The commentators 08-07-14
...on Westminster sex abuse
We will know the truth soon enough. From greedy bankers to abusive politicians and corrupt police officers, no one from the dark decades will escape the light. But in each case we must learn the lessons and implement sweeping change for the future. The past has happened. Cries of cathartic shock are nowhere near enough.
- Steve Richards, The Independent
Abuse survivors deserve better than another cover-up. Endless witnesses, whistleblowers and survivors have given hard evidence to police over the years about specifics – the identities of abusers and pimps, the locations of child brothels, the names of other victims, the hiding places of child pornography, and the trafficking routes of prostituted children. Now, at last, it is time to act.
- Eileen Fairweather, Daily Telegraph
My only reservation would concern the frankly rather emptily populist decision to put the chief executive of the NSPCC in charge of the inquiry into how the Home Office handled abuse allegations. Far more sensible, but not so sexy publicity wise, would be to invite a boring lawyer to review what were, after all, legal or quasi-legal decisions, not social worker stuff
- David Mellor, The Guardian
The annual Editorial Intelligence comment awards were officially launched yesterday with the announcement of the seventy-strong panel of judges to be led by Stevie Spring, chair of Children in Need.
They include Lorraine Heggessey, Nihal Arthanayake, Karren Brady, Damian Barr, Lynne Franks, Nicky Gavron, Laura Kuenssberg, Adrian Monck and Kirsty Lang.
Anyone is invited to nominate their favourite commentators for the awards, which are divided into 16 categories. There is no charge for entry.
Two peers suspected of rape, lost child abuse dossiers, further allegations against Rolf Harris, Scotland Yard mired in corruption claims - would we know about any of this without newspapers? So how did journalists become the arch-villains in the Politicians, Police, Press unholy trinity?
Oxfam, baby buggies
May v Gove
Hatred of women
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