Media chief quits child abuse inquiry
A senior official has quit the public inquiry into child abuse amid reports of tensions over a consultancy firm that has been paid nearly £300,000.
Bron Madson left her role as head of communications at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) last week. The inquiry revealed that it has paid the consultancy firm Crest Advisory £294,232 since 2015 for “strategic communications advice”.
Ms Madson is the latest high-level departure from the IICSA, which is scheduled to hold its first public evidence session this month. She and her team are said to have been frustrated by the reluctance of senior officials and members of the panel to engage with the media at a time when the future running of the Inquiry…
aso a Trustee of the health charity, Headway Cambridgeshire
After yesterday’s complaints about Barbara Hewson’s ‘I hold the gun’ tweet, it would appear she has parted ways with Mansfield/Grays
“The myth of pedophilia: stop treating children like children” —
Update: Dec 16 2016
Another “safe pair of hands”…
Michael Mansfield QC – friend of Ben Emmerson
Tom Symonds @BBCTomSymonds
Shirley Oaks Survivors Association: Michael Mansfield QC will represent them in negotiations with Lambeth Council for abuse compensation
Shirley oaks and Edward Heath all connected . My hubby went on so called sailing holidays too jersey from Shirley oaks . Lots abused
It seems strange that they are paying out to ALL children who were in the homes. http://brynalynvictims.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/lambeth-survivors-get-multi-million.html?spref=tw
Is this to buy silence about Jersey connections etc?
And Mansfield involved = put a lid on it.
All in it together
Michael Mansfield, who will be representing survivors, now works in the same chambers as Barbara Hewson and he is a friend of Ben Emmerson.
Barbara Hewson mocks survivors. Doesn’t gel well
Barbara Hewson calls Hall’s crimes “misdemeanours” and warns against “fetishising victimhood”
Age of consent should be 13, says barrister
(Barbara Hewson’s cousin Jonathan Denby worked for Harvey Proctor and Enoch Powell)
Here are some of Barbara Hewson’s thoughts on child abuse survivors:
Hewson wants investigation into the survivors of convicted paedophile, former cop, Freemason…Gordon Anglesea
Can anyone explain to me why Barbara Hewson ALWAYS sides with the accused and never with the victims?
Several months ago…
Michael Mansfield willing to replace Emmerson in abuse inquiry
30 September 2016
Mansfield suggested Emmerson, whom he described as a “colleague and a friend”, had been unfairly treated by Jay. He said: “He is not abrasive. He is very sharp. His mind is well tuned to all the issues that are necessary and I think most people would have complete confidence in his intellectual abilities.”
More on Michael Mansfield:
Emmerson And Mansfield – members of the HALDANE SOCIETY
Haldane Society – Mansfield is President.
(Emmerson represented Assange against rape allegations)
Helena Kennedy also a member of Haldane Society
Helena Kennedy shared chambers with Michael Mansfield and has appeared in court with him.
Association of Women Barristers Dinner – Barbara Hewson, Helena Kennedy, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
Barbara Hewson and Elizabeth Butler-Sloss’ nephew, Philip Havers – sit on same editorial advisory board – Justice Journal
Michael Mansfield, QC who on Radio 4’s morning programme today argued that Polanski should be treated “compassionately” and because his crime wasn’t as bad as genocide in Guinea and Darfur it shouldn’t be prosecuted.
In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with five offenses against Samantha Gailey a 13-year-old girl – rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.[2
Roman Polanski ‘should not receive special treatment in child sex case’, judge hears
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski should return to the US to be sentenced for child sexual abuse and not receive special treatment as a “wealthy celebrity”, prosecutors have said.
A judge in Los Angeles is considering whether the long-running case involving the French-Polish film-maker – who has spent nearly 40 years on the run – should be drawn to a close.
Polanski, now 83, pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl at actor Jack Nicholson’s house but fled the US on the eve of sentencing in 1978.
Lawyers for the director say he is willing to return to America from France if he is assured he will not serve more jail time.
But prosecutor Michele Hanisee told a court hearing on Monday that Polanski was asking for “special treatment” and for the court to “completely abandon legal principles”.
“The People simply do not believe it is in the best interests of justice to give a wealthy celebrity – and that’s what Mr Polanski is – different treatment than any other fugitive from justice,” she said.
“If Mr Polanski returns, the People are confident he will get a fair hearing here in this court.”
Polanski’s lawyer Harland Braun said his client’s crime was “indefensible” but he fled at the time because he was “lied to” by the court about the sentence he would receive.
“This is a very unique case,” Mr Braun said.
“He is an 83-year-old man with a 40-year-old case that he wants to wrap up.”
Mr Braun told the court that the sentence at the time of Polanski’s offence was a maximum of two years in prison with 50% credit – meaning he would have spent 12 months in custody “at most”.
Polanski had already served 10-and-a-half months in custody in the US and Switzerland, he added.
Polanski fled the US after spending 42 days in an American jail when he feared a now-deceased judge would extend his sentence.
“He knows what he was promised,” Mr Braun said.
“We know he has served eight times what he was promised.”
The lawyer told the court the victim in the case said she wants “this thing over with”. He also called for a warrant issued for Polanski’s arrest to be dropped.
After hearing arguments from both lawyers, Judge Scott Gordon said he would issue a written ruling at a later date.
Director Roman Polanski fails in bid to end 40-year-old child rape case
April 4th 2017
Charles Manson claims Roman Polanski was involved in child porn
Charles Manson & Snuff Films
Dennis Hopper Los Angeles Times 1969
In Sharon Tate: A Life, author Ed Sanders writes that the Valley of the Dolls star’s husband was a dominating force in her life, urging her to fulfill his sexual fantasies by taking drugs and participating in affairs, orgies and home sex videos that he would later play for his friends at parties. The homemade sex tapes included “sadomasochistic-porno movies” that featured “quite a few recognizable Hollywood faces,” the author writes.
“Sharon told me about Roman – about imposed sexual scenes on her,” her friend, photographer Shahrokh Hatami, tells the author. “He was bringing other girls to have threesomes with Sharon, and Sharon didn’t like it that he was picking up girls on the Sunset and bringing them home to have sex with them.”
Polanski was nine years her senior.
The director allegedly refused to sleep with Tate after she became pregnant with his baby in 1968, and urged her to get an abortion. When she protested, he left the U.S. for London and had an affair with Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, Sanders writes.
The summer after she became pregnant, Polanski “treated her like she was a piece of excess baggage,” writes Sanders. “He was even pointedly cruel to her in front of others at times, calling her ‘a dumb hag’ and criticizing her whenever she expressed an opinion.”
The couple’s baby would never be born. Tate was just two weeks from giving birth when she and four others were savagely killed by members of the Manson Family at her and Polanski’s L.A. home in August 1969.
Did Bernadine Dohrn witness the murder of Sharon Tate on film ?
Bernardine Dohrn statements about Tate-LaBianca murders
Bernardine Dohrn WANTED BY FBI poster and supporter of Charles Manson
Michael Mansfield cases – Michael Barrymore; Barry George and Mohamed al-Fayed. Listen here at around 8.45am (give or take ten minutes).
Crimes of rape, globally, prosecution and conviction rates are appallingly low and to say that this is an insubstantial or unworthy crime to follow through on is denigrating every single rape and child sexual abuse survivor in the world.
Moneybags QC Michael Mansfield finds a lover 22 years his junior
She bizarrely describes herself as a ‘documentalist’, and also publishes a blog. But Miss Greenway, who calls herself Anna Christian, has suddenly found a deep interest in Left-wing politics after meeting Mansfield.
Their relationship began when she interviewed him for her online video channel
On Greenway’s website, Mansfield offers a glowing testimonial to her journalistic skills. It does not reveal that they are lovers.
Before her conversion to support for Palestine and other campaigns, her blogs and tweets had been notably more downmarket.
- In an earlier version of this article, we alleged that Ms Greenway had recorded an interview with Freddie Starr, and posted online a picture of herself with Stuart Hall. In fact, Ms Greenway has not met either man and is not associated with them.
Yvette Greenway, is certainly a woman of many hidden talents.
She has posted a poem, The Cup Of Comfort, on The Silence Of Suicide Facebook forum set up in honour of Mansfield’s daughter Anna, who died last May
The QC, got into hot water when he was reportedly arrested, then released without charge after a night in the cells, following an alleged assault at a hot-tub party.
Greenway, 51, a divorced mother of two who runs an online video and events business called Anna Christian Productions Ltd, is thought to have been caught up in the incident.
“It was clear that she felt that it was her fault, to some extent, that she had betrayed the company she worked for.
“She thought that she had given away some information about the reconfiguration of the company that she understood was going to lead to the loss of her job.”
Then she said she had resigned, which was confusing in the face of a supposed redundancy. A few days later Mansfield phoned again: “She thought she was being watched, listened to and, therefore, what had happened was getting back to the company,” he says.
He arranged to meet Anna that Sunday and when he called to check the arrangements she replied briskly, “Yes, Dad, yes, Dad – I’ll see you on Sunday. I’m fine.’’ Then she put the phone down.
She worked in the media and had spent 10 years at Reuters, before moving to a similar corporation.
Michael Mansfield QC, presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement 2010 by LALY chair Cherie Blair
Michael Mansfield QC and Mohamed Al Fayed appear for the press at the signing of Mansfield’s book ‘Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer’ at Harrods. Mohamed Al Fayed – good friends with paedophiles Michael Jackson and Vicar Guy Bennett
Michael Mansfield was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1967, became Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and was elected as a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2007.
As of 2014 he was the President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and is a Professor at Law at London’s City University. Mansfield is a regular after dinner and keynote speaker.
As well as representing those wrongly convicted of the IRA pub bombings (Guildford Four and Birmingham Six), Michael Mansfield has represented: the Angry Brigade; the Price sisters; Brian Keenan; the Orgreave miners; Mahmood Hussein Mattan, Ruth Ellis and James Hanratty (in posthumous appeals); those involved in the 1994 London Israeli Embassy attack; Stephen Lawrence‘s family; Michael Barrymore at the Stuart Lubbock inquest; Barry George at the inquest into the death of Jill Dando; the gangster Kenneth Noye; the Bloody Sunday families; Arthur Scargill; Angela Cannings; Fatmir Limaj, a Kosovo-Albanian leader prosecuted in The Hague; Mohamed al-Fayed in the inquest into the deaths of his son Dodi al-Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales; and the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.
In August 2001, it was reported that Dr Ibrahim Legwell, the Libyan lawyer in charge of Megrahi‘s appeal against conviction for the Lockerbie bombing, had invited US human rights lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, and Michael Mansfield to join his legal team.
Many senior lawyers are freemasons and there are a number of lodges based on legal practice. These include the elite Chancery Bar and Gray’s Inn lodges….
Update: Dec 14 2016
Ben Emmerson cleared by Ben Emmerson’s mate.
Ben Emmerson – Cleared by… Ben Emmerson’s chambers?
Mr Emmerson’s chambers – Matrix – set up an inquiry into Ben Emmerson’s conduct, including the alleged sexual assault¹. Mr Emmerson was cleared “without hesitation”.
How thorough was this “inquiry”? What evidence was presented to this “inquiry” for them to come to this conclusion? Did the alleged victim give a statement, was she even spoken to?
¹Mr Ben Emmerson is innocent until proven guilty.
Ben Emmerson QC cleared of sexual assault allegation after inquiry ordered by (his own) Matrix Chambers
The former senior counsel on the national child abuse inquiry has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an independent investigation by his chambers.
What’s independent about bunch of cronies investigating their own? Particularly if Alexis Jay didn’t release info?
Sir David Calvert Smith, chair of the Parole Board
Sir David Calvert-Smith, who also served as Director of Public Prosecutions before moving onto the Bench, said he had concluded “without hestitation” that there was no truth in allegations that Ben Emmerson QC had committed sexual assault or harassment while working for the inquiry.
Background on Sir David Calvert-Smith
Sir David Calvert-Smith & butler Paul Burrell case
The ferocity of the public outcry that followed the collapse of the trial of the former royal butler Paul Burrell last year still haunts Sir David Calvert-Smith.
Queens’s Guardsman and wife- and yet another – Paedo probe at Windsor
School panic over castle ‘paedo’ wife
Mums demand answers after child-rape raid
The soldier performed guard duties at the castle when the Queen was in
Parents at the Windsor primary school where Parsons-Davies cared for three to
nine-year-old pupils were “very distressed” last night.
Warrington couple jailed for role in ‘sick’ child sex ring
A nationwide ring… ran sex parties with animals at an isolated countryside farmhouse, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Case was absolutely vile,he was a former cavalry soldier who even arranged for an HIV sufferer to assault child as he drove round Windsor!
and groomed a young girl to become an animal ‘porn star’!(Their term) Calvert Smith had sympathy & reduced sentence!!
was it not in the public interest?
could be worth looking at the other faces in the ring
Soldier who helped organise ‘paedophile parties’ to ‘block out’ trauma of serving in Afghanistan jailed indefinitely
- Household cavalry soldier Simon Wyn-Davies, 38, will serve minimum of 11 and a half years in prison
- Wyn-Davies was part of a paedophile ring that carried out a string of horrific sex crimes against young children
- Soldier claimed he raped children and hoarded child pornography to block out the trauma of his war-time experiences in Afghanistan
A soldier who was part of a sex abuse ring that held ‘paedophile parties’ has been jailed indefinitely.
Simon Wyn-Davies, 38, claimed he raped children and hoarded child pornography to block out the trauma of his war-time experiences in Afghanistan.
The Household Cavalry soldier told a judge he was suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome following tours of duty in the war-torn country.
The soldier abused a schoolgirl for up to 18 months and had even begun grooming her to become an animal porn star, the judge was told.
He filmed hundreds of indecent videos and still photo images of the molestation and sent the sick material to a string of other perverts by email.
Wyn-Davies even arranged for an HIV sufferer to sexually assault a girl in the back of his Jeep as he drove around Windsor, the hearing at Reading Crown Court was told.
The former Queen’s guard from Windsor, Berkshire, was given an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection at Reading Crown Court and will serve a minimum of 11-and-a-half years.
He was jailed for 22 counts, including rape of a child under 13, conspiracy to rape and distributing indecent images of children.
His sentence follows the previous conviction of his teaching assistant wife, Fiona Parsons-Davies, aged 45 years, who admitted child cruelty after her ‘willful blindness’ at not reporting sexual abuse to police and was jailed for two years.
Three other members of the gang were also jailed indefinitely in September – retired Nicholas Cordery, 63, from Wiltshire, charity worker Peter Malpas, 47, from Moulton, Northamptonshire and IT trainer Anthony Flack, 54, from Bristol.
Provided advice, prosecuted or tried.
Health and Safety
Herald of Free Enterprise. Marchioness. Buncefield.
Polly Peck (Part 1)
Lord McAlpine and Asil Nadir – on behalf of Tory party between 1985-1990, accepted almost £500 000 from the corrupt Polly Peck tycoon.
Her father is Thomas McAlpine of the Scottish McAlpine construction family She had, she admits, ‘a cushioned childhood’.
Miss Forsyth had been a high-flying personal banker whose clients had included film director David Lean and the Saudi royal family when the Polly Peck affair occurred.
Elizabeth Forsyth, 76, was Nadir’s personal banker at the time of the Polly Peck scandal. In 1996, year she was jailed for five years for handling stolen cash. Asil Nadir sentenced to 10 years for stealing £29 million from his own company more than two decades ago.
The 71-year-old returned to Britain in August 2010 after 17 years in exile following the collapse of his £2 billion company Polly Peck International (PPI).
In March 1996, she was charged with money laundering and found guilty of handling £400,000 of stolen PPI money.
She was looking after wealthy private clients at Citibank when in 1985 she was introduced to Asil Nadir by a Greek, Ted Petropoulos, with whom she had worked at the First National Bank.
Nadir & his “banker” Elizabeth Mcalpine Forsyth
Profile: Lord Midas, his zenith and nadir: Lord McAlpine, party treasurer for Mrs Thatcher
Israeli Embassy (Botmeh and Alami), Hindawi (plot to blow up El Al plane), Airlines bomb plot, Karim (plot by BA employee) and a number of the cases tried since 2005.
Many of the highest profile homicide cases from 1986-1997. Hanson (murder of banker John Monckton), Tobin (murderer of 3 women, 2 of whom he buried in the garden of his house).
25 July 2012
The Honourable Mr Justice (David) Calvert-Smith has been appointed as the new Chair of the Parole Board today.
Sir David Calvert-Smith has been a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division since 2004 and was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2006 to 2010. He served as the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1998 to 2003.
The Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke said:
‘I am delighted to announce Sir David’s appointment as Chair of the Parole Board.
Iraq abuse claims ‘often very poor’ says former DP
Nov 18, 2016
Abuse inquiry defended after victims’ group quits
The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, for 600 victims who lived in children’s homes in Lambeth, said it had no confidence in the inquiry’s leadership.
Chuka Umunna MP said the inquiry chair, Prof Alexis Jay, should be replaced.
Raymond Stevenson, who has previously spoken about being physically abused during his time at the Shirley Oaks home in the 1970s, said the group’s members had voted “overwhelmingly” on Saturday to pull out of the inquiry.
Mr Stevenson told the BBC that the group “felt relieved not to be part of this mangled attempt to get belated justice for our members” and he called the inquiry an “unpalatable circus”.
“The inquiry has just lurched from disaster to disaster and we do not believe Alexis Jay, the chair, is the right person to wrench open the Pandora’s box of historical lies and cover-ups that have happened over the decades,” he said.
He said the inquiry was not a “genuine attempt” to look at the truth.
“When you look at the debacle that has taken place with resignations, with heads leaving, claims of racial abuse, sexual abuse, this is not an environment we would put our members through,” he said.
In a statement, the group claimed the inquiry’s fourth chair – former social worker Prof Jay – was planning nothing more than a “social work talk shop”, which it said would achieve nothing, and described her as “an uninspiring leader”.
The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association is planning to publish the results of its own investigation.
It claims that the Home Office, which sponsors the inquiry and provided some of its staff, had a role in covering up abuse in the past.
Chuka Umunna MP said there was concern about her social work background because “for many of the survivors… a lot the perpetrators came from that profession”, and further concern about the “severe dysfunction” in the legal team.
“So for all those reasons I don’t have confidence in this chair and I think we need a new one,” he said.
The inquiry has been beset by difficulties since it was set up in July 2014 to investigate allegations made against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions in England and Wales, as well as people in the public eye.
Three chairwomen – former president of the High Court Family Division Baroness Butler-Sloss, her replacement, leading lawyer Dame Fiona Woolf, and Justice Goddard, a New Zealand high court judge – have already stood down.
A number of senior lawyers on the inquiry have also quit – the most recent of which was Aileen McColgan, who resigned on Wednesday amid concerns about the inquiry’s leadership.
Ben Emmerson QC, the most senior lawyer on the inquiry, resigned last month, and Elizabeth Prochaska – the inquiry’s second most senior lawyer – had stepped down on 15 September.
This week it was announced the inquiry has also delayed hearings into the late Lord Janner.
Theresa May insists she has ‘absolute confidence’ in child abuse inquiry chair hours before its probe into Lord Janner allegations is delayed due to ongoing police investigations
- Prof Aileen McColgan quits Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
- She has concerns about competency of fourth chair, Professor Alexis Jay
- Two more barristers are also poised to leave the ailing abuse inquiry
- But PM told MPs she still has ‘absolute confidence’ in Professor Alexis Jay
- Inquiry’s probe into late Labour peer Lord Janner postponed to allow separate police investigations to take place
The departure of Professor Aileen McColgan, a law professor at Kings College London, dealt another major blow to the inquiry due to her experience of leading inquiries into child abuse in the Anglican and Catholic Church.
Elizabeth Prochaska – Left Sept 2016
Ben Emmerson QC – left Sept 2016
Aileen McColgan – Left Nov 2016
All Matrix Chambers.
FIVE MOST SENIOR LAWYERS TO QUIT THE ABUSE INQUIRY
Hugh Davies QC – December 2015
Toby Fisher – August 2015
Elizabeth Prochaska – September 2016
Ben Emmerson QC – September 2016
Aileen McColgan – November 2016
Ben Emmerson and other lawyer Aileen Mccolgan who quit both Matrix Chambers & editors on European Human Rights Law Review.
Abuse probe denies claim top lawyer quit over ‘sex assault’ after Newsnight alleges cover-up of allegation
- Ben Emmerson QC quit as head of child abuse inquiry on September 29
- He denies claim he groped a colleague at the inquiry’s Millbank Tower
A chum of the Clooneys, Benedict Emmerson led the VIP child abuse inquiry. Now he and his junior have left in a swirl of toxic rumours
- Benedict Emmerson QC was suspended from his duties by the fourth inquiry chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay
- Professor Jay had ‘become very concerned about aspects of Mr Emmerson’s leadership of the counsel team’
- His deputy, Elizabeth Prochaska, quietly quit the inquiry on September 15 in mysterious circumstances
In Venice, his shipmate Ms Barkin, the star with Al Pacino of the film Sea Of Love — whose most recent marriage was to American billionaire Ronald Perelman — was reportedly swept off her feet by the British lawyer.
The odd couple — Mr Emmerson is nine years her junior — were even briefly engaged.
He had founded (along with others) Matrix Chambers, the holier-than-thou barristers’ set with the then Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair in 2000.
One of Mr Emmerson’s favoured juniors was — and continues to be — the glamorous and clever Mrs Clooney – British lawyer Amal Alamuddin
Their most high-profile collaboration came in 2011 when they represented WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault.
Mr Emmerson had told the court that Assange’s behaviour towards two women was not a crime.
It emerged that Mr Emmerson’s deputy, Elizabeth Prochaska — the daughter of the Principal of Somerville College, Oxford — had quietly quit the inquiry on September 15 in mysterious circumstances.
In the last fortnight Mr Emmerson, was suspended from his duties by the fourth inquiry chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay. Prof Jay had ‘become very concerned about aspects of Mr Emmerson’s leadership of the counsel team’. Those ‘aspects’ were not explained, but have been linked to the resignation of Ms Prochaska.
Twenty-four hours after his suspension, Mr Emmerson, a divorced father of four, had also resigned. Then the shutters came down.
How convenient and befitting for a coverup, non-disclosure agreements all round and no further investigation after resignations!
Emmerson leaves under a cloud of toxic rumour concerning his own behaviour behind the scenes — and, it was revealed this week, not a penny in severance pay, unlike the inquiry’s third chair, Dame Lowell Goddard, who received £80,000 in pay and allowances when she resigned in August.
After leaving Douai, Mr Emmerson studied at Bristol University and was called to the Bar in 1986. He made his first major mark the following year when he co-authored a report, commissioned by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (current President is Michael Mansfield) and a number of trade unions, into the policing of the 1986 Wapping Dispute at the News International headquarters (when war broke out between the print unions and Rupert Murdoch).
His fellow author was another young barrister called Anne Shamash. The two were part of a ‘brilliant young generation’ of civil rights lawyers who emerged during the Nineties.
They married and have four sons, but separated some years ago. Ms Shamash is now an immigration judge and has refused to comment on her ex-husband’s travails.
Conflicts of Interest:
Ben Emmerson was a boarder at the Douai School in Berkshire which was run by the adjacent Benedictine Abbey.
Ironically, a number of the school’s former staff were later convicted of child sex abuse offences and it closed in 1999.
Mr Emmerson replied: ‘I didn’t even know the school had closed after sex abuse scandals involving pupils and staff/teachers. I thought it had closed down after an affair between one of the monks and an adult female parishioner.
‘That all happened a long time after I was there, of course.’
This shows a truly amazing lack of interest for a man who was effectively in charge of an investigation into institutional child sex abuse!
Smith began abusing at the school in 1975 – Emmerson was born in 1963 – wouldn’t Emmerson have been a student at the school when Smith was abusing?
Vicar jailed for decades of sex abuse after church failed to take action
During the two-week trial, Bristol crown court heard that concerns about the vicar were raised with the church on two occasions, first in 1983 and again in 2001.
On both occasions, the complainants were assured the matter had been “dealt with”, but Smith continued to abuse boys in his parish.
Smith, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Clevedon, Somerset, began the abuse in 1975, during his time as assistant headmaster at the Douai Abbey monastic boarding school in Berkshire.
Ben Emmerson was consultant to Law Commission regarding its response to the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence
Ben Emmerson QC: The human rights lawyer who was expected to lead child abuse inquiry is accused of ‘bullying’ and ‘intimidation’
21 January 2015
Mr Emmerson released a statement describing the allegations as ‘entirely baseless’, adding that the complaints had been ‘fully investigated and dismissed as unfounded’
“Ben ….was the one able to give assurances about being able to see documents covered by the Official Secrets Act and seeing classified documents.
The former college of Margaret Thatcher, Somerville College, have chosen to establish a Margaret Thatcher scholarship scheme, a scheme in which they will give people the chance to succeed ‘against the odds’ and have a chance to study at Oxford University.
It can certainly be seen as a moving tribute to Somerville’s former pupil Margaret Thatcher.
Somerville College publicly refused to honour former pupil Margaret Thatcher, England’s only female prime minister, in 1985, because they saw her cuts on education and spending as contradictory to their principals. Current principal Dr Alice Prochaska spoke of her hopes to ‘readdress the balance’ of relations with Margaret Thatcher….
…hoping to raise £100 million to fund the scheme from Britain and overseas…
Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush senior, Nancy Reagan and Tony Blair are amongst the list of high profile patrons that are supporting the scheme.
It is believed that Somerville College will be looking to establish a ‘Thatcher House’ within the college campus, in which students will be able to study
The trust is backed by an array of Lady Thatcher’s contemporaries and other eminent figures from across the political spectrum.
In the US George Bush Senior, the former President, and Ronald Reagan’s widow, Nancy, have both pledged their support alongside Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, George Shultz, the former Treasury Secretary and Robert Gates, the former defence secretary.
More recent US political figures who have agreed to act as patrons include Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, and Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union, is another of the patrons along with Brian Mulroney, the former President of Canada.
In Britain, patrons include Sir John Major and Tony Blair, the former Prime Ministers, Lord Owen, the founder of the Social Democratic Party, and Lord Carrington, the former Foreign Secretary.
During a joint press conference with David Cameron in Washington yesterday Barack Obama praised Lady Thatcher as “a great champion of freedom and liberty and of the alliance that we carry on today”.
Chris Patten behind Dr Prochaska. Mr Al-Kuwari shaking hands with Dr Prochaska, after signing the Memorandum of Understanding
Chris Patten is patron of St Benedict’s School, which has been run by numerous Benedictine paedophiles over decades.
Specific case studies will be identified by the investigation. The first case study will examine the English Benedictine Congregation which has been the subject of numerous allegations of child sexual abuse, including at schools run by the Congregation. The Inquiry will examine the relationship between Orders such as the Benedictines and the Catholic Church in England and Wales and consider how that relationship impacts on child protection. In this way the Inquiry will evaluate whether any failings identified within the English Benedictine Congregation, and within any other case studies identified as part of the investigation, are representative of wider failings within the Catholic Church.
The Chancellor of the University – the Lord Patten of Barnes.
September 26, 2010
11th May 2016
Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust receives £3m donation from the Qatar Development Fund
The signing took place in the presence of HE Yousef Ali Al-Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in London; Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of the QDF; Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Lord Powell of Bayswater, close friend and foreign affairs adviser to Lady Thatcher.
Left to right: Mr Mubarak Ajlan Mubarak Al-Kuwari, Councilor at the Qatar Embassy; Lord Powell of Bayswater, Patron of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust; H.E. Mr. Yusouf bin Ali Alkhater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in London; Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College; Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Visitor of Somerville College and Patron of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust; H.E Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of the Qatar Development Fund
Alice Prochaska studied at Somerville College in the University of Oxford and received BA and DPhil degrees in Modern History.
Prochaska was involved with the design of the first National Curriculum for history in the United Kingdom during 1989–90. She was a governor of London Guildhall University, now part of London Metropolitan University. She chaired the National Council on Archives and was a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.
Prochaska is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and served as Vice-President from 1995 to 1999. In the US she chaired the Center for Research Libraries and several committees of the Association of Research Libraries, served on the Board of Yale University Press, and lectured on subjects relating to archives and special collections. Prochaska currently lectures and publishes on topics related to national heritage and national identity. She now chairs the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust, and serves as a Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
Alice Prochaska is married to the historian Frank Prochaska.
“Giving what amounted to charitable status to statutory bodies stunned the charitable establishment,” he said, noting that Sara Morrison, (Sir Peter Morrison’s sister-in-law) chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations at the time, said the act was “the most damaging blow suffered by the voluntary sector for many years”.
He said that the existing contracting culture for public services had resulted in charities “swimming into the mouth of the Leviathan” by moving further from their roots and becoming less likely to be independent.
“The use of charities to do the government’s bidding has been criticised as a devolved form of government administration that turns the intermediary institutions of civil society into agencies of the state through contracts and financial control,” Prochaska said.
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Our children arrive from environments of family breakdown, high anxiety and trauma.
The 15th Mulberry Bush Women of the Year Lunch 20th September 2016
Milly Soames (The High Sherriff of Buckinghamshire) and Dr Alice Prochaska (The Principal of Somerville)
Milly and her husband Rupert Soames are in billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffery Epstein’s black book
As is Mulberry School guest speaker at the event Hannah Rothschild
Prue Leith with Hannah Rothschild
Mulberry Bush Organisation
Seven-year-old Stan. Four years ago he was rescued from a paedophile ring in which he saw other children murdered by members of his own family. By the time he arrived at the Mulberry Bush, Stan had been through 73 foster placements and was widely considered to be beyond rehabilitation.
David Astor, CBE
Sir Hugo Brunner, KCVO
Dame Fiona Caldicott, DBE
The Right Hon. David Cameron, MP
The Right Hon. The Lord Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE
Jon Snow, Hon FRIBA
Joanna Trollope, OBE
Elizabeth Prochaska – should have recused herself due to her family’s links to establishment.
IICSA – “Independent” Inquiry into CSA
14 Oct 2106
Child sexual abuse judge Dame Lowell Goddard denies saying Britain has so many paedophiles ‘because it has so many Asian men’
Home Secretary claimed Justice Goddard resigned because she was ‘lonely’ and because the probe proved ‘too much’
Stephen and Pip Dockar-Drysdale -Pip, living in a house on her husband’s family’s 2,000-acre estate in Oxfordshire, took in evacuees from London.
She explained the theory of the super ego to a Jewish refugee who was familiar with psychotherapy. Impressed, he advised her to read Freud. The next thing that happened was that the Ministry of Education asked her to set up a school for disturbed children
She trained as a psychotherapist, at the Tavistock Clinic and at the Maudsley Hospital. There she met Melanie Klein, Anna Freud and Leila Rendel (who was running the Caldecott Community for disturbed children that she had founded in 1911), among other pioneers in the same field. She started her most creative and exciting work with children referred to her by child guidance clinics: she showed enormous determination to understand them and had an extremely focused mind. Her greatest mentor was the eminent child psychiatrist, Donald Winnicott, who encouraged her to extend her work.
Mulberry Bush – In some ways it was chaotic and the fright of Home Office inspectors. In 1969, Pip left the Mulberry Bush as principal, but remained as consultant psychotherapist and took on a similar role at the Cotswold Community.
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn Dad Ronald Fairbairn huge influence on child psychology & early development even writes about abuse effects
Nicholas Fairbairn had affair with Sir Charles Morrison’s secretary. It got messy, and Michael Mates helped clean up.
Michael Mates attending service for Leon Brittan
Tavistock & Rudolf Hess
John Rawling Rees became its medical director (Tavistock) from 1934. This group specialised in the new ‘dynamic psychologies’ of Sigmund Freud and his followers, and in particular the Object relations theory of Ronald Fairbairn (Nicholas Fairbairn‘s father) and others. Recruited to the British Army during the second world war, he became an army Brigadier.
Brigadier John Rawlings Rees and the Rudolf Hess affair
Together with Henry Dicks, a fellow member of the Tavistock Clinic group, Rees was charged with the care of Hitler’s Deputy Rudolf Hess at the secret prison locations where he was held following his capture after landing in Scotland.
Over the four-year period from June 1941 up to Hess’s appearance at the Nuremberg trial, Rees apparently established a relationship with Hess: Hess’s diaries record many meetings with Rees, referred to at this time as Colonel Rees, in which Hess accused his captors of attempting to poison, drug, and ‘mesmerize’ him.
In 1945, Rees was a member of the three-man British panel (with Churchill’s personal physician Lord Moran, and eminent neurologist Dr George Riddoch), which assessed Hess’s capability to stand trial for war crimes.
Post-War “Operation Phoenix”
After the war, Rees and five others got together and formed an ‘Interim Planning Committee’ (IPC) chaired by Wilfred Bion, meeting twice a week to formulate a new way forward for their work at the Tavistock, based on war-time experience.
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