The current madness surrounding the late Jimmy Savile is likely to be very profitable indeed for some involved in the law, child protection and the press; alleged ‘victims’ may also benefit – though one should remember that it is yet to be proved that there are actually any in the first place.
Despite the very real fact that Savile undoubtedly did raise millions for charity, TheOpinionSite.org believes that many greedy, opportunistic people and organisations will be rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of making considerable amounts of money from fees, donations, sales and compensation as they forget the proven good done by the man, preferring instead to focus on the bad things he might have done.
Nothing has been proved; rumour is the only evidence; yet – and this is so British – Jimmy Savile is being systematically erased from history (just as Gary Glitter was and Oscar Wilde before him) in a feeding frenzy of greed, revenge and venting of personal frustration and dissatisfaction.
Those who are dissatisfied with their lives, those with no money and those who see a chance to make some will all be queuing up to jump on what could be a very lucrative bandwagon.
The self-styled “child protection expert” who started it all, Mark Williams-Thomas has already done very nicely out of it thank you very much through his television work and his liaison with the Daily Mirror.
People forget that, like so many other ‘experts’ in child protection, he is merely an ex-policeman who claims to have some magical insight that nobody else could possibly have. His claim to be an ‘expert’, along with those of some others, may therefore not be as well founded as some would have us believe.
Esther Rantzen, herself a critic of the child protection paranoia that now stalks this country and which she helped to create, was desperately trying to defend herself in a recent interview for the BBC whilst equally desperately trying not to mention the fact that there are no ‘victims’ at present as nothing has yet been proved.
She must have felt quite dizzy trying to look in so many directions at once like some out of control Janus figure.
The NSPCC treasurer is probably celebrating too, his organisation having been asked to carry out an investigation. Clearly, the NSPCC is now part of the Metropolitan Police Service; if it is not, it should not be involved in any investigation of any kind.
The NSPCC should be helping children – not playing policemen.
…and then of course, there are the newspapers.
TheOpinionSite.org was not remotely surprised when the Sun newspaper launched an appeal for Sir Jimmy Savile to be ‘stripped of his knighthood’ – before anything has been proved. Who would expect anything else given that several of the newspaper’s former editors and senior reporters are facing prosecution for lying?
The Sun – like its now (thankfully) dead sister, the News of the World – is of course a newspaper known for its honesty and integrity, particularly in regard to anything to do with sex offenders or child abuse. That at least is what the proprietor and staff would like you to believe; rather than the truth exposed in the Leveson Inquiry and police investigations which showed the Sun and the News of the World to be nothing more than a greedy collection of liars, law-breakers and exploitative profiteers.
It is therefore both a tragedy and an indictment that so many people seem to believe the nonsense that so often spews forth from what is undoubtedly the king of the gutter press; the Mirror though is giving the Sun a run for its money as it seeks to sink as low as possible.
This latest affair over Savile is a gift on a silver platter for all the tabloids – including it would seem BBC News which seems to have become a tabloid in its own right recently.
As for the alleged victims – if it is eventually proved that there are any – one must sympathise but, at the same time point out that at least some of Savile’s alleged victims will merely be individuals who are after a quick profit, 15 minutes of fame or simply want to offload their dissatisfaction with and responsibility for their own lives onto someone else.
If this view sounds rather heartless, it probably is to those with a vested interest in maintaining the constant fear of child abuse in the minds of the public. Realistically though, what Savile did or did not do is irrelevant; he’s dead.
Maybe, the police and other apparent ‘experts’ want to dig him up like Oliver Cromwell and put him on trial; maybe the NSPCC would like to sell tickets for the event (they could have a raffle of his personal effects as well) and no doubt Sky TV will bid for the rights to broadcast the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the world goes on turning; unemployment keeps rising, energy bills increase and more and more people have less and less money to spend. The things that really matter are relegated to page 37 while Savile hysteria fills the first seven.
Should ‘historic abuse’ be investigated at all?
TheOpinionSite.org believes that it is wrong in principle to try and investigate so called ‘historic’ abuse cases. The reasons for this view are very straight forward:
- Most people cannot remember the details of what they were doing last month, let alone 30 years ago
- It is only the fact that no real evidence is required other than the word of an alleged ‘victim’ that allows these cases to go forward. (Corroboration of evidence is not required)
- Jurors are likely to return a guilty verdict to ‘be on the safe side’ and to avoid criticism
- Most ’historic’ cases tend to be based around either compensation or revenge, not justice
- The law has been changed so that such cases are almost impossible to defend
How can an individual juror be expected to take the decision to jail an elderly man, possibly for many years, on the basis of uncorroborated evidence, a person’s memory of events that took place 35 years ago or the word of an individual who may be a real victim but could also be some opportunist hoping for a cash handout?
The answer is: they cannot.
Most jurors in historic cases are afraid of being criticised if they return anything other than a guilty verdict or, as one leading barrister put it:
“When it comes to any abuse case, historic or more recent, British juries would rather see a wholly innocent person locked up for years rather than allow any possibility of a guilty person going free.
In abuse cases, truth and evidence have very little to do with the eventual outcome, not least because successive governments have given the prosecution every advantage and have made it almost impossible to defend any case involving child abuse. This is made worse by the fact that most people believe that an accusation of abuse must always lead to a conviction.”
According to CPS figures, more than 85% of child abuse cases put before a Crown Court result in a conviction; an unrealistically high percentage when compared with cases involving other crimes.
However unjust this apparent prejudice may be, it’s great for those in the system.
The police get an easy score and make themselves feel worthwhile, probation officers remain employed, the prisons do pretty well, the lawyers make a fortune and the alleged ‘victim’ ends up with some money in their pocket; money which, in our opinion, they should not be paid directly in any case.
If the money went directly to a therapist or psychologist and nowhere near the alleged victim’s bank account, it may be justified. But then again, were that the case, for most people there would be little point in bringing an historic case in the first place and there would be very few of them.
Meanwhile, in this latest bout of hysteria we have the BBC, the NHS, the police and numerous other organisations in the compensation firing line…and there will be more as people spot new varieties of cash cow.
Some individuals – abused or not – stand to make quite a lot of money; money which you and I will ultimately end up paying through our taxes, licence fees and medical charges.
Once again, TheOpinionSite.org must point out that nothing has yet been proved. There is so far no real evidence and the rumoured incidents allegedly took place so long ago that any evidence that may eventually surface will mostly be unreliable; few people can honestly remember that far back with any accuracy.
When the hysteria over Savile finally calms down – if it is allowed to – and when the campaigners and profiteering ‘experts’ have learnt that the louder they shout, the less credibility they actually have, there is a chance that some brave person of influence will call for the whole matter of historic abuse cases to be reviewed.
There is little point in taking someone in their 60s or 70s, locking them in jail for years and paying significant amounts of compensation – all at public expense – if the only benefit is to make money for the tabloids, protection charities and so called ‘experts’ whilst simultaneously attempting to satisfy the prurient lust of a mainly poorly educated public.
The real problem is that MPs and others that do have the power to change things have, in the view of TheOpinionSite.org, worked their way so far up the anal cavity of the child protection industry that no number of flashlights or emergency exit signs will ever help them to escape.
Britain has throughout its history always had a problem with anything to do with sex, be that sex legitimate or otherwise. In truth, it may be that it is already too late to change things and that thanks to the over-indulgence of crusading fanatics shown by successive governments, this country will now be destined to drown in its own vomit of hypocrisy, lies and weakness as society slowly but inexorably tears itself apart.
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