Previous posts have discussed the enormous support that Professor Oliver Brooke, the paediatrician from St George’s Hospital Medical School who was jailed for child porn offences in Dec 1986, received from his Top Doctor colleagues. An enormous number of Top Docs wrote to Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane in support of Ollie when Ollie appealed against the length of his prison sentence in May 1987. Lane cut Ollie’s sentence, not because Ollie was wrongly convicted, but because Ollie had suffered enough and prison was not the place for a Top Doc like Ollie. Geoffrey Lane compared Ollie’s collection of child porn to a collection of cigarette cards. The portrait of Ollie painted in the media, as well as by his Top Doc colleagues, was of a sad man who had been tripped up by temptation. No-one was told that Ollie was the key figure in an international paedophile ring and was dealing in child porn on a huge scale, importing and exporting it. His colleagues knew that although Ollie had only been charged with the possession of a small number of images, he had kept a huge collection of child porn in two different offices and labs in the Medical School. A technician discovering cupboards and cupboards full of child porn had led to Ollie being charged. Ollie was also procuring the making of child porn. None of this was ever made public. The story was of a dedicated Top Doc and a scientific genius to boot who had endured a terrible trauma by being imprisoned. See post ‘Oliver!’.
My post ‘Too Many Pills’ discusses Ollie’s less than impressive contribution to academia, how virtually the only contribution that he did make once he was given a Chair was co-authored by Top Docs – who were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring along with Ollie – after he was charged and published by a friendly journal Editor the month before Ollie’s Court appearance, to enable everyone to hear about Ollie’s cutting edge research. Furthermore, although Ollie was sacked after he was convicted and – it is assumed – struck off, after Ollie was released from prison, he published a number of papers until some three years after his release with his former Top Doc colleagues and he gave his affiliation as being St George’s Hospital Medical School. I was working at St George’s at the time, with the people with whom Ollie was co-authoring and no-one was told that this was happening. Ollie was discussed, but as a tragic figure from the past who had long gone.
In ‘Too Many Pills’ I discussed Baroness June Lloyd, the paediatrician who was appointed as Head of the newly created Dept of Paediatrics at St George’s in 1975, who appointed Ollie. June Lloyd and a whole constellation of her colleagues were facilitating organised abuse and it was no coincidence that she had appointed Ollie or indeed that Lloyd was appointed as Head of that Dept herself. St George’s had been facilitating serious criminal activity for decades – St George’s had the distinction of being the hospital at the centre of the Lord Lucan case; while St George’s were accusing Lady Lucan of insanity, despite that head wound, there was a dead nanny in her house and her husband fled the country (see previous posts) – the Dept of Psychiatry there was the hub of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and had been since the early 1960s. Professor Desmond Curran was involved with organised abuse and Curran appointed other psychiatrists who were also involved with organised abuse; it was Curran who ‘treated’ Norman Scott, when Norman as a young man had a breakdown after being on the receiving end of Mr Thrope’s excesses. See post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’. The Dept of Obstetrics at St George’s was also facilitating organised abuse; the Head of Dept Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain was a good mate of Ollie’s, wrote to the Court in support of him and coauthored with Ollie after Ollie was released from prison.
My post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ discussed yet more Top Docs who worked with Ollie and other abusers, were possibly abusers themselves and undoubtedly facilitated abuse, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring. They were all very, very big names with international reputations and many had held senior posts in universities overseas. They circulated around the UK’s most famous hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, St George’s, UCL and Guy’s and Tommy’s. I have discussed the facilitation of organised abuse at the Maudsley many times and in ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ I named yet more Top Docs at the Maudsley and at the London Hospital as well as in private practice who played a major role whom I had not named in earlier posts.
Neither was this just a problem with Top Docs of Ollie’s generation; it had been going on for at least the two previous generations and because nothing at all was done to stop it, by the 1970s, most of the UK’s biggest names in medicine were either directly involved or knew about it and kept quiet. The abusers held the most senior posts and were training everyone else; obviously a lot of docs will have been appalled but their careers would have come to a stop if they had blown the whistle. Then, because they had colluded as junior docs they couldn’t challenge it when they reached senior positions, they were culpable themselves and everyone would have gone down together.
I was discussing Ollie’s incredible bounce back after prison and international disgrace with Brown and he observed that ‘the well-connected are often aided by their social networks even after they’ve fallen from grace; people including them on publications and inviting them to dinner even though they haven’t got the fancy job or title any more. Not for them the benefit-level life in a hostel interspersed with periods of homelessness and repeat court appearances that characterises the lives of most ex-offenders.’
It is of course Ollie’s psychiatrist colleagues who supply the Court reports recommending how offenders and ex-offenders should be managed. I have mentioned before that after concealing the criminality of Dafydd and the gang, Professor Robert Bluglass and Drs Colin Berry and David Mawson were appointed as members of the Parole Board. Lay people might find this hard to believe, but every psychiatrist in the UK is aware of organised abuse that they are not challenging, a great many are actively facilitating it and more than a few are sexually exploiting/abusing people, including patients, themselves.
I mentioned on a comment following ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ that I didn’t think that I would have time to blog about some more Top Docs of interest who are viewed as some of the Founders Of Paediatrics, but having read their biographies, these Top Docs are just so wonderful that I decided to do them justice on this additional unplanned post.
- ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ mentioned Dr Dr Pamela Davies, the paediatrician who was a member of one group of paedophiles’ friends who were at loggerheads with another group of paedophiles’ friends, but who all managed to remain united in their support of colleagues, including Ollie, who were abusing or facilitating abuse and the associated crime.
- Dr Pamela Davies was the Top Doc behind the unlikely career move on the part of Anne Diamond, from that of someone who sat on a sofa conducting mind-numbing interviews with celebs which were broadcast on daytime TV, to Medical Expert Who Saved Babies Lives with her ‘Back To Sleep’ campaign. See post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’. The assistance of Top Doc Pamela was almost certainly the reason why the Top Docs establishment didn’t have Anne Diamond for breakfast when she made public that Top Docs’ advice to place babies on their bellies to sleep was raising the risk of cot death; Pamela knew about Ollie, the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Dafydd’s gang and much else and Pamela knew that all the other Top Docs with whom she worked knew as well.
Diamond’s stated interest in cot death was the death of her son Sebastian in 1991. I’m sure that it was deeply distressing for her, but Ann is the sort of journo turned celeb who would use anything to advance herself. Ann, a former journo on the ‘Bridgwater Mercury’, had already used her knowledge of what had happened to a girl from Bridgwater at the hands of Dafydd’s gang to bag herself a job on breakfast TV when she was otherwise indistinguishable from the myriad of boring not very bright young female journos who smiled in an anodyne fashion for the camera, so when Sebastian died and the shit re the girl from Bridgwater and her friends had just become deeper and deeper and the Top Docs were by then doing anything at all to cover it up, Anne took her chance. See post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’.
How Anne Diamond was tipped off that Pamela Davies would play ball I haven’t yet found out.
Pamela Davies learned at the knee of ‘formidable lady doctor’ Victoria Smallpeice (see post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’) and wrote Smallpeice’s biography for the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:
Gwladys Victoria Smallpeice, b.27 May 1901 d.21 September 1991
MB BS Lond(1928) MA Oxon(1928) MD Lond(1930) MRCP(1931) DCH(1937) FRCP(1952)
Victoria Smallpeice was born in London, the youngest of three children of William Donald and Cicely Smallpeice… She began her education at a school in Rome, went on to an Anglican convent in Warminster and subsequently received private tuition. Her father, a general practitioner, moved from London to a rural practice in East Anglia at the age of 58. During the first world war, the 15-year old Victoria took over the practice bookkeeping from her mother and ‘. . . learned to dread the agonizing climax each quarter-day . . .’ as bills had to be presented to those who could not pay.
This Uncle Harryesque discourse of ‘ooh it was terrible when they couldn’t pay’ is now the only one that Top Docs are permitted to use when remembering The Olden Days, but the reality was that most Top Docs saw the transaction in a rather Thatcher like way as the equivalent of a grocer’s shop. If you don’t pay, I’m not treating you and many Top Docs, perhaps most, had no problem refusing to treat people who could not pay. That is why things like workers’ welfare societies were established and why Nye and others were convinced that the NHS would be a vote winner, as long as they could persuade the Top Docs to work in it, which most of them were refusing to until the gobs were stuffed with gold…
There is evidence that on the part of rich patients who were socially superior to Top Docs, the Top Docs would be told what to do, even to the extent of demanding that an organ be removed. As with a grocer’s shop, you put your order in and the Top Doc flogged you what you wanted.
At 17 years she worked with the VAD, nursing Army amputees awaiting artificial limb fitting at Roehampton Hospital. When she began her medical studies at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women in 1923 she was a little older than her contemporaries who were mostly school leavers.
My post ‘Thought For The Day’ discussed the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine for Women and the first/early women doctors. No they were not feminists and they did not have a particularly positive view of The Poor. They were usually seriously posh, often, like Victoria, from medical families and even the suffragettes among them were posh and not very charitable to The Poor.
One of them, Mary Fraser, who was to join her in practice later, remembers how Victoria stood out among them for her ‘. . . experience of the outside world . . .’ and for her obvious ‘. . . integrity and reliability.’ She was a Langton Scholar and acted as student demonstrator in the Royal Free’s departments of pharmacology and anatomy. On her infrequent weekends at home, her father would make Sunday appointments for patients requiring minor surgery so that Victoria could help him and she wrote that it was ‘. . . a very happy partnership.’ Her father died before she qualified. She occasionally spoke in later years of extreme poverty as a student in London.
By definition a female medical student of that era will not have been from a background of extreme poverty. Victoria may not have been given a very generous allowance by her family to sustain herself at university and she might have had to live in the manner of someone from a socio-economic group lower than that of her family while she was a student, but she won’t have been living in the sort of poverty that some people did at that time. Extreme poverty then meant 12 year old girls working as prostitutes to bring in some dosh or people giving their babies to other people because they could not afford to look after them; Victoria Smallpeice would never have lived like that, not even For A Wimmin’s Education at the Royal Free.
Her first post after qualifying was as house physician to the Royal Free’s children’s department.
Where she will have become aware, through various sources, of things like 12 year old prostitutes.
This was followed by a year as resident medical officer at the St Albans and Mid-Hertfordshire Hospital and in 1930 she began general practice in Oxford. Her surgery was in Broad Street, now part of Blackwell’s bookshop, and several well known artists were on her list.
Every Saturday morning she travelled to London, doing unpaid paediatric clinical assistantships successively at the Royal Free, 1930-32, the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, 1933-37, and the Infants Hospital, Vincent Square, 1937-39. Her paper on ‘Dysnopea, with special reference to the acute and paroxysmal forms’ was adjudged proxime accessit for the Hunterian gold medal in 1932. In 1938 she volunteered for full-time duty with the EMS and at the start of the second world war she was detailed to serve as medical officer in charge of the Children’s Hospital at Rycote Park, Oxon, and the children’s wards at the Radcliffe Infirmary. The war years brought a heavy load as the practice was also dealing with evacuee families and the patients of colleagues absent on active service,
Some war time evacuees were treated brutally, used sexually and as free labour. In one of the villages near to where I grew up in Somerset, two girls were evacuated to an horrendously cruel family who starved them, beat them and used them as servants in the house. Their parents were killed in the Blitz and I heard the tales of severe cruelty from a number of older people who remembered it all. There was very little interest taken in the welfare of the girls from any authorities and after their parents were killed there was no interest taken at all. While in Somerset, one of the girls sustained a head injury and subsequently died as a result. There were no questions asked of anyone.
When the old cow who had mistreated the girls died after a long and painful illness when I was about 17, the elderly people in the village remarked that she had been repaid ‘for what she did to those girls in the war’. These were retired Somerset farm workers who had all been thumped at school by the teachers, thumped by their parents and worked hard all of their lives for not much money, yet they remembered the girls all those years later. Those girls must have had a really bad time. No-one, Top Doctor or anyone else, stopped it.
and as Victoria’s reputation as physician and paediatrician grew she travelled long distances beyond Oxford to see patients.
In the 1930s, conditions in hospitals, including in children’s hospitals, were harsh. The parents of children with disabilities and not always severe ones either were routinely advised to institutionalise their children and forget about them. That advice was still being dispensed to the parents of learning disabled children in the 1960s, but some parents had started rebelling by then and refused to follow the advice. The parents who ignored the Top Docs’ words of wisdom usually did so because they had seen the terrible conditions in the long-stay hospitals for ‘subnormals’ and simply wouldn’t entertain the idea of placing their child there.
Richard Crossman’s ‘Diaries’ from his time as Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1968-70, contain passages in which he describes what he remembers of the asylums and hospitals for subnormals in Oxfordshire in the 1930s, when Crossman was an Oxfordshire Councillor. Crossman paints a terrible picture of those institutions such as Littlemore Hospital. When Crossman visited Littlemore, he was surrounded by what he remembers were women with long fingernails and unkempt unwashed hair, a la Gothic horror. Crossman was horrified. See post ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’
Not only would Crossman, as a visiting Councillor, only have been shown the best parts of the institution, but he was a man who decades later in 1968 as Secretary of State tolerated Dafydd’s Dungeon and Gwynne’s lobotomies at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and concealed the extent of the appalling mistreatment of patients at Ely and Cowley Road Hospitals because he feared that the Labour Gov’t would become embroiled in very serious scandal. Crossman politely asked Top Docs to stop the ‘cruelty’ to patients, they told him to sod off and Crossman left it at that and subsequently lied to the high profile whistleblower of the time, Barbara Robb, about having improved conditions. See previous posts.
That was in 1968; Cowley Road Hospital was in Oxford. Top Doctor Rosemary Rue witnessed such serious abuse and staff misconduct at Cowley Road that she was promoted on the back of her concealing it and then climbed higher and higher in Oxfordshire’s NHS as she concealed more and more abuse, including of children. There was an elite paedophile ring operating in the area, involving Oxford University. Rosemary Rue ended up as Dame Rosemary and was promoted to an ever higher level with each NHS reorganisation. Dame Rosemary ended her career as one of the very few Women in the highest echelons of NHS regional management at that time, reigning over Oxfordshire and a few neighbouring counties as well, after Ken Clarke and the Tories had introduced New Structures Of Management in the 1980s. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
As a Lady Doctor, Victoria Smallpeice would have been given responsibility for female patients of the sort whose condition so horrified Crossman in Littlemore Hospital in the 1930s.
In 1947 she was appointed as the first physician in charge and clinical director to the children’s department, United Oxford Hospitals, and as consultant paediatrician to the Oxford regional hospital board; positions she held until her retirement in 1966.
During the 1960s, Richard Crossman’s pal Dame Isabel Graham Bryce was the Chairman of the Oxfordshire Regional Health Board. The Dame was at the top of NHS governance in Oxfordshire for years and Richard Crossman loved her, because she kept a lid on all the scandal which festered away in the Oxfordshire NHS. The only time that Crossman became frustrated with the Dame was when he told her that the DHSS wanted to substantially increase the spending on the subnormal hospitals. The Dame told Crossman that she wouldn’t be wasting good money on subnormals and neither would the Top Doctors. All the other Chairmen of Regional Health Boards and their Top Docs took the same view.
The state of the asylums/subnormal hospitals were so bad that Crossman did want to improve them, although he was happy to lie to whistleblowers and conceal the worst. So Crossman gave the Regional Hospital Boards extra money for the subnormal hospitals. They accepted the money and spent it on something else. Crossman knew that they had done this. No-one was even challenged, let alone dismissed or told to give the dosh back. See previous posts.
The Chairmen of the RHBs when Crossman was Secretary of State were names who had been at the top of NHS governance for decades and they were still there decades later. They were usually aristocrats from local families and were often politicians. Crossman’s two big pals who were Chairmen of RHBs were Dame Isabel and Sir Desmond Bonham Carter, of the famous Liberal family. See previous posts.
In spite of handing the dosh for subnormal hospitals over the the RHBs only to see it spent on other things, Crossman remained a big fan of Dame Isabel, so he was endorsing the serious rot in Oxfordshire’s NHS. Crossman doubled up as one of Britain’s most senior members of the security services. They really were not interested in what was happening to the plebs, not even when the plebs’ kids were gang banged by senior politicians. Crossman was a Westminster Swinger himself, so it was very much the fox in charge of the hen coop.
In north Wales, the equivalent figure of Dame Isabel or Sir Desmond was Lord Lloyd Kenyon, Dafydd’s mate, who held multiple public positions including that of the most senior Freemason in north Wales. Lord Kenyon’s adult son Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon was known to be and was subsequently caught sexually abusing a boy in the care of the social services in north Wales in the late 1970s. No action was taken against Thomas, but after Thomas reported the boy for theft, the boy was sent to a detention centre. Among the stolen property were Polaroid porn pics of Thomas with the boy. The police recovered the stolen property and destroyed the photos. Lord Kenyon was a magistrate, a member of the North Wales Police Authority, Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority and President of UCNW… See previous posts. Thomas died from an AIDS-related condition in 1993.
I found out the other day that Lord Kenyon wasn’t the only high ranking Freemason with whom Dafydd was mates. Sir Gerard Vaughan, a psychiatrist who doubled up as a Tory MP for a Reading constituency, 1970-97, had full knowledge of the excesses of Dafydd and the gang and was always most helpful in not mentioning certain things that might expose Dafydd when supplying info in response to questions in the House (see previous posts), was the most senior Freemason in the Commons.
Two other very helpful Top Doctors in Oxfordshire who spent decades concealing the mountain of crap concealed below the Dreaming Spires were Gwynne the lobotomist’s mate Dr John Fisher ‘JOF’ Davies, the Senior Administrative Medical Officer to Oxfordshire Regional Health Board who was seconded to the Ministry of Health in the early 1960s and in terms of being an umbrella for Dafydd and Gwynne became even more effective when he was appointed honorary Top Doc to Lilibet in the mid-1960s and JOF’s colleague Dr John Revans, who held a number of senior roles in regional NHS management and governance which covered Oxfordshire. See post ‘Error Of Judgement?’.
Oxford University’s School of Medicine simply added to the invisibility of people who were targeted by those living high on the hog. The links between the long-standing ring in Oxfordshire and Dafydd’s gang in north Wales was strengthened by Top Doc Sir Charles Evans, who trained at Oxford, served as Principal of UCNW, 1958-84 and allowed Dafydd and Gwynne free reign to use UCNW as a vehicle for their trafficking business.
The numerous influential academics and politicians associated with Oxford University could only assist the organised abusers in their quest to continue their activities unhampered.
[Smallpeice] ran the department single handed until 1949, when a second consultant paediatrician was appointed, and to begin with she visited hospitals as far afield as Abingdon, Banbury, Cirencester and Swindon. Further consultant appointments in the region followed only slowly so she elected to buy, as one of her very few extravagances, one of the fastest cars then on the market to help cover the prodigious mileage.
I suspect that as with the living in extreme poverty as a student, Victoria’s obituarist is being economical with the truth here; if she splashed out on the fastest car on the market, Victoria probably treated herself on a few other occasions as well.
Victoria led her department by example: she was an astute clinician and her priority was always a high standard of care for her patients.
So how did Rosemary Rue end up a Dame and at the top of the tree after she witnessed events at Cowley Road Hospital? See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
She achieved an easy rapport with the wide variety of families she met, whether from the poorest parts of the city, from academe, or from the surrounding countryside.
All other descriptions of Victoria suggest that she did not have an easy rapport with anyone.
On the other hand, junior staff members were sometimes in awe of her. She was intolerant of fools
Where’s the easy rapport with the whole spectrum of society from the rich man in his castle to the poor man at his gate gone? Smallpeice will have made it crystal clear that virtually everyone around her were fools and she wasn’t going to tolerate them. Particularly if they were below her in the pecking order.
and any clinical lapses on their part were often publicized by her throughout the department so that the lessons could be learnt by all.
Except for Dr Smallpeice obviously. This pedagogical method was just another example of the easy rapport.
Although this exposure was often to the considerable chagrin of the unfortunate perpetrators they usually came to hold her in affectionate respect and appreciated the worth of her bedside teaching,
They Respected her…
as well as her disinterested advice on their careers and her generosity to them in times of trouble.
She was renowned for her punctuality, however busy, and for the brevity of her telephone conversations. The latter, when concerned with patients or departmental matters, were always short and to the point and she had a tendency to replace the receiver when she had heard or said enough.
Smallpeice had such an easy rapport… I expect that she was ‘warm’, with a wonderful bedside manner and excellent with children
Consultant colleagues in other departments respected her for her integrity and for her knowledge of paediatrics, and entrusted her with the care of their own children.
Although paediatricians didn’t.
She was indefatigable in her teaching of nurses, undergraduates and postgraduates. Medical students were given a subject to explore in depth during their time on her wards. They later presented the fruits of their labours to her, after an excellent meal in her house on the Woodstock Road, and the ensuing discussions often reached a high standard.
Quality not quantity of course. I can only find two articles written by Smallpeice, both published in 1965 and one of which was co-authored by Pamela Davies.
In the late 1940s, beds and a sitting room for mothers of young inpatients were set aside in one of her wards and she initiated day patient care in the late 1950s in order to avoid separating infants and young children from their homes.
This transformation is attributed to a lot of the Top Docs who trained and mentored Ollie’s generation of paediatricians. If they had all put an end to the trauma of the previous regime under which kids were kept in hospital for weeks on end and their parents were told not to visit them because it would only upset the kids, then why was that still happening in so many children’s wards until well into the 1960s and no doubt in a few into the 1970s? Friendly children’s wards with brightly coloured walls are a relatively recent introduction; children’s wards were run on a sort of military basis with little emphasis on the emotional well-being of the kids until Ollie’s generation were in senior posts.
Necessary observation, investigations and treatment were undertaken in a special area of one of the children’s wards. She was aware that neonatal care should be greatly expanded and insisted that very careful figures for perinatal and neonatal mortality rates should be kept. She started regular meetings with a pathologist to discuss possible preventable factors in all such deaths long before this became standard practice. She also challenged the accepted dogma of the day which recommended initial starvation for newly born pre-term infants. She showed that by feeding them soon after birth serious hypoglycaemia, an acknowledged cause of brain damage in young infants, could be largely avoided.
I hadn’t come across this before. I knew about all sorts of other tortures such as not using anaesthetic on children because kids couldn’t feel pain and were only yelling because that’s what kids do, but I was unaware that not feeding very small underweight babies at death’s door was considered a good idea.
Her horror of iatrogenic disease reinforced her belief that documentation should always be made – with dates – of any changes in care made in neonatal units.
Fabrication of documentation, particularly if it looked as though trouble was on the horizon for a Top Doctor or the whole hospital, was routine in those days, indeed it was very common for documentation to simply not be completed even in cases where legislation demanded that it had to be, so Smallpeice was certainly a pioneer if she was keeping accurate records in order to detect iatrogenic problems.
Her joint exposure of the deteriorating social fabric of an Oxfordshire village, and its harmful effect on its child population, led to important changes there.
I hate to think of what Smallpeice did to this village and why.
But her particular fascination was with childhood urinary tract infection and by meticulous documentation of her cases over many years she showed that there could be serious long term implications of infections occurring in infancy and early childhood. Her monograph on the subject Urinary Tract Infection in Childhood and its Relevance To Disease In Adult Life, London, Heinemann, 1968, published after she retired, was impressive yet is rarely quoted or acknowledged.
Which tells us a lot about the regard in which Smallpeice was held in academic circles.
Victoria was very tall and dressed with quiet elegance. Her commanding presence belied her essential shyness
The cow who hung junior colleagues out to dry and when on the phone hung up on patients as well as everyone else was just a lost little girl at heart…
and her shrewd intelligence was often underestimated for she was extremely modest about her own achievements.
She just appeared to be stupid and didn’t enlighten anyone, not wanting to boast
She was generous with her ideas and encouraged research and links with other hospital and academic departments. She knew instinctively when her young colleagues’ progress on MD theses, or the arduous collection of clinical data, was flagging and would boost them along with her enthusiasm.
And with the public bollockings, to remind them that she didn’t suffer fools gladly
While she never shirked her share of administrative work, she disliked medical politics intensely. She occasionally admitted that this was sometimes detrimental to the department she ran so well for extra monies and adequate space were rarely allocated.
Such situations tend to arise if a senior Top Doc or academic is either very fair and gets trampled underfoot or is such an absolute bastard that the other bastards unite against them, rather than participate in the usual underhand dealing.
She had no office to call her own until a year before her retirement.
Victoria had really pissed people off then…
She was also wary of seeking financial support from pharmaceutical companies to fund meetings and avoided accepting hospitality or gifts from them, saying that it was morally wrong of doctors to do so.
The bonanza in terms of goodies from drug companies in the direction of Top Doctors came after Smallpeice’s time. It is interesting that she spoke up about that but not about the organised trafficking, illegal imprisonment and even murder of witnesses with which so many of her colleagues were involved.
She was a member of council of the British Paediatric Association, 1959-62, and was elected an honorary member in 1970. From 1965-66 she was president of the paediatric section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
After retirement Victoria retained a keen and critical interest in medicine though taking no further part in it.
Top Docs don’t often retire completely, being a Top Doc is a lifestyle. If they do retire completely it is usually because they have fallen out with their former colleagues in a big way.
An architect nephew designed a small house for her next to the larger one she had lived in for many years. She created a delightful garden there and was generous in sharing its produce with jaded city workers who visited her. She never married, but was devoted to her family circle of all ages, entertaining them, friends, and ex-colleagues, with the help of her secretary-cum-housekeeper and friend, Daphne Jones, who – like Victoria – was an excellent cook.
I wonder if Daphne was what used to be politely called ‘a companion’, which was often a same sex partner?
She enjoyed having more time for the visual arts, for reading and for travel, particularly to favourite haunts in France and Italy. She grew old with grace and enjoyed conversation to the end. On her 90th birthday she was still recovering from broken bones following a fall but delighted in the many cards received from ex-staff. Many of those who worked with her have acknowledged her considerable influence over their medical practice. Victoria Smallpeice was indeed a remarkable woman.
Smallpeice died in Sept 1991, so she was there to contribute to the Save Dafydd And Gwynne effort; there was a long-standing association between the ring in Oxfordshire and the ring in north Wales and she will have been happy to assist old Oxford buddy Sir Charles Evans and his troubled ship.
Victoria Smallpeice features on Oxford University’s website, in the section ‘A History of Paediatrics at Oxford’:
Dr Victoria Smallpeice FRCP (1901–1991) qualified at the Royal Free Hospital in 1928 and became a general practitioner in Oxford. While in Oxford, she still went to London on Saturdays to do unpaid clinical assistant work in paediatrics. Victoria became the first Physician in Charge and Clinical Director to the Children’s Department, United Oxford Hospitals in Oxford and also the first Consultant Paediatrician to the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, between 1947 to 1966. She was a member of council of the British Paediatric Association between 1959 to 1962, and was elected an honorary member in 1970. She was President of the Paediatric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1965 to 1966.
Victoria Smallpeice practised long enough to see her speciality infiltrated by paedophiles who then expanded their activities to form an international trafficking ring and some of those whom she trained were fully on board with that ring. Smallpeice lived to see Ollie convicted and the whole profession protect him and remain silent about the serious organised crime in which he played a key role. Smallpeice was still alive when allegations of a VIP paedophile ring operating in north Wales/Cheshire appeared in the media and she lived through the first part of the North Wales Police investigation.
Smallpeice knew the Top Docs in Oxfordshire who were providing big umbrellas for Gwynne, Dafydd and the gang.
IN 1948, when there was no speciality of paediatric neurology in Britain, Dr Victoria Smallpiece, the distinguished paediatrician, launched it in Oxford in the shape of Kit Ounsted. Despite his distaste for self-promotion, the divergent eccentricity of his scientific viewpoint, and the prejudice inherent in the various subjects of his interest, his work won international recognition in each of its phases.
The ‘divergent eccentricity of his scientific viewpoint’ sounds worrying, although because there were no other paediatric neurologists, winning ‘recognition’ won’t have been difficult for Kit.
Working with Issy Kolvin produced a notable sequence of papers on childhood psychoses as well as important work on forensic child psychiatry. In the late 1960s he realised the potential value of surgical treatment of childhood epilepsy and, with the meticulous records kept by Lindsay, was later able to publish a definitive study. The epilepsies also provided the stimulus for a study of sex differences in disease which allowed him to formulate his brilliant hypothesis on the function of the human Y chromosome years ahead of the structural evidence and a measure of his astonishing biological grasp. At the same time he was assisting his wife, Margaret, with her studies of foetal growth and early childhood development following various sorts of difficult beginnings.
Husband and wife Top Doc teams are invaluable in facilitating abuse. The Top Docs may well be in it together but they will always be treated as independent professionals capable of holding their spouse to account and even acting as second opinions for each other’s patients. Tony and Sadie Francis did this in north Wales; I have mentioned many times previously that the patients had no idea of the degree of wrongdoing with which the Drs Francis were involved, but even if the Drs Francis had not been facilitating serious wrongdoing, there should have been more questions raised about Sadie being asked to provide second opinions on, or take over the care of, patients who had refused to see Tony or whom he had refused to see.
Routine clinical work brought him the burden of child abuse and he was early among those drawing attention to it. He used the Mother’s House, which he had had built adjacent to the hospital to provide accommodation for mothers of patients, to investigate the many tragedies of human bonding failure which appeared but always in the spirit of therapy. Even his brilliance in giving evidence in court he saw as a potential basis for reconciliation. He launched several research endeavours and it was Ounsted who described ‘gaze aversion’ as a symptom in the children and as a response by authorities.
This thinking is all now usually considered to be deeply flawed stuff. Top Docs’ are often spoken of showing ‘brilliance’ in Court; although Top Docs usually in public admire the brilliance of each other, they are at an advantage when being brilliant in Court in that usually no-one else in the Court, except for other Top Docs giving evidence, has no knowledge at all of their subject. Barristers can be very good at taking apart arguments but again and again one can read the evidence provided by Top Docs in Court and not just by idiots like Dafydd either and conclude that no-one else in that Court knew that a minority opinion was being expressed or work that was seriously flawed was referenced. As with Roy Meadow when he invented a mental illness, got his stats very badly wrong in the witness box and innocent people were jailed as a result (see previous posts), no-one questions even the biggest idiocies.
Ounsted returned to his study of temporal lobe epilepsy and completed,with Lindsay and Richards, the follow-up of patients, whom he had cared for beginning in the late 1940s, never losing sight even of one of those 100 biographies.
He was intensely private, shy, with poor skills in trite discourse.
This is probably code for ‘he could not talk to people especially his patients’.
His communications were allegorical, lateral, derived from a vast knowledge of literature.
Evan a very bright child is going to find that hard to cope with.
Indeed he regarded the serious study of a decent novel as a better preparation for a psychiatrist than learning the contents of a textbook.
The literary classics can say more about human emotions than the DSM Check List For Nutters, but Kit was Doing Neurology, which is a rather different matter.
Only those who were Kit Ounsted’s students or patients truly understood his worth, recognised his endless capacity to perceive their human needs, to realise their strengths and release their potential.
In Kit’s day the views of students and patients were given even less value than they are now and while members of those groups will be very frank about Top Docs to each other, they don’t tend to be to Top Docs themselves. Even now, a mention of even very serious misconduct on the part of a Top Doc to another Top Doc usually results in a tight-lipped expression and a comment of ‘Well we don’t need to talk about this anymore do we?’ Top Docs really cannot cope with being faced with the evidence of the failures of their profession and when it becomes so glaringly obvious that it cannot be avoided the solution is for the patient to fuck off to another planet.
Kit’s colleagues John and Corinne Hutt were child psychologists, who specialised in autism and the study of play. After his death, the magazine of the British Psychological Society, ‘The Psychologist’, published a tribute to John Hutt, written by ‘James Hartley and Keele colleagues’.
Professor Sidney John Hutt, holder of the 2nd Chair in Psychology at the University of Keele from 1973-1995, died on 9 January, 2017.
Keele University is located in Staffordshire and by the 1970s it had become clear that Keele was employing staff who had concealed the big abuse ring in Staffordshire as well as organised abuse in other areas of the UK. The scale of the problem at Keele became evident when the institution employed Peter Righton, the notorious paedophile who was also a social work academic publishing work explaining how beneficial to children sex with adults was. Righton worked in many capacities with others who abused or concealed abuse, including the senior social worker and Gov’t adviser Barbara Kahan who, along with her husband child psychiatrist Vladimir Kahan, facilitated abuse in Oxfordshire and concealed the extent of abuse in Staffordshire. See post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children?’
Olive Stevenson, who pushed all the boats out in order to conceal abuse, held a Chair in Social Work at Keele before taking up a Chair at Nottingham University. Stevenson’s close friend/partner Phyllida Parsloe trained as a social worker at St George’s and was someone else who spent a lifetime facilitating organised abuse. Parsloe held Chairs at Aberdeen and at Bristol Universities and in retirement Chaired an NHS Trust in Bristol. See post ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’
Keele offered a home to people who denied the dreadful extent of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Jane Tunstill, who served on the Jillings investigation into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council, 1974-93, was given a Chair at Keele. The Jillings panel famously admitted that the abuse of kids in Clwyd had been serious and inexcusable but they did not dare admit how serious and neither would they comment when they were asked if a paedophile ring with links to other parts of the UK was in operation. Very wise, particularly as John Jillings, the Chairman, was the former Director of Social Services for Derbyshire and the gang in Wales exchanged staff and paedophiles with Derbyshire. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’
Charlotte Williams, who spent most of her career as a social worker in north Wales, was also given a Chair at Keele. The Gwerin hated Charlotte and gave her a very bad time but she was kind enough not to grass up the whole lot of them nonetheless. Charlotte grew up in Bethesda and spent years and years of her working life as a social worker in practice in north Wales. She could not have not noticed what was going on, her colleagues were legendary, particularly in Bethesda, their brutality and serious neglect of the most needy was commented upon on a daily basis by the neighbours. See previous posts for info on Charlotte.
Keele graduates of note include Michael Mansfield:
And dear old Alun Michael, Wales’s first FM upon the creation of Wales’s National Assembly, which is packed to the rafters with people like Alun who have spent decades ignoring the serious organised crime in every direction in which they look:
Paedophiles’ friend Jane Hutt has of course played a starring role in the Welsh Assembly since the day that it opened its doors and Jane is the social worker daughter of Prof Michael Hutt, a pathologist at Tommy’s. See previous posts. I have not been able to find out if John Hutt of Keele is anything to do with Jame the Wimmin’s Friend, but it is certainly possible. If anyone can clarify, do let me know…
John initially studied psychology as an undergraduate at Manchester University (where he met his first wife, Corinne)
Manchester University heaved with Top Docs, psychologists and other academics who were colleagues and friends of Dafydd and Gwynne and their associates. See eg. posts ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’, The Science of Animal Behaviour’, ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ and ‘The Logic Of Medicine’. A number of Dafydd’s gang, including Tony and Sadie Francis and Tony Roberts, trained and/or worked at Manchester University.
and he then completed his national service at RAF Farnborough. He and Corinne then joined forces in Oxford (where he was a member of the faculty of the Experimental Psychology Department and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College)
Experimental Psychology in John Hutt’s day at Oxford had little to do with human beings, let alone children in distress. Even in 1980, the psychology degree at Oxford was what Brown described as ‘rats in mazes’, which was what put Brown off going there. St Catherine’s College Oxford was the domain of the Oxford bigwig Professor Alan Bullock, who pre-St Catherine’s College, had been a colleague of Richard Crossman’s at New College, Oxford. Like Crossman, Bullock worked and recruited for the British security services. It was probably Bullock who recruited Peter Mandelson, when Mandy was at St Catherine’s. Bullock and Crossman interpreted their duty to national security in the same way: to conceal a mass of sex offenders who occupied high places. Bullock’s network extended to many of those we know and love. See post ‘A Study In Tyranny’.
and together they embarked on research into childhood autism and play.
John and Corinne joined the psychology department at the University of Keele in 1973, when he took up the second professorial appointment in psychology (after Ian Hunter). At Keele John and Corinne lead several large grant-funded research teams which resulted in numerous publications – chief among which were: Direct Observation and Measurement of Behaviour, Behaviour Studies in Psychiatry, Early Human Development, The Young Child at Home, and Play, Exploration and Learning. Unfortunately Corinne died suddenly in 1978 and – largely as a consequence of this – John devoted the last fifteen years of his academic life mainly to teaching.
John was a keen footballer (he played for Wolverhampton Wanderers before going to Manchester University) and musician. His wit, talent and enthusiasm for psychology is already sorely missed. John leaves behind two sons, Simon and Mathew, and 5 grandchildren – Samuel, Daniel, Bryony, Lily and Findlay.
Matthew is now a consultant clinical psychologist and so the good work continues.
Matthew is flying the flag and Helping People no matter what evidence emerges re his dad and mum and their colleagues.
Dr Matt Hutt can be found on the website of something called Newbridge, which boasts that it is the National Centre for Eating Disorders concerned with eating disorders in young people. Newbridge appears to be an assortment of bungalows and Wimpey houses and has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
The bungalows of Newbridge tell us that:
Dr Matt Hutt is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 20 year’s experience within the NHS, university and private sectors. He has taught extensively on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy both in the UK and abroad and was previously director of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT with Staffordshire University.
Dr Hutt qualified as a clinical psychologist at Sheffield University in 1994 and has been a Chartered Clinical Psychologist since 1996. He worked in Child and Family Services in Lincolnshire before moving to a post within the Eating Disorders Service in Stafford. Dr Hutt continued his work with young people on a sessional basis, before taking the opportunity to work with the world renowned Eating Disorders Research groups at Oxford and Leicester Universities. Whilst in Oxford, Dr Hutt undertook his Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre.
On his return to Staffordshire in 2004, Dr Hutt managed locality psychology services whilst developing a nationally recognised CBT training course. He has continued to further his own clinical skills at centres of excellence in the UK and USA and has expertise in treating eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and low self- esteem with CBT. Dr Hutt has been working in private practice since 2004. He is a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and was awarded Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society
- Dr Hutt has been an editor and contributor to the European Eating Disorders Review
- Dr Hutt is an accredited CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
Dr Matt has passed through many of the hubs of the Westminster Paedophile Ring then, but he seems to have missed St George’s. Perhaps he can spend some time with them soon.
Dr Matt can also be found on the net advertising his private CBT practice at Midland Psychiatry and Psychology, Rugeley. Dr Matt caters for many people at his private practice, services are offered for problems re emotional and physical abuse, PTSD, body dysmorphic disorder, low self-esteem, anxiety and stress etc, the same range as offered by Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Furthermore Dr Matt is advertising his membership of BABCP, the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
The BABCP caused much entertainment in north Wales when it was discovered that the abusers of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team were not only members but also held all the offices of the North West Wales branch. Someone asked me if I knew about this ‘dodgy organisation that is pretending to be a real psychotherapists association, but it’s just the gang’. I did know about it, I discovered the joys of the BABCP years ago.
The Arfon abusers were organising BABCP seminars on Compassionate Therapy, it was quite something, particularly as Keith Fearns had a go at intimidating me on the day of one of the Compassionate Therapy events. Then Fearns and the gang started holding joint events with other branches of the BABCP in England. That was after Fearns and co had finally been sacked for the severe neglect of their clients and I was told ‘that lot are going to set themselves up as private therapists now that they’ve been sacked’. That is just what they did. BABCP accredited! Compassionate Therapy from a gang of paedophiles and perjurers! Huw Edwards on BBC News even interviewed Fearns about the ‘need for more people like you Keith’. I received a phone call asking me if I had just seen the BBC News and what the fuck was going on…
See previous posts for info on the BABCP, which has deliberately confused itself with the BACP to mislead people and of course for info on the people traffickers of north Wales who joined the BABCP.
The Plaid MP for Arfon, Hywel Williams, attended one of Keith’s BABCP one day conferences on Therapy. Held in memory of the abusive people trafficking bitch social worker Shelia Jenkins, mother of Sarah Jenkins, who was on the psychology degree at Bristol University with Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah. See previous posts.
It goes without saying that John, Corinne and Dr Matt will almost certainly have some sort of connection with the School of Psychology at Bangor University, Dafydd’s network, Prof Fergus Lowe’s network, Prof Mark Williams’s Mindfulness practitioners and the rest of the merry crowd who have built empires upon the bodies of the kids in care and Empowered Service Users of north Wales.
Corinne Hutt; the first edition was published in 1972.
- Kit Ounsted’s colleague Issy Kolvin was Professor Israel Kolvin. Issy’s obituary was published in the Indie in
Child and adolescent psychiatry entered a new phase of its short existence in the early and mid-1960s. The subject, previously dominated by psychoanalytic theories, especially those formulated by Sigmund and Anna Freud as well as by Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott, then became open to empirical research studies aiming to investigate the nature, extent and causes of emotional and behavioural disorders in the general child population. The findings of these epidemiological and clinical studies have had an important impact on policies for children and for the development of services. For at least two decades, the UK led the world in this approach and still plays a major role. For four decades, Israel Kolvin was right in the forefront among those who pioneered such work.
Mark Baird had not finished after he forced my PhD supervisor and his wife out of their jobs. Baird provided much help for the career of a young postdoc at Bangor after realising that this young man, as a child, had been a neighbour of mine and that his parents and the rest of the family had been witnesses to the serious criminality of the gang. Baird bought his silence with a career but then the Top Docs made damn sure that this young man’s his mum and dad did not receive timely diagnoses and treatment for serious conditions and they both died years before they should have.
Read about the adventures of David and Susan Hall and Mark and Gillian Baird in ‘The Logic Of Medicine’.
Kolvin was highly productive in research in Oxford, carrying out a particularly important study comparing children with autism and those with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Prior to this work there had been considerable confusion about the status of autism as a psychotic or a developmental disorder, and Kolvin’s work, still quoted, clarified the issue considerably and, with other studies, firmly established autism as a developmental condition.
Another of his achievements in Newcastle was an evaluation of the effectiveness of different forms of psychotherapy delivered in schools. This was groundbreaking work, published in an influential book, Help Starts Here (1981).
Lord John Walton, giving every indication that Help will be starting soon:
Many believed psychotherapy was not capable of evaluation, but this study demonstrated not only that it was possible, but that meaningful results with significant implications for practice could be obtained.
Kolvin had been appointed to a personal chair in Newcastle in 1977 to become one of the first chair holders in child psychiatry.
Neil Davies and Bob Woods arrived in north Wales in the late 1970s/early 80s. Issy will have worked with them. By the time that Issy was given that Chair, masses of kids from the North East were being sent to children’s homes in north Wales. Some of John Allen’s biggest customers were the local authorities in the North East. Dafydd and John Allen seemed to have a hotline to a number of Directors of Social Services up there, particularly Brian Roycroft, who advertised the services provided by John Allen’s establishment Bryn Alyn to other senior officers in local authorities in the North East. See previous posts.
There were complaints of serious abuse of the children in north Wales made to the local authorities in the North East, but still the children were sent. John Allen had already served his first prison sentence for the abuse of children by the time that he established Bryn Alyn. He served another prison sentence for child abuse in the 1990s and is in prison at the moment for er child abuse. John Allen will probably be appointed Children’s Commissioner when he comes out. Or become a people’s peer and serve as Minister for Children.
In 1990 [Issy] made a bold late career move when he was appointed to the John Bowlby Chair of Child and Family Mental Health jointly held at the Royal Free Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic in London.
In 1987-88, the excesses of the ring in the North East had led to the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal (see post ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and the Culprits Were Named’). In 1990, the North Wales Police launched their investigation into a possible VIP paedophile ring in north Wales and Cheshire. I had begun working at St George’s and was gradually being forced out of my job there and at the same time was being repeatedly taken to the High Court on the grounds of the perjury of the gang in north Wales, who were trying to have me imprisoned. Thatch appointed Sir Peter Morrison, who was abusing kids in north Wales, Chester and elsewhere, as her PPS in July 1990 days after I had escaped imprisonment and Morrison subsequently served as Thatch’s campaign manager when Thatch was challenged for the Leadership of the Tory Party towards the end of 1990. Edwina Currie confirmed in her ‘Diary’ that during 1990, the Tories were very very frightened that Peter Morrison’s activities were going to become public. See ‘The Bitterest Pill’ for the chronology of events in 1990, the judges and politicians involved and their links to each other.
No wonder Issy was sent to HQ in London, reinforcements were needed. The Royal Free and the Tavi were already host to pals of the gang in north Wales. Tony Francis knew people at the Tavi very well but I don’t know who.
Throughout his career Kolvin was supportive to young researchers. A number of his staff, including Rory Nicol, Ian Goodyer, Marnie van der Spuy and Stuart Fine went on to work productively in senior posts in the UK and abroad.
Expanding the net…
He shouldered major responsibilities in his field, holding senior positions, including the Treasurership, in the Royal College of Psychiatrists and acting as Chair of the Second Opinion Panel of the Cleveland Inquiry in which accusations of sexual abuse were rigorously tested.
The extent of the scandal was concealed by the Chair of the Inquiry Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss. See previous posts.
Butler-Sloss was the sister of Lord Michael Havers, who when Attorney General was known to have blocked the prosecution of members of the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including that of Sir Peter Hayman, the diplomat. Michael Havers was the Tory MP for Wimbledon, where Geoffrey Chamberlain and many other Top Docs and senior staff lived. Sir Cecil Havers, the father of Michael and Elizabeth, concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring in a previous generation. See previous posts.
Issy Kolvin was a serious workaholic who always had difficulty leaving his desk. He was dictating research papers until a couple of days before his death. But he was, in addition, a warm, compassionate man, immensely concerned about the children and families under his clinical care. With Rona, a greatly supportive wife for over 40 years, he built a wonderfully happy family life. His close family helped him to face, with bravery and stoicism, the test of a dreadful, prolonged final illness.
Prof Philip Graham wrote that heartfelt tribute to Issy.
Professor Israel Kolvin received an Honorary Doctorate from the
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and University of East London on
26th January 2002. Issy’s old pal psychotherapist and facilitator of abuse Dr Dora Black was present and provided the citation.
Dora’s citation on the occasion of Israel Kolvin receiving an honorary doctorate:
Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Graduands, Faculty, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I have pleasure in presenting to you for an honorary doctorate in education, Israel Kolvin, Bowlby Emeritus Professor of Child and Family Mental Health at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University College, London and the Tavistock Centre.
If I were to tell you all Professor Kolvin’s personal, academic and professional achievements we would be here till tomorrow, so I want to concentrate on his achievements in the educational sphere as befits the honour about to be conferred on him, but also to say a little about his personal virtues.
Professor Kolvin is one of the small band of child and adolescent psychiatrists in his generation who have made a substantial contribution to the mental health of children. He has done this by his research work which has enhanced our understanding of the nature, causes and effective treatment of the psychological problems of children and young people. He has taught generations of undergraduates at the University of Newcastle medical school and at the Royal Free Hospital school of medicine, and has taught and supervised countless post-graduate students. Through his published work, (nearly 200 peer-reviewed papers, 5 major books and over one hundred book chapters), and international visiting professorships and lecturers, he has reached many more.
Born in South Africa, the youngest of five children, his father died when he was 6 and there was too little money for him to finish his education. He took various jobs whilst gaining his first degree in psychology and philosophy before he was able to return full-time to medical studies, supported (as he has been throughout his life) by Rona, his wife. They left South Africa in 1958, so Issy could pursue his post-graduate studies in psychiatry in this country. He trained as a psychiatrist in Newcastle and was appointed to a personal chair there in 1977. His research output has been prodigious from the earliest days – he produced 10 papers in his two years in Oxford, for instance demonstrating clearly the difference between autism and schizophrenia. He built up an outstanding team of clinicians and researchers in Newcastle, and inspired them to heights of creative productivity. Their influence is to be found all over the UK and further afield.
His evaluation of school-based psychotherapy published as a book, “Help Starts Here” bridged the until-then seemingly unbridgeable gulf between psychotherapy and academic research and was instrumental in enabling Dr Trowell, then chairman of the children’s department of the Tavistock Clinic, and myself, then head of the child psychiatry department of the Royal Free Hospital to persuade the Tavi that Issy was the right person (in fact the only person) able to fill the newly-created Bowlby Chair and Child and Family Mental Health of the University of London, based in our two institutions. Fortunately, Issy was persuadable too! So in 1990 he moved south. He took on a hard task. He had almost no resources, little space and no staff. Child psychiatry was a Cinderella specialty within the Royal Free Medical School, and the Tavistock Clinic was wary of someone not schooled in psychoanalytic thinking.
Professor Kolvin transformed both institutions in a relatively short space of time. He only had 4 years to go before he reached the usual retiring age. By the time he ‘retired’ he had built the Tavistock into a serious and prolific research institute, whilst respecting their important and unique clinical work, and had influenced a major charity to contribute funds for housing the academic department at the Royal Free Hospital and for providing medical and non-medical academic posts to support the Chair which by that time, his successor would occupy. I say ‘retired’ in inverted commas, because Issy has continued in his emeritus role in the 7 years since then, working full-time and continuing to preside over huge research teams, though in the last years he has struggled with major ill-health which has meant long periods in hospital. Even in hospital he continues to work – completing no less than 14 papers in the last few months, including the results of a study with the late Dr Glasser of the Portman Clinic published last month in the British Journal of Psychiatry showing the high incidence of sexual abuse experienced in the childhoods of adult sexual abusers.
He has carried out research on the evaluation of mental health service provision for children, the transmission of deprivation and disadvantage, depression in adolescents, sexual abuse of children, hyperactivity, elective mutism, enuresis, psychosis in childhood, child development and childhood epilepsy to name but a few subjects in which he has been involved.
Academics in the field of medicine have not only to carry out research, teach undergraduates and post-graduates, publish prolifically, give papers at conferences, nationally and internationally, and contribute to the smooth running of their department and university etc as all academic do, they have also to be clinicians – seeing and treating patients, supervising junior staff, and contributing to the smooth running of their hospital or clinic and their professional bodies. To do all this successfully, they have to be nearly superhuman, needing little sleep, and enjoying few of the family and leisure activities that mere mortals consider essential to their physical and mental health. I can tell you that Issy has managed to be a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a wonderful friend, and a dab hand at bowls. He also devours several detective novels a month and finds time to go to the ballet and theatre. He has achieved all that I have told you about today and much more (I have not mentioned his major contributions to the running of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, his Chairmanship of several professional bodies and committees, his editorial work, his work for governments here and abroad and WHO, the prizes, honours and medals he has been awarded), he has achieved all this through ability and hard work of course, but also because he has a rare talent – he is able to bring the best out of all who come in contact with him – he is able to stimulate and inspire so he can collaborate with colleagues from many disciplines, and by doing so to enable an at least doubling of production! He has the rare ability to enhance self-esteem in others, and to enable those who work with him to discover resources and abilities within themselves which they did not know they had. He is immensely kind yet will not let those who work with him get away with sloppy work. His standards are of the highest. For his outstanding contribution to education, Vice Chancellor, I invite you to confer on Emeritus Professor Israel Kolvin an honorary doctorate in education.
Dr Dora Black, MB., BCh., FRCPsych, FRCPCH, DPM
Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Traumatic Stress Clinic, Gt Ormond St Hospital for Children, and Royal Free Hospital.
After Jimmy Savile’s death, of the many allegations of Savile’s abuse there was one – only one! – involving a patient at GOSH. GOSH made a press statement with regard to this on 23 June 2014:
The Trust has conducted a thorough investigation into an allegation that Jimmy Savile abused an inpatient at the hospital in 1971. Despite rigorous examination of information provided by the informant, the Trust has found no evidence that the alleged incident took place. We also found no evidence of Jimmy Savile fundraising on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital and there were no, and never have been, access arrangements or privileges accorded to Jimmy Savile at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Other Obituaries for Issy:
The Times: 02 April 2002
Professor Israel Kolvin, child psychiatrist, was born on May 5, 1929. He died on March 12, 2002 aged 72.
Psychiatrist who investigated the ‘cycle of deprivation’ which afflicts some children and the factors that make others resilient.
Issy will have liked the cycle of deprivation, it was an old favourite of Keith Joseph’s and was closely linked to the Malthusian-esque horror of the explosion of the lower orders because they breed like rabbits whereas Sensible People limit their families to two, or at most three, children.
I go rather Malthusian myself when I read the obituaries of all these Top Docs who helped Dafydd and the gang. I just look at the comments along the lines of ‘he and his charming wife, who was also a paediatrician, have three children, seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. All of the grandchildren followed their parents into medicine, except for one who is a High Court judge’.
Oh please, give me a council estate, this is a nightmare…
Israel Kolvin was one of a small band of child and adolescent psychiatrists of his generation who made a substantial research contribution to the health of troubled children, not only in Britain but in many less privileged parts of the world. A respected clinician and university teacher, his major contribution was through his research into the causes of many childhood psychiatric disorders and how to treat them.
His first research paper, on aggression in adolescent delinquent boys, was published in 1967 and his last, an evaluation of psychotherapy for sexually abused girls, in 2002.
Many of the ‘delinquent boys’we now know were abused, either before they were labelled delinquent, after, or both. Issy worked with delinquent boys when Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth were abusing them at Axwell Park. Because they were delinquent, as was demonstrated in north Wales, they could be gang raped on a regular basis and all complaints were ignored. In the most favourable circumstances they could be arrested and charged with sexual assault themselves. Well Issy had Proved that abused kids go onto become abusers…
The ‘psychotherapy for sexually abused girls’ will have been with a view to coercing them into sex with the therapists and the therapists’ mates and then into working in the sex industry. In the event of complaint, notions of transference, counter-transference and projection will be bandied about and if possible, an innocent person will be named as the ‘real’ abuser, particularly if they have spilt the pints of the therapist or their wider circle.
He showed that childhood deprivation can affect future generations, that there is continuity across generations in the commission of criminal offences,
It’s called socio-economic disadvantage and the continuity across the generations re criminal offences is as likely to be a result of people being fitted up and good old bigotry on the basis of the criminal justice system as much as anything else.
that dynamic psychotherapy can make a real contribution to improving the functioning of children with psychiatric problems,
Then why are the outcomes of those who are Helped so negative?
that autistic children do not grow up to be schizophrenic, and that we can identify what makes children resilient in adversity and chronic illness, to name but a few of his studies.
No such factors re resilience have been identified, that is why everybody is still desperately trying to identify them.
He was chairman of the Second Opinion Panel at the Cleveland Inquiry in 1987 – the inquiry into social work and paediatric practices where intra-familial childhood sexual abuse was suspected, which was influential in changing the criteria for taking children into care and incorporated into the new Children Act 1989. When the mistreatment of institutionalised children and young adults with severe learning difficulties on the remote Greek island of Leros was exposed by British newspapers, Kolvin was invited by the EU and Athens University in 1991 to chair the committee of inspection and evaluation. He was influential in helping to bring about changes in the well-being of the inmates and an end to the admission of children to institutions there.
I remember that fuss about the abuse of the learning disabled on the Greek island. All I kept wondering was why no-one had mentioned the Denbigh Dungeon, because it was still in operation and I had written letter after letter after letter… As had Alison Taylor… At the time, the North Wales Police were conducting their investigation into the possible paedophile ring in north Wales…
The security services had undercover footage of violent and sexual assaults on children and psych patients in north Wales, they had recorded evidence of witnesses being threatened and bribed and they knew about Stephen Bagnall’s murder at Denbigh as well. See post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’ They could have released all that footage and put a stop to it but instead Issy and the rest of Dafydd’s mates were allowed to colonise the media and give the Greeks a good telling off.
In the spring of 1991, Tony and Sadie Francis took me to the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, on the basis of their perjury in an attempt to have me imprisoned. Their lawyer Ann Ball and the MDU knew that they had perjured themselves and that I had provided details of the serious abuse of patients in letters but it was all ignored. I had provided Ann Ball with the details of the gang’s crimes myself, over the phone in 1990. Ann told me that the Drs Francis knew nothing about the abuse of patients. Documents in my possession demonstrate that they did and that they were involved; their signatures are all over highly incriminating documents. See previous posts.
When I appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice, St Helena of the Kennedys was acting in a neighbouring Court in a Landmark Case re Abused Wimmin. The Wimmin protesters who were demonstrating outside of the Royal Courts asked for my support as I left the building.
Er, hello Helena??? Can you hear me? Or were you too busy working with Professor Nigel Eastman of the St George’s Dept of Psychiatry, whom you thanked for helping you on so many cases in your book ‘Eve Was Framed’? The Nigel Eastman who in Jan 1991 was sent a letter from his St George’s psych Top Doc colleague Robin Jacobson telling Eastman that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and that Jacobson thought that Tony Francis was as well?? A couple of weeks later, Eastman told me to go back to north Wales because Dafydd was my doctor and they knew me there. See previous posts eg. ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’ and ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’.
Was there ever such a bunch of prize hypocrites as the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the Mansfield Community?
St Helena is married to Top Doc, surgeon Iain Hutchison.
Israel “Issy” Kolvin was born in Johannesburg in 1929, the youngest of five children of Jewish parents who had settled in South Africa from Poland and Germany, and showed early his intellectual gifts…the University of the Witwatersrand to qualify as a doctor, supported by his wife, Rona, whom he married while still a student.
He was very much moved by the results of the childhood deprivation he saw as a junior doctor at Baragwanath Hospital…Training opportunities in psychiatry were sparse in South Africa…and he came to Britain in 1958, first to Edinburgh and then Oxford, where Kit Ounsted, then one of the few researchers in the field of child psychiatry, spurred him on to his first research work…The events at Sharpeville persuaded Kolvin and his wife that they could not return to South Africa under apartheid.
Appointed physician in charge of the Nuffield Psychology and Psychiatry Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1964, Kolvin transformed an ordinary small department into one of the leading research and clinical centres in the North. Many young researchers sought to work with him and went on to become distinguished professors.
Dear old Bob Woods, who educated so many clin psychs using training placements at Dafydd’s Denbigh Dungeon.
In 1977 he was appointed to a personal chair in child psychiatry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. A colleague recalls the atmosphere in Newcastle then: “There was a sense of purpose, with everyone working together. Issy had an innate senseof respect for people and never criticised them in front of others. He was able to involve and motivate people from a wide range of disciplines.”
This was exemplified by one of his major projects there – a study of therapeutic interventions within school for troubled and troublesome children. It was published as a book, Help Starts Here. Thanks to Kolvin’s ability to persuade reluctant headteachers and politicians to lethis therapeutic team work directly with the children, they were able to establish the effectiveness of different kinds of psychotherapy in a school setting. This was the first such study to bring the rigour of a controlled trial to the evaluation of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and it continues to generate further research carried on by those trained by Kolvin in Newcastle.
Inspired by Sir Keith Joseph’s famous 1972 speech on the “cycle of deprivation”, Kolvin and his colleagues started in 1979 to trace the families from the Newcastle 1,000 Family Study, begun in 1947 by Spence and continued by Miller and colleagues. Originally, this had made a prospective study of the health of every child born in Newcastle during a two-month period that year. Data were available on each child throughout his or her childhood, and there had been a particular interest in the families of deprived children – those who had lost parents, or who lacked adequate food, clothing or housing, or those who were dependent on social and welfare services.
Kolvin’s team studied nearly 300 of the original subjects, then aged 34, whose families had been considered deprived in the initial study, many now with children of their own.
Dafydd’s partners in a ring of international traffickers had access to the personal data and medical histories of thousands of people… That data will not have been used for any constructive purpose.
While identifying many of the factors leading to the cycle of deprivation throughout the generations, the team was also able to examine protective factors that give resilience: an equable temperament, scholastic ability, social competence, and parents who plan and provide good physical and emotional care and close and appropriate supervision. Known still as the “Red-Spot” children (from the mark on their files),
Being a Red Spot child will have been the end for them There’s your target abusers in professional positions!! It’s a Red Spot child, we’ve got all the data on them and everyone who’s had contact with them, it’s open season…
this cohort, now aged 55, are part of the culture of the North-East and many have just given permission for their own children to be interviewed, so the study, still on-going, can venture into the fourth generation.
The Red Spots have no idea at all that they had so many unpleasant encounters because their data was handed over to a gang of traffickers and now their kids have been targeted. Any complaints will be dealt with by the usual methods… cycle of deprivation… chain of abuse…transmission of criminality across the generations…
In 1996 Kolvin collaborated with Farrington at the Institute of Criminology in Cambridge in a study looking at Home Office records of the criminal careers of two generations of family members from the 1,000 Family Study, showing the high prevalence of convictions in the young adult children of the Red Spots who had criminal convictions.
The same phenomenon was noticeable in north Wales. Furthermore, people who had been Patients Of Dafydd found that their children were as well!!! Whereas the children of the Top Docs and social workers in north Wales who were members of the gang found that their children also became Top Docs and social workers and members of the gang!
As Pierre Bourdieu would have said, Reproduction, Reproduction, Reproduction…
The stars of the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, as junior researchers had found out exactly what was happening re the organised abuse of Dafydd’s network as well as the Westminster Paedophile Ring. They kept quiet about it and are now Fellows Of All Souls who sit on Home Office Committees and as advisers on the Death Penalty in Hot Countries. Their heyday was when Woy Jenkins was Home Secretary and funded so much of their work so generously. The Woy who was a Westminster Swinger himself, was Chancellor of the Exchequer when Richard Crossman and the DHSS was swinging and who later became Chancellor of Oxford University when those bright young things whom Woy had funded decades earlier bagged senior roles, including at Oxford University…See post ‘Rab, High Table and the Founding Fathers’.
In 1990, when he was nearly 61, Kolvin was appointed to the newly created Bowlby Chair in Child and Family Mental Health at the University of London, based at the Royal Free Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic. He took on a hard task. The Tavistock Clinic, renowned internationally for psychodynamic psychotherapeutic work was wary of a senior academic without an analytical training. He was able, though, in the four years before his retirement, to transform it into a prolific research institution…
The Tavi and psychotherapy were looking a bit flaky before the reinforcements arrived.
The move south gave Kolvin new impetus and he led a series of international collaborative research projects: looking at psychopathology and resilience in children from families with B-thalassaemia and haemophilia in London, Milan and Athens,
QUE??? The psychopathology of blood disorders??? Is haemophilia part of the Cycle Of Deprivation?? Is that why Queen Victoria was a carrier?? You can’t show resilience to haemophilia, if you inherit it no amount of Resilience will clot your blood. Or even Mindfulness. Oh pass me a Bach’s Flower Remedy and quickly, I need an antidote to Issy.
obtaining a grant from Biomed, the European Research Council, for the first study in Europe comparing systemic family therapy and individual psychodynamic psychotherapy for the treatment of childhood depression in London, Athens and Helsinki; and a cross-cultural study of mother-infant patterns of behaviour which involved researchers in Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. Inthe eight years after his retirement he continued his research collaboration with colleagues worldwide, and completed some 16 papers in the few months before he died, despite severe ill-health.
Kolvin was dedicated to his data. He was generous in his willingness to share it with others and work collaboratively.
Anyone for confidentiality and data protection?? What’s the betting that the data ended up in the hands of Dafydd’s gang in order to identify Children In Need Of A Placement In North Wales?? Don’t believe that this doesn’t happen. When I finally extracted my files from the Arfon Community Mental Health Team – I was one of their Red Label clients, a Big Red Label was stuck on my file to indicate that I was Dangerous – I discovered mountains of personal data about me, both true and untrue, to which the Arfon Mental Health Team should never ever have had access. They shouldn’t have even have had a file pertaining to me, because I have never been one of their clients, but I was tipped off that they had this mountain of illegally gathered material. They had details of my career, people with whom I’d worked, my friends and colleagues, all sorts of stuff. They had details of physical medical conditions and blood test results, quite extraordinary.
Fascinating but completely illegal and actually er disgusting really wasn’t it Keith Fearns?
Fearns had refused to hand this file over, so his line manager, Thomas Merfyn Hughes, physically went to Fearns’s office and removed the file in 2005. In 2011 Mr Hughes was found dead in someone else’s garden in Llanfrothen. His body had been hidden and lay undiscovered for some time. The corrupt Coroner at Caernarfon, Dewi Pritchard Jones, came out with a corker, even by Dewi’s standards: Mr Hughes had fallen down a steep embankment in the middle of the night when on his way home from the pub, landed in the garden and decided to have a nap. It was in the middle of the winter and Mr Hughes froze to death while having forty winks. Then hid his own body, obviously. See post ‘A Particularly Worrying Death’. Mr Hughes was the former election agent for barrister, Plaid MP and member of Dafydd’s network, Elfyn Llwyd. See previous posts. Thomas Merfyn Hughes had lived at Croesor, along with Eric Hobsbawm and the Welsh Bloomsbury Set.
Eric’s daughter Julia – who knows Croesor well – was the business partner of Sarah Macaulay in their PR company Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications. Sarah and Julia went to school together. Hobsbawm Macaulay took on a lot of work for the trade unions and the Labour Party. Sarah married Gordon Brown and when Thomas Merfyn Hughes was found dead in someone else’s garden, Gordon had recently been deposed as PM and Cameron was PM. Merfyn had stepped down as VC of Bangor University and was Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Gwerin was openly discussing their campaign to hound Merfyn out of public life and the Top Docs and others hatched a conspiracy to withold crucial info from the Board in order to create a scandal and a crisis and force Merfyn’s resignation. It happened and in 2013, in the wake of a C. difficile outbreak which led to patient deaths, Merfyn resigned. See post ‘The Point Is To Change It’.
Merfyn grew up in Croesor and some of his family were still living there when Mr Hughes was found dead.
Anyone up for arresting Merfyn for the murder of Thomas Hughes?? ‘Ooh I saw him that night, he was carrying a body in a sack’. I’m sure that the Cunning Plan will work, it can’t possibly be more ridiculous than so many of the other lies told about the Enemies Of The Paedophiles.
I reckon that it was Ed, he was Gordon’s mate AND his dad Ralph was mates with Eric Hobsbawm AND Julia Hobsbawm is mates with St Helena; I think that Ed did it For Uncle Harry, because Thomas Merfyn Hughes was a witness who could have Talked Down the NHS, he needed to be Taken Out.
Back to Issy:…Royal College of Psychiatrists, which made him an Honorary Fellow last year. Many other honours were conferred on him too, including visiting professorships and invitations to lecture worldwide. He was also an adviser to the World Health Organisation…
‘The Guardian’ published an obituary for Issy on 3 May 2002.
Professor Israel Kolvin…was one of a small number of child psychiatrists, who, over the last 40 years, established an academic base for the subject…His choice of a career was influenced by the deprivation and malnutrition he saw in children at the Baragwanath hospital, Soweto, where he worked as a junior doctor, as well as by the severe psychiatric conditions he met in the emergency room.
Kolvin came to Britain in 1958 to train, first in Edinburgh, and then in Oxford…One of the major studies to come out of Kolvin’s time at Newcastle was a scientifically rigorous project to evaluate the effectiveness of psycho-therapeutic interventions in schools, with emotionally disturbed young people. Published as Help Starts Here (1981), the study showed that it was possible to make a difference to schoolchildren’s wellbeing by the use of various forms of psychotherapy.
This work continues to have great significance in the modern NHS, where the emphasis is on evidence-based practice. In addition, providing psychological services in schools is often more acceptable to young people than attendance at a child mental-health service, partly because it is less stigmatising…
The educational psychology service in north Wales and Somerset offered a full service of collusion with organised abuse and no doubt it did in Newcastle as well…
In 1987, Kolvin was appointed to chair the Cleveland Inquiry second-opinion panel, set up to re-assess a large number of cases where intra-familial child sexual abuse had been alleged. His evidence to the inquiry, chaired by Lady (now Dame) Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, consisting of the panel’s report, together with a review of the field of child sexual abuse, was regarded as a significantly important contribution. The inquiry had far-reaching effects on child protection practices, and influenced the development of the 1989 Children Act.
In 1990, Kolvin was appointed to the newly-established Bowlby chair in child and family mental health, at the Tavistock clinic and Royal Free hospital medical school, London; from 1994, he was emeritus professor of child psychiatry…
Kolvin was also committed to the work of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, where he held many offices, including that of chair of the child and adolescent faculty, vice-president and honorary treasurer. In these roles, he contributed to the development of modern psychiatric training and practice. He supported the college’s opposition to the misuse of psychiatry for political purposes, and was made an honorary fellow in 2000.
Dafydd’s and Lord David Ennals’ crazy Top Doc mate from the Maudsley, Jim Birley, took a very big interest in the Abuses Of Soviet Psychiatry when the police investigations and Inquiries began springing up in north Wales and elsewhere. See previous posts.
A humane and compassionate man, Kolvin was unstinting in the support he gave to those who worked and trained with him. Supported by Rona, and his son and daughter, he faced his terminal illness with courage and the determination to survive for as long as possible, in order to complete his task.
Issy died in March 2002, in the aftermath of the Waterhouse Report. In the autumn of 2002 I was charged with ‘threatening to kill’ as the result of a bit of long-term planning on the part of Dafydd’s gang. Issy missed the highlight of me being arrested and charged, but he’ll have been around to advise when the plan was first mooted.
The British Medical Journal’s obituary:
Israel (“Issy”) Kolvin
Bowlby emeritus professor of child and family mental health Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust (b Johannesburg, South Africa, 1929; q Witwatersrand 1955), died after a long illness on 12 March 2002.
During his medical training his funds ran out and he had to leave and work in various jobs, taking a BA in psychology in 1951, before completing his studies…His unit became well known for the quality of training and clinical service it provided,
We’re back to Bob Woods and Neil Davies again. Issy and his pal Martin Roth will have known Gwynne the lobotomist as well, no wonder they were always ready to Lend a Hand.
as well as the range of significant research that was carried out. This included a systematic attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic techniques with children, one of the largest studies in the world…
… his list of publications gives some indication of the breadth and scope of his research and clinical interests.
He was a very caring person, and an excellent teacher and supervisor to the many young child psychiatrists he trained and who have come to occupy senior positions in this country and overseas. He was always ready to help and he often offered and provided help to friends and colleagues. He worked extraordinarily hard at everything he did, and was single minded and persistent in his examination of research data.
Issy knew exactly what was going on and who could be targeted.
He was passionate about injustice, whether to children and parents, or to colleagues who had been persecuted in other countries.
Greece! Japan! The Soviet Union!
He was a great doctor, who contributed much and personally gave a lot more. He will be missed.
These lies in tribute to the deceased Issy were penned by Lionel Hersov.
The Jewish Chronicle, 19 April 2002:
One of the leading child psychiatrists of his generation, South African-born Professor Israel (Issy) Kolvin embarked on a research career in Britain which generated 240 learned articles and five books across the whole field of child psychiatry. His talent and drive were recognised early, with his appointment in 1963, at the age of 34, as head of the Nuffield Unit at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His work in transforming the unit into an international centre of excellence led to a personal chair in child psychiatry…
Professor Kolvin was profoundly affected by his own early life experiences. The loss of a devoutly Orthodox father, and consequent poverty, were compensated for by a loving mother and sisters, who struggled to ensure that he completed his education…
He quietly gave free professional advice whenever needed to a Jewish day school in Gateshead, and to Jewish schools in London. He also lectured at Gateshead yeshivah and, later, at Hendon Reform Synagogue in London. A member of the scientific committee for Soviet Jewry, he took books to refuseniks in the USSR in the 1970s.
Axwell Park Approved School, Gateshead; until 1973, the employer of Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth.
At 61, when most professionals wind down, he was appointed to a chair at the Royal Free Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic in London. Here he found the scope to achieve his goal of marrying his scientific approach and expertise in quantitative research with the pioneering psychotherapy work of the Tavistock.
Questions were being asked about the ways of psychotherapists…
While building up a new academic department of child psychiatry, he directed key research on the benefits of psychotherapy for depressed and sexually abused children, and established the chain through which an abused child could become an abusing adult. This work continued for nearly eight years without salary after his official retirement, and during a long battle with leukaemia.
Like Dafydd, Peter Higson, Keith Fearns and the rest, Issy couldn’t afford to retire, there could be a few revelations if anyone else had access to the right data, the documentation etc
In 1991, he led an academic study tour to Israel, organising and lecturing at an international conference in Tel Aviv on the cycle of childhood poverty and depression and the role of psychotherapy.
His was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London, the Tavistock’s academic partner, only weeks before his death…
A modest man and team player who was widely respected and admired within his profession, he was content to see others earn credit for work which he had originated…
The Psychiatrist (2002) 26: 396-397:
Israel Kolvin, Previously Emeritus Professor, The Tavistock Clinic, London
By Ian Goodyer
Israel Kolvin was one of a small group of medical practitioners who, in the late 1950s, decided to specialise in child and adolescent psychiatry… Issy was born in Johannesburg in 1929, the youngest of five children of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany… He undertook his postgraduate education and clinical training in the UK and, in 1958, went to Edinburgh where he gained valuable experience in general psychiatry and psychodynamic child psychiatry. At that time, there were no formal training schemes in child and adolescent psychiatry, so Issy obtained a senior registrar post in Oxford under Christopher Ounsted, Medical Director of the Park Hospital for Children, which was then one ofthe few places in the UK with an academic child psychiatry unit. It was here that Issy conducted his first two research projects: a description of aggression in adolescent delinquent boys…His work laid the foundations for considering classicalKanner autism as a biological disorder…
In 1964, he was appointed Physician-in-Charge of the Nuffield Psychology and Psychiatry Unit in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Lecturer in Child Psychiatry at the Department of Psychological Medicine, headed by Sir Martin Roth. He remained in this consultant post for the next 27 years, turning the Nuffield into one of the foremost university departments of child and adolescent psychiatry in the world. His work was recognised with one appointment in 1977 to a personal chair.
Three of his many research and clinical successes over this time stand out. First, and perhaps the most remarkable, was the unique study of psychological interventions in the maladjusted child in schools, published as a book in 1981, Help Starts Here. This, the first controlled trial of psychological treatment in primary schools, proved that skilled conversational treatment was effective in ameliorating emotional and behavioural difficulties. The second was the longitudinal epidemiological investigations of the intergenerational transmission of psychological disadvantage, carried out through the 1000 families first identified and recruited in 1947 by Sir James Spence at the Department of Child Health, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Kolvin and colleagues traced a sub-sample of 300 families, then in their early 30s, and identified continuities in the risk for deprivation in the offspring of the original cohort, as well as protective factors against such a negative outcome. These positive characteristics included a flexible behavioural style in the face of adversity, social competence, parents who planned ahead and provided physical and emotional care in spite of privations this may have meant for themselves. These broad categories of psychosocial resilience have subsequently been replicated with remarkable robustness in many other similar studies worldwide. The third important success was in the clinical and political challenge of chairing the Cleveland Inquiry into child abuse. This most difficult task was carried out with a fairness and thoroughness that brought him the respect of many in the community and led to significant recommendations to central government regarding the roles and practice of professionals and parents concerned in child protection.
…He was Chair of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1994-1996. The photograph was taken in 1996 at the Association’s 3rd European Conference in Glasgow…
A lovely snap of them all in the year that William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry! The Experts! They’d be needed to comment on Psychotherapy For Sexually Abused Children after Ronnie’s Report was published. Therapy will be needed and we can Offer Our Services!
Addendum by Henry Rollin
As an addendum to Professor Goodyer’s obituary of Professor Israel Kolvin, allow me to emphasise his invaluable services to the College. He was, inter alia, a man of business: under his stewardship the finances of the College (he was Treasurer from 1993-1999) prospered. Further, his annual financial reports were so presented that the simplest mind could understand them.
As obituary for Issy was also published in The Bridge, the Newsletter of the Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry as well…
The Kolvin Service is a specialist Tier 4 community team for young people with mental health difficulties and offending
The Community Team is part of a wider provision of Children and Young People’s Forensic services delivered by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust that includes an in-reach service working into two secure estates in the North East and an Inpatient Adolescent Medium Secure Service, Alnwood that caters for children and young people with mental disorder with or without Community Forensic Team provides:Consultation, Assessment and Specialist interventions for serious sexual, fire or violent offending behaviour.
Issy’s son Philip delivered an eulogy at a service for his father which included:
I remember once my father telephoning me and telling me that he was in trouble, having given expert evidence in Court. What happened Dad? Well, the Judge, who is the leading family Judge of his generation, had delivered a judgment in which he called my father’s evidence magisterial. It was intended as a great compliment to his erudition and good judgment, but my father had assumed it must be a rebuke for haughtiness. Such was my father’s humility in his adopted country, he utterly mistook the praise meted out to him.
When I started running an environmental campaign, my father was deeply worried. Here I was taking on the politicians, demonstrating, going on telly, sailing close to the wind. But as the years went on, my father expressed his pride in what I was doing. His pride was that of a father who had given his child a secure footing in this new country, liberty to spread his wings, and the self-belief to do things his way, whether that way is right or wrong.
Issy’s son is Philip Kolvin QC, the Head of Cornerstone Barristers, London. The ‘environmental campaign’ which Philip Kolvin was running was covered by Sara Wheeler in the Torygraph on 31 March 2001, the year after the Waterhouse Report had been published, when there was still a lot of noise about the cover-up.
Rage among the ruins
Bromley council can’t bear Philip Kolvin. He is the leader of a campaign by furious local people to fight plans for a vast leisure complex where the Crystal Palace once stood, in one of London’s greatest green spaces. From the council chamber to the law courts, he knows how to beat the planners at their own game. By Sara Wheeler
|The son of Issy the people trafficker became an environmental campaigner in 1998, just after the former residents of north Wales children’s homes had given evidence in public about the beatings and the gang rapes. Some of them collapsed while giving evidence. Fortunately, Ronnie, the lawyers at the Inquiry and the world’s media simply yelled that they were a bunch of lying criminals with mental illnesses.|
Some months previously, Kolvin had learnt of Bromley council’s plans for the 200-acre Crystal Palace Park. A developer was to raze the tree-lined ridge at the top – the highest point in the capital – to make way for an 18-screen cinema complex with amusement arcades, pubs, restaurants and the country’s largest rooftop car-park. Kolvin was aghast. ‘So we just bunged some posters up, saying we were angry at what was happening to our park and calling a public meeting. We weren’t even sure if anyone would turn up.’
At that time Kolvin was living in Gipsy Hill, on the west side of the park, and from his bedroom window he could see the ridge. As a planning barrister who acts for local authorities, he was well placed to understand the issues and to unravel the procedures that allow a council to build on green space while paying lip-service to consultation.
The Torygraph means ‘inside information’
Shortly before that meeting, he had become chairman of a campaign to save Crystal Palace from the multiplex. Since then he has accumulated 65 lever-arch files on the subject, sacrificed his blues guitar hobby
Philip Kolvin QC is just an old chiller at heart
and acquired a battalion of enemies.
Kolvin was brought up in Newcastle, proceeding south from the grammar school to read law at Oxford. He lives in a large Victorian terrace house with his wife, a Canadian academic, and their young daughter. Last year they moved three miles from the park, so Kolvin can hardly be accused of nimbyism.
But he’s not exactly Swampy
So where does the passion come from? ‘The root of what’s upsetting people,’ he says as we stroll round the park, ‘is that something so homogenous should be built on land that resonates with such historic individuality. Secondly, what about democracy? The issue here is, who decides?’
Did Philip ever have a conversation about this subject with his father, who Spoke For So Many For Their Own Good?
Above his head the Crystal Palace television transmitter vanishes into the clammy gloom, and to the right, as the grass slopes away, the North Downs glimmer faintly above the urban disorder. He looks like a typical Establishment figure, but he isn’t quite: the Geordie accent, the uncompromising attitudes volubly expressed, a mild capacity to irritate.
The wealthy barrister who had built his career on defending the interests of wealthy, establishment people who were not always on the right side of the law (as we shall see shortly), who’s father was er an Eminent Psychiatrist Who Gave Expert Evidence In Court who just happened to be very close some very unpleasant gangsters… It’s OK, he Speaks Geordie, there’s his credentials.
Friends didn’t anticipate the transformation to environmental white knight.
No, if any of them thought that the transformation was genuine, they probably would cut Philip off.
Nor did he. ‘I remember roaring, “We’re on a roll!” into a mike in that Norwood basement, and thinking, “Christ, I sound like Neil Kinnock in Sheffield.”
One reason why Philip’s dad and his colleagues were never publicly exposed and subject to the full force of the law was that the Windbag, his wife and in-laws were personal friends of one of the people traffickers in north Wales who were in partnership with Philip’s dad and had spent years colluding with the rest of the gang. Then there were all those Labour MPs in the North East who’s careers were dependent upon no-one finding out what was happening to those kids but instead believing the rubbish from Issy’s dad about the cycle of deprivation and abuse and the success of the psychotherapy with delinquent boys and sexually abused girls…
It was tremendously exciting to be involved in the genesis of a popular movement. I watched a community decide to stand together.’
Sir Joseph Paxton’s original building, containing nearly a million square feet of glass and dubbed ‘The Crystal Palace’ by the editor of Punch, was conceived to house the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. It was inaugurated by an immensely moved Queen Victoria, who later likened it to fairyland. At the opening ceremony the breathless Times correspondent spoke of wonder and mystery, ‘a glittering arch far more lofty and spacious than the vaults of even our noblest cathedrals’.
Three years later, the palace was dismantled and relocated to a hill between the genteel suburbs of Sydenham and Norwood. Unlike the flat-roofed original, the modified structure was barrel vaulted and boasted a triple rather than a single transept. But it remained glass-clad, like its progenitor. Set among landscaped gardens, Italianate terraces and life-size models of dinosaurs, it was used as a national centre for the ‘enlightenment andeducation’ of the people. Sixty-two thousand Londoners watched the country’s first hot-air balloon float up from the park,
They watched another one when Issy’s son did his eco-hippy bit just when Ronnie Waterhouse forgot to mention the hundreds and hundreds of kids that Issy and his mates sent into the arms of a vicious paedophile gang in north Wales, as part of civic corruption on a massive scale perpetrated by local authority officials, corrupt professional people and Councillors and politicians from Newcastle, only a small part of which was exposed as a result of the trials of John Poulson, T. Dan Smith and Andy Cunningham… See previous posts eg. ‘Error Of Judgement?’.
the first moving picture show was screened in the palace and an astonishing 81,000 people crowded into the glasshouse over three days to listen to a vast orchestra and choir performing Handel’s Messiah. It was one of the greatest buildings in British history, and in 1936 it burnt to the ground. Churchill happened to see it go up, and as he stood watching the flames he wept, mourning ‘the end of an age’.
Since the fire, the site has been empty, the granite eyes of Paxton’s huge carved head gazing sightlessly over his gently decaying neoclassical alcoves and crumbling sphinxes. In 1986, with the abolition of the GLC, ownership passed to the Kent borough of Bromley, and the council immediately looked for ways to profit from its new acquisition. Planning was obviously a sensitive issue, considering both the status of the park as Metropolitan Open Land (the urban equivalent of green belt), and its Grade II* listed protection. A succession of schemes were put forward which prompted new legislation, allowing Bromley wider latitude. But although the 1990 Crystal Palace Act permitted development of the 12-acre ridge on which the palace once stood (now called the top site), it stipulated that any new building should ‘reflect the architectural style’ of Paxton’s original structure.
In 1996, the prizewinning architect Ian Ritchie designed a scheme proposed to Bromley by London & Regional Properties Ltd, a low-profile company based in the West End. Ritchie’s £58 million, 600,000sq ft multiplex included two flyover-style concrete ramps capable of carrying 950 cars to the roof. The cinemas, restaurants, takeaway outlets, themed bars and pubs were to be accompanied by three ‘leisure boxes’, each big enough to accommodate a music venue or a ‘family entertainment centre’. (In the arcane language of developers, an amusement arcade is classified as a family entertainment centre.) In addition, roads, roundabouts and a car tunnel were to be built in the park.
In March 1997, London & Regional submitted a planning application for Ritchie’s scheme. When locals called for a public inquiry, the planning decision was frozen until the scheme was considered by John Prescott and his officials at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.
For decades Prezza had colluded with the ring in Yorkshire which overlapped with the ring run by Issy. Philip will have known that and he’ll also have considered Prezza thick enough to be outwitted. Or of course Prezza may have been part of the charade; he won’t have been the Brains driving it, that will have been Miranda, assisted by the Mansfield Community who’d been colluding with Issy and the Top Docs for their entire careers.
To widespread astonishment, Prescott refused an inquiry on the grounds that the plans complied with all legal requirements: the council, Prescott said, ‘may determine this application as it thinks fit’. Bromley immediately granted outline planning permission; the multiplex was to open in 2000.
In April 1998 the campaign sought a judicial review of Bromley’s decision on the grounds that Ritchie’s multiplex failed to ‘reflect the architectural style’ of Paxton’s original. Tory MP Ian Bruce, chairman of the Commons committee which drafted the 1990 Act, said the design could not remind anybody of anything other than a poor example of a football stand. Campaigners also argued that the proposal ignored government policy for Metropolitan Open Land, which states, ‘Land of this importance should not be used for developments which compromise its open character and value to London’s green setting.’
‘Bromley is often seen as a leafy, well-off part of south London,’ says council chief executive Dave Bartlett, ‘but around Crystal Palace we have some of the most deprived areas in the country. Unemployment is high, and so is crime.’
The multiplex is part of an ambitious £152 million regenerationpackage conceived by the council to transform both the park and the surrounding areas. Funding from the Government’s Single Regeneration Budget forms the hub of the package, and Bromley promised to deliver private funding for the top site in return for SRB money. In other words, the multiplex enabled the council to attract government funding for the surrounding area. Therefore, as Bartlett categorically asserts, ‘If the top site failed, it would throw the future of the regeneration package into question.’
Is it wise to squander green space in order to regenerate? Don’t people need parks more than the cultural detritus towed in the wake of multiplexes, neon emporiums of tat aimed at children and teenagers and open until 2 am every day of the week? Campaigners ask why ‘regeneration’ should be contingent on cinema screens and car-parks.
The entertainment for the kids whom Issy sent to children’s homes in north Wales included group sex with gangs of men, sex with animals while being filmed for the purpose of the production of child porn in the UK and in Europe and large quantities of class A drugs. They also went on a few Outward Bound courses, Wales being full of people offering wholesome activities such as mountaineering, canoeing etc. When the kids in care went on such courses, they were molested. Disadvantaged kids from inner-cities enjoying themselves in Snowdonia or the Brecons was brilliant PR for a gang of sex offenders who genuinely enjoyed such pursuits themselves being all a bit butch and often ex-forces men and it generated a lot of business for the Outward Bound centres as well, some of which had links with the gang. The bill for the whole scam was footed by the endemically corrupt local authorities who were thrashing out the dirty deals with the crooks.
The rate/poll tax payers had no idea that this was where their dosh was disappearing as people puzzled over why local authorities with the highest local taxes in the UK failed to provide even adequate public services. The money wasn’t all being spend on anti-nuclear groups or consciousness raising for black lesbian single parents no matter what the Daily Mail alleged, they just netted enough to shut them up about the en masse abuse of kids and vulnerable people.
The Crystal Palace protest draws support from a broad band of residents, not just toffs in big houses. Dulwich grandees and neo-hippies with pink hair and names like Ferret have marched side-by-side to save their park. Besides the campaign headed by Kolvin, other protest groups have sprung up to oppose Bromley’s plans. Ecowarriors built tree houses on the top site and rechristened it ‘Big Willow Eco Village’. Bromley got very cross about that.
When 78-year-old Joan Yaxley took a bread pudding to the ecowarriors, the council served her with a High Court writ, claiming she was a squatter. Eventually police and security guards arrived in a quasi-military operation to secure the ridge at a cost of £2.7 million – almost half the proposed saleprice.
The media loves tree-dwelling ecowarriors like Swampy. Their disregard for convention appeals to the rebel in us all. But environmental protests inwhich people chain themselves to trees before being carted off by tight-lipped policemen in front of the cameras have a poor record.
No, the media hate tree-dwelling ecowarriers. The people whom the media love are establishment figures like Kolvin who Lend Their Support to a Campaign that appeals to middle class people ie. a campaign to prevent the building of a multiplex that will be accompanied by fast food joints designed to appeal to chavs who won’t be welcome at Crystal Palace. The vile molesting Tory MP Alan Clark received acres of positive coverage when he joined in the protests against carting livestock from the UK thousands of miles across Europe in conditions of great cruelty to be slaughtered; before Clark joined their ranks, the protesters were lampooned as nutters lying down in front of lorries or middle aged female Guardian readers Who Liked Animals.
Establishment figures who feel the need to conceal serious wrongdoing are often keen to Support Protesters even if they’re a bit hippyish because ooh you know the protesters might have a point here. In the early 1990s, a group of English in-migrants to Bethesda protested in the strongest terms about the proposed by-pass that was going to be built through the oak woodland behind Bethesda. The local big wigs, Councillors, politicians etc were in favour of the by-pass and a great many local Welsh people were as well. The divide wasn’t exactly Welsh/English, but it was very obvious that the protesters and activists were virtually all English. The campaign was led by Neil Crumpton, a Friends of the Earth activist, who saw the light after his previous career in the nuclear industry no less.
Neil and his mates were gobsmacked to find that the Tory MP for Conwy, a pal of Thatcher’s, Lord Wyn Roberts, supported them! Ecowarriers, hippies, Labour voters, CND protesters, they could hardly believe it. The by-pass was never built. The protesters could hardly believe that they’d won in the face of furious locals, led by Dafydd Orwig, a Gwynedd County Councillor and a retired lecturer from the Bangor Normal College. Orwig said what went in Bethesda, he had run the town for years, but Orwig’s fury was ignored for what must have been the first time ever.
I knew Neil Crumpton. He was one of the people who did the building work on my house in Rachub just before he organised the anti-by-pass campaign. Neil was very friendly with the people who knew what was happening to me at the hands of Dafydd and the gang. The gang of whose members Wyn Roberts was a personal friend, whom Roberts had been colluding with for years and then took his duties particularly seriously once he became a Welsh Office Minister. See post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’. Neil knew that I had written to Keith Best, the MP for Anglesey, then to Dafydd Wigley, the MP for Caernarfon and er to Lord Wyn Roberts…
After the Successful Campaign led by Neil, Neil bagged a salaried job with Friends of the Earth and began appearing on TV!
Neil: I’ll let the readers of the blog know that your success as an Eco Campaigning Role Model was achieved not only on the back of what Lord Wyn Roberts’s mates did to me but on the back of what Dafydd Orwig and the gang of sex offenders with whom he conspired did to F. If that wasn’t bad enough, just before, or at the beginning of the Waterhouse Inquiry, Martin, someone who had witnessed the framing of F, was found dead in the road in Bethesda.
By the way Neil, which one of the Bethesda builders stole that box of documents from my attic in about 1996? I know it wasn’t you because you didn’t help with that bit of building, but your mates did, so how about telling me who seized the documents, thousands of them, with evidence of what happened to me AND F at the hands of the gang? I’ve been told that they found their way to News International and probably to George Carman.
Few have achieved anything like as much as Kolvin,
Although Neil Crumpton did quite well
who has steered the Crystal Palace Campaign (CPC) to the House of Lords and on into Europe.
Lord Wyn Roberts would have done the same, but the corruption was so great that he was able to stop the building of the Bethesda bypass very quickly and very easily.
He’s done it all by the book, patiently, relentlessly and, above all, legally.
Those kids from Newcastle were sent into the arms of a gang of paedophiles ‘above all, legally’. They were handed over to the traffickers under the Children Act or the Mental Health Act; the legislation had been written by people who were literally friends of the traffickers and the colluding idiots in Parliament asked no questions, not even further down the line when they began receiving complaints that people in care settings were being seriously abused. They simply appointed Issy and pals as members of every body with responsibility for Safeguarding, Protecting, Upholding Standards, Training, Evaluating and Regulating. It was foolproof. In the wake of the mushroom cloud that went up over the North East as a result of the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal, Parliament asked Issy to Advise On The New Legislation, to ensure That It Never Happened Again.
The Children Act 1975 was the result of Leo Abse, a member of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and friend of Dafydd – as were Leo’s Top Doc brothers, Drs Dannie and Wilfred (see post ‘O Jones, O Jones’) -virtually single-handedly blackmailing and bribing people like Jim and Audrey Callaghan and Dr Death to help him get that legislation through. See post ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’.
The Mental Health Act 1983 resulted from the scandal of Mary Wynch being illegally imprisoned by Dafydd. The new Act, which reassured everyone That It Will Never Happen Again, was written by Dafydd’s mate Professor Robert Bluglass and the code of practice to accompany it was written by Dafydd’s mate William Bingley. When Dafydd illegally imprisoned me three years after the new Mental Health Act was implemented, it was Bluglass and William Bingley who concealed Dafydd’s criminality. From what I saw when I was unlawfully imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, every other patient on Bryn Golau Ward was also held there illegally. Legislation, as far as that gang were concerned, was window dressing. They broke any law whenever they felt like it knowing that there would be absolutely no effective action and no comeback.
Issy and Dafydd were not going to worry about the small print re the legislation when they were handing kids over to people whom they knew would gang rape them at gunpoint, break their bones, rupture their anuses and take them to Europe ‘for a holiday’.
‘Many, many times,’ he says, ‘I’ve sat up all night dreaming up the points over cups of tea, despite the fact that I had to be in court the next day. It’s been constant graft and research, trying to make sure we cover every angle.’
The High Court refused permission for a judicial review, but the CPC won leave to appeal – a process underwritten by an insurance company. But when the Court of Appeal rejected the protesters’ plea that the multiplex was in breach of the Crystal Palace Act, Kolvin had to think hard. The failed High Court action was a turning point. ‘I realised the law is a blunt instrument,’ he says. ‘We needed to go down the economic route.’ Lawful direct action soon became a vital part of campaign strategy, and protesters turned their attention to potential occupiers of the multiplex.
The American-owned cinema company, UCI, signed up as anchor tenant at the outset, and so every Monday night for the past two years, members of the small Boycott UCI splinter group have peacefully protested outside the firm’s flagship cinema, the Empire Leicester Square. Battling the weather, the local drunks and the pulsing beat of the Equinox nightclub next door, protesters hand out leaflets, direct punters to rival screens and hold placards reading ‘Parks are for Children, not Cinemas’.
‘Children, Children, I care about Children’ as Dafydd used to tell us all.
One day last year campaigners simultaneously picketed 35 UCI cinemas from Clydebank to Poole. Is UCI listening?
‘We don’t like the negative publicity,’ says vice-president and acting managing director Steve Knibbs,
Neither did Issy and Dafydd, it’s why Philip Kolvin QC became an eco-warrier for the sake of Children.
‘but we can’t rescind our lease at Crystal Palace. The scheme has become very controversial, but it wasn’t when we signed up for an early version of it 10 years ago; we weren’t aware of the campaigners’ issues until after we had committed ourselves legally.’
Despite opposition from all quarters, last October Bromley gave plans the final go-ahead. Then came the greatest triumph of the protest so far. The CPC challenged the developer’s application for 14 liquor licences at the multiplex. The court received 600 letters of objection, a raft of heavyweight witnesses spoke against the scheme, and the campaign hired top licensing QC Richard Beckett.
Was it a friend whom Swampy knew from the Garrick who put the campaigners in touch with Top Licensing QC Richard Beckett?
Although Bromley was not a party to the action, it too hired a QC, and even tried to stop London’s Mayor, Ken Livingstone – an outspoken critic of the council’s handling of the multiplex issue – attending on the grounds that he had no place to be there. (‘Madam,’ Livingstone’s counsel told the magistrate, ‘if the mayor of Skegness wished to attend this licensing application to object, he would be entitled to do so.’)
Red Ken as Leader of the GLC oversaw the placement of huge numbers of kids from inner London Boroughs in children’s homes in north Wales. In 1990, in the face of proposals by Gwynedd County Council to close down Garth Angharad, a hospital for ‘mentally abnormal criminals’, Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid MP, tabled an Early Day Motion opposing the closure on the grounds that the facilities provided by this wondrous institution were unparalleled. Red Ken signed the EDM. Garth Angharad was not a hospital for mentally abnormal criminals or anyone else. It was an isolated building hidden away in the woodland near Dolgellau and it served as a prison for victims of Dafydd’s gang. Garth Angharad was owned by Paul Hett, a solicitor who was subsequently struck off for embezzling his clients’ money. Hett featured in the Waterhouse Report as the ‘owner and Headmaster’ of two schools/children’s homes in which children had been abused. Even Ronnie Waterhouse admitted that Hett was not a suitable person to be managing such facilities for children. See eg. post ‘More On Those Prisons For Folk Who Dared Complain’ and ‘Further Information On Garth Angharad Hospital’.
I’m still waiting for Red Ken to explain his interest.
It was a tense week in Bromley Court House. Hundreds of police were deployed. Developer Geoffrey Springer had security guards for his personal protection. Afterhours of impassioned speeches (‘our lives are in your hands’, one man told the court), magistrates allowed a single pub licence and a further 12 alcohol licences with stringent conditions attached.
It was a heavy blow for London & Regional, who will have difficulty letting space without pub licences. ‘We’ve emasculated them,’ Kolvin told the South London Press after the hearing. ‘No, correction: we’ve cut their balls off.’
I heard the Kind Angels who Looked After kids in care who then became psych patients using this sort of expression – and very threateningly as well – to those whom they were paid to Look After. However when those kids/psych patients used such expressions themselves, it was written down in triplicate and used as Evidence by Issy and the Top Docs that they had Threatened Staff and were Dangerous.
Determined to deploy every weapon in his arsenal,
Kolvin had also been mugging up on European procedures. Last November, following an 18-month investigation instigated by Kolvin, the European Commission sent a formal notice to the Government concerning Bromley’s failure to conduct an environmental impact assessment. The decision effectively accused John Prescott of being in breach of European law by not insisting that Bromley should have carried out such an assessment. The case might now proceed to the European Court of Justice.
Unlike any of the litigation mounted against Issy and the Top Docs. Before I and someone who made a witness statement in support of me were threatened at gunpoint, my lawyer scarpering and then me having to flee Wales as well, I discussed the possibility of taking my own case to Europe if the fuckwittery and intransigence continued.
I’m glad that the lawyer ran away and it never happened now that I have had a closer look at what happens to people who did win against that lot, Mary Wynch being the outstanding example. Even in the event of them winning every part of their case, as their funding runs out, the Powers That Be break the law again and offer them 30p compensation to fuck off now that they are destitute, can’t bring any further cases and are elderly and beyond working age. Mary Wynch was a competent, fairly wealthy woman who was unlawfully attacked by a gang of provincial crooked solicitors and Top Docs. She ended her days penniless, in hiding and branded a loony, although it had been admitted by the Master of the Rolls that no, Mary wasn’t a loony and never had been. Dafydd himself then admitted that er no she wasn’t…
In the late 1980s a psych nurse known to me who was working in Friern Barnet Hospital in London and very worried about the level of abuse to which she was seeing patients subjected, told me that every bit of Human Rights legislation specifically excludes patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act. I double checked; she was right. At present, there are thousands of people in the UK subject to eg. the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, children’s legislation etc. Anything can happen to them and it often does. There are deaths of such people constantly at the hands of those Caring for them and there is not usually even an investigation.
Occasionally a case reaches the media, usually because the parent of the target is a professional person and will not shut up and there is publicity which shocks the nation. Such as the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, Dr Sara Ryan’s son, or the daughter of the man who popped up on the ‘Today’ programme a few weeks ago, a young woman with learning disabilities who has been held in a cell aka ‘seclusion’ in a ‘hospital’ for over a year now, with no human contact and her meals pushed through a hatch in the door by a Trained Angel. The young woman is a self-harmer and some months ago shoved a bic pen into her arm where it remains. John Humphrey’s listeners were gobsmacked that this could ever have happened in the UK at present. Well it does and there will be other cases equally as dreadful which have not made it into the media, in some cases because the Top Doctors have secured a High Court order preventing anyone from making the details of the case public. There have been at least three people imprisoned after having broken such orders in an attempt to draw attention to what is going on. There may be many more, no-one knows, because there are now Court orders being served to prevent the reporting of such cases. This blog was served with one last year.
All this is the result of years of widespread ill-treatment of people on the part of the welfare services and the systematic removal of whistleblowers from the system. As Geoff Lees, who used to lecture on the social work course at Coleg Menai once observed to me in 2000 about the Life Of Social Workers, ‘the training is crap, the qualifications are crap, the supervision is crap and the management is crap’. Geoff is qualified as a psych nurse as well as a social worker and he is the former manager of a psych hospital in the US. Geoff is bright enough to know what a nightmare it all is. Sadly he never says it in public.
However, Geoff has provided ‘consultancy’ for the north Wales mental health services which resulted in a learning disabled woman who’s only living relative was a learning disabled brother being handed over to Dafydd under the Mental Health Act for Her Own Protection after allegations of Satanic Abuse were made and when Gov’t began handing contracts over to Third Sector organisations and private businesses to deliver welfare services, Geoff bagged a job as the Director of Clwyd MIND which works in partnership with Dafydd and Dafydd’s mates. Furthermore Geoff’s wife owned and managed a Care Home for young mentally ill people in Llandudno and might still do so.
On the day after the publication of the Waterhouse Report in Feb 2000, Geoff walked into his class of students at Coleg Menai in Bangor, most of whom later became social workers and said ‘one thing that will not be discussed today and never will be is the Waterhouse Report. OK? There will be no discussion at all’.
Indeed there never was by Geoff, although one of his colleagues, a woman who had worked as a social worker in north Wales for years, began her lecture on the verge of tears and said ‘I know that I took children to that home myself [Ty’r Felin in Bangor] and although I thought that Nefyn Dodd [the manager of Ty’r Felin] was a rather uncaring man, I had no idea about these allegations’.
No-one knew. Just as No-One Knew About Dafydd, who was a friend of Nefyn Dodd’s. Dodd was the subject of dozens and dozens of complaints to the police, yet Dodd faced no charges at any point. When I and others made formal complaints about Dafydd, backed up by witnesses, there were either flat denials that the events had ever happened or the complaints were never investigated. A great many people worked long and hard for many many years to ensure that they Didn’t Know and neither did anyone else.
Bromley had now spent more defending the multiplex than the £6.1 million it stood to gain from the sale of a 125-year lease of the top site. As Kolvin was plainly the most powerful figure in the battle for the park, the council turned on him. Besides threatening legal action over statements he had made, it sent a letter to his head of chambers, Anthony Scrivener QC, saying he ought to ‘be concerned about a member of the Bar in your Chambers making such unsubstantiated allegations in a public manner’.
|See previous posts for the links between Anthony Scrivener and those we know and love.|
A man who has defended Shirley Porter and Asil Nadir was not likely to be frightened by a bunch of Bromley councillors.
Shirley Porter I really don’t think can be defended by anyone. I’m not sure over which matter Philip Kolvin defended Shirley Porter, whether it was the matter of her and rest of Westminster City Council facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring via their unstinting support of St George’s Hospital, or whether it was with regard to the other matter of the massive corruption in Porter’s capacity as Council leader, which resulted in Porter buggering off to Israel to avoid being jailed. See previous posts. It’s OK now though, she’s back in the UK. Dunno whether Philip knows about the other little matter, the Top Doctor who was a Westminster City Councillor being found dead in suspicious circumstances just as the shit hit the fan, perhaps Philip could act for someone or other over that.
Asil Nadir, the other example given of someone who called upon the assistance of Philip Kolvin QC, was a famously serious international criminal of an even more impressive magnitude than Shirley Porter. Asil ran away to Cyprus to avoid prison and also received a bit of help from Top Docs in the form of Expert Witness Reports as to why he had to be Let Off Lightly. See previous posts.
Anyway, Kolvin says he’s used to battling: he gets paid to do it every day. ‘I keep focused on the goal,’ he adds with a rueful smile. Exposure to the legal profession from the other side has opened his eyes. ‘I feel so much more vulnerable as a litigant than I do as a barrister. I realise now that we in the law can never really understand how a litigant is feeling until we’ve been in their shoes.’
This is the barrister’s equivalent of ‘I’m doing it for the Poor’, ‘I’m not one of those doctors who thinks that I’m God’ and ‘I never go private I always use the NHS’. Dr D.G.E. Wood and Tony Francis employed all of these, as did many other members of the gang.
- Kolvin feels there are many more legal battles to be fought – and there is as yet no sign of the project starting. Bromley council might still pay a very high price for underestimating the strength of local opposition.
- Or rather ‘might still pay a very high price for tangling with Dafydd’s gang after they saw a much needed PR opportunity’.
The ecowarriors advocate that nothing should ever be built on the site. Bromley claims the multiplex is the only way forward. Philip Kolvin and the Crystal Palace Campaign take the middle ground, suggesting that the area be regenerated as a leisure space for the community. Above all, they plead that it remain what it has always been: a park. They ask if councillors and civil servants can really look into their hearts and assert that a giant rooftop car-park and a string of bowling alleys, cinemas and takeaway outlets reflect the spirit of Paxton’s magisterial Crystal Palace.
They probably don’t, but then I doubt that an international trafficking ring did either.
Info about Philip Kolvin from the internet tells us that:
He is Head of Cornerstone Barristers, which is one of the top barristers chambers in London specialising in licensing, planning, property and regulatory law.
Philip is a Patron and past Chairman of the Institute of Licensing which is the professional body for licensing practitioners.
He has written and edited a number of leading licensing books:
- Licensed Premises, Law, Practice and Policypublished by Bloomsbury Professional. This is a leading textbook on law and policy about the licensing of alcohol, pubs, nightclubs, off-licences, restaurants, takeaways, cinemas, theatres, music venues and festivals.
- Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration published by the Institute of Licensing. This covers the law relating to casinos, betting offices and amusement arcades as well as machine gaming, gambling in pubs and lotteries.
- Sex Licensing published by the Institute of Licensing. This deals with the law relating to sex shops, lap dancing and gentlemen’s clubs – known as Sexual Entertainment Venue or SEV licences – and sex cinemas.
- Atkins Court Forms volume on Licensingpublished by Lexis Nexis.
- The Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents volume on Licensingpublished by Lexis Nexis.
- Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct published by Bloomsbury
Philip is a board member ofthe Sports Grounds Safety Authority, the Government body concerned with stadium safety.
He is on the Advisory Board of theNight Time Industries Associationand is an adviser on licensing to the British Pub Confederation.
Philip was the Chairman of Purple Flagwhich is a national scheme promoting safe and diverse night time economies, run by the Association of Town Centre Management. Purple Flag recipients include Heart of Londonthrough to Stockton Heath. The scheme now also operates in Ireland.
He is a past Chairman of Best Bar Nonea national scheme promoting safe bars, run by the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Philip acted as a co-opted expert on Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 for the Olympic Games, dealing with licensing issues.
So ecowarrier Philip who never experienced such nervousness as he addressed the citizens of Crystal Palace who was New To All This Campaigning Lark and who was seriously impressed when Top Barrister and Licensing Expert Richard Beckett QC, assisted with the campaign against the mighty Bromley Council and their vulgar chavvy plans for a multiplex and associated MacDonalds, is a Licensing Expert himself, including the licensing of sex clubs, gambling dens and anything that wants to flog booze.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Philip is one of those people who brought up huge cannabis plantations overseas in expectation of the legislation of mari-jew-ana.
Philip was educated at Oxford University, where he graduated in law, and at the Bar Vocational College in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
On 16 Dec 2016, Philip was in the news again:
Mayor appoints Philip Kolvin QC as Chair of the Night Time Commission
- Top licensing lawyer Philip Kolvin QC heads up the Mayor’s Night Time Commission
- Sadiq Khan extends the work of the Night Time Commission to protect London’s venues and safeguard the night time economy
The Mayor Sadiq Khan today (15 December) announced he is appointing top lawyer Philip Kolvin QC as Chair of the Night Time Commission. Philip will preside over a revamped Night Time Commission, bringing together stakeholders from across the night-time economy including local authorities, the Metropolitan Police, club and venue owners, and residents.
Philip Kolvin QC is head of Cornerstone Barristers and a Patron and past Chairman of the Institute of Licensing. He is also on the advisory board of the Night Time Industries Association.
Philip recently acted on behalf of Fabric nightclub and played a pivotal role in securing an agreement between the world-famous venue and Islington Council to regain its licence and reopen with stringent new conditions to protect the safety of clubbers.
Philip is widely regarded as the UK’s top expert on licensing. He is the editor of several books about the leisure economy, licensing, planning and regeneration and recently published a Manifesto for the Night Time Economy.
He has acted for many of London’s local authorities, the police and the industry and has recently taken the first licensing case to the Supreme Court and European Court.
I’m glad that I didn’t bother to give the European Court a go myself. Or the police either.
Starting on Monday 9th January, Philip will work alongside the newly appointed Night Czar, Amy Lamé, to develop and implement a vision of London as a 24-hour city.
His appointment demonstrates the Mayor’s commitment to the capital’s night-time economy, which includes safeguarding the future of clubs and live music venues.
Since 2008, the capital has lost 50 per cent of its nightclubs and 40 per cent of its live music venues and the Mayor has made a manifesto commitment to protect these vital cultural spaces.
The Night Time Commission was established to review the capital’s night-time economy. The Commission seeks to understand the challenges faced by night-time businesses, authorities and residents and develop way to balance these as London’s night-time economy grows.
It has worked with Westminster University’s Music Tank to carry out research into London’s night-time economy and this will be published in the coming months. The Commission brings together people from across the night-time industries, including local authorities, business operators, Metropolitan Police and Government departments.
Recent research shows that the night-time economy contributes £26.3bn to London’s annual GDP, equivalent to 40 per cent of the equivalent figure for the UK. This figure is expected to rise to £28.3bn by 20294.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our city’s flourishing nightlife attracts millions of visitors from the UK and abroad every year. However, with the loss of so many clubs and venues from around the capital, we cannot afford to be complacent. That’s why I’m delighted to appoint Philip Kolvin QC as Chair of a revamped Night Time Commission. Working alongside my newly-appointed Night Czar Amy Lamé, Philip’s expertknowledge in the field of licensing, regulation and policy will be crucial in ensuring that our live music venues and nightclubs are protected from closure and that they are recognised as a distinctive part of our cultural heritage.”
New Chair of the Night Time Commission, Philip Kolvin QC said: “At the heart of every great city is a great night-time economy. London’s night life is internationally renowned and forms a key reason for people wanting tolive, work and invest here. As the capital grows, we must plan for a growing night-time economy for the whole of Greater London – something that can only be achieved through proper partnerships with stakeholders, strategic planning, and investment in infrastructure.
“It’s vital that we ensure that everyone benefits from a thriving night-time economy – from those who want a great night out, to those who want a good night’s sleep. I look forward to working with the capital’s new Night Czar, Amy Lamé, so that we can develop the role of London as the global leader of the night-time economy.”
Night Czar, Amy Lamé said: “I’m delighted that I’ll be working alongside Philip to develop the capital’s night-time economy. Together, we will make it our mission to ensure that London thrives as a 24-hour city. We understand the need to protect night clubs, pubs and live music venues, but we’re also keenly aware that the capital’s night-time economy needs to work for everyone – including those who simply want to sleep at night.
Perhaps Amy could also provide a Social Theory Library for someone like me as part of her 24-hour city, should I ever be insane enough to drop in on London now that it is being run by Dafydd’s mates.
“I look forward to meeting members of the public in my forthcoming Night Surgeries, and will ensure that we strike a fine balance between the needs of revellers, residents, local authorities, the Metropolitan Police and developers.”
A fine balance that will be achieved with assistance from Legal Advisers To Dafydd.
The Commission’s work has been expanded beyond the original end date of October 2016 and it will continue to advise on measures to support the night time economy. The findings of the Commission’s research, carried out by Westminster University’s Music Tank, will be published in 2017.
Quotes from spokespeople across the Night Time Industries:
Alan D Miller, Chairman, Night Time Industries Association: “PhilipKolvin is one of Britain’s treasure troves of knowledge, experience and insight when it comes to the *night-time economy*. Having been Chairman of both Purple Flag and Best Bar None initiatives, Philip understands the complex and critical issues facing local councils, the police and the night time industries and is passionate about finding ways these relationships can improve for the benefit of all. A lifetime of practising licensing law has made him a reference point for many when thinking about how to best manage and enhance the benefits of nightlife while mitigating costs. Philip’s energy and enthusiasm for developing vibrant and sustainable night time economies will bring enormous dividends to The Night Time Commission, as he leads this assembly of all stakeholders to ensure London’s future as a truly leading global city.”
Mirik Milan, Night Mayor of Amsterdam: “Philip’s Manifesto for the Night Time Economy is the perfect starting point for creating a balanced and successful strategy to support London as a 24-hour city. I recommend cities follow Amsterdam and co-create a manifesto with all the night-time stakeholders. Philip working alongside Amy will make a cracking team!”
Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) Chief Executive Kate Nicholls: “The Mayor has made some very positive moves since taking office and we are pleased to see him taking the issue of London’s night-time economy seriously. It is vitally important that we have an effective Night Time Commission to complement the work of the Night Czar and we would like to congratulate Philip on his appointment.
“Philip has always been a passionate advocate for licensed hospitality and the UK’s night-time economy.
When he isn’t being an ecowarrier and Protecting Green Spaces that is.
He has extensive experience working with all stakeholders
including hospitality businesses, local authorities and the police. Philip has the nous and the credibility to lead the Commission and his experience will be key to the success of the Mayor’s plans for London.
“We look forward to working closely with Philip and the Night Czar to promote London’s valuable and crucial night-time economy.”
Metropolitan Police Service Assistant Commissioner Territorial Policing Martin Hewitt said: “We welcome the appointment Phillip Kolvin QC as the Chair of the Night Time Commission, and we look forward to working with Philip to support London’s world-renowned night-time economy, and ensure that Londoners, those working here and all visitors to the capital can enjoy it safely. Philip’s wide-ranging experience in licensing will be very valuable as we work together, alongside businesses and partners, as part of the Commission.”
Marianne Fredericks, Past Chairman, City of London Licensing Committee and Founder of the London Licensing Forum, said: “As founder of the London Licensing Forum I know what can be done to boost the night time economy when people work together. Philip Kolvin QC brings a 360 degrees perspective on this issue having represented councils, businesses and the police. His insight and vision has been invaluable for my work at the City of London. With his experience the whole of London could start to realise the huge potential which exists for our residents and businesses through growing the night time economy.”
John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, said, “Embracing the 24-hour economy will mean a more vibrant and thriving London. We look forward to working with Philip, alongside the new Night Czar Amy Lame, to tackle issues from planning and licensing through to freight, deliveries and road use, to help create the right conditions for the capital to prosper and grow.”
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor who commissioned Philip’s expertise to Grow London’s 24 Hour Economy, spent years as the Labour MP for Tooting, on the patch of St George’s Hospital and the paedophile ring. Sadiq has never whispered a thing about it. Prior to that, Sadiq was a Councillor for Tooting; he didn’t mention the ring then either. Sadiq will know about the ring and may have known something about it before he got near local politics, because Sadiq grew up in er Tooting. Before Sadiq was an MP, he was a Radical Lawyer. Sadiq took one famous case re the abuse of an Empowered Service User, that of David ‘Rocky’ Bennett, who was killed by Angels and police officers when they Restrained Him. Sadiq became quite a champ with the Official Spokespeople For People With Mental Health Problems, such as Socialist Feminist Service Users’ Champ, Dr Rachel Perkins. The police took most of the blame for Rocky’s death and Sadiq very wisely ignored the rapes and murders that were taking place in Springfield Hospital in Tooting, the Mental Health Unit attached to St George’s, of which the Clinical Director was Dr Rachel Perkins.
Rocky’s death only ever received the attention that it did because his sister was a Top Doctor. They murdered the wrong patient on that occasion, she wasn’t going to believe any of the usual guff…
Sadiq has campaigned against racial discrimination in the NHS and has represented NHS staff.
Some time after Sadiq hired the Legal Adviser to Dafydd’s mates to put a rocket under London’s Night Time Economy, Sadiq and Philip fell out in a major way and allegations and counter-allegations flew. I have not had time to get to the bottom of it.
Issy’s chum Kit Ounsted is also remembered by the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online, the contribution having been written by Top Doc Janet Lindsay, Kit’s colleague:
b.8 August 1921 d.7 October 1992
BM BCh Oxon(1945) MA(1950) DM(1951) DPM(1956) MRCP(1966) FRCPsych(1971) FRCP(1972)
Christopher (Kit) Ounsted was born in London, the second son of Laurence John Ounsted who, after retiring from the City, trained for the Clergy at the age of 73. Father and son were Freemen of the City of London and Liverymen of the Mercer’s Company. Kit was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and University College Oxford, where he was a War Memorial scholar. His medical training was at the Radcliffe Infirmary where he won the Theodore Williams Prize in pathology. After house jobs in paediatrics in Sheffield and London, he spent two years in the RAF. Later he returned to paediatrics and the Radcliffe Infirmary as registrar to Victoria Smallpeice. He became research assistant in paediatric neurology with support from the regional hospital board for seven years, from 1948-55, and subsequently trained in psychiatry with Ian Skottowe at the Warneford Hospital, while also holding the Ernest Hart scholarship of the BMA for research in paediatric neurology. By 1957 he was appointed consultant physician and medical director of the Park Hospital, formerly a neurosis unit, which he launched as the Park Hospital for Children and which he was to make internationally renowned.
The hospital served as the base for child and adolescent psychiatry for much of the Oxford region and the sole inpatient facility. It attracted the more severe and arcane conditions in patients, who became the subjects of a wide variety of research endeavours across the range of developmental neuropsychiatry. ‘Developmental medicine’ was Kit’s favoured description of his work if he was obliged to expand beyond ‘physician’. This clever euphemism for areas of medicine subject to fashionable changes in nomenclature was also, for him, the best way of referring to the study of individual biographies as subjects for science.
Kit Ounsted’s professional colleagues, in all disciplines that worked at the Park Hospital, benefited from the enthusiasm and novel thinking of a consultant physician who recognized and valued their work and their worth. He helped realize the potential in teachers, paediatricians, occupational therapists and psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers, nurses and technicians. Equally, he valued and facilitated his patients’ development which he would nurture over many years.
It was the unfolding of the biographies in his patients with temporal lobe epilepsy which was the key element in his two, jointly authored, monographs on that topic. His studies of epilepsy, founded in his years with Victoria Smallpeice, also informed his other collaborative work on sex differences in diseases and infantile autism. His collaborators benefited from Ounsted’s attachment to the descriptive work of Darwin and that of the ethologists Lorenz and Tindenberg. Naturalistic descriptions of children’s behaviour was, to his mind, a proper science. His paper on ‘The hyperkinetic syndrome in epileptic children’ was a brilliant vindication of this approach.
Konrad Lorenz and Niko Tindenberg were zoologists who’s work was on imprinting in baby geese, it cannot be transferred onto humans and I’m not sure that Lorenz and Tindenberg had any interest in doing this themselves, they were interested in animals…
From the moment of establishing the Park Hospital for Children, collaborative work became his major concern and he placed his ideas in the hands and minds of his many colleagues. He thus came to realize the evident fact of the deliberate abuse of children and it was he who bore the burden of the management of these children and their families which enabled the important research of his colleagues. The burden of the hurts and duplicity, and the administrative work involved, were painful to him yet from these collaborative studies fundamental observations about ‘gaze aversion’ and ‘frozen watchfulness’ came into being.
Ounsted’s successful clinical work at the Park Hospital for Children led to the setting up of a separate adolescent unit and his work with epileptic children and their families was recognized when it became the National Centre for Children with Epilepsy. He was also able to help his wife Margaret become prominent in her own right in the field of foetal growth and early infant development.
To understand Kit Ounsted it is necessary to appreciate the prodigious scale of his intelligence, the speed of his reading and his extraordinary capacity for problem analysis. His interests outside medicine lay in nature and in words. He favoured zoos such as that in Jersey, and books such as Jeremy Taylor’s Holy living (extracts) London, Marcus Ward & Co, 1884. He read poetry extensively, and the works of Jane Austin throughout each year. His family relations led back to Nelson yet his reading of history confirmed him as a devotee of Wellington. He taught that some doctors at least must be available to pause and work reflectively with people who had problems and what he gave unstintingly to patients and colleagues alike was his time.
Margaret, also a physician, died in 1988 and Kit lost not only his devoted companion and mother of his four children but also an attentive and supportive professional colleague. Two of their children are physicians.
Two of Kit’s children did indeed qualify and work as Top Doctors, but they are no longer practising. Christopher Martin Ounsted qualified in 1974 from London University. He is no longer registered as a Top Doctor, having relinquished his registration. This only ever happens when a Top Doc is in serious shit and Robert Bluglass took advantage of this service offered by the GMC. It is a useful service because if a Top Doc relinquishes their registration, the GMC can no longer take disciplinary action against them, they keep their pension and goodies and as the GMC stresses, the Good Name of the Top Doctor Remains Untarnished.
Kit’s daughter Jean Mary Ounsted is categorised by the GMC as ‘registered without a licence to practise’. Jean also qualified from the University of London in 1974. I wonder if Christopher and Jean are twins?
Donald Hugh Paterson: b.11 May 1890 d.12 December 1968
BA Manitoba(1912) MB ChB Edin(1916) MRCP(1921) MD(1928) FRCP(1929) FRCPC(1947) Donald Hugh Paterson was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, the son of a grain exporter. He graduated from Manitoba College, Winnipeg, in 1912 and then came to this country to study medicine at Edinburgh University. He qualified MB ChB in 1916, took the Membership examination of the College in 1921, and his MD in 1928. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1929 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1947.
I first met Donald Paterson when I was a medical student in the early 1920’s, on a visit to Great Ormond Street. He was medical registrar, handsome and immaculately dressed, complete with cravat, and had a train of admiring Royal Free girls in his wake. I would like to concentrate on the man himself, an uncomplicated, shrewd, kindly, outspoken extrovert. Ponton spoke of him as ‘the homo ferox’, particularly when he was denouncing the folly of those who disagreed with him over some new and somewhat revolutionary policy. But events proved that his judgment was usually correct.
In the frontispiece of Hector Cameron’s book on the British Paediatric Association is a drawing by Dorothy Paterson of her husband, Donald, endeavouring to persuade a doubtful Dr Still that a BPA must be founded. Standing beside them is James Spence, smilingly about to join in with some philosophical argument. It certainly needed Paterson’s driving force, wild enthusiasm, determination and uninhibited advocacy to sweep all opposition aside. The BPA was inaugurated at 28 Queen Anne Street, Still’s house, on 2 February 1928. This historic occasion proclaimed the man who was to do more than anyone in his time to advance paediatrics in this country.
One of the objects of the BPA is the promotion of friendship among paediatricians.
And to provide protection and a soft landing in the event of a paediatrician being convicted of child abuse, as well as to reassure the world that this was a matter of One Sad Apple and Of Course He Never Abused His Patients, We Can Absolutely Reassure Everyone, That Did Not Happen. Ever!!!
This he always had in mind, partly because at times his manner and methods alienated some of his colleagues for a while.
Did Paterson pass the port in the wrong direction or goose the Lady Doctors, in particular Victoria Smallpeice?
And yet it was really his idea that there should be a Great Ormond Street Dining Club, so that the unique spirit of the hospital would be maintained by its annual gatherings.
I noticed from my time at St George’s that medicine really is all about dinners and fine wine. But when I tell that to the young people of today they don’t believe me.
In many ways he was before his time. Postgraduate teaching is a good example. He tried to introduce weekend courses; hundreds attended, but the breaking of the Sabbath was too much for some of the older physicians and the idea had to be abandoned.
The creation of a Dining Club usually goes down well on the part of everyone, it doesn’t involve extra work but everybody can pretend that it is work related and it sounds a great deal better than just another piss-up in the medical school bar.
On the other hand, the famous ‘circus’ remains as a traditional feature of the teaching programme. Here Donald was the ringmaster and his ‘juniors’ the performers with acts which had to be short, snappy, and were never allowed to exceed the allotted time. This brings me to Donald and his housemen. His enormous drive and energy have already been mentioned, but he could be impatient and critical. There were times when Donald Paterson and his house physician communicated entirely by notes, but it was only a temporary rift, which was soon mended.
Dreadful treatment of junior doctors by their senior colleagues was routine and led to very serious errors and not infrequently patient deaths. Junior docs were almost worked to death, given no support or supervision and were left to flail. The intimidation and isolation was huge and was undoubtedly the cause of the high suicide rate among junior docs. The brutalising process transformed those who survived into complete shitbags and the few who survived that part of Medical Training but did not become shitbags knew that they would be finished if they breathed one word about the grim reality. Every obituary of an old bastard who terrorised the junior docs subscribes to the same narrative: ooh they were loved and respected really, they did it to turn out excellent doctors, they were very shy under the carapace.
It is nonsense, they were deeply unpleasant sadistic people who should have been told to change career because working with anxious vulnerable people when you hate the rest of the human race is not a good idea.
Wilfred Sheldon recalls, as Out-Patient registrar, a delightful letter from Donald which read: ‘I greatly appreciate your help in Out-Patients between noon and 1 pm, but would prefer it between 9 and 10 am.’
No, the junior docs were there for over 130 hours per week, as all patients noticed: ‘Gosh are you still here, I think you’ve been the doctor on call since Monday haven’t you and it’s always you, even when I’ve needed someone at 3 am’. Understandably after a few years of that, a voice inside them screamed ‘When I have got through this near lethal drudgery, I am going to demand a huge salary, plenty of time off, the best of everything and no-one is ever going to tell me what to do again’. The worst of them also spent the rest of their career torturing junior colleagues and patients.
Inexperienced Angels who are observant always ask each other ‘What on earth happens to doctors? They are lovely when they are students, but by the time they are SHOs they are the must unpleasant shits that we could ever meet’.
They’re tortured, it’s that simple. The torture used to be much worse than it is, but it is still quite serious. Not many people, after being tortured, deliver the steel toed hob nail boot to the groin of the people who did the torturing. They deliver it to someone else to ensure that the grossly dysfunctional system continues.
As a houseman, trying to comply with his demands for six months was a stimulating and exhausting experience, but it paid dividends. Those who found themselves on his wavelength and had worked hard became his lifelong friends, and he would unsparingly help them in their careers.
Even when they were up in Court on charges of kiddie porn.
Looking back on the year we were on the staff of Great Ormond Street together, there is no doubt that Donald Paterson succeeded in shaking the hospital to some extent out of what might have become a reactionary lethargy.
So that is how this happened.
He always had the welfare of the hospital at heart and strove to maintain its position and international fame.
The same can be said about his other hospital, the Westminster, where he created a flourishing Paediatric Department. Outside, he was always promoting the claims of paediatricians in relation to the Ministry of Health, the Royal College of Physicians, and other bodies. When the College failed to fall in entirely with his ideas, he tried to establish a College of Child Health.
That is so often the reason for the establishment of a Royal College. The Top Docs have been scrapping, so they make a Royal College all of their own. Or that the Top Docs are being Mocked by others in the Royal College so to improve their standing, they create one of their own in which they are Top Dogs. That is why Sir Martin Roth et al fought like mad for their very own Royal College of Psychiatrists (see post ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection?’) and it was why Baroness June Lloyd went to war on behalf of a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (see post ‘Too Many Pills’).
I have been told that the same reason lay behind the numerous chapels in Wales; three or four in each small village. There was a scrap so everyone built their own chapel.
This was in 1947 and it did not obtain general support, but since then paediatrics and the objects for which it is striving have been increasingly upheld.
The grandiosity and lunacy snowballed and thus a Royal College was created.
The advent of a National Health Service and the possibility of bureaucratic control of the medical profession were too much for him and he decided to return to his native Canada and begin afresh.
What a relief that someone is honest enough to say that this Top Doctor left the country rather than work in the NHS, instead of We Did It For The Poor. Most Top Doctors opposed the creation of the NHS which is why Nye Bevan gave them so much money to agree to work for it and left them in control of their own pay and conditions and professional regulation. This was the result:
He was then 57, but that meant nothing. Returning to the Examination Hall he obtained all the necessary degrees to practise in that country.
That may not have been the arduous process that is implied.
With the same energy, he set up a Health Centre for children and a Registry for those handicapped by chronic disease. These were only two of his schemes for the development of child care in Vancouver, and in recognition of his services he was appointed Clinical Professor of Paediatrics in the University of British Columbia.
In the autumn of his life he donated a substantial sum to the BPA to establish a Prize Essay. Commenting on this project he wrote that ‘it seemed to [him] that the next generation might swing to the extreme of not writing at all… it might be said that the previous generation wrote too much and [he] would not argue about that’. From one who was responsible for four books and some 60 articles, this was a curious but not unreasonable remark.
In 1923 he married Dorothy Reed, daughter of a stockbroker of Toronto. It was a supremely happy marriage, and Dorothy was a gifted and gracious companion. They had four sons. And in spite of all Donald’s interests and activities there was always time for golf, fishing or sailing, and for the generous entertainment of visitors.
So by definition he was not working the hours of a junior doc.
He was also continuously available to his residents.
Even those whom he hated so much that he would only communicate by notes.
In many ways he was a King of Paediatrics. We owe him a great tribute for all his achievements, and he will remain a lovable personality in the memories of many people.
Here’s Donald, handsome, lovable, although not wearing his cravat:
This toadying tribute to an intimidating scumbag was written by paediatrician Bernard E. Schlesinger. Bernard has a famous son, but not of a Top Doc variety. Bernard’s son was film director John Schlesinger, the eldest of Bernard’s five children, who died in Palm Springs, USA, July 2003.
‘The cornerstones of John Schlesinger’s oeuvre are a lifelong preoccupation with gender relations, particularly homosexuality, a distinctive intellectual middle-class outlook, an interest in other cultures and races, and a commitment to film making as entertainment’.
I think I get the jist.
John Richard Schlesinger 16 February 1926 – 25 July 2003) was a film and stage director and actor. Schlesinger was born in Hampstead into a middle class Jewish family, the son of Winifred Henrietta (née Regensburg) and Bernard Edward Schlesinger. After St Edmund’s School, Hindhead and Uppingham School, John went to Balliol College, Oxford.
Ronnie Waterhouse’s son went to Uppingham and just a few of the many Balliol stars were Ted Heath, Denis Healey and Woy Jenkins. Who all concealed/were involved with organised abuse, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See previous posts.
At Oxford, John Schlesinger was involved in the Oxford University Dramatic Society.
Schlesinger’s acting career began in the 1950s and consisted of supporting roles in British films such as The Divided Heart and Oh… Rosalinda!!, and British TV productions such as BBC Sunday Night Theatre, The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Vise. He began his directorial career in 1956 with the short documentary Sunday in the Park about London’s Hyde Park. In 1958, Schlesinger created a documentary on Benjamin Britten and the Aldeburgh Festival for the BBC’s ‘Monitor’ TV programme, including rehearsals of the children’s opera Noye’s Fludde featuring a young Michael Crawford.
The man behind ‘Monitor’ was Huw Wheldon, who came from north Wales, went to Friar’s School in Bangor, became Rich n Famous at the BBC and helped Dafydd and the gang out for the rest of Huw’s life. See previous posts.
In 1959, Schlesinger was credited as exterior or second unit director on 23 episodes of the TV series The Four Just Men and four 30-minute episodes of the series Danger Man. He also appeared in Col March of Scotland Yard as “Dutch cook” in Death and the Other Monkey” 1956.
By the 1960s, Schlesinger had virtually given up acting to concentrate on a directing career, and another of his earlier directorial efforts, the British Transport Films‘ documentary Terminus(1961), gained a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion and a British Academy Award. His first two fiction films, A Kind of Loving (1962) and Billy Liar (1963). A Kind of Loving won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962. His third feature film, Darling (1965), tartly described swinging London in the 1960s. Schlesinger’s next film was the period drama Far from the Madding Crowd (1967). Both films (and Billy Liar) featured Julie Christie as the female lead.
Julie Christie was one of the 60s stars who moved to Wales…
Schlesinger’s next film, Midnight Cowboy (1969), was internationally acclaimed and it won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. Midnight Cowboy was the film which made Jon Voight famous:
During the 1970s, John Schlesinger made Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), The Day of the Locust (1975), Marathon Man (1976) and Yanks (1979). Later, came the major box office and critical failure of Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), followed by films that attracted mixed responses from the public eg. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) and Pacific Heights (1990). In Britain, Schlesinger did better with Madame Sousatzka (1988) and Cold Comfort Farm (1995). Other later works include An Englishman Abroad (1983), the TV play A Question of Attribution (1991), The Innocent (1993) and The Next Best Thing (2000).
Schlesinger also directed Timon of Athens (1965) for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the musical I and Albert (1972) at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. From 1973, he was an Associate Director of the Royal National Theatre, where he produced G.B. Shaw’s Heartbreak House (1975). He also directed several operas, beginning with Les contes d’Hoffmann (1980) and Der Rosenkavalier (1984), both at Covent Garden.
John Schlesinger also directed that notorious 1992 party political broadcast for the Tories which featured John Major being filmed while being driven around Brixton where he had grown up saying things like ‘I wonder if that’s still there?? Ooh yes, yes it is, I used to next door’.
As PM, John Major appointed William Hague as Secretary of State for Wales and William subsequently organised the massive cover-up of the crimes of Schlesinger’s dad’s friends and colleagues which was the Waterhouse Report.
William went on to greater things, here he is in his capacity as Foreign Secretary, with Angelina, a UN Special Envoy with a particular interest in Wimmin:
Angelina is an oncology expert as well and had a number of perfectly healthy organs surgically removed because she was probably going to die as a consequence of Carrying A Faulty Gene. Angelina was held up as a Role Model and other Wimmin too were encouraged to Get Tested For The Faulty Gene. A lot of them found that they were carrying it, so they had healthy parts of their bodies surgically removed just like Angelina. It was later admitted that the Faulty Gene wasn’t as lethal as everyone had been told and that the extensive surgery had not been required. See previous posts. I have not heard Angelina’s view on the matter, or indeed William Hague’s, or the UN’s or the lying Top Doctors who started the madness off.
Here’s Angelina with her dad, actor Jon Voight, who was made famous by er John Schlesinger, Bernard’s son…
When John Schlesinger made that PR piece for a Gov’t that was concealing the trafficking ring and the serious crime of which Schlesinger’s dad and his colleagues were the key facilitators, my career and the careers of at least three of my friends who had witnessed/knew about Dafydd et al had been wrecked.
I could do a return tour of north Wales. Ooh let’s see, is the North Wales Hospital still there?? Ooh yes, there it is, shall we excavate the grounds and recover the bodies, the evidence of exactly what Bernard Schlesinger and his colleagues were up to?? Oh look it’s Bryn Estyn, ah there’ll be so many with such happy memories. Now for a pilgrimage to the graves of so many who concealed the whole bloody lot, I have a great deal of dancing on top of them to do…
John Schlesinger admitted to having voted for all three main political parties in the UK at one time or another. They did all collude with his dad and the trafficking gang, it’s not as if it will have mattered for whom he voted.
Schlesinger was appointed CBE in the 1970 Birthday Honours for services to film. In 2003, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Star was dedicated to him.
Schlesinger underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1998, during the middle of the Waterhouse Inquiry, before suffering a stroke in December 2000. He was taken off life support at Desert Regional Medical Centre in Palm Springs on 24 July 2003 and he died early the following day at the age of 77. Schlesinger was survived by his partner of over 30 years, photographer Michael Childers. A memorial service was held on 30 September 2003.
- Best Director (1966) (Darling) – Nominated
- Best Director (1970) (Midnight Cowboy) – Won
- Best Director (1972) (Sunday, Bloody Sunday) – Nominated
- Best Short Film (1962) (Terminus) – Won
- Best British Film (1966) (Darling) – Nominated
- Best Direction (1970) (Midnight Cowboy) – Won
- Best Direction (1972) (Sunday Bloody Sunday) – Won
- Best Direction (1980) (Yanks) – Nominated
- Best Single Drama (1984) (An Englishman Abroad) – Won
- Best Single Drama (1992) (A Question of Attribution) – Won
- BAFTA Fellowship (1996)
- Best Director (1966) (Darling) – Nominated
- Best Director (1970) (Midnight Cowboy) – Nominated
- Best Director (1977) (Marathon Man) – Nominated
- A Kind of Loving (1962)
- Billy Liar (1963)
- Darling (1965)
- Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)
- Midnight Cowboy (1969)
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
- The Day of the Locust (1975)
- Marathon Man (1976)
- Yanks (1979)
- Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
- The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
- The Believers (1987)
- Madame Sousatzka (1988)
- Pacific Heights (1990)
- The Innocent (1993)
- Eye for an Eye (1996)
- The Next Best Thing (2000)
- Separate Tables (1983) (TV)
- An Englishman Abroad (1983) (TV)
- A Question of Attribution (1991) (TV)
- Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)
- The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998) (TV)
- Sunday in the Park (1956)
- Terminus (1961)
- Israel: A Right to Live (1967)
- Visions of Eight (segment, The Longest) (1973)
Note to Michael Grade:
I’ll let my friend know who John’s Schlesinger’s dad and his dad’s friends were Michael, my friend who refused to do a fiddle for your mate Sam because Sam didn’t book a ticket and an hotel for the Fringe in time, my friend who’s husband was SACKED BY THE BBC WHEN HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT A BRIBE, my friend who’s FILM SCRIPT WAS PLAGIARISED BY STEPHEN SPIELBERG.
It’s the revenge of the sheepshaggers Grade and the Little Welsh Men, you big pillock you really should not have done any of it.
Anyone else want to laugh at my friend BIGGUS???
John Schlesinger’s long term partner Michael Childers is:
‘A renowned and highly respected film, dance, and theatre photographer for forty years. Since 1996, he has been working solely with fine art photography and on book projects.
Born in North Carolina, Childers graduated from UCLA Film School where he directed student films and began his photography career by studying with Robert Heineken and Edward Teske. Childers created the mixed media work for the record-breaking run of the hit off-Broadway musical “Oh Calcutta” for Kenneth Tynan. It was Tynan who subsequently invited Michael to work for Sir Laurence Olivier’s National Theater in London. He remains the only American photographer invited to photograph the National Theater’s productions. He went on to become a founding photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines. For Dance magazine, he produced many covers including those featuring the Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as co-authored a book Bejart: The World of Dance.
From his Melrose Avenue and Venice Beach studios Childers photographed over 200 magazine covers including GQ, New York, TV Guide, Esquire, Los Angeles, Elle, Paris Match, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, and both English and Italian Vogue. He created more than 100 film posters for major motion picture studios. In 1988, Michael won the award for “Best Poster of the Year” from the New York Art Director’s Circle for the film Siesta. He has also worked as a special photographer on many films including Grease, Marathon Man, The Year of Living Dangerously, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Pennies from Heaven, Hammett, and Endless Love. Michael’s work in feature films extends beyond photography. Starting as a production assistant on the Academy Award winning Midnight Cowboy, he worked his way up the production ranks on such films as Day of the Locust and Marathon Man before going on to co-produce The Falcon and the Snowman and The Believers.
Childers is finishing work on a new project Passionate Moves: Contact Yoga for Couples, a lavishly illustrated photography book of beautifully toned prints featuring nude couples practicing yoga positions. He has been selected as one of the 100 most important photographers of erotic art in the world by Graphis Magazine. His work was featured in Masterpieces of Erotic Photography (1999), Femmes (2001), and Adonis (2001) by Carlton Books London. His work is also featured in Dream Boys I and II, by Studio Books Australia and Male Nudes Now (2002), by Rizzoli publications. Recent exhibitions include The Sensual in Photography (2002) at the BGH Gallery Santa Monica, The Lost Warhols, a collection of previously unpublished portraits of Andy Warhol, which debuted in Los Angeles at the Stephen Cohen Gallery and at the Lew Allen Gallery in Santa Fe. He also exhibited in the group show Dogs and Cats at the Stephen Cohen Gallery Los Angeles.
Other exhibitions include the solo shows, Hollywood Voyeur and Famous – 40 Years of Celebrity Photography at the Erickson Gallery in Palm Springs; American Artist in Paris at the Louis Stern Fine Arts in Beverly Hills and the French Consulate in Los Angeles; Distortions in My Mind at the Jerry Miller Gallery in Palm Springs and St. Louis (April 2002) and at Louis Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood (July – September, 2002); Icons and Idols – Gays and Lesbians in the Arts at the Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach (June 2002). Trinity Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia with Connie Imboden, August 2002. In 2000, Michael published his first collection of photographs in the book, Hollywood Voyeur, with a forward by Gavin Lambert and an introduction by David Hockney.
Michael’s work was featured at the APEX Gallery Los Angeles group shows entitled Tinsel with Eve Arnold, Sid Avery, Bob Willoughby and Loomis Dean; and Artists as Art with Harry Benson, Horst, Alfred Eisensteadt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Steichen and Phillippe Halsman. Other group shows in 2002 include City of Angels…Gates of Hell at the Advocate Gallery in Los Angeles; I Shot Andy Warhol at the Fahey-Klein Gallery Los Angeles; and Photo LA, a photographic print exhibition at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (shown through Louis Stern Fine Arts). Solo Show, “Distortions in My Mind” at the Louis Stern Fine Arts Gallery, August, 2002. Michael’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Marion Museum of Photographic Studies in Santa Fe, the University of California Riverside photographic collections, the Palm Springs Desert Museum photographic collection, the Chiat Day Collection in Santa Monica, the Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts in New York, and the Laguna Art Museum. Upcoming exhibitions are scheduled for the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg in September 2003 and a retrospective at the Palm Springs Desert Museum in June of 2004.’
Andy Warhol, David Hockney, they’re all there, no wonder Dafydd had Patient F fitted up for arson and illegally imprisoned for a year… See previous posts.
- As well as ‘Do ewe mean mari-jew-ana?’, F’s other impersonations of Dafydd included ‘I think that ewe’d better stay a little longer…’ Yeh well F had been to school with Francis Rossi from Status Quo, his mate lived at St George’s Hills next to one of The Beatles and F had a great deal of shit on the sort of people with whom John Schlesinger hung around, no wonder it was a case of ‘I think ewe’d better stay a little longer’.
When I was doing teacher training, F decided to look up a few old friends as it were. Very old friends. He wrote to Francis Rossi and to his old art school tutor, who was a friend of celebs living in central London and to an old friend from art school, Annabel. Francis Rossi didn’t write back, but Ernie Trowel, F’s old tutor did and so did Annabel. Annabel was living in I think Norfolk and was married to a banker. Ernie was still in London. They wrote F short but sympathetic letters commiserating with him that he had had so many difficulties in life.
I’ve been told that the jungle drums knew about those letters – F told his key worker, the grossly negligent Louise Ingham, about them – and the distress flares went up…
Ernie and Annabel, F has been witness to some very serious crime, including a possible murder when he was in Risley Remand Centre. F’s initial problems with the gangsters of north Wales are linked to what he witnessed when he knew you at Farnham Art College…
Just after F sent those letters, I was forced out of my teaching job at Hillgrove School (see eg. post ‘Thought For The Day’) and was then the subject of a conspiracy by the gang to fit me up for ‘threatening to kill Alun Davies’. The case collapsed and there was no investigation, although at least eight NHS staff and a police officer perjured themselves and the corrupt presiding judge, Huw Daniel, Dafydd’s mate broke the law in Court himself. Days after the charges were withdrawn, someone illegally accessed the PNC and entered crimes for which I had never been charged let alone found guilty against my name. A forged certificate of indictment stating that I had pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder was found in the possession of Chester Crown Court. A forged document purporting to be a letter from me was found in the possession of the GMC, dated to suggest that I’d written it shortly after my arrest. See post ‘The General Medical Council – And Yet Another Forged Document’.
There is also a Sarah B. Schlesinger on the web, who founded what is now the Schlesinger Group, in 1966. The Schlesinger Group is a rather weird international company which offers Global Solutions in the form of questionable Consultancy Services which sound as though they were once based on social science and healthcare research, but somewhere along the way Schlesinger have become distracted by large consultancy fees and the sort of thing that sounds Medical And Scientific to anxious people who don’t know anything about medicine or science. Schlesinger aren’t actually offering to realign anyone’s chakras, but their services sound the equivalent but designed to appeal to affluent professional people.
A previous post also named Sir Kenneth William Cross as one of the mentors to Oliver’s Army. Kenneth Cross (26 March 1916 – 10 October 1990) was a physiologist, principally known for his contributions to the physiology of newborns. Kenneth Cross was educated at St Paul’s School, London, 1930-35 and then at St Mary’s Hospital, London, where he won a Moran Scholarship.
The Moran Scholarship was established by Lord Charles Wilson aka 1st Baron Moran, known as Charlie Corkscrew after his twisting of the knackers of Nye Bevan so tightly on behalf of the Top Docs during the negotiations re the establishment of the NHS that Nye just did what the Top Docs told him to do and no other politician since has dared challenge them. Charlie Corkscrew achieved his status by being Winston Churchill’s Top Doc from 1940 until Churchill’s death and was the source of the allegations that Churchill had bipolar disorder. Charlie Corkscrew has been accused of making things up and breaching Churchill’s confidence in his efforts to peddle his ideas for personal gain. See previous posts.
Kenneth Cross married twice. His first wife Joyce Wilson née Lack, was a depressive, who committed suicide in 1970. Cross was also a depressive himself. Cross usually managed to adapt his depression into high spirits which was evidenced by his colleagues, but ‘this resulted in facing many many long hours of misery and gloom’ that was only made bearable by his second wife, Sheila Cross née Lewis, with whom ‘he had a nurturing and fulfilling marriage’.
After returning from China, Cross abandoned a potential career as a physician and become a physiologist at St Mary’s Hospital. In 1948, he started on researching foetal and neonatal physiology for the ventilation of the newborn babies. Through this work Cross became a leading member of a group of physiologists and paediatricians who founded the Neonatal Society in 1959. Cross’s life work became neonatal research.
Cross spent a year in America in 1958-1959 at the Cardiovascular Research Institute located in the University of California, San Francisco. Working with Julius H. Comroe Jr, Cross helped organize and establish the study into neonatal research that later grew into one of the largest paediatric research groups in America. Upon returning from the US, Cross moved to the London Hospital with a promotion to Professor of Physiology in 1960, a post he held until 1981.
The London Hospital facilitated Dafydd’s partner gang in Tower Hamlets and the East End. Top Doc Wendy Savage was a key member of the gang (see post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’) and she was a good mate of Geoffrey Chamberlain’s, Ollie’s pal at St George’s. Lord Bob Winston trained at the London Hospital and was a source of excellent PR for the gang when he was on the TV constantly. Lord Bob’s day job was at Hammersmith with the Top Docs eg. Prof Huw Bentall who were mates with the gang in north Wales and who’s families were even marrying into the families of members of the north Wales gang. See previous posts.
In 1963 Kenneth Cross became an honorary Director of an MRC group on the respiration and energy metabolism in the newborn.
Cross as an individual ‘had no time for fools or knaves’, which must have been why he worked cheek by jowl with Top Doctors who assisted this man’s activities:
Kenneth Cross was ‘a rather forthright character who didn’t value position, but did value and respect people’.
This was possibly the reason he was passed over for membership of the Royal Society, a ‘position he clearly deserved’. It can’t even be said that Cross assisting Dafydd and Issy’s network was the explanation for that snub from the Royal Society because they’ve let plenty of other mates of Dafydd’s in.
Kenneth Cross’s contributions to medical science before 1957, specifically to physiology of the newborn, ‘were so many and so fundamental’ that it was a surprise that his first proposal for membership to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health was not automatic, as were the proposals for membership from Ollie Brooke’s friends. They had all been in the Royal College’s predecessor, the British Paediatric Association and were automatically transferred into the Royal College upon its establishment.
However, when Cross’s name was put forward for election, dissenting voices stalled the proposal as they saw no reason to include a physiologist. When Cross was finally elected on the second proposal, Cross ‘wasn’t having an easy professional life’. ‘Paediatricians were slow to recognise the importance of his work’, which was ironic because when advances in care of newborns and premature babies became sufficient to save the lives of babies who would in previous years have died, paediatricians ensured that film footage of premature babies appeared in time for the BMA pay claim or the planned battle with whichever Gov’t had pissed them off.
The Cuts Will Mean That These Babies Will Die!
Of course parents are very grateful for the neonate units if they have a premature baby and the reason why so many women with high risk pregnancies chose to deliver at St George’s when I worked there was because of the special care baby unit. It was a very good unit, but no-one mentioned that the wider institution was facilitating a paedophile/trafficking ring, research fraud and serious organised crime.
At the time of Cross’s early research, both paediatricians and physiologists found it impossible to believe that the type of fundamental research conducted by Kenneth Cross could be done on the new-born. Indeed, as Professor Otto Wolff, another Founding Father of Oliver’s Army (see post ‘Too Many Pills’) stated in his speech when awarding the James Spence Medal to Cross:
that Cross was told by his professor St Mary’s that now he was turned down by the BPA that it was time he stopped playing with babies and got down to some proper physiology.
Cross’s approach to physiology was simple, once practical solutions were developed, they were turned into a process that could be applied to everyday clinical problems. Cross ‘operated with an exceedingly high standard of approach to ethical standards and used this approach to train a large number of research students, many who would later become neonatologists’.
Cross was awarded the James Spence Medal, the highest award of the British Paediatric Association in March 1979. That doesn’t tell us much about Kenneth Cross, except that he was, eventually, accepted into the bosom of the ring of paediatricians who facilitated organised abuse, even if they had frozen him out for a very long time, because they all gave each other the James Spence Medal. See previous posts.
b.26 March 1916 d.10 October 1990
MRCS LRCP(1940) MB BS Lond(1941) MRCP(1942) PhD(1947) FRCP(1965)
Kenneth William Cross, born in London, was one of the signal successes of Lord Moran’s way of picking likely students of medicine;
going up to St Mary’s from St Paul’s School and passing the membership examination of the College within two years of his qualification in 1940…
It was the prowess at Rugby wot did it. Dafydd’s gang do like a bit of Rugby. Their pal corrupt High Court judge Sir John Kay was the father of a Rugby international and Sir Tasker Watkins, the Greatest Living Welshman and corrupt Deputy Lord Chief Justice was President of the Welsh Rugby Union, 1993-2004. See previous posts for details of Tasker’s many public roles in the field of law and the world of Top Docs.
Sir Tasker Watkins – Statue at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
The staff at Bryn Estyn were recruited from Wrexham Rugby Club. No-one ever managed to explain why. Ioan Bowen Rees, Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council when the gang ran riot in the Council’s children’s homes, was President of Bethesda Rugby Club.
Someone whom I used to know who was a regular on the gay night scene in Cardiff and who, to use Brown’s expression, ‘peddled his arse’, knew Max Boyce and I was told that Max Boyce is gay. I don’t mind Max, not one bit, but Dafydd’s gang’s links to you are helping to prop them up.
On his return he abandoned what looked like becoming a very distinguished career as a physician to join Huggett’s department of physiology. He took up the study of foetal and neonatal physiology as a kind of intellectual grandchild of Sir Henry Barcroft, becoming a leading member of the group of physiologists, paediatricians and veterinarians who founded the Neonatal Society – of which he subsequently became president when his turn came round…
Cross’ work as a physiologist involved the careful but non-invasive study of human infants: on the management and course of events in birth asphyxia, on the relation between ambient temperature and oxygen concentration on metabolic rate, on the significance of Head’s so-called paradoxical reflex in lung expansion and on cerebral blood flow. To facilitate these studies he invented the phrenic stimulator and plethysmographic methods for measuring oxygen consumption and cerebral blood flow – the famous ‘Cross box’.
His contributions to infant physiology were characteristically simple – once thought of; practical and applicable to everyday clinical problems. They were carried out with scrupulous regard to ethical principles and they led to his training a long series of research assistants in scientific method, many of whom came to be practising neonatologists as the speciality grew into a major component of clinical paediatrics. Nearly all of them ended up as devoted friends and admirers and one of them, Sheila Lewis, became his second wife and is now a paediatrician…
His first wife, Joyce Wilson née Lack, a depressive like himself, committed suicide in 1970. There were no children of the marriage but he was loved by and very devoted to Joyce’s daughter by a previous marriage and her family…
Kenneth Cross’ career provides in itself a justification for the recruitment of medically qualified basic scientists. He deserves much of the credit for neonatology having become par excellence the branch of medicine in which knowledge of physiology has been directly and successfully applied to patient care. It was for this achievement that he was awarded the Sir James Spence medal – the highest award of the British Paediatric Association.
This tribute to Kenneth Cross was written by Professor John Allen Davis, a keen writer of obituaries for members of Oliver’s Army and one of the leaders of the Mafia of Top Docs who circled the wagons in times of anxiety, including police investigations. After passing through St Mary’s Hospital, Oxford and Hammersmith with the other older members of Oliver’s Army, John Allen Davies was appointed Prof of Paediatrics at Cambridge and one of his closest friends was H. J.F. ‘John’ Jones, the Prof of Poetry at Oxford, who had family in north Wales. I think that Professor Janet Jones of London South Bank University and prior to that of the BBC for many years when No-One Knew About Jimmy Savile is the daughter of Prof John Jones. See post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’.
Kenneth Cross also features on the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health website:
Date of death: 10 October 1990
Year James Spence Medal awarded: 1979
Professor Cross attended St Mary’s Medical School and, after serving in the emergency medical service, returned to St Mary’s in the physiology department. He was the first to apply objective physiological techniques to the problem of resuscitating newborn babies, and continued in neonatal research. While a visiting professor in San Francisco, he initiated neonatal research with a trio of young paediatricians, which became one of the largest paediatric research groups in the USA.
Kenneth became professor of physiology at The London Hospital Medical College, and obtained a Medical Research. He was known for his fairness and concern of all members in his department. He served on many committees, including as Chairman of the Academic Board. In 1978, he was invited to give the annual review lecture of the Physiological Society, and his papers on neonatal respiratory physiology were admired; many of his publications appeared in the Journal of Physiology.
With his colleagues Richard Dobbs, Tony Jackson, and Bertie Webb of Taunton, he also established the registrar rotation scheme in which the registrar spends a year in neonatal research in Kenneth’s department.
Although a physiologist, Kenneth Cross was awarded the Medal due to his fundamental contributions to the physiology of newborns that were so relevant to paediatric practice. His interest in the ethical principles of physiological experiments also made him stand out in his field as he insisted on the strictest ethical criteria.
Kenneth Cross’s colleague Richard Heyworth Dobbs stars in the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:
b.10 May 1905 d.21 Aug 1980
MRCS LRCP(1930) BChir Cantab(1932) MB(1934) MRCP(1936) MD(1941) FRCP(1947)
Richard Heyworth Dobbs was educated at Bedales School, Downing College, Cambridge, and the London Hospital where he qualified in 1930. Enterprisingly, he persuaded the dean of the London to allow him to go for a year of his clinical course to Vienna, which was then living largely on its pre-first world war reputation as a great medical centre. Extraordinary indeed were the scenes he recounted of those times.
They will have been, Freud and his colleagues were involved
When a boy of ten years, Richard had a severe nephrotic illness and Sir Frederick Still was called in. Still asked him what he intended to be when he grew up and Richard replied ‘I want to be a children’s doctor like you, sir’. Their next meeting occurred some 15 years later when Still happened to examine him for the MRCP and was able to recall their earlier conversation.
Richard Dobbs’ paediatric training included a spell in the USA at the Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, and a first assistantship at University College Hospital, before he was appointed to the three hospitals at which he was to work for the next 30 years – the London Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney, and Southend General Hospital. At ‘the Queen’s’ the building of the Hayward block – which opened in 1972 – owed much to his leadership at that time. During the war years he served in the RAMC as lieutenant colonel in charge of a hospital medical division in the Middle East.
For 15 years Richard was editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood, during a period in which the journal was actively expanding in size and scope. He was president of the British Paediatric Association in 1970.
The ‘Archives of Disease in Childhood’ were keen on publishing Ollie’s contributions.
In middle age Richard took up sailing and, despite minimal experience, sailed his 45ft Natasha in ocean races. On one notable voyage he carried a crew of paediatricians to Copenhagen, to attend the International Congress of Paediatrics.
Largely dispensing with the bothersome mechanics of formal navigation methods, he was surprisingly adept at finding his way about the sea, apparently relying on an inborn talent for recognizing a coastline, allied to a characteristically happy-go-lucky attitude to the kind of lurking hazards that are apt to keep other less intrepid yachtsmen in a state of mild chronic anxiety. He had also learned to ski at the age of five years and represented the University during his time at Cambridge, thereafter managing to get to Switzerland each year until he was 65.
When he reached retirement age in 1970, it seemed that he might have difficulty finding adequate outlets for his still abundant energies and capabilities. The first requisite for a happy retirement is good health, and with this he was blessed well into his mid-70s. The second is for the individual to define what he enjoys doing and arrange his life accordingly. Richard decided that looking after sick children was what he enjoyed best,
When he wasn’t sailing or ski-ing or both sailing and ski-ing ‘at conferences’.
and he spent six months with the Grenfell Mission in Labrador, where he acquired such skills as how to erect an igloo in under ten minutes,
Did the igloo double up as the clinic in which Dobbs then looked after the sick children perhaps?
before going to Nigeria as professor of paediatrics at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. This was to be his and his wife’s home for the next five years, and his enthusiasm and sound judgement of priorities proved just what was needed to build up the recently established children’s unit there. His natural friendliness made him a popular teacher of students, while his many contacts in Britain and elsewhere enabled him to bring in a regular supply of keen young paediatricians at registrar level to enliven and strengthen the unit.
His wife, Phyllis, also a doctor, was his companion for over 60 years, from the time they were school fellows at Bedales and medical students together at Cambridge and the London. Their home, which they built on the summit of Hampstead Hill, was the scene of great hospitality to friends from all over the world. They had a son and a daughter. Richard’s particular quality was his outgoing friendly personality, and this enabled him to get quickly on easy terms with people of all sorts – patients, colleagues, foreigners, the young and the old.
This biography was written by D Gibbs and Sir Gordon Wolstenholme. Gordon Wolstenholme was a Top Doctor who wasn’t so much concerned with doctoring but with using funding from Big Pharma to organise meetings and conferences which brought together reputable scientists, disreputable scientists and criminals, in the guise of the Ciba Foundation now known as the Norvatoris Foundation. See post ‘Too Many Pills’.
Dobbs’s other mate, Dr Anthony Derek Maurice Jackson (1918–2005), also known as Tony, was a paediatrician British recognised for his pioneering work in the management of cystic fibrosis. Jackson was born in Dublin in 1918. He trained at the Middlesex Hospital at approximately the same time as Gwynne the lobotomist and Roger Gilliatt, then served in the RAMC in Holland, Germany, and north Africa.
Jackson later worked as a consultant paediatrician at the London Hospital and in a specialist cystic fibrosis clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. So as well as working with Dafydd’s mate Wendy Savage et al, Jackson worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, which was host to yet more Top Docs who facilitated a vast network of abusers, including John Cleese’s friend the psychiatrist Robin Skynner. See previous posts eg. ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’ and ‘Too Many Pills’.
Tony Jackson served on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and, for ten years from 1984, as Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s Research and Medical Advisory Committee. Tony Jackson died on 24 December 2005.
The BMJ published an obituary for Jackson in Feb 2006:
Anthony Derek Maurice Jackson, consultant paediatrician Royal London Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children 1959-83 (b Dublin, Eire, 1918; q Middlesex Hospital 1943; MD, FRCP, FRCPCH), died from pneumonia and peritonitis related to chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis on 24 December 2005.
Tony had a natural flair for organisation and attention to detail. This was evident throughout his life – both in his work and leisure activities. In the days long before rotating registrar appointments were usual he set up a rotation spanning district general hospital paediatrics (Dr Brian Webb, Taunton), research in neonatal physiology (Prof Kenneth Cross) as well as teaching hospital paediatrics. In 1970 he was appointed postgraduate dean at The London Hospital Medical College, a post he held for 12 years.
Tony Jackson was Postgrad Dean of the London Hospital, 1970-82; those years spanned the rapid expansion of Dafydd and John Allen’s trafficking business in north Wales, which was partly fuelled by their partners in crime at the London Hospital, partners in crime who also had responsibility for postgrad training.
When Wendy Savage was suspended from her job after that humdinger of a row with her Head of Dept in the early 1980s, as a result of the huge support that Feminist Socialist Wendy received from Wimmin’s Champs, the natural childbirth movement, the Labour Party and the liberal media, Wendy was eventually reinstated. The one responsibility that the authorities at the London Hospital refused to allow her to resume was teaching. See previous posts. I met docs and students who didn’t like Wendy Savage and made comments such as ‘she takes things too bloody far’ and ‘she’s disgusting’. I wasn’t ever given details of what was being taken too far and in what way Savage was disgusting, but I suspect that her role in the sexual exploitation of girls and women and her solution to simply carry on performing abortions even when she had performed 15 on the same woman previously might have been the reason.
At the request of the dean, his friend, Sir John Ellis, he established a new computerised system of preregistration house appointments between The London and district general hospitals in the south of England. At Tony’s insistence this system gave equal weight to the choices of candidates and consultants – a change that gained considerably more approval from the former than from the latter.
So Tony the Traffickers’ Friend and his friend the Dean of The London Hospital, an institution which facilitated Dafydd’s partner gang for many years, had their hands not only on personal data but on the controls of the appointment of the most junior docs to district general hospitals across the whole of the south of England. The potential for damage there was impressive.
During his time at The London he was a strong supporter of student extracurricular activities and this combined with his paediatric teaching led the students to elect him staff president of the London Hospital Clubs Union. His especially strong support of the students was most evident with the London Hospital Drama Society, of which he became staff president until his retirement.
Tony had fingers in many PIEs then, including those of aspiring luvvies, which are quite common in the student Top Doc population.
In the early 1980s Tony’s strong support of this activity encouraged medical and dental students to have the self belief to take annual shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Edinburgh Fringe from which my friend received grief in 1985 when she worked in the box office and refused to do a fiddle for Leon Brittan’s brother Samuel to acquire a ticket and a hotel for him when the Fringe had been sold out weeks ago and all the hotels were fully booked as well. Sam wrote to his Big Mate Michael Grade, Grade wrote back to Sam promising that he would definitely ensure that Sam Went To The Ball, they BOTH wrote to the Fringe management and my mate ended up in trouble (see previous posts). The friend who knew what was happening to me in north Wales and stood by me.
What I want to know is how did Michael Grade get Sam a ticket and an hotel when THERE WEREN’T ANY LEFT??? What did you do Grade??? Was there a special reserve of tickets and hotels for Arrogant Bastards Who’s Brothers Are Home Secretaries Concealing The Westminster Paedophile Ring held in a secret drawer??
I’m Sam from the FT. My brother is colluding with a gang of paedophiles, just mention my name.
When my friend and her husband used to go to the Fringe as media students and then young media professionals, they met all the Radical Names who weren’t afraid to stick two fingers up to the Establishment. Stephen Fry, Ben Elton, the lot… They’ve all featured in previous posts as being rather compromised…
Whilst stationed in Tripoli he met Jess Wilkes, a physiotherapist, whom he later married in 1946. Following demobilisation and a year in general practice, he embarked on a career in paediatrics. He began his training in the children’s department at the Middlesex before moving to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, under the direction of Sir Wilfred Sheldon. As a senior paediatric registrar he worked with Dr Winifred Young in her cystic fibrosis (CF) clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. He returned to Great Ormond Street as lecturer and first assistant to Prof Sir Alan Moncrieff at the Institute of Child Health in 1956
Sir Alan Moncrieff was another Founding Father Of Oliver’s Army. See previous posts.
before being appointed to the staff of the London Hospital and St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, in 1959. In those days there were only two paediatricians on the staff of the London Hospital—his senior and trusted colleague was Dr Richard Dobbs. In 1965 he transferred his St Margaret’s sessions to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, taking on the care of the younger children in the cystic fibrosis clinic. His first case of Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy was diagnosed in the early 1960s, 13 years before Roy Meadow gave the syndrome its name.
The now discredited Roy Meadow who’s invented mental illness and lies in the witness box resulted in a number of innocent people going to prison. See previous posts.
The toddler had been repeatedly poisoned with barbiturates.
He was elected to the council of the Royal College of Physicians and subsequently became chairman of the paediatric committee, an appointment he held for 10 years. When the joint paediatric committee between the three royal colleges and the BPA was set up in 1978 he was invited by Sir Douglas Black
Sir Douglas Black, the Toppest of the Top Doctors who was appointed as Chief Scientist at the DHSS by Sir Keith Joseph and to numerous other roles – including Chairman of the Committee investigating Health Inequalities by Dafydd’s mate David Ennals when Ennals was Secretary of State for the DHSS – because of Douglas’s ability at concealing organised abuse and serious crime is discussed in my post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’, along with Douglas’s friends, family and wider network.
to be one of the two representatives of the London College and served on this committee until its dissolution in 1987. He was made a censor in 1980 and was a member of the part 2 MRCP examining board for 10 years, three of them as paediatric secretary.
He was responsible for encouraging the Royal College of Physicians of London to take over the French course, which until 1975 had been run by the Institut Français at Barts. He continued to attend the course for 21 years under the tuition of M. Henri Orteu until it closed. Although acknowledged by others as an excellent speaker of French, his autobiographical notes describe him “acquiring a sound knowledge of French grammar but not, unfortunately, the ability to speak the language fluently.” His European paediatric colleagues heaped praise upon him not only for his willingness to address meetings in French (and several other languages) but also for the language skills evident within his lectures.
Educating and developing students was a lifelong interest. For a quarter of a century London Hospital graduates remembered Tony’s impressions of a variety of paediatric conditions, most spectacularly that of croup.
In 1981 Tony became president of the section of paediatrics of the Royal Society of Medicine and over a period of some 20 years contributed to the running of the British Paediatric Association (BPA). He held the posts of secretary of the academic board and honorary treasurer of the BPA. He was joint author with Prof Donald Court of the BPA’s blueprint for the future of paediatrics, Paediatrics in the Seventies, and joint author with Prof John Forfar and Dr Bernard Laurance of the diamond jubilee edition of the History of the BPA. His interest in the history of paediatrics led to a contribution to a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) witness seminar at the spring meeting of 2003. His skill as a photographer led to him being regarded as almost the official photographer at BPA meetings. In 1978, the then president of the BPA, Prof Otto Wolff, asked Tony to propose a toast to the health of the BPA at its 50th anniversary dinner. He was proud to have been awarded an honorary fellowship of the RCPCH at its inception in 1996, 13 years after his retirement.
In 1986 he was elected president of the Association for Paediatric Education in Europe, having been a member since 1974. In retirement he held the post of medical adviser to the Variety Club of Great Britain for 11 years. In addition he took on the chairmanship of the research and medical advisory committee (RMAC) of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and was awarded the John Panchaud Medal of the trust. His contribution to the transformation of cystic fibrosis from a fatal disease of infancy to a chronic disease of adults was considerable. His application of the developing technology and pharmaceutical developments into everyday practice, his support of families and patients, and, after retirement, his strategic direction of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust RMAC played major roles. His desk at home at the time of his death still contained the photos of cystic fibrosis patients sent to him by grateful parents.
Following a sporting career as a rower and second row rugby forward, he developed a new sporting interest in retirement in the local bowling club. He won trophies from time to time but true to form described himself as a very ordinary bowler. Also true to form he made a major contribution to the administration of the club over many years.
He leaves a wife, Jess; three children; and four grandchildren. Although he developed chronic renal failure four years before he died, he very successfully managed his own peritoneal dialysis, not allowing himself to be restricted in any way. He died from pneumonia and peritonitis complicating chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. [Stephen Jackson, Mark Caulfield]
Tony Jackson’s mate Brian Wykeham Webb was a consultant paediatrician at Taunton and Somerset Hospital. Webb died at the age of 96 some two years ago in the British Legion Dunkirk House. He lived at West Monkton, Taunton. Tony Jackson and his pals facilitated a paedophile/trafficking ring linked to Dafydd’s gang at the London Hospital. Brian Webb was a colleague of Jackson’s based in Somerset and was involved in training Top Docs in Somerset. Junior docs from the London medical schools have been placed in Somerset hospitals for years. I have discussed the paedophile ring in Bridgwater that had links to Dafydd’s gang in previous posts…
Now whoever could have been organising that?? I am only sorry that Brian Webb has pegged out, if the old bastard was still alive and kicking I’d have popped down to West Monkton and asked him a few questions about that ring and about the deaths of Brown’s mum and dad and my friend’s baby… As well as other matters that can be directly linked to the Top Doctors of Somerset, as discussed in previous posts.
I presume that the Stephen Jackson who co-authored Tony Jackson’s obituary is one of Tony’s relatives, possibly his son. Previous posts have mentioned Pete Jackson, who shared our house on Anglesey when we were students and being targeted by the gang. Pete Jackson I have recently been told supplied fallacious statements to Top Doctors about me when asked and doctored as tape recording that he had made one day of my friend Anne and me at home which was then used as evidence of our insanity or crimes or something…
Anne was killed by the gang in April 1986. She and her friend Geoff Johnson were on their way to a friend’s wedding, a girl called Steph. Steph had been studying medicine at Sheffield University but she withdrew and was training as a psych nurse in Oxford…
I’ve received info that Pete Jackson might have been a relative of Tony Jackson’s. Pete Jackson’s family lived in Wednesbury and his dad was the Head of a school in the Wolverhampton area. Pete’s brother was I think an accountant. I don’t know anything else about his family except that his Auntie Joan wrote him quite sweet Auntie-ish letters about his cousin Roger. I think that Auntie Joan might have lived at Shifnal…
Mark Caulfield, who coauthored Tony Jackson’s obituary with Stephen Jackson, is Director of the William Harvey Research Institute and Prof of Clinical Pharmacology at Barts and the London Hospitals, part of Queen Mary University of London:
Mark Caulfield graduated in Medicine in 1984 from the London Hospital
So Prof Caulfield is another graduate of the institution which was in partnership with Dafydd and co. Caulfield graduated in the midst of the massive scrap involving Wendy Savage and the year in which Brown and I made complaints about Gwynne the lobotomist and in which I wrote to the GMC about him. They refused to take action; the President of the GMC at the time was Issy Kolvin’s mate Lord John Walton. The GMC refused to take action against Dafydd some three years later when I wrote to them. Issy’s mate Walton was still President of the GMC. Just before I wrote to them, there had been five complaints about Dafydd in one month, one concerning a death. No action taken.
Wendy Savage, the Socialist Feminist Woman Who Fought The Male Medical Establishment, sat on the GMC, for I think, eight years.
and trained in Clinical Pharmacology at St Bartholomew’s Hospital where he developed a research programme in molecular genetics of hypertension and translational clinical research.
Previous posts have discussed the ring at Bart’s which was facilitated by Dafydd’s mate Prof Linford Rees, the father of Angharad Rees, 1970s siren who starred in ‘Poldark’. Angharad was married to Christopher Cazenove who hit the big time in ‘Dynasty’ with Joan Collins et al. See previous posts, including ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’. Linford was Prof of Psychological Medicine at Barts and before Linford occupied that role it was filled by Professor Anthony Clare, one of Dafydd’s old network from the Maudsley. Barts had a long and glorious history of people known to Dafydd, the father of Dafydd’s mate Lady Juliet Bingley, Reginald Vick was a surgeon at Barts throughout the middle decades of the 20th century. See previous posts…
In 2007, 2009 and 2011 his research has been independently rated amongst the top ten scientific discoveries in his field. In 2009 he won the Lily Prize of the British Pharmacology Society, in 2015 he won the Genome Valley Award at BioAsia and in 2016 the Bjorn Folkow Award of the European Society of Hypertension. Since 2008 he directs the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Barts. He was appointed Director of William Harvey Research Institute in 2002 and was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and was President of the British Hypertension Society (2009-2011).
He is an NHS consultant in the Barts Blood Pressure Clinic within the Barts/William Harvey European Society of Hypertension Centre of Excellence. He raised £25m toward the William Harvey Heart Centre which created a translational clinical research centre and was the academic leader that created the Barts Heart Centre bringing 3 hospitals together in 2015 to create the UK’s largest heart centre (includes UCLH Heart Hospital, the London Chest Hospital and Barts). He served on the 2011 NICE Guideline Group for hypertension and leads the Joint UK Societies’ Working Group and Consensus on Renal Denervation. Since 2014 he has been one of the top 200 most highly cited researchers in the world in genomics according to Thomson Reuters. In 2013 he became an NIHR Senior Investigator.
In 2013 he was appointed Chief Scientist for Genomics England, charged with delivery of the 100,000 Genomes Project on whole genome sequencing in rare disease, cancer and infection. As chief scientist Mark leads on all scientific activities for Genomics England. He engages with NHS scientific teams and the general public to promote, explain and enthuse about the 100,000 Genomes Project. He also oversees a coalition of 2500 researchers which comprise the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership.
Mark Caulfield’s LinkedIn Profile tells us that he is:
Director of the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary, University of London
– Present 15 years 8 months
Since 2003 I have directed the largest Pharmacological Institute (350 clinicians and scientists) in the UK focused on translational Cardiovascular, Inflammation and Endocrine Research.
Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
– Present 20 years 2 months
Professor Caulfield has held a senior academic post with the crooked Top Doctors of Barts and the London Hospital for a long time. Since the year before the publication of the Waterhouse Report…
I lead a Centre for Clinical Pharmacolgy including Vascular Pharmacology led by Prof Amrita Ahluwalia, Molecular Genetics co-led by Profs Patricia Munroe and Shu Ye and Transplant rejection pharmacology led by Atholl Johnston. I co-lead The European Society for Hypertension Centre for Excellence at Barts and the Willliam Harvey and Cardiovascular Clinical Research with Dr David Collier and Mel Lobo.
London Hospital Medical College
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Medicine
Bishop Douglass RC Comprehensive School
Mark Caulfield’s colleague Dr David Collier’s details are provided as:
Centre: Clinical Research Centre
Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 5666
Profile David is interested in recruitment and patient engagement and ran the successful “Future of Clinical Trials in the UK?” meeting in 2008 and “Everything you wanted to know about clinical trials but were too afraid to ask” for PCRN and Barts NIHR Cardiovascular BRU in 2011. Clinical Trials- Sharing Our Stories in July 2013 included trials patients, U3A members and co-ordinators, health psychology undergraduates from Florida State University, and sixth form students from a wide area under the banner of Trials Connect.
He is co-holder of an MRC programme grant examining recruitment methods for clinical trials (START) with the NIHR PCRN Research Recruitment Methods Group (ResRecMG), and is part of the NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit at Barts and The London.
David founded the East London spoke for the Primary Care Research Network for Greater London (PCRN-GL).
Renal Denervation with Dr Mel Lobo was a UK first in 2010 which yielded both a front page banner headline in the Daily Telegraph and National TV news on News at 6 O’clock and News at Ten for Dr Lobo and Fred Quatromini.
The first case in the world of renal sympathetic nerve denervation to bilateral renal arteries was done here as part of this study cohort.The subsequent publication in the Lancet for Dr Lobo and Professor Caulfield for Symplicity 2
Patients presented with David to the audience at both of the National Symposia on Renal Denervation – the first in October 2011 (Fred Quatromini), the second in 2012 (Sheila Milson and Anthony Henry), both at the Royal College of Physicians.
After the First UK Symposium on Renal Denervation in 2011, there was an initial meeting of the Joint British Societies to develop guidelines for renal denervation. Subsequent meetings developed a consensus statement and two of our patients, John Bold and Anthony Henry, contributed to meeting discussions and provided comments on the statement, especially with reference to the suggested patient information sheet for the procedure.
Research: Dr David Collier is Research Fellow and Joint Clinical Director of the William Harvey Research Institute Clinical Research Centre. Now based at the Heart Centre at Barts, David ran the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcome Trial (ASCOT) team for Professor Caulfield at Barts/London, which broke the national record for recruitment into such a trial (recruiting 1157 patients). As top academic recruiters for several studies across over a decade, this team has contributed to high-impact work such as ILLUMINATE, with 148 patients (NEJM 2007 Barter, Caulfield et al ).
ASCOT became a landmark trial and precipitated the development of joint NICE/BHS guidelines for hypertension after the publication of the Blood Pressure Lowering Arm (BPLA) in the Lancet in 2005 (prior to this time there had been separate NICE and BHS (British Hypertension Society) Guidelines on the treatment of hypertension in the UK- which had been unhelpful.
ASCOT impacted the lipid guidance from NICE on statin use in primary prevention of ischaemic heart disease and stroke- bringing routine use of statins for people at elevated absolute risk, regardless of starting levels of cholesterol.
The experience of ASCOT and local GP’s reactions to it such as “what did you do with Mrs Smith that I hadn’t done- you got her pressure down?” led David to obtain initial funds as unconditional educational grants from rival pharma companies Pfizer and Merck and to design HiLo, a health services intervention trial. Having designed the trial interventions with Dr Catherine Will (then Cambridge, now University of Sussex) and piloted them at Chrisp Street in Limehouse, the design was developed with Dr John Robson and Prof Sandra Eldridge.
I am wondering if Dr David Collier is anything to do with Joe Collier, who worked as a pharmacologist at St George’s Hospital Medical School for most of his career. Joe Collier trained at St George’s as well. Joe Collier liked to think of himself as a leftie, he wrote letters to ‘The Guardian’ and published a book called ‘The Health Conspiracy’ in 1990, in which he critically analysed the effect that Big Pharma and right wing Gov’ts were having on the NHS and universities. A lot of people really did not like Joe Collier publishing that book and then a few years later it was Joe Collier who flagged up that the computerised admissions system for applicants to the medicine degree at St George’s was programmed to discriminate against ethnic minority applicants and women. Joe Collier had never been popular but the knives began to be sharpened in earnest then.
Joe Collier remains quite a hero in the eyes of the We’re Doing It For The Poor contingent. I imagine that Uncle Harry’s nephew is quite fond of him.
Joe Collier’s book ‘The Health Conspiracy’ was very good and a lot of what he predicted happened. However Joe Collier knew about an equally big conspiracy and he has never said a word about it. He knew that St George’s was facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and had been since he was a medical student there. He knew that the institution was riddled with corruption, that patient harm and even deaths were being concealed and that research fraud was rife. Joe, the man who exposed the in-built discrimination of the St George’s admissions system, rejected a young woman who had applied to do medicine at interview because she ‘wasn’t feminist enough’. Joe Collier also knew that I was unlawfully forced out of my job at St George’s and that someone in his own Dept had broken my equipment, that everyone ignored my requests for it to be fixed and I was ordered by my PhD supervisor to work with broken equipment. Joe’s colleague Patrick Vallance found me working with broken equipment, gave me a bollocking, told Joe and neither of them spoke to me again. They were supposed to be assisting with my supervision.
Joe and Patrick were a double act, Patrick was Joe’s junior colleague and protege. Like Joe, Patrick was a leftie and Spoke Out against Big Pharma. So imagine everyone’s surprise when, a few years later, after Patrick had become a very, very big name in clinical pharmacology, Patrick left academia after being headhunted by er Big Pharma. A lot of people were very angry and stated that Patrick had Done It For The Money. Patrick, when interviewed a few years ago on ‘The Life Scientific’ on Radio 4, stated that he didn’t do it for the money, he did it because the research facilities in industry were so much better than those in universities. He might well be right there, at least he won’t be ordered to work with broken equipment.
Patrick made it as far as being President of Research and Development at GSK – on a global basis, not just of GSK’s sub-branch in Basildon – which is seriously impressive. Last year Patrick was made yet another offer too good to refuse. He was appointed the British Gov’ts Chief Scientific Officer. He is still there.
Eeh I remember Patrick when he was Joe’s minion and he used to work in’t lab, well I say lab but it were more like garden shed really, eeh and Patrick and I would always be first in in’t morning, except for the Japanese men in’t lab along corridor, they’d usually be in by 6-30 am and eeh by the time we got in, they’d have already killed and cut up a few rabbits and Joe would turn up at about 10, having cycled in from Hampstead on’t mountain bike and eeh then there were that time when the Top Docs on’t labour ward nearly killed woman with eclampsia because they didn’t know what to do so they rang Patrick him being one Top Doc wit’ brain and they were in’t right panic because they’d killed woman wit’ eclampsia only two year previously because they didn’t know what to do so eeh Geoffrey Chamberlain, Cilla’s friend, he wrote Report blaming t’ midwife eeh because they couldn’t blame one of Chamberlain’s team, Chamberlain being friends wit’ Royal Gynaecologist who delivered William and Harry, eeh oo’d have thought that Patrick would now be sitting there drinking Chateau de Chassolais…
It’s called a shit bomb Theresa. You should never have appointed so many people to high office on the basis of them having taken part in the kicking of me and my friends all those years ago while you were a Councillor for the Borough of Merton, just down the road from St George’s, when the ring that they facilitated operated in er Merton. You were Chair of the Education Committee when I was hounded out of my job by Patrick and his friends. It has now exploded in your face.
The icing on the cake Theresa you pig ignorant fool, is that your Gov’t Chief Scientist spent years working with Salvador Moncada, now Sir Salvador, introducing him to people as a ‘Spanish pharmacologist’. Moncada is a former guerilla leader who took part in the civil war in El Salvador. His guerillas murdered innocent civilians as well as the soldiers whom they were at war with. Moncada is really called something else but I’m not sure what and to avoid a lengthy prison sentence in El Salvador, he somehow escaped to London where he was given sanctuary and a job as a pharmacologist. I don’t know how or why, because Moncada hadn’t done much medicine or science, having been very busy organising a guerilla movement. Furthermore he didn’t speak any English but was somehow writing academic publications within six months. As Brown once observed, ‘I don’t know who is writing Moncada’s publications but it isn’t him’. Read all about it in my post ‘The Trabant That Wants To Be A Ferrari’.
Is there anyone as stupid as a politician who wants to be PM and who has done favours for the Top Doctors on the way up??
Patrick bagged a knighthood last year as well:
Sir Patrick Vallance
My post ‘The Logic Of Medicine’ discussed Ollie’s fellow soldier Professor David Baum and his Arty wife Angela; Baum was Prof of Paediatrics at Bristol University. Now for the Top Doc who was Professor of Paediatrics at Bristol University at a lightly earlier time, while Dr D.G.E. Wood, who subsequently facilitated the gang in north Wales, was a medical student at Bristol University. Wood’s father was a Top Doc based in Bristol, so he’ll have known this man as well. Introducing Neville Butler.
‘The Guardian’ published an obituary for Neville in March 2007, written by Harvey Goldstein:
The paediatrician Neville Butler, who has died aged 86, was professor of child health at Bristol University from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was particularly well known for pioneering longitudinal studies. This work started in the 1950s, when, with Dennis Bonham, through the National Birthday Trust, he set up the perinatal mortality survey, a study of all the 17,000 births in Britain during one week in March 1958, together with all the stillbirths and neo-natal deaths that occurred in the following three months.
Jeffrey Archer worked as a fundraiser for the National Birthday Trust after he graduated from Oxford; immediately after that, Tuppence worked as a fundraiser for Dafydd’s mates at the UNA. Tuppence of course grew up in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, just south of Bristol. See post ‘Tuppence And His Fragrant Wife’. John Cleese grew up in Weston and went to school at Clifton College…
In the early 1960s, the Plowden committee, which was studying primary education, decided to fund a follow-up of the perinatal mortality survey, when the children involved were aged seven. This study, located at the National Children’s Bureau and jointly directed by Butler and Mia Kellmer Pringle, became known as the national child development study, and continues to this day at the Institute of Education, with the “children” being followed up into maturity.
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) was one of the many children’s organisations that was colonised by paedophiles. Peter Righton and Barbara Kahan were both involved with the NCB. Sir Paul Ennals, son of Dafydd’s mate David Ennals, was appointed Chief Exec of the NCB in 1988.
Together with Kellmer Pringle and that other pioneer James Douglas, who was responsible for initiating the 1946 birth cohort study, Neville achieved something quite unique in creating studies that could track the complete life course of children and families.
In 1970 he was the driving force behind the British cohort study, which also still continues to provide information, and in retirement he remained indefatigably active, giving immense support to the establishment of the Millennium cohort study, which was begun in 2000.
These projects have been emulated around the world and are generally accepted as unsurpassed providers of crucial data about the growth, education, employment and life histories of the general population. They are used by social and other researchers, and are much in demand by policymakers. Butler himself provided evidence for three royal commissions (Plowden, 1967; Court, 1976; and Warnock, 1978).
Dame Josephine Barnes who, along with her husband Sir Brian Warren (Ted Heath’s close friend and personal physician) facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring, was a member of the Warnock Committee. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’ Baroness Mary Warnock, who Chaired the Committee, was completely out of her depth, but that was the point: Warnock was the dummy in the Chair, a Lady Professor of Philosophy from Oxford so ooh we’re not taking orders from Vested Interests such as Top Docs and fertility scientists. Who’s on the Committee? Josephine Barnes who will have barked orders at Warnock. Warnock herself knew about the organised abuse in Oxfordshire from her earlier roles in civic life in Oxford. See previous posts.
For his achievements, he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and of the Royal College of Physicians.
To ensure the continuity of this work, in 1983 he founded a charity, the International Centre for Child Studies, of which he was director until his death. A major emphasis of the centre’s work is to support multidisciplinary, longitudinal studies in Britain and worldwide, and in 1997 a sister organisation was established in the US. Most recently, Butler provided inspiration and support for a new think tank, Longview, directed by another of his long-term collaborators, John Bynner, and dedicated to carrying forward the development and use of life-course longitudinal studies.
Born in Harrow, the son of a GP, Butler was educated at Epsom college, before attending Charing Cross hospital medical school. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (1942-44), and his career as a paediatrician began soon after the end of the war at University College hospital. He moved rapidly to Great Ormond Street hospital for sick children, and, after a spell in Oxford, returned to Great Ormond Street, where he began to consolidate his reputation before settling in Bristol.
Josephine Barnes worked at Charing Cross as a Top Doc while the Gender Identity Clinic there facilitated abuse (see post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’) and then after seeing a market flogged gender realignment surgery on demand (see post ‘R.I.P. Julie Grant – and Many More). Lord Max Rosenheim, a friend of Harriet Harman’s Top Doc dad, reigned supreme at UCL and was responsible for the career success of people like Josephine Barnes who had spent their early careers at UCL and GOSH was ridden with organised abusers from at least the early years of the middle of the 20th century. See previous posts.
My own collaboration with Neville, as a statistician, began in 1965 and continued up to his retirement; we remained friends until his death. He introduced me to his extensive international work and contacts, especially his wide-ranging studies for the World Health Organisation. One of the most important of his projects was in Cuba, where he inspired a highly successful birth cohort study in 1972. This was modelled on the national child development study and, meticulously implemented, it provided a textbook example of how to design such projects. We continued to work in Cuba throughout the 1970s, both on this study and on an equally impressive child growth study.
Top Docs involved with the abuse network were often magnetically attracted to Cuba eg. Professor Patrick Pietroni (see ‘Error Of Judgement?’).
At home, one of Neville’s most lasting achievements was his work on smoking in pregnancy, using the 1958 survey data. Despite initial reservations – and even opposition – from within the profession, his work was eventually instrumental in persuading the research community and, most importantly, the then Health Education Council, to institute smoking cessation campaigns aimed at pregnant women.
The Health Education Council was established by Richard Crossman, who then appointed his friend Alma Birk as Chairman. Crossman like Alma because she was ‘A Great Girl For Birth Control’. The Great Girl for Birth Control was a former journo and Labour peer – Harold Wilson made Alma a Baroness after she failed to get elected to the Commons to enable the Labour Gov’t to give Alma Gov’t posts – who was married to Ellis Birk, a lawyer and TV executive who was Mr Big at the Mirror. See post ‘International Women’s Day! Let Us Celebrate With Jane…’ The Health Education Council finally died a death at the hands of the Tories some years after Thatch was elected as PM.
As a colleague, Neville was both charismatic and totally demanding – physically and mentally. He would happily spend 24 hours at a time engrossed in writing up or reviewing research, and emerge ready for more work or meetings. His charisma meant that it was difficult to say no, but the intellectual challenges and rewards made the sacrifices worthwhile. He was an inspiration to more than one generation and his passing will be mourned by many.
Professor Neville Butler, a General in Oliver’s Army:
He is survived by his daughters Claire and Fiona.
Neville Roy Butler, paediatrician, born July 6 1920; died February 22 2007
Neville features of the Royal College of Physicians ‘Lives of the Fellows’ online:
b.6 July 1920 d.22 February 2007
MB BS Lond(1942) MRCS LRCP(1942) MRCP(1946) DCH(1949) MD(1949) FRCP(1965) FRCOG(1979) Hon FRCPCH (1996)
Neville Roy Butler, professor of child health at the University of Bristol, was a pioneer in the use of longitudinal studies of children in the UK. Born in Middlesex, he was the son of Cuthbert John Butler, a medical practitioner, and Ida Margaret Butler née Soman. He was educated at Epsom College, and then Charing Cross Hospital Medical School.
After qualifying in 1942, he held house posts at Charing Cross Hospital. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and then, following his demobilisation, he was a house physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. Later that year, in 1950, he moved to University College Hospital, where he was a paediatric registrar and then paediatric first assistant. In 1954 he returned to Great Ormond Street as a senior medical registrar. Three years later, he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician to the Oxford and Wessex Regional Health Board. In 1963 he returned once again to Great Ormond Street, as a consultant and senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health. He finally settled in Bristol, where he was professor of child health from 1965 until his retirement in 1985.
Neville was at the wheel when the more disadvantaged parts of Somerset were hit by a sex abuse ring during the 1970s with links to Dafydd’s gang.
It was during the 1950s that, in collaboration with Dennis Bonham through the National Birthday Trust, he set up the 1958 Perinatal Mortality Survey, a study of all 17,000 births in Britain during one week in March 1958, together with all the stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the following three months. In the early 1960s the Plowden Committee, who were studying primary education, decided to fund a follow-up of the Perinatal Mortality Survey when the children were aged seven. This study, located at the National Children’s Bureau and jointly directed by Neville Butler and Mia Kellmer Pringle, became known as the National Child Development Study (NCDS), and still continues to this day.
These members/colleagues of a trafficking ring were gathering data on thousands of children without the knowledge, let alone consent, of the children or their parents. The data was shared with a huge network of abusers and used to target potential victims. The victims were tracked for years and if they had not fallen for various methods to snare them when they were at school, they were tracked when they were young adults, via colleges, universities, Top Docs, hospitals etc. I was told weeks ago that those we know and love tracked me – and others – thus, which is why Wood targeted me when I was at UCNW. It was known at Gov’t level that this was happening, but then the Top Docs in the DHSS, such as Sir Douglas Black and Dr – later Baroness – Elizabeth Shore – were members of the gang.
Everyone knew that all the teams carrying out ‘research’ on children, their health, their education etc had been infiltrated by organised paedophile gangs. The security services watched as they targeted certain people and then they watched when, as young adults, Brown and I stood up to the gang and our friend was murdered.
Does ANYONE have an explanation for this? There are thousands of people who were being pursued by this network and the targets were usually forced into sex work and either dead or in a ropey way by the time that they were 40. I am fortunate in that I lived and acquired an education which has enabled me to find all this out. Now, I would like someone, of the many whom are now reading this blog, to explain why it was OK for us to be targeted by a gang of sex offenders.
I have received a communication about yet another girl with whom I went to school, asking me if I remember an incident… I do. She was my friend but a bit older than me. When she was 14 she was attacked by a group of young men in Bridgwater Lido. There were about five of them and she was violently sexually assaulted. I sat with her afterwards and the incident was reported to Wendy Harris, the French teacher at Chilton Trinity School.
It was reported to Harris because the blokes who attacked my friend were French and they had intermingled with our group because we had our French pen pals with us on a school exchange visit. They weren’t part of the school exchange, they were much older, they had literally targeted our group and when they saw my friend on her own for a few minutes away from the rest of us, they assaulted her. Wendy Harris was hopeless, utterly hopeless. My friend was in a terrible state, she was crying and shaking BUT she pointed the young men out, she identified them, they were still hanging around. That incident really should have been reported to the police, it was serious. No, just another awful thing that happened to a kid from Bridgwater so it was ignored…
Because my friend was older than me, she left school before I did and we lost touch. I remember being surprised when she told me that she wasn’t sitting any O levels, because she was academically very able and at the time of the French exchange visit, she was the best at French out of all of us, very, very good. I have been told now that her life really fell apart after that assault and she had great difficulties.
Never mind the IICSA and the denouncing of Boris Johnson for his ‘crass language’, there seems to be a great many people with a lot of explaining to do.
It has also occurred to me that those in Gov’t knew which unscrupulous, criminal Top Docs to commission for these large scale population surveys in which most people would have refused to participate and created uproar if they had an inkling of what was going on. In the wake of it dawning on the world in the late 1980s that AIDS was not simply a Gay Plague, the UK Gov’t wanted to find out how prevalent the HIV virus was in the general population. It was decided that a a good way of gathering data would be to test all women attending an ante-natal clinic in a UK hospital over a period of time. There were huge ethical problems in that many citizens’ groups opposed it because those who were found to be HIV + weren’t going to be told and a lot of people wrote to MPs etc stating that they would not give blood to a Top Doc under any circumstances until there was a reassurance that this plan would not go ahead.
The Gov’t did go ahead with the plan, on the advice of the Top Docs. But they stopped discussing it in public fora. No-one actually said that the plan had been abandoned, they just let the public forget about it. I found out years later which hospital had been used: it was St George’s. While I worked there. Every woman who dropped into the antenatal clinic had their blood taken for what they were told were the bog standard antenatal tests and it was tested for HIV without their knowledge.
Because of the effect of AIDS at the time, I can understand why some Top Docs thought that the testing programme was justified. I’m not quibbling about that. But I am interested that it was St George’s that was selected. The Head of the Obs and Gynae Dept was Geoffrey Chamberlain, who was a Top Doc facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Chamberlain and the Dean of St George’s, Sir William Asscher – Asscher was also facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring – would do anything, anything at all. That was why St George’s was selected.
So what other secret Gov’t research took place at St George’s then? Can Sir Patrick Vallance the current British Gov’t Chief Scientist tell us, because he was working there at the time…
In 1970 he was the driving force behind a further birth cohort study, the British Cohort Study, which also began with a perinatal survey of 17,000 babies. Surveys at 10 and 16 followed – the second managed by a charitable foundation, the International Centre for Child Studies (ICCS), which he established in 1983. Subsequent surveys took place at ages 26, 30 and 34 and, replicating the NCDS, half the cohort members’ children were also studied.
Finally, Neville gave his immense support to the setting up of the Millennium Cohort Study, which began in 2000. With hypothecated funding from the Labour Government via the Economic and Social Research Council, the study comprised a whole years’ births (amounting to 20,000 babies) and, by increasing the sample size in electoral wards with known demographic characteristics, boosted the representation of ethnic minority and disadvantaged families. Individual government departments supplemented the study’s initial budget for their own policy purposes, and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments also offered additional support. Such developments can be seen as one of Neville’s crowning achievements – government signing up to the research agenda that he had pursued throughout his professional life.
Internationally, Neville Butler realised that the British findings could form a blueprint and source of knowledge for both developed and developing countries overseas. A sister organisation to ICCS was established in the USA in 1997. Either by invitation, or as a technical adviser and consultant to the maternal and child health and international classification of diseases (ICD) sections of the World Health Organization, Neville advised on how to adapt the UK work on population studies to other countries. One of the most important of his projects was in Cuba, where he inspired a highly successful birth cohort study in 1972. Modelled on the National Child Development Study and meticulously implemented, it provided a textbook example of how to design and implement such studies.
After retiring from his role of director of ICCS, Neville’s commitments continued unabated. He helped pave the way for the collaboration between the Institute of Education, University College, Institute of Child Health, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and ICCS that formed the Joint Centre for Longitudinal Research. Through co-sponsorship between ICCS and NatCen, the establishment of the think tank Longivew followed, devoted to promoting and improving longitudinal and life course research.
In all these ventures Neville Butler was a guiding influence. The birth cohort studies, which he did so much to pioneer, have been emulated in many other parts of the world and are now generally accepted as unsurpassed providers of crucial data about the growth, education, employment and life histories of the general population. They are used by social and other researchers, and are much in demand by policymakers at all levels. It is a tribute to his stamina and dedication that these studies are now accepted as essential tools both by researchers and policymakers.
He was a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1984 he gave the Cuthbert Lockyer lecture at the RCP.
His wife, Jean (née Ogilvie), whom he married in 1954, predeceased him in 1998. He was survived by his daughters, Claire and Fiona.
This account of Butler’s life and career was written by his colleagues Harvey Goldstein and John Bynner.
‘The Times’ published an obituary for Neville Butler:
Neville Butler’s research into human development over time improved the lives of children and families throughout the UK and around the world. Through his tireless efforts he produced priceless information about the health, development, social wellbeing, education and lifestyles of thousands of British families.
He initiated and sustained two of Britain’s world-renowned research resources, namely the National Child Development Study (1958) and the British Cohort Study (1970). Where others concentrated efforts on only one aspect of child development, he pioneered a multidisciplinary approach. His example and publications are used by researchers all over the world.
The ultimate objective of these observational and interventional studies is to improve health, education and family life for future generations. Important medical, social and developmental indices arising from the data are of immense value to both practitioners and policymakers in medicine, education and social science.
It is the longitudinal aspects of these two unique continuing studies that gained Butler a national and international reputation. Many studies have produced valuable cross-sectional information, but this cannot compare with the complete picture of a generation which ensues from longitudinal work.
Without Butler’s dedication spanning nearly 50 years it is difficult to see how these studies could have survived. His charismatic leadership brought together teachers, medical officers, health visitors and nurses to carry out the national fieldwork voluntarily.
Butler liaised with policymakers in both Houses of Parliament and presented evidence based on his work to various select committees in the Commons, including the Social Services Committee. In addition the work was an important source of evidence for three royal commissions. (Plowden 1967, Court 1976 and Warnock 1978).
Remarkably, he embraced all this national and international work entirely voluntarily and in parallel with full-time clinical duties within the NHS.
Neville Butler was born into a medical family in 1920 and educated at Epsom College and Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. In the 1950s and 1960s he had two spells at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, before moving to Bristol in 1966. Here he was consultant paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol until retirement in 1985. He was awarded the highest NHS merit award (A+) for his clinical achievements.
Those NHS merit awards -a salary bonus scheme, the A+ award doubled a consultant’s salary – caused massive bad feeling among Top Docs. It was alleged that they were allocated on the basis of cronyism and nepotism and were unrelated to one’s performance at work. A number of Chamberlain’s colleagues had A+ awards, as I am sure he did himself.
Butler helped to bring together obstetric and newborn care after his original national perinatal mortality survey, carried out for the National Birthday Trust Fund. This was the first in the world and still serves as a model. The results, which have been used widely by obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives and general practitioners, emphasised the need for careful selection of high-risk mothers, better care in labour and for more postmortem examinations on babies dying around the birth period. It was also one of the forerunners of the widely used clinicopathological perinatal conferences.
Butler’s definitive work on antenatal care has done much to change the way birth is managed in Britain and forms a basis of current perinatal care. For these achievements he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians. Other medical honours included the Harding Award for Services to Handicapped Children and an invitation to present the Cuthbert Lockyer Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.
In order to ensure the continuity of multidisciplinary longitudinal studies in the UK and worldwide, Butler founded the International Centre for Child Studies (ICCS) in 1983, which he continued to direct until his death. This led in 1997 to the establishment of a sister organisation in the US, the International Centre for Child and Family Studies, of which he was president. He was also a trustee of Longview, a foundation dedicated to putting the results of longitudinal studies at the heart of public policymaking. Butler realised that the British findings could form a blueprint for both developed and developing countries, and forged links with more than 40 countries. As a consultant with the WHO, Butler advised on how to adapt the UK work on population studies to many other countries.
Recognising the value of these studies, the Economic and Social Research Council underwrote support for the foreseeable future. This national resource is housed in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education at London University, where Butler was a visiting professor.
The research resources now include the new Millennium Cohort Study, comprising a study of more than 19,000 babies (with added representation for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), with which Butler worked closely from inception. The centre has provided information for the Government on social exclusion, problems of literacy and numeracy, and also on medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
Butler’s vision of using longitudinal studies to understand human lives was ahead of its time. Through the advances in modern information and communications technology this vision is now being realised on an ever widening scale.
Butler is survived by his two daughters.
Professor Neville Butler, paediatrician and social researcher, was born on July 6, 1920. He died on February 22, 2007, aged 86
The University of Bristol website offered its contribution:
28 February 2007
Neville Butler, Emeritus Professor in the Division of Child Health, died recently. Dr Diana Pomeroy reviews the life, career and legacy of a man who was ‘tireless and dedicated in pursuing his passion for understanding human lives’.
Neville Butler achieved something quite unique to improve the lives of children and families throughout the UK and beyond. Through his tireless efforts he produced priceless information about the health, development, social well-being, education and lifestyles of thousands of British families.In this context he initiated, and was the prime mover in establishing and continuing, two of Britain’s world renowned research resources, namely the National Child Development Study (1958) and the British Cohort Study (1970). Where others may have concentrated efforts on only one aspect of child development, he pioneered a visionary multidisciplinary approach to the study of human development. Testimony to this is available in over 130 books and publications used by researchers all over the world.
The ultimate objective of these observational and interventional studies is to diminish or prevent in future generations adverse factors in health, behaviour, education and family life. A range of important medical, social and developmental indices arising from the data are proving of immense value both to practitioners and to policy makers in the fields of medicine, education and social science. Neville Butler has liaised with policy makers in both Houses of Parliament and has presented evidence based on his work to various Select Committees in the House of Commons, including the Social Services Committee. In addition the work has been a major source of evidence for three Royal Commissions (Plowden 1967, Court 1976 and Warnock 1978).
Remarkably, he has embraced all this important national and international work entirely voluntarily and in parallel with full-time clinical duties within the NHS. He was Physician to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and then Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol. For this alone he was awarded the highest NHS Merit Award (A+) for his clinical achievements.
Another exceptional achievement was in establishing and continuing to accrue knowledge of perinatal medicine and bringing together under one umbrella obstetric and newborn care. His original national Perinatal Mortality Survey, carried out for the National Birthday Trust Fund, was the first and most comprehensive in the world and still serves as a model. The results, which have been used widely by obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives, general practitioners and others in the field, stressed the need for careful selection of high-risk mothers, better care in labour, and more post-mortems on babies dying around the birth period. It was also one of the forerunners of the widely used cliniopathological perinatal conferences. Neville Butler’s definitive work on antenatal care, smoking in pregnancy, foetal growth, postmaturity and optimum place of delivery have done much to change the way birth is managed in Britain and form a basis of the present perinatal care. For these achievements he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians. Indeed, he has been honoured by his medical colleagues on a number of occasions, including the Harding Award for Services to Handicapped Children and a special invitation to present the Cuthbert Lockyer Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.
It is the ongoing longitudinal aspects of these two unique continuing studies that gained Neville Butler a national and international reputation. Many studies have produced valuable cross-sectional information, but this cannot compare with the complete picture of a generation which ensues from longitudinal work. It is remarkable that in an entirely honorary capacity he has devoted nearly 50 years of his life to planning and progressing these studies.
Without such dedication it is difficult to see how these studies could have survived. Through his charismatic leadership and foresightedness he managed to enthuse and inspire his colleagues and facilitated those from various disciplines to work together harmoniously. It is indeed a prodigious feat in itself to bring together teachers, medical officers, health visitors and nurses to carry out voluntarily the national fieldwork throughout the first two decades of the lives of both cohorts.
In order to ensure the continuity of this work he founded in 1983, and continued to direct, the International Centre for Child Studies (ICCS), a registered charity, until his death. A major emphasis of the ICCS is to support multidisciplinary longitudinal studies in the UK and worldwide.This led in 1997 to the establishment of a sister organisation in the US, the International Center for Child and Family Studies, of which he was president.
This sister organisation in the US has been carrying out research parallel to that being done on the British National Cohort Studies and has opened up new fields of collaborative study between the two countries.
Through Neville Butler’s previous work and via the charity he has played a major role in raising over £1 million in research funds from industry, commerce, charitable trusts, foundations, Government departments and Research Councils.
Internationally, Neville Butler realised that the British findings could form a blueprint and source of knowledge for both developed and developing countries overseas. In fact the national work has achieved such acclaim that links have been developed with over 40 countries. Either by invitation, or as Technical Adviser/Consultant to the Maternal and Child Health and ICD Sections of the World Health Organisation, Neville Butler advised on how to adapt the UK work on population studies to many other countries. He also initiated, for the Pan American Health Organisation, an ongoing national longitudinal study in Cuba, which also formed a model that other countries are following.
The complete data gathered so far in these two British Cohort Studies is now housed in a computerised databank at Essex University where it is available for bona-fide research workers all over the world. Considerable use has been made of this for secondary analysis in the US.
Bona-fide?? What does one do if the bona-fide research workers are sharing the data in the pursuit of serious organised crime?
Recognition of the value of the studies is shown by the fact that the Economic and Social Research Council is underwriting support for the foreseeable future. This national resource is now housed in the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education, London University. CLS was established in 1998 following the move from the Social Statistics Research Unit at City University and before that the National Children’s Bureau. Neville Butler played a significant role in the development of the new Centre in his role as Visiting Professor.
The research resources now include the new ‘Millennium Cohort Study’ comprising follow-up of over 19,000 babies with added representation for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with which Neville worked closely from inception. The aim is to undertake vital intergenerational, intragenerational and intercohort studies on the cohort members and their offspring. The Centre has provided information for the Government on social exclusion, problems of literacy and numeracy, and medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Neville Butler was also a Trustee of a new venture, Longview, established with colleagues in the Institute of Education, University College and the National Centre for Social Research, along with other experts in longitudinal research. Longview is dedicated to the development of longitudinal study and to ensuring that its findings are at the heart of the policy process.
Neville Butler was tireless and dedicated in pursuing his passion for understanding human lives and finding solutions to the problems of growing up in changing times. His vision of using longitudinal studies to build the knowledge needed was ahead of its time. Through the advances in modern information and communications technology, this vision is now being realised on an ever-widening scale in Britain and across the world. Neville’s foresight and commitment was inspirational and rewarding, personally and scientifically, to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His contribution to the science of human development forms a legacy of huge benefit to all of us.
The Radio 4 programme ‘Last Word’ featured Neville Butler and the write up of the programme said re Butler:
Professor Neville Butler
Paediatrician who has died aged 86.
The concept of researching the lives of large numbers of people from the moment of their birth to adulthood is now taken for granted. These so-called longitudinal studies – which tracked thousands of participants – were pioneered by Professor Neville Butler who has died aged 86. Professor Butler began his career as a paediatrician at University College Hospital in London. He later moved to Great Ormond Street before becoming professor of child health at Bristol University – a post he held for twenty years. In the 1950s, Neville Butler saw the potential of longitudinal studies for revealing a wealth of important medical and social information. He set up two major pieces of research – in 1958 and 1970 – which are still in progress today. The influence of his work was seen in the TV series Seven Up which tracked the progress of a cohort of children at seven year intervals.
Matthew Bannister talks to Professor Butler’s daughter Claire Satow and to Heather Joshi who succeeded him as Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Professor Neville Butler was born July 6th 1920. He died 22nd February 2007.
Neville Butler’s friend and colleague Harvey Goldstein (born 30 October 1939) is currently Professor of Social Statistics in the Centre for Multilevel Modelling at the University of Bristol. From 1977 to 2005, he was Professor of Statistical Methods at the Institute of Education of the University of London. Butler was elected a Fellow of the British Academy Academy in 1996, the year that William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry.
Professor Harvey Goldstein
1961 BSc Honours in Mathematics Manchester University
1962 Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics University College London
2005- Professor of Social Statistics,
University of Bristol (0.3FTE)
2004- Professor of Statistics,
UCL Institute of Child health (0.2 FTE)
2004- Visiting Professor,
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
1992- Visiting Professor, University of East Anglia
1977-2005: Professor of Statistical Methods, London University Institute of Education
1972-1977: Senior research officer, National Children’s Bureau, London.
1964-1972 Lecturer, Institute of Child health, London
Awards and Honours:
2001 Honorary Doctorate, Open University
1996- Fellow, British Academy
1991-1999 Fellow, Royal Society of Arts:
1988 Guy Medal in Silver, Royal Statistical Society
2006 Declined CBE in New Year Honours list
Multilevel modelling: developing methodology, software and training materials.
Educational assessment, international comparisons, and performance indicators.
Development and application of missing data techniques, especially in record linkage.
Recent grants :
Multilevel Multiprocess Models for Partnership and childbearing Event Histories
01/10/02 to 30/6/05 ESRC H33250044
Developing multilevel models for realistically complex social science data.
1/10/03 to 28/2/07 ESRC RES-000-23-0140
LEMMA2: Learning Environment for Multilevel Methodology and Applications”, ESRC (NCRM node), £688,942,
April 2005 – September 2008
LEMMA 3: Longitudinal Effects, Multilevel Modelling and Applications”, ESRC (National Centre for Research
Methods node), £1.4m, October 2011-September 2014
Another colleague of Butler’s was Professor John Bynner:
Professor Bynner was Director of Longview from 2005-2010. Before that he was Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute for Education, University of London, 1998-2003, leading the Centre’s work on the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort study (BCS70).
Previous posts in the Institute of Education include Director of the Bedford Group for Lifecourse and Statistical Studies; Executive Director of the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, and first Director of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC).
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