On 15 October 1997, The Guardian Newspaper published an article with the headlines Public Figures Named In Paedophile Ring written by the renowned and respected journalist Nick Davies. We reprint the article in full:
The names of the alleged members of the ring have been given by witnesses in public sessions of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal, but they have been suppressed by the tribunal's chairman, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC, who has threatened the media with High Court proceedings if they print them.
The Guardian today publishes for the first time detailed evidence about the alleged ring, which is said to have been based in Wrexham, and to have infiltrated local children's homes over a 20-year period.
Witnesses claim that members of the ring used their connections with police and social services to conceal their activities.
All of the accused have denied the allegations.
A man who bears the same surname as a prominent Conservative supporter. Two witnesses have told the tribunal of a rich and powerful man who belonged to the alleged ring.
The son of an influential Peer who admitted to police that he had been having sex with an under-age boy from one of the homes. Despite his admission, he was never prosecuted.
A powerful public official who has previously been cleared of abuse. Six witnesses have given separate accounts to the tribunal of his alleged rape of young boys. Another has reported him attending parties in Wrexham which were supplied with boys from a children's home.Two social workers and two police officers, one of whom was accused of abuse on four separate occasions and exonerated each time, and another, who has since been jailed in another part of the country for gross indecency with a child.More than a dozen other local men, including an Executive with a local authority, a senior probation officer and a Director of a major company. All those named as members of the alleged ring have denied the charges, either in evidence to the tribunal or through their lawyers.
Yet, critics say this is unnecessary, since he has the power to compel witnesses to attend, and that those who have come forward have done so to deny the allegations and not to make a clean breast of their alleged offences.
One lawyer who has been involved with the tribunal said he feared that the anonymity ruling was actively discouraging witnesses. "Newspaper readers may well have information of potential value to this tribunal. They may themselves have been the victims of abuse, or they may have worked with the alleged abusers. But if the press is not allowed to inform them of the names of those against whom allegations are made, they will not learn that their information is important. So they will not come forward."
Shortly thereafter, the now defunct Scallywag Magazine expanded on the investigation commenced by The Guardian. The magazine alleged that one of the men referred to is Lord McAlpine, at the time of the offences in the discernible post of Treasurer of the governing Conservative Party.
Alistair McAlpine was born in 1942 and the grandson of 'concrete Bob' Sir Robert McAlpine the construction magnate. Alistair worked in the business until 1975 when he met Margaret Thatcher and entered politics.
He founded his own publishing house in London in the 1960s, and has variously been an art dealer, collector, zookeeper, and traveller. By his own admission his favorite author is Machiavelli.
Married three times he has two children from his first marriage. In 1999 he had a second heart bypass surgery that led to complications resulting in him having a tracheotomy and difficulty speaking.
It also prevented him from further contact with children and much harder to identify since his voice itself makes him instantly recognisable.
In 1984 he became a Baron as party Treasurer; he raised large sums to support the Conservative party elections. He also channeled funds through offshore accounts, and received funds from US and Hong Kong nationals.
He received money from Asil Nadir for the Tory Party only admitting in the middle of this year that the Party should give the money to the victims. He was deputy chairman of the party from 1979 to 1983 but was unsupportive of the John Major government and worse commenced a feud with William Hague when he was leader.
There are questions still over who leaked his name in 1996/7 and whether Hague had played any part in the 'outing' of McAlpine.
In 1996 he was expelled from the Tory Party and from the House of Lords as a Tory Peer.
In 2010 he stepped down from his seat in the House of Lords because of changes in the British tax code, in order to maintain his non-domiciled status and so be able to avoid paying UK residents' taxes.
Scallywag alleged that Laud was a sadist, who was particularly violent and without mercy in his treatment of the boys. The magazine alleged that, on regular occasions, his victims would end up in casualty wards.
Laud was a leading political fixer and adviser to Margaret Thatcher. Although never an MP, indeed, he was pictured waving down to the crowds below from an upstairs window of 10 Downing Street as the Conservatives celebrated their 1987 election victory.
The former children connected with this empire of evil who died in mysterious circumstances may have been murdered by the British Security Services, the price of their silence their lives. Scallywag alleged that MI5 used to take foreign diplomats, etc., to the North Wales homes, give them boys to "play" with, secretly film them as the persons concerned buggered, abused and tortured boys, then keeping the tapes as evidence.
Laud is a long standing family friend of Samantha Cameron’s family and a personal friend of David Cameron and attended their wedding at Ginge, in Oxfordshire. He has a wide circle of friends in the celebrity, political and business communities.
During his career, Laud has contributed to speeches for several well-known Conservatives, including Margaret Thatcher.Laud has a wide circle of friends in the Conservative Party. The list of Tory friends with whom he is known to go on holiday and socialise with is illustrious, and includes Lord McAlpine, Peter Lilley and Michael Portillo.
In 2001, he provided an alibi for his friends Neil and Christine Hamilton when they were falsely accused by Nadine Milroy-Sloan of sexual assault.
They published article after article, including this article.
Lord McAlpine is also active in Australia and further afield than just the United Kingdom. His current residence is in Puglia, Italy where he has a hotel, and is under the constant watch of the Italian Police who were notified of his past activities.
He is known to the police in the UK and abroad for sexually abusing young boys, including using a coffin to put the boy in, then simulating burying him by sprinkling gravel on the top of the coffin. The child is screaming with terror and will do whatever he is told, due to being so scared of being put in the coffin again.
However, with a Foreign Secretary implicated by his role as the former Welsh Secretary, will the full horrible truth finally come out or will, as suspected, the potential consequences be so incendiary that the cover-up will continue, notwithstandingthe facts emerging in a piecemeal fashion?
There will be a number of prominent people, including at least one sitting MP, a peer of the realm, and members of the Bar and Judiciary implicated in the scandal and subsequent cover-up who will be extremely concerned at the turn the public mood has taken and the Government’s apparent inability to keep a lid on it all by keeping it contained to TV celebrities.
It was recently revealed by Leo Abse - Cardiff lawyer, former long-time MP, and often laughable "psychoanalyst of politicians" - that former House of Commons Speaker George Thomas was secretly gay. In itself, this would be of little or no interest, but the information is not offered "in itself". Abse describes how he helped Thomas out of a few scrapes, apparently in battles against "blackmailers". He describes three sets of events that are especially interesting.
The first is when he used his connections among Cardiff police officers and gangsters to threaten one young male with whom Thomas had dealt. Abse boasts of how he threatened that if the young male did not shut up, he would make sure that he would get him jailed for 10 years. The second is another young male, who Abse says he paid off in the sum of 800 pounds on Thomas's behalf, apparently so that the young male could emigrate to Australia. Abse says he doesn't know what happened to him. The third is the way in which Abse played a role in diverting attention from Thomas's role in the Jeremy Thorpe affair.
Jeremy Thorpe was a leader of the Liberal Party who used to pick up young males wherever he could, including many minors. The case of one of the minors, with whom he dealt, was in danger of blowing up into a British Watergate, and several journalists were investigating Thomas's role in covering up for Thorpe when he was a junior minister at the Home Office. Many journalists knew that the scandal was potentially much bigger than just a case of a gay party leader.
Thorpe was later arrested and charged with arranging and paying for the murder of Norman Scott, a man with whom he had been associated and who was making some of the public revelations.
There are also connections through Cardiff and the Welsh 'State Mafia' (including senior officials in the Wales-based quangos which tend to be run by a very small number of families, as well as their associates in London-based ministries) with the massive cover-up which haveunveiled the children's homes scandal in Wales.
This, too, involved not only the long-term and organised sexual abuse of children, including by powerful figures such as Conservative industrialist Lord McAlpine, but also a number of murders. Some of the murders took place after the children had reached the age of majority and left the homes.
Word got around as to the identity of the diminutive upper-class abuser, who used to do the rounds of the homes, raping children, and then getting driven off in a chauffeur-driven limousine to his hote
Across Wales, and in places with large Welsh populations - such as Bristol and Liverpool – to the milieus of people who were once in children's homes, many of whom live extremely disadvantaged lives and have been in and out of homelessness and prison - the crimes of Lord McAlpine are well-known.
It is also well-known that, not only have many of his victims died since they left the homes in "suspicious circumstances", but also that several died in suspicious circumstances, even when they were in the homes. Many were taken away around the time of Lord McAlpine's visits, never to be seen again.
The press have known the names of those implicated since the Waterhouse cover-up. They have been silenced and they don’t like it. Now, perhaps, they see there is an opportunity to finally reveal the truth. Perhaps the Leveson enquiry and demise of one Sunday tabloid has actually been good for investigative journalism.
In the year following the Waterhouse report, 140 compensation claims were settled with victims of the abuse. This was a way upon which the Government silenced the victims- or at least they thought they had.
Remember that Tom Watson MP has explicitly said that he was not alluding to Sir Peter Morrison, when he spoke of an aide to a former Prime Minister implicated during the Peter Righton investigation.All of those implicated in the North Wales scandal happen to be Tories, and so you may rightly ask why the Labour Party haven’t exposed those who were implicated……………or one might ask instead what the Tories have on Labour Party politicians because the only thing that has kept the lid on all of this is mutually assured destruction.
The modus operandi of the foot soldiers of establishment cover-up always blame and discredit the victims, but right now the public have more sympathy and a greater understanding of how child abuse can go on and effect an individual in later life.
Yes, after being abused from a young age some of these boys from care homes went on to become rent boys, took drugs, and have criminal records. This is hardly surprising, considering they were buggered, abused, and passed around from pillar to post until they left the care home system and were then dumped on the street.
Yet, the consequence of the boys’ abuse: They are regarded as ‘untrusted witnesses’.
Lord McAlpinehas rich and powerful friends. However, a mainline newspaper recently reported the following:
The public and the media must remain understanding and sympathetic to the victim’s position and extra vigilant against the abusers that for too long have simply ‘got away with murder’