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Dead And Rotting Cyril Smith Stinks Less Than When He Was Alive

by | 16th, April 2014

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THE Liberal Democrats claim they had no idea Sir Cyril Smith, the Labour mayor of Rochdale (his mother wash his mayoress) who became the town’s Liberal MP and that Party’s chief whip, was a pervert. In response to current Rochdale Labour MP Simon Danczuk’s book on Smith, Smile for the Camera: the Double Life of Cyril Smith, a   LibDem spokesman says:

“Cyril Smith’s acts were vile and repugnant and we have nothing but sympathy for those whose lives he ruined. His actions were not known to or condoned by anyone in the Liberal Party or the Liberal Democrats.”

None of them?

Says Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg:

“The whips’ office in my party went and spoke to every single current member of the House of Lords and the House of Commons who was around at the time of Cyril Smith and said, ‘Do you know anything?’. No one said they did. We have even scoured what little documentation there is from that time. There simply is no documentation. We went to some warehouse outside London where there is documentation stretching back to when the party started. We have gone through it all.”

Good old Sir Cyril loved being around kids. The Telegraph notes:

Sir Cyril, who was MP for Rochdale between 1972 and 1992, was governor of almost 30 schools, and in the 1960s he helped to open Cambridge House children’s home, where he abused boys, often subjecting them to spurious medical examinations, according to the book.

Smith’s alleged victims  complained to Danczuk. But they are just claims because Smith is dead, stinking as badly now as he did in life, perhaps less so.

The Mail is serialising the book:

In the 1970s Smith was arrested on a number of occasions in public toilets in London’s St James’s Park, a regular haunt for young male prostitutes after dark, but always walked free. The cover-ups continued in the 1980s when Smith’s car was pulled over on the motorway near Northampton and traffic officers discovered child porn in the boot.

The book goes on to claim:

“The police were naturally disgusted and wanted to press charges. But then a phone call was made from London and he was released without charge.”

So. Not that disgusted, then. And, sadly, Disgusted of the Station are now  unable to locate their records of Smith.

But if the police knew about Smith, did anyone of them speak to the Liberal Party? Maybe. We don’t know how David Steel the former Liberal Party leader, heard the stories about his colleague. Nine years before Steel thought Smith worthy of a knighthood, he had become aware Rochdale’s MP had allegedly abused children in the 1960s.

In 2010, before news reached us that the gargantuan, mega-unfit MP had had get this a sports centre  named  after him, we  reported  the claim that former LibDem leader David Steel’s Press Office was quoted as saying on 22nd April 1979: ” … all  he [Smith] seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottoms.”


The original complaint concerned a resident of Cambridge Boys Hostel, Castlemere Street, Rochdale (it closed in 1965) . Eventually 7 people made complaints.

Said one:

“… he took me into the quiet room. he told me to take my trousers down and bend over his knee…” Another one …” Cyril Smith found out I had taken some money . He asked me if I would accept his punishment or be dealt with by the authorities…” Another ” He told me to take my trousers and pants down. He held my testicles and told me to cough”

Smith did not dignify the allegations by  suing . And we went on to be immensely popular.

If Clegg never had an inkling of Smith’s crimes, he and his fellow LibDems never read what The  Rochdale Raw  blog wrote in 2009 when Smith was alive repeating claims levelled against him in  Rochdale’s Alternative Paper  (RAP). The story was called “The Strange Case of Smith the Man ”.

Interestingly,  RAP  claimed Smith’s local paper,  The Rochdale Observer  “NEVER mentioned a word of the scandal”. Smith never sued RAP nor Private Eye magazine, which in 1979 published allegations on Smith’s sexual assaults on children. That prove nothing. Suing shines a light on the matter. It makes everyone wonder if there is fire behind the smoke. It raises the profile of the accuser. Not every untruth printed has been challenged in court. Some people just laugh it off. Smith did.

But was it all a big cover up? Were the local police and the local paper too close to Smith? The Rochdale Observer is owned by Trinity Mirror. The Mirror  has noted:

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said they were not planning to investigate the matter as there are no current allegations pending.

Trinity Mirror  bought  the  Rochdale Observer  from The Guardian Media Group as part of a package that included the  Manchester Evening News  and 21 weeklies for £44.8m in 2010. Did the Guardian hear tales of Smith’s alleged paedophilia? If not, why not? If they did, why didn’t they investigate them?

This week, the Guardian’s Michael White has a question:

How did Cyril Smith outfox the law? Cunning, bombast and like Jimmy Savile friends in high places. Was that enough to cover up the former Rochdale Liberal MP’s child sex abuse?

Whichever way you looked at Smith, he seemed an unsavoury character, a loud-mouthed, unreliable and manipulative bully and a political populist of no discernibly fixed convictions…

And on Clegg’s ignorance:

Nick Clegg may have been a child in 1979, but that was no excuse in 1988 (when Smith was knighted) or 2014 to pretend the Lib Dem machine did not know about the allegations. But that goes for everyone else, too – most conspicuously the police, who failed to prosecute Smith and his network despite powerful evidence, and for those in higher authority, including No 10 and Buck House.

So. On that point, what did the Guardian know? Questions can be raised at the paper’s next editorial meeting.


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Incidentally, in their obituary on Smith, the Guardian wrote:

He tended towards authoritarian views on all issues except education, and his friendship with James Anderton, the sometime Manchester chief constable who espoused controversial “traditional” values, influenced his law and order pronouncements.

Anderton was God’s Coppe r” who claimed victims of AIDS were in a “human cesspool of their own making”.

Beatrix Campbell wrote in the Guardian  on Anderton:

…Canal Street in Manchester city centre was still a red-light district. Anderton, an evangelical Christian, encouraged his officers to stalk its dank alleys and expose anyone caught in a clinch, while police motorboats with spotlights cruised for gay men around the canal’s locks and bridges.

And he was Smith’s friend?

Back to White, who adds:

Political friends of mine, more savvy than me but no more inclined to conspiracy theory, say they suspect that even the intelligence services contained powerful figures protecting fellow paedophiles in those days. There is more to tumble from the closet.

The Rochdale Observer’s new owners seem keen to go after Smith. In 2008, the Mirror  wanted Smith stripped of his knighthood. No, nothing to do with paedos. This was about his “past dealings with Turner & Newall

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