Westminster paedo ring

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De Sade had it right all along

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:55 (five years ago) link

This is some end of season shit on another level entirely, if it plays as it should

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:56 (five years ago) link

That's from the internet remember.

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:58 (five years ago) link


Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:05 (five years ago) link

The thing is, none of this should be surprising

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

not saying there's not truth to story but, you know, consider the source etc etc

a biscuit/donut hybrid called “bisnuts” (stevie), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

why should it not be surprising?

a biscuit/donut hybrid called “bisnuts” (stevie), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:10 (five years ago) link

aged pop star

how's life, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:11 (five years ago) link

Soon as I saw Cliff mentioned I thought, "Oh shut up."

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:13 (five years ago) link

Men in positions of extreme power and influence inflicting trauma on defenceless prey? Say it ain't so

i'm elf-ein lusophonic (imago), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:17 (five years ago) link

You mean, Jess Conrad?

Tommy McTommy (Tom D.), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:18 (five years ago) link

Please explain the "consider the source" aspect of the scriptonite piece for a lowly American. I just read it and am feeling a bit vertiginous tbrr.

before you die you see the rink (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:28 (five years ago) link

I'm not sure if its the scriptonite website where I first read this story, but the place I first read this was also awash with stories of a decidedly anti-semitic and homophobic nature. Like I say, there may be truth to it all. But this *is the internet.

a biscuit/donut hybrid called “bisnuts” (stevie), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:29 (five years ago) link

A few years ago, a friend was telling me that the U.K. was absolutely awash in institutional pedophilia. She's a very trusting person with a history of buying into things she's seen on cable tv, so I tend to take the things she tells me with a few grains of salt and if necessary, gently push back with some guidance towards the facts if she seems to have been led a little too far out on a limb. So it's been really interesting for me watching the whole Jimmy Savile scandal unfold and now this whole thing popping up. Worried that I'm going to have to walk back my debunking of the Animal Planet Mermaids special.

how's life, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:42 (five years ago) link

It has a Bill Maloney link, he is a shouty activist type who muddies the waters with Ickeish type associations. My uncle who helped a lot of Artane abuse victims make cases against The Christian Brothers, says people like him are too unprofessional to be involved in such important work.

xelab, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:50 (five years ago) link

yes those Bill Maloney videos/documentaries on youtube are utterly mental and completely get in the way of incredibly important issues. even when some of the evidence is compelling, the presentation is too nuts to be taken seriously....

jamiesummerz, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:59 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Soon as I saw Cliff mentioned I thought, "Oh shut up."

so, um, yeah

goth colouring book (anagram), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 09:10 (five years ago) link

Not saying he's innocent or anything, but I checked to see if this thread revive was prompted by any new wrinkles in the story and it seems the main news story today is about how the BBC covered the raid, rather than any further incriminating evidence re: Cliff. Have I missed something?

you couldn't even wear a fedora if your lifes depended on it (stevie), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 10:14 (five years ago) link

it seems like all the papers have now gone into 'protect cliff, fuck the bbc' mode

jamiesummerz, Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:10 (five years ago) link

no, nothing new, I just felt like stoking the fires of hell

goth colouring book (anagram), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:13 (five years ago) link

i'm just glad that the calendar is going to continue

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:40 (five years ago) link

Do we think the papers would be in 'protect Cliff' mode if they knew he had actually done wrong? I know its crazy to imagine newspapers learning from their mistakes, but post-Saville and in this Yewtree era, isn't it crazy risky for them to turn a blind eye, if they 'know' of anyone wrongdoing on Cliff's part (and I mean 'know' as much as most people 'knew' of Saville's reputation and the surrounding rumours). Again, not defending or indeed 'protecting' Cliff, but I don't see waterproof logic behind the papers' move here, beyond rote BBC-bashing.

you couldn't even wear a fedora if your lifes depended on it (stevie), Wednesday, 3 September 2014 10:19 (five years ago) link

Could it be a way of keeping the story in the papers - wringing more clicks out of something which has so far proved to be a good source of clicks but which isn't generating anything else publishable right now?

Tim, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 10:38 (five years ago) link

this has been circling for years now and it just seems like there is loads of fairly well established information on it; how have there been no further charges? is it that almost everyone involved is already dead


akm, Wednesday, 3 September 2014 19:56 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Already linked in the Savile thread:

Historical abuse inquiry: Police examine 'possible homicide'

goth colouring book (anagram), Friday, 14 November 2014 16:01 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

The investigation continues:

Child abuse inquiry: Police investigate three alleged murders

rising stones cross (anagram), Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:16 (five years ago) link

Fucking hell this gets bleaker and bleaker, it's like the plot of some Scandinavian police drama.

There's a quote from the witness, 'Nick', directly implicating a former Tory MP in one of the murders:


Matt DC, Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:45 (five years ago) link

the way things are going revelations that senior establishment figures are indeed 12-foot blood-drinking lizards from outer space would be something of a relief

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:48 (five years ago) link

is anyone ever actually going to be held to account? or are they just going to let everyone involved die of natural causes then shrug it off?

there are allegations that david cameron made a damning tape about ken clarke 'disappear' while cameron was head of comms at carlton tv.

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:51 (five years ago) link

Police have to investigate when allegations are made. Relatively recent examples (like McAlpine) make it pretty clear that not all the allegations being made are going to have much of a basis in reality.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:15 (five years ago) link

Except in this instance the Met have put themselves on record as saying they believe the witness is credible, which is an extraordinary thing to say publicly given the circumstances.

Nevertheless, internet conspiracy theorists be having a field day over this - the Cameron/Ken Clarke thing seems particularly outlandish given that Cameron would later go on to put him in charge of the British legal system.

Matt DC, Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:22 (five years ago) link

Wasn't LEON BRITTAN in charge of the British legal system for some time?

Root It Oot (Tom D.), Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:53 (five years ago) link

well, quite. i think regular conceptions of 'outlandish' don't really apply when we're talking seriously about MPs raping and murdering little boys.

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:56 (five years ago) link

Except in this instance the Met have put themselves on record as saying they believe the witness is credible, which is an extraordinary thing to say publicly given the circumstances.

They didn't just say the allegations were credible, they said they were "true", which is even more extraordinary unless they have substantially more corroborating evidence than they are admitting to.

A number of MPs were clearly involved in abusing children. That seems beyond doubt. Beyond that, it doesn't sound like they are currently in a position to say what happened. The degree to which the net and the press have been willing to accept 'the murderous gay conspiracy at the heart of the establishment' before any robust evidence has been brought to light makes me a touch uneasy, given the echoes of other homophobic conspiracy theories that have circulated over the years. Which is obviously not to say it couldn't be true.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 18 December 2014 19:34 (five years ago) link

The idea that they self-identified as gay to remove their actual 'sexuality' from investigation or scrutiny?

Mark G, Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:51 (five years ago) link

theres an antisemitic element as well as gay panic

Chairman Feinstein (nakhchivan), Thursday, 18 December 2014 21:55 (five years ago) link

Yes, absolutely.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 18 December 2014 22:14 (five years ago) link

I can't really understand the lack of coverage about this. Isn't it usually the kind of thing the guardian are all over?

Nancy Whank (jed_), Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:15 (five years ago) link

They seem supportive: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/18/guardian-view-tackling-child-sex-abuse-job-half-done

When, in 1999, Sir William Macpherson published his report into Stephen Lawrence’s murder and pronounced the Metropolitan police institutionally racist, it marked the moment when the whole discourse around policing changed. Something similar may have happened on Thursday, when the Met declared that, despite a lack of corroboration, it found the evidence of a survivor of child sex abuse at the hands of a VIP paedophile ring to be “credible and true”.

Lack of anything to go on other than the statement mean there would be nothing they can print though. They can't accuse living people of anthing without any evidence.

Wristy Hurlington (ShariVari), Thursday, 18 December 2014 23:39 (five years ago) link

I was wondering if this had to do with the cuts to the police budget?

cardamon, Friday, 19 December 2014 03:10 (five years ago) link

I don't want to be rude or anything, but these stories sound an awful lot like some of the satanic ritual abuse cases in the late 80s/early 90s, which of course turned out to be totally false... Children being driven to secret abuse parties involving elite members of the society, kids being killed with no repercussions, etc, similar claims were made in those cases, and it turned out to be either false memories (in the case of adult witnesses), or just kids making up stuff. What makes me spectical is the claims of these sort of outrageous things (like child murders) happening involving heavily scrutinized public figures, and yet no one seems to have known or talked about this events besides this one guy, seems like the police can't even figure out who these supposed dead children were. It's just like what happened during the SRA panics.

I'm not saying this guy wasn't abused by someone as a kid, but since false memory syndrome is very real, and there are numerous cases where adults claiming they were abused as kids turned out be suffering from it, I find it weird if the whole police investigation is based on the claims of this one man alone, seemingly with no other evidence. Are the British cops really that eager to act?

Tuomas, Friday, 19 December 2014 07:46 (five years ago) link

Thing is, we're all aware of those past things, as are the Police.

Mark G, Friday, 19 December 2014 10:36 (five years ago) link

seems like the police can't even figure out who these supposed dead children were

well, they have leads:

Officers confirmed that they had spoken to the family of Martin Allen, a boy who disappeared in 1979, but they said it was too early to say if his case was linked to Nick’s allegations. The force also said it was in contact with Sussex police which is carrying out a review of the case of an eight-year-old boy murdered 33 years ago.

Vishambar Mehrotra, a 69-year-old retired magistrate, recorded a male prostitute saying in a telephone call that his son Vishal may have been abducted and taken to the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London, in 1981, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Mr Mehrotra took the recording to the Metropolitan Police at the time but told the newspaper that they refused to investigate an allegation implicating "judges and politicians".


while i can see how this has parallels to satanic panics, there have been allegations swirling about this for a long, long time and there does seem to be a fair amount of evidence that those allegations were ignored or covered up and important evidence was conveniently 'lost'.

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 19 December 2014 10:49 (five years ago) link

yeah, I think the 80s/90s satanic abuse thing is in the back of a lot of people's minds & it's another reason there isn't more noise about this yet.
Not really evidence, but interesting:

woof, Friday, 19 December 2014 11:36 (five years ago) link

just read that there were 144 complaints of abuse against cyril smith. fucking hell

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 19 December 2014 11:45 (five years ago) link

Thing is, we're all aware of those past things, as are the Police.

I would hope so. Of course it's perfectly possible they have other evidence they're not willing to share with media yet, but based on all the articles linked to this thread their only source for these claims seems to be thic "Nick" guy. And sure there may be some kids who disappeared around the same time "Nick" says he saw boys being murdered, but sadly kids disappearing isn't that odd, there's isn't necessarily any connection.

What I'm trying to say is, I've no problem believing this guys was abused, and it's certainly possible some high-standing politicians could be pedophiles, such things have happened before. But the stories of kids being driven by chauffeured into secret pedophile parties where some of them are killed for thrills, this all sounds a bit too lurid, and too reminiscent of earlier (baseless) abuse panics to accept based on guy's testimony alone.

Tuomas, Friday, 19 December 2014 11:47 (five years ago) link

not so long ago people wouldn't believe this stuff because no one was on the record and now some people won't believe it, even though people now are on the record. some people don't believe the Bill Cosby stuff despite a tsunami of testimony, so.. you know.

piscesx, Friday, 19 December 2014 13:07 (five years ago) link

At the very least people who come from traditionally powerful families, who have been through boarding school and elite universities, would not be out of place at an initiation or semi-ritual gathering involving sex

cardamon, Friday, 19 December 2014 13:15 (five years ago) link

It's on the front page of The Guardian website now. There's no story to tell from the Sky "revelations", though. Unless they can show the context in which the individuals were named (which has not been disclosed) there's barely any point in reporting it.

I wear my Redditor loathing with pride (ShariVari), Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:53 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

This seems extraordinary:


The police are effectively telling Panorama not to broadcast the episode given the risk of jeopardising ongoing cases. Panorama are telling the police that vulnerable witnesses were coached into making dubious allegations.

Al Ain Delon (ShariVari), Wednesday, 7 October 2015 06:23 (four years ago) link

So it seems my speculation upthread may have been correct? (Except that it wasn't a case of childhood false memory syndrome rather than someone making stuff up as an adult.) Or is this "David" some other person than the "Nick" mentioned in the earlier stories?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 07:13 (four years ago) link

Oh, okay, sorry, this was mentioned later in the article:

It is understood that David is not the same person as Nick, whose allegations are still being investigated by Operation Midland detectives.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 07:16 (four years ago) link

Multiple people have named Leon Brittan though haven't they? This strikes me as extremely dodgy and I'm not really sure what Panorama is up to here.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 09:20 (four years ago) link

Well, like I said upthread, there's a long history of child abuse claims leading to hysteria and false convictions, so I'd think it's the duty of journalists to find out whether such allegations have a solid basis? In the US many innocent people spent years in jail before it became apparent the evidence against them was based only on the child "witnesses" being manipulated into giving the answers their interviewers wanted, and/or false memory syndrome, so their convictions were overturned. Paedophilia is real thing and should be taken seriously, but sadly false accusations and "paedo hysteria" are something that can happen too, so that needs to be taken into account as well.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 09:47 (four years ago) link

this is the most comprehensive thing I've found setting out the allegations against Brittan:


there are some intersting articles on that site criticising the conduct of Exaro news, for example:



soref, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 14:37 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

Janner dead

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Saturday, 19 December 2015 18:27 (four years ago) link

Danjuk has chosen his words carefully.

Mark G, Sunday, 20 December 2015 20:28 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

it seems somewhat suspicious that met have chosen the moment that everyone's attention is being diverted by post-budget tory implosion to announce this:


soref, Monday, 21 March 2016 20:08 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Exaro has folded.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Wednesday, 20 July 2016 21:01 (three years ago) link

they didn't publish much eh? was p much Westminster paedo focused and there hasn't been a lot of developments in that of late

ælərdaɪs (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 20 July 2016 21:05 (three years ago) link

Yes, it started out as an investigative new site with a broader remit but seems to have been just focused on this for at least a year.

On a Raqqa tip (ShariVari), Wednesday, 20 July 2016 21:09 (three years ago) link

I've seen some speculation that Exaro's folding could be related to the Henriques inquiry into the police's handling of Westminster paedo allegations, which may well be critical of Exaro + the police's relationship with them. I think they had financial problems as well, though?

soref, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 22:21 (three years ago) link


Doubts about Tony's reliability are especially significant because, although 33 people have now claimed Janner abused them, for many years he was the only accuser. They suggest that the decision not to charge Janner was not an 'Establishment cover-up', as some have claimed, but a determination on ordinary legal grounds.

On January 29, 1991, Tony went to a local police station to spend the whole day being interviewed about Janner.
This was when he made his claims about Barbara Fitt.

After the interview, the police passed the allegations about Mrs Fitt – who was still running Station Road – to the social services department, along with a copy of Tony's statement. In the summer of 1991 a panel of senior managers noted her exemplary record and decided to take no further action, determining that the claims were bogus, a complete fabrication.

Mrs Fitt told the panel she thought Tony may have been seeking 'revenge' because she had been responsible for having him moved in 1974, after the incident with the six-year-old.

this seems concerning, though it would be helpful to know how the panel came to the conclusion that the allegations against Fitt were bogus, and obviously it could be the case that his account of abuse by Fitt was fabricated but his account of abuse by Janner was true.

soref, Sunday, 31 July 2016 18:45 (three years ago) link

Fitt also mentioned here ("Mr A" = the accuser referred to as "Tony" in the Mail article)


Mr A claimed that weekly trips had been arranged for him to the MP’s London home and to the Holiday Inn by Barbara Fitt, then Officer-in-Charge of Station Road children’s home, Wigston, Leicester, though conceded that this would have been impossible with the first visits, as Fitt had only taken over the home four months before he left it.

soref, Sunday, 31 July 2016 18:53 (three years ago) link

TBH I assumed Exaro was funded largely by someone who cared a lot about this and basically nothing else, to the point of monomania.

Matt DC, Sunday, 31 July 2016 22:46 (three years ago) link

seeing reports that Goddard has quit as head of the csa inquiry?

soref, Thursday, 4 August 2016 18:29 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

the Times is alleging that Goddard quit after "she was warned by a senior official over her frequent use of racially derogatory language", including claiming that Britain has so many paedophiles "because it has so many asian men"


soref, Thursday, 13 October 2016 21:47 (three years ago) link

also, the Henriques inquiry into Operation Midland has apparently been completed, but the police have not said how much of it will be published, if any?

soref, Thursday, 13 October 2016 21:51 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...


Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light, police have said.

Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in 2015 when the former PM was accused of historical child sex abuse.

The Conservative politician would have been interviewed under caution over seven claims, including the alleged rape of an 11-year-old, they said.

No inference of guilt should be drawn from this, police stressed.

The allegations include one of rape of a male under 16, three of indecent assault on a male under 16, four of indecent assault on a male under 14, and two of indecent assault on a male over 16.

The earliest, dating from 1961 when Sir Edward was Lord Privy Seal, alleged he had raped and indecently assaulted an 11-year-old boy in London "during a paid sexual encounter in private in a dwelling."

Another two of the seven claims relate to "paid sexual encounters."

The Sir Edward Heath Foundation called the report "profoundly unsatisfactory".

more bemused than human (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:17 (two years ago) link

There was that credible testament from the lady who said she saw 11 children from Haute de la Garenne go out with Heath on his yacht, but only 10 returned.

calzino, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:27 (two years ago) link

testimony even. just having a grim lol at the idea of the testaments of the twelve pederasts!

calzino, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:33 (two years ago) link

what makes the testimony about him dumping children's bodies from his yacht "credible"?

soref, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:39 (two years ago) link

tbh the report is highly unlikely to say "if allegations like these were brought to light today, we'd totally blow them off". idk how much point there is in releasing a report that just indicated the police would do the basics of their job in 2017.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:43 (two years ago) link

the usual formulation is "credible witness" i think: which means the testimony may be implausible but nothing (besides this specific implausibility) seems to stand against our taking the witness seriously*

*and of course credible witnesses often just make mistakes

mark s, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:48 (two years ago) link

only one she alleged. And given the children's home he was frequenting, and its sordid history - it seems credible enough to me.

calzino, Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:49 (two years ago) link

well tbf the focus of operation conifer wasn't 'what would the police do about these allegations today' it was 'is there any substance to these kid-fucking allegations about ted heath and others' xp to sv

more bemused than human (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:50 (two years ago) link

and to that end

As part of the £1.5m investigation, three people unconnected to Sir Edward were arrested for offences related to child abuse, one of whom is still being investigated.

more bemused than human (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:51 (two years ago) link

That's the point of the operation but if the conclusion as to whether there is any substance to it is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ then i'm not sure how much value there is in publicly saying they would have questioned him - which would be the starting point of any basic investigation but will inevitably be interpreted as an indicator of guilt however many qualifiers they put in.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:58 (two years ago) link

Strikes me as a weird statement to release.

Tom's Tits Experiment (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:01 (two years ago) link

the fact that the police also leaked to newspapers about how they're "110% sure" that there is substance to the allegations may lead one to think a lot of this is about justifying the time and resources that have been spent on this

soref, Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:03 (two years ago) link

given that it was already known operation conifer's remit would include ted heath it surely would have been stranger if they hadn't addressed their findings, inconclusive as they are, when the report was published

it'd be the first thing the media would ask about, might as well address it head-on

more bemused than human (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 5 October 2017 12:04 (two years ago) link

one year passes...


☮ (peace, man), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 14:45 (one year ago) link

I don't wanna say "I told you so", but...

Tuomas, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:00 (one year ago) link

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