My post ‘The Price Is Right’ discussed Top Doc Madeleine Osborn of the Hergest Unit, famous for her fuck-me shoes, who was told frankly by me that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and who also took over the care of an Empowered Service User who’s Transference had caused her to complain that Tony Francis had indecently exposed himself to her. Madeleine disappeared from the Hergest Unit during the Waterhouse Inquiry, but not before the Empowered Service User who had made the complaint about Tony Francis observed that Madeleine wore fuck-me shoes. I discussed how Madeleine has now voluntarily relinquished her licence to practice all these years after Qualifying at Edinburgh University in 1970.
I have now received info that it was me confronting Madeleine in the mid-1990s over Dafydd’s activities that seriously set the cat among the pigeons, Madeleine being networked into the Edinburgh elite. No doubt a great many careers of mediocrities in north Wales and their mates were built on Madeleine being confronted by me – in front of a group of other Hergest staff as well – and her then telling me that if she was ever to receive evidence that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients, she would be APPALLED.
It has for years been alleged that a VIP paedophile/sex abuse ring operated in Edinburgh that was completely concealed by the Edinburgh elite; previous posts have named some of those who are likely to have been involved. Edinburgh Top Docs could easily have successfully concealed serious crime because Edinburgh School of Medicine is the most grandiose, pompous, up its own arse School of Medicine in the UK and I was told by someone who withdrew from Edinburgh Medical School to pursue a research career that the School of Law in Edinburgh is nearly as bad. Edinburgh has THE medical tradition in the UK, which has become enshrined in the myth of the Noble Scottish Doctor such that even the grandiosities of the London medical scene pay homage to Edinburgh medicine.
In this post I’ll briefly review some of the Edinburgh grandiosities and their links to illustrate how they could well have all co-ordinated to conceal something so terrible that would explain the allegations from some quarters that Lothian police have been as nearly as hopeless at investigating complaints of sexual assault and related matters as the North Wales Police traditionally were and why the Courts in Edinburgh have been so spectacularly understanding in cases of certain sex offenders.
It was of course the Edinburgh analyst W.R.D. ‘Ronald’ Fairbairn and his pals who provided an excellent starting point for organised abuse facilitated by Top Docs in that region. Ronald’s dad Thomas was President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association so will have been linked to Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’s Welsh Bloomsbury Group at Llanfrothen/Croesor, particularly as a number of them had a serious interest in analysis. Indeed Alix and James Strachey spent time in Vienna and were the authors of the definitive English translation of Freud’s works; their translation is still viewed as the one that matters. See previous posts.
Architects with connections to the same circle played a major role in the T. Dan Smith-Poulson Scandal of the early 1970s concerning massive civic corruption. That scandal was bound up with the Gang’s partners in crime in the North East and the Gang themselves, which was why only the very tip of the iceberg was ever revealed, as discussed in previous posts. The rot was so enormous no-one dared tackle it. The architect Lord Richard Llewelyn-Davies and his wife Baroness Patricia aka Annie alone were seriously impressive. They were Labour Party big wigs and friends of Richard Crossman, Spy Master/Harold Wilson’s Cabinet Minister. Richard Llewelyn-Davies became famous for designing and building hospitals eg. Northwick Park. Crossman happily handed out the contracts for NHS work to Richard L-D while Crossman was DHSS Secretary and Richard’s wife Annie, in her capacity as a Labour peer, was given responsibility for many matters NHS/healthcare, including roles in NHS governance. Crossman and indeed the rest of the Labour Party were at the time concealing abuse and neglect in the NHS, including on the part of Gwynne and Dafydd, as well as the Westminster Paedophile Ring with which Crossman was involved himself…
Richard Llewelyn-Davies was a seriously big name; as well as his academic roles eg. Prof at The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, Richard L-D designed Milton Keynes and the offices of ‘The Times’. Richard’s architecture partnerships were famous on a European level; he teamed up with Walter Bor in 1964 and the company became Llewelyn-Davies, Weeks, Forestier-Walker, and Bor. The company now trades as ‘Llewelyn Davies’ and retains the name ‘Llewelyn Davies Weeks Ltd’ in memory of the founding partners.
When she was elderly, Annie L-D had a relationship with Tory peer Lord Alport. Their relationship remained low-profile, supposedly because of the political divide; that was very obviously not the real reason, there are many good cross-party friendships in Parliament and Crossman’s diaries make it very clear that among his crowd, political differences mattered very little; friendships were based on cultural interests or of course families, old schools, old universities and as loads of that crowd were working for the security services anyway, party political interests were neither here nor there. It’s how Gwynne and Dafydd got away with it; the whole political spectrum were on board with them. Richard L-D was off to a good start socially; he was the son of Moya Llewelyn-Davies and the grandson of Irish MP James O’Connor and a first cousin of the Llewelyn Davies boys.
I have no idea what the real reason was for Annie L-D and Lord Alport keeping their relationship quiet; however in 1945 Alport married Rachel, the great-granddaughter of George Bingham, 4th Earl of Lucan. The marriage produced two girls and one boy. THE Lord Lucan, who disappeared and was never seen again during the considerable period of time wasted while staff at St George’s Hospital declared his wife mad when she turned up with head wounds and a dead nanny lay in the basement, was the 7th Earl… Lady Lucan had already established a reputation for herself as a Nutter after she had seen a psychiatrist paid for by her husband, whom she maintained was working for her husband’s benefit rather than hers. I don’t know who the Top Doc in question was, but I suspect that it was a St George’s doc, St George’s at the time still being located in Knightsbridge and serving as the local hospital for Very Rich Very Posh People. See previous posts.
Cuthbert James McCall Alport, Baron Alport (22 March 1912-28 October 1998) aka “Cub” Alport was educated at Haileybury College, (a school that has educated a lot of senior security services and Forces people, as discussed in previous posts), Hertfordshire and graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1934. Cub was elected President of the Cambridge Union the following year. Cub Alport was a tutor at Ashridge College, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, 1935-37.
Ashridge College aka the Bonar Law Memorial College, acted as a school for Conservative intellectuals creating, in their own words, ‘Conservative Fabians’, and as a ‘College of Citizenship’ for ‘the general education of the electorate’. Associated with the College were regional or county circles or clubs, such the Ashridge Dining Club in London; their activities were reported by The Ashridge Journal. In 1954 its Deed of Foundation was changed by Act of Parliament and Ashridge was ‘re-founded’ as an educational charity. In 1959 Ashridge College was re-launched to provide management training, and was named Ashridge Business School. In 2015, Ashridge Business School operationally merged with Hult International Business School, an American business school with campuses in seven cities around the world. As part of the merger, Ashridge Business School changed its name to Ashridge Executive Education.
The Ashridge estate is situated in the Chiltern Hills. In 1604 the estate became the property of Sir Thomas Egerton. Egerton’s son, John Egerton, was created 1st Earl of Bridgewater on 27 May 1617. In 1800 the estate was redeveloped as the Bridgewater residence by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. In 1848 the estate passed to the Earls Brownlow, another strand of the Egerton family and then in 1921 it was split, with the land passing to the National Trust, while the house and garden was acquired by speculators.
During WW II, Cub Alport served in the British Army as an officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the King’s African Rifles and was General Staff Officer 1 (GSO 1) of the East Africa Command between 1944 and 1945. Alport was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1944; other Middle Temple members were Ronnie Waterhouse, Paddy Mayhew, Geoffrey Howe, Greville Janner…
Alport was an Assistant Secretary for the Conservative Party Education Department, 1937-39. He was Director of the Conservative Political Centre, 1945-50. Alport served as the Conservative MP for Colchester, 1959-Feb 1961, when he was created Baron Alport. On his elevation to the peerage, the Colchester constituency was held by the Conservatives in a by-election by Antony Buck.
Alport held the post of Assistant Postmaster-General, 1955-57. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, 1957-59. Alport held the office of Minister of State for the Commonwealth Relations Office, 1959-61. He was invested as a Privy Councillor in 1960. Alport was British High Commissioner to the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland between 1961 and 1963. Alport was appointed High Steward of Colchester in 1967 and he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in 1974.
Cubknew Gwynne and Dafydd’s friend Robert Alexander Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford and 12th Earl of Balcarres, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres, succeeded to the family titles in 1975. Lord Crawford and Balcarres is Premier Earl of Scotland and Chief of Clan Lindsay. The Chief of the Clan was a leading light in MIND (then known as the National Association for Mental Health) in the 1960s and 70s, serving as Chairman, 1963-70 and was one of those who ensured that Denbigh remained open after Enoch Powell stage-managed a visit to Denbigh and pretended that he was so horrified that he’d ensure that it was closed, along with every other asylum in Britain, and made a speech to an audience of Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates from NAMH, including Lord Balniel, knowing that the Chief of the Clan would then lead a successful campaign to keep Denbigh open. 1966 saw another Dafydd-centred scandal featuring patients released from Denbigh Into the Community experiencing neglect and abuse that was reported by ‘The Times’, but once more the Chief of the Clan and his followers used this to explain why the victims of the Gang should remain banged up in Denbigh, rather than as rationale to remove Gwynne and Dafydd from circulation and never let them near another human being again. See previous posts.(born 5 March 1927), styled Lord Balniel between 1940 and 1975, a Scottish hereditary peer who served as the MP for Hertford, 26 May 1955-28 February 1974 and for Welwyn Hatfield, 28 February 1974-10 October 1974. Robert Lindsay, the elder son of the
Balniel was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. From 1945 to 1948, he served in the Grenadier Guards. Balniel was honorary attache at the British Embassy in Paris, 1950-51 and then worked for the Conservative Research Department, known for its gay staff, some of whom were not just gay but highly predatory. At least in the 1970s, that Dept organised summer holidays for its staff at a venue in Italy known as the Villa of Vice or Villa of Shame, which came complete with teenage boys to entertain the guests.
Balniel served as PPS to Henry Brooke until 1959; Lord Henry Brooke was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Research Dept, 1929-37, a member of the London County Council and was the Tory MP for Hampstead, 3 February 1950-31 March 1966. Brooke served as Home Secretary, 14 July 1962-16 October 1964, under Supermac and Douglas-Home. Henry Brooke was appointed Home Secretary by Supermac after the Night Of the Long Knives, when Supermac cleansed his Cabinet of those closest to Gwynne and Dafydd. Thus Supermac promoted Rab Butler to the role of First Secretary of State and Deputy PM and Brooke took Butler’s place as Home Secretary. Brooke and Butler were in the same class at Marlborough College, before Brooke went onto Balliol and Butler went to Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Butler was born in 1902 in Attock Khurd, Attock, British India, to Sir Montagu Sherard Dawes Butler of the Indian Civil Service and his wife, Anne. Butler’s mother was the daughter of George Smith who was Principal of the Doveton Boys College in Calcutta. Butler’s paternal family had a long and distinguished association with the University of Cambridge, dating back to his great-grandfather George Butler. Especially notable were Butler’s grand-uncle Henry Montagu Butler (Master of Trinity College and Dean of Gloucester) and Sir Geoffrey G. Butler, a Cambridge historian and Conservative MP for the University, Butler’s uncle. Butler’s father was a Fellow, and in later life the Master, of Pembroke College. From his mid-teens onwards, Butler was expected to look after his younger siblings, arranging for them to stay with relatives during school holidays and sending them Christmas presents that he pretended had been sent by their parents. His sister was the writer Iris Mary Butler who became Iris Portal upon her marriage and her elder daughter is Jane Williams, Baroness Williams of Elvel, the mother of Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury. Butler’s younger brother Jock, a Home Office civil servant and Pilot Officer, was killed in a plane crash at the end of 1942.
Rab Butler wasn’t at the centre of the aggro re the Night Of The Long Knives, but he knew about Gwynne, Dafydd and so much more and was fully on board. See eg. ‘Rab, High Table and The Founding Fathers’. When Master of Trinity himself, Rab was Carlo’s special mentor and counsellor when Carlo was a student at Trinity, as discussed in previous posts.
Henry Brooke’s wife Baroness Barbara was the daughter of a Minister of Religion from south Wales and was one of the posh old bags who ran Hampstead as a Councillor, 1948-65 and in many other ways. Barbara Brooke had much to do with matters NHS and welfare, holding NHS governance roles, Sitting On Committees and Bodies concerned with Training Angels/Social Workers. Among other things, Barbara was a Joint Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1954-64. She was a member of the North West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board, 1954–66, Chair of The Queen’s Institute of District Nursing, 1961–71 and the North London Hospital Management Committee, 1963-66.
Babs was given a life peerage in Dec 1964, the year in which Dafydd was appointed as a Consultant, in the wake of the Profumo Affair. Babs died on 1 Sept 2000, eight months after the publication of the Waterhouse Report. Her husband had died years previously on 29 March 1984, soon after the Gwynne Row began. Maurice Macmillan, who swindled my father and bankrupted him during 1962-63, died on 10 March 1984, very soon after my encounter with Gwynne; Maurice had been rash enough to go in for surgery.
Henry and Barbara gave rise to a Tory dynasty. Their son Lord Peter Brooke was a high profile Tory in Thatch and Major’s Gov’ts; he was the MP for Cities of London and Westminster South (1977-1997) and Cities of London and Westminster, 1997-2001) and his Cabinet posts included Chairman of the Tory Party, 13 July 1987-24 July 1989 and N Ireland Secretary, 24 July 1989-10 April 1992. Another son was High Court Judge Sir Henry Brooke. Sir Henry has died since I last blogged about him; he died on 30 Jan 2018, following cardiac surgery. Here’s a reminder: Sir Henry Brooke became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in 2003. He retired from judicial office on 30 Sept 2006.
Brooke was the son of Henry Brooke, Baron Brooke of Cumnor, and Barbara Brooke, Baroness Brooke of Ystradfellte. His elder brother was Peter Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville and he also had two younger sisters; Honor Miller and Margaret Pulfer. Both sisters married Top Docs, one of them a Top Doc at St George’s. Sir Henry Brooke was educated at Marlborough College (1949–54) and undertook National Service in the Royal Engineers (1955–57). He then studied at Balliol College, Oxford (1957–61). Peter Brooke also went to Marlborough and then Balliol.
These Marlborough old boys probably bumped into David Donnison, another old boy of Marlborough who was a few years older than Peter and Henry Brooke. Social scientist Donnison was a Gang associate and one of Richard Crossman’s advisers. Donnison was born and spent his early years in Burma, his dad being in the Indian Civil Service. After Marlborough, Donnison went to Magdalen College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Navy during WW II a la Gwynne. Donnison lectured at Manchester University in the early 1950s, working with a number of people who knew Bertrand Russell, Sir Clough etc. After a brief period at the University of Toronto, Donnison returned to work at the LSE and became Deputy to Prof Richard Titmuss, yet another big mate/adviser of Crossman, who also concealed the criminality of Gwynne and Dafydd. Donnison succeeded Titmuss’s Chair and held it 1961-69. Donnison then held a Chair at Glasgow University, 1980-91, before retiring, although he continued with Community Activism in the Glasgow/West Coast of Scotland area. Donnison was married to psychiatric social worker Kay Carmichael, who was er an adviser to Richard Crossman… See eg. ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ and ‘Houseparty’. Donnison died on 28 April 2018 after he and his friends began starring on this blog.
Lord Henry Brooke’s son Sir Henry Brooke was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1963 and was Junior Counsel to the Crown (Common Law) from 1978 to 1981. Henry Brooke became a QC in 1981, and was a Recorder from 1983 to 1988. Brooke was Counsel to the Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station Inquiry in 1983-85 and one of the DTI Inspectors into the 1985 takeover of Harrods by the Al Fayed brothers (1987-88), the bunfight that followed the Al Fayeds successfully beating off Edward du Cann’s mate Tiny Rowland for possession of Harrods.
Brooke practised at Fountain Court Chambers until he was appointed as a High Court Judge assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division in 1988. Brooke was Chairman of the Law Commission from 1993 to 1995, and was promoted to become a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996. Henry Brooke was the judge in charge of the modernisation of the English law courts from 2001 to 2004. He was Vice-President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division from 2003 to 2006.
Henry Brooke was President of the Society for Computers and Law for nine years, and was a major player in the formation of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII), of which he was the Chairman of Trustees between 2000 and 2011. He became General Editor of The White Book (Civil Procedure Rules) between 2004 and 2007, and was a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust until 2001, when became a Fellow.
Following Brooke’s retirement from the Bench in September 2006 he practised as a civil mediator for eight years and was Chairman of the Civil Mediation Council between 2007 and 2011. He was the Emeritus President of the Slynn Foundation and a Patron of nine charities in the legal field, including the Public Law Project, the Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund, Prisoners Abroad, Law for Life and the Harrow Law Centre.
Brooke was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in Brenda’s 2012 Birthday Honours for services to justice reform in Albania. In 2013 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. In 2017 Brooke became a Knight of the Order of Skanderbeg, Albania’s highest honour for a non-citizen.
Henry Brooke was married to Bridget Kalaugher in 1966. They had four children; Michael, Nick, Christopher and Caroline.
Extracts from Sir Henry’s obituary in ‘The Guardian’:
…Sir Henry Brooke… was a tireless campaigner for improving access to justice and transformed his retirement into an opportunity to speak out on legal causes. After stepping down from the bench in 2006 following a distinguished career, he achieved prominence as a passionate advocate for much-needed reform of the justice system: he served as vice-chair of the Labour party-supported Bach Commission on Access to Justice (2016-17), drafting significant sections of the resulting report that called for a legally enforceable right to justice and legal aid… Described as “one of the most computer literate judges on the bench”, Brooke was committed to making the law accessible through the use of computers and technology and was the inaugural chairman, from 2000, of Bailii, the British and Irish Legal Information Institute, an invaluable online resource for anyone trying to track down the texts of elusive judgments from across a wide range of English language jurisdictions….
During his career Brooke developed interests in both modern technology and racial equality before the law. He was counsel to the inquiry into the proposal to build the Sizewell B nuclear reactor in the early 1980s, chaired the bar’s computer committee and delivered a court modernisation programme. He also chaired the bar’s race relations committee (1989-91) and from 1991 to 1994 he was the first chair of the ethnic minority advisory committee of the Judicial Studies Board (now the Judicial College).
He regarded his 1993 Kapila lecture, The Administration of Justice in a Multi-Cultural Society, which documented racial discrimination in the courts, as one of his finest professional achievements. He deplored a defendant being referred to as “half-caste” by a senior judge and another case in which the judge had eagerly inquired: “Can this man be deported?” …His elder brother, Peter… was the Northern Ireland secretary of state credited with initiating the peace process…
In court, Brooke was said to wear his robes “like a catwalk model – off the shoulder”. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, [see previous posts] in a speech marking Brooke’s retirement from the court of appeal in 2006, also said of him: “He has a slightly craggy exterior and an unruly and unruled head of hair (which is one of the more cogent arguments for wigs in the court of appeal), and which can even lead to an impression of slight disorganisation.” That impression “is totally misleading. No one, who does not have a rigid self-discipline, could achieve even half of the contribution that Henry Brooke makes.”
Sir Henry and his wife Bridget in 1996:
Sir Henry wrote an excellent blog that is still online and is loaded with gems. I’ll be reading as much as I can over the next few days, but so far I’ve noted that Lord Denning mentored Sir Henry when Sir Henry was a young barrister and this extract from one of Sir Henry’s posts discussing his early career doubles up as a roll call of all those in Legal High Places who protected Gwynne and Dafydd:
In this first piece in my new series I describe the chambers I joined more than 50 years ago… In the 1950s more people had been leaving the Bar each year than were joining it… That the chambers survived at all was largely due to the generosity of Melford Stevenson QC, [notoriously dreadful, as discussed in previous posts] the Head of Chambers, who had developed an enormous practice as an advocate and paid over far more than his fair share towards keeping chambers afloat. In this he was helped by Leslie Scarman QC, [a friend of John Tilley, as discussed in eg. ‘Only One Died’] whose practice had expanded exponentially after his very successful appearance at the Tribunal of Inquiry conducted in late 1957 into an alleged leak of the Bank Rate and headed by Lord Justice Parker [see previous posts]…
Things gradually improved, helped to a considerable extent by the advent of legal aid (which largely replaced the old arrangements for poor man’s lawyers or dock briefs), and by the time I came to 2 Crown Office Row as a pupil in September 1963, although Melford Stevenson and Leslie Scarman were now both on the Bench, there were 12 members of chambers (including two silks), each with a steadily developing practice…
The chambers known as 2 Crown Office Row possessed ten sets of rooms on five floors… We were on the second floor, where we occupied two half-landings, as did the set of insurance chambers headed by Patrick O’Connor QC and Ted Eveleigh QC lower down in the building. The other two half-landings were occupied by two other sets, one headed by Morris Finer QC, [a member of Gray’s Inn who’s cases included acting for three of the Beatles re their management; Finer was Vice-Chairman of the LSE governors – see previous posts] a small set which specialised in what was then called labour law, and the other being the London base of a leading set of Midland Circuit chambers headed by Geoffrey Lane QC. [Geoffrey Lane as Lord Chief Justice released Ollie Brooke early on appeal in May 1987 and compared Ollie’s kiddie porn collection to a collection of cigarette cards, see eg. ‘Oliver!’].
We all had “2 Crown Office Row” as our address, and it was up to the postman to work out to which set our letters should be delivered. Peter Scott (one of us) and Peter Slot (in Morris Finer’s set) frequently received letters destined for the other, but any suggestion by one of them that the other should change their name was always politely declined.
12 practising barristers, along with a number of pupils, two clerks and room for typists and Mr Knox (who did our accounts) were as many as the rooms could take, even with most sharing two to a room. Tom Bingham, [one of the Gang who ‘invented’ the Supreme Court in which mates of Tom’s then sat, as discussed in previous posts] who preceded me there by over four years, always used to say that they converted a bathroom in order to make room for him. Two of my fellow pupils, Mark Potter and Tom Morison, had come to us from pupillages in commercial sets. During the year they were both accepted as tenants, and somehow or other room was found for me as well…
Our senior clerk, Cyril Batchelor (later awarded the OBE for his services to the Barristers’ Clerks’ Association) developed all our practices with a watchful eye based on very long experience. He remained with us until about the time we all moved to Fountain Court just over ten years later.
…Lunch in one’s Inn cost about five shillings… We would often go to Twining’s for coffee in a group, or up to Gray’s Inn for lunch. The atmosphere was very friendly, and I encountered very great kindness…
The make-up of chambers was typical of the time. All white. All male. All (except one, who came straight to the Bar from the war years) educated at Oxford or Cambridge. All, except two, educated at well known English public schools – John Davies was at a grammar school in Wales (I sometimes heard him talking to his bank manager over the phone in Welsh) and Peter Scott was at school in the United States. And of the 15 of us, all took silk sooner or later, there was one future law lord (Bingham), four Court of Appeal judges (Orr, Henry, Potter and myself), three High Court judges (Phillips, Webster and Morison), three circuit judges (Medd, Davies and Stable), [the Stable lawyers/judges, Philip and Owen Stable, were friends with Ronnie Waterhouse] one Law Commissioner (Forbes), and three who remained at the Bar (Dehn, Bathurst and Scott). There were two future Chairmen of the Bar (Webster and Scott), and two others who chaired main Bar Council committees (Potter and myself).
Yes, we were all lucky enough to have been given a good start in life (at least, as far as a good home and a good education could provide this), but we reciprocated by regarding ourselves as servants of our profession in a very real sense… Of the 12 members of chambers in September 1963, nine are now dead…
And now Sir Henry is dead After Cardiac Surgery. Why are we not surprised? Do wake up everyone, Gwynne and Dafydd were not worthy of State Protection.
‘It will be a sad day for this country when the Top Doctors start killing High Court Judges as well as other witnesses to Gwynne and Dafydd…’
From 1959 to 1965, Lord Balniel was President of the Rural District Councils Association. While the Conservative Party was in opposition, Balniel served as spokesman on Foreign Affairs, 1965-67 and then joined the Shadow Cabinet as spokesman on Social Services, opposing Richard Crossman; as they were both mates with Gwynne and Dafydd they didn’t disagree about much. Following the Grocer’s victory in the 1970, Balniel served as Minister of State for Defence and then from 1972 was Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under the Grocer’s Foreign Secretary Alec Douglas-Home.
Balniel served at the Ministry for Defence alongside Lord Lambton, who in 1973 resigned after a News Of The Screws sting in which Lambton was caught in bed smoking a joint with call girls. Lambton was admirably laid back about the matter when Ronnie Waterhouse’s good friend Robin Day tried to shame him over it in a TV interview but unfortunately Lambton was one of those who was using the services of Gwynne and Dafydd’s business, both in Durham where Lambton’s family seat was located and in Chelsea. Which makes Robin Day’s hypocrisy even greater. Lord Lambton subsequently moved to Italy where he lived in style until his death on 30 Dec 2006. His daughter Lucinda married Perry Worsthorne, the High Tory Telegraph stalwart. See previous posts.
Lord Balniel was succeeded as the Chief of the Clan at MIND by Lady Juliet Bingley, who lived in Hertfordshire… Lady Juliet was the daughter of Reginald Vick, a surgeon at Armstrong-Jones Central, Bart’s. Lady Juliet worked as a Bart’s social worker after graduating from the LSE; as an LSE student on placement, Lady Juliet worked with Liverpool Personal Services, who were still doing favours for the Gang in the 1980s and 90s. Lady Juliet was married to Admiral Sir Alec Bingley, Deputy Director of Air Warfare after WW II, Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer (Air), then Commander of the aircraft-carrier HMS Eagle in 1952, Fifth Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Air) in 1954 and Flag Officer, Aircraft Carriers in 1958. Sir Alec was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean in 1959 and then Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth and Allied Commander-in-Chief, Channel in 1961. Bingley retired in 1963, the year of the Profumo Affair. Sir Alec knew Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Persons Of Low Morals as defined by the FBI and was au fait with the John Vassall and Gay Spies In The Admiralty Scandal that clobbered Supermac’s Gov’t just before the Profumo Affair. Gwynne and Dafydd were central to both scandals. See eg. ‘The Defence Of The Realm’.
Lady Juliet was a big friend of Richard Crossman and they were both friends with Dom Mintoff, the PM of Malta – the Bingleys were stationed in Malta for a time – who was also a Maltese Mafia boss. When in Malta, Lady Juliet ‘built hospitals and established welfare services’. I suspect that those hospitals were something to do with Richard Llewelyn-Davies; the Maltese Mafia at the time undoubtedly received something in return for Dom letting Richard Crossman, Lady Juliet and Lord Jack Jones, the TGWU leader, stay at his Maltese residence for holidays and Harold Wilson knew that the cosy arrangement had to be kept out of the press.
The Bingleys’ son William became Legal Director of MIND, then CEO of the Mental Health Act Commission, 1990-2000 then held the Chair in Mental Health Law and Ethics at the University of Central Lancashire. William also carried out work for Cumbria University and was Chair of WHICH Trust. William was obliged to resign as Chair when it was revealed that he had commissioned his own company, Bingley Consulting, to provide ‘services’ for the Trust; he died three weeks later, on 31 July 2001, as the result of a fell-walking accident in Yorkshire. William’s third wife Helen was a psych Angel and they were Trustees and fundraisers for the Abaseen Foundation, a healthcare and educational charity operating in north-west Pakistan that they established. William and Helen were frequent visitors to the charidee’s projects.
Bingley wrote the Code of Practice to accompany the Mental Health Act 1983 which was written by Dafydd’s mate Robert Bluglass after the Mary Wynch scandal, to ensure that It Could Never Happen Again. William and Bluglass concealed the matter when Dafydd Did it Again to me in Dec 1986…
William’s first marriage was to Candida, with whom he had two daughters, Alex and Harriet. Subsequently he married Lindsey Dyer. William was survived by Helen, Alex and Harriet, his stepdaughter, Andrea, and his sisters, Liza and Polly.
Other Hertfordshire MPs/residents whom Cub Alport knew included Dr Death’s ally Shirl, MP for Hitchin, 15 October 1964-28 February 1974 and for Hertford and Stevenage, 28 February 1974-3 May 1979, who’s first husband was Security Services Bernard (see eg. ‘How Sweet To Be An Idiot’) and Lord Derek Walker-Smith, MP for Hertford, 1945-55, (preceding Lord Balniel) and East Hertfordshire, 1955 -83. Walker-Smith was a barrister of Middle Temple who served as Supermac’s Minister of Health, Sept 1957-59 and loyally facilitated Gwynne and Dafydd’s criminality. Walker-Smith was the son of another Tory MP, Sir Jonah Walker-Smith; Walker-Smith’s descendants have also flown the flag for the Gang, as discussed in previous posts. See previous posts for info on Walker-Smith and his network.
Walker-Smith was given a peerage in Sept 1983, after the Gang had begun causing me serious problems; Brown began receiving murder threats from early 1983. Walker-Smith died on 22 Jan 1992, when the Gang were in one of their faux peace phases, so many of their High Court cases against me having unravelled. See ‘The Price Is Right’.
Frank Beck, the Leicestershire social worker who was a friend of Greville’s and who received five life sentences for abusing kids in his care in Nov 1991, was also known to have molested kids in Hertfordshire. There was an exchange of staff between the Gang and the Leicestershire ring, including Rob Evans, who completed his degree at Leicester University and arrived in Gwynedd in the 1980s as Lucille Hughes’s Assistant Director of Social Services… Like Beck, Rob had also worked in Northampton. See previous posts.
Sir Antony Buck
Ministry of Defence
|Prime Minister||Edward Heath|
|Member of Parliament
|Member of Parliament
for Colchester North
|Born||19 December 1928
|Died||6 October 2003 (aged 74)
Lambeth, London, England
Sir Philip Antony Fyson Buck (19 December 1928-6 October 2003) was the son of a farmer; Buck’s wife Laura (née Fyson), was a founder member of the Royal College of Nursing. Buck was educated at The King’s School, Ely and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he studied Law and History and was the Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association as the successor to Ronnie Waterhouse’s close friend Geoffrey Howe. Buck trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1954; other Inner Temple members included the Havers family as well as Lord Snowdon’s dad Ronald Armstrong-Jones and Mr Thrope.
John Tilley, Gwynne and Dafydd’s Man In South London, was a graduate of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, who after working as a journo for the Newcastle Journal moved to London to work for ‘The Scotsman’ and began making friends in Wandsworth Borough Council in the late 1960s, just as John Allen opened for business. Tilley was elected as a Wandsworth Councillor in 1971 and served as Leader of Wandsworth Borough Council, then as MP for Lambeth Central, 78-83. By that time, Wandsworth, St George’s and Springfield had a burgeoning business arrangement with the Gang and although all the MPs in south London were on board with the Gang, including Tilley’s predecessor Marcus Lipton, Tilley in particular batted for the Gang very effectively in the Commons, urging more Gov’t funding to be sent in the direction of causes close to the Gang’s heart in the guise of alcohol/drugs charidees etc. Tilley was a friend of Lord Scarman and Dafydd’s boat came in when Tilley micromanaged Scarman’s response to the 1981 Brixton Riots. Donald Naismith, the Director of Education for Wandsworth, was an active paedophile so that helped matters considerably.
After losing leaving the Commons, Tilley subsequently worked as chief economic adviser to the London Borough of Hackney – so was able to work with the Gang’s partners in crime Brave Wendy et al at the London Hospital – and was for 11 years Parliamentary Secretary to the Co-operative Union. From 2000 to 2002, Tilley headed the Parliamentary office of the Co-operative Group.
John Tilley died on 18 Dec 2005, shortly after I finished my PhD and Brown and I had begun to publish on matters mental health and north Wales and had received a contract for two books. Tilley’s first marriage ended in divorce, after a daughter, Cleo. He married again in 1982 to Kathryn Riley, a Brixton teacher and Labour activist, later Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London; they had a daughter, Jo.
Brown and I had difficulty with some people from the Institute of Education at about the time of Tilley’s death and afterwards. We submitted an article to a journal edited by big wigs from the IoE; it was published eventually but there was a great deal of fuckwittery over things that did not actually matter that delayed publication for a long time. Then I joined a research group at Bangor that was working in a big collaboration with Cardiff University. The hostility from certain people in Cardiff was baffling and although other people reassured me ‘Oh that’s bloody Cardiff for you, they treat each other terribly as well’, I noted that one of the worst offenders was Professor Sally Power, who seemed to hate all things Welsh and would so obviously rather have been in England. Sally Power had been based at the IoE for years before she accepted a Chair at Cardiff. I had previously assumed that Sally Power must have just been inadequate and pissed off that she had to, in her eyes, stoop as low as Cardiff for a Chair. No, Sally Power was an old pal of the London end of the Gang…
Sally: they didn’t come much Welsher than Dafydd you idiot! Furthermore they were a gang of paedophiles who murdered witnesses. So don’t ever sneer at Bangor University again you grandiose dipstick.
Sally Power’s Big Mate at Cardiff was Prof Gareth Rees, the Rudest Man On Earth. Gareth would arrive at Bangor – he had to sometimes scrape the barrel because the big collaboration meant that some events and meetings had to be held at Bangor although the Cardiff contingent insisted that as much as possible should be held on their turf on their terms – and completely ignored the junior researchers working in the collaboration although we were his bread and butter, then be pretty bloody rude to our Profs as well. Gareth Rees surpassed himself when he took the stage for a Conference Speech and gave a rant about Leighton Andrews, the then Welsh Gov’t Minister for Education. According to Gareth, nothing was ever going to improve re Education in Wales as long as This Education Minister Remains. Who had recently been appointed as Leighton’s SPAD? Er, Merfyn, the VC of Bangor. Merfyn stepped down as VC once he was appointed as Leighton’s SPAD to avoid conflicts of interest, although I was amused to be told by a former employee of Gwynedd County council that ‘Merfyn Jones has resigned as VC because he has stolen money from the University’. No Gwynedd CC staff, that’s why some of you had to resign from your jobs, but that e mail stating that Merfyn had resigned early ‘for management reasons’ meant that it would have been disgraceful for him to be working as the Welsh Gov’t Education Minister’s SPAD AND still remain as VC of Bangor University. I understand that no-one in Gwynedd CC understands the phrase ‘conflict of interest’, but Merfyn does.
Leighton lost his seat as AM in 2016. Within days, Leighton had been appointed to a Chair at Cardiff University. I’m sure that Gareth Rees was delighted to welcome his new colleague. Leighton is married to Ann Beynon, former Director of BT Wales, who was/is a governor of Bangor University. So Leighton and Ann don’t understand conflict of interests either. Leighton and Ann were students at UCNW in the 1970s when Gwynne and Dafydd ran the institution. See previous posts for more Leighton and Beynon laffs.
Have the scrapping ferrets READ the reports re Welsh Education for the past few years? It is sinking deeper and deeper in spite of their Expertise. BTW Ann, when one of your fellow guvnors – ELFED ROBERTS – is having university staff wrongfully arrested, sending his mates onto university premises to threaten and intimidate staff and students, and then his mates wave guns at them, it is time to act you stupid, grandiose cow. No wonder BT Wales was in chaos when you were Director.
See eg. ‘Lord Snooty The Third’ and ‘Only One Died’ for more info on Tilley, Lord Scarman et al.
The enormity of something that hadn’t sunk in previously re John Tilley has just hit me. Tilley’s wiki states that ‘Tilley was a founding member of the Socialist Campaign Group in 1982, but his constituency seat was abolished for the 1983 election and he was selected to fight Southwark and Bermondsey instead. The seat had been safe Labour but Simon Hughes had won the constituency for the Liberal Party in a by-election earlier that year, and Hughes kept the seat in the general election.’
Read my post ‘The Battle For The Labour Party’s Soul’ for the background on the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, in which the Labour candidate Peter Tatchell was famously subjected to appalling homophobic abuse, including from the Labour Party, led at the time by Footie who was one of those who refused to support Tatchell.
The big issue wasn’t Tatchell being gay, it was that Tatchell and his supporters had fought serious corruption in the rotten borough that was Southwark on the part of Bob Mellish, Labour MP for Bermondsey, 1950-82 (and before that Rotherhithe, since 1946), and his mates, in particular John O’ Grady. Amidst Mellish’s many bent friends were Dafydd and Gwynne; Southwark Council were sending numerous kids to children’s homes in north Wales and the most serious complaints were ignored, including that one boy had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint. The Maudsley Top Docs – in particular Gwynne and Dafydd’s crazy mate Jim Birley – and Peter Hain’s pal David Ennals were also involved with the organised abuse of kids (and Empowered Service Users) in Southwark. Footie knew about it; Footie was a friend of Mervyn Jones, the son of Gwynne’s friend the Welsh Top Doc Ernest Jones. Footie was one of the Westminster Molesters himself. I have no info that Footie pursued kids, but Footie was a man of interesting tastes; that is his business – as Justice Cocklecarrot would say ‘It is not for us to pry’ – but Footie nonetheless came over all Shocked And Disgusted at Peter Tatchell. As did Shirl, she was astounded that Tatchell Wore Leather. Oh dear, the Gang had that problem with Brown in 1984…
Shirl is wearing um, I’m not sure, but it definitely isn’t leather…
The irony was that the Liberal candidate Simon Hughes, who joined in the homophobic insults towards Tatchell, was er bisexual and later admitted this. Simon Hughes was one of those who signed Elfyn Llwyd’s Early Day Motion opposing the closure of Garth Angharad, a ‘hospital for mentally abnormal criminals’ aka a hell-hole in Dolgellau that served as one of the Gang’s prisons… See ‘More On Those Prisons For Folk Who Dared Complain’, ‘Further Information On Garth Angharad Hospital and ‘More On Those Who Signed That Early Day Motion’.
Sir Simon Henry Ward Hughes is the Chancellor of London South Bank University, an External Adviser to The Open University and UK Strategic Adviser to Talgo. Hughes is also the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Bacon’s College Rotherhithe and Chair of the London Bubble Theatre, Senior Independent Director of the London Football Association and a trustee of the Millwall Community Trust and the Rose Theatre Trust. Hughes was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, 2010-14, and from 2013 until 2015 was Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice. He was the MP for the constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark (and its predecessors), 1983-2015.
Hughes was privately educated at The Cathedral School, Llandaff – Bodger’s old school – Simon was Head Boy in 1964; Christ College, Brecon; Selwyn College, Cambridge; and the College of Europe in Bruges. Hughes was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1974. He moved to Bermondsey in 1977.
In 2010 Hughes was appointed a Privy Counsellor. In Brenda’s 2015 Birthday Honours, Hughes was appointed a Knight Bachelor “for public and political service”.
Bob Mellish was appointed by Thatch as Vice-Chair of the London Docklands Development Corporation; Heseltine was Chair. See previous posts. ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’ and ‘International Finance, With Thanks To Gwynne’ discussed how the City of London maxed out on Gwynne, the need to bury his victims and then all evidence of him in every way.
Mellish later joined the SDP. In 1985 he stood down from the LDDC and accepted a life peerage on 12 July 1985 as Baron Mellish, sitting as an Independent. Tony Francis had his first bust-up with me in April or May 1985 and in Aug 1985 I contacted Keith Best, MP for Anglesey and Welsh Office Minister about matters psychiatric services. Nicholas Eden – son of Anthony – who had been a Minister in Thatch’s Gov’t, as well as a user of Gwynne and Dafydd’s services, died from AIDS on 17 Aug 1985. I now know that Tony Francis had got to the Welsh Office before me…
Mellish was a supporter of Millwall Football Club and was President of the Millwall Supporters Club. Anyone remember the organised violence, the NF activity etc at the time?
Peter Tatchell maintains that Bob Mellish sexually propositioned him; I can believe that, they were quite mad, absolutely crackers. Brown and I were young people who Wore Leather and were seen in a nightclub in Brum with some transvestites – although there were plenty like us who weren’t transvestites in the same club – so obviously I was going to want to have sex with Gwynne, Dafydd and posh rich men who I wasn’t particularly interested in. Of course I was, I was wearing black nail varnish. What a load of deluded, sad, twisted old fools. Including those who forced themselves on 12 year olds…
So who did the Labour Party select to fight Bermondsey and Southwark in June 1983, after the previous Peter Tatchell bunfight? Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate John Tilley… It will not have been a coincidence.
Anyone remember the accusations re the Longest Suicide Note In History? An accusation made by Gerald Kaufperson, one of the er Manchester MPs who supported the Gang – in Kaufperson’s case, specifically Tony Francis, at the time. Footie was given the boot and then came the Next Great Hope, a mate of er Tony Francis.
Andrew Marr is also a Trinity Hall, Cambridge, graduate. Marr is married to political journo Jackie Ashley, who is the daughter of Jack Ashley, the late Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent, who colluded with the organised abuse and associated crime in Staffordshire that eventually brought the regional NHS down. The Labour Party were particularly proud of Deaf Jack and he had the distinction of serving as Britain’s first Minister for Disability. See previous posts.
Antony Buck was a strong supporter of the modernising Conservatism championed by Grocer Heath. Buck served as the junior Minister for Defence, 1972-74 with responsibility for the Royal Navy. Buck was another person who was in the Ministry of Defence when Lord Lambton was caught with his trousers off.
Buck’s fortunes declined when Grocer Heath lost the election in 1974 and he managed the unsuccessful leadership campaign for his old friend Geoffrey Howe. Buck was Chairman of the Parliamentary Ombudsman Committee. My post ‘The Naked Civil Servants’ discusses the 100% rigged system that was the Parliamentary Ombudsman, who doubled up as the Health Services Ombudsman. All holders of the post were slippery Whitehall mandarins with years of collusion with Crime In High Places under their belts, but life for the Gang was a non-stop party when one of the Gang’s bestest friends, former Welsh Office mandarin from George Thomas’s incumbency at the Welsh Office, Sir Idwal Pugh, held that post, 1 April 1976-31 December 1978.
Buck continued to serve as the Tory MP for Colchester until 1983 when he became MP for Colchester North after boundary changes. He retired from Parliament in 1992 and was succeeded in the seat by Bernard Jenkin, son of Patrick Jenkin, Thatch’s DHSS Secretary, May 1979-Sept 1981. Patrick Jenkin – educated at Clifton College, a la John Cleese – was another bent barrister of Middle Temple who knew Ronnie Waterhouse et al and colluded with Gwynne and Dafydd. Sir Bernard is still a Tory MP but for a different constituency. Bernard is married to Baroness Anne, who makes ill-judged comments about The Poor, as discussed in previous posts. Bernard Jenkin is a good friend of Richard Curtis, which is why Curtis’s work usually features a character called Bernard, it was a standing joke between Curtis and Bernard. Nursey in Blackadder revealed in one episode that her real name was Bernard.
Previous posts have discussed Curtis’s friends and colleagues and how many of them knew people who knew what was happening to me at the hands of the Gang… Curtis’s crowd included Ben Elton, Rowan Atkinson, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ade Edmondson, Lenny Henry and Rik Mayall. Mayall nearly died in April 1998 as the result of a quad bike accident on his farm in Devon that no-one witnessed and he could remember nothing about; the Ah the doctors didn’t expect him to survive without brain damage but being wonderful, they pulled Rik through. Mayall died in a very final way on 9 June 2014 after collapsing while jogging near his home at Barnes, Richmond-upon-Thames. Barnes was the location of the Elm Guest House which doubled up as a gay brothel for male paedophiles, including it is alleged Cyril Smith, Peter Morrison and Leon Brittan. A paedophile ring operated in the Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, facilitated by, among other people, the Director of Social Services for the Borough, Louis Minster. Keith Vaz was formerly the senior solicitor for Richmond-upon-Thames Borough Council.
Rik Mayall’s former partner from their days as students at Manchester University was Lise Mayer, who subsequently married Angus Deaton.
|Born||November 29, 1959|
Angus Deayton (1991–2015)
|Relatives||Catherine Mayer (sister) Cassie Mayer|
Lise Mayer is an American born English TV and film writer, best known as a creator and co-writer of the BBC comedy series The Young Ones, alongside Rik Mayall and Ben Elton. Mayer was born in Chicago, Illinois, to David and Anne Mayer, who met when they were studying drama at Manchester University, where her father was a tutor. Lise’s mother is a theatre PR. Lise has written for TV programmes including The Last Resort, Paramount City, London Underground, The Fast Show, Saturday Zoo and Casualty, – so Lise is responsible for that never-ending PR that the nation has taken to its heart!! – and produced Denis Leary‘s No Cure For Cancer. Lise, had there been less fraud in medical research, there might be rather more effective regimes for cancer than there are, but no-one would confront a very sizeable problem…
Lise was a writer/consultant for the film The Borrowers, and co writer of Suite 16, Paper Marriage, Flushed Away and The Matchmaker. Books include Bachelor Boys: The Young Ones Book, People I Have Shot (with ITN cameraman Sebastian Rich), The Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book, Go to Bed With Jonathan Ross, Amassed Hysteria and In Search of Happiness (with Angus Deayton).
Re the Terence Higgins Trust as supported by Lise and Deaton, from its creation it starred many Gang associates and no-one involved with the Terence Higgins Trust in any major way did not know about the en masse abuse and trafficking of the kids in care in north Wales, because so many of them were the young men who were dying from AIDS in the 1980s. It was so noticeable that if one didn’t know before one worked for the Terence Higgins Trust, one knew after that. It was the same story with all the HIV/AIDS charidees/services, as well as the LGBT ones and their funding from sources – including Ken Clarke at the Dept of Heath – who were desperate to keep the crime in north Wales quiet. Brown’s cousin Katie Dent built a career in the LGBT/HIV/AIDS sector in return for keeping quiet about the Gang and then Katie was offered a wonderful opportunity with Merlin, the International Rescue Charidee established by two Top Docs. See previous posts…
This Empowerer of Wimmin made her name by being the NUS Wales Leader who established a branch for Gays:
Lise Mayer was in a relationship with her co writer and star of The Young Ones, Rik Mayall… She has a son, Isaac, with comedian and TV presenter Angus Deayton, with whom she was in a relationship, 1991-2015.
Lise’s sister, Catherine Mayer, co-founded the Women’s Equality Party with Sandi Toksvig. I’ll expect a lot of #Me Tooing from Lise imminently and perhaps some charidee fundraising for Victims Of Trafficking…
Lise has another sister, Cassie.
Richard Curtis is married to Emma Freud, daughter of Liberal Party child molester Clement, who when in the Commons shared an office with fellow Westminster molester Cyril Smith. Clement was the grandson of Sigmund and the brother of artist Lucian; Lucian’s children include fashion designer Bella Freud and writer Esther Freud. See previous posts.
Bella Freud is married to James Fox, a British journalist who co-authored Life, the memoir of Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards. Fox was born in Washington, D.C., U.S. and worked as a journalist in Africa as well as reporting for London’s Sunday Times. His first book White Mischief is an account of the Happy Valley murder case in Kenya in 1941. He researched the book with Cyril Connolly in 1969 and it was later adapted into a film by Michael Radford in the 1980s. Fox’s other works include The Langhorne Sisters also known as Five Sisters: The Langhornes of Virginia.
Anyone for Bodger and his Doc Martens from Prof’s Son’s Company, ‘Red Or Dead’ everyone, ‘Red Or Dead’, Bodger’s son knows Famous Fashion Designers! One line which made ‘Red Or Dead’ famous was the Space Baby line:
Wayne Hemingway didn’t mention those experiments that Bodger carried out on unlawfully aborted late-term foetuses before Bodger killed them.
See eg. ‘The Price Is Right’ for just a few of the connections between the Gang/Top Docs and the Fashion Business.
In 1974, Clement Freud was elected Rector of the University of Dundee and served two three-year terms. Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan who blew the whistle on Jack Straw’s complicity with torture in Uzbekistan (see previous posts), was a student at Dundee University in the late 1970s and described an incident in which Freud asked the President of the Students’ Union to pimp for him and select a woman to entertain him. A generation later, in 2002, Clement was elected Rector of the University of St Andrews, Robert Bluglass’s alma mater. St Andrew’s considers itself elite and the St Andrew’s Top Docs alumni network certainly holds its own in the More Traditional And Snobbier Than Thou stakes.
Emma Freud was a regular on Ned Sherrin’s Radio 4 show ‘Loose Ends’ in the 1980s, with Carol Thatcher et al. Ned’s family farmed on the Somerset Levels and knew people who knew me… Stephen Fry – who also knew people who knew me when the Gang were causing so many problems – made his early regular BBC appearances on ‘Loose Ends’.
Emma Freud’s brother, Clement’s son Matthew Freud founded the London PR firm Freud Communications in 1985. Matthew was formerly married to Caroline Hutton, who was the second wife of Di’s brother Earl Spencer; Matthew then married the Digger’s daughter Elisabeth.
After the revelations of Clement Freud’s sex offences, including a rape, became very public, Clement’s widow expressed sympathy for the targets of her dead husband’s offences. I would never hold Clement Freud’s family or their friends responsible for his offending, but forging documentation, leaking confidential info (much of which is inaccurate), stealing letters that teenagers wrote to each other, paying people to lie or keep schtum about serious offences and participating in organised character assassinations to silence people who are witnesses is really very unpleasant isn’t it Emma/Matthew/Richard/Digger?
Two of Clement’s books were:
- 1983 – Below the Belt
- 1988 – No one Else Has Complained
I complained as did many other people and the result was that Clement bagged a K in 1987 and Ollie was released on appeal.
Antony Buck was thrice married. His daughter Louisa from his 34-year first marriage to Judy Grant is an art critic. In 1994 tabloid newspaper reports of a relationship between his second wife, Bienvenida (née Perez-Blanco), and Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Harding were followed by Harding’s resignation as Chief of the Defence Staff. Buck’s third wife was Russian born Tamara Norashkaryan.
Ronald Fairbairn was educated at Merchiston Castle School and at Edinburgh University, where he graduated after studying divinity and Hellenic Greek studies, before WW I service, after which he completed a medicine degree at Edinburgh. Fairbairn lectured in psychology at Edinburgh University and also independently practised analysis, 1927-35; he served as Consultant Psychiatrist to the Ministry of Pensions, 1941-54. That places Fairbairn squarely at the scene of the organised abuse that was rampant under the umbrella of analysis as well as the abuse and neglect of the Poor that was institutionalised into Nye’s NHS and Beveridge’s welfare state from their very beginnings.
In 1931 Fairbairn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a body that has elected so many of Gwynne and Dafydd’s Scottish associates as Fellows. His proposers were James Drever, Edwin Bramwell, Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson and Robert Alexander Fleming.
Fairbairn became an associate member of the British Psychoanalytical Society in 1931 and a full member in 1939. Fairbairn had a profound influence on British object relations theory and the relational schools. Fairbairn was one of the theory-builders for the Middle Group (now called the Independent Group) psychoanalysts. James and Alix Strachey were members of the Middle Group. The Independent Group contained analysts who identified with neither the Kleinians nor the Anna Freudians.
Fairbairn was a senior colleague of John ‘Jock’ Derg Sutherland, born in Edinburgh in 1905. Jock studied medicine at both the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow. As a psychiatrist in Edinburgh, Sutherland undertook a training analysis with Fairbairn. In 1935 Jock was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Jock’s proposers were James Drever, Sir Godfrey Thomson, W. R. D. Fairbairn and Francis Albert Eley Crew. At the onset of World War II, Jock moved to a psychiatric unit in Glasgow, expecting a wave of mentally scarred soldiers and in 1941 he briefly joined the RAMC. One of Jock’s responsibilities in the RAMC was to design the criteria for the selection of officers. In 1942 Jock moved to London to work at the Tavistock Clinic, serving as its Director, 1947-68. The Tavi was well established as an institution facilitating organised abuse and associated criminality and Sutherland expanded and built on this. Jock left the Tavi four years after Dafydd was promoted to the level of Consultant at Denbigh and in the year in which John Allen took out a 20 year lease on the building that became the Bryn Alyn Community. From 1968 to 1974 Jock worked at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, contributing to the Training of young psychiatrists. Jock Sutherland published on psychoanalysis and ran an extensive private practice. Among the colleagues with whom Sutherland worked, and whose careers he fostered, were Harry Guntrip, Charles Rycroft and R. D. Laing.
Henry James Samuel Guntrip (29 May 1901-1975) was a psychologist known for his major contributions to object relations theory. Guntrip, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society as well as a psychotherapist, lectured at the Dept of Psychiatry, Leeds University and was also a Congregationalist Minister. Guntrip was described by Jock as “one of the psychoanalytic immortals”.
Leeds, in particular the welfare services, was for so long Savile Central…
Guntrip’s Personality Structure and Human Interaction organized, critiqued and synthesized the theories of major psychoanalysts, including Melanie Klein, Ronald Fairbairn, D. W. Winnicott, and Michael Balint. Guntrip accepted many of Freud’s theories, but also advanced his own ideas, criticizing Freud as being too based on biology and therefore being, in Guntrip’s belief, dehumanizing. Guntrip drew heavily on the object relational approach of Fairbairn and Winnicott. Perhaps Guntrip’s greatest contribution to psychoanalysis was his argument that the regressed ego exerts a powerful effect on life. Guntrip viewed the schizoid sense of emptiness as reflecting the withdrawal of energy from the real world into a world of internal object relations. Guntrip worked extensively with schizoid patients who were detached, withdrawn and unable to form meaningful human relations. Guntrip came to regard psychoanalytic therapy as a means of providing a personal relationship in which the alienated, withdrawn self is given an opportunity for healthy growth and development, and finally putting it in touch with other persons and objects. He delineated the following nine characteristics of the schizoid personality: introversion, withdrawnness, narcissism, self-sufficiency, a sense of superiority, loss of affect, loneliness, depersonalization, and regression
For Guntrip, ‘Withdrawnness means detachment from the outer world, the other side of introversion. Only a small portion of schizoid individuals present with a clear and obvious timidity, reluctance, or avoidance of the external world and interpersonal relationships. Many fundamentally schizoid people present with an engaging, interactive personality style. Such a person can appear to be available, interested, engaged and involved in interacting with others, but he or she may in reality be emotionally withdrawn and sequestered in a safe place in an internal world. Withdrawnness is a characteristic feature of schizoid pathology, but it is sometimes overt and sometimes covert. Overt withdrawnness matches the usual description of the schizoid personality, but withdrawnness is just as often a covert, hidden, internal state of the patient. The patient’s observable behaviour may not accurately reflect the internal state of their mind. One should not mistake introversion for indifference, and one should not miss identifying the schizoid patient due to misinterpretation of the patient’s defensive, compensatory, engaging interaction with external reality.’
And when they say no they mean yes. And no-one else has complained.
Dr Dafydd Alun Guntrip:
Guntrip saw loss of affect as inevitable, as the tremendous investment made in the self interferes with the desire and ability to be empathic and sensitive toward another person’s experience. These things often seem secondary to securing one’s own defensive, safe position. The subjective experience is one of loss of affect. Dafydd noted loss of affect in many of his patients.
Some patients experience loss of affect to such a degree that the insensitivity becomes manifest in the extreme as cynicism, callousness, or even cruelty. The patient appears to have no awareness of how his or her comments or actions affect and hurt other people.
‘Ewe do realise that ewe are suffering from manic depressive insanity?’
Guntrip’s personal symptoms led him to be psychoanalysed by both Fairbairn and D.W. Winnicott. Although helpful, the therapy did not cure his problem. If only Harry had stayed in that well-known Therapeutic Community where Miracles Happened, although not in my case obviously, me Complaining About Everyone.
When I was in Springfield, the Top Docs declared a young man to be Schizoid and therefore he was discharged as being Beyond Help. Most people were, but not always because they were Schizoid. This young man was told to pack his bags and go and his friend asked ‘So what’s your diagnosis then?’ ‘Schizoid.’ ‘What not even Schizophrenia?’ ‘Nah, just Schizoid.’ And off the Schizoid one went, with no idea what Schizoid Meant, no aftercare, etc.
Meet Lesbian Feminist Dr Rachel Perkins, at the time the Clinical Director of Springfield Hospital, who later became the Disability Commissioner of the EHRC:
Charles Frederick Rycroft (9 September 1914-24 May 1998) was a Top Doc who studied medicine at UCL, as did Bodger and so many who became Towering Figures in medicine during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, mainly because of the presence of Harriet Harman’s dad’s mate physician Lord Max Rosenheim at UCL/UCH during the middle decades of the 20th century. Lord Max was the most influential President of the Royal College of Physicians that there has been to date. Being favoured by Lord Max made one’s career whereas spilling his pint meant that one was finished. Lord Max’s proteges went on to facilitate the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including Nice Lady Doctors such as Dame Josephine Barnes, who was married to Ted Heath’s close friend and personal Top Doc, Sir Brian Warren. See ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
Rycroft worked briefly as a psychiatrist at the Maudsley, although for most of his career he ran a private psychiatry practice in London. Charles Rycroft was the second eldest son of Sir Richard Rycroft 5th Baronet (1859–1925) (see Rycroft Baronets) and Emily Mary Lowry-Corry (see 2nd Earl Belmore). He grew up in Dummer, Hampshire on Lord Denning’s manor, where his family owned most of the village and his father was “the local representative of both Church and State”. Charles had one elder brother, Henry Richard Rycroft DSC OBE RN (1911–1985), and two younger sisters: Alice Juliana Rosamond Rycroft (1915–2006) and Eleanor Mary Rycroft (1918–2000). He also had two elder half-brothers, Nelson and Richard Michael, and a third, Veloyne, who died in infancy.
Charles Rycroft was educated at Wellington College and then studied economics and history at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became interested in psychoanalysis and on applying to Welsh Top Doc and pal of Gwynne, Ernest Jones, was encouraged to study medicine. Rycroft underwent analysis firstly with Ella Freeman Sharpe and after her death with Sylvia Payne (inspiring a joke about the “sharps” and “pains” of analytic training). Very, very witty Oscar…
‘His Highness Is Like A Stream Of Bat’s Piss At Night’.
‘What I Meant Your Highness, Is That You Shine Out Like Gold When All Around Is Dark…’
‘His Highness Is Like A Dose Of Clap…’
Readers may remember that at this point, in the Python original, when His Highness demanded an explanation, a huge raspberry was blown at him. Now when F blew a raspberry down the phone at Dafydd in 1994, Dafydd rang the Llangefni police, demanded that they traced the phone that was used to commit the Orrible Crime – Dafydd was told ‘a phone box in the Bangor area’ – and used it as the basis for an injunction from Liverpool High Court against us no less. See eg. ‘The Price Is Right’.
Dafydd might like to know that the phone box in question was almost certainly the Rachub phone box or the one just down the lane at Llanllechid. I’m fairly sure that the raspberry was an evening or night time call; there were a few calls to Dafydd from phone boxes in Bangor, but that was only if we had 20 mins or so to spare until the bus and we felt like giving Dafydd a ring. Although I’m confessing to the crime here, we would have confessed had the police turned up at the time, the police did know that we usually told the truth – I virtually always did and F often did – and the key question is of course why the police felt able to respond to an anonymous call in which only a raspberry was blown by fully mobilising their hi-tech call-tracing forces. Particularly as the man complaining about the anonymous raspberry had been the subject of numerous very serious complaints re assault, sexual assault etc and some history-making litigation. I am sure that if I was the recipient of an anonymous raspberry over the phone and I rang the police, I would not be entertained by the authorities in the way in which Dafydd was.
The irony is that as discussed in previous posts, Python members were Gang-associates, in particular Zany Graham and John Cleese, who were personal friends of members of the Gang.
Rycroft practised as a psychoanalyst from 1947 but became disillusioned because of the rivalry between the Kleinian and Freudian factions. He was influenced by W. R. D. Fairbairn and D. W. Winnicott from the Middle Group in developing his own views. Rycroft was a critic of contemporary psychoanalysis, believing it to be rigid and formulaic and believed that the ideal of rationality proposed by modern psychiatry alienated the adult from his or her creative inner processes. Rycroft’s work with dream analysis stressed the positive aspects of imagination and he thought that imagination could be beneficial to psychic development.
In 1968 Rycroft resigned from the British Psychoanalytical Society, feeling that “the real power in the Society belonged to people of whose values I did not approve…their ways of conducting business and engaging in controversy were entirely alien to me”.
Rycroft was a Consultant Psychoanalyst at the Tavi, 1956-68 and for a period of time was an Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis as well as a training analyst with R.D. Laing. Rycroft was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1973, a body renowned for not being in the least interested in wielding power and forever fighting the corner of the underdog.
Rycroft published a number of well-known works on psychoanalysis and wrote extensively in a wide range of magazines, including The Observer and The New York Review of Books. The Astors owned ‘The Observer’ until 1983, when Tiny Rowland purchased it. The small but perfectly formed Editor of ‘The Observer’ Donald Trelford knew about the Gang but also knew Richard Crossman and Robert Bluglass so not a word was ever published. Observer Editor Roger Alton also Knew but did not publish. Alton had worked on the Liverpool Daily Post when young, an organ run by the Gang and even when older Alton had a direct line of feedback because he frequently climbed in Snowdonia and he knew at least one person who knew me very well and was openly telling people what was going on. The Gang then went after this man with a vengeance and he was abandoned by the Influential Friends whom he had known for so long. Other Observer stalwarts Who Knew but who’s loyalty was to the Gang included Norah Beloff, aunt of Miranda and Cherie’s friend Michael Beloff QC,but even more importantly sister of Lord Max Beloff who was a friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, CEO of Gwynedd County Council.
There is of course Jim Perrin, a drunken obnoxious git who was based in Snowdonia for years who’s main interest was climbing but Jim also made money from writing, including in the London-based broadsheets. Jim Perrin writes like an angel, if his readers ever met him in person they’d be quite surprised. Less entertaining than the contrast between Jim’s sensitive pieces about his love of dawns in rural Wales, the sights of the bunnies emerging and the dew-laden early morning spider webs etc and the horrible reality of a pissed, swearing Perrin, was the suicide of Jim’s son Will, who used to be a neighbour of mine. Will hung himself; the ‘suicide’ verdict was never questioned and Will did suffer from periodic severe depression. However, there was not only no help at all for people with that condition in north Wales but the response of the Gang made the situation far worse. Will knew someone very well who was a good friend of mine and he too was having terrible trouble with the Gang at the time of Will’s death.
Will died aged 24 on 26 July 2004, when the Gang were in overdrive about me featuring in the media discussing the shortcomings of the mental health services, shortly after the Gang’s Cunning Plan to have me fitted up and jailed had fallen apart and two months after Mr Bridgy Celeb was acquitted of manslaughter at Bristol Crown Court. The Gang members who were so traumatised by me included some of those who had been deeply traumatised by Will, including teachers at Ysgol Brynrefail. One of those who taught at Ysgol Brynrefail when Will was of school age was Prys Morgan Jones, who, when Will died, was Dean of the School of Education at Bangor University and responsible for teacher training. I keep being told that Prys was one of those who was silently mobilising against me, that he knew something about whoever tried to have me struck off of the teaching register not long before Will died and that he was part of the Get Merfyn Jones Out As VC faction after Merfyn’s friend the Philanderer cleared my name. See ‘The Price Is Right’.
No-one’s sent me documentary evidence, but I do know that Prys was a personal friend of some who hated me, were involved with criminal behaviour and who also behaved in the same way towards one of Will’s friends. Prys was a keen climber but was not of the climbers who hung out with Will and his friends…
Re Rycroft’s adventures with the ‘New York Review Of Books’, Penny Gilliatt was a Fashionable Young Thing who worked for them in the 1960s. Penny was the first wife of Roger Gilliatt, the Top Doc who was Lord Snowdon’s best man when he married Ma’am Darling. Roger was also mates with Mr Thrope and knew Gwynne. Penny had an affair with Angry Young Man John Osborn and subsequently married him, before John Osborn continued exploring Uganda with a great many others with direct connections to the Gang. Brenda’s clan and the Gilliatts – Roger’s dad Sir William was the Royal Doc who delivered Carlo and Princess Anne and taught Gwynne – never forgave Penny. She hit the bottle when older and although the Ah doctors were wonderful, there was just nothing that they could do. Penny died on 9 May 1993; Penny spent her whole life amidst numerous Insider witnesses to Gwynne and Dafydd, having begun life as the daughter of a barrister in the North East who was the BBC’s senior man in the region… See previous posts.
Now Then. Just to illustrate the sort of Little People who were Of Charles Rycroft: Charles’s mum Emily Mary Lowry-Corry was the granddaughter of Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax.
The Viscount Halifax
|Lord Privy Seal|
6 July 1870 – 17 February 1874
|Prime Minister||William Ewart Gladstone|
|Preceded by||Earl of Kimberley|
|Succeeded by||Earl of Malmesbury|
|Secretary of State for India|
18 June 1859 – 16 February 1866
|Prime Minister||Viscount Palmerston
|Preceded by||Lord Stanley|
|Succeeded by||Earl de Grey and Ripon|
|First Lord of the Admiralty|
13 March 1855 – 8 March 1858
|Prime Minister||Viscount Palmerston|
|Preceded by||Sir James Graham|
|Succeeded by||Sir John Pakington|
|President of the Board of Control|
30 December 1852 – 3 March 1855
|Prime Minister||Earl of Aberdeen|
|Preceded by||John Charles Herries|
|Succeeded by||Robert Vernon Smith|
|Chancellor of the Exchequer|
6 July 1846 – 21 February 1852
|Prime Minister||Lord John Russell|
|Preceded by||Henry Goulburn|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Disraeli|
|First Secretary of the Admiralty|
27 April 1835 – 4 October 1839
|Prime Minister||Viscount Melbourne|
|Preceded by||George Robert Dawson|
|Succeeded by||Richard More O’Ferrall|
|Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury|
10 August 1832 – 14 November 1834
|Prime Minister||Earl Grey
|Preceded by||Edward Ellice|
|Succeeded by||Sir George Clerk|
|Member of Parliament
11 July 1865 – 21 February 1866
|Preceded by||Reginald Vyner|
|Succeeded by||Lord John Hay|
|Member of Parliament
10 December 1832 – 11 July 1865
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Edward Akroyd|
|Member of Parliament
2 May 1831 – 12 December 1832
|Preceded by||James Ewing|
|Succeeded by||John Hales Calcraft|
|Member of Parliament
for Great Grimsby
9 June 1826 – 25 July 1831
|Preceded by||William Duncombe|
|Succeeded by||John Shelley|
|Born||(1800-12-20)20 December 1800
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, Kingdom of Great Britain
|Died||8 August 1885(1885-08-08) (aged 84)
Hickleton Hall, Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Lady Mary Grey (d. 1884)|
|Children||7, including Charles Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax|
|Alma mater||Oriel College, Oxford|
Bertrand Russell was brought up by Lord John Russell and his second wife, because Bertrand Russell’s father Lord Amberley – Lord John Russell’s eldest son – died two years after his wife, Bertrand’s mother, Katharine Russell, Viscountess Amberley leaving Bertrand an orphan. See previous posts for further details of Bertrand Russell’s immediate family.
As Chancellor of the Exchequer in Lord John Russell’s Gov’t (1846 –1852), Charles Wood opposed any further help for Ireland during the Great Famine there. Wood later served as President of the Board of Control under Lord Aberdeen (1852–1855), as First Lord of the Admiralty in Lord Palmerston’s first administration (1855–1858), and as Secretary of State for India in Palmerston’s second Gov’t (1859–1866). Wood succeeded to his father’s baronetcy in 1846, and in 1866 he was elevated to the peerage as Viscount Halifax, of Monk Bretton in the West Riding of the County of York. After the unexpected death of Lord Clarendon necessitated a reshuffle of Gladstone‘s first Cabinet, Halifax was brought in as Lord Privy Seal, serving from 1870 to 1874, his last public office.
So Charles Rycroft’s mum’s grandfather was a colleague/friend of those hugely powerful people who ran Britain – and the British Empire – in the mid-latter half of the 19th century and who’s children, grandchildren and their friends called the shots across north Wales and in many ways still do.
The Great Famine in Ireland (1845 to 1851) led to the death of 1 million, and over 1 million emigrating from the country. On 30 June 1846, Peel’s Tories were replaced by a Liberal Gov’t led by Lord John Russell. The Gov’t sought to embed free trade and laissez faire economics. Sir Charles Trevelyan, a senior civil servant at the Treasury, in close cooperation with Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Charles Wood, sought to oppose intervention in Ireland. Extreme parsimony of the British Government towards Ireland while Wood was in charge of the Treasury greatly enhanced the suffering of those affected by famine. Wood believed in the economic policy of Laissez-faire and preferred to leave the Irish to starve rather than ‘undermine the market’ by allowing in cheap imported grain. Wood also shared Trevelyan’s anti-Irish, moralistic views, with Wood believing the famine should eliminate the ‘present habits of dependence’, and obliging Irish property to support Irish poverty. Wood believed the famine was not accidental, but willed and would bring along a social revolution: ‘A want of food and employment is a calamity sent by Providence’, it had ‘precipitated things with a wonderful impetus, so as to bring them to an early head’. He hoped the famine would clear small farmers, and lead to a ‘better’ economic system.
As the President of the Board of Control, Wood took a major step in spreading education in India when in 1854 he sent a despatch to Lord Dalhousie, the then Governor-General of India. It was recommended therein that:
- An education department was to be set in every province.
- Universities on the model of the London University be established in big cities such as Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.
- At least one government school be opened in every district.
- Affiliated private schools should be given grant in aid.
- The Indian natives should be given training in their mother tongue also.
In accordance with Wood’s despatch, Education Departments were established in every province and universities were opened at Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras in 1857, in Punjab in 1882, and at Allahbad in 1887.
Remember Caring Ones, this was an Empire and one ruled by very harsh White Men who’s influence lasted a very long time.
Lord Halifax married Lady Mary Grey (3 May 1807-6 July 1884), fifth daughter of Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, on 29 July 1829. They had four sons and three daughters:
Hon Blanche Edith Wood (d. 21 July 1921) married Col Hon Henry William Lowry-Corry (30 June 1845-6 May 1927). *Charles Rycroft’s grandmother and grandfather.*
- Hon Alice Louisa Wood (d. 3 June 1934)
- Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax (7 January 1839-19 January 1934)
- Hon Emily Charlotte Wood (1840 – 21 December 1904) married Hugo Francis Meynell-Ingram (1822 – 26 May 1871)
- Capt Hon Francis Lindley Wood, RN (17 October 1841 – 14 October 1873)
- Lt Col Hon Henry John Lindley Wood (12 January 1843 – 5 January 1903)
- Fredrick George Lindley Wood (later Meynell) (4 June 1846 – 4 November 1910)
Lord Halifax was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son Charles, Charles Rycroft’s great uncle. Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd Viscount Halifax (7 June 1839-19 January 1934), was a British ecumenist who served as President of the English Church Union from 1868 to 1919, and from 1927 to 1934. From 1862 to 1877, Charles Lindley Wood served as Groom of the Chamber to the Prince of Wales aka Bertie, the future Edward VII.
BRIEF OVERVIEW – Bertie and Queen Alexandra HERE – Emperor and Empress Of India
The Queen Mum Gawd Bless ‘Er was the last Empress Of India. The Empress with Backdoor Billy, her Loyal Retainer:
One of Charles Lindley Wood’s last achievements was the union of the English Church Union with the Anglo-Catholic Congress in 1933.
Charles, 2nd Viscount Halifax married Lady Agnes Elizabeth Courtenay (1838–1919), daughter of The 11th Earl of Devon and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Fortescue, daughter of The 1st Earl Fortescue. They had four sons and two daughters:
- Hon. Charles Reginald Lindley Wood (7 July 1870-6 September 1890)
- Hon. Alexandra Mary Elizabeth Wood (25 August 1871-10 March 1965), godchild of Queen Alexandra, married in 1898 Maj. Gen. Hugh Sutton
- Hon. Francis Hugh Lindley Wood (21 September 1873-17 March 1889)
- Hon. Mary Agnes Emily Wood (25 March 1877-25 March 1962), married in 1903 George Lane-Fox. He was later created, in 1933, The 1st Baron Bingley. Hon. Henry Paul Lindley Wood (25 January 1879-6 June 1886)
- Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 3rd Viscount Halifax and 1st Earl of Halifax (16 April 1881-23 December 1959)
I haven’t been able to discover if Hugh Sutton is of the same Sutton family, but Sir George Pinker, the Royal Doc who delivered William and Harry -Oinker risked William’s brain cells because Oinker screwed up the delivery as a result of ignoring Di’s distress because obviously she was just making a fuss and there was no problem, but then Oinker was actually Brenda’s Top Doc so Di had to tolerate him as well, as did Princess Anne but she won’t have given a stuff being concerned with horses and foals – was the son of Ronald Douglas Pinker, a horticulturist who worked for Suttons Seeds for 40 years, and headed the bulb and flower department for 25 years. At the time of George’s birth – George was born in Calcutta – Ronald ran Sutton Seeds Indian Branch in Calcutta. Suttons Seeds began life in Reading, but the HQ is now in Paignton, Devon. Suttons received Royal Patronage in 1858, when Queen Victoria requested Martin Hope Sutton to supply seeds to the Royal Household. Suttons Seeds have held a Royal Warrant ever since and are currently suppliers to Brenda.
In 1942, Oinker began his Medical Training at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Paddington, Qualifying as a doctor in 1947. As a student in 1946, when the Music Society put on its first post-war production The Mikado, Oinker sang one of the leading roles. He turned down a contract with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company to pursue a career in medicine. The Queen Mum Gawd Bless ‘Er attended the performance as Patron of both the hospital and the medical school, accompanied by the two young princesses, Brenda and Ma’am Darling.
Deciding to specialize in obstetrics, Oinker served his National Service as a lieutenant in the RAMC in Singapore, where he did much of his specialist training under Benjamin Henry Sheares at the British Military Hospital, Singapore. Returning to civilian life at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, in 1958 Oinker was appointed a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to St. Mary’s Hospital and Samaritan Hospital for Women, both of which he served for the next 31 years. Oinker later also held the position of Consulting Gynaecological Surgeon to the Middlesex Hospital – it’s Gwynne again!! – as well as the Soho Hospital for Women; Bolingbroke Hospital, Battersea; and the Radcliffe Infirmary from 1969-1980.
Oinker accepted an increasing involvement with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, serving as Honorary Treasurer, 1970-77. He was a past President of the British Fertility Society and, according to Oinker’s wiki entry, ‘supported the research that led to the birth in 1978 of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby’.
I’d be surprised if that is true, because at the time virtually no-one supported Steptoe and Edwards in their work; it’s why the research was carried out in Oldham, no-one else would allow Patrick Steptoe access to their premises. Bob Edwards was a zoologist who was an alumnus of UCNW and Bangor wouldn’t even admit that they had educated Edwards until relatively recently. A toady such as Oinker would never have gone near something as controversial as IVF was in the 1970s. Lord Bob Winston opposed Steptoe and Edwards but then colonised the field himself when the potential for Glamour, Heroics and Money became evident. Patrick Steptoe never forgave the Top Docs’ establishment for freezing them out, he hated them until the day that he died. It was Bob Edwards who was later welcomed into the fold and didn’t tell them to take a running jump…
I was interested in IVF when I was an undergrad at UCNW and that was how I knew that Bob Edwards had been a student in the Zoology Dept there; UCNW absolutely did not advertise it, I found out by reading the history of IVF work. I strongly suspect that Carlo’s influence as Chancellor of UCNW re Obs and Gynae and IVF was used at a later date when things began to get difficult for the Gang…
See previous posts for more details and for my discussions re whether Louise Brown or at least some of the early work was fraudulent. There have been lies told about the success rates of fertility treatments constantly and I know of fertility specialists so hopelessly incompetent – including Simon Leeson’s colleagues at Bangor – who’s patients became pregnant in spite of their ‘help’ rather than because of it, yet were allowed to believe that it was the Miracle Workers at Ysbyty Gwynedd responsible…
Patrick Steptoe died on 21 March 1988, still frozen out by Everyone Who Supported His Work. I began my job at Surrey University in March 1988, with Vincent Marks, the brother of Dr John Marks, then Chair of the BMA who was at war with Ken Clarke. The job was another trap, to plagiarise my work and make me redundant after only one year. Tony Francis and the Gang were in communication with the BMA throughout and the BMA advised on how to frame me for criminal offences… See previous posts…
Oinker’s work at the Royal College earned him International Respect amongst obstetricians and gynaecologists, as did Bodger’s until he was caught and had to resign as President, although Malcolm Pearce shouldered the blame in public. See ‘Now Then…’ In 1980 Oinker was elected Vice-President of the Royal College and finally President in 1987. In 1987, I was completing my Masters at Hammersmith Hospital/Royal Postgraduate Medical School; the most famous Top Doc there at the time was Lord Bob Winston! No wonder Patrick Steptoe hated him. Does Lord Bob ever wonder why Bob Edwards lived so much longer than Steptoe? And why there wasn’t even a hint of recognition in terms of gongs and Nobel Prizes until just after Steptoe was out of the way then the world acknowledged the Genius? Steptoe who never stopped telling people what an opportunistic bastard Lord Bob was??
Steptoe was educated at The Grammar School, Witney (since 1968 the comprehensive Henry Box School), Oxfordshire. He went to King’s College London and graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1939. In 1951 Steptoe started to work at the Oldham General Hospital. From Raoul Palmer he learned the technique of laparoscopy and promoted its usefulness. In 1967 Steptoe published Laparoscopy in Gynaecology. Subsequently, Robert Edwards, a physiologist then at the University of Cambridge, contacted Steptoe and persuaded him to collaborate in the development of IVF.
Steptoe became the Director of the Centre for Human Reproduction, Oldham, in 1969. Using laparoscopy, he collected the ova from volunteering infertile women who saw his place as their last hope to achieve a pregnancy. Edwards and Jean Purdy provided the laboratory expertise. According to wiki ‘During this time they had to endure criticism and hostility to their work. Finally, in 1978, the birth of Louise Brown changed everything. Although he encountered further criticism, other clinics were able to follow the lead and patients responded. To accommodate the increased patient number and train specialists, he, Purdy, and Edwards founded the Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridgeshire in 1980 of which Steptoe was a Medical Director until his death’.
Steptoe was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in March 1987. His nomination reads:
|“||Steptoe was the first in Britain to use laparoscopy for the routine diagnosis of gynaecological disorders, and the first anywhere to use it as a standard technique for sterilization. He sought to develop it for the treatment of infertility and, by 1969, succeeded in using it for the first time to recover oocytes from preovulatory ovaries. During the next ten years he recovered many oocytes, which were fertilized and nurtured by Edwards, and implanted them in the uterus through the cervix uteri, thus helping to clarify many fundamental aspects of human ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. After more than 100 attempts a pregnancy was obtained which was carried to term. Now the technique, as used by Steptoe and others, is so successful that almost a third of women accepted for treatment have healthy infants. His achievement is particularly remarkable as it was obtained in a district hospital with only local backing.||”|
A plaque was unveiled at the Bourn Hall Clinic in July 2013 by Louise Brown and Alastair MacDonald – the world’s first IVF baby boy – commemorating Steptoe and Edwards. Steptoe is also commemorated with a plaque at the Maternity Ward at the Royal Oldham Hospital and at 52 West End, Witney.
Recognition rather too late, Steptoe was DEAD and had been for years…
Now this is interesting. Until Steptoe died, Bourn Hall was considered THE IVF clinic. Yet within a few years, the most unscrupulous folk in IVF in London – Bridget Mason et al from the Hallam Medical Centre – had gone into business with Robert Edwards et al at Bourn Hall. I was staggered as were others. How did I find out about the funny little ways of the Hallam, including their staff throwing sperm samples out of the top window into the courtyard below to be collected, because the lab was on a different floor to the clinic and Bridget et al – who made their money through laundries no less – refused to pay for staff to transport the samples in a more appropriate manner? Because I went for an interview at the Hallam after seeing a job advertised there, had a rather odd experience and then met their Lab Director, Sue Avery, who was a UCNW Zoology grad! At another interview in Southampton at a later date, I met a girl who was an Aberystwyth graduate who was an experienced embryologist and gave me the dirt on the Hallam, as well as Sue Avery getting the hell out of there by then. BOTH of us had such a weird experience at Southampton that we rang each other afterwards and then found out that there was a load of skulduggery there…
For full details, see ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’ and ‘Professor Prestigious and His Associates’.
Key points: Sue Avery I think might be the daughter of the Avery who was a Westminster City Councillor (see previous posts) and who knew them all at St George’s. By keeping schtum about the appalling vista in so many directions, Sue ended up at Mrs Big in the Birmingham fertility service. Southampton University was on Lord Denning’s turf until he died on 5 March 1999; the Dean of Southampton Medical School was Sir Donald Acheson, the Gov’t Chief Medical Officer, 1983-91, who colluded with Dafydd and Gwynne and much else. Acheson was an alumnus of the Middlesex Hospital. Dr Nicky Heinersdorff, one of the GPs in Bethesda, who was fully on board with the Gang, Qualified at Southampton in 1979. Acheson stepped down as Dean in 1978.
See previous posts…
The Prime Suspects:House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
If one googles the ‘Red Or Dead’ Space Baby boot, one will also find adverts for the Viper Boot:
The Viper Boot is camouflaged, rather as Prof Eric Sunderland always was. Sunderland who succeeded Top Doc and Everest Hero Sir Charles Evans as Principal of UCNW in the wake of the Gwynne Row. Charles Evans Trained as a Top Doc at Oxford and worked at the Radcliff Infirmary, just like Oinker! Charles who knew Asia minor well because he spent more time leading climbs in the Himalayas than he did in the operating theatre; no of course Sir Charles wasn’t sacked but they did have to stop him re Difficult Cases when his lack of practice made him too bloody dangerous for even NHS Top Docs in the 1950s to tolerate.
Oinker knew Bodger and established a questionable childbirth charidee of which Di became Patron in 1984 – the year of the Gwynne Row! – which was quite ironic in the light of the needless difficulties that Di experienced delivering William as a result of Oinker’s fuckwittery. Read more about Oinker, his charidee and its bizarre fundraising activities in ‘Wimmin’s Wellbeing – The Fortnum and Mason Connection’.
Oinker after advice from the MDU re Di’s row with Carlo following William’s birth on the theme of ‘I’m not bloody well going through that again’:
Oinker after that crash in a tunnel in Paris in Aug 1997, when he was getting on a bit and thus received Care from his ‘friends and colleagues’:
For details of Oinker’s violent abusive colleague at St Mary’s who was also a Royal Doc, Arthur Dickson Wright and Arthur’s daughter, Clarissa, a crooked barrister who was a hopeless alkie by her mid-20s – unlike so many Empowered Service Users, Clarissa didn’t die as a result of that very serious booze problem but then neither did Zany Graham Chapman – and was rescued from near destitution in middle age when she became a TV celeb after teaming up with Jennifer Paterson, Carlo’s caterer, see my post ‘Arthur Dickson Wright – An Appreciation’. The generous offer of work was extended to Clarissa when she let it be known that she knew about the Gang and my battle with them. The Clarissa who had been at St John’s College, Oxford with Miranda. It was Clarissa who let the world know that he had been known as Miranda, as she chortled away about Other Things that she could never reveal but how she could bring PMs down if she wanted. Jennifer Paterson died on 10 Aug 1999Clarissa on 14 March 2014
‘It Will Be A Sad Day For This Country When Top Docs Kill Their Mates Whom They Have Paid Off…’
- Charles, 2nd Viscount Halifax, died in 1934 aged 94. His fourth and youngest son Edward succeeded him as the 3rd Viscount and was created Earl of Halifax in 1944, after serving as Viceroy of India, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and British Ambassador to the United States.
Martha Lane Fox – not of the above Lane Foxes, but even better – is the granddaughter of Katharine Paget. Lady Katharine Mary Veronica Paget was the daughter of Charles Henry Alexander Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey and Lady Victoria Marjorie Harriet Manners
The 6th Marquess of Anglesey was President of UCNW, 1945-47; he was Lord Chamberlain to Queen Mary from 1922 until his death in 1947. Queen Mary was the consort of George V; Mary’s brother Prince Alexander of Teck became the Earl of Athlone and was Chairman of the Middlesex Hospital and Chancellor of London University when Gwynne Trained at the Middlesex and Qualified with a London University medicine degree, as discussed in previous posts.
On 3 August 1912, Charles Paget married Lady Victoria Manners, a daughter of the 8th Duke of Rutland, in a ceremony performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by Prince Arthur of Connaught. Prince Arthur of Connaught was another member of the Royal Family who married into those directly protecting Gwynne re their positions of governance at the Middlesex Hospital and London University. Prince Arthur married his cousin Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife (17 May 1891-26 February 1959). Princess Alexandra was the eldest daughter and heir of the 1st Duke of Fife and the Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of King Edward VII. Thus the couple were first cousins once removed. Their wedding was attended by five bridesmaids: The Princess Mary, Princess Maud of Fife, Princesses Mary, Helena, and May of Teck aka Prince Mary, who became the Consort of George V.
Charles Paget and Victoria Manners had six children:
- Lady Alexandra Mary Cecilia Caroline Paget (15 June 1913-22 May 1973 (aged 59)), married Sir Michael Duff, 3rd Baronet
- Lady Elizabeth Hester Mary Paget (1916–80), married Raimund von Hofmannsthal, son of Hugo von Hofmannsthal
- Lady Mary Patricia Beatrice Rose Paget (19 January 1918-28 March 1996 (aged 78)), died unmarried
- Lady Rose Mary Primrose Paget (27 July 1919-1 November 2005 (aged 86)), married Hon. John Francis McLaren
- George Charles Henry Victor Paget, Earl of Uxbridge (afterwards 7th Marquess) (8 October 1922-13 July 2013 (aged 90))
- Lady Katharine Mary Veronica Paget (8 Oct 1922-7 February 2017 (aged 94)), married (1) Jocelyn Eustace Gurney, (2) Charles Farrell
See previous posts for details of the above offspring, a number of who, along with their own children, family and friends, used services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd. The 7th Marquess of Anglesey hosted Carlo and Di when they visited Bangor and the area soon after they were married. The 7th Marquess was involved with his local parish church on Anglesey and served as a Churchwarden. The locals were duly impressed, but there was a snag in that the successive Bishops of Bangor and the Archbishops of Wales were mates with Gwynne and Dafydd, concealing abuse and some people involved with the Anglican Church in north Wales were abusers themselves. The 7th Marquess and his wife were leading lights in the Anglesey Tory Party who’s hands were awash with blood re the Top Docs and the Gang. The Marquess of Anglesey and his family were people who could have put a stop to Gwynne and Dafydd but they chose to do all that they could to support them and ensure that they remained in business instead. Their kith and kin are still alive today and assisting the Gang whenever necessary.
Lady Katherine Paget’s son Robin Lane Fox, Martha Lane Fox’s father, is an Oxford academic who was the tutor of one of my former neighbours at Rachub; Robin Lane Fox’s former student was married to Mike Jackson, a clinical psychologist at Bangor University who worked with the Gang. Mike Jackson was treated very badly by the Gang and hated them, but once Brown and I began publishing, Mike knew which side his bread was buttered on and closed ranks with them. Mike knew about the abuse and neglect of patients and the en masse research fraud; he arrived in Bangor while I was working at St George’s after having finished his PhD at Oxford in the NAME of DEPT – academic who led it. I never worked out why Mike and Sonia – Robin Lane Fox’s former student – ever went to Gwynedd, let alone stayed there. But they did, they knew that a big sex abuse Gang was being facilitated by Mike’s colleagues and Mike and Sonia remained nevertheless. Of course I’ve wondered if they were two of the plants who were sent to infiltrate – particularly as Robin Lane Fox works for the security services – but if they were, they did nothing at all to help the many people who were neglected, abused and even died under their noses. When F moved in with me, Mike and Sonia made a point of becoming friendly with F’s ex-wife. It didn’t end well, there was friction and then a row, which entertained F. Mike Jackson was also very supportive of MIND in north Wales, which he knew was run entirely by Dafydd and the Gang…
See previous posts for info on Mike, Sonia, the Lane Foxes etc.
Charles Paget died in London in 1947, aged 61, ‘following an operation’. Until World War I, Charles the 6th Marquess of Anglesey mainly lived at Beaudesert, the Paget family estate and stately home on the southern edge of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Heavy taxation after WW I (combined with the considerable debts resulting from the extravagant lifestyle of the 5th Marquess) meant that the 6th Marquess could no longer afford to maintain the property at Beaudesert, so in 1920 he left to live at Plas Newydd. The Beaudesert estate was broken up and sold off, with the Marquess donating 120 acres of land to the Cannock Chase District in 1920, and a further gift in 1938 was made to the people of Staffordshire. Staffordshire, the site of the big ring that was directly linked with the Gang and concealed by all Staffordshire politicians for many decades, including Jennie Lee, Nye Bevan’s wife. Plas Newydd is in the hands of the National Trust, which has enjoyed a close relationship with the Gang for decades; Lucille Hughes, in retirement, now volunteers for the NT…
See previous posts for info on the Pagets and their circles and the National Trust…
Now Then. Again. Edward, Earl of Halifax:
The Earl of Halifax
The Earl of Halifax in 1947
|20th Viceroy and Governor-General of India|
3 April 1926 – 18 April 1931
|Preceded by||The Earl of Reading|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Willingdon|
|Secretary of State for War|
7 June 1935 – 22 November 1935
|Prime Minister||Stanley Baldwin|
|Preceded by||The Viscount Hailsham|
|Succeeded by||Duff Cooper|
|Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs|
21 February 1938 – 22 December 1940
|Preceded by||Anthony Eden|
|Succeeded by||Anthony Eden|
|British Ambassador to the United States|
23 December 1940 – 1 May 1946
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Lothian|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Inverchapel|
|Leader of the House of Lords|
22 November 1935 – 21 February 1938
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Londonderry|
|Succeeded by||The Earl Stanhope|
3 October 1940 – 22 December 1940
|Prime Minister||Winston Churchill|
|Preceded by||The Viscount Caldecote|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Lloyd|
|Lord President of the Council|
28 May 1937 – 9 March 1938
|Prime Minister||Neville Chamberlain|
|Preceded by||Ramsay MacDonald|
|Succeeded by||The Viscount Hailsham|
|Lord Privy Seal|
22 November 1935 – 28 May 1937
|Prime Minister||Stanley Baldwin|
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Londonderry|
|Succeeded by||The Earl De La Warr|
|Chancellor of the University of Oxford|
|Preceded by||The Viscount Grey of Fallodon|
|Succeeded by||Harold Macmillan|
Edward Frederick Lindley Wood
|Died||23 December 1959(1959-12-23) (aged 78)
Garrowby Hall, Yorkshire, England
Lady Dorothy Onslow (m.1909)
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, (16 April 1881-23 December 1959), styled The 1st Baron Irwin from 1925 until 1934 and The 3rd Viscount Halifax from 1934 until 1944, was a Conservative politician of the 1930s. His most notably appointments were those of Viceroy of India, 1925-31 and of Foreign Secretary, 1938-40. Edward Halifax was one of the architects of the policy of appeasement of Hitler in 1936–38, working closely with PM Neville Chamberlain. After the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 Halifax was one of those who pushed for a new policy of attempting to deter further German aggression by promising to go to war to defend Poland.
On Chamberlain’s resignation early in May 1940, Halifax effectively declined the position of PM because he felt that Churchill would be a more suitable war leader; his membership of the House of Lords was given as the official reason. From 1941 to 1946, Halifax served as British Ambassador in Washington.
Edward Wood was born on 16 April 1881 at Powderham Castle in Devon, home of his maternal grandfather William Courtenay, 11th Earl of Devon. Wood’s great-grandfather was Earl Grey, the PM who introduced the Great Reform Act of 1832.
Wood’s childhood was divided mainly between two houses in Yorkshire: Hickleton Hall, near Doncaster, and Garrowby. Halifax attended St David’s Prep School and Eton and after that Christ Church, Oxford. From November 1903 until 1910, Halifax was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. After a year at All Souls, he went on a Grand Tour of South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand with Ludovic Heathcoat-Amory. – WEST COUNTRY TORY FAMILY
In 1918, Halifax and George Ambrose Lloyd (later Lord Lloyd) wrote “The Great Opportunity”, a tract aiming to set an agenda for a revived Conservative and Unionist Party following the end of the Lloyd George Coalition. They urged the Conservative Party to concentrate on the welfare of the community rather than the good of the individual. On 16 October 1922, Wood attended the meeting of the junior Ministers who expressed disquiet at the Lloyd George Coalition. Wood was promoted to the Cabinet on 24 October 1922 as President of the Board of Education, succeeding Herbert Albert Laurens ‘HAL’ Fisher, the Liberal MP for Sheffield Hallam who was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a cousin of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. Among other things, HAL Fisher served as VC of Sheffield University and as a member of the Royal Commission of the Public Services for India. For many years, HAL Fisher was a don at New College, Oxford, where he recruited for the British security services. HAL recruited Gwynne and Dafydd’s lifelong buddy Sir George Godber, the complete bastard of a Top Doc turned civil servant who was the Gov’t Chief Medical Officer who Helped Nye Create The NHS; even at the age of 100, Godber was still a leading light in the MDU advising on how to shaft me. HAL knew Gwynne and Dafydd’s other big mate who also spent a few years at New College recruiting for the security services, Westminster Swinger Richard Crossman. Godber of course worked with Crossman as well. My post ‘Cymru 007’ discusses Godber and his brother Joseph, who served as the Tory MP for Grantham for years until Grantham’s most famous resident became PM in May 1979, whereupon Joseph Godber was off to the Lords before anyone became too suspicious. The Godbers went to Bedford College, a school that educated many pupils who later worked for the security services, including Geraint Morgan QC, the crooked barrister who served as the Tory MP for Denbigh, 1959-83 and, among many other people – but in a subsequent generation – Paddy Ashdown.
Edward Wood, who spent two days hunting each week and was neither interested nor particularly effective as President of the Board of Education, saw it as a stepping stone to greater things.
In October 1925, Lord Birkenhead, Secretary of State for India, offered Wood the job of Viceroy of India at the suggestion of King George V; Wood’s paternal grandfather Sir Charles Wood had been Secretary of State for India, 1859-65.
Lord Birkenhead aka Frederick Edwin Smith was a Tory politician and barrister best remembered today as Churchill’s greatest personal and political friend until Birkenhead’s death in 1930 aged 58 from pneumonia caused by cirrhosis of the liver. Lord Birkenhead’s father Frederick Smith senior died at the age of 43, only a month after being elected Mayor of Birkenhead. Lord Birkenhead won a scholarship to University College, Liverpool, where he spent four terms (a fact he subsequently suppressed). He won a scholarship to Wadham College, Oxford and made his name as an Oxford “swell”. Lord Birkenhead was a character in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’. Frederick Smith added to his Oxford reputation in May 1897, when he went to see the Prince of Wales open the new Oxford Town Hall. A detachment of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch had been drafted in to reinforce the small Oxford City Police force against a large demonstration of University undergraduates. The Metropolitan police attacked them with batons, causing several serious injuries. The crowd unhorsed and trampled one policeman. Smith took no part in the disorder, but was arrested when he tried to rescue his college servant, who was being manhandled by the police. Smith became the first prisoner in the police station in the new Town Hall. He was tried for obstructing the police in the lawful execution of their duty, but was found not guilty after defending himself in court.
Having eaten his dinners at Gray’s Inn and passed his Bar finals, Smith was called to the Bar and finally left Oxford, and quickly built up a lucrative practice on the Northern Circuit, initially basing himself in Liverpool.
Smith rapidly acquired a reputation as a formidable advocate, first in Liverpool and then, after his election to Parliament in 1906, in London. In 1907 Smith was asked to give an opinion on a proposed libel action by the Lever Brothers against newspapers owned by Lord Northcliffe concerning the latter’s allegations of a conspiracy to raise the price of soap by means of a ‘soap trust’. He checked into the Savoy and, after working all night reading a pile of papers nearly four feet thick and consuming a bottle of champagne and two dozen oysters, Smith wrote a one-sentence opinion: “There is no answer to this action in libel, and the damages must be enormous”. The newspapers subsequently paid Lever £50,000, more than four times the previous record for a defamation action or out-of-court published settlement in the country.
The Lever brothers, the series of Lords Leverhulme and their empire were hugely influential in Gangland because of the Port Sunlight base near Merseyside. Harold Wilson’s wife Mary worked there as a young woman; she met Harold when she worked at Port Sunlight, when Harold was in the sixth form at Wirral Grammar School for Boys, before he went to Jesus College, Oxford, an institution at which many members of the Gang were/are educated. Harold was at Jesus College with Gwilym Williams, Bishop of Bangor, 1957-82 and Archbishop of Wales, 1971-82, a very good pal of Gwynne and Dafydd’s. Gwynne and Dafydd were so effective that Denbigh served as a dustbin for victims of the Gang from the Wirral/Cheshire area as well.
I’m currently reading the ‘The Years That Are Past’, the autobiography of Frances Stevenson – Lloyd George’s mistress of many years and later his wife – at the moment and although it’s rather Barbara Cartland, Frances does provide an interesting account of the people with whom Lloyd George was very friendly, who holidayed with LG in Cricieth and with whom LG and Frances went to stay. Frances became quite distraught when LG was exposed as a corrupt old git who flogged peerages; I’m hoping to write a post based on Frances’s book because Lloyd George’s family ran north Wales and still wield considerable influence there. They and the Gang were almost as one and Gwynne would not have lasted two minutes without their support. Frances and LG were friendly with Lord Leverhulme, went to stay at Port Sunlight and were duly impressed. LG and Frances also knew F.E. Smith and so many more mentioned in this post…
NB: Lloyd George clan and toadies: I’m reading biographies of Megan as well… It’s not a good idea to let me loose in second hand bookshops…
In February 1908, F.E. Smith was made a KC on the same day as his friend and rival from Wadham College, future Home Secretary Sir John Simon. At the Bar, Smith became one of the best known and most highly paid barristers in the country. In one of the best-known cases in which Smith was involved he successfully defended Ethel le Neve, mistress of Hawley Harvey Crippen (“Dr Crippen”) against a charge of murder. Le Neve was accused of killing Crippen’s wife. Crippen was tried separately and convicted.
In 1903, on the strength of a speech that he gave in support of Joseph Chamberlain, Smith was selected as the Tory candidate for the Liverpool constituency of Walton division He was finally elected for the seat in the 1906 General Election, despite the national Liberal landslide. Smith held the seat until 1918. Walton is the area of Liverpool containing HMP Walton and the now-closed Walton Hospital. Walton has been run by Dafydd in recent decades – represented by Labour MP Eric Heffer for much of that time, who’s wife and secretary Doris was a former medical secretary, who’s loyalty was to the Top Docs rather than her husband’s constituents and certainly not to those fitted up by the Gang languishing in HMP Walton.
During the Militant years in Liverpool, the Top Docs and Angels of Walton Hospital successfully killed the Labour MP for Bootle Michael Carr on 20 July 1990 after he had been in office just 57 days, by wilfully failing to treat him after he had a heart attack. Carr had fought Militant and the people who did dare accuse the NHS of murder and (unsuccessfully) fought for staff at Walton Hospital to be prosecuted stressed that Walton Hospital was run by Militant. It was also run by the Gang. The dreadful circumstances of Carr’s death were eclipsed by media coverage of Dr Death’s Continuing SDP polling fewer votes than the Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate in the by-election in which Carr was elected as MP for Bootle; it left Dr Death a laughing stock but that was easier than focusing on the reasons for Michael Carr’s death 57 days later, particularly as Militant Moderate Dr Death was Of The Gang himself. See ‘News From Sicily’…
It gets worse. The by-election won by Michael Carr in which Dr Death was left a standing joke was caused by the death in office on 21 March 1990 of the sitting MP for Bootle, Allan Roberts.
In Feb 1990, Gwynedd County Council obtained an injunction against me from Leeds High Court of all places, on the basis of the perjury of Gwynedd social workers, Jackie Brandt and Keith Fearns. Fearns had never met me, Brandt had met me twice or at most three times. The injunction was issued by Sir John Kay, who later became Lord Justice John Kay. Kay was Of The Gang; he grew up and worked in Liverpool for years and spent a period of time teaching law at Liverpool University.
Kay was based at Atlantic Chambers – THAT MP – ATLANTIC CHAMBERS!!
Kay’s son is the Rugby International Ben Kay and his daughter is the High Court Judge Dame Amanda Yip. Yip, a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge a la Lord Tom King, worked in her dad’s old Chambers as a barrister. See previous posts including ‘The Bitterest Pill’ and ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’ for info re the High Court cases, Kay, his biography and his family and colleagues.
Before he became an MP, Allan Roberts was a teacher and social worker, an ally of Wedgie Benn and had been involved with CND from its early days, as well as other causes on the left. So he’ll have known some of Bertrand Russell’s circle. Allan Roberts, who was openly gay, achieved fame in the 1980s when the News Of The Screws ran a story about him being ‘flogged in a dungeon in Berlin’. Roberts sued and won, in Nov 1984. See previous posts…
On 18 Nov 1984, Lord Maelor, who served as the constituency MP for Bertrand Russell’s constituency of Merioneth, 1951-66, spontaneously combusted at his home near Wrexham. Lord Maelor had worked as a school teacher in north Wales before becoming a Labour MP and had trained at the Normal College, Bangor, an institution run and staffed by the Gang. Lord Maelor enjoyed relaxing in ladies clothes when off-duty. Lord Maelor’s brother James Idwal Jones was also a school teacher in north Wales after training at the Normal College, before serving as the Labour MP for Wrexham, 1955-70. One of Idwal’s teaching posts was in Glyn Ceiriog, Denbighshire; David Hunt grew up in Glyn Ceiriog…
Lest anyone believe that the Windbag’s Purging Of Militant solved the problem at Walton Hospital, it didn’t. The Windbag certainly didn’t waste breath on Michael Carr, he continued shouting ‘Nurses, Nurses, Nurses’ down the loud hailer during election campaigns and of course receiving confidential info, some of it forged, about me from Tony Francis. Thus the Gang were still in place in Walton and running the Shiny New Centre Of Excellence that is The Walton Centre some 15 years later – the tatty old Walton Hospital now having shut – to er kill Nerys, Merfyn’s wife. See eg. ‘Murder In Samarkand’.
I need to draw attention to events of the summer of 1990 when the Caring Staff of Walton Hospital decided that Michael Carr should die and every effort was made on the part of the British state to ensure that Michael’s death was not investigated as it should have been and people held to account.
In 1990, the Gang brought some six or seven High Court cases against me – the first being the one in Feb before John Kay at Leeds High Court – all with the intention of having me imprisoned, either immediately or as the next step. I cannot be certain of the number of cases because although I have documentation pertaining to some of them and I was present in person in some of the cases, there was a case at Cardiff High Court in the late summer or autumn of 1990 in which I starred re which all paperwork has disappeared from my files and I have been told that on the same date the Gang also made an unsuccessful application to have me detained at Brenda’s pleasure or at least the first step towards that. Of course there is no documentation in my files relating to that matter, but I know that it was widely discussed by staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd at the time… I can’t remember the name of the judge who presided over the Cardiff High Court case in the late summer/autumn of 1990, but he made Mandy Rice-Daviesesque jokes; my barrister was Ian Murphy QC and the only witness called was Jeff Crowther, the Nursing Officer employed by Gwynedd Health Authority.
In May 1990, Gwynedd Health Authority took me to the High Court in Cardiff in front of Sir Malcolm Pill – who subsequently became Lord Justice Pill – in an attempt to obtain an injunction against me that would have prevented me even writing to Gwynedd HA in pursuit of my complaints. Pill refused the application for which I was very grateful, but as I explain in my post ‘The Bitterest Pill’, further digging has revealed a huge conspiracy with which Pill was on board. Pill knew that he would become a laughing stock if he issued that injunction as requested and that it would have shone a spotlight on my case, so a longer-term Cunning Plan was hatched by Andrew Park, the bent Welsh Office solicitor. Malcolm Pill as the two barristers in the case, Ian Murphy (acting for me) and Crispin Masterman (acting for Gwynedd Health Authority) simply ignored hundreds of pages of evidence of the most serious criminality on the part of the Gang…
I strongly suspect that Crispin is a descendent of Charles Frederick Gurney Masterman PC (24 October 1873-17 November 1927), ‘the British radical Liberal Party politician, intellectual and man of letters who worked closely with David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill in designing social welfare projects, including the National Insurance Act of 1911 and played a central role in the main Gov’t propaganda agency during WW I’, as discussed in previous posts. Law and Wales tends to work on that basis.
‘The Bitterest Pill’ correlates the dates of Andrew Park’s Cunning Plan in which he directed NHS staff and others to lie about my actions and produce forged paperwork to back up their allegations with Thatch appointing Peter Morrison as her PPS on 23 July 1990; the dates are a perfect match, that appointment was definitely made in collaboration with Andrew Park or someone who was giving him instructions.
Michael Carr died on 20 July 1990.
I was working at St George’s at the time and although I knew that the BMA and Top Docs’ establishment were desperate to get rid of Thatch with the assistance of disillusioned Tories who were members of the security services, I didn’t realise that I was being used as the football and Bodger et al whom I was working for at St George’s were leading players. Bodger grew up in Cardiff; his dad had been Secretary to the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and Bodger’s family were Labour supporters and had close ties with the Labour Party big wigs in Wales, London and elsewhere.
Key facts: Malcolm Pill was educated at Whitchurch Grammar School, Cardiff and Trinity College, Cambridge. Pill was at Whitchurch Grammar with Rhodri Morgan. When I appeared in front of Pill, Rhodri was the Labour MP for Cardiff West – the former constituency of George Thomas – and Shadow Environment Spokesman, as well as Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Energy. Miranda was part of the Opposition Energy team as well. George Thomas was by then sitting in the Lords. Tony Francis was leaking documents and information about me to the Windbag’s office, including forged documentation. When I appeared in front of Pill, Sir Peter Morrison was Minister of State for Energy. The Secretary of State for Wales, 4 May 1990-27 May 1993, was Lord David Hunt.
Malcolm Pill was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1962. Dafydd’s Big Umbrella Sir William Mars-Jones was a member of Gray’s Inn, as were others who did the gang favours, including David Waddington the Home Secretary at the time of the 1990 High Court cases against me. See ‘The Bitterest Pill’.
From 1989 to 1993, Pill was Presiding Judge for the Wales and Chester Circuit; he was in that role when I appeared before him in Cardiff and at the time of the industrial scale perjury committed by four members of the Gang on July 10 1990 when I appeared before his colleague Justice John Roch in Chester. Does Sir Malcolm Pill know who rigged the case at Chester I wonder? Nobbling the venue as well as the judge is quite impressive, as was the preparation of affidavits which were signed by the Witnesses Keith Fearns, Jackie Brandt, Slob Ingham and Maggie Fookes, without Fearns et al ever having seen them…
See ‘The Bitterest Pill’ and ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’ for details of the extraordinary events in Chester Court on July 10 1990 and the highly incriminating paperwork in my possession.
Pill became a Lord Justice of Appeal and member of the Privy Council on 1 Feb 1995. Peter Morrison was found dead in his house in Belgravia on 13 July 1995…. Then there were all those other 1995 deaths of Insider witnesses.
From 1963 to 1964 Malcolm Pill was Third Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and spent a period in Geneva at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. For nine years Pill was Chairman of the UK Committee of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign. Bechod!
Sir John Roch also became a Lord of Appeal but I am confused about when exactly. There is an online reference in a legal context to Sir John Roch in 2004, which would put him still in the queue when Miranda unleashed the forces of hell upon Merfyn Jones. However, as discussed in a previous post, when Esther Rantzen appealed against a High Court decision to cut her damages in the wake of a libel win of Esther’s against the Mirror Group after it was suggested in ‘The People’ that she knew of a child abuser but remained schtum, one of the Lord Justices of Appeal who ruled on Esther’s case – the judgement was that Esther’s damages should be cut but not by as much as determined in the previous case – was Lord Justice John Roch. I’m fairly certain that it was the corrupt old bastard before whom I appeared in Chester in 1990; I think that there is another John Roch in legal circles but of a different vintage. The Lord Justice John Roch who starred in the Court of Appeal re Esther in March 1993 appeared with Lord Justice Neill and Lord Justice Staughton.
John Roch as seen in Vogue with someone Wearing His Creation:
Douglas Hurd, Trinity College Cambridge alumni and Uncle of Cambridge botanist Edred Henry Corner, a former colleague of Prof Greig-Smith of UCNW, resident of Llandegfan, father of a Top Doc in Liverpool etc (see ‘Our Man In Llandegfan’), with Tom King:
Hurd was friends with Trumpers’ husband Alan Barker who had been recruited into the security services by Richard Crossman when Barker was at New College, Oxford; Barker ‘used his influence’ with Hurd to ensure that Trumpers bagged a suitable job for a Posh Lady, the job being one with the UN re Wimmin. See ’95 Glorious Years!’ Trumpers had been a friend of Rab Butler when Trumpers and Barker had lived in Cambridge.
Eric was headhunted from Lord John Walton Central at Durham University to replace Sir Charles Evans at UCNW in May 1984 after I refused to keep quiet about Gwynne. Sir Charles Passed Over himself on 5 Dec 1995. It Will Be A Sad Day For This Country…
Neither should we forget The Bells, The Bells:
The Bells, or at least one of them, was known for his Slave Sandals with socks. And for the dad dancing at Plant Biology parties.
Now Then. The circumstances of Michael Carr’s death required an Inquest and one was convened on 26 February 1991. When the full story emerged, the Merseyside Coroner Roy Barter postponed the Inquest ‘to consider criminal charges for negligence against some of the health care personnel involved’.
Bishop of Bangor/Archbishop of wales Gwilym Williams had died on 23 Dec 1990. It Will Be A Sad Day…
On 20 Feb 91, after I had been forced out of my job at St George’s, discharged from Springfield Hospital on 7 Feb 1991 with sod all support etc , I saw Forensic Psychs Prof Nigel Eastman and Dr Bartlett in their outpatients clinic at Springfield. Eastman told to go back to north Wales because they knew me there and Dafydd was my Top Doc, although Eastman had been told in writing by his colleagues that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and Tony Francis was suspected of doing so as well. See ‘The Price Is Right’.
On 14 Jan 1991 the Labour MP for Neath since 1964, Donald Coleman, died in office; it was Coleman’s death that resulted in Peter Hain being elected as MP for Neath on 4 April 1991. Neath was the site of Neath Farm School, a place so dreadful that boys from Bryn Estyn who complained about the brutality, gang rapes and being sold told a load of old paedophiles were threatened with transfer, or indeed transferred, to Neath Farm School. Thus the Neath area was the habitat of people who had as much dirt on Gwynne, Dafydd and the Gang in north Wales as the Wrexham area did. Donald Coleman knew all about it as of course did Peter Hain, it’ll be why someone thought that it was a good idea to ensure that C had his feet under the table in Neath in 1991, as the North Wales Police investigation into a possible paedophile ring in the region was underway and of course would soon find no evidence of any such thing. See ‘The Managers Of The Abattoir’.
Nigel Eastman qualified as a Top Doc from Bristol University in 1979; I think that he qualified as a barrister before reading medicine. Eastman is of Gray’s Inn a la William Mars-Jones and Lord Elwyn-Jones – two of the biggest friends of the Gang – and St Helena and Michael Mansfield.
On 26 Feb 1991 I removed the incriminating evidence – the letter that Robin Jacobson of Springfield Hospital wrote to Nigel Eastman explaining that Dafydd had described me as ‘attractive and seductive’ and claimed to have a ‘soft spot’ for me and that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients – from under the nose of a cow of a GP at Trevelyan Road Surgery in Tooting, made off with it and subsequently took it with me when I returned to Wales days later and hid it. See ‘The Price Is Right’.
Peter Morrison was given a K in Feb 1991 and my friend was forced out of her job at the Royal Television Society in Feb/March 1991, the drivers behind that being Sir Paul Fox and Michael Grade.
I starred in the press in March 1991 (or at the very end of Feb), in London and in north Wales under headlines on the theme of ‘Scientist In Court – Harassment Must Stop’ after the Drs Francis had brought yet another High Court case against me. Sir Robert Francis QC acted for the Drs Francis, Sir Robert having been retained by the MDU. Documents in my possession demonstrate that the MDU and Sir Robert knew that the Drs Francis were perjuring themselves, but my files contain no trace of references to the Court Case itself and I haven’t yet had time to go digging through legal archives to play Name That Judge, although I will soon.
In April 1991 I starred at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand after the Drs Francis perjured themselves once more; St Helena was busy in the neighbouring Court with Sara Thornton’s first (unsuccessful) appeal. All documentation relating to this case has disappeared from my files, there is not a trace or a mention of the case.
I must thank C, because although I arrived at the Royal Courts Of Justice at The Strand without a solicitor or barrister – whoops, all legal representation for me on that day was suddenly unavailable! – equipped with my toothbrush because I was warned to expect to be jailed, the judge was a kindly old buffer who refused to imprison me but warned that if I continued to carry on like this… I had adventures in a McDonalds nearby where I went for breakfast before the case. A young father with two children came and sat near me and said to the children ‘Ooh there’s a hippy here’ – I wore my Afghan Best With Hat for the Court Case – and later on a Cockney Wanker was rude to me.
In June 1991, just weeks after I had appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice on ridiculous charges, Pat Pottle and Michael Randle, who had previously lived at Cwm Croesor and worked as Bertrand Russell’s Secretaries, stood trial at the Old Bailey in the Royal Courts of Justice, on equally bizarre charges, specifically for helping the double agent George Blake escape from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966. Pat and Michael had indeed done this, but the trial at the Old Bailey was a national joke, taking place years after the event and having only occurred because some Tory MPs became cross when Pat and Michael published a 1989 book about helping George Blake escape. At the trial, Pat and Michael argued that they had helped Blake escape but it was justified as it were. They were found not guilty. There was much publicity and piss-taking re Pat and Michael’s trial but no-one mentioned that another equally silly case involving the Gang had been heard very recently at the Royal Courts.
At the time of the trial, Pat and Michael were no longer living in Gwynedd, but Pat and his wife Sue returned to Harlech to retire some years later. Pat died suddenly and unexpectedly from pancreatic cancer – just like Lord David Ennals! – on 1 Oct 2000, nine months after the Waterhouse Report was published.
Pat and Michael had numerous connections with people who had the gen on Gwynne, Dafydd, Bertrand Russell et al and further details of their biographies – and details of the excesses of their trial and the events that led to it – can be read in my post ‘A Message Of Peace At Christmas’.
I’ll just flag up here that the springing of George Blake from the Scrubs was widely believed to have been achieved with Inside Help because it was so amateurish; Vanessa Redgrave was accused of funding the escape but she denied this. One of the Amusing Anecdotes that it always published when the escape of George Blake is discussed in the media is the presence of a lady in one Blake’s safe houses after Pat and Michael sprung him who was Seeing A Psychiatrist and told him that George Blake was hiding in her house. The psychiatrist told her to carry on taking the tablets, ho ho ho. If this story is true, the psychiatrist will have been on board with Blake’s escape. The Posh Ring with direct connections to Famous Spies with which Bertrand et al were involved was facilitated by psychiatrists; the biggest names of the time were leading lights and every psychiatrist in the UK knew something about it.
There is only one thing that ever pricks up the ears of psychiatrists and that is if their Patient says anything to indicate that they have knowledge of serious crime. Once they have pumped the Patient for gen, the Patient is handed over to a hopeless, never-ending system of half-arsed Angels, social workers etc of varying brain; some will know that the Patient has info about crime but will play along with Ooh That’s Their Illness Talking, others will be too thick to even realise what is going on. I watched Dafydd, Francis etc do this again and again to patients; I realised when I first encountered them that they were trying to extract info out of me about something that hadn’t happened but I had no idea that it was actually related to grandpa taking on du Cann and knowing Oswald Mosley, John Strachey etc. Dafydd and Tony Francis seem to have known something about that but I really don’t think that many of the others did. I didn’t talk to any of them about grandpa because I found too many of them to be manipulative lying idiots who worked on the basis of silly stereotypes. What I did do was complain about Gwynne and Dafydd and hell was unleashed. Because MI5 had us under surveillance, it was they who heard Brown and I chatting about my memories of grandpa and the stories he told me of his youthful activities.
Now Then. An extract from ‘A Message Of Peace At Christmas’: ‘George Blake was born in the Netherlands in 1922, the son of a Protestant Dutch mother and an Egyptian Jewish father who was a naturalised British subject. The family lived a comfortable existence in the Netherlands until Blake’s father’s death in 1936. The 13 year old Blake was sent to live with relatives in Egypt, where he continued his education at the English School in Cairo. When WW II broke out, Blake was back in the Netherlands. In 1940, Germany invaded and quickly defeated the Dutch military. Blake was interned but released because he was only 17. He joined the Dutch resistance as a courier. In 1942, Blake escaped from the Netherlands and he reached London in January 1943. There, he was reunited with his mother and his sisters, who had fled at the start of the war. It was in 1943 that his mother decided to change the family name from Behar to Blake. Blake joined the Royal Navy as a sub-lieutenant before being recruited by the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, in 1944. For the rest of the war, Blake was employed in the Dutch Section….’
See ‘A Message Of Peace At Christmas’ for info re the Eric Hobsbawm connection, Hobsbawm being a second homer at Croesor from a European Jewish background who had spent early years in Egypt and worked for the security services and the Aberystwyth connection, one of Blake’s close colleagues in MI6 holding an academic post at Aber, the University that trained Alwyn Jones, my solicitor and most of Alwyn’s colleagues in Gwynedd.
By Spring 1991, Eric Hobsbawm’s daughter Julia and her friend Sarah Macaulay were running PR agency Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications and undertaking much work for the Labour Party and the trade unions. Sarah later became engaged to a Nice Young Chancellor of the Exchequer and ended up as Mrs Gordon Brown! Eric was a personal friend of Sarah and Gordon, so he achieved his ambition of being mates with a Labour PM, already having had two tries with Footie and the Windbag, but not getting very far.
That’s a thought – I wonder if Eric was behind the higher quality forged documents after Brown and I took the piss out of Gwynne’s amateurish efforts with the Tippex in 1984? Gwynne’s forgeries were a joke, Alun Davies forgot to sign his forged letters, Ron Evans’ forgeries were much better, but that forged letter ‘from me’ – but not signed by me – found in the possession of the GMC in 2005 was pretty good. Perhaps the GMC could enlighten me.
Sarah Macaulay had been on the psychology degree at Bristol University with Sarah Jenkins, the daughter of Sheila Jenkins, one of the most abusive Gwynedd social workers. After graduation in 1984, Sarah Jenkins rented a little chalet place from D.G.E. Wood, located in the grounds of his house at Llandegfan and shared that accommodation for a year with a UNCW zoology grad who knew me very well. Then Sarah Jenkins Followed In Her Mum’s Footsteps and became a Mental Health Professional, Helping Others, as I was told some years ago…
What I want to highlight at this point is that Sir William Assher, Dean of St George’s and Mr Big, was originally Adolf Asscher, a Dutch Jew who, as a boy, along with his family, had been interned in Westerbork Transit Camp a la Ann Frank. The myth is that Asscher’s mum passed the family off as being English, using Asscher’s blond hair and blue eyes as evidence and thus they were allowed to leave the camp. It doesn’t really wash does it? Anyone heard of Aryans with blond hair and blue eyes who were rather more frequent in Germany and Holland than they were in England and who were quite highly rated by Nazis?
I don’t know what the Asschers did to get out of Westerbork but it didn’t involve pretending that little Adolf was English. It was almost certainly linked with William Asscher’s dad’s position working for Royal Dutch Shell. That was how Asscher bagged his place as a med student at the London Hospital Medical School with Brave Wendy, Lord Bob et al as a young man; Asscher was rejected by every London med school until one of his dad’s mates had a word with someone at the London Hospital, which was substantially run by the Oil Industry, probably because of the influence of Sir Henry Tizard’s family at the London Hospital. See previous posts.
Furthermore, if Asscher wasn’t working for the security services himself, many of his friends were his friends were; it was highly likely that Asscher’s dad was a spy and that was the factor that secured the family’s passage out of mainland Europe after they had been interned.
Sir Peter Tizard of the Famous Tizard Scientist Family – Dad was Sir Henry Tizard of Imperial College, Churchill’s Chief Scientific Advisor at the outbreak of WW II, a colleague of Lord Patrick Blackett, a second homer at Croesor, who was on excellent terms with Bertrand Russell, Clough et al- the Prof of Paediatrics at Oxford, was one of Ollie Brooke’s circle. Peter Tizard Trained at the Middlesex a la Gwynne – Tizard was a contemporary of Roger Gilliatt at the Middlesex, a few years younger than Gwynne – and became Prof at Hammersmith, before ending up at Oxford. Peter Tizard’s brothers, David, a London GP and Richard, an engineer and senior tutor at Churchill College, Cambridge, were both Gang associates. See previous posts.
Neither should we forget that the trafficking ring run by this lot was underpinned by their colleagues from the Maudsley and there were Top Docs at the Maudsley who had worked with the Nazis – most notably Nazi Top Doc Ernst Rudin – who were advisers on the Nazi T4 extermination programme…
The cluster of Maudlsey Big Names who cluttered that place up during the years in which Dafydd et al Trained there were psychiatric geneticists and eugenicists who had direct links, intellectual and often personal, to Rudin and his colleagues. Ernst Rudin’s daughter Edith Zerbin-Rüdin became a psychiatric geneticist and eugenicist herself. In 1996 Zerbin-Rüdin, along with Kenneth S. Kendler, published a series of articles on Rudin’s work which were criticised by others for whitewashing Rudin’s racist and later Nazi ideologies and activities (Elliot S. Gershon also notes that Zerbin-Rüdin acted as defender and apologist for her father in private conversation and in a transcribed interview published in 1988). Kendler and other leading psychiatric genetic authors have been accused as recently as 2013 of producing revisionist historical accounts of Rüdin and his ‘Munich School’.
I discussed the Maudsley crowd who worked with Rudin and Nazi docs in previous posts, but I note that some of that text had mysteriously disappeared. So readers can follow the path themselves; it is the work of Rudin and the big names in Germany such as Eugen Bleuler and Emil Kraepelin with whom interested readers need to acquaint themselves and their colleagues in the UK included Eliot Slater and Carlos Blacker. I discussed them extensively in posts such as ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection’, A Galaxy Of Talent’, ‘The Discovery Of A Brand New Galaxy’, ‘The Case Of The King’s Sperm’ etc.
Sadly not only has some text disappeared but some of it seems to have been corrupted in terms of the dates and institutions at which some of Gwynne and Dafydd’s undesirable friends and colleagues worked. I don’t know who is responsible, but instead of trying to make this blog look unreliable may I suggest that people start confronting the terrible roots of all that Expertise at the Maudsley, the close relationship between numerous influential Establishment figures in Britain with those who were responsible for the most shameful part of 20th century European history and how unscrupulous politicians, Top Docs and lawyers ruthlessly used their knowledge of this to corrupt the political and medico-legal establishment of the latter half of the 20th century? It is absolutely not doing those who died in the Holocaust and their legacy any favours at all to pretend that none of this happened. I would ideally like to write a whole post about this because the rewriting of history re this matter is shameful, but I suspect that my post would disappear…
This is the man who needs to be Remembered when one thinks of the Holocaust, who influenced the Giants Of British Psychiatry:
Ernst Rüdin, 1944
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So there was much rationale and great scope for security services involvement in my trial at the Royal Courts of Justice as well of course in the trial of Pat and Michael…
Pat Pottle got to know George Blake when Pat himself was imprisoned in the Scrubs in 1961, after he defended himself against charges under the Official Secrets Act after organising a sit-in at the US air force base at Wethersfield, Essex, in the course of his anti-nuclear activities. The presiding judge was Justice Havers ie. Sir Cecil Havers, father of Lord Michael and Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss…
The Havers family have been working for the British Establishment for generations – Lord Michael Havers was Bodger’s neighbour and constituency MP as well as Thatch’s Attorney General who blocked prosecutions of VIP sex offenders – and because so much of that work has involved protecting Gwynne, Dafydd and the Gang, it is unsurprising that Pat was able to spring George Blake so easily, unsurprising that George Blake’s crash pad was known to a Psychiatrist and unsurprising that Pat and Michael didn’t go to prison in 1991 as a common or garden Empowered Service User would have. However, Pat’s close relationship with Bertrand almost certainly was the reason for his untimely death in 2000, months after he’d retired to Gwynedd. The Ah the Doctors will have been wonderful but their best won’t have been enough.
It was in 1990-92 that the predators sent by the Gang moved in on and then shafted F…
In 1992 there was an attempt to close Garth Angharad, but Elfyn Llwyd, bent barrister and then the Plaid MP for the region, tabled an Early Day Motion in the House to keep the Gang’s prison for their victims open. The Early Day Motion was signed by nine other MPs: Dafydd Wigley, Ieuan Wyn Jones, Ken Livingstone, Alun Michael, Martyn Jones, Paul Flynn, Simon Hughes, Thomas Graham and Nigel Jones. By 1992 there had been huge media coverage of the alleged north Wales paedophile ring and it was also known that the region’s mental health services were deeply troubled. The MPs who signed that Early Day Motion will not have been unaware that something terrible was happening in the north Wales social services and mental health services. My interest at present is in why in particular Thomas Graham and Nigel Jones signed the EDM. They had no connections to Wales, but both had been involved with terrible incidents.
Thomas Graham was a Scottish Labour MP when he signed the EDM, a controversial character who was ‘larger than life’. Here’s what wiki says: Thomas Graham (5 December 1943-20 April 2015) was a native of Glasgow and worked as an engineer before serving on Strathclyde Regional Council, 1978-87. He was elected in 1987 as the MP for Renfrew West and Inverclyde, and after favourable boundary changes in 1997, Graham was elected for the new seat of Renfrewshire West. Following the suicide of his parliamentary colleague Gordon McMaster in July 1997, a long investigation was launched, since in his suicide note McMaster had accused Graham of smearing him that he had a homosexual affair with a 17-year-old employee of Graham’s. In September 1998, Graham was expelled from the Labour Party for “bringing the party into disrepute”, despite his categorical denials of any wrongdoing. He became an Independent and described himself as a ‘Scottish Labour’ MP. After his expulsion, Graham continued to vote with the New Labour Gov’t on many issues. It was thought that Graham would stand again at the 2001 General Election, but he did not do so and quietly retired. His successor was Labour’s Jim Sheridan. Graham died on 20 April 2015 following a brief illness.
Jim Sheridan is a well-known scumbag, as were most in his Scottish Labour network who would kill for a chance at High Office; Sheridan et al are discussed in previous posts, the key players in eg. ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’. That whole network featured many people who were tied up with the Gang, particularly Top Docs who were cultivated by the Labour Party, such as the disastrous Sam Galbraith who the Windbag thought was going to be his route to No 10; I understand that Tony Francis had something to do with that (see previous posts)…
Thomas Graham’s colleague who committed suicide, in office at the age of 37, Gordon James McMaster (13 February 1960-28 July 1997), was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire and elected as Labour MP for Paisley South at a by-election in 1990, following the death of Norman Buchan, and retained the seat until his own death in July 1997. McMaster had previously been Leader of Renfrew District Council. Norman Buchan shared Eric Heffer’s Commons secretary ie. Hefferlump’s wife Doris, the former medical secretary, friend of the Gang. According to Frank Field, Hefferlump was a secret pal of Thatch and they used to have a late night Tipple together, Thatch referring to Hefferlump as her ‘favourite socialist’. Hefferlump died on 27 May 1991 – C was in at Neath on 4 April 1991! – and Thatch appeared at Hefferlump’s memorial service on 10 July 1991, along with Neil Hamilton, Jonathan Aitken, Geoffrey Howe, James Molyneaux, Ian Paisley, Alan Beith, John Biffen, Patrick Mayhew, John Smith and Tony Benn. So although Hefferlump flounced off of the platform In Disgust when the Windbag made his Oct 1985 speech to the Labour Party conference, that one in which the Windbag banged on about ‘The grotesque chaos of a Labour Council, a Labour Council’ charging around Liverpool issuing redundancy notices to its own workers, while Degsy swore and waved his fist at the Windbag, none of that was anything compared to the grotesque chaos of a bunch of twats of varying political opinion who were all on board with a gang of sex offenders, ripping each others throats out while Thatch won once more. Well Tony Francis was leaking documents about me to the Windbag’s office at the same time as making friends with Dafydd Wigley, but the grotesque chaos meant that Tony’s real mates were the Tories because Tom King, du Cann et al had a hotline to people who knew Brown, me and one of my very supportive friends and du Cann’s mate/business partner Tiny had been bankrolling the Gang for decades; furthermore in 1983 Tiny purchased ‘The Observer’…
Norman Buchan’s wife
Janey O’Neil Buchan was Labour MEP for the Glasgow constituency, 1979-94. She was born in Glasgow; her father was a tram driver and her mother a domestic servant. Janey left school at the age of 14, and worked as a typist. At the age of 19 she married Norman Buchan, a schoolteacher who later became Labour MP from 1964 for West Renfrewshire, and later Paisley South. Janey attended commercial college and was a Councillor on Strathclyde Regional Council, 1974-79. As an MEP Janey sat on the European Parliament’s Culture Committee as well as being involved in the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Gas Consumers Council. She was Life President of the Scottish Minorities Group (later Scottish Homosexual Rights Group and subsequently Outright Scotland). Nicholas Fairbairn was involved with the Scottish Minorities Group in the 1970s, when they had links to paedophiles rights groups.
Janey with Nicholas:
Janey was an early and active campaigner against apartheid. Janey helped run the People’s Festival in 1949-52 during the Edinburgh Festival; the events helped create the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I do hope that were she ever asked, Janey could have done everything possible to ensure that Samuel Brittan secured a ticket for the Fringe, should he write her a furious letter demanding that heads must roll when he unsuccessfully demanded a ticket days before the Fringe opened, weeks after all tickets had been sold. After all, Samuel worked for the FT and anyone there will vouch for him. As Michael Grade knew. As a Glasgow City Councillor, Janey organised the first charity Christmas card sales in the UK. As a member of the Council’s Arts Committee Janey was instrumental in providing funding for the first films made by Bill Forsyth, who went on to direct major UK and Hollywood films including Local Hero
The Grauniad’s obituary for Janey was written by Michael White (a man who knew all about the Gang, as discussed in previous posts):
Janey Buchan, who has died at the age of 85, was a cultural and political activist in the fiercest tradition of Glasgow’s working class. Though she came to be on first-name terms with artists such as Pete Seeger, Ewan MacColl and Billy Connolly, and politicians of the stature of Willy Brandt and Nelson Mandela, she never compromised her egalitarian beliefs or her lifetime’s commitment to encouraging the young and disadvantaged.
By her own admission, Buchan was a good hater, equally willing to unleash her ferocious tongue on backsliding officials and councillors, errant Labour leaders – Michael Foot was the exception – and uncomradely leftwingers, Tony Benn and George Galloway included. She used to joke that her memoirs – not that she believed in memoirs (“all lies”) – would be called “Shits I Have Known” and once teased Roy Hattersley: “There are two chapters on you.”
Yet her reputation in 60 years of public life, as a Strathclyde councillor (1974-79), member of the European parliament for Glasgow (1979-94) and wife of a Labour MP and minister, Norman Buchan, also rested on great acts of kindness and generosity to friends and those in need of help, in organising, fundraising or finding a bed for the night. Aid was often provided amid music, much laughter and drink, though she never drank or smoked herself.
Buchan’s enduring political passions were rooted in her youthful experience in the Young Communist League (YCL) and the adult party that she and her husband would later leave, as many communists of their generation did, over the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. They rejected Trotskyism as the “schismatic fringe” and later joined Labour. She was an active anti-apartheid campaigner whom Mandela embraced when she welcomed him to Strasbourg; backed the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and opposed social injustice in all forms. She was an early supporter of gay rights (and effective HIV/Aids treatment) in a not notably sympathetic city. Yet for many in Glasgow, Janey and Norman, and her brother, Enoch, were primarily champions of folk music and the revival of traditional Scottish music.
When Seeger finally got his US passport back in 1961 – after being blacklisted during the McCarthy era – it was Buchan, still working as secretary to a sawmill owner, who booked the 4,000-seat St Andrew’s Hall for his sell-out concert. Family legend has it that she declined to do the same for an unknown called Bob Dylan whose music and behaviour she disliked. Dylan, it was said, had made an unauthorised adaptation of Dominic Behan’s tune of The Patriot Game to write God on Our Side. That was a typical Buchan feud. But the flipside was the open house for visiting musicians at the Buchans’ home in Partick, Glasgow, crammed as it became with books, political pamphlets (some dating from the 17th century) and a vast record collection credited with helping to educate young Scottish singers such as Archie and Ray Fisher, and Connolly. MacColl, Martin Carthy, Jeannie Robertson, Jimmy McBeath, Karl Dallas and Woody Guthrie’s sidekick Cisco Houston were among their guests.
When Janey became an MEP, she adapted the Buchans’ liberality with their own time and money to spread EU cultural funds (she was a gut Eurosceptic) around among theatres and other worthy artistic causes. A pillar of the Scottish Arts Council, she was credited with giving the film director Bill Forsyth an early break.
Janey Kent was the daughter of a shipyard worker turned tram driver and a domestic servant from the Highlands. Though they married in Glasgow’s episcopal cathedral, Joseph and Chrissie Kent joined the Communist party as revolutionary fervour swept the Clydeside of the 1920s. They were lucky enough to have a bathroom, but the family of five (plus granny) slept in two rooms, young Enoch in a cupboard.
Forced to leave grammar school at 14, Janey became a shorthand typist (her solitary O-level in Latin was gained later in life, but working-class education remained a core passion). She met her husband, a Glasgow University student four years her elder, in the YCL in 1940 and they married when he was demobilised after the second world war in 1946. He then resumed university politics while she honed her street-corner oratory and became a mother. Always a better generator of ideas than an organiser, friends say, Buchan helped inspire the People’s festival, the earliest fringe events at the new Edinburgh festival, from 1949 to 1953. In the process, Joan Littlewood and the stage designer John Bury became family friends, with the entire Theatre Workshop company sleeping in the Buchans’ tiny flat after their van broke down en route to tour the Fife coalfields.
With his wife, Norman, a teacher by profession, had once shouted down the Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell as he tried to address a rally in Glasgow. But in 1964 Norman won West Renfrewshire (later Paisley South) for Labour in Harold Wilson’s election victory. He served as an agriculture minister and later shadow arts minister until his sudden death in 1990. By that time his wife was a Labour MEP whose visitors to her Strasbourg office included the former West German chancellor Brandt, the future French prime minister Lionel Jospin and Otto von Habsburg, the last Austro-Hungarian crown prince.
“Outsiders might have considered her anecdotes shameless name-dropping until they realised she knew and was known by every name she dropped,” [which will have made the name-dropping highly effective] her son, Alasdair, explained.
Though never a journalist, she was a keen student of the media and badgered her contacts with cuttings, jokes and ideas for stories. She remained friends with Gus (now Lord) Macdonald, the former shipyard worker turned programme-maker, and Paul Foot, whom she knew from his days on the Daily Record, despite Foot’s Trotskyism and MacDonald’s service (like Brian Wilson, another journalist chum) as a Blair minister. Friendships could be sustained by avoiding discussion of current politics. The Buchans helped finance Wilson’s West Highland Free Press.
Eventually, Janey distributed her 9,000 books between Scottish universities. In death she left her body to science, thereby avoiding a funeral from which she would have wanted, her family knew from experience, to exclude so many enemies. When Norman died, Connolly flew home from California for the funeral, but Janey had told some others to stay away. Foot had had to abandon plans for a memorial service in London for similar reasons. She later concluded that most of her surviving friends were now in London and moved south, eventually to a flat in Brighton, close to her family.
Janey Buchan died in Brighton. She was survived by her brother, Enoch Kent, her son Alasdair (a journalist), four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Janey’s mate Billy Connolly used to be a stand-up comedian who said ‘Bum, fart, willy’ a lot if he was on the BBC and much ruder things if he was live. Billy used to bang on about being working class and a labourer and had a lot of forthright views on the brutality of the Glasgwegian police. Billy is now very rich, married to a Californian analyst – who used to be a comedian – and appears on chat shows talking about being sexually abused by his father as a boy. He and his wife call each other Darling frequently if they’re on TV and they do gentle touches on each others arms. Who can guess what they get up to at dinner parties. In the last two or three years, Billy has in addition become a walking, talking advert for the Top Docs. It began when Billy Shared re his Parkinson’s, then he Shared re a few other matters and now if the Top Docs want a bit of PR, Billy usually appears in the media within a few days.
Billy’s wife the analyst has a young face and hair but the arms and hands of a woman in her early 60s. She went on a dancing programme on TV and gave interviews about how much it did for her self-esteem because she’d been feeling bad about herself. There’s a You Tube clip of Billy wife interviewing Heather Mills, Paul McCartney’s ex-wife, in Billy’s wife’s capacity as an analyst; Billy’s wife says in a very gentle sensitive way that excessive charidee work indicates a narcissistic personality and Macca’s ex responds by physically snarling but saying politely that it’s nice that so many people have benefited from her narcissism. Billy’s ex smiles sympathetically.
It would be good fun to book a Session with Billy’s wife, Tell Her about Gwynne, Dafydd and so many of her circle and watch the response. I’m not sure where analysts stand at the moment re Reporting Serious Crime, but if Billy’s wife is at all confused about the guidelines, I can let her know that Mark Drakeford, Sister Hutt, Julie Morgan, The Hague, Simon Leeson and Geraldine McSweeney simply ignore e mails supplying details, dates, venues etc, even when offenders are still alive and kicking and in contact with potential victims. In addition, they leak the information from the e mails putting others in potential danger, which is why I’m not going to reveal what I was intending to about Bodger’s old pal Malcolm Pearce. So if Malcolm wants to Ride On with his funny little ways, he can. Thus I doubt that Billy’s wife would have any difficult ethical decisions to make and as I can’t afford to waste my money on people who don’t seem to have the brain that they were born with, I’ll forego that opportunity.
Red Clydeside of course could lay claim to Jennie Lee aka Nye’s Wife, although Jennie studied at Edinburgh University rather than Glasgow. Jennie was born in Lochgelly, in Fife, to Euphemia Grieg and James Lee, a miner who held the post of fire and safety officer, and later a hotelier. Jennie had a younger brother, Tommy. Jennie inherited her father’s socialist inclinations, and like him joined the Scottish Independent Labour Party (ILP). Her grandfather Michael Lee, born in 1850 to Irish Catholic parents, was a friend of Keir Hardie, a disputes secretary of the miners’ union and founder of the Fifeshire ILP federation. Jennie later joined the Labour Party, and served as MP for North Lanarkshire, 1929-31 and for Cannock, 1945-70. See previous posts for Jennie’s extensive previous with Leaders Of The Gang.
There were/are numerous associates of the Gang from Red Clydeside because of NHS/welfare services links, who often, like Jennie Lee, had forebears in the ILP. I have discussed many in previous posts, including Dafydd’s associate Prof Jerry Morris. They all maxed out on childhoods of varying disadvantage – as did R.D. Laing – before becoming professional people in adulthood supporting Radical Causes as well as of course the NHS and often the Labour Party.
Gordon McMaster campaigned for the rights of disabled people and against recreational drug use during his time in Parliament. McMaster was robbed in London shortly before his death on 28 July 1997, as Waterhouse took evidence in public from witnesses. F and I were arrested on the basis of the lies of Bridget Lloyd shortly afterwards.
ALEXIS JAY – Strathclyde s worker – her husband was Senior Manager there – Alex earlier Trained/worked in Edinburgh
Michael White, who wrote Janey’s hagiography for ‘The Guardian’, was until 2016 an Associate Editor of The Guardian. He is the paper’s former Political Editor. White was raised in Wadebridge, Cornwall and was educated at Bodmin Grammar School and then studied History at UCL.
White began his career in journalism at the Reading Evening Post (1966–71) and after a spell at London’s Evening Standard (1970–71) he moved to The Guardian, where he worked as a sub/feature writer (1971–74), diary writer (1974–76), political correspondent and sketchwriter (1976–84) and Washington correspondent from 1984. White became The Guardian’s Political Editor in 1990, succeeding Ian Aitken; he relinquished the position to Patrick Wintour at the beginning of 2006. Michael White retired from The Guardian in October 2016 after almost 45 years at the paper. Michael was with ‘The Guardian’ when they libelled Bangor sociologist Graham Day in the 1990s after the Gang declared war on Graham, as discussed in ‘Badlands’ and ‘Murder In Samarkand’. ‘The Guardian’ knew exactly what the havoc at Bangor was all about and they knew that it was a gang of sex offenders who were the problem, not Graham. Michael White wrote a regular column for the Health Service Journal, 1977-2017. The HSJ is no more than a propaganda vehicle for the NHS, even the criminal parts of it; but then The Guardian’s ‘Society’ section served the same purpose for UK Social Services Depts.
At the time of signing Elfyn Llywd’s EDM, Nigel Jones was Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham. Nigel Jones was involved in a major drama in 2000. He was the MP who was attacked by a man with a Samurai sword; he was protected by his parliamentary assistant who was murdered in the attack. The attacker, Robert Ashman, was found mentally unfit to stand trial and was sent to Broadmoor for observation. He later stood trial for attempted murder and manslaughter. In 1992, the year in which he was elected, Jones had written Ashman a character reference after Ashman broke the ribs of a tax collector. Jones was given a peerage in June 2005 – days before I officially received my PhD – after an undistinguished political career, the only highlight of which was someone trying to murder him. After his assistant was murdered, Nigel Jones fumed about the ‘idiots – and they are idiots’ who were ‘letting these people out’, obviously referring to Empowered Service Users. There is no mention anywhere that Ashman had previously been involved with the mental health services. Why a man from Cheltenham signed an EDM to keep the Gang’s prison open as soon as he entered the Commons, or why in the same year he wrote a character reference for a violent man who later tried to murder him or how he ever ended up with a peerage, I’d like to know. I’d also be interested to know why Robert Ashman wanted to murder Nigel Jones and what the conclusion of Broadmoor was after they had ‘observed’ Ashman. Jimmy Savile was running Broadmoor at the time.
There are a few clues in the wiki entries of those involved.
Nigel David Jones, Baron Jones of Cheltenham was born in Cheltenham and attended Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Evesham. After leaving school, Jones worked as a computer operator for Westminster Bank, 1965-67, and then as a computer programmer at International Computers Limited (ICL), 1967-70. From 1970 to 1971, Nigel worked as a systems analyst at Vehicle and General Insurance and as a systems programmer at Atkins Computing, before rejoined ICL as a project manager in 1971. From 1989, Jones was a Councillor at Gloucestershire County Council. He resigned from both ICL and Gloucestershire County Council in 1992, when he was to Parliament for Cheltenham in the April 1992 General Election. He had previously contested the seat unsuccessfully at the 1979 General Election.
Days after the April 1992 General Election, the Brighton Firebomb murdered five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. See ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’.
Nigel Jones retained his Cheltenham seat until standing down at the 2005 General Election.
On 28 January 2000, just days before the Waterhouse Report was published, Robert Ashman entered Jones’s constituency office and attacked him and his assistant, local Councillor Andrew Pennington, with a katana. Pennington was killed and Jones was severely injured, requiring 57 stitches to close wounds to his hand from the assault. Jones had written a character reference for Ashman when Ashman was nearly jailed after breaking the ribs of a tax collector in 1992. After the attack at Jones’s office, Ashman was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder, but the jury at his trial found him to be mentally unfit to stand trial. Subsequently, detained in Broadmoor for observation, the Home Office authorised a further trial in September 2002. Ashman was subsequently found guilty of attempted murder and admitted to Pennington’s manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in 2003.
Andrew James Pennington (1 February 1960-28 January 2000) lived in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He was elected as a Liberal to Gloucestershire County Council in the 1985 election. Pennington was re-elected in 1989 and in 1993 he won his seat for the Liberal Democrats. On 28 January 2000 Pennington was acting as an assistant to Nigel Jones, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, during Jones’s constituency surgery. A constituent, whom Jones had been helping with legal disputes, attended the surgery and suddenly attacked him with a samurai sword. Pennington came to Jones’s defence but was fatally injured; he was stabbed nine times from behind, with at least six of the wounds going all the way through his body. Jones was badly injured in the hands.
Pennington was posthumously awarded the George Medal by Brenda on 30 October 2001. The citation reads:
For his actions in saving the life of a man who had been attacked by another man armed with a samurai sword.
On 28 January 2000, a member of parliament was holding a surgery for his constituents at his office in Cheltenham. Mr Andrew Pennington was assisting him when the receptionist showed a man into the office. The MP invited the man, who was wearing a full-length overcoat buttoned up to the neck, to sit down but the man declined and stood in front of the MP while he read a letter on which he had been asked to advise. A short conversation took place between them, whilst Mr Pennington looked on, but then the man began to talk nonsensically and without warning reached into his coat and drew out a long curved sword. He stood with the sword raised above his head in both hands, and as the MP stood up, lowered it, pointing the sword tip at the MP’s midriff. At this point, Mr Pennington ran to the door of the office and called to the receptionist to get help.
Suddenly, the man lunged forward and thrust the sword at the MP who managed to deflect it with his left arm before grabbing the blade with both hands. The man tried to pull the sword from the MP’s grip and he fell face down onto the sofa with the sword beneath him. The man fell on top of him and struggled to wrestle the sword free without success. Mr Pennington then hit the man from behind and dragged him off the MP, telling the MP to get away. The MP managed to escape and ran out of the office to summon help, but the man got hold of the sword again. A violent struggle then took place in which Mr Pennington tried to restrain the man but was stabbed repeatedly with the sword and was fatally wounded. Mr Pennington died shortly afterwards from his injuries and the man was later arrested.
In February 2001 Robert Ashman, 49, of Lansdown Place, Cheltenham, was initially charged with the murder of Pennington and the attempted murder of Jones but the jury at Bristol Crown Court decided that he was mentally unfit to stand trial. After a 3 day hearing, they returned a unanimous verdict that Ashman did kill Pennington and by a majority verdict that he injured Jones. Ashman was sent to a secure hospital for an indefinite time. The High Court judge said at the time that Ashman was so disturbed that “she could not foresee a time when he would be safely released.”
Ashman was thus silenced from the days immediately preceding the Waterhouse Report’s publication until years later. Being an Official Nutter, if ever Ashman does explain why he attempted to kill Nigel Jones and murdered Jones’s assistant while trying to do damage to Nigel, should Ashman’s rationale suggest bad – or even worse – conduct on the part of anybody else, Ashman is not going to be taken seriously. While not suggesting that murder was an acceptable response to anything that Nigel or anyone linked with him might have done to anyone, I’m intrigued by the timing of Ashman’s attack and the steps taken by the criminal justice system that I know to be the standard ones followed if an angry person has serious dirt on Important People that a lot of people are desperate never becomes public.
On 13 May 2005, it was announced that Nigel Jones would be created a life peer, and he was subsequently elevated to the peerage on 20 June 2005 as Baron Jones of Cheltenham. As well as many outside interests, Jones acts as a non-executive consultant for BFC Marcomms Ltd, a Wiltshire-based public relations consultancy.
Robert Ashman was released in July 2008, after psychiatrists determined that he was no longer dangerous. Every psychiatrist in Broadmoor knew Dafydd and the history of Dafydd and Gwynne as did every psychiatrist that the Broadmoor psychiatrists worked with. Whatever the crimes or non-crimes of their patients, those psychiatrists have lied so often in the past that nothing they say can be believed. Jimmy Savile was the General Manager of Broadmoor and his mate Alan Franey was CEO when Ashman entered Broadmoor. When Ashman was released, no-one at all had yet fessed up to Savile’s offending or the sheer scale of the cover-up. From 28 Jan 2000, Robert Ashman was entirely in the hands of the people who promoted Savile as a charidee worker and allowed him to continue with his life of very serious crime.
In 2009, Ashman was living temporarily in Bristol and told authorities that he wished to move to Gloucester, close to where Lord Jones and his family live. Jones raised concerns with Home Secretary Jack Straw about the proposal. No-one had been told the truth about Savile in 2009.
Nigel Jones married Katherine Grinnell in 1981 at the British Embassy, Abu Dhabi. They have a son, Sam, and twin daughters, Amy and Lucy.
The DPP – WHO?? decided that no charges should be brought against any staff from Walton re Michael Carr and the Inquest was resumed on 9 April 1992, when the Coroner again postponed the hearing after referring three points of law to the High Court. CHECK DATES
Carr’s family then successfully sought a judicial review of this decision which was held on 28 May 1993. A file was sent to the DPP -Barbara Mills – -but insufficient evidence was found to prosecute. The judicial review nullified the proceedings at the first inquest and ordered a new one under a different Coroner.
F moved in with me end of Dec 1992. F and I were prosecuted after Brandt lied to police sometime in Feb or early March 1993. Our first appearance in Bangor Magistrates was between 1 March and end of April 1993. Our trial took place in July 1993. Brandt got her own name wrong in the witness box – she regressed to childhood and gave her maiden name, ‘Jackie Muriel Billings’ – then lied on oath, began crying and then admitted that she’d lied, as witnessed by the whole Court. So naturally I was found guilty of causing Brandt alarm and distress. I wrote to Michael Mansfield about the matter later in 1993 and received a one line reply; Mansfield of Gray’s Inn sent up the distress flare across Radical Circles.
Lord Kenyon, President of UCNW, 1942-82, died on 16 May 1993. Lord Kenyon’s son Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon had died from AIDS earlier in 1993. Thomas was known to be sexually exploiting boys in care/mental health care; he was caught red-handed as it were in the late 1970s, made a complaint of theft against the boy who was arrested, found in possession of porn pics of Thomas with him which were destroyed by the police because they were indecent material. The boy was subsequently sent to a detention centre; Thomas faced no charges although he was much older than the boy. Lord Kenyon was a member of the North Wales Police Authority, a JP, Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority, 1974-78, a Director of Lloyd’s Bank, the most senior Freemason in North Wales and much else as well…
Lord K was Chair of Clwyd HA throughout the years that the Gang pursued Mary Wynch and sent her into hiding, but he stepped down just before they caught up with her, and Dafydd unlawfully incarcerated her for a year. I’m still trying to find out who succeeded Lord K as Chair of Clwyd HA. Mary had been employed as a secretary in the Dept of Agriculture at UCNW, a Dept in which Lord K had even more buddies than in other Depts.
Most references to the Kenyon family have disappeared from the web,but in the early 1970s, Thomas appeared in Court in Birmingham accused of setting fire to a YMCA hostel in which he was living. Thomas wasn’t jailed, he was bailed for Treatment in the Secure Unit at Denbigh. I don’t know what the Secure Unit at Denbigh was in the early 1970s; the Bryn Golau Peep Show was designed by Gwynne and commissioned and built on the watch of Old Nick Edwards as Welsh Secretary, so wherever Thomas stayed was elsewhere.
Thomas’s dad being who he was, Thomas’s stay at Gwynne’s Secure Unit will not have been for Thomas to be enslaved and coerced into porn/sex work, it will have been to ensure that Thomas didn’t end up in Risley or Walton. I presume that Thomas was invited to join in Gwynne’s Giggle once Gwynne and Dafydd had extracted Thomas from the slurry. Lord Kenyon was no doubt already well-disposed towards Gwynne and Dafydd, but after they’d Helped Thomas, Lord K will have been their faithful servant. Lord K became Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority in 1974 when it was first created, shortly after Thomas found refuge at Denbigh, although Lord K had for years been a key figure in NHS governance in north and mid-Wales. Lord K was running the regional NHS when Richard Crossman was at the DHSS and when George Thomas was Welsh Secretary. Lord K’s family seat was in Shropshire, although he ran the NHS in Clwyd and prior to that, in the mid-Wales region.
Georgie Fame’s wife Nicolette Powell was formerly Nicolette Elaine Katherine Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry, (before that Nicolette Harrison) (1941 – 13 August 1993), the first wife of Alistair Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 9th Marquess of Londonderry,
Nicolette died on 13 August 1993, after she ‘committed suicide’ by jumping from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Previous posts discuss why the alleged reason given by Posh Top Docs who were treating Nicolette for depression – that she was a sad menopausal old bat with Empty Nest Syndrome – was almost certainly nonsense and how no-one actually saw Nicolette jump. When I discussed Nicolette’s death with Ella Fisk, the Sister who ran the Day Centre at the Hergest Unit, Ella too came out with a lot of nonsense that I found hard to believe.
Nicolette aka Nico was the daughter of stockbroker Michael Harrison and his wife, the former Maria Madeleine Benita von Koskull, a Latvian baroness. Nico was a debutante, one of the last to be presented to Brenda before the practice was mercifully abolished.
Here’s Brenda with the Mayor of Brisbane, inspecting them Down Under,so to speak:
Nico married the Marquess on 16 May 1958, when she was 17. They made their home at Wynyard Hall County Durham and had two children, the first of which was:
- Lady Sophia Frances Anne Vane-Tempest-Stewart (born 1959), who married Jonathan Mark Pilkington, and has children
Jonathan Pilkington’s father was Ronald Charles Leslie Pilkington and Jonathan’s mum was Juliet Frances Colman, daughter of Geoffrey Russell Rees Colman and Lettice Elizabeth Evelyn Adeane. Ronald Pilkington lived at Hill House, Stansted Abbots, Hertfordshire, England. Whether these Pilkingtons are anything to do with the Pilkingtons who owned the glassworks at St Helen’s, Merseyside and subsequently branched out into Pilkingtons Optronics – which later became Thales Optronics – of St Asaph, the Directors and employees of who were/are Of The Gang, most notably CEO Trefor Jones. I’ve blogged in detail about Pilkington, Thales and Trefor in detail previously, but just to remind everyone of Trefor’s highlights:
Trefor Jones grew up in the West End of Rhyl and now retired, lives in St Asaph with his wife Shirley. They have three children and six grandchildren. During his early life he attended Emmanuel Secondary Modern School before going on to Flintshire and Denbighshire Technical Colleges. He became an apprentice at De Havillands’ factory (now Airbus) in Broughton and worked there for 11 years before joining Pilkingtons in St Asaph. Working his way up the ladder, he became chairman and chief executive of Pilkington Optronics (now Thales), one of the largest employers in the region which has won the Queen’s Award for industry. Trefor was awarded the CBE in 1998. The Queen appointed him as the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd in 2001 following the retirement of Sir William Gladstone. In 2012 he retired as Lord Lieutenant and was subsequently awarded Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 2012. Over the years Trefor has held a number of public appointments, including chairman of the North Wales Area Committee, chairman of Celtec, the Training and Enterprise Council for North Wales, member of the Welsh Industrial Development Advisory Board, member of Clwyd Health Authority, vice-chairman of Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, chairman of the former North East Wales Institute (Glyndŵr University) and of North Wales Economic Forum, and deputy chairman of the Welsh Development Agency. He is an active member of several charitable organisations connected with cancer and children, and is the chairman of St Kentigern Hospice, and also chairman of Clwyd Justices’ Advisory Committee. In 2016, Trefor was installed as Chancellor of Glyndwr University.
Howz about that for a friend of Gwynne and Dafydd?
As for Jonathan Pilkington’s mum, Lettice Adeane, surely she must be something to do with:
The Lord Adeane
Adeane in 1953
|Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Preceded by||Sir Alan Lascelles|
|Succeeded by||Sir Martin Charteris|
|Assistant Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Member of the House of Lords
20 April 1972 – 30 April 1984
Michael Edward Adeane
|Died||30 April 1984 (aged 73)
|Children||1 daughter, 1 son (Edward Adeane)|
|Alma mater||Magdalene College, Cambridge|
Michael Edward Adeane, Baron Adeane, Edward Adeane, was Private Secretary to Carlo, 1979–85. I’ve covered the Adeanes in earlier posts, but Edward Adeane, Carlo’s Private Secretary, is so good that I’ll refresh memories here.was Private Secretary to Brenda, 1953-72. His son
George Edward Adeane, Michael Adeane (created a life peer as Baron Adeane in 1972) and Helen Chetwynd-Stapylton, the daughter of Richard Chetwynd-Stapylton. The family had a long history of service to the Royals. Edward’s maternal great-grandfather was Arthur Bigge, later Lord Stamfordham, Private Secretary to Queen Victoria and King George V. Edward’s paternal great-grandfather was Admiral Edward Stanley Adeane.(4 October 1939-20 May 2015) was born in 1939 into a prominent landed family, the son of
Edward was educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was a Page of Honour to Brenda, 1954-56. In 1960–1961 Edward was a Plebiscite Supervisor in the Southern Cameroon. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in July 1962, and specialised in libel until 1979. As a barrister, Edward defended Time Out magazine, owned by Playboy Publications, Inc., in 1973, when they had accused Fiona Lewis, an actress, of being involved with South American revolutionaries. She was awarded damages.
The following year, Edward represented The Spectator who had libeled publishers Jonathan Cape, suggesting they were in financial difficulties, and won a similar outcome in that case. In 1975 Edward was more successful in representing Marcia, Lady Falkender, who was falsely accused of forging the signature of her boss, former PM Harold Wilson. Marcia was paid damages and costs. In 1977, Adeane represented Marlene Dietrich in a libel case brought by producer Alexander Cohen and Brentwood TV, of New York, for breach of contract, as a disreputable performer.
Adeane was appointed Private Secretary and Treasurer to Carlo in May 1979 to succeed Sqdr Ldr David Checketts. Carlo and Edward Adeane shared a passion in angling on the River Test near Stockbridge, Hampshire. They were members of the Houghton Fishing Club, where Adeane continued to fish right up until his last days. On the engagement of Charles and Di, Di was due to arrive at Albany House, where Adeane had a barrister’s set. The staff expected octogenarian Lady Diana Cooper, but were bemused to find Di arriving in her Mini Metro. She was probably playing Duran Duran at full blast as well.
Di began life in the Royal household by dismissing almost all of the staff. Adeane was appointed Di’s Treasurer in 1981 on their marriage. Adeane was granted the additional appointment as Private Secretary to Di in 1984, following Oliver Everett’s resignation. There was much friction between Di and Adeane et al, with Di eventually making it clear that she perceived them to be working for Carlo rather than her. The trouble started during the 1983 Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, when Di first expressed concern at leaving her children behind in London. The Daily Mirror reported her calling Adeane a “fuddy-duddy”.
When Adeane tried to plan a tour of Australia in 1984, he was accused of trying to manipulate State elections in Victoria for political purposes. In attempting to distance the Premier, Adeane was quoted in the Daily Mirror and other newspapers.
The controversy behind the scenes stirred Royal Watchers to speculate that all was not well with the Royal Marriage when finally Charles and Di stepped onto the Canberra tarmac early in October 1985. Carlo had changed the itinerary on several points, leaving an exasperated secretary to make a number of public pronouncements. What made matters worse was what an assistant secretary called a “bombshell” dropped by RAAF which refused to carry the Royal couple from Heathrow, but could only pick up from Bahrain or Singapore. Angry at being told to ‘wait around’ at foreign airports, Carlo deplored the chaos, and ultimately ‘heads would roll.’ It did not help matters that Fergie’s dad Major Ron, Royal Polo Manager, was embroiled in the disorganized mess on board. The Australians objected to the mounting costs to the taxpayer; and the Americans suggested that on their leg, the RAF pick them up from Washington DC. Ironically Carlo cut the itinerary down to avoid inappropriate and stressful visits, but not cost. The consequences added to the growing disharmony in the Royal Household, for which Adeane had primary responsibility.
Adeane resigned after disagreements and accusations that he was taking decisions without consulting Carlo, and being rather too ‘old school tie’. However Adeane found that Carlo invariably did the opposite of what he was advised. An almost unprecedented state of affairs materialized on 19 March 1985, when the press were invited into Buck House to discuss relations. Evidently that was the last straw for Adeane as he resigned on 31 March 1985.
Anthony Eden’s son Nicholas Eden had resigned from Thatch’s Govt on 27 March 1985; Nicholas was dying from AIDS and had been one who utilised services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd. Nicholas had been a junior Minister in the Dept of Energy, 6 January 1983-11 September 1984, under Gang’s City man Peter Walker, whom Thatch appointed Energy Secretary to flatten the NUM, by using his knowledge of the Westminster Paedophile Ring as well as me and my friends. Walker was an old friend of Edward du Cann and knew my grandpa, the Bridgy contingent etc. After Energy, Eden had served as a junior Minister in Environment under Patrick Jenkin, a barrister of Middle Temple; Jenkin had been Thatch’s DHSS Secretary, 4 May 1979-14 September 1981, while Mary Wynch was illegally imprisoned by Dafydd… Jenkin succeeded Tom King as Environment Secretary… Nicholas Eden died on 17 Aug 1985, which was almost to the day that I had the first big row with Tony Francis about his lies and then I went to see Keith Best, not knowing that Francis had already contacted Best or someone else at the Welsh Office… See previous posts.
Adeane was Equerry to Carlo 1979–81, and was an Extra Equerry from 1985. He represented Carlo at Royal Household memorial services and returned to practice at the Bar. Adeane’s departure commenced a period of instability in Royal sinecures, including Brenda’s Bum Year as the tabloids termed her annus horribilis, with several Private Secretaries coming and going in short order. He was replaced by Sir John Riddell.
Adeane may have lost Carlo’s favour, but he continued to be a regular guest of the Queen Mum Gawd Bless Er at Birkhall every September for the grouse shooting season.
From 1993 Edward Adeane was Trustee of the British Library, and Trustee of the Leeds Castle Foundation 1991 and the Lambeth Palace Library 1991. Adeane was not sporty at school but flourished in country pursuits later in life. He habitually ate out every meal, even at breakfast.
Adeane was a Director from 1985, including of Hanson since 1992; Hambros Bank 1986 (Executive Director, compliance since 1991); Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance 1985; English and Scottish Investors Plc 1986; and Hambros Channel Islands Trust Corp Ltd.
I have been told that Adeane was au fait and indeed responsible for much of what happened to me and my friends after I complained about Gwynne. I would easily believe that Adeane might have a sort of awareness that there was a row happening at UCNW, of which Carlo was Chancellor and it involved Allegations about Gwynne, friend of so many Royal Docs, but I’ve just noticed that Edward Adeane’s dad, Lord Michael Adeane of Service To Brenda died from heart failure in Aberdeen on 30 April 1984. That was just days after I walked out of the C&A Hospital, Bangor, refusing to fart about with them any longer after I had my arm re-plastered for the second time because they’d got it wrong; after I began this blog I was told that under general anaesthetic the previous night I had been given an unnecessary blood transfusion with blood known to be infected with HIV/Hep.
I knew that I’d had a transfusion and that lies were being told afterwards because I woke up soaked in blood in the early hours and an Angel on duty told me that ‘I’d just had one or two pints’ when I asked her if I’d had a transfusion. The next day different Angels denied that I’d had a transfusion, and so did Liz Stables, the Angel who ran the Student Health Centre at UCNW, as did D.G.E. Wood. I was also told after beginning the blog that the general anaesthetic had not been needed; I remember being surprised when I was told in A&E that I’d need to be sewn back up under GA, it really didn’t look as though it was necessary, but in true Gang/NHS style, I was lied to, not given the appropriate info and informed consent was absolutely not given. I have explained previously how I wasn’t taken into theatre until midnight after I was told that the operation had to be delayed because an RTA had to be prioritised; I had been initially told that I’d be operated on about 7pm, so to tell my friends not to come and see me because I’d be in theatre at visiting hours.
I’ve received info telling me that this was all lies from start to finish and it has also been alleged that I was gang raped by the Top Docs that night. I can’t remember any such thing but I do remember an awful lot of fully masked and gowned people – they were all male as well – in the operating theatre that would never have been justified for such a minor procedure. I realised that procedures and rules were being flouted constantly and I knew that some lies were told but it seems that there were many more than I realised. This all happened a few weeks after the encounter with Gwynne and the subsequent aggressions, hostility and threats when I and then Brown complained about him.
Edward Adeane was appointed to Di’s as Private Secretary in 1984, the year of the Gwynne Row etc but I don’t know on which date. Adeane was of Middle Temple, as were Ronnie Waterhouse, Patrick Jenkin, Mrs Mills and Paddy Mayhew. Mrs Mills was DPP when I was prosecuted for ridiculous matters yet no prosecutions were mounted against the Gang in spite of over 100 complaints to the police. Mayhew was a former MDU barrister who was Attorney-General who approved all the High Court prosecutions of me during 1990 and 91.
I never understood why Di was alleged to be so traumatised over Carlo’s relationship with Camilla. Di’s entire family and social circle married as business arrangements to consolidate land and produce heirs, extra-marital affairs would all be in a day’s work for Di. She had quite a few herself, including with James Hewitt from Devon who shared a sexual partner with Mr Bridgy Celeb. The Bridgy contingent also knew that Di was in Devon with Hewitt a long while before the tabloids got hold of the story; I have no idea how they knew, but they knew the cover stories that were being supplied as excuses for Di to visit Hewitt in Devon as well.
I’m fairly sure that Di found out about the sex with children that was happening in some Royal Circles and that was what freaked her out. Backdoor Billy the Queen Mum’s Loyal Retainer was facilitating that part of the Royal Debauchery and Gwynne and Dafydd were supplying the kids…
Show Us You Care Ma’am you Degenerate Old Bag! What the fuck do you think you were doing? A vile old lobotomist, sex with children, rapes under general anaesthetic, porn vids made, records forged, infected blood transfusions… I’m an ordinary person, I didn’t sign up for life in a Royal sodding brothel with a disgusting old lobotomist, I thought that I was doing a plant biology degree. Do you have the pics of Gwynne’s elderly genitalia Ma’am? I wish to post them on the blog! I’m not sure that they’ll provide the masturbatory fodder that the pics of his victims did, but at least we can all have a good laugh… As I understand people did when the vids of me and others were passed around! No wonder so many people were blackmailing UCNW and the NHS, how thick are you Ma’am? Can you ask Peter Hain of MI5/6 and BOSS to pay me my damages Ma’am, surely you can issue a Royal Command to Release The Money, there was plenty of it Released In The Direction Of Mr Bridgy Celeb!
I’m delighted that a Dastardly Royal Plan went terribly wrong when I didn’t develop anything lethal from that blood transfusion. However I do wish that somebody had told me that Gwynne was written out of history and the Middlesex Hospital closed and then demolished because of me, Brown et al refusing to shut up about Gwynne, we’d have been delighted that we’d achieved so much.
Nico’s other daughter was Lady Cosima Maria-Gabriella Vane-Tempest-Stewart (born 1961), who married, first, Cosmo Fry, and second, Lord John Robert Somerset. She has children by her second husband.
The paternity of Nico’s elder son, Tristan Alexander (born 1969), who briefly held the courtesy title Viscount Castlereagh, was contested when he was about 18 months old, and it was found he was not son of the Marquess, but of Georgie Fame (real name Clive Powell), with whom the Marchioness had been having a relationship. The Marchioness’s daughter Lady Cosima later claimed that her true father might be jazz musician and writer Robin Douglas-Home. Robin was the nephew of PM Alec Douglas-Home and the first husband of 1960s ‘model’ Sandra Paul aka Michael Howard’s wife, Michael the bent barrister from Swansea who as John Major’s Home Secretary shafted Mary Wynch for good after Mary had demonstrated every part of her case. Sandra’s husband also presided over much criminality in the direction of F and me. When Robin and Sandra were in the process of divorcing, Robin had a fling with Ma’am Darling. Robin later committed suicide after severe depression, like Nicolette. See previous posts…
The 1971 divorce of the Marquess and Marchioness Nico was the subject of considerable publicity. The following year, the Marchioness married Georgie Fame at Marylebone Register Office and her married name became Nicolette Powell. The Marquess subsequently married Principal Ballerina of the Royal Ballet Company Doreen Wells.
As Nicolette Powell, the former Marchioness gave birth to a second son, James Michael, in 1973.
Nicolette’s first father-in-law Edward Charles Stewart Robert Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 8th Marquess of Londonderry, DL (18 November 1902 – 17 October 1955) owned much land around the mid-Wales region on the turf of the Wrexham, Powys and Mawddach Hospital Management Committee of which Lord Kenyon was Chair, 1960-74.
Educated at Eton, like Lord K, the 8th Marquess was the only son of Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry and his wife, Edith Helen (née Chaplin). The 8th Marquess worked as honorary attaché to the British Embassy in Rome and as a Director of Londonderry Collieries, the family’s coal mining company. A keen football fan, he was first a Director and then Chairman of Arsenal, 1939-46. A portrait of him painted in 1911 as a pageboy at the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary by Philip de Laszlo hangs at Mount Stewart, County Down, the Londonderry ancestral seat in N Ireland.
Known formally by his courtesy title Viscount Castlereagh and as Robin by friends and family, the 8th Marquess was an accomplished public speaker and was Unionist MP for County Down, 1931-45. He was married on 31 October 1931 to Romaine Combe (d. 19 December 1951), the daughter of Major Boyce Combe, of Farnham, Surrey, and had issue:
- Lady Jane Antonia Frances Vane-Tempest-Stewart (b. 11 August 1932), who married Max Rayne, Baron Rayne in 1965, and has issue; she was one of Brenda’s Maids of Honour at the 1953 Coronation. Lady Jane married in August 2012, the royal biographer and historian Robert Lacey
- Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart (b. 13 June 1934) aka Lady Jams Goldsmith, Jams friend of Lord Lucan; Lady Jams is mother of Zac and Jemima, former wife of Imran Khan.
- Alexander Charles Robert “Alistair” Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 9th Marquess of Londonderry (7 September 1937–20 June 2012) who married Nico…
The 8th Marquess was a celebrated host, reportedly once decorating the Christmas tree at Wynyard with condoms to startle a visiting cleric. Also regarded as slightly eccentric, on one occasion Lord Londonderry had taken to his bed after a few drinks too many, when Ruth Graham, the wife of the American evangelist Billy Graham, came to call. Although informed that His Lordship was “indisposed”, Mrs Graham insisted upon admission to his bedroom, having “come all the way on Billy’s account”. She was duly announced. Lord Londonderry threw aside the bed-sheets and shouted, “Get in.” Lord Londonderry had an awkward and distant relationship with his parents, especially his father. The two men took opposite sides during industrial disputes involving the family coal mines, most notably during the General Strike in 1926.
When he married Romaine, a brewer’s daughter, his family viewed the union with disdain. It was a happy marriage by all accounts, but tragedy struck when Lady Londonderry died from cancer in 1951 and her husband plunged into depression and alcoholism. “Daddy changed, literally overnight, into a complete drunk,” Lady Annabel Goldsmith, his daughter, recalled. “It was awful. He would collapse while making speeches to the cricket club, that kind of thing. He was on the bottle night and day.”
Lord Londonderry died from liver failure on 17 October 1955, at age 52. He was buried alongside his wife at Wynyard Park and both were later re-interred in the Londonderry family vault at St Mary’s Church, Long Newton, County Durham.
There are several portraits of Nicolette in the National Portrait Gallery, of which Lord Kenyon was Trustee of the NPG, 1953-88 and Chair for a number of years. It was Lord K who was credited with turning the NPG into a Serious Place rather than a laughing stock.
Georgie Fame – pwhelli etc here
Notes and Swearies: PIC ROGER/Hollywood Gossip:
Lord Londonderry’s and his second wife Doreen Patricia Wells divorced in 1989. They had two sons, Frederick Aubrey Vane-Tempest-Stewart (born 6 September 1972), and Lord Reginald Alexander Vane-Tempest-Stewart (b. 1977), who is married to Chloë Belinda Guinness (born 29 April 1976); the couple have one child.
Chloe Guinness was the daughter of William Loel Seymour Guinness, born on 28 December 1939. William Guinness was the son of G/Capt. Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness and Lady Isabel Violet Kathleen Manners. Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness usually went by his middle name of Loel; he was the younger brother of the Guinness brewery’s founder Arthur Guinness. Loel was Tory MP for Bath, 1931-45 and held the office of PPS to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Air, 1931-35. WHO WAS SEC
Loel Guinness had two sisters: Meraud Michelle Wemyss Guinness (1904–1993), who married Alvaro Guevara (1894–1951) in 1929 and Tanis Eva Bulkeley Guinness (1908–1993), who married three times. Her first husband (m.1931–1937) was The Hon. William Drogo Sturges Montagu, son of George Charles Montagu, 9th Earl of Sandwich); her second husband (m. 1937–1951) was Howard Dietz and her third husband (m.1951) was Lt. Commander Charles Edward Harold John Phillips, who was the paternal uncle of Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn and Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster and the first cousin of Janet Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven. Janet was the second wife of:
The Marquess of Milford Haven
|Born||David Michael Mountbatten
12 May 1919
|Died||14 April 1970 (aged 50)
Romaine Dahlgren Pierce
(m. 1950; div. 1954)
Janet Mercedes Bryce (m. 1960)
|Issue||George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven
Lord Ivar Mountbatten
|Parents||George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven
Countess Nadejda de Torby
|Years of service||1933–48|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven and Countess Nadejda de Torby. Lord Milford Haven was the only son of George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven (who had been born as Prince George of Battenberg) and Russian Countess Nadejda (Nada) Torby who wed in 1916. His paternal grandparents were Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. Therefore, Milford Haven was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. His maternal grandparents were Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia and Countess Sophie of Merenberg. Milford Haven was also a descendant of the Russian writer Aleksandr Pushkin as well as Peter the Great‘s African protégé, General Abram Petrovich Gannibal.(12 May 1919-14 April 1970), styled Viscount Alderney before 1921 and Earl of Medina between 1921 and 1938, was the son of the
Milford Haven grew up at the family home in Holyport, Berkshire and enjoyed a close friendship with his first cousin Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, They both attended Dartmouth Naval College. Milford Haven served as best man to Phil the Greek at Phil’s marriage to Brenda in November 1947.
With the death of his father on 8 April 1938, Milford Haven became the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and Head of the House of Mountbatten.
During WW II Milford Haven served in the Royal Navy. In 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his work on Malta convoy operations. Milford Haven retired from the Navy in 1948 and subsequently joined The Castaways’ Club, which enabled him to keep in close contact with many of his naval contemporaries. Milford Haven then played a prominent part in the London demi-monde of the 1950s, the bunch of rich, thick, Royal utter hypocrites that formed the nucleus for the Profumo Affair, to which Gwynne and Dafydd were central.
Milford Haven was married twice:
- 1) Romaine Dahlgren Pierce (17 July 1923 – 15 February 1975), daughter of Vinton Ulric Dahlgren Pierce of the United States and his wife, Margaret Knickerbocker Clark, on 4 February 1950 in Washington, D.C.; formerly married on 23 May 1946 to William Simpson, son of a millionaire Chicago department store owner (by whom she had a daughter). They were divorced in 1954 in Mexico. She married, thirdly, to James B. Orthwein. Romaine was the great-granddaughter of the Admiral John A. Dahlgren and the writer Madeleine Vinton Dahlgren. They had no issue.
- 2) Janet Mercedes Bryce (born Bermuda, 29 September 1937), daughter of Major Francis (Frank) Bryce and Gladys Jean Mosley (whose aunt, Mary Mercedes Bryce, married Colonel Joseph Harold John Phillips, the grandparents of Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn and Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster) on 17 November 1960 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Frognal, London. They had two children:
- George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven (born 6 June 1961)
- Lord Ivar Mountbatten (born 9 March 1963)
Lord Milford Haven, aged 50, died from a heart attack on 14 April 1970 in London.
Loel was the son of Benjamin Seymour Guinness and Bridget Henrietta Frances Williams-Bulkeley. Bridget Henrietta Frances Williams-Bulkeley was the daughter of Sir Richard Lewis Mostyn Williams-Bulkeley, 11th Bt. of the north Wales Anglo-Welsh aristocratic family Williams-Bulkeley and Margaret Elizabeth Peers Williams. Sir Richard’s descendants owned much of Anglesey, particularly around Llandegfan and Beaumaris, where I lived during 1983-86; Liz Stables grew up near Beaumaris.
Leol’s second wife was Lady Isabel Violet Kathleen Manners, daughter of John Henry Montagu Manners, 9th Duke of Rutland and Kathleen Tennant, both of Violet’s parents being of families who were Posh Associates of the Gang, as discussed in previous posts.
Among Doreen Wells’s career highlights were TV appearances including the 1985 Royal Variety Performance and a BBC Christmas Extravaganza. On 1 December 2009, Doreen made an appearance on The Paul O’Grady Show, performing a dance routine with male backing dancers. Doreen was then interviewed by O’Grady and spoke of her continued love for dance and about how she still performs regularly.
Paul O’Grady – formerly known as Lily Savage – was a good mate of Bodger’s friend Cilla; Lily and Cilla used to holiday in exotic climes together. Prior to finding fame and fortune in his stage persona as a swearing boozing transvestite, Paul worked as a Lambeth social worker when the Gang ran the huge trafficking ring with Lambeth Social Services; kids from Lambeth were abused in Lambeth and trafficked to children’s homes in north Wales. Paul was not particularly attentive as a social worker and used to pop out to spend the night at gay clubs when he was on night duty with vulnerable clients; Paul was mates with rent boys and sex workers and he knew about Gwynne and Dafydd. Paul also knew about the scam operated by the Gang in which they would recommend patients for gender realignment surgery, the patients would only go in for partial realignment and thus market themselves for the more exotic end of the sex industry eg. ‘woman with a penis’. I’m not suggesting that Paul O’Grady should have rejected the company of any of the distressed people whom he knew in those days, but he did know that they weren’t all acting on the basis of free will. He has never uttered a word about the Gang who were causing so much misery.
At one point Paul needed somewhere to live and didn’t want to pay rent, so when one of his client’s in Lambeth died, he didn’t notify Lambeth Council and simply moved into her flat. He remained for quite some time until Lambeth realised what was happening and evicted him. I presume that Paul got away with so much not only because of the chaos prevailing in Lambeth but because he knew so much about Dafydd and Gwynne and their partners in crime such as John Tilley, the local MP and Tessa Jowell, a child care officer for Lambeth. Paul knew about wrongdoing elsewhere as well, in rather grander circles than Lambeth social work…
Wynyard – John Hall – HERE
Nico died on 13 Aug 1993 – E.P. Thompson – died WHAT Aug 1993
In the 1990s, Thomas’s older brother, NAME the NUMBER Lord Kenyon, served as a Wrexham Councillor, while Wrexham Council colluded with the abuse of kids in care and psych patients.
WPC Jo Bott et al – throughout spring n summer of 1993, constant aggro
The second Inquest on Michael Carr opened on 20 February 1995. On 23 February 1995, a verdict of death by natural causes was recorded.
On 19 Feb 1995 Nicholas Fairbairn died from drink.p
Dafydd – crazed letters n complaints about me esp throughout Jan, Feb 1995 – Tony Francis in our garden in Dec 1994 or Jan 1995
15 Feb 1995 – Sharon Thompson sent the letter from Brown to WHO testifying that Brown had heard Dafydd trying to bribe me in Aug 1987
March 1995 – John Mullen wrote to Dafydd asking him for his info from the MDU – MDU in the middle of it throughout 1994, 1995
Peter Cook died on 9 Jan 1995. Cook’s colleague and friend Viv Stanshall spontanously combusted in bed on 5 March 1995.
June 1994 – Arnold, Howarth
Dafydd’s excesses – injunction Nov 1994
MADELEINE OSBORN – Edinburgh grad, 1970!! leading light at Hergest, cc’d into most things re me although she wasn’t my top doc – but I did confront her about Dafydd sexually exploiting patients – Osborn scarpered during waterhouse inq
REMEMBER KNAPMAN – Grays inn – st Gs
NOTE: The media doc James Le Fanu – the Torygraph’s medical correspondent who wrote for other publications as well – was a partner in the GPs surgery at Trevelyan Road, Tooting, where I was registered and ended up removing the incriminating documents. Le Fanu knew Dr Thomas Stuttaford, Tory MP for WHERE and medical correspondent for ‘The Times’. Stuttaford witnessed Michael Carr looking very ill in the Commons hours before the Walton Hospital told Carr that there was nothing wrong and sent him home to die.
See ‘The Price Is Right’ for a detailed account of these events, as well as others, dates and extracts from my documents that demonstrate breath-taking serious crime concealed by numerous people in senior positions.
Re Liverpool City Council in the 1980s heyday of Militant, Degsy Hatton et al: it was Degsy who received all of the publicity but John Hamilton was the Leader of the City Council, 1983-86, Degsy was Deputy Leader. John Hamilton nearly died in the housefire in Jan 2000, the month before the Waterhouse Report was published. Hamilton was a Bachelor who wasn’t blessed with children. He was a Quaker, as was Bethesda GP and Gang member Paul Nickson (Dr Nickson later left Bethesda and worked as a Top Doc in Liverpool), as well as Gang member Owen Gethin NAME, a senior manager in Gwynedd County Council and Lucille’s henchman, as well as Lord Snowdon’s swinging friend Jeremy Fry who was based in Bath. Hamilton had a big interest in schools, youth organisations, young people in the Merseyside area and served as a governor of such institutions. John Hamilton was also a governor of Liverpool Poly aka Liverpool John Moores University. Cherie served as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, 1999-2006.
Liverpool John Moores University was founded by and is still strongly associated with the John Moores/Littlewoods Pools empire, which has numerous links to the Gang as well as to the incredibly wealthy Grantchester peers. See previous posts…
Lucille Hughes qualified as social worker at Liverpool University after completing her first degree at UCNW. Lucille – senior social services job in Cheshire DATES before returning to Gwynedd – the ring in Cheshire shared staff with and was directly linked to the ring in Liverpool, including the institutions run by Liverpool Catholic Social Services – convictions of staff after years of complaints being ignored – See eg. ‘ ‘.
I have no info that John Hamilton was molesting kids himself but he knew who was and where the bodies were buried. See previous posts.
Fings being what they are in Walton, the wider Liverpool area and indeed with the Gang, the adventures, family and friends of Lord Birkenhead will still count for much there and Fings Will Still Break.
I DO like these fuck-me boots:
In Parliament, Lord Birkenhead also opposed the Trade Disputes Act 1906 arguing that intimidatory picketing should not be allowed. Frederick Smith did not support restriction on the powers of the House of Lords, fearing that tyranny could result from an unchecked unicameral Parliament.
Frederick Smith was soon a prominent leader of the Unionist wing of the Conservative Party, especially in the planned Ulster resistance to Irish Home Rule. He attended the Blenheim Palace rally on 27 July 1912, at which Bonar Law advocated forcible resistance. From the signing of the Ulster Covenant in September 1912 onwards, Smith was often on Edward Carson’s side on horseback, hence the derisive nickname “Galloper Smith”.
A vociferous opponent of the Disestablishment of the Welsh part of the Church of England, Smith called the Welsh Disestablishment Bill “a bill which has shocked the conscience of every Christian community in Europe”. The Bill was approved by Parliament under the provisions of the Parliament Act 1911, but its implementation delayed by the outbreak of WW I. When it was finally implemented in 1920, Smith was part of the Lloyd George Coalition that did so.
On the outbreak of WW I, Smith was placed in charge of the Government’s Press Bureau, with rank of Colonel and responsibility for newspaper censorship. In May 1915, Smith was appointed Solicitor General by H. H. Asquith and knighted. He soon after (in October 1915) succeeded his friend Sir Edward Carson as Attorney General. As Attorney General, it was Smith’s responsibility to lead the prosecution for the Crown in major cases such as the trial in 1916 of the Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement for treason. Smith was made a baronet in 1918. Following abolition of the Walton seat in constituency boundary changes, Smith was returned in December 1918 for neighbouring West Derby Division, only to be elevated to the House of Lords two months later.
Sir F. E. Smith, newly created Lord Birkenhead, on his appointment as Lord Chancellor in 1919 by Lloyd George. The Morning Post dismissed Smith’s appointment as “carrying a joke beyond the limits of pleasantry”, while King George V urged Lloyd George to reconsider. Birkenhead proved an excellent Lord Chancellor, but tales of his drunkenness begin from this time, ‘very likely as he grew bored with the job and as it dawned on him that he had probably ruled himself out from the premiership by accepting a peerage.’ Or he may just have been a drunk and for a long time; one doesn’t develop cirrhosis a la Lord Birkenhead quickly, it takes years of long hard drinking…
Despite his Unionist background, Smith played an important role in the negotiations that led to the signature of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921, which led to the formation of the Irish Free State the following year. Much of the treaty was drafted by Smith. His support for this, and his warm relations with the Irish nationalist leaders Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, angered some of his former Unionist associates, notably Sir Edward Carson. Upon signing the Treaty he remarked to Collins, “I may have just signed my political death warrant”, to which Collins dryly and with prescient accuracy replied, “I have just signed my actual death warrant”. Collins was killed by opponents of the Treaty eight months after the signing, during the Irish Civil War.
Also in 1921, Smith was responsible for the House of Lords rejecting a proposal, put forward by Frederick Alexander Macquisten, MP for Argyllshire, to criminalise lesbianism. During the debate, Birkenhead argued that 999 women out of a thousand had “never even heard a whisper of these practices”.
Smith was created Viscount Birkenhead in the 1921 Birthday Honours, then Viscount Furneaux and Earl of Birkenhead in 1922.
By 1922 Birkenhead and Churchill had become the leading figures of the Lloyd George Coalition. The Anglo-Irish Treaty and a general whiff of moral and financial corruption which had come to surround the Coalition were all hallmarks of Birkenhead’s tenure in office. A scandal erupted in 1922 when it became known that Lloyd George, through the agency of Maundy Gregory, had awarded honours and titles such as a baronetcy to rich businessmen in return for cash in the range of £10,000 and more. A practice that lasted.
In May 1923, Stanley Baldwin succeeded Bonar Law as PM. He remarked to his new Cabinet, referring to Birkenhead’s exclusion, that they were “a Cabinet of faithful husbands” – this referred to Birkenhead’s general character rather than simply his marital infidelities.
Birkenhead came to be regarded with distaste by much of the grassroots Conservative Party. J.C.C. Davidson reported back to Central Office (18 November 1923) on his recent re-adoption as candidate for Hemel Hempstead that many members were unwilling to support him without an assurance that he would not support Birkenhead’s return to the Cabinet, lest this cost local votes at the upcoming election. Neville Chamberlain recorded in his diary (18 November 1923) that Birkenhead had “so often and so deeply shocked the moral sense of the country by his drunkenness and loose living character that our Gov’t which rests largely on public confidence in our character would be seriously tarnished by association with such a man”.
After the December 1923 General Election, at which Baldwin lost his majority and a hung Parliament was returned, Birkenhead briefly intrigued for another Lloyd George Coalition Gov’t. In order to discourage them from associating with Lloyd George, Baldwin quickly invited former coalitionists Austen Chamberlain, Birkenhead and Balfour to join the Shadow Cabinet. Birkenhead persuaded his friend Churchill to stand (unsuccessfully, as an independent “Constitutionalist”) in the March 1924 Westminster Abbey by-election. This was part of Churchill’s move back towards rejoining the Conservative Party.
A 1924 entry in Evelyn Waugh‘s diary states that an English High Court Judge, presiding in a sodomy case, sought advice on sentencing from Lord Birkenhead. “Could you tell me,” he asked, “what do you think one ought to give a man who allows himself to be buggered?” Birkenhead replied without hesitation, “Oh, thirty shillings or two pounds; whatever you happen to have on you.” Old Traditions didn’t die.
Despite winning a large majority at the 1924 General Election, Baldwin formed a new (second) Gov’t by appointing former coalitionists such as Birkenhead, Austen Chamberlain and former Liberal Winston Churchill to senior Cabinet posts; this was to discourage them from associating with Lloyd George to revive the 1916-22 Coalition. Birkenhead and Chamberlain lobbied Baldwin to reappoint another former coalitionist, Robert Horne, to the Exchequer, but Baldwin refused and appointed Churchill instead.
From 1924 to 1928 Birkenhead served as Secretary of State for India. His views on pre-partition India’s independence movement were gloomy. He thought India’s Hindu-Muslim religious divide insurmountable and sought to block advances in native participation in provincial governments that had been granted by the 1919 Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms. His PPS recalled that much time ostensibly on India Office business seemed to be spent playing golf.
Birkenhead endorsed his old political opponent H.H. Asquith, rather than his Cabinet colleague Lord Cave, in the 1925 University of Oxford Chancellor election. Birkenhead wrote to The Times on 19 May, describing Asquith as the “greatest living Oxonian”, but his support may have done more harm than good, because of his association with the discredited Lloyd George Coalition and because of his open scepticism both of religion and of the League of Nations. Lord Cave was elected.
Lord Cave resigned as Lord Chancellor early in 1928. Birkenhead apparently did not want to return to his old job, but neither did Baldwin offer it to him. According to Neville Chamberlain’s diary (28 March 1928), this was because “he might be seen drunk in the street”; presumably this could prove difficult if a vindictive clergyman were known to be at large. Lord Hailsham was appointed instead; Quintin’s dad CHECK??. Birkenhead retired from the Cabinet in October 1928 to make money in business.
After retiring from politics, Lord Birkenhead became Rector of the University of Aberdeen, BOB BOOTHBY – dugald?? a Director of Tate & Lyle, a Director of Imperial Chemical Industries, and High Steward of the University of Oxford. In a 1983 biography review, William Camp – who had written a 1960 biography of Smith – opined that “F.E. was the quintessential male chauvinist who, almost with his dying breath, dragged himself to the Lords in July 1930 to attack the right of peeresses to take their seats.” The result of FE’s campaigning on that matter had it ever been successful may have been no great loss in certain cases.
Lord Birkenhead wrote a series of articles (later republished in Last Essays: 1930) about “the peril to India”, in which he criticised the Indian Nationalist leaders as “a collection … of very inferior Kerenskis” and asserted that it was widely accepted that without British rule India would collapse into anarchy.
In the opinion of Churchill, Birkenhead’s good friend: “He had all the canine virtues in a remarkable degree – courage, fidelity, vigilance, love of chase.” Of Birkenhead’s loyalty, Churchill added: “If he was with you on Monday, he would be the same on Tuesday. And on Thursday, when things looked blue, he would still be marching forward with strong reinforcements.”
Birkenhead died in London aged 58 ‘from pneumonia caused by cirrhosis of the liver’.
Edward Wood, served as Viceroy of India, 3 April 1926-18 April 1931 and was created Baron Irwin. Irwin relished the pomp of the Viceroyalty. Several attempts were made to assassinate him. He was more sympathetic to Indians than his predecessors had been, although he had no compunctions about signing death warrants when he thought them justified. Edward Wood wanted Indians to be more united and friendly to the UK; his first major speech as Viceroy and several more throughout his term of office, urged an end to communal violence between Hindus and Muslims.
The 1919 Government of India Act had incorporated the Montagu–Chelmsford Reforms (shared rule between British and Indians at the local level) and had promised that after ten years there would be a commission to inquire about a new constitution. Irwin accepted that greater self-government was necessary, as Indian national aspirations had grown since 1919. Birkenhead brought forward the date of the commission, and put it under Sir John Simon. Irwin recommended an all-British Inquiry, as he thought that the Indian factions would not agree among themselves but would fall into line behind the results of the Inquiry.
In November 1927, the composition of the Simon Commission was announced. All the leading Indian parties, including the Indian National Congress, boycotted it. Irwin assured Birkenhead that Simon could win over moderate Indian opinion. Simon achieved some limited successes, but Irwin became convinced that a new gesture would be necessary. Indian responses to Simon’s arrival included the All-Parties Conference, a committee of which produced the Nehru Report (May 1928), advocating dominion status for India. However, there was also violence, including the death of Lala Lajpat Rai in November 1928 and the revenge attack of Bhagat Singh in December 1928.
In June 1929, a new Labour Gov’t took office in the UK, with Ramsay MacDonald PM for the second time and William Wedgwood Benn – Wedgie Benn’s father – was Secretary of State for India, 7 June 1929-24 August 1931. On 13 July 1929, Irwin arrived in the UK on leave, bringing with him a “suggested” draft exchange of letters between MacDonald and Simon. His plan was for Simon to write proposing a Round Table Conference to discuss the findings of the Commission, and that MacDonald would then reply pointing out that the 1917 Montagu Declaration implied a commitment to dominion status (i.e. that India should become completely self-governing). Simon saw the drafts and had serious misgivings about the planned Round Table Conference. The exchange of letters did not mention Dominion Status as the other Commissioners did not favour it, although Simon did not report the depth of their feeling, which he came to share, that such a declaration would undermine the findings of the Commission and that Dominion Status would now become a minimum demand for the Indian leaders rather than an ultimate goal.
The Irwin Declaration of October 1929 committed Britain to eventual Dominion Status for India. Despite such a policy having been implicit for a decade, the Declaration was denounced by many on the Tory Right. Lord Reading (Irwin’s predecessor as Viceroy) denounced it and Simon made his displeasure known. There was brief hope of a breakthrough in Anglo-Indian relations, but the New Delhi Conference of December 1929 between Irwin and the Indian leaders failed to reach agreement. Gandhi now began a campaign of civil disobedience with a view to achieving complete independence. He walked for 24 days to the sea, where he proceeded to make salt, in breach of the Gov’ts historic monopoly. Irwin had all the Congress leaders put behind bars, including Gandhi eventually. Unrest grew; Irwin’s position was seen as excessively lenient by London but as half-hearted in India. With little room for manoeuvre, Irwin resorted to repression using his emergency powers to ban public gatherings and crush rebellious opposition. Gandhi’s detention, however, only made matters worse.
In November 1930, King George V opened the First Round Table Conference in London; no Congress delegates took part because Gandhi was in gaol. In January 1931, Gandhi was released and at Irwin’s invitation they had eight meetings together. Irwin wrote to his aged father that “it was rather like talking to someone who had stepped off another planet onto this for a short visit of a fortnight and whose mental outlook was quite other to that which was regulating most of the affairs on the planet to which he had descended”.
The fortnight-long discussions resulted in the Gandhi-Irwin Pact of 5 March 1931, after which the Civil Disobedience Movement and the boycott of British goods were suspended in exchange for a Second Round Table Conference that represented all interests.
On 20 March 1931, Irwin paid tribute to Gandhi’s honesty, sincerity and patriotism at a dinner given by ruling princes. A month following the Gandhi-Irwin Pact, Lord Irwin’s term ended and he left India. On Irwin’s return to England in April 1931, the situation was calm, but within a year the conference collapsed and Gandhi was again arrested.
Irwin’s successful term as Viceroy ensured that he returned to British politics with significant prestige.
Irwin returned to the UK on 3 May 1931. He was still a firm protégé of Stanley Baldwin. In June 1932, Irwin returned to the Cabinet as President of the Board of Education, for the second time. His views were somewhat old-fashioned: he declared: “We want a school to train them up to be servants and butlers”. Irwin became Master of the Middleton Hunt in 1932 and was elected as Chancellor of Oxford University in 1933. In 1934 he inherited the title Viscount Halifax on the death of his father. Irwin/Viscount Halifax helped draft what became the Government of India Act 1935, In June 1935, Baldwin became PM for the third time, and Halifax was appointed Secretary of State for War. In November 1935, Halifax became Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords. Subsequently, Halifax served effectively (but not formally) as deputy Foreign Secretary to Eden in Baldwin’s Gov’t. In May 1937, when Neville Chamberlain succeeded Baldwin as PM, Halifax became Lord President of the Council – and thus the Visitor for UCNW – as well as remaining Leader of the House of Lords.
Lord Halifax with Hermann Göring at Schorfheide, Germany, 20 November 1937.
In his capacity as Master of the Middleton Hunt, Halifax accepted an invitation from Hermann Göring to go to a hunting exhibition in Berlin and hunt foxes in Pomerania in November 1937. Halifax was publicly and correctly regarded as acting on behalf of the British government to renew dialogue with the German Gov’t. On being taken to meet Hitler at Berchtesgaden, Halifax almost created an incident by nearly handing his coat to him, believing him to be a footman:
“As I looked out of the car window, on eye level, I saw in the middle of this swept path a pair of black trousered legs, finishing up in silk socks and pumps. I assumed this was a footman who had come down to help me out of the car and up the steps and was proceeding in leisurely fashion to get myself out of the car when I heard von Neurath or somebody throwing a hoarse whisper at my ear of Der Führer, der Führer; and it then dawned upon me that the legs were not the legs of a footman, but of Hitler.”
A long and barbed meeting with the Führer then ensued. In discussions with Hitler, Halifax spoke of “possible alterations in the European order which might be destined to come about with the passage of time”. Ignoring Eden’s reservations, Halifax did not object in principle to Hitler’s designs on Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia and Poland, although he stressed that only peaceful processes of change would be acceptable. Writing to Baldwin on the subject of the conversation between Karl Burckhardt (the League of Nations’ Commissioner of Danzig) and Hitler, Halifax said:
“Nationalism and Racialism is a powerful force but I can’t feel that it’s either unnatural or immoral! I cannot myself doubt that these fellows are genuine haters of Communism, etc.! And I daresay if we were in their position we might feel the same!”
In December 1937, Halifax told the Cabinet that “we ought to get on good terms with Germany”, as despite the best efforts of Eden and Chamberlain, Britain was still faced with the prospect of war with Germany, Italy and Japan. By February 1938, Halifax warned Chamberlain of strains in the Cabinet and tried to broker a deal between Chamberlain and Eden. Eden resigned as Foreign Secretary on 20 February, in protest at Chamberlain’s wish to make further concessions to Benito Mussolini, whom Eden regarded as an untrustworthy gangster. Halifax was appointed Foreign Secretary on 21 February 1938, despite some criticism from Labour and elsewhere that so important a job was being given to a peer. Halifax commented “I have had enough obloquy for one lifetime” (i.e. as Viceroy of India) before accepting appointment as Foreign Secretary.
Halifax was criticised as an appeaser, along with Chamberlain, Hoare and twelve others, in the anonymous 1940 book Guilty Men.
Hitler’s annexation of Austria in March 1938 made Halifax keener on rearmament. Czechoslovakia was clearly next on the agenda, but neither Britain nor France believed they had the military capacity to support her, and in the summer of 1938, Halifax still wanted to urge the Czechs in private to make concessions to Germany, which was making demand about the status of the Sudeten Germans. Halifax remained in London and did not accompany Chamberlain on his flights to Germany in the autumn of 1938. It appears that a frank conversation with his Permanent Secretary, Sir Alexander Cadogan, brought Halifax to the sharp realisation that the road to appeasement had taken Britain into a series of concessions that were unwise and that were unlikely to secure the necessary pacification of Germany.
On 25 September 1938, Halifax spoke out in Cabinet against the inflated demands presented by Hitler in the Godesberg Memorandum after his second summit meeting with Chamberlain. The eventual Munich Agreement, signed after Chamberlain’s third summit meeting with Hitler, was apparently popular around the world and humiliating to many in the British Gov’t, but it was short of Hitler’s desires (and of Chamberlain’s proposed concessions) and increased Hitler’s determination to return to destroy Czechoslovakia in the spring.
On 3 October 1938, Halifax defended the Munich Agreement in the House of Lords, in much more measured terms than the PM had done, not as a triumph but as the lesser of two evils. After Munich, Halifax (successfully) advised Chamberlain against capitalising on his popularity by calling a snap General Election; instead he urged (in vain) that Chamberlain widen the National Coalition by offering jobs not just to Churchill and Eden but also to Labour and Liberal figures. Halifax was also disgusted by the anti-Jewish pogrom of Kristallnacht (10 November). He advocated British financial aid to the countries of central and eastern Europe to discourage them from coming under Germany’s influence. With Hitler’s lack of commitment regarding the Munich Agreement becoming clearer, Halifax worked steadily to assemble a stronger British position, pushing Chamberlain to take economic steps to underpin British interests in Eastern Europe and prevent additional military supplies from reaching Germany.
In January 1939, Halifax accompanied Chamberlain to Rome for talks with Mussolini. After Hitler broke the Munich agreement and occupied the rump of “Czecho-slovakia” (the hyphen had been added after Munich), Chamberlain gave a speech in Birmingham on 17 March 1939, pledging that Britain would go to war to defend Poland. Halifax had been one of the drivers in this change of policy. By March 1939, Eden, then out of office, observed that thanks to Halifax the Gov’t are “now doing what we would wish”. Halifax granted a guarantee to Poland on 31 March 1939, triggered by alarming intelligence of German preparations, in hopes of sending clear signals to Germany that, in Halifax’s words, there would be “no more Munichs”.
The Foreign Office received intelligence in early April 1939 that Italy was about to invade Albania. At a Cabinet meeting on 5 April 1939, Halifax rejected these reports. Two days later, Italy invaded Albania; Halifax met Sir Alexander Cadogan and “decided we can’t do anything to stop it”.
Although he disliked the Soviet regime, not least because of its atheism, Halifax was quicker than Chamberlain to realise that Britain should attempt to ally with the USSR. The negotiations (in summer 1939) failed, and the USSR allied with Germany instead on 23 August. It has been suggested that Halifax should have led the negotiations himself. With Poland now looking likely to be carved up between Germany and the USSR (as indeed soon took place), the diarist “Chips” Channon, PPS to Halifax’s junior Minister Rab Butler, recorded (25 August 1939) that “the barometer of war kept shifting” and that “the Polish guarantee was [Halifax]’s pet scheme and favourite god-child” (Butler opposed the guarantee).
Chips and Rab here!!
When Germany invaded Poland, Halifax refused any negotiations while German troops remained on Polish soil. However, he stood solid with Chamberlain, who delayed in giving a commitment to go to war until the French also committed. The two of them were the objects of the Cabinet revolt which insisted that Britain honour the guarantee to Poland. Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939.
After the outbreak of war, Halifax’s diplomacy aimed to dissuade the Soviets from formally joining the Axis. He opposed the bombing of Germany, lest the Germans retaliate. Swedish intermediary Birger Dahlerus had approached Britain for peace talks in August 1939, just before the outbreak of war. Again, on 1 November 1939, Halifax replied to an approach through Swedish channels that no peace was possible with Hitler in power. Even that aroused the wrath of Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty, who sent a private note to Halifax rebuking him that such talk was dangerous. Halifax remained opposed to any hint of a compromise peace during the Phoney War.
In January 1940, Halifax met an emissary of Ulrich von Hassell, a leading member of the German resistance, who stated that “he personally would be against the Allies taking advantage of a revolution in Germany to attack the Siegfried Line.”
On 8 May 1940, Chamberlain’s Gov’t survived a motion of no confidence brought about by the deteriorating military situation in Norway. The Gov’t had a nominal majority of 213 in the House: at the end of the “Norway Debate“, they won the vote with a majority of only 81. Churchill mounted a strong and passionate defence of Chamberlain and his Gov’t in the debate preceding the vote. Under ordinary circumstances, such a weak vote would not have been politically disastrous, but it was decisive at a time when the PM was being strongly criticised by both sides of the House and there was a strong desire for national unity. Chamberlain admitted his dismay and said that he would try for a coalition gov’t with the Labour and Liberal Parties, but Churchill opposed that.
At 10.15 am the next morning (9 May), Chamberlain met with Halifax and Churchill in the Cabinet Room. There is inconsistency in the various accounts with regard to what occurred during the meeting. At 4.30 pm that afternoon Chamberlain held another meeting, attended by Halifax, Churchill, and the leader and the Deputy Leader of the opposition Labour Party (Clement Attlee and Arthur Greenwood respectively). He asked the Labour leaders if they would agree to serve in a coalition government. They replied that it might be possible but only with a different PM and that before they could give an official answer, they would need the approval of Labour’s NEC, then in Bournemouth preparing for the annual conference. They were asked to telephone with the result of the consultation by the following afternoon. The Labour leaders telephoned at 5 pm on the 10th to report that the Party would take part in a coalition government, although it had to be under the leadership of someone other than Chamberlain. Accordingly, Chamberlain went to Buck House to tender his resignation, recommending that the King ask Churchill to form a government. On doing so, one of Churchill’s first actions was to form a new, smaller War Cabinet by replacing six of the Conservative politicians with Greenwood and Attlee, retaining only Halifax and Chamberlain.
Churchill’s political position was weak, although he was popular with the Labour and Liberal Parties for his stance against appeasement in the 1930s. He was unpopular in the Conservative Party, however, and he might not have been the choice of the King. Halifax had the support of most of the Conservative Party and of the King and was acceptable to the Labour Party. His position as a peer was a merely technical barrier given the scale of the crisis, and Churchill reportedly was willing to serve under Halifax. As Lord Beaverbrook said, “Chamberlain wanted Halifax. Labour wanted Halifax. Sinclair wanted Halifax. The Lords wanted Halifax. The King wanted Halifax. And Halifax wanted Halifax.” Only the last sentence was incorrect, however; Halifax did not want to become PM. Unlike Simon, Hoare and Chamberlain, Halifax was not the object of Labour hatred in May 1940. He had a stomach ache, possibly psychosomatic, at the thought of becoming PM and also probably thought that he could wield more influence as Churchill’s deputy. Like Chamberlain, he served in Churchill’s cabinet but was frequently exasperated by Churchill’s style of doing business. Like many others, Halifax had serious doubts about Churchill’s judgement.
Germany invaded Belgium, the Netherlands, and France on 10 May 1940, the day that Churchill became PM. On 22–23 May, the German army reached the English Channel, isolating the British Expeditionary Force. Churchill soon had a confrontation with Halifax who believed that the United Kingdom should try to negotiate a peace settlement with Hitler, in view of the successful German invasion of France and the encirclement of British forces at Dunkirk, using Mussolini as an intermediary. Halifax did not believe that there was any realistic chance of defeating Germany. Churchill disagreed, believing that Hitler was unlikely to honour any agreement.
On 24 May, Hitler issued the order for his armies to halt before they reached Dunkirk. Two days later, the British and French navies began an evacuation of the Allied forces, assisted by the Royal Air Force. Between 25 and 28 May, Churchill and Halifax each fought to bring the British War Cabinet around to their own respective points of view; by 28 May, it seemed as if Halifax had the upper hand and that Churchill might be forced from office. Halifax came close to resignation, which might have brought down Churchill’s government. Churchill outmanoeuvred Halifax by calling a meeting of his 25-member Outer Cabinet, to whom he delivered a passionate speech, saying, “If this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground”, convincing all who were present that Britain must fight on against Hitler whatever the cost. Churchill also obtained the backing of Neville Chamberlain, who was still Conservative Party leader. Churchill told the War Cabinet that there would be no negotiated peace. Halifax had lost. A few weeks later, in July 1940, Halifax rejected German peace offers presented through the Papal Nuncio in Berne and the Portuguese and Finnish prime ministers. When Chamberlain retired from the Cabinet due to ill health, Churchill tried to ease Halifax out of the Foreign Office by offering him a job as de facto Deputy Prime Minister, living at 11 Downing Street. Halifax refused, although he agreed to become Leader of the Lords once again.
In December 1940, the Marquess of Lothian, British Ambassador to the United States, died suddenly. Halifax was told to take the job by Churchill, with the proviso that he could still attend meetings of the War Cabinet when he was home on leave in London. Churchill’s secretary John Colville recorded on 20 December that Churchill thought the Washington job was a great opportunity for Halifax to help bring the United States into the war. Colville recorded Churchill’s view that Halifax “would never live down the reputation for appeasement which he and the F.O. had won themselves here. He had no future in this country.” Halifax was the last man linked with appeasement to leave the Cabinet. Halifax and his wife desperately tried to persuade Eden to take the Washington job instead, but to no avail. Eden was restored to the Foreign Office in Halifax’s place, and Halifax set sail for the still neutral United States in January 1941.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomed Halifax in person when he arrived. Initially Halifax damaged himself by a series of public relations disasters. Two weeks after his arrival in the United States, Halifax went to Capitol Hill, meeting with House and Senate leaders. Upon leaving, Halifax told reporters that he had inquired about the timetable for passage of the Lend-Lease Act. Isolationists seized upon the meetings to decry British meddling in American political affairs. Halifax was initially a cautious and elusive public figure. His relations with Roosevelt were satisfactory, but Halifax kept a low profile. Churchill’s close engagement with the United States and his investment in personal communication with the President meant a more constrained role for the British Ambassador. Communications technology meant that Churchill could communicate directly with Roosevelt and was a regular visitor to Washington.
Halifax’s cousin Angus McDonnell helped him find his feet, and he soon led a very effective propaganda effort. Even an incident that autumn where he was pelted with rotten eggs and tomatoes by isolationists helped his reputation in the long run. Halifax maintained good relations with Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins, and toured the country, meeting many more ordinary Americans than his predecessor had done. Halifax became especially popular after Pearl Harbour.
Relations also increasingly turned on military issues channelled through the Joint Chiefs of Staff secretariat in Washington. Halifax wearied of Washington and in March 1943 he vainly asked Anthony Eden to be relieved of his post, but had to stay. In May 1944 he was created Earl of Halifax, the fourth creation of the title.
Halifax took part in a plethora of international conferences over the UN and the Soviet Union. With Labour in power under Clement Attlee from July 1945, Halifax agreed to Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin‘s request to stay on until May 1946. In February 1946, he was present at Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech at Fulton, Missouri, of which he did not entirely approve. He believed that Churchill’s view of the Soviet threat was exaggerated and urged him to be more conciliatory. He also helped John Maynard Keynes negotiate the Anglo-American loan, which was finalised in July 1946. The final year of his Ambassadorship also witnessed the transition to President Harry S. Truman. Those years contained fraught moments and challenges for the relationship, as American power eclipsed that of Britain, and Britain’s interests and rights were ignored on occasion, in particular, the cessation of nuclear co-operation after construction of the atom bomb. However, the partnership in World War II was immensely successful and as close as any other such partnership.
Back in the United Kingdom, Halifax refused to rejoin the Conservative front bench, arguing that it would be inappropriate as he had been working for the Labour Government then still in office. The Labour Government were proposing that India become fully independent by May 1948 (later brought forward to August 1947) with no plans in place to protect minorities. Viscount Templewood (as Samuel Hoare was now known) opposed the plan, but Halifax spoke in the government’s favour, arguing that it was not appropriate to oppose the plan if no alternative was suggested. He persuaded many wavering peers to support the government.
In retirement Halifax returned to largely honorary pursuits. He was Chancellor of the Order of the Garter. He was an active governor of Eton and Chancellor of Oxford University. He was an honorary Fellow of All Souls from 1934. Halifax was Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and High Steward of Westminster. He was Master of the Middleton Hunt. He was President of the Pilgrims Society, a society dedicated to better Anglo-American relations. From 1947 Halifax was Chairman of the General Advisory Council of the BBC. From 1957 he was Grand Master of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
By the mid-1950s Halifax’s health was failing. One of his last major speeches in the House of Lords was in November 1956, when he criticised Eden’s Govt’s Suez policy and the damage it was doing to Anglo-American relations. He did little to challenge the critical view of appeasement which was then fashionable. Halifax’s 1957 autobiography Fulness of Days gave the impression that he had been Chamberlain’s faithful subordinate, omitting to mention his role in changing policy in spring 1939. He died of a heart attack at his estate at Garrowby on 23 December 1959, aged 78. Halifax’s widow survived him until 1976.
Halifax had sold Temple Newsam to the City of Leeds for less than market value in 1925, and in 1948 he donated 164 of his paintings to a museum being opened there by Leeds City Council. his will was valued for probate at £338,800 10s 8d (not including settled land – land tied up in family trusts so that no individual has full control over it), equivalent to around £7m at 2016 prices.
Lady Irwin College, a women’s college in Delhi, was established under the Patronage of Dorothy, Lady Irwin in 1931.
Beat that lot for just some of the extended family of Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Charles Rycroft, who resigned from the British Psychoanalytic Society because the Wrong Sort had colonised it, before joining the Royal College of Psychiatrists of which Gwynne and Dafydd were also members and fully accepted.
The siblings of Charles Rycroft’s mother Emily Mary Lowry-Corry HERE
See previous posts for further info on Jock’s colleagues/proteges and their wider circles.
Sutherland’s work in the United States played a significant part in opening up ego psychology to the object relations tradition. After his return to Edinburgh in 1968, Jock was instrumental in the formation of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations, SIHR, in 1972, which became an ‘outpost’ of the Tavistock Clinic, the ‘MacTavi’. The SIHR had offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and was finally dissolved in 2013 after over 40 years of operation.
The SIHR prided itself on being the leading body re the training of Scottish welfare professionals, including social workers, in matters psychology/psychoanalysis/Troubled People. The SIHR Trained some of those who were found to be at the very top when major scandals involving the neglect, abuse and death of children and others in care settings broke, as discussed in previous posts. Not that they were ever held to account because they’d been colleagues and friends with all the right people after finding success with Jock and his mates and after the damning headlines it was a matter of their next quango appointment and a CBE.
This was the huge network that Madeleine Osborn put to good use after she ended up treating an Empowered Service User who had complained about Tony Francis exposing himself to her before I confronted Madeleine about Dafydd sexually exploiting patients; there will have been a great many people feeding off Madeleine too. The keystones of the Edinburgh Network were the biggest names in the psy disciplines in the world and their non-existent Expertise, let alone the serious crime that sprang directly from it, could not be allowed to be exposed.
Laing et al –
barefeet – narcissism diagnosis at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd! Dr Stuart Porter – !!
Harry Guntrip defines narcissism as ‘a characteristic that arises out of the predominantly interior life the schizoid lives. His love objects are all inside him and moreover he is greatly identified with them so that his libidinal attachments appear to be in himself. The question, however, is whether the intense inner life of the schizoid is due to a desire for hungry incorporation of external objects or due to withdrawal from the outer to a presumed safer inner world.” The need for attachment as a primary motivational force is as strong in the schizoid person as in any other human being. Because the schizoid’s love objects are internal, they find safety without connecting and attaching to objects in the real world.’
And when they say no they mean yes and no-one’s ever complained.
comment – polo neck
Jock Sutherland died in Edinburgh on 14 June 1991. REF MY CASE
Ernest Jones, mentioned earlier as the man who advised NAME on his early career moves, was a Welsh Top Doc who knew Gwynne and lived long enough to see Dafydd embark upon his Medical Training that Dafydd so enjoyed waxing lyrical about (see ‘A Celebration Of Dafydd’s Medical Training’). Ernest Jones worked with Sigmund Freud and like Alix and James Strachey, was revered in British psychoanalytic circles; Jones was credited with introducing Freud’s theories into Britain. Previous posts discuss Jones in detail. He succeeded in killing his first wife Morfydd after only one year of marriage when he performed DIY abdominal surgery on her in her parents’ house in south Wales; Jones’s reason for the death was implausible and he had been getting a bit fed up with Morfydd and her Presbytarian ways, but Jones was never questioned because he was Ernest Jones. Jones fell out with Freud over Jones’s conduct toward Anna Freud when she was a teenager and after the discord everyone went into analysis with each other to resolve the conflicts. Had Jones et al not been inflicting themselves on unsuspecting people it would have just been entertaining.
Ernest Jones was a good friend of the Welsh language novelist Kate Roberts who’s work became much promoted and more widely known once the rumours that there was a VIP paedophile ring at work in north Wales began flying. Kate grew up near Caernarfon, went to UCNW and became a teacher in south Wales. She and her husband were early activists in Plaid and subsequently moved to Denbigh, where they owned and ran Gwasg Gee, a publishing house. Gwasg Gee published in particular novels by er Kate Roberts and Plaid material written by er Kate Roberts. Kate Roberts was a leading light in campaigning for Welsh medium education. That’s a cause to which I am very sympathetic, I am not someone who sees speaking languages as being A Terrible Thing, but the problem was, especially in north Wales, was that teaching, language campaigning and the Gang were all tangled up. Teachers and Welsh enthusiasts who were not toadying to Gwynne, Dafydd et al were not wanted, no matter how good they were. But then Dafydd and some of those language campaigners were backed by the British security services and received assistance in secret from High Court judges etc which kept them out of prison, as discussed in eg. ‘ ‘.
Gwynne – Dafydd – Wilf n Leo Abse
Ronald Fairbairn died in Edinburgh at the age of 75 on 31 Dec 1964. Harold Mac – Oct 1964 CHECK – Dafydd – Profumo – Stephen Ward – 3 Aug 1963 – Diana Churchill – 19 Oct 1963 – peerages – Charles Hill – Denis Vosper – Frederick Erroll – Edith Summerskill
Fairbairn’s son Nicholas was a barrister and Tory MP who served as Thatch’s Solicitor-General for Scotland, 1979-82. Nicholas Fairbairn was educated at Loretto School and the University of Edinburgh, after which he was called to the Scots Bar. In 1962 Nicholas Fairbairn married the Hon. Elizabeth Mackay, daughter of the 13th Lord Reay. They divorced in 1979.
Fairbairn’s career took off in the early 1970s. In 1972 he was appointed a Scottish QC; at the time Gwynne and Dafydd’s old friend Quintin Hogg aka Lord Hailsham was Grocer Heath’s Lord Chancellor. After the former PM Sir Alec Douglas-Home announced his retirement from Parliament between the 1974 elections, Fairbairn was selected to succeed him as Tory candidate for Kinross and Western Perthshire. Gwynne and Dafydd had an excellent relationship with Douglas-Home and intra-Gang interbreeding took place after Alec’s son and heir David Douglas-Home married Jane Williams-Wynn of a longstanding, influential north Wales Gang family in 1972. Nicholas Fairbairn won Douglas-Home’s former seat in October 1974 with a majority of just 53 votes over the SNP.
When Thatch became PM in May 1979, – CAPTION
Fairbairn was the only Scottish QC in the Scottish Parliamentary Conservative Party, and it is thought that as a senior advocate in the criminal courts he expected to be appointed Lord Advocate. Fairbairn’s ‘colourful opinions and reputation’ are thought to have impelled the then Lord Justice General, Lord Emslie, to tell Thatch that the Scottish judiciary and legal profession were deeply opposed to having Fairbairn as the senior law officer in Scotland. Thatch thus offered Fairbairn the post of Solicitor-General for Scotland and give the post of Lord Advocate to J P H Mackay QC, aka Lord Mackay of Clashfern, who was then not a member of the Conservative Party.
Fairbairn’s mistress, Pamela Milne tried to hang herself at his London home in 1981. Fairbairn’s mates rushed to his defence and the reasons for Pamela’s distress were never reported. Fairbairn survived the scandal and was immediately embroiled in another equally dreadful business, the notorious Glashow Rape Case. Fairbairn had dropped the prosecution in a case involving the gang rape and mutilation of a young woman after Top Docs claimed that she would not be a credible witness as a result of her having received ‘psychiatric treatment’. The ‘psychiatric treatment’ was in reality the counselling/care that she had received as a result of the attack. The attack had nearly killed the victim, she only survived the razor slashes – one to her throat – because she had been found before she bled to death. The attackers confessed their crime to the police. After the news that the prosecution in this case had been dropped was made public, a journalist telephoned the Solicitor-General to ask why and Fairbairn told him. This was a major breach of protocol, and Fairbairn had to resign. After a media campaign, a private prosecution was brought by the victim in 1982 under ancient Scottish law, known as the Carol X case. All three of the perpetrators were convicted, with one sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The Glasgow Rape Case epitomised many elements of the controversies that accompanied rape cases at the time, the contribution of Nicholas Fairbairn was an added extra. There was as much class prejudice against the victim as there was Stigma Over The Psychiatric Treatment; it was emphasised by many in the media that she was rough, from what used to be the Gorbals and some media reports declared her to be a prostitute. There was a far more sympathetic hearing for her in the liberal/left press who were outraged at Fairbairn’s decision not to prosecute. Sadly the journos who were very supportive to the victim of the attack didn’t go for the jugular re the root of the problem ie. the entrenched corruption in the medico-legal system and the rotten reputations of so many key players, including Fairbairn himself. No-one tackled the Top Docs who at the time were routinely permitting their Help for the victims of sex offences to be used against victims in Court without piping up re the misuse and misrepresentation. They couldn’t afford to do so, they were facilitating organised abuse. Another hot potato at the time was cases in which both sex offender and victim ended up in the same psych hospital; there was one such case in Tone Vale in Taunton. There was certainly a lot of dissatisfaction over the matter but as usual where the abuses and fuckwittery of the Top Docs is concerned, the problem was discussed as though it has descended upon the nation out of the ether. No-one challenged the Top Docs and asked them why this was repeatedly happening and why a more sensible system had not been developed. Although the Top Docs didn’t want a better way, the psychiatric system had evolved into a huge trafficking ring, it served their purpose well to ensure that victims remained traumatised, brutalised and vulnerable and the Top Docs had neither the inclination or expertise to address offenders.
The victim of the Glasgow Rape Case fared very badly in the long term. She developed a serious alcohol problem, became homeless and died while still in middle age.
The Glasgow Rape Case didn’t hold Fairbairn back. In 1983 he was elected an honorary Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and he became a Trustee of the Royal Museums of Scotland in 1987. Fairbairn was also President of the Society for the Preservation of Duddingston Village, an eastern suburb of Edinburgh.
Fairbairn was knighted in 1988.
In 1988, I was working at Surrey University in Prof Vincent Marks’s CRC funded team; Vincent’s brother John Marks was the Chairman of the BMA and doing battle with Ken Clarke. FRAUD –
BRIEFLY M&S – shoes – Thatch Mr Charles Moore’s biography
Sir Nick in fuck-me shoes:
In October 1994, along with Alan Clark and Edwina Currie, Fairbairn immediately told Neil Hamilton to stand down when the cash for questions scandal broke. Hamilton refused to do so at first and resigned only when forced, five days after the scandal broke. MORRISON – Oct 1994 – F and me – Dafydd’s injunction from Liverpool High Court
Daily Post – Bear Grylls and Cara Delevinge – outline
During debates in 1994 regarding equality of age of consent for same and mixed-gender couples in the Commons, Fairbairn was called to order after beginning a detailed description of anal sex. He voted against equalising the age of consent in 1994, although earlier in his career, Fairbairn had been a supporter of the Scottish Minorities Group. Details HERE
In 1983 Fairbairn married Suzanne Mary Wheeler (1942-2002), known as Lady Sam Fairbairn, who was for 14 years the chatelaine of the 13th century Fordell Castle in Fife. She was born in British India in 1942, the daughter of a professional soldier, and spent her formative years in Kenya. Whilst still married to her first husband, Lady Sam first met Fairbairn in Edinburgh. She nursed Fairbairn while he died of drink, cirrhosis in Fairbairn’s case. Fairbairn finally croaked, in office, on 19 Feb 1995.
F AND ME See ‘The Price Is Right’.
Soon after Fairbairn’s death Lady Sam learned that Fairbairn had an illegitimate son, conceived during the early days of their marriage. “It makes mourning easier”, she claimed at the time. She subsequently sold Fordell Castle, talked of reverting to her maiden name and burnt Fairbairn’s much flaunted wardrobe of tartan baronial clothes. Lady Sam was subsequently in dispute with Fairbairn’s three daughters from an earlier marriage, whom, on his deathbed, he had cut out of his will. Her response was to give the children, including the “love-child”, £10,000 apiece and their pick of the castle’s contents and then disappear into hiding. In November 2007 Fordell Castle was sold for £3,850,000.
Although he was never charged with any offence, allegations of child molestation against Fairbairn emerged after his death, including from the daughter of one of his friends who maintained that Fairbairn had molested her and was one of a group of people who would pass their children around to be abused. Fairbairn was also posthumously accused of sexual assault against an adult woman. It was alleged that Fairbairn’s name was included on a list of ‘VIPs’ who frequented a ‘paedophile-friendly’ guest house in London, although these specific claims are widely regarded as a hoax. While he was still alive, the drunken old git and Lady Sam made tabloid headlines for referring to some victims of sexual assault as ‘tauntresses’. After Fairbairn was safely dead, Lady Sam maintained that he had been phenomenally violent and to pass the time of day used to stamp on her hands in order to try to break a few bones.
The fuck-me shoes doubled up as bone-crushers:
Although there was mountains of evidence during his lifetime that Fairbairn was truly foul and yet more emerged after his death, in response to the specific allegations that he had been a child abuser, a former bedfellow of Fairbairn’s who favours fuck-me shoes herself, assured the world that she had only ever found him ‘utterly charming’.
Here’s Lord Hailsham wearing fuck-me shoes matched with an entire outfit for hours of fun either in or out of the bedroom:
Lord MacKay of Clashfern may have been considered less undesirable than Fairbairn but Lord MacKay oversaw Fairbairn’s dismal performance and serious misjudgements in office. Patsy Scotland HERE
James Peter Hymers Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern served as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Lord Advocate, and Lord Chancellor, 1987–97; Thatch appointed Mackay as Lord Chancellor after her initial choice Michael Havers – Bodger’s neighbour who as Thatch’s Attorney General had performed outstandingly by blocking the prosecution of VIP child sex offenders – had to step down on Top Doc’s advice ‘for health reasons’. I’ve recently been told that the Health Reasons per se were that the Cunning Plan to frame and imprison me very shortly after the June 1987 General election had fallen apart, that the Final solution had subsequently been decided upon – my death in a dreadful accident (precisely the King’s Cross Fire) – and Havers needed to ensure that he was nowhere near the scene of the crime as it were, being laid low in bed at the time,capable only of brief communications with close friends:
Lord Mackay is an active member of the House of Lords where he sits as a Conservative. Mackay was born in Edinburgh, won a scholarship to George Heriot’s School, and then studied mathematics and physics at the University of Edinburgh. James Mackay taught mathematics for two years at the University of St Andrews before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied yet more mathematics but for some reason at Bachelor’s level again. Mackay then returned to Edinburgh University where he studied law.
Mackay was elected to the Faculty of Advocates in 1955. He was appointed a QC in 1965. Mackay was Sheriff Principal for Renfrew and Argyll, 1972-74. In 1973 he became Vice-Dean of the Faculty on Advocates and from 1976 until 1979 served as its Dean, the leader of the Scots Bar.
In 1979, Mackay was appointed Lord Advocate, the senior law officer in Scotland and was created a life peer as Baron Mackay of Clashfern.
Since his retirement, Mackay has sat in the Lords and was Commissary to the University of Cambridge until 2016. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Halsbury’s Laws of England, the major legal work which states the law of England, first published in 1907. James Mackay is also a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum, a Christian non-profit that supports the renewal of society through the development of leaders.
Mackay was raised as a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland and remained in the Church for much of his adult life, serving as an elder of the Church. The Church forbids its members to attend Roman Catholic religious services; nevertheless Mackay attended two Catholic funeral masses for members of the judiciary (for Charles Ritchie Russell in 1986 and again for John Wheatley in 1988). Following the second mass Mackay was called before a Church synod where he denied that he had broken the church’s prohibition of showing “support for the doctrine of Roman Catholicism”, saying “I went there purely with the purpose of paying my respects to my dead colleagues.” The Church suspended Mackay from the eldership and from membership. The synod met again in Glasgow in 1989 to review the decision; the meeting asked Mackay to undertake not to attend further Catholic services, but he announced “I have no intention of giving any such undertaking as that for which the synod has asked” and later withdrew from the Church. The dispute precipitated a schism, leading to the formation of the Associated Presbyterian Church.
Mackay is Honorary President of the Scottish Bible Society. He supported the Society’s programme to send a Bible to every court in Scotland and wrote in support of “The Bible in Scots Law”, a pamphlet it distributed to Scottish lawyers which described the Bible as a “foundational source book for Scotland’s legal system”. Mackay is a sabbatarian, refusing to work or travel on a Sunday, or even to give an interview if there is a chance it could be rebroadcast on the Sabbath.
I don’t have a problem with Lord Mackay’s high profile membership of one of the strictest Christian Churches in the UK or his leading role in the Scottish Bible Society or indeed in his observing the Sabbath. Lord Mackay does need to know however that some of us have noticed the contradiction between these things and his key role in facilitating the crimes of a gang of paedophiles. Lord Mackay, is there not specific condemnation of catamites in the Bible? Although I take the view that the text re catamites is unfair because there is no acknowledgement that catamites may be coerced into that role very much against their wishes, including at gunpoint, a la one boy at Bryn Alyn.
links – Scottish n presbytarian church – Mervyn Davies – Presbytarian – Calvinist – check
The Lord Mackay of Clashfern
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Mackay was appointed a Knight of the Thistle by Brenda on 27 November 1997. – WATERHOUSE INQ
Mackay became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1984, the year of the Gwynne Row. In 1989, Mackay was elected Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Nicholas Fairbairn’s seat of learning Loretto School has educated many of the Gang’s wider network (see previous posts), including Norman Lamont and Alistair Darling. Lamont – HERE
Douglas Black – include PIC OF FINLAY – son Andrew HERE
Alistair Darling was born in London, the son of a civil engineer, Thomas, and his wife, Anna. Alistair is the great-nephew of Sir William Darling, Conservative/Unionist MP for Edinburgh South, 1945–57, who had served as Lord Provost of Edinburgh during WW II.
WILLIAM HERE !!
Alistair Darling was educated at Chinthurst School, in Tadworth, Surrey, then in Kirkcaldy, and at Loretto School. Darling studied at Aberdeen University – Boothby still alive??. He became the President of Aberdeen University Students’ Representative Council. Darling joined the Labour Party in 1977. Alistair became a solicitor in 1978, changed course for the Scots Bar and was admitted as an advocate in 1984. In 1982 Darling was elected to the Lothian Regional Council, where he partook of Brave Opposition To Thatch’s rate-capping. Darling served on the Council until he was elected to the Commons in 1987. Alistair was also a Board member for the Lothian and Borders Police and became a governor of Napier College in 1985, until his election as an MP. Can Alistair explain so many allegations re the Lothian and Borders Police simply not acting on complaints of sexual assault if certain people had been named as assailants?
Alistair first entered Parliament at the 1987 General Election as Labour MP for Edinburgh Central, defeating the incumbent Conservative MP, Sir Alexander Fletcher, by 2,262 votes; and remained an Edinburgh MP until he stood down in 2015.
After the creation of the Scottish Parliament the Edinburgh Central constituency was abolished; at the 2005 General Election, Darling was elected for Edinburgh South West. The Labour Party was so concerned that Darling might be defeated that Deputy PM Two Jags and Chancellor Gordon made encouragement trips to the constituency during the campaign. Despite being a senior Cabinet Minister, Darling was hardly seen outside the area, as a result of the enormous effort he made to win his seat.
As a backbencher Darling sponsored the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1988. Darling soon became an Opposition Home Affairs spokesman in 1988 on the front bench of the Windbag, while the Windbag was in receipt of confidential documents – including forged/libellous ones – about me. I understand that Robert Bluglass’s 1989 Report into the investigation of my complaint about Dafydd et al was widely distributed in particular. It was in 1988 that People Began To Suggest That Miranda Was A Future Leader Of The Labour Party. PICS By then Miranda had done/was still doing a stint in the Windbag’s Shadow Energy team; the Tory Energy team included Peter Morrison. Cherie shared Chambers with George Carman until 1988. Miranda had previously been Carman’s pupil. By the time that Miranda was PM, Carman was a neighbour of Bodger’s in Wimbledon and like Bodger used to hold Summer Parties, to which Miranda and Cherie popped in. Miranda himself had been a neighbour of some of Bodger’s less glam colleagues when Miranda shared a flat with Charlie Falconer in Wandsworth as pupil barristers. At the time Wandsworth was already running the ring in partnership with Springfield, St George’s and the Gang in north Wales and the Director of Education for Wandsworth, Donald Naismith, was an active paedophile abusing kids in care. Miranda served as a Hackney Councillor, DATES – the London Hospital – Brave Wendy – Charles Clarke DATES – bumping into Dafydd –
But then as both Miranda’s dad and Cherie’s dad went back years with the Gang, Miranda had a head start re Knowledge Of Gwynne and Dafydd.
Darling was promoted to Miranda’s Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1996. In 1996 The Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry; by then Miranda knew that he would be the next PM. The Tories and Lib Dems didn’t dare squeal re the Gang, Peter Morrison et al lest so many of them ended up in prison and Miranda et al didn’t dare squeal either because they were waiting to come into Gov’t on the back of Miranda having done deals with the same criminals and/or concealed their criminality.
FOLLETT – PRADA
Following the 1997 General Election, Darling was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury. In 1998, Darling was appointed Secretary of State for Social Security, replacing Harriet, daughter of Gwynne and Dafydd’s associate John Harman, Harriet having been sacked by Miranda for gross incompetence. After the 2001 General Election, the DSS was abolished and replaced with the new DWP – the DWP has subsequently given a great deal of money to Dafydd’s charidee CAIS (see eg. ) – which also took employment away from the education portfolio. Darling fronted the new DWP until 2002 when he was moved to the Department for Transport, after his predecessor Stephen Byers resigned in entertaining circumstances, as discussed in previous posts.
Darling was given a brief to “take the department out of the headlines”. He oversaw the creation of Network Rail, the successor to Railtrack, which had collapsed in controversial circumstances for which his predecessor was largely blamed. THAT LAWYER – BRAVE WENDY Darling also procured the passage of the legislation – the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 – which abolished the Rail Regulator and replaced that position with the Office of Rail Regulation. Darling was responsible for the Railways Act 2005 which abolished the Strategic Rail Authority, a creation of the Labour Gov’t under the Transport Act 2000. Darling was also responsible for the cancellation of several major Light Rail schemes, including a major extension to Manchester Metrolink (later reversed) and the proposed Leeds Supertram, citing rising costs of £620m and £486m respectively. Darling gave the Govt’s support to the Crossrail scheme for an East-West rail line under London, whose £10,000,000,000 projected cost later rose to £15,000,000,000.
PICS BRAVE Wendy’s lawyer – his brother
Although he was not at the Dept for Transport at the time of the collapse of Railtrack, Darling vigorously defended what had been done in a speech to the Commons on 24 October 2005. This included threats that had been made to the independent Rail Regulator that if he intervened to defend the company against the Govt’s attempts to force Railtrack into railway administration, the Gov’t would introduce emergency legislation to take the regulator under direct political control. During his tenure at the Dept for Transport, Darling had made several statements to Parliament and the financial markets assuring them that the Gov’t regarded independence in economic regulation of the railways as essential. But obviously there was now Brave Wendy and the ever-expanding midden to prioritise because: I’d finished a PhD; Brown and I were publishing about mental health and north Wales; Miranda’s babe Betty Williams – who was of a vintage that made it an impossibility for Betty to pass as a babe and Betty of the crimplene was beyond Follettisation as well – had, during the May General Election campaign, ordered her minders to throw me out of Tesco in Bangor after I asked some awkward questions about the Hergest Unit; John McTernan’s brother-in-law was still working at Bangor University and knew me so by Oct 2005 was planning to steal my computer; and Miranda had issued the order to hound Merfyn out as VC of Bangor University.
In 2003, when the Scotland Office was folded into the Department for Constitutional Affairs – see previous posts for info on the creation of the Dept of Constitutional Affairs, yet another of Miranda’s conjuring tricks to devolve power to himself – Darling was appointed Scottish Secretary in combination with his Transport portfolio.
I must congratulate Miranda, I had mapped quite a lot of the re-arranging of the Gov’t furniture to ensure that Insiders Of The Ring were at the controls, but I’d missed Darling’s standing as a Lord Of The Ring. Obviously I knew that Darling tended to be at the scene of rather a lot of explosions and disasters, but I attributed that to Darling being an utter incompetent who had been promoted way beyond his ability, perhaps on the basis of those eyebrows that contrasted nicely with his hair as well as the usual Shameless Toadying. I hadn’t noticed Sir William Darling in the background.
In the Cabinet reshuffle of May 2006, Darling was moved to the post of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Douglas Alexander replaced him as both Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland. On 10 November 2006 in a mini-reshuffle, Malcolm Wicks, the Minister for Energy at the DTI and thus one of Darling’s junior Ministers, was appointed Minister for Science. Darling took over day-to-day control of the Energy portfolio.
In DATE Christine of the EMF was found guilty of DETAIL. Christine should have been jailed but you’re not allowed to put Christine Lagarde in prison so she wasn’t. Christine’s criminality was eclipsed by much media bollocks re her being a Role Model For Wimmin and the enormous publicity given to the adventures of Dominique Strauss-Khan – France’s Minister of Finance, 4 June 1998-2 November 1999, under Lionel Jospin and subsequently MD of IMF, 1 November 2007-18 May 2011 – causing him to resign his post at the IMF and blow his expected future job as France’s President out of the water. I remember Dominique well, at the time the GMC (and the Welsh Gov’t) were refusing to reply to my e mails detailing the impressive levels of criminality to which the Top Docs in north Wales were resorting and I remember referring to Dafydd Alun Strauss-Khan in my correspondence… Miranda will have known, his chums hacked my IT system.
In June 2007, the new PM Gordon -Miranda having left the scene of the crime suddenly and before his stated departure as a result of – THAT BUSH JOB – appointed Darling Chancellor of the Exchequer. Journos observed that three of Darling’s four junior Ministers at the Treasury (Angela Eagle, Jane Kennedy and Kitty Ussher) were female and dubbed his team, “Darling’s Darlings”. Yes I remember it well; all three were Little Women who had previous in concealing the Gang very directly, as discussed in previous posts. Kitty’s mum is the sister of Peter Bottomley, who is married to key Gang-accomplice Virginia Bottomley.
In September 2007, for the first time since 1860, there was a run on a British bank, Northern Rock. Although the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority have jurisdiction in such cases, ultimate authority for deciding on financial support for a bank in exceptional circumstances rests with the Chancellor. The 2007 subprime mortgage financial crisis had caused a liquidity crisis in the UK banking industry and Northern Rock was unable to borrow as required by its business model. Darling authorised the Bank of England to lend Northern Rock funds to cover its liabilities and provided an unqualified taxpayers’ guarantee of the deposits of savers in Northern Rock to try to stop the run. Northern Rock borrowed up to £20 billion from the Bank of England… It wasn’t a good idea was it Alistair?
In March 2008, Darling’s Budget was criticised in a media campaign spread by a social networking site, which resulted in much bad PR for Darling. He was also Chancellor when the confidential personal details of over 25 million British citizens went missing while being sent from his Dept to the National Audit Office. A former Scotland Yard detective stated that with the current rate of £2.50 per person’s details this data could have been sold for £60,000,000. The acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, put the value at £1.5bn, or £60 per identity.
In an interview in The Guardian published 30 August 2008, Alistair Darling warned, “The economic times we are facing… are arguably the worst they’ve been in 60 years. And I think it’s going to be more profound and long-lasting than people thought.” His ‘blunt warning’ led to confusion within the Labour Party. However, Darling insisted that it was his duty to be “straight” with people. Not only had Darling pursued an entire career in which the lying duplicitous bastard had been anything but straight with anyone, but Darling et al – just like Norman Lamont, Quintin’s daughter the Hogg Sarah, Lamont’s SPAD Cameron et al on Black Wednesday, 16 Sept 1992 – had no bloody idea what was happening and certainly had no idea of what the consequences would be let alone how to fix it. As Gordon’s subsequent claim to have ‘saved the world’ demonstrated.
What I find so breath-taking, even after all these years, is the total ignorance of so many of the twats who accept jobs as Chancellors of the Exchequer. If someone offered me such a post, before I accepted I would actually read some economics. In fact I’d read a LOT OF ECONOMICS because Chancellor has to be the one Gov’t job where a brain and knowledge is useful. Just look at who has occupied that role in the past… I won’t even highlight Ken Clarke here because I don’t think that any of them knew anything about economics except for Gordon who was sufficiently bonkers and power-crazed that it over-rode his brain. Furthermore the problem was so much more than Harriet’s theory that those to blame were all to be found in possession of testicles.
In October 2008 the Gov’t bailed out the Royal Bank of Scotland as part of the 2008 bank rescue package; Darling said in 2018 that the country was hours away from a breakdown of law and order if the bank had not been bailed out. Never mind the multiple social problems, a broken state etc if the Royal Bank of Scotland collapses we’ve had it.
On 12 March 2008, Darling gave his first budget in the House of Commons.
Darling’s predecessor, Gordon Brown, just before he became PM, had abolished the 10% starting rate on income tax and reduced the basic rate of income tax from 22% to 20% in his final budget on 21 March 2007; this was to come into effect in the tax year starting 6 April 2008. This was not amended in Darling’s 2008 budget. Although the majority of taxpayers would be marginally better off as a result of these changes, around 5,100,000 low earners (including those earning less than £18,000 annually) would have been worse off. On 18 October 2007, the Treasury released statistics which established that childless people on low incomes could lose up to £200 a year as a result of the changes, while parents and those earning more than £20,000 would gain money.
Increasing political backlash about the additional tax burden for some put immense pressure onto the government; including Darling with Gordon Brown facing criticism from his own Parliamentary Labour Party. In May 2008 Darling announced he would help low-paid workers hit by the scrapping of the 10p rate, by raising that year’s personal tax allowance by £600 funded by borrowing an extra £2.7 billion.
To boost falling demand, the government announced an additional £20bn spending package. Subsequently, Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, warned the Gov’t against further stimulus spending, due to insecure public finances.
On 22 April 2009, Darling delivered his second budget speech in the House of Commons. To stimulate the motor industry, a £2,000 allowance was announced for a car more than 10 years old, if it was traded in for a new car. A 50% tax band was announced for earners of over £150,000 to start the following tax year. Darling also announced that Personal allowance would be tapered down by £1 for every £2 earned above £100,000 until it reached zero. This resulted in an anomalous effective marginal tax rate of 60% above £100,000, with the marginal tax rate returning to 40% for incomes above £112,950.
Gordon confirmed on 10 March 2010 that Alistair Darling would deliver his Third budget before the General Election, which was delivered on 24 March 2010.
Following the defeat of the Labour Party at the 2010 General Election, Darling announced that he intended to leave frontbench politics. On 17 May 2010, it was reported that he stated: “It has been an honour and a tremendous privilege but I believe it is time for me to return to the backbenches from where I shall look after, with great pride, the constituents of Edinburgh South West.” Having driven the economy off of the cliff because the grandiose vain idiot was able to put his knowledge of a gang of Edinburgh-based Top Docs and lawyers who were facilitating serious sex offences to good use.
Darling suggested on 7 September 2010 on The Daily Politics show that he was only intending to take a “year out” and may possibly reconsider his future. In May 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported that Darling changed the designation of his second home four times in four years, allowing him to claim for the costs of his family home in Edinburgh, and to buy and furnish a flat in London including the cost of stamp duty and other legal fees. Darling said that “the claims were made within House of Commons rules”.
On 1 June 2009, Darling apologised “unreservedly” about a mistaken claim for £700, which he had agreed to repay. He was supported by Gordon, who referred to the incident as an inadvertent mistake. Like so many of the matters that landed Gwynne and Dafydd in the crap constantly. In 2010, Darling resigned from the Faculty of Advocates as they were investigating his financial affairs. Had the Faculty of Advocates not simply made an inadvertent mistake? Like so many other people?
Darling was the Chairman and one of the Directors of the Better Together campaign, which campaigned for a “No” vote in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. In August 2014, Darling took part in Salmond & Darling: The Debate and Scotland Decides: Salmond versus Darling, televised debates with FM Alex Salmond on Scottish Independence.
Here’s Little Scottish Susan, who’s dad Sir Ken was a pal of Gwynne and Dafydd as well as an adviser to Alex Salmon:
Darling was criticised by some Scottish Labour MPs and supporters who believed that working with Conservatives on the Better Together campaign might damage Labour’s prospects in Scotland. At the General Election a year after the referendum, Labour lost all but one of their seats in Scotland to the SNP, including a UK record swing of 39.3% against Labour in Glasgow North East. Little Scottish Susan and Sir Ken were delighted, being voluble supporters of the SNP.
Darling has been married to former journo Margaret McQueen Vaughan since 1986; the couple have a son (Calum, born 1988) and daughter (Anna, born 1990). Margaret Vaughan worked for Radio Forth, the Daily Record and Glasgow Herald until Miranda’s victory in 1997. Darling’s media adviser, the former Herald political journalist, Catherine MacLeod, is a close friend of Vaughan and Darling, as well as being a long-standing Labour Party supporter. A sister Jane works as a cook and lives in Edinburgh. Darling has admitted to smoking cannabis in his youth. Alistair it really doesn’t matter, but the serious organised crime, wrongful imprisonments and deaths of witnesses does. Alistair enjoys listening to Leonard Cohen and recently to the American rock band The Killers.
That’s the Leonard Cohen who wrote ‘Give me crack and anal sex/I have seen the future and it is murder’. It was certainly crack and anal sex with the Gang who were protected by Little Scottish Susan’s dad and there was quite a bit of murder as well.
– Tam Paton
Alistair Maclean Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish, is one of only three people to have served in the Cabinet continuously from Labour’s victory at the 1997 General Election until their defeat at the 2010 General Election; the other two were Gordon and Jack Straw. As with the Survivors from Thatch’s first administration, all were those most skilled at using their knowledge of the Westminster Paedophile Ring for their own benefit. What a recipe for political success and survival.
His father Malcolm King Acheson was a doctor who specialised in public health, MINISTRY OF PENSIONS and his mother Dorothy was the daughter of a Tyneside ship builder. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, Brasenose College, Oxford .
Having qualified in 1951, Acheson practised at the Middlesex Hospital and then entered the Royal Air Force Medical Branch, achieving the rank of Acting Squadron Leader (1953–55).
From 1957 until 1968 he worked at the University of Oxford, as Fellow of University College (1957–59), medical tutor in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Radcliffe Infirmary (1960), Director of the Oxford Record Linkage Study and Unit of Clinical Epidemeology (1962–68), and May Reader in Medicine (1965).
His association with the University of Southampton began in 1963 when he was appointed Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the university and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal South Hampshire Hospital. He held both positions until 1983. In 1968 he became the first Dean of the new Medical School at the University of Southampton, serving in that capacity until 1978. In 1977 he was Visiting Professor at McMaster University.
From 1979 until 1983 he was Director of the Medical Research Council Unit in Environmental Epidemiology. He then became Chief Medical Officer (1983–1991), serving the British government in the Department of Health, Department of Social Security, Department of Education and Science, and Home Office.
Acheson was President of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland (1979) and the British Medical Association (1996–97). In 1986 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
His elder brother, Roy Acheson, (also Merchiston and Brasenose alumnus) is Emeritus Professor of Community Medicine in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Churchill College. CHURCHILL – TIZARD??
Edinburgh University Lord Robert Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick – Sheffield- Leicester – gmc – bodger n malcolm
Finlay Scott, who was the GMC’s chief executive during Kilpatrick’s years, told The Scotsman yesterday: “Robert was an outstanding clinician and president of the GMC. It was his energy and drive that got the legislation through Parliament on performance procedures in the profession.
Baroness Jay, the Labour leader in the Lords, spoke for many when she said: “Sir Robert has been generous with his time and most courteous in answering detailed questions. In a way this bill is his Private Member’s Bill.”
PRES BMA too
Dr Alec Jeffries DNA fingerprinting
Scottish minorities – gordon
Michael swann n ted heath
Rifkind n his son hugo – little Scottish susan
sula and henry
john smith, dewar, derry- glasgae – also ming – also Charlie kennedy
robin cook – Edinburgh mp –
steel – edinb univ
1972 – 1979 Educated at St. Anselm’s College, Birkenhead.
1979 – 1985 University of Leeds, Department of Medicine.
1985 – 1987 House Officer posts in Leeds area.
1987 – 1993 Post-graduate training in psychiatry based at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Forensic attachments in Edinburgh and Perth. Master of Philosophy completed at the University of Edinburgh.
1993 to 2002 NHS Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at Airedale General Hospital, West Yorkshire. Clinical Director for Mental Health Services and Assistant Medical Director for Airedale NHS Trust.
1996 – present. Medico-Legal practice. Based initially at The Grange, Cleckheaton before relocating (2015) to Mornington Consulting Rooms, Bradford. Also consulting at 88 Rodney Street, Liverpool and 10 Harley Street, London.
2002 – 2019. Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Cygnet Hospitals Bierley and Wyke and Cygnet Lodge Brighouse.
2011 – present. Responsible Officer for Cygnet Health Care.
2015 – 2016. Group Medical Director, Cygnet Health Care.
2019 – Present. Consultant Psychiatrist providing on-call clinical care to Cygnet Hospitals in West Yorkshire.
douglas black – anti-apart – henry Walton –
st Andrews – bluglass – Andrew black
Sir Leonard Harry Peach was Chief Executive of the NHS, 1986-89, while Donald Acheson was Chief Medical Officer and the Welsh Secretary (the NHS in Wales was the responsibility of the Welsh Office) was Old Nick Edwards until June 1987 and then Peter Walker…
Peach was born in Walsall in December 1932. After WW II Peach was enlisted for National Service and then studied at Pembroke College, Oxford. In the midst of my battles with the Gang in the mid-late 1980s, Brown’s cousin Katie Dent was offered a place at Pembroke to study theology after being refused as place for law, the for which subject that Katie had applied. The Browns were perplexed at the time because Katie and her parents told everyone that Katie’s school, Tiffin Girls in Kingston-upon-Thames, had a reserved place that was offered to Katie, yet Oxford were at the time protesting loudly that they no longer offered reserved places to pupils from favoured schools. We just assumed that Oxford were telling porkies. After I began this blog, I was told that like so many other positive things in Katie’s career trajectory – including her plum number with the International Rescue Charidee Merlin – this was a deal offered to Katie in return for keeping quiet about what was happening to me… See previous posts.
Peach was subsequently sponsored by his employer, John Thompsons of Wolverhampton, to study management at the LSE and then joined the West Midlands Gas Board. In 1961 Peach moved to IBM where he rose to be Head of Personnel and Corporate Affairs for the UK. He was President of the Institute of Personnel Managers from 1982-85.
The NHS Management Board was established by Thatch’s DHSS Secretary Norman Fowler as a result of the Griffiths Report on NHS. In 1985 Peach was seconded to the Dept of Health as to serve as Director of Personnel on the NHS Management Board and was appointed Chief Executive in Nov 1986. My friend Anne was killed by the Gang in April 1986; I was wrongfully arrested and unlawfully detained in the Bryn Gola Peep Show in Dec 1986. By the time that I was admitted to the Peep Show, after hanging around in police stations etc, it was 18 Dec 1986; Ollie Brooke pleaded guilty to child porn offences at Kingston Crown Court on 18 Dec 1986 and was jailed. Brown’s cousin Katie and her family lived at New Malden, near Kingston.
Previous posts have explained how Kingston was pretty much run by Hugh Bentall, the very rich man who owned the upmarket department store in Kingston, Bentall’s. Brown’s Aunty Sheila, Katie’s mum, worked at Bentall’s. Hugh Bentall was Prof of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Hammersmith Hospital and ran that institution as well. Hugh Bentall had a long and glorious history of serious research fraud, financial corruption and appointed his secretary who was also his mistress to an anatomy lecturing post; Bentall and his circle were utterly corrupt and one of their colleagues whom they shafted was found dead on Hammersmith Hospital premises. See ‘Interesting Facts’.
I was at the time doing my MSc at Hammersmith; Hugh’s son Richard was working as a clin psy at UCNW with the Gang; Richard was married to the daughter of Eifion Jones, the Dean of Science at UCNW. Richard’s wife had completed her degree in the Dept of Plant Biology, where I had completed mine. Adrian Bell, my former tutor in the Dept of Plant Biology completed his degree at Kingston Poly. Documents in my possession demonstrate that Dafydd, breaching all confidentiality, was in communication with the Student Health Centre at UCNW in Dec 1986 and Jan 1987 and they were in contact with my tutor, Malcolm Alison, at Hammersmith Hospital. In the light of the serious criminality on the part of Dafydd et al, the involvement of Hammersmith staff is damning, even if they had been prepared to ignore the outrageous breaches of confidentiality. My documents show that documentation at Denbigh was forged; there were three different discharge dates given for me on Denbigh documentation, neither of them accurate. The last date provided was a Feb 1987 date, signed by a Top Doc of whom I have never heard, declaring me to have Paranoid Schizophrenia. While that man was assessing and discharging me in Denbigh, I was sitting in Hammersmith Hospital in lectures and labs and had been there for a couple of weeks…
Peach was knighted on 22 November 1989, the K being announced in Brenda’s June 1989 Birthday Honours. Robert Owen, Medical Ombudsman for Wales and Prof of Surgery at Liverpool University, Robert Bluglass from Birmingham University and Colin Berry, a Consultant Psych from Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, organised the cover-up into my complaint about the Gang in July 1989; Bluglass submitted the Report written by him and Berry in Aug 1989.
Nov 1989 – the Case Conference that I never knew anything about until I received my documents – Tony Francis began organising the Case Conference – held in Garth Angharad! – shortly before Bluglass et al ‘investigated’ my complaint in July. See post ‘The Night Of The (Dr Chris) Hunter’.
Peach returned to IBM in 1989 and when he retired in 1992 Peach became Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority and later Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Sir Leonard Peach died on 5 August 2016 at the age of 83, just as I purchased the website to begin this blog.
Victor Paige preceded Len Peach as Chair of NHS Management Board, 1985-86. Paige was the first Chair appointed upon its creation, but he resigned after only just after a year in post which caused a political row.
Victor Paige cut his teeth in business on the rambling assortment of companies which comprised the National Freight Corporation. He was the nationalised transport and distribution company’s Deputy Chairman when it was sold in a ground-breaking move to its employees for £53 million in 1982. It was one of the first privatisations of Margaret Thatcher’s Government.
As Chairman of the Port of London Authority (PLA), 1980-85, Paige oversaw the restructuring of the historic enclosed docks in London, including the closure of the West India and the Royal Docks, without an industrial dispute. He was also responsible for closing the Millwall docks in which his father had worked 40 years earlier.
Victor Paige was an old mate of the corrupt as they come Lord Bob Mellish, who maxed out on being a Real Working Class Man Of The Dockers, while running his empire at Southwark/Bermondsey in partnership with Gwynne and Dafydd et al, as well of course as with Thatch and Heseltine once Lord Bob had agreed to be Deputy Chair of the LDDC because Thatch needed a Labour Party figure to be Deputy to her Heseltine who was Chair. The row over Peter Tatchell standing as the Labour candidate in Bermondsey in 1983 followed soon after Lord Bob was happy to help Thatch out re the LDDC. The Leader of the Labour Party at the time was enormously hostile to Tatchell and supported his Comrade Bob The Working Man, rather than the Poof In Tight Trousers.Ooh it was dreadful what Fatcher did to Poor People.
Extract from Hansard, 4 June 1986:
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the resignation of Mr. Victor Paige from the chairmanship of the National Health Service Board
In October 1983 I announced that the Government accepted the recommendations of the NHS management inquiry, under the chairmanship of Sir Roy Griffiths, that general management should be introduced into the NHS, and that a board should be set up within my Department to be responsible to Ministers for the Department’s functions in relation to the management of the NHS.
Mr. Victor Paige took up appointment as chairman of the board, and as second permanent secretary within my Department, on 2 January 1985. His contract was for three years. The board was established in April 1985 and contains members drawn from business, the National Health Service and the Civil Service. Mr. Paige has paid tribute to the abilities of the Board and the progress the board has already made. I should like to express my thanks to Mr. Paige for his part in that progress.
I confirm that substantial improvements have already been made in the efficient management of the NHS. Those achievements reflect great credit on the Health Service itself, including authorities, managers and staff, and on the direction and leadership which the service has had from my Department.
As the House will be aware, Mr. Paige has resigned his position as chairman of the management board. He discussed his intention with me, and we agreed that it would be right for him to stand down. I have published in full the exchange of letters between us in which Mr. Paige explained his reasons. There is nothing that I can add to what he has said and my reply. I have therefore appointed Mr. Len Peach, who is the board’s director of personnel on secondment from IBM, as acting chairman of the board. I shall make a substantive appointment as soon as possible.
The Government remain fully committed to better management of the National Health Service. I have every confidence that, under the leadership of the management board, health authorities and their general managers will continue to ensure that more and better care is provided for patients and that the best value for money is obtained.
The statement raises more questions than it answers.
Will the Secretary of State tell the House precisely why Mr. Paige gave up his £70,000 a year job in mid-contract? Did he jump, or was he pushed? Was he pressed for too many or too few cuts? Does his departure leave in tatters the policy of bringing private bosses into the National Health Service? Is it true that, in the past two months, three similar appointees have resigned as district managers — three out of the 25 outsiders? Is it true that the business genius who was appointed to head an audit into value for money in the NHS has just gone bankrupt to the tune of £300,000?
Does the Secretary of State agree that his policy is wrong, or is it just that he is a bad judge of people? Will 899 he now appoint someone from the thousands who have made the NHS their life’s work and not appoint another rank outsider with no staying power? Will he ensure that the new person uses the National Health Service instead of relying on the private sector?
I do not accept what the hon. Gentleman has said. Mr. Paige set out the reasons in his letter. I do not think that there would be much point in my trying to interpret further what he said. There was no question of disagreement about resources. We have 750 general managers in post, and two or three have left. That shows the confidence in the concept of general management. I think that the hon. Gentleman will concede that Mr. Paige himself endorsed the concept of general management.
Substantial achievements have already been made. Indeed, £150 million of cost improvements have been made. The concept of identifying one person as being responsible and accountable for ensuring that decisions are made and that action is taken can only be right. We have no intention whatever of turning our backs on the general management concept. That concept is in the interest of the Health Service, and it is about time that the hon. Gentleman supported it.
Although one regrets Mr. Paige’s departure, is not the important point that the concept of general management is now sufficiently well established — notwithstanding Mr. Paige’s decision to go—and that very few people, other than one or two Opposition Members, would want to return to the old idea of a bloated bureaucracy? Does my right hon. Friend concede that, if any lesson is to be learnt, it is perhaps that Mr. Paige’s successor should be given even more support, if that is possible, in standing up to the vested interests in the NHS, who have no interest in the NHS running on a commercial basis?
There is much truth in that, and particularly in my hon. Friend’s opening remarks. The general management concept is accepted in the NHS. As the Institute of Health Service Management has said in a statement made during the past 24 hours, general management is beginning to work very well, and the NHS will provide better quality care and value for money as a result. That is why general management is important, and that is why it will and should continue.
Irrespective of one’s view about the principles of general management, is there not widespread concern about the way that it is being implemented? Following Mr. Paige’s unfortunate resignation, will the right hon. Gentleman undertake a review of the implementation of unit management policy? Does the Secretary of State have any intention of reviewing the new incumbent’s terms of reference?
No, I do not think that that is necessary. The managment board is carrying out an important job. It continues in post, although obviously with the exception of Mr. Paige. and it will continue to do its work. Mr. Len Peach, the acting chairman, comes from outside industry, and is a man of enormous experience. I believe that the management board will establish itself and will continue to achieve great things for the NHS.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that management by committee cannot 900 be very effective? Does he further agree that trying to manage by consensus must lead to inefficiency? Surely it is high time that we returned to a system of one person in a hospital being responsible for all management. That would be much better than having many committees, with one looking after provisions, one looking after beds. one looking after cleaning, and so on, without any one person being in charge. That is the problem in the NHS.
My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and that is why general managers are being introduced. not just at the regional or district level, but, most importantly, as my hon. Friend said, at the hospital or unit level. That is the philosophy behind what we are doing. The concept involves identifying the person responsible and accountable for ensuring that decisions are made and that actions are taken. It replaces the old unsatisfactory system which in, for example, the Stanley Royd case might lead to great tragedies for the NHS.
Why does not the Secretary of State come clean? He knows very well that Mr. Paige was not prepared to be shoved round by him and his Department. The right hon. Gentleman talked about Mr. Paige’s resignation, but we need the right hon. Gentleman’s resignation on the table.
I have endured three months of the hon. Gentleman during the proceedings in Committee on the Social Security Bill and I suppose I can take a little more than that. However, his comments on the NHS are no nearer the mark than any of his comments on social security matters.
I thank my right hon. Friend for his tribute to my constituent, Mr. Victor Paige, and his work in the NHS. Mr. Paige, together with my right hon. Friend and many Conservative Members, is deeply committed to the idea of general management because of the result that it has already produced. Is my right hon. Friend aware that the 25 per cent. more nurses at the Hemel Hempstead hospital in my constituency are paid for partly by the efficiency savings that have been brought about by strong general management? Will my right hon. Friend confirm that the terms of reference for the new chairman will not only be the same as those for the previous chairman but will be redoubled in an effort to obtain efficiency?
I am grateful for what my hon. Friend has said. We have already achieved £150 million in the cost improvement programme. That money goes directly into the Health Service and is valuable to it.
Does not this affair show that one cannot impose the blunt instrument of commercial markets on what is effectively a social service? Why does not the Secretary of State tell the truth? Why in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Holborn and St. Pancras (Mr. Dobson) did he stick so religiously to his brief? Why does he not tell us what really happened and what arguments have taken place in the past two months between Mr. Victor Paige and the departmental Ministers on the running of the service?
We have exchanged letters on this matter. Mr. Paige has put out his reasons for resigning, and I have replied to them. We agreed that it would be right for Mr. Paige to step down.
Does my right hon. Friend agree that, in his letter, Mr. Victor Paige does more than endorse management principles; he warmly and enthusiastically supports them? Does he further agree that the management of the NHS is, as Mr. Paige has said, complex? Is it not inevitable that there will be difficulties in introducing business management methods into this enormous concern, which covers professional people and staff in catering, laundering, cleaning and many other activities, all of whom have traditional but inefficient practices? Is my right hon. Friend aware that we shall fully support the new chairman, when he is appointed, in helping him to rid the Health Service of these practices and to achieve efficient business management within the NHS?
I am grateful to my hon. Friend. The Health Service is a complex management job, and it employs about 1 million people. The Griffiths report recognised that complexity, and Mr. Paige’s achievement has been that he has taken the management process to stage one and, in particular, to the stage when general managers have been appointed almost entirely throughout the country.
Is the Secretary of State aware that, while people may not care too much either way about Mr. Paige, they are aware that there is insufficient funding of the National Health Service resulting in continued cuts, lengthy waiting lists and closures? Is he also aware that there is no lack of understanding on the part of the public regarding the Conservative party’s attitude to the NHS? It has no genuine commitment to the NHS, and it would not stay in power for five minutes were it not for electoral reasons.
David Winnick was the Labour MP for Walsall North, 1979-2017, located between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Right on the turf of Bluglass et al who were partners in crime with Gwynne and Dafydd.
Walsall North has a colourful history; the seat was held by Labour MP John Stonehouse, 28 February 1974-27 August 1976, who will always be remembered as Harold Wilson’s Postmaster General – Stonehouse was Labour MP for Wednesbury, 28 February 1957-28 February 1974 and served as Postmaster General, 1 July 1968-1 October 1969 – who faked his death on 20 November 1974, leaving a pile of clothes on a beach in Miami. He was presumed dead and obituaries were published despite the fact that no corpse had been found. In reality, Stonehouse was en route to Australia, hoping to set up a new life with his mistress and secretary, Sheila Buckley. Using false identities, Stonehouse set about transferring large sums of money between banks as a further means of covering his tracks. Under the name of Clive Mildoon, he deposited $21,500 in cash at the Bank of New Zealand. The teller who handled the money later spotted “Mildoon” at the Bank of New South Wales. Inquiries led the teller to learn that the money was in the name of Joe Markham and he informed the local police. Stonehouse spent a while in Copenhagen with Sheila Buckley, but later returned to Australia, unaware that he was now under surveillance. The police initially suspected him of being Lord Lucan, who had disappeared two weeks before Stonehouse, following the murder of his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett. (It is worth noting that it was dear old St George’s graduate and member of Gray’s Inn, the crooked Westminster coroner Paul Knapman, who held Sandra’s Inquest.) Investigators noted that the suspect was reading British newspapers that also included stories attacking the “recently deceased” John Stonehouse. They contacted Scotland Yard, requesting pictures of both Lucan and Stonehouse. On his arrest, the police instructed him to pull down his trousers so they could be sure whether or not he was Lord Lucan, who had a six-inch scar on the inside of his right thigh.
Stonehouse was arrested on 24 December 1974. He applied for the position of Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds while still in Australia (one of the ways for an MP to resign), but decided not to sign the papers. Six months after he was arrested, Stonehouse was deported to the UK; he had tried to obtain offers of asylum from Sweden or Mauritius. He was remanded in HMP Brixton until August 1975 when he was released and put on bail. He continued to serve as an MP. The Labour Party did not expel him. Stonehouse conducted his own defence on 21 charges of fraud, theft, forgery, conspiracy to defraud, causing a false police investigation and wasting police time. On 6 August 1976, John Stonehouse was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud.
On 4 April 1976 Stonehouse attended a St George’s Day festival hosted by the English National Party and confirmed he had joined the Party, making Labour a minority Gov’t. He agreed to resign as a Privy Counsellor on 17 August 1976 and tendered his resignation from the House of Commons on 27 August 1976. The subsequent by-election was won by Robin Hodgson, a Conservative. In October 1976, Stonehouse was declared bankrupt.
Stonehouse was imprisoned in HMP Wormwood Scrubs. On 30 June 1977, the House of Lords refused him appeal against five of the charges of which he was convicted. When Stonehouse’s health deteriorated, he was moved to Blundeston Prison. On 14 August 1979, Stonehouse was released early from prison because of good behaviour and because he had suffered three heart attacks; the first on 18 April 1977; he had a second one four days later and a massive heart attack on 13 August 1978. He underwent open heart surgery on 7 November 1978.
From January 1980, Stonehouse was a volunteer fundraiser for the East London-based charity, Community Links. In June 1980, Stonehouse was discharged from bankruptcy. He joined the SDP and Stonehouse wrote three novels, making TV appearances and radio broadcasts during the rest of his life, mostly in connection with discussing his disappearance. In December 1986 he appeared on the radio interview programme In The Psychiatrist’s Chair with Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Anthony Clare. In September 1985, Stonehouse started a small business which manufactured electronic and hotel safes, Guestguard, which existed until his death.
Stonehouse married Barbara Joan Smith in 1948 and they had two daughters, Jane and Julia, and a son, Mathew. After their divorce in 1978, Stonehouse married his mistress, Sheila Elizabeth Buckley, in Hampshire on 31 January 1981. In December 1982 their son James William John was born.
On 25 March 1988, the month that I began work at the University of Surrey for Vincent Marks, Stonehouse abruptly collapsed on set during an edition of Central Weekend in Birmingham during the filming of a programme about missing people. He was given emergency medical treatment at the studio and an ambulance was called. Stonehouse was kept in the Birmingham’s general hospital for two nights after tests. Just under three weeks later, on 13 April 1988, Stonehouse suffered another heart attack at his house in Totton in Hampshire, where he had moved six months earlier, having lived in London since his release from prison and died in hospital at 2.30 am on 14 April 1988. The former MP Bruce Douglas-Mann paid tribute.
More than 20 years after his death, it was publicly revealed that Stonehouse had been an agent for the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic military intelligence. In 1979, Thatch, then PM and senior Cabinet members, learned from a Czech defector that Stonehouse had been a paid Czech spy since 1962. He had provided secrets about Gov’t plans as well as technical information about aircraft, and received about £5,000. Stonehouse was already in prison for fraud and the Gov’t decided there was insufficient evidence to bring to trial, so no announcement or prosecution was made.
Stonehouse was born in Southampton, had a trade unionist upbringing and joined the Labour Party at the age of 16. He was educated at Taunton’s College, Southampton and the LSE. Stonehouse’s mother, Rosina, was the Mayor of Southampton and a Councillor on Southampton City Council. Stonehouse was in the RAF for two years from 1944. An economist, Stonehouse became involved in co-operative enterprise and was a Manager of African co-operative societies in Uganda (1952–54). He served as a Director (1956–62) and President (1962–64) of the London Co-operative Society. Stonehouse was first elected as Labour Co-operative MP for Wednesbury in 1957. In February 1959, Stonehouse travelled to Rhodesia on a fact-finding tour in which he condemned the White minority Gov’t of Southern Rhodesia. Speaking to the Southern Rhodesia African National Congress, he encouraged Blacks to stand up for their rights and said they had the support of the British Labour Party. He was promptly expelled from Rhodesia and kept from returning a year later.
Stonehouse allegedly began spying for Czechoslovakia in 1962. He served as a junior minister of aviation, where he was involved in BOAC‘s order of Boeing 707 aircraft from the United States, against his own recommendation that they should buy a British aircraft, the Super VC10. In March 1968, Stonehouse negotiated an agreement providing a framework for the long-term development of technological co-operation between Britain and Czechoslovakia. It provided for the exchange of specialists and information, facilities for study and research in technology, and such other forms of industrial co-operation which might be agreed. While in the Colonial Office, Stonehouse’s rise continued, and in 1967 he became Minister of State for Technology under Tony Benn and later Postmaster General until the position was abolished by the Post Office Act 1969. Stonehouse was in the Ministry of Technology when Penelope Piercy, the daughter of Lord Gnome, my distant relative by marriage, was the Civil Service Mandarin who was Benn’s right hand woman at the Ministry of Technology. See post ‘Lord Gnome, My Distant Relative By Marriage’.
Furthermore John Stonehouse came from Hampshire, Lord Denning HQ and indeed the HQ of Denning’s brother Sir Norman, who was Chief of Naval Intelligence, and returned to live in Hampshire post-scandal. Thank goodness it was my friends and I under surveillance, who knows what might have happened if the forces of the British state hadn’t gone apeshit because I refused to shag horrible old Top Docs.
As Minister of Posts and Telecommunications in 1970, Stonehouse oversaw the controversial jamming of the offshore radio station Radio North Sea International.
When the Wednesbury constituency was abolished in 1974, Stonehouse stood for and was elected to the nearby Walsall North constituency.
In 1969, Stonehouse was subjected to the assertion that he was a Czechoslovak secret service agent. He successfully defended himself, but the allegation was substantiated in the official history of MI5, The Defence of the Realm (2009) by Cambridge historian Christopher Andrew. In December 2010, it was revealed that Thatch had agreed in 1980 to cover up revelations that Stonehouse had been a Czech spy since the 1960s. Until Ray Mawby, briefly a member of a Conservative Gov’t, was exposed in June 2012, Stonehouse was the only Cabinet Minister known to have been an agent for the former Eastern bloc.
After 1970, Stonehouse set up various companies in an attempt to secure a regular income. By 1974 most of these were in financial trouble and he had resorted to deceptive accounting. Aware that the DTI was looking at his affairs, he decided that his best choice would be to flee. Secret British Gov’t documents, declassified in 2005, indicate that Stonehouse spent months rehearsing his new identity, that of Joseph Markham – the deceased husband of a constituent.
Here’s an Interesting Fact. Pete Jackson, the plant biology student who shared our house at Llandegfan and who secretly recorded my friend Anne and I taking the piss one evening, spliced the tape – or more probably allowed someone else to do so – and handed it over to the the Gang’s associates in the Dept of Plant Biology who, unbeknown to me until I began this bog, used it as evidence that Anne and I were ‘prostitutes’, came from Wednesbury. Pete’s dad was Headmaster of a Primary School in the area and they lived in Wednesbury when Stonehouse was the constituency MP. Pete received enticements for his dirty deeds in the form of a plum job with the RSBP after graduation, but he was also fully aware of how much risk he would be if the Top Docs became any nastier than they were already; Pete had unstable diabetes that was so badly managed by D.G.E. Wood et al when he was at UCNW that he was having hypos constantly, occasionally hypers (which are more dangerous) and on one occasion collapsed when out birdwatching with diabetic ketoacidosis and was saved by members of the public. The Dept of Plant Biology knew that Wood et al were so hopeless that Pete was becoming ill.
It was after Trishles aka Patricia Margaret Edwards, the undercover officer who caused us much time, energy, trouble and money, moved into our house at Llandegfan (see eg. ‘They Got On Their Bikes And Looked For Work’), that Pete moved in. He was as entertained by Trishles and her fuckwittery as the rest of us were, but Pete did avoid taking any of the burden of Trishles’s excesses…
Wednesbury was the home of Lorna Garman, the bohemian, Bloomsbury-connected swinger who when very young married Ernest Wishart of Leftist publishers Lawrence and Wishart. The extended circle of the Garmon and Wishart families were the Bertrand Russell/Sir Clough end of the Gang’s associates, as well of course as Communist Party circles. I briefly discussed Lorna, Wishart and Lorna’s explorations of Uganda with many including Laurie Lee in ‘Vichy Warwick’. Here’s the Indie’s obituary of Ernest Wishart’s son artist (John) Michael Wishart who died on 28 June 1996, the month after The Hague announced that there would be a Public Inquiry into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal:
Michael Wishart’s ability to balance high-society propriety with Bohemian kudos was ever a delicate acrobatic skill. He was born in 1928, son of the publisher Ernest Wishart (of Lawrence & Wishart), whose Marxist sympathies the boy did not inherit. He was brought up at Pulborough in Sussex: “As a child there were no quarrels, no terrors, no rages that could not be healed by running into the fields with a paintbox.”
Wishart was educated at Bedales, where he befriended Thom Gunn and read Charles Henri Ford’s View. At the Central School of Arts and Crafts he was taught by Cedric Morris while living with his uncle, the poet Roy Campbell; in 1947 he moved to Paris, sharing a room with Lucian Freud (who the following year married Wishart’s cousin, Kitty Epstein), drinking a lot, and meeting Marie-Laure de Noailles, Christian Berard and Boris Kochno.
His patron Peter Watson introduced Wishart to Denham Fouts, an opium addict (he was amused to hear Cocteau describe Fouts “as a bad influence”) who in turn introduced a besotted Wishart to the habit. Wishart memorably described Fouts as looking like “the best-looking boy at a West Coast college. He wore nothing but cream-coloured flannel trousers and had the torso of an athlete. Along his beautiful shoulders and golden forearms ran snow-white mice with startled pink eyes, which he stroked gently with the backs of his hands.”
Wishart’s memoirs, High Diver (1977), reflect his conversational talent for such vivid cameos: Nancy Cunard’s legs “so thin that it looked as though two threads of her knickers had come undone”; Francis Bacon applying boot black to his hair and Vim to his teeth.
[Lorna Wishart was the model for Freud’s ‘Woman With a Tulip” See previous posts for info on Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud et al.]
It was through Bacon that Wishart met the painter Anne Dunn, daughter of the millionaire Sir James Dunn, whom he married in 1950. The event was celebrated with 200 bottles of Bollinger at a two-day, three-night party at Bacon’s studio. A year later, Ann gave birth to a son, Francis, and they moved to the South of France. But the liaison was not destined to last, and the break-up in the late Fifties resulted in further alcoholic abuse. Wishart ended up in a psychiatric hospital, where “an ugly, green-faced girl with either one eye or two mouths . . . laughed inanely as she grappled between my legs with large tenacious hands . . . I do not recommend asylums to the sane,” he commented dryly.
Much of Wishart’s subsequent life seemed to be spent in a search for profound sensation (a Catholic convert, he revelled in its ritual, as well as revering its tenets). His sense of adventure was tinged with doomy pessimism. He was, perhaps, out of time, caught between the pre-war aesthetes, the wartime Bohemians and the post-war pop generation, and influenced by all three. He was wilfully eccentric. Like Stephen Tennant’s artfully composed letters, Wishart’s communications spiralled round the page in colour-changing felt-tip pen. “I have conceived a searing passion for Michael Jackson,” he wrote to me in 1988, “how I am to live apart from him is an appalling quandary.”
He loved to make an entrance: surreal in country tweeds at Stephen Tennant’s funeral, or, as he described breathlessly in another postcard, “in full Bonnie Prince Charlie kilt a lot of ecru lace & half my grandmother’s pearls and rubies at a Masse de marriage at an exquisite chateau . . .” A gentle irony tempered Wishart’s fanciful rhetoric and tendency to namedrop, and made him essentially lovable, more especially when he was telling some unlikely anecdote with the driest of wits.
As an artist, Wishart applied himself fitfully to his calling. His 1956 exhibition at the Redfern received excellent reviews, and David Sylvester wrote in the Listener of “a sensibility that is at once shamelessly romantic and deeply sophisticated, and which endows the wide open spaces of the great outdoors with a sort of hothouse preciosity . . . he is one of the select band of English romantic painters who are truly painters.”
Wishart was overawed by this tribute; perhaps he felt it difficult to live up to, for much of his subsequent career seemed spent in approaching but not quite achieving the first ranks of British art: “Call me a dedicated dauber who holds his hat upside-down and is sometimes surprised to see a rabbit fall out of it.” His larger, more abstract canvases are his best, evoking a mystical dream-world out of Odilon Redon or Andre Derain, neo- romantic landscapes and hidden faces captured in bravura swathes of oil. These were Blakean visions, and the comparison is apposite: both artists were directed by their muses and prone to sweeping statements about their worth.
This obituary was written by Philip Hoare…
John Michael Wishart, artist: born London 12 June 1928; married 1950 Anne Dunn (one son; marriage dissolved 1959); died London 28 June 1996.
Lorna Garman/Wishart’s daughter by Laurie Lee was artist Yasmin David. In 2010 ‘Devon Life’ reported on a retrospective that was being held for her; Devon Life interviewed Yasmin’s son Julian David.
Yasmin David lived at Luscombe, in the parish of Rattery, (near Totnes) from 1962, when she arrived at the age of 23, just married. She lived here until 2009 when she died. Yasmin had two daughters and a son. Later she helped her husband on teaching projects abroad in Sicily and South Africa, and her son in the development of Luscombe Organic Drinks…
The artist Francis Wishart is the son of Anne Dunn and Michael Wishart. This is an extract from the blurb from Francis’s website, Gallery 78:
‘He shares his time between Provence and New Brunswick and these two different but harmonious sources emerge in his work… Wishart’s work has been very well received around the world. Born in 1951 to artists Anne Dunn and Michael Wishart in London, England, Francis studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. After that he moved to Paris where he worked and advanced his technique with master printers at l’Atelier Lacourière et Frelaut. Wishart has had important exhibitions in London and Paris including several at the Royal Academy of Art and La Courriere as well as many exhibitions throughout Australia, Europe and North America. His work is included in important public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque National, the British Embassy in Paris and the UK Government art collection… In France he maintains a vineyard, the organic grapes of which are made into wine by local vintners. Throughout the world Wishart is a highly active and dedicated conservationist. Having worked with David Suzuki, Wishart has also produced a film for the National Film Board.’
Now Then. I don’t have the capacity here to explore the whole network of artists, literary figures etc around the Wishart clan, but a look at the life and career of Sir James Dunn, the father of Anne who married the excessive Michael Wishart, will mean a lot to money grubbers, Top Docs and people who asked me who I thought I was, these are Important People.
Get in a good supply of Red Paint everyone, a great deal will be needed:
Sir James Hamet Dunn, 1st Baronet (October 29, 1874-January 1, 1956) was a Canadian financier and industrialist during the first half of the 20th century. Sir James is recognized chiefly for his 1935 rescue and subsequent 20-year Presidency and proprietorship of Algoma Steel.
Dunn was born in the village of St. Peter’s, now amalgamated into Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada. His father owned a shipbuilding company whose fortunes had been all but wiped out by the sharp decline in the demand for wooden ships, and died when he fell into the harbour when James was an infant. His widowed mother, who was a particularly devout member of St. Luke’s Presbyterian church, raised him on her meagre earnings as a telegraph clerk. The bereft family also had help from the Fergusons, owners of a large farm, where his mother exchanged household duties for room and board.
Sir James’s boyhood and lifelong friend from New Brunswick was Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook who served as a Minister in the Gov’ts of Lloyd George and Churchill.
After completing his schooling, James Dunn worked for a time as a deckhand for an American shipping company on Lake Michigan. After this, Dunn was employed by a manufacturing company in Lynn, Massachusetts. Before long Dunn returned home where a job as a clerk at the law firm of George Gilbert, where he worked alongside Richard Bedford Bennett, which led Dunn to the decision to apply to Dalhousie University Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canadian lawyer and Conservative politician Richard Bennett became the 1st Viscount Bennett, (July 3, 1870-June 26, 1947) served as Prime Minister of Canada, 1930-35; he led the Conservative Party, 1927-38. Bennett’s Prime Ministership is widely regarded as a failure by historians, although he left lasting legacies in the form of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (established 1932) and the Bank of Canada (established 1934). Bennett was Canadian PM under George V, who’s consort Queen Mary’s brother Prince Alexander of Teck aka the Earl of Athlone was Chairman of the Middlesex Hospital and Chancellor of London University when Gwynne Qualified as a Top Doc from the Middlesex Hospital, University of London.
The Earl of Athlone
|16th Governor General of Canada|
21 June 1940 – 12 April 1946
|Prime Minister||William Lyon Mackenzie King|
|Preceded by||The Lord Tweedsmuir|
|Succeeded by||The Viscount Alexander of Tunis|
|4th Governor-General of South Africa|
21 January 1924 – 21 December 1930
|Prime Minister||Jan Smuts
J. B. M. Hertzog
|Preceded by||Prince Arthur of Connaught|
|Succeeded by||The Earl of Clarendon|
|Born||14 April 1874
Kensington Palace, Middlesex, England
|Died||16 January 1957 (aged 82)
Kensington Palace, London, England
|Resting place||Royal Burial Ground, Frogmore|
Princess Alice of Albany (m.1904)
|Children||Lady May Abel Smith
Rupert Cambridge, Viscount Trematon
Prince Maurice of Teck
|Parents||Francis, Duke of Teck
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
|Years of service||1894–1931|
After graduation, James Dunn worked as a lawyer in Halifax before setting up a law practice in Edmonton, Alberta. Within a short time, Dunn was drawn to Montreal, Quebec where he landed a position with one of the city’s prominent law firms.
James Dunn became involved in the legal aspects for underwriting activities for companies being listed on the Montreal Stock Exchange and in 1902 he established the J.H. Dunn & Co. stock brokerage company. With $20,000.00 borrowed from his father-in-law, he acquired a seat on the stock exchange. Canadian business at the time was still heavily dependent on investment money from the British financial markets and Dunn became an expert at raising foreign capital for the underwriting of securities as well as selecting the right places to invest.
As a stockbroker, Dunn’s company put together a stock issue for William Van Horne, the former President of Canadian Pacific Railway. Van Horne had invested in the Cuba Railroad Company and wanted to raise capital for his “Havana Electric Company” venture. Already a close friend of fellow New Brunswickers, Max Aitken (the future Lord Beaverbrook) and young lawyer Richard Bennett, Dunn’s brokerage work led to even more business connections with some of the elite of corporate Canada, including George Alexander Drummond, Henry Pellatt and the up-and-coming Izaak Walton Killam.
Izaak Killam was a financier and philanthropist. Having no children, Killam and his wife devoted the greater part of their wealth to Higher Education in Canada. The Killam Trusts, established in the will of Mrs. Killam, are held by five Canadian universities: the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University and McGill University. The current market value of the Killam endowment is approximately CAD$400 million and it is used to fund scientific research and artistic ventures across Canada. Dalhousie University in Halifax benefited the most, having received a $30 million bequest from Dorothy Killam’s estate in 1965 ($214 million in 2011 when adjusted for inflation), representing 32% of her fortune. Killam Memorial Library constructed between 1966 and 1971 at a cost of $7.3 million ($52 million in 2011) was designed by architect Leslie R. Fairn. Money from the Killam estate also went to establish Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children in Halifax and the Montreal Neurological Institute in Montreal.
James Dunn would also become a friend and admirer of American engineer-turned-entrepreneur, Frederick Stark Pearson. The London financial markets were the centre of the economic universe and encouraged by Pearson, in 1905 James Dunn made the decision to take up residency in London. In London, Dunn ran a new merchant bank in partnership with the Swiss investment dealer, C.L. Fischer, while working in conjunction with his Montreal brokerage.
Dunn’s brokerage house underwrote Pearson’s ventures and sufficient capital was raised to allow Pearson to create a massive business empire that included the São Paulo Tramway, Light and Power Company in Brazil, the Mexican North Western Railway, the Mexican Tramway Company, and the Mexican Light and Power Company in Mexico, the British American Nickel Company in Canada and the Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company.
As a Director of the Sovereign Bank in Canada that fell victim to the stock market crash of 1907, James Dunn experienced severe financial difficulties. Added to this, ‘mismanagement kept hidden by the officers running his Montreal brokerage house, one of whom committed suicide when his discrepancies were revealed’ – one wonders what the whole story was – caused Dunn more financial grief. In 1913, Dunn’s partner Fischer disappeared leaving Dunn with huge debts, as their firm was a partnership not a limited liability vehicle. Dunn managed, with help from his creditors, to cover all debts. Nine years later, Dunn forgave Fischer when the latter was “in virtual destitution”, even to the point of giving him a job. That’s the Authorised Version…
At the height of the Great War in 1915, James Dunn associate Pearson was killed when the Germans sank the RMS Lusitania. Despite these setbacks, Dunn ‘would quickly recoup and go on to become a multi-millionaire’. It is reported that Dunn partnered with the Belgian financier Alfred Loewenstein in several business ventures, the duo emerging with more than £1,000,000 profit from their 1920s investment in British Celanese alone. British Celanese was a chemical company based in England; in 1957 it became a subsidiary of Courtaulds.
|Predecessor||British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Company ltd|
1957 (under Courtaulds)
|Products||Acetic acid, Acetate fibres|
Previous posts have discussed the British Cellophane factory in Bridgy owned by Courtaulds that was for years Bridgy’s biggest employer yet was allowed to die on its feet through the skulduggery of Tom King with regard to deals over the Gang and me, as well as the Courtaulds plant in Hollywell in Flintshire who’s fortunes were also directed linked to the Gang.
In 1913, Sir Robert’s son Alfred McAlpine bought Marchwiel Hall in the village of Marchwiel, Denbighshire. Home to the Marchwiel and Wrexham Cricket Club, Alfred developed it as “one of the most picturesque settings for playing the game in the country”. Already Chairman of the County Cricket Association, Alfred played cricket for Denbighshire in the 1926/1927 season. Alfred was appointed High Sheriff of Denbighshire for 1923–24. Previous posts have discussed the Gang-friendly McAlpine family in detail. The highest profile member was Lord Alistair McAlpine, – the great-grandson of Sir Robert McAlpine, 1st Baronet – Thatch’s friend and Tory Party Treasurer and fundraiser who raised an enormous amount for the Party under the Leaderene, but no-one quite knew how. Alistair was wrongly named on ‘Newsnight’ as sexually abusing kids in care in north Wales, which was followed by a How Very Dare You of truly impressive dimensions and then litigation.
Alistair may not have been a molester of north Wales but Jimmie, the son of Sir Alfred and his wife Ethel, is highly likely to have been the guilty McAlpine. Alfred James “Jimmie” McAlpine, not to be confused with Baron McAlpine, was the son of Sir Alfred David McAlpine and the grandson of Sir Robert McAlpine, 1st Baronet. After leaving Repton School, Jimmie joined the family business Sir Robert McAlpine, under his father who ran operations in Northwest England. In 1935, following the death of Sir Robert and his eldest son, Alfred ran the northwest independently, although the legal separation was not completed until 1940, when Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son was formed. Under a non-compete agreement with its former parent company, Sir Alfred McAlpine confined itself to civil engineering and to the northwest of England. James/Jimmie became Chairman of the company after the death of his father in 1944.
Under James’s Chairmanship, Alfred McAlpine floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1958 under the name Marchwiel Holdings, only changing its public name to Alfred McAlpine PLC in 1985. This followed the decision in 1983 to end the non-compete agreement with Robert McAlpine allowing the firm to expand geographically. In 1985, James retired, and handed over Chairmanship of the company to his son Robert James “Bobby” McAlpine.
Jimmie McAlpine was married five times and had four children. He lived at Gerwyn Hall in the village of Marchwiel near Wrexham and played cricket for Denbighshire in the Minor Counties Championship between 1930 and 1935, mostly on the cricket ground at his father’s nearby home. Jimmie was a noted car collector, he kept and maintained his large private collection in the various outbuildings of the hall. The collection included example models from: Alvis, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bristol, Bugatti, Jaguar, Jensen and Rolls-Royce. He and his chauffeur’s preferred mode of transport was a 1934 V12 Hispano-Suiza J12, which was often seen at Wrexham Golf Club of which Jimmie was President.
Wrexham Golf Club certainly hosted molesters of kids in care; Superintendent Gordon Anglesea who was finally jailed in 2016 for abusing kids in care in north Wales after decades of accusations followed by How Very Dare Yous was a member of Wrexham Golf Club and did not molest in isolation. The boys at Bryn Estyn were made to work as caddies for their abusers at Wrexham Golf Club, including Gordon Anglesea. See previous posts.
Jimmie McAlpine died in hospital at Wrexham on 6 Nov 1991. JIMMIE DEAD – Tony francis pretended peace had broken out in Oct 1991 or so – CHECK DATES RE THE GANG AND ME – ‘The Price Is Right’
The McAlpines are a huge family who have a penchant for multiple marriages. Readers are welcome to follow up further re family of Jimmie Of Wrexham Golf Glub, but here’s the absolute basics as provided by Burke’s Peerage:
Children of Alfred James McAlpine and Peggy Barbara Saunders
Child of Alfred James McAlpine and Rosemary Gregory-Hood
- Sally Dorothy McAlpine+b. 13 Apr 1952
There are so many more McAlpine bunnies to follow up, if I have time I’ll root around a bit more and highlight those whom Dafydd et al found particularly useful.
Here’s the lyrics:
Now the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
All together, now the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus
were just passing by
All together, now the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus
were just passing by
Now the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus
were just passing by
Now the noses on the faces of the ladies of the harem of the court of King Caractacus
were just passing by
Now the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the fascinating witches who put the scintillating stiches in the britches
of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the fascinating witches who put the scintillating stiches in the britches
of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now the fascinating witches who put the scintillating stiches in the britches
of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus, were just passing by
Now if you want to take some pictures of the fascinating witches who put the scintillating stiches
in the britches of the boys who put the powder on the noses on the faces of the ladies
of the harem of the court of King Caractacus
You’re too late! Because they’ve just passed by
And no-one at all had any evidence that any of them were up to anything untoward…
Whoops, their ear-muffs slipped…
The McAlpine clan interbred with other Gang-friendly families, most notably the Lloyd Georges. On 21 August 1889, Sir Robert McAlpine, 1st Baronet (13 February 1847-3 November 1934) married Florence Margaret Palmer and had one son: Archibald Douglas (1890–1981) and two daughters, Emma and Roberta. Roberta married Richard Lloyd George and was the mother of Owen Lloyd George, 3rd Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor. Frances Stevenson’s autobiography mentions that David Lloyd-George fell out with his son Richard in a very big way, so much so that David Lloyd-George effectively cut Richard out of his will but Frances is careful not to explain what the rift was over; she also mentions that when Richard ‘was in hospital in Denbigh’, David Lloyd-George refused to visit him. I would have thought that if Richard had been in THE Denbigh of Gwynne and Dafydd, Frances probably would not have called it a ‘hospital’; but then perhaps as the years passed – Lloyd-George was years older than Frances – by the time that Frances wrote her autobiography (published in 1967) and to sanitise things a bit, she might have called Denbigh a hospital. There was the Denbigh Infirmary, but that was a small local hospital for the inhabitants of Denbigh; in north Wales if someone spoke of ‘Denbigh’ or politely ‘in hospital at Denbigh’, it was Gwynne and Dafydd Central.
Archibald Douglas McAlpine, brother of Richard L-G’s wife Roberta, was a neurologist who knew Gwynne, as well as many other Top Docs who facilitated the trafficking business. A previous post has discussed Douglas McAlpine in detail; here are the highlights:
Archibald Douglas McAlpine
19 August 1890
|Died||4 February 1981 (aged 90)|
|Known for||McAlpine’s Multiple Sclerosis|
Archibald Douglas McAlpine (19 August 1890-4 February 1981) was an early authority on multiple sclerosis. His 1955 book Multiple sclerosis, republished since his death as McAlpine’s Multiple Sclerosis, has become the standard text on the subject.
Douglas McAlpine was born in Glasgow, his father being based in the area, the eldest child of Sir Robert McAlpine, 1st Baronet (1847–1934) and his second wife Florence Margaret Palmer (1850–1910). Douglas Qualified at Glasgow University a la so many Scottish Greats During WW I, Douglas served in the RAMC and then in the Royal Navy. Douglas was appointed neurologist to the Middlesex Hospital in 1924; his students at the Middlesex included neurologist Paul Sandifer Sandifer is considered to be the father of paediatric neurology in the UK and many of Sandifer’s colleagues and students became Greats; in 1953, Sandifer established the Department of Neurology at Great Ormond Street Hospital.Sandifer married Sheila Anderson, an anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital; they were not blessed with children. Sandifer’s interests outside medicine included travel, ballet, music, haute cuisine, gardening and fast cars, as well as Looking After The Poor.
Douglas’s students other students included Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist and Lord Snowdon’s Swinging Best Man Roger Gilliatt
Roger, son of Sir William Gilliatt, Royal Top Doc, also of the Middlesex Hospital, who delivered Carlo and Princess Anne.
During WW II, Douglas McAlpine served as a Brigadier in the RAMC as an adviser in neurology to the South East Asia Command. In 1953, McAlpine was the leading light in the formation of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain. After retiring from the NHS, Douglas worked for the World Health Organization on demyelinating disorders.
McAlpine married Elizabeth Meg Sidebottom (d. 1941) in 1917. The marriage produced two children:
- Robert Douglas Christopher McAlpine (born 14 June 1919, d.2008), a diplomat and managing director of Baring Brothers, 1969-79.
- Florence Mary Scott (born 24 August 1922).
Nick Leeson – Crazee Name, Crazee Guy.
Douglas secondly married Diana Christina Dunscombe Plummer (d. 1981), daughter of Bertram Plummer, on 3 July 1945. The marriage produced one child, Alastair Bertram McAlpine (born 23 Apr 1946). This is NOT the Lord (Robert) Alistair McAlpine who was Accused On ‘Newsnight’. Douglas’s son Alastair Bertram McAlpinemarried, firstly, Ann Margaret Winchester. Alastair and Ann were divorced in 1973. Alastair married, secondly, Dena Brooking Thomas, daughter of Ralph Brooking Thomas and Geraldine Dulcie Macgowan, in 1994.
Any info from readers re Richard L-G being ‘in hospital at Denbigh’ would be appreciated.
THE ONE WHO MARRIED THE ONE FROM DENBIGH – check
Richard Lloyd George, 2nd Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (15 February 1889 – 1 May 1968) was a member of the House of Lords from 1945 until his death. The son of the Liberal PM David Lloyd George by his first wife Margaret Owen, Richard Lloyd George was educated at Portmadoc School and Christ’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1910. During WW I, Richard was commissioned into the Royal Engineers. Richard became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and served in the British Army again during WW II.
On 7 April 1917 Lloyd George married Roberta McAlpine (1898–1966), a daughter of Sir Robert McAlpine, 1st Baronet. They had two children, Valerie Davidia (1918–2000) and Owen (1924–2010), before being divorced in 1933. In 1935 Lloyd George married secondly Winifred Emily Peedle, a daughter of Thomas W. Peedle. Valerie became the wife of the academic and broadcasting executive, Sir Goronwy Daniel.
GORONWY – civil servant in Welsh Office – then Principal/VC of Aber Univ – covered up for Gwynne n Dafydd all the way – used Gwynne and Dafydd to force Thatch to establish S4C – Thatch renegaded on promise, Goronwy, Gwilym Williams and Rev Alwyn Roberts went to see Willie Whitelaw and blackmailed him – in reality The Three visited Old Nick and blackmailed him – CHECK WITH OLD NICK’s autobiog –
Old Nick MP for Pembrokeshire – Desmond Donnelly preceded old Nick – Gwilym Lloyd George before Desmond – Gwilym was Richard’s brother – ring in Pembrokeshire, Gwilym’s presence there escalated the matter, the ring was untouchable – MI5 were answerable to Gwilym as Home Sec after Churchill demanded that in 1952 rather than MI5 being answerable to PM – See ‘Vichy Warwick’. Goronwy Daniel had MI5 links
On 1 January 1945 Richard’s father David was created Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, and Richard gained the courtesy title of Viscount Gwynedd. Less than three months later, on 26 March 1945, David L-G died of cancer and Richard inherited his peerage, unusually becoming the first member of the family to sit in the House of Lords, as David Lloyd George had been too ill to do so.
Lord Bertrand Dawson of Penn was the Top Doc involved with David Lloyd-George’s last months. Dawson was the Royal Doc known for finishing off his patients, most famously George V; Dawson deliberately overdosed George V with morphine and cocaine (see previous posts). Frances consulted a Dr Smith, L-G’s own GP as well as the Top Doc ‘from Ruthin Castle’ – L-G died at his Llanystumdwy home – but they agreed with Lord Dawson that L-G was on his way out and Nothing Could Be Done. See ‘The Cash Box’. L-G was quite something in north Wales but he died a very unpopular and discredited man with Dawson’s paymasters in High Society…
Sir Clough was the architect commissioned by Lloyd George to do the make-over of Bron-y-de, L-G’s house at his farm in Churt in Surrey, where he lived with Frances, although Frances also ‘lived at Avalon’, another house nearby. Mrs (later Dame) Margaret L-G was always based in Cricieth. Frances chose the location and essentials re Bron-y-de.
Bron-y-de was the subject of the main article of the 4 November 1922 issue of Country Life. The architect and engineer Owen Williams installed a large panoramic window at Bron-y-de at Lloyd George’s behest following the latter’s visit to Adolf Hitler’s Berghof residence at Obersalzberg in the Bavarian Alps which featured a similar window. If Adolf Hitler had one, Frances and L-G wanted one too. I blogged in detail about Owen Williams earlier; he was one of the network of people directly associated with those who ran the Peckham Experiment in social medicine at the Pioneer Health Centre that took place between 1926 and 1950, led by Top Docs George Scott Williamson (1884–1953) and Innes Hope Pearse (1889–1978), with which Lord Gnome my distant relative by marriage was involved, as was Lord Mountbatten’s wife Edwina Mountbatten who was a governor of the project in 1949. Writing in the 1960s, the sociologist Prof Peter Townsend reflected that ‘as a boy I knew one of the doctors involved in the Peckham health Centre and had always been inspired by its ideals’; Townsend was one of the LSE crowd around Richard Crossman et al who was all right-on and Angry About Poverty yet kept very quiet indeed about Gwynne and Dafydd, as discussed in previous posts.
Much of my text about the Peckham Experiment disappeared, which was a pity. It’s an interesting piece of history; those who led and supported the Peckham Experiment had fingers in pies that spanned a broad spectrum including the British Union of Fascists, organic farming/the Soil Association, the Bloomsbury Group and Pioneering Lady Doctors. I blogged loads about them but most of my text disappeared, so interested readers will have to follow the path from Innes Hope Pearse. Why someone doesn’t want readers of this blog to read about the complexities of mid-20th century social and political history I’m not sure. Sister Hutt would learn something more interesting than Two Ovaries Good Two Testicles Bad if I did. I note that wiki explains re Orwell’s original: “Four legs good, two legs bad” distills Napoleon’s hatred for the humans into an easy-to-remember slogan created by the sheep of the farm. Orwell uses sheep to deliver this line because of their traditional stupidity and the fact that they’ll follow anyone.
The library at Bron-y-de was the largest room in the house at 36 ft in length with a curved ceiling. A mural painted by Winston Churchill’s nephew John Churchill of the Gulf of Tigullio dominated one end of the library.
Several amateur films of Lloyd-George at Bron-y-de are in the collection of the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales. A 1938 film shows a new apiary and ‘larch gathering’ at Bron-y-de. Honey from the apiary at Bron-y-de was later sold at Harrods, one of Nye and Jennie’s favourite shops.
Another film shot in 1938 demonstrates the use of a rotatiller and caterpillar tractor on the farmland at Bron-y-de. A 1936 film filmed by Lloyd George’s Private Secretary, A. J. Sylvester, shows Lloyd George in his orchard at Bron-y-de. A 1929 film shows Lloyd George at Bron-y-de reading accompanied by his chow chow dog, ‘Y Chow Du’ (The Black Chow). Bron-y-de was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.
Owen Lloyd George, 3rd Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, DL (28 April 1924-29 July 2010) sat as a crossbencher in the House. Lloyd-George was educated at Oundle School, CLOUGH’s crowd – that whole circle of Oundles around Gwynne and Dafydd – Harriet’s dad, Sir Kenneth Robinson, David Lewis Davies (Dean of Maudsley), Sir Peter Scott, crooked Met Police Commissioner Sir Joe Simpson, Mickey Wynn aka Lord Newborough – others??
At Oundle, Owen L-G was featherweight boxing champion, but he left school before his 17th birthday to be apprenticed as a civil engineer to Sir Alfred McAlpine, 3rd Baronet
In 1942, Owen Lloyd-George was commissioned into the Welsh Guards. In WW II he fought in Italy between 1944 and 1945. After WW II, Owen L-G served in Germany.
On the death of David Lloyd George in March 1945, Winston Churchill determined that all four of his old friend’s grandsons in the services should be brought home to attend the funeral in north Wales. Owen Lloyd-George was fighting in Italy and was dispatched to Naples by fighter plane, given a bed in Field Marshal Alexander‘s villa, flown by bomber to England the next morning, whisked up to north Wales in a Spitfire (flown by a Polish pilot with a schoolboy atlas and no knowledge of Wales) and delivered at Llanystumdwy one hour before the funeral. Alexander – Ed’s dad Ralph!!
Owen L-G held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Dyfed in 1993.
Lloyd-George married first Ruth Margaret Coit (died 16 May 2003) on 8 September 1949, but they divorced in 1982. With Coit he had three children, two sons and one daughter:
- David Richard Owen Lloyd George, 4th Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (born 22 January 1951)
- Hon. Robert John Daniel Lloyd George (born 13 August 1952)
- Lady Julia Margaret Violet Lloyd George
Owen L-G married secondly in 1982 to (Cecily) Josephine, Countess of Woolton (1925-2012), daughter of Sir Alexander Penrose Gordon-Cumming, 5th Baronet and Elizabeth, Countess Cawdor. It was Josephine’s third marriage, and her third to a peer.
- Owen Lloyd-George carried the Sword at the Investiture of Carlo at Caernarvon in 1969.
- Owen did not acquire a home in Wales until he was 63, when he bought Ffynone, a country house built by John Nash in a remote corner of Pembrokeshire.
Owen L-G’s Torygraph obituary told us that: ‘having been obliged to spend more than 40 years of his working life in London as a Lloyd’s underwriter (from which he emerged, like other victims of Lloyd’s collapse, with a depleted pocket), he did not acquire a home in Wales until he was 63. … [David Lloyd-George’s] grandson seemed to epitomise the English landed patrician, in appearance, speech and manner. He sat dutifully on the crossbenches of the House of Lords and was a popular chairman of White’s Club from 1993 to 1996, when the members celebrated the tercentenary by inviting the Queen for dinner. None of this would have dismayed the aged LG, who shortly before his death in 1945 accepted an hereditary earldom…’
Sir Peter Morrison was a member of White’s, including when Cameron’s dad Ian was Chairman. Phil the Greek and Carlo were members of White’s and Prince William joined when he was old enough. See previous posts.
Here’s an offering from BBC News, 19 March 2015:
Viscount Tenby ends 125 years’ family parliamentary service
The grandson of David Lloyd George has ended 125 years of continuous parliamentary service by his family in a final speech in the House of Lords. Viscount Tenby, who is retiring on 1 May, is only the second peer to make what is known as a valedictory speech. The procedure was brought in after new laws were introduced to allow peers to retire. Addressing his fellow members, Viscount Tenby told them he was “almost lost for words”. He is one of nine peers who have so far said they will retire in the coming weeks. During a debate on the Inquiries Act Lord Tenby rose to his feet to a chorus of support from the red benches.
He apologised for “gatecrashing” the debate, and told them: “As a Welshman and a Lloyd George, I find myself almost lost for words, which is a pretty kettle of fish, I think you’ll agree. My retirement will bring to an end 125 years, almost to the day, of continuous parliamentary representation in my immediate family.”
Lord Tenby’s grandfather, David Lloyd George, was a Liberal MP from 1890 to 1945 and prime minister from 1916 to 1922. His father, Gwilym Lloyd George, was home secretary as an MP in the 1950s and then became the first Viscount Tenby in 1957. After his death he was followed in the Lords by his eldest son, David, in 1967, and then on David’s death in 1983 by his second son, the present Viscount.
Crossbench peer and leading QC Lord Pannick paid tribute to Lord Tenby, and said he was one of “many” peers to have benefitted from his advice on House matters. He reminded peers that David Lloyd George had described the Lords as “a body of 500 men chosen at random from amongst the unemployed”, adding: “I cannot believe that Viscount Tenby has never not been employed on some worthwhile task.”
Angharad Rees – Demelza in the 1970s Poldark series – married David McAlpine – ALISTAIR’s BROTHER – CHECK. Angharad was the daughter of Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Welsh psychiatrist Linford Rees who spent much of his career at Bart’s, including as Prof of Psychological Medicine there. Linford’s little foibles included showing his students and colleagues photos of his patients in the nuddy. I wonder how widespread this sort of thing was, it clearly was not only going on in the Bryn Golau Peep Show…
Angharad was firstly married to Eton-educated Posh Actor Christopher Cazenove, who found fame and fortune in ‘Dynasty’; they remained on good terms after they split up and Angharad had a relationship with actor Alan Bates of Nude Wresting With Ollie Reed fame. Bates died on 27 Dec 2003 and on 29 April 2005, Angharad married David McAlpine at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Linford, Angharad, Christopher and even Angharad and Christopher’s son Linford are all dead. Prof Linford died in 2004 – his wife died in 1993 – Angharad died from pancreatic cancer in July 2012 (I received an e mail in the late summer of 2012 telling me that Tony Francis had been found dead), Christopher died in April 2010 from septicaemia under circumstances that suggest that Christopher was either an injecting drug user or had developed HIV/AIDS and Linford was killed in a car crash in 1999, shortly after he finished his Masters at Cambridge. No other cars were involved and no-one ever found out the reason for the crash.
Angharad’s sister was a Bart’s Angel and the entire family dined out on Angharad’s famous luvvie friends, Prof Linford hosting At Homes in his house at Purley.
Zany Python Graham Chapman Trained as a Doc at Bart’s and forever sheltered under that Armstrong-Jones umbrella.
For info on Prof Linford, his colleagues and celebrity family and friends, see ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’.
Early in her career in Oz, Amanda Platell worked for Alistair McAlpine. When The Hague became Tory Leader, shortly after the Waterhouse Inquiry opened, he appointed Glenda as his Press Officer/PR woman and she remained in the role until after the Waterhouse Report had been published and the immediate screams of ‘massive cover-up’ were beginning to die down.
See ‘Did Glenda Occupy A Key Role In Keeping It All Out Of The Media?’
Lord Philip Noel-Baker, Labour politician, MP for Derby/Derby South, DATE-1970 – Megan Lloyd-George was Noel-Baker’s long term mistress, from 1936 – ring in Derbyshire directly linked to the Gang, the two rings exchanged staff
Philip Noel-Baker – Olympics activities – and League of Nations etc CHECK
Philip’s son Francis Noel-Baker joined his father in the Commons as a Labour MP.
Alfred Loewenstein was born to Bernard Loewenstein, a German-Jewish banker in Brussels. Loewenstein established his own banking concern and during WW I, he offered his Gov’t in exile 50 million dollars, interest free, to stabilize the currency in return for the right to print Belgian francs. The offer was refused. At the war’s end, Alfred maintained a residence in England where he ran an investment business that made him one of Europe’s most powerful financiers. He partnered with the investment house of Sir James Dunn in several business ventures, including British Celanese alone.
Loewenstein was an owner of a successful stable of Thoroughbred steeplechase race horses. His horses won the 1926 and 1928 runnings of the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. Loewenstein also made an enormous fortune providing electric power facilities for developing countries worldwide through his Belgian-based company, “Société Internationale d’Énergie Hydro-Électrique” (SIDRO). By the mid-1920s, Loewenstein’s reputation was such that he was consulted by heads of state from around the globe. The British Gov’t made him a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath. In 1926, Loewenstein established “International Holdings and Investments Limited” that raised huge amounts of capital from wealthy investors wishing to get aboard his bandwagon of success. Loewenstein was rebuffed in his attempt to take over the Canadian company Barcelona Traction, Light, and Power, a huge operation building infrastructure in Brazil.
It is said that shortly before his death, Lowenstein made a deal with the gangster Arnold Rothstein to increase the supply of heroin into the United States by an extraordinary amount and create an international drug ring in Europe and the United States. On the evening of 4 July 1928, Loewenstein left from Croydon to fly to Brussels on his private aircraft, a Fokker F.VII trimotor, along with six other people. While the aircraft was crossing the English Channel at an altitude of 4,000 ft (1,200 m), Loewenstein went to the rear of the plane to use the bog. On Loewenstein’s Fokker, a door at the rear of the main passenger cabin opened on to a short passage with two doors: the one on the right led to the bog, while the one on the left was the aircraft’s entrance door. When he had not reappeared after some time, Loewenstein’s secretary went in search of him and discovered that the lavatory was empty, and the aircraft’s entrance door was open and flapping in the slipstream. The employee (along with the others on the plane) asserted his belief that Loewenstein had fallen through the plane’s rear door and plunged several thousand feet to his death in the English Channel. The aircraft landed first on the beach before transferring to the airfield at Saint-Inglevert, Pas-de-Calais, France.
News of Loewenstein’s demise caused panic selling in his corporations’ publicly traded shares that immediately plummeted in value by more than 50%.
On 12 July it was reported that tests had been conducted by the Accidents Branch of the British Air Ministry using Loewenstein’s aircraft. It was stated that at an altitude of 1,000 ft (300 m) one of the Ministry men had thrown himself against the aircraft’s entry door, which had opened about 6 in (150 mm). However, he was immediately thrown back into the aircraft when the slipstream violently slammed shut the door. It was concluded that it would have been impossible for someone to accidentally open the door and fall out.
Loewenstein’s body was discovered near Boulogne on 19 July, and was taken to Calais by fishing boat where his identity was confirmed by means of his wristwatch; an autopsy was performed (at the request of his family), his brother-in-law stating that they did not suspect anyone of foul play, but that they did not want anyone to suggest after the burial that Loewenstein might have been poisoned, or had died in the aircraft and then been thrown out. The autopsy revealed a partial fracture of Loewenstein’s skull and several broken bones; it was concluded that he had been alive when he struck the water.
Many theories have been put forward as to exactly what had happened to Loewenstein in the back of his plane; some suspected a criminal conspiracy in which his employees murdered him. The New York Times hypothesised that a growing absent mindedness, noted by many of Loewenstein’s acquaintances, may have caused him to walk out the wrong door of the plane. Because he had left behind a tangled web of business ventures, many of which were highly leveraged, others theorized that his business empire was on the verge of collapse. Some even asserted that corrupt business practices were about to be exposed and that Loewenstein, therefore, committed suicide.
In 1987, William Norris wrote Loewenstein’s story in a book titled The Man Who Fell From the Sky (New York: Viking, 1987). Norris presents evidence in support of his case that, if his death was not a conspiracy by business rivals and associates, a certain opportunism existed regarding the death of the tycoon and his insurance. He also shows that later events are frequently ignored, such as the fact that Loewenstein’s son Robert shot one of the family servants under murky circumstances within a decade or so after the tragedy. The son was himself killed in an aviation accident in 1941 while serving with the Air Transport Auxiliary. Norris concluded that Loewenstein had been thrown from the aircraft by Donald Drew, the pilot, at the behest of Madeleine Loewenstein, the motive being to gain control of Loewenstein’s fortune. He suggested that the aircraft’s rear door was completely removed while in the air and a replacement fitted on the beach at St. Pol.
Crime writers Robert & Carol Bridgestock have speculated that Loewenstein faked his own death and disappeared because of the financial irregularities in his businesses.
James Dunn’s close friendship with Max Aitken continued after they both chose to live in England. For his World War I efforts, Dunn was created a baronet in the 1921 New Year Honours. Dunn became a major industry leader rivalling the Rothschilds as a central figure in British finance. Although he lived primarily in England during his stockbroking years and maintained a villa in France, Dunn frequently travelled to Canada to spend time at his fishing camp on the Nigadoo River.
A number of Sir James Dunn’s Canadian investments were in Northern Ontario mining ventures and he began a business relationship with Algoma Steel, a company in Ontario. Founded by Francis Clergue, Algoma Steel had been taken over by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania investors after its 1903 bankruptcy. In 1908 Dunn had partnered with a British group of investors who included Robert Fleming to cooperate with an American consortium to form the Lake Superior Investment Co. to acquire Algoma Steel. Although Dunn’s role was important, he was still a minority player and the American investors had control. In 1935 Algoma Steel was again forced into receivership, and with it went the city: a plaintive cry for help from the mayor to Dunn details the ordeal. Dunn engineered a takeover so that he became the sole controlling shareholder thereby allowing him to take the reorganization measures to restore profitability. To accomplish this, Dunn raised capital by negotiating bank loans, selling his art collection and taking stock instead of income. As Algoma Steel’s President and Chairman, Dunn successfully turned Algoma into one of the largest steel mills of the day; Algoma eventually became one of the most profitable producers in Canada.
For the first several years of his Presidency of Algoma, Dunn faced serious problems: for example, in July 1937, the Bank of Montreal called in its loans – in a repetition of events that had destroyed Algoma under Clergue in 1907 – but Morris W. Wilson of the Royal Bank stepped in to carry the day. As Minister for Aircraft Production in wartime Britain, Beaverbrook would appoint Wilson in 1940 to manage his North American ministry.
Hematite ore was the foundation of the steel industry in 1935 and it was exploited by Algoma. Next to a hematite deposit owned by Algoma was a mountain more than 1,000 feet high containing a low-grade ore, siderite. Dunn, was perceived as being a bit unhinged when he wanted to exploit the mountain of siderite. Nowhere else was an ore of this grade in commercial use. In the early months of 1939, a pilot process seemed to indicate success; Dunn carried the investment through to the end and a positive result. The next innovation which Dunn developed into production at Algoma was then known as the “Sink-Float process“. The need for innovation was due to the exhaustion of ore supplies at the Helen mine. No Canadian mines had developed this technique; no large-scale equipment was available for experimentation and so the pilot plant would be uncertain and expensive. The gamble was a success, Dunn pioneered again.
During the Second World War, Algoma benefited from the huge demand for steel by the military; however, financial calls from Dunn’s associates, who needed or wanted to liquidate positions as a result of the French collapse, bedeviled Dunn, who retained in the end his Algoma shares and nothing else. Dunn mortgaged his shares to his stockbroker friends. The benefit from a subsidized price for sinter, granted at the corporate nadir of 1935 by the provincial Gov’t of Mitchell Hepburn, was cancelled in 1942 by the Conant government. At times Dunn’s relationship with the federal Gov’t Minister in charge of the war effort, C. D. Howe was difficult; Beaverbrook relates a story in which he had to calm Churchill because Howe or Mackenzie King, in the dark days of October 1940, had shredded Dunn’s reputation. Howe threatened Dunn on 26 October 1940 with effective expropriation under the War Measures Act and the National Resources Mobilization Act: the Gov’t might obtain control of “trading, exportation, importation, production and manufacture” works, and require him “to place [himself], [his] services and [his] property at the disposal of His Majesty in right of Canada, as may be deemed necessary or expedient for securing the public safety, the defence of Canada, the maintenance of public order, or the efficient prosecution of the war, or for maintaining supplies or services essential to the life of the community.”
A letter to Churchill from Beaverbrook, who at the time was in the former’s Ministry, was enough to secure the person and property of Dunn, but his health suffered. The week after Dunn had a major surgery, Howe struck again. This time, Howe telephoned on 12 April 1943 to Wilson at the Royal Bank: if Howe’s steel experts (likely the same experts Dunn had wrongfooted in the siderite development) were right, either Dunn must stand down from his Chairmanship of Algoma, or he would be forced to expropriate. Wilson and his Royal Bank stood firm and refused to countenance this extreme. Wilson instead asked for disclosure of the Gov’t file. By August 1943, a Vice-President at Algoma was removed and the way forward was clear. Dunn and Howe later became friends, and Howe even acquired a summer manor next door to the Dunn estate, Dayspring, at the seaside resort of St. Andrews in New Brunswick. Howe served as an Executor of Dunn’s estate.
Dunn had two major health crises brought on by old age, requiring hospital stays of 17 days and five weeks respectively. He and Christoforides, WHO SHE who throughout was by his side day and night, succeeded by artful means in keeping both stays from the press. Shortly after the end of the first bout with adversity, he married her.
In 1944, Dunn was invited to serve on the board of Directors of Canada Steamship Lines (CSL), whose ore carriers were an important transporter of ore and coal for the Algoma Steel plant. Dunn was unhappy over CSL’s policy of prioritizing service to Algoma’s competition on the lower section of the Great Lakes, with backing from a Winnipeg, Manitoba businessman plus the Montreal publishing magnate, John Wilson McConnell, James Dunn began buying up shares of the shipping line. He secured a line of credit from the Bank of Montreal and through Earle McLaughlin at the Royal Bank of Canada Dunn raised a war chest that saw him gain control of Canada Steamship Lines in 1951. This was followed up by the acquisition of another shipping line with cargo vessels capable of cost-effective delivery of Algoma Steel’s products to the southern markets. Within a few years, Dunn was exporting iron ore from his Algoma Ore Properties Limited to American buyers.
Sir James Dunn was an avid art collector. He was introduced to this by van Horne WHO HE in 1908, and purchased three paintings by Goya before 1911, and a Velazquez by 1912. Dunn was pained when forced by the Fischer debacle to liquidate his art collection in 1914. The transaction included 13 paintings and included Holbein, Bronzino, Manet and El Greco. Dunn commissioned 17 portraits of participants at the Versailles Conference by Sir William Orpen, amongst whom were Woodrow Wilson and George Barnes. At the height of the Great Depression, Dunn commissioned another dozen, this time of his friends like Lord Greenwood, Lord Castlerosse and Lord Beaverbrook, by a down-on-his-luck Sickert.
In the late 1940s, he and Christofor, Lady Dunn, developed a friendship with Salvador Dalí. F always delighted in telling me that Dali was a grade A git and a poseur ‘who kicked a blind man down the road in the name of art’. Dali certainly did some odd and rather unpleasant things. THAT FIRE??? Dali went on to paint the portraits of Sir James and Lady Dunn, which are now on permanent display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick along with Dalí’s the “Santiago el Grande.” In addition, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery received other works that the Dunns collected including a 1650 painting by Jakob van Loo titled “A Gentleman” and the Augustus John picture, “Dorelia” as well as Augustus John’s portrait of Sir James Dunn.
In 1901, James Dunn was married to Gertrude Paterson Price, the daughter of a prosperous Quebec City lumber dealer. They had three children before divorcing in 1926:
- Mona Dunn (c. 1902-1928). At 17 yrs old, when Mona met him in Paris in 1919, she became the mistress of Lord Birkenhead, later Lord Chancellor in the Coalition Cabinet of David Lloyd George. Mona was married in 1925 to Edmund Tattersall, a war hero of the 5th Dragoon Guards with whom she had in May 1927 a daughter, Monica. Mona’s portrait by William Orpen hangs in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and may be viewed on their web-site. Mona’s early death on 19 December 1928 from peritonitis was a crushing blow to her father and became the subject of an occasional poem by Shane Leslie, which was published by the Ashendene Press.
- Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, 2nd Baronet Dunn (1905–1976), who was father of two daughters: the author Nell Dunn, and Serena Dunn, later Lady Rothschild.
- Joan Molesworth Dunn (c. 1910-1982) who married 1928 (and was divorced 1 November 1929 by) Hubert Duggan, an MP, and stepson of Lord Curzon. Upon her divorce Joan lost custody of an infant child born on 5 August 1929. She next married her lover Anthony Jenkinson, who subsequently committed suicide in October 1935. Joan married again in 1943 to Charles Dutton, 7th Baron Sherborne.
Following the divorce from his first wife in 1926, Sir James Dunn married Irene Clarice Richards, the former wife of Francis Archibald Kelhead Douglas, 11th Marquess of Queensberry. The death of Mona sent Sir James into a state of depression and for a time he thought about returning home to New Brunswick. However, in 1929, Sir James’s new wife Irene gave birth to a daughter, Anne, who lifted his spirits. That was Anne who married Michael Wishart. Anne studied under Henry Moore and in Paris, France with Fernand Léger and at the Académie Julian. Dunn and Anne’s mum divorced in 1942 following which Dunn married his long-time personal secretary, Marcia Anastasia Christoforides who was 36 years his junior. James Dunn would seek Christofor’s input on almost every business matter for the rest of his life.
James Dunn was one of the first businessman to acquire a Douglas DC-3 as a private business aircraft, in which he travelled frequently between his homes in Europe and Canada. He kept a vast wine cellar from the vineyards of France and frequented New York City, especially Broadway where he was a friend of TV host Ed Sullivan.
James Dunn functioned as a sort of emissary for two Prime Ministers. He first responded when Asquith asked him (and members of the Asquith family) in the autumn of 1914 to write a report on the Army hospital service behind the lines in France. Next, he negotiated with Jacob Borreson an agreement that all of the nickel mined by the Kristiansand Nickel Company of Norway would be sent to Canada for smelting and refining. The British Gov’t obtained a virtual blockade on the supply of nickel to Germany, which was forced to purchase nickel from afar (with all the risk entailed by a distant supply) at inflated prices. Lloyd George requested a situation report from Dunn on the disrupted supply of foodstuffs from Norway, Sweden and Denmark; Dunn’s plans for increasing the supply were sound and worked admirably in practice.
In 1949, Dunn was made a King’s Counsel in Quebec by Maurice Duplessis. He became a member of the Bar in five provinces. On 15 August 1950, Dunn was made a Freeman of the City of Bathurst and in November 1954 the same honour was bestowed by St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier University, Laval University and Queen’s University all granted Dunn honorary degrees. Sault Sainte Marie awarded him the Freedom of the City.
In January 1956 at the age of 81, after a heart ailment of less than a week, Dunn died at his home in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
Lord Beaverbrook (Max Aitken) published in 1961 a detailed biography of his late friend, titled Courage: The Story of Sir James Dunn. The most complete telling of Dunn’s life and business career is available in Duncan McDowall’s, Steel at the Sault: Francis H. Clergue, Sir James Dunn and the Algoma Steel Corporation 1901-1956 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, hb 1984 & pb 1988).
As a result of the very substantial taxes on the estate left by Sir James Dunn and Nova Scotia’s Izaak Walton Killam who had died the year before in 1955, the Gov’t of Canada was able to create and provide an endowment for the Canada Council for the Arts. Dunn also left a very significant estate to his last wife who fulfilled his wishes and made numerous contributions to charitable, cultural, and educational works.
Perhaps Dunn’s most significant legacy was the discovery of a productive ore near Bathurst, which was exploited by as many as 700 men for half a century from 1953: One of the annual scholarships, that were provided by Dunn in 1947 to the University of New Brunswick, was awarded to a Master’s student by the name of A.B. Baldwin, who discovered the ore as his thesis work and thus “greatly enlarged the bounds of provincial prosperity”. Dunn had specified in the deed that the scholarship was to be awarded for only New Brunswick geological work; Baldwin, who was originally interested in samples from Quebec’s North Shore, was led by the Dunn gift to examine ore from New Brunswick.
The James Hamet Dunn legacy includesnot only the bequests of his estate, but also significant charitable gifts that he made during his lifetime. Two examples from his hometown suffice to demonstrate his essence:
- The James Hamet Dunn Hospital in West Bathurst, New Brunswick was consumed by flames in 1954 after more than forty years’ existence. The hospital initiated in northern New Brunswick a school for Angels.
- In May 1931, the Our Lady of Lourdes of the Lady Dunn Institution sanatorium for the care of TB patients was opened north of Bathurst. It was managed by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, and later demolished to become the state-financed Chaleur Regional Hospital.
A number of foundations, buildings and academic Chairs bear (or bore) Dunn’s name including:
- the Sir James Dunn Jubilee Scholarship at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia;
- the Sir James Dunn Wildlife Research Fund of the University of New Brunswick;
- the Sir James Dunn Residence at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus
- at Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick:
- the Sir James Dunn Hall and
- the Sir James Dunn Student Lounge
- at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia:
- a Chair in Law;
- the Sir James Dunn Law Library,
- the Sir James Dunn Building for Physics & Atmospheric Science, and
- the Sir James Dunn Theatre at the Arts Center;
- at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick:
- the Sir James Dunn Chair in Geology and
- the Sir James Dunn Building for the computer science, mathematics and physics departments;
- the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island;
- at Queen’s University:
- a Chair in mining.
In addition, Sir James Dunn has been honoured with numerous buildings and institutions bearing his name such as:
- The Sir James Dunn Academy, a high school in St. Andrews, New Brunswick funded after his death by his last wife;
- The Sir James Dunn Collegiate and Vocational School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario;
- The Sir James Dunn, a bulk carrier ship (Hull #109) launched in 1951, for Canada Steamship Lines;
- The Sir James Dunn Public School in Wawa, Ontario, once Algoma’s source for iron ore;
- the Lady Dunn Hospital in Michipicoten (now Wawa, Ontario);
- The Sir James Dunn Highland Guard of Honor the only highland cadet guard in the Canadian Cadet Movement, attached to 333 RCACS Fredericton NB.
From Llanystumdwy to People Who Own Shrinks
Yma O Hyd, let’s throw the Red Paint around as never before…
Labour MP John Stonehouse was spectacular, but all MPs for Walsall North will have been colluding with the Gang’s partners in crime there, including David Winnick. Prior to serving as MP for Walsall North, Winnick had been Labour MP for Croydon South, 1966-70; Croydon was the location of Warlingham Park Hospital, a gruesome institution, which by the mid-1980s, was er in partnership with Dafydd and the Gang and in the business of fleecing people of money and property and banging up anyone who asked questions for a long time before transporting them to the arms of the Gang. See post ‘A Trade In People – Between London and North Wales’.
|Member of Parliament
for Walsall North
3 May 1979 – 3 May 2017
|Preceded by||Robin Hodgson|
|Succeeded by||Eddie Hughes|
|Member of Parliament
for Croydon South
31 March 1966 – 29 May 1970
|Preceded by||Richard Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Richard Thompson|
David Julian Winnick
26 June 1933
David Julian Winnick was born into a British Jewish family and was an advertising manager and a branch Chairman of the Clerical and Administrative Workers Union. Winnick was a Councillor from 1959 on Willesden Borough Council, then on the London Borough of Brent. The General Middlesex Hospital (as distinct from the Middlesex Hospital) on the border of Brent hosted Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate Welsh Top Doc Francis Avery Jones; Jonathan Miller was Avery Jones’s junior doc when Miller was young. Francis Avery Jones was an adviser to the DHSS and one of his responsibilities was patients’ access to their medical records. It was Avery Jones who ensured that for years the catch-all clause ‘patients should be granted access to their records unless it would not be in their best interests’ remained in the DHSS Rules, ensuring that I received insulting letter after insulting letter telling me that as I was already Mad, I would be sent Even More Mad were I to have access to my own records. Thus the 1000s of documents that could have put a number of serious criminals who were mates with Avery Jones in prison were withheld from me for decades, while extracts from the records were sent to the Windbag’s office and numerous other people. The original copies were sent to the MDU without my knowledge and even lived in Alun Davies’s house with him, so that he could pop in and out of the files, removing documents, adding forgeries, amending them etc. See previous posts.
Meanwhile the assaults and deaths continued. People in Brent didn’t fare too well either as the slow and painful death of Jasmine Beckford demonstrated; however Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey launched their careers upon their Noble Work In Brent Law Centre, Paul Boateng and Red Ken bagged seats in the Commons in the Borough of Brent and Mary Turner continued to be hailed as a Socialist GMB Union Wimmin’s Champ, whereas Jasmine’s death under the nose of Mary’s colleagues wasn’t mentioned. See eg. ‘Mary Turner – An Appreciation’.
Winnick was elected in 1966 as the MP for Croydon South (now the area covered roughly by Croydon Central constituency), defeating incumbent Richard Thompson. Winnick lost the seat to Thompson in 1970. After completing a Diploma in Social Administration at the LSE Winnick stood again unsuccessfully in Croydon Central in October 1974 and was returned for Walsall North in 1979.
Winnick is regarded as being on the left of the Labour Party and has a strong commitment to human rights. That commitment made Winnick a strong voice in the House of Commons against both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein and he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
I have previously discussed on this blog how after the first dust-up with Saddam Hussein, F and I were watching the Vincent Kane programme on TV and as usual Kane had the standard collection of ignoramuses and friends of Dafydd (Kane often had Dafydd himself on his show) in the studio and the Topic Under Discussion was ‘The Royal Family – Does Wales Need Them?’. A daft old bag from Caernarfon who at the time was I think Chair of Gwynedd CC’s Social Services Committee butted in and shouted at a Republican, ‘Who would you rather have, Saddam Hussein or the Queen Mother?’. F and I laughed until we cried, initially re ‘Is that the only choice?’ but then over the reality that this was the level of understanding of the person overseeing the bloodfest that was Gwynedd Social Services. Over the next few days F enjoyed himself asking people whom we met ‘Who would you rather have, Saddam Hussein or the Queen Mother?’ Of course people with a sense of humour, including the man who was a Drug Addict Patient Of Dafydd’s and who had been offered money by George Melly to have sex with him when he was still at school, replied ‘Saddam Hussein’. I wonder if that Drug Addict and Criminal knew about Backdoor Billy before it was Revealed in the media?
David Winnick was a member of the British-Irish Parliamentary body from its formation in 1990, and British Co-chair, 1997–2005.
On 9 November 2005, Winnick’s amendment to a Gov’t Bill on detention of terrorist suspects without trial, proposing that the maximum period of detention should be 28 days rather than 90, passed in the House of Commons, shortly after the Gov’t’s 90-day proposal was defeated. This was Miranda’s first defeat in the Commons on a whipped vote after serving nearly nine years as PM and ‘may come to be seen as a critical moment of his term in office’. Had David Winnick and the other maggots responded to what they knew was happening to Empowered Service Users, kids in care and other vulnerable people at the hands of the Gang and their mycelia, Miranda would have had rather more critical moments.
Winnick played a prominent role in the campaign to force the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Commons Gorbals Mick aka Michael Martin. This followed controversy from May 2009 concerning MPs’ disclosure of expenses. It was a high point but had someone gone public on the Top Docs and the MDU years ago, it wouldn’t have been quite such a high point. Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist who Had A Giggle while he ran a paedophile ring and murdered witnesses would have completely eclipsed the troughing with regard to the purchasing of duck houses, the cleaning of moats etc on parliamentary expenses.
Here’s a man who Had The Dirt On Everyone, David Winnick’s predecessor as MP for Walsall North, the man who succeeded John Stonehouse in the seat, Robin Granville Hodgson, Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts. Hodgson was born in 1942 in Leamington Spa and was educated at Shrewsbury School. The ‘Private Eye’ founders went to Shrewsbury School, as did Heseltine, Sir Charles Evans and Prof Harold Scarborough, one of the International People Traffickers of the Welsh National School of Medicine. See previous posts. Hodgson graduated from the University of Oxford in 1964 and attained an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance in 1969.
Hodgson stood unsuccessfully for Walsall North in both General Elections in 1974, but met with success in the 1976 by-election caused by John Stonehouse‘s imprisonment; Hodgson overturned the large Labour majority. However, in the 1979 General Election, Hodgson could not hold the seat against the Labour candidate David Winnick, The seat was then held by Labour until 2017, when it was won back by the Conservatives’ Eddie Hughes.
In 1981, Hodgson was selected as candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Stratford-upon-Avon, but resigned his candidature in 1982 for undisclosed personal reasons, and never returned to the Commons. Hodgson served as Chairman of the National Union of Conservative Associations, 1996-98, and as Chairman of the National Conservative Convention, 1998-2000.
Hodgson was created a life peer, as Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, on 7 June 2000. Five months after the publication of the Waterhouse Report. In November 2011, Hodgson was appointed by Call Me Dave’s Gov’t to perform a wholesale review of the Charities Act 2006 and Charities Act 2011, which was published in 2012. He is an ambassador for the volunteering network, REACH.
In addition, Robin’s LinkedIn provides the following info:
Johnson Bros & Co
Non Executive Director
In 1982, Robin Hodgson married Fiona Ferelith Allom, who was created Baroness Hodgson of Abinger in 2013.
The Baroness Hodgson of Abinger
|Member of the House of Lords
16 September 2013
|Born||7 November 1954 (age 65)
|Spouse(s)||The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts|
|Alma mater||Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, Berkshire
Guildford High School, Surrey
Fiona Ferelith Hodgson, Baroness Hodgson of Abinger was granted a life peerage in September 2013, after being appointed a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours having Expertise In Quality Review And Audit in the Provision of Private Healthcare Services.
Fiona is an Honorary Vice President of the Conservative Women’s Organisation and Chair of the Governance Board of the Independent [Healthcare] Sector Complaints Adjudication Service, part of the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations
That seems to be the sum total of Fiona’s CV and Experience. As well as of course being married to Lord Robin. ‘We know about Gwynne and Dafydd and we’re mates with Bluglass, and he and his wife are Vice-Presidents of the St James’s Singers, of which Judi Dench is Patron, so can Fiona have a peerage as well please?’
There is nothing in the resignation of Mr. Paige to do with the question of more resources. The attitude of the Conservative Government to the Health Service is shown by the fact that we are spending £18.75 billion on the Health Service, which is a 24 per cent. real increase on what the last Labour Government spent.
Will my right hon. Friend take on board Mr. Paige’s two comments about improving employees’ commitment and the importance of management education? Does he agree that we are lucky to have a large number of committed and able people within the NHS who, with a little encouragement and a dollop of that management education, might provide the general managers of the future, whom Mr. Paige rightly regards as vital to the future of the NHS?
That is an important point, particularly in relation to management education. The new acting chairman of the management board, Len Peach, with his experience will be well placed to implement just that
Do not the terms of Mr. Victor Paige’s resignation letter to the Secretary of State make abundantly clear the Government’s absolute folly when they decided to implement the Griffiths report wholesale and appoint 750 general managers throughout the country, creating this new edifice of which Mr. Victor Paige was the top point, without bothering to test the Griffiths report in pilot schemes in different health authorities throughout the country?
As the Secretary of State has laid such emphasis on the need for general management and lines of responsibility, does he not feel that what comes through loud and clear from this resignation is that, instead of decisions being taken in the front line, they were being referred more and more up the line to the Elephant and Castle and that they were falling victim to personalities and politics there?
No, I do not think that that is the case. The concept of general management is that decisions should go down the line to the hospital and to the districts, and that is what is taking place. I have heard before what the hon. Gentleman has said about pilot schemes, but I do not think that that is a very sensible way of introducing the concept of general management into the Health Service. I certainly do not think that if we had done it that way we should have secured anything like the cost improvements that we have managed to secure under the plans and policies that we have implemented.
Order. This is a private notice question. I shall allow one more question from a Member on each side of the House.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that, although the National Health Service management board has been in existence for just over a year, much of the best work that it has done has been in recent months, particularly in its evidence to the Public Accounts Committee? Is he able to give a commitment to the House that this work will continue with even more rapidity than before, even while we are awaiting the appointment of a new chairman?
Yes, entirely. I am grateful for what my hon. Friend has said. The work of the management board will go on as usual. I can give him totally that assurance.
What estimable qualities other than those possessed by Mr. Paige is the Secretary of State looking for in his successor?
Meanwhile, over in the Lords, some familiar names were debating the same matter:
NHS Management Board: Chairman’s Resignation
HL Deb 04 June 1986
My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat in the form of a Statement the Answer to a Private Notice Question that is being given in another place on the resignation of Mr. Victor Paige from the chairmanship of the National Health Service Management Board. The Statement is as follows:
“In October 1983, I announced that the Government accepted the recommendations of the NHS Management Inquiry, under the chairmanship of Sir Roy Griffiths, that general management should be introduced into the NHS, and that a board should be set up within my department to be responsible to Ministers for the department’s functions in relation to the management of the NHS.
Mr. Victor Paige took up appointment as chairman of the board, and as Second Permanent Secretary within my department, on 2nd January 1985. His contract was for three years. The board was established in April 1985 and contains members drawn from business, from the National Health Service and from the Civil Service. Mr. Paige has paid tribute to the abilities of the board and the progress the board has already made. I should like to express my thanks to Mr. Paige for his part in this progress.
I confirm that very substantial improvements have already been made in the efficient management of the NHS. These achievements reflect great credit on the health service itself, including authorities, managers and staff, and on the direction and leadership which the service has had from my department.
As the House will be aware, Mr. Page has resigned from his position as chairman of the Management Board. He discussed his intention with me, and we agreed that it would be right for him to stand down. I have published the exchange of letters between us in which Mr. Paige explained his reasons. There is nothing that I can add to what he has said and my reply. I have therefore appointed Mr. Len Peach, who is the board’s director of personnel on secondment from IBM, as acting chairman of the board. I shall make a substantive appointment as soon as possible.
The Government remain fully committed to better management of the National Health Service. I have every confidence that under the leadership of the management board, health authorities and their general managers will continue to ensure that more and better care is provided for patients and that the best value for money is obtained”.
My Lords, that concludes the Statement.
My Lords, I would first thank the noble Baroness for repeating the Statement made by her right honourable friend in another place. One has to accept that this is a devastating blow to the Secretary of State and to the National Health Service. Personally, I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Victor Paige over many years. In my view, he is an extremely able man and deeply committed to the National Health Service. His record is not one of a man who acts lightly or in a fit of temper. He has confirmed today that his decision to resign is one on which he had been reflecting “for some time”; so that we must assume that the decision to resign from his £70,000 a year job, with the undoubted effects which this action would have, and would have on the National Health Service, was over a major and fundamental issue. In order that we may learn some of the lessons from this resignation there is a range of issues which I think we need to probe and which, with respect, were not dealt with in the Statement read by the noble Baroness but delivered by her right honourable friend.
Is it in fact a viable prospect to appoint a man to preside over the management board when he has a motley group of senior and junior Ministers breathing down this neck? He said in his published statement today:Ministers and the chairman of the management board can approach the same issue with different perspectives, priorities, objectives, and restraints. The conclusions are not always compatible.Also, there are always others in the action—or trying to be. ‘Within my remit, that makes for difficulties in working to the management standards and style to which I am committed.I have brought this to your notice”—he says to the Secretary of State—on several occasions. You are aware that this is not working out as I believe it should”.He listed as among the key issues that he had addressed:improving employee commitment and motivation, more devolution to health authorities within clearly defined standards of accountability and monitoring, the implementation of more effective financial management and planning and creating a high awareness of the importance of consumer and quality care”.Let us also remember that since he was appointed, whatever Ministers may say about the totality of resources, public concern about cuts in the National Health Service has greatly increased. I am certainly not implying for one moment that this was Mr. Paige’s fault. But it leads to a series of questions which I want to put to the noble Baroness.
First, did he resign or was he sacked? Secondly, was it a breakdown of personal relations with the Secretary of State? Quite clearly, he found it impossible to work with the Secretary of State. Or were the issues ones of major principle? If so, what were those issues of major principle? We and the public are entitled to know. Thirdly, was the resignation linked with the inadequacy of resources? Fourthly, who was really in charge? Was it the Secretary of State and the Minister of State, Mr. Hayhoe, or Mr. Paige? What was the role of the Permanent Under-Secretary, Sir Kenneth Stowe? I think that I once said in the presence of the noble Baroness here in your Lordships’ House that the structure, as it had been created, was a scenario for a new “Yes, Minister” series. I think that this is proved by today’s announcement.
Fifthly, is it not an impossible job to manage the National Health Service when it is Ministers who are accountable to Parliament? Sixthly, will this resignation at the top affect the role and status of other general managers in trying to do their work throughout the country? Seventhly, will there not be a major issue of morale—when National Health Service morale is already at a very low level? Finally, how many down the line of managers have resigned since their appointments? I know that some have done so and that some have publicised their resignations. How many have resigned? Bearing in mind the very long time that it took to find and appoint Mr. Paige and the qualities that we all know that he holds, is there not now a real question not just about the competence of Mr. Victor Paige but about the competence of the Secretary of State for Social Services?
My Lords, we on these Benches should also like to thank the noble Baroness for repeating the Answer in the form of a Statement; but, frankly, this does not take us very much further than the press reports that we were all able to read this morning in the national press. The Statement that the noble Baroness has just repeated on Mr. Paige’s resignation vindicates the argument that we advanced from day one that it was most ill-advised to go for the full implementation of the new management structure on a nationwide scale without a prior pilot scheme in one or more regions. This is a point we made at the time.
Mr. Paige must have been confronted with an impossible task in getting to grips with some 750 general managers, some from within the service and some from outside it, with widely varying ideas, all at once. If Sir Roy Griffiths had been advising a Sainsbury re-organisation, he would surely have experimented with one or two supermarkets first before decreeing it throughout the chain. But the Government, as so often, were determined to rush in where angels fear to tread.
Mr. Paige has reaffirmed his commitment to the general management concept. Do the Government not agree that this will be undermined by his early departure and that there must be severe misgivings over its future? Can the Government say any more than what emerges from between the lines of the correspondence between Mr. Paige and the Secretary of State as to what were the real difficulties? Was the problem perhaps that the original scheme involved substantial devolution of decision and responsibility to local managers and authorities but that civil servants and Ministers were determined to keep their fingers in the pie at all levels and would not allow Mr. Paige or his network of managers to manage?
Should not the ideological commitment to privatisation of ancillary services at all costs have been dropped and left to local management decisions? Was that one of the specific difficulties? Perhaps the noble Baroness could enlighten on that. How can we get to the bottom of this unless there is an inquiry? Will the Government agree to an immediate review of what went wrong? Do the Government not think that this would be an appropriate task perhaps for the Select Committee on Social Services of another place, which, after all, could take evidence from Mr. Paige and other people concerned, many of whom were mentioned by the noble Lord, Lord Ennals; or what alternative do they have in mind? There is no use in just going on as if nothing had happened. Something has obviously gone badly wrong and surely we must seek to learn all the lessons we can from this regrettable episode.
My Lords, may I say first of all to the noble Lords, Lord Ennals and Lord Kilmarnock, that I have absolutely no wish to interpret Mr. Victor Paige’s letter. He wrote the letter; he is responsible for its contents and it is not for me to interpret them. Secondly, with regard to the question of whether Mr. Paige resigned or was sacked, he resigned. The letter makes it perfectly clear and my right honourable friend’s reply makes it equally clear.
The noble Lord, Lord Ennals, asked me about a “motley group of people” breathing down his neck—which I think is a strange way to describe a lot of people who are working very hard to make a good National Health Service. There are a lot of people from different disciplines involved with everything in the National Health Service, as the noble Lord knows. Inevitably, people have their own particular interests and to advance those interests is of paramount importance to those involved. The whole process of government, and certainly not just the DHSS, is a question of competing priorities. Inevitably some may feel disappointed. There are horses for courses and just because somebody is a great success in industry does not necessarily mean that the person will be happy with a hybrid animal such as the DHSS. Some people will feel happy and others will not. That is just a fact of life.
With regard to differences with Ministers, of course there were differences in points of view from time to time on some issues. That is perfectly normal in any healthy and vigorously-managed organisation. But, as regards the particular issues, we have nothing to add to what Mr. Paige himself said about his resignation. I really think that the noble Lord, Lord Kilmarnock, is making a mountain out of a molehill when he asks for inquiries and things of that nature. I have never heard such exaggeration.
With regard to the question of resources, Mr. Paige’s letter makes it perfectly clear that the reasons for his resignation are not related to disagreements on policy nor to resources or anything of that kind. For example, Mr. Paige considered that more money was needed this year to meet the cost of implementing from 1st July the review body’s awards for doctors, dentists, nurses and professions allied to medicine. The Government are providing the necessary funds to the health authorities—an extra £60 million—to do just that. Morale in the NHS is good. The future of the NHS management board is sound and in very good hands: it will continue the excellent work done by its members.
The noble Lord, Lord Kilmarnock, asked about a pilot study, but experience shows that general management is on the whole working well in the NHS. Major difficulties have been very much the exception rather than the rule. This fully justifies the decision to implement the Griffiths Report for the country as a whole.
My Lords, I should like to join in the thanks given to my noble friend the Minister for having repeated this very disturbing Statement. Those of us on the Back Benches will of course be far less au fait with what has been going on than is my noble friend. Indeed, it was only this morning that I myself heard about this. Will my noble friend take on board the fact that all those concerned with the National Health Service—those who serve on house committees, regional boards and so on—will be very upset by what we have just heard.
While recognising that it would be quite wrong at this stage to put too many technical questions, can my noble friend the Minister say what links Mr. Paige has had not only with Ministers and permanent civil servants but with those who are actually working in the health service as nursing officers, doctors, and so on? Also, when his successor is appointed, what will the relationship be there? Quite clearly a breakdown in communications will be the interpretation of many of those working within the health service. While recognising that the record of the relationship between the Government and the National Health Service has been a very good one, will my noble friend finally appreciate that Parliament on all sides will need to study this matter very much more carefully at some future date?
My Lords, I thank my noble friend for what he has said. In reply, I should like to assure him that close liaision with the DHAs and RHAs will continue, as they have always done under Mr. Victor Paige’s management up to the present. On a personal note, I should like to say that I am very sorry that Mr. Victor Paige is going.
May I take this opportunity of remedying an omission? I realise now that I did not answer a question concerning the resignations that have taken place, which I believe both noble Lords asked me. Out of 191 DGM appointments, three gentlemen have resigned. Of those 191 appointments, 41 were from outside the NHS. One health authority chairman has resigned from his post. The NHS has over 700 general managers, and some have been in post for nearly two years; so perhaps three resignations is not all that numerous.
My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble Baroness for some of the comments she has made. However, may I press her a little further? What she did not say in answer either to my questions or to those raised by the noble Lord, Lord Kilmarnock, was what went wrong. Certainly the statement made by Mr. Victor Paige was very clear indeed and I expect we have all read it. But if there is not to be an inquiry then surely at some stage, in a public appointment of this kind with a resignation after 16 months, we are entitled to know what went wrong. How can we learn anything unless we learn from the experience of this particular matter? The noble Baroness referred to horses for courses. Was this the wrong horse for this course or was the course the wrong course? Is it better that you appoint as general manager for the National Health Service someone whose experience has not been in that service? All these questions are going to be asked and at some time or other, if not now, answers will have to be given.
The noble Baroness implied that this was perfectly normal; but really it is not perfectly normal for such a responsible post and one which has been awaited for many months by those in the health service. A very admirable and fine man (as we both admit) was appointed. For him to resign in 16 months is really most unusual and most disturbing. I think that was a point which was recognised by the noble Lord, Lord Auckland. Really, I think the noble Baroness should not underestimate the effects this announcement will have within the National Health Service, not only among the general managers but among others working generally within the National Health Service. If the man at the top resigns because he cannot get on with Ministers, we must learn what it was that went wrong.
My Lords, I must take up the noble Lord, Lord Ennals, on his last remark. So far as I know, there is no question of Mr. Victor Paige not getting on with Ministers, and I regard that as a slant which implies things which are not written directly in Mr. Victor Paige’s letter. I cannot answer for Mr. Victor Paige and his letter. It is up to him, if he so wishes, and he has expressed himself fully in his letter.
With regard to appointments such as Mr. Victor Paige’s, we believe that fresh blood is important. We have tried to choose the best man for the job in every case, regardless. It may happen that people are not happy. But there is no reason to make sinister suggestions about a letter of resignation which is perfectly reasonable. I should not speak personally, but it looks to me as if the man was not happy, and that can happen anywhere and for any reason. The team will continue to work in its usual efficient and helpful way carrying on the work of the board. I very much hope that the NHS will regard this as merely another step and that we shall get over what is really not so great a tragedy as was implied by the noble Lord, Lord Ennals.
My Lords, may I ask the noble Baroness one question? I am not sure that I press her too earnestly to answer it, but it could be asked. It is: where do we go from here? I ask the noble Baroness whether she agrees that there is a view that money has been poured into the National Health Service. I know there are views that more should be poured, but there is certainly one view that masses of money have been poured, and grave doubts exist about the quality of management to manage an organisation of that size and that cost. Mr. Paige was given some degree of responsibility concerned with management and, though we may talk about horses for courses, I could ask the noble Baroness if she would consider whether the next horse ought to be given infinitely more authority over the management side of the health service, if any real impact is to be made on that organisation, to ensure that whatever sum is eventually agreed to be paid is spent to the best advantage.
My Lords, in answer to my noble friend Lord Thorneycroft, the management board’s achievements so far have been that a general management has now been largely established throughout the NHS, with over 700 general managers appointed; important new management systems and tools have been introduced; there is a new series of performance indicators and performance reviews at regions; there are much better short-term programmes and better management of the estate; streamlined organisations and procedures for hospital building have been ensured and the foundations have been laid for the long-term job of the better and more professional management of the NHS. The Secretary of State has expressed his full support for the board. It will develop and build on the foundations already laid. There is an enormous amount still to be done and the board are detemined to tackle it with vigour and resource.
My Lords, since the noble Baroness has accused me of making a mountain out of a molehill does she agree that the best course for demonstrating whether or not that is so would be to hold an inquiry and see what comes out of it?
The content of this entry in Hansard and the identities of those involved tells us much.
Among the flurry of very recent deaths of Insider witnesses was that of Gang Of Four supporter from the outset, Robert Adam Ross Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart,(26 June 1936-17 January 2020). Previous posts discuss Bob and his influential family and friends who’s mycelia can be found everywhere, so I’ll just supply edited highlights here.
Bob Maclennan served as the MP for Caithness and Sutherland from 1966 until 1997; and for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from 1997 to 2001. Bob Maclennan was the last Leader of the SDP, serving during the negotiations that led to its merger with the Liberal Party in 1988. Lord Bob was SDP Leader during 1987, when Ollie Brooke was released early on appeal, when Leo Abse’s Cunning Plan – known to all Party Leaders – to have me fitted up and imprisoned soon after the June 1987 General Election flopped so it was decided instead that I was to be murdered; King’s Cross Fire, Nov 1987 I am told…
Bob became joint interim leader of the new Party, known as the Social and Liberal Democrats (SLD), 3 March 1988-16 July 1988 (serving with David Steel) before later becoming President of the Lib Dems, 1 January 1995-31 December 1998. JAN 1995 – cross ref Hergest idiocies See ‘The Price Is Right’.
Here’s the key to Bob Maclennan’s success: his dad Sir Hector MacLennan, was a renowned Top Doc, a gynaecologist and obstetrician. Bob’s mother, Isobel Adam, was a Top Doc and public health activist. Lord Bob Maclennan was educated at Glasgow Academy; Balliol College, Oxford; Trinity College, Cambridge; and Columbia University, New York City. Bob was the brother of David MacLennan, Elizabeth MacLennan and Kenneth MacLennan. David and Elizabeth were both luvvies who were the founders of a Radical Scottish Theatre Company. David was educated at Fettes a la Miranda and Elizabeth starred in the first Inter-racial Kiss on British TV during You in Your Small Corner, a Granada Play of the Week written by Barry Reckord and broadcast on 5 June 1962, the month before the Night of the Long Knives when Supermac kicked Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates out of the Cabinet. It was too little too late, they didn’t go away and should never have been allowed into Cabinet in the first place.
The founding Chairman of Granada was Sidney Bernstein, the brother-in-law of Joseph Stone, Harold Wilson’s GP (and GP to many others we know and love, including Lord Longford). Stone was born in Llanelli a la Mandy Rice-Davies and Lord Elwyn-Jones, People Trafficker In Chief, and Trained as a Top Doc at Cardiff and then at the Westminster a la Wilfred Abse, a favoured route for those docs from south Wales who facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Bernstein was Of The Gang, which is why the stars of Corrie have had a long and mutually useful relationship with the Gang. See previous posts.
There was an early inter-racial love-in at about the same time that Bob’s sister was Shocking and Disgusting people by kissing a Black Man but it was not widely advertised.
Bob began political life in the Labour Party and served as a junior Minister in the Labour Gov’t, 1974–79, but in 1981 defected to Dr Death’s ship. Insider witness indispensable Bob was one of the few SDP MPs to keep their seats in the 1983 General Election. After his stint as SDP Leader in 1988, Bob served as a front bench spokesman for the Liberal Democrats and as their President, 1994-98. Bob was appointed to the Privy Council in 1997, the year in which the Waterhouse Inquiry opened.
After Bob’s retirement at the 2001 General Election, he was raised to the House of Lords as Baron Maclennan of Rogart. Bob was the Lib Dem’s Cabinet Office and Scotland spokesman in the House of Lords until 2015.
Here’s extracts from the ever-reliable Munk’s Roll, providing info re the foundation upon which the tawdry Bob built his political career:
Hector Ross (Sir) MacLennan
b.1 November 1905 d.6 January 1978
Hector MacLennan was born in Glasgow. He was educated in that city, first at the High School and then at the University and, except for one year’s residence at Chelsea Hospital for Women, he spent all his professional life there, becoming consultant obstetrician at the Glasgow Maternity Hospital and consultant gynaecologist at the Victoria Hospital.
…an undergraduate…he was elected president of the University Union… He served as a representative of the members on the Council of the RCOG from 1941 to 1947, and was elected a fellow in 1948. His service on many College committees culminated in his election as President in 1963 -66… His memory for faces and names was astonishing, and he was a shrewd judge of men and affairs.
[Hector] was cautious in decision, and always courteous and persuasive in securing consensus. During his term of office as President he travelled widely, visiting nearly every country in the Commonwealth, and he gave the Joseph Price oration in the United States… He was a most skilful surgeon, and as an obstetrician he earned the complete confidence of his patients in a large practice. He taught his students and assistants by his example rather than any scientific originality, but many young men fell under his spell, and many Scottish consultants owe their early training to him. As an external examiner he was much in demand, serving at Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.
Hector…was knighted in 1965, and many other honours came to him… above all he took pride and pleasure in his appointment as High Commissioner to the Assembly of the Church of Scotland, when his fine bearing as the representative of the Queen was widely noted.
[Hector’s] service to medicine did not end with his Presidency; he was a member of the GMC 1965 -1969, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1967 -69, and he held the ‘difficult’ post of Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards 1971-1974…
The NHS Distinction Awards were – I think the system has finally been replaced now – the NHS consultants bonus scheme and it was acknowledged to be an rotten, nepotistic outrage even by mainstream NHS consultants. The ‘bonuses’ for the most favoured were so big that they could double a consultant’s salary; Distinction Awards were given to those including the likes of Dafydd who had been sued, named in big scandals etc. The Awards were colloquially known as Merit Awards and as someone in the know told me ‘one does not have to be meritorious to receive one’. The Awards were graded and ranged from a booby prize that added ‘only’ eg. £30k to one’s salary, to the A+ awards which were worth approx. £100k. The Awards were decided in a secret process and one’s friends sitting on the Awards panel was not considered a conflict of interest. There were constant rows over the Distinction Awards because they were so obviously unfair and left colleagues at each other’s throats.
After decades of aggro – the Awards system was agreed by Nye when he Brought the NHS Into Being, Gwynne’s mate Charlie Corkscrew aka Lord Charles Hill refusing to play ball with Nye if he didn’t agree to the Distinction Awards Scheme – in the last years of the 1990s, Top Docs began publishing analyses demonstrating that Docs who were male, white and grads of certain medical schools systematically received the biggest Awards. As Top Docs’ research on Inequality tends to, it did not capture the real problem, which was not so much one of gender or race discrimination, but bribery and corruption. I was told that Dafydd received a Distinction Award as big as the grandest at Tommy’s and St George’s once he had been the subject of that complaint from me… I was also told that Dafydd’s mates decided his Award…
The Big Name Top Docs who took most interest in using the BMJ to Expose The Inequity within the Distinction Awards were our old friends Sam (now Sir Sam) Everington and Prof Peter Rubin of Nottingham University in 1998 – those who enthusiastically joined in the fest were psychiatrists who knew Dafydd and Gwynne and indeed about my case…
Sir Sam is a Labour Party supporting GP who’s practice was in the East End on the site of Gwynne and Dafydd’s partner Gang – Sam’s practice is next to Canary Wharf now – and Peter Rubin was Chair of the GMC when I wrote and wrote and wrote about the threats, the harassment, the unlawful refusal to treat me, the assaults, the wrongful arrests… Rubin did not reply to my e mails and neither did his lame CEO of the GMC, Neil Dickson. Miranda hacked my IT system while I was drawing Rubin and Dickson’s attention to serious organised crime.
See previous posts.
Hector served as Chairman of an advisory committee on problems of tissue transplantation.
As a keen angler and shot he was an appropriate Chairman of the Scottish Tourist Board 1969-74 and in any Scottish hotel the deference with which he was received was almost as much on account of this office as of that of High Commissioner. He married Isabel Adam, a Glasgow medical graduate, in 1933 and they had three sons and a daughter. After the death of Isabel in 1973, who herself became widely known in the gynaecological world, in 1976 he married Jean Leckie, who had been his personal assistant for 30 years. He spent his last years in Rogart in the Highlands, where he died.
Sir Stanley Clayton wrote this obsequious nonsense about the Don… Sir Stanley was another mate of Bodger’s but all Leaders Of The Profession and Presidents Of The Royal College were… See previous posts.
Note: Can I reiterate once more to readers that I do accept the many undercover plants about whom I am rude really didn’t like what Gwynne, Dafydd et al were doing? Most rational people didn’t and it was only the deeply unpleasant and twisted plants who went rotten as it were. My message to the other plants will always be I know that you hated them, I know that you didn’t like it, but none of you actually stopped it. Because you didn’t want to die. I can understand that, but we were massacred while you were all too frightened to take on the Top Docs. So please stop telling me that you’re sorry. You’re not. You stood by while our friends were murdered and we were left destitute because you didn’t want to be the ones refused pain relief when you had kidney stones or refused all treatment for even life-threatening illnesses. That was OK for us. So the problem expanded and no witnesses are now safe.
It’s been left to me to put this boot in the groins of the Top Docs, because it seems that not one other person from within medicine or medical research would do it. The scale of the problem was evident in 1984. We did not receive any help. I will never ever believe that anyone was sorry. You were only sorry a few years ago because you realised that the nightmare was completely out of control and that you too were at high risk of dying by Top Doctor. Think yourselves lucky that Brown, me, F and other friends weren’t able to take some very dangerous but pompous people seriously so we just took the piss. Had we not been of such a constitution, this blog would not be here, I’d have been far too busy watching people die with my mind on a Pot Of Money From Jane Hutt or indeed a huge research grant from the ESRC/MRC.
As it is, Bangor University lost many of the best researchers/academics and the only VC who would stand up to a Gang of old paedophiles. I understand that he is in retirement and giving talks to local history societies in small venues. The audiences will have a great time but can I suggest that Sister Hutt and her Pot Of Money, the Pink Blancmange et al look at what has happened to the Betsi since Merfyn was kicked out? Just plot those mortality stats, staff shortages, formal complaints and the skyrocketing debt on a simple graph Sister Hutt…
Anyone for a 45 minute lecture on the Wrexham Extension Classes in ooh 1866?? It will be great, obviously, but it’s not going to bring those death rates down and neither did Peter Higson. Higson’s not even giving history lectures, he’s no good to man or beast.