Department of Education & Science

1979: DES employee writes to Grey over concern for ‘Johnny Go Homes’

In the months before the 3rd May 1979 General Election when Thatcher swept to power ousting Callaghan’s Labour government, and the 3 year DES grant for the Albany Trust’s ‘Experimental Project’ on ‘Youth and Sexuality’ was coming to an end, Antony Grey was in correspondence with a civil servant employee of the Department of Education & Science concerning ‘health education’ and concerns over the future of governmental policy in this area. It was a concern that would be well-founded, judging by the DES cool response to the Albany Trust’s Youth Worker report on the experiment in January 1980.

[see further blog post: ANOTHER DES FUNDED ‘YOUTH EXPERIMENT PROJECT’, HENNIKER-MAJOR & A WWII MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ANALYST]

On 22 February 1979, John Alexander, writes to Antony Grey on departmental notepaper:

“I greatly enjoyed our time together on 22 February and only regret that, by the nature of things, it was not possible or expedient with all of us present to deal, in greater detail, with central government implications on the topic of our discussion. As you may have realised I am on sabbatical leave until the end of March and so I was in no way expressing the view of DES. “

John wishes to return the invitation of lunch to Antony in order to discuss Grey’s recent article published in the New Humanist [which Grey publishes in Speaking Law Sex & Politics here ] which championed the work of several of Albany Trust’s trustees such as Quaker QC Keith Wedmore’s 1963 Towards a Quaker View of Sex and the Anglican ‘South Bank’ theologians such as Dr John Robertson (Bishop of Woolwich), Bishop of Southwark (Mervyn Stockwood) and Canon Eric James (later HM Chaplain to the Queen – here in 1971 promising patronage to Peter Righton along with the Bishop of Stepney )

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“I assume you had read my article in New Society (written under a pseudonym because of my civil servant status) which, though drastically cut when it comes to refer to health education aspects, nevertheless attempts to draw attention to the plight of the younger males.

I am convinced that, in spite of continued opposition and obstruction – and inactivity – we can achieve much by merely keeping-up the battle.”

 

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New Society, 29 June 1979, Robert Spittal (nom de paedophile plume of HMI )

Grey hasn’t archived his reply of 27 February 1979, but John Alexander responds enthusiastically suggesting dates to meet in April despite his time being less free now he has resumed his inspectorial duties – as an inspector for the DES is he inspecting schools in the days before Ofsted or inspecting other institutions falling under the remit of DES?

John will try and tie in a meeting at DES in the afternoon on the day Antony is available to meet him for lunch in Central London “thus making an effective working day”.

“Nevertheless I consider our discussions of importance in the field of Health Education and would wish to keep in touch with your thinking as well as with associated developments e.g. the film.”

and encloses his article on runaway boys or ‘Johnny Go Homes’ (as he calls them) and their habit of leaving comfortable, well-provided lives in the country to travel to London where some of them act as decoys to lure unsuspecting older men into being robbed down dark alleyways.

John protests that despite the ‘eye-catcher opener’ dwelling on the details of boy and young male prostitution at Piccadilly Circus, New Society had cut the rest of the article which went on to consider the kind of measures and research in health education to address ‘Johnny Go Homes’.

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30 March 1979

“In the event it is only the first part with a tiny reference to possible action which was published. It did, at any rate, lead to some interesting correspondence and enable me to use these leads as a lever to force some HMI/DES thinking about the subject. Unfortunately everyone seems pleasantly interested but determined to take no action or even further discussion.”

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6 April 1979

 

“There seems to have been a stunning silence since we met the film team and the others but I am horrified at the electioneering in Bournemouth by one of the candidates in strong opposition to CHE etc. Of course a geriatric area like this is more likely to foster these narrow views e.g. last week’s outburst in the council about male gays at Shell Bay and seeking to allow only female nudes on that reserved beach!”

At Shell Bay you could watch the ferries departing from Poole Harbour on their way to Jersey ‘s St Helier or Cherbourg in France, winding their way past Brownsea Island, the home of Baden-Powell’s first youth experiment of his own in establishing a Scout Camp on 1 -8 August 1907 to test his ideas he was developing for his book Scouting for Boys http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownsea_Island_Scout_camp 

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In 1979 the MP for Bournemouth East for the past 2 years had been Conservative David Atkinson MP (who was to hold the constituency successfully for 28 years from 1977 – 2005).

The wife who discovered her perfect family was built on a lie: A football star’s gay confession, an agonised call to her Tory MP husband – and Susan’s world collapsed [Daily Mail, 19 July 2014]

‘My father was a sexual predator like Jimmy Savile’ says son of former Tory MP’: The son of a Conservative MP has built up his own dossier on his father and a wider circle of friends [Telegraph, 20 July 2014]

“Mr Atkinson, 37, an illustrator, decided to speak out after becoming increasingly concerned about his father’s behaviour and his wider circle of acquaintances. David Atkinson was MP for Bournemouth East for almost 28 years before stepping down in 2005.”

“His son has compiled a dossier of his own on his father. In it he writes: “In the research work that I have done… it is clear that my father was associated with some very dangerous people.””

“Other suspicions, which fuel Mr Atkinson’s concerns about his father, cannot be repeated in The Telegraph for legal reasons. There is nothing in the evidence so far gathered by Mr Atkinson that offers any clear proof that his father had had sex with under-age children.”

“But I think my father got mixed up with the wrong people. I think he didn’t want anybody to find out he was gay and used that to influence him. He liked young men.”

“He said his father kept ‘meticulous’ notes of his every day activities in House of commons pocket diaries. Mr Atkinson does not have access to his father’s diaries.”

 

The Attack on Sleaze: How apartheid regime set out to woo Tories: Patricia Wynn Davies tells the story of the firm which gave MPs a South African perspective [Independent, 26 October 1994]

Part of the same scene were London dinners sponsored by Unita. One MP guest-list included such figures as Robert Atkins, now minister for the environment and countryside, John Carlile, Mr Colvin and David Atkinson, who led an SNI delegation to observe the Angolan peace process in 1992, a year before the firm closed.

 

Another DES funded ‘Youth Experiment Project’, Henniker-Major & a WWII Military Intelligence Analyst

Within 2 months of the MIND/PIE/Albany Trust Workshop…[See before reading below: 1972 – 1976: The Art of Pervasion – Playland, Paedophiles, Power and Politics  – [Sir] Harold Haywood meets PIE hosted by MIND with other Albany Trustees – all six write to The Guardian to plead the case for vulnerable ‘bisexual’ married men indulging in a spot of extra-marital pederasty and beg the question ‘Who is exploiting whom?’ – Albany Trust, PIE & PAL begin co-drafting Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers which a year later is used by PIE to drop in MPs pigeon-holes at Westminster during the passage of the Protection of Children Bill March/April 1978]

 

On 27 November 1975 Mr A Prosser, Department of Education & Science, agreed to provide a grant to Albany Trust specifically towards the support of a full-time Youth Officer.[i] Briefly during this early period 1974-1976 when Grey and Haywood move towards successfully securing government funds to extend the work of the Albany Trust, two Ministers of State for Education & Science in quick succession were Reginald Prentice MP (5 March 1974 – 10 June 1975) and Fred Mulley MP[Lab: Sheffield Park 1953-1980] (DES: 10 June 1975 – 10 September 1976) appointed under Harold Wilson’s second term as Prime Minister. Prentice was to later cross the floor and become a Conservative MP, given a peerage under Thatcher.

“The Albany Trust/DES Youth and Sexuality Project which ran from the summer of 1976 when the first Youth officer, Ric Rogers, was appointed, until October 1979 when his successor, Alan Smith, presented his final report. Whereas Rogers had concentrated his out-of-London activities in two main areas – the East Midlands and the North East – Alan Smith followed a more general itinerary, going wherever he found that a local authority or youth organization training programme wanted him to offer a training event.” [grey / footnotes]

The Youth and Sexuality Project report did not find much favour with W.H.Miller of DES when it was finally received by the department in late 1979. By then the DES came under Mark Carlisle MP who was to last [ ] months under Thatcher’s first term before [Sir] Keith Joseph took over for the next 5 years. Miller wrote to make clear that despite funding the ‘Experimental Project’ for 3 years the Department did not want their name attached to the report.

“This is of course a report by the Albany Trust and publication is primarily a matter for the Trust. It would not be proper for the Department to oppose publication, although I should emphasis that this does not mean that the Department supports the views expressed. If you do decide to publish, you will no doubt wish to correct the typographical errors and make it clear that this is an Albany Trust project which the Department agreed to support in 1976, as an experimental project (rather than a project funded by the Department through the Trust).”[ii]

In contrast Grey was either somehow unaware that the DES under Thatcher had expressed a cool distance between the Youth Worker ‘Youth and Sexuality’ Experimental Project or its resulting report (along with a sneer at the typos) and instead in Quest for Justice signposted the report as residing somewhere within the DES

“The Albany Trust’s existence during its final years of activity is amply justified by this impressive report. Doubtless it is now mouldering forgotten in some dusty pigeonhole at the Department of Education. It should be resurrected, studied afresh, and acted upon.”[iii]

 

[i] Referenced in a letter from Rodney Bennet England to John Leigh (DES) dated 13th February 1978

[ii] Letter from WH Miller (DES) to Rodney Bennett-England (Albany Trust) dated 18th January 1980, DES Ref: YO21/30/206 [for finding other files residing in DES, YO presumably stands for Youth Officer or Youth Office?]

[iii] Grey Loc 3960/6001

Shortly before [Sir] Harold Haywood departed the Trust for the Prince’s Trust for Young People, Ric Rogers resigned as Albany’s Youth Worker to move to the National Youth Bureau. Alan Smith replaced him and in mid September 1978 wrote the following outline of the Experiment for submission as one of the charities being funded by DES as ‘youth experiment projects’.

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From details of other charitable projects being supported by the DES as Youth Experimental Projects running parallel and receiving DES experimental government funding was Inter-Action’s Make-It-Yourself project – which sounds like quite a fun proto Junior Apprentice business production project or ‘community education experiment’.

 

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The history of Inter-Action and Kentish Town City Farm – a year after this document Prince Charles is filmed giving a speech and visiting the Kentish Town City Farm – an associate of Righton’s, Sir John Henniker-Major was a city farm adviser to the charity presumably for his establishment of the Islington-Suffolk Project.

Trustees

ED Berman’s theatre group the Ambiance ended up on Rupert Street in 1971 – equidistant between the Albany Trust at 32 Shaftesbury Avenue and Playland the amusement arcade on Coventry Street. Laurence Collinson who Antony Grey would later study Transactional Analysis with put on a play here during Gay Play season of 1975.

Clive Barker’s Theatre Games of 1977

Pamela Rose and her husband EJB Rose who as it happens was a noted military intelligence analyst during WWII – New York Times obituary 1999

“The advance knowledge of German plans, so laboriously deciphered at Bletchley Park, helped Britain when it was fighting alone against the Nazis, and Mr. Rose was head of the section that determined the military importance of the information they received.”

[Sir] Christopher Chataway (Former Conservative MP for Lewisham North – 1966 and then Chichester 1969-1974) Privy Councillor

American Names Association Timeline of Lloyd’s re-insurance market and asbestosis claims

Ian Hay Davison – became the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyd’s re-insurance market in the 1990s and became Chairman

In 1988 Ian Hay Davison wrote A View of the Room: Lloyd’s Change & Disclosure

British watchdogs sacked by Dubai over their advice

 

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How to rescue a bank: be firm, be quick, be quiet, Ian Hay Davison draws lessons for the handling of the Northern Rock crisis from his experience as chairman of National Mortgage Bank after its collapse in 1992

David Kingsley: (1929 – 2014) Guardian Obituary Labour’s first spin doctor who was one of the 3 men advising Wilson during 1966-1970, fell out of favour after surprise loss of Wilson to Heath in 1970. Only went back into politics for Social Democrats in 1981.

 

 

 

Familiar names amongst the City Farm Advisers:

Sir John Henniker-Major (1916-2004)

British Council Director, Ambassador to Jordan and Denmark during the 1960s until retirement in 1972, Henniker-Major had also worked in Argentina for 7 years after Burgess revelations. While Peter Righton was being investigated by the police in 1993, the Islington-Suffolk project on Baron Henniker’s estate gave him sanctuary . Henniker-Major was Chairman of Suffolk County Council and a former Liberal parliamentary candidate. Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (Duke of Edinburgh before he married the Queen) had attended Sir John’s eldest son’s christening, named as his godfather in November 1947.

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93) [Evening Standard, Eileen Fairweather & Stewart]

“Recent scandals in residential childcare have led experts to believe that paedophile staff may be ‘networking’ nationally to exchange children and pornography – even protection. But only now are moves afoot to address this problem with investigators planning to meet Mr Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, to request a co-ordinated nationwide team.

In the meantime it was left for officers investigating Righton to contact their counterparts in Suffolk to establish why he had gone to live there.

The Henniker estate has been the family home since 1756, a rambling mansion house set in farmland and woods. Day-to-day running of the estate has passed to the Lord’s son and heir Mark, 45, and his wife.”

In 2005, Baron Henniker-Major’s grandson Freddy, the 4th youngest of Lesley and Mark’s children committed suicide aged 21. [Inquest into death of Peer’s Son, Ipswich Star, 11 July 2007]  Born in 1983, Freddy was aged 10/11 when Peter Righton arrived at a cottage on his father’s estate.

“As the extent of his alleged activities emerged, police discovered that Righton had moved to the Henniker estate. Suffolk social workers were alerted to establish the circumstances in which he was living.

Lord Henniker, 77, told the Standard he did not know Righton and was not responsible for him living on the estate. ‘The estate belongs to my son.’

His son’s wife, Mrs Lesley Henniker-Major, said: ‘Mr Righton is a tenant. He came to us through an estate agent with impeccable references.’

She said she was not aware of the current investigation but had been told of his previous conviction for possessing indecent material by police and social workers. ‘I was very upset. But I have discussed this with Mr Righton and he tells me this material was unsolicited. I am a mother of five and I am very careful. I am not at all worried. He is innocent until proven guilty.’”

 

– The Rt Rev. Trevor Huddleston (Bishop of Stepney)

Bishop of Stepney who was being whisked away to Mauritius in 1978 due to the mounting allegations against him in the East End of London. See further for John Junor’s frustrated attempts to report and Attorney General Sam Silkin’s admissions to the BBC at Famous Mr X and the Rule of Law

1971: Bishop of Stepney’s promise of patronage  for Peter Righton’s ACCESS along with Jack Profumo

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Brother of Sir Peter Morrison, a ‘noted pederast’ who was Thatcher’s PPS. Lord Margadale, Charles and Peter’s father had Thatcher & Denis to holiday on his whisky producing Islay estate in the summer of 1977 and 1978. Lord Margadale had previously entertained two other of Savile’s favourites: Princess Alexandra (whose husband Sir Angus Ogilvy he’d been Vice-President to his Presidency of the National Association of Youth Clubs while Sir Harold Haywood reigned) and Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath.

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Glasgow Herald, 16 August 1979

It was Lord Margadale who had declared in 1976/1977 at his family home that Thatcher would be the next Prime Minister: Did Maggie know her closest aide was preying on under-age boys? [Daily Mail, Sue Reid, 16 July 2014]. By May 1979 she’d won the election and Peter Morrison began his slippery ascent.

 

 

 

– Tony Smythe (former MIND Director, Albany Trustee, NCCL)

Smythe had organised the Sexual Minorities Workshop, chaired by Peter Righton, where Haywood was introduced to PIE members Keith Hose (Chairman & NCCL) and Nettie Pollard (NCCL Gay Rights Worker)and reportedly had resolved that the Albany Trust had a moral duty to argue for the acceptance of pedophiles in society to ensure they could live a useful life, often by dedicating themselves to youth work.

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Bob was the Director of the National Association of Playing Fields

 

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