Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 10 May 2013
Funny Ha Ha and Funny Peculiar
A report by the West Yorkshire police force states that they are now 'in a totally different place' regarding the collation, assimilation and sharing of information accumulated over the years with regard to Jimmy Saville, and although they read his autobiography in which he said that he spent the night with an absconder from a young offender's institution, they could find no evidence to prove that this was true, so took no action.
In the same news bulletin, the Archbishop of York (I think) said that he followed all the correct procedures of the time when internally investigating allegations of the sexual abuse by a (now deceased) Dean against two boys under his tuition, way back in the 1970s. No action was taken because the Dean was deemed too ill to ever be a danger to children again.
Also on the same BBC network, the key players (that we know of) of the scandal surrounding the Kelly suicide over the assertion that Iraq was amassing weapons of mass destruction have been brought together to celebrate the anniversary of the event. It is an icy little meeting, though heated by strong feelings on both sides.
There is one blindingly obvious factor in all these seemingly disparate historical events and the way they were handled - or not - and that explains the sudden change of climate and attitude which has been promised by various organisations when faced with similar scandals in the future.
The Police, the Church, the Military and the BBC have always - as they should - looked after their own, but this culture of self-protection in the face of 'external' attack has lead to countless, vulnerable people who are just the sort that these institutions were set up to protect, being let-down and left to fend for themselves with no support whatsoever.
There is a sort of national guilt hanging over the British 'establishment' (the Church and the State) right now, but I have my doubts as to whether any good that will come of this particular 'ill wind' will have any effect on the activities of the ones that would dearly like to see themselves as their puppeteers.
Not much humour in this post, but there are some things which take longer than others to be able to laugh about.