Jimmy Savile

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

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