Theresa May has announced two more reviews into child abuse in the UK which can now be added to the pile of more than a dozen reviews or inquiries being run by the home office, the NHS, various police forces, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, the BBC and the list goes on and on.
The reviews will not directly examine accusations of child rape and torture made against current and former MP’s nor will it explore the alleged cover-up of these ‘crimes’. The larger of the two ‘reviews’ will not report until after the 2015 general election adding to public concern that this is both a delaying tactic and a whitewash – a delaywash if you will.
To chair the more, for Theresa May, career affecting review into the conduct of the home office regarding missing dossiers and other documents she has appointed Peter Wanless, the current CEO of the NSPCC. The organisation that he chairs makes Wanless appear to be unimpeachably independent in matters of child abuse. However, some may regard Wanless’ earlier career as a senior civil servant to be more relevant when considering his independence.
In a long and distinguished career as an official, Wanless served as PPS to three separate government ministers and was head of the Private Finance Policy unit. He was later appointed as the head of the Big Lottery Fund; a position regarded by some as awarded on a nod and a wink from the political establishment. Unlike many civil service high fliers Wanless is yet to receive either a knighthood or a seat in the house of lords suffering quietly with a CB. Accepting this chairmanship may go some way to laying the groundwork for a more serious ‘gong’ when the new year’s honours list is announced.
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Theresa May’s vague offer of a full public inquiry, possibly, in certain conditions and at some date likely to be after the general election is simply not good enough. The accusations of child rape and torture against MP’s and the possibility of a cover-up are not only heinous crimes but raise questions about the legitimacy of our system of government and the independence of our policing and judicial system.
These are critical questions that cannot wait for a politically expedient moment to be investigated. Much of the evidence for these alleged crimes is 30 or 40 years old; witnesses are aged or in some cases already dead. Every day that May delays what she must know is an inevitable judge led public inquiry, makes it less likely that we will discover the truth or see the guilty in jail.
…and maybe that is ultimately the whole point.
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NSPCC http://www.nspcc.org.uk/ Tel: 0808 800 5000
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) http://www.ceop.police.uk/ Telephone: +44 (0)870 000 3344 or 999 in an emergency
*There is help available for adult survivors of childhood abuse online however I am not in a position to highlight any individual organisation
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