Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sex Abuse Claims in Long Grass

YESTERDAY those demanding a 'wide-ranging' review into child sexual abuse claims and possible cover-ups thereof got their wish, when the Home Secretary, Theresa May said the authorities would look into how the authorities dealt with allegations that paedophiles abused children.    The Home Secretary was responding to Simon Danczuk's, the MP for Rochdale, earlier claims that a paedophile network was operating at the heart of government in the latter half of the last century and that the authorities had failed in their duty of care. 

It was revealed last week by Mr Danczuk that a dossier of allegations of child abuse was in 1983 handed in to the then Home Secretary,Leon Brittan,  by Geoffrey Dickens, the MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth, may have been mislaid, lost or destroyed. Though a earlier query by Tom Watson MP, last year, came to nothing, in the current climate of emotional panic about child abuse in the media the government has been forced to act in a manner that appears decisive.
Hence,the Home Secretary's promise of a wide-ranging review which may lead to a Hillsborough-style investigation that could take years to reach any conclusion. Mr Danczuk has welcomed this new review saying: 'I am pleased the government has shifted its position significantly in the last few days and announced a Hilsborough-style inquiry. This is the right thing to do and I welcome the fact that the Home Secretary has recognised the public mood...' Meanwhile other indepenent inquires that were about to report such as that led by Neil Garnham QC into allegations of child abuse in Rochdale from the 1960s till the 1990s have been suspended or kicked into the long grass. This could go on for a long time and Simon Danczuk MP, with some kind of qualification in sociology at Lancaster University could become the nation's pundit on child abuse.
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