Previous posts have discussed the excesses of Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon, including the swinging and the supply of recreational chemicals from Harley Street dealers Drs Ann and Peter Dally, who enjoyed assistance and protection from Bing Spear, the corrupt Home Office Drugs Branch mandarin who was also most helpful to Dafydd (see post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’) and who died in July 1995, four days before Sir Peter Morrison was found dead in his Belgravia house.
I have also discussed how Mr Thrope boasted of having slept with Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon and how Mr Thrope’s legal team were able to prevent certain evidence relating to Mr Thrope’s previous activities being presented at his 1979 trial for conspiracy to murder by reminding a few people that things could become very embarrassing for the Royal Family if this evidence was to be admitted into Court. As a young man, Mr Thrope not only slept with Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon, but he played a part in the complex dynamics between Lord Snowdon and Ma’am Darling’s friends Jeremy Fry and his wife Camilla.
I wouldn’t consider Mr Thrope’s past-times with these people anyone else’s business but their own, if only Mr Thrope hadn’t have used it to unfairly assist him when he was up at the Old Bailey for conspiracy to murder.
Previous posts have explained that although Lord Snowdon lived his entire life in the posh bits and indeed posh pits of London, when it suited him and the Royal Family, he did like to flag up his alleged Welshness. Snowdon did have some Welsh forebears and ironically they were people whom the Gwerin have embraced as their own.
Snowdon’s paternal grandfather was Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, a Top Doc, a psychiatrist and physician. He was born in Ynyscynhaearn, Porthmadog, Caernarvonshire (now Gwynedd), the son of a Congregational Minister. Robert Armstrong-Jones was educated at Porthmadog Grammar School and Grove Park School, Wrexham, before studying at UCNW and then Bart’s, London. He married Margaret Roberts (1868–1943), the elder daughter of Sir Owen Roberts of Plas Dinas, near Caernarfon, which is how Ma’am Darling and Snowdon ended up having the country house of Snowdon’s father to visit near Caernarfon.
Sir Owen Roberts was a Welsh educationalist. Roberts was born at Clynnog, Caernarvonshire in 1835, a son of the land agent to Thomas Assheton Smith and Charles Griffiths Wynne, two of the biggest landowners in north Wales. After Tarvin Hall school in Chester, Roberts went up to Jesus College, Oxford. He was admitted to the Inner Temple, before being called to the Bar in 1865. Roberts joined the War Office as a civil servant, but chose not to stay in the career.
Lord Snowdon’s father Major Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones was a barrister and soldier. He was born in Essex and educated at Sandroyd School and Eton, along with the best of the Gwerin. He had two sisters, Elaine Margaret Wauchope (1895–1965) and Gwendolen Jane Buckley (1905–1985), who married Sir Denys Buckley. Sir Denys was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford and became a barrister, High Court judge and a Law Lord. He was a member of the Law Reform Committee, 1963-73. Sir Denys was a member of Lincoln’s Inn, as are Cherie and Miranda, as was their senior colleague George Carman QC, the bent barrister who concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Dafydd and Gwynne’s gang in north Wales and successfully defended Mr Thrope in 1979. Sir Denys lived until Sept 1998, so he was around for drinks, dinner and advice until after the Waterhouse Inquiry had finished taking evidence from witnesses and after Miranda had become PM as well.
Ronald Armstrong-Jones served in the Royal Regiment of the Artillary, 1917-19 and after the war, continued his education at Magdalen College, Oxford. He graduated in 1922, then became a barrister at the Inner Temple, of which Mr Thrope subsequently became a member. In 1936, Armstrong-Jones served as High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire. During WW II he served in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps; he was invalided out in 1945, after serving as Deputy Judge Advocate to Montgomery’s staff in Normandy.
In 1955, Ronald Armstrong-Jones was appointed a Lord Chancellor’s Legal Visitor, whose function was to visit mental patients in hospitals and at home to ensure they were properly cared for and that money allocated by the Court of Protection was properly applied and managed for their care. It was a foolproof system obviously:
Ronald was a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and he was a member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, 1955-59. He also served as a Governor of Bart’s, which was one of the institutions facilitating organised abuse while Major Ronald was a Governor. Dafydd and Gwynne’s friend and umbrella Lady Juliet Bingley was the daughter of Reginald Vick, a surgeon at Barts and when Lady Juliet graduated from the LSE as a social worker, as part of the generation of LSE staff and graduates who concealed the abuse of kids and psych patients, Lady Juliet worked as a social worker at Barts.
As I mentioned, it was a foolproof system:
Major Ronald retired from his post as Legal Visitor in 1963, upon medical advice. The Lord Chancellor’s office issued a statement on Armstrong-Jones’s retirement: “His doctors have advised him that the constant travelling involved in the duties of the office is likely to be inimical to his health in the future.”
It would have been quite a journey between the south of England and Denbigh, particularly if Ronald had to undertake it frequently. The transport links are not good now but they were very bad in Ronald’s day. So after 1963, the stringent system of checks and balances at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh came to an end and Gwynne and Dafydd, had they have ever wanted to, could have illegally imprisoned people in the dungeon and lobotomised patients who refused to have sex with them or other people. They were never able to do that before, lest An Inspector Called, so we can be reassured that the thousands of patients incarcerated out there were all definitely Mad.
Ronald Armstrong-Jones was married three times. Firstly, on 22 July 1925, to Anne Messel (8 February 1902 – July 1992), with whom he had two children: Lord Snowdon and Susan (1927–1986), who married John Vesey, 6th Viscount de Vesci. Ronald Armstrong-Jones’ first marriage ended in divorce in 1934 and Anne later married the 6th Earl of Rosse. On 18 June 1936, Armstrong-Jones married secondly Australian Carol Akhurst, daughter of Sir Thomas Melrose Coombe. There were no children from this marriage. They divorced in 1959 and Carol was killed in a car crash in 1966. As was Mr Thrope’s first wife Caroline, in 1970.
Mr Thrope found happiness again in 1973 when he married Miriam, who had divorced Lilibet’s cousin.
Major Ronald married thirdly Jenifer Unite Monro on 11 February 1960. Jenifer Unite, an air hostess, was the daughter of Basil Unite, a major fruit importer. They had one son, Peregrine John Walter Thomas Owen Llewelyn Armstrong-Jones (born 1960), who married Caroline Therese Bloy.
Armstrong-Jones underwent an operation in mid-1965 but never recovered from his illness. He returned to the hospital at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington in October 1965 and returned to his country home, Plas Dinas, before Christmas. He died there in late January, at the age of 66.
My post ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ described how Nerys, the late wife of Merfyn Jones, the VC of Bangor University, who died at the hands of Dafydd’s colleagues at the Walton Centre in 2008, was laid to rest in Llanfaglan Church. Bugger me if Lord Snowdon didn’t join her there in 2017! After all that unpleasantness towards Merfyn as well, including the assistance from Lord Snowdon’s relatives, what a surprise it was for Lord Snowdon Of His Whole Life In Belgravia to end up next to Nerys.
Lord Snowdon’s lifestyle and friends caused a few snags during the planning of his wedding to Ma’am Darling. Jeremy Fry was to be the best man but had to be blown out after Jeremy had been been caught by the long arm of the law ‘opportuning for immoral purposes’. Mr Thrope was considered but Mr Thrope’s exciting private life that wasn’t at all private also deemed him unsuitable. One of the few mates of Lord Snowdon’s who did meet with Royal Approval re best man suitability was the Top Doctor Roger Gilliatt. Throughout Roger’s long and distinguished career, no-one was ever rash enough to pipe up publicly with ‘ooh he was a good friend of Princess Margaret’s swinging, recreational-chemical-imbibing, rent-boy-using husband when Ma’am Darling’s swinging circle were at their swinging best’. However, Top Doctors, being what they are, will be acutely aware of that and in the privacy of Top Docs inner sanctums where there are no Royals to whom it is necessary to toady, the ribald anecdotes will have been exchanged, accompanied by full explicit details, to great mirth.
Professor Roger Gilliatt, who died in 1991, was a neurologist who starred in my post ‘Man Of Steel’. Gilliatt was well-networked into Dafydd and Gwynne the lobotomist’s circle in numerous ways.
Roger Gilliatt was educated at Rugby and in 1940 went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he later graduated just six months after returning from war service; in 1942 he had enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Does this biography sound familiar?
Gilliatt was a student at the Middlesex Hospital, as was Gwynne. Gilliatt and Gwynne were just about the same age, they knew each other. Whereas Gwynne made his way up to the dungeon at Denbigh, after demobilisation Roger Gilliatt returned to the Middlesex, eventually becoming a consultant there as well as at the National Hospital Queen Square, just six years after qualifying.
Not only did Gilliatt know Dafydd and Gwynne, but he knew Sir Charles Evans, the Principal of UCNW, 1958-94, who allowed UCNW to be used as a vehicle for the gang. Evans was a neurosurgeon who was a student at Oxford; he qualified in 1942, joined the RAMC and worked as a surgeon and neurosurgeon in Liverpool, 1947-57. At least he did when he wasn’t climbing in the Himalayas, which he did so often that it was a standing joke that he was there more often than in the operating theatre. No of course Evans wasn’t sacked for absenteeism, not only was he a Top Doctor but in 1953 he was the Deputy Leader of the successful British Everest team, a national hero, free to run the Westminster Paedophile Ring without having to answer to anyone even when the bodies began mounting up.
As Dr D.G.E. Wood, a member of the north Wales gang and Gwynne’s colleague in the Student Health Centre at UCNW, yelled at me when I complained about Gwynne in 1984 ‘you’re not allowed to complain about him, he is answerable only to himself’. Gwynne ran a paedophile ring who victims were murdered, other victims were lobotomised and the lucky ones were illegally imprisoned in a dungeon.
I do wish that D.G.E. Wood would leave a comment on this blog and tell me whether he is proud of his achievements more than 30 years down the line. North Wales has the highest suicide rates in the UK and some of the worst clinical outcomes in Europe, the Health Board cannot recruit and is bankrupt and no-one will go to north Wales to work in general practice.
Pretty good going Wood!
Roger Gilliatt was a substantial figure in neurology both in the UK and internationally. In 1962 Gilliatt was appointed the first Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. It was Roger Gilliatt who’s ‘leadership, coupled with the growing and imaginative support of a succession of Deans and Chairmen of the Academic Board, transformed the Institute into the present large establishment with its pre-eminent international reputation. Crucial to this success was the quality of the individuals who came to work at Queen Square. Roger Gilliatt had an enviable capacity to recognise academic potential in young people and a determination to support in myriad ways, often not visible, those who were fulfilling their promise.’
Roger Gilliatt was a mate of the Royals and as we shall see, a rather grander facilitator of the Westminster Paedophile Ring than Dafydd and Gwynne, so the wonders worked at Queen Square were, I suspect, as much to do with that as with amazing clinical skills.
‘Young neurologists from all over the world came to his department and many went on to become leading figures in their own countries and internationally. At the time of his death, Roger had had a hand in training most of the professors of clinical neurology in the UK. All who worked with him were marked by his approach. He exacted the highest standards both in the clinic and in the laboratory, and the consequences of falling short of his expectations could be disastrous.’
So Roger Gilliatt destroyed anyone who crossed his path and as a result every neurologist in the UK was Of Gilliatt, who was Of The Westminster Paedophile Ring.
The scenario gets worse. When Roger Gilliatt retired from Queen Square, he went to the National Institute of Health in Bethseda, USA, where he was able to spend more time in the laboratory than he had done for many years. There he found a ready availability of funds to purchase the latest equipment, on a scale he had never known and ‘he settled into professional and personal life in Washington with great enthusiasm and manifest satisfaction’.
The Westminster Paedophile Ring had yet another tentacle in the US! This time one of a neurological nature…
Roger was a colleague and friend of those who protected Gwynne and those colleagues of Dafydd’s at the Walton Centre who found that there was just nothing that they could do for Merfyn’s late wife Nerys before she died in 2008, after Nerys, Merfyn and one of Merfyn’s close friends had spent their lives spilling paedophiles’ pints. See eg. post ‘Death In Samarkand’.
It would be damn near impossible to find one UK neurologist who was/is not Of Roger Gilliatt and then he extended his influence to the US as complaints about his pals Dafydd and Gwynne began to mount up…
Roger Gilliatt’s dad was Sir William Gilliatt, the Royal Gynaecologist for over 20 years, who delivered Carlo, Princess Ann and the Duchess of Kent’s three children. William Gillatt undertook his medical training at the Middlesex Hospital and after qualifying in 1908, Gilliatt held house appointments at the Middlesex as house physician, house surgeon, obstetric house physician and, finally, obstetric registrar and tutor. He was also elected to the staff of King’s College Hospital in 1916, retiring as senior gynaecologist in 1946.
So William Gilliatt taught Gwynne the lobotomist when Gwynne was a medical student at the Middlesex, alongside Sir William’s son Roger! William Gilliatt the Royal Doc would undoubtedly have been most useful to Gwynne as Gwynne conducted a reign of terror across north Wales, forcing kids in care and young people into prostitution and lobotomising away until his black heart was content. Then there was the Aversion Therapy for gay men; while Gwynne and Dafydd facilitated an enormous gang that specialised in producing rent boys for the Westminster Paedophile Ring. We should not forget the murders of patients and concealing of the bodies; the disappearance of the babies of the female patients who had been raped or had their much wanted babies abducted…
When Brown and I raised concerns about Gwynne in 1984 only to receive a barrage of threats from the Top Docs, initially from Dr D.G.E. Wood, Carlo was the Chancellor of UCNW.
It really is um er thingy appalling really…
I was sufficiently concerned about Gwynne’s misconduct to write to the GMC, who refused to investigate. The Chairman of the GMC at the time was the Bastard of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Lord John Walton, a neurologist colleague of Roger Gilliatt. The Bastard of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was colluding with the big paedophile/trafficking ring in the North East of England, which supplied Dafydd and Gwynne’s gang with staff as well as children. See previous posts.
Here’s the Bastard, just leaving to catch the train back to Newcastle after popping in for a cup of char:
Professor Eric Sunderland, who arrived at UCNW as Principal in 1984 to succeed Charles Evans shortly after Brown and I made our complaint about Gwynne, had grown up in Carmarthen in West Wales, where there was a ring linked to the north Wales ring. Eric knew the academics at Manchester University who were not only colluding with the ring that the Top Doc friends of Dafydd and Gwynne’s were running in Greater Manchester/Salford, but some of them had been/were personal friends of Bertrand Russell and the Welsh Bloomsbury Set at Cwm Croesor, who had been using the services of Gwynne and Dafydd for years. See posts ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ and ‘Captain Swing And His Crew’.
People are telling me that the arrival of Eric Sunderland at UCNW was the result of Brown and me refusing to shut up. A new Principal was going to arrive anyway, because the Gwerin were at war with Sir Charles Evans; the Gwerin had forced an agreement out of Evans in 1982 that he would stand down in 1984. The Gwerin hated Sir Charles, although he was fully on board with the gang. In best Gwerin tradition, they were all scrapping among themselves and had ishoos with Sir Charles, Sir Charles being rude, confrontational, posh and unsympathetic to the Welsh language campaigners among the staff and the students. There were years of protests, with Dafydd Iwan strumming his guitar and singing in support of those rising up against Evans, students having sit-ins, raiding the administrators offices, stealing files etc. See post ‘Meet the Gwerin!’
No-one mentioned the trafficking gang and the solution to the problem when Brown and I complained about them was to headhunt Eric Sunderland, who was as fully on board as Sir Charles, but a good deal more polite and who concealed his role in the sex trafficking ring very effectively. See previous posts.
Top Doctors and Gwerin! I know that you’d have got away with it all if it hadn’t have been for those pesky Service Users
but even those pesky Service Users would not have ended up exposing you if you had not been so stupid as to have threatened us, killed one of our friends, tried to kill us and destroyed our careers! It made me just a little bit suspicious! I had no idea that Gwynne was one of the Mr Bigs in the Westminster Paedophile Ring and had spent years lobotomising people who refused to work in his ring, I just thought that he was the most disgusting old man and all I wanted was an apology and an assurance that this would never, ever happen to anyone else at his hands. Which research has shown is the reaction and motivation of nearly everyone who complains about a Top Doc, they really are not Lying To Get Compensation.
Eric Sunderland wrote me that polite, nice DECEITFUL letter and then you declared war Gwerin. You should not have, because I took that letter at face value and did not connect it with the havoc that then reigned down upon my friends and I.
My friend Anne Vernon was killed by the gang in April 1986. By that time, the ring knew that Oliver Brooke, Prof of Paediatrics at St George’s Hospital Medical School, the London HQ of the Westminster Paedophile Ring for years (see post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’), would be facing trial for child porn offences. Ollie was far more than a collector of kiddie porn, he was a key player in a pan-European paedophile ring, but that only emerged years later, although the police knew it at the time.
The St George’s contingent were frequenting Cynthia Payne’s famous brothel at Ambleside Avenue, Streatham; Cynthia’s place was a problem because it was a networking opportunity for people who were offending against children and those running the Westminster Paedophile Ring. It was known that police raids had discovered peers, solicitors and clergymen in Cynthia’s brothel who were never named; there were also Top Docs from St George’s at the orgies when the police raided and the presence of Top Doctors was not even mentioned in any media reports. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’.
Just weeks after Anne was killed, D.G.E. Wood yelled at me to leave Bangor, forget about everything that had happened in north Wales and make a new life for myself somewhere else. Although the gang’s contacts then ensured that a place that I had on the medicine degree at Cardiff was withdrawn, then the MSc place that I had been offered at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was withdrawn and after I began the MSc at Hammersmith Hospital/Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Sept 1986 – Wood et al didn’t know about that until I’d left Bangor and arrived at Hammersmith – the gang’s mates at Hammersmith began a raft of dirty tricks down there…
In Dec 1986, just days before Oliver Brooke appeared in Court, Dafydd had me unlawfully arrested and imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital, Denbigh. See posts ‘Hippocratic Oath or Hypocritic Oaf?’ and ‘How I Arrived At Denbigh’.
Ollie appeared at Kingston-upon-Thames Court. The town of Kingston was virtually run by Professor Hugh Bentall, a cardiac surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital, who was a very rich man, had taken part in a big research fraud at Hammersmith and received his Chair after one of his colleagues was found dead in suspicious circumstances and after Bentall had made a substantial financial donation to Hammersmith Hospital. Hugh’s secretary doubled up as his mistress and he secured her a place to do a degree and then a PhD in Anatomy and then bagged her a lecturing job. See post ‘Interesting Facts’.
Adrian Bell, one of the lecturers in the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW and a friend of Wood and other members of the gang, who had ignored me when I told him that someone had threatened to kill Brown and then trashed Brown’s room with a swordstick, held him hostage and told Brown that he’d be back (Adrian also ignored at least two other undergrads who were under attack from the gang), was a graduate of Kingston Poly and a former Home Office forensic scientist. The corrupt Home Office forensic science service responsible for the framing of the Birmingham Six – as well as Stefan Kiszko, who spent years in prison after Dr Michael Tarsh, one of Dafydd’s circle from Manchester University, was used as an expert witness (see post ‘Theatre of the Absurd’) – and so many more…
St George’s Hospital merged with Kingston Poly some years after Ollie was jailed…
Ollie didn’t stay in prison for long. Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane cut Ollie’s sentence at appeal in May 1987; not because Ollie was not guilty, but because Ollie had ‘suffered greatly’ and a mountain of letters in support of Ollie from other Top Docs had been sent to the judge. Ollie was released from prison shortly afterwards. See eg. ‘Oliver!’. A police raid on Cynthia’s brothel in 1986 resulted in charges but Cynthia was acquitted. The cavalry had arrived to save the bacon of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the cavalry did a great job for many more years.
Hugh Bentall’s son Richard is a clinical psychologist who trained and worked at UCNW. By the time that Ollie was charged, Richard Bentall had married the daughter of Dr Eifion Jones, the Dean of Science at UCNW. Richard’s (now ex) wife – she is called either Rhiannon or Rhian, I have forgotten which – completed a degree in the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW; I think that she graduated the year before I did. Rhiannon/Rhian then trained and worked as an Angel in north Wales and taught with the WEA and at the Open University. See previous posts.
As Roger Gilliatt’s friend Lord Snowdon aged, there were increasingly frank admissions as to his lifelong promiscuity. It emerged that Polly Fry, the daughter of his old friend Jeremy, was Snowdon’s daughter and that Polly had been conceived while Snowdon was engaged to Ma’am Darling. I don’t want to respond to info like this with a How Very Dare You, because in the case of other people’s relationships, unless one knows them very well, one is not usually in a position to do the How Very Dare You bit and everyone involved was consenting adults. What is far more worrying is the 1996 death of Ann Hills, who had been a mistress of Snowdon’s for 20 years when she died.
Ann Hills was a journalist who was party to a great deal of information with regard to Naughtiness In High Places, although she had not published any of it.
The Indie, 13 Feb 1997, reported that:
Lord Snowdon’s former lover, Ann Hills, killed herself with a massive overdose of paracetamol washed down with wine, an inquest heard yesterday. The 55-year-old divorced mother-of-two probably committed suicide “on the spur of the moment” because she was depressed at her inability to have long-lasting relationships with men, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.
Her brother, Alan Philipp, told the inquest that Mrs Hills had been divorced since 1981. She had worked hard and was quite successful but although she had many friends, her inability to secure lasting male friendships may have made her concerned about her future happiness, he said.
Dr Paul Knapman, the coroner, said Mrs Hills spent Christmas in Norfolk with her ex-husband and sons.
Professor Patrick Pietroni, Mrs Hills’ GP, said she had spoken of her unhappiness at times but had never exhibited signs of depression and he had never prescribed medication for this.
Mrs Hills had taken “a very substantial overdose of paracetamol” as well as the tranquilliser Temazepam in a therapeutic amount with the equivalent of two glasses of wine, a pathologist, Dr Ian Hill, said.
The purpose of this briefing is to bring to the attention of the committee the very important developments that have occurred in the Cuban Health Care system, their impact on health care statistics and the lessons the UK could learn, especially at this time of maximum change to the NHS.
While this bunch of Charlies enjoyed a jolly to Cuba, the UK’s mental health services had all but collapsed and there was a genocide in north Wales. The Waterhouse Report which concealed the serious organised crime that led to that genocide had just been published…
Society photographer Snowdon met Ann in the late 1970s, after his divorce from Princess Margaret and remarriage to TV executive Lucy Lindsay-Hogg. Days later she called at his home and announced: “I want to go to bed with you.” Snowdon said: “Come in”, and the affair began. A close friend said Ann “couldn’t live without a man”, and described her as “tremendously attractive, full of energy, very sexy and quite free in her affections”. The pal added: “She adored Snowdon, but they went to great lengths to keep the whole thing secret. “Ann told me he’d visit her flat at around 9.30 am. “After all, no one commits adultery in the morning. No one would suspect. Ann was a very willing mistress. Of all her relationships, Snowdon was there for her the longest.”
Old Etonian Snowdon made regular morning visits to Ann’s flat in Marylebone, with its turreted main bedroom and circular bed. They also spent time at his country home in Sussex. He boosted her journalistic career by giving her contacts, and she often helped write speeches for him. Ann’s father, leading gynaecologist Elliot Phillip, knew about the affair. “I didn’t approve of her promiscuity,” he said. “But of all the people she was promiscuous with, Snowdon was the one I did approve of”
“If I met him I’d shake [Lord Snowdon’s] hand and thank him for taking so much care of her. “
“To think he did her anything but good is wrong. She told me he was the kindest, most supportive person.” Elliot, who’s in his 80s, added that Ann attempted suicide at 18. “It was always there,” he said.
He said she was worried about her career just before her death, after getting a letter from a newspaper she took as a rejection.
Most people are a bit shaken when they’ve been sacked.
Ann’s live-in lover Colin Whittington, 59, and several close friends also knew of the relationship with Snowdon, which continued until her death on Hogmanay. Businessman Colin said: “Ann told me about Snowdon shortly after we first met. “I don’t know if she continued to see him while I was with her. I wouldn’t have dreamed of asking her.”
Speaking at his pounds £2m home in Kensington, London, Snowdon said he heard of Ann’s suicide through “a friend of hers”. Asked what may have driven her to take her own life, he replied: “I think a lot was wrong with her. I do not know certain things about what her private life was, or what her friendships were, or what happened.”
…His eyes filled with tears as he added: “It is very difficult, but I am not going to elaborate on this at all.”
“I certainly wouldn’t dream of talking about her in any way, except that she was a friend and it is a very, very sad incident.” Snowdon, a polio sufferer since his teens, said Ann did a lot of work for people with disabilities, and shared his love of photography. He said he had “absolutely no suspicion” she was thinking of suicide.
Despite his divorce from Margaret, Snowdon is still close to the Queen and the rest of the royals. He is Prince Edward’s godfather, and recently took photos of the Queen mum and Princess Di.
- Royal Males: If, all these years after I turned down Gwynne and Dafydd’s job opportunity, you are still interested in having my name on the reserve list as it were, please don’t bother. Having sex with members of the British Royal Family seems to be a rather high risk occupation, so I’ll say no thanks once more. I’m 56, that’s even older than Ann Hills was and I haven’t got a job on ‘The Guardian’ from which to be sacked, but I definitely don’t want a Royal turning up in my bed. It would be more worrying than the proverbial horse’s head.
“Then she met Colin Whittington.” The pal said Ann was terrified of losing Colin. They spent Christmas apart, and Ann said: “If this cracks, I can’t go on.” In her final phone call to the friend, Ann again said she was worried about Colin. “I told her there were more fish in the sea,” the pal recalled. “She replied: `I can’t live without a man.’ “She was a very independent woman, but also a very clinging one.”
Ann’s dad told how she phoned him hours before her suicide. “I knew she was desperately upset,” he said, “but I had no idea she would take her life that day. I wake each morning and think I could have done something to stop her.” Ann was cremated earlier this month at Golders Green in London. She’d asked for her body to be donated to medical research, but the pills she took made that impossible.
There’s another whopper. Donating one’s body to medical research does not involve ‘medical research’; it means that one has donated one’s body to be used as dissection material for pre-clinical medical students. An overdose of any sort of tablets would not for any reason render the corpse unsuitable.
An inquest will be heard on February 26.
Dr Paul Knapman was going to be holding the inquest. Anything could happen.
Ronnie Waterhouse was an alumnus of St John’s College, Cambridge; Ronnie was younger than Elliot Philipp, but Ronnie was an enthusiastic member of the alumni network and sufficiently devoted to St John’s that he was delighted that his daughter studied at St John’s as well.
While still an undergraduate, he was sent by his father to Austria to meet the Freuds – Sigmund’s wife, Martha, was a first cousin of Oscar Philipp, and had been brought up more like his sister after her own father died young. As orthodox Jews, the Philipps had initially opposed her marriage in 1886 because Freud seemed to have neither religion nor career; but by 1935, when Elliot went to stay at their summer house at Grinzing, relations between the two sides of the family were more or less harmonious. When Elliot arrived, Freud came down from the terrace where he always wrote with his chow dog beside him and straightaway asked: “Is your father still so orthodox?” When Elliot left, Freud gave him his signature in a leather wallet, assuring him that it would be valuable one day.
Freud had a direct link with Dafydd and Gwynne’s gang via the Welsh psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, who had worked with Freud and was substantially responsible for introducing Freud’s work to the UK (see previous posts) and via James and Alix Strachey, who were relatives of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and his wife Amabel, nee Strachey, the couple at the centre of the Welsh Bloomsbury Set at Cwm Croesor. James and Alix were analysts themselves and translated Freud’s works into English; they are considered to have produced the definitive translation. See post ‘The Vermin Club’.
Some of the Freudian analysts were abusing/sexually exploiting children/patients themselves and they all knew that other analysts and psychiatrists were. Philipp was part of the circle.
After graduating, Philipp spent a year in Lausanne due to ill-health, and it was there that he delivered his first baby. He also began writing a book about sexual relationships, thinking he could do better than those already on the market, although as a sexually inexperienced bachelor he gleaned his material from other people’s writings and the accounts of his marginally more worldly friends. His publishers suggested that he also have it vetted by a qualified doctor, and the only one he knew was Sigmund Freud, who had recently come to live in London, preceded by his youngest son, Ernst (father of Lucien and Clement), with whom Philipp had become good friends.
Lucien Freud had a nearly unbeatable reputation for Ugandan discussions and fathering children. As far as is known, Lucien Freud’s encounters were consensual; relatively recent revelations about the Liberal MP Clement Freud confirms that his were not and a number of them constituted serious sexual assaults on children.
Although by then dying of cancer, Freud read Philipp’s manuscript and volunteered a series of amendments – as well as lecturing to him extensively on such subjects as bisexuality, the Oedipus complex and the sexual attraction of Helen of Troy. The resulting book, ‘The Technique of Sex’, written under the pseudonym Anthony Havil, quickly became a bestseller and ran to numerous editions over the next 40 years, with sales of almost a million copies.
Philipp qualified as a doctor barely a month before the outbreak of the Second World War, whereupon he joined the RAF, serving as a medical officer with Bomber Command. In 1941 he was almost certainly the last doctor to examine the aviatrix Amy Johnson – pronouncing her “wonderfully fit” – before she drowned after bailing out in the Thames estuary. He ended the war as a squadron leader but, declining the offer of a commission, returned to the Middlesex Hospital and then Addenbrooke’s, where he had been a clinical student.
We’re back to Gwynne again. Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge facilitated the ring that has existed in Cambridge for years, which was given a boost by the Cambridge Apostles and the Cambridge Spy Ring, who had close links with the Welsh Bloomsbury Set via Bertrand Russell, Eric Hobsbawm and others. See previous posts.
Subsequent appointments included St Thomas’,
Tommy’s has churned out Top Docs linked to the Westminster Paedophile Ring as well as to Dafydd and Gwynne’s gang eg. Ann and Peter Dally, Dr Death, Professor Jim Watson, Professor Michael Hutt etc… See previous posts.
the Royal Free and University College hospitals.
They supplied the Westminster Paedophile Ring as well, two big names from UCL who were involved being Lord Max Rosenheim and Dame Josephine Barnes. See previous posts, including ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’.
During this time he also wrote several books and newspaper articles, and became medical correspondent of the News Chronicle in 1950. The following year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and began working privately in Harley Street. He also joined the staff of Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, as junior consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, which gave him the opportunity to undertake research in relation to blood groups and the Rhesus factor.
His private practice was growing, too, particularly among the French community, whose language he spoke fluently, along with German. He became the official gynaecologist to the French embassy in London (as well as to several other legations) and was awarded the Légion d’honneur. In 1964 he moved to the Royal Northern Hospital, which incorporated the City of London Maternity Hospital, where his patients included the inmates of Holloway prison, and where he first began using the laparoscope, the keyhole device used to examine women’s ovaries and Fallopian tubes and perform surgical procedures.
The only ‘care’ that the Holloway inmates would have received would be clap cures – to enable someone to sexually exploit them (probably ‘again’) without anxiety – and possibly sterilisation and hysterectomy without their consent or possibly even knowledge. Philipp will also have known that many of the inmates were not villains but prostitutes, although rather less privileged than high class ones like his daughter. Philipp really was not going to be ‘looking after’ them in any meaningful sense of the phrase.
Philipp had been trained in its use in the late 1950s by the French pioneer Raoul Palmer. In 1966, at a meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine, Philipp witnessed the first meeting between Steptoe and Edwards, which led to their collaboration in the culturing of human embryos in a test tube. Shortly after this, Philipp accepted Steptoe’s invitation to help found the British Fertility Society to bring together the leading experts on infertility, and thereafter he became one of Steptoe’s and Edwards’s closest consultants in the work to produce the world’s first test tube baby.
Steptoe and Edwards’ pioneering IVF work was considered very unacceptable by most of the medical profession; there were attempts to stop it and Steptoe and Edwards did not perform the work in the London teaching hospitals because of the opposition that they encountered. Steptoe worked in Oldham, which was puzzling to people outside medicine who didn’t realise how questionable IVF was considered at the time. Patrick Steptoe never forgave his profession for refusing to accept him and remained furious until he died. Robert Edwards only picked up his knighthood and Nobel Prize many years after Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born, by which time Steptoe had died.
Bob Edwards was a graduate of UCNW. UCNW would still not acknowledge Bob Edwards when I was a student there in the 1980s, although by then he was their most famous alumnus. Elliot Philipp will have known where he studied though…
It had never occurred to me that Steptoe and Edwards were linked to someone with both feet in the sty such as Elliot Philipp. I had always presumed that they had been unfairly smeared by the most appalling bunch of old posturing hypocrites. Which they had been, because some of those most opposed to IVF then colonised the field themselves, the most glaring example being Lord Robert Winston. Lord Bob was one of the biggest critics that Steptoe and Edwards had, but er who subsequently became the highest profile IVF specialist in the UK???
Bob Edwards hanging out with Elliot Philipps might explain why, years after Steptoe died and IVF had become acceptable and indeed big business, Bob Edwards was working in a clinic with some of the most disreputable names in IVF, including Bridget Mason. See post ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’. I couldn’t understand why Bob Edwards had linked up with them…
I have just taken a very brief look at Patrick Steptoe’s early biography, having realised that I didn’t know anything about Steptoe’s early career; he trained at St George’s, qualifying in 1939. I had no idea and I will investigate further… I do know that Oldham was on the patch of the Greater Manchester ring run by Dafydd’s mates. As a gynaecologist Steptoe will have known what was going on but that doesn’t mean that he was involved or was happy about it.
In the late 1980s, when Bridget Mason was still running her London IVF clinic notorious for bizarre practices, such as refusing to pay a member of staff to carry the sperm samples between the lab on the upper floor down to the clinic at ground level and instead ordering the lab staff to throw the sperm samples out of the lab window onto the ground, thus enabling someone to just pop out of the clinic door and pick them up (see previous posts), a UCNW zoology graduate called Sue Avery worked for Mason. I was told that Sue Avery knew just how unacceptable it all was but was keeping schtum. Recently Sue Avery received media coverage in her role as Director of the substantial IVF centre in Birmingham. During the years that Westminster City Council partook of illegal practices and assisted St George’s in running the Westminster Paedophile Ring, one of the Councillors was called Avery; I asked in a previous post whether he was anything to do with Sue…
Previous posts have discussed my time working in the fertility lab at St George’s, 1989-91. I witnessed the chaos and bad practice and I heard much of the same – indeed worse – from other people whom I met who were working in fertility clinics. See eg. ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’. My post ‘Professor Prestigious and His Associates’ discussed the bizarre encounters that I and another interviewee who was a very experienced embryologist had when we applied for jobs at Southampton University School of Medicine, over which Sir Donald Acheson reigned. Acheson was an associate of Dafydd and Gwynne. Acheson trained at the Middlesex, qualifying a few years after Gwynne and concealed the wrongdoing of Dafydd and Gwynne. Acheson was particularly well-placed to do this when he was Chief Medical Officer, 1983-91, during which time the British Gov’t were prepared to do anything at all to keep a lid on the criminality in north Wales.
Acheson was appointed CMO on Jan 1 1983. By then the British Gov’t and medical establishment knew that they were going to be in deep trouble as a result of the litigation which Mary Wynch’s had begun against Dafydd and the gang if they did not carefully control the fall-out. Dafydd’s mate Prof Robert Bluglass rewrote the Mental Health Act to reassure that nation that Dafydd Could Not Do It Again (he did, with me, five years later) and Dafydd’s mate William Bingley wrote the Code of Practice to accompany the new Act. Then Nice Young Doctors arrived in Gwynedd to confirm that Things Were Improving; the Nice Young Doctors included the Drs Francis and Lyndon Miles, all of whom had rather better social skills than Dafydd and Gwynne but were fully on board with the gang. See previous posts.
Just to be sure that Dafydd and Gwynne weren’t in any danger of being exposed or having to answer any difficult questions, Gwynne’s mate was installed as CMO, in the way that Gwynne’s other mate Lord John Walton had been installed as Chairman of the GMC in 1982.
It was Donald Acheson who persuaded Thatcher and Norman Fowler to agree to the public education programme re HIV/AIDS in the late 1980s, by explaining to them that the members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring like Sir Peter Morrison who were having sex with kids in care and rent boys could well die if steps were not taken to prevent the spread of infection… Acheson knew that Dafydd’s gang was the conveyor belt for rent-boys; Acheson educated and warned the people who used their services, but he didn’t put Dafydd and the gang out of action. Many of the boys targeted by Dafydd’s gang had already become infected by the time that Acheson pulled out all the stops to stop the sex offenders of Westminster and Whitehall from becoming infected with HIV; it was those boys who were the first to die in the late 1980s. Everyone working in HIV knew how those young men had become infected; as ever Those Who Helped made capital out of it.
Having protected elderly posh paedophiles from contracting HIV from the kids in care whom they were sexually exploiting, Donald Acheson had demonstrated his credentials in the field of Health Inequalities, so who better for Miranda to appoint as Chair of the Independent inquiry Into Inequalities In Health in 1997?
It was of course the Middlesex Hospital, which had provided Gwynne with 100% protection while he forced those boys into sex work, which then basked in the limelight when it opened the first AIDS wards and invited Di along to shake hands with an AIDS patient to Fight The Stigma. It received TV coverage around the world! See previous posts. Jim Callaghan’s daughter Baroness Margaret Jay made AIDS one of her Special Interests, after her father had spent years giving Dafydd and Gwynne all the help that they could utilise (see previous posts) and Lord Peter Shore, who along with his wife Baroness Liz Shore – Liz was a Top Doc in the Civil Service at the highest level when Richard Crossman ran the Westminster Paedophile Ring during the years that he was Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1968-70 – had facilitated the ring, extracted dosh out of Ken Clarke at the Dept of Health to enable the old Mildmay Mission Hospital in Shoreditch to be converted into an AIDS hospice. Ken Clarke and the people responsible for the Mildmay conversion had all concealed Dafydd and Gwynne’s gang. See post ‘Apocalypse Now’. Tower Hamlets was another turf which was controlled by a partner gang of Dafydd and Gwynne’s, so Sir Robin Wales and co ensured that their Borough benefited from the largesse as well, as people were held over a barrel in all directions. See post ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’.
Philipp retired from the National Health Service in 1980 but still saw private patients in Harley Street and operated until the age of 77. He continued writing and was still lecturing in his eighties. He took a keen interest in medical ethics and had regular discussions with the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jakobovits, and other religious leaders. He served as president of both the Medical Society of London and the Hunterian Society, and chaired the historical division of the Royal Society of Medicine. Retirement also allowed him to spend more time at Little Savages, the thatched Elizabethan cottage near the Essex coast which he had bought in 1937 and where he wrote many of his books and built up an extensive collection of antiquarian gynaecological volumes.
A charming, gregarious character, Philipp was also committed to Judaism and Jewish charities, following the example of his father, one of the founders of the Technion University in Haifa and Kibbutz Lavi. Elliot Philipp was an associate governor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was particularly keen to help Jewish educational charities, including Jews College and the Jewish Widows and Students Aid Trust, of which he was a trustee for more than 50 years.
Previous posts have named many Jewish Top Docs involved with the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including Prof Stuart Stanton, Wilfred and Dannie Abse etc. I presume that Uncle Harry was Jewish as well. Then there are the many high profile members of the Jewish community who were in it up to their necks, including Leo Abse, Greville Janner and so on. I believe that the presence of so many Jewish people in the network is a result of Jewish people being over-represented in medicine and law and the Westminster Paedophile Ring used all networks available to them, the Jewish network being one of them.
His other publications included: as Victor Tempest, Near the Sun (1946), an account of his war years with Bomber Command; as Philip Embey, Woman’s Change in Life: a Book for every Woman (1955); From Sterility to Fertility (1957); Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1961); Scientific Foundations of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1970 and later editions); Childbirth (1978); Overcoming Childlessness (1984); Safe Sex: The Pleasure Without The Pain (1987); and The Facts about the Menopause (1998).
Much of the material that Elliot Philipp published was very controversial, indeed often unacceptable, for its time, even in the guise of a Medical Book written by a Top Doctor, which I presume is why Philipp often wrote under a pseudonym.
‘The Facts About the Menopause’ was published late in Elliot’s career after a 10 year break from publishing; his menopausal daughter had been found dead on the roof at about the time, or shortly before, he began writing it, so I wonder why Elliot The Expert With Links To the Gang found a new lease of life to remind us all of his existence at that time mid-Waterhouse Inquiry?
He married, in 1939, five weeks after meeting her, Lucie Ruth Hackenbroch. They remained happily together for nearly 50 years until her death in 1988. They had a son, who survives him, and a daughter who died in 1997. In 1990 he found a new companion, Zdenka Bean, who died in January.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists obituary for Philipp provided a few additional facts:
Eminent gynaecologist and obstetrician, author of numerous popular and technical medical works and committed religious and charitable Jew, Elliot Philipp died on 27th September, 2010 at the age of 95. Born on 20th July 1915 to Oscar and Clarisse Philipp in Stoke Newington, London, Elliot Philipp was educated at Warwick House and St.Paul’s School… At the start of World War II, only a month after qualifying, Elliot left his first appointment at the Middlesex Hospital, to join the RAF. With Bomber Command in East Anglia, based at Feltwell and Mildenhall, he was responsible for those medical centres, by the end of hostilities holding the rank of Squadron Leader.
My post ‘The Science of Animal Behaviour’ discusses organised abuse in East Anglia. Sir Lincoln Ralphs and his wife were involved with the organisations perpetrating abuse in numerous ways; Sir Lincoln Ralphs somehow managed to establish Wymondham College – it still exists but is rather different now – a rather odd boarding school in Norfolk that sounded ripe for targeting pupils for sexual exploitation. Wymondham College was built on a disused RAF base and Ralphs so clearly had entered into some very questionable arrangements to establish the school. Dafydd’s mate Lord David Ennals, MIND bigwig, Minister under Richard Crossman and Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1976-79, saw the land of opportunity that was Norfolk and served as the Labour MP for Norwich North, 1974-83, after he lost his previous seat of Dover. See previous posts.
He was offered a long term commission in the RAF to stay as a doctor and medical researcher but declined, returning to the Middlesex Hospital, and Addenbrokes Hospital where he had been a clinical student… Elliot was writing books and newspaper articles. His first, for which he had help from his distant relative, Sigmund Freud, was The Technique of Sex, first published in 1939. At a time when such guides were few and far between, it became a best seller with numerous editions over the next 40 years.
It probably only became a best seller in later years; the volume will have been considered unacceptable in 1939. People were still scrapping over Lady Chatterley in the early 1960s…
In 1950 he became medical correspondent of The News Chronicle. The following year, he gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons and started working privately in Harley Street. He also joined the staff of Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, as Junior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology a demanding job for a small department that covered a large area dominated by the Ford Motor Co.
The car industry was the centre of a great deal of politicking and even corrupt deals between Gov’t, the unions and business; a Top Doctor working in an area dependent upon Ford would be party to much information. Ford was not known for its worker-friendly practices and the sociologist Huw Beynon became well-known for his book ‘Working For Ford’ which described the strategies that the production workers at Ford adopted to make their work a bit more bearable.
The position gave him the opportunity to undertake research in relation to blood groups and Rhesus factor. His private practice was growing too, particularly among the French community since he spoke fluent French and German. He became the official gynaecologist to the French and several other embassies, worked part time at the French Hospital in Shaftesbury Avenue, and was responsible for the opening of the French Dispensary As a result of this and similar work he was awarded the French Legion d’Honneur…
The children’s ward in the French Hospital in the late 1970s was sponsored by GOSH.
He retired from the National Health Service in 1980 but continued in private practice, seeing patients in Harley Street and operating until the age of 77. He continued writing books and articles, as well as lecturing until the age of 82…
He served as President of both the Medical Society of London and the Hunterian Society, and chaired the Historical Division of the Royal Society of Medicine, during which time he jointly wrote the History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He also jointly edited Scientific Foundations of Obstetrics and Gynaecology…
Elliot was an Associate Governor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was in particular keen to help Jewish educational charities, including Jews College and the Jewish Widows and Students Aid Trust, of which he was a trustee for over 50 years. He was a Mohel, performing circumcisions, as well as on the board of the Initiation Society. He regularly attended shiurim and other study groups.
He married Lucie Ruth Hackenbroch, in 1939, five weeks after meeting her. They remained happily married for nearly 50 years, until her death in 1988. They had two children, Ann who died in 1997, and Alan who survives him. In 1990 Elliot found a new companion, Lady Zdenka Bean, who pre-deceased him in January 2010. His greatest pleasure however was being with his grand-children and great grandchildren. He wrote an autobiography around 1987. Books written or edited by Elliot Philipp include:
- (Under the name Anthony Havil) The Techniques of Sex 1939 and numerous subsequent editions
- (as Victor Tempest) Near the Sun 1946
- (As Philip Embey) Woman’s Change in Life: a Book for every Woman 1955
- Hilton’s Rest and Pain 1950
- From Sterility to Fertility 1957
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1961
- Scientific Foundations of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1970 and later editions
- Childbirth 1978
- Overcoming Childlessness 1984
- Safe Sex: The pleasure without the Pain 1987
- The facts about the Menopause 1998
- History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1995
PHILIPP, Elliot Elias. Also writes as Philip Embey, Anthony Havil, Victor Tempest. British, b. 1915. Genres: Medicine/Health, Sex, Biography. Career: Hon. Consultant, Royal Northern Hospital and City of London Maternity Hospital, 1980- (Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, 1964-80). Gynaecologist, French Dispensary, 1952-. Registrar and Sr. Registrar, University College Hospital, St. Thomas’s Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, and Middlesex Hospital, London, 1947-52; Consultant Gynaecologist, Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, Essex, 1952-64.
Publications: (with E.W. Walls) Hilton’s Rest and Pain, 1950; (with I.C. Rubin) Childless Marriage, 1957; From Sterility to Fertility, 1957; (with E. Wright) Easy Childbirth, 1961; From Sterility and Impotency to Fertility and Virility, 1962; (with E. Crisp) Midwifery for Nurses, 1962; Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Students, 1962; (with K.L. Gearing) The Student Nurse in the Operating Theatre, 1964; (with R. Forbes) Easier Childbirth, 1969; Having Your Baby, 1972; The Change of Life, 1977; Childlessness, 1978; Childbirth, 1978; (with G. Chamberlain) British Births 1970, vol. II, 1978; (with G.B. Carruthers) Infertility, 1980; Hysterectomy, 1982; Overcoming Childlessness; (with L. Hanna) Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization, 1987; Safe Sex, 1987; Caesareans, 1988; (with M. O’Dowd) A History of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1994; The Facts about the Menopause, 2nd ed., 2000. EDITOR: (with J. Barnes and M. Newton) Scientific Foundations of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 1970, 4th ed. (with M. Setchell) 1991; From Conception to Birth, 1972. TRANSLATOR: Dr. P. Vellay, Sex Development and Maternity, 1968; L. Pernaud, Nine Months to Motherhood, 1975; (with A.C. Pembroke) Dr J. Hewitt, M. Pelisse, and B.J. Danielle, Diseases of the Vulva, 1991. AS PHILIP EMBEY: Woman’s Change of Life, 1955; (co-author) You and Your Baby, 1957. AS ANTHONY HAVIL: The Technique of Sex, 1939, 7th ed., 1985; Talks on a Vital Subject, 1941; The Aspect of Sex in Marriage, 1946 (vol. II of The Technique of Sex); Birth Control and You, 1951; The Making of a Woman, 1969. AS VICTOR TEMPEST: Near the Sun, 1946. Address: 166 Rivermead Ct, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3SF, England.
Philipp co-authored with a number of people involved with the Westminster Paedophile Ring eg. Josephine Barnes, who was not only involved herself but was married to Ted Heath’s friend and personal physician, Sir Brian Warren, who was also facilitating the ring. See ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
Marcus Setchell wrote the obituary for Philipps that was published in the BMJ. Sir Marcus Edward Setchell (born 4 October 1943) is the former Surgeon-Gynaecologist to Lilibet’s Royal Household. Setchell was educated at Felsted School and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and undertook his clinical training at Barts.
In 1975 Setchell became the consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at Barts and also at Homerton Hospital following its opening in 1986, holding both positions until 2000. Setchell was a consultant at: Whittington Hospital (2000–08); King Edward VII Hospital for Officers; Director of the Fertility Unit at the Portland Hospital (1987–94): Medical Director of the Homerton Hospital (1994–97); a consultant at The London Clinic (1975-2014). His last position before retirement from the NHS in 2008 was as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Whittington Hospital, London. See previous posts for the patient harm, scandal and fuckwittery that has prevailed at the hospitals in which Marcus Setchell worked.
Setchell was a Council member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 1994-2000, when Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s was obliged to resign as President after being named in a medical research fraud scandal. What did not receive any publicity was Chamberlain’s key role in the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See post ‘Now Then…’ Setchell was a Council Member of King Edward VII Hospital, who’s Chairman was Lord Simon Glenarthur. Simon Glenarthur was a Director of the MDU when the MDU were supplying solicitors and barristers to Dafydd and Tony and Sadie Francis to act against me, although the MDU knew that Dafydd and the Drs Francis had perjured themselves on every occasion and were involved with serious criminality. Glenarthur was the junior Health Minister who was responsible for purchasing blood products from the US that were known to be infected and which have so far led to the death of many NHS patients and will lead to many more deaths. Marcus Setchell is a Trustee of the charidee Wellbeing of Women, which was established by Sir George Pinker, Setchell’s predecessor as Surgeon-Gynaecologist to the Royals, who has not always prioritised the wellbeing of women. See post ‘Wimmin’s Wellbeing – The Fortnum and Mason Connection’.
Having replaced Sir George Pinker as Surgeon-Gynaecologist to Lilibet in 1990, Setchell delivered the daughter of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Lady Louise Windsor, at Frimley Park Hospital – the first Royal Child to be delivered at an NHS hospital – and also delivered Viscount James Severn, Louise’s younger brother. There were very serious complications during Louise’s birth and mother and baby were lucky to live; I am not convinced that the public were ever told the truth about why Sophie and the baby found themselves at such high risk. Setchell also cared for Sophie after her ectopic pregnancy in 2001 and assisted with the Duchess of Cornwall’s hysterectomy. In December 2012, Setchell attended Princess Kate Middleton while she was pregnant and he delivered Prince George in 2013.
In 2008 Alan Farthing was appointed to assist and to succeed Setchell as the Queen’s Surgeon-Gynaecologist. Alan Farthing is even better known as the man who was engaged to Jill Dando when she was assassinated.
Elliot Philipp’s second wife Lady Zdenka Bean was the mother of the High Court judge and Law Lord David Bean, by Zdenka’s first husband Sir George Bean QC. David Michael Bean (born 25 March 1954) was educated at St Paul’s School and studied law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. In July 1976, Bean was called to the Bar at Middle Temple; Ronnie Waterhouse was a member of Middle Temple. Like Ronnie, David became a Bencher at Middle Temple. Ronnie was Treasurer of Middle Temple. Last month (Jan 2019) David became Treasurer of Middle Temple. David Bean was Chairman of the Bar Council in 2002.
In 1992 Bean was appointed Assistant Recorder and then in March 1996, Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit. On 19 July 2004, Bean was appointed a High Court judge. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the presiding judge of the South Eastern Circuit. From October 2010 to March 2014, Bean was a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission. On 1 October 2014, Bean was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. David Bean was appointed to the Privy Council in 2014. In August 2015, he became Chairman of the Law Commission. On 4 November 2015 David Bean was made an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Experts in recognition of his contribution to The Academy’s Judicial Committee and work for Expert Witnesses.
Along with Cherie, Sir David Bean was a founding member of Matrix. Bean specialised in employment and discrimination law, education and public law.
David Bean wrote a column in ‘The Guardian’, published in March 2002, under the category of ‘crime’, entitled ‘Sir David Bean Replies To Sir John Stevens’, John Stevens being the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, 2000-05:
Sir John Stevens made an extraordinary speech this week. It came as a surprise to me, because he has always previously been a serious and respected contributor to the criminal justice debate. But I have little doubt that his speech, like others made recently by members of the Association of Chief Police Officers, is designed to influence the Government as it prepares to introduce legislation later this year to reform the criminal justice system.The Sun is highly influential with the Government, so Sir John really hit the jackpot when The Sun’s front page was taken up with the headline “Justice is a Joke: Britain’s Top Cop Savages our Soft, Pathetic Courts”.
But are our courts really so soft and pathetic? The prison population in England and Wales has now reached 70,000 for the first time in our history. We imprison a higher proportion of the population than any other Western European country except Portugal and Turkey. I do not believe that this because the British are more wicked than the French, Germans, Spaniards, Italians and so on. Rather it suggests to me that our judiciary have a relatively stringent sentencing policy.
A good example is the recent decision by the Lord Chief Justice about robbery of mobile phones. He laid down that save in quite exceptional circumstances a defendant, even a teenager of previous good character, who takes a mobile phone from someone else by force should receive a sentence of at least 18 months. Nothing soft or pathetic about that.
After reading the articles about Sir John’s speech I decided to get an up to date report from the battle front. Yesterday I spoke to two Circuit Judges at a busy London Crown Court. Or rather, it is usually a busy Crown Court. In the last three weeks it has not been as busy as usual. Of the 57 cases listed for trial, 11 (that is 1 in 5) have not gone ahead because of some fault on the part of the prosecution. In no less than 4 of these, the Senior Judge at the Court tells me, the reason was that police witnesses failed to turn up.
This was presumably because they had not been warned: it can hardly be because they were intimidated. In another 3 cases the prosecution had problems with CCTV recordings. In another 2 the case had to be discontinued because the evidence necessary to sustain the charge had not been served. Moving from London to the Midlands, last month there was the shocking case at Lincoln Crown Court where a very serious charge was thrown out by Mr Justice Newman because of police malpractice. Of course cases can go wrong for many reasons, some of which lie at the door of the defence, but it is quite wrong to overlook failings on the prosecution side.
We have heard some extreme claims from police spokesmen in recent days, and in my view it is time to inject some balance into the debate. In any civilised society criminal charges must be proved beyond reasonable doubt for there to be a conviction. This is not a “game”, nor is the process an “adventure playground” for lawyers.
None of us wants a police state, where the knee jerk response to a crime is, to follow the phrase in the film Casablanca, “round up the usual suspects”. We have seen too many miscarriages of justice to allow that. If we did unbalance the scales of justice we would, before long, be on the slippery slope to a police state.
Barristers prosecute and defend in equal numbers. They, like anyone else, want to be part of a system that convicts the guilty and acquits the innocent.
We should get some facts straight too. Juries and magistrates can already be told about a defendant’s previous convictions where these are relevant in law. The Law Commission last year produced some interesting and thoughtful proposals to extend that somewhat but not to allow all previous convictions to be admitted as a matter of course.
Sir John complains of intimidation of vulnerable witnesses, and in my view he is right about this. Later this year, after a three year delay, the relevant sections of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 are being brought into force which will allow the courts to take special measures to protect vulnerable witnesses, for example by allowing evidence to be given behind a screen. I do not know whether the blame for the three year delay lies with the Home Office or with the Treasury, but it certainly does not lie with defence lawyers.
Court buildings are being adapted to prevent intimidation, though I do share the view that more needs to be done in this respect, especially in Magistrates’ Courts. Even some recently built courts do not have adequate facilities to separate prosecution witnesses from the defendant’s witnesses, family and friends. Again, this is not the fault of defence lawyers.
Many simple cases could be brought to trial more quickly, so that there would be less need for argument about release on bail. The Bar Council also supports the recommendation of Lord Justice Auld that the prosecution should be given the right to appeal against the grant of bail by Magistrates.
There are challenges for the police too, not least to investigate crime better, so that the prosecution has reliable evidence to put before the court.
Blaming the lawyers is not a sensible answer to the Home Secretary’s calls for reform of the working practices of the Metropolitan Police: though it is certainly an ingenious tactic for deflecting his criticism of them.
When David Bean wrote this, he was, or was shortly to be, Chairman of the Bar Council. It sounds entirely reasonable, an article written by a level headed person, wishing to see all parties in Court treated fairly. However David writes as though endemic wrongdoing and miscarriages of justice were things in the past. They are not, they are very much alive and kicking, in north Wales and elsewhere. When David Bean was writing that piece, there was yet another huge conspiracy underway to frame me for a serious offence that resulted in my arrest some months later. Bean was Chairman of the Bar Council when I was arrested and charged, after industrial scale perjury on the part of some eight NHS staff and a police officer. They were told what to do by a collection of corrupt NHS managers, Top Docs and lawyers. A bent judge, Huw Daniel, who was a personal friend of Dafydd and other members of the gang, as was Daniel’s father (see post ‘Tan yn Llyn’), presided over the case. So keen was someone to ensure that Huw Daniel would be the presiding judge that the Court list was amended at Daniel’s request…
Previous posts (eg. ‘Interesting Happenings In The Legal System’ and ‘Even more Confusion Regarding Those Legal Conundrums’) have described the case in detail; how the case collapsed on the first day of the trial, how Huw Daniel breached the law himself in open Court, how charges of ‘threats to kill’ were replaced with the lowest category of public order offence, for which Daniel gave me the heaviest sentence possible and then told lies to journalists about my ‘harassment’ of the family of Alun Davies, a corrupt NHS manager, which were then obediently printed by the local papers…
When I did my community service I met a young man who had found himself prosecuted and then given the heaviest sentence possible by Huw Daniel after this young man had angrily confronted a probation officer about a solicitor in Caernarfon who was sexually abusing underaged boys. See post ‘Discussions On The Minibus – And A Revealing Letter’.
In March 1997 Huw Daniel, while sentencing Keith Laverack the former Director of Cambridgeshire Social Services in Chester Crown Court for his Perverted Lusts, lifted an order that the police had obtained preventing the naming of a number of other defendants who were due to stand trial as part of a big paedophile ring; the police were of the opinion that if they were named, the police investigation into the wider ring would be put in jeopardy. Daniel lifted the order nonetheless, the other defendants were named and the whole investigation was put at risk, as no doubt were witnesses. See post ‘Oliver!’.
Daniel sabotaged that investigation three months after the Waterhouse Inquiry opened. On one occasion after this, Huw Daniel was praised in ‘The Sun’ for Being A No Nonsense Judge.
The No Nonsense Judge Who Sank A Police Investigation Into A Paedophile Ring:
The precise date on which Chambers was founded has been lost in time, but can be traced at least to the end of the Second World War. David Maxwell Fyfe KC was Attorney-General at the end of the War and became the main UK prosecutor at Nuremburg. When he returned to the Bar he practised, together with his then junior John Barrington, from 1 Temple Gardens. David Maxwell Fyfe was appointed Lord Chancellor (as Lord Kilmuir) in 1954: John Barrington was appointed a County Court Judge. In the same year the depleted set was joined by a group led by John Thompson QC (later Mr Justice Thompson). He was the editor of Redgrave’s Factories Acts and was the doyen of the Personal Injury Bar. This was the start of Chambers’ recognition as experts in this class of work.
John Thompson was appointed a High Court Judge in 1961. Over the years he has been succeeded as Head of Chambers by George Bean QC (later Mr Justice Bean), Colin Fawcett QC, Hugh Carlisle QC, Guy Sankey QC, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Ian Burnett QC (now The Rt Hon Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales), Nigel Wilkinson QC, Robin Tam QC and currently Keith Morton QC. Patrick Mayhew QC (later Lord Mayhew of Twysden) followed in Maxwell Fyfe’s footsteps as Attorney-General (and later becoming Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), as did Dominic Grieve QC.
Readers may recognise some of the above names from previous posts. David Maxwell Fyfe aka Dai Bananas was one of the big legal figures from a previous era who ruled supreme when Ronnie Waterhouse was a young barrister and toadying to the best. Dai Bananas, despite being of great seniority, was happy to act as Counsel for an associate of Dafydd, a farmer in north Wales who was embroiled in a minor dispute with the County Council. See previous posts.
‘We’re the paedophiles’ friends and you can’t get us.’
Sir Patrick Mayhew was the AG who authorised a number of contempt of court prosecutions against me, although he, the MDU and the barristers and solicitors employed by the MDU, all knew that Drs Tony and Sadie Francis had perjured themselves when giving evidence. Those cases were during the North Wales Police investigation into a possible paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire. The letters that I had written, which were presented as evidence of my ‘harassment’ of various people, contained the full details of serious crimes against patients, including names of victims and offenders, the location and dates of the crimes. All that information was ignored while it was stressed that my ‘numerous letters’ constituted ‘continual harassment’ of Top Docs and NHS managers.
Mayhew had previously worked as a barrister for the MDU and as a GMC assessor. Mayhew was involved in the 1970s case of paedophile child psychiatrist Dr Morris Fraser, whom the GMC allowed to continue practising after he was convicted of a sex offence against a child. See previous posts.
This was not a matter of a sad and lonely Morris Fraser committing one offence in isolation or, as was claimed so often, Top Docs in north Wales crumbling under the strain of naughty old me writing a lot of letters. This was a huge network of sex offenders who were targeting kids in care and vulnerable adults by using their positions as health and social care professionals. I am still not entirely sure how many of them were actually assaulting people themselves; some of them definitely were, the others knew that they were and were facilitating those assaults, including the women in the network.
As for the lawyers, I understand that professionals work closely together and they will all know each other, but a long hard look at who worked with who and on which cases and the evidence that simply was ignored can only lead one to conclude that there was serious institutional corruption at work among the legal and medical profession. A number of people, including the former President of the BMA Dr John Marks and Professor Nigel Eastman, the forensic psychiatrist at St George’s Hospital Medical School – both of whom were involved in my case – were doubly qualified as barristers and Top Doctors. There is no way that they missed the enormity of what was going on, they were fully on board. See previous posts for info on John Marks and Nigel Eastman.
Chambers’ work has broadened with appointments to the Treasury Panels of civil practitioners. Members of Chambers were instructed in the Railway Inquiries and subsequent litigation and became recognised as leading players in prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which cases began in the 1990s. The Treasury work has widened to include all aspects of public law, including immigration and anti-terrorism.
Chambers’ size has increased from its initial handful and it has taken on extra accommodation. In 2010 the opportunity was taken to reposition the Clerks’ Room in Harcourt Buildings and this led to it being renamed as Temple Garden Chambers. The success and growth of Chambers will continue.
Lord David Bean:
Prof. James Peden BARBER (1931 – 2017) Prof. Political administration. Pro Vice-Chancellor, Open University. Master, Hatfield College, Durham University.
Dr. Sandy BRADBROOK (1945 – ) Serves as Interim Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust. Dr. Bradbrook began his career in industry before joining the NHS in 1985. He joined Wigan Health Authority as a District General Manager and ended as Chief Executive of the local NHS Trust, before becoming as a management consultant working particularly in primary care. In 2001, Dr Bradbrook was appointed as Chief Executive of Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which subsequently progressed from one to three stars in successive years. Most recently, he was asked to undertake the role of Project Director of the Black Country Review, looking at all aspects of health and social care in the four Black Country boroughs. Now retired but still active as Chairman of the Children’s University. Dr. Bradbrook is married to a rector in the Church of England; they have three children. Bradbook is a colleague of Dafydd’s pal Robert Bluglass, who concealed the criminality of the gang in north Wales and dominated the NHS in Birmingham for years. See previous posts.
Sir Albert James Macqueen CRAIG (1924 – 2017)
Prof. John Davies EVANS (1925 – ) Archaeologist.
Sir Frank Chalton FRANCIS (1901- 1988)
Eric GLOVER (1935 – ) Banking.
David Michael HARRIS (1943 – ) QC & judge,
Glyn Tegai HUGHES (1923 – ) Glyn Tegai Hughes is a member of Dafydd’s network and has featured in previous posts.
His Honour John Edward JONES (1914 – ) Judge
Air Vice-Marshal John Maurice JONES (1931 – )
Sir Timothy R.A. KING CB, BSc, M.D, J.P. (1949 – ?) Vice President of Royal Council of Surgery. Member of GMC. Introduced inter-tracheal anaesthesia into England, first to give a blood transfusion in Liverpool. See also the Sep. 1939 School Magazine Old Boys’ Section.
Henry Lazarus LACHS (1927 – ) Judge
Walter Barrington LELLO (1931 – 2012)
John McCABE (1939 – 2015
Stuart McDOWALL (1926 – )
Prof. Eric William MILLS (1920 – )
Sir David John OWEN (1874 – 1941) Author and various posts up to Director of the Port of London Authority. See also the Aug. 1941 School Magazine Old Boys’ Section.
Sir Edward Herbert RITSON (1892 – 1981)
Sir David ROBERTS Co founder of the National Library of Wales. See also the Feb. 1940 School Magazine Old Boys’ Section.
John Arthur ROBERTS (1917 – )
Prof. Andrew John WALLARD (1945 – )
Sir Frederick Arthur WHITAKER (1893 – 1968)
Dr. Tony ZALIN (1942 – )
Derek Hatton, the former Deputy Leader of the Labour (Militant) Group on Liverpool City Council, is a former LI schoolboy. Degsy left LI in 1964 and disliked the school. It was however the Chair of the Educational Committee who decided to close the school, Dominic Brady. Degsy received all the publicity in those days, but the Leader of Liverpool City Council at the time was John Hamilton. Hamilton was a Quaker and a Bachelor who had not been blessed with children, although he took a keen interest in children, young people and schools. John Hamilton was nearly killed when his house spontaneously combusted just a few weeks before the publication of the Waterhouse Report. See post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’.
The LI closed in 1985 and in 1987 it was announced that the LI Trust (under control of Liverpool Council’s Education Department) would grant use of the building and site to a new educational establishment. After the school’s closure, Paul McCartney – Ronnie Waterhouse’s neighbour when they both lived in St John’s Wood – returned one night to reminisce about his school days, at about the time when Mary Wynch’s successful appeal to the Master of the Rolls received extensive press coverage . McCartney was determined to save the building and during a conversation with Sir George Martin, the idea of a ‘fame school’ emerged; at the time Martin was helping Mark Featherstone-Witty start a London secondary school with an innovative curriculum. McCartney and Featherstone-Witty joined forces to create the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). The new company took over the Liverpool Institute Trust established in 1905. See previous posts for further details of Martin, Featherstone-Witty and McCartney establishing LIPA.
The building was rebuilt and re-opened in 1996 under LIPA’s name. This new institute is currently affiliated with Liverpool John Moores University. John Hamilton had been a Governor of John Moores University when it was still Liverpool Poly. Cherie served as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University. My post ‘Meet The Family’ provides details of the Grantchester, Littlewoods and Moore families who have been so influential in Liverpool as well as their links to Dafydd and his circle.
Liverpool’s Art College had its origins as part of the Liverpool Institute. The Art College took in talented students, often without formal academic credentials (e.g. John Lennon) and the College eventually became part of the Liverpool Poly in 1970 and later in 1992 Liverpool John Moores University. Music and musical performances were a constant theme throughout the life of the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. Famous old boys who led musical careers include:
- Neil Aspinall, 1954–1959: Beatles’ road manager, MD of Apple Corp
- Les Chadwick, 1954–1959: member of Gerry & The Pacemakers
- Albert Coates, 1894–1900: Anglo-Russian conductor and composer
- Len Garry, 1954–1959: member of The Quarrymen
- George Harrison, 1954–1959: musician.
- Stan Kelly-Bootle 1941–1947: mathematics scholar, folk singer and composer.
- John McCabe, 1950 to 1957: prolific classical music composer
- Sir Paul McCartney, 1953–1960: musician.
- Mike McCartney, 1955–1961: musician Mike McGear in The Scaffold
- Sir Charles Santley, British baritone
- Ivan Vaughan, a classics sixth former, 1953 to 1960, who introduced Paul McCartney to John Lennon.
- C.W. (Colin) Manley, 1953 to 1959 and D.M. (Don) Andrew, 1953 to 1959 both became part of The Remo Four, a group later managed by Brian Epstein.
See previous posts for details of the death of Brian Epstein, who died from an overdose of barbiturates without it seems being warned how lethal they were, while the Beatles were staying over in Bangor with their guru. Epstein, who was known to use rent boys, was distressed but was left alone with toxic drugs; he was supposed to be joining the Beatles in Bangor but never arrived.
A few other former pupils of Liverpool Institute:
|Francis Neilson-Butters||1867–1961||MP for the Hyde Division of Cheshire 1910–1916. Writer and historian.|
|Prof John Hay||1873–1959||former President of the Royal Microscopical Society, and former Professor of Medicine at the University of Liverpool|
|Sydney Silverman||c. 1911–1915||1895–1968||Labour MP from 1935–68 for Nelson and Colne.|
|James Laver||1899–1975||Art historian|
|Arthur Askey||1911–1916||1900–1982||Comedian and broadcaster.|
|Sir Malcolm Knox||1900–80||Professor of Moral Philosophy from 1936–53 at the University of St Andrews, and Principal of the University from 1953–66|
|Sir Frank Francis||1901–1988||Director of the British Museum, 1959–1968|
|Lindley M. Fraser||1904–63||Jaffrey Professor of Political Economy from 1935–40 at the University of Aberdeen, Head of German and Austrian Services at the BBC from 1946–63|
|Frank Redington||1906–84||Head Boy 1925; Cambridge University (Wrangler); Chief Actuary of Prudential Insurance 1951–1968; Winner of the Gold Medal of the Institute of Actuaries in honour of “actuarial work of pre-eminent importance”.|
|Prof William Kneale||1906–90||White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, 1960–6. Author of Probability and Induction|
|Alan Robertson||1920–89||Chemist. Animal breeding and genetics|
|Alan Durband||1938–1944||1927–93||Pupil who returned as a teacher, one of the founders of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool|
|Ronald Oxburgh, Baron Oxburgh||1942–1952||1932–||Chair of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, 2003 to 2005.|
|Peter Sissons||1953–1961||1942–||News broadcaster|
|Steve Norris||1956–1963||1945–||MP for Oxford East,1983–1987; Epping Forest, 1988–1997. Conservative candidate for London Mayoralty, 2000 and 2004.|
|Bill Kenwright||1957–1964||1945–||Theatre impresario|
My post ‘Workers Play Time’ described how big names from the Liverpool Everyman theatre came to the rescue of Theatr Clwyd some years ago when it faced closure. Saving a theatre sounds great, but the history of Theatr Clwyd in intriguing. It is a splendid creation, in the small town of Mold in a rural area of north east Wales. Theatr Clwyd was one of the grandiose projects of the former Chief Exec of Clwyd County Council, T.M. Hadyn Rees, a friend of Ronnie Waterhouse’s. See post ‘Ain’t Nothing Clean – Not Even The Welsh Calvinistic Methodists’.
While Hadyn Rees built Theatr Clwyd and Mold Law Courts, kids in the care of Clwyd County Council were gang raped and sold for sex, to, among other people, celebs in Liverpool. After the building of Theatr Clwyd, the Council’s coffers were empty and no-one could explain why; public services were minimal and there was certainly no money spent on the kids in care or Empowered Service Users. Clwyd County Council was bailed out repeatedly as it faced cash crises over the following years. Theatr Clwyd almost closed down several times, but was saved at the final hour…
There was an almighty row at one point because the council tax for Clwyd was not just the highest in Wales but was on a par with the high spending loony left councils in London. There were still no public services in Clwyd. However there was a really good theatre which was never frequented by kids in care, but it did run a youth theatre which set some of the children of the middle classes up in acting careers. eg. Rhys Ifans, a friend of Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals who was himself the son of Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council. See previous posts for info on Rhys and Gruff.
Bums on seats? Well Rhys Ifans and his friends loved Theatr Clwyd and look at them now! Not that they are anywhere near north Wales now that they are world famous luvvies.
Over near Wrexham:
The Headmasters of the Liverpool Institute were well-qualified and well-connected; a number of them had close links to Wales. The more recent Headmasters were:
- John Robert Edwards MA (Oxford, University College) Headmaster (1935–1961) born in 1897 at Rhyl; died on 8 January 1992 at the age of 95.
- Malcolm Pasco Smith, M.A. (Cambridge, Trinity) Headmaster (1961–1965)
- Dennis Booth, B.A. (Liverpool) (1942–1972) Vice Principal (1957–1965); Headmaster (1965–1972 ret.).
- J. Gareth Rogers, M.A., B.Litt. (Oxford, Jesus College) (1950–1977; Vice-Principal, 1965–1972; – Headmaster (1972 -1977 died).
- Bertram (Bert) L. Parker, BSc (Wales, Aberystwyth) (January 1948 – 1982; Headmaster, 1978–1982 ret.).
- Maurice Devereux, B.A. (Liverpool) (1953–1983; Headmaster, 1982–1983 ret.).
‘Just after Christmas 1996, Tony Snowdon phoned his secret lover of 20 years, Ann Hills, announcing himself as usual by a coded name in case anyone was listening in. He was responding to a message from her, but she did not pick up and so he left one of his own: he would love to see her over the holiday period, but it was not possible. He ended: ‘Chin up!’
The new year began, and Lucy, Tony’s wife [Lucy Mary Lindsay-Hogg], was at their home in Launceston Place, Kensington, waiting to leave for the airport; she was off on holiday to India. The bell rang, and she opened the door, thinking it was the taxi she had ordered. A man stepped forward and said: ‘I need to speak rather urgently with Lord Snowdon.’ Tony was downstairs in his studio as usual. Lucy called him, her taxi arrived and she left, leaving Tony with the visitor. The man came to the point: he was a newspaper reporter, Ann Hills was dead – she had killed herself – and he had learned of the message left on her answering machine.
A deeply shocked and distressed Tony told the reporter: ‘Ann was terribly nice and great fun. I never thought she would take her own life. I’ve seen her on and off over the years and never talked about her private life at all.’ When the reporter told him that his paper was aware of his long sexual relationship with Ann, he put his hand up to his face and said only, ‘Uh-huh. I’m not going to elaborate on this at all. She was a friend and it’s a very, very sad incident.’
But the reality was that he had been sleeping with her since the day in 1977 when she brazenly turned up on his doorstep and said she wanted to have an affair with him. This was after his separation from Princess Margaret but before his marriage to Lucy. Throughout his marriage, Tony and Ann saw each other regularly, and always in the greatest of secrecy. Though she had other lovers, Tony was always her priority, and, as the years went by, she longed for more openness and a greater commitment from him. But latterly, her life had gone into a downward spiral. She worked as a freelance journalist but had been sacked from a longstanding column in ‘The Guardian’. A live-in lover had broken up with her because she could not give him children, and her latest relationship was falling apart. She was 55 and hated the prospect of a dwindling succession of lovers as she aged.
As for Tony, she told a friend: ‘I’m feeling really p***ed off about this affair. At the best of times I don’t see him nearly enough. And at Christmas, naturally, he’s got to be with his family.’ Her Christmas was spent with her ex-husband and their grown up children. Then on December 29 she took her elderly father to the theatre. He was aware that his daughter’s self-esteem was at rock bottom.’She could not face not being a success at journalism,’ he said.’She also worried about the prospect of not having a man in her home.’ It was then that, desperately lonely, she rang asking Tony to call her, which he did – although no one knows if she ever actually picked up his last message.
On New Year’s Eve, a friend rang to invite Ann over, got her answering machine and felt worried. She contacted Ann’s father and together they went round to her mansion-block flat in Marylebone. On the kitchen table was a suicide note, telling of her problems and asking for a brooch Tony had given her to be given back to him, along with a note saying that she loved him. There was no sign of Ann, however, until her father went out on to the flat’s extensive roof terrace. It was a freezing night with a sprinkling of snow. Ann’s body was in a far corner by a chimney-stack, wearing a black dress and the stiletto heels she always wore to add height to her doll-like frame. Beside her lay an empty bottle of Moet et Chandon champagne and a china mug lined with the sediment of the massive dose of tranquillisers and pain killer that had killed her.
The police took away her diaries, and from these it was clear that the taking of her life was no spur-of-the-moment decision. She had always seen suicide as a way out. Six months earlier she had made a will and put all her affairs in order, but those who knew her were sure that nothing in her relationship with Tony, who had always been supportive of her, could have triggered her tragic end. At the inquest, notes from her diaries were read, revealing not only her tangled love life but also her deep feelings for Snowdon.
The Press had a field day with the story. In India, Lucy picked up an English newspaper to learn that her husband had had a mistress for the whole of their married life – and before. It was a bombshell, and deeply wounding for her. Nor, on her return home, did Tony, who hated discussions of this kind, give her any sort of explanation. But worse was to come. ‘Most people in Tony’s life don’t know what’s going on in other areas,’ one of his assistants once told me. ‘He is brilliant at keeping a lot of balls in the air at once – but sometimes, they all crash. And then there’s massive fallout.’ It was about to be one of those moments.
One of Snowdon’s friends when interviewed about Ann’s death remarked that Snowdon wasn’t that concerned about it and ‘moved on’ remarkably quickly.
It seems that Ann’s decision to commit suicide had not been ‘a spur of the moment’ one then, at least according to the diaries that the police seized and removed. Although I doubt that anything that was made public about Ann’s death can be believed. If her body was found on the roof, glammed up in her best party frock on New Year’s Eve 1996, after a paracetamol overdose sometime after Dec 29 1996 when she saw her father and left the message on Snowdon’s answering machine, she had not had time to die of paracetamol poisoning and any toxicologist would have known that.
Porkies were told by everyone at every stage. If porkies were told by toxicologists/pathologists/coroners about the obvious such as cause of death, no Mills & Boon type speculation about 55 yr old women desperate for men to be living in their houses with them and therefore topping themselves on the spur of the moment can be believed.
We need to remember that Top Docs spout fiction about the living let alone the dead and they come into their own when speculating about the characters of their targets and their putative relationship difficulties. Before Tony Francis needed to construct me as a dangerous psychopath, he described me as having a small circle of very close longstanding friends. Within a year, when Francis was telling the BMA how dangerous I was and receiving advice from them as to how to fit me up for criminal offences, I had metamorphosed into someone with a severe personality disorder who could not form lasting relationships. Had my dead body been found, no inquest would have heard from my closet female friend whom I have known since I was 12 yrs old or of course Brown, whom I had been with since I was in the lower sixth.
Furthermore I watched people who entered the mental health system as open friendly people end up keeping very firmly to themselves after they found themselves threatened, bricks chucked at their windows and attempts made to set fire to their houses. Some people found that their pets were killed. It wasn’t the Stigma, it was the gang. If people did continue with any sort of half normal life, they often chose to keep a distance from anyone whom they did rate because they knew that the gang would go after them as well. The gang really loved targeting people’s children, that was their trump card. As F discovered.
The gang enjoy getting people the sack from jobs as well. No evidence is produced, but information is Shared In Confidence, often about the Possible Abuse Of A Child. Not the actual abuse of a child because that would involve at least a rigged court case, but the Possible Abuse Of A Child is a fantastic category because it means any old lie/bit of tittle-tattle/smear can be passed around without the target even knowing and it is usually highly effective at clearing the room when the target enters.
I understand that a lot of information in this category was Shared In Confidence about me; I don’t have children, so I expect that I abused someone else’s child but whose, I do not know. It can’t have been F’s, because the gang hijacked his baby at approx two weeks old and placed him with friends of the gang containing two people whom Gwynedd Social Services admitted were child abusers. Brown doesn’t have children either, but he did look after the children of two of his previous partners and information was Shared about Brown. Sharing didn’t do the trick in Brown’s case so Sylvia Grenalda wrote to the authorities at De Montfort University just after they had given Brown a Chair and told them that he was a Known Paedophile. See post’A Nasty, Ludicrous Poison Pen Letter’.
I don’t think that the gang have any idea how ridiculous they are. When Sylvia Grenalda wrote that letter to DMU, I said to Brown ‘well what was this letter like?’ and Brown said ‘it was the sort of letter that a social worker might write’. Brown’s brother laughed as long and hard as he used to in the days when we took the piss out of Dafydd and said ‘have they really tried to smear Brown by writing to his VC and telling them that Brown’s a nonce?’
Yes and furthermore they sent Merfyn the VC of Bangor my medical records to let him know how dangerous I was. Before they killed Nerys.
Can there be any other gangsters on earth as daft and entertaining as Dafydd’s gang?
I’ve been told that north Wales is a Community In Pain because of this blog. It’ll be business as usual then, the gang can continue with their Mindfulness breaks at Trigonos, the scented candles, the massages and footspas that they resorted to so often as they threatened us, had us arrested and perjured themselves in Court. Marjorie Dawes has nothing on the Caring social workers of Gwynedd.
Meet Jackie Brandt:
With regard to the death of Lord Snowdon’s mistress, we need to ask why Ann Hills was sacked from her long-standing job at ‘The Guardian’. Surely that is worthy of enquiry? ‘The Guardian’ has a track record of colluding with those involved with the Westminster Paedophile Ring and it was ‘The Guardian’ that published the article smearing Graham Day, the senior sociologist at Bangor University when the Gwerin opened fire on him in the 1990s re the row in which Merfyn’s late wife Nerys was caught in the cross-fire. See post ‘Badlands’. My post ‘Murder In Samarkand’ explained that Nerys had been in the cross-hairs of the Gwerin herself, particularly after an article that she wrote which appeared in ‘Prospect’ magazine on Feb 20 1997 made reference to impropriety on the part of staff in the halls of residence at Bangor University.
Not that Nerys was the only person in the thick of it in Bangor when Ann Hills was found dead. Readers might remember when it was that Patient F and I appeared before Caernarfon Magistrates and were acquitted after being charged on the basis of the perjury of the Angel Bridget Lloyd: Jan 1997. See previous posts. We had been charged some months before in 1996 and later discovered that Tony Francis had prepared a report before the case for the Court to assist them with sentencing WHEN we were found guilty. He recommended that F should be put on probation and that I should be sent to a secure psychiatric unit on the grounds of the danger that I presented to Top Docs and others. After we were acquitted, Gwynedd Community Health Trust refused to apologise for mounting the prosecution against us.
After we were charged in 1996, F was allocated Jeff Crowther, a psych nurse who had formerly worked as a nursing manager at Ysbyty Gwynedd, as his key worker. F’s usual key worker, the Hergest whistleblower, had been ordered off F’s case when we were charged and was told that he would face disciplinary action if he even spoke to either of us. The Gwynedd Community Health Trust refused to reinstate the Hergest whistleblower as F’s key worker after we were acquitted. By the time that Jeff was allocated as F’s key worker, Jeff was working with the drug and alcohol team on Anglesey, which was Dafydd’s domain. Jeff had been coming over to our house to see F, because after we were charged we were banned from the Hergest Unit and told that we’d be arrested if we went there.
Shortly after we were acquitted, one evening Jeff was due but didn’t turn up. He had dropped into his own house before coming to see us, only to see find his wife with a splitting headache. Jeff went to make her a cup of tea and upon returning to the sitting room found Lil collapsed on the floor. She died in Ysbyty Gwynedd later that night. Jeff was left a single parent, so on future visits to us he brought his daughter along with him as well. Then Jeff stopped visiting; he had to go into hiding because he had received murder threats from an addict.
Jeff remarried shortly after that and left north Wales.
Jeff knew what had happened to me – and F – at the hands of the gang and of course he knew the details of so much more of their wrongdoing as well. So did his late wife Lil; Lil had worked as a psych nurse, then did a PhD in UCNW in the Dept of Psychology when Dafydd gave the orders in that Dept. Lil then stayed on in the Dept after securing a job as a lecturer in approx 1988/89. Dafydd’s daughter Dwynwen was a PhD student in the Dept at the same time as Lil was a PhD student. Dwynwen’s degree wasn’t good enough for her to have been given a PhD place under normal circumstances but Dafydd worked a fiddle. When Dwynwen finished her PhD, she wanted to train as a clin psych, but didn’t receive an offer for a place on the course, so Dafydd told her that he’d fund her place at a private college in Exeter. Dafydd then tried to embezzle the money from UCNW to foot the bill.
Professor Fergus Lowe stopped him, which was how Fungus overthrew Dafydd’s influence and built up his own following in the School of Psychology from approx 1987 onward. The money that Dafydd tried to steal was the salary to fund Catherine Robinson’s post as a junior psychologist at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Catherine took up the job in 1986/87 but ran a mile from Denbigh for reasons that she has never explained. Catherine kept quiet because she carried on working in the School of Psychology for Fungus, as did her then husband John Bailey. Catherine is now Professor Catherine Robinson of Bangor University, a social policy and mental health expert.
All of the above were friends with Lil and Jeff at the time of Lil’s death and they knew about the very serious crime that Dafydd and the gang were perpetrating; everyone involved were witnesses who’s lips remained sealed, including throughout the Waterhouse Inquiry. Which opened in Jan 1996, just days after Ann Hills’s dead body had been discovered on her roof.
Lord Snowdon established himself as a disability campaigner, on the basis of him contacting polio as a teenager and having difficulty walking for a long while as a result. Snowdon developed polio when he was staying at the family country seat near Caernarfon and he ended up having a long stay in the Liverpool Royal Infirmary as a result. Ann Hills undertook a lot of disability campaigning with Snowdon.
Anne de Courcey’s article about Snowdon provided an account of the Ugandan discussions that continued after Hills’s death:
Tony had been at a party to mark the centenary of the magazine Country Life. Its features editor was a young woman by the name of Melanie Cable-Alexander. Tony spotted her across the room and asked to be introduced. His interest in her was obvious; she was to be his nemesis. Melanie, daughter of a baronet, was a stylish, intelligent and attractive woman of 33 – the same age as Tony’s daughter Sarah…
Country Life had invited various eminent people to guest edit one of its weekly issues, and Tony, with his knowledge of photography and layouts, was a natural choice. Melanie was delegated to work alongside him. She felt an immediate sense of rapport with this good-looking older man sparkling with ideas and fun. As she lived in a flat only a few minutes’ walk from Launceston Place, it was convenient for her to drop by on the way to work if there was anything that needed discussing.
He signed his faxes to her ‘Snowdrop’ and called her ‘ Darling Melanie’ but the idea of an affair never entered her head. He was twice her age and married. He invited her to Old House, his much-loved country retreat in Sussex, and she had a pleasant lunch there with Tony, Lucy and their daughter Frances. But the next time he asked her down there, they were alone and he made it clear how attracted to her he was. A serious affair started, largely conducted at Old House, where friends treated them as a couple…
It was a shock for her to discover she was pregnant. It was ‘a mistake’, she said later and she would be bitterly hurt by suggestions from some of Tony’s friends that she had tried to trap him into marriage. Nervously she broke the news to Tony… He said it was entirely her decision as to whether or not she had the baby; if she decided to, he would stand by her. She didn’t know what to do. She was pregnant by someone extremely well known but who, to preserve his marriage, insisted on secrecy. What would be the effect on a child growing up with a Father who could not be acknowledged? She had no real home and not much money. Could she work and look after a child on her own? She tried discussing all this with Tony but it was the sort of conversation he simply would not have.
Eventually she decided that the opportunity to have a child by someone she loved overrode all other considerations… As her pregnancy became more obvious, one of her visits to Launceston Place prompted Lucy to ask Tony who the father was.
‘Oh, some man…,’ he replied vaguely. ‘I think she had a one night stand.’ Lucy, who after the Ann Hills affair had realised just how practised her husband was at concealing the truth, was not convinced. For her part, Melanie had been telling him he should tell Lucy the truth… But instead he began to insinuate that perhaps the baby wasn’t his after all. Melanie was devastated at the implication.
Tony, either unconvinced about the paternity or hoping against hope, said they had better have DNA tests. These were done and proved without a shred of doubt that he was the father. One evening soon after the test results came back, Tony telephoned Melanie, and, instead of talking himself, put Lucy on the phone. She asked if the child Melanie was carrying was Tony’s. ‘I’m afraid it is,‘ replied Melanie. ‘Thank you very much,’ said Lucy politely. ‘I just wanted to know the truth.’
Lucy’s love for Tony had been wholehearted… But now she felt utterly betrayed… She moved out of Launceston Place. Two weeks later, on April 30, 1998, Melanie’s son Jasper was born. Tony’s name was not on the birth certificate, and his involvement was not yet suspected. But gradually rumours began to spread. Melanie noticed she was being followed by journalists. One day Tony arrived to find Melanie and two photographers waiting outside the door. The story was out. With Lucy gone, Melanie and Tony could see each other more easily, and they did so. For Tony, sex, as always, was a motivating force.
The article continued in this vein, with details of the complexities of Snowdon’s Ugandan discussions. What it particularly interesting is the identity of an old flame of Snowdon’s who also popped up at this time, towards the end of the Waterhouse Inquiry:
However, what neither Emmy nor Victoria knew was that Tony had taken yet another old friend as a lover. Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, the mental health charity she founded, had known Tony since she was a journalist accompanying him on photographic assignments at the Sunday Times back in the Seventies.
My post ‘One Dangerous Fucker’ discusses Marjorie. Marjorie set up SANE in approx 1987, after the Gov’t announced its intentions to close all the long stay psych institutions, including the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. SANE was a charidee that was very unpopular with patients because Marjorie campaigned robustly for them to be locked up, explaining to the world that they knew that they were dangerous and were begging to be under lock and key. Marjorie conflated the alleged desires of the mentally ill to be banged up by Dafydd et al with the desperation of many people, patients as well as their families, to access care. At the time patients were indeed dying destitute on the streets, but Marjorie failed to explain that flatly refusing to care for them was a decision that had been taken by those caring Top Doctors with whom Marjorie aligned herself who knew that what patients really wanted was to be incarcerated without trial in Dafydd’s dungeon.
Previous posts have explained that from the 1960s the NHS was allocated funds to develop community facilities in place of long-stay institutions. NHS senior managers took the money but simply did not develop the facilities and no-one made them. This matter is discussed in Richard Crossman’s ‘Diaries’. Crossman, as Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1968-70, made money available and repeatedly met with Top Docs and senior NHS managers and told them to prepare to close the asylums by building up community facilities. They ignored him and told him that they would not waste money on ‘subnormals’. Although they kept the money. Brian Abel-Smith repeated the process in the 1970s, on a greater scale. Abel-Smith, the Gov’ts NHS adviser, made a substantial amount of money available to Health Authorities to develop community facilities. They took the money and no facilities materialised. See post ‘The Great Stink’.
Crossman and Abel-Smith were part of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and they knew that the ring’s prey were kids in care who were banged up in psychiatric institutions if they refused to co-operate or indeed complained. The asylums were a vital part of the smooth operation of the Westminster Paedophile Ring. I am unclear if this is why Crossman and Abel-Smith didn’t challenge the Top Docs as they should have. Instead they just supplied more money, which was eagerly grabbed and were then told to take a running jump when they told the NHS to develop community facilities.
So the landscape in the late 1980s re mental health services was panic and meltdown. It was made clear by Gov’t that institutions like Denbigh would close and close very soon, but everyone knew that patients would die because there were no other facilities; the people doing the We Care bit were the people who had refused, over more than 20 years, to build the facilities needed. Campaigning Marjorie knew exactly what the score was because Marj was married to Top Doc Andrew Skarbek, a psychiatrist at UCL and in private practice who was facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts.
Marj launched SANE at about the same time that Esther launched her mental health campaign. I wrote to both Esther and Marjorie supplying details of Dafydd and the gang. I had no idea that Marj and Esther were both were close to people who knew Dafydd and his associates and not only did they fail to reply to me, but they let the gang know that I had written to them. Not that I needed to have bothered: I have been told that Esther’s mental health and child abuse campaigning and SANE were established to protect Dafydd and the gang by muddying the waters because of er Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and me mouthing off… See previous posts.
Marj and SANE received massive free PR from across the whole media and she made a memorable appearance on Kilroy in 1993-94, with a studio audience heavily biased in favour of her who shouted down the nutters who Didn’t Know Their Own Minds, even though the nutters were saying ‘Do you know what goes on in those places?’ and asking ‘Where’s the documentary about that then Marjorie?’. Dafydd appeared on Kilroy at about the same time but not on the same edition as Marj. Kilroy was an LSE graduate from the era when the LSE was dominated by Brian Abel-Smith and other friends of Crossman’s who were members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring. After graduation Kilroy had worked as a lecturer at Liverpool University, Dafydd’s old alma mater, when it was run and staffed by Dafydd’s associates. Then Kilroy became a Labour MP for a Merseyside constituency… Robert Kilroy Silk knew all about Dafydd and Gwynne. See previous posts.
Marj had made her name as a ‘campaigning journo’ when she worked on ‘The Sunday Times’ and helped the people affected by thalidomide win a settlement in Court. What was not made clear to those who accepted the settlement was that it was wholly inadequate, that everyone except for them knew this and that it was part of a backroom deal done by Top Doctors, politicians and lawyers in Harold Wilson’s Gov’t, all of whom were concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring. The deal was linked to the rigging of the settlement which cheated the Aberfan families and the rigged libel case which Dafydd’s mate the Health Minister and President of MIND, Sir Kenneth Robinson, won against the Church of Scientology when they stated that psychiatrists were involved with offences against children and were experimenting on patients. They indeed were, but the Scientologists could not be allowed to win that case.
Crossman’s ‘Diaries’ detail how the Scientologists were lured into making the allegations in a TV debate, while Robinson and those we know and love were waiting to spring into action with a libel case. Ronnie Waterhouse was one of the lawyers who acted against the Scientologists. The Scientologists’ defence barrister later disappeared and was never ever seen again; Waterhouse and his mates spread an unfounded rumour that he’d swindled clients and run off with their money. He is probably in a motorway flyover somewhere. See previous posts.
Not only was Marj married to Top Doc Andrew Skarbek, but she was as busy discussing Uganda as Lord Snowdon was. One of Marj’s long term bedfellows was Tom Marjerison, who worked for the security services and founded the ‘New Scientists’ and LWT. LWT subsequently employed Peter Mandelson and Geoffrey Chamberlain’s friend Cilla Black was LWT’s biggest star and most prized possession in the 1990s. I knew that Marj took up with Snowdon again when he was elderly but I didn’t realise that love bloomed during the Waterhouse Inquiry/just after the Waterhouse Report was published…
[Marj and Snowdon] went out on the road together for anything up to a fortnight working on stories about conditions in hospitals and mental homes.
Many of these assignments fell to her because plenty of her colleagues found Tony difficult to work with.
So Marj wrote the PR features on those caring Top Docs…
And Marjorie soon discovered why. ‘He would insist on being incognito, so I would ring up the hotel and tell them to expect Miss Wallace and Mr Smith. Then we would arrive and if they didn’t recognise him, his face was a study.’ He would sign in with a huge, flourishing ‘Snowdon’.
Don’t you know who I am???
In the car, he would always insist on having the window open, even when rain was coming in. ‘Could we have the window up, Tony?’ Marjorie asked once, with water pouring down her shoulder. ‘But if I close it, how on earth will they recognise me?’ answered a surprised Tony. She found Tony – as so many did- fascinating, endearing and maddening. And this is where he is now, a man in his late 70s who has two regular mistresses and still flirts with everyone from women to waiters.
Dr Dafydd Alun Jones:
In Marjorie’s Hampstead Residence, casually posing in front of the expensive piano and photos of the Rich and Famous.
- Before Andrew Skarbek left Marj for other women, leaving Marj all alone with only her other bedfellows for company, Marj used to serve sarnies to Skarbek’s private patients who rolled up to their house for analysis. So Marj had dirt on a lot of people.
Lord Snowdon’s female bedfellows, or at least those publicly acknowledged, since he was a young man, were usually the daughters of posh people who, like Ann Hills’ dad, were linked to the Westminster Swingers themselves. Like Ann, they were often quite vulnerable behind the stories of promiscuity and drugs and excessive 1960s living. Some of the parents really did not like Lord Snowdon and rifts with their daughters developed. On one occasion Lord Snowdon branched out and had a fling with a young Chinese woman which rather shook the Swingers around him.
Now that Snowdon is dead, there are a number of documentaries about him on You Tube, in which his now elderly former buddies, including Roger Gilliatt’s wife Mary, remember him. The picture that emerges is not one of a 1960s swinger, but of a ruthless predator who used his association with the Royal Family to assist him in targeting prey, shield him from exposure and keep him out of trouble. He even used the families and partners of his prey for these purpose. Well he was SNOWDON wasn’t he; everyone hated him but the Royal Family had afforded him protection when he was married to one of them and now the racket had to continue. There are admissions that SNOWDON used so many young men and women for sex that no-one could ever keep a tally. He also treated people very badly and in contrast to the press reports of Snowdon being distraught when Ann Hills’ body was found, his mates remember clearly that it was a case of
SNOWDON’s claims to Welshness are a little suspect; it was his ancestors who were Welsh, SNOWDON just went on holiday there, used the services of Dafydd and Gwynne, named himself as Lord of a mountain when he married Ma’am Darling and then gatecrashed Llanfaglan Church after Nerys was laid to rest there. However, Ma’am Darling had a much publicised relationship with another posh man who traded on being Welsh, who was marginally more Welsh than Snowdon but would still be seen as English by a lot of Welsh people. I am of course talking about Roddy.
Roddy Llewellyn’s adventures are so many and so entertaining that I simply couldn’t do justice to them on this blog; older readers will remember that he was a benign but rather gormless young man, a landscape gardener, who accompanied Ma’am Darling to parties and on frequent holidays to Mustique. Although publicly acknowledged toyboys and cougars were much rarer things in the 1970s, the general public were much more vexed about the perceived luxury in which Roddy and Ma’am Darling lived while Ma’am Darling was on the civil list, rather than Ma’am Darling having a younger partner. Such was the outrage at Ma’am Darling’s lifestyle that even old Royalists in Somerset were stating that Ma’am Darling should be denied taxpayers’ dosh. Little wonder that Lady Di was imported very shortly after the Ma’am Darling-Roddy-Mustique tabloid scandals, to recreate the image of the Royals.
Sir Roderic Victor “Roddy” Llewellyn, 5th Baronet (born 9 October 1947) was born in Crickhowell near Brecon, the younger son of Sir Harry Llewellyn (d. 1999), a show jumper who was an Olympic gold medallist. Sir Harry’s younger brother was Sir David Treharne Llewellyn, the Tory MP for Cardiff North, 1950-59. Cardiff North is a seat that cannot be won unless one panders to the hot bed of professional people in the constituency who colluded with the abuse of George Thomas and those in Cardiff who assisted Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. See post ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’.
Roddy was educated at Hawtreys and Shrewsbury School. Shrewsbury School educated Richard Ingrams and other founders of ‘Private Eye’ who took the piss out of many very effectively but did keep quiet about Dafydd and the gang for many, many years. Ronnie Waterhouse was a libel reader for the Eye when he was a young barrister. Sir Charles Evans, Principal of UCNW, went to Shrewsbury School, as did Michael Heseltine. It’s all about networks…
Roddy began a relationship with Ma’am Darling in 1973 when he was was aged 25, Ma’am Darling being 43. The highly publicised eight year relationship was blamed for the dissolution of the Ma’am Darling’s marriage, but I’m not sure that she would have needed much of an excuse not to want to spend time with SNOWDON.
On 11 July 1981, Roddy married Tatiana Soskin, a daughter of the film producer Paul Soskin. The couple have three daughters, Alexandra, Natasha and Rosie. Alexandra, the eldest, is a designer and artist. Rosie is a plumber.
In his 20s, Roddy studied horticulture at Merrist Wood Agricultural College, Surrey. Today he runs his own garden design company, Roddy Llewellyn’s Garden Design and lectures and broadcasts on gardening. Roddy has written for Heritage Homes in 2006, Country Life in 2005 and 2006, Country Illustrated in 2004 and 2006, Oxfordshire Limited Edition in 2006, The Lady in 2005, Eden Project Friends in 2004 and the Sunday Times in 2004. He wrote columns for the Daily Star, 1981-85 and the Mail On Sunday, 1987-99. Roddy presented The Home Show in 1990 and The Gardening Roadshow, 1992–93, for Thames TV amongst several other programmes. He appeared on ‘Gardeners’ World’ in 2007.
Roddy became Sir Roddy when his brother Dai died in 2009. Dai was a terrible advert for the Llewllyn family, very much worse than Roddy.
Sir David St Vincent “Dai” Llewellyn, 4th Baronet (2 April 1946-13 January 2009), was a ‘Welsh socialite and playboy’. Dai was born in Aberdare and grew up at the family homes of Gobion Manor and Llanfair Grange, both near Abergavenny. He was educated at Hawtreys School and Eton. Dai did not complete his time at Eton, being moved to Milton Abbey School. He then attended Aix-en-Provence University in southern France and worked as a travel agent, journalist, male model and as the social secretary of the Clermont Club and the Dorchester.
Dai was a Knight of the Order of Saint Lazarus, a humanitarian charidee and in 1992 drove relief convoys in Yugoslavia. A supporter of UKIP, Dai stood in the National Assembly election in 2007 as the UKIP candidate. Dai was a drunk, had problems with people who spoke Welsh, owned a run down terrace in the valleys which he described as his country home and insulted the neighbours of his country home. It was then revealed that Dai was a Scrounger and in receipt of benefits, having claimed for disabilities which could well have been induced by all that boozing. After much battling with the neighbours, somehow Dai found the dosh to relocate to Mayfair.
Dai married Vanessa Hubbard in 1980. Vanessa was a niece of the 17th Duke of Norfolk. Dai and Vanessa had two daughters, actress Olivia Llewllyn (b. 1982) and Arabella (b. 1983).
Sir Dai was a ‘party animal’ who’s Ugandan discussions resulted in him being known as Dirty Dai. Often dressed as a Master of Fox Hounds, Dai frequented London’s clubs quaffing obligatory magnums of champagne, earning him the soubriquet “Conquistador of the Canape Circuit”. He once told his old friend journo Peter McKay over lunch that he had left his “secretary tied up in the bath.” In Dai’s heyday, the swinging 60s of course, he was an habitual shagger, touring the London clubs and aristos parties, a habit which persisted into the 1970s. Dai’s hang-outs included the Playboy Club, Clermont Casino, Tokyo Joe’s, Wedgies and Annabel’s. He also took part in gambling, drinking and racing at Ascot.
Dai will have known bent barrister George Carman QC who did so many favours for the Westminster Paedophile Ring, because Carman was a gambling addict who was in the Clermont and Playboy Clubs if he was not in Court.
In 1976 it was Dai who exposed Roddy’s affair with Ma’am Darling to the tabloids, which resulted in a great deal of bad feeling and eventually lasting enmity between them.
Dai divorced in 1987 and Vanessa then married John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe; one of her children from this marriage is actress Gabriella Wilde. Dai’s last affair was with a widow and old friend, Ingrid Seward, who was with him when he died, aged 62, on 13 January 2009, at Edenbridge and District War Memorial Hospital in Kent. His funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Coddenham, near Ipswich.
Previous posts have discussed how although Richard Crossman, as Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1968-70, constantly observed in his ‘Diaries’ that NHS governance was undemocratic and based on oligarchies, NHS governors were nevertheless very useful to Crossman and Wilson’s Gov’t because so many of those at the top of the tree were not only keeping a lid on the wrongdoing but they were also personal friends of senior figures in Wilson’s Gov’t. As with the failure to develop community care facilities, Crossman did know that on many matters the Regional Hospital Board Chairmen and others were presiding over scandalous situations that Crossman was ordering them to resolve but they didn’t. There was never any comeback and they continued to attend grand dinners and receptions with Crossman where relations were cordial.
After the reorganisation of the NHS in 1973, the same oligarchs were recycled as senior figures in the newly created Health Authorities. The same people had overseen the NHS for decades… There were no sanctions at all for those who continued to preside over patient neglect and abuse and it was of course the elderly, the learning disabled and the psych patients who continued to exist in dreadful conditions.
The degree of nepotism and cronyism was impressive. My post ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ discussed Baroness Patricia aka Annie Llewelyn-Davies, who was married to Richard Llewelyn-Davies and then in later life had a secret relationship with Lord Alport, a Tory peer who’s first wife was a relative of Lord Lucan.
Annie and Richard Llewelyn-Davies were close friends of Richard Crossman and Annie was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Great Ormond Street Hospital, 1967-69. She was appointed to that post when Sir Kenneth Robinson was Health Minister; he almost certainly personally appointed her. Robinson was Health Minister, 1964-68 and was a friend of Dafydd’s. He also served as President of the National Association for Mental Health (MIND) and as both Health Minister and in his role at MIND, Robinson concealed the criminality of Dafydd, Gwynne and the gang and was of course, like Crossman, part of/facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Previous posts have named some of the Top Docs at GOSH who were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and of course Savile popped into GOSH whenever he felt like it.
Baroness Annie Llewelyn-Davies was born in Birkenhead and went to Wallasey High School, Birkenhead High School, Liverpool College, Huyton and Girton College, Cambridge. In 1934 Annie married Alexander Smith, a research physiologist. After this marriage was dissolved, in 1943 she married Richard Llewelyn Davies, who was elevated to the peerage in 1964 as Lord Llewelyn-Davies.
Like Crossman’s pal Baroness Bea Serota, who also wielded huge power over health and social care and ended up in the Lords (see previous posts), Annie Llewelyn-Davies was a civil servant who was never elected to the Commons. She served as Director of the Africa Educational Trust, 1960-69. Annie received a peerage in 1967, which subsequently enabled her to serve in Wilson’s Gov’t as a Whip in the Lords, 1969 -70. In 1973 Annie was elected Opposition Chief Whip. On the return of the Labour Party to power in 1974 she became Gov’t Chief Whip. In 1975, Annie became a Privy Counsellor. Annie was Opposition Chief Whip again, 1979-82. She was Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, 1982-87, an office carrying with it the role of Chairman of the European Communities Committee.
Annie Llewelyn-Davies died in Nov 1997 at the home of Lord Alport. They had been in a secret relationship with each other; after Annie’s death the explanation given for them keeping the relationship secret was that Annie feared that if they married it might damage Lord Alport politically.
Lord Alport was an Assistant Secretary for the Conservative Party Education Department, 1937 -39 and Director of the Conservative Political Centre, 1945 -50. He was Tory MP for Colchester, 1950-61. In 1961 Alport was given a peerage. Alport was a junior Minister in the Commonwealth Relations Office, 1959- 61 and became a Privy Councillor in 1960. He held the office of British High Commissioner to the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, 1961 -63. Alport was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Essex in 1974.
Crossman’s diary entry for March 10 1969 mentioned that Harold Wilson accidentally let slip – the info was supposed to have still been secret – at a Lords buffet that Annie Llewelyn Davies had been appointed a Gov’t Whip in place of Norah Phillips. Norah Phillips was married to Morgan Phillips, the General Secretary of the Labour Party. Their daughter was Gwyneth Dunwoody, one of those Strong Women of the Labour Party who colluded with the Westminster Paedophile Ring, as well as with Dafydd’s gang.
Gwyneth married Dr John Dunwoody, a Top Doc who was er running the Westminster Paedophile Ring, before he entered politics and was elected as the Labour MP for a Cornish constituency in 1966. The Labour Party wanted to elevate John Dunwoody to high office, they thought that he was as good as Dr Death, but it never happened and he left the Commons in 1970.
Gwyneth Dunwoody was the MP for Exeter, 1966-70. In 1974 – she and John split up – she stood for Crewe, won and retained the seat until 2008. Crewe was on the turf of the Cheshire paedophile ring of which Sir Peter Morrison, the Tory MP for Chester, was the leading light. Morrison was selected as the candidate for Chester in 1973 and elected in 1974. Crewe is just a bit further down the road from Chester. Gwyneth Dunwoody was selected as the candidate for Crewe when Harold Wilson was PM, who’s entire Cabinet was colluding with the Westminster Paedophile Ring.
John and Gwyneth’s daughter is Tamsin Dunwoody, who served as the AM for Preseli Pembrokeshire, 2003-07, the location of a long-standing paedophile ring linked to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales.
See eg. ‘These Sharks Are Crap As Well’ for info on the three generations of the Dunwoody family who’s dynasty of ‘Labour Party Royalty’ was based upon concealing serious crime.
Crossman’s diary entry for March 16 1969 noted that Annie and Richard Llewlyn-Davies visited him on his farm in Oxfordshire. He observed that the promotion of Annie to the position of Whip ‘gave us our chance to give Patricia a place in the Gov’t and she was pleased with that, though she had to give up her chairmanship of the Governors of Great Ormond Street Hospital and we had to discuss who should take her place’.
The decision wasn’t difficult, they appointed Audrey Callaghan, the wife of the then Home Secretary, Jim Callaghan. Jim was concealing the criminality of Dafydd and Gwynne and facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Audrey had already made her own contribution to organised abuse by colluding with it as a member of London County Council and as an Alderman. Audrey and Jim spent the next few decades fundraising for GOSH. See previous posts, including ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’.
Patricia/Annie Llewelyn Davies was in 1969 still married to Richard, an architect. Crossman’s entry re Annie continued ‘Richard is full of interest about our hospital building schemes and we may bring in him and his firm to check on the efficiency of our ‘best buy’ hospitals at Bury St Edmonds and Frimley’.
Richard Llewellyn-Davies worked at the Architecture Association, where his contemporaries included Dame Elizabeth Chesterton and Ann MacEwan.
Chesterton studied with Leonard Manasseh at the Architectural Association in the late 1930s. Although she later worked extensively with Leonard Manasseh and Partners, she refused a partnership with the firm. Leonard Manasseh’s reputation grew with his work at the 1951 Festival of Britain, in which Mandy’s grandfather Herbert Morrison played a substantial role. In 1964, Leonard Manasseh co-designed the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, owned by Lord Montagu who became a celeb convict after he was imprisoned for consenting gay sex. See previous posts.
Chesterton served on the Royal Fine Art Commission, the National Trust’s Architectural Panel and the Historic Buildings Council (later part of English Heritage) from the 1970s until the 1990s. She received her DBE in 1987. A year of Panic and Cover-Up on the part of the paedophiles’ friends, what with Ollie Brooke having gone to prison…
Chesterton was the daughter of Maurice Chesterton, the architect with whom Elizabeth Scott realised her competition-winning design for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon, built between 1928 and 1932. Elizabeth Chesterton’s interest as an adult was sailing, particularly in Jersey, where she had many friends.
Brought up in north London, and educated at King Alfred’s School, Elizabeth lived all her life in the family’s Hampstead house. Her move from architecture to planning was assisted by WW II. She worked first in East Suffolk as a planning officer and from 1947 for Cambridgeshire County Council. She combined this work with teaching at UCL and the Architectural Association.
It was in the 1960s, on behalf of the Hampstead and Old Heath Society, that Chesterton undertook a pioneering “facelift” scheme for Hampstead High Street, encouraging shop owners, banks and the local authority to improve their shopfronts. This led to her most unpopular moment, when she and Manasseh successfully secured the removal of the public lavatories because they were an eyesore.
The Hampstead work led to a study of the neglected historic core of King’s Lynn in 1964, which was followed by reports on Chippenham, Aldeburgh and on Eastbourne for the Duke of Devonshire. In 1966, Chesterton was appointed planner to the Beaulieu Estate, negotiating permissions for the National Motor Museum there and a nearby fishing village at Buckler’s Hard, bringing in Leonard Manasseh to design the buildings.
Chesterton’s proposals won the support of local residents Sir Basil Spence and Sir Hugh Casson. Hugh Casson knew Ronnie Waterhouse, was a friend of the Royal Family and taught Carlo how to paint in watercolours. See previous posts. Spence and Casson’s support led to further commissions for Chesterton, from Hampshire County Council and the Rothschild estate. She was invited to advise the National Trust on the impact of new farm buildings in the landscape and visitor centres at its historic properties. For the Countryside Commission, Chesterton produced the Snowdon Summit Report in 1974, suggesting how its tourist facilities and mountain rescue post could be more discreetly set into the hillside and the Uplands Landscape Study in 1980, a survey of 12 parishes produced with the landscape architect Hal Moggeridge.
At a farewell lunch at English Heritage, on whose committees Chesterton had served, held in her honour in early 1998, Chesterton considered that her greatest honour was to have worked on the development of town partnership schemes. This was the programme initiated by the Historic Buildings Council in the 1970s to bring professional advice and a wider appreciation, as well as a system of matching grants, to many of England’s most rundown inner cities and small towns, as Chesterton had pioneered at King’s Lynn in the 1960s.
Richard Llewelyn-Davies was Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 1960-69 and Professor of Urban Planning and Head of the School of Environmental Studies, 1970-75.
Richard and Patricia Lewlleyn-Davies had three children; one of their daughters is the anthropologist Melissa Llewelyn-Davies. Melissa is well known for her TV and popular entertainment work. In the 1970s, she worked on “Disappearing World,” produced by Granada Television International. Melissa’s work with the Masai people of East Africa, beginning with Masai Women in 1974, was featured on “Disappearing World.” Llewelyn-Davies studied Social Anthropology at UCL and then went to Harvard to undertake her PhD, which she did not complete as a result of her beginning her fieldwork with the Masai.
In 1960, Richard Llewelyn-Davies and John Weeks formed the architectural and planning practice Llewelyn-Davies Weeks, ‘which became one of the most influential hospital design and master planning companies in the UK’. I wonder how??? Major early commissions included the design of Northwick Park Hospital near Brent and offices for ‘The Times’ newspaper.
John Weeks, who met with Richard Crossman to discuss NHS contracts and commissions, was Senior Lecturer, UCL, 1961-72; Chairman, Llewelyn-Davies Weeks 1981-86, Consultant 1986-91; CBE 1986; married 1955 Barbara Nunn (one son, one daughter); died London 19 June 2005.
The website of Architects for Health published a tribute to Weeks, written by Ray Moss:
…had a huge influence on all those of us who strive to understand better the craft of hospital design. At the Nuffield Division for Hospital Studies, which published its findings in 1954, he was involved in the very early stages of the ‘industrialisation’ of a number of hospital activities such as central sterile supply services, and took the lead in measuring things, in order to provide design data for future projects. Good examples of this are his work on the multi-functional potential of combined inter-connecting examination and consulting rooms and how the work of nurses can be modified in the interests of improved patient care.
These lessons were embodied in a number of ‘live’ projects. Later, in practice with Richard Llewelyn Davies, John worked on a number of projects for the NHS such as York District General Hospital and perhaps most significantly Northwick Park Hospital and Research Centre….
Obituary for John Weeks in ‘The Independent’, 30 June 2005, by Elain Harwood:
John Weeks, architect: born London 5 March 1921; architect in partnership with Richard Llewelyn Davies (created 1963 Baron Llewelyn-Davies, died 1981) 1960-81; Senior Lecturer, University College London 1961-72; chairman, Llewelyn-Davies Weeks 1981-86, consultant 1986-91; CBE 1986; married 1955 Barbara Nunn (one son, one daughter); died London 19 June 2005.
John Weeks brought an intellectual rigour to the design of hospitals, an exercise that brought together prefabrication, repetition and town planning to create miniature cities – indeed all of his experience as an architect and founder partner of the firm Llewelyn Davies and Weeks.
Weeks determined to become an architect at 14. His grandfather was a mason, and he had a copy of Architectural Review from October 1933, featuring the Royal Masonic Hospital. It is still in Weeks’s office. After education at Dulwich College he entered the Architectural Association in 1938. Military service interrupted his training, with three years in the Royal Navy, but the early years of the Second World War were a wonderful time for the AA. The small but exceptionally gifted group of students were evacuated to Monken Hadley, north of London, where Weeks shared a house with, amongst others, Philip and Geoffry Powell, Hidalgo and Jeannie Moya, all architects who were to have distinguished careers rebuilding Britain after the war. Its real name was the Homewood, but Weeks and others christened it “Taliesin” after Frank Lloyd Wright’s home.
Reading the ‘Architectural Review’, Weeks particularly admired a house at Ferriby, in Yorkshire, by Leslie Martin. On demobilisation he phoned Martin, then Deputy Architect to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, for a job – and Martin was sufficiently intrigued to offer one. The LMS was the largest of the pre-nationalisation railway companies and had initiated a coherent design policy in the war, including prefabricated steel stations for its smaller halts. The prototype still stands at West Hampstead; the others, including Stonebridge Park designed by Weeks, have gone.
For Weeks the 1940s were “all thinking science and rationalisation”, which suited his talents, and the commuting introduced him to another architect, Richard Llewelyn Davies, later Lord Llewelyn-Davies. They left British Rail together to work on modular design for Hills, the principal manufacturer of prefabricated schools, seen in the 1940s as the answer to shortages. Then, in 1950, Weeks followed Llewelyn Davies to the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust, which was assembling a multi-disciplinary team including architects, statisticians and a nurse, to design a general hospital from first principles.
As part of their study the Nuffield team designed two experimental ward units, a twin operating theatre suite and a health centre at Corby. Partly because of their design – they were cool, geometrically disciplined buildings – but, mainly because they were based on well-researched regimes, the buildings received wide acceptance by the medical and nursing professions. Their report, published in 1955, became the reference point for the first larger building programmes of the NHS, notably hospitals by Powell and Moya at Swindon and Wexham Park. Llewelyn Davies and Weeks acted as consultants, having formed a partnership in 1960. Meanwhile Weeks had designed a new estate village for Lord Rothschild at Rushbrooke, Suffolk, based on primitive farm buildings seen on Italian holidays: a cluster of single-storey brick houses linked by sheltering walls and with attic storage areas under big monopitched roofs. The black and white shapes were likened to the Friesians in the adjoining field.
Finally, Weeks built his own hospital, at Northwick Park, Harrow, combined with a clinical research centre. He devised the overall form of the hospital in a week in April 1962 while in bed with flu. He had been rationalising his thoughts on hospital design as “duffel-coat” planning, a large, architecturally expressionless mantle of a building that was serviced and flexible. But in January 1962 this evolved into “indeterminate architecture”. Provided that the design of the entrance and principal routes was clear and logical, and each building could readily expand its services, then any adaptation, extension or rebuilding could be undertaken without disturbing the rest.
It was a model for flexibility within a logical plan. Hospital planning resembled that for a town, and Weeks was also involved with the planning of Washington New Town, whose importance as a forbear of Milton Keynes is undervalued. Weeks devised the roads at Washington as all equal, with neighbourhoods for some 4,500 people set in the half-mile squares between them.
Weeks was involved in the design of York District Hospital, but increasingly his expertise was in demand as an adviser abroad. He worked extensively in Iceland, Belgium, Australia, Singapore, the United States and Canada, producing development plans as the basis of buildings by local architects. He recorded 20 long-haul trips in 1969 alone. His intensive research produced few built works, but his hand can be seen in the University Children’s Hospital at Leuven (1972-75), the Medical Centre at Flinders University, Adelaide (1974), and Westmead Hospital, Sydney (1975-77). Weeks had taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture throughout the 1960s and, following Llewelyn Davies’s death in 1981, he carried on lecturing on hospitals around the world.
John Weeks combined his scientific approach to architecture with a love of art and music, relating his work on indeterminacy to that of John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s ballet. He worked extensively with artists, particularly with Kenneth and Mary Martin, notably in 1956 at the “This is Tomorrow” exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery and with Mary at the Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast. He was a graceful, twinkly figure with a gentle, warm humour, who was still corresponding with students and giving lectures until last year.
The company grew with the addition of Walter Bor in 1964 and become Llewelyn-Davies, Weeks, Forestier-Walker and Bor and was known for the master planning of Milton Keynes. Walter George Bor (14 October 1916-4 October 1999) was a town planner and architect who was influential in the development of new towns in the UK and elsewhere in the second half of the 20th century. He was born Walter Bukbinder in Vienna, the son of a secular Jewish Czech chemical engineer. He studied architecture at Prague University, before escaping the German occupation of Czechoslavakia in 1938 and travelling to Britain. Many members of Bor’s family subsequently died at Birkenau. He worked in a munitions factory, and served in the Czech army in exile, before continuing his studies in architecture and town planning at Cambridge and at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
In 1947 Bor joined London County Council as a planner, rising to a position in which, by 1958, he was in charge of planning the renewal and redevelopment of parts of the East End. London County Council was facilitating organised abuse as well as civic corruption. Bor moved to Liverpool City Council in 1962, as Chief Planning Officer. In 1966 he resigned, partly because he disagreed with the council’s support for high-rise housing. Dafydd’s network of corrupt professional people, including those in Liverpool City Council, dominated Liverpool at that time.
Bor then joined Llewelyn-Davies et al as a partner and the business became Llewelyn-Davies, Weeks, Forestier-Walker & Bor. They began working on the development of Washington new town, in County Durham; the North East was the site of another big sex abuse ring with close links to north Wales.
In the early 1970s, police investigations revealed a massive web of corruption on the part of local authorities across the north of England, with links to London Councils and Gov’t. The matter eventually erupted in the Poulson scandal of 1974 which resulted in John Poulson, an architect from Yorkshire, being jailed and the ending of the career of Heath’s Home Secretary Reginald Maudling, who was a Director of two of Poulson’s companies. See previous posts. The criminality which was made public involved corrupt deals between architects, local authority planning depts, Councillors, civil servants and associated pay-offs to scores of people. Freemasonry was mentioned as was police corruption, but what did not ever become public was that some of the people involved were also running prostitution rackets. Two of the London Boroughs involved in the civic corruption were Wandsworth and Southwark, both Boroughs which sent numerous kids in care to children’s homes in north Wales.
It was T. Dan Smith who’s name became famously associated with this enormous degree of local authority corruption, which seemed to emanate from Smith’s empire in the North East of England. T. Dan Smith was a high profile member of the Labour Party, having joined back in the mid-1940s. In 1950 Smith was elected to Newcastle City Council; he became Chairman of the Labour Group in 1953 and was appointed Chairman of the Housing Committee. Smith was Leader of Newcastle City Council, 1960-65 and created one of the country’s first free-standing Planning Departments; it was the most powerful department in the Council.
When Harold Wilson became PM in 1964, T. Dan Smith and others expected Wilson to somehow give Smith a role in the Cabinet. That didn’t happen, but in early 1965, Wilson’s First Secretary of State, George Brown, appointed Smith as Chairman of the Northern Economic Planning Council, on which Smith served until 1970.
Smith also served on the Buchanan Committee on traffic management and on the Redcliffe-Maud Royal Commission on Local Government in England, 1966-69 and was Chairman of the Peterlee and Aycliffe Development Corporation, 1968-70.
T. Dan Smith, like John Poulson, eventually did serve a prison sentence, but it was relatively short and Smith put his time inside to good use, making contacts which stood him in good stead when he re-emerged into the outside world and resurrected himself. Smith was never even charged with the most serious of his offences; I imagine that one reason was that the wrongdoing was so great and involved so many people that it would have been a near-impossible task for someone to have got to grips with it all. Another reason was that it involved the Westminster Paedophile Ring, so many people sheltered under that umbrella…
While in prison, Smith became involved in amateur dramatics where he met and encouraged Leslie Grantham aka Dirty Den from EastEnder to pursue his career as a professional actor. Some of Dirty Den’s fellow EastEnders stars supported the work of the Mildmay, the AIDS hospice established and run by Dafydd’s network who had been responsible for the young men contracting HIV initially. On release from Leyhill Open Prison in 1977, Smith attempted to rebuild a political career, but was initially refused re-admission to the Labour Party. He worked for the Howard League for Penal Reform encouraging businessmen and celebs to visit prisons and encourage the old lags within to turn away from crime. I imagine that provided an excellent networking opportunity for T. Dan Smith. He also campaigned for the rights of released prisoners, such as himself and occasionally commented on municipal housing issues. In 1985 he wrote that “Thatcherism, in an odd sort of way, could reasonably be described as legalised Poulsonism. Contributions to Tory Party funds will be repaid by the handing over of public assets for private gain.”
In 1987, T. Dan Smith was readmitted into the Labour Party, as the Windbag and co pulled out all the stops to keep a lid on Dafydd and the gang, what with the Windbag, his wife and his in-laws personally knowing some members of the gang and Dafydd et al being at great risk of exposure, just as the Windbag thought that he was going to win a general election. See eg. ‘Hey, Hey, DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’.
By 1990, Smith was a member of the executive committee of the Newcastle Tenants Association and lived on the 14th floor of Mill House, a tower block in the Spital Tongues area of the city.
Smith was married to Ada (born 1919) from 1939 until his death. He was the father of three children, a son and two daughters. Smith died of a suspected heart attack on 27 July 1993, in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. He had undergone surgery after collapsing at home.
In 1993 the North Wales Police were winding up their investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire and concluded that there was no evidence of such a ring. Over 100 complaints about the abuse of children in care in north Wales were made during the investigation and a file was sent to the CPS. The DPP, Dame Barbara Mills, did not mount one prosecution. See eg. post ‘The Mrs Mills Experience’. In July 1993, I had to cough up £60 after Bangor Magistrates Court found me guilty of causing Jackie Brandt, a social worker member of the gang, ‘alarm and distress’ by ‘looking at her’ in Safeways in Bangor. Brandt had alleged that I had screamed and yelled at her such that she believed that a physical assault from me was imminent. In the witness box she began crying and admitted that I had not said anything to her at all. There was no investigation into Brandt’s perjury.
By the end of July, T. Dan Smith, one of the biggest partners in crime that Dafydd’s extended gang had in the North East, was dead.
In 1982, when Mary Wynch’s litigation was underway and legions of those in high places began desperately rearranging the furniture to prevent the horrible excesses of Dafydd and Gwynne et al becoming very public, T. Dan Smith began work with Amber Films, an independent production company based in Newcastle, on the drama-documentary ‘T. Dan Smith’. It looked at the background to the Poulson scandal and T. Dan Smith played himself in the film, which was released to cinemas in 1987 and broadcast on Channel 4 in 1988, adding to the Esther and Marjorie-elicited smokescreen.
Previous posts eg. ‘A Major Coup – Or A Complete Disaster?’ discussed Lord Jeremy Beecham, who in 2006 – Jeremy became a Lord in 2010 – set up the Review to advise the Welsh Assembly Gov’t on the reform of public services in Wales. Jeremy appointed inside stooges with previous re the serious mismanagement of public services to conduct the Review. Jeremy is someone whom one would suspect from his CV would not ever want the public services in Wales scrutinised or reviewed.
Beecham was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and University College, Oxford (1962–65), where he graduated in law. Beecham became a solicitor. He joined the Labour Party in 1959 and was elected as a Newcastle City Councillor in May 1967. Beecham Chaired the Social Services Committee on the Council, 1973-77 and was Leader of Newcastle, 1977-94, Chairing the Finance Committee, 1979-84. While all those kids from Newcastle were sent to children’s homes in north Wales and when health and social care staff relocated from Newcastle to north Wales.
The Lord Beecham
In 1991, the year that the careers of me and other witnesses were destroyed, Beecham became Chairman of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities (AMA). When the AMA merged with the Association of District Councils and the Association of County Councils on 1 April 1997 to form the Local Gov’t Association, Beecham became the first chairman of the LGA. In 2006, he became LGA Vice-Chairman and continued to chair the LGA Labour Group.He was the President of the British Urban Regeneration Association (now folded). Beecham belongs to the Labour Friends of Israel lobby group.
Beecham has been a member of many boards and committees in Newcastle and North East England and advising government. He has been a member of the Labour Party NEC since 1998 and was its Chairman. Beecham was made a Freeman of the City of Newcastle in 1995. He is Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Tyne and Wear and continues to sit on the City Council. Beecham has been a council member at charidee Common Purpose since 1989. Beecham sits on the Labour benches in the Lords.
Lord Beecham ran Newcastle alongside Dafydd and Gwynne’s friend:
One of T. Dan Smith’s closest side-kicks in the Newcastle empire was Sir Wilfred Burns (11 Apr 1923-4 January 1984), “a key figure in British post-war planning”. Burns was born near Bolton, Lancashire, moving to Ulverston in Cumbria as a child. After attending Ulverston Grammar School, Burns studied civil engineering at Liverpool University and undertook war service in the Admiralty. Thus Burns found himself primed for a life of crime linked to Dafydd and the Westminster Paedophile Ring.
Burns began work in local gov’t for Leeds City Council; one Jimmy Savile was at the time beginning to develop his own business in the Leeds region. In 1949, Burns moved to Coventry City Council where he was a member of the team working on the redevelopment of the city after its bombing. Richard Crossman had been elected as the Labour MP for Coventry East in 1945; Crossman established links with bent Coventry Councillors, powerful Midlands-based businessmen and subsequently Jack Butterworth, the VC of Warwick University. See eg. previous posts. As with Newcastle, running throughout all the scams and deals were corrupt Top Doctors ready with a How Very Dare You if anyone dared point the finger…
Richard Crossman was one of the most senior figures in the British intelligence services, so there’ll have been no escape for Burns even if he wanted; although if Burns opted to contribute to the rot, he would be well-rewarded.
Following a period working for Surrey County Council, Burns moved to Newcastle as its Chief Planning Officer in 1960. At Newcastle, he took charge of the newly created planning department, ‘working closely’ with T. Dan Smith, the Leader of the City Council…
Having been responsible for the most corrupt civic practices in local gov’t in the UK, there was only one place for Burns; in 1968, Burns was appointed as Chief Planner at the Ministry of Housing and Local Gov’t in Harold Wilson’s Gov’t. Neither did Wilfred Burns find himself out of the door when Harold lost power. In 1971, Burns became Deputy Secretary at the Dept of the Environment (DoE) and remained at the DoE until 1982.
In 1982, Burns become the Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England and also served on national committees on the future of the planning system and on urban priority areas. I used to think that the Local Gov’t Boundary Commission was the most boring organisation on earth, but after beginning this blog I realise that I was very much mistaken.
The Local Gov’t Boundary Commission is not at all boring, in fact it is fantastic, because when folk like Dafydd and the gang are in a mess from which they just cannot extract themselves, the Boundary Commission simply abolishes whichever organisation Dafydd’s gang were working with and the problem is solved. Furthermore the people serving on the Boundary Commission are the paedophiles’ closest associates, so there is a symbiotic relationship in place. Professor Eric Sunderland – a senior academic who spent most of his career at Durham University in T. Dan Smith country – answered the call of the gang to become Principal of UCNW in 1984 and then after another rearranging of the furniture, stood down as Principal in 1994 to become Chairman of the Boundary Commission. Thus Eric and co were able to recommend the disappearance of Clwyd County Council in 1996, just weeks after they knew that the Jillings Report on the care of children in the care of Clwyd County Council since 1974 would be submitted. The Jillings panel were of course fully on board and they knew when their Report, which would be obliged to admit that there could be no excuse for what had happened to the kids in care no matter how much Jillings played it down, needed to be submitted. Thus Clwyd County Council, the only body which could possibly be held to account because of course as far as everyone else was concerned it was a matter of I Know Nuzzing, disappeared in a puff of smoke. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’
Since investigating the Mystery Of The Disappearing Very Guilty County Council In 1996, I have noticed that other boundary changes also enabled some deeply unpleasant people to benefit greatly just when everyone was hoping that the bastards had finally had it. Boundary changes resulting in the changing of Parliamentary constituencies are certainly interesting. Woy Jenkins, after joining the Gang Of Four, won Glasgow Hillhead in March 1982 as a result of the recently altered socio-economic profile of the constituency after boundary changes. The world heaved a sigh of relief when Woy the Westminster Swinger, Dr Death, Shirl and their mate flounced out of the Labour Party in 1981 – when Dr Death knew that Mary Wynch had begun legal action against his mates Dafydd et al in north Wales – but Woy was back like a bad penny because ooh there’s going to be a by-election at Hillhead, the constituency held by Tam Galbraith, a man who when young was at the heart of the Gay Spies in the Admiralty scandal and look there’s now enough of the sort of people who would vote for Woy in the constituency to give Woy an excellent chance of winning… Well that is convenient.
Ronnie Waterhouse was On The Boundary Commission, I think at the same time as Wilfred Burns.
Burns was elected President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1967. He was knighted in 1980; just after Mr Thrope left the Old Bailey a free man and after Mary Wynch finally escaped from the North Wales Hospital and visited her lawyers.
Burns died in Jan 1984 at the age of 60, after suffering ‘from a heart condition’. Jan 1984: Mary Wynch was knocking on the door of the Master of the Rolls; I hadn’t yet made my complaint about Gwynne the lobotomist, but Brown had received murder threats and we were under surveillance by MI5; Alison Taylor had raised concerns about kids in care in north Wales; F was telling people that kids in the children’s home in Bangor were being abused; there had already been one ‘independent investigation’ into the possible abuse of kids in care in Gwynedd, which was carried out by the friends of Ioan Bowen Rees the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council and gave the Council’s children’s homes a clean bill of health; there was chaos in UCNW with Sir Charles Evans being obliged to retire and a headhunt in process for a Safe Pair Of Hands to succeed him…
T. Dan Smith’s friend and political ally in the North East of England’s Labour Party was Andrew ‘Andy’ Cunningham, (8 June 1910 – 14 June 2010). Born in Durham, Andy Cunningham, like T. Dan Smith, ended up in prison for his role in the Poulson scandal of 1974.
Andy lived most of his life in Chester-le-Street and at the height of his career in 1971 he was:
- Member of the NEC of the Labour Party.
- Chairman of the Chester-le-Street and the Northern Region Executive of the Labour Party.
- Head of the Northern District of the NUGMW, the biggest union in the north-east.
- Alderman of Durham County Council.
- Member of the Chester-le-Street Town Council
- Chairman of Durham Police Authority.
- Chairman of Newcastle Airport Consultative Committee.
- Member of the Northumbrian River Authority.
- Member of the Peterlee New Town Development Corporation
- Member of the Tyneside Passenger Transport Authority.
Andy Cunnigham’s role with the GMWU in particular gave him considerable influence, via the trade union block vote, in the selection of Labour Party Parliamentary candidates.
Here’s Miranda, a metropolitan, public school educated barrister who was a pupil of crooked barrister George Carman QC who successfully defended Mr Thrope and concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring:
After his education at Fettes in Scotland, then Oxford, then a few years working as a barrister in London, Miranda was elected for the safe Co Durham seat of Sedgefield, in a former mining area. They realised that Miranda was a Good Labour Man and Of Them when he ordered that skinny latte at the Durham Miners’ Gala.
I have mentioned previously that Brown’s mum and dad grew up in Durham. His dad went to Newcastle University and his mum went to Durham University. Brown’s father was found dead during the Waterhouse Inquiry and his mother was found dead shortly after I finished my PhD, when things such as John McTernan’s bother-in-law stealing my computer were happening.
Andy Cunningham was sentenced to five years, reduced to three on appeal and was paroled from Ford Open Prison in June 1976. Andy Cunningham died in Oct 2010, aged 100. The Torygraph’s obituary for him read thus:
Andrew Cunningham, who has died aged 100, was the most powerful man in the North-East of England until he was jailed in 1974 for his part in the “web of corruption” operated by the architect John Poulson and Newcastle’s “city boss” T Dan Smith.
As regional secretary of the General and Municipal Workers’ Union (now GMB) representing 100,000 members, Andy Cunningham exerted immense power and patronage through the union – and the Labour Party, as its regional chairman and a Right-wing member of its National Executive Committee (NEC).
Mary Turner, the Strong Woman and Caring Dinner Lady, who colluded with the neglect and abuse of kids in Brent so severe that it resulted in the death of Jasmine Beckford in 1984, was President of the GMB from 1997 until her death in 2017. See post ‘Mary Turner – An Appreciation’.
A Durham county alderman and chairman of Felling council (later a Chester-le-Street councillor), Cunningham became an autocratic chairman of Durham Police Authority, the Northumbrian River Authority, Tyneside Passenger Transport Authority and the North-East Regional Airport Committee, and Poulson reaped the benefits of his power.
Nothing moved in the North-East without Cunningham’s say-so. At the moment of his disgrace, he secured his home seat of Chester-le-Street for a GMWU nominee against the strong claims of the Durham miners. The by-election turned into a plebiscite on the “Cunningham gang” and Labour’s candidate – the blameless Giles Radice – only squeaked home.
I haven’t had time to cover Giles in detail on the blog yet, I have but touched on him, but ‘blameless’ is not a word that really summarises Giles.
While awaiting trial, Cunningham orchestrated the deselection of the Labour MP Eddie Milne for demanding an inquiry into the party’s links with Poulson; Milne held his seat as an Independent and took his campaign to Westminster, to Labour’s national embarrassment.
Eddie Milne met a dreadful end; he seems to have been one MP who really did try and take on the endemic corruption unlike virtually all the other straight n clean geezers or the Wimmin who Cared who very carefully Shut Their Mouths About DA and a few other matters. As a result Eddie was ruined personally and politically. He published a book about his battles with civic corruption, which attracted over 30 libel suits, which nearly bankrupted the publisher. Libel?? These people went to prison, Eddie did not, he was not even accused. But Eddie was the lying bastard. See previous posts…
Few – locally or nationally – dared challenge the former docker who drove around in a white union-owned Jaguar.
Eddie Milne. Everyone got the message.
After Labour’s unexpected defeat in June 1970, Cunningham was the only member of the NEC to tell Harold Wilson to his face that he had made a mistake in going to the country prematurely. He had been as forthright the year before in standing up for Barbara Castle’s In Place of Strife reform package as fellow union leaders organised to kill it.
Nor did anyone dispute the vigour with which he worked to further the interests of his union’s members, or make the North-East a better, more prosperous place to live.
Andy and his mates had their bungalows and flash cars, but didn’t swathes of the North East continue in poverty and disadvantage? It never became Knightsbridge. Although during the 1970s and 80s, huge numbers of children in care from the local authorities in the North East were sent to children’s homes in north Wales, so who knows where they ended up selling sexual services.
But it was Cunningham’s eagerness to accelerate Felling council’s housing programme in the early 1960s that caught the eye of Smith, who was already on Poulson’s payroll. Smith duly introduced Cunningham to Poulson. Over six years Poulson paid for Cunningham to take holidays in Bournemouth, Brighton and Estoril, and Cunningham steered important building contracts his way: for his union’s regional headquarters, a police HQ in Sunderland and a headquarters for the river authority, the last of which was vetoed by Whitehall on grounds of extravagance after Poulson had picked up £37,000 in fees.
As a Sunderland Councillor and Chair of Sunderland Council’s Education Committee, Ernest Armstrong concealed the abuse of kids in the North East, including at Axwell Park Approved School, where Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth worked before they relocated to Bryn Estyn in 1973. Ernest was Labour MP for North West Durham, 1964-87 and was one of the most helpful people in securing Miranda the nomination for Sedgefield. Ernest’s daughter, now Baroness Hilary Armstrong, succeeded her dad in his seat and became one of Miranda’s inner circle. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man in The World – Part III’.
Sunderland was the focus of one of the big child abuse scandals in the 1980s and Director of Social Services Colin Smart was shafted after exposing it and trying to expose more. See previous posts. Chris Mullin, Labour MP for Sunderland South, 1987-2010, established his reputation by working very hard to help the Birmingham Six after they were stitched up and wrongly imprisoned. His book about the Birmingham Six is entitled ‘Error Of Judgement: The Truth About The Birmingham Bombings’. Chris is on the left of the Labour Party, was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group, a loyal supporter of Wedgie Benn and was loathed by the Windbag and the right wing tabloids.
Chris’s contribution to the child abuse scandals that were emerging across the UK by the time that Chris was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, 1992–97 and Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, 1997–99, was to work to limit the compensation paid to kids in care whom it had been admitted were abused while in care. See previous posts. The Waterhouse Inquiry opened in Jan 1996.
Chris Mullin not only defended the Birmingham Six, he also did battle with Pol Pot. He first visited Cambodia in 1973, and again in 1980. In 1989 and 1990, Chris was outspoken on the British Gov’t’s record in Cambodia, being a leading voice in some of the first debates on Britain’s provision of military support to the Khmer Rouge and attributing increasing public interest in the issue to the documentary films of John Pilger. Chris was Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vietnam and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cambodia.
Pol Pot – No Problem, Chris’ll Take Him On!
Readers will remember that although Pol Pot was allowed to return to Cambodia after murdering one third of the population, Cambodia kicked Gary Glitter out. Should Mr Glitter wish to find a home when he is released from prison, I am sure that he’ll find himself free from any bother in Sunderland.
It’s The Life Of Brian, Chris, after Brown defended me and others!
It was the Life Of Nerys as well.
Roger Gilliatt and Friends:
Questions were asked locally about some of Andy Cunningham’s activities, but Cunningham’s corruption might never have come to light had John Poulson not omitted to pay £200,000 in income tax and been declared bankrupt.
At the architect’s examination in Wakefield in August 1972, Muir Hunter QC stunned Britain’s political and administrative establishment by revealing a web of corruption implicating not just Smith and Cunningham but a Scottish Office mandarin; bureaucrats in local government; British Rail; the National Coal Board; the NHS, three MPs and even – though he was never charged – the Conservative Home Secretary Reginald Maudling, who resigned.
Cunningham, then 62, was at the zenith of his power. Nothing showed his determination and the forces at his control better than the way he fought to retain his public offices until his arrest almost a year later. He mobilised Labour councillors to block all efforts to oust him, and managed, until formally charged, not only to keep his union job but also to remain chairman of the Police Authority. He even won re-election to the NEC, though the GMWU had to promise unions who backed him that he would go quietly at the end of his term.
This is evidence of the most serious entrenched corruption and a complete lack of integrity on the part of everyone involved, particularly the Police Authority, rather than ‘determination’.
Poulson had already been sentenced to seven years’ jail when Cunningham and Smith went on trial at Leeds Crown Court in April 1974; they pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and corruption involving the receipt of £1,766 from Poulson. Total benefits to the Cunninghams were put at £6,756, including the “salary” for his wife, May, whose prosecution was not proceeded with.
This will only have been the tip of the tip of a huge iceberg; a few thousand quid and expenses for the wife. Leeds was the centre of Jimmy Savile’s empire which in itself was huge and dreadful. Leeds MPs included Keith Joseph and Merlyn Rees who were both in the pocket of Dafydd and the gang. See previous posts. Hilary Benn was elected as the MP for a Leeds constituency in 1999, after the unfortunate death of his predecessor, Derek Fatchett (see previous posts), as the publication of the Waterhouse Report approached.
It was Sir John Kay at Leeds High Court who issued Gwynedd County Council with a High Court injunction against me in 1990, on the basis of the perjury of Gwynedd social workers. Everyone involved was living in Gwynedd. See post ‘The Bitterest Pill’. Sir Joseph Cantley presided over Jeremy Thorpe’s trial: Cantley was a little known judge who had spent his career on the Northern Circuit, often sitting at Leeds. George Carman defended Jeremy Thorpe and knew Cantley, because before Carman relocated to London after the Thorpe case, he had spent his career on the Northern Circuit. Geraint Morgan QC, the Tory MP for Denbigh, 1959-83, worked as a barrister on the er Northern Circuit. See previous posts. Denbigh is a long way from the Northern Circuit…
Sir John Kay’s son is a Rugby international. The staff of Bryn Estyn were recruited virtually entirely from Wrexham Rugby Club. Vacancies at Bryn Estyn were actually advertised at the Rugby Club rather than anywhere else. Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council, was President of Bethesda Rugby Club.
Cunningham blamed Poulson’s persistent generosity for his disgrace, declaring: “I made the biggest mistake of my life when I accepted the offer of that two-week holiday in Portugal from John Poulson. I just didn’t think
it would have led to all this. What is so annoying is that I tried and tried to get invoices for him for the holiday. I kept badgering him, but he was an overwhelmingly generous man and in the end I just gave up asking.” However Poulson accused Cunningham of having “held me to ransom” by demanding £4,000 worth of holidays; he gave in, he said, because he feared Cunningham might harm his business if the largesse stopped.
Lord George-Brown – the drunk in the Cabinet of crooks had by then been given a peerage – praised Cunningham in court as “one of the most outstandingly forthright, courageous, solid and loyal men I have met throughout my political life”. Mr Justice Waller nevertheless sentenced him to five years, and the Labour government set up an inquiry into standards in public life.
The Labour Gov’t who’s Leader, the PM, was a personal friend of this lot.
At a further trial in April 1976 it was alleged that Cunningham, through his union contacts, had bought at half price the bungalow at Chester-le-Street to which he had moved from a 37s 6d a week council house; he was cleared of having a corrupt relationship with the builder Sidney McCullough, but three fellow councillors were jailed.
It was April 1976, the political classes knew at the time that Mr Thrope was almost certainly going to be charged with some very serious offences at some point; the panic in the security services and Gov’t caused the resignation of Harold Wilson as PM; Carlo was appointed as Chancellor of the University of Wales; and George Thomas, one of the biggest child molesters in Parliament, was appointed Speaker of the House. In Chester-le-Street, three little people were jailed.
Andrew Newton, the hit man who stated that he had been paid to kill Norman Scott, tried to shoot Norman in Oct 1975. In April 1975, Bertrand Russell’s granddaughter Lucy died after setting fire to herself in a churchyard in Cornwall because ‘she had paranoid schizophrenia’, or according to her family ‘as a peace protest’. Lucy had lived with Russell as a girl after Russell had declared her own father, whom she got on with very well, to be unfit to bring her up because of his own paranoid schizophrenia. As a teenager, Lucy began telling people that she didn’t like the way that her grandfather kissed her. When Lucy was 18, she paired up with a boyfriend at university and Russell cut her off completely. It was then that she developed paranoid schizophrenia. See post ‘Who Was Angry About What?’
No-one saw Lucy set fire to herself. It was just assumed that she had, because she did of course have paranoid schizophrenia. As with Ann Hills being found dead on the roof, it’s incredible what can happen to people without questions being asked, as long as the Top Docs have got there first with the right diagnosis.
Cunningham’s sentence was reduced to three years on appeal and in June 1976 he was paroled from Ford open prison. Within weeks he had tea with Prime Minister James Callaghan at the home of his son, Jack Cunningham, the GMWU-sponsored MP for Whitehaven, whom Callaghan had retained as his Parliamentary Private Secretary despite the scandal.
It was rather more likely to have been ‘because of’ rather than despite the scandal. Jack Cunningham was PPS to Callaghan Sept 1976-Feb 1977. Mr Thrope had resigned as Liberal Leader in May 1976 when it was clear that he would face criminal charges sooner or later. Labour’s majority was so small that they only remained in office as a result of the Lib-Lab Pact between David Steel and Callaghan, which saved the bacon of both parties. The Pact was established in March 1977. Callaghan wife was Chairman of the Governors of GOSH; as PM, Callaghan earned much good PR as a result of the help that he gave his wife fundraising for GOSH. Dafydd’s mate David Ennals had been appointed as Secretary of State for the DHSS in April 1976 by Jim Callaghan. In March 1976, Norman Scott had alleged in open court at Andrew Newton’s trial in Exeter for firearms offences that Jeremy Thorpe had tried to have him killed. ‘The Times’ published an article entitled ‘The Lies Of Norman Scott’; everyone then knew what the ‘lies’ were. For a man telling porkies, Norman certainly panicked them all.
Here’s a man from Leeds who helped out at GOSH:
Jack (now Lord) Cunningham went on to restore the family name
So when and how did Lord Jack do that then? Was his father’s conviction overturned? Was Poulson’s? Smith’s? Was it demonstrated that the allegations of massive civic corruption involving bent professionals, bent Civil Service mandarins, bent local authority officials, bent Gov’t Ministers and their very close links to Wilson and Callaghan were unsubstantiated?
and serve in Tony Blair’s Cabinet.
I feel the hand of history on my shoulder once more.
But there would be no rehabilitation for his father; Andy Cunningham’s days of power were over and for three decades he lived quietly in retirement at Chester-le-Street.
His son was at the top of the Labour Party, Andy wasn’t suffering and he won’t have lost power; he exercised it through Lord Jack.
Andrew Cunningham was born on June 8 1910, the eldest of nine children of a Durham miner. He left school at 14 to work in the Tyne docks and built a formidable power base first as chairman of Felling council; then as a county councillor and alderman; chairman of the Police Authority (in 1962); chairman of the county council (1963) and, the following year, regional secretary of his union. The appointments continued to flow and on top of those posts previously mentioned, he was a founder member of the Northern Economic Planning Council and a director of Fairfields Shipbuilders. In 1965 he was elected to the trade union section of Labour’s NEC, his support peaking in 1967 when he came fifth with 4,934,000 votes.
Andrew Cunningham died on June 14. He outlived his wife, a former teacher and JP
The wife of one of biggest crooks in the UK was a JP in a region dominated by organised crime which involved the forcing of kids and vulnerable people in care settings into sex work. Did someone make an error of judgement?
with whom he had three children.
One of which was Jack Cunningham. John Anderson Cunningham, Baron Cunningham of Felling (born 4 August 1939) was the Labour MP for Whitehaven and then Copeland in Cumbria, 1970-2005 and served in Miranda’s Cabinet. Miranda employed Woy as an adviser…
Jack was educated at Jarrow Grammar School (now Jarrow School) in the same class as Doug McAvoy, who served as the General Secretary of the NUT, 1989-2004. The NUT colluded with the abuse of children in north Wales and elsewhere. George Thomas was of course an NUT rep… Being an NUT rep in north Wales could get one a long way. Barry Jones was President of Flintshire NUT and he ended up as Lord Baz. See previous posts.
Jack Cunningham undertook his first degree at Bede College, Durham University and then completed his PhD at Durham in 1967. Jack worked as a Research Fellow at Durham University – Jack is a chemist – 1966-68, whilst working as an officer for the GMWU.
I wonder what the other students and postdocs thought?
Jack was a district Councillor for Chester-le-Street Rural & Parish Council, prior to becoming an MP and continued to live in the Garden Farm area of the town, bringing up his family there.
Cunningham joined the Shadow Cabinet in 1983, appointed by the Windbag; he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Cumbria in 1991.
Jack ran the Labour Party’s General Election campaign in 1992.
Jack appeared on many TV election programmes as one of the main spokesmen of the Labour Party.
After the Labour landslide victory at the 1997 General Election – someone had by then finally realised that the Windbag had to go and had dispensed with his services a few years previously – Jack became Minister in MAFF. He was shifted in 1998 to the post of Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. The media dubbed him cabinet enforcer, claiming that his role was effectively to sell the Gov’t and its policies to the public and the media.
Meanwhile, in Ewloe in Flintshire, all those former kids in care had been called liars as they vomited and fainted under the strain of explaining what had happened to them in the children’s homes of north Wales.
Jack also led the Gov’t’s work on modernising government and Chaired the Ministerial Committee on genetically modified foods and crops. Jack retired from the Cabinet in 1999 and stood down from Parliament at the 2005 General Election. Having represented the constituency that includes Sellafield for 35 years, Jack is a strong proponent of nuclear power and is the founding European legislative Chairman of the Transatlantic Nuclear Energy Forum.
When Dafydd was a whippersnapper, he began a degree in Chemistry. He was thrown out of university in disgrace – why, I have never found out – and a lot of people were angry that the scholarship boy from Bethesda had pissed his chances up against the wall and got them all a bad name. Dafydd then got a job at Sellafield, which was still called Windscale in those days. Dafydd now tells people that he was working as an ‘atomic scientist’ at Windscale; he wasn’t because he was unqualified, but whatever he was doing led Dafydd to discover that a great many things were happening at Windscale that should not have been. Dafydd discovered something sufficiently explosive that it bagged him a place and funding to read medicine at Liverpool University. Dafydd began his medicine degree before the 1957 Windscale fire, so it wasn’t actually the cover-up of the fire by Macmillan’s Gov’t that propelled Dafydd into orbit, but that will have added to his muscle. Lord Ernest Marples, the deeply unpopular Tory Gov’t Minister who’s business interests included a company which built big civil engineering Gov’t projects, among them power stations, was also using the services of call girls; there was a lot of huffing and puffing about Ernest, but he was not actually part of the bomb that was the Profumo Affair, although he was at the scene of the crime as it were.
As far as I can work out, Dafydd found out about Marples and of course by the time of Profumo, Dafydd was a Top Doc who was already involved with the coercion and trafficking of teenagers like Christine Keeler. Dafydd Knew…
Not only did Dafydd Know, but Bronwen, Lady Astor, Bill Astor’s wife who was cast out of polite society and scapegoated as a Welsh slapper who was no better than she should be after Profumo, was the daughter of Sir Alun Pugh, a Welsh judge who had grown up in Carmarthenshire. See previous posts. The family lived in Hampstead, but Bronwen went to boarding school in Dolgellau and was almost exactly the same age as Ioan Bowen Rees, who years later became Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council. Ioan’s dad and mum were UCNW graduates, Ioan’s dad taught at the grammar school in Dolgellau and Ioan went to school in Dolgellau. Before Ioan became Chief Exec of Gwynedd, he was County Secretary of Dyfed County Council, which covered Carmarthenshire. There was a long-standing sex abuse ring in Dyfed linked to the ring in north Wales. See previous posts.
As well as the many other bits and pieces of Dafydd-linked scandal of which Patient F knew (see previous posts) was that relating to Marples. F’s mum had attended a protest meeting demanding that Marples Must Go, had clobbered someone on the head with her placard and F’s dad feared that his wife, a middle-aged businessman’s wife, was going to be in trouble with the police. Probably not a fear grounded in reality, because F’s dad was a Surrey Freemason; he had died by the time that the gang went after F…
F’s anecdotes about Marples Must Go will have meant nothing to the Angels and henchmen, but Dafydd’s ears will have pricked up.
See post ‘Those Who Are Ready To Serve’ for further background on Dafydd’s adventures at Windscale, Marples etc.
Jack Cunningham became Lord Jack in 2005. That was the year in which I obtained my PhD, when the Gwerin and No 10 could bear the pain no longer and charged towards Merfyn with all guns blazing. Not long after Jack entered the Lords, John McTernan’s brother-in-law stole my computer.
Lord Cunningham of Felling is still active in politics and Chairs an All-Party Parliamentary Committee to review the powers of the Lords.
Jack Cunningham was suspended from the Labour Party in June 2013 pending an investigation over claims that he had offered to work for lobbyists. He was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by the Parliamentary standards authorities and had the Labour whip restored.
All’s well that ends well then, particularly now that Jack has Restored His Family’s Honour after that unfortunate Poulson business.
Corrupt politicians: Please ignore my previous instruction for you to leave the stage. I don’t know what I would do if I did not have your excesses to marvel and laugh at. Please do stay, my life would be so dull without you.
Jack lives with his wife in Northumberland. They’ll have one of the best houses in the county now that Jack has restored the family’s good name, he won’t have to slum it in the bungalow like his dad.
I would have thought that corruption on the scale of T. Dan Smith and his mates was quite enough for one man, but Walter Bor also picked up the contract for a large new urban development, Ciudad Losada, 50 km south of Caracas in Venezuela, but that was before Hugo Chavaz made friends with Red Ken..
The British Gov’t then put another little job the way of Llewllyn-Davies, Bor et al: the development of the overall plan for Milton Keynes. It was of course all above board, Llewelyn-Davies et al won the Gov’ts competition to plan the new town, complete with concrete cows.
Bor also worked on development proposals in the US, Canada and Scotland, and wrote the book The Making of Cities (1970). He was elected President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1970, succeeding Wilfred Burns and was appointed a CBE in 1975, the year in which the hitman Andrew Newton tried to shoot Norman Scott. He taught at London, Princeton and Rice Universities. During the 1970s and 1980s, as well as continuing to work on the development of Milton Keynes and in Venezuela, he worked on the development plans for Bogota, Columbia – Bing Spear, the corrupt Home Office Drugs Branch mandarin, was working at such a high level that I wouldn’t be surprised if he was doing business in Columbia – and Nicosia, Cyprus. He was appointed as consultant to the Shenzhen Urban Planning Commission in Guangdong, China and also returned as a consultant to work on the planning of Prague.
Bor was married three times and died in 1999 at the age of 82.
After all this discussion re civic corruption involving architects, civil servants and Gov’t Ministers with links to Dafydd’s gang, I’ll highlight that Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, an architect and Sir Kenneth Robinson both went to Oundle School, as indeed did Roddy Llewlyn’s father Sir Harry Llewlyn.
On July 24 1969, Richard Crossman enjoyed drinks and ‘an immense very expensive dinner’ with Patricia and Richard Llewlyn-Davies and Lord Tommy Balogh. Tommy Balogh’s wife Penelope was a therapist who was one of the network colluding with and facilitating organised abuse. Penelope lived near the Milibands in Primrose Hill. See post ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’.
On Nov 12 1969, Crossman’s diary entry recorded that Patricia Llewelyn-Davies and Bea Serota spoke in the Lords debate on mental health. On the same day, Bea, in Crossman’s words, ‘did something very useful’, ‘she gave a lunch in the House of Lords to Alex Baker, the new Director of our Advisory Service…and to Mrs Robb, who wrote Sans Everything, the book that made a searing attack on the long-stay hospitals…’
Barbara Robb’s ‘Sans Everything’ is famous, it was an utterly damning account of the abuse and neglect of the elderly mentally ill, based on what Barbara had witnessed herself in the late 1960s in Cowley Road Hospital, Oxford. Robb wrote it when Dafydd’s mate Robinson was still Minister of Health, but Crossman had to deal with the fall-out as well. Wilson’s Gov’t admitted in private that Barbara had not exaggerated or misled in her account; however their response was to loathe her and rather than address the serious problems that Robb had identified, they smeared Robb, suggested that things weren’t quite that bad and concealed the fact that they were very bad indeed. See previous posts.
Things were known to be much worse at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh; no-one would have dared let Barbara near the place…
In his diary entry, Crossman noted that Robb ‘has always been a terrible danger to us, because Kenneth Robinson mishandled her and instead of treating Sans Everything sensibly, Kenneth set up committees of investigation into her and then published a White Paper as a non-controversial document to answer her which it didn’t. This left a very dirty impression and since then she has become a kind of clearing house for all complaints about cruelty and torture in hospitals’.
Mrs Robb heard a great deal after she blew the whistle…
Crossman continued: ‘I knew we had to defuse this bomb. The setting up of the Advisory Service and the Ely Report [an expose of yet more appalling abuse of the elderly mentally ill, in that case at Ely Hospital, Cardiff (see previous posts)] have helped but this lunch was pretty important because it got her to meet Alex Baker and me again. She was gratified and then she spent the whole day in the Lords hearing Bea and Patricia Llewelyn-Davies speak in the debate on mental health’.
For the elderly, the learning disabled and the mentally ill, nothing changed. Nothing. Which was interesting, because Alex Baker, Crossman’s adviser who had enjoyed lunch with Barbara Robb, was a psychiatrist. Dr Alec Baker was Senior Principal Medical Officer at the Dept of Health in 1968, as Gwynne lobotomised and Dafydd scandalised. Alec was Director of the NHS Hospital Advisory Service, 1969-73. From 1973, he was a consultant psychiatrist to the North Gloucestershire Clinical Area.
We must act after Ely and Cowley Road! Never Again! Things Will Change! Who shall we employ to lead the advisory service? Barbara Robb? Absolutely NOT, she is very dangerous to us all. What about that psychiatrist who was Senior Principal Medical Officer when the scandal happened? He’ll do an excellent job…
I understand that I too have been the subject of the sort of comments by Gov’t Ministers that were directed at Barbara Robb. No-one’s invited me to a lunch at the Lords, but to be honest I’m not surprised. I think that we’ve gone a bit beyond that now. The irony is that when I was younger and more trusting I, like Barbara Robb, could have been conned into believing that a lunch invitation and a Lords debate meant that matters were being addressed.
You really don’t learn do you Gov’ts? If you are wondering how to extract yourselves from the bottomless shit-pit in which you now find yourselves, don’t bother with the lunch invitation, I will not be accepting it. You should have learned after all these years of bombs going off underneath you that you and your hopeless uninspired advisers and policy makers have broken the health and social care sector and you do not know how to mend it. A la Lord Jack Cunningham, you are only fit for providing the slapstick.
On Feb 25 1970 Crossman recorded in his diary that he held the NHS Labour Conference in Westminster Hall. ‘There were gathered together the three or four Labour Chairmen of RHBs [Regional Hospital Boards], people like Peggy Jay and Clarissa Kaldor and Patricia Llewelyn-Davies and Audrey Callaghan, who are chairmen of Hospital Management Committees or Boards of Governors and prominent people from the local authorities, although I must add that appointees from the hospital side were in the majority…’
See previous posts for info on Peggy Jay and Clarissa Kaldor, both women married to Labour Party bigwigs and members of Crossman’s circle…
At the meeting, Crossman presented his Green Paper re NHS reorganisation. The Labour Party were ‘committed’ to democratising the NHS by handing it over to local gov’t; many Conference resolutions had been passed and Crossman stated that there was by then an ‘overwhelming case’ for doing it, because new local gov’t structures were being set up. But for some reason, although Labour Party were in Gov’t, it just wasn’t happening… Thus Crossman was presenting his proposals in the Green Paper. He was delighted to find that ‘all the people I had appointed, like Peggy Jay, were on my side. Bea Serota and John Dunwoody and I sat there at the top… it was an enormous relief.’
Dr John Dunwoody, a Labour MP for a Cornish constituency, 1966-70, who served as a Health Minister while the DHSS was run for the benefit of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, after standing down from Parliament served as Chairman of the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Area Health Authority, 1977–82 and Chairman of the Bloomsbury District Health Authority, 1982–90. From 1996 Dunwoody was Vice-Chairman of the Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Local Medical Committee. So after facilitating the ring as a Top Doctor, an MP and Minister, Dunwoody then facilitated it through NHS governance.
So Crossman appointed his friends and the wives of his friends who were running the Westminster Paedophile Ring to NHS governance and Gov’t posts and they then agreed with his reorganisation proposals. Crossman’s friends remained in NHS governance posts long after the 1973 reorganisation. People like dear old Peggy Jay have only recently begun dying. They retained an iron grip on the UK’s health and social care sector, years after they retired. The NHS is still run by the people who facilitated and concealed organised abuse decades ago.
After Crossman’s friends lapped up the contents of his Green Paper, he had that difficult meeting described in an earlier blog post when the Tory MP for Tiverton, Robert Maxwell-Hyslop, confronted him about Top Doctors illegally witholding the patients’ ‘pocket money’ – allocated by the DHSS – from patients in long-stay institutions if the patients pissed the Top Docs off eg. by not agreeing to have sex with them or other people. Crossman admitted that what was happening was unlawful and abusive, so he asked the Top Docs to stop it. They told him to piss off, they would continue with the practice and no-one raised the matter again.
Crossman described Maxwell-Hyslop as ‘odious’. A lot of people did not like Maxwell-Hyslop. He spent a lot of time doing what he did to Crossman ie. asking very difficult questions about matters which did need asking difficult questions about, but a reading of Maxwell-Hyslop’s biography suggests that he had known about all the matters over which he expressed outrage for years and they had never previously concerned him. Maxwell-Hyslop drove people mad with regard to his questioning over Jeremy Throrpe and his case when Mr Thrope made his initial appearance at Minehead Magistrates Court before his trial at the Old Bailey. Maxwell-Hyslop was the MP for Tiverton, 1960-92 and was born in Devon. He’ll have known for years what Mr Thrope had been getting up to…
Maxwell-Hyslop died in 2010 and Tam Dalyell wrote in the obituary that appeared in the Indie:
Robin Maxwell-Hyslop, with the devoted support of his wife Joanna, was never tainted with any soupçon of scandal. He was sea-green incorruptible. This was why he could be a hero to some, (and “some” includes me), and a pain in the backside to a large number of distinguished and important personages. Certainly the House of Commons post-1945 had never seen his like; I doubt if Parliament will ever see his like again.
Robert (Robin) John Maxwell-Hyslop, politician: born Ivy Bridge 6 June 1931; educated at Upper Canada College, Stowe, Christchurch College Oxford; worked for Rolls Royce, 1954-60; Member of Parliament, Tiverton division of Devon, 1960-92; Member, Trade and Industry Select Committee, 1971-92, Standing Orders Committee of the Commons, 1977-92, Procedure Select Committee, 1978-1992; Kt 1992; married 1968 Joanna McCosh (two daughters); died 13 January 2010.
Maxwell-Hyslop picked up that knighthood during the middle of the North Wales Police investigation into a possible paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, the year after I and other witnesses who were friends with me had seen our careers destroyed.
Sir Robin’s cousin Aymer Robert ‘Bill’ Maxwell-Hyslop was a civil servant who married Kathleen Rachel Maxwell-Hyslop (née Clay, 27 March 1914-9 May 2011), an archaeologist and scholar of the Ancient Near East. Kathleen Rachel Clay was born in London to Sir Charles Travis Clay, an antiquarian and librarian at the House of Lords Library and Hon. Alice Violet Robson (1892–1972), daughter of William Robson, Baron Robson. She attended Downe House School in Newbury, and graduated from the Sorbonne.
In 1933, Clay joined Mortimer Wheeler’s excavations at Verulamium and Maiden Castle, Dorset. She was inspired by Kathleen Kenyon to join the newly established Institute of Archaeology at the University of London in 1934, one of its first three students. Rachel Clay received a postgraduate diploma in Western Asian archaeology.
Readers might remember my previous post ‘Events, Dear Boy, Events’ about Sir Mortimer Wheeler and Dame Kathleen Kenyon. Wheeler was Director of the National Museum of Wales in early in its life and stood accused of having no real commitment to it and being an Englishman on the make who used it as a stepping stone to a grander and better positions. Kathleen Kenyon was a loyal sidekick of Mortimer’s who’s career received a boost by her father Sir Frederic Kenyon being Director and Principal Librarian of the British Museum 1909-31 and President of the British Academy, 1917-21. Dame Kathleen was a relative of Lord Lloyd Kenyon, President of UCNW from the mid-1950s-1982.
Lord Kenyon’s son Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon was known to be sexually abusing a boy in the care of social services; after they spent the night together in July 1979 and Thomas took porn Polaroid pics of them together, Thomas reported the boy for theft – the porn pics being among the items allegedly stolen. The boy was convicted and sent to a detention centre; Thomas faced no charges, although he made no secret of why they had spent the night together and he was much older than the boy. The North Wales Police seized the photos and destroyed them. The boy gave evidence at the Waterhouse Inquiry that Thomas has ‘used him for sex’ on numerous occasions.
Lord Kenyon was among other things, Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority, a member of the North Wales Police Authority, a JP, the most senior Freemason in north Wales, a Director of Lloyd’s Bank, President of the National Museum of Wales and Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. See previous posts. Before the 1973 NHS reorganisation, Lord Kenyon was an NHS governor in the old structure…
Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon died of an HIV related condition in 1993.
Kathleen Kenyon moved to north Wales in later life. She died at Wrexham in Aug 1978.
Rachel married Aymer Robert Maxwell-Hyslop in 1938. They had three children.
Rachel Maxwell-Hyslop, Mortimer Wheeler and the Kenyons wielded considerable influence over Higher Education and the arts. Maxwell-Hyslop was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1943 and of the British Academy in 1991. Between 1958 and 1996, Maxwell-Hyslop was on the Council of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, presiding it, 2004-07. She died at the Horton Hospital in Banbury on 9 May 2011.
Rachel Maxwell-Hyslop’s mother Violet’s father, Lard William Robson, was a Liberal Attorney-General. Throughout her life, Rachel remained a staunch supporter of Liberal politics.
Tam Dalyell worked for the security services and concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring throughout his career yet smeared his political opponents over far more trivial matters. Dalyell was Crossman’s PPS and friend. As for the possible NHS hospital building contacts that Crossman had chatted about with Richard Llewlyn-Davies when he and his wife dropped in at Crossman’s farm in March 1969, in Crossman’s diary entry for Aug 7 1969, he noted that he called a special meeting and pushed through the plan that he discussed with Richard and his partner John Weeks for a ‘critical assessment by an outside working party of architects, a nurse and a doctor’ who will ‘go around looking at new buildings, at how much they cost and what return we get for the money’. Crossman commented that they are going to see what they have actually been doing in the last five years and assess that before they build any more and ‘we are going to concentrate in the first place on subnormal hospitals and crash programmes for dealing with the overcrowding and understaffing and that is now all set in hand’.
Did the ‘subnormal’ hospitals receive priority? Er no. In the late 1980s, Dafydd and the gang were still firmly in place and Marjorie Wallace and Esther added to the loud stamping of feet when Dafydd et al were told, yet again, ‘you must stop treating people like this…’
Anyone for understaffed mental health services? There were understaffed mental health services in 1969 and as we never stop hearing, there still are now. Stop The Cuts!
My post ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ discussed another friend of Richard Crossman’s who was presiding over the NHS, Sir Desmond Bonham-Carter, the Chairman of the Governors at UCL, 1963-74. The Bonham Carters were an influential Liberal Party family; Violet Bonham Carter was the daughter of the Liberal PM H.H. Asquith, a leading Liberal herself and an enthusiastic supporter of Mr Thrope. Violet’s son Mark Bonham Carter was a Liberal MP. Violet’s daughter Laura Bonham Carter married Jo Grimond, the Leader of the Liberals before Mr Thrope succeeded him and who stepped into the breach as acting Leader after Mr Thrope was put on trial for conspiracy to murder.
UCL trained and employed a number of Top Doctors who facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring, such as Dame Josephine Barnes and Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain, but even more UCL graduates and staff colluded with and concealed it. Lord Max Rosenheim, who was about as big as one could get in the medical establishment at the time, worked at UCL and he was fully aware of what was happening; it was the Top Docs who trained with Lord Max and subsequently enjoyed his patronage who rose to the top in medicine. Lord Max was known to break careers if people put a foot wrong; that would have included blowing the whistle on the organised abuse and associated crime. Lord Max was mates with Harriet Harman’s dad. See previous posts.
Sir Desmond was also the Chairman of the South West Regional Hospital Board, 1968-74. That Board ran St George’s Hospital, when it was still based at Hyde Part Corner, before it relocated to Tooting in 1980. St George’s was one of the main hubs of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and its Dept of Psychiatry was staffed entirely by Top Docs who’s job it was to discredit witnesses and complainants. The show had been put on the road by Desmond Curran, a Top Doc who specialised in ‘sexual deviancy’ and Curran actively sought out other Top Docs who were involved with organised abuse to join him at St George’s. See post ‘Meet the Gwerin!’ Desmond Curran acquired his expertise in psychiatry in the Royal Navy after he joined up in 1939; he will have acquired expertise in Lord Mountbatten during his years in the Navy as well.
Sir Peter Brett Storey was the Top Doc who in 1969 brought the Knightsbridge elitists of St George’s together with downtown Springfield Hospital in Tooting Bec, whose staff were facilitating the sex abuse ring which was already being facilitated by Wandsworth Council. It was the 1971 investigation into Wandsworth Council’s corrupt dealings with T. Dan Smith that eventually led to the prosecutions in the Poulson scandal.
Peter Storey had qualified as a Top Doc at St Mary’s, Paddington, but he had been born in Whitley Bay and had attended Newcastle-upon-Tyne Grammar School. Storey’s father Henry was a master builder and company director; his mum Mary was the daughter of a compositor.
Desmond Bonham-Carter was also a Director of Unilever Ltd. Years later, Professor Fergus Lowe at UCNW used his knowledge of those who had concealed Dafydd’s criminality to raise funding streams for research, including from Unilever. See post ‘Feet In Chains’.
When Norman Scott as a young man in the 1960s had a breakdown as a result of the relentless harassment and threats that he experienced at the hands of Mr Thrope and his friends, Norman was treated by Desmond Curran at St George’s. Curran was an Expert In Poofs and much of Medicine’s Knowledge Of Poofs was regurgitated in the Old Bailey by Sir Joseph Cantley, the infamous judge who presided over Mr Thrope’s trial and who explained that Norman was a loathsome spotted reptile who chewed pillows for kicks, while Mr Thrope and his wife Miriam – who’s ex-husband was Lilibet’s cousin – were beyond reproach.
Crossman’s friend, adviser and fellow member of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Professor Brian Abel-Smith, was a member of a number of RHBs, including the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board, 1956-63.
Commons Hansard, 14 March 1968, recorded that a Dr Bennett asked Dafydd’s mate Sir Kenneth Robinson, the then Minister of Health, if he ‘is aware of the imminent disintegration of the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board as now constituted; how long he has had warning of this; what resignations have already taken place within the last few years and on what stated grounds; and what he proposes to do to reorganise this Board and its procedures’.
I don’t know what the crisis was row about, but in a written reply, Robinson answered: ‘The answer to the first part of the hon. Member’s Question is no, and the second part does not therefore arise. Each year the term of office of one-third of all Board members expires, and not all seek reappointment. The following members of the South West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board have resigned during their period of office since April, 1965, with effect from the dates shown:
- Mrs. M. Ormerod, O.B.E., B.A., 29th January, 1966.
- Professor D. Curran, C.B.E., M.B., B.Ch., F.R.C.P., D.P.M., 31st March, 1967.
- F. C. Wilson, Esq., 7th December, 1966.
- L. Minski, Esq., M.D., F.R.C.P., D.P.M., 16th December, 1967.
The present Chairman, Lord Addison of Stallingborough, has announced his intention to resign as from 30th June, 1968, and I have appointed his successor. It is not customary to publish the reasons which Board members may give for wishing to resign.’
Dr Louis Minksi was a Top Doc who published bizarre work on alcoholism in days gone by. In Jan 1940, Minski published a paper in the ‘British Journal of Inebriety’ discussing the problems of manic depressive patients who are also alcoholics. Minski cautioned that when the children of manic depressive patients show symptoms of manic depressive illness, the children have not, as usually presumed, inherited manic depression, they are instead showing the symptoms of their parents’ drinking.
When Minski published that he was listed as the Deputy Medical Superintendent of St Ebba’s Hospital, Epsom and Consulting Psychiatrist at St John’s Hospital. St Ebba’s Hospital was opened by London County Council and began life as in 1903 as Ewell Epileptic Colony; by 1948 it was an NHS hospital under the management of SW Metropolitan RHB. The London County Council was facilitating organised abuse and St Ebba’s also had an agreement with HMP Wandsworth re the exchange of inmates. St Ebba’s finally closed in 2009 and for the final years of its existence it was a hospital for the learning disabled.
Lord Addison was Christopher, the 2nd Viscount Addison, who seems to have done bugger all himself but he was the son of a famous Top Doctor and politician, the 1st Viscount Addison, also called Christopher. That was enough for him to have been Chairman of the RHB which governed St George’s.
Here’s a summary of the basics re the 1st Viscount Addison:
Addison was born in a rural parish in Lincolnshire. His family had owned and run a farm for several generations and he maintained a strong interest in agriculture and rural matters throughout his life. He attended Trinity College, Harrogate from the age of 13 and trained at Sheffield School of Medicine and Barts in London. Dafydd’s pal Lady Juliet Bingley’s father Reginald Vick was a surgeon at Barts and would have been one of those who needed protecting by the Barts network. Organised abuse was facilitated by Barts at least as far back as the 1940s.
In 1892, Addison graduated from London University as a Bachelor of Medicine and Science with honours in forensic medicine. A year later he qualified as a Top Doc and two years after that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Addison combined private practice with academic research and taught anatomy at Sheffield School of Medicine. In 1896 he became Professor of Anatomy at the newly formed University College of Sheffield. In 1901, Addison moved back to London, teaching at Charing Cross Hospital. He became Hunterian Professor with the Royal College of Surgeons.
As all Top Doctors are, ‘motivated by concern for the treatment of the poor, and that the effects of poverty on health could be fought only by Gov’ts, not by doctors’, Addison entered politics. Dr Death’s rationale for the same career move was strikingly similar. Addison was adopted as the Liberal candidate for Hoxton, Shoreditch in 1907 and was duly elected in Jan 1910.
Hoxton was the territory of the Krays who ran London in the 1960s and socialised with politicians as well as the usual gangsters and celebs. Ronnie Kray had a relationship with Lord Bob Boothby who also had a long-running relationship with Harold Macmillan’s wife Dorothy. The Krays weren’t around when Addison was MP for their neck of the woods, but they came from a family of gangsters who had been busy in Hoxton long before they were born.
David Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, noted Addison’s medical background and asked him to speak in support of the 1911 National Insurance Bill, both in Parliament and with the BMA.
In August 1914, Addison was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, under Jack Pease. His work was largely concerned with improving the health and welfare of children, but was cut short following the outbreak of the WW I. The Board of Education appointed officials to oversee schools in Wales for many years. The Board of Education appointed Huw Daniel’s father, J.E. Daniel, as an inspector of schools in Wales. The President of the Board of Education in Lloyd George’s Gov’t, 1916-22, was H.A.L. Fisher. Fisher was closely linked to the Bloomsbury Group and was Warden of New College, Oxford when Richard Crossman was a student and then a don there. See previous posts.
Addison was promoted to Minister of Munitions when Lloyd George became Minister of War in July 1916. He supported Lloyd George against Violet Bonham-Carter’s dad, the PM, H.H. Asquith, at the end of 1916 and continued into the new coalition cabinet. Ronnie Waterhouse’s father was a leading Liberal in north Wales and also supported Lloyd George at the time of that division in the Liberal Party. That father of Professor Wynn Humphrey Davies, a member of Bangor University Council and one of the Gwerin who was after Merfyn’s blood, was the son of a Liberal MP from north Wales from that era.
Addison lost his seat in 1922. Since the end of WW I, he had found himself increasingly detached from both warring factions of the Liberal Party. His belief in social reform and progressive policies brought him close to the Labour Party and he campaigned for Labour candidates at the 1923 General Election. During this time he returned to his family farm and published a number of books, including ‘Practical Socialism’.
Addison won Swindon as the Labour candidate in 1929 and Ramsay MacDonald appointed Addison as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1929. He became Minister of Agriculture in June 1930. Addison worked with Clement Attlee, the future Leader of the Labour Party with whom he formed a close relationship and was an active member of the Socialist Medical Association.
The Socialist Medical Association was packed to the rafters with privileged Top Docs who were part of Dafydd’s network all yelling loudly that They Were Doing This For the Poor. It was a networking forum for them. The originals included Julian Tudor Spart and Santo Jeger, followed by people like Uncle Harry, John Dunwoody, Wendy Savage and then Brian Gibbons. See previous posts.
Facing economic crisis in 1931, the Chancellor of the Exchequer proposed swingeing cuts to public spending, particularly to unemployment benefit. Addison voted against these cuts in Cabinet and went into Opposition when MacDonald formed a National Gov’t with the Conservatives and Liberals. Addison lost his seat in 1931. He regained it in 1934 but lost it a second time in 1935. During the Spanish Civil War, Addison helped organise medical aid to Spain.
He was created Viscount Addison in July 1945. As Leader of the Lords, Addison had the key responsibility of steering Gov’t legislation through the upper chamber. He formed a good relationship with the leader of the Conservative Opposition in the Lords, the Marquess of Salisbury. As his health began to deteriorate, in 1947 Addison withdrew from his previous responsibilities in foreign affairs, subsequently holding a number of sinecure positions in combination with his leadership of the Lords, until Labour lost office in October 1951.
Lord Addison married firstly Isobel in 1902. They had two daughters and three sons. Isobel, the daughter of a wealthy Scottish businessman and shipping agent, supported her husband morally and financially when he embarked upon a career in politics. After her death in 1934 Addison married secondly Beatrice Dorothy Low in 1937. Lord Addison died in December 1951, aged 82, only two months after the end of his political career. He was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son, Christopher. Lady Dorothy Addison died in September 1982, so was on hand to assist the Westminster Paedophile Ring in their hours of need when Mr Thrope appeared at the Old Bailey and when Mary Wynch began legal action against the gang in north Wales.
Michael Addison was a senior lecturer in the School of Management Studies at the Poly of Central London – which later became the University of Westminster – 1965-76. Michael succeeded in the viscountcy on the death of his brother Christopher, who died with no male heir in 1976, six years after he joined the exodus from the SW Metropolitan RHB.
Lord Michael Addison married Kathleen Wand, daughter of the Right Rev Sir William Wand on 22 August 1936. John William Charles Wand, (25 January 1885-16 August 1977) was an English Anglican bishop. Wand was born in Thatch’s home town of Grantham, the son of a butcher who was a staunch Calvinist. Thatch’s father was famously a grocer who was a Methodist.
Wand’s mother brought him up in the Anglican Church. Wand was educated at the King’s School, Grantham and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He prepared for ordination at Bishop Jacob Hostel, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was ordained a deacon in 1908 and a priest in 1909. Wand served curacies at Benwell and Lancaster. In 1911 he married Amy Agnes Wiggins (1883-1966) at St Leonard’s parish church in Watlington, Oxfordshire.
Wand was appointed vicar-choral of the Diocese of Salisbury in Wiltshire in 1914. He served as a military chaplain during WW I. Demobilised in March 1919, Wand was made perpetual curate of St Mark’s, Salisbury. In 1925 Wand became a Fellow and the Dean of Oriel College, Oxford and university lecturer in church history. Eight years later, Wand’s bishop, St Clair Donaldson, nominated Wand as a candidate for the see of Brisbane as Archbishop. Wand was enthroned in St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane on 5 September 1934. As a member of the University of Queensland senate, Wand worked to promote biblical studies and helped to create the first university theological faculty in Australia.
During WW II, Wand and his wife worked for the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Help Society. Early in 1943 Wand was offered the See of Bath and Wells. He left Brisbane in July and two years later he was translated to post-war London. After resigning his see in 1956, Wand was appointed minor canon and later Canon Treasurer of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, until 1969 and edited ‘The Church Quarterly Review’. He wrote forty-five books, among them a History of the Modern Church (1930), History of the Early Church(1937) and Anglicanism in History and Today (1961).
Survived by a daughter, Wand died on 16 August 1977 in Surrey.
William Wand supported the early ecumenical movement. He was the first Chairman of the Executive body of the British Council of Churches, attending the 1948 foundation of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam.
On 25 September 1948, Seretse Khama, a 27-year old black African man, and Ruth Williams, a 24 year old white English woman, went to the Anglican St George’s Church in Campden Hill, London, to get married. Half an hour before the service their vicar, the Rev Leonard Patterson, under severe pressure from various parties opposed to the inter-racial marriage, told the couple he was not willing to perform at the ceremony. Khama, who was heir to the kingship of the British protectorate of Bechaunaland and Williams, who was a London insurance clerk, pleaded with Patterson to change his mind, but instead he took them to the nearby St Mary Abbots church in Kensington to meet Wand, who, as Bishop of London, was performing an ordination. They attempted to gain Wand’s consent to be married in the Church of England.
Wand refused such permission without speaking to the couple himself, sending the Archdeacon of Middlesex with a message that read: “Get in touch with the Colonial Office. When they agree to the wedding, I will”. Senior officials at the Colonial Office had no say over whether the couple could get married in a church, or indeed anywhere else, but they had made it known through various back channels that they were opposed to the union, not only because they found it distasteful but because they believed that, given Khama’s Royal status, it would create political difficulties with apartheid South Africa, a neighbouring state to Bechaunaland. William Wand’s refusal to sanction a church ceremony forced Khama and Williams to get married in a civil service four days later, at Kensington Registry Office in London.
Spot The Difference! Clue: Some of them ran a paedophile ring.
An 1887 map showing the Crown colony of Bechuanaland (shaded pink) and the Bechuanaland Protectorate (pink border). This was prior to the extension northward to include Ngamiland in 1890. The Bechuanaland Protectorate was established on 31 March 1885, by the UK.
William Wand, who served as the Bishop of Brisbane, as Bishop of Bath and Wells and as Bishop of London, knew about the extensive abuse of children in Australia for which the Australian Gov’t and Church leaders have recently apologised and about the abuse of children and others by the Anglican Church in the UK which is currently the focus of such bad PR.
Michael and Kathleen Addison had the following children:
- Hon. Eleanor Brigit Addison (b. 11 June 1938)
- Hon. Caroline Ruth Addison (b. 30 July 1942)
- William Matthew Wand Addison (b. 13 June 1945)
- Michael Addison died in 1992 – all hands were to the pump re Dafydd until after I had been forced out of my job at St George’s in 1991 – and was succeeded by his son William, the 4th Viscount. William Matthew Wand Addison, 4th Viscount Addison (born 13 June 1945) was educated at Westminster School, King’s School, Bruton, Somerset and the Essex Institute of Agriculture, Essex. In 1999, he lived at Oundle, Northamptonshire…
- In the Lords, William Addison sat as a Conservative until the House of Lords Act 1999 removed his automatic right to sit in the House. He stood for election as an elected hereditary peer and stood again in subsequent by-elections for election to the House but has been unsuccessful.
On 10 October 1970, William Addison married Joanna Mary Dickinson, with whom he had the following children:
- Hon Sarah Louise Addison (b. 1971)
- Hon Paul Wand Addison (b. 1973)
- Hon Caroline Amy Addison (b. 1979)
In 1991, Michael Addison married Lesley Ann Mawer.
The Chancellor of London University when Gwynne the lobotomist and his mates such as Roger Gilliatt were students there was the 1st Earl of Athlone, who served as Chancellor, 1910-55. Athlone was still Chancellor when Gwynne was running a sex abuse ring and lobotomising people who said no, while big wigs in London University protected him. The Earl of Athlone was also appointed Chairman of the Middlesex Hospital in 1910. So what sort of Top Doctor was the Earl of Athlone? He wasn’t. Athlone was Royal and he fought for King and Country against Black Savages.
Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone (Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George; born Prince Alexander of Teck in the Kingdom of Wuurttemberg; 14 April 1874-16 January 1957) was born in London. He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst. In 1904, he married Princess Alice of Albany, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Alexander was a cousin and also brother-in-law of King George V and in 1917 he relinquished his German titles, as did the British Royal Family and he thus became the Earl of Athlone. The Saxe-Coburg-Gothes became the Windsors.
Prince Alexander served in the Second Matabele War, aka the Matabeleland Rebellion.
After the Matabeleland Rebellion was over, Athlone was appointed on 8 December 1898 by Queen Victoria as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. For his subsequent actions in the Boer War, Alexander was in April 1901 appointed by King Edward VII as a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Boer militia at the Battle of Spion Kop
The Earl of Athlone was in 1923 appointed as South Africa’s Governor-General by the King and he occupied the post until 1930. In 1940, Athlone was appointed as Canada’s Governor General by Lilibet’s dad. After returning to the UK, Athlone sat on the organising committee for the coronation of his great-niece Lilibet. That was the same year in which Sir Charles Evans became a national hero by getting to the top of Everest. Gwynne lobotomised away as all the action kicked off.
|This is how Dafydd and Gwynne were able to run a paedophile ring and why witnesses were found dead without any investigation. It is why, even today, no-one will admit the extent of the wrongdoing, why Merfyn’s wife died and why I am in hiding with a criminal record stating that I have been convicted of offences with which I have never been charged.|
|It is because of Lilibet’s great-uncle, a German Prince who fought the Matabeleland Rebellion and then the Boers.|
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