Ian Hislop’s right: Murdoch’s cosy relationship with Tories should be investigated (video)


The reciprocal closeness in the relationship between journalism and power is a prominent feature of British political history. In times of war or national crisis, media organisations are expected more often than not to behave as if they were an … Continue reading

Shout loud, Remainers – democracy means giving the majority a hard time (video)


As the Brexit debate deteriorates in quality at an alarming rate, it appears that any hope of Britain returning to its democratic senses is receding fast. The most recent cases include Ian Duncan Smith dismissing Kier Starmer, shadow Brexit minister … Continue reading

Boris Johnson: Britain’s undiplomatic new diplomat-in-chief (The Conversation) (video)


Within hours of taking office, the UK’s new prime minister Theresa May picked one of the most undiplomatic people in modern British politics to serve as the United Kingdom’s diplomat-in-chief. The surprise announcement that former London mayor Boris Johnson is … Continue reading

Andrea Leadsom, personal scrutiny and the pressures of modern British politics (The Conversation) (video)


Andrea Leadsom’s decision to withdraw from the Conservative Party leadership contest dramatically concluded the search for Britain’s next Prime Minister. But as Theresa May prepares to enter 10 Downing Street it’s worth reflecting on the levels of scrutiny now facing … Continue reading

Kincora (Part 3): Explosive new files indicate motive for Westminster VIP child abuse cover up (video)


Channel 4 News reports that the Home Office & Cabinet Office have ‘discovered’ a cache of new files relating to VIP child rape. The two folders, each containing several letters accusing politicians and diplomats of abusing children, include devastating evidence … Continue reading

What ‘The Boy Business’ video tells us about the likely outcome of the UK’s child sexual abuse inquiry (video)


First broadcast in 1997, this Granada TV documentary examined allegations made by a man named only as ‘Edward’, that videos have been made in Amsterdam in which young boys are sexually abused, tortured and killed, and that convicted paedophile, Warwick … Continue reading

Rewriting history with the Tories – The Tory party’s online revisionism (video)


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will be familiar with the Conservative party’s attempts to mislead the public about the nature and effect of their policies. You will also know that Lynton Crosby, Grant Shapps, Iain … Continue reading

In 2015, whether it’s abuse, poverty or disability, we are all survivors and we are stronger together (video)


For the tens of thousands of abuse survivors and current victims of abuse seeking justice, 2014 may yet turn out to have been the critical time when politicians and the judiciary began to take the plague of widespread child abuse seriously.  With a few notable … Continue reading

An open letter to Theresa May demanding a ‘fit for purpose’ child abuse inquiry (reblog from Spotlight on Abuse)


Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Home Secretary, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF Dear Theresa May As survivors and associated professionals, we were very much hoping to take up the invitations to engage with your Ministerial Officers to discuss the … Continue reading

Leon Brittan finally named in parliament as having engaged in ‘improper conduct with children’ (video)


On 14 October, Labour MP Jim Hood used parliamentary privilege to accuse former Home Secretary Leon Brittan of ‘improper conduct with children’. This ought to have been the final nail in the coffin of Fiona Woolf’s disgusting attempt to cling on … Continue reading

Lynton Crosby’s Tory spin machine is a cancer at the heart of the British government (video)


The Australian tobacco lobbyist, Lynton Crosby, is the Conservative party’s political PR ‘guru’ and his spin machine is out of control.  His strategy to win an election involves drumming-up hatred of immigrants and the poor and ‘managing’ the news agenda to … Continue reading

How much did government whips know about allegations of MP’s child abuse and where are the ‘dirt books’? (video)


In former Tory MP Michael Dobbs‘ novel, House of Cards, chief whip Francis Urquhart uses the dubious personal information that party whips gather on MP’s to blackmail them into complying with the government’s (and his own) agenda. Dobbs’ (fictional) account describes … Continue reading

Why Elizabeth Butler-Sloss must not lead the national inquiry into organised child abuse (video)


All three of Theresa May’s appointments to lead the British government’s child abuse reviews can be criticised on the grounds of a perceived lack of independence.  However, the choice of Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss is especially dubious given the clear need to gain … Continue reading

Theresa May has carefully chosen a ‘sound’ chair for the review (of the review) of missing home office child abuse documents (video)


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, … Continue reading

The sheer scale of child sexual abuse in Britain – reblog of Nick Davies article


The following is one of a series of articles on child sexual abuse in the UK published by former journalist of the year and exposer of widespread phone hacking Nick Davies in The Guardian. In November last year, every newspaper … Continue reading