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EDITORIAL

Editorial comment from Matthew Steeples Our editor tells it like it is and he rarely minces his words

The agony of abuse

Matthew Steeples calls upon Theresa May to take allegations of abuse more seriously in the wake of further accusations against Sir Cliff Richard

 

On a day when reports regarding the monstrous activities of the late Jimmy Savile are published, the Mail Online chose to use the title “Cliff’s agony as police probe new claims of sex abuse” as the header for an article about the latest allegations against Sir Cliff Richard. In doing so, the newspaper yet again piles more misery against this Christian popstar’s alleged victims and illustrates that the ‘club’ of 1970s entertainers still has the power to potentially pervert justice.

 

Sir Cliff Richard abuse
Sir Cliff Richard (right) and pictured in his younger years with abusers Sir Jimmy Savile and Lord Boothby

 

Sir Cliff Richard, as we have repeatedly stated, may be entirely innocent but given serious allegations have been made by more than one party, they ought to be dealt with appropriately.

 

In particular, suggestions that Sir Cliff was a guest at the Elm Guest House – which have widely circulated on the Internet – need to be examined. Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, another alleged attendee at that establishment, died prior to his having been properly questioned about what went on there and though another politician and sexual predator, the late Sir Cyril Smith, was also revealed to have visited, it does seem that those in power in Britain would simply prefer that what went on at this tawdry premises not be looked into.

 

Having seen numerous lists of elite individuals connected to the Elm Guest House and other shocking instances of alleged abuse, today, I again call upon Theresa May to finally take this matter a little more seriously.

 

 

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Comments

9 comments on “The agony of abuse”

  1. You people are very sick. Cliff Richard and Rolf Harris are innocent and Jimmy Savile died an innocent man. That people level these vile accusations at good people makes me so angry.

      1. Certain things are very easy to allege, hard to prove and even harder to disprove. Jimmy Savile certainly committed terrible crimes however the number of people who have made allegations is now well into 4 figures! The guy managed to run 42 marathons and have a media career in between that. False allegations are a crime and an insult to genuine victims.

  2. That said, it is unfortunate that you care to lambaste Teresa May – there is an huge police investigation under-way as we speak with literally thousands of police officers across the country engaged in it. A couple of false starts with the chair of the group committed to investigate child abuse but otherwise she has reacted very well. Her latest nomination of a New Zealand high court judge seems very good.

      1. I have to agree again with Matthew.
        Teresa May is not up to the job.
        It seems only the men…Gove and Hammond cut the mustard. The rest are not up too much

  3. Leon Brittan’s demise was suspissious. Did he have a Russian neighbour?
    Irrespective of Cliff’s guilt or innocence, it’s poor Sue Barker I feel sorry for. What did she see in him?

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