My post ‘Thought For The Day’ and the comments which followed it discussed a Jan 1997 episode of ‘Kilroy’ in which the studio audience launched angry attacks on Max Clifford. Max was appearing on ‘Kilroy’ after he had been behind media reports which named Jerry Hayes, the then Tory MP for Harlow, as having a clandestine extra-marital relationship with a man. Max was busy being shocked and disgusted at Jerry’s ‘unprotected casual sex with men’, but Kilroy’s studio guests were unanimous in their condemnation of Max, no matter from what angle they approached the story. Some residents of Harlow maintained that they had voted for Jerry and Max had no business sticking his nose in like this. Other people maintained that Max’s scoop had damaged Jerry’s wife.
As well as members of the public, Kilroy’s guests included a few old lags, including the PR guru Julia Hobsbawm and Torygraph journos Annabel Heseltine and Boris. Annabel was livid at Max for destroying the life of a good man. Annabel’s dad Michael Heseltine destroyed the lives of many more people than one good man in his desperation to become PM. As described in previous posts eg. ‘Those Who Are Ready To Serve’ and ‘Tan yn Llyn’, Heseltine built his entire strategy for Becoming PM on exploiting his knowledge of the barrel of crap in north Wales and its links to the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Heseltine in particular had known about it all for decades, as someone who grew up in Swansea, in the area of another gang with links to Dafydd et al in north Wales and then served as the Tory MP for Tavistock, 1966-74, while Jeremy Thorpe’s activities were widely gossiped about, both in the west country and in Parliament. See previous posts.
Max repeatedly stated on ‘Kilroy’ that his rationale in exposing Jerry Hayes was his desire to damage the Tory Party, because of the damage that they’d done to the NHS. Max was upfront: he wanted to help the Labour Party win the next election. Julia gave Max a lecture on ethics and told him that PR was a business involving integrity and that Max was a pariah in the PR world. Julia did not mention that her business partner in Hobsmawm Macaulay, her own PR company, was her old school friend Sarah Macaulay. Sarah Macaulay became Sarah Brown when she got married in 2000, which meant that in 2007 she became the wife of the PM . When that Kilroy programme was screened, Sarah’s Teddy Bear was expecting to become Chancellor of the Exchequer after the next election and his partner in crime Miranda was preparing to be PM. No-one was in any doubt that this was going to happen, as John Major’s Gov’t lurched from crisis to crisis. Julia’s dad Eric Hobsbawm was the Marxist historian who had spent most of his life involved with the by then old boys who had in the 1950s spawned the New Left. Eric was a regular in publications such as ‘Marxism Today’ in the 1970s and 80s and even managed to make supportive comments about the Windbag. Another big name in the New Left was Ralph Miliband, the dad of Uncle Harry’s two nephews. Between 1994 and Miranda’s election win in May 1997, Uncle Harry’s nephew Ed was working for Sarah’s Teddy Bear in the Opposition Treasury team; the Teddy Bear allowed Uncle Harry’s nephew time off from work to study for a Masters at the LSE. Uncle Harry’s nephew Ed was appointed as the Teddy Bear’s SPAD when the Teddy Bear became Chancellor of the Exchequer in May 1997. Uncle Harry’s other nephew, David, at the time of the ‘Kilroy’ programme, was Miranda’s Head of Policy.
The New Left were always scrapping among themselves but they were united in their desire to kick out the Tories as well as in their desire to see their offspring and the friends of their offspring in influential positions, preferably in Cabinet. Readers will remember that when the Teddy Bear resigned as Leader of the Labour Party and was photographed looking like death – literally, Gordon had the appearance of one who had been preserved in formaldehyde – the only two serious contenders to succeed him were Uncle Harry’s nephews who then went for each others jugulars in the battle. Ed won and once Ed was leader, Ed’s political strategy for Becoming PM was predicated almost entirely on waxing lyrical about Uncle Harry’s loyal service to the NHS. The Uncle Harry who had worked with Top Docs who knew Dafydd et al and were colluding with them, as well as some of the millionaires of Harley Street; although of course Uncle Harry’s expressed loyalty was to the contingent of Top Docs who were in the Socialist Health Association and Loved The NHS, many of whom were also concealing Dafydd and the gang eg. Julian Tudor Spart, Brian Gibbons, John Dunwoody (see previous posts)…
No-one mentioned that Eric and Ralph had known about the Westminster Paedophile Ring as long ago as in the days when they were busy with the New Left, that they had worked in universities alongside people who were concealing it as well as colluding with the regional abuse gangs such as those in Yorkshire, Leicester, north Wales/Cheshire, Cambridge, Oxford, and the north east. No-one mentioned that Eric had for decades had a second home in Croesor in north Wales, that as a girl Julia spent a lot of time there and that the locals were suffering very badly at the hands of the gang in north Wales. See previous posts eg. ‘The Village’. Not that Eric and his friends were ever targets of the gang; indeed Dafydd et al actually proved very helpful to Eric’s circle, which included Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and Bertrand Russell. Awkward customers who blabbed or who were gestating foetuses which were proving embarrassing to other more powerful people were dealt with by Dafydd and before Dafydd, Gwynne the lobotomist. See previous posts.
Julia and Ed were never at risk of being gang raped in a children’s home and found dead when they complained and they never breathed a word to anyone else that this was what was happening to the kids of people who’s parents had not been big wigs in the New Left.
Just to be sure that the info never escaped, Ralph, Stuart Hall and other Towering Lefties did all that they could to hinder Brown’s career because Brown was known to be mates with some Empowered Service Users near Bethesda who were witnesses to and targets of Dafydd et al. See previous posts eg. ‘Life in Cold Blood’ and ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
Then the Teddy Bear and his mate Lord Jack McConnell – who was later FM of Scotland, 2001-07 – got together to stuff over my best friend from school who knew what was happening to me, who had been at Stirling University with Lord Jack and rebuffed him after such events as Lord Jack turning up uninvited in her bed. So Lord Jack and the Teddy Bear stuffed her husband over as well while he was working at the BBC… My friends also found themselves pursued by gangsters as their careers in the media were destroyed (see previous posts eg. ‘The Turn Of The Screw’).
The discussion on ‘Kilroy’ also extended to a previous client of Max’s, Mandy Allwood, the woman who in the mid-1990s became pregnant with eight babies after fertility treatment, all the babies subsequently dying. Mandy had recently given media interviews in which she claimed that Max had done her no favours at all and had caused her much distress, which I can believe. Press reports of Mandy’s case concentrated on her less than ‘Hello!’ lifestyle, on her alleged numerous casual men friends and how some of Mandy’s mates even had the temerity to live in council houses. One member of the ‘Kilroy’ studio audience was a young woman who wasn’t famous but who had been targeted by the tabloids to which Max flogged stories and she confirmed that her life had been nearly destroyed by it all.
The audience unanimously agreed that Max was a scumbag. They also unanimously agreed though that like Max, they Supported The NHS and the Top Docs ah they were wonderful. Nobody asked which Top Docs had treated Mandy, who had allowed her to continue with a pregnancy of eight foetuses, why they were not there in terms of supporting her when all the babies died…
I worked in fertility clinics in the late 1980s and early 90s and practices were terrible; patients were lied to, deceived and knowingly flogged treatments that didn’t work. See post ‘Every Sperm Is Sacred – Particularly In Scotland’. That was in the Top Clinics in London and in university hospitals. Fertility clinics in places like Ysbyty Gwynedd had no idea at all what they were doing and I also heard first hand accounts from NHS services in Taunton which suggested that they were equally clueless. I knew other people who worked in fertility clinics who drew the same conclusion as me ie. that the field was full of sharp practice at best, con men at worst. I know of one Top Doctor who’s treatment of one patient was so disrespectful that her husband punched him in the face. There was no prosecution because Mr Jack Glatt really didn’t want the publicity, lest the rest of his patients who had also been insulted and brutalised came forward…
The go-to man for Ethical IVF was Lord Bob Winston at Hammersmith Hospital. Who knew exactly what some of his colleagues were doing. Lord Bob knew how to deal with problems, he passed them on to another team. That’s why when Lord Bob found out that his junior doctor Richard Penketh was a relentless sexual harasser, Lord Bob gave him to Lord Bob’s pal Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain at St George’s Hospital Medical School, where Chamberlain and his colleagues were perpetrating research fraud and facilitating a paedophile ring in south London, as well as colluding with Dafydd et al in north Wales (see post ‘Now Then…’) and in addition the Top Docs at Cardiff University, who had concealed the molesting of George Thomas and co for years, as well as helping Dafydd et al out of course (see previous posts eg. ‘Oliver!’). The Dean of St George’s overseeing all this was Professor Sir William Asscher, who was a member of the south Wales Jewish community and who, before arriving at St George’s in 1988, had spent his career in Cardiff concealing the organised abuse in Wales (see previous posts). When Chamberlain found that Penketh was too much of a liability even for St George’s, it was said that Penketh would be sent to Wales, because ‘that’s what we do with all the really bad doctors’.
Richard Penketh is now a consultant at the University Hospital in Cardiff and also has a private practice at the Spire Hospital. Dr Brian Gibbons of the People Traffickers gave Penketh an award for excellence when Gibbons was the Welsh Gov’t Health Minister. Whether Penketh has repeated his St George’s extravaganza of having sex with a research assistant in the lab during working hours in Cardiff I don’t know. Unless that is what Gibbons gave Penketh the award for. Not that Penketh held the St George’s record for Ugandan discussions, that was held by one of the female registrars who had sex with I think it was seven men, whom she had never previously met, in one weekend. That was a topic of discussion even at St George’s. I don’t mind that she did that, but she was one of an extended number of dipsticks who were keeping quiet about patient harm and serious wrongdoing. I am delighted to say that she is now featured in women’s magazines as an FGM expert and she also dispenses advice as to whether teenagers need cosmetic surgery on their nether regions. Thinking of a designer vagina, 18th burfday coming up and you might be offered cosmetic surgery as a treat?? Then just go to the former colleague of a bunch of people traffickers and she’ll set you straight…
One particularly voluble supporter of the NHS on ‘Kilroy’ who was highly critical of Max was this blog’s friend Little Nell Hodge. Little Nell, as ever, was allowed to mouth off at length about everyone else’s shortcomings without anyone interrupting her and saying ‘can you explain why, when you were the leader of Islington Council, the children’s homes in Islington were infiltrated by a vicious paedophile ring, that you were told about this but ignored it and that some children were murdered and one social worker disappeared?’
Little Nell was of course the woman who identified Miranda as being a man with great potential and worthy of being the Leader of the Labour Party after the unfortunate death of John Smith in the care of the Top Docs at Bart’s, on 12 May 1994. On 9 June 1994, the Head of Bryn Estyn Matt Arnold died from an ‘unspecified blood disease’; Arnold died four days before the opening of the trial of his colleague and friend Peter Howarth and another man, Paul Wilson, for the sexual abuse of boys in care in north Wales. Howarth was convicted and sentenced to ten years, Wilson was cleared on all charges.
Howarth died ‘from a heart attack’ – like John Smith – in HMP Wakefield on 24 April 1997. The Waterhouse Inquiry had opened at the beginning of 1997 – pretty much when the ‘Kilroy’ programme was screened – but soon after the Inquiry opened, there was a break because Sir Ronnie Waterhouse was in desperate need of a holiday in Hong Kong. The need for a holiday came upon Ronnie towards the end of March, so he was away for April. While he was in Hong Kong, Ronnie bumped into Derry Irvine, he of the expensive wallpaper and they had lunch. Ronnie knew Derry because he had previously worked with him on a city fraud case, along with Derry’s delightful two junior barristers, Cherie and Miranda.
When the Kilroy programme was screened in Jan 1997, Little Nell had not yet been given the Gov’t jobs that Miranda eventually bestowed upon her, eg. junior Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities, 1998-2001; Minister of State for Universities, 2001-03; Minister of State for Children, 2003-05…
At the time of her appearance on the ‘Kilroy’ programme, Little Nell was the Labour MP for Barking, having succeeded Jo Richardson in the seat in June 1994, after Richardson died. Jo Richardson was on the left of the Labour Party’s and their Wimmin’s Champ, who knew about the unlawful denial of NHS abortions in north Wales, the lives being put at risk by the private abortionist(s) in Chester, the disappearance of the babies of patients in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh and of course the numerous other crimes of Dafydd’s gang. Richardson said nothing and carefully failed to follow up with enquiries even when the info was staring her in the face. See eg. post ‘It’s Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Arf’.
While Little Nell was selected to stand for, and then elected to, Jo Richardson’s former seat, Dafydd and the gang were complaining bitterly about me and the danger that I represented to their lives and limbs, particularly after, in the early summer of 1994, I and Patient F made representation to two Mental Health Act Commissioners and told them that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and that serious complaints against him were not being investigated. The Commissioners admitted to us that they had heard such complaints about Dafydd many times before and one of the Commissioners later told a nurse manager at the Hergest Unit, Jeff Crowther, who sat in the office with us as we talked to the Commissioners, that she head first heard these complaints about Dafydd in the 1960s. Joyce Kaye of the Mental Health Act Commission subsequently wrote to the Gwynedd Community Health Trust on a number of occasions asking for a response to our allegations, but they did not receive one. Instead, letters between Dafydd, Tony Francis et al and the senior managers of the Trust began circulating, stating that I was extremely dangerous and steps had to be taken to Protect Dafydd because everyone knew that I would soon carry out a murderous attack on him… See post ‘The Banality Of Evil’.
There is another person in north Wales who was hated as much as I was by the Top Docs and like me, was arrested repeatedly and unlawfully refused all NHS care. He arrived in Snowdonia in the late 1970s and before that had begun training as a social worker at the North London Poly but withdrew after he raised concerns about the abuse and neglect of clients by Haringey and Islington Councils which he witnessed on placement. His tutors told him that students were not allowed to criticise the Councils. He made the mistake of telling people in north Wales about this, not realising that Dafydd’s gang was linked to the gangs in other regions of the UK, including Haringey and Islington. He also knew Little Nell in London because he was a Labour Party activist, although he gave up with that after he moved to north Wales because he couldn’t bear the corruption any longer. Particularly that of Betty Williams, who was welcomed into the Commons in 1997 as a rather elderly Blair’s babe. See previous posts.
Er -I wonder… I always presumed that in being selected to fight the Conwy seat, the hopeless Betty was rewarded at last for her valiant colluding with the people traffickers of Gwynedd, after all she was a Gwynedd County Councillor while the gang enjoyed themselves in Gwynedd County Council’s children’s homes. She was hardly what Miranda/Millbank/Mandy wanted though, Betty was sad and a figure of fun. One couldn’t Follettise Betty, the nylon slacks would get in the way. Don’t tell me – Betty capitalised on what she knew had happened to this man in Islington and Haringey and his friend (me) in north Wales and London… Come on Betty, fess up, did you bag your seat on the back of the attacks on us by Dafydd and the gang???
In 1992, the ‘Evening Standard’ reported yet more allegations of abuse in the Islington children’s homes, having previously reported on this matter. Its initial report was slated by Little Nell as a “sensationalist piece of gutter journalism”, although she subsequently apologised, claiming that her officials had given her false information. In 1995, the White Report into sexual abuse in Islington children’s homes confirmed that the Council had failed to adequately investigate the allegations, claiming that its doctrinaire interpretation of equal opportunities created a climate of fear of being branded homophobic. The White Report was damning, but like Waterhouse and all the other Reports into the abuse of kids in care, it still played down just how bad things were. Ian White was one of the Directors of Social Services at the time who played musical chairs, moving from troubled authority to troubled authority, colluding with the worst abuses, yet capitalising on his reputation as the Man Who Exposed Islington. A genuinely critical social worker was removed from White’s Inquiry team because she really was confronting the worst of the criminality. See previous posts.
I note that White reported in 1995. So Little Nell was selected for a safe Labour seat and bagged her place in the Commons well before before the contents of the White Report confirmed at least some of what had happened in Islington children’s homes when Little Nell was captain of the ship then. Nice timing Millbank.
In 2003, following Little Nell’s appointment as Minister for Children, Demetrios Panton went public with his allegations that he had been the subject of abuse in Islington Council care and that although he had repeatedly raised the matter, he had got nowhere. Demetrios had first complained about what had happened to him as a kid in the care of Islington Council in 1985 but he was ignored. Panton identified Little Nell’s complacency as being ultimately responsible for the abuse that he alleged that he had suffered. Liz Davies, the Islington whistleblowing social worker, simultaneously went public regarding the concerns that she had previously raised while working for the Council. Following a media campaign by several national newspapers calling for Little Nell to resign from her new post, Little Nell wrote to Panton, apologising for referring to him as “an extremely disturbed person” in an earlier letter to the BBC Chairman Gavyn Davies, which had been broadcast on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. A formal apology to Panton was made in the High Court on 19 November 2003 by Little Nell’s barrister, together with a financial settlement of £30,000.
Gavyn Davies was one of the casualties of the Hutton Report when he resigned as BBC Chairman in Jan 2004. Readers will remember that Hutton was widely perceived to be an all-out attack on the BBC Governors by Miranda and Alastair Campbell. There was one Guvnor who refused to resign and a lot of people frothed at the mouth over his refusal to jump; it was Merfyn Jones, the VC of Bangor University who was at the time under attack from the combined forces of the gwerin and the paedophiles’ friends, assisted by Miranda and Gordon. See previous posts eg. ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘The Point Is To Change It’. Gavyn is a very rich banker who’s wife is a pal of Gordon’s and she worked as Gordon’s Private Secretary. Gavyn previously worked in Harold Wilson’s Policy Unit, 1974-76 and was an economic adviser to James Callaghan, 1976–1979. Callaghan’s daughter Baroness Margaret Jay was appointed a Health Minister by Miranda, in which role she concealed all the crap in north Wales. See previous posts. When Gavyn was appointed to the BBC, by Miranda, there were accusations of cronyism…
Gavyn went to St John’s College, Cambridge, which is where Sir Ronnie Waterhouse studied, as did a number of Ronnie’s mates and one of Ronnie’s children, Ronnie being an enthusiastic member of the alumni…
Gavyn could resign from the BBC and it wouldn’t make a jot of difference to him. He is filthy rich and a mate of the Gov’t which pretended to sacrifice him. But Merfyn – er, if Merfyn had lost his public positions in 2004, he wouldn’t have been on the streets, but he wouldn’t have carried on living it up a la Gavyn…
Merfyn grew up in Llanfrothen, where Eric Hobsbawm et al had their second homes. Merfyn knew about the gang and he knew about the homicidal regional NHS and he suffered personally in 2008 when his wife died in the care of Dafydd’s colleagues at the Walton Centre. Merfyn’s late wife had previously spilt the paedophiles’ pints herself and she was never forgiven (see previous posts, eg. ‘Badlands’). Furthermore, Merfyn’s late wife’s first husband was the US sociologist Orlando Patterson, who publishes right-on things much admired by the US elite who have links to Miranda and Cherie (see previous posts eg. ‘Right To Reply’ and ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’).
Merfyn’s late wife did her first degree at the LSE. I’ve never seen a copy of Nerys’s CV but from what I can work out, Nerys will have been at the LSE at about the same time as Little Nell and a few other hypocrites who later occupied roles where they were able to conceal the fact that disadvantaged people were being trafficked by the social services or exterminated by the NHS.
So Miranda and Alastair, I’ll be doing a bit more digging with regard to that BBC scrap. I do hope that it wasn’t the first onslaught against Merfyn, before the final one in which Top Docs and others conspired to allow patients to die while he was Chairman of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in order to force his resignation and retreat from public life… See post ‘The Point Is To Change It’.
I have in my possession a copy of a letter written by Dr Tony Francis in the late 1980s which describes me as ‘extremely disturbed’ because of the ‘allegations’ that I was making about ‘doctors’, ‘even deceased doctors’. My allegations were that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and that Gwynne the lobotomist had propositioned me. That letter was sent to numerous people including members of the BMA and I only learned of its existence a few years ago when my lawyers finally acquired copies of my files.
I am waiting for the BMA and everyone else to comment and, I presume, a settlement far bigger than £30k… Can you pass the hat around Little Nell?
Little Nell was born in Egypt into a Jewish family who later came to Britain from central Europe. Eric Hobsbawm was born in Egypt into a Jewish family who later came to Britain from central Europe.
Little Nell: a fuckwitted Council Leader of very little brain who just intimidates everyone. Who concealed a paedophile ring.
Professor Eric Hobsbawm: a Marxist historian loyal to the Communist Party who was almost certainly recruited by the British security services when he was at Cambridge. Who concealed a paedophile ring.
I was always a little chilled by Hobsbawm’s support of murderous regimes as long as they were Revolutionary and Communist. He drew the line at Peru’s Shining Path Guerrilla Army but that’s how bad one had to be for Eric to think that you’d gone a bit far. I shouldn’t really be that surprised that he kept his mouth shut about what was happening to us at the hands of Dafydd’s gang because our sacrifice was Worth It for the Bigger Quest. That’s the Eric who lived in Hampstead – people in Gwynedd kept telling me that Eric’s second home in Croesor was better than the only homes that most locals in Llanfrothen/Croesr had – and always enjoyed an acceptable level of treatment from the Top Docs, who died in the Royal Free hospital at a grand old age, in the care of the dear old NHS, as all the boats were pushed out for him…
Meanwhile in north Wales:
Little Nell’s second husband was Sir Henry Hodge, the solicitor who was one of the first solicitors to be appointed a High Court judge, in 2004. Little Nell married Sir Henry in 1978, which was the same year that she divorced her first husband, Andrew Watson, whom Little Nell married in 1968. Little Nell’s and Andrew’s daughter, Lizzie Watson, is a BBC journalist who was appointed Deputy Editor of BBC News at 6 pm and 10 pm in February 2018. By Feb 2018 this blog was gathering quite a readership. One of the many things that I have blogged about was my linking up with two social work lecturers at the Royal Holloway College in London when I worked at Bangor, who, like Brown and I, had found that Service User Involvement was being used to hide serious abuse of patients. My friends at Royal Holloway told me that in London, as in north Wales, there was a huge conspiracy of silence and a massive bullying problem if anyone dared speak out. Both of them have since left the Royal Holloway.
Little Nell looks worried.
It’s OK! A solution has been found! In Nov 2018, Little Nell was appointed Chair of Council at Royal Holloway College.
The ‘Kilroy’ programme was screened in Jan 1997, just as the Waterhouse Inquiry opened. The Waterhouse Inquiry had been announced by William Hague in 1996, the same year in which the Jillings Report into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council since 1974 was submitted. No-one but the Council’s insurers and their lawyers ever got to read the Jillings Report at the time, not even the Councillors, because the legal adviser for Municipal Mutual, the Council’s insurers – Municipal Mutual were also the insurers of the North Wales Police – instructed that the Report should be made available to no-one at all and if the contents were leaked, Municipal Mutual should withdraw the Council’s insurance cover, leaving the Councillors themselves to personally foot the bill for compensation if any of the former kids in care sued. The Council was also told that if Malcolm King, the Chair of the Social Services Committee who had asked a few too many questions about kids being abused, did get hold of any part of the Jillings Report and divulge the contents, he should be sacked. All known copies of the Report were later pulped. See post ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’
Municipal Mutual’s legal adviser who ensured the total suppression of the Jillings Report was Michael Beloff QC, a colleague of Cherie’s and a friend of both Cherie and Miranda. Beloff was a visitor to Chequers when Miranda was President of the World. Except for America of course. Michael Beloff’s dad Lord Max Beloff was a friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, who was Chief Executive of Gwynedd County Council throughout the years when the gang enjoyed themselves in the Council’s children’s homes unhindered. See post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ A number of people directly involved with the north Wales child abuse scandal were LSE graduates. Before Ioan was Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council, he was County Secretary for Dyfed County Council. Where a paedophile ring operated with the collusion of the welfare services and NHS which had links to the gang in north Wales.
Lord Max was a mate of Thatch’s associates in the Institute for Economic Affairs and was one of the movers and shakers behind the creation of the University of Buckingham, of which Thatch subsequently became Chancellor. See previous posts.
Shortly after the Jillings Report was completed in 1996, Clwyd County Council disappeared after a shake-up recommended by the Local Gov’t Boundary Commission, the Chairman of which was Professor Eric Sunderland, who in 1995 had retired as Principal of Bangor University, although he was fit, healthy, lived another 20 years and continued to hold a number of roles in public life and was deeply involved with Bangor University until shortly before he died.
John Jillings and his team admitted that what they had uncovered in north Wales was horrific, that kids had been terribly abused since Clwyd County Council was created in 1974, that the abuse was widespread and known about by all agencies at all levels but no-one had made any effort at all to protect the kids. Jillings speculated that there had been organised abuse in north Wales as far back as the 1940s at least. Jillings flatly refused to comment on whether the panel thought that a paedophile ring was at work in north Wales.
In 2013, someone found a copy of the Jillings Report and after all those years it was made available. It was so heavily redacted that it was virtually meaningless, even to people who knew the region and the people who had been involved in the paedophile ring which of course had never existed.
Cherie and Michael Beloff QC are well-networked into the circle of London-based Radical Barristers who knew about Dafydd’s gang but kept schtum, one of which is Michael Mansfield. Michael Mansfield remained schtum even after I wrote to him about the abuses of Gwynedd Social Services in 1993. Another member of the Mansfield Community is St Helena of the Kennedys, who worked extensively with Professor Nigel Eastman of St George’s Hospital Medical School. St Helena acknowledged Nigel in her book about the injustice suffered by Wimmin at the hands of the British Criminal Justice System, ‘Eve Was Framed’ (see post ‘Eve Was Framed – As Were A Lot Of Other People’). Nigel Eastman was one of the Top Docs who ‘assessed’ me at St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1991, was told by his own colleagues in writing that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and that they thought that Tony Francis was as well, that I wasn’t psychotic but that I had been suicidal entirely as a result of what had been happening to me at the hands of Dafydd and the gang. Eastman told me to go back to north Wales because ‘they know you there’. I was not offered any sort of follow up care or any further appointments. See previous posts.
Some years ago Julia Hobsbawm held a do at the Portmeirion Hotel in Gwynedd, at which St Helena was one of the guests of honour.
‘Do you know, I think that Stalin probably got it basically correct, but ooh the Shining Path, well, no they wouldn’t get my vote. Now tell me Helena, what case are you working on at the moment? I am so glad that the Poor have someone to champion their cause. Have you met Sarah’s Teddy Bear? Oh of course you have, he and his mate Lord Jack been shafting Sally and Brown’s closest friends since 1986…’
The Portmeirion Hotel is lovely and it has the poshest bogs in the whole of Gwynedd and when I went there, a harpist was strumming away as well. Unfortunately though, it really was a case of me not being able to understand anything on the menu; not because it was French, I can do a bit of schoolgirl French, it was the nature of the food, I had never encountered such matter before, so I just randomly selected a few things. I’m sure that Julia and St Helena will not have found themselves faced with the same difficulty at the Portmeirion Hotel, they’ll probably have had more trouble deciphering the menu at the Penguin Cafe in Bangor, not being used to such places.
Max Clifford of course is dead now, having died while serving a prison sentence for sexual assaults on young women. I’m sure that Max was an awful man, but Julia and Annabel concealed things just as bad as Max’s crimes.
When the ‘Kilroy’ programme in question was screened, John Birt was DG of the BBC. The John Birt who was very good mates with Mandelson. Birt and Mandy had both worked at LWT together. In the early 1990s, Cilla was the biggest light entertainment star on LWT and Cilla’s ‘Blind Date’ alone was so successful that it reversed the fortunes of LWT after a difficult time. Cilla was a close friend of Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain of St George’s Hospital Medical School who was colluding with Dafydd’s gang as well as others. Chamberlain grew up in south Wales, where his dad was Secretary to the Lord Mayor of Cardiff. Chamberlain went to Llandaff Cathedral School and returned to Wales after he retired from the NHS in 2000, when he bagged a job lecturing in the history of medicine at Swansea University, despite having been involved in a major research fraud scandal at St George’s and his Academic Unit being closed after another scandal erupted shortly after the research fraud. Following that, dear old Chamberlain’s colleagues were in the news once more after one of them, Rashmi Varma, was caught coercing NHS fertility patients to donate eggs to private patients… See previous posts eg. ‘Now Then…’
In Jan 1997, William Hague was still Secretary of State for Wales; Hague had orchestrated the cover up which was the Waterhouse Inquiry.
As for Kilroy-Silk, the host of the Jan 1997 show, well Kilroy-Silk invited Dafydd onto one of his shows as the star guest in the mid-1990s. Dafydd was wheeled out as an expert on PTSD. Michael Mansfield appeared on ‘Kilroy’ as well, but not in the same programme as Dafydd. The real laugh though is that before Dafydd decided that he needed a slot on ‘Kilroy’ was that Brown appeared on ‘Kilroy’ and a lot of people in north Wales saw him on there…
Kilroy-Silk and Dafydd’s gang go back a lot further than the mid-1990s. Before Kilroy-Silk became a TV star, Robert Kilroy-Silk was the Labour MP for Ormskirk, 1974-83 and then Knowsley North, 1983-86. Both constituencies were strongholds of Dafydd’s gang’s Merseyside branch. Kilroy-Silk left the Commons to present ‘Kilroy’, 1986-2004, then returned to politics. He then served as the MEP for the East Midlands, 2004-09. Having been elected as a UKIP candidate, Kilroy-Silk left in 2005 to found a new party which he called Veritas. He resigned as its leader later the same year and sat as an independent MEP for the rest of his term. Kilroy-Silk’s adventures with UKIP and Veritas were entertaining, but being in UKIP, Kilroy-Silk will have known Beata Brookes, a former Denbighshire County Council social worker who for years was a high profile Tory politician in Wales. Beata Brookes was a fully paid up member of Dafydd’s gang and for decades ruled supreme over the NHS and Social Services in north east Wales, as well as all the charidees for disabled people in the region. Beata was of a similar vintage to Dafydd and Lucille, she had been involved with the procuring of young people from Wales to provide sexual services in people England, including in Liverpool and London, since Macmillan’s era. See previous posts.
When Kilroy-Silk was in the Commons, he was known as someone who was constantly ingratiating himself to Sir Ray Powell, the Labour MP for Ogmore, 1979-2001, who served as an Opposition Whip. Kilroy-Silk was widely believed to be picking up tips and advice from Powell. Ray Powell was someone who built his power base on his knowledge of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and the trafficking gang which supplied it, including those in Wales. See previous posts for more information about Ray Powell and Kilroy-Silk’s toadying to him.
Kilroy-Silk grew up in Birmingham and attended the LSE at about the same time as Little Nell et al… After graduating, Kilroy-Silk worked as a lecturer in politics at the University of Liverpool, 1966-74. Dafydd’s mates ran Liverpool University during those and the succeeding years and not just the Medical School either. See previous posts.
My post ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ explained that after Miranda had been elected, between Nov 1997-Jane 1998, the Select Committee on Health, with regard to children being looked after by local authorities, took evidence from a substantial list of people working in the social care system and representatives of local authorities who had already been involved with the system which had long been riddled with serious abuse and neglect. I haven’t got time to review all the people and Boroughs which were listed, although I might return to them in a future post.
The Select Committee also took evidence from the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the DoH, Paul Boateng MP and DoH officials. Boateng has featured many times previously on this blog, as has his wife Janet. Boateng knew about the gang in north Wales; he was a solicitor working for Birnberg & Co when Birnberg & Co acted for Mary Wynch when she took legal action against Dafydd and the gang in the 1980s. Boateng became the Labour MP for Brent South in 1987, where children were neglected and abused in care. His wife Janet worked as a social worker for Lambeth while that Borough was sending kids to children’s homes in north Wales and while they were being abused in Lambeth homes as well. Janet Boateng doubled up as the Chair of the Social Services Committee, which left her deeply compromised when Tyra Henry was murdered while in the care of Lambeth. See previous posts. Esther Rantzen’s sister was a social worker in Lambeth and Esther’s sister’s boss Valerie Howarth was later appointed Chief Executive of Childline. Valerie is now Baroness Valerie. One of the Boatengs’ sons was convicted of rape a few years ago. Allegations have been made that Paul Boateng was very closely involved with child abusers in Lambeth. See previous posts.
Hansard states that in February 1998 – by which time Waterhouse had finished hearing evidence in public from former kids in care in north Wales, some of whom collapsed when they recounted the beatings and gang rapes, while they were denounced as liars only after compensation – the Select Committee on Health held a joint evidence session with the Education Sub-Committee of the Education and Employment Committee, at which evidence was taken from David Blunkett MP, Secretary of State for Education and Employment. Blunkett, memorably the father of the Little Lad which led to a great deal of trouble and Blunkett’s eventual resignation, disgraced himself in many ways when he was in Gov’t. Blunkett for years led Sheffield City Council and he knew about the organised abuse and police corruption in Yorkshire. He also knew about the gang in north Wales and presumably the gangs elsewhere and as Home Secretary oversaw the continued criminality in north Wales on the part of the gang.
Hansard informed us that in 1997-98, the Select Committee on Health utilised a number of Specialist Advisers, who were: Professor Jane Aldgate, Chair of Social Work and Director of the School of Social Work, University of Leicester; Mrs Rosemary Arkley, formerly Inspector in the Social Services Inspectorate, Department of Health; and Mr Chris Davies, Director of Social Services at Somerset County Council.
Professor Jane Aldgate obviously just had to be a Specialist Adviser on ‘Looked After Children’, holding the Chair of Social Work at the University of Leicester, being an institution which in 1998 was colluding with the trafficking gang in Leicestershire which had links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. The gang in Leicester was facilitated principally by the Social Services and the NHS, but the City Council, the police and the legal/criminal justice system were fully on board with it as well. See previous posts. In 1987-88, Dr James Earp, a Top Doctor in Leicester, concealed the criminality of Dafydd’s gang. See post ‘An Expert From England’.
Jane Aldgate features on the website of the ‘Centre for Confidence and Well-Being’, which is ‘working for cultural and social change’:
The Scottish social work services contribution to the event was led by Professor Jane Aldgate who set out the ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ aims and programme with updates from the Highland Pathfinder Project. Jane argued that effecting the changes was still a long road ahead for all professionals involved but already clear results from innovative practices could be seen; such as 75 per cent drop in referrals from Police to the Reporter in one pilot area. Jane spent some time outlining a useful way to think about resilience. She also argued for the importance of providing special protection for vulnerable children.
One can download Professor Aldgate’s Powerpoint presentation ‘Better Support for Vulnerable Children’ from the website but it is so banal that I wouldn’t advise anyone to bother.
I’m not sure when this event starring Jane Aldgate actually was, but Aldgate had served as an adviser to the Scottish Gov’t. Lord Jack McConnell is not the only link between Dafydd’s gang in north Wales and Scotland. Ioan Bowen Rees, the former Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council was an expert on local democracy no less – that’s how he got to know Lord Max Beloff – and had many links with scholars in Europe theorising on local government, democracy and politics. Some of these were Scottish and Ioan had links with Scottish Nationalists being a Plaid activist. See post ‘Events, Dear Boy, Events’.
An online announcement by the Open University boasting of their staff who have picked up gongs, informed us that in 2007, the OU’s Professor of Social Care Jane Aldgate, ‘who is also a Gov’t adviser on Child Welfare’ was awarded an OBE for services to Children and Families. Upon receipt of her gong, Aldgate said: ‘It is very exciting news. It feels like recognition of 30 years of work. The research I do contributes to developments in policy and improving practice for children in need and in care and their families. It is an area where there is still a great deal to do. I hope this honour will help me to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. The OU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care specialises in research about users of health and social care services so in a way, this honour reflects the work of the whole faculty.’
By 2007, Brown and I had begun publishing about the mental health services in north Wales.
I haven’t heard any comments from Jane with regard to the historical investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal or the Westminster Paedophile Ring or the IICSA or indeed the trafficking gangs which are now operating across the UK, targeting kids in care; most UK Social Services Depts are now being investigated by police as a result. 30 years of Jane’s contribution!
The OU website also states that: Jane has been with the OU since 1999 when she joined from Leicester University. Her main area of research is Children in the Care System and in Foster and Kinship care. Since 2004, she has acted as an adviser to the Department of Health and the Scottish Executive on policy in these areas. Jane has also designed the conceptual framework for the post-qualifying Award in Child Care for social workers in England.
It has recently been admitted by the Westminster Gov’t that the training for social workers in England, particularly re child protection, is woefully inadequate and it is currently being overhauled.
Jane’s brief biography which accompanies an online advert for a speaking engagement explains that Jane works at: The Open University and holds honorary posts at the University of Edinburgh and Queens University, Belfast. She has researched and written about a wide range of child welfare and social work issues including children’s development, family support, and services for kinship care and looked after children. Jane is currently a Professional Adviser to the Scottish Government. She is Patron of the charity, Kinsfolk Carers Edinburgh. Jane was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to children and families.
In Nov 2007 Aldgate gave a seminar in the Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series; a recording of the seminar is available online and on the webpage there is text telling us that: ‘Professor Jane Aldgate OBE (The Open University). ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ is an integrated system of getting the right help to children at the right time in their lives through agencies working together to provide a coherent, evidence based system of assessment, planning and recording. It aims to cut down bureaucracy and help children get the service they need when they need it. It is founded on understanding how children develop to reach their full potential and the fundamental value of children’s and families’ participation in assessment and planning’.
The year previously, 2006, Jane’s reputation as an Expert became yet greater after the publication of her volume which was co-authored with Jane Tunstill and Marilyn Hughes:
The blurb which accompanied the book told us that ‘Professor Jane Tunstill is Visiting Professor of Social Work at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit of Kings College, London and Director of the Implementation Module of the DfES commissioned National Evaluation of Sure Start. Jane Aldgate OBE is Professor Emerita at the Open University and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.’
Jane Tunstill was a member of the Jillings Inquiry panel in north Wales and is Emeritus Professor at the Royal Holloway College, London…
Note the title of the book co-authored by Aldgate and Tunstill – ‘Improving Children’s Services Networks’; Networks are indeed the issue. The networks are not being used to provide services or to ‘share best practice’; the networks are being used at worst to facilitate abuse and at best to protect professionals who are culpable. Furthermore Little Nell seems to be a presence in most of the networks.
Jane Aldgate has also co-authored many journal articles with Wendy Rose, an OU academic who was previously a senior civil servant advising Gov’t on children’s policy. Aldgate and Rose co-authored the 2010 volume ‘Improving Outcomes for Children and Families’.
Er, Rotherham? Rochdale? Telford? Oxford?
When I first discovered the joys of Prof Jane Aldgate, there was a very useful profile of Jane online which outlined her whole career and named some particularly mad Top Doctors in Scotland with whom she trained and worked when she was young; however that profile has disappeared from the internet since I mentioned in my post ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ that I would be blogging about Jane. I am really going to have to stop giving any clues as to whom I am investigating… Unfortunately for Jane and whoever is trying to photo shop her career history, I can remember the names of some of the mad old Top Doctors with whom Jane worked.
At the start of her career, Jane Aldgate was based in Glasgow. Dr Sam Galbraith, the neurosurgeon whom the Windbag lovingly embraced as a member of the Labour Party and was then fast-tracked into a safe Labour seat and Ministerial posts but who sadly was a complete shitbag and not the saviour that the Labour Party had hoped that he would be, was a Top Doctor in Glasgow and had spent his whole career there. Dr Sam arrived in the Labour Party when Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and I just would not shut up about Dafydd and the gang. See previous posts for further information on the catastrophe that was Dr Sam and his misuse of Ministerial perks.
Jane Aldgate was one of the people who learned at the knees of John Derg ‘Jock’ Sutherland and his pals. John Derg Sutherland (23 April 1905 – 14 June 1991) was a Scottish Top Doctor, psychoanalyst and theorist, notable for his role as Medical Director of the Tavistock Clinic, 1947-68, while the Tavi was concealing organised abuse. Jock was born in Edinburgh and studied Medicine at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. As a psychiatrist in Edinburgh, Sutherland undertook a training analysis with W.R.D. Fairbairn.
William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn (11 August 1889 – 31 December 1964) was a central figure in the development of the object relations theory of psychoanalysis. Ronald Fairbairn was born at the Red House, Cluny Gardens, Edinburgh, the only child of Cecilia and Thomas Fairbairn. Thomas Fairbairn was President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. Ronald was educated at Merchiston Castle School and Edinburgh University, where he studied divinity and Hellenic Greek. In WW I Fairbairn served under General Allenby in the Palestine campaign. On his return home Fairbairn began medical training at Edinburgh. After qualifying, Fairbairn lectured in psychology at Edinburgh University and also independently practised analysis. In 1931 Fairbairn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Fairbairn was Consultant Psychiatrist to the Ministry of Pensions, 1941-54. Fairbairn was an associate member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He died in Edinburgh at the age of 75.
One of Ronald Fairbairn’s best known works was ‘Psychoanalytical Studies of Personality’ (1952), a collection of previously published papers. The table of contents includes:
Part Two: Clinical Papers: Chapter I: Notes on the Religious Phantasies of a Female Patient (1927); Chapter II: Features in the Analysis of a Patient with a Physical Genital Abnormality (1931); Chapter III: The Effect of a King’s Death Upon Patients Undergoing Analysis (1936).
Part Three: Miscellaneous Papers: Chapter IV: The Treatment and Rehabilitation of Sexual Offenders (1946).
The son of this giant of analysis who pronounced on religious phantasies of female patients, on patients with genital abnormalities, on patients affected by a King’s death and on the rehabilitation of sex offenders, was the father of one of the most notorious MPs who’s presence has ever graced the House, Nicholas Fairbairn. Readers may remember my previous posts which featured Fairbairn and even if they don’t, older readers with an interest in politics will never have forgotten Nicky Fairbairn.
Fairbairn was a barrister and the Tory MP for Kinross and Western Perthshire, October 1974-83, then for Perth and Kinross until his death in 1995. Fairbairn succeeded Sir Alec Douglas Home in the seat.
.As a student at Edinburgh University and during much of the rest of his younger life, Fairbairn was a promiscuous bisexual and a very heavy drinker, but was described flatteringly as flamboyant and charismatic. As he aged it became obvious that Fairbairn was an aggressive drunk and there were instances of him being violent towards women. He lived in a castle, turned up to the Commons dressed head to toe in tartan and completely pissed to boot and was renowned for his extra-marital mistresses, one of whom tried to commit suicide by hanging herself in a public place in central London in 1981. No-one asked why this lady had resorted to such drastic measures and there was much sympathy for ‘poor Nicky’ who had been embarrassed by this madwoman.
Poor Nicky also reached his career zenith in 1981, when Krakatoa erupted after Thatch had been stupid enough to appoint him Solicitor General for Scotland in 1979. Thatch had wanted to make Fairbairn Lord Advocate, but she was told by people who knew Poor Nicky in no uncertain terms that he was completely unsuitable for high office, so Thatch gave Fairbairn the next best job and appointed Lord James Mackay of Clashfern as Lord Advocate, who wasn’t even a member of the Tory Party but Scottish Tories were a rare species at the time. Nicky found himself the centre of one hell of a row as a result of the Glasgow Rape Case, in which three young men grabbed a woman unknown to them who was minding her own business walking home through the east end of Glasgow, raped her, slashed her to bits with a razor and nearly murdered her in the process. She only survived because she was discovered and helped. The men made a full confession to the police. Fairbairn dropped the prosecution because the victim of the rape had ‘received psychiatric treatment’. She had in fact received counselling only because of the attack on her and Top Doctors then declared that she would not make a credible witness. It is standard practice to refer victims of sexual assault for counselling or psychiatric treatment and this is always used to discredit them should they make a formal complaint. The wider public were not aware of this until the Glasgow Rape Case and there was one hell of a row. For years when I was younger, like many other people at the time, I found it very upsetting that Top Doctors who had treated the victims of sex crime were always used to discredit them; there was clearly a major problem that was presented as being just an aspect of the cold heartless legal process. The legal process has to be cold, it’s a legal process not a pink pussy cat and furthermore the introduction of heart-warming victim impact statements has not proved to be a good idea. However, I continued to wonder why no Top Docs ever spoke out about the way in which their evidence was ALWAYS used. I now know that their evidence was and is designed to be used to conceal sexual abuse, it is what the psychiatric establishment has been doing from its earliest days and that is why Top Docs are inevitably involved with witnesses. It is the ultimate fix.
Nicholas Fairbairn ended up resigning but only because he breached protocol by discussing the Glasgow Rape Case with a journalist. After a media campaign, a private prosecution was brought by the victim in 1982 under ancient Scottish law. It was known as the Carol X case. All three of the perpetrators were convicted, with one sentenced to 12 years in prison. Although the Glasgow Rape Case brought public attention to the blatant and deliberate abuse of psychiatry in cases of sexual assault, sadly Carol X fared very badly. She became an alcoholic and ended up destitute and died a few years later.
Nevertheless, Fairbairn was knighted in 1988. Which was the year that Dafydd and the gang got even busier behind the scenes as I refused to withdraw my complaint. In 1988 the gang planted one of Tony Francis’s psychiatrist mates, Peter Macguire, in a Royal Marsden Hospital cancer research team funded by Cancer Research Campaign, just after I embarked upon a career in cancer research, funded by the CRC. Max Clifford raised a great deal of money for the Royal Marsden. Sadly for Macguire, it all backfired rather badly because Macguire and chums were perpetrating a research fraud which was exposed in 1991. It resulted in the suicide of their colleague Prof Tim McElwain, but Macguire et al didn’t give a stuff and other members of the team went on to become big names in cancer research and one of them in mental health research. See posts ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’.
I have recently been told that Dr Adrian Bell and Professor Fergus Lowe from Bangor University had a hand in formulating that particular plan to stymy my career.
Fairbairn’s immediate boss, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, was a strict Scottish Presbytarian, who consistently appointed people who had concealed organised abuse, including by Dafydd’s gang, to senior legal positions. See previous posts. Baroness Patricia Scotland, who was one of the lawyers employed at the Waterhouse Inquiry to insult the former kids in care who gave evidence and also accuse them of lying, was appointed a QC by James MacKay, he was a big fan of hers. See previous posts for details of Patsy Scotland’s career of shame and the careers of shame of many of her mates.
During a Commons debate in 1994 regarding equality of age of consent for same and mixed-gender couples, Fairbairn was called to order by the Speaker Betty Boothroyd after starting a description of the “perverse mechanics” of sodomy. Fairbairn should have asked Sir Peter Morrison, Greville Janner, Cyril Smith, Norman St John Stevas and George Thomas to have assisted him, they all had plenty of experience, including with non-consenting minors. Betty probably knew rather more about the perverse mechanics of sodomy than she let on as well, Betty having concealed the child molesting of all of the previously named politicians and who at that very time was, along with the rest of Parliament, ignoring the havoc which the criminality of Dafydd et al was causing in north Wales. See previous posts for info on Boothroyd. Fairbairn voted against equality between the genders re the age of consent in 1994, although earlier in his career Fairbairn had been a supporter of the Scottish Minorities Group. It was three members of the Scottish Minorities Group who formed PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) in Oct 1974.
PIE became affiliated to the NCCL, with which many people who later became New Labour big wigs were involved eg. Paul Boateng, Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt, Little Nell’s husband Sir Henry Hodge etc. See previous posts. Keith Hose, a leading light in PIE, subsequently held an NCCL session at a MIND conference on paedophiles’ rights, while Tessa Jowell was Deputy Director of MIND.
One of the ways in which one Hergest patient entertained himself in the 1990s was by ringing up Dafydd pretending to be a gay Scotsman, Donald MacDuff, who was in love with Dafydd. The gay Scotsman claimed to have been at Liverpool Medical School with Dafydd and before Dafydd finally realised that this was a patient having a laugh at his expense, Dafydd told MacDuff that he remembered him from Liverpool. MacDuff’s creator invented a whole fantasy world for the benefit of Dafydd, including a doctor’s surgery in Edinburgh where he worked – in Queen’s Street of course – and all the jolly japes that he and Dafydd had got up to in the dorms at Liverpool. I’ve just had a look at archive material from the Scottish Minorities Group and I note that it references remarkably similar things to MacDuff’s world; a gay centre in Queen’s Crescent (but in Glasgow rather than Edinburgh) and all sorts of people and places in Edinburgh.
There was of course a paedophile/trafficking ring in Scotland in the 1970s and 80s; Tam Paton, the manager of the Bay City Rollers and an Edinburgh-based gangster, was part of it and it stretched over into Glasgow as well. The ring involved Top Doctors and lawyers and the members were so well-protected that when complaints were made – including by a member of the Rollers – they went nowhere. In 2000, Derek Longmuir, the former drummer of the Rollers who was now in middle age, was charged with offences relating to child porn; he was working as an Angel at the time at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he had worked since 1993, having volunteered at the Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh before he began training as an Angel in 1990. Longmuir was found guilty but got off remarkably lightly and was allowed to continue nursing. See previous posts ‘eg. ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’.
I had no idea about all this when MacDuff was ringing up Dafydd, but it might explain why Dafydd thought that he might have known MacDuff from the past or at least thought that it was worth pretending that he knew MacDuff… When Dafydd was giving evidence to Parliamentary committees with regard to his ‘expertise’ (see post ‘Feet In Chains’), I note that Dafydd listed all the ‘clinics’ which he held across the UK, including some in Scotland.
Towards the end of his life, Fairbairn came to be seen as totally obnoxious, particularly with regard to his comments about victims of sexual assault, whom he denounced at one point as ‘tauntresses’, receiving the backing of his wife. However, after the old bastard died of drink (cirrhosis of the liver) at the age of 61 in 1995, his wife revealed that he had been ferociously violent, that she had lived in terror of him and one of his favourite past-times had been to stamp on her hands in an attempt to break her fingers. Some years ago a woman came forward who claimed that Fairbairn, who was a friend of her father’s, had molested her when she was a pre-pubescent. She maintained that her father and Fairbairn were part of a paedophile ring and her father had handed her over to Fairbairn. There were the usual ‘how very dare yous’ from people whom it was known had been mates with Fairbairn, including, er, Esther.
Esther had, when younger, been one of Fairbairn’s high profile bedfellows. As with all the molesters to whom Esther is close, not only was it a matter of Esther Not Knowing – just like old Savile then Esther! – but Esther only ever thought that ‘Nicky’ was ‘utterly charming’. How Esther meets so many ‘utterly charming’ men when all anybody else meets when they bump into the same people are revolting old creeps I can’t imagine. Not only that, but the revolting old creeps are Utterly Charming and Know How To Treat A Lady in that pseudo-posh voice of Esther’s and while she gives that insincere look and clutches at that bit between her cleavage and her neck.
Here’s the violent wife-beating maniac with whom Esther had sex and found Utterly Charming:
Nicholas Fairbairn married twice. First in 1962 to Elizabeth Mackay, the daughter of the 13th Lord Reay. They divorced in 1979. Elizabeth’s brother was Hugh William Mackay, 14th Lord Reay, Baron Mackay (19 July 1937-10 May 2013), a Conservative member of the Lords. Hugh MacKay was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. Lord Reay succeeded to the title upon his father’s death in 1963. He sat as an appointed MEP, 1973-79. Lord Reay subsequently was appointed as a Lords whip in 1989 by Thatch. In 1991, he was moved by PM John Major to the DTI as a junior Minister, but he left the Gov’t at the 1992 General Election.
With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Lord Reay lost his automatic right to sit in the Lords. It was OK though because he was one of the 92 elected hereditary peers who remained in the Lords thanks to Miranda’s fudge, most of whom played a key role in concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Lord Reay was the hereditary Clan Chief of Clan Mackay and Lord of Ophemert and Zennewijnen in the Netherlands.
Lord Reay was married twice. His first wife Tessa, (née the Honourable Annabel Terese Fraser), was a daughter of Lord Lovat; Tessa later married Henry Keswick and they feature in my post ‘Running The Country – And All That Jazz’). Lord Reay and Tessa had two sons and one daughter. With his second wife Victoria Isabella, youngest daughter of the late 1st Baron Bruntisfield, Lord Reay had two daughters.
An elderly Lord Reay with Lady Victoria Reay. Yes, she is his wife, not his daughter:
Here are extracts from a website which seems to have been created by an admirer of Lord Reay:
Lord Reay was a dapper man who always took pride in his appearance. Although not often in Mackay country, he cut a dashing figure in full highland dress. At official dinners, he wore the kilt with a specially made green jacket to complement the green, blue and black of the Mackay tartan. He attended the Gatherings in Edinburgh in 2000 and 2009. At the former, Lord Reay, with his wife the Lady Victoria, walked down the Royal Mile in the parade in Mackay tartan with a grand cockade in his glengarry. In 2009 he visited the Mackay tent in kilt and glengarry and spoke enthusiastically of the work being done at the Clan Mackay Room at the Strathnaver Museum in Sutherland.
Lord Reay said in a speech: “I have always had soft spot for Edinburgh, the place of my birth and still managing to hold its place as, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in the United Kingdom. I feel honoured to be amongst you. Clansmen, Clanswomen. I ask you to raise your glasses to the Clan Mackay.”
Lord Reay spent much of time between, London, the Netherlands and Lancashire. He was a keen angler and especially enjoyed fishing the Tweed. He was also an excellent shot. Lord Reay was a man of dignity and charm who combined the various disciplines of clan chief, politician and environmentalist with much grace.
Lord Reay was not much more Scottish than I am. He just had a really big dressing up box with a tartan theme.
A drappie o’ the real MacKay
Lord Hugh Reay was succeeded in the title by his elder son, Aeneas Simon Mackay, Master of Reay (born 20 March 1965), a banker, who married, on 14 January 2010 Mia Ruulio, elder daughter of Markus Ruulio of Helsinki. No doubt this Lord Reay wore tartan at the wedding between two true noble Scots. Lord Reay’s heir is his son the Honourable Alexander Shimi Markus Mackay (born 21 April 2010). Savile Row will be kept in business as a result of orders for expensive tartan suits from Highland chieftains who double up as bankers who live in London and marry women from Scandinavia for many years yet.
In 1983 Nicholas Fairbairn married his second wife, Suzanne Mary Wheeler aka Lady Sam Fairbairn, who was for 14 years the chatelaine of the 13th century Fordell Castle in Fife.
Whilst still married to her first husband, Sam first encountered Fairbairn in Edinburgh. Soon after Fairbairn’s death she learned that he had an illegitimate son, conceived during the early days of their marriage. She subsequently sold Fordell Castle and burnt Fairbairn’s wardrobe of clothes-for-dressing-up-as-a-Scotsman. Later Lady Sam was in dispute with Fairbairn’s three daughters from his earlier marriage, whom, on his deathbed, he had cut out of his will. Her response was to give the children, including the “love-child”, £10,000 apiece and their pick of the castle’s contents – and then disappear into hiding. In November 2007 Fordell Castle was sold for £3,850,000.
To return to Nicholas Fairbairn’s eminent psychoanalyst dad’s protege. In 1935, aged only 30, Jock Sutherland was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and by this time he was networked with a whole collection of impressively mad Top Doctors and analysts. I would love to blog about them all in detail because they really are splendid, especially for those of us who encountered Dafydd. One only has to read the works of Jock and his mates in a Dafydd voice and the memories of patients screaming – often with laughter – at Dafydd’s insanities and the desperate shifting of goal posts whenever a Top Doc was caught bang to rights come flooding back. Jock’s mentors are historical figures but this lot didn’t go in for evolution. Their ideas were preserved in aspic and Dafydd et al were still regurgitating this ‘classic work’ in the 1990s, I suspect because it was so useful for discrediting witnesses to serious wrongdoing. However, I am going to have to restrict myself to blogging only about the Top Docs most closely linked to the people associated with Dafydd et al.
At the onset of WW II, Jock Sutherland moved to work in a psychiatric unit in Glasgow, expecting a wave of mentally scarred soldiers. In 1941 he briefly joined the RAMC. In 1942, Sutherland joined a team of Top Docs, predominantly from the Tavi, to develop a War Office Selection Board for Officers. Jock played a significant role in the design and methodology of material used by the Selection Board and was a major influence on the group as a whole. It is good to know that someone that mad who later protected Dafydd et al wielded made the decisions as to who became officers. It does however explain a lot in terms of nasty, not very able pieces of work like Dr Dannie Abse, whose elder brother Wilfred was a psychoanalyst who would have known Sutherland et al, becoming Army officers with huge responsibilities either during WW II or after, while they did National Service. Most of the Abse family facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring and colluded with Dafydd and the gang. See post ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
Jock’s work with the crowd from the Tavi resulted in him serving as its Director, 1947-68. By the 1940s, the Tavi had become adept at concealing organised abuse by using psychoanalytic theory to tie themselves and everyone else up in knots, the Tavi having been built on rather rotten foundations from the beginning (see post ‘Thought For The Day’). In 1948, Sutherland decided that the Tavi should play its part in Nye’s new NHS, along with Dannie Abse, Uncle Harry, Julian Tudor Spart and the rest of those who spent their careers providing an umbrella for Dafydd and the Westminster Paedophile Ring while they dedicated themselves to The Poor. See previous posts.
Bevan famously said at a Labour Party rally in 1948: “… no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party… So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin…’
Bevan’s comment inspired the creation of the Vermin Club by angry Conservatives, who attacked Bevan for years for the metaphor. This blog demonstrates that the Vermin Club extended to rather more than those Tories whom had displeased Nye Bevan.
- Nye Bevan contended that his Welsh mining constituency did not send him to Parliament to “dress up” and thus declined to wear formal attire at Buckingham Palace functions. Presumably, Bevan’s Welsh mining constituency did send him to Parliament to attend Buck House functions, go shopping in Harrods and live a notoriously self-indulgent life in the most expensive part of London.
- Nye didn’t die in his humble cott in Belgravia, he died in Buckinghamshire, where he owned his farm.
- Here’s Nye speaking in Corwen in 1952, where the farmers had a rather different lifestyle to farmers in Buckinghamshire and if they pissed the wrong people off they found themselves in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh on the receiving end of Gwynne the lobotomist’s pick. Which Nye knew all about but didn’t ever mention.
In 1952 Bevan published ‘In Place of Fear’, “the most widely read socialist book” of the period, according to Anthony Crosland. Crosland, like Nye’s widow Jennie Lee, concealed paedophile gangs with links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. See previous posts.
From 1968 to 1974, Jock Sutherland worked at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, contributing to the training of young psychiatrists. In 1970, with Professor John Spencer, Sutherland embarked on developing advanced education and training for welfare professionals that integrated psychoanalytic theory. This led in 1972 to the formation of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations, SIHR, which became a sister ‘outpost’ of the Tavistock Clinic in Scotland and was sometimes referred to as the ‘MacTavi’. The SIHR had offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and was finally dissolved in 2013 after over forty years of operation as a professional body.
Professor Jane Aldgate as a young welfare professional was based in Glasgow and trained/worked with the SIHR, where she learnt some dangerous nonsense.
I do not believe that absolutely everyone involved in analysis is mad and up to no good, I have been friendly with two people who were analysts. Analysis can be fascinating and insightful, but the sheer number of people involved who were/are using it as a cover for abuse is terrifying and one of my analyst friends told me that this was indeed a big problem. It is still not widely discussed in the lay press.
Sutherland published on object relations theory, group therapy and had an extensive private practice; his work in the United States played a significant part in opening up ego psychology to the object relations tradition. Sutherland will have known Wilfred Abse who knew Dafydd and Gwynne the lobotomist and who facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring (see post O Jones, O Jones), as well as Freud’s pal the Welsh psychiatrist Ernest Jones, who got into trouble when he went a bit too far with female patients and managed to kill his first wife soon after their marriage by chloroform poisoning when he and a friend carried out abdominal surgery on her themselves at her parents’ home in south Wales (see previous posts). Ernest Jones was the father of Mervyn Jones, a friend of Michael Foot and Foot’s biographer (see post ‘The Wind Of No Change’). Sutherland will also have known many of the other Top Docs named on this blog who colluded with Dafydd et al.
Jock Sutherland died in Edinburgh on 14 June 1991, so he was alive and kicking – and he will have been kicking – until after the first police investigation had begun into the possibility of a paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire. Jock was one of the many burying the evidence and witnesses.
Among the colleagues that Jock worked with and whose careers he fostered, were Harry Guntrip, Charles Rycroft and R.D. Laing. I have discussed Laing previously on this blog; the counter-culture guru famous for his opposition to mainstream psychiatry was responsible for a good deal of patient neglect and abuse himself.
At one point, Dafydd and his pals at the North Wales Hospital became Laingians, as did the people traffickers of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team; as with every other theory that the gang got their paws on, the Laingian phase of those we know and love was put to good use, abusing patients and concealing serious criminality. One man who was, in the words of his family, ‘left to rot’ by Dafydd in Denbigh had a wife who never stopped fighting for her husband. The Top Docs loathed her, absolutely hated her and bolstered the image of her as being nuts and an impossible woman. She was very stressed but when one knew what was happening to her husband her anxiety was understandable. Dafydd the Laingian declared that she was the cause of her husband’s problems and banned her from visiting him. So the one person looking out for this man’s interests while he was banged up in Denbigh invisible to the rest of the world and being mistreated was no longer observing and documenting what was going on… I was told by another lady who’s seriously ill adult son had been abandoned by the ‘services’ that before they finally threw her son in the dustbin, Dr Neil Davies had told this lady that she was the cause of her son’s psychosis. Neil Davies was far more credible and pleasant than Dafydd, but Neil worked with Dafydd and was fully on board with the criminality and the trafficking gang. See previous posts.
Laingian ideas of ‘let us look at who is around this patient and what they are doing to the patient’ are valuable in so far as many patients are indeed mistreated or abused by those close to them; however if the Top Doctors are running a trafficking ring and concealing abuse, Laingian notions mean that it’s party time. Genuinely caring people concerned for the patient can be named as abusers whereas those colluding with the Top Doctors are just So Concerned and Know All About the patient and are the only people who are genuinely well-motivated. Dafydd has a long and glorious history of colluding with abusive family members, I came across examples again and again.
There was a patient at the Hergest Unit who had worked with R.D. Laing and he used to tell me about his Laing-related experiences. Like all the patients at Hergest, this man was neglected and his difficulties were addressed with idiocies such as exercise classes which weren’t exercise classes or Mindfulness sessions which were making Prof Mark Williams famous, as the patients around us committed suicide at a terrifying rate. For years I thought that the negligent fuckwits at Hergest hadn’t realised who this man had been when he was younger, but I’ve recently had a rethink when, looking back, I realised that the key scoundrels eg. Dafydd, Tony Francis, Neil Davies et al ALL kept tabs on well-educated potential whistleblowers and did their best to ensure that they never recovered or returned to professional careers. Most of the Angels won’t have even known who R.D. Laing was, but Francis et al did and they knew that man had the dirt on Laing, which was probably why, when he became ill, he was abandoned and left to live in poverty and isolation in Gwynedd. See previous posts.
I have been told that some patients – including Patient F and me – were considered to be such a threat to those we know and love that everything that we were doing was being observed and noted. Previous posts have described how the senior managers of the Gwynedd Community Health Trust refused to give the Hergest Unit whistleblower a phone for his office to prevent patients contacting him, so F rang BT, told them that he was John Mullen, the CEO of the Trust and ordered a phone for the Hergest whistleblower’s office and it arrived days later. There was no discussion of invoices, or signatures, all F was asked by BT was ‘will this be on the special arrangement Mr Mullen?’ so F said ‘ooh yes please’. When we told Brown, Brown immediately said ‘you’ve uncovered a massive scam’ and pointed out that no way should BT have been distributing phones on the basis of one phone call from John Mullen, that the ‘special arrangement’ was a code for a fiddle and what was almost certainly happening was that NHS staff were charging their personal phone bills to the NHS via the ‘special arrangement’. Everyone knew that Alun Davies, the manager of the Hergest Unit, was reputed to be corrupt and Brown said ‘Alun Davies et al are probably buying cars and carpets and all sorts for themselves and charging it to the Trust’. So then F rang a Mercedes specialist, told them that he was Alun Davies and guess what?? They seemed to know who Alun Davies was… Although F didn’t actually order the Merc, he just ordered the brochures.
Because no Top Docs etc ever confronted us over any of this, I just assumed that the Trust was so chaotic that those we know and love didn’t realise what was going on, although the patients all knew what F had done. Recently I have been asked ‘why do you think that you AND F were arrested a few months after F rang BT???’ Although the serious aggro began in 1994 after we both told the Mental Health Act Commission – the CORRUPT Mental Health Act Commission who’s CEO William Bingley was mates with Dafydd – that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and that serious complaints were not being investigated, my informant is correct, we were actually arrested soon after we found out about BT and the Special Arrangement. John Mullen’s name is all over my documents; as CEO he was failing to investigate complaints or even reply to correspondence, even after Brown sent him a letter testifying that Brown had heard Dafydd trying to bribe me. Then the man who had previously tried to kill Brown went looking for Brown again. See previous posts eg. ‘The Banality Of Evil’ and ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’.
The security services had us all under surveillance at the time, so they knew about the Special Arrangement as well. I have also been told that those we know and love were accessing details of our bank accounts and much else besides. All our personal data and Brown’s as well – because Gov’t corruption was involved – was made available to the paedophiles’ friends.
The PMs at the time were John Major and then Miranda and much of the action was happening in the run-up to the time when the Select Health Committee was preparing to take, or taking, evidence from Experts. The Experts who knew about the chaos in north Wales and in some cases were overseeing it.
Jock Sutherland’s mate Harry Guntrip, Henry James Samuel Guntrip (29 May 1901 – 1975) was known for his major contributions to object relations theory and school of Freudian thought. Jock described Harry as ‘one of the psychoanalytic immortals’. Harry was a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a psychotherapist and lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, Leeds University. Not only was Leeds University part of Jimmy Savile’s HQ at the time, but William Kerr and Michael Haslam, the two psychiatrists from Yorkshire who, throughout the 1970s and 80s raped and sexually assaulted patients with the full knowledge of their Top Doc and Angel colleagues yet were never stopped (see post ‘All The Ingredients Of A Scandal’), were known to be doing this by senior staff at Leeds University. One Professor at Leeds was outraged about the situation but was told to shut up about it or he’d lose his job. A senior Angel in the region who did complain about Kerr and Haslam was demoted. People at Leeds University also knew about the wider paedophile ring in Yorkshire involving Savile, as did Uncle Harry’s nephews’ dad Ralph, who held a Chair at Leeds University, 1972-78. See previous posts.
Guntrip, being immortal, was a prolific writer and organised, critiqued and synthesised the theories of major psychoanalysts. Although he accepted many of Freud’s theories, Guntrip also advanced his own ideas and criticised Freud. He famously argued that ‘the regressed ego exerts a powerful effect on life’ and he viewed ‘the schizoid sense of emptiness as reflecting the withdrawal of energy from the real world into a world of internal object relations’. Guntrip’s personal symptoms led him to be psychoanalysed by both Ronald Fairbairn and D.W. Winnicott. Although helpful, the therapy did not cure his problem.
Guntrip worked extensively with schizoid patients who were ‘detached, withdrawn and unable to form meaningful human relations’. He delineated the following nine characteristics of the schizoid personality: introversion, withdrawnness, narcissism, self-sufficiency, a sense of superiority, loss of affect, loneliness, depersonalisation and regression.
Withdrawnness: Only a small portion of schizoid individuals present with a clear and obvious timidity, reluctance, or avoidance of the external world and interpersonal relationships. Many fundamentally schizoid people present with an engaging, interactive personality style. Only Dafydd et al can Tell The Difference. And furthermore when they say no they mean yes.
Such a person can appear to be available, interested, engaged and involved in interacting with others, but he or she may in reality be emotionally withdrawn and sequestered in a safe place in an internal world. And they really meant yes, even though they said no.
The patient’s observable behaviour may not accurately reflect the internal state of their mind. Indeed, when they said no, they meant yes. One should not mistake introversion for indifference, or no for yes and one should not miss identifying the schizoid patient due to misinterpretation of the patient’s defensive, compensatory, engaging interaction with external reality.
Guntrip defines narcissism as “a characteristic that arises out of the predominantly interior life the schizoid lives. His love objects are all inside him and moreover he is greatly identified with them so that his libidinal attachments appear to be in himself”.
Guntrip observed that a sense of superiority accompanies self-sufficiency.
Guntrip saw ‘loss of affect as inevitable, as the tremendous investment made in the self interferes with the desire and ability to be empathic and sensitive toward another person’s experience. These things often seem secondary to securing one’s own defensive, safe position. The subjective experience is one of loss of affect’. Dafydd diagnosed loss of affect in numerous people, it was one of his favourites. Along with a brief miniskirt and smokey grey stockings, as Dafydd explained to his secretary. Who later fell to her death from a tower block after she left Wales.
Some patients experience loss of affect to such a degree that the insensitivity becomes manifest in the extreme as cynicism, callousness, or even cruelty. The patient appears to have no awareness of how his or her comments or actions affect and hurt other people.
Guntrip describes depersonalisation as a loss of a sense of identity and individuality. ‘Depersonalisation is a dissociative defence, often described by the schizoid patient as “tuning out”, “turning off”, or as the experience of a separation between the observing and the participating ego’. Tony Francis was keen on this, but because he never explained what any of it meant, no-one had a clue as to what he was talking about.
Guntrip defined regression as “Representing the fact that the schizoid person at bottom feels overwhelmed by their external world and is in flight from it both inwards and as it were backwards to the safety of the metaphorical womb.” Such a process of regression encompasses two different mechanisms: inward and backwards. Regression inward ‘speaks to the magnitude of the reliance on primitive forms of fantasy and self-containment, often of an autoerotic or even objectless nature’. Regression backwards ‘to the safety of the womb is a unique schizoid phenomenon and represents the most intense form of schizoid defensive withdrawal in an effort to find safety and to avoid destruction by external reality, which has been conflated with the challenging parental models faced by the subject following exit from the womb upon physical birth. The fantasy of regression to the womb is the fantasy of regression to a place of ultimate safety’.
I have never encountered anyone who has even got anywhere near to feeling like this. Perhaps on one occasion one person told Harry Guntrip that they did and he wrote it all down. Probably Jock Sutherland or Nicholas Fairbairn.
Harry published a great deal of psychoanalytic theory as well as lighter tomes, such as: Psychology for Ministers and Social Workers (1949); You and Your Nerves; Mental Pain and the Cure of Souls; Middle Age (with L.J. Tizard).
Harry Guntrip also doubled up as a Congregationalist Minister and a Methodist lay preacher; Guntrip founded a new evangelical movement. The child molester George Thomas was Britain’s most famous Methodist throughout the middle years of the 20th century and in 1959 George Thomas was Vice-President Designate of the World Methodist Conference. Thomas was also a lay preacher who preached in virtually every town in Britain. My post ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ detailed how Methodists across Wales, where Methodism was a dominant influence throughout the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, facilitated and concealed Dafydd’s gang. Harold Wilson’s wife Mary was the daughter of a Congregationalist Minister which helped things along considerably, because it was under Wilson’s Gov’ts that Dafydd’s gang rapidly expanded business. George Thomas and Harold Wilson were friends and George Thomas became Secretary of State for Wales under Wilson as PM. Because Methodism is international, there were links between Methodists in the UK who were concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring and those in other countries and on other continents, including in the US (see post ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ and ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’). Methodism was also strong in the north of England and although Ronnie Waterhouse’s immediate family were located in north Wales, his father’s family had originated from the north of England and there were many relatives of Waterhouse living in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Charles Rycroft was educated at Wellington College and then studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became interested in psychoanalysis and on applying to study analysis with Welsh psychiatrist Ernest Jones, he was encouraged by Jones to study medicine. Rycroft studied at UCL and trained at the Maudsley. He underwent analysis firstly with Ella Freeman Sharpe and then after her death with Sylvia Payne. Ella Freeman Sharpe was a leading figure in the early development of psychoanalysis in Britain and was among the most influential of the first British training analysts. Sharpe taught at the Hucknall Pupil Teachers Training College 1904-16, before moving to London to undertake analysis with Edward Glover’s brother James. In 1923 Sharpe became a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society and had a second analysis, postwar, with Hanns Sachs.
In the 1920s Sharpe, like most of the London analysts, supported the more experienced work of Melanie Klein against the newcomer Anna Freud and Sharpe continued to show Kleinian influence into the early thirties. However, as British analysts began scrapping among themselves, during the early 1940s a series of meetings were held, the ‘controversial discussions’ and a tripartite division of training in the British Psychoanalytical Society emerged after WW II: Kleinians, Anna Fruedians and the Middle Group (later called the Independent Group). Sharpe became increasingly aligned to the Middle Group, of which Ronald Fairbairn, Donald Winnicott and others discussed in this post were also members.
Now for the fun bit. Sharpe argued in her papers ‘on sublimation for a continuous thread between compulsive symptoms indicating penance, and creative sublimations of childhood sadism. Investigating female patients who used artistic performance as a form of identification with the phallus, she also pointed out the problematic aspects of that incorporation in phantasy’.
We have a Lady Doctor here if you’d prefer to use your artistic performance to identify with the phallus:
I have discussed in previous posts how the people traffickers of north Wales not only maintained that they were carrying out cutting edge research – Mindfulness, DBT, research into ‘hearing voices’, into SAD etc – but would mention to the patients wonderful things which were ‘on offer’ to patients, but if ever patients responded by saying that they would be interested in taking up the offer, the ‘therapy’ or ‘intervention’ would either never materialise or if it did, it was in no way what had been described. When I first encountered Tony Francis, because I continually rebuffed his best efforts to discuss sex with me, he told me that I obviously didn’t feel very comfortable with him and if I wanted I could be referred to a ‘female Kleinian therapist’. At the time I had no idea at all that Francis was fully on board with the trafficking gang, but I was very angry that my complaint against Gwynne the lobotomist had not been investigated, that Brown and I were being overtly threatened and I had been on the receiving end of Dr D.G.E. Wood yelling at me to ‘drop it or you will find yourself in trouble’. Francis at that stage had not conducted himself in the same manner – that came later – but he did keep trying to discuss sex and after the Gwyyne and Wood experience I thought this was a little insensitive. What Francis wouldn’t do was discuss what had happened with Gwynne and the threats that Brown and I were receiving from Francis’s colleagues. So I used to chat about politics and culture with Francis instead which is how I found out how many politicians that the gang had personal links with…
I refused the offer of a female Kleinian therapist because I thought that I really did not need a Lady Doctor now refusing to discuss Gwynne and the threats with me and telling me that I had a problem with those in possession of testicles; it was so obvious that would be the next stage. After all, Wood and Francis had already declared that I had a problem with ‘elderly male doctors’, a diagnosis which was further confirmed when I refused to participate in the party with Dafydd. No, I have a problem with perverts who lie about me when I refuse their offers. Gwynne and Dafydd were in that category as well as being elderly male doctors, so the analysis was becoming blurred. The research design was deeply flawed, the young women of north Wales were not being given the option of an elderly male doctor who was not part of a trafficking ring…
When I finally realised that none of them actually knew their arses from their elbows – except for Dr David Healy who was undertaking an admirable battle against Big Pharma and the associated research fraud but didn’t ever intervene on his doorstep although he knew what was happening to us – I used to wonder who the female Kleinian therapist was whom Francis had mentioned in 1985. Because I never saw anyone approaching such a thing throughout the many years that I endured that lot and I don’t know any other patients who did either.
It was probably Dafydd in drag. By saying no to the female Kleinian therapist I missed out on a rich seam of research material and much entertainment but I won’t have missed any meaningful assistance.
- Mary Hopkin was the little Welsh songbird from west Wales, where Mark Drakeford’s colleagues ran the ring which was linked to Dafydd et al.
I do hope that Tom Jones from Ponty isn’t a mate of Dafydd’s. Tom did do those duets with Cerys Matthews though and Cerys’s dad was a Top Doctor who knew about the gang (see previous posts)…
Ella Sharpe’s attention to the role of symbolism in life and psychoanalysis has made her appear as a precursor of Jacques Lacan, who would himself pay tribute in Ecrits to “Ella Sharpe and her very relevant remarks…She is far from ordinary in the extent to which she requires the analyst to be familiar with all branches of human knowledge”. Nevertheless, ‘her sense of the concrete, the body and the material behind sublimation and the symbolic differentiates her from the more linguistic elements of the Lacanian turn’.
Jacques Lacan is so impenetrable that there has been serious debate as to whether he was simply satirising the whole field.
Ella’s pal Hanns Sachs, one of the earliest psychoanalysts, was a close personal friend of Freud. Sachs was a Jewish lawyer who attended Freud’s lectures at the University of Vienna and who subsequently spent much of the duration of WW I helping Freud continue to produce psychoanalytic journals. From 1920 onwards Sachs practised analysis in Berlin from 1920 onwards. With the rise of Hitler, Sachs moved to Boston in 1932, but remained in close contact with Freud himself. Ernest Jones considered Sachs his closest friend among the Viennese circle.
Sachs’ first analytic publication in 1912 was on the subject of dreams. Sachs’ later 1920 study on ‘The Community of Daydreams’ ‘explored the role of relieving guilt feelings provided by the sharing of daydreams in children, and of art experiences in adults’.
Sachs’ study of Caligula emphasised the shifting characters of those dominated by fleeting and unstable identifications; ‘his work on the female superego stressed the importance/difficulty of desexualising the superego incorporation of the father’.
I always thought that the biggest problem with Caligula was that he killed people, having been raised in a rather brutal culture, where that sort of thing was the norm. Whatever the truth of the matter, Mary Beard probably knows a lot more about it than Hanns Sachs did.
Julia’s former business partner:
Julia’s business partner’s Teddy Bear:
The Teddy Bear’s net worth, according to his wiki entry, is $15 million. Would the Teddy Bear like to reimburse me for ooh, lost earnings, lost pension and travel and living expenses when I had to flee Wales after the assaults, the threats at gunpoint…
The other day Brown – the real Brown, not the Teddy Bear – quipped that if the paedophiles’ friends find out where I am I’ll have to take up residence in the Equadorian Embassy, along with Julian Assange. They wouldn’t have me though; I’ve grassed up the worst of the Top Docs, the Embassy staff would know that if I was kipping in there, should the Ambassador need emergency medical care it would be a case of ‘ooh, I’m not sure that we’ve got a bed, tch tch, it’s the Tory Cuts, the waiting list is long but ooh now don’t you worry my dear, we’ll look after you….’
Dr Edward Glover, the brother of Ella Sharpe’s analyst James, was a psychoanalyst who first qualified as a Top Doctor; it was James who attracted Edward towards psychoanalysis. Both brothers were analysed in Berlin by Karl Abraham. Edward Glover then settled in London where he became an influential member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. Edward Glover was close to Ernest Jones.
Edward Glover has had a lasting influence on the combined field of psychotherapy and criminology, as well as psychoanalysis. Glover was co-founder of the Psychopathic Clinic, which was renamed the Portman Clinic in 1937. The Portman Clinic has been responsible for much dangerous fuckwittery, as discussed in previous posts. Glover was also co-founder of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency; the joint founder of ‘The British Journal of Criminology’ – he was co-editor until his death – and co-founder of the British Society of Criminology. Glover was one-time Chairman of the medical section of the British Psychological Society.
Criminology is not in quite such a sorry state as social work or the psy disciplines, but it is a mixed bag. The people who become big names in criminology have nearly all colluded with organised crime, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Because the Home Office for so many years has been at the heart of this, criminologists receiving Home Office funding really do have filthy hands and Rab Butler’s close very long association with Trinity College, Cambridge certainly assisted Dafydd and the gang. See post ‘Rab, High Table And The Founding Fathers’.
Previous posts eg. ‘Badlands’ discussed the chaos which broke out in UCNW/Bangor University in the early 1990s after the gwerin launched a full-frontal assault on a senior sociologist at UCNW when urgent distractions were required because of that North Wales Police investigation into the possibility of a paedophile ring in the region. Merfyn’s late wife was caught in the cross-fire and spilt many paedophiles’ pints in the process. One of the Professors of Sociology at UCNW at the time was Roy King, who then metamorphosed into a Professor of Criminology with his own Criminology Unit. Roy King had waved a fond farewell to Bangor by the time that I was working with the sociologists there, but he was remembered by many. I was only ever told the same things about Roy King: that he was a total scumbag and a ferocious bully who destroyed many of the people around him. No-one ever told me that King was colluding with Dafydd’s gang but I worked out that he must have been from some of the activities of former criminology students, some of whom had undertaken projects with sex offenders and were placed in potentially very dangerous situations. One could not have supervised criminology projects, let alone research into sex offenders, in north Wales and not have been colluding with Dafydd’s gang because they ran and still run the whole region. Roy King left Bangor for a Chair at Cambridge… See previous posts.
Dr Edward Glover the Big Influence On Criminology studied at Glasgow Medical School. It is reported that as a student he was prominent in socialist politics and was involved in a revolutionary move to propose Keir Hardie as Rector of the university. There followed several years of academic medicine, Glover working first in Glasgow with the Professor of Medicine and Paediatrics and then in pulmonary medicine in London. With the outbreak of WW I Glover was appointed medical superintendent of a sanatorium for the treatment of early chest diseases in Birmingham.
Between 1924 and 1939, Glover published his first book as well as some eighteen articles on psychoanalytic subjects ranging from “Notes on Oral Character” through “The Screening Function of Traumatic Memories” to “A Note on Idealisation”.
‘Glover once  wrote a very interesting paper in which he investigated the ways in which incomplete or inexact interpretations, and also other psychotherapeutic procedures, influence the patient’s mind…[as] artificial substitute symptoms, which may make the spontaneous symptoms superfluous. Lacan would make use of Glover’s findings to support his exploration of “The function and field of speech and language in psychoanalysis” on more than one occasion: ‘Mr Edward Glover in a remarkable paper…[suggests] not only is every spoken intervention received by the subject in terms of his structure, but the intervention takes on a structuring function in him in proportion to its form’. Thus ‘Glover…finds interpretation everywhere, being unable to stop it anywhere, even in the banality of a medical prescription’.
Glover’s “Lectures on Technique in Psychoanalysis”(1927–28) would seem to have offered a dry, neutral, asceptic classical psychoanalysis. Thus on the question of whether analysis should close with a “cooling-off” period, he followed the classical line ‘that “to the very end we continue the analytic process”, as the English analyst Edward Glover wrote in The Technique of Psychoanalysis, first published in 1928 and revised in 1955. Glover sternly continues, “In the first session we laid down the association rule, and this remains in force to the last minute of the last session 2’.
Similarly on the question of the early “deep interpretation” favoured for example by Klein, Glover argued: ‘Once the analyst departs from sparing, provisional interpretations, he not only disturbs the listening situation but has made it difficult to re-establish it’.
Glover was a ‘combative intellectual personality’ – he conducted personal vendettas against a number of colleagues – who took a ‘principled stand’ on many of the variegated controversies of the first psychoanalytic half-century, promoting a ‘pure Freudianism’.
In the late 1920s, when Freud made something of a minority stand in support of lay analysis, ‘some of the British psychoanalysts, among them Edward Glover and John Rickman, saw no harm in non-medical therapists conducting analysis, provided one kept therapy “sharply divided from diagnosis: the latter must be left to medically qualified persons”‘. Because they of course know best. Even if they are Dafydd or Gwynne.
Glover worked with Ernest Jones in the BMA in obtaining the so-called “Psycho-Analytical Charter” – ‘Edward Glover and myself had for over three years fought at heavy odds against our twenty-five bitter opponents’.
So I wonder how and why Glover and Jones triumphed over the combined forces within the BMA; Top Doctors who are not psychiatrists and analysts are very hostile to them because they know what psychiatrists and analysts are doing.
From 1934 onwards, it was Glover who led the hostility to Melanie Klein within the British Psycho-Analytic Society’, of which Glover was the Scientific Secretary. The hostility lasted for the best part of a decade until the ‘vituperative opposition from Edward Glover and Melitta Scmideberg had vanished when Glover gave up his membership of the British Psycho-analytical Society the 24th January 1944, confirmed the next 1st February’. At that point, Glover declared that ‘The British Psycho-Analytical Society is no longer a Freudian society’. The following year, the fundamental Kleinian position paper by Susan Sutherland Isaacs on “Phantasy” was publicly ‘attacked by Glover (1945)’, in the first volume of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, where he described what he called “the Klein System of Child Psychology” as ‘a bio-religious system which depends on faith rather than science…a variant of the doctrine of Original Sin’.
In the following decade, Glover turned his fire from Klein to Jung. In his book, ‘Freud or Jung? (1956) Glover argued (incidentally) for the firm conceptual separation of art and psychopathology: “Whatever its original unconscious aim, the work of art represents a forward urge of the libido seeking to maintain its hold on the world of objects…not the result of a pathological breakdown’.
In the 1960s, Glover aroused the ire of Lacan by way of his attack on Franz Alexander’s concept of the corrective emotional experience: ‘When I read in the Psychoanalytic Quarterly an article like the one by Mr Edward Glover, entitled Freudian or Neo-Freudian, directed entirely against the constructions of Mr Alexander, I sense a sordid smell of stuffiness,…Alexander being counter-attacked in the name of obsolete criteria’.
Edward Glover died in 1972. I have included a bit of background on Edward Glover here because this is someone who influenced and trained scores of professionals who were subsequently responsible for matters such as: removing people’s children from them, detaining people in psychiatric hospitals for years on end and writing Court reports which would determine whether they went to prison, a psychiatric hospital or a high security hospital for the rest of their lives. The word of this lot had people prosecuted or not prosecuted for criminal offences. It was they who dominated the welfare services to such an extent that by the 1970s when a huge pan-European trafficking organisation had developed via the UK’s NHS and welfare state with which they colluded, no-one, no-one at all, felt able to stop them. Many of them were mad and criminal; this was known and quietly acknowledged but they could not be stopped. Even senior academics who dared take them on were threatened into silence or destroyed.
Children in care in north Wales were gang-raped, forced to have sex with animals while they were filmed, taken to mainland Europe and forced to have sex with adults in places like Amsterdam and the south of France and many of them were found dead as young adults after they had told people what had happened to them. Others died in Risley Remand Centre as young as 14 yrs old. The Risley Remand Centre which couldn’t stop kids from being found dead on the hospital wing but did employ a visiting pox doctor. See post ‘Include Me Out’.
The lambs to the slaughter were led to believe that they would be getting this:
What they got in reality was gross abuse facilitated by all those professionals. I know of a 12 year old girl who was trapped in one of the gangs who, when she was reluctant to have sex with a man in his 60s, was told that she was a ‘revolting white slug’. The insults and denigration continued until she decided that she would have sex with him after all. She was someone who later turned up as a student at Bangor University and told Linda Evans, the ‘student counsellor’, what had happened to her at the hands of that gang. Linda Evans’ response ensured that the student didn’t return for any more ‘counselling’ sessions.
But then Linda sat in that counselling room telling witnesses and victims of Dafydd’s gang that she couldn’t see people who were or had been psych patients and then wrote letters to her friend Dr Sadie Francis mentioning the name of the whistleblower and asking Sadie if they could meet for lunch…
Hundreds and hundreds of complaints. Injuries, suicides, murders. Most of the Cabinet Ministers who ran the Gov’t Depts which oversaw these ‘services’ and failed to investigate are sitting in the Lords.
Charles Rycroft practised as a psychoanalyst from 1947 but became disillusioned because of the rivalry between the Kleinian and Freudian factions. Rycroft was influenced by Ronald Fairbairn and D.W. Winnicott and also developed his own views.
Like many high profile Top Docs and analysts, Donald Winnicott lived in Hampstead. He was a neighbour of the family of Bronwen Pugh, who later married Lord Astor and found herself at the centre of the Profumo Affair. Bronwen’s dad was Sir Alun Pugh, a judge from west Wales, who was a leading figure in the London Welsh organisations at the time. Bronwen went to boarding school in Dolgellau, when Ioan Bowen Rees’s dad taught in the grammar school in that town. Bronwen and Ioan were very close in age and Ioan went to school in Dolgellau as well. See previous posts for info re Bronwen and Sir Alun.
Charles Rycroft was a critic of contemporary psychoanalysis, believing it to be rigid and formulaic. He believed that the ideal of rationality proposed by modern psychiatry alienated the adult from his or her creative inner processes. His work with dream analysis stressed the positive aspects of imagination and thought imagination could be beneficial to psychic development. In 1968 he resigned from the British Psychoanalytical Society, feeling that “the real power in the Society belonged to people of whose values I did not approve…their ways of conducting business and engaging in controversy were entirely alien to me”.
Rycroft was a consultant psychoanalyst at the Tavi, 1956-68 and for a period of time was an Assistant Editor of the ‘International Journal of Psychoanalysis’ and a training analyst with Laing. Rycroft was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1973.
Rycroft wrote extensively in a wide range of lay publications, including ‘The Observer’, ‘The New York Review of Books’, the ‘New Statesman’ and ‘New Society’. Previous posts have discussed Leslie Gore the Offensive Therapist and Naomi Grunfell the Mad Teacher, whom Brown met via ‘New Statesman’ in the mid-1980s and who caused us to waste much energy, time and money. I was recently told that Leslie and Naomi were both working for the security services and targeted us, what with us being lefties who would not collude with the Top Docs and their trafficking gang. John Allen advertised for staff for the north Wales children’s homes in ‘New Society’. During the 1970s and 80s most Social Services Depts in the UK became infiltrated by organised paedophile networks and they linked up to form a massive trafficking network which then branched out into Europe. By the 1980s it was a major problem and it impacted on mental health social work because psychiatry dutifully diagnosed people who complained as psychotic or maintained that they had really been abused by other people and had named Top Docs or welfare staff as a consequence of ‘transference’ and ‘projection’. Psychoanalytic theory was a gift to abusive professionals. ‘New Society’ was a publication aimed at social workers and the journos and editors were well-aware of the ghastly reality on the ground but there was simply never a word published about any of it, as there was not in the more recent social worker’s journal, ‘Community Care’.
The Leader of the Labour Party at the time who Supported The NHS, Especially Nurses:
The Indie’s obituary for Charles Rycroft stated that he went to school with the poet Gavin Ewart and they were lifelong friends. Gavin Buchanan Ewart (4 February 1916 – 25 October 1995) studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge after his time at Wellington College. He saw active service as a Royal Artillery Officer during WW II and worked in publishing and with the British Council before becoming an advertising copywriter in 1952. Ewart lived at Kenilworth Court in Putney and a blue plaque at Kenilworth Court commemorates this.
Ewart’s poetry was first printed when he was 17, in Geoffrey Grigson’s New Verse. He followed it up with other works such as Phallus in Wonderland. WW II disrupted Ewart’s development as a poet and he published no further volumes until 1964, although he did write the English lyrics for the “World Song” of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. From 1964 Ewart produced many collections, which included No Fool Like An Old Fool (1976)
and All My Little Ones (1978)
‘The intelligence and casually flamboyant virtuosity with which he framed his often humorous commentaries on human behaviour made his work invariably entertaining and interesting. The irreverent eroticism for which his poetry is noted resulted in W.H. Smith banning of his The Pleasures of the Flesh (1966) from their shops’.
As an editor Ewart produced numerous anthologies, including the Penguin Book of Light Verse (1980). He was the 1991 recipient of the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse. Ewart was Chairman of the Poetry Society, 1978-79. Gavin Ewart knew all the giants of poetry of the era, including Dannie Abse (see post ‘O Jones, O Jones’). He will have known Harold Wilson’s wife Mary who was introduced to Poets by her friend John Betjeman (see post ‘Come, Friendly Bombs’) and Ewart knew Philip Larkin, who worked at Hull University for many years where staff were concealing the abuse ring operating in Yorkshire. Larkin’s mistress of many years Monica Jones worked at Leicester University in the thick of the academics there who concealed the Leicestershire paedophile ring starring Greville Janner, which had links to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Monica and her mates were doing everything that they could to obstruct Brown when he was doing his PhD at Leicester University in the late 1980s. See previous posts eg. ‘Come, Friendly Bombs’. Dafydd’s old mentor Bob Hobson doubled up as a poet, as did Dafydd’s mate and umbrella Lady Juliet Bingley who colluded with Dafydd et al for the many years that Lady Juliet held senior roles at MIND.
Because so many middle class socialites style themselves as poets, I didn’t take much notice of Bob Hobson’s and Lady Juliet’s poetic interests until I realised how busy Dr Dannie Abse was in poetry networks, many of whom were as close to Dafydd et al as Dannie was. Dr Cathy Wilson of St George’s Hospital Medical School who was one of those concealing wrongdoing at that institution was a member of an elite literary group in central London and hung out with all the best, including Salman Rushdie and Angela Carter. Of course I do not believe that all these people were molesting kids themselves. My point is that they knew people who were and they did favours for their mates even when those mates were doing things that they should not have been doing. I watched them at work. Dafydd and the gang had access to a vast influential network of people holding senior roles in the Arts and they used that network.
How very dare you? We are Talented and related to, and friends with, even more Talented People!
I remain impressed with how badly Sensitive Poets can conduct themselves and still retain their place in polite society. Ruth Padel is described as ‘one of our national treasures,’ in whose work ‘the journey is the stepping stone to lyrical reflections on the human condition. Padel is known for her explorations through poetry of homelessness, migration and refugees and science; for her involvement in wildlife conservation, Greece and music and for her belief that poetry ‘connects with every area of life’ and ‘has a responsibility to look at the world.’ Padel is Trustee for conservation charidee New Networks for Nature, has served on the Board of the Zoological Society of London (see previous posts for the list of offenders who have also had that honour) and broadcasts for Radio 3 and 4 on poetry, wildlife and music. In 2013 Ruth took up the Chair of Poetry at King’s College, London.
What do I remember Ruth Padel for? Her involvement in the smear campaign against fellow poet Derek Walcott because Ruth Wanted A Job. In 2009, with 297 votes, Padel became the first woman to be elected Oxford Professor of Poetry. She was elected in a media storm, triggered by photocopied pages from a university publication describing sexual harassment charges against her rival Walcott, who withdrew his candidacy. Padel denied connection with them, but commentators alleged her involvement and she resigned, saying she did not wish to do the job under suspicion. Public comment attributed treatment of Padel to a gender war, or misogyny, a media which unfairly denigrated Padel, “justly held in high regard for her poetry and teaching.” Oxford had “missed out for the worst of reasons on an inspirational teacher; Walcott removed the decision from the electorate by his own choice; Padel should not have been made to pay for his decision to confront neither his accusers nor his past.” On Newsnight Review, poet Simon Armitage, elected to the Oxford Chair in 2016, expressed regret at her resignation. “Ruth’s a good person. I don’t think she should have resigned, she would have been good.”
The good person Padel smeared a rival because she wanted a job. But Padel comes from an impeccable background with regard to doing unscrupulous things in pursuit of personal gain while the world lauds ones goodness. Padel is daughter of psychoanalyst John Hunter Padel and is a great-great-grandchild of Charles Darwin. Her brother is historian Oliver Padel, cousins include prison reformer Una Padel, sculptor Phyllida Barlow, mathematician Martin T. Barlow and biographer Randal Keynes; her uncle is neuroscientist Horace Barlow. Padel was born in Wimpole Street where her great-grandfather Sir Thomas Barlow practised medicine. Geoffrey Chamberlain had a Wimpole Street practice, it’s where he saw the likes of Cilla, the ordinary working class girl who had a lorra lorra love for Liverpool, particularly when she lived in that Buckinghamshire mansion.
Ruth Padel’s Marvellousness continued as she evolved, Darwin-like, into an Incredible Human Being. She attended North London Collegiate School, studied Classics at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford where she sang in Schola Cantorum of Oxford, wrote a PhD on Greek poetry and was the first Bowra Research Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford aka Wadham and Gomorrah, which altered its Statutes for Ruth to accommodate female Fellows. Ruth was among the first women to become Fellows of formerly all-male Oxford colleges. She taught Greek at Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London – Eric Hobsbawm was President of Birkbeck – taught opera in the Modern Greek Department at Princeton University, has lived extensively in Greece – which just confirms how talented Ruth is – and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she sang in the Choir of Eglise Saint-Eustache Paris. Ruth’s publishing career began in 1985, while she was teaching Greek at Birkbeck College, with a poetry pamphlet.
My God, I wish that I could start a career like that by writing a pamphlet…
Ruth then left academe and writing pamphlets to support herself – so who was supporting her previously?? – by reviewing and she published her first collection (1990). From 1984 to 2000, Ruth was married to philosopher Myles Burnyeat. In 2013, she rejoined academic life when King’s College London opened their arms to this multi-talented relative of so many of those who had/have links with the many umbrella’s of Dafydd, as Operation Pallial began prosecuting elderly members of Dafydd’s gang who had previously enjoyed life-long full protection from Eric Hobsbawm’s mates in MI5 and as the Macur Review of the Waterhouse Inquiry loomed…
Being a descendent of Darwin, the choral singer, poet and pamphleteer Ruth knows all about Science. Which is why:
‘engaged in relating poetry and science, Padel has written on cell migration for The Scientist, was a judge for the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Book Prize and the 2005 Aventis Science Prize for the Royal Society, has written poems on genetics and zoology and her book on migration is said to connect micro-level cell migration with macro-level social migration. An interest in combining poetry, science and religion is reflected in poems on genetics debates on poetry and prayer with Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury [who knows about Dafydd et al – Ed], lectures at the Royal College of Surgeons and a residency at the Environment Institute, UCL. Her poems on Charles Darwin (2009) employ Darwin’s writings, letters and journals in an unusual form of biography, addressing his life, family and science. They were received as innovative work by scientists [which scientists would they be? Sarah Jayne Blakemore perhaps? – Ed] and by the literary community as a “new species” of biography in verse, whose emotional centre is the Darwins’ marriage, shaken by divergent religious belief and the death of a daughter. The book’s staging by the Mephisto Stage Company, Ireland, was described as intensifying the musicality of the verse and dramatic interplay between the scientific and the spiritual that permeates this collection. Since Padel is a Darwin descendant, the book was also a family memoir. Her preface illuminates the role of Padel’s grandmother, Nora Barlow, who in editing Darwin’s Autobiography restored a passage in which Darwin said he did not see how anyone could wish the doctrine of hell to be true; this had been deleted by the first editor, Darwin’s son Francis, at his mother’s request. Padel’s poems connected Darwin’s loss of his mother as a child with his passion for collecting; and linked his early scientific writing with his taxidermy teacher in Edinburgh John Edmonstone, a freed slave from Guinea. Ruth inherited the art of stuffing sentient beings from her famous ancestor…
PhD students ploughing through enzyme kinetics: Don’t bother with all that nerdy stuff! Just get yourself born in Wimpole Street and years later, at a time when the Top Docs are being horribly exposed by an upstart who lived in north Wales, you too can be a Better Scientist Than Real Scientists, after publishing a poetry pamphlet. I recommend: ‘I must go down to the sea again to the lonely sea and the sky, I left my shoes and socks there I wonder if they’re dry’ along with ‘Look at all those monkeys jumping in their cage. Why don’t they all go out to work and earn a decent wage?’ You will have to throw shit at a lot of people along the way as well, but Derek Walcott is barely spoken of any more so it’s obviously a winning strategy.
Ruth Sophia Padel – A Good Egg
Sir Derek Walcott – Ychafi!
It’s obvious that Derek is a Wrong’ Un, he’s not wearing an Arty Wimmin’s Scarf and he doesn’t have a brightly coloured ethnic weave blanket in close proximity.
Gavin Ewart died in Oct 1995, so he lived long enough to add to the numerous ‘how very dare yous’ when the possibility of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire was mentioned. Ewart also pegged out before the Waterhouse Inquiry was announced – although by early 1995 Ronnie Waterhouse seemed to know that he would be Chairing that Inquiry – so Gavin wasn’t around to name names had he ever felt like doing so. I don’t know the circumstances of Ewart’s death, but Sir Peter Morrison and Bing Spear, the corrupt civil service mandarin who facilitated Dafydd’s dealing of class A drugs, both died in July 1995 within four days of each other; Brown was forced out of his job at Aston University in the same month and Dafydd et al stepped up their efforts in their construction of a case against me as being so phenomenally dangerous that I needed to be incarcerated in a high security psychiatric hospital…
Dafydd ‘retired’ in July 1995, although he didn’t, he retired from NHS work but left clutching the contract for providing ‘substance abuse services’ for north Wales and the general public was told that the North Wales Hospital had closed, but it hadn’t, there were still patients incarcerated out there but no-one was ever told how many and Gwynfryn, the ‘mother and baby unit’, was still open. See previous posts eg. ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’
Gavin’s pal Geoffrey Edward Harvey Grigson (2 March 1905-25 November 1985) was a poet, writer, editor, critic, anthologist and naturalist. In the 1930s he was editor of the influential magazine New Verse, and went on to produce 13 collections of his own poetry as well as compiling numerous anthologies, among other published works on subjects including art, travel and the countryside. At various times Grigson was involved in teaching, journalism and broadcasting.
Grigson was born at the vicarage in a village near Looe, Cornwall. His childhood in rural Cornwall had a significant influence on his poetry and writing in later life. As a boy, his love of things of nature (plants, bones and stones) was sparked at the house of family friends at Polperro who were painters and amateur naturalists.
The Top Doctor and psychoanalysts Robin Skynner grew up in Cornwall. Skynner was good friends with John Cleese and co-authored with Cleese. Skynner too fancied himself as a poet. Robin Skynner and his Top Doc wife concealed organised abuse. Cleese fellow performer Graham Chapman was known to be abusing teenaged boys for many years and in the early 1970s adopted a 14 yr old runaway from Liverpool, John Tomiczek, who then lived with Chapman and Chapman’s gay partner. Police inquiries about the nature of Chapman’s relationship with John were brought to an end when Chapman reminded the police that he was a Top Doctor. See previous posts. Chapman had trained at Barts, which employed Dafydd’s mates Professors Anthony Clare and Linford Rees and before that a previous generation who concealed abuse, including Lady Juliet Bingley when she was still a social worker and her father, the surgeon Reginald Vick (see post ‘The Wind Of No Change’). Chapman was personally known to people in Somerset who knew some of what was happening to me at the hands of Dafydd and the gang (see previous posts eg. ‘Upper Class Twit Of The Year – Shooting Themselves’). Chapman allowed John to do pretty much what he wanted and he, like Chapman, became an alcoholic. Chapman died in Oct 1989; John died ‘from a heart attack’ – like so many of the witnesses to the crimes of Dafydd et al – in 1992, the year in which the North Wales Police closed their investigation into the alleged paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, stating that there was no evidence of any such thing. Graham Chapman had links to north Wales via his frequent climbing trips to Snowdonia.
Cleese and Chapman were part of the Footlights group of performers who’s network included many people who were keeping quiet about organised abuse, including those like Top Doc and self-appointed polymath Jonathan Miller – son of child psychiatrist Dr Emanuel Miller – who were called in as reinforcements to help Dafydd et al out when the police investigations began in north Wales (see previous posts).
John Cleese was also a very enthusiastic member of the SDP and they used him to front their party political broadcasts. The Gang Of Four were all fully aware of the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s gang. They built their political strategy upon their knowledge of it and yet further collusion. See eg. post ‘We’ve Been Expecting You…’
Geoffrey Grigson was educated at St John’s School, Leatherhead and at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After graduating from Oxford, Grigson took a job at the London office of the ‘Yorkshire Post’, from where he moved on to become literary editor of the ‘Morning Post’. He edited New Verse, 1933-39. During WW II, Grigson worked in the editorial department of the BBC Monitoring Service near Evesham, Worcestershire and at Bristol. Dr D.G.E. Wood, who was facilitating Dafydd’s gang, grew up in a medical family in Bristol where his father was a Top Doctor and a whole network of Top Docs and others in Bristol protected the gang in north Wales.
In 1946 Grigson was one of the founders of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Among the many people associated with the ICA was the zoologist Dr Desmond Morris, who was Director of the ICA, 1967-68, the year before John Allen took out the lease on the building which was to become the Bryn Alyn Community. Desmond Morris is best known to the general public for his socio-biological theorising which caught the imagination in the 1970s, particularly after Morris wrote his 1967 book ‘The Naked Ape’, although it has rather gone out of fashion now. However, Morris, being a high profile zoologist who undertook his PhD at Oxford, after his first degree at Birmingham University, will have known the zoologists at UCNW who colluded with Dafydd’s gang, particularly as Morris was originally an ethologist (animal behaviourist) and there were a few ethologists at Bangor. Morris specifically studied fish behaviour for his PhD and there was a fish behaviourist at UCNW, Dr Tony Pitcher.
Pitcher was deeply unpopular with his PhD students because he constantly shafted them, except for the girl whom he cohabited with. I was very friendly with one of Pitcher’s PhD students and he knew much about what happened to me at the hands of Dafydd et al. He was the partner of my friend Anne Vernon who was killed by the gang in April 1986. He shared a house with another one of Pitcher’s students, George F. Turner. George was involved in a Serious Incident as a PhD student but he wasn’t kicked out because of Pitcher’s seriously provocative conduct. Imagine my surprise when many, many years later, George returned to Bangor University as a Professor who had been headhunted by Prof Fergus Lowe, just when Brown and I had started publishing about the mental health services. Fungus was so desperate to get George to work at Bangor that a huge salary was negotiated and a job created for George’s partner, which caused much bad feeling on the part of other staff. It was only later that I was told that Fungus wanted George back at Bangor because George was a witness to what had happened to me and of course George knew about Anne as well. Fungus was the Professor of Psychology who had overthrown Dafydd’s influence in the late 1980s and had built his own equally toxic empire on the basis of his knowledge of the criminality of Dafydd et al. Fungus wasn’t as small minded as the gwerin in Bangor University, Fungus knew that Dafydd Iwan wasn’t the big fish, the big fish were those Professors of Paediatrics, Psychiatry and Obs and Gynae in the London Medical Schools who were linked to Dafydd; the Professors that Fungus knew that I’d worked with when I was a medical researcher in London after the gang killed Anne. Fungus knew that I was planning to publish the whole story one day and Fungus was also trying to overthrow Merfyn Jones, the VC of Bangor University because Merfyn was not Of Them and Merfyn had spilt the gang’s pints, as had his wife and one of his close friends. See previous posts eg. ‘Lest We Forget’ and ‘The Point Is To Change It’.
Desmond Morris has a side-line as a surrealist artist and in the 1950s he produced zoology programmes for both Granada TV and BBC 2. Morris lived in Malta between 1968 and 73, which was the favoured destination for a number of the members of Dafydd’s gang, both for holidays and subsequently retirement. Lady Juliet Bingley had strong links to Malta ever since she and her family had been based there in the 1950s when her husband Sir Alec was Commander of the Mediterranean Fleet (see post ‘The Defence Of The Realm’). Lady Juliet was a personal friend of the former PM of Malta, Dom Mintoff.
From 1973 to 1981, Desmond Morris was a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. In 1979 Morris undertook a TV series for Thames TV, The Human Race, followed in 1982 by Man Watching in Japan, The Animals Road Show in 1986 and then several other series. National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview with Desmond Morris in 2015 for its Science and Religion collection held by the British Library.
Dessie concealing the activities of Dafydd and the gang apart, I’d be interested to know how he ended up being the go-to media zoologist in the first place. Morris wasn’t the most famous ethologist academically, his colleague Niko Tinbergen was a much bigger name. Did Dessie get himself on TV in the same way that so many other media-friendly academics and naturalists managed to elbow everyone else out of the way in that very over-crowded market ie. by having knowledge of the dreadful things that were being done in order to conceal the Westminster Paedophile Ring??
Desmond grew up in Wiltshire, where Sir Peter Morrison’s family seat was. Morrison’s father, John Morrison aka Lord Margadale, was the MP for Salisbury for many years and Morrison’s brother Charles was the Tory MP for Devizes, 1964-92.
Dessie: You might have been at the scene of the Morrison’s crimes re Wiltshire, but I note that your lucrative media contracts continued after 1986, although you were rather old hat by then. 1986. The year that Anne was killed. I’ll look forward to the cheque from you Dessie, because my career was wrecked because of your pals in north Wales. Thanks Des!
In July 1952, Desmond Morris married Ramona Baulch; they had one son, Jason. In 1978, Morris was elected Vice-Chairman of Oxford United F.C.
Desmond’s more recent contributions to the world include:
- Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language (2002)
- The Naked Woman: A Study Of The Female Body (2004)
- Linguaggio muto (Dumb language) (2004)
- The Nature of Happiness (2004)
- The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body (2008)
- Planet Ape (2009)
- Owl (2009) – Part of the Reaktion Books Animal series
- Monkey (2013) – Part of the Reaktion Books Animal series
- Leopard (2014) – Part of the Reaction Books Animal series
- Bison (2015) – Part of the Reaction Books Animal series
- The Lives of the Surrealists (2018)
Wally (2018) – Part of the Reaction To Outdated Crap Series:
Morris in 1969
Dear, Dear Dickie and David: Dad Frederick was Principal of what became Leicester University (see previous posts):
- David Bellamy, who loves children and even adopted some more in addition to those whom he already had:
- Bellamy the Children’s Favourite worked at Durham University, an institution concealing the trafficking gang in the north east which supplied children and staff to Dafydd’s gang in north Wales. Professor Eric Sunderland arrived from Durham University as Principal of UCNW in 1984, when Dafydd et al were in need of a more tactful and better camouflaged paedophiles’ friend than the confrontational Sir Charles Evans. The autumn term which followed Prof Sunderland’s arrival at UCNW saw a truly dreadful undergrad arrive on the forestry degree at UCNW, Louis Standen. Standen was only offered the place because his mum, Val, was a botanist at Durham who was friends with Bellamy and had contacts at UCNW. Standen moved into our house and caused absolute havoc (see previous posts). I have since been told that Louis was a gift from those we know and love.
- Many years later Louis received much media coverage after he was arrested during a particularly bizarre anti-nuclear protest; when he appeared in Court Louis gave his occupation as David Bellamy’s chauffeur. Louis’ dad was quite a famous novelist, Michael Standen; Louis’ mum and dad were both Labour Party activists who were mates with Tony Benn and high profile figures in the world of literature and poetry. Michael Standen was also a leading figure in the WEA in the north of England. He died in 2008, I saw his obituary in ‘The Guardian’, but Louis’ mum is still alive. So perhaps she’d like to tell me why she thought that I deserved to be inflicted with the excesses of her dysfunctional son whom it transpired had raped a girl before he ever got as far as UCNW, simply because Brown and I made complaint about the lobotomist at Bangor who was part of the ring with which her family and mates were colluding. I look forward to hearing from you Mrs S. Meanwhile, I expect that you’ll be Marching for Peace or Against Racism or In Support Of The NHS Against The Tory Cuts or one of the many other Causes Close To Your Hearts that I remember your family being Passionate about. By the way, when Louis joined the hunt sabs, his idea of sabbing was to drive his Land Rover very speedily in the direction of hunt supporters in an attempt to hit them. Perhaps your fellow native of Durham who also knows all about the trafficking ring, Bryan Ferry, could employ his fuckwit of a son Otis, a Hunt Master prone to assaulting sabs, to enter a different sort of ring with Louis and we’ll all buy tickets for the Big Match. Louis can scream and swear and get completely out of control in the way that I remember so well and Otis can thrash him with a riding crop.
In 1951 Geoffrey Grigson curated a touring exhibition of drawings and watercolours drawn from the British Council Collection. Later in life Grigson was a noted critic, reviewer (for the ‘New York Review of Books’ in particular) and compiler of numerous poetry anthologies. He wrote on travel, on art (and also had a volatile friendship with the painter John Piper), on the English countryside, and on botany, among other subjects. In 1951, he was General Editor of the 13-volume About Britain series of regional guidebooks published to coincide with the Festival of Britain. After the repression of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, at the initiative of Stephen Spender, Grigson joined a group of British writers and artists who applied for visas to visit dissidents in Hungary. The visas were refused.
Many of those who protested against the repression of the Hungarian Revolution or those on the left who had bitter arguments with their former friends over the issue – it caused rifts in the Communist Party of Great Britain – knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring and a few years later were the same people who colluded with Dafydd et al…
Grigson in his later life lived partly in Wiltshire and partly in a village in the Loir-et-Cherdepartement in France. He died in 1985 in Broad Town, Wiltshire, and is buried there in Christ Church Churchyard.
Grigson was the youngest son of Canon William Shuckforth Grigson (1845–1930), the vicar of Pelynt, near Looe. The inscription on Canon Grigson’s slate headstone in Pelynt Churchyard is the work of Eric Gill, 1931.
Eric Gill was a sculptor, typeface designer and printmaker who was associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Gill is well-known for his religious views and subject matter. Gill produced sculptures for the stations of the cross in Westminster Cathedral; a carved a statue of the ‘Virgin and Child’ for the west door of the chapel at Marlborough College; The Creation of Adam, three bas-reliefs in stone for the Palace of Nations, the League of Nations building in Geneva. Gill was made a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA and became a founder-member of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry when it was established in 1938. In April 1937, Gill was elected an Associate member of the Royal Academy.
Gill’s only complete work of architecture was St Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Gorleston, built in 1938–39.
Eric Gill was adamantly opposed to fascism and was one of the few Catholics in Britain to openly support the Spanish Republicans. Gill became a pacifist and helped set up the Catholic peace organisation Pax. Later Gill joined the Peace Pledge Union and supported the British branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Gill became a Roman Catholic in 1913 and worked primarily for Catholic clients. In 1921 he started a Catholic artists community called The Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic and became a lay member of the Dominican Order.
In recent years Eric Gill has become a controversial figure after it became public in 1989 that his personal diaries revealed that he had several extramarital affairs, incestuous relationships with his two eldest teenage daughters and with his sisters and participated in sexual acts with his dog. In the wake of all that, some people didn’t quite know what to do with the religious art.
Geoffrey Grigson and his first wife, Frances, had one daughter, Caroline, a zoologist, who was married to Colin Banks. Banks was a designer who co-founded Banks & Miles, designers and typographers in 1958 with John Miles. Major clients of the partnership included the Consumers’ Association, the Post Office, British Telecom and London Transport.With John Miles, Colin Banks was the Production Editor of ‘Which?’and associated magazines, 1964-93. Banks was President of the International Society of Typographic Designers, 1988-93 and 2000-02. With his second wife, Berta Emma Kunert, Griegson had two children, Anna and Lionel Grigson. Lionel Grigson is a jazz musician, so he probably knew George Melly who was keen on underaged boys. Grigson’s third wife was Jane and their daughter is Sophie Grigson, the cookery writer. The political scientist Giacomo Benedetto is the son of Grigson’s daughter, Anna.
Giacomo Benedetto is a British Italian political scientist and holds a Chair at Royal Holloway, University of London. He previously lectured at Manchester University. Benedetto is an expert in European Union politics and has researched and published extensively on the European Parliament, Euroscepticism and the EU Budget. He has been invited to provide oral evidence on Brexit and the EU budget by the Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee of the select committee on the EU.
Dr Charles Rycroft was in the Communist Party when he was at Cambridge, where he knew Virginia Woolf’s brother Adrian Stephen; it was Stephen who stimulated Rycroft’s interest in analysis. Charles Rycroft lived until May 1998, by which time Ronnie Waterhouse had heard the evidence from the former residents of the children’s homes in north Wales and Ronnie and the world had called them lying bastards. Charles was There For Dafydd et al for many years, including throughout many of the gang’s attempts to frame me and have me banged up. Charles died soon after one of the attempts to imprison me – along with Patient F – had failed when we were acquitted in Court despite the best efforts of NHS perjurers. See post ‘A Solicitor’s Letter From North East Wales MIND’.
Adrian Stephen and his wife Karin were among the first British psychoanalysts. Stephen was the youngest of four children and the death of his father Leslie Stephen in 1904 resulted in the four siblings moving to Bloomsbury and their house there became the nucleus of the Bloomsbury Set. Stephen was also a half-brother of George and Gerald Duckworth, both of whom Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell later accused of sexually abusing them when they were children and teenagers.
George Duckworth’s grandson Anthony Nicholas George Duckworth-Chad of Pynkney Hall, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, is a landowner and City of London businessman. He is Chairman of the Governing Body of Gresham’s School, Holt, Vice-President of the Anglers’ Conservation Association, Trustee of the Country Land and Business Association Charitable Trust and Trustee of the Rudhams Playing Fields Trust. In 1992, Duckworth-Chad was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk and serves, or did serve, as Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.
Duckworth-Chad’s great-uncle Gerald Duckworth founded the London publishing firm of Duckworth & Co. Duckworth-Chad agreed to become the heir of his great-uncle’s widow with the stipulation that he would add her maiden name, Chad, to his own.
In 1970, Duckworth-Chad married (Elizabeth) Sarah Wake-Walker, a granddaughter of the seventh Earl Spencer. They have three children, James Anthony de L’Etang Duckworth-Chad (born 1972), William George Christopher (1975) and Davina Alice (1978). Duckworth-Chad’s wife, Elizabeth Wake-Walker, was a first cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales and he is also reported to be a close friend of Carlo. His son James was Equerry to Lilibet, 2001-04 and his daughter Davina is a friend of her second cousins William and Harry, both of whom attended her marriage to Tom Barber at Pynkney Hall on 25 September 2004.
- Anyone feel like publishing a book about Lord Thomas Scott Baker, the judge from the Family Court with links to Dafydd and the gang who served as the coroner for the inquests of Di and Dodi, even though he’d never conducted an inquest before (see previous posts)? Well I challenge you to try and get a contract from a publisher for such a book. The nearest anyone can get is the serial ‘Heir of Sorrows’ written by Dame Sylvie Krin, in ‘Private Eye’.
Anthony Duckworth-Chad was a cousin of Auberon Waugh, Bron having written for the Eye himself back in the days when it was dominated by Tory public schoolboys – Shrewsbury School, where Sir Charles Evans, Michael Heseltine and many other paedophiles’ friends were educated – Richard Ingrams and John Wells, as well as their pal Candida Lycett Green, the daughter of John Betjeman and who employed Ronnie Waterhouse as a libel reader. Candida, her family and network of friends and colleagues contained numerous people who knew about the Westminster Paedophile Ring, including some very posh people. Betjeman was of course big in the Church of England as well as being a friend of Harold Wilson’s wife. See post ‘Come, Friendly Bombs’ for details of the wider network.
Adrian Stephen was educated at Westminster School. Among his romantic liaisons was his affair with the artist Duncan Grant, which led to Grant’s introduction to Stephen’s sister Vanessa Bell, with whom he would eventually have a (rather unusual) romance. Adrian attended Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1914 Stephen married Karin Costelloe, by then a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.
Stephen was a conscientious objector during WW I, like many other members of the Bloomsbury Set and, with Costelloe, lived out the war working on a farm in Essex. Early in the war Adrian Stephen was active in the Union of Democratic Control, then later was Honorary Treasurer of the National Council Against Conscription.
Towards the end of WW I, Adrian and Karin became interested in psychoanalysis. They trained after contacting Ernest Jones and were both analysed initially by James Glover; Adrian and Karin qualified in the late 1920s. Adrian completed his analysis with Ella Freeman Sharpe.
Adrian Stephen became deeply involved in anti-Fascist activity in the 1930s. In WW II Stephen became so angered by the Nazis’ brutality and anti-semitism that he abandoned his pacifist stance of the previous war and volunteered to become an army psychoanalyst in 1939, at the age of 57. Active in promoting reforms in the British Psychoanalytical Society, 1942-44, Stephen became Scientific Secretary of the Society (1945–47) and took over the job of Editor of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis from James Strachey in 1946. Adrian Stephen died in 1948, but north Wales bore the brunt of the legacy of his friend and colleague James Strachey, along with Adrian’s family and network.
James was educated at Hillbrow prep school in Rugby and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took over the rooms used by his older brother Lytton Strachey. At Cambridge, Strachey fell deeply in love with the poet Rupert Brooke, who did not return his affections. He was himself pursued by mountaineer George Mallory, conceding to Mallory’s sexual advances. George Mallory died on Everest in 1924, but his fellow climbers who lived longer influenced the next generation of mountaineers (see post ‘Dr Adrianne Reveley – A Loving Tribute’), which included Top Doctor Sir Charles Evans, the Principal of UCNW (Bangor University), 1958-84, while UCNW facilitated Dafydd’s trafficking gang. Charles Evans’s friend Anne McCandless was another Top Doctor who, like Sir Charles, was rather more interested in mountaineering than she was in being a Top Doctor; Anne McCandless knew about the paedophile/trafficking ring as well, as did many of her colleagues and friends (see post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’).
James Strachey had an affair with economist John Maynard Keynes.
Strachey was a conscientious objector during WW I. He was Assistant Editor of ‘The Spectator’ – the Editor was the father of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’s wife Amabel – and a member of the Bloomsbury Set. James married Alix Sargant Florence in 1920. Alix was born in Nutley, New Jersey in the US. Her brother, Professor Philip Sargant Florence, became an economist and married the birth control activist Lella Faye Secor. Philip lectured at Cambridge University and then became Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham where he remained until his retirement in 1955. By the 1970s, the University of Birmingham housed Dafydd’s mate Professor Robert Bluglass and was part of the hub of civic corruption in the West Midlands. Philip lived until 1982 to fight on behalf of the network of corruption.
Philip Sargant Florence was a friend of Robert Dudley Best, the British manufacturer deeply involved with the Modern design movement in and immediately after the interwar years. Robert took over Best & Lloyd, his father’s light industrial engineering works in Birmingham, having previously trained as a metal designer at art school in Dusseldorf. Robert Best designed the Bestlite, an iconic Bauhaus-styled desk lamp that remains in production and was used by Winston Churchill in Whitehall. Best was an early apostle of the posture therapist F.M. Alexander of the Alexander technique, campaigned for better art-school education for industrial apprentices, and was a founder of the Common Wealth Party in 1942. Best’s social circle included a group of Birmingham artists and intellectuals associated with Birmingham University.
Previous posts discussed Trevor Tunstall, an architect who worked on the Bull Ring in Birmingham and who’s later years were wrecked by Tony Francis and Dafydd’s gang. Previous posts eg. ‘The Wind Of No Change’ have provided a bit of background on some of those in public life in Birmingham who managed to not notice a great deal.
Robert Best was alive until 1984 to keep the flag of Dafydd et al flying. He mentored the economist Hilde Behrend, known for her research into industrial relations and the motivational differences between workers. Hilde Behrend was born in Berlin to a Jewish family. In 1936 Behrend moved to London and in 1941 she began studying at the LSE, graduating in 1944.
Uncle Harry’s brother-in-law Ralph studied at the LSE just before WW II. During the 1940s and 50s, the LSE hosted people like Professors Richard Titmuss and Brian Able-Smith who designed the post-war British welfare state, including the NHS. See previous posts. Their design served the most disadvantaged citizens very, very poorly, it was no more than a charter for serious abuse and neglect but no-one ever dared admit this and most people still won’t, unless they are on the right and want to use it to justify privatisation.
After graduating, Hilde taught German and French at a grammar school, before starting work as a research assistant for Philip Sargant Florence. Behrend completed her PhD at Birmingham University, before moving to Edinburgh University in 1954, to take up a post at the new social sciences research centre led by Professor John Macmurray. Hilde remained at Edinburgh for the whole of her academic career.
Behrend’s research focused primarily on labour and industrial relations, in particular the interrelationships between economics and psychology in understanding how people operate at work. She also came up with the ‘blue Monday index’ which measures the difference between Monday’s and Friday’s absence rates and how these voluntary absence varied by types of worker.
Compare the idle sods above with this hardworking high achieving professional:
Hilde pegged out in Jan 2000, one month before the Waterhouse Report was published, so she was around for many years to let us all know how to motivate the labouring classes, while she and her mates took a day off whenever it pleased them because they all had tenured posts in universities which made it nigh on impossible to sack them no matter how seriously they disgraced themselves.
Alix Strachey attended Bedales School, as did Dafydd’s mate the corrupt Top Doctor Adrianne Reveley, numerous other Top Docs and alumni who concealed the Westminster Paedophile Ring and of course Ma’am Darling’s children (see post ‘Dr Adrianne Reveley – A Loving Tribute’). After Bedales, Alix studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and Newnham College, Cambridge.
James and Alix moved to Vienna, where James began a psychoanalysis with Freud, of whom he was a great admirer. Freud asked the couple to translate some of his works into English, and this became their lives’ work. Looking back forty years later at this turning-point, Strachey commented in a ‘disarming passage’ to his fellow analysts on his then qualifications as a psychoanalytic candidate, as compared to modern times: ‘A discreditable academic career with the barest of B.A. degrees, no medical qualifications…no experience of anything except third-rate journalism. The only thing in my favour was that at the age of thirty I wrote a letter out of the blue to Freud, asking him if he would take me on as a student’. James continued by saying that, having spent a couple of years in Vienna, “I got back to London in the summer of 1922, and in October, without any further ado, I was elected an associate member of the [Psycho-Analytical] Society. … A year later, I was made a full member. So there I was, launched on the treatment of patients, with no experience, with no supervision, with nothing to help me but some two years of analysis with Freud”.
It was Freud who decided that “the Stracheys should become members (full) of the Society. … To be sure their conflicts have not been decided, but we need not wait so long, we can only instigate the processes which has to be fed by the factors of life”.
Freud’s enthusiasm in embracing the Stracheys is interesting. Freud certainly did embrace people who weren’t Top Doctors unlike some other analysts who were also Top Doctors themselves, but there must have been a positive stampede in the direction of Freud at the time when the Stracheys approached him. It was the Stracheys whom Freud was keen to have on board and whom he fast-tracked though. The Stracheys of the Bloomsbury Set, a circle choc full of influential, well-connected people yet who were considered by many to be rather disreputable…
James and Alix thus both become practising analysts; James subsequently began publishing his own original articles; and the two of them (in collaboration with Ernest Jones and Joan Riviere) began translating Freud’s works in earnest, as well as writings by a number of other European psychoanalysts. Their translation of Freud’s works remains the standard edition of Freud’s works to this day.
While the Stracheys were instrumental in encouraging Melanie Klein to come to England to pursue her analytic discoveries, both remained loyal to Freud at the same time and stood as part of the Middle Group between the proponents of Melanie Klein and of Anna Freud.
While accepting that “Strachey’s translation was also an act of interpretation and it has not been hard to find spots where he went astray”, the fact remains that “Freud was delighted with the work Strachey succeeded in doing”; whilst even into the 21st century “the German editions have relied on Strachey’s editorial apparatus, which should be a testimony to what he accomplished”.
James is mentioned in the text of Michael Holroyd’s biography of Lytton Strachey and in the introduction to the 1971 Penguin edition and the 1994–95 revised edition. James was the literary executor for his brother Lytton, so Holroyd saw James and Alix frequently over the five years from 1962 that he was researching and writing the first edition (published in 1967–68) of his biography of Lytton.
Sir Clough Williams-Ellis of Llanfrothen/ Croesor married Amabel Strachey. The Stracheys are a huge family and many have very similar names so trying to get to grips with the whole network is taking me quite some time. However, they all held influential positions in art/culture/literature/politics, they were on hand to assist each other and in turn they were friends with/sexual partners of/married to numerous other people who held influential positions in the arts, politics etc.
Lytton Strachey was the founder of the Bloomsbury Set and it was Lytton who was famously excessive sexually, although quite a few of Lytton’s friends and relatives worked hard to keep up with Lytton in that particular field. Not so long ago Radio 4 ran a comedy series satirising the Bloomsbury Set, ‘Gloomsbury’ and a friend of mine remarked that ‘Gloomsbury’ was ridiculous and infantile; however another friend who was au fait with what the Bloomsbury Set got up to loved it and maintained that it was spot on in terms of the excesses and petty jealousies and squabbles of a hugely self-indulgent network of people.
Amabel had immediate links to some of the Stracheys with a saner reputation than Lytton; her father John St Loe Strachey ws the Editor of ‘The Spectator’ which is how Amabel got a job writing for that publication and her brother Evelyn John St Loe Strachey aka John Strachey was a Labour MP and Minister in Clement Attlee’s Gov’t. However some of the extended family were involved with the organised abuse of children and vulnerable people and the family’s influence ensured that there were no repercussions, including for their associates in north Wales. Members of the Bloomsbury Set also attended universities famous for recruiting spies during the pre-WW II years who later were outed as double agents, including Cambridge. Previous posts have provided specific details of some examples, including those reaching right into Dafydd’s gang eg. Goronwy Rees, who served as Principal of Aberystwyth University in the 1950s.
The presence of Clough, Bertrand Russell and their friends in south Gwynedd undoubtedly was hugely advantageous to Dafydd and the gang. The original stars of the show in Croesor from the 1950s/60s have virtually all died now, but their children and grandchildren are still with us doing the ‘how very dare you’ bit should anyone try to expose the extent of the fuckwittery…
Patient F who was targeted in a major way by Dafydd et al came from a middle class family in Surrey and spent his young life with artists, rockers and alternative people, some of whom later became famous…
I have only just discovered that the Stracheys began as Somerset nobility before their mycelia found its way into the rest of the UK.
Sir Clough studied at the Slade School of Art; as did Alix Strachey and Sir Kyffin Williams, Anglesey’s eminent artist who never married and wasn’t blessed with children.
One of the Specialist Advisers to the Select Health Committee in 1997-98 was Chris Davies, Director of Somerset Social Services. Not only did Somerset contain a number of people who knew what was happening to me in north Wales at that time along with a group of Tory and Lib Dem MPs who capitalised on it politically eg. Tom King, Paddy Ashdown, John Biffen etc (see previous posts), but there was also a trafficking ring operating in the Bridgwater area with links to Dafydd’s gang. Somerset Social Services was in a very bad way and not long after Chris Davies served as the Specialist Adviser, things began to fall apart and Somerset had to give up any pretensions that it was running a functioning social care or mental health service. I knew that there were major problems in Somerset when Chris was dispensing his advice; I knew of unsuitable people who had been passed to provide paid care for vulnerable people, I knew of Top Doctors who were concealing wrongdoing and abuse, I knew of psych patients who were being abused and neglected and I knew of a child sex offender who seemed to enjoy protection from high places, despite the police being in hot pursuit of him.
I need to nominate another person as a member of the Vermin Club, a man who had escaped my attention until someone e mailed me the other day. Introducing Professor Peter Elwood, an epidemiologist of Cardiff University. Peter Elwood goes back many years, he was a colleague of Archie Cochrane who featured in earlier blog posts. Archie Cochrane worked in south Wales when Dafydd’s gang was embryonic and he was a colleague of Professor Kenneth Rawnsley, who held the fort at Cardiff University for decades, reassuring everyone that standards and care in Dafydd’s Denbigh Dungeon were good and that Dafydd et al were providing high quality training for Top Doctors and Angels. See post ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’ Kenneth also loyally trained numerous mad, abusive Top Docs himself, including Tony Francis. Whenever I become forgetful and compare what Rawnsley said was happening in psychiatry in Wales with what everyone knew was happening and ask myself ‘how did they get away with this?’, I soon remember the words ‘George Thomas’. It explains a great deal. Including this:
The Baroness Morgan of Ely
Archie Cochrane promoted robust science but for some reason he did not ensure that his junior colleagues followed his recommendations. Rawnsley et al continued to make it up as they went along. Archie also publicised the fact that rigorous analysis had demonstrated quite clearly that in the case of the younger people in a patient population under study, Top Docs were definitely doing something that was killing them. Very wisely, no other Top Doc dared follow up Archie’s surprising finding, although no-one demonstrated that he was wrong on this matter. See previous posts for further details re Archie Cochrane.
A 2016 online article published by Cardiff University boasted of the many achievements of Peter Elwood:
Elwood specialises in preventative medicine; from heart disease to stroke, and recently cancer. Implementing the first set of randomised clinical trials and evidence based medicine has been the backbone of his scientific research. In an extraordinary study, the effects of aspirin on platelets (cells in the blood) and heart disease was investigated in Caerphilly. Pioneering evidence based medicine, a long term study involving over 2,500 men was set up. The study lasted 35 years and provided data on a variety of factors affecting health and disease and was published in the Lancet.
The study was majorly successful and hit the headlines. Elwood was part of the team that found that a low dose of aspirin has beneficial effects for patients whom have had a heart attack or stroke, providing many indicators of health and disease.
Hasn’t someone just demonstrated that low dose aspirin doesn’t confer such benefits after all??
Going beyond the study of cardiovascular diseases, it has relevance for nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, coining the phrase, ‘better than any pill.’ The study highlight the importance of following a healthy lifestyle: resulting in a 60 per reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Since the release, this work has attracted much attention in medical science. Prof Elwood led the Medical Research Council in Wales and has contributed immensely to our current understanding of epidemiology and medical practice.
Informing the public on health promotion brings a chance to improve the health of this generation. How to a healthy life is a widely discussed topic in the media, and these studies have provided information on factors which affect a healthy life. Elwood strives to prolong disease free survival. By studying the mechanisms of disease and conducting randomised evidence based trials, it has been possible to explore factors which impact health and disease.
The British Medical Journal featured the study as one of the 50 most quoted medical research articles. The data collected is used by the team, and also collaborating colleagues. To build upon this knowledge, genetic analysis can be carried out and UK BIOBANK has been set up, which aims to ‘improve the health of future generations.’
Elwood continues to work on elucidating important factors of health and disease. Currently, he is working on cancer and dementia. Our society still has questions about epidemiology which ensure research continues.
Clinical practice relies on evidence to advance the study of medicine. Trials utilising the principals of evidence based medicine, which were first introduced by Prof Elwood and colleagues, provide immense understanding of epidemiology.
Perhaps Peter could answer a few questions that I’ve had for some time and which if answered will provide immense understanding of the endemic corruption in medicine and in particular the uniting of even very eminent Top Docs in the face of Any Challenge To Dafydd.
Peter, your name appeared as someone who ‘provided helpful advice and support’ to the authors of the paper ‘Gastric Cancer In Gwynedd. Possible Links With Bracken’: O.P. Galpin; C.J. Whitaker, Rh. Whitaker; and J.Y. Kassab, which was published in the ‘British Journal of Cancer’, 1990; 61, pp 737-740.
You will remember that the authors of that paper claimed to have made a massive breakthrough re gastric cancer and that upon publication the paper was the centre of worldwide media attention. Days later, it was quietly admitted that there were ‘flaws’ in the research and no-one mentioned the paper again. As I explained in my post ‘They Think It’s All Over – It Is Now’, the ‘flaws’ were indeed mighty; a sample size of THREE for the control group and not all members of the sample had gastric cancer…
The authors of the paper were associates of Dafydd’s who worked at UCNW and Ysbyty Gwynedd. Some of them were responsible for teaching stats to undergrads and postgrads at UCNW/Bangor University and some of them went on to become leading healthcare researchers and clinical trials leaders in Wales. After they had published this load of cobblers. One of the authors was the father of a Top Doctor at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
As if this wasn’t enough, Sir Richard Doll had ‘advised’ on this heap of manure and had not spotted the ‘flaws’ or that the ‘team’ were a gang of fools closely linked to a gang of paedophiles.
Would you please tell me Peter, why one of the biggest names in epidemiology in the world – Richard Doll – was prepared to be associated with this and why no-one asked him that after the paper was discredited? Can you also explain how this rubbish ever made it through the peer-review process to publication?
Previous blog posts discuss the backgrounds of everyone involved in this sorry affair – except for Peter Elwood, because I couldn’t find out who he was when I was writing those posts – including the editors of the ‘British Journal of Cancer’.
That paper was published and received world wide media attention at the very time that Tony and Sadie Francis had perjured themselves – with the full knowledge of the MDU and their barrister Sir Robert Francis QC (see post ‘The Sordid Role Of Sir Robert Francis QC’) – in an attempt to have me imprisoned. As a result I was forced out of my career in medical research, which had never involved publishing lies and subsequently appeared in a press article, as the subject matter of ‘Scientist In Court’. That’ll have been HONEST scientist in court as a result of perjury, who’d blown the whistle on a whole pyramid of abuse and crime facilitated by Top Doctors…
‘The British Journal of Cancer’ maintained that the original article was submitted in 1988. Is that true Peter? If so, when it was returned for redrafting, why did the bullshit remain in the article? Or was that article hastily concocted and published to coincide with the Scientist Appearing In Court?
Thatch had just been deposed when that journal article appeared and I was on the verge of being carted off in a Black Maria… Remember the Tory leadership contest?? All contenders were concealing the Westminster Paedophile Ring and Dafydd’s part in it. John Major triumphed…
After I left my job at St George’s, the people who helped force me out were caught in a huge research fraud scandal. Including Geoffrey Chamberlain, who was a pal of Sir George Pinker, the Royal Gynaecologist who delivered William and Harry, who ignored Diana’s distress during her pregnancies and who nearly fucked up William’s delivery in a big way. See previous posts.
Diana knew about Sir Peter Morrison and a lot more besides…
August 31, 1997, during the Waterhouse Inquiry:
Yesterday there were reports that the IPPR and Dame Someone Or Other who held senior roles in NHS England has told Theresa that the extra £20 billion that has been vomited up for NHS England on top of the usual dosh Isn’t Enough To Avert A Crisis. I didn’t think that it would be.
I’ve got an idea Theresa. Why don’t you give me an Arts Council grant to form a Wimmin’s Theatre Company and I will tour the UK with my performance of Identifying With The Phallus? It’s what the founders of psychiatry used as the keystone of the whole discipline and I cannot possibly do more damage than they have done. I’ll be a great deal cheaper, I won’t kill witnesses to serious crime or give people soft tissue infections or produce iatrogenic illness. Neither will I run a trafficking gang. It’ll be a Wimmin’s Theatre Company because we all know that Wimmin Share and Don’t Bottle Things Up, but I’m not exclusionary, men will of course be welcome as will intersex people. There is however one man whom I would prefer to give us all a very wide berth: Uncle Harry’s nephew, who worked for the IPPR as did many of his mates…
Uncle Harry’s legacy Ed. Truly a Vermin Club. Not too impressive is it?