“Barmy”, “Bonkers” – Govt. Whip GOODWILL’s PC porn



“Tory MP’s wife claims she and their kids discovered porn on his computer”

 An ‘In My View’ article – by Nigel Ward

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Hard on the heels of the resignation of Chief Whip Andrew MITCHELL MP (Con), the ‘plebs’ amongst us (amongst whom I number myself) will no doubt be unsurprised to learn of similarly unacceptable behaviour on the part of Scarborough & Whitby’s Robert GOODWILL MP, renowned for his rash statements and distant manner.

But unlike the one-off ‘red mist’ outburst of the Chief Whip, the Assistant Whip Robert GOODWILL MP (Con. – Scarborough & Whitby) has made a habit of name-calling with (dis)respect to myself and other campaigners, referring to me as “crazy”, “barmy”, “bonkers”, and so on. Rational debate has never been his forte, but hopefully the Andrew MITCHELL episode will have convinced our MP that his abusive remarks are now completely unacceptable.

Another (far bigger) story has been hogging the headlines recently – seemingly with no end in sight. I refer, of course, to the extraordinary revelations comprising the Jimmy Savile scandal. As each day rolls by, we hear more and more bizarre allegations about Scarborough’s (until recently) favourite ‘adopted son’ – a Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough – only a matter of days before the Council was due to unveil a statue of him.

In the light of the apparently total ‘cover-up’ by the BBC and other formerly respected institutions (including the Police, the Prison Service and the press), one wonders who, within local corridors of power, adopted the same ‘hear all, see all, say nowt’ philosophy for which – it has to be said – Yorkshire is famous.

(In fairness, the Whitby Gazette did not hold back in its article entitled “Laptop porn shame of Whitby Councillor”  when (then) Conservative SBC Councillor Jim PRESTON was disciplined by the Standards Committee in respect of ‘inappropriate’ images found on his computer by SBC IT Manager Jonathan LEAROYD – and, indeed, the editor of the Whitby Gazette was lauded for reporting it in a letter to the Editor, entitled “Editor praise”).

Ahead of publication of this present article, I wrote to Robert GOODWILL MP, asking him (for the sixth time) for details of the process through which I could pursue a complaint against him in regard to his name-calling and abusive remarks.

For the sixth time, he declined to tell me.

I asked him to comment on how it could be that the long-serving Councillor Tom FOX (SBC Leader and formerly a ranking Police Officer in Scarborough) could conceivably have been unaware of the many allegations against Sir Jimmy Savile.

He declined to comment.

I also asked him to explain an email sent by his wife to one of his Whitby constituents, in which she accused that constituent of being “so perverted” as to have somehow been responsible for providing Robert GOODWILL with the “utterly disgusting” pornographic images that she claims to have found, in the presence of her children, on the MP’s personal computer.

He declined to comment.

All he had to say was:

  • I am afraid that I can offer no advice as to how you may proceed”

But Mr GOODWILL’s Party – the Conservative Party – is firmly committed to combating child-abuse and is strenuously opposed to computer pornography in the home, as confirmed by this article from the Conservative Party Website.

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/the-deep-end/2012/04/internet-pornography-and-the-protection-of-children.html

It may therefore come as a surprise to read that when one of Mr GOODWILL’s constituents emailed him (at his personal and Parliamentary email addresses), over a bona fide constituency matter, attaching some entirely innocent photographs to illustrate his concerns, he received an astonishing rejoinder from Robert GOODWILL’s wife Maureen, accusing him of being ‘so perverted’ as to have exposed her children to pornographic images.

  • What possible explanation can there have been for this incredible reaction? 

(The full email exchange is reproduced at the foot of this article).

It gives every appearance that, while innocently perusing photograph’s on her husband’s computer, Mrs GOODWILL and her children came across pornography so offensive as to prompt her to describe it as ‘utterly disgusting’.

Mrs GOODWILL appears to have leapt to the conclusion that the said constituent (whom she had previously met and was well aware that he often sent Mr GOODWILL images illustrative of Whitby issues) had somehow insinuated this vile material into her home. She promptly fired off an extremely rash email to that innocent and unsuspecting member of the public, wrongfully accusing him of exposing her and her children to ‘utterly disgusting’ images.

Under normal circumstances it would, of course, be rather poor form to comment on goings-on within the GOODWILL household. However, Robert GOODWILL is a public servant, elected on a Conservative platform of opposition to children being exposed to computer-based pornographic images, and one of his constituents was falsely accused of a criminal offence and of being a pervert – clearly a most distressing email for any man to receive; the more so in response to a well-intentioned attempt to keep the MP abreast of constituency problems.

Quite apart from the fact that Robert GOODWILL – a Conservative MP and Assistant Whip with responsibility for Treasury and DEFRA Business – has been publicly accused of serial misuse of Parliamentary Expenses, breach of the public trust, hypocrisy, and exposure of children to pornography in the home, one of his constituents has been threatened with Police action without even the slightest justification! (That, remember, is a criminal offence under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997).

All of this puts the matter firmly in the public domain, as a legitimate subject for publication on Real Whitby, in the public interest.

I offered Robert GOODWILL MP a second opportunity to respond or comment on my concerns and his response stated that;

  • Any unsubstantiated allegations made in public or published could be the subject of legal action”.

But he did not deny the allegation.

The evidence substantiating it is published below.

He also declined to offer any apology or expression of regret over the deeply offensive and abusive remarks he has previously made to and about me (and others), whilst acting in his capacity as my MP.

I leave his constituents to ponder the question of how he can continue as a Conservative MP and Parliamentary Assistant Whip under these circumstances. Not only does Robert GOODWILL MP make abusive remarks to his constituents, abuse his expenses, breach Conservative Party Policy directives (which uphold family values and strenuously oppose computer pornography in the home) – and attract adverse national publicity when doing so – but one of his constituents has been falsely accused of being a criminal and a pervert, even though the man had no part whatsoever in placing the pornography on Robert GOODWILL’s computer.

We are left to wonder who did . . .

And we are left to wonder why Robert GOODWILL MP concluded his email to me with the words:

  • “As to any knowledge of Savile’s alleged illegal activities, you would need to contact the Council but it must be borne in mind that he had already been awarded a knighthood and it may have been assumed that checks were carried out before doing this.”

So there it is. No apology. No denial that there were pornographic images on his computer – or provision of any innocent explanation. No condemnation of the Savile affair – or its cover-up. Once again, we encounter an appeal to the ‘right to silence’.

Let us not forget that silence tells its own story. Here is the proof of that story.


From: “Robert Goodwill” rgoodwill@btconnect.com

To: ‘A member of the public’

Subject: Re: Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 21:36:02 +0100

Dear Mr [name redacted]

I have just finished reading your e-mail and was looking at the photographs of which I always find interesting, however I was utterly disgusted to see the rude photos you also sent with them. If this was meant to shock me, it really did, and I was upset as my children were present. I will discuss this with Robert in the morning, but in the mean time I intend to let the police know and see what action I should take. This is really a pathetic way of behaving, and I cannot believe you can be so perverted as to send this sort of photo to my home. When I met you in [location redacted]I thought you were a decent person, how wrong I was.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Maureen Goodwill

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The following morning, that member of the public opened Mrs Maureen Goodwill’s email, and found himself deeply affronted by the defamatory and unsubstantiated accusations levelled against him. He immediately emailed Robert GOODWILL MP, copying in the Whitby Gazette and various other recipients. That email has since been so widely circulated as to be securely in the public domain:

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From: ‘A member of the public’

Sent: 24 May 2007 09:27

To: GOODWILL, Robert;

Cc: Whitby Gazette [multiple other recipients redacted]

Subject: “rude photo”

Dear MP Mr Goodwill

I have received an email from your email address rgoodwill@btconnect.com proclaiming to be from a Mrs Goodwill with regards to a “rude photo”. (see below)

The photos attached (see attached) were of the salt pollution at the rear of Pemberton House and Jefferson House as can quite clearly be seen. The only email addresses I have been given by you are:

rgoodwill@btconnect.com

and

GOODWILLR@parliament.uk

both of which you regularly use when you send emails to my email account. I do not have any other email address for the surname ‘Goodwill’.

It would be impossible for any rude photo to be sent from my computer or any other means as I do not posses such photos. I note Mr Goodwill you returned an email at 5:45 in reply to the exact same email that ‘Mrs Goodwill’ is referring and is the only email that was sent to rgoodwill@btconnect.com and GOODWILLR@parliament.uk, your reply said “Thanks [redacted] I always enjoy getting your mail”.

It will be very easy to see exactly where the photo came from and my advice is that should your computer contain rude photos then my advice MP Mr Goodwill is that your wife must immediately go to the police and find the source of such material and immediately prevent the computer from being used by others.

Should you require any assistance from me I can be contacted on [mobile number redacted].

Please do let us all know when you get to the bottom of such material on your computer.

PS – MP Mr Goodwill the following people (see below [names redacted]) were included into ‘Mrs Goodwills’ reply mail from your mail box, each of the addresses below [names redacted] were in receipt of the said email, I have cross checked with them and they also received four photos of salt pollution just like yourself. (The same photos that are attached).

Please keep in touch and lets help you get to the bottom of these photos that have alarmed Mrs Goodwill.



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17 Responses to "“Barmy”, “Bonkers” – Govt. Whip GOODWILL’s PC porn"

  1. Ian Detute  October 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    So mrs Goodwill finds porn on Bobs computer and Bob blames it on someone else. No backbone then Bob ?

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  2. Richard Ineson  October 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I was included in Cap’n Bob’s coverall description as ‘the barmy army’, of members of the public who have the the affrontary, in his opinion, to question various aspects of local government maladministration (and there are plenty to choose from)is in this area. I wrote to him asking him to justify his comments, and I am pleased to say that he had the goodness to declare me to be sane.

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    • Sarraceniac  October 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

      That proves you’re balmy.

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      • DKP  October 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

        There’s a serious side to this other wise hilarious family farce. An MPs wife has accused someone of hacking porn onto his computer. If they can hack stuff on presumably they can hack stuff off. Secrets maybe. Were the police ever informed?

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  3. Tim Thorne  October 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    To be fair to Robert Goodwill we have absolutely no idea what images were found on his computer. The likelihood is they could be legal porn. We only have Mrs Goodwill’s interpretation of them of ‘perverted’ ‘rude photos’ and it is unfair to link those to anything illegal.

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    • admin  October 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Well said Tim. When Nigel first told me this story, my reply was the same as yours. I also felt unless something illegal had taken place, and that we had concrete hard evidence of that, then this story should not come onto this site. Regardless of my feelings of our beloved MP, he deserves a private life.

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      • Peter Hofschröer  October 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

        Who is paying for the broadband connection down which he is having his “private life”?

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  4. Peter Hofschröer  October 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Whatever,

    At least he did not have to use his own money to download the images! :-)

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  5. Sarraceniac  October 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve never heard of anybody actually hacking into a machine to leave anything, except a virus or trojan. The likelihood is very very slight. Viruses are usually inadvertently picked up on machines by people who download them with other things that they actually consciously download or come in as attachments to emails that again, the recipient accepts quite consciously. That is the only way I can think of to get jpeg files onto a machine as most people accepting them would know that you can’t attach a virus to a graphics file. I would think that anybody who could pull off this amazing coup would be so good at computer science that they would not bother hacking into a tin-pot MP’s machine unless it was extremely personal. I would doubt this explanation of how porn got on there to an extreme degree. That is very close to saying ‘It is absolute drivel’. It is just possible, I suppose if no WAP or WEP protection was enabled on his router, allowing anybody to get past the firewall(s), (at least one hardware, one software), and use his web connection as their own and access his LAN with a wireless link, but, nowadays very, very few people would be stupid enough to have an open connection with no password or encryption and I certainly wouldn’t imagine for a moment that anybody in his position would have that situation. It just doesn’t happen or make sense, even for an idiot.

    This should be taken up with the Data Protection Registrar’s office to start with. This office is just really a(nother) method for H.M.G to take money off people, this time for storing data on computers but I think that there is a statutory requirement for people who are registered to fully protect their machines. I am, however, no expert in the legalities of this field. The speaker of the House may have an interest here as well if Robber Pigswill is storing electronic info from parliament/government and he is that easily hacked.

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    • Tim Thorne  October 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      “I would think that anybody who could pull off this amazing coup would be so good at computer science that they would not bother hacking into a tin-pot MP’s machine unless it was extremely personal.”

      Depending on how badly it is set up, it might just be a case of typing the IP address into a Netbios browser. On your Windows machine you would type \\[IP Address] to access the remote machine. There are still PCs in the wild vulnerable to this ‘exploit’. Your security is only as good as the person who sets it up and since most people know nothing…

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  6. Peter Hofschröer  October 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    One evening, my then 16-year old son made a rapid exit for the front door with an embarassed look on his face, telling me there was something wrong with my laptop.

    Indeed there was. Somehow all my sophisticated security software had been by-passed and the machine was locked.

    As I could not sort this problem myself, I had to take it to the local computer shop, which kindly – at a price – deleted a file entitled “Free Porn Film”.

    Next evening, junior and I had a man-to-man talk about safe surfing. It was a struggle for me to keep a straight face, but he – unlike Goodwill – admitted the offence and agreed not to repeat it.

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    • Sarraceniac  October 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

      Sorry Peter, I probably didn’t make myself clear. Your son had physical access to your computer and was a bit silly (what we call ‘doing a teenager’ in these parts) but is very easy to do. That is a totally different thing to somebody hacking in from their own machine, uninvited, and putting this rubbish on remotely. For somebody actually using the machine then it is not difficult to pick up trojans, spyware, spam and other malware but coming in from outside, as in the on-going case of Gary McKinnon, is extremely difficult. It has been suggested by prominent legitimate computer scientists that the US authorities, instead of trying to hide their embarrassment at being hacked by an amateur and wanting to put him on trial, should have hushed the whole thing up by giving him a job in computer security, he was very good.

      But back to Mr Pigswill’s troubles. Given that his machine is at least partly protected from cyber-attack, it is doubtful that a really competent hacker would bother going into his machine in the hope of embarrassing him to his wife. It was probably somebody, either him or a member of his family, downloaded the stuff themselves.

      This begs a couple of questions. Was this the family ‘fun’ machine, sorry I know nothing of his family life, in which case, as previously asked, does he claim expenses for it (apparently a minor sin nowadays)? Or was it his H. of Comms. work machine, in which case what was a member of his family doing using it? If the answer to this second question is ‘yes’ then this is very serious situation and I don’t doubt GCHQ would be interested in why a machine that potentially holds information of concern to HMG was available to other people. This is probably another one that the general public (us plebs) will never know the answer to.

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      • Tim Thorne  October 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        “It has been suggested by prominent legitimate computer scientists that the US authorities, instead of trying to hide their embarrassment at being hacked by an amateur” The Attrition and Alldas mirrors still show how easy it was to compromise a .mil server. Most servers ran NT4 or some variation of Windows, so the people running the servers were amateurs.

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  7. Peter Hofschröer  October 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I think the point is the MP in question appears to have made up this unlikely story so that his wife would not have a go at him for prefering porn to her.

    Having seen neither her nor the porn, I cannot pass judgement on his tastes.

    Then we have issues about his integrity, his misuse of public funds and his credibility as a public servant.

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  8. mickyboy7  May 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    look on wsb site silver daddies Mr Goodwill

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    • Stakesby Legs  May 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      You can post a link you know. Don’t keep us all in suspenders.

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  9. rahjibugha  May 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Oh yes Stakesby Legs in suspenders, just the the thing for Farmer Bob.,
    Nudge nudge,wink wink

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