The Isle of Iona
Close followers of the Scottish political scene will have noted recurring links between the Labour Party and the Isle of Iona.
John Smith, Labour Party Leader (dec)is buried there. His widow is Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill, is a political figure of note in her own right.
One of John Smiths daughters, Sarah was married there. Another daughter married Labour Lord Robertson’s son on the Isle of Islay.
The Reverend Douglas N Alexander, a long time member of the Iona Community and lifetime friend of John Smith conducted all of the events.
Reverend George Macleod
The charismatic founder of the Iona Community was the Reverend George MacLeod, who once stood as Labour candidate in a rectorial election for Glasgow University.
The Iona Community and was regarded by some in the Kirk as a Jesuitical conspiracy pushing the Kirk simultaneously towards Catholicism and Communism.
Consequently Iona Community members found the doors of many parishes in Scotland closed to them: they were seen as dangerous men. Divinity students contemplating joining the Community were warned about their career prospects. MacLeod never made excuses for his involvement in politics, citing Knox and the Covenanters as precedents. He once said:
“If churchmen are not politically involved, you soon get the spectacle of RCs and Communists dominating our trade unions – as now they do,” he wrote in reply to one critic. “As to Labour choice, it is not a bad thing to introduce the Faith into Labour policies, which, left to secularists, could indeed veer into Communism … What matters even more is the continuance of democracy as a living cause in our midst and not the Labour, or any other party, in permanent ascendancy. But to achieve this Christians must be involved.”
MacLeod’s manifesto was received warmly by the Alexander family and others deemed to become dominant UK political figures. MacLeod, was their “hero.”
His experiences of war persuaded him to the view that Nuclear weapons were a blight on mankind and should be banned. It followed that membership of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was a must for followers of his doctrine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_MacLeod
The Iona Community & Glasgow University Set
Douglas Alexander (senior) joined the labour party whilst studying at Glasgow University in the early 60’s and enjoyed a lifetime friendship with many members of the University (Labour Party) clique. The environment in which the Reverend Douglas N Alexander’s children and the children of other members of the community were nurtured was heavily politicised in favour of socialist policies. He had two children:
Wendy. Sponsored and mentored by the British American Project (BAP), she enjoyed a rapid rise to fame at the start of the devolved Scottish Parlament. She was responsible for the introduction of a number of progressive policies. She took time out to enjoy life with her newly born twins but returned to politics not long after. The early death of Gordon Dewar resulted in some turmoil in the Party and a number of leadership campaigns culminated in Wendy making a bid for the leadership. She failed and retired once more from politics taking up a career in education.
Douglas. Sponsored and mentored by the British American Project (BAP), he was elected to Westminster and gained rapid promotion to high office in the Labour Party.
The Glasgow University Clique
* Donald Dewar (dec) Married Alison Mary McNair. She took up a relationship with his friend, Derry Irvine. They divorced in 1973. They had two children, Iain, who became an artist and Marian, now a Senior Civil Servant with the European Commission.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Dewar
* Baron Derry Irvine, (lord Chancellor with New Labour). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry_Irvine,_Baron_Irvine_of_Lairg .
His son Alastair took up body-building during his late teens and became a professional personal trainer in a joint business with a former soft porn model, Carole Caplin. The business failed.
Alistair went off to America and lived the high life for a time becoming a crack cocaine addict. He was imprisoned in the US for stalking an ex girlfriend and threatening to shoot her boyfriend. he is now a reformed character having given up drugs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1436489/Irvines-stalker-son-ordered-to-pay-770000.html
It was Alistair who introduced his bisexual friends, Dwina Murphy-Gibb (wife of the Late Robin Gibb) and Carole Caplin to Cherie Blair. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2002/dec/06/uk.cherieblair
Tony and Cherie Blair (nee Booth) were given vital pupillage (practical traineeship in law) by Derry Irvine assisting them to become Lawyers. At their wedding he dubbed himself “Cupid QC” for having introduced them.
Not long after the unexpected death of John Smith king-maker, Derry Irvine, in conversation told Peter Mandelson, head of Labour Party strategy that Tony would need to be the next Labour Party leader. Peter Mandelson then made it happen. Much to the chagrin of Gordon Brown PhD and all the other hopefuls for the Labour Party crown.
* John Smith (dec) leader of the UK Labour Party. Smith and friend Denis Healey (Founder Member) were members of the Steering Committee of the influential Bilderberg Group. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/1994/may/13/obituaries.past http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_28 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_Group http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/12/john-smith-labour-britain-prime-minister He had three daughters:
Eldest daughter Sarah is a radio and television news reporter with BBC Scotland having joined in Spring 2014 for the run-up to the independence Referendum on 18 September 2014. Smith has covered many important news stories in he career. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Smith_%28news_reporter%29
Daughter Jane is the head of events at Napier University in Edinburgh. She married Malcolm Robertson, (son of John Robertson) head of Scottish public affairs for the British Airports Authority (BAA).
Youngest daughter Catherine is an advocate practicing in Scotland. She studied History and Law at Glasgow University gaining an MA (Hons) and LLB and later gained her Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University. She practiced as a solicitor in private practice in Scotland for a number of years prior to becoming an advocate. http://www.arnotmanderson.co.uk/advocate/catherine-smith/
* Elizabeth Margaret Smith (nee Bennett), Married the late John Smith. She is the Lords Chair of The Labour Friends of Israel. A fluent Russian speaker, she is also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee, which provides parliamentary oversight of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6, (GCHQ) and the Security Service (MI5). She is an advisory council member of the foreign-policy think-tank, the Foreign Policy Centre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Smith,_Baroness_Smith_of_Gilmorehill
Baroness SmithBaroness Ramsay
* Baroness Margaret Ramsay,(MI6 agent) and foreign policy advisor for the late John Smith. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_Ramsay,_Baroness_Ramsay_of_Cartvale
Another example of infiltration into the Labour Party MI6 officer Margaret “Meta” Ramsay had been elected President of the Scottish Union of Students.
In 1962, she became associate secretary of the CIA-front the International Student Conference at Leiden, Holland.
From 1965 to 1967, she was secretary of the Fund for International Student Co-operation, which was later identified as another recipient of CIA funds.
She became an active member of the Labour Party, attending conferences where party officials were “unaware” of her intelligence connections.
In August 1992, she was appointed to the position of foreign policy adviser to her university friend, Labour leader John Smith. As well as raising a few eyebrows, this appointment begged the question: What was the leader of the Labour Party doing employing a known high-ranking MI6 agent in such a senior position?
A fluent Russian speaker, she has been involved with the American backed and funded “Institute for Jewish Policy Research” and the “Zionist Labour Friends of Israel.”
* Sir Menzies Campbell, (former leader of the UK Liberal Democrat Party). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menzies_Campbell
James Stuart Gordon (Baron Gordon of Strathblane). Closest friend at university and best man at John Smith’s wedding.
James was Chairman of the secretive, “Glasgow Common Purpose” organization and in a chequered career has been the holder of many influential posts in the Scottish Media, business and Public bodies. A staunch Labour Party supporter throughout his lifetime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gordon,_Baron_Gordon_of_Strathblane
John Vincent (Vince) Cable, Secretary of State For Business, Innovation and Skills since 2010 Although not at university with him Vince Cable was active in the Labour Party, and was Special Advisor to John Smith in 1978 when he was Industry Secretary in the Labour Government. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Cable
The Rise to Power – The Piper Decides the Price
Labour politicians, including Donald Dewar, John Smith, Gordon Brown, George Foulkes, George Robertson and the late Robin Cook were precisely the types the intelligence services longed to see take control of the Labour party and it is believed that contemporaries and acquaintances of these leading Scottish Labour figures took active roles in organisations sponsored and endorsed by MI6 and the CIA. Sunday Times, 15 June 2003.
Elizabeth Smith (John Smith’s widow) was approached. So was Margaret ‘Meta’ Ramsay, President of the Scottish National Union of Students between 1959 and 1961, who worked at the Fund for International Student Co-operation (FISC) where the organiser was George Foulkes:
“In 1969 the Radical Student Alliance published a pamphlet alleging that FISC was a CIA front. That was denied, but in 1969 Ramsay joined MI6. She was a specialist in the Scandinavian states.”
Some people in the intelligence community claim that a firm called Hakluyt had been started by MI6 officers to carry out “deniable” operations. It was disturbing to read that the late John Smith’s widow had been given a job with Hakluyt. A smoking gun if ever there was one. Hakluyt being an MI6 company it is difficult not to conclude that Mrs Smith had been placed there for purposes of surveillance. There was speculation after John’s death that he had been poisoned. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakluyt_%26_Company
The Americans meantime had been cultivating Blair, Mandelson and Brown since the eighties, and Blair was too promising, and manipulable, for them to pass up. Meta Ramsey must have ‘failed’ John.
When John Smith became leader of the Labour Party he was a member of the steering committee of the Bilderberg Group: the steering committee, the inner core. He got Gordon Brown invited to the 1991 meeting, incidentally…
Who was John Smith? Genial, whiskey-drinking Scots lawyer from the traditional Labour right. But also life-long chums with a senior MI6 officer, now Baroness Ramsay. Lady Smith, his widow, is now on the board of Hakluyt, a MI6 front company.
John Smith also took on an advisor – Ed Balls, a Financial Times leader writer – an ideologist for globalisation, in effect – who learned some of his economics at Harvard . Like other Labour personnel, including Yvette Cooper MP, whom Balls later married, and David Miliband, head of Blair’s policy unit, Balls had spent a year in America as a Kennedy Scholar.
Virtually all of Labour people have some connection to America and American money…Tony Blair took the US government’s free tour of the States in 1986 and told his hosts that while officially a member of CND he supported the nuclear deterrent. He joined the CIA front, Labour Friends of Israel in 1983.
While Shadow Home Secretary in 1994 Tony Blair took an Israeli government freebie holiday in Israel. On his return the number two at the Israeli embassy in London introduced him to Michael Levy – now Lord Levy – one of the top fund-raisers for Jewish charities.