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The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: is everyone dead yet?

by | 20th, October 2016

Is everyone named, mentioned, implicated, saved, cleared and shafted by the Government’s inquiry into child abuse dead yet?

The inquiry rolls on and on and one. And gets nowhere. Pop out in a fast car and watch how soon the police nick you for DWB (Driving Whilst Black). Make a tasteless joke on twitter and listen for the copper’s knuckles at your door. Molest a child and chances are the wheels of justice will move slower than John Chilcot’s word-processor.

To date three inquiry heads have left. The most recent, shipped in Kiwi Beak Dame Lowell Goddard, departed the big desk in August clutching an £80,000 pay off and tickets for business class flights home.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is a huge job. The BBC describes it thus:

A major inquiry into historical child sex abuse in England and Wales is to examine claims made against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions – as well as people in the public eye.

There are 13 strands to this massive process of writing everything down. And you could make it 14 – the final group comprised of everyone who heard a whisper and did nothing (and do include the media in that).

The good news is that some of the 13 headers have been prioritised.

The Inquiry has invited applications for Core Participant status, and has held one or more preliminary hearings, in relation to the following seven investigations:

Accountability and Reparations investigation
The Roman Catholic Church
Children outside the UK
The late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC
The Anglican Church
Lambeth Council
Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale

One person is named on that list. And – get this  – he’s dead. The cynic might suppose others will get star billing when they are also no longer able to give reliable evidence in court.

And there there is this: If it takes so long to take seriously allegations of abuse in high places, when will whatever is going on today be exposed? Oh, things are going on now that will be presented as shocking and shaming in years to come. What are they? And why aren’t they front-page news and worthy of inquiries and the State’s resources?



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