Here is an extract from one of our recent posts.
“Going back to the 1990’s in Wales. It appears that Clwyd County Council had an independent inquiry into allegations in children’s homes. It was decided not to publish that report and some say it may even have been destroyed for “insurance purposes”.
It was because of the absence of the findings of this inquiry that William Hague ordered another Inquiry, “Lost in care, a tribunal of inquiry into the abuse of children in care in the former county council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.” This is often referred to as “The Waterhouse Report”
It was said the contents of the first independent inquiry were “pulped.”
The Witch Doctor, being a simple soul, could not get her head round why and how these records could have been “pulped.” The “insurance purposes” story seemed feeble and unbelievable. Surely the documentation of something as important as child abuse in a protected state environment (proven, not just alleged) was a matter of great public interest and these records should not have been destroyed even if they were never made public. Presumably they were not available to the Waterhouse Inquiry since the reason William Hague ordered this was because the records were destroyed.
All very odd.
However, it appears all the records were not destroyed. Channel 4 reported last night that local council official Sian Griffiths, head of personel, and later secretariat to The Waterhouse Inquiry kept copies of everything that should have been “pulped.” Nocturnally, Paraic O’Brien, a reporter from Channel 4 viewed a pile of paperwork relating to the initial report on Sian Griffiths’ kitchen table. It didn’t look as if he was able to read much of the contents of these papers. Presumably the police will be studying them shortly.
In the meantime, David Cameron, was ambushed into responding on live TV when a piece of paper containing the names of alleged abusers was thrust in his face by Philip Schofield. Unfortunately, there is a possibility these names were inadvertently flashed to viewers for a split second. The names were evidence-lite and had been obtained simply by trawling the Internet Conspiracies.
No doubt David Cameron or his aides had already trawled the Internet conspiracies and knew all about the Trial by Twitter.
And today, it is reported in The Guardian that the high ranking former tory alleged to be involved in paedophilia in North Wales, and named widely in the Internet, is alleged to be a case of mistaken identity. They now say it might have been another member of the family or a family with the same name, now dead.
The Internet will always be full of allegations and counter-allegations that lack evidence either way. This happens as people who have little knowledge of libel laws think out loud. Also, there will always be folk, like My Black Cat, who in order to relieve the boredom of life get a kick out of conspiracies. And there will always be those who Creep. But eventually the pendulum will stop swinging wildly as The Truth emerges.
But right now, the frantic, swinging, paedophile pendulum is bad news for The World Wide Web. There are those eager to control the media waiting impatiently in the wings. Nowadays, The Media = The Internet and those who are malevolent towards the freedom it currently enjoys are being handed the gift of justification for media control on a plate.
What a mess!
From the Guardian.
a red apple ……………………
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