In retrospect I’d been waiting for the opportunity, or rather the impetus, to start dredging these waters for bodies, and it was inevitable that eventually I would get around to it. The Savile affair marks the intersection for me between a lifetime’s interests and concerns: pop culture, conspiracy, crime, madness, occultism, psy-ops, child abuse, trauma, and, because Savile’s influence on my own psyche goes back to that time, childhood.
The first thing I wanted to look into was my brother’s relationship to the Glasgow mobster Jimmy Boyle (see here); since I knew he'd met Boyle via our paternal grandfather, that was my next port of call. I’m not going to name family members because I don’t want this thread tagged for search engines just yet, but anyone who knows me can easily join the dots.
Here are some of the key points which I came up with initially for the book:
My brother first met Boyle at Stevenson’s College, where Boyle was doing a “Training For Freedom” course, working two days a week at the local community centre then returning to Saughton prison at night. Boyle was first imprisoned for murder in 1967, the year I was born, and was released in 1982. Despite the viciousness of his crimes (an enforcer and debt collector for the Glasgow mafia, he was known as “Scotland’s most violent man”), Boyle was given a reduced sentence, partly, or even mainly, due to his sculptures and his critically and commercially successful memoir, Sense of Freedom, which was turned into a BBC film. I’m not sure but my grandfather’s support may have also been instrumental in reducing Boyle’s sentence, since he (my grandfather) was a well-respected, semi-public figure. A year after his release, in 1983, Boyle and his wife Sarah (a psychiatrist, and daughter of the aristocrat John Trevelyan, the former British film censor) opened The Gateway Exchange, a rehabilitation center in Edinburgh for alcoholics and drug addicts that encouraged creative expression. I met Boyle a few times during those years, but I never got to know him (if anyone ever got to know Boyle, which I doubt).
My brother was certainly into some strange things, and to varying degrees (he hung out with Genesis P. Orridge in his teens and claimed to have robbed a church with them; allegedly they put a curse on him for making off with the most coveted of the spoils). His fascination for criminality included writing letters to the Kray twins and to the notorious Moors murderer, Myra Hindley. While assembling this material, I found a 1999 Guardian article about Jimmy Boyle that mentioned that, in 1967 (just before he was arrested), Boyle “was on the run in London and under the protection of the Krays.” (According to my brother, Boyle worked with the Krays before that too, during the sixties and possibly earlier.)
There’s a passage in my brother’s book that had caught my eye when I was working on Paper Tiger: “A pedophile friend of Grandfather’s, his face riddled with cancer, once took a shine to Brother [that’s me]. Brother, as a child, had one of those faces of marvelous beauty which stopped strangers in the streets, so a pedophile invited into the family circle could hardly have been expected to be indifferent.” Paper Tiger was written before my brother’s death and before the Jimmy Savile scandal broke in the UK in 2012, which I also discussed in The Prisoner of Infinity. Savile was from Yorkshire, where my brother and I grew up and where Peter Sutcliffe, the notorious Yorkshire ripper (whom Savile knew), stalked his victims during my teen years. Savile started out as a dance-club owner, a scene monopolized by gangsters, and Savile and the Krays reputedly partied together in the sixties (sex parties called “Pink Ballets”) and were almost certainly involved with supplying children to pederasts via Haut de la Garenne (among other locales), the notorious Jersey children’s home where human/animal remains were found and children were allegedly tortured and sexually abused. In her diary, Myra Hindley mentions that she and her partner, Ian Brady, frequented the dance hall which Savile hosted in Manchester in the 1960s. In 2012, the Daily Telegraph reported that Savile bragged about being friends with Ian Brady. For his part, Brady, who grew up in Glasgow before moving to Manchester, boasted about being hooked up to the Glasgow mafia and associating with the Kray brothers. His claims were dismissed as “fantasy” by the prison psychiatrist. Yet Savile did run dance halls in Glasgow in the 1960s and 70s (as well as in Manchester and Leeds), which puts him in the same place and time with Boyle, and possibly Brady and Hindley.
Glasgow was also the place where PIE, the Paedophile Information Exchange, was founded in 1975 out of the Scottish Minorities Group. PIE was affiliated with the National Council for Civil Liberties (a cause my own family were certainly sympathetic to, if not actively involved with). PIE's view was that children should be free to have sex with adults and that pedophilia was simply a sexual preference, like homosexuality, that shouldn’t be discriminated against. Their aim was to lower the age of consent to four, or simply to abolish it altogether. PIE’s members, “mostly educated and middle-class, were good at finding ‘progressive’ academics—some useful idiots, others rather more sinister—to fight their cause.”
The implication is that fields generally thought to be worlds apart—in this case organized crime, serial murder, pedophilia, popular entertainment, and Leftist social reform and civil liberties, were all working together, not just in Glasgow but all over Britain. It was a small, dark world, all right, one which I had no inkling of growing up and yet which was disturbingly close to the world I grew up in. My sister even had Jimmy Savile’s autograph when she was a teenager—allegedly my father had procured it for her after a chance meeting with Savile on an airplane!
And then this:
Digging around a bit on the Net revealed that my grandfather (who was a Quaker as well as a socialist) did more than aspire to be part of the intelligentsia elite, he was a co-founder of the Hull branch of Bertrand Russell’s Committee of 100 (who basically established the form for non-violent protest), and a founding member of the Hull Fabian society, whose logo is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In my grandfather’s day, Fabian Society members advocated the ideal of “a scientifically planned society” which included “eugenics by way of sterilization.” I never heard my grandfather talk about such ideas, but then why would I? I wasn’t part of the club. The Hull branch of the Fabians was established in 1943, with sixteen members including a committee chaired by my grandfather. (Its main activities included organizing public meetings, “Brains Trusts,” and film showings!) My grandfather also cofounded the CND party (the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), and he spent time in Russia in the fifties, a time when even getting into Russia wasn’t easy. Among his life-long pals were Jacob Bronowski (The Ascent of Man), who worked for the Ministry of Home Security during World War Two (i.e., he was a spy), and Baron Eric Roll. Roll was appointed Professor of Economics and Commerce at University College, Hull, with the backing of John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist and (not so famous) pederast. This would have been around the time my grandfather met Roll, who was on the British Ministry of Food. Roll became director of Bank of England from 68 to 77, and from 1986 and 1989, he acted as chairman of the Bilderberg meetings.
So that was pretty much what I had, and I finished up the book including this stuff, wondering if I was, I dunno, going out on a limb, by talking about it at all, much less in a “light” little memoir about movies…. Little did I know that I’d only uncovered the toe-bone of what turned out to be a full-size skeleton buried in my own family backyard.
So here’s what I’ve come up with so far, and I’m hoping, since it obviously intersects with research being done at this forum, that some of you will have additional material to throw into the pot, or let me know if I’m overheating it before all the ingredients are in, or whatever.
There isn’t much online about him but luckily a cousin, who’s also interested in looking into our family background, sent me a pdf of a short memoir he wrote in 1987, as a foreword to a collection of poems by a convict (I think a rapist, apparently one of the poems is about rape!) he befriended in his seventies. This provided me with some key names and dates.
My grandfather was born in 1902 and went to Oxford, Worcester College, somewhere between 1921-25, roughly. I don’t know who he met there and what his involvement if any in the notorious Oxford secret societies was, but my guess is that, since my grandfather wasn’t from a wealthy family, much less the aristocracy, that it was here he made the connections that sent him on the road to “Bilderberg” thereafter. As he writes in his memoir: “My family progressed from working class to lower middle. And as for me, thanks to Oxford, country sport, and colonial appointment, I was busy scaling the class ladder, without being aware of my own drives.”
His contemporaries or near-contemporaries at Oxford included Tom Driberg (MI5), Roger Hollis (MI5), Wilfred Bion (Tavistock), Sir Richard Acland (15th Baronet), Lord Boothby, Sir Edward Hulton (probably MI6).
After Oxford, my grandfather was “assistant district officer” in Nigeria 1925-32, which he describes as “a period which began [his] ‘real’ education.” Elspeth Huxley, who was married to Aldous’ cousin, left Nigeria in 1925, but continued to visit while my grandfather was there. He says that he ended up rejecting colonialism, came back to England, met my grandmother, and had a daughter and then a son, my father, in 1934. He founded his own dairy, Northern Dairies, 1937 on Holme on Spalding Moor. (For full history, see http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company- ... c-history/ )
WWII broke out and my grandparents established their family home Talbot Lodge in Hessle.
“From the start we gained a reputation for holding ‘open house’ and encouraged and of course enjoyed the visits of our many friends … They came from all over Britain and several far off and sometimes exotic places abroad . . . In Hull most of the intellectual life centered on the university where such people as Bronowski (Ascent of Man) and Lord Roll brought Susan and I lifelong friendships. These contacts increased my political interests and influenced me to take a very active part in the Foundation Commonwealth [Common Wealth], an idealist party sponsored by [author] J.B. Priestley and Sir Richard Acland during the war.”
In the early 50s, my grandfather was invited to visit the USSR as part of a British team for an “East-West trade conference.” In Moscow he met Lord Boyd Orr, who became president of Northern Foods. He then traveled to Siberia, Outer Mongolia, and China on unspecified business.
“The most important question today,” [Orr] says in his autobiography, “is whether man has attained the wisdom to adjust the old systems to suit the new powers of science and to realize that we are now one world in which all nations will ultimately share the same fate.”
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/ ... ml?print=1
Next up, Lord Piercy and John Kinross of Industrial & Commercial Finance Corporation (formed by the Bank of England) approved Northern Dairies as a public firm. Then in 1956, my grandfather was “approached by the Orthodox Church of Russia to organize a group of British churchmen to go to the USSR to visit their churches, without any strings. The visit proved most useful . . . ” (He wrote a booklet about it)
(“From 1945 to 1964 Piercy served as Chairman of the Industrial & Commercial Finance Corporation which was set up to provide means to smaller businesses in the United Kingdom. He was also a director of the Bank of England from 1946 to 1956 and chairman of the Wellcome Trust from 1960 to 1965. He also served as President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1954 to 1955.” So that makes two directors of B of E my “socialist” granddad was pals with!)
ND became affiliated with Mackintosh (Quality Streets) and Terry’s chocolate companies. My grandfather mentions a trip to Dublin: “The Irish gave me . . . a better understanding of the men of history and conviction who will fight to the end and achieve little. So often such men are better at dying than living. They will not even consider that it is possible to be good at both.”
1962, the year my brother was born, my grandfather received a letter from Errol Barrow, Premier of Barbados, inviting him to bring dairy trade there. (My father went to Barbados after he was pushed out of the company by his brother-in-law, Chris H.) In later years, my grandfather entered into “very active voluntary work both with Hull’s top security prison and Age Concern.”
The first thing that really tipped me off that something was amiss with my family history was the Fabian link. I soon found out, or was reminded, that the Fabians were the conspiracy bugaboo of the right. Actually what I had initially been looking for was some sort of concrete evidence of sexual abuse in my family history, since all the signs seem to point that way. And the Jimmy Boyle/Kray connections certainly seemed to confirm that. So now I wanted to see if the Fabian octopus might share a tentacle or two with the organized crime/pedophilia one.
Acc to Wiki, Fabian Society was initially an offshoot of The Fellowship of the New Life:
The Fellowship of the New Life was dissolved in 1898, but the Fabian Society grew to become a preeminent academic society in the United Kingdom. Another group organized the name of Fabian society by the center of the founder Sidney and Beatrice Webb. After that, many of Fabians participated in the formation of England’s Labor Party in 1900. The party’s constitution, written by Sidney Webb, borrowed heavily from the founding documents of the Fabian Society. As seen in the Labor Party Foundation Conference in 1900, the Fabian Society claimed 861 members and sent one delegate.
The Fabian society grew throughout 1930-1940 over many countries under the British rule, and many future leaders of these countries were influenced by the Fabians during their struggles for independence from the British. These leaders included India’s prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Obafemi Awolowo, who later became the premier of Nigeria’s defunct Western Region, and the founder of Pakistan, Barrister Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, had a political philosophy strongly influenced by the Fabian Society. Even in the 21st century, the Fabian Society’s influence is felt through Labor Party leaders such as and former prime ministers of Great Britain, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fellowshi ... e_New_Life
I eventually found a pretty compelling, and damning, description of the Fabian plan as being central to the whole NWO millennia-long Conspiracy, at Abel Danger website, whether or not the info’s good or not I dunno (I know an AD rep. got booted off this site a while back after scrapping with Plutonia!). The site does provide background on the name:
The name of the society was suggested by the Spiritualist, Frank Podmore, who named it after the brilliant, elderly, third century Roman general, censor and consul, Quintus Fabius (Maximus Verrucosus 303-203 BC) who was made a dictator in 221-217 BC and, with his small band of fighting guerrillas and superior cunning, successfully defended Rome by defeating Hannibal's much bigger and mighty Carthaginian army through "gradualism" and "terrorism" during the time of the second Punic War. . . . During the war, his slow, "gradual," delaying tactics were greatly disapproved of by his soldiers and the civilians and earned him the name of 'Cunctator' the 'Delayer.' But later, after the triumph, his skill and wisdom was highly appreciated.
But meanwhile, I was still chasing up ways to link Fabianism to pedophilia, the Krays, Savile, et al. The obvious link was PIE, the Paedophilia Information Exchange, birthed by the Labor Party, which was created by Fabian Society. But direct connections weren’t availing so I had to go further back, to the founding Fabians.
Havelock Ellis, John Maynard Keynes, & Nabokov
Henry Havelock Ellis, the son of a sea captain, was born in Croydon in 1859. He travelled widely in Australia and South America before studying medicine at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London. In 1883 Ellis joined a socialist debating group established by Edith Nesbit and Hubert Bland. In January, 1884, the group became known as the Fabian Society. At these meetings Ellis met several people who were to have a dramatic influence on British culture. This included Annie Besant, Graham Wallas, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Carpenter, Walter Crane, H. G. Wells, Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb. (Wiki)
Richard von Krafft-Ebbing first coined the term paedophilia erotica in his 1886 work, Psychopathia Sexualis, although he regarded it as being extremely rare. Of the hundreds of case histories that he discussed in his work, only one actually dealt with a case of pedophilia. Other early sexual pioneers including Havelock Ellis and Magnus Hirschfeld touched on pedophilia briefly but the term did not appear much in the clinical literature prior to 1950. http://drvitelli.typepad.com/providenti ... phile.html
Then there was a rather rabid-mouthed 1971 Review of the News article about John Maynard Keynes by Zygmund Dobbs, called “SUGAR KEYNES.” Keynes, you may recall, backed my grandfather’s buddy, future Bilderberger Eric Roll, as Professor at Hull university. Later, I found out that one of my grandfather’s other pals was psychologist Nick Keynes Humphrey, Keyne’s grand-nephew. Anyway . . .
These Leftist degenerates began to scheme over sixty years ago to secure public acceptance of their depravity. Havelock Ellis, a founder of the Fabian Society, compiled a massive erotic work entitled, Studies In The Psychology Of Sex. Ellis was a sexual pervert and drug user. He and a group of fellow Leftists even pioneered in the experimental use of hallucinogens in private orgies. . . . The Fabian socialists used the writings of Ellis as a wedge for sex education in the schools. They started in the colleges and gradually eased into the high school level. . . . Today, his perversions are standard reference material for the sex educators, and Havelock Ellis is popularly called “the father of social psychology.” Keynes and his cohorts seized upon the works of Ellis as justification for their depravities.
J.M. Keynes (right)
(Regarding Keynes’ depravities, see THE SEX DIARIES OF JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES:
Keynes and his friends made numerous trips to the resorts surrounding the Mediterranean. At the resorts, little boys were sold by their families to bordellos which catered to homosexuals. He and his fellow leftist reformers however, had no compunction in exploiting human degradation and misery in Tunis, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and Constantinople (Istanbul). These served as convenient spawning grounds for the establishment of enclosed brothels filled with children, who were compelled to satisfy the unnatural lusts of high-born English socialists. Zygmund Dobbs is his article SUGAR KEYNES for The Review of the News wrote: “His particular depravity was the sexual abuse of little boys.”
Back to Ellis:
Possible Source of Lolita To Be Published by Grove
In a letter that Edmund Wilson wrote to Vladimir Nabokov in 1948, which was reprinted in The Nabokov-Wilson Letters published in 1979, the critic said that he was sending Nabokov two books, one of them a copy of “Havelock Ellis’s Russian sex masterpiece.” Nine days later, Nabokov thanked Wilson for the books, saying '”I enjoyed the Russian’s love-life hugely. It is wonderfully funny.” In a footnote to the Wilson letter, Simon Karlinsky, who edited, annotated and wrote an introductory essay to the correspondence, noted that the 106-page “sex masterpiece,” describing the narrator’s obsessive search for young girls, was written around 1912 by an anonymous Ukrainian in French. . . . Ellis left it out of the American edition entirely.
http://www.nytimes.com/1985/03/15/books ... niche.html
The only psychiatrist Nabokov could tolerate was Havelock Ellis, for whom “the individuality of each case is respected and catalogued in the same way that butterflies are carefully classified,” as one of Nabokov’s biographers has explained. (Nabokov was a famous lepidopterist.) Conversely, Nabokov detested “Freudian voodooism,” as he once put it, because he saw in Freud an attempt by psychiatry to corner, appropriate, and submit to generalized principles people’s inner lives. And submitting one’s inner life—the unique hazard of one’s personality, the camera obscura of one’s own personal store of memories—to a set of deterministic explanations was for Nabokov an indignity on par with the expropriations of the Bolsheviks.
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/book ... at_50.html
Learn Pedophilia at Cornell University
The syllabus for “The Sexual Child” reads like a veritable who’s-who of pro-pedophilia academics and activists. Among the authors presented in the course [is] Havelock Ellis, author of “The School Friendships of Girls” and a reputed eugenicist. . . . Students are enlightened with such lectures as “The Child as Sexual Object and Sexual Subject,” “Big Bad Wolves,” “Loving Children,” and “Having Children” (for which one of the readings is Nabokov’s Lolita). English Professor Ellis Hanson, the course instructor, defends the course’s content. “The erotic fascination with children is ubiquitous,” he tells Campus Report. “One could hardly read a newspaper or turn on a television without feeling obliged to accept, study, and celebrate it.” The course is designed, in his view, to “undermine preconceived notions about what a child is, what sexuality is, and what it means to love or desire a child.” He says that the course is balanced in all areas of its treatment of the subject, with the goal of “seek[ing] to complicate our understanding of child sexuality and our rather limited strategies for interpreting it.”
http://www.hiddenmysteries.org/news/ame ... 0700a.html
Brazier’s Park & the School of Integrated Social Research
It was about now I came upon a post (http://blog.gmane.org/gmane.culture.dis ... h=20120501 ) which I think is by Kris Millegan, of TrineDay books (Jeff W’s publisher). I found it because it also talks about Sir Richard Acland’s Common Wealth, and it is a veritable goldmine of interconnective tissue. (If you go to the link, the relevant post it begins with “Kris Millegan, 1 May 19:40 2012, Fwd: "PRIVILEGE" -- Peeling the Onion.) Most of the material centers aroundBraziers Park & the School of Integrated Social Research.
Norman Glaister was a medical student during the period when Wilfred Trotter was Professor of Surgery at University College Hospital ... [After] serving as a Captain in the RAMC in Palestine in 1918, he felt that he could only face the future if he could find some meaningful research and activity that would improve the human condition. The chance finding of Trotter’s “The Instincts of the Herd in Peace and War” gave him his inspiration. Back in England, he studied psychiatry, worked for the TAVISTOCK Clinic and built up his own practice.
In 1950 Norman Glaister set up the School of Integrative Social Research, which still exists at the site. The School, partly a commune, aimed “to explore the dynamics of people living in groups.” [It] was under Trotter that Wilfred Bion [whose tenure at Oxford may have overlapped with my grandfather’s] worked in his own medical training before going on to study groups and train as a psychoanalyst at the TAVISTOCK Institute. In her account of his life “The Days of Our Years,” Bion’s wife writes that Trotter greatly influenced the direction of Bion’s work on group relations. Edward Bernays, author of Propaganda and nephew to Freud, also cites Trotter in his writings.
“Origins and Context of Bion's Contributions to Theory and Practice” by Robert M. Lipgar & Malcolm Pines, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2003. p. 14: “Bion’s description of group phenomenology is suggestive of what might be called ESP (extrasensory perception) elements. He states that there is such a thing as the psychology of the group but that [its] origins lie solely within the individuals comprising the group, but he also seems to believe that [it] is activated by the group, i.e., the [prior] existence of the group evokes what we call “group psychology.” Bion describes how individuals become caught up in the group as if they were puppets being controlled and manipulated by an invisible [“outside”] puppeteer -- a mysterious, potentiating, synergistic summation and transformation of the combined <unconscious urges and ego defenses> of the individuals in the group.”
Norman Glaister also belonged to Common Wealth, the organization set up by my grandfather’s pals, Sir Richard Acland and J.B. Priestley. He was a Fabian.
The thread continues:
Glaister became interested in the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, a camping movement fostering new ideas coming from the study of evolution and psychology. [There] in 1924 he met Dorothy Revel, a progressive educationist, who became his wife. Theodore Faithfull was also there with his own school, Priory Gate, including his son Robert Glynn Faithfull. http://www.braziers.org.uk/research-and ... -glaister/
I went to Wiki and found this:
The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry is a Scouting-like movement operating in the United Kingdom, which was founded in 1916 by Ernest Westlake. . . . The Order accepted many premises of Neopaganism. Indeed, some have speculated that it provided the basis for the New Forest coven, and through that the Neopagan religion of Wicca. Westlake was a naturalist, anthropologist and traveler of Quaker upbringing, however in 1909 he began to fault Quakerism and extol the “old gods” of paganism. He was inspired by authors such as Edward Carpenter, Nietzsche, Havelock Ellis, Jane Ellen Harrison, Tylor and Frazer, and saw the Order as saving people from "the cul de sac of intellectualized religion" and reviving the “greater Hellas” of modern civilization. He saw women as incarnations of God, to be “worshipped in spirit and in truth”; he revered the Jack-in-the-Green, which he considered to be the English equivalent of Dionysus, and held that the “Trinity of Woodcraft” consisted of Pan, Artemis and Dionysus.
After Westlake’s death in a motoring accident in 1922, the role of British Chief of the Order fell to Harry Byngham, who subsequently changed his name to Dion, short for Dionysus. Unlike Westlake, Dion Byngham found no attraction in Christianity, and zealously promoted paganism, naturism and phallic worship as a veneration of the life force. He started publishing an Order periodical called The Pinecone, which contained many provocative items, including a nude Dionysus on the cover of one issue, a photograph of a nude Byngham and his semi-nude girlfriend in Grecian dress, and a verse play by Victor Benjamin Neuburg, who also introduced Byngham to the ideas of the famous occultist Aleister Crowley. All this brought Byngham into strife with many of the Christian members of the Order, which was primarily aimed at children and had, by its pacifist stance, particularly appealed to Quaker families as an alternative to Scouting. In 1924 Byngham was replaced as editor and in 1925 he was suspended from the Council of Chiefs after posing nude with his girlfriend for press photographs to promote nudism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_ ... t_Chivalry
OK, so I’d only been following leads for about half a week and already I’d arrived at the doorstep of Mr. Crowley. Why was I not surprised?
Even more directly linked to the OWC was Wiccan Gerald Gardner:
It has been proposed, originally in the Druidic journal Aisling that [Gerald] Gardner’s New Forest coven was the pagan section of the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry; this order performed rituals in the New Forest in the early 1920s and its pagan section honored a moon goddess and a horned god, and believed in ritual nakedness. One of Ronald Hutton’s informants reports that Gardner was familiar with this order at least by the 1950s. A major difficulty with identifying this group with the New Forest coven is that it does not appear to have met in the New Forest between 1934 and 1945. Gardner records a working by the coven in the New Forest in 1940 against the projected Nazi invasion. http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/History_of_Wicca
One of the things that I’d been looking to find was any indication that any of my family (either my generation or that of my father) had been sent to any “dodgy” schools where they might have suffered some sort of abuse. I knew that my father (and his siblings) had been sent to various Quaker boarding schools from a very early age (Fairhaven Home School in Goathland, in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors, Keswick Grammar School, Bootham School, and The Mount School). I had found almost nothing online suggesting that Quakers were connected to any sort of organized abuse. (The closest I got was the Orkney SRA scandal, which did include a Quaker group, but which seems to have been pretty much unanimously dismissed as a case of “mass hysteria”; not that I necessarily believe that, but I can only go on the evidence I can find. I also found a recent (2012) case of a Quaker sexually abusing a pupil in Hessle, where my granddad lived till his death in 1993, but it appears to have been an iolsated incident.)
On the other hand, there was the school I’d gone to for two terms when I was 11, and which my brother and sister went to for several years, called Abbotsholme, in Derbyshire. I remembered from a visit I’d made to the school a few years back (with my sister and niece) that they used a pentagram as their symbol,
Derbyshire was where my grandfather was born, in a town called Ripley, and a look at the map revealed that it was only a few miles from the school. (It was also very near a town with the same name as his, and my, last name.) Abbotsholme was founded by Cecil Reddie and was considered to be the original modern progressive school. Reddie, I soon discovered, was influenced by the ideas of the Fellowship of the New Life, in other words, he was a Fabian!
At THE VEGETARIAN MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND, 1847-1981 (presented at the London School of Economics, more of which anon) I read:
The early years of the century brought the Quaker schools into this [progressive schooling] stream. There had been a long tradition of Quaker boarding schools, many of which had been founded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and the separateness of Quaker society, together with the repudiation of the classical syllabus and the teaching of science, marked these schools apart from the public schools. In the early twentieth century the differences became more pronounced with the spread among them of co-education. Stewart believes this was the principal reason that brought the Quaker schools into the world of progressive education; though a more fundamental factor must be the shift that occurs in Quakerism generally that takes it into the orbit of liberal progressive thought.
I also read this, “In 1893, A.C. Badley, an ex-master at Abbotsholme, founded the co-educational Bedales.” That got my attention: my sister went to Bedales before Abbotsholme!
The second important influence was theosophy, which was in the early years of this century much involved in progressive social causes and had not yet adopted the social introversionism that came later. In 1915 a number of progressively minded theosophists led by Mrs Ensor and George Arundale founded the Theosophical Fraternity in Education, and in the same year the Garden City Theosophical School was founded . . . . A number of these schools and other movements of the period aimed at bringing children into direct contact with nature, with particular stress put on the idea of the woodland, as a means of developing confidence and skills. The feeling is best expressed in Ernest Westlake’s Order of Woodcraft Chivalry which was intended to be a more adventurous and libertarian version of the Boy Scouts, and with none of its militaristic tone. . . . In 1929 he founded the Forest School—a mixture of Freud and Red Indians, according to one master—and here the aim was to restore children to their “lost birthright of freedom.” In all these movements the paradise theme was strong, and Ernest Westlake speaks of the ultimate purpose as “to regain paradise.”
So I had managed to link up Fabianism, Quakers, Wicca, Theosophy, Crowley, sexual liberation, children’s education, all in a school I and my siblings had mysteriously ended up at. I even had a totally inexplicable memory of running around with a bunch of other boys, in a field, in the middle of the night, holding sheets over our heads, that had apparently occurred during my short stint at Abbotsholme. I had never been able to make any sense out of the “memory,” and in recent years wondered if it might be a screen memory for some sort of “alien encounter.” Apparently I had attended my own “secret school” . . .? (ref: Whitley Strieber)
Plutonia was doing her research meanwhile and came up with this:
Grith Fyrd was a radical alternative educational movement in England during the 1930s. It created two permanent work camps, one at Godshill in Hampshire and the other at Shining Cliff in Derbyshire, [6 miles from Ripley] which took in unemployed men and tried to use them as a basis for creating a land-based community. Grith Fyrd (the name means “Peace Army” in Old English) was launched after a series of lectures in 1931. Its founders belonged to the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, a shadowy English group influenced by the thinking of Ernest Thompson Seton’s Woodcraft Indians (later renamed the Woodcraft League of America), whose most lasting creation was the Woodcraft Folk. The movement’s outlook represented a mixture of socialism, co-operativism, eugenics and anti-urbanism. It was strongly internationalist, but had particularly close contacts with the German youth movement. The Order’s main practical aim was to create an outdoor movement that would allow boys, girls, men and women to work and learn together.
In the early 1930s, the Order launched Grith Fyrd to combat the “three evils of the day: monstrous labor, with its occasional relief by quick, aimless excitement; the state of passivity and absorption; the loss of the incentive of self-expression and creativeness.” Two Grith Fyrd camps were opened in 1932 at Godshill in Hampshire, and in 1933 at Shining Cliff in Derbyshire. The camps were intended to form part of a self-sufficient community that would exchange goods and services with one another, and combat the decadence of contemporary society by training young men for self-reliance, communal living and service.
The Grith Fyrd campers - or Pioneers - were a mixture of young unemployed men, who were able to continue to draw benefit, and idealists who mostly came from middle-class backgrounds. The Pioneers built the camp buildings and furniture themselves, and produced their own food. Aldous Huxley wrote in the Sunday Chronicle that the Godshill camp was “almost a replica of an American backwoods settlement of a century ago.” For Huxley, the primitive conditions were an admirable counterblow against the standardization of modern urban, industrial society. He also admired the leisure activities of the men - Morris dancing, wood-carving, folk-singing and adult education.
Grith Fyrd was never a large movement. The camps were relatively small in scale, with between 30 and 50 inmates apiece. It had effectively died out as a living experiment by the late 1930s, though a handful of veterans gathered in the late 1940s to plan the Braziers Park community—essentially a residential adult college which functioned on communitarian lines, and was the childhood home of the singer Marianne Faithfull.
Which brings us back to the Bion(ic) Trotters and Brazier’s Park:
Glaister set up the School of Integrative Social Research, which still exists at the site. Glaister had been involved in the Grith Fyrd barter for work system. The School, which in part functioned as a commune, aimed “to explore the dynamics of people living in groups, to develop better methods of interpersonal communication and to find new ways of combining knowledge to make it more meaningful.
After 1937 [the year Northern Dairies began], Grith Fyrd members went on to found the Q Camp movement (Q stood for ‘quest’), which ran outdoor camp communities for troubled young men, and in turn influenced later outdoor education approaches to young offenders. It also had an influence on adult education, mainly through the Braziers community, where Glynn Faithfull and others ran what was effectively an adult residential college (and brought up his daughter, Marianne). It had an influence on psychoanalytic approaches to the management of therapeutic communities. Finally, it was part of a wider network of people and institutions who have tried to develop sustainable communities and peaceful living between the wars, and therefore has a place in the history of British environmentalism.
https://thelearningprofessor.wordpress. ... imitivism/
Toby Clements delights in The Art of Camping by Matthew de Abaitua
They had their heyday in the Thirties before the idea of camping out became tainted by associations with fascism, and until then camping’s history is littered with characters one might fairly describe as crackpots: sandal-wearing, fruit juice-drinking vegetarians with beards, curious medieval yearnings and unscientific theories on child rearing, sun worship and gymnosophy. . . . Some wonderful images remain from de Abaitua’s fond study: Dorothy Revel stripping off “to her large brogue shoes” and dancing to Orpheus in the Underworld in order to teach her charges a lesson; Harry “Dion” Byngham, the editor of The Pine Cone – a journal of a Quaker-based children’s woodcraft movement – whose first editorial made it explicit that the pine cone of the title represented not only the pine cones strewn about Sandy Balls but also the head of a penis. (Worse, I think, the head of his penis.) He was sacked after issue four, in which he was pictured lying with his wife, both naked in the grass.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/book ... eview.html
Plutonia even found a wholly unexpected link to my brother and his “dandyism”:
Fashion, Male Beauty and the “Men’s Dress Reform Party”
In the late 1920s, a peculiar confluence of fashion and fascism came together in England. The Men’s Dress Reform Party, an outgrowth of the eugenics movement, agitated for men to dress in more beautiful, flowing clothing reminiscent of what they wore during the Elizabethan era. Mostly, this seemed to mean wearing shorts and kilts. . . .The idea was that if middle class men could, through reformed clothing, become more beautiful then they would inevitably also be more attractive to women (i.e. potential mothers) and thus reverse the perceived evolutionary decline of the middle classes. . . . Though they preached racial purity, they seemed more concerned with dressing up and marching around in adorable socks. [T]he summer rallies of the MDRP became regular events during the 1930s and the event of 1931, staged at the Suffolk Street Galleries, was attended by about a thousand people, including [Fabian] H.G. Wells. [A] renaissance of beauty for men – true masculine beauty of the body and mind, the bloom of a joyful spirit – might mean happier marriages, well-born and beautiful children, a healthier and more beautiful race (Dion Byngham, New Health Journal, 1932).
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/02/ ... t-fashion/
My brother, 1962-2010
Richard Acland, Tom Driberg, Mick Jagger
In Millegan’s cia-drugs thread, I found a key player tying my family history to English occult-espionage, Tom Driberg. For one thing, Driberg was linked to my brother, both were members of London’s famous elitist club, The Colony Room (see also: http://www.newsheridanclub.co.uk/essays.htm)
“The Colony Room” (1962) by Michael Andrews, showing, from right, Bacon, with back to viewer; the club's proprietor, Muriel Belcher; and Lucian Freud, full-face view
Driberg hung out with Aleister Crowley, and with my grandfather’s pal, Sir Richard Acland. So not one but two family members could be connected, by only two degrees of separation, to the Great Beast. No wonder I’d been obsessed with this shit my entire adult life! It was transgenerational.
Back to cia-drugs thread:
At the beginning of the Second World War, Glaister and his friends joined Common Wealth, the new political party formed by Sir Richard Acland. Richard Acland [began as] a junior whip for the Liberals. His politics changed course and in 1942 he broke from the Liberals to found the Socialist Common Wealth Party with J. B. Priestley, opposing the coalition between the major parties. . . . He helped form the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1957. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Acland
My grandfather was a co-founder of CND and, according to another family member I’m corresponding with, even helped design the famous symbol.
“Common Wealth’s interest in optimizing social organization consistent with its principles also led it to develop close links with the School of Integrative Social Research at Braziers Park, Oxfordshire.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Wealth_Party)
Oops, here we are again!
Common Wealth was founded in July 1942, during World War II, by the alliance of two left wing groups, the 1941 Committee – a think tank brought together by Picture Post owner Edward G. Hulton [according to a Lobster magazine article, “almost certainly a loyal agent of MI6’s Section D”], and their “star” writers J.B. Priestley and Tom Wintringham – and the neo-Christian Forward March movement led by Liberal MP Richard Acland, along with independents and former Liberals who believed that party had no direction. Disagreeing with the electoral pact established with other parties in the wartime coalition, key figures in the 1941 Committee began sponsoring independent candidates. After the electoral success of Tom Driberg with their support in 1942, there was a move to form the 1941 Committee into a political party through a merger with Acland’s Forward March. Many members disliked the idea of being a political party rather than a social movement, so the word 'Party' was never formally part of Common Wealth’s name.
Of the Common Wealth, etc., George Orwell wrote: “I think this movement should be watched with attention. It might develop into the new Socialist party we have all been hoping for, or into something very sinister.” Orwell, like Kitty Bowler, believed that Richard Acland had the potential to become a fascist leader. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Pcommonwealth.htm
(Richard Acland also wrote a bunch of books, including What it Will be Like in the New Britain, in which he talks about the need to break down the family unit. It was published by Victor Gollancz in 1942; sixty years later Gollancz would publish my own Matrix Warrior, about the need to break down the entire social “unit”!)
The 1941 Committee members included MI5 asset and Observer editor David Astor, Julian Huxley (no introduction needed), and probable MI5 asset, Christopher Mayhew.
In 1955 Mayhew took part in an experiment that was intended to form a Panorama special for BBC TV, but was never broadcast. Under the guidance of his friend Dr Humphry Osmond Mayhew ingested 400 mg of mescaline hydrochloride and allowed himself to be filmed for the duration of the trip. Samples of the audio were used in the psychedelic dance tracks “Mayhew Speaks Out” and “Christopher Mayhew Says” by British band The Shamen. Part of the footage was included in the BBC documentary LSD - The Beyond Within (1986).) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Mayhew
Dr Humphrey Osmond, Panorama, The Mescaline Experiment
Dr Humphrey Osmond was the same guy who gave Aldous Huxley mescaline so he could write The Doors of Perception. Since my grandfather was also on the 1941 Committee (according to Marxist historian John Saville — no relation!), was he also ingesting mescaline on the frontline of the psychedelic revolution? If so, who knew?? We had no clue about any of this in our family.
Back to Driberg:
Always in search of bizarre experiences, Driberg befriended at various times the occultist Aleister Crowley and the Kray twins, along with honored and respected figures in the worlds of literature and politics. He combined this lifestyle with an unvarying devotion to Anglo-Catholicism. After his death, allegations were published about his role over many years as an MI5 informant, a KGB agent, or both. The extent and nature of Driberg's involvement with these agencies remains uncertain.
So not only two clear lines to Crowley, via brother and granddad, but also to the Kray twins, via the same channels! Which was roughly where my investigation started out.
Driberg embraced enthusiastically the climate of the 1960s and the social and cultural freedoms that the decade introduced. In 1963 he met the Kray twins, prominent London gangland figures, and began a lengthy friendship with them and their associates. In July 1964 two backbench Conservative MPs reported to their Chief Whip that Driberg and Lord Boothby (a well-known Conservative peer) had been importuning males at a dog track, and were involved with gangs of thugs. At parties which Driberg and Boothby attended at the Krays’ flat, “rough but compliant East End lads were served like so many canapés,” according to Wheen. While Driberg avoided publicity, Boothby was hounded by the press and forced to issue a series of denials. After the twins had been convicted of murder in 1969, Driberg frequently lobbied the Home Office about their prison conditions, requesting that they be given more visits and allowed regular reunions. Driberg was impressed with Mick Jagger, to whom he was introduced in 1965, and tried hard over a number of years to persuade the singer to take up active Labor politics. [More of that in a moment]
Driberg accepted an invitation to lunch with Crowley for the first of several meetings between them, at one of which Crowley nominated Driberg as his successor as World Teacher. Nothing came of the proposal, though the two continued to meet.
Mick Jagger and not Tom Driberg
So what was the bit about Jagger, you ask? Back to Glaister and the SISR!
Glaister set up the School of Integrative Social Research, which still exists at the site. Glaister had been involved in the Grith Fyrd barter for work system. The School, which in part functioned as a commune, aimed “to explore the dynamics of people living in groups, to develop better methods of interpersonal communication and to find new ways of combining knowledge to make it more meaningful.” An important member of the community was Robert Glynn Faithfull (died 1996), who had met Glaister through the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry. Faithfull was an academic at the University of Liverpool who studied the Italian renaissance and had been in British espionage during the Second World War. He was married to Baroness Eva Erisso, a former ballerina. Their daughter, the singer and actress Marianne Faithfull, spent some of her early life in the community. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones came to stay with Marianne Faithfull at Braziers Park after his release from prison in 1967 as her then boyfriend. In her autobiography she described Braziers Park as a “mixture of high utopian thoughts and randy sex”.
Calling Dave McGowan? Lauren Canyon, pffft! You want to really bake your noodle, Dave? Try taking a stroll down Yorkshire/Derbyshire way!
Almost but not quite lastly, a brief digression into geopolitics. One of the things that stood out in his memoir is how my grandfather juxtaposes a turning point for Northern Dairies with the “share issue” of 1956, which I guess has to do with the firm going public: “providence decided that General Nasser would nationalize the Suez canal on that very day, so demand was not high.” Providence, eh? So why am I not persuaded?
This detail stood out, at least, when I noticed Suez was also mentioned on the cia-drugs thread:
One of the 1941 Committee’s most important members, and a financier of Common Wealth, was David Astor, publisher of the UK daily The Observer. (Note that he was psychoanalyzed by Freud’s daughter Anna around the time that the TAVISTOCK Institute was founded, and later used his media empire to bring down the government of British prime minister Sir Anthony Eden after the Suez Crisis of 1954.)
In my cyber roving I remembered that Suez had also come up in relation to my father, at his Guardian obit:
“[His] politics were always radical. In his youth, he had been a prominent protester against the Suez fiasco and an Aldermaston marcher.”
Maybe I was starting to imagine things, but was all of this a bit too coincidental? I had hardly even heard of the Suez Crisis until last week, but a quick wiki-check informed me that it was a major turning point in global politics:
[UK PM] Eden’s worldwide reputation as an opponent of appeasement, a “Man of Peace,” and a skilled diplomat was overshadowed in the second year of his premiership when the United States refused to support the Anglo-French military response to the Suez Crisis, which critics across party lines regarded as an historic setback for British foreign policy, signaling the end of British predominance in the Middle East. Most historians argue that he made a series of blunders, especially not realizing the depth of opposition to military action by the United States. Most historians say that Eden completely dominated the British decision-making process in the Suez crisis. However, Jonathan Pearson argues in Sir Anthony Eden and the Suez Crisis: Reluctant Gamble (2002) that Eden was more reluctant and less bellicose than most historians have judged. . . . He is generally ranked among the least successful British Prime Ministers of the 20th century, although two broadly sympathetic biographies (in 1986 and 2003) have gone some way to redressing the balance of opinion. D.R. Thorpe says the Suez Crisis “was a truly tragic end to his premiership, and one that came to assume a disproportionate importance in any assessment of his career.”
Can I Go Home Yet?
Pretty much done, for this epic opener anyway! But there are still plenty of loose ends, and I still haven’t found anything concrete linking my family’s past to anything conclusively dark, if that’s my goal, which in a weird, I hope not unhealthy way, it is. I did a whole bunch of searching for any sort of clear link between the various Fabian and new left orgs my grandfather was involved with, and even helped create, but the closest I got was via his friend J.B. Priestley, whose apartment was the locale for the first meeting of the Albany Trust, which recruited P.I.E to help it produce a booklet on paedophilia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paedophil ... n_Exchange )
There was also a tenuous link Plutonia found between the Fabian Society and PIE in Christopher Robert Smith, a Labor politician who was chairman of the Fabian Society and later, on the executive board of the National Council for Civil Liberties (with which PIE was affiliated). Then there was something else Plutonia found which has the potential to take this investigation to a whole other level, which is why I haven’t followed it up yet. It’s a book called The Mass Observers: A History, 1937-1949, by James Hinto. Plutonia found it while searching for “Richard Acland,” who appears to be the key player in this narrative, as in, the most historically active member of the Power Elite with a direct working relationship to my grandfather. The book describes Acland supporting a proposition to recruit “people in the dance music world” to propagate build-a-better-world ideology (see here).
Sir Richard Acland
Which brings us right back where I started, in the organized crime rink of Savile and the Krays, all of whom ran dance clubs, and even Brady and Hindley, who may have met Savile at one or more of his clubs. (eg: https://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2013/06/ ... op-people/ . . . Notice 1941 Committee member David Astor's name pops up here too.)
Also, Savile was interviewed in 1969 for the “Sex” issue of the Process Church magazine in which he begins by talking about the destruction of morals, and ends by eulogizing about getting back to Nature!
The Process is linked (as those who read the http://crucialfictions.com material know) to the Pheasantry (Oz magazine) in London 1968 and to Whitley Strieber, who supposedly went to film school in London at that time, but somehow, magically, came away with a certificate from the London School of Economics. (http://books.google.ca/books/about/Comm ... edir_esc=y)
The LSE is a Fabian school, founded by the original Fabians, Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Graham Wallas, Annie Besant, George Bernard Shaw, and Bertrand Russell. The aforementioned John Maynard Keynes was a key figure there. Its alumni include my granddad’s pal John Saville, Harold Laski (cofounder of the New School), Nicholas Humphrey, Edwina Currie, David Rockefeller, Mick Jagger, Zecharia Sitchin, & Naomi Klein. (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_L ... ics_people)
And for reasons that are still unclear to me, Millegan’s cia-drugs thread ends with a quote from Our Man in Magonia, Whitley:
I was interested in underground filmmaking when I lived in London in 1968 and 1969 <while attending the London School of Economics>. I made a couple of films there, one of which was called 'Remember Thursday,' a straight art film, and the other was called 'The Process,' a documentary about an unusual religious cult. I don't know if the [latter] film exists anymore ... I've undergone a tremendous change. Before, I wrote entertainment pieces. Now I am writing nonfiction because I feel that the world we live in is, in a certain sense, coming to a climax; the tension is so high on so many different levels.
I just did a search for LSE and “conspiracy,” and found this:
I’ve neglected to tell you so far about the role stress plays in Fabian evolutionary theory. Just as Hegel taught that history moves faster toward its conclusion by way of warfare, so evolutionary socialists were taught by Hegel to see struggle as the precipitant of evolutionary improvement for the species, a necessary purifier eliminating the weak from the breeding sweepstakes. Society evolves slowly toward “social efficiency” all by itself; society under stress, however, evolves much faster! Thus the deliberate creation of crisis is an important tool of evolutionary socialists. Does that help you understand the government school drama a little better, or the well-publicized doomsday scenarios of environmentalists?
Or, for those who’ve read “Prisoner of Infinity”: Whitley Strieber’s secret School of Evolutionary Trauma?
All this from trying to figure out my family history? WTF?!!!!
Maybe tomorrow I will list some of the major loose ends I’ve got and the alleys which I’m still stumbling down, trying to figure out if they lead anywhere. (Eg, Lord Longford) Meanwhile, I hope some of this is useful to some of you who are wandering through you own Chapel Perilous, and that you will let me know what you think. Please!