Bye bye, Margaret Thatcher Square in Madrid, Spain?

This 24 September 2014 video from Spain is called Juventud SIN Futuro rebautiza la Plaza Margaret Thatcher. Unemployed Spanish youths replaced the ‘Plaza Margaret Thatcher’ signs with new ones saying “Plaza de la Juventud Exiliada” (Exiled Youth.)

This video is also about that re-naming.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Margaret Thatcher Plaza: Madrid’s new left-wing Mayor looks to rename square that is city’s tribute to the Iron Lady

Manuela Carmena reportedly told supporters she did not ‘want a space for public use to be named after the woman who enslaved the workers’

Alistair Dawber

Madrid, Thursday 02 July 2015

She was a doyenne of right-wing politicians around the world, but Madrid’s tribute to Margaret Thatcher – a square named after the Iron Lady – may be short-lived as the city’s new left-wing Mayor considers renaming Plaza Margaret Thatcher less than a year after its inauguration.

It was all pomp and ceremony in September last year when Mark Thatcher, son of the former Prime Minister, was invited to break ground on the site in the centre of the Spanish capital.

Just 10 months on, and after Madrid elected a left-wing former judge as its new Mayor in May, the decision could be reversed. According to the conservative Breitbart news website, Manuela Carmena has indicated that she favours replacing Thatcher’s name with that of Pedro Zerolo, a former Spanish Socialist party politician and gay rights activist who died of cancer last month. Ms Carmena is reported to have told supporters of her Ahora Madrid party, a coalition of left-wing groups, that they “do not want a space for public use in town to be named after the Iron Lady who enslaved the workers”.

Zerolo’s life and career could hardly be more at odds with that of Thatcher, Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990. Born in Venezuela to parents exiled by Franco’s dictatorship, he became a passionate advocate for gay rights, and was among the first Spaniards to marry his partner in 2005 when gay marriage was made legal.

Thatcher, despite her libertarian outlook, was an opponent of greater equality for the LGBT community. Her government passed the so-called Section 28 legislation, which outlawed the promotion of homosexuality in British schools.

Thatcher died in 2013, and it was not long afterwards that Madrid’s then conservative Mayor, Ana Botella, advocated dedicating the unnamed square to her. Ms Botella described the former Conservative leader as a “pioneer” and “inspiration”.

Ms Botella was roundly kicked out of office in May. Ms Carmena has promised a wholesale change to politics in the Spanish capital. Gone is the town hall-owned box at the Madrid opera house. And showing she was one of the people, Ms Carmena caught the metro to work on her first day in office. She has promised “a real change in the way of doing politics,” ironically setting out to achieve something that became characteristic of Thatcher’s time in office.

Rather than following Thatcher’s lead, however, Ms Carmena has promised to stem the tide of home evictions caused by mortgage payment defaults and help to ease Madrid’s burgeoning public debt.

While left-wingers would no doubt cheer the removal of a Thatcher tribute in Madrid, even if it is close to the swanky, upmarket Salamanca district, those hoping for real change in the capital may wonder whether it should really be a priority.

Despite Spain emerging from one of its deepest-ever recessions, the home evictions that Ms Carmena campaigned against are still rising and the queues for food handouts in public squares are still long. But it is still early days for Ms Carmena, and removing the Iron Lady would be a signal of intent.

See also here.

MARGARET THATCHER exploded with fury when it was suggested that she be excluded from the unveiling of the Falklands memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral, newly published documents show: here.

MARGARET THATCHER considered bringing disgraced minister Cecil Parkinson back into her cabinet two years before he returned but was told such a move could prove politically damaging, archive documents show: here.

ATTEMPTS by her press secretary to soften Thatcher’s vicious and unfeeling image somewhat predictably failed when she appeared incapable of displaying a more caring side, according to newly released documents: here.

Pro-, anti-Margaret Thatcher museum plans in Britain

This video about Britain at the time of Margaret Thatcher sasys about itself:

The Battle of Orgreave (2001)

19 August 2013

A documentary by Mike Figgis about Jeremy Deller‘s reenactment of the Battle of Orgreave, a crucial set-piece confrontation that took place during the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984-5.

“I believe the ’84-’85 struggle isn’t a closed book, that even though the mines or the miners have depreciated in number they’re still here doing different professions or, whatever, different jobs, and the working class are still here. Like I say, this kind of confrontation will rise again in the near future.”

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:


Saturday 30th May 2015

Exhibition tells the story a Tory museum won’t

THE ugly truth about Britain’s most divisive prime minister is set to be showcased in opposition to what is being called a “whitewash” museum being built for Margaret Thatcher, artist Darren Cullen revealed yesterday.

Mr Cullen is calling for creatives, history buffs and trade unions to assist him in forming “a real” portrayal of the milk-snatcher to become a permanent thorn-in-the-side for the controversial Thatcher Centre.

The idea of a museum, library and training base endorsed by the Tories made his “blood boil,” Mr Cullen said, especially after it received private funding of £15 million in an effort to push the late party leader’s “philosophy and values.”

Plans for the official museum are supported by US benefactors and spearheaded by the Conservative Way Forward pressure group, which was founded in 1991 — the year after Thatcher was forced out of office by her own party.

The baroness, who died in 2013, had the second-lowest average approval rating of any post-war prime minister. Despite her unpopularity she would be the first ever prime minister to receive the honour.

Mr Cullen told the Star: “There’s going to be a serious need to counteract the whitewashed version of Thatcher’s legacy that the official museum will present.”

The counterpoint museum will aim to show the harsh outcomes of despicable home and foreign policies implemented during Thatcher’s 11 years in control through artefacts, documents, photographs and stories.

To pull together the funds for a permanent London space, Mr Cullen, who is 32 and originally from Leeds, is first planning to stage a pop-up exhibition to last around six to nine months.

Those who have stories, memorabilia and photographs of Thatcher are urged to contact and the hope will be to display either original works or close copies.

However the museum will not focus on satirising her as “we don’t need to screech about this, the facts speak for themselves.”

Mr Cullen believes that the official museum will not address her “unflinching support” for brutal regimes, such as the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Pinochet in Chile or apartheid in South Africa.

Thatcher oversaw a devastation of trade unionism, two recessions, high unemployment, increased poverty, a decimated manufacturing sector, bank deregulation, introduction of the poll tax and the privatisation of basic utilities and social housing. Notorious anti-gay legislation Section 28 was also passed on her watch.

“Our Thatcher museum will address this awful legacy, as well showing how she promoted and protected paedophiles in her cabinet and of course her close friendship with Jimmy Savile,” he added.

The Thatcher Centre did not respond to requests for comment.

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Thatcherite Blairism in British Labour party

This video from Britain says about itself:

3 August 2006

MyPetGoat is proud to present a short video dedicated to our glorious leader, the one, the only, Tony Blair. It has been almost ten years since Blair took power in the UK. Ten years of sleaze, corruption, spin and unconditional slavery to Washington.

Here is a look back at Blair’s legacy. The video is just over four minutes long which is roughly equivalent to the amount of thought Blair put into his foreign policy back in 1997.

By Solomon Hughes in Britain:

With friends like this Labour hardly needs enemies

Friday 6th march 2015

Labour’s innate tendency to surround itself with dubious donors and advisers resurfaces again and gives SOLOMON HUGHES plenty to think about

THIS January Jim Murphy, Labour’s leader in Scotland, made John McTernan into his chief of staff.

I saw McTernan last September at the Tory conference, offering advice to the Conservatives and praise to Margaret Thatcher.

McTernan was speaking at a breakfast meeting at the conference for Policy Exchange, a Tory-leaning think tank. The whole event was paid for by the Stock Exchange.

McTernan poured praise on Thatcher. He said: “She changed the economic structure for good. As in forever. But also for good. It’s a good thing she did what she did.”

His only complaint was Thatcher didn’t convince enough people and that “she didn’t sell what she was doing” enough.

McTernan told the Tories that he was an enthusiast for privatisation.

He told delegates: “There’s a far wider range of assets that are currently owned by the government which I would privatise. I would have privatised London Underground if I could have done.”

McTernan was really worried that people didn’t trust business enough.

He said: “We are in a really difficult situation” because a poll showed that “half the population think that the greatest threat to Britain and the future of Britain is big business” while only 19 per cent thought trade unions were a problem

Instead of being happy with the popular sentiments, McTernan thought this was bad, because he himself was “very relaxed about capitalism,” so he was bothered that anyone else was uptight about corporations.

McTernan thought it especially worrying that 45 per cent of Scots voted Yes to independence even when “the banks said they would leave Scotland if it became independent.”

McTernan also offered his “advice to the Tory Party.”

He suggested the Conservatives should not “let the Labour Party own equality and inequality.”

He said the Tories should say “they (Labour) can’t manage the economy, they’ve shown that. Why would you trust them to manage inequality?”

So just months before he became Murphy’s assistant, McTernan went to the Tory conference, told them that Thatcher and privatisation were great and offered them advice about how to attack Labour.

Xavier Rolet, head of the Stock Market, said that he was “very encouraged” by McTernan’s views. I can’t think that Scottish Labour voters will feel the same way.

McTernan was one of Tony Blair’s special advisers in 2004. His appointment is another sign the Blairite force is still strong in Scots Labour. His speech at the Tory conference shows how much new Labour was a compromise with Thatcherism.

LABOUR’S shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander will be fighting the general election in his own constituency with £5,000 help from a banker who employs the former head of MI6.

The register of MPs’ interests shows that Alexander’s constituency party accepted the donation from David Claydon.

They can use the money to try get Alexander re-elected in his Paisley and South Renfrewshire constituency.

This was a formerly rock-solid Labour seat, but according to the latest polls so many Labour voters are switching to the SNP that even Alexander’s 59 per cent majority is in danger.

So Alexander’s local Labour Party needs all the help it can get.

The money might be handy, but the associations with banking and the war on terror are less useful.

Claydon was a UBS and Morgan Stanley banker, but now runs an intelligence firm called Macro Advisory Partners.

Last month Macro Advisory hired John Sawers, former head of MI6, as its chairman.

Macro says its “network of senior professionals with backgrounds in diplomacy, intelligence, finance, academia and industry” will “provide clients with geopolitical risk, investment strategy and macro intelligence counsel.”

Sawers’s new spies-for-hire firm is very new Labour. Its founder partner, Claydon, donated £50,000 to David Miliband’s failed campaign to become Labour leader in 2010.

Claydon was also Miliband’s economic adviser between 2008 and 2010. It was Miliband in turn who, as foreign secretary, had Sawers appointed as head of MI6 in 2008, presumably because he was so impressed by his work for Miliband’s hero, Blair.

Sawers was a key foreign policy adviser for Blair in the 2000s. He helped set up Iraq’s post-war government.

This government designed by Sawers and co has been riven by incompetence, sectarianism and failure and can barely hold Iraq together.

Sawers told the Chilcot inquiry that they hadn’t calculated for Iraq’s post-war chaos and “frankly, had we known the scale of the violence, it might well have led to second thoughts about the entire project.”

Less frankly, Sawers claimed that nobody predicted it. Which is odd, as one of the many arguments the anti-war movement was making very publicly in the run-up to the Iraq invasion was that it would lead to chaos, violence and sectarian conflict in Iraq.

We were right and he was wrong, so Sawers prefers to pretend the anti-war protest movement didn’t exist.

What the £5,000 from Claydon shows is that there is still a very “new Labour” part of Labour, one that sees itself as part of the world where bankers, spies for hire and David Miliband’s pals all connect.

Rachel Reeves, the shadow secretary of work and pensions, has come under fire for comments about the welfare state and unemployed people: here.

LABOUR leaders were in hot water yesterday over the sale of a controversial new mug bearing the slogan “controls on immigration.” The £5 mug caused a stir when it went on sale on Saturday, with Labour activists and opposition parties scolding it on social media. Critics said the ceramic celebration of Labour’s immigration policy, one of five included on its general election pledge card, showed that the party is pandering to Ukip: here.

British child abuser Sir Jimmy Savile and his political connections

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jimmy Savile & Margaret Thatcher

16 October 2012

Why were Savile and Thatcher, strange bedfellows however you look at it, so close?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

End the culture of cover-ups

Friday 27th February 2015

HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledges, in the wake of the Lampard report into the crimes of Jimmy Savile, that the power of celebrity or money must never again prevent people from exposing wrongdoing.

Savile was utterly brazen in daring NHS officials and police officers to take action against him.

He felt secure in his position as a major charity fundraiser for Stoke Mandeville, where he had a bedroom, a plush office and a master key with access to all areas despite having no qualifications or experience.

His wealth and political connections, not least with Margaret Thatcher at whose Downing Street New Year’s Eve parties he was a permanent fixture, persuaded people not to take him on.

However, Tory MP Dr Phillip Lee, who worked briefly at Stoke Mandeville, is surely correct in saying that, if junior staff were aware of what Savile was doing, senior managers and clinicians must also have done.

Turning a blind eye to abuse of patients, visitors, staff members and others for fear of losing the charity funds his activities generated was a gross betrayal of the victims’ right to personal security.

Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s call for a formal inquiry into accountability for failure to investigate this serial predator’s crimes must be supported.

Those in positions of influence who chose not to speak to the Lampard inquiry should be subpoenaed to give evidence and explain their roles.

Many people will be shocked to learn that there is no legal compulsion on NHS staff to blow the whistle on people suspected of abusing patients.

That legal loophole must be closed so that people in authority cannot encourage embarrassing suspicions to be swept under the carpet.

Above all, Savile’s reign of abuse and terror must not be seen as a one-off aberration.

Too many children and vulnerable adults have been disbelieved in a variety of institutions and forced to carry their torment with them.

That culture must end. Complaints must be recorded, investigated and taken as far as required.

Politicians should also consider whether our essential health services should be better funded through taxation rather than being dependent on celebrities organising charity drives for self-aggrandisement.

Jimmy Savile had links right up to top of society. Victims were ignored because of abuser’s connections to the rich and powerful, writes Sadie Robinson: here.

‘Name Madrid square after anti-fascist Jack Jones, not after Thatcher’

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jack Jones freedom fighter and British socialist leader has died

21 April 2009

One of the 20th century’s greatest freedom fighters and socialist leaders and an inspirational figure in the British labour and trade union movement. History does not just happen, it is made, by men like Jack Jones.

By Luke James:

Put a real hero on the square

Saturday 21st February 2015

More than 100 trade unionists swoop into Plaza de Margaret Thatcher to call for a name change

BRITISH socialists swooped on controversial site Plaza de Margaret Thatcher in Madrid last night, staging a snap protest to demand that International Brigades hero Jack Jones is honoured instead.

More than 100 trade unionists and anti-fascist activists descended on the square in posh Salamanca district.

They symbolically renamed the square by covering street signs bearing the hated Tory’s name with their “Plaza de Jack Jones” banner.

The stunt was the latest protest since the square was opened last September by politicians from the right-wing Popular Partyfounded by a minister in dictator General Franco’s government.

Just 24 hours after its unveiling, street signs were plastered with Hillsborough Justice Campaign stickers by angry British visitors.

The Liverpool Echo in Britain wrote about this:

Margaret Thatcher Square sign in Madrid given a new look by Hillsborough campaigners

20:15, 17 September 2014

By Mark Johnson

Don’t Buy The Sun‘ stickers placed over new Margaret Thatcher sign

A brand-new sign dedicated to the memory of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been given a new look in Spain.

A ‘Don’t Buy The Sun sticker’ and a number of Hillsborough Justice Campaign stickers have been used to cover the ‘Plaza de Margaret Thatcher’ sign in Madrid.

The stickers – which were placed over the sign as a protest against The Sun’s support for Mrs Thatcher during the 1980s and against the national newspaper’s coverage over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster – were placed on it a few hours after it was unveiled at an official ceremony on Monday.

Sheila Coleman, Hillsborough Justice Campaign spokeswoman, said: “I think that most of us will be shocked that there is a square in Madrid named after Margaret Thatcher.

“The fact that people have chosen to put stickers about Hillsborough on the name plate, is a comment on those in Madrid who decided to name it after her.

“It shows the loathing of Margaret Thatcher and how people can react when they see her name.

“If the good people of Madrid realised the role that Margaret Thatcher played in the demonisation of the good people of Liverpool then they would understood the feeling towards her.”

The ex-Tory leader is remembered in the Spanish capital alongside sculptures by Pablo Picasso and a statue to Christopher Columbus.

It is the first city square outside Britain to honour her. …

The idea to name the square after her met with opposition from left-wing opposition parties on Madrid’s city council.

The Luke James article continues:

Unemployed Spanish youths, who joined in, replaced the signs with new ones saying “Plaza de la Juventud Exiliada” (Exiled Youth.)

This 24 September 2014 video from Spain is called Juventud SIN Futuro rebautiza la Plaza Margaret Thatcher.

This video is also about that re-naming.

Now campaigners are calling for Thatcher’s name to be scrubbed off Madrid’s street map permanently.

They want the square to be re-named Plaza de Jack Jones to remember the famed trade unionist and his fellow British socialists who fought Franco’s fascists in the 1936 Spanish civil war.

The Liverpool-born docker was seriously wounded while serving with the International Brigade, and went on to become the general secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union in 1968.

Terry Craven, who took part in the protest, said: “Jack Jones is a name we’re proud to remember. Thatcher is one we’d like to forget, frankly.”

Mr Craven is a member of the Unite union’s Casa community branch, a centre established in Liverpool to celebrate British volunteers of the brigade.

“Jack was a true working-class hero,” added Mr Craven.

“He worked all his life to help the underdog, fighting against poverty, unemployment, inequality and repression. Thatcher did none of those things.”

Socialists and trade union members living in Madrid were among the group that seized the square last night.

Most travelled from Britain to take part in the International Brigade’s Memorial Trust’s annual commemoration of the battle of Jarama.

The bloody clash, which began on February 11 1937, saw 150 British volunteers killed.

The heroics of the International Brigade stopped Franco’s 40,000-strong force surrounding Madrid in the early days of the civil war.

IBMT secretary Jim Jump called on Madrid politicians to honour the men who defended their city by renaming Plaza de Margaret Thatcher.

He told the Star: “It’s very insensitive of the Madrid authorities to name a square after someone who was an admirer of General Pinochet.

“He modelled himself on Spanish dictator General Franco, whose military coup and brutal dictatorship was responsible for the death, murder and execution of tens of thousands of Spaniards.

“The Madrid authorities should remember the heroism of the International Brigades rather than someone who was a friend of Franco.”

Margaret Thatcher: A new book explores the Iron Lady’s religious faith, and reveals how she modelled herself on Joan Crawford: here.

Margaret Thatcher’s cover-up of Establishment child porn case

A section of the previously secret file on Sir Peter Hayman

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Thatcher stopped officials publicly naming Sir Peter Hayman as suspected paedophile

Tuesday 03 February 2015

MP Geoffrey Dickens accused Sir Peter of being a paedophile in Parliament

Kashmira Gander

Margaret Thatcher told officials not to publicly name a senior diplomat connected to a paedophile scandal despite being fully briefed on allegations made against him, a newly revealed secret file has shown.

The file was prepared for the late Conservative Prime Minister in the early Eighties, and details allegations of “unnatural“ sexual activity by Sir Peter Hayman in 1966, when he returned from West Berlin to the Foreign Office. It also notified Mrs Thatcher that the senior diplomat had been subject to a police investigation, after a parcel containing “obscene materials” was found on a London bus in 1978.

Pornographic materials and personal diaries were also found at his London flat, but Sir Peter was not prosecuted following an investigation into his activities.

The diplomat, who died in 1992, was accused of being a paedophile by MP Geoffrey Dickens under the cloak of parliamentary privilege in 1983, before the file was prepared for the then Prime Minister.

Compiled between October 1980 and March 1981, the 37-page file is now available for public view, and features Mrs Thatcher’s handwritten annotations and notes.

Sir Peter Hayman was investigated over his connections to the Paedophile Information Exchange (Getty Images)

Sky News reported that the filed existed last month, prompting the Cabinet Office to announce on Friday it would be released to the National Archives.

The revelations come as Home Secretary Theresa May announced she would be launching an inquiry into historical child abuse, during which Sir Peter’s activities will be investigated.

Confirming the decision to release it, a Cabinet Office spokesman said last week: “This file was originally kept closed as it contained information from the security services and advice from the law officers. We have reviewed that decision and have now released the file into the National Archives.”

Thatcher minister raped boy, Conservative paper says

This video from Britain says about itself:

Savile Scandal: MP implicates ‘senior aide with links to No 10’

25 October 2012

As the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse allegations continue to rise. Questions are being asked if he was part of a much wider and select paedophile network of high profile individuals. Who may have assisted Savile, helped organise abuse,cover it up or taken part in assaults themselves.

Outspoken West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson’s spoke out at Prime Minister’s Questions to a shocked house, with a name who has been implicated with Savile. Believed to be a “senior aide” still living, with links to a former Prime Minister and to a man who imported child pornography into Britain from abroad. In reply, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to any assist any efforts to cast more light on the matter.

In light of a paedophile network allegations, the former MP Edwina Currie spoke out at the weekend, claiming that Margaret Thatcher‘s former parliamentary private secretary, Peter Morrison had inappropriate sexual relations with teenage boys. Police officers, arresting Morrison more than once, for pestering boys for sex, in public toilets, were then reprimanded by bosses. Morrison died in 1995, three years after leaving public life.

Which prompted Tom Watson to write on his blog: “I am not naming the person for obvious reasons but for clarity it is not former MP, Peter Morrison. He added, I’ll say more when I can but this may not be for some time.”

From the (Conservative) Daily Telegraph in Britain:

Thatcher confidant raped boy and police covered crime up

Exclusive: Former Conservative minister Sir Peter Morrison allegedly lured 14-year-old to London and sexually abused him in a guesthouse reportedly used by a Westminster paedophile ring

By Bill Gardner, video by Will Scothern

9:00AM GMT 04 Jan 2015

One of Margaret Thatcher’s closest confidantes raped a teenage boy 30 years ago but escaped justice when Scotland Yard covered up the crime, it has been alleged.

Police are investigating claims that Sir Peter Morrison lured the 14-year-old to London and sexually abused him in a guesthouse reportedly used by a Westminster paedophile ring.

A former Conservative minister, Morrison was first exposed as a serial child abuser in 1998, three years after he died from a heart attack. But the MP for Chester was never charged with any crime during his lifetime.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the alleged victim, now aged 46, said he and his family reported Morrison to Scotland Yard in 1982, hours after the teenager had escaped the MP’s clutches.

Yet after he gave a statement and was examined by doctors, the family say they heard nothing for months.

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Finally, the boy’s father says he was informed by Scotland Yard that the abuser had been sent to prison for assaulting his son, and that no further action was needed.

However it was only years later, the family claim, that they discovered the culprit’s true identity. They then discovered Morrison had never in fact been jailed for any crime, and that police had apparently duped them into dropping the allegation.

The man, now a married businessman, is the first of Morrison’s alleged victims to speak publicly. His disturbing story is backed up by his parents and is being investigated as part of Operation Fairbank, set up by the Met two years ago to probe suggestions that high profile political figures had been involved in organised child sex abuse.

He is now preparing to take legal action against the force, who he claims “hushed the whole thing up”.

Sir Peter Morrison with Margaret Thatcher, and the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes where he allegedly abused a 14-year-old boy

The man said: “I believe that Morrison was a high-profile guy so he got away with it. Either the police were paid off or they hushed it up because he was an MP.

“I was never the same after what happened – he ruined my life really. I left school soon afterwards because I lost all my confidence. I couldn’t handle what had happened to me.”

An Old Etonian and barrister by background, Peter Morrison was Lady Thatcher’s trusted parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. In 1990, he led Thatcher’s disastrous leadership campaign team when she lost power.

It was first reported in 1998 that Morrison had been arrested for molesting underage boys during his career, but had been let off with a police caution. In 2002, Edwina Currie, the former Tory minister, revealed that Morrision was a “noted pederast” in her diaries. He has also been linked to the child abuse scandal at care homes in North Wales.

Earlier this year, Thatcher’s former bodyguard Barry Strevens claimed the former prime minister was told about Morrison’s alleged penchant for under-age boys but appointed him deputy party chairman despite the rumours.

Norman Tebbit has also admitted that “rumours had got to my ears” that Morrison was a paedophile more than a decade before the truth was exposed.

The new allegations against Morrison and Scotland Yard come after the father of an eight year old boy murdered in 1981 told The Telegraph in November that his son may have died at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring, and that police covered it up.

Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, recorded a male prostitute saying in a telephone call that his son may have been abducted and taken to the Elm guesthouse in 1981, the same location where the new victim claims Morrison raped him.

Mr Mehrotra took the recording to police at the time but claimed they refused to investigate an allegation implicating “judges and politicians”.

Last month, the Met announced it is investigating the alleged murder of three young boys linked to a Westminster paedophile ring active in the late seventies and early eighties.

Officers are probing claims that up to five paedophile rings operated at the heart of Westminster with the involvement of “highly influential” politicians.

A Labour MP said it was “inconceivable” that police would not now arrest and interview some of the politicians he has named in a list handed to detectives.

John Mann, who spent months sifting evidence from members of the public, handed over evidence on 22 politicians including three serving MPs and three members of the House of Lords.

Although some on the list are now dead, it also contains the names of other figures who are still alive but no longer active in Westminster, Mr Mann said.

“There are at least five paedophile rings which involved MPs,” he said.

“Each of them involved at least one MP, some involved more, and these were groups of people who knew about the activities of one another.

“In some cases I believe they committed abuse together.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the force was investigating the alleged victim’s claims.

Margaret Thatcher, chemical weapons and economic crisis

This video is called Chemical weapons in World War I.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Thatcher secretly wanted to restock chemical weapons

Tuesday 30th December 2014

Margaret Thatcher’s government secretly considered stockpiling chemical weapons in the 1980s in response to the Soviet Union’s chemical arsenal, according to newly released official files.

Publicly ministers claimed that they had no plans to restore the nation’s chemical warfare (CW) capability, which had been voluntarily relinquished in the 1950s.

However files released this week show that, behind the scenes, Thatcher suggested the government could be considered “negligent” if it did not build its own chemical arsenal.

A Ministry of Defence document from 1984 estimated that the Soviets had more than 300,000 tons of nerve agents alone, while the US — the only Nato member to possess then-undeclared chemical weapons — had an ageing stockpile of 31,000 tons.

Notes from a meeting of senior ministers and defence chiefs held on August 8 reported a warning by then-defence secretary Michael Heseltine that the lack of a retaliatory CW capability was a “major gap” in Nato’s armoury.

In the discussion that followed, ministers acknowledged that any moves by the government to acquire an “independent CW capability” would create “political difficulties.”

In particular concern was expressed that such an acquisition could undermine public support for Britain’s role as a nuclear power.

“Against this, it was pointed out that public opinion might well be appalled if it was realised that the only response which Nato could offer to a CW attack would be nuclear retaliation,” the note adds.

Thatcher said she was sympathetic to the idea, but believed that the time was not yet right.

“Summing up the discussion, the Prime Minister said that it might be argued that it was negligent of the government not to acquire a CW capability. But this was not a decision which could be addressed at this stage,” the minute noted.

Responding to the disclosure, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) representative Andrew Smith said: “Chemical weapons are deadly and immoral and they need to be abolished, not stockpiled. It is also very concerning that the government was actively considering acquiring these weapons at the same time as it was denying it in public.”

This video is called Chemical Weapons Testing – Rare Top Secret US Military Film.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thatcher officials mulled plan for chemical weapon shelters in homes

Tuesday 30th December 2014

Home Office officials secretly considered plans to provide homes with chemical weapons shelters amid fears of an attack by the Soviet Union — but the scheme quickly ran into difficulties.

Files released by the National Archives show that the plan floundered after experts pointed out that people would have to remain in the sealed shelters for up to 10 hours in the aftermath of a chemical attack — while shelters only had enough air for two to three hours.

It was suggested that the air supply could be extended through the use of fans and filters — but again there was a difficulty.

“It was immediately realised that finding room for them might be a problem,” the minutes from April 1985 noted.

This video says about itself:

23 November 2013

Meltdown is a four-part investigation into a world of greed and recklessness that brought down the financial world. The show begins with the 2008 crash that pushed 30 million people into unemployment, brought countries to the edge of insolvency and turned the clock back to 1929.

But how did it all go so wrong? Lack of government regulation; easy lending in the US housing market meant anyone could qualify for a home loan with no government regulations in place. Also, London was competing with New York as the banking capital of the world. Gordon Brown, the British finance minister at the time, introduced “light touch regulation” – giving bankers a free hand in the marketplace.

Meltdown moves on to examine the epidemic of fear that caused the world’s banks to stop lending and how the people began their fight back. Finally, it asks how the world can prepare for the next crisis even as it recognises that this one is far from over.

We hear about the sheikh who says the crash never happened; a Wall Street king charged with fraud; a congresswoman who wants to jail the bankers; and the world leaders who want a re-think of capitalism.

By Richard Bagley in Britain:

Advisers warned Thatcher of-free-for-all bubble

Tuesday 30th December 2014

Top official warned that deregulation could spell disaster

Boneheaded ex-PM Margaret Thatcher’s most senior official warned 29 years ago that her City free-for-all could mean a future financial collapse, newly released government papers revealed yesterday.

The notorious Tory ignored the accurate predictions of Cabinet secretary Sir Robert Armstrong and went ahead with her “Big Bang” that saw stock exchange regulations torn up in 1986.

In a private memorandum he set out a string of concerns months before she tore up City rules — an act linked directly to the 2008 collapse of the banking system.

The March 17 1986 document reports “increasing disquiet about the things going on in the City.”

Sir Robert warns: “They think more about the way in which corners are being cut and money is being made in ways that are at least bordering on the unscrupulous.

“It tends to be summed up by the people saying that they doubt whether it really is good enough any more to leaving the policing of the City to self-regulation.”

Free-market zealot Thatcher — aping then US president Ronald Reagan — opted to ignore the warnings and tear up the rule book, comforted by advice from policy adviser David “Two Brains” Willetts.

The still-serving MP claimed at the time there would be no repeat of the “boom and bust” seen following earlier City deregulation in 1971, when a housing bubble was followed by a market collapse and banking crisis with dark premonitions of 2008.

“We do not expect a systemic problem,” Mr Willetts stated in a joint policy paper.

But within 20 years the taxpayer had been forced to bail out the collapsed banking system to the tune of trillions of pounds, prompting the current era of “austerity” cuts.

Sir Robert was less accurate about rocketing financiers’ pay packets, suggesting that it was “a bubble that will be pricked in a year or two.”

In fact City wages have rocketed in the 30 years since, with chief executives of the biggest companies seeing pay rise from 18 times the average in 1980 to 174 in 2013.

Current Tory policy chief Oliver Letwin urged Thatcher to press ahead with the viciously iniquitous poll tax in the 1980s despite warnings from leading ministers that it would be politically “catastrophic,” newly released documents reveal: here.

Thatcher was warned to break off relations with a self-serving millionaire who trumpeted himself as the architect of the miners’ defeat in 1984-85, papers released under the 30-year rule show. Officials feared that property developer David Hart was exploiting his connections with No 10 for his own ends, warning the Tory prime minister that he would end up causing her “grave embarrassment”: here.

Striking miners-LGBTQ solidarity in Britain

This video from Wales says about itself:

All Out! Dancing in Dulais

10 November 2012

“The South Wales miners’ strike of 1984-1985 saw the formation of a curious alliance between a plucky group of young homosexuals from London and miners in Dulais Valley. In Dancing in Dulais, an initial wariness on the part of the young gays, the miners, and the miners’ families gives way, through sometimes delicate interactions, to a loving and purposeful solidarity. The unembellished videography captures well this fascinating-to-witness union of two disparate yet ultimately kindred groups. The “Pits and Perverts” benefit concert features the Bronski Beat.”

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners Group

Editor: Jeff Cole

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Thursday 11th September 2014

PETER FROST remembers one of The Sun’s most despicable headlines and how it was taken up as rallying call for working-class unity

It has taken three decades for the BBC and the British film industry to tell the amazing story of Mark Ashton.

Thirty years is a long time, indeed a good few years longer than Ashton’s tragically short life — a life cut short by Aids at just 26 in 1987.

Mark, a mercurial young Irishman, was a gay rights activist and a founder member — some would say the founding member — of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) during the epic miners’ strike of the 1980s.

LGSM came together to support the British miners during the year-long strike of 1984-5.

There were 11 LGSM groups throughout the country. London was the largest.

The new film Pride is sure to be a great hit. It is already getting rave reviews and goes on general release tomorrow.

This video from Britain is called Pride – Official Launch Trailer (2014) Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton [HD].

I loved the film. It made me laugh and it made me cry, but I’ll leave a full review to others. There is a more important story to be told.

The film is about two tough parallel working-class struggles. First the fight by lesbians and gay men in the ’80s against homophobic prejudice, street violence and against the horrifying threat of HIV-Aids.

The other battle was that of Britain’s miners to stop Margaret Thatcher and her government killing off their industry and their union.

This was a time when Sir James Anderton, then chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, made the homophobic judgement that gay Aids sufferers lived in a “human cesspool of their own making.”

On striking miners he was equally crass. He described mass picketing and street demonstrations as “acts of terrorism” and trade unions as “a politically motivated industrial mafia at work.”

He should have been sacked, but Thatcher knew she needed reactionary police allies like Anderton in her battle to destroy British trade unions, starting with the miners.

In this historical maelstrom Ashton was one of the first to realise the connection between two groups both under attack from bully Thatcher, her savage government and her tame and reactionary police.

Ashton told his gay activist friends: “Mining communities are being bullied like we are, being harassed by the police, just as we are. One community should give solidarity to another. It is really illogical to say: ‘I’m gay and I’m into defending the gay community but I don’t care about anything else’.”

Thatcher, of course, also had the unwavering support of Rupert Murdoch and his awful homophobic and anti-trade union excuse for a newspaper, The Sun.

The paper’s headline-writers certainly linked the two groups in what must be one of the most disgusting headlines ever written. “Pits and perverts” it screamed in huge type on the front page.

The Sun clearly intended to undermine the striking miners’ cause and ridicule or belittle its support from lesbians and gay men. In fact they ended up having exactly the opposite effect.

The so-called perverts appropriated that headline as the title of a massive fundraising event organised by Ashton’s LGSM at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

The concert itself was a huge success — raising £5,650 (the equivalent of more than £20,000 in today’s money) for the striking miners and their families in south Wales.

At the concert David Donovan, from the Dulais NUM, told the 1,500-strong, mostly gay and lesbian audience: “You have worn our badge, ‘Coal not dole,’ and you know what harassment means, as we do. Now we will pin your badge on us — we will support you.

“It won’t change overnight, but now 140,000 miners know that there are other causes and other problems. We know about blacks and gays and nuclear disarmament, and will never be the same.”

The fundraiser was headlined by Bronski Beat, whose lead singer Jimmy Somerville would go on to form The Communards, a group who would record For A Friend, Somerville’s personal tribute to Ashton.

This music video is called The Communards – For A Friend.

“Summer comes and I remember how we’d march/We’d march for love and peace, together arm in arm.”

The new film Pride tells a good story and tells it well, but although one of its main themes is coming out of various closets it is sad that one important closet door remains firmly nailed shut.

Ashton was many things, but he was first and foremost a communist. He never hid that fact.

Sadly the film doesn’t mention what was one of the most important factors that guided and inspired Ashton in all his actions.

I knew, and worked, with Ashton during the miners’ strike when he was general secretary of the Young Communist League (YCL).

It is sad, but perhaps predictable, that the BBC has edited Ashton’s membership of the Communist Party and his leading role in the YCL out of the storyline completely.

I was proud to work with Ashton and other communists raising money and support for the miners.

We helped to picket power stations and fuel dumps, organised fundraisers, demonstrations and street collections.

The savage Thatcher government had sequestered the funds of the NUM which meant that it was pointless for supporters to send donation via the national union.

Instead support groups throughout Britain adopted individual mining communities. Ashton’s London LGSM group twinned with Dulais Valley in south Wales.

They had chosen that particular colliery after meeting some reluctance to accept their support from other miners’ groups.

Ashton and his LGSM comrades raised an amazing £20,000 for the strikers as well as visiting the Welsh pit village in solidarity and to deliver money, food and others supplies.

The alliances which Ashton and his campaign forged between LGBT and trade union groups proved to be an important turning point in the development of LGBT struggles and issues.

Miners’ groups began to support and endorse and participate in various Gay Pride events. Miners Lodge and other trade union banners headed the 1985 Gay Pride rally in London.

That same year, at the 1985 Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, a resolution committing the party to support LGBT equality rights was passed.

The issue had been raised and defeated before. This time unanimous support from the NUM won the vote against fierce opposition from many on the Labour Party national executive.

In 1988 the NUM was among the most outspoken allies of the LGBT community campaign against Section 28 — an attempt to ban any mention of homosexuality in schools.

Ashton was diagnosed with Aids on January 30 1987. Just 12 days later pneumonia took his young life.

His premature death prompted a tremendous response, not just from the gay community but also from the left and the labour movement in general.

Red, pink and rainbow flags and miners’ union banners all fluttered at his impressive Lambeth funeral.

His memory lives on in the Mark Ashton Red Ribbon Fund. His name is still honoured in the ex-mining valleys of south Wales and now the film Pride will introduce at least some of his story to a massive new audience.

Go and see it. It will make you laugh a lot and cry a little, but more important it will inspire you to action — and that is the only legacy communist Mark Ashton would ever have wanted.

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Margaret Thatcher ‘knew about child abuse accusations, did nothing’

This video from Britain says about itself:

Pretty Chilling: Jimmy Savile And His “Love” For Margaret Thatcher

29 December 2012

Jimmy Savile‘s hold over Downing Street in the 80s is revealed in a series of letters in which he declares his “love” for Margaret Thatcher, according to newly released records.

Very disturbing: Jimmy, UKs posthumous “worse than Jack the Ripper“, telling the Prime Minister about his jealous “girl patients”…

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Margaret Thatcher ‘was warned of Tory child sex party claims’

Thatcher’s personal bodyguard and former detective chief inspector said he warned PM about Peter Morrison

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Sunday 27 July 2014

Margaret Thatcher’s personal bodyguard Barry Strevens has told of how he warned the Prime Minister of allegations that one of her top aides was involved in sex parties with under-age boys.

Mr Strevens, a former detective chief inspector, told the Sun on Sunday that he passed on allegations about her loyal confidant Peter Morrison before he was promoted to the position of deputy chairman of the Conservative Party in the 1980s.

Mr Morrison, who died of a heart attack in 1995 aged 51, has since been linked to claims of sex abuse at children’s homes in north Wales.

At the time, Mr Strevens was informed of the allegations by a senior Cheshire police officer. Mr Strevens knew Mrs Thatcher was considering appointing Mr Morrison to the position of deputy chairman after Jeffrey Archer had stepped down over prostitution claims, and he requested an immediate meeting with Mrs Thatcher and her private secretary Archie Hamilton, who reportedly took notes of what was said.

“I wouldn’t say she was naïve but I would say she would not have thought people around her would be like that,” he said. “I am sure he would have given her assurances about the rumours, as otherwise she wouldn’t have given him the job.”

Explaining the nature of the rumours he had been told, Mr Strevens said: “A senior officer in Chester had told me there were rumours going around about underage boys – one aged 15 – attending sex parties at a house there belonging to Peter Morrison.

“After we returned to Number 10 I asked to go and see her immediately. It was unusual for me to do that so they would have known it was something serious. When I went in Archie Hamilton was there. I told them exactly what had been said about Peter. Archie took notes and they thanked me for coming.

“There was no proof but the officer I spoke to was certain and said local press knew a lot more. This was just after the Jeffrey Archer scandal and I knew she needed to know about it because they were deciding on the appointment of the next deputy chairman.

“I always told her things straight, as I saw them. She listened and thanked me. I assumed Archie Hamilton would have spoken to Peter Morrison following that.

“When he was appointed I assumed there had been nothing to the claims – as there was no way on Earth she would have given him the job otherwise,” he said.

Responding to the claims, Archie Hamilton told the paper that Mr Strevens had gone to Number 10 for a meeting but that he could not recall the mention of underage boys.

He said: “I remember Barry Strevens coming in and what he actually said at the time was that there were parties at Peter Morrison’s home in Cheshire and there were only men who were there.

“I don’t remember him saying they were underage. There may have been but the point he was making to her was that there were only men involved in the party.

“She listened to what he said and that was it. It was merely a party and men were there,” he said.

Home Secretary Theresa May has already announced a full-scale investigation into historical claims of child abuse at Westminster, and of an alleged paedophile ring.

Lord Tebbit has said he confronted Mr Morrison over rumours about him and young boys and that he received a flat denial, while former Tory MP Edwina Currie had previously called him a “notable pederast”.

Elite London school accused of failings over paedophile teacher William Vahey: here.