The â€œwitchâ€ â€“ commemorated in a hit Fleetwood Mac song â€“ is a well-known figure in Welsh mythology.
The revelations confirm fears at the highest level in the Greens party that the Senator-Elect. a domineering figure and numbers-boss in their NSW branch is a troubled and extreme character who will not easily be turned on issues like the Greens boycott of Israel and other mad policies that have nothing to do with the environment like shutting zoos, imposing death taxes and taking an axe to independent schools.
The Greens partyâ€™s aging leader Senator Bob Brown has been trying to publicly shame her into silence but party insiders are saying to all who listen that this is just the beginning of an epic struggle between Brown, the many young dilettantes on his staff, â€œblue-Greensâ€ and those who like â€œRhiannonâ€ come from the extreme-left part of politics that like the extreme-right has been a historical safe-haven for anti-Semitic bigotry.
Choosing the name of a witch â€“ whether honoured in verse or not â€“ is curious conduct indeed, even by the occasionally eccentric standards displayed by Greens party militants.
This week, founders of the Greens have told the press they are worried the party has strayed into becoming an ultra-left movement and is neglecting environmental protection.
â€œRhiannonâ€ might have been prompted to adopt a false name after abandoning her former married name because her parents Bill and Freda Brown are infamous Stalinist communists who supported the former Soviet Unionâ€™s worst atrocities.
The Senator-Elect has been trying to scrub their memory clean despite not being willing to bear their name. The wonderful Gerard Henderson who doesnâ€™t let political extremists forget their past chronicled:
On 28 July the Sydney Morning Herald carried a letter from Ms Rhiannon in which she wrote, inter alia:
Neither my parents nor I were Stalinists.Â The crimes committed under Stalin were horrific and I and Greens members certainly condemn them. For the record I joined the 1968 protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
What a load of tripe. And now for some facts:
Bill Brown (1917-1992) joined the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) in 1940.Â Freda Brown (1919-2009) joined the CPA in 1936.Â During this period one or more of the Browns â€“ usually both â€“ supported the following acts of the leadership of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, headed by the totalitarian dictator Josef Stalin.
â– The Forced Famine in Ukraine
â– The purges and show trials of the 1930s
â– The Nazi Soviet Pact of 1939-1941, which effectively commenced the Second World War following the decision reached by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and communist dictator Josef Stalin to divide Eastern Europe between the Soviet Union and Germany.
â– The crushing of Eastern Europe by the Red Army after the Second World War and the establishment of totalitarian Soviet satellites in the Baltic States, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, East Germany and Romania.
â– The suppression of workersâ€™ uprisings in East Germany and Poland in the early 1950s.
â– The anti-semitic â€œDoctorsâ€™ Plotâ€ of the early 1950s which was instigated by Stalin.
Josef Stalin died in 1953. Some of his crimes were denounced by his replacement Nikita Khrushchev in 1956.Â But until at least 1956, contrary to Lee Rhiannonâ€™s claim, all communists were Stalinists â€“ and all Stalinists were communists.Â This included Mr and Mrs Brown who were to have a lovely daughter named Lee.
In any event, the Browns did not denounce Stalin or his heirs in 1956.Â Based on the â€œwhateverist principleâ€ â€“ meaning that good communists followed whatever dictator was in charge in Moscow â€“ the Browns supported the Soviet Unionâ€™s invasion of both Hungary (in 1956) and Czechoslovakia (in 1968). When the CPA opposed Moscowâ€™s suppression of what was called the Prague Spring in 1968, the Browns quit the CPA and joined the Socialist Party of Australia (SPA) which received funds from Moscow.
And what about Lee Rhiannon (nee Brown)?Â Born in 1951, Lee joined the CPA as a teenager and left the party in 1970/71 with her parents â€“ in protest at the CPAâ€™s opposition to the Soviet Unionâ€™s invasion of Czechoslovakia.Â She joined the SPA â€“ the continuing Stalinists â€“ which supported the Soviet Unionâ€™s invasion of Czechoslovakia.
In short, Bill Brown and Freda Brown were Stalinists â€“ without question.Â And Lee Brown supported the Stalinists who backed Moscowâ€™s suppression of the Prague Spring â€“ without question.Â A â€œlittle birdâ€ has advised MWD that â€“ when named Lee Oâ€™Gorman â€“ Ms Rhiannon edited the SPAâ€™s journal Survey.Â Apparently, Lee Brown/Oâ€™Gorman/Rhiannon edited Survey during its final years â€“ the magazine went out of business as a consequence of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
All good things must come to an end.
But sadly for the Greens party, this â€œRhiannonâ€ nightmare is just beginning. The witch is not dead, sheâ€™s just about to start her six-year flight of fancy.