Last week’s Coup that Wasn’t not only provided some much-needed hilarity here at Hoaxtead Research, but took up a great deal of airtime, with the result that we gave short shrift (all right, no shrift at all) to a story which deserved our attention.
We refer, of course, to the budding comedy duo of Wedger & Wong.
Their solemn declarations of belief in Satanic ritual abuse, and their mutual loathing of this blog (and anybody else who disagrees with them) were delivered from behind what looked like an altar covered by a rug, with the two comedians somehow managing to keep straight faces throughout their 1.5-hour long skit.
We’ve mentioned Wilfred Wong here on numerous occasions.
He has been actively promoting SRA for a couple of decades—we’ve noted in particular his involvement in the 2002 private meeting at Westminster chaired by Lord Alton and featuring Valerie Sinason as keynote speaker. We’ve also talked about Wong’s participation in the 2018 “Satanic Ritual and Extreme Abuse” event in London, his promotion of an SRA twist on the Hollie Greig hoax, and his recent meeting with Thomas Dunn during his trip to the Dundee SRA conference last year.
While Wong’s background—a non-practising barrister, former parliamentary officer and researcher, writer for the English Churchman— might seem to point to a respectable religious person with an idée fixe regarding SRA, his affiliations with people like Icke, conspiranoid bingo-caller Brian Gerrish, and Holliehoax promoter Robert Green place him firmly in the conspiracy milieu.
Ex-cop and wannabe whistleblower Jon Wedger, meanwhile, has been doing his very best to ingratiate himself amongst the conspiracy set, and how better to accomplish this than via a cosy video chat with Wong, whose apparent respectability blended with batshit crazy ideas strike just the right chord?
Richard Bartholomew of BarthsNotes, meanwhile, makes the interesting suggestion that Wedger’s recent claims to have unearthed new complainants against Edward Heath—who Wong claims was a Satanist, because of course he does—might have something to do with his claims that he and ex-Chief Constable Mike Veale are “in contact”:
Wedger, it seems to me, hopes that by continuing to highlight allegations against Heath he will in due course ingratiate himself with Mike Veale, the former Chief Constable responsible for the Operation Conifer fiasco (Wedger claims to be in contact with Veale, but nothing in the public domain shows that Veale has responded to his overtures).
In a recent internet radio interview with Lou Collins, Wedger expressed sympathy for Veale, stating that Veale had been pressured out of his job by MI5, and that “this is what the Establishment does to all us brave whistleblowers”. (Hint to Jon: in general, it’s best to let your fans call you “brave”—giving yourself that appellation smacks just a bit of desperation.)
Whatever the case, for Wedger it appears that networking at the nexus of conspiracy theory and SRA is his current modus operandi.
As we’ve mentioned before, his attempt to climb the ladder of internet fame appears to have very little to do with actually helping real children, and a great deal more to do with establishing himself as a credible voice within the conspiracy crowd, and thus attracting willing donors to his Jon Wedger Foundation. This “Foundation”, much like Belinda McKenzie’s Knight Foundation, is neither a foundation nor a charity, and to our knowledge it has turned over only £2,000, a small fraction of its earnings over the past year, to any endeavour which helps children.
In their video, Wedger & Wong manage to trot out various SRA tropes. Referring to his former police career, Wedger says, “I was even warned, you know, speak about anything but you talk about SRA you’re in a world of trouble. And I did speak about SRA because in what I’m doing and in my previous work it would crop up”.
Funnily enough, as commenter Big Earl pointed out yesterday, Wedger has long regaled us with stories of his police days, but somehow managed to avoid mentioning SRA in that context. Sex trafficking? Sure. Paedophiles on canal boats? Mos’ def. But SRA?
We did hear him mention it during a conversation with Bill Maloney, en route to crash the police whistleblowers’ gathering in Manchester last year:
Bill: It’s also the subject itself, Jon. People are frightened of that subject. And something that we, both you and I believe goes on, well we actually know it goes on, is something called S R A. Satanic Ritual Abuse. And it goes on, Jon…
Jon: Well, it’s the elephant in the room. Any act of sexual (fondness?) of a child has got a big Satanic element to it, you know, and it’s one of those things that the more you look into it, the more it crops up, y’know, and there is an organised element to it. Now initially, I didn’t really come across it, but then it did start cropping up. And the more we look into it now, the more it’s [inaudible]. And you’ve got to look at, why are these people clamping down on this? And these are people in positions of privilege and power. One of the things that really sort of changed it was when there was a list that was compiled that we class as the RAINS list.
Bill: Oh! You said the name! [both laugh]
Jon: It’s an acronym. It stands for Ritual Abuse or something like that, I can’t remember. And it was such a comprehensive list, it was so well put together…
Bill: What kind of people were on it, Jon?
Jon: It was a mix. I mean there were names I never heard of…
Bill: I don’t mind so much about the names, I mean what they’ve done, where they come from, were they…there was politicians on there now…
Jon: Politicians, police officers…
Jon: There were lords, there were members of the clergy, there were drug addicts, there were just normal standard people, a lot of the people come from the care system…
Wedger doesn’t make any claims about what these alleged Satanic paedophiles might have actually done; it seems enough for him that the RAINS list exists.
Wong, meanwhile, is equally vague in his discussion with Wedger:
Unfortunately as one SRA survivor pointed out at a meeting I organised in 2001, she said that in her view every town and village and city in the UK has a Satanist coven and unfortunately she’s probably right because in my experience I’m getting reports of SRA occurring all across the country and it’s not getting any smaller, it’s getting bigger, it’s growing, it’s being helped to grow by the general environment of denial of SRA….
Later, he says,
There is this problem of SRA locations across the country. Some of the open SRA locations, the open air SRA locations—parts of the country which are regarded as being very beautiful, scenic but as they often do the Satanist abusers take what is beautiful and scenic and they try and turn it to something dark and ugly and evil and we’re going to see more of this unless we do something about SRA but some of our most scenic parts of our country are being destroyed by these people going out there at night to do their rituals…..
So…Satanists are everywhere, fouling nature’s beauty with their horrific acts, but Wong never names a community or even a general location which could presumably be investigated. Rather, like Wedger with the RAINS list, it seems sufficient for him to state with conviction that such things are out there…[cue X-Files music].
Of course, Wedger and Wong also share a mutual hatred of this blog—at one point Wong makes the tired claim that anybody who does not agree that SRA is real must obviously be practising it themselves, and he suggests that everybody involved with this blog ought to be compelled to take a polygraph test.
We wonder: would his proposed interrogation begin with, “Are you now or have you ever been…”?