Files containing affidavits and statements from those claiming to have been abused by Cyril Smith disappeared. The Director of Public Prosecutions decided it would not be in the public interest to pursue the complaints.
There’s a pattern to this, isn’t there? The knighted single male who raised money for such things as a Youth Hostel, to which he retained the keys enabling him to come and go as he pleased, was the subject of investigations and complaints. Yet it seems the Establishment was happy not to press charges. A knighthood seemed more appropriate?
We know that the Establishment has been less than honest in dealings with prominent paedophiles in the past. Looking at present day issues we don’t exactly see David Cameron falling over himself to investigate institutional child abuse – and abusers. Do you think today’s Establishment is squeaky clean and beyond reproach? Why should things be any different now? Frankly, if politicians were suspected of paedophilia it seems likely that this would be ignored and covered up today as well. (Going by past form). Prove me wrong! Aside from the negative publicity – and goodness knows where trails might lead – there is the possibility that the manipulated might be exposed. The last remaining taboo is surely the achilles heel of those who abuse children.
many of those involved in the case — police, victims, lawyers — believe the orders not to press charges came from the top, with Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, Labour Prime Ministers during different parts of the police probe, being involved in signing off decisions not to press ahead with charges so as not to upset their Liberal allies.
Recent events prove that such allegations must be treated with all due caution — which is why the contents of those police files take on such great significance. So where are the police documents now? Nobody knows — yet.
But what is certain is that, if there was an Establishment cover-up on behalf of Big Cyril, it is slowly but surely starting to unravel.
Edwina Currie — a junior health minister in the Thatcher government — spelled it out, in black and white, in her diaries which were published in 2002.
‘One appointment in the recent reshuffle,’ she wrote, ‘has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM’s PPS [Parliamentary Private Secretary].
‘Now he’s what they call a “noted pederast”, with a liking for young boys. He admitted as much . . . when he became deputy chairman of the party but added: “However, I’m very discreet” — and he must be!’
‘She [Thatcher] either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way, it’s a really dumb move. It scares me, as all the Press know, and as we get closer to the election, someone is going to make trouble very close to her indeed.
Institutionalised abuse has to be rigourously investigated. Politicians who abuse children must be outed – not protected.