Thatcher’s cabinet suppressed Kincora Boys Home Enquiry

Thatcher Cabinet Stifled Kincora Child Sex Abuse Inquiry – The Minutes

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Posted on August 1, 2013 by davidhencke
Jim Prior,now Lord Prior. blocked the opportunity for a full-scale public inquiry into the notorious Kincora child abuse scandal, Cabinet minutes released under the 30 year rule revealed today.
The minutes of the Cabinet meeting (see ) reveal on 10 November 1983 Jim Prior, then Northern Ireland Secretary, proposed not to have a full Tribunal of Inquiry – the same mechanism, used to investigate  the Bloody Sunday atrocities, the North Wales child abuse scandal and the Dunblane massacre.
The minutes reveal the Cabinet – who included the now all ennobled Leon Brittan, then home secretary, Michael Heseltine,defence secretary and Norman Fowler, social services secretary, bought the Royal Ulster Constabulary line that there was nothing in it. He said he was being “pressed to hold an inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry”. But he didn’t believe Parliament would buy it.
But he said two police investigations had discovered nothing and no further criminal charges were likely.
Instead he proposed to hold a much lesser inquiry, which he did later, to, as he put it “to halt further spread of rumour and unfounded allegations.”
This particular Cabinet minute now looks sick in view of the decision of the Police Service in Northern Ireland to re-open an investigation into the historic allegations at the children’s home where children were sexually abused in the 1970s and early 1980s. As Fiona O’Cleirigh reported on Exaro News the scandal will now be re-opened.
The question is were Thatcher’s Cabinet in 1983 hopelessly naive or were they covering up something they did not want to be ruthlessly exposed in the public domain.

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3 Responses to “Thatcher’s cabinet suppressed Kincora Boys Home Enquiry”

  1. Anonymous says:

    my brother is a van driver who tells me every time he passes the staute in london of winston churchill someone is pissing up it, ? i laughed but i have been with him several times and i will be blowed its true, what is all this pissing on his statue about ?

  2. Nixon Scraypes says:

    These tribunals of enquiry don’t seem to do much good either, do they? Dunblane,buried for the next hundred years!They just take the piss with every thing they do.It’s just asking the abuser to heal the abuse,no good.The whole system is compromised beyond cure

  3. Anonymous says:

    The intense animosity of the British people towards Winston Churchill began in 1926 when he brutally surpressed the General Strike. The worst part of the suppression was when he sent armed British troops against the coalminers in County Durham as they were the last stronghold of the strikers when other workers had been forced into a return. The miners were also forced to return at lower wages and worse working conditions and their leaders were blacklisted from employment in any industry.

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