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Fiona Woolf. Image: Getty

Paedophile crimes should not be used to score points against ‘The Establishment’

23 October 2014 18:36

Fiona Woolf, as you can probably tell from her Maggie-Smith-in-yet-another-costume-drama photograph above, is a member of The Establishment. She’s Lord Mayor of London. And a QC. Plus, she has been… Continue reading

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Shoppers walk through the streets of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Class and misogyny – not political correctness – explain Rotherham’s abuse scandal

6 September 2014 11:30

There seems to be a political consensus that the sexual abuse of more than 1,400 girls in Rotherham, revealed in the recent Jay report, was caused by ‘political correctness’. And there… Continue reading

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Modern Britain’s apathetic, inadequate response to child sexual abuse

27 August 2014 19:07

The customs developing around how modern British officialdom reacts to the gang-rape of children is very interesting. I’ve just watched an interview (above) with Shaun Wright, the Police and Crime… Continue reading

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The real scandal of Rotherham is that social work doesn’t work

27 August 2014 12:32

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator. To subscribe, click here. In 1980, June Lait and I published Can Social Work Survive?, the first critique of British social work… Continue reading

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‘I didn’t want to appear racist’ is the ‘I was only obeying orders’ of our age

26 August 2014 18:44

Up to 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham. Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham,… Continue reading

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Leader of Rotherham Council resigns over child abuse scandal

26 August 2014 17:13

The leader of Rotherham Council has resigned following the results of a report which found that at least 1,400 children were victims of ‘appalling’ sexual exploitation in the town during… Continue reading

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I’d like to nominate myself as Britain’s Paedofinder-General

14 July 2014 14:34

Now that Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has stood down as head of the inquiry into historic sex abuse, I’d like to nominate myself as Britain’s new paedofinder-general. If I got the job,… Continue reading

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Baroness Butler-Sloss. Image: Getty

Lady Butler-Sloss steps down from child abuse enquiry

14 July 2014 13:15

It is not a surprise that Lady Butler-Sloss has stepped down as chair of the independent inquiry panel into child abuse: a critical mass of stories had built up against… Continue reading

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Podcast: paedomania, the next EU commissioner and the National Theatre

10 July 2014 9:44

What kind of idiot tries to stand in the way of a national child abuse panic? Matthew Parris, that’s who. In this week’s Spectator, he suggests that the panic about… Continue reading

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Inside the whips’ ‘dirt books’

9 July 2014 8:55

So all three parties are to trawl their ‘dirt books’ held by the whips and disclose any evidence that they find of child abuse. The role of the whips was… Continue reading

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

8 July 2014 14:12

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… Continue reading

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Theresa May announces independent inquiry into child abuse allegations

7 July 2014 17:24

Theresa May has just given as comprehensive a response as possible to the allegations of child abuse in the Commons. Insisting the government will leave no stone unturned in pursuit… Continue reading

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Theresa May to give ‘significant’ statement on child abuse row

7 July 2014 8:55

What can we expect from the government response to the growing child abuse dossier row? Government sources are stressing this morning that Theresa May’s Commons statement will be ‘significant’ and… Continue reading

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Cinderella in tears, flanked by her two step-sisters. (Image: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The state is the worst wicked stepmother of all

31 March 2014 16:22

What a fantastically stupid idea, I thought, reading the paper this morning.  ‘Parents who fail to show love and affection towards their children could be sent to prison for up… Continue reading

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Beckett And Harman

When is a scandal not a scandal?

24 February 2014 11:27

When it involves metropolitan left-wingers, says the Daily Mail. For a week, it has been exposing how Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt – or “Hat and Pat” as the London… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on online images of child abuse on the ‘dark internet’. Technology… Continue reading

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Everyone's shooting the BBC. Amusing, maybe, but we may come to regret it.

A crisis, yes. But let’s not all shoot the BBC.

11 November 2012 10:51

I have just returned from two hours of broadcasting on the BBC World Service. It is an odd time to be inside the BBC, not least because reporters from the… Continue reading

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Rob Wilson attacks Tom Watson on child abuse claims

9 November 2012 17:03

After Lord McAlpine’s statement this morning about the allegations and rumours of child abuse surrounding the Tory peer and other figures, Tory MP Rob Wilson has gone on the warpath… Continue reading

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Lord McAlpine in 1996. The peer today denied the allegations of child abuse that have been swirling on social media for the past week. Picture: PA

Lord McAlpine: Abuse allegations ‘wholly false and seriously defamatory’

9 November 2012 11:54

Lord McAlpine has broken cover this morning after the Guardian named him in its story claiming the peer is a victim of mistaken identity in the swirling allegations about a… Continue reading

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Bryn Estyn is one of the care homes at the centre of the North Wales child abuse allegations. Picture: Getty

Calls grow for a wider public inquiry on child protection

6 November 2012 17:06

The government is moving at a swift pace over the allegations of child abuse at North Wales children’s homes: yesterday it announced an review of the Waterhouse inquiry, today Theresa… Continue reading

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