames University in the wake of the cover-up re Professor Oliver Brooke and the gang, but I don’t know why, because the snobbish elites at St George’s certainly wouldn’t have wanted to get into bed with an ex-poly. Ken Clarke knows what was behind it all and it was something to do with Dafydd’s gang, me and the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Do tell Ken! Norman Lamont knows as well.
The Party that Grimond inherited commanded barely 2.5% of the vote in 1955. By the time that he left the leadership in 1967, the Liberals had once again become a notable political force. It was during his tenure that the first post-war Liberal revival took place: under Grimond’s leadership, the Liberals doubled their seat tally and won historic by-elections at Torrington in 1958 (won by Mark Bonham Carter, the first by-election gain by the Liberal Party for 29 years), Orpington in 1962 (Eric Lubbock aka Lord Avebury, who knew all about Jeremy Thrope and the rest of the ring, as detailed in previous posts) and Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles in 1965 (David Steel, who actively concealed organised abuse, including that of Dafydd’s gang and Cyril Smith, as detailed in previous posts, including ‘Man Of Steel’).
The Liberal Party made idiots of themselves by protecting Mr Thrope in the face of his dreadful conduct because he was their Great Hope. The Liberals were always getting excited when I was growing up, because there was so much disillusionment with the Tories and the Labour Party that the Liberals were usually dreaming of sweeping to power at any moment. The West Country was a Liberal stronghold, until I went to university I was surrounded by the Sir Buftons of the Tory Party and the Liberals. Labour voters were thin on the ground. The family of John Pardoe, the Liberal MP for North Cornwall, 1966-79, – who supported Mr Thrope until Mr Thrope was such a liability that he was unsupportable – were solicitors in Bridgwater and Taunton and John Pardoe’s brother Robin is a farmer in the village in which I lived during my teens.
John Pardoe’s niece Rachel went to school at Dartington Hall, where Bertrand Russell sent his children, as did her brother Simon, Rachel then studied sociology at Sussex and Simon went to Aberystwyth. Simon became a teacher in London and held a senior role in ILEA while ILEA was on board with Dafydd’s gang and were sending kids to children’s homes in north Wales. See previous posts.
At about the time that Dafydd’s gang came after me, there was a substantial fire at Robin Pardoe’s farm. He was a chicken farmer and later switched to pheasants, but the birds were housed in big wooden barns. One of the barns went up and hundreds of birds were roasted alive. No-one could work out how the shed had caught fire, there weren’t any fire risks there and it was attributed to arson. I was later told that somebody had made it known that one of my relatives who used to work for Mr Pardoe had done it. I understand that the fur flew because she definitely had not. Because she hadn’t got on with her workmates I just presumed that someone had attributed even worse behaviour to her, but I’ve received info that the fire and the direction in which the finger of suspicion was pointed was something to do with Dafydd and the gang.
Before I left north Wales I mentioned that I and other people who had crossed the path of the gang were receiving bills, reminders and even County Court Judgements with regard to bills that we had paid. Gwynedd County Council excelled at this, we were all repeatedly sent Council Tax bills that had already been paid, taken to Court for non-payment without our knowledge and then fined and then sent further threats for non-payments of fines. Imagine my surprise when one of the final demands to pay a bill in north Wales that I had paid anyway came from Pardoes, the solicitors firm in Taunton, which was the family business of John Pardoe. I never got to the bottom of it. I’m fairly sure that there was a branch of Pardoes in Bridgwater as well.
Perhaps one or both of these people can enlighten me re that demand:
Sir Nick Clegg
Jo Grimond appealed to all wings of the Party and was especially popular with the Young Liberals. In 1967, having led the party through three General Elections, Grimond made way for Mr Thrope.
Among other posts, Grimond was a barrister and publisher in the 1930s, an Army Major during WW II, Secretary of the National Trust for Scotland, 1947-49 and held the Rectorships of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen and the Chancellorship of the University of Kent, 1970-90.
Upon leaving the Commons Grimond was created a life peer as Baron Grimond on 12 October 1983. He remained devoted to his former parliamentary constituency and was buried on Orkney.
I acquired a biography of Grimond a few weeks ago but I haven’t had time to read it yet. I expect to find out much more about him soon…
Jo Grimond married Laura Bonham Carter in 1938. They had four children:
- (Joseph) Andrew Grimond (26 March 1939-23 March 1966), a sub-editor of ‘The Scotsman’ who lived in Edinburgh until his suicide at the age of 26. I have not been able to find out anything about Andrew.
- Grizelda “Gelda” (Jane) Grimond (1942-2017), who had a daughter Katherine (b. 1973) by the film and stage director Tony Richardson. Tony Richardson was married to Vanessa Redgrave, 1962-67. Vanessa was part of the activism that some of the Croesor crowd were involved with and was accused of putting up the money to help Pat Pottle and Michael Randle spring George Blake from prison (see previous posts); Richardson’s wiki entry states that he funded the escape. Richardson was bisexual but never acknowledged it publicly until after he contracted HIV. He died of complications from AIDS in 1991. Richardson came from Shipley in Yorkshire which was Jimmy Savile’s turf and Lord Asa Briggs’ early years turf as well. Richardson and Redgrave’s daughter died in a ski-ing accident in 2009.
- John (Jasper) Grimond (born October 1946), a former foreign editor of ‘The Economist’ as Johnny Grimond, now writer at large for the publication, who in 1973 married Kate Fleming (b. 1946), elder daughter of the writer Peter Fleming and actress Celia Johnson and who has three children with her.
- (Thomas) Magnus Grimond (born 13 June 1959), journalist and financial correspondent, married to travel author Laura Grimond (née Raison) and who has four children.
Violet Bonham Carter’s son Mark Raymond Bonham Carter, Baron Bonham-Carter, (11 February 1922-4 September 1994), was educated at Winchester College and Balliol, where he read PPE. His studies were interrupted by WW II and Mark was commissioned in the Grenadier Guards in November 1941. Bonham-Carter concluded the war by standing as the unsuccessful Liberal candidate for Barnstaple in the 1945 General Election, before returning to finish the last year of his course at Oxford. He then spent a year at the University of Chicago before going into publishing, working for the Collins publishing firm but left as his directors did not agree with his political activities.
In 1955, Mark married Leslie, Lady St Just, the former wife of Peter George Grenfell, 2nd Baron St Just (1922–1984) and the younger daughter of American magazine publisher Conde Nast. Mark Bonham-Carter had three daughters with Leslie: Jane, who became Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, Virginia and Eliza Bonham Carter. He also had a stepdaughter from his wife’s former marriage.
Bonham Carter stood as the successful Liberal candidate for Torrington in the 1958 by-election, overturning a 9,000 majority, giving the Liberals their first by-election gain since 1929. Bonham-Carter’s margin of victory was just 219 votes. It was a major boost to the Liberals and the first in a string of by-election victories that would make up the postwar Liberal Revival. Although Grimond was personally hopeful that Mark Bonham-Carter would be his designated successor, at the 1959 General Election Mark lost the seat to the Conservatives. He continued to be a close adviser to Grimond throughout the latter’s leadership but would never again be an MP.
Bonham continued to work as a prominent member of the Collins firm, becoming close friends with the Westminster Swinger Woy Jenkins, reportedly Mark’s wife’s lover and serving as his literary agent. Mark became the first Chairman of the Race Relations Board, 1966-71 and its successor, the Community Relations Commission, 1971-77. Mark was one of the Directors of the Royal Opera House, 1958–82, a Governor of the Royal Ballet, 1960–94 (Chairman of the Board after 1985) and Vice-Chairman of the BBC, 1975–80, being vetoed as Chairman by Thatch.
The Chairman of the BBC, 1973-80, was Sir Michael Swann. Swann was appointed by Ted Heath who admired Swann’s ‘strong leadership’ during student protests at Edinburgh University, which were led by one Gordon Brown. Swann was well networked with the Westminster Paedophile Ring, enjoyed a number of university management positions and had links to the Royal Family. Swann was a cell biologist who early in his career had been a zoologist at Edinburgh and then Cambridge. Swann knew some of the biologists at UCNW who were part of Dafydd’s gang. See previous posts.
The DG of the BBC when Bonham Carter was appointed was Sir Charles Curran, who was succeeded as DG by Sir Ian Trethowan in 1977. Curran was perceived to be a puppet of Lord Charles Hill, the BBC Chairman who, as a Secretary of the BMA, was one of those who squeezed Nye Bevan’s knackers so hard during the negotiations to establish the NHS that Bevan made a pay and conditions agreement with the BMA that left the NHS permanently screwed. In return, Hill has been hailed as one of the Selfless Heroes Who Established The NHS. Charles Hill disliked the BBC as much as the BMA disliked the idea of the NHS, which was allegedly why Harold Wilson appointed him as Chairman, to reign in the BBC. No-one has observed in print that Charles Hill and his mates were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and there was an elite paedophile ring operating at the BBC which was linked with the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts for info on Hill, Curran and Trethowan.
On 21 July 1986 Mark was created a life peer as Baron Bonham-Carter, of Yarnbury in the County of Wiltshire. He became Foreign Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. Bonham Carter’s last campaign focused on granting British citizenship to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, a measure that was only passed after his death.
Mark Bonham Carter died from a heart attack in Italy on 4 September 1994. Three months after the Headmaster of Bryn Estyn Matt Arnold died of an ‘unspecified blood disease’ and two months after Peter Howarth, his long term colleague and friend, was jailed for abusing boys in care in north Wales. Greville’s mate Frank Beck had died from a heart attack in prison in May 1994. Lord Robert Hunter pegged out from a heart attack in that Birmingham garden in March 1994.
The Indie published an obituary for Mark Bonham Carter, written by Frank Field, who knows a great deal about Dafydd and the gang’s activities (see previous posts.)
TO RECALL the public positions which Mark Bonham Carter filled with distinction is to tell only part of his contribution to public and political life in Britain. He was above everything a political animal, conscious of being the grandson of HH Asquith, Britain’s last Liberal prime minister, and the son of Lady Violet Bonham Carter, the person who, above all, kept alive the spirit of the old Liberal Party during the earlier post-war years. His death on Sunday while holidaying in Italy denies the public stage a gifted player and robs his friends, particularly the younger ones, of a stimulating, ever-encouraging and loyal colleague.
Mark Bonham Carter, like his father and grandfather before him, went to Balliol College, Oxford, and then, when the Second World War came, entered the Grenadier Guards. He was taken prisoner and moved to north Italy, but come the fall of the Mussolini regime the opportunity of escape arose for all inmates. Only three disobeyed what was said to be the orders to the British prisoners to stay put. Bonham Carter was one of these. All the remaining prisoners were shot when the advancing German troops reached the camp. Breaking the rules where necessary was only one of Bonham Carter’s unexpected characteristics. Adding to the risks by turning conventional wisdom on its head was another. Instead of heading for the Swiss border Bonham Carter moved south to the British lines and freedom.
This journey was made largely at night and depended usually on the safety of one priest’s house leading to the next. No one who pushed Bonham Carter to recall these events was surprised at his angry outburst when Margaret Thatcher claimed that there was no such thing as society. It was that very web of history, friendship and shared values which provided thesafe route for the young escaping British soldier.
The years out of Parliament were packed with activity. More than two decades were given over to working as a director of the publishing house William Collins. Many an author was the beneficiary of Bonham Carter’s ability for short, massively concentrated bouts of work-reading a manuscript, and trenchantly and constructively commenting upon it. It wasduring these years that Bonham Carter’s range of cultural interests was both developed and enhanced.
His list of public offices included the vice-chairmanship of the BBC and, from 1958 to 1982, a directorship of the Royal Opera House. Yet the length of the list of his public posts begins to obscure the full impact of Mark Bonham Carter’s personality on public life and conduct. The paradox of being establishment-born but risk-taker extraordinary has been remarked. But Bonham Carter’s true greatness derived from his ability to cope with an array of talents which fitted him for the highest office but which the turn of events denied him.
It is with the clash of abilities and the limited range of opportunities offered that Bonham Carter’s character showed its truly outstanding quality. It is not merely that no one could ever have felt the deep frustration that musthave burned inside him at being denied the opportunities of exercising fully his political abilities. Rather it is that he took pleasure not merely in the young, but in encouraging them to try to achieve what he was denied. Never a hint here of the failure to gain a rightful reward. Nor ever a sign of a truly vibrant character turning sour upon itself.
He was, fortunately, given impressive compensations, a wife of equal courage, a stepdaughter and three daughters of his own. His links with young people naturally overlapped with his devotion to his daughters. They were an integral part of his social life. Many a party quest, and particularly at Bussento, where he died, would be involved in the most animated of conversations until dawn was approaching. And then, as guests went to bed, it would be Mark who insisted on beginning a dance. Never can a private face have been so different from what some saw as an acerbic public countenance.
Recently Mark Bonham Carter became a grandfather. The pride of knowing that the great chain of being’s next link had been safely forged was a compensation which turned out to be for him of incalculable value.
Lloyd George was famously known as the old goat because of his enthusiasm for discussing Uganda. Fans of Lloyd George were sensitive to his reputation in this sphere and there is an account of one lady saying that she didn’t want to hear anything about Lloyd George because Mr Asquith was much worse. I can only assume that Asquith was positively Dafydd. Not that Dafydd was PM, he just thought that his status as Europe’s Leading Forensic Psychiatrist was as great.
Jeremy Thorpe: Boasted of having slept with both Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon of the Gwerin
Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon of the Gwerin going up the aisle:
Ma’am Darling acquired her recreational chemicals from Top Docs Anne and Peter Dally, who were protected and assisted by the corrupt Home Office Drugs Branch mandarin Bing Spear, who also protected and assisted Dafydd.
Mr Thrope with his second wife, who was previously married to Lilibet’s cousin. Mr Thrope found happiness with a Royal relative after the unfortunate death of his first wife Caroline Allpass in a road accident. Mr Thrope was devastated by the death of the lovely Caroline, although Caroline’s death detracted from some difficulties in the Liberal Party and Mr Thrope benefited political from the outpouring of sympathy after he was bereaved. After a decent interval of mourning and the erection of a phallic symbol in memory of Caroline, Mr Thrope fell in love with Royalty yet again.
In 2008 Jane Bonham Carter was reported to be partner of Baron Tim Razzall. Bonham Carter declared the relationship in the House of Lords Register of Interests.
Jane Bonham-Carter was educated at St Paul’s School, Hammersmith and at UCL. Bonham-Carter worked in TV before entering the family business as a Peer, spending time at both the BBC and Channel 4, producing programmes such as Panorama, Newsnight and A Week In Politics. Previous posts have mentioned the many media supporters and associates of Dafydd and the network, including Huw Wheldon, Robin Day, Kirsty Wark…
In 1996, the year that William Hague announced that Ronnie Waterhouse, a member of a well-known Liberal family, would be Chairing a Public Inquiry into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, Jane became the Liberal Democrats’ Director of Communications, a role she held through the 1997 election before returning to a career in TV as an independent producer at Brook Lapping Productions, where she produced a number of documentaries for Channel 4, the BBC and ITV, including the award-winning series Maggie: the First Lady.
On 23 June 2004 Jane was created Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, of Yarnbury in the County of Wiltshire and was appointed Lib Dem Spokesperson for Broadcasting and the Arts.
In 2004, Dafydd’s mate the corrupt judge Huw Daniel expected to be able to imprison me after the gang tried to fit me up for threats to kill. Huw became very angry when the case collapsed on the first day of the trial, which was just before Jane became Baroness Jane.
Baroness Jane has been a member of various House of Lords Select Committees, including the BBC Charter Review set up in 2005 and the Parliamentary Communications Committee. That Charter Review was in the wake of the scrap over Hutton etc. Merfyn was one of the BBC Guv’nors at the time and seems to have politely said nothing while Michael Grade, Ruth Deech et al pompoused, insulted him and others and made idiots of themselves. So someone decided that Jane of the Richard Crossman Ring would make a helpful addition to the Select Committee dealing with the matter. The Secretary of State dealing with the Charter Review was of course ex social worker Baroness Tessa Jowell of the Camden Swingers and Traffickers. See previous posts. The Tessa who was the sister-in-law of Dame Barbara Mills, the DPP who colluded with a mountain of institutional corruption, including that relating to the criminality of Dafydd et al in north Wales. See previous posts eg. ‘A Future Leader of the Labour Party?’, ‘The Mrs Mills Experience’ and ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
After the formation of the Con-Dem coalition government in 2010, Jane was elected Deputy Convenor of Liberal Democrat Peers and was appointed Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, which includes the role of Lib Dem spokesperson on DCMS matters in the House of Lords.
Jane Bonham-Carter has served on the Advisory Committee of the think tank Centre Forum since 2005, and RAPT (Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) since 1999.
Here’s Wales’s substance abuse expert:
Jane was a Board Member of the National Campaign for the Arts, 2010-12. She is a Vice-President of the Debating Group. On 19 April 2015 it was announced that Bonham-Carter would be a patron of the Studio Theatre, Ashley Road, Salisbury. Salisbury’s most famous former resident is probably Ted Heath, a sour old bugger who lived alone in an enormous house. I marvelled when Ted Heath managed to leave most of his money in his will to himself. I would never have thought that it was possible but Heath did it by leaving a will stating that his fortune had to be used for the purposes of transforming his house into a museum of himself.
Jane Bonham Carter attracted criticism in 2008 when it was revealed that she and her partner, Tim Razzall, had both claimed Lords expenses for a flat that they shared, although it was not claimed that a breach of the rules had occurred. The Lords expenses system was later changed to give peers a flat rate irrespective of their residence.
Edward Timothy Razzall, Baron Razzall (born 12 June 1943) was the son of Humphrey Razzall, a Liberal Party member who stood as Liberal Parliamentary Candidate for Scarborough and Whitby in the 1945 General Election. Scarborough and Whitby was on Savile’s turf and Savile was so ancient that it was even his turf back in 1945.
Razzall attended St Paul’s School, London before going up to Worcester College, Oxford. Lord Asa Briggs was Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, 1945-55 and Provost of Worcester College, 1976-91.
Razzall qualified as a solicitor in 1969 and worked for Frere Cholmeley (later Frere Cholmeley Bischoff), becoming a partner in 1973 and Chief Executive in 1990, before leaving in 1995 to set up his own corporate finance business (Argonaut Associates).
In 1974 Tim Razzall was elected a Councillor for the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, which he represented for 24 years. During that time Tim served as Chair of Richmond Council’s Policy and Resources Committee for 13 years and as Deputy Leader, 1983–96. He was succeeded in both roles by Serge Lourie.
Richmond-upon-Thames Borough Council facilitated a paedophile ring targeting kids in the care of their Social Services. The notorious Elm Guest House which doubled up as a gay brothel staffed by kids in care was close to Richmond-on-Thames. People alleged to have visited Elm Guest house included Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith. Louis Minster, the Director of Social Services for Richmond, was known to be an active paedophile. On one occasion when the police arranged a raid on a property in which kids were thought to be abused, Minster being one of the suspects, they had to notify Richmond Social Services to arrange care for any children that might be found during the raid. The Social Services Shared the information with Minster, who changed his plans. The police raid found no evidence of abuse.
Carole Kasir, co-owner of the Elm Guest House was found dead in 1990. Top Docs attributed her death to suicide. Her friends have always maintained that she was killed. Carol was found dead the summer that the gang made attempts to have me imprisoned on the basis of their perjury in Chester and Cardiff High Courts. See post ‘The Bitterest Pill’.
Alice Levinson, one of the Top Doctors at Springfield Hospital/St George’s nwho was colluding with Dafydd and the gang in 1990-91 later had a private psychotherapy practice at Richmond-upon-Thames.
(Alexander) Serge Lourie (born 22 February 1946) is the former Leader of the Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, where he was a Councillor, 1982-2010. Serge was Chairman of the UK Housing Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and Sanctuary Housing Association. He has also been the General Secretary of Help the Aged, an organisation to which many members of Dafydd’s gang have been attracted and a board member of the London Pensions Fund Authority and the Notting Hill Housing Trust.
Lourie was born on 22 February 1946. His mother was Anna Rootchenko. He was educated at St Paul’s School, London and Worcester College, Oxford, 1965-68, graduating in PPE. Lourie qualified as a chartered accountant with Cooper Brothers in 1971 (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and was a Labour Party member of Westminster City Council, 1971–74 and the Greater London Council, 1973–77, where he was Chair of scrutiny and Vice-Chair of finance.
Margaret Little Nell Hodge worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers when the paedophile ring in the Islington children’s homes which had thrived under Little Nell’s leadership of the Council became too embarrassing even for Little Nell to brazen out. Keith Vaz worked as a solicitor for both Richmond-upon-Thames and Islington Councils, before he set up shop in a Leicester City Council-funded law centre in Leicester. In 1987, after Brown had moved to Leicester to begin his PhD, Keith was elected the MP for the constituency in which Brown lived and by then I as well.
Serge was elected as an SDP-Lib Alliance Councillor for Kew on Richmond-upon-Thames Borough Council in 1982, becoming a Lib Dem following the merger of the SDP and the Liberal Party in 1988. In 1990, he was re-elected as a Liberal Democrat. Lourie spent 14 years as Leader, and also served as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition. He lost his seat in 2010.
In 1989 Serge was awarded a fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. From 1990 and 1994 he Chaired the London Boroughs Grants Committee, awarding grants of around £29m to the voluntary sector in London. Serge was a Board member of the London Tourist Board where he deputised for the Chairman, Sir John Egan. He Chaired the Independent Panel on members’ remuneration for the Association of Police Authorities and was a member of the Metropolitan Police Committee.
There is certainly green paint on the Renault in Richmond.
Serge is a board member of Richmond Charities and of Kew Community Trust as well as Chairing Poems in the Waiting Room, a British charity providing poetry cards to Top Docs’ waiting rooms in England and Wales.
Surely this must have been something to do with Poet, Top Doc and facilitator of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Dannie Abse? See post ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
Serge is a Patron of Cultural Co-operation, a charity that runs world music festivals. In 2015, Serge was appointed Chairman of the Charity Appeal Committee of Kingston Hospital to raise £750,000 to improve the treatment of patients with dementia.
Serge lives in Kew, London and is married with two children.
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Plot: The movie is a classic love triangle drama. Frail and love-starved girl Johnny (Jane Birkin) works in a truckstop café in the middle of nowhere. One day enter two gay truckers, manly and worldwise Krassky (Joe Dallesandro) and his lover Padovan (Hugues Quester), young and handsome, but immature and rather a handful. Krassky, tired of taking care of Padovan who keeps getting into trouble, discovers in himself an attraction for this boyish girl, and she falls head over heels for him. They start a relationship; and even if at first Krassky’s body hesitates before the meager feminine graces of curveless Johnny, he ends up being charmed by her naïve and unconditional love. She is ready to accept anything out of love for him, including anal sex, though quite inexperienced at this, so that her screams of pain cause them to be thrown out of several motels… In the end,the back of Krassky’s dirty garbage truck will be the theatre of their union.
‘Don’t Ewe Think I Was Handsome?’
Furiously jealous Padovan however, to win Krassky back, will shrink at nothing, including murder… and at the sight of this passionate jealousy, Krassky returns to his first love and leaves with him, abandoning little skinny Johnny in her café, brokenhearted and lonely again.
In 1986 Tim Razzall he became joint-Treasurer of the Liberal Party and then Treasurer of the newly merged Liberal Democrats in 1988. He was appointed a CBE in the 1993 New Year Honours and created a life peer on 22 October 1997, 10 months after the Waterhouse Inquiry opened.
In July 2002, Tim was the best man at the marriage of Charles Kennedy, the then Lib Dem Leader, to Sarah Gurling. The Charles who, along with his colleagues, concealed much crap and who developed one hell of a drink problem which was also concealed by his colleagues. See previous posts. Had they been more honest they would have had a chance of saving Charlie Kennedy’s life but why anybody would have considered that when there were so many troughs to dine at and the vain hope that they might find themselves in Gov’t?
From 2000 to 2006, Tim was Chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Campaigns and Communications Committee. Along with Lord Rennard of Sexual Harassment (see post ‘He Knows Where The Bodies Are Buried’), Tim was responsible for running the Liberal Democrats’ election campaigns. Tim stepped down from this post in May 2006. Tim is a former Lords Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Trade and Industry and Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group. He now serves on various parliamentary committees.
Razzall married first in 1965 (divorced 1974) Elizabeth and they had a daughter, Katie Razzall, the BBC Newsnight reporter and a son James Razzall. The name Kirsty Wark springs to mind once more.
Through his second marriage in 1982 (dissolved 2003) to Deirdre Martineaunee Taylor-Smith, Tim became step-father to her Deirdre’s sons and two daughters. Then in 2008 Tim became the partner of Baroness Jane.
Violet Bonham Carter’s son Raymond (19 June 1929 – 17 January 2004) was educated at St Ronan’s School, Hawkhurst, Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating in 1952. He then went to Harvard. Raymond held senior posts with the Bank of England, 1958–1963, the IMF, 1961–1963, Warburgs, 1963–1977 and with the Civil Service in the Dept of Industry, 1977–1979.
In 1958, he married Elena Propper de Callejón, daughter of Spanish diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejon (1895–1972) and his Austrian-French Jewish wife, Helene Fould-Springer. Together, they had three children:
- Edward Bonham Carter (born 24 May 1960), Vice Chairman of fund management group Jupiter Fund Management.
- Helena Bonham Carter (born 26 May 1966), the actress who is the constant focus of pointless media articles obsessing about her clothes.
- Thomas Bonham Carter, who manages a corporate governance agency.
In 1979, the Year of Mr Thrope at the Old Bailey and Mary Wynch’s Unlawful Imprisonment, Raymond was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Ah the doctors they were wonderful and the brain tumour was removed but whoops Raymond was left quadriplegic and blind. Raymond lived until Jan 2004. The Torygraph provided an obituary:
Raymond Bonham Carter, who has died aged 74, was the last surviving child of the indomitable politician and orator Lady Violet Bonham Carter, and the grandson of H H Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister; he was also the father of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.
A successful banker who became a director of S G Warburg & Co, Bonham Carter’s career was cut short when, in 1979, an operation to remove a benign brain tumour left him quadriplegic and partially blind for theremaining 25 years of his life.
Raymond Henry Bonham Carter was born on June 19 1929, the youngest of two sons and two daughters of Sir Maurice Bonham Carter (Asquith’s private secretary, known to everyone as “Bongie”) and Violet (Asquith’s daughter), who was later created a life peeress as Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury.
Their illustrious political and intellectual heritage was not lost on any of the Bonham Carter children. Cressida, the eldest, became an archaeologist. Mark won Torrington for the Liberals in 1958 and was Chairman of the Race Relations Board. Laura Bonham Carter continued the Liberal tradition bymarrying Jo Grimond, later Lord Grimond, the leader of the Liberal Party from 1956 to 1967.
For Raymond, however, as the youngest child, the lure of politics (and the pressure from his intensely political mother) was not so strong, although he was justly proud of his Asquith ancestry. He was educated at St Ronan’s Preparatory School and then Winchester, after which he did his National Service in the Irish Guards. At Magdalen College, Oxford, he read PPE and was a keen football player. He was also taught by Harry Weldon, who kept a cask of beer outside his study door and would ask undergraduates to bring him a half – and help themselves while they were at it.
Having graduated in 1952, Bonham Carter won a place at Harvard Business School. The rigours of Harvard, as he later recalled in an article for The Daily Telegraph, came as a shock “after the leisurely pace of Oxford”, but his schooling in international business would stand him in good stead. After graduating in 1954, he returned to England to join J Henry Schroder & Co, where he remained until 1958.
That same year Bonham Carter married Elena Propper de Callejon, the daughter of Don Eduardo Propper de Callejon, the then Spanish Ambassador to Norway, and Helene “Bubbles” Propper de Callejon, the artist, writer and cosmopolitan hostess.
Between 1958 and 1963 Bonham Carter was acting adviser to the Bank of England; and from 1961 to 1963 he was an alternate executive director for the UK at the International Monetary Fund and a member of the UK Treasury and Supply Delegation in Washington.
In 1964 he returned to London to join Warburgs. There his international experience and interest in the human, as well as the financial, side of the business generated both respect and affection. He always combinedmeticulous professionalism with courtesy, charm and humour, particularly when giving clients advice which they may not always have welcomed.
After a lengthy period as head of the banking division at Warburgs, in 1977 Bonham Carter was seconded to the civil service, where he was the Director of the Industrial Development Unit at the Department of Industry.
So Bonham Carter was seconded to the Civil Service one year after Harold Wilson’s resignation, as the Jeremy Thrope scandal gathered momentum, under Edmund Dell as Secretary of State.
Edmund Dell was born in London, the son of a Jewish manufacturer. He served in the Royal Artillery in WW II. Dell was educated at Dame Alice Owen’s School and Queen’s College, Oxford, which is where Ioan Bowen Rees studied; Dell was five years older than Ioan. At Oxford, Dell was a member of the Community Party. He studied history, as did Ioan.
Dell began work for ICI in Manchester as an overseas sales manager, specialising in Latin American trade and eventually rose to Vice President of the Plastics Division. He began to find himself in the difficult position of balancing a career in business with Labour politics. Dell was elected to Manchester City Council in 1953 and served for seven years, while the Councillors colluded with the expanding organised abuse ring being run by Dafydd’s mates in Greater Manchester and Salford.
Dell was elected to Parliament as the Labour MP for Birkenhead and retained the seat until 1979, when Frank Field succeeded him in the territory which Dafydd’s partners in crime in Liverpool had long since colonised. Dell served as PPS to Jack Diamond, then as a Minister under Wedgie Benn at the Ministry of Technology in 1966 and then in the Dept of Economic Affairs under Peter Shore in 1967. All three of these Ministers knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Peter Shore’s wife, Baroness Liz Shore, was a Lady Doctor who held a very senior role as a medical officer in the Civil Service who was helping run the ring. See previous posts. In 1969 Edmund Dell was moved to the Dept of Employment under dear old Babs Castle, which says it all.
Dell became Paymaster General in 1974, then Secretary of State for Trade and President of the Board of Trade, 1976-78, under Jim Callaghan. Dell resigned his seat in 1979, ‘increasingly disillusioned by Labour’s drift to the Left as he moved sharply to the Right’. Readers can probably guess what happened after this display of Principles.
Yes, Dell joined the new SDP and, after its merger with the Liberals in 1988, he was a member of the Lib Dems. He served as a Trustee of both the SDP and the Liberal Democrats and served as one of SDP’s three representatives during emergency negotiations with the Liberals in January 1988 when it appeared the two parties’ merger might fall through after the failed launch by David Steel and Bob MacLennan of the joint manifesto, Voices and Choices.
After Parliament, Dell was Chairman of Guinness Peat, founding Chairman of Channel 4 and as a Director of Shell Trading. In 1991-2 he was President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dell was married to Susan Gottschalk for 36 years. Dell pegged out in Nov 1999, three months before the publication of the Waterhouse Report.
But in 1979, just before his [Raymond Bonham Carter’s] return to Warburgs, he was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and underwent a routine operation, from which he was expected to make a full recovery. After complications during surgery, however, he was left severely paralysed.
Bonham Carter bore his disability with remarkable stoicism and courage and, despite an initial prognosis that he would not survive, managed to regain some movement in his arms. Although he had a full-time nurse, his family also helped to care for him, and he had a profound influence on his children, to whom his daily struggles were an inspiration. Helena Bonham Carter continued to live with her parents for many years after she had become a successful actress. Her mother combined looking after herhusband with her work as a psychotherapist.
Bonham Carter’s condition affected neither his intellect nor his power of speech and, having inherited his mother’s precise and inquiring mind, his opinions were always expressed with force and clarity. Before his sight failed completely, he read voraciously, particularly newspapers, and after the onset of blindness he would sit up late into the night listening to the radio.
Latterly he donated numerous family papers to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and oversaw the publication of a three-volume edition of his mother’s diaries and letters. In the second volume, Champion Redoubtable, Lady Violet wrote of her youngest child: “His temperament is very like Father’s. I have never – except in him – known such stability of keel – such a marvellous ‘temper’ – both intellectual & otherwise – such philosophy and complete lack of introspection, self-pity & irritability.”
Raymond Bonham Carter, who died on January 17, took much delight in his faithful dog, Kes, and his seven grandchildren, the youngest of whom, Billy Raymond, Helena Bonham Carter’s son by the film director Tim Burton, was born three months ago.
His wife, daughter and two sons, Edward and Thomas, survive him.
Raymonds father-in-law Eduardo Propper de Callejón is mainly remembered for having facilitated the escape of thousands of Jews from occupied France during WW II.
Propper de Callejón was First Secretary of the Spanish Embassy in Paris, when France surrendered to Nazi Germany on 20 June 1940. In July 1940, he issued from the Spanish Consulate in Bordeaux, in co-operation with the Portuguese Consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes, more than 30,000 transit visas to Jews, so that they could cross Spain to reach Portugal. When Spain’s Foreign Minister learnt that Propper de Callejón was issuing visas without prior authorization, he had him transferred to the Consulate of Larache in Moracco. Afterwards, Eduardo was posted to Rabat, Zurich, Washington DC, Ottawa and Oslo.
Propper de Callejón’s father was a Bohemian Jew and his mother was a Spanish Catholic. His wife, Hélène Fould-Springer, was a socialite and painter. She was from a notable Jewish French-Austrian banking family and converted to Catholicism after WW II. Her sister was Paris art patron and philanthropist Liliane de Rothschild (1916–2003) of those Rothschilds.
Eduardo didn’t gain public recognition for his heroic acts until after his death in 1972 in London, following an operation. In 2008, he was officially recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance authority in Israel.
Raymond’s daughter Helena was born in Islington. Her mother, Elena is a psychotherapist. Helena and her brothers were brought up in Golders Green and she was educated at South Hampstead High School and completed her A levels at Westminster School. Helena was denied admission to King’s College, Cambridge, not because of her academic performance but because college officials were afraid that she would leave during the course to pursue her acting career.
When Helena was five, her mother had a serious nervous breakdown, from which it took her three years to recover. Upon her recovery, her experience in therapy led her to become a psychotherapist herself. Five years after her mother’s recovery, her father was clobbered badly after the complications during that operation. With her brothers at college, Helena was left to help her mother cope.
Helena famously received no formal acting training, but was nonetheless given a break in 1979, the Year Of Jeremy, Mary Wynch and Helena’s dad being left completely fucked after the ah doctors they were wonderful found that the scalpel slipped and soon became a very successful actress.
In 1994, Helena met Kenneth Branagh and they began an affair, while Branagh was still married to Emma Thompson, whom he had met in 1987 and married in 1989.
The vile research assistant Mandy Leigh who worked at St George’s Hospital Medical School and played the role of School Bully for Dr Cathy Wilson and the other senior staff who were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring there (see previous posts) knew Kenneth Branagh and in 1989 was in hot pursuit of him and seriously pissed off that he was on the verge of getting hitched to Emma. Never mind Mandy, you were on a much higher salary than everyone else because of that fiddle that had been done with the Wellcome, you had sex with the appalling Top Doctor Richard Penketh in the lab during work hours while Penketh told you how much he wanted to shag everyone else in the Dept as well and you were a paid-up member of the gang who forced me out of my job because I wouldn’t keep quiet about what Dafydd et al were doing in north Wales.
Mandy’s father was a retired civil servant – so he knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring before his daughter went to work for the people who had run it as Nice Young Doctors – and her brother Charles was a banker. The corrupt MSF rep David Hole at St George’s was very angry when he found out that Charles Leigh’s bonus was bigger than Hole’s annual salary. Nonetheless Hole obtained a nice little number at St George’s by keeping a lid on the criminality and wrongdoing there, managed to purchase a house in Wandsworth that ended up being worth a great deal of money and busied himself as an SDP Councillor in Wandsworth, the Council that was running the Westminster Paedophile Ring along with St George’s.
Donald Naismith, the Director of Education for Wandsworth, was known to be an active paedophile. David Hole came from Minehead and by the time that I had arrived to begin work at St George’s, he had gone right through my CV and made a careful note of my former addresses, educational institutions, jobs etc and I have now been told that he networked with as many people who knew me as he could who were also concealing serious criminal activity…
Jeremy appeared at Minehead Magistrates Court to be committed for trial at the Old Bailey:
Former SBS officer and James Bond character Paddy turned up in Somerset after that business with Mr Thrope at Minehead and the Old Bailey with an unlikely story of having been made redundant and thus he relocated from Geneva to the West Country in search of a job as a youth worker, only to find himself elected as the Liberal MP for Yeovil in 1983. I can see the logic in the security services sending Paddy to the region in the face of Mr Thrope’s activities, but I would have thought that the point of Paddy et al was to put a stop to the Westminster Paedophile Ring, not to collude with it.
Emma Thompson’s own background is similar to Helena’s, ie. Hampstead and luvvie. Emma’s mum was Scottish actress Phyllida Law and her dad was Eric Thompson who did the ‘Magic Roundabout’, while no-one knew about Jimmy Savile or the elite paedophile ring at the BBC. Emma went to Camden High School for Girls along with Julia Hobsbawm and Gordon Brown’s wife and then Newnham College Cambridge, where Emma joined Footlights, had a relationship with Stephen Fry and was friends with many of the other budding stars who also knew my two media friends who were shafted by the gang for daring to support me in the face of Dafydd et al.
Stephen Fry of Celebrity Manic Depression – although the latest diagnosis has confirmed that Fry doesn’t have manic depression after all, having pissed off a lot of people who do have manic depression by making those TV programmes which were not that truthful with regard to the Help on offer from the Top Doctors, just when Dafydd and the gang found themselves in need of a bit of good PR once more – has revealed that at Cambridge, Emma was known as Emma Talented, rather than Emma who’s dad had the shit on everyone and you really don’t want it being made public do you, you know Emma would SOOOO like to be an actress and we think that she’s Talented and the School Agrees!
In 1982, as Mary Wynch’s solicitors Birnberg & Co in Camden began legal action against Dafydd and the gang, Emma’s dad died as a result of circulatory problems at the age of just 52. Emma has commented that this “tore [the family] to pieces” and “I can’t begin to tell you how much I regret his not being around”. She added, “At the same time, it’s possible that were he still alive I might never have had the space or courage to do what I’ve done … I have a definite feeling of inheriting space. And power.” Although Emma does now know how Fings Break when the Top Docs become anxious.
Following Kenneth’s Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth and Emma divorced in 1995. Emma developed clinical depression, but while while filming Sense and Sensibility in 1995, she began a relationship with her co-star Greg Wise. Commenting on how she was able to overcome her depression, Emma told Radio 4 “Work saved me and Greg saved me. He picked up the pieces and put them together again.” The couple had a daughter, Gaia, a pregnancy that was achieved through IVF treatment when Thompson was 39.
I absolutely would not wish Dafydd and the gang on Emma, but it would have been so nice if Emma had not kept quiet about this absolute barrel of shit while her friends and colleagues destroyed the lives and careers of my friends and I.
Emma and Greg’s permanent residence is in Hampstead, but they spend a lot of time in Scotland and Emma has declared that she feels Scottish. I don’t expect that they stay in a Travelodge when they are in Scotland. Although I wouldn’t either because they are quite expensive for such soulless dreadful places.
In 2003, Talented Scottish Emma did what all luvvies who also Care enough to speak at Davos do and acquired a Black Orphan, in Emma’s case a Rwandan former child soldier, named Tindyebwa Agaba. They met at a Refugee Council event when he was 16 and Emma invited him to spend Christmas at their home. “Slowly”, Thompson has commented, “he became a sort of permanent fixture, came on holiday to Scotland with us, became part of the family.” Agaba became a British citizen in 2009. Agaba is no doubt grateful which is fine but er Emma, there were many other people suffering and you um have given the friends and associates of a gang of traffickers who murdered witnesses a bit of good PR which made it so much easier for them to denounce the rest of us as lying criminals.
Emma became Dame Emma in 2018.I found out about this the other day when I was reading ‘Hello!’ or something dreadful in the dentists. Emma explained that she doesn’t believe in honours but she decided that she’d accept it anyway, because it’s a nice little badge to add to all of the others and there was a nice pic of her at the Palace. Which could be viewed as doing as much damage to the Royal Family as Carlo’s friend Stephen Fry did when he boasted about snorting coke in Buck House. If Stephen the Not Manic Depressive Any More and Emma Scottish and Talented are part of a Cunning Plan to undermine the Establishment from within, I appreciate the sentiment but it isn’t working. Stephen, Emma and I might be bright enough to have a good laugh at it, but the Top Docs are still withdrawing healthcare from anyone who spills the pints of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and it is Stephen and Emma’s links with the Royals and bankers and the Celebs who do Good Works that is keeping the show on the road.
What we really needed Emma and Stephen was a bit of help in 1986 when we could have exposed the Westminster Paedophile Ring before our friends were murdered and we were fitted up for criminal offences…
Chamberlain’s son was a business partner of Wayne Hemingway of ‘Red Or Dead’ shoe shop fame and Chamberlain ensured that he advertised Red or Dead whenever he could, by mentioning his Rebel Son who wasn’t a Top Doctor tch tch.
Helena Bonham Carter has or had her own fashion line. As of course has Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney. Paul was a mate of Cilla’s back in Liverpool in the 1960s when Dafydd and the gang found business beginning to boom because of the appetite of Stars for young sex workers and drugs. The McCartneys used to be neighbours of Ronnie Waterhouse’s in St John’s Wood. Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager, was gay, used rent boys and recreational chemicals and died in Aug 1967 in questionable circumstances where the Beatles were over in Bangor, at the Bangor Normal College no less, doing their bit with that guru. See previous posts for further details and the many McCartney/Beatles links to Dafydd’s network.
Well paedophiles’ friends in Gov’t and the media, I do hope that you enjoyed yourselves reading my e mails and documents. And of course that you found the contents of Merfyn’s computer as interesting. Perhaps Helena of CAMDEN GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, which was also attended by Julia Hobsbawm and Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah, could now let me know who told her and others to make those vacuous comments about IVF, lest Brown and I began to publish on wrongdoing in the field as well. Whoever read all those confidential documents and e mails will have read the details of the serious criminal offences on the part of Top Docs and others towards me and others. Patients died as a result.
In 2008, Merfyn’s wife Nerys died at the hands of Dafydd’s mates at the Walton Centre. She couldn’t even rest in peace in Llanfaglan Church without Lord Snowdon Of Belgravia Throughout His Entire Life arriving there after he’d died.
Readers, meet the Slime:
Meet one of the Puppets:
Children gang raped and filmed while having sex with animals, witnesses murdered.
But at least Helena is a Star!
In 2013 Merfyn resigned as the Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board after a spate of patient deaths resulting from hospital acquired infections. The Top Docs and others witheld crucial information from Merfyn and the Board, so Merfyn was not able to make the decisions necessary, would find himself at the centre of a scandal and would be forced to resign. I knew about the conspiracy because I was told; well the person concerned screamed it at me, rather than told me. Just as I knew about the conspiracy to force Merfyn out of his job as VC of Bangor University by a huge co-ordinated conspiracy of non-co-operation on the part of staff who were paedophiles’ friends. See posts ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘The Point Is To Change It’.
Helena was made a CBE in the 2012 New Years Honours list for services to drama and in January 2014, the PM, Call Me Dave, announced that Helena had been appointed to Britain’s new national Holocaust Commission. Are we talking the Holocaust in Central Europe or Holocaust in north Wales Dave, the Holocaust which in 2014 was the subject of yet another cover-up by Lady Julia Macur?
On 23 December 2014, Helena and Tim announced that they had “separated amicably” earlier that year.
Various Daily Mailesque ‘reports’ consisting of nothing but photos of famous people hugging and kissing each other have reported on the friendship between Helena and Ruby Wax. Ruby has been one of the cheerleaders for Mindfulness, the fraud perpetrated by Dafydd’s former colleague Prof Mark Williams, when Mark worked with the gang in Bangor in the late 1980s. Ruby became a source of PR for the gang after she purchased an Masters in Mindfulness from Oxford, but they told her that it was a Masters in ‘Brain Science’. That enabled Ruby to become an Expert and she was soon rewarded with a Chair in Psychiatric Nursing at the University of Surrey shortly after Operation Pallial re-opened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal and about the time that Mark Williams former colleague Tony Francis who recommended Mindfulness to a great many people killed himself. Ruby bagging that Chair was extraordinary but having said that, Ruby cannot do more damage as a Professor of Nursing than Fiona Irvine and Chris Burton. See previous posts for info on Ruby, Fiona and Chris…
There is a never ending supply of Bonham Carters. Meet a distant relative of Helena’s:
Sir Stuart Bonham Carter
Vice Admiral Bonham-Carter on the bridge of HMS Edinburgh, 1942
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|Died||5 September 1972 (aged 83), Petersfield, Hampshire|
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Vice Admiral Sir Stuart Sumner Bonham Carter, (9 July 1889-5 September 1972) joined the Royal Navy in 1904 and served in WW I as the commander of HMS Intrepid and then HMS Shark. A keen cricketer, he played for the Royal Navy Cricket Club. Sir Stuart was appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief, Africa Station in 1928 and made Assistant Director for Navy Equipment in 1932 before becoming Chief Staff Officer to the Commander of the 1st Cruiser Squadron in 1934. Sir Stuart was given command of the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham in 1937 and made Naval Secretary in 1939.
Sir Stuart also served in WW II commanding the 3rd Battle Squadron from 1940 and the 18th Cruiser Squadron from 1942. He was made Flag Officer, Malta in 1942 and retired due to ill health in 1943, although he was recalled in 1944 to lead Naval Convoys. In 1933 he married Eve Lloyd; they had one child, Joanna. He is distant relative of Helena Bonham Carter.
Tamás (Thomas) Balogh, Baron Balogh (2 November 1905-20 January 1985) was an economist who was ‘an adviser to Harold Wilson’s Gov’t’. The elder son of a wealthy Budapest Jewish family (his father was head of public transport, his mother the daughter of a Professor), Balogh studied at the city Gymnasium, considered ‘the Eton of Hungarian youth’, then at the universities of Budapest and Berlin. He took a two year research position at Harvard as a Rockefeller Fellow in 1928. Following this, Balogh worked in banking in Paris, Berlin and Washington before coming to England.
After getting British citizenship in 1938, Balogh became a lecturer at Balliol College and was elected to a Fellowship in 1945, then became Reader in 1960. He was also the economic correspondent for the ‘New Statesman’, an economic adviser to Wilson’s Cabinet office following the 1964 Labour Party victory and member of the Secretariat of the League of Nations.
As an adviser in the Cabinet Office, Balogh was a critic of consumption and profit-orientated tax policies, arguing that “profit can be earned not merely by satisfying long felt wants more efficiently and in a better fashion, but also by creating new wants through artificially engendered satisfaction and the suggestion of status symbols”, maintaining that nationalisation was a better means of securing wage restraint and a more equitable tax system as a whole. Balogh was opposed to Britain’s entry of the EEC.
Any readers feeling inadequate today because their neighbour has a better car than them? I had no idea that the materialistic crap that Brown and I spent so much of our young lives fighting was invented by a friend of Dafydd’s gang. No wonder Dafydd’s fan club used to stress that Dafydd had lots of money, a Merc and aeroplanes.
On with the revolution!
This beautiful lounge suite can be yours:
Balogh was created a Life Peer as Baron Balogh, “of Hampstead” on 20 June 1968.
The ‘Sussex academic’ website mentions Tommy Balogh and plugs a book about him, ‘The Life and Times of Thomas Balogh, A Macaw Among Mandarins’.
Thomas Balogh (1905–1985) had a conspiratorial nature and deliberately kept to the shadows so that his substantial role in political life has been little known. His predictions were usually right and he looked at economic and political issues from unconventional angles, but he was an exasperating man who thrived on controversy. He made many enemies and had numerous fallings-out, especially with civil servants, and this affected the way his advice was perceived.
This first and only biography covers his life and work: from his youth in Budapest, to his coming to Britain in 1930 and being taken up by Keynes; his advance to being a well known if highly controversial political economist; his reputation as a brilliant though eccentric don at Balliol College, Oxford; his burgeoning interest in politics; and the time of his greatest influence as economic adviser to his close friend Harold Wilson.
Balogh’s interests in North Sea Oil and Gas exploitation and his criticism of governmental failure to exact higher revenue from the oil companies is documented and the analysis is a counterbalance to the official history. June Morris’s interpretation of Balogh’s relationship with Harold Wilson and Marcia Williams and, more particularly and perhaps more controversially, the relationship between Wilson and Williams, does not match those contained in the memoirs of Bernard Donoughue and Joe Haines. And there are correctives to some of the myths surrounding Wilson’s leadership of the Labour Party and his Prime Ministership.
He was married twice: firstly in 1945 to Penelope Noel Mary Ingram Tower (daughter of Rev. Henry Bernard Tower, Vicar of Swinbrook, Oxfordshire, and widow of Oliver Gatty [1907-1940], a Balliol Fellow, by whom she had a daughter, Tirril), a psychotherapist, with whom he had two sons and a daughter; secondly in 1970 to Catherine (née Storr), a psychologist.
In the late 1960s, there was dissatisfaction amongst some reflective psychoanalytic psychotherapists over current practice, including the rigid divisions then operating between psychoanalytic schools. Penelope Balogh became interested in what the ‘new therapies’ coming from the USA might offer traditional models. Her active enquiry in this area was considered inappropriate by the then Association of Psychotherapists (now BAP) of which she was a founder member. Following debate, she withdrew to work with Joshua Bierer at the British Association of Social Psychiatry (BASP) to create an inclusive training. Other therapists joined her there. This group was subsequently evicted for being ‘too analytic’; whereupon it expanded and formed a weekly training seminar under the auspices of Professor Pond of the London Hospital.
Desmond Pond was one of the key movers and shakers in the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Sir Dessie didn’t just see the patients on the wards and in the clinics, Sir Des came up with all sorts of innovations for Poor People to be told that they couldn’t look after their own kids and thus the kids should be given to Dafydd’s gang to look after; assessment centres, therapy units, residential units so the targets could be scrutinised 24 hrs a day for weeks just to ensure that they will never pass the ‘normal person’ test.
Sir Desmond Arthur Pond (2 September 1919-29 June 1986) was educated at the John Lyon School in Harrow and at St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington in Kent. He graduated from Clare College, Cambridge and trained as a Top Doc at UCH and at Duke University School of Medicine, North Carolina. From 1948 to 1952 Des was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Neurophysiology at the Maudsley. From 1952 to 1966 he was consultant psychiatrist at Maudsley and UCH. Dafydd ‘trained’ at the Maudsley during that time, while the Top Docs at the Maudsley, including Dafydd’s boss Dr Bob Hobson, were running a big sex abuse ring under the umbrella of community psychiatry and therapy, which was Des’s speciality as well.
In 1966 Des was appointed the first Professor of Psychiatry at the London Hospital. The London Hospital serves Tower Hamlets and Dafydd’s partner gang were running the ring down there. Wendy Savage, the Labour supporting Feminist Top Doc, trained and worked at the London Hospital and her patients were the victims of Dafydd’s gang; Wendy performed as many as 14 or 15 abortions on some of them, explaining to the world that she was dealing with chaotic, dysfunctional, personality disordered women who Made Bad Choices, rather than the targets of a ruthless criminal gang. Wendy was a pal of Geoffrey Chamberlain the facilitator of the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends’. Lord Bob Winston trained at the London Hospital and he too knew what Chamberlain, Savage and Dafydd’s gang were doing. See previous posts.
Desmond Pond was a founder member of the Institute of Religion and Medicine in 1964. His efforts helped to ‘establish the role of psychiatry in general practice and his contributions were recognised by the award of honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners’.
Pond served on the Neurosciences Board of the MRC, 1968-72 and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1978-81, while Dafydd and the gang had illegally imprisoned Mary Wynch. Pond was knighted in 1981. Pond served as Chief Scientist at the DHSS, 1982-85. Which was when I was first propositioned by Gwynne and Brown and I were repeatedly threatened by the gang…
Pond married physician Helen Jordan and the couple had three daughters. Pond died of cancer, in Torquay, in 1986. See previous posts for further info on Pond…
Here’s a man in Torquay who found a dead body, tried to conceal it and ended up in a mess from which he could not extract himself:
From this seminar arose two further ventures: the Consortium of Psychotherapists; and the ‘Sunday Group’, which met monthly to learn about the new therapies. This group met in Penelope Balogh’s home, 29 St Mark’s Crescent, NW1.
St Mark’s Crescent is in Primrose Hill, which was where Uncle Harry’s nephews were brought up; they inherited the house when Uncle Harry’s sister and brother-in-law died.
I never watched ‘Neighbours’, but I did know the theme song. When Patient F was still living in Carneddi with the woman who knew Dafydd’s gang and who fleeced him in collusion with other members of the gang (see previous posts), one of his neighbours was a thug. One day F was outside singing the theme song to ‘Neighbours’ and just as he got to the bit ‘that’s when neighbours become good friends’, the window of The Thug’s house flew open and his wife stuck her head out and yelled out ‘will you fucking well shut up’. So F said, ‘Miriam you’ve got a mouth like the Mersey tunnel, I’m only singing’.
F went into his house and then the door flow open and in marched The Thug. He went to hit F and according to F ‘I didn’t plan it, but my foot just flew out in a reflex action and I got him right in the crotch. He yelled and bent over, everyone saw it and were laughing at him. He crept back to his house and I haven’t heard anything from him or bloody Miriam since’.
I remember the sensation in Carneddi when it all happened, a lot of the Oppressed were grateful to F because Miriam and The Thug caused a lot of people a lot of problems. But I wonder if The Thug and Miriam might have subsequently seen their opportunity for revenge? When the row happened, F was the stepdad to his then partner’s children and she hadn’t yet given birth to the baby who was hijacked and brought up by members of the gang after fallacious allegations were made about F. One of the insults that had been yelled at F by Miriam was ‘you’re a bloody hippy and your kids should all be taken into care’. That was why the hippies of Bethesda were so chuffed that a Hippy had crippled The Thug. I know how the gang works. When ammunition is needed against a target, the sex offending social workers of Gwynedd invite people to Share Information In Confidence. All lies are gratefully received. It’s open season, the gang are going to shaft someone, old scores will be settled.
Living with the legacy of Penny and Uncle Harry’s mates at Primrose Hill.
Who Did It All For The Poor.
In 1973, the idea of a formal training, both more thorough and more adventurous, was revived and was planned by Penelope Balogh and others. In June 1974, the Lady Balogh’s Psychotherapy Trust was created, with AGIP as an ‘autonomous part’ of it. In September 1974, AGIP took its first intake of students.
Penelope Balogh died in June 1975. In Oct 1975, Andrew Netwon shot Rinka, Norman Scott’s dog and then tried to shoot Norman.
AGIP’s Constitution was adopted at the inaugural General Meeting of 24January 1981, held at Burgh House, Hampstead. The first meeting of AGIP Council was held in September 1982, in which year also AGIP was represented at the first ‘Rugby’ Conference for Psychotherapy.
In 1987, following much debate throughout the organisation, the Trustees sold 29 St Mark’s Crescent, which was too expensive to maintain. It was decided to re-invest all the money in another large property, which could be a Trust headquarters for potential use by all the sections of the Trust (by then including ENWLPC, SLPC and the Freegrove Society). The Trustees accordingly bought 1 Fairbridge Road, N19, to which AGIP moved.
During the 1980s and 90s, AGIP members played a prominent part in establishing the United Kingdom Standing Conference for Psychotherapy (the beginnings of the UKCP).
Dorothy Hamilton, AGIP’s then Director, was its Honorary Secretary from 1986 to 1992. In 1989, AGIP was enrolled as a member at the inaugural meeting of the UKSCP and in 1992, AGIP’s training was accepted by the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Section of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. In 1993, AGIP therapists were enrolled on the UKCP Register.
In 1994, the Trustees provided funding for the Fairbridge Clinic for low-fee paying patients, which was opened and subsequently operated by AGIP.
During the 1990s, it became apparent that AGIP was becoming too large and important to remain a ‘part’ of another organisation, and that it needed its own legal status. In 1996, the Trustees made an offer to facilitate AGIP’s independence from the Trust: a joint Working Party was formed to review the matter. Separation was achieved at the end of 1999, when AGIP became a Company Limited by Guarantee and thus entered a new phase of its history as a fully independent legal entity.
The Waterhouse Report was published in Feb 2000, but those In High Places knew the contents by the end of 1999.
Catherine was born in Kensington, one of three children of a barrister, Arthur Frederick Andrew Cole (1883–1968) and his wife, Margaret Henrietta, born Gaselee (1882–1971). She attended St Paul’s School, where she was taught music by Gustav Holst and became the school’s organist. She went on to study English literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. Catherine then studied medicine, qualifying in 1944. From 1950 to 1963 she worked as a Senior Medical Officer in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital, which was run by Gwynne’s mates, as he lobotomised away up in north Wales. While Gwynne was busy, Catherine wrote children’s books as well as worked as a Top Doctor. Catherine also worked as an Editorial Assistant for Penguin Books, from 1966-early 1970s.
Catherine had met the psychiatrist and author Anthony Storr (1920–2001) during her training and married him in 1942. She had three daughters by this marriage, Sophia, Polly and Emma. They divorced in 1970 and she subsequently married the Tommy Belogh.
Richard Crossman made reference to Tommy’s wife in his ‘Diaries’; it was Penny to whom he referred. Penny, like Tommy, was party to Cabinet information and occasionally turned up for socials and meetings.
Catherine continued writing novels into her 80s. She died at her London flat in January, 2001, the month before Waterhouse published the massive cover-up.
Catherine wrote two series of the ATV series ‘Starting Out’ (1973 and 1976), made to be shown in schools. She had two brothers, one being Hugo Cole, the music critic of ‘The Guardian’.
Anthony Storr (18 May 1920-17 March 2001) was born in London and educated at Winchester College, Christ’s College Cambridge and Westminster Hospital. Leo Abse’s brother Wilfred trained at the Westminster, as did his other brother Dannie. Wilfred and Dannie facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Wilfred was a psychiatrist who spent his early career working in Wales as part of Gwynne and Dafydd’s wider network. See post ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
In 1974, Storr moved from private practice to a teaching appointment at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford, until his retirement in 1984. Previous posts including ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends… and ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ discussed the existence of an abuse ring in Oxford which was concealed by Oxford University, Oxford Social Services and Oxfordshire Health Authority, Dame Rosemary Rue reaching the highest echelons in medicine after she uncovered the ring. Crossman’s friend Dame Isabel Graham Bryce was the Chairman of the RHB who kept the lid on it all at the top before and during Crossman’s time.
Storr was, as one of his obituarists observed, “no stranger to suffering”. He married twice, to Catherine Cole and then writer Catherine Peters in 1970 after the first marriage ended in divorce.
‘The Guardian’ published Storr’s obituary in 2001, which was written by Anthony Stevens:
Anthony Storr, who has died of a heart attack aged 80, was Britain’s most literate psychiatrist. A prolific author, journalist and radio and television commentator, he was widely respected as a fount of wisdom and good sense in a profession not particularly noted for such qualities. Like other kind and compassionate men, he was no stranger to suffering at formative stages of his life.
Born in London, Storr was a solitary, friendless child, plagued by frequent illness, including severe asthma and septicaemia, from which he nearly died. He was the youngest of four children, separated by 10 years from his closest sibling. His father, Vernon Faithfull Storr, sub-dean of Westminster Abbey, was 51 when Anthony was born, and his mother, Katherine Cecilia Storr, was 44. They were first cousins, and their consanguinity probably accounted for his asthma, from which he, like two of his siblings, suffered for most of his life. He also seems to have inherited from his mother a tendency to occasional episodes of depression.
Growing up in the privileged seclusion of Dean’s Yard, Westminster, as virtually an only child, Storr was particularly affected by the trauma, shared by most boys of his class and time, of being sent away to a boarding prep school at the age of eight. There, and later at Winchester College, he was bitterly unhappy.
Having been deprived of a childhood peer group in which to learn the skills of comradeship, he was ill-prepared for the rigours of boarding-school life. Extremely slow to make friends, and showing little proficiency for games, he was bullied, and made only average academic progress. Though utterly miserable, it never occurred to him to complain to his parents, or attempt to run away, because boarding school was then a fact of life. But the sense of being a loner never left him, and was to affect the course of his career, as well as the content of his books.
What preserved his sanity and emotional equilibrium was a growing passion for music. From an early age, he attended performances in Westminster Abbey of such works as Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and was later allowed to sit in the organ loft, an enormous thrill.
At Winchester, he sang in the choir, played the viola in the orchestra and piano solos in concerts. He always maintained that he would much rather have been a professional musician than a psychiatrist or writer, had he been blessed with the necessary talent and training; he freely acknowledged that his friendship with artists of the calibre of Alfred Brendel, and the musicologist Hans Keller, meant far more than would have equivalent friendships with Freud, Jung or Adler.
Storr’s decision to become a psychiatrist was made soon after he went up to Christ’s College, Cambridge, in 1939. His moral tutor was CP Snow, who became a lifelong friend. “I owed him a tremendous debt,” Storr told me. “He was the first person who made me feel I might be any good at anything. I had disappointed my parents and teachers by not doing nearly as well as I should have. When I told Snow tentatively that I might go into psychiatry, he said, ‘I think you’d be very good at it.’ It was a ridiculous thing to decide one’s future on a chance comment like that. The crucial thing was that he liked me, and thought I could do it.”
After two years at Cambridge, Storr was given a wartime courtesy degree without taking a tripos, and continued his medical studies at Westminster hospital (1941-44), where he won prizes for medicine and surgery. He gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1946.
His asthma precluded military service and, after a period as house physician at Runwell hospital, he went to the Maudsley hospital (1947-50), where he survived the ordeal of being Professor Aubrey Lewis’s first senior registrar on his newly-formed professorial unit. Lewis, an obsessional polymath highly critical of his staff, undermined the confidence of everyone who worked for him.
See previous posts for details of the insanity and brutality of Audrey Lewis and the frank abuse of patients by Lewis and his colleagues.
Storr stuck it for nearly two years, then asked to be moved, thus effectively ruining his prospects for advancement within the psychiatric establishment. “I owed Lewis one thing, at least,” admitted Storr. “Once you had suffered the experience of presenting a case at one of his Monday morning conferences, no other public appearance, whether on radio, TV or the lecture platform, could hold any terrors for you.”
He obtained the diploma of psychological medicine in 1951, and, developing an interest in analytical psychotherapy, went into analysis with Jung’s English friend and colleague, Dr EA Bennet. He later became a member of the (Jungian) Society for Analytical Psychology. He practised psychotherapy privately, and, from 1961, combined his practice with various hospital appointments as a consultant.
Storr’s reputation as a writer and broadcaster began with publication of his first book, The Integrity Of The Personality, in 1960. He was 40, and, up to that point, had not thought of himself as a writer. “I just felt the need to explain to myself what the hell I thought I was doing,” he said. “For me, that is the motive for writing anything. I get intrigued by a puzzle, and writing a book is the best way to solve it.”
During the next six years, 11 other books followed, of which the most notable were The Dynamics Of Creation (1972), Jung (1973), The Art Of Psychotherapy (1979), Solitude (1989), Freud (1989), his favourite, Music And The Mind (1993), and Feet Of Clay (1996).
Although he did a Jungian training, Storr declined to be labelled a Jungian, preferring to remain “an eclectic sceptic rather than a convert”. His books reflected this lack of dogmatism. His love of music and literature, together with his medical and psychiatric training, enabled him to bridge the “two cultures” defined by his friend, Snow.
Storr’s particular gift for rendering difficult concepts accessible, as well as his lucid, immensely readable style, made his books as appealing to lay people as to professionals, and his sales reflected this. All but two of his 12 titles have remained in print and, while sales were steady in the UK, they did particularly well in the United States, where Solitude sold 100,000 copies. The Essential Jung (1983) sold 50,000 worldwide, Freud sold 30,000 and Jung 75,000. The books were translated into 24 languages, including Korean and Malaysian, and Storr was especially charmed when Solitude was translated into Chinese for the republic of Inner Mongolia.
Perhaps as a result of his own unhappiness, isolation and depression, Storr’s work revealed an abiding concern for those trapped in suffering, whether as psychiatric patients, prisoners or victims of oppression and torture. He served as a member of the Parole Board (1976-77) and the Williams Committee on Obscenity and Film Censorship (1977-79), and his need to penetrate the mysteries of deviant or violent behaviour was apparent in his books on Sexual Deviation (1964), Human Aggression (1968) and Human Destructiveness (1972).
At the same time, his understanding of human psychopathology gave him a rich appreciation of the creative possibilities inherent in mental suffering, and the powerful potential for self-healing to be found in artistic and intellectual creativity. This made him impatient with the medical model for psychiatry and its obsession with its symptomatic classification. “I want to show,” he wrote, “that the dividing lines between sanity and mental illness have been drawn in the wrong place. The sane are madder than we think, the mad saner.”
In 1974, Storr gave up private practice in favour of a teaching appointment at the Warneford hospital, Oxford; a post he held until his retirement in 1984. He was very happy in Oxford, enjoying dining rights at Wadham College and becoming a fellow of Green College, where he built his library from scratch.
Dafydd’s mate the Bastard Of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Lord John Walton was Warden of Green College. Lord John Walton’s presence as Chairman of the GMC for years during the 1980s and 90s ensured that no complaints against Gwynne, Dafydd or Tony Francis were ever investigated, although there were many of them and very serious ones. See previous posts.
A number of honours were granted him in appreciation of his contribution to psychiatry and literature. He was elected emeritus fellow of Green College (1984), fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (1990), and honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (1993). The generosity of spirit, so apparent in his writing, was no less evident in his personality, and was freely expressed in the warm support and encouragement he gave to younger psychiatrists, psychotherapists and writers, as well as to the patients who came to consult him from all walks of life…
The Torygraph, March 2001, also provided an obituary for Storr:
ANTHONY STORR, who has died aged 80, made his name as the author of popular and erudite books on psychiatry, and as a broadcaster who was able to tackle the difficult subject of mental illness with lucidity and compassion.
Storr’s subjects ranged from sexual deviation to human aggression and from the individual’s need for solitude to the impulses of creativity. In all his work he revealed a deep sympathy for those trapped in mental suffering; at the same time, he retained an abiding belief in the therapeutic value of artistic and intellectual endeavour.
Although he had been trained under the influence of Jung and was receptive to the theories of Freud, Storr assimilated their ideas without being slavish. He rejected the dogmatic excesses of his profession and was impatient with those who sought to compartmentalise mental illness. He was vehemently opposed to the use of compulsory treatment, once observing that “the sane are madder than we think. The mad saner”.
Like many who have pursued a career in psychiatry, Storr himself was no stranger to mental anguish. His compassion for others was born of his own unhappiness and loneliness as a child and informed by the recurrent bouts of depression that affected him throughout his life. Charles Anthony Storr was born on May 18 1920 and brought up in the shadow of Westminster Abbey where his father, Vernon, was subdean. The youngest of four children by 10 years, Anthony was a chronic asthmatic, frequently plagued by illness. He also inherited from both parents a tendency to depression.
Storr was desperately unhappy at boarding school, where he was sent at the age of eight. Shy, nervous and bad at games, he was bullied and found it difficult to make friends. But he discovered that he could “ingratiate” himself with other boys by listening to their problems, a strategy that allowed him to relate to his peers without exposing himself to ridicule or rejection.
He also found solace in music. At Winchester he sang in the choir, and played the viola and piano. At home, he would often take his gramophone at night to the organ loft of Westminster Abbey and luxuriate as the strains of Bach or Handel reverberated around the empty nave. Later in Music and the Mind (1992) he disputed the Freudian theory that the purpose of music was to sublimate the libido, preferring to see it as creating “order within the mind”.
From Winchester College Storr went up to read Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where the novelist and scientist C P Snow became his tutor and friend. Snow encouraged his interest in psychiatry and when Storr’s father died in 1940, leaving him with insufficient money to complete his degree, Snow persuaded the college to provide the necessary funds.
Exempted from military service because of his asthma, Storr continued his medical studies at the Westminster Hospital Medical School after leaving Cambridge in 1941, and then became a houseman at Runwell Mental Hospital. He worked subsequently at the Maudsley Hospital where he did postgraduate training in Jungian psychiatry, gaining a diploma in 1951. Soon afterwards he set up in private practice, combining this work with staff appointments at various London hospitals.
In 1960, Storr published an article in the ‘New Statesman’ entitled Torture Without Violence in which he exposed the wartime use of psychiatrists to interrogate and torture prisoners. The ensuing public outcry led to Storr’s being co-opted on to a Government committee charged with formulating rules to outlaw the psychological torture of prisoners.
At that time Storr had no intention of becoming a full time writer. His first book, The Integrity of the Personality (1960), was written not for publication but in order to clarify his own thoughts on the relationship between the psychotherapist and his patient. The book’s popular appeal encouraged him to continue writing and other works followed fast and furiously.
In Sexual Deviation (1964 – part of the Penguin Studies in Social Pathology) he suggested, controversially, that the suffering of children who had been sexually abused “is more the result of adult horror than of anything intrinsically dreadful in the sexual contact itself”.
In Human Aggression (1968), he observed that aggression is a normal aspect of the human psyche and that, rather than suppressing or denying our violent impulses, they should be usefully channelled into competitive sports or in scientific or artistic pursuits. He expanded this theme in Human Destructiveness (1972), a book conceived in horrified response to the newsreels of Belsen he had seen at the end of the Second World War.
Storr saw human creativity as the flip-side of man’s capacity for cruelty and violence, and in The Dynamics of Creation (1972) he argued that artistic creativity has a therapeutic value in helping the artist and his public to achieve a greater understanding of themselves.
In Churchill’s Black Dog and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind (1980) he explored the links between creative genius and mental illness, suggesting in the title essay that it was Sir Winston Churchill’s recurrent bouts of depression that enabled him to express his country’s suffering in wartime and discern gleams of hope in apparently hopeless situations.
Storr retired from his psychotherapy practice in 1974 to take up a teaching appointment at the Warnefield hospital in Oxford. During the late 1970s he served as a member of the Parole Board and on the Williams Committee on Obscenity and Film Censorship. He also became a frequent participant in radio and television discussion programmes and wrote and presented television documentaries for the BBC.
In Solitude: a Return to the Self (1988) he challenged the popular view that happiness lies in human relationships; solitude and reflection, he suggested, are just as vital prerequisites of human happiness, as well as being essential for personal development.
In his final book, Feet of Clay (1996) Storr argued that there are psychological similarities between “crazy” messiahs, such as Jim Jones, the cult leader who led 900 of his followers to mass suicide in Guyana in 1978 and “respectable” religious leaders, including Jesus Christ.
As a writer and broadcaster, Storr cut an authoritative, urbane, almost avuncular figure. Yet throughout his life he remained subject to attacks of depression and self-doubt which he described as a “lot of ups and downs but not enough ups”. Perhaps not surprisingly, psychiatry helped him to cope with his own problems and he remained convinced that his manic periods were a vital mainspring of his own creative energy.
Anthony Storr married first, in 1942, Catherine Cole (the children’s writer Catherine Storr) by whom he had three daughters. The marriage was dissolved and he married secondly, in 1970, the writer Catherine Peters.
Emeritus Professor of Public Health Medicine
Member Provisional Council/Board,1971-1972
Member of Faculty Board,1972-1975
President Faculty 1989-1992
This is a personal account of my experiences and views. A far more
comprehensive document is available which has some details of the
minutes of meetings which took place. This was prepared by Prof Michael
Warren, who was the first Academic Registrar of the Faculty… The Ministry’s first Chief Medical Officer, Sir George Newman, reiterated the Second World War brought on many changes that had an effect on
population health such as improvements in nutrition. The introduction of the National Health Service in 1948 had a major impact on public health. The strength of the public health departments had been evident during the war when the personal authority of MOH’s [Medical Officers of Heath] proved essential to the organisation of the emergency services for civil defence. Services for mothers, babies and school children had been greatly improved and broadened through the activities of public health departments, though with some friction with the general practitioners and not much help from paediatric or obstetric Hospitals.
The speciality had expected the NHS would be introduced as part of local
government with an expected expansion of the service provided by local
authorities. They were gravely disappointed. Seeds of antagonism between
LA services and the voluntary hospitals had been present for some time, but
public health, not for the first or last time, did not grasp political reality. It
grossly underestimated the power of concentrated lobbying by the BMA, the
Royal Colleges and the voluntary hospitals….
Another group anxious for its independence from public health supremacy at this time was environmental health…was embodied in the National
Health Service reorganisation Act 1973.
…the Todd Commission stimulated the change in the
organisation, accreditation, and education in public health. From the service side this was led by Dr Wilfrid Harding, who was MOH of the London Borough of Camden, and a very senior figure in the Society of Medical Officers of Health. He was also a personal friend of Lord Rosenheim, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Professor of Medicine at University College, London. Change was also facilitated by the proposed changes in the structure of the NHS, which envisaged public health becoming part of the NHS. The roles that community medicine would play in the NHS was outlined in the Hunter report… Academics were almost all members of the Multidisciplinary Society of Social Medicine. Many had considerable renown, both nationally and internationally, e.g. cancer of the lung (Hill and Doll), chronic respiratory disease (Reid), coronary heart disease (Morris) and tuberculosis (Alice Stewart). But relations between academe and service were minimal. My department at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School was one of the few to have working relations with service departments (Kent County Council, London Borough of Harrow). A major concern in the creation of the Faculty by the members of the Society for Social Medicine was the place of non-medical members of the Society in the proposed Faculty. Prof McKeown, of Birmingham, was particularly concerned with this. Membership of the Faculty. Unfortunately, because it was considered essential that we should be closely affiliated to the RCP, and because the majority of those affected by the initial negotiations were medically qualified, we were unable to achieve equal status for the medical and non-medical individuals. The provisional committee was able to ensure that its first honorary fellow was Austin Bradford Hill, a medical statistician. Achieving equivalence for non-medical graduates has taken many years, in spite of support for this from many members, particularly the academics. This difference between non-academics’ and academics’ in
attitude was, unfortunately, common in many matters at the beginning of the Faculty. It has, gradually, disappeared. Another major issue at the beginning was the equivalence of membership of the RCP and of the proposed Faculty. Morris and Harding, encouraged by Rosenheim, expected that members of the Faculty would be able to progress to Fellowship of the College, in the same way as members of the College. One of the senior physicians at St Thomas’s Hospital was John Harman (father of Harriet). We used to meet at lunch at the time of the negotiations for the creation of the Faculty. He was also Senior Censor of the RCP [Royal College of Physicians]. One day, at lunch, we discussed the formation of the Faculty. He was in favour, but was concerned. He emphasised that the College President, Lord Rosenheim, was giving false encouragement to Morris and Harding. There was no chance that the Fellows of the College would approve equivalence. He felt that Comitia (the ruling body of the College) would reject such a proposal….
Tenure of the President
Another piece of advice from Harman was the tenure of the President. At that time (in the early 70s) PRCP’s could serve for many annual terms (Presidents of the RCP are elected annually). Harman pointed out that it was difficult to get rid of a President, if he was elected annually, and gave examples how, in their later years, PRCPs, with long tenure, had outlived their “sell by date”. ..
Another interesting issue in the formation of the Faculty, not recorded by
Warren, was the nomination of the first President. In discussions between
many of those involved in the creation of the Faculty it had been considered
that the first President should be a highly prestigious figure, with an
international reputation. Richard Doll was considered an ideal candidate…
inaugural meeting in March 1972, Harding, the Chairman of the Provisional
Board, before the coffee break, announced that he had received a letter from
Doll withdrawing his candidature because of his workload as the new Regius
Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. This was received with great
consternation. Harding stated that we would discuss this after the coffee
break as we had very little time to make other arrangements.
Several of us (I believe it was George Forwell, Tom Anderson, Archie
Cochrane, Mike Heasman, Ron Lowe and Walter Holland) were extremely
concerned by this turn of events. We thought that as this matter had been
sprung on us at the last possible minute it was likely that the meeting would
propose Harding as its nominee, as he had done so much to promote the
creation of the Faculty and it would be difficult to oppose this nomination. We were very uncomfortable with this. Harding was not popular with academics or the Society for Social Medicine. The five of us discussed the situation for about one minute (as far as I can recollect) and turned to Archie Cochrane and unanimously urged him to agree that we should, immediately after the coffee break, and before Harding as Chairman could start a discussion, put forward Archie Cochrane’s name as the Provisional Board’s nominee for first President. Archie did require persuasion, but agreed that we could do this. Harding was surprised, but it was accepted by the meeting and Harding became our second President.
Since the Faculty was to be responsible for the professional standards of its
members it obviously had to set an appropriate examination. It was rapidly
agreed that the Faculty would follow in the footsteps of its parent Colleges
and would not accept exemption from this examination because candidates
had relevant academic qualifications such as MD or Ph.D. Initially, for a period of 2 years, registered medical practitioners practising in the UK and fulfilling the following conditions would be eligible for consideration by the Provisional Council of the Faculty for immediate election to membership without examination:
(1) Appropriate higher postgraduate qualification
(2) Five years’ experience in community medicine
(3) Promotion above the basic grade in the relevant field of community
At the inauguration in March 1972 900 members were elected, of whom 144
were elected as Fellows.
In admitting aspirants to the Faculty under the “grandfather” clause two
groups posed problems. It was agreed that that the Faculty should be
concerned with population medicine rather than individual medicine. Part of the concerns were historical – as described many of the first MOHs had been, and were, general practitioners. It was, at the beginning, important that the Faculty should not be in competition with the RCGP, thus general practitioners with an interest in public health were not considered eligible. Clinical and Child Health Medical Officers posed particular problems. There were many exhaustive discussions about individual applicants from this group of practitioners. The question was always the balance between individual medical practice and population responsibility. There was little generation of goodwill between the proposed Faculty and this group.
Allied to this question was whether some academics with the label of Clinical Epidemiology, who often did have responsibility for individual patients, were eligible. Arguments were not as heated as with the Clinical Medical Officer
group. There was little argument of their contribution to Epidemiology rather
than patient care.
It has often been asked why individuals from Occupational Medicine were not
included in the Faculty. Many on the Provisional Board wished them to be
included. Several very senior occupational physicians such as Prof Richard
Schilling, of the LSHTM, Dr PAB Raffle (CMO of London Transport), Dr D
Slattery (CMO of Rolls-Royce) and Prof C McDonald of the LSHTM were in
favour of this, but the great majority of those in occupational medicine
considered themselves to be clinicians rather than population doctors.
They were mostly general practitioners or hospital physicians with part-time responsibilities in occupational medicine. They wanted closer relations to the RCP rather than to one of its Faculties. Thus the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) was founded. We agreed to support this and established links between the Faculties for mutual endeavours.
Looking back on the foundation of the Faculty it is important to be aware that Public Health, after its 19th century achievements, has always had difficulties in establishing its role and esteem. The dramatic advances in treatment first of infective conditions and later of chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease have always, in the public mind, overshadowed the far more effective public health measures such as vaccination ,or the identification of the hazards of smoking and its prevention, lack of exercise and diet in the control of disease. It is unfortunate that we have never been able to make our subject more “sexy”. But, in addition, we have, as a group, always been concerned with inequalities and alleviation of poverty, which has diminished our appeal to many politicians and powerful financial, commercial and industrial interests.
Here’s another one of the Camden crowd who ran the Westminster Paedophile Ring For The Poor: