TAP – It does seem odd that these allegations have been in the public domain for twenty years. David Icke, for example, published Lord McAlpine’s name as associated with paedophilia in his book The Biggest Secret, written in 1998, and yet no action was taken by Lord McAlpine to have the book removed from circulation.
The magazine Scallywag carried similar allegations in the 1990s. OK the editor of Scallywag died in unexplained circumstances, as have many victims/witnesses, but is it only now that Lord McAlpine has decided to deal with the allegations by addressing them directly with threats to sue and demands for compensation. If he is , as he says, entirely innocent, and the whole thing has been caused by mistaken identity, I would only ask why he took so long to say so. He says he should have been contacted personally, and asked directly.
He says his reputation cannot be restored. Is that really so?
If he is genuinely accused by mistaken identity, he needs only make sure we all understand that, and we see Steve Messham speaking openly saying he was mistaken about McAlpine’s identity, and we would all feel very sorry for him being wrongly accused. Leaving a denial so long has contributed to the situation of making the allegations believable, it has to be said. People would prefer not to believe the allegations, so undoing the damage would be very achievable.
If ‘the prominent Tory abuser’ wasn’t Lord McAlpine, you wonder who it was, and how the misunderstanding as to identity ever arose. From David Icke today, Steve Messham said that he not only had polaroid photographs of the ‘prominent Tory abuser’, but the man had told him who he was and how he would have him killed if he ever spoke out..
JULIA – People are not innocent til proven guilty. They dont become guilty at the moment in time that a court proclaims them so. There are many many paedophiles out there who are “innocent” by that rule of thumb because they are never technically labelled guilty.
Our whole justice system is set up this way for a reason, so that guilty people are not convicted and can be labelled “innocent”. McAlpine has contacts and money. He is friends with everyone in the network, including Prince Charles.
People retract their statements to save themselves. (Apart from David Icke, who continues to be heavily ridiculed).
McAlpine is twisting it around to make people feel sorry for poor little McAlpine. And we are distracted from feeling sorry for the kids, and acting to do something about it.
This is standard tactics, nothing new. Remember when the Savile story first became public, and people were upset that poor Savile was being accused after his death? Poor old Savile. Let’s feel sorry for him.
As far as I am concerned, McAlpine is pretty much proclaiming his own guilt.
The end goal of any action must surely be to dismantle the whole system. Weeding out a few scapegoats like McAlpine will not fix it, though it is good mainstream publicity that such a network exists. There are so many more like him. The whole structure must be removed. And we can do that by withdrawing our support in our actions and thought.