Well, My Black Cat, they are saying that there is another victim in The North Wales child abuse scandal.
Lord McAlpine, (Alistair McAlpine, Baron McAlpine of West Green) is that victim. He is understandably upset that his name has been linked to child abuse in a children’s home. The truth is very difficult to come by in situations like these. Lord McAlpine is the one person who knows the truth about himself beyond any doubt.
Everyone is apologising unreservedly to Lord McAlpine and rightly so because, irrespective of his statement today, it has always been the case that Lord McAlpine was innocent.
Fortunately in the UK, an individual is innocent until the legal system finds him guilty using due process.
However, The Witch Doctor often cannot fathom out The Humankind at all.
Even taking into account that the abuse took place many years ago and facial features change, why is it that Stephen Messham did not himself look at a photo of Lord McAlpine to confirm that he was indeed the man responsible for his alleged abuse? He was making extremely serious claims on TV after all. Has he never checked out Lord McAlpine’s photograph on the Internet? If not, why not? Does he not have access to a computer? Would it have brought back painful memories perhaps?
Even although a name would not be published, Newsnight must have known the suspect’s identity or the programme would never have seen the light of day. Why did the legal department behind Newsnight not make damned sure that Stephen Messham was shown several photos of Lord McAlpine now and at the time of the Thatcher government and give him the opportunity to confirm or refute or even be indecisive about the identity of his alleged abuser well before the programme was scheduled? Why did they not have him sign a statement that the photos were or were not those of his abuser and abort the programme if there was even a miniscule of doubt about the identity?
None of this makes sense to an old witch. She is scratching her head and wondering why she doesn’t get it.
a red apple ……………………
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