Be Afraid Fotherington-Heseltine, Be Very Afraid. I have a few other things in the pipeline that I need to finish first but I will be working on this post soon…
and the civil servants – garlick n moseley
The member of the 1995 Club who stood as the Liberal candidate for Bridgy:
Philip George Watkins (5 November 1930-1 June 1995) was an English accountant and Liberal Party politician. He was for many years Treasurer of the Liberal Party and during the 1970s had to endure both the spotlight of the media during the Mr Thrope affair and an investigation into the finances of the party under Thorpe’s leadership.
Philip Watkins was born in Bristol, one of a pair of twin boys. He was orphaned in childhood and he and his twin, Bob, and their brother David were looked after by an uncle and aunt. Watkins read Greats at Brasenose College, Oxford and was both Treasurer and President of the Oxford University Liberal Club in 1951. After graduation, Watkins went into accountancy, running his own firm.
Watkins was a lifelong and committed Christian, a devout Anglican and a member of the Synod. Watkins fought six General Elections as a Liberal between 1959 and 1974. He contested Bridgwater in 1959, 1964 and 1966. All General Elections in which my grandfather campaigned for the Liberals. I’ve just been told that Watkins was one of the ‘immoral’ Liberals that grandpa used to rail about. Watkins then switched his attention to North Dorset, Frank Byers’ seat, 1945-50. That’s Lisa Nandy’s granddad who as Chief Whip for the Liberals in the Lords was a member of the Secret Inquiry established by the Liberals to investigate Mr Thrope and simply ended up hurling abuse at Norman Scott when Norman gave evidence. Norman walked out, straight into a police station in Chelsea and gave a statement over 30 pages long. Of course the police didn’t act on it but Norman’s statement was part of the mass of evidence against Mr Thrope that now demonstrates how serious the criminality was and how many times complaints and witness statements were simply ignored.
Despite his inability to get into the House of Commons, by 1973 Philip Watkins was being described in the press as one of the Liberal Party’s most powerful men. Devotedly loyal to Mr Thrope, Watkins stayed unswervingly Liberal and took on other responsibilities in the Party. In 1969 Watkins was Chairman of the Liberal Party’s finance and administration board before being elected Treasurer of the Party, in which capacity he served from 1972–77. Philip Watkins was Vice-President of the Liberal Party from 1977 until the merger with the SDP in 1988.
According to Watkins’ wiki entry, ‘By most accounts, Watkins was an effective treasurer, applying rigorous discipline to the party’s expenditure and accounting. The problem Watkins had was that he was never made fully aware of all the income to the party and in particular to certain special funds arranged by Jeremy Thorpe, the details of which were the subject of a special investigation by the party. However it has been alleged that Watkins’ approach to this issue was to accept the status quo rather than probe too deeply and run the risk of finding out what was under the stones. A more charitable explanation was that Watkins found it hard to accept that Liberals, especially those to whom he had given his loyalty, did not share his own high standards. It also seems that Watkins disliked the process of raising funds for the party, particularly from business and business people. One senior party official who worked closely with him recalled that Watkins loathed fund-raising and had once sent back a cheque enclosing a rare and unsolicited donation from the company Cadburys with a statement that the Liberal Party did not accept contributions from business’.
Philip Watkins therefore would have known something about the Financial Irregularities with regard to the Liberal Party when Mr Thrope was Leader that were suspected by everyone, except for Joseph Cantley the Judge who presided over Mr Thrope’s 1979 Old Bailey trial, to be related to paying hitmen, witnesses etc.
Peter Cook’s ‘Entirely A Matter For You’ satire had the judge explaining: ‘Now we turn to the evidence about the money.. It is conceded by the defence that the money arrived. What happened to that we shall never know. That is his affair and it is not for us to pry. It will be a sad day for this country when a leading politician cannot spend his election expenses in any way he sees fit…’.
Cadburys – Cadbury dynasty of Chancellors/VCs of Aston and Birmingham Universities – outline – See post ‘ ‘.
Cadburys – links to Frys – Jeremy Fry friend/bedfellow of Mr Thrope and Lord Snowdon/Ma’am Darling – Fry lived near Bath – family company based in Bristol
Watkins was member of the National Liberal Club – as was Mr Thrope, even conducting his 1979 General Election campaign from the National Liberal Club while he awaited trial – for many years, having first joined as an undergraduate. Watkins was elected a Vice-Chairman of the Club not long before his death. He served on the executive of the London Liberal Party, being elected President in 1987. Watkins also took on roles in Liberal International, the Liberal Parliamentary Candidates Association and the Electoral Reform Society. Philip Watkins was a founder member of the Liberal Friends of Israel.
Philip Watkins died aged 64 years at Trinity Hospice, Clapham Common on 1 June 1995. He died a Bachelor and was not blessed with children. Watkins had been cared for during his illness by his brothers.
The theme for the generation that were Thatch’s Children:
The trouble is Fotherington-Heseltine, you owe us a great deal. You didn’t make any attempt to save our lives no matter what claims are now being made to me re ‘Ooh we were there all the time’. Indeed, but you were there leaving us at the hands of gangsters and not doing anything to stop them. Even when we were violently assaulted in front of your undercover plants. You left us there because of John Smith and the 1995 Club. You Bravely Ran Away and left us with gangsters. Those of us who survived only did so by sheer good luck, because the best that the British state had on offer to Keep Us Safe Bravely Ran Away. At least have the decency to admit it!
I’ll wait for the arrests of the petty criminals from Somerset and north Wales then. I know that the police have been after some of them for many years while they Bravely Ran Away from much more serious criminals. If any prosecutions are mounted in respect of crimes against me, I’ll sabotage the case because this is sheer hypocrisy. If you want to prosecute Huw Daniel or the Top Docs I’ll take a different view, but I have had a lifetime of watching disgusting people in powerful positions abuse those positions and then point the finger at the Little People. Willie Whitelaw did it on a national scale when he wobbled away banging on about Short Sharp Shocks. SOMEONE allowed the Gigglers to cause havoc and it was not people working on farms in Somerset or indeed Hampshire or north Wales.
I’ll wait to hear from the MDU and the most powerful Director of that organisation, Lord Simon Glenarthur. The son of The 3rd Baron Glenarthur, Simon was born into a Scottish mercantile family and was educated at Eton College. Commissioned to the 10th Royal Hussars in 1963, Glenarthur was Aide-de-Camp to the High Commissioner of Aden in 1964 and 1965. Between 1976 and 1980, Simon served as a Major in The Royal Hussars, Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve, and was Captain for British Airways Helicopters between 1976 and 1982.
Lord Glenarthur served in Thatch’s Govt in the Lords, and in 1982 became a Lord-in-waiting (Govt Whip) and became a junior Minister in the DHSS in 1983. It was in that role that Simon closed down the British lab that screened blood products for use by the NHS although he was told very clearly that would leave the NHS reliant on blood products purchased from the US, which were known to be infected and could kill patients if they were used. Simon went ahead and ordered the NHS to use blood products imported from the US and thousands of people have since died after the dear old NHS knowingly Treated them with infected blood products, without warning them. In terms of collective responsibility, Thatch, Ken Clarke and all other Govt Ministers knew about this, and the Labour Party and the union movement did as well because Red Ken had formerly been an NHS lab technician and a member of the union led by Clive Jenkins – the union eventually became MSF – who’s members also knew about the infected blood products. Dr Death knew because when he was a junior Minister in the DHSS some infected blood products from the US were used, but there were also supplies from the UK lab that Glenarthur closed down. Dr Death’s colleagues knew about the infected blood, as did every Top Doc in the UK and many Angels.
The people who did not know were the NHS patients who were given the infected blood products.
Simon then moved to the Home Office before being promoted to the role of Minister of State for Scotland in 1986. His last Ministerial appointment was as Minister of State for in the Foreign Office, 1987-89. Amongst his particular responsibilities were Hong Kong and the UK’s relationship with China.
From 1977 to 1982, Lord Glenarthur was Director of Aberdeen and Texas Corporate Finance Ltd and from 1979 to 1982 for ABTEX Computer Systems Ltd. Simon was Senior Executive of Hanson plc, 1989-96; Deputy Chairman of Hanson Pacific Ltd, 1994-98; Director of Whirly Bird Services Ltd, 1995-2004. Simon was consultant to British Aerospace from 1989 to 1999 and President of the National Council for Civil Protection, 1991-2003. For the British Helicopter Advisory Board, Simon was Chairman, 1992-2004 and President from 2004. Lord Glenarthur was Director of Lewis Group in 1993 and 1994, was consultant to Chevron UK Ltd from 1994 to 1997 and Director of Millennium Chemicals from 1996 to 2004. Simon was also consultant to Hanson plc from 1996 to 1999 and to the Imperial Tobacco Group plc from 1996 to 1998. He was Chairman of the European Helicopter Association, 1996-2003 and of the International Federation of Helicopter Associations, 1997-2004. Simon has been governor of the Nuffield Hospitals since 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, Simon was consultant to Audax Trading Ltd, and Director, 2003-05. Since 2001, Simon has been Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Since 2002, Simon has been Director of The Medical Defence Union and since 2005 Director of Andax Global.
Glenarthur has been Council member of The Air League since 1994 and was member of the National Employers Liaison Committee for Her Majesty’s Reserve Forces, 1996-2002. Since 2002, Simon has been Chairman of the National Employer Advisory Board for Britain’s Reserve Forces. Simon is Lieutenant of the Royal Company of Archers. Since 2002, Simon has been Honorary Colonel of the 306 Field Hospital and since 2004, Honorary Air Commodore of the 612 (County of Aberdeen) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. In 1992, Glenarthur became a Freeman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and in 1996 a Liveryman. Having been a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport since 1978, Simon was made a Fellow in 1999. Simon has been a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society since 1992 and a Freeman of the City of London since 1996.
Since 2010, Lord Glenarthur has been governor and a Trustee of King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes. In his role as governor, Simon wrote to the Australian radio station 2Day FM in the wake of their hoax call to the King Edward VII Hospital concerning the pregnancy of Kate Middleton and the subsequent death of Angel Jacintha Saldanha who took the call. Glenarthur wrote that it was ‘truly appalling’ that the call was approved by radio management before broadcast.
Glenarthur has been married to Susan Barry, a great-granddaughter of the Earl of Dunmore and a great-great-granddaughter of the Earl of Leicester, since 1969; they have one son, Edward Alexander Arthur and one daughter.
Simon, to paraphrase F when he confronted Dafydd about the murder of Mary Wynch’s mother: ‘Now I’m not saying that you were the doctor responsible. But it looks like you did it’. Simon Glenarthur: He’s not stoned and he’s not beautiful.