Cast of Characters:
What do a Guinness World Record holder, one of the founders of the Guinness Book of Records and John Bercow’s best man have in common?
Just a quick recap of how we got here;
We’ll come back to how this relates to the biggest little man in parliament, John Bercow, but for the time being, let’s delve a little deeper into Julian Lewis’ murky background, in an attempt to ascertain whether his protection of perverted North Wales Police Superintendent Gordon Anglesea and the larger network of organized abuse spanning from North Wales to London and beyond was merely an unfortunate side effect of self preservation, or if there was something more sinister going on.
Let’s start by taking things back to 1976 when early in his career, with funding from the Freedom Association, Julian Lewis posed as a Labour Party moderate and briefly won control of Newham North East Constituency Labour Party, in an eventually unsuccessful attempt to reverse the deselection of the sitting MP, Reg Prentice.
Though clandestine infiltration of an opposing political party sounds dodgy enough, believe me when I tell you important thing to note from this is Lewis’ work with the Freedom Association…
The Freedom Association had been founded the year before, in 1975 by William Sidney (The Viscount De L’Isle), Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter and John Gouriet and in 1976, was still known by it’s original name, The National Association For Freedom (NAFF), before in 1978 it became The Freedom Association.
Freedom is a word that should conjure images of a world without borders, of skipping carefree through lush meadows without the looming prospect of nuclear holocaust, of living without rules or an intrusive surveillance state…
To give the Freedom Association and their affiliates their due, they’ve consistently been highly supportive of a certain brand of Freedom, from creating reasons to bypass sanctions on apartheid, to increasing the prospect of the bright flash of a nuclear explosion, to dividing the nation by helping UKIP set Brexit in motion… so in many respects, it’s about the Freedom of a select few, to impose themselves upon many.
One of the founders, Ross McWhirter, was murdered by the IRA in 1975, shortly after The National Association For Freedom was established.
This was no doubt in part because McWhirter offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for several recent high-profile bombings in England that were publicly claimed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). In doing so, McWhirter recognised that he could then be a target himself. This was considered a “bounty” by the IRA Army Council, a view that led directly to the events that followed.
Also worthy of note are the various restrictions advocated by Ross McWhirter on the freedom of the Irish community in Britain such as making it compulsory for all of them to register with the local police and to provide signed photographs of themselves when renting flats or booking into hotels and hostels.
Ross McWhirter was a co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, along with his twin brother, Norris McWhirter. The book came about after an argument broke out out a shooting party in the North Slob involving the managing director of Guinness Breweries, regarding whether the golden plover or the red grouse was the fastest game bird in Europe. From these less than humble beginnings sprouted a vast enterprise, spanning the globe.
Depending on how old you are, you may well remember Norris (and Ross) from regular appearances on Children’s Television, mainly the BBC’s ‘Record Breakers’. Norris McWhirter’s photographic memory was a source of wonder and entertainment for children and adults alike, from the worlds tallest woman, to how many boiled eggs could be consumed in a minute, to most people squeezed into a telephone box.
If you have the time, watch this short film where David Baddiel recalls his childhood expectations being quashed by Norris McWhirter’s zeal for the Freedom Association:
No record has ever been set for most corrupt political manoeuvre and though of course that’s not easily assessed, some of the events that followed the 1975 formation of what became the Freedom Association must be in the running for such a title.
A man who later went on to hold a Guinness World Record deserves dishonourable mention in this respect, a certain Brian Crozier, a historian and journalist, who aside from running a CIA funded propaganda operation, set up his own global intelligence network, ‘the 61’, which bypassed accountability to parliaments and authorities the world over.
With that in mind, can you guess his World Record?
That will be revealed in due course, but for the mean time, back to 1976 and some introductions being made… the kind of introductions that could change the course of global history.