In a terrible turn of events, it has emerged that Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg have been trying to block significant materials outlining child abuse at government level.
New reports confirm that documents prepared by the Establishment, highlight the extent to which the government knew about the late paedophile and MP Cyril Smith’s crimes against children. Despite a Freedom Of Information request made by the Daily Mail asking for the release of the 19 page dossier, the government dragged its feet on the matter and refused to release the document. The newspaper complained to the Information Commissioner’s Office, which ruled that the Cabinet Office had broken the law by failing to respond to the original request.
The Cabinet Office, faced with the threat of High Court action, submitted and released the document to the paper.
Even more concerning still is the Cabinet’s continued insistence on hiding information relating to child abuse within government, which is clearly of public interest. Four new historic files have come to light, however the Cabinet Office has refused to share even the names of these files, which has left survivors and victims’ families feeling disgusted by the government’s clandestine behaviour.
The Prime Minister should tread carefully. Having called out social work professionals for failing to report child abuse, and currently threatening them with a five year prison sentence if they fail to do so, he is likely to find himself being thrust under the legislative train by the media and members of the public with longer memories it would seem, than his own. Having also told the nation to its face that a VIP paedophile ring was nothing short of a conspiracy theory, he may have to eat his words, and a great deal of humble pie, if the four files he is currently refusing to reveal happen to document widescale abuse, or the suggestion of it, within government circles.
The Statutory Inquiry Into Child Abuse must make this area of their investigation a priority. It may well be the source of the trouble. This week we wrote an article on what the Inquiry may wish to do in order to build trust amongst survivors and members of the public. We would include the need to carry out a full investigation into central government’s part to play in covering up child abuse, facilitating it and engaging in this terrible crime.
That investigation must be carried out swiftly and with full and unfettered access to all relevant documentation. Mrs Goddard must have the stomach for this imperative. And she should start by demanding the immediate release of the four new files.
TAP – the only people who don’t want a paedophile investigation are paedophiles. They run Britain and have done so a very long time. Why do have to bother referring to Cameron as Prime Minister and so on? We know what these people are, and why they want war and the ongoing destruction of families and communities. They’re running faster as the truth is spilling out. They try to hide away. We mustn’t allow them.
With Oxfordshire County Council set to be slammed by an inquiry into child and grooming rape tomorrow, the councillor with legal responsibility for children’s services during an eight year period of failure not only represents Witney West in David Cameron’s constituency, but is the daughter of his election agent, Barry Norton.
The serious case review — described by an insider as “brutal” — is expected to reveal that more than 300 young people were subject to grooming in the countybetween 1999 and 2014. According to The Guardian:
“Oxfordshire social services – which had responsibility for the girls’ safety – will be … damned for knowing they were being groomed and for failing to protect them despite compelling evidence they were in danger. One social worker told a trial that nine out of 10 of those responsible for the girls was aware of what was going on.
The lead member with statutory responsibility for children’s services from May 2005 — the year in which evidence of abuse was first presented to Oxfordshire children’s services — until May 2013, when an operation by Thames Valley Police finally led to the conviction of seven men on charges including child rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking, violence and illegal abortion, was councillor Louise Chapman.
Rather than being sacked or resigning, however, Chapman was promoted to a new cabinet-level role of ‘policy co-ordination’ — created at a £12,000 per-annum expense to the taxpayer — with oversight of policy across the whole authority. On the same day as the child abuse verdicts were handed down at the Old Bailey, Chapman told the press:
“It’s a new challenge for me. I have been doing children’s services for eight years and I think [council leader Ian Huspeth] wanted to refresh my role a bit.
“Part of my responsibility will be for the corporate plan, looking right across the council to make sure the way we’re doing things in the way people want us to be.
The cabinet role no longer exists, with council minutes suggesting that Chapman was quietly dropped in Summer 2014.
The Oxfordshire findings come in the wake of a similar report in Rotherham, which saw a string of resignations and sackings at the Labour local authority before Eric Pickles used powers to effectively sack the entire council. While the Oxfordshire chief executive is to stand down in the Summer, this is being spun as a cost-saving exercise.
While heads should be rolling, the political establishment in Oxfordshire seems determined to quietly manage the protagonists out of their jobs with a minimum of fuss.