So there we have it, Brexit got done!!
Finally we are free of the bonds of our oppressors and can sleep safely knowing that the worlds evils have been slain by valiant heroes!!
Cast of Characters:
Oops, apologies, seem to have been reading from a press release from Her Majesty’s Ministry of guff and nonsense there…
But anyway, back to reality; how is it that the Director of BBC Children’s programming responsible for this piece of TV history:
came to be chairing the Parliamentary debate on the Brexit Withdrawal Bill over 40 years later?
Ah, Sir Roger Gale; besides being the 1st Radio Producer to get children interviewing a Prime Minister (errr, this Prime Minister!)
for BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, along with the other candidates for the top job in the run up to the 1974 election*
Edward Heath and Jeremy Thorpe (along with Cyril Smith) were both involved with members of the Paedophile Information Exchange, as was Radio 1 DJ Jimmy Savile; furthermore, they were seen attending a flat under surveillance by police investigating trafficking and prostitution.
Now, funnily enough, BBC Radio 1 came into being as a direct response to the very Pirate Radio Stations that Roger Gale had himself been heavily involved in;
the first broadcast of Radio 1 was on 30th September 1967, just a little over a month before, the Marine, &c., Broadcasting (Offences) Act 1967 had come into law on August 14th 1967, after having passed through both Houses of Parliament earlier in the year.
The act was effectively the UK’s ratification of the Council of Europe’s 1965 Strasbourg treaty
Fast forward to 2020 and in the present day, the most senior member of the UK parliament in the Council of Europe is…
You’ve guessed it, Roger Gale:
Now, whilst we may be leaving the European Union, we will be staying in the Council of Europe:
Thankfully, the Council of Europe have produced this handy guide to clear things up:
Things are all getting a bit confusing here, so for now, back to some light entertainment:
The 1st DJ on air when Radio One opened was Tony Blackburn, who for some reason brings to mind Harry Enfield’s Nicey:
but who could Paul Whitehouse’s Charity loving Smashie been referring to?
Ahem, moving swiftly on, let’s get back to Pirate Ships; just over 2 years before dashing young DJs Tony Blackburn and Roger Gale had been on board the MV Mi Amigo when the daughter of the writer of Thunderball (Ian Fleming tried to pinch the story, but got pulled up before the courts) became a stowaway by locking herself in the toilet for a publicity stunt after her record had been banned by the BBC!
The same young lady went on to write one of Morecambe and Wise’s theme tunes and married the writer of the lyrics of Tom Jones’ Delilah…
She also took exclusive photos of the future king, Prince Charles, when he was promoting his Children’s book on the BBC World Service:
Which kinda reminds me of another song banned by the BBC:
Now, like many radio DJs of the 60s and 70s, Roger ‘The Howling Gale’ was quite the charmer; truth be told I wouldn’t be surprised if the Howling Gale’s on air manner was used as inspiration for Austin Powers…
Speaking of international men of mystery, before we too get overly charmed, let’s not forget that we’ve been delving into the dark realms of arms dealing and child abuse and that this same Sir Roger Gale was director of BBC Children’s Programming back when Norris McWhirter and Brian Crozier were rustling up schemes to get Margaret Thatcher elected…
Roger Gale had joined the Conservative Party in 1964, which would’ve made him 20 or 21; quite a bit older than many of those preyed upon by the likes of Jimmy Savile, Gordon Anglesea or Jeffrey Epstein, but nonetheless, quite young to be getting involved in politics; there again, as we’ve already seen, Sir Gale’s life has been anything but ordinary…
In fact, it’s probably fair to say that Roger Gale has had one of the most Hollywood lifestyles of all parliamentarians:
I mean, how in the name of artistic excess does a kid of 18 or 19 end up in Hollywood working for the General Manager of Universal Studios and hold that same job over the course of the next few years whilst flitting about across the Atlantic, setting up and hosting multiple pirate radio stations, including one heavily involved with the Conservative Monday Club?
1962 was not only the year the Young Roger Gale began work at Universal Studios, it was also the year Universal was taken over by MCA (not the Beastie Boy, the Music Corporation of America) as part of the merger of MCA and Decca Records.
Strangely enough, the reason Radio Caroline was set up by Ronan O Rahilly in the 1st place was because:
‘Prior to his involvement with Radio Caroline, O’Rahilly ran the Scene club in London’s Soho district and managed a number of pop music artists, including Georgie Fame and Alexis Korner. He recorded a Georgie Fame record on his own independent label, unheard of at the time. He took the record to the BBC to try to get it played. He discovered that the record industry was dominated by EMI and Decca. He then tried to get it played on Radio Luxembourg and again found that the shows were ‘owned’ by major labels EMI, Decca, Pye and Philips. They were essentially ‘payola‘ shows, and featured only music from the paying label. He said “I have recorded the guy, so I can’t get it played, so we have to start a radio station.” ‘
One of the key financial backers of Radio Caroline was Cara Delevingne’s Grandad, Sir Jocelyn Stevens…
Before going on to be a managing director at the Evening Standard (1969-72) and Daily Express (1972-81) Newspapers, Sir Jocelyn Stevens bought what was originally ‘The’ Queen magazine as a 25th Birthday Present for himself!
As editor he hired Beatrix Miller (who had worked for MI6 in Germany and at the Nuremberg Trials, before going on to head British Vogue from 1964-86); other notable hires were Mark Boxer, who in 1962 made history with the groundbreaking Sunday Times Colour Supplement and Antony Armstrong-Jones who went on to be known as Lord Snowdon, after marrying the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret…
There again, as you might expect from someone who buys themself a magazine as a birthday present, Sir Jocelyn Stevens came from a well to do background and wasn’t far from Royalty; much like Edward Leigh’s father being Head of the Privy Council Office, Jocelyn Steven’s stepbrother, Blair Stewart-Wilson was Equerry to the Queen and Deputy Master of the Royal Household, from 1976 all the way through to 1994.
But back to the 1960s and the glory days of Pirate Radio; ironically, considering Ronan O’Rahilly’s aim of setting up a rebellious station to take on the establishment, Radio Caroline was originally run from the office of Queen magazine
Then we have Roger Gale, still well connected to MCA and Decca at Universal Studios, he was no small player; in fact he was instrumental in the set up of both Radio Scotland and Radio 270, acting as Programme Director in the early days of both.
The story of Radio 270, moored off Scarborough (Jimmy Savile is said to have visited the ship on mulitple occasions) and a favourite of the Conservative Monday Club, including you’ve guessed it, Harvey Proctor, is worth a post in it’s own right, so I’ll avoid going into too much detail here.
Now, quite apart from the obvious benefits of having an industry insider such as Roger Gale setting up radio stations to play your records, there is a darker side to this tale; MCA under Lew Wasserman had long ties to the Mafia and the kind of political swing necessary to get folks to vote for the most powerful puppet in the world.
In this case, that puppet was Ronald Reagan and much like the election of Margaret Thatcher, behind the scenes there was all sorts of dirty tricks in play, many of them involving prostitution, hidden cameras and blackmail.
This is where many stories begin to interweave; thankfully, Whitney Webb has already done much of the hard work on that front, going into great detail on a saga spanning decades that brings us bang up to date with the highly dubious death of Jeffrey Epstein and his many links to intelligence services the world over.
Whilst we’re on the subject of Jeffrey Epstein;
Stories were coming out this week about Prince Andrew not cooperating with the FBI; however, the thing to remember here is, the FBI themselves are every bit as involved in all of this; in the link above showing Whitney’s various pieces on the Epstein case, you can read about the hold the mob and the CIA had over FBI chief Edgar J Hoover thanks to compromising images, however, that is but one example:
from an FBI dossier spanning 3 decades detailing Louis Mounbatten’s lust for young boys; Mountbatten was the mentor of future King Prince Charles and is credited with introducing none other that Jimmy Savile to the Royal Family…
More recently, we have plea deal hammered out by FBI head Robert Mueller (despite effectively being a co-defendant, Alan Dershowitz was Epstein’s lawyer):
Hang on though, why would the FBI be making a hullabaloo about Prince Andrew not co-operating if they didn’t intend to investigate properly?
Whilst I’d like to have faith that the FBI have turned over a new leaf, all signs point to the fact it’s a scam; a basic confidence trick to give the impression the FBI are doing everything they can to investigate, when in fact the opposite is true; Prince Andrew will of course ‘bow to public pressure’ and help with inquiries, but nothing will come of it: I mean, they’ve made such headway with tracking down Ghislaine Maxwell, right?
Sound far fetched?
Well, bear in mind the biggest recruiter of terrorists in the US is the FBI!!
Not to mention the mysteries surrounding Epstein’s death under the watchful eye of William Barr, CIA man responsible for the Iran Contra pardons (more on that below) and son of Donald Barr, the guy who got Epstein his job at Dalton School, despite Epstein’s lack of qualifications
But anyway, back to Roger Gale and his plum job at Universal Studios, just as MCA were taking over in earnest
According to Shawn Swords, a documentary filmmaker who explored Reagan’s ties to MCA in Wages of Spin II: Bring Down That Wall:
“Ronald Reagan was an opportunist. His whole career was guided by MCA — by Wasserman and [MCA founder] Jules Stein, who bragged that Reagan was malleable, that they could do what they wanted with him…That thing about Reagan being tough on [organized] crime — that’s a fallacy.”
That certainly seems a reasonable conclusion, as the same Ronald Reagan was president throughout the period the CIA was instrumental in the crack cocaine industry, smuggling wholesale amounts of cocaine from South and Central America, a continuation of Operation Watchtower (Donald Gregg a key architect of Operation Watchtower also happened to be heavily involved in prostitution and blackmail) and directly linked to Iran-Contra, a perfect means of maximising air freight, huge transporter planes bringing weapons in to support the Contra movement in Nicaragua, then leaving with huge amounts of Cocaine, to be distributed throughout the US.
Much of the air traffic for these operations was being routed through a small airport in Mena Arkansas… some stories made it into the press whilst those going into too much detail:
‘Finally, there are extensive official records: federal investigative and surveillance reports, accounting assessments by the l.R.S. and the D.E.A., and court proceedings not previously reported in the press – testimony as well as confidential pre-sentencing memoranda in federal narcotics-trafficking trials in Florida and Nevada – numerous depositions, and other sworn statements.
The archive paints a vivid portrait not only of a major criminal conspiracy around Mena, but also of the unmistakable shadow of government complicity. Among the new revelations:
Mena, from 1981 to 1985, was indeed one of the centers for international smuggling traffic. According to official l.R.S. and D.E.A. calculations, sworn court testimony, and other corroborative records, the traffic amounted to thousands of kilos of cocaine and heroin and literally hundreds of millions of dollars in drug profits. According to a 1986 letter from the Louisiana attorney general to then U.S. attorney general Edwin Meese, Seal “smuggled between $3 billion and $5 billion of drugs into the U.S.”
The 2nd piece in that link is by Ambrose Evans Pritchard of the Sunday Telegraph:
The article makes clear that the alleged scandal is not confined to the activities of the Arkansas political machine and Mr. Clinton.
It embraces the highest levels of the federal government over several years.
“For three Presidents of both parties – Messrs. Reagan, Bush and Clinton – the old enduring questions of political scandal are once again apt,” the article concludes.
“What did they know about Mena? When did they know it? Why didn”t they do anything to stop it?”
Ambrose Evans Pritchard also brings us to Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump caused quite some controversy… however, Kavanaugh’s involvement in the cover up of a murder related to the Mena scandal earlier in his career wasn’t covered by any of the main news outlets
The entire Mena scandal was trivialized and glamourized by a comedy film starring Tom Cruise; ‘American Made’…
released by errrrr; Universal Pictures, the mob affiliated studio that had got the President at the time of the scandal, Ronald Reagan, into power in the 1st place
However, the scandal doesn’t end there; not only was Barry Seal involved with Lee Harvey Oswald, he also had ties to Huffman Aviation, one of the flight schools used by 9/11 hijackers
Speaking of drugs, let’s not forget the CIA (along with MI6, the Pakistani ISI, Mossad, the Chinese and Saudi Intelligence under Turki bin Faisal) were supporting none other than Osama Bin Laden and the early stages of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; meanwhile, Charles Farr, the man who until his untimely death in February 2019 was head of Her Majesty’s Joint Intelligence Committee, was spending time in the Tora Bora Cave Complex built by Bin Laden and handing out wads of cash to drug lords:
in amongst all of this, there’s Gust Avrakotos’ key role in Cyprus and Operation Cyclone (often known as Charlie Wilson’s War):
not forgetting the mysteries surrounding Oerlikon and Arms to Iraq
Taking all of this into account, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to draw parallels between what was happening back then, and RAF Akrotiri’s continued role as an Air Bridge;
one has to wonder how the vast amount of weapons flooded into Syria as part of Timber Sycamore got there;
similarly, all that extra Opium coming out of Afghanistan after the 2001 invasion must be getting around somehow;
maybe Sherard Cowper Coles, Mark Sedwill, or Karen Pierce (who’s been tipped for the top job at MI6) could help explain the situation…
Here’s an example of RAF Akrotiri’s Air Traffic, if anyone wants to dig deeper:
We’ve come a looong way from Pirate ships, though perhaps we’re not that far from the realm of Privateers in the service of Her Majesty…
Perhaps Roger Gale can pursue the matter with a passion, being as he’s chair of the APPG on Cyprus!
Thanks to the election that line-up will change a bit when the next register is released; however, there are 1 person on that list besides Roger Gale who immediately rings alarm bells;
Joan Ryan, chair of Labour Friends of Israel at the time of defecting to The Independent Group (or whatever it was they were called)
The main reason I bring up her being Chair of Labour Friends of Israel (a position which she retained for a few months after defecting from the Labour Party) is this footage, from Al-Jazeera documentary, ‘The Lobby’:
Oddly, no mainstream media picked up on the story, particularly odd given the furore around ‘Labour Antisemitism’, which despite all the coverage, is actually lower than in other mainstream parties:
I hope it’s not antisemitic of me to mention Ghislaine Maxwell’s ties to Israel:
Though to be fair, I have been saying it for years…
Let’s revisit this video for a moment:
Broadcast on New Year’s day 1977 it’s likely to have been recorded fairly early into Roger Gale’s time as director of BBC Children’s programming after he was given the role in 1976… prior to that he’d been working at a producer on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, itself quite a political animal
Now, like Norris McWhirter, Brian Crozier and their pals at the Freedom Association Roger Gale is a long time political activist; we’ve already covered his joining the Conservative Party in 1964 (the same year he joined Radio Caroline), however, it was at a protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 that he got the fire in his belly, as a result of speaking after Tariq Ali to stir up a crowd of some 50,000 people from the top of a loudspeaker van.
In the intervening years, Gale built up quite a network; during his time at Newsbeat, he and Caroline Schindler did a tour of all the local Radio Stations in Britain, recruiting stringers (freelance journalists) along the way, to get the hottest stories for the nations youth.
Odd then that like so many others, Sir Roger wasn’t savvy to the ways of Jimmy Savile…
The 1975 Jim’ll Fix It Christmas Special was the first of many Jim’ll Fix It Specials, airing on Christmas Eve 1975 and featuring a visit to Israel, to see where the baby Jesus was born:
the Israel section had been recorded in September of 1975…
Which seems to put Roger Gale in the clear… however, Savile’s relations with Israel on national security issues continued under Roger Gale’s directorship:
That said, Roger Ordish (creator and producer of Jim’ll Fix It, also known as ‘Doctor Magic’) attempts to cast a different light on matters:
However, ‘Doctor Magic’s argument seems to fall a bit flat if references to further dealings between Savile and Israel hold true article originally from the Jewish Telegraph, but for reasons unknown, it has since been removed from the internet:
DID JIM FIX IT FOR ISRAEL IN 1977?
By Paul Harris
As tributes poured in for Jimmy Savile, who died on Saturday, he took one secret to the grave that the Jewish Telegraph once revealed.
The eccentric DJ, who numbered princes and presidents among his friends, may have been responsible for engineering the historic meeting in 1977 between Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat that ultimately led to peace between the two countries.
Savile, who never shied away from name dropping those in high places with whom he was friendly, let slip during a conversation over dinner, no doubt deliberately, that he had received a medal from Israel in 1979, for services he had rendered.
He told me at the time that he had visited Israel in 1975 at the behest of then President Ephraim Katzir to advise on a delicate matter of security, under the guise of one of a party of Anglo-Israel Friendship League members.
Officially in Israel to take part in a TV show, he had talks with the president who asked him to repeat to the entire cabinet what he had told him.
“My theory actually bore fruit two years later and I received a presentation from the Israel ambassador in London.
“Even the latter apparently had no idea precisely what the presentation was for.
During his trip to Israel, he said, he did not arouse the attention of the media because they believed he was there purely for a TV show — “and we got away with it”, he smiled.
He recalled further: “When the president came to me, he asked how I was enjoying my visit to Israel.
“Next morning, I went to the Knesset and they interrupted a cabinet meeting and I told them the same as I had told him.”
He added that he had visited Israel a number of times since to offer his advice.
That friend, Manchester businessman Benny Sternberg, who died a few years ago, revealed that Savile had been approached to explore the possibility of a meeting between Sadat and Begin because of his friendship with the family of the Egyptian president’s wife Jehan.
Mrs Sadat is the daughter of a Sheffield-born woman, the late Gladys Cottrell who Jimmy knew well.
You can find a (broken) link to the original piece here:
Sir Jimmy Savile’s brushes with Israel’s foreign policy in 1977 and 1979 will have fallen under Sir Roger Gale’s time in charge of BBC Children’s Programming…
What can Sir Roger Gale tell us about Savile’s relations with Israel, or indeed any of the other matters raised here?
We’ll leave it there for now; yes, I know I’ve probably gone into faaaar too much detail (though it’s still just scratching the surface) and yes, there’s every possibility there’s some errors here and there; feel free to fact check if you have any doubts; feedback welcome.
*(being as Edward Heath was booked via a call to William Waldegrave, I’d assume it to be the February Election, which resulted in a hung parliament, rather than the October Election, which resulted in a Labour majority)