In my post ‘Bernard Levin And Jonathan Miller Talk Bollocks’ I discussed the TV series ‘After Dark’ which received much hype during the late 1980s and early 90s and constantly featured people who were concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including that part of it which was run by Dafydd and the gang. These people were invited on ‘After Dark’ because so many of the discussions were about people having a hard time. I discussed the episode of ‘After Dark’ on 9 March 1991 which really pushed the boat out by tackling the subject of Satanic Abuse. Among the collection of dipsticks appearing on that edition of ‘After Dark’ who had colluded with rather less exotic abuse was Jean Graham Hall, a posh lady who was described as a ‘judge’. My post ‘Bernard Levin And Jonathan Miller Talk Bollocks’ and a comment that I left after that post gave further details of Jean Hall’s career.
Jean’s previous included campaigning on women’s rights; working as a probation officer; from 1965, sitting as a magistrate at Tower Bridge and then Bow Street Courts; sitting as a Deputy Judge at Quarter Sessions and from 1971, as a County Court Judge. Hall was the first woman to sit in criminal work with a jury. She was a member of Gray’s Inn, Secretary of the British Association of Residential Settlements, a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers and Patron of the Multiple Births Committee.
Jean Graham Hall Chaired the Committee on Statutory Maintenance Limits, 1966-1968. It was Roy Jenkins, as Harold Wilson’s Home Secretary, 1965-67, who asked Jean Graham Hall to sit on that Committee. Woy spent his career not just concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring but positively facilitating it, as Home Secretary – Woy was Home Secretary twice – and in every other role that he held. See previous posts eg. ‘We’ve Been Expecting You…’
On 2 May 1968 Hansard recorded that Mrs Lena Jeger ‘asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department [at that time Jim Callaghan] what action he proposes to take to implement the recommendations of the Report of the Committee on Statutory Maintenance Limits’. Mr Oakes ‘asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has to remove the statutory limits of maintenance of matrimonial orders and affiliation orders, as recommended in the Report of the Graham Hall Committee.’ Elystan Morgan replied with ‘The Government accept the main recommendation of the Committee that statutory limits on orders for maintenance of wives and children made by magistrates’ courts should be abolished, and intend that amendments to this end should be proposed to legislation now before Parliament. Other recommendations of the Committee require further study. The recommendations relating the Income Tax treatment of “small maintenance payments” are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer’.
The matter being discussed is of course maintenance payments for women and children after divorce. Because the plight of some women and children after divorce had been so dreadful, a lot of people during the 1960s built their reputations upon their contribution to improving the lot of divorced women. Lord Denning is the most famous example; the one thing that everyone knew about Lord Denning was that he did so much for divorced women. In many ways he did; but the thing that my generation remember Lord Denning for is, after doing his bit for divorced women, he turned down the appeal of the Birmingham Six, not because he believed that they were guilty, but because if their convictions were overturned, it would mean accepting the ‘appalling vista’ that numerous police officers, prison officers, forensic scientists, lawyers and Top Doctors had lied and lied and conspired to frame six innocent men. Which of course they had. Denning turned down the appeal of the Birmingham Six who languished in prison for many more years before it was finally admitted that they were entirely innocent.
See previous posts for further details of Lord Denning’s excesses and the case of the Birmingham Six.
It was Michael Mansfield QC who represented five of the Birmingham Six at their second successful appeal in 1991. The Mansfield Community knew that the Birmingham Six had been stitched up by exactly the same people who were facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s partners in crime. It is laudable that the Mansfield Community fought so hard for the Birmingham Six, but they refused to help the other victims of the bunch of corrupt professional people who wrecked the lives of the Birmingham Six: the kids in care and psych patients who were being abused and trafficked by them…
The Birmingham Six had a terrible time. Witnesses to the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s gang were murdered. While St Helena built her reputation on being a Wimmin’s Champ.
The Mansfield Community were/are not the only bunch of prize opportunistic hypocrites. My post ‘Bernard Levin And Jonathan Miller Talk Bollocks’ discussed Sir Jocelyn Simon, the mad old bugger who ended up as a Law Lord on the basis of concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the criminality of Dafydd et al, who also was most concerned for the welfare of divorced women and children. Jean Graham Hall herself spent a lifetime doing Dafydd et al favours, while Helping Women and Children.
Furthermore, the Help for the divorced women wasn’t as extensive as was claimed. Some divorced women did benefit, but like so much legislation Which Helped, years after the pioneering efforts of Jean Graham Hall and Lord Denning et al, there were still women who even after escaping violent marriages and being awarded fair maintenance payments, were still in dire straits because their ex-husbands just didn’t stump up the maintenance. If the ex-husband was a grade A scumbag, Jean Graham Hall et al were going to need to do rather more than they did to help the former wife…
When I was a teenager I had a female relative who constantly shrieked at me that women should get married because if they merely lived with the bloke, the man could leave them and the kids ‘and not pay a penny’. Brown asked her why she thought that there was so many divorced women who were living in poverty because their ex-husbands hadn’t paid the maintenance as ordered by the courts…
I am now 56 years old and every time that Dafydd’s gang wrecked my life, it was Brown who handed over the dosh to get me on my feet again. Thanks Brown! I never had to take you to court once and I never would have done so anyway. Ooh I was a shocker and Brown was ten times worse…
Let’s have a closer look at Lena Jeger who in 1968 was showing her commitment to wimmin and children.
- Lena May Jeger, Baroness Jeger (née Chivers; 19 November 1915-26 February 2007) was the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, 1953-59, succeeding in the seat from er her husband. Whom she had not divorced, he had died. Lena served as the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras again, 1964-79. In 1979 Lena the wimmin’s champ was given a peerage: the year that Mary Wynch was illegally incarcerated in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and in which Jeremy Thrope stood trial for incitement and conspiracy to kill Norman Scott.
- Lena was born Lena May Chivers in Yorkley, Gloucestershire. Her father was a postman. Lena was educated at Southgate County School in north London, and went on to Birkbeck College. Readers who are fully awake will remember my post ‘Captain Swing And His Crew’ about Eric Hobsbawm, President of Birkbeck from 2002 until his death in 2012, who spent most of his academic career at Birkbeck and was well-networked with many paedophiles’ friends who made use of the services of Dafydd and the gang.
Eric’s daughter Julia Hobsbawm was a school friend of Sarah Macaulay and they established Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications, a PR company which handled a great deal of work for the Labour Party and trade unions. Sarah Macaulay became Sarah Brown some years later and in 2007 found herself the wife of the PM.
When Lena was doing her bit for Wimmin in 1968, the Captain and his crew were swinging.
- Lena served as Vice-President of the NUS.
- Lena joined the Civil Service in 1936, initially in HM Customs & Excise. During WW II she worked at the Ministry of Information and the Foreign Office. A fluent Russian speaker, Lena edited the British Ally, a newspaper published by the British Gov’t in the Soviet Union.She also worked at the British Embassy in Moscow. In 1948 she married Dr Santo Jeger, a GP who had been the Labour MP for St Pancras South East since the 1945 General Election.
- Here’s Lena, the Doctor’s Wife who, like Uncle Harry, Supported Nye’s NHS:
- Lena left the ‘Civil Service’ in 1949 and worked for ‘The Manchester Guardian’, 1951–55.
- Nye Calling, Nye Calling…
- Lena had narrowly lost her Parliamentary seat in 1959 to the Tory Geoffrey Johnson-Smith. Geoffrey Johnson-Smith was yet another person who did Dafydd and the gang a massive favour. Geoffrey Johnson-Smith was involved in the legal action against the Church of Scientology in 1970, which the Church of Scientology lost and caused their reputation much damage. No matter how crazy the Church of Scientology was and is, the circumstances of the litigation was worrying. The Church of Scientology were maintaining that psychiatrists were involved in criminality, child abuse and carrying out damaging experiments on patients. This was all true and it wasn’t just Dafydd doing it. There was massive abuse happening and the Top Docs were sticking together like glue to ensure that no-one was held to account. Sir Kenneth Robinson, Harold Wilson’s Health Minister, 1964-68, who was a friend of Dafydd’s and the President of the National Association for Mental Health (MIND) during the 1960s when Dafydd was a leading light in MIND, teamed up with Geoffrey Johnson-Smith in the litigation against MIND, although Robinson and Johnson-Smith were political opponents. Ronnie Waterhouse was involved in the case – he did not act for the Church of Scientology – and the barrister who acted for the Church disappeared at some point after the trial and was never seen again.
- Every account that I have read of the case involving the Church of Scientology and Robinson/Johnson-Smith suggests that the trial was rigged. The Presiding judge was yet another crook who had colluded with Dafydd and the gang for years. The effect of the trial was to ensure that no-one ever dared make the allegation that psychiatrists were involved in child abuse and crime again.
Sir Geoffrey Johnson-Smith (16 April 1924 in Glasgow – 11 August 2010) served as an MP, 1959-2001, with only a brief interruption in the 1960s. He was also a TV presenter. The barney between the Church of Scientology and Dafydd and his colleagues was sparked off by ‘a question’ that Johnson-Smith just happened to have asked, all casual like, on TV. How Very Dare Yours and Fireworks followed and it all ended up in Court.
Johnson-Smith went to Charterhouse School and then joined the Royal Artillery. He studied at Lincoln College, Oxford and in his final year he joined Robin Day in a debating tour of the US, run by the English-Speaking Union. Robin Day and Ronnie Waterhouse were lifelong very close friends from their student days.
After Oxford, Johnson-Smith joined the British Information Services, serving in San Francisco where he met his wife, Jeanne, an American Top Doctor, whom he married in 1951.
Johnson-Smith was a presenter of the BBC magazine programme ‘Tonight’ in the late 1950s. Shortly before the 1959 General Election, Cliff Michelmore, Tonight’s presenter, had a hernia operation and Johnson-Smith was promoted to co-host the show for six weeks. His profile was thus at its highest when the election was called and it was in these circumstances that on 8 October 1959 he ousted the Lena as the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras South by 656 votes.
In the Commons, Johnson-Smith was rapidly promoted to the position of PPS to Ministers at the Board of Trade; in 1962 he moved to the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance. Johnson-Smith’s parliamentary career was interrupted in October 1964 when Lena won her former seat back again.
Johnson-Smith briefly returned to TV, freelancing for the BBC and Rediffusion’s religious programmes. However, he returned to the Commons the following year at a by-election in the safe Tory seat of East Grinstead in East Sussex. When that constituency was abolished for the 1983 General Election, Geoffrey was returned for the new Wealdon constituency in East Sussex and held that seat until he retired at the 2001 General Election.
Sussex was part of Dafydd and John Allen’s crime empire. Kids in care from north Wales were trafficked to brothels in London and Brighton. Sussex was crawling with accomplices of Dafydd’s, as long ago as the early 1960s.
Alec Douglas-Home quickly appointed Johnson-Smith an Opposition Whip, and when Ted Heath became leader in the summer of 1965, he made Johnson-Smith a party Vice-Chairman. When Heath came to power in 1970 he kept Johnson-Smith at Central Office. Soon afterwards Iain Macleod died suddenly, the Party Chairman Anthony Barber took his place and Johnson-Smith became acting Chairman. Johnson-Smith was never in the running for ‘the top job, despite his popularity among Conservative ladies and in April 1971 he became Under-Secretary for Defence for the Army.
Johnson-Smith later gained credit by launching a ‘successful campaign on behalf of haemophiliacs who had been given infected blood’. I’d like to know when his campaign met with success because those people were knowingly given infected blood by the NHS and the matter has still not been settled. Thousands of people have already died. Johnson-Smith’s wiki entry states that he ‘fought a long battle to curb the Church of Scientology. The Church had its headquarters near East Grinstead and in 1970 he endured a six-week libel case before a jury vindicated his stance’. Another view is that the Church found out about the extent of the wrongdoing of Dafydd and his network which is why they infiltrated MIND. Robinson and Dafydd realised that the game was going to be up for an awful lot of people who, particularly in that era, the general public would never have associated with the gang rape of children, so a plot was hatched with some buddies of Dafydd’s to lead the Church into litigation, knowing damn well that a pal of Dafydd et al was going to be Presiding over the trial. The Scientologists were hammered and after their lawyer disappeared off the face of the earth, rather than request an investigation, Ronnie Waterhouse and his mates spread a completely unsubstantiated rumour that the lawyer had scarpered after embezzling money. It is rather more likely that he had been murdered. See previous posts for further details.
After Bloody Sunday in January 1972, Johnson-Smith mounted an uncompromising defence of the Parachute Regiment: “It is bad enough for our troops to have to run all the perils and be shot at by gunmen without having their pain increased by smears in this House.”
In November 1972 Heath moved Johnson-Smith sideways to the Civil Service Department, with the remit of sharpening presentation of Gov’t policy. His time there was dominated by the Kenneth Littlejohn affair, which halted Johnson-Smith’s rise through Gov’t.
In August 1973, Kenneth Littlejohn – an ex-paratrooper who had been discharged for theft and jailed for robbery – and his brother Keith were sentenced in Dublin for their roles in a £67,000 bank hold-up. They claimed that the robbery was part of a British intelligence operation in the course of which they had infiltrated the IRA. The Littlejohns produced a letter from the Ministry of Defence confirming that Johnson-Smith had, in 1971, met Kenneth Littlejohn, then using the name of Austen, to receive information – later found to be bogus – about the IRA’s sources of arms. The Minister had reported what he was told to the “relevant authority”. The Littlejohns claimed that following the meeting – which took place while Kenneth Littlejohn was on the run from the West Midlands police – they were recruited as spies.
The MoD stressed that the meeting had been arranged by the Defence Secretary, Lord Carrington and that Johnson Smith had behaved with complete propriety. But the revelations were an embarrassment to Heath’s Gov’t . Labour pressed hard for an inquiry, but Carrington resisted. When the Conservatives lost power in 1974, Johnson-Smith left the front bench, never to return. His ‘integrity was not in doubt’ – he was immediately appointed to the Select Committee which set up the Register of Members’ Interests – but a ‘small cloud’ was left hanging over his judgement.
MI5: What you do next time in your attempt to trap a mad old doctor involved with serious organised crime who has the backing of sex offenders in Parliament is this. You establish a religious body that does exactly what the Church of Scientology did in terms of finding out the extent of Dafydd’s criminality and then infiltrating MIND, but next time you ensure that it is an entirely rational Church, not one that is bonkers. The plan will then work. You also need to prepare for an almighty wailing and gnashing of teeth from ALL Top Docs, co-ordinated by the BMA. You don’t give into them. No matter how loud the thcweaming and no matter how often they are thick, you let them continue. It won’t matter if they strike, because you can organise a skeleton workforce of good doctors who are fucking sick of this lot to run the services which really are life-saving and essential and there aren’t many such services. It will do no-one any harm at all if the legions of abusive fuckwits stop their Screening and the Mental Health Support etc because none of it is clinically effective anyway and a lot of it is actively harmful.
P.S. You should have done this a very, very long time ago. The nation really has been taken for a ride in every way. Stopping Geoffrey Johnson-Smith from becoming PM wasn’t enough.
The Kenneth Littlejohn affair was still rumbling on when Heath called a snap election in Feb 1974. Johnson-Smith fought a skilful media campaign, but could not prevent Heath losing.
When Thatch became Leader of the Tory Party, she asked Johnson-Smith to oversee media activities at Central Office alongside a ‘fellow TV professional’, Gordon Reece. Reece is the man credited with performing the Thatch makeover/transformation. Reece will have known that close friends of hers were paedophiles, but he concerned himself with far more important matters such as her hairstyle and trying to make her voice less off-putting than it was.
After Thatch’s 1979 victory – Mary Wynch was illegally imprisoned in the North Wales Hospital at the time – Johnson-Smith joined the 1922 Executive Committee and Chaired the Party’s backbench Media Committee. From 1980 to 1996 Johnson-Smith Chaired the Select Committee on Member’s Interests, having to field embarrassing questions about the business activities of Mark Thatcher.
Johnson-Smith specialised increasingly in defence. From 1985 he Chaired the military committee of the North Atlantic Assembly and from 1987 to 1997 he led the British delegation. For six years Johnson-Smith Chaired the Conservative backbench Defence Committee.
Johnson-Smith was knighted in 1982 as the political establishment hastily rearranged the furniture in an attempt to reassure everyone post-Mary Wynch that It Couldn’t Happen Again. It was in 1982 that the north Wales gang first spotted me as a potential target and began trailing me. Johnson-Smith was sworn of the Privy Council in 1996, the year that William Hague announced the Waterhouse Inquiry, although that Inquiry had been organised by 1995, because Ronnie Waterhouse altered his plans in a highly convenient way…
1996 was the year in which Dafydd and the gang desperately laid plans to fit Patient F and me up for a criminal offence which involved their usual methods – perjury, forgery etc – but the added extra was that I was to be incarcerated in a high security hospital instead of being imprisoned, because people eventually come out of prison…
Geoffrey Johnson-Smith died in 2010. He remained alive and kicking to help Dafydd et al out of many a corner.
- Lena Jeger regained her seat in the 1964 General Election, when it was renamed Camden, Holborn and St Pancras South in 1974. In 1979, when Lena was off to the Lords, Dobbo retained the seat for Labour. Dobbo of course was appointed Secretary of State for Health when Miranda became PM in 1997, but Dobbo was too thick to conceal all the crap which had built up under the likes of Dr and Mrs Jeger, Uncle Harry et al, so Miranda was obliged to give Dobbo his marching orders as Health Secretary in Oct 1999 and replaced him with Alan Milburn. Milburn was someone who spent his entire life in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area, where the gang linked to Dafydd’s gang and which supplied Dafydd with children and staff had operated for decades. Alan Milburn’s wife is a Top Doc, a psychiatrist, which Miranda would have seen as an added plus. See previous posts. For details of Dobbo’s deceit, favours for Dafydd et al and general hopelessness, see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part IV’.
- We’re in familiar territory: that of the long-standing trafficking ring in Camden which was in partnership with Dafydd et al by the 1970s, while Dobbo, then a Camden Councillor, colluded with it, as did all the other Camden Councillors, many of whom became big names in New Labour eg. Tessa Jowell, David Mills, John Mills (see previous posts) and of course Dame Babs Mills, who doubled up as the corrupt DPP, 1992-98, who, as well as helping Dafydd et al in every way possible, ensured that the sordid business which surrounded the framing of the Birmingham Six and the failure of anyone in Gov’t to admit this until they’d lost decades of their lives and one of them had died, was to remain Secret for so many years that even the children of the framed men will definitely be dead before anyone can access any of the documentation. See post ‘A Future Leader Of The Labour Party?’
- The cosy relationship between Dafydd’s gang and the residents of Camden went back much further than Dobbo and pals. Previous posts eg. ‘The Village’, ‘The Vermin Club’ and ‘Captain Swing And His Crew’ described how numerous members of the Bloomsbury Set based in the Camden area were regular visitors to and even had second homes at Croesor, in what is now Gwynedd, throughout the middle decades of the 20th century. This was a result of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, a landowner who lived at nearby Llanfrothen, marrying Amabel Strachey, a member of the family at the heart of the Bloomsbury Set. Eric Hobsbawm had a second home at Croesor while his main residence was in Hampstead. Harold Wilson lived in Hampstead, as did Michael Foot and scores of the Top Docs and analysts that were concealing organised abuse…
- Lena Jeger served on the Labour Party’s NEC, 1968-1980 and was Chair of the Labour Party, Oct 1979-Oct 1980. 1979: Mary Wynch and Jeremy Thorpe… And a peerage for Lena of course.
- Lena knew all those other Wimmin’s Champs in the Labour Party – some of whom sat on the NEC – who ignored the fact that the Top Docs of north Wales had conspired to deny all women in the region access to NHS abortions, years after the Abortion Act 1967 had been passed, referring women instead to private abortionists in Chester, at least one of whom was so dangerous that they were known to be risking women’s lives. Women who dared request an NHS abortion were sent to the North Wales Hospital Denbigh to be ‘assessed’ by Dafydd, after which they would be refused an abortion anyway. However they didn’t leave Denbigh with their babies and I am waiting for all these Caring Top Docs and Wimmin’s Champs to tell me where those babies went. See previous posts eg. ‘It’s Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Arf’.
- Lena was created a life peer as Baroness Jeger, of St Pancras in Greater London, on 11 July 1979. Jeremy Thrope had been cleared of all charges against him on 22 June 1979.
The Baroness Jeger
Harold was good friends with George Thomas, the south Wales Labour MP who was in the Commons, 1945-83 and then sat in the Lords until his death in 1997. George Thomas was widely known to be sexually assaulting boys. Parliament and the Top Docs were instrumental in concealing this.
The Lord Callaghan of Cardiff, PM of the UK, April 1976-May 1979
Throughout Mr Thrope’s long and unnecessary ordeal, we were of course reminded that Miriam was formerly married to Lilibet’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood. See previous posts.
Ronnie Waterhouse found no evidence of a VIP paedophile ring in operation in north Wales/Cheshire. The surviving witnesses were sitting in the Hergest Unit, barely aware that Ronnie was holding his exhaustive inquiry into the matter…
- In the Lords, Lady Lena served as Opposition spokesman on Health and then on Social Security. Of course she did, within a few months of Lena getting through the doors, Mary Wynch had started legal action against Dafydd and the gang.
- Paedophiles in distress, paedophiles in distress…
The Lord Callaghan of Cardiff
Lady Lena continued to write occasional pieces for The Guardian between 1964 and 2003, particularly obituaries.
Dobbo said of Lady Lena’s career, “She pursued causes which may have become fashionable now, but were highly controversial when she espoused them.” No Dobbo, there was nothing controversial about climbing onto the Wimmin and Children bandwagon when everyone, including Lord Denning, was doing it. What would have been controversial, had the general public known about it, was Lady Lena Fighting For Wimmin and Children while concealing a paedophile gang procuring children for Gov’t Ministers and others…
Jeger was on record as believing that MPs should “give a lead to public opinion and not always follow it.” In other words they had sex with children while huffing and puffing about the evils of child abuse and keeping quiet when witnesses were framed and imprisoned or murdered.
Lena Jeger suffered from poor health in her last years. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. She was treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital for cancer and died, aged 91, on 26 February 2007. She had no children. Jeger lived to a grand old age, not because of the Royal Marsden, which in the late 1980s/early 1990s had been part of a massive cancer research fraud (see previous posts), but because of her socio-economic status and her never being treated by Dafydd. If Lena had have had children, they will not have ended up in a children’s home in north Wales. That was for Poor People whom Nye and Uncle Harry Helped.
Lena, being the People’s Baroness, was the subject of touching obituaries when she pegged out. Here are highlights from the tribute, penned by Dobbo, which appeared in the ‘Camden New Journal’, entitled ‘Lena Jeger, MP who turned poetry of ideals into practice’:
LENA Jeger, my predecessor as MP for Holborn and St Pancras South, was one of the most influential politicians never to serve as a minister and more influential than most who have. Brave and decent
in both her politics and her private life, she took up causes which are now accepted by almost everyone.
Once those causes had popular support…
The thing about Lena is that she took up these causes when they were unpopular,
No she didn’t Dobbo
when their advocates were mocked and derided. With unflinching commitment, she joined with others to give a lead to public opinion and make popular the abolition of capital punishment, the legalisation of abortion,
DOBBO!! You’ve forgotten about north Wales…
equal rights and equal pay for women,
Have you seen how a lot of women who aren’t Baronesses are treated and what they earn Dobbo?
the ending of apartheid, providing decent homes for all,
You can tell that Dobbo was a member of Miranda’s Gov’t. The railway station in Lena’s/Dobbo’s own constituency was notorious for homeless people kipping in there and teenagers who had run away from ‘care’ selling sex. I’ve seen more than a few Empowered Service Users in there as well.
anti-racism and the independence of Cyprus as well as warning of the dangers of smoking.
Smoking is not a good idea Dobbo, but nearly all Empowered Service Users do it because there are sectioned for months on end with literally nothing to do but smoke. So smoking was banned on their wards. There was nothing to replace it and the incidence of self-harm went through the roof. Please someone, section Dobbo for six months, in a ward with no garden, where he is never allowed out even for a breath of fresh air, load him up with anti-psychotics and take his fags away from him. At least we’ll hear no more from him when he’s released, his life will have been destroyed and the rest of us will get a bit of a break.
She did all this with a never-ending supply of human warmth and earthy humour.
Oh dear God…
The people of our area elected Lena Jeger as their representative for almost 30 years, starting as a St Pancras councillor from 1945 to 1959 and as a member of the London County Council from 1951 to 1954. She served as our MP from 1953 to 1979 except when she was briefly and narrowly ousted in 1959
The rich people of Dobbo’s area at the time were sexually exploiting and abusing the poor people of Dobbo’s area, so they’d have been delighted to have Lena as their representative. The poor people will have been in such a bad way that many of them won’t have made it down to the polling station to vote and there will have been many others who had no idea that their People-Loving Lady MP was right behind the folk making their lives so difficult. If I didn’t realise the extent of the collusion until I researched for this blog, the people of Dobbo’s area definitely won’t have known. Everyone works very hard to ensure that they are kept completely in the dark.
by a Tory, not for any fault on her part, but because the local Labour Party was in chaos.
However did that happen? As Lena was the constituency MP, was it perhaps something to do with her?
A member of Labour’s National Executive in 1960/1961 and then from 1968 to 1981, she was chair of the Party in 1980 making a brilliant job of chairing the Annual Conference in that difficult year.
A VERY difficult year: Mr Thrope and his wife Miriam had left crap all over the political establishment, Mary Wynch was obviously going to sue Dafydd and the gang and Sunny Jim had not yet buggered off to make way for a new Labour leader, although everyone was sick of the bastard and had voted for Thatch. Footie was installed as the Leader of the Labour Party once Lena had stepped down as Chairman of the Party. Footie and his extended family of lawyers and politicians – who for years ruled the city of Plymouth – colluded with the Westminster Paedophile Ring (see post ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’) and Footie himself when younger was suspected of being involved in sexploitation/abuse himself. He certainly knew about Dafydd and worked very hard to ensure that Dafydd continued his life of crime. See post ‘Oh, No! It’s The Pathetic Sharks’.
After retiring from the Commons in 1979, Lena became Baroness Jeger of St Pancras and served as an active member of the House of Lords
By 1979, David Williams, an Angel who trained at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh in the mid-20th century, held office in the upper echelons of the NHS union COHSE. Williams was General Secretary of COHSE, 1983-87. Williams began working for COHSE full-time as a regional officer in 1955. In Yorkshire, the site of Savile’s gang which linked up with Dafydd’s gang. In 1962 Williams joined COHSE Head Office as National Officer, then became Senior National Officer and was then appointed Assistant General Secretary. In 1983 he became General Secretary…
David Williams Chaired the Whitley Council in 1977. The Whitley Council decided upon pay levels for staff in the NHS and it was truly loathed. It was the Whitley Council which was responsible for keeping pay in the NHS so low – nurses managed to escape the clutches of the Whitley Council eventually which was why their pay became so much better in the late 1980s compared to the pay of other NHS staff who were not doctors. It was the excesses of the Whitley Council which led to the empty laboratories in NHS hospitals in the 80s and 90s. Fancied being a histopathologist in the NHS? Well you’ll have needed postgrad qualifications but the dear old Whitley Council dictated that you would be paid £6k pa.
David Williams was active in the Labour Party and served on the Labour Party’s NEC 1981-83. In 1983 he was elected to the General Council of the TUC. After he retired as General Secretary of COHSE in 1987 Williams became an occasional advisor to WHO (World Health Organisation).
A COHSE website mentioned that David Williams was ‘still campaigning for the NHS in 2016’. There is a photo online of Williams with Nye Bevan taken in 1953. So this thug who worked with some of the most abusive criminals in the UK dedicated his life to the NHS.
When Jeremy Thorpe was busy with underage partners and rent boys in the 1950s and 60s, David Lloyd George’s family were still massively influential both in the Liberal Party and in north Wales. Jeremy Thorpe’s family were very friendly with the Lloyd Georges and the children of the two families played together. Ronnie Waterhouse came from an influential Liberal family in north Wales; his father was a Liberal MP and a friend of Lloyd George.
until this was curtailed by [Lena’s] failing health in recent years.
Even the Top Docs couldn’t do anything after all those years of faithful service…
The daughter of a postman in the Forest of Dean, Lena did a degree in English and French at Birkbeck College. She joined the civil service. During the Second World War, she served in the Ministry of Information and later in Moscow as deputy editor of a British propaganda newspaper the British Ally.
It’s called working for the security services Dobbo and Lena continued to do it until she died. The security services were the source of much assistance to Dafydd et al and the propaganda continues until the present day. Read ‘The Guardian’ and you’ll soon see what I mean.
She had an outstanding way with words both as a speaker and a writer,
Dafydd once told me that I had a ‘way with words’ and for years Patient F used to repeat this comment in the wake of me getting the better of someone in an argument. Dafydd was a very dangerous man, but he has no idea of the entertainment that he provided for so long to so many.
going on to write for the Manchester Guardian and becoming a distinguished columnist for the Guardian as it later became.
Along with Polly Toynbee of the SDP.
Once when Harold Wilson, referring to Marx, said that the problems of modern Britain weren’t to be resolved by the theories of someone lying dead in Highgate Cemetery, in her next column, drawing on local knowledge, Lena’s riposte was that they certainly were as Michael Faraday was buried there and we wouldn’t get very far without electricity.
Michael Faraday didn’t have his ideas taken up and misapplied by a gaggle of over-privileged fuckwits. The satirist Willie Rushton used to appear on ‘Celebrity Squares’ and make political jokes about Thatch and the Tories that went over the heads of the audience and one day he repeated the old Arthur Askey quip ‘Have you read Marx? Yes, my knickers are too tight’ and the audience was silent because they didn’t know who Marx was. So Bob Monkhouse helpfully led them in the forced laughter. I might dress up as a cleaning lady and gatecrash a meeting of the Hampstead Labour Party with Tulip Siddiq in attendance and make Arthur Askeyish comments about Marx and Engels. Then when Tulip gets snotty I’ll start quoting from Bourdieu – I’ll practice it in Welsh as well beforehand – and watch Tulip’s reaction.
In 1948, Lena married the MP for South East St Pancras, Dr Santo Jeger who, following boundary changes, became MP for Holborn and St Pancras South in 1950. Dr Jeger was a passionate advocate of a National Health Service and the need for public health measures, including school milk and decent housing conditions.
Of course he was. While he ensured that the organised abuse of kids and vulnerable people continued apace and that senior Top Docs were very well-paid and continued to dictate their own terms and conditions to Gov’t.
Lena chaired the St Pancras Borough Housing Committee.
Anyone for taking a long hard look at the state of housing in St Pancras after Lena had worked her magic?
When Santo Jeger died in September 1953, Lena was narrowly selected as Labour’s candidate for the by-election which she duly won on her 38th birthday. She used to regale us with stories of that by-election. Canvassing a woman in a flat in a block in Camden Town, she launched into the great left-wing issue of the day – German re-armament and the threat that it posed to international peace and security. When she paused for breadth, the constituent asked “Did you come up in the lift?” “Yes dear”, said Lena. “Stinks of piss doesn’t it?” said the woman. “Yes dear,” said Lena. “Can’t you stop ’em pissing in the lift?” asked the woman. “I don’t think I can,” said Lena. “Well,” said the woman, “if you can’t stop them pissing in our lift, how can you expect me to believe you can stop the German’s re-arming?”
That is a salient point and only smug bastards like Lena and Dobbo could have used it to laugh at the folly of constituents. Lena couldn’t stop people pissing in the lift, she didn’t stop a people trafficking ring and I very much doubt that she had anything to do with the German’s re-arming or not.
On another evening, she was canvassing on the edge of Soho with Frank Pakenham, later Lord Longford.
Frank Packenham used his Commitment To Prison Visiting to find out exactly who was witness to the Westminster Paedophile Ring and ensure that they remained silent or unheard. His huge extended family – which included Harriet Harman – assisted him in these efforts. See post ‘Comedies Of Menace’.
Most of the flats in the run-down Georgian terrace were occupied by prostitutes. The great man, innocent as ever, had no idea what was going on.
Longford knew exactly what was going on and he probably knew the names of their customers.
They struggled up to the garret flat and as they were canvassing her, its occupant spotted a professional colleague and client coming up the stairs.
She enquired: “How are you doing tonight Meg?” to which Meg replied: “He’s the seventh tonight so I am doing pretty well but these stairs are killing my feet.” Pakenham looked puzzled when Lena laughed her head off – just as she did when re-telling the story.
The Georgian terrace was ‘run down’, so those prostitutes were not making a very good living. They will not have been high-class call girls with control over their own situations. They had probably been driven into prostitution and poverty in the first place by Those Who Helped and Lena didn’t give a bugger about them. Her priority was to protect the people who benefited from the situation of those prostitutes…
Before her maiden speech just over 52 years ago Lena was advised to devote it to ‘women’s issues’. In the event, she talked about the threat of nuclear war, of what it would mean to her constituents and pointed out afterwards to her critics that peace and war, life and death were just as much women’s issues as they were men’s.
Indeed they are, but Lena was not going to stop a nuclear war… As her constituent who made the observation re the lift being used as a urinal knew.
Lena was starting off as she meant to go on, undeterred by the establishment, the rich and powerful, speaking up for people in need and, most of all, for women.
Except for the ones who had to use the lift which was sodden in urine or those forced into prostitution and living in poverty.
She believed that politicians and Parliament often had to give a lead to public opinion and not always follow it.
Lena was a fine example of that philosophy.
So it was that, in a substantially Roman Catholic constituency, she campaigned for abortion rights for women and was proud to be one of the sponsors of the 1967 Abortion Act.
And remained completely silent when every Top Doc in north Wales flagrantly breached the law with regard to that Act until approx 1990.
Having advocated independence for Cyprus, she didn’t start backing off from that cause when British troops were facing EOKA (the Cypriot freedom movement which wanted union with Greece) and her friend Archbishop Makarios was exiled to the Seyshelles.
Hanging out with Archbishop Makarios was the thing to do if one was a troughing hypocrite of the Labour Party of that era. The man who probably did more than anyone to enable Thatch to destroy the trade union movement when she was elected, Clive Jenkins, impressed people by popping over to Cyprus to have lunch with Archbishop Makarios. Clive Jenkins was the Chelsea dwelling champagne swilling leader of the ATMS who was the ultimate example of the arrogant, power hungry union baron of the 1970s. Jenkins was absolutely loathed by the Tories but they failed to identify why Jenkins had become so powerful. It wasn’t because he was a miner holding the country to ransom. Jenkins led the union which represented the scientific and professional staff of the NHS. They had inside info about the crimes of the Top Docs and being professional people they knew how serious the wrongdoing was and how to use their knowledge. Jenkins came from south Wales as well and knew about George Thomas, Dafydd et al… No wonder he remained in the face of so many wanting to see the back of him. If ever anyone marvelled at how an idiot like the Windbag ever became leader of the Labour Party, let me just remind you that it was Clive Jenkins who fixed that for the Windbag and the Windbag’s mum was an Angel working in south Wales. See post ‘I Warn You…’
She contributed a large section to the 1962 Penguin book ‘Common Sense About Smoking’ at a time when the liars employed by the tobacco industry were still denying any connection between smoking and ill health.
The tobacco industry did employ liars, but Sir Richard Doll, the epidemiologist who demonstrated the link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer, lied in other areas of his research, worked with other Top Docs whom he knew to be lying and was involved in a pack of lies published by some members and associates of Dafydd’s gang in Dec 1990, when the gang were once more trying to construct themselves as world-leading Top Docs in an attempt to detract from demands for their crimes to be investigated. It blew up in their faces when the gang publicised their nonsensical ‘research’ in the media, yet no-one ever asked Richard Doll to explain his involvement in it. See previous posts eg. ‘They Think It’s All Over – It Is Now’ and ‘Hey, Hey DAJ, How Man Kids Did You Kill Today?’.
Her friend Barbara Castle
Castle was as ruthless a liar as they come and she played a leading role in concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring, Dafydd’s gang and the deaths of numerous disabled children in state care. Battling Babs who hated private medicine used private medicine herself when she tried to become pregnant but couldn’t.
always emphasised the part Lena played in the campaign for women’s rights and equal pay when reactionaries did nothing but mock the whole idea – in other words when it was “politically correct” to be against equal rights, not just for women but also for anyone who wasn’t white or wealthy.
Look at which women have benefited from the campaign to support women’s rights and equal pay Dobbo. It is middle class professional women. They have done very, very well out of it. Including professional women who are not white. Do you think that the thousands of women working in low paid jobs on zero hours contracts have benefited from the campaigns for women rights and equal pay? They and very often the men working alongside them earn so little that they have to claim benefits to make ends meet.
Even if you analyse the data for university educated women – more women now go to university than men – the women who are from the more disadvantaged backgrounds who complete degrees at former polytechnics earn far less than the women from professional high income families who complete degrees at Oxbridge or Russell Group institutions.
The issue is more one of class than gender Dobbo. Posh women have better lives than disadvantaged men. Posh black women have better lives than poor white men.
Furthermore, I was a kid who was schooled in a disadvantaged area who against high odds got to university and began a career in medical research, where very few people came from schools like mine. My career was wrecked because I blew the whistle on the criminal gang that you and Lena used to get yourselves into Parliament. The media careers of two of my closest friends – from middle class families but not moneyed families, so they didn’t go to ‘good’ schools either – were wrecked by Jack McConnell and his pals because they supported me.
You are not just ignorant and innumerate Dobbo, you are a liar and a hypocrite.
I feel proud and fortunate to have succeeded such a worthwhile predecessor and I felt flattered when, although we were never particularly close, she tipped me off some time before it was made public that she intended to step down.
They needed a useful idiot to follow the act that was Lena…
Lena is an example to all elected representatives and, most particularly, Labour ones. The peroration of her speech which opened the 1980 Labour Conference is worth repeating.
She said “We have to take the poetry of our ideals and translate it into the prose and practicalities of everyday life.
My post ‘Come, Friendly Bombs’ discusses many of the Sensitive Poets who colluded with the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including Harold Wilson’s wife Mary and Dr Dannie Abse, brother of south Wales Labour MP Leo Abse…
“We have to combine our personal attitudes with a collective effort towards the achievement of freedom and world peace.
Not so much pissing in the lift as pissing in the wind…
Do not let us forget that this is the context of our work this week and now – let the work begin.”
Work?? At a Labour Party Conference?? They pompous away on the platform like there’s no tomorrow, get pissed and make a spectacle of themselves dad-dancing.
Dobbo summed up his tribute to Lena in the ‘Camden New Journal’ with the words ‘Good advice for Labour on how to conduct the forthcoming elections for Leader and Deputy Leader’.
The forthcoming elections to which Dobbo referred resulted in Gordon becoming Leader/PM and Harriet becoming Deputy Leader. It wasn’t going to end happily was it.
‘The Guardian’, of course also waxed lyrical about their former member of staff when Lena pegged out. Here are a few gems from the obituary, which were penned by Lena’s mate Battling Barbara Castle:
‘…appearances were deceptive. She was short and chubby with an easy laugh, and her sense of humour made her congenial company for her left-wing friends. But her pleasant manner hid a shrewd mind and strong political beliefs…was associated all her political life with…a stimulating London borough comprising the literati of Bloomsbury at one end and the tenants of the large blocks of working-class flats at the other. The lively, not to say stormy, meetings of the local Labour party were a good training ground…
A training in how to abuse and exterminate poor people. Not much to boast about really is it.
But her roots always tugged her back to St Pancras, where she had been elected to the borough council in 1945. In this capacity, she met and worked with a fellow socialist, Dr Santo Jeger, who had been elected MP for Holborn and St Pancras South in the same year. They married in 1948. Santo Jeger had always been a dedicated advocate of the principles of the NHS, establishing his practice in a deprived area of the East End.
Uncle Harry worked in the East End as a GP at that time…
From him, Lena learned about the inner workings of the health service, and her enthusiasm was further fired by her friendship with Aneurin Bevan, then Minister of Health, and his wife, the MP Jennie Lee.
Oh I thought that we’d get to this soon. Lest readers are still under any illusions about Nye and Jennie, here, once again, are Nye and Jennie coming home from Fortnum and Mason because they didn’t have a Spar in their street in Belgravia:
Here is their humble cott in Knightsbridge with some opportunists using it as the background for their selfies:
Lena’s work as a St Pancras councillor (1945-59) and as the MP’s wife made her a popular and respected figure in the locality….
This translates as ‘she was a Councillor and on all the Committees, there was no getting anything done without her and you’d better not piss her off. And her husband was a Top Doctor as well as an MP’.
Are you going to argue bitch?
Although Lena had never nursed any great parliamentary ambitions, she took to her new role with grace and ease. I had by this time moved my political activities from St Pancras to Westminster, and the message came through on the grapevine that she was an exemplary constituency MP.
- So Babs preceded Lena in this wimmin’s haven of abused kids and prostitutes in their run down tenements, just down the road from the Bloomsbury Set who holidayed at Croesor.
She identified herself with a range of local interests, from tenants’ rights
Such as those prostitutes? Or the woman who complained about the lift filling up with urine perhaps?
- to the anxieties of the borough’s Greek Cypriot community about the denial by Harold Macmillan’s government of Cyprus’s right to self determination.
That’s a bit more exciting that the lifts and the prostitutes, you get to go abroad and to meet Archbishop Makarios.
It was through her that I became embroiled in the Greek Cypriot cause. It was her powerful speech to the 1957 Labour conference, denouncing the Macmillan plan to bring Turkey into play in Cyprus, which enabled me, replying on behalf of the national executive, to commit the party to oppose the plan. The party leadership had been wavering on the issue, but Lena hammered home the fact that Macmillan’s aim was to partition the island. Her speech proved a turning point.
I have mentioned in earlier posts that when I was doing my MSc at Hammersmith Hospital, for much of the time I lived in Harringay, which was the Greek Cypriot area. I liked the Greeks in Harringay but Dafydd’s gang hassled me there. Furthermore, Dafydd, being what he is, actually told me, just before I was released from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh in Jan 1987 after being illegally imprisoned there, that he had rung one of his contacts in Haringey Social Services and informed them that I would be returning to their patch. This was in no way a ‘referral’ for any sort of after care or service. I was told by Dafydd that if I ever returned to north Wales again I would be arrested and was driven to a train station by two Angels and literally put on a train to London. Before I left Denbigh I was told by an Angel to ‘shut my mouth about DA’. See previous posts.
I now have all the related documentation. As well as written signed accounts by Dafydd et al of their plans to frame me for criminal offences, documents were forged regarding the date of my release from Denbigh. There was no record of me being released and taken to the railway station on the day in question. There is however a copy of a discharge form completed and signed by a Top Doc whom I had never met or had even heard of until I read that document, stating that I was discharged at a date in Feb 1987, after he saw me and diagnosed me with paranoid schizophrenia.
When I got back to London in Jan 1987, I was popping over to my friends’ flat in Bethnal Green. On three occasions in succession, I was threatened and followed by a man whom Brown later found out was a multiple rapist who had just been released from prison. He was so worrying that after the third time, I got off at a different tube and took a different route to my friend’s flat. Meanwhile, my friends at Bethnal Green had been threatened by thugs, but because Brick Lane was a centre of fascist activity they thought that it was related to that. Since I began the blog, I have been told that all these nasties were presents from Dafydd’s gang. My mates were pursued by gang members for the next few years. See post ‘The Turn Of The Screw’. Friends of Jack McConnell, with whom they had been at Stirling University, did not make their lives any easier. See previous posts.
So had my dead body turned up in London, of course it wouldn’t have been identified because I was still in Denbigh being ‘cared for’ by Dafydd and the Angels! The records prove it!
Are you all really so stupid down there in Parliament and at Scotland Yard that you don’t understand the significance of those forged records from the North Wales Hospital?
In the Commons she typified the best of the then powerful left; constructive, good-humoured but indomitable.
Crooked as can be and by the 1980s, in league with a bunch of gangsters.
When Bevan resigned from the government in 1951 over Hugh Gaitskell’s insistence on introducing charges in the NHS, she became a devoted Bevanite. She was less flamboyant and fiery than some colleagues but steadfast to her principles.
What principles would they have been?
Lena was a good speaker, fluent and determined, but never shrill. These qualities won her respect in all parts of the House, and in 1971 she was appointed to the Speaker’s panel of chairmen, a position she held until she lost her seat, in 1979.
The Speaker between 1976 and when Lena’s constituents voted her out was George Thomas, the molester of the valleys, as well as of a few other places.
She also served as a member of the consultative assembly of the Council of Europe and became UK delegate to the status of women commission of the UN in 1967.
Not that Lena ever allowed herself to be sidelined into women’s issues. Just when it was useful for bagging yet another job in her progression up the greasy pole. Did the UK’s UN delegate take much interest in the status of the prostitutes living in the bad housing in her constituency?
Another notable achievement as an MP was the part she played in the battle for equal pay. It was her threat to lead a backbench revolt against the government’s rigid prices and incomes policy which played into my hands. As the minister responsible, I was irked by negative aspects of the policy, and her threat enabled me to persuade Roy Jenkins, then chancellor, to allow me to announce the phasing-in of equal pay. The result was the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
This is the first time that I’ve read Battling Babs admitting that she only persuaded Woy to allow the Equal Pay Act of 1970 by using Lena’s threat to cause havoc re the prices and incomes policy which at the time was threatening to bring down the Gov’t. Ooh that wise old bird Babs!! Shouldn’t that be ‘nasty old cow who propped up an appalling Gov’t which was facilitating the sexual abuse of disadvantaged people and organised crime.’?
Compare and Contrast: Two Formidable, Brave, Wimmin Politicians, who’ve both had their hair done:
In the 1979 election, Lena lost her seat. Her friends persuaded Jim Callaghan to make her a life peer in his dissolution honours list.
It was noticeable that no-one had dared give Lena a ministerial job, but Jim’s arm will have easily been twisted what with Mr Thrope up in the Old Bailey and Mary Wynch imprisoned in Denbigh having already contacted lawyers…
In the Lords she became an opposition frontbench speaker on health and social security, bringing to the dispatch box the same command of simple but compelling words she always showed in her writing. By 1990 she had retired to the backbenches. Though she became more detached from the work of the House, she always turned up for important votes and was ready with pertinent supplementaries at question time.
So Lena had lost interest, but turned up to interfere or preserve her own interests when necessary and use the dining facilities.
But she never forgot her old causes. She visited Cyprus frequently
It’s nice for a short holiday and the weather is better than in Camden.
and kept in touch with the tragic developments. When, in January 1997, the Lords staged a debate on the Cyprus situation, she was there, urging as always that left to themselves, Turkish and Greek Cypriots would get on perfectly well together.
Lena’s most endearing characteristic was her capacity for friendship. Her intimate circle included some of the most formative political thinkers of the time. One of them was RH Tawney, whose book, The Acquisitive Society, had a profound effect on her.
Tawney was one of the Big Names of yesteryear. Lena will have been mates with loads of people like Tawney and I bet that she ensured that she was friends with Professor Brian Abel-Smith and his crowd from the LSE as well, including Uncle Harry’s brother-in-law Ralph. People on the left weren’t allowed to not be in awe of them.
But to her, Tawney was not just a mentor, but a personal friend. As his near neighbour in his later years, she used to drop in from time to time to see how he was managing since his wife’s death. To Lena, such concern for a fellow human being was the natural instinct of a socialist.
It was the natural instinct of someone who knew who was useful to her. Did the natural instinct of the socialist lead her to drop into the prostitutes when they got old to see how they were managing? Or that lady who had to use the lift which doubled up as a urinal?
Lena, who had been in poor health in recent years, is survived by her sister Eileen.
I haven’t had time to do any digging on Eileen, but she probably ran Camden after Lena died.
Babs’s contribution to ‘The Guardian’ was insufficient for one so incredible as Lena, there was a further addition:
Mary Stott writes: Lena Jeger was best known to older readers of the Guardian as a columnist on Mainly for Women and elsewhere.
The Jenni Murray of her time.
Much that she wrote, and the policies that concerned her most, are still relevant.
They’re certainly still stifling people’s thinking.
She campaigned energetically and successfully for the abolition of the earnings rule which cut widows’ pensions. She must have been gratified when wives at last became responsible for their own income tax in 1990, for she had written acerbically in the Guardian nearly 20 years earlier about the taxation of married women, describing it as “a prize specimen of British muddle and compromise”.
It was ridiculous, but those poor bloody prostitutes living in the slum down the road from Lena were in a rather more difficult situation. As were the kids whom some members of the Bloomsbury Set were sexually using.
When Lena was elevated to the Lords, she articulated with typical deftness and humour the complications of life as an MP. “An MP cannot win by being all things to all men and women. Constituents want more shops open on Sunday, or all shops closed on Sunday; they want more abortion or no abortion; hanging or no hanging. This is where you cannot be arithmetically answerable to your constituency. I believe, without any mandarin pretensions, that the House of Commons often has to give a lead to public opinion and not always follow it.”
The harsh reality: ‘the people who vote for me will only do so if I conceal their criminality and that of their friends and ensure that their concerns are prioritised above the poor sods who are so exhausted and dispossessed that they probably won’t make it to the polling booth anyway. Yes, I’ve heard about that group of young lefties from north Wales and Somerset who could really land us all in it, so I’ve sent out the execution orders…’
Lena also wrote perceptively on the double load that every “political” woman carries. The woman MP inevitably gets many letters from women saying: “You are not my MP but as a woman yourself you will understand.”
That is a common assumption but an erroneous one. It was one of the major factors which propelled Thatch into No 10. Thatch and Lena were women but more importantly they were ruthless and callous.
But even women who are ordinary party members, she wrote, “lumber themselves with two conferences, two jobs, two loads of responsibility – without counting the home front.”
Few members of either house have been better communicators than Lena, or shown such engaging humour in presenting their case. As for her Guardian colleagues, they had the benefit of her ingenious boxing and coxing between Westminster and Fleet Street – just as her trenchant copy and convivial company were offset by exasperation over lost deadlines and abrasive arguments. She was always welcomed back.
They didn’t dare tell her to get lost. She had all those friends in Westminster! And in the security services.
Even the Torygraph wept buckets when Lena pegged out:
Lady Jeger…was a Left-wing Labour MP for 21 years and, as party chairman, presided over the vitriolic Labour conference of 1980.
Totally committed to her constituents in Holborn and St Pancras South, Lena Jeger tirelessly addressed such issues as homelessness, poverty, prostitution and the welfare of widows. She opposed office development that squeezed housing out of inner London, remarking on the “ignominy” of representing an area which included the long-vacant Centre Point; having several thousand Cypriot constituents, she visited Cyprus in 1953 at the invitation of Archbishop Makarios and had an extract from one of her speeches printed on a stamp in Greece.
Unstuffy but never a soft touch, she once replied, when greeted familiarly in Annie’s Bar by the Press Association’s Chris Moncrieff: “Don’t call me a silly girl. I’m chairman of the Labour Party.” Her personality shone through in an article on televising Parliament written for the Telegraph Magazine in 1972. Arguing that “fading narcissi or ham actors manqués” would hog the cameras, she speculated that an “intense, urgent-looking chap” might be less worried about Clause Two of a Bill being discussed than the “boil on his bum” and the question of who would be his wife’s bed companion that night.
A lifelong friend of the historian RH Tawney, she despised “posturing café Socialism” and was politically close to Barbara Castle, to whom she remarked during one late-night vote on homosexual law reform that they were doing their bit “for the boys”.
A postal worker’s daughter, Lena May Chivers was born in the Forest of Dean on November 19 1915, and went to Southgate County School in London before joining the Customs and Excise, taking a BA at Birkbeck College and becoming vice-president of the National Union of Students. She joined the Foreign Office in 1936, and after the war spent six months in Moscow as deputy editor of the government-backed British Ally.
A St Pancras councillor from 1945, she married Dr Santo Jeger, the local MP and 17 years her senior, in 1948. Leaving the Civil Service to assist his medical practice, she joined the Manchester Guardian, where she demonstrated a nose for issues deserving exposure, and served briefly on the London County Council.
After Santo Jeger died in 1953 she won the nomination for his seat, which she retained in the subsequent election. But in 1959 she lost her place on St Pancras council in a furore over its decision to fly the Red Flag on May Day and then her parliamentary seat.
Lena Jeger had a year on Labour’s National Executive, then regained Holborn and St Pancras South in 1964. She opposed nuclear arms, the Vietnam war, immigration and prices and incomes legislation, but also the legalisation of cannabis. As a vocal anti-Marketeer she suggested to Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, when he addressed Labour’s special conference during the 1975 referendum campaign, that he choose another subject.
After announcing that she would stand down in the next election she tried, as party vice-chairman and chairman elect, to conciliate the Left as it sank its claws into James Callaghan, and was appointed a life peer in his resignation honours.
On becoming the first peer to take the chair at a Labour conference, in 1980, she found herself facing a heated debate on how the leader should be elected. Her authority collapsed in the face of feuding factions, devious union leaders and procedural shambles; on one occasion, when Andrew Faulds launched a personal attack on Tony Benn, she cut off the microphone. At the close of the conference she vacated the chair with relief.
As Lady Jeger in the Lords, she finally joined Labour’s front bench, as spokesman on the environment, health and social security. She later championed the Royal Marsden hospital, where she was treated for cancer, and continued to campaign on such issues as child benefit and the impact of EU tobacco subsidies.
BBC News paid tribute to Lady Lena when she passed over; the standard things were said but the BBC also informed us that Lena was Chair of the Labour Party ‘while it was being infiltrated by the Militant Tendency’ – Degsy and co couldn’t really have done more damage than Lady Lena of the security services – that Lena served on Labour’s NEC, 1960-61 and from 1968-80 and was a member of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe and of the Western European Union, 1967-71.
Lady Lena of the Hampstead Proletariat was also featured in ‘BBK’, the Birkbeck Magazine, after she died. That particular edition of BBK was a special edition celebrating Eric Hobsbawm’s 90th birthday. On page 15, there was a report of a speech that Hobsbawm had made which included comments about Lena:
At the March graduation ceremonies, the President of Birkbeck, Professor Eric Hobsbawm, paid tribute to the students, not only for their academic success, but for what he called the ‘sheer grit’ that lies behind each qualification. He reminded graduates that Birkbeck was founded by people who wanted to make the world ”a better and more human place”, and went on to pay a moving tribute to one such person: Birkbeck graduate of 1936, Lena Jeger, Baroness Jeger of St Pancras, who sadly died on 26 February 2007, aged 92. This is part of Professor Hobsbawm’s speech.
“Baroness Jeger was the daughter of a Gloucestershire postman and lived at a time when university was a dream for all but a tiny minority. Thanks to her
Birkbeck degree in English and French, she became a civil servant in the wartime Ministry of Information and the Foreign Office. She was also a journalist on The Guardian from ’51 until ’54 and then from 1964 until 2003. “As a politician, Baroness Jeger included the area on which the present day College stands. She was first a councillor (1945–59) and then when her MP husband, Santo Jeger, died in 1953, she won the resulting by-election. Speaking about this victory she said: ’Somehow I had to live between the funeral and polling day.’ “She identified herself with a range of local interests, from tenants’ rights to the anxieties of the borough’s Greek Cypriot community about the denial by Harold Macmillan’s government of Cyprus’s right to self determination. She campaigned energetically and successfully for the abolition of the earnings rule which cut widows’ pensions. She also played an important role in the battle for equal pay between men and women, threatening to lead a backbench revolt against the government’s rigid prices and incomes policy. “Talking about the role of MP, Baroness Jeger said: ’An MP cannot win by being all things to all men and women. Constituents want more shops open on Sunday, or all shops closed on Sunday; they want more abortion or no abortion; hanging or no hanging. This is where you cannot be arithmetically answerable to your constituency. I believe, without any mandarin pretensions, that the House of Commons often has to give a lead to public opinion and not always follow it.’ “She sat as a Labour member for many years, until she moved to the Lords in 1979, handing her safe seat to Frank Dobson, who said of her: ’She pursued causes which may have become fashionable now, but were highly controversial when she espoused them. For example, she sponsored David Steel’s Abortion Law Reform Act 1967, though her constituency had one of the highest Roman Catholic votes in London.’ “Summarising Baroness Jeger’s life, Professor Hobsbawm told this year’s graduates: “She didn’t make millions or have a glittering ministerial career. But she served her cause and the people of London as well as she could. It was a good life, lived by a good person.’
Readers will have noticed the similarities between Hobsbawm’s speech and other tributes to Lena. Lord Haw-Haw had obviously been busy.
Lena Jeger died in 2007. She was around a long time after the Waterhouse Report to help keep the lid nailed down on everything.
Like Lena, Eric Hobsbawm worked for the security services. If they were elderly Commies trying to bring about a socialist revolution from HQ in Hamspstead they didn’t. If they were trying to stop Dafydd and the gang from destroying the lives of the people for whom they were paid to care, they didn’t. They lived the life of Riley while a lot of people died at the hands of gangsters. I’m not sure that comes under the heading of ‘upholding national security’.
Children in care forced to have sex with animals Birkbeck, filmed and exported across the world for use in the child porn market. Do drop me a line if you’d like to justify it.
While digging around for information on Lena Jeger, I came across another bit of info unrelated to Lena but which certainly made me sit up and take notice: that Baroness Valerie Amos was Leader of the Lords and Lord President of the Council, Oct 2003-June 2007. The position of Lord President of the Council brings with it the role of visitor to Bangor University. Previous posts eg. ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘The Point Is To Change It’ have discussed the co-ordinated attempt to remove Merfyn Jones from his job as VC of Bangor University and indeed from public life altogether, because he, his late wife and one of his friends had spilt the pints of Dafydd’s gang. The campaign to Get Merfyn was assisted by No 10. Merfyn was appointed acting VC of Bangor University in 2003 and the appointment was confirmed in 2004.
Lady Val was appointed Leader of the Lords after Lord Gareth Williams of Mostyn, a big pal of Dafydd’s gang (see previous posts), pegged out.
Previous posts have detailed the numerous ways in which Lady Valerie – famed for her troughing – has been so helpful to those who colluded with the organised abuse of vulnerable people.
After working in Equal Opportunities, Training and Management Services in local government in the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Camden and Hackney, Amos became Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission, 1989–94.
In 1995, Amos co-founded Amos Fraser Bernard and was an adviser to the South African Gov;t on public service reform, human rights and employment equity. What sort of advice could a woman who had colluded with an international trafficking and drug dealing ring run by corrupt professional people offer?
Amos has passed through a few other familiar places. She was Deputy Chair of the Runnymede Trust (1990–98), a Trustee of the IPPR, a non-executive Director of the UCL Hospitals Trust, a Trustee of VSO, Chair of the Afiya Trust, Member of the Board of the Sierra Leone Titanium Resources Group, a Director of Hampstead Theatre and Chair of the Board of Governors of the RCN Institute.
Valerie became a Baroness in August 1997. Midway through Ronnie Waterhouse’s hearing of the evidence from the former residents of children’s homes in north Wales, as Ronnie and the world called them liars.
Other high spots of Val’s career included being nominated by Miranda’s Gov’t on 17 Feb 2005 to head the UN Development Programme.
Baroness Amos left the Cabinet when Gordon Brown took over as PM, but the gravy train didn’t stop. Val was a member of the Committee on Commonwealth Membership, which presented its report on potential changes in membership criteria for the Commonwealth of Nations at the Commonwealth Heads of Gov’t Meeting 2007 in Kampala, Uganda.
On 8 October 2008 it was reported that Amos was to join the FA’s management Board for England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup. This was described as a “surprise appointment”, since Val had no recorded interest in football or any experience in similar work.
Why did someone think that Val might be a good choice for that particular role?
On 4 July 2009 it was advised that Baroness Amos had been appointed British High Commissioner to Australia in succession to Stalin’s Granny, who is now Baroness Liddell (see previous posts) and Amos took up the position in October 2009.
In 2010 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Amos’s appointment as Under-Secretary- General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. In March 2012 Amos visited Syria on behalf of the UN to press the Syrian Gov’t to allow access to all parts of Syria to help people affected by the 2011-12 Syrian uprising. Things did not improve in Syria but then the Baroness is one of those Wimmin’s Champs who did nothing about the organised abuse of people in care settings because they ‘can’t argue with a doctor’. So Val certainly wasn’t going to argue with the Top Doctor who’s been dropping barrel bombs on people in Syria for quite some time now. Before Bashir al-Assad became a genocidal maniac he was of course working in a hospital in London and fell into the category of ah the doctors they were wonderful. See previous posts.
In 2015, WHO’s Director General Margaret Chan appointed Amos as member of the Advisory Group on Reform of WHO’s Work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences.
In September 2015 Amos was appointed Director of SOAS, becoming ‘the first black woman to lead a university in the UK’. However the Baroness was not appointed to the post because she was a back woman, so one wonder’s why she made a point of highlighting those aspects of her.
The Baroness studied sociology at Warwick University 1973-76 and then completed courses in ‘cultural studies’ at Birmingham and East Anglia Universities. So the Baroness went to university with some of those who pretended to be Radical but were in reality obsequious and toadying if it meant rising up through the Labour Party and bagging a seat in the Lords. Anyone for Stuart Hall, A Black Professor of Sociology at Birmingham University, who, like the Baroness, could have put his Radical Conscience to greater effect?
Lena Jeger’s husband Dr Santo Wayburn Jeger (20 May 1898 – 24 September 1953) was a Top Doc of a previous era, but like Uncle Harry and Julian Tudor Spart (see previous posts), Dr Santo’s legacy lives on in that anyone who takes his name or the name of his scumbag friends in vain will be exterminated. Jeger was educated at University College Cardiff – a route followed by numerous other Top Doctor pals of Dafydd’s gang – and the London and St Mary’s Hospitals.
Jeger was a founder of the Socialist Medical Association (later known as the Socialist Health Association), of which Tudor Spart and Uncle Harry were members. Jeger, Spart and Uncle Harry were later joined by like-minded shits who spouted endlessly about their admiration for Nye and their support for the NHS while ignoring the gross abuse and neglect of patients eg. Dr John Dunwoody, who’s wife Gwyneth will have joined Lady Lena in many Labour Party Wimmin’s activities and Dr Brian Gibbons, the people trafficking former Welsh Gov’t Heath Minister. See previous posts for further details of the Dunwoody family, Gibbons and for the role that members of the Socialist Health Association played in concealing criminality.
Santo Jeger served as a Councillor on Shoreditch Borough Council from 1925, was Mayor of Shoreditch, 1929-30 and the Chairman of the Borough’s public health committee for six years, establishing a number of clinics and public health schemes. He represented Shoreditch on the Metropolitan Boroughs Standing Joint Committee. Jeger was elected to the London County Council in 1931, serving until 1946. He was active in providing medical aid to the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War.
Top Docs working in the East End at the time were not quite what their descendants in politics often portray them as. Their attitude to their slum dwelling patients was usually moralistic and punitive and they did not challenge even the worst abuses of the slum dwellers by the more privileged classes. Emphasis was on implementing public health measures, which was a sensible thing to do, but the attitudes of Top Docs to the peasants on an individual level was harsh and they were often deemed to be responsible for their own disadvantage.
Bloomsbury was the site of the Foundling Hospital which is now a museum (or it was when I went there a few years ago) and accounts of life for the poor in Bloomsbury when Santo Jeger was doctoring were striking. People too poor to look after their own kids deposited them at the Foundling Hospital where life would be harsh indeed for the kids and if the parents somehow acquired enough money in the future to keep a family, they could return to the Foundling Hospital and reclaim their child. The child’s name had often been changed, they didn’t know their mother – it was usually single women concerned – and so many of the mothers were illiterate that as an identification marker when they handed their baby over, instead of a signature, they left a piece of distinctive coloured cloth. They could then return years later and point out which was their bit of cloth which had been handed over with their baby.
It really wasn’t as Uncle Harry’s nephew would have us believe.
I mentioned in a comment which followed an earlier post that the common themes in the biographies of people on the left who concealed the crimes of Dafydd’s gang and Dafydd’s predecessor Gwynne, included studying at Cambridge and the LSE, being a member of the Communist Party, fighting in the Spanish Civil War and links with the security services. That lot were not snowflakes and if they wanted to have sex with kids or people who didn’t particularly want to have sex with them, they were not going to be easily dissuaded.
Lena Jeger was succeeded as Chairman of the Labour Party by Alex Kitson, who was Chair, 1980-81. Alexander Harper Kitson (21 October 1921 – 2 August 1997) grew up in Kirknewton, from where he undertook milk deliveries on a horse and cart alongside Sean Connery, a man who’s later fame was put to good use by those who knew him before he was James Bond. Kitson studied at Kirknewton School before becoming a lorry driver. He became an active trade unionist and a full-time union official from 1945. In 1959, Kitson was elected as General Secretary of the Scottish Commercial Motormen’s Union, serving until 1971, when he took the union into a merger with the TGWU.
Kitson chaired the Scottish TUC in 1966 and was its Treasurer, 1974-81. He served on the NEC of the Labour Party, 1968-86. He unsuccessfully contested the General Secretaryship of the TGWU in 1977, serving instead its Deputy General Secretary, 1980-86.
Kitson was an admirer of the Soviet Union. He served on the World Peace Council as a supporter of James Lamond, the Labour MP for Oldham East, 1970-83 and Oldham Central and Royton, 1983-92. Lamond’s constituency was yet another one ruled by people linked to Dafydd’s gang and like his successor in the seat, Michael Meacher (see post ‘Britain In Agony’), Lamond kept a discreet silence about it all. Kitson visited the USSR annually from the 1950s until the 1980s.
In his spare time, Kitson served on the national council of War On Want, on Corstorphine Community Council and briefly as Chairman of Heart of Midlothian FC. In retirement from his union posts, Kitson served as Chairman of the Board of Lothian Buses.
- In the event of Kitson’s death in Aug 1997 – Kitson was another very helpful old bugger who died during the Waterhouse Inquiry – the Indie published an obituary by Tam Dalyell. It had the flavour of the Private Eye’s ‘he was a rough, tough, puff poof’ about it, what with the accounts of Kitson driving a horse and cart delivering the milk alongside his pal Sean Connery, but Dalyell did reveal some Interesting Facts:
Perhaps the high peak of Kitson’s career was the 1981 Labour Party conference and the ferocious battle between Tony Benn and Denis Healey for the non- position of Deputy Leader of the Party.
Despite his natural inclinations as a man of the left, Kitson was fastidiously neutral, as Chairman. Kitson, with his cheerfully bossy “you’s get back – I called you’s over there” was a treat. The only offence he really gave was to the women, some of whom he called by the Scots word of endearment “hen” – and told one delegate that it was time she went away and made the tea. In spite of initial consternation and fury, at the end of the day upon the last Friday of conference, a group of formidable Labour ladies, led by the redoubtable Alice Mahon, now MP for Halifax, presented him with a teapot – a treasured possession.
Alice Mahon was one of the many formidable ladies who crapped herself when a constituent faced her with the reality of what Dafydd’s colleagues who ran Ashworth Hospital in the 1990s were doing eg. beating patients to death, taking children in care into the hospital to visit paedophiles, Angels allowing patients to keep huge quantities of hard core porn because the Angels enjoyed reading/watching it with them etc. Alice, being a former NHS worker, was able to repackage the problems caused by a group of Top Docs who were running a sex abuse gang as well as a high security psychiatric hospital, as the consequence of Dangerous Patients. See previous posts. But at least Alice and the formidable ladies weren’t going to be called ‘hen’ and told to make the tea.
When he retired from the Transport and General Workers at the age of 65, in 1986, Kitson became Director of the Lothian Regional Transport Board and in 1990 its Chairman. As a local MP, I know at first hand that he did a stupendous job in giving us and the city of Edinburgh one of the best transport systems in the country.
Nor, on retirement, did he vegetate on national issues; for five years he was a prominent and influential member of the War On Want council.
If the Labour Party now has a huge Commons majority, those who are the beneficiaries should never forget that it was Alec Kitson and his contemporaries, sustained by passionate beliefs as to what was right or wrong, and what was good for working people, who kept the Labour Party alive in the dark and difficult days.
The loss of his wife Annie some weeks ago, deprived him of his great quality of battling.
There wasn’t anyone to make his breakfast.
Ernie’s mate James Lamond was born in Burrelton, Perthshire. He was educated at schools in Burrelton and Coupar Angus, before becoming an apprentice draughtsman at the Hall and Company shipyard in Aberdeen in 1942, aged 14. Lamond then worked as a draughtsman for the North-east Scotland Regional Hospital Board. He was an active member of the Draughtsmen’s and Allied Technicians’ Association (DATA; later successively renamed as AUEW-TASS, MSF, AMICUS and UNITE). So Lamond, like Clive Jenkins, wasn’t a Top Doctor himself but worked alongside them and knew serious wrongdoing when he saw it.
There really is a very obvious pattern here no matter how many people maintain that I’m on the Grassy Knoll.
Lamond joined the Labour Party in 1950, and was elected to Aberdeen City Council in 1959, serving as a Councillor until 1971. In that position, Lamond would have gained detailed knowledge of the criminality of Sir Dugald Baird and his network of Top Docs and academic researchers in Aberdeen and that alone could have taken Lamond a very long way. See previous posts for the law-breaking of Sir Dugald and his efforts to ensure that the lower orders did not breed. Lamond became leader of the local Labour group in 1967, and served as Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeen, 1970-71. James Lamond probably also knew the vindictive but total fuckwit J.B. Owen, a member of Dafydd’s cylch who came from Anglesey, ended up as an academic at Aberdeeen University, but who was Called Home to UCNW to became Prof and Head of the Dept of Agriculture at UCNW in the wake of the Mary Wynch business, Mary having worked as a secretary in the Agri Dept when Dafydd and the gang launched their attack on her.
After Lamond failed to be selected for the safe Labour seat of Aberdeen North, he found favour instead in Oldham East, where he was elected in June 1970.
Lamond was on the left-wing of the Labour Party, alongside Tony Benn and Eric Heffer. He opposed the plans for devolution in Scotland, voting against the Scotland Bill in 1977. Also in 1977, Lamond was upbraided by the Speaker, George Thomas the child molester, after making some forthright remarks about Phil the Greek. Lamond supported Tony Benn in his unsuccessful bid to become the Labour Party’s deputy leader in 1980. Tony Benn was fully aware of the abuses of Dafydd and the gang but Wedgie-Benn instead realised that keeping on the right side of the staff at Tommy’s, the most elite of all the London Medical Schools, employing numerous Top Docs making a bomb in Harley Street while other staff carried the burden responsibility for their NHS work, was the only option for a principled socialist, particularly one with blood as blue as Tony Benn. See post ‘No Cuts’.
Benn dynasty: your aristocratic pedigree is not the problem. Your shameless toadying to affluent people who colluded with a trafficking gang is.
Wedgie-Benn cannot alone be held responsible. Fatty Heffer and his wife Doris were big mates with Dafydd’s gang and Doris put her past career as a medical secretary to good use when victims of Dafydd’s gang banged up in Walton Prison wrote plaintive letters to the local MP asking for his help. Doris took pride in replying to every one of them. Dafydd probably received a copy of all correspondence, in the way in which Sir William Mars-Jones’s sister-in-law Dilys was sent copies of my complaints about Dafydd by the big wigs at Clwyd Health Authority. See previous posts. It’s incredible what you can get your paws on if you’re a relative of a High Court judge who’s concealing a bunch of gangsters.
William Mars-Jones was the senior colleague and good friend of Ronnie Waterhouse. Mars-Jones, Waterhouse and Waterhouse’s oldest and closest friend Robin Day were all enthusiastic members of the Garrick.
Lady Brenda Hale of Diversity In The Judiciary was crawling up the pole while William Mars-Jones ruled the roost. Lady Brenda is a member of Gray’s Inn, as was Sir William.
The Baroness Hale of Richmond
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St Helena of the Kennedys is a friend of Lady Hale.
As an example of Brenda’s Diversity, St Helena told Radio 4 that Brenda is not a member of the Garrick, but of the Athenaeum. As was this man:
A ‘working class girl’ who becomes a lawyer and ends up in the Lords??
Here are a few clues:
James Lamond was a Vice-President of the World Peace Council and President of the British Peace Assembly, founder Chairman of the British-East German Society. In the 1980s, he was criticised as an apologist of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union, particularly after he provided justifications for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. In a debate in the Commons in July 1980, the World Peace Council was criticised by Conservative Foreign Office Minister Peter Blaker as a “disguised instrument of Soviet policy”, a charge that Lamond rejected (although he later accepted that much of its funding did indeed come from the Soviet Union).
Lamond opposed the location of US cruise missiles and Pershing missiles in the UK in December 1983. He supported the declining textile industry in his constituency. Lamond served on the Public Accounts Committee, 1975-83, and served on the Speaker’s panel, 1979-92.
Lamond returned to local politics after leaving Parliament, serving as a member of Grampian Regional Council, 1994-96. He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Aberdeen in 1995. Lamond rejoined Aberdeen City Council in 1995, serving alongside his wife, before both retired in May 2007. He was Chairman of the Royal Aberdeen Workshops for the Blind and Disabled, 2002-04, being a charitable kind-hearted old gent.
With his wife June Wellburn whom he married in 1954, Lamond had three daughters, all of whom survived him. Lamond lived until 2007, so he was on board to maintain that There Has Been No Cover Up and ask How Very Dare You.
Gordon Oakes, who chipped in with Lena in asking a question in the House in 1968 in the wake of the Report of the Graham Hall Committee, was the Labour MP for Bolton West, 1964-70, then the MP for Widnes, 1971-83 and then for Halton, 1983-97. Bolton was the territory of a gang linked to Dafydd’s gang, Widnes and Halton were on the turf controlled by Dafydd’s Cheshire/Merseyside branch. Children’s homes and institutions housing young people in Widnes and Cheshire were part of an investigation into abuse in the 1990s and a number of staff went to prison.
Oakes was educated at Wade Deacon Grammar School, Widnes and at Liverpool University, graduating in 1952; so he was a student at Liverpool just before Dafydd and Lucille, but he will have bumped into other associates of theirs. Oakes qualified as a solicitor in 1956, so he’ll have made himself useful. He worked for J.A. Reston, a firm in Widnes. In 1952, Oakes became a Councillor on Widnes Borough Council, serving as Mayor in 1964.
Oakes was made a member of the Privy Council in 1979, so he made himself useful to someone. He left the Opposition front bench in 1983.
Oakes was one of the MPs approached in the 1994 Cash-for-Questions affair, to which he responded “That is not how we do things here”. Which was probably him showing a healthy degree of suspicion in the face of a possible sting, rather than any reflection of his integrity.
Gordon Oakes died in 2005 – another one who was around to help out during Waterhouse and in the aftermath – and obituaries appeared in the Torygraph and ‘The Guardian’.
The Torygraph observed that Oakes ‘was once described as having “the most unglamorous job in the government”, a reference to his appointment as “Minister of Waste” by Harold Wilson in 1974. As a junior environment minister, Oakes was given special responsibility for “waste” in view of the fact that Britons were throwing out 50,000 tons of rubbish a day…
Oakes…joined the Labour Party when he was 19, and in 1953 was elected Chairman of Widnes Constituency Labour Party, a post he held for five years.
During his career in Parliament, Oakes inhabited the centre Right, supporting the NATO alliance, opposing embryo research and abortion and campaigning against pollution.
The Torygraph obituary stated that Oakes was a PPS at the Home Office and the Department of Education and Science in the late 1960s…
Oakes ‘lost Bolton West in the 1970 general election, only to be returned to the House the following year when he won Widnes in a by-election’.
‘From 1970 to 1974 Oakes served as shadow spokesman on local government and the environment, before he became a junior environment minister under Wilson. There followed a short spell as energy minister in 1976, before he was promoted to minister of state for education – a post he held until the fall of the Labour Government in 1979. …
Oakes was Minister of State for Education when Dafydd Wigley asked Shirl, as Secretary of State for Education, to hold a Public Inquiry into Sir Charles Evans’s management of UNCW. Chaos was presiding at UCNW because the gwerin, all of whom were concealing and/or facilitating Dafydd’s branch of the Westminster Paedophile Gang, were in the throes of a civil war as a result of the panic re Jeremy Thrope standing trial and Mary refusing to go quietly. Shirl did not hold a Public Inquiry, she didn’t dare because she was well-aware that UCNW was a vehicle for a major trafficking ring. Dafydd Wigley was colluding with the gang himself, so I can only presume that he was intending to employ the age-old gwerin tactic of Blaming The Person With Whom Most Of Us Have Fallen Out ie. Sir Charles Evans. Sir Charles was difficult, rude, posh and unsympathetic to the Welsh language, so he was going to be the scapegoat for the nightmare in which they had all played a major part. See post ‘Meet The Gwerin’.
As education minister, Oakes examined, but rejected, a scheme for student loans; and in 1978 the Oakes Report recommended continued local control of polytechnics. In June 1979, he attacked the new Conservative government’s proposal to restore grammar schools as “contemptuous, squalid and venomous…
Always something of a traditionalist, Oakes broke a lance for the Princess of Wales in 1982 when he attacked the Sun and the Daily Star for photographing her during her pregnancy; he campaigned unsuccessfully to save the pound note; opposed televising the House of Commons; and he criticised plans to cease paying workers in cash, because there was “almost something mystical about the pay packet in working-class homes”.
Oakes was much in demand to serve on committees. He was a member of the select committee on race relations (1969-70); he was on the executive of the north-west region of the Labour Party (1971-73); chairman of the All-Party Energy Efficiency Group (1980-97) and of the All-Party Chemical Industry Group (1990-97); and joint-chairman of the All-Party Group for the Licensing Trade (1986-97).
He was also vice-president of the County Councils’ Association from 1982 to 1997 and of the Building Societies’ Association from 1984 to 1989…
Gordon Oakes married, in 1952, Esther O’Neill, who died in 1998; he is survived by their three sons.
The Guardian’s obituary gave us more information on Gordon Oakes:
…He brought to Westminster the virtues of his experience as a solicitor and councillor, and in 1966-67 became parliamentary private secretary to home secretary Frank Soskice, and then to his successor Roy Jenkins.
Many analyses of Home Office corruption have traced the problem back to Soskice. Soskice presided over the growth of endemic corruption within the police, many high profile miscarriages of justice happened on Frank Soskice’s watch and he was a Freemason, as were so many of those who stood accused of using the Masons to facilitate criminality. Dafydd’s early bonding experiences with corrupt professional people in the police force, criminal justice system or with civil servants serving the Home Office eg. Bing Spear, date back to Soskice. See previous posts for further details on Soskice.
Woy was a bisexual swinger who presided over as many horrors as Soskice but for different reasons. See post ‘We’ve Been Expecting You…’
Then from 1967 to 1970 he was parliamentary private secretary to Tony Crosland, the secretary of state at the DES. Crosland was adamant about ending the 11-plus examination and thus met the full force of the grammar school lobby. It was a useful apprenticeship for Gordon when he became minister of state a decade later.
‘The Guardian’ seems to have got itself into a muddle here. Tony Crosland was Secretary of State for the DES, Jan 1965-Aug 1967. Crosland was followed as Secretary of State for the DES by Patrick Gordon Walker – later Lord Gordon-Walker – Aug 1967-April 1968, who was in turn succeeded as Secretary of State for the DES by Edward Short, later Lord Glenamara.
When Tony Crosland was Secretary of State for the DES, Ernest Armstrong used his links to Crosland to conceal the organised abuse in the north east of England, that gang being directly linked to Dafydd’s. Armstrong concealed the abuse of boys at Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead, where Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth worked. Arnold and Howarth relocated to Bryn Estyn in 1973 and then the party really took off. Ernest Armstrong was Labour MP for North West Durham, 1964-87 and was most helpful to Miranda when Miranda was a London based barrister looking for a safe Labour seat. Ernest’s daughter Hilary succeeded her dad in his seat and became a member of Miranda’s inner circle. Hilary became Baroness Hilary in 2010. See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’. Miranda was a pupil barrister of George Carman QC, who concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring and knew about Dafydd’s gang. Cherie worked in Carman’s Chambers until 1988.
Patrick Gordon-Walker concealed the crimes of those we know and love as well and Lord Glenamara was probably even more guilty than the sum total of Ernest and Hilary Armstrong if that were possible. Please see eg. post ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’ for the background on Lord Glenamara.
So whoever Oakes worked for at the DES, he was party to a cesspit.
He…won his home town seat of Widnes at a 1971 byelection. His local government experience was recognised by his appointment as a local government shadow minister and then in his parliamentary under secretaryship when Labour returned to power in 1974.
When Labour lost power in 1979, Gordon retreated from the discord as the party tore itself apart. His annual election to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association executive showed that his backbench colleagues respected him, but no longer expected him to be in the front rank.
He represented Halton from 1983 to 1997…He was now more to be found holding court in Westminster watering holes than in the haunts of emerging New Labour. In some ways the New Labour government’s practical, non-ideological approach would have suited Gordon at the peak of his powers, but, to restore his health, he retired from Westminster in 1997.
Elystan Morgan who responded to the questions in the House re the Report of the Graham Hall Committee in 1968 is an old lag who provided long and faithful service to Dafydd and the gang, no matter which political party he was a member of at the time. Lord Elystan-Morgan, as he has been since May 1981, is yet another Aberystwyth graduate who worked as a solicitor and barrister in service to Dafydd. Morgan began his journey as a Plaid candidate, contesting Wrexham three times and then Merioneth. He didn’t have any luck but he managed to get elected as the Labour MP for Cardiganshire in 1966. Elystan was a junior Home Office Minister, 1968-70, which is why he was answering questions in the House re Jean Graham hall’s Report. So he was in the Home Office among the en masse corruption and Leo Abse’s wicked planning…
Elystan Morgan was Chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party, 1971-74. He lost his seat in Feb 1974 and stood as the unsuccessful Labour candidate for Anglesey in 1979. Following Morgan’s defeat he largely withdrew from political life and concentrated on his legal career.
Like Sir William Mars-Jones and Lady Brenda Hale, Elystan is a member of Gray’s Inn. He held the office of Recorder, 1983 -87 and Circuit Judge, 1987-2003. Elystan was President of Aberystwyth University, 1997-2007, steering the institution through the choppy seas of the Waterhouse Inquiry and its aftermath.
Morgan is a Deacon in the Presbytarian Church.
In 1959, Morgan married Alwen Roberts. They had two children, a daughter, Eleri born in 1960 and a son, Owain, born in 1962. Lady Elystan-Morgan died in 2006.
See previous posts for further details of Elystan Morgan.
Jean Graham Hall served on the Committee on Statutory Maintenance Limits with Lord Oliver McGregor. Oliver Ross McGregor, Baron McGregor of Durris (25 August 1921 – 10 November 1997) was born in Durris, Kincardineshire. He married Nell Weate and they had three sons. McGregor was a social scientist who held a number of high profile public appointments. McGregor undoubtedly knew about Dafydd et al and later in his career found himself in an excellent position to ensure that nothing ever emerged about the extent of the criminality. McGregor was created a life peer in 9 February 1978, so he was among that group of people who bagged their peerage when it was clear that the attempt to kill Norman Scott was somehow linked to his gay relationship with Jeremy Thorpe many years previously and that things could unravel quickly. The realisation that Jeremy Thorpe was almost certainly going to find himself charged with incitement to murder coincided with the wrongful arrest and unlawful imprisonment of Mary Wynch by Dafydd and the gang.
Oliver McGregor’s links with areas and people involved with organised abuse went back many years. The obituary published by the Indie after Oliver McGregor died in Nov 1997 put us in the picture.
Oliver McGregor was one of the last exemplary figures in that great tradition of post-war British social scientists who followed the vocations of scholarship and public service with equal ease and distinction. The son of a Scottish tenant farmer, he enlisted as a gunner at the start of the Second World War before being seconded to the War Office and the Ministry of Agriculture. After demobilisation he graduated with first class honours in Economic History from the London School of Economics
So McGregor was one of those who’s career began at the LSE when Professor Brian Abel-Smith worked there, along with Richard Titmuss and Harold Laski. Uncle Harry’s brother-in-law was a student at the LSE during the 1940s – with a break while he served in WW II – and then remained at the LSE as a member of staff.
Previous posts eg. ‘Bernard Levin and Jonathan Miller Talk Bollocks’ discussed Brian Abel-Smith, the great state bureaucrat who designed the economic basis of the NHS, refused to admit and thus amend the flaws in that design and throughout the following decades provided ‘advice’ to successive Gov’ts re the NHS. That primarily constituted advice as to how to conceal the escalating problems which had originated with Abel-Smith’s earliest advice on the NHS. Abel-Smith was well aware that by the 1970s, the NHS had not caused the decrease in health inequalities as predicted.
Abel-Smith knew that: socio-economically advantaged groups were getting far more benefit from the NHS than disadvantaged groups; institutions like the North Wales Hospital were costing a great deal of money to run yet were so abusive that the priority was for the NHS to remain firmly in denial about their practices; in Wales, George Thomas had used his position as Secretary of State for Wales to divert a huge proportion of the NHS hospital budget into building the flagship University Hospital Cardiff where the most powerful Top Docs were based, which had left the rest of Wales with very inadequate facilities. Abel-Smith knew that the Top Docs based in Cardiff were concealing George Thomas’s abuse of children as well as Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Abel-Smith knew that although the Health Authorities in Wales as well as in the rest of the UK had been told very directly many years previously to develop community facilities for psych patients and learning disabled patients in order to prepare for the closure of the asylums, the Health Authorities did not do this or even prepare to do so, although they had received funding from Gov’t specifically for the purpose. No-one was held to account. Had they been so, the scale of mismanagement and corruption within many Health Authorities would have become painfully obvious and it would have also become clear that huge numbers of people had been institutionalised as a result of being abused while in the care of the welfare state and had been abused all over again while in those long stay institutions. See post ‘The Great Stink’.
Abel-Smith knew that by the 1970s, organised criminal gangs like Dafydd’s were using the NHS and the Social Services as a vehicle for trafficking and class A drug distribution. He knew that the gangs were supplying the Westminster Paedophile Ring and what was happening was being concealed at the highest levels of Gov’t. Abel-Smith was a big name in the Labour Party, he was never going to fess up to what had been facilitated by Harold Wilson’s administrations and packaged as ‘democratising medicine’ (see post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’) at the same time as another part of the dung heap was concealed under the auspices of the Open University, the pet project of Harold’s bent solicitor Lord Goodman and Nye Bevan’s widow, Jennie Lee (see previous posts eg. ‘Anthem For Doomed Youth’).
So Abel-Smith continued the lies and propaganda. As did many of those students who studied at the LSE when he worked there. I imagine that any student who showed signs of not toeing the party line found that their career came to an end; I have received info that Abel-Smith may well have had a hand in ensuring that happened to me and some of his buddies were linked with those who made Brown’s life so difficult.
Abel-Smith’s ideas on health and social welfare financing reflected his engagement with leading international health economists and social policy theorists such as Wilbur Cohen. Wilbur Joseph Cohen (June 10, 1913 – May 17, 1987) was one of the key architects in the creation and expansion of the American welfare state and was involved in the creation of both the New Deal and Great Society.
Cohen was born in Wisonsin to Bessie (née Rubenstein) and Aaron Cohen. Wilbur was once dubbed “The Man Who Built Medicare” and JFK tagged him “Mr. Social Security”, although it was Frances Perkins, the first woman Secretary of Labor (under FDR), who was the architect of social security. ‘The New York Times’ called him “one of the country’s foremost technicians in public welfare.” ‘Time’ portrayed him as a man of “boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm, and a drive for action.” He was a leading expert on Social Security and a member of Americans for Democratic Action.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1934, Cohen moved to Washington DC where he was a research assistant for the Committee which drafted the Social Security Act.
On April 8, 1938, Cohen married Eloise Bittel. They had three sons: Christopher, Bruce and Stuart.
Cohen was Director of the Bureau of Research and Statistics in charge of program development and legislative coordination with Congress for the Social Security Board (SSB), which was renamed the Social Security Administration in 1946.
In 1961, JFK appointed Cohen as Assistant Secretary for Legislation of Health, Education, and Welfare. President Lyndon B. Johnson elevated Cohen to Under Secretary in 1965 and he served as the US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare from May 1968 to the end of Johnson’s term. With a tenure of 249 days, Cohen became the shortest-ever Secretary of that Dept, as the office was succeeded by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services in 1980.
In 1969, Cohen retired at the end of a Johnson’s administration. In 1970, Cohen served as the President of the American Public Welfare Association (renamed the American Public Human Services Association in 1997). In 1971, Cohen was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board. In 1980 Cohen became a Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where Cohen was a Professor of Public Welfare Administration and lived for many years, established the Wilbur J. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Social Work Professorship in his honour.
Wilbur Cohen died while attending a gerontology conference in Seoul, South Korea, on May 17, 1987.
Brian Abel-Smith served on CAB committees and in 1973 he co-wrote (with Michael Zander) ‘Legal Problems and the Citizen’. Lucille Hughes has for years been involved with the senior management of the CAB, as have her minions and other people who have colluded with Dafydd et al eg. Tal Michael (see previous posts), the son of Alun Michael, the former FM of Wales who knew a great deal about Dafydd et al and resigned as FM on the day that the Waterhouse Report was published (see post ‘News From Sicily’). Ronnie Waterhouse set up a CAB in the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand ‘for defendants who don’t have legal representation’. I appeared there in the spring of 1991 to face the perjury of the Drs Francis on which basis they were trying to have me imprisoned. I did not have a lawyer with me, no-one told me about the CAB in the building and I did not see any notices or signs alerting anyone to its presence. See previous posts.
Abel-Smith worked with the sociologist Peter Townsend who became a big name in the study of poverty. Townsend, who worked at the LSE from 1957, knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and kept quiet. Abel-Smith and Townsend conducted a major study using a new method of constructing a poverty line that demonstrated that poverty had increased in Britain in the 1950s. Their 1965 book, The Poor and the Poorest, was used to launch the Child Poverty Action Group, with which Abel-Smith remained closely involved with for the rest of his life…
Virginia Bottomley worked as a researcher for the Child Poverty Action Group. Bottomley concealed organised abuse and Dafydd’s gang in virtually every job that she had: as a psychiatric social worker, as a magistrate, as a member of ILEA, as a Tory MP and of course as a Health Minister and the Secretary of State for Health. Bottomley is an LSE graduate. See previous posts for details of Bottomley and her husband Peter who has been equally complicit.
Frank Field was Director of the Child Poverty Action Group, 1969-79. Since 1979, Field has been the Labour MP for Birkenhead. Dafydd’s gang run Birkenhead. Dafydd’s ‘care homes’ were choc full of dispossessed people from Birkenhead and there was a steady stream of people with drug problems from Birkenhead turning up in north Wales after encouragement from Dafydd. None of them were cared for properly and some were frankly abused.
It Can Never Happen Again…
When Labour lost the 1970 General Election, Crossman wrote in his diary that Abel-Smith ‘has been my closest personal friend and without him I could have done very little in the past two years’.
When Labour returned to Gov’t in 1974 Abel-Smith was re-appointed as a special adviser by the new Secretary of State for Social Services, Battling Babs, who had her hair done for the occasion. Abel-Smith, while wearing his black mohair jumper and looking brooding and deep, helped her and Babs’s successor David Ennals to introduce a new pensions scheme (SERPS); set up the Resource Allocation Working Party (RAWP) to allocate NHS resources to regions according to health needs – that was what allowed George Thomas to raid the coffers and give the dosh to his mates in Cardiff who knew that he was molesting kids – and to set up the Black Report into inequalities in health. The author of the Black Report, Sir – later Lord – Douglas Black, was colluding with Dafydd and the gang. See previous posts.
When Abel-Smith was working for Barbara Castle she appointed Jack Straw as her political adviser. Castle, Straw and Abel-Smith all concealed abuse and harm to children and vulnerable adults, including the deaths of disabled children in homes in Inner London. At the end of her Cabinet career, Castle wrote that ‘Brian’s steady, informed and perceptive help is a tower of strength’ and his clothes are divine.
In 1978, frustrated with tensions between the Gov’t, NHS and the medical profession – even though Abel-Smith gave them far more money than anyone was told that they would be getting – Abel-Smith accepted an offer to work as special adviser to Peter Shore, Secretary of State for the Environment, where he tackled housing and urban planning issues. Shore was an East End Labour MP who also colluded with Dafydd’s gang, who’s partners were operating in Shore’s constituency. See previous posts. When the former kids in care began dying from AIDS that they had contracted when working as rent boys in care, Peter Shore extracted funds out of Ken Clark, then in the Dept of Health, to convert the old Mildmay Mission Hospital into an AIDS hospice. Victims of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal died in invisibility there. See post ‘Apocalypse Now’.
After the defeat of Labour at the 1979 General Election, Abel-Smith was asked by a number of health policy think thanks such as the King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust to advise on reforming aspects of British healthcare. I’m still waiting for that bit…
Abel-Smith’s boss Lord David Ennals was a mate of Dafydd’s and a mate of Dafydd’s pal at the Maudsley, Dr Jim Birley, who was facilitating organised abuse in south London. See previous posts. Ennals was involved in MIND for years, in various senior roles, during which time Dafydd was a leading light in MIND and when MIND were affiliated to the NCCL along with PIE and held a conference session on paedophiles’ rights. See previous posts for more on Ennals.
Such were Abel-Smith’s talents that he also advised Gov’ts and organisations outside of the UK.
Abel-Smith served as a Governor of St Thomas’s Hospital and remained involved with Tommy’s for many years. Dafydd’s mates facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring at Tommy’s and Dr Death and his boss William Sargant carried out dangerous experiments there which resulted in the deaths of numerous patients. See post ‘Dr Death’.
Abel-Smith was born at 24 Kensington Court Gardens, London, the younger son of Brigadier-General Lionel Abel-Smith (1870–1946) and his wife, Genevieve Lilac, née Walsh (1898–1980). His elder brother, Lionel Abel-Smith (1924–2011), inherited the title and estate of Lord of the Manor of Wendover, in Buckinghamshire. They were distantly related to the Royal Family and friends wickedly introduced him as twenty-seventh in line to the crown.
Kensington Court Gardens is a late Victorian mansion block, completed in 1889, near to Kensington Palace and Gardens.
‘We’re doing it for the Poor.’
There are many, many people who dined out on working or studying at the LSE who colluded with some true horrors. They will have had their own interests at heart of course, but it will be the usual phenomenon; hanging onto the coat tails of One Who Cannot Be Questioned. LSE graduates who gave old Dafydd and the Westminster Paedophile Ring a helping hand included Lady Juliet Bingley and Dr Dannie Abse’s wife Joan. Bernard Levin assisted by ensuring that not a word about the serious criminality emerged in the press. See post ‘Bernard Leven and Jonathan Miller Talk Bollocks’. LSE graduates of the generation which followed Lady Juliet included Jane Hutt. Owain Gethin Evans, Lucille Hughes’s right hand man, who was responsible for the children’s services in Gwynedd for so many of the years of the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, graduated from the LSE at about the same time as Jane Hutt. Other 1970s LSE graduates were linked with the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. See post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ Dr David Hurst, who spent many years at Bangor University publishing lies about the ‘care’ on offer from the NHS and mental health services in north Wales, is an LSE graduate.
Somebody else studied at the LSE as well: Orlando Patterson, the Harvard sociologist much loved by black elites in the US who is the ex-husband of Merfyn’s late wife Nerys, who died when Dafydd’s colleagues at the Walton Centre found that there was just no effective treatment for her… Nerys died after the gwerin and paedophiles’ friends joined forces and declared their intention to force Merfyn out of his job as VC of Bangor University and indeed out of public life (see eg. posts ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘The Point Is To Change It’). The gwerin were most helpfully assisted by Miranda and Gordon, who had a hotline to others – such as associates of Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications, members of the Mansfield Community and those in the Scottish Play – keen to see the back of Merfyn, who along with Nerys and one of his friends, had spilt a few too many of the paedophiles’ pints.
The Universal Orlando received his PhD from the LSE in 1965; his supervisor was David Glass. David Victor Glass (2 January 1911 – 23 September 1978) was one of the few sociologists elected to the Royal Society and one of the very few people to be elected both Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society. Glass was Professor of Sociology at the LSE, 1948-78.
Glass was born in the East End and attended a state elementary school and Raine’s Grammar School. He graduated from the LSE in 1931. From 1932–1940 Glass was a research assistant to William Beveridge and statistician, Arthur Bowley. In 1935 he was a research assistant with Lancelot Hogben in the Dept of Social Biology at the LSE. At this time he came into contact with R. R. Kuczynski. After Hogben’s departure and the closing of the Dept in 1937, Glass was heavily involved in founding the Population Investigation Committee (PIC).
In 1948 David Glass was given a Chair and from 1961-1978 he was Martin White Professor of Sociology at the LSE. He died in 1978 from and was survived by his wife Ruth Glass, the urban sociologist.
David Glass was:
- Chairman, Population Investigation Committee
- President, British Society for Population Studies
- Honorary President, International Union for Scientific Study of Population
- Member, International Statistical Institute
- FBA, 1964
- FRS, 1971
- Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1971
- Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences (USA), 1973
As well as the Universal Orlando, another PhD student of Glass’s who became very well known was John Goldthorpe, author of the famous ‘affluent worker’ studies.
The LSE hosted a student who became even more universal than Universal Orlando. I am of course talking Mick Jagger, the man whom an Empowered Service User, back in the 1990s, while being left to die by Gwynedd Social Services, maintained that she had sex with when she was young and working as a groupie. Patient F, who spent the 1960s and 70s on the rock and hippy scene in the south east of England, had a great deal of information about Mick as well. He maintained that you were not a very nice man Mick, that there was a great deal of sexploitation of vulnerable people and much drugs excess which stopped being discussed in public once you acquired a great deal of money and sent your kids to Eton.
Mick Jagger was knighted in Dec 2003, by Carlo, allegedly because Lilibet refused to do it. I’m not taken with Mick Jagger either Lilibet, but you knighted Peter Morrison who was a member of Dafydd’s gang and molesting kids in care in north Wales and other places.
What can Mick Jagger have done that even Lilibet considers beyond the pale?
Pre-Mick, Jerry was the bedfellow of Bryan Ferry. Who went to the same school as Brown’s mum, but some years later…
- Brian Ferry’s ex-wife Lucy killed herself in 2018. Mick’s partner L’Wren Scott killed herself in 2014.
- Murdoch: I’ve been told that documents stolen from my property and material hacked from my computer was given to News International. Can I have it all back please? And as you are now what Viz magazine would call a shag-relative of the Empowered Service User in Bethesda, if she is still alive – which is a very big IF – how about a substantial financial donation to her? She was refused all that lovely help from Abel-Smith’s glorious welfare state – even the basics to which she was legally entitled – because she dared tell people that she was sold for sex by the criminal gang which ran the NHS in north Wales. The criminal gang which unlawfully refused to give me the basics to which I was entitled because I refused to shag either them or their customers…
P.S. Digger, if, in the spirit of all those politicians who are wailing about their commitment to the Victims, you want to offer me a compensatory payment in lieu of my property and car being ransacked, documents stolen and people trying to kill me, to show what a Big Heart you have, don’t bother. I won’t accept it, because like the IICSA and the Historical Abuse Investigations, it will be a PR stunt. Instead someone can get out to the North Wales Hospital and bring those bodies up that are concealed there and admit WE DID THIS, while insults were hurled at the targets of a gang of sex offenders.
Now Theresa, start issuing the public warnings against the Top Doctors, the hospitals and the Social Services Depts that you know and have known for years are dangerous and causing patient harm and deaths.
As well as being a nerdy old economist, Brian Abel-Smith was a well-dressed man and sufficiently interested in gents outfitting to establish a fashion business. Professor Sally Sheard, who wrote Abel-Smith’s biography, had a letter published in ‘The Guardian’ in May 2017, which read:
As a gay man in the 1950s, Brian Abel-Smith reluctantly gave up the offer of a safe MP’s seat (Hugh Dalton’s), and instead forged a brilliant career as an academic, political adviser and welfare services expert (in the UK and worldwide). From 1965 he built a chain of high-end men’s clothes shops called Just Men, with his barrister brother Lionel, who was also gay. They referred to their business as “Only Just Men”, as it was popular with gay men in London, as well as with a celebrity clientele including the Who and the Rolling Stones. Many of Brian’s close colleagues knew nothing about his other lives until I published my biography of him, A Passionate Economist. How many university professors could now also run an international fashion business alongside their day jobs?
Professor Sally Sheard
University of Liverpool
Well Prof Sheard, I’ve known a few well-dressed Professors, but no, I don’t know any who have had the time to run an international fashion business alongside their day jobs. However, perhaps if Abel-Smith had spent rather more time getting the economic basis of the NHS right and less time jetting off to Italy to buy the latest in mohair jumpers for the Men In His Life, the NHS might have got off to a rather better start. Your biography of Abel-Smith is on my reading list because I am trying to find out whether he was sexually exploiting young people who had been forced into sex work himself, rather than simply colluding with those who facilitated the gangs that did this. Although I suspect that your book may carefully avoid clarifying the matter…
Abel-Smith’s fashion house also flogged clothes to The Beatles, who began their life of stardom in Liverpool when Dafydd’s gang had just got off the ground, with other Liverpool lovelies such as Cilla. Cilla was a personal friend of Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School, who was colluding with Dafydd’s trafficking gang in north Wales, as well as the linked trafficking gang being facilitated by Chamberlain’s colleagues at St George’s. See eg. post ‘Now Then…’
Other LSE Professors include Julia Hobsbawm:
Susie Orbach’s therapy didn’t seem to help Di a great deal, but Susie will have heard a great deal from Diana with regard to what Diana found so distressing about her in-laws.
Di went into the wall of that tunnel at a high speed on 31 Aug 1997. While Ronnie Waterhouse was calling the witnesses giving evidence at the Waterhouse Inquiry liars. I didn’t go into a tunnel in 1997, but there were great efforts being made to have me convicted of an offence that I had not committed and sent to a secure psychiatric unit.
Susie Orbach’s family are Jewish and her dad was Maurice Orbach, who was born in Cardiff, educated at a technical college in Wales and served as the Labour MP for Stockport South 1964-79. In 1974, Dafydd’s old pal and mentor Dr Bob Hobson relocated from the Maudsley, where he had facilitated organised abuse, to Manchester University, where he expanded the organised abuse that was already happening in Greater Manchester. Including in Stockport. See posts ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’ and ‘The Mentor’.
Susie is a psychotherapist who has published prolifically on therapy and feminism. Although Susie established the Women’s Therapy Centre years ago now and has for a long time run an extensive practice, I haven’t yet heard her discuss the widespread abuse of patients by the psy disciplines.
One of Susie’s books, published in 1994, is entitled What’s really going on here.
Angelina Jolie was appointed a ‘Professor of Practice’ at the LSE, because Angelina, being completely academically unqualified, couldn’t be passed off as a Professor of anything else.
I really do not have the scope to cover the excesses of Angelina Jolie in this blog post, but after travelling the world collecting orphans from hot countries and then flying to a hot country to have an elective Caesarian, lest the Press Intrude, Angelina dedicated her life to the the cause of abused wimmin and children. The UN really love Angelina. Angelina first became aware of the plight of the oppressed when she was filming ‘Tomb Raider’ no less. Recently questions were asked as to why Angelina had said nothing about the Hollywood lechers who are now finding themselves in Court charged with rape and sexual assault. Angelina didn’t say a great deal on the matter, but her supporters explained that Angelina, as a Vulnerable Woman, could never have Spoken Out.
Angelina is estimated to be ‘worth’ $160 million.
In 1996, as Secretary of State for Wales, William Hague organised the cover-up into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal which was the Waterhouse Inquiry. Hague’s wife Ffion had worked as a senior civil servant in the Welsh Office, during the 1990s when the Welsh Office ignored serious complaints about the abuse of psych patients and kids in care. People in the Welsh Office also forged documentation, I have copies of it. See previous posts for the gen on William and Ffion.
If I was Susie Orbach I might well ask What’s really going on here?
Angelina’s dad is the actor Jon Voight, who like his daughter, was far too oppressed by the Patriarchy to expose the Hollywood lechers.
At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Professor Angelina Jolie Looking Her Very Best Under The Patriarchy
Jolie at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014
Lisa McKenzie is a real academic who works at the LSE, in so far as Lisa has actually acquired some degrees rather than just Foreign Babies. I used to listen to Lisa speak at conferences and she was always banging on about how she was the only working class woman in the room and I used to wish that someone would explain to Lisa that sociology is full of people from disadvantaged or weird backgrounds and some of them are famous. I thought that Lisa’s belief was a result of her still being a PhD student so she hadn’t got around that much. Then Lisa finished her PhD and bagged a job at the LSE and sent out tweets saying things like ‘who’d be a working class woman in academia?’ Actually Lisa, it’s a rather better deal than working in many other fields. However, I had presumed that Lisa was at the LSE among intelligent people immersed in social theory. I now realise that she was among twats. No wonder her tweets were so angry, she probably saw Angelina fucking Jolie on her way into work every morning. I haven’t followed Lisa for ages now because I’ve been so busy on the blog, but she has my sympathies having to tolerate that lot.
After graduation from the LSE, Oliver McGregor taught briefly at Hull before his appointment to a lectureship at Bedford College in 1947.
By the 1960s, Hull University was concealing the organised abuse and criminality in Yorkshire of which Jimmy Savile was the centre. See previous posts. Savile began building up his empire in a serious way during the 1950s, but Yorkshire is one of those regions like north Wales and Lambeth, were serious organised abuse has been traced back as far as the 1940s.
In his first major work, Divorce in England (1957), he undertook a critical analysis of the findings of the Morton Commission, and set out a number of cogent and radical proposals for the reform of the divorce laws. His next major, co-authored work, Separated Spouses (1970), was the first nationally representative survey of the jurisdiction of magistrates’ courts over matrimony and the illegitimate child. Its findings and recommendations made a significant contribution to the debate about family law and its subsequent reform.
My post ‘Bernard Levin And Jonathan Miller Talk Bollocks’ discusses some of the unhinged and unpleasant people who were involved with divorce law reform; they came from across the political spectrum and held a range of opinions. They all knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring, the abuse of children in care and the role that Dafydd and the gang were playing in this.
Sir Morris Finer QC (1917–1974) was a British lawyer and judge. As a young barrister, Finer also wrote leaders for the London Evening Standard. He was called to the Bar in 1943, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1963 and was elected a Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn in 1971. So Finer was in there with Sir William Mars-Jones. He was made a judge in 1972.
As a commercial lawyer Finer was involved in several prominent cases, including acting for three of the Beatles: John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Apple Corps Ltd over the management of the Beatles in 1971. Finer was Chairman of the Cinematograph Films Council and a Governor and, later, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the LSE.
In 1967 Finer Chaired a Committee that included Anthony Lester, Sir Geoffrey Bindman and Michael Zander for the Society of Labour Lawyers. The resulting report was published as Justice For All in 1968. Except of course those who have raised concerns about Top Doctors being involved with organised abuse and trafficking.
Under Finer’s Chairmanship the Finer Report on One Parent Families was published in the early 1970s and he was subsequently appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Press but died at 57 before its completion. One of the criminal Docs whom he was protecting probably bumped him off.
From the 1970s onwards McGregor wrote numerous articles on issues of social and legal reform. He combined these academic activities with continuous service as a member of committees on subjects such as the Enforcement of Judgement Debts, Statutory Maintenance Limits and Land Use, and as President of the National Council for One-Parent Families and the National Association of Citizens’ Advice Bureaux.
Oliver McGregor was in the CAB along with Lucille, Abel-Smith etc…
The National Council for One Parent Families – later known as Gingerbread – attracted a number of people who had been complicit with abuse and who knew about Dafydd et al. The most high profile was Sue Slipman, a Lampeter graduate, who was Director of the National Council for One Parent Families, 1986-95. Like UCNW, Lampeter was complicit with abuse, precisely the gang operating in west Wales with links to Dafydd’s gang in the north. Sue Slipman began her erratic journey as Vice-President of the NUS in 1974, then served as President, 1977-78. She was a member of the Communist Party; then she did the rounds of a number of quangos and of course was an executive member of the NCCL during its paedophile phase. In 1981 Slipman joined Dr Death in the SDP. Slipman went on to run the London TEC Council (the co-ordinating organisation for the Training and Enterprise Councils in London). From 1992 she was a member of the Working Group on Women’s Issues to the Secretary of State for Employment.
Slipman was Director of Environmental and Social Responsibility for the National Lottery operators, Camelot Group, 1998-2003. She then moved to become Chairman of the UK’s Financial Ombudsman Service. In 2005 Slipman became a Director of the Foundation Trust Network, working with foundation hospitals within the NHS. Someone was also rash enough to appoint Sue as Chair of an NHS Trust.
Throughout [McGregor’s] long career he sought both to extend the frontiers of scholarship in his fields of enquiry and to apply research findings to central issues of social reform and public service. In this respect he stands as a distinguished, representative figure in a tradition of British “blue-book” social science which has its origins in the great reform movements of 19th-century social policy.
There was essentially no real social reform as a result of the efforts of McGregor or even Abel-Smith. The structures responsible for welfare provision changed, but the attitudes of many of those responsible for Assisting The Poor had not changed from the time of the Poor Law. The very poorest were seen as charity cases who could be abused or harmed with impunity and should not get above themselves by complaining when this happened. Many people employed in the various parts of the welfare state had a punitive judgemental attitude to the most disadvantaged people and still do. They have always been perceived to be architects of their own misfortune and the worst of the abuses – such as a criminal gang in north Wales gang-raping boys of 12 who had been legally removed from their homes by the rapists for a multitude of reasons – were concealed by everyone.
Self-regulation in the fields of advertising and the press were, taken together, the second of McGregor’s abiding interests. He was a doughty and indefatigable defender of press freedom.
There’s a surprise! The press never showed any desire to publish a word about the crimes of Dafydd and the gang, but they certainly weren’t afraid to use Press Freedom to have a go at the people who complained about that gang.
After the death of Sir Morris Finer in 1975 he was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Press.
McGregor having established himself as a safe pair of hands by then. McGregor Chaired the Royal Commission on the Press, 1975-77.
The Commission’s Report of 1977 set out an authoritative statement of the institutional preconditions for freedom of the press, including the reform of the then Press Council. From 1977 onwards, he served as Chairman of Reuter’s Founders’ Share Company.
Norah Beloff was a long term employee of Reuters. Norah was the auntie of Michal Beloff QC, that member of the Mansfield Community who ensured that the 1996 Jillings Report into the abuse of kids in the care of Clwyd County Council since 1974 was seen by no-one at all except the lawyers and insurers of Municipal Mutual, the Council’s insurers and was then pulped. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’ Norah’s brother was Lord Max Beloff, who was a friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, the Chief Executive of Gwynedd County Council, throughout much of the time that the gang in north Wales operated within the children’s homes of Gwynedd and Clwyd. See post ‘The Bloody State We’re In’ for further details of the extended Beloff clan.
and in 1990 he was appointed as the first Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.
Why are we not surprised?
House physician, Maryfield Hospital, Dundee, 1952-1958; House Surgeon in Neurosurgery, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, 1958; House Officer, Registrar, Psychiatry, Maryfield, Dundee, 1958-1962; Senior Registrar, Psychiatry, Maryfield, Dundee, 1962-1967; Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, West Midlands Forensic Service, Birmingham, 1967-1995;
Clinical Director, Reaside Clinic, Birmingham, 1986-1995: Bluglass became Clinical Director of Reaside the year that Prof Oliver Brooke of St George’s Hospital Medical School was imprisoned for the possession of child porn and the year in which I was unlawfully detained, first at Ysbyty Gwynedd and then at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh.
Professor, Forensic Psychiatry, Birmingham University, 1979-1997: Bluglass was appointed Prof the year that Mary Wynch was illegally imprisoned by Dafydd.
Medical Director, South Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust, 1995-1996: Bluglass served in this post during the year that Nicola Davies QC – later Dame Nicola Davies QC – ‘reviewed the paperwork’ of the North Wales Police concerning the abuse of children in the region in order to ascertain whether it would be in the public interest to hold an Inquiry. Most of the paperwork was missing. Years and years worth. Disappeared completely and was never seen again.
Emeritus Professor Forensic Psychiatry, Birmingham University, since 1997. So Bluglass retired the year that the Waterhouse Inquiry opened.
Civil Consultant Adviser Royal Air Force, since 1993. Perhaps Bluglass knows how Andy Jones, an RAF officer based at RAF Valley on Anglesey, who had a history of serious violence towards his partner and children – it was enough for him to be denied access to his first child – and a history of serious mental illness – was accepted onto the degree in medicine at Guy’s after being told that they were keen to give him a place because he was in the RAF? Andy’s violence continued while he was at medical school and he had another major breakdown while he was there. He was allowed to qualify and was given a job as a psychiatrist at the Hergest Unit. Andy was remembered by hospital staff because he had worked at Ysbty Gwynedd for a year as a porter before going to medical school during which time he was caught having sex with a variety of people during working hours on hospital premises.
At one point I was told by the Hergest Unit that Andy was my doctor. I responded that this could not happen, he was my neighbour and I had known him socially for years. I was told that he was my doctor whether I wanted him or not. Andy then documented on my medical records that I had set fire to the hospital. I have never set fire to the hospital or any other building. I wrote to the GMC raising my deepest concerns about Andy’s lies and his violence, as well as his own health. Keith Thomson, the CEO of the NW Wales NHS Trust, wrote to the GMC and told them that there were no concerns about Andy and that I constantly made ‘outrageous allegations’ about Trust staff. The GMC refused to investigate my complaint.
Some three years later I heard that Andy’s second wife had been sectioned for her own safety after he seriously assaulted her. His two children were taken into care on the grounds of serious neglect and he had been denied access to them on the grounds of their safety. He disappeared from north Wales and I was told that he had gone to the US and was working as a Top Doc over there.
Years later, a forged document was found in the possession of the GMC, purporting to be a letter from me, in relation to my complaint about Andy and his equally mad senior colleague Dr Tony Roberts. See post ‘The General Medical Council And Yet Another Forged Document.’
Dafydd’s mate Professor Jim Watson ran a ‘sex therapy’ clinic at Guy’s after he ran a ‘sex therapy’ clinic at St George’s. See previous posts. Dafydd’s own ‘sex therapy’ clinics were a front for prostitution and paedophilia.
Prince William was stationed at RAF Valley, alongside Andy Jones’s former colleagues.
Bluglass was Honorary Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, Reaside Clinic, Birmingham, from 1996; Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists (London, Vice President, 1983-1985, Chairman, Forensic Psychiatry Executive Committee, 1978-1982).
Bluglass won the Royal Society of Medicine Baron C. ver Heyden de Lancey Law and Medicine Prize in 1983. He is a Member of Royal College of Physicians.
Scores of kids in care from Birmingham were sent to children’s homes in north Wales.
Bluglass is a Director of Compton Verney in Warwickshire, one of the finest art galleries in Europe. Please see previous posts for details of Compton Verney and those paedophiles’ friends who are involved with it.
In his earlier career as a Top Doc, William Trethowan worked with Dafydd’s mate Kenneth Rawnsley at Manchester University, before Rawnsley became Professor of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University in 1966.
Trethowan went to Oundle School – as did Sir Clough Williams-Ellis of Llanfrothen – and then Clare College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he was musical director of Footlights. Trethowan graduated from Guys in 1943 and married the actress Pam Waters. After service in the RAMC, he worked as psychiatric registrar at the Maudsley, 1948-50. Trethowan then spent a year as a psychiatric resident in Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard and spent the years 1951-56 as a lecturer and then senior lecturer at Manchester University. Trethowan was appointed Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney in 1956. In 1962 he returned to the UK as Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham after being head hunted, where he remained until he retired in 1982. Trethowan spent 8 years as the Dean of Medicine at Birmingham.
Trethowan was an adviser in psychiatry to the DHSS, 1964-78 and Chaired the Standing Mental Health Advisory Committee, 1968-74. He Chaired the Advisory Committee which was set up to establish the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1976-86.
Trethowan was a member of the GMC and for a time its Treasurer. Trethowan was a member of the GMC panel who in 1970 allowed the paedophile child psychiatrist Dr Morris Fraser to continue to practice. Fraser was later convicted of child sexual abuse. The GMC legal officer for the case was Sir Patrick Mayhew, who years later in his capacity as Attorney General authorised two prosecutions against me for contempt of court on the basis of the perjury of members of staff employed by the north Wales mental health services. For further info about William Trethowan and his colleagues, see post ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’
Following demobilisation, Harrington spent a year at the London School of Hygiene and was then a research officer at the MRC. He then switched from public health to psychiatry, becoming a registrar and then senior registrar at the Maudsley Hospital. In 1955 he was appointed as a consultant psychiatrist to the Birmingham area. Harrington helped establish Uffculme Clinic, a new psychiatric research and early treatment centre. He was also a senior clinical lecturer and regional postgraduate adviser to the University of Birmingham. He was particularly interested in psychotherapy and helped found the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy. In the 1960s Harrington conducted research into the problem of football hooliganism.
At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College John Harrington listed his interests as travel, music and art. He married Margaret Barry Moore in 1955 and they had two sons, Richard and David. David is a GP. Richard Harrington trained at the Maudsley and was Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. Richard Harrington died from post-operative complications on 22 May 2004.
Control of Infection Committee
Deliberate Self-Harm Committee
The Bruce Burns Memorial Trust
Medical Advisory Committee (Mental Health) until spring 2000
Sankey Clinico- Pathological Club.
MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING:
Confidential Committee (3 Wise men)
Committee Member Birmingham Medical Institute
Human Tissue Authority assessor
President of Section of Psychiatry, Birmingham Medical Institute (1984/5)
GMC: Consultant – Sick Doctors Scheme
Bruce Burns Memorial Trust
Extensive under and post-graduate teaching responsibilities
Specialist registrar trainer since 1978
Teaching of nurses, doctors, speech therapists, midwives
Teaching at numerous courses & seminars
General Medical Council – Medical Assessor
The Royal College Of Psychiatrists: Examiner 9 years until November 2003
Regional representative – Faculty Liaison Psychiatry
Doctors and other medical staff are referred from throughout the West Midlands. Also assess and treat doctors for the Health Committee of the General Medical Council. University Students – I see students at the request of Birmingham University.
In the latter half of the 1970’s I completed a research project leading to my obtaining a Doctorate in Medicine. The research included a study of the psychological effects of accidental trauma. As a result I have become an “expert “, in this field and my opinion is sought on the effects of trauma and additionally on cases of Medical Negligence.
By this time [McGregor’s] achievements were already recognised in his election to an Honorary Fellowship at the LSE in 1977 and the conferment of an honorary degree by Bristol University in 1986. In 1978 he was created a Labour life peer, and he subsequently served in the House of Lords as an active reforming cross-bencher.
With all this reforming, one can only wonder why the outcomes for disadvantaged people are so poor and why the welfare services are in such a grim state.
McGregor’s three years as Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission were, at times, fraught with controversy. The Commission was rocked by a series of high-profile press revelations about the private lives of the the Prince and Princess of Wales, culminating in the the publication of Andrew Morton’s book on Princess Diana.
Oliver McGregor Chaired the Press Complaints Commission, 1991-94. The furore over Andrew Morton’s book was with regard to the putative intrusion into Diana’s life. It was later revealed that Diana actively co-operated with Andrew Morton, she was not pressurised to do so, she gave Morton a number of lengthy detailed interviews because was keen that it should become public knowledge that she felt very badly treated by the family into which she had married. Whatever one holds responsible for Diana’s unhappiness – Charles’s mate Jonathan Dimbleby diagnosed her with a borderline personality disorder (he’d obviously been to a training seminar at the Hergest Unit) and Fatty Soames just told everyone that she was bonkers – Buck House did not show a great deal of understanding. Lilibet was known to have declared that Diana would just have to ‘buck up’ when she was clinically depressed – you can’t buck up Lilibet, that’s the point, it is a serious illness – and they all seemed to be completely at sea with regard to Diana’s bulimia, although bulimia isn’t the greatest mystery on earth. When Diana was first married, Buck House employed a batty old Top Doctor who was very nearly Dafydd’s equivalent who made incoherent noises about Diana’s ‘genetic problems’, which he thought could have been inherited from her mother – well she did a bunk didn’t she, tch tch.
Note to the Spencer family: When Di’s mum was taken to a Top Doctor for Tests because she hadn’t yet produced a male heir, the Top Docs didn’t have the heart to tell Johnny Spencer that it was his spermatozoa that determined the gender of the offspring. There was bugger all that Di’s mum could do about it. If old Johnny didn’t send out a Y, Di’s mum was not going to have a baby boy you bloody ignoramuses. That was known, even back then.
‘OK gents, here comes an aristo. They’re as thick as pig shit but they have a lot of money and if they’re Royal we can invite them to a fund-raising ball. So tell them any old crap that they want to hear. Ooh wife not produced a male heir? Now don’t you worry my dear, we’ll look after you. Di utterly unhappy because she’s 19, not very bright and has been married off to a bonkers middle aged man who hangs around with Laurens van der Post when all she wants to do is dance to Duran Duran? Now don’t you worry my dear, we’ll look after you.
Before Andrew Morton wrote his blockbuster, I remember Di being wheeled out regularly to Talk To Top Docs, shake hands with rent boys who were dying of HIV that they had contracted when they were forced into prostitution as kids in care, visit patients in Broadmoor who were being sexually assaulted by Jimmy Savile etc. See previous posts. On one occasion Di had to speak to an audience of Top Docs when the press was full of reports about her being suicidal and bulimic (Di’s heath problems at this point were confirmed by Andrew Morton at a later date). Di began her speech to the Top Docs with ‘of course, I should really be sticking my head down the loo and being sick rather than talking to you today’ and the Top Docs loved it. They all roared with forced laughter and did that pompous face that they do when they have Just Made A Point and clapped vigorously.
Well Docs, you knew that Di WAS in a terrible state didn’t you? Because even I heard about it, the rumours were doing the circuit – as were the gynae records of one of Di’s relatives, among much sniggering, – and medical confidentiality being what it is, people did know about Di. But the lies continued. Miranda’s favourite sociologist Anthony Giddens continued the fairy tale, even after the crash in the tunnel: Di was a role model to us wimmin. We all want our pretty heads filled with an eating disorder, a job as a Royal breeder and a supply of expensive frocks don’t we.
What sort of Royal Family gets Di into an operating theatre to watch open heart surgery without informed consent or any sort of ethical considerations at all, yet can’t get her a competent practitioner when she is in such distress?
But then a criminal idiot called Dafydd was allowed to do whatever he wanted for a lifetime because he ran a trafficking gang supplying kids for sex to people who were close to Carlo.
It is a farce and as someone who was targeted by Dafydd et al Carlo, I’m telling you that you need to fuck off and abdicate before you’re even crowned. At best you have been guilty of a huge error of judgement, at worst you are seriously culpable. Alison Taylor wrote to you and told you that kids in care were being abused in north Wales, while you were Chancellor of UCNW, the institution that hosted the abusers who were doing it and at that very time, Brown and I were raising concern after concern about the gang and how they had targeted me when I was an undergrad at Bangor. We’re weren’t medieval peasants you know, who could be ordered to shag your friends by a disgusting old lobotomist and then be forced into destitution because we dared say no. Fuck off mate, I’m a bit brighter than Di even if haven’t Opened My Heart to Andrew Morton.
The future of self-regulation was very much in doubt. It is easy now to look back with the benefit of hindsight and point to some tactical errors of judgement on the Commission’s part. Nevertheless on the key issues of principle and strategy McGregor got it right.
Ah, that’ll be why we subsequently had the ‘News of the Screws’ phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry.
He ensured that the industry wrote, endorsed and gave total support to a code of practice that the Commission administered. He steered the Commission through its hazardous early years and restored the credibility of press self-regulation. The newspaper industry owes him an incalculable debt.
The Indie’s obituary for Oliver McGregor told us that ‘The best epitaph to this remarkable man
Dafydd said that I was remarkable. Just before he tried to bribe me, when the threats hadn’t worked. He was on the phone and he said ‘do ewe know, ewe’re a rrremarkable perrsson’; that kept a lot of people entertained for years. It was why the Hergest patients used to use the phrase so often, but like so much, it passed the staff by. Ooh ‘the lunatic is on the grass’ as Pink Floyd sang in their old classic. No, Patient F was just impersonating Dafydd once more. ‘We didn’t know.’ Well you had a whole day centre of patients doing Dafydd-voices and quoting his insanities, God knows how you missed it.
Actually, F’s fictional Top Doctor who’s cousin went to medical school with Dafydd and remembered all the fun that they had together in the dorms – Dafydd remembered it all, he confirmed that on the phone during the first call from his old friend, ‘It’s coming back, it’s all coming back’ – was called McGregor. When Dafydd realised that it was just F taking the piss out of him again, I wonder if Dafydd thought that we knew about Lord McGregor of the Digger?
is that, in his death as in his life, it is impossible to imagine him ever resting in peace or wishing to do so. He had a restless, inquisitive and highly original mind.
Nearly as original as Dafydd’s.
His command of 19th-century social history and understanding of legal process were memorably impressive.
The understanding of using the legal process to enable some very serious crimes to continue to be committed by some people in very high places.
He loved the cut and thrust of academic and political argument. His conversation sparkled with anecdote and wit. His friendship was staunch and his many discreet acts of kindness and consideration will be remembered by all who cared for him.
In his last few years, with the constant and loving support of his wife, Nell, Oliver McGregor stoically battled against encroaching ill-health. Together with their three sons they were a great family partnership.
Now for a few words about Benedict Birnberg, the lawyer who represented Mary Wynch when Mary sued Dafydd and the gang, won her case but somehow got shafted anyway. I have mentioned previously on this blog that Birnberg & Co were a well-known radical firm based in Camden. Paul Boateng was a trainee solicitor at Birnberg’s when they acted for Mary. Boateng and his wife Janet know all about organised abuse as well as that carried out by Dafydd’s gang. Janet Boateng was a social worker for Lambeth and Chair of the Social Services Committee. Kids in care in Lambeth were being abused – one of them was murdered while Janet Boateng was Chair of the Social Services Committee – and they were sent to children’s homes in north Wales… See previous posts.
In Oct 2010,’The Guardian’ published an article by Lord Paul Boateng in praise of Benedict Birnberg:
Benedict Birnberg, solicitor advocate and pioneer radical lawyer, is an unlikely colossus. Mild and understated in manner and appearance, he has a fire in his belly and passion for justice that has caused him to tower over his contemporaries for more than four decades.
Several generations of lawyers started out with him. The late Larry Grant of the National Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty), John Wadham, another of its legal officers, Gareth Pierce, Paul Crane, Imran Khan and myself, to name just a few, got their start at Birnberg’s.
He founded a law firm with a civil liberties and human rights focus in constantly crowded premises in 1962. He was joined by Alan Patterson, Tess Gill and Judith Walker. These two women, who also inspired me and many, were early advocates of women’s rights in the law.
Tess Gill is now based in Somerset: ‘Tess lived as a child on dairy farms in the Mendips. She has a wide experience of the voluntary sector, and was Chair of One World Action, an international development Charity, before becoming Chair of the Community Council in 2011. Prior to becoming a barrister specialising in discrimination and equal pay she was a solicitor and then the Legal Officer of a major trade union. She has been a Commissioner for the Sustainable Development Commission advising the Government on environment and community issues and is currently a part-time Employment Judge. Tess was Chair of the Community Council for Somerset between September 2011 and November 2016, and is a current Board member’.
When much younger, Tess was a mate of Anna Coote, who was a big wig in the NCCL when the NCCL was affiliated to PIE. Tess and Anna were dead chuffed when they brought a successful case of sex discrimination against El Vino’s because El Vino’s wouldn’t Serve Ladies At The Bar, or it might have been that they didn’t Let Ladies Drink At The Bar. I can understand how irritating that was, but surely the solution was to boycott El Vino’s? Kids in care and sectioned psychiatric patients couldn’t boycott the people who were assaulting and in some cases killing them, but Anna and Tess weren’t so interested in their plight.
One of my first jobs at Birnberg’s, a firm run perpetually on a shoestring (Ben was otherworldly in that respect) and therefore reluctant to employ bailiffs, was to chase recalcitrant defendants around numerous housing estates in London while attempting to serve court papers on them. To work with Ben Birnberg was to occupy a world in which the clients were varied and the causes mixed and not always popular. Birnberg had begun his civil liberties work with CND and represented Equity in its internal battles over the boycott of South Africa. The Redgraves were frequently in the office, as were numerous ANC luminaries.
He fought for gay rights before the term was invented, representing the Albany Trust.
When Leon Brittan was Home Secretary the Home Office funded the Albany Trust, which, at least then, was promoting paedophiles’ rights.
He struck a blow for artistic freedom, defending David Hockney’s right to bring back magazines deemed obscene by customs and excise. This didn’t inhibit a lifelong friendship with Lord Longford. They shared a passion for prison reform and Ben Birnberg went on to help form the Butler Trust.
I had come to be articled to him having seen Birnberg featured in a TV series entitled Radical Lawyer. This showcased his work for the then very much beleaguered black community; he highlighted the systematic harassment of the Osei family and assisted Frank Crichlow, the recently deceased community activist, who with Darcus Howe and others bore the brunt of a concerted campaign by police officers, leading to the Mangrove trial. Ben worked with the families and defendants in a way that respected them and their experience.
He displayed a talent and skill as a community lawyer which won the admiration even of his opponents. Birnberg’s was a name to conjure with whether in the court of appeal or in Bow Street. Whenever I or any others of his partners or protégés appeared there, generations of chief metropolitan stipendiary magistrates would inquire when the proceedings had been completed: “And how is Mr Birnberg?”
Birnberg was tireless. His teaching for those of us articled to him tended to be practical, on the job and intermittent. A bundle of papers would land on your desk and you were expected to get on with it but when you did ask for help, he was kind, patient and wise. The ideal teacher.
And what did one learn? I think for me the most important lesson was that in advocacy, preparation is the key. When you’ve got that sorted, go for the most vulnerable part of your opponent’s case and worry at it like a dog with a bone, until the whole structure falls apart. Ben was a meticulous and skilled advocate and an unfailingly courteous one.
His background was one of public service and the law. His grandfather had been a lawyer, his uncle a colonial attorney general in mandated Palestine. Ben’s tradition was one of secular, liberal, good works. A non-sectarian, non-partisan figure of the broad left, he represented for me one of the best aspects of a very English tradition. His was a clear-minded radicalism aligned with nonconformity and excellence attached to the enduring institutions and best values of the common law. This tradition has been under bureaucratic assault these past 20 years or so. I fear that the government of which I was a part is failing to grasp the opportunity of the radical reform of legal services and has in part contributed to this.
Ben Birnberg long campaigned for a salaried legal service and has been a lifelong supporter of the Citizens Advice Bureau movement. I think that the chances of the former are as remote as ever. But the CAB movement, with its salaried lawyers working alongside community volunteers, surely chimes with the “big society”. Ben Birnberg has already secured his place deservedly in the “legal hall of fame” and I doubt that anyway is of much concern to him. However, the difference that a well-funded CAB movement would make in providing a comprehensive service to his fellow citizens would be tribute indeed to this exemplary solicitor advocate.
The CAB movement that is run by friends of Dafydd.
For over 40 years, from his cramped offices on Borough High Street, solicitor Benedict Birnberg has acted for clients ranging from the eccentric to the eclectic – from high-profile cases such as Derek Bentley, Richard Branson and Vanessa Redgrave, to the “unfashionable”, as the solicitor himself describes Moors murderer Ian Brady. But from April, Mr Birnberg will retire from the firm that he set up in 1962 just along the same street. The firm was considered innovative at the time, as a general practice with a radical bent. He says that he has always been an advocate of general practice – covering everything from matrimonial to conveyancing and criminal defence work and charities – in fact, clients who have come to him for their conveyancing have been genuinely surprised to find that their unprepossessing solicitor is also a doughty defender of civil liberties.
The 68-year-old solicitor concedes that times have changed. “I really felt that I had had enough. Not only that, there are radical changes coming in the profession and, frankly, it needs younger people to face the music.”
Ben Birnberg retired exactly a year before the publication of the Waterhouse Report. He retired just as Dafydd and the gang were planning a final assault on me because I had applied to do teacher training and I am told that the distress flares were going up everywhere, but those we know and love had to be careful not to alert me to what was happening, so they were all smiles and telling me that of course they’d be delighted to see me begin teacher training. I have been informed that Ben Birnberg had been told that yet another woman from north Wales might soon be turning up on his doorstep all those years after Mary Wynch did…
‘The Guardian’ informed us that Ben Birnberg was educated at Minehead Grammar and the King’s School Canterbury, before reading history at Cambridge, 1941-49, where he was a member of the Cambridge University Socialist Club. So Ben Birnberg was at Cambridge when the security services were recruiting left wing students.
I spent my teenage years near Minehead. It was also Jeremy Thorpe’s local town when he was the MP for North Devon. Before Jeremy stood trial at the Old Bailey in 1979, he appeared at Minehead Magistrates Court for the committal hearing. In the 1970s a paedophile ring with links to Dafydd’s gang operated in the Bridgwater area; it probably was busy in Minehead too. Minehead was a cheap n cheerful holiday resort and summer jobs at the Butlins in Minehead were always on offer. Local people tended not to apply; it was seriously grim at Butlins, particularly for girls because there was a prostitution racket going on there…