Saturday, 18 August 2012

Churchill's Enemy -Key Facts

Sir Joseph Ball was one of Neville Chamberlain's chief lieutenants and the organiser of the dirty tricks (phone taps, smears,burgulary,constituency de-selection ) campaign against Sir Winston Churchill and many of the Anti-Nazis. Ball even paid for Billboard ads in the Strand "What Price Churchill?" - (the obvious answer - War) to run along side smears against Churchill in the Press (Truth and other papers)

My research points to SIr Joseph as being the originator of Chamberlain's Plan Z - flight to meet Adolf Hitler at Bertchesgaden ( I have previous correspondance between him and Neville Chamberlain in 1935 discussing Plan X ) and proof that Neville Chamberlain was in reciept of a secret election fund to fight a planned general election on November 14th 1939 with monies from pro-appeaser and Bahamas Tax Exile Sir Harry Oakes (letters from Oakes to Ball with a donation of £10,000 to the fund in gratitude for his knighthood and Pro-Nazi British Union of Fascist funder Henry Drummond-Wolff, as well as Anti-semite and Link member the Duke of Westminster (letter from D-H linking the Duke of Westminster to the Research and Publicity Ltd fund and D-H's trips to Germany as well as the September 1939 Westminster Peace Group)

In addition Sir Joseph Ball met with Right Club member Archibald Ramsay MP in June 1939 to hear evidence of a supposed Judeo-Masonic conspiracy involving Churchill to drag Britain into war, and implicitely asked Ramsay to gather evidence of Churchill's supposed treasonous secret communications with President Roosevelt. Those involved in gathering this evidence we then arrested as part of the Nazi Spy ring including Anna Wolkoff, US Embassy Clerk Tyler Kent and Ramsay himself.

My book  "Churchill's Secret Enemy "cites the evidence held in the Ball Papers at the Bodelian Library in Oxford and the Drummond-Woolf Papers at Leeds University as well as declassified MI5 files at Kew.
When Neville Chamberlain was ousted from power in may 1940 and began to work under Churchill he ensured that Ball was appointed as Deputy of the Security Executive and was put above MI5 and MI6. Ball took his master's fall badly and offered resign to fight against Churchill but by this time Chamberlain was dying with cancer.

Ball continued his friendships with those promoting a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany such as D-H, Westminster, Collin Brooks, Henry Newnham and met with the Duke of Hamilton in May 1941 in the aftermath of the Hess Peace Mission.

He continued to control and secretly run the Magazine Truth until 1941 when it's Pro-German, Pro-fascist and anti-semitic and anti-american views were exposed in parliament by Colonel Josiah Wedgewood.

Ball was finally sacked from the Security Executive in 1942 and went on to found South African and Rhodesian gold mining group LONRHO eventually bringing in German born and Hitler youth Tiny Rowlands to run it.

The book contains links to the activities of the Cambridge Spies, Ian Fleming, and curious unknown war time events like to 12 hour silence of Big Ben in June 1941.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Sir Joseph Ball and the MI5 Right Club cover up

When I researched Churchill's Secret Enemy back in 2003, I visited the National Archives (Public Record Office as it was then) and looked at the declassified MI5 file for Right Club Leader Archibald Ramsay. It contained a list of 224 names of Right Club members. I knew that Joseph Ball had secretly met with Archibald Ramsay in June 1939 at the Conservative Carlton Club to discuss Ramsay's fears of a Judeo-Masonic plot against Ball's patron and confidant Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Ball submitted a report of the meeting to MI5 but left out an information relating to the associated Right Club organisation the Nordic League. Ball has long been suspected as a member of the Right Club and I was surprised to see that when the Weiner Library published a list of the Right Club members contained in the infamous Red Book, a Ball, JP was listed as the 115th member of the anti-semitic club, following member 114 Ainslee Tait and before member 116 Mr Shipman. On the MI5 list held at Kew , the 115th member was Mr Shipman, following Mr Ainslee Tait, any mention of a Mr Ball was omitted.
A strange cover-up considering that it is probable that Mr JP Ball was not MI5's Sir Joseph Ball but actually Charles JP Ball Stockbroker and member of the Anglo-German Fellowship.
Sir Joseph was far too cany to have his name on the list, instead he kept himself informed by his Right Club representatives Ramsay and Mrs Newnham, wife of his editor Henry Newnham who met with other Far Right Leaders including Ramsay and Mosley secretly in 1939 and 1940.
Curious cover-up but MI5 have very little to say about Ball and with good reason.

The Truth about the Truth - the 1941 debate

Sir Joseph Ball , despite the death of his patron Neville Chamberlain in October 1940 continued to enjoy access to the corridors of power whilst been kept under close scrutiny by Churchill and his personal intelligence advisor Desmond Morton. Ball was as deputy director of the Security Executive which held ascendancy over MI6, MI5, Scotland Yard , NID and SOE was in a key position at the time of the Rudolf Hess Peace Mission in May 1941 and as Director of the Security Intelligence Centre (SIC) he kept an active hand in monitoring the Fifth Column whilst secretly controlling the Anti-Semitic and Pro-Fascist magazine Truth, which finally came under parliamentary scrutiny in October 1941 when Captain Wedgewood exposed the anti-war, pro-peace and pro-fascist views and it's control by Ball, the National Publicity Bureau and Ultra Right Conservative Chamberlainites like Ball. He stated : "It has now become a public danger.Not only is it perpetually putting forward the policy of peace and reconciliation, and generally the old isolationist policy, but it is also, as it were, the nucleus of the controlled Press which would spring up if this country were successfully invaded.I have to prove that the policy of this paper is dangerous to our war effort. I say that it is pro-Fascist, it is anti-Semite, it is pro-peace, it is anti-Churchill, it is anti-American, it is pro-German, and it is now anti-Russian. On the 9th August 1939 it wrote "The 'Link' is quite open about what it is doing. Many anti-Government propagandists pretend to be actuated by national welfare, but their plan is to push Britain, by hook or by crook, into a war with Germany."
On 14th February, 1940, they said: If peace were concluded with Germany, and there is good reason to believe that it could now be concluded on terms which would satisfy any reasonable person. … Again, on 23rd February they spoke of the peace policy of the B.U.F., that is the British Union of Fascists, before and after the war as the same: Mind Britain's business. It says: Hitler bears close resemblance to Mr. Churchill. That was just a month before the war, at a time when Mr. Churchill was not in a position to influence our policy. Then, after the war: Mr. Churchill added another distinction to his conquest in the course of his speech on the wireless. He is the first man to call the Germans ' Huns.' Again: ''Whenever during the last war Mr. Churchill edified us with a cocksure pronouncement on the progress of hostilities it was always invariably the prelude to a bad reverse.'' On 16th December, 1939, it says: Imagination boggles at Mr. Hore-Belisha and Mr. Winston Churchill wondering a single second over the failure of their Departments to meet their obligations. What they would worry themselves sick about would be if their own salaries were not paid promptly. On 23rd February, 1940, it says: Now that the sound and fury of Mr. Winston Churchill has been hushed awhile "— He was not Prime Minister then— when our Prime Minister quits his post in a middle of a war to cross the Atlantic we expect him to return with something more substantial than even an Eight Point Declaration. The humiliating impression is conveyed of the British Prime Minister standing cap in hand on America's doorstep or gang-plank. That was on 22nd August, 1941. In October, 1939, there was this statement: There is only one man in England who, in Mr. Churchill's reckoning, is fit to govern and that man, of course, as you will guess, is Mr. Churchill. That is the attitude of mind towards not merely a man in office but a man who has put up the best fight for us against the Germans. I now come to the paper's anti-American attitude On 29th September, 1940, they said: America is willing to fight to the last Englishman. On 6th October, 1940, they said: For 18 months Americans have feared any European who stood for peace in Europe. The U.S.A. is fiercely anxious for Europe to 1458 go to war because when Europe is at war, American industry booms. I ask the House to consider not only the effect of all this on our morale but on our relations with other countries. On 3rd November last year it was stated: Germany is not one of the favoured belligerents because she has no money. If that disability were removed America would supply arms to Germany as willingly as to us. On 19th September, this year, the paper said: While one welcomes the Prime Minister's assurance that every effort will be made to secure a peaceful settlement in the Far East, it is imprudent to put oneself into a position where one's life depends on blood transfusion from an expectant and an ambitions heir "— that is America— Even if America is willing to save the patient, what will her fee be? Home consumption is cut down to the bone. This is a decisive moment in a war, into which, if we had been influenced by their importunity, we should have plunged a year earlier when we were more unprepared. On 15th August, 1941, they said: We are glad to co-operate with Americans, not to pull their chestnuts out of the fire. Is this what one would call "helping the war effort"? In connection with the meeting in the Atlantic it was said: I suggest to Mr. Alexander and Mr. Brendan Bracken that the appropriate name for our next battleship to be launched would be H.M.S. Hollywood. There was, as hon. Members know, a moving film taken of the service that took place on board. As to their pro-peace attitude, I will give one quotation, dated 6th October, 1940: The fact which appalled me was the state of mind that had been reached, in which peace itself should be a threat. They know as well as we know that peace would not be peace, but a truce. The basis of all the propaganda against us to-day is that we should be sensible and shake hands with Germany to-morrow, and have our throats cut about five years later. Let me give another quotation to show how they are pro-German. In a reference to the right hon. Gentleman who is now Home Secretary, before he became a Minister, they speak of him as "London's little dictator," and say: London's little dictator suggested to Sir John Anderson that he should watch the people who up to the outbreak of war wanted to strengthen relations with Germany. Mr. Winston Churchill on the Treasury Bench nodded his head in vigorous approval. 1459 On 24th November, 1939, there was a column letter by Major-General Fuller white-washing, German concentration camps by way of counter-blast to the Government's White Paper on German atrocities. Major-General Fuller was connected with Joyce in the Fascist movement. He backed up a book called "The Truth About This War," one of the pacifist publications which came out during the "phoney" war. On 26th July, 1940, there was a leading article insisting on Germany taking her proper place in the leadership of Europe. That was just after France went out of the war. As to their attitude to Russia, here is a quotation dated 8th August, 1941: Let us not deceive ourselves. If Russia does succeed in turning the tables on Germany, it would be she who would issue the invitations to the peace conference and we should be lucky if we got one. I think I have read enough to show even those people who think that "Truth" is the old newspaper they used to read when they were young, that at the present time this newspaper has become a positive danger, and that it is putting over propaganda which is very dangerous to our relations with other countries and dangerous to morale in this country.
I have said all I wanted to say, except that all through these kaleidoscopic changes there appear the figures of Mr. Crocker and Sir Joseph Ball, not as directors of but as connected with "Truth." I understand these people are also on the Swinton Committee. It is improper that people in any sort of way connected with this matter should be on a committee which has the decision as to whether "Truth" should continue to exist. There is a great deal of secrecy about the committee, but if there is any connection between people who are connected with this paper and the Swinton Committee it is bound to create an unsatisfactory feeling throughout the country. I am more anxious to get the attitude of the Swinton Committee towards the Fascists and towards the Jews changed than even to get a change in the editorship of "Truth." That will give us a decent national line, and effective support of this Government. Better that than even to see the paper suppressed."
Both Ball and Crocker had by 1942 resigned from the Security Executive aka Swinton Committee and from directorships of the Truth. Democracy does work if we give a chance bravo Colonel Wedgewood.

Churchill's Secret Enemy - Joseph Ball, John Bailey, & Henderson Transvaal

It appears that Sir Joseph Ball began to invest in South African Apartheid prior to his departure from Downing Street in 1940. As early as 1936 he was chairing the AGM of Sir Abe Bailey's Henderson Transvaal Estates before taking over. The Financial Times  (11th June 1936) show him boasting of South African profits and being listed as a being on the Board along with John MilnerBailey (Sir Abe Bailey's son) who would be a member of the Pro-Nazi Right Club in 1939 having been divorced from Winston Churchill's daughter Diana in 1935. Also on the board Mr W E Lawson-Johnson (presumably Lord Luke's younger son)
In his speech to investors Ball boasted: "The present era of prosperity is undoubtedly largely due to the high price of South Africa's prinicpal product -namely gold...It would be to deny that the adverse influence of unsettled conditions in europe may yet cause a setback to the economic progress and prosperity of the Union. But, excluding any unforeseeable international complications, there would seem to be no reason why, under the sound and sane government which now controls it's affairs South Africa should not continue the progress which it has achieved  during the past 3 years and why this company should not continue to enjoy it's share of increased prosperity."

Don't forget that the National Government of South Africa included Prime Minster Hertzog whose reforms in the 1920's & 1930's increased discrimination against Black Africans "In a sense, therefore, the discriminatory social and economic policies pursued by the Pact Government helped pave the way for the eventual establishment of the Apartheid state" including the deregistration of Black Africans in 1936. Hertzog refused to enter the Second World War on the British side  with Pro-Nazi Oswald Pirow he formed his own breakaway party NNP. Interestingly Hertzog thought highly of Neville Chamberlain and the reported the fact the Queen Mother in conversation.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Sir Joseph Ball (1885-1961) - Churchill's Secret Enemy

Sir George Joseph Ball (1885-1961) for many historians, politicians, filmmakers,and members of the intelligence community remains a figure of fascination, embarrassment and revulsion. This Security Services Officer held the key operational role in MI5 for it's formative years between 1915-26. He was headhunted out of MI5 to run first propaganda at Conservative Party Central Office and then the Conservative Research Department. In recent years he has come further into the public domain with characterisations of him appearing in the following movies, particuarly the brilliant  2009 film "Glorious 39" by Steven Poliakoff.

Steven Poliakoff wrote in History Today about how the Character Joseph Balcombe was based closely on Sir Joseph Ball , MI5 Officer.


The Film Glorious 39 explored the sinister side of appeasement.

A cloud of sinister suspicion surrounds Ball, even Conservative writers such as Michael Dobbs and Alistair Cooke (Baron Lexden) talking about his activities in dark terms. (Cooke refers to activities such as burglary and murder "- Its first Director, Sir Joseph Ball, was one of the most successful and least scrupulous officers that MI5 has ever had. A murder or two in the course of a spying operation was all in a day’s work." Dobbs - a household name from his "House of Cards books and TV political thrillers highlights the Activities of Ball and his Civil Service Eminent Grise Sir Horace Wilson in a similar vane in his 2003 book "Winston's War"

My own contribution to the debate about Ball's activities has taken me 11 years to research and write, and is published in March 2012 by

I drew heavily on seven unpublished boxes of Sir Joseph Ball's Private Papers which were acquired by the Bodelian Library at Oxford University and form part of the Conservative Party Archive. The archival material is closed to the general public and can only viewed by academics and researchers. Cooke and Dobbs as conservative writers may have had privileged access to the 2 boxes of the seven still closed by the Conservative Party which must contain matters too sensitive for scrutiny some 80 years since their occurrence.

For those interested in the information I did discover (including Ball's connection with honours trafficker Maundy Gregory, his masterminding of the Zinoviev Letter Forgery Election Fraud of 1924, his links to far right Pro-Nazis in Britain, his sponsorship of backchannels to Nazi Germany ,his implication in honours funding of Neville Chamberlain's appeasement policy by Tax Dodging Bahamas Gold Magnate Sir Harry Oakes and the Watergate Dirty Trick campaigns against Liberals, Labour and Anti-Nazi Conservatives such as Winston Churchill my research is available in "Churchill's Secret Enemy"

Where to get the book



For Information on my next book "His Majesty's Secret" - available from on January 1st 2013.


26 Feb 2012 Sunday Express Article - "How this crook saved the Queen Mother" - article by Royal Author Christopher Wilson revealing some of the new evidence regarding George VI and the Queen Mother such as the MI5 file and Royal Correspondance proving links to Maundy Gregory contained in "Churchill's Secret Enemy" published in 2012 and to be expanded upon in "His Majesty's Secret" in 2013.