In his latest Country Diary, see The Guardian, 31/12/16, Jim Perrin ended with a personal message of ‘my blessings’ to Brendon Cox, bereaved husband of Jo—the young politician most viciously murdered—and to their children. But: really is the Country Diary an appropriate stage for Jim Perrin to be giving out ‘[his] blessings’? And was he taking too much upon himself to have written in that way and in a ‘diary’ which by definition is devoted to ‘countryside’ matters?
Elisabeth Simpson, Caroline Hardaker and Alex Richardson.
Here is irony:
We have heard today that Jim Perrin has — in his own words (16/11/16) — ‘started studying at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.’ Doubtless in that environment there may well be many trusting and impressionable people, both students and tutors or course leaders, whom in his own inimitable style, he will be able to influence.
The Quaker philosophy — ‘a faith of simplicity, justice and peace’ — could not be further from that which Jim Perrin has consistently espoused in his own adult life. Indeed his ‘history’, made public on this site (and the details we have posted are truthful and verifiable), might seem to make his presence there rather a mystery. We have every reason to believe, and have said before, that in our opinion Jim Perrin is ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ and his known and documented conduct over the last decades should, we feel, be taken as warning regarding his future behaviour. Possibly he aspires to become a tutor himself (we know that he once was welcome at the Ty Newydd Writing Centre in Wales) but his PhD is fictitious—see references below. Continue reading