As Operation Yewtree detectives announce they will investigate five more personalities, bizarre conspiracy theories suggesting a Conservative led conspiracy against Stuart Hall, William Roache and Owen Oyston emerge
Last night, the Daily Mirror revealed that complaints about further personalities have been made to detectives from Operation Yewtree. On the list of additional individuals, whom shall now be investigated, are said to be “two singers, a pair of television personalities and a comedian”.
Yewtree detectives have arrested 12 men to date amongst them Rolf Harris, Gary Glitter, Jimmy Tarbuck, Dave Lee Travis, Freddie Starr, Jim Davidson and Max Clifford.
A source told the paper:
“Officers will investigate all credible allegations before deciding what further action should be taken… Detectives have a list of witnesses and are touring the country and world as they take statements. They will leave no stone unturned”.
On a separate note, a blogger named The Slog published a post suggesting that the allegations against William Roache, the conviction of Stuart Hall and the 1996 conviction of Owen Oyston is all part of a conspiracy because of their involvement in the Labour party. In it, the author suggests:
“Very little these days is as it seems. We are still short of much information about the Celebrity Distraction Strategy being employed by person or persons unknown. But as it stands now – even as one who has never supported the Labour Party – some if this feels not so much a case of Defence of the Realm as Defence of the Conservative Party”.
The Slog, we’d argue, is wrong. William Roache has certainly shown support for the Conservatives at times and appears still to be a supporter. He was named as a supporter of former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton in the late 1990s and was also due to appear at a mayor making ceremony in Clitheroe last Tuesday to give a speech in honour of a Conservative councilor named Kevin Horkin. In the wake of his arrest, Roache withdrew from the event.
In Hall’s case, his friendship with a Labour peer named Lord Pendry and various suggestions online that he was a “member of Labour until at least ten years ago” are indicative of where his political affiliations stand. Owen Oyston, equally, was one of the biggest backers of Labour in the 1980s.
We would suggest that this conspiracy theory is a little beyond far fetched. Hall plead guilty to the charges against him and though Oyston still denies being a rapist, his conviction stands.
Whether William Roache is convicted or not, this is not a witch hunt brought by the Conservatives in an attempt to smear Labour supporters. It is simply a mighty mess that needs clearing up.