Last week I received information concerning connections and friendships between people whom I have named on this blog of which I – and no doubt many other people – were unaware.
Previous posts have mentioned Sir William Utting. Utting was the first Chief Inspector of Social Services for England. He retired from that post in 1991 and in June 1996 was commissioned by John Major’s Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell to review the adequacy of safeguards for children living away from home after the convictions for the abuse of children by child care workers in north Wales. Utting’s review was commissioned at exactly the same time as the Waterhouse Inquiry (see post ‘The Waterhouse Tribunal – Who Was Involved And What Happened To Them Subsequently?’).
Utting’s Report was published in Nov 1997 – by which time there had been a change of Gov’t and Tony Blair was PM – and statements were made about Utting’s Report in the Commons by the Secretary of State for Wales who was at that time Ron Davies, by the Secretary of State for Health Frank Dobson and in the Lords by Baroness Margaret Jay, the Minister of State for Health .
Ron Davies ended up resigning as Secretary of State after an incident on Clapham Common with a male prostitute called Boogie, the truth of which no-one ever got to the bottom of thanks to Alastair Campbell’s handiwork. However Ron will have known about the paedophile gang that operated in north Wales long before the services of Utting and Waterhouse were called upon by John Major and Ron will also have known about the allegations that George Thomas aka Lord Tonypandy, a fellow south Wales Labour MP, was a child molester (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’).
Margaret Jay was the daughter of Jim Callaghan the former PM and Cardiff MP who had been involved in concealing the paedophile gang in north Wales as well as the activities of George Thomas for decades (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). Margaret Jay’s first husband was Peter Jay, who was friendly with Dr David Owen, who also knew a great deal about psychiatrists concealing the abuse of children in care and who had personal connections with some of the Top Doctors in Wales who were doing this (see post ‘Dr Death’). Margaret Jay will have known about the organised abuse of children anyway as a result of her previous career with the BBC as a current affairs journalist – including on Panorama – between 1965-77.
Margaret will have known about the trafficking of children in care for sex work from another source as well. She was a founder Director of the National AIDS Trust in 1987 and many of those who died from AIDS had become infected whilst they were working as rent boys when in the care of local authorities. Margaret was among that cohort who picked up peerages in 1992, after John Major won the General Election just days before five witnesses to the North Wales paedophile ring were killed in a firebomb attack (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’).
Margaret and Peter Jay were divorced in 1986 and in 1994 she remarried Prof Michael Adler, who was Chair of the National AIDS Trust, 1991-2000. Adler is now Emeritus Professor in Genito-Urinary Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital and UCL Medical School. Adler will know of the way in which many of his young patients became infected as well. Michael Adler has been an advisor to the DoH, to WHO, to the UN and to the EC. He has sat on numerous DoH and MRC committees.
Frank Dobson had been ignoring the abuse of children in care and of psych patients for years on his own doorstep in north London (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part IV’).
In her statement to the Lords in Nov 1997, Jay mentioned that the Chief Social Services Inspector for England – which at that time was Herbert Laming – was assessing local authorities compliance with essential management and staffing standards and that the Welsh Office was implementing ‘with determination’ the Adrianne Jones Report on child care and protection. Laming had presided over a child sex abuse scandal whilst he had been Director for Social Services for Hertfordshire but was appointed as Chief Inspector nonetheless (see post ‘The Mentor’). Adrianne Jones had previously been a DoH advisor and the Welsh Office really liked her – she wrote a report for them pre-Waterhouse on the children’s homes of Gwynedd and Clwyd and also attended the seminar organised by Sir Ronald Waterhouse associated with the Waterhouse Inquiry.
Adrianne Jones was the former Director of Social Services for Hillingdon and then held the same position at the City of Birmingham. Local authorities in the West Midlands sent many children on placement to north Wales children’s homes where they were abused and the City of Birmingham Social Services were later subjected to scrutiny because of the abuse of children.
Professor Robert Bluglass of Birmingham University and who ran the Reaside Clinic concealed the wrongdoing of the north Wales mental health services and Gwynedd Social Services in 1988. In the 1990s Bluglass was involved with the investigations and inquiries into Ashworth Hospital (see post ‘Security, Security’) – the north Wales mental health services sent patients, including victims of the paedophile ring, to Ashworth. The Clinical Director of Ashworth, Dr Chris Hunter, was prepared to collude with the mental health services in north Wales and Gwynedd Social Services to frame patients who had complained about the criminality in north Wales (see post ‘The Night Of The (Dr Chris) Hunter’). Bluglass blamed the rampant abuses of the staff at Ashworth on the patients and when he was called upon to investigate the murder of a patient in Ashworth he chose as members of his team one of the senior nurses from his clinic in Birmingham and a senior nurse from Clwyd Health Authority – the Health Authority whose criminality he had concealed in 1988.
One of Bluglass’s colleagues at Birmingham University, Professor Ian Brockington, had been the former senior colleague of Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) immediately before Francis had relocated to work in psychiatry in north Wales (see post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’).
Bluglass had a very cosy relationship with the mental health services in north Wales and at Ashworth and the social services in north Wales had a very cosy relationship with their colleagues in the West Midlands. There was also abuse of children in care in Birmingham and my post ‘Amber Rudd, The Miners Strike And A Memory Jogged’ describes the hate campaign launched against a family from Birmingham who rescued a little girl from abuse and then relocated to north Wales.
There were also links between the North Wales Police who stood accused of corruption and involvement in the paedophile gang in north Wales and the notoriously corrupt West Midlands Serious Crime Squad. Ali Khan from Caernarfon won compensation as a result of being framed by the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, only to find himself arrested and imprisoned again some years later, which Khan always maintained was another fit up as a punishment beating for daring to win a case against the West Midlands Squad.
The former Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police Sir Ron Hadfield advised on the Waterhouse Inquiry. Hadfield knew the senior officers in north Wales who for years failed to properly investigate the abuse of children care (see post ‘The Waterhouse Tribunal -Who Was Involved And What Happened To Them Subsequently?’).
Adrianne Jones retired to Abergavenny – where there had been abuse of children linked to the North Wales gang.
Not only were all these folk colleagues and in some cases mates with each other, but I was told last week that Sir William Utting was a friend of Brian Roycroft, the Director of Social Services for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 1971-93. Roycroft sent scores of children in the care of his department to the Bryn Alyn Community in north Wales and continued to send them even after complaints of the most serious abuse were made. Former residents of Bryn Alyn remember Roycroft visiting the ‘community’ and not batting an eye lid at the conditions there (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’). It is alleged that Roycroft was friends with John Allen, the man involved with organised crime who owned and ran Bryn Alyn and who is now serving yet another prison sentence for child abuse.
Roycroft personally recommended Bryn Alyn to other Directors of Social Services in the north east of England as a suitable place to send children in care.
Utting did not have a background in childcare – he was previously the Chief Probation Officer for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Herbert Laming also had a background in probation work and trained in the north east (see post ‘The Mentor’). Although Lord Laming became – like Utting – a guru of childcare, he didn’t have a background in childcare either, although he had a background in mental health as well as in the probation service.
There were numerous links between the mental health services in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and north Wales (see post ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection’). Dr Neil Davies and Professor Bob Woods, two leading lights in the north Wales mental health services throughout the paedophile years, both worked in Newcastle immediately prior to working in north Wales.
Brian Roycroft trained in social work at the Universities of Leeds and Birmingham. He was a childcare officer in Hertfordshire, 1957-61 and then Assistant Area Officer for the London County Council’s Children’s Dept until 1964. Between 1964-67 Roycroft was a children’s officer in Gateshead. At that time, Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth were working at the Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead, where there were complaints of the children being sexually abused. Arnold was appointed Head of Bryn Estyn in 1973 and within months had offered Howarth a job there – once in post, they expanded upon the paedophile activities and abuse that had already existed at Bryn Estyn. Blair’s mates and fellow north east Labour MPs Ernest Armstrong and his daughter Hilary Armstrong concealed the abuse of children that was happening in the region (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’). Hilary had worked as a social worker herself in Sunderland and lectured in Youth and Community Work in Sunderland Poly.
In 1967 Roycroft became a children’s officer in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and four years later became Director of Social Services there.
It was no coincidence that as the claims by Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch and me that something terrible was happening in north Wales became louder and more insistent, the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal exploded in the north east and served as a convenient distraction (see post ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas And The Culprits Were Named’).
Roycroft was described in his obituary as having ‘the ear of Gov’t Ministers and civil servants’. One of Thatcher’s Gov’t Ministers, Sir Peter Morrison – who was also a personal friend of Thatcher’s – was abusing children in care in north Wales (see post ‘A Vintage Crop’). Between 1970-80 Barbara Kahan was a senior advisor to the Home Office and then the DHSS regarding children in care – Kahan knew that children were being abused in care and she also worked with two paedophiles, Louis Minster and Peter Righton (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’). Some of the mandarins in the DHSS at that time were very odd, socialising with Jimmy Savile at the Athenaeum and even offering him a job as manager of Broadmoor and his mate Alan Franey as Chief Exec over a meal there (see post ‘Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’). Brian McGinnis, the mandarin at the DHSS in charge of mental health from 1987 and at the time of Savile’s appointment, was later banned from working with children.
Roycroft would certainly have been spoilt for choice in terms of civil servants colluding with wrongdoing in terms of in whose ear he chose to whisper – all the mandarins named in my post ‘Additional Security Measures’ knew that children were being abused in care and were ending up in psychiatric hospitals and prisons if they didn’t shut up about it. Of course Roycroft could always have had a chat to Bing Spear, the most senior mandarin at the Home Office’s Drugs Branch who was most helpful to doctors dealing in class A drugs – including Dr Dafydd Alun Jones in north Wales – and was most probably an addict himself (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’).
Part of John Allen’s crime empire was built upon drugs.
Roycroft was the President and Secretary of the Association of Directors of Social Services.
Roycroft was appointed by Thatcher as an EEC Commissioner, a most unusual appointment for someone not elected to Parliament.
In retirement Roycroft Chaired a local Housing Association which he founded and was also Chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Society.
I was told last week that Brian Roycroft was allowed to investigate the first major child abuse scandal in the mid 1970s, which happened in his own local authority. He was also asked or appointed himself to investigate the Director of the Social Services of a Yorkshire Authority who admitted abusing children in the care of his own Authority.
I note that this appalling mess in the north east was going on during the years following the revelations of very serious corruption on the part of public officials in the north/north east of England who were involved with the scandals of which John Poulson – a Yorkshire based architect with connections in the Tory Party – and T. Dan Smith – the leader of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Council who was big in the Labour Party – were at the heart. Poulson – who was a Freemason – and T. Dan Smith bribed public officials and civil servants at all levels on a massive scale. Their business interests extended outside of England. Poulson had close links with corrupt civil servants in London and the Scottish Office and had business interests in Africa and T. Dan Smith’s PR company was involved with Wandsworth Borough Council. Donald Naismith, the Director of Education at Wandsworth, was named as a paedophile in the Elm Guest House investigation (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’) and it was Wandsworth Borough Council who employed the social work team attached to St George’s Hospital Medical School who facilitated a paedophile ring and associated serious crime in the 1980s/90s (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).
Poulson’s trial and conviction in 1974 forced the resignation of Heath’s Home Secretary Reginald Maudling who was a business associate of Poulson. One favour which Maudling did for Poulson was to pressure the Gov’t of Malta to award Poulson’s company a huge contract to build a hospital. Lady Juliet Bingley the Chair of MIND had lived in Malta when her husband Sir Alec Bingley the Commander of NATO’s fleet in the Meditarranean was stationed out there (see post ‘Additional Security Measures’). Juliet Bingley was involved in the development of healthcare services in Malta and was a personal friend of Dom Mintoff, the Maltese PM. Maudling also pressurised the Conservative Party to increase overseas assistance to Malta and he opposed Labour Party plans to reduce defence spending and cut the number of troops stationed on Malta. Juliet Bingley and her son William, who was legal director of MIND, spent years concealing the wrongdoing of Top Doctors – including those in north Wales – who were facilitating organised child abuse. William carried on the good work once he was appointed Chief Exec of the Mental Health Act Commission. See post ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health – Never For Themselves Of Course’.
William Utting admitted in one report that Peter Righton was involved with a trade in boys on Malta and one those recently charged with historical sex offences against children in care in north Wales was extradited from Malta, where he had retired. Louis Minster retired to Malta.
Poulson is best known for bribery and corruption but there have been allegations that some of those close to him were involved in organised child abuse. After Poulson was jailed he made some very bitter comments concerning the way in which he had been prosecuted and bankrupted but not one of the many politicians or civil servants who had been involved in the numerous scams faced such serious consequences.
The judge blamed Poulson and Poulson’s own defence lawyer was very rude about him as well. But then Poulson was behind bars and no longer able to do favours for people in high places.
As with the abuse of vulnerable people in north Wales and the associated corruption, the problems in the north/north east were long standing and didn’t go away.
The story of Colin Smart, who was Director of Sunderland Social Services for a short while in the early 1990s, is illuminating. In April 1998 Nick Davies wrote an article about it in the Guardian.
Colin was appointed Director in early 1991 – he had spent the previous 17 years running the social services at the much smaller authority of South Tyneside. Shortly after Colin arrived he discovered that in the late 1980s, a number of staff in one of Sunderland County Council’s children’s homes had been sacked for sexual assaults on the children, yet the police had never been informed. Colin Smart informed the police. He also contacted the DHSS to ask the SSI (Social Services Inspectorate) to mount an inquiry into the home concerned, Witherwack, as well as into the other children’s homes in Sunderland.
A police inquiry followed, led by Detective Chief Inspector David Wilson and the SSI produced a report. A team appointed by Smart himself also investigated. In Jan 1992 Smart’s team reported back to him that serious abuse was occurring in nearly every home in Sunderland.
Smart wrote an article for the Guardian and took a list of names of the victims and abusers to the Chief Exec of Sunderland County Council. Smart stated that he would resign if the matter wasn’t dealt with. The Chief Exec did not back Smart, so he did indeed resign after only 10 months in the job.
Disinformation was then fed to the press to detract from the seriousness of what had been uncovered. David Wilson charged the previously sacked workers with more than 20 offences. Wilson found himself under attack from NALGO and Sunderland Councillors. Pressure was put on the Chief Constable who initially supported Wilson, but Wilson was soon moved to another line of enquiry.
The SSI produced a damning report in Feb 1992. By then Sunderland County Council had commissioned their own report from Emlyn Cassam, the Director of Social Services for Norfolk. Cassam’s report was published in May 1992 – Cassam’s entire thrust was to advice the Council not to investigate the history of abuse, but to look to the future. Which is the bog standard response of the welfare services when they have a massive problem on their hands, summed up by those copy and paste NHS/social services phrases in the wake of disaster ie. ‘we are where we are’, ‘mistakes were made’, ‘we’re looking to the future’. Which pretty much guarantees that the disaster will continue.
In the autumn of 1992 Colin Smart wrote a report concerning child abuse and elderly care in Sunderland – in Dec 1992 he sent this report to Virginia Bottomley, the Secretary of State for Health. Bottomley was a former psychiatric social worker and one of her children was a junior doctor. She knew exactly what had been going on before she even became an MP.
Sunderland County Council then sued Colin Smart for breach of confidence – he had of course named people in his report to Bottomley. They took him to the High Court, requesting that he surrender all of his information and pay them damages.
The Guardian saw an internal memo which made it clear what the real concerns of Sunderland County Council were. Two former residents of Witherwack were suing the Council and the memo to the Councillors from Colin Longley the Director of Administration mentioned that solicitors acting for the Council’s insurers were concerned at the prospect of further cases and claims – just as in the case of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, when the Blairs’ friend Michael Beloff QC was acting as counsel to Clwyd County Council’s insurers and insisted on the withholding and then the destruction of the Jillings Report (see post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake’).
In March 1993 the High Court gagged Colin Smart. He was not allowed to talk about any of the abuse in Sunderland. A very odd deal was negotiated by the judge – Smart was allowed to keep his pension and ‘only’ had to pay 5000k to Sunderland Council on condition that he never spoke publicly about any of the abuse.
Lest unsuspecting readers believe that this couldn’t really have happened, that Smart ‘must have’ been guilty of some sort of misconduct himself, no it really can happen like this. I have mountains of documentation demonstrating serious criminal conduct on the part of numerous agencies and individuals re the abuse of psychiatric patients and I have evidence that at least two judges – Justice Roche and Judge Huw Daniel – colluded with the criminal activities. What does one do when judges start breaking the law? Well unless one has unlimited funds for litigation, one can’t do anything very much but start blogging. And when people started trying to kill me I left north Wales and went into hiding. I haven’t got a pension so I couldn’t be gagged in the way that Colin was.
In Oct 1993 the trial of the very small number of people who had been charged with the abuse of children in Sunderland showed evidence of collusion with the abuse at County Council level. As in north Wales, it was admitted by witnesses that ‘everyone’ knew that children were being abused.
After all this, at the end of the only trial that was held, just two people were convicted of abusing the kids and they both received suspended sentences.
Several of the SSI inspectors who had been involved with the investigation then gained employment with Sunderland County Council. All police and Council inquiries stopped. No-one resigned and no-one was sacked.
However, more and more former residents of Sunderland children’s homes came forward and demanded an inquiry and the Sunderland Echo took up the campaign. The former residents approached Colin who agreed to write to the Secretary of State.
Sunderland Council maintained that the matter was old and stale and as far as they were concerned it was closed. However the former residents did manage to secure an NSPCC inquiry which identified 23 people who had abused children in care in Witherwack in the 1970s and 80s.
Northumbria Police announced an investigation to the abuse, led by David Wilson, who was by now a Detective Chief Superintendent.
Nick Davies’s Guardian article finished by stating somewhat optimistically that ‘from his place on the guidelines, Colin Smart is still watching in silence as the cover-up finally cracks’. That never happened. When Nick wrote that in 1988, the Waterhouse Inquiry was underway which ended in a Report that constituted an even bigger cover-up than that which took place in Sunderland. Colin Smart remains unable to tell anyone what he knows about the abuse in Sunderland and who was involved. Nick Davies’s article mentioned three other child abuse scandals.
They were: the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal in which the whistle blowing social worker Alison Taylor was sacked; the investigation into Taff Vale Children’s Home and 32 other children’s homes in Cardiff which involved the sacking of whistleblower Karen McKaye; and the abuse scandal in Warrington which involved Elaine Bowerman spending 10 years trying to persuade her union NALGO, Lancashire County Council and the police to act regarding sexual assaults and violence on children with learning disabilities at Massey Hall School.
One 1992 report compiled by John Banham, who had worked for Cheshire Social Services, concerning the management of the social services in north Wales has disappeared completely. The Home Office and the Wales Office have no record of it.
The Councillors and politicians who concealed the organised abuse of children across the UK are now sitting in the nation’s Parliaments and many of them are in the Lords. Many of the witnesses/victims are dead and nearly all of those still alive have had their reputations trashed by psychiatrists or have been fitted up for ludicrous trivial crimes and it is emphasised that they are ‘criminals’ if ever they dare to pipe up. One of those who concealed the abuse of children in Scotland and oversaw serious but ridiculous allegations made against innocent people on Orkney was Professor Alexis Jay, who is currently Chairing the ‘Independent’ Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
The cover-up is still firmly in place and the lid is now nailed down even more tightly than it was when Colin Smart was shafted in 1993.
One reason why Colin felt able to try and challenge what everybody knew was happening but were concealing was that he didn’t belong to any of the ‘tribes’ which it was claimed ruled Sunderland – Catholicism in Jarrow, Freemasonry and the local Labour Party. The abuse of children and the associated criminality in north Wales was also condoned and colluded with by a number of tribes – middle class Welsh speakers/Plaid supporters who ran the County Council and held virtually all of the professional jobs in Gwynedd, wealthy English Tory landowners or the swathes of people who worked in the NHS/social services/universities and colleges. Shot through all of this was corruption emanating from Freemasonry. The tribes loathed each other but none of them were interested in defending dispossessed people in poverty whose lives were being destroyed by institutionalised corruption.
A similar situation seems to have prevailed in south Wales where the vulnerable were also abused. The Labour Party was so dominant there that the tribes consisted of different factions within the Labour Party. Even now there are people whose influence is such that they cannot be crossed – for example Jane Hutt AM seems to dictate exactly what happens in the Third sector in Wales and who receives funding. The Jane Hutt who is the daughter of a London Top Doctor, who is a former social worker and who ignored the abuse and deaths of psych patients and kids in care when she was Health Minister. Jane who is a good mate of Julie Morgan, another AM who is a former social worker and who happened to be married to Rhodri the First Minister…
One MP who colluded with the abuse in Sunderland was Chris Mullin, the Labour MP for Sunderland South, 1987-2010. Mullin attained hero-like status among people on the left and fought long and hard for the Birmingham Six when nobody else would touch them. Mullin had worked as a journo for the Daily Mirror and for Granada’s World In Action. He was a supporter of Tony Benn, a member of the Socialist Campaign Group and drummed up much support for Benn when he (Mullin) was Editor of Tribune, 1982-84. Mullin also campaigned against British Military support for the Khmer Rouge.
Chris Mullin took on the excesses of the British state and Pol Pot but if you were a kid in care who was being abused, as far as Chris was concerned you were on your own. Mullin was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, 1992-97 and Chaired that Committee, 1997-99 and again in 2001-03. David Cameron and Tom Watson were also members of that Committee. Mullin recommended that police inquiries into child abuse should stop and that compensation should not be awarded in the absence of criminal conviction.
Mullin attended a Roman Catholic boarding school in Ipswich and then went to Hull University. David Hanson, the Labour MP for Delyn in north Wales, who was Blair’s PPS and knows a lot more about the paedophile gang that operated in Cheshire/north Wales than he lets on (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’) went to Hull University, as did Tom Watson who is also keeping schtum about a great deal (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’).
Mullin’s mate Tony Benn ignored the abuse of children and psych patients as well for years during his time in Gov’t, although Benn was MP for Chesterfield in Derbyshire, 1984-01, whilst a paedophile ring with links to the gang in north Wales operated in Derbyshire.
This lot were going to save us all from nuclear annihilation, but they wouldn’t confront a gang of paedophiles protected by rich unscrupulous Top Doctors and lawyers.
I was told last week that a group of Directors of Social Services were instrumental in concealing the serious widespread abuse of children in about 1990. These Directors had occupied roles as Vice-Presidents and Presidents of the Association of Directors of Social Services for over two years. I only know the names of some of them. One was Brian Roycroft, one was Emlyn Cassam, one was David Tombs who was Director of Social Services for Hereford and Worcester, one was John Rea Price – who had overseen appalling abuse of children when he was Director of Social Services at Islington and was someone else with a background in the Probation Service – and another was Ian White, who was Director of Social Services of Hillingdon and also of Oxfordshire. The other person I was told was Director of Social Services for the Isle of Wight and Scilly. I have not yet found out who this Director was but I was told that they had worked in Sunderland and then Scotland, where they had to leave their post after it was found that they did not hold the required social work qualification. This person was a close friend of Brian Roycroft and like a few others involved in colluding with the abuse of children, they became a millionaire. My informant tells me that Barbara Kahan and Peter Righton were connected with these people.
My informant also told me that a police officer took an interest in what was happening in Sunderland and in the rampant child abuse in Lambeth Social Services, became an inspector with SSI and briefly became Acting Director of Social Services on the Isles of Scilly. I do not know whether this person tried to tackle the abuse or colluded with it.
Detective Superintendant Clive Driscoll certainly encountered problems when in 1998 he was appointed to investigate abuse in Lambeth. He wanted to interview Paul Boateng regarding his connections with paedophile John Carroll, who managed a children’s home in Lambeth and who at one point ran a business in north Wales. Boateng knows a great deal about wrongdoing in north Wales, Brent and Lambeth (see post ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Howell’). Driscoll was taken off the investigation and placed on a disciplinary charge.
I have also been told that a ‘would be Mayor of London and International Transport specialist’ wrote a book called ‘Forgotten Children’ which was an attempt at a cover-up and was supported by NCB and Barbara Kahan. I have not been able to find out who this was – there are a great many books going under that title…
Emlyn Cassam, the former Director of Norfolk Social Services, was commissioned to investigate the abuse of children in Islington as well as in Sunderland. I was told that Cassam concentrated on the present and the future of the services under investigation rather than the past as a result of political pressure.
Cassam carried out the Islington inquiry with Brian McAndrew, the former Chief Exec of Enfield County Council, who had been commissioned by Islington. The inquiry had been ordered by Secretary of State Virginia Bottomley and Cassam only entered into the equation when Jo Tunnard, one of Islington’s own social workers and the former Director of the charity Family Rights Group, was sacked by Islington as lead for the inquiry for being too critical of the services. Cassam was then brought in to replace Jo for the second stage of the inquiry. The Chief Exec of Islington at the time was Eric Dear.
Two whistle blowing social workers in Islington were Dr Liz Davies and David Cofie – they raised concerns in 1990. Concerns included a huge paedophile ring with links to Europe who had possibly murdered a number of children. One social worker had also disappeared. In 1992 Liz resigned and asked Scotland Yard to investigate.
In 1993 a Scotland Yard investigation led by Superintendent Michael James, head of Scotland Yard’s Obscene Publications Branch, began – the largest ever child abuse inquiry.
Considering how serious the allegations were about matters in Islington, not as much as might have been expected resulted from the Scotland Yard investigation.
The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, 1987-93, was Lord Peter Imbert. In 1991 the staff of St George’s Hospital Medical School and the associated psychiatric hospital Springfield were concealing the North Wales paedophile ring (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’). Patients at Springfield included a woman who had been raped in her own home by a senior police officer at Scotland Yard – the matter had not been reported and insufficient care was given to the rape victim who had been just about destroyed by the attack – and a lady who had been coerced into an arranged marriage to a violent man who constantly threatened to kill her and who was living with the possibility that he would carry out this threat. The degree of collusion that the hospital was showing with serious crime was not just a lack of understanding, there was institutional corruption at work. Some five years previously Oliver Brooke, the Professor of Paediatrics at St George’s, had been imprisoned for his part in a European child porn ring.
Prior to being appointed as Commissioner of the Met, Imbert had been Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, where corruption had been rampant (see post ‘They Planned To Put Acid In All The Reservoirs…’). In 1982 a TV documentary filmed Thames Valley officers yelling at and intimidating a woman who had reported being raped. Imbert gained much kudos from spearheading a change in the way in which rape victims were treated by the police. No-one pointed out that he had led the force for three years by the time that expose was filmed – he would have known that his officers conducted themselves in that manner.
In terms of public spirited citizens helping in the fight against crime, in 1988 Tory peer Lord Ashcroft launched Crimestoppers. Some five years later I knew someone who rang Crimestoppers Wales and reported one of the key facilitators of the paedophile ring in north Wales, giving full details of two very serious crimes. No action was taken so this person rang again. They were told that their call had been classed as a hoax and no investigation would take place. At the time of the reporting of the crimes to Crimestoppers, a police investigation into the abuse of children in north Wales was underway which concluded that no evidence of a paedophile ring was found.
The leader of Islington Council, 1982-92, was of course Margaret Hodge, who famously insulted the Evening Standard when they exposed the abuse and also insulted one of the victims of the paedophile gang when he wrote to her years later, by which time Blair had made Hodge Minister for Children (see post ‘The London Connection’ for info on Hodge and her network/family). After the Evening Standard began their investigation, Hodge resigned as Council leader and started work with Price Waterhouse.
In Nov 2003 – by which time Hodge was Minister for Children – Tim Yeo, the Tories Health and Education Spokesman, demanded her sacking.
The Islington branch Secretary of UNISON was Brian Gardner who did all that he could to downplay the role of his members in the scandal.
The local MP was Jeremy Corbyn, who had close links with unions who had members working in childcare – in the 1970s Jeremy had worked as a trade union organiser for NUPE and maintained close friendships with many trade union reps. From 1974 until he was elected to the Commons in 1983 Jeremy was a member of Haringey Council – whose record on childcare was appalling and which, at least by 1986, had a direct link with Dr Dafydd Alun Jones. Jeremy had also been a member of a District Health Authority.
Jeremy was up to his eyes in it – and he was also a good mate of Mullin, Benn and others who had walked away from kids in care and psych patients who were being abused.
The General Secretary of the British Association of Social Workers was David Jones and of course none of it was anything to do with his members either.
Islington’s Director of Neighbourhood Services was Martin Higgins and the Chair of Islington’s Social Services Committee was Sandy Marks, who is now a disability rights activist.
No-one at Islington resigned or apologised. In Feb 1994 Martin Higgins took early retirement. Higgins was defended by Councillor Chris Payne, the leader of Islington Lib Dems.
Virginia Bottomley then ordered another inquiry into the Islington Scandal. The junior Health Minister John Bowis said that the SSI would monitor progress and investigate Islington’s handling of the network of abusers.
John Bowis went to Brasenose College, Oxford and was Conservative MP for Battersea, 1987-97. He was Health Minister, 1993-96 – whilst Dr Dafydd Alun Jones was allowed to ‘retire’ without any of the serious complaints about him being followed up and was also allowed to walk away with the contract for the provision of ‘substance abuse services’ for north Wales (see post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’). John Bowis and his boss the Secretary of State Virginia Bottomley will also be able to explain why everyone was told that the North Wales Hospital Denbigh was closed down in 1995 when actually part of it remained open. Who was kept in there Bowis? And what happened to the people who were kept in the underground chamber out there – and the victims of the paedophiles who were illegally imprisoned there?
John Bowis might even have personally known Dafydd and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) and those who protected them – Bowis used to work at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, where every one of that lot had also worked (see posts ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’ and ‘The Mentor’). Bowis had been the National Secretary of the famously extreme Federation of Conservative Students and was also the President of the Gay Conservatives.
Bowis was Transport Minister, 1996-97, under Secretary of State Sir George Young – who some years previously in his capacity as junior Minister for Personal Social Services had shared a platform at a conference on child care with Terence Hoskin, a head teacher and ‘expert’ on child care who was later imprisoned for the abuse of children in his care (see post ‘The Mentor’).
In 1999 John Bowis was elected to the European Parliament for the London region – he stood down at the 2009 election. Bowis was Chair of the Conservative Europe Group.
Somebody who will also be able to tell us who was hidden away out at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh when everybody had been told that it was closed is Stephen Dorrell who succeeded Bottomley as Health Secretary and was Health Secretary whilst part of Denbigh was still in operation. What were you all up to Dorrell?
Stephen Dorrell acted as the Personal Assistant to the Conservative Minister Peter Walker during the 1974 General Election campaign. Walker was Tory MP for Worcester, 1961-92 and Secretary of State for Wales, 1987-90. Walker was someone who concealed both the abuse of children in care in north Wales and the criminality of the psychiatric services there (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). In 1983 Dorrell was appointed as PPS to his old mate Walker whilst Walker was Energy Secretary.
Dorrell was a junior Minister in the DoH, 1990-92, under Health Secretary William Waldegrave. Which was when the mental health services in north Wales were trying to frame me for serious offences, when everybody was ignoring the paedophile ring that they were running and when St George’s Hospital Medical School and Springfield Hospital were colluding with all of it as well as committing research fraud. Dorrell was also in post when the mental health services in Leicester were concealing a paedophile ring in Leicestershire of which Greville Janner was a part.
Stephen Dorrell was an MP for a Leicestershire constituency, 1979-2015.
Between 2010-14 Dorrell was Chair of the Commons Health Select Committee. When he stood down as Chair Dorrell took up a role with KPMG as a senior consultant ‘supporting [KPMG’s] health and public service practice’.
After Margaret Hodge waved a fond farewell to her paedophile infested empire, Derek Sawyer became Council leader, 1992-94 and was in post when the abuse inquiries were set up. Sawyer was Jeremy Corbyn’s former election agent. Derek Sawyer had been the business partner of Derek Slade, who ended up being sentenced to a long stretch in prison for sexually assaulting 12 boys at St George’s School in Suffolk in the late 1970s/early 1980s.
When Slade was convicted he had been living in Staffordshire – the location of the Pindown Scandal in the mid 1980s.
Sawyer always maintained that he did not know that Slade was a sex offender – Sawyer helped establish the schools in which Slade molested pupils. Slade also used Sawyer to acquire a new ID, as Dr Edward Marsh, under which he then set up a charity called Help A Poor Child. Sawyer maintained that he had been unwittingly used. Keith Vaz – who had been Islington Council’s solicitor – had assisted in fundraising for the charity and the Lord Mayor of Leicester had also been involved in one of Sawyer’s and Slade’s business ventures.
The Islington whistleblower Dr Liz Davies maintains that she personally told Jeremy Corbyn about the very serious abuse in Islington children’s homes but he took no action.
The second inquiry into the Islington Scandal was led by Ian White. I have been told that White conducted a better inquiry than Cassam, but there have always been allegations that – as with the Jillings Investigation into child abuse in Clwyd – although what was reported was horrific, even more horrific events were not reported. The White Report was published in 1995.
Ian White joined West Riding County Council in 1964 as a management trainee and then worked in management at Manchester City Council, 1969-71. Between 1971-82 White worked in East Sussex’s Social Services. He then moved to Hillingdon as the Assistant Director of Social Services and then became Director. Betweeen 1988-95 White was Director of Oxfordshire Social Services.
So when White was commissioned to investigate Islington, he was Director of a Social Services dept where children had been abused, a dept which had employed Louis Minster who was a paedophile and who subsequently became Director of Richmond-Upon-Thames Social Services, 1975-84 and oversaw a network of paedophiles operating within (see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’). Minster was Deputy Director of Social Services for Sunderland, 1971-72… Barbara Kahan had spent her career working in Oxfordshire Social Services – Kahan ignored child abuse both at Oxfordshire and in her capacity as a senior advisor to the Home Office and then DHSS, 1970-80, after which she spent more than 15 years advising the Commons Select Committee on Social Services. Kahan was friendly with and worked with social work academic Peter Righton who was a paedophile with an international network, a founder of PIE who justified sex between adults and children in his work who was eventually convicted of child sex offences. For the background on Kahan and Righton see post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’.
White was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services, 1991-92.
After White wrote the Report on Islington he was appointed as Director of Hertfordshire Social Services, 1995-2000 – Herbert Laming’s former territory – and then retired.
In retirement White Chaired NHS commissioning bodies in Hertfordshire and advised the Home Office on their drugs strategy.
David Tombs was Director of Hereford and Worcestershire Social Services from approx 1974 until he retired in 1994. Earlier in his career Tombs had worked as a child care officer with Louis Minster in Oxfordshire whilst Barbara Kahan occupied a senior position there.
In 2014 when the UK media was showing interest in the existence or not of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Tombs appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme maintaining that following Peter Righton’s arrest in 1992, he had met with civil servants from the Dept of Health and told them of his concerns regarding a possible paedophile ring in Whitehall. Tombs stated that he was told by civil servants that he was ‘probably wasting his time’ because there were ‘too many of them over there’, which he took to mean that there were a number of paedophiles in Westminster.
Days before Tombs’s comments on Radio 4, former West Mercia Police detective Terry Shutt who was involved in the 1992 arrest of Peter Righton claimed that material found by police after Righton’s arrest for child porn offences implicated other establishment figures in a paedophile network, but the matter was covered up. Shutt maintained that the five suitcases of material that police had found after Righton’s arrest hinted at a network of ‘upwards of 20’ prominent child abusers.
In 1993 twelve months after Righton’s arrest, a team set up by Tombs and led by Peter McKelvie compiled a secret report which McKelvie identified politicians, judges, senior military figures and people with links to the Royal Family who were involved in child abuse.
Tombs himself claimed that he didn’t remember the names in the report, although some of the names were of people based in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Tombs stated that ‘Herefordshire was a minimal part of the network but I don’t believe Righton worked directly there’ – Peter Righton had been living in the area for which Tombs was responsible for social services.
McKelvie took his concerns to a ‘very prominent figure’ in the Labour Party whilst Labour were in opposition, but nothing came of it. At some point – but I’m not sure when – McKelvie raised the matter with Tom Watson who in 2012 spoke about it in Parliament, which led to the police establishing Operation Fairbank which investigated the possibility of a paedophile network linked to Downing Street.
Much as I appreciated Tom Watson finally raising this in Parliament, Tom had known about such matters for many years but simply used that knowledge for his own political advantage (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part V’).
When Tombs spoke to the media in 2014 Tim Yeo stated that he was ‘not aware’ of a culture of sexual abuse and found Tombs’s claims ‘incredible’. Yeo asked why Tombs didn’t speak to his MP at the time. Well Tim, a number of us did contact MPs about matters that we now know were directly linked to the Westminster Paedophile Ring but we didn’t get very far. Thatcher’s Welsh Office Ministers Keith Best, Mark Robinson and Wyn Roberts wouldn’t give me the time of day when I contacted them about the criminality of the mental health services which were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring – the Welsh Office actually used their own corrupt lawyer Andrew Park to try and fit me up for offences which he admitted in writing that they did not have evidence of. Alison Taylor was a social worker who witnessed the abuse of the kids who were being trafficked for the use of the Westminster Paedophile Ring – Alison was sacked after raising her concerns and she subsequently wrote to both Tony Newton and Margaret Thatcher but her evidence was ignored. Even if Tombs had not have been a corrupt old bugger who had concealed organised child abuse himself, which MP was he supposed to have contacted exactly?
Tim Yeo was junior Health Minister 1992-93 under Secretary of State Virginia Bottomley. He was in post and had responsibility for children’s homes when the Kirkwood Report into Frank Beck’s offending in Leicestershire (see post ‘Radical Leicester And Some Other Free Radicals’) was published. After the publication of the Report, Yeo placed the blame for the scandal firmly onto Leicestershire County Council. The County Council had certainly been appallingly negligent, had ignored complaints of serious abuse of children in care and had placed children in danger over a period of decades. But the County Council were not the only people who had ignored the abuse of children in the area.
Leicestershire police had failed to investigate numerous complaints properly and were also severely criticised in the fall out after Frank Beck was imprisoned. People in Leicester University knew what was going on and colluded with it, as did people working in education (see post ‘Radical Leicester And Some Other Free Radicals’). The mental health services in Leicester concealed the abuse and psychiatrists supposedly working with the children in homes for children with problems didn’t actually see the children themselves, instead they provided support sessions for the staff. Dr James Earp, the leading forensic psychiatrist in Leicester, was also concealing and colluding with the abuses and criminal activities of the mental health services in north Wales (see post ‘An Expert From England’).
Leicester City Council also knew that children were being abused as undoubtedly did a solicitor who had worked in a law centre funded by Leicester City Council, a man called Keith Vaz. Who had previously worked as a lawyer for Islington Council and Richmond Council – where children in care were being abused (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’).
The Kirkwood Report following the Inquiry Chaired by Andrew Kirkwood QC into the abuse of children in care by Frank Beck and others in Leicestershire failed to mention a few crucial matters. Such as the involvement of Frank Beck’s friend, the Labour MP for Leicester West, Greville Janner. Kirkwood interviewed Janner in private in 1992 regarding allegations made by a 14 year old boy, but agreed not to mention Janner in the final report and also agreed to allow Janner to lie to the press and deny that Janner had been interviewed.
Janner was also interviewed by the police in the early 1990s in the presence of his solicitor Sir David Napley. Napley was so sure that Janner would be charged with sex offences against children that he had retained George Carman.
When Janner next appeared in the Commons he was greeted with a round of applause.
Alison Saunders the DPP has never managed to explain why the CPS ‘missed’ so many ‘opportunities’ to prosecute Janner (see post ‘Sisters Are Indeed Doing It For Themselves’).
After Frank Beck’s conviction, Tim Yeo refused to implement a number of recommendations which were proposed to make the sexual abuse of children in care less likely, including the monitoring of homes from which children constantly ran away.
Yeo was Tory MP for South Suffolk, 1983-2015. Yeo went to Charterhouse then to Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was Assistant Treasurer of the Bankers Trust Company, 1970-73 and then Director of Worcester Engineering Company, 1975-86. Yeo was Chief Exec of the Spastics Society (Scope), 1980-83 – during that time David Hanson worked for Scope. Hanson is the Labour MP for Delyn, knows a lot about the Cheshire/North Wales paedophile ring and was appointed Blair’s PPS in the aftermath of the Waterhouse Report (sees post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part II’). There have been allegations that children were abused at Scope facilities.
Yeo was involved with the establishment of Tadworth Court Children’s Hospital in 1984.
In 1988 Yeo became a junior Minister at the Home Office under Home Secretary Douglas Hurd. So Yeo will have been au fait with the rampant corruption in the Home Office at that time, including the forging of documents and the collusion with the framing of people who had challenged Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales (see post ‘Additional Security Measures’). In 1990 Yeo was moved to Housing and Planning and in 1992 he was appointed junior Minister at Health under Secretary of State Virginia Bottomley, whilst chaos and criminal malpractice presided in the mental health services in north Wales.
In 1990 Tim Yeo would have worked alongside Minister of State for Housing, Michael – now Lord – Spicer. Spicer was a Worcestershire MP, 1974-2010 and was at one point Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. After graduating from Emmanuel College, Cambridge Spicer worked as a financial journalist on the Daily Mail, Sunday Times and The Statist.
In 1987 Spicer was a junior Minister in the Dept of Energy – working alongside Sir Peter Morrison, Thatcher’s friend who was abusing children in care in north Wales. Everyone in Thatcher’s Govt knew that Morrison was molesting children and Spicer will have known it too. In Energy, Spicer was responsible for Electricity and Coal, Morrison for Oil.
In 1993 Yeo became Minister for the Environment and the Countryside, but he had to resign in 1994 when it became public that he had fathered the child of a Conservative Councillor. Yeo was the first casualty of the ‘back to basics’ scandal. Yeo had also fathered a child when he was at Cambridge – the baby had been adopted.
Yeo was a member of Hague’s, Duncan Smith’s and Michael Howard’s Shadow Cabinets. Howard appointed Yeo Shadow Secretary of State for Pubic Services, Health and Education, 2003-04 – he was responsible for the Shadow Cabinet’s policy on schools and hospitals.
In June 2013 Yeo was named in a lobbying scandal by the Sunday Times. Yeo sued for libel but lost the case in the High Court in Nov 2015. Justice Warby described Yeo as ‘unreliable’, ‘untruthful’ and ‘unworthy of belief’.
Yeo left Parliament in 2015 after he was deselected by his constituency party.
In 2014 after the flurry of allegations in the media concerning the possible existence of a paedophile ring at Westminster, Sir Mark Sedwill the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office insisted that all public bodies – including political parties – should sweep their documents for evidence of a conspiracy of silence. Sedwill told the MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee that this included the Whips offices.
In the same year, Labour MP Lisa Nandy raised in the Commons remarks by the late Tim Fortescue – a Whip in Heath’s Gov’t, 1970-73 – in a 1995 documentary about helping MPs who may have found themselves in trouble because of their activities with small boys. It has been alleged that it was Heath who when he was Chief Whip pioneered the keeping of a ‘dirt book’ on fellow MPs for the purposes of threatening and controlling them. Lisa will probably know quite a bit about such historical practices. Her grandfather was the Liberal politician Frank Byers who was Liberal leader in the Lords and was present at the 1971 meeting when Norman Scott asked for help in the face of what he maintained was harassment and intimidation from Jeremy Thorpe. Byers was so aggressive and intimidating that Norman walked out of the meeting and made a statement to the police (see post ‘My How Things Haven’t Changed’). Lisa’s parents were people who almost certainly knew that Greville Janner was abusing children in Leicestershire (see post ‘Radical Leicester – And Some Other Free Radicals’).
Mark Sedwill went to St Andrew’s University, then to St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989 and was posted to Cairo (1991-94), then to Iraq as a UN weapons inspector (1996-97), then to Nicosia in Cyprus (1997-99). Sedwill was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State at the FCO – Robin Cook and then Jack Straw (2000-02) and was Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, 2003-05. Sedwill then held posts as the Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Dept of the Foreign Office, the International Director of the UK Border Agency (2006-08), the Ambassador to Afghanistan (2009), NATO’s Senior Civilian Representativeness in Afghanistan (2010), the FCO’s D-G for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011) and the FCO’s D-G Political (2012).
In Jan 2013 Sedwill was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Home Office and in Feb 2017 he became the National Security Advisor in the Cabinet Office.
In July 2014 Sedwill admitted that 114 potentially relevant files relating to the abuse of children by people in public life were missing and had probably been shredded.
In the same month Home Secretary Theresa May announced the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse – which has fallen apart after a number of Chairs were appointed who had either concealed child abuse themselves or were the friends or relatives of those who had.
The Permanent Secretary at the Home Office before Mark Sedwill was Dame Helen Ghosh – she was in post Jan 2011-Nov 2012. Perhaps Dame Helen knows something about the files that Sedwill thinks were destroyed – she was in post when after Jimmy Savile died people started demanding investigations and asking about those files…
Ghosh went to St Hugh’s College Oxford and then to Hertford College Oxford. Her husband Peter is a tutor at St Anne’s College Oxford.
In 2012 The Tablet named Ghosh as one of Britain’s most influential Roman Catholics.
Helen Ghosh joined the civil service in 1979 as a trainee in the Dept of the Environment. She was Private Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Housing, 1986-88; Head of Housing Policy and Home Ownership Team, 1992-95. So she served under Secretaries of State Nicholas Ridley, Chris Patten, Michael Heseltine, Michael Howard and John Gummer.
In July 1995 Ghosh joined the Cabinet Office as Deputy Director of the Efficiency Unit. In 1997 she joined the Gov’t Office for London – she was the Director for London East and the European Programme, involving regeneration and EU funds. Between May 1999-Nov 1999 Ghosh was Head of the New Deal for Communities Programme at the Dept of the Environment, Transport and Regions, where Michael Meacher was Minister of State for the Environment.
Ghosh was then Director of the Children’s Group at the DWP, responsible for child benefit, child support, child poverty issues and the Tax Credit Programme.
In Oct 2001 Ghosh joined the Cabinet Office as Head of the Central Secretariat and in 2003 she became D-G, Corporate Services at HMRC and was appointed Permament Secretary in Nov 2005.
In Jan 2011 Helen Ghosh replaced Sir David Normington as Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.
In 2012 Ghosh was appointed DG of the National Trust and from April 2018 she will be the Master of Balliol, Oxford.
Sir David Normington, Ghosh’s predecessor at the Home Office was Principal Private Secretary to Tom King, Secretary of State for Employment, 1983-84. Sir Peter Morrison who was molesting children in care in north Wales and Cheshire was Minister of State in that Dept, June 1983-Sept 1985. His conduct with children was openly gossiped about and Normington will have known about it.
Normington was Permanent Secretary at the Dept for Education and Employment, 2001-05. Whilst in this post Normington acquired the moniker of ‘the smiling assasin’.
In Jan 2006 Normington became Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, which Home Secretary John Reid denounced as being ‘not fit for purpose’. Whilst at the Home Office Normington was responsible for the arrest of Damian Green after Green told the press that the Gov’t had given licences to illegal workers and that an illegal worker had been employed in Parliament.
That unlawful arrest and search of Green’s office eventually led to his dismissal, although Green had not broken the law – unlike Normington. So all those of you who demanded Green’s head on a plate because legal soft porn was found on his computer during an unlawful police raid – congratulations, you finished the work of a man who concealed a member of a paedophile ring who murdered some of their victims. You idiots.
David Normington was appointed First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments in 2010.
I recently received an e mail telling me that a civil servant who later became Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office under David Cameron and the Coalition Gov’t and under Theresa May the Permanent Secretary at the Dept of Justice as long ago as 1998 had a very good grasp of the scale of the child abuse problem in the social services and who was involved. I think that this civil servant must be Richard Heaton.
Richard Heaton is a barrister who joined the Gov’t Legal Services in 1991. In 2004 he moved to the Dept for Constitutional Affairs where he was Director of Legal Services. Heaton was then Head of Law and Governance at the DWP and D-G for Pensions and Ageing Society, 2009-12.
In 2011 Heaton appeared on the Pink List of influential LGBT people compiled by the Indie on Sunday.
I have no idea whether Richard Heaton has colluded with the abuse of vulnerable people or not, but the person whom he replaced at the Ministry of Justice certainly did – Dame Ursula Brennan.
Ursula worked for ILEA, 1973-75, where it would not have been possible not to notice that something was going very wrong with the care of underprivileged children -and that a lot of them were being sent into the arms of child abusers in north Wales children’s homes.
In 1975 Ursula joined the civil service at the DHSS. She held ‘several positions with the health division’ until she joined the social security section in 1990.
So Ursula was in the Dept of Health throughout the years of the most appalling crap that was being concealed at the highest level – crap which involved the deaths of children and psychiatric patients and paedophiles being employed in the most senior levels of the civil service…
Ursula was well rewarded. She became D-G of the DWP in 1999 and then Second Permanent Secretary and Permanent Secretary of the MoD, 2008-12, then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, 2012-15.
Like many women who have been complicit with serious abuse, Ursula is deeply concerned about gender equality – but not of young women who were abducted and kept in a cellar at the North Wales Hospital.
Ursula serves on the Honours Committee. Was it you dishing out the gongs to the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales then Ursula?
What is overwhelmingly obvious is that everybody involved in the ‘independent’ inspections and inquiries concerning child abuse knew each other and they knew each other well, they went back years. They also knew the senior police officers and Top Doctors associated with the investigations and abusive services. Nearly all of them had themselves worked in services where children had been abused and had even been the senior managers of such services.
In retirement many of them were involved with the same charities.
As for the Secretaries of State and Ministers in the Dept of Health and Welsh Office and indeed the civil servants in these depts – they all knew that Dr Dafydd Alun Jones was concealing a paedophile ring but they avoided confrontation for fear of political scandal. Dafydd was also abducting people, keeping them in a cellar and sexually abusing patients – and many of the victims and witnesses were found dead.
Just how stupid are our elected representatives?
So why did the Guardian publish Nick Davies’s article in 1998 – the Guardian has been one of the principal propaganda sheets for the social services and the NHS and it most certainly has not published anything else about the grim reality. I wrote to Nick Davies myself some years ago after he published an article about women with mental health problems – I wrote to him about such people being framed by the mental health services in north Wales. I did not receive a reply. Neither did I receive a reply when I wrote to Johann Hari when he wrote a similar article in the Indie. There’s something about the north Wales scandal that absolutely no-one will touch…you can be raped and beaten, you can be fitted up for crimes of which you are very obviously innocent, you can be unlawfully imprisoned in a cellar by a mad old psychiatrist who wants to have sex with you and you can be murdered by a petrol bomb. And you will still be on your own.
So it’s just as well that I’m still here to blog about what has happened because the Guardian won’t be publishing a word about any of it.