Entitled “Cover stories” Peter Jukes ought to have opted for “The law of diminishing returns”. To begin with, Derek Gordon Haslam, sole source for Jukes podcas,t did not leave the Metropolitan Police due to “death threats” but because of mental illness (1). Jukes omits Haslam’s role in Huntingdon Life Sciences as an agent provocateur, which led to some animal rights activists being jailed.
Jonathan Rees as a racist? This is at variance with Rees being a friend of the half Jamaican Haslam, indeed the newest photo shows that Haslam at that time was certainly visible mixed race. Jukes then moves to the dealings of “Operation Nigeria” (named after Haslam’s paternal ancestry) and “Operation Two Bridges”. Nothing new is brought to the table, merely details which are already in the public domain.
The voice over at 21.00 minutes in, the ghost of Les Dawson? Rees is a Yorkshireman, as with the Kevin Lennon script, Jukes is cutting costs, accents via Somerset, or Dublin? He ought to consider dubbing Haslam, whose cockney tones are at times impenetrable. Then again Haslam claims his late Father “was an Old Harrovian who commanded a regiment at D Day”.
Alex Marunchak appears too, Jonathan Rees had no animosity towards him. Marunchak is being sued by Jukes and Haslam’s pal Ian Hurst “Captain Rennie of SAS” and perhaps some time can be devoted to the links between Haslam, Jukes and a known fraudster such as Bolton debt collector,
top spy Hurst.
Now to the central part of the podcast, the planting by Haslam of a bug in “Southern Investigations” office, Thornton Heath. Rees was totally unsuspecting that Haslam had been paid by The Met to put a listening device in the office, in fact Rees trusted Haslam. Surely in an unguarded moment over many months the supposed killer of Morgan would have let something slip? All New Scotland Yard could obtain was a shady deal involving a bitter divorce battle.
Sid Fillery is mentioned along with Jukes, stating that Fillery would be in the next soporific episode. Spoiler – the dozen indecent images on Fillery’s computer had been forwarded by Haslam, who owned a prodigious pornography collection, even by The Met’s standards. In interviews with his past colleagues, it is their abiding memory of the demi West Indian.
John Stevens rounds up the episode, the same DAC John Stevens known to be a bent copper and a “worshipful brother” of Derek’s. “They had to be dealt with” Haslam said of “Southern Investigations”. Though not it seems Haslam’s theft of a photo regarding HRH the Duke of Cambridge at RMAS, death by drunk driving, nor perjury. See the “Daily Mail”, 18 October 2015. Haslam mentioned his property in Goa, bought with money earned from diverse schemes such as sabotaging ex miner’s compensation in Thurnscoe and passing defence documents to the police (R v Kingston, Reynolds and O’Connell, R v Elliott and many others now before the CCRC).
Jukes ends with “Can they still get away with it?” However, Jukes offers no evidence, facts or proof that Jonathan Rees killed Daniel Morgan. A very poor effort.
(1) Gillard M & Flynn L, ” Untouchables”, 2012, London, Bloomsbury. p. 139.