Jimmy Savile

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

Black, White, and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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There was a regular commentator on this blog who used to delight in taking me to task for my ‘privileged’ background, usually in disparaging tones. His assumption was one he was forced to eat for breakfast when I penned the Duncroft series of posts and he realised just how ‘privileged’ I had been…! Assumptions are dangerous […]

March 2, 2015

The Sunday Post: Eye Weren’t Even There, Guv!

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Richard Ingrams once described Peter Cook as a conservative anarchist. The one-time editor of ‘Private Eye’ also regarded himself as such; it’s a canny label that expertly summarises the curious contradiction inherent within those sons of the establishment who made a career from mocking it in the 1960s and 70s. ‘Private Eye’ was never, say, […]

February 22, 2015

Memory Tricks.

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I can remember events that date back to being three years old – but they are ‘fixed images’ rather than a ‘video’ rendition of events. I have a clear image of my Father, bent over an old Rayburn, cooking bubble and squeak for me – but if you ask me ‘what was on the table […]

August 28, 2014

Mortuary Mendacity – The Yewtree Allegations (continued!)

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Another day, and the claims grow ever wilder; now permeating even those parts of the media – like The Times – that you might have relied upon in the past to check their sources and report actual facts. But then with the BBC continuing to taunt the Murdoch press with never ending coverage of ‘phone hacking’, […]

June 27, 2014

Not Even Whispered It Softly?

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence”. Leonardo da Vinci. Post-Leveson, the Dead Tree Press has been keen to show that, unregulated, they can expose much wrong doing in our world that could protect us from evil. The departed Jimmy Savile has been the poster child for this movement. His name attached to unsubstantiated facts […]

June 4, 2014