After Jimmy Savile… November 8, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Jimmy Savile case is one where with each new revelation the questions only increase. The Guardian put it very well in an editorial on the issue and the broader one of child abuse connected to the case when it asked ‘who on earth gave Savile the keys to Broadmoor?’ – the high security mental hospital. These were a set of gold-plated keys, but the bizarre fact that anyone unconnected with the medical or security aspects of an institution like that would be given access, right up to the provision of a bedroom, (and this it would appear in at least three hospitals) makes it all but incredible. Was it in part an aspect of a celebrity culture – a pernicious byproduct of mind sets fixed on the idea that because someone said they were doing good they were there fore above suspicion? There’s talk of a third, fourth and fifth celebrity who were involved in similar behaviours and the implication is that they were operating in concert with Savile.
Clearly there is the institutional aspect – one we know only too well on this island. That the BBC could demonstrate that is dispiriting in the extreme, but the tendency towards a ‘softly softly’ approach is now evident and at all levels and right through to the immediate past.
The Guardian also notes a submerged – to some degree – class aspect of this in the following:
The weekend remarks by the retired head of the Duncroft approved school for troubled girls, in which she dismissed former pupils’ claims about Savile as “wild allegations by well-known delinquents”, tell you everything you need to know about the culture of contempt towards vulnerable youngsters among certain professionals who were supposedly looking after them.
And then in recent days this has taken on an overtly political edge with the latest revelations that David Cameron, no less, is having to initiate public inquries into allegations that ‘senior Conservative politicians and other establishment figures may have been involved in the scandal’ of child abuse in North Wales. The identity of the most senior Tory hasn’t yet been revealed publicly in the UK, though they’re stepping closer to that with comments including the following ‘the potential involvement of a close ally of Lady Thatcher’ from the Guardian. But one imagines it is only a matter of time.
There’s a sort of appalling inevitability to all this – yet more evidence of societies that sleep walked their way through terrible crimes, choosing all too often to ignore or dismiss or conceal those crimes.