SEX ABUSE IS GUILTY SECRET
Labour MP Tom Watson raised the issue of a paedophile ring in Parliament
Sunday October 28,2012
By Sonia Poulton
IN THE weeks that have followed Jimmy Savile being revealed as a paedophile his carefully crafted charitable reputation has been obliterated. The national treasure decorated by the Queen and given keys to hospitals has been laid bare and described by one investigating officer as “the most prolific serial sex abuser in history”.
Increasingly, though, rather than being the solitary pervert operating with impunity, Savile may be the tip of a large iceberg.
As more victims reveal abuse at the hands of Savile, or his extensive circle of friends, it appears the silence that surrounded him may say less about his celebrity status and more about whom he may have implicated had his crimes been exposed. Certainly we know that Savile was subject to at least five police probes over five decades. All were quashed. Why? We have yet to be told.
For many it reeks of an establishment cover-up, though for years detractors referred to it as “conspiracy theory”.
Savile’s BBC colleague David Icke, who went from respected broadcaster to laughing stock, was at the forefront of such claims in the Nineties when he named Savile and others as paedophiles.
Icke claimed Savile supplied children from Jersey’s infamous Haut de la Garenne care home to a senior British MP. Savile denied knowing the home, the scene of a police investigation in 2008 that uncovered widespread child abuse. He lied. There is pictorial evidence of him there.
Savile may be the tip of a large iceberg
Last week, during Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP Tom Watson raised the issue of a paedophile ring in Parliament and alluded to a former PM. David Cameron, all perplexed, said he would look into it. Minutes after PMQs, Tory MP Rob Wilson was on Sky News appearing to laugh off Watson’s claims.
This cannot go on. It was these sorts of hasty dismissals that helped Savile get away with it. People laughed it off and claimed “nutters” were saying it.
Well I can tell Mr Cameron that this claim is not sensational, anything but. In fact Tom Watson has barely scratched the surface.
I have compiled a list of 132 utterly shameless establishment child abusers. These include MPs, lords and local councillors. A similar list for members of Her Majesty’s Constabulary exists.
I don’t believe these lists are complete. This is not conjecture or media gossip but people, primarily men, who have been prosecuted for child sex offences throughout the UK.
Many of these abusers still represent constituents and are “serving the public”. At the very least we should know who they are, where they are and if their public decisions are influenced by the greater good or their own twisted perversions.
As a journalist, and in light of the Savile revelations, people have contacted me desperate to share their abuse stories.
Some accuse powerful members of the establishment. Several household-name MPs are said to have committed acts of degradation against children as young as six.
Yes, some of these callers may be jumping on the bandwagon but not many are, as independent corroboration of their stories has already confirmed.
So let’s not be under any illusion that this is only about Savile. I fear it is far from it.
The Government must immediately announce an independent inquiry. It must be public and transparent and it must leave no stone unturned. The credibility of Parliament is at an all-time low and serious questions must be answered.Why did Ken Clarke, as justice minister, halve sentences of paedophiles last year in a controversial announcement?
Why did the Cabinet Office issue threatening letters last week to internet bloggers warning that they must not repeat allegations of a child actor claiming to have been touched by a member of the Coalition?
Then there is the question that overshadows the whole Savile inquiry: why was he allowed to become so close to royalty and government? Surely it is the job of the security services to investigate the lifestyle of those who have access to our figureheads?
Yes, this is a dark time in our nation’s history but we must face it head on and keep going until we know the full, unexpurgated truth, no matter how unedifying future revelations may be.
Judging by some of the testimonies I have heard it is likely to be very shocking indeed. There is no alternative. The victims need the truth to be told, no matter how powerful or connected their abusers may prove to be.