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I’ve just added this blog as a bookmark. They’ve done some great articles recently and ‘I like the cut of their jib’ as a sailor type might be inclined to say. I particularly found this article HERE very interesting.
Lord McAlpine shares his views on how to deal with the media
In his 1999 book, The New Machiavelli: The Art of Politics in Business, Lord McAlpine, who successfully defeated Sally Bercow in a libel action today stated:
“Another option is for the businessperson to learn the art of dealing with the media, using all the tricks that go with that trade – such as the false defeat: when a person seems to lose, in order to gain public sympathy, or the false triumph: where a person seems to win in order to appear strong – thus giving credibility to any number of dubious propositions that person may wish to make in the future. Neither of these ploys are examples of the use of true facts, rather of false facts given to the media to chew on, much as a dog chews on a bone”.
A victory for the dissemblers
As The Slog predicted a week ago, well-known admirer of media manipulators and Lord Machiavelli, Alfie McAlpswine (not of Wrexham and Chester in any way whatsoever) has won his libel ‘case’ against Sally Wifeof-Berk, oh what a terrible result.
There are many who deserve thanks for this outcome, but in particular I should like make especial mention of the amateur-night performance of the BBC in naming the wrong branch of the McAlpine building dynasty, and Carter F**k for allegedly completely mishandling what should’ve been an open and shut case…or so I have been told by experts, but beyond that I couldn’t possibly comment.
I should like to take this opportunity once again of unreservedly confirming my long-stated view that Lord Alf is not a paedophile, but that his second cousin Jimmy McAlpine most assuredly was a child-buggering bastard of great infamy.
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Baron Christopher Samuel Tugendhat is a Conservative politician. From 1970 until 1976 he was the Conservative MP for London & Westminster. He was a confidant of Margaret Thatcher.
Baron Tugendhat was also a prominent member of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, also known as the “Cambridge Mafia”. The Cambridge Mafia was a group of Cambridge students who dominated the Conservative Party from the 1960’s until the 1980’s.
Other prominent members of CUCA included Norman Lamont, Kenneth Clarke and Leon Brittan.
My question is simple.
Why was Michael Tugendhat, the brother of a Tory politician with close links to the hiearchy of the party in the time of Lord McAlpine, chosen to be the judge in the libel case between McAlpine and Sally Bercow?
On Thursday 8th November 2012, after considerable speculation, Lord McAlpine went public to deny that he was implicated in the North Wales child abuse scandal.
On that same day both The Guardian and The Telegraph carried stories which named Lord McAlpine’s cousin ‘Jimmy’ McAlpine as the likely child abuser as they declared that it must have been a case of ‘mistaken identity’.
But did The Guardian and The Telegraph know before hand about ‘Jimmy’ McAlpine’s child abusing ?
It seems unlikely as I’m sure that they would have considered it a big story in it’s own right.
I couldn’t possibly comment but I would like to note that the rest of the ‘exclusive’ that these two papers ran that day, including Lord McAlpine’s press statement looked to be fed directly from Lord McAlpine.
Did the revelation about ‘Jimmy’ McAlpine being a child abuser of North Wales care home children also come from Lord McAlpine ?
And if so had he talked to the police about this when they were investigating this in the early 1990s ? Has he talked to the Operation Pallial police about what he knows ?
Gerwyn Hall, a grand Georgian house hidden by woodland from the public road, was occupied by Jimmie McAlpine, who died in 1991, six years before the Waterhouse inquiry began. Jimmie’s wife, Cynthia, still living at the hall, declined to talk when approached by the Guardian.
Jimmie McAlpine chaired the north of England builders Alfred McAlpine Ltd. His Times obituary recorded: “His other main interest was vintage cars, and he amassed what was at one time the biggest private collection in Britain.”
The Waterhouse inquiry, when it attempted to investigate the McAlpine allegations, recorded: “According to [Messham’s] statement to the police, X [the letter assigned to conceal the identity of the McAlpine family member] had several different motor cars and would wait for him at the bottom of Bryn Estyn Lane.”
I don’t know about you but as I keep on looking at all the redacted letters, it seems to me that somebody’s name has been covered up. Somebody who must have been very close to the Prime Minister……………………..possibly somebody who understood fund raising……………. possibly even somebody with an interest in the construction industry………….?
Always a good idea to have the architects plans with you………….
Of course, it couldn’t be Lord Alistair McAlpine’s name that has been hidden. After all, this correspondence was censored on the 11th October 2012, why on earth would Mr Wayland feel it necessary to expunge any link between Lord McAlpine and Jimmy Savile back then, long before the Newsnight program on Nov 2nd………….?
No, ignore all that idle speculation………..
Though interestingly A consortium led by Alfred McAlpine construction won the £40 million Stoke Mandeville contract in 2004 (though it is difficult to find info as a great deal of…
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It is a fact that interest in Lord McAlpine on the internet began long be the BBC Newsnight debacle or Sally Bercow’s tweet.
By simply adding the word ‘McAlpine’ and specifying ‘UK’ into google trends we can see that the surge in internet interest began in October soon after the Jimmy Savile revelations became public.
Check chart for yourself – Here
Refining that search and specifying ‘Lord McAlpine’ and it becomes even clearer.
Most interest was in Scotland and the least interest was in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Obviously something else is going on and BBC Newsnight are not responsible for the rumour.
Defamation Act 2013: A boost for free speech – Part 1: Serious Harm, Truth and Honest opinion – Timothy Pinto
I’ve waited before commenting on this case while it was ongoing.
Sally Bercow has been found guilty of libelling Lord McAlpine over her “*innocent face” tweet.
Make absolutely no mistake that this is a direct attack on the freedom of speech on the Internet and social media by ‘the establishment’ who wish to exercise control over information, so they can hide from you their disgusting crimes and complicity.
It’s now war!
So, Lord McAlpine, as your cousin ‘Jimmy’ McAlpine was really the person who was a child abuser, have you talked to the police about your cousin’s child abusing ? How long have you known that your cousin was a child abuser ?
Lord McAlpine, can you tell the public about your interest in Graham Ovenden’s so called art, specifically your interest in the works of a man who has been found guilty of child abuse and used his fascination with underage girls that he abused as the inspiration for his art ?
…the one with*cough* Harvey Proctor.
This edition discusses the accuracy and ethics of journalism. Discussion Participants: Harvey Proctor Former MP Lester Middlehurst Journalist, Showbusiness Editor ‘Today’ Annette Witheridge Columnist ‘The Star’ Christine Keeler Former model and writer Peter Hillmore Journalist ‘The Observer’ Nina Myskow Journalist, formerly with ‘News of the World’ Laurie Manifold Former journalist.
The Evening Standard described it thus;
“Harvey Proctor – the Spanking MP of tabloid legend, now resigned from his Billericay constituency and running a shirt shop in Richmond – in debate round a studio table with a cross-section of his tormentors…. Proctor turned on (reporter Annette Witheridge). He drew from his pocket a story she’d written, headlined ‘Spank Row MP Urged to Take AIDS Test’, linking him allegedly to ‘a former male lover believed to have the killer disease AIDS’. Had she checked this out? Had she attempted to contact the ‘former male lover’? No… Annette Witheridge’s admission that she’d left this story to others to check out, hadn’t discovered for four months that it was false, and hadn’t apologised because nobody had asked her to, marked a turning point in the debate.”
You may have noticed that on the upper right hand side on The Needle there is now a ‘donate’ button. Clicking on this button takes you straight to the NAPAC donation site.
Following the Jimmy Savile exposure last Autumn there has been a substantial increase in adults who have been abused as children coming forward and reporting the abuse they suffered. At the same time there has been no corresponding increase in financial support for those charitable organisations that support survivors of child abuse.
NAPAC, The National Association for People Abused in Childhood, is the only national organisation which is focused on supporting adults who have been abused in any way as children.
NAPAC needs your help and support. I know times are hard for many people but even a donation of £5 will be very welcome. If you can afford a little more then that is great. By clicking on the NAPAC Donate tab you will be taken straight to the NAPAC website donation page, so you can be 100% certain that any donation you make will go straight to them and not into gojam’s Caribbean retirement fund !
For information about NAPAC please visit www.napac.org.uk
NAPAC aim to:
- Respond to the distress caused in adulthood by ill treatment and/or neglect in childhood.
- Maintain a national information telephone line and other support services for people requiring advice and information about help available to overcome the continuing impact of childhood abuse in adulthood.
- Provide support, training, information and resources to persons and organisations supporting people who have experienced ill treatment and/or neglect in childhood.
- Raise public awareness of the continuing impact of childhood abuse in adulthood.
- Effectively campaign to alleviate the impact of child abuse in adulthood.
NAPAC plan to achieve these aims by:
- Continuing to maintain our national freephone support line and other support services for adults who have suffered any type of abuse during childhood.
- The publication of helpful materials and information.
- Establishing and delivering training packages for people and organisations supporting adult survivors who experienced ill treatment or neglect in childhood.
- The establishment, maintenance and monitoring of a national register of counsellors and therapists who are committed to assisting adults who have experienced child abuse.
- Organising seminars and conferences on relevant topics.
- Promoting and liaising with relevant bodies on issues pertaining to childhood abuse and its continuing impact in adulthood.
You may have read a great deal in the MSM recently about ‘secret justice’, how the College of Policing are tearing up established procedures and how the police will no longer be able to name suspects. This story in The Telegraph is a good example
New guidance rubber stamped by the College of Policing yesterday, will now mean forces can only identify suspects before they are charged in exceptional circumstances.
The move, which will fundamentally change the way the media can report police activity, was introduced by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) in the wake of the Leveson report.
But critics have expressed concern that the move will erode the principle of open justice and the lack of publicity could result in victims failing to come forward to report crimes.
I can tell you now this universal MSM line is extremely misleading. To understand why, you need to realise just how much the ‘print press’ hate Leveson, which they will tell you seriously undermines the freedom of the press. The truth is that Leveson, if and when some of it becomes statutory, just holds the media to decent standards of accountability after decades of failures of the self-regulatory PCC. That doesn’t stop the MSM taking every single opportunity it can to poison the minds of its readers with misleading rubbish. This is the power of the press, the power to create a reality in the minds of the public which bears little resemblance to the truth.
I’ve just been speaking to a lovely press officer from The College of Policing who, I would say, is somewhat disappointed, perhaps even a little frustrated, by the recent press coverage. She directed me specifically to item 3.5.1 in the press guidance which can be found HERE.
Contrary to what the MSM are telling you, there has never been a policy of naming suspects in the past and these guidelines simply clarify the current position.
I was also directed to this blog piece by Andy Trotter, the Chief Constable of British Transport Police, on the ACPO website as a more accurate comment on the updated guidelines than you can currently find in the MSM. I hope you’ll take the time to read it.
An awful lot has been written about secret arrests and secret justice over the last few weeks. Should the police name people who have been arrested, even though they have not been charged with any criminal offence and may never be? By not naming them, are police, under cover of the Leveson Inquiry, placing free speech and democracy at risk?
I pose these questions because the situation right now must be pretty confusing to anyone unsighted on what this debate is really about. It is worth reminding ourselves of some of the facts.
Just something that the public should be watching out for.
High level sports is another environment, like the music industry, where stars might have exploited their celebrity status to groom minors.
Officers involved in Operation Yewtree are understood to have “intelligence” regarding several footballers of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties.
Last night a police insider said: “There has been intelligence about sports stars from yesteryear, including some footballers. It’s too early to say if anything will come of these but it shows that it’s not just Jimmy Savile and other entertainers that we are looking at.”
Many big names in football have talked in their bestselling autobiographies about the “birds and booze” culture they enjoyed.
The late Sixties and early Seventies will forever be associated with flamboyant players who became celebrities such as the late George Best.
Abolition of the £20 maximum wage in 1961 saw footballers’ income rise, though they could not have dreamt of the huge salaries today’s stars enjoy.
Detectives have refused to speculate on the nature of the information they have received.
Struggling to cope with the amount of information that has flooded in during recent months and the growing number of allegations, the Yewtree investigation was split into three categories: Savile, Savile and others and Others.
The footballers fall into the last category.
Many thanks to Bob for reminding me that he sent this to me.
This excellent review in The Guardian is worth reading also;
By conservative estimates, there are at least 200,000 victims of paedophilia in Britain. Fuelled by the internet, their predators are finding it easier to commit crimes at the expense of children. The BBC crew spent every day of the past two years filming a police hunt for paedophiles known as Operation Doorknock.
The series has no presenter. The questioning is anonymous and polite but rigorous. The camera style is never flashy. The editing is subtle. There is no music, and the commentary is never emotional or sensationalist.
Having watched all three programmes, I felt – as a cynical, hardened and informed victim of paedophilia – that every important issue surrounding the subject had been cleverly addressed.
Apparently, the Greater Manchester Police are still investigating Cyril Smith.
Following a news report that claimed Greater Manchester Police have have dropped their investigation into sexual abuse of boys by Cyril Smith, Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle of GMP has issued a denial.
DCS Doyle said: “To say that we have abandoned our investigation into allegations concerning the late Sir Cyril Smith is misleading and inaccurate.
“From the outset, we have always stressed that if anybody wished to come forward and make a complaint, GMP would record this to recognise the abuse that victim has suffered.
“We have publicly said just how important it is for victims that any such abuse is recognised because as Sir Cyril Smith is deceased, no criminal prosecution can be brought against him.
“Since last year, we have only had a very small number of people come forward to report any abuse by Sir Cyril Smith, and we have had no new reports since then.
“We are still actively investigating the incidents reported to us.”
Which is good for these people.
Three former pupils at a residential school linked to the late Sir Cyril Smith have complained they were sexually and physically abused by adults.
The historic allegations from the 1970s onwards relate to Knowl View School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, where Sir Cyril was chairman of governors.
Last November, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stated that Sir Cyril abused young boys in the 1960s in his role as secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association.
He had been accused of abusing eight youngsters at Cambridge Hostel in the town by spanking and touching them.
It emerged the force had also received a new complaint against the former Liberal Democrat MP during his time at Knowl View – a council-run school for vulnerable boys which closed in the 1990s.
The guests discuss the relationship between Freemasonry and policing in Britain. Before introducing the guests, John Underwood lists people who declined to appear in this programme. Discussion Participants: Chief Inspector Brian Woollard Metropolitan Police, suspended Canon Ian Hunt Peterborough Cathedral Martin Short Writer T. Dan Smith Retired businessman Sir David Napley Solicitor Sir Colin Woods Ex-Deputy Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Police and Chairman of Securicor Eileen Grey OBE Freemason.
The Independent described this episode thus;
“After Dark turned its attention, with some daring, to the issue of Masonic influence in the police force. Daring because a truly unfettered programme – live, under virtually no constraints of length – it chose to deal with matters both potentially libellous and believed by some to be bound by sub judice limitations. The central figure was a police officer who alleges he was suspended because his investigations into fraud came up against corrupt Masonic loyalties…. There were two ex-Masons, a clergyman who abandoned the brotherhood on religious grounds and a solicitor, Sir David Napley, who had briefly flirted with it in the old days…. Former Deputy Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Colin Woods spoke unofficially for the police. A journalist, Martin Short, gave a run-down of the history of the Masonic movement and T. Dan Smith told how in jail he got the Masonic knuckle squeeze from both wardens and prisoners… many an insight into the kind of society we inhabit, its anxieties and preoccupations.”
A virtually unreported hearing of the Commons defence committee has revealed an extraordinary complacent state of affairs of the Ministry of Defence towards complaints from forces parents of sexual abuse and bullying at private schools.
MPs from all three parties have condemned the attitude of officials responsible for paying out school fees for forces children who evidently admit to refusing to move their children from a school if they are bullied or sexually abused.
A full report is published today on the Exaro website by Frederika Whitehead and myself ( see http://www.exaronews.com/articles/4971/mod-policy-on-claims-of-child-sex-abuse-at-schools-stuns-mps ).
The MPs anger in part stems from a report on The People ( see http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-probe-sexual-assault-claims-1781432 ) which revealed that Stanbridge Earls School in Hampshire where soldier’s children are sent by the MOD was now the subject of a sexual abuse police investigation.
But the real anger came from three MPs. Madeleine Moon, Labour MP for Bridgend, said “The…
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…just don’t ask
[now you’ve got to hold up your end of the bargain and dance… the whole family!]