My post ‘We’re Not Bloody Well Having It’ discussed NHS trade unionists who colluded with Gwynne, Dafydd et al and used this to Campaign For The NHS, for pay increases etc while concealing patient harm and even death. I reproduced the transcript of an interview with Bill Dunne, a COHSE rep; I have been told that Dunne was a security services plant but like most of their plants Dunne blended in well but didn’t stop the crime. The interview with Dunne is in Warwick University’s archive; it was one of a series of interviews conducted by Warwick academics in the course of work on the welfare services, trade unionism and related subjects. Warwick academics were conducting these interviews during the 1980s, when the Westminster Paedophile Ring was causing havoc in the UK welfare services and was being concealed by Gov’t, Whitehall, all political parties, the medico-legal establishment and numerous academics…
It was during those years when Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and I yelled as loudly as we could and wrote to numerous people in authority but were ignored, although hundreds of complaints were being made about the abuse of children and psych patients in north Wales. Then there was Wandsworth, Islington, Lambeth, the North East of England, N Ireland, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and so many other areas…
Westminster molester George Thomas bagged a Viscouncty in 1983, Sir Peter Morrison, Cyril Smith and it seems Leon Brittan as well were busy, as of course were Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall etc. Then there was the matter of Ollie Brooke…
Warwick University is at Coventry, on the location of the West Midlands ring that operated in partnership with the Gang. In 1989, when Dafydd’s mate Prof Robert Bluglass ‘investigated’ my complaint and concealed the extensive criminality, he was assisted by Colin Berry, a psychiatrist from Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry.
The interview with Bill Dunne was conducted in 1982 by Mick Carpenter. Mick has been Emeritus Professor at Warwick since his retirement from the Dept of Sociology at the end of December 2013. Warwick is considered to have one of the best Depts of Sociology in Britain, made particularly famous by Germaine Greer’s presence there in the 1970s. Mick’s webpage tells us that he:
‘continues to be research active and was Joint Work Package Leader on Policy (WP8) for the FP7 MYPLACE project that ran until May 2015 (https://myplaceresearch.wordpress.com/). He is also Principal Investigator for the research into the history of interventions to improve a deprived area of Coventry, Hillfields, since the 1970s, as part of Work Package 2 ‘The Historical Context’ nested within the wider ESRC funded Imagine project (http://www.imaginecommunity.org.uk/)
Mick is also continuing to support a number of PhD students through to completion as part-time tutor.
Mick’s research interests were initially the history of health policy and community care, especially the role of public sector trade unions. He later became active in supporting community-led research in Coventry aimed at tackling poverty and inequality through the Coventry Partnership. Throughout his career he has worked collaboratively with those seeking to achieve greater social justice and equality.
His publications include Working for Health: the History of COHSE, 1987, and Normality is Hard Work: Trade Unions and the Politics of Community Care, 1994, both published by Lawrence and Wishart. Management, Work and Welfare in Western Europe, co-authored with Steve Jeffreys, was published by Edward Elgar in 2000. The results of the SEQUAL project research were published in: Mick Carpenter, Stuart Speeden and Belinda Freda (eds) ‘Beyond the Workfare State: Labour Markets, Equality and Human Rights’, Policy Press in 2007. He edited the ‘Community Development Journal’ from 2009-2015.’
Mick hasn’t ever piped up about the organised abuse within the West Midlands, in the NHS or in any other context, although one can’t conduct the sort of work that Mick does and not find out about that. Mick Carpenter is a good sociologist and as with GPs, good community sociologists know when Top Docs and other welfare workers are abusing patients/clients/involved in serious crime.
The other material in the Warwick archive that I am particularly interested in is the collection of interviews with members of the GMC. This blog’s favourites are there, so many who were mates with Gwynne and Dafydd, as well as a few other GMC members whom I have yet to blog about. I was planning to blog about these interviews, but I have realised that as I have covered the neglect and criminality of the GMC thoroughly in previous posts, the person whom really needs to be discussed is Prof Margaret Stacey, the Warwick University academic who conducted the GMC interviews and subsequently published on the esteemed old GMC and how basically it is OK, if only it would use PC language and have more Wimmin and ethnic minorities on its committees.
As always, I didn’t begin with the view that Margaret – known as Meg – Stacey realised that she was interviewing people whom she knew had facilitated the abuse of children, worked hard to ensure that dangerous, criminal Top Docs had remained on the Medical Register and in senior positions, because it is possible to interview some of that crowd and have no inkling at all that they are on board with such activities. However after I read a bit about Meg’s biography and career, I realised that she undoubtedly knew what was going on. Prior to beginning her work on the GMC, Meg had been in an NHS role in which she concealed the crimes of Gwynne and Dafydd; I’ll discuss this later in this post.
Meg began taking an interest in the GMC as Mary Wynch, Alison Taylor and I began raising concerns. Warwick records state that Meg’s project on ‘Regulating British Medicine’ ran from 1981-89, but the interviews all seem to have been carried out after Jan 1985 and they began in earnest once Ollie Brooke appeared in Court in Dec 1986. I suspect that Meg only began this work after the crap started flying and as is sometimes the case with overtly political and expedient research, an earlier date has been provided, all wily like.
As we shall see, Meg had such strong links with the Gang that she will have known about Mary and Alison and she almost certainly knew about me. Meg did know about Brown, through his own work as a social scientist and via the Gang’s network on the left/ in the social sciences that went gunning for him from early 1983 onwards…
These are the people whom Meg interviewed for her GMC study and the dates on which she conducted the interviews:
Patrick Benner, 22 May 1987The Gang were in the midst of their Cunning Plan to frame and imprison me shortly after the General Election, which unravelled when not enough people told enough lies in July 1987. I’ve been told that George Thomas’s bent lawyer pal Leo Abse, the Labour MP for Torfaen, was Brains behind the Cunning Plan. Abse’s brother Dannie was the Famous Poet and Top Doc and their other brother Wilfred was a psych who had been a colleague/pal of Gwynne’s before Wilfred emigrated to the US in the early 1960s, becoming a Prof of Psychiatry there. Leo’s sister also emigrated to New York in the 1960s and made her life there. The Abses were a big family, many of whom were lawyers and Top Docs and they all stayed in contact with and were loyal to each other.
In June 1987, I had just moved in with Brown in Leicester, where Brown was doing his PhD. Keith Vaz was elected as the Labour MP for our constituency on 11 June 1987. Greville Janner held his seat for another Leicester constituency. Greville’s dad Barnett had held the seat before him. Barnett had originally come from Cardiff, where, like Leo Abse, he had practiced as a lawyer. The Abses and Janners knew each other, as Labour lawyers and through the Jewish community, as well as via the south Wales connections.
Bodger Chamberlain, Ollie Brooke’s mate and protector, grew up in a south Wales family; his dad was Secretary to the Lord Mayor of Cardiff. Bodger’s wife, Top Doc Prof Jocelyn Chamberlain, worked at the Middlesex Hospital, Gwynne’s alma mater, the entire institution protecting Gwynne until the day that he died in the latter part of 1986, just before Ollie was jailed in Dec… Other close relatives of Bodger lived in Leicester…
Dafydd had me wrongfully arrested and unlawfully imprisoned in the Bryn Golau Peep Show in Dec 1986. When I checked dates on documentation, I realised that by the time that I was admitted to the Peep Show – as with all abducted targets, I was taken to the Peep Show in the middle of the night undercover of darkness by Bill Dunne’s fellow ambulance workers in north Wales – it was the same date on which Ollie pleaded guilty and was jailed. 18 Dec 1986. I had been arrested on 14/15 Dec, but because I was being circulated around between hospitals, police stations, being unlawfully held for so long, by the time that the Angel in the Peep Show booked me in, it was the early hours of the day on which Ollie appeared at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.
I was in the middle of my Masters at Hammersmith Hospital at the time; Kingston was virtually owned and run by Prof Hugh Bentall, the cardiac surgeon at Hammersmith, who’s son Richard was working as a clin psy with Dafydd et al at UCNW. Richard was married to the daughter of the Dean of Science at UCNW. Everyone involved was mates with the Gang and had known Gwynne. Documentation in my possession shows that the Gang were ringing my tutor at Hammersmith, Dr Malcolm Alison, without my knowledge and exchanging info/Cunning Plans…
Throughout it all, Tony Francis was leaking info and documents, including forged documents, to the Windbag’s office, as well as to Plaid via my solicitor Alwyn Jones, who was mates with Ieuan Wyn Jones, the Plaid candidate for Ynys Mon, who won the seat in June 1987. Ieuan was born in Denbigh, where his dad was a Methodist Minister; they knew Gwynne and Dafydd. Ieuan’s first attempt at Parliament was as the Plaid candidate for Denbigh in 1974…
Ieuan’s wife Eirian Llwyd came from Prion, a small village on the outskirts of Denbigh. Eirian worked as a midwife in Liverpool and then in north Wales. Eirian was involved with Welsh Wimmin’s Aid, in Rhyl, a stronghold of the Gang. Lots of low income people with mental health and drug problems, targeted by the Gang in numerous ways. Sister Hutt ruled Welsh Wimmin’s Aid from HQ in south Wales, at George Thomas Central.
It was in 1987 that Prof Mark Williams, then working at UCNW, discovered the Miracle Of Mindfulness. Mark Williams was working with the Gang and some of the most abusive Gang members who doubled up as Gwynedd social workers eg. Keith Fearns, Judith Soulsby and Isobel Hargreaves (Isobel was married to Ralph Oxley, a botanist who taught me at UCNW, DGE Wood’s wife being a botanist who also worked with Ralph at UCNW), co-authored those early publications or were thanked/acknowledged by Mark.
Mark’s original fieldwork was conducted with patients of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team, notorious for threatening and assaulting their patients, perjury, forging documentation etc. Discovering the Miracle of Mindfulness with Fearns and the Gang has taken Mark Williams a long way.
Prior to joining the Gang at Bangor, Mark worked with the Gang’s partners in crime in Cambridge and Newcastle. Mark is an Anglican clergyman as well, so he managed to miss a great deal re the organised abuse of vulnerable people who approached him for Help.
S S Chatterjee, President of Overseas Doctors Association, 6 Oct 1988.
In Oct 1988 I was working for the CRC team at Surrey University, led by Prof Vincent Marks. Vincent was the brother of BMA Chairman John Marks, who hated Ken Clarke and the Tories, but they were both in the same slurry pit, so they colluded over me and were both involved in Cunning Plans to damage me as well as the few people who stood by me. While I was working for Vincent Marks, the BMA were supplying Francis and the Gang with advice as to how to refuse to investigate my complaints and frame me for offences that the BMA knew had not been committed. Gwynedd Health Authority even paid Francis’s expenses to Cardiff for the meetings with Anthony Chadwick, the corrupt Top Doc who doubled up as the BMA adviser.
John Marks was, with Bodger, one of a big group of Labour supporting Top Docs who wanted to bring the Tories down. Not being able to do that, they contented themselves with working towards deposing Thatch, with the help of Ken Clarke, Heseltine and Anthony Meyer. They were given much help by Tom King, who was in cahoots with Tony Francis, Francis playing everyone off against each other and knowing that people in Somerset who knew what was happening to me knew Tom King.Meg’s interviewee in Oct 1988, Dr. S. S. Chatterjee, is ‘an Indian who has been treating patients in Britain for 29 years and is a consultant at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. He is also the Chairman of the Overseas Doctors Association in the UK.’ Not only was SS Chatterjee working in the hospital in which Tony and Sadie Francis worked until the summer of 1983 when they relocated to north Wales, but documents and literature show that SS Chatterjee worked closely with colleagues from Leicester. Leicester employed a great many Indian/overseas doctors. They did know about the ring and they knew that there was a substantial problem with forced marriages, which resulted in a lot of teenage girls running away from home.
I worked in an old people’s home in Leicester with a girl who’s older sister had scarpered and a lot of my colleague’s friends were in the same situation. GPs in Leicester and London openly joked to me about the absence of girls of 20 and over in British South Asian communities ‘because they’ve all run away from home by then’. As with organised abuse, it was either ignored or the subject of cynical quips.
- The mum of this washing machine salesman sat on Leicester City Council, which colluded with the ring:
Valerie Vaz, the sister of the washing machine salesman and, like him a lawyer, has been the Labour MP for Walsall South since 2010. Valerie arrived in the Commons during those three years approx. 2008-2011 when there was an influx of Gang associated into the Commons and the Welsh Assembly (see ‘The Battle Of The Cowshed’). In 1984 – the year in which I encountered Gwynne and war was declared – Valerie qualified as a solicitor. Valerie set up her own legal practice, Townsend Vaz, and ‘worked on legal issues for local gov’t in London’.
Prior to arriving in Leicester – first to work in a Leicester City Council-funded law centre before becoming an MP – Valerie’s brother Keith worked as a solicitor for Richmond Borough Council and then Islington Borough Council. Both Borough’s children’s homes were hosting paedophile rings linked to the Gang. After Jezza Corbyn, an Islington MP, became Labour Party Leader, Valerie was appointed to his Shadow Cabinet. Prior to being elected to the Commons, Jezza worked as rep for NUPE, the union that represented a great many social workers. Some of those known to be abusing kids in north Wales were shop stewards of NALGO and NUPE, the two unions who, together with COHSE, merged to form UNISON. Jezza grew up in Shropshire; the Gang were operating a ring there even in Jezza’s youth. John Biffen, who went to school with my father and who’s parents farmed about three miles down the road from us and joined Thatch’s Cabinet, was elected as the MP for Oswestry in 1961; Biffen succeeded Tory Lord David Harlech the seat. The Harlechs were part of the Posh Spectrum of the Gang. Other neighbouring gentry in Shropshire were on board with the Gang as well, most notably Lord Lloyd Kenyon and family, Lord Kenyon who preceded William Mars-Jones as President of UNCW.
In 1987 Valerie worked as a presenter for BBC TV’s Network East. Valerie has served as a Deputy District Judge in the County Court on the Midlands and the Oxford Circuits. Valerie was a Councillor in the London Borough of Ealing, 1986-90 and the Council’s Deputy Leader, 1988-89.
When I was undertaking my MSc at Hammersmith, 1986-87, one of the students on our course lived in Ealing, a mature student, a Jewish dentist who’s Queensway practice had a lot of HIV+ patients. She openly expressed her horror at the malpractice and corruption prevalent at Hammersmith and was friendly with one Iraqi student who was being treated terribly by Nick Wright and Malcolm Alison. She also knew what was happening to me at the hands of the Gang. I liked that student, but I knew that her loyalty to her friends, many of whom were Jewish Docs, lawyers etc would mean that she would never blow the whistle on what was happening at Hammersmith. I wrote about all of this to Brown and my letters discussing it all were among those stolen in the 1990s from my house in Rachub and flogged to George Carman QC and the Digger.
In Nov 1987, the King’s Cross fire killed over 30 people; the cause was never found. I have been told that it was supposed to have killed me; I was due at the station at the time of the fire but changed my plans.
HOMOPHOBIA ALERT: Brown and I used to quip that it was most appropriate that Rosie’s dentist’s practice for gays was located in Queensway. OK Uncle Harry’s nephew and friends, do remember to tell everyone that as well as being anti-Semitic and racist, Brown and I are homophobes as well. I haven’t had that particular smear thrown back at me yet, but there’s plenty of time yet.
Dentists everyone, think Frank Khalatschi, who was married to Jenny, who later married Michael Angelis, luvvie and ex-husband of Gail from Corrie. Jenny was a relative of someone who knew me very well; another relative of Jenny’s had a fling with Mr Bridgy Celeb and then – as well as a number of other people – James Hewitt. Then there was Park Lane dentist Sir Paul Beresford, who before becoming the MP for Croydon Central and then Mole Valley, was elected as a Tory member of Wandsworth Borough Council in 1978 and served as Leader, 1983-92, when it was Thatch’s flagship Council and in partnership with Bodger, Ollie et al, Springfield Hospital and Lucille Hughes, Dafydd and Tony Francis. Most of Thatch’s Cabinet were patients of Paul Beresford. Tony Francis’s old mate from their days as junior docs in Cardiff, Hamid Ghodse, was Springfield’s International Expert on Drug Abuse while Ghodse’s team were dealing in and distributing Class As… F’s former father-in-law, whom F loathed, was a Surrey society dentist – think Paul Beresford and his predecessor as MP for Mole Valley, Ken Baker – with mates in Harley Street and conspired with the Gang to have F fitted up and imprisoned in 1986. Bodger and co had Harley Street practices, thus Bodger’s famous patient who became his friend and was always happy to give a media interview if Bodger needed PR; Bodger even received a plug on Desert Island Discs!
In 1987, Queensway was more well-known as that part of London housing Ozzies rather than Queens. Paul Beresford is a New Zealander.
Tony Sadler, one of Bodger’s consultants who was working at St George’s when I was there, May 1989-Dec 1990, lived at Ealing.
In 2001, Valerie began working for the Gov’t Legal Service, the Treasury Solicitors as well as the Ministry of Justice. It was the Treasury Solicitors and the Ministry of Justice who were so often called upon to advise re squashing any complaints or claims re the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal.
The Leicester ring was directly linked to the Gang. In the latter part of 1987, I was referred to Dr James Earp, a Top Doc in Leicester for the Court Report demanded by Bangor Magistrates’ Court – for a very minor offence, because the serious case had collapsed after the perjury of an overseas doctor. Earp knew Gwynne and was part of the Leicester Medical School crowd who were protecting Frank Beck and Greville. The Dean of Leicester Medical School, 1989-95, was Lord Robert Kilpatrick, a Scottish Top Doc who had previously worked at Edinburgh University and then been Dean of Sheffield Medical School, Jimmy Savile Central. The GMC headhunted Kilpatrick as Chair when they realised that the police had been investigating Beck and Greville and charges were expected.
Kenneth Scott, who arrived to work in a children’s home in the 1970s in Denbighshire/Clwyd – after having worked very briefly with children in Wandsworth in the early 1970s – left his job with Clwyd County Council and subsequently, in 1986, took a job in a children’s home in Leicestershire that had been run by Frank Beck. There had been complaints that Scott was abusing children in north Wales. No action was taken. Scott was subsequently convicted of the abuse of kids in the Leicestershire home.
Michael Taylor, a former Franciscan friar, arrived to work as the manager of a children’s home run by Denbighshire County Council in the early 1970s – in 1973/74 Denbighshire became Clwyd County Council – from a reception centre for children in Islington. Complaints from boys in Taylor’s care that he’d abused them were dismissed by Taylor’s seniors in Clwyd Social Services and Taylor was offered a job in an FE College in Cheshire. While Taylor was waiting for his accommodation that was provided by the College to become available, another children’s home manager for Clwyd County Council complained about Taylor sexually abusing boys. No action was taken. Taylor was finally convicted of abusing boys in the early 1990s.
See previous posts for full details re Kenneth Scott and Michael Taylor.
In 1983 Frank Beck was elected as a Liberal Cllr for Blaby, Nigel Lawson’s constituency. Frank was re-elected in 1987; he missed the subsequent Council elections because he was arrested and jailed…
John Biffen’s first role in Thatch’s Cabinet was as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, May 1979-Jan 1981; Peter Morrison was a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury at the same time. Both served under Ronnie Waterhouse’s lifelong friend Chancellor of the Exchequer Geoffrey Howe. Nigel Lawson succeeded Howe as Chancellor, 11 June 1983-26 October 1989. Lawson was a longstanding friend/business colleague of Edward du Cann’s mate/business colleagues Jim Slater and Peter Walker. Lawson, du Cann, Walker, Slater and du Cann’s pal/business colleague Mr Big Tiny Rowland were bankrolling the Gang and they all went back to the late 1950s together. Edward du Cann succeeded Churchill’s son-in-law Duncan Sandys as Chair of Lonrho. Sandys had been a good friend and a patient of Stephen Ward until the Profumo Affair blew up and everyone decided that they’d never met Stephen Ward. Stephen Ward wasn’t around to contradict them after 3 Aug 1963 because he ‘committed suicide’ during his trial, most conveniently dying the day that the guilty verdict was returned against him.
It’s the Gang all over isn’t it. Before I worked with the sociologists at Bangor University, during the Gang attack of the 1990s which resulted in Graham Day being libelled by ‘The Guardian’ and Nerys Patterson – who later married Merfyn getting caught in the crossfire – the Gang encouraged a member of UNCW staff to take liberties in the way that they did, failing to turn up to work, fiddling whenever possible etc. They then turned on him when investigations began, dropped him and he attempted suicide. Graham was one of those who mopped up the blood. No wonder Graham was forever a target, he was supposed to have let the Insider witness die in traditional Gang style. See eg. ‘ Badlands’.
Stephen Ward doubled up as a society portraitist as well as an osteopath and a Procurer Of Common Prostitutes. How he managed to paint so many pictures of all those who had Never Met Him, including Phil the Greek, I cannot understand.
The 1992 Kirkwood Report into the Leicestershire ring after the jailing of Frank Beck stated that Leicester City Council and Leicestershire Constabulary had been guilty of the most appalling negligence. Kirkwood stated that the psychiatrists in Leicestershire hadn’t seen the children in their care, but instead they had given supervision sessions to the social workers who were abusing them. Yet there was no criticism of Leicester Medical School or the Top Docs. Andrew Kirkwood QC interviewed Greville during the course of his Inquiry but made an agreement with Greville that he would not be mentioned in the Report.
Andrew Kirkwood also played a key role in the 1987-88 Cleveland Inquiry, the cover-up of the criminality of the Gang’s partners in the North East, Lord John Walton’s crowd. The Chair of the Inquiry was Lord Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, sister of Lord Michael Havers, Bodger’s constituency MP and Thatch’s Attorney-General who admitted to blocking prosecutions of VIP sex offenders… Lord Elizabeth left a glowing Tribute on the website of Gwynne and Dafydd’s friend Prof Israel Cohen, one of their accomplices in Newcastle. Lord Elizabeth explained that Issy’s recommendations re the Treatment of Disturbed Children – including sending them to live in children’s homes in north Wales – could always be relied upon by Judges…
Havers and Lord Elizabeth, like their dad Sir Cecil Havers, a Gang friend in a previous generation, were members of Inner Temple, along with Mr Thrope and Ronald Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon’s dad…
Greville was a member of Middle Temple, as was Ronnie Waterhouse and Geoffrey Howe. Ronnie was a close friend and colleague of his old pupil master Sir William Mars-Jones, who was President of UCNW, 1982-94. John Biffen served as the visitor for UCNW, April 1982-June 1983. Mars-Jones grew up in a farming family near Denbigh who had run Denbighshire for decades. M-J’s dad had been Chairman of Denbighshire County Council and the M-J males were all leading Freemasons. Sir William had stood as the unsuccessful Labour candidate for Denbigh in 1945. William M-J worked for the security services. His family in Denbighshire continued to hold roles as Councillors, Mayors, in the Methodist Church etc. William’s sister-in-law Dilys was CC’d into correspondence about me between Clwyd Health Authority managers and officials after I complained about Dafydd. Dilys may well have been a member of Clwyd HA but even if she was, she should not have been CC’d into that correspondence.
William practiced in Chambers on the Chester and north Wales Circuit as well as in London. He lived in London, in Gray’s Inn, of which he was a leading member. William was also a near permanent resident of the Garrick, with so many other judges, luvvies and TV folk, including Ronnie Waterhouse’s good mate Robin Day.
We should not be surprised that the BBC was so obviously deeply in cahoots with the Gang; the Gang was being protected, indeed facilitated, by the security services – or many people in the security services – and the BBC was of course always secretly run by the security services. Many of the Gang’s bestest friends -eg. Lord Wyn Roberts, Lord Charles Hill etc had worked in ‘broadcasting’ after working in Gov’t propaganda in WW II. Gwynne and Dafydd were mates with and protected by some of those who had built their reputations on the propaganda of WW II eg. the two stars of the Nuremberg Trials, David Maxwell-Fyfe aka Lord Kilmuir and Lord Elwyn-Jones. Churchill was the PM who gave those two, as well as other mates of Gwynne and Dafydd, all the powers that they needed to run a paedophile/trafficking ring.
Re the Propaganda Geniuses. As with the Special Powers that the Gang had to Get Through To Disturbed Patients and See Into Their Minds ie. unlawful surveillance followed by violent and sexual assault, forging and planting of evidence, perjury etc, the Propaganda wasn’t rocket science. They just yelled at stupid gullible people, people with their own crimes to conceal or unscrupulous politicians on the make ‘Sally and Brown are Racists, Fascists, Anti-Semites and Brown is a Known Paedophile’. Bingo, the Propaganda Worked!
Who was the source of so much of what was Known about Brown and me? Er a fan of Enoch Powell who was pretty bloody racist on many matters, a dyed in the wool Tory who had lunch at the Clarence with Thatch in 1974…Should Uncle Harry’s nephew and his mates need any further policy advice, Thatch’s lunch companion also maintained that the Troops in N Ireland shouldn’t mess about with rubber bullets, they should use real ones. That suggestion caused a bit of friction with a relative from N Ireland who was hardly a Guardianista herself…
Because psychiatry in north Wales was considered virtually untouchable by Top Docs who had a choice re jobs, nearly all the junior psychs in the region as well as a few senior ones were overseas Top Docs. There was one overseas Top Doc at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bobby Kurian, who seemed much better than most of his colleagues and was well-liked – Bobby was treated very badly by the Gang – but most of the other overseas Docs Of The Gang were obviously virtually unemployable.
The Top Doc who illegally detained me in collaboration with Gwynedd social worker Jackie Brandt, in Aug 1986 – the subject of my first complaint to the Mental Health Act Commission (and of course a complaint to the GMC) – Dr Pereira, was an overseas doc who behaved appallingly. He screamed and yelled at me and misquoted the law, but the biggest problem was that his English was very poor. Psychiatry is based on communication and as Pereira so obviously couldn’t understand what I was saying, I asked Brandt to get me an English speaking Doc. She giggled and said ‘We haven’t got one’. Pereira subsequently sectioned me AFTER an English speaking Top Doc – Tony Francis – literally stuck his head around the door and told Pereira to sign the documentation. The next day, on the ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Dafydd arrived. I refused to see him. I was told that I would not be released until I agreed to speak to him. I was left in a room alone with Dafydd. He tried to Talk Sex, I challenged him and he then told me to get out of north Wales and that if I continued to complain I would be arrested. In Dec 1986, the excuse to arrest me was that Pereira had made a complaint to the police that I had ‘attempted to throttle’ him. The charges were withdrawn once I was unlawfully imprisoned in the Bryn Golau Peep Show.
The Gang told everyone that I was a racist and that was why I had complained about and ‘tried to throttle’ Peirera. In response to my complaint, Alun Davies told the MHAC that Pereira’s English was ‘good’. Some months after telling the MHAC that, Peirera was sacked by Gwynedd Health Authority for gross incompetence and because his English was so poor. Peirera’s difficulties were such that he was unable to secure another job as a Top Doc. I have since wondered if the Gang made damn sure that Pereira was out of circulation lest he ever blew the whistle on events with me in order to defend himself, because Periera was acting on orders…
The MHAC asked Alun Davies why no social work report had been submitted by Brandt when I was sectioned. Brandt explained that it was an Emergency and thus she had not written one. The section under which I was allegedly detained WAS the emergency powers one, a social work report is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT. I was held in a ward with a load of other patients who had also been detained illegally, both in Aug 1986 and then again in Dec 1986/Jan 1987.
The Gang routinely abducted and imprisoned targets, they NEVER concerned themselves with the legal niceties. The MHAC knew this, the Welsh Office knew it, the DHSS knew it. There was complaint after complaint, naming the same people and detailing the same MO. MPs including Wyn Roberts, Dafydd Wigley, Keith Best and Ieuan Wyn Jones were repeatedly told by constituents that this was happening. It was ignored. It continued after Mary Wynch had made legal history by suing Dafydd for illegally imprisoning her and after I wrote to every appropriate authority re my case.
As for my racism, just read my earlier posts re what I witnessed Prof Sir Nicholas Wright and his side-kick Dr Malcolm Alison et al doing to overseas students/Top Docs at Hammersmith Hospital, or the comments made about overseas and ethnic minority staff by their White British colleagues at St George’s…
Dr Non-Racist Dafydd Alun Jones misspelt Pereira’s name on every piece of documentation as ‘Dr Pariah’. Or perhaps Dafydd and his secretary were having a little joke there?
Two other overseas Top Docs at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s Hergest Unit who were the subject of many very serious complaints were Dr Devakumar and Dr Quasim Ijaz. Devakumar was witnessed by third parties, staff included, challenging a patient to a fist fight in a ward round. Among the many complaints about Ijaz was that he sexually assaulted a patient. One of the gynaes in Ysbyty Gwynedd who was known to be sexually assaulting – and injuring – patients was a Black African Top Doc. ALL complaints about these docs were attributed to racism.
The NHS needs to understand that if a very troubled region hosting a sex abuse ring is unable to employ British medical grads because no-one wants to work there – or indeed no good overseas grads want to either – so they employ abusive or incompetent overseas Docs and ALL complaints about them are met with allegations that the patients are Racist Bastards, there will be bad feeling based on race among the local population. There was in north Wales and it was inflamed by so many abusive, criminal, overseas docs…
There was one very good overseas Top Doc working at the Hergest Unit in 2001-02. He witnessed the abuse of patients and I met him socially many months later and asked him why he didn’t blow the whistle. He told me that he was a junior overseas doctor, that the Gang would have made counter-allegations against him and he would have been struck off. I absolutely believed him and I noticed that at the Hergest Unit, this Top Doc had a habit of quietly just appearing when a patient was in danger, which was the method used by the Hergest whistleblower if he thought that a patient was about to be assaulted. They knew that they were known to be Off Message re the Gang and that just their presence on the scene might stop an assault.
Then there were the Hergest staff who told third parties that F was a racist. This was because F and I had found a young black South African student from Bangor University in distress in the Hergest Unit and F had begin talking to her. F’s mum was South African so F began telling the student that he knew South Africa, his mum was South African. F then tried to reassure the girl that he knew about the political situation in S Africa, he didn’t like the regime there, so please don’t think that he’d be hostile to her. Pat Capper, the Hergest Unit receptionist, began shouting at F to get out of the room – a public waiting room – NOW and stop this conversation. A huge row erupted IN FRONT OF THE STUDENT, so much for sensitivity. I then discovered that she had been assaulted by someone, was hidden away at Hergest and THAT was the reason why the staff didn’t want anyone speaking to her. She was Sent Back Home within days.
Would Pat have behaved like that if Wales’s own White African Freedom Fighter had uncovered a barrel of shit being concealed in an NHS waiting room? Can the NHS now spread a vicious rumour about Peter’s Racism? BTW if Peter would like to give everyone the name of the Black African Top Doc who was assaulting patients in YG in the mid-1990s, a lot of people would like to know. Patients were not told his name, but his colleagues – including Big White Chief Simon Leeson – knew what he was doing. Then there were the two Indian junior gynaecologists employed at YG in the early 1990s who were sexually exploiting a young British White psych patient, who had recently graduated from UCNW; each one of them made her pregnant and arranged the terminations – that she didn’t want – themselves. She was admitted to the psych ward at YG before each termination lest she refused. White British GP Dr Lyndon Miles – a Sheffield University grad– was her GP; Lyndon had worked with White Welsh Gwynne and White British D.G.E. Wood in the Student Health Centre in UCNW. White British Tony Francis (a Cardiff grad) and then White British Sadie Francis (a Manchester grad) were her Top Docs who refused her all NHS care after she and I both told third parties what was happening to the other one, us having made friends after meeting each other in hospital.
This was a case of abusive overseas Top Docs working with abusive White British Top Docs and the excuse not to investigate complaints against the abusive overseas Top Docs was one of ooh it’s all the fault of Racist Bastards.
Perhaps Asian Woman Lisa, who’s dad Dipak, an Expert on Race and Race Relations who worked as Leicester University, would like to give us her pearls of wisdom on the matter.
Valerie and washing machine salesman Keith are descended from the Famous Missionary Sir Joseph Vaz. There was a tradition of Methodist Missionaries from north Wales going to South Asia, some of them returning – or who’s children or friends returned – to work in north Wales. One missionary most directly involved with the Gang was Presbytarian Prof/Rev Alwyn Roberts, one of the last Welsh missionaries to Mizorum. Alwyn Roberts was Principal of Pacchunga University College in Mizorum, Jan 1961-Sept 1967, returned to Gwynedd and became a Gwynedd County Cllr as well as PVC of UCNW. Alwyn Roberts was originally based in the Dept of Social Sciences at UCNW but he then established the extra-mural dept that became known as the Dept of Lifelong Learning. That Dept was choc a bloc with Gang associates and the Head of Dept was Meri Huws aka the Crack of Doom.
The Crack had been a student at Aber when Carlo undertook his stint at Aber to learn Welsh before the Investiture, then in the 1980s the Crack worked as a Gwynedd social worker, her patch including Ty’r Felin children’s home in Bangor, where the kids were being trafficked, including to Dolphin Square. The Crack broke a glass ceiling in the 1980s when she became the First Woman to Chair Cymdeithas (the Welsh Language Society). The Crack worked at Coleg Menai in Bangor, at an FE college in Dublin and at Bangor Normal College before rocking up to destroy the Dept of Lifelong Learning.
Two leading Nonconformists in Bangor were Dr Bill Beer, a Top Doc (dermatologist) and his wife Joan. Bill was born in the Nilgiri Hills in southern India to a missionary family originally from Devon and qualified at the Madras Medical College in 1950. Bill’s father had run the local Pasteur Institute in the Nilgiri Hills. Bill’s interest in dermatology began during house jobs in Vellore. He was later the only doctor at a mission hospital where his wife, Joan, was Treasurer and support from the mission eventually enabled Bill to study at St John’s Hospital, London. From there Bill Beer moved to the Westminster Hospital and after a while there, his boss at te Westminster suggested that Bill might like to apply for a job at the C&A Hospital, Bangor. The Beers knew nothing about Wales and had no connections there, but Bill was most enthusiastic. Bill took up the job as Consultant Dermatologist at the C&A Hospital in Bangor in 1965 and the Beers played a leading part in NHS/UCNW/Non-Conformist life in Gwynedd (their Church being Penrallt Baptist Church) for the rest of their lives. Bill Beer retired from the Dermatology Dept in 1991, but he continued to attend and contribute to meetings. In 1993 Bill Beer won the Wycombe prize for research on atopic eczema and psoriasis. Bill maintained his private practice and acted as a locum consultant until a few weeks before his death as the result of a car crash on 10 Dec 1999, just before the publication of the Waterhouse Report. I think that Joan Beer is still alive and busy at Penrallt…
Penrallt is a Church dominated by staff of Bangor University/the NHS/Social Services and a great many students go to Penrallt, both overseas and home students.
Methodism was so big in north Wales, the north of England and the West Country, that unsurprisingly the Gang is tangled up with Methodists at every turn. George Thomas is the name that everyone mentions, but Thatch was brought up as a Methodist before she was obliged to pretend to be an Anglican to Get On In The Tory Party and Harold Wilson’s wife Mary was the daughter of a Methodist Minister which Harold played for all it was worth. Tony Benn stressed his family affiliation to Methodism and that Methodism and Socialism underpinned the Labour Party rather more than Marxism.
Westminster Hospital was the institution of choice for many students/Top Docs from south Wales who were facilitating the Gang/Westminster Paedophile Ring. Dannie and Leo Abse trained there and the institution was completely protected by the presence there of Sir Clement Price Thomas, from Merthyr Tydfil, who was the Royal Doc to Brenda’s dad, King George VI. The Abses were Jewish and Dannie’s autobiography stresses that George Thomas, being a Methodist, had a great affiliation for the ‘Jewish boys’ whom Thomas taught when he was still a school teacher… There are commonalities in values between Methodism and the Jewish community, but what this lot were more interested in was building a criminal network and they used whatever they could to do it. Mark Williams expanded the base by combining Christianity with Buddhism.
Phillip Connell, Deputy Screener and Preliminary Screener for Health, 28 May 1987.
Here we go, this interviewee of Meg’s was a mate of Dafydd and Gwynne. Here’s Philip’s life according to Munk’s Roll ‘Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians’ online – now rebranded as ‘Inspiring Doctors’ – and they don’t come anymore Inspiring than this:
Philip Henry Connell b.6 July 1921 d.26 July 1998CBE(1986) MRCS LRCP(1951) MB BS Lond(1951) DPM(1956) MD(1957) MRCP(1969) FRCPsych(1971) FRCP(1976) Hon FRCPsych(1992)
Philip Connell was a highly influential figure in the British drug policy arena over the crucial period, from the mid-1960s onwards, when drug misuse in the UK began to slide out of control. In his many official roles he advised on every facet of drug policy, writing position papers, memos to ministers and chairing numerous important committees. He was a consultant adviser on drug misuse to the Department of Health, and, for six years, from 1982 to 1988, he chaired the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. For many years he was a prominent figure on WHO expert committees.
Connell entered medicine a little late and did not qualify until the age of 29. He undertook his post-graduate psychiatric training at the Maudsley Hospital, arriving there in 1953, in the days when Aubrey Lewis was professor of psychiatry and D L Davies the dean of the Institute of Psychiatry. Connell was for a time Davies’s registrar.
[Sir Aubrey was the maddest of all at the Maudsley, an early Big Name there who violently assaulted students and docs who disagreed with him and was probably the reason why psychiatry at the Maudsley was avoided like the plague. David Lewis Davies was Dean of the Institute of Psychiatry (part of the Maudsley) at around the time that Dafydd Trained at the Maudsley. David Lewis Davies was so desperate for Trainees that it was admitted that he accepted all applicants, including Dafydd. Davies, like Dafydd, was an Alcohol Expert. Davies built this reputation on the back of his Pioneering Research Into Alcohol Dependent Patients. His sample size was less than 10 and he later discovered that most of them weren’t alkies anyway. No-one blew Davies’s cover, although the truth is in the archives available to anyone who looks. What was probably responsible for Davies’s career success was his status as one of the old Oundle boys who were part of Bertrand Russell’s/Sir Clough’s circle. Davies had the added advantage of also being a St John’s College, Oxford grad with other Gang associates, including Edward du Cann, Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin and corrupt Mandarin Sir Idwal Pugh. Davies only trained as a Top Doc after pursuing his real interests at St John’s College. See previous posts.]
During the period of his Maudsley attachment [Connell] completed his MD on amphetamine psychosis, later published as a Maudsley Monograph [Oxford University Press, 1958]. This was a heady achievement for a young man and his name was made. However, at that point there were no academic posts available for Connell at the Institute. Instead he went to Newcastle to take a consultant position in child and adolescent psychiatry.
In 1963 he was recruited back to the Maudsley as consultant in charge of the adolescent unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, with responsibilities for the Brixton child guidance clinic.
It was then that happenstance took over. Adolescents were at that time misusing amphetamines and other drugs. Suddenly the government badly needed advice on the development of clinics for the treatment of drug use. By virtue of his MD, Connell was an expert in amphetamine misuse and was able to give his advice to government.
In 1968 Connell established an out-patient clinic for heroin users at the Maudsley. For some years the Maudsley and other similar London clinics prescribed heroin generously as the front-line treatment. ‘Six and six’ would mean six grains of heroin and six grains of cocaine as a day’s ration. Connell’s contemporary analyses of the benefits and drawbacks of heroin prescribing today speak to a vanished world, but they offer insights of continuing importance.
At the same time Connell established his in-patient base as the drug dependence clinical research and treatment unit at the Bethlem. The many demands on his time meant that he never personally returned to research, but under his leadership the unit at the Bethlem became an important clinical research centre, particularly so when Michael Gossop was appointed there to a senior research position. John Strang was one of Connell’s registrars and took over the drug consultancy at the Bethlem and Maudsley when Connell retired in 1986.
[See previous posts. With all these Towering Figures it was a case of crazy old hypocrites who were in various disguises flogging Class As to patients whom were being abused by them and/or their colleagues/friends.]
The list of Connell’s honours and appointments is legion. He was president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, vice-president and honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, chairman of the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence and preliminary screener for health for the GMC. In 1986 he was awarded the CBE.
He was a man of vastly good judgement – he went for practical solutions, avoided extremes and never over-reacted. But besides those qualities of mind there were also qualities of personality which contributed greatly to his success. He was a big man with a big presence who was by nature engaging and courteous. He was also determined, hard-working, ambitious, and also unpretentiously compassionate. Put that intellect together with those personal propensities and the combination was formidable.
This Tribute to an Inspiring Doctor was written by Griffith Edwards, one of the maddest, most dangerous ‘Addiction Specialists’ at the Maudsley who was er a mate of Dafydd and Gwynne’s (see previous posts).Arthur Crisp, former Chairman of GMC education committee, 28 Feb 1989.
Meg’s interviewee Arthur Crisp was St George’s/Springfield’s resident Expert In Eating Disorders. An Angel at Springfield admitted to me that the only reason for Arthur’s success was that if patients – mostly adolescent girls/young women – ‘don’t eat, they’re out and he won’t treat them again’. Neither would anyone else because they Didn’t Progress even with Prof Crisp and he’s the best. So Crisp refused to treat ill patients, many of whom subsequently died, being Difficult Cases. Eating disorders are often linked to sexual abuse. Crisp wiped out girls with eating disorders in an area on which an international trafficking ring was operating.
One 19 year old girl, Shani, in the Bryn Golau Peep Show, a patient of Dr Neil Davies’s, was Transferred to Crisp’s unit For Help. Shani was returned to the Peep Show, where I met her, where she was fallaciously accused by Tony Francis of breaking into and robbing a pharmacy. When Shani refused to confess to that, she was prosecuted for ‘assault’. The assault in question arose when Betty the OT lady pissed Shani off in the way in which those Who Care are so skilled, so Shani threw a ping pong bat and ball against the ball. They bounced off and one of them hit Betty. Assault. Shani was from Rhyl, had tried to commit suicide in the Peep Show and they were bloody desperate to get her convicted for something. One wonders what Shani had witnessed… She will now be in her early/mid 50s, if she is still alive…
One of Crisp’s proteges, Adrienne Key, was a junior Doc on Daffodil Ward, Springfield, when I was there, Jan-Feb 1991. Previous posts discussed Adrienne in those days, marching through the ward, slamming doors in patients’ faces, refusing to even respond to the ‘Hellos’, then shutting herself in the Angels’ office. If patients persisted, Angels would emerge and shout at them to Leave Dr Key Alone. Adrienne now has a Harley Street clinic and is Head of Eating Disorders at the Priory group. Adrienne was a med student at St George’s when Ollie was arrested.
Adrienne was the junior doc who starred with a senior colleague, Tom Burns, in a Channel 4 documentary in the 1990s, ‘Minders’, designed as a PR piece for Springfield. I’d like to thank those responsible for ‘Minders’ because they dared include footage of what was actually going on at Springfield, including the appalling neglect and intimidation of patients, the breaching of legislation etc. Gosh there was a row. Tom Corns complained to Channel 4 and demanded to appear on ‘Right To Reply’, declaring that the coverage was biased – no Tom, it was JUST how I remember Adrienne and the Angels conducting themselves at Springfield – and Tom memorably stated on TV that he and his colleagues are Caring People but C4 ‘made us look like the Gestapo’.
Think yourself lucky that they didn’t film those of your colleagues who were shagging children Tom.
Not that it did Tom any harm, Tom bagged a Chair at Oxford a few years later, by which time Mark Williams had bagged a Chair at Oxford as well and Tom was then appointed as Miranda’s mental health adviser. Tom has Retired now, but still managed to Chair an NHS Trust in Camden until recently, advise Gov’ts etc.
In 1989 I had a private conversation with Tom and gave him details of exactly what was going on in north Wales, naming Gwynne, Dafydd etc. To my astonishment Tom didn’t call me a liar, instead he got very cross with me, told me that I must think that he was ‘naive’ not to know about that, that he believed everything that I was saying, that he knew this was happening and that ‘psychiatry attracts disturbed people’ and it was causing very big problems. After I began this blog, I was sent extracts from that private meeting with Tom. The room had been bugged and someone had listened to everything…
So Tom was subsequently promoted to a Chair at Oxford and was appointed as Miranda’s adviser. The Home Office has responsibility for authorising MI5 surveillance. When I had that conversation with Tom, David Waddington, yet another bent barrister of Gray’s Inn with a history of working with the Gang (see ‘The Bitterest Pill), was Thatch’s Home Secretary. Waddington and then this man were Home Secretaries throughout 1990 and 91 when all those High Court cases were brought against me on the basis of extensive Gang perjury:
Tom was very much like Mark Williams in that he had a lovely manner, was competent and intelligent and no-one would ever have believed that he was working with violent sex offenders who were occasionally killing witnesses. Yet he was and he admitted it, in private, to me. Tom never came forward during any police investigation or Public Inquiry. Tom was a good friend of Nita Mitchell-Heggs, the Occ Health physician at St George’s; Nita was a friend of Bodger and Nita’s role was to shoot whistleblowers… Nita who Trained as a psych at the Maudsley and was married to another psych and who’s daughter is now a GP in the south of England… See previous posts.
Tom Burns Trained at Cambridge and was there at the same time as Neil Davies. Unlike so many who decided that they didn’t want to be Top Docs any longer after seeing themselves on this blog – including Nita and her husband – Tom is still on the Medical Register with a licence to practice.
Ken Baker served as John Major’s Home Secretary, 28 November 1990-10 April 1992, which perfectly spans that period of time when F was befriended by the predators who were of the Gang’s network who fleeced him of his money and property, hijacked his baby and made fallacious allegations about him in return for goodies negotiated by Gwynedd Social Services, the Top Docs, the North Wales Police and others, after F had split up with his wife, when his mother had died and while the Gang’s usual Prioritising Of The Most Needy Patients was evident ie. total abandonment.
Ken Baker was Home Secretary during the launch and throughout much of the North Wales Police’s investigation into a possible VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire for which they found not a scrap of evidence… F had challenged Gwynedd social workers about the mistreatment of boys in care at the Ty Newydd children’s home early in the 1980s, before he was fitted up for Class As and arson.
See previous posts…
Geoffrey de Deney, Clerk to the Privy Council, 25 Mar 1987
Sir Geoffrey Ivor de Deney St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and then carried out National Service as an officer in the North Staffordshire Regiment. de Deney subsequently joined Brenda’s Civil Service. After a career in the Home Office, he served as Clerk of the Privy Council, 1984-92. de Deney was made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in Brenda’s 1992 Birthday Honours. In 1990, Sir Geoffrey was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. After retirement from the Civil Service in 1992 de Deney worked as the first Chief Executive of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. That’ll have been a gift to Top Docs who transfuse patients with infected blood, lose them on the operating table etc.(8 October 1931-2015) was a civil servant. Sir Geoffrey was educated at
Other alumni of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, include Robin Day, Terry Jones of Python fame, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali and Keir Starmer QC. Paxo is a Fellow of St Edmund Hall by Special Election.
Among the Principals of St Edmund Hall was that good friend of the Gang, Judge Stephen Tumim (Principal, 1996-98) who cunningly disguised himself a la the Gang’s friend Lord Scarman as Not Being Like Other Judges.
Now Then. Look who served as Principal, 2009-18:
Gull was educated at Eston Grammar School and King’s College, London where he graduated with his BSc in 1969 and followed with a PhD in 1973. On completion of his PhD, Gull moved to a lectureship at the University of Kent. Gull held a personal Chair at Kent when he moved to the University of Manchester where he spent the 1990s involved with the development of the School of Biological Sciences as Head of Biochemistry and Research Dean. Gull moved to Oxford in 2002. Gull was Chairman of the Biochemical Society (1999–2002) and is a Trustee of Cancer Research UK. Keith Gull’s most cited peer-reviewed scientific papers are on Trypanosoma brucei and Trypanosoma cruzi. More recently, the Gull laboratory has worked on Leishmania.
After nine years as Principal Professor of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, Gull retired at the end of the 2017-18 academic year and was succeeded by Kathy Willis.
During his tenure as Principal of St Edmund Hall, Gull was alleged to have exploited college finances by claiming £500 in “Christmas presents” and “gifts” between November and December 2015, and £185 on a desk lamp in November 2017. Gull defended his Christmas expenses claims, but not the desk lamp claim.
In 2010, Gull attracted criticism by his students and the national press for the decision to spend £15,000 on a college snowdrop garden amid budget cuts. He defended the decision, claiming the snowdrops will be “fantastic”, but apologised for the way in which it was made.
Among numerous prizes, fellowships and other awards, Keith Gull was awarded the Marjory Stephenson Prize from the Society for General Microbiology (1996), was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (1999), elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2003 and was appointed a CBE in the 2004 New Year Honours list for services to microbiology. Keith Gull holds an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Kent. His certificate of election to the Royal Society reads:
“ Distinguished for his contributions to our understanding of the cell and molecular biology of eukaryotic microbes, especially fungi, slime moulds and trypanosomes. His work has provided important insights into how cells construct their cytoskeletons by modulating tubulingene expression and protein modification. His novel approaches have led to discovery of unusual mechanisms of microtubule initiation and the partitioning of genomes in sleeping sickness trypanosomes, also of the relationship of division to differentiation in these parasites. His discovery of the mode of action of the antifungal agent griseofulvin has been followed by explanations of the selective toxicity and resistance mechanisms of fungicides and anthelminthics. ”
Gull was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) in 2010.
Not only does Keith Gull know the mycologists at UCNW who supervised my project on fungal hyperparasitism for my Finals – Richard Shattock and Dave Shaw – but I think that I have met Keith Gull. When I was seeking an exit from the excesses of Bodger et al, I applied for other jobs and was shortlisted and interviewed for all of them. Yet by the time that I arrived at the interview there were always very odd dynamics prevailing. It was obviously someone writing me terrible references, but I didn’t know who. After I began this blog, I was told that it was Adrian Bell from UCNW.
I was interviewed for a biochem job at Manchester by two academics, both male and as had become routine by then, I had received a friendly letter of invitation, a request for the names of references and then when I turned up for the interview I was met with frostiness and heard no more after I left.
Professor Gull, were you that big bloke with a black beard, wearing jumper and sandals? Or were you the other one? Whichever one of them you were, how I laughed at your snottiness when that huge scandal broke at Manchester University, you know that one involving the Prof of Organic Chemistry – I think that it was the Prof of Organic Chemistry rather than you Keith! – who literally stole all the money from that substantial research grant to build himself a splendid house just minutes away from the University building… Everyone knew what he had done, it received headlines across the world, let alone the UK, but Manchester University rode on!
Anyone for a Northern Powerhouse with a Globally Leading University Regenerating The Region?
Don’t mention the War, I did once or twice but I think I’ve got away with it…
Manchester University not only hosts the proud Manchester School of Medicine, but it also hosts a famous Dept of Sociology which until 2014 employed one of the biggest names in UK sociology, Mike Savage. I used to go to the Manchester Sociology seminars and mini-conferences. I did enjoy them but I was interested to hear at one of the events when Mike Savage presented his data re a revisiting of Bourdieu’s work correlating social class, occupational groups and cultural interests, that amidst this complex extensive analysis, Mike Savage had not included people who didn’t own cars. When I asked why, he replied that there were so few of them that they weren’t worth including in the analysis…
Mike subsequently moved to the LSE, with his protégé, Real Working Class Sociologist Lisa McKenzie who grew up on St Anne’s in Nottingham, a Council Estate and who had a baby with a Black Man when she was a teenager. Lisa is now working at Durham University. I hope to God that Lisa has acquired a car or Mike won’t be that inclusive any more…
Mike was the man who published the British Social Class in the 21st Century survey some three years ago – Lisa worked on that survey as well- which received huge publicity while quiet voices were saying ‘Savage has got this wrong but no-one saying that is being given media coverage…’
Anyone for going on public transport in these days of Climate Change Emergency?
These days Mike is on the Hay Festival Circuit, so it doesn’t matter if he gets things wrong, Jenni Murray won’t notice.
When I was still attending the Manchester Cultural Sociology events, UK universities were all bagging themselves Professors of Creative Writing. Manchester employed Marxist big wig Terry Eagleton. Terry Eagleton, like so many of the famous academics on the left working for Manchester University, said not a word as Manchester University led the way in evolving into a Brutal Neoliberal HE Institution that had forgotten what HE was supposed to be all about.
Manchester University then tried to force feminist academic Sheila Rowbotham out. The row was presented as discrimination against Wimmin. It was rather more age discrimination with a dose of ‘We don’t want an old leftie from the 60s cluttering up Manchester, I mean we’re a STEM UNIVERSITY!!!’ Sheila’s fan club did defend her but not very effectively. At the time I received an e mail relating to another Manchester University outrage from someone asking what could be done to stop Manchester from going ahead with the outrage. I responded with a few details about one of the governors of Manchester University that, had UCU had chosen to use the info effectively, would have finished Manchester University off. No-one uttered a word… Mike Savage rocked up at the LSE shortly after I sent that e mail.
While Manchester was paying Terry Eagleton a handsome sum as their Prof of Creative Writing, Bangor bagged Philip Pulman who offered his services free of charge, being an old friend who had gone to school with Merfyn…
Don’t take any notice anyone, they’re small, Welsh and crap, MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER OOH MANCHESTER…
Oh do fuck off Manchester, I’ll just remind you of the name GWYNNE… He wouldn’t have survived without you and Brenda protecting him.
Martin Draper, former GMC Registrar, 12-13 Dec 1986.
Meg interviewed Draper one/two days before Dafydd had me unlawfully arrested and some five days before Ollie appeared at Kingston Crown Court and pleaded guilty… Kingston, the town owned and substantially run by Prof Hugh Bentall of Hammersmith Hospital, represented in the Commons since 1972 by Tory MP Norman Lamont, Norman’s dad being a Top Doc who knew Big Daddy of Manchester Medicine and Gwynne Protection Sir Douglas Black.
The cherry on the top was Lord Peter Rawlinson, Recorder for Kingston. Peter Rawlinson went back to the same ark as Gwynne, being Supermac’s Solicitor-General who helped out during the Profumo Affair.
Meg’s interviewee Professor Archibald Duncan, member of various GMC committees (undated):
Archibald Alexander McBeth Duncan, FBA, FRHistS, FRSE (17 October 1926-20 December 2017) was from 1962 to 1993 Professor of Scottish History and Literature at the University of Glasgow. On giving up his Chair, Duncan became Clerk of Senate and Dean of Faculties, retiring from the University in 2000. Since 2001 Duncan has been Emeritus Professor of Scottish History and Literature.
- Archibald Duncan grew up in Edinburgh, attended George Heriot’s School, then Edinburgh University, then Balliol, Oxford where he stayed on to teach. Balliol, alma mater of Grocer Heath, Woy, Denis Healey and so many more. In 1951 Duncan was appointed as a lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast; he relocated to Edinburgh University in 1953. In 1963 Duncan received his Chair at Glasgow University. Duncan became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1979 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1985.
Archibald Duncan was sitting on GMC committees when I was making representation about Gang members. Archie wasn’t a Top Doc, but he had spent his career in Universities dominated by Top Docs facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring – including analyst Ronald Fairbairn, dad of the crazed drunken molester and bedfellow of Esther Nicholas Fairbairn, Prof Henry Walton and his wife Dr Sula Wolff who accumulated a multi-million pound art collection including Ming pieces and Rembrandts while working as NHS Top Docs Helping Troubled Children, and adviser to SNP FMs Sir Ken Calman – as well as educating all those future Cabinet Ministers and PMs…
Archibald could have delivered a crippling kick in the knackers to those Top Docs, or told Gordon Brown, Donald Dewar et al to bloody well develop a spine and put a stop to the criminality but no, Archibald wouldn’t have been invited for drinks and become a Fellow of the British Academy would he had he done that.
And Little Scottish Susan wouldn’t be able to participate in a TV dancing competition while wearing Little Strappy Sandals:
- Archibald Sutherland Duncan, obstetrician, gynaecologist and administrator, born Darjeeling 17 July 1914, Lecturer and part-time Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Aberdeen University 1946- 50, Senior Lecturer Edinburgh University and Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to Western General Hospital Edinburgh 1950-53, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Welsh National School of Medicine University of Wales 1953-66, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist United Cardiff Hospitals 1953-66, Adviser in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to Welsh Hospital Board 1953-66, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Professor of Medical Education Edinburgh University 1966-76 (Emeritus), married 1939 Barbara Holliday, died Edinburgh 1 October 1992.
- One might believe that during its 250 years the Faculty of Medicine in Edinburgh had experienced most pressures, but with the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the need to plan clinical teaching between two employing authorities – the university and the NHS – introduced new administrative problems.
In 1965, as an experiment, the university appointed an Executive Dean to its Medical Faculty. That the experiment worked was due to the man they chose – Professor Archibald Duncan – who, over a decade became, in the Vice-Principal’s words, the ‘driving force in Edinburgh medicine’, laying the ground work for its present standing as one of the top clinical academic centres in the UK.British deans do not have the authority to ‘hire and fire’, but have to influence events by good management and diplomacy; in these Archie Duncan excelled. His load of paper and committee work was massive not only within the faculty, central university and health authorities, but also with national bodies, for he was deeply involved in broader aspects of medical education and the quality and ethics of health care. But he never appeared harassed and was always prepared to stop to listen, whether to staff or students; for he was a natural counsellor, always sensitive more to the needs of others than to his own. And all felt much the better for his counsel. To him, it was more important that a task should be completed than that he should receive the credit. But credit came his way with the conferment of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1984, a rare honour for a member of faculty.
- The foundations of this remarkable character were laid in Darjeeling, where his early years were spent as one of three sons of a Church of Scotland missionary; an upbringing which endowed him with the classless humility which endeared him to all. He came to Edinburgh for his education at Merchiston Castle School, and later its university (graduating in medicine in 1936), where, as he was already tonsured and neither smoked, drank nor played sport, he was regarded by some as rather ‘holy’, but to those who knew him he was great and amusing company – always in control of his moods, his only show of temper being a twitching of the lip and a few beads of sweat on the cheek. And, as was later proved by his war service as a naval surgeon, his courage and resolute character were not in doubt. He spoke little of the lives he protected during the evacuation of his sinking ship, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, nor of the support which he gave to young aviators during his later service with the Fleet Air Arm (Squadron A26) in north Africa, particularly during the retreat from Benghazi. He remained loyal to the senior service, his preferred drink being pink gin (Plymouth, of course), and took great joy in dining with the Royal Naval Medical Club in the Painted Hall in Greenwich. His early training with Professor RW Johnstone led Duncan to specialise in obstetrics – he became a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, Physicians, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Following clinical academic posts in Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, he was appointed in 1953 to the chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff, where he first brought academic influences to bear on that speciality.
During his student days, Duncan met Barbara Holliday, the flatmate of his flatmate’s sister. They married in 1939, establishing a lifelong partnership and creating a most hospitable home. No small part of his success in Edinburgh was due to the welcome which they gave to those appointed from elsewhere. The Duncans had no family of their own but they were true parents to many young people from all parts of the world in whose memory their kindness and consideration will long remain.
Attentive readers will remember from previous posts that obs and gynae in Aberdeen when Archibald Duncan worked there before relocating to Cardiff was dominated by Sir Dugald Baird, a man who pioneered ‘abortion for social reasons’. Translated this meant that Dugald routinely performed abortions on women from low income backgrounds because he didn’t like the idea of Poor People having children (Dugald himself had five kids). Dugald aborted so many low income foetuses – this as when all abortion in the UK was unlawful – that it showed up in the stats in the Aberdeen region. Those low income foetuses were terminated if their parents wanted them as well. Lady Baird, Dugald’s wife, Sat On Committees, lest any poor sod tried to circumnavigate Dugald’s malign influence.
Illegal abortionists in the UK – including Dr Ann Dally who Helped Very Rich Drug Addicts (Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon were among Dally’s ‘patients’) and Brave Wendy Savage – happily explained that Sir Dugald was their Role Model. What they were doing was completely unlawful, known by all other Top Docs, many of whom thought it appalling, but no-one stopped it. Dally and Brave Wendy were involved in other serious organised crime as well.
Ironically, many of those who were using Dugald as their role model, such as Dally’s colleagues at Tommy’s in the 1950s, were only performing those abortions for social reasons on women who er paid… But then that was the situation that prevailed across the whole of north Wales until the late 1980s: unlawful denial of NHS terminations for any reason but if women stumped up the fee, it was abortion on demand. North Wales was infamous for this yet it was carefully avoided in all Parliamentary debates, including by David Steel and Wimmin’s Champs on the left.
So it was Archibald who learned at the knee of Dugald and then arrived in Cardiff in 1953 who pioneered the blood and guts that was evident on the ground in north Wales until I was nearly 30… In 1965/66, Dugald buggered off to Edinburgh University, an institution with more prestige and power than Cardiff, but he kept his hands on the tiller re obs and gynae in Wales as Gwynne and Dafydd expanded business because who knows what would have unravelled if there had not have been someone Pompous at Edinburgh to yell How Very Dare You in the face of difficult questions.
I am someone who believes that abortion should be available on demand in the early stages of pregnancy. My point here is not to point the finger at women who have had abortions, it is that Dugald, Archibald, Dally and Brave Wendy were flouting every law that existed with regard to their practice, they were CRIMINAL Top Docs and that was exemplified by their attitude of ‘I’ll damn well perform as many abortions as I want on whoever I want and I’ll charge as well if it suits the circumstances, although what I am doing is completely unlawful and an imprisonable offence’. This lot gave seminars, lectures, conference presentations and published their activities. They made no attempt to conceal what they were doing. None of them were ever charged. Archibald Duncan was still working at Cardiff when Tony Francis began his Training there.
Well I am glad that someone benefited, someone who’s dad knew damn well what was happening. Other Scottish lawyers built their political careers on ignoring the rampant criminality and Fighting To Change The Law.
The Boy David’s political bedfellow Dr Death trained and worked at Tommy’s when Ann Dally et al were performing all those unlawful abortions. Why do older Nice Lady Doctors remind us all that ooh when I was young in the 1950s, virtually every gynae bed was occupied by a woman who had undergone an abortion? Well partly because there was a roaring trade and the Nice Lady Doctors weren’t just repairing the damage that the Backstreet Abortionists Had Inflicted.
I went to see the film ‘Vera Drake’ and virtually the entire audience was comprised of Older Wimmin who worked in Health and Social Care in Gwynedd, I recognised many of them. I’ve only just twigged that ‘Vera Drake’ was released in 2005, after Brown and I began publishing about the mental health services and Miranda was after Merfyn’s knackers.
Ooh I help girls dearie…
I’m so busy following so many themes on this blog that it only dawned on me last night why Sir Dugald the Slayer Of Low Income Foetuses at Aberdeen and all who were affiliated to him did exactly as they wished; it was Lord Bob Boothby of course, Tory MP for East Aberdeenshire, 1924-58. Lord Bob the Degenerate who shagged Supermac’s wife Dorothy for years, while having affairs with Ronnie Kray and a whole variety of sex workers of both genders supplied by Gwynne and Dafydd. Lord Bob Boothby who was mates with the Queen Mum Gawd Bless Er, the Queen Mum who had observed that of course Lord Bob’s activities would always be kept out of the press because Dorothy Macmillan was the daughter of the Duke of Devonshire and the Duke would be compromised if this ever got out…
Bob Boothby’s activities were substantially responsible for the untouchable status of the Krays for so long. A bent Met Police Commander in the form of Sir Joe Simpson, one of Sir Clough’s Oundle School crowd, didn’t help. At Magdalen College, Oxford, Lord Bob’s ‘close friend’ was Evelyn John St Loe aka ‘John’ Strachey, brother of Sir Clough’s wife Lady Amabel. John of the substantial Ugandan-exploring circle himself. John Strachey was a friend of Oswald Mosley and a member of Mosley’s New Party, split politically with Mosley in 1931, joined the Communist Party of GB, then served as a Labour MP for two Dundee seats, 1945-63. Strachey was Minister for Food in 1946 and Minister for War in Clement Attlee’s post-WW II Gov’t.
My grandfather almost certainly knew John Strachey when her was young and my posh relative by marriage Lord Gnome’s family definitely did. John Strachey died prematurely, in office, after a spinal operation on 15 July 1963, at the height of the Profumo Affair. Stephen Ward’s trial opened on 22 July 1993 and he ‘committed suicide’ on 3 Aug 1963.
The judge who presided over Stephen Ward’s trial, Sir Archie Pellow Marshall didn’t last much longer; he died on 20 June 1966. Dorothy Macmillan beat Sir Archie to the pearly gates, she died on 21 May 1966. However, first out of the traps was Lord Astor himself, he nipped over to the Bahamas and died ‘from a heart attack’ a la Dorothy, on 7 March 1966.
Dafydd is still with us, as far as I know. Gwynne did pretty well too, Gwynne lasted until the latter part of 1986 and Supermac died just a few weeks after Gwynne. Phil the Greek is nearing 100 and managed to get back home from Lord Glenarthur’s hospital for his turkey on Christmas Day.
Why anyone bothers to toady to this lot I do not know. If they bumped off Lord Bill Astor and Dorothy Macmillan, they had no loyalty to anyone.
Bob Boothby’s influence in the Aberdeen region will have impacted hugely on North Sea Oil and everything associated with it. Boothby pre-dated the gold mine in the North Sea, but he lived until 16 July 1986, so will have had a big hand in it when the bonanza began. Lord Bob pegged out just as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine unlawfully withdrew my place on the MSc in Medical Microbiology weeks before the course was due to begin. Luckily I saw an advert for the MSc at Hammersmith just days later and they offered me a place immediately!
Bob Boothby’s influence will have been something to do with Brave Wendy’s turf of the London Hospital being run by the Oil industry. Readers might remember that Brave Wendy was Cleared by the rigged Inquiry into her ‘Professional Incompetence’ just as Lord Bob Boothby pegged out…
Ollie Brooke was awaiting trial when Lord Bob Boothby died.
The Oil industry’s influence over the London Hospital began pre-North Sea Oil. Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates William Asscher, Peter Tizard et al wielded influence as the children of families who were big wigs in Shell-Mex pre-North Sea Oil, but those Oil families running the London Hospital won’t have surrendered their power with the discovery of North Sea Oil and the utilisation of that rather than from the sources in the Middle East. I’ll be doing further digging. This shitfest of people-trafficking Top Docs also explains all that fuming re Thatch’s use of North Sea Oil revenues to remain in power while following a disastrous economic policy meaning huge bills for so many unemployed, yet no-one managing to stop Thatch from wasting the revenue.
It was of course Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Lord Frederick Erroll – educated at Oundle, old school of Sir Clough and so many of Gwynne and Dafydd’s crowd – and then Trinity College Cambridge – the Cheshire Tory MP from 1945 until 1965, a big name in the CBI and other powerful bodies re industry, who as Minister of Power under PM Douglas-Home managed to rush through (before the impending General Election) the grant of licences to private companies wishing to extract gas from the North Sea before the Labour Party got in there. Frederick Erroll held many company Directorships but most important was his Chairmanship of Consolidated Gold Fields.
Erroll had served as President of the Board of Trade in Supermac’s Cabinet, being appointed in 1961 as the parties at Cliveden were swinging with Royals, Russian spies, MPs and peers and teenagers supplied by Gwynne and Dafydd and Gay Spies In The Admiralty enjoyed themselves as well. Erroll’s overseas visits ‘promoting exports’ took in Africa, South America, Japan, China and in 1962, the Soviet Union. Following a friendly meeting with Nikita Khruschev at the Kremlin, Erroll and his wife went to Siberia, becoming the first British representatives to go there during the Cold War. Mrs Erroll was asked at short notice to give schoolchildren a talk on a typical day in the life of an English child.
See previous posts…
Here’s extracts from the wiki entry of a fraudulent lying cheating Top Doc who was a big mate of Gwynne and Dafydd’s:
Hugh Bentall FRCS (28 April 1920-9 September 2012) was a British surgeon who pioneered open-heart surgery. Hugh Henry Bentall was educated at Seaford College and studied medicine at Armstrong-Jones Central, Bart’s. After graduating Bentall worked as general surgeon at the North Middlesex Hospital (where he assisted in Britain’s first successful pulmonary embolectomy and in the first successful surgical correction of Oesophageal atresia) and at the London Chest Hospital where he specialised in thoracic surgery. Bentall then joined the Royal Navy and served in Britain and on the hospital ship Empire Clyde.
Bentall was Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital from 1955 to 1985. In 1959 Bentall and his team, with Bill Cleland as the lead surgeon, were invited to visit the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery in Moscow where they carried out five open-heart operations, watched by more than 200 of the Soviet Union’s leading surgeons.
I don’t know about Bentall’s other work, but the Pioneering Ops that he showcased in Moscow were the result of a research fraud carried out with other members of Bentall’s team in order to flog a Very Expensive Machine That Goes Ping invented and marketed by one of the team. Obviously Bentall et al were performing the operations but they lied about the survival rates and outcomes and the necessity of the Very Expensive Machine That Goes Ping was questionable. Nevertheless after the Moscow performance – that was reported in the world’s media, including in Pravda – the orders for the Very Expensive Machine That Goes Ping flooded in from medical schools across the globe. See ‘Interesting Facts…’
In 1962 Bentall performed an operation to repair a “hole in the heart” which was filmed for the BBC TV series Your Life in Their Hands. In 1966 Bentall devised a procedure to treat a patient with Marfan syndrome, replacing the aortic valve and ascending aorta in a single operation, now known as the Bentall procedure and is widely used.
Bentall taught at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith Hospital from 1959 as Lecturer, from 1962 as Reader and from 1965 as Britain’s first Professor of Cardiac Surgery. He retired in 1985.
Bentall was a very rich man, the family owning and controlling much of Kingston-upon-Thames.
Lamont’s predecessor as the Tory MP for Kingston who took orders from Bentall and his mates was Lord John Boyd-Carpenter. In Dec 1955, Boyd-Carpenter was appointed Macmillan’s Minister of Pensions and National Insurance, holding the role until July 1962. Thatch served under Boyd-Carpenter as Parliamentary Under-Secretary, her first Ministerial job, from October 1961; thus Boyd-Carpenter was Thatch’s boss in Thatch’s first Ministerial job. Thatch remained forever loyal to Boyd-Carpenter, for whom she worked during those crazy Gay Spies In The Admiralty and Cliveden days.
Boyd-Carpenter was a Balliol graduate, a barrister and member of Middle Temple and the son of Tory politician Archibald Boyd-Carpenter. The Boyd-Carpenter family had a long tradition of holding influential positions in the British Establishment, with close connections to Royals both in Britain and overseas. John B-C bred and his children and grandchildren secured roles in which they were able to help the Gang. See previous posts.
Thatch was married to a millionaire businessman with investments across the world. Other reminders: Adrian Bell of the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW was a graduate of Kingston Poly before becoming a corrupt forensic scientist employed by the Home Office. Just before I encountered Adrian, one of his students at UCNW had been Hugh Bentall’s daughter-in-law, who was also the daughter of the Dean of Science at UCNW. Her husband Richard Bentall was a clin psy, working with Dafydd, while Gwynne sat in the Student Health Centre.
Lord Bob Boothby and the North Sea Oil connection finally explains for me Thatch’s decision to appoint Sir Peter Morrison as the Energy Minister with responsibility for Oil, 11 June 1987-23 July 1990. I have wondered for months why Thatch would have appointed her biggest liability to such a crucial role and who was being blackmailed by who over what exactly. I knew that it was Dafydd-related but I couldn’t quite work out the chain of criminals involved, although I do know where the chain of criminals eventually led.
Morrison’s Secretary of State at Energy was first Cecil Parkinson and then John Wakeham, who served as Energy Secretary, 24 July 1989-11 April 1992. John’s term of office spanned the destruction of my career in medical research by Bodger et al, all those High Court cases brought against me by the Gang, events at Springfield as well as the shafting of F by the Gang.
Wakeham’s wife Roberta was killed in the Oct 1984 bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton. He remarried Alison Ward who had worked as Thatch’s Secretary. Wakeham served as Visitor to UCNW, 10 Jan 1988-24 July 1989, succeeding Willie Whitelaw in that role. Wakeham was born in Godalming, Surrey and went to school at Charterhouse before Christ Church, Oxford. Wakeham knew all the movers and shakers in Surrey as a boy then – his parents will have as well – long before he met yet more Important People at Oxford.
Now then. John Wakeham was a Director of Enron, 1994-2001. Enron that collapsed in bankruptcy amid scandal re accounting fraud, insider dealing etc. Three Enron execs went to prison but, to paraphrase Dafydd, someone wasn’t in prison who should have been in prison.Neither was Lord Wakeham the only person in that category.
I’m hoping to return to the subject of Enron in a future post, I have only quickly scanned a few names but I can see some familiar networks…
Anyone for Bodger and Brave Wendy?
John Wakeham served as Chancellor of Brunel University, 1998-2012 and is now Emeritus Chancellor. Wakeham was Chancellor of Brunel when that institution hosted Prof Peter Beresford, the Only Professor Who Was A Service User, as Peter touted himself in the social worker’s in-house magazine ‘Community Care’. Peter didn’t only incur the wrath of other academics who were Service Users but weren’t claiming academic privilege by that means but Empowered Service Users – including me – became increasingly pissed off at Beresford’s refusal to speak out about the serious abuse of Empowered ones by social workers and the NHS, as he was appointed to Gov’t committee after Gov’t committee…
I have discussed Peter previously on this blog; he is a former social worker, as is his wife Suzy Croft. Peter constructed himself as a Service Users Champ after he experienced depression, ended up on tranx and didn’t work for a few years. After Peter reinvented himself as a Service Users Champ, Brunel gave him his own Centre for Citizen Participation. More recently Peter fell out with Brunel – he sued them for disability discrimination after he refused to work evenings and weekends! – and he upped sticks and moved to Essex University…
At one point I was receiving furious e mails from Peter’s friends, demanding that I stop being so rude about the Service Users Movement and telling me that I had to realise that Peter Could Help Me. Then I discovered that Peter was ensuring that Brown and I weren’t receiving funding from bodies or getting published in journals over which Peter wielded influence…
I wondered who at Brunel was backing Peter Beresford. I have discussed culpable VCs on this blog previously, including Stephen Swartz, but I had no idea that Thatch and Peter Morrison’s old pal Lord Wakeham was playing his part in Peter Beresford’s appointment as the Person To Speak For Empowered Service Users…
Peter Beresford helps Service Users dearie.
I was told that it was Miranda who was using Peter Beresford to silence Brown, me and others… Of course Miranda would want a puppet who absolutely silenced those who knew about neglect and abuse in the welfare services in HE, because a key plank of Miranda’s HE and Inclusion policy was to coerce Empowered Service Users into work or FE/HE. I saw for myself what this meant in reality; vulnerable people ill-prepared for education were coerced into college and universities by the abusers of the mental health services. The box was then ticked that they had been Rehabilitated and were In Work, Education or Training. Many of them couldn’t cope, subsequently became ill and left their Work, Education or Training, only to find that they were denied Benefits or Care because they were now Better. In north Wales a number ended up in prison.
The universities didn’t have the infrastructure to support such vulnerable people in such great numbers and it was all concealed at Gov’t level. The first paper that I published with Brown was on this subject and of course it caused a row…
Beresford as Service Users Champ was obviously a team effort between Miranda and Thatch’s mates, including Wakeham.
Miranda, the Digger, Ed and everyone else who read my hacked e mails will have seen the exchanges between Peter’s friends and I. I was quite tolerant in the face of such persistent harassment, accusations and rudeness really wasn’t I Ed?
In 1996, Brunel University awarded Thatch an honorary degree and the students were so outraged that the ceremony was held in the Lords rather than at the University.
Peter Beresford appeared as the Gov’ts Official Service Users’ Champ from nowhere really, just as the Waterhouse Inquiry was drawing to an end and I began teacher training. Immediately before the Gang tried to frame and imprison me for Threatening To Kill Alun Davies…
Peter Hain’s earmuffs have slipped…
Every politician in the Aberdeen area and every VC and Chancellor of Aberdeen University will have been culpable with regard to Sir Dugald, Bob Boothby and all that spiralled out from them.
Alex Salmond was MSP for Aberdeen East, 2011-16. The Alex Salmond story began long before then. Alex studied at St Andrew’s University, Prof Robert Bluglass’s alma mater, in the early 1970s. In 1978, Salmond entered the Government Economic Service as an Assistant Economist in the Det of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland, part of the now defunct Scottish Office. Two years later he joined the staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he worked for seven years, initially as an Assistant Economist. In 1982 Salmond was appointed Oil Economist, and from 1984 he worked as a Bank Economist as well as continuing to hold the position of Oil Economist. While with the Royal Bank, he wrote and broadcast extensively for both domestic and international outlets. He also contributed regularly to oil and energy conferences. In 1983, Salmond created a “Royal Bank/BBC oil index” that is still used.
Salmond became active in the SNP when he joined the Federation of Student Nationalists at the University of St Andrews in 1973. His conversion is generally credited to his then girlfriend, Debbie Horton, an English student from London, who was Secretary of the St Andrews University Labour club. After an argument in December 1973, she told him: “If you feel like that, go and join the bloody SNP”. The next day Salmond did. The following day he and a friend attended the sparsely populated AGM of the University branch of the Federation of Student Nationalists. Being the only two fully paid-up members of the SNP at the university, they were duly elected President and Treasurer. Although a left-winger at the time that he joined, Salmond had considerable doubts as to whether or not the Labour Gov’t would legislate for a devolve Scottish Assembly.
Salmond started his political life as a committed left-winger inside the SNP and was a leading member of the socialist republican organisation within it, the 79 Group. He was, along with other group leaders, suspended from membership of the SNP when the 79 Group was banned within the larger party. In 1981, he married Moira French McGlashan, then a senior civil servant with the Scottish Office.
Following the SNP’s National Council narrowly voting to uphold the expulsion, Salmond and the others were allowed back into the party a month later, and in 1985 he was elected as the SNP’s Vice Convener for Publicity. In 1987 Salmond stood for Parliament in Banff and Buchan and defeated the incumbent Conservative MP, Albert McQuarrie. Later that year Salmond became Senior Vice Convener (Depute Leader) of the SNP…
I won’t say anymore here about Salmond’s rise (and more recently fall), but previous posts have discussed Scottish politics, including the SNP, the civil servants and their activities, the Scottish Office and leading lights such as Stalin’s Granny aka Helen Liddell.
I’ll just emphasise here, once more, that Little Scottish Susan’s dad Sir Ken was not only the Toppest Doctor in Scotland for years but doubled up as an adviser to the SNP as well as to the SNP Scottish Gov’t. Sir Ken served as the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, 1989-91 and then for England and Wales, Jan 1991-Dec 1997. Sir Ken was in post throughout so much serious crime and then remained throughout the first year of the Waterhouse Inquiry, when Ronnie took evidence from criminals who were reminded that they were Lying To Get Compensation.
Ken Calman was in the middle of the barrel of crap, he is an oncologist who was mates with/a colleague of the cancer research fraudsters of Hammersmith, Nottingham, Surrey, Manchester etc, who were concealing and facilitating Gwynne, Dafydd, Bodger, Ollie et al. His sodding daughter is dancing around on TV only because of that.
Sir Ken voluntarily surrendered his license to practice after he starred on this blog. Thus, like Bluglass and so many others, Sir Ken cannot now face disciplinary action from the GMC but his Good Name Remains Intact. These people ran an international trafficking ring and harmed the health of thousands with their en masse research fraud, the whole lot of them should have faced charges decades ago.
When I was doing my MSc at Hammersmith 1986-87, there was a girl from Aberdeen on the MSc who, like so many of the students, was appalled at what we were witnessing at Hammersmith. Because the Top Docs and tutors were all a bit bonkers there, I actively avoided getting pissed in the medical school bar etc with them. Just before finals, I commented to the girl from Aberdeen that perhaps I’d missed out by not being more sociable; she replied that I was quite right to keep out of it, it was far worse than I realised, the racism, double dealing and wrongdoing at Hammersmith was shocking and she would not be taking a job in a London medical school because of that. The student from Aberdeen had chosen to follow the career path that she had originally intended, as a clinical trials organiser for Big Pharma. A lot of the students were aiming for that because those were well-paid yuppyish jobs in the 1980s as opposed to short-term contracts on a pittance in universities. I remember that before we finished the course, the student from Aberdeen was offered a very good number with Big Pharma. Of course she was, she had all that info re wrongdoing at Hammersmith and she knew what was happening to me re the Gang… I can’t remember her surname, but she was Helen…
Come on readers, access the list of 1987 graduates from the Experimental Pathology MSc at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School/Hammersmith, EVERYONE knew something about the research fraud, criminality and wrongdoing…
There was only one Hammersmith student who didn’t receive offers of wonderful jobs in the weeks before we finished the course. Like me, he seemed to be getting turned down for job after job, yet he was absolutely fine academically. Derek Bingham from N Ireland. He was quieter than the others and I don’t think that he did the boozing bit either…
As far as I can work out, everyone on that course was bribed with a splendid job to keep them quiet. They will now all be leaders in research or at the top of Big Pharma. Unless they’ve been found dead of course.
You want more readers? After Norman’s predecessor as MP for Kingston, Bentall Central, John Boyd-Carpenter mentored Thatch in her first Ministerial role, Boyd-Carpenter himself served as Paymaster General/Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Reggie Maudling, Macmillan’s and then Douglas-Home’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Reggie bagged that job after Macmillan had kicked out from his Cabinet the bestest mates of Gwynne and Dafydd in the Night Of The Long Knives in July 1962, one of them being Chancellor Selwyn Lloyd. Selwyn was fuming and caused trouble for the rest of his life, quite substantial trouble, Selwyn having served in Anthony Eden’s Cabinet and thus had dirt on everyone. Reggie was never forgiven and his resignation as the Grocer’s Home Secretary when he was named as a Director of one of John Poulson’s companies was enjoyed by many, Poulson having been disgraced by then in the big T. Dan Smith/Poulson civic corruption scandal of the early 1970s.
Now then, the hypocrisy knew no bounds. The reason why Dan Smith/Poulson was only the tip of the iceberg and T. Dan Smith, Poulson and Andy Cunningham lived to fight another day after they came out of prison, was that their whole empire was intricately linked to Gwynne, Dafydd and the Westminster Paedophile Ring. It stretched as far as Wandsworth and Southwark – T. Dan Smith and Poulson had business relationships with those Boroughs – and right into the Civil Service, who’s corrupt Mandarins were facilitating the big public service contracts with the companies controlled by T. Dan Smith, Poulson et al.
T. Dan Smith, as Leader of Newcastle City Council, had wined and dined with Richard Crossman, who was then Secretary of State at the DHSS, in order to get Crossman to agree to the building of the flagship NHS hospital in Newcastle.
Andy Cunningham’s son John, a Durham University grad, became a Labour MP for a Cumbrian constituency and rose to the top of the Labour Party; many backed John Cunningham as a future Leader.
The ring in the North East was behind the Lord Lambton Scandal on Grocer Heath’s watch as PM. Lord Lambton was using the services of call girls provided by Gwynne and Dafydd. Lord Lambton’s daughter Lucinda married Perry Worsthorne, for years a Sunday Torygraph stalwart. The Torygraph who’s ultimate Leader for decades was Bill Deedes. Deedes who was a personal friend of Denis and Thatch and who had known Thatch since they were both Young Tories in the 1950s looking for safe seats. Bill Deedes became the Tory MP for Ashford in Kent and served in Macmillan’s Cabinet… See ‘Shurely Shome Mishtake’.
This lot were all still around when I was doing battle with the Gang. Lord Lambton ‘resigned disgraced’ but he didn’t give a bugger, he carried on having a great time, Lambton moved to Italy and lived in style there until he died on 30 Dec 2006.
Reggie Maudling was the one sacrificed. Reggie ‘turned to drink’, became a hopeless alkie whom the Doctors Could Not Help ooh but They Tried and died in the Gang-controlled Royal Free Hospital on 14 Feb 1979, while Mr Thrope was awaiting trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. Reggie was a crooked old git and will have been one of the many who had it in for my grandfather and father -Maurice Macmillan was a Minister in the Grocer’s Gov’t 10 years after swindling and bankrupting father – but Reggie wasn’t any worse than the rest of them. They were all bloody appalling and it was the Top Docs underpinning their criminality.
Big Daddy John Boyd-Carpenter died on 11 July 1998. In the summer of 1999, just as Ronnie Waterhouse was finishing the final draft of his Report that had been shown to Insiders Who Mattered, the dead body of William Maudling, son of Reggie, was found at the foot of a block of flats in north London. ‘Suicide, William jumped’. A helpful policeman told the media that William had all the privileges that one could want, went to Westminster School, became an accountant, but Threw It All Away by becoming a heroin addict and was well-known among the lowlife of Kentish Town. The plod attributed it to William not being able to cope with the Shame that his dad had brought upon the family.
I very much doubt that much of what was published by the media about William was true. It was the Gang, they were after the Maudlings and I know how that lot conducted themselves and the lies that they told. I was never involved with their Class A drugs and sex work no matter how hard they tried to force me into those circles and just look to what they resorted. I was a swot who spent most of my time studying or working until I received all that Help… Or was I a Shy Prostitute with a criminal record longer than Reggie’s arm?
As well as the Indie, the BMJ also published an obituary for Archibald the Low Income Foetus Slayer of Aberdeen, Wales and Edinburgh which provided a few details that didn’t appear in the Indie. The BMJ mentioned that Archibald’s Fine Work with the MRC led to the establishment of the MRC Reproduction Biology Unit in Edinburgh. That Unit became a famous Global Leader and when I was working at St George’s, the resident pain in the arse, Cathy Wilson’s Posh Side-Kick Mandy Leigh, had a good sneer when she bumped into a girl with whom she’d been at school who was working at the MRC Reproduction Biology Unit in Edinburgh and Mandy was able to rub it in that she was on a much higher salary that than the woman at the MRC Unit. I have mentioned previously on the blog that St George’s worked some sort of fiddle with the Wellcome Trust to secure Mandy a much higher salary than anyone else but I have no idea how they did it. Mandy’s dad was a former Gov’t scientist of some sort and her brother Charles was a merchant banker, but I don’t know who the Leighs were. Just that they hobnobbed with aristos and that Mandy was as much of a crushing, name-dropping snob as Cathy.
When Mandy bumped into the girl from her old school who was working at the MRC Unit in Edinburgh, Mandy smugly remembered that at school she had hated this girl – Mandy went to a girls public school that, in the 1970s/80s, still operated a fagging system – and Mandy gave her a very bad time, Mandy being the resident Flashman. So Mandy kicked her in the chops once more as a junior researcher by letting her know how much bigger Mandy’s salary was…
If Mandy’s target is reading this and wants to do a bit of digging re the fiddle that Bodger and Cathy did to bag Mandy so much more dosh than anyone else while behaving appallingly, be my guest and do let me know the result. Because re results, Mandy was thrown out of one degree course before rocking up at King’s College, London to have another go on their physiology degree, yet was bagging more goodies than us hard-working folk who didn’t fail exams and get thrown off degrees. But then Mandy didn’t complain about the Royal Lobotomist.
Archibald Friend Of Dugald and Gwynne was Associate Editor of the ‘British Journal of Medical Ethics’ and Consultant Editor of the ‘Journal of Medical Ethics’ as well as Joint Editor of the ‘Dictionary of Medical Ethics’.
Archibald was Chairman of the Scottish Council on Disability. Although Archibald ‘retired’ in 1976, with that degree of criminality to conceal he couldn’t possibly leave the field. Thus Archibald was Chair of the Lothian Health Board and General Assessor on the Council of Edinburgh University Court.
Archibald died suddenly from a stroke, thus his obit appearing in the BMJ of 9 Jan 1993.
Previous posts have discussed Tam Paton, the gangster who managed 1970s/80s pop bands, most famously the Bay City Rollers. Paton was based in Edinburgh, was known to be a big time Class A dealer and have a taste for boys/young men. Paton is alleged to have been running a big paedophile ring; there were numerous complaints but the Lothian Police never really did very much about the sexual assault allegations, although Paton was done for drugs offences. Even the Rollers, who in later life gave police statements re Paton, found that their complaints were not acted upon. After I began this blog, one of the early members of the Rollers – he left the band before they became famous – died in a house fire.
Readers might remember that in 2000 Derek Longmuir, formerly the Rollers’ drummer, was done for child porn offences. Derek was working as an Angel at the time, at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. The evidence against Derek was overwhelming, although as with Ollie Brooke, Derek was only prosecuted on sort of specimen charges. Derek was convicted but got off very lightly indeed. The regulatory authorities re Nursing took no action against him and Derek later returned to working as an Angel. Derek went into Nursing after he volunteered at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.
Tam Paton was manager of Slik, a Glasgae-based teeny band of which Midge Ure was a member, before Midge became a Real Rock Star. Midge of 1984 Band Aid fame, with St Geldof, husband of Paula who grew up in north Wales and went to primary school in Lord Wyn Jones’s home village.
The elite paedophile/sex abuse ring in Edinburgh of which Paton was believed to be a member was so obviously the one which Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates Ronald Fairbairn, Henry Walton, Sula Wolff etc were facilitating. Senior Scottish lawyers were part of it as well and not only Nicholas Fairbairn.
See previous posts…
As ever when I read the BMJ, I found lots of other titbits, just on the same page as Archibald’s obituary. There was the obit of Top Doc Traugott Gumpert, who had worked as consultant physician and cardiologist at the Royal Hospital Sheffield, 1936-68. So Gumpert knew about Jimmy Savile and the rest of the wrongdoing in Sheffield that was concealed by Top Docs, politicians and the usual suspects. Sheffield was part of the big Yorkshire ring that exchanged staff and did business with the Gang as long ago as the 1950s. T.E. Gumpert had gone to school in Sheffield and trained at Sheffield University so he can’t have not noticed what was happening around him.
Gumpert’s wife Joan was a Top Doc; Joan pegged out all of a sudden in 1987. Traugott and Joan had a daughter and two sons, one who became a neurologist and the other a surgeon! Those kits had little kits and Traugott’s BMJ obituary mentioned that he had 10 grandchildren ‘one of whom is a medical student’. The others who weren’t medical students are unlikely to be working in Spar. Gumpert is an unusual name, it won’t be difficult to locate the extended clan who’s ancestor Didn’t Know About Savile.
Here’s a few clues from Munk’s Roll to get interested readers started:
Ernest John Wallace Gumpert
b.13 December 1934 d.28 April 2010BChir Cantab(1960) MB(1961) MRCS LRCP(1961) MRCP(1967) FRCP(1979)
Ernest John Wallace Gumpert (‘Wally’) was a consultant clinical neurologist and neurophysiologist in Sheffield. Born in Sheffield, his father Traugott Ernest Gumpert was also a consultant physician [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IX, p.215]. He came from a medical family; his uncle was William Davidson Wallace [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VIII, p.521], his mother was a medical practitioner, his brother James Robert Wallace Gumpert was a surgeon and his late sister was a nurse at Guy’s Hospital. Educated at the Ley’s School in Cambridge, he studied medicine at Queen’s College, Cambridge and Guy’s where he initially did house jobs. For a while he worked with a surgeon, Lord Brock [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.62], who had operated on him when he was 17, repairing a coarctation of the aorta with a prosthetic tube graft. A revolutionary operation at the time, Gumpert was to become Brock’s longest survivor.
After Guy’s he began to specialise in neurology and moved to the National Hospital in Queen Square as academic registrar. He then returned to Sheffield as Ryder Briggs research fellow and honorary senior registrar in neurology to the United Sheffield Hospitals. Eventually he was appointed consultant clinical neurologist and neurophysiologist, retiring in 1995.
In Sheffield he set up the department of clinical neurophysiology. He was also chairman of the Encephalography (EEG) and Clinical Neurophysiology Education Board Examination Committee and secretary of the EEG Society of Great Britain. An examiner for the Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB), he was also on the appeals tribunal for wounded service personnel. He helped to set up the Sandygate Clinic (later the Claremont Hospital) which was run by the Sisters of Mercy. The clinic gave free treatment to those disabled by chronic neurological diseases and he was created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Sylvester by Pope John Paul for this work.
With a thriving private practice, he was often consulted as an expert on the persistent vegetative state. He appeared on the television programme Panorama in a controversial broadcast which discussed the possibility of reversing post-traumatic brain damage. After the Hillsborough football disaster of 1989 he was greatly involved in the treatment of the victims.
Among many important scientific papers on neurology and electroencephalography, the seminal one was published jointly with Adrian Upton as ‘Encephalography in diagnosis of herpes-simplex encephalitis’ (Lancet, 1970, 1, 650-2).
He was a member of the Leander Rowing Club and enjoyed cricket and music.
In 1958 he married Joanna née Belsher, the daughter of Alfred, who was a solicitor. When he died, after a long and bravely born struggle with prostate cancer, Joanna survived him with their two sons, daughter and eight grandchildren.
QUICK OBSERVATIONS: I won’t bother to discuss the many relatives named in the obituary who were Of The Gang’s Circle, or Lord Brock who was a Famous Giant Of Medicine, but I will note that Wally went to Ley’s School in Cambridge, of which Trumper’s husband Alan Barker was Headmaster during the late 1960s/70s. Trumpers who as Thatch’s Health Minister was the One Who Appointed Jimmy Savile to the Broadmoor management task force which resulted in Savile becoming General Manager of Broadmoor in 1988. Trumpers knew Savile from her work with Troubled Girls, Psychiatric Patients and Prisoners. Trumpers was also a big mate of Rab Butler, then Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. Ley’s alumni stick together, as do former Ley’s teachers. Ley’s educated numerous sons of the Posh including overseas Royalty and there is a close association between Ley’s School and High Society in Cambridge. Before Ley’s, Barker was a Master at Eton – that’s how Trumpers and Barker were so close to Douglas Hurd, Hurd was one of Barker’s pupils at Eton who was close to Barker – and after Ley’s, Barker was Head of University College School, Hampstead. Two former pupils were Harold Wilson’s sons. It was all one big happy family, no matter what the alleged political differences were. See previous posts.
Wally trained at Guy’s, so will have been forever after a Guy’s man, along with Gang member Prof Robert Owen and so many others… Those who trained and qualified at Guy’s remained as loyal to Guy’s as those who worked there, such as Uncle Harry, Sister Hutt’s dad and Dafydd’s crazy mate from the Maudsley Sex Therapist Prof Jim Watson and Jim’s wife, another Sex Therapist. Biggus Watson and his wife passed through St George’s on their way from the Maudsley to Uncle Harry’s place of employment.
It wasn’t Guy’s that assured Wally’s future though, it was that spell at the National Hospital at Queen’s Square, with Roger Gilliatt, Lord Snowdon’s close friend and best man! Roger, son of Sir William Gilliatt, Royal Doc who delivered Carlo and Princess Anne, William Gilliatt who worked at the Middlesex Hospital and taught Gwynne. Roger Gilliatt trained at the Middlesex as well and knew Gwynne. Roger Gilliatt, Mr Thrope, the bisexual swinger Jeremy Fry (from the West Country Quaker Fry’s Chocolate Family) and Lord S were all good mates. The National Hospital at Queen’s Square was a bit of a joke until Roger Gilliatt worked there and from then on it was a Global Leader. Roger Gilliatt moved to the US and obviously being ‘Gee are you a friend of The Queen??’ led a very successful career in neurology in the US. Anyone who worked with Roger was on solid ground…
Wally moved from Lord Snowdon Central to Jimmy Savile Central and spent the rest of his career Not Knowing.
Just don’t mention Penny, Roger Gilliatt’s first wife, arts critic for ‘The Observer’ and then the ‘New York Times’, film-maker etc. Northumberland-born Penny – her dad was a barrister who was big in the BBC in the North East, where Lord Lambton’s ancestral seat was located -had a fling with John ‘Look Back In Anger’ Osborn, who in turn had a fling with many other people of both genders. Penny and Osborn married, Brenda’s clan never forgave the Slut for Cheating On Poor Roger and Penny subsequently found herself drifting into depression and alcoholism, dying in the early 1990s because the Ah the Doctors were wonderful but there was no Helping Penny. Previous posts discuss the huge circle who discussed Uganda with Penny, Osborn and Osborn’s multiple partners/wives and their partners… Most paths lead to Gwynne and Dafydd.
There is a Joanna Gumpert who is a social work academic based in Australia who worked in collaboration with Marywood University in the US. Joanna Gumpert was publishing a lot about rural social work practice between the late 1990s and 2004…
A Ben Gumpert is a CPS solicitor who was involved in the prosecution in a human slavery case in Luton; no of course no Top Docs or social workers were prosecuted by Ben, it was the usual suspects…
James Robert Wallace Gumpert is a vascular surgeon (he has probably retired by now) who was based in Brighton. In the 1980s, James Robert Wallace Gumpert was involved with the Sussex Stroke and Circulation Fund, raising money, purchasing machines that go ping etc.
Here’s the Official History as provided on the SSCF website:
The Sussex Stroke & Circulation Fund is a registered charity raising money to fund research and provide equipment to help with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular disease in Sussex. It was set up in 1980 by Mr Philip Sommerville, the first vascular surgeon in Brighton, with the help and encouragement of a former patient, Mrs Helen Liwicki. They were joined at the outset by Mr Robert Gumpert and Mr Colin Strachan, both Brighton vascular surgeons, and by Dr John Rees who, with Colin Strachan, set up the first service for carotid vascular disease in Sussex. Mrs Jennifer Redman was the first sonographer who provided the invaluable laboratory diagnostic.
Since 1980 we have raised over £1,000,000 from voluntary sources.
The charity has raised over £1,000,000 to provide vascular services at both the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.
In recent years the Charity has supported the development of a Vascular Assessment Unit in Worthing & Southlands Hospital as part of regional vascular service for Sussex. We also produce information leaflets for people with vascular disease and those about to undergo amputation. We also support research and education of healthcare workers involved in the development and delivery of Vascular Services.
John Allen trafficked kids from north Wales children’s homes to brothels he owned in Brighton. Vascular Surgeon Gumpert was busy in Brighton in April 1992 when the Brighton Firebomb killed five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. See ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’. 1992 was a rather better year for Surgeon Gumpert and the SSCF; in 1992 they opened their Vascular Laboratory. Obviously with the sort of progress made by Top Docs, the PR and fundraising continued and in Nov 2000 the SSCF opened the Vascular Assessment Unit…
As any fule kno, stroke and vascular care in the UK is still not what it should be and in Wales it still is dreadful. Some five years ago, the Royal College of Surgeons produced an utterly damning Report about the vascular surgeons of north Wales that didn’t mince its words. The Report denounced the vascular surgeons in north Wales – based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd – as running a dangerous service entirely for their own needs, irrespective of the harm caused to patients. The surgeons had flatly refused to relocate to other parts of north Wales because they liked living in the Colwyn Bay area. So there was still only a thin and patchy service in North West Wales, provided by the vascular surgeons who, when they felt like it, popped over to Ysbyty Gwynedd to hold a clinic. The Royal College made it clear that patients were dying because of these bastard vascular surgeons.
The bastard vascular surgeons had a Secret Helper of whom the general public were unaware. Dr Christine Evans aka Dr Chris, retired urological surgeon, a mate of Gwynne, Dafydd and Tony Francis. Dr Chris doubled up as a Prestatyn Councillor and explained on her blog that no-one was going to tell her mates at YGC what to do. Dr Chris mobilised. Dr Chris got herself elected as the Chair of the North Wales Community Health Council aka the Patients’ Voice and did everything she could from that position to ensure that the Killer Vascular Surgeons of YGC were allowed to continue in their own sweet way. Merfyn was Chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board at the time and I watched Dr Chris do everything possible to intimidate and undermine him and any Board members who supported him.
I and another Empowered Service User made representation after representation to Dr Chris and the CHC re the abuse and neglect of psych patients. We were ignored. I didn’t tell Dr Chris that I knew that she was a friend of Tony Francis. Sadie Francis was elected as a member of the CHC. As was former Lib Dem AM Eleanor Burnham, a Wrexham-born former Social Services manager in north Wales who had sat on Mental Health Review Tribunals for the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Yet another CHC member was Glanville Owen, who in the 1980s had been Lucille Hughes’s Deputy at Gwynedd Social Services, managing the children’s homes…
This was the Patients Voice in north Wales. They had run a paedophile ring.
Dr Chris didn’t even sit through the Board meetings that she ‘attended’. She stayed for the first 20 mins, gave Merfyn his orders and then buggered off.
While protecting the Killer Vascular Surgeons of YGC, Dr Chris continued to receive good media PR from her charidee work in Syria, from her role in running ‘The Raven’, a twee community pub (‘The Raven’ received a Royal visit from Carlo and Camilla) near her house in Clwyd – an area now so expensive that no locals could afford to live there – and from her role in Campaigning for the rights of trangender people ie. Jan Morris, an old friend of Sir Charles Evans, former Principal of UCNW. Jan worked for the security services, as did many others in the 1953 Everest Team with Jan, Charles Evans etc.
Previous posts eg. ‘A Charming, Uplifting Sound…’ discussed the excesses of Dr Chris and the numerous complaints re her appalling crudeness to patients – men and women – who were referred to her for urological/uro-gynaecological problems. Dr Chris knew Bodger’s mate at St George’s, Prof Stuart Stanton of Serious Organised Crime in the UK and Israel…
The Royal College of Surgeons DID produce a hard-hitting Report about the sins of Dr Chris’s mates at YGC. Yet Dr Chris continued to act as an examiner for the er Royal College of Surgeons, attend their conferences and play a major role in Royal College life…
No-one managed to shift those sodding vascular surgeons, they are still playing silly buggers now and patient outcomes in north Wales are still dreadful. The other day there was a plaintive letter published in the Daily Post from a concerned patient re the terrible service for vascular patients in North West Wales. They rightly pointed out that patients are having to travel miles to access care and that the service at Ysbyty Gwynedd is not what it should be. The author of the letter demanded that the Wonderful Vascular Surgeons at Ysbyty Gwynedd be given More Money…
The author of the letter will have been genuine. They will have discussed that bloody awful service with the Angels and Top Docs and they will have been lied to. The same happened to F, I and other patients years ago when the Day Centre closed down at Hergest. We campaigned to keep it open, a move I still defend because there was nothing else for patients, nothing at all. What we didn’t know was that the Angel who ran the Day Centre, Ella Fisk, was, without our knowledge, one of the staff who was colluding with the very serious crimes against us; the evidence is all over my documents. We had no idea at all that Tony Francis was as dangerous as he was. He was clearly ill and cracking up but that was probably because of the Waterhouse Inquiry. Tony did discuss his health problems with us. He attributed them all to interstitial cystitis, a very painful condition that I think he did have. He praised his Top Doc to the skies – Dr Christine Evans. I have found out that as a result of Dr Chris, Tony became addicted to opiates. Dr Chris knew that Tony had become quite seriously ill, was a danger to patients AND addicted to opiates. She never said a thing. It seems very likely that Tony was also sexually abusing patients and even kids in care…
Dr Chris the Dick Doctor (as she liked to be known) knew enough to stop Tony Francis from practicing. She didn’t. The Royal Colleges and GMC knew all about this. So Dr Chris was despatched to Syria to carry out charidee work and lodged into the CHC as the Patients’ Voice along with other guilty parties.
What chance do patients have of ever meaningfully contributing to debates re their local NHS when they are fed so much manure by so many layers of criminals from so many fields of vested interests?
See previous posts for info re CHC adventures and those involved…
And for info on Wicked Dictator Bashar al -Assad Of Syria, who before he was a Wicked Dictator was a Nice Young Doctor working in a London hospital networking with other Syrian docs – including those at Hammersmith, St George’s etc – and was even Raising Money for Syrian causes. Bashar was doing his postgrad training in London at the Western Eye Hospital, that subsequently became part of the Imperial College NHS empire, as did Hammersmith. I have been told that there was Panic In High Places when Bashar began bombing and killing because of my memories re the overseas students and Top Docs whom I met when I worked in London…
Surely People In Charge, you should have been more concerned at Bashar’s Lady Wife continuing to enjoy shopping trips to Harrods AFTER Bashar became a Wicked Dictator? Never mind, we’ve got Plucky British Top Docs such as Dr Chris to conduct Mercy Missions to Syria!
- According to GMC records, Wally Gumpert and his brother the Brighton-based surgeon both relinquished their registration. I can find no trace of the Gumpert who was the med student mentioned in the obituary of Granddad Gumpert. Perhaps they realised that the game was up before they ever reached the starting line and never bothered to register.
- Another obit on the same page as the BMJ’s tributes to Archibald and T.E. Gumpert was that of Patrick Joseph Sweeney. Sweeney was the first consultant physician to be appointed to the Fermanagh County Hospital in 1950. Robert Grosvenor, the 5th Duke of Westminster, father of Carlo and Peter Morrison’s pal Gerald Grosvenor, served as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, 1955-64. Robert Grosvenor made his main home at the family seat in N Ireland and Gerald spent his early years there before he went to school at Sunningdale and then Harrow, although as an adult, Gerald’s main home was Eaton Hall, the Grosvenor estate in Cheshire. Previous posts have explained the correspondence received by me alleging that as a boy, Peter Morrison was sexually abused by Robert Grosvenor and that was the probable cause of Morrison’s own problematic sexuality.
- Patrick Joseph Sweeney trained at University College Dublin and as a Nice Young Doctor worked at the Royal Victoria and West Hampshire Hospital – on Lord Denning’s home territory -and was a registrar at the General Infirmary in Salisbury. Peter Morrison’s father John Morrison aka Lord Margadale was the Tory MP for Salisbury, 1942-65 and the Morrison family seat was in Wiltshire; the Morrisons virtually ran the county. Peter Morrison’s brother Charles was the Tory MP for Devizes. Sweeney was a dermatologist a la Bill Beer of the C&A Hospital, Bangor, Bill who suddenly rocked up in Gwynedd in 1965 from the Westminster Hospital after his boss there suggested that Gwynedd might be in need of Bill’s talents.
Archibald Duncan’s wife Barbara Holliday may very well have been something to do with Sir Frederick George Thomas Holliday, (22 September 1935 – 5 September 2016), Acting Principal of the University of Stirling, 1973-75, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, 1980-90, and Chair of Northumbrian Water, 1993-2006. Holliday was a marine biologist who knew the crowd at UCNW.
Holliday completed his BSc in biology at the University of Sheffield where he studied under Sir Hans Krebs, Nobel Prize-winner, graduating in 1956. Sir Hans became famous for discovering the Kreb’s Cycle. Sir Hans has a son, John, who became a Lord. John Krebs was a mediocre zoologist/ornithologist until he went to work as UCNW in a fairly junior capacity and discovered a paedophile ring. It took John a lot further than his dad’s discovery of a crucial metabolic biochem pathway.
Holliday’s National Service, 1956-58, was spent on defence vessels and at the Marine Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1958, he joined the Civil Service having been appointed a scientific officer at the Marine Research Laboratory. In 1961, Holliday joined the University of Aberdeen as a lecturer in zoology. In 1967, he joined the newly created University of Stirling as Professor of Biology. He served as Deputy Principal of the University in 1972, and was its Acting Principal, 1973 -75. In 1975, Holliday returned to the University of Aberdeen where he had been appointed Professor of Zoology.
In 1980, Holliday became Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University. Professor Eric Sunderland was one of his PVCs at Durham. During his time as VC, Holliday expanded Durham University through the building of the Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees; this would later expand further and now consists of two colleges (John Snow College, Durham and Stephenson College, Durham). In 1990, Holliday stepped down and retired from academia, being succeeded as Vice-Chancellor and Warden by Evelyn Ebsworth. I have discussed Ebsworth (as well as Holliday) in previous posts; Ebsworth may have been a relation of Lyn Ebsworth, one of the senior managers in Gwynedd County Council in the early 1980s, when Gwynedd CC was in utter chaos, managed and run by a gang of old paedophiles… See ‘I Know Nuzzing..’
Having retired from academia in 1990, Holliday joined the Joint Nature Conservation Committee as its Chairman. Holliday resigned from the committee in 1991, in protest over the government’s “failure to consult the committee before introducing the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act”. This Act created the Scottish Natural Heritage but also allowed land-owners to appeal against the creation of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The loathed, completely incompetent Prof of the Dept of Agriculture at UCNW, J.B. Owen, arrived at UCNW in the early 1980s from Aberdeen. Owen led a Dept at UCNW that, entertainingly observed by a fellow student of mine, ‘hates SSSIs’. It was true, the noticeboard in the Agri Dept at UCNW was regularly covered in press clippings re the evils of SSSIs. This was odd – the hatred of the Agri Dept for any sort of environmentally sensitive form of farming was one of the reasons for the exodus of so many of their students to the Depts of Plant Biology and Zoology – because although J.B. Owen et al claimed to have an affiliation to agri-business, they were so hopeless that the children of the big estate farmers on the Agri degree at UCNW observed that if their parents were as clueless as that bunch of old farts they’d be bankrupt… Indeed, the laughable College Farm owned by UCNW and run by the geniuses of the Agri Dept went bankrupt. Twice. While British agriculture was in receipt of generous subsidies…
Nonetheless, Prof Richard Howarth, the Agri Dept’s resident agricultural economist, bagged a position as economic adviser to Thatch. Although I understand that Howarth has my presence at UCNW to thank for that, rather than any ability ever shown by him. But then the stellar careers of Fungus Lowe, John Farrar and so many other Bangor-based Leaders Of Academia are all down to me as well. As indeed are more than a few careers of those in Big Pharma and Medicine, not to mention Politics. As Dafydd said in one of his injunctions re the phone calls from MacDuff, they are ‘too numerous to particularise’.
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Frederick Holliday joined the Board of Directors of Northumbrian Water in 1991. He was elected its Chairman in 1993. During Holliday’s leadership, he expanded company’s coverage until it provided water for the North East of England. It was also a period of upheaval with the company being bought by Lyonnaise des Eaux, a French company which later merged with another to become Suez; Northumbrian Water was sold in 2003, becoming once more British owned. Holliday stepped down as Chairman in 2006.
Frederick Holliday died on 5 September 2016, a few weeks short of his 81st birthday, at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, after a stroke. Some three weeks after I began this blog.
Holliday met his wife Philippa when they both worked at the Marine Research Laboratory in Scotland. They married in 1957 and had two children together. Holliday’s daughter Helen is a veterinarian and his son Richard is an engineer.
Holliday was born in Rubery, which at the time of Holliday’s birth, was in Worcestershire. As Birmingham expanded, Rubery came to be counted as Birmingham. Robert Bluglass’s clinic ie. his prison for the victims/witnesses of sex offenders was located in Rubery. Bear with me on this…
Frederick Holliday was succeeded as Principal/VC of Stirling University by Sir William aka Bill Cramond. Cramond was a psychiatrist who was Of The Gang. Cramond was VC of Stirling, 1975-80 and Stirling was considered to be in a very sorry state when Cramond took over as Principal. Which begs questions about Holliday’s ‘leadership’ that seem to have politely never been asked even when Holliday bagged his K in 1990…
Now Then. The Indie published an obituary for Cramond, in 2004, written by Tam Dalyell, the aristocratic Labour MP, ‘a man of independent thought’, who worked for MI5 and was recruited back in the days when MI5 were recruiting Richard Crossman, Dafydd et al:
William Alexander Cramond, psychiatrist and university administrator: born Aberdeen 2 October 1920; Physician Superintendent, Woodilee Mental Hospital, Glasgow 1955-61; OBE 1960; Director of Mental Health, South Australia 1961-65; Professor of Mental Health, University of Adelaide 1963-71; Principal Medical Officer in Mental Health, Scottish Home and Health Department 1971-72; Professor of Mental Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Leicester University 1972-75; Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Stirling University 1975-80; Director of Mental Health Services, New South Wales 1980-83; Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Flinders University 1983-92 (Emeritus); AO 1994; married 1949 Bertine Mackintosh (one son, one daughter); died Adelaide, South Australia 7 June 2004.
That Stirling University has an assured place among well- regarded British universities is in significant part due to the wise and constructive vice-chancellorship of the distinguished psychiatrist William Cramond.
In 1975, when Cramond took over the reins, the future of Stirling University was in peril. Over dinner in 1974, so serious a scientist as David Phillips (later Lord Phillips of Ellesmere), then Professor of Molecular Biophysics at Oxford University, told me that his advice was to close four British universities – one of which he named as Stirling – and concentrate resources elsewhere. Moreover, Stirling was uniquely vulnerable. In 1972 there had been a royal visit. The students had been cooped up indoors in cafeterias with access to alcohol. One student, looking malign, but actually benevolently sozzled, approached the Queen bottle in hand, and the threatening picture went round the world. The name of Stirling was besmirched. Potential donors had second thoughts. The infant university, founded in 1967, had lost its gifted first Secretary, Harry Donnelly, and then, in 1973, its Vice-Chancellor Tom Cottrell, the much-respected chemist, died of a stroke brought on by stress. Fred Holliday, later Vice-Chancellor of Durham, stood in. The Appointments Committee looked far and wide for a vice-chancellor who could rescue the dire situation (I know because my father-in-law, John Wheatley, the Lord Justice Clerk, was Chairman of the University Court). In Bill Cramond they found their man.
William Alexander Cramond was educated at the rigorous Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen and at Aberdeen University, from where he volunteered in 1940 for military service. He was posted to the Third Battalion of the Tenth Gurkha Rifles in India. After a year training for war against the Japanese, he was stricken by polio and returned to Aberdeen University.
His first senior job was as Physician Superintendent at the Woodilee Mental Hospital outside Glasgow between 1955 and 1961. He and his wife, Bertine, also a psychiatrist, had a chance invitation from a visiting Australian for him to become Director of Mental Health for South Australia, which he did for four years before becoming Professor of Mental Health at the University of Adelaide, 1963-71. Tempted back to Britain by the offer of a post as Principal Medical Officer in Mental Health in the Scottish Home and Health Department, he returned to academia as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Leicester University. His inaugural lecture, “Prescription for a Doctor”, attracted national attention:
Sometimes people decide on medicine as a career because of personal illness, or the sickness or death of a much-loved family member. Sometimes success in a course of first aid in the Scouts or Guides is the spark that kindles the flame. More rarely nowadays is there a long family tradition of producing doctors.
But what, he asked, of the unconscious motives?
The first I would mention is the early, normal unconscious identification of the child, boy and girl, with a mother. She seems to be the source of compassion, mercy, nurturing, succouring, healing and comforting. So these values attributed to her are incorporated in the growing child and a choice of profession where they can be acted out is made. Or again there is the theme of curiosity about the body. I guess as children we have all played at being doctors, and for some of us these simple, superficial examinations of the other’s body in a rather furtive and secretive way become in reality “Let’s be a doctor” in later life, where the final answer to the question of what is really inside is given..
[Freud was of course a user of Class As. He prescribed himself ‘six and six’ and a bit more when his clinical judgement deemed it to be in his best interests.]
Cramond was a champion of many causes. He opposed all forms of restriction, overt or covert, on the entry of women into medicine. While it was true that many never fulfilled their academic or professional potential in terms of the obtaining of higher qualifications or of research output, the quality of their work was as high as that of their male colleagues as was their conscientiousness. Cramond concluded:
I ask myself my criterion of a good doctor and it is this. Is this the man or woman that I would ask to look after my wife and children, mother and father? If we can answer that question in the affirmative and can apply this to our graduates then Leicester town and gown will have done well. This must be our steadfast goal and in time our achievement.
Perhaps Cramond’s most important legacy was his careful work published in the Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal on the care of the dying.
Leaving Stirling in an infinitely healthier situation than he found it, in 1980 he returned to Australia to become Director of Mental Health Services for New South Wales and, finally, 1983-92, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Flinders University, South Australia.
Translation: Cramond was a leading light in the Westminster Paedophile Ring; just take a look at that CV, it could not be better! Born and educated in Lord Bob Boothby Central, Bill Cramond was Biggus Dickus who was headhunted back from Oz by Grocer Heath’s Gov’t to advise the Home Office under Reggie Maudling, the DHSS under Keith Joseph under the umbrella of the Scottish Office under Gordon – later Lord Gordon – Campbell. In addition, Bill Cramond was appointed Dean of Leicester University… Cramond was not a Caring Doctor, this man was a total bastard; he was Superintendent of an asylum in Glasgae in the 1950s. Cramond was one of those who brutality was so dreadful that R.D. Laing built an eccentric career writing about it, successfully disguising his own abuse of patients because anything was better than Bill Cramond and his mates…
Cramond, a man who battered, shocked and lobotomised the victims of paedophiles/sex offenders into submission, was appointed VC of Stirling because a pissed student upset Brenda in 1972 and Something Had To Be Done About That Bloody University….
Cramond knew Gwynne and Dafydd… And Roger Gilliatt.
Cramond’s Work In Australia, will I suspect, have involved some of those child migrants who were transported from the slums of Britain by the British Gov’t, assisted by er Cramond and his colleagues, to lives of slave labour and sex work in Oz…
Other obituaries of Bill Cramond tell us that he was the son of an Aberdeen civil servant and that Bill initially studied Agriculture at Aberdeen. Before running Woodlie Hospital, Cramond worked at another hell-hole, Kingseat Hospital, outside Aberdeen. When he was responsible for mental health in Scotland, Carstairs was under Cramond’s jurisdiction. Carstairs is the high security psychiatric hospital in Scotland with a reputation worse than any high security hospital in England. Carstairs was reputed to be dreadful with less chance of the truth re murders of patients being exposed as at Ashworth, Broadmoor or Rampton. Cramond was the first Dean of Leicester Medical School, serving 1972-75, before taking up his appointment as Principal of Stirling.
Cramond’s son I think is Stephen Cramond, the Electronic Content Manager at Melbourne University; Stephen was previously the Electronic Resource Librarian at Adelaide University.
Previous posts have mentioned that Keith Thomson, the criminal CEO of the NW Wales NHS Trust had spent a few years as an NHS manager in Stirling before returning home to Gwynedd. I knew that Thomson had palled up with Lord Jack McConnell, but the presence of Bill Cramond in Stirling will have provided Thomson with limitless scope for criminality. After Thomson was corned by my lawyer in 2005, he ‘retired’ from his post at the NW Wales NHS Trust, only to be appointed as CEO of the NHS Trust in Pembrokeshire by Brian Gibbons, the Welsh Gov’t Health Minister.
With regard to the Terrible Upset suffered by Brenda on her visit to Stirling University in Oct 1972 under a previous Principal/VC – Tom Cottrell – it was actually a student protest about the deficits of facilities at Stirling, then a new university. There was panic at British Establishment level because of that era of student militancy and worse eg. the activities of the Angry Brigade and of course serious civil disorder in N Ireland.
In Oct 2012 BBC News online Remembered the occasion:
After the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee another Royal anniversary is about to be marked. Forty years after an infamous incident in which the Queen was booed during a visit to the University of Stirling some of those who took part in the protest will gather in the city. The disruption to the Royal visit on 12 October 1972 led to headlines around the world and disciplinary action against 24 so called ring leaders. The students were protesting about poor facilities in social areas in what was a relatively new institution.
Ken Ferguson was a communist student in 1972 and admits booing the Queen. He told BBC Newsnight Scotland: “I booed – certainly yes. Stirling was a new build university. When I came here in 1972 it was still a building site and there was a tremendous dearth of social space for students which was a hot issue among the almost 2,000 students who were here at the time.”
“When it was announced that the Queen was going to visit us in October of 1972, the expense and the pomp and all the cleaning up and painting of signs and so forth that goes with a royal visit caused much resentment.”
As the Queen and her royal party made their way through the university building there was shouting and one student was later charged by the university authorities with drinking from a bottle “which act was abusive and discourteous to the Queen and her accompanying party”.
That story found its way onto many newspaper front pages. One, from the Scottish Daily Express, read: “Fury over Louts”.
Writer Harry Reid said the incident left the university campus “a very bitter and divided place. The whole thing dragged on and that lovely campus became completely split.”
Ken Ferguson said: “It was the 1970s, we were in a place of academic and intellectual inquiry and you are getting flung out because you protested because the Queen was here. It was quite bizarre.”
Harry Reid told the programme there was a feeling amongst some that the incident “symbolised a society that was beginning to break up”.
The charges against the 24 students were later dropped. Some of the students of the time will gather in Stirling this Saturday to look back at a day few of them are ever likely to forget.
Old footage of the student protest in Brenda’s presence shows a sizeable and noisy demo but Brenda was as usual surrounded by flunkeys and was at no time in physical danger. One can only marvel at the silliness of various authorities in the manner in which they chose to deal with a student demo. In the light of what we now know, the Shocked and Disgusted contingent should have considered themselves damn lucky that Backdoor Billy and the paedophile ring weren’t mentioned or indeed Gwynne and the lobotomised witnesses.
Tom Cottrell died ‘from a heart attack’ at his home in Stirling at the age of 49 on 2 June 1973. Which is rather worrying.
Prof Tom Leadbetter Cottrell DSc FRSE (8 June 1923 -2 June 1973) was an influential Scottish chemist. He is best remembered as a co-founder and first Principal of the University of Stirling, and founder of the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling.
Tom was born in Edinburgh the son of Lily and Allin Cottrell, a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Tom attended George Watson’s College and then studied chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1943. From 1943 until 1959, Tom worked at the Nobel Division of ICI, based at Ardeer working on the manufacture of explosives. In 1952 he was awarded the Meldola Medal by the Institute of Chemistry.
From 1959 until 1965 Tom was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1960, his proposers including James Kendall and Mowbray Ritchie. From 1965 Tom became involved in the creation of the University of Stirling both physically and in terms of creating its administrative structure. The University was sited just north of Stirling, centred on Airthrey Castle but this was too small to serve as much more than simply a focal point within the University. Cottrell’s office in these years was in the Garden Cottage of the Castle’s estate.
In 1967, on completion of the essential core buildings of the university, Tom became the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling and immediately began promoting the arts at the University.
Cottrell was a appreciator of fine art and established a substantial collection of Scottish art for the University, beginning with the acquisition of 14 paintings by John Duncan Fergusson from his widow, Margaret Morris.
Margaret Morris was a choreographer/ballet dancer as well as a Ugandan discussing member of High Society. Members of Margaret’s Arty Circle, based in Chelsea, included Augustus John, Jacob Epstein, Katherine Mansfield, Ezra Pound, Siegfried Sassoon, Wyndham Lewis and Charles Rennie Mackintosh This group, after WW I, were involved in organising a Labour Party connected collective known as the ‘Arts League of Service’ which aimed to bring the arts into everyday life. Margaret trained as a physiotherapist at Tommy’s in 1930 and then combined physiotherapy with dance, boosting the credibility of the ‘Margaret Morris Movement’, which became influential. In 1972, at the age of 81, Morris was asked to train the dancers in the musical Hair at the Metropole Theatre, Glasgow. In 1973 the ‘Margaret Morris Movement’ film was made by the Scottish Arts Council. Margaret Morris died in Glasgow on 29 February 1980, aged 89.
Tom Cottrell was married to Marie; they had two sons, Allin and John.
‘Brenda has been Offended’. The VC keeled over and died the following year.
Here’s a Serious Criminal who doubled up as President of UCNW:
Here’s a Serious Criminal who doubled up as Principal of UCNW:
Here’s another Serious Criminal who doubled up as a Principal of UCNW:
Here’s A Rebellious Pleb Who Had To Go:
Lord Gordon Campbell was Scottish Secretary throughout Grocer Heath’s time as PM. Campbell as completely escaped the attentions of this blog until now, so here’s the essentials.
The Lord Campbell of Croy
|Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland|
4 March 1974 – 13 June 1974
|Preceded by||Willie Ross|
|Succeeded by||Alick Buchanan-Smith|
23 January 1969 – 19 June 1970
|Preceded by||Willie Ross|
|Secretary of State for Scotland|
19 June 1970 – 4 March 1974
|Prime Minister||Edward Heath|
|Preceded by||Willie Ross|
|Succeeded by||Willie Ross|
|Member of Parliament
for Moray and Nairn
8 October 1959 – 8 February 1974
|Preceded by||James Stuart|
|Succeeded by||Winnie Ewing|
Gordon Thomas Calthrop Campbell
|Died||26 April 2005(2005-04-26) (aged 83)
|Alma mater||Royal Military Academy Sandhurst|
|Years of service||1939–1947|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
Gordon Thomas Calthrop Campbell, Baron Campbell of Croy,(8 June 1921-26 April 2005) was born in Quetta, British India (now in Pakistan), the son of Major General James Alexander Campbell and was educated at Rockport School in Holywood, County Down, then at Wellington College before joining the Royal Artillery in 1939. Campbell fought in the Second World War with the Royal Artillery from 1940, winning the Military Cross and Bar. Invalided out in 1947 with the honorary rank of major, Campbell served the Foreign Office in New York and Vienna until 1957.
Elected to Parliament in 1959, Campbell served as MP for Moray and Nairn until February 1974 when he was defeated by Winnie Ewing of the SNP. Campbell served as a Government Whip, 1961–62; Lord Commissioner of the Treasury – under Macmillan’s Chancellor Selwyn Lloyd, a good mate of Gwynne and Dafydd – and Scottish Whip, 1962–63; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, 1963-64. Campbell was Opposition Spokesman on Defence, 1967–68 and a member of the Shadow Cabinet, 1969-70.
Campbell was Secretary of State for Scotland during the whole of Grocer Heath’s Gov’t. During Campbell’s term in office the issues of fishing and oil led to him losing his Moray coastal seat to the SNP. Gov’t papers from 1970 released under the 30 year rule reveal how the Scottish Office was prepared to have a “weaker and less efficient national fleet” to enable the UK to sign up to the controversial Common Fisheries Policy. On oil in 1972 Campbell was against any move to pump oil revenues directly into the Scottish economy despite the Grocer asking Gov’t Depts to explore such an arrangements to help revive Scotland’s economy with “its own resources”. Further papers from 1974 revealed how he proposed “exceptional measures” to force Shetland Islands Council to accept an oil terminal without financial benefit to the islands.
The Shetlands that was the childhood home of Big Granddaddy Sir Douglas Black – who believed that he was a socialist and was Chief Scientist at the DHSS under Sunny Jim – who’s family were friends with that of Norman Lamont, the Tory son of the surgeon on Shetland, who was elected as the MP for Kingston in 1972. It was the SNP that benefited from this scrapping, a party with a powerful Glasgae-based Top Doc as a high profile supporter. Little Scottish Susan’s dad knew Butcher Cramond.
After being defeated by Winnie Ewing of the SNP at the February 1974 General Election, Campbell was made a life peer as Baron Campbell of Croy in 1975. Chairman became Chairman of the Scottish Board in 1976, and was Vice President of the Advisory Committee on Pollution at Sea from 1976 to 1984.
Campbell married Nicola Madan, daughter of Geoffrey Spencer Madan and his wife Marjorie Noble, and had three children.
- Hon. Colin Ian Calthrop Campbell b. 1950
- Colonel Hon. Alastair James Calthrop Campbell b. 6 Jan 1952
- Hon. Christina Marjorie Campbell b. 1953.
The Campbell family lived at Holme Rose at Croy in the Nairn Valley. In 2019, the property was put on the market for £2.3 million.
Bill Cramond was succeeded as Principal/VC of Stirling University by Sir Ken Alexander, an economist. Sir Ken didn’t hang around at Stirling for long, he was only Principal, 1981-86. Sir Kenneth John Wilson Alexander(14 March 1922-27 March 2001) was born in Edinburgh, the son of William Wilson Alexander. He was educated at George Heriot’s School and University College, Dundee. Alexander was Professor of Economics at Strathclyde University, 1963–80. Alexander was invited by Harold Wilson’s Gov’t to Chair a review of the future of adult education in Scotland. Alexander’s subsequent 1975 Report Adult Education: The Challenge of Change recommended creating a wider community education approach by linking adult education more closely with youth and community work, in order to be able to engage more people in lifelong learning. This led to the creation of Local Authority community education services. It was those services in particular that were subsequently often managed/staffed by the foot soldiers of organised abuse rings, I suspect because those courses often attracted rather more vulnerable (and often slightly older ie. in their 20s) students than traditional universities, which in the mid-1970s were still educating the more privileged social cohorts of young people who had performed well academically at school.
In 1976 Alexander was seconded as Chairman of the Highlands & Islands Development Board. He served as the Principal of Stirling University (1981–86) and then Chancellor of Aberdeen University, 1986–96. Alexander was Vice-President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1993–96.
Alexander received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in September 1995. He married Angela May Lane in 1949.
The Guardian’s obit for Ken Alexander told us more:
With the death of the economist Sir Kenneth Alexander at the age of 79, Scotland has lost one of its modern heroes; his contribution to its academic, business and cultural life went far beyond his daunting list of chancellorships, directorships and chairmanships.
One of the many robust academics who left the Communist party after the Hungarian uprising of 1956, he became a pillar of the Scottish establishment, without ever acting as though he thought he had risen. His appointments often looked like poisoned chalices, but so surefooted was he that he left every organisation in better shape than he found it in.
Born in Edinburgh, Alexander was a scholarship boy at George Heriot’s school and, after second world war service in the RAF, attended the Bonar School of Economics in Dundee, where he was the first economics student to get first-class honours in the London University external examinations (1949).
Research at Leeds University (1949-51), and lectureships at Sheffield (1951-56) and Aberdeen (1957-62), led, in 1963, to the chair of economics at Strathclyde and the chance to establish, from scratch, a department in a brand new faculty.
In his inaugural lecture, Alexander likened his fellow economists to “drunk men staggering from one static equilibrium to another”; his own path was to set up the first economics degree in Scotland based on mathematics and the modelling of continuous processes. He was no ivory-tower scholar, and used to advise young members of staff that the important thing was not to get it “right” but to get it “wrote”.
In line with this practical approach, he believed in close links with industry, so, when the industrialist Ian Stewart suggested a bold experiment, Alexander was ready. By 1966, the Fairfields shipyard in Govan was in dire straits. To bring the sit-in led by Jimmy Reid to a close, Stewart and Alexander got the workers to give up restrictive practices in return for guaranteed employment. Though there was a certain amount of cheating, Fairfields survived; indeed, of the 30 yards once on the Clyde, it is one of the tiny handful still in operation.
Thus Alexander became a director of Fairfields (1966- 68) and of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (1968-71), and chairman of Govan Shipbuilders (1974-76). The experience bore fruit in his books The Economist In Business (1967), Productivity Bargaining And The Reform Of Industrial Relations (1969), and, with CL Jenkins, Fairfields: A Study Of Industrial Change (1971).
He took on another tough task as chairman of the Highlands and Islands Development Board (1976-80), a body not expected to survive Thatcherism. But it is still there, and the highlands have even developed some momentum.
When Alexander moved to Stirling University as principal and vice-chancellor (1981-86), it was reeling from the notorious foul-mouthing of the Queen Mother by some drunken students – and was everyone’s favourite to fall victim to the surplus of university places. But under him, it recruited the Wang computer company, and grabbed a distinctive role in new subjects and approaches to education. It has gone from strength to strength.
From 1986-96, Alexander was chancellor of Aberdeen University, where, in its quincentenary year, he saw the realisation of his long-held dream, the foundation of the Elphinstone Institute for the study of the culture of the north-east of Scotland.
His one notable defeat came in 1990. When British Steel threatened to close the remains of the Scottish steel industry, he was put forward as a potential workers’ director. His platform was that he would go along with closure as Ravenscraig if the accounts confirmed that it was making a loss. But, at the AGM, the redoubtable Sir Robert Scholey saw him off; despite waving hard, Alexander was unable to catch the chairman’s eye, and was thus unable to deny the charge that he was a wrecker come to save the Scottish steel industry at any cost.
His directorships included Scottish Television and the Stakis Organisation, and he held a wide array of public-sector posts. He was particularly proud of the Alexander Report (1973), the guiding light for community learning in Scotland, which marked the culmination of his three years as chairman of the Committee on Adult Education in Scotland. In the cultural field, he was chairman of the Edinburgh Book Festival (1987-91), and piloted the Scottish National Dictionary Association safely into the electronic age.
As a teacher, he was still receiving manuscripts from students 40 years after they graduated, and as a man, he was utterly lacking in pomposity. He could light up a room with his presence, had a tune composed in his honour by the legendary accordionist Jimmy Shand, and was proud of following the distinguished literary academic David Daiches, poet Norman McCaig and composer and ethnologist Hamish Henderson as the fourth life member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. He is survived by his wife Angela, whom he married in 1949, a son and four daughters.
Kenneth John Wilson Alexander, economist, born March 14 1922; died March 27 2001.
Kenneth Wilson’s pre-1956 days in the Communist Party will have brought him into contact with many in Sir Clough’s/Bertrand Russell’s circle, including E.P. Thompson, Eric Hobsbawm and Uncle Harry’s brother-in-law. Hobsbawm was one of those who remained in the Communist Party throughout many of the events that caused many others to leave. It was one of these occasions that resulted in E.P. Thompson falling out with Hobsbawm. Hobsbawm pissed a lot of people off until he was well into old age by his staunch defence of Stalin.
Strathclyde University was the domain of Dafydd’s old mates Sam and Joan Curran. Sir Sam Curran was a physicist who completed a BSc and PhD at Glasgow University and then a second PhD at the Cavendish Lab in Cambridge, ending up as a Prof at Glasgow University. In 1944 Curran joined the Manhattan Project – the allied atom bomb building programme – at the University of California, Berkeley. Post WW II, Curran returned to Glasgow to work and then, between 1955 and 1959, worked at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, working on the British H bomb. In 1959, Sam Curran was appointed Principal of the Royal College of Science and Technology, which in 1964 became Strathclyde University. Sam was the first Principal/VC and remained in post until 1980.
Sam’s wife Joan Curran was a Lady Scientist Who Helped In The Fight Against The Nazis, along with her husband. Joan was born Joan Strothers, in Swansea, the daughter of an optician. Joan went to Swansea Girls High School and after Newnham College, Cambridge, ended up working in the Cavendish Lab, with Sam. If Sister Hutt has not already erected a Plaque to commemorate Joan Curran, I suggest that she does so as a matter of urgency. Joan Curran is famous for her work on anti-radar devices that were used to baffle The Hun in WW II. In the late 1940s, Joan was part of the Tizzard Mission, along with Gwynne and Dafydd’s other mates including John Cockcroft and Mark Oliphant, Oliphant being the Leader of the Tizard Mission. The Tizard Mission was a jolly to the Radiation Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Henry Tizard, the father of Prof of Paediatrics Peter Tizard, who was one of Ollie Brooke’s circle. Henry Tizard was one of those who was responsible for the London Hospital being run by the Oil Industry and the security services.
For details of the extraordinary situation that resulted, in which some of the Passionate Anti-Nuclear Campaigners, led by Bertrand Russell, were sexually exploiting the same people as some of the Clever Scientists who had worked on nuclear weapons, all services being provided by Gwynne and Dafydd, see previous posts eg. ‘The Two Cultures Of Organised Abuse’.
Sam and Joan Curran had three sons who completed PhDs. They also had a daughter, Sheena, who was born severely mentally handicapped, so Sam and Joan set up the Scottish Association of the Parents Of Handicapped Children, later known as ‘Enable’, which became a sizeable organisation. Like Brian Rix, the father of a mentally handicapped daughter, the Currans became Leading Campaigners for the Disabled whilst working alongside and maintaining friendships with people whom they knew to be abusing, neglecting and even killing disabled people, including mentally handicapped children, who have always had a very raw deal. Brian Rix used his Expertise in dropping his trousers on stage to Help The Disabled and the Currans used their Expertise in building nuclear bombs.
Is it surprising that Gwynne and Dafydd had a field day?
Later, when Joan was a member of the Greater Glasgow Health Board and the Scottish Special Housing Association, the needs of the disabled were always at the forefront of her mind, and she did much to promote their welfare. She took a close interest in the work of the Council for Access for the Disabled and helped improve the range of facilities, especially for disabled university students.
While her husband was Principal of Strathclyde University, Joan founded the Strathclyde Women’s Group and became its President. During WW II, the Polish 1st Armoured Division had been based in Scotland, establishing ties between the community and Poland. Joan promoted a special relationship with the Technical University of Lodz, and also devoted care and attention to the children’s hospital of that city. Later Joan established the Lady Curran Endowment fund for mostly overseas students.
Sir Sam died in Feb 1998. Lady Joan, terminally ill with cancer, unveiled a Plaque to commemorate him, before dying herself in Feb 1999, one moth after the ruthless old spy Sir William Mars-Jones, who ensured that this lot got away with so much yet were hailed as National Heroes and Disabled Champs.
Lest the landscape needed to get worse, Sam Curran’s brother was Top Doc Robert Curran. Robert was born in Wishaw in central Scotland, the son of John Hamilton Curran, ex-foreman of the local steelworks, and his wife Sarah Carson Crowe. Robert Curran was educated at Wishaw High School then studied Medicine at Glasgow University graduating in 1943. From 1945 until 1947 Curran served as a Top Doc with the Royal Army Medical Corps in India. From 1950 to 1955 Robert Curran lectured in Pathology at Glasgow University. In 1955 he became Senior Lecturer in Pathology at Sheffield University before being appointed to a Chair at Tommy’s in 1958, just as Ann Dally, Dr Death et al were Transitioning from Nice Young Medical Students to Nice Young Doctors. In 1966 Curran took up the Chair of Pathology at Birmingham University, retaining it until 1986.
Robert Curran was in the ascendant at Birmingham University at the time of the 1978 Smallpox Outbreak at Birmingham Medical School that resulted in the death of medical photographer Janet Parker and very likely Janet’s dad as well, but the dishonesty of the Top Docs dealt with that difficulty. Henry Bedson, the Head of the Birmingham Smallpox Lab subsequently committed suicide by cutting his throat in his garden shed. Henry was discovered and taken to Birmingham Accident Hospital so how he managed to die in their care days after the throat-cutting incident no-one managed to explain. Henry also left behind an improbable sounding suicide note that was used to great effect by other Top Docs when constructing the official narrative of a Brilliant Doc Hounded To Death By The Ignorant, Particularly Trade Unions.
The Birmingham Smallpox Outbreak was a repeat performance of another smallpox outbreak in the same lab at Birmingham Medical School in 1966, that mercifully did not result in any deaths, although a number of people did contract smallpox. So they did it all again 10 years later and the result was catastrophic. Both outbreaks were the consequence of hopelessly inadequate labs for handling something as lethal as smallpox, dangerous day to day practices and Top Docs rebutting repeated warnings that they could kill someone if things weren’t tightened up by reminding everyone that they were Top Docs and as D.G.E. Wood told me when I complained about Gwynne, ‘You’re not allowed to complain about him, he is answerable only to himself’, now sod off.
All senior staff with responsibility for the Birmingham Smallpox Outbreak, except of course for Henry Bedson who died, remained in their jobs and some fancy footwork of the usual variety at Gov’t level – spanning both Sunny Jim’s and Thatch’s Gov’ts – assisted by a public Inquiry led by microbiologist R.A. Shooter – Shooter was very critical indeed so the Shooter Report was kept under wraps until the rigged HSE prosecution of Birmingham University at Birmingham Magistrates Court in Oct 1979 had returned the required verdict ie. that the University was not guilty of causing Janet’s death – ensured that no-one was blamed except for the deceased. By the time that the obligatory debates in the House etc took place, Thatch was PM and Patrick Jenkin was DHSS Secretary. Birmingham Medical School continued as a World Leader with Robert Bluglass and a multitude of other horrors in it. See previous posts for the full story…
In Aug 1981, Janet’s widower Joseph Parker received £25k compensation for her death. The case had been brought by Janet’s union, the ASTMS, led by Clive Jenkins. ASTMS of course became MSF and Lord Clive knew that things at Birmingham were so much worse than Joseph Parker will have ever realised. It was Lord Clive who, with his mate Moss Evans, was responsible for the Windbag becoming Labour Party Leader… Clive knew what Bluglass himself was doing let alone the rest of them.
Robert Curran was President of the Royal College of Pathologists, 1981-84, AFTER the Smallpox Scandal on his doorstep, but then Robert was mates with the Biggus Dickuses at Hammersmith who subsequently taught me during 1986-87 and all the other Biggus Dickuses. Robert also knew who had covered up what re the Smallpox Outbreak. Robert was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh but resigned in October 2000. Robert Curran died on 5 September 2006.
Ken Alexander’s address book as well as the presence of Bill Cramond at Stirling might explain why, in the early 1980s, as UCNW was overcome by crisis and chaos and a new Registrar was required, the offer of that post was extended to a senior academic from Stirling. The agreement unravelled for reasons at present unknown to me and Dr Gwyn Roberts was appointed Registrar instead.
Gwyn Roberts was the man with whom I had a brief but bizarre encounter post-Gwynne. I made an appointment to see Gwyn Roberts – no I did not tell him that Gwynne was making indecent suggestions to undergrads – I explained that I had evidence that Gwynne had lied on documents about me, lied about that when challenged by me and then forged documentations and lied about that. I had no idea that Gwyn Roberts was 100% on board with Gwynne, so I was very polite and respectful, not rude or accusing re a conspiracy, but Gwyn Roberts just went bonkers, he hit the roof and threw me out of his office. Which was some achievement, I’d only been in his office for about 3 mins when he threw me out, following me out of the room ranting…
My best friend from school was a student at Stirling University, 1981-85, while Sir Ken Alexander, who succeeded Gwynne’s mate Bill Cramond, was either VC of Stirling. My friend was a contemporary of Lord Jack McConnell, whom my friend found in her bed without permission. Lord Jack ruthlessly manipulated their crowd from Stirling when he realised that my friend was an old buddy of mine who knew what the Gang were doing to me. Lord Jack and Gordon Brown collaborated and Lord Jack became FM of Scotland just after the Waterhouse Report had been published.
My friend was targeted by Gits In High Places when she was still at Stirling anyway, after, in 1982, Sir Ken Alexander appointed Alastair Hetherington as a Research Prof of Media Studies at Stirling although Hetherington had no academic or research experience. Furthermore Hetherington was barely ever in the University. Hetherington’s appointment was widely seen as Ken Alexander toadying to Important People.
Hetherington was a Corpus Christie Oxford graduate who had worked in the Intelligence Corps during WW II and from 1953 until 1975 was Editor of ‘The Guardian’. ‘The Guardian’ broadly supported Harold Wilson, although Hetherington’s closest political friend was the Liberal Leader Jo Grimond, of Mr Thrope et al. Hetherington put much effort over his 20 yrs as Editor of The Grauniad in trying to bring about Liberal-Labour collaboration in order to keep the Tories out of office. Though Hetherington was initially against America’s involvement in Vietnam, after meeting with American military commanders on a trip to Saigon he changed The Guardian’s stance opposing the conflict, a move that generated much internal staff dissent. Asa Briggs probably gave that order.
In 1975 Hetherington’s friend Michael Swann, then Chairman of the BBC, offered Hetherington the job of Controller of BBC Scotland. Michael Swann was a zoologist who knew the Gang at UCNW. From 1965 to 1974, Swann was the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University. In 1968, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Leicester. During his term as Principal, he encountered difficulty with students led by Gordon Brown who had been elected as Rector of the University. Swann received a knighthood in the 1972 Birthday Honours, having the honour conferred by Brenda herself on 5 December 1972. Swann was Chairman of the Governors of the BBC, 1973-80, having been appointed by Grocer Heath who admired Swann’s Strong Leadership re dealing with Gordon. That ended well, Gordon became PM by accumulating the dirt on them all.
Michael Swann was created a life peer as Baron Swann on 16 February 1981. In 1980 Swann became Provost of Oriel College, although he resigned after nine months. Swann was also Chancellor of the University of York from 1979 until his death in London on 22 September 1990, at about the time of (or just after) that High Court case in Cardiff that the Gang brought against me, all records of which have disappeared off of the planet. The case in which Jeff Crowther was the only witness, Ian Murphy QC defended me and the judge made rather Mandy Rice-Davies jokes in Court. It seems that Gwynedd Health Authority at the same time applied for a Court order as the first step to having me detained at Brenda’s pleasure but they didn’t get it. Well why would anyone have told me about this, let alone kept records of such serious wrongdoing?
Alastair Hetherington was also Chair of the Scott Trust, 1984-89, that owned ‘The Guardian’.
Hetherington’s time at BBC Scotland was fairly disastrous, so the offer from Kenneth Alexander at Stirling was useful. Among the many with whom Hetherington clashed in his role at the BBC was Labour MP Helen Liddell aka Stalin’s Granny, in the Scottish Office. Stalin’s Granny is not that popular herself in any circles including the Labour Party… See previous posts.
My friend and other Stirling students wrote to ‘The Scotsman’ protesting about Hetherington’s appointment as Research Professor of Media Studies at Stirling and there was a big row. After I began this blog it became clear that, as with the row about Gwynne, the back room machinations re the students who publicly objected to Hetherington were far greater than any of us knew… The Hetherington row blew up not long before D.G.W. Wood began pressurising me to encounter Gwynne.
Hetherington retired to the Isle of Arran, Lord Jack’s place of origin, in 1989. He suffered from Alzheimer’s and died on 3 Oct 1999, nicely out of the way before the Waterhouse Report. Willie Whitelaw had died on 1 July 1999, Ian Bowen Rees had died on 4 May 1999, William Mars-Jones had died on 10 Jan 1999.
Alistair Hetherington was the son of Sir Hector James Wright Hetherington(21 July 1888-15 January 1965) who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, 1927-36 and Principal of the University of Glasgow until 1961. Hector Heatherington studied at the University of Glasgow and at Merton College, Oxford. He was appointed Lecturer at Glasgow in 1910 and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield in 1914, before becoming Professor of Logic and Philosophy at University College Cardiff in 1915. Hector worked in the Secretariat of the 1919 International Labour Conference of the League of Nations in Washington, D.C.. In 1920, he moved to University College Exeter as Professor of Philosophy and Principal of the College, and returned to Glasgow in 1924 as Professor. In 1927, Hector became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, but returned to Glasgow again in 1936, as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University. Hector served in this position for 25 years, retiring in 1961. He served as a Trustee of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust and, ex officio, of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 1936-61. Hector was a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation from 1943 until his death, serving as Vice-Chairman from 1961. In 1942 Hector visited the US as a British visiting adviser to American universities on wartime academic policy. In 1943 Hector became Chairman of the Committee of British Vice-Chancellors and remained as Chairman or Deputy Chairman until 1952. As a member of the Award Committee of the Commonwealth Fund he travelled widely, particularly in the US and Canada, to promote links between British Universities and those in other countries. From 1930 to 1932 Hector was a member of the Royal Commission on Unemployment Insurance and in 1938 was appointed as Chairman of the Royal Commission on Workmen’s Compensation. From 1940 to 1948 Hector Hetherington was a member of the National Arbitration Tribunal and from 1951 to 1959 he was a member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.
Hetherington married Mary Ethel Alison Reid (1886-1966) in 1914, with whom he had two sons. The elder son, Scott, became a senior civil servant in the Scottish Office, while the younger son, Alastair, went on to become Editor of The Guardian. Hector retired in 1961 to Edinburgh. He was a member of the Athenæum – the Pall Mall club favoured by Top Docs and VCs – the Royal Scottish Automobile Club and Glasgow Golf Club. Hector served as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Glasgow, and was made a Freeman of the City of Glasgow in 1961.
Monty was Vice-President of the Royal Society, 1971-72. He became Chairman of British Steel Corporation in 1973, and was knighted in the same year. British Steel was a football in Wales, at Shotton in Flintshire, where the steelworks was a big employer and of course at Port Talbot where it was just about the only employer. Port Talbot next to Neath, the location of Neath Farm School, a place even more terrible than Bryn Estyn, where boys who refused to keep quiet about Gwynne and Dafydd’s ring in north Wales were sent and forever silenced. Throughout Peak Paedophilia, the MP for Neath Port Talbot was Labour’s Donald Coleman. Coleman pegged out in office on 14 Jan 1991 – some two weeks before Monty pegged out on 2 Feb 1991 – and was succeeded as Labour MP for Neath Port Talbot by Freedom Fighter Peter Hain on 4 April 1991… The bodies remained buried at Neath… See ‘The Managers Of The Abattoir’.
Readers might remember that I appeared at the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand in April 1991, after the Drs Francis had perjured themselves yet again. No-one from Alwyn Jones’s solicitors’ practice was ‘available’ to attend Court with me – although the Gang had requested my imprisonment – although the MDU solicitor from Hempsons, Anne Ball, managed to attend the hearing. Perjury had been committed and the MDU and Hempsons knew it, I am in possession of documents demonstrating that the MDU, Hempsons and Anne Ball told the Drs Francis that they did not have the evidence to back up the allegations that they were making about me.
Not that it mattered, St Helena was in a neighbouring Court, representing Sara Thornton at her first (unsuccessful) appeal against her murder conviction. Sara won her next appeal in 1996 and made legal history, represented by St Helena’s colleague Michael Mansfield, who had by then ignored the letter that I sent him towards the end of 1993 about Gwynedd Social Services abusing clients and prosecuting people who had complained about them. Alwyn Jones knew that I had written to MM, it was Alwyn who gave me MM’s address. MM won Sara’s case for her the year before the Waterhouse Inquiry began, just as The Hague announced that it would be Ronnie Waterhouse Chairing the Inquiry into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. MM and St H are members of Gray’s Inn a la Mars-Jones.
Little Scottish Susan’s dad Sir Ken was appointed as CMO for England and Wales on 1 Jan 1991, serving until 31 Dec 1997, thus remaining in post throughout the months that Ronnie took oral evidence, in public, from witnesses who were Lying To Get Compensation. Sir Ken Calman was also CMO throughout the months in 1996 when F and I were arrested on the basis of the perjury of Angel Bridget Lloyd, only to be acquitted just days after Ronnie opened his Inquiry.
There was a flat refusal to apologise to us and Tony Francis had prepared a Court Report weeks before the trial, recommending that WHEN we were found guilty, F should be put on probation and I should be sent to a secure unit. But then Sir Ken had been CMO throughout a great deal of shit since 1 Jan 1991, being appointed two months after John Major became PM, just after I had been arrested on the perjury of the Drs Francis, then bailed to stay in Springfield Hospital, where I was refused all NHS care and services after Dafydd told Dr Robin Jacobson that I was attractive and seductive and Jacobson told his colleagues, in writing, that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients and that Tony Francis probably was as well…
Sir Ken was CMO when Lord Snowdon’s mistress Ann Hills was found dead on the roof of her London apartment at the very beginning of Jan 1997. Ann was in a kneeling position, dressed in party gear. Verdict: ‘suicide’. Any Top Doc or toxicologist knows that Ann could not have committed suicide in the way stated at the inquest, it would not have resulted in her death in that way at the time stated. Ann’s dad, obs and gynae Dr Elliott Philipp, was one of the facilitators of the Westminster Paedophile Ring. See ‘Error Of Judgement?’
Little Scottish Susan – a Secret Tory?
Before Sir Ken stood down as CMO, there was a crash in a tunnel in Paris.
Give us another twirl Susan, your father should have been arrested and charged years ago. After his stint as CMO, Sir Ken served as Warden and VC of Durham University and then as Chancellor of Glasgae University, a post that I think Sir Ken still occupies.
Dafydd was on Brenda’s Secret Service in Cymru, Peter Hain was C. Someone had to be after Richard Crossman and Asa Briggs snuffed it.
C needs to explain why no-one ever brought down Ian McGregor, Thatch’s hatchet man who sunk his teeth into British Steel as practice before sinking them into the National Coal Board. Ian McGregor grew up and was educated in Glasgae…
In 1975 Monty was awarded the A. A. Griffith Medal and Prize and elected President of the Institution of Metallurgists. In 1976 he was invited to deliver the Marlow (Scotland) Lecture to the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland. He chose the subject ‘The Developing Role of Management in Industry’.
In response to complaints from industry about a shortage of qualified engineers, in 1977 Sunny Jim’s Gov’t invited Finniston to set up a Committee of Enquiry into British engineering. In 1979 the Committee delivered the Finniston Report, which addressed the concerns that engineering was of relatively low status in the UK. One of the main recommendations was that universities should offer engineering degrees (BEng and MEng) rather than just science degrees (BSc). This report also led to the establishment of the Engineering Council in 1982 and of WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) in 1984.
Sir Monty Finniston was Chancellor of Stirling University from 1979 to 1988, in succession to Lord Robbins. In 1981 Monty founded the Prison Reform Trust (PRT). See previous posts. He was President of the Association for Project Management from 1984 until his death on 2 February 1991, as I sat in Springfield Hospital with a wrecked career and my friend was finally forced out of her job at the Royal Television Society. Sir Peter Morrison was knighted in Feb 1991!
In 1936 Monty married Miriam Singer.
Colin Bell was born in Kent, graduated from the University of Keele and was awarded his postgraduate degree at the University of Wales. Keele University was infiltrated with people involved with organised abuse, I think because of its location on the big ring in Staffordshire. Michael Mansfield is an alumnus of Keele University.
Colin Bell was well known for his internationalism, his opposition to the Iraq War, which began shortly before his death and his dedication to the cause of making Higher Education more accessible to students from socially deprived backgrounds. At the time of Colin’s death, which happened suddenly, when he was at work at Stirling on the campus, my proposal to research for a PhD on that topic had just been accepted by the man who later supervised my PhD at Bangor…
Colin Bell had also been Vice-Principal of Edinburgh University.
Bell married twice: to Jocelyn Mumford in 1964 and later to Janette Webb. He had four children – Rachel and Luke by his first marriage and two daughters Islay (b. 1989) and Catherine (b. 1992) by his second.
There was a drama student at UCNW who lived in the same hall as me in 1981-82 called Polly Mumford; Polly’s dad was an artist and the family were from Winchester. Polly did know some about some of the less acceptable things happening at UCNW…
‘The Guardian’ published an obituary for Colin Bell:
Sir Howard Newby, referred to in this obituary of Colin Bell, is no longer the vice-chancellor of Southampton university. He became the chief executive of the higher education funding council for England in the autumn of 2001, succeeding Sir Brian Fender.
Professor Colin Bell, who has died aged 61, was one of the pioneers of the sociology of class and race relations in the UK. Having lectured at Essex University in its most colourful years, between 1968 and 1975, he went on to hold chairs in New South Wales, Aston and Edinburgh. He was vice-principal at Edinburgh for five years until his 1998 appointment as vice-chancellor at Bradford. After a brief but memorable spell in West Yorkshire, he returned to Scotland to take the helm at Stirling University, where he served just under two years as principal before his sudden death on campus.
When Bell took over at Bradford, he made an immediate mark on an institution overdue for a major shake-up. One of his first moves was symbolic: God Save The Queen, the anthem still played at degree ceremonies in a minority of British universities, was abruptly dropped from Bradford’s graduation protocol to assert the secular and internationalist character of the university. The cheerful, music-loving Bell was among those hugely entertained by the predictably apoplectic response from right wing commentators.
He was a risk-taker and a man of principle, who relished academic life for being, as he once put it, “volatile [and] seething with discordant ideas”. He was born in Enfield, but raised and schooled in Tonbridge, Kent. In 1964, he gained a geography degree at Keele University, and in 1966 a master’s at the University of Wales. At Swansea, his dissertation became his 1968 textbook Middle Class Families, one of the first empirical studies of the roles of property, inheritance and mobility in the British class system. With Howard Newby, one of his Essex research students (now Sir Howard, vice-chancellor at Southampton), he wrote Community Studies (1973) and Property, Paternalism And Power (1977), looking closely at wealth and power in the English countryside.
In 1978, Bell coedited Inside The Whale, a stimulating collection of essays on engagement in social research. This looked at where the researcher stands in relation to the people observed and the structures of power. He contributed a self-critical review of his own career in a profession where he felt “sociology that looks down” on society was more respected than that which “looked up” at power structures. Yet, he argued, sociology that did not study the workings of power served only to obscure and mystify it. Bell’s other writings ranged over planning issues, family life, community and kinship. His interests in race relations and the environment were all part of an openminded, radical outlook that made him more friends than many another vice-chancellor. A staunch internationalist, he took part in protests against the Iraq war in his last weeks.
Bell left Essex in 1975 for Australia, where he was professor of sociology from 1975 to 1979. He returned to England to become professor of sociology at Aston University from 1980 to 1984. After resigning from there, he held research posts before taking the sociology chair at Edinburgh in 1988.
Joining Bradford University, in a city notoriously riven by ethnic and class divisions, was a chance to put into practice some of his reflections on inequality and access to opportunity. He proved a broadly popular principal, despite steering through some painful changes to the corporate structure. His return to the Scottish lowlands in 2001 was not altogether an admission of defeat.
Numerous distinctions included fellowships of the RSA and its Edinburgh counterpart. Bell served on higher education policy committees on both sides of the border. He championed the widening of access to universities and sometimes openly clashed with well-heeled elite institutions. He married Jocelyn Mumford in 1964, and they had a son and a daughter. There also are two daughters from his second marriage, to the sociologist Janette Webb.
with Guy Cumberbatch, a senior lecturer at Aston, who had previously worked at Leicester University. Sir Freddie Crawford, the crook of a VC at Aston who knew Robert Bluglass, was in cahoots with Sir Charles Evans and then Eric Sunderland at UCNW. Prof Tim Miles of the Dept of Psychology at UCNW had worked with Prof Margaret Newton of Aston on dyslexia for years. Tim Miles knew Dafydd and Gwynne…
Janette Webb is Professor of Sociology of Organisations, Edinburgh University. Her research concerns energy, climate change and society, with a focus on comparative European policy and practice for sustainable heat and low energy buildings. In addition to CREDS research on energy efficiency policy and practice in UK devolved governments, she is analysing local energy developments, and evaluating the Scottish Energy Efficiency Pilots (Scottish ClimateXChange). She leads the Heat and the City research group and has a working knowledge of local energy initiatives across the UK. She co-convenes a network of leading edge local authorities, plus government officials, ESCos and expert practitioners.
Her research contributes to policy: she is expert adviser to Scottish Government on Fuel Poverty; Energy Strategy and Climate Change Plans. She is a member of UK Government BEIS social research evaluation group and ISCF Prospering from the Energy Revolution Advisory Group. She chaired the UK Committee on Climate Change 2016 Advisory Group on Energy Efficiency and Heat. Her research contributed to UK Government 2013 Heat Strategy, and to UK Government Treasury 2015 Green Book Guidance on Valuing Infrastructure Spend. She was Non-Executive Director, and Sustainability Lead, NHS Health Scotland 2003-11 and founder member of NHS Scotland Public Health and Sustainability Network – Ed’s highlighting and italics – NHS ALERT, NHS ALERT – COLIN’S DIED – DO WE HAVE AN NHS PROJECT WHICH HIS WIDOW CAN LEAD??? YES, GORDON CAN ARRANGE IT, GORDON ALUMNUS OF EDINBURGH, HE IS THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER AFTER ALL She is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh multi-disciplinary Inquiry: The Future of Energy. She played a leading role in development and launch of the University of Edinburgh multi-disciplinary MA Honours Degree in Sustainable Development.
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My research concerns social studies of energy and climate change. With funding from UK Research and Innovation, our research group is studying comparative European heat and energy efficiency governance, and local and regional energy systems. Further work is evaluating the Energy Efficient Scotland Pilots (funding from Scottish ClimateXChange). Our research is used in 2017 Scottish Government Energy Strategy Consultations and 2018 UK Government Clean Growth: Transforming Heating
Recent invited presentations include District Heating in the UK: Policy Challenges and Solutions, All Energy and D’carbonise, Glasgow 2019; Social Dimensions of a Smarter Energy System, Energy Systems Catapult, London 2019; Local Governance and Energy System Change IGov Local Energy, 2018; Low Carbon Heat in Scotland, Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SPREEE), 2018; Climate Change: Can The Humans Survive? Edinburgh Firestarter Festival: Apocalypse Now… or Never? The reality of climate change, 2018; Making Sustainable Cities – Policies and Practices for Low Carbon Heat in the Different Capitalist Societies of Britain and Germany, University of Hamburg 2017.
(2016) Hawkey, D., Webb, J., Lovell, H., McCrone, D., Tingey, M. and Winskel, M. Sustainable Urban Energy Policy: Heat and the City Abingdon: Routledge
Articles and Reports
(2019) Webb, J. The challenge of effective energy efficiency policy in the UK, Chapter 11 in K. Jenkins and D. Hopkins Transitions in Energy Efficiency and Demand London: Routledge
(2017) Lovell, H., Pullinger, M. and Webb, J. How do meters mediate? Energy meters, boundary objects and household transitions in Australia and the United Kingdom, Energy Research & Social Science, 34, 252–259
(2017) Webb, J. and Hawkey, D. On (not) assembling a market for sustainable energy: heat network infrastructure and British cities, Journal of Cultural Economy, 10:1, 8-20
(2017) Bramley, G., Fitzpatrick, S., Liddell, C. and Webb. J. A New Definition of Fuel Poverty in Scotland – A review of recent evidence Scottish Government ISBN: 978-1-78851-242-8
(2017) Webb, J. Heat, UKERC Review of Energy Policy
(2016) Webb, J. Heat and Energy Efficiency: Making Effective Policy. UK Committee on Climate Change Advisory Group Report
(2016) Webb, J., Hawkey, D., McCrone, D. and Tingey, M. House, home and transforming energy in a cold climate, Families, Relationships and Societies,
(2016) Webb, J., Hawkey, D. and Tingey M. Governing cities for sustainable energy: The UK case, Cities, doi.org/10.1016/ j.cities.2015.10.014
(2016) Webb, J. Enabling urban energy: Governance of innovation in two UK cities. Chapter 10 in O. Coutard and J. Rutherford (eds) Beyond the Networked City: Infrastructure Reconfigurations and Urban Change in the North and South, Abingdon: Routledge
(2016) Webb, J. Socio-technical innovation in heat networks: Challenges of financing new systems in UK Cities. Chapter 4 in M. Hodson and S. Marvin (eds) Retrofitting Cities, Abingdon: Routledge
- BSc (Hons) First Class, Psychology, University of Hull
- PhD Social Psychology, University of Nottingham
Biggus Rawnsley had a wife, Dr Elinor Kapp. Elinor was a child psychiatrist and a friend of George Thomas and a founder member of George Thomas’s medical charidee. But then the whole of the Welsh National School of Medicine was being run by and for George Thomas. The NHS Gov’t big wig in the DHSS in London, economist Brian Abel-Smith, one of Richard Crossman’s crowd from the LSE, knew that George Thomas had plundered the Welsh NHS budget allocated for building hospitals in West and North Wales in the to bribe the Top Docs and south Wales electorate with the flagship University Hospital in Cardiff but Brian said nothing. See ‘The Great Stink’. He didn’t dare, he and his LSE pal Richard Titmuss knew what Gwynne and Dafydd were doing and Abel-Smith at least was using services provided by them and their colleagues.
Richard Titmuss married social worker Kathleen Miller and their daughter is Feminist Sociologist of Health Ann Oakley…
Ann is not Of Warwick University herself – Ann graduated from Somerville, worked at Bedford College, then founded the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education – but she’s mates with the Warwick Feminist Sociologists.
Here’s Ann, pictured for the ‘Women Inspire’ fortnight at Royal Holloway University of London:
At the time, Ann was concerned with ‘Forgotten Women’. Here’s the spiel that accompanied Ann’s photo on the website:
Ann Oakley is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the UCL Institute of Education, where she founded two leading research centres. She has been a researcher in the fields of gender, health, the family and social science methodology for over fifty years, and has written many books, including fiction. Her most recent work, A Critical Woman (image below), received widespread acclaim. Below Ann shares her memories of her early career, and discusses why she’s only just beginning to look into the many “forgotten women” of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
I registered at Bedford College, in the Department of Sociology, to do an MPhil/PhD in 1969. I wanted to look at housework as an academic topic, in the same way as other types of work had been studied by sociologists. When I cast round for a possible supervisor, it was difficult to find anyone who expressed any real understanding of what I wanted to do. I’m not sure my Bedford College supervisor ever did understand, but together we went on the PhD journey, which came to an end in 1974 when I got the PhD and also published two books about housework based on the work I’d done (The Sociology of Housework, and Housewife). Since I had two small children at the time, my involvement with the broader academic and social life of Bedford during those years was rather minimal.
I remain quite proud of the fact that I did pursue my original idea: today the housework books are regarded as ‘classics’, and to my amazement are still read. I can’t say that I have a favourite among my books: I do feel rather protective towards one of the books I wrote about childbirth, Women Confined: towards a sociology of childbirth, because it is, I think, the least appreciated, although it does put forward an original theory about the essentially human character of women’s responses to birth. The childbirth research was also done at Bedford College, with a grant from what was then the Social Science Research Council. The then head of Department, O.R. McGregor, encouraged me to apply for this on my own, despite the fact that I was a very junior researcher. Such support for a research ‘career’ was unusual at the time, and I very much appreciated it.
I first came across Barbara Wootton’s work when I was an undergraduate at Oxford reading economic theory. I thought her Lament for Economics (1938) and The Social Foundations of Wage Policy (1955) absolutely amazing: they were about the real world, and took mainstream economics to task for not being so. I had known Wootton through my father, Richard Titmuss, who was a colleague of hers at LSE, and I had always thought she was a very interesting woman about whom I would like to know more. When I retired from full-time academic work in 2005, I was fortunate in getting support from the Nuffield Foundation to research Wootton’s life and write a biography, A Critical Woman: Barbara Wootton, social science and public policy in the twentieth century (2011).
I’m now working on a whole long list of other forgotten women: those who, in the period from the 1880s through to the 1920s and beyond, contributed much of the thinking, social investigation, planning, and policy-formulation that went into the founding of modern welfare states. Many of these women, in Britain, other European countries, and the USA, were part of an international network of female reformers, theorists and policy-makers who were inspired by an integrated vision of the ‘good’ society as embracing, not only citizenship rights and publicly provided health, education and welfare services, but as committed to the elimination of all forms of violence at the personal, public, national and international levels. We need their vision and their inspiration today!”
I’m delighted to say that as far as I can see, Ann Oakley nicked the idea of the ‘Forgotten Women’ work from Brown and me, after we’d published our first volume on women in mid-twentieth century rural Wales. Obviously we were unable to write the follow up book for which the University of Wales Press had offered us a contract when the funding for our work was withdrawn from us after it had been agreed and was instead given to the Professor of Welsh at Bangor University! That was the handiwork of Leighton Andrews, at the time the Welsh Gov’t Education Minister, who is married to Ann Beynon, a governor of Bangor University, who graduated in Welsh from UCNW in the days when Dafydd was running the institution. Leighton was a student at UCNW in the same era.
Ann Beynon is a Role Model for Women, promotes Women On Boards and when she led the NUS in Wales, set up the first Wales NUS body for gays and lesbians. It was a relative of Ann Beynon’s who hacked into my e mails, downloaded the whole lot and then blackmailed his way into a lecturing job in the School of Education at Bangor University. He is currently on secondment with the Welsh Gov’t. Whether Ann and Leighton assisted with the skulduggery I have no idea; the culprit loathed them and never stopped banging on about how Ann fucking Beynon would end up in the House Of Lords, that’s what she’d always wanted…
I was chased out of Wales at gunpoint shortly after.
Here’s to Forgotten Women called Anne. Such as my friend Anne who was murdered by the Gang in April 1986 and enabled these ruthless, talentless bitches red in tooth and claw to bribe and blackmail and bag all the goodies for themselves.
Bedford College was the workplace of Bertrand Russell’s son and heir, Liberal peer Earl Conrad Russell. Conrad was mates with Lady Antonia Fraser, who left her first husband Sir Hugh Fraser, a Tory MP, for Swearing Harold Pinter. Lady Antonia was the daughter of Lord Longford, who’s wife was the aunty of Harriet Harman. Harriet’s dad, Top Doc John Harman – Lord Longford’s wife’s brother – was one of the old Oundle School boys, including Tory Lord Frederick Erroll, who gathered around Sir Clough, Bertrand and Gwynne. Lord Longford concealed the crimes of Gwynne and the Gang, as did many of his relatives.
Lady Antonia and Swearing Harold were neighbours of High Society Fuckwit Dr Cathy Wilson, Bodger’s friend and colleague at St George’s, who was supposed to be supervising my PhD but made it clear that she wasn’t going to.
Anyone for dinner with Cathy and her pal Salman? Let’s invite Angela Carter too!!
Bedford College pioneered Medical Sociology. Although Meg Stacey did as well; as with Humanising Psychiatry and Making Children’s Wards Less Institutional many people did the same thing. Meanwhile Gwynne and Dafydd rode on and kids in care were beaten, raped and trafficked.
In the late 1960s, George Brown, one of Dafydd’s former colleagues from the Maudsley – George wasn’t a Top Doc, George was a social scientist, so Dafydd et al gave him orders – established an MSc in Medical Sociology at Bedford College, with Margot Jeffreys and, like Meg Stacey, they Invented Medical Sociology. Margot had the piss taken out of her by a lot of sociologists who declared her and George to be lapdogs of the Top Docs.
Hugh Faulkner, 6 Sep 1988
I can’t find out about this GMC interviewee of Meg’s… The interview was conducted while I was working for Vincent Marks at Surrey, amidst John Marks, Tony Francis et al pursuing dodgy deals and Cunning Plans with Ken Clarke. It was in the autumn of 1988 that Jimmy Savile was appointed as General Manager of Broadmoor over an appointments process that took place during an agreeable meal at the Athenaeum. Jimmy’s mate Alan Franey, a senior manager at Leeds General Infirmary, was appointed CEO of Broadmoor by the same process at the same time.
John Fry, member of various GMC committees and Chair of Finance Committee, 12 Mar 1987
John Fry was a Reforming GP who’s Reforms were so profound that Fry is remembered today in the way that Towering Medical Figures are, by lectures, prizes etc named after him. A Book was published in 1960 (the book was so fantastic that it was given a second innings in 2007) about Fry the Reformer.The spiel on Amazon that accompanies this tome:
- No-one championed evidence-based general practice more than John Fry, arguably the world’s most influential GP of his day. John Fry, 1922-1994, made unparalleled contributions to the reformation of British general practice in the second half of the 20th Century. In the 1950s and 1960s he dominated the movement for evidence-based primary care and the operational intelligence of better practice management. He became the most prolific publisher of facts and figures in the history of general practice, and the first systematic surveyor of all the everyday diseases of a single practice, monitoring their natural histories and the effectiveness of treatments. His pioneering, evidence-based approach was fundamental to the transformation of general practice into a specialty and its modern strengths as the bedrock of UK health care. Almost a Legend documents the journey of a young immigrant Polish boy to becoming the best known GP in the world, beginning with Jewish origins and remarkable family heritage. It follows his career from public school, through medical school and into General Practice, including his contributions to the Royal College of GPs, the Royal Society of Medicine, the GMC, WHO and Royal Army Medical Corps.
- “John Fry was a radical, unique and unheralded sceptic anxious to improve the delivery of patient care by questioning existing practice in a nice iconoclastic fashion. Sadly, from the patient’s perspective, only in recent times are many of his sensible ideas being taken up by his conservative profession.”
Alan Maynard, Professor of Health Economics, University of York, UK
- [A number of the Gang at Bangor University had previous in Maynard’s Health Economics Dept at York – Ed]
- “Many of us in the United States and Canada and many other countries consider John Fry a legend because of his seminal contributions to our thinking about the care of patients with common diseases, and his concept of primary care as a functional level of care from where secondary care and long-term support can be mobilised and coordinated. His work contributed directly to the Report of the US Institute of Medicine “A Manpower Policy for Primary Care” published in 1978. Fry never blew his horn, but his ideas travelled widely and influenced thinking about primary care world wide. Few physicians contributed more to medicine in the second half of the 20th century.”
Philip R Lee, Professor of Social Medicine Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco
The Indie published an obituary for John Fry on 3 May 1994, written by Peter Orton:
JOHN FRY was his own man. He devoted his life to medicine and was a master of general practice. He made an immense contribution to the profession in Britain, spanning over 40 years. Starting in practice before the National Health Service began [that beats Uncle Harry, John Fry is on a par with Julian Tudor Spart for being a Top Doc before Nye Created The NHS – Ed], Fry witnessed the transformation of British general practice and documented many of the changes in his writings. He was concerned with the limitations of modern medical advances. Doctors, he said, still only ‘cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always and prevent hopefully’. [Shurely shome mishtake? – Ed]. He had a practical and down-to-earth approach to general practice; he used to say, ‘Common diseases commonly occur, rare diseases rarely happen.’ [Little wonder Fry is Remembered with insights like that – Ed.]
Fry’s first book was The Catarrhal Child (1961). [Catarrh is one of those complaints like rheumatism that doesn’t occur anymore – Ed]. His interest in international health-care comparisons is reflected in Medicine in Three Societies (1969) and Family Medicine: an international perspective (1983). [Published when GP Wood’s gangster friends were moving in on Brown and me – Ed]. More recently, he wrote three books on primary care systems covering 12 countries, with the latest, Primary Health Care in 12 Countries: some comparisons and lessons, due to be published this summer. He was particularly interested in facts relating to the British health-care system and wrote the NHS Data Book (1984) [John Fry will have noticed the terrifying datasets re north Wales – Ed]; ‘British Health Care – the facts’ is due to be published soon. [I must read it – Ed]. Fry summarised the challenges facing those involved in providing and using health-care facilities as the ‘science of the possible with the art of the impossible’. [It’s those Bastard Patients again, demanding, ignorant, unreasonable – Ed]
John Fry was a founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and served on its Council for over 30 years. [Wood reached high office in the Royal College of GPs – Ed]. He was President of the Section of General Practice of the Royal Society of Medicine and was consultant in General Practice to the British Army for many years. [Fry knew senior officers such as Field Marshall Brammall, TA big wig Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor and also Lord Simon Glenarthur as well as about Dafydd’s PTSD scams – Ed]. He served on the General Medical Council for over 20 years [When the most serious complaints about the same Top Docs were ignored – Ed] and was a member of various committees of the Medical Research Council. [Fry holds the purse strings, don’t fall out with him – Ed] He was a consultant to the World Health Organisation for nearly 30 years and a trustee of the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust from 1956. [Private hospital chain that in Somerset in the 1970s was running a prostitution racket and in the 1980s/90s in Chester performed abortions for the Gang, hosted Dafydd’s clinics and invited Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor onto its Board of Trustees – Ed]
John Fry’s first wife, Joan, died in 1989. One of his four grandchildren, Abigail, is a medical student at University College Hospital. [Bodger trained at UCH and Mrs Bodger, Jocelyn Chamberlain, held a Chair there – Ed] His second marriage, to Trudy, extended his family to include, in his stepdaughter Stephanie, a Senior Lecturer in Metabolic Medicine at United Medical and Dental School at Guy’s Hospital.
Now Then. John Fry’s stepdaughter Stephanie Anne Amiel,(born 17 October 1954) is a Top Doctor who specialises in Type 1 diabetes. Since 1995, Amiel has been the R. D. Lawrence Professor of Diabetic Medicine at King’s College London and a Consultant at King’s College Hospital. Bodger and co had close relations with the crowd at King’s College Hospital.
Amiel was born on 17 October 1954 in Farnborough, Kent, England. She was educated at Baston School for Girls, an all-girls independent school in Kent. Amiel studied at Guy’s Hospital School of Medicine, qualifying in 1978.
From 1983 to 1986, Amiel was a research fellow at Yale University. At Yale she undertook research in diabetes under Professors William V. Tamborlane and Robert Stanley Sherwin. Stephanie then returned to England and was a research fellow and honorary senior registrar at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, 1986-89.
1986 saw the clearing of Brave Wendy’s name; many of Brave Wendy’s colleagues at the London Hospital held joint posts at Bart’s, the two hospitals were closely associated. There was a long-standing ring at Bart’s directly linked to the Gang. Bart’s was bombproof because of its status as the Armstrong-Jones hospital; Lord S’s granddad had trained there and Lord S’s dad sat on the governing body.
Zany Python Graham Chapman trained at Bart’s which enabled him to sexually abuse underage boys throughout his adult life with impunity. Gang protector Anthony Clare held the Chair in Psychological Medicine at Bart’s until he was succeeded by Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Linford Rees, who enjoyed showing his students and colleagues pics of his patients in the nude.
Linford’s daughter was 1970s Poldark Siren Angharad Rees, who was married to ‘Dynasty’ star Christopher Cazenove. After they divorced, Angharad remarried David McAlpine, brother of Thatch’s mate/ Tory fundraiser Alastair McAlpine. Who might not have been abusing kids in care in north Wales, but a member of his family who lived near Wrexham probably was…
Linford, Angharad, Christopher, as well as Angharad and Christopher’s son are all dead.
Bodger’s Senior Reg Jonathan Frappell trained at Bart’s and Jonathan’s wife Susan was a Bart’s Angel. By the time that the numerous scandals erupted on Bodger’s watch at St George’s, Jonathan was safely in a consultant’s post in Plymouth and set up a private consultancy advising barristers in medical negligence cases, as did Jonathan’s colleague Malcolm Pearce, AFTER Malcolm was struck off and took the blame for Bodger’s share of a big research fraud. Jonathan has voluntary relinquished his licence to practice since starring on this blog.
Bart’s supplied a good number of Top Docs to the C&A Hospital in Bangor before things in Gwynedd became so bad that no British grads at all opted to work there.
Between 1989 and 1995, Stephanie Amiel was a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Guy’s Hospital working with Uncle Harry and colleagues. Guy’s is in the London Borough of Southwark. Southwark was one of the Boroughs sending a great many kids in care to north Wales children’s homes. Complaints of serious abuse were ignored and yet more children from Southwark were sent. Southwark as within spitting distance of the Maudsley, but many of the kids bound for north Wales will also have been treated by Guy’s Top Docs and referred to north Wales by Guy’s Top Docs.
Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Sir Gerard Vaughan who was a Tory MP for Reading constituencies, 1970-97 and a Top Doc at Guy’s specialising in Child Psychiatry was undoubtedly in the thick of organised abuse/trafficking. Vaughan was born in Mozambique, schooled in East Africa and trained at Guy’s and then the Maudsley. Vaughan was the Top Doc in charge of the Bloomfield Clinic at Guy’s, 1958-79. Vaughan joined the Tory Party in the 1950s and although Vaughan was hard-right politically, he did hold office under Grocer Heath, as PPS to Francis Pym, when Pym was N Ireland Secretary. When Thatch became Tory Leader she immediately appointed Vaughan as Health Spokesman for the Opposition. Vaughan was a man who absolutely did want to ‘privatise the NHS’ and was frank about this. Gerard Vaughan formed and was President of the Conservative Medical Society. He began formulating policies to privatise the NHS when Thatch was in opposition with every expectation that she would put his policies into practice, although of course Vaughan’s Top Doc colleagues stopped that by reminding those in Parliament of just what was being concealed by Vaughan and everyone else.
When Thatch became PM, Gerard Vaughan was appointed Health Minister under DHSS Secretary Patrick Jenkin. Things went well until Jenkin was replaced by Norman Fowler in 1981 and Vaughan clashed so severely with his new boss (although I can find no references to the real reason for the dispute between them) that in 1982 Vaughan was moved to the post of Minister of Consumer Affairs. Official History states that in that post, Vaughan discovered that the Head of the CAB in his constituency was Chairman of CND, Joan Ruddock and so enraged was Vaughan that he announced a drastic cut in the budget of the CAB. The CAB was of course run by the Gang on a UK basis and Lucille Hughes was on the Senior Management Committee. The CAB mobilised and Gerard Vaughan was besieged by ‘Conservative MPs’ furious that the CABs were going to have their funding cut. Vaughan was forced to drop his plans re cutting the CAB budget in a Commons debate in April 1983. It was at that time that the Gang were causing havoc for Brown and I, and Adrian Bell was demanding that I see D.G.E. Wood, yet ignoring the death threats that Brown was receiving.
The Commons row with Gerard Vaughan was undoubtedly Gwynne and Dafydd related – I haven’t yet read the Hansard record of the April 1983 debate but I will asap – and I suspect that his dispute with Norman Fowler was directly related to Mary Wynch and the Gang. Gerard Vaughan was a Freemason and was part of the Gang’s London network; I’m wondering if Vaughan was so close to them that there was concern that he might be named. The spat with Joan Ruddock ended Gerard Vaughan’s Ministerial career.
Joan Ruddock is still alive and a pal of Harriet Harman’s, as discussed in previous posts. So I’d like to say a big thank you to Joan for spending all those years in disguise as the Sexy Lady CND Activist/Leftist MP who wore lipstick and nylons instead of dungarees so as not to frighten too many people, while she left us at the mercy of a load of sex offending gangsters. Thanks Joan!
Gerard Vaughan picked up his K in 1984 as the Gwynne Row went off of the Richter Scale. He died on 29 July 2003, just after I began my PhD, as the Philanderer cleared my name and Mr Bridgy Celeb was awaiting trial for manslaughter. Once again
We should not be surprised at the cause that was closest to Joan’s heart ie. Gwynne and Dafydd. Ruddock was educated at Pontypool Girls Grammar School – Leo Abse Central – and at Imperial College London where she studied Botany and Chemistry. So Joan will have known the old UNCW war horse Prof Wynn Humphry Davies. Joan resigned as Chair of CND in 1985. Joan was elected for Lewisham Deptford in 1987, succeeding John Silkin. Silkin was one of the Labour lawyer Silkins, a sort of London version of the Foots. Big Daddy Lewis Silkin was a Labour MP and Cabinet Minister in Attlee’s Gov’t, so he’ll have known my distant relative by marriage Lord Gnome. Lewis’s son John Silkin was once seen as a Future Labour Leader, although most Labour MPs were, except of course for Jezza. Sam Silkin, John’s brother, served as Attorney-General for England and Wales, as well as N Ireland, 1974-79. Another brother was a Civil Service Mandarin. Readers will get the picture: crooks. See previous posts.
Joan in her heyday, when Robin Day had the hots for her on ‘Question Time’:
Joan you weren’t by any chance a sort of plant were you? Of a C like variety? Did Dafydd find you ‘attractive and seductive’? Joan, next time, rather than bringing down a mad old Tory who doubled up as a trafficking Top Doc, how about bringing down his people trafficking Top Doc mates? They were doing much more damage than Gerard’s politics and they are still with us Joan, at taxpayers’ expense. Now get over to the US and give evidence re Epstein, Weinstein and the rest because you protected those who were behind that crowd, because the Top Docs will be out in force with their Expert Opinions should Harvey be found guilty.
Joan helps girls dearie.
Adults in Southwark weren’t much safer than children. Gwynne and Dafydd’s crazy mate from the Maudsley Jim Birley, who had a psychotic breakdown at work, was taken home and returned to work days later after declaring that a hot bath had Healed Him, as well as running the ring at the Maudsley, established Housing and work schemes for Empowered Service Users. Jim was a mate of David Ennals, Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate who served as Jim Callaghan’s DHSS Secretary. Ennals and his brothers were all big in the Anti-Apartheid Movement and were mates with Peter Hain. David’s brother Martin was for years Secretary-General of Amnesty. David Ennals was involved in the Free Tibet movement and was a personal friend of the Dalai Lama.
Sir Paul Ennals, David’s son, was CEO of the National Children’s Bureau, sits on numerous Safeguarding bodies in the North East of England as well as in Haringey and held a number of Gov’t posts concerned with children and education under New Labour. Sir Paul has also held roles in Wellness/Wellbeing organisations.
Being as mad as a box of frogs never held Jim Birley back. He served as President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and took a leading role in the Royal College’s campaign against the abuse of psychiatry for political reasons by the Soviet Union.
In May 1995, Stephanie Amiel joined King’s College London as the R.D. Lawrence Professor of Diabetic Medicine. She is also a Consultant Physician to the diabetes services at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Amiel specialises in intensive insulin therapy, insulin pumps, and diabetes in pregnancy. Her academic interests include diabetic hypoglycaemia, islet transplantation, and diabetes and mental health. Diabetes can cause serious depression. This has been known for many years yet it is still often not managed properly, despite Uncle Harry and Stephanie’s efforts.
Stephanie is probably very good at managing diabetes but go to north Wales and take a look at what is happening to diabetic patients there… This is the problem with medicine. There are very, very good Top Docs who can do things properly themselves and like Stephanie, become famous. They do not however publicly admit that they have colleagues who are clueless and dangerous. The solution is always the same; the good Docs ensure that their own nearest and dearest don’t end up being referred to the idiots and that the idiots are moved on from their clinics to somewhere else. Hence the accumulation of unemployables in Wales…
Theresa May had Type 1 diabetes. It can kill if not managed properly and that is why Theresa would not cross the BMA.
In 1998, Amiel married the British physician Sir George Alberti. This marriage brought three stepsons.
- Amiel, S. A. (February 2001). “Islet transplantation”. Diabetic Medicine. 18 (2): 77..
Amiel, S. A.; Matyka, K. (2003). “Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes”. In Sperling, Mark A. (ed.). Type 1 diabetes: etiology and treatment. Totowa, N.J.: Humana Press. pp. 321–343..
- Amiel, S. A.; Blott, M. (25 June 2004). “A Randomized Trial Evaluating a Predominantly Fetal Growth-Based Strategy to Guide Management of Gestational Diabetes in Caucasian Women: Response to Schaefer-Graf et al”. Diabetes Care. 27 (7): 1848, author reply 1848–9.
- Mathiesen, E. R.; Kinsley, B.; Amiel, S. A.; Heller, S.; McCance, D.; Duran, S.; Bellaire, S.; Raben, A. (28 March 2007). “Maternal Glycemic Control and Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetic Pregnancy: A randomized trial of insulin as part versus human insulin in 322 pregnant women”. Diabetes Care. 30 (4): 771–776..
- Amiel, S. A.; Dixon, T.; Mann, R.; Jameson, K. (March 2008). “Hypoglycaemia in Type 2 diabetes”. Diabetic Medicine. 25 (3): 245–254. .
- Amiel, S. A.; Cryer, P. E. (26 February 2009). “Attenuated Sympathoadrenal Responses, but Not Severe Hypoglycemia, During Aggressive Glycemic Therapy of Early Type 2 Diabetes”. Diabetes. 58 (3): 515–517.
- Amiel, S. A. (28 July 2009). “Hypoglycemia: From the Laboratory to the Clinic”. Diabetes Care. 32 (8): 1364–1371.
- Amiel, S. A. (April 2014). “A life in balance: wandering the pathways of control”. Diabetic Medicine. 31 (4): 382–392.
- Amiel, Stephanie A; Pursey, Nancy; Higgins, Bernard; Dawoud, Dalia (26 August 2015). “Diagnosis and management of type 1 diabetes in adults: summary of updated NICE guidance”. BMJ. 351: h4188.
- Thabit, Hood; Leelarathna, Lalantha; Wilinska, Malgorzata E.; Elleri, Daniella; Allen, Janet M.; Lubina-Solomon, Alexandra; Walkinshaw, Emma; Stadler, Marietta; Choudhary, Pratik; Mader, Julia K.; Dellweg, Sibylle; Benesch, Carsten; Pieber, Thomas R.; Arnolds, Sabine; Heller, Simon R.; Amiel, Stephanie A.; Dunger, David; Evans, Mark L.; Hovorka, Roman (November 2015). “Accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitoring During Three Closed-Loop Home Studies Under Free-Living Conditions”. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. 17 (11): 801–807.
- Naidu, Vasanth Venkat; Ismail, Khalida; Amiel, Stephanie; Kohli, Reena; Crosby-Nwaobi, Roxanne; Sivaprasad, Sobha; Stewart, Robert; Lewin, Alfred S (15 January 2016). “Associations between Retinal Markers of Microvascular Disease and Cognitive Impairment in Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Case Control Study”. PLOS ONE. 11 (1): e0147160.
- Winkley, Kirsty; Stahl, Daniel; Chamley, Mark; Stopford, Rosanna; Boughdady, Monica; Thomas, Stephen; Amiel, Stephanie A; Forbes, Angus; Ismail, Khalida (January 2016). “Low attendance at structured education for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: General practice characteristics and individual patient factors predict uptake”. Patient Education and Counselling. 99 (1): 101–107.
Stephanie’s colleague Uncle Harry was friends with Julian Tudor Spart, a leftist Top Doc of European aristocratic birth who’s mum was friends with the Cambridge Spy Ring. Tudor Spart and Uncle Harry were both early members of the Socialist Medical Association (later known as the Socialist Health Association). The Abses, Brave Wendy, John Dunwoody, Santo Jeger , Edith and Shirley Summerskill – as well as many more – were leading lights in the SHA. The SHA prided itself on being one of the forces that supported Nye In Creating The NHS. All of the aforementioned SHA members were facilitating organised abuse directly linked to Gwynne and Dafydd.
Julian Tudor Spart as a young man worked in the East End a la Uncle Harry, Brave Wendy et al. He then moved to south Wales and spent the rest of his life there as a GP. Tudor Spart lived well into his 90s, dying after I began this blog. He protected Gwynne and Dafydd, as well as George Thomas. Tudor Spart shared his GP practice with Dr Brian Gibbons, Welsh Gov’t Health Minister, 2005-07, who flatly refused to respond to my complaints re serious crime in the NHS in north Wales. After I sent Gibbons documentary evidence, he responded with a letter telling me that this correspondence is over.
Gibbons was the Welsh Gov’t Health Minister. He was given evidence of forgery, perjury, conspiracy, unlawful refusal to treat patients, assault… His solution was to refuse to correspond further. Surely that constitutes conspiracy in itself? Why wasn’t Gibbons arrested?
Stephanie’s husband Top Doctor Sir Kurt George Matthew Mayer Alberti,(born 27 September 1937) has a long-standing special interest is diabetes mellitus, in connection with which he has published many research papers and served on many national and international committees. In the 1970s, Alberti published recommendations for the management of diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious metabolic emergency which affects people suffering from severe insulin deficiency. This ‘Alberti regime’ rationalised the use of insulin and fluid therapy in this condition to the undoubted benefit of many patients.
Previous posts have discussed Peter Jackson, a student who shared our house at Llandegfan with us when we were students and how Pete’s diabetes was so badly managed by D.G.E. Wood that he experienced constant hypos and ketoacidosis, causing him to become unconscious when out birding. He was saved by the general public. UNCW knew how ill Pete was and how negligent his care was. There was a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Plant Biology who suffered from diabetes mellitus who was not cared for properly himself by the Top Docs and used to collapse at work. They really were crap and no-one dared say a word.
Pete later lied about me and the friends who supported me to the Gang in return for a plum job with the RSPB and, I am told, doctored a tape recording that he had covertly made of Anne and I messing about one evening, or Pete just handed the recording over and someone else doctored it… Pete was further persuaded to co-operate with the Gang after he was reminded that he had a potentially life-threatening illness and Fings Break…
As for the doctored tape recording, surely even if Pete hadn’t have doctored it, what was any Top Doc or academic approached by a student armed with covertly recorded tape of two other students at home, messing around and joking, doing accepting the tape and listening to it??? It’s totally bizarre, if a student had ever turned up at my office when I worked at Bangor University with such material, there’s no way that I would have entertained them and listened to the recording, it’s ludicrous.
But this lot sexually assaulted children. They had no understanding at all of acceptable behaviour. Furthermore, this ‘evidence’ of the tape recording was used by the security services and lawyers against me. Pete Jackson was not the biggest problem, just what were these people doing?
George Alberti served as National Clinical Director for Emergency Access from September 2002 to March 2009. He has been Professor and Dean of Medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and President of the Royal College of Physicians.
Alberti drove controversial changes to emergency care in the UK, leading to some hospitals losing their status as emergency care centres.
Alberti first married in 1964 and had three sons with his first wife. In 1998, during the Waterhouse Inquiry, he married the Great Reformer’s Stepdaughter Stephanie Amiel.
- Balliol College, Oxford (MA; DPhil 1964; BM BCh 1965; Honorary Fellow 1999)
- Research Fellow, Harvard University, 1966–69
- Research Officer, Department of Medicine, Oxford University, 1969–73
- Professor of Chemical Pathology and Human Metabolism, University of Southampton, 1973–78
- Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine, University of Newcastle, 1978–85
- Professor of Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1985–2002 (Dean of Medicine, 1995–97)
- Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Imperial College London, 1999-2002
- National Clinical Director for Emergency Access, 2002-2009
- Chair of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 2011-2015
- Senior Research Investigator, Imperial College, London, 2002-
- Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (President, 1997–2002)
- Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
- Fellow of King’s College London
- Member, World Health Organization
- Expert Advisory Panel on Diabetes, 1979–
- President, International Diabetes Federation, 2000-03 (Vice-President, 1988–94)
- Vice-Chairman, British Diabetic Association, 1996–99
- Vice President, Diabetes UK, 2000–
- Founder FMedSci 1998 (Member of Council, 1998–2002)
- Knight Bachelor for Services to Diabetic Medicine in the New Year Honours 2000
- Member of the Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering
Abigail Fry graduated in 1997 and is a GP at Mile Oak Medical Centre, Brighton. Abigail is now a GP trainer. With Abigail’s granddad doing all that reforming, one wonders why General Practice is in such a mess. Although GPs are now one of the most highly paid cohorts of people employed by the state. They do better than their Masters in Whitehall and Westminster.
Sir David Innes Williams, 17 Oct 1988David Innes Williams was a paediatric urologist, born in London on 12 June 1919 and educated at Sherborne School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Williams served in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1945 until 1948, during which time he was appointed Surgical Specialist. After leaving the Army, Williams became a resident at St Peter’s Hospital for Stone, a London hospital for the treatment of bladder stones and other urological complaints. Williams claimed, in 1948, to have performed a pioneering life-saving operation on a child suffering from urinary retention. Not only was the story of heroism full of holes as usual, but Williams didn’t fess up to the other kids in the care of he and his colleagues who had died from the same condition because none of them knew how to treat it. The story is that after this event, Williams became to be regarded as the founder of paediatric urology as a result of Williams and his colleagues Twistington Higgins – a general surgeon interested in urology – and DF Ellison Nash co-authoring The Urology of Childhood (1951) when Williams realised the paucity of expertise in the field.
Over the next few decades, Williams cultivated colleagues and thus built up a small circle of surgeons interested in paediatric urology. That was how David Innes Williams came to know Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Dr Christine Evans… In 1952 Williams was appointed as Senior Genito-urinary Surgeon at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and he founded the Society for Paediatric Urologists in 1963, an organization that today has members around the world. Williams remained at GOSH until 1978.
- The really great thing about doing what David Innes Williams did ie. founding your own speciality, writing the definitive texts and training your own small circle of colleagues, is that malpractice and cock-ups can be completely concealed and even if there is great concern about what you are doing, no-one at all will be accepted as being in a position to critically review your activities because you are the experts in the field, indeed the only people in the field… The fact that Dr Chris was part of David Innes Williams’s hallowed circle itself demonstrates that they were a very worrying bunch. They were operating on the genital tracts of children, it does not fill one with confidence.
- Never mind, they were mates with Gwynne and Dafydd and in 1985 David Innes Williams bagged his K. More goodies followed. Williams served as PVC of the University of London (1985–87), Chairman of Council, Imperial Cancer Research Fund (1982–91), President of the BMA (1988–89), and President of the Royal Society of Medicine (1990–92).
- Just mention my name.
- David Innes Williams was relatively obscure until I complained about Gwynne to the GMC and Mary Wynch’s case received media coverage … Williams was PVC of London University when I was doing my MSc at Hammersmith, Chairman of the ICRF when I was working for Vincent Marks as a CRC funded researcher and the Gang’s mates carried out the huge research fraud with CRC and ICRF funding… Williams was President of the BMA at the same time! Vincent’s brother John was Chairman of the BMA and the BMA were giving Tony Francis advice on the problem that was me… Williams was President of the Royal Society of Medicine when the Gang were bringing all those High Court cases against me and when they orchestrated Thatch’s downfall.
Meg interviewed David Innes Williams in Oct 1988, just as the Gang had begun the big CRC/ICRF research fraud… Were Meg still alive I could send her a few of my documents dated during the latter months of 1988 and ask for her comments… In fact Meg might have seen them, they were being CC’d to William Mars-Jones’s relatives and Tony Francis was sending them to the Windbag’s office.
David Innes Williams married Eileen, a theatre sister from UCH, Bodger’s institution of Training and Qualification and they had children…
See previous posts for full details of David Innes Williams and his questionable activities.
- Donald Irvine has featured in previous posts. Irvine was President of the GMC, 1995-2002; throughout the Waterhouse Inquiry and when complaints of mine to the GMC were ignored, although there was an attempt to fit me up for threats to kill by those about whom I complained. The forged document found in the possession of the GMC purporting to be a letter to the GMC from me was dated 2002. It was based on my 2002 letter of complaint to the GMC but it had been doctored (to use a phrase).
Irvine was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of a GP. Irvine’s father was involved in the formation of the Royal College of GPs in 1952. Irvine’s sister also became a Top Doc. They were brought up in Northumberland. Irvine qualified as a Top Doc at Durham in 1958 and spent some time working with his father. Irvine then established the first multidisciplinary teaching practice in the UK and thereafter followed a career with various committees including as Regional Adviser in General Practice, the Joint Committee on Postgraduate General Practice Training, Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners and later the GMC Committee on Professional Standards and Ethics.
In the 1970s, Irvine was a member of the Merrison Committee of Inquiry into the Regulation of the Medical Profession, Chaired by Sir Alec Merrison, the nuclear physicist who was networked into Gwynne and Dafydd whom Barbara Castle and Dr Death pretended would be able to make the Top Docs behave themselves re private practice within the NHS. They both knew that nothing would change, that by the time Merrison reported Labour would no longer be in power and everything would be Thatch’s problem.
In 1979, Irvine received an OBE, in 1987 a CBE and in 1994 he was Knighted.
Irvine was a scumbag who wielded power at the Royal College of GPs when D.G.E. Wood rose and rose through that organisation. Irvine was challenged by the scumbags whom he had protected because of the row over revalidation of Docs every five years that Irvine agreed to introduce after a series of big scandals while he was President of the GMC. In 1999 Irvine’s GMC Presidency was unsuccessfully challenged by Brave Wendy. The inter-Top Doc scrapping continued and Irvine stepped down as President ten months early. Nothing improved at the GMC. Revalidation was introduced in 2012 but because of a campaign of effectively non-co-operation, dangerous doctors are still carrying on in their own sweet way, which is why Wood, Tony Roberts, Dafydd and so many more are still practising.
Irvine became internationally known following his work with the Picker Institute. He was their Patron and Chair of the Board of Trustees, 2001-13. In 2017 Irvine was awarded the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) healthcare quality and safety award.
Irvine died in Nov 2018.
Sir Norman and his network are sufficiently interesting to be discussed in detail later on in this post.
[Pat] “Nairne 28/1/85” 28 Jan 1985
Sir Patrick Dalmahoy Nairne, one of the corrupt Civil Service Mandarins who did everything possible to ensure that Gwynne, Dafydd etc were undisturbed and facilitated serious crime at Gov’t level, is discussed in previous posts eg. ‘The Naked Civil Servants’. Nairne’s career started in the Admiralty and he ended up as Permanent Secretary of the DHSS and Master of St Catherine’s College, Oxford (1981–88). See ‘A Study In Tyranny’ for info on St Catherine’s College, Oxford, a recruiting ground for the British security services which was how they ended up with Mandelson. Nairne was Chancellor of the University of Essex, 1982-97. Nairne was an alumni and an Honorary Fellow of University College, Oxford; Wyn Roberts was an alumni of University College, Oxford. Nairne was the first Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 1991-1996.
Patrick Nairne and his family were big in the Arts and High Culture. Nairne’s children were: Kathy Nairne, clinical psychologist; Fiona Greenwood, calligrapher; Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery; Andrew Nairne, Director of Kettle’s Yard Cambridge; James Nairne, Head of Art at Cranleigh School; and Margaret Townsend, jewellery maker.
Michael O’Donnell, editor of ‘World Medicine’, 28 Nov 1988
Michael O’Donnell was the twat of a Top Doc who was a regular on Radio 4 light entertainment programmes. O’Donnell was a very toxic man. He was the son of a Yorkshire Top Doc and as a Nice Young Doctor O’Donnell made a name for himself by organising the infamous junior docs strike in the 1970s that gave senior politicians such a fright that no-one risked another one. O’Donnell was forever constructed as a witty doc who defended the oppressed. While mouthing off about injustice, inequality and the unreasonable old farts at the GMC, O’Donnell bagged himself a seat on the GMC and leapt to the defence of both Ann Dally – O’Donnell organised a UK tour of public televised events in defence of Dally – and Brave Wendy, when their criminality had caused a spat. Because of his excellent media links, anyone who took on O’Donnell found themselves up against an enormous media campaign as well as O’Donnell’s Brave Fight for whichever criminal Top Doc was at risk. O’Donnell could have been put out of action overnight if someone had exposed Savile but that was never going to happen. See previous posts.
Lord Richardson (earlier Sir John Richardson), GMC President, 1973-1980, 13 Oct 1988
John Richardson stars in earlier posts. President of the GMC as Gwynne and Dafydd’s business expanded rapidly and when Mary Wynch was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned. The ultimate Criminal Top Doc’s Criminal Top Doc as it were. Here’s Richardson’s Munk’s Roll tribute:
John Richardson, known to colleagues and students at St Thomas’ Hospital as ‘JSR’, was Harold Macmillan’s trusted doctor for over 40 years and a distinguished leader of some of the medical profession’s most influential bodies. He was born in Sheffield, the elder son of John Watson Richardson, a solicitor who was killed in 1917 and Elizabeth Blakeney Roberts, daughter of a well-known family connected with the steel industry. After Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge (of which he was made an honorary fellow in 1979), he did his clinical training at St Thomas’, where he won the Bristowe medal and Hadden prize, before qualifying in 1936 and being awarded a Perkins fellowship. He had always intended to specialise in internal medicine, but his career was interrupted by being called up into the Royal Army Medical Corps in August 1939. He saw service at Dunkirk and was later posted to North Africa as a lieutenant colonel medical specialist, where he looked after George VI on a visit to the troops in 1942. It was here that he met Harold Macmillan who was travelling with the royal party: “the greatest good fortune of my life”.
After the war, JSR returned to Thomas’ and, apart from an initial year off with pulmonary tuberculosis, spent 28 years there as a consultant physician. He was one of the last of the general physician/teachers. Because of his dignified appearance his first students christened him ‘Sir John’. Although he was not particularly interested in research, he wrote a book on rheumatic diseases and edited the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice (London, Butterworth & Co). He was consultant to hospitals in Watford and Wembley, to King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, to the Metropolitan Police, who as a result regarded Thomas’ as ‘their’ hospital, to the Army and to London Transport Board. He had an extensive private practice, conducted from Devonshire Place.
Harold Macmillan first consulted Richardson in the early 1950s and came increasingly to rely on him for medical advice. The two soon developed a close friendship, due no doubt to their similar patrician and political temperaments. JSR accompanied the Prime Minister on many of his trips abroad and was always at hand in case of an emergency. He was on holiday in the Lake District when Macmillan had an attack of urinary retention and was seen by other specialists who advised operation. It was said that talk of possible cancer persuaded Macmillan to resign as Prime Minister, though it may have been an excuse for him to relinquish an increasingly stressful job. JSR sped back to London and suggested that a short period of recuperation was all that was necessary, but the Prime Minister was not to be dissuaded. JSR, having been knighted in 1960, was made a baronet in the resignation honours.
The other side of Richardson’s character was his extraordinary skill as a negotiator: he combined an apparently conservative outlook with a quiet, behind-the-scenes, radical approach which inevitably led to accusations of devious behaviour. A good example of the way he operated was his presidency of the General Medical Council from 1973 to 1980. He arrived at a time when the government had succumbed to calls for a public enquiry. He began to get rid of many current practices that he considered outmoded and to give the council a more human face, without members always appreciating how radical he was being. The result was that almost all the reforms recommended in the Medical Act 1979 had already been anticipated. He admitted that he had thoroughly enjoyed the job, especially dealing with ministers. He was rewarded with a peerage.
Another task that he achieved successfully was as chairman of the influential Joint Consultants Committee (from 1967 to 1972), set up to bring about much needed modernisation of the medical hierarchy within hospitals. He was president of the Royal Society of Medicine (from 1969 to 1971), president of the British Medical Association (from 1970 to 1971) and recipient of its gold medal, and master of the Society of Apothecaries (from 1971 to 1972). He was involved with committees on medical education, nursing and pharmaceuticals, and was behind the controversial decision to set up the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board to test doctors whose first language was not English wanting to practice in Britain. He was an examiner for a number of universities and medical colleges, and the recipient of at least 15 honorary fellowships and degrees. His one disappointment was that he failed to be elected President of the College, for which he was runner up on at least two hard fought occasions. There were, it was said, of suspicions among some Fellows of his motives. He derived some satisfaction, however, from being invited to give the College’s Harveian Oration, in which he emphasised William Harvey’s exhortation to Fellows to keep their house in order.
JSR was a tall, distinguished, reserved and rather forbidding figure. Beneath this exterior was a man of considerable charm and compassion who endeared himself particularly to patients and students. He had a formidable mind, with a quick grasp of essentials, and the ability to come up with solutions ahead of colleagues, which did not always endear him to them.
He married, when still a medical student, Sybil Trist, an art student who trained at the Slade and the Royal Academy. She became a fashionable portrait painter, and a portrait of Richardson by her hangs in the council chamber of the General Medical Council. They had two daughters, Anne and Clare, and she predeceased him in 1991. During his long retirement, which he spent in north Devon, he was active in the Lords on medical matters. He died of old age at Braunton aged 94.
They don’t have Caring Hands, they’re criminals. Here’s JR’s mugshot:
‘Ooh those eyes are so cold, ooh they looked straight through me, ooh when I first met him I knew that this wouldn’t end well…’ Lord John did you say?? George VI’s and Supermac’s doc? Oh I am SO sorry, perhaps I misjudged… What I REALLY saw was compassionate clinical detachment with the best interests of the patient at heart…
Jean Robinson, 26 August 1988
Jean Robinson was a lay member of the GMC who commented extensively on the case of Ma’am Darling and Lord Snowdon’s dealer, Ann Dally. See ‘Compare And Contrast – The Case of Two Doctors And the GMC’. I ask readers to bear in mind that I wrote that post before I dug into the background of the Cases Against Ann Dally and Brave Wendy. See ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’ for an account of the Dally case after I’d done a bit of digging… Jean Robinson was highly critical of Dally but the GMC still haven’t managed to take action against the Gang and Jean does know about them.
Bewley was born in 1958 in Dublin, Ireland. Her father Thomas, was a psychiatrist. Her mother, Beulah Bewley, daughter of banker John Knox and the affluent heiress Ina Charles, became a dame for her work on women in medicine. Bewley is the eldest and only doctor of five siblings, having three sisters and one brother. As a child, Bewley regularly visited her relatives in then troubled Northern Ireland. Her recollections include a story about how her cousins taught her to sound less English whilst in Ireland. Bewley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford in 1979, and qualified as doctor at Middlesex Hospital in 1982. She self financed a master’s degree in medical law and ethics, where she also became interested in domestic violence. Inspired by her parents and the late obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain, Bewley specialises in complicated births and severe maternal morbidity. Her principal research centres on severe maternal diseases and violence in pregnancy. She was the first woman accomplished in Maternal-Foetal Medicine in the UK and has edited numerous books. She has played a key role in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence Fertility Guideline Development Group and the Intrapartum Guideline Development Group. She has criticized homeopathy and highlighted distortions in previous breast cancer screening leaflets.
Jean Scott and Beulah Bewley, Feb 1987Dame Beulah Bewley was part of Gwynne and Dafydd’s circle, as was her husband Thomas Bewley CBE. Thomas was a Tommy’s Top Doc, a Great Man of Psychiatry who was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1984-87. Thomas was President in time to help Gwynne when I complained and hung around until after I had been unlawfully imprisoned and another Cunning Plan hatched. Thomas Bewley is such an embarrassment that nearly all info about him has disappeared from wiki and although he receives a brief mention on Beulah’s wiki, there’s no link to his activities. It’s all about Beulah now! Beulah was a Nice Lady Doctor who became a paediatrician a la Ollie, Peter Tizard etc. Londonderry-born Beulah, the daughter of a wealthy banker, qualified at University College Dublin and was one of the many Nice Lady Doctors who were Accessories To Male Sex Offenders who Fought Sexism In Medicine, Beulah serving as President of the Woman’s Medical Federation.Beulah became a Dame in the New Years Honours of 2000, the month before the publication of the Waterhouse Report, ‘for services to public health, and in recognition of her leading role in promoting equal opportunities for women’. Beulah helped girls dearie…
- Thomas and Beulah had five children and the one who receives all the PR is Susan Bewley who like her mum became a Nice Lady Doctor. The opportunity for publications re My Mother The Top Doctor/My Daughter The Top Doctor/The Incredible Story Of A Mother And Daughter Who Are Both Top Doctors was not missed. Don’t mention Thomas, he’s male and the endless shite about Caring isn’t as effective in the face of that sodding blog that has appeared. Is Susan Bewley a Psychiatrist? Is she a Paediatrician? No, Susan joined Bodger and the crew and took up obs and gynae! If I was Susan I’d edit my wiki entry and quickly. Here it is in full for the entertainment of readers:
- Susan Jane Bewley (born July 1958) is a British consultant obstetrician and Emeritus Professor of Obstetric and Women’s Health at King’s College London. Born in Ireland and qualified from London, she specialises in complicated births and severe maternal morbidity. Her main research areas have been on severe maternal diseases and violence in pregnancy, with other work in fertility and intrapartum guidance with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). In addition, she has been involved with several charities.
- In addition, Bewley works for various charities including Healthwatch UK (for treatments that work), Sophia Forum (the UK branch of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS), and Maternity Action (which works to end inequality and promote the health and wellbeing of pregnant women).
- In 2005, Bewley and fertility expert Melanie Davies published “Which Career First? The most secure age for childbearing remains 20-35” in the British Medical Journal. Debating the reasons for having children at an older age, in what way this worsens outcomes and how assisted conception has contributed, it triggered a discussion on childbearing in older women.It was at the request of her ill mother, Dame Beulah Bewley, that Bewley helped her complete and edit My Life As A Woman and Doctor, memoirs of Beulah Bewley.
- Oh do fuck off Susan, your cover has been well and truly blown no matter how much you bang on about being a Woman. Susan has a heavy presence online and is closely associated with the usual suspects/guilty parties. Susan will be giving us her thoughts on Triggering and Trafficking next. The one thing that she won’t be doing is shutting her mouth or indeed opening it to explain why she was Inspired by a gang of sex offenders.
- Susan helps girls dearie…
Stanley Simmons, Feb 1987
Rev Frank Smith, 4 Mar 1989
Peter Towers and Alan Howse; “lunch with [David] Bolt” and “notes on the view from the public gallery”, 19 Mar 1987
Chief Medical Officer [Sir Donald Acheson] and Peter Towers, 26 May 1987
Bill Trethowan was interviewed by Meg the day before the June 1987 General Election, the General Election that the Windbag was convinced that he’d win but as a result of the Top Docs and their major panic re Ollie’s imprisonment and the forces that were needed to get him out of jail on appeal in May 1986 and the desperation to silence my friends and I, the BMA and others lobbied behind the scenes and an awful lot of people with a vested interest in the Westminster Paedophile Ring voted Tory but didn’t admit it. Tony Francis was busy leaking forged and other documents to the Windbag et al but was also maxing out on Tom King’s direct access to people who knew me. Throughout it all, the Gang were convinced that I’d be in prison within three weeks after the General Election anyway as a result of their Cunning Plan.
Meg’s notes of her interview with Bill Trethowan indicates that she already knew him. She talks about Bill looking so much older and tired than when they last met and Bill telling her that he wasn’t really involved directly in anything medical any longer. If that was true, Trethowan might have been very wise to withdraw from the arena in the face of Ollie’s conviction and imprisonment, yet another police investigation into Madam Cyn’s brothel at Ambleside Avenue, Streatham – it was the networking hub for the VIP ring run by the St George’s Top Docs and their business partners – and me refusing to back down, because Trethowan had been central to the Westminster Paedophile Ring for years.
Bill Trethowan had been the Chair of the GMC fitness to practice panel who in the mid 1970s had allowed paedophile child psychiatrist Dr Morris Fraser to continue practising after he’d been convicted of sexually assaulting a child. Paddy Mayhew was the MDU barrister who defended Fraser at the hearing. Fraser was a Belfast-based Top Doc who was facilitating the Kincora Boys Home ring. Fraser later relocated to the mainland to work at UCH/UCL and Springfield Hospital. In later life he ran a sailing charity providing trips for children/adolescents…
Bill Trethowan’s family wielded great influence at Guy’s. His father was an orthopaedic surgeon at Guy’s and when Bill began reading medicine at Guy’s, his mum enrolled on the course with him, because she thought that it would be Jolly Good Fun to study medicine along with her son. As a Top Doc, Trethowan became a psychiatrist, one of the most influential in the UK, sat on all the usual committees, advised all the usual people and a good deal more. Trethowan was the Prof of Psychiatry at Birmingham for a long while, then jetted off to take up international posts and Chairs. See previous posts.
Trethowan exerted influence at Guy’s, in surgery – that dad of his counted for a lot – in psychiatry and in medicine per se, both in the UK and overseas. He knew that Fraser was a child molester and one who was facilitating a VIP ring in N Ireland, linked to Anthony Blunt and it is now alleged Lord Mountbatten, Enoch Powell and Robert Grosvenor, the 5th Duke of Westminster. So who better than to have on the GMC and Chairing fitness to practice committees than Trethowan, who could be relied upon to ensure that Morris Fraser remained in business? Because of the Troubles in N Ireland, the ring at Kincora was associated with even more brutality, violence and deaths than the rings with which it was on business on the mainland were. It now seems as though a considerable proportion of the violence in N Ireland was as a result of Kincora and all that went with it.
See previous posts for gen on Bill Trethowan. Whom Meg knew before June 1987.
Sir John Walton (later Lord Walton), GMC President, 1982-1989, 16 Jun 1987
I don’t even need to comment, Meg could never have conducted her Research without the insights of Gwynne’s Big Mate. Meg interviewed the Bastard of Newcastle upon Tyne the week after Thatch was safely back in No 10.
Now for Meg’s interviewee, Sir Norman Lindop. Obituary: Sir Norman Lindop FRSC (1921-2014) , from Queen Mary University of London website:
We were saddened to learn of the death of alumnus and former member of staff, Sir Norman Lindop, who passed away on 24 January 2014, aged 92.
Sir Norman Lindop maintained a keen interest in Queen Mary throughout his life. Having graduated with a BSc in Chemistry in 1942, he stood as President of the Students’ Union from 1942-3. Sir Norman became a Lecturer in Chemistry at the university in 1946, after which he enjoyed a varied career in academia and the civil service. He was Director of Hatfield Polytechnic from 1969-82 and Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council from 1997-99. Sir Norman was knighted in 1973 for services to education and was made an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary in 1976. He was Chairman of Council of Westfield College from 1983-89.
Hatfield Poly – Herts – Shirl – Lord Balniel – bingleys -Frank Beck – Hertfordshire – one of the Dirs of SS was involved in a big child abuse scandal – which one??
Westfield College was a small college in Hampstead, London and was a constituent college of the University of London from 1882 to 1989. The college originally admitted only women as students and became coeducational in 1964. In 1989, Westfield College merged with Queen Mary College. The merged institution was named Queen Mary and Westfield College until 2013, when the name was legally changed to Queen Mary University of London.
Westfield College was founded in 1882 by Constance Louise Maynard (1849–1935) and Ann Dudin Brown. Dudin Brown had intended to found a missionary school but she had been persuaded otherwise by Maynard and Mary Petrie. They worked with the Metcalfe sisters. Dudin Brown was the founding benefactress and Westfield College Council member from 1882 to 1917. Until the mid-1980s residences at Westfield College were still gender segregated.
In the mid-to-late 1980s, the University of London underwent considerable reorganisation, and many smaller colleges were merged. Consequently, Westfield was merged with Queen Mary College in 1989, forming Queen Mary and Westfield College. Most student accommodation, administrative offices and several academic depts continued to be based at the Hampstead campus until 1992 and Westfield College retained its separate identity. The new, combined, College was finally located at Queen Mary’s site in Mile End, East London from 1992 onwards. Some depts moved to King’s College London and many academic staff moved to other colleges, such as Royal Holloway College.
The Principals of Westfield College re all fascinating, but I only have the capacity here to blog about the most salient. Here’s the full list:
- Constance Maynard, 1882–1913
- Agnes de Selincourt, 1913–1917
- Anne Wakefield Richardson, 1917–1919
- Bertha Phillpotts 1919–1921
- Eleanor Constance Lodge, 1921–1929
- Dorothy Chapman, 1929–1939
- Mary Stocks, 1939–1951
- Kathleen Chesney, 1951–1962
- Pamela Matthews, 1962–1965
- Bryan Thwaites, 1965–1984
- John E. Varey, 1984–1989
Constance Louisa Maynard (9 February 1849-26 March 1935) was the first Principal of Westfield College (1882–1913) and a pioneer of women’s education. Constance was the first woman to read Moral Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Constance was born in Highbury, Middlesex, one of four daughters and two sons of Henry Maynard, a South African merchant and his wife Louisa. She grew up in Hawkhurst, Kent. Her brothers attended boarding school, while she and her sisters were educated at home by governesses, except for one year at Belstead School, Suffolk. When their education was considered complete, Constance and her sisters cared for her invalid mother and did charitable work. In 1872 at the age of 23, Constance Maynard enrolled at Hitchin College for women which was affiliated with the University of Cambridge; it became Girton College in 1873. After leaving Girton, due to a temporary crisis in the family business, Constance Maynard was allowed to accept an invitation from Assistant Mistress Frances Dove to join the staff of Cheltenham Ladies’ College. In 1877 she left with her colleague and friend Louisa Lumsden to establish St Leonard’s School, at St Andrews, where Lumsden was Head. In 1880 Constance moved to London with her brother and studied part-time at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Whilst studying at the Slade, Constance became involved with a group of individuals including Major Charles Hamilton Malan, Ann Dudin Brown and Caroline Cavendish, with the shared aim of establishing a ladies’ college. Constance was an integral part of forming the plans for her ideal college – to prepare ladies for the London degree, based on Christian principles. In May 1882, Constance was offered the position of Mistress (a title borrowed from Girton). The rapid progress was possible because the Petrie family had introduced Ann Dudin Brown who funded the college’s foundation. In October 1882 Westfield College opened in two private houses in Hampstead.
Constance remained Mistress of Westfield for 33 years, retiring in 1913. She had taught around 500 students, and many worked in schools, colleges and for missionary organisations. Constance kept in close contact with her old students and maintained strong relationships with them.
In 1888 Constance Maynard adopted a child through a friend in the Salvation Army. At the time of her adoption Stephanë Anthon, known as Effie, was eight years old, and the relationship between Constance and Effie was a ‘difficult one’. Whilst Constance continued to support Effie until her death in 1915, from TB, ‘it is detailed in her diaries as a period of disappointment.’ Which makes one feel rather more sympathetic towards Effie than the Disappointed Constance. Effie was only 15 when she pegged out, she’d barely had time to be a Disappointment.
Religious movements such as the Salvation Army figured prominently in the life of Constance. She was elected as old students’ representative to the governing body of Girton College and served from 1897 to about 1905 on the Council of the Church Schools’ Society. Constance Maynard died at her home in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, on 26 March 1935.
Constance being Hampstead-based, a philosophy graduate from Cambridge and having studied at the Slade suggests that she knew Bertrand Russell and Sir Clough’s cohort; she was a little older than them but she couldn’t have escaped them with her biography.
Constance’s co-founder of Westfield College, Ann Dudin Brown (1822–1917) funded the establishment of Westfield College. Ann’s father was a wharfinger on the River Thames and a generous benefactor. Ann was an evangelical Anglican; she never married and lived in London hotels. Brown devoted her life to Anglicanism and good works. When she was in her late 50s, Ann heard of the American women who were being trained as missionaries in a college started by Mary Lyon. Ann decided to copy that initiative when she was introduced by the Petrie family to a Constance Maynard and her group who persuaded her to fund a new women’s college in London instead. The college which had no name had two members of staff and five students, Maynard being one of those staff.
Dudin Brown was a frequent visitor to Westfield and she continued to make substantial contributions including funds for a permanent building, Kiddemore House, in 1890. She would fund students who had financial difficulties as well as St Luke’s which was the nearest church. Ann was pleased that the College created missionaries; Westfield College only allowed Anglican students and residency was a requirement.
Ann Dudin Brown died in the Norfolk Hotel in South Kensington in 1917 where she had lived at the end of her life.
Martin Petrie (1823–1892) was an English army officer, who, with his wife and his daughter Mary Petrie were involved in the foundation of Westfield College. His other daughter Irene Petrie died as a missionary in Kashmir.
Martin was born at King’s Langley, Hertfordshire, the son of Commissary-General William Petrie. Martin was brought up in Portugal and the Cape of Good Hope. As a young man he was mainly in France, Italy, and Germany. Petrie entered the Army as an ensign in the Royal Newfoundland Corps, and served for 11 years in North America. In May 1856 Petrie joined the Royal Staff College, and he was subsequently attached to the topographical department of the War Office and then for 18 years (1864–1882) Petrie was an examiner in military administration at the Staff College and latterly at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. In 1882, Petrie withdrew from the service. Petrie read papers on military matters at the Royal United Service Institution, of which he was a member; and as a Freemason he was master of the St. John’s, Newfoundland, Lodge, and a member of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge in London. Petrie was active in philanthropic and religious work, and was a Trustee of the Princess Mary Village Homes.
The Petrie family introduced Ann Dudin Brown to the steering group that founded Westfield College and she funded the colleges creation.
Martin Petrie’s daughter Irene Petrie wanted to be a missionary but Martin forbade it. The year after Martin’s death, Irene set out the following year for Kashmir. Irene Petrie died as a missionary in 1897.
Martin Petrie married Eleanora Grant, the granddaughter of Sir William Dunbar, 3rd Baronet of Durn. They had two daughters: Mary Louisa Georgina Petrie, the elder married Professor Charles Ashley Carus-Wilson of McGill University; and Irene Eleonora Verita Petrie was a missionary for the Church Missionary Society in Kashmir. Eleanora Carus-Wilson (1897–1977), the Canadian-British economic historian, was the daughter of the Carus-Wilsons.
Kashmir has strong links to Welsh missionaries.
Agnes de Selincourt (1872–1917) was a Christian missionary in India, responsible for the founding of missions, becoming the first Principal of Lady Muir Memorial College, Allahabad, India and then Principal of Westfield College, from 1913 until her death in 1917.
Agnes was born on 4 September 1872 in Streatham, London, the sister of Ernest de Sélincourt, (1870–1943), literary scholar and critic. Ernest is best known as an editor of William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth. Ernest was an Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1928 to 1933 and a Fellow of University College, Oxford. Ernest subsequently became a Professor of English at Birmingham. Early in his career Ernest taught in the Ladies’ Department of King’s College London, where his students included Virginia Woolf
Ernest de Sélincourt went to France in March 1917 as a Professor with the YMCA and this service is duly recorded in the First World War medal rolls. He married Ethel Shawcross in 1896 in the Battle, Sussex, registration District. At the time of the 1911 census they had four children. Ethel died in Oxford in 1931.
Agnes was educated at Notting Hill High School and attended Girton College, Cambridge, 1891-94. From 1895-96, Agnes studied at Somerville College, Oxford and then spent time teaching at Sheffield High School.
Women’s education with a Christian mission was central to Agnes’s life. Whilst still at university, in 1893, de Selincourt and her friend Clara Ruth Rouse were instrumental in bringing several independent organizations in British women’s colleges into affiliation with the British College Christian Union. In 1894 Agnes and Clara outlined a plan for a Missionary Settlement for University Women where women from English universities would set up a hostel in India and do medical, educational, and evangelistic work.
In 1896, Agnes helped found this Missionary Settlement for University Women in Bombay, India, setting into practice the strategy of befriending the Indian women so that the teachings were heard. In 1900 Agnes accompanied Mary Fraser on a walking tour of the Kula Valley. In 1901, Agnes became the first Principal of Lady Muir Memorial College, Allahabad, India and remained there until 1909.
On her return to England Agnes worked for the Student Christian Movement. In 1911 she was part of the Executive Committee Chairing the second mission conference on Islam, in Lucknow, where she called on female missionaries to reach out to upper-class Muslim women, rather than taking the easy option of contact with the poorer classes. After 1912, Agnes continued writing, publishing an article in the newly formed International Review of Mission journal.
In 1913, de Selincourt succeeded Constance Maynard as Principal of Westfield College. There she continued working to support women’s Christian higher education. Agnes promoted Westfield College with more vigour than Constance and introduced public lectures, inviting the local and academic community to attend. The high point was the annual commemoration day, which included a speech from the VC of the University of London, and a Guest of Honour, one of the first of whom was Dame Millicent Fawcett,
There is a Sister Hutt-style plaque to commemorate Agnes located in the Chapel at Girton College, Cambridge:
On 31 Aug 1917, Agnes died from a tetanus injection following a cycling accident near the College at the Whitby Nursing Home.
The Agnes de Selincourt Scholarship in Mathematics for Westfield College was named in her honour. The Agnes de Selincourt fund, a branch of the Trust Association of The Student Christian Movement of Great Britain was also named after her.
When I worked at St George’s, I shared a flat in Selincourt Road, Tooting, with Hilda, a student psych Angel who worked at Friern Barnet Hospital, whom I now know was an undercover officer. Like the other plants, Hilda had an excellent grasp of the neglect and abuse that ran through the NHS. She knew about Denbigh, having grown up in Liverpool and undertaken her Training as an RGN there and Hilda even joined in with the piss-taking of Dafydd. On one occasion Hilda rang Denbigh, explaining that she’d murdered someone; the Pathetic Shark on the end of the phone laughed and said ‘Do you want to talk to someone?’, so Hilda growled ‘No I want to kill some more’ and rang off.
Hilda told me that the nursing at Springfield Hospital was famed for being dreadful and that Angels in London were reluctant to work at Springfield. Then Hilda herself reported a violent assault by another Angel on one of her own patients in the GP-run Community Unit in which Hilda was working. Hilda was threatened by the other staff, no action was taken and when the matter was discussed with her nursing tutor, in reply to Hilda’s declaration that ‘The nursing in that unit is appalling’ the tutor replied ‘Perhaps, perhaps’. The abusers remained in place, ‘caring for’ the old lady whom one of them had assaulted and injured, and Hilda was moved to another placement by her tutors.
It’s the NHS way, the whistleblower is removed, the abusers remain. Hilda was removed from the site of patient abuse in 1989… Nothing has changed.
At Selincourt Road, on one side of us there was a bloke who was beating up his girlfriend, a man who seemed to have serious problems himself and on the other side of us there was a mother of two young children who was seriously unhinged and violent towards the kids as well as her husband. Hilda tried raising concerns with the Right People and got nowhere; I mentioned what was happening to staff at St George’s. No-one was interested.
People who haven’t worked in the NHS would find it hard to understand that more junior staff can ask senior colleagues about such matters and there really is no interest or advice forthcoming. Our troubled neighbours were living in the Borough of Wandsworth, on the site of a big trafficking ring, facilitated by the County Council providing the ‘education’ that the battered kids were receiving as well as the Social Services input. St George’s provided NHS services; the St George’s Dept of General Practice appointed local GPs to part-time academic posts and med students went on placements with local GPs.
The mother of the young children who lived next door to us was so deranged eg. fist-fights in the street etc that local GPs and teachers could not have missed her presence. Our flat was within walking distance of St George’s Hospital Medical School.
This was all happening in 1989, the year in which, in July, Bluglass concealed the criminality of Dafydd et al when he ‘investigated’ my complaint. What was the point of the plants in the London hospitals, plants who were even reporting abuse themselves, if no-one was going to respond to the horrific reality that the plants were exposing?
Wandsworth was Thatch’s ‘favourite Borough Council’. In 1989 it was led by Tory Sir Paul Beresford, the Park Lane dentist who numbered most of Thatch’s Cabinet among his patients. Beresford was elected as the Tory MP for Croydon Central in 1992. Theresa May was a Cllr for Merton in 1989; Merton was a neighbouring Council to Wandsworth, their patch was also served by St George’s and Springfield. Theresa became Chair of the Education Committee for Merton. Donald Naismith, Director of Education for Wandsworth, was an active paedophile… Michael Mansfield lived in Wandsworth.
In 1989, John Moore – who lived in Wimbledon, a neighbour of Bodger’s – was Social Security Secretary. Tony Newton was Health Security. Alison Taylor wrote to Newton telling him that children in north Wales were being abused. Another resident of Wimbledon was Lord Michael Havers, the constituency MP, who as Thatch’s Attorney-General blocked the prosecution of VIP sex offenders…
Dame Bertha Surtees Phillpotts (1877–1932) was the daughter of James Surtees Phillpotts, Headmaster of Bedford School and instrumental in turning it from a relatively obscure grammar school to a top-ranking public school. Throughout the 20th century, Bedford School educated a lot of boys who as adults worked for the security services. Geraint Morgan, bent barrister and the Tory MP for Denbigh, 1959-83, went to Bedford School, as did Sir George Godber, CMO and pal of Gwynne, so did Joseph Godber his brother, Tory MP for Grantham as Thatch rose up the greasy pole, before tactfully standing down in 1979… Bedford School educated a great many senior civil servants and senior officers in the Forces. See eg. ‘Cymro 007’.
Having received all of her basic education at home, Bertha won a Scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge and then travelled to Iceland and Copenhagen to pursue her research. From 1906 to 1909, Bertha worked as librarian at Girton College and in 1913 she became the first Lady Carlisle Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. During WW I Bertha worked for some time at the British Legation in Stockholm. Her elder brother Owen Surtees Phillpotts was Commercial Attaché at the legation. Bertha Phillpotts’ services were requested by the head of mission Sir Esmé Howard, and she undertook both clerical and research work for him.
Bertha Phillpotts’ elder brother Brian Surtees Phillpotts died in action near Ypres in 1917. Her younger sister, Marjory Surtees Philpotts captained the England Ladies Hockey Team and married William Sealy Gosset
Bertha Phillpotts was Principal of Westfield College, 1919-21 and a member of the College Council, 1922-32. She became the Mistress of Girton College in 1922, succeeding Katharine Jex-Blake (1860-1951) who was her first cousin (the daughter of her mother’s sister Henrietta Cordery and Thomas Jex-Blake, sometime Headmaster of Rugby School). Bertha was Mistress of Girton until 1925, when she resigned to look after her elderly father. However Bertha was elected to a research fellowship and continued to be an active Fellow of Girton, commuting between Tunbridge Wells and Cambridge in her Morris Cowley car.
From 1926 until her death in 1932 Bertha was Director of Scandinavian Studies and Lecturer at Girton College.
In 1922 Bertha Phillpotts was selected (as the sole woman member) to serve on the Royal Commission for the University of Cambridge. She remained a member until she resigned from her post at Girton in 1925. From 1926 until 1931 Bertha was a member of the Royal Commission for the University of London.
In June 1931, when she was already in failing health, Phillpotts married a friend and fellow Cambridge academic, astrophysicist Hugh Frank Newall, FRS, a contemporary of Bertrand Russell at Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 1929 Bertha was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to education, the first female academic to be honoured in this way. There weren’t many Strong Wimmin commuting to work in a car – A Woman At The Wheel – at the time either.
It helped if one was Posh and a bit Bloomsburyish.
Now Then. The Principal of Westfield College who we really need to think about re the Gang, was Mary Danvers Stocks, Baroness Stocks (née Brinton, 25 July 1891-6 July 1975). Mary Stocks was closely associated with the Strachey, the Wedgwood and the Ricardo families. Mary Stocks was deeply involved in women’s suffrage, the welfare state and other aspects of social work.
Stocks was born in London, the daughter of GP Roland Danvers Brinton. Roland Danvers Brinton and his brother Hubert Brinton were sons of Top Doc William Brinton. Hubert Brinton married Dorothea Percy Bowman, Hubert died in 1941, Dorothea died in 1951; Hubert and Dorothea were the parents of Top Doc Denis Brinton and Top Doc Wilfred Danvers Brinton. The Brintons were a high profile medical family, some of whom star on Munk’s Roll:
b.20 November 1823 d.26 January 1867
William Brinton, the second son of Henry Brinton, J.P, a carpet manufacturer at Kidderminster, was educated at private schools and then apprenticed to a local surgeon. His medical studies proper took place at King’s College, London, where he won the Leathes and Warneford prizes; and, after graduating as M.B. in 1847, he remained in junior posts in the Medical School for six years. He also held an early appointment at the Western Dispensary and in 1852 was elected physician to the Royal Free Hospital. A year afterwards he started to lecture on forensic medicine at St. Thomas’s Hospital, later becoming joint lecturer on physiology. In 1860 he resigned from the Royal Free Hospital on being made physician to St. Thomas’s, but this appointment, too, came to an end after four years, on account of the poor state of his health.
Brinton made a special study of intestinal obstruction, and among his published works were Pathology, Symptoms, and Treatment of Ulcer of the Stomach (1857), Lectures on the Diseases of the Stomach (1859), of which a second edition appeared in 1864, and On Food and its Digestion (1861). He translated Valentin’s Text Book of Physiology in 1853. In 1867, after his death, a treatise by him on Intestinal Obstruction was brought out by T. Buzzard. Brinton also wrote On the Medical Selection of Lives for Assurance (1856), whose fourth edition was published ,in 1869. He delivered the Croonian Lectures before the Royal College of Physicians in 1859 and was elected an F.R.S. in 1864. Outside his work, he was known to his friends for his passion for climbing in the Tyrol. He was a skilled artist and a witty speaker. But he suffered, perhaps, from an inability to take defeat in his stride, as when he failed to obtain the chair of physiology at King’s in succession to R. B. Todd. Brinton married in 1854 and had six children.
Tribute written by G H Brown.
Denis Hubert Brinton
b.9 December 1902 d.13 March 1986
Denis Hubert Brinton was born at Eton, where his father was classics master and later a housemaster. His mother, Dorothea Bowman, was the daughter of a solicitor. He died at his home in Burley on the edge of the New Forest which he loved, cared for in his last illness by his wife Rosemary and a devoted family doctor; exactly as he wished.
As befitted his paternal genes, his birth place and his alma mater, he was given a classical education in two senses, style and content. His preparatory school was Summerfields at Oxford, followed by a return to Eton, thence back to Oxford, New College, where he read classics before turning to medicine to follow his grandfather, William Brinton, also a Fellow of the College in his time. Sadly, this broad high road to doctoring has become a rarity, by-passed by pragmatic narrower lanes. He went to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School with a university scholarship in 1925, to win student prizes in hygiene, psychological medicine and forensic medicine. He took his Oxford final degrees in 1928, became a member of the College a year later, gained his doctorate in 1937 and was elected Fellow in 1938.
His younger brother Wilfred, who died before him, became a consultant physician in Winchester after training at Guy’s. So Eton, not a traditional nursery for medical science, reared two distinguished doctors from the same Brinton generation.
Brinton married twice; by his first wife Joan Violet Hood, daughter of a South Wales mine owner, he had two sons. The elder became Conservative member of Parliament for Gravesham. The younger died as a schoolboy at Eton during the last war. A second bitter blow struck when his first wife came to an untimely death. He was fortunate in finding great comfort and happiness in a second marriage, to someone he knew well and had worked with as dean, Rosemary Cockerill. He was a man who needed love and companionship to supplement an innate privacy. Both wives gave it to the full.
His junior hospital appointments included house physician to the medical unit at St Mary’s under its first professor. Langmead, and at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square. Later he became registrar to both hospitals in their turn. He was appointed to the consultant staff of both hospitals in the same year – 1935. This greatly prized double appointment gave the widest experience in neurology; the intrinsic and rare at the Neurological Institute and the more commonplace, associated with disease outside the system, at the general teaching hospital.
By the outbreak of war in 1939 it might have seemed that here was a fully finished young neurologist but, as with so many of his peers, war service added unusual professional experience and a deeper understanding of his fellows that was to be invaluable. He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve from 1939-45, as a so-called neuropsychiatrist, a title with as many interpretations as it has syllables, which always brought a wry smile to his lips. Most of his time in the Air Force was spent in the Middle East where he was mentioned in despatches. He gained the rank of air commodore. It was typical of the quality of his mind and his great interest in natural science, particularly ornithology, that he grasped two incidents that came his way by chance during those years. The first, an epidemic of meningococcal meningitis which later was to be the basis of a book published by E&S Livingstone, Cerebrospinal Fever, 1941. The other, an outburst of a mysterious acute neurological disease the cause of which he traced to the adulteration of wheat by poisonous tares. He rediscovered a phenomenon that had been known in those lands since Biblical times.
Within months of return to civilian life he was invited by his colleagues at St Mary’s to undertake a task that needed delicacy at first, mediation later and resource throughout; an appointment for which he had a remarkable amalgam of gifts, unusual not so much in their quality and number as that they were collected in one man. He was asked to become dean. There was need for change. The transition from brilliantly successful servant to despot takes time. Brinton’s predecessor had had that, perhaps in part due to an understandable academic inertia in time of war. Praiseworthy steadfastness had become stubborn agnosia of the senses that tell a man when he has outlived his office. The depth of the tyranny to be overcome was measured by the fact that a plot was necessary for its removal.
Denis Brinton’s particular contribution to the School and hospital was forged during his five years as dean. He was pressed to stay longer but was more mindful of the circumstances of his election than those who put him there. He stood by his own dictum, five years at least, and no more than seven. His introduction to the job was made more formidable by the presence of a complacent student body, used to undisciplined ease by an administration believing in self determination. There was much to do. Replacement of administrative muddle by method, the introduction of democracy, decision by consensus, open government, stiffer discipline, a tutorial system, a refurbished curriculum and other devices toward balanced excellence were hurtful to those who had to shift. Luckily the entry of mature students from war service saw the virtue of the changes and made them prosper. Liking for order made him a good administrator, not a love of bureaucracy of which he had none. Distaste for unnecessary and repetitive propositioning of the University led him to be a founder member of the Association of Metropolitan Deans, where medical schools’ linen might be washed in decent privacy and ironed for understanding and approval. His experience in choice of medical students, and his delight in a worldwide follow up, led to the 1951 Bradshaw Lecture at the College, ‘The selection of medical students’.
The School’s affairs were not the only target for concern and renovation. The National Health Service was born a year after the new dean took office. It brought as many recalcitrant curses as good wishes. Doctors are renowned for seeing the unique relationships in their work as an inviolate recommendation for the status quo. The preservation of the teaching hospital autonomy by the survival of the old Board of Governors did little to ease their new irksome harness and inflamed resentment from local hospitals without such cover; hospitals that had been commanded by the Department of Health to come under St Mary’s wing.
Brinton’s qualities then became apparent. His clear mind, eye and ear for excellence, logical exposition, firm but diplomatic resolve and, most of all, his example, allowed him to choose the best even of a bad lot, to propose, debate, find agreement and implement. No one could doubt his altruism, lack of prejudice except for quality, and overt honesty. He had humour without malice. People were persuaded not against their better judgement but because of it. St Mary’s were lucky at that time in having two men working in harmony and mutual regard in positions that then, and even sometimes now, were thought to be divided by a fence of prejudice; Brinton and George Pickering, the second holder of the University chair of medicine. By virtue of their individual excellence, each could see in the other the need for both aspects of medical practice and teaching by the full-time academic and the part-time servant of the NHS. They saw that they were complementary, and the absurdity of separating them. This view percolated to the staff generally and brought a benignity that enhanced the School’s well-being and reputation. After Pickering’s departure to Oxford his place in this productive team was amply filled by Stanley Peart.
Brinton’s personal taste was not for what is usually implied by medical science or even clinical science. Both these are given a too narrow interpretation. If science is thought to represent careful and precise observation, then he applied it to bedside neurology as is shown by his publications, modest in number but not in content. His exactitude did not prevent a warm sympathy and understanding for his patients.
Brinton might persuade with elegance and charm but he was a reluctant communicant about himself. One had to learn about him from observation, by piecing together occasional scraps of revelation and gradually working them into a portrait; of a man with high standards of living and behaviour from which he never departed, and of practice which he taught by modest precept and few words. The picture of an old fashioned gentleman, but not outmoded. One met people who disagreed with him in the particular, those whose ethics might look shabby by his, some who envied him for the apparent ease of a patrician career, others made uneasy by his several exemplary achievements – but no one who disliked him. He sought intimate friendship rarely outside his family but gained strength from it, of the kind he found in unostentatious religious belief and practice.
His services outside the common run were invited widely. He accepted few because he never saw himself in the rare image he truly was. However, Archbishop Fisher pressed him into membership of his Commission on Divine Healing, 1953-58. What more appropriate person? An open mind capable of logical argument in the handling of evidence, paying tribute to science basic to medical orthodoxy and yet needing no reminder that man does not live by bread alone, too wise to denounce the cure but contemptuous of pseudo-scientific claims, preferring a belief in the power of mind.
Brinton had the gift to procure the best out of those he worked with and for, as well as calling for a high level of probity from himself.
This tribute on ‘Munk’s Roll’ was written by CH Edwards…
Denis Brinton knew Charles Evans as well as Gwynne; Brinton died while Ollie Brooke was awaiting trial, the month before my friend Anne was killed. Denis Brinton’s degree at New College, Oxford, before reading medicine almost certainly meant that he was recruited by the security services and probably by Herbert ‘HAL’ Fisher, a don who was Lloyd George’s Coalition Gov’ts President of the Board of Education, 1916-22. HAL Fisher’s mum born into the Bloomsbury Group. Denis Brinton’s long association with St Mary’s Paddington will have meant that he mixed with the best. When Brinton was younger, St Mary’s hosted Arthur Dickson Wright, a very rich, very violent abusive Royal Top Doc who, with his George Carmanesque manner, terrified normal people to such an extent that no-one dared take him on, although the suffering of his wife and family were obvious to everyone who knew them. His daughter was celeb chef Clarissa of ‘Two Fat Ladies’ fame, who as a young woman was such a hopeless alkie that after a few short years as a barrister she was unemployable and then struck off anyway.
Clarissa inherited a great deal of money, blew it all and then, very nearly destitute, worked as a cook to a wealthy but not Really Posh family. However Clarissa had heard what was happening to my friends and I at the hands of the Gang and used the gen to launch her career with the BBC, in partnership with Jennifer Patterson, who had previously catered for Carlo. Who approached who I don’t know. Clarissa’s Brucie Bonus was that she had been at Oxford with Miranda and it was Clarissa that we have to thank for letting the world know that at Oxford, Miranda’s sexuality was in question and that he was known as Miranda. It’s almost enough to make me forgive Clarissa for exploiting what happened to us at the hands of Gangster Docs, knowing that Miranda had been named thus by his fellow students brightened up my day.
After Arthur Dickson Wright’s heyday at St Mary’s, another Royal Star of a St Mary’s Top Doc found fame, Sir George Pinker. George knew Bodger et al and it was George who delivered William and Harry, cocking up William’s birth sufficiently that William was lucky not to lose a few million brain cells. Pinker was known to be dismissive of Di and her silly little foibles. At one point Pinker was given police protection when his life was in danger from a Madwoman. The Madwoman, so the tabloids told us, Blamed Pinker for her hysterectomy some years before and she had somehow Escaped and Pinker was now In Danger! No-one ever produced a scrap of evidence that the Madwoman did present a danger to Pinker’s life and limb, but by then I’d found out what had happened to certain patients at Denbigh without their consent, so I would have liked to have known the truth behind this florid tale of a Bertha Mason after Pinker’s blood. Particularly as at the time of Pinker’s Ordeal, I had been discussing these practices at Denbigh with Brown and my mates, not knowing that we were bugged. I was also told of such a case by a friend who knew of a patient at Denbigh who had then been passed around the staff for sex; we chatted away about it in our house in Rachub and information was pooled… I expect that the information about our conversations were pooled as well, because a close relative of that patient was a mate of Charles Evans’s, had picked up gongs – and since then a K – and was a National Treasure a la David Attenborough.
The dumping of this patient in Denbigh years previously as a young woman – she had been training as an Angel herself when she was delivered into the hands of Gwynne and Dafydd – was well-known in north Wales, confidentiality was flagrantly breached as usual and she had to tolerate new patients asking her in incredulous tones ‘Is it true that your [family member’s name here] is your [nature of relationship]?’ Then her sister began training as an Angel at Bangor University and was given a placement in the Hergest, when the target was sectioned in er Hergest. Years later, somebody asked me if I remembered it all and how bloody gruesome it was. Indeed, it was wrong on so many levels, but it epitomised the NHS in north Wales and the practices that prevailed at the School of Nursing at Bangor University, the Head of which was one Ruhi Behi, a former Denbigh Angel…
I last saw the patient concerned in 2011. She was living in a bus shelter in Bangor after having lived rough and been hitching around the UK for a few months. This was a patient who was supposedly prioritised under NHS policy, being categorised as suffering from ‘severe and enduring mental illness’. She is older than me and I’m not sure where she was brought up but as a teenager, she used to stay in the Quantocks and ride at the stables in Nether Stowey. When I was younger, I knew some of the older girls who rode at those stables. The Angels heard that conversation between us.
In terms of those who knew the gruesome history of this patient and the operation performed allowing the Denbigh staff to join in the fun without fear of a pregnant patient in their locked ward, there was only one person who was younger (ie. in her early 20s) who Knew. She was the daughter of one of my friends, who had worked as a support worker as a student. She began teacher training some three years later, only to find that her GP flagged her up as being ‘unfit to work with children and possibly a danger’. Her parents went apeshit and demanded to know the rationale; their daughter had never had even a brush with the law or mixed with Undesirables. The GP stated that he was basing his judgement on her having suffered from bulimia when she was 17 ‘and she might run out of the class to make herself sick’.
I can beat that, Dr Robert Francis Kehoe, Harley Street Expert Witness who provided an Independent Opinion re me, stated that I was a Dangerous Teacher because I ‘might have a row with another teacher and set fire to the school’. See ‘An Expert In Resistant Service Users’.
I knew another Empowered Service User who, like me, after being left in the dustbin of Hergest for years finally returned to professional employment, as a nursery teacher. She had suffered from an eating disorder years ago. Just before she qualified at Coleg Menai in Bangor, she was asked to leave the course as Hergest had Shared Information that she was a Danger To Children. Which was weird, because, as with me, Hergest had encouraged her to go back to work and suggested er teaching/nursery work.
We were the only people I knew who managed to return to professional jobs after Hergest. Positively encouraged to try teaching/nursery work, our applications backed up with medical clearance from er the Hergest Unit, then only to find that, in the absence of further traumas, we had been flagged up as Mad n Dangerous by the very people who encouraged us three years previously.
It’s easy to get rid of anyone working with kids by bandying psychiatric diagnoses and the words ‘possible risk to children’ about. No evidence is needed of any wrongdoing, the words ‘possible risk’ covers everyone’s backs. Nothing to do with ‘stigma’, just good old-fashioned playing of a rigged system to ensure that witnesses to serious crime on the part of welfare professionals never work again.
I also noticed that everyone was left in the Hergest Unit dustbin until they were in their mid/late 30s before there was any help at all for them to return to any type of work. So by the time they had re-trained, then been kicked out on (unlawful) grounds, they were over 40 with the whole world sucking its teeth at a 40 yr old Jobseeker with a History of Mental Illness who had been obliged to Leave Teaching after being Assessed As A Risk.
God the Gang must have hated me when I then finished a PhD in two years. No wonder WW III erupted.
Re Archbishop Fisher pressing Brinton into membership of his Commission on Divine Healing, 1953-58. Archbishop Fisher was the man who confirmed that if Ma’am Darling continued with her Wilful Ways and married Group Captain Peter Townsend, a Divorced Man, Ma’am Darling would be Forbidden To Take Holy Communion. Such a prospect rocked Ma’am Darling to her very core – although she and the Group Captain had been exploring Uganda together for ages – and with a Heavy Heart, Ma’am Darling Broke Off The Relationship and just to make damn sure that the Group Captain didn’t hold any further Ugandan discussions with Ma’am Darling, he was Posted Abroad. The subsequent Engagement of Ma’am Darling to the bisexual, rent boy using, Class A drug consuming customer of Gwynne and Dafydd, Society Photographer Tony Armstrong-Jones, was announced immediately after Ma’am Darling heard that the Group Captain was now Betrothed To Another and she knew that It Was Never To Be.
The rest is History,
as made by Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher and his Strict Rules.
So, Gwynne’s colleague Denis Brinton of Excellent Royal Connections, was the father of Tim Brinton and the granddad of Sal Brinton…
Timothy Denis Brinton (24 December 1929-24 March 2009) aka Tim Brinton, was a broadcaster and Conservative Party politician. Tim was educated at Summer Fields School in Summertown, Oxford, followed by Eton and the University of Geneva. After National Service with the Scots Guards, Brinton studied acting and production at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He then joined the BBC as an announcer and newsreader and moved in 1959 to ITN, where he was a newscaster until 1962. Tim was also a regular presenter of Roundabout on the BBC Light Programme, 1964-67.
Brinton was a Kent County Councillor, 1974-81 and Tory MP for Gravesend, 1979-83 and, following boundary changes, for the new Gravesham constituency, 1983-87. In 2003, Tim Brinton became a member of UKIP.
Famous Faces who graced Kent included Grocer Heath who had history at Broadstairs, the relentless sexual predator and criminal Tory MP Alan Clark (who had when younger been a presence in Devon) and Denis and Thatch’s pal Bill Deedes, who was a Tory MP for a Kent constituency.
Readers may remember that Alan Clark was at the centre of a media storm in the early-mid 1990s when he boasted of having had affairs with the wife and two daughters of a South African judge, at the same time. Clark referred to them as ‘The Coven’ and shagged them on Gov’t premises and gave them access to freebies that he bagged in his capacity as a Minister. One of the daughters dared mention to the media that Clark had begun a sexual relationship with her when she was 15. Clark chortled and fessed up that this was true and he should be horsewhipped.
The entire British press opened fire on the Judge and his family, the women members of whom were branded as ‘trollops’. Clark’s wife Jane was afforded media time to insult them as ‘downstairs people’. Clark was the subject of a lengthy BBC TV documentary which marvelled at his castle, his panache, his money, his Concern For Animals and at Jane’s Loyalty. Clark’s ‘Diaries’ became a bestseller, in which he provided details of exposing himself to young women and following total strangers – teenaged girls – whom he liked the look of around London until he ‘caught’ them alone. A sex offender in other words. I remember it well, I was an Empowered Service User at Hergest at the time, Mrs Brady and Mr Bridgy Celeb were singing the praises of Alan Clark and the Hergest staff were constantly asking me about Mr Bridgy Celeb’s latest adventures. F’s baby had been abducted by Gwynedd Social Services, we were being threatened, harassed, arrested and F was the subject of a smear campaign.
Alan Clark had worked as a Minister of State with Ken Clarke at the Dept of Employment. Ken denounced him as a lazy drunk who barely made it into work most days. Clare Short berated Alan Clark for being drunk at the despatch box, which he was. Clare the anti-porn campaigner who knew Gwynne and Dafydd and about them trafficking people into porn and the sex trade, about the Westminster Paedophile Ring, about Brown and me and the Gang. Clare used that knowledge to bag her Birmingham seat in the Commons just as the Gang were threatening to murder Brown. Clare who, before being an MP, was a Home Office civil servant who worked for Mark Carlisle MP, the accomplice of Gwynne and Dafydd who for years concealed the deaths (including murders) of the Gang’s victims in Risley Remand Centre. Clare was married to Labour MP Alex Lyon. Who also knew all about Gwynne, Dafydd et al and Savile, having been brought up in Leeds (as an active Methodist) and then serving as the MP for York, 1966-83 and Minister of State at the Home Office, March 1974-April 1976.
Mark Carlisle was a monster, Clare really should have spoken up no matter how difficult the situation. Clare who was often pissed in the House herself. Clare famously looked after Lyon herself when he developed Alzheimer’s. Alex died on 30 Sept 1993. Clare maintained that Alex’s decline began after he lost his seat. Accounts of Alex’s ill health certainly suggest that something was wrong but probably not Alzheimer’s. Very severe depression can be mistaken for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative conditions and some Top Docs know damn well that their diagnosis is wrong. If it is in their best interests for that patient not to recover. I was someone who was so seriously ill that I was never going to recover. I did but not because of the Top Docs. Instead they delayed things considerably by having me bothered by gangsters.
Clare, I know that they are not very nice, but when Top Docs kill those close to you, the sensible response is to fucking well flatten them. No matter how many times one is arrested, assaulted, swindled, you flatten them Clare, you damn well finish them off. It was Tony Francis who co-ordinated it all Clare, but you know that and you should have shown a bit more oomph, because like me, you had the evidence to finish that Gang off. The Home Office whom you and Alex worked for were bugging me, my friends and Mrs Brady throughout all of it…
Hondootedly a conspiracy at the highest levels.
Brinton was the presenter and narrator of the hoax mockumentary Alternative 3 The programme had been due to be broadcast on April Fools’ Day, 1977, but industrial action meant that it was broadcast in June. Sometimes cited as a British parallel to Orson Welles’s radio production of The War of the Worlds, Alternative 3 purported to be an investigation into Britain’s contemporary “brain drain.” Alternative 3 was supposedly a plan to relocate a cross-section of Earth’s scientific and philosophical population to Mars in the event of climate change or some other planetary catastrophe. When the DVD was released in October, 2007, it had a 30-minute featurette in the extras, featuring an interview with Brinton, as well as his fellow “conspirators”, David Ambrose and Christopher Miles who also directed Alternative 3, alongside a production stills gallery and contemporary press cuttings.
Brinton married Jane-Mari Coningham in 1954 (marriage dissolved, one son, three daughters, one of whom is the Liberal Democrat politician Sal Brinton), and in 1965 married Jeanne Frances Wedge (two daughters). After his death it was revealed that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for five years.
Brinton’s Torygraph obituary was published on 29 Mar 2009:
Intended by Anglia Television as an April Fool, the vagaries of television scheduling prevented Alternative 3 being networked until June. Brinton, described by The Daily Telegraph’s Sean Day-Lewis as “bespectacled and less chunky” than in his heyday, fronted with gravitas a “documentary” revealing that scientists mysteriously disappearing on Earth had been traced to colonies on Mars. They had gone, the scientists explained in a message ahead of its time, because they feared an impending ice age and the “greenhouse effect”.
Brinton, a professionally-trained actor who had left ITN to go freelance in 1962, became almost as well-known playing a newsreader as he had been as the genuine article. His film credits included Information Received (1961), Allez France (1964), Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), Man at the Top (1973) and Carry On Emmanuelle (1978). Among television dramas in which he appeared were Dixon of Dock Green, Knocker, The Power Game and The Avengers.
Timothy Denis Brinton was born on Christmas Eve 1929, the son of Dr Denis Brinton, of Hampstead, and was educated at Eton, Geneva University and the Central School for Speech and Drama. He joined the BBC in 1951 as a radio announcer, mainly on overseas programmes. From 1957 he was head of English programmes at Radio Hong Kong.
He switched to ITN’s high-profile team of presenters in 1959. His greatest moment came the following February when he broke into Right of Reply to announce Princess Margaret’s engagement. The most embarrassing concerned a report Brinton delivered from a Turkish bath. “The logical end to this programme,” he confided in the Commons a generation later, “was that I whip off my towel, jump into the pool and swim across. The director promised me faithfully that he would cut from camera one to camera two at the appropriate moment. But he was a little late, and I was there for a second or so in all my splendour.”
In 1971 Brinton took over as anchor of Southern Television’s Scene South-East. But he soon returned to freelancing, the next year fronting a Whitehall advertisement that triggered a political row. It attempted to explain the Heath government’s Housing Finance Act, but was pulled by the Independent Broadcasting Authority after Labour complained that it was “prejudicial, inaccurate and scandalous”.
No one accused Brinton of political bias; he was appearing as a professional. But he was a committed Tory who had campaigned for the former Home Secretary Henry Brooke in Hampstead. He was elected to Kent County Council in 1974, and prior to the 1979 election was selected to fight the Labour-held marginal of Gravesend; he captured it with the handsome majority of 9,346, and in 1983 was re-elected for the redrawn constituency of Gravesham.
At Westminster Brinton became a founder-member of the education select committee, defending independent schools and complaining that children were swapping school meal vouchers for Mars bars and chips. He was also vice-chairman of the Conservative backbench media committee.
In December 1979 Brinton criticised the government for bringing in immigration rules that fell short of promises in the party’s manifesto. He went on to rebel several times against relaxations of the rules, objected to taxpayers’ money being used to educate immigrants’ children in their mother tongues, and joined Tory Action, a group Mrs Thatcher was challenged to condemn as racist. Yet Brinton was far from racially prejudiced: in 1986 he took up the case of a Sikh kabbadi player who had been wrongly deported, winning compensation for the man from the Home Office.
Brinton’s views on immigration had Mrs Thatcher’s sympathy, as did the pressure he and others exerted on successive employment secretaries for radical union reform. In April 1980 he rebelled against James Prior’s reluctance to outlaw the closed shop, and four years later he was one of 40 Tories to vote against the government after Tom King cut a deal with the TUC to drop a requirement to “opt in” to paying the political levy.
As Mrs Thatcher moved to subject the BBC and ITV to market forces, Brinton suggested opening BBC programmes to sponsorship, but defended the licence fee. In 1985 he opposed the removal from the Films Bill of a levy on the BBC and ITV companies for showing feature films, saying they paid less than a fair price.
On broadcasting standards, Brinton parted ways with Mrs Thatcher. While she was keen to crack down on sex, violence and bad language, Brinton opposed a Bill to make broadcasting subject to the Obscene Publications Act. When fellow MPs spoke against cable television, he told them that they were using the same arguments as when ITV had been founded, and predicted that “the display of porn will be a temporary phenomenon”.
Brinton left the Commons at the 1987 election. His last task was to investigate at Mrs Thatcher’s request the case of a 10-year-old boy in his constituency who had waited 13 months for open-heart surgery, after Neil Kinnock embarrassingly raised the matter during the campaign.
He returned to working as a broadcasting consultant and presentation tutor, saying when John Major’s performances came under scrutiny: “The main thing for him is to feel comfortable.” For two years he chaired the Dartford Gravesham Health Authority. In 2003 he joined UKIP.
Brinton’s later years were clouded by dementia. Shortly before his death his daughter, Sal Brinton, the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Watford, spoke of her “heartbreak” at watching him suffer.
He spent his final weeks in hospital after going missing on a spontaneous trip in a taxi. The police were called and a search helicopter dispatched, but he returned in another cab ordered by a pub manager who suspected that something was amiss.
Sal Brinton spoke about her father’s condition to help other families in similar circumstances and to highlight the need for more Admiral nurses, who specialise in dementia care.
Tim Brinton had been a member of the court and council of the University of London, a governor of Wye College and a council member of St Mary’s Hospital Paddington medical school.
He married first, in 1954, Jane-Mari Coningham, daughter of Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham; they had a son and three daughters. They divorced in 1965, in which year he married Jeanne Wedge; they had two daughters.
With regard to Tim Brinton’s role as Chair of a Kent Health Authority, serious problems and malpractice brewed away in the NHS in Kent for years while being concealed. There was one District General Hospital in Kent in the area of Bill Deedes’ former constituency that was so bloody dangerous that when new residents arrived and made friends, they’d be warned against the hospital. The same happened in Bangor with the C&A Hospital but in Gwynedd there was no other choice; there was in Kent. So in Gwynedd the C&A remained lethal because there was no alternative so people didn’t make the racket that they should have, knowing that Fings Break and in Ken the genocidal hospital remained open to the unsuspecting because those in the know, including the local big wigs, went elsewhere. The Top Docs certainly know how to work a system.
Matters did eventually erupt in Kent in the form of the big C difficile scandal some years ago. It was a matter of egg on faces all over, but then there was another row when it was discovered that some of those responsible had been moved to bigger and better NHS roles.
London University – Lord Brian Flowers et al
Tim Brinton knew Huw Wheldon, the 1960s BBC big wig, Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate, who went to Friars School in Bangor. Huw was Mr BBC Arts and spawned two others who filled a similar role, Jonathan Miller and Botney. Huw retained close links with north Wales, wielded influence at UCNW and was a governor of the LSE. Robin Day, bestest friend of Ronnie Waterhouse was Mr Panorama and in that capacity was assisted by Margaret Jay. Peter Lilley’s dad was Personnel Director of the BBC, Peter being one of the Cabinet Ministers who concealed extensive criminality in north Wales while banging on about his Little List of social security scroungers and other Undesirables. Ann Dally, Class As dealer to Royalty and the stars was a good friend of the BBC Nice Lady Doctor (see ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’). Then there is the Dimbleby dynasty, Dad Richard and son Jonathan, a friend of Carlo and Jonathan’s brother David. David’s son Henry is a partner in the LEON restaurant chain, along with Allegra McEvedy, daughter of Top Doc Colin McEvedy.
Colin was mates with Roger Gilliatt, as well as Gwynne, Dafydd, Lord Wyn Roberts and Spencer Le Marchant, Tory MP for High Peak in Derbyshire, 1970-83. Spencer was alleged to have been a gay member of Westminster Paedophile Ring. In 1956 Spencer was elected to Westminster City Council, which in those days embraced St George’s Hospital and St George’s Docs were also Westminster City Cllrs, as was Lady Lucan. In 1955 Spencer married Lucinda Gaye Leveson-Gower, daughter of Brigadier General Hugh Nugent Leveson-Gower, RA and his first wife, Avril Joy Mullens (later fourth wife of Ernest Aldrich Simpson, himself the second husband of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, whose affair with King Edward VIII led to the 1936 abdication crisis). When Thatch became PM in 1979, Spencer was appointed Comptroller of the Household, Royal Duties obviously being a must for a relative of Mrs Simpson. Spencer died at 55 years old on the Isle of Wight on 7 Sept 1986, some two weeks after I had first been illegally detained at Ysbyty Gwynedd by Jackie Brandt, just as I began my MSc at Hammersmith and while Ollie was awaiting trial. Colin McEvedy ‘committed suicide’ on 1 Aug 2005, days after I received my PhD.
Having anything to do with Brenda is a high risk lifestyle, far worse than smoking 60 Woodbines daily.
Sarah Virginia Brinton, Baroness Brinton (born 1 April 1955), known as Sal Brinton, served as President of the Liberal Democrats, 2015-19. In November 2010 she was nominated to the House of Lords, taking her place on 10 February 2011. After Jo Swinson lost her seat at the 2019 General Election, Brinton and Sir Ed Davey became acting co-Leaders of the Liberal Democrats.
Brinton was educated at Benenden School and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Adrianne Reveley, the Harley Street Expert Witness whom the Welsh Gov’t lawyers demanded I consult for an Independent Opinion when I began legal action against the NHS, was a Benenden old girl, active in the alumni network and starred in PR material for the school. When Brown and I met Adrianne, we noticed that she was a fuckwit and a liar but she didn’t tell us that she knew Dafydd and Gwynne. Adrianne had worked at the Maudsley and facilitated the ring for years. She got off to a flying start, being the daughter of a Top Doc who facilitated the ring in the Midlands. Adrienne’s husband was/is a psychiatrist in Leicester. One of her sons is a Neuropsychologist and the other is a lawyer who works for the British Gov’t. Adrianne pegged out not long ago, very quickly, after she developed a form of cancer that usually takes at least a decade to kill one. But then Adrienne was in the care of her esteemed colleagues at King’s College, London. God knows why, I wouldn’t trust them further than I’d spit a rat. Perhaps Adrianne, like so many others, though that she could save her own skin by shafting me.
When Brown and I met Adrianne she impressed on us that Ben Goldacre, the Top Doc famous for Exposing Bad Science, had been her registrar. Ben has indeed exposed much bad science but he hasn’t exposed the criminality perpetrated by so many of his colleagues. That’s why Ben gives Evidence to Whitehall Committees and receives positive coverage in the media.
Read the full details re Adrianne and her network in previous posts…
Sal Brinton subsequently completed a degree in English literature at Churchill College, Cambridge in 1981. In 2003, Brinton was awarded an honorary PhD for her contribution to education, skills and learning by Anglia Ruskin University. In November 2013, she was made a Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London. Eric Hobsbawm spent years as an academic at Birkbeck and was President of Birkbeck, from 2002 until his death in Oct 2012. Birkbeck still teams with Hobsbawm’s mates.
Sal Brinton is Patron of Christian Blind Mission UK, Trustee of the United Kingdom Committee of UNICEF, a Trustee of the Ufi Charitable Trust, and a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd. THE RIGGED GRANT FUNDING – Danny Dorling
Brinton began her career in the mid 1970s at the BBC as a TV floor manager, working on programmes including Playschool, Grandstand and Doctor Who. Sal never noticed a few undesirables cluttering the place up.
Or a lesser undesirable thrown out, his career wrecked, amidst lurid media headlines detailing activities a good deal less criminal than those who remained at the BBC.
Brinton became a Cambridgeshire County Councillor in 1993 and contested the Parliamentary seat of South East Cambridgeshire at the 1997 and 2001 General Elections.
Baroness Brinton was Bursar of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 1992-97, under Presidents Ann Warburton and then Pauline Perry.
Dame Anne Warburton (8 June 1927-4 June 2015) was a diplomat who was the first female British ambassador and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 1985-94.
Anne Marion Warburton was educated at Barnard College, Columbia University and Somerville College, Oxford, which numbers among its alumni Thatch, Shirl, Margaret Jay, Esther and Lord Gnome’s widow Veronica, as well as a number of other Posh Women from Gnome’s family. Warburton worked at the London office of the Economic Cooperation Administration 1949–52, at the NATO Secretariat, then located in Paris, 1952–54 – Warburton will have rubbed noses with the Bingleys et al – and for Lazard Brothers in London, 1955–57.
In 1958 Warburton entered the Diplomatic Service in Branch A (the senior branch) and after two years at the Foreign Office under Supermac’s Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd – who even back then was on board with Gwynne and Dafydd – was posted to the UK Mission to the United Nations at New York. During this time Warburton was promoted to First Secretary. Warburton served at the British Embassy at Bonn 1962–65, then in the newly created Diplomatic Service Administration Office in London 1965–67. She then moved back to the Foreign Office – which became the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1968 – under Secretary of State Michael Stewart (a key cog in Harold Wilson’s corrupt machine) until 1970. Warburton was then posted as Counsellor to the UK’s Geneva Mission to the UN. After a further period at the FCO as Head of the Guidance and Information Policy Dept, 1975–76, under Foreign Secretary Sunny Jim, Warburton was appointed British Ambassador to Denmark in April 1976 and remained there until 1983. In that post, Warburton served under Foreign Secretaries Sunny Jim, Dr Death, Lord Carrington and Francis Pym. All loyal friends of the Gang, Carrington being a Very Posh one with first class security services credentials.
When Ann was British Ambassador to Denmark, Ollie, Dafydd and the international ring were doing a roaring trade re coerced sex workers, porn etc and one of the most receptive nations re doing business with them was Denmark. Denmark and sex work/porn is a stereotype, but the Gang’s activities were expanding so greatly during those years and the level of collusion at the highest levels so obvious that the British Ambassador to Denmark will have been culpable.
Dr Death’s good mate Peter Jay was the son of Richard Crossman’s mates Baroness Peggy and Lord Douglas Jay, Labour Party big wigs who helped run Camden, and Peter Jay then married Margaret, daughter of Sunny Jim and Audrey, who were also of great help to the Gang. Dr Death was the person who persuaded Sunny Jim, as PM, to appoint his pal Peter Jay as British Ambassador to the US. There was quite a stink about the shameless nepotism at the time. In the US, Peter discussed Uganda with the family’s nanny and Margaret had a relationship with Carl Bernstein, the journo who broke the Watergate Scandal. Carl did not break the Gwynne and Dafydd Scandal and neither did Margaret, although she worked as a BBC journo. Instead they used their influence to keep a lid on it. The Jays are related to everyone, including Virginia Bottomley, the psychiatric social worker who subsequently cluttered up the Dept of Health as Minister and then Secretary of State, who helped Dafydd et al in any way that she could. Virginia’s husband, fellow Tory politician Peter Bottomley has also been of great assistance to the Gang and their daughter Cecilia is a Top Doc, working in obs and gynae on the London scene, with those trained and mentored by Bodger et al.
Margaret and Peter Jay have been discussed quite extensively in previous posts, including Margaret’s work in the field of AIDS, after the former kids in care had become infected with HIV and started dying. In 1987 Margaret was founder Director of the National AIDS Trust; the man she subsequently married in 1994, Top Doc and AIDS specialist Prof Michael Adler was Chairman of the Trust. The first much publicised AIDS ward was at UCH/the Middlesex, run by Gwynne and Bodger’s mates… I have only just discovered that the National AIDS Trust began life as Maxwell’s AIDS Foundation, as in Cap’n Bob. At about the same time as Margaret became founder Director, her ex Peter Jay was appointed at Chief of Staff to Cap’n Bob. The Jays and Callaghans knew the Cap’n when their parents were big in the Labour Party, because the Cap’n was the Labour MP for Buckingham, Oct 1964-June 1970.
The Cap’n was linked to Gwynne and Dafydd in many ways such were the Cap’ns many fingers in many pies, but I always remember that George Carman QC worked for the Mirror. Carman was the bent barrister who kept the lid on Jimmy Savile, Gwynne and Dafydd and was flogged documents stolen from my house.
Peter Jay, like his wife, was a journo; Peter considered himself to be an economist/financial journo and bagged jobs at the BBC, at LWT, ‘The Times’ etc. This group of journos all did the rounds with different employers, including the Glendas such as Eve Pollard. They hung out with celebs like Cilla who were mates with Bodger and the celeb-friendly Top Docs. People like Mandy from big media organisations such as LWT were recruited as PR men/women for political parties and they were all mates with BBC big wigs such as John Birt and Michael Grade. Their tentacles reached into every part of life and across the globe. I won’t repeat the Jays biographies here, the info is in previous posts, I’ll just emphasise the Cap’n Bob connection. In 1987, when the Cunning Plan was underway to frame and imprison me…
In 1987, the Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales was Sir Donald Acheson, a Middlesex-trained Top Doc who was concealing Gwynne and Dafydd’s crimes. Acheson was born in Belfast, the son of a Top Doc who worked for the Ministry of Pensions in Whitehall. Acheson knew all about Kincora. Ollie Brooke was released from prison early after he won his appeal in May 1987.
It was Donald Acheson and Norman Fowler, Thatch’s DHSS Secretary of State, who in 1986/87, successfully persuaded Thatch to allow a public health campaign re AIDS rather more graphic than Thatch wanted by explaining to her the horrible reality of this illness that killed gay men who were having sex with infected rent boys, as were quite a few of those men closest to Thatch. Meanwhile Minister Ken Clarke opened the purse strings at the DHSS to fund AIDS wards and hospices after pleading from Labour East End MP Peter Shore, who had been in business with Brave Wendy and the gang at the London Hospital who were in turn in partnership with Gwynne and Dafydd. See ‘Apocalypse Now’. Peter Shore’s wife Liz was a Top Doc who had been Deputy CMO throughout the years of Peak Paedophilia and then in the 1990s was responsible for postgrad education of Top Docs across much of London. The Regeneration Of Tower Hamlets was underpinned by blackmail, bribery and deals over the same matter. See ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’ and ‘International Finance, Thanks To Gwynne’.
Peter Morrison had become Deputy Chairman of the Tory Party in the summer of 1986 after Tuppence stood down from that role after becoming embroiled in a scandal with a sex worker…
Tuppence and his fragrant wife were part of High Society in Cambridgeshire, along with Trumpers and subsequently Sal Brinton.
After leaving Denmark, Ann Warburton was Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva, 1983–85. She was Deputy Leader of the UK delegation to the third UN World Conference on Women at Nairobi in July 1985, which closed the UN Decade for Women.
Trumpers managed to hitch a lift on the UN Decade for Women. Barker asked his old pupil from Eton Douglas Hurd if Trumpers could have an Important Job and Hurd gave her one with the UN re the Wimmin’s remit. Trumpers – already a friend of Jimmy Savile – abused her position, offended a great many people, but made friends with Sally Mugabe and then even managed to cause a diplomatic incident via that route when Loving Husband Robert took up with Gucci Grace, and Trumpers asked Robert how Sally was when Trumpers met and greeted Mugabe on his subsequent official visit to Britain. When Sally Mugabe became seriously ill, because Mugabe had wrecked Zimbabwe’s healthcare system, Sally was treated – and subsequently died – in St Mary’s Hospital, London. Trumpers visited her there regularly. The citizens of Zimbabwe were told that Sally had died in Harare, it was even given as Sally’s official place of death in obits. I wonder if death records etc were forged? Sally was definitely in St Mary’s, under an assumed name, with her old mate Trumpers. Senior staff at St Mary’s knew the real ID of their patient and a lot of junior staff did as well.
Sally Mugabe died on 27 Jan 1992. The Secretary of State for Health at the time was William Waldegrave, from an aristocratic Somerset family, who was MP for Bristol West, 1979-97. William’s sister Lady Susan Hussey is Lady-in-Waiting to Brenda and was married to Marmaduke Hussey, whom Thatch parachuted in as BBC Chairman. Just look what was happening to my friends who worked in the media (including at the BBC) and to me at the hands of the Gang at the time. Meanwhile Mr Bridgy Celeb was surrounded by the Rich n Degenerate, one of whom paid him using a Coutts cheque. Waldegrave is a Director of Coutts.
Waldegrave was promoted to Heath Secretary just days before Thatch resigned as PM – which suggests that he knew about the conspiracy of Top Docs and disaffected Tories to remove Thatch – and remained in post until 10 April 1992. Days after Waldegrave moved to the role of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were killed by the Brighton Firebomb. See ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’. The North Wales Police were investigating the possible existence of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire at the time. Can Hurd and Waldegrave, who were in on the security services collusion with Bodger et al to bring Thatch down explain why they didn’t bring an international trafficking ring down as well?
Waldegrave, like Hurd, is an old Etonian and Waldegrave has served as Provost of Eton.
Interesting Facts about William Waldegrave:
In 1971, Waldegrave was working at the Conservative Research Department, notorious for its older male gay predators. That Dept used to have summer jollies to Italy at a venue known as the ‘Villa of Shame’, where teenaged boys were supplied… In March 1971, Waldegrave was appointed to Grocer Heath’s Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS, aka the ‘Think-Tank’). “He was from the beginning one of the most active ‘philosophers’ of the CPRS, and the proponent of strong views about its proper roles and functions.”. Waldegrave was one of the few openly political members of the staff and was used by Victor Rothschild, Head of the CPRS, as a link with both the Conservative Party and the outside, non Civil Service world. Waldegrave left in December 1973. Waldegrave was in the thick of the link between Serious Money and the Grocer when the Grocer’s Welsh Secretary Peter Thomas and the Grocer’s DHSS Secretary Sir Keith Joseph, were doing everything possible to assist Gwynne and Dafydd. du Cann, Tiny and the Gang’s other mates in the City were linked to Rothschild. LAWSON ?? LOOK UP – OLD NICK TOO
I make my usual point; Waldegrave may have been deeply unhappy about what was happening, but 1971-73 is a long time ago now. It wasn’t stopped. It was in 1969 that Gerald Wills and David Webster, MPs for Bridgwater and Weston-Super-Mare – Tuppence came from Weston-Super-Mare – died in unfortunate circumstances, to be replaced with Gang-friendly Jerry Wiggin and Tom King. Jerry’s farming friends employed Stuart, the spotter for the Gang who moved in around the corner from me when I was 12 and grandpa was dying; Jerry’s mates owned the house in which Stuart lived.
D.G.E. Wood, from a Bristol medical family, qualified from Bristol University in approx. 1970 and, with his wife, a marine botanist, moved to Bangor. David Hunt, a loyal member of the Gang who grew up in Denbighshire and a Young Conservative since his mid-teens, graduated in law from Bristol at about the same time as Wood qualified. Hunt remained in the West Country until 1976 – when he succeeded Selwyn’s Lloyd’s seat after Lloyd had gone to the Lords – ‘working for the Conservative Party’. When they were declaring war on grandpa.
Hunt’s father was Alan Hunt, was a Royal Naval Reserves officer. There is a running Royal Navy theme here, with Lord Mountbatten, Admiral Sir Alec Bingley etc and of course Admiral Frank Twiss was the Black Rod between 1970 and 1978 who’s son was the notorious Roddam Twiss, who was sexually using teenaged rent boys trafficked by the Gang. Roddam was imprisoned for sex offences on boys; he claimed to be behind the success of some of the 1980s male rock stars, including Limahl. The funding behind making Roddam’s choices into stars was provided by Roddam’s pal Mervyn Greenway, son of 3rd Baron Greenway. Mervyn was Tiny Rowland’s stockbroker.
In 1960, Sir Frank Twiss was appointed Naval Secretary to First Sea Lord, Lord Carrington, later Defence Secretary under Grocer Heath and Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher. Twiss was appointed as Commander-in-Chief, Far East Fleet in 1965. When Second Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel, 1967-70, Sir Frank ordered a crackdown on the ‘unnatural vice’ of homosexuality in the Navy. No doubt Gwynne was ready and willing to supply the Treatment for any boys who blabbed about being forced into such unnatural vices…
William Waldegrave, while on Brenda’s Secret Service, has managed not to stop a great deal of very serious crime.
As for St George’s Hospital, one would have thought that someone would have woken up when they were busy declaring Lady Lucan mad after she turned up with serious head injuries while a dead nanny was in the basement and Lord L disappeared on 8 Nov 1974. The new Dept of Paediatrics had just opened at St George’s, led by the fuckwit of an accomplice to the Westminster Paedophile Ring Baroness June Lloyd, who had appointed Ollie to a Chair. The St George’s Dept of Psychiatry was expanding and had linked up with Springfield Hospital and they were facilitating organised abuse and the dealing and distribution of Class A drugs. Bodger was soon to be installed at St George’s as well, Bodger who served as a Top Doc in the Royal Navy Reserve for years…
Lord Waldegrave was a Director of Adam & Company, a member of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, 2017-18. He has been a Director of Coutts & Company, also a member of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, since 2012. Waldegrave is currently Non-Executive Director of Cannabis company GW Pharmaceuticals
Ann Warburton retired from the Diplomatic Service and was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 1985–94. Concurrently she was a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission 1986–88, of the Committee on Standards in Public Life 1994–97 and of the Council of the University of East Anglia.
Geoffrey Howe’s wife Elspeth – the couple were longstanding friends of the Waterhouse and Geoffrey, a barrister from south Wales, had been concealing the crimes of Gwynne and Dafydd since the 1960s – was Deputy Chair of the EOC, 1975-79 and held other roles on the EOC after 1980.
The University of East Anglia is in Norwich. Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate David Ennals was the Labour MP for Norwich North, Feb 1974-83. Ennals died rapidly from pancreatic cancer on 17 June 1995, the month after Peter Morrison was found dead; four days before Morrison was found dead, Bing Spear the corrupt Civil Service Home Office Drugs Branch Mandarin who was of such assistance to Dafydd, Ann Dally and other Top Docs dealing and distributing Class A drugs died.
Ann Warburton led a European Community investigative mission into the treatment of Muslim women in the former Yugoslavia, which reported in January 1993. Srebrenica massacre – massive UN ‘failure’. In 1994, the UN ‘failed’ all over again with regard to Rwanda, Ann having published her report into the previous ‘failure’ the year previously. Warburton and Trumpers couldn’t deal with Gwynne and Dafydd, they weren’t going to be of much use in Sbrenica or Rwanda were they.
Ann Warburton’s successor as President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge was as useful to Sal Brinton as Warburton was. Baroness Pauline Perry was educated at Wolverhampton Girls’ High School and Girton College, Cambridge. Brave Wendy is a graduate of Girton. In 1952 Pauline married Oxford University lecturer George Perry, and had three sons and a daughter (Christopher, Timothy, Simon and Hilary). Pauline Perry became a teacher and philosophy lecturer, working in England, Canada and the USA.
In 1970, Perry joined HM Inspectorate at the Dept of Education and Science, and was appointed Chief Inspector of Schools in 1981. In 1986 Perry became Vice-Chancellor of South Bank Polytechnic, and serving during its transition to a university became the First Woman In History to run a British university.
Perry subsequently held other roles in HE, including Pro-Chancellor of the University of Surrey and President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
In 1986, Pauline Perry collaborated with John Cassels and James Prior to create the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) which would become National Centre for Universities and Business in 2013. Jim Prior was one of Thatch’s Cabinet Ministers who concealed organised abuse in Norfolk and later ended up as Thatch’s N Ireland Secretary. Jim was probably too lazy and thick to have concealed the aftermath of Kincora, but the Gang will have had a field day when Jim was given responsibility for N Ireland. Jim’s son Lord David Prior, like his dad, served as a Norfolk MP and is Big In The NHS, Very Big In The NHS, being Chair of NHS England and Chairman of UCH, although Lord David has been in the middle of a few scandals of his own re his public service.
Pauline Perry has also been active in the Southwark Cathedral and Church of England community and the City of London. She was appointed Chair of the review group examining the operation of the Crown Appointment Commission, the body which nominates Diocesan Bishops. The Perry Report “Working With The Spirit”, was published in May 2001 and led to more transparent selection procedures for the appointment of Anglican Bishops.
Pauline’s honours, awards etc:
Freedom of the City of London in 1991.
Member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2003-05) and chaired the Working Party on the Ethics of research involving animals
Chair, Commission on Secondary Reorganisation for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham,
- Chair, Commission on Academies and Free Schools in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
- Co-chair of The Conservatives Public Services Commission which reported in 2007.
- Chair of the Governing Body of Kaplan College and Law School, in 2013.
On 16 July 1991 Pauline became a life peer as The Right Honourable Baroness Perry of Southwark. Pauline sits on the Conservative Party benches. She was appointed a Conservative Party Whip in the Lords in January 2011. Pauline retired from the Lords on 26 May 2016.
After her stint as Bursar of Lucy Cavendish College, Sal Brinton was then Bursar of Selwyn College, Cambridge, 1997-2002. The Master of Selwyn College, 1994-2000, Sir David Harrison (born 3 May 1930) was VC of the University of Keele, 1979-84, VC of the University of Exeter, 1984-94 and PVC of the University of Cambridge in 1997. Harrison was educated at Bede School, Sunderland, Clacton County High School and Selwyn College, reading Natural Sciences (Chemistry), before receiving a PhD in Physical Chemistry. He taught at Cambridge University until 1979 becoming a Fellow of Selwyn and its Senior Tutor. Harrison was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1987. Outside academia, David Harrison was Chairman of the Government’s Advisory Committee on the safety of nuclear installations.
Harrison was knighted in 1997. In 1962 he married Sheila Rachel Debes and they had a son and daughter and one son deceased.
Sal Brinton served as Bursar for two years under David Harrison’s successor as Master of Selwyn, Professor Richard John Bowring PhD, Litt.D (born 6 February 1947), Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow of Downing College. In 2013, Bowring was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for contributions to the development of Japanese studies, Japanese language education and the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and the UK. After a long academic career, Bowring was elected as Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Richard Bowring attended Blundell’s School in Devon before graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1968. He completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in 1973. In addition to Cambridge, Bowring has also taught at Princeton University and Columbia University. Bowring has been Professor of Japanese Studies since 1985 at the University of Cambridge. During Bowring’s tenure, Selwyn College became ‘more oriented towards excellence’ in politics, history, and international studies. According to some, Bowring also reinforced the traditional, conservative nature of Selwyn College which had been led in the previous generation by centre-right historians such as Edward Norman who has also been a fellow at the college. Edward Norman – HERE
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Alumni include – HERE – SIMON HUGHES and others
In 1997 Sal won the East Anglian entrepreneurial businesswoman of the year award. Brinton was also founder member of the Board of the East of England Development Agency from December 1998 to December 2004 (Deputy Chair, 2001-04).
From 1999 to 2004, Baroness Brinton chaired the Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council. She contested the Watford constituency at the 2005 and 2010 General Elections coming second to Labour and the Conservatives respectively.
So after failing to win a seat at every General Election in which Sal Brinton stood, in 2010 someone let her into Parliament through the Back Door, giving her dining and voting facilities and now she’s the Leader of the Lib Dems. It’s incredible what having a dad and granddad who Helped Gwynne can do for one’s career.
Brinton is a Non-Executive Director of the Ufi Charitable Trust, a charity giving grants in the vocational educational technology sector.
Baroness Brinton is a member of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee and Vice Chair of the Federal Conference Committee. She also Chairs the Liberal Democrat Diversity Engagement Group and has a particular interest in increasing the number of women, black, Asian, and minority ethnic MPs. Baroness Brinton was a member of the All Party Stalking Inquiry of 2011. Just before her granddad’s mates waved guns at me.
In 2014, Baroness Brinton was elected as the President of the Liberal Democrats, defeating Daisy Cooper and Liz Lynne, and took up her position on 1 January 2015. For all I know Daisy and Liz may have previous nearly as shameful as Baroness Sal, but it would be good to see them or indeed anyone overthrow this UNELECTED old bag who is now Leader, a sort of Lib Dem Heir To Trumpers, who only decided that it was a politician’s life for her in the early 1990s after the questions about the alleged VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire would not go away.
Tim Brinton’s uncle was Wilfred Danvers Brinton.
Wilfred Danvers Brinton
b.19 July 1911 d.10 April 1985
Wilfred Brinton was of a distinguished medical family. His paternal grandfather was William Brinton MD FRCS FRCP who died in 1867 [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV p.76]. His maternal great-grandfather was Sir William Bowman Bart., FRS FRCS (1816-1892) of capsular fame. His brother was Denis H Brinton DM FRCP (q.v.) former dean of St Mary’s, with whom Wilf kept up a weekly correspondence.
Wilfred’s mother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and he held that he was conceived because her physician advised that another pregnancy might at least alleviate her affliction. He was born and educated at Eton College, where his father was an esteemed housemaster (retired 1924, died 1941) whose pupils continued to meet annually until 1979. His education continued at New College, Oxford, and Guy’s Hospital. He had many additional interests: archaeology, early Scottish history, Italian art, an intense and rather pedantic interest in the use of words, and natural history – one holiday, before the war, he spent largely dissecting a stranded whale. These interests may have delayed his progress as a medical student but they enriched the remainder of his life.
Wilf married Barbara Lyall, a fellow Oxford graduate, in 1940. They both had strong personal attributes, but the fundamental bond was firm and lasting. Their two adored, and indulged, daughters have matured to responsible professional careers.
Wilf joined the RAMC in 1939 and was posted to Cairo late in 1940 where he was first MO to CSDIC, and then to hospitals in Tripoli and Southern Italy. Barbara was also in the Middle East from 1942 and worked for three years there in civil supplies. In 1945 Wilf returned to Guy’s as senior registrar. He was particularly interested in congenital heart disease and heart lesions. On Tuesday afternoons he conducted a teaching round at one of the satellite hospitals, which was very well attended by junior staff who appreciated his interest in his patients and his subject, and his fresh and lively presentations. His publications were principally on congenital heart disease. In 1950 he was appointed consultant physician to the Winchester Group of Hospitals, with the special interest of cardiology. He served town, gown and country with equal dedication. His rounds were extremely well attended. His duties included visits each week to Basingstoke, Alton, and Andover hospitals. For many years he served the College as examiner in pathology for the Membership examination.
Though both husband and wife were ‘good mixers’ neither had time, nor inclination, for the social life. Real friends became members of an extended family. To this, before my time, belonged Angus the fisherman at Morar who taught Wilfred everything he knew about the sea. Those in Winchester certainly included Mr Benham the gardener, and Mrs Harris who skilfully ran her own home and also managed the Brinton’s. ‘Old Nan’, Wilfs nannie, was of the family in England and in Scotland. There was also his old friend and neighbour at Traigh: VSS in Arisaig.
Devoted as he was to his birthplace, Wilf was more attached to Morar and Arisaig on the west coast of Scotland. Here, from 1885-1924 the Bowman family had rented, but never bought, a house. Their many guests were never expected to stay for less than a fortnight in view of the arduous journey to get there. Barbara has transcribed and edited the ‘Journals’ of those summers. It was here that Wilf spent his boyhood, his last nine years, and many times in between.
In his youth Wilf was active in climbing mountains. He also sailed the unpredictable seas of the Hebrides to Eigg, Canna and Loch Brittle. In his fishing he followed the advice of his old mentor, Angus: ‘Any time I being dead, Master Wilfred, this is where you’ll get the fish.’ The trick was to transform red lugworms into red raspberries in 12 hours. We rose early to dig the lugworms at low tide and, after a quick kipper breakfast, hurried to the boat house to thread the bloody worms onto the murderous hooks of the long line. The line was placed so that it could be played out from the boat without a tangle. Then a long row to the mouth of the Morar river where the line would be played out on the bank indicated many years before by Angus. Back to the boat house for marmalade sandwiches, usually in pouring rain, then the long row back to the line. Hauling in the line requires the skill of the hauler and yet more skill of the oarsman to keep the boat in suitable trim. The fish came in: plaice, starfish, skate, and hopefully no congers. Back to the cottage to gut the fish to the cries of raucous hungry gulls. Then a platter (aschet) of fresh fish to VSS, which she rewarded with a plate of raspberries. Hey presto! Red lugworms to red raspberries in 12 hours.
On retirement Wilf made no delay in returning to a skilfully rebuilt ‘Old Mary’s Cottage’. Too little time was given for these last happy and contented years. In his final brief illness Wilf made light of his constraints. He even said that he enjoyed hospital food. His skilful and compassionate physician, however, allowed him to return home to Arisaig. He watched the ever changing colours and lights over the sea and the islands, he fingered his books, he heard again his favourite recordings. So his last days had a tranquillity comparable to that of the Strauss ‘Last Four Songs’.
HE Holling wrote this tribute.
Politicians Tim Brinton and Sal Brinton, Baroness Brinton are cousins of Mary Stocks. Mary’s mother Constance (née Rendel) was related to Eleanor and Philippa Strachey. Mary attended St Paul’s Girls’ School. Lord Gnome’s wife Veronica went to St Pauls Girls’ School. Mary campaigned for women’s suffrage and joined Millicent Fawcett‘s moderate National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) which later became the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship (NUSEC). Mary studied at the LSE, graduating in 1913 in Economics. Gnome graduated from the LSE in 1914 and remained there for a time as a tutor.
Mary married philosopher John Leofric Stocks in December 1913. He was a fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, another institution favoured by Gang associates. Alumni include Edward du Cann, corrupt Civil Service mandarin Sir Idwal Pugh, Kingsley Amis – with who’s son Martin Germain Greer had a much-hyped relationship – Philip Larkin, the Dean of the Maudsley David Lewis Davies (before he studied medicine) and, in a later era, Miranda. Mary and John Stocks had one son and two daughters.
During the First World War, Mary Stocks taught at the LSE and King’s College, London, while her husband served with in France with the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Mary was a member of the NUWSS Committee; she campaigned for family allowances (finally granted in 1945) and for birth control; she was also an editor of the NUSEC journal Woman’s Leader, supported the ordination of women priests, and equal pay for women. Mary also opposed restrictive women’s clothing: as a matter of practicality, she did not wear a hat or make-up, preferred flat shoes and kept her hair short. Mary became involved with the Workers’ Educational Association.
After WW I, Mary moved to Oxford with her husband and taught economic history at Somerville College and Lady Margaret Hall. The family moved to Manchester in 1924, where her husband became a Professor of Philosophy. Mary was a magistrate in Manchester from 1930 to 1936. The family moved again to Liverpool in 1937 where Mary’s husband was briefly Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University for 6 months, before dying suddenly in 1937.
Mary Stocks moved back to London and became Secretary of the London Council of Social Service. In 1939, Mary became Principal of Westfield College where she remained, including a period when the college was temporarily relocated to Oxford during WW II, until she retired in 1951.
Mary served on a number of Gov’t committees, often as the only woman.
Mary Stocks contested the London University seat at the 1945 General Election as an Independent Progressive and came within 149 votes of winning. In 1946 Stocks unsuccessfully contested a seat for the Combined English Universities at a by-election as an Independent candidate. The by-election was caused by the death of Eleanor Rathbone (President of the NUSEC, whose biography Stocks wrote in 1949).
The Rathbones were a Liverpool-based family who were political (on the left) and philanthropists. The Rathbones’ charitable foundation extended its assistance to some of those accused and even convicted of child abuse in north Wales; I’m not aware that any of their victims were in receipt of largesse from the Rathbones. Rathbone descendent Jenny is currently the Labour AM for Cardiff Central. Jenny was born in Liverpool but spent years in London as a journo and an Islington Borough Cllr, until some 10 years ago when Jenny realised that her heart’s desire was really to live in south Wales and serve as a helper to Sister Hutt et al. See ‘The Battle Of The Cowshed’.
Mary Stocks obtained wider public recognition in later life, when she became a radio broadcaster and appeared frequently on Any Questions?, on quiz shows and gave religious talks.
Mary Stocks eventually retired to the House of Lords, having been created a life peer as Baroness Stocks, on 17 January 1966, where she initially took the Labour Party Whip before becoming a cross-bencher in 1974. Mary was commissioned to write a book on the first 50th years of the WEA – which had been founded in 1903 – published in 1953.
Mary Stocks received several honorary doctorates, including ones from Manchester University in 1955, Liverpool University in 1956 and Leeds University in 1957. Mary was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Anti-Concorde Project. Mary Stocks died in Kensington in July 1975.
In 2017, Mary Stocks featured in a conference, London’s Women Historians, held at the Institute of Historical Research.
The Principal of Westfield College, 1965-84, was Professor Sir Bryan Thwaites, born on 6 December 1923. Thwaites was educated at Dulwich College, 1936-40 and then Winchester College. He duly graduated with an MA from Clare College, Cambridge University, gaining a First in the Maths Tripos in 1944. Thwaites was awarded his doctorate PhD by London University.
Thwaites’ first appointment, on graduation, was as a Science Officer at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington, 1944-1947. He then moved to the Dept of Aeronautics at the Imperial College of Science, 1947-51. WYNN HUMPHREY DAVIES. In 1951 Thwaites returned to his old school, Winchester College, as an Assistant Master, teaching maths, 1951-59 and remained in secondary education for most of the 1950s. Thwaites was also commissioned into the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during this period, as a Pilot Officer in the Training Branch [RAFVR(T), 1952-58, largely to assist with the command of the College cadet force.
In 1961 Dr. Thwaites was appointed Professor of Theoretical Mechanics at the new University of Southampton, 1961-65. SOUTHAMPTON – ACHESON – Lord Denning and Sir Norman Denning’s turf
On taking up his new post, Prof. Thwaites hosted a conference addressing the disconnect between the teaching of maths and the need for professional maths in industry and academia: the result was the School Mathematics Project (SMP). At a meeting in Winchester, three public-school maths teachers met with Thwaites to devise a new curriculum: Martyn Cundy (1913-2005) Sherborne School, Tom Jones Winchester College and Douglas Quadling (OBE) Marlborough College. T. D. Morris of Charterhouse School joined the group soon after. The representatives of Charterhouse, Marlborough, Sherborne and Winchester were then joined by Battersea Grammar School (A. J. Penfold), Exeter School (D. J. Holding), Holloway School (D. E. Mansfield) and Winchester County High School for Girls (WCHS) (J. E. Harris). These eight schools initiated the SMP. Within a year the team had drawn up materials for the ‘modern mathematics’, ready for the new academic year in September 1962. From July 1964 three examination boards offered the new syllabus for the G.C.E. The SMP began as a research project but was then formalised as a charitable trust: Prof. Thwaites was the founding Director.
The SMP maths books were notorious for my generation. They were a truly hopeless method of teaching maths and the jokes about the ‘new maths generation’ (ie. mine) not being able to do maths was attributed to the SMP books. As far as I can work out, the SMP books were widely used in the sort of schools such as the one that I attended, with substantially disadvantaged pupils where university was just not seen as an option for virtually any of the children. SMP maths was for kids who were not expected to learn maths. I had no idea that the SMP fuckwittery was invented for us by Real Maths Teachers From Public Schools. When I got to university and met people who had been to rather more academic schools than the Bridgwater comprehensives, they could do the basics in maths and they had not been taught using the SMP books.
I only learnt maths at a good ‘O’ level pass standard after I had left Chilton Trinity School. I took an extra ‘O’ level in maths alongside the first year of my ‘A’ level course at Bridgwater College and was taught by an eccentric man called Mr Wood who very obviously held the other teachers at Bridgwater College in contempt, but Mr Wood was very good at teaching maths to teenagers who had endured the SMP books. Mr Wood was famed for being able to get virtually anyone through the ‘O’ level with a good grade after three terms. Everyone could do maths when they had been taught by Mr Wood, he actually taught maths, rather than wasted time with a textbook that introduced each maths theme by prose worthy of primary school, followed immediately by a few pages of ‘O’ level standard calculations with bugger all explanation of how to do the calculations…
I’m sure that Thwaites et al didn’t teach their public school pupils using the SMP method, so I wonder what was going on as SMP gripped Britain’s state schools that weren’t grammars… Perhaps we were all just supposed to be sex workers. Sex workers who couldn’t do maths.
Since I began this blog, I’ve received leaked info from tests and assessments that I sat at various times throughout my schooldays and the leaks have told me that I was consistently within the top 1%. Yes, I know from the assessments that I was aware of – there was one at primary school and definitely one in the first year of Chilton Trinity – I think that I scored 100%. It wasn’t just me who was dumped in that shite school and told that I was Too Thick For University, there were a lot of us in that place! Edward du Cann et al might have robbed my grandfather blind so he then couldn’t send us to the private schools that he’d planned, but thousands of kids passed through Chilton School during the years that it was run by Bill Francis who dripped with contempt for the kids and their families.
Taking another approach to further the development of maths, Thwaites co-founded, in 1964, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), alongside Professor (Sir) James Lighthill; Thwaites became a Fellow (FIMA) of the Institute. In 1990, IMA received its Charter and was therefore able to award the title of Chartered Mathematician (CMath) to practising mathematicians, as part of the professionalisation of the occupation. I doubt that they’ll have been taught using the SMP books.
In 1965, Professor Thwaites was appointed Principal of Westfield College, 1965-84, then newly co-educational. Thwaites retired from the post shortly before Westfield College merged with Queen Mary College.
Professor Thwaites was also appointed Professor of Geometry, 1969-72, at Gresham College, a role that is largely an honorific.
Thwaites developed an interest in medical administration, accepting a number of appointments over the years: he was Chairman of the Northwick Park Hospital Management Committee and a member of the Council of the Middlesex Hospital Board. Northwick Park Hospital built by Crossman’s mate Labour peer architect Richard Llewellyn Davies, who was also commissioned by Harold Wilson to build Milton Keynes no less. Richard L-D was still being commissioned to build big NHS structures when his mate Crossman was DHSS Secretary. Richard’s wife Labour peer Patricia aka Annie L-D was, while Richard bagged NHS commissions for building hospitals, holding NHS governance roles, in which she concealed Gwynne, Dafydd and so much more. Richard L-D was one of the bent professionals who was tied up with the huge civic corruption of T. Dan Smith, Poulson et al. After Richard’s death, Annie L-D began a secret relationship with Tory peer Lord Alport. Who was a relative of Lord Lucan. See previous posts.
From 1982 to 1988, Thwaites was Chairman of Wessex Regional Health Authority. HAMPSHIRE REGION?? check. A 1993 report revealed that in 1986, Thwaites came under intense pressure to award a contract to Arthur Andersen. ACCOUNTANTS?? Patrick Jenkin was registered as a lobbyist for Andersen, and had been the man who appointed Thwaites to the post, when Jenkin was Secretary of State for the DHSS. Nevertheless, Thwaites was knighted in the New Year’s Honours list of 1986, for his services to education and medicine. Jenkin was awarded a peerage in 1987. The friendship was briefly cemented by the marriage – later dissolved – in 1990, of Thwaites’ son to Jenkin’s daughter.
Jenkin – ring – Ollie – Thatch GE etc – son Bernard and Bernard’s wife Ann – Tory peers – Patrick Jenkin friend of Ronnie Waterhouse
In 1983, Thwaites co-founded the charity Education 2000, with Christopher Wysock-Wright.
In later life, Sir Bryan sought to downsize and divest himself of his assets to serve good causes. In 2007, he donated an organ built for his London apartment to his old school. In 2019, Thwaites attempted to leave a bequest, totalling a million pounds, to his two secondary schools, on condition that it was used to benefit ‘white working-class poor (males)’; the schools felt unable to accept the offer in light of anti-discrimination laws.
Bryan Thwaites married Katharine Mary (Kate) in 1948; Lady Thwaites died in 1991. Jacoby Thwaites is their son. As a widower, Sir Bryan owned an apartment in the Albany, Piccadilly for a number of years. Piccadilly was the location of the ‘Meat Rack’, the notorious place at which rent boys trafficked by Gwynne and Dafydd were picked up by VIPs.
The Westfield College name was lost following the 2013 change of the merged institution’s legal name to Queen Mary University of London.
I look forward to the day in 10 years time when Lord Hennessey interviews Sal Brinton and tells her how it would have all been so different if she had become PM.
trethowan – met him before ooh looking old now not doing any med work – date
Vichy Warwick – Jack Butterworth – doris b – angels/midwives
Now Then. I was surprise to read that Meg Stacey Sociologist Of Warwick University was appointed as a member of the Welsh Hospitals Board in 1970. The Welsh Hospitals Board was directly responsible for running the North Wales Hospital. Meg was appointed to the Welsh Hospitals Board in the immediate wake of the 1969 Ely Hospital Scandal, which blew up in the Labour Gov’ts face when it became public that long stay patients at Ely Hospital, Cardiff (mostly very vulnerable learning disabled patients) had been seriously abused by the Angels. Patients were punched, kicked, hosed down outside naked and they will have been sexually assaulted as well but that didn’t get a mention. The Ely Scandal caused public protests and great concern about the fate of people in asylums. The Ely staff defended themselves in the face of public outrage by declaring that things were far worse at Denbigh and no-one had mentioned that.
The person who had the most crap over him as a result of Ely was Wilson’s Secretary of State for the DHSS, Richard Crossman, also one of Britain’s Spymasters, who was on excellent terms with Gwynne and Dafydd. Crossman tried to deny that anyone had known what was happening at Ely, only to be told that not only had there been many complaints that the Welsh Hospital Board ignored, but that Inspectors had witnessed patients being abused on inspection visits to Ely. Then Dame Kathleen Raven, the Gov’t Chief Nursing Officer, admitted that she had been told that patients were being ill-treated at Ely many times but she hadn’t acted on complaints either.
Raven is discussed in detail in my post ‘I Am Passionately Committed…’ The Dame was extraordinary even by the standards of Chief Nursing Officers. Dame Kathleen had Trained as an Angel at Bart’s, Armstrong-Jones Central, where her older brother Ronald, a surgeon, had Trained as a Top Doc. The Dame worked at Bart’s for a number of years until she bagged a job as Deputy Matron at Leeds General Infirmary and was soon promoted to Matron there, holding that post, 1949-57. By that time, not only was Jimmy Savile busy in Leeds, but David Williams, an Angel who Trained with Gwynne et al at Denbigh, had become an activist with COHSE and in the mid-1950s was appointed as the full-time COHSE rep for Yorkshire.
David Williams ended up as General Secretary of COHSE, DATES… Williams rose through COHSE in parallel with his mate Hector MacKenzie, who was Gen Sec of COHSE, DATES. Hector did even better out of patients abuse and harm than Williams, Hector ended up in the Lords. I presumed that Hector bagged the peerage because although Williams was a witness to Gwynne, Hector as a Young Thug had worked in asylums in what is now called Cumbria, Willi Whitelaw’s turf from DATE when Willie was elected as the MP for Penrith. Willie was up to something in Cumbria and Hector knew what it was. The Dame grew up in Cumbria, in an Arty Cultured family; her grandmother was friends with John Ruskin.
The Dame never looked back after she arrived at Leeds in a senior capacity. She was appointed Deputy Chief Nursing Officer in the Ministry of Health in 1957, the year in which Dafydd Qualified and when Gwynne and/or Dafydd did something that necessitated moving the furniture about at Gov’t level. Loyal Gang member Denis Vosper, whom Supermac appointed as Health Minister when Supermac succeeded Eden as PM in Jan 1957, suddenly resigned ‘on Top Docs advice’ in Sept 1957, although Vosper made a rapid recovery and was back as a junior Minister at the Home Office in time for the Profumo Affair. Vosper was given a peerage in 1964; he died unexpectedly in 1968. The other Health Ministers of his era all lasted until in very old age and were around to help when I did battle with the Gang in the 1980s. Vosper had been the Tory MP for Runcorn, the location of Gwynne and Dafydd’s torture chamber and prison, Risley Remand Centre. Risley was designed and planned in the early 1960s, as Gwynne and Dafydd’s trade hotted up pre-Profumo and was finished/opened in 1964, dogged by tragedy and scandal from the beginning. Vosper going to the Lords made way for Tory Mark Carlisle, who braved the very worst that Risley threw at the world throughout his career in the Commons and the Lords.
Nothing fazed Carlisle, not even death after death of children in care – who had been arrested on the basis of lies, or for trivial crimes, or sometimes just because they needed to held In A Safe Place for a ‘psychiatric assessment’ – under 16 yrs in Risley. They ‘committed suicide’ while under observation in the ‘hospital wing’ by stabbing themselves, or more usually hanging themselves. Carlisle was absolutely happy with the Treatment and Care provided in the ‘hospital wing’, although by his own admission the only visiting Doc, apart from Dafydd, was a visiting pox doctor. Everyone at Risley was also loaded up with huge doses of liquid coshes, dished out without even the effort of a prescription from a Top Doc. But then the screws were murdering people out there, so skimping on the prescriptions shouldn’t surprise us.
For more Risley and Carlisle fun, see eg. ‘Include Me Out’.
In 1964, Pioneering Feminist Lady Doc Edith Summerskill was elected as the Labour MP for Warrington, near Risley. Edith had previously been an MP for Fulham – on Gwyneth Dunwoody’s turf (and that of her parents)before she was elected as MP for Exeter – but as Risley neared completion, it was Warrington for Edith. Earlier in her career, Edith had been the minion of John Strachey, Sir Clough’s brother-in-law, when Strachey had been Minister for Food. Edith’s daughter Shirley was a Nice Lady Doctor who Trained at Tommy’s and succeeded Maurice Macmillan as MP for Halifax. Shirley was a junior Minister in Sunny Jim’s Gov’t. The Summerskills facilitated the Westminster Paedophile Ring and knew Sadie Francis’s family, who had a tradition of Nice Lady Doctors going back three generations.
The business of Risley, the influx of absolute bastards as local MPs and whatever happened in Sept 1957 was something to do with Gwynne rather than Dafydd, but it seems to be a well-kept secret. Gwynne either had a VIP prisoner or he killed a VIP prisoner… I suspect that whatever it was involved this person in some way.
After Gwynne did whatever he did in 1957, the Dame was appointed Chief Nursing Officer in 1958, remaining in post until 1972. Little wonder that nothing at all, not even the Ely Scandal, improved matters re Gwynne and Dafydd or indeed other huge swathes of the NHS that were absolutely not what they should have been. The people – and trade unionists – running the NHS were exactly the same people who had been there in the 1950s.
The Dame became a Dame in 1968, the year in which Vosper died…
Many were still in post in the 1980s when I encountered their minions. Arrogant, stupid, authoritarian, Trained in the 1950s and had not changed their practice since. They crushed the Docs and Angels below them in the system, which is why NHS staff were treated so badly, why there was a hierarchy so bizarre that it was laughable and why, although science had the potential to deliver so much more for NHS patients, it didn’t. That lot were running everything. Even the current Tainted Blood Scandal can be traced back to them. NHS blood supplies were known to be infected in 1969 and today people are burbling away saying that it should never have happened and no-one can explain why NHS patients were still being knowingly infected until the 1990s. It was because those criminal idiots were in charge and no-one EVER got rid of them, no matter how great the catastrophe. They promoted their friends and relatives and they all fed off each other’s criminality and stupidity.
Dame Kathleen as a Young Angel, With Standards:
In 1972, when the Dame stood down as Chief Nursing Officer, the events involving Headmasters of Bryn Estyn began. David Ursell, the Head, was suspended after non-specific complaints regarding the way in which he ‘maintained discipline’. The Headmaster who replaced him, Peter Burton, was then killed in a car crash near Crewe, along with his wife, young son and the Deputy Head. In Spring 1973, Matt Arnold, a former tutor at Ruskin College, arrived as Head of Bryn Estyn, from Axwell Park Approved School, Gateshead. In Nov 1973, Arnold appointed his old mate and former student from Ruskin, Peter Howarth, to a job at Bryn Estyn. Prior to Gateshead, Arnold had worked at an institution in Richmond, Yorkshire – the constituency was later held by Leon Brittan and then The Hague – and Howarth had been on placement there when a student at Ruskin in the mid-1960s.
Dame Kathleen was so keen to facilitate organised abuse and prostitution in NHS hospitals that as Matron in Leeds, she invented Beau Parlours no less, ‘rooms in which nurses could entertain their gentleman visitors’. I’d love to have seen the queues outside of the doors of the Beau Parlours Of Leeds, they probably reached all the way to Gwynne’s door in Denbigh.
The Dame claimed to have adopted the idea of Beau Parlours from her 1953 tour of hospitals in America and Canada. As ever with the NHS, there was a Shortage Of Angels, so the Dame ‘encouraged Yorkshire girls’ to enter nursing, as well as recruited Angels from ‘the colonies’.
Why do Angels never want to remain working in the NHS as Angels? You can give them Beau Parlours, Degrees In Nursing, Bursaries, Golden Handshakes, Graduation Ceremonies, but they continue to leave in great numbers!
The Dame Married in later life, to a dermatologist based at Durham University, Prof John Thornton Ingram. When Ingram died in 1972, the Dame retired as Chief Nursing Officer, but went International, becoming Chief Nursing Adviser to the Allied Medical Group, which involved her with hospitals in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. She was awarded the fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 1986 “for advocacy of developments in nursing management and education”.
Anyone remember Mr Ron Smith, the retired Yorkshire policeman who was a regular in the media in the 1980s, alleging a Gov’t cover-up after his daughter Helen, an Angel in Saudi, died after falling from a height during a drunken piss-up at the Jedda home of Dr Richard Arnot and his wife Penny? Two more people died at the same party…
Ron Smith was Mr Angry, very right wing and ex-copper, but his accusations that the Gov’t and NHS was rotten to the core and a pack of lying bastards certainly resonated with me. I never received the media coverage that Mr Ron Smith did, but I’m not an ex-copper from Jimmy Savile Central who had the inside knowledge of Dafydd’s Yorkshire-Savile business…
Mr Ron Smith was happy to admit that his daughter was a bit of a goer, but he swore blind that she had been murdered to conceal serious crime pointing to the highest levels of the UK Gov’t. Helen died on 20 May 1979; Thatch was elected as PM on 4 May 1979. Mr Ron Smith never received the answers that he wanted re Helen’s death and he was portrayed as an angry, obsessed man who died bitter and bonkers. I was always of the opinion that Mr Ron Smith was onto something after what I witnessed our Caring Professionals doing.
The usual culprits were involved. Leeds General Infirmary, where Helen’s body was stored for three decades, a series of inquests held by people whom no-one knew who to believe or not and a corrupt British Gov’t maintaining that Helen was a drunken slapper who’d fallen off the balcony, what was this madman banging on about? The FCO Made Up Their Minds – and probably made up the evidence as well – in 1982 and Stuck To Their Story.
See previous posts for discussion of Mr Ron Smith.
Unemployed? There are opportunities in a Beau Parlour near you.
Our house was bugged when we used to discuss Mr Ron Smith, so Mars-Jones et al know that for ages I only wore black knickers in response to Mr Ron Smith’s theory – as espoused in a media interview – that ‘this country is going to the dogs, it’s all Women’s Lib and black knickers’. Brown, his brother and I wanted to encourage the country to go to the dogs, so I agreed that I’d only wear black knickers. The letters to my mates discussing this ended up in the hands of George Carman and the Digger, so no doubt it was all listed as evidence of my Insanity, Dangerousness and Shy Prostitution ways.
Dame Kathleen, as a Towering Figure in Nursing, With Standards:
‘Nurse, you’ve spent quite long enough on that hospital corner, there is no-one on duty in the Beau Parlour.’
The Dame died in Oxford, 19 April 1999, some two weeks before Ioan Bowen Rees…
Richard Crossman had yet another problem re the Ely Scandal, after everyone had fessed up that they had known about conditions there and don’t mention Denbigh at any cost. It was that George Thomas was a member of the Welsh Hospitals Board. George Thomas at the time of the Ely Scandal was Wilson’s Secretary of State for Wales. Better even than that, Harold Wilson’s Gov’t had just agreed to devolve all matters Health and Social Services to the Welsh Office….
Crossman found a solution. He lied to Parliament, swore blind that They Knew Nuzzing and announced a Public Inquiry into Ely. To be Chaired by an Independent Voice Of Reason, one Geoffrey Howe QC. Howe’s dad had been a solicitor in south Wales who um er knew about Ely… and Gwynne at Denbigh…
Howe proved to be a Safe Pair Of Hands, he did a great job. It was stressed in the Report that the member of staff who had blown the whistle on the Ely Scandal was a Black Man, an Auxiliary Worker, who’s Written English Wasn’t Good and who Didn’t Understand Complexities As Well As The Matron Did. At no time did anyone demonstrate that the Black Man had even exaggerated, let alone lied. Every one of his allegations of criminal ill-treatment was found to be true. Yet he was still just a Black Man Who Didn’t Understand.
The essentials of the Ely Report were remarkably similar to the essentials in Reports of NHS/Social Services scandal ever since. Er, yes, this did happen. However we will throw every bit of mud possible at the person who has refused to shut up and no-one will leave their job except for them, although they have not been found guilty of any wrongdoing at all. It was the approach taken re me, but obviously people had to work extra hard because I’m not Black, I was better educated than some of the Docs in some areas of medical research, so Christ Almighty, we’ll be bringing out the machine guns here.
A reader sent me a link to a website about the Ely Scandal. It’s wonderful, there are all these exciting-sounding interviews that one can listen to re the Ely Scandal so that one can Learn All About It. There’s interviews with Angels who Felt So Ashamed after the bad PR that they Cried and wondered ‘Do people think I’m a bad person?’ Some Angels were So Ashamed that they got off the bus at a different stop so No-One Would Know That They Worked At Ely. Then there’s the interview with the Expert On The Ely Scandal. One Mark Drakeford. Whatever happened to him???? Mark Drakeford woffles away in a manner that is strangely familiar… No doubt everyone Got Around The Table With The Unions after Geoffrey Howe had thrown shit at the Black Man who Didn’t Understand…
One conclusion re the website chat about Ely was that perhaps the problems arose because the Angels Looking After the Ely patients were Trained To Look After Mentally Ill People, not Learning Disabled People. Yes, that probably explains why they smacked the patients in the face, kicked them down the corridor, dragged them outside naked in the winter and hosed them down with cold water, they had been Trained and were members of COHSE.
I haven’t had time to find out who is responsible for that website yet, but I can guess where the trail might lead.
Julia Gillard, that well-known Role Model Who Fought Sexist Men As A Woman Australian PM, was born in south Wales and spent her very early years there. Her mum worked for the Salvation Army and her dad was a psychiatric Angel; the family lived hear Ely…
Other members of the Welsh Hospitals Board included the dreadful Lord Prys-Davies – BRIEFLY In an earlier era – post-WW II, Alan Trevor Davies also sat on the Welsh Hospitals Board. Trevor-Davies spent years as the Provost of the Welsh National School of Medicine until 1969. T-D facilitated the ring at Cardiff as it bloomed with the support of George Thomas et al, until the Very Posh Man from England took over as Provost, Eton-educated Patrick Mounsey, who before training as a Top Doc, had completed a degree in Classics and then trained as an architect. Mounsey worked as a cardiologist at the London Hospital, then at Hammersmith, achieving high office at Hammersmith when the institution was dominated by Hugh Bentall and his cardiologist colleagues involved in major research fraud. Mounsey was their senior colleague…
Mounsey was despatched to Cardiff to bring a bit of clout the ring, strengthen connections with The Finest In Organised Abuse and to welcome the arrival of the new flagship University Hospital Cardiff. At that stage, no-one could afford a weak link in the chain.
Mounsey died on 21 Feb 1999…
Mounsey’s tribute on Munk’s Roll was written by William Asscher, one of the big wigs of the ring at Cardiff until Ollie was jailed and Bodger et al called Asscher to St George’s as Dean/Principal in 1988.
Alan Trevor Jones’s son Roger Verrier Jones trained at Cardiff with Tony Francis, when Roger’s dad was Provost there. Roger subsequently became the senior paediatrician at Cardiff… In retirement, Roger was involved with the Noah’s Ark charidee appeal.
Richard Crossman was the Labour MP for Coventry East, 1945-70. One of Crossman’s Achievements as MP was to secure a new NHS hospital for Coventry, the Walsgrave Hospital. It was Officially Opened by Brenda in 1970 and it was all a bit difficult because Crossman, who had expected to be the star of the show when Walsgrave Hospital opened, had just stood down as DHSS Secretary after Wilson lost the General Election.
Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates ran Walsgrave Hospital. When Bluglass covered up the criminality in July 1989, his sidekick as investigator was Dr Colin Berry, a psych from Walsgrave Hospital.
The factor that lost Labour the General Election in 1970 was the BMA turning against Crossman, after he refused to implement their pay claim in full. BMA Leaders shared platforms with Tories and appeared on TV telling the electorate to vote for the Grocer. The BMA organised industrial action on the part of GPs, in the weeks immediately before the election and GPs put posters up in their surgeries explaining that they were in dispute with the Labour Gov’t and the NHS was suffering as a result. The GPs’ industrial action included refusing to sign sick notes for people who needed to claim monies from various sources when they could not work. It was business as usual for Gwynne, Dafydd and at St George’s and business continued after the Grocer was elected.
The Grocer’s personal physician and close friend Sir Brian Warren was facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Warren ran a private practice in Belgravia, he refused to ever work in the NHS and served as a Westminster City Councillor. At the time, St George’s was still located in Knightsbridge and was on the manor of Westminster City Council. A fellow Cllr was Lady Lucan. Brian Warren was married to Dame Josephile Barnes, who worked in the NHS as well as private practice, as an obs and gynae at Charing Cross, the location of the Gender ID clinic that tortured patients until they found that their patients were going abroad to avoid the scumbags at Charing Cross, whereupon Charing Cross began flogging gender reassignment surgery to anyone with the dosh. They nearly ended up killing one patient via botched surgery and although the patient nearly died while starring in a TV serious, there was no prosecution or even adverse publicity… See ‘R.I.P Julia Grant and Many More…’
For info on Josephile and Brian Warren, see ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
Josephile was appointed to the Warnock Committee to tell the rest of the Committee what to do, the Warnock Committee being led by Mary Warnock, to ensure that it was Independent From Top Docs And their Vested Interests. Therefore, Mary, as well as other members of the Committee, including Dafydd Wigley and Noreen Edwards, the Chair of Gwynedd Health Authority, knew what to Recommend.
Richard Crossman Edited the ‘New Statesman’ after leaving the Commons. Crossman was a very big mate of Lord Jack Butterworth, the VC of Warwick University, 1963-85. Lord Jack and Crossman found themselves in a very difficult position in Feb 1970 when a group of protesting Warwick students staged a sit-in at the University Registry, broke into the files and found secret files held on students, detailing their political activity and even better, very incriminating letters between Lord Jack and his mates who were US and UK industrialists, confirming that Lord Jack had been doing a few things that he should not have in order to bag dosh for Warwick University. Crossman noted in his diary that Lord Jack had been caught red handed but it was all just so embarrassing because of the way in which the students had accessed the info. Rather like the situation when I stole my own medical records that were unlawfully withheld from me…
The Warwick Events as they came to be known were led by the Socialist Society students, one of whom was Merfyn. Who found and read his own Secret File.
SOCIAL CLASS : PLEB
POLITICIAL AFFILIATION: CASTRO
Had I thought of it at the time, when I worked at Bangor University I should have asked Merfyn, in his capacity as VC, to give me a copy of my file! There’d have been all the nonsense written in the wake of the Gwynne Row, about me being a shy prostitute etc. Perhaps the gerontocracy and the Gang feared that I would indeed do that… I do hope that Merfyn had a good laugh reading it, he knew Gwynne of old.
Should anyone need further evidence of the temperature of the hot water in which Merfyn and the Philanderer – who also participated in the Warwick Events – found themselves, Dame Kathleen of the Beau Parlours, after sharing a Ministerial car with Asa Briggs, suggested that Asa should Chair the proposed Gov’t Committee on the Future Of Nursing. Asa was subsequently appointed as Chair, but although the planning took place when Richard Crossman was at the DHSS, by the time that Asa submitted his Report, it was DATE and the Labour Gov’t was well on the way out. Including Denis Healey, Asa’s mate who grew up and went to school near Asa in the Bradford area.
Just to ensure that there was no danger of a rational, compassionate contribution to the NHS, Lord Jack’s wife, Lady Doris, was President CHECK of the Royal College of Midwives. Not that Doris had ever been a midwife.
Now Then. Lord Jack was a student at New College, Oxford and, a la Crossman, remained at New College as a don and in Lord Jack’s case, Bursar. Lord Jack was a barrister, a member of Lincoln’s Inn, as was Crossman’s dad the High Court Judge Sir Charles Stafford Crossman, Lord Denning, George Carman, Cherie and Miranda.
Think that the iron grip of Lord Jack and his mates on the NHS might have loosened over the decades? Not at all. Lord Jack, as well as having a wife, Incontinentia, also had a daughter, Anna Walker, who, like Lord Gnome’s daughter Penelope Piercy, became a Civil Service Mandarin. The Honourable Anna Elizabeth Blackstock Walker CB (born 1951) is married to Timothy Walker, with whom she has three adult children.
Walker succeeded Chris Bolt as Chair of the Office of Rail Regulation on 5 July 2009 when Bolt’s five-year term of office expired. In this role, Walker was the IRG-Rail Chair for 2013; the members of IRG-Rail consist of the independent Regulatory Bodies of twenty-one countries inside and outside the European Union. She stepped down from this role in 2015.
Anna Walker was Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission from its formation on 1 April 2004 until 31 March 2009, when the Commission was abolished and its functions in England were broadly subsumed by the Care Quality Commission. I wonder if Lord Jack’s daughter is particularly proud of the way in which the Healthcare Commission and the QCQ concealed patient harm and abuse in the NHS, including when I and two NHS staff whistleblowers reported violent assaults on patients at the Hergest Unit?
- 2009-2016 Chair, Young Epilepsy
- 2009-2015 Chair, Office of Rail Regulation
- 2008-2012 Board member and Vice Chair, Consumer Focus
- 2004-2009 Chief Executive, Healthcare Commission
- 2001-2003 Director-General for Rural Affairs, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- 1998-2001 Director-General for Energy, Department of Trade and Industry
- 1994-1997 Deputy Director-General, Oftel
- 1975-1994 Civil Servant, mostly at Department of Trade and Industry
- 1972-1973 British Council
Anna was educated at all the right places then, all of the above have been discussed on the blog and are popular with the grander female associates of the Gang. Lady Margaret Hall – Dame Viv Duffield – HERE
Timothy Edward Hanson Walker, Immigration and Nationality Directorate from 1995-98, and Director General of the Health and Safety Executive, 2000-05. From 2006 to 2012, Timothy was the Third Church Estates Commissioner, one of the most senior lay people in the Church of England. Let me know when you’ve found an excuse for the Rev J.F. Rigg, for Bishop Peter Ball, for Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates Archbishop Gwilym Williams, Archbishop Barry Morgan, Bishop Cledan Mears and the rest of them Timothy.(born 27 July 1945) is a retired Mandarin. He served as Director General of the
In 1969, Timothy Walker married Judith Mann; she died in 1976. Together they had one daughter. In 1983, he married Anna née Butterworth. Together they have two daughters.
Although most of those who partook of the Warwick Events were students, E.P. Thompson, an academic at Warwick, enthusiastically joined in. E.P. was so pissed off with Lord Jack that he resigned from his job at Warwick and published ‘Warwick University Ltd’, an expose. E.P. was Merfyn’s PhD supervisor and was a second homer at Croesor. E.P. Thompson was the leading figure in END (European Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) during the 1980s. E.P. had been a member of the Communist Party but was one of the many who resigned from the CPGB in 1956 over the Soviet invasion of Hungary. Eric Hobsbawm remained a member of the CPGB and there was much bad feeling between them. Eric too had a second home at Croesor until approx. 1978. See ‘Captain Swing and His Crewe’.
Westminster Swinger Woy was Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nov 1967-June 1970, during the chaos of Crossman at the DHSS. Woy was a guilty man in many other ways as well, including as Home Secretary, Dec 1965-Nov 1967 and again, March 1974-Sept 1976. Woy was born in Monmouthshire, south Wales. Woy’s dad Arthur was President of South Wales Miners’ Federation, DATES, Labour MP for Pontypool, DATES and PPS – DETAILS
Leo Abse served as the Labour MP for Pontypool (which became Torfaen), DATES.
Woy and his dad knew Lord Gnome, Gnome being a colleague and pal of Clement Attlee. Woy was MP for Southwark Central, 1948-50 and for Birmingham Stetchford, 1950-77. Woy JOB TITLES HERE and then decided that the House was in need of him once more when he formed the Gang of Four with Dr Death, Shirl and Bill Rodgers in 1981, as the Gang sent up distress flares. Once in the SDP, Woy successfully targeted the seat of Glasgow Hillhead, a constituency previously held by Tam Galbraith, a central figure in the John Vassall and the Gay Spies in the Admiralty Scandal that preceded the Profumo Affair. Tam had conveniently died; his wife died at about the same time too…
Woy left the Commons in 1987, in the middle of the Cunning Plan to fit me up and imprison me shortly after the June General Election and then cluttered up Oxford University as Chancellor.
In retirement, E.P. lived in Halifax, where he died on 28 Aug 1993, the month following my conviction at Bangor Magistrates Court for staring at Jackie Brandt in Safeways. At the time of E.P.’s death, the MP for Halifax was Labour’s Shirley Summerskill, family friend of Sadie Francis. Summerskill and her mum Edith the Lady Doctor who was a Pioneering Feminist both facilitated Gwynne and Dafydd’s criminality. The MP for Halifax who preceded Shirley was Maurice Macmillan. Maurice died unexpectedly after a heart operation in March 1984, shortly after I complained about Gwynne.
E.P. was married to social historian Dorothy Thompson. Born in Greenwich, Thompson entered Girton College, Cambridge, in 1942. During WW II, her work as an industrial draughtswoman for Royal Dutch Shell interrupted her formal education. Brave Wendy was a graduate of Girton College, before she Trained as a Top Doc at the London Hospital when it was run substantially by Royal Dutch Shell. Dorothy joined the Young Communists, married Edward Thompson in 1948 and moved to Halifax, where Edward worked in adult education and they were both active in the peace movement. The Thompsons had three children. Kate Thompson, the award-winning children’s writer, is their youngest child.
With E. P., Dorothy was part of the dissenting group in the Communist Party of Great Britain – of which Uncle Harry’s brother-in-law Ralph was one – who in 1956-57 set up the socialist humanist journal the New Reasoner, Dorothy’s principal role being “business manager”. While Dorothy found the break with the Communist Party painful, she was inspired working with writers, artists, historians and trade unionists in the formation of New Left clubs in many towns.
In 1970 Dorothy Thompson was appointed a Lecturer in the School of History at the University of Birmingham, where she remained until 1988. Dorothy was also a visiting scholar on a number of occasions at universities in the United States, as well as in Canada, China and Japan. The Early Chartists (1971) was a ground breaking collection of documents. The Chartists (1984) set out all the ways in which Dorothy Thompson sought to revise how Chartism was seen – from the Irish leaders to the vital contribution of women. In January 1995 Dorothy Thompson was presented with a festschrift, The Duty of Discontent. Edited by Owen Ashton, Stephen Roberts (both her former students) and Robert Fyson, the volume consists of 12 essays spanning the whole range of 19th and 20th -century British social history. The importance of Thompson’s writings on Chartism and Irish and women’s history is recognised by scholars internationally. Her work, like that of her husband, was always been informed by a passionate radicalism and a deep sympathy for the underdog.
Thompson’s position as the most influential historian of Chartism has been reinforced by two volumes of essays: Outsiders (1993) and The Dignity of Chartism (2015).
Dorothy was a leading member of the Communist Party Historians Group.
The VC of Birmingham University, 1968-81, was Lord Robert Hunter. He was educated at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh then studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh qualifying in 1938. During WW II Hunter served in the RAMC and was later appointed as personal physician to Field Marshall Montgomery. From 1947 to 1948 Hunter was Lecturer in Therapeutics at the University of Edinburgh, and in 1948 was Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at St Andrew’s University. Hunter was appointed Professor of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 1948-67 and was also Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, 1958-62. In 1963, following Thalidomide, Hunter became a member of the Ministry of Health Committee on Safety of Drugs and served on this Committee until 1968. Hunter moved to the University of Dundee in 1967 becoming Professor of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 1967-68. Hunter was then appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in 1968, a post he held until 1981. From 1973 to 1980 Hunter was a member of the DHSS Independent Scientific Committee on Smoking and Health.
Following the revelations in 1962 of the thalidomide disaster of the three previous years Hunter was appointed to the Committee on the Safety of Drugs and was Chairman of the Clinical Trials Sub-Committee. In 1964 Hunter was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Anthony Elliot Ritchie, George Howard Bell, Ernest Geoffrey Cullwick and James Macdonald. Following Hunter’s peerage in 1978 he was an active participant in the House of Lords and was a vocal supporter of the NHS.
Robert Hunter died of a heart attack while in his garden in Birmingham on 24 March 1994, three months before former Bryn Esty Head Matt Arnold died from an ‘unspecified blood disease’, four days before the trial of Arnold’s longstanding friend and colleague Peter Howarth for the sexual abuse of boys in care in north Wales opened at Chester Crown Court. Arnold had met Howarth in the mid-1960s when Howarth had been his student at Ruskin College, Oxford. The New Left crowd taught at Ruskin. See ‘A Study In Tyranny’. Hunter died either just before or just after F and I met with the Mental Health Act Commission and told them that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and that serious complaints were not being investigated. Our complaint wasn’t investigated and the Gwynedd Community Healthcare Trust refused to even document it on the grounds that to do so would be libelling Dafydd. The MHAC reps had told us during our meeting that they had received many such complaints about Dafydd before, reaching back to the 1960s.
Birmingham University’s Chancellor, 1973-83, was Sir Peter Scott, son of Scott of the Antarctic, ex-Royal Navy officer, BBC Naturalist, founder of World Wildlife Fund, artist, graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. Peter Scott was one of the ex-Oundle School crowd around Sir Clough.
After qualifying at St Andrew’s and working as a junior doc in St Andrews, Dundee etc, by the early 1970s, Robert Bluglass was working as a Doc at Birmingham University when William Trethowan was Mr Big of Birmingham Psychiatry. Bluglass succeeded Bill Trethowan as Mr Big of Birmingham Psychiatry. Shortly after Tony Francis relocated to north Wales from Manchester, Tony Francis’s boss at Manchester, Ian Brockington, took up as Chair at Birmingham University, alongside Bluglass. See ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’.
It gets so much better. Bluglass went to Warwick School, which was closely associated with Rugby School, the two schools playing each other at team sports. So Bluglass didn’t just get to meet future influential people as a boy at Warwick School, he also rubbed noses with even grander boys at Rugby. The likes of Tom King for example. Furthermore, small but perfectly formed Donald Trelford grew up in Coventry so years before he became Editor of ‘The Observer’, Trelford knew whose pints not to spill eg. Richard Crossman Spy Chief and Molester; Tom King, serious criminal; and Robert Bluglass, international trafficker, member of High Society in Warwickshire and owner/Director of one of Europe’s Finest Art Galleries, Compton Verney.
In 1983, when the Gang were threatening to kill Brown and in hot pursuit of me, Tiny Rowland bought ‘The Observer’.
manch link – isobel emmet – welsh speaking sw
Patrick blackett’s daughter – manch surgeon
Bertrand – d DATE 1970 – Lucy DATE??
Lord Jack Butterworth wasn’t the only unsavoury VC of Warwick University, Lord Jack merely set the tone for his successors. The Chancellors of Warwick have surpassed themselves as well. Of course they have, Richard Crossman was the man pulling the strings of Warwick University, only friends of Gwynne and Dafydd will have been allowed To Pass.
The first Chancellor of Warwick, 1965-77, was Viscount Cyril Radcliffe. Cyril was born in 1899 in Denbighshire, not a million miles away from the North Wales Hospital, as the North Wales Hospital vastly expanded and filled up with patients far away from North Wales who for some reason had been placed there by English authorities… See ‘Cymro 007’ and other posts.
Radcliffe was educated at Haileybury College. After WW I, he attended New College, Oxford as a scholar, Richard Crossman’s alma mater. Cyril was some eight years older than Crossman. In 1922 Cyril was elected to a prize fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1924, a la Lord Snowdon’s father and joined the chambers of Wilfred Greene, later the Master of the Rolls, 1937-49. Gwynne was busy during Greene’s terms as Master of the Rolls. Radcliffe joined the Ministry of Information becoming its Director-General by 1941, where he worked closely with the Minister Brendan Bracken. Radcliffe the senior security services officer returned to the Bar in 1945.
Radcliffe, a man who had never been east of Paris, was given the Chairmanship of the two boundary committees set up with the passing of the Indian Independence Act. He was faced with the task of drawing the borders for the new nations of Pakistan and India in a way that would leave as many Hindus and Sikhs in India and Muslims in Pakistan as possible. Radcliffe submitted his partition map on 9 August 1947, which split Punjab and Bengal almost in half. The new boundaries were formally announced on 14 August 1947, the day of Pakistan’s independence and the day before India became independent of the UK.
Radcliffe’s efforts saw some 14 million people – roughly seven million from each side – flee across the border when they discovered the new boundaries left them in the “wrong” country. In the violence that ensued after independence, estimates of loss of life accompanying or preceding the partition vary between several hundred thousand and two million and millions more were injured. After seeing the mayhem occurring on both sides of the boundary, Radcliffe refused his salary of 40,000 rupees (then £3,000 pounds). He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1948.
Radcliffe’s partitioning of India of course fed into the sterling work of the Viceroy of India, that Person Of Low Morals, as defined by the FBI:
In 1949, Radcliffe was made a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, sworn of the Privy Council and created a life peer as Baron Radcliffe. Unusually, he had not previously been a judge. In the 1940s and 1950s Radcliffe Chaired a string of Public Inquiries in addition to his legal duties and continued to hold numerous trusteeships, governorships and chairmanships right up until his death. Radcliffe Chaired the Committee of Enquiry into the Future of the British Film Institute (1948), whose recommendations led to the modernisation of the BFI in the post-war period. From 1957 he was Chairman of the Radcliffe Committee, called to enquire into the working of the monetary and credit system. The Committee published the Radcliffe report which suggested reforms on how monetary policy is run. Radcliffe was a frequent public speaker and wrote numerous books: he gave the BBC Reith Lecture in 1951 – a series of seven broadcasts titled Power and the State which examined the features of democratic society, and considered the problematic notions of power and authority. In 1962, as the Profumo Scandal was widely gossiped about but the names of those starring hadn’t yet been published in the press, Cyril Radcliffe was made an hereditary peer as Viscount Radcliffe.
Lord Radcliffe married the Honourable Antonia Mary Roby, daughter of Godfrey Benson, 1st Baron Charnwood and former wife of John Tennant, in 1939. He died in April 1977, aged 78. Radcliffe had no issue and the Viscountcy of Radcliffe became extinct on his death. In 2006, two sets of Chancery barristers’ chambers in Lincoln’s Inn merged and adopted the name “Radcliffe Chambers” in his honour.
Lord Elwyn-Jones’s mate Commonwealth Secretary General, July 1975-June 1980, Sir Shridath Surendranath Ramphal GCMG AC ONZ OE OCC QC, aka Sir Sonny Ramphal, served as Chancellor of Warwick, 1989-92, as discussed in previous posts.
An examination of gendered social divisions also became a sustained concern. The concepts of a male-dominated discipline have a “crippling effect”, she declared in her presidential address in 1982 to the British Sociological Association “on any attempt to understand the world of women and men and not just the world of men”. Her proposals for reconfigured thinking in medical sociology also remain influential; hers was a strong voice calling for its redesignation as a sociology of health and illness, to which she added “healing” and “suffering” to its more familiar vocabulary of “doctors”, “patients” and “diseases”.
Born in London, Stacey was educated at the City of London School for Girls and the London School of Economics whence she graduated in 1943 with a first-class honours degree in sociology. First, a Royal Ordnance Factory labour officer, she was a tutor for Oxford University by the end of the war, remaining there until 1951.
She had married Frank Stacey, a political scientist, in May 1945. After they moved to south Wales, she spent the next decade combining motherhood with work on her first book, before academic posts at University College, Swansea, including a secondment as director of its Medical Sociology Research Centre. In 1974, the couple moved to the Midlands: he to a chair at the University of Nottingham, which he held until his premature death in 1977; she to become professor of sociology at the University of Warwick until her retirement in 1989.
During this time she also served as chair of the department and of the graduate school of Women’s Studies, and established the Nursing Policy Studies Centre. As expected of an academic, she published steadily (14 books), secured research grants (nearly 30), and served on public and professional bodies (not just for sociology, but also on the General Medical Council, about which she published a study in 1992). She early developed an international reputation (including visiting positions abroad) and won the Fawcett Prize for a co-authored book Women, Power And Politics (1981), and received an honorary doctorate at Keele University.
Both her sociology and her private life echoed C Wright Mills’s sociological juxtaposition of “personal troubles” and “public issues”. Her extensive work on the adverse consequences of hospitalisation for small children derived its impetus from thoughtful appraisal of her own young family’s experiences when needing specialist medical attention. It resulted in multi-disciplinary research before such collaboration became fashionable. She also played a major role in founding the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital in the 1960s.
Readily described as indomitable, Stacey inspired tremendous loyalty in her graduate students at Warwick. Despite her seniority as principal investigator, she took it for granted she would do a share of the door-to-door interviews on a windswept estate, on the grounds that she had to have a first-hand sense of the data. Always hard working, she continued publishing through the decade after her retirement. She also made time to devote her energies not just to proposing that the sociology of health and illness also examined the sufferings caused by war, but to active involvement in the peace workers’ movement, Women in Black.
In 1999, a conference was held at Warwick University in tribute to her long career, to which, in typical fashion, Stacey herself made an animated contribution. Stacey the person was well summed up in her funeral, which opened with a Buddhist meditation – a faith to which she turned in her later years – but closed gleefully in a characteristic tinge of mischief with Yellow Submarine.
Meg Stacey is survived by Jennifer Lorch, her partner for many years, five children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
· Margaret (Meg) Stacey, sociologist, born March 27 1922; died February 10 2004
Meg’s charidee the Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital is an Australian organisation, now known as the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare (AWCH). The Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital (AWCH) was founded on 15 February 1973 in Australia as a voluntary organisation that gives non-medical attention and support to hospitalised children and their parents. The organisation wanted to make the public aware of conditions for children in NSW’s hospitals, including deficiencies in standards of care. The Association was particularly concerned whether parents were allowed to visit freely in hospitals. Years of debate over the need to consider the emotional as well as physical needs of children in hospital lay behind the formation of the new body. The group changed to the Association for the Welfare of Child Health in 1993 and then to Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare in 2007.In 2008, the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare and the Royal Australian College of Physicians co-wrote “Standards for the Care of Children and Adolescents in Health Services”.
It all stemmed from the UK’s Ministry of Health publishing the Platt Report 1959, a three-year investigative account of the welfare of children in UK hospitals that required hospitals to implement major changes in the non-medical care of children in hospital. Lord Robert Platt was the King of Manchester Medicine for decades throughout the middle of the 20th century who’s wife was a psychiatrist, the two of them protecting Gwynne and Dafydd. The Oz link may be a result of the Platts son emigrating to Oz and becoming a well-known Prof of Music there. Lord Platt was from a wealthy bohemian arty family and was well connected re High Culture. See previous posts. The 1959 Platt Report led to the 1961 formation of Mother Care for Children in Hospital (MCCH), a group formed to increase the roles mothers had over the care of their child in hospital. By 1965, enough like-minded healthcare professionals joined the mother’s group and the group was renamed the National Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital (NAWCH). That led to the formation of similar groups in Canada (Canadian Association for Community Care) and Australia.
Not a great deal changed re the institutional children’s wards for years in spite of all this activity and when people did begin painting bunnies on the walls, Jimmy Savile was dropping in as and when he pleased. Children’s wards did become very much more humane by the 1990s but then Top Docs discovered Munchausens by Proxy and parents were not only accused but a few of them went to prison for murders that they had not committed when Top Docs lied in the witness box.
Anyone for a child protection video starring Rolf Harris?
There really is a huge problem with Top Docs, as big a problem as with neglectful and abusive parents.
Meg’s husband Biggus aka Frank Stacey was educated at the University of Cambridge (graduated, 1948) and Nuffield College, Oxford (B.Phil., 1950). In 1951, he was appointed to University College Swansea as an assistant lecturer. At first he taught political theory and institutions in the department of history but then moved to the newly formed department of politics in 1955 and became a senior lecturer in politics in 1967. While in Swansea, Stacey was at one time chairman of the Swansea branch of the Campaign for the Advancement of State Education and a member of the Swansea National Health Service Executive Committee.
In 1974 he moved to the University of Nottingham to become the first Francis Hill Professor of Local Government. In 1976, Stacey was appointed to the Public Administration Committee of the Standing University Council for Social and Public Administration, and the Political Science and International Relations Committee of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Stacey died on 3 October 1977.
Stacey published a number of works including The Government of Modern Britain (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968), The British Ombudsman (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), A new Bill of Rights for Britain (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1973), and British Government 1966-1975 – Years of Reform (Oxford University Press, 1975). Ombudsmen Compared (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978), in which he compared ombudsmen systems in various countries, was posthumously published in 1978.
Frank’s papers are to be found in the Nottingham University archive:
The collection contains files of correspondence, interview notes, newspaper cuttings, reports, photocopies, manuscript notes and drafts belonging to Frank Stacey. Many of the files relate in some part to preparation for his work on ombudsmen in different countries. Principal series include the following:
Papers relating to the Social Science Research Council including the work of its Research into Central Government Panel and its Local Government Panel, 1970s;
Papers relating to ombudsmen in England, Wales and Scotland, 1973-1977;
Research papers relating to ombudsmen in different countries, 1963-1977;
Papers relating to the Political Studies Association conference, 1973;
Papers relating to the role of the British Parliamentary Commissioner, 1975-1977;
Materials relating to the UK Health Service including the role of the Health Service Commissioner and the National Health Service Wales, 1970-1977;
‘Reform at the Centre of Government in the United Kingdom’, a paper given to the Olivetti Foundation in Italy by Frank Stacey in 1977;
materials relating to the Public Administration Committee Conference on training in the Civil Service, 1977.
staceys co-authors – look up
med school – check vc during franks dates – weedon et al
Meg’s daughter I think is Jackie Stacey, who is described on Manchester University’s website thus:
Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
My academic background is an interdisciplinary one, combining European Studies (Sussex 1982), Womens Studies (Kent, 1984) and Cultural Studies (Birmingham, 1992). My publications include: Star Gazing: Female Spectators and Hollywood Cinema (1994) and Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997) and (as co-author with Sarah Franklin and Celia Lury) Global Nature, Global Culture (2000).
I have also co-edited a number of books, including Romance Revisited with Lynne Pearce (1995), Screen Histories: A Screen Reader with Annette Kuhn (1998), Thinking Through the Skin with Sara Ahmed (2001) and Queer Screens with Sarah Street (2007). My most recent publication is The Cinematic Life of the Gene (2010) with Duke University Press. I am also a co-editor of Screen and Feminist Theory.
Joining the University of Manchester in 2007 as Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, I bring an interest in feminist cultural theory and its bearing upon questions of political transformation. Since my arrival, I have been involved in a number of interdisciplinary collaborations, co-directing the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures (RICC), and, as a member of the Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture (CSSC), organising the annual Manchester Sexuality Summer School (SSS) in conjunction with the international arts festival, Queer Up North.
Lord BRIAN FLOWERS – VC of Manchester University DATES after years at London University colluding with and organising the Top Docs. Flowers came from Swansea and remained close to the Swansea Mafia throughout his career and life.
The current VC of Manchester University is physiologist Dame Nancy Rothwell. Rothwell completed first degree at London University and her PhD at what is now King’s College, London, in 1979. Her early research identified mechanisms of energy balance regulation, obesity and cachexia. In 1984 Rothwell was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship and relocated to Manchester in 1987, subsequently receiving numerous grants by the BBSRC. Rothwell was appointed to a Chair in Physiology in 1994, then a Medical Research Council research Chair in 1998. Her current research focusses on the role of inflammation in brain disease and has identified the role of the cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) in diverse forms of brain injury. Rothwell served as President of the British Neuroscience Association and a Council member of the MRC.
From October 2004 Rothwell served as Vice-President for Research of the University. In 2010 it was announced that Rothwell would succeed Alan Gilbert as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester on 1 July 2010. Rothwell is a Trustee of Cancer Research UK, the Campaign for Medical Progress, a Council member of BBSRC, Chair of the Research Defence Society and the Wellcome Trust‘s Public Engagement Strategy Committee and a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca.
In January 2010, Rothwell was appointed Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Until Alan Gilbert retired Nancy was acting President due to his sick leave. On 21 June 2010, she was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester. She assumed her post on 1 July 2010, succeeding Alan Gilbert, who had retired after nearly six years. She became the First Woman to….
I know how Nancy did it. Nancy was mates with many people in London who knew me or knew about me and from 1984 Nancy was working in Manchester with people who knew Tony Francis and his colleagues who were concealing the criminality of Gwynne and Dafydd… It is after all the method used by so many people who have recently squealed about being the First Woman To… Before I existed, the First Woman To… usually did it by being the daughter, wife or bedfellow of the right man.
‘There’s a special place in hell for…’ Oh do belt up Sister Hutt et al and read a bit of history.
The social anthropologists and sociologists left Swansea University en masse years some 20 yrs ago during the Great Swansea University Civil War. The Civil War was caused by the VC Richard Davies who really did behave appallingly, so badly that it became a source of humour for people employed in other universities who didn’t have to live with the consequences of Richard Davies. Davies closed down Depts who’s staff he simply didn’t like very much and promoted his mates, including the best man at either his or his friend’s wedding. The first hand accounts of Davies’s conduct were impressive, even by the standards of Corrupt Senior Managers In Universities. There were rows, strikes, protests, the unions were going crazy and the University Visitor – Brenda – was contacted. Richard Davies rode on unhindered and the extraordinary events at Swansea University continued. Richard Davies was suspended just a few months ago and there is talk of possible criminal charges. The last that I heard, Richard Davies was claiming that he had been Discriminated Against and was mounting a legal challenge…
One of the Depts closed down by Davies during the Great Civil War was Social Anthropology/Sociology. There were some well-known sociologists in that Dept who subsequently bagged jobs in universities grander than Swansea. One of those academics was feminist sociologist Nicky Charles, who now holds a Chair at Warwick. Nicky’s work is not banal like the work of so many, but I did notice that Nicky’s work on Women’s Aid in Wales doesn’t reflect the experiences of staff and ‘users’ of Welsh Wimin’s Aid. The organisation was founded by Sister Hutt and since it’s establishment has taken orders from the Gang. Wimmin’s Aid clients and their children were targeted by the Gang and trafficked… Had Nicky Charles ever published such matters she wouldn’t now have a Chair at Warwick. See previous posts for discussion of Nicky’s work on Women’s Aid, Richard Davies’s adventures etc.
I’m not unsympathetic to academics who fear being sacked, it’s just that I know so many women who were just horrified at the reality of Wimmin’s Aid, MIND etc. The phrase ‘I couldn’t believe it, it was THEM running the organisation’ – ‘THEM’ being friends of the scumbags from whom the targets were trying to escape – was a running theme. No-one will convince me that cheating and deceiving victims of crime in this way is justifiable.
Meg Stacey’s Grauniad obituary was written by Prof Anne Murcott, who can be found on the SOAS website:
Biography: Anne Murcott is author of books, articles and papers in sociology on various aspects of health and on food, diet and culture. Trained in social anthropology and in sociology, she taught at the University of Wales then moved to the University of London. She has also taught at Newcastle and Deakin Universities, Australia and the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is now Professorial Research Associate, Food Studies Centre, SOAS, London, Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and Professor Emerita London South Bank University. She was Director of the Economic & Social Research Council (UK) Research Programme ‘“The Nation’s Diet” the social science of food choice’ in the 1990s and was editor of Sociology of Health & Illness, and international editor of Food, Culture & Society.
Her current work includes co-editing Waste matters: new perspectives of food and society (The Sociological Review Monograph 2013) with David Evans and Hugh Campbell, The Handbook of Food Research (Bloomsbury 2013) with Warren Belasco and Peter Jackson and Food Consumption in Global Perspective: Essays in the Anthropology of Food in Honour of Jack Goody (Palgrave forthcoming) with Jakob Klein. She serves as an expert member of the UK Food Standards Agency’s General Advisory Committee on Science. In 2009 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala.
On the academic networking website Researchgate, Anne gives her affiliation as Nottingham University.
Anne’s son Toby Murcott published this book in Dec 2004:
This is the spiel that accompanies the advert for Toby’s book on Amazon:
Modern medicine has been staggeringly successful in delivering better health and longer lifespan. But in the developed world doctors are still struggling to treat chronic, often lifestyle-related killers such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Physicians also have little in their armoury to cope with the huge increase in immune system problems such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Millions of people are turning to alternative therapies, feeling that they provide the relief medical science cannot deliver. Only a handful of these therapies have been properly tested so many scientists dismiss them as nonsense.
The Whole Story Toby Murcott rounds up the latest evidence on the placebo effect, the randomized control trial, personalized genetic medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy and more. It comes to a provocative conclusion: alternative therapies could provide valuable new ways to help chronic diseases. Biochemist and science journalist Toby Murcott challenges conventional medicine to drop its prejudices and investigate these treatments rigorously in pursuit of powerful new approaches to healthcare.
The assertions made by Toby that alternative therapies could provide valuable new ways to help chronic diseases flies in the face of all robust clinical trials that have been conducted, including those by researchers who are sympathetic to alternative medicine. The most obvious example being the work of Prof Edzard Ernst, formerly of Exeter University. Edzard conducted extensive research in the area and came to the conclusion that the vast majority of alternative therapies popular at present are clinically ineffective. Edzard’s refusal to rig his results resulted in the famous battle between Edzard and Exeter University with Edzard being forced out of his job. The person who pressured Exeter to get rid of Edzard was Prince Charles, a big fan of homeopathy. Edzard provided a full account in his book ‘A Scientist In Wonderland’. I have blogged about Edzard previously and his battle with Exeter University.
I know a little bit about it because I chatted with Edzard on the phone and e mailed him, in 2006-07ish when Brown and I were interested in working with Edzard. Brown and I take the view that patients may benefit from alternative therapies by eg. contact with a sympathetic practitioners, but re clinical effectiveness, Edzard’s work is rigorous and conclusive. Brown and I ended up making contact with Edzard after we discovered that in north Wales, many Empowered Service Users were consulting alternative therapists after dreadful experiences with the Gang. What they often didn’t realise was how many of the alternative therapists were of the Gang themselves; friends, relations, former Angels etc. We were also concerned to find out that the local MIND groups – who were entirely run by the Gang – were offering free trials of alternative therapies for which clients would be subsequently charged a great deal of money if they ‘benefited’ and wanted further treatments. MIND were acting as a shop window for Gang members who doubled up as alternative practitioners. We noticed the incredible vulnerability of some of their clients – who included some victims of organised abuse – and the absence of any level of medical or scientific knowledge at all. They were, to be frank, being fed complete bollocks by some very ruthless ‘therapists’ who were closely linked to the abusive mental health professionals from whom they had scarpered. The Therapy was being paid for from disability benefits…
One person who ran a private practice on Anglesey offering complementary therapies, after a period of time sharing a premises in College Road, Bangor with some of the maddest, most abusive ‘therapists’ that the region offered, was Rhiannon Jones. Unlike most of the other Therapists, Rhiannon had a level of medical knowledge because she had trained as an Angel as well. Rhiannon had a great deal of other useful knowledge, being the ex-wife of Richard Bentall and the daughter of Dr Eifion Jones, the former Dean of Science at UCNW, who was one who declared war on me after I complained about his mate Gwynne. Rhiannon completed a degree in the Dept of Plant Biology before training as an Angel… Rhiannon who for years was the daughter-in-law of Prof Hugh Bentall of International Research Fraud and Trafficking.
I knew Rhiannon quite well when NHS staff were unlawfully refusing to treat me, violently assaulting me etc, because the only way that I could keep my three day long screaming migraines down to an even manageable level was by twice a week back massages. It didn’t stop the migraines but it did mean that I had three days a week of just about normal activity instead of seven days a week agony. Rhiannon was an excellent back massager and she did tell me who her father and ex-husband were. I was frank with Rhiannon about the deficits of the local NHS but I didn’t tell her what I knew and remembered about the Hammersmith crew. I didn’t realise that Rhiannon was one of those on board the Get Merfyn Jones Out As VC campaign, because I hadn’t directly linked her with Gwynne and Dafydd…
If one is concealing murders, I suppose that it’s worth a conspiracy of this size. Rhiannon’s old dad Eifion Friend Of Gwynne died himself in his older years. Car crash on Anglesey. Killed old Eifion outright. Eifion was blamed for the accident, being dead and not able to defend himself, although no-one could actually produce evidence that it was Eifion’s fault. I am sure that Rhiannon knew that it was another slaying by her own Gang as it were, just before I tripped over Rhiannon’s adverts for massages…
Brown and I were not the only people to notice crazy, sometimes abusive, alternative therapists having a field day in north Wales as a result of the abusive nature of the ‘real’ doctors. I was friends with a few other people, some of them very sympathetic to alternative medicine, who were concerned at the free for all. Then some Spiritualists turned up in Bangor, targeting the same group ie. Empowered Service Users who had been neglected and abused…
The discussions that I had with people about this began in late 2003; we were at the time bugged and my IT system was being hacked. There were also Gang members working at Bangor University who did not want anyone investigating what was happening under the umbrella of alternative medicine in north Wales, who were feeding info back to the Gang. Some of them were of the anti-Merfyn Jones contingent…
One senior academic with whom I discussed this possible work at an early stage was Prof Leslie Francis, who worked in the School of Theology at Bangor. Leslie doubled up as an Anglican clergyman and was a local non-stipendiary Canon. Leslie was involved with Bangor Cathedral, an institution that had for years been led by Bishops Of The Gang. Leslie had fallen out with most of his colleagues at Bangor University and was at war with the Senior Management. After I finished my PhD, Leslie took great delight in negotiating with another university a golden handshake to welcome Leslie and his team of researchers just before the forthcoming RAE, Leslie and his team having an excellent publication list. That University was Warwick. One of Leslie’s researchers told me that Leslie had arranged the transfer to ensure that Bangor did not benefit from Leslie’s RAE contribution because Leslie wanted to give Merfyn a kick.
Within months of Warwick buying Leslie’s RAE contribution and once the RAE results were published, Warwick’s VC, Nigel Thrift, Famed For His Ruthlessness, announced that he would be closing Leslie’s academic unit. The researchers who had transferred from Bangor had to find other jobs. It was one of those researchers who told me that Leslie and some of his buddies had got together and formulated a Cunning Plan to fit Merfyn up for a criminal offence.
Sir Nigel John Thrift (born 12 October 1949 in Bath) in 2016 became Executive Director of the Schwarzman Scholars, an international leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Thrift was the VC of the University of Warwick, 2006-16.
Born in 1949, and educated at Nailsea School, south west of Bristol – my father was born in Nailsea – Thrift studied geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and did his PhD at the University of Bristol. Thrift has held posts at numerous universities, including the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, the University of Wales, Lampeter, the University of Bristol, and the University of Oxford.
In 2005 Thrift was appointed VC of the University of Warwick, taking up the position in July 2006. He intended to retire at the end of the University’s 50th anniversary year in 2015, but extended by a month to the end of January 2016. Thrift was knighted in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.
Thrift has been described as one of the world’s leading human geographers and is credited with coining the phrase soft capitalismas well as originating non-representational theory. Thrift sits on a number of advisory committees for the UK Gov’t and was a member of the ESRC Research Priorities Board. So Thrift decided which academics were going to be funded…
Thrift’s early work was most readily associated with economic geography and the effects of capitalist mode of production on spatial relations, conceptions of time, and labour markets. Latterly, and controversially for early collaborators like Richard Peet, Thrift moved towards poststructuralism with attention to subjectivity, representation, identity and practice in Western societies. In one theory, Thrift coins the term qualculation. In Movement-Space: The Changing Domain of Thinking Resulting From the Development of New Kinds of Spatial Awareness, Nigel Thrift explains the concept: “calculation has become so ubiquitous that it has entered a new phase, which I call ‘qualculation’, an activity arising out of the construction of new generative microworlds which allow many millions of calculations continually to be made in the background of any encounter.”
A book with Ash Amin published in 2013 was critical of ‘left politics’ and by this time Thrift was managing an ‘entrepreneurial university.’
Gardens dug, chimneys swept, RAE contributions on Special Offer…
Thrift’s work on time, language, power, representations and the body has been influential, and it has been suggested that Thrift’s career reflects and in some cases spurred substantial intellectual changes in human geography in the 1980s and 1990s.
Most recently Thrift has written on what he terms non-representational theory, which stresses performative and embodied knowledges and is a radical attempt to wrench the social sciences and humanities out of an emphasis on representation and interpretation by moving away from contemplative models of thought and action to those based on practice. Thrift has claimed that non-representational theory addresses the “unprocessual” nature of much of social and cultural theory. Major themes within non-representational theory include subjectification, space as a verb, technologies of being, embodiment, and play and excess. Non-representational theory has provoked substantial debate within the field of human geography around the limits of the mediation of our world through language and how we might see, sense, and communicate beyond it.
At Oxford, Thrift served as Head of the Life and Environmental Sciences Division before becoming PVC for Research. In interviews, Thrift hints that his time at Oxford was less than satisfying. Oxford was probably quite glad to see the back of Thrift and his Theories.
Thrift’s role as Vice Chancellor at Warwick saw him launch several new initiatives, boosting the University’s presence in London (an expansion of the Business School in The Shard building) and overseas, through a strong partnership with Monash University, and with plans to develop a campus in California. As well as purchasing Leslie Francis’s publication list and grant capture before closing his unit down.
Leslie didn’t give a bugger, he was in his 60s and only wanted Revenge On Bangor, but the excellent young postdocs who had been offered a Great Future At Warwick had their lives considerably disrupted. As Leslie became increasingly vindictive towards the whole planet, my friend who worked for Leslie took to referring to him as ‘the Vengeful Vicar’. Before they were kicked out, the postdocs had been on such inadequate salaries that one of them was commuting daily to Warwick from Cannock in Staffs, not being able to afford to live anywhere but at a place subsidised by his family, and they also had to take on extra teaching duties when Nigel Thrift’s lecturers went on strike because they were so pissed off with Nigel. The postdocs didn’t dare say no to the extra work or Nigel would terminate their contracts. So they took on the extra hours for weeks and Nigel shut their unit down anyway.
Anyone for soft capitalism?
During Thrift’s tenure as VC of Warwick, job cuts to those without sufficient research income in the Medical School and Life Sciences were controversial and provoked acute resentment. The incongruity between Nigel’s progressive writings and his corporatisation of the University has been noted by commentators.
Thrift was a Chair of a section of the British RAE (Main Panel H, 2005-07 and member, 2001 Panel for Geography), Chaired the Industry Commission on Higher Education (2012-) and the IPPR Commission on the Future of Higher Education.
In the financial year 2011–12, Thrift’s salary rose by £50,000 (21%) to £288,000. Some students claimed that the pay raise was unjustified in light of Warwick’s performance in international university league tables, but their protests were rebuffed. In June 2013 when a pay rise of £42,000 (to £316,000) was announced, a small number of students again protested. The grounds were that the rise went against University cutbacks to staff and student support/bursaries. Warwick Professor and outspoken critic of the corporatisation and marketisation of Higher Education, Prof. Thomas Docherty, was controversially suspended for some months for ‘insubordination’ in 2014.
Thrift’s pay increase of £16,000 announced in December 2014, was again met with protests. On 3 December 2014 police used CS spray to tackle protests at the University of Warwick, after a security guard was assaulted (two protestors, including a student were later prosecuted). Thrift issued a written statement that denounced the alleged violence. This was rapidly followed by a petition calling for Thrift’s knighthood to be rescinded, with over 350 signatures.
Just throw some red paint over the bastard.
Ken Sloan, Warwick’s then Registrar, stated that Thrift has been “targeted personally and directly” by students, including being spat on and verbally assaulted near his home.
that spat and our letter to the Times Higher Education Supplement about the corporatisation of HE YEARS BEFORE THIS – all disputes and unhappiness being reduced by UCU to a simple labour dispute, no attempt to engage with the wrecking of HE, the short-selling of students, the Disneyfication of HE, the lies and deceit in New Labour’s spin re HE etc
Nigel’s recognition and awards:
- Knighted, for Services to Higher Education (2015)
- Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands (2014)
- Honorary LLD, Monash University (2013)
- Honorary LLD, University of Bristol (2010)
- Scottish Geographical Medal, Royal Scottish Geographical Society (2008)Distinguished Scholarship Honours, Association of American Geographers (2007)
- Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (2003)
- Fellow of the British Academy (2003)
- Fellow, Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences FAcSS (2000)
- Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences (1999)
- University of Helsinki Medal (1999)
- Newbigin Prize, Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1998)
- Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (1993)
- Royal Geographical Society Heath Award (1988)
Thrift has written several monographs and co-authored more than twenty books. Among them:
- Corbridge S, Martin R & Thrift N(Eds.) (1997) Money, Power and Space, Oxford: Blackwell
- Leyshon A & Thrift N (Eds.) (1997) Money/Space: Geographies of Monetary Transformation, London: Routledge
- Crang M and Thrift N (eds.) (2000) Thinking Space (Critical Geographies) London: Routledge
- Amin A Massey D and Thrift N (2000) Cities for All the People Not the Few. Bristol: Policy Press.
- Amin A and Thrift N (2002) Cities: Reimagining the Urban. Cambridge: Polity Press.
- Amin A Massey D and Thrift N (2003) Decentring the Nation. A Radical Approach to the Regions. London: Catalyst.
- Thrift N (2005) Knowing Capitalism (Theory, Culture and Society). London: Sage.
- Amin A. and N. Thrift. (2013) Arts of the Political: New Openings For the Left. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
- Thrift N, A. Tickell, S. Woolgar, and W.H. Rupp (eds.). 2014. Globalisation in Practice. Oxford University Press.
- Thrift N (1997) “The Rise of Soft Capitalism” in Cultural Values, Volume 1, Number 1, 1997, pp. 29–57
- Thrift N (2005) “But malice aforethought: cities and the natural history of hatred” in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 30, Number 2, pp. 133–150
The Vengeful Vicar invented a character for children’s Christian books, ‘Teddy Horsley’.I stated above that the Vengeful Vicar worked in the School of Theology at Bangor; academically, to be precise, Leslie was a ‘psychologist of religion’.
Brown observed that Teddy Horsley was so High Church that most children, even from faithful households, would be a little confused by Teddy Horsley.
Here’s one for a Sinner who formulates Vengeful Plans:
Although after what the Vengeful Vicar did, it is rather a matter of whether anyone is prepared to forgive him…Even if it was in the tradition of the way in which business was conducted at Warwick University.
Although the Vengeful Vicar relocated to Warwick University, he was rarely there and continued to live at the village of Aber, near Bangor. The sexuality of the Vengeful Vicar was a frequent topic of conversation among those who worked with him and such conversations were all rather Ted Heath-like in nature. ‘Well he’s obviously gay isn’t he.’ ‘No, he’s asexual.’ ‘Ooh but he has those very close relationships with certain women who are obviously keen on him.’ ‘Yes but they Mother Him, they like to look after him.’ One of Leslie’s Ladies who began spending much time at the residence in Aber was called Sue. Within a few short years, Sue had been appointed Dean of Bangor Cathedral. I was told ‘Leslie’s gained control of Bangor Cathedral now, there’s going to be trouble there’.
What was Sue’s USP as Dean? She was a Woman of course! The First Woman Dean Ever At Bangor Cathedral…
There had always been trouble at Bangor Cathedral, although the only aspect of it that hit the media was the relentless Sexual Harassing Male whom it transpired had bothered a great many ladies, many of whom had made formal complaints but no action against the Sexual Harasser had been taken. Like so many, I was invited to Bangor Cathedral by well-wishers and experienced the dysfunctional dynamics. Not everyone at Bangor Cathedral was horrible and mad, some were very nice. They left, which, I was subsequently told, is the story of Bangor Cathedral. It was of course all about the Gang, but I had no idea of that at the time. A game was played whereby those who had spilt the Gang’s pints would be invited to Bangor Cathedral and after a few months would be frozen out and that would then be taken as an indication of how Wicked they were. Bangor Cathedral was also very effective at ending the careers of anyone who wanted to be ordained who had spilt the Gang’s pints. One such graduate of Bangor University told me that Bangor Cathedral ‘is a cold and heartless place’.
It was certainly a very odd place and I know the person who undertook their PhD on the social dynamics of Bangor Cathedral and knows exactly where the problems lay. Not that he’s ever told anyone, even me, because he acquired the info as a researcher and unlike so many others, he will not breach confidentiality. He is someone who’s career at Warwick was wrecked by Leslie and who then managed to get a five year contract at Glyndwr University. He knew that Glyndwr was a troubled institution with students from backgrounds that often mean they need extra support, but he was always happy to put in the extra work. My friend made headlines just after I began this blog, when he was sacked by Glyndwr for being a ‘vampire’ no less. After I blogged about the saga, I received comments on the blog implying that Emyr, the Vampire, was a sex offender. If he was I’d be gobsmacked; I do know however that Emyr supported other people who were targets of the Gang. Emyr, taking ethics and confidentiality seriously, has never dished the dirt on Bangor Cathedral. I take ethics and confidentiality seriously as well, so I didn’t publish the e mails that I received from students in support of Emyr, telling me of unethical, illegal practices at Glyndwr. So Emyr remains in the history of HE in Wales a Vampire who was sacked. After I began this blog of course. Emyr who had previously co-authored with me, his name is on some of my publications.
Glyndwr University is staffed and run by the Gang and has been for its entire existence. It began life as Cartrefle College, the institution that in the 1960s had a hotline to Dafydd, Lucille and Nefyn Dodd (the thug who was manager of the Ty’r Felin children’s home in Bangor) and issued worthless social work qualifications to those who abused children in north Wales. Many older staff and people on the governing body of Glyndwr University are from that era…
Read all about it in my post ‘A Vampire At Bangor University’.
Leslie was a non-stipendiary Canon in the Ogwen Valley – the Bethesda – researcher who worked for Leslie who did not relocate to Warwick – lived in Bethesda and knew the predators who fleeced F and made the false allegations to gain custody of his baby after F reported the abuse of children… Leslie – knew that awful vicar of Llanllechid and the Lady Vicar who succeeded him who plagiarised my work at Bangor – name here – See previous posts…
Sheila Bennell, a member of Leslie’s team at Bangor University and Famed For Her Offensive Conduct was mates with Maggie Fookes, social worker and perjuring facilitator of abuse in the Arfon Community Mental Health Team.
Leslie knew Geoff Davies, for many years the landlord of the Douglas Arms Hotel in Bethesda. Tory – Mag – the bent coppers in Streatham – Geoff’s son and the scholarship to Eton – the job at St Asaph Cathedral – Hugh Davies, the organist at St Asaph, 1985-98, was jailed for sexually abusing his students after he left St Asaph to live in Cumbria, Land Of Willie Whitelaw.
There had been complaints about Hugh Davies when he was at St Asaph but no action was taken. One of those who complained subsequently killed himself.
Prof Mandy Robbins, at present the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences at Glyndwr University, was one of Leslie’s postdocs who transferred to Warwick and then relocated to Glyndwr when Leslie and the team were kicked out of Warwick by Nigel Thrift.
Glyndwr University’s website tells us that:
Mandy gained her first degree at the University of Wales, Lampeter in 1992 in Theology and Archaeology, her MPhil in Theology at Trinity College, Carmarthen in 1996 and her PhD in the Psychology of Religion at the University of Wales, Bangor in 2002. In 2005 she completed a post-graduate diploma with the Open University in Psychology. In 2011 she obtained Chartered status with the BPS. Mandy is also qualified as an MBTI practitioner. She worked as a junior research fellow at Trinity College, Carmarthen 1995-1999. From there she moved to the University of Wales, Bangor, as teaching and research Fellow 1999-2007.In 2007 she moved to the University of Warwick as senior research fellow before moving in 2011 to Glyndŵr University as senior lecturer.
Glyndwr University have recently advertised for a lecturer in Counselling Psychology to work with Mandy’s team…
The Rev Barry Morgan, graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, was elected as Bishop of Bangor in 1992 and served as Bishop of Bangor, 1992-99 – throughout the Waterhouse Inquiry – was Archbishop of Wales, 2003-Jan 2017 and Bishop of Llandaff, 1999-Jan 2017. Barry Morgan was ordained as a priest in 1973, served as chaplain and lecturer of St Michael’s College, Cardiff and of the University of Wales, Cardiff, before becoming Director of Ordinands and in-service training advisor for the Diocese of Bangor, then Rector of Wrexham. Barry was Archdeacon of Merioneth, 1986-93. So Barry arrived in post in the aftermath of Lord Maelor, the former constituency MP, spontaneously combusting in Nov 1984, but in time for Lord Maelor’s successor as MP, Will Edwards, to be struck off by the Law Society in 1987.
Barry was married to Hilary, who worked as a CPS solicitor throughout her career. The Morgans – a lovely couple, DO come over to ours one evening! – were in Bangor in time to catch the last bit of the 1990-92 North Wales Police investigation into a possible paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire. Over 100 complaints were made about the abuse of children, in particular children at Ty’r Felin children’s home in Bangor. Children at Ty’r Felin were battered, raped, forced to work in local businesses for no wages or sub-pocket money wages and were trafficked to local venues as well as to venues far away from Bangor and sold for sex.
One boy from Ty’r Felin was found wandering the corridors in Dolphin Square, having been shut out of the room in which he had been a guest. The boy from the children’s home on one of the most disadvantaged council estates in Wales knew his way around Dolphin Square, he wasn’t fazed.
As a result of the North Wales Police investigation, a file was sent to the DPP – at the time the DPP was Dame Babs Mills – but not one prosecution re Ty’r Felin was mounted and very few prosecutions with regard to offences committed elsewhere.
The police investigation in north Wales began at about the same time that Greville Janner and Frank Beck were interviewed by the police in Leicestershire, in Jan 1990. During 1990, the Gang brought some seven or eight High Court cases against me, perjuring themselves in every one of them. In one of the High Court cases in Cardiff, Justice Cocklecarrot even cracked Mandy Rice-Davies type jokes. I didn’t mind that, not at all, the matter that interested me what that concrete evidence of perjury on the part of the Gang and serious criminal offences against me were simply ignored by Cocklecarrot, as well as by Ian Murphy QC, my defence barrister no less.
Meanwhile in Islington, whistleblowers maintaining that a big paedophile ring was in operation and had been for years were ignored. It was the same story in many other parts of the country… No-one knew anything, those raising concerns were mad, criminals or malcontents who had fallen out with their colleagues. Which of course they often had, because their colleagues were involved in serious criminality.
The one person who did admit that the abuse and trafficking of children in care was the norm rather than the exception across the UK was William H. Hughes, the Judge who wrote the 1986 Hughes Report on the abuse of children in care in Belfast, including at Kincora Boys’ Home. However, as the Hughes Inquiry was established in 1982 by Jim Prior when Prior was N Ireland Secretary, even the Hughes Report was almost certainly a case of Jim Prior and William Hughes helping boys dearie.
Roddam and Sir Frank Twiss had apartments in Dolphin Square, as did so many other VIPS, including Princess Anne, Fatty Heffer, Sir William Shelton (Madam Cyn’s constituency MP) and Sir John Stradling Thomas, one of Old Nick’s team at the Welsh Office who was found dead in his Dolphin Square flat on 29 March 1991, hours before he intended to deliver a speech to the Commons on the allegations re VIPs involved in child abuse. I appeared at the Royal Courts of Justice at The Strand days later, after the Drs Francis perjured themselves yet again, while St Helena was busy in a neighbouring Court.
Dolphin Square is huge and was built to house Westminster/Whitehall figures who wanted a place in that part of London, so there is nothing suspicious about that cohort being resident there. What is odd is that such extreme behaviour was taking place without people batting an eyelid. Dolphin Square was a development that also offered lower cost accommodation to those of more modest means. Thus the lower paid minions of Whitehall and Westminster also had apartments there. Now what happens when lower paid unscrupulous people live cheek by jowell with very wealthy unscrupulous people???
Tessa, the daughter of a Top Doctor and graduate of Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, the one-time children’s social worker for Lambeth, the one-time psychiatric social worker at the Maudsley, the one-time Deputy Director of MIND, the one-time Chair of the Social Services Committee for Camden Council, was the sister-in-law of Mrs Mills. Tessa who sadly died on 12 May 2018 from a brain tumour after this blog really got going, even though the Ah the Doctors were wonderful and did all that they could. Mrs Mills had died on 28 May 2011 after a stroke 12 days previously.
Mrs Mills’s maiden name was Warnock; I don’t know if she was any relation. Mrs Mills studied at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, a la Dame Vivien Duffield and Lord Jack Butterworth’s daughter Anna.
Mrs Mills was a member of Middle Temple, with Ronnie Waterhouse; Greville, Paddy Mayhew, Patrick Jenkin et al. Mrs Mills served as a legal assessor for the GMC and General Dental Council, in 1990 was appointed as a member of the Parole Board – Bluglass, Colin Berry, Paul Bowden and David Mawson all sat on the Parole Board after they had concealed Dafydd’s criminality in relation to me. Mrs Mills was Director of the SFO, 1990-92, during which time the SFO investigated all the best Criminal Scandals involving Mr Bigs who were helped out by Expert Witnesses Of Top Docs, including Barlow Clowes, Polly Peck and Cap’n Bob’s Mirror Group. The SFO famously didn’t get very far with any of them, in particular Cap’n Bob.
Mrs Mills, in addition, was a Trustee of Victim Support, 1999-2004. I received a leaflet from Victim Support in 2000, after I and my car were violently attacked by a gang of chavs on Anglesey. The usual, broad daylight, I rang the police immediately, provided a full description of all chavs – one was a girl with her toddler in the pushchair in the midst of the gang – a policeman turned up at my house (about one mile down the road from the scene of the crime) some six hours later. No he couldn’t do anything but he gave me a Crime Number for insurance company purposes and a few days later the Victim Support leaflet arrived. Of course I didn’t bother, by then I’d found out that the chavs were part of Dafydd’s Class A drugs distribution network on Anglesey…
Mrs Mills was also a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, 2000-07. The Royal Free has long since been under the control of the Gang’s friends of Camden. Duncan Orme, the UCNW Student Welfare Officer was given a place on the NHS graduate management training programme at the Royal Free after refusing to support me re Gwynne in 1984. Duncan got a Third and failed his accountancy exams but that didn’t stop him becoming the Financial Director of one of the genocidal, corrupt NHS Trusts in Staffordshire, having held a senior role in a charidee working on behalf of sexually abused wimmin on the way. Duncan’s dad was a big wig with one of the big Oil companies. Reggie Maudling died prematurely and in distress at the hands of the Royal Free, yet Eric Hobsbawm was treated like a king with all boats pushed out for him in his 90s. Eric’s favourite broadsheets and magazines were delivered to his bedside by NHS staff who knew that Eric’s daughter Julia was mates with Gordon Brown’s wife and that Ed would be providing the required good PR of the Ah the Doctors they were wonderful nature.
Tessa’s hubby was David Mills, who, along with others, was investigated by the SFO when his sister-in-law was Director of the SFO. David Mills was famed for being convicted of accepting a bribe from Silvio Of Mafia Business Links but escaping jail on a technicality. Anyone for a Bunga Bunga Party?
Never mind, Mrs Mills’s daughter Caroline Corby was appointed Chair of the Parole Board in Sept 2018. Caroline began her Parole Work in 2007 when she was appointed Chair of LPT (the London Parole Trust) and served as Chair of LPT, 2012-July 2014. Caroline has also been a Non-Executive Director of CAFCASS, which was in meltdown from its creation. In Wrexham one CAFCASS officer had a breakdown after just weeks in post and the other fled after discovering the criminality that had terrified her predecessor who had the breakdown. Caroline also served as a Non-Executive Director of the Criminal Cases Review Board and One Housing. To top it all, Caroline Chairs the interim order panels for the NMC.
Caroline’s previous career in Finance and writing children’s books obviously serving as excellent experience for a Lady To Reign Over Matters Serious Organised Crime.
Tessa has offspring/step-offspring. Her daughter-in-law is Ella the Food Blogger and her stepdaughter is the journo Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of the Sunday Times and Editor of its laughable magazine. Eleanor is Chair of the Campaigning Organisation Women In Journalism. I’ll look forward to more features on what I should eat and how Mindfulness can change my life then Eleanor.
The Mills family are so impressive that I’ve rather ignored Tessa’s first husband which was very remiss of me. Here’s the essentials.
Sir Roger Mark Jowell, CBE (26 March 1942-25 December 2011) was a social statistician. Roger founded Social and Community Planning Research, now known as the National Centre for Social Research, and the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City University. He played a leading role in the establishment of several of the UK’s leading social surveys, most famously the British Social Attitudes and the British Election Study. Jowell made a major contribution to the development of robust comparative research through the International Social Survey Programme and the European Social Survey.
Roger Mark Jowell was born in South Africa. In his youth, he was active in left-wing politics becoming President of Cape Town’s Student Representative Council and Vice-President of the National Union of South African Students.
“As soon as I graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1964, I came to Britain – initially just to gain a broader perspective on my life. It wasn’t that I had to leave, although as President of the Students’ Union I’d been heavily involved in student politics and anti-apartheid activities. At that time students were more or less immune from prosecution. But then things changed, and a few months after I arrived in Britain I got word that many of my close friends had been arrested. I realised then that I couldn’t go back – it wouldn’t have been safe. Once I got my British passport, I was able to go back fairly regularly.”
In Britain, Jowell was active in anti-apartheid activities and in the Labour Party, becoming Alderman in Camden. Roger knew Lord David Pitt the West Indian-born Euston GP, AAM founder, friend of Peter Hain, Ruth First, Joe Slovo et al and the only Black Top Doc to have claimed to have felt accepted by the British Establishment. David Pitt was useful to Gwynne and Dafydd, in his elderly years, the BMA finally made him President – Pitt stated that was his proudest achievement – when the Gang were telling people that I was a Racist. Chris Patten and his wife Lavender were part of the Camden AAM scene at the time. See previous posts. Roger Jowell began his research career at Research Services Limited, mentored by Mark Abrams. In 1969, with Gerald Hoinville, Roger founded the London-based Social and Community Planning Research, which became the National Centre for Social Research, He led the organisation for over 30 years.
At Social and Community Planning Research, Jowell established the long-running survey series British Social Attitudes and was closely involved as author and editor in its first nineteen annual reports. Roger co-directed the British Election Study from 1983 to 2000 and was the founding Chair of the International Social Survey Programme from 1984 to 1989. His interest in high quality comparative research grew and in 2002, he and Max Kaase established the European Social Survey alongside a group of leading international experts.
In 2003, Jowell became Research Professor and Founder Director of the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City University (now City, University of London), London from where he continued to lead the Central Coordinating Team of the European Social Survey until his death. Jowell made significant contributions to the social science community. In 1978 he initiated the establishment of the Social Research Association. In the 1980s Jowell played a key role in developing a professional code of ethics through the International Statistical Institute insisting that it should be an educative rather than a prescriptive code. In 2008 Jowell became Deputy Chair of the board of the UK Statistics Authority advising on the promotion and safeguarding of the publication of official statistics. Roger will have been well-acquainted with the suicide rates for women in Camden and north west Wales, the highest rates in England and Wales. The highest suicide rate for men was in north east Wales. This situation prevailed for years. It didn’t need a person with Roger’s knowledge of stats to wake up…
Jowell was appointed a CBE in 2001 and was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours for services to social science. Roger served for two years as Vice-President of the Royal Statistical Society and was awarded the Market Research Society Gold Medal. City, University of London holds the annual Professor Sir Roger Jowell Memorial Lecture in his honour.
In 1970 Roger married psychiatric social worker and fellow Camden London Borough Councillor, Tessa Palmer in Hampstead, London. They divorced in 1977. Roger’s role in AAM explains how Tessa ended up as Deputy Director of MIND, it was the David Ennals connection.
In 1979, Roger married Nighat (Rani) Gilani in Camden. They have two sons, Marco and Adam, and divorced in 1995. In 1996 Roger married Sharon Witherspoon, who was Director of the Nuffield Foundation, and had previously been a colleague at SCPR, in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
I do realise that at least some people in the Jowell-Mills-Camden-AAM vast network will have been working undercover and will have been horrified at what Gwynne and Dafydd were up to. They didn’t stop it. Some of this crowd infiltrated in the 1970s or so. The bubble has now begun to burst with Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein etc. 50 years later. And still no-one has brought down the MDU, BMA and GMC, who were always a much greater problem than predatory old farts in Hollywood.
‘I’ve got this mate right and he’s got this place in London right, real posh place it is, Princess Anne an’ all live there, anyway my mate, my mate, he says that if ever we want to go to London right, we can crash at his, he’ll fix it all up for us because he knows London and he knows this bloke who reckons that you can make a bloody fortune in London….’
The Rev Barry Morgan was consecrated as Bishop of Bangor at St Asaph Cathedral on 9 Jan 1993. F moved in with me just after Christmas 1992, as the predators put their Cunning Plan into action. In Feb or March 1993, Gwynedd social worker Jackie Brandt lied to the police about F and I screaming at and threatening her in Safeways in Bangor. We were charged some two/three weeks after Brandt complained; we weren’t told that she had made the complaint until we were charged and prosecuted by the CPS. Brandt subsequently admitted perjury under cross-examination in the witness box. Nevertheless I was found guilty at Bangor Magistrates’ Court in July 1993 of causing Brandt ‘alarm and distress’ by looking at her…
The Rev Barry was Chair of Shelter Cymru’s Inquiry into homelessness. A member of the Rev Barry’s Inquiry Panel was Meri Huws aka the Crack of Doom, the First Woman PVC of Bangor University. In 1984 – the year of the Gwynne Row – the Crack became the First Woman Chair of Cymdeithas Yr Iaith (the Welsh Language Society). The Crack’s day job was as a community social worker for Gwynedd Social Services. The Crack’s boss was Lucille Hughes and the Crack’s turf covered Ty’r Felin children’s home.
Meri – became Chair of Welsh Language Board when she was PVC at Bangor University – then job at Trinity St David’s University – Welsh Language Commissioner – Dublin/Irish links – Gibbons – Bridget Lloyd n Ria Stanley – Kieren Lynch and others – Meri grew up in Pembrokeshire and Fishguard area – went to Univ at Aber when Carlo was there – Old Nick – Pembrokeshire – lang protesters – inc Branwen – Old Nick succeeded NAME as MP
Longstanding ring in Pembrokeshire – linked to Local Authority corruption and the Church – Baroness of Ely grew up at St David’s –
After all those High Court cases in which Ian Murphy QC defended me but carefully didn’t point to the industrial scale perjury and conspiracy on the part of so many who were facilitating organised abuse in Wales and elsewhere, Ian Murphy was one of the barristers who worked on the big child abuse trial in Pembrokeshire. The evidence was utterly confusing in the usual way: scores of social workers and other ‘professionals’ maintained that children had been abused in terrible ways by substantially disadvantaged poorly educated adults. Some of the adults had Confessed to Orrible Crimes, some absolutely denied it. Some of the children had told social workers and police etc that those on trial had abused them; one or two children and defendants maintained that it was the social workers themselves who had abused the kids.
Whoever could know what the truth was? Pembrokeshire has a long history of Local Authority corruption, collusion with corrupt police officers and also enjoyed the presence of Old Nick as the constituency MP for many years. Pembrokeshire’s child protection services were the centre of a huge scandal themselves and were described as ‘Dickensian’. Ian Murphy commented during the trial that the kids couldn’t be believed because children live in a world of fantasy. As do some adults, including those who’s lies and perjury Ian Murphy politely ignored so often when he represented me in the High Court.
The rot is so embedded and so extensive that it is damn near impossible to get to the truth in criminal or civil trials. I have been fascinated to listen to the extensive commentary today re the Harvey Weinstein trial. Privileged American woman are everywhere in the media yelling about their Strength and Me Too and how Things Have Now Changed. Well, a number of privileged women who have alleged truly terrible experiences at the hands of Harvey are being given media coverage and Harvey is up in Court on serious charges. If he is guilty, no doubt his victims feel that at last they have got somewhere. There is still nothing at all in the media let alone any trials of anyone named on this blog, including those who documented and signed details of their own very serious criminality against me and other people on the 10,000 documents in my possession.
Sister Hutt, Drakeford and a criminal Top Doc refuse to respond to my e mails detailing criminal offences. Neither will The Hague reply, who shared platforms with Angelina Jolie, a woman known to Harvey, as they campaigned on behalf of Wimmin. Jolie’s dad became a movie star as a result of a film director who’s own dad was a Top Doc of Gwynne’s circle who facilitated the abuse of children and vulnerable people.
No-one will take a case against these docs because they don’t want to be refused medical treatment and they need the Expert opinions for their own cases.
For the moment as least, the Harvey case seems a bit like the Michael Jackson events. Very rich man who has been the subject of worrying allegations for many years is in a tight spot…
When I hear that there have been more than a few arrests of Docs, Angels and social workers who work or did work in north Wales whom I know facilitated the most terrible crimes for years against people who were not rich, American female movie stars, it might be time to think that the landscape is changing. Although it probably won’t happen because so many of us just don’t want anything to do with the people who are now pretending that they take such crimes seriously. We know that they only ever took them seriously in so far as they arrested us when we dared complain. Men now in their 50s, 60s and 70s who have spent their lives in UK children’s homes and then the psych system don’t look and sound like the Me Too women and I don’t see them cluttering up the media or having high profile US women lawyers Reaching Out to them.
The Rev Barry Morgan originally came from Neath and will have known that boys who wouldn’t keep quiet about the nightmare of their lives in north Wales children’s homes were sent to the even more horrific Neath Farm School. Peter Hain aka C was elected as Labour MP for Neath on 4 April 1991, after his predecessor Don Coleman, who had spent years hiding the bodies, died suddenly in office on 14 Jan 1991, as I sat in Springfield Hospital, serious charges against me changing on a near daily basis. See ‘The Managers Of The Abattoir’.
Mandy Robbins knew about the Cold and Heartless Place that was Bangor Cathedral and she knew about the slandering of and attack on Emyr. Mandy knew about the dirty deeds of the Vengeful Vicar and Mandy was part of the Cunning Plan to fit Merfyn up for a criminal offence…
I’ve received info that the unpleasantness towards me from some of the Anglican contingent when I was in north Wales was related to the Rev Rigg, the Dirty Vicar of Bawdrip whom I knew. I keep forgetting that people had such problems with me because they had concealed matters such as Gwynne, Dafydd and Rigg at the highest levels. George Carey as Bishop of Bath and Wells concealed Rigg’s lifelong history of sexually assaulting people and as a reward George was confirmed Archbish of Canterbury on 24 March 1991. Carey’s name was put forward to Brenda for Archbishop of C by Thatch, as encouraged by her PPS Michael Alison. Nothing was too much trouble to conceal abusers in the C of E, particularly if a witness had as a child been around so many Tories and as a young adult had been witness to the Gang…
George Carey was succeeded as Archbish of C by Rowan Williams, famous for being academic, thoughtful and er Welsh. Rowan from the Swansea area… Rowan in turn was succeeded by Justin who earlier in life was an executive in the Oil industry.
As for Newcastle and Durham, never mind about David Jenkins, the Bishop of Durham who so pissed God off that God sent that lightening bolt (it hit the wrong Minster at the wrong time but it was still A Sign of God’s displeasure), Lord John Walton, although a Methodist, knew all about the crime in the North East facilitated by the C of E, as well of course as by Cardinal Basil Newman and his family. Lord John Walton did of course work at the National Institute for Neurology, Queen’s Square before returning to Newcastle to preside over the most serious criminality.
It was an international paedophile/trafficking ring run by people who are still often in positions of Command and Control and the only way in which the generation that followed – my generation – were allowed into the professions involved was to keep quiet about what they knew their bosses were doing/had done. That’s why Mandy is a Professor deciding who gets jobs as Counselling Psychology Lecturers, I am a Shy Prostitute and Emyr is a Vampire.
Anyone for working in – let alone being a client of – Counselling Psychology in Wrexham, until the 1990s, the heart of the rent boy production line of the Westminster Paedophile Ring?
Old Nick, Security Services Officer and Secretary of State for Wales, 1979-87, who was the mover and shaker behind so much of Gwynne and Dafydd’s activities, was descended from a line of clergy, some of them well-known Bishops. I was planning to detail them here but Old Nick’s relatives were so influential, concealed so much and were so crucial to Gwynne and Dafydd’s crimes that they’ll be featuring in a blog post coming soon, along with Old Nick’s team of criminals who served him so loyally at the Welsh Office.
E.P. Thompson, Doreen Massey, Jack Goody, Eric Hobsbawm, Uncle Harry’s brother-in-law et al frequently appeared in Lawrence and Wishart publications, I read them for years. I am fond of Lawrence and Wishart offerings although of course I had no idea that the entire circle were using services provided by Gwynne and Dafydd and went to war on Brown and me. I only found out the other day that Lawrence and Wishart were of the Bloomsbury Group.
Wishart & Co., which soon became Lawrence and Wishart, was the publishing house of the Communist Party of Great Britain. It was founded by Ernest Wishart, in collaboration with Douglas Garman, the Communist Party’s Education Secretary. Garman’s daughter Lorna, at the age of 16, married Ernest Wishart. Lorna’s childhood home was at Wednesbury in the Black Country, which was where Peter Jackson – the student who shared our house at Llandegfan who secretly recorded my friend Anne and me at home one evening messing about, doctored the tape and gave it to the Gang who used it as ‘evidence’ that Anne and I were prostitutes – came from. Peter’s dad was a local Headmaster…
Throughout her marriage to Ernest, Lorna had several affairs, one with Laurie Lee of ‘Cider With Rosie’ fame and one with Lucian Freud. F knew a great deal about the less well-publicised activities of Lucian Freud and used to tell me about it all when our house was bugged. Lorna gave birth to Lee’s daughter Yasmin in Feb 1939. Both Lee and Freud went on to marry nieces of Lorna’s, respectively Kathy Polge and Kitty Garman. Lorna Wishart died on 12 January 2000, the moth before the publication of the Waterhouse Report.
Laurie Lee was famous for his status as a rough, tough, puff poof as ‘Private Eye’ would say, who waxed lyrical about his childhood in the Cotswolds and hit the popular imagination with ‘Cider With Rosie’. ‘Cider With Rosie’ was given an outing by the BBC in the mid-1970s when Mr Thrope was in hot water and enjoyed another load of PR some years later after the Gwynne Row.
Laurie Lee was party to a few less admirable activities himself, although much was made of his Socialism and fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Lee grew up in difficult family circumstances but was what is now called a sexual predator from quite a young age. His brother Jack Lee (born 1913) became a film director.
At 12, Lee went to the Central Boys’ School in Stroud. He left the Central School at 15 to become an errand boy at a Chartered Accountants in Stroud. In 1931 Lee first found the Whiteway Colony, two miles from Slad, a colony founded by Tolstoyan anarchists. This gave Lee his first smattering of politicisation and was where he met the composer Benjamin Frankel In 1933 he met Sophia Rogers, an “exotically pretty girl with dark curly hair” who had moved to Slad from Buenos Aires, an influence on Lee who said later in life that he only went to Spain because “a girl in Slad from Buenos Aires taught me a few words of Spanish.”
At 20 Lee worked as an office clerk and a builder’s labourer and lived in London for a year before leaving for Vigo, in northwest Spain, in the summer of 1935. From there Lee travelled across Spain as far as Almuñecar on the coast of Andalusia. During this period he met Wilma Gregory, who supported him financially, and also met Mary Garman and Roy Campbell. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in July 1936 Lee was picked up by HMS Blanche, a British destroyer from Gibraltar that was collecting marooned British subjects on the southern Spanish coast.
Lee started to study for an art degree but returned to Spain in 1937 as an International Brigade volunteer. His service in the Brigade was cut short by his epilepsy. According to many biographical sources, Lee fought in the Republican army against Franco‘s Nationalists. After his death there were claims that Lee’s involvement in the war was a fantasy; the claims were dismissed as “ludicrous” by his widow. Lee met Lorna Wishart (sister of Mary) in Cornwall in 1937, and they had an affair (Lorna was married) lasting until she left him for Lucian Freud in 1943. They had a daughter, Yasmin David, together. Wishart’s husband Ernest agreed to raise the girl as his own; she later became an artist.
Before 1951 Lee worked primarily as a journalist and as a scriptwriter. During WW II Lee made documentary films for the GPO Film Unit (1939–40) and the Crown Film Unit (1941–43). From 1944 to 1946 Lee worked as the Publications Editor for the Ministry of Information. In 1950 Lee married Catherine Francesca Polge, whose father was Provençal and whose mother was another of the Garman sisters, Helen; they had one daughter, Jessie. From 1950 to 1951 Lee was caption-writer-in-chief for the Festival of Britain, organised by Herbert Morrison, Mandy’s granddad. Mandy’s granddad knew my distant relative by marriage Lord Gnome.
Lee’s poems had appeared in the Gloucester Citizen and the Birmingham Post, and in October 1934 his poem ‘Life’ won a prize from, and publication in, the Sunday Referee, a national paper. Another poem was published in Cyril Connolly‘s Horizon magazine in 1940 and his first volume of poems, The Sun My Monument, was launched in 1944. This was followed by The Bloom of Candles (1947) and My Many-coated Man (1955). Several poems written in the early 1940s reflect the atmosphere of the war, but also capture the beauty of the English countryside. The poem “Twelfth Night” from My Many-coated Man was set for unaccompanied mixed choir by American composer Samuel Barber in 1968.
Other works include Two Women (1983), a story of Lee’s courtship of and marriage to Kathy, daughter of Helen Garman; The Firstborn (1964), about the birth and childhood of their daughter Jessy (christened Jesse); and I Can’t Stay Long (1975), a collection of occasional writing.
In 1993, A Moment of War was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the editors of the New York Times Book Review. Lee provided a great deal of valuable support to the Brotherhood of Ruralists in their attempts to establish themselves in the 1970s, and he continued to do so until his death; his essay Understanding the Ruralists opened the Brotherhood’s major 1993 retrospective book. Indeed, it was Lee who is said to have given them the name “Ruralists.”.
The Brotherhood of Ruralists were based in Somerset and at least one of them, Graham Ovenden, sexually assaulted children over a period of many years, eventually going to prison, by which time he had moved to Cornwall. Ovenden was keen on painting pics of naked children in ‘provocative’ poses and for years every concern was met with an almighty How Very Dare You, he is a Great Artist. Some of Ovenden’s models maintain that he never, ever behaved improperly towards them, but he did assault other kids…
John Ovenden preceded Sal Brinton’s dad Tim as the (Labour) MP for WHERE. I presume that John is a relation…
Graham Ovenden’s work was famously defended against allegations that it was child porn by Bloomsbury lawyer Jeremy Hutchinson, who ended up in the Lords as a Lib Dem peer. Hutchinson was highly entertaining in Court but he was never afraid to destroy witnesses whom he knew were telling the truth by ridiculing them. Hutchinson had one hell of a swinging life himself and remained friends with his ex-wives – one of which was Peggy Ashcroft – and sexual partners. It’s civilised but it meant that Jeremy had a huge network of powerful friends; one of Jeremy’s Lady Friends was one of those who had the sort of relationship with Grocer Heath that Tories hoped Would Lead To Marriage. See previous posts for info on Graham Ovenden and Hutchinson’s huge circle of friends in High Places.
In the 1960s, Laurie Lee and his wife returned to Slad to live near his childhood home, where they remained for the rest of his life. Lee revealed on the BBC1 Wogan show in 1985 that he was frequently asked by children visiting Slad as part of their O-Level study of Cider with Rosie “where Laurie Lee was buried”, assuming that the author was dead.
An archive recording of Lee’s voice was used for the narration of the Carlton Television film Cider with Rosie (1998), which was first broadcast after Lee’s death. The screenplay was written by his friend John Mortimer. John Mortimer was a friend of Jeremy Hutchinson. Mortimer was a pal of playwright John Osborn, who’s former wife was Penny Gilliatt, daughter of Roger Gilliatt, friend of Gwynne, Lord Snowdon, Mr Thrope et al. One of the Osborn/Mortimer series of wives was the daughter of a vicar from Denbighshire who knew Gwynne. In later life John Osborn moved to Shropshire, smack bang on the location of Gwynne and Dafydd’s partner ring, near John Biffen’s constituency. See previous posts.
Laurie Lee died in Slad on 13 May 1997, at the age of 82. He is buried in the local churchyard. Slad is of course near Stroud. When my grandpa was a younger man with a young wife and family they lived at Stroud. Before grandpa moved to Somerset in the early 1940s and established a small business, he had been an accountant. In Stroud very possibly. Grandpa who knew John Strachey and later fell out with the Bloomsbury Group after he denounced Edward du Cann as being a crook and the Liberals for their ‘immoral’ behaviour. Take a look at the dates of Laurie Lee’s career highpoints…
We ‘did’ ‘Cider With Rosie’ at school. As the teachers threw shit at me for coming from a Tory family. It was on BBC TV at the same time. Father watched it and remembered all the locations…