The Top Doctors sent up another distress flare a few days ago. The subject matter was the usual; demands for more dosh. The NHS is to receive another £20 billion – on top of all the other millions which have been announced in the past few months – but within a few minutes of receiving the news, the Top Doctors pointed out that £20 billion was insufficient. Why? Because the NHS is so much in dept – the figure given was £12 billion – that if that £12 billion isn’t ‘written off’, it will swallow up some of that £20 billion, so the NHS won’t get £20 billion at all! Logic therefore dictates that the NHS needs another £12 billion AS WELL as the £20 billion.
The reason why the NHS is in deficit to the order of £12 billion is that as usual, in spite of the massive quantities of extra money at frequent intervals, they have overspent. The NHS always does, because they have never, ever been held to any spending limits. The NHS knows that if it thcreamth and thcreamth until it is thick, it will get more money.
Some years ago something in the region of £8 billion was wasted on an NHS IT system that didn’t work and was never going to work. Everyone knew that it wouldn’t, but the contract was nonetheless given to the company owned by a mate of someone in the DoH who took the money and did not produce the IT system. More millions are now being ‘invested’ in an NHS IT system. There was another blip the other day when it was discovered that someone had written the press release, but the IT system, even if it is ever completed, will not do what the press release said that it will. That is because everyone in the NHS knows how to write a press release but they don’t know how to build an IT system or even how to commission someone who does know how to build one.
No-one else would piss £8 billion up against the wall and know that another £8 billion, earmarked for the same purpose, will come their way.
I say that the Top Docs have sent up a distress flare; they actually got one of their mates to send it up, the Top Docs being covered in slurry at the moment and thus taking a back seat occasionally.
The distress flare, in the shape of the explanation as to why £20 billion isn’t sufficient and will end in an NHS Crisis, was sent up by Peter Carter.
Peter Carter served as the General Secretary and Chief Executive of the RCN, Jan 2007-15. In Oct 2017 Carter was appointed as the Interim Chair of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
Peter is an Angel and therefore a Caring Man whose word can be Trusted. He only has patients’ welfare at heart.
Peter Carter trained as a psychiatric nurse at Hill End Hospital in St Albans; he then worked at the regional adolescent unit at Hill End Hospital, undertaking further training in family therapy and crisis intervention.
Hill End Hospital’s adolescent unit was recently the subject of a police investigation into the abuse of patients who were treated there in the 1970s.
Peter Carter also trained as a general nurse at St Albans City Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London, which was originally known as St Peter’s Hospital for Stone. Patients at the Institute for Urology had conditions affecting their genito-urinary systems and there were some rather odd things done at St Peter’s in the past and some fantastical claims made by the Top Docs there (see post ‘Gwlad y Menig Gwynion’).
As a result of his work in urology, Carter may well know Dr Christine Evans, a retired urologist who previously worked at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. Christine Evens is a past star of this blog, on account of her taking the lead role in the North Wales Community Health Council (CHC), ‘the patients voice’, yet admitting in the blog which she wrote in her capacity as a Councillor that she intended to use her position on the CHC to protect her former surgeon colleagues at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, who had been the subject of a highly critical report by the Royal College of Surgeons. Christine Evans was a buddy of Dr Tony Francis.
Peter Carter held clinical and managerial posts in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London.
Carter started his managerial education at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and received an MBA and PhD from the University of Birmingham, so he might well have known Dafydd’s old pal Professor Robert Bluglass, who pretty much ran the NHS in Birmingham.
Peter Carter spent almost twelve years as the Chief Executive of the Central and North West London Mental Health Trust. That Trust ran some of the most troubled and poorly performing ‘services’ in the UK, caring for – or failing to care for – the victims of organised abuse, including the medical service at Holloway Prison and mental health services in Camden. The medical wing at Holloway was infamous for housing distressed women who repeatedly harmed or killed themselves (see posts ‘The Wretched Of The Earth’ and ‘The Compassion Centre’) and Camden had the highest suicide rate for women of any area in England and Wales during the years around the millennium. North west Wales had the second highest rate.
After becoming the General Secretary and Chief Executive of the RCN, Peter Carter restructured his top team and re-focused the organisation to address outstanding issues and the ongoing reforms of the NHS. Under his leadership, the RCN established itself as ‘a leading voice on nursing and health in the UK political arena’. Carter was said by the Health Service Journal to be the 28th most powerful person in the English NHS in December 2013.
The performance of the NHS did not improve under Carter’s leadership of the RCN. Scandals involving the neglect and abuse of patients by Angels continued apace. Carter was at the helm of the RCN when Stephen Gallagher, Andrew Parry and Alan Roberts, all Angels who were employed at Ysbyty Gwynedd by the North West Wales NHS Trust, threatened, insulted and refused to treat me and then lied about their actions. A third party made a witness statement and Gallagher threatened them. Gallagher had previously been the subject of a complaint by a Top Doc and a note was by that time already on his HR file stating that his integrity and competence could not be relied upon. See post ‘Two Dangerous Very Dishonest Nurses’. Gallagher was subsequently involved in a case in which the dead body of a patient whom he had refused to treat was discovered hours later and Alan Roberts was prosecuted after violently assaulting and injuring a female patient in her eighties. Alan Roberts received the full support of the RCN, as I suspect did Gallagher.
The RCN won awards under Carter’s leadership as an exemplar employer – obtaining a Gold award from Investors In People and, since 2010, being in the Sunday Times Best 100 Not for Profit Organisations. At the time of Carter leaving the RCN in 2015, the RCN membership had reached its highest ever membership of over 430,000.
Prestwood People Trafficking Ltd won an Investors In People Award (see post ‘A Convenient Arrangement With The Private Sector’).
The RCN was certainly good to its members. Middle-aged thug throwing an elderly lady across the ward and injuring her? Peter Carter will be there for you and will support your appeal against your conviction! Which you will win, not because you DIDN’T assault the old lady, but because it couldn’t be proved that her injuries directly resulted from your assault! As she had died by the time that Roberts’s appeal was heard the poor cow wasn’t there to give evidence and Roberts was allowed to return to his job as a senior Angel! One of Roberts’s reasons for being allowed to return to work was that he would suffer financially if he was barred from nursing which would cause real hardship because his son was a student Angel and needed dad’s salary to help him through university. Alan Roberts’s wife was an intensive care Angel at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Stood By Him.
To show how contrite he was, after one of the court hearings, Alan Roberts shook his fist at my friend and I as he left the court.
After Roberts was convicted, his fellow Angels joined a Facebook campaign which Roberts established to support his appeal against conviction. Student Angels were ordered to Support Alan The Gentle Giant.
Violent lying thugs, protected until the key witness died by Peter fucking Carter.
On 9 November 2016, the Medway NHS Foundation Trust announced that Carter had been appointed as Interim Chair.
In 2010 Peter assumed the position of honorary Colonel to 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital in Cardiff. The Hospital has deployed on operations as a formed unit in 2008 to Afghanistan and in addition many of its personnel have seen active service on operations in the Balkans and Iraq. Peter Carter is a keen supporter of military nursing and has hosted tri-service events at Cavendish Square, the RCN’s HQ. In conjunction with his support of military nursing, Peter Carter visited Basra, Iraq in 2007 at the height of the conflict and in 2011 spent a week in Afghanistan where he visited troops, nurses and medical personnel in a number of locations.
Stephen Gallagher is an enthusiastic member of the TA, as is his pal Andrew Parry! Gallagher served in Afghanistan and following my first complaint about him, the North West Wales NHS Trust sent a story to the London-based press which supplied details of how Gallagher had saved the life of a teenaged boy in Afghanistan. Gallagher had not only not saved the boy’s life but he breached patient confidentiality and placed the lives of the boy and his family in danger.
Tina Donnelly, the Director of the RCN in Wales, is also an Angel who is in the TA and popped over to Afghanistan to make a morale-boosting visit to the military Angels out there; Tina has been in the TA for decades and has attained the rank of Colonel.
Tina’s other interests include supporting ‘her’ Angels, no matter how dreadfully they have behaved and maintaining that the stream of scandal and deaths in the NHS in Wales is the result of a shortage of money or simply those bastard patients.
In 2011 Peter Carter was awarded the inaugural President’s medal from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. They don’t give those out to just anyone, Peter’s collusion with wrongdoing must have been exemplary. Then in 2013 Peter was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dafydd’s mate Dr D.G.E. Wood has held high office in that particular Royal College for many years.
Peter Carter has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates, from the Universities of Edge Hill and Hertfordshire in 2013 and in 2014 from the University of South Wales. The University of South Wales specialises in giving out honorary degrees to the paedophiles’ friends, all the best have bagged one. Tina Donnelly has an honorary degree from the University of South Wales as well (see post ‘Oh To Be In Receipt Of Academic Honours’).
Peter Carter has given numerous TV and radio interviews and is a regular contributor to newspapers and professional journals. He has twice been the subject of the BBC series ‘Hard Talk’, but as is usual with ‘Hard Talk’, Peter will have been interviewed by someone using an aggressive style but he won’t have been asked any difficult questions. Such as ‘why did you offer your total support to a dangerous man who had been the subject of serious complaint, who lied repeatedly and subsequently impersonated a police officer and violently attacked an elderly lady?’
Well why did you then Carter you dishonest hypocritical bastard?
Peter succeeded Beverley Malone as Chief Executive of the RCN. Beverly Malone is the Chief Executive of the National League for Nursing in the US. Prior to assuming this position in February 2007, she served as General Secretary of the RCN in the UK from 2001, the year following the publication of the Waterhouse Report when there were many furious voices maintaining that Waterhouse was a huge cover-up.
Beverly Malone was raised in rural Kentucky, in the segregated deep south of the US by her great grandmother. Malone obtained a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1970. From 1970 she worked as an Angel in New Jersey, obtaining a Master’s degree in adult psychiatric nursing from Rutgers University in 1972. In 1972 Beverley Malone was appointed Instructor of Psychiatric Nursing at Wayne State University in Michigan. From 1973 Malone was a specialist nurse, professor and administrator at University Hospital, Cincinnati.
Psychiatric nursing in the US – as well as in the UK – at that time was a pretty dreadful business. Exposes both fictional (eg. ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’) and academic (eg. David Rosenhan’s famous 1973 study in which sane academics posed as people with one minor psychiatric symptom to gain entry to mental hospitals and were within days declared to be far too mad to be allowed out for many months; see post ‘Inappropriate Behaviour?’) infuriated the Top Doctors but there was so much evidence emerging of widespread dreadful practices that the abuse of patients could not be denied.
Malone obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from Cincinnati University in 1981 and was then Assistant Administrator of the Medical Centre. In 1986 Malone was made Dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, an historically black university. She became Vice Chancellor in 1994. In North Carolina, Malone also served on a number of public bodies, including the Governor’s Task Force on Nursing Shortage, the North Carolina Commission on Health Services and the Board of Directors of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.
In 1996 Malone was elected President of the American Nurses Association (ANA), an organisation representing 180,000 Angels throughout the United States. She was the second African-American to hold this position. She served two terms lasting until 2000. President Bill Clinton appointed Malone as a member of the US delegation to the World Health Assembly, the governing body of WHO (World Health Association), in 1998 and 1999.
During her Presidency, Malone served on Bill Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and in March 1998 she was appointed to the Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting Committee. She also represented U.S. nurses in the Congress of Nurse Representatives of the International Council of Nurses and served on the Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Partnership, a collaboration with the Dept of Veterans Affairs, the AMA (American Medical Association) and other national health care organisations.
From 2000, Malone was appointed by Clinton as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health within the US Dept of Health and Human Services, the highest position that an Angel had ever held in the US Gov’t.
‘Ah did not have sexual relations with that woman.’
Oh yes you did Bill.
‘Ah have sinned.’
Hillary was a big fan of Uncle Harry’s nephew:
Beverley’s wiki entry tells us that re Beverley becoming the Gen Sec of the RCN – the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world – Clinton is said to have smoothed the way politically by “having a word” with Miranda and Gordon.
I’ll tell you who knew about Gwynne the lobotomist, Dafydd, Bertrand Russell et al and what they were all up to in Croesor/Llanfrothen in the 1960s and 70s (see eg. post ‘The Village’): the young American draft dodger who stayed at Croesor with the radical crowd at that time and who later became a Democrat Senator!
Bill was a draft dodger too of course, but he called it ‘going to study at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship’. Bill got out and about and mixed with all sorts when he was at Oxford.
Hey ho ex-POTUS you didn’t expect this did you? Well you shouldn’t have blamed Monica you bastard, you could have at least had the guts to say ‘yeah, sorry, I did it…’ And your wife is no feminist either, she’s a rich over-indulged hypocrite and I’ve had a bellyful of being told that she’s my fucking role model.
When in the UK, Beverley Malone was also a member of HEFCE and represented the RCN at the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the Commonwealth Nurses Federation and the International Council of Nurses, together with being the RCN General Secretary.
Malone was at first the subject of considerable UK media attention and some controversy, because of her generous remuneration package. Yeah, the Low Paid Angel will have been given a great deal of dosh. There was also criticism of Malone’s mother, Dorothy Black, receiving free eye surgery under the NHS soon after her arrival, in spite of having paid no British taxes or insurance contributions. Send her back, along with all those Nigerian women who fly into Tommy’s weekly to give birth to quins on the NHS! Officials stated that Malone’s mum had not been given preferential treatment and, as a resident or dependent relative of a resident, was entitled to the same free healthcare as anyone else. Er, then why did so many other people in that position receive so much grief? Furthermore, because Malone returned to the US – thankfully – after the necessary had been done for Miranda and the patient batterers/child abusers, she was more like a tourist on an extended holiday than a UK resident.
Malone was also criticised for attending a Labour Party event as a guest, because of the traditional party-political neutrality of her employer.
Beverley is a poor, uneducated 14-year-old girl living in the American South in the early 1900s. She writes letters to God because her stepfather, Alphonso, beats her harshly and rapes her continuously. Alphonso has already impregnated Beverley once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam. Alphonso takes the baby away shortly after his birth. Beverley has a second child, a girl she named Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts. Beverley’s ailing mother dies after cursing Beverley on her deathbed. After she had her eyes done on the NHS. And went to Chequers to meet Cherie and Miranda.
Another one of the Oppressed:
Duw it’s hard for Celie in the deep south under segregation…
In 2003 Celie Malone became a member of the steering committee of the NHS Modernisation Agency. While Miranda et al continued to conceal Mid-Staffs. In 2006, Miranda appointed Celie as a member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly.
In an interview with ‘The Guardian’ before returning to the United States, while criticising job cuts and cost cutting in the British NHS, Malone spoke favourably of the system, calling it “a treasure” and praising a system where healthcare is a right rather than a privilege. Malone said this when she knew that NHS whistleblowers were having their careers ruined and that people in north Wales who had spilt the pints of Dafydd and the gang were being unlawfully denied healthcare and were being openly threatened, harassed, arrested and prosecuted on the basis of the lies of NHS Angels. But at least Bev’s mum got her eyes done.
Malone welcomed the greater “visibility” of the nursing profession in Britain, as compared with the US. Midwifery has virtually disappeared in the US because of the prevalence of high tech births managed by Top Docs; many midwives in the UK feared/fear that their profession too is being written out of the picture by a similar process. The NHS, assisted by the RCM, systematically forced all independent midwives in the UK out of practice, because they were a little too outspoken regarding the poor care that too many women received from mainstream practitioners, including in the NHS. I knew one of the independent midwives targeted, Beatrice Carla. She was living in Gwynedd while Malone was leading the RCN and had been subjected to an all out witch hunt. Malone will have known about Beatrice’s case, it was widely discussed in the nursing press at the time. Beatrice is now practising abroad, having concluded that there is now no way in which she can practice midwifery in the UK without compromising the safety of her patients.
After returning to the US, from February 2007, Malone was appointed Chief Executive of the National League for Nursing (NLN), which has a membership of over 40,000. She also represented U.S. Angels in the Congress of Nurse Representatives of the International Council of Nurses.
In 2009, Malone testified during the Congressional budget hearings. She also served on the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on the Future of Nursing Education.
Malone has been particularly involved in minority health issues, racial and ethnic health disparities and other issues of race and cultural diversity. That must be why in the US some ethnic minorities have such poor health outcomes, such as pregnant Peurto Rican women. They have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the western world, partly because so many of them cannot afford antenatal care so those women who develop pre-eclampsia are not identified; it develops into eclampsia which kills them. Beverley has obviously been spectacularly ineffective with regard to that.
Malone is a member of the Baptist Church and is religious. Then she will probably have firm views on abortion but was nonetheless one of those who kept quiet about the experiments which Prof Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School, who was at one point the President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, conducted on live late gestation foetuses that he aborted when he worked in the US in the mid-1960s. After experimenting on them, Chamberlain killed the foetuses. See post ‘Now Then…’ Chamberlain was one of those who concealed the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal and in 2000, the year of the publication of the Waterhouse Report, he was given a lecturing post in the history of medicine at Swansea University. Chamberlain’s feet were well under the table when Bev arrived in the UK to lead the RCN at Miranda’s invitation.
Bev took over as General Secretary of the RCN from Christine Hancock, who was the General Secretary, 1989–2001, throughout the years when her members colluded with and concealed the trafficking rings across the UK, including in north Wales/Cheshire and south London, which by that time were the subject of inquiries and police investigations. Some of the Angels employed at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh were members of the RCN.
Hancock was in post throughout the Waterhouse Inquiry and she was in post when Angels perjured themselves and forged documentation about me throughout the 1990s.
Hancock attended Orpington Girls Grammar School (now Newstead Wood School for Girls) and then began her career as an Angel at King’s College Hospital in London. After various clinical nursing posts Christine Hancock became a ward sister at the National Heart Hospital in London in a cardiac and coronary care unit carrying out ‘advanced research’.
Like so many of those who were involved in the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, Hancock is a graduate of the LSE. She has also worked as a midwife and a mental health nurse. After entering nursing management, she was appointed Chief Executive of the NHS in Waltham Forest.
Hancock was elected unopposed as the 24th President of the International Council of Nurses in 2001. In 2009, she established C3 Collaborating for Health, a London-based charity with a global vision of stemming the epidemic of chronic disease through prevention.
Since 2007 Hancock been a Trustee of the House of St Barnabas, a London charity helping homeless people get work. She will know that many of the homeless are former mental health patients and that the homeless are systematically discriminated against by the NHS.
Christine was a Governor of De Montfort University, 2006 – 2015. Brown works at DMU and after we began publishing about mental health together, a number of people who had concealed criminality in the NHS with links to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal rocked up on the Governing body of DMU. Christine was a DMU Governor when the senior managers of DMU received a poison pen letter stating that Brown was a ‘known paedophile’. See post ‘A Nasty, Ludicrous Poison Pen Letter’.
Prior to Christine, the RCN were blessed with probably their most high profile ever General Secretary, dear old Trevor Clay, 1982-89.
I remember Trevor being constantly wheeled out on TV during the battles between the BMA and Thatch. Note it was during the BMA’s battles – it was the BMA who were at war with Thatch to a far greater degree than the RCN, but the Tories were able to denounce the Top Doctors as highly paid arrogant people ‘who thought that they were God’ and who were also obstructing alternative medicine practitioners who in the mid-1980s were beginning to find themselves in demand. So Trevor began appearing on our screens instead, a kindly male Angel, who just Cared and didn’t have a Harley Street practice and didn’t call female patients ‘dear’ or refer to his members as ‘my girls’. Trevor, the face of Enlighted Professional Politically Aware Nursing. Everyone loved Trevor.
Clay began his nursing career in 1957, but it was as General Secretary of the RCN that he became a public trade union official and negotiator. Clay was appointed Deputy Secretary in 1979 but was not then a public figure.
In 1982, almost at the outset of Trevor’s tenure, he began negotiations with the UK Gov’t over a labour disagreement concerning Angels’ salaries. As a result, a “Pay Review Body” characterised by autonomous operation was created; the compensation of the Angels Clay represented was also increased. Until Trev, Angels were very poorly paid. Trev was successful in getting them a much better deal, but the downside was that while Angels from then on did well, the other people in the NHS who were not Top Doctors or managers did really, really badly. This was why the NHS could not recruit lab scientists, pharmacists, medical physicists etc. See post ‘The Great Stink’. There was a serious crisis which was never resolved but was ignored by absolutely everyone. The general public continued to believe that Angels were badly paid because Trev kept telling everyone this and the other staff who were as highly or very often more highly qualified than Angels but on salaries as low as £6k pa could not make themselves heard. They voted with their feet and left the NHS. Trev told everyone that the NHS was In Crisis because of the Low Pay of Angels and so it continued…
Some of Trev’s Angels also did very well out of Thatch’s hated NHS management reforms, because some of the more ruthless ambitious Angels became the ruthless, ambitious managers that Thatch and Ken Clarke had hoped would reign in the excesses of the Top Doctors. This was not a plan which led to success, it led to a civil war between Top Docs and managers and a hitherto unseen of breed of Angel and an incredibly unpleasant breed as well.
Trevor himself ‘campaigned against’ the NHS management reforms from which some of his members benefited. Trevor also campaigned in support of motherhood and apple pie.
Clay was diagnosed with severe emphysema at the age of 37. This is a condition often associated with heavy smoking and Angels do have a culture of puffing away like there is no tomorrow, but whether Clay’s health problems were a result of heavy smoking I do not know. Clay was put out to grass due to illness in Sept 1989. By then the RCN’s membership was in excess of 285,000. No labour organisation unaffiliated with the TUC surpassed the RCN in size and none had a greater rate of expansion.
Clay’s respiratory disease claimed his life when he was aged 57, in April 1994. In Jan 1994 Clwyd County Council launched the Jillings Investigation into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council. The Leader of the Labour Party John Smith died when Bart’s could not revive him after a heart attack on 12 May 1994. Frank Beck, the Leicestershire social worker who was a big mate of Greville Janner’s and in 1991 had been sentenced to several life terms for more than one hundred sexual assaults on kids in his care, was found dead in prison on 31 May 1994, aged 51. Beck always maintained that he had also taken the rap for offences committed by other people, including Greville Janner. Matt Arnold, the Head of Bryn Estyn, died of an ‘unspecified blood disease’ on 9 June 1994. The trial of Arnold’s long time friend and colleague at Bryn Estyn, Peter Howarth, for the sexual abuse of boys at Bryn Estyn, began on 13 June 1994. Howarth was jailed for 10 years on 8 July 1994. Howarth maintained, like Beck, that he too had been scapegoated for the crimes of high profile people.
Miranda became Leader of the Labour Party on 21 July 1994. Before becoming an MP, Miranda was a pupil of George Carman QC, the crooked barrister who was retained in the early 1990s by Greville Janner’s solicitor Sir David Napley when Janner was interviewed under caution by the police re sexual assaults on kids in care. Cherie worked in Carman’s Chambers until 1988. Cherie was a friend and colleague of Michael Beloff QC, who was the legal adviser to Municipal Mutual, the insurers of Clwyd County Council and the North Wales Police. Michael’s dad Lord Max Beloff was a mate of Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council when the paedophile gang operated within Gwynedd Social Services.
Trevor Clay authored ‘The Workings of the Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee in the National Health Service’ (1974) and ‘Nurses: power and politics’ (1987).
My post ‘Meet The Family’ discussed The influential Moores family from Liverpool, that city hosting an arm of Dafydd’s crime empire and some of the key figures associated with Liverpool John Moores University. Liverpool John Moores is of course considered to be the poor relation of Liverpool University, Dafydd’s alma mater which was run by Dafydd’s mate for decades. Dr Death was Chancellor of Liverpool University, 1996-2009.
From 2002 until 2008, Liverpool University had a very flash VC, who drove racing cars and was a darling of the media and of the Blairs. I am of course talking about Sir James Drummond Bone. Prior to wowing Liverpool, Bone was Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London, 2000-02. He was Master of Balliol College, Oxford, Oct 2011 -April 2018.
I was friendly with two academics who worked at Royal Holloway while Drummond Bone was Principal. I became friendly with them because like Brown and me, they had uncovered the abuse of vulnerable people under the umbrella of Service User Empowerment and according to them, Royal Holloway College was colluding with this. There was pressure on them to keep quiet about the chaos of the social work ‘service’ in that part of the country and like Brown and me, they found that it was virtually impossible to get anything published regarding the havoc and abuse prevailing. They too drew the conclusion that published academic work is the fields of health and social care was so misleading that it was delusional. Any attempt to draw attention to what was actually happening to vulnerable people was firmly stamped on.
Drummond Bone attended Ayr Academy, followed by Glasgow University, where he obtained an MA in 1968 and won a Snell Exhibition to study at Balliol, 1968-72. On leaving Oxford in 1972 Bone lectured at the University of Warwick. He returned to the University of Glasgow in 1980 as a lecturer, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1989 and Professor in 1995. From 1991 to 1995, Bone was Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and in 1995 he became Vice-Principal. In 2000, he left Glasgow to become Principal of Royal Holloway and PVC of London University. When Bone was PVC of London University, those involved in research fraud re cancer and other areas of biomedical research (see eg. post ‘I Don’t Believe It!’) were at the very top of London University. Drummond is a Byron scholar, so he won’t have had the knowledge needed to publish detailed critiques of their research – and they will have held him in deep contempt – but he could not have failed to have noticed the many other unacceptable ways in which they conducted business.
When he was VC of Liverpool University, Drummond was Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, directing the city’s preparations to be European Capital of Culture in 2008. Bone also served as President of Universities UK, a committee of university heads, 2005-07. He retired from Liverpool in 2008.
Bone is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (1995) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2008).
Drummond was knighted in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to Higher Education and the regeneration of the North West. He was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, a Livery Company promoting the automobile industry, although I am fairly sure that Drummond has never worked in a car factory. He hasn’t even written about it, it was Huw Beynon who wrote the famous ‘Working For Ford’ analysis.
In 2005 ‘The Guardian’ published an article about Drummond that took toadying to a new level. It described Drummond as being ‘bigger than the Beatles‘ who was ‘last week named the number one mover and shaker in Merseyside by the Liverpool Daily Post – ahead of Sir Paul McCartney, Lord Heseltine and Cherie Booth QC’. ‘It’s all very embarrassing, he says, fresh from an early morning meeting with, among others, the city council’s chief executive, who came second to him in the poll.’
I’d be embarrassed too if I was in the middle of the shenanigans at Liverpool, a city still run by those who colluded with Dafydd et al.
‘The Guardian’ breathlessly reported that ‘Last week he made headlines in the tabloids – almost unheard of for a vice-chancellor – after he was reported as proposing that the Beatles should be given a place on the £20 note.’
Well if one is in public life in Liverpool, one only needs to suggest yet another gesture to the Beatles or Cilla and one will ‘make headlines’, it’s not rocket science and not what a VC should be wasting their time doing.
It is more than 10 years down the line since that silly article in ‘The Guardian’ about Blair’s poodle and the problems in HE have now become too big to conceal. Some seriously distressed students with no access to mental health care are committing suicide – Bristol has had a whole cluster of them; disillusioned graduates are deeply in dept and are never going to bag the highly paid jobs which they were promised by everyone would be coming their way; universities are giving out so many firsts that people are not taking any notice of a first anymore; and there is en masse plagiarism and students adopting a consumerist attitude of ‘I have paid thousands, you will sell me that degree no matter what’…
All this was evident in 2005. At the time, Brown and I were friendly with someone who worked at Liverpool University, with responsibility for widening participation, Blair’s flagship policy. He was bright and radical and could see through all the crap. Drummond kept him on short-term contracts fort three years and then made him redundant, while salesmen who said what Blair wanted to hear were promoted to high office in Liverpool University.
Blair and Drummond really needed people like that man if they wanted their system to work. He is not the only one who has now given up with universities. I am meeting more and more highly performing academics, particularly younger ones, who are ‘looking for something else’ job wise. They love research and they love intellectual inquiry and they love working with the students. But that is not what universities are about anymore…
Gov’t is now admitting that universities haven’t ‘worked for all their graduates’ and that far fewer people should now go to university. Sociologists of education, good ones who were entirely sympathetic to democratising HE, were telling Blair years ago that it was unravelling. He refused to listen. But then Blair never wanted a high quality, critical liberal education for the masses. He wanted that sort of education for his own children and the children of those Who Mattered; they would still go to Oxbridge. The children of the plebs were going to go to far less prestigious institutions, at very, very great expense to themselves and their families, where they would receive a very different sort of education which would be quietly sneered at by everyone who had told them to do this and which would not open the gates to a professional career as promised…
You lied to all of them Blair, as did Drummond. Your own kids did not go to Glyndwr or the University of South Wales. That was for Other People. The kids of Blair and his Ministers went to Oxbridge or at least to Bristol or Durham. I don’t mind them doing that, but Blair pretended that he was ripping up a system of privilege when he was in fact consolidating it. People knew that this was happening but those of us who published the ways in which Blair was doing it did not receive any more funding and the man from Liverpool University was made redundant by Drummond.
Meanwhile Drummond purchased a few more racing cars and became Master of Balliol. For suggesting that a picture of the Beatles should appear on the nation’s currency…
On the topic of the inheritance of privilege and the sins of the fathers, I recently discovered something that I didn’t previously know about Anna McMorrin, the Labour MP for Cardiff North, who was elected in 2017. My post ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends of Cardiff North’ explained how it was not possible to win that constituency – either as an AM or an MP – unless one was a paid-up paedophiles’ friend, the constituency containing such a high proportion of health and welfare staff or people who work at Cardiff University, so many of whom colluded with the abuse and neglect of vulnerable people. ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’ detailed much of Anna’s box ticking idiocy, her obligatory membership of Unison, GMB, LGBT Labour and Labour Wimmin’s Network and her past career in PR and communications – McMorrin worked as a part-time communications officer for the Labour Party, 1996-1997, she worked for public affairs consultancy Hill and Knowlton, was Campaigns and Communications Director for Friends of the Earth Cymru and was Director of Llais Ltd, then joined Invicta Public Affairs.
However I have found out that Anna’s dad was not a fuckwit like Anna, or at least not the same variety of fuckwit. Anna’s dad was Iain McMorrin, who was a famous mountaineer, a member of the Antarctic Survey and had a glacier named after him. Iain McMorrin won’t have been a dipstick who was a member of Unison and a PR consultant, but Iain McMorrin did know Sir Charles Evans, the mountaineer and Top Doctor who was Principal of UCNW for decades until 1984. Charles Evans knew that his staff were facilitating a paedophile/trafficking ring but he didn’t give a bugger. Evans had more important things and people to think about and his loyalty to his former colleagues, the Top Doctors of Liverpool, to prioritise. And of course loyalty to Queen and Country and Lilibet’s son Carlo, who was Chancellor of UCNW and a friend of Jimmy Savile and other paedophiles, including Bishop Peter Ball. Sir Charles will have taken such duties seriously; he was, along with his friends and fellow mountaineers, working for the security services.
Iain McMorrin lived in Pembrokeshire, which hosted a paedophile ring directly linked to the one in north Wales. Iain McMorrin probably also knew Tony Jones, the geologist who worked at UCNW for years, who was mates with corrupt police officers and many others who were facilitating Dafydd’s gang.
How’s the Labour Wimmin’s Network getting along then Anna? And your pals in the LGBT group? Sure that you’ve ticked ALL the boxes required for your future career as a Woman and Champion of the Oppressed?
Before becoming an MP, Anna McMorrin was a SPAD for Jane Hutt. Who has spent her entire career concealing the organised abuse of vulnerable people, including that in north Wales. Hutt’s father Michael was a pathologist, a Top Doc who knew many of those who… I’m sure that readers get the picture.
Anna, do you know anything about that highly co-ordinated attempt between 2003 and 2004 to have me imprisoned for a serious crime on the basis of the perjury of a group of Angels which followed a pack of lies which Alun Davies, the NHS senior manager for the North West Wales NHS Trust, had told the police while he was in the Assembly with Jane Hutt and her officials? Because Hutt knows something about the conspiracy and perjury and Hutt needs to start answering questions.
Anna McMorrin lives with Welsh Gov’t Minister Alun Davies – a different Alun Davies, not the fat fool employed for so long by the NHS in north Wales – who is currently grumbling about Wales’s County Councils demanding more and more money. It’s what happens when you always give in to blackmail from crooks Alun. They do indeed return for more.
Anna was communications officer for the Labour Party, 1996-97. Which was the year that the Waterhouse Inquiry was announced and began. The Labour Party knew that Gwynedd and Clwyd County Councils had facilitated a huge paedophile ring, in collusion with other County Councils, including Dyfed. No-one said a word about the true extent of the wrongdoing throughout the entire Inquiry. Including Anna. Who’s dad knew one of the Mr Bigs who was at the centre of the paedophile ring’s HQ. Sir Charles Evans ran the University which trained and employed so many of the members of the ring.
‘We didn’t know.’
There is a mountain to climb far bigger than any conquered by Iain McMorrin and Charles Evans…