I have probably mentioned in previous posts or comments that some five or six years ago for a while I was a Trustee of a gender equality charidee, WEN Wales (Women’s Equality Network Wales). It wasn’t one of Jane Hutt’s outfits, although WEN did use the Chaware Teg offices for Board meetings. I liked most of my fellow Trustees and the majority of them had a very genuine desire to achieve something constructive. However, a number of them, like me, found the whole Third Sector very constraining and limited.
I was told that there was much ‘bullying’ from the Welsh Gov’t and I failed to understand the reality behind this until WEN produced a report after one Welsh Assembly election which simply noted that there had been a decrease in the number of female AMs and WEN hoped that this wouldn’t detract from attention to women’s issues in the Assembly. Within days an order from Jane Hutt had been sent to WEN to DELETE THAT PARAGRAPH. There was a discussion among the Trustees and people with a lot more experience than me in the ways of Jane Hutt observed that if the paragraph was not deleted, it was highly likely that somehow WEN would suffer, even if none of us put a foot wrong. One Trustee commented that this was exactly why she was becoming very disillusioned with the Wimmin’s Third Sector in Wales; any dissent or even mild disagreement incurred the wrath of Big Jane…
However, if one does as Jane Hutt orders the rewards are substantial. Before Hutt took issue with one line of the WEN report and produced her censor’s pen, WEN received an offer from Hutt, without any prior request from WEN, of dosh to celebrate International Women’s Day. I am someone who is rather jaded at all this celebrating of days dedicated to various groups of people, whether it is women or people with mental health problems, while there are still so many people among those who’s day is being celebrated facing serious problems which are being ignored by everyone, including those doing the celebrating. Call me naive but I have never believed that face-painting and letting off balloons is going to effectively tackle structural inequality, oppression or injustice. Anyway, when were told that Hutt had offered us dosh to Celebrate, I thought oh well, we can put on some nibbles for an event in Cardiff or whatever and at least the guests can have a nice morning.
Imagine my surprise when WEN was told how much dosh Hutt had deemed necessary to Celebrate International Wimmin’s Day: £20k. I nearly had to get the smelling salts out. My response was ‘that is an awful lot of money for a country as poor as Wales to spend celebrating’. There were others who shared my view, particularly those who were at the time working with very, very needy women and were always short of funds to supply those women with basics. It got better. After the Day had been Celebrated, we found out that as a result of a cock-up in communication, we should have received £40k from Hutt. I’m rather glad that we didn’t, it just could never have been justified…
While I was a Trustee, WEN received a great deal of grief from the Welsh Gov’t. They had a hold over WEN to a certain extent because WEN was in receipt of a grant from the Welsh Gov’t, but there was a lot of bellyaching over matters that were unrelated to that grant and the work that it was funding and the Chair of WEN was summoned to appear in front of Hutt’s henchmen/women and on one occasion was given a terrible time, on the basis of erroneous assumptions that had been made.
I’ve recently received info!!! It seems that my presence as a Trustee on the Board of WEN had been noticed by Jane and pals and thus war had been declared. So perhaps Jane can tell us if the dreadful conduct of the first CEO whom I encountered, Lizz Roe, who was appointed days after I joined the Board and her ‘co-ordinator’ Natalie was anything to do with the war. Lies were told, crucial info was witheld from the Trustees, funds went missing, the Pot Of Money to Celebrate International Wimmin’s Day was very inappropriately distributed with money literally being given to Lizz’s friends and Nat then attempted to sue WEN on highly questionable grounds after being encouraged to do this by Lizz. A great deal of money was wasted and a rescue operation to save WEN had to be performed by three Trustees in particular, who did a brilliant job but the stress on them was enormous and they had to neglect their day jobs in order to sort everything out. They were also on the receiving end of offensive messages and hostility from senior people in other Wimmin’s Third Sector organisations in Cardiff. A number of us resigned because we could see that nothing productive was going to result from WEN’s activities with dynamics like this.
No-one could understand Lizz’s behaviour because she had come with excellent references, was an Oxford graduate who had worked for the Fawcett Society and other right-on organisations, but after Lizz left and the scale of her wrongdoing was discovered, the situation was summed up neatly by one of those who cleaned up the crap: ‘she was a bloody sociopath and we’ve had a lucky escape…’
I subsequently discovered that as well as the prestigious Oxford degree and PhD and the jobs with famously PC organisations, Lizz had worked for Coleg Harlech and knew Meri Huws and pals in Gwynedd. So Lizz was an associate of the Gwerin/paedophiles’ friends…
Thanks Sister Jane!
Having been told that WEN found itself under sustained attack once they’d appointed me as a Trustee, I think it is only appropriate that my blog follows Jane’s example and Celebrates International Wimmin’s Day. Because I am not the drippy spoilt daughter of a London Top Doc, I can do rather more than Jane on a lower budget as well, so this Celebration will not cost £40k. Indeed, I have not even applied for a Pot Of Money from Jane and the Welsh Gov’t. Instead, my Celebration is a reminder of the achievements of Wimmin who, like Jane, have made an issue out of being female and/or who have maintained that they were/are Committed To Helping Other Wimmin. Most of those starring have made previous appearances on the blog, readers can refer to previous posts if more info is required.
Jane has established a system of Purple Plaques which are being erected across Wales to commemorate remarkable women. Dafydd once told me that I was a remarkable person (rather than a remarkable woman per se). He told me that in 1987 when he was trying to bribe me into withdrawing my complaint; it came a few months after he told me that I was dangerous, had Paranoid Schizophrenia and then Manic-Depressive Insanity. The diagnosis changed to Remarkable Person. MI5 were tapping my phone at the time, so they know that I’m a Remarkable Person as well. I presume that I am still a Remarkable Person; in 1991 Dafydd told Dr Robin Jacobson of St George’s Hospital Medical School/Springfield Hospital that I was Seductive and Attractive as well. I don’t need to be commemorated by one of Jane’s Purple Plaques though.
Jane’s Purple Plaques are a recent initiative, so far only two have been awarded. One has been erected in the Senedd to commemorate Jane’s mate Val Feld.
Val was the daughter of an affluent dentist from Caernarfon. Val went to boarding school when so many other kids from that town/area received a far less expensive education and were targeted by the sex abuse gang, many of whom were colleagues and acquaintances of Val’s dad. Val’s dad knew Gwynne the lobotomist and Dafydd. Val’s life as an Inspirational Woman included a stint with the BBC, then as a feminist activist and senior roles with Shelter, the EOC and then election to the Welsh Assembly as an AM. Throughout it all, Val ignored what the sex abuse gang did to wimmin and children and indeed men. Dafydd and Gwynne weren’t that fussy as to who they targeted, gang members/customers had a wide variety of sexual tastes so anyone under 30 would do and people not desired sexually were destroyed if they got in the way.
Ioan was Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council for many of the years during which Val was in a position to challenge that gang but didn’t. Ioan’s office and HQ was in Caernarfon.
Jane has very recently awarded a Purple Plaque to Ursula Masson. For the benefit of readers who have never heard of Ursula, she was a Famous Feminist Historian who was born in Merthyr. Ursula was mates with a little clique of Welsh Feminist Historians who are so hostile and excluding to the rest of the world that as they all gradually die off/enter senility they are in danger of becoming extinct. Ursula died from breast cancer a few years ago. If only the mass research fraud and bad practice in medicine had been tackled by now instead of millions of people screaming along with former Welsh Gov’t Health Minister Jane, that they love the NHS and Screening Saves Lives, people like Ursula might have a better prognosis.
Meri is an enthusiastic feminist, her car windscreen always had a few feminist stickers clearly visible as she arrived in the Bangor University staff car park having driven down College Road breaking the speed limit and while shouting at someone down her mobile phone. The feminist stickers were visible the night that Meri got pissed at a University function and had a screaming row with another female member of staff who removed Meri’s car keys to prevent her driving home bladdered.
Meri’s mysterious Wimmin’s Power over so many lay in her career as a Gwynedd community social worker in the 1980s, when Gwynedd community social workers were trafficking the kids from the children’s homes in Gwynedd to the Octagon and the Castle Hotel in Bangor, as well as to other locations such as Dolphin Square, to sell them for sex. And of course because Meri has had sex with so many politicians herself, including, it is rumoured, Rhodri.
Meri might not ever be in receipt of a Purple Plaque, she isn’t on good terms with many of the Wimmin, because Meri hates most people, including men after she’s shagged them, bagged her latest job as a result of that and then dumped them.
Meri was Breched’s boss. Breched is as dysfunctional and hostile to the world as Meri but doesn’t have Meri’s eye-liner. The combination of Meri and Breched pretty much destroyed the Dept of Lifelong Learning at Bangor University. Breched was friends with Lizz Roe and after being one of the lucky WEN winners in Jane’s International Wimmin’s Day bonanza, Breched spent her winnings on a troupe of Nicaraguan Dancers. As the Nicaraguans danced, Empowered Service Users prepared to spend another night sleeping in the Cathedral Gardens in Bangor. Unless they were thrown out and had to take their sleeping bags somewhere else, after a good rummage through the bins outside of Morrisons for the thrown away food. The Nicaraguan Dancers’ fee could have purchased all the homeless Empowered Service Users a portion of fish n chips but no-one suggested that. There was Fairtrade Organic Chocolate on sale at many of the Celebrations however. Women all having a thing about chocolate. It’s our hormones, it isn’t just that we like chocolate.
Imagine my surprise when as I was searching the internet for a pic of Breched, I found a message from Satisfied Customer Breched being used as advert for a pricey removals company in north Wales. Breched and her husband – who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mr Hector of Hector’s House – booked the removals firm in September 2018 to assist them when they moved house from Menai Bridge to Cardiff in November. The company also stored Breched’s furniture for her while she and Mr Hector spent October 2018 on holiday in Australia.
When Merfyn the VC of Bangor University decided that the Dept of Lifelong Learning had embarrassed the University long enough – Meri and Breched had commissioned Dafydd and CAIS to teach courses, they had fucked up a major piece of work so badly that the grant had to be repaid, they had bullied and mistreated staff such that the University was sued – and would be better off closed, Breched’s mates took to the media to Save the Dept. The local newspapers ran features on how Merfyn’s Mismanagement would pull the rug from under so many needy people and that Staff Jobs would be lost. There were a few good tutors in the Dept but Breched and Meri were paying them as little as possible, on casual contracts on an hourly basis. One art tutor was so poor that he was living in a friend’s caravan on Anglesey. Mind you I was living in a caravan on my mate’s farm at the time as well. The only people who were going to lose well-paid jobs if the Dept closed were Breched and her small group of mates.
After the Gwerin declared war on Merfyn, retired members of Dafydd’s gang all began signing up for courses with Meri and Breched.
Breched’s finest hour came when in her capacity as an Inspirational Woman, she was asked by the University of Wales Press to review the manuscript of a book that Brown and I had written. Breched stated that ‘this is a very scholarly well-researched book which will be of great interest to people working in the field. I recommend that it is not published’. I was told by a helpful person at UWP ‘they are monsters, they just blow anyone who is not in their circle out of the water, that is why so many of our titles are so mediocre’. The manuscript was passed on to a Bourdieusian scholar in London who was critical but from a different angle – we had not been intellectual enough from his point of view – but he gave us masses of very helpful guidance which enabled us to publish something that we hope was much more impressive.
Breched and Mr Hector will be living in Cardiff now. They’ve probably gone to Penarth where all the best people live.
- Julie is friends with Harriet and made the Welsh Labour Party a laughing stock when Julie invited Harriet to a Welsh Labour Wimmin’s Event in Llandudno. Harriet’s dad John was a Harley Street Top Doctor who facilitated organised abuse as a member of the generation of Top Docs who taught the Docs who really pushed the boat out in terms of organised crime in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Wales has a long and fine tradition of Strong Wimmin. There was Augusta Hall aka Lady Llanover, who invented the Welsh National Costume and ordered her servants to wear it.
A more recent Strong Welsh Woman who doubled up as a Labour politician after she’d given up with the Liberal Party was Lady Megan.
Who could Lady Megan be modelling herself on as she relaxes at home in Cricieth?
- Trumpers somehow got to know Savile during her tireless work in Cambridge with Off The Rails Girls, Unmarried Mothers and Mental Patients. Thatch gave Trumpers a peerage In Recognition of her work the year that Mary Wynch got out of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and began legal action against Dafydd and the gang. As any fule kno, Mary was not an Inspirational Strong Woman, she was Mad and Caused A Lot Of Trouble. Thatch later made Trumpers a junior Health Minister and in that capacity, Trumpers appointed Jimmy Savile to the management task force at Broadmoor.
Jimmy had another friend who was an Inspirational Woman:
Little Nell Hodge with John and Mrs Mills
The photo above appeared in the ‘Camden New Journal’ some 10 years ago, accompanied by a feature entitled ‘Minister’s tribute to husband: MP praises late lawyer as firm that ‘fights injustice’ celebrates its 32nd birthday’:
TOURISM Minister Margaret Hodge paid a loving tribute to her late husband at a celebration of the leading law firm he helped set up. Henry Hodge, one of the founding partners of Hodge, Jones and Allen (HJA), died of leukaemia in June, aged 68. The firm, formerly based at Camden Road in Camden Town, was marking its 32nd birthday and the official launch of a new office building in North Gower Street, Euston. Ms Hodge said HJA was set up to fight “injustice” and that its creation was her husband’s “proudest achievement”. Henry would have been very pleased to be here tonight,” she said. “He believed in establishing values of efficiency, success and building a reputation. I remember how at the beginning he had an absolute obsession with cash flow – and he was always talking about how payments under legal aid were so slow. He learned about the pressures of running an office.”
Labour luminaries including former Lord Chancellor Baron Charles Falconer, MP Frank Dobson, businessman John Mills and former Camden Council leader Raj Chada, who is a partner at the company, attended the champagne event. Lord Falconer, a barrister who has often served as a “trouble-shooter” for the firm since it opened, said: “Hodge, Jones and Allen was set up to help people who need a lawyer but cannot necessarily afford one. It has always provided quality representation and it has survived because of that core principle. It has been a disparate group and some exceptionally talented, in particular Henry Hodge and Patrick Allen.” Patrick Allen, a senior partner who co-founded the firm, said: “We have grown from the original three to a firm of 190 but the ethos is still the same – fight injustice and right wrongs.”
Charlie Falconer gave a public lecture at Bangor University after Miranda and Gordon had opened fire on Merfyn the VC. Charlie had been invited and was accompanied by Betty Williams, the Labour MP for Conwy. Betty was a Gwynedd County Councillor when the kids in the homes run by Gwynedd County Council were being abused and trafficked. At Charlie Falconer’s public lecture, Betty told the audience that Merfyn’s wife was very ill and would die. None of us knew this because Merfyn had been protecting his wife’s privacy. So Betty told everyone anyway. It wasn’t a threat, it was a warning. We’ve got the bitch, she and Merfyn spilt the pints of Dafydd’s mates. Take a hint Baker.
In 1974 Jocelyn Chamberlain was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Community Medicine at UCL. Her primary interest was in disease screening, and in 1978 Jocelyn moved to the Institute of Cancer Research to lead the national trial of breast cancer screening. There was research fraud taking place at the Institute of Cancer Research. Geoffrey Chamberlain was also involved in research fraud.
UCL and the Middlesex – Gwynne’s alma mater – merged during the early 1980s and following that, Professor Michael Adler and his team opened the first UK ward for AIDS in 1987, which was famously visited by the Role Model Di who shook hands with an AIDS patients to Fight The Stigma. No-one mentioned that many of those young men dying of AIDS had contracted it when they were kids in care who were forced into sex work, including many from north Wales.
Michael Adler met the Inspirational Baroness Margaret Jay through their mutual AIDS work and they married.
Inspirational Margaret’s dad was PM Jim Callaghan and her mum was Jim’s wife Audrey. Jim and Audrey both facilitated organised abuse, including at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Audrey was the Warm and Caring – Wimmin weren’t Passionate and Committed back then but they were Warm and Caring – Chair of Governors and led the fundraising efforts.
Tony Benn’s wife Caroline was an Inspirational Strong Woman Role Model:
As is his daughter Melissa:
And his granddaughter Emily:
Generations of Strong Wimmin Socialists who consistently ignored serious crimes committed against the most vulnerable, as long as they were/are committed by Top Docs and welfare professionals! The Strong Wimmin can’t be too careful, they never know when they might need the services of St Tommy’s! It wasn’t for nothing that Granddad Wedgie Benn spent so many hours being filmed taking trays of cups of char into the hospital for the Top Docs and Angels and sitting in roads next to placards emblazoned with the slogan ‘No Cuts’. Wedgie Benn was careful never to be photographed with Dafydd’s mate the Tommy’s Sex Therapist Jim Watson or with the Tommy’s consultants at their Harley Street clinics with their Rollers parked outside.
Shirl , who concealed Dafydd and the gang’s criminality and was friendly with their mate Dr Death, was the daughter of a Pioneering Woman and Role Model:
Morfydd Llwyn Owen – died age 26
Morfydd was not only married to someone who was at the hub of a vast network of organised abuse in High and Low Places, but before she ever got as far as Dr Ernest she had enjoyed some impressive encounters. Morfydd knew Liberal politicians, including Lady Megan’s dad, as well as D.H. Lawrence and his circle and several Russian émigrés, including Prince Felix Yusupov who had been involved in the assassination of Rasputin and Alexis Chodak-Gregory, who proposed marriage.
Eirian Llwyd (1951-2014) was a Inspirational Woman Welsh Artist who was born and grew up at Prion on the outskirts of Denbigh. Eirian became a Welsh Artist later in life. Eirian’s first career was as an Angel. Eirian nursed in Liverpool, 1969-73 and then worked as a midwife at St Asaph Hospital. Eirian worked with the sex abuse gang and was party to the illegal abortions and abduction of newborns.
In 1974 Inspirational Eirian married Ieuan, who was born in Denbigh and who’s dad had been the Methodist Minister there. Ieuan worked as a solicitor in practices which were framing victims of the gang yet ensuring that the gang’s own criminality went uninvestigated. In 1987 Inspirational Eirian embarked on another career, that of a Plaid Politician’s Wife and between 2007 and 2011, one of Inspirational Eirian’s jobs was Wife Of The Deputy FM.
Multi-tasking Inspirational Eirian knew Meri from their many happy years together in Cymdeithas yr Iaith (the Welsh Language Society) and Inspirational Eirian worked with Jane in Welsh Wimmin’s Aid! Isnpirational Eirian established the Rhyl branch of Welsh Wimmin’s Aid in the 1970s/80s. Perhaps Eirian arranged the illegal abortions on the girls in care!
Your Plaid candidate is a local man who speaks Welsh as his first language. He is married to a Nurse and they have young children.
That particular Plaid candidate wasn’t elected as an MP until 1987, but he first stood as a candidate back in the 1970s for Denbigh.
In March 2000, the month following the publication of the Waterhouse Report, Inspirational Eirian began a new job as Wife Of The Leader Of Plaid.
WE KNOW NUZZING.
In 2001, Inspirational Eirian became a Welsh Artist. Print and textiles and that. You know, Arty. Women with scarves and long flowing clothes. In layers. You can buy them from ‘Polly’s’ in Aberystwyth.
NOTHING TO DO WITH KIDS IN CARE IN NORTH WALES, NOT US, NO WE NEVER.
Inspirational Welsh Artist Eirian died of breast cancer in 2014 at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
I do hope that Inspirational Eirian’s widower is Having His Prostate Checked Regularly, he could Die Without Screening. I’ll let him know that when the PSA test throws up a false positive and the Top Doctors remove his prostate to Save His Life because Ah they’re wonderful really aren’t they, Inspirational Welsh Artist Eirian’s widower will be impotent and doubly incontinent.
The stupid git will probably then take a leaf out of Michael Parkinson’s book and star in adverts to promote Prostate Screening.
Baroness Sheila was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2005 -08, when the NW Wales NHS Trust unlawfully refused to treat me for any condition and ordered my arrest if I attempted to access NHS care. Baroness Sheila was President of the BMA, 2012-13, after Operation Pallial reopened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Tony Francis killed himself in 2012.
Like Dafydd’s mate Lord John Walton, Baroness Sheila became the President of the College of Occupational Therapists and she might still be in post. There was only one genuine whistleblower in the NHS in north Wales and that was an occupational therapist. His team were loyal to him and they too began to follow his example and do their best to protect patients. Before his arrival, the OTs in north Wales followed Doctors Orders to lie about patients in court in order to secure convictions against them. Many efforts were made to find reasons to sack the whistleblower but no reason could be found and he refused to be bullied out of his job although no member of staff but those in his immediate team would speak to him. So then a plan was formulated to Raise Questions re his Professionalism with the College of Occupational Therapists.
Pope Francis appointed Baroness Sheila as a member of the newly created Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Baroness Sheila is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Child Protection.
Baroness Sheila is the Chair and founder of ‘Beyond Words’, an organisation that was established in 1989 that publishes books written by Sheila to Communicate In Pictures.
This picture shows what That Man did to you doesn’t it? It was him wasn’t it, it was that Other Patient who Did This, it wasn’t Professor Ollie at all was it? I know that you are severely learning disabled and you can’t talk, so just point to the picture which tells us Who Made You Pregnant when you were In Hospital! Oh I think you’ve pointed to that picture haven’t you! I think you did, yes, that’s right, I thought that was That Man Who Did It. That Nurse lied when she said it was Professor Ollie and Mr Savile didn’t she? And we don’t want Nurses Who Tell Lies Do We?
Here’s Jane, being interviewed by the BBC and publicly stating that workers blacklists, as allegedly used by the building industry, are unacceptable:
Baroness Sheila Who Communicates with people who can’t communicate was given a peerage in 2010. Not long after Brown and I published our first article about my experiences of the mental health services which mentioned the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and the murders of patients at Springfield.
The Baroness Sheila was visited by personal tragedy in 2005 when her pregnant daughter Abigail was stabbed and left paralysed as a result. Baroness Shelia’s Faith carried her through. Which it genuinely does for many people but it is regrettable that Baroness Shelia’s Faith didn’t cause and still hasn’t caused a stirring of her conscience and a statement to the police.
Bertrand had got through two wives before he fathered Conrad. Bertrand’s first wife was Quaker, Intellectual and Social Reformer, Alys Pearsall Smith.
Alys was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of two prominent figures in the Holiness movement in America and the Higher Life movement in Britain. Alys married Bertrand in 1894 in a Quaker Meeting House. Within five years or so Bertrand was out for a cycle ride when he had one of his Profound Thoughts, that particular thought being that he didn’t really want Alys around anymore.
Alys meanwhile was busy. In 1907 she and her pal established a brand new venture which was the forerunner of Mother and Baby Welfare Centres, the St Pancras Mothers’ and Infants’ Society and an associated School for Mothers (also known as ‘Mothers’ & Babies’ Welcome’). Alys was Chairman and her pal Adele Myer was Vice-Chairman.
Lady Adele Meyer was, like Alys, a campaigner for social reform. Adele was the Editor of a suffrage journal and a philanthropist. Adele Meyer was born in Belsize Park into a Jewish family. She married the wealthy banker Sir Carl Meyer in 1883. Adele did visit the poor, but had other interests as well such as funding operas.
Lady Adele and her two children were models for an award-winning painting by the American painter John Singer Sargent, which was exhibited in 1896. Well Lady Adele has gone so far as to stretch out an arm toward the two kids as they cower behind a posh chair while dressed up to the nines:
“Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children” by John Singer Sargent.
I wonder if Lady Adele visited the poor in that dress or whether, like Polly Toynbee when Polly spent a few days Working As A Cleaner when researching for her no holds barred this is what it’s like to be Poor book, Lady Adele was a Master of Disguise.
Lady Adele was on the more active wing of the suffrage movement and supported women refusing to pay their taxes on the grounds that they had no vote. From 1906 she was a member of the NUWSS, serving on their executive committee and becoming editor of their journal “The Common Cause”.
Alys and Adele’s ‘Mothers and Babies Welcome’ aka the St Pancras School for Mothers provided a range of services aimed at reducing infant mortality. This centre was not the first to provide expectant mothers with meals, weigh babies, provide basic medical advice or attempt to teach ‘mothercraft’ but it does appear to have been the first place in Britain where these services were brought together in one venue. It provided a model for infant welfare centres.
The Wellcome Trust funded a project just a few years ago on the history of the St Pancras School for Mothers and provided photos. The Wellcome Trust was not particularly analytical with regard to the PR for Alys and Adele’s venture that the history project repeated.
The St Pancras School for Mothers won’t have been aimed at women like Alys and Adele because the kids of women of their class weren’t at risk of malnutrition and early death in the way that the kids of St Pancras – which even then was a slum area peopled by prostitutes and tramps etc – were and women of Alys and Adele’s class didn’t look after their own children anyway. They certainly won’t have been dropping into a Centre with them to have them weighed.
Yet the photos of the St Pancras Centre are not photos of the sort of people who would have used the Centre.
The reality behind the School for Mothers will have been that it probably was not that helpful to the Poor. Their housing was dreadful, they had no money – I note that there is a fee quoted on the poster inviting mothers to come and have their babies weighed – and the Poor were handing their kids over to places like the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury anyway because they could not afford to feed them. The Poor could not have read the notice inviting them to have their baby weighed. None of the Poor will have had a cradle such as the one pictured so lessons on the use of such a cradle will have been pointless. A bit like Jamie Oliver’s TV programmes demonstrating Cheap Meals which need the sort of kitchen equipment to prepare the grub that most people don’t have unless they are enthusiastic cooks with a good disposable income.
Those folk photographed at the baby weigh-in are too well-dressed to be the Poor as well.
Alys and Adele’s venture was probably a rich ladies’ hobby that was not able to assist many people and certainly not those whom it told people that it was assisting. More worryingly, one of the ladies – Alys – was married to a man who was a ruthless sexual predator, even if he was a Famous Thinker and his mates were ruthless sexual predators as well. Whoever carried out that Wellcome project will have known that, but it hasn’t been mentioned.
When that Wellcome project on Alys and Adele was underway, I was researching the recent history of Bertrand Russell and his circle at Cwm Croesor in north Wales. Colleagues at Bangor University knew that I was doing this because I discussed the project in research planning seminars, submitted the plans for ethical approval and applied to the British Academy for funding. I was turned down so I did the research myself anyway unfunded.
Professor Fergus Lowe knew about my planned project because so many squealers were so frightened of what I would find out if I did it that they told Fungus and Fungus at the time was instructing the research support office and all associated staff not to help me prepare grant applications. At the time, Brown, I and a Jewish colleague also prepared a big bid to the Wellcome Trust by ourselves, to investigate a project into the History of Medicine as related to Jewish practices. Every obstacle possible was put in our way, whoops the Chief Accountant who had to sign off the bid was in a meeting with Fungus ALL DAY and then he was on holiday for three weeks, whoops, Renee, another member of staff who’s assistance was crucial, was also off on holiday for three weeks but as a favour she prepared the spreadsheet at home and sent it to me at the final hour: in a format that she knew my computer would not be able to open. So we rang the Wellcome Trust and they said that they’d accept a late application from us. No of course we didn’t get the funding, the Wellcome gave it to the folk who held the Exhibition Of Lies about Bertrand Russell’s wife’s Clinic for Poor Babies instead.
Don’t worry Gwerin, unlike you I do not need to be pampered and pandered to and given lots of money to pursue research projects, I can do it unfunded by myself. So I did.
The Wellcome Trust have previously funded Dafydd’s colleagues to write lies about the history of psychiatry.
Lady Adele was a founder and funder of the London hostel that became Queen Mary College. Lady Meyer died in 1930.
Sir Carl and Lady Adele were the grandparents of Sir Anthony Meyer, the Tory MP for West Flintshire and then Clwyd North West, 1970-92. Sir Anthony was a Tory who was so liberal that after he had served as the MP for Eton and Slough in the mid-1960s and was on the lookout for another seat after losing that one, no Tory constituency would consider him. He ended up in north Wales as a result of a helping hand from Nigel Birch, who was stepping down as the MP for West Flintshire. Their story was that it was one old Etonian helping another. Why a man as posh as Sir Anthony wanted to live in a not very affluent part of north east Wales to which he had no obvious links which was the location of a huge paedophile ring with associated organised crime was not clear.
Sir Anthony liked a party and was notorious for his rather exotic mistress whom he probably met when she was working as a call girl…
Sir Anthony famously stood as a stalking horse in a leadership challenge against Thatch. He knew that he’d never win but the plan was that Heseltine would also stand and win. Heseltine didn’t stand but never explained why and it was another few years before Heseltine did stand in a leadership challenge to Thatch.
If Heseltine wants to tell us all the reason why a man as posh as Sir Anthony wanted to live down the road from Bryn Estyn and Dafydd, a lot of people would like to hear it.
Sir Anthony’s granddad Sir Carl Ferdinand Meyer, 1st Baronet (23 December 1851-18 December 1922) was a British banker and mining magnate. Carl Meyer was born in Hamburg, into a Jewish family, the second son of Siegmund Meyer and Elise Rosa, née Hahn, daughter of Reuben Hahn. In 1883 he married Adele; their son Frank Cecil Meyer was Sir Anthony’s father.
Carl Meyer worked at first for the Rothschild family as their Chief Clerk and negotiator with the De Beers mining group. He then went on to work for De Beers and became Deputy Chairman of the company. Carl Meyer was also Governor of the National Bank of Egypt and member of the Board of numerous other mining companies. He was also a Board member of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC).
Carl Meyer had a great interest in the arts, supportings opera, music and the theatre. In 1909 he donated £70,000 to the Shakespeare National Memorial Theatre, now rebuilt as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sir Anthony’s grandmother was a good friend of Bertrand Russell’s wife. The Bertrand who utilised the services of Gwynne before Dafydd arrived on the scene. And then Dafydd when Dafydd joined in the party a few years later.
Anyone fancy dropping their children off at a Russell-Myer Orphanage?
In 1911 Bertrand Russell began a lengthy period of separation from Alys with an affair with Lady Ottoline Morrell. Russell and Lady Ottoline are alleged to have done some interesting things together, including Lady Ottoline doing an S&M dominatrix bit with him.
Lady Ottoline was not the only sexual partner that Russell had during his years of separation from Alys; he had simultaneous affairs with a number of women, including the actress Lady Constance Malleson, with whom Russell ‘shared an interest in pacifism’.
Lady Constance Malleson
Lady Constance travelled extensively throughout her life including visits to the Middle East and Africa, in addition to frequent trips to Scandinavia. Perhaps Lady Constance dropped in on Uganda to discuss pacifism.
Russell also had an affair with Vivienne Haigh-Wood, first wife of T.S. Eliot. Vivienne had a dreadful time at the hands of Toilets and his Radical Bohemian Bloomsbury Group friends and had been primed for this by her nearest and dearest from a young age. Vivienne had multiple fairly serious physical health problems that would have restricted even the most robust of people, yet everyone around her constructed these as signs of Viv’s fuckwittery or bloody-mindedness. Viv was someone who did suffer from a serious menstrual disorder of the kind that is unusual and doesn’t fall into the category of over-blown anxieties that sends women off to purchase packets of pointless Feminax etc, but even serious haemorrhaging on the part of Viv was seen as evidence that she was nothing but a pain in the bum. Then she outraged all of them by ‘insisting on washing her own sheets’. Well they were complete bastards and she’d have never have heard the end of it if she had given them the sheets to wash, so she did it herself. Which was just another sign of her degeneracy.
Viv’s mother Rose Haigh-Wood decided that her daughter was suffering from “moral insanity” – a Top Doctor had of course been commissioned, but it is thought that he diagnosed hysteria – and Rose decided that Viv should not marry or bear children and withdrew the family’s consent to Viv going ahead with a planned marriage. Viv also caused concern by ‘dressing like an actress’. Here she is, looking particularly outrageous and Morally Insane:
Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot
Viv subsequently met and married Toilets, in secret. She was out of the frying pan into the fire. Within days of their marriage Toilets decided that he’d have rather married another one of their circle and Viv was treated dreadfully by Toilets, his family and friends and sexually exploited by Bertrand Russell. Among the archive material relating to Viv there isn’t any firm evidence of the Insanity, the Bloody Mindedness, the All Round Dreadfulness that was attributed to her and in later life Toilets himself admitted that they treated her like shit really but ooh they were young and immature. There is plenty of evidence that supports Toilets’ admission that they were all dreadful to Viv.
The Strong Inspirational Woman Role Model that was Virginia Woolf said of Viv:
Oh – Vivienne! Was there ever such a torture since life began! – to bear her on one’s shoulders, biting, wriggling, raving, scratching, unwholesome, powdered, insane, yet sane to the point of insanity, reading his letters, thrusting herself on us, coming in wavering trembling … This bag of ferrets is what Tom [Eliot] wears round his neck.
Virginia fitted that in around writing about the injustices heaped upon Wimmin, including by Male Top Doctors and her busy social life.
Toilets abandoned Viv but refused to divorce her. He didn’t tell her that he had abandoned her, he just did and began hiding from her and told his mates not to reveal his whereabouts to her. Meanwhile Toilets got on with other relationships.
One day Viv physically bumped into Toilets while she was out and about. She went to speak to him in what seemed to have been the equivalent of an ‘are we still together then?’ conversation and Toilets told her that he was far too busy to speak to her and legged it. Meanwhile, Toilets and his family and friends took Viv’s attempts to seek him out and have a conversation with him as signs of her increasing madness. What is known is that Viv ended up in an asylum and died there years later in 1947. The details as to how Viv got into the asylum in terms of the precipitating events are sparse, but it is known that Toilets and one of his mates were directly responsible for having her committed and their wider circles of friends were all happy to confirm that they Had No Other Option.
Once Viv was safely in the asylum Bertrand Russell managed to get in there regularly and have sex with her, which suggests that the Safeguarding and High Standards prevailing in that institution – separate men’s and women’s wings, you know what these animals are like! – was, as at the North Wales Hospital, rather different to that which was claimed.
There is not even any certainty as to the cause of Viv’s death in the asylum. It was attributed to heart failure, but also poisoning. The lack of clarity was fuelled by Toilets’ second wife being in possession of crucial documentation to which no-one else was allowed access.
I keep wondering what it was that Viv knew that so many people were desperate to keep quiet. I have read a bit about Viv’s life but not as much as I’d like to have.
As well as Ladies Ottoline and Constance and Viv and the others, Bertrand Russell found time to have a relationship with Dora, who became his second wife, but only after quite a long time.
Dora, Countess Russell
3 April 1894
|Died||31 May 1986 (aged 92)
|Occupation||author and social activist|
Whereas Bertrand found Alys’s ‘high mindedness and purity’ intolerable and used that as the rationale for a shagfest with others, he found Dora wanting as well. Dora wasn’t a frigid old bat like Alys, Dora, like Russell, extolled the merits of open relationships. Dora herself was monogamous for a while and wasn’t concerned that Russell was polygamous. However eventually Dora did begin a relationship with another man. Russell hit the roof and there was a great deal of trouble. The trouble snowballed over the years and resulted in Russell declaring Dora unfit to be a parent to their son John, although John got on very well with his mother. Poor old Russell certainly suffered from Mad Relatives, when John grew up he turned out to be Mad as well and helpful Top Doctors were often happy to incarcerate John in asylums. John had a daughter, Lucy, with whom John got on well. Russell declared John Unfit to take care of Lucy on the grounds of John being Mad. One symptom of John’s Madness at the time was John alleging that Russell was having sex with John’s wife. Which Russell indeed was. Lucy spent much of her childhood and teenage years living with Russell near Cwm Croesor. Lucy told third parties that she didn’t like the way that Russell kissed her.
When Lucy started university, she acquired a boyfriend. Russell cut her off financially and emotionally. Lucy, like her dad, was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. She became almost destitute and in 1975 in her 20s she was found on fire, in a churchyard in Cornwall. The official line is that Lucy was a Paranoid Schizophrenic who killed herself after setting herself alight. Her relatives claimed that it was a Peace Protest a la the Tibetan monks. Her mates said that she was having a very hard time and no-one helped.
I would be most interested to know if Gwynne the lobotomist or Dafydd ever had any contact with Lucy or indeed her father, because these events have ‘Dafydd and Gwynne’ stamped all over them.
Dora Russell, along with Bertrand, was a CND campaigner as were so many figures on the left of that era, including Michael Foot, who concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring and was very probably an active member of it. Footie was married to Inspirational Role Model and Strong Woman Feminist Film Director Jill Craigie who, with regard to Footie’s Ugandan activities, told him that she understood that he had ‘additional needs’ and she didn’t mind if he fulfilled them but she didn’t want to be told about it.
Conrad Russell, who taught at Bedford College, 1960-79, when Jean the Baroness of Nursing in Llandaff was a student there, was the son of Patricia Russell, Countess Russell (1910–2004), Bertrand’s third wife. Countess Russell was born Marjorie Helen Spence in 1910. She met Bertrand Russell in 1930 when she was a 20 year old undergraduate at Oxford, hired by Dora as a governess. They had an affair and were married at the Midhurst register office in Sussex on 18 January 1936.
Patricia wasn’t up to scratch either and she and Russell had an acrimonious separation in 1949. I have yet to find out whether Russell tried to have her declared mad and incarcerated. Although Conrad became a famous historian and a Lib Dem peer, he admitted to suffering from serious depression when younger and often felt suicidal. Presumably Conrad was not on the receiving end of Help from Dafydd and Gwynne. Or perhaps he was and he had a lucky escape but one which left an impression.
Perhaps Conrad didn’t escape. After worsening health during the 1990s, Conrad died of respiratory failure at Central Middlesex Hospital in 2004, as the Gwerin opened fire on Merfyn. Conrad’s wife Elizabeth Sanders had died in 2003.
Conrad and Elizabeth’s son Nicholas Lyulph Russell, 6th Earl Russell (12 September 1968-17 August 2014), styled Viscount Amberley between 1987 and 2004, didn’t have much luck with his health either. Nicholas died suddenly in Aug 2014, at the age of 45, from a presumed heart attack. However, autopsy later confirmed the cause of death to have been due to a thrombosis. Nicholas was a disability campaigner for the Labour Party and had sat on the NEC as the Disability Rep.
Labour Party: You can increase your credibility among disabled people by refusing to heap praise on Top Docs and Angels who kill them. It might even be a vote winner.
Bertrand’s friends were Sir Clough and Lady Amabel, who lived at Llanfrothen and owned most of the houses in Cwm Croesor. Merfyn’s mum and dad ran the village pub that they rented from Clough.
Clough and Amabel were friends with Eric, who for many years had a second home at Croesor. Eric’s daughter Julia was a Passionate, Committed, Connected Professor of Networking at the LSE. Julia ran a PR company that took on a lot of work for the Labour Party.
Conrad was friends with Lady Antonia, who was married to Swearing Harold:
Lady Antonia is the daughter of Lord Longford, who is relative of Harriet.
In the 1960s Baroness Jean participated in the RCN research programme “Study of Nursing Care”. Gwynne was lobotomising people when Jean studied Nursing Care. It was the Nurses doing the Caring who described the behaviour that Gwynne wanted documented to justify lobotomising victims of a VIP sex abuse ring. In 1974 Baroness Jean became the holder of the first Chair of Nursing at an English university, Manchester and held the Chair until 1989. Dafydd’s colleagues ran another ring from Manchester University, while Jean held that Chair. In 1974 Dafydd’s old boss and friend from the Maudsley who ran the big ring based there, Dr Bob Hobson, relocated to Manchester University, where he expanded and consolidated the ring at Manchester. Tony Francis worked with Hobson et al immediately before relocating to north Wales in 1982-83.
Baroness Jean served on the Royal Commission on the NHS, 1976–79, Chaired by Sir Alec Merrison. That Royal Commission was set up by Battling Baroness Babs and Dr Death in order to pretend that they were Protecting the NHS, when they knew that by the time the Commission reported, the Labour Party would not be in power and thus the toxic mess that is the ‘National Religion’ would be someone else’s problem. Thatcher’s.
Baroness Jean was a Committed Christian and served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, 1990-1994. Baroness Jean of Nursing knew that other Committed Christian who held office in the C of E, Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who devoted her legal career to concealing organised abuse and when she spent her 5 minutes as Chair of IICSA began to make efforts to try to ensure that the C of E was excluded from the Inquiry.
Elizabeth Butler-Sloss is particularly Inspirational because she didn’t have enough qualifications to get into university, so began her working life as a Secretary. Her qualities that were more suited to being one of the UK’s most senior members of the judiciary were soon spotted and thus a door opened into the legal profession. I however suspect that Butler-Sloss had an unfair advantage. Her father and brother were both judges who concealed abuse; it is my belief that the gene for being a High Court Judge Who Covers Up Sexual Abuse In High Places is present in the family and Butler-Sloss inherited it. Butler-Sloss’s grandfather was a solicitor not a High Court Judge and thus I wonder if the gene mutated at some point.
Baroness Jean was created a life peer on 30 July 1979, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Mary Wynch was still unlawfully banged up in Denbigh when the Baroness of Nursing Care entered the upper chamber but at least the husband of Lilibet’s cousin’s ex-wife had been acquitted of conspiracy to murder the previous month.
Baroness Jean was a member of four Select Committees of the Lords. As well as being a Vice President of the League of Nurses at Barts, Baroness Jean was a Fellow of the RCN and a Trustee of numerous charities. In 2005, she was awarded the British Journal of Nursing’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2009, a new building of the University of Manchester was named the Jean McFarlane Building.
Baroness McFarlane was the author of a number of studies, notably A Guide to the Practice of Nursing Using the Nursing Process, 1982.
The passing of Baroness Jean of the Practice of the Nursing Process did not go unnoticed by ‘The Guardian’. One of the Baroness’s old students, June Clark, who learned about Practising the Nursing Process and thus Recommending a Lobotomy For This One, at the Baroness’s knee wrote the obituary:
Strong Feminist Jo was born in Wandsworth, the location of the abuse ring based at Springfield Hospital and grew up in Hastings, East Sussex, the county which contained the country residences of so many of the Bloomsbury Group, as well as Sussex University, an institution who’s VC Lord Asa Briggs and other staff concealed organised abuse. John Allen trafficked kids from children’s homes in north Wales to brothels owned by Allen in London and Brighton. Strong Feminist Jo’s mum was a social worker.
Strong Feminist Jo has two brothers and when she was about five years old the family moved to Bendenden. The public school for Posh People who consider themselves Edgy/Liberal/Progressive is located there and there have recently been allegations by former pupils that sexual bullying was rife at Benenden and as a result an upmarket prostitution ring developed. Princess Margaret’s children went to Benenden, as did the psychiatrist Dr Adrianne Reveley, who, along with her Top Doc husband, concealed organised abuse. Adrianne knew Dafydd and the gang, she worked with them at the Maudsley.
After police investigations and inquiries into abuse rings in north Wales and other places were launched, Adrianne became a cheerleader for Benenden, featuring in promotional material and talking to prospective parents and pupils and alumni. Adrianne died in King’s College Hospital in 2017 soon after being diagnosed with an illness that usually takes many years to kill someone. Some years ago Adrianne was employed by the Welsh Gov’ts legal services to provide an Expert Opinion on me. I attended a consultation at Adrianne’s Harley Street practice accompanied by Brown and she tried to persuade me to tell Brown to leave the room halfway through the meeting, after Brown had confirmed that a car had attempted to run us off the road at high speed a few weeks previously. I told Brown to stay in the room. Adrianne followed my instruction to Brown with one question only: what our next book was going to be about. We told her that it was an analysis of neoliberal healthcare with reference to the mental health services. Adrianne ended the meeting. We never received a copy of her report but I later received a letter from the Welsh Gov’t legal services telling me that they were of the opinion that I had never been subjected to clinical negligence at any point throughout my dealings with the mental health services.
Strong Feminist Jo attended Beneden Village Primary School, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, Hastings High School for Girls and Bexhill College. After working in a pub, for Barnardo’s and as a nursing assistant in a residential unit for adults with learning disabilities, Strong Feminist Jo took a joint social science degree with a RMN qualification at Brunel University.
Strong Feminist Jo then worked as a psych nurse for 10 years, at the South London Bethlem Hospital, Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea and the Maudsley in south London. When Strong Feminist Jo worked at the Maudsley she was a member of COHSE, the NHS union that supported staff who abused patients. David Williams, an Angel who worked at Denbigh when Gwynne was lobotomising, spent the latter part of his career as a COHSE rep and ended up as Assistant General Secretary and then General Secretary. Williams was promoted to the Top Job at COHSE after the 1979-80 Mary Wynch case.
On 25 June 1990, London COHSE and South Yorkshire and East Midlands COHSE held a social at Bridlington, during COHSE Conference week, 25th June to Friday 29th June 1990. It appears on COHSE’s website archive thus:
Night out for Rebels and Reds
Comedy act Jo Brand (COHSE nurse member at the Maudsley hospital, London and then staring in Saturday Night Live), Skint Video, Rebels with a cause and Disco
Probably one of the best COHSE socials ever, certainly with Jo Brand one of the most controversial, which led to formal complaints about her act, as she turned effectively on right wing, sexist delegates who had attended in error. In fact it was the last joint regional social, such was the outcry in Region 12 [ie. South Yorkshire and East Midlands].
So Strong Feminist Jo had Taken On Right Wing Sexist delegates. Jo spent years working with those people, she knew just what they were like. She has at no point challenged their serious criminality and abuse of their patients and Strong Feminist Jo has never spoken about the patient battering Right Wing Sexist bastards with whom she worked for 10 years. Region 12 COHSE delegates worked on Jimmy Savile’s patch and on Greville Janner’s patch.
When Strong Feminist Jo was taking on the Right Wing Sexists, I had just been taken to the High Court for the second time in four months on the basis of the perjury of Top Docs and social workers as part of a huge co-ordinated conspiracy which also relied upon COHSE members keeping quiet about what they had witnessed. Days after Strong Feminist Jo took on David Williams’ Right Wing Sexist members I was back in the High Court once more…
Strong Feminist Jo gave up working with the fun people of COHSE in the mid-1980s and became a comedian instead. In her early days of fame, Strong Feminist Jo made lots of jokes about never being frightened of anyone because she had been a Psychiatric Nurse and there were no insults or terms of abuse that had not already being thrown at her by Patients. I don’t ever remember her using the word ‘dangerous’, but Strong Feminist Jo was full of jolly anecdotes about how six of us had to sit on him you know and Christ I was glad to see that Doctor with the injection. Strong Feminist Jo really did fuel the stereotype of psych wards and clinics being full of crazed people with the strength of 10 who need to be pinned to the floor and Injected every five minutes.
Strong Feminist Jo knows as well as I do that there is not a word of truth in that image. She will have been telling the truth when she said that she was sworn at a lot; Angels do get sworn at. They get sworn at because such distressing things are being done to them by Angels and Top Docs and their views are routinely ignored that there is a great deal of swearing. There is hardly any violence from patients towards staff; I have definitely witnessed more staff on patient violence and so has every other patient that I know.
Can I ask Strong Feminist Jo, who is married to a mental health manager, to explain why she did so much to promote a damaging, untruthful stereotype of psych patients when Brown, Alison Taylor and I were doing all that we could to raise concerns about the sex abuse gang run by Jo’s former colleagues and Mary Wynch was still fighting them in the Courts?
When Strong Feminist Jo began her career in stand-up, she called herself the Incredible Sea Monster. I saw her on TV when I was doing my MSc, so imagine my surprise when, only weeks after I’d moved to Leicester to share Brown’s house in 1987, I saw an advert for the Incredible Sea Monster who was appearing in Leicester.
When the Incredible Sea Monster appeared in Leicester, Dr James Earp was concealing Dafydd’s criminality and Brown and I were under surveillance by the security services. There had been an attempt to frame and imprison me for attempting to stab a doctor in north Wales… The doctor was found to have lied in his police statement. There was no investigation into this.
A man called Greville Janner who lived in Leicester was under police investigation at the time, along with his friend social worker Frank Beck, who not long after Jo entertained the troops at the COHSE gig went to prison for abusing kids in care under the guise of ‘therapy’. It was the biggest police investigation into child abuse that there had ever been and there are allegations that Beck murdered children but was never caught.
On 28 January 2019 the BBC TV series ‘Imagine’ presented by Alan Yentob – of Kids’ Company fame – documented Jo’s life and career, with contributions from many of her comedy peers, in a programme titled Jo Brand: No Holds Barred.
Indeed not Strong Feminist Jo, nothing has been deemed to be too much to silence witnesses. By the way, are you one of many who Didn’t Know about Jimmy Savile?
The Right Honourable
The Baroness Birk
Alma Lillian Wilson
22 September 1917
Brighton, East Sussex
|Died||29 December 1996 (aged 79)
Alma Lillian Birk, Baroness Birk (née Wilson; 22 September 1917-29 December 1996) was a journalist, Labour politician and Government Minister. Birk was educated at South Hampstead High School and at the LSE. She gained a seat on Finchley Borough Council and served as leader of the Labour Group, 1950-53. In the 1960s she became associate editor of ‘Nova’. During this period the Baroness of Birth Control also sat as a magistrate in an ordinary magistrates’ court and in a matrimonial court.
Birk was created a life peer on 15 September 1967. In her maiden speech she called for an enhanced probation service to help deal with juvenile crime:
I would like to see a bigger probation service, better paid, because a probation officer is sometimes the only person with whom the young person can create a stable relationship, which is absolutely essential.
In 1969 Alma was appointed as Chairman of the Health Education Council. She served as a Baroness in Waiting, March 1974-October 1974. From 1974 to 1979 Alma was a junior Minister in the Dept of the Environment and then became Minister of State in the Privy Council Office in 1979. The Baroness of Birth Control was right in Lilibet’s Privy the year that Mary Wynch was illegally imprisoned in Denbigh and the year that Jeremy Thorpe walked away from the Old Bailey a free man.
Baroness Alma was Chairman of Redbridge Jewish Youth Centre, 1970-96 and on the Executive of the Council of Christians and Jews, 1971-77. She was President of the Association of Art Institutions, 1984-96 and President of the Craft Arts Design Association, 1984-90.
Alma was made a Baroness after she failed repeatedly to get elected to the Commons. Wilson desperately wanted her to add the the scaffolding upholding the Westminster Paedophile Ring, so she was given a peerage to get her into Gov’t.
Alma married Ellis Birk (1915-2003), a solicitor, the senior partner of City of London law firm Nicholson, Graham & Jones (now merged into K & L Gates LLP) who was also a Director of the Daily Mirror Group, Reed International, Central TV and Wilson Bros (originally set up by Baroness Birk’s family) and other companies. They had two children.
In July 2004, ‘The Guardian’ published this obituary for him:
Ellis Birk, who was a senior board member of the original Mirror Group during the powerhouse days of chairman Cecil King and Hugh Cudlipp, editorial boss of the entire group, and, in his own right, a figure of great influence in old Fleet Street and television, has died aged 88. Indeed, so powerful was Birk’s presence in those days of Mirror supremacy that it was he who played the crucial role in dethroning “The King” following his attempt to remove Harold Wilson from his premiership in 1968.
The story is worth re-telling: Birk was spending time in his home town of Newcastle upon Tyne when Cudlipp, always a close friend and ally, phoned to spell out the contents of the Daily Mirror front page of May 10 1968. Its headline read: “Enough is Enough” – above a sensational piece written and signed by King demanding Wilson’s dismissal by his own government and removal from 10 Downing Street.
Birk’s response to this was instant. He told Cudlipp, “You must stop this, Hugh. If that goes in the paper it will do immense damage to the whole Mirror Group. Cecil must be stopped.” Cudlipp told Birk that it was too late to stop the front-page article and that King had effectively taken command of the paper. Birk’s reaction was devastating: “In that case, King must go – and you, Hugh, must ensure that this happens. If Cecil stays I will resign from the board.”
The rest is history: King was sacked and Birk remained in power. To this day there remains one closely kept secret about that episode: Cudlipp succeeded King as chairman of Mirror Group – yet did not relish the job. Cudlipp, the genius of tabloid journalism, always preferred his role as editorial director and deputy chairman. He wanted Birk to take over King’s role as chairman, leaving him to look after the Mirror Group’s journalism rather than the financial complexities; Cudlipp always confessed he was not suited to that side of Fleet Street. Yet it was Birk who insisted that the chairmanship role must go to Cudlipp. Birk preferred to remain in the background – ever his choice – where his advice, discretion and immense legal skills had already made a significant contribution to sustaining the extraordinary success of the group in the 1960s when the Daily Mirror’s circulation enjoyed world record figures: in 1967 it reached 5,288,137.
Birk had joined the Mirror hierarchy as a board director of the Sunday Pictorial (forerunner of the Sunday Mirror) in 1950. He was a highly skilled lawyer and a senior partner in the city firm of Nicholson, Graham and Jones, having joined them in 1946, after war service. Their clients included Sir John Ellerman, owner of Ellerman shipping lines, and head of one of the then largest conglomerates in the world. Sir John had substantial holdings in the Mirror Group – and his trusted nominee there was Birk, who was emerging as one of the City’s top legal brains. He was also a director of Associated Television in the pioneer days of commercial TV.
The early 1950s was the period that drew Cudlipp and Birk together in a relationship that was to last their lifetime. Cudlipp returned to the Mirror Group from Express Newspapers when King took over in 1952. He became editor of the Sunday Pictorial, where he met Birk. Before long, they formed an unshakeable partnership that matured into a lifebelt for the group, especially at times when King’s megalomania threatened its stability. They secretly nicknamed themselves “the Fire Brigade” – a two-man rescue squad seeking to control (and protect) King. Their “secret” role remained hidden – until King tried to unseat Harold Wilson, at which point all Fleet Street came a touch closer to understanding what was going on behind the closed doors of the Mirror’s old Holborn Circus headquarters. Birk remained an influential force there until Robert Maxwell took over the group in July 1984.
Birk was born in Newcastle, the son of a prosperous banker and financial dealer who was an immigrant from Ritova, Lithuania. His father was a devout Jew and a lay leader of the early Jewish community on Tyneside. The young Ellis found his father’s fervent Zionism overpowering and became an early rebel; he was also deeply influenced by the depression on Tyneside in the early 1930s, which steered him to the left.
Even later, after prep school and Clifton College, and then to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read classics and law, Ellis spent much of his vacation time working among the unemployed in the mining communities of the north-east. He joined the Labour party and remained a member to the end, describing himself as “a Gaitskellite socialist”.
There always seemed two strands to Birk’s religious commitment: his early rebelliousness, which was encouraged by his love for rugby as well as politics; and his later return to the orthodoxies of his early home environment. Birk was a big man, over 6ft, powerfully built and an outstanding rugby player. But at Clifton College, where he was in Polack’s (Jewish) House, he was barred from Saturday games, so special arrangements were made to enable him to win his school colours – which he did on 15 occasions – and which later led him into the Cambridge University team.
At that stage he was a member of the Jewish Reform community, but later he returned to traditional Judaism. When he was appointed chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board in 1982, he had already served as its treasurer for many years, and with a long record as a founder of numerous Jewish Youth centres – notably the Redbridge Youth and Community Centre, where he chaired the council for 25 years. He was a director of the Jewish Chronicle from 1956, and became chairman of its board in 1987; he was a member of the executive committee and a governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and chairman of its group of British Friends; he was chairman of the finance and general purposes committee of the Institute of Jewish Affairs; and on the executive of the Council of Christians and Jews.
Birk’s wife, Alma, whom he married in 1939, was a journalist and academic, who became a member of Harold Wilson’s government in 1974 as under secretary of state at the environment ministry. Appointed life baroness in 1967, she died in December 1996. They had a son, David, and daughter Angela, who survive him.
During the war, Birk served with the Royal Artillery, rising from the ranks to major. After D-Day he was appointed instructor in the art of using flame-throwing equipment from tanks – a skill which, perhaps, may have come in useful during his “Fire Brigade” work at the Mirror group in later years.
· Ellis Samuel Birk, lawyer and newspaper, television and business executive, born October 30 1915; died July 3 2004
A message to the Biggest Inspiration of All on International Wimmin’s Day, our Female Head of State:
If you don’t mind me saying Ma’am, I think that it is all a little beyond the pale.