Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Nonces #1

[Apologies for the post title, but I find it difficult to have anything but contempt for child molesters and their apologists]

Coming from Leeds I could have told you this was coming a long time ago. Jimmy Saville had something of a reputation from the 50s and 60s when he ran dancehalls. Hearsay is not proof but it is a fool who is not cautious in the face of reported wrong-doing and my father was stern in his warnings to my sisters in their youth. That he was odd is generally accepted - the Louis Theroux documentary which is jaw-droppingly brilliant/awful to watch demonstarted this pretty conclusively. I have known some pretty odd people in my time but they have been universally harmless. To be odd is not to be bad or evil.

The repeated testimony of numbers of women of serious allegations of sexual assault and rape seem compelling. They are corroborated by the comments of Wilfred D'eath, Esther Rantzen These were senior, high-profile employees of the BBC. There were repeated rumours of serious sexual assault which were seemingly laughed off ("He likes 'em young"). This is the same organisation which was, rightly, relentless in its questioning of the Catholic hierarchy over its inept handling of the scandal.

  • Who knew at the BBC that Jimmy Saville was molesting children?
  • What did they do to invetigate the rumours which have been acknowledged to be current and persistent at the time?
  • Why did Wilfred De'Ath, Paul Gambaccini Esther Rantzen not report their concenrn, as BBC employees to their managers?
  • Why was a man, presistently rumoured to be a pervert allowed to have children around him, unsupervised, on BBC property?
  • Why did the BBC suppress a Newsnight report on the alleged abuse?

Will these questions be answered? Or even asked?

Will Richard Dawkins and Peter Tatchell be likely to be pitching up outside Broadcasting House or Television Centre? What do you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back then, if the rumours you cite are true, he would have been known as what we called a 'dirty old man'. Which he was. Strange how that term seems to have fallen out of use as it was immensely useful -there were no blurred boundaries and the same factor ensured men were careful about their behaviour.

I can remember that, when a teenager in the 70s, anyone over twenty or so who showed and interest in a teenage girl was considered a bit odd.


5:52 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

There was a 'dirty old man' who lived up our road. He once exposed himself to my grandmother and my aunty (my aunty was in her early 20s).

My grandmother threatened to chop his manhood and he scarpered. The event was seen as most amusing in the family.

8:07 PM  

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