Jimmy Savile

The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle

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Sometimes a face gatecrashes the public consciousness with such force that the imprint of the image acquires an immortal permanence; the owner of the iconic countenance in question remains fixed as that face way beyond the point at which the individual recedes into irrelevance and succumbs to mortality. Even when they were frail little old […]

September 25, 2015

Munchausen’s Tea Party.

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The poisonous legacy of Leveson drags on. The main stream media has turned into ‘penny dreadful’ country in its efforts to prove that it should be allowed to print anything and everything (well, not the denials and furious rebuttals of its angry victims – only the allegations against them appear on the front page). We have […]

September 14, 2015

The Collapsing Crucible

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Something very interesting has happened in the past few months. Johnny may have come lately, but he’s here at last. Beyond the bunkers that have sheltered common sense from an incessant shower of bile fired by obsessive insomniacs for three years, the merciless grip of fear is beginning to slip. An agenda that has precluded […]

September 1, 2015

Never Mind the Bollocks.

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One of the enduring on-line Savile myths is that the arch anarchist ‘Johnny Rotten’, as John Lydon became known, ‘warned the BBC about Savile’ in 1978 – but the interview was ‘censored by the BBC’. The sub-text being ‘If only they’d listened to Johnny rather than banning him from the BBC’. What he actually said at […]

August 12, 2015

The Single File

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Bachelor is still a word that conjures up a certain antiquated cool; it evokes images of glamour, both in the surroundings a bachelor knows as home and in his swish sartorial uniform. One thinks of convertible sports cars, jet-setting to Paris, Venice and Rome, casinos, a Martini shaken and not stirred, one-night stands with beautiful women and […]

August 11, 2015

Art Imitating Lies

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Artistic licence is an often necessary aspect of turning life into art. Unless the subject under the biographer’s microscope has recorded every waking moment of their life, there are inevitable gaps the imagination needs to fill. Most of the time, there are enough known moments already covered that can suggest the likely outcome of an […]

June 10, 2015

Exclusive – Jeremy Apologises!

Wonders will never cease. Jeremy has apologised! Ms Raccoon’s obsession with truth rather than fantasy has paid off. It is but a small victory, but one that gives me great pleasure. Back at the beginning of the month, reading Hansard as I am sad enough to do of a morning – so much more informative […]

March 20, 2015

An Open Letter to Max Hastings.

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I wish I could admire you more. I admire your writing; I remember you as a reporter on 24 Hours – but I struggle when I try to admire you as a person. It’s the way in which your principles are indivisibly directed by your personal interests, carried helplessly along by your various friendships and grudges; […]

March 11, 2015

Grim Fairy Tales…The Savile Allegations.

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I was struck by the number of people – allegators – in the past series of Savile reports, who had contacted Yewtree merely out of a wish to validate other reports of abuse. In plain English – although they had no evidence of abuse themselves, or were fabricating it, it was out of a sense […]

March 5, 2015

The Buried Truth? – More Savile allegations.

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Another day and another half dozen ‘truly awful, dreadful’ examples of the savage abuse Savile allegedly inflicted on vulnerable children in Children’s Homes. Henshaw’s School for the Blind – the media version. “Henshaws School for the Blind at centre of new Jimmy Savile claims”. As you might imagine – being at the centre of the further allegations, […]

March 4, 2015