The commentators 07-07-14
...on Westminster sex abuse
Whether there was sex abuse and a cover-up among lawmakers on a huge scale, or whether such transgressions were far more limited, can be resolved only by the kind of public inquiry that David Cameron is stubbornly — and damagingly — resisting.
- Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
While nearly 200 detectives have been investigating alleged wrongdoings by journalists whose job it is to publish the truth, there are just seven detectives working on the Parliamentary paedophile investigation that someone, somewhere wants to be covered up. Which of these inquiries is best serving the public interest, Prime Minister?
- Chris Roycroft-Davis, Daily Express
The default position of the electorate is to believe the worst of our politicians – to damn us all as corrupt, self-serving sexual perverts. Which is precisely why the process of inquiry that the Prime Minister has now begun must be resolutely carried through. In part, this is so that the findings can illuminate the problem of contemporary abuse, and provide ways to protect the vulnerable children and adults of today. But also because it is vital that the public feel able to trust their leaders again.
- Norman Tebbit, Daily Telegraph
Guess what? Key files have disappeared. Simon Danczuk claims that a senior Tory asked him to back off and leave matters be. But on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, Norman Tebbit said that there may well have been “unconscious” political cover-up over child abuse in the 1980s. Yes, just like “unconscious” dodgy fundraising and nepotism. The nasty, dirty party just got nastier and dirtier. It is a disgrace to our nation.
- Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Independent
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.
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