The commentators 08-07-14
...on Westminster and sex abuse
We shouldn't really be surprised by suggestions of an establishment cover-up of child abuse in the 1980s. Shocked, yes, but not surprised. After all, we've seen first with Jimmy Savile, and then Rolf Harris just how prepared the media establishment was to overlook what was going on in plain sight - or even on live television. So why should Westminster and Whitehall be any different?.
- Cathy Newman, Daily Telegraph
I fear the drift of the Theresa May inquiries will divert attention from child abusers and their victims to the institutions among which they lived and worked. This can only diffuse guilt to a wider constituency, ultimately reducing it to that old cliche, "society as a whole". We then all wash our hands and sit back to await the next inquiry. Clunking paranoia is not the best path to penal reform..
- Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
God alone knows how many children might have been spared if the abuse of others had been deemed more than a minor local difficulty to be confined within the Palace of Westminster, and adapted for use as blackmail.
- Matthew Norman, Independent
Why does the Government think a panel of the supposedly great and the good are qualified to unravel the tangled web of lies and corruption at the heart of the child sex abuse scandal? Well-meaning amateurs do not possess the skill, experience or forensic training of professional investigators.
- Chris Roycroft-Davis, Daily Express
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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