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The Home Office acts busy, hoping to avoid a ‘tide of public anger’

8 July 2014

2:12 PM

8 July 2014

2:12 PM

Theresa May updated the Cabinet this morning on the inquiry she has launched into how public bodies have dealt with allegations of child abuse. The name of the inquiry panel chair and the terms of reference haven’t yet been announced, but when the Prime Minister’s official spokesman was asked when they might emerge, he said ‘I would expect an announcement on the chair of the panel soon’. Asked to define ‘soon’, the spokesman said ‘pretty soon’, which suggests that we will get more answers either before the Home Office Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill sits down at 3.15pm to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, or that these announcements will form part of his evidence.

The government is doing everything it can to announce everything as swiftly as it can so that there can be no accusations of heels being dragged on this. But there has been a clear change in stance from the weekend, when ministers were still not keen for a full public inquiry. Why was this? The spokesman tried to explain:

‘The reason why the Home Secretary was setting out what she did yesterday with the full support of the Prime Minister, is because firstly there was I think a specific question around what information the Home Office had in the period 79-99 and I think you already had on Saturday the permanent secretary of the Home Office setting out that there would be a further detailed consideration of that work, so there was this setting out the detail of how that would progress yesterday but we have already clearly indicated that type of process would take place, and secondly in terms of the overarching panel type inquiry, I think it is a response to the, I think significant questions and concerns that have been raised in a number of areas and I think that explains why the Home Secretary made the announcement she did.’

That last section sounds rather like an official way of rephrasing what Simon Danczuk said yesterday, which was that ‘the Home Secretary had to bend to the will of people power or face government being engulfed in a tide of public anger’.

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  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Savile, Miliband, Guinness, McDonald`s, Johnnie Walker … It`s the proper nouns that the spellcheck doesn`t flag that are so frequently misspelled.
    More significant than typos and general slipshod errors is the attitude that mistakes really don`t matter. This way for Trash Culture UK.

  • Amir

    Read this article about the child abuse inquiry:

  • Bob339

    Read ‘hoping to put tens of millions into the pockets of totally unnecessary lawyers.’

  • GraveDave

    Shiten yersels now, aye?

  • Earlshill

    I’ve just watched the first hour of Sedwell’s testimony to the committee this afternoon. He almost succeeded in giving them a snow job, until he slipped up saying that the full 2013 report, by the HMRC investigator, had been referred to the police. Whoops, it hasn’t.
    Sedwell also tried to imply that pre 82 the filing systems in place in the HO were haphazard. Uh, no they weren’t. The Police dept, the largest policy dept in the HO at the time, had a rigorous and comprehensive filing policy and oversight. Not surprising since it included the sections dealing with both Special branch and Security Service liaison. All files on public figures and their foibles or misadventures were referred on to the relevant central government body.

    • Holly

      I also watched him.
      I am now even more convinced that the more inept/useless you are, the higher you climb.
      I would NOT employ this person.

  • Martin Adamson

    The Establishment is being very thoroughly hoist with its own petard. The original Operation Yewtree investigation – into Jimmy Saville et al – was only carried out as a desperate displacement activity. They needed to provide alternative tabloid headlines to those which would otherwise have been written about the ever-spiralling number of trials of members of the Religion of Peace (TM) on child abuse charges. It’s cosmic justice that this has now boomeranged on them.

    But let’s not lose sight of where the real contemporary danger lies – in the ranks of the police forces, CPS, social services, NHS leaders, local counsellors, MPs and the cowardly local press in towns like Rochdale, Derby, Oxford, Ipswich and literally dozens of others who let the grooming gangs grow and flourish over the last two decades.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      What is it about Rochdale? The spiritual home of perverts and sexual deviants, or what?
      And now a word from Rochdale’s very own cyber stalker.

      • Damaris Tighe

        must be something in the air

    • GraveDave

      But don’t lose sight of where the real contemporary scandal lies – in the ranks of the police forces, CPS, social services, NHS leaders, local counsellors, MPs and the cowardly local press in towns


    • Bob339

      Dear Martin, The establishment just gets away with by setting up an expensive pointless inquiry which drags on for years and then peters out. See Bliar in jail yet?

    • Damaris Tighe

      If the idea was to push the narrative ‘white grooming gangs are just as bad’ this has truly backfired because another favoured PC group, the gays, have now been caught in the net.

    • Milford M

      Apparently the police’s hands were tied for years regarding Pakistani paedophile rings because political correctness gone mad decrees one cannot under any circumstances suggest that a minority group (especially Pakistanis who are very quick to cry ‘racist!’) are committing crimes, despite the fact that their actions against exclusively British children is the height of racism. The delay in apprehending these exclusively Pakistani gangs resulted in many more girls having their young lives ruined than if the authorities had acted earlier. What a state of affairs. Let’s hope PC mania is on the wane.

  • itdoesntaddup

    Lady Butler-S(ch)loss? She of the Secret Family Courts, and anonymity for James Bulger’s killers?

    • MirthaTidville

      you are bang on the money….officially confirmed…disaster awaits