Got to admit it, Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale is becoming something of a national hero for his dogged pursuit of those involved in covering up allegations of sex crimes in the establishment. Kudos too to The Daily Mirror and Sunday People, The Daily Mail and The Independent for reporting as fully as the law allows, details of the allegations as they emerge.
Danczuk wrote in today’s Daily Express:
” Not only is it a highly emotive subject that generates strong public feeling, it is also incredibly costly to society. It destroys lives, ruins potential and leaves a trail of misery.
In recent years, thankfully, this crime has been dragged out of the shadows and public attitudes show it to be a growing national priority.
Protective agencies are having to change their approach to reflect public concern. The police are witnessing a significant cultural shift in how they deal with child abuse and so too are local authorities. Similarly, the media is eager to report and raise awareness of what is arguably the worst crime imaginable.
However, there is one institution that has stubbornly resisted these changes and seems determined to keep this crime hidden in the shadows. It has provided inadequate leadership on the issue and has shown a complete lack of appetite in tackling abusers in their own ranks.
I refer to the British Parliament. Last week I told a select committee hearing that politics was the last refuge of child abuse deniers. This raised a few eyebrows at the time but everywhere you look politicians are showing my analysis to be true.
PM David Cameron has been happy to sound off about the legal case of Andy Coulson, thereby incurring the wrath of the judge in the hacking trial, when it comes to his own former policy adviser Patrick Rock, now facing serious charges of possessing child p
Allegations of child-abusing MPs have long swirled around Westminster and politicians have done nothing to address this. Cyril Smith’s abuse of boys was known for years but his party the Lib Dems cheered him to his grave.
Similarly stories of child abuse were frequently told about Margaret Thatcher’s aide Sir Peter Morrison. It was only after he died that fellow Tories, including Edwina Currie, outed him as a paedophile.
If there is one issue that is guaranteed to make some politicians lost for words, turn the other way or feign complete indifference it is child abuse.
The message from political parties is “move along, nothing to see here”. The silence is deafening.”
In another article Danczuk claimed he was pressured not to out Parliamentarians as suspected paedophiles last week, it was claimed, and was warned that naming one particular former MP could kill him.
Last week The Daily Mirror carried a story about former Labour MP Greville Janner, now a frail 85 year old, whose name repeatedly occurred in allegations of a Westminster Paedophile sex ring. Jenner was interviewed by police but was certified unfit to face forman questioning under caution because of dementia. Feasible seeing as the guy is 85 but why wasn’t he questioned twenty years ago?
Another story from The Mirror features the claims of a well known author:
Award winning author: I was abused at council care home linked to ex-Labour minister