My post ‘Lord Snooty The Third’ discussed John Tilley, a Labour Councillor and then the Labour MP for Lambeth Central, 1987-83, who was the main or one of the main figures in London responsible for ensuring that numerous kids from inner London were sent into the arms of Dafydd’s gang in north Wales without any awkward questions being asked. There was a whole network of other Labour Party people surrounding John Tilley who also played their part. The London Labour Party at the time was dominated by people who were so desperate to wave their credentials re disadvantage or minorities that there were a plethora of jokes about the ‘loony left’ and ‘Private Eye’ quipped about the feat of Frances Morrell becoming Leader of ILEA without being black, working-class or gay. I mentioned in ‘Lord Snooty The Third’ that the real factor which ensured success for Frances Morrell or indeed anyone else in ILEA at the time was to keep their mouth shut about Dafydd’s gang. As long as one did that, one could be white, posh and heterosexual and still rise to the top of the London left.
Frances Morrell (née Frances Maine Galleway) led ILEA, 1983–87. Frances Morrell was brought up in York and educated at Queen Anne Grammar School in York and Hull University. Frances was brought up in Jimmy Savile country, at a time when Savile had plugged into the organised abuse that had previously existed in the region and turned it into an industry. Well before the time when Morrell was Leader of ILEA, Savile had established links with Dafydd et al. Savile used to visit Bryn Estyn and it is alleged that he witnessed the gang rape of a boy for pleasure.
Hull University has educated many of those both ancient and modern who concealed the crimes of Dafydd et al. See previous posts. The situation was assisted by Prezza being the MP for Hull East, 1970-2010. Prezza is from north Wales and went to Ruskin College when Matt Arnold – the Head of Bryn Estyn- was teaching there and when Peter Howarth, Arnold’s friend and colleague who in 1994 was jailed for the abuse of boys at Bryn Estyn, was a student at Ruskin. See post ‘A Study In Tyranny’. No wonder Miranda made Prezza Deputy PM, 1997-2007.
Frances Morrell worked as a schoolteacher, 1960-70, marrying Brian Morrell in 1964. In 1970 Mrs Morrell became a Press Officer, working for the Fabian Society and the NUS. This brought Mrs Morrell into contact with Tony Benn, who was at the time coming to be seen as the leader of the Labour left and someone with whom Mrs Morrell then agreed on many important issues.
The Chairmen of the Fabian Society when Mrs Morrell was the Press Officer were Jeremy Bray (1970-71); Sir Peter Hall, 1971-72 – Sir Peter Hall the urban town planner as opposed to Sir Peter Hall the luvvie – and Lord Anthony Lester QC, 1972-73.
Jeremy William Bray (29 June 1930-31 May 2002) attended Kingswood School, Bath (1942-48), Jesus College, Cambridge and was a Choate Fellow at Harvard University. He also worked as a research officer at the Department of Applied Economics at Cambridge University. Bray was Labour MP for Middlesborough West, 1962-70; Motherwell and Wishaw, Oct 1974-83; and Motherwell South, 1983-97.
There was a trafficking ring in the Middlesborough region linked with Dafydd’s gang; it was that ring who’s activities erupted in the form of the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal in 1987-88 (see post ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas And The Culprits Were Named’).
Sir Peter Geoffrey Hall(19 March 1932 – 30 July 2014) was the Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration at The Bartlett School, UCL and President of both the Town and Country Planning Association and the Regional Studies Association. Hall was a planning and regeneration adviser to successive UK Gov’ts. He was Special Adviser on Strategic Planning to the Tory Gov’t, 1991–94 and a member of the Office of the Deputy PM’s -Prezza’s – Urban Task Force, 1998–1999.
Hall was born in Hampstead and in 1940, his family moved to Blackpool. He attended Blackpool Grammar School and then graduated from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge with a Masters and Doctorate before starting his academic career in 1957 as lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London.
On 30 April 2015, Transport for London dedicated a train in recognition of Hall’s contribution to London’s transport infrastructure. The train, Number 378 204, is a five-carriage London Overground train:
In the 1960s and 1970s Lester was directly involved with the drafting of race relations legislation in Britain. During these periods, he acted as the chair of the legal subcommittee of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (C.A.R.D.) and was a member of several organisations working for racial equality such as the Society of Labour Lawyers, Council of the Institute of Race Relations, British Overseas Socialist Fellowship and the National Committee for Commonwealth Immigrants.
In 1968, Lester co-founded the Runnymede Trust and was Chairman of the Runnymede Trust, 1991-93. The Runnymede is a magnet for paedophiles’ friends; a great many with Radical Consciences but who nonetheless ignored what was happening to people at the hands of Dafydd et al were leading lights in the Runnymede. The Runnymede Trust was founded by Dipak Nandy, who was also its first Director. Dipak is the Labour MP Lisa Nandy’s dad! Dipak and his then wife Maggie – Lisa’s mum – were both based in Leicester and associated with Leicester University for years while that institution concealed the paedophile gang operating in Leicester with links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Lisa’s relatives have been most helpful to abusers, her granddad was Lord Frank Byers who was a Liberal Chief Whip and a member of the secret panel that the Liberal Party set up to investigate Norman Scott’s complaints about Jeremy Thorpe years before Thorpe’s 1979 trial for incitement to murder. Frank Byers’ response to Norman’s allegations was to hurl insults at him so Norman walked out of the ‘hearing’ and went to the police. See previous posts for further information about Lisa’s ancestors and for my very unpleasant experience when I was BEGGED to go to London by Lisa’s supporters to see Lisa in action.
According to Lisa’s PR, she’s an Asian Woman. She is also so fucking hopeless that she has to read her speeches word for word and so fucking rude that she ignores someone sitting in front of her who develops a screaming migraine which makes them quite ill.
Anthony Lester was a SPAD to Woy Jenkins at the Home Office in the 1970s, when Woy was colluding with the serious criminal activities of Dafydd et al. Lester moved with Woy from the Labour Party to found the SDP in 1981. For more details re Woy, see previous posts eg. ‘We’ve Been Expecting You…’. On 29 June 2007, Lester was appointed by PM Gordon Brown as a SPAD on constitutional reform to the Secretary of State for Justice, one Jack Straw.
Lester is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Which must be why he ignored these matters:
Anthony Lester is a Patron of the Family Planning Association. He represented the FPA in a contentious case in N Ireland where it was widely claimed that the FPA were trying to use strategic litigation to introduce liberalised abortion laws into the country. The paedophiles’ friends do like joining bodies which have an interest in the control of other people’s fertility.
For years in north Wales, the Top Doctors conspired to ensure that it was virtually impossible for women to obtain abortions on the NHS, even in the late 1980s, many years after abortion was decriminalised. This gave the Top Docs two advantages. A cosy business arrangement was established between the Top Docs of north Wales and a private abortionist in Chester and referrals were made to anyone who asked as long as they had the money required. For women too poor to afford the fee, the outcome was that they would continue with an unwanted pregnancy. This produced difficulties for many women, but for the kids in care or Empowered Service Users who had become pregnant as a result of Dafydd’s gang raping them, it was a nightmare, because they would then be referred to Dafydd for an ‘assessment’ re obtaining a termination on mental health grounds. Did the ‘assessment’ consist of what such an assessment did in every other area of the UK at the time ie. a conversation? Of course not. In north Wales, the assessment consisted of a stay at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Where the view was taken that the patient couldn’t get more pregnant so it was party time. Geddit?? See previous posts eg. ‘Tan yn Llyn’, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ and ‘It’s Bachman Turner Over drive – Not ‘Arf’. I am still waiting for someone to tell us what happened to all the babies, because even after Dafydd’s ‘assessment’, an abortion would be refused but very few people emerged with a baby.
Alongside the unlawful restriction of abortion, the Top Doctors of north Wales urged ‘family planning’ on a whole variety of young women who had not ever enquired about such matters, as well, I was told, on girls in care, including those who did not have boyfriends and showed no interest in acquiring one. I noticed this myself and recently I had an e mail from someone else who found out what was going on who concluded that the girls in care were being ‘prepared for action’ by the age of 14. Yes, that was pretty much the conclusion that I drew. I knew of Empowered Service Users who were sterilised without their consent – in one case the Empowered Service User had no understanding of what the effects would be and no-one bothered to tell her. I imagine that this was routine. This was all completely unlawful and it was very widely known.
I do not remember Lord Lester or anyone else coming forward to help.
Lester’s peerage was announced on 13 August 1993. That was the month in which I was found guilty of ‘staring at a social worker in Safeways’ and was ordered to part with £60 by the Bangor Magistrates Court. The social worker in question, Jackie Brandt, was a member of the paedophile gang and her police statement claimed that I had shouted and sworn at her, such that she feared ‘immediate violence’. She ended up crying in the witness box and admitted that I hadn’t even spoken to her but I had stared at her. There was no investigation for perjury. The year before Anthony Lester bagged his peerage, the North Wales Police closed their investigation into the possibility of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, stating that there was ‘no evidence’ of any such thing.
|The Lord Lester of Herne Hill|
Lord Lester: Dafydd et al operated a massive trafficking organisation which targeted kids in care, psych patients and people with learning disabilities. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people went through their crazed, dangerous hands after ‘being referred’. I am one of the few survivors that I know of. Furthermore by the time that they targeted me – in the early 1980s – they had an enormous well-oiled machine. That gang did not spend the next 25 years trying to kill Brown and me and forcing me out of every job that I obtained because their gang had died a death and was no longer exerting influence. They were very much still in action. So who else have they done this to Lord Lester and WHERE are all the missing people???
Anthony Lester is the father of Gideon Lester and of Maya Lester QC. Gideon was born in 1972, when Dafydd and John Allen’s trafficking gang were beginning to hit the big time. Gideon himself was in no danger from them – it wasn’t the children of Human Rights barristers who were ‘referred’ to Dafydd, they were kept well away from him by their parents – but Gideon may well know a few people who used the services of those procured by Dafydd’s gang, because Gideon is a luvvie.
Gideon Lester is a ‘performing arts curator, artistic director, educator, and dramaturg’. What a dramaturg is I have no idea. The dramaturd is currently Artistic Director for Theater and Dance at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Director of Bard’s undergraduate Theater & Performance program. The dramaturd was Acting Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), 2007-09 and taught at the Columbia University of the Arts, where he created the Arts Collaboration Lab.
Gideon the dramaturd studied at Oxford University and study dramaturdy at the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. He taught dramaturdy at the American Repertory Theatre and playwriting at Harvard.
The dramaturd’s stage translations include Marivaux’s Island of Slaves.
Here’s the Island from where so many of Dafydd’s slaves came:
- The dramaturd is a productive turd, among his many other stage translations are two texts by the French playwright Michael Vinaver, ‘King’ and ‘Overboard’.
The General Secretary of the Fabian Society, 1964-76 was Thomas Arthur Ponsonby, 3rd Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede (23 October 1930-13 June 1990), who succeeded the title on the death of his father in 1976. Thomas Ponsonby served as a member of Kensington and Chelsea Council, 1956-65 and then as an Alderman, 1964-74. He then became an Alderman of the GLC, 1970-77 and was elected Chairman of the GLC, 1976-77. Ponsonby was elected Labour Chief Whip in the Lords in 1982 and served as Opposition Chief Whip until his death in 1990. Thomas Ponsonby was a Governor of the LSE, 1970-90.
Ponsonby married twice: firstly to Ursula Mary Fox-Pitt, the daughter of Cdr Thomas Stanley Lane Fox-Pitt of Devon, with whom he had a son and three daughters and secondly to Maureen Estelle Campbell-Teich, the widow of Dr Paul Campbell-Teich of Geneva, Switzerland. He was succeeded by his son, Frederick Ponsonby, 4th Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede. Frederick sits as a Labour peer and is a regular contributor in Lords debates. He lost his seat in the Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, but in 2000 Miranda let him back in by creating him a life peer as Baron Ponsonby of Roehampton, of Shulbrede in the County of West Sussex. Miranda will have realised that Frederick did not just inherit his father’s title, but he will have inherited a great deal of the knowledge re the names and crimes of those Who Knew.
Frederick, son of Thomas who was Where The Action Was:
The NUS President, 1969-71, was Jack Straw. Straw was Miranda’s Home Secretary, 1997-2001, throughout the Waterhouse Inquiry and at the time of the publication of the Waterhouse Report.
Digby Jacks, 1971-73. Digby Jacks was a member of the Communist Party when he became President of the NUS. Jacks was raised in Charlton, south London, the son of a building surveyor, and read biology at King’s College, London and gained a teaching diploma at the Institute of Education. He taught for a time at Holland Park Comprehensive School before his election to the NUS Executive in 1969.
Charlton seems to be a rather boring part of London within the Royal Borough of Greenwich and has links with the Royal Navy. The Italian writer Italo Svevo lived in a house on Charlton Church Lane, 1903-13. He had arrived there in his capacity as a director in a Trieste firm selling paint for ships, on whose behalf he established a factory in Charlton’s Anchor and Hope Lane, fulfilling a big contract with the Royal Navy. The foundry of J. Stone & Co moved to Charlton in 1917 and produced 22,000 propellers for the Royal Navy during WW II (its products being fitted to battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and numerous smaller vessels), plus propellers and water-tight doors for RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and Royal Yacht Britannia. In 1963 Stone’s marine propeller business merged with Manganese Bronze and manufacture moved to Birkenhead. Stone Foundries still operates at Charlton, in a plant established in 1939 to produce aluminium and magnesium light alloy castings mainly for the aircraft industry and production of nails and rivets continues at nearby Stone Fasteners.
Young people are unaware of for how long Britain remained acutely conscious of WW II long after that war had ended. Boys of Digby’s generation were raised on a diet of comics in which most of the stories were about WW II, ‘war films’ were on TV constantly and all older people remembered the war and often talked about it. Everybody had a male relative who had Fought In The War. Britain was dead proud of it all and all less reputable conduct that the Brits may have participated in was air-brushed away. But young men like Digby’s were rebelling and had a bellyful of hearing about it all. Digby was a Commie with big ambitions. He’d have been acutely aware of all that relatively recent Royal Navy and MoD activity in Charlton and he will have known that a few things had gone in which were being kept from the ears of the great British public, such as the activities of Lord Louis Mountbatten and some others in his network (see post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’). Digby will have been digging and Digby will have known that when he was President of the NUS, the biggest wig at ILEA was very, very close to someone who, because of his war service and place in ‘the establishment’ could not have afforded to have been associated with anything like the activities of Dafydd’s gang…I will return to this person later in this post.
The school at which Digby had taught, Holland Park, opened in 1958 and was the flagship for comprehensive education. A number of high-profile socialists sent their children to Holland Park School and it became known as “the socialist Eton”. Hilary and Melissa Benn went to Holland Park, as did Polly Toynbee, Jenny Abramsky and Evgeny Lebedev. Some famous people also taught there, including Bryan Ferry and another member of Roxy Music, Christine Blower who became the General Secretary of the NUT and Mary Marsh, the former Head, became a non-executive Director of HSBC plc and a Governor of the London Business School.
Holland Park had a very loyal fan club but there were also fierce critics. In 1970, George Gale, then the Editor of ‘The Spectator’, claimed that the girls at Holland Park were running a vice ring at the school. I have no idea whether there was any truth in that allegation, but had the girls wanted to do that, they would have been in an excellent position to do so, being young women living in London who were well-networked to people with money who would want to use their services. While someone like George Gale would be delighted to think that the most terrible things were happening at Holland Park, other people would be desperate to pretend that everything really was fantastic there. I went to a comprehensive school – although not Holland Park obviously – at a time when a lot of people in education would not hear a word against comprehensive schools and believe me, our school was shite, as was the neighbouring glorious comprehensive which Brown attended. They both needed bombs dropping on them, but Brown and me were frequently gunned down by right-on people when we dared say this. From what I can work out, Holland Park was like a lot of comprehensive and not so comprehensive schools in that kids from professional well-connected families did very well, others not so well. Polly Toynbee was a real duffer at school but she’s writing bollocks in ‘The Guardian’ in exchange for a great deal of money nonetheless.
However, if there had have been anything approaching a vice ring in operation at Holland Park, just imagine the influence that Digby would wield over all the people who were desperate that the school should remain a shining example of all that was great about comprehensive education. A lot of people have forgotten that in the early 1970s, a lot of Tories supported comprehensive schools as well, it wasn’t a policy solely encouraged by Shirley Williams as Auberon Waugh always seemed to think. The name of the Education Secretary who oversaw the establishment of more comprehensives than any other Education Secretary was one Margaret Thatcher, who was the Education Secretary when Digby was President of the NUS…
Digby died in October 2011 and his obituary in the Indie stated that:
‘Digby Jacks was instrumental in turning the National Union of Students into an effective lobbying and campaigning body, which stopped the then Education Minister Margaret Thatcher from introducing policies which would have restricted the autonomy and finances of the various students’ unions….
Told you so, Digby had real influence over the Tories…
He was disappointed, but took a pragmatic approach when an increase to the student grant system of an extra £10 million he had negotiated was turned down by his conference on the grounds that it was insufficient and that the demands of the wage campaign would only be met when the “organised working class can defeat the wage freeze”…
So Digby’s ‘members’, who in those days were overwhelmingly drawn from the offspring of the professional middle classes wanted rather more than Digby bagged them; they might have been showing solidarity towards the organised working class but the organised working class probably viewed them as a bunch of indulged twats who had a bloody nerve turning down an extra £10 million on the grounds that it was ‘insufficient’.
On leaving the NUS he became a Divisional Officer for the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs, one of the few NUS presidents to become a full-time union official, staying on to become Assistant General Secretary when it became the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Trade Union. He undertook responsibility for looking after those working in the finance industries.
The ASTMS and the union into which it evolved, MSF, had a great many members who held professional/managerial jobs in the NHS and medical schools but who were not Top Doctors. When I worked at St George’s Hospital Medical School, 1989-91, the MSF reps were corrupt and were using their knowledge of the very serious wrongdoing of the Top Doctors – including the trafficking gang in south London which the Top Docs were facilitating – for their own benefit. They didn’t blow the whistle, they didn’t protect patients from harm, they just held the institution over a barrel to shore up their own positions. There was and still is much wrongdoing in medicine, much of it perpetrated by people who have Lord and Sir in front of their names and a great many people find that life is sweet if they let it be known that they have knowledge of what is going on but won’t say a word, as long as they are invited to the party as well.
In 2005, Jacks retired as regional officer for Amicus. Amicus was the UK’s largest private sector union, formed by the merger of MSF and the AEEU, agreed in 2001 and two smaller unions, UNIFI and the GPMU. Amicus also organised in both parts of Ireland and was affiliated to the UK TUC, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Scottish Trades Union Congress. Older people in Amicus knew about the elite vice ring based at the Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast which allegedly included Sir Anthony Blunt and Lord Mountbatten, because Top Doctors were involved (see previous posts). They’d have also had great deal of crap on events during the Troubles, including the Shoot to Kill policy, the torture of suspects and other matters which were flatly denied by the British Gov’t.
So Digby Spart remained in this not at all left wing union which represented many professional middle class people who were using their knowledge of the wrongdoing of even more senior people to feather their nests until well into Miranda’s regime, a regime in which Jack Straw, Digby’s fellow ‘left winger’ from the NUS of yesteryear, played a key role.
On 1 May 2007 Amicus merged with the TGWU to form UNITE, the biggest trade union in the UK.
Len McCluskey – Representative Of The Labouring Classes:
On retirement [Digby] served as a Labour councillor in Hounslow
Digby remained a Councillor in Hounslow until 2006.
and became Secretary of the Alliance for Finance, an independent confederation of finance unions and staff representative bodies of financial workers.
The Alliance for Finance is a trade union federation in the UK. The Alliance for Finance was founded in 1996 on the initiative of the Barclays Group Staff Union to encourage more joint campaigning and solidarity between the many trade unions and staff associations covering the banking and financial services sector in the UK.
Not MacDonalds employees, although when he led the NUS, Digby’s desire to give the children of what were in those days mostly middle class people £10 million was rebuffed by those children themselves because they wanted more.
The Alliance’s membership was initially 27 organisations, including the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union, the Communication Workers Union, MSF, the TGWU and USDAW. This quickly rose to 36 organisations, although the 1999 merger between the Banking Insurance and Finance Union, UNiFI and the NatWest Staff Association began a process of consolidation, which has tended to reduce its prominence. In addition, many members have affiliated to the TUC.
As well as Digby, Gwyn Bates, the former National Secretary of Unifi, Amicus and UNITE, was a previous Secretary of the Alliance for Finance. The current Honorary Vice President of the Alliance for Finance is Frank Needham, former General Secretary of the in-house union at National & Provincial Building Society. Needham was Chair of the Federation of Building Society Staff Associations from 1984-87 and subsequently Vice Chair of the Financial Services Staff Federation from 1993-96.
Baroness Turner of Camden is a former Honorary Vice President of the Alliance for Finance. Muriel Winifred Turner, Baroness Turner of Camden (née Price; 18 September 1927 – 26 February 2018). Between 1970 and 1987, Turner was Assistant General Secretary of ASTMS (later MSF, Amicus and now UNITE). From 1981 to 1987 Turner was a member of the TUC General Council. Muriel was created a life peer in May 1985. She had a particular interest in social welfare and pensions issues, which will be why she kept quiet about the organised abuse in the Camden area with links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Muriel bagged that peerage as the threats rained down upon Brown and I and just two months before Lord Donaldson, the Master of the Rolls, upheld Mary Wynch’s appeal re Dafydd and the gang. Mary was represented by Birnberg & Co, who were based in Camden. All colluding politicians as well as legal and health care professionals knew that Mary’s case was about the be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice and a lot of them knew that Brown and I were raising serious concerns about the mental health services in north Wales as well. By the summer of 1985, Alison Taylor was blowing whistles regarding the abuse of kids in care in north Wales.
Muriel was Front Bench Spokesperson on Employment for the Labour Opposition, Oct 1987-96, which covered the years of investigations in north Wales as the region was littered with the corpses of kids in care and Empowered Service Users. The Windbag, John Smith and Miranda sat on all of it.
Muriel was Deputy Speaker of the Lords, 2002-08. Up in north Wales, the legacy of Dafydd’s gang continued, particularly as so many of them were holding senior positions in the public services, the local authorities and the police. Corruption was rampant and complaints about the most serious wrongdoing in the ‘services’ were ignored.
Muriel was a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, 1982-88. Elspeth Howe served as Deputy Chairman of the EOC, 1975 -79 – when Mary Wynch was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned by Dafydd – and in various other capacities from 1980. Elspeth was married to Geoffrey Howe, a member of Thatch’s Cabinet while Dafydd et al caused havoc. Before he became an MP, Geoffrey Howe was a barrister in Wales/Chester, where along with all of his colleagues, he colluded with Dafydd and the gang. Geoffrey and Elspeth Howe were close friends with Ronnie Waterhouse and his wife and had been since they were very young. See previous posts for more information about the Howes and their numerous links to Dafydd’s associates.
Two Baronesses, Fighters For Equality:
Corrupt and female? Then you are given a position on an Equality Body.
Muriel was also a member of the Occupational Pensions Board, 1977-93; Council member, Occupational Pensions Advisory Service,1989-2007; and Chair, Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman Council 1994-97. She was a ranking member of British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.
Muriel was Vice-President of Humanists UK and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society, both bodies which have enjoyed support from many paedophiles’ friends. On 15 September 2010, Turner, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in ‘The Guardian’, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI’s state visit to the UK. Claire Rayner was Vice-President (and formerly President) of the British Humanist Association and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. In the weeks leading up to her death, Rayner railed against Pope Benedict’s XVI’s state visit to the UK. Like Muriel, Claire Rayner also knew about Dafydd and the gangs linked to him and remained silent. Like Muriel, Claire collected Brownie points for her Caring NHS ways. See post ‘The Wretched Of the Earth’.
Someone should have reminded Turner and Rayner that people living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones; those two were in no position to have a go at the Pope, they’d concealed exactly the same criminal activity.
To return to Mrs Morrell. In 1973 Tony Benn invited Morrell to be his Political Adviser should Labour win the next election. Mrs Morrell served as a SPAD to Benn at the Departments of Industry and Energy, 1974-79. Benn was increasingly marginalised as the Parliament went on, but Morrell worked to link him with a network of activists outside Parliament.
Details of the many links that Benn had with Dafydd’s network and those who colluded with Dafydd’s crimes can be read in my post ‘No Cuts’. Some years before he died, I wrote to Tony Benn about the abuse of mental health patients in north Wales. Tony wrote back simply saying ‘Sorry – disability is not my area’. It was a disability rights activist who suggested that I write to Wedgie-Benn, because he ‘has a good reputation on disability rights’.
Mrs Morrell was selected to stand as the Labour candidate for Chelmsford in Feb 1974 but she failed to be selected for several Labour seats in the 1979 General Election, including Birkenhead and Manchester Blackley. That will undoubtedly have been as a result of the internal feuding between the left and right of the Labour Party. Mrs Morrell was a firm ally of Benn’s who was loathed by the Labour Party leadership by the late 1970s.
It was Frank Field who was selected as the candidate for Birkenhead, who won the seat in 1979 and he is still there. I have previously blogged my appreciation for Frank Field after he named a group of NHS Directors and Top Doctors on Merseyside who had perpetrated a fraud in which the NHS was relieved of funds in the House and then on his blog. One of those named by Field was the vile Lyn Meadows, a former senior manager of the Welsh Ambulance Trust, who after disgracing herself there turned up as the HR Director at Bangor University, where she disgraced herself all over again. The charming Lyn is now a non-executive Director of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. See previous posts.
Much as I am grateful to Frank Field for exposing the NHS crooks of the Wirral whom no-one else dared touch, it has not escaped my notice that Frank has been sitting in Birkenhead since 1979 and that a branch of Dafydd’s gang ran Merseyside and that many of them are still there (see previous posts). Lyn Meadows and her corrupt Top Doc pals were by no means the only or biggest problems on Merseyside. As a Labour Moderate, surely Frank should at least have said something about the slaying of Michael Carr, the former Labour MP for Bootle by the combined forces of Militant and the Top Docs at Walton Hospital in July 1990? It was acknowledged that the conduct of the staff at Walton fell into the criminal negligence category, but successive DPPs just bounced the case back and forth (see post ‘News From Sicily’).
Frank Field is hated by many of the left and many of his comments in the past suggests that Frank divides the poor very much into the deserving and undeserving. He was Miranda’s Minister for Welfare Reform, 1997-98, but famously fell out with Miranda and returned to the backbenches.
Field was born in Edmonton. His father was a labourer at a factory in Battersea and his mother a teaching assistant. His parents were Conservatives. Field was educated at St Clement Danes School, then in Hammersmith, before studying at Hull University. In his youth Field was a member of the Conservative Party, but left in 1960 because of his opposition to Apartheid in South Africa and joined the Labour Party. In 1964, Field became a FE teacher in Southwark and Hammersmith.
Field served as a Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Hounslow, 1964-68. He was Director of the Child Poverty Action Group, 1969-79 and of the Low Pay Unit, 1974-80.
Once in Parliament, Field was made a member of the Opposition front bench by the Leader Footie as a Spokesman on Education in 1980, but was dropped a year later. Following the appointment of the Windbag as the Labour leader in 1983, Field was appointed as a Spokesman on Health and Social Security for a year. He was appointed the Chairman of the Social Services Select Committee in 1987 and then served as the Chairman of the new Social Security Select Committee, 1990-97.
Not a word about Dafydd and the gang throughout any of it Frank, although Dafydd et al were very busy indeed.
Following the 1997 election, Field joined Miranda’s Gov’t as Minister for Welfare Reform in the DHSS. Blair stated that Field’s mission was to “think the unthinkable”. Field thought that the state should only play a small direct role in the provision of welfare and he disliked means-testing and non-contributory entitlement to benefits, which he believed should only be received after claimants had joined social insurance schemes or mutual organisations such as ‘friendly societies’. There were clashes with Gordon and Harriet, but then everyone clashed with Gordon and Harriet.
Blair later wrote that he was disappointed that so little fresh thinking on welfare reform had emerged from his years as PM. That Blair, is because none of you were prepared to admit that the core of the problem is a deeply corrupted welfare state, run by well-heeled ‘professionals’ who run it to ensure that they benefit rather than The Poor. If The Professionals are allowed to lie, steal, embezzle and abuse The Poor with impunity and the response to The Poor gathering some very damning evidence against The Professionals is to smear The Poor, fit them up for crimes and then refuse them all medical care, then you are going to have very big problems. Which is why the only solutions that anyone ever came up with was to blame The Poor themselves, whether the argument used was one involving Cycles Of Deprivation, Neural Pathways or Genes and run around in circles banging on about social insurance schemes and friendly societies. When somebody stop The Professionals from ruthlessly milking the welfare state for their own ends, you will find that there is plenty there to Help The Poor. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime Blair. But you refused to target the most serious crime – serious organised crime on the part of the state.
The idiocy continues. The introduction of the welfare reform most closely associated with Blair eventually came to pass in 2008: the replacement of Incapacity Benefit by Employment Support Allowance. The think-tank Reform, on the advisory board of which Field sits, said in its 2016 report on changes to out-of-work sickness benefits that ESA had ‘replicated many of the problems of IB’ and had therefore ‘failed to achieve its objective’. Why are we not surprised?
After leaving Ministerial Office, Field continued with his duties as an MP and joined the Ecclesiastical and the Public Accounts Select Committees in the House of Commons.
In June 2010 Field was appointed by Lord Snooty the Third’s Coalition Gov’t to head an independent review into poverty, which proposed adopting a new measure centred around life-chance indicators and increasing funding for early years education. In an interview in September 2012, Field considered Snooty III to have ignored his report, saying “nothing had been done about it” and that it was “very disappointing”. Probably because Snooty III had given every spare penny to Camila Batmanghelidjh after she impressed him with her knowledge of ‘thermostatic emotional regulation’ and the erroneous neural pathways developing in foetuses who are busy gestating in the uteri of The Poor of sahf London.
Here’s Frank brainstorming with like-minded people in 2012:
In October 2013, along with Laura Sandys, Field established the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger and Food Poverty, which he went on to Chair. He also chaired a parliamentary inquiry into hunger commissioned by the APPG which reported in December 2014. Field became the Chair of trustees of Feeding Britain, a charitable organisation set up in October 2015 to implement the recommendations made by the APPG.
Whether Frank takes advantage of the subsidised dining facilities in the House I do not know.
Following the 2015 General Election, it was announced in June 2015 that Frank had been elected to the Chairmanship of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. He was re-elected unopposed to the role following the 2017 General Election.
In December 2017, during a debate on Universal Credit, Field described the impact that Universal Credit changes had had on his constituents. Field spoke of how he had talked a man out of suicide and how one claimant felt “lucky” his family was invited to eat food leftover from a funeral.
Frank clearly wonders where it has all gone so wrong after the many years of his silence…
In March 2015, Field was awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Honouree for the co-founding of environmental organisation Cool Earth, a charidee that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction as a bottom-up solution to an ageing problem. Meanwhile in the NHS on Merseyside…
In 2017, Frank Field was awarded the Langton Award for Community Service by the Archbishop of Canterbury “for sustained and outstanding commitment to social welfare”, as a result of Frank’s sealed lips regarding the massive scams that Dafydd’s gang have been working on Merseyside during Frank’s entire Parliamentary career.
Frank is an admirer of Thatch, the lady who was personal friends with at least three active paedophiles linked to Dafydd’s gang ie. Peter Morrison, George Thomas and Jimmy Savile. Although there have been attempts to get Frank to defect to the Tories, they have been without success.
In May 2010, Field endorsed Ed Miliband and Uncle Harry’s Leadership challenge.
Field is a practising Anglican, a former Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust and a member of the Church of England General Synod. I am not someone who believes that every worshipper in the C of E is an abuser, but there has been a long-standing problem of denial within the institution.
Field wants to reducing the time-limit within which women can have an abortion and to strip abortion providers such as Marie Stopes of their counselling role and handing it to organisations not linked to abortion clinics. With the Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, Field has been vocal in two defeated attempts to legislate for such a reform in Parliament. I too am a little concerned about the domination of abortion providers in the field of providing counselling for pregnant women, because they tend to be very good at helping women who want abortions but not so good at assisting women who with to continue with a pregnancy in difficult circumstances. However, Field, Mad Nad and their fellow travellers never mention the frank abuses on the part of Top Doctors that continue with regard to their ‘care and counselling’ of vulnerable pregnant women and Frank, Nad et al often seem to not quite understand just how difficult the situations of some women are. ‘Go and see your GP!’ So what do you do if you’re a kid in care who’s been raped by one of the staff and the GP is colluding with the trafficking gang which the local Social Services are facilitating then Frank/Nad?
Here’s Ioan Bowen Rees, Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council, 1980-91:
Frank Field has never married and has not been blessed with children.
Kenneth Eastham was selected as the Labour candidate for Manchester Blackley and he won the seat and remained there until he retired in 1997. Eastham was a planning Engineer for GEC at Trafford Park, Manchester, and a Manchester City Councillor for eighteen years. Eastham was a Councillor when Dafydd’s old mate Dr Bob Hobson relocated to Manchester from the Maudsley and ran a trafficking ring in the Manchester area (see post ‘The Mentor’). Tony and Sadie Francis joined old Hobson and then made their way to the North Wales Hospital to join Dafydd, as did the genocidal Dr Tony ‘Do Nothing’ Roberts a few years later.
Ken Eastham is very elderly but still with us, so perhaps he could let us know why he wanted that safe Labour seat in 1979, five years after Hobson arrived in Manchester. Mary Wynch was languishing in Denbigh in 1979, having been illegally imprisoned there by Dafydd. Dafydd knew that he was in trouble before Mary emerged, because Mary had been doing battle with Dafydd and the gang since the early 1970s and she already had lawyers lined up to act for her. Previous posts have described how Dafydd et al began sending up paedophiles’ in distress flares in 1979 to summon the cavalry from across the political spectrum.
Now to return to Mrs Morrell. After the Labour Gov’t left office in 1979, Mrs Morrell helped to create the ‘Rank and File Mobilising Committee’, through which the left organised to bring changes in the Party. ‘Private Eye’ called her Tony Benn’s ‘hatchet-woman’. In the run-up to the 1981 GLC elections, Mrs Morrell was chosen to fight Islington South and Finsbury and on election formed part of the left faction in support of Red Ken.
At the time there was that huge paedophile ring operating in the children’s homes in Islington…
Jack Straw was Little Nell’s Deputy on Islington Council’s Housing Committee, but then Jack pops up everywhere behind someone who is ignoring a trafficking gang. Jack was Battling Barbara Castle’s adviser when he was a whippersnapper and Babs was concealing the wrongdoing of the Top Doctors et al when Babs was Secretary of State at the DHSS. Babs certainly chose her juniors with care, Dr Death was one of her junior Ministers as was dear old Lord David Ennals, both big pals of some of those we know and love in north Wales. See previous posts.
Mrs Morrell’s background as a teacher led her to spend most time on ILEA, which came with membership of the GLC. She was chosen as Deputy Leader of the new left leadership of ILEA under Bryn Davies. Mrs Morrell became unsatisfied with Bryn’s leadership – she considered it ‘weak’ – and built support for a change through the GLC Women’s Group; in April 1983 she challenged Bryn and was elected as ILEA leader.
Under Mrs Morrell, ILEA became concerned with promoting gender equality. I suppose that ILEA could have argued that both boys and girls were being abused and trafficked. The authority was severely criticised for what the right regarded as propaganda in the schools that it administered. Many of the policies of the Davies leadership were continued, which included the high spending: ILEA deliberately set an illegally high budget for 1985. Thatch’s Gov’t was proposing to abolish the GLC and wanted to abolish ILEA as well but found it impractical to do so. However, new legislation allowed the Gov’t to limit ILEA’s budget and it did so. ILEA was helped by a bail-out from the GLC for one year.
The abolition of the GLC in 1986 meant that something had to be done to provide for future elections to the ILEA. It was decided that there would be direct elections. Mrs Morrell led Labour into the campaign and with London hostile to the abolition of the GLC, Labour won an easy victory. Mrs Morrell was re-elected quite narrowly herself, as the SDP put up a strong challenge.
Despite Red Ken’s best efforts, the GLC was abolished on 31 March 1986, along with the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Councils. All of these Councils had trafficking rings operating within their welfare services and some of them were sending a lot of kids in their care to Dafydd et al in north Wales. No-one said a word about this among the ranting both against and in favour of these Councils over a period of years, although a great many people knew what was going on.
On 31 March 1986, BBC News reported that ‘Thousands of people have taken part in festivities to mark the historic final hours of 97 years of local rule in London. A throng of 250,000 people have gathered on the South Bank in London, home to the Greater London Council, which will not exist from midnight tonight. Festivities will end with the largest display of fireworks ever seen in the city after a week of events costing £250,000.’
Well Red Ken and his mates transferred millions into the pockets of Dafydd’s gang, what’s another £250k on fireworks?
Dafydd et al were getting very jumpy in 1986, because a contingent of honest police had begun to close in on them. Oliver Brooke, Prof of Paediatrics at St George’s Hospital Medical School and one of the biggest players in the pan-European paedophile ring which Dafydd et al were running was jailed in Dec 1986. The paedophiles’ friends will have known that Ollie had been caught by the time that the GLC vanished after that fireworks display. Fortunately for Ollie and his associates, the legal establishment was on their side and Lord Justice Geoffrey Lane allowed Ollie’s appeal in May 1987 and Ollie was released shortly after on the grounds that the poor man had suffered enough and his vast collection of kiddie porn was no more than the equivalent of a collection of ‘cigarette cards’ no less. See previous posts eg. ‘Oliver!’
By the time that the GLC and Dafydd’s other business partners disappeared, Alison Taylor and I could not have been yelling more loudly that something terrible was happening in north Wales and Mary had won her case…
Dafydd and the gang remained in business and witnesses continued to be harassed, threatened and found dead. Including my housemate Anne Vernon, who was killed in April 1986.
Whatever the security services thought that they were doing in the face of all this, it really was woefully inadequate and no-one will ever convince me otherwise. I look forward to the resignation of C or Z or Dame Stella Rimington or whoever was responsible for this cock-up, along with their statement that they have failed and will learn lessons. Then they can go and do it all over again. That seems to be the model of practice.
Jesus Christ, it wasn’t rocket science was it.
Mrs Morrell lost her leadership of ILEA in 1987 by 23 votes to 22, continuing a tradition of internal deselection established by both of her predecessors.
Mrs Morrell became secretary of the Speaker of the House of Commons Commission on Citizenship in 1988. That Speaker was Bernard Weatherill, who had succeeded the child molester George Thomas as Speaker in 1983, when Thatch gave George Thomas a Viscountcy. Mrs Morrell was a senior research fellow at Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1991-92 and then became Executive Director of the Institute for Citizenship Studies.
Mrs Morrell was lately joint Chief Executive of ArtsInform, ‘which tries to build relationships between schools and colleges and professional artists.’
Mrs Morrell’s husband Brian committed suicide in April 2009 – although I have not found out about the circumstances – and Mrs Morrell herself suffered from increasingly poor health and died from cancer in January 2010. Frances and Brian Morrell died as angry demands were being made by many for another investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Dafydd’s gang sent up distress flares which caused an influx of paedophiles’ friends to stand for and get elected to the Welsh Assembly (see post ‘The Battle Of The Cowshed’), including Jenny Rathbone, a former Islington Councillor, journalist and member of the family who established a charity that supplied the paedophiles with help when some of them were actually caught (see post ‘The Mentor’).
I can imagine that some unpleasant things could have been happening to the Morrells as people who had previously been at the scene of the crime and could name names; Dafydd’s gang have never showed any loyalty to those who concealed their crimes when the going gets tough.
The other day I asked Brown why he thought that after so many accessories having been found dead someone hadn’t actually murdered Dafydd. Brown quipped that Dafydd was obviously getting there first. Furthermore Dafydd has/had Top Docs working for him and apart from Brown and me, no-one ever suspects them. ‘Ooh thank you for the prescription doctor, I’ll take this lethal cocktail straight away…’ ‘I need THAT particular treatment?? It sounds unpleasant and ineffective, but ooh you doctors know what you’re doing, I mean docs who harm their patients aren’t allowed to practise are they???’ ‘Ooh I’ve heard of Dr Jones, he’s Europe’s Leading Forensic Psychiatrist isn’t he, I read it in the Bangor and Anglesey Mail in 1994, I know I’ll be in safe hands…’
‘Now don’t you worry dear, we’ll look after you.’
In the wake of the abolition of the GLC as well as those other metropolitan Councils in 1986, there were a great many people Who Knew who all had to be found new jobs in order to stop them ever mouthing off. Many of them are still alive and still in the system. Furthermore as they all have a history of being Little Things Hitting Each Other, at times of Paedophiles In Distress, a few of them tend to die.
Tony Travers of the LSE wrote an obituary for Mrs Morrell which was published in ‘The Guardian’ in 2010:
‘…She was one of Tony Benn’s two trusted advisers during the 1974-79 period (the other being Francis Cripps), providing political links to the rest of government as well as connections to various groups and committees on the far left of the party. She won the Islington South and Finsbury seat for Labour in the 1981 Greater London council (GLC) elections, being one of the cabal who then, within 24 hours, replaced Andrew McIntosh as council leader with Ken Livingstone.
Francis Cripps is an economist who was the grandson of Sir Stafford Cripps, Clement Attlee’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1947-50.
I do think it’s lovely that the Labour Party have presented such a challenge to inherited privilege.
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Like the Labour Party, Plaid are also a Party of Equality and the Gwerin:
Morrell was a large, forceful and controversial woman who had the capacity to polarise views. Yet, when she became leader of the Inner London Education Authority (Ilea) in 1983, she found herself in the position of using this powerful personality in a grim struggle with the left-led Inner London Teachers’ Association (ILTA) over staff redeployment – an uncomfortable position for someone long associated with progressive politics at a time when the new left was in the ascendant in London and other cities.
Mrs Morrell didn’t manage to mention the en masse organised abuse of children among all that discussion and implementation of progressive politics.
….Morrell worked in government with Benn and Cripps to produce economic policies that involved worker co-operatives, an alternative economic strategy, import restrictions and currency controls. This team was devoted to expanding the scale and scope of the state.
I think that Mrs Morrell, Wedgie Benn and Sir Stafford’s grandson lost the battle somewhere along the way, although there was an expansion of the corrupt state, no matter what Thatch maintained happened after 1979.
Morrell worked with other political advisers including Jack Straw (Barbara Castle’s adviser) to provide the “dissenting ministers’ secretariat” during the 1975 European Economic Community referendum campaign. Benn and other ministers were given their freedom to lobby for a “no” vote. Benn’s diaries show that he trusted Morrell’s advice and that both were suspicious of the civil service and the security services. She was seen as a very political adviser during a government that radically expanded the number of such beneath-the-radar outsiders. No 10 was, towards the end of the Callaghan government, concerned that she might be in breach of her status as an adviser. She certainly worked hard to manoeuvre Benn towards the Labour leadership.
…Livingstone and Morrell, though both seen as on the radical left of Labour at the time, were not on good terms. The former attacked the latter in the pages of Tribune over the manner of the challenge to Davies.
Running Ilea during the 1980s was not easy. There was the struggle with the Thatcher government over rate-capping that could have had serious consequences for senior figures such as Morrell who wanted, in protest over capping, the GLC to refuse to set a rate. The ILTA made life difficult for what was, by any standards, an administration with radical leftwing leanings. There were random strikes and high levels of absenteeism, often over the need to redeploy teachers.
As with the civil wars within the mental health services, the kids who were supposed to be the focus of ILEA were lost in the middle of all this…
…She was then herself deposed as Ilea leader by the more emollient and mainstream Neil Fletcher in 1987.
She held a number of positions within arts organisations, including being a member of the board of directors of Sadler’s Wells and of the NCVQ performing arts advisory committee. Active in pursuing feminist issues and policy at County Hall, she was also a long-serving member of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy.
Last year, her husband Brian, whom she had married in 1964, took his own life at their home in Islington.
Tony Benn added to Mrs Morrell’s obituary:
‘It is not often recognised that the position of secretary of state can be a very lonely one, surrounded by ministerial colleagues who are busy with their own work, MPs who are cut off from knowing what goes on, and from the massive government departments which they run, which often have an agenda of their own. Frances and her colleague Francis Cripps maintained contact with ministerial advisers in other departments, with Labour backbenchers, with the trade union leadership and indeed almost all those with whom I came in contact. She was brilliant in performing these tasks and her judgement was always shrewd and relevant’.
Mrs Morrell and Francis Cripps Knew and kept the lid firmly nailed down on everything.
Francis Cripps now lives in Thailand.
An obituary written by Stuart Weir for Mrs Morrell also appeared on the website ‘Open Democracy’:
‘Frances Morrell who has just died at the age of 72 was a conviction politician of great energy, imagination, courage and commonsense. She was one of Tony Benn’s two close advisers (the other being Francis Cripps) while he was Secretary of State for industry and energy from 1974-79, and then became Labour leader of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) in the 1980s. She had long been active in the left of the Labour Party and was press officer for the NUS, Fabian Society and (unofficially) Tony Benn before joining him in government. Benn relied heavily on her loyalty, judgment and advice.
There are hints in her obituaries that she was part of the ‘hard left’, the trotskyist factions who disfigured Labour Party politics during the 1970s and 1980s. This was not the case. She regarded them (and their ‘soft left’ fellow travellers) with contempt long before her bruising struggles as leader of ILEA with the hard left teachers’ association in Inner London.
Morrell was a social democrat, or democratic socialist, who had a strong commitment to improving life for working class people. With Michael Meacher and me, she founded the Labour Coordinating Committee after 1979, with the aim of creating a thoughtful left programme for the party. The LCC soon became embroiled in the bitter feuding over intra-party democracy and she was one of the very few of us who stood firm for the principle of ‘one member, one vote’ against the Trotskyist demands that only members of constituency party general committees should be enfranchised (they being easier to control). It was not a popular place to be in left Labour circles.
Indeed, her contribution in and out of government could have been far greater; and what she did contribute will not be fully recognised. For Frances was an imposing and forceful figure who was very sure of her own gifts and less so about those of others, friends or foes. She was more respected than liked and after being deposed as ILEA leader in 1987 she left active politics and became active in citizenship and arts bodies.’
Stuart Weir was formerly Editor of the New Statesman, when he launched Charter 88 and Director of Democratic Audit at Essex University.
Weir’s obituary for Mrs Morrell on ‘Open Democracy’ precipitated a rush of rude comments as Little Things Started Hitting Each Other. Contributions from people occupying various positions on the left fumed at Weir’s choice of words and effectively accused him of being a capitalist running dog.
Another contributor to ‘Open Democracy’ observed that ‘The Times’ and The Torygraph didn’t think that Mrs Morrell was worth an obituary. Which just goes to show that the ‘far left’ don’t spend as much time as they should reading The Torygraph, because The Torygraph did publish an obit for Mrs Morrell and whoever wrote it seemed to believe that she did have some positive qualities, rather than simply being a dangerous idiot who colluded with a trafficking gang. The Torygraph even accompanied their obit with a photo of Mrs Morrell in her youth, looking rather Joan Baez:
‘Frances Morrell, who died on January 10 aged 72, was a controversial leader of the Inner London Education Authority (Ilea) from 1983 to 1987; she promoted anti-racism, sex education and gender consciousness in the capital’s schools before disillusioning Left-wing comrades by advocating higher standards.
She was also a long-standing confidante of Tony Benn as he strove to capture the Labour Party with the backing of “hard Left” constituency activists, becoming a bête noire for not only Conservatives but also the Labour Right. Formidable yet able to charm, she was nicknamed “Big Lil” until she lost seven stone while leader of Ilea “through giving up alcohol”.
However Big Lil lost seven stone, it will not have been through giving up alcohol, someone’s telling porkies there, porkies as big as five stone models used to tell when they told journos that ‘I never diet, I eat everything, just everything, it’s my metabolism, I’m lucky’, after consuming several tons of cotton wool and bog paper and lighting another fag in the vain hope that will stave off the hunger pangs…
Insisting that “women are constantly undervalued, under-appreciated and under-achieved in our society”, she founded in 1980 a Women’s Action Committee that helped her capture Ilea but proved of little use when she went for a parliamentary seat.
You surprise me.
But then thanks to Big Lil and her mates, Parliament was well-supplied with elderly male paedophiles, having found that their every need was catered for.
She was a founder member of the Labour co-ordinating committee, securing a Left-wing manifesto, before the party’s election defeat in 1979. A key member of Benn’s 1976 leadership campaign team, she was again at his side when he challenged Denis Healey for the deputy leadership in 1981, losing by a whisker.
The Bennites secured the mandatory reselection of Labour MPs, and the choice of the leader by an electoral college instead of the Parliamentary party. They also split the party, leading key moderates to form the breakaway SDP, and contributed to Labour’s shattering defeat in 1983.
The Key Moderates had been every bit as helpful to Dafydd and the linked gangs as Big Lil had (see post ‘We’ve Been Expecting You…’).
In May 1981 she was elected to the Greater London Council. At once she took part in the Left-wing putsch that not only replaced Labour’s incumbent leader Andrew McIntosh with Ken Livingstone but also removed Sir Ashley Bramall, the highly-regarded leader of Ilea.
She became deputy leader to Bryn Davies, who had supplanted Bramall. Two years later she led a rebellion that ousted Davies, whom she considered weak; Livingstone accused her campaign of “back-stabbing, arm-twisting and intimidating methods”.
Red Ken had much experience in such techniques himself.
She came under fire from Kenneth Baker after a children’s book entitled Jenny Lives With Eric And Martin appeared in London school libraries.
I remember the scrap well. ‘Private Eye’ published a piece about a book called ‘William Lives With Charles and Diana’ which gave children the impression that being Royal was normal.
Then she forced out David MacDowall as director of North London Polytechnic for refusing to discipline a student campaigning for the National Front, a step he said would have been illegal.
That will have been Patrick Harrington, a member of the NF who made it his business to serially enrol at HE institutions with a reputation for leftist posing. Harrington’s plan worked a treat, the wankers of the North London Poly were thrown into utter confusion and did not know how to deal with him. For goodness sake, I was a bumpkin from Somerset followed by north Wales, but even I clicked that Harrington was a plant…
While the North London Poly tied themselves up in knots over the presence of Patrick Harrington, social work students there who raised concerns about the neglect and abuse of clients were told by their tutors that they were ‘not allowed to’ complain about the Councils where they were undertaking their placements (Islington and Haringey). But then I was told by Dr D.G.E. Wood that I ‘was not allowed’ to complain about Gwynne the perverted lobotomist. Wood and Gwynne and the social work tutors of the North London Poly were much more dangerous than Patrick Harrington, because no-one gave Patrick Harrington 100% control over the lives of other people…
By 1986 she had shifted her ground. She warned teachers in Hackney they could not boycott a child safety video because the police appeared in it, threatened to sack teachers who would not move to short-staffed schools, and wrote to The Times in Latin defending teaching of the language.
This new flexibility was too much for Ilea’s Labour group. Joined by moderates who disliked her style, the Left ousted her by one vote in April 1987 and installed Neil Fletcher, who was immediately confronted with Mrs Thatcher’s decision to abolish the authority.
Frances Maine Galleway was born in York on December 28 1937. Her parents sent her to Queen Anne grammar school “with a view to my securing a job in Rowntrees’ offices rather than on the factory floor”. In fact she went to Hull University, reading English; in 1995 Goldsmiths’ College would award her an MA with distinction.
She taught in secondary schools for nine years, then in 1970 became press officer for the Fabian Society and the National Union of Students, led by Jack Straw. When the Fabians deputed her to meet the economist JK Galbraith at Heathrow she could not understand his deference until learning that he had misheard “Frances” as “Princess”.
She promoted Benn’s Fabian tract The New Politics, and in 1973 he appointed her his policy adviser; at the party conference she demanded a national plan to redistribute wealth. With Labour in power, she became Benn’s Whitehall special adviser; he outraged the Society of British Aerospace Companies by taking her to one of its dinners, which had been men-only for 60 years.
In 1975 Frances Morrell, Francis Cripps and Benn published A Ten-Year Industrial Strategy for Britain, urging that financial institutions be forced to invest in manufacturing. An exasperated Wilson disowned it, and that June moved Benn to Energy; Morrell went with him.
As Benn’s deputy leadership campaign reached its climax, she co-published Manifesto – A Radical Strategy for Britain. This proposed regulated working hours, a minimum wage as well as a maximum salary.
At Ilea, she encouraged “mother-tongue” teaching of immigrant children, tried to recruit the Left-wing trade unionist George Nicholson to take charge of “political education”, called for girls to play football and boys netball – with backing from the pop group Bananarama – and criticised “sexist” advertisements on the Tube.
Meanwhile those kids were transported up to north Wales into the clutches of people with the maddest, most confused notions of gender-appropriate behaviour that one could ever hope to meet…
From 1988 to 1991, by which time Ilea had been abolished, she was secretary of the Speaker’s Commission on Citizenship; subsequently she was director of the Institute for Citizenship Studies and director of studies for the Practising for Citizenship Project. Latterly she was joint chief executive of Arts Inform.
She was at various times chairman of the London Schools Newspaper Project, London Schools Arts Service and the NCVQ performance arts advisory committee; deputy chairman of Islington International Festival; senior research fellow for the Federal Trust for Education and Research; a board member of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the King’s Head Theatre; and a member of the LSE Graduate School.
Brinley Howard Davies, usually known as Bryn Davies (born 17 May 1944) preceded Mrs Morrell as Leader of ILEA, 1981-83. Davies graduated from Hull University and qualified as an actuary. He worked in the pensions industry, becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1974. Davies worked for the TUC as Pensions Officer from that year, advising member unions on occupational and state pensions. With this came membership of the Occupation Pensions Board. He was also elected to Lambeth Borough Council in 1978 and became Deputy Leader. At the time, kids in the care of Lambeth were being abused both in children’s homes in Lambeth and in children’s homes in north Wales, where a great many were sent on long term placements (see eg. post ‘Lord Snooty The Third’).
At the beginning of 1980 the opportunity arose for Bryn Davies to go into London-wide politics in a by-election for the GLC at Vauxhall, which he won easily as a Labour candidate. With membership of the GLC came ex officio membership of ILEA. Davies aligned himself with the left under Red Ken.
The 1981 elections brought a left majority to London and on 9 May 1981 Bryn Davies was chosen to be the new Leader of ILEA at the AGM of the ILEA Labour Group, ousting Sir Ashley Bramall, although Bramall wanted to remain Leader. Mrs Morrell became Deputy Leader, replacing Mair Garside. I mentioned Mair Garside in a previous post and speculated on whether she was Welsh, Mair being a Welsh name that would not be known to many English people who think that it might be nice to give their daughter a Welsh name.
A scrap then broke out because the Labour right thought this takeover had been brutal and several of them decided to make life difficult for the new administration. Among the first decisions taken under Bryn Davies’ control was to allow GLC teachers paid leave to attend the People’s March for Jobs, but a rebellion by right-wing Labour councillors defeated the plan. ILEA continued the comprehensivisation policy and intensified it by ending ‘streaming’ within schools and insisted that Church schools end all selection as well.
The Conservatives nationally criticised the cost of schooling under ILEA, which was the highest in the country. Thatch – and most of the Tories – hated ILEA, indeed Thatch had hated ILEA since she was Education Secretary, 1970-74, under Ted Heath. Acres of print in the right wing press were devoted to the excesses of ILEA, particularly when the ‘loony left’ took it over and there was substantial concern about what was happening in some schools under ILEA. Yet no-one mentioned the transfer of hundreds of children from inner London to children’s homes and residential schools in north Wales, which charged a great deal of money for each ‘placement’, such placements frequently accompanied by complaints of the most serious abuse. London Councillors and lawyers heard about many, many complaints and the situation was ignored by everyone, although the Tories fuming at the money being spent by ILEA knew that much of that money was being spent on placements for children in north Wales.
Bryn Davies never had to deal with the abolition of ILEA – although everyone on the left in London at the time was panicking at the thought of Thatch advancing towards ILEA with her axe – because Mrs Morrell used her connections within the GLC Women’s Group to depose him in April 1983. Davies remained as a backbencher long enough to prove his left-wing credentials by supporting the strategy – subsequently held to be illegal – of refusing to set a GLC rate as a protest at rate capping.
Bryn Davies went back into pensions in 1985 as a Director of Pensions and Investment Research Consultants. Later that year he was appointed as a Research Actuary at Bacon and Woodrow and resigned from the GLC and ILEA. In 1989 Davies set up Union Pension Services Ltd., a consultancy on occupation pensions specialising in those for trade unions. He continues to work in and write about pensions. Perhaps Bryn would like to write a little bit about why so much money was spent sending children into the arms of a gang of paedophiles by people who yelled loudly about equality and those suffering in Fatcher’s Britain.
Bryn Davies’s predecessor who was knifed and thrown overboard in 1981 by Bryn’s supporters, Sir Ashley Bramall, had been Leader of the ILEA since 1970.
Sir Ernest Ashley Bramall (6 January 1916-10 February 1999) was Labour MP for Bexley, 1946-50. Bramall’s family were wealthy merchants from Hampshire, but his mother was a socialist who influenced her son to support the left. Ashley attended Westminster School briefly, before moving to Canford School. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford in the 1930s. Bramall was elected to Chair the Oxford University Labour Club in 1938. At Oxford, he was active in the Oxford Union Society, where he often debated with Ted Heath. Bramall was Treasurer of the Union in 1939.
On the outbreak of war, Bramall joined the Northampton shire Yeomanry, into which he was commissioned in 1941. He transferred to the Reconnaissance Corps later the same year and also served at the Army Staff College in Camberley, being promoted to Major. After the end of the war, Bramall served in Germany in the Allied administration.
Bramall won Bexley for Labour in 1946, but narrowly lost the seat in 1950 to Ted Heath, with whom Bramall always remained personally friendly.
Ashley Bramall had already taken up a career outside politics by reading for the Bar and in 1949 was called to the Inner Temple.
Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was a member of the Inner Temple. Butler-Sloss was the sister of Lord Michael Havers, who in his capacity as Attorney General under Thatcher, blocked the prosecution of a number of public figures for child sex offences, including the diplomat Sir Peter Hayman. Butler-Sloss herself concealed the extent of the wrongdoing of Dafydd’s Friends In The North when she Chaired the Inquiry into the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal (see post ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas And The Culprits Were Named’). Butler-Sloss was of course one of the early Chairs of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse who resigned after days because she was just so compromised. It was also revealed that Butler-Sloss, an enthusiastic and life-long Anglican, attempted to ensure that the Church of England was not part of the IICSA. Sir Simon Hughes, who benefited from the abuse and threats from associates of Dafydd’s gang to which Peter Tatchell was subjected in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election campaign, is also a member of the Inner Temple. See post ‘The Battle For The Labour Party’s Soul’.
Sir Ashley Bramall was active in local politics in the Metropolitan Borough of Westminster, where the local boundaries made it extremely difficult for Labour candidates to win seats. In the mid-1950s the Council decided to change the boundaries, using the Rateable Value of property. The local Labour Party, under Bramall’s guidance and advocacy, challenged this method at a public inquiry and persuaded the Boundary Commissioner to accept a new scheme for the wards which Bramall had drawn up.
So Ashley seems to have exerted a great deal of influence over someone somewhere who’s interests might to be thought to be inconsistent with Ashley’s interests.
After this boundary change took effect in 1959 the Labour Party won enough seats to elect Ashley Bramall as an Alderman. He was elected as a Councillor to the new Westminster City Council; when Bramall lost his seat in 1968 the Conservative group blocked his election as an Alderman. In 1961 Bramall was elected to the London County Council and made the transition to the GLC when that body was set up in 1964. Ashley Bramall was one of eight people to serve as a member of the GLC throughout its existence.
Previous posts have explained how the London County Council ignored organised abuse and how the GLC colluded with it when business boomed after John Allen opened the Bryn Alyn Community in 1969.
Membership of the GLC made Bramall an ex officio member of ILEA and Bramall specialised in education issues. He was Chairman of ILEA, 1965-67 and was then chosen to lead the Labour Group. Labour won back control in 1970 and Bramall then became Leader of ILEA. Just as John Allen opened for business in north Wales.
Bramall’s ‘strong leadership’ did not prevent the scandal over the William Tyndale Junior School in Islington in 1975, which was centred upon the ‘progressive teaching methods’ at William Tyndale. Allegations were made of badly behaved out of control kids gambling their lunch money and ordering the teachers about. While things did seem to have gone badly wrong at the school – the events resulted in a 1976 speech by Jim Callaghan advocating a return to more ‘traditional methods’ of teaching and the scandal was thought to have contributed to the eventual abolition of ILEA – it is curious that Islington had a major diplomatic incident on its hands when the juniors ran riot, not because of the presence of a trafficking gang who murdered some of their victims.
In spite of the events at William Tyndale School, Bramall received a knighthood in 1975. Under Bramall, Labour retained control of ILEA in 1977, despite losing the GLC election.
When Thatch became PM she put pressure on local authorities, especially on ILEA, to cut spending. Bramall was opposed but was not willing to go along with the far left’s demands for an outright confrontation and legal defiance. This made the left determined to replace him, which happened when Labour won GLC control in 1981 with a new left-wing majority. Knowing this was going to happen, Bramall left a note to his replacement on his cleared desk before going to the meeting where the vote for leader was to take place.
Bramall remained on the authority ‘and it was a sign of the respect which the left had for him that they were prepared to choose him as figurehead Chairman of the Authority.’ The scrapping bastards of the ILEA had no respect for anyone, they were ripping each others jugulars out constantly, there was no loyalty to anyone on the part of anyone else. If they allowed Bramall to remain as a figurehead, it will have been because it was necessary for the benefit of everyone. Probably because Thatch was going to abolish them all and they all needed to stick together and put someone with crucial influence in Thatch’s circle at the helm to protect them all. Ashley Bramall was close to someone who did indeed have a great deal of influence over Thatch and who became of towering importance to Thatch’s Gov’t when the Falklands War began, as I will explain shortly.
In his retirement, Bramall held many public appointments, including Directorships of the Museum of London, Chairman of the Westminster College of Further Education and Honorary Secretary of the Theatres Advisory Council. He remained active in local politics as Chair of his local party branch and surprised many by his willingness to undertake menial tasks such as delivering leaflets while in his 80s. In 1996 he acted as Agent in a local by-election which saw Mair Garside, formerly his Deputy at ILEA, elected to Westminster City Council.
Bramall appeared on ‘Mastermind’ while Leader of ILEA in 1976 and was an active member of the Masterminders’ club. His second wife, Gery Bramall, who was a fellow Westminster Councillor, was also on the show.
By 1976, there had been many complaints about the abuse of children in children’s homes in north Wales, including children placed there by inner London authorities. No-one stopped the transportation of kids into the arms of Dafydd, John Allen et al and at the time, Dafydd and the gang were engaged in a rapid expansion of their business. The man who led one of the authorities which was trading in people with Dafydd, as well as that man’s wife, were able to star on BBC TV without fear that a voice might pipe up and tell everyone over what exactly Ashley Bramall was presiding. But then Jimmy Savile was busy presenting children’s TV shows and patronising adverts about fastening one’s seat belt while he molested children and vulnerable people in health and social care settings, including in children’s homes in north Wales.
Sir Ashley Bramall had a brother, Edwin, known as Dwin. Dwin is now known as Field Marshal Lord Bramall. In 1981 when the left-wing members of ILEA who had just deposed Sir Ashley had so much respect for him that they reinstated him as a ‘figurehead Chairman’, Edwin Bramall was Chief of General Staff ie. the Head of the British Army. Beat that for armour plating.
|The Lord Bramall|
Lord Bramall in the robes of a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter, June 2006
Field Marshal Edwin Noel Westby Bramall, Baron Bramall, served as Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, 1979-82, and as Chief of the Defence Staff, professional head of the British Armed Forces, 1982 -85.
On 4 March 2015 officers of the Metropolitan Police searched Bramall’s house near Farnham as part of the Operation Midland child sexual abuse investigation. Bramall released a statement after the search, saying: “Categorically, never have I had a connection or anything to do with the matters being investigated.” On 30 April 2015 under the same investigation Lord Bramall attended a police station in Surrey by appointment. Officers interviewed him for two hours but did not charge or arrest him. On 15 January 2016, the police confirmed that there was insufficient evidence to bring any charges and he would face no further action. Bramall’s wife Lady Bramall died in July 2015, without knowing that he would not be charged. After what ‘The Guardian’ described as a “chorus of calls” for an official apology to Lord Bramall, in October 2016, the Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised to Bramall. On 1 September 2017 it was reported that the Metropolitan Police had paid substantial compensation to Bramall for having raided the his home “after accepting that the searches had been unjustified and should never have taken place.”
As with the compensation payments to Leon Brittan’s widow and Paul Gambaccini for the same reason, I am utterly confused by this. If these folk are indeed innocent of course I can understand why they are fuming that they have been questioned and their properties have been searched. But may I remind them that this happened to those of us who tangled with Dafydd and the gang CONSTANTLY, we spent most of our lives sitting in police cells only to be later told that all charges had been dropped. Numerous people perjured themselves again and again in open court in attempts to have me convicted and imprisoned and as case after case collapsed, the perjurers just filed out of the door and no more was said. I lost my home, I lost jobs, I and others suffered far, far more than Gambaccini, Bramall and Brittan. Harvey Proctor lost everything like we did which is why Harvey called a press conference. Harvey is now suing… No-one has ever apologised to us or paid us compensation.
Get over it Lord Bramall. Yes, it is awful to stand accused of something that you have not done but it happens across the UK every day to many people; it’s called ‘being acquitted’. As for your wife dying without knowing that you were to be cleared, that is very sad. Yet victims of Dafydd et al died in Risley Remand Centre before they were cleared; being on remand they were, in law, innocent. People died in the hospitals of north Wales and ‘in the community’ when they had not even been accused of any offence. In April 1992, five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were murdered by a firebomb (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’). How you ever managed to extract apologies and compensation when you didn’t even get as far as standing in the dock having bent barristers accusing you of lying I do not know. Can you let the rest of us in on your magic formula please?
While Lord Bramall may well be completely innocent, his brother had a great deal of knowledge of the sort of crimes that Lord Bramall was questioned about. Sir Ashley knew that kids were being grossly abused in children’s homes in north Wales on his watch and he did not stop it. Ashley Bramall remained silent about the most serious crime until the day that he died on 10 Feb 1999. Almost exactly one year to the day before the publication of the Waterhouse Report. Ashley Bramell’s lips remained sealed throughout high profile investigations into the abuse of children in Islington, in Lambeth, in the East End and in North Wales.
Brown’s dad was Colonel of one of the Signal Regiments. He was found dead, in bed, unexpectedly, during the Waterhouse Inquiry. Two of the Angels at Ysbyty Gwynedd who threatened me and unlawfully refused to treat me and who then threatened two members of the public who raised concerns at the way that I was being treated are active in the TA; one of them, Stephen Gallagher, attained the rank of Major. Dafydd has for many years been lauded for his work with veterans and charidees/welfare associations concerned with the British Army. See post ‘Feet In Chains’. Dafydd has managed to get Army pensions for ‘veterans’ who have not been in the British Army.
None of this makes Lord Bramall guilty, but it does mean that a great many people known to Lord Bramell have done a great many things that they should not have done.
Lord Bramall is a former President of Marylebone Cricket Club and now Honrary Life Vice-President of the MCC, of which Jeffrey Archer and John Major were keen members. Lord Robert Alexander QC, the barrister who acted for Tuppence when Tuppence sued the Daily Star in 1987 and perjured himself for which Tuppence went to prison many years later, has been both the President and Chairman of the MCC (see post ‘Lord Snooty The Third’). When he was young, Tuppence worked for the UNA. Dafydd is involved with the UNA. See post ‘Tuppence And His Fragrant Wife’.
Lord Bramall is a also a Vice-President of the welfare organisation SSAFA Forces Help. Dafydd submitted a memorandum written on 18 March 2008 as evidence to Parliament re ‘PTSD and cross border issues’. In this memorandum, Dafydd waxed lyrical about all the work that she has done to assist veterans with PTSD over many years, including the work at Dafydd’s now closed ‘nursing home’ in Llandudno, Ty Gwyn. Dafydd provided a list of all the organisations who referred ‘veterans’ to him for ‘treatment’ at Ty Gwyn. One of the organisations listed was SSAFA.
Do you know Dr Dafydd Alun Jones Lord Bramall? If you do not, do you not think that SSAFA should have taken a long hard look at his track record before they referred people to him?
Lena Moncrieff Townsend preceded Sir Ashley Bramall as Leader of the ILEA, 1969-70. Lena was born in Cairo, the daughter of a wealthy expatriate British family. She was sent to England to Downe House, a girls’ boarding school which specialised in the daughters of colonial servants. She attended Somerville College, Oxford and the University of Heidelberg.
During WWII Lena Townsend was an organiser for the Women’s Voluntary Service and the Land Army. In 1955 she was first elected to the London County Council for her home seat of Hampstead and took a special interest in the Education Committee. Townsend was chosen to be Leader of the Opposition on the Education Committee from the early 1960s.
Townsend was an unsuccessful candidate in the first GLC election of 1964, being defeated in Camden. However, in 1967 she was more fortunate and won, which brought with it membership of the LCC Education Committee’s successor body, ILEA. The Conservatives had won narrow control of ILEA and Townsend ran for the Leadership, but lost to Christopher Chataway, who was the preferred candidate of the Conservative Party nationally.
Chataway made Townsend his Deputy, as well as Chairman of the Schools Committee. The two worked well as a team and both were clearly on the left of the Conservative Party. Townsend supported ‘Schools Councils’ for pupils to take some responsibility for the management of their schools. She was nominated as a member of the Race Relations Board Conciliation Committee for London in 1968. Townsend was a founder member of the Conservative Group for Europe.
In 1969 Christopher Chataway was elected to Parliament and stepped down from the ILEA Leadership. Townsend was chosen as his successor, and largely continued his moderate policies. When morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attacked a BBC sex education film, Townsend defended it. She was however faced with a strike of teachers in November that year over a national pay claim.
In 1970, Townsend fought for re-election as Leader of ILEA, but Labour regained control. Townsend lost her seat in Camden but was elected as an Alderman to the GLC and was co-opted to ILEA’s Education Committee. She remained as Leader of the Opposition until February 1971 when she resigned.
Townsend remained an Alderman of the GLC until 1977 when the Aldermanic system was abolished. She was a member of several bodies, most prominently as a Governor of the London College of Fashion (and Chair of Governors, 1967-86). Townsend was President of the Anglo-Egyptian Association from 1961-87.
Townsend’s colleague and predecessor as Leader of ILEA, 1967-69, Sir Christopher Chataway, was known as an athlete and TV broadcaster as well as a Tory politician. Chataway was born in Chelsea and spent his childhood in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan; his father was a member of the Sudan Political Service. Chataway was educated at Sherborne School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a successful long-distance runner.
After leaving university, Chataway took an executive job with Guinness. It was Chataway who suggested to Sir Hugh Beaver of Guinness – who came up with the idea for the Guinness Book of Records – that his old university friends Norris and Ross McWhirter should be Editors.
Norris and Ross McWhirter were regulars on children’s TV with Roy Castle in the 1970s, but they were seriously weird. They were both of extreme right wing views and most entertainingly, in the words of one of my friends, ‘looked like Nazis’. When the McWhirters were on TV with Roy Castle they confined themselves to being wowed by kids performing ridiculous feats such as being able to eat more beans than the other kids in a set period of time – the champ would be greeted with a chorus of ‘That Makes You a Record Breaker!!!’ – but in their spare time the McWhirters did some worrying things. Noris McWhirter set up the Freedom Association, which campaigned for a number of freedoms, such as the freedom to not join a trade union (I’d appreciate that if I worked in an establishment with a closed shop led by Dafydd’s mates as named on this blog), but also for the freedom to hang people and flog people. There were a whole list of freedoms, most of which were quite mad. In Nov 1975 the McWhirters declared their intention to take on the IRA, which was certainly brave of them – although being the McWhirters their ideas for fighting the idea involved treating every Irish person living in Britain as a terrorist – but their battle ended not long after in Nov 1975 when the IRA shot Ross McWhirter dead at his home.
Noris McWhirter was involved with the Children of Courage Awards, which made temporary stars of children who were taking the world upon their shoulders when they should not have had to do that eg. children caring for severely disabled parents. I’m sure that it was nice for the kids to win an award and attend a do with people off the TV, but it would be even better if someone put in an infrastructure to help the Children of Courage on a long-term basis. Esther was of course something to do with the Children of Courage Awards.
Christopher Chataway knew Roger Bannister, the Top Doctor famous for running the first sub-four minute miles and one of the many who helped keep the lid on Dafydd’s activities. Chataway was Bannister’s pacemaker when Bannister performed the feat in 1954. Chataway himself broke a world record in 1954, at a London v. Moscow athletics competition at White City. The contest was televised via the Eurovision network and made Chataway a sporting celebrity; that December he won the first BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. After competing in the 1956 Olympics, Chataway retired from international athletics.
It wasn’t long after leaving Oxford that Chataway decided to aim for a political career and he thought that a suitable job in TV might help. In Aug 1955 Chataway secured a job with ITN. Chataway and Robin Day were ITN’s first two newscasters. Robin Day was a good friend of Ronnie Waterhouse and it is Waterhouse who is credited with being responsible for Day’s TV broadcasting career. Waterhouse saw an advert for ITN newscasters, took details and encouraged his pal Robin Day to go for it. Waterhouse and Day were very close mates throughout their lives and even as old boys, Day always advertised Waterhouse as the man who made him a star. The two leeches very successfully fed off each other throughout their entire lives, as well as many other people of course, they just had to pop into The Garrick on a regular basis to gorge on a bit of blood, then they were ready for a bit more toadying to corrupt politicians.
After six months, when loss-making ITV cut back on its news output, Chataway switched to the BBC and was for three and a half years one of ‘Panorama’s’ team of reporters. Christopher Chataway was the ‘Panorama’ journo who took part in an experiment which involved Chataway taking psychedelics and then being filmed. Ronnie Waterhouse was one of those who raised concerns that the allegations of abuse by former kids in care in north Wales could not be believed because the people making the allegations had been involved in the drug scene.
Chataway had been elected as a Tory to the London County Council in 1958 in Lewisham North and was then selected to stand for Parliament in the same seat. Chataway was the Tory MP for Lewisham North, 1959-66. He served as a PPS before being appointed as a junior Education Minister in Macmillan’s Gov’t in July 1962. In 1966 Chataway lost his seat.
There was organised abuse of children from disadvantaged areas of London as long ago as the 1940s and the procurement of teenagers for sex work. When the Profumo Affair blew up in the face of Macmillan’s Gov’t in 1962, the scandal centred around activities at parties at Cliveden, Bill Astor’s estate. People invited to the parties included Gov’t Ministers, members of the Royal Family, Russian spies and teenaged call girls. One of the girls at the centre of it all, Christine Keeler, had been a teenager from a difficult impoverished background who was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend as well as his friends and who then was persuaded into prostitution. Out of all the people who featured in the Profumo Affair, Chrstine and Stephen Ward were the two who were really hung out to dry. Christine went to prison and Stephen Ward ‘killed himself’, after being given a substantial helping hand (see post ‘In Memoriam – Bronwen, Lady Astor’). Lady Astor, Bill Astor’s wife at the time of the Profumo Affair, was the daughter of a Welsh judge. Bronwen went to school in Dolgellau. Ioan Bowen Rees went to school in Dolgellau and his father was a Headmaster of a school in the town. Bronwen was one year younger than Ioan.
|The Viscountess Astor|
Bronwen with her husband, William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor, on their wedding day
Lord Snooty the Third’s wife’s mum Annabel is married to William Astor, the 4th Viscount Astor ie. Bronwen’s husband’s son.
Yma O Hyd!
In 1967 the Conservatives unexpectedly won control of ILEA and the Party leadership was horrified to discover that their newly elected Councillors were going to try to break up comprehensive schools and replace them with secondary modern and grammar schools, many Tories being supporters of comprehensives in those days. Chataway was elected an Alderman and appointed Leader of the Education Committee. Cajoling his colleagues into a more moderate line, Chataway avoided a head-on collision with Edward Short, the Labour Education Secretary and proceeded with comprehensivisation.
Chataway returned to Parliament in a by-election in Chichester in May 1969 and he then resigned as ILEA Leader. With the return of a Conservative Government in 1970, he was appointed by Heath as Minister for Posts and Telecommunications and made a Privy Counsellor. In this post he took charge of introducing commercial radio for the first time, ending the BBC monopoly. After a reshuffle in April 1972, Chataway was appointed Minister for Industrial Development.
When the Conservatives were defeated in the February 1974 election, Chataway announced his retirement from politics. He became an MD of Orion Bank, a consortium bank later acquired by one of its shareholders, the Royal Bank of Canada. Chataway stayed with Orion, later becoming Vice Chairman, for 15 years. He held various non-executive Directorships. Chataway was the first Chairman of Groundwork, the environmental charity and Hon Treasurer of the National Campaign for Electoral Reform.
Chataway’s principal outside interest was ActionAid, the overseas development charity, of which he became Hon Treasurer in 1974 and later Chairman. By the time he left the Board of Trustees in 1999, ActionAid’s annual turnover had grown to nearly £100 million. When Chataway’s son Adam decided to launch a water project in Ethiopia in memory of his fiancée killed in a road traffic accident, he chose to do it in partnership with ActionAid.
During the 1990s, three Hergest Unit patients, one of them being me, were involved with ActionAid. One of us had previously worked for ActionAid in London. This young woman’s life was destroyed by the mental health services in north Wales and her family also made two serious complaints about Jackie Brandt, both of which they told me were responded to with ‘lie after lie after lie’. When Brandt was finally forced to respond to my own complaint about her – some three years after I had initially complained – she lied. I and this other Hergest patient had made similar complaints about Brandt, including unlawful detention in the psych wards which existed at Ysbyty Gwynedd before the Hergest Unit was built. After the Hergest Unit was built, this young woman became massively distressed and made another complaint about the ‘service’, this time alleging that Tony Francis had turned up at her room late one night when she was sectioned and had exposed himself to her. She was denounced by all the staff as mad and she and her family were told that Tony Francis had not been in the hospital that night. This young woman stuck to her story throughout the entire time that I knew her, which was some 10 years. I have no idea whether Francis did do what she alleged, but the NHS managers and staff in north Wales lied constantly, Francis was doing a lot of very worrying things that none of us were told about at the time but of which his colleagues were fully aware and years later I found out that staff at St George’s Hospital Medical School and Springfield Hospital had documented that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and they thought that Francis probably was as well.
The other Hergest patient who was involved with ActionAid was Patient F, who had found out that boys in the Ty Newydd children’s home in Bangor were being abused and challenged social workers about this. F subsequently received a visit from the Drugs Squad who planted Class A drugs on him and his then wife. He was violently assaulted at the police station by a Sergeant, then fitted up for arson, detained in Risley Remand Centre and then illegally imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital for a year. The Home Secretary at the time was Douglas Hurd and the Shadow Home Office team were Fattersley and Dafydd’s mate John Tilley. The rampant corruption in north Wales at the time was legendary and Fattersley knew about it. He said nothing. But then Tilley’s main interest was ensuring that the transportation to north Wales of all those kids in care from his constituency – Lambeth Central – continued and Gov’t funding for Dafydd’s ‘drugs and alcohol treatment’ initiatives (see post ‘Lord Snooty The Third’).
Dafydd and the gang hadn’t finished with F after he left Denbigh. He was targeted by a group of predators with links to the gang who fleeced him of his property and money. He was then deemed a Risk to his newborn baby – on the basis of lies told by the predators – and refused all access to his child, which was brought up by some of the predators in a household containing two sex offenders. A witness to all of this was found dead just before or at about the time that the Waterhouse Inquiry began. See previous posts.
One of the executives of ActionAid, John Westondorpp, came up to north Wales and stayed the night because of the substantial donation that ActionAid were given by F, in the form of an oil painting that he’d done which was auctioned for ActionAid. John Westondorpp spent a lot of time talking to the three of us and heard a bit about the activities of the mental health services in north Wales from F. When I was giving John Westondorpp a lift the next day, he asked me to ensure that F only phoned ActionAid’s Head Office if he was there. At the time I just thought that John Westondorpp was worried that F would start chatting to office staff at length about the circumstances of Jimi Hendrix’s death – one of F’s main topics of conversation – and cause much confusion, but I’ve since found out that ActionAid was choc full of people, some of them at a senior level, who knew about Dafydd et al (see previous posts).
Here’s a few more things to think about. The oil painting that was auctioned for ActionAid was originally donated by F to the patients’ lounge in the Day Centre of the Hergest Unit. There was no attempt to hang it, it lingered in store room for weeks and the patients all wanted to know when F’s painting was going to be hung. So F asked Alun Davies who, with typical bad grace, snapped that it would be done soon enough. The painting was eventually hung in the lounge and Davies was photographed with it for the local paper. A matter of weeks later, F and me were banned from the Hergest Unit, on the grounds that we presented such a risk to Dafydd’s Life And Limb that We Should Not Pass. No-one would provide us with the evidence on which the decision had been based. We received a letter from the Hergest Unit telling us that our key workers had been removed and we had both been transferred to the ‘care’ of the forensic team, what with us being Dangerous. Shortly after this, we were arrested on the basis of the perjury of Bridget Lloyd, an Angel with the Arfon CMHT. Our case circulated around the system for months until we finally appeared before Bangor Magistrates. We were both acquitted. There was no investigation into Lloyd’s perjury.
After we were acquitted we asked for an apology. It was refused and we were told that we would remain under the ‘care’ of the forensic team. We discovered that before our trial, Tony Francis had written a Court Report for WHEN we were found guilty. Francis recommended that F should be put on probation and that I should be sent to a secure hospital. When I received my medical records years later, I found all the documents relating to this period of time. Plans to frame us, plans as to how this would be done, instructions to Bridget Lloyd as to what to say in Court, forged documents, the whole bloody lot. The event that had precipitated it all was F and I meeting two members of the Mental Health Act Commission and telling them that serious complaints about Dafydd, including him sexually exploiting patients, were never investigated. See previous posts for the full details.
In the wake of us being acquitted but being treated as though we had been found guilty of a serious crime, F told me that he’d had enough of that lot and that he would be asking for his painting back, because the degree of abuse to which we (as well as other patients) were being subjected by Alun Davies and the Arfon CMHT was getting beyond the pale. By this time, Davies had begun his campaign to close the Day Centre and patients were being very obviously neglected and were beginning to kill themselves at a frighteningly high rate. Davies wrote F a laughably ridiculous letter, hinting at F’s alleged insanity to be requesting his painting back ‘when that was given as a gift’. F said oh fuck off, I want my painting back and he retrieved it.
This was how the painting ended up being offered to ActionAid just weeks later.
When did John Westondorpp come and stay with us Empowered Service Users on Anglesey? The beginning of 2001. The year following the publication of the Waterhouse Report, when the media was still full of allegations that Waterhouse had been a huge cover-up and that a lot of people in senior positions had got away with running a huge trafficking ring and had never even been named.
‘We didn’t know.’
John Westondorpp stayed in my bloody house overnight and heard some of the witnesses talking about what had happened to them at first hand.
In June 2001, some four months after John Westondorpp Knew Nuzzing, this man was elected as the Tory MP for Witney (see post ‘Lord Snooty The Third’):
Snooty III’s mum served as a magistrate in Oxford. By the time that John Westondorpp was kipping at our house, Professor Mark Williams, who spent years throughout the 1980s and 90s working with Dafydd, Tony Francis and the gang in north Wales, was well on his way to his Chair at Oxford University and indeed may have even bagged it by then.
‘We didn’t know.’
In 1991 Chataway was appointed chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority. He supported his friend Chris Brasher when he established the London Marathon and was President of the Commonwealth Games Council for England, 1990-09. He was knighted in 1995 for services to aviation.
In the 2005 General Election, Chataway’s stepson Charles Walker was elected as Conservative MP for Broxbourne. Chataway’s brother-in-law was the former Conservative MP Peter Horden.
Chataway suffered from cancer for the last two and a half years of his life. Chataway died aged 82 at St John’s Hospice in north west London in January 2014.
There’s nothing like charidee is there.
Six years ago, someone in Gwynedd told me that the Conservative Club had donated I think it was a snooker table to the Hergest Unit. The Conservative Club were upset and appalled at the rudeness and disrespect that had been shown towards them by the Hergest Unit after the donation and were even more upset when they discovered that the snooker table had been dumped in a store room and forgotten about and that patients weren’t even aware that the donation had been made. That was the Alun Davies way of conducting business. You appear in the local paper while being hailed as a hero at the same time as treating people absolutely appallingly. Davies was Chairman of Bangor Lions Club, a charidee. After Davies finally retired from the NHS, leaving the Hergest Unit a smouldering mess and a good many patients cold in their graves, Davies became the CEO of St David’s Hospice in Llandudno, being known for his charidee work (see previous posts). I was told on a number of occasions by different people that Davies used his charidee work as a cover for his corruption. When Davies was CEO of St David’s Hospice, the ‘Coronation Street’ actor William Roache – who went to Rydal School in north Wales – was Patron. One of Davies’s big fund-raising bonanzas at St David’s, ‘The Giddy Goat’ festival, starred Paul Merton, Marcus Brigstocke and Phil Jupitus. I have no idea whether they realised to whom they were giving free PR.
While researching for a future post, yesterday I was watching some vintage news clips from the 1980s featuring the troubled London boroughs which were sending so many kids to Dafydd and John Allen et al at such great expense. Among the many gems I came across one reporting on the very deep mess that Brent Council had found themselves in. The news report was actually about the massive amount of money that Brent was spending on placing homeless people in ‘hotels’ – older readers will remember the sort of hotels that such folk used to end up in, they were not hotels where tourists would kip, not even for one night – while massive amounts of accommodation managed by Brent Council remained empty. An official from Brent was interviewed who proudly told the journo that Brent was busy evicting squatters and was spending a lot of money doing this, because these squatters were disgusting.
Brent Council in the 1980s: I only ever knew of one spoilt middle-class brat who squatted because she didn’t want to pay rent. Everyone else whom I knew who squatted did it because they didn’t have anywhere to live. Furthermore they squatted in flats which Councils like yours had allowed to become uninhabitable and the first thing that they did when they occupied the place was to fix it up and decorate it…
I have blogged much about Brent in previous posts (see eg. post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?’) with regard to the abuse and neglect of kids in the care of that Council, in particular the death of Jasmine Beckford in 1984. Mary Turner, the President of the GMB, 1997-2017, worked in Brent schools and was a GMB union rep throughout the time that Jasmine was being abused and slowly murdered. Mary Turner had a special interest in wimmin’s and children’s issues. Mary didn’t even acknowledge Jasmine’s death (see post ‘Mary Turner – An Appreciation’). Harriet Harman worked in Brent Law Centre throughout the chaos, as did her boyfriend Jack Dromey, who became Mr Harriet Harman and like Harriet ended up as a Labour MP. The Labour MP for Brent East, 1987-2001 was Red Ken and the Labour MP for Brent South, 1987-2005, was Paul Boateng. Red Ken and Boateng knew about the scandalous abuse and neglect of children and they knew about Dafydd’s gang. See previous posts.
One of the most senior Top Doctors in the Central Middlesex Hospital which served Brent was Sir Francis Avery Jones. Jones was Welsh and had links with Dafydd’s gang. See post ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Many Kids Have You Killed Today?’.
When reading a bit more about events in Brent recently, I discovered that one of the most entertaining Tory MPs of the Thatcher years was MP for Brent North, 1974-97. I am talking of Sir Rhodes ‘Whack-O!’ Boyson, who caused everyone in whichever house I was watching ‘Question Time’ in to roll around laughing. Rhodes was just fantastic, he was obsessed with the necessity of reintroducing The Cane into schools. Across the Bottoms Of Boys. But sparingly. Not all Bottoms had to be Caned, just some Bottoms. I never fathomed how Rhodes was going to distinguish between a Bottom in need of the Cane and another Bottom, but Sir Rhodes spent so much time dwelling on the subject that he will have had it all worked out. People like Dimbleby would always introduce Rhodes with reference to everyone knowing him because of his mutton chop whiskers and his strong Lancashire accent and studiously not mention that Rhodes was barking mad and obsessed with schoolboys’ Bottoms. Rhodes spent so much time discussing the need to Cane Bottoms that it eclipsed all of his other policy ideas, but they all had a crazed far-right deep tint with a touch of the 19th century. Brown used to maintain that he could imagine Rhodes Boyson being the Headmaster of a rather mediocre public school.
Sir Rhodes Boyson:
When I talk to young people and tell them about some of the things that happened under Thatch, they have great trouble believing me and I feel like one of Monty Python’s Four Yorkshiremen. But then I was always gobsmacked that someone like Rhodes Boyson actually found his way into Gov’t, even under the excesses of Thatch.
Rhodes Boyson waas born in Haslingdon, Lancashire, the son of Alderman William Boyson MBE JP. Boyson was educated at Haslington Grammar School, University College Cardiff, the University of Manchester, the LSE and Corpus Christ College, Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in 1967 by London University.
Boyson served with the Royal Navy in WWII and was based in India at the time of Independence. So he knew about the activities of Lord Louis Mountbatten (see post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’).
Boyson was a Methodist lay preacher from his early 20s. The child molester George Thomas, who was Speaker of the House throughout much of Boyson’s Parliamentary career, was one of the most high profile figures in the Methodist Church in the middle years of the 20th century as well as a Methodist lay preacher who had preached in virtually every town in the UK. Boyson will have definitely known George Thomas via the Methodist Church as well as the Commons.
Boyson became a teacher in 1950 and later a Headmaster, first at Lea Bank Secondary Modern School in Rossendale (1955–61), then at Robert Montefiore Secondary School, Stepney (1961–66) and finally from 1967–1974 at Highbury Grove School, a new all-boys’ comprehensive in Islington of which he was the founding Head teacher. At Highbury Grove, Boyson introduced an unfashionably traditional regime, with strictly enforced uniforms and Caning of Bottoms . This proved so popular with local parents that the school was consistently oversubscribed.
From 1957 to 1961 Boyson was a Labour Councillor in Haslingden, Lancashire, where his father was at that time a Labour Alderman and had been a trade union secretary.
Lancashire County Council had a problem with organised abuse of children and vulnerable people. Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Executive of Gwynedd County Council when the paedophile gang ran riot in Gwynedd children’s homes, had worked as a solicitor for Lancashire County Council for a number of years after a stint working as a solicitor for Denbighshire County Council once he had graduated in from Oxford in the mid-1950s. Bowen Rees subsequently worked for the local authorities of Cardiff and Dyfed where abuse gangs linked with Dafydd et al in north Wales operated.
Boyson left the Labour Party in 1964, joining the Conservative Party three years later. He later wrote:
My own move to Conservative party membership arose from the effect of my research into the cotton industry and the Manchester school of liberal economic philosophy. Here was a body of men who believed that a free enterprise economy was not only efficient but brought moral growth to all men. The employer risked his capital on his judgement and must care for his workers as part of his stock in trade, and the workers would be enabled to become prosperous and through their own industry, thrift and moral courage could establish their own business enterprises and their personal independence to the advantage of themselves, their families and society. Cobden had a moral view of society and believed that free enterprise would not only bring prosperity but social harmony at home and peace abroad within a system of universal free trade.
Boyson was elected to the Commons in Feb 1974. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Education and Science, May 1979-June 1983, under Secretary of State Mark Carlisle and then Keith Joseph, both of whom knew about the abuse of children in schools in north Wales as well as elsewhere, particularly in schools for kids with special needs and who concealed it.
Mark Carlisle, Baron Carlisle of Bucklow, was MP for Runcorn, 1964-83 and then for Warrington South until 1987. Carlisle served as Secretary of State for Education and Science, 1979-81. Risley Remand Centre was located at Warrington and Carlisle’s constituents included many of the staff of Risley. The brutality towards Risley inmates on the part of the staff was appalling, even in the ‘hospital wing’, where nearly everyone was a kid from the children’s homes in north Wales or one of Dafydd’s patients. Kids in care and psych patients were constantly found dead at Risley and Dafydd and the gang had fitted most of those detained out there up anyway. Medical ‘care’ was appalling, but a visiting clap clinic was prioritised. For inmates from children’s homes, some of whom were under 15 yrs old. Carlisle knew about all this and as long ago as 1973 was wheeled out to answer questions in the House after the number of deaths of inmates under the age of 16 yrs there was making even those enjoying a free lunch in the Commons blanch. Carlisle saw no real reasons to worry about what was happening at Risley, so the abuse and the deaths continued. See post ‘Include Me Out’. Carlisle was rewarded for his loyal service to a gang of murdering paedophiles in November 1987 when he was created a life peer.
Carlisle was a barrister and a member of Gray’s Inn, along with Dafydd’s (and Ronnie Waterhouse’s) mate and umbrella Sir William Mars-Jones.
Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Education and Science, 1981-86, knew that people – including the most senior staff -in UCNW were facilitating the paedophile gang in north Wales/Cheshire. Joseph was the MP for Leeds North East, 1956-87, at Jimmy Savile HQ. Joseph served as Secretary of State for Social Services, 1970-74, under Heath and while in that post had concealed the abuse of children and the crimes of Dafydd’s gang in north Wales, along with his adviser, Barbara Kahan. Kahan was a senior social worker, who in tandem with her husband the child psychiatrist Dr Vladimir Kahan, had colluded with abuse of children for years, particularly in Oxfordshire where the Kahans were based. See post ‘Always On The Side Of The Children’. See previous posts for more information re Sir Keith Joseph.
Boyson served as Minister of State for Social Security June 1983-Sept 1984, specifically as Minister for the Disabled no less, under Secretary of State Norman Fowler, who knew exactly what was Dafydd et al were up to. Boyson and Fowler knew that Mary Wynch was on her way to the Master of the Rolls…
Rhodes was then Minister for N Ireland, Sept 1984-Sept 1986. A move from a job dealing with Dafydd and the gang to a job in N Ireland was a path followed by many Ministers and a logical step because the gangsters in north Wales and their crooked police officer chums were closely linked to Kincora and the associated crime in N Ireland.
Patient F encountered his first serious problems with Dafydd, the gang and the bent officers of the North Wales Police in 1986.
Sir Rhodes Minister for Local Government Sept 1986-June 87. It was known known that at that time, that there was organised abuse of children in care in numerous local authorities across the UK and that the gangs in each authority were linked and that the criminal network had spread into Europe. Dafydd’s gang fessed up and offered Mary compensation in 1985. They then refused to pay her and had a good laugh while telling Mary that she have to return to Court to enforce payment. Alison Taylor had written to Thatcher herself and to the DHSS about the abuse of kids in care and was sacked by Gwynedd County Council in November 1987. Brown and I continued to complain/raise concerns. It was while Boyson was Minister for Local Gov’t that Dafydd et al tried to frame and imprison me for ‘attempting to stab a doctor’. Risley Remand Centre, the Mental Health Act Commission and Clwyd and Gwynedd Health Authorities were all on board but the plan unravelled when Sgt Morgan at Bangor Police Station and Jeff Crowther, a nursing officer at Ysbyty Gwynedd, did not tell as many lies as were required. See previous posts.
Rhodes Boyson could not have been unaware of the enormous problem existing in so many local authorities with regard to the trafficking rings which were, by the late 1980s, all linked. Boyson would also have known that Dafydd et al were at the centre of it all and were responsible for a production line in child/young and vulnerable sex workers in north Wales. Ollie Brooke had been imprisoned four months before Boyson was appointed Minister for Local Gov’t and was released just as Boyson left the job. Ollie was part of the gang run by Wandsworth Council, Thatcher’s flagship Tory-led Council.
It was when Boyson was concerned with local Gov’t that the police began to ask questions about the gang in Leicester, of which Greville Janner was a member. By 1986, Brown was living in Leicester doing his PhD, only to find himself obstructed as much as possible by his supervisors at Leicester University’s Centre for Mass Media Research. They were all very much part of the Radical Left and after I began writing this blog I was told that the man behind all those attempts to hold Brown back was none other than the God of Cultural Sociology, Professor Stuart Hall (see post ‘Life In Cold Blood’).
Anyone for yet another Festschrift and a Celebration of dear old Stuart’s Life and His Huge Contribution to Sociology? How about it Laurie, I’m sure that you can spare a few hours away from your right-on commitments and media work to pay yet another tribute to the man who famously coined the phrase ‘It Ain’t Half Racist Mum’.
They Ain’t Half A Load Of Spineless Bastards Mum!
Prof Hall might as well have presented ‘It’s a Knockout’…
Thinking Allowed?? Not if it involves challenging an insane old psychiatrist on Anglesey it isn’t. Meanwhile Laurie will be reminiscing about this days when he taught sociology to bank robbers in a high security prison on Radio 4 near you…
Sir Rhodes served as Chairman of the National Council for Educational Standards.
Rhodes Boyson was a severe critic of what he regarded as the influence of “mindless sociologists” who produced “mush which has corrupted the national character”, noting in 1978 that; “it has not gone unnoticed that crime has increased parallel with the number of social workers”. The ‘Daily Mirror’ responded with an editorial comment “that crime has also increased parallel with speeches from Dr. Boyson”. The Mirror wouldn’t have dared commented that those social workers were busy delivering children procured for sex work to Boyson’s Ministerial colleague Sir Peter Morrison and others. Furthermore Stuart Hall and Laurie Taylor did Sir Rhodes a pretty big favour in concealing it all. Anyone for educational standards?
As someone who was condoning a murdering paedophile gang in north Wales which specialised in producing under-aged rent boys, Boyson was of course ‘a strong opponent of homosexuality and a supporter of Section 28’. He said:
It is wrong biblically, is homosexuality. It is unnatural. AIDS is part of the fruits of the permissive society. The regular one-man, one-woman marriage would not put us at risk in this way. If we could wipe out homosexual practices, then Aids would die out.
Boyson might or might not have known that in Africa, AIDS was spread mostly by heterosexual sex. He will have known that Thatch abandoned her opposition to the AIDS public education programme when Top Doctor Sir Donald Acheson – who concealed the crimes of Dafydd et al – explained slowly and clearly to her that AIDS kills people, that there was no cure and that her pal and Minister Peter Morrison, as well as a few others close to her heart eg. George Thomas, were having gay sex with rent boys and that this could well kill them. See post ‘Professor Prestigious And His Associates’. Boyson was also wilfully ignoring a huge prostitution racket run by Dafydd et al which was as far removed from one man-one woman marriage as was possible. Sex parties with middle aged/elderly men and young boys; orgies with a variety of ages, genders and tastes; drunken piss-ups held at at Dafydd’s houses under the guise of ‘clinics’; children and young people trafficked across to Holland and to France for sex work…
Sir Rhodes was one of those interviewed by Ali G and Ali G did his usual of asking Sir Rhodes if he enjoyed the company of women who drink from the hairy cup and whether Sir Rhodes enjoyed pursuing muff. I’ve got no idea whether Boyson even knew what Ali G was talking about, but when Ali G asked Whack-O! if he enjoyed reading porn, Boyson explained that he hated porn and how much damage it was doing to society. Dafydd’s gang made a bomb out of porn and they didn’t just stop at pics for ‘Men Only’ either. Dafydd’s lot specialised in kiddie porn and bestiality.
Boyson was a supporter of the Monday Club and frequently addressed them. At the Conservative Party Annual Conference at Blackpool on 10 October 1991 he was the principal speaker at a Club fringe meeting on the subject of A Conservative Revolution in Education. In 1991 the North Wales Police were midway throughout their investigation into the possibility of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire. Although in 1992 they closed the investigation stating that there was ‘no evidence’ of any ring, a number of people had been and would be convicted of the abuse of children in north Wales/Cheshire, including teachers.
Boyson lost his Brent North seat in the Labour landslide of 1997, partly because of his perceived lack of commitment to the campaign to retain Edgeware General Hospital; in 2001, the seat, no longer contested by Boyson, swung further to Labour, as Miranda continued to conceal what had happened in north Wales as well as the sorry state of the NHS.
In 2007, Boyson received an honorary degree from the University of Buckingham, the UK’s first private university of which Thatcher became Chancellor. Lord Max Beloff, a friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, was involved with the establishment of the University of Buckingham. It was Lord Max’s son Michael Beloff QC who, in his capacity as legal adviser to Municipal Mutual, the insurers of Clwyd County Council as well as the North Wales Police, ensured that the 1996 Jillings Report into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council since 1974 was completely suppressed and made available only to lawyers and insurers, not even to Councillors. Jillings had however made it clear that the abuse of children in Clwyd had been so severe and so long-lasting that what had happened was indefensible. Michael Beloff QC was a colleague of Cherie Booth and a good friend of her and Miranda; he was a visitor to Chequers when Miranda was PM.
Miranda is someone else who maintains that he has never read porn, or at least that’s what he told Paxo when Paxo listed the titles of the porn mags published by someone with whom Miranda had doings.
Rhodes Boyson married Violet Burletson in 1946 and they had two daughters. The couple divorced in 1971, after which he married Florette MacFarlane, a teacher. Boyson and his second wife lived in Pinner, northwest London, until he moved into a nursing home in Harefield, where he died aged 87 in 2012. Which was the year in which Tony Francis killed himself as Operation Pallial got underway. Boyson left more than £2,000,000 in his will, the majority of it going to his wife. Now where did Rhodes of the Bottoms Obsession who Colluded With Traffickers get his paws on that sort of money? Boyson’s wife died in 2018, in possession of that £2 million quid that had nothing to do with the sex, porn and drugs empire run by Dafydd et al in north Wales.
Two further interesting facts:
Rob Evans, who was the senior manager in Gwynedd Social Services responsible for children’s homes when the paedophile gang operated with impunity in those homes, trained at Leicester University. Lisa Nandy’s mum and dad might have known Rob! After managing children’s homes in which children were battered, raped, trafficked and found dead, Rob was appointed Gwynedd Social Service’s senior manager responsible for mental health. Psych patients were neglected, abused and found dead. See previous posts.
Years after Brown’s dad was found suddenly and unexpectedly dead in bed during the Waterhouse Inquiry, Brown’s mum was found suddenly and unexpectedly dead in bed, just after I had finished my PhD in 2005. When all those paedophiles’ friends were really, really angry, because not only had the attempt to fit me up for ‘threatening to kill Alun Davies’ the year before backfired but now I had a PhD and I had started publishing about the mental health services with Brown. Brown’s mum and I had kept in touch right from when I first left Somerset for UCNW. She knew much of what had happened to me in north Wales and we wrote to each other regularly.
The Top Docs continue what I suspect is their fight-back against ‘Service Shenanigans’. Professor Sir Michael Marmot was on the Radio 4 news headlines this morning, asking the nation if they knew that learning disabled people die 20 years before people who don’t have learning disabilities and it really is shocking and it is an result of poverty, unemployment and of course loneliness. Not only is the premature death of people with learning disabilities far from a new revelation, but Michael Marmot knows as well as I do is that it is substantially a consequence of institutional discrimination on the part of the NHS. ‘Do Not Resuscitate.’ Read Dr Sara Ryan’s blog Marmot, the NHS killed her son and not one person involved was dismissed. Furthermore, Sara is a lot more honest about the difficulties that learning disabled people face than you are.
Oh just belt up Top Docs, it is all indefensible, utterly indefensible. I am only still alive because of Brown, who, when he did the crucial bit, was aged between 17 and 24. He’s not a Sir and he’s not a Lord and it took him a long time to even become Prof because of your combined efforts. For much of the time he was an undergrad you fuckwits and he was still more effective than you.