Anyone exposed to the UK media over the past few days will have realised that it has become a wall to wall ‘NHS In Crisis’ story. The Top Doctors are certainly vexed. However the Top Doctors haven’t indulged in the usual ritual of wheeling out a pompous overpaid old git wearing a bow tie and stripey suit to demand more money. No, the Top Doctors have delegated responsibility to others. Angels, managers, professions allied to medicine, healthcare researchers and policy specialists are all appearing in the media reading out press releases that have been very obviously prepared by the Top Doctors and their associates.
I had the misfortune to hear Polly Toynbee on the radio telling us that the NHS is in crisis – but Poll’s been saying that since 1971 when she published her book ‘A Working Life’ and explained that what the NHS needs is more money.
I haven’t paid much attention to Poll on this blog, despite her status as one of the nation’s most high profile PR organs of the paedophiles’ friends. Poll is not very bright, so it isn’t really worth bothering to engage with her arguments and her rank hypocrisy has been widely discussed. Much has been published about her second home – a villa in Tuscany – and some of her children/step children attending some of the UK’s most expensive and elite public schools. The News Quiz fell about laughing when Poll explained to the nation that the problem with London living being so expensive and low paid workers being priced out was that there wouldn’t be anyone to do the cleaning.
Some years ago Polly was denounced as a scarlet woman by the wife of David Walker, the Guardian journo – he’s their former social affairs editor – with whom Polly had set up home. Walker’s wife wrote articles about how this paragon of virtue had buggered off with her husband and was living in a luxurious house, owned an Italian villa and was driving a flash car, whilst she (Walker’s wife) had been left with nothing.
Poll has ‘gone undercover’ as a working class woman, once in 1970 and again in the early years this millennium and then used her data to write books about Life At The Bottom. Her attempts at ethnography are laughable – Poll only spent a few weeks living on a limited income and for some of the jobs in which she went undercover, she only did one shift. Nonetheless Poll was then able to tell it like it is. She also believed that no-one realised who she was – somehow Poll I doubt that you fooled anyone, particularly when you charged off disguised as one of the lower orders some 15 years ago.
I haven’t actually purchased any of Poll’s books – I took the line that Mary Whitehouse used to take when she mounted prosecutions against porn publishers, ‘I haven’t read the books, I don’t need to, I know what is in them’ – I have read quite enough of Poll’s dross in the Guardian, but I did read the book reviews, the synopses etc.
The only person who gave Poll’s 2003 volume ‘Hardwork’ the time of day was, significantly, Rosalind Stanwell-Smith, the past President of the Royal Society of Medicine – everyone else identified the piss poor ‘research’. But the President of the Royal Society of Medicine is exactly who Poll is interested in and represents – commentators on both the left and the right have observed that Poll never criticises the state, even when it is kicking people in the teeth repeatedly.
Poll is of course another person on my long list of folk who has been completely unable to bring herself to discuss what the NHS and social services actually do to people, although she undoubtedly knows. Polly’s efforts at going undercover took place at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. In 1970 she worked there as a ward orderly and about 15 years ago she worked there as a porter. So she will have witnessed the rampant snobbery, the entrenched racism, the rigid hierarchies and the shite attitudes towards the patients that pervades the NHS. She also will have heard about negligence or mistakes so serious that patients died and how this was concealed and she will have noticed the corruption which exists in every part of the NHS at every level.
But Poll writes about the lack of funding and the contracting out of services. The contracting out of services has certainly been outrageous, but who do you think actually did that Poll? It was the work of those who sit on Health Boards, who are very often Top Doctors or promoted Angels. These days they’re the ones who agree to give a contract to some dodgy company or hand over the vulnerable patients to places like Winterbourne View where they are abused and any complaints are ignored – or who decide to purchase another machine that goes ping and cut back on what little is being spent on mental health or learning disability services. When you went undercover as a ward orderly in 1970, who was it leaving people with mental health problems – or indeed simply people who complained about being abused by paedophiles as kids in care or by Top Doctors – to rot for decades in crumbling Victorian asylums? It was your mates the Top Doctors and Angels – do you think that they didn’t know what was happening??? They signed the committal papers you daft cow. Did you ever see any of them fight for the rights of patients at the bottom of the heap – or indeed for people like hospital cleaners? No. Because they didn’t – there were some decent people within the system who were appalled by this sort of thing and who personally did their best and treated everyone with respect, but they were completely outnumbered.
When Poll went undercover in the early years of this century she ‘lived’ in a flat on what she thought was a terrible estate in Lambeth, ’10 minutes walk away’ from where her home is. As a journalist, Poll will know about the long and glorious history of Lambeth Council and it’s many scandals, including the abuse of hundreds of kids in care. In order to organise that flat which she lived in, Poll negotiated with senior folk in Lambeth Council. Not only did she not question how proper it was for them to be doing a mate from the Guardian a favour and allowing her to doss down in a flat when they probably had a waiting list of thousands for even hard to let accommodation, but she obviously didn’t ask them about serious mismanagement yet alone that paedophile gang. But if she’d really wanted to enquire about such things, Poll could have easily have bagged an interview with Peter Mandelson – he was a Lambeth Councillor and Poll is on excellent terms with New Labour.
I had always assumed that a dipstick like Polly had been able to pursue a stellar career as a high profile journo because of her family network. She is the great-great niece of THE Arnold Toynbee, the philanthropist after whom Toynbee Hall is named. Some of the good works associated with Toynbee Hall have actually provided an umbrella for the abuse of poor people by rich people, but I fully accept that may not have been part of Arnold’s vision.
Polly’s grandfather was Arnold J. Toynbee and her father was the writer Philip Toynbee. Poll went to Badminton School and then to Holland Park School, the establishment favoured by privileged people who did however want to make a stand against private education. Poll emerged with the grand total of one A level.
Nonetheless Poll bagged a scholarship from St Anne’s College, Oxford. Which I find very interesting – not many people manage to get into Oxford with A levels that shite. Some people certainly do get in having hidden their light under a bushel previously or having been simply underestimated by not very perceptive teachers, but Poll doesn’t strike me as such a person. She’s never said anything original or intelligent since, so I can’t imagine that she suddenly sparkled in the interview and entrance exam…
Poll dropped out of Oxford after 18 months and took a ‘gap year’ – except that it wasn’t. I will return to this soon.
After trying her hand at some menial jobs which Poll found was very hard work for very little money, Poll wrote a novel – just like that – and then began her career of campaigning on behalf of well paid professional people who are selling poor people down the river. The Guardian beckoned and Poll never looked back.
Polly married the journo Peter Jenkins in 1970 – after they met at a trade union conference. Jenkins worked for the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Sunday Times and was Associate Editor of the Indie. I always presumed that it was this that made Polly bomb proof.
After beavering away on the Guardian for years, Polly became the social affairs editor for the BBC, 1988-95. So Polly’s time at the BBC not only spanned the Savile years but she was also working as social affairs editor throughout scandal after scandal regarding the organised abuse of children in care – Pindown in Staffordshire, the Leicestershire Child Abuse Scandal, the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal, the Nottingham Satanic Panic, the Orkneys Child Abuse Scandal, the Sunderland Child Abuse Scandal, the Islington Child Abuse Scandal, the Lambeth Child Abuse Scandal and of course the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal – not to mention the other scandals concerning the abuse of children in care which received less publicity and of course the deaths of children ‘who slipped through the net’.
After she left the BBC, Polly worked for the Independent but then returned to the Guardian, where she remains today. She has also worked for the Observer and for Washington Monthly.
There is a great deal that Toynbee could have said for example about the way in which public sector unions have concealed the harm and abuse of vulnerable people, about how Ken Clarke divided COHSE by paying the members who were nurses more than the other members thus splitting union and breaking strike (see post ‘Running The Country – And All That Jazz’) which enabled the Tories to pass unpopular NHS reforms, about how the sheer number of child abuse scandals pointed to a UK wide paedophile network operating within the welfare system involving collusion at the highest levels of Gov’t or indeed many many more things – including what Savile was doing – but no, not a word.
So Toynbee wasn’t really that fearless when it came to championing the causes of the underdog.
Could it possibly be Polly and her connections with the BBC – she worked closely with Andrew Marr at the Independent – which are at least partly responsible for the all out propaganda campaign on behalf of the Top Doctors that we are being subjected to at the moment?
For years Polly has nailed her flag to New Labour’s mast – she maintained that Blair’s Gov’t was politically the best Gov’t that there had been. This has caused her to come under fire -when she wrote her tear jerking 2003 book she observed how hard life now was for poor people, much of it as a result of New Labour’s policies of course. Polly was very rude about Jeremy Corbyn until it was clear that he had huge support among many people, whereupon Polly decided that he was great.
One might predict that Polly isn’t that loyal or particularly firm of purpose. So it is not surprising that in 1981 Polly and Jenkins joined forces with Dr Death, Roy Jenkins et al, signed the Limehouse Declaration and joined the SDP. The Dr Death who personally knew some of the Top Doctors involved in concealing the north Wales paedophile ring and who when he had worked as a nice young doctor before entering politics had assisted the grotesque William Sargant whose madness and contempt for patients resulted in disability and death which had to be as carefully concealed as the mass abuse of children in care. Dr Death has spoken fondly and admiringly of Sargant (see post ‘Dr Death’). I wondered how the activities of Dr Death as Sargant’s right hand man were ever kept out of the press when Dr Death was in frontline politics, but then he had friends like Polly and Peter Jenkins.
Dr Death’s fellow defector Roy Jenkins also did a great deal to conceal the abuse of children in care, including in north Wales (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’).
Polly stood as the SDP candidate in Lewisham East in the General Election of 1983 but was not elected. Polly was sufficiently attached to Dr Death to oppose the merger with the Liberal Party and to support him in the continuing SDP until it was obvious to even Dr Death that he wasn’t going to be PM. When Dr Death finally threw in the towel Polly returned to the arms of the Labour Party. She later wrote lovingly of New Labour – whose administrations were characterised by the huge number of people who had been directly involved in colluding with, or concealing, organised child abuse who were propelled to high office or to positions of responsibility regarding vulnerable people.
Now I’ll return to Polly’s gap year that wasn’t. Polly withdrew from Oxford University after 18 months and never returned. Polly left Oxford and took up a job with Amnesty International, working on their Nigeria and Rhodesia mission – Polly’s role was as Secretary to Learie Constantine.
Lawrie Constantine was a West Indian cricketer, journalist, lawyer and politician who emigrated to the UK. Learie lived during an era of all out naked bigotry – he spent time living in Nelson in Lancashire and was treated appallingly – and was someone who did a great deal to challenge racism when challenging racism was very difficult. Constantine was a major influence in the passing of the 1965 Race Relations Act.
After various adventures, during World War II Learie was appointed a welfare officer by the Ministry of Labour. He had responsibility for the West Indian workers who were working in the factories in the north west of England and was particularly involved in improving conditions in Liverpool. The workers faced very serious racism and Learie helped them deal with this. He also worked with trade unions, which will have been no mean feat – trade unions don’t like admitting this but they tended to be very racist organisations until very recently. Ethnic minority workers in the NHS facing racial discrimination routinely received no help at all from NHS unions and the print unions with whom Murdoch did battle had a policy of excluding ethnic minorities from the workforce – they weren’t very nice to women either.
Learie certainly knew the sort of crap that the West Indian workers had to put up with. In 1943 he booked into the Imperial Hotel in London with his wife and daughter. When they actually arrived and it was realised that they were a sort of black colour, they were told that they could only stay for one night because their presence would offend other guests. A colleague of Learie’s from the Ministry of Labour challenged the hotel manager, who told him ‘we are not going to have these niggers in our hotel’. The irony was that Learie at the time was booked to play for a cricket team representing the British Empire and the Commonwealth.
Learie sued the hotel. Not for racial discrimination because refusing to have niggers as guests in one’s hotel wasn’t illegal then, but Learie sued them for breach of contract and amazingly enough won. He received sod all in damages – I wonder why?? – but he had made his point.
Learie also used his influence with the Ministry of Labour to apply pressure to companies who refused to employ West Indians – it was of course legal for them to do this. Learie worked for the Ministry of Labour until 1946.
Learie was Trinidad’s High Commissioner to the UK, 1961-64. Whilst in that post Learie did battle with the Bristol Bus Company which was refusing to employ West Indians – Learie won that one as well. Interestingly enough the Diplomatic Service made some very derogatory comments about Learie, including with regard to his conduct during the dispute with the Bristol Bus Company – yet I can’t find any accounts of what he was alleged to have done wrong. Other than to handle the situation like a ‘welfare worker rather than a diplomat’ – but Learie was obviously effective and it was probably a welfare worker that those being excluded from jobs needed rather more than a diplomat…
As an older man Learie accepted a peerage – he was the first black peer – and had the piss taken out of him for joining the establishment. I know very little about Learie Constantine, but for people of his generation who had been treated very badly a peerage did often mean something. It was taken as a sign of acceptance rather than an invitation simply to dine at the enormous trough. What does seem obvious is that Learie faced terrible bigotry and really did make a difference and a difference to some very downtrodden people, very much more so than the cadre of people whom Blair rewarded for their ‘services to ethnic minorities’.
So that was the man whom Polly was working for when she joined the Amnesty mission in early 1966. Polly’s first port of call was to Lagos in Nigeria. Polly got cross because she felt that they were spending a great deal of time drinking with representatives of the press. Every time she asked about the welfare of the political prisoners she was simply told that they were OK.
Polly and co then moved on to Salisbury in Rhodesia. Just two or three months previously Ian Smith and his Cabinet had made their Unilateral Declaration of Independence. Rhodesia had become completely alienated from most of the world.
Rhodesia was a British territory in southern Africa and relations with Harold Wilson’s Gov’t had become particularly difficult over a dispute between Wilson and Smith, regarding the safeguarding of black representation in the Rhodesian Parliament during the negotiation of the terms of Rhodesia becoming independent.
The UK, Commonwealth and the UN all declared Rhodesia’s UDI illegal and economic sanctions were imposed. Rhodesia continued as an unrecognised state with the assistance of apartheid South Africa and Portugal’s far right nationalist Catholic Estado Novo regime.
Polly’s sojourn in Salisbury didn’t last long – for six weeks to be precise. We are told that she was expelled by the Rhodesian Gov’t in March 1966 for refusing to give information to the police, but I have yet to find the full details of this.
Upon her return to the UK Polly caused a sensation by revealing via a newspaper article the existence of what became known as the ‘Harry’ letters which it was claimed demonstrated that the British Gov’t had funded Amnesty’s mission in Salisbury. Polly claimed that she had found the Harry letters in a safe in Rhodesia.
The Harry letters were written by Peter Benenson, the founder and President of Amnesty and had been written in London between January and March 1966. They contained references to someone called Harry, which Polly maintained was code for the British Gov’t and were requests for money.
Polly maintained that the letters were evidence of Amnesty having been brought off by Whitehall. Polly’s story was that she had been suspicious of the large mounts of money that seemed to be sloshing around for Amnesty’ s mission in Salisbury in relation to the modest size of Amnesty’s operations in Rhodesia and Nigeria. Amnesty was still a small fledgling organisation at this time – it was run from Benenson’s legal chambers. Polly claimed to have confronted Benenson over rumours that the British Gov’t was funding Amnesty’s mission in Rhodesia and that Benenson had admitted it and had made reference to an ‘Operation Lordship’.
There was one hell of a row and questions asked in the House. Harold Wilson admitted that Amnesty had approached the Gov’t and that the Gov’t had pointed them in the direction of funding sources. As a result of the scandal, all ties between Amnesty and Whitehall were severed.
Amnesty very nearly fell apart as a result of all this. The other senior people in Amnesty blamed everything on Benenson and stated that he had done all this by himself. In his defence, Benenson said that the money from Whitehall had been for the welfare of Rhodesian political prisoners and their families and that the British Gov’t had wanted the payments kept secret for political reasons. Benenson claimed that Amnesty had been infiltrated by the British intelligence services. He made allegations of improper conduct against other members of the Amnesty executive and an inquiry was set up, which reported at a meeting in Denmark in 1967. All the allegations were rejected and Benenson resigned from the organisation.
When I first read about Polly causing this much trouble as a 19 year old my antennae started twitching. A young uneducated not very clever Polly would not have been able to do all this unaided – although even now the story is presented as though she did. How did she gain access to dynamite letters that were just hanging around in a safe which just happened to confirm her suspicions and the rumours that she’d heard regarding Whitehall funding? And how did she achieve a fair hearing at the hands of the UK press – they are notorious for screwing people over, particularly if one has evidence of wrongdoing in high places.
Somebody was using Polly to inflict serious damage upon both Harold Wilson’s Gov’t and a newly formed organisation which was challenging some of the most corrupt and brutal regimes in the world.
Polly – I can understand that you will have had your suspicions about secret funding and I can understand that you knew that Amnesty promoted itself as a non-political organisation. But Rhodesia was an illegal state propped up by other deeply unpleasant states and people were being murdered. Harold Wilson was an unscrupulous old git but I can’t imagine that dealing with Ian Smith was particularly easy. Smith led a nakedly racist corrupt Gov’t which ended up virtually placing the Governor of Rhodesia under house arrest. Do you think that Wilson might have quite keen to help an organisation that was challenging Ian Smith’s Gov’t? And who Polly do you think might have had a vested interest in damaging both Wilson and Amnesty? Rogue elements in the British security services perhaps who it has long been alleged tried to being down Wilson and were colluding with the apartheid regime in South Africa, which was propping up Ian Smith? Er Poll – it was rogue elements in the British security services who were known to have concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring.
If one has a look at Ian Smith’s wiki entry, one will see a nice photo of him taken at the Monday Club in 1990. One of the leading lights of the Monday Club was John Carlisle, Conservative MP for Luton who was good mates with the South African Gov’t and was on record as saying that as a system of Gov’t, apartheid worked. Other charmers in the Monday Club included Alan Clark and Neil Hamilton.
Give us all a laugh O Polly of the Guardian and tell us who put you up to it all – if you’re even bright enough to realise how you were used by them.
If Polly was allowing herself to be used by elements in the security services, it explains a great deal – not least why a dipstick like Polly had not been blown out of journalism years ago and why this mediocre old bat is alleged to wield such power in the media.
It also explains something a lot more worrying than Polly’s longevity as a writer of insubstantial rubbish. It explains why Amnesty became corrupted and attracted the support of some people whom it could well have done without.
Let’s look at Amnesty pre-Polly and post-Polly.
Amnesty was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a Jewish lawyer who had long been associated with peace activism and radical causes. Benenson himself had a background in war time military intelligence and had worked at Bletchley Park. After demobilisation he worked as a barrister and joined the Labour Party, standing unsuccessfully for election to the Commons.
Benenson helped found JUSTICE in 1957 and he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1958.
Benenson founded Amnesty after reading about unjust imprisonments under the Estado Novo regime in Portugal. He contacted David Astor, the Editor of the Observer and subsequently an article of Benenson’s entitled ‘The Forgotton Prisoners’ was published. This was the catalyst to ask readers to participate in a letter writing campaign. The campaign was only supposed to last a short while but it quickly evolved into Amnesty.
I can’t see any obvious sleaze on Benenson, although one of the people involved in Amnesty from the very beginning has featured on this blog with regard to his major role in concealing the abuse of children in care and the very serious criminal activities of the Top Doctors – Louis Blom-Cooper QC no less (see post ‘Security, Security’). And course David Astor of the Observer may not have quite been the living saint that many believed him to be (see post ‘In Memoriam – Bronwen, Lady Astor’).
After Polly chucked a hand grenade which was probably manufactured by the security services at Amnesty and Benenson resigned, the post of President was abolished and Benenson’s friend and fellow founder of Amnesty Eric Baker was appointed Secretary General and left to clean up the blood on the carpet.
Eric Baker was a Quaker, a founder of CND and a peace activist who had become friends with Benenson when they worked on peace missions in Cyprus together in the late 1950s. Eric was Secretary General of Amnesty from 1966 until July 1968 and had a difficult time holding Amnesty together.
Another founder member of Amnesty was Sean MacBride. MacBride was one of those who knifed Benenson after Polly’s revelations – when MacBride became sanctimonious about Benenson accepting money from Whitehall for the support of the families of people who had been imprisoned for political reasons by Ian Smith’s illegal white minority regime, Benenson reminded MacBride that the International Commission of Jurists, of which MacBride was Secretary-General, was funded by the CIA. However Benenson and MacBride did become reconciled many years later.
Sean MacBride was an Irish journalist and barrister, although he was actually born in and lived for some time in Paris and his first language was French. Like others involved with Amnesty, MacBride was a founder member of JUSTICE. He was alleged to have been the Director of Intelligence for the IRA and also served as their Chief of Staff in the 1930s.
In 1946 MacBride founded the Republican/Socialist party Clann na Poblachta. After the 1948 General Election MacBride became the Minister for External Affairs whilst the Council of Europe was drafting the EHRC (European Commission on Human Rights).
MacBride was Vice-President of the Organisation for the European Economic Co-Operation. He was President of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, 1949-50.
In 1951 MacBride ordered Dr Noel Browne, the Minister of Health in Ireland, to resign as a Minister because of Browne’s support for the Mother and Child Scheme after the Scheme was attacked by the Catholic Church and Irish Medical Association. MacBride himself opposed the Mother and Child Scheme because he would not oppose the Catholic Church.
The Mother and Child Scheme was a healthcare programme proposed after Noel Browne became concerned over the high mortality rate among children in Ireland, particularly from TB. Browne wanted to modernise healthcare in Ireland, make it free and without means testing for mothers and children up to 16 years of age. Browne was an admirer of the newly created NHS in the UK.
There was huge opposition to the Mother and Child Scheme. The Irish Medical Association banged on about the evils of socialised medicine and communist influences and the Catholic Church were greatly concerned that it might offer gynaecogical care not consistent with Catholic principles and even pave the way to contraception and abortion. It was also argued that health provision for children was the ‘right’ of the parents and not the state’s concern. The Protestant Church of Ireland feared communist interference in the family.
The Mother and Child Scheme was duly abandoned in the face of such rational argument.
MacBride held a number of senior appointments with the UN including Assistant Secretary-General, President of the General Assembly, High Commissioner for Refugees and between 1973-77, High Commissioner for Namibia. MacBride’s father Major John MacBride had led the Irish Transvaal Brigade (also known as the MacBride Brigade) for the Boers against the British Army in the Boer War – which it was said gave MacBride ‘unique access’ to the South African apartheid Gov’t.
In 1974 MacBride was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Just like Aung San Suu Kyi.
In 1980 MacBride became Chairman of UNESCO. He was President of UNESCO’s International Commission for the Study of Communications Problems which resulted in the 1981 MacBride Report. There was a bitt of grief as a result of that Report – the US and UK maintained that it was an attack on the freedom of the press and withdrew from UNESCO for many years.
MacBride considered himself a pan-Celtist, as did another person who also held the position of the IRA Chief of Staff, Sean Mac Stiofain. It has been suggested that it was Mac Stiofain’s influence that prevented the IRA from carrying out attacks in Wales or Scotland – the IRA always argued that it was England that was the colonial occupier.
The pan-Celtists had links with nationalist Welsh language groups in Wales, such as the Gorsedd of the Bards and the National Eisteddfod. It is entirely possible that Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and other paedophiles’ friends in north Wales knew MacBride and Mac Stiofain – Dafydd made links with Irish Republicans when he was busying himself with Welsh activism during his days at Liverpool Medical School (see post ‘A Network Stretching Back Decades’) and many of the paedophiles’ friends are members of the Gorsedd and enthusiastic participants in the National Eisteddfod.
Martin Ennals succeeded Eric Baker as Secretary-General of Amnesty and was in post 1968-80. Ennals is considered a giant among human rights activists and along with Toby Young’s father Michael Young and others in 1985 he helped found International Alert, which is concerned with ‘peace building activities’. Ennals also helped found ARTICLE 19 in 1987.
Ennals worked for UNESCO, 1951-59 and in 1959/60 was one of the founders of the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
Ennals was Secretary-General of NCCL, 1959-66. This was just before the NCCL’s notorious ‘paedophile period’, but as we shall see Martin Ennals was close to people who concealed organised child abuse.
In 1966 Ennals was appointed Information and Publicity Officer for the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality).
Ennals was considered outstandingly successful at Amnesty and it was under him that Amnesty blossomed into a global organisation. When he took office Amnesty had a staff of seven and an annual budget of 17k – when he left twelve years later there were 150 staff and an annual budget of 2 million.
Whilst Ennals was Secretary-General, Amnesty won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Erasmus Prize and the UN Human Rights Award.
I have not researched the sources of Amnesty’s funds during Ennals’s tenure, but I do know that Amnesty was very careful not to tread on the toes – including the corrupt toes – of the British establishment.
When the first appeal of the Birmingham Six failed, Lord Denning made his ‘appalling vista’ speech, in which he argued that if the Birmingham Six won an appeal it would confirm corruption so extensive in the British criminal justice system that it could not be handled and it was better that they should remain in prison. Before the Birmingham Six were eventually released, my friend Brown was invited to speak to a meeting of Amnesty in Birmingham and caused a diplomatic incident by giving talk about the Birmingham Six. The audience started asking the committee some very difficult questions, such as why they were refusing to take up the cause of the Birmingham Six. Brown told me that very inadequate answers were given, simply maintaining that the Birmingham Six had received a trial. Sadly it was a trial in which a great many people told a great many lies and a great many people knew this but didn’t mention it.
The Birmingham Six were beaten senseless by British police officers and prison staff, put on trial and wrongly imprisoned in 1975. Martin Ennals was Secretary General of Amnesty at the time and was still in post when the first application by the Birmingham Six for leave to appeal was rejected.
Martin Ennals was awarded the Ghandi Peace Prize.
Martin Ennals’s elder brother David Ennals was Labour MP for Dover, 1964-70 and then for Norwich North, 1974-83. David Ennals also is described as a human rights campaigner.
David Ennals was a junior Minister in the Home Office in 1967 under Home Secretary Jim Callaghan. Whilst the Home Office concealed child abuse in Bryn Estyn and the other Approved Schools which the Home Office directly managed and whilst Jim Callaghan kept quiet about his child molesting colleague, fellow south Wales Labour MP George Thomas.
In 1968 David Ennals was Minister of State for Social Services, under Secretary of State Sir Kenneth Robinson.
Kenneth Robinson was Labour MP for St Pancras North, 1949-70. He was Minister of Health/Secretary State for the DHSS, Oct 1964-Nov 1968, in Harold Wilson’s Gov’t.
Robinson was the son of a Top Doctor and an Angel. Like a number of others who concealed child abuse and the associated wrongdoing in psychiatry such as Jim Callaghan and the lobotomist Dr T. Gwynne Williams, Robinson had a Royal Navy background.
Robinson has been described as probably ‘the most respected Health Minister’ who ‘took informed advice from his local GPs during difficult negotiations over the General Practitioners Charter in 1965’. Robinson published the first consultative document on the reorganisation of the NHS and the need for administrative reform. One ‘compromise’ that Kenneth instituted was to ‘reduce the number of hospital beds…in return, the Gov’t lifted the limits on the fees that medical consultants could charge to patients’.
So Sir Ken adopted the solution to the Top Doctors being arsey that Blair did – pay them even more for doing less. Thus you enter the history books as being someone who did so much for the NHS.
Kenneth Robinson was also the first Chairman of MIND, which in those days was known as the National Association for Mental Health. Ken’s association with NAMH seems to be well hidden for some reason, but I’ve worked out that he was Chairman between 1951-69. Not only whilst he was Health Minister but whilst Dr Dafydd Alun Jones was a leading light in the NAMH. Whilst Gwynne and Dafydd lobotomised people, shocked them, illegally incarcerated them, financially and sexually abused them, facilitated a paedophile ring and trafficked patients into sex work – and kept some of their victims in a cellar. As well as overseeing that unfortunate business in the mid 1960s where Dafydd ‘discharged patients into community care’. What actually happened was that coaches turned up at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, chronically ill patients – who had been given no warning that this was going to happen – were loaded on board and were dumped in unsuitable accommodation on the north Wales coast, where they were later found starving, destitute and covered in lice. I bet that some of them died as well but no-one ever admitted it.
After 1969 the DHSS managed the NHS in Wales via the Welsh Office. So Ken and his minion David Ennals were directly responsible for Dafydd and Gwynne…
This is the NHS that Polly will hear no criticism of.
Whilst Robinson was Chairman of NAMH, the Church of Scientology infiltrated NAMH, there was an enormous dust-up and Robinson ended up suing the Scientologists for libel. Robinson won the case in 1973 and accepted an apology and damages.
The Scientologists famously hate psychiatry and have for years maintained that psychiatry is guilty of harming people and is involved with child abuse. It is a great pity that the Scientologists are mad and abusive themselves because much of what they allege about psychiatry is true, only no-one has felt able to take their accusations seriously because of the Scientologists own misconduct.
Robinson supported homosexual law reform and was a member of the executive committee of the Homsexual Law Reform Society. He also supported reforming the laws governing suicide in England and Wales, which were repealed in 1961. Robinson was said to have significantly contributed to ridding suicide of stigma. So that’ll be why the Hergest Unit have suicidal patients arrested or tell them to go on and kill themselves if that is what they want to do.
Robinson later found his true home and joined Dr Death in the SDP.
Kenneth Robinson was Chairman of the English National Opera, 1972-77 and Chairman of the Arts Council for Great Britain, 1977-82.
David Ennals lost his seat in the 1970 General Election but was included on Harold Wilson’s resignation honours list, the discredited ‘Lavender List’ – he was made a Privy Councillor.
Between 1970-73 Ennals led a major campaign for NAMH and it was as a result of this campaign that NAMH renamed itself MIND.
Ennals was re-elected as an MP in 1974 and between 1976-79 was Secretary of State for the DHSS, in Jim Callaghans Gov’t – during which time Ennals and Callaghan, along with the Welsh Office, concealed the abuses of Dafydd and Gwynne as well as the activities of the paedophile gang which they were facilitating. Ennals of course also concealed abuses of psychiatry in other regions of the UK as well as the abuse of children in care – sometimes by politicians and civil servants – throughout the nation’s social services depts.
By 1971 Ennals knew Jim Birley, a leading light at the Maudsley – Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and President of the BMA – who knew Dafydd personally and concealed his wrongdoing as well as much wrongdoing in south London (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’).
David Ennals left the Commons in 1983 and was given a peerage.
Between 1984-89 Ennals was Chairman of MIND. Where he continued the service of concealing the criminal activities of Dafydd et al in north Wales. By this time, MIND had hosted a conference at which paedophiles rights had been discussed and had employed Tony Smythe – who has been described as ‘paedophile friendly’ – as CEO. Smythe had been General Secretary of NCCL, 1966-71 and was Vice-President of the CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality). Some of those named as child abusers in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were involved with the Chester branch of CHE, which it was alleged was a front for paedophilia. Smythe first became involved with MIND in 1971, when David Ennals was leading their campaign. Further details of Ennals’s and Smythe’s activities in MIND can be read in my post ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health -Never For Themselves Of Course’.
David Ennals, like Martin, was involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement – he was Chairman, 1960-64. Their brother John Chaired the AAM, 1968-76.
Despite David Ennals’s involvement in AAM, he helped pass the Commonwealth Immigration Act 1968, which restricted the rights of Commonwealth citizens to settle in Britain.
Ennals also Chaired the Ghandi Foundation and was a personal friend of the Dalai Lama.
David Ennals held senior office in the UNA.
Dafydd Alun Jones was an invited speaker at a planned UNA conference in Bangor University some 12 years ago.
David Ennals’s son Sir Paul Ennals was Chief Exec of the NCB (National Children’s Bureau), which had links to paedophiles.
So as far as I can see, Polly’s brave expose of Amnesty’s Secret Dirty Deal With Whitehall was a set up by the security services which resulted in the departure of the founder of Amnesty who seemed quite genuine and heralded an era of the domination of Amnesty by some very questionable people with links to organised child abuse who would not confront abuses of the state if it was the British state involved.
I have no idea whether Toynbee realises what she actually did, but Poll seems good at conjuring up solutions that could prove lethal. In 2002 in a debate hosted by the RSA and Prospect, Polly argued that the west should pursue liberal internationalism by intervening through the UN to promote democracy around the world. Perhaps Polly missed the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 which was carried out in a supposedly UN safe area in the presence of UN Dutch soldiers.
In 2014 Polly said the following regarding her identification as a humanist: ‘everyone is born with an in-built moral purpose. It springs from mankind’s evolution as a social being, acting collaboratively, with altruism and the good of the community hard wired. It needs no orders from elsewhere to telll people to be good – they know it already as part of the human condition….’
I don’t know in which subject Polly gained that one A level at Holland Park School, but it certainly wasn’t in evolutionary theory or philosophy.
Regarding the business of the secret funding for political prisoners and their families in Rhodesia all those years ago, Poll observed at the time that the Red Cross could have catered for the prisoners welfare. Whether someone like Ian Smith would have ever let the Red Cross do that I do not know, but I’ll tell you what the Red Cross were doing not so long ago Poll – they were providing the only care that there was for elderly people leaving Ysbyty Gwynedd. Because Gwynedd Social Services wouldn’t. No, it won’t be a matter of resources either – Gwynedd County Council used the resources argument when it was discovered that a paedophile gang was at work in the children’s homes. Que??