Paul Foot on Kincora – Appendix with Colin Wallace documents, and mention of Morris Fraser

An important new blog article was posted by Tom Griffin on Tuesday (Tom Griffin, ‘From Kincora to PIE: Why the abuse inquiry needs access to intelligence documents’, August 5th, 2014), relating to recent reports concerning abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast, about which I earlier blogged here. In particular, Griffin’s article noted a mention in Paul Foot’s book Who Framed Colin Wallace? (London: Macmillan, 1989) of an article by Dr Morris Fraser (also known as Roderick Fraser), a child psychologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, who was also connected to the Paedophile Information Exchange and later to the Azimuth Trust, who was convicted of multiple offences against children in several countries (beginning in the early 1970s) and also had connections with the North American Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and various European paedophile groups. He nonetheless often appeared or was cited on the subject of the plight of children during the troubles in Northern Ireland, and was the author of and Children in Conflict (London: Secker & Warburg, 1973) and The Death of Narcissus (London: Secker & Warburg, 1976), the latter a sympathetic Freudian analysis of paedophile desire as represented in literature, which continues to be cited, for example, in the introduction by Anthony Curtis to the Penguin Modern Classics edition of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and The Aspern Papers (London: Penguin Books, 1986) (see here for a sample). I will blog in more detail on Fraser at a later date; for now, I would recommend people read the Spotlight links given above, and in particular watch the following film about the Azimuth Trust.

The citation occurs in one of the documents belonging to Colin Wallace included in the appendix to Foot’s book. One should be wary about assuming too much from this, as it is only a citation of an article, but it opens up the possibility, suspected for a while by some, of a link between Fraser (and thus also PIE, NAMBLA, the Azimuth Trust, and various other networks in several countries) and the Kincora abuse scandal. I am reproducing the appendix from Foot’s book here, which was not included in my earlier post, for this reason.

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Paul Foot on Kincora Boys’ Home, and Recent Kincora Articles

Many voices have been raised in the midst of the plans for an abuse inquiry rightly insisting that the many unanswered questions about the dreadful abuse scandal at the Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast should also be addressed.

At a later date, I will collate in chronological order a wide range of newspaper articles past and present on Kincora; for now, one should look at the extensive collection at the Spotlight blog, and an equally important collection of pieces at the Needle blog, not least in terms of much material relating to former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s comments on the affair. On recent calls, I would strongly recommend the below articles, not least for the highly principled words on video (in the Belfast Telegraph article from July 15th) of Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.

Leo McKinstry, ‘Fear of child abuse cover up secret dossier at the heart of establishment’, Daily Express, July 3rd, 2014. (with comments on Anthony Blunt and Kincora)
Kincora should be part of UK inquiry into child abuse says Amnesty, BBC News Northern Ireland, July 8th, 2014.
Chris Kilpatrick, ‘Kincora: MI5 ‘must hand over files on abuse at east Belfast boys’ home’, Belfast Telegraph, July 9th, 2014.
‘Butler-Sloss abuse inquiry ‘would have led to Kincora”, BBC News Northern Ireland, July 14th, 2014.
‘Kincora: Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt joins calls for inquiry into abuse at boys’ home’, Belfast Telegraph, July 15th, 2014.
Chris Page ‘Kincora victim: ‘NI home should be part of UK child abuse inquiry’, BBC News Northern Ireland, July 15th, 2014.
Chris Moore, ‘Why we need a proper investigation into Kincora’, Sunday World, July 16th, 2014. (also mentions Blunt, and claims about the late Mountbatten).
‘Kincora: Keith Vaz calls for east Belfast home to be included in UK child abuse investigation’, BBC News Northern Ireland, July 17th, 2014.
Liam Clarke, ‘Kincora scandal: I will reveal the secrets, says ex-Army officer Colin Wallace’, Belfast Telegraph, July 17th, 2014.
Eamonn McCann, ‘Victims of abuse in North still waiting for justice’, Irish Times, July 17th, 2014.
‘Colin Wallace: Any Kincora inquiry ‘must have full access”, BBC News Northern Ireland, July 20th, 2014.
Ciaran Barnes, ‘Paisley’s dead pastor friend linked to Kincora abuse’, Belfast Telegraph, July 21st, 2014.
Eamonn McCann, ‘MI5’s murky role in Kincora scandal yet to be exposed’, Irish Times, July 24th, 2014.
Henry McDonald, ‘State can’t ignore abuse at Kincora Boys Home under secret watch’, Belfast Telegraph, July 29th, 2014.
Mike Browne, ‘Former MI5 officer says agency buried sexual abuse of boys at Kincora home’, Irish Mirror, July 31st, 2014.
Kincora abuse investigation stopped by MI5 says ex-army officer’, BBC News Northern Ireland, August 1st, 2014.

See also this guest blog post by Brian Merritt on Sir Maurice Oldfield, Sir Michael Havers and Kincora.

There are two standard texts on Kincora. One is Chris Moore’s The Kincora Scandal: Political Cover-Up and Intrigue in Northern Ireland, with foreword by Clifford Smyth (Dublin: Marina Books, 1996), which can be accessed by those with Scribd access here. The other is an earlier text, Paul Foot’s Who Framed Colin Wallace? (London: Macmillan, 1989), a section from which I earlier posted here. Here I include all the passages from the book specifically relating to Kincora.

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