The Plastic Hippo

September 8, 2014

Who`s afraid of Fiona Woolf?

Fiona and a friend via theguardian.com

Fiona and a friend via theguardian.com

There was a time when it was relatively simple to kick something toxic into the long grass and be fairly confident that the general populous would not notice the stench. These days, however, with the internet thingy having a long and possibly infinite memory, the rich and powerful need to be more creative when hushing scandal and keeping dirty secrets secret.

The next great big hole being excavated by the judicial JCB will bury once and for all inconvenient allegations of the historic sexual abuse of children by those in power or those close to power. It is impossible to give an estimate on just how high the stakes are in committing to a CSA inquiry, historical or not. The fall-out could be as noxious and have the same half-life of Uranium 238 and so needs a very deep hole and a sarcophagus of about 300 feet of lead-lined concrete. The tactics employed by Cameron and the Home Secretary were beguilingly elegant.

In appointing former High Court judge Baroness Butler-Sloss to chair the CSA inquiry, the entire process was scuppered and rendered completely meaningless even before any terms of reference were agreed, potential panel members approached or any possible witnesses identified. Baroness Butler-Sloss is the sister of the late Baron Havers who as Solicitor General under Heath and Lord Chancellor under Thatcher allegedly suppressed the now infamous Geoffrey Dickens report that named MPs and civil servants as sexually predatory child abusers. It seems that 114 documents in that report were “not retained” or shredded in plain English. Regardless of her credentials and achievements, the Baroness ends her career after being set up for a fall.

Cameron and May continued with the distraction by widening the scope of the inquiry to include the NGO`s that had “failed” abused children. As senior politicians they attempted to direct “blame” at charities for not doing enough to protect children from politicians. By strange coincidence, the report into CSA in Rotherham was published just as some folk were asking who would replace Butler-Sloss. The timing was perfect and howls of racist outrage echoed through the corridors of Westminster shifting the focus away to more northern and ethnic abusers. Child abuse is the most cowardly and disgusting of crimes but there is a difference between Westminster perverts and Rotherham perverts. The monsters in Rotherham and elsewhere do not have a Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor protecting them from prosecution.

The low-hanging easily picked fruit of depravity in the form of nasty, aging, minor celebrities further distracts from the rotten dirty secrets buried in governments past and present. The justice meated out in the showers in B Wing at Pentonville is unlikely to befall a member of parliament.

After waiting a couple of months and realising that questions still need answering, Cameron and May appointed the Lord Mayor of London to chair the inquiry. Fiona Woolf is obviously well qualified to lead such an important investigation as she is in possession of a very large hat and occasionally travels in her own dedicated horse-drawn coach. As a corporate tax lawyer who specialises in promoting City bankers and advising governments on how best to maximise profit by selling off vital utilities and national infrastructure, she certainly will know a thing or two about abuse. Sadly, it has emerged that she is rather chummy with Leon Brittan and his fragrant wife and share many interests including a post code. Leon Brittan as Home Secretary under Thatcher allegedly suppressed the now infamous Geoffrey Dickens report that named MPs and civil servants as sexually predatory child abusers. There seems to be a pattern forming.

It seems inevitable that Fiona Woolf will step down bringing yet more delay and discredit to an inquiry that could and should shake the foundations of what laughingly passes as a parliamentary democracy. With government ministers still making stuff up and misquoting the Francis Report without actually having looked at it, the media completely missing the point of the Alexis Jay report into Rotherham and remembering how effective Leveson turned out to be, Cameron and May will continue to canvass every inappropriate Baroness in the realm until the earthly remains of the Baroness Thatcher is appointed as chair/urn of the CSA inquiry.

Politicians are not afraid of Fiona Woolf, but politicians should be very afraid of the consequences of cover-up, whitewash and the betrayal of innocence.

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  1. […] Politicians are not afraid of Fiona Woolf, but politicians should be very afraid of the consequences of cover-up, whitewash and the betrayal of innocence. https://theplastichippo.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/whos-afraid-of-fiona-woolf/ […]

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