Throughout Grey’s correspondence it is clear he places pressure on various people at various times to write letters to the press, as part of his eminence gris role in shaping others to shape public opinion and acceptance of paedophilia. It’s unclear whether Joy Blanchard, David Astor’s former secretary at The Observer, was blackmailing Grey from the moment he brought her to the Albany Trust with him on his appointment in 1962, and/or whether Grey’s ‘achilles heel’ concerned under 21s or under 16s, but Joy was to exert a tight control over him (as she’d boasted to Doreen Cordell) until the onset of a non-malignant brain tumour in 1968.
In the wake of Grey’s autumn 1976 visit to Edinburgh and Dunn’s Scottish Minorities Group (SMG) where he met Thatcher’s future Lord Advocate Lord Rodger, (then working as the Clerk to the Faculty of Advocates), Ian Dunn who had co-founded PIE over 2 years previously endeavours to demonstrate to the Trust his public support for their work on paedophilia. See below – 10 January 1977 ‘Albany Trust – With compliments, Ian Dunn’. Grey’s plans for Ian Dunn to assist with forming a Scottish branch of the Albany Trust are still percolating following Ric Rogers, Albany Trust’s Youth Worker’s visit to SMG shortly after Grey.
Three years later, in March 1981, Antony Grey writes to Tony Smythe, to ask him to reply to The Times and Ronald Butt’s article of 26th March captured on Spotlightonabuse here ‘The Questions Unaswered in the Hayman case’. Butt had stated MIND as a ‘pressure group in receipt of government money and support’ was being one of ‘most guilty of conniving at the attempt to make the pedophile ‘movement’ respectable.’
Grey immediately wrote to Smythe (signing as his real name, Edgar, since he and Smythe had been friends for a long time previously “When are you coming round for that long-promised chat?”):
“No doubt you will be replying to Ronald Butt’s allegation (today’s Times) that you and MIND had promoted paedophilia by stealth. We seem to have arrived at the weird situation where anyone who ares to hint that not all pedophiles are sinister, sadistic, evil child-molsteors is promptly denounced for encouraging the practice of paedophilia. The drubbing which free speech, civil rights and common sense have taken over the PIE case is appalling. I always feared that Tom O’ Carroll was hellbent on opening this particular Pandora’s Box, and so it has proved.”
At 9.10pm one evening Tony called round to Antony Grey/Edgar Wright at 90 Uplands Road, Crouch End/Hornsey Rise and left an obliging if slightly sweaty message for Grey to give him a call and a message: “He’s v gratefull [sic] for your letter, but doesn’t think he can take more of this. Sends his letter for you to see.”
What was it Smythe didn’t think he could take much more of?